From 1 January 2019, except recent items

Quotations of news and views by subject

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Asylum – children
Asylum seekers who say they are children must be given 'the benefit of the doubt' by border guards, judges warn
Martin Beckford
The Sun, 24 May 2019

Asylum-seekers who say they are children must be given the benefit of the doubt by border guards, judges have ordered.

In a blow to attempts to detect bogus child refugees and detain illegal immigrants, the Home Office has been told to scrap its current rules.

The Court of Appeal said that deciding someone's age just on their looks is "unreliable" and risks "children being unlawfully detained".

It comes after a series of scandals involving adult migrants posing as teenagers in order to get better treatment in the UK like foster care instead of being locked up and returned to their home countries. ...

At the height of the Calais crisis, there were calls for all new arrivals to face dental checks that could prove their real age, while reports have suggested that claimants were found to be adults in as many as two-thirds of disputed cases. ...

In a judgement published yesterday, top judges ruled two-to-one that the policy was unlawful.

Lord Justice Underhill said: "In the absence of guidance as to the width of the margin of error there is inevitably a real risk that immigration officers will place too much trust in their own assessment that a particular young person is 'significantly' over 18."

He said the new rules should give a range of ages for border guards to consider when deciding if a migrant is an adult or not, and pointed out that previous guidance said anyone who looked under 30 should be treated as possibly a child.
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Asylum – human rights
Geoffrey Cox warns over human rights law for refugees overseas
Owen Bowcott
The Guardian, 25 April 2019

UK embassies and consulates would be overrun by refugees seeking asylum if human rights legislation is extended overseas, the attorney general, Geoffrey Cox QC, has warned.

Appearing before the European court of human rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, the government's most senior lawyer argued that a Syrian refugee claim would set a dangerous precedent, creating "disorder and instability". ...

Extending human rights protections to citizens beyond the borders of the Council of Europe would create a significant legal precedent. It has set alarms bells ringing among states concerned about upholding immigrations controls. ...

The convention on human rights, Cox asserted, does not apply to individuals who are not in the territorial jurisdiction of the state.

"[Otherwise] anyone in the world could appear at any state's embassy or asylum and claim asylum," he said. "The mere making of an asylum application should not bring the individual within the jurisdiction of the state.

"The imposition of jurisdiction in a case like [this] would cut directly across important convention principles. The court has always been clear that it's in principle for the state to control its immigration.

"A state has no general obligation to admit aliens to its territory yet if the applicants are right that principle is meaningless."

Cox concluded: "Embassies and consulates would become in effect the jurisdictional front line. There would be mass applications made there or to them."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Migrants coming from Calais, for example, are likely to have already made an application there according to immigration lawyer, Marcia Longdon.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
Foreign patients using British hospitals owe NHS £27 million in unpaid bills
Nick McDermott, Health Editor
The Sun, 13 May 2019

Rampant health tourism has left the NHS with a huge hike in unpaid hospital bills, official figures reveal.

Trusts had to write off £27 million last year after ineligible overseas patients refused to pay up.

The figure is up two-thirds from £16.2 million in 2016/17.

The rise in unpaid debt comes despite a Government crackdown on foreign visitors using the health service for free.

Overall, the NHS has been left with a financial blackhole of £76 million in the past four years – enough to pay for around 3,300 new nurses.

However, the figure is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, as it only represents cases where the NHS issued a bill.

In many cases, hospital officials fail to check if a patient is eligible or have not issued an invoice. Joyce Robins, from Patient Concern, said: "It is absolutely ridiculous. Ministers need to do more to discourage ineligible people from abusing the NHS.

"We are seen as a soft touch. We cannot afford to treat the world, with the NHS already overrun."

Rules came into force in 2017 requiring trusts to charge overseas visitors upfront for non-urgent care.

Staff must now ask patients where they have lived the past six months to identify if they are "ordinarily resident" in the UK and entitled to free NHS hospital treatment.

Visiting EU nationals are covered by the European Health Insurance Card.

Non-EU residents, such as workers and students, staying long-term must now pay up to £400 a year to access the NHS as part of their visa application.

Any illegal or short-term visitors from outside Europe must pay for hospital treatment or have valid health insurance.

Maternity and other emergency treatment cannot be charged upfront, and GP care remains free for all. ...

Ineligible overseas patients cost the health service up to £2 billion a year, according to Government estimates.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
MPs cave in to Left-wing doctors and scrap plans to stop health tourists coming to Britain for treatment they're not entitled to - costing the NHS £280m a year
Stephen Adams
Mail on Sunday, 5 May 2019

Checks to stop health tourists coming to Britain for treatment they are not entitled to – which costs the NHS up to £280 million every year – have been all but abandoned.

Ministers had promised to crack down on overseas visitors abusing the NHS by making it a legal requirement for hospitals to charge upfront those not entitled to free care.

Under strict rules, patients were to be asked to prove their eligibility by showing a passport and evidence of a permanent UK address. Pregnant women, thought to account for the majority of health tourism costs, were a particular target.

But now a Mail on Sunday investigation has established the plans have been shelved.

Trials have been discontinued and the Department of Health and Social Care said it has no intention of making the checks mandatory. Last night, it also indicated its focus had shifted to better collection of unpaid health tourists' bills.

The U-turn follows campaigns by Left-wing activists, including doctors and nurses, opposed to charging migrants. They claim doing so is 'racist' and have called on hospital workers to stop checks. ...

Our revelation comes after figures revealed that every day at least ten women ineligible for free NHS care are still giving birth on maternity wards in England.

Some 3,981 women were billed £13.3 million in 2017/18, of which £8.4 million remains unpaid.

In 2017, the then Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced rules legally obliging hospitals to charge patients upfront for 'non-urgent' treatment.

That autumn, 18 hospital trusts ran three-month 'pilot' schemes, where patients were asked for both photo ID and proof of a UK address.

But the plans faced resistance from the start, with the British Medical Association and Royal College of GPs arguing doctors were not 'border guards'. Left-wing pressure groups quickly launched campaigns.

In East London, campaigners forced England's biggest NHS trust, Barts Health, to stop photo ID checks and take down posters warning: 'NHS hospital treatment is not free for everyone.'

Barts, which was last year owed £20 million in unpaid bills, continued checks – until opposition mounted. ...

The Mail on Sunday contacted all 18 'pilot' trusts to ask if eligibility checking continued after the trials. Most said it had not. Several refused to answer.
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Benefits and costs – EU migrants
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4bn a year in benefits
David Wooding
The Sun, 11 April 2019

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

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

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

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

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

There is a stark contrast between Western and Eastern Europeans.

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

DWP figures were not broken down by country.

But if they followed a similar distribution, then almost all of the taxes went back in working-age benefit.

Ex-Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith carried out the study with MigrationWatch UK.

He said: "It is no surprise they didn't want to release the figures."
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Benefits and costs – begging
Europe's New Beggars
Johan Wennström
Quillette, 10 April 2019

Indeed, as a result of the European Union's eastward expansion during the previous decade, and the principle of free movement of persons within the E.U., thousands of rough sleepers, mostly ethnic Roma from the ex-socialist countries Bulgaria and Romania, have arrived in the streets, parks, and playgrounds of the E.U.-15 countries.

Contrary to the purpose of free movement, most have not come to work or study, but to beg in the most abject manners. France is perhaps the most notorious country for child begging in Western Europe, but even in more child-friendly societies in Scandinavia, we see children of 13 and younger being used for begging by adult family members. Other beggars display, or, more often, simulate, physical disabilities to evoke compassion. ...

It is important to understand that this behavior is not mainly an outcome of labor market discrimination in Western Europe. For some, begging is instead the very point of migrating. As observed in a recent article in the journal Migration Studies: "In many rural Roma communities, transnational migration for begging and street work has now become an institutionalized practice, constituting the backbone of the local economy." ...

For others, often including the very young, the elderly, and persons with mental disabilities, begging is a consequence of coercion and deceit. ...

Similar examples of trafficking for the purposes of forced begging abound. In Norway, a state television investigation two years ago exposed a large Romanian trafficking ring of 140 individuals in the city of Bergen, whose leaders regularly posted pictures of the jewelry and luxury cars that their activities (extending to using begging as a front for prostitution) afforded them on social media. /.../ Nevertheless, it remains uncertain to what extent the begging phenomenon is due to coercion. According to a scholarly chapter on begging in the Routledge Handbook of Human Trafficking (2018), there is "no generalized analysis that applies to all begging situations" – and, ultimately, there are more critical aspects to be considered.

First, the social disintegration that the continued presence of beggars creates. /.../ Moreover, the constant exposure to the deception involved in begging, such as pretending disabilities or other personal difficulties, is detrimental to social trust and reciprocity.

Secondly, but not least important, there is the debasement to the beggars themselves and the risk that the daily sight of people kneeling and sleeping in the streets will cause a mental separation of certain populations from the rest of society in the minds of ordinary citizens and teach our children that the dignity of the poor simply matters less. ...

Yet despite the fact that begging is associated with these social hazards and degrading conditions, almost all Western European states, excluding, most prominently, Denmark, have hesitated to impose or strengthen the enforcement of national blanket bans on begging as a response to the influx of foreign vagrants.
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Bias – BBC, ITV
BBC dodged immigration debate, says John Sergeant: Veteran broadcaster claims 'sensible discussion' on subject was shelved for fear of outcry
Alisha Rouse
Daily Mail, 12 February 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sergeant was the BBC's chief political correspondent for eight years from 1992 before moving to ITN to become its political editor for two years.
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Border controls – landing cards
UK to scrap passenger landing cards
BBC, 16 May 2019

All landing cards for international passengers arriving in the UK will be scrapped from Monday.

Landing cards are currently filled in by passengers arriving by air or sea from outside the European Economic Area.

Border Force director general Paul Lincoln, in a letter to staff, said it would "help meet the challenge of growing passenger numbers".

But unions warned it risked weakening immigration controls.

Around 16 million landing cards are issued every year and they are used to record what is said to border staff on arrival, as well as the reasons for travel and conditions of entry.

The Home Office had agreed to scrap them for seven countries, including the US and Australia, from June, but has now decided to go further.

A document from officials to Border Force staff, seen by the BBC, says much of the data collected by paper landing cards will soon be available digitally.

It adds that the withdrawal of the cards will enable staff to "focus more on your interaction with passengers".

But Immigration Service Union general secretary, Lucy Moreton, accused the Home Office of "ignoring" warnings from experienced staff as to the longer-term impact of getting rid of landing cards.

She said that the union had been assured that scrapping them would not happen until new technology was in place to record international arrivals.
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Border controls – illegal immigration
It's a dangerous myth we will have more control over borders post Brexit [part 1]
Chris Hobbs
The London Economic, 20 April 2019

If control of our borders and a curb on immigration into the UK was the tipping point in deciding the result of referendum, those who cast their vote on that basis may well be surprised at the likely post-Brexit reality whether there is a deal or not. – This, in spite of government statements supposedly ending freedom of movement.

On the front line, facing this reality, are a UK Border Force created by Theresa May in the aftermath of the pre-London Olympics chaos at airport passport controls.

It's a border force that currently is in crisis as is so clearly illustrated in successive Home Office staff surveys which many officers refuse to complete as they believe it is a waste of time as no remedial action is taken.

Morale or lack of it, is clearly a huge issue while the survey shows there is little trust in Home Office senior managers and ministers by rank and file officers on the front line.

Chickens, in respect of cuts to the border force, are now coming home to roost as the Home Office is now frantically attempting to recruit additional permanent officers to cope with the aftermath of Brexit. ...

It is also worth noting that it takes two years for a comprehensively trained UKBF officer to become fully competent. ...

The unpalatable fact is that the UK's borders, even before Brexit, are in a shambolic state. Reports by John Vine and David Bolt, the past and present Chief Inspectors of borders and Immigration, are frequently damning and both have complained that these critical reports are often withheld by the Home Secretary until they can be effectively 'buried' amidst other bad news. ...

UKBF officers at Heathrow and other airports complain that the Home Office priority is queues, with officers frequently being taken away from customs controls as soon as passenger queues build up. Queues and a lack of experienced full-time officers can mean that those on duty feel compelled to 'land' (admit) passengers even though they may be less than satisfied with their reasons for requiring entry.

Little wonder then, that despite the occasional 'big seizure,' such is the shambles at our borders that the UK is awash with drugs as is illustrated by eels in the Thames becoming 'hyperactive' due to the quantity of cocaine in the water!!!

For many Brexiteers, the issue of 'freedom of movement' in respect of EU nationals was a major factor in voting 'leave.' Thus, those who voted for Brexit would have expected UKBF officers, after March 29th (or whenever it would happen now) to treat EU nationals in the same way as non-EU nationals. In other words that they would be examined by UKBF officers at passport control in order to establish whether they had a legitimate reason to enter the UK.

That, however, is not going to happen and there can be no doubt that many leading Brexiteers, notably former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, would have been only too well aware during the referendum campaign, that the imposition of firmer controls was a non-starter.
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Border controls – illegal immigration
It's a dangerous myth we will have more control over borders post Brexit [part 2]
Chris Hobbs
The London Economic, 20 April 2019

Well before the referendum, seasoned border force officers calculated that to examine, even briefly, the passport of each arriving EU national, would cause a logjam of queueing passengers which would stretch all the way back to the airport gates. ...

EU nationals, it has therefore been decided, will be able to continue to pass through passport controls using the 'anonymous' eGates. There will be no check to see if each EU passenger is entitled to work or have residency here or whether they are coming to the UK as a genuine visitor. Thus, those who arrive intending to work illegally or engage in criminality will have 'freedom of movement' to do so without 'passing under the eyes' of UK law enforcement simply by using eGates. ...

A number of EU criminals deported from the UK, find it easy to return as they simply obtain 'genuine' passports in their own country using another's identity. Only by being directly examined by a UKBF officer is there any chance of these potentially dangerous individuals being detected. ...

Brexit, however will weaken our borders in other ways. According to UKBF officers, in order to reduce queues several nations will be given 'favoured' status. Hundreds of thousands of Americans travel to the UK each year and most receive perfunctory scrutiny by UKBF officers.

However, each year around 1,600 US nationals are refused entry at passport control and returned back across the Atlantic. These 1,600 include criminals amongst whom are potential child abusers, political extremists, those with mental health issues and those intending to overstay. In future all US nationals will be permitted to by-pass UKBF officers and use eGates thus the UK will almost certainly have 1,600 individuals entering the UK who will be detrimental to our national interest.

Australians are another favoured nation who will be able to use eGates and again, significant numbers are refused entry by UKBF officers each year. They too will be 'home and dry' by virtue of being able to able use eGates as will citizens from several other countries. ...

The issue of migrants/refugees crossing the channel is small rubber boats is regarded as somewhat of a distraction by border force officers. The will point out that the numbers are just several hundred strong, yet their real concern features non-EU nationals who enter the UK as visitors, either with a visa or not and who do not return within their allotted time. ...

The National Crime Agency have voiced their concern as to the damage caused to the UK by foreign criminal networks; Chilean gangs have been recently involved in violent home invasions, Columbian networks specialise in theft including 'dipping' (pickpocketing) while Albanian organised crime groups, in addition to human trafficking, are taking over cocaine distribution in many parts of the UK by forging partnerships with local gangs. All will have passed through UK border controls. ...

The simple fact is that our border controls have more holes than a Swiss cheese and that these holes are likely to increase in both number and size whenever Brexit becomes a reality (and if it becomes a reality) unless the issues referred to above are addressed.
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Border controls – illegal immigration
Beef up immigration laws to beat villains
Sunday Express, 27 January 2019
[Leading article]

Revelations that Albanian drug lords are using our soft borders with the EU to return to Britain after being expelled are of enormous concern.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It added that since Europe's migrant crisis erupted in 2015, "at least 800 miles of fences have been erected by Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Slovenia and others".
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Citizenship – franchise, right to vote
Let Us Vote: New campaign launched to give everyone living in UK the right to vote in elections
Benjamin Kentish
Independent, 6 April 2019

A new campaign has been launched to give everyone living in the UK the right to vote in elections and referendums, with MPs saying current voting laws should "shame us as a society".

The major change would see all UK residents, plus British citizens living abroad, allowed to vote in general elections regardless of their citizenship.

Commonwealth and Irish nationals are currently the only non-Britons allowed to vote in general elections and referendums, while EU citizens can vote in local and European elections. UK citizens who have lived abroad for more than 15 years are also not allowed to vote.

Campaigners said current laws mean 10 million UK residents and Britons overseas are disqualified from voting.

The "Let Us Vote" campaign, which has the backing of more than a dozen MPs and peers, is seeking new legislation to extend the voting franchise, which has not changed significantly since the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 in 1969.

It has been launched by campaign groups the3million, representing EU nationals in the UK, British in Europe, which represents UK citizens in the EU, and anti-Brexit group Another Europe is Possible. The campaign says it is strictly neutral on Brexit and party politics. ...

Film director Mike Leigh, scientist Martin Rees and nine members of the House of Lords are also backing the campaign.
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Citizenship – removal
Britain 'strips two more IS brides of citizenship'
ITV, 10 March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... Those well-meaning multi-culti outreach workers on local councils may unintentionally be creating precisely the feelings of alienation they hope to quell. How many more children are being taught, through their interactions with the British state, to despise it? This isn't just their tragedy; it's ours.
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Crime – forced marriage
UK dealing with more Indian 'forced marriages'
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, 28 May 2019

A dedicated unit dealing with forced marriages in which at least one spouse is a British citizen has reported an increase in the number of cases linked to India during 2018: 110, compared to 82 in 2017.

The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) of the Home and Foreign Office said it dealt with the most cases linked to Pakistan in 2018: 769, followed by Bangladesh (157) and India (110). Overall, 1,764 cases were reported to it. ...

Forced marriage – when one or both spouses do not consent to marriage – is not a problem specific to one country or culture. Since 2011, FMU has handled cases relating to over 110 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America.

Cases involving forced marriages often involve immigration issues, in which one potential spouse is a UK citizen and the other is a foreign citizen.
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Crime – theft
Romanian crime gang members who stole £2,000 worth of Christian Dior perfume are spared jail after judge hears they were 'desperate' to pay for their relative's lavish funeral party
Terri-ann Williams
MailOnline, 28 May 2019

A Romanian crime gang has been spared jail after stealing £2,000 worth of perfume in order to fund a funeral party.

The three men and two women swiped expensive Christian Dior fragrances from counters in Debenhams and House of Fraser.

All five gang members were caught following a police chase, with officers discovering 17 bottles of perfume in the boot of their uninsured Audi A4 on May 1.

Laurentur Ciurar, 19, Roxan Demian, 21, Ioan Sava, 31, Luminata Sava, 25, and Verdeata Sava, 31, all of Bedford, admitted two charges of theft. ...

The gang all received four-month curfews banning them from leaving their homes between 8pm and 4am. They each were also ordered to pay £200 in compensation to Debenhams and £100 to House of Fraser.

The court heard Ioan Sava had previously been before the court on a shoplifting charge on April 10, while Luminata Sava was given 18 months suspended for 24 months for another offence.
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Crime – knife crime, police, London
Number of Met Police officers on long-term sick doubles after knife crime surge
Justin Davenport
Evening Standard, 28 May 2019

The number of Met officers on sick leave is soaring as a police leader warns that they are dealing with a "war zone" on London's streets.

Figures show that the number of Met staff on long-term sick leave has nearly doubled in the past four years. In 2014, 1,399 officers and staff were recorded as off sick for more than a month, rising to 2,731 in 2018.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Met Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said: "There has been an increase in long-term sickness, rather than short-term sick leave.

"Officers are facing more traumatic situations than ever faced before. They are regularly being called to serious stabbings and are the first to attend. You can equate it to a war zone.

"They have to deal with these situations and then before they can recover, they are back out there again."

He said there had been a big rise in the number of officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues.

The figures, obtained by the London Assembly Tory group, emerged as police have faced record levels of knife crime.
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Crime – knife crime, London
London teens sent to Africa to escape knife crime
Sean Clare
BBC, 28 May 2019

Hundreds of British teenagers are being sent by their parents to East Africa to avoid knife crime in the UK, representatives of the Somali community say. Why are they taking this drastic choice? ...

It is a decision an increasing number of parents are taking, for their children's safety.

Of the 100 people stabbed to death in the UK so far this year, 8% were of Somali heritage, according to the Rise Projects which works with young British Somalis in north London. ...

Parents say they do not view the move as a long-term solution - some children stay in Africa while others return.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advises against all travel to Somalia, including Somaliland, and highlights a heightened threat of terrorism and kidnappings, across Kenya. ...

The new mayor for Islington, Rakhia Ismail - a mother of four who came to London from Somalia as a refugee - believes that some areas of the city are unsafe for young people. ...

She estimates that out of every five Somalian families, two are taking their children back home.
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Crime – guns, drugs
Three gangsters who planned to smuggle guns and drugs into the UK are jailed for a total of 40 years
Mike Sullivan
The Sun, 21 May 2019

Three gangsters got a total of 40 years' jail over a plot to smuggle guns and drugs into the UK through the Chunnel.

Ringleader Emmanuel Okubote, 27, known by the street name Sylar, recruited the others.

He first hit the headlines when millionaire's daughter Laura Johnson named him as her "bad boy" lover and blamed him for her involvement with London riots looters in 2011.

London cops and border officials found two loaded guns, ammo and a silencer plus a kilo of cocaine hidden in a car on the French side.

A Met detective said yesterday the seizures "undoubtedly saved lives".

Kennedy Udo, 28, and Michael Mgbedike, 22 were held at the scene. Okubote was nicked in the UK.

The South East London trio, who made several trips abroad in the plot, were found guilty at Woolwich crown court.
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Crime – gang rape
Five farm workers jailed for gang rape of teenage girl that they filmed on their mobile phones
Holly Christodoulou
The Sun, 21 May 2019

Five sex beasts have been caged after taking it in turns to gang rape a teenager in a horrific attack they filmed on their mobiles.

The victim was snatched outside a nightclub and taken to a remote car park where she was left terrified of being "murdered" if she tried fighting back or made a noise.

Her five attackers Florin Calin, 20, Dorel Diaconu, 23, Oprea Dobre, 18, Alexandru Dobrin, 18, and Marius Dobrin, 24, have each been caged for ten years.

The Romanian farm workers all pleaded guilty to rape charges at the Royal Court in Jersey. ...

They will now be on the Sex Offenders' Register for 12 years and were recommended for deportation - as well as being hit with a restraining order.
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Crime – murder
Cemeren Yilmaz: Four jailed for Snapchat gang murder
BBC, 21 May 2019

Four gang members who murdered a 16-year-old boy and filmed it on Snapchat have been jailed.

Cemeren Yilmaz was filmed as he lay dying after being stabbed and attacked with a hammer in Bedford in September.

Aaron Miller, 20, Jacob Morgan, 15, Ramon Djuana, 15, and Caleb Brown, 16, were given life sentences after they were found guilty of murder at St Albans Crown Court in April.

The court heard Cemeren was attacked due to his connection to a rival gang.

Brown, Djuana and Morgan were members of the "Black Tom" gang in Bedford while Cemeren was linked to the rival "London Road" gang.
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Crime – human trafficking, slavery, Scotland
Sex slaves in almost every Scottish town as gangs force trafficked women into prostitution
Norman Silvester
Daily Record, 19 May 2019

Trafficked women are being sexually exploited in almost every town in the country, a Scottish Government-backed group has claimed.

Campaigners say organised crime groups are branching out of major cities and setting up secret brothels in rural areas.

Trafficking Awareness Raising Alliance (TARA) helps women who have been freed from gangs and receives referrals from local authorities all around the country.

Counsellors dealt with 44 women who were identified as new victims of sexual slavery between April 2018 and March 2019 – a rise of 42 per cent in the previous 12 months. ...

Sexual exploitation is part of a wider trafficking problem in which men and women are used as forced labour or domestic servants.

Figures from the National Crime Agency (NCA) show that 82 men and women were found to be working as slaves in Scotland in the first three months of this year, compared with 53 in the same period last year, an increase of almost 40 per cent.

Many of the women forced to work as prostitutes can be held captive for years before they escape.

TARA's operations manager, Bronagh Andrew, said: "There are hardly any areas of Scotland that have not had reports of trafficked women being sexually exploited.

"It's not just a problem in cities, we're seeing it in rural areas as well. Our concern is that no one knows the real scale of the problem." ...

The victims can come from as many as 25 countries, with the most common being Albania, Vietnam, Romania, China, Nigeria and Namibia. ...

According to the NCA, there were 150 Scottish trafficking cases in 2016, up 3.4 per cent up on 2015. In 2017, the number of cases rose to 207.

There were a record 222 cases north of the Border last year. ...

Victims are usually from extreme poverty and have been promised a new life in Britain by the traffickers, who present themselves to their victims as Good Samaritans. ...

Last year, TARA and another group helping trafficking victims were given a Government grant of £3 million.
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Crime – cost
LAWLESS BRITAIN: 181,000 linked to serious and organised crime – 'Deadliest threat to UK'
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 14 May 2019

Britain's 'FBI' will today warn 181,000 criminals are linked to the "deadliest threat facing the nation" - over twice the number of soldiers in the British Army.

Lynne Owens, Director General of the National Crime Agency, will demand ministers invest billions as serious and organised crime kills more people than terrorism, natural disasters and war combined. The volume of child sexual abuse and exploitation material online continues to rocket, with criminals increasingly using hidden areas of the internet to view child porn, and immigration gangs are targeting our under-protected borders, charging desperate migrants up to £13,000 to board a flimsy boat across the English Channel. Drug gangs are also exploiting growing demand for substances to groom children into violence and the NCA admitted there is a "steady flow" of unused guns into the country.

Crime chief Ms Owens said: "Serious and organised crime in the UK is chronic and corrosive. Its scale is truly staggering. ..."

The National Crime Agency has linked 37,317 people to 4,542 organised crime groups in the UK.

They also warned 144,000 perverts are registered on the most harmful child sexual abuse and exploitation dark web sites.

By comparison, the British Army has just under 82,000 soldiers. ...

The National Crime Agency, in their annual threat assessment, will today (Tues) reveal Russian organised crime groups now pose the biggest cyber threat to the UK as they use trojan viruses to target online bank accounts. ...

The National Crime Agency warned corrupt accountants, solicitors and financial experts are "increasingly facilitating crimes with their expertise". ...

Security Minister Ben Wallace said: "As the National Crime Agency set out, serious and organised Crime is a fast-evolving and highly complex threat to our national security, impacting on our people, on our communities and on our businesses across the country.

"It is estimated to cost the UK at least £37 billion each year. ..."
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Crime – slavery, drugs
County lines dealers jailed in 'landmark' slavery case
BBC, 14 May 2019

Three county lines drug dealers who used vulnerable teenagers as runners in a coastal city have been jailed in a "landmark case".

Glodi Wabelua, Dean Alford and Michael Karemera, all 25, recruited six youths to traffic crack cocaine and heroin to Portsmouth in 2013 and 2014.

The victims were used to carry drugs to Hampshire and money back to London.

It is believed the three are the first to be charged under the Modern Slavery Act in relation to county lines.
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Crime – Portuguese Africans
"Portuguese" criminals over-represented in London
Defend Evropa, 9 May 2019

Turns out that the 'Portuguese mafia of London', isn't Portuguese at all but Africans from Portugal's suburbs.

It is already known that the capital of the United Kingdom has a very high rate of African crime as in its Portuguese counterpart, Lisbon, but unfortunately, most of the crime committed on the behalf of the Portuguese is made by Africans with Portuguese citizenship. Most of them have obtained an EU passport after entering Portugal from the country's former African colonies such as Angola, Guinea-Bissau and Cape Verde.

In this tweet, from August 2017 from the London's Metropolitan Police Service, we can see in the picture a gang from Stratford who was sentenced to 28 years for drug trafficking, anti-social behaviour and intimidation in the Stratford area. 'Portuguese men' such as Bruno da Silva, Evanildo Gomes, José Mário Sá, Joelson, Balde, and Tito Cassule.

However, the waves of crime from Africans with Portuguese citizenship do not stop there. ...

In another sort of crimes we also the example of Samuel Fortes, a 27-year-old who was sentenced for life but with a minimum sentence of 8 years in jail for brutally assaulting and raping a young British girl in Leeds last year. The girl, who was 19 at the time, was left with extensive facial and dental injuries, as well as cuts and bruises. ...

This wave of African criminality reveals a deeply worrying situation for both countries' governments. Their immigration and nationality/ citizenship systems are terribly broken, allowing criminals from the 3rd World to easily migrate between one another and commit crimes wherever they please.
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Crime – sex slave trade
Even in shelters, sex slave trade victims not safe from traffickers
James Rothwell
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2019

And, as of 2018, Romanian anti-trafficking investigators say the biggest market in the EU for these modern sex slaves is Britain.

"We are seeing girls as young as 10 or 11 being exported, so to speak, around Europe," says Iana Matei, the founder of Reaching out Romania, which runs a shelter for trafficking survivors at a secret location 70 miles from the capital Bucharest. "In some cases, they are even sold by their own parents. It is almost medieval." ...

Accession to the EU in 2007 was supposed to bring Romanians passport-free travel, generous pay packets and improved workers' rights.

Instead, many have ended up as sex slaves in London, Berlin and Rome, where those who try to escape risk torture or even death. ...

Even as the UK faces a weaker security relationship with EU countries, Romania's anti-trafficking agency revealed that Britain overtook Germany in 2018 as the main destination for sex slaves. ...

Unseen UK, a charity that runs an emergency hotline for modern slavery victims, suspects the total number of Romanians enslaved in Britain has already exceeded 1,200.
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Crime – knife crime
No significant link between ethnicity and knife crime but offenders and victims are mostly young adult males, police forces told
Emer Scully
MailOnline, 27 April 2019

There is no significant link between ethnicity and carrying a knife, according to a briefing paper sent to every police force in England and Wales.

Offenders and victims are most likely to be young adult males, with risk factors including exclusion from school, being taken into care and childhood neglect, the College of Policing document says. ...

The professional body for police says the briefing document is the first 'rounded picture' using research that forces can use to tackle knife crime.

The paper, sent to all 43 forces in England and Wales, casts doubt on the deterrent effect of stop-and-search powers and long sentences.
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Crime – bogus refugee
Night prowler is 'bogus refugee': Chip shop owner, 42, came to UK from from Albania not Kosovo says brother as serial burglar admits 21 raids on multi-million-pound homes in affluent Wimbledon over past decade
Jemma Buckley and Stephen Wright
Daily Mail, 25 April 2019

A notorious cat burglar who raided the homes of the rich and famous for ten years came to Britain as a bogus Kosovan refugee, his brother said last night.

After an astonishing crime spree that saw him nicknamed the 'Wimbledon Prowler', Asdrit Kapaj, 42, pleaded guilty yesterday to a string of burglaries.

The married father-of-two admitted stealing jewellery and cash – believed to be worth at least £500,000 – during 22 burglaries in the wealthy London suburb dating back to 2008.

It has previously been suggested that he is responsible for many more raids, with a total value as high as £10 million, which would make him one of Europe's most prolific thieves.

A court heard yesterday that Kapaj is a Kosovan citizen who came to the UK as a teenager in the 1990s. But last night his oldest brother Nexhip Kapaj cast serious doubt over his claims, saying he is in fact Albanian. He told the Daily Mail that his brother was born in a hospital near the village of Gjorm, about 20 miles from the city of Vlore in southern Albania, in 1977, and has no links to Kosovo.

His brother Nexhip said that claiming to be a Kosovan was the easiest way for Albanians to gain entry to the UK. ...

In the 1990s, during the former Yugoslavia's civil war, many Albanians claimed to be Kosovan refugees because their claim to live in Britain was far more likely to be accepted. If he is indeed Albanian, he may have had no right to settle in the UK.
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Crime – drugs, human trafficking
Three gang members convicted of human trafficking
Holly Pyne
talkRADIO, 18 April 2019

Three gang members have been convicted of human trafficking offences after they used young children from London to transport and sell drugs in Hampshire as part of 'county lines' gangs.

Glodi Wabelua, 25, Dean Alford, 25, and Michael Karemera, 25, recruited, groomed, and trafficked six victims aged 14 to19.

The oldest victim, identified as a vulnerable adult, told the court that he was stripped naked by associates of Karemera, had a gun placed in his mouth, and threatened, when he tried to leave the gang. ...

The men were convicted of drug supply offences - of drugs including heroin and crack cocaine - in February 2016 at Woolwich Crown Court, before the trafficking offences were brought forward. ...

After selling the drugs, victims would deposit their earnings and could earn the gang up to £2,000 a day.
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Crime – drugs
Jail for Bradford trio after drugs worth over £76k were found in shopping bag
Michael Black
Telegraph & Argus, 16 April 2019

Three Bradford men have been jailed for a total of more than 18 years after 1.3kg of class A drugs worth over £76,000 were found in a shopping bag.

Yasar Fahad, Irfan Khan and Wasiq Khan appeared at Bradford Crown Court to be sentenced, all facing charges of possession with intent to supply heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine. Wasiq Khan was also charged with possession of criminal property.
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Crime – Islam
Leeds Muslim convert stabbed stranger in the neck six times 'to establish himself as a fighter'
Lucy Leeson
Yorkshire Evening Post, 16 April 2019

A Muslim convert from Leeds was seen on private premises at a military air base just days before he repeatedly stabbed a stranger in the neck in the street.

Alex Davies, 26, stabbed Jaroslaw Poterucha six times from behind as he walked towards a bus stop in Manchester in August 2016.

One of Mr Poterucha's wounds was so deep, he was lucky to be alive, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Davies, also known as Ahmad Ibn Abdillah, fled the scene undetected and was later spotted at RAF Northolt in west London two weeks later. ...

The defendant was arrested and while on remand at HMP Bullingdon in Oxfordshire in October 2016 he attacked prison officers in two separate incidents - one in which he brandished a wooden stake with three razor blades embedded on its side and said: "Allahu Akbar, God is great." ...

Davies accepted he stabbed Mr Poterucha but his lawyers argued he did not know what he was doing was wrong and that he believed he was stabbing an alien. ...

The court heard he is a devout Muslim who prays 15 times a day after he converted to Islam on his 20th birthday while in prison.
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Crime – drugs
Albanian illegal immigrant caught with £100,000 of cocaine in Enfield will be deported
Richard Duggan
MyLondon, 12 April 2019

An illegal immigrant found with 9.5 kilos of cocaine with a street value of nearly £1 million has been jailed for 12 years.

Suad Sufaj, 26, was stopped by police as he travelled in a car along Bowes Road, in Enfield, North London, on September 26 last year.

A joint investigation by the joint National Crime Agency (NCA) and Metropolitan Police Organised Crime Partnership saw Sufaj prosecuted. ...

"Working with our partners from the Met we have stopped nearly £1 million of cocaine from getting onto the streets on the UK."

Following his sentence Sufaj will be deported to Albania.
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Crime – drugs
Meet Birmingham gang who turned Stoke into 'Coke-on-Trent' with £150k of drugs in five weeks
James Rodger
Birmingham Mail, 12 April 2019

Four men have been jailed for a total of 20 years for their part in a conspiracy to supply cocaine into Stoke-on-Trent from Birmingham.

Mohammed Khushal, Farooq Amed and Mahmood Hussain were jailed on Tuesday, April 9, at Birmingham Crown Court.

It came following a successful operation by Staffordshire Police and West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit (WMROCU).

Mazafar Hussain was jailed at an earlier hearing in 2017. ...

Detective Inspector Pete Cooke, of Staffordshire Police, said: "Quantities of cocaine were found at a number of addresses and there is no doubt this was a significant supply line from Birmingham into north Staffordshire.

"It has taken several years of persistence and hard work to bring these men before the courts and we're glad they're now behind bars."
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Crime – illegal immigration
Crime boss Denaught Sharma who masterminded immigration scam to be monitored
Iwan Gabe Davies
South Wales Argus, 10 April 2019

The ringleader of a "sophisticated" immigration scam gang which tried to trick the Home Office into allowing married partners to enter the United Kingdom illegally has been made the subject of a Serious Crime Prevention Order (SCPO).

Denaught Sharma, aged 57, of Ruskin Avenue, Rogerstone, Newport, ran a syndicate of 10 swindlers jailed for nearly 30 years at Cardiff Crown Court last summer.

Sharma ran an accountancy service "at the heart of the offending" and created false documentation, including wage slips and P60s, in support of immigration applications to enter or stay in the UK.

The owner of companies called ACS Limited and Storm 90 PWR Ltd, the defendant, who was not a qualified accountant, was jailed for seven years and seven months.

Sharma was back in Cardiff Crown Court this week where Judge Tracey Lloyd-Clarke imposed a five-year SCPO against him.

An SCPO is a civil court order used at preventing, restricting or disrupting a convicted criminal's involvement in further serious crime once they are released from prison. ...

The court heard how Sharma had five previous convictions for 16 offences including affray, possession of drug and a food hygiene offence.
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Crime – tax and benefit fraud, terrorism
£80m of British taxpayers' money 'funnelled to al-Qaeda' in decades-long scam
Sara Elizabeth Williams
Daily Telegraph, 1 April 2019

Tens of millions of pounds of British taxpayers' money was used to fund terrorists including the 7/7 London bombing network and Osama bin Laden through a UK-based scam that spanned two decades.

A two-year investigation by The Sunday Times revealed that a network of British Asians stole billions of pounds of public money through VAT and benefit fraud, topping up their gains with mortgage and credit card fraud.

One per cent on the group's gains, a full £80m, was allegedly funnelled into al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with funds reaching the Pakistani compound stormed by US special forces in the 2011 operation to kill Bin Laden.

The scale of the scam is breathtaking: the group netted around £8bn in public funds alone – almost triple the annual government expenditure on MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.

A web of secrecy still binds this investigation, which was led by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and Special Branch, and prevents the story from being told in full.

At least two years before the 7/7 attacks, HMRC identified ties between the gang defrauding the British public and Shehzad Tanweer, one of the terrorists involved. At the time, senior HMRC officials declined to use their intelligence to mount prosecutions and neutralise the gang.

Court orders barring the identification of gang members convicted of fraud date back at least 10 years, and one customs official has claimed they were prevented from sharing intelligence with MI5 due to HMRC's desire to keep tax records confidential.

Following the money led investigators to successfully charge mid-ranking gang members with fraud and money laundering, leading to jail terms of more than 100 years for crimes that cost the taxpayer £100m.

So far, no gang member has faced any terror charges. ...

The paucity of reporting on the case is understood to be a result of officials' intentions to ensnare gang leaders in their investigation. Various kingpins have fled the UK since the first trial, before they could be arrested.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), nothing can be reported until they return to the UK to face trial – a condition that has some members of the legal community are crying foul.
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Crime – tax fraud, terrorism
Taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund Osama bin Laden
Tom Harper
Sunday Times, 31 March 2019

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

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

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

The gang, which has links to the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people died, is alleged to have sent 1% of its gains, or £80m, to al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it funded madrasahs, training camps and other terrorist activities, according to the leaked files.
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Crime – fraud, theft
Fraudster gang all of Loughton in Epping Forest who stole millions has been convicted
Kaisha Langton
Epping Forest Guardian, 30 March 2019

A gang of fraudsters has been convicted of stealing millions of pounds.

Eleven people have been convicted for their roles in a large-scale "diversion fraud" scam using hacking software. ...

Bonaventure Sunday Chukwuka, 41, of Roding Gardens in Loughton was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property (money laundering). ...

Emmanuel Chike Chukwuka, 27, of Roding Gardens, Loughton was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud, and he was found not guilty of conspiracy to money launder.

Queen Chukwuka, 32, of Roding Gardens in Loughton was found guilty of acquiring or possessing criminal property.

Andrew Chike Chukwu, 35, of River Road, Buckhurst Hill was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal or transfer criminal property.

Grace Plange Chukwu, 39, of River Road in Buckhurst Hill was found guilty of acquiring or possessing criminal property.

Ionut Relu Muresan, 34, of Long Deacon Road in Chingford pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to money launder.

Christian Chukwuka (brother), 39, of Latchetts Shaw in Basildon, Essex was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property.

Nadeem Abbasi, 48, of St Michaels Avenue in Wembley pleaded guilty to conspiracy to convert/conceal criminal property.

Mansoor Zaman, 27, of no fixed abode was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation, and conspiracy to conceal or transfer criminal property.

Mohammed Rahman, 31, of Garnies Close in Peckham was found guilty of conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation and conspiracy to conceal/transfer criminal property.

Gheorghe Alexandru Scurtu, 20, of Ladysmith Road in West Ham pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud and conspiracy to money launder. ...

Detectives identified a total of 228 separate frauds, committed between 2014 and 2018 totalling £10,112,312.54.

A total of 69 victims provided evidence during the trial - many of whom have been unable to recover their losses.
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Crime – jail
Knife Crime Britain: Thug let off 21 times for carrying a knife, and one arrested for 17 separate assaults on police - and only sent to prison for the 18th
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 24 March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saeed Akhtar was jailed for 20 years. ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fellow gang members included:

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

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

"Mehmood was the ringleader at the centre of the gang who plagued Luton's roads before fleeing the country, instead of owning up to his crimes, leaving other gang members to take the fall. ..."
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Diversity – services to migrants
Success in diversity
Cedric Boston
24housing, 24 May 2019

It was an incredible honour last week to find the Arhag team on stage in Birmingham picking up a 24housing Diversity Award for the second year running.

We have been on a journey for the last three years, which within a few months will be reaching a new landmark when we complete our move to a new purpose built hub of services to migrants and refugees in the capital. ...

The final touches are being made to our new HQ which will be host not only to Arhag – which owns nearly 1,000 homes across London – but also to five other organisations we now work with, providing a range of services to refugees and migrants both in the capital and nationally.

This award very much reflects the success of our collaboration with our partners which has already enabled us to win £1m in extra funding for our work from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport's Tampon Tax Fund.
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Diversity – universities
Oxbridge can force old professors to retire in order to boost diversity, tribunal ruling suggests
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2019

Oxford and Cambridge universities can force old professors to retire in order to boost diversity, a tribunal ruling suggests.

Prof John Pitcher, a leading Shakespeare scholar and fellow at St John's College at Oxford, claimed that he had been unfairly pushed out at age 67 to make way for younger and more ethnically diverse academics.

He sued the College and university for age discrimination and unfair dismissal, claiming loss of earnings of £100,000 - but Judge Bedeau dismissed both claims.

Prof Pitcher, an authority on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and poetry, had worked at the College for over three decades and wanted to continue beyond the university's self-imposed retirement age, which at the time was 67.

But the academic, now aged 70, claimed that he was "forcibly retired" under the university's Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) policy. ...

But legal experts have said that other universities may now follow suit and impose retirement ages, following the judgement in Oxford's favour. ...

... Cambridge and St Andrew's are the only other major British universities to have EJRA policies in place currently. ...

Oxford carried out an equality impact assessment before bringing in the EJRA in 2011, according to the judgement.

Enforcing a retirement age would cut down the number of old, white and male staff and boost the number of young, female and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) academics, it said.
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Diversity – USA
The Partner Chase
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, Spring 2019

In December 2018, the New York law firm Paul, Weiss announced its latest class of partners. A scandal erupted: all 12 of the newly promoted lawyers were white, the photo accompanying the announcement revealed. /.../ Nearly 200 corporate general counsels signed an open letter threatening to pull their business from law firms whose partners are not "diverse in race, color, age, gender, gender orientation, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, and without regard to disabilities." Paul, Weiss did what every other mainstream institution does today when accused of racial bias: it fell on its sword. ...

The Paul, Weiss saga is a casebook study in the evasions and duplicities that govern the national discourse about race, when any discussion of the academic skills gap is taboo and when racial preferences have become the universal way to engineer "diversity."

The reflexive charge of bias was particularly absurd leveled against Paul, Weiss. Even in the diversity-obsessed world of New York corporate law, the firm's efforts to recruit and promote black attorneys stand out. The diversity scorecards churned out annually by The American Lawyer and numerous other legal publications consistently rank Paul, Weiss's diversity profile in the top tier of American law firms. ...

... So why are there not more black partners? The same reasons that there are not more black computer engineers or physicians: the academic skills gap and counterproductive racial preferences. Blacks are hired as summer law interns and first-year associates at rates well above their representation among law school graduates, according to research by UCLA law professor Richard Sander. But because blacks' law school GPAs on average cluster at the bottom of their class (thanks as well to law school admissions preferences), they enter large firms (defined as having 100 or more lawyers) with academic qualifications a standard deviation below those of incoming white lawyers. Over a fifth of all new white lawyers at large firms have law school GPAs of 3.75 or higher, compared with 2 percent of new black lawyers. By contrast, 2 percent of new white lawyers in big firms have GPAs under 3.0, compared with 14 percent of black lawyers. ...

The liberal partners, the strongest advocates for "diversity," rarely practice what they preach, instead funneling the results of diversity hiring whenever possible to someone else's case. In private conversations, they acknowledge the diversity sham but shrug their shoulders: "What choice do we have?" ...

If Paul, Weiss's chairman had explained that preferences deplete the partnership pipeline, he would no longer be chairman. His decision to allow the racism charge to stand unrebutted demonstrates a remarkable feature of our time: the leaders of mainstream institutions would rather cop to false charges of bias than speak the truth about the academic skills gap. They are not only silent about that gap; they also put their employees through a frenzy of implicit-bias training to overcome the phantom bias that allegedly holds blacks back. This taboo on the truth has another consequence: when leaders refuse to explain the real reason for the lack of diversity, they buttress the poisonous idea that American institutions remain indelibly racist, and the cycle begins anew – more preferences, more unhappy results.
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Diversity – political correctness
A great institution now bends to the rabble
Douglas Murray
Daily Telegraph, 11 May 2019

In recent years, the ideology known as "wokeness" has ridden through public and private institutions. Government departments are duty bound to pursue "diversity" as an objective in itself, which in practice means a pursuit of quotas that prioritise a person's characteristics over their ability. Heads of major corporations and departments talk about "intersectionality" and other creations of the ideological far-Left as though they will enrich their companies, rather than actually impoverish them.

Even the most hallowed institutions have shown themselves eager to be seen courting this disastrously ill-thought through ideology. Anyone who is in any doubt about that fact need only look behind the hallowed gates of Cambridge University. In recent months, it has taken a set of decisions which make one of our foremost seats of learning look not just woke but weak.
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Diversity – university, USA
This public university will spend nearly $3 million on diversity this year alone
Sarah George
College Fix, 10 May 2019

The University of Iowa has earmarked over $2.7 million for its Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for this fiscal year. The budget, a copy of which was obtained by The College Fix, spans nearly 70 different activities and spending categories. ...

Director of Legislative Operations and Project Management Ann Frances V. Goff provided The Fix with an itemized budget of the office, which revealed that the largest single share of the $2.7 million is dedicated to the salaries of staff and personnel. Those expenditures total roughly $1.9 million. The division's website lists 32 individuals under its staff directory.

Spokeswoman Anne Bassett told The Fix via email that the office also currently employs seven student workers. According to the budget, $36,000 is set aside for them.

Another $32,920 of the budget is designated for "Institutional Membership Dues" being paid to organizations like the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity or Association of the Title IX Administrators, costing $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

The school also spends $5,000 on food and space for "Faculty of Color Receptions / Activities." ...

Some of the other items on the budget include $8,000 for a "Diversity Survey," $2,500 for a "Safe Zone," and $1,000 for a "Cup o' Justice."
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Diversity – births
Babies born to non-British mothers in the UK rises by 20 percent in a decade
Luke Hawker
Daily Express, 9 May 2019

Babies born to non-British mothers in the UK have soared by 20 percent in the last 10 years, official figures have revealed.

In 2017, women born outside Britain gave birth to 189,000 children, according to data by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). ... Statistics also reveal long-term immigration has increased every year since 1994, with more people moving to the UK than leaving.

In London more than one in two births were by a mother who did not hold British citizenship.

In 2017, the figure in the capital stood at 58 percent.

The London Borough of Brent, in North-west London, saw the highest number at 76 percent.

Meanwhile outside of London, Slough, Berks, recorded 63 percent.

In addition in the same 10 year period, the number of children born to British mothers fell by 75 percent, to 458,000.

Across schools in the UK, the ONS also found as of January 2018, 10 percent of Secondary School children and seven percent of Primary School pupils had been born outside of Britain. ...

As of June 2018, the UK population included 9.4 million people who were born outside of the UK.

Poland remains the most common non-UK country of birth, taking over from India in 2015.

Polish has been the most common non-British nationality in the UK since 2007.
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Diversity – racism, decolonisation, universities
Universities told to 'decolonise' their curriculums
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2019

Universities must "decolonise" the curriculum in order to help black students close the attainment gap with their white peers, vice-Chancellors say.

Campuses need to become "racially diverse and inclusive environments" if black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) are to succeed academically, according to a new report.

Universities UK (UUK), which represents vice-Chancellors, commissioned a review into how institutions can ensure more BAME students graduate with top degrees.

Institutions should consult with students and "evaluate where it might be necessary" to review courses to ensure they are not overly white and euro-centric, UUK said. The report's recommendation comes amid growing calls to "decolonise" the curriculum.

Baroness Valerie Amos, who led UUK's review, said many BAME students do not feel a "sense of belonging" at university.

"Part of that was about not seeing their history [and] their experiences reflected in the content of the courses that are being taught," she told The Daily Telegraph.

Reading lists and course structures in all subjects should be scrutinised to ensure there is no racial bias, according to Baroness Amos, who is director of the School of Oriental and African Studies and the country's first female black university leader. ...

Over the past decade, the number of BAME undergraduate students has increased by more than 50 per cent. But just 57 per cent of black students who graduated in 2017 achieved a first or a 2:1 compared to 81 per cent of white students.

Pre-university qualifications can explain some but not all of the degree-class differences between ethnic groups.

The report said vice-chancellors must foster environments where issues surrounding race and racism can be discussed more openly, and gather data on which approaches are effective in tackling the attainment gap.
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Diversity – discrimination, disparities
Discrimination and Disparities
Walter E. Williams
CNSNews, 1 May 2019
[The author is a professor of economics at George Mason University]

My longtime friend and colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell has just published a revised and enlarged edition of "Discrimination and Disparities." It lays waste to myth after myth about the causes of human differences not only in the United States but around the globe. Throughout the book, Sowell shows that socioeconomic outcomes differ vastly among individuals, groups and nations in ways that cannot be easily explained by any one factor, whether it's genetics, sex or race discrimination or a history of gross mistreatment that includes expulsion and genocide.

In his book "The Philadelphia Negro" (1899), W.E.B. Du Bois posed the question as to what would happen if white people lost their prejudices overnight. He said that it would make little difference to most blacks. He said: "Some few would be promoted, some few would get new places – the mass would remain as they are" until the younger generation began to "try harder" and the race "lost the omnipresent excuse for failure: prejudice."

Sowell points out that if historical injustices and persecution were useful explanations of group disadvantage, Jews would be some of the poorest and least-educated people in the world today. Few groups have been victimized down through history as have the Jews. Despite being historical targets of hostility and lethal violence, no one can argue that as a result Jews are the most disadvantaged people.

... Sowell concludes this section suggesting that it is dangerous for society to depict outcome differences as evidence or proof of malevolent actions that need to be counterattacked or avenged. ...

There's considerable handwringing among educational "experts" about the black/white academic achievement gap. Part of the persistence of that gap can be laid at the feet of educators who replaced what worked with what sounded good. ...

Observing the historical success of these and other black schools, one wonders about the catchwords of Chief Justice Earl Warren's statement that separate schools "are inherently unequal." That vision led to racial integration going from being a means to an end to racial integration becoming an end all by itself. Sowell doesn't say this, but in my view, integration becoming the goal is what has made diversity and inclusion the end all and be all of today's educators at many levels.
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Diversity – culture, music
I've had enough of the narrow-minded diversity police
Michael Henderson
Daily Telegraph, 29 April 2019

The other evening, listening to a concert on Radio 3 by the National Youth Orchestra, one heard the authentic voice of the new morality. Before the concert began a young lady stepped in front of the band to inform everybody the programme they had planned was "vibrant", and represented the "cultural diversity" of the musicians, and the orchestral tradition in general. Jolly good.

Yet as the works they were about to play were written by composers from the Americas, north and south, and the conductor was Mexican, it is reasonable to assume the audience had taken that much for granted. And surely it is for us, the listeners, to judge whether a performance is "vibrant". On this occasion it wasn't, particularly. ...

Nevertheless, the lady felt obliged to encourage people how to think, or feel, in the interests of "diversity". ...

We can agree that an open mind is generally better than a closed one. But is "diversity", interpreted in the approved modern sense, always a force for good in a cultural context? How much diversity – social, religious, ethnic – was there in Quattrocento Florence, Elizabethan England or 19th-century Paris? Somehow those people, clothed as they were in prejudice of all kinds, managed to leave their mark. ...

A survey of the greatest cultural achievements of the Western world indicates that, where genius is concerned, diversity counts for little. You could, if you wished, argue that in the years between 1770, when Beethoven was born in Bonn, and 1828, when Schubert died, Vienna supplied more to ennoble the human spirit than some nations have managed in 2,000 years. It would be an unfashionable argument, but it wouldn't necessarily be wrong.
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Diversity – Bank of England
Bank of England admits it won't meet diversity targets
Anna Isaac
Daily Telegraph, 24 April 2019

The Bank of England is set to miss a target to make its top workers more representative of a modern UK, despite claiming diversity is a "top priority".

At its present rate of progress the Bank will not meet its "senior representation target" of having 13pc of its leaders as Black Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME), meeting minutes have revealed.

The latest figures show 5pc of senior positions are held by BAME workers, less than half of the 13pc aim.

If it reached its target, it would bring Threadneedle Street's management in line with the make-up of the UK general public, and just below the 14.5pc of BAME people within the working population.
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Diversity – theatre, racism, discrimination
The Hollow Crown of Reigning Sentiment
Anthony Daniels
Quadrant, 14 April 2019

The precise date of the discovery by theatre directors that they are greater than Shakespeare cannot be specified: the discovery was more a process than an event. But by the time I saw a production of Richard II at the Almeida Theatre a few weeks ago, the superior genius of any director over that of Shakespeare was an established principle and indisputable fact. ...

But if I had an elevated conception of Shakespeare, how naive and mistaken I was! I knew nothing of Richard II – the play, that is, not the king – until I saw the production by Joe Hill-Gibbins. How narrow had been my previous conception of it! ...

We come now to the very delicate question of the over-representation of black actors in productions such as this (and many others). They are now included in casts out of all proportion to their number in the general population, and unlike such disproportion in professional football teams, this disproportion is not the consequence of superior talent or ability. It is quite obviously, but also unmentionably, the consequence of policy. ...

Moreover, it is agitprop of an obviously racist variety. The British stage is now riven with racism, if by racism we mean the tendency to believe that race is and ought to be an important determinant of policy, for example in the allocation of jobs. And it is obvious that, lying not very deeply under the positive discrimination exercised in the casting of plays in British productions, is an attitude of condescension at best and contempt at worst.

You would never guess from the British theatre that the largest ethnic minority by far in the country is of Indian subcontinental origin: it will be a very long time before you see a Bangladeshi Juliet or a Sikh Angelo. ...

It is here that we see the implicit condescension or contempt in the positive discrimination in favour of black actors (of course, there can be no positive discrimination without negative discrimination, but not all racial discrimination is equal). They are believed to be people who could not survive by their own unaided efforts – unaided, that is, by the intellectual keepers of our conscience. They are like household dogs that could not survive in the wild.

The mental contortions that are now required of us to be considered, and to consider ourselves, decent respectable citizens would be enough to baffle Houdini. Some demographic disproportions must never be alluded to or even noticed, others must be referred to ad nauseam, and the decent person must know by instinct, as it were, which is which. Some disparities must be constantly measured, others persistently ignored. And you must never let your guard down in discriminating which discriminations are discriminatory. After all, received wisdom can change as quickly as the enemy during the hate sessions in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
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Diversity – psychology
Finally Some Robust Research Into Whether "Diversity Training" Actually Works – Unfortunately It's Not Very Promising
Jesse Singal
British Psychological Society, 10 April 2019

Diversity trainings are big business. In the United States, companies spend about £6.1 billion per year, by one estimate, on programmes geared at making companies more inclusive and welcoming to members of often-underrepresented groups (British numbers aren't easy to come by, but according to one recent survey, over a third of recruiters are planning to increase their investment in diversity initiatives).

Unfortunately, there's little evidence-backed consensus about which sorts of diversity programmes work, and why, and there have been long-standing concerns in some quarters that these programmes don't do much at all, or that they could actually be harmful. ...

For a new paper in PNAS, a prominent team of researchers, including Katherine Milkman, Angela Duckworth, and Adam Grant of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School, partnered with a large global organisation to measure the real-world impact of the researchers' own anti-bias intervention, designed principally to "promote inclusive attitudes and behaviors toward women, whereas a secondary focus was to promote the inclusion of other underrepresented groups (e.g., racial minorities)." The results were mixed at best – and unfortunately there are good reasons to be sceptical that even the more positive results are as positive as they seem. ...

... Until there are more studies like this one, those who want to use diversity training to make companies and other institutions more welcoming have no option but to feel around in the dark for what works.
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Diversity – dancers
Furious dancers are kicked out of renowned troupe for the over-60s for being WHITE so bosses can hire more black and Asian athletes
Chris Hastings
Mail on Sunday, 7 April 2019

As a renowned dance troupe made up entirely of over-60s performers, Company of Elders has won acclaim across the globe.

But now longstanding members of the troupe have been told they have to leave to make way for more black and Asian recruits.

The decision by the prestigious Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, which runs the contemporary dance company, has been attacked as sacrificing the wellbeing of current members – many in their 70s and 80s – on the 'altar of political correctness'.

Until now members have been able to stay with the company as long they can perform. ...

The news of the forced retirements is said to have come as a 'bombshell'. ...

Under the new rules, anyone who has been with the troupe for ten years or more has been told they can stay for only another three years. Those who have been there for less than ten years can stay for another five.

A spokesman for Sadler's Wells said the plan was to encourage 'people from BAME [black and minority ethnic] backgrounds... to join'. ...

Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission said: 'If you are genuinely interested in diversity one of the things you will not do is reduce the range of ages you have in the company. It's a bit scandalous to play off one minority group – people of colour – against another minority group – older dancers.' ...

Sadler's Wells has been given £9.8 million of public funds from the Arts Council for the period 2018 to 2022.
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Diversity – Republic of Ireland
Gardai will allow hijabs and turbans to be worn as part of their uniform in a bid to increase diversity
Gavin O'Callaghan
Irish Mirror, 5 April 2019

Gardai will allow hijabs and turbans to be worn as part of their uniform, it has been announced.

Commissioner Drew Harris revealed the landmark uniform revamp in a bid to attract more people from minority backgrounds.

Turbans will be permitted for members of the Sikh community and the hijab for members of the Muslim community.
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Diversity – lawyers, Canada
Lawyer threatend with suspension over 'diversity' mandate quits
WND, 24 March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Steven Spier is the vice-chancellor of Kingston University

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

With the lowest entry rate of all ethnic groups, just 29 percent of white pupils commenced higher education in 2017, with figures revealing young white people from the most wealthy socio-economic group were less likely to attend university than Chinese pupils from the poorest backgrounds.
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Emigration – Serbia
2 million Serbs in diaspora – average age of Serbian expat 34.7
Snezana Bjelotomic
Serbian Monitor, 13 May 2019

According to the latest data, around 11 million Serbs live all over the world, and after the Balkans, the biggest number of them lives in the US – close to 650,000.

Nearly 6 million Serbs live in Serbia, and almost 1.6 million in the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Others seem to have emigrated "across the pond", mostly to the US and Canada, with around 180,000 of them currently living in the latter.

In regard to Europe, the biggest number of Serbs lives in Germany (450,000), followed by Austria (300,000) and Switzerland (almost 200,000). Interestingly enough, despite its strict immigration policies, there are 80,000 Serbs living in the UK. Finally, close to 120,000 Serbs live in Asia and Oceania, with most of them located in Australia. ...

"The average age of external migrants from Serbia is 34.7 years, making them considerably younger than the total population of Serbia, which is on average 42.2 years old.
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Emigration – Africa, Nigeria
Nigeria groans as medical professionals' emigration worsens
Joseph Onyekwere and Ngozi Egenuka
The Guardian, 30 March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But here's the paradox. Experience suggests that migration from the developing world peaks when national income reaches the £4,500 to £5,500 per capita range. Much below that, and only the middle classes and the enterprising have the wherewithal to make the break. Once income reaches that level, however, it provudes the means for mass migration.
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Employment – wages, productivity
Calls for UK to boost immigration to lower wages
Leith van Onselen
Macrobusiness, 30 May 2019

The decline in EU immigration into the UK in the wake of the Brexit Turmoil has proven to be a massive boon for workers, with unemployment falling to the lowest level since the 1970s and UK wages surging: ...

Meanwhile, with the UK's unemployment rate cratering, and wages rising, the government is being urged to open the immigration spigots to "help businesses access the skills they need" (read lower their wage costs):

The list of occupations eligible for the UK's non-European skilled work visas should be expanded "as soon as possible", with the uncertainty caused by Brexit a major consideration, government advisers have said...

In a review published on Wednesday, the [migration advisory] committee said its recommendations would mean putting about 2.5 million workers, or 9% of the total workforce, on the list, whereas the current figure was fewer than 1%. It said the expansion would come mainly from the inclusion of more health and IT jobs. ...

Jane Gratton, the head of people policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "Expanding the shortage occupation list will help businesses access the skills they need"...

Being employed in a profession on the SOL also grants exemption from the £35,000 minimum income threshold and incurs lower visa fees.

... It is basic economics that if you stem the flow of foreign workers, then workers' bargaining power will increase. This was explained by The Australia Institute's chief economist, Richard Denniss, when he noted that the very purpose of foreign worker visas is to "suppress wage growth by allowing employers to recruit from a global pool of labour to compete with Australian workers". That is, in a normal functioning labour market, "when demand for workers rises, employers would need to bid against each other for the available scarce talent". But this mechanism has been bypassed by enabling employers to recruit labour globally. "It is only in recent years that the wage rises that accompany the normal functioning of the labour market have been rebranded as a 'skills shortage'".

Except in very limited circumstances, there is no such thing as a shortage of labour. There is only a "shortage" of labour at the price/ wages firms are generally willing to pay.

Given faster wage growth: a) the least productive businesses would lose people, shrink and go bust, transferring workers, land and capital to more productive businesses, raising average productivity across the economy; and b) all businesses, observing higher wages, would invest more in labour saving technologies, training and restructuring to raise productivity.
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Employment – jobs
Increase in skilled migration from outside EU needed to plug jobs gap amid Brexit uncertainty, says Home Office review
Ashley Cowburn
Independent, 29 May 2019

A big increase in skilled immigration from outside the EU is needed to plug gaps in key jobs amid considerable Brexit uncertainty, according to an official review for the Home Office.

The report from the influential Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) calls on ministers to significantly expand the UK's list of understaffed occupations.

It recommends adding roles such as architects, web designers, psychologists and veterinarians, for the first time to the list.

Other occupations that are already listed should be extended to cover all roles within the category, including medical practitioners, artists and civil engineers, MAC's report added.

It calls on ministers to increase the shortage list from one per cent of jobs in Britain's labour market to nine per cent - placing around 2.5m workers on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

Jobs that fall under the SOL entail certain benefits, such as applicants and their families facing lower visa application fees, and no requirement to meet the £35,800 salary threshold required for settlement in the UK after five years.

Commissioned by the home secretary Sajid Javid, the report makes clear employers are finding it increasingly difficult to fill crucial roles in Britain's labour market.
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Employment – politics
MAC report on the shortage occupation list
Migration Watch UK, 29 May 2019

Commenting, Alp Mehmet, Vice Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

"An initial analysis of this long report shows its main proposal to be to increase the shortage occupation list from covering less than 1% of total employment to 9% - or about 2.5m workers. This is astonishing. The MAC seems to have turned 180 degrees from its previous emphasis on encouraging employers to recruit domestically through improved wages, better conditions and boosted training. What a pity.

If these recommendations were accepted, it would amount to a turning point in immigration policy. The control of numbers would, in effect, be abandoned and the incentive for UK employers to train UK workers would be even further reduced. Employers would be happy but many people would be aghast at this disregard for public concern about the present massive level of immigration."

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Employment – productivity
Immigration is not the answer to the productivity puzzle
Migration Watch UK, 28 May 2019

An analysis issued by Migration Watch UK today focuses on the serious productivity problem which the UK has faced, particularly over the last ten years - a period which has been one of very high net migration.

UK productivity is now 9% below Italy, 22% lower than the USA and France, and 25% less than Germany. Furthermore, growth in productivity in the UK since 2008 has been half that in France, less than a third of that in Germany, and less than a fifth of that in the USA. This suggests that it is a very serious problem which cannot be attributed only to the economic crash of 2008, so answers must be found elsewhere.

From 2008 until the middle of 2018 the growth in migrant workers outpaced growth in UK born workers by two to one and the migrant share of workers increased enormously yet there seems to have been no increase in productivity of the sort that the immigration lobby's claims say that there should have been. ...

The paper reviews other recent research and concludes that the admission of relatively small numbers of highly skilled workers to highly skilled jobs might be productivity enhancing.

However, since 2006, despite the number of immigrant workers in the UK growing by over two million and the migrant share of the workforce nearly doubling, productivity growth has been extraordinarily low compared to previous times. ...

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

"Raising productivity may sound technical but it is the absolute key to our future prosperity. It is time that the immigration lobby explained why productivity in the UK has been as flat as a pancake for the last ten years despite massive levels of immigration which they claim increases it."

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Employment – doctors, NHS
NHS breaking recruitment rules with one in four new doctors coming from 'banned' developing countries
Laura Donnelly and Patrick Scott
Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2019

The NHS is breaking recruitment rules, with one in four new medics now coming from developing countries which are supposed to be protected by ethical codes, an investigation reveals.

The Telegraph has uncovered evidence that the health service is targeting medics from such countries - despite strict rules which are supposed to protect the poorest parts of the world.

The Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for International Development identifies 97 countries which "should not be actively recruited from" because they are in receipt of aid, and often suffering from shortages of medics.

They include Pakistan, Nigeria, Egypt, Myanmar, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

But NHS trusts have used agencies to recruit doctors from such countries, the investigation reveals.

It also shows that the number of doctors coming from such countries to work in the UK has doubled in the last two years.

In total, 27 per cent of all new medics joining the medical register last year came from countries on the "banned" list, figures from the General Medical Council (GMC) show.

The records show that last year 4,161 doctors registered to work in Britain from countries which should not be targeted for recruitment - a rise from 2,206 from the same countries in 2016.

In the last five years, there were more than 12,000 registrations from such locations.

The figures include doctors who chose to come to the UK without being actively recruited by the NHS.

But the trends prompted concern last night, amid evidence that trusts are using agencies who are flouting the rules. ...

In total, 12,554 doctors who joined the UK medical register in the last five years came from parts of the world which are currently supposed to be covered by the restrictions. More than 3,400 came from Pakistan, along with 1,995 from Nigeria, 1,775 from Egypt, 826 from Sri Lanka, 797 from Sudan, 444 from Bangladesh, 325 from Iraq and 312 from Myanmar, the figures show.

The data from the General Medical Council covers place of qualification, which is usually a person's country of origin.
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Employment – EU and non-EU workers
Number of EU workers in the UK hits record high as unemployment falls to lowest in 44 years
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2019

The number of EU nationals working in the UK hit a record high in the three months to March as the jobs market ignored political turmoil to create more positions.

It came as unemployment fell to 3.8pc, the lowest level since the end of 1974.

Almost 2.4m citizens of other EU nations now work in the country, a rise of more than 100,000 compared to the final three months of 2018.

That more than reverses the outflow, nicknamed the 'Brexodus', from late 2017 to September 2018.

The number of workers from outside the EU also increased, the Office for National Statistics said, rising by 22,000 on the quarter and 80,000 on the year to more than 1.3m.
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Employment – wages, salaries
Wages rise to attract British workers
Jack Torrance
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2019

Employers have had to increase wages and offer more benefits to compete for British workers as European migrants shun the UK in the run-up to Brexit.

Three quarters of recruiters have seen an increase in businesses looking to source candidates from within the country, according to research by LinkedIn.

The professional network said 47pc of jobseekers in other EU countries searched for UK jobs in the first three months of this year, compared with more than half in the same period of 2018.

Meanwhile, the number of LinkedIn members moving from mainland Europe to the UK fell by 30pc between 2016 and 2019. The shortage has forced employers to compete harder for staff, with around half increasing salary offers to hire the right people and two-fifths offering more flexible working opportunities.
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Migration from India soars as businesses plan for life beyond Brexit
Francis Churchill
People Management, 11 March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This relationship between mass immigration and occupational change cannot be generalised to all periods and places. The mass European migration in the second half of the 19th century to the USA and other areas of new settlement did not have this result, nor in fact did the mass immigration to Western Europe in the post-world war period. It is, however, clear that today those who call for 'open borders' – the unrestricted entry of unskilled workers into the EU – are facilitating a more polarised occupational structure, more low paid workers and greater social and economic inequality.
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Extremism – free speech, censorship
The RCGP's ridiculous decision to 'no-platform' me
Julia Hartley-Brewer
Spectator blog, 31 May 2019

... but this week I have at long last joined the ranks of the 'no-platformed' – by no less an august body than the Royal College of General Practitioners.

My crime? 'Some of the opinions expressed on [my] social media feed' and, specifically, a three year old tweet about Enoch Powell, which left the medical body 'no choice' but to rescind an invitation for me to speak. ...

I had been invited to attend the RCGP's annual conference to join a panel of guests for a Question Time-style discussion of the 'hot healthcare topics of the day' in Liverpool this Autumn. ...

Another GP, Dr Tehseen Khan, also wrote an article in Pulse Today, the medical magazine, threatening to leave the RCGP if I spoke at the conference and described me as an 'inflammatory' journalist and 'someone who defends fascism'. That escalated quickly, didn't it?

So what views did I express that so offended the hundreds of doctors who have now signed up to the petition denouncing me?

This is the tweet I posted as part of a Twitter conversation one evening in September 2016: "fair point. I'm not defending Powell, I just don't see anything in the Rivers speech that he got wrong."

Yes, from a cursory glance, I can absolutely see why someone could view that tweet as endorsing every sentiment expressed in Enoch Powell's Rivers of Blood speech but I had, perhaps foolishly, thought that my statement that 'I'm not defending Powell' would suffice to make my more qualified position clear.

What point was I seeking to make? I don't claim to be an authority on Powell or his views (then or now) but as a subsequent tweet later explained, I was commenting on the accuracy of his predictions rather than making a moral judgement endorsing his views.

Certainly some of his language about ethnic minority immigrants was nasty. However, I understood – perhaps incorrectly – that Powell's main point in his Rivers speech was about the need to stem mass immigration because the failure of some new arrivals to integrate would lead to racial tensions in England's cities. This undoubtedly did happen and, arguably, is still happening 50 years later.

Powell's predictions about immigration numbers were dismissed as fear mongering at the time. In fact, they ended up being rather on the low side. That is what I was referring to in my offending tweet.

In another tweet in the same conversation, I wrote that 'Powell was not a racist' because he, on many occasions, denied viewing whites as superior to any other race. I also noted that it was bizarre that Tony Blair should have paid such warm tributes to Powell after his death in 1998, calling him 'one of the great figures of 20th century British politics', if he believed him to be racist. ...

After initially responding to the petition by 'strongly condemning' my tweet but insisting that conference speakers 'do not necessarily' reflect the RCGP's views, the College chair has now decided to give in to the petitioners. ...

Why does this matter? Well, Dr Woodall is a Labour Party member who tweeted that Leave-backing MPs are 'thinly-disguised racists'; ...

He even tweeted the Health Secretary Matt Hancock to say he would emigrate if we left the EU with no deal, adding: 'I'm not living in this racist shit-hole one day longer.'
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Extremism – soldiers, Army
Patriotism is a 'red-flag for racism': Army officers are warned soldiers calling themselves 'patriots' or who make 'inaccurate generalisations about the Left' could be right-wing extremists in their ranks
Henry Martin
MailOnline, 30 May 2019

A guide to help high-ranking British officers spot right-wing extremists in their ranks has been leaked - and the signs include people calling themselves 'patriots' and making 'inaccurate generalisations about the Left'.

The leaflet, made in 2017, is titled 'Extreme Right Wing (XRW) Indicators & Warnings' - and advises senior army staff to look out for people who 'use the term Islamofacism' [sic] and call people who challenge their 'XRW' views 'indoctrinated'. ...

Other criteria the leaflet says are an indicator of 'XRW' beliefs include describing multicultural cities as 'lost', adding '-istan' to British place names, having tattoos with 'overt and covert XRW iconography' and viewing opponents as 'traitors'. ...

It is not known whether similar literature has been produced on how to spot left-wing extremists or Islamists.
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Extremism – patriotism, British Army
According to the British Army, it's extremist to be a patriot
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 30 May 2019

According to the British Army it is extremist to be patriotic. In a startling confirmation that political correctness is no longer the sole preserve of woke students and Corbyn-loving trustafarians and now has virtually every institution in the land in its deathly, censorious grip, the army – the actual army – has decreed that loving one's nation too much is a sign of a warped, diseased mind. When soldiers – the people expected to give their lives to defend the nation – are being instructed that fondness for your nation is an iffy attribute, you know modern Britain is in serious moral trouble.

The 'patriotism as extremism' decree came in an internal army document on the giveaway signs for right-wing extremism. Army chiefs are told to look out for certain 'indicators and warnings' that an individual soldier might be leaning towards an 'extreme right-wing' outlook. These indicators include referring to oneself as a 'patriot', becoming 'increasingly angry' about 'perceived injustices and threats to so-called "national identity"', using the word 'Islamofascism', and describing political correctness as a 'left-wing or communist plot'.

What is bizarre, if not outright perverse, about these indicators of 'right-wing extremism' is that just a few years ago such outlooks would have been seen as essential attributes for every aspiring soldier. ...

As for labelling the use of phrases like 'Islamofascism' or 'PC is a left-wing plot' as warning signs of right-wing extremism, that is just a transparent and deeply sinister attempt to thought-police soldiers and punish them for holding certain views. Views, it should be noted, that a great many people hold. I'm not a fan of the term 'Islamofacism' and I think it's far too simplistic to refer to the culture of PC as a 'communist plot', but many good, normal people do refer to Islamist terrorists' mass slaughter of their fellow citizens as a form of fascism and do believe that PC is the handiwork of left-wing cliques. There's nothing wrong with these views. They certainly aren't proof that someone is descending into a skinhead-style nutty extremism. ...

There is nothing extreme or evil in love for one's nation. There is nothing wrong with calling oneself a patriot. There is nothing bad in wanting to stand up for a sense of national identity. Many people feel these things. And soldiers are trained to feel these things. An army that views patriotism as dangerous and standing up for Britain as suspect is an army that will soon be incapable of defending the country from external threats.
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Extremism – Islam
Secret Government report warns over 48 British Islamic schools are teaching intolerance and misogyny to future imams
Abul Taher
Mail on Sunday, 5 May 2019

Young imams are being trained in a network of Islamic schools across the UK that have been accused of promoting intolerance and misogyny, a secret Government report has warned.

The report claims preachers emerging from some of the dozens of Darul Uloom madrasas scattered across Britain have views as extreme as those held by radical clerics who move to the UK from Islamic countries – and may spread them to worshippers.

The Mail on Sunday has identified 48 Darul Ulooms – which can be translated as House of Knowledge – that follow a strict syllabus called Dars-E-Nizami.

It espouses the literal following of the Koran and is used by the hardline Islamic movement Deobandism, whose training schools produced the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan. ...

Haras Rafiq, an anti-extremism expert at the Quilliam think tank, said: 'British-trained imams are not any better than the ones trained in the Indian subcontinent because both are taught the same Dars-E-Nizami syllabus. The Darul Ulooms have a problem with extremism.'
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Extremism – BBC
BBC Asian Network Plays Rap Song About Pimping 'White Girls' for Money
Breitbart, 4 May 2019

The BBC has come under fire for airing a rap song which appears to glamourise south Asian men using "white girls" as prostitutes and drug dealers.

BBC Asian Network played the song "Chaabian Boyz" by Frenzo Harami, which contains the lyrics "I had a white girl I used to call a cash machine, I got 20 white girls and they will trap [sell drugs] for me, they're on in the flats laying on their backs for P [money]." ...

The BBC responded to the criticism by saying, "A version of the track which did not meet our editorial standards was played on Asian Network produced shows, in error. The song will not be played on any future shows." ...

An official report in 2014 by Professor Alexis Jay exposed how largely Pakistani-heritage, Muslim men had systematically exploited 1,500 mostly white girls in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. The abuse went largely unchecked due to politically correct authorities fearing they could be accused of racism.
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Extremism – Islam, Germany, UK
Germany confirms Islamic Relief ties to Muslim Brotherhood
The National [UAE], 17 April 2019

German officials have accused Islamic Relief Worldwide of "significant" connections to the underground Muslim Brotherhood, triggering concerns among politicians over the diversion of official funds to Islamists.

A submission to the Bundesrat revealed that the powerful Federal Court of Audit was examining official grants to Islamic Relief, which was founded in Birmingham, UK, that totalled €6.1 million in the years to 2016. The response said Islamic Relief was connected to Muslim Brotherhood groups not only in Europe but around the world.

Liberal MP Oliver Luksic said the answer was deeply alarming. "It is a scandal that German taxpayers' money is going to go to Islamists," he said. ...

The United Arab Emirates designated Islamic Relief Worldwide as a terrorist organisation in 2014 over its global links to the Muslim Brotherhood. ...

The announcement of a German review into official funding of Brotherhood-related groups comes amid growing concern over the spreading influence of the group in the country. The most recent published intelligence assessment said that there were an estimated 1,040 Brotherhood activists active in the country. It further said the group exerted active control over 50 mosques or Islamic centres. ...

On its website, the group sets out its history of working with governments since it was founded in Britain by Egyptian Hany El Banna. It became the first specialist Muslim charity to gain British government funding for projects in Africa in 1994.

It signed a framework partnership with the EU in 2002 and became a member of the UK's Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) which distributes funds from nationwide appeals in 2005. In Britain alone its annual Ramadan campaign raises more than £10 million annually. ...

Volker Beck, a Green Party politician, said the Brotherhood had built up ties with the main Islamic body for German Turks, using a conference organised in Cologne late last year as a platform for pan-European ambitions. "At the conference at the Islamic centre in Cologne there was the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood," he said. "This event is quite interesting and a bit terrifying. They are not anymore trying to organise the Muslims in Germany but on a European level."
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Extremism – Islamophobia, Islam
Government adviser on Islamaphobia gave his backing to a Pakistani cleric who called for a Christian mother to be hanged for blasphemy
Glen Owen and Abul Taher
Mail on Sunday, 7 April 2019

An imam recruited to advise the Government on 'tackling Islamophobia' has publicly supported a cleric in Pakistan who has campaigned for a Christian woman to be hanged for blasphemy.

Qari Asim, who is part of an 11-strong panel assembled by the Communities Department, supported preacher Khadim Rizvi, who demanded the death penalty for Asia Bibi, who was falsely accused of insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

She spent nine years on death row until she was acquitted in October.

Mr Asim's past emerged as part of a Mail on Sunday investigation into the Working Group on Anti-Muslim Hatred, which advises Ministers and senior civil servants on measures to combat anti-Muslim bigotry and hate crimes.

When Pakistan's Supreme Court acquitted Ms Bibi last year, Rizvi's group, Tehreek-e-Labbaik, caused nationwide riots, demanding that she be hanged.

Rizvi also endorsed the actions of Tanveer Ahmed, a British extremist who killed a shopkeeper in Glasgow, Asad Shah, because he belonged to a 'heretical' Muslim sect known as the Ahmadis. After the murder in 2016, Rizvi praised Ahmed in his preachings, hailing him as a 'ghazi', or 'warrior'.

Ahmed, 34, from Bradford, is now serving 27 years for murder. ...

The working group, which was established in 2012, has been controversial, with a number of moderate Muslim leaders saying that some of its members were religious hardliners with bigoted views. ...

A Communities Department spokesman said Mr Asim never intended to 'endorse' cleric Rizvi: 'Imam Qari Asim did not intend that publication to be an endorsement of Rizvi and so took the article down, which he replaced with one calling for tolerance for all.'
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Extremism – Islam, Sweden, France
Study Claims Western-Born Muslims More Likely to Be Radicalised
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 21 March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

While the Foreign Office spent £57,509.92 doing the same.
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Fraud and corruption – student visas
Revealed: Home Office allowed 7,500 migrants accused of cheating the student visa system to stay in Britain
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 24 May 2019

Thousands of migrants accused of cheating the student visa system have been allowed to stay in Britain, a report has warned.

Around 56,000 foreign citizens were implicated in a scam to fake English language tests to beat UK border controls, said the National Audit Office (NAO).

The spending watchdog said bogus students had exploited the lax system in a racket run by criminal gangs.

Yet about 7,500 had been given permission to remain in the UK rather than being thrown out – often challenging the decision on human rights grounds.

The NAO said there had been 'widespread cheating' in English language tests. Those claiming to be students needed to pass them before they were granted a visa.

However, the NAO also acknowledged that a 'small proportion' of innocent people may have been removed from the UK after being embroiled in the fiasco.

Each year, around 100,000 non-EU students get their visas to stay in the UK extended. Since 2011 foreign students have had to prove they can speak English.

The scam involved corrupt invigilators reading out answers or allowing gangs of imposters to sit speaking tests so the candidates could be awarded an English language certificate. ...

The NAO report said it revealed 'organised cheating' in two language test centres run by third parties on behalf of ETS. An investigation by ETS, using voice recognition technology and human listeners to establish who had cheated by having someone else sit their test, identified 97 per cent as 'suspicious'.

An astonishing 33,663 UK tests, 58 per cent, were classed as 'invalid' while another 22,476 results, or 39 per cent, were considered 'questionable'. The report said 92 per cent of those found to have falsified tests were fluent English speakers – suggesting a stand-in had sat the exam. The Government responded by cancelling thousands of visas. But the watchdog found 7,467 migrants accused of deception were allowed to stay in Britain – despite trying to dupe the system.

Of these around 4,000 were granted leave to remain and 2,600 had successfully appealed against immigration decisions, often arguing that removing them would breach their human rights.

That opened the door to British citizenship, allowing them access to a full range of benefits.

After the scandal was exposed, the National Crime Agency was called in to assist the investigation. The NAO revealed 25 criminals were convicted for their role in the scam, 21 of them being jailed for a total of 70 years. Four offenders are still awaiting sentence, said the report.

Ministers also stripped 75 colleges of the right to admit foreign students.

At least 11,000 people accused of cheating the language tests have left the country – about one in five of all suspicious candidates, said the NAO.

Sir Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, acknowledged cheating had happened on a 'large scale'.
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Fraud and corruption – citizenship
Citizenship test cheats: Migrants 'pay criminals £2,000 to feed them the answers through tiny earpieces' so that they can win the right to stay in Britain
Josh White
Daily Mail, 4 February 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'For them to get to a stage where they obtain permanent residency, where they obtain a British passport, it's truly, truly shocking.'
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Illegal immigration – English Channel
More migrants found crossing Channel this month than 'major incident' in December
Ella Wills
Evening Standard, 26 May 2019

More migrants have been found trying to cross the Channel this month than in December, when a "major incident" was declared.

A Border Force cutter intercepted eight men travelling towards the UK coast in a small boat on Saturday morning.

It brings the total for May so far up to 140, while in December 138 migrants were picked up as they tried to make the crossing, according to analysis by the BBC. ...

The group of eight men picked up on Saturday were brought to Dover, Kent, were they were found to be in good health before being sent to be interviewed by immigration officials.

Seven said they were Iranian, while the eighth said he was an Afghan.

Earlier this month, Government figures showed a total of 739 migrants planned or attempted to cross the Channel in small boats in the 14 months to the end of February.

The figure included: 135 people who arrived in the UK without being intercepted; 293 who were intercepted and brought to the UK; 144 who were intercepted and returned to France; and 167 linked to aborted departures from France.
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Illegal immigration – vehicles
Migrants spark major security alert after they get into UK by hiding under coach carrying British Army officers to a military base
Mark Nicol
Mail on Sunday, 26 May 2019

Two illegal immigrants sparked a major security alert after they approached a coach carrying British Army officers in France and clung to the vehicle's undercarriage as it was driven to a military base in the UK.

The stowaways, believed to be from northern Africa, are understood to have targeted the bus while it was waiting to board a Brittany Ferries service from Cherbourg to Portsmouth. ...

The coach carrying officers from 4 Regiment, Royal Logistics Corps (RLC), was waved inside Dalton Barracks in Abingdon by security guards with the stowaways still in hiding on Thursday evening. ...

Research by Migration Watch UK suggests that up to 12,850 people illegally gained access to the UK last year by hiding inside vehicles or clinging to their exteriors.
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Illegal immigration – English Channel
Channel migrants: Migrant crossing figure reaches new high
BBC, 25 May 2019

The number of migrants picked up trying to cross the Channel in May is now higher than the figure for December, when a "major incident" was declared.

Eight men were intercepted in a small boat at about 06:20 BST, bringing the total for May so far to 140.

In December, during mild weather, 138 migrants attempted the journey and Home Secretary Sajid Javid set out a plan for dealing with the problem.

At least 642 migrants have now crossed the Channel since 3 November.
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Illegal immigration – English channel
Channel migrants: Two boats intercepted off Kent coast
BBC, 18 May 2019

Two boats carrying 20 migrants have been intercepted off the Kent coast, the Home Office said.

Border Force was alerted to a small boat with 11 men, all believed to be Iranian, on board at about 05:50 BST. ...

A second boat with nine people on board was reported south of Folkestone. The six men, two women and a 12-year-old child were transferred to immigration officials for interview.

The vessel was intercepted by a Border Force cutter at about 07:50 after Kent Police received a 999 call from the stricken boat.

Seven of the migrants on board are believed to be Iraqis, and the other two said they were Iranian.

A total of 42 migrants - including 10 children - were brought to Dover by authorities after crossing the Channel in small boats over the last weekend.
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Illegal immigration – fake colleges and universities
There is a bigger problem than bogus or fake universities
Stephen A Hunt
University World News, 18 May 2019

Are some private or alternative higher education providers simply scams? ...

Some restrictions apply to the title 'university' and the power to award degrees, which are both legally protected. However, there have been numerous institutions operating, or apparently operating, in UK higher education using the title 'university' without sanction. These have ranged from the ideologically motivated to the outright criminal. ...

There have been several outright fake UK universities. That is, institutions illegally adopting and operating under the title 'university'. ...

None of these, despite appearances, have ever been located in the UK. They exist virtually, somewhere in cyberspace, often assembled from the webpages of the genuine universities their names resemble.

Fake universities function either to defraud students or funders of registration and-or course fees, or to produce specious qualifications designed to deceive employers, legitimate educational institutions or immigration authorities. ...

Bogus colleges, by contrast, are an entirely domestic construct, the phrase used by UK government ministers to connote colleges, language schools and schools guilty not of acting in the manner of fake universities, but of operating to circumvent the immigration system and of effectively being portals for illegal immigrants. ...

The prevalence of bogus colleges, however, is likely to have been overstated. Mike Ratcliffe, having interrogated the official figures, noted that "at least 200 of the names of providers on the list provided by UKVI [UK Visas and Immigration] can't count as a bogus college".

Around 200 genuine colleges, including at one point the London Metropolitan University, lost or relinquished their right to recruit overseas students but remained conflated with the (putatively) bogus colleges on the UKVI list – those suspected of being in existence to channel illegal immigrants posing as students.

... Although being 'struck off' does not itself prevent the colleges from operating, it does deprive them of international student fee income and consequently many simply closed.

Less ambitious than a fake university, but no less illegal, fake colleges and courses have used another means of appearing as a credible provider – accreditation by professional bodies. ...

Overall, the incidence of fake or fraudulent providers is relatively rare even in an educational sector subject to scant official oversight and, as some of the examples I've cited indicate, not all the problems are rooted in, or a product of, the private sector.
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Illegal immigration – Brexit
Illegal immigration to UK will rise after Brexit, study suggests
Benjamin Kentish
Independent, 16 May 2019

Illegal immigration is likely to rise when Britain leaves the EU and freedom of movement ends, a new study has found.

The report by the Social Market Foundation said closing legal migration routes after Brexit would lead to more people trying to enter and stay in the UK illegally.

It said politicians who claim that Brexit will solve public concerns about immigration should "come clean" about the actual consequences of ending free movement.

Failure to do so would result in a backlash when voters realised that leaving the EU had not solved their fears about immigration, and risked "creating the sort of conditions in Britain that helped Donald Trump become US president", the SMF said.

The study analysed previous cases where immigration was restricted and entry policies tightened, including Britain ending unrestricted migration from Commonwealth countries in the 1960s and the US stopping a programme for Mexican workers in 1965.

It found that stricter controls on immigration often led to an increase in the total number of migrants in the country, because people who could previously travel back and forth easily instead opt to stay.

Greater restrictions also fuel an increase in illegal migration as people who would previously have entered the country legally instead do so through other routes.

The SMF predicted that the number of people living in the UK illegally would increase after Brexit, as EU nationals who have not been given the right to remain in the country decide to stay without permission.

It called on the government to "inject a dose of honest realism, coming clean about the complexities and unintended consequences of immigration policy, about the control that it does have, but also the practical limits to that control". ...

Jonathan Thomas, migration researcher at the SMF and author of the report, said: "History suggests that people who expect ending free movement to take away their worries about immigration are going to be disappointed. Illegal immigration has not been a big part of British debate in recent years but the precedents suggest it could soon be high on the political agenda.

"People who want to end free movement should be honest with the electorate about the possibility that it will create significant new challenges relating to illegal immigration. And people who support a liberal approach to immigration should engage constructively with the perfectly legitimate view that illegal immigration is a problem that policymakers should address."
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Illegal immigration – English channel
Sixteen Iranian and Iraqi migrants including two children are intercepted off Kent coast after trying to cross the Channel in a small boat
Harry Howard
MailOnline, 12 May 2019

Sixteen migrants, including two children, were intercepted by the Border Force as they made their way across the Channel in a small boat.

The group of 12 men, two women and the children were seen in the early hours of this morning and are believed to be Iranian and Iraqi nationals.

French authorities then alerted the UK Border Force, who stopped the boat before it reached Kent shores.

The group were transferred to a cutter vessel before being brought to Dover and they have been transferred to immigration officers for interview. ...

At least 538 people, including about 40 children, have crossed the Channel in small boats since November 3, 2018.
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Illegal immigration – deportation
Immigration officials fear cracking down on businesses hiring illegal workers after the Windrush scandal
Sophie Borland
Daily Mail, 10 May 2019

Immigration officials are scared to crack down on businesses hiring illegal workers in the wake of the Windrush scandal, a report warns.

The Government estimates that between 190,000 and 240,000 businesses in the UK are currently employing staff who are here illegally.

Many are restaurant chains or fast food outlets and firms caught out in the past include Pizza Hut, Chez Gerard and Wimpy.

But a report by the immigrations watchdog warns that last year's Windrush scandal has had a damaging effect on enforcement.

Figures show that only 256 fines were handed out to firms hiring illegal immigrants in 2018/19, a tenth of the 2,594 penalties which were issued in 2015/16.

David Bolt, the Independent Chief Inspector of Border and Immigration, said this was partly because enforcement officers were wary after the backlash to Windrush.

He said: 'It was evident that Windrush had had a significant effect on immigration enforcement operationally, as a result of the 'pausing' of data sharing with other departments, and psychologically, with immigration enforcement perceiving that other departments and agencies, employers and the general public were now less supportive.' ...

Mr Bolt urged the Government to produce a new strategy on illegal working as soon as possible, adding that there was 'little clarity about the Home Office's thinking or intentions.' ...

Meanwhile a separate report, also by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, warned that foreign criminals are routinely avoiding deportation by launching legal challenges.

Mr Bolt was investigating the Home Office's system for sending foreign offenders home once they had completed prison sentences.

He found that in one six-month period, a total of 1,560 individuals managed to delay the deportation process or avoid it altogether.

Some launched legal challenges while others claimed they were unable to go back home due to medical reasons.
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Illegal immigration – failed asylum-seekers
More failed asylum seekers stay than leave
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 5 May 2019

Migration Watch research estimates net illegal immigration to be running at about 70,000 per year; the gross inflow is 105,000 per year (see our paper), and that is in addition to the estimated million or so migrants already living here illegally. A proportion of this million is the result of only 40 per cent of those refused asylum since 2004 leaving the country as they should have done (an annual average of 5,400 out of an average 13,900 refusals per year). Meanwhile, the backlog of asylum applications still awaiting an initial decision after more than six months trebled between 2010 and 2017.

David Wood, a former Director General of Immigration Enforcement at the Home Office, revealed in a report published by the think tank Civitas earlier this year that removals of failed asylum seekers had fallen from more than 15,000 per year 14/15 years ago to fewer than 5,000 in more recent years. In 2017, there were just 2,541 enforced removals and 2,301 voluntary departures.

The lamentable state of our asylum system and our ineffectual enforcement policies pose just as great a risk (perhaps greater) to the integrity of our borders as those risking their lives to cross the Channel in rubber dinghies, something the Home Secretary declared a major incident last December. ...

I should add that, according to Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission, speaking to Dutch broadcaster NOS in January 2016 of the 120,000 migrants who had arrived in the EU in December 2015 [to claim asylum] '60 per cent were from countries where you can assume they have no reason whatsoever to ask for refugee status'.

Not that the UK is not generous in giving refuge. According to Eurostat, the EU's statistical arm, in 2017 the UK resettled more refugees from outside Europe than any other EU member state (see the Government's Immigration White Paper, p76). In total, the UK provides asylum or another form of protection and resettlement to between 10,000 and 20,000 refugees every year. Long may that continue.

However, failing to remove those with no right to be here, including failed asylum seekers, is an affront to the rule of law and if anything encourages people to risk their lives to get here by hook or by crook. How the 129 MPs who signed a pledge effectively to turn a blind eye to illegal immigration /.../ thought they were helping is difficult to comprehend. What is more, they did this while the Home Office's internal estimate (according to David Wood – p4 of Civitas report) was that between 150,000 and 250,000 people with no right to be in the UK were failing to leave each year. The MPs were also acting against the express wishes of the great majority of the electorate, 77 per cent of whom see illegal immigration as a major problem facing the UK (2018 Project28 poll).

Instead of loosening controls (as only 8 per cent of the public wish to see, according to Ipsos MORI – see p7 of polling summary), the government should instead provide the asylum and immigration enforcement systems with the resources they need and in so doing show commitment to honouring their oft-repeated promise to reduce immigration by a lot, for which the majority of the public yearn.
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Illegal immigration – English Channel
Dozens of migrants picked up crossing Channel in boats
Sky News, 22 April 2019

Dozens of migrants trying to cross the English Channel in small boats have been picked up by Border Force and RNLI vessels.

A total of 36 people were discovered on three different small craft between the coasts of the UK and France.

The first boat was intercepted in the early hours of the morning by a Border Force cutter after an alert was raised.

A group of 11 adult males, who presented themselves as Iranian and Iraqi, were taken to Dover before being transferred to immigration officials for interview.

A second group, 15 men, women and children who presented themselves as Iraqi, were picked up by an RNLI boat before being taken to Dungeness and transferred to immigration officials.

Shortly after, a third group of nine adult men and one adult woman, who presented as Iranian, were intercepted and taken to Dover by a Border Force coastal patrol vessel.
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Illegal immigration – children, Calais, France
Surge in child refugees in Calais as conditions reach 'breaking point'
May Bulman
Independent, 21 April 2019

The number of child refugees languishing in Calais in the hope of getting to the UK has surged amid warnings that conditions at the border are reaching "breaking point".

Hundreds of unaccompanied minors are sleeping rough on the northern French coast, with numbers almost doubling in the past three months, according to charities who warn the situation is only getting worse.

While figures show a rise from about 150 to 281, aid workers say the true numbers are likely to be higher as many displaced people, including lone minors as young as 12, are being pushed out of visible areas and further into the "margins of society" due to ramped-up security measures introduced as part of the UK and France's response to a rise in migrant boat crossings last year. ...

The Dubs Amendment, which was introduced in 2016 to prevent unaccompanied children who have fled their home countries from turning to traffickers in a bid to reach the UK, has come under scrutiny after ministers refused to provide updates on how many children have been approved under the scheme.

A Home Office spokesperson said: "The UK has made a significant contribution to protecting vulnerable children, providing protection to over 34,500 children since the start of 2010. ..."
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Illegal immigration – visas
The Real Illegal Immigration Crisis Isn't on the Southern Border
Krishnadev Calamur
The Atlantic, 19 April 2019

If curbing illegal immigration is the goal, as politicians in the United States and Europe argue, then no wall or border fence will stop the West's largest source of such immigrants. They are not the subject of televised debates or of long stories highlighting their plight. Many are invisible, making them hard to count, and little attention is paid to them. ...

The group in question? Visa overstays.

These immigrants, who enter countries legally on student, tourist, or work visas and then stay past their visa's expiration date, are often overlooked in the discussion of illegal immigration. But in the past 10 years, visa overstays in the United States have outnumbered border crossings by a ratio of about 2 to 1, according to Robert Warren, who was for a decade the director of the statistics division at the agency that has since been renamed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and who is now a senior visiting fellow at the Center for Migration Studies, a New York-based organization. Elsewhere, the issue is even more pronounced – in Britain and Australia, the absence of a land border of the kind the United States has with Mexico and Canada means that nearly all illegal immigration comes in the form of visa overstays. Most people who are in Britain illegally, for example, entered legally and simply stayed on after their visa expired, research by Oxford University's Migration Observatory shows.

Still, none of this has translated into visa overstays becoming a source of anti-immigrant sentiment. ...

"It's right out there in the news, and you can see people" crossing borders, Warren told me. "With the overstayers, people will be tourists and they'll come here, and they'll either join relatives or they'll join people they know, and they'll get a job, and they're not visible." ...

That could be changing, however, at least in the U.S. ...

In the U.S., visa overstays have exceeded illegal border crossings in each of the past seven years. /.../ But tracking people who enter the U.S. legally until they leave is difficult. The Department of Homeland Security conducted its own analysis for fiscal year 2017, and its estimate was 702,000 overstayers. (To be clear, that number is a small fraction, 1.33 percent, of the more than 50 million people who arrive in the U.S. each year on valid visas.)

Part of the reason the numbers are hard to track is that visitors' visas are not checked as they exit some countries and, when they are, the system is either incomplete or problematic. ... in the U.K., which instituted exit checks in 2015, the process has been called "shambolic."
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Illegal immigration
Kent Police search for 'migrants who came ashore'
BBC, 22 March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At least 46 migrants were thought to have been arrested.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There were no books, equipment or teachers giving lessons.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Seventy seven per cent of the public consider illegal immigration a serious concern. And Mr Javid could start to restore some of the public's lost faith in our immigration system by getting a grip of the Albanian villains cocking a snook at our border controls.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 29 January 2019

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

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

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

Last week police in Blackpool said two Albanian men were facing deportation and another was on the run, after they raided a cannabis factory in the town.
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Illegal immigration – lorries
Channel migrants: Lorries still favoured route, border officers say
BBC, 27 January 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The incident in the Mediterranean saw a boat carrying 120 people, including a baby, a child and a pregnant woman, sink off the coast of Libya.
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Illegal immigration – boats
Migrant boats are now landing in northern England in a change of tactic by people smugglers
Jane Wharton
Metro, 12 January 2019

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

Unscrupulous smugglers are sending people in small boats on 200-mile journeys to land in more sparsely populated areas further up the coast. can reveal there have been at least two incidents of men landing in Lincolnshire in the last two months in a noticeable change of tactic.

It is thought they are exploiting the fact that Border Force patrols are so heavily focused on patrolling the English Channel around Kent that they can slip in unnoticed.
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Illegal immigration – border security
How to deal with immigrant crisis
Frederick Forsyth
Daily Express, 12 January 2019

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

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

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

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

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

If we could check them out in France, we could allow in the cream of the cream and make plain to the fraudsters they were never coming here legally and only deportation awaits. We could also by then have a record of all those turned away. It may sound harsh but segregation into categories is the only practical way. Those deliberately avoiding our vetting office would have declared their non-qualification.
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Illegal immigration – smuggling
I've smuggled 300 migrants into UK boasts Afghan trafficker who has been booted out of the country TWICE himself
Oliver Harvey
The Sun, 9 January 2019

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

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

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

The National Crime Agency is investigating our findings.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spahiu, of Southampton, admitted one charge of having a fake Italian driving licence, two of possessing a bladed article and one of entering Britain without leave.
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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
Arthur Martin And Dora Allday
Daily Mail, 2 January 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deploying more rescue ships may therefore be counter-productive unless accompanied by an agreement with the French to return the migrants to France.
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Immigration – residence, EU citizens
More Than 750,000 EU Citizens Apply To Stay In UK After Brexit
Isabel Togoh
HuffPost, 30 May 2019

More than 750,000 applications from EU citizens wishing to continue living and working in the UK post-Brexit have been received by the Home Office.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the first figures released on applications to the EU Settlement Scheme were "hugely encouraging".

The scheme allows millions of EU nationals in the UK to secure their right to stay in the country post-Brexit. More than three million people are eligible to apply to carry on living and working in the country.

A report by the Home Office, also out today, found that two-thirds of people who were given their status by the end of April had received settled status, while a third were granted pre-settled status.

Around 570,000 applications had been received from EU citizens in England, 30,000 from Scotland, 9,000 from Wales and 6,000 from Northern Ireland, with the the highest number of applications coming from Polish, Romanian and Italian citizens. ...

EU nationals and their family members who have lived continuously in the UK for five years can obtain settled status, meaning they are free to go on living and working in the UK indefinitely.

People with less than five years' residence can apply for pre-settled status, which can later be converted into settled status.
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Immigration – public opinion, Scotland
Quarter of people believe Scotland should welcome more refugees, according to poll
The Scotsman, 29 May 2019

A quarter of Scots believe the country should welcome more refugees, according to a survey.

The poll, commissioned by the Scottish Refugee Council (SRC), found positive attitudes towards people seeking refugee protection in Scotland.

More than two-thirds of people in Scotland feel empathy for refugees, according to the poll, while some 69 per cent of the 1,000 respondents agreed with the statement "refugees are ordinary people just like us".

Support for diversity was also said to increase, with 44 per cent agreeing new refugee communities make Scotland a more vibrant place to live, with the figure rising to 57 per cent among 18- to 24-year-olds.

A quarter said Scotland should welcome more refugees, while 40 per cent believe the country should continue to welcome the same number as previously.
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Immigration – politics
600,000 Migrants Enter Britain in One Year
Joe Markham
Breitbart, 25 May 2019

More than 600,000 migrants arrived in the United Kingdom in 2018 – akin to the population of a city the size of Belfast.

The data, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said that over a quarter of a million more people arrived with the intention of staying 12 months than left in 2018.

In total over the previous 12 months, 602,000 new people migrated to Britian, while 343,000 emigrated – showing a continued strong trend towards overall net migration, totalling 258,000 people.

The UK also granted asylum, alternative forms of leave, or resettlement to 17,304 people in the year ending March 2019 – an increase on the previous year.

Grants of protection reached their highest number since 2003. ...

Former Conservative Chancellor George Osborne infamously wrote in an article for the Evening Standard that the Tory leadership never had any intention of honouring their manifesto pledge to cut net migration to the tens of thousands.

"[N]one of [the Cabinet's] senior members supports the pledge in private and all would be glad to see the back of something that has caused the Conservative Party such public grief," he revealed.
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Immigration – politics
UK government misses net migration target for 37th time in a row
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 24 May 2019

Migrants continue to add to the UK population as official figures show the government has missed its target of reducing net migration to tens of thousands for the 37th time in a row.

The last official migration figures released under Theresa May's premiership reveal that 258,000 more people moved to the UK than left in 2018, with 602,000 arriving and 343,000 people emigrating.

Looking deeper into the data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), EU long-term immigration has fallen since 2016 and is at its lowest since 2013, with 201,000 people from EU nations arriving and 127,000 leaving.

The statistics also show, however, that non-EU net migration has gradually increased over the last five years, with 232,000 more non-EU citizens arriving than leaving last year.

The figures jar with pro-Brexit arguments of "taking back control of migration" by ending freedom of movement, because growth in net migration is driven by non-EU migration, which the UK is already able to control.
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Immigration – public opinion
Britons most positive in Europe on benefits of immigration
Jamie Grierson and Pamela Duncan
The Guardian, 3 May 2019

British people are more persuaded of the benefits of immigration than any other major European nation, according to a global survey, which has also found that almost half of Britons think immigrants are either positive or neutral for the country.

The YouGov-Cambridge Globalism survey found that 28% of Britons believed the benefits of immigration outweighed the costs, compared with 24% in Germany, 21% in France and 19% in Denmark. A further 20% of British people believed the costs and benefits were about equal, while 16% were not sure.

The findings contradict the assumption that Britain is more hostile to immigration than its European neighbours are. Britain was seen as taking a hardline and less compassionate response to the 2015 European migration crisis, while many argue concerns over immigration were the key driving force behind the Brexit vote.

But experts have detected a softening in attitudes towards immigration since that vote, which could in part be influenced by the prospect of the end of freedom of movement and the dramatic drop in net migration to the UK from EU countries, which in the last figures dropped to its lowest level since 2009.

In all, only 37% of Britons feel the costs of immigration outweigh the benefits – lower than in any other big European country apart from Poland. By comparison, 50% of Italians believe the net impact of immigration is negative, as well as 49% of Swedes and 42% of French and 40% of Germans. ...

However, the UK portion of the global YouGov survey suggests anti-immigrant messaging is unlikely to work across the party divide. While only 3% of Ukip voters thought benefits outweighed costs, this compared with 15% of Conservative voters and 42% who voted Labour.

The survey also suggested men were most open to the benefits of immigration, with 32% saying the overall the impact was positive, compared with 24% of women. ...

Britons also appeared relatively hostile to refugees. Only 29% of Britons thought people fleeing war or persecution were good for the country, less than any other EU or anglophone country in the survey. ...

UK respondents also showed the lowest level of support of all countries surveyed for migrants coming to join family members who already live here, with just 22% of respondents thinking this was good for the country, compared with 56% of Polish respondents who, among the EU and anglophone countries, showed the highest level of support.
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Immigration – Romanians
Inside Little Bucharest How Romanian immigration changed this small London suburb beyond recognition
George Harrison
The Sun, 1 May 2019

Stepping off the train there's a cacophony of foreign voices, and most of the little restaurants crowded along the High Street have their signs and menus in Romanian.

But this isn't Bucharest: this is Burnt Oak, a suburb near Wembley in north-west London which has been dubbed "Little Romania" because of the huge Eastern European population there.

It emerged last week that Romanians are now the second largest community of foreigners in Britain, with over 413,000 living and working in the UK.

Ten years ago, Britain's Romanian population stood at 42,000 - meaning there has been a tenfold increase in just a decade.

Romanians have also represented the biggest group of new arrivals since 2016, but nowhere is that more apparent than in Burnt Oak - a suburb where Romanian is the second most commonly spoken language, and where 56 per cent of school-age children don't speak English as a first language. ...

When I try to talk to staff at the Romanian supermarkets, many tell me that they don't speak English.
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Immigration – public opinion, Scotland
Almost half of Scots think immigration levels are too high - poll
The Scotsman, 29 April 2019

A growing number of Scots believe that too many people are entering the UK, according to a new poll.

In a study conducted by YouGov for The Times, 45% of 1,029 respondents said that the level of immigration into Britain over the last few years has been too high.

A total of 37% of respondents said they thought the level has been "about right", with 6% saying they thought the level was too low, whilst 11% said they did not know whether the level was right or not.

The study, carried out last week, highlighted a rise in the number of people over the last year who think immigration levels are too high.

Analysis in June 2018 found that 38% of respondents believed that immigration levels were too high.

Research suggests that 45% of people who voted Yes in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum believe that immigration is too high.

A total of 77% of Leave voters in the Brexit referendum said they thought the level is too high, whilst Conservative voters are most likely to be opposed to more immigration, with 65% stating that view.
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Immigration – public opinion, Scotland
Poll reveals sharp rise in opposition to immigration
Kieran Andrews
The Times, 29 April 2019

Opposition to immigration is growing in Scotland with almost half the population believing that it is too high, according to a new poll.

A YouGov survey for The Times has found that 45 per cent of interviewees think too many people are entering the UK, an increase of six percentage points on June last year.

This is despite the leadership of Scotland's main political parties, particularly the SNP, having liberal attitudes towards migration. Nicola Sturgeon used a speech to the SNP conference in Edinburgh yesterday to make an impassioned defence of the benefits of immigration and say that the door was open to anyone wanting to live and work in Scotland.
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Immigration – Indians
'UK's new immigration system post-Brexit will benefit Indian students, workers'
The Hindu Business Line, 26 April 2019

Indian students and workers, including the low-skilled work force, will benefit from the new immigration system to be implemented by the UK after it exits the European Union, British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith has said.

"The changes being planned in the immigration system will be better for students who will have a longer time after finishing their studies to look for a job in the UK. It will also be better for workers with a lower skill threshold. ...

The UK is finalising the immigration white paper which will shape the future migration system after the country's exit from the EU this year.

Last year, over 19,500 students from India received study visas, which was a 70 per cent increase over visas issued two years before, the High Commissioner said.

The movement of skilled workers from India to the UK increased at the fastest rate in 2018 and over 55,000 skilled work visas were issued to Indian nationals. The visas for Indian skilled workers were more than all other countries combined, Asquith pointed out.
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Immigrants were told to lie to the Home Office
Court News UK, 17 April 2019

Law firm workers told clients to lie to the Home Office to secure their visa applications, a court heard. Burlow and Spencer Ltd claimed they provided unrivalled legal expertise in immigration cases. But the company did not comply with immigration guidelines and encouraged their customers to be dishonest, the Old Bailey heard. Alongside DDR Legal Service Ltd they are on trial for providing immigration advice and services when not qualified. Burlow and Spencer's director Zia Bi, 39, ...
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Immigration – residence, EU migrants
More than 400,000 EU nationals apply to stay in UK after Brexit
The Guardian / Press Association, 11 April 2019

More than 400,000 European nationals have applied to secure their stay in the UK after Brexit, the Home Office has disclosed.

The number of applications received by the EU settlement scheme has increased by about 200,000 since it went live at the end of last month.

More than 230,000 people applied during test phases before the full launch on 30 March.

The Home Office also announced that 57 organisations would receive funding to help vulnerable applicants.

Up to £9m has been set aside to ensure support is available to an estimated 200,000 individuals who may be marginalised or need extra help submitting their application. ...

The settlement scheme is open to citizens of EU member states plus those from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, as well as their family members.

Successful applicants are granted immigration status confirming their right to continue living and working in the UK indefinitely.

People who have lived continuously in the UK for five years or more can obtain settled status. Those who have lived in the UK for less than five years can acquire pre-settled status, which can later be converted into settled status. ...

Government estimates indicate that between 3.5 million and 4.1 million European Economic Area citizens and their family members could be eligible to apply to the scheme by the end of 2020.
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Immigration – population growth
Uncontrolled immigration helped trigger Brexit - How ironic our self obsessed MPs have forgotten it
Stephen Glover
Daily Mail, 11 April 2019

Almost three years after the EU referendum, it's odd how little talk there is about immigration. Yet before the vote many politicians and much of the media were obsessed with the subject.

Is it because, despite the Brexit process driving many of us bonkers, people assume immigration has been sorted out? After all, concern about its uncontrolled nature was a major factor – possibly the main one – behind the Leave vote.

I'm afraid any thought that our marvellous Government is quietly attending to the challenges of reducing immigration, while tussling so hopelessly with all other aspects of Brexit, is wide of the mark.

While it's true that immigration from inside the EU is sharply down, this has nothing to do with the Government. Meanwhile, non-EU immigration is running at a 15-year high. The upshot is that overall numbers coming here are not far off record levels.

In the year to September 2018, net immigration to the UK was 283,000 – which is nearly three times the Tories' much trumpeted target (which has not been dropped) of an annual maximum of 100,000. ...

On Tuesday an estimate crept out of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which suggests that this impartial organisation assumes immigration is likely to continue at a high rate for the foreseeable future. ...

Whichever prediction one prefers, the number of people living in England seems likely to rocket in a brief time, with much, if not most, of the increase concentrated in London and the South East, already one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

That means more demand on new housing, almost half of which may be attributable to immigration. It means more trains in which passengers are crammed together like sardines, and it means even more congested roads.

And, unless the Government miraculously gets its act together, a sudden population explosion of this magnitude will entail a growing shortage of school places, longer waits in hospitals and GP surgeries, and ever greater pressure on power and water supplies. ...

Yet at the same time non-EU immigration – which the authorities are in principle able to control – has been soaring. One reason is that more people are coming here from Asia for work-related reasons. ...

There's absolutely no evidence that this stricken Government is prepared to regulate the flow. On the contrary. If the recent White Paper on immigration after Brexit becomes the basis of future policy, it's likely that numbers coming to this country will increase still further. ...

And it seems to me extraordinary that, in the heated debate about the shortage of houses for young people, the role which unrestrained immigration has played in helping to create this unhappy state of affairs is almost never mentioned.
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Immigration – population growth, public opinion
Obfuscating the true level of migration only encourages public mistrust
Andrew Green
Daily Telegraph website, 11 April 2019

Public concern about rapid population growth could not be clearer. Indeed, 64 per cent of the public told YouGov last year that estimated future population growth (a projected rise of nearly seven million people by 2041) is too high.

The public's worries are justified. Roads, tubes and trains are getting ever more crowded and research has shown the UK is already one of the ten most gridlocked countries on the planet.

Meanwhile, more than four-fifths of population growth between 2001 and 2016 was due to immigration. Indeed, immigration added one million to the UK population every three years – equivalent to the entire population of Birmingham or more than twice that of Liverpool.
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Immigration – public opinion
Majorities from EVERY generation and ethnic group want to cut immigration, survey finds
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 8 April 2019

A majority across every generation, ethnic group and even Remain supporters want to reduce immigration, a mass survey voters has found.

Findings by the new Tory think tank Onward revealed majority backing for controlling numbers even among 18-24 year-olds - who back it by 38 to 36 per cent.

An even higher proportion of Remainers back cutting immigration - with 40 per cent in support and 34 per cent against - the same numbers among Asian voters.

But in a finding that will deliver shock-waves through the Tory party, Labour currently enjoys an eight-point lead on immigration among all age-groups.
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Immigration – dependants, visas
Visa grants to dependants of non-EU migrants
Migration Watch UK, 4 April 2019

1. There were 152,000 family-related visa and permit grants to non-EEA nationals in 2018 - the highest since 2010. Such grants averaged 155,200 per year between 2005-18. They can be split into three sub-categories:

a. Visas for dependants of non-EEA migrants who are in the UK on other visas (averaging 82,600 per year - 53% of the total)

b. Spousal / partner / child / elderly dependant visas for the non-EEA relatives of UK citizens / settled migrants (averaging 47,800 per year - 31% of the total).

c. EEA family permits for the close and extended non-EEA family of EEA migrants in the UK (averaging 24,800 per year - 16% of the total). ...

3. As noted above, there were around 70,000 grants of leave to remain for dependants of non-EEA migrants in 2018. ... nearly half (47%) of dependants who arrived in the year to September 2018 (excluding asylum dependants / family members of refugees) were from South Asia. Another 10% were from East Asia and 10% were from the Middle East. 9% were from North America and 8% were from sub-Saharan Africa. ...

5. ... 61% of nearly 50,000 work dependants in the year to September 2018 originated from South Asian countries. The next largest categories of work dependants were from North America and East Asia, accounting for 10% and 9% of the total respectively. ...

19. ... in the year to September 2018, 40% of the family visas issued to children and elderly dependant relatives were granted those from Sub-Saharan Africa, while 17% each were issued to those from South Asia and the Middle East respectively.
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Immigration – sub-Saharan Africans
At least a MILLION Sub-Saharan Africans have moved to Europe since 2010, figures reveal - and up to 75% of people in some African nations want to move to another country
George Martin
MailOnline, 2 April 2019

At least a million migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have moved to Europe since 2010, new data has revealed.

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from Statista, Europe's statistical agency, more and more migrants from Africa have sought entry to Europe over the past decade.

The Pew Research Centre noted around 970,000 sub-Saharan migrants legally moved to Europe between 2010 and 2017.

In fact, the number of migrants entering Europe has grown at such a rate that the figure is now estimated to be well in excess of one million arrivals since 2010.

The data shows that most years since 2010 have witnessed a rising inflow of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe.

According to the Pew Research Centre, Sub-Saharan Africans also most commonly moved to Europe as international students and resettled refugees, through family reunification and by other means.

A poll carried out among several African nations showed that many more would move to another country if the means and opportunity arose.

And in Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, more than a third say they actually plan to migrate in the next five years.

In terms of destinations, as of 2017, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Europe's sub-Saharan immigrant population was concentrated in just four countries: the UK (1.27 million), France (980,000), Italy (370,000) and Portugal (360,000).
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Immigration – religion, Europe
Sarah says defending migrants is a 'false exegesis' of the Gospels
Tom Heneghan
The Tablet, 1 April 2019

Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, has said that defending migration was a misinterpretation of Gospels by priests and bishops "bewitched" by political and social issues.

His interview with the French magazine 'Valeurs Actuelles' appeared last weekend, around the same time as Pope Francis spoke up for migrants during his visit to Morocco and said politicians who build walls to keep them out would become prisoners of those barriers.

"It is better to help people flourish in their culture than to encourage them to come to a Europe in full decadence," he said. "It is a false exegesis to use the word of God to promote migration. God never wanted these heartbreaks." ...

Migrants arriving in Europe were parked somewhere without work or dignity, he added. "Is that what the Church wants?" he asked.

The Church should not support "this new form of slavery" because the West, with its low birth rate, risked disappearing, he argued. "If Europe disappears, and with it the priceless values of the Old Continent, Islam will invade the world and we will completely change culture, anthropology and moral vision."
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Immigration – public opinion
Concern about crime and immigration increase, while worry about Brexit remains high
Ipsos MORI, 29 March 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The key question is, why? ...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a case that Brexit was partly a result of ignoring immigration concerns, trying to avoid discussion, rather than either acting to reassure people on control, or challenge their views with a more compelling story on the benefits. Leaving a void in political discussion was the worst possible approach.
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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 suggests.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

EU citizens could travel to the UK and remain in the country illegally under a no-deal Brexit because of a decision by ministers to allow them to continue to use electronic gates at airports, immigration officers have claimed.

Lucy Moreton, the general secretary, of ISU, the union representing border staff, said that if the country leaves without a deal EU citizens will still be able to pass through e-gates, which keep no formal record of an individual's entry into the country.

She raised concerns that they could then stay beyond the three month period for which they will be allowed to stay - or falsely claim that they entered the country years earlier, ...
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Immigration – civilisation, Hungary, Europe
Hungary Shows the West the Path to Survival
Scott McConnell
American Conservative, 8 February 2019

A specter is haunting the European Union – the specter of Eastern Europe. ...

... The glossy French center-right weekly Le Point warns with alarm that Hungary's president Viktor Orbán "outlines the shape of another Europe." ...

It might be difficult to place Orbán's government precisely on a political freedom scale. /.../ Overall, I would conclude that Orbán isn't a model democrat or technocratic open economy exemplar, but he also isn't any sort of aspiring dictator.

Orbán's notoriety ultimately has little to do with his arcane transgressions against what Western Europe's rulers consider good government. It exists because he addresses, in language stunningly clear for a politician, the key civilizational questions facing Europe, those that richer countries are loathe to hear.

... The government has also sent out questionnaires asking Hungarians whether they think the solution to Hungary's demographic crisis is stronger support for families or higher immigration. Katalin Novak, Orbán's minister of family and youth, explained unabashedly that the purpose of this was "to send a clear message to Brussels: the renovation of Europe is impossible without support for families and Hungary wants neither immigration nor a modification of its population." This sort of frankness from leaders in the wealthier West is inconceivable. ...

Of course, the other half of the demography subject is immigration. In an address during the fall of 2016 that still resonates, Orbán proclaimed that Europe is "in mortal danger":

The danger is "not attacking us the way wars and natural disasters do... mass migration is a slow stream of water persistently eroding the shores. It is masquerading as a humanitarian cause, but its true nature is the occupation of territory. And what is gaining territory for them is losing territory for us. Flocks of obsessed human rights defenders feel the overwhelming urge to reprimand us.... [A]llegedly we are hostile xenophobes but the truth is that the history of our nation is also one of inclusion, of the intertwining of cultures. Those who have sought to come here as new family members, as allies, or as displaced persons fearing for their lives have been let in to make a new home for themselves. But those who have come here with the intention of changing our country, of shaping our nation in their own image, have been met with resistance." ...

... The former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, wrote a short but excellent book, Europe All Inclusive, about the migration crisis in which he charged that Europe's western elites were supporting mass immigration explicitly to smash the remaining power of nation states so full European unification could be achieved. Poland has likewise refused EU demands to resettle refugees from the Mideast and North Africa. ...

Perhaps we are in for a reprise, when the people of the west learn once again from the east what is true and essential about their own societies. Of course, there are parallels between the communists' aspirations and the open borders diversity project. Both are genuinely revolutionary in their desire to destroy and remake Western societies according to models that have little viable precedent in human experience.
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Immigration – exploitation, Africans
Exploiters and Exploited: Of Italy, the EU, and African migration
Theodore Dalrymple
City Journal, 7 February 2019

The friendly feelings that Europeans harbor for one another were well illustrated recently by some remarks by Luigi di Maio, one of the two deputy prime ministers of Italy. He said that European countries that had helped to bring about the flux of migrants from Africa – France most importantly among them – should be penalized. France, he said, was still colonizing and exploiting many African countries, so it was hardly surprising that so many Africans were driven to leave the continent. ...

The claim that France is to blame for so many African would-be migrants is, however, not only wrong but dangerous. Di Maio said that the source of France's wealth is the exploitation of Africa: the latter is poor because the former is rich, and the former is rich because the latter is poor. Though this is clearly absurd, it is actually the theory held by a considerable number of development economists – Raúl Prebisch, Andre Gunder Frank, and Immanuel Wallerstein, among them – who influenced thinking on the subject of economic development for a long time, usually to disastrous effect. By giving his imprimatur to this way of thinking, di Miao can only contribute to the flow of migrants, who will come to see their admittance to Europe as restitution for wrong done to them. It will also undermine Europe's will to resist, for the same reason: it has no right to resist.
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Immigration – family reunions, chain migration
Ministers urged to relax immigration rules on family reunions
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 5 February 2019

The government is under pressure from MPs and charities to relax family reunion rules for refugees settled in the UK.

Current immigration rules only allow adult refugees to apply for their married or civil partners and dependent children under 18 to join them. Grandparents, parents, siblings and children who are 18 or older are ineligible.

In addition, children who are in the UK alone and have refugee status do not have a right to be reunited with even their closest family members.

MPs and campaigners want the rules to be changed, either through amendments to the government's flagship post-Brexit immigration bill or through a private member's bill put forward by the SNP MP Angus MacNeil.

This week, Oxfam will call on its supporters to step up pressure on ministers by contacting their MPs and supporting the changes. ...

Last week the immigration bill was debated in the House of Commons and numerous MPs raised the issue of family reunion.
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Immigration – numbers, GP registrations
How many migrants have registered with GPs in the last decade?
Grace Rahman
Full Fact, 4 February 2019

A post claiming that according to the Lancet medical journal, 6.5 million migrants have registered with GPs in the last 10 years, has been shared almost 29,000 times on Facebook.

That's correct looking at the number of GP registrations in England and Wales where the person's previous address was probably outside the UK.

But this is not a very good way of measuring how much the population has grown because of immigration.

For most of the period it covers, this measurement could have double counted some immigrants who registered at one GP, moved homes within England and Wales, and then registered at another. But NHS Digital, which collects the figures, doesn't know the extent of that double counting and the figure doesn't factor in how many of these registrations will be from people who only stayed for a short period.

And it doesn't come from the Lancet, it comes from data collected by NHS Digital and published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

There were 6.5 million GP registrations between 2007 and 2017 in England and Wales, where the person's previous address was recorded as being outside of the UK and it was the first time they were registering for a GP here.

But those records don't always accurately show whether someone's previous address was outside the UK.

The records of these GP registrations have something called a "flag 4" attached. ...

NHS Digital told us that until March 2016, "it was possible for a patient to be registered in one area as flag 4 then move to another area and be registered again as a flag 4", so migrants who moved around may have been double counted.

NHS Digital also told us that until 2016 if a UK citizen had left the UK for more than three months then came back and registered with a new GP in England and Wales, they would also be counted as a flag 4.

The ONS says: "A person may register with a GP if they are staying in the UK for at least three months and so flag 4s may include some short-term migrants, which are not included in the population estimates." Short-term migration is defined as between a three and 12 month stay for work or study.

Because of that, this measure is not a very good way of finding out how much the population has grown because of immigration.

Looking at long-term migration, if you add up the difference between the estimated number of non-British people who arrived in or left the UK in the ten years ending June 2018, it's about three million. Although because of issues with the data up to 2011, that figure is likely to be an underestimate.

This is a completely different measure to GP registrations, and looks at a larger area (the UK, rather than England and Wales) and a slightly different time period (the ten years up to June 2018 rather than the ten years up to 2017), than the GP registrations figure did. ...

A different measure also makes the 6.5 million figure look too steep. Looking at the UK population by nationality, the number of non-British residents has grown by an estimated 2.2 million between 2007 and 2017. This figure comes from a survey of UK households, and there's also reason to think this may be a slight underestimate.
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Immigration – public opinion, Israel
Most Israelis don't want non-Jewish migrants, even if they are highly skilled
Melanie Lidman
Times of Israel, 23 January 2019

The majority of Israelis don't support non-Jewish immigration to the country, even when the immigrants are highly trained or have advanced degrees, according to a new Pew Research Center report released on Tuesday.

The Pew poll found that 51 percent of Israelis oppose high-skilled immigration of foreigners moving to the country with a bachelor's degree or higher. The Pew poll focused on immigration of those not entitled to Israeli citizenship under the law of return, which applies to anybody with at least one Jewish grandparent.

Out of the 12 economically advanced countries surveyed, only Israel and Italy had the majority of the population oppose high-skilled immigration.

In contrast, most of the other countries surveyed supported high-skilled immigration. In the US, 78% of the public supports high-skilled immigration. In the United Kingdom, 85% of the population support high-skilled immigration.

More than three out of four adults in Sweden, Canada, Germany, and Australia also support high-skilled immigration, the Pew poll found.

Even among people who would like to see overall immigration reduced, half or more of the respondents in all the countries support high-skilled immigration, except for the Netherlands, Israel, and Italy.
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Immigration – public opinion
Most Brits think immigration is good for the UK
Abigail Fenton
Yahoo News, 20 January 2019

New figures suggest the majority of Brits think new immigrants are good for the UK and co-operation between nations is extremely important – but most of Europe doesn't agree.

In a global opinion poll of over 10,000 people published by the World Economic Forum (WEF) ahead of Davos 2019, a large majority of people from all over the world rejected the notion that national improvement is a zero-sum game, and said that immigrants benefit their adopted country.

Notably, against a global average of 57%, 60% of UK respondents said they believe new immigrants are mostly good for their nation – even though anti-immigrant was a "major" factor in the Brexit vote, according to a the 2017 British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey by social research institute NatCen.

On the whole, only 46% of those living in Western Europe and 40% of those living in Eastern Europe responded in this way – making Europe the only continent where people view immigrants as "mostly bad." ...

When asked how important it is that countries work together towards a common goal, a global majority of three-quarters (76%) said they believed it was either extremely important or very important.

However, regional viewpoints differ. People from South Asia and sub-Saharan African felt most strongly that co-operation between nations was important, with 88% sharing that view. At the other end of the scale, 70% of North Americans and 61% of Western Europeans agreed.

These findings mark a stark contrast to the negative coverage of immigration that has often topped the news agenda across Europe, North America and elsewhere, the WEF noted. ...

The research was commissioned for the WEF's annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, on 22 to 25 January.
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Immigration – case for open borders, USA
There's Nothing Wrong With Open Borders
Farhad Manjoo
New York Times, 16 January 2019

I'm talking about opening up America's borders to everyone who wants to move here.

Imagine not just opposing President Trump's wall but also opposing the nation's cruel and expensive immigration and border-security apparatus in its entirety. Imagine radically shifting our stance toward outsiders from one of suspicion to one of warm embrace. Imagine that if you passed a minimal background check, you'd be free to live, work, pay taxes and die in the United States. Imagine moving from Nigeria to Nebraska as freely as one might move from Massachusetts to Maine.

There's a witheringly obvious moral, economic, strategic and cultural case for open borders, and we have a political opportunity to push it. As Democrats jockey for the presidency, there's room for a brave politician to oppose President Trump's racist immigration rhetoric not just by fighting his wall and calling for the abolishment of I.C.E. but also by making a proactive and affirmative case for the vast expansion of immigration. ...

... My family came to the United States from our native South Africa in the late 1980s. After jumping through lots of expensive and confusing legal hoops, we became citizens in 2000. ...

But why had I deserved that chance, while so many others back home – because their parents lacked certain skills, money or luck – were denied it?

When you see the immigration system up close, you're confronted with its bottomless unfairness. The system assumes that people born outside our borders are less deserving of basic rights than those inside. My native-born American friends did not seem to me to warrant any more dignity than my South African ones; according to this nation's founding documents, we were all created equal. Yet by mere accident of geography, some were given freedom, and others were denied it.

"When you start to think about it, a system of closed borders begins to feel very much like a system of feudal privilege," said Reece Jones, a professor of geography at the University of Hawaii who argues that Democrats should take up the mantle of open borders. "It's the same idea that there's some sort of hereditary rights to privilege based on where you were born."

I admit the politics here are perilous. ...

People worry that immigrants will bring crime, even though stats show immigrants are no more dangerous than natives. People worry they'll take jobs away from native workers, even though most studies suggests that immigration is a profound benefit to the economy, and there's little evidence it hurts native workers. And if we worry that they'll hoover up welfare benefits, we can impose residency requirements for them.

But these are all defensive arguments, and when you're on defense, you're losing. For opponents of the president's xenophobic policies, a better plan is to make the affirmative case for a lot more immigrants.

Economically and strategically, open borders isn't just a good plan – it's the only chance we've got. America is an aging nation with a stagnant population. We have ample land to house lots more people, but we are increasingly short of workers.
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Immigration – economic and social costs
We MUST control immigration and its costs both economic and social
Iain Duncan Smith and Neil MacKinnon
Sunday Express, 13 January 2019

For many, a key plank of the support for Brexit at the referendum was the impact of uncontrolled immigration into the UK.

Voters worried about the resulting negative impact on their access to public services provision in terms of housing, GP appointments, educational provision, social care and effects on jobs availability. It has long been an article of faith for supporters of free movement that all migration increases economic well being. However, studies apparently supporting this view have conflated the economic effects of skilled, better-educated and more highly-paid migrants with that of unskilled migrants.

The UK spends about £4 billion a year providing housing and other social benefits to EU migrants.

Economists for Free Trade (EFT) research has shown that it is uncontrolled, unskilled migration that imposes costs on the UK's public purse, as well as on local communities.

This research estimates that the cost in supporting EU unskilled migrants is about £3500 per year per adult migrant.

In effect, the taxpayer provides a wage subsidy of about 20 per cent to the average unskilled EU migrant.

There is no dispute about the positive impact of skilled labour in contributing to the UK economy.

Furthermore, these effects increase in areas of dense migrant population.

Local communities hosting large EU and non-EU immigrant populations face higher costs without compensation, as well as declining housing, health and educational standards.

For example, EFT research found that in a region like Leicester, which has the densest immigrant population in the UK, the burden of unskilled immigrants per head in the local community costs £287 annually, or about £6 per working week.

This equates to around 1 per cent of average UK household disposable income per head.

In addition, there is evidence of differential impacts across different UK-born groups with more negative effects for those with lower levels of education.

Similar effects are found on the earnings of UK lower-skilled workers.

A 1 percentage point increase in the EU-born working age population ratio can reduce UK-born wages for the lower-skilled by up to 0.8 per cent.

Thus, uncontrolled immigration is a key economic issue, never mind a political one.

An equally important aspect of the economic issue is that UK industry now has one of the poorest records for investment in training, technological innovation and automation.

Such has been the effect of uncontrolled migration in the UK that Centre for Social Justice research shows that only 15 per cent of those who start work in entry level jobs will progress past that level in their working lives.

Similar effects exist even amongst skilled jobs. ...

The UK has the highest percentage of foreign-trained doctors of any European country – about three-times that of France, Germany, or Spain.
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Immigration – multiculturalism
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 2]
Juan España
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019

I understand that a solution you propose to solve this dilemma is the reemigration or change of migratory flows, exactly how would this work and wouldn't this procedure be a burden for the native taxpayers? ...

There is no other solution to the invasion, colonisation and foreign occupation of Europe that the reversal of invasion, decolonisation, the departure of the occupying forces. No colonisation has ever ended without the departure of the coloniser. And what we are experiencing in Europe, whatever denials notwithstanding, is very much colonisation. Europe is infinitely more colonised by Africa that it ever colonised it itself. And the colonisation of Europe by Africa is much more serious and profound that the former colonisation of Africa by Europe because it is demographic: it implies massive transfers of population, which the former colonisation did not. There is no other issue that Remigration. And even if it cost a fortune to the native taxpayers it would have to be done because it is a matter of life and death for the very existence of the nation as a nation, of the civilisation as civilisation, already half destroyed. But it would not cost a fortune. /.../

Occident [the West] is the first civilisation in the history of humanity which is paying a fortune to engineer and realise its own conquest, its own subjection and destruction. Moreover, saving the taxpayer money would be the biggest inducement to remigration. If the replacers were not given a lot of money to make children in Europe, were not paid just to be there, not offered a lot of legal, judiciary and financiary privileges which are denied to the replacees, the indigenes of Europe, they would not come in the first place and they would not stay. Cutting the money supply would be enough to start remigration.

When referring to the 'Great Replacement', would not we be talking about a demographic change? /.../ Or should we fight this trend even if it could be unavoidable?

Of course there have been demographic changes throughout history. But great civilisations have flourished when Man or a people have decided to oppose and interrupt, at least for a time, the cycle of violence, conquest, ethnic substitution, replacement. The population of France has been remarkably stable between 600 A.D. and 1900, or even 1970. ...

How you differ from Marine Le Pen or more radical groups with anti-immigration or even racist positions?

Marine Le Pen and other right wing leaders or political parties say they are opposed to the continuation of immigration, or that they want to control it better. That does not make any sense at all. There is no point in saying that an invasion must stop when it has already taken place. /.../ When Algeria became independent from France in 1962, it immediately decided it would not be real independence if ten per cent of the population was alien to its culture, language, religion. The French colonisers had to leave, often after five or six generations. I certainly do not advocate the horrible brutality of the process (it was realised in a few weeks, not without never mentioned massacres), but I agree with the necessity. We have to get out once and for all of the colonialist period of the history of humanity.
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Immigration – multiculturalism
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 1]
Juan España
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019

Renaud Camus, writer and president of the National Council of Resistance, is known for popularizing the notion of the 'Great Replacement', a call to fight the civilization and cultural change that, according to this author, is already in process in Western societies. We talked with Camus to know in greater detail his positions on this phenomenon.

You are known for making popular the notion of the 'Great Replacement', what does this notion mean concretely? It is a negative idea and how did you arrive at it? Also, what encourages you to maintain this struggle and not fall into pessimism?

It is a very negative idea indeed. Great Replacement, the change of people, which implies the change of civilisation, is the crime against humanity par excellence (if one dares say...) of the XXIst century. In the words of the communist Carribean poet Aimé Césaire, mayor of Fort-de-France, in Martinique, it is a genocide by substitution. Césaire was of course speaking of something else, the replacement of Carribbeans in Martinique by people from France, French civil servants mostly. But his strong phrase applies even more to the replacement of Europeans by Africans in Europe.

Pessimism would be logical, of course. Ethnic substitution is already very advanced, and we are fighting against very strong adversaries, not only the colonisers but people who want and organise the colonisation, and control the media, the schools and the tribunals, that is: people's minds. However the very horror of what is happening is a very strong enticement not to give up. No people can accept that: its own obliteration.

What are the factors or causes that make this 'Great Replacement' possible? Is it a phenomenon that occurs only in France, western countries or the whole globe?

The replacement of population occurs mostly in Western countries, Europe and North America, even though there are immigrants' moves all over the world. ...

To-day Replacism is one of the two giant totalitarianisms competing for the mastery of the world – the other one being of course Islamism. Those two are rivals but there is between them, for the time being, a kind of monstruous temporary alliance, a sort of long German-Soviet pact, like the short-lived non-agression pact between Hitler and Stalin in 1939. Replacism and Islamism both think they can use the other to their own interests, and indeed they do, even though on both sides there are adversaries to the pact. ... ...

The tragedy in Western Europe is not the influx of citizens from the former Soviet Bloc. It is the permanent pouring out on one continent of the population of another, namely Africa, be it Muslim North Africa or Black Africa.
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Immigration – Iranians
Iran's boat people – and why they're coming to Britain
Sohrab Ahmari
The Spectator, 3 January 2019

When the migrant crisis started, about three years ago, it was seen as a mainly Syrian affair. /.../ But as we now know, that analysis was wrong. Or rather, it was only one facet of the historical migration phenomenon that was unfolding then and still is today.

As a reporter, I hit the migrant trail, following the new arrivals by foot, bus, train and ferry through the Greek islands and the Balkans. I heard many languages besides Arabic, among them Pashto, Urdu, Bengali and even French (spoken by a Congolese family I encountered at the Serbian-Hungarian border). But the language that really made my ears perk up was my own: Persian, including the Dari variant of Afghanistan as well as the urban dialect spoken by my own kin, the Tehrani middle class.

Britain is now confronting the hitherto invisible reality of Iranian migration. /.../ At first glance, this might seem odd. Iran is not afflicted by a war, famine or other humanitarian disaster. ...

For three years now, Iranians have topped the league tables of nationalities seeking asylum in the UK with more than 4,000 applications lodged in 2016 and nearly 2,600 the following year, according to Home Office statistics. Only a tiny minority attempt to cross illegally into England aboard unseaworthy vessels, but this is happening far more frequently. Why?

Iran has been miserable ever since the Ayatollah Khomeini returned from his Parisian exile to usher in his total Shiite state. It's a suffocating place, with Islamic conformity enforced on pain of flogging, jail and death, and a lousy, mismanaged economy made worse by US sanctions. For all its ancient civilisational glories, Iran is also a cruel, spiritually deracinated land. I increasingly struggle to decide where the blame lies: with the present regime or some deeper ailment in the national soul.

It's why my own family has largely left. /.../ But all this has been going on for four decades. It doesn't explain the latest wave, its size and timing. The answer lies elsewhere.

To wit: modern human-smuggling networks have perfected the business of transporting people from point A to point B, across national frontiers, for the right price. Information technologies, not least cheap smartphones with astonishing GPS capabilities, make it possible to blaze ever-new trails. /.../ Entire Persian-language Facebook groups are devoted to helping Iranian (and Afghan) 'travellers' – the term migrants use to refer to themselves – cross into Europe. ...

Unlike the Afghans, Iranians can't claim to be fleeing war and the Taliban. So they either pretend to be Afghan (not difficult) or they cite persecution on account of being Christian converts. (Liverpool Cathedral has reported converting Iranians at the rate of one a week.) There are many sincere Iranian converts who risk their lives to follow the Nazarene; but there are also some like the young man I met on Lesbos who asked me if it would be better for his asylum case if he were a Christian, a homosexual 'or maybe both'. I told him to pick one or the other.

A few years ago, these trafficking options were not open, even to those who had the money. But the past few years have seen people-trafficking become a vast global industry, reaching from Tehran to Calais and now Kent.

So why do the Iranians come? The answer is simple: because they can.
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Immigration abroad – diversity, Republic of Ireland
Former Irish presidential candidate who said a photo of diverse school children proves 'Irish people are becoming an ethnic minority' is branded 'racist'- while Derry Girls star calls for her to be prosecuted
Bridie Pearson-jones
MailOnline, 31 May 2019

A former teacher, who made failed runs to become an MEP and President of Ireland, has been accused of 'racism' for tweeting a snap of ethnically diverse schoolchildren in a playground.

Gemma O'Doherty, 50, who was a high profile investigative journalist for the Irish Independent, posted a snap of 32 school children - 11 of which were white - to Twitter, claiming that 'Irish people are becoming an ethnic minority'.

She was slammed as racist by hundreds of furious Twitter users for writing: 'The changing face of county Longford in rural Ireland'.

As of 2016, there were 535,475 non-Irish nationals living in Ireland, accounting for 11.6 per cent of the 4.7 million population, with the highest numbers living in Dublin and Cork.

These figures did not take into account people who have dual nationality, but are classed as Irish by the census.
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Immigration abroad – mass killings, race, USA
The Lie That Will Not Die and the Truth about Black Mass Shooters
Colin Flaherty
American Thinker, 29 May 2019

The lie that will not die: Most mass shooters are white.

Just Google "white mass shooters," and you will find hundreds and hundreds of stories from The Grio, Root, Salon, CNN, PBS, and Newsweek, right up to the Washington Post, with headlines likes this, from Vice: "Why are so many mass shootings committed by young white men?"

All accompanied with fairy tales like this from the Washington Post: "a consistent pattern: Young, white men with demonstrable backgrounds of mental instability or violence against women taking the lives of as many people as possible."

At least one legacy media outfit figured out, however painful it was to report (and bury in the middle of the jump), that three quarters of mass shooters are black. That was the New York Times.

You read that right: mass shootings are a black thing. And we find them almost every day. Often more than one. In Philadelphia alone, they report one every eleven days. ...

No matter: I have documented tons and tons more examples of recent black mass shootings, prior to May 20. Easy to find at
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Immigration abroad – Republic of Ireland
Ireland Sought to Give Thousands of Migrants 'Amnesty Under Another Name'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 26 May 2019

Authorities in Ireland "tried very much to introduce something like an amnesty" for thousands of asylum seekers, but "did not dare" call it that because politicians knew such a move would be electoral poison, it has emerged.

Former High Court judge Dr Bryan McMahon made the revelation while giving evidence to the Oireachtas (legislature of Ireland) Committee on Justice and Equality this week, as the United Nations ordered politicians to improve the quality of life for asylum seekers in the country. ...

He said: "With regard to an amnesty for those who have been in the system for more than five years, we tried very much in our discussions to introduce something that was like an amnesty but we did not dare call it an amnesty.

"To some extent, the word is taboo in the discussion because it will not fly [so] the administrators tried to do it in another way," Dr McMahon added, stressing that the move "had to be done without using the word 'amnesty'." ...

In September, Ireland announced an amnesty to regularise the status of an estimated 3,500 to 5,500 illegal immigrants who arrived in the country as international students between 2005 and 2010 – a move hailed by open borders groups such as Right to Remain.

The Britain-based NGO, which works to dismantle immigration restrictions in Britain, lauded the decision, alleging that "support for amnesty schemes is mainstream in Ireland". ...

The gap in attitudes between Ireland's elite and the people who they are supposed to represent was exposed in a survey earlier this year, which found that not one of the country's TDs (the equivalent of British MPs) wanted to reduce immigration.

Despite half the respondents admitting that mass migration was regularly brought up on the doorstep as a topic of concern, 65 per cent said they were happy to see immigration remain at its current level while 35 per cent stated they would like to see it increased further.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, political correctness, Germany
Study: Majority of Germans are uncomfortable expressing opinions in public – Especially concerning Islam and refugees
Stan M
Voice of Europe, 26 May 2019

Only around 20 per cent of the Germans are comfortable expressing their opinions freely in public. Most feel like censorship is taking over especially when it comes to the taboo subjects of refugees and Islam.

The study also found that most Germans feel comfortable expressing their views among friends but not in public because there are too many unwritten laws, which opinions are acceptable and which aren't.

Of the 1283 people asked, 59 per cent from the age of 16 said they can express their views among friends, only 18 per cent believe the same is possible in public. ...

Furthermore 41 per cent criticized Political Correctness becoming a burden, leading 35 per cent to believe that free expression of opinions is only possible in private circles. ...

Citizens expressed a complete lack of understanding for changing existing texts, like the classic "Pippi Lonstocking" to ensure they correspond with today's sensibilities and norms.

Only 14 per cent support changing texts. 75 per cent plead to keep their childhood classics as they are. ...

This is the conclusion of a representative survey by the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy, published in the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" ("FAZ").
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Canada
Almost half of Canadians are hiding racist thoughts: survey
Victoria Walton, 26 May 2019

An Ipsos poll that talked to over 1,000 Canadians last month asked about common racial prejudices. ...

The poll, which was commissioned for Global News, found that 37 per cent of respondents thought immigration was a 'threat' to white Canadians.

"People perceive threats in different ways," says Simpson. "For example, the threat could be on the health care and the welfare system, straining resources that are already strained. The threat could be the belief that they're taking jobs away from other Canadians."

Simpson says many people feel that immigration is a threat to "Canadian values." ...

A promising statistic from the study shows that 85 per cent of Canadians would welcome a new neighbour from another race, without reservation. But Simpson points out that means 15 per cent of Canadians wouldn't be so welcoming.

The poll also found that 49 per cent of Canadians had racist thoughts they wouldn't talk about in public.

"Fewer Canadians perceive racism to be a serious problem in Canada," he says, down to 47 per cent this year from 69 per cent in 1992.
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Immigration abroad – anchor babies, USA
Pregnant Middle Eastern Women Delivering 'Anchor Babies' in Chicago
John Binder
Breitbart, 24 May 2019

Pregnant Middle Eastern women are taking advantage of the United States' policy that gives foreign nationals the ability to secure American citizenship for their children so long as they are born within the parameters of the country.

A local report by ABC 7 Chicago detailed how pregnant foreign nationals are traveling to the U.S. to deliver their children to ensure that they are given American citizenship.

One doctor who spoke with ABC 7 Chicago, Dr. Mia Norlin, said most of the women she sees in Chicago hospitals taking advantage of the country's birthright citizenship policy are from the Middle East. ...

As Breitbart News has chronicled, in Florida, pregnant Russian women have fueled a baby boom in regions of the state as they arrive in the country to make sure their children get U.S. citizenship.

The U.S.-born children of foreign nationals, specifically those visiting the U.S. and illegal aliens, are commonly known as "anchor babies." There are at least 4.5 million anchor babies in the country, a population that exceeds the total number of annual American births in 48 states, as about 300,000 anchor babies are born every year. ...

About one-in-five U.S. births – or 791,000 – are to legal and illegal immigrant mothers, with legal immigrant mothers accounting for about 12.4 percent of those births and illegal alien mothers accounting for 7.5 percent.
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Immigration abroad – asylum seekers, crime, Netherlands
State Sec. of Justice steps down over fudging asylum crime figures
Janene Pieters
NL Times, 22 May 2019

Mark Harbers resigned as State Secretary for Justice and Security on Tuesday evening. The VVD State Secretary, who is responsible for asylum, stepped down after it became known that his Ministry deliberately reported incomplete figures on crimes committed by asylum seekers in a report. ...

The report in question listed less serious crimes committed by asylum seekers like shoplifting or bicycle theft explicitly with specific figures. But serious crimes like murder, rape and manslaughter, or attempts thereto, were lumped together under the "other" category in the report. ...

... He said that he wanted to use the figures to create more transparency in the immigration policy. "That endeavor has turned out wrong, with parliament being misinformed".

Harbers stressed that there was no "deliberate concealment of the figures".
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Immigration abroad – France
Footage shows hundreds of migrants occupying French airport terminal
Tamar Lapin
New York Post, 20 May 2019

Video shows hundreds of illegal immigrants storming a French airport and occupying an entire terminal Sunday demanding to meet with the country's prime minister.

Footage posted on Twitter shows the roughly 500 migrants chanting in Terminal 2 of the Charles de Gaulle airport as about a dozen police officers in tactical gear look on.

"France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be here!" one person can be heard yelling into a loudspeaker.

The protest was organized by the migrant support group "La Chapelle Debout," which said their members call themselves "Black Vests." ...

In an official statement, the group asked to meet with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe over the country's asylum policy and the leaders of Air France. They demanded that the airline "stop any financial, material, logistical or political participation in deportations."
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Immigration abroad – refugees, cost, Germany
Germany spends record 23 billion euros on refugees - document
Michael Nienaber
Reuters, 20 May 2019

Germany spent a record 23 billion euros (20 billion pounds) last year on helping to integrate more than one million refugees and fighting the root causes of migration abroad, a government document seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

That marks an increase of nearly 11 percent on the 20.8 billion euros that Germany spent in the previous year, the document prepared by the Finance Ministry showed. ...

Merkel has repeatedly defended her 2015 decision to leave German borders open to hundreds of thousands of war refugees, mainly from Muslim countries, as a humanitarian necessity, but has since vowed to prevent a repeat of such mass migration by tackling its causes.

The government spent a total of 7.9 billion euros in 2018 on measures aimed at keeping migrants outside the European Union and improving living conditions in their home countries - a 16 percent increase compared with 2017.

Germany's 16 states, which are mainly in charge of housing and integrating the arrivals from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, received 7.5 billion euros from the federal government last year, according to the report. This marked an increase of 14 percent on the year.
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Immigration abroad – neo-segregation, universities, USA
Study: 75 American Colleges Offer Black-Only Graduation Ceremonies
Tom Ciccotta
Breitbart, 20 May 2019
[Full report:]

A study by the National Association of Scholars revealed that at least 75 American colleges have black-only graduation ceremonies and 43 percent of surveyed colleges offer segregated residential halls. The organization refers to this as "neo-segregation."

What we found was that neo-segregation is widespread if not pervasive. About 46 percent (80 colleges out of 173 surveyed) segregate student orientation programs; 43 percent (75 colleges out of the total) offer segregated residential arrangements; and 72 percent (125 colleges out of the total) segregate graduation ceremonies. Though these arrangements are ostensibly voluntary, students can't easily opt out. We tracked numerous indicators of neo-segregation, from "Diversity Fly-Ins," (68 percent of the total) where colleges offer minority students an expense-paid segregated preview of the experience that awaits them should they enroll, to segregated alumni groups.

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Immigration abroad – USA
Rapid DNA testing reveals a THIRD of migrants faked family relationship with children to claim asylum during ICE pilot of the procedure in Texas
Keith Griffith
Daily Mail, 19 May 2019

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement pilot of new rapid DNA testing at the border has found that nearly a third of those tested were not biologically related to the children in their custody.

ICE conducted the pilot for a few days earlier this month in El Paso and McAllen, Texas, finding about 30 per cent of those tested were not related to the children they claimed were their own, an official told the Washington Examiner.

The official said that these were not cases of step-fathers or adoptive parents. ...

It is unclear whether every family unit was tested during the pilot, or only those who raised some sort of red flag. ...

The official said that some migrants did refuse the test and admit that they were not related to the children they were with, when they learned their claim would be subjected to DNA proof. ...

Current U.S. law and policy means that Central Americans who cross the border illegally with children can claim asylum and avoid any lengthy detention in most cases.

US Border Patrol says it has apprehended 535,000 for crossing the border illegally so far this year, with 'no sign of it getting better.'
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Immigration abroad – politics, Germany
'Germany's future depends on immigration and integration': Merkel
The Local [Germany], 15 May 2019

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a crowd in Berlin that Germany's continued success depends on how successfully it manages immigration and integration.

Speaking to young people from an immigrant background to mark the 70th anniversary of the passing of the German Constitution (Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland), Merkel said that the "economic and social viability of our country" depends on the country's successful management of these challenges. ...

During the speech, Merkel reminded the audience that 19 million Germans - just under one quarter of the total population of 83 million - have an immigrant background.

One of the major features of the German Constitution is the way in which it promotes integration and diversity, while also ensuring that these processes adhere to core German values.

Referencing the recent migrant influx, particularly from Middle Eastern countries like Syria and Iraq, Merkel said that while there have been and will continue to be difficulties, this represented the continued changes that have taken place since the country emerged from the ashes of World War Two.

"We have painstakingly understood that. (We continue to understand) how immigration is changing our country and how it will continue to change our country," she said.

"We have learned that our country must be a country of immigration and of integration."
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Immigration abroad – Europe, public opinion
Survey: Over Half of Swedes Reject Taking More Refugees
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 15 May 2019

A new survey at attitudes towards migration across Europe has found more than half of Swedes say they do not want to see the country take in more refugees, making it one of the most migration-sceptic nations.

Around 8,000 people in Germany, Poland, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, France and Sweden were asked a series of questions in the survey, including "Do you agree with the statement: 'My country should not receive more refugees from conflict areas.'?" to which 51 per cent of the Swedish respondents said they agreed, Spanish newspaper El Pais reports.

While both Poland and Italy were tied with 53 per cent saying they agreed with the statement, the Swedish number exceeded that of Hungary, a nation noted for its strong anti-mass migration stance and policies, at 49 per cent.

More than one-third, 35 percent of the respondents across all of the countries surveyed, said that immigration was the most important issue facing the European Union today but only 14 percent said that the European Union had managed to handle the migrant crisis in 2015 and 2016 in a competent manner.

By contrast, 41 percent of Germans say they would welcome more refugees despite being the largest recipient of migrants during the height of the migrant crisis, and the challenges of rising crime, increased spending and lack of both cultural and economic integration.
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Immigration abroad – European Union, Africa
East and North African organised immigration crime networks change tactics in response to EU efforts to curb migration
Lynne Finney
Illicit Trade, 13 May 2019

In a report presented to a meeting convened by Interpol and the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) last week, experts from the Research and Evidence Facility on Migration in the Horn of Africa reveal that people smugglers operating in East and North Africa are altering their business models as part of an effort to get around European Union initiatives intended to limit migration flows. ...

Responding to European law enforcement agencies developing a deeper understanding of how organised immigration criminals operate, and the striking of deals between the EU and countries including Libya intended to slow illegal immigration into Europe, people smuggling gangs have shifted to using new routes through nations such as Niger, Algeria and Turkey, the report found. ...

As a consequence, migrants being moved by people smuggling networks in East and North Africa have been exposed to more violence and exploitation over the course of the past two years, with many being held hostage, tortured in a bid to extort payment from their family members, or sold into modern slavery.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
ICE has released more than 160,000 migrants into the U.S. since December – and 88% never showed up for immigration court, officials say
Valerie Bauman
Daily Mail, 10 May 2019

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released more than 160,000 migrants who crossed illegally into the U.S. since December 2018 – and most of those people aren't showing up for their dates in immigration court, according to a senior ICE official.

In an effort to respond to the increasing surge of migrants at the Southern U.S. border – 109,144 were apprehended in April alone – the Department of Justice had its immigration court system establish a pilot program that created expedited court proceedings in 10 cities along the border.

However, 87.5 percent of the immigrants facing orders of removal in those courts failed to appear before a judge.

'There are often no consequences for those who fail to depart as ordered,' said Nathalie R. Asher, the acting executive associate director of enforcement and removal operations at ICE. ...

Complicating the issue is a massive backlog of more than 900,000 cases in U.S. immigration courts. ...

Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost told senators on Wednesday that apprehension numbers were 'off the charts,' and she's had to divert agents to care for children.

'They (immigrants) have received the message loud and clear: Bring a child, you will be released,' she said.

Provost said shifting resources will not address the crisis. She said she is worried about drugs and other contraband that is getting through as resources are shifted to caring for children.

The issue is also about people posing fraudulently as families – using children who aren't related to them – in an effort to be released immediately into the U.S. ...

She added that DHS had discovered 'child recycling rings,' in which the same children are used over and over again in an attempts to get more migrants released in the US.
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
Sweden Expects Nearly 60,000 Family Reunification Applications This Year
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 5 May 2019

According to newly released forecasts from the Swedish Migration Board, the country could expect around 59,000 new migrant family reunification applications for 2019.

The 59,000 application figure was released as part of a broader number of forecasts for the various kinds of residency permits handed out during the year as well as the costs associated with new asylum seekers. In a press release, the agency also claimed that they expected around 21,000 asylum seekers this year and another 22,000 next year.

If all applications are accepted, combined both migrant family reunification and new asylum seekers will total around 80,000 new migrants entering the country, which would be higher than the total for 2018 where the combined number stood at just under 70,000. The reason for the larger number is a sharp increase in family reunifications, while new asylum numbers have gone down from just over 25,000 last year. ...

While Sweden projects a decline in the number of asylum seekers, Public Employment Service Director General Mikael Sjöberg recently called for more migration into Sweden saying that the country needs more workers to fill jobs and contribute to the welfare system to keep it afloat as the population ages.
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Immigration abroad – baby boys' names, Germany
Mohammed was the most popular first name for boys born in Berlin in 2018, study reveals
Tim Stickings
MailOnline, 4 May 2019

Mohammed was the most popular first name for baby boys in Berlin last year, it has emerged.

The Association for German Language revealed that the name was among the ten most popular in six of the country's 16 states.

As well as the state of Berlin it featured near the top of the list in Berlin, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland and Hesse in the 2018 figures.

In Germany as a whole it was 24th on the list, when its various spellings and use in children's middle names were added together. ...

The Association's managing director Andrea Ewels has previously said the name Mohammed's rise was 'of course related to the wave of immigration'.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Republic of Ireland
Ireland: Politicians Back Globalism, But People Fear Country 'Changing Too Quickly', 'Too Politically Correct'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 2 May 2019

The Irish Times brimmed with optimism reporting the results of its 2019 Sign of the Times survey at the weekend, declaring that the research showed "a seismic shift in the country's social and moral mores in a very short period of time". ...

Accompanying this text are figures showing /.../ only 53 per cent of respondents were either neutral to or disagreed with the statement "We are losing Irish identity in face of foreign national influx".

Not everyone in the country is "entirely comfortable with this new Ireland of openness and tolerance" the newspaper conceded, complaining about results which showed a majority (61 per cent) of respondents agreed the nation was "changing too quickly" and that 69 per cent agreed Irish society was "too politically correct". ...

Research conducted in April revealed not one of Ireland's TDs (the equivalent of Britain's Members of Parliament) wants to restrict immigration to the country, with 65 per cent telling a survey by independent radio station Newstalk they would keep migration levels the same and 35 per cent wanting them increased, despite 50 per cent of respondents admitting the subject is regularly brought up by constituents as a concern.

Ian McShane, the journalist who provided the analysis of the statistics, did not make clear how citizens unhappy about mass migration are supposed to make their views heard to the people who are meant to represent them.

However, his claim that politicians who address the subject present some sort of peril to the country is a view shared almost unanimously by the media and political establishment in Ireland, who reacted with anger last month at former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín commenting that "there needs to be sustainable levels of immigration in this country, it needs to be managed".
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Immigration abroad – politics, France
Interview with Ismael Emelien: the man behind Macron's rise
Adam Plowright
Spectator blog, 30 April 2019

While in France, Emmanuel Macron's extraordinary election victory in 2017, six months after Trump's, would not have been possible without the discreet work of Ismael Emelien. ...

Emelien, after nearly two years at Macron's side at the Elysee, has just quit the presidential staff and has joined what he frames as the battle between his 'progressive' camp and Bannon's 'nationalist-populists'. ...

But it was Emelien who always had the president's ear. He was chief among the 'Macron boys' – the tech-savvy and ambitious political operators in their 30s and 40s who helped the former investment banker launch his grassroots En Marche movement. ...

But what of the two other major issues fuelling the rise of the fringes, namely immigration and economic inequality? Do so-called 'progressives' have an answer? Emelien believes in the economic case for immigration, but says higher demands must be made on newcomers, echoing similar views expressed recently by Hillary Clinton and Tony Blair.

'What progressives should defend is an obligation to integrate, and that a desire to integrate should be the determining factor in whether someone is granted nationality,' he says. 'We're clear that there is a problem around the issue of identity in all Western countries, which is posed by immigration. It's a reality that it would be almost criminal to ignore.'
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Immigration abroad – Switzerland
Switzerland: Over 80 Percent of Somali Migrants on Welfare
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 30 April 2019

According to newly released data, several migrant groups of different national origins in Switzerland have welfare dependency rates well above 50 per cent, with over 80 per cent of Somalis in the country taking state handouts.

The data was gathered and released by both the Federal Statistical Office and the State Secretariat for Migration and shows that the 4,000 or so Somalis in Switzerland are by far the most prone to being on government benefits with 83.7 per cent relying on state income, 20 Minutes reports.

While Somalis are by far and wide the largest recipients of welfare, several other nationalities also have rates of over 50 per cent, such as Eritreans at 54.7 per cent and Angolans at 54 per cent.

The statistics greatly contrast with the number of Swiss nationals on welfare, at a mere 2.3 per cent of the population – although Japanese nationals were the lowest of all at only 0.6 per cent. ...

Bachir Gobdon of the Somali Diaspora association attributed some of the blame for the high rates of welfare in the Somali community to the average family size, saying, "For example, they work in the hospitality industry, where wages are low. A family that has seven children, for example, cannot live on it." ...

In Germany, a report from the German Federal Employment Agency last year revealed that more than half of those on the Hartz IV welfare programme were migrants, with migrant welfare recipients increasing by 69 per cent since 2010 while Germans on welfare declined by 20 per cent.
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Immigration abroad – demography, USA
The US white majority will soon disappear forever
Dudley Poston and Rogelio Sáenz
The Conversation, 30 April 2019

Since the settlement of Jamestown in 1607 and the start of the Colonial period, the U.S. has been predominantly white.

But the white share of the U.S. population has been dropping, from a little under 90% in 1950 to 60% in 2018. It will likely drop below 50% in another 25 years.

White nationalists want America to be white again. But this will never happen. America is on its way to becoming predominantly nonwhite. ...

Although the majority of the U.S. population today is still white, nonwhites account for more than half of the populations of Hawaii, the District of Columbia, California, New Mexico, Texas and Nevada. And, in the next 10 to 15 years, these half dozen "majority-minority" states will likely be joined by as many as eight other states where whites now make up less than 60% of the population.

Census Bureau projections show that the U.S. population will be "majority-minority" sometime between 2040 and 2050. Our research suggests that this will happen around 2044. Indeed, in 2020, there are projected to be more nonwhite children than white children in the U.S.

The nonwhite population is growing more rapidly than the white population. Minorities accounted for 92% of the U.S. population growth between 2010 and 2018, with Latinos comprising just under half of the nation's overall growth.

Why are the numbers of white people declining, and why are nonwhite numbers increasing? The answer is basic demography: births, deaths and immigration.

White women have an average of 1.7 children over their lifetimes, while Latina women average 2.2. The total fertility rates of blacks, Asians and American Indians are in between. So whites have fewer births than all nonwhite groups.

There are also big differences in age structure. Sixty-two percent of Latinas 15 years of age or older are of childbearing age. Only 42% of white women fall into this group. ...

How about immigration to the U.S.? Of the more than 43 million foreign-born people living in the U.S. in 2015, 82% originated in Latin America and Asia. Only 11% were born in Europe. So whites don't increase their representation in the U.S. via immigration.

The aging white population, alongside a more youthful minority population, especially in the case of Latinos, will result in the U.S. becoming a majority-minority country in around 2044.
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Immigration abroad – mass shootings, USA
Even after synagogue shooting, mass shooting is still a black thing
Colin Flaherty
American Thinker, 30 April 2019

Even as the blood dried at Saturday's synagogue shooting, national political and media figures wasted no time blaming "white supremacists" for what they say is just the latest in an epidemic of mass shootings.

After all, everyone knows mass shootings are a white thing. Dylann Roof, right?

Wrong. The New York Times, much to the chagrin of its own reporters, said 75 percent of mass shooters are black. They actually checked.

That did not stop the Washington Post from calling for new measures to stop the white "domestic terrorists." Ditto for the head of the Congressional Black Caucus: "White supremacy is a growing threat around the world," said Congressman Hakeem Jeffries. ...

But even as more and more Blue Checkers drew more and more attention to a mentally ill 19-year-old white kid with a high-powered weapon, they had to devote even more energy to ignoring recent episodes of mass shootings by shooters other than white people. Mostly black.

In the weekend of the San Diego synagogue shooting, there were at least eight other mass shootings in America. White people did exactly none of them. ...

Did I say eight? There are at least 9. Not counting San Diego, the score stands at eight black, one Hispanic, zero episodes with a white shooter.

All this weekend.
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Immigration abroad – heavy weapons, France
French Cops Find Criminals with Rocket Launcher In 'Gun-Free' Europe
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 29 April 2019

Police in the French commune of Vaulx-en-Velin near Lyon made a shocking discovery over the weekend when they found a military-grade rocket launcher in the boot of a car.

The rocket launcher was discovered in the trunk of a Renault Megane belonging to two alleged criminals on Friday evening after police caught the pair outside a garage and later discovered the vehicle parked inside it, Le Parisien reports. ...

The find of the rocket launcher is just the latest by French police in some of the country's "sensitive" suburban areas, and is the third military weapon to be found in the last two months alone.

In 2017, French police in the heavily migrant-populated Seine-Saint-Denis suburbs of Paris also discovered an anti-tank rocket launcher, and then only a few months later another even larger weapons cache was found following raids in Eure-et-Loir, Eure, and Yvelines.

Prosecutor Rémi Coutin commented on the scale of the find, noting, "investigators seized seven weapons of war, including two loaded and ready-to-run M80 rocket launchers capable of destroying a tank, two Kalashnikovs, one Spanish assault rifle, [and] two machine guns".

He added that officers also found "twenty-two long guns including seven shotguns, 80 kg of ammunition or tens of thousands of rounds, and four jammers."
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, European Union
Over 1.55 billion euros has been spent on the migrant cards
Hungarian Government, 26 April 2019

"Over two million people have received anonymous migrant cards, and the equivalent of 500 billion forints (1.55 bn euros) has been spent in this manner", Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister György Bakondi said on Hungarian M1 television's Friday morning current affairs program.

Mr. Bakondi said the migrant cards are unlawful, because European citizens cannot own anonymous banking cards, they cannot be monitored, and no public procurement procedure was launched for their issuing.

"This solution, which 'has not been thought through and is unlawful', and other efforts on the part of the European Union to legalise illegal migration such as the migrant visa and the establishment of legal channels for immigration, represent a security risk with healthcare, economic and cultural consequences for Hungarian and European citizens', he stated.

In the Chief Security Advisor's opinion, they don't want to stop migration, but legalise it. "Hungary, however, does not agree with this. Hungary's opinion is that the problem must not be brought into Europe, but that instead, assistance must be provided to enable problems to be solved on site", he added.
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Immigration abroad – Libya, Italy, EU
Italy requests EU plan against migrant wave from Libya
Mail Online / Associated Press, 25 April 2019

Italy's government has written to the European Union asking it to prepare a plan of action to address the risk of a new wave of migrants escaping from the armed conflict in Libya.

Italy's Foreign Minister Enzo Moavero spoke on Wednesday at a joint news conference in Rome after meeting with the United Nation envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame. Moavero didn't provide additional details on Italy's request. ...

Salame downplayed Italy's fears that a huge number of African refugees could leave Libya trying to reach Europe.

"We know that about 700,000 migrants are in our country now, but not even a minority of them wants to cross the Mediterranean," Salame told journalists.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Top economist claims immigration is soaring because government is afraid to offend business lobby and ethnic groups despite promises to cut numbers
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 25 April 2019

An economist who sits on the board of the Westfield shopping mall group has blamed big businesses and ethnic lobby groups for Australia's record high immigration.

Judith Sloan said it appeared Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government was too afraid to offend powerful interest groups.

'The Liberal Party or the Coalition government have really dropped the ball on this,' she told Sky News on Thursday.

'They are clearly beholden to what I'd say are the lobby groups who want a big Australia, bigger Australia.

'We're thinking here about big business, the property developers, universities in particular, some ethnic groups.'

Mrs Sloan told former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott's chief-of-staff Peta Credlin that successive Coalition governments had made empty promises to reduce immigration, without offending vested interests.

'They just haven't been prepared to stand up to them so they've fiddle a bit with the permanent numbers but not really,' she said.

In March, Mr Morrison vowed to slash Australia's permanent net annual immigration rate from 190,000 to 160,000.

This occurred after Australia's net annual immigration rate, which includes permanent arrivals and international students, stood at a five-year high of 299,190, as of February.

'In the meantime, we've got this completely out-of-control intake of temporary entrants,' Mrs Sloan said.

'When I say temporary, some of them are here for a decade at least and then some, of course, transfer from being temporary to permanents anyway and the biggest growing group has been the international students.'

Last year, Australia accepted 876,399 international students, Department of Education and Training data showed. ...

Mrs Sloan, who is also a columnist with The Australian, said net annual immigration, averaging at more than 250,000 a year, made up two-thirds of Australia's population growth, with the rest coming from births.

'Which is just extraordinary. We're adding the equivalent of Canberra every year.'

Australia's net annual immigration pace is more than triple the 20th century average of 70,000, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show.

It rose above 100,000 in 2002 and surged above 200,000 in 2012, which was followed by five years of double-digit house price growth in Sydney and Melbourne. ...

Australia's population surpassed the 25 million milestone in August, 22 years earlier than predicted in the federal government's first inter-generational report of 2002.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
Central American Migrants Paid Human Smugglers $2.3B in 2017, Says Report
Bob Price
Breitbart, 22 April 2019

A RAND Corporation report released Monday reveals that Central American migrants paid human smugglers more than $2 billion in 2017 to get them into the United States.

RAND Corporation's Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center reveals Central American migrants paid human smugglers, including transnational criminal organizations (TCOs) up to about $2.5 billion in smuggling fees and "taxes" in 2017.

During Fiscal Year 2017, Border Patrol agents apprehended migrants crossing the border in near-record low levels. Agents apprehended only 303,916 migrants during that fiscal year, including 75,622 Family Unit Aliens (FMUA) and 41,435 Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC), according to the FY2017 Southwest Border Migration Report from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

During the first six months of the current fiscal year, agents already exceeded the total FY2017 apprehensions with the arrest of 361,087 migrants. Those include a record-setting 189,584 FMUAs and an additional 35,898 UACs.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
Trump Orders Crackdown on Illegal Aliens Overstaying Their Visas in U.S.
John Binder
Breitbart, 22 April 2019

President Trump is ordering a crackdown on the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who overstay their visas after arriving in the United States wit a presidential memorandum.

On Monday, Trump signed the memorandum, which calls for the State Department and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to "immediately begin taking all appropriate actions" to reduce the overstay rates for all nonimmigrant visas – that is the more than 415,000 illegal aliens who originally arrived in the U.S. legally but overstayed their visas and have yet to leave.

Specifically, Trump is ordering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and DHS officials to provide his administration with recommendations within 120 days on how to effectively cut the number of B-1 and B-2 visa overstays from countries that have a visa overstay rate higher than ten percent. ...

Djibouti, Chad, Yemen, and Eritrea have the highest B-1 and B-2 visa overstay rates in the U.S. Djibouti, alone, has a visa overstay rate of nearly 45 percent. Chad has a visa overstay rate of nearly 31 percent, while Yemen and Eritrea each have an overstay rate above 25 percent. ...

Additionally, the memorandum calls for DHS and the State Department to develop plans within 120 days to implement an admission bonds program where nationals arriving in the U.S will be required to pay a bond that they would be returned when they return to their home country because their visa has expired. Should a visa holder not return home, the bond amount would be withheld.

An admission bond policy already exists in current immigration law, but the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has yet to enforce the program in all cases. ...

As of March, there were more than 415,000 illegal aliens in the U.S. who had overstayed their visas. This includes more than 300,000 illegal aliens who arrived in the U.S. from countries that are not part of the Visa Waiver Program, which allows certain nationals to come to the country for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. In total, 20 foreign countries have visa overstay rates that exceed ten percent. About 40 percent of the 12 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the country came legally and overstayed their visas, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
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Immigration abroad – criminals, cost, USA
New DOJ Report: 60,000 criminal illegal aliens are in federal custody at a staggering cost
Peter Barry Chowka
American Thinker, 17 April 2019

In an exclusive report on the The Ingraham Angle last evening /.../ U.S. attorney Zachary Terwilliger broke major news about the DOJ's brand new report on the number and costs of the incarceration of illegal aliens in federal custody. The segment, and the comments by Terwilliger, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, and Ingraham further expose the Left's persistent lie that illegals in the U.S. commit additional crimes at a lower rate than U.S.-born citizens.

A brief article posted at Fox News dot com, immediately following Ingraham's program Tuesday, summarized the segment:

Nearly 60,000 known or suspected illegal immigrants [sic] are being held in federal prisons, according to a report obtained by Fox News Tuesday from the Department of Justice.

Quoting the report, he said "criminal aliens" make up 21 percent of those in the Federal Bureau of Prisons custody and 38 percent of those in Marshals custody.

Terwilliger lamented that a "staggering" amount of resources are being diverted to fighting illegal immigration at the expense other problems like a rising opioid epidemic and rising crime rates in certain areas.

Adding context to this latest news is the fact that tens of thousands of illegals who have managed to make it across the border are being released into the country every month, and "hundreds of thousands" of illegal aliens who committed additional crimes remain free in the U.S.

... The report, it should be noted, does not include illegals who are in jails and prisons at the state and local levels – a number that is "significantly greater," according to Ingraham, than the number of criminal illegal aliens in federal custody.

Terwilliger said the next report from the DOJ on the problem should address the financial cost to the federal government of dealing with illegal alien criminals. He estimated, however, that the cost of the U.S. Marshals Service having to deal with illegals (who are in custody awaiting trial, for example) is $500 million a year, which does not include the costs due to illegal aliens incurred by the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
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Immigration abroad – Pakistanis, Vietnamese, Romania
Pakistan ready to export 500,000 workers to Romania by 2020
Sorin Melenciuc
Business Review, 17 April 2019

Pakistan seems ready to export over 500,000 workers to Romania by 2020, according to the Pakistan's Ministry of Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development, cited by Associated Press of Pakistan (APP).

The announcement came in response to an offer made by the Romanian ambassador to Pakistan, Niculaie Goia.

Goia discussed with Sayed Zulfikar Abbas Bukhari, a special assistant to prime minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development.

According to APP, The Romanian ambassador said that Romania would be seeking as many as one million foreign workers due to a severe workforce crisis. ...

The Romanian government is trying to reduce the workforce crisis in many areas of the economy by importing foreign workers, and has recently signed a memorandum with Vietnam in order to receive more Vietnamese workers.
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Immigration abroad – Libya, Europe
Libya: UN-backed PM says 800,000 migrants could reach Europe amid instability
Alex Crawford
Sky News, 16 April 2019

Libya's United Nations-backed prime minister has told Sky News that there could be an influx of more than 800,000 migrants from his country into Europe if the instability in his country continues.

Fayez al Sarraj, a trained architect who entered politics in his 50s, is a man with a tough message and he's not mincing his words right now. ...

Putting more pressure on the international community, the leader warned about a European migrant crisis.

"What's going to happen with this security breakdown is that 800,000 illegal migrants on Libyan ground will have to leave Libya and will cross the sea towards Europe," he said.

"Amongst these 800,000 there are terrorists and criminals. This will be disastrous".
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Immigration abroad – asylum, Canada
Trudeau takes 'sharp turn' away from 'refugees welcome'
BBC, 16 April 2019

Canada has made a name for itself around the world as a safe haven for refugees. But recent changes to its laws may make the country seem far less friendly, refugee advocates and legal critics warn.

The Liberal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says it intends to change the law to make it harder for refugees to go "asylum shopping".

But legal experts and refugee advocates warn these changes could flout domestic and international law, and ruin Canada's reputation as a defender of refugees.

"I think that the Liberal government has really taken a sharp turn," says law professor and refugee lawyer Warda Shazadi Meighen. ...

It would make ineligible those asylum seekers at the border who have already made a claim in another country that has an immigration information-sharing agreement with Canada.

These countries include the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand. ...

More than 40,000 asylum seekers have crossed into Canada at the US border since Trump was elected.

Cities along the border have struggled with providing services to the thousands who are waiting for their claims to be heard - in Montreal, the Olympic stadium was converted into temporary housing.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Canada
The number of non-white immigrants entering Canada is now a partisan issue: new poll
Melanie Green, 16 April 2019

Canadians are becoming increasingly polarized over issues of race and immigration, according to a new survey that suggests the divide could be a major factor in the next federal election.

The new EKOS poll is based on a relatively small sample size, but offers a snapshot of a country that is split both socially and politically.

Roughly 40 per cent of Canadians think too many immigrants entering the country are not white – and that number skyrockets among Conservative Party of Canada supporters, according to the polling.

"The key forces shifting votes away from the Liberals to Conservatives have been the issue of immigration and too many non-white immigrants," Frank Graves told StarMetro Vancouver. ...

Sixty-nine per cent of poll respondents answered "too many" to the question of "Forgetting about the overall number of immigrants coming to Canada, of those who come, would you say there are too few, too many or the right amount who are members of visible minorities?"
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Immigration abroad – employment, labour shortage, USA
There Is No 'Labor Shortage'
Jason Richwine, PhD
Center for Immigration Studies, 16 April 2019

One of the many trade-offs inherent to immigration policy is efficiency vs. distribution in the labor market. Importing more workers from abroad can lower the cost of production, but the savings come in large part from holding down wages. Anyone who claims that immigration offers only benefits or only costs to the labor market is not being honest about the issue. Unfortunately, immigration advocates have a habit of developing exactly those sorts of one-sided talking points. One of the most prominent right now is the idea of a "labor shortage". Forget all this talk about trade-offs, they say, employers simply cannot find any more workers without immigration.

That claim is false. Neither theory nor evidence backs the existence of a "labor shortage". As discussed below, when employers complain of a "shortage", they really mean a shortage of people willing to work for the (low) wage that employers would like to pay. The percentage of working-age Americans in the labor force remains significantly below the level from the year 2000, and employers should strive to bring those potential workers back.
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Immigration abroad – points-based system, Australia
A points-based system doesn't end naked prejudice against migrants
Kenan Malik
The Observer, 14 April 2019

The Australian immigration system, in which potential migrants receive points for wealth, education, good health and language skills, has been lauded by politicians across the world, from Donald Trump to Boris Johnson. Many policymakers are drawn to the idea of a system that admits only high-skilled workers, viewing it as the answer to the supposed problems of low-skilled immigrants lowering wages and failing to integrate.

The reality, however, is different. Many low-paid jobs in Australia, from cab-driving to cleaning, are disproportionately the domain of migrants. How is this possible in an immigration system that supposedly only recruits skilled labour?

Australia introduced its points-based immigration system in the 1970s. The idea was to create a kind of non-racist version of the "white Australia" policy that had held sway for almost a century. Middle-class professionalism now came to replace "whiteness" as the measure of a good migrant. The trouble is, being middle class and skilled guarantees neither a job nor social acceptance.

A study last year showed that of skilled migrants from non-English speaking countries who came to Australia between 2011 and 2016, fewer than a third had found a professional or managerial job. Another study revealed that such migrants were 25% more likely to be in the bottom income quintile than either migrants from English-speaking countries (primarily white migrants) or those born in Australia. The unemployment rate for recent migrants on a permanent visa is more than 50% higher than it is for Australians in general.

Partly this results from an immigration system demanding skills unrelated to those required by the economy. ...

There is also the question of racism. A study by the economist Andrew Leigh showed that an individual with an Anglo-Saxon name is far more likely to get a job interview than someone with the same qualifications and experience, but with a Chinese, Middle Eastern or Indigenous Australian name.

Recent governments have tried to shift immigration policy away from a predominantly points-based system to one in which migrants are required to have a job offer. They have also increasingly shifted from a policy of permanent residency to the granting of temporary work visas. Temporary workers now make up 11% of Australia's workforce. /.../ A study last year on Wage Theft in Silence found that a third of foreign temporary workers earned less than half the minimum wage. ...

Critics of liberal immigration policies often argue for the necessity of tighter controls that permit the entry only of the "right kind of migrant". What Australia exposes is that the obsession with having the "right kind of migrant" often blinds people to the fact that many of the problems are caused not by the "wrong kind of migrant" but by the attitudes, of governments, bosses and the public, to any kind of immigrant.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Fired German Intelligence Boss Slams Merkel Migrant Policy on Hungarian Television
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 12 April 2019

Former German intelligence chief Hans-George Maassen told Hungarian media this week that the door of immigration was "still open" and slammed the asylum policy of Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Speaking to broadcaster M1, the former president of the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution (BfV) said that despite there being fewer asylum seekers than 2015," the lock is still open," Die Welt reports.

During the 25-minute interview, Mr Maassen also touched upon the problems with integrating a large number of asylum seekers saying, "Integration is possible if you create the legal framework and also get people to integrate or be integrated. Integration can not only be ordered, but integration must also be demanded."

"My concern is that there is integration, but not integration into German society, but into Arab society, the Salafist society or the Turkish society in Germany, so that we have parallel societies. And from my point of view, that has to be prevented with all our might," he added.

Germany has also had a poor track record with deporting failed asylum seekers since 2015, and Maassen explained the government's lack of success saying, "This has a number of reasons, starting with the fact that the countries of origin are often not yet ready to take these people back. (They) are not ready, partly for purely economic reasons."

He noted that many countries see their citizens sending back euros from the German welfare system and said countries are unlikely to want to take them back and be forced to pay them benefits.

"In addition, there are also so-called NGOs, which deliberately prevent deportation by supporting the deportees or hiding him and the like. All in all, one has to say that the deportation policy in Germany is, unfortunately, a disaster, but unfortunately not only in Germany but also in other Western European countries," he said.
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Immigration abroad – politics, India
Amit Shah vows to throw illegal immigrants into Bay of Bengal
Devjyot Ghoshal
Reuters, 12 April 2019

The head of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist party took his invective against illegal Muslim immigrants to a new level this week as the general election kicked off, promising to throw them into the Bay of Bengal.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah referred to such illegal immigrants as "termites", a description he also used last September, when he drew condemnation from rights groups. The U.S. State Department also noted the remark in its annual human rights report.

"Infiltrators are like termites in the soil of Bengal," Shah said on Thursday at a rally in West Bengal, as voting in India's 39-day general election started.

"A Bharatiya Janata Party government will pick up infiltrators one by one and throw them into the Bay of Bengal," he said, referring to illegal immigrants from neighbouring Muslim-majority Bangladesh.

Shah nevertheless reiterated the BJP's stance on giving citizenship to Hindus, Buddhists, Jains and Sikhs from Bangladesh and Pakistan.

India is already working on deporting an estimated 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living in the country after fleeing Buddhist-majority Myanmar. New Delhi considers them a security threat.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Record number of immigrants arrive in Australia with 115,000 landing in just one MONTH - despite government promises to reduce the intake
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 11 April 2019

Australia's immigration rate has surged to a new record high with more than 115,000 permanent arrivals in just one month. ...

The overseas arrivals data showed 115,100 new people declared Australia as their new home in February, as annual immigration soared by a record 844,800.

The number of new immigrants during the year was 11.4 per cent higher than the same period in 2018.

When the number of people leaving Australia for good was taken into account, the net annual immigration rate stood at a five-year high of 299,190, which includes international students. ...

Australia's 1.6 per cent annual population increase is more than double the average of rich nations in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
Illegal immigration to US at highest for 12 years despite Donald Trump's vow to crack down
Jacob Geanous
Metro, 11 April 2019

A record number of migrants tried to illegally cross the United States' southern border last month, despite Donald Trump's promises of a crackdown.

The number of people who crossed the Mexican border illegally skyrocketed to 103,492 in March – hitting a 12-year-high.

Of those, 92,607 were apprehended by US Customs and Border Patrol, who have detained over 361,000 people at the southwest border this year, which is more than double the amount of migrants detained by April of last year – and all of 2017.

More than 53,000 families were among those apprehended along the US-Mexico border during March. That is the highest number for a single month since US Customs and Border Protection began keeping track of the figure in 2012. ...

A 2018 study funded by the US Department of Homeland Security found that 'wages for people migrating illegally to the United States tend to be about 13 to 14 times the wages available to them in their home countries.'

This opportunity has proved attractive enough to convince a record number of families to pack up and head for the US border. That has caused headaches for the Trump administration whose hands are tied by legal precedents.
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Immigration abroad – politics, USA
Bernie Sanders: I don't support open borders
Caitlin Yilek
Washington Examiner, 8 April 2019

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said Sunday he does not support open borders.

Sanders, independent senator from Vermont and a self-described democratic socialist, told an audience member at a campaign stop in Oskaloosa, Iowa, that he was mistaken in suggesting Sanders supports open borders.

"I'm afraid you may be getting your information wrong. That's not my view," Sanders said after the attendee asked the candidate how he would fund a social safety net if the United States had an open-borders immigration policy.

"What we need is comprehensive immigration reform," Sanders said. "If you open the borders, my god, there's a lot of poverty in this world, and you're going to have people from all over the world. And I don't think that's something that we can do at this point. Can't do it. So that is not my position."

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Sanders said an open-border policy was "a Koch brothers proposal."

"That's a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States," he said. "It would make everybody in America poorer – you're doing away with the concept of a nation-state, and I don't think there's any country in the world that believes in that. If you believe in a nation-state or in a country called the United States or U.K. or Denmark or any other country, you have an obligation in my view to do everything we can to help poor people. What right-wing people in this country would love is an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them. I don't believe in that."
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Immigration abroad – free speech, censorship, USA
Amazon Is on a Digital Book Burning Spree
Allum Bokhari
Breitbart, 8 April 2019

Under pressure from left-wing journalists and activists, Amazon is purging right-wing authors from its store, including a book co-authored by English Islam critic and independent commentator Tommy Robinson.

The web retail giant has become the dominant market player in book sales, accounting for nearly 50 percent of physical and 83 percent of e-book sales in the U.S. As such, Amazon has the power to effectively cut an author off from the vast majority of the books market.

Amazon began its new round of purges by targeting the white nationalist fringe. In February, the tech giant banned a number of books from white identitarian Jared Taylor, and a book called The White Nationalist Manifesto by Greg Johnson. ...

In 2010, Amazon refused to take down a book defending pedophilia on first amendment grounds. "Amazon believes it is censorship not sell certain books simply because we or others believe their message is objectionable," an Amazon representative told CNBC at the time.

"Amazon does not support or promote hatred or criminal acts, however, we do support the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions."

Public and media outcry was not enough to pressure Amazon into watering down its commitment to content-neutrality when it came to a pro-pedophile book. But it now takes only the slightest pressure for the tech giant to ban right-wing critiques of religion.

And even before that, Amazon had watered down it's commitment to "the right of every individual to make their own purchasing decisions." In 2015, the site banned the sale of all merchandise depicting the Confederate flag.

Amazon doesn't seem to have a problem with extremist of destructive books in general. Two of the most destructive books in history, Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf and The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels are available for purchase. So too are books by black nationalist Louis Farrakhan, notorious for his racist and anti-semitic comments – so it seems racial hatred isn't subject to a blanket ban on Amazon either.
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Immigration abroad – hate crime, USA
Finley: America's hate crime surge is a hoax
Nolan Finley
Detroit News, 7 April 2019

It's been repeated so often it's taken as fact: Hate crimes have soared over the past two years, and the blame rests with President Donald Trump and supporters inspired by his hateful rhetoric.

It's a compelling story, supported by statistics that show an increase of 17% in the number of hate crimes reported to the FBI during the Trump presidency.

But it isn't true. The surge has little to do with Trump and his red hat brigade. This according to Will Reilly, a Kentucky State University associate professor, who extensively researched hate-fueled violence in America for his book Hate Crime Hoax.

"Almost all of that surge is due to the simple fact that in 2017 the number of police departments reporting hate crimes to the FBI increased by 1,000," says Reilly. "The surge narrative is pretty dishonest."

And destructive. The perception that hate-filled mobs are roaming the streets attacking minorities, gay and transgender people and other vulnerable citizens in the name of Donald Trump keeps us on edge and makes us distrustful of our neighbors.

It also creates a gullibility that that allows us to believe things we should know aren't true. Like Jussie Smollett's ridiculous tale of being attacked by two MAGA-hat-wearing thugs on a frigid Chicago street. ...

Smollett's fake hate crime is not a one-off. Reilly's research finds that most high-profile hate crimes over the past few years have turned out to be hoaxes.

Reilly studied 409 reported hate crimes over the past five years that received media attention. ...

"In major cases, almost all of them have been hoaxes," Reilly says. "The number of hate crime hoaxes actually exceeds the number of convictions. The majority of these high-profile incidents never happened."

It's also a false narrative that white cops are targeting African American men, Reilly says.

In 2015, he says, of the 1,200 Americans killed by police, just 258 were black, and only 17 of those were unarmed and shot by white officers. And yet, his research indicates just 10 percent of the media coverage of police violence focused on the non-black victims.

"White guys shot by police under identical circumstances never become national stories," Reilly say.

The distorted coverage has helped give rise to social movements such as Black Lives Matter that are based more on perception than reality.

"It's worth noting that interracial crime is not a huge threat in America," says Reilly, who is African American. "Eighty-five percent of whites are killed by other whites. Ninety-four percent of blacks are killed by other blacks."

Americans may be politically divided. But they aren't taking their disagreements to the streets. Nor have they created a dangerous environment for certain groups of their fellow citizens.

"Portraying America as a hate-filled country is wildly inaccurate," Reilly says.
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Immigration abroad – France, Mediterranean
The Latest: France says some aid groups help smugglers
Associated Press, 6 April 2019

France's interior minister says some aid groups operating in the Mediterranean Sea sometimes act like accomplices to human traffickers.

Minister Christophe Castaner pointed at "a real collusion between smugglers and some NGOs," including through phone contacts to "facilitate the migrants' departure from Libyan coasts in appalling conditions."

The comments at a G-7 meeting in Paris are similar to those of his Italian counterpart, Matteo Salvini, who reaffirmed his hard-line stance on immigration.

Castaner, a member of French President Emmanuel Macron's pro-European government, said he has clear political differences with Salvini, the leader of Italy's anti-migrant League party, but stressed that both countries were now cooperating on migration issues.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, Islam, Germany
Islamic State children repatriated to Germany from Iraq
The Local [Germany], 5 April 2019

Germany has repatriated from Iraq several children of jailed jihadists, the foreign ministry said Friday, as the war against the so-called Islamic State (IS) group draws to a close.

"The number of minors already brought back to Germany has reached a high single-digit figure," the Foreign Ministry source said, adding that the returns were carried out with the consent of the children's parents.

They are now in the custody of their relatives in Germany, the source added. Among the first young returnees to Germany were three children who arrived with their 31-year-old mother at Stuttgart airport on Thursday, their lawyer Mahmut Erdem said in a statement. ...

According to the Foreign Ministry, at least eight Germans were jailed in Iraq, after they were convicted over their membership of IS.

The Foreign Ministry said it was aware of cases of German nationals in custody in northern Syria, but added that it did not have direct consular access to them as the embassy in Damascus has been closed.

Nevertheless, the government is looking for ways to repatriate the German nationals, it added.

With the collapse of the last IS bastion in Syria last month, the fate of foreign fighters and their families has become a significant problem for governments as the conflict against IS draws to a close.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, public opinion, USA
Poll: 67% Of Likely Voters Say Illegal Immigration Is A Serious Problem, Most Believe Democrats Don't Want To Stop It
Timothy Meads
Townhall, 5 April 2019

A new Rasmussen poll conducted this week indicates that 67% of likely United States voters believe that illegal immigration is a "serious problem" in the country today, but the plurality of those who took the survey do not believe that the Democratic Party in Congress "wants to slow or stop illegal immigration."

The percentage of likely voters who said illegal immigration is a "serious issue" has not changed since a similar poll conducted in January asked the same question. ...

But the poll of 1,000 likely voters, conducted April 2-3 via telephone and online surveys, also found that 47% "say [illegal immigration] a Very Serious one." On the opposite side, 32% say illegal immigration is not a serious problem.

If poll answers are broken down across political party lines, "72% of Republicans see illegal immigration as a Very Serious problem, while "only 28% of Democrats agree."

When asked "Do most Democrats in Congress want to slow or stop illegal immigration?" Just 31% of likely voters said that Democrats in Congress want to "slow or stop illegal immigration." Comparatively, 70% of those polled said they believe Republicans want to stop the flow of illegal aliens. 45% of those polled believe the Democratic party does not want to stop illegal immigration at all.

The poll also found that "48% favor halting U.S. foreign aid to Mexico and governments in Central America that refuse to stop the flow of illegal immigrants into this country."
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Immigration abroad – crime, Scandinavia
Nordic nations have 'disturbingly high' levels of rape despite being gender equality trailblazers, says Amnesty
Maya Oppenheim
Independent, 4 April 2019

Nordic nations have "disturbingly high" levels of rape despite being gender equality trailblazers, according to a new report which also suggested they were failing victims.

Flawed legislation, prevalent harmful myths and gender stereotypes have given rise to endemic impunity for rapists across the region, Amnesty International found.

Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden – four countries which are among the top-ranking countries in the world for gender equality – were all found to have high levels of rape and survivors of sexual violence are being let down by their justice systems.

In Finland, around 50,000 women each year experience sexual violence but there were only 209 convictions for rape in 2017. In the same year, 24,000 women were victims of rape or attempted rape in Denmark, but only 94 people were convicted. ...

The report entitled Time for change: Justice for rape survivors in the Nordic countries, found gender stereotypes and rape myths underpin attitudes of many people in the justice system in Norway.
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Immigration abroad – USA
As Trump rages over border, Kushner quietly plans legal immigration boost
Anita Kumar
Politico, 3 April 2019

Even as President Donald Trump threatens to shut down the southern border, his administration is quietly working on a plan to expand some forms of legal immigration into the U.S.

Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, has been working for months on a proposal that could increase the number of low- and high-skilled workers admitted to the country annually, four people involved in the discussions told POLITICO.

The low-profile effort to allow more legal immigrants into the U.S. stands in stark contrast to Trump's increasingly dramatic efforts to curb illegal immigration, an issue he speaks about daily and describes as a national crisis. But Trump himself has publicly said he also supports higher levels of legal immigration, a priority generally backed by a business community short on skilled workers.

The effort began in January when Kushner started to convene a series of meetings with dozens of advocacy groups, including business and agriculture organizations. Some, though not all of them, openly support the expansion of legal immigration. ...

Trump personally tasked Kushner /.../ with the priority of legal immigration. But it is a daunting challenge, requiring legislation in an issue area that has confounded Congress in recent years. ...

More than 1 million immigrants are allowed into the United States each year on a permanent basis but only a fraction – 140,000 – come through employment categories. The rest are relatives, refugees or immigrants from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. These numbers don't include immigrants allowed entry for temporary or seasonal work.

By comparison, federal officials estimate they apprehended 100,000 immigrants crossing the border illegally in March. Many of them end up being released because of overwhelming numbers at processing and holding centers. About 12 million immigrants are estimated to be in the United States illegally now.

Kushner's plan might not lead to a net increase in legal immigration. He is being urged to offset his increases with reductions in other forms of legal immigration. An expansion in the number of legal immigrants allowed into the U.S. for work could be tied to reductions in the number of immigrants sponsored by family members or immigrants who are awarded green cards through the diversity visa lottery program, according to the four people involved in the discussions.

In his February State of the Union address, Trump said he wanted "people to come into our country in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally." ...

Kushner is considering increases in the number of low- and high-skilled workers, as well as permanent and temporary workers, according to the four people familiar with the discussions. In public, Trump and his allies have spoken mostly about high-skilled workers.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU Plots 'Proactive Approach' for Boosting Legal Migration to Europe
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 2 April 2019

Europe must take a "proactive approach" to increasing the level of immigration to the bloc, according to a new European Commission report proclaiming migrants would become "increasingly important" in the EU strategy for economic growth.

According to a 'fitness check' of European laws on legal immigration, adopted on Friday as part of Brussels' Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) scheme, current EU rules were said to be "largely fit for purpose".

However a number of supposedly "critical issues" resulting in the rules having only a "limited impact vis-à-vis the overall migration challenges that Europe is facing" were identified by the Commission in its assessment.

Asserting that authorities in Brussels are working towards developing a "common legal migration policy" which would be forced on every country in the bloc, the report called for "a wide range of measures" in order to reach this goal.

Many of the issues identified focused on achieving greater "harmonisation" of rules across EU nations – or the removal of national sovereignty regarding immigration controls – with the goal of creating "a level playing field across member states" in areas such as admission conditions and so-called human rights including "the level of rights granted to third-country nationals and on the protection of family life".

In addition to demanding "stronger enforcement" of minimum 'requirements dictated by Brussels, the assessment also argued that more efforts were needed to "raise awareness" of EU rules granting 'rights' to non-European nationals.

Alleging that migration was "likely to play an increasingly important role in addressing labour and skills shortages in an ageing European society", one major conclusion of the 'fitness check' was that Europe requires a "more effective approach to attract highly skilled workers from third countries, as the Commission had proposed in the Blue Card reform".

While Brussels insists the Blue Card programme is designed to enable only highly-skilled migration to Europe, Breitbart London has previously reported how EU documents acknowledged that the proposed changes – aimed at making the prospect of life in Europe "more attractive" to people in the third world – clearly contradict this, admitting it would be necessary to provide newcomers with education, employment, and vocational training.
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Immigration abroad – Yakutia, Russian Federation
What's behind anti-migrant feeling in Russia's arctic republic of Yakutia?
Vyacheslav Shushurikhin
openDemocracy, 2 April 2019

The situation has now calmed down, but the head of Yakutia Aisen Nikolayev has now signed an order banning employers in 33 professions from employing migrant workers. ...

Meanwhile, Yakutia has no shortage of official organisations working to "preserve interethnic harmony". Over the past few years, the republic's pro-government media has built up a healthy archive of articles declaring the absence of any kind of interethnic tension: "More than 120 ethnicities live in Yakutia in peace and harmony, and this is possible only thanks to the selfless work of numerous state agencies."

... In a recent interview, mayor Avksentyeva stated that there are too many migrant workers in the city and that they often cause problems. ...

Daniyar Baituguyev, chairman of the Kyrgyz Community of Yakutia, largely agrees with Avksentyeva's position. "Public concerns about migrants have been building up for years, and this incident set them off, triggered them. The reason is that we have too different a culture from that of the local population." ...

According to Baituguyev, the breaking point in attitudes to migrants in Yakutia came in the mid-2000s. "For a city with 300,000 people, there are too many people coming in [according to official statistics, 73,000 people were registered by the Yakutsk migration services, and 42,000 of them live in Yakutsk]. You could even say that we are, in one sense, pushing people out in terms of work. ..."

For Baituguyev, the reasons for coming to Yakutia for work are predictable: good wages and higher living standards. But each year local residents express their dissatisfaction more openly, he says: ...

Valerya Vasilyeva, a researcher at the European University at St Petersburg's Center for Arctic Social Studies, highlights the position of the authorities in this incident. ...

Vasilyeva calls what happened in Yakutsk one incident in a pattern of national anti-migrant feeling in Russia, but one that has its own dynamics. "Several large migration flows converge in Yakutia: here you have migrants both from Central Asia and China. And then you have local ethnic minorities who live in the republic (Evens, Evenks, Dolgany, Yukagirs, Chukchi, sometimes also the Russian Starozhily), a strong Yakut national consciousness, Soviet-era 'newcomers" from across the Soviet Union, seasonal workers, let alone the Sakhalyary - descendents of mixed marriages, who often have a complex ethnic self-identification. It's hard to imagine ethnic tensions not arising with this heterogenous population, and the Republic's focus on raising national consciousness."
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, children, USA
Unaccompanied Alien Children and the Crisis at the Border
Andrew R. Arthur
Center for Immigration Studies, 1 April 2019

The number of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) apprehended entering illegally along the Southwest border, which had bottomed out in April 2017 following the inauguration of Donald Trump, surged almost 685 percent by February 2019. Similarly, the number of UACs deemed inadmissible at the ports of entry along that border surged 385 percent between March 2017 and February 2019.

... The United Nations has also reported that the smuggling of aliens is big business for criminal organizations, valued at $3.7 to $4.2 billion a year. The processing of those migrants has in addition placed a huge burden on the Border Patrol, both in terms of manpower and in financial costs for humanitarian aid.

Flawed U.S. laws and policies encourage UACs to make that trip to the United States, and encourage the parents and other relatives of those UACs to pay criminal organizations to bring them to this country. ...

Generally, most are released to a parent or other family member in this country, the majority of whom do not have lawful status in the United States. This legal requirement makes the U.S. government a de facto co-conspirator with the smuggling organizations. Not surprisingly, the number of UACs from those non-contiguous countries (especially the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) has surged in recent years as family members in the United States and UACs have exploited this loophole.

Those UACs are supposed to subsequently appear for removal proceedings in immigration court after release, but often failed to do so. In fact, in half of all case completions involving UACs, the alien failed to appear for court, compared to an already high average of 25 percent for aliens generally. ...

According to ORR, in FY 2018, 54 percent of all UACs were from Guatemala, 26 percent were from Honduras, and 12 percent were from El Salvador. Of those UACs, 72 percent were ages 15 and older, with 35 percent being age 17, the cut-off age under the UAC definition.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, illegal immigration, USA
US struggling with growing number of asylum seekers
MailOnline / Associated Press, 31 March 2019

Border officials are aiming to more than quadruple the number of asylum seekers sent back over the southern border each day, a major expansion of a top government effort to address the swelling number of Central Americans arriving in the country, a Trump administration official said Saturday.

It was the latest attempt to ease a straining immigration system that officials say is at the breaking point. Hundreds of officers who usually screen cargo and vehicles at ports of entry were reassigned to help manage migrants. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen asked for volunteers from non-immigration agencies within her department, sent a letter to Congress late this past week requesting resources and broader authority to deport families faster, and she met with Central American and Mexican officials. ...

Right now, about 60 asylum seekers a day are returned to Mexico at the San Ysidro, Calexico and El Paso ports to wait out their cases, the official said. They are allowed to return to the U.S. for court dates. The plan was announced Jan. 29, partially to deter false claimants from coming across the border. With a backlog of more than 700,000 immigration cases, asylum seekers can wait years for their cases to progress, and officials say some people game the system in order to live in the U.S.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, France
Furious Paris Mayor attacks Emmanuel Macron for worsening of 'alarming' migrant crisis
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 28 March 2019

Paris's left-wing mayor, Anne Hidalgo, sound the alarm bell over the worsening migrant problem in the French capital on Wednesday.

... "I do not understand why the government is allowing indignity and chaos to prosper on the capital's doorstep," Mrs Hidalgo said in a statement, in which she also called for an "emergency plan" to rehouse the thousands of people sleeping rough on Paris' streets. "The migrant crisis in north-eastern Paris is becoming more and more alarming," she warned, before expressing her "cold anger" at the government's inaction.

"Between 700 and 1,200 migrants are sleeping rough on the streets – in makeshift camps, under bridges, on ring road embankments ... where they are forced to live in inhumane conditions," Mrs Hidalgo added.

Stressing "hundreds" of new migrants were arriving in Paris each day, she warned the migrant camps would inevitably grow in size and the health situation would "irrecoverably continue to deteriorate" if the government continued to turn a blind eye to the problem.

These people, Mrs Hidalgo insisted, are "waiting" for the Macron's government's help. ...

France has repeatedly cleared migrant camps in Paris and along its northern coast, but most are quickly rebuilt. The Porte de la Chapelle camp, for example, was cleared by police as recently as January.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
US-Mexico border official says migrant crisis 'at breaking point'
BBC, 28 March 2019

The US-Mexico border has reached "breaking point", US officials say, amid an "unprecedented" surge in migrant numbers.

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said it is "a matter of time" before tragedy strikes at one of their facilities.

In El Paso, Texas, officials have over 13,000 migrants in custody this week, he said.

Most of the migrants entering the US are families or unaccompanied children.

"On Monday and Tuesday, CBP started the day with over 12,000 migrants in our custody," Mr McAleenan said at a news conference on Wednesday.

"As of this morning, that number was 13,400. A high number for us is 4,000. A crisis level is 6,000. 13,000 is unprecedented."

During previous immigration surges, many of those seeking entry were single adults, the commissioner said.

But because these are family units and children, they cannot be easily repatriated and instead, are "almost guaranteed to be released to remain in the US indefinitely".

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) still do not have the capacity to detain families and children, officials said.

Mr McAleenan said his agency expects 40,000 children to enter CBP custody in March after entering the US unaccompanied, "in the hands of violent and callous smugglers". ...

The agency has now redirected 750 agents from their roles at ports of entry to instead support the "humanitarian mission".

"We have in some sectors an average of 40% of our Border Patrol agents all fully engaged in just the care, transport, and processing of migrants." ...

Mr McAleenan has also asked for immediate legislative action from Congress so the agency can detain families together. as well as for the government to fix issues in the legal process for asylum seekers.

He noted that it often takes two to five years for asylum seekers to see a judge, and only around 10 to 15% of migrants actually have a legitimate claim.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, USA
92 percent of illegal immigrant families ignore deportations, Lindsey Graham says
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 28 March 2019

Nearly every illegal immigrant family slated for deportation over the last six months has ignored those orders, according to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A staggering 92 percent of family members failed to appear at their deportation hearings in the months since September, said Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican.

He said he obtained those numbers from Ron Vitiello, acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The revelation came a day after Kevin McAleenan, head of Customs and Border Protection, said the border had reached a "breaking point," with more than 100,000 illegal immigrants projected to be nabbed this month alone.

He said things are so bad that the Border Patrol has had to reinstitute catch-and-release of illegal immigrants newly nabbed at the border.

Those who aren't held usually disappear into the shadows, and Mr. Graham's new numbers show they rarely turn up for their eventual court cases and deportations.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Return of 'catch-and-release': A 50% year-on-year surge of migrants at the Southern U.S. border is stretching the limits of ICE and immigration courts, data shows
Valerie Bauman
Daily Mail, 27 March 2019

The number of immigrants trying to enter the U.S. – legally and illegally – at the Southern border is still rising dramatically despite efforts by the Trump administration to stem the flow, according to Department of Homeland Security data.

Officials track the number of immigrants arrested between border points, as well as how many are legally seeking asylum at official ports of entry. Those combined numbers swelled to 76,103 in February – a 30 percent increase compared to the 58,295 seeking to cross just a month prior, data shows.

The flow of immigrants also represents a 50 percent increase compared to the 50,437 who crossed the border during the same month last year. ...

The high influx of people is putting the government in a 'difficult position,' said Leon Fresco, an immigration attorney who worked in the Obama administration and is now a member of a Homeland Security advisory committee formed by DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. ...

'There's so many people, they're literally just being apprehended, checked for terrorism and the watch list and released into the interior,' he added. 'Then there's about a 5-6 year backlog in the immigration courts.'

Trump has pledged to end such a 'catch-and-release' policy, but has so far been stymied by the sheer volume of migrants flowing across the border.

Leon said that migration patterns will likely self-perpetuate, with news that U.S. facilities and officials are overwhelmed only expected to attract more Central American migrants to cross the border.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, asylum, Germany
Germany risks having two parallel societies if it does not demand integration from migrants, expert warns
Tim Stickings
MailOnline, 25 March 2019

Germany will become two 'parallel societies' if it does not demand integration from migrants, an expert has warned.

Professor Horst Opaschowski said Germany had 'become a country of immigration overnight' and said the refugee issue was likely to occupy German society for the next 20 years.

Mr Opaschowski, who describes himself as a 'futurologist' and political consultant, said the refugees and migrants who have arrived in Germany in recent years were likely to remain there.

Writing in Bild, he said the German government had to do 'everything possible' to ensure integration.

He said he did not regard immigration as a bad thing in itself but called for more 'honesty' from political leaders.

The number of asylum applications, at more than 150,000 a year, was 'as many as a whole city,' the professor said.

He wrote: 'Germany has become a country of immigrants in the middle of Europe overnight. Immigration will change Germany - but it's not yet clear how.

'But if the state doesn't do everything possible to integrate migrants and demand integration from them, the project will fail.

'There is a danger that two parallel societies will come about.' ...

It has also emerged that only 35 per cent of migrants arriving in Germany are eligible for asylum.

Hans-Eckhard Sommer, the head of the government office for migrants and refugees, said 'too many people come without a valid asylum reason'.

Almost two-thirds of the 162,000 applications processed last year were accepted, he said.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
No surprise as EU declares UN Migration Compact legally binding
Free West Media, 22 March 2019

Brussels is planning to incorporate the controversial UN Migration Compact into the EU's legal framework "through the back door" both Austria and Hungary have warned. German Chancellor Angela Merkel had been insisting that the document is non-binding.

Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl voiced her government's opposition to a report by the European Commission's Legal Service declaring that the UN Compact ought to be legally binding for every EU member state including those which withdrew from the agreement.

The Compact describes mass migration as "inevitable, necessary and desirable". Merkel's government has in fact been the main architect of the Compact. ...

Thus, given these repeated assurances from Merkel, Kneissl said she was "astonished" to learn that the new document showing the Commission had apparently reversed its previous stance that the Compact was non-binding. ...

Austria has rejected the Legal Service's conclusions on the basis that "UN General Assembly resolutions are not legally binding and you can not declare parts of them binding".

Hahn dismissed Kneissl's concern as a "storm in a teacup", according to the Kronen Zeitung, He said that the position of the European Commission remained that the so-called UN Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration was not legally binding. ...

On Monday, Kneissl's Hungarian counterpart, Péter Szijjártó, described the Commission report as "tangible proof" that the EU was planning to make the UN compact mandatory.

At a press conference in Brussels he explained that the Legal Service had formulated "lengthy and devious" legal grounds for making the agreement legally binding.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Looking to the Future, Public Sees an America in Decline on Many Fronts
Kim Parker, Rich Morin and Juliana Menasce Horowitz
Pew Research Center, 21 March 2019

When Americans peer 30 years into the future, they see a country in decline economically, politically and on the world stage. While a narrow majority of the public (56%) say they are at least somewhat optimistic about America's future, hope gives way to doubt when the focus turns to specific issues. ...

The public also has a somewhat more positive view – or at least a more benign one – of some current demographic trends that will shape the country's future. The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that, by 2050, blacks, Hispanics, Asians and other minorities will constitute a majority of the population. About four-in-ten Americans (42%) say this shift will be neither good nor bad for the country while 35% believe a majority-minority population will be a good thing, and 23% say it will be bad.

These views differ significantly by race and ethnicity. Whites are about twice as likely as blacks or Hispanics to view this change negatively (28% of whites vs. 13% of blacks and 12% of Hispanics). And, when asked about the consequences of an increasingly diverse America, nearly half of whites (46%) but only a quarter of Hispanics and 18% of blacks say a majority-minority country would weaken American customs and values. ...

Overall, 56% of all adults say they are either very optimistic (12%) or somewhat optimistic (44%) about the U.S. in 2050. But more than four-in-ten (44%) see the country's future more darkly, including 13% who say they are very pessimistic and 31% who are somewhat pessimistic about America in 30 years.

Black and Hispanic adults are among the most optimistic about the country's future. Seven-in-ten blacks and two-thirds of Hispanics feel hopeful about America's future. In contrast, about half of all whites (51%) are as confident.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, Australia
Multicultural programs get $71m investment
MailOnline / Australian Associated Press, 20 March 2019

The federal government is putting $71 million towards ensuring multiculturalism blossoms across Australia.

Immigration Minister David Coleman announced the scheme on Wednesday as part of the government's migration plan.

The money will go towards various programs to "promote, encourage, celebrate multicultural Australia", the minister said.
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Immigration abroad – immigrant costs, Finland
A single Somali migrant costs the Finnish State almost 1 million euros during their lifetime
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 20 March 2019

A pioneering survey by the think tank Suomen Perusta linked to the Finns party has estimated lifetime costs associated with Iraqi and Somali migrants, who constitute the largest groups of so-called "humanitarian immigration" to Finland, Sputnik News reports.

Using government-generated statistics, Suomen Perusta calculated that an average Iraqi migrant moving to Finland between the ages of 20 to 24 is expected to cost Finland €690,000 ($783,000).

A Somali migrant of the same age was estimated to be even more expensive, burdening the Finnish state with €951,000 ($1.08 million).

If child-related issues are included, the costs rise to €844,000 ($957,000) and €1,343,000 ($1.5 million) respectively. For the sake of comparison, the reference mean value for native-born Finns was set at 0 Euros.

The second-generation of migrants who have grown up in Finland were found to have a rate of social and economic exclusion and income support 6-8 times higher than native-born Finnish young adults, despite having received basic education in Finland.

A total of 49 and 50 percent of 22-year-old Iraqi and Somali migrants were income support recipients, as opposed to only 11 percent of their Finnish peers, the report found. ...

According to Finland's Migration Board (Migri), almost 5,000 Iraqi and just under 3,000 Somali asylum seekers received a positive decision last year alone.

If Suomen Perusta's calculation is true, they will set Finland back €3.5 billion ($3.9 billion) and €2.9 billion ($3.3) respectively, the newspaper Iltalehti reported.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, illegal immigration, Canada
Canada cracks down on asylum seekers crossing U.S.-Canadian border
David Ljunggren
Reuters, 19 March 2019

Canada said on Tuesday it planned to spend an additional C$1.2 billion (£678.9 million) over five years to stem the flow of irregular migrants from the United States, which has become a political threat to the Liberal government ahead of an October election.

Some 57,000 asylum seekers from Nigeria, El Salvador, Honduras and other nations crossed the U.S. border into Canada last year, in some cases citing a fear of persecution by the government of U.S. Donald Trump.

They are allowed to stay until their cases have been heard. Given Canada's clogged judicial system, that could take years.

Canada began prioritising the deportation of asylum seekers who walked across the border last year, in a bid to tackle the politically sensitive issue. ...

Most arrive in the populous provinces of Ontario and Quebec, which have spent hundreds of millions of dollars taking care of the newcomers. Critics complain that Ottawa is not doing enough to deter the migrants and Liberals concede the issue is hitting the party's popularity.

According to the budget, the government will start spending the C$1.2 billion in the 2019-20 fiscal year to strengthen the border and speed up the asylum process.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, USA
Why aren't we deporting illegal aliens who already have deportation orders?
Daniel Horowitz
Conservative Review, 19 March 2019

We are told by the legal profession that nothing can be done to block bogus asylum-seekers from entering our country en masse, obtaining catch-and-release, and remaining here pending the outcome of a court decision that may be years in coming. But why is the DHS not at least deporting those who already went through this tedious process and have been ordered to be deported? Doing so would not only help eliminate public charge and potential gang members and drug runners for MS-13, it would deter the current and future wave waiting at the "conveyor belt" through Mexico from making the trip north.

According to new data obtained by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) via a FOIA request, there are 644,488 illegal aliens remaining in our country who have already been served final deportation orders. And those are just from the top four countries of origin – El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. /.../ The total number of illegal aliens who remain in the country despite final deportation orders is 1,009,550.

In addition, there are roughly 1.1 million others from those four counties who have "pending final orders" and are close to receiving deportation orders. Those with pending final orders are usually individuals who have already been ordered deported by immigration judges but are appealing their case to the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate body of the DOJ's administrative immigration courts.

That is a total of 1.7 million illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America with final or near-final orders of deportation. Those numbers are as of June 2018, right before the largest surge in Central Americans began over that summer and intensified in the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019. The total number of those ordered deported or with pending deportation orders for nationals of all countries of origin is 2.55 million. ...

If we prioritized both DOJ adjudicative resources and ICE deportation resources for these people more than for anyone else, it would immediately send the signal back to the next wave in Central America that we actually enforce our laws, according to Thomas Homan, former ICE associate director in the Obama administration. "ICE should do a nationwide operation to locate, arrest, and remove those who have entered the U.S. illegally, including family units, who have had their due process, lost their cases, and have been ordered removed by a judge, said Homan in a statement to CR. "If a final order issued by a federal judge doesn't mean anything and it isn't executed, then there is no integrity in the entire system."

Of course, in general, it makes sense for ICE to prioritize the deportation of the two million known criminal aliens. But it is well worthwhile to divert resources for a few months to deport those who are fueling the current boundless migration. ...

How is it that, in 1954, President Eisenhower directly and indirectly removed over one million illegal aliens in just a few months without any lawfare, yet we don't have the resources to remove the million with final deportation orders or the two million known criminal aliens, and certainly not both? Where there is a will, there is a way.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, Nigeria
Nigerian Muslim Militants Kill 120 Christians in Three Weeks
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 16 March 2019

The recent death toll of Christians in Nigeria has reached 120 with this week's slaughter of more than 50 by Fulani Muslim militants in the Kaduna state of Nigeria, the Christian Post reported.

The Fulani jihadists, who have become a greater threat to Nigerian Christians than the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, stormed the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma, and Ungwan Gora in the Kajuru Local Government Area last Monday, destroying 143 homes, killing 52 people, and wounding dozens more.

The assailants reportedly split into three groups, the first of which fired upon the people, the second set fire to buildings, and the third chased down people fleeing from the scene. Victims of the assault included women and children.

Monday's incident followed an attack the day before in the Ungwan Barde village in Kajuru, where 17 Christians were killed and dozens of homes were burned.

In the first week of March, Muslim extremists massacred more than 30 Christians in Karamar village, setting fire to several houses and a church. The terrorists reportedly shot at families trying to escape the fire, killing 32. ...

In late February, militants attacked the Maro village, killing 38 Christians and torching homes as well as a Christian church.

The Christian Post reported that Fulani militants killed thousands of Christians in 2018 alone in what many are calling a Christian genocide in Nigeria's Middle Belt.
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Immigration abroad – Syrians, Netherlands
75 Percent of Syrian Migrants Say They Will Stay in Netherlands for Life
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 14 March 2019

A survey has revealed that around three-quarters of the Syrians who travelled to the Netherlands as asylum seekers have no plans to ever return to their country.

The survey of 848 Syrian nationals residing in the Netherlands was taken by current affairs television programme EenVandaag and found that the vast majority said they would not consider returning due to the danger and insecurity in the country, WNL reports. ...

The 75 percent said that regardless of what happens to Syria in the future they have no plans to ever go back and wish to remain in the Netherlands for the rest of their lives, arguing that they have better access to work and to freedom of expression.

Despite having better access to work, the vast majority of refugees in the Netherlands remain without jobs according to the Central Bureau for Statistics (CBS) which revealed last year that a mere 15 percent of refugees allowed to work actually held a job.

By far and large, most refugees in the Netherlands have lived and continue to live off of welfare, some for at least two and a half years.
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Immigration abroad – Denmark
Denmark in a State of Unreported Collapse
Ole Hasselbalch
Gatestone Institute, 14 March 2019
[Ole Hasselbalch is a professor of law at Aarhus University, Denmark]

The following breakdown illustrates that rather than being more relatively free of the consequences of mass migration than other European countries in general, and Scandinavian countries in particular, Denmark is in a state of societal collapse. ...

In 2016, Statistics Denmark projected that the country will have 507,000 "non-Western" immigrants by the year 2060, and 342,000 "non-Western descendants."

"Descendants", however, include only the first generation after the person who migrated. So the official figures do not show the real picture. ...

If the population statistics continue to follow this pattern, ethnic Danes – whose birthrate is far lower than that of non-Western immigrants – will become a minority sometime around the year 2065. This is in fact quite likely to happen, as immigrants defined as "refugees" continue to enter the country; and others, such as arrivals of family members and "walk-ins," are rarely able to be returned to their countries of origin.

According to a 2017 report by Statistics Denmark, only about half of non-Western immigrants between the ages of 16 and 64 are employed (53% of men and 45% of women). When broken down into countries of origin, however, major differences among migrants were revealed – with the employment rate being particularly low among those hailing from Iraq, Lebanon, Somalia and Syria.

Analyzing Statistics Denmark data, the Danish Employers Confederation revealed that in 2016, 41.5% of non-Western immigrants were on welfare, while only 17.5% of ethnic Danes were supported by the same benefits. In 2017, a third of all the people provided for by Denmark's basic social-welfare system were immigrants, which constitutes a rise of 82% in a mere seven years.

These figures show that the public expenses connected to immigration will, in the long run, bring the welfare state to an end. ...

According to a February 2018 Danish Finance Ministry report, the government's net annual expenditure on non-Western immigrants in 2015 was 36 billion Danish kroner – approximately $5 billion USD. As there are approximately 5 million ethnic Danes, the taxpayer cost borne by each individual, in effect, came to $1,000 per year, or $4,000 for a family of four.

That figure, however, only refers to public budgets directly related to immigrants. It does not include the additional indirect public funds spent on law enforcement, schools, social security administration and other ancillary matters, due to the presence of non-Western immigrants. ...

According to the Statistics Denmark report, the crime rate among in 2017 was 35% higher among non-Western male immigrants and 145% higher among male descendants of non-Western immigrants than in the Danish male general population. It should be noted that the figures are misleading, since third-generation descendants of immigrants are counted as Danes also in this context. Male descendants of immigrants from Lebanon - many of whom were, according to the report, stateless Palestinians – followed by male descendants of immigrants from Somalia, Iraq, Pakistan, Morocco and Syria - - rated the highest for crime.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, USA
Data: 1.7M Central American, Mexican Illegal Aliens Living in U.S. Despite Deportation Orders
John Binder
Breitbart, 12 March 2019

There are more than 1.7 million illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico who have deportation orders or pending deportation orders that have yet to be deported from the United States.

Documents obtained by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) reveal that there are roughly 1.74 million illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico that continue living in the U.S. despite orders to be deported.

The federal data found that there are nearly 645,000 illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico who have final orders for deportation and about 1.1 million illegal aliens from Central America and Mexico with pending deportation orders. ...

From Mexico, alone, there are about 194,000 illegal aliens living in the U.S. who have been ordered deported and 381,000 Mexican illegal aliens who are living in the country while their deportation orders are pending.

"The illegal immigration problem in America is bursting at the seams," IRLI Executive Director Dale Wilcox said in a statement. ...

Experts now project that illegal border crossings for this calendar year will be more than three times what they were in 2017 and nearly double last year's total crossings. The projection predicts there to be more than 840,000 illegal border crossings this year, though Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen predicts about 900,000 crossings for the year.

Today, the majority of the U.S.-Mexico border remains open. At the same time, the U.S. has continued funding border walls and border security programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, and Lebanon.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary, European Union
Foreign Minister: Brussels's 'Greatest Lie' Revealed
Hungary Today, 11 March 2019

A recent document by the legal service of the European Commission has "revealed the greatest lie by Brussels", Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said and insisted that the document, recently obtained by public television M1, suggests "secret efforts to make mandatory the UN Migration Compact" in all EU member states.

Speaking at a press conference, Szijjártó said that during the debate on the package "all pro-migration politicians" had insisted that the compact would not be made mandatory.

The Hungarian government "calls on the European Commission to stop making secret plans to make the UN compact mandatory and publish all relevant documents completed so far", Szijjártó said.

He added that the government would call on the EC to report on "any such secret plans" at a foreign affairs council session on March 18.

Citizens of the European Union have the right to know "what secret plans the European Commission is making behind their backs to further undermine the continent's security", Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó told public Kossuth Radio on Monday.

He insisted that it was "well-known" that "Brussels would cram the United Nations' Migration Compact down the throat of each European country".

He noted that Hungary was the first EU member to reject the document, while 8 other countries followed suit.

Before the UN vote on the compact, "Brussels kept pulling the wool over our eyes saying that it would not be legally binding", Szijjártó said, adding that "still, the word obligation is used 80 times in the document passed".
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Immigration abroad – crime, gangs, multiculturalism, Germany
Researcher Blames Multiculturalism for Rise of Arab Clan Gangs in Germany
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 10 March 2019

German Islamic and migration researcher Ralph Ghadban has blamed multicultural ideology for the rise in power of Arab clan gangs, saying there are now no-go zones in Berlin.

The Lebanese-born researcher claimed that there are now several "no-go areas" in the German capital, listing the areas of Cottbusser Tor, the Tiergarten, and Neukölln, saying they were "dangerous areas, so-called no-go areas, in which Arab clans have the upper hand," Augsburger Allgemeine reports. ...

Ghadban noted that while Arab clan groups have been around in Germany for decades, it has been the multicultural ideology that has allowed them to flourish and rise to the power they enjoy today.

"When we talk about clans, we refer in most cases to Mhallamiye Kurds, who came during the mid-seventies as civil war refugees from Lebanon to Germany," he said, and noted that these clans were different from other organised crime groups.

"In organised crime, criminals come together voluntarily to jointly plan and carry out crimes. There is a possibility of leaving; in addition, the group can be infiltrated by police.

"But you are born into the clan, you have no choice. The kinship creates a clan solidarity, the members cover each other. Everyone keeps silent in court," he explained. ...

Several days ago, the head of the German Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), Holger Münch, warned that newly arrived North African migrants could also form their own clans if police did not focus on them.

Ghadban echoed these remarks, saying that clan structures also exist "among the Chechens, the Albanians, and the Kosovars. These are family structures that have been brought from home and have demonstrated their efficiency in the criminal sector using the Mhallamiye [clan] as an example. The danger of imitation is thus a given."
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Immigration abroad – USA
Border at 'Breaking Point' as More than 76,000 Migrants Cross in a Month
Caitlin Dickerson
New York Times, 5 March 2019

The number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has once again broken records, with unauthorized entries nearly doubling what they were a year ago, suggesting that the Trump administration's aggressive policies have not discouraged new migration to the United States.

More than 76,000 migrants crossed the border without authorization in February, an 11-year high and a strong sign that stepped-up prosecutions, new controls on asylum and harsher detention policies have not reversed what remains a powerful lure for thousands of families fleeing violence and poverty.

"The system is well beyond capacity, and remains at the breaking point," Kevin K. McAleenan, commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, told reporters in announcing the new data on Tuesday.

The nation's top border enforcement officer painted a picture of processing centers filled to capacity, border agents struggling to meet medical needs and thousands of exhausted members of migrant families crammed into a detention system that was not built to house them – all while newcomers continue to arrive, sometimes by the busload, at the rate of 2,200 a day.

"This is clearly both a border security and a humanitarian crisis," Mr. McAleenan said. ...

More than 50,000 adults are currently in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody, the highest number ever.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Russia
Russia Will Be One-Third Muslim in 15 Years, Chief Mufti Predicts
Moscow Times, 5 March 2019

Around 30 percent of the Russian population will practice Islam within the next 15 years, Russia's grand mufti has predicted, citing demographic trends.

Russia's Muslim-majority regions, including republics in the North Caucasus and the republic of Tatarstan, are known to have the highest birth rates in the country, reflecting similar trends worldwide. Various estimates place the current Muslim population in Russia at between 14 million and 20 million people, or between 10 to 14 percent of Russia's total population of 146.8 million in 2018.

"According to experts, Russia's [Muslim] population will increase to 30 percent in a decade and a half," said Ravil Gainutdin, the chairman of the Council of Muftis, a religious group representing Russia's Muslim community.

The changing demographics mean that "dozens" of new mosques will need to be built in Russia's largest cities, Gainutdin said at a forum hosted by the State Duma on Monday.

Archpriest Dmitry Smirnov, an official in Russia's Orthodox Church, agreed with Gainutdin's forecast and predicted that "there won't be any Russians left in 2050."

"It's too late," he told the Govorit Moskva radio station when asked if the demographic trend could be reversed.
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Immigration abroad – USA
No Relationship Between Homicide Rates in Central America and Illegal Border Crossings
Matthew Sussis
Center for Immigration Studies, 4 March 2019

One of the most common arguments from advocacy groups with regard to the influx of Central American migrants is that these migrants are fleeing violence. Groups such as the ACLU and SPLC cite "gang brutality", "gang violence", and fear of murder as reasons why the number of illegal, border-crossing migrants from the Northern Triangle (Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador) has soared in recent years.

As such, one might expect that, as the murder rate rises in those countries, the number of border-crossers would correspondingly go up, and vice versa. But the data show no obvious relationship between Central American homicide rates and the number of Central Americans apprehended illegally crossing our border in a year.

In Honduras, murder rates have fallen by over half since 2011 – from 86.5 per 100,000 to 42.8 per 100,000 in 2017. During that same time, the annual number of apprehensions of Hondurans at the U.S.-Mexico border quadrupled, albeit with fluctuations.

Guatemala saw a very similar trend, with murder rates falling from 38.6 per 100,000 to 19.0 per 100,000 between 2011 and 2017. At the same time, the annual number of Guatemalan apprehensions more than tripled – from approximately 18,000 to 66,000. ...

There are a range of push-and-pull factors responsible for migration, and for some migrants fleeing violence may well be a legitimate factor.

But as far as push factors go, economics is likely more important than fleeing violence. According to a government poll of Guatemalans, 91 percent are migrating to the United States for economic reasons, and fewer than 1 percent say they are fleeing gangs or violence.

As for the pull factors, loopholes in our asylum laws create strong incentives for migrants to come to the United States – especially with their families. /.../ Credible fear standards ensure that aliens can simply tell asylum officers that they fear persecution in their home countries in order to avoid deportation. ...

Despite what advocacy groups will tell you, these cracks in our asylum laws create far stronger incentives for Central Americans to travel to our southern border than fear of violence.
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Immigration abroad – Antwerp, Belgium
Historic European City Antwerp Now Majority-Minority
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 27 February 2019

Antwerp will soon be "lost" to the hope of any future conservative government, local media said as data showed only a quarter of the city's young children are Belgian natives, and studies revealed migrant background voters overwhelmingly supporting left-wing parties.

"That's it – Antwerp now has more non-natives than natives," claimed a headline in French-language news weekly, L'Express, over new figures which revealed that 53.2 per cent of residents in the city /.../ are now of immigrant origin. ...

With the proportion of non-Belgians in the city having grown from 46 per cent in 2014, L'Express notes that the major demographic shift "obviously has consequences" for politics in Antwerp, which has been led since 2013 by Mayor Bart De Wever, who heads the conservative New Flemish Alliance (N-VA) party.

To illustrate this, the magazine pointed to a University of Antwerp study which found that almost 90 per cent of the city's voters with Moroccan or Turkish origins voted at last October's elections for left-wing parties, with 31 per cent opting for the extreme left Workers' Party of Belgium (PVDA).
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Immigration abroad – crime, violence, Oslo, Norway
Men with immigrant background healthily represented for acts of violence in Oslo
Gerard Taylor
Norway Today, 27 February 2019

Men with an immigrant background are over-represented among people convicted in the Oslo District Court for the most serious acts of violence, reported TV 2 news.

TV 2 went through all judgments where someone had been convicted of serious bodily injury and gross bodily harm in Oslo from the beginning of 2018 until today. A total of 140 people have been sentenced in the past year.

There are a great majority of men among the convicted. TV 2's review also showed that of the 140 perpetrators, 70% had an immigrant background.

According to Statistics Norway, persons with an immigrant background make up 33% of Oslo's population. The definition of "immigrant background" is that one has either immigrated oneself or have two parents who were born abroad.

Violence researcher, Ragnhild Bjørnebekk, at the Police College, said she is not surprised. She believes that one of the reasons is that many come from cultures where violence is more prevalent.

"They are more vulnerable, they have experienced more trauma. Some of them come from violent cultures, and they take it with them. And then there are some of those who are not Oslo citizens, who come from other countries and only stay here for a few months," said Bjørnebekk to TV 2.
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Immigration abroad – repatriation, Denmark
Denmark to focus on repatriation instead of integration under new law
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 27 February 2019

The Danish Parliament Folketinget recently voted through a legislative package that is said to be a "paradigm shift" for Danish migration policy.

The migration policy now being introduced represents a whole new way of looking at migration.

In the future, the focus will be on sending migrants back to the third world – instead of "integrating" them. ...

The settlement also means that criminal migrants will be placed on a deserted island, that the so-called integration subsidy is reduced, that the number of family reunions for migrants will be limited, that residence permits as a rule becomes temporary and that it will be easier to withdraw permits and refrain from extending them. ...

According to the Danish Minister of Finance Kristian Jensen, Denmark will no longer have a system in which "refugees become immigrants".
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Immigration abroad – Africans, European Union
African Union seeks to kill EU plan to process migrants in Africa
Daniel Boffey
The Guardian, 25 February 2019

The African Union is seeking to kill off the EU's latest blueprint for stemming migration, claiming that it would breach international law by establishing "de facto detention centres" on African soil, trampling over the rights of those being held.

A "common African position paper" leaked to the Guardian reveals the determination of the 55-member state body, currently headed by Egypt, to dissuade any of its coastal states from cooperating with Brussels on the plan.

The EU set plans for "regional disembarkation platforms" in motion last summer to allow migrants found in European waters to have their asylum requests processed on African soil.

Brussels has a similar arrangement in place with Libya, where there are 800,000 migrants, 20,000 of whom are being held in government detention centres.
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Immigration abroad – immigrants' skills, USA
Foreign-Educated Immigrants Are Less Skilled Than U.S. Degree Holders
Jason Richwine
Center for Immigration Studies, 24 February 2019

While the percentage of immigrants who arrive with a college or advanced degree has risen over the past decade, the extent to which foreign education translates into useful skills here in the United States is an open question. Based on English-language tests of literacy, numeracy, and computer operations administered by the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), this report finds that, among test-takers with at least a college education, U.S.-degree holders out-score foreign-educated immigrants by a wide margin.

... Policy-makers should therefore be cautious in treating foreign degrees as evidence of "high-skill" immigration.

Other key points:

• Among immigrants in the United States whose highest degree is either a bachelor's ("college") or a master's or Ph.D. ("advanced"), about 40 percent received their highest degree in a foreign country – meaning they are "foreign-educated".

• On both literacy and computer operations, foreign-educated immigrants with a college or advanced degree perform so poorly that they score at the level of natives who have only a high school diploma.

• On numeracy, foreign-educated immigrants with a college or advanced degree perform closer to the level of natives who have some college education, but not a bachelor's.

• Despite their reputation for specializing in STEM fields, about one in six foreign-degree holders score "below basic" in numeracy.

• The skill gap between foreign and U.S. degree holders persists even among immigrants who have had at least five years in the United States to learn English.
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Immigration abroad – asylum seekers, deportation, Germany
Germany fails to deport nearly every second asylum seeker
Reuters, 24 February 2019

Germany failed to deport 27,000 rejected asylum seekers last year, nearly half of the total 57,000 cases, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Sunday, adding that the government would step up efforts to get those migrants out of the country.

Seehofer, a member of the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, is one of the sharpest critics of her decision in 2015 to open Germany's borders to more than 1 million refugees. ...

Seehofer told Bild am Sonntag newspaper that the 27,000 rejected asylum seekers could not be deported because they had no travel documents or police could not find them. Some resisted deportation at the airport, he added.

The government plans to restrict the rights of failed asylum seekers who lied about their identify or who are deemed a security threat, by establishing a new form of "preparatory detention" before deportation, Seehofer said.

Those migrants would have to report regularly to police and they could face further restrictions such as having to wear a locator device, the minister said. The cabinet is expected to pass the law before the summer holidays.
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Immigration abroad – Australia
Australia's immigration level soars to a record high in 2018 - with 832,560 new arrivals calling the country home - after the Government promised cuts
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 19 February 2019

Australia's immigration levels have soared to a new record high - months after Prime Minister Scott Morrison promised to slow down the rate of population growth.

In 2018, a record 832,560 permanent and long-term migrants decided to call Australia home, marking a 7.1 per cent increase compared with 2017.

With the number of people leaving Australia for good taken into account, the nation's annual net immigration rate stood at 291,250, the highest in four-and-a-half years.

The vast majority of new arrivals settled in already overcrowded Sydney and Melbourne. ...

Net immigration numbers soared above 100,000 in 2002 when John Howard was Liberal Prime Minister and surpassed the 200,000 mark in 2012 under Labor's Julia Gillard.

In August last year, Australia's population surpassed the 25 million milestone, 22 years earlier than predicted in the federal government's first inter-generational report of 2002.

The 2018 permanent migration intake of 832,560, before long-term departures were factored in, dwarfed the 539,000 intake for the 2016-17 financial year, which was then a record.
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Immigration abroad – Greece, European Union
'Mass evictions' in Athens as government offers golden visa incentive to Airbnb investors from Russia and China
Yannis-Orestis Papadimitriou
Sunday Telegraph, 17 February 2019

A Greek government scheme that grants visas to non-EU citizens in exchange for €250,000 (£219,000) property investments is leading to mass evictions, with renters removed from their homes to make way for AirBnB properties, The Sunday Telegraph has learned.

In an echo of the AirBnB 'epidemic' in cities such as Barcelona, homes are increasingly being bought and converted into AirBnB properties, primarily by Chinese investors, under the Golden Visa scheme being actively promoted by the Greek government.

A new report has found that there are whole areas of Athens and other Greek cities where AirBnB now amounts to 81-95 per cent of the overall rentals. In the last two years, the number of AirBnB properties in Greece have soared from 9,000 to 129,000, thanks to Golden Visas, real estate sources claim. ...

The visas are the cheapest in the EU – the UK equivalent are £2 million – and allow non-EU investors to live and do business in Greece, give them visa-free travel in any EU country and even the right to apply for EU citizenship.

Most Golden Visas are acquired by Chinese investors, followed by Russians and Turks, lured by their relative low cost.
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Immigration abroad – crime statistics, Germany
German police is hiding facts about migrant crime statistics "to preserve civil peace"
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 16 February 2019

The German newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine recently raised the question if violent crime statistics are tweaked in the country.

A state police officer is quoted saying: "There is no lying, nothing is hushed, but things are deliberately left out."

"There are orders to use our latitude of interpretation to preserve civil peace."

The journalist Dieter Wonka met with the police officer, and now he knows specifically how the statistics are tweaked.

In a short video clip he states the following: "There is no written instruction to falsify the statistics. There are certain terms, for instance honour killings or sexual offenses, that if possible should not appear in reports."

"In the case these terms do appear in police reports, from what I have understood, the police chief will make a written note on the report which says: 'Please review this'."

This is a signal to alert the police officer who wrote the report to remove certain terms which are provocative and could have a negative influence on the statistics.

In these statistics you will find the term assault instead of sexual assault without any further specification.

This means that the statistical accumulations are differently weighed and presented differently as what the clear insights in detail would reveal."
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Immigration abroad – America, USA
Some 42 million Latin Americans say they want to move to the US - and 5 million plan to do so WITHIN 12 months, new poll shows
Ariel Zilber
Daily Mail, 11 February 2019

Some 42 million Latin Americans want to migrate to the United States, according to a new Gallup poll.

The survey was taken to gauge the opinions of some 450 million residents of the 33 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Of those who participated in the survey, 27 per cent said they would like to permanently move to another country if they could.

The 27 per cent represents about 120 million people, according to Gallup.

When the respondents were asked where they would like to move, 35 per cent - or 42 million - said they preferred to come to the U.S.

Gallup also found that 5 million people from Latin America and the Caribbean say they would like to relocate to America within the next 12 months.
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Immigration abroad – European Union, Turkey
When Angela Merkel upset Donald Tusk over immigration
Vanessa Thorpe
The Observer, 10 February 2019

Donald Tusk was enraged when Angela Merkel held private talks with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees and migrants into the European Union, warning the plan would be "a catastrophe", a new documentary reveals.

"I couldn't believe it was true. These were my closest partners," Tusk tells a BBC2 documentary, Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil, about the migration crisis to be aired on Monday.

The controversial deal was stitched together at an unofficial Sunday night meeting in 2016 held between Merkel, the German chancellor, Holland's prime minister Mark Rutte and the Turkish premier, Ahmet Davutoglu, ahead of an EU summit in Brussels.

It saw Turkey agree to take back Syrian refugees in exchange for the doubling of financial aid and a renewed chance to be considered for membership of the EU.

Rutte explains his decision to go to the source of the people-smuggling problem when negotiations about EU migration quotas stalled. ...

Merkel and Rutte agreed nearly all the items of Davutoglu's wishlist, the programme reveals. "I regarded it as a win-win deal," the former Turkish premier explains. ...

An official deal with Turkey was signed two weeks later.
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Immigration abroad – Islamism, Canada
Will Canada be the battleground between 'progressives' and Islam?
Karen Harradine
Conservative Woman, 9 February 2019

The Islamic Party of Ontario registered last year for the province's elections and advocates a theocracy for Canada governed by Sharia law. ...

Islamist political parties in the West are not a new phenomenon. The Islamic Party of Britain, which advocated Sharia law and the death penalty for homosexuals, was operative from 1989-2006.

Respect – the lovechild of Islamism and socialism – managed to get George Galloway elected to Parliament before it too disbanded in 2016 after a misogyny scandal. The Australian Muslim Party lasted only a year before its founder was arrested for fraud.

But this was before Islamism became all the rage in Western Left-wing political circles. /.../ How much of a success the Islamic Party of yet to be seen. It certainly has competition not only from the socialist NDP but also from the Liberals. During his tenure Trudeau has approved policies and made decisions that would make the most vehement Islamist proud. ...

... The notorious M-103 motion, passed by Canada's House of Commons in 2017, makes criticism of Islam illegal and outlaws 'Islamophobia'. Sponsored by Liberal MP Iqra Khalid, M-103 makes no mention of any other faiths despite claims that it protects against all forms of religious discrimination. Worryingly, Islamophobia is now illegal in Canada but a political party promoting destructive Sharia law is accepted.

A phobia denotes an irrational fear. There is certainly nothing to fear from most Muslims, but there is something to fear from Islamists given that they are the greatest perpetrators of terrorism in the world today. ....

Seemingly Canada is another Western country with an out-of-touch and weak leader who is paving the way for Islamism to thrive. /.../ The fight for the survival of the West's Enlightenment values may well take place in Canada when the seemingly unstoppable force of progressive intersectionality finally meets the immovable object of Islamism.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Switzerland
Foreigners Make Up 80 Percent of Swiss Prison Inmates
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 8 February 2019

The number of prisoners in Switzerland has soared in the last 30 years with foreigners now accounting for 80 per cent of the prison population, according to the Swiss Federal Statistical Office.

The study shows the rate of incarceration has gone from 72 per 100,000 residents in 1988 to 82 in 2017, Radio Télévision Suisse reports.

During the 30-year period, Switzerland saw its prison population increase from 4,621 to 6,907, a 50 per cent increase overall.

In the first decade from 1988 to 1998, Swiss citizens made up around 31 per cent of the prisoners compared to 28 per cent who were foreigners living in Switzerland and 41 per cent who were foreigners residing overseas. In 1989, Swiss citizens made up as much as 44 per cent of prisoners.

During the next two decades, the number of Swiss citizen prisoners fell to only 20 per cent, with foreigners residing in Switzerland going up to 37 per cent in the second decade and back down to 28 per cent in the third.

Foreign prisoners who live overseas rapidly grew in the third decade to where they now account for over half of the prisoners in the Swiss prison system.

The statistics come only months after it was revealed that Switzerland had deported 1,000 migrant criminals in 2017, including 348 from the Balkan region and 250 from Africa.
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Immigration abroad – celebrating diversity, Republic of Ireland
Guinness Sorry for 'Racist' Ad Linking Ancestry to National Pride
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 4 February 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The managing director of the Guinness Storehouse, Paul Carty, was highly supportive of rule changes allowing asylum seekers to work, telling local media last March that staffing was "going to be the biggest challenge" for the hospitality sector in the coming years.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Louis Farrakhan calls for separate state for Black Americans, says that's 'what God wants'
Lukas Mikelionis
Fox News, 2 February 2019

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan called for a separate state for Black Americans in an Instagram video posted on Thursday, saying that's "what God wants" while those opposed he described as "slaves." ...

"That's not just my goal. That's what God wants. Most of our people don't want it here," Farrakhan said. "You love your enemy. You want to stay with your enemy. You're in love with his wealth. I understand the fascination, slaves. I understand that. But God has something else for us."

The preacher went on to reiterate that neither he nor his group has changed its goal of a separate state since its creation in the 1960s. ...

"Black Power. Black Power to do what? To integrate a lunch counter? Black Power to build a nation for 40 million – now near 50 million – black people," he added.

Farrakhan's post appears to be a clip from an interview on "The Rock Newman Show" in 2015. It remains unclear what prompted him to post the video again.
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Immigration abroad – fence, Pakistan
As Trump Wall Stalls, Pakistan Builds 2,600-km Border Fence
Joseph Hammond
AMI Newswire, 1 February 2019

While President Trump is having trouble adding a few miles of fence to America's incomplete border with Mexico, Pakistan is busy building one of the world's longest border fences.

Climbing over some of the world's toughest terrain, Pakistan's border fence will stretch more 1,800-miles and ascend more than 12,000-feet above sea level. ...

Built to divide Pakistan from Afghanistan, the logistical difficulties of the wall are enormous. ...

Despite the perils and pains of construction, a frozen few are working through the winter months to complete the border fence. Pakistan's fence is projected to be completed in the coming year.

The border fence is supposed to stop terrorists from carrying attacks in one country and fleeing to safety in the other. In the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, the terror attacks flow both ways.

... Pakistan projects completion of the long-delayed project, which has cost an estimated $550 million, by the end of 2019. Last year despite the Trump administration's move to cut some military funding to Pakistan, Islamabad reportedly appealed to the Trump administration for more funding to finish the ambitious project.

Nations as diverse as Estonia, Greece, Israel, Morocco, Mexico, and Spain (around its small African enclaves) have thrown up border walls to slow illicit migration. Though none are as long as Pakistan's or involve conquering such inhospitable terrain. ...

... When completed the chain-link fence anchored in concrete, is largely meant to slow intruders long enough for border guards or soldiers to arrive.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU risks IMPLODING over migrant crisis warns Macron as Italy refuses to soften stance
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 31 January 2019

The European Union risks "imploding" because of its failure to solve the migration crisis, exacerbated in recent months by Italy's refusal to offer humanitarian ships safe port, French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday.

"Europe could implode because it is lagging behind in finding solutions to the problems," and because it has not yet found a fair "burden-sharing" arrangement, Mr Macron said at the close of a southern European summit in Cyprus. He said "humane solutions" to handle sea rescues were needed "more than ever". ...

France abides by three principles, the 41-year-old centrist said: respect for humanitarian rights in maritime matters, disembarkation at the nearest safest port and re-distributing the migrants.

These standards should become a permanent mechanism, he continued, insisting France had pledged to take its fair share of migrants rescued at sea.
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Immigration abroad – terrorism, jihadists, France
France 'to repatriate 130 suspected Isil members from Syria' over security concerns
Josie Ensor and David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 30 January 2019

France is reportedly planning to repatriate more than 100 French Isil suspects from Syria amid fears they could lose track of them after US troops withdraw from the war-torn country.

Some 130 Islamic State suspects being held in custody by Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in prisons across northern Syria are to be brought back within the next few weeks, according to French channel BFMTV.

"All those who will return to France will be entrusted to the judges. The judge will decide that it will be necessary to put them in prison," Christophe Castaner, France's Interior Minister, told BFMTV.

"The Americans are disengaging from Syria... There are now people in prison who are being held because the Americans are there and who are going to be released... They'll want to return to France."

Among those in SDF custody are a number of senior French Isil leaders including Adrien Guihal, a Muslim who was part of the infamous Artigat network that masterminded several attacks in France, including one in Nice which killed 87 people.

Asked if the government was already planning such an operation, an official told the Telegraph: "None of the practical details are fixed so far, nor the nature of any operation to bring them back, nor the exact number of those who would be concerned, nor a possible date."

The plan provoked outrage on the Right. Eric Ciotti, a conservative MP from the main opposition party, The Republicans, said: "The place of jihadists who betrayed our nation and fought our civilisation is no longer in France. Let them be judged in Iraq or Syria for their crimes and barbarity."

Marine Le Pen, the far-Right leader, also took exception to a remark by Mr Castaner that those in Syria and Iraq "are jihadists, but they were French first."

"Non @CCastaner They are jihadists, they should no longer be French," she tweeted on Tuesday. ...

Thousands of other foreign Isil members in SDF detention remain in limbo, including six British male Isil suspects, seven women and 12 of their children.
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Immigration abroad – fraud, Australia
Brother and sister MARRY each other in India to con their way into Australia - and immigration authorities are powerless to stop them
Max Margan
Daily Mail Australia, 30 January 2019

A brother and sister married each other in India so they could con their way into Australia - as authorities investigate a string of similar immigration scams.

The siblings convinced a court to register their union in Punjab, a state bordering Pakistan, with the woman using documents belonging to her cousin, who held an Australian visa.

The pair, using the falsified documents and fake passports, then travelled as husband and wife to Australia, where they were granted a spousal visa, The Australian reported. ...

A spokesman for the Department of Home Affairs said: 'All identity documentation provided with visa applications is thoroughly checked... and, where necessary, verified with relevant authorities in the issuing country.'

The Department said it had no control over genuine overseas passports which had been obtained using fraudulent documents. ...

In the past four years, about 1,500 foreign nationals have had partner visas rejected after they were caught out cheating the system.

Most individuals were found to be providing misleading information, using fake passports or forged marriage and birth certificates.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
EU Parliament Boss: Efforts to Prevent Mass Migration From Africa a 'Betrayal of Europe'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 30 January 2019

Italian efforts to block migrant boats from Africa is a "betrayal" of Europe and of its citizens, EU Parliament boss Antonio Tajani has alleged, insisting Brussels must put in place a permanent mechanism which would spread third world migrants throughout the bloc.

Ahead of a visit to the Aosta Valley, a region of Italy home to a number of ski resorts, the 'centre-right' politician branded it "unacceptable" that EU nations had chosen to "turn away from what is happening in the Mediterranean".

"In so doing, they betray the European project and citizens' expectations. Immediately approve the accord on mandatory distribution voted by the European Parliament," stated Tajani, according to reports from the news wire service, ANSA, on Tuesday. ...

Meanwhile, media outlets on Tuesday said the socialist government of Spain is planning to try and punish Rome for its having largely put a stop to the flow of boats across the Mediterranean, with prime minister Pedro Sanchez set to tell Brussels to cut funding to any nation opposed to Europe welcoming and sharing across the bloc every third world migrant who manages to reach the continent's shores.
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Immigration abroad – voting, noncitizens, USA
Pennsylvania admits to 11,000 noncitizens registered to vote
Rowan Scarborough and Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 30 January 2019

A top Pennsylvania lawmaker called on the state Wednesday to immediately expunge the names of 11,198 noncitizens whom the state confirmed are registered to vote, despite not being eligible.

State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, a Republican and former chairman of a House government oversight panel, said the administration of Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, belatedly acknowledged the large number of noncitizens in communications over the past two months.

"I believe that we need to take action and have those people removed immediately from the rolls," Mr. Metcalfe told The Washington Times. "They were never eligible to vote."

Just days earlier, officials in Texas announced they had found nearly 100,000 noncitizens on the state's voter rolls. ...

Texas Secretary of State David Whitley used state driver's license records, which include immigration status, and compared those with voter rolls. He found that about 95,000 people whom the state says weren't citizens were among the 16 million registered voters.

Of those, about 58,000 had voted at some point since 1996.

State officials followed a similar process in Pennsylvania after admitting that a glitch in state motor vehicle bureau computers allowed noncitizens to register to vote easily. They, too, matched driver's license records with voter rolls and came up with nearly 11,200 names. ...

No state requires proof of citizenship to register to vote. A U.S. District Court judge last year struck down a law championed by then-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to require citizenship documentation. Kansas took the ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. ...

The noncitizen debate reached the national level in 2014 when Jesse T. Richman, a professor at Old Dominion University, and two colleagues began publishing estimates of thousands and perhaps millions of illegal voters.

Mr. Richman based his numbers on the comprehensive Cooperative Congressional Election Study conducted by YouGov polling and a consortium of colleges. It is one of the few polls that attempts to find noncitizen voters.
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Immigration abroad – Spain
With no EU policy forthcoming, Spain gets tougher on immigration
Lucía Abellán
El País, 29 January 2019

In June of last year, a newly formed government in Spain sought to give the world a lesson by welcoming the Aquarius, a humanitarian rescue ship with 629 migrants aboard that had been refused entry by Italy and Malta.

But a lack of common European immigration policy and record migrant arrivals are causing Spanish authorities to review their own rules.

Humanitarian rescue ships are now being denied departure permits, while the government keeps pressuring Brussels to listen to demands by Morocco, which is the main departure point for undocumented migrants going to Spain.

The goal is to avoid pressure from mass arrivals at a time when immigration has become a relevant issue on an election year. Spain will hold local, regional and European elections in May. ...

Data from Frontex, the European border and coast guard agency, shows nearly 57,000 migrants arrived on southern Spanish shores in 2018, twice the figure in Italy and nearly the same to have arrived in Greece. The Spanish Interior Ministry places that figure at upwards of 64,000.

And with Italy keeping up its closed-port policy, Spain has decided that some kind of action is required.

"This is not a retreat. We are under enormous migratory pressure, and the rules are not being applied in the Central Mediterranean. We need a lasting solution for everyone," said a source at Spain's Interior Ministry. ...

In the meantime, Spain has dropped the open-arms policy that enabled several rescue ships to dock in Spanish ports in recent months. ...

There are other little telltale signs that the Socialist government does not want right-wing parties to use immigration as a weapon against the executive. Salvamento Marítimo, Spain's sea rescue services, has stopped providing information on its Twitter account about the migrant boats it assists on a daily basis.

And very little information is emerging about the efforts to send migrants back to Morocco, the departure point for most arrivals: over 3,000 people in the first two weeks of January, almost three times as much as the same period in 2018, according to official Spanish figures.
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Immigration abroad – disease, USA
Border Patrol struggles with flood of sick migrants
Anna Giaritelli
Wsshington Examiner, 27 January 2019

Border Patrol agents have spent nearly 20,000 hours since October driving asylum seekers to and from hospitals for medical evaluations, according to newly released Department of Homeland Security data.

Since Oct. 1, 2018, the Border Patrol, which works in rural areas between border crossings, has "seen an increase in the numbers of apprehended individuals requiring medical assistance."

A total of 2,224 migrants, primarily from Guatemala and Honduras, have been hospitalized due to health issues that could not be treated on site in the last month alone, according to a CBP statement.

The department said the spike in illnesses among migrants is forcing federal law enforcement to spend less time focused on serious threats because they are facilitating hospital and urgent care trips. It's also affecting communities that are trying to help with medical emergencies but are severely short-staffed.
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Immigration abroad – Japan
No. of foreign workers in Japan triples in decade to record 1.46 million
Japan Today, 26 January 2019

The number of foreign workers in Japan tripled over a decade to a record-high 1.46 million as of October, official data showed, as companies continue to struggle with a labor shortage.

As of Oct 31, there were 1,460,463 foreign workers in Japan, up 14.2 percent from a year earlier, marking the 11th straight year of increase, according to the data released Friday by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare.

The figure, the highest since comparable data became available in 2008 when it stood around 486,000, is almost certain to rise in the years ahead as Japan has decided to ease visa restrictions and accept more foreign workers starting from April. ...

By nationality, Chinese accounted for more than a quarter of the total foreign workforce at 389,117, up 4.5 percent from the previous year, followed by Vietnamese at 316,840, up 31.9 percent, and Filipinos at 164,006, up 11.7 percent. ...

Under the new visa system starting in April, Japan will accept up to 345,150 foreign workers over five years in 14 sectors including construction, farming and nursing care.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Norway
Muhammad is the top name in Oslo again - for the 11th year
TRT World / Turkish Radio and Television, 26 January 2019

Norway's fertility rates have reached all-time lows, risking the country's economic stability. Muslim immigrants are keeping the labour force alive, as the country undergoes demographic changes.

Muhammad was the most popular name among male children in Oslo in 2018, for the 11th year in a row, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the Norwegian Statistics Department.

The name, with its many variations, surpassed Oscar, Aksel and Jacob as it maintained its lead.

Mohammad has been the most popular name in Oslo since 2008, reflecting a strong and growing Muslim community in the large city.

In 2017, 8.7 percent of Oslo's population identified as Muslims, with their largest communities originating from ethnic Pakistanis, Somalis, Iraqis and Morrocans. ...

Oslo is home to the largest immigrant population in the country. Out of Oslo's 624,000 residents, almost 190,000 are immigrants or born to immigrant parents, making up nearly 31 percent of the city's population. ...

The statistics department also found evidence of demographic change underway, with fewer traditional Norwegian surnames ending with "sen", as with as Jensen, Hansen or Andersen. Today, "sen" surnames make up only 14.7 percent of the population, compared to 22.4 percent in 1995.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, USA
U.S. to start returning asylum seekers to Mexico on Friday
Frank Jack Daniel and Mica Rosenberg
Reuters, 25 January 2019

The U.S. government will return the first group of migrants seeking asylum in the United States to the Mexican border city of Tijuana on Friday, U.S. and Mexican officials said, marking the start of a major policy shift by the Trump administration.

The policy dubbed the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) and first announced on Dec. 20 will return non-Mexican migrants who cross the U.S. southern border back to wait in Mexico while their asylum requests are processed in U.S. immigration courts. ...

The program will apply to arriving migrants who ask for asylum at ports of entry or who are caught crossing illegally and say they are afraid to return home.

Children travelling on their own and some migrants from "vulnerable populations" could be excluded on a case-by-case basis, the Department of Homeland Security said in a fact sheet. ...

Last year, about 93,000 people sought asylum at the southern border, up 67 percent from 2017, according to U.S. government data.

Asylum seekers are typically granted the right to stay in the United States while their cases are decided by a U.S. immigration judge, but a backlog of more than 800,000 cases means the process can take years.

Now, the U.S. government says migrants will be turned away with a "notice to appear" in immigration court. They will be able to enter the United States for their hearings but will have to live in Mexico in the interim. If they lose their cases, they will be deported to their home countries.
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Immigration abroad – law, USA
Skipping Court
Mark Metcalf
Center for Immigration Studies, 24 January 2019

American immigration courts consistently have the highest failure to appear (FTA) rates of any state or federal courts in the country. From 1996 through 2017, 37 percent of all aliens free pending trial disappeared. From the 2,680,598 foreign nationals that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released on their own recognizance, 1,320,000, received deportation orders, 75 percent of them (993,593) for failure to appear. Only 25 percent of this group – some 324,402 people altogether – actually tried their cases. This dynamic, first reported at a House Judiciary Committee hearing on June 17, 2010, eventually prompted heated denial by the Obama Justice Department but it is not solely a problem of Democrat administrations. Administrations of both parties have failed to effectively address it.

Immigration trial courts issued three times more deportation orders for failure to appear in court than deportation orders for cases that were actually tried (993,593 ÷ 324,402) over the last 22 fiscal years. ...

Indeed, those who dodged court in 2017 did so with identically the same frequency under Donald Trump as they did in 2015 when Barack Obama sat in the Oval Office.11 Over the past three years, an average of 42 percent of all aliens free before trial failed to appear, with 113,753 people out of 272,440 skipping their court dates. /.../ This chronic failure loudly echoes the broader themes of disorder that have plagued these federal tribunals since their inception in 1983.

Never in 22 years of reporting has EOIR (i.e., Executive Office for Immigration Review, the Justice Department agency that manages the courts) squared with Congress and given an accurate description of failures to appear. Since 1996, it has dramatically understated FTA rates in its annual reports. In 2017, EOIR stated the FTA rate for all cases was 28 percent, never mentioning this number includes aliens whose trials occurred in detention facilities. ...

EOIR's misleading failure to appear rates leave Congress and the public ignorant of both dysfunction in the courtroom and risks that too often end badly. One fact stands out above all the rest: Aliens flee court in greater numbers now than they did before September 11, 2001. From 1996 through 2000, 34 percent of all aliens free before trial – 251,309 out of 730,453 – disappeared. After 9/11, these numbers climbed. From 2002 through 2017, 39 percent – 699,641 people out of 1,808,449 – failed to keep their court dates. On either side of 9/11, EOIR never provided candid numbers to alert policy-makers to this problem.
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Immigration abroad – EU, Hungary
EU steps up legal procedure against Hungary for criminalising support for migrants
Reuters, 24 January 2019

The European Commission said on Thursday it was taking its legal procedure against Hungary to the next step after Budapest criminalised support for migrants, moving the case closer to a possible ruling by the European Court of Justice. ...

The EU says Hungary's tough stance has breached EU law, a charge that Budapest denies, defending what it calls its sovereign right to determine its own immigration policy. Hungary also says its tough position ultimately defends Europe. ...

Brussels says the Hungarian authorities have failed to provide effective access to asylum procedures for migrants and holds asylum seekers in "transit centres" for longer than the maximum four weeks mandated under EU law. ...

Orban, in power since 2010, has led eastern European resistance to EU plans to share out some of the large numbers of mostly Muslim migrants, who he says threaten Europe's Christian civilisation.
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Immigration abroad – Mexico
Thousands of caravan migrants trek and hitch-hike across Mexico after hundreds were allowed in with no border checks and are now headed for the US
Chris Pleasance
MailOnline, 22 January 2019

Hundreds of Central American migrants crossed into Mexico at the weekend, joining a group of 1,000 who entered last week and are now heading towards the US.

Some of the migrants, who are largely from Honduras, said they were waved through Mexican immigration without any checks or being issued a wristband indicating that they still need to register with authorities.

Meanwhile a much larger group are coming up behind them as part of the latest caravan trying to reach America in search of a better life for themselves and their families. ...

Mexican president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has pledged a 'humanitarian' approach by allowing migrants access to Mexico, but providing jobs and opportunities for them in his country to stop them reaching America.
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Immigration abroad – Czech Republic
Remigration: Czech Republic to Pay Non-EU Migrants to Go Home
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 21 January 2019

The Czech Republic is launching a programme to pay non-EU migrants to go home, noting that funding the scheme would cost taxpayers "far less" than if migrant groups remained in the country.

With an information campaign set to be put out on social media and with leaflets and posters from April, the Czech Interior Ministry said it hopes the first migrants participating in its new programme, titled 'Návraty' (Returns), will be processed in the third quarter of 2019.

With a particular focus on migrants from Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Russia, and Vietnam, the programme will offer foreign nationals up to 4,000 euros' financial assistance towards transportation costs, setting up accommodation in their homelands, and purchasing livestock.

"The project should focus on all categories of foreigners, whether they are in the Czech Republic in an illegal situation or an asylum seeker," Interior Ministry spokesman Hana Malá told ...

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis has said Europe must "send a clear signal that illegal migration has ended" by turning migrant boats back and deporting bogus asylum seekers, arguing that the European Commission's preferred solution – creating a permanent mechanism to share newcomers across EU states – was the "road to hell", and would only exacerbate the problem.

Czechia was one of only five countries to vote against the so-called Global Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration at the UN General Assembly in New York City last month, where 152 countries signed up to the agreement and a dozen abstained.

The document, which claims migration is "inevitable, necessary, and desirable", poses a threat to the nation's sovereignty and security by defining the movement of people as a "human right", stated Babis, who has previously branded mass immigration from the Global South a "threat to European civilisation".
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
Largest single group of migrants EVER burrows UNDER border wall: 376 Central Americans - including 200 minors - squeeze through seven tiny holes and immediately request asylum
Keith Griffith
Daily Mail, 19 January 2019

A group of migrants said to be the largest ever has illegally tunneled under the southern U.S. border fence and surrendered to Border Patrol to request asylum.

The group of 376 Central Americans 'inundated agents' after crossing the border through a series of hasty tunnels near Yuma, Arizona on Monday, Customs and Border Protection said.

The agency said 200 of the group were minors, and that nearly all the rest said they were their parents, meaning that they will likely be released into the U.S. as their asylum claims are processed.

It is believed to be the largest single group to cross the border illegally to request asylum. The Border Patrol has said that smugglers transport large groups to the border and then instruct them to cross and turn themselves in.

Officials said that most of the group entered the U.S. through seven small openings burrowed under the border barrier.

The crossings took place at a remote stretch of border where old fencing is about 12 feet high and the ground is sandy. Stretched thin, CBP has only three agents patrolling the 26-mile section of border.

President Donald Trump's administration had tried to forbid migrants from requesting asylum after crossing the border illegally, but that move was struck down by a federal judge in November.

'The only thing that solves that problem is a change in the law,' CBP Yuma Border Sector Chief Anthony Porvaznik told ABC News.

'The only reason they're trying to say that they're family units is that they know if they're a family unit, they're going to be released within 20 days,' Porvaznik said. ...

One man in the group told the network that he left Guatemala eight days ago and made most of the trip by bus along with his 12-year-old daughter, paying a coyote $5,000 to get them to the border. ...

On Wednesday, a separate group of 247 people illegally crossed into the U.S. near the Antelope Wells Port of Entry in New Mexico.

The group, which included many juveniles, surrendered to authorities for processing and most requested immediate medical care. ...

Last month, CBP said it took 20,000 juveniles into custody after illegal crossings, including both unaccompanied minors and those traveling with parents.

The vast majority surrender immediately upon crossing to claim asylum. ...

One recent study, by the New York-based Center for Immigration Studies, estimated that in 2017 more people entered the U.S. illegally by overstaying temporary visas than by crossing the border illegally.
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Immigration abroad – Norway
Norwegian elite support immigration
Nancy Bazilchuk
ScienceNordic, 16 January 2019
[Based on an article by Bård Amundsen]

The future of the Norwegian welfare state largely depends on support from the country's elite, says Trygve Gulbrandsen, a social scientist at the University of Oslo's Institute for Social Research (ISF). ...

His latest research has been collected in a new book, "Elites in an Egalitarian Society: Support for the Nordic Model".

Gulbrandsen has conducted two recent studies of the Norwegian elite.

These studies were based on two comprehensive surveys carried out in 2000 and 2015, where 1710 and 1352 people respectively with top positions in Norway were asked about their ideas and opinions. The surveys included business executives, heads of ministries, generals, bishops, editors and heads of universities and cultural institutions.

Gulbrandsen has found that Norway's elite differ from the rest of the population in one very significant way (aside from the fact that they have more money): the elite are far more supportive of making it easier for foreigners to immigrate to Norway.

"It's interesting to see that there are also differences in Norway between the average person and the elite when it comes to issues related to the nation's borders," Gulbrandsen said in an interview posted on the ISF website. ...

At the same time, Gulbrandsen's data suggest that the elite are much more likely than the rest of the population to vote for political parties that are more extreme. ...

A large proportion of voters among the elite supported right- or left- leaning parties in the 2013 election, while few voted for more centrist parties, he said.
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Immigration abroad – France
MACRON CRISIS: Desperate leader considers migrant quota as Yellow Vest protest rage on
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 16 January 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron has been branded "irresponsible" for suggesting the introduction of "annual quotas" on migration as a topic for part of the three-month national debate aimed at mollifying yellow vest protesters.

In a sweeping letter to the French pubic, Mr Macron said he had heard the public's anger and shared its impatience for a "more prosperous country and a fairer society". He then mentioned the possibility of introducing annual immigration quotas, saying it would not apply to asylum status. He said: "As regards immigration, once our asylum obligations have been met, would you like us to be able to set annual quotas defined by Parliament?"

Mr Macron then referred to the "tensions and doubts linked to immigration and the failings of our integration system". ...

But the possible imposition of quotas floated by Mr Macron has sparked outrage – and confusion – as curbing immigration is not one of the core demands of the yellow vests, which include a higher minimum wage, a more participative democracy and Mr Macron's resignation. ...

Mr Macron's letter explains how he is addressing the anti-establishment movement's concerns through a national debate in local meetings around the country and on the internet.

The French now have eight weeks to respond by contributing thoughts on a mix of subjects in an initiative Mr Macron hopes will generate policy ideas and help build a new "contract" with the nation. Four weeks after that, in April, the government will share its conclusions.

The debate will focus on taxes, public services, climate change and democracy.
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Immigration abroad – Canada
Don't ever question mass immigration or you'll be instantly racist
Barbara Kay
National Post, 16 January 2019

The National Post has run a series of editorials noting that our legal immigration channels work well, but the issue of border migration is eroding public confidence in immigration. ...

This past weekend, The Globe and Mail's senior political columnist, John Ibbitson, published a buoyant endorsement of the government's current immigration policy (continuing high rates) headlined, "Immigration's benefits are a matter of fact." ...

I asked Herbert Grubel, professor of economics (emeritus) at Simon Fraser University, and senior fellow of The Fraser Institute specializing in immigration, for his opinion about Ibbitson's conclusion. ...

Grubel notes that the average income taxes paid by immigrants since 1986 have been about one-half of those paid by non-immigrant Canadians. Yet immigrants absorb the same value of government services (not more, as some people would have you believe), so the difference between what immigrants pay in and take out amounts to not less than $5,000 a year per person, he calculates. Do the collective math and Grubel estimates that it comes to an annual $30 billion payout.

Neither Grubel nor I nor any reasonable Canadian believes immigration is a bad thing in itself. We're all for it. ...

But what happens if the number of immigrants should exceed the capacity of the country's ability to absorb them? It isn't orderly immigration that sets many Canadians' teeth on edge; it is mass immigration promoted as a good in and of itself without regard to our actual present and future needs or interests. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants now arrive here each year. In Vancouver alone they require 300 housing units every week. This can only drive up housing costs and add to the crowding in our hospitals. It can also reshape the cultural ecology of old neighbourhoods, which residents seem generally fine with when it happens more naturally over time, but find very jarring when it happens with unsettling rapidity.

I recognize that even raising any "cultural" factor like that is a red flag to those progressives who insist that culture is a construct of privilege and trying to protect the culture we have is an act of bigotry. But discussing it shouldn't be off-limits. People all over the world desire to live in Canada because of its stability, prosperity, gender equality, excellent quality of life and respect for the law. All of these national qualities are downstream from culture. It is perfectly legitimate to worry that high rates of immigration to Canada could undermine the very tenets of equality, freedom and justice, those products of our own culture, that attract so many in the first place. Of course, even the words "our own culture" are in themselves divisive: to many progressives they are a shibboleth for oppression; to me and my more conservative friends they are, relative to all other cultures, words that evoke pride, yet we feel anxiety saying them.

Often, we also feel like stooges of politicians who claim to be focused on immigrants' value to Canada, but who are really focused on immigrants as voters. And we feel frustrated because rational discussion of immigration does not seem possible when any and all objections are met with mantras like "diversity is our strength" at the top. And because we are not allowed to talk about these things without incurring charges of racism.
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Immigration abroad – Denmark
Denmark: "In One Generation, Our Country Has Changed"
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 16 January 2019

Turkey has been extremely active in ramping up its activities in Denmark, apparently as part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan of strengthening Islam in the West. Denmark already has around 30 Turkish mosques out of approximately 170 mosques in total as of end of 2017. In 2006, there were 115 mosques in all of Denmark – an increase of nearly 50% in little more than a decade.

A recent government study, "Analysis of children of descendants with a non-Western background", shows that there continue to be huge problems with assimilating immigrants into Danish society. ...

Today, there are roughly 500,000 immigrants and descendants of immigrants in Denmark. The cost to the Danish state is 33 billion Danish kroner per year ($5 billion or 4.4 billion euros), according to the Danish Ministry of Finance. It is estimated that in 2060 there will be nearly 900,000 immigrants and descendants of immigrants in Denmark, according to Denmark's official statistical bureau, Danmark's Statistik. Denmark currently has a total population of 5.8 million people. If the lack of integration persists in the next generation of descendants of immigrants, Denmark is looking at a significant societal problem to which no one appears to have a solution.

Least of all, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. In his New Year's speech, he said that things are "going well" in Denmark. /.../ "When I was in high school, he also said, "there were around 50,000 people with a non-Western background in Denmark. Today, there are almost half a million. In one generation, our country has changed". The country did not just "change". Danish politicians, with their policies, changed it.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Finland
'It is unacceptable that people granted asylum here have brought evil': Finnish President expresses his 'disgust' at migrant grooming gangs as country's child sex scandal escalates
Sara Malm
MailOnline, 15 January 2019

The President of Finland has expressed his 'shock and disgust' after police identified more suspects in connection with a foreign grooming gang targeting children in a town in the north of the country.

Police suspect 16 foreign-born men of rape or other sexual abuses of girls aged between ten and 15 in Oulu, northern Finland, adding another four men to the investigation today.

In addition, police in the capital Helsinki said on Sunday they had arrested three foreign-born men on similar charges.

In a statement released on Monday, President Sauli Niinistö said the crimes in Oulu 'shocked us with their inhumanity'.

He added: 'The right to integrity is one of the values on which our society is based, and one which must be respected by everyone here.

'It is unacceptable that some asylum seekers, and even those who have been granted asylum, have brought evil here and created insecurity.' ...

A citizens petition to withdraw asylum from people convicted of sex crimes received 62,000 signatures over the weekend, breaking the 50,000 barrier needed to force parliament to consider the issue. ...

Statistics Finland says around 1,200 cases of sexual abuse of minors are reported to the police each year, and that foreigners were involved in 18 percent of the cases that came to trial last year.

Of Finland's population of just over 5.5 million, some 321,500 people are born in a foreign country, nearly six per cent.
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Immigration abroad – doctors, employment, European Union
EU may need rules to stop doctors emigrating: German minister
Reuters, 13 January 2019

The European Union should consider regulating to stop member states from poaching each other's doctors and other professionals, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said. ...

"I can understand them. Switzerland is a beautiful country. But what is clear is that there is a shortage of these professionals in Germany. And then Polish doctors work in our country, and in turn there is a shortage of them in Poland," he told Swiss tabloid Blick am Sonntag.

"That cannot be right. We should therefore think about whether we need to create new regulations on the luring away of people with certain professions within the EU, and without fundamentally calling into question the freedom of movement within Europe," he was quoted as saying.

Spahn added that there were currently such agreements within the World Health Organization that could serve as a model, but he did not spell out what those were or how they might be applied within the EU.
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Immigration abroad – child brides, USA
Requests to bring in child brides OK'd; legal under US laws
Colleen Long
AP News / Associated Press, 12 January 2019

Thousands of requests by men to bring in child and adolescent brides to live in the United States were approved over the past decade, according to government data obtained by The Associated Press. In one case, a 49-year-old man applied for admission for a 15-year-old girl.

The approvals are legal: The Immigration and Nationality Act does not set minimum age requirements for the person making the request or for that person's spouse or fiancee. By contrast, to bring in a parent from overseas, a petitioner has to be at least 21 years old.

And in weighing petitions, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services goes by whether the marriage is legal in the spouse or fiancee's home country and then whether the marriage would be legal in the state where the petitioner lives.

The data raises questions about whether the immigration system may be enabling forced marriage and about how U.S. laws may be compounding the problem despite efforts to limit child and forced marriage. Marriage between adults and minors is not uncommon in the U.S., and most states allow children to marry with some restrictions.

There were more than 5,000 cases of adults petitioning on behalf of minors and nearly 3,000 examples of minors seeking to bring in older spouses or fiances, according to the data requested by the Senate Homeland Security Committee in 2017 and compiled into a report. ...

Some victims of forced marriage say the lure of a U.S. passport combined with lax U.S. marriage laws are partly fueling the petitions. ...

There are no nationwide statistics on child marriage, but data from a few states suggests it is far from rare. State laws generally set 18 as the minimum age for marriage, yet every state allows exceptions. Most states let 16- and 17-year-olds marry if they have parental consent, and several states – including New York, Virginia and Maryland – allow children under 16 to marry with court permission.

Reiss researched data from her home state, New Jersey. She determined that nearly 4,000 minors, mostly girls, were married in the state from 1995 to 2012, including 178 who were under 15.

"This is a problem both domestically and in terms of immigration," she said. ...

The country where most requests came from was Mexico, followed by Pakistan, Jordan, the Dominican Republic and Yemen.
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Immigration abroad – religion, India
Is India Becoming a Hindu Pakistan?
Mihir Sharma
Bloomberg, 11 January 2019

India is, and has been since independence in 1947, a liberal secular democracy. ...

Till now. For the first time, India's leaders have sought to redefine the country effectively as a home for South Asians that aren't Muslims – and they're enshrining the distinction into law. That's the underlying message of a bill that was passed this week by the lower house of India's Parliament, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party has a majority.

The new law amends the religion-blind Citizenship Act written in the early years of Indian independence "to facilitate acquisition of citizenship by six identified minority communities namely Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Parsis from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh." Calling them "persecuted migrants," the government minister who introduced the amendment said "they have nowhere to go but India."

Sadly, that may well be true. Many of India's neighbors have a far worse record dealing with their religious minorities than India has with its own. And India must certainly welcome them.

Yet, in spite of its claims, India's government is not in fact acting purely on humanitarian impulses. After all, at the moment the most persecuted minority on India's borders are the Rohingyas who have fled Myanmar; being Muslim, they're very obviously not welcome. Neither are the Shias and Ahmadis who are the focus of everyday violence in Pakistan – or, for that matter, the atheist bloggers of Bangladesh that have been threatened by machete-wielding extremists. As one commentator put it, the amendment could be summed up in one phrase: "No Muslims please, this is India."
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Immigration abroad – Italy
Ex-Jihadist Reveals Network Smuggling Islamic Radicals to Europe as Migrants
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 10 January 2019

After receiving information from a former jihadist, Italian police have arrested 15 suspects alleged to be part of an organisation that helped smuggle radical Islamic terrorists into the country as illegal migrants and asylum seekers.

The arrests were made in the cities of Palermo, Trapani, Caltanissetta, and Brescia this week with the 15 suspects facing various criminal charges from forming a criminal association for the purposes of illegal immigration and smuggling to terrorism-related charges, newspaper Il Giornale reports.

The former jihadi blew the lid on the Islamist fighter-smuggling operation, saying to the police: "I'm telling you what I know because I want to prevent you from finding an army of kamikaze in Italy." ...

Prosecutors added that the organisation, which largely smuggled jihadists from Tunisia, "constitutes a current and concrete threat to national security because it is able to provide several illegal immigrants with a hidden, safe, and fast maritime passage." ...

The arrests come after Tunisian authorities seized a boat of illegal immigrants heading for Italy last August that was revealed to have been more than half-full with radical Islamists, with nine of the 15 people on board linked to terror.

The seizure followed an Interpol warning in February of last year that claimed up to 50 Tunisian Islamic radicals had made the voyage to Italy as illegal migrants.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Australia
African gangs in Melbourne are a problem, police admit, as Victorian Government defends strategy
Brad Ryan and Guy Stayner
ABC News, 9 January 2019

Victorian police have conceded Melbourne has a problem with African street gangs, after earlier insisting there were no gangs in the city, as the State Government rejects criticism it has dropped the ball on the problem.

Police Minister Lisa Neville on Tuesday defended the Government's handling of youth crime after the Federal Government on Monday said "African gang crime" was out of control in Melbourne because of lenient state policies. ...

Just days after Victoria Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp said he did "not accept for a minute that we do have gangs", Acting Chief Commissioner Shane Patton said there were African street gangs in Melbourne.

"We have for a significant period of time said that there is an issue with overrepresentation by African youth in serious and violent offending as well as public disorder issues," Acting Commissioner Patton said.
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Immigration abroad – political violence, Germany
German Populist Party Chairman Hospitalised in 'Assassination' Attempt
Breitbart, 8 January 2019

German member of parliament for the populist Alternative for Germany (AfD) Frank Magnitz was brutally attacked Monday evening in what some are labelling an assassination attempt. ...

... He was taken to a local hospital soon after the attack with the AfD claiming that the police were investigating the matter as an act of politically-motivated violence. ...

The brutal attack comes less than a week after an office belonging to the AfD in the city of Döbeln was bombed in what is also believed by the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) to have been a politically motivated attack.

The AfD say they keep track of attacks against their officers, members, and their homes, and gave statistics to Breitbart London which showed that attacks have risen from only four in 2014 to well over 600 in 2017.

Alt-left extremist Antifa violence has also become more violent and more pronounced in Germany over the last several years, with members of the extremist organisation releasing terror manuals encouraging attacks on the AfD.
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Immigration abroad – 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 migrants. ...

"Let's reverse our policy of encouraging the birth rate!" In an interview with L'Obs magazine on January 3, Yves Cochet unveils radical solutions to save the planet in the face of climate change. ...

In concrete terms, the former Minister of the Environment under Lionel Jospin, proposes "to reverse the logic of family allowances" ... He added:"Not having any more children is the first ecological gesture." ...

However, he denies that he is "racist or elitist" and states: "I am not targeting the poorest countries, which have more children than others. On the contrary. Rich countries are the first to have to decrease demographically." He added that limiting births would allow us to "better welcome the migrants who are knocking on our doors".
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, cost, USA
Can a Wall Pay for Itself?: An Update
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 8 January 2019

When asking whether a border wall can pay for itself, the key questions are the cost of each illegal immigrant, and the number of illegal crossers, vs. the cost of a wall. Making reasonable estimates of these factors allows us to calculate what share of future illegal border-crossers the wall would have to stop or deter from trying to enter in order for the wall to be cost-effective. This updated analysis indicates that to pay for the president's $5 billion wall request, a wall would have to prevent about 60,000 crossings – or 3 to 4 percent of expected illegal crossers in the next decade. If we make much more conservative assumptions about both the cost of illegal immigrants and future flows, it still shows that a wall would have to stop or deter only a modest percentage of illegal crossings to pay for itself. ...

To estimate the fiscal cost of illegal immigrants in our prior analysis we applied the average net fiscal impact (taxes paid minus costs) of immigrants by education from a NAS study to the education level of illegal border-crossers. Based on that analysis, we estimate that each crosser creates a net cost of $74,722 (taxes paid minus costs) during his or her lifetime, excluding costs for their U.S.-born children. The figures from the NAS study are in 2012 dollars; converting them to 2018 dollars would raise them to $82,191. This estimate means that for every 100,000 illegal immigrants prevented from crossing illegally, it would save taxpayers $8.2 billion over the illegal immigrants' lifetimes.

As we discussed at length in our prior analysis, the primary factor driving these costs is the low education level of such a large share of illegal crossers. There is agreement among researchers that illegal immigrants overwhelmingly have modest levels of education – most have not completed high school or have only a high-school education. There is also agreement that immigrants who come to the United States with modest levels of education create significantly more in costs for government than they pay in taxes.
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Immigration abroad – criminals, Australia
Violent and sexual offenders stripped of Australian visas
Liberal, 7 January 2019

More than 800 non-citizen criminals were stripped of their visas for serious crimes in 2018.

One hundred had their visas cancelled for committing child sex offences or for involvement in child exploitation and pornography, 53 were stripped of their visas for domestic violence as were 34 rapists or other sexual offenders

About 500 criminals who committed violent offences are among those stripped of their visas, including 13 for murder, seven for manslaughter, 125 for assault and 56 for armed robbery.

Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton said the Government is committed to protecting our communities and keeping Australians safe.

"There's no place in our country for people who come here and harm Australians," Mr Dutton said.

"We welcome people from all round the world, but those few who think they can live in Australia and be involved in criminal actions need to know they won't be staying long."

Under the previous Labor Government, in the five years between 2009 and 2013, just 582 visas were cancelled under the character provisions in s 501 of Migration Act 1958.

Since 2014, the Coalition has cancelled a total of 4150 visas – more than seven times that of Labor.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Clueless EU: Expert warns migration crisis 'an untreated festering wound' for Brussels
Aurora Bosotti
Daily Express, 5 January 2019

The European Union has been warned the migration crisis has remained a "festering wound" which could threaten the continuity of the bloc if left untreated.

European policy expert Rem Korteweg identified migration from non-EU countries as a key risk factor for the unity of the European Union. Brussels has been facing increasing pressure to completely reform the current migration policy within the bloc, with countries such as Italy threatening to cut payments to the bloc unless cooperation in processing arrivals is implemented. Mr Kortaweg insisted the reforms proposed so far have been "hardly a sustainable solution," and warned the bloc about more conflict emerging between Brussels and national governments in EU countries.

Speaking to, the European policy expert said: "The four horsemen, as far as I saw it, were the eurozone crisis, the migration crisis, Brexit and Russia.

"If you go by those four, we haven't talked about the migration crisis which I think is still very much a festering wound inside the European Union." ...

He continued: "How to set up a fair and durable system of dealing with migrants from non-EU countries? It's not migrants, but refugees rather. That really came to the fore in 2015.

"The numbers have come down since then but the issue is very much politically sensitive. No steps really have been taken.

"The only step that has been put on the table is to increase the EU's border control capacity – which is hardly a sustainable solution."
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Immigration abroad – USA
22,000 migrant children illegally crossed the Southern U.S. border in December
Valerie Bauman
Daily Mail, 4 January 2019

Some 22,000 minors illegally crossed the Southern U.S. border in December, a number that government officials say bolsters the argument for building the president's promised border wall.

Of those 22,000 minors, roughly 5,000 were unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.

'Vulnerable populations are embarking on the dangerous journey north in record numbers putting themselves and minors in harm's way,' said Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.

In addition, more than 15,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the border in the first three months of federal fiscal year 2019 – which began October 1, 2018.
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Immigration abroad – Europe, Spain
Spain replaces Italy as Europe's main destination for migrant crossings
Reuters, 4 January 2019

Spain has replaced Italy as the destination of choice for migrants crossing the Mediterranean to Europe, according to European Union estimates published on Friday.

The border and coast guard agency Frontex said around 150,000 people entered the EU through irregular crossings in 2018, the lowest number in five years and far below the peak of more than a million recorded in 2015.

Arrivals in Spain doubled to 57,000, making the route from Morocco to the Iberian Peninsula the most active in Europe and putting immigration in the spotlight in Spain ahead of a spate of elections this year.

The number who reached Italy, which has taken measures to prevent rescued migrants landing, fell 80 percent to around 23,000, the fewest since 2012.

Arrivals in Greece and Cyprus through the so-called Eastern Mediterranean route rose to 56,000, most coming from Afghanistan, Syria or Iraq.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
Germany entices illegal migrants to leave with bribes – free rent for a year back home
Lizan Nijkrake
National Post, 4 January 2019

Germany has been flooded this holiday season with billboards offering illegal migrants a bribe to leave – free rent for a year at home.

"Your country. Your future. Now!" displayed in seven languages, jumps off nearly 2,500 screens in 80 cities.

A series of flags corresponding with the top-destinations – Egypt, Turkey, Afghanistan, Eritrea and Russia – shapes a zigzagging road to a fictional horizon.

The "ReturningfromGermany" ad campaign is the latest tactic by the German government to boost departures and deter migration, in a reversal of Angela Merkel's controversial welcoming policy of 2015 at the height of the Syrian refugee crisis. The campaign is the brainchild of interior minister Horst Seehofer, Merkel's rebellious right-wing rival, who forced a coalition crisis over Germany's asylum policy last summer.

While arrivals have normalized since three years ago – when Germany got 700,000 asylum requests – rejected asylum claims have piled up. The billboard campaign is mainly targeting the 235,000 persons who are still required to leave the country, the interior ministry says.

So why haven't they left? The large majority of asylum seekers simply cannot be sent back – their claims have been rejected, but they cannot be returned because their country of origin is too dangerous, they lack documentation papers or suffer from illness. It's a deadlock acknowledged by the German government itself: These 170,000 people are given special status – duldung (or tolerated) – to stay on temporarily. The others – those who are eligible for deportation according to the German yardstick – frequently don't show up for their deportation. More than 20,000 airport repatriations were scrubbed this year; half of all scheduled. Every second person went missing in the run-up to departure.

So Seehofer took to the streets with his billboard campaign – aiming to push for voluntary departures. What's he offering? A gift capped at 1,000 euros for a single person, 3,000 for families – to provide for basic facilities. Offering financial incentives to leave isn't new. ...

Depending on their nationality, asylum seekers can receive 1,200 euros if they return before the asylum procedure is completed; which drops to 800 after a rejected claim. But the 800 still beckons if they decide to depart voluntarily within 30 days.

The backlash against the billboards and the campaign has swollen quickly. Many have been painted over with one-liners such as "All migrants welcome".
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Immigration abroad – Canada
Ottawa to spend $113 million on pre-arrival services for new immigrants
Yahoo News / CBC, 3 January 2019

The Trudeau government has announced $113 million in new money to improve pre-arrival services for future immigrants to Canada.

Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen made the announcement this morning at the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Immigrant Settlement and Integration Program office in Vancouver. ...

The Vancouver-based program is one of four operations that provide information, orientation and referrals to prospective economic and family-class immigrants nationwide. The $113 million sum will fund 16 service providers, most of them operating locally. Canada has provided pre-arrival help to new immigrants for 20 years. ...

The money will come from the immigration settlement portion of the government's 2018 budget, a spokesperson for Hussen's office confirmed. The federal Liberals set aside $875 million over six years to fund their multi-year immigration plan.
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Immigration abroad – South Korea
Protests in South Korea against Muslim refugees: We don't want to become like Europe
Voice of Europe, 2 January 2019

Around 520,000 South Koreans signed a petition against their government's refugee friendly migration policy. Most of them are worried about Muslim refugees from Yemen and economic exploitation by migrants, DW news reports.

"It has become really bad in recent weeks and it is all because Jeju introduced a program that enabled people from 186 countries to come here without a tourist visa," says Hank Kim, owner of the Core Travel Agency.

Kim continues: "Local people here are worried, we have all read about the problems that immigrants have caused in Europe – in Germany and France in particular – and we do not want that to happen here." ...

The unrest was caused by 1,000 Yemeni refugees using the visa programme to enter South Korea's Jeju resort island.
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Immigration abroad – Israel
Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment
BBC, 2 January 2019

The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.

The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 days.

They will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries.

If they do not leave, the Israeli authorities have threatened that they will start jailing them from April.

The UN refugee agency said the controversial plan violated international and Israeli laws.

The Israeli government says their return will be humane and "voluntary".

The order exempts children, women, parents of dependent minors and victims of slavery and human trafficking.

A spokesperson for Israel's Population and Immigration Authority told the BBC there were currently 38,000 "infiltrators" in Israel, of whom just 1,420 were being held in detention facilities.

Israel uses the term "infiltrators" to describe people who did not enter the country through an official border crossing.

Many of the migrants - who are mostly from Eritrea and Sudan - say they came to Israel to seek asylum after fleeing persecution and conflict, but the authorities regard them as economic migrants.
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Immigration abroad – world, public opinion
Anxiety About Immigration is a Global Issue
Remi Adekoya
Quillette, 1 January 2019
[Remi Adekoya is a Ph.D. student researching group identity at Sheffield University]

What do Nigerians, Indians, Turks and Mexicans think about migrants coming to their countries? This we don't hear much about.

Two recent surveys on the issue provide interesting results. Pew Research queried respondents in 27 nations across six continents, asking whether they felt their countries should let in more immigrants, fewer, or about the same as they do at present. ...

The percentage of people wanting fewer or no more immigrants coming to their country was higher in South Africa (65 percent), Argentina (61 percent), Kenya (60 percent), Nigeria (50 percent), India (45 percent), and Mexico (44 percent) than it was in Australia (38 percent), the U.K. (37 percent) or the U.S. (29 percent). In all 27 countries surveyed, less than a third of respondents said their country should let in more immigrants. A 2017 Ipsos MORI survey on global "nativist" trends painted a similar picture. When asked if they thought their country would be "stronger" if it "stopped immigration" altogether, more Turks (61 percent) and Indians (45 percent) answered in the affirmative than Brits (31 percent), Australians (30 percent), Germans (37 percent) or South Africans (37 percent). On the question of whether they felt like "strangers in their own country" – another indicator of hostility towards immigration – more Turks (57 percent), South Africans (54 percent), Brazilians (46 percent) and Indians (39 percent) answered yes than Germans (38 percent), Brits (36 percent) or Australians (36 percent). Finally, when asked whether employers should "prioritize" hiring locals over immigrants, 74 percent of Turks, 64 percent of Peruvians, 62 percent of Indians and 60 percent of South Africans agreed, compared to 58 percent of Americans, 48 percent of Brits and 17 percent of Swedes.

The idea that so-called "nativism" or hostility towards immigration is confined to white Westerners is a fallacy; it is a global phenomenon that is often stronger in non-Western countries. Of course, I wouldn't hold my breath for a spate of articles in international media on the worrying trend of "nativism" in India or condemnations of Kenyans for wanting fewer immigrants in their country. The moral outrage of many white progressives and most intellectuals of color in the West on this subject is solely reserved for white societies; if black or brown people share exactly the same sentiments that white people are being lambasted for, it will either be greeted with silence or with all sorts of justificatory rationalizations. ...

... In a 2017 survey of six African nations–Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania–43–75 percent of the citizens said they would move elsewhere given the opportunity. This translates to well over 200 million people from these six countries alone who would emigrate if the opportunity arose, presumably to one of the world's rich countries. This is the reality that Western governments cannot afford to ignore. The fact that so many Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans would like to emigrate elsewhere but don't want immigrants coming into their country is a testament to our universal human capacity for expecting from others what we ourselves are not ready to give.
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Miscellaneous – policing
Half of children shot by police stun guns are from BAME groups – report
Damien Gayle
The Guardian, 13 March 2019

Half of the children shot by police with stun guns, and a third of those restrained using spit hoods, in England are black or from other minority ethnic groups, according to figures obtained by children's rights campaigners.

The data, compiled from freedom of information requests, showed that in the first nine months of last year police across England used electronic stun guns 839 times on people aged under 18, compared with 879 uses on children in the whole of 2017.

Researchers also found a sharp rise in the use of spit hoods against children, with 114 incidents in the first nine months of 2019, more than double the 47 uses in the whole of 2017.

The findings are published in a report on Tuesday by the Children's Rights Alliance for England (CRAE), which pointed to an extreme disproportionality in the use of both weapons against children of colour, particularly in London.

Of the children who had stun guns used against them in England, 51% were from a minority background, rising to about 70% in London – where black children alone accounted for 54% of incidents. Across England, 34% of children bound with spit hoods were from ethnic minorities. In London this figure rose to 72%.

Stun-gun use includes any occasion in which the weapons are drawn or their laser sights are pointed, as well as incidents in which the device is fired or activated.
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Multiculturalism – diversity
Of course London is no longer an English city
Jeremy Warner
Daily Telegraph, 31 May 2019

It was, I suppose, inevitable that John Cleese should get it in the neck for restating the blindingly obvious – that London is no longer an English city. The former Monty Python and Fawlty Towers star was only telling a truth that has long been recognised by foreign tourists, and indeed by just about everyone else with a modicum of worldly awareness.

If you want a picture postcard caricature of what most people think of as England, you are much more likely to find it outside the capital than within the bounds of the M25. London is a global city, with more in common with New York and the other great metropolises of the world than much of its own hinterland.

... Today they come from all over the world; in my particular borough there are apparently more than 50 spoken languages. We have become a veritable Tower of Babel. To point this out is, however, to invite a tirade of condemnation from all the usual suspects. How dare Mr Cleese say that multicultural London is not England.
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Multiculturalism – diversity
Don't mention the foreigners, Mr Fawlty
Robert James
Conservative Woman, 31 May 2019

Back when New Labour were deliberately flooding Britain with immigrants (before the Conservatives took over the task in 2010), I used to study their edicts and mottos about the criminal Iraq War, the hostility to civil liberties and the lowering of educational standards, and mock them by intoning George Orwell's brilliant parody of totalitarian nonsense from Nineteen Eighty-Four:

War is peace!

Freedom is slavery!

Ignorance is strength!

These words came back to me when the comic actor John Cleese found himself the target of the Twitter lynch mob for pointing out, rather gently, that London was no longer an English city. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, was very cross. He said: 'Londoners know that our diversity is our greatest strength.'

Let's leave aside the decades of politicking about 'racism'; the resentment built up by enforced demographic change, the gerrymandering of elections through immigration and rigging of employment through positive discrimination; the illegality of even mentioning demographic change and issues arising from it; the political fragmentation of modern Britain and the pressure on GPs, hospitals, schools, public transport and housing. Even without all that, the terrorist attacks in the West in general, and the mass killings by radical Muslims at London Bridge on June 3, 2017, in particular, must serve to illustrate the nonsense of Khan's statement. ...

However, the liberal Left does not agree. ...

As far as I can see nobody is disputing what Cleese, 79, says. ...

What vexes the Left is not that what Cleese says is true – they love that it is true. No, what angers them is that it has been said, it has been observed in a pointed way and not 'celebrated' with a rainbow flag and an apology for Amritsar. That is the crime, an offence the Left really hate: noticing things. ...

The troubled years that lie ahead will, I think, show that Cleese's description contains more truth than the sinister doublethink parroted by Mayor Khan and the liberal Left.
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Multiculturalism – diversity, racism
John Cleese isn't alone in equating 'English' with white. Sadly, that view is mainstream
Maya Goodfellow
The Guardian, 31 May 2019

You have to wonder what does it mean for London not to be "English"? What does it mean to be an "English city"? Cleese gave us an idea in 2011: "I love being down in Bath," he said, "because it feels like the England that I grew up in." Who knows why Cleese feels at home there – is it because the overwhelming majority of the population of that city is white British?

But London, just like England, has always been constituted by global connections. ...

The idea that national identity needs to be guarded against culturally different "others" was part of the reason 11 Labour MPs protested against the Empire Windrush docking at Tilbury in 1948. It was connected to Theresa May's Home Office sending "go home" vans around diverse parts of the country, it's what William Hague was referring to when he warned of the UK becoming a "foreign land". It was also central to Tony Blair's New Labour fixation on Britishness, on to Gordon Brown's "British jobs for British workers" pledge and Ed Miliband's 2015 election offer of controls on immigration. The underlying sentiment of Cleese's comments is part of what politicians mean when they talk about listening and responding to people's "legitimate concerns" about immigration. Here, perceived culture remains intimately connected to race.

Englishness and Britishness are, in all kinds of subtle ways, still tied to whiteness. The connection is there in the supremacist narratives of the British empire that suggest innate capability meant a country such as England "developed". ...

The problem is far bigger than one comment made by one actor – it's written into the way race, immigration and nation are understood in popular debate. And that is what we need to change.
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Multiculturalism – hijab
The mayor who wears a hijab
BBC, 25 May 2019
[The brief report is accompanied by a video]

This is Cllr Rakhia Ismail. She's the UK's first Somali-born female mayor and is thought to be the first mayor to wear a hijab.

Cllr Ismail was chosen as the new mayor for Islington, north London - a mostly ceremonial role - on 16 May.
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Multiculturalism – music, schools
Stormzy should be taught in schools instead of Mozart to prevent exclusions, charity urges
Gabriella Swerling
Daily Telegraph, 22 May 2019

Stormzy should be taught in schools instead of Mozart to prevent pupils from being excluded, a charity study said. Youth Music, a national charity endorsed by the musician and presenter Myleene Klass, is calling for an "urgent transformation" of the music curriculum.

It said that schools need to "shake up" the way music is taught and exchange classical music for grime, hip-hop and electro, with help from music industries. ...

The charity is now urging the Department for Education (DfE) to adopt a new model of music in schools that reflects the diverse musical interests of young people today.

It said a number of changes are urgently needed to transform musical education in schools.

These include the Government issuing an "unequivocal" message about value of music, schools ensuring music is for everyone, and partners collaborating on designing an inclusive curriculum.
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Multiculturalism – cultures, languages
Recognise the UK as a multilingual society, say politicians and academics
University of Manchester, 22 May 2019

University researchers, teachers and leading politicians came together at the House of Commons on Wednesday 22 May, to call on policymakers to develop a comprehensive policy that recognises the UK as a multilingual society, and to ensure that provisions are made to protect the languages of all citizens.

The event, organised by The University of Manchester's Multilingual Manchester research unit, highlighted that languages other than English are a vital part of the cultural heritage of many British citizens and residents. For many, they are an important skill, and an asset in developing professional careers.

In cities in particular, recognition of language diversity is key to ensure equal access to services, celebration of culture and traditions, and workforce skills to support development. Languages offer important channels through which to build bridges among communities and between nations.

Manchester is leading the way in this area, with Manchester City Council working towards a City Language Strategy, and Manchester Museum transforming itself into the country's first 'multilingual museum'. ...

"Languages strengthen our society," said Shadow Immigration Minister Afzal Khan MP, whose Manchester Gorton constituency is one of the most linguistically diverse in the country. "We need more support for supplementary schools, which provide an important service to promote skills and protect cultural heritage."
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Multiculturalism – politics, European Union
Why is Brussels so white? The EU's race problem that no one talks about
Sarah Chander
The Guardian, 20 May 2019
[Sarah Chander is advocacy officer at the European Network Against Racism]

With days to go until the polls open for the European parliament elections, most political parties are finding it a struggle to convey the relevance of the EU to voters (in 2014, voter turnout was just 42%). ...

... The EU's institutions, and its parliamentary seats, are all but closed to people who aren't white.

This is more evident than ever in the run-up to the current elections. Countless political debates are taking place on the future of the EU, but without a person of colour in sight. ...

While campaigners occasionally lament the lack of women in high positions in the EU's bodies, very little has been said about the abysmal representation of people of colour, despite estimates that at least 50 million people in Europe come from ethnic minorities. There has never been a black or brown European commissioner, nor has a black or brown person held any of the top positions of the parliament or council. In the current parliament, representation of people of colour is less than 3%, and Italy's Cécile Kyenge is the sole black woman. ...

... Fewer than 3% of all European parliament candidates are people of colour; and an even lower proportion is likely to be elected. As it stands, racial diversity in the European parliament will remain stagnant.

Why aren't we improving? Migration and changing demographics mean that Europe's population is increasingly diverse, but this is not translating into electoral politics. ...

... Left-leaning parties are overwhelmingly more inclusive than their rightwing counterparts, putting forward around 60% of all the candidates of colour. The Labour party in Britain, La France Insoumise and Sweden's Social Democrats came out top for racial representation – so if the UK does exit the EU, this will be an undeniable blow for diversity.
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Multiculturalism – Muslim immigration
Cardinal Burke: Limiting Muslim immigration is patriotic
Robert Duncan
Catholic Herald, 20 May 2019

Limiting the number of Muslims allowed to immigrate to traditionally Christian nations would be a prudent decision on the part of politicians, said U.S. Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke.

During a pro-life and pro-family conference in Rome May 17, the day before Italy's March for Life, Cardinal Burke outlined his views on immigration.

"To resist large-scale Muslim immigration in my judgment is to be responsible," Cardinal Burke said, responding to a written question.

Islam "believes itself to be destined to rule the world," he said. "You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see what has happened in Europe," the cardinal said, citing the large Muslim immigrant populations in France, Germany and Italy.

Cardinal Burke's comments are the latest addition to a debate among Catholics regarding the application of Gospel precepts to the large numbers of migrants arriving in Western nations from Africa and the Middle East. ...

Cardinal Burke said that the while the church must be generous to "individuals that are not able to find a way of living in their own country," this is not the case for many Muslim migrants, "who are opportunists." ...

Pope Francis has made a generous attitude toward migrants a cornerstone of his pontificate, underlining the Christian duty to "welcome the stranger" over political or demographic considerations, although he repeatedly has added that government leaders have a responsibility to assess how many migrants their countries truly can integrate. Such an assessment should include the financial costs of helping immigrants learn the local language and customs, the Pope has said.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Britain used to ask Muslims to move here. What happened to us?
Diana Darke
The Guardian, 9 May 2019

In the current climate of Islamophobia, I wonder how many British people are aware of a series of films made in the early 1960s, which were expressly designed to encourage people from Arab countries to come to Britain to work or study. The four films, all in Arabic, were made on behalf of the Foreign Office, and all begin with a mosque skyline and melodic chants of "Allahu Akbar", the start of the Muslim call to prayer. They are unapologetically religious, eager to show Arabic-speaking Muslims how welcoming Britain is, how Islamic institutions exist in Britain to cater to their cultural and religious traditions, as a friendly home from home.

Two of the four films are set in London, one in Manchester, the other in Cardiff. The cheerful Egyptian presenter drives from place to place in his Ford Anglia, interviewing local Muslims in their mosques, their offices and their homes. Most of the people we are introduced to are men, but a handful are women, including a Christian convert to Islam, now the proud mother of 10 children, after 16 years of marriage to a Yemeni man in Cardiff. ...

In London the presenter does a tour of the city's universities, including Soas and the London School of Economics, where an Iraqi student marvels that his experience is like living in "an international society". The British government shows "an interest in widening cultural boundaries" that he has observed over the five years he has lived in London. ...

The films were designed solely for showing abroad and were probably never seen in the UK at the time. ...

Yet despite such success stories, today more than a third of the UK population believes Islam is a threat to the British way of life, according to a report by the anti-fascist group Hope not Hate. ...

... If the British government's policy since 2010 had been to create an inclusive, multicultural society rather than a hostile, nationalistic one, many of today's political and societal dilemmas might have been avoided.
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Multiculturalism – blasphemy, Islam
We must have the right to blaspheme against Islam
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 6 May 2019

Thou shalt not insult Islam. Bizarrely, terrifyingly, this has become the creed of 21st-century Britain. Consider the Saatchi Gallery's decision to cover up two paintings after Muslim visitors complained they were offensive. ...

The works are by the pseudonymous artist SKU. The aim of the paintings was to explore how individuals become subjected to 'wider cultural, economic, moral and political forces'. But visitors were denied the ability to judge how successfully the paintings did this because they were covered up by Islam-respecting modesty sheets in response to complaints that they were 'blasphemous'. ...

It is also ironic. And riddled with double standards too. For the Saatchi art crowd has long presented itself as dangerous and sensational and willing to offend against orthodoxies. ...

Even more strikingly, the Saatchi collection then included 'The Holy Virgin Mary' by Chris Ofili, which is an Africanised painting of the mother of Christ that rests on two big slabs of elephant dung. It caused a storm in London in 1997 and even more so when it was displayed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1999. /.../ The museum refused to remove it. Saatchi's people didn't suggest covering it up. Nor did they talk up 'the sincerity of the complaints'. Which raises a big and awkward question: why is it okay for the edgy art world to 'insult' a Christian icon but not to 'blaspheme' against Islam?

... The Saudi-style covering-up of SKU's two paintings follows the shushing or shelving of other works of art or entertainment deemed to be offensive to Islam. Various theatres, including the Barbican and the Royal Court Theatre, have rewritten or cancelled works that might offend Muslims. Or witness the fire-and-brimstone condemnation that rains down on anyone who criticises or jokes about certain Islamic practices, whether it's the wearing of the niqab (Boris Johnson) or the 72 virgins thing (Louis Smith).

Student unions agitate for the banning of speakers who criticise Islam too harshly (whom they of course brand 'Islamophobic'). /.../ Even the Metropolitan Police recently decreed that it is 'Islamophobic' to describe Islam in any of the following ways: as a 'static' belief system, as 'other', as 'irrational', 'sexist' or 'aggressive', or as a 'political ideology'. Apparently anyone who holds these entirely legitimate views of Islam is guilty of an act of 'phobia' – which in essence means blasphemy.
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Multiculturalism – social cohesion
Do we really have that much in common? [part 1]
Trevor Phillips
UnHerd, 1 May 2019

I wish I had known the late MP, Jo Cox, murdered by an extremist just a year into what promised to be a long and distinguished political career. She seemed like my kind of person: leftish without being tribal, ready to change her mind /.../, and devoted to helping the poor internationally. She campaigned against anti-Muslim sentiment without being duped into backing Islamist extremists.

But her death is, increasingly being used as a way of demanding compliance to a politically 'woke' orthodoxy that will cause the very misery and division she entered politics to combat. At the risk of seeming insensitive, I think we need to call a halt to what the French might call the banalisation of her most well-known message: "We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us." It's just not true.

For example, the fact that many Muslims and fundamentalist Christians say they feel British is often cited as evidence that we are all on the same side in today's culture wars. But it doesn't explain the inconvenient fact that a majority of these groups sincerely don't want a gay teacher to stand in front of their children. The strident chants of the Muslim parents at the school gates won't be drowned out by another rendering of "Kumbaya" even if backed by other groups who might share their concerns, such as Orthodox Jews or evangelical Christians.

I think Jo Cox recognised that social cohesion does not come naturally. ... ... At the heart of her message was a recognition that some sincerely held differences will never be wished away by metropolitan intellectuals. If you truly respect diversity, you cannot just brush those differences aside.

Yet, in all too many cases, authorities, public and private are being bullied into pretending that these significant cultural differences do not really exist. Even now, for example, authorities in towns such as Rotherham and Rochdale remain reluctant to associate the child grooming scandals with social norms within the largely Pakistani Muslim neighbourhoods in which they took place. ...

This is odd; because these are often the very same authorities who defend 'multiculturalism', by which they mean accepting that some ethnic communities' divergent historic traditions may take precedence over prevailing mainstream norms. Some try to square the circle by airily asserting that time will bring us together. If so, I'd say that the change must be so slow as to be imperceptible.

To take a simple but disturbing example: in many parts of the world the practice of "cousin-marriage" is legally prohibited – China, Korea, half of the United States. Yet in some British communities the practice of cousin-marriage is regarded as unexceptional, and indeed desirable. There are fears that 'consanguinity' may be contributing to a rumoured increase in debilitating conditions among babies in these groups. But any widespread discussion of the cost, human and economic, of this phenomenon, has yet to take place for fear of 'stigmatising' such groups. ...
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Multiculturalism – social cohesion
Do we really have that much in common? [part 2]
Trevor Phillips
UnHerd, 1 May 2019

I could have chosen any of half a dozen examples of the pernicious real-world impact of the "more in common" delusion. It has led to silence on the racial factors in street grooming of white children, in knife crime, and in chronic educational failure – all of which are social issues that impose costs on everyone.

In each of these areas, even as the chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, I found it almost impossible to commission research on – for example – the reasons behind the educational out-performance of Asian children compared with other minority groups – a fact attested to by the government's own data. Nervousness about acknowledging racial difference that cannot simply be attributed to white prejudice prevents companies from collecting data that might help them to improve service to customers. It blocks systematic inquiry into the growing certainty that computer algorithms are daily making biased decisions.

The fiction is clung to most fiercely by liberal opinion – particularly white liberal opinion. Such behaviour on the part of whites can – it is said – be put down to their innate racism. We minority Britons, according to the liberal mind, should show no such prejudice. But surveys of friendship circles consistently make the same finding – that left to our devices, and absent economic pressures or obvious discrimination, minority Britons typically choose to spend our time with others like ourselves. Asian Britains are five times as likely as they should be to socialise with other Asians, Black Britons eight times as likely to socialise with other blacks.

And there is little sign that such preferences are fading among the young; if you don't believe me, stand outside any multiracial secondary school at the end of the day and count the number of single race groups walking home compared with the number of mixed groups. That's why, as one (white) American diversity trainer points out, the worst thing you can say to a person of colour is "I don't see you as black (or Asian)" or the just slightly less patronising "Young people are so much more open, they don't see race". If you really believe that nonsense you should have gone to Specsavers.

Yes, we may all aspire to peace and prosperity, love our families and, want to build comfortable homes and neighbourhoods. But however much we wish it were not so, we really aren't the same. And where ethnic and cultural groups sincerely hold different views – on, for example, attitudes to women or homosexuality – we need to accept that the gulf may never be bridged; either you believe that LGBT people are equal or you don't.

The things that unite us may be many and various – but some matters that divide us are decisive, literally black and white, and the sooner we admit it the better. I am sure there is work to do to understand and to navigate the divides; and to decide what to do when compromise proves impossible. But that work can't even be started until everybody stops pretending that we are all the same under the skin.
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Multiculturalism – diversity, integration
Tony Blair: migrants should be forced to integrate more to combat far right
Michael Savage
The Observer, 21 April 2019

Migrant communities must be compelled to do more to integrate to help combat the rise of "far-right bigotry", Tony Blair has warned.

The former prime minister said that successive governments had "failed to find the right balance between diversity and integration", while the concept of multiculturalism has been misused as a way to justify a "refusal to integrate".

Blair makes the pointed intervention in a report by his Institute for Global Change, which backs forcing schools to have an intake that reflects local diversity, creating a compulsory citizenship programme for teenagers and toughening enforcement against the perpetrators of hate speech.

It also calls for compulsory citizenship education, a ban on segregated shift patterns and the creation of a new cabinet post created to oversee integration. ...

However, in remarks likely to attract criticism from migrant rights groups, Blair warns that enforcing greater integration by new arrivals is a crucial part of solving the issue.

Blair writes: "In this report, we make it clear that there is a duty to integrate, to accept the rules, laws and norms of our society that all British people hold in common and share, while at the same time preserving the right to practise diversity, which is fully consistent with such a duty.

"Without the right to, for example, practise one's faith, diversity would have no content; but without the duty to integrate, 'culture' or 'faith' can be used as a way of upsetting that basic social contract that binds us together.

"Government cannot and should not be neutral on this question. It has to be a passionate advocate and, where necessary, an enforcer of the duty to integrate while protecting the proper space for diversity. Integration is not a choice; it is a necessity."
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Multiculturalism – integration, Islam
Dutch professor: "No Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims"
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 7 March 2019

Based on his 20-year-long studies on integration and assimilation, Dutch professor of sociology Ruud Koopmans has come to the conclusion that Muslims are more difficult to integrate than other migrant groups.

Ruud Koopmans claims than no Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims.

"Muslims are much worse at integration than other groups of migrants, and there is no doubt that in most other groups of migrants, we see great progress from one generation to the next. Although it's not completely absent in Muslims, the change is much slower," he told Danish newspaper Berlingske recently.

Around 65 percent of the Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in six European countries consider religious rules to be more important than the secular law of the country in which they live.

Muslims consider themselves separate from other non-Muslim groups, and refrain from broader interaction with those outside their religion.

The fundamentalist interpretation of the Quran, which is prevalent among Muslims, prevents them from being integrated into Western countries.

And up to 50 percent of Muslims in Europe hold fundamentalist beliefs. By contrast, the proportion of fundamentalists among Christians is much lower, at less than 4 percent, according to Koopmans' data. ...

"The main problem is how many Muslims and, globally, many Muslim countries interpret Islam. Namely, in a way that basically claims that the Quran and the Sunna must be taken literally, and that the way the Prophet lived in the 7th century must be the yardstick for how Muslims should live in the 21st century."

"Such a brand of Islam is, firstly, a threat to world peace. Secondly, it prevents integration," Koopmans concluded.
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Multiculturalism – treason
Willing ISIS Brides Should Be Tried for Treason
Scott McConnell
American Conservative, 1 March 2019

In liberal circles, a wave of empathy is building for the "foreign fighters" of ISIS who desire to return to their Western lives. The tip of this iceberg is the very publicized case of Shamima Begum, the 19-year-old former Londoner who flew from Gatwick four years ago with two other girls her age to join the Islamic State. ...

Treat her "with compassion," urges the liberal Guardian. Naturally, her attorney describes her as a "victim." ...

... So paradoxically /.../ the more Britain and other Western countries flagellate themselves over their historical misdeeds and purported racism, the less able they are to attract the loyalties of ethnic outsiders. So long as multiculturalism means, as it now does in the contemporary West, that every ethnic group is supposed to find cultural power and meaning and self-esteem in promoting its roots and heritage, and so long as the assigned role for whites is to wallow in the sins of their ancestors, radical hate-the-West groups will appear compelling to minorities.

Reading through some of the personal accounts of other Western jihadis, one shouldn't doubt the appeal of radical doctrine. ...

At bottom, it's a question of attitude. Young people are attracted to societies and organizations that exhibit faith in their own legitimacy and are willing to sacrifice for it. Whatever one might say about Shamima Begum and her cohorts, they aren't cowards and they aren't snowflakes. Their reappearance now raises the question of whether the West believes in itself sufficiently to punish its traitors and rally those who want it to have a future. The verdict is still out on that.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, public opinion
Third of people in UK view Islam as a threat to the British way of life in wake of 2017 terror attacks, poll finds
Faith Ridler
MailOnline, 18 February 2019

Islam is seen as a threat to the British way of life by more than a third of people in the UK, a report by anti-racism group Hope not Hate has found.

The group's annual State of Hate review found that 35 per cent of 10,000 people quizzed believe Islam is generally a threat to the country's culture.

Around 49 per cent of those who voted Conservative in the 2017 general election thought it was generally incompatible. This compares to 22 per cent of Labour supporters.

Polling conducted in July 2018 also found 32 per cent of those asked believe there are 'no-go' areas in Britain where sharia law 'dominates and non-Muslims cannot enter'. ...

Hope not Hate found young people were far more likely to see the benefits of multiculturalism than their parents and grandparents.

Some 76 per cent of 18 to 24 year olds felt that diversity was integral to British culture - less than half of those aged over 65 agreed.

The organisation also found that fears about immigration have shifted to anti-Muslim prejudice over the past eight years. ...

The report stated that attitudes towards Muslims in Britain had improved between 2011 and 2016 - but the spate of terror attacks in the UK in 2017 had a lasting impact on public perceptions. ...

Britain suffered five terror attacks over the year at Westminster, Manchester Arena, London Bridge, Finsbury Park and Parsons Green.
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Multiculturalism – moral relativism
Shamima Begum is something worse than a criminal
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 18 February 2019

To see how broken the cultural elite's moral compass is, simply compare their response to the Covington schoolboys with what they've been saying about Shamima Begum since she was discovered in a refugee camp in Syria last week.

Their fury over the Covington boys was instant and unhinged. The boys did nothing wrong – unless you think it is a crime to sing sporty songs in response to mad verbal abuse from religious extremists, as the boys did when members of the Black Hebrew Israelites hurled epithets at them outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. And yet these boys were made into global hate figures, denounced as white supremacists, their likenesses reproduced everywhere as 21st-century demonic images that every good person had a duty to be horrified by.

In stark, alarming contrast, the same sections of the opinion-forming set that raged against those boys have treated Ms Begum with sympathy and charity. This despite the fact that she absolutely has done something wrong. Beyond wrong, in fact. She travelled thousands of miles to join a neo-fascistic cult that massacres Kurds and Iraqis and Syrians, beheads dissenters, executes homosexuals, treats women as imbeciles, and inspires its Western backers to carry out barbaric attacks on men, women and children across Europe. She betrayed her nation in the most grotesque way. She is, in every meaning of the word, a traitor. And yet what do the chattering classes give her? The benefit of the doubt. The promise of redemption. She's a victim, they say, who was groomed and brainwashed, and now we must bring her home and remake her.

Teenage boys were denounced for nothing. Begum is talked about sympathetically despite having made herself the willing supplicant of a movement that massacred Britain's own children, in Manchester, alongside revellers and shoppers everywhere from London Bridge to Berlin to Nice. This chasm-sized disparity between the animus heaped upon those innocent boys and the excuse-making afforded to Ms Begum demands an explanation. For no normal or good society condemns the innocent while extending the hand of understanding to those who support a barbaric foreign army that dreams of destroying said society. So what has happened?

Partly it is down to the politics of identity. /.../ The things being said about Begum – that she was groomed, that she's a victim – would never be said about a 15-year-old white boy who ran off to join a neo-Nazi movement that executed thousands of people for the crime of being non-white. There is an implicit racism and sexism in the idea that Begum has less moral culpability than a white male of her age would have.

But more broadly, the confused moral debate over Begum's fate, which has now morphed into a debate about what should become of the hundreds of other Brits who ran away to join ISIS, speaks to the institutional cowardice of the 21st-century West and particularly of the British state and Britain's elites. ...

... Our societies have seriously lost their moral bearings, their very sense of themselves as nations with values and ideals and rules. And it is this that fuels both the new rash judgementalism and the tyranny of non-judgementalism.
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Multiculturalism – terrorism
This isn't your home anymore, Shamima
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 14 February 2019

To see the staggering narcissism and sense of entitlement that exists among certain sections of British youth today, look no further than the comments made by Shamima Begum. This is the young woman from London who ran away to join ISIS. Who turned her back on liberal democracy in favour of life in a 7th-century Islamic caliphate. Who rejected Britain and ran into the arms of a vicious and backward movement that despises Britain and everything it stands for. Who turned her back on her family, her community and her nation and shacked up with a fundamentalist army that has massacred British citizens, whether by slitting their throats in the Syrian desert or killing their children with homemade bombs packed with nails and screws. And yet there is Ms Begum today, on the front page of The Times, saying she wants to come 'home'. Well, I'm sorry Shamima – this isn't your home anymore.

... Begum says she just wants to 'come home and live quietly with my child' (she is reportedly nine months pregnant) and she says she's confident her and her child will be 'taken care of'. There's the casual, implicitly arrogant assumption that it is absolutely fine that she holds values that run directly, violently counter to British values. She says she has no regrets about joining ISIS and that the sight of severed human heads in dustbins 'didn't faze me at all', seemingly unmoved by the fact that the vast majority of Britons will find such views morally and dangerously repellent.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Western/MENA attitudes to religion portray a lack of faith in common values
Dr Joel Rogers de Waal
YouGov, 3 February 2019

YouGov was recently commissioned by the Muslim Council of Elders to conduct a multi-country study on attitudes to religion in the West and Middle East/North Africa region, in support of an interfaith meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Shaikh Ahmed Mohammad al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi on 5th February.

The research included online surveys in France, Germany, Britain, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ...

As findings show, substantial portions of Western respondents in the survey perceived a clash between Islam and the values of society in their country.

This included nearly half of respondents in France (46%) and Germany (47%), and a plurality in the United States (36%) and Britain (38%) who chose this statement. Notably smaller portions chose the alternative statement – that Islam is generally compatible with the values of society in their country – including 22% in France, 20% in Germany, 17% in the United States and 24% in Britain.

In a separate survey experiment for the purpose of comparison, only 14% of US respondents perceived such a clash with Buddhism, with similar or matching results for Sikhism (15%) and Hinduism (14%). Likewise, only 6% of British respondents perceived a values clash with Buddhism, while just 8% said the same for both Sikhism and Hinduism. ...

Nearly half of French respondents (49%) said they felt either fairly (18%) or very (31%) unfavourable towards Islam, compared with 19% who were unfavourable towards Judaism, 13% unfavourable towards Hinduism, 14% unfavourable towards Sikhism, 9% unfavourable towards Buddhism, and 15% unfavourable towards Christianity.

53% of German respondents were unfavourable towards Islam, compared with a range of only 10% to 22% who were unfavourable to the other religions listed.

The United States and Britain showed a similar trend but with smaller portions overall who felt unfavourable towards Islam (37% and 32% respectively).

Clear majorities of Western respondents in the study also described themselves as either very or fairly concerned about the possible rise of extremism in Islam, including 72% in both France and Germany, 66% in Britain and 56% in the United States.
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Multiculturalism – Australia, Western civilisation
Western Civ: it's not just for white people anymore
Salvatore Babones
Spectator Australia, 19 January 2019

When the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation generously offered to fund 'Western Civ' courses at Australian universities, critics at the ANU and University of Sydney inevitably expressed their gratitude with accusations of racism. They say that Western Civ. has no place in a multicultural society. Teaching Western Civ. is somehow construed as an insult both to indigenous and immigrant Australians, which, when you think about it, really includes just about everyone.

Racism doesn't seem to be such a problem for the University of Wollongong, which has agreed to host the first Ramsay Centre degree, to be called the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation). In fact, it will create a new school within its faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts just for the occasion. That's right: to find Western civilisation in Australia, head to Wollongong.

But the idea that Australians of Chinese, Indian, or Aboriginal backgrounds are somehow congenitally non-Western is itself racist. The idea that Chinese, Indian, and indigenous students of any nationality would not want to enrol in a Western civilisation course is worse than racist – it's patronising.

There's nothing racist about teaching an Australian medical student of Chinese descent Western medicine instead of traditional Chinese medicine, Australian law instead of Chinese law. A course in Western civilisation is no different. It's not racist to offer Western Civ. It's racist not to offer it – if multiculturalism is offered as the excuse. ...

Australian universities certainly should celebrate Australia's – and the world's – many cultures. Everyone should study a foreign language, admire the world's artistic heritage, travel a bit, and sample as many as possible of the world's distinctive cuisines. Australia is blessed to be a country of many cultures, and they are all worth experiencing. But our universities should teach our own civilisation, first, foremost, and perhaps even exclusively. After all, it's the only civilisation we have.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, USA, Europe
Rep André Carson Predicts Sizable 'Muslim Caucus' By 2030. Is He Correct, And Will It Matter?
Scott Morefield
Townhall, 14 January 2019

Democratic Rep. André Carson made news last week by predicting that there could be as many as 30 to 35 Muslims in Congress and possibly even a Muslim president or vice president by the year 2030.

Speaking to attendees at a "Community Congressional Reception" hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Thursday, the Indiana congressman welcomed newly elected Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib - both of whom were in attendance and spoke later - and celebrated the likelihood that their election victories were just the tip of the iceberg that's to come.

"It's more than just about having three Muslims in Congress," said Carson. "I think symbolically it has great value, but I won't rest until 2020 we have five more members of Congress; 2022 and 24, we have 10 more Muslims in Congress. In 2030 we may have about 30, 35 Muslims in Congress." ...

... PEW Research predicts the Muslim population in the United States could reach 8.1 million by 2050. If so, it would comprise 2.1 percent of the total population, almost twice the current 1.1 percent share. Sounds reasonable. However, the same article acknowledges that the Muslim population "has been growing rapidly" from its originally small base due to "higher fertility rates among Muslim Americans as well as the continued migration of Muslims to the U.S." ...

Thanks to its physical proximity to Muslim countries so many are desperate to leave, Western Europe is in an entirely different situation. According to PEW Research, the share of Muslims on the continent grew from 19.5 million to 25.8 million (from 3.8 percent to almost 5 percent) from 2010 to 2016 alone. "By 2050, the share of the continent's population that is Muslim could more than double, rising to 11.2% or more, depending on how much migration is allowed into Europe," writes PEW, adding that even if migration were "permanently halted" (something we all know probably won't happen anytime soon), the "relative youth and high fertility rates" of Muslims currently living in Europe would still cause the population to rise to 7.4 percent.

Some countries project even higher in 2050, should migration continue at current rates - Germany at 19.7 percent, UK at 17.2 percent, France at 18 percent and Sweden at 30.6 percent.

What isn't projected, and what isn't generally spoken of in polite circles, is where things go from there. ...

Yes, most individual Muslims are doubtless good people who, like most immigrants, simply want the best for themselves and their families. But you can do your own research and come to your own conclusions on the virtues and drawbacks of Muslim majority countries. (I will ask this though - If they are so great, why are so many people itching to leave them?)

You can also decide for yourself whether or not you want to live in one.

For now.

Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, on the other hand, may not be so fortunate.
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Multiculturalism – segregated schools, USA
'I Love My Skin!' Why Black Parents Are Turning to Afrocentric Schools
Eliza Shapiro
New York Times, 8 January 2019

"I love myself!" the group of mostly black children shouted in unison. "I love my hair, I love my skin!" When it was time to settle down, their teacher raised her fist in a black power salute. The students did the same, and the room hushed. ...

It was a typical morning at Ember Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, an Afrocentric school that sits in a squat building on a quiet block in a neighborhood long known as a center of black political power.

Though New York City has tried to desegregate its schools in fits and starts since the 1954 Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education, the school system is now one of the most segregated in the nation. But rather than pushing for integration, some black parents in Bedford-Stuyvesant are choosing an alternative: schools explicitly designed for black children. ...

"Some of us are pro-integration, some of us are anti- and others are ambivalent," said Lurie Daniel Favors, a member of Parenting While Black, a newly formed group of Brooklyn parents. "Even if integrated education worked perfectly – and our society spent the past 60-plus years trying – it's still not giving black children the kind of education necessary to create the solutions our communities need."

Children of any race may apply to an Afrocentric school, though they are overwhelmingly black. Some have sizable numbers of Hispanic students – Ember, which goes from kindergarten to eighth grade and is about a third Hispanic, incorporates Spanish into the students' morning affirmation – but the schools typically have few or no white applicants. ...

With the city's approval, any principal can adopt a black-centric curriculum – with black teachers, and a focus on black culture in literature, history and art classes – as long as the school complies with state educational standards. ...

And though a recent study found that some Afrocentric charter schools are low-performing, they remain popular among parents and many educators. Milwaukee and Chicago both have prominent black-centric charter schools. /.../ New Afrocentric public schools and programs have recently sprouted in Washington, D.C., and Oakland, Calif.
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Multiculturalism – diversity
Where Tories fear to tread
Alistair Miller
Conservative Woman, 3 January 2019

What Conservative politicians have long ceased to stand for are recognisably conservative principles in any shape or form. ...

... But the globalists' failure to define the nation in any substantive sense other than by appeal to vacuous 'British values', or to acknowledge the existence of a national culture, renders sovereignty a hollow shell. 'Global Britain', that multicultural microcosm of the wider world, an economic black hole into which migrant labour and foreign capital flow freely, an international business park in which people count only as factors of production to be shunted around, is devoid of meaning or sense to true conservatives.

Here are the sorts of question to which conservatives ought to have answers: /.../ Do the English people have a distinctive national culture? Does 'English civilisation' exist? If it does exist, is it worth preserving and transmitting to future generations? Should it be transmitted to newcomers, who would thereby be assimilated? Is there anything to distinguish mass immigration, or immigration without assimilation, from colonisation? Is Britain still 'a Christian country'? Are 'multiculture', 'diversity', 'inclusivity' and 'tolerance' necessarily goods to be encouraged and celebrated – or is 'multiculturalism' simply a recipe for segregation? Is the 'white flight' of the English from the cities and suburbs to the counties, which Ed West described in The Diversity Illusion as 'perhaps the biggest shift westwards since the Anglo-Saxon invasion', a cause for concern?

These are awkward questions to raise in a multicultural society where 'diversity' has been elevated to the status of a moral imperative. For modern-day conservatives belonging to the political and media class, it seems they can be passed over in silence. So long as newcomers whose culture and way of life is alien to our own sign up to concocted 'British values' ('diversity', 'inclusivity' and 'tolerance'), we can rest assured that they will play their full part in a vibrant diverse multicultural society. ...

But the problem remains: in a multicultural society, it is the indigenous English who are deprived of their identity. One need only consider the outrage that would greet plans to establish a school for English children transmitting English culture, beliefs and traditions. For the dominant majority, whose culture has been condemned as colonialist, oppressive and constitutionally racist, the only remedy is immersion in multiculture, through which their crimes, their white guilt, can be purged. Throw in the perverse paraphernalia of identity politics (the natural accompaniment to multiculture) – 'hate crime', the censorship of free speech, 'no platforming', 'safe spaces', 'micro-aggression', diversity quotas, 'cultural appropriation', 'Islamophobia', 'transphobia' and so forth – and the destruction of the old culture is complete.

... But for the predominantly white English of the cities and northern towns, who increasingly feel they are strangers in their own land, who would rather share their culture, their ways, their memories with old or new neighbours, the celebration of 'diversity' is not an option. To them, what is going on seems more like cultural suicide.

Their anger is growing. But who will speak for them?
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Multiculturalism – secular religion
The great awokening
Toby Young
The Spectator, 3 January 2019

Is the social justice movement that's sweeping British and American universities a secular religion? /.../ No doubt the same could be said of most political ideologies, but there's one aspect of left-wing identity politics in which it reveals itself as more cult-like than other belief systems. I'm thinking of its magical component.

This was brought to my attention by the psychiatrist and blogger Scott Alexander. In a post entitled 'Devoodooifying Psychology', he compared the concept of 'stereotype threat' to a voodoo hex. Stereotype threat holds that if a person is expected to perform badly in a test because she's a member of a particular group, she will perform badly. It is invoked by the social justice left to explain the under-performance of women in Stem subjects, as well as other group discrepancies. Alexander means two things by this. First, that the effect of stereotyping someone, according to the theory, is similar to that of a voodoo curse, negatively affecting their performance. Second, that the effect isn't real. Stereotype threat is one of the casualties of the 'replication crisis' afflicting psychology, with researchers unable to replicate this finding.

Another example Alexander gives is 'unconscious bias'. This is the idea that people, particularly straight white men, are influenced by biases they aren't aware of that lead them to discriminate against women and minorities. Informing people of their biases, usually by making them take an implicit association test, is one of the key elements of diversity training, which has become an $8 billion-a-year industry in the US even though study after study has shown it doesn't work. A belief in unconscious bias isn't confined to members of the intersectionality cult, but they have latched on to it, partly because it enables them to claim racism and sexism are responsible for a host of outcome discrepancies in spite of the evidence that bigotry and prejudice have declined significantly in the past 30 years while many outcome discrepancies have remained stable. Again, there is something deeply irrational about this: a belief in an unseen force that is responsible for many of society's ills.

In Psychology Today, the sociologist Jason Manning expanded on this theme, pointing out that blaming stereotype threat and implicit bias for the underperformance of certain groups has something in common with the belief in the 'evil eye'. /.../ As with stereotype threat and unconscious bias, the 'evil eye' is believed to be capable of having this effect even if the jealous person doesn't intend it to. ...

The same belief in magic reveals itself in the claim that certain words or ideas associated with 'white privilege' are a form of 'epistemic violence', capable of wreaking untold psychological damage on women and minorities. /.../ In this context, the 'safe spaces' that have been created in universities, in which students are protected from the harmful effects of these spells, are a bit like churches – holy places where evil cannot penetrate.

What's distinctive about members of the social justice left is not that they don't believe in magic – they clearly do – but that the supernatural forces that govern their universe are all malevolent. Theirs is a religion bereft of a divine being. There are only white Devils.
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National identity – discomfort
Diversity, discomfort and my lament for a lost London
Tom Smail
Prospect, 8 May 2019

I live in Harringay, Green Lanes, in the long, elegant stretch between Manor House and Turnpike Lane. ...

... Despite the delights of Green Lanes, I find myself progressively overwhelmed by diversity. I miss Englishness. I miss English. ...

It is not the fault of any immigrant that I have chosen to live in a predominantly non-English area. But having seen London change over 35 years, I am finding it hard to appreciate the positive aspects without concern. Immigration has become not, as I once thought, a welcome addition to the English way of life, but a source of disquiet. And quite simply because of its scale. The immigration we have experienced in the last two decades is unparalleled in British history: an average net figure, according to the Office for National Statistics, of over 220,000 people annually for the past 22 years. ...

... The mere fact that people are not talking English is no longer unusual; in several corners of the UK it is the norm. I speak four languages and am fascinated by accents and dialects. But the multiplicity of languages outside my front door and the almost total absence of English English leave me feeling like a stranger in a once familiar land.

To talk of feeling thus in one's own country or to suggest that scale matters when discussing immigration are both considered inadmissible opinions by those who do not regard such things as important. But I cannot accept that the numerous Britons who hold these views are all racists. Large-scale immigration necessarily has a far-reaching effect on that which many people value, namely the character of their society. It is an instrument of profound change. I don't know how one bridges the divide between those who passionately advocate globalisation and relatively open borders, and those who, while celebrating the diversity of humanity, believe in the worth of smaller subsets.

Whatever you may think of the concept of national identity, there is undoubtedly a bond that exists between people who share history, geography, culture and language. ...

It is not that I prefer English people to other people. Frequently I do not. It is that, in order to have a functioning, cohesive society, there needs to be some shared sense of what that society is. National identity resides in memories, myths and traditions. A confident sense of national identity, interestingly, is an essential prerequisite for successful integration. People settling in a new land need to feel they are becoming part of something positive. Our own sense of national identity took a battering post-empire: everything that Britain had been was largely discredited, at least in liberal and educated circles, and there was little of substance to take its place. ...

Matthew D'Ancona, writing in the Guardian in 2018, asserted: "Beneath all the talk of 'control' and 'global Britain,' there is the germ of an extremely unpleasant nativism." There are indeed some highly unsavoury views of foreigners licensed by the Brexit moment and Trump. But there are many who believe in Europe, are well travelled, educated and hospitable, people who do not hate foreigners, but simply feel quietly unnerved at the scale of the changes afoot. People like me.
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National identity – public opinion, Australia
European and English-speaking migrants back immigration cuts and fear Australia is losing its identity
Mary Mrad
Daily Mail Australia, 14 April 2019

European and English-speaking migrants are more likely to back immigration cuts as they fear Australia is losing its cultural identity.

Migrants from these nations are less likely to support those born in other countries, with 58 per cent agreeing immigration should be cut, a survey by the Australian Population Research Institute has found.

However, two-thirds of Asian migrants favour an increase in migrant numbers and disagree with the idea that Australia's identity is disappearing.

Report authors Dr Bob Birrell and Dr Katharine Betts also found non-graduates are more likely to support the cuts compared to university graduates.

There were 67 per cent of graduates who supported an increase in immigration.

Dr Birrell and Dr Betts told the Herald Sun that second-generation migrants are more skeptical about immigration.

'These migrants have become an important part of a voter base worried about immigration,' they said.

However the survey also found that 58 per cent of Australian-born individuals agreed Australia was in danger of losing its identity and 47 per cent of voters supported 'a partial ban' on Muslim immigration.
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Official discrimination – police, diversity
Physics graduate, 25, who was turned down by police force where his detective inspector father works for not being disabled, black, transgender or gay finally gets officer job
Henry Martin
MailOnline, 31 May 2019

A police applicant who was rejected for being a white heterosexual male is now set to join the force after it was found to have discriminated against him.

Matthew Furlong, 25, wanted to follow in the footsteps of his detective inspector father Liam, 52, when he applied for a job with Cheshire Police - where his father still works - in 2017. ...

Now police forces across the country are reviewing their policies regarding so-called 'positive action' and diversity.

An employment tribunal found Cheshire Constabulary discriminated against Mr Furlong on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and sex.

Lawyers for Mr Furlong said a settlement had been reached with the force and he would be joining as a student officer in September. ...

Mr Furlong's employment tribunal in Liverpool heard that in 2015 chief officers at Cheshire Police launched an 'action plan' to recruit more black, Asian and female officers. ...

Mr Furlong had been among about 675 candidates who applied to join Cheshire Police in September 2017 and was shortlisted a month later.

He was invited for interview, along with 182 others, in November, and although the interview went well, with an inspector on the panel telling Mr Furlong he had been 'refreshingly well-prepared', he was rejected six days later.

Mr Furlong had been among 34 white male non-disabled candidates who were unsuccessful.

All the black candidates were offered roles.

In feedback Mr Furlong was told there were not enough vacancies for all the 127 candidates who had passed the interview stage, but Judge Grundy found the force had set the interview pass threshold 'artificially low' and candidates were awarded a simple pass or fail - meaning substantial numbers were 'deemed equal'.

The judge said the force did this so it could appoint officers from minority groups ahead of the best scoring people, concluding that Mr Furlong would have been offered a position had the force not applied 'positive action', and so he had been discriminated against.
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Politics – Brexit, diversity, population growth
What the UK population will look like by 2061 under hard, soft or no Brexit scenarios
Nik Lomax, Paul Norman, Philip Rees and Pia Wohland
The Conversation, 30 May 2019

In a new study, we produced a range of population projections for the UK to the year 2061, based on assumptions about what would happen to international migration under three Brexit scenarios: no Brexit, a soft Brexit and a hard Brexit. ...

Population growth is a key driver of demand for housing, infrastructure, school places, health care and consumption, and so population projections are essential for the effective planning of these services. Of the components which make up these projections, international migration is the least predictable, yet has a large impact on the size and composition of the population. Our scenarios therefore used different assumptions about future immigration policy.

For the no Brexit scenario we extrapolated trends seen in UK total immigration and emigration flows between 1991 and 2014. According to our model, this scenario would see population growth for the next few decades, with a population in 2061 of 86.9m.

For soft Brexit, we took the long-term assumption for net international migration in the national population projections of the Office for National Statistics, based on the population at the end of June 2014. Our model assumed that the free movement of EU citizens would continue, but that a combination of factors would make the UK less attractive to migrants. Under this scenario, the UK population would continue to grow, but at a slower rate than the no Brexit scenario, and by 2061 the total population is projected to be 82.9m.

Under the hard Brexit scenario, we translated the 2010 Conservative Party pledge to reduce net international migration to "fewer than tens of thousands" into assumptions about immigration and emigration flows. Under this scenario, population growth would be slower, reaching 78.1m in 2061.

Taken together, this means that the UK population would be 8.8m people smaller by 2061 under a hard Brexit, compared to if the UK did not leave the EU. ...

Our results also showed that the different scenarios would have an impact on the ethnic composition of the population. Understanding the ethnic composition of the population is important for ensuring equality of opportunity and in reducing discrimination. The breakdown is also required for effective planning, because different ethnic groups have varying needs for health care and social care, particularly through the provision of informal care and education through language provision. These differences in need for different services were highlighted by a 2017 comprehensive audit of all UK government data, which revealed that disparities aren't uniform across all domains for all ethnicities.

As a crude measure, we were able to assess the proportion of the population who aren't white British or Irish. Under all three of our scenarios, this proportion rises. The 2016 figure was around 17.5%. Under a no Brexit scenario, this rises to 41.9% in 2061. A soft Brexit would see the figure rise to 40.4%, and a hard Brexit to 35.6%. Part of the reason for this rise, no matter what assumptions are made about international migration, is due to demographic momentum, as ethnic minority populations who are relatively young continue to grow as they form families and have children.
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Politics – Conservative Party
New Conservative leader should abandon UK migration pledge
Financial Times, 29 May 2019
[Leading article by the newspaper's editorial board]

At least one good thing could come out of the Conservative party's succession crisis: the party now has a chance to reset migration policy and ditch the failed target to limit net migration to tens of thousands per year. Candidates for the leadership have a chance to prove their claims to believe in a liberal, open Britain. ...

The net migration pledge, originally made by David Cameron in 2011, became a signature policy of outgoing prime minister Theresa May, who was responsible for hitting it during her time as home secretary. But the Conservative party has already started to turn against it: in recent cabinet meetings it was reportedly opposed by other ministers including Philip Hammond, the chancellor, and current home secretary Sajid Javid, who refused to commit publicly to the target when unveiling a white paper on post-Brexit migration policy last year. ...

Plans to abolish the cap on skilled workers who come in through the so-called Tier 2 visa scheme are sensible. The government should also reconsider a 12-month limit on unskilled migrants and a suggested £30,000 minimum income. The time limit could discourage migrants from putting down long-term roots, preventing them from integrating, and inflaming tensions further. Meanwhile, British businesses have pointed out that many of those people the country needs, such as care and construction workers, often earn less than £30,000 a year.

The Tories should allow the pledge to expire with Mrs May's premiership.
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Politics – public opinion, Scotland
Scotland's dirty little secret: we're as anti-immigration as England
Stephen Daisley
Spectator blog, 13 May 2019

Among the many national conversations postponed is one on immigration. ...

For Nationalists, this is just another way Westminster holds Scotland back. The Scottish Government is pro-immigration and an independent Scotland, free from the draconian migration system favoured by the Little Englanders could flourish – or so the theory runs. The Scottish Government might be pro-immigration but the Scottish people are not. This is our dirty little secret: we congratulate ourselves on how tolerant and welcoming we are but, in truth, Scots are hostile to immigration. Polling conducted last month found that 45 per cent of Scots think too many migrants are entering the country, an increase of six per cent on last year. 37 per cent think the current level of migration is about right, while only six per cent want to see more. Somewhat uncomfortably for the SNP, 48 per cent of those who voted for independence in the 2014 referendum believe immigration is too high.

This is perplexing to the Four Ps of the Scottish ruling class – politicians, policy-makers, professors and pundits – because they are uniformly pro-immigration and know almost no one who disagrees with them. They have spent so long reciting their mantras about how different Scotland is from England they forgot to stop and check with Scotland first. If they had, they would know that 72 per cent of Scots told the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey they wanted immigration cut. They would know too that Scottish public opinion of low-skilled immigration is indistinguishable from the rest of the UK. A 2017 poll for British Future found 63 per cent of Scots want to cut the number of low-skilled EU migrants while 69 per cent want a crackdown on those from outside the EU. The UK-wide figures are 64 per cent and 67 per cent.

What should trouble immigration liberals even more is that Scotland shows no sign of replicating the pro-migration trend in UK-wide public opinion. In the same period that anti-immigration attitudes rose by six percentage points in Scotland, they fell by seven points across the UK as a whole. Bear in mind, too, that Scotland has seen nothing like the levels of immigration the rest of the UK has. ...

... On immigration, as on so much else, Scotland's distinct political culture is exaggerated and sooner or later the facts will have to be faced.
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Politics – Islamism, Change UK
Change UK says criticism by Muslim community groups is 'smear campaign'
Jon Stone
Independent, 26 April 2019

New centrist party Change UK has responded to criticism by Muslim community groups of one of its candidates by branding it a "smear campaign" and suggesting its critics are "cultists".

Nora Mulready was criticised by the Muslim Council of Britain and racism reporting service Tell MAMA after comments emerged in which she appeared to conflate Islam with terrorism, questioned Pakistani immigration, and suggested the concerns of far-right leader Tommy Robinson should be acknowledged.

The party has already had two candidates step down since its European elections launch on Tuesday over racially-charged offensive tweets, but appears to have dug-in on Ms Mulready's comments.

A spokesperson from the party's press office confirmed Ms Mulready was still a candidate as of Thursday morning, and characterised the criticism as a "smear campaign against her".

The candidate's local London branch of the party tweeted: "Nora Mulready is an incredible candidate for @theindgroup – someone with the guts to say things as they are". ...

In the aftermath of the London Bridge terror attack in June 2017 Ms Mulready had urged politicians to point the finger at Islam, tweeting: "Will Cobra meeting [in response to the attack] have integrity to call threat by its name? We cannot deal with it if we can't even name it. Islamism, a strand of Islam."

She also argued that it was a "fallacy that Islamism is nothing to do with Islam" and that radical Islamism could be "Koranically justified". ...

On another occasion in 2018 Ms Mulready drew links between religious unrest in Pakistan and immigration to Britain, warning that riots in favour of blasphemy laws in the country showed that some "immigration brings with it some very regressive cultural values".

Writing in defence of her comments in The Independent today, Ms Mulready wrote: ...

"I have never – not once – expressed anti-Muslim hatred or bigotry. I have always been clear that any criticisms I may make are about Islamism, and conservative Islamic cultures or beliefs; never Muslims. I am horrified, appalled and deeply upset to have been targeted by what appears to be an active campaign of smears and lies from hard-left activists and the MCB."
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Politics – Conservative Party
To hell with what the public want on migration
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 25 April 2019

In 1997 net migration was 48,000. It almost trebled to 140,000 in 1998 and has not fallen below 100,000 a year since. The Labour government's reaction to the mass immigration they had unleashed was astonishingly a continual easing of restrictions on work migration, the theory being that migrants were an economic and social boon. ...

In fairness to the Tories, they took heed of the increasing public disquiet felt for the unprecedented scale of immigration and committed to dealing with it. In a speech to the Conservative Party in April 2011, David Cameron explained why the 2010 election manifesto included the promise to reduce net migration to its pre-1997 levels. He pointed to the fact that easing restrictions on economic migration after 1997 had, by 2009, resulted in '2.2 million more people coming to live in this country than had left to live abroad.'

In the same speech Cameron (bearing in mind that Theresa May was Home Secretary) repeated the election promise: 'But with us, our borders will be under control and immigration will be at levels our country can manage. No ifs. No buts. That's a promise we made to the British people. And it's a promise we are keeping.' The promise was of course also made in both the 2015 and 2017 general elections. I should add that it is a policy that almost three-quarters of the public would still like to see kept.

But it seems promises are made to be broken. The Home Secretary has effectively abandoned any notion of achieving net migration below 100,000, while the Chancellor has publicly encouraged both the EU and British business to demand more concessions on immigration when the trade talks get under way. ...

The Government appear not only to have reverted to Labour's mantra of economic migration being an unalloyed benefit but also added another of 'To hell with the wishes of the electorate'. ...

We estimate that annual net migration will be about 270,000 (approximately 10 per cent below its five-year average) if the minimum salary for skilled workers is kept at £30,000 a year. However, in the likely event that a lower salary limit of £25,000 or even £21,000 were to be adopted, millions more jobs would be opened to worldwide competition and net migration would head towards its previous peak of around a third of a million a year. The proportion of foreign inflows that were non-EU would be nearly three-quarters compared to two-thirds over recent years.

In arriving at our estimates, we have not even included the additional impact that will result from expanding the Youth Mobility Scheme to EU citizens nor the significant numbers likely to take advantage of a temporary low-skill work visa (allowing access for up to a year); this visa has been designed to bring low-paid workers into the labour market while keeping them out of the long-term UK immigration statistics. ...

... Can the public be blamed for being deeply angered at the sight of both Labour and the Tories running roughshod over their well-founded concerns, with some 38 million still wishing to see migration reduced to the tens of thousands?
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Politics – Labour Party
The madness of David Lammy
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 15 April 2019

Is there any politician more hateful than David Lammy right now? /.../ From his naked contempt for the millions who voted for Brexit, whose 'wisdom' he openly calls into question, to his casual, ahistorical and positively dangerous branding of politicians who are strongly committed to Brexit as Nazis, Mr Lammy has become the very thing he claims to oppose: a shrill, unreasoned, over-emotional propagator of loathing towards certain sections of the population.

Mr Lammy's latest meltdown – and that really isn't too strong a word for his obsessive hatred for Brexit – came on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC One on Sunday. Marr asked Lammy if his previous comparison of the European Research Group (ERG) to the old racist rulers of South Africa and even to the Nazis had been a little over the top. The ERG is the Eurosceptic wing of the Tory Party. It has never enforced or supported apartheid of any kind, far less has it propagated Nazi ideas, so Marr's question was a good one. Mr Lammy's response was extraordinary. Not only did he double down on his foul Holocaust relativism by continuing to compare the present political situation with the most criminal political regime in human history – he pushed it even further by saying his comparison of the ERG to the Nazis was 'not strong enough'.

Not strong enough. Think about what is being said here. Mr Lammy is saying he was actually being too soft when he said Jacob Rees-Mogg and Co were like the Nazis. He is saying they are worse than the Nazis. ...

... To compare today's tense but peaceful disagreements over whether and how the UK should leave the EU to the period in which Jews were slaughtered in their millions is to relativise the past; to make the events of the 1930s and 1940s seem less bad, more normal, through comparing them with the political to and fro of 21st-century Britain. ...

... To compare Brexit with Nazism is an act of colossal historical idiocy and profound political spite. ...

If this was just a case of one politician losing it, it wouldn't be worth commenting on. But Mr Lammy's abandonment of political reason and historical rationalism speaks to a broader fraying of sense among the political establishment.
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Politics – Government, Conservative Party
Think Tank: UK Govt Massively Undercounting Migration Impact on Future Population Growth
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 12 April 2019

The British government is significantly underestimating the likely impact of mass immigration on future population growth, according to an expert think tank.

Lord Andrew Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, has questioned why the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is basing its new "principal population projection" on international net migration to England of 152,000 per year.

This would increase the population of England, the largest and most populous of Britain's Home Nations, to over 60 million by 2032, well up on the 2016 estimate of 55.3 million, ...

Staggering though these figures are, Lord Green believes they hugely underestimated the speed and scale of the changes England is undergoing, as average net immigration to the country is actually well in excess of 152,000 a year – "whether you take the average of the past five years (246,000 per year) or the average of the past ten years (213,000 per year)."

Writing in The Telegraph, the former diplomat and Royal Green Jackets officer said it would be "much more realistic to use what the ONS calls its 'high migration scenario' (based on net migration to England of 215,000 per year) which would see England's population rise not by 4.8 million between 2016 and 2032 (as in the principal projection) but by 5.9 million" – a difference, he points out, of "well over a million people."

"Time and again the government has underestimated projected population growth," the cross-bench peer reminded readers.

"A decade ago they estimated that the UK population would not reach 64 million by 2017. In fact, by mid-2017, the UK population exceeded a record 66 million."

Lord Green warned that any attempt to deliberately "downplay the reality of rapid population" could only "backfire", and that this latest ONS "discrepancy" would "further undermine public confidence in the authorities on immigration".

"A poll published last year found that only 17 per cent of the public trust the government to tell the truth about immigration either all or most of the time," he said. ...

Shortly after the Brexit vote ended his immediate political career, David Cameron's Chancellor of the Exchequer and chief lieutenant George Osborne revealed that persistent failure to fulfil immigration promises was a feature, rather than a bug, of Tory government.

"Over the past seven years, the Government has not been able to reduce significantly the numbers of non-Europeans coming here – though we could," he admitted openly in 2017.

"[N]one of [the Cabinet's] senior members supports the pledge [to reduce immigration] in private and all would be glad to see the back of something that has caused the Conservative Party such public grief," he revealed.
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Politics – illegal immigration, Labour Party
It's time to rethink our attitude to undocumented migrants
David Lammy
New Statesman, 12 April 2019
[David Lammy is Labour MP for Tottenham]

If Windrush and subsequent scandals have taught us anything, it is that there is a deep-rooted and systemic problem with our immigration system. I proposed a set of reforms in Open and Ethical, a new Fabian Society report, which would transform our immigration system, making it fair, humane and respectful of human dignity.

Among the most dehumanised groups in Britain are undocumented migrants. They are considered "illegals" or "aliens" before they are human beings – a hidden population that we know very little about. In the national consciousness, we imagine undocumented people waiting in their thousands to steal British jobs, abuse our welfare state and overcrowd our hospitals. ...

The government has responded to this concern by introducing policies that exclude undocumented migrants from working, renting or accessing public services. The effect of these policies is to create a hostile environment that makes life so unlivable for those illegally resident in the UK that they are forced to leave.

The resulting legislation, carried out over two immigration acts, was responsible for a shocking disregard for the rights of migrants and ethnic minority British citizens, and ultimately proved ineffective at reducing illegal immigration.

It is time to rethink our attitudes to undocumented migrants in this country. No matter how punitive and aggressive its policies, the government will never be able to deport all undocumented migrants, or close our borders entirely.

The invisible nature of undocumented migrants makes it impossible to gauge how many live in Britain. ...

We are talking about single parent families, young children and adolescents old enough to go to university. We are talking about low earners, struggling to get by and pay their bills. They are carers, builders and domestic workers. Many have arrived in the UK from countries that have born the brunt of British colonial rule, with dreams that their children and grandchildren might be able to have better lives.

The Home Office's ineffective war against undocumented immigration has built a "shadow economy" where workplace exploitation, human trafficking and other criminal behavior is rife. The question hinges on whether the government should maintain the illegal status of these undocumented migrants, or regularise their status, enabling them to pay income tax and national insurance, and to live safely and integrate into society. I support the latter option.
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Politics – crime
Shamed politician's daughter has job looking after Rotherham abuse victims
Andrew Norfolk
The Times, 15 March 2019

The daughter of a disgraced politician who was implicated in the Rotherham sex-grooming scandal has been placed in charge of a support service for the town's abuse victims.

Norsheen Akhtar runs child sexual exploitation (CSE) programmes for Rotherham Rise, a charity that receives most of its funding from the council. Her father, Jahangir Akhtar, resigned as the council's deputy leader in 2013 after he was implicated in the scandal.

He brokered a deal under which one of his relatives agreed to hand a missing 14-year-old girl to police at a petrol station after receiving an assurance that he would not be prosecuted.
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Politics – political left, Europe
Europe's anti-immigration left
Daniel Pipes
Washington Times, 7 March 2019
[Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum]

With very few exceptions, liberals in the United States favor high levels of immigration; and the American left goes further, calling to "Abolish ICE" (a reference to Immigration Customs and Enforcement, America's border security agency). But developments in Europe suggest this near-unanimity could one day shatter.

Since the end of World War II, Europe's left has overwhelmingly seen the free movement of labor and immigration as the best ways to challenge corporate interests; in the words of progressive writer David Adler (on whose article, "Meet Europe's Left Nationalists," I have relied here), these "hastened the pace of history and heightened capitalism's contradictions."

Accordingly, the left helped build the European Union and then pass the 1985 Schengen Agreement (that virtually eliminated internal borders among 26 European countries with a population of more than 400 million). It also enthusiastically welcomed non-Europeans, an approach that culminated in 2015-16 with Angela Merkel (a leftist in conservative disguise) taking in a million-plus migrants, mostly from the Middle East, who were met in Germany by a Willkommenskultur, or welcoming culture.

That massive influx, and especially the Islamists among them, stimulated a backlash among the left's historic base, the workers, leading them to desert it in favor of once-marginal anti-immigration and anti-Islamization parties, the ones I call civilizationist. These parties, with their mix of generous social benefits and strong border controls, are gaining throughout Europe to the point that they wield real power in five governments (those of Poland, Czechia, Hungary, Austria and Italy).

Getting elected, leftists increasingly realize, means making what Mr. Adler calls a "momentous turn" away from both the single European labor market and migration from outside Europe; this doublet, they recently discovered, "encourages exploitation, erodes community, and denies popular sovereignty." Left nationalists criticize the free movement of labor for several reasons: Economic (jobs lost, wages undercut), cultural (loss of solidarity, xenophobia) and political (an elite project not endorsed by the masses).

In a startling turn-around, open borders are now seen as harming working-class interests while strict border controls assure workers' rights. The nation, long seen as a bourgeois project, has become a shield for workers against the perils of globalism. ...

Mr. Adler notes that 40 percent of Democrats in the United States want yet higher levels of immigration than at present, in contrast to just 5 percent of Labor voters in the United Kingdom.
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Politics – equality, free speech
How our illiberal laws fuel campus censorship
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 4 March 2019

On Saturday, government-backed guidance on free speech for English and Welsh universities was published. This has been a pressing issue for several years, not least because universities are supposed to cherish the free exchange of ideas and the importance of debate as a means of understanding truth. ...

The government would no doubt like to be seen to be doing something to reverse the worst excesses of free-speech restrictions, which, beyond the cloistered world of some students' unions, are simply embarrassing. To this end, the guidance states that 'everyone has the right to express views and opinions, including those that may offend, shock or disturb others'.

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

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

'Disadvantaged groups' are defined in the Equality Act as those with 'protected characteristics', such as those who identify on the basis of gender reassignment, sex, sexual orientation, race or religion. And as the free-speech guidance points out, universities have a legal duty to 'encourage good relations between people who share a relevant protected characteristic and people who do not'. In the context of the Equality Act, these words are regularly invoked to silence those who question moral and political views associated with the politics of identity. Can a man become a woman? Should gay people adopt? Is Islam compatible with liberal democracy? These questions are challenging, but in a free society they need to be asked, even if they offend, shock or disturb others.
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Politics – racism, identities
As immigration from outside Europe rises, hucksters foment racial hatred
Nick Cohen
The Guardian, 3 March 2019

If you want to understand the future, look at an experiment conducted at Manchester University on whether wealth should be redistributed from rich to poor. A majority thought it should and showed robust support for the proposition that money should be spent on educational opportunities for working-class children. ...

But mark the sequel. After asking whether working-class children should receive a leg-up, the researchers rephrased the question. Should black and Muslim citizens, who are overwhelmingly working class, be the beneficiaries of affirmative action? Support for assistance targeted at the working class remained high – 70-80%. However, support for identical policies targeted at black Britons ranged from 17-29%, while support for assistance targeted at Muslims ranged from 7-14%.

America is no longer an aberration. America is our future. When Tony Blair was elected in 1997, 60% of the English population was white and had left school without A-levels. When Theresa May lost her majority in 2017, that proportion had fallen to 40%. Over the same period, the share of the English population who were university graduates, members of an ethnic minority group or both went from 17 to 40%. In Britain, as in the US, progressive politics will be drawn to appeal to minorities and the educated, while rightwing politics will be drawn to appealing to "the whites".

Research published last month by Maria Sobolewska and Robert Ford showed British and US attitudes were converging and white identity politics was growing. ...

As European countries become immigrant nations, identity politics is inevitable. Who am I to say that it is less real than the old politics? If you are a woman confronted with a justice system that fails to prosecute rapists, or a black or Asian businessman who wants to vote Conservative but can't because the party cannot acknowledge the racism you have experienced, or a Jew staring at the leader of the Labour party as he endorses "art" straight out of Nazi iconography and says you don't understand "English irony", or a white, working-class boy who listens to the demands to promote women and minorities and wonders what modern Britain offers you, your concerns aren't frivolous.
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Politics – Conservative Party
May hails surge in non-EU migration to 15-year high as evidence of strong economy - despite pledge to drastically reduce it
Rob Merrick
Independent, 1 March 2019

A big leap in immigration from outside the EU is evidence of the strength of the UK economy, Theresa May says.

The prime minister appeared relaxed about the increase – to its highest level for 15 years – while insisting she remained committed to slashing numbers to "the tens of thousands".

The latest figures show 283,000 more people moved to the UK than left the country in the year to last September – almost three times the government target of 100,000.

The rise was fuelled by 261,000 non-EU arrivals, the highest figure since 2004, outweighing a fall in EU net migration to the lowest level since 2009. ...

However, asked for a response, her official spokesman said: "What the figures show you is that the UK is continuing to attract and retain highly-skilled workers, including more doctors and nurses, while talented international students are benefiting from our world-leading universities and boosting our economy."
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Politics – local authorities
Immigration check outcry sees officers removed by councils
Mattha Busby
The Observer, 24 February 2019

Labour councils are removing Home Office immigration officers embedded within local authorities after calls from party members and councillors to stop enabling policies that lead to a "hostile environment" for migrants.

Embedded officials sit in on meetings between councils and vulnerable migrant families and ensure the Home Office is made aware of each person that registers for emergency funds. They can also pass information to immigration enforcement officers, and have been accused of encouraging undocumented migrants to leave the UK voluntarily and of providing poor advice that could damage applications to stay in the country. ...

Damien Egan, the mayor of Lewisham, said the south-east London council was removing its embedded official "to reassure vulnerable migrants that Lewisham will support them".

Another London council, Southwark, scrapped its embedded Home Office official last year. ...

Public bodies are often required to check the status of people who use their services, as part of what Theresa May described in 2012 as a "hostile environment" for undocumented migrants. Egan, who said he was elected last May after pledging that Lewisham would become a sanctuary borough for refugees, migrants and asylum seekers, said: "It is now time for Theresa May to scrap her government's 'hostile environment' policy which has done so much to scapegoat and harm migrants, and to give councils the funding they need to support their communities." ...

The officials are often put in place to ease the growing costs facing the council, amid unprecedented cuts to council budgets since 2010, worsened by what a Lewisham council spokesperson admitted was "a chaotic immigration system".

"The council had been left facing a bill of millions of pounds in supporting residents with irregular immigration status, while also suffering funding cuts running to tens of millions of pounds, which have left local government at breaking point," the spokesperson said.

Although Southwark's agreement with the Home Office came to an end on 31 September, the council chose not to publicise the decision. It follows a similar move by Labour-run Haringey council in 2017.
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Politics – free speech
University suspends student, 19, who sparked outrage by saying the NHS should not be free to immigrants and complained about the 'Islamisation' of Britain during class discussions
Charlie Bayliss
MailOnline, 22 February 2019

A student who claimed the NHS should not be free to immigrants and lamented about the 'Islamisation' of Britain has been kicked out of his university.

Sebastian Walsh expressed his controversial opinions during class seminars and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) decided to suspend him after they received several complaints about his behaviour. ...

The self-proclaimed 'free speech advocate' complained being struck-off from university was a violation of his human rights. ...

The University of Central Lancashire told Mr Walsh he could return to his social work studies in September if he signed a good conduct agreement and undertake a diversity training course.

However the first-year student from Wigan, Lancashire, is refusing to bow down.

Mr Walsh, a Ukip member, said: 'Freedom of speech is a human right and I am determined to stand by this.

'I will be fighting the university's decision on this to make sure others aren't punished for their opinions in future.'
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Politics – Conservative Party
Retraction of our paper on post-Brexit migration levels
Migration Watch UK, 13 February 2019

We have decided to withdraw the paper issued today on post-Brexit migration levels. There was an error in the calculations which was unfortunately overlooked at the final stages of preparation. We apologise for the error and will rectify it in the course of producing a revised version.
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Politics – Conservative Party
The Conservative Government is planning the largest immigration amnesty in history
Bow Group, 11 February 2019

"Using the distraction of Brexit the UK Government is in the process of sneaking through the largest immigration amnesty in history"

Cllr Benjamin Harris-Quinney, Chairman, The Bow Group

Key Points:

• On Monday 28th January 2019 Home Secretary Sajid Javid stated to Parliament that he was abandoning the Conservative Party's longstanding manifesto commitment to cut levels of migration to the UK to the "tens of thousands".

• Both a Bow Group study in 2016 & a Migration Watch study in 2018 found that over 80% of newly created British citizens were either foreign born or born to a foreign parent. Immigration will therefore be the most significant aspect of population growth in the UK over the coming decades.

• For the past 15 years immigration has consistently ranked as one of the top 3 concerns for the electorate, with 40% of the public considering the issue to be the most important.

• Gross migraton figures into the UK have consistently exceeded 500,000 over the past 10 years, equivalent to the addition of a city the size of Manchester each year.

• In the run up to the 2010 general election the Conservative Party committed to "cutting immigration figures down to the tens of thousands", this has featured in the Party's manifesto for the last 3 general elections, in all of which they have been elected to government.

• Despite the commitment, and the Conservative Party's longstanding official opposition to mass migration, former Chancellor George Osborne said upon leaving office that Cabinet Ministers in Government since 2010 had never taken the pledge seriously.

• The Governmnet has created a situation with its instructions to civil servants, proposed Brexit Withdrawal Bill, & Immigration White Paper, that would grant a migration amnesty to up to 500,000 EU students & their families. ...

We call on the Government to:

1. Maintain the pledge to cap migration at a maximum of 99,000, with a view to reducing numbers gradually to 30,000 over a 10 year period.

2. Use gross rather than net figures when tracking migration, to ensure the British public are aware of the number of people entering the country to live and work.

3. Clarify that they will not be granting the largest migration amnesty in British history to EU students & their families.

Quotes: ...

The Home Office has eased the path to residency and citizenship by applying a don't ask don't tell policy to EU students post Brexit. Waiving checks for compulsory insurance means lifetime access to benefits, social housing, NHS and the voting rights of citizenship. This could distort outcomes in future elections and referendums, and arguably the most important point is that the British public are not aware of what the Government is doing, nor did they vote for it"

Dr Jon Stanley, Senior Research Fellow, The Bow Group
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Politics – Labour Party, Brexit
Tony Blair triggered Brexit with CRAZY policy on unchecked immigration - Brexiteer
Aurora Bosotti
Sunday Express, 10 February 2019

Tony Blair "propelled Britain out of the European Union" with his failure to create a regulated immigration system after the bloc extended freedom of movement rights to new member states, Brexiteer Patrick Minford claimed.

Patrick Minford suggested former Prime Minister Tony Blair contributed to the Brexit vote with his decision not to fall in line with other EU member states and regulate migration from new bloc members. During Mr Blair's tenure, the European Union extended freedom of movement rights to 10 new member states in what is to date the largest single extension of the union. The Brexiteer economist argued the British Prime Minister failed to create an appropriate migration policy in a deliberate bid to lure EU newcomers into the Labour Party.

... Prof Minford said: "The Blair Government let in all people from Eastern Europe straight away and this was a terrible mistake.

"It certainly was a contributing factor to the Brexit debate. There's not much more to be said other than Blair should not have done this and he was crazy to do it. He had an agenda." ...

Prof Minford continued: "The reason he did it was he thought they would all be Labour voters and so he thought, politically, it was a smart thing to do.

"Get a lot of new immigrants into the UK, all of whom would change the demographics of the vote. This was an irresponsible and foolish thing to do. Of course, what it did is propel us out of the EU."
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Politics – Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn wanted 'unrestricted immigration' when he first arrived as a new MP at Westminster in 1983 and believed anyone who disagreed with him was racist, book reveals
Tom Bower
Mail on Sunday, 10 February 2019

Dressed in a dirty jacket and creased trousers, Jeremy Corbyn arrived in Westminster as a new MP in the summer of 1983.

He immediately told friends that Parliament was 'a waste of time' with no relevance to his Islington constituents, especially the immigrant communities.

To meet them, he set up offices in the Red Rose Centre in Holloway where his door was always open to a tide of human misery: Cypriots, Jamaicans, Indians, Pakistanis, South Africans, South Americans, Somalis, West Saharans and Kurds all sought his help.

The procession of petitioners reinforced his conviction that Britain should allow unrestricted immigration – and offer the world's destitute an open invitation to share our wealth.

In his opinion, all immigrant communities were victims of white imperialists, and the British state owed them a financial obligation. Anyone who disagreed was racist.

Four years later Corbyn was back in Westminster for another first day of the new Parliament.

To celebrate a new era, Britain's first three black MPs – all Labour – marched into the Commons chamber together.

Paul Boateng, Diane Abbott and Bernie Grant, together with the Asian Keith Vaz, each dressed in their parents' national costumes, created an unprecedented spectacle as they walked towards the Speaker to take the oath.

Acting as part-supplicant and part-valet, Corbyn walked immediately behind, pleased to have a place as the honorary white man for the black caucus.

'Look at Jeremy,' said Brian Wilson, a new Scottish MP, to George Galloway, who had also been newly elected. 'He would black up if he could.'
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Politics – Labour Party
Labour Backing Free Movement After Brexit Would Be A Betrayal Of Our Voters And Principles
Brendan Chilton
HuffPost, 8 February 2019
[Brendan Chilton is general secretary of Labour Leave]

During the 2017 election, Labour made a specific manifesto commitment was given to end freedom of movement. This week's intervention by Sir Keir Starmer signals a change in the Labour leadership's stance. Sir Keir's comments suggesting Labour ought to explore "qualified free movement" after Brexit is at odds with existing Labour party policy and the manifesto which secured us the endorsement of almost 13 million voters.

It is widely accepted that the issue of immigration was at the forefront of the referendum campaign in 2016. The reasons for this are plain to see for anyone who understands the concerns of working-class communities. For years unmanaged immigration exclusively from the EU into the UK did fundamentally change the makeup of communities and increase pressures on the employment market and public services. Free movement is a policy which works solely for the interests of large multinationals and corporations providing them with an endless supply of cheap labour.

The Labour Party has always championed an internationalist immigration policy over a regionalist one. ...

Labour has always been a radical force in the world that has campaigned with other international liberation movements to advance the lot of peoples from the developing world. How the Labour movement ever managed to find itself in a position where it supported a structure of white privilege is beyond comprehension. What is more astonishing is that there are still those within the Labour and trade union movement who wish to see this neo-imperial model continued even after we have left the European Union.

Taking back control was the overarching message of the Leave campaign. Leaving the EU means the British government is once again in a position to determine our immigration policy. Maintaining qualified free movement from the EU will not allow a future Labour government to develop a policy that is truly inclusive and fair to all nations. ...

The primary objections to the current immigration arrangements are that people do not feel their government is able to control our borders. There is nothing racist or xenophobic about wanting to be able to determine the numbers of people arriving in your country, whatever Chuka Umunna or Anna Soubry tell us.
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Politics – universities, free speech
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed in favour of 'rule of the mob', former equalities chief warns
Camilla Turner
Sunday Telegraph, 3 February 2019

Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed on campuses in favour of "rule of the mob", the former equalities chief has warned, as he says vice-Chancellors must stop behaving like "frightened children" and take a stand.

Trevor Phillips, who wrote the National Union of Students' (NUS) original "no platforming" policy in the 1970s, said that it is now being used in an "ugly" and "authoritarian" way. ...

This week the Government published guidance for universities on free speech, which said that speakers should not be banned from campus just because they "offend, shock or disturb" students.

It is the first time in 30 years that ministers have intervened to protect free speech at universities, and follows widespread concern about censorship of unfashionable views.

It says that universities have a legal duty to uphold free speech, and that the starting point should be that any event can go ahead, so long as it is within the law. ...

Mr Phillips, who is the former chair of the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said the erosion of free speech on campus must not be solely blamed on students.

"It is weakness of faculties and university authorities who in many cases just cannot seem to bring themselves to stand up for higher education values," he said. ...

Mr Phillips, who is the chair of Index on Censorship, an pro-free speech organisation, said that university culture is worse than thought police and is more like the Stasi, where "the expression of a non-sanctioned opinion becomes a crime - and that's where we have got to on some campuses".

He said: "The debate becomes not the most persuasive argument but who can gather the loudest shouting voices. What you are really talking about is the rule of the mob - that has come to campuses. I find all of those things incredibly threatening."
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Politics – population
Wishful thinking over immigration
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 24 January 2019

In his article in Conservative Home on Monday, Tory MP Steve Double wrote that Theresa May had incorrectly read the public mood with regard to immigration, and that perceptions of immigration had become more favourable since the Brexit vote. To support his assertion, he cited the National Conversation on Immigration (NCI). ...

Polling by Ipsos MORI last spring /.../ did indeed find that a fifth of the public had become more positive about immigration, but that was because nearly half believed (EU) numbers were falling, or would fall, as a result of Brexit. ...

In fairness to Mr Double, a more recent poll has shown immigration to be of relatively less concern to the public than it has been for some years, which he has attibuted to people recognising the benefits of immigration, as well as having faith in the government keeping its promises to reduce net migration. Really? A 2018 YouGov poll found that nearly two-thirds of voters think immigration levels have been too high over the past decade. Another one by Deltapoll, conducted over the summer, found that nearly three-quarters of the public (equivalent to 38 million) want the Government to honour its promises to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands.

Mr Double also appears to have missed the findings of the open survey produced as part of the 'National Conversation on Immigration' exercise, organised by British Future and 'Hope Not Hate', which showed that a larger share of the public believe that immigration has had a negative impact on the UK than those who believe the opposite ...

The 'National Conversation' asked a lot of questions, which elicited answers that suggested participants had a nuanced view of migrants and their contributions, but this is hardly a revelation. ...

The problem we at Migration Watch UK had with the 'National Conversation' wasn't so much the questions that were asked but those that were not. While it did ask people if they thought it should be a priority to reduce overall numbers as well as whether the target should be kept or replaced with multiple targets, there was no reference in the polling section to the current and recent scale of immigration or any question about whether participants considered this to be too high or whether it should be reduced.

It is clear that a great deal of time and effort by the 'National Conversation' organisers went into talking to a large body of people. However, what they appear not have done was to listen to those they conversed with. In one section, the paper suggests that one of the Government's tasks is to 'secure public consent' for immigration (p7). ...

Brexit, of course, has no bearing on immigration from outside the EU, and this is now at its highest since 2004. Non-EU net migration constitutes three-quarters of all non-British net inflows. ...

The government and many MPs (Steve Double is far from a lone voice) seem intent on glossing over the public's deeply felt concerns about the serious challenges posed by unabated immigration. ...

Meanwhile, the resulting rapid rate of population growth, 80 per cent of which has been due to direct and indirect immigration since 2001, adds huge pressures on infrastructure and public services. Mr Double and his colleagues may choose to brush aside public disquiet at such a state of affairs but the truth is that they are either engaging in wishful thinking or they are woefully out of touch. Perhaps both.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Britain has a good news for Indians who want to migrate to UK
Economic Times, 17 January 2019

An unlimited number of highly-skilled Indian workers will be able to migrate to the UK under new proposals that could come into effect in 2021, with a senior British minister on Wednesday saying that in the new system the country will be open to the "best and brightest" from India.

The UK also wants to ink a pact with India similar to the one New Delhi has with France, treating each other's academic degrees as equivalent for higher studies and jobs, sources said.

The post-Brexit visas and immigration strategy, set out in an immigration White Paper, was tabled in the House of Commons last month by UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid. It proposes removal of cap on highly-skilled migrants from anywhere in the world and improves the post-study work offering for international students.

The UK officials on Wednesday visited New Delhi for the Migration Dialogue with the Indian government about a month after the British government unveiled its post-Brexit visas and immigration strategy that seeks to remove cap on highly-skilled migrants.

The discussions signalled a new phase of cooperation and acted as a forum to discuss opportunities to strengthen the bilateral relationship, a statement said.

"The UK is committed to building relationships across the globe which is why officials visited New Delhi and met the government of India today," UK Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes was quoted as saying in a British High Commission statement.

The UK already issues more skilled worker visas to Indian nationals than to the rest of the world combined, she said.

"Under the new system, operating from 2021, we will always be open to the brightest and best from India, who wish to come to live and work in the UK," Nokes said. ...

These proposals will mean that there would be no limit on the number of skilled people, such as engineers, doctors and IT professionals, who can come to live and work in the UK, the statement said.
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Politics – Conservative Party
EU 'Conservative' Leader: Europeans 'Must Open Hearts' to Mass Migration
Breitbart, 14 January 2019

European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) leader Syed Kamall has slammed policies to limit mass migration from the third world, blasting EU nations' "hypocrisy" for refusing to open the border to Africa while their own citizens move abroad.

"We must learn to open our hearts to genuine asylum seekers – people who are fleeing persecution," the UK Conservative MEP told delegates at the 'Africa Summit 2019' at EU Parliament last week.

Opening the ECR-sponsored conference, which was promoted as an opportunity to exchange best practice between the EU and African nations, Kamall complained, "Some [European countries] have not even managed to make the distinction between asylum and immigration." ...

Though the leader of a staunchly conservative parliament grouping, Kamall appeared in a leaked document of MEPs considered "allies" of the globalist George Soros network and has often campaigned for mass migration in his political career. ...

But in a statement, the London MEP explained that his decision to support Brexit was based primarily on his desire to see Britain welcome much more third world migration, a policy goal he described as being "incompatible with our membership of the EU". ...

Denouncing a "shocking" lack of ethnic diversity in Brussels, Kamall was a leading figure in campaigns blasting the EU as "too white" last year, alongside his fellow UK 'Conservative' MEP Sajjad Karim, who claimed the European Parliament "has been pale, male and stale for far too long" and that this must change in order for the body to "actively oppose Islamophobia" and populism.
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Politics – Parliament, UN Global Compact on Migration
Parliament REFUSES Petition to Reject UN Migrant Pact: 'Already Been Agreed'
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 11 January 2019

The British Parliament has refused to debate a petition to reject the UN compact on migration as it "has already been agreed by the UK Government."

The petition, which has nearly 130,000 signatures, called on the Government to follow countries like the United States, Hungary, and Australia and reject the United Nations Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, which is the first attempt at the "global governance" and institutionalisation of migration.

"The Committee has decided not to schedule a debate on this petition because the UN Global Compact on Migration has already been agreed by the UK Government," said the response.

"The final text of the Compact was agreed by the UK Government in July last year. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December," it added, before claiming that the compact is "not legally binding and cannot compel the UK Government to change its own immigration policies" despite legal experts warning that the agreement exists in a legal "grey area" and could be used to interpret national immigration law.

While Britain committed to the agreement at the Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, on December 10th, the minimum number of signatures needed to trigger Parliament's Backbench Business Committee to consider it for a full debate – 100,000 – had been reached a week before then, with Parliament only rejecting the debate Wednesday.
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Politics – abuse, political correctness
The politically correct tactics of the mob outside parliament
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 11 January 2019

People are talking about the ugly protests outside parliament as if they are a new and strange phenomenon in British politics. The rough bellowing at politicians. The hollering of the word 'Nazi!' at people who clearly aren't Nazis. The attempt to shout down politicians and journalists who simply want to make a political point. It is all so shocking and strange and un-British, commentators claim. Really? To me, the protests look and sound incredibly familiar. They look like another expression of the nasty, censorious, violent-minded political correctness that has been growing for years in this country. These protests aren't fascism in action – they're political correctness in action.

All the elements are there. The branding of your opponents as fascists and Nazis. 'Anna Soubry is a Nazi!', the self-styled 'yellow vest' mob hollered on College Green while Soubry was being interviewed by the BBC. The casual flinging about of the 'fascist' slur is par for the course these days. Corbynistas do it. Online virtue-signallers do it, in particular against anyone who voted for Brexit. Campus warriors against 'offensive' speech do it all the time. To them, anyone who isn't 100 per cent trans-friendly and in favour of mass immigration is basically Goebbels reincarnated.

There's the protesters' attempts to drown out people's voices. Their use of the heckler's veto to silence those they disagree with. They've done that to Sky reporters, MPs, Guardian columnists. This is very familiar too. It's been happening on campuses for years. Witness the ugly barracking of Maryam Namazie by those who dislike her criticisms of Islam. Or the fact that Julie Bindel can't set foot on a campus without 50 snowflakes screaming for her to be silenced. Or the way Jacob Rees-Mogg and virtually anyone who is to the right of John McDonnell can expect to be greeted at universities by protesters determined to heckle them into oblivion.

Those stupid people in College Green might be hard right, but they are using tactics that were developed by the left. The tactics of intolerance, of censorship-by-shouting, of historically illiterate accusations of 'fascism' against anyone who isn't completely on their side. ...

I've seen it all before. I've seen pro-Israel speakers on campuses being branded scum, fascists, murderers. I've seen humanist critics of Islam like Maajid Nawaz being branded fellow travellers of the hard right.
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Politics – public opinion, Scotland
Scots reject SNP call for immigration powers
Hamish Macdonell
The Times, 10 January 2019

Nicola Sturgeon's desire to secure control of immigration in Scotland has been dealt a blow by a survey showing that most Scottish people oppose the idea.

The first minister launched a fresh bid this week for Scotland to take charge of its own borders policy, arguing that the country was in desperate need of boosting its working-age population with migrants from the EU.

However, a survey for Britain's leading independent social research institute has shown not only that Scots do not share this view but they are also sceptical about allowing freedom of movement to continue from Europe after Brexit.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Andrew Green: The new Immigration White Paper. Not just damaging, but a disaster – both for control and the Conservatives
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 4 January 2019

As MPs gather next week to resume their debate on Brexit, they will need to turn their attention to immigration – a major issue in the EU referendum.

Unfortunately, the Immigration White Paper, slipped out just before Christmas, is not just a set-back for immigration control, it is a disaster. Indeed it will, in future, be seen to have been extremely damaging for public faith in the political system trust in politicians and the Conservative Party especially.

Why? Because, despite all their promises over eight years – not just promises but manifesto commitments – the Conservatives have given up any serious attempt to reduce immigration. If the proposals in The White Paper are implemented, immigration will be far more likely to increase still further and could well spin out of control.

How could that be? Consider this. Until now, highly skilled immigration (that is at degree level or higher) has been open for EU citizens but capped at 20,700 for non-EU entrants. According to the new policy, there will be no cap on either. Furthermore, employers will no longer be obliged to advertise a job in Britain before recruiting from overseas: how will British staff feel about that? There is even talk of abolishing the system of sponsorship so that anyone could bring in a worker, perhaps even a relative, as long as they said that they would be paying a salary of £30,000 a year. Yet the Government's own Advisory Committee, mainly pro-immigration economists, has admitted that salary levels can be fiddled, for example by including other elements such as accommodation.

For anyone who has followed immigration matters for some years (in my case 18 years), this is sheer foolishness, but that is not the half of it. There is also to be a new route for those with much lower qualifications – put simply, "A level" or equivalent – which will be open to the whole world and also uncapped. Given that these routes will lead to settlement there could be waves of applications, from all over the world, including from people willing to take a pay cut to get on a track for permanent residence and eventual British citizenship.

There is more. There is also to be a route for unskilled workers from "low risk" countries. ...

Amazingly, this last route will also be uncapped and will be open to visitors from these countries to find and take up a job while they are here. The clear implication is that all EU countries will be included amongst the "low risk" countries, so Romanians and Bulgarians, still arriving in considerable numbers, will continue to flow in. ...

Even that is not the end of it. ...

It is beyond question that immigration was a major issue at the referendum. Its salience has declined somewhat since then, at least partly because people thought that it was all in hand.

The White Paper contains a great deal of talk about the "control" of immigration, but the reality is that new routes will be opened, some temporary – but the Government's record in removing overstayers is lamentable. Meanwhile, the public are clear that they want to see an actual reduction. They are aware, no doubt, that immigration has been adding one million to our population every three years since 2001. They may also know that, at current rates of immigration to England, we shall have to build a new home for immigrants every six minutes, night and day.
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Politics – populism
Face it, you elitists, populism is here to stay
Michael St George
Conservative Woman, 4 January 2019

'Populism' is now the anti-democratic, globalist, 'Liberal-Progressive' oligarchy's preferred term of disparagement for the growing politics of pluralist mass democracy, based on self-governing nation-statehood which rejects rule by unelected and unaccountable supra-national technocracy.

It's about this movement that political scientists and academics Matthew Goodwin and Roger Eatwell have written in their book National Populism: The Revolt Against Liberal Democracy, trying to explain its origins, its central tenets, and its prospects.

Contrary to the assumptions of its contemptuously dismissive opponents, the movement isn't new. ...

Nor is it, as its detractors lazily claim, a movement composed solely of old white men. ...

Goodwin and Eatwell identify what they call the Four Ds – the historic shifts, the long-term trends which are a growing cause of concern for millions and are driving the movement and which, being structural, are unlikely to fade or dissipate, or be assuaged, in the near future.

First, Distrust – the way in which the elitist nature of Liberal-Progressive democracy, ever seeking to minimise the opportunities for meaningful participation by the masses, has promoted distrust of politicians and institutions by millions who feel they no longer have a voice in the national discussion.

Second, Destruction – particularly the perception that culturally 'liberal' politicians, unaccountable supranational bureaucracies and global corporates are eroding not only traditional communities, but also national identity and societal cohesion, especially via promoting mass immigration, while politically-correct agendas strive to silence any expression of opposition.

Third, Deprivation – the growing conviction of many, fuelled by rising inequalities of income and wealth, as well as the perception of cultural discrimination against them by the Liberal-Elites, that they are losing out relative to others, and that the future for themselves and their children is not only diminished, but actually bleak.

Fourth, De-alignment – the burgeoning gap, and therefore weakening bond, between rulers and ruled, between the traditional mainstream political parties and the people they purport (or no longer bother even to pretend) to represent: manifesting itself in a much more fragmented, volatile and unpredictable politics.

Goodwin and Eatwell also show that, again giving the lie to the dismissive prejudices of its critics, the populism movement is not anti-democratic. Rather, it opposes aspects of Liberal-Progressive democracy as it has evolved to date, and actually wants more democracy: more referendums and more-listening politicians who will devolve power to the people to be exercised democratically instead of vesting it in what too often are unelected and unaccountable, bureaucratic and technocratic, economic and political elites.
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Population – demography
Is Demography Destiny?
Scott McConnell
American Conservative, 7 May 2019

Unease with rapid demographic change is a major driving force in our politics. Neopopulist parties advocating tougher immigration restrictions continue to advance in Europe, most recently in Spain and the Netherlands. The more established parties of the European center-right, ineffectual at stemming immigration when in power, increasingly give rhetorical backing to enhanced restriction. ...

How are we to think of an issue which produces such shockwaves to Western political systems? One tactic is simply to deny that concerns driven in part by demographic change have any factual basis, to label what the French writer Renaud Camus first dubbed "the Great Replacement" as racist, conspiratorial talk relevant only to the most ghastly extremists, such as the murderer who committed the despicable Christchurch mosque shootings. ...

... The scholar Phillipe Lemoine has an interesting paper about French demography on his blog utilizing standard demographic projection models. Under the most conservative scenarios, with very low rates of immigration, the French white population becomes a minority before 2100. Under other models, this will can happen sooner. Such projections make no claims about the future nature of French society, but simply demonstrate the essential intellectual unseriousness of Le Monde's claim that a group which comprises 12 percent of the population in 2015 can't possibly become a majority in three or four generations.

From reading such commentary, you would never know that demographic triumphalism is a major theme among left-wing activists, who have been crowing for years of the electoral and political power they will accrue as the white share of the population declines. ...

Steve Phillips, political activist and author of the Brown Is the New White, is more explicit in touting the retributionist promise of the new demographics. "Because of the population changes in the last fifty years, the very groups that were formerly oppressed now have the numbers to secure the political power necessary to set the country on the course to true justice and equality... so that time, attention, and massive amounts of resources are directed to the country's communities of color."

Phillips's book is in part a shoutout to a smorgasbord of leftist causes (reparations, amnesty, abolishing standardized tests) coupled with the assertion that the new demographics bring the power of a "new American majority" within reach if the Democrats only give up their futile efforts to woo moderate "swing voters." The New American Majority is "inherently progressive" and "growing larger every day because 90 percent of population growth consists of people of color." ...

Perhaps it was arguments like this which Dowell Myers, a liberal demographer from the University of Southern California, had in mind when he recalled the Left's reaction to the Census Bureau's 2008 projection that whites in America would be a minority by 2044. Progressives couldn't contain their enthusiasm, remembered Myers. "People went crazy. It was conquest, our day has come. They wanted to overpower them with numbers. It was demographic destiny." ...

One need also consider the dramatic emergence of a large political/cultural movement devoted to anti-whiteness, now traveling under the umbrella of combatting "white privilege."
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Population – Scotland
Scotland's population at record high despite Westminster's 'hostile environment'
Kevan Christie
The Scotsman, 26 April 2019

Scotland's population has continued to increase and now stands at a record high of 5.44 million, the largest ever in Scotland for the ninth year running.

The Scottish Government have issued a stark warning that a 'hostile environment' at Westminster threatens migration which has increased the country's population.

Figures published by the National Records of Scotland (NRS) in the Mid-2018 Population Estimates for Scotland show the population grew by 13,300 people (0.2%) over the year to 30 June 2018.

Migration was the main reason for Scotland's population increase with 20,900 more people coming than leaving, from both overseas and the rest of the UK, over the year to mid-2018.

In contrast, natural change (births minus deaths) did not contribute to Scotland's population growth with 7,700 more deaths than births over the same period. This is the largest natural decrease on record.

Although Scotland's population increased by 0.2% over the year, the rate of population growth has slowed for the second year running. This is due to a reduction in overall net migration (down 3,000 people from the year to mid-2017 – predominantly due to more people leaving Scotland to move overseas), an increase in the number of deaths (2,700 more than the year to mid-2017) and fewer births (1,200 less than the year to mid-2017).
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Population – forecasts
Net migration will see 'England's population hit 60 million by 2029 with the South East and London bearing the brunt of the growth'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 10 April 2019

The number of people living in England will top 60 million by 2029 unless immigration levels fall radically, an official assessment said yesterday.

The 60 million figure is an increase of more than four million over the most recent estimates and indicates that Brexit turmoil and questions over future migration rules have yet to curb the growth in population.

The estimate was published by the Office for National Statistics, which said that in 2029 numbers in England will reach 60,207,000 if high migration levels continue.

Its projection is based on the assumption that net migration – the number of people added to the population each year after both immigration and emigration have been counted – will continue at 215,000.

The most recent recorded figure for current net migration – for the 12 months to September 2018 – was nearly a third higher at 283,000. ...

The population projections also account for birth and death rates and life expectancy, as well as movement within the country.

They show that population pressure will continue to be at its greatest in London and southern England, where there is deepening concern over high housing prices and rents, poor transport and road congestion, a shortage of school places, and supplies of power and water. The growing numbers of people will add to pollution from traffic fumes and other sources, and increase demand for building on countryside. ...

It said that the population of England, put at 55,268,000 in 2016, would – under its 'principal' immigration projection – rise by 5.9 per cent to 58,506,000 by mid-2026. But the 'principal' figure used by the ONS is based on net migration of 152,000 a year, a level unknown since the 1990s.

Under the 'high' migration estimate, which uses the 215,000 a year figure, the 2026 England population would be 59,172,000, and by 2029 the figure would be 60,207,000. This would mean an increase of 8.9 per cent on 2016 levels.
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Population – social cohesion
If only my wife had been Hungarian... our four sons would have slashed the family tax bill
Tom Utley
Daily Mail, 15 February 2019

For as long as I can remember, Conservative politicians have paraded as champions of marriage and the family, proclaiming these to be the most precious of all institutions and swearing to uphold and support them.

They have a mighty funny way of showing it. Indeed, throughout my 65 years on this Earth – almost two-thirds of them under Tory-led governments – state support for traditional families has been steadily whittled away. ...

If you don't believe me, go to the Government's own website and feed the figures into its child benefit calculator.

No wonder so many mothers these days feel forced to go out to work – including many whose every instinct tells them they'd be far happier bringing up their own children at home, instead of handing them over each morning to (fantastically expensive) child-minders. ...

Today I ask you only to compare Whitehall's attitude to the family with the remarkable policies announced this week by Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orban.

Under plans he outlined in his state of the nation speech, mothers who raise at least four children will get a lifetime's personal exemption from income tax. But that's only the start of it.

Families with three or more children will also qualify for a subsidy of 2.5 million forints (£6,900) towards buying a seven-seater vehicle. ...

With all 28 countries in the EU now experiencing fertility rates below the level needed to balance deaths with births (in Hungary, 131,00 died in 2017, while only 94,000 were born), you don't have to be an Orbanista to see that migration is in many ways an unsatisfactory solution.

Like it or not, it is simply a fact of life that homogeneous nations – whose people share a language and loyalty to a common culture, history and traditions – are easier to govern than more diverse populations.

Indeed, the paradox is that the more liberal an immigration policy, the more illiberal a government has to be to maintain law and order.

Speaking for myself, I don't care a jot what colour my fellow subjects happen to be, or what creed they profess, as long as they respect our laws and system of government, try to learn our language and don't foment hatred of our way of life.

The great majority of migrants to this country fulfil all these criteria, making a hugely valuable contribution to our society. But there's no denying that many don't.

All right, I grant you that being born in the UK is no absolute guarantee of loyalty to Britain. ...

But the citizenship we are born with is as good a start as we can get to feeling patriotic affection for our country and its people. That aside, the self-reliant family is the most cost-effective and humane welfare system known to man.

For the sake of Britain's future, let's have more babies – and fewer abortions.
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Population – demography, ethnicity
Demography has become the biggest story on the planet
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 31 January 2019
[Review of Paul Morland's "The Human Tide"]

The author has a moderate bent, and doesn't claim that population – its surging, contraction and migration – explains all of human history. But it comes awfully close. ...

... Since the 1960s, writing about demography has steadily shifted from regarding high fertility rates as tragically entrenching poverty to accepting that numbers confer power. Not mincing words, Morland declares boldly at the outset that 'ethnicity matters politically'. He spells out that 'nations and ethnic groups are real' and 'they matter in history'. ...

... According to Morland, 19th-century Europeans managed to project power, exert influence and claim territory as a consequence of mushrooming domestic populations whose excess these countries could afford to send all over the globe. If Great Britain, as the historian Timothy Snyder claims, 'made the world', it did so, Morland explains, 'by exporting people'. Ergo, people to spare made the British Empire possible.

The Human Tide shies from this risky inference, but it's worth asking: if Europe's sending its extra population abroad projected power, exerted influence and claimed territory, isn't mass migration from developing nations to the West not currently doing the same thing? /.../ One plausible explanation for the rise of identity politics and the ever-increasing role that race plays in issues of the day is simply mass immigration. Numbers translate directly into voice and clout.

For at the same time the West has now reached 'the second transition' – below-replacement fertility – many developing countries, modernised much later, continue to grow, and on a scale that makes the population of burgeoning 19th-century Britain look like a poorly attended cocktail party. Because the primary instruments of lower mortality and expanded life expectancy were initially of western invention, the West has inadvertently engineered its own diminishment.

I have only one serious criticism of this excellent book, and that's a matter of proportion. Thus far, Africa has failed to get with the programme. Although its fertility rates have come down, they haven't plummeted nearly as quickly as they were supposed to. Consequently, UN estimates for the global population at which we're meant to level off, once heading steadily downwards, now go up every year. By 2050, Africans may total 2.5 billion, and 4.5 billion by 2100. Given demographic momentum, to a degree these numbers are baked in. /.../ Morland devotes a scant eight pages to this crucial continent, and dubiously Pollyanna pages at that.

The author isn't always so demure. He forcefully discounts a popular mantra of British multiculturalists: 'It may often be said that England has always been a land of immigration, but this is simply untrue.' Until very recently, England and Wales have absorbed a tiny, demographically incidental handful of Huguenots and Jews. The rise of the population that does not consider itself white British from 2 per cent in the 1960s to nearly 20 per cent in 2011 is 'historically unprecedented'.

... White Britons are expected to become a minority in Britain circa 2060 or so. Starting in 1980, white Europeans in California fell from 70 per cent to 40 per cent in a mere 30 years.
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Population – employment
A declining population may not always be bad for the economy
Matthew Lynn
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2019

Trade wars. Currency movements. Trade balances. Normalising interest rates. Combating climate change and poverty. Year after year, the G-20 discusses the same narrow range of issues, never agrees on very much and follows up on even less with any real action. But this year might just be different. The Japanese are taking the chair and, to their credit, they have decided to put something that genuinely matters at the top of the agenda, namely demographics.

Even more strikingly, they are challenging a cosy consensus of the last couple of decades. Most mainstream economists and policymakers take it for granted that a declining population is bad for the economy and we need to do all we can to reverse it. But the Japanese are starting to argue that it may not be true. Technology might mean that we need fewer people, while all the services required by the elderly might actually stimulate demand. If true, policies to combat an ageing population might be a big mistake. ...

Haruhiko Kuroda, the governor of the Bank of Japan, kick-strated the debate with a sppech that had the not-completely snappy title Demographic Changes and Macroeconomic Challenges. ...

... It's possible, he argued, that an ageing population could be completely fine. Rapid progress in technology, such as robotics and artificial intelligence, means that we might need far fewer workers than in the past, while improving productivity (indeed, slightly oddly, at the same time as we worry about not having enough workers, we also worry about what to do about mass unemployment created by robotics). In fact, a shortage of workers will put pressure on companies to improve productivity. ...

... The conclusion? A falling population is not necessarily as bad for the economy as usually assumed. More provocatively still, ageing nations might be able to outperform younger ones.

That is of course especially relevant to Japan, where the working age population peaked in 1995 and its total population in 2008. Unlike just about every other major country, Japan has not tried to stem its declining numbers through immigration, remaining relatively closed to outsiders.
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Population – local statistics
Use Facebook to improve migration data, says think-tank
Robert Wright
Financial Times, 9 January 2019

Government statisticians should consider acquiring data from social media companies such as Facebook to improve the UK's often vague estimates of how many immigrants live in each area, a think-tank has recommended.

The proposal was made in the Social Market Foundation's All Immigration is Local report, which looks at how to ensure the benefits of immigration are broadly shared across the UK and how newcomers contribute to local economies.

The report, published on Wednesday, said current official statistics, which rely heavily on extrapolating from market research-style surveys, provided so little certainty that it was hard to assess the population of many towns.

It cited the example of Boston, Lincolnshire, which according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), has a migrant population of 21,000. The report said the statistics had a "confidence interval" of 10,000, meaning the town might have anything between 11,000 and 31,000 migrants. The potential error could mean the town had anything between 58,000 and 78,000 inhabitants.

Such uncertainty complicated efforts to help areas cope with the impact that immigrants had on schools, hospitals and other public services, the research said. The government seeks to alleviate such pressures mainly through its controlling migration fund, which makes grants to local authorities to strengthen public services.

The lack of good data also made it hard for local authorities to publicise the benefits their areas accrued from immigrants' spending, taxes and other economic activity, the report said. ...

The foundation also examined the shortcomings of government efforts to mitigate the strain on some small towns and rural areas from rapid increases in immigration.
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Population pressure – housing
England needs an extra FOUR MILLION homes over the next 20 years to keep up with soaring immigration as an estimated 27.6m families will need housing by 2041
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 17 May 2019

An extra 4 million homes will need to be built in England over the next two decades if immigration stays at current levels, a report said yesterday.

More than 27.6 million families will need housing by 2041 if the population continues to increase at present rates. At present there are 23.4 million households in England.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, suggest a major acceleration in housebuilding will be needed to cope with future levels of households.

To meet that target nearly 200,000 new homes a year would be needed. Last year, according to Whitehall estimates, around 165,000 new homes were built.

The figures were part of a series of projections of the likely future numbers of households in England calculated by the ONS.

The projection that there will be 27,621,000 households in 2041 is based on the possibility that immigration will continue at high levels.

The figure for immigration used to reach the estimate is net migration of 215,000 each year.

Latest figures for net migration - the number by which the population grows after both immigration and emigration have been taken into account - show a level of 283,000 for the year to last September. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chief of the Migration Watch UK pressure group, said: 'These projections confirm what we have been saying for some time. Namely, that if the current high level of net migration to England continues, we will need to build one new home every six minutes, night and day, to cope with the added demand for housing resulting from immigration.

'Given that young people are those mainly hurt by the housing crisis, it's no wonder that a majority of 18-24 year olds support the Government's pledge to reduce the level of net migration significantly.

'Given the current deep disillusion with politicians, the Government need to start taking real action to ensure that their immigration promises are delivered soon.'
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Population pressure – population density
Crowded county
Carole Alderman
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2019
[Letter to the Editor]

I live in Rutland, England's smallest county, motto: Multum in parvo. Our county council has started building 11,300 new "homes".

There will be 33,000 more people and 20,000 more cars. There is not enough industry here to employ people, let alone enough infrastructure. The closest big towns – Peterborough, Leicester and Nottingham – are each 30 miles away, a 60-mile daily round commute, often with train journeys to London on top.

This will mean massive amounts of carbon spewing into the atmosphere, while the Government talks about the country reducing its carbon footprint. How much more multum can be stuffed into parvo?
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Population pressure – politics, housing
We need to build a million homes on the Green Belt: Liz Truss announces bid for Tory party leadership with a radical plan claiming 'You have to put yourself forward no one else will'
Glen Owen
Mail on Sunday, 12 May 2019

Liz Truss today signals the effective start of a leadership bid by demanding a radical reboot of traditional Tory policies – including calling for a million new homes to be built on the Green Belt. ...

Ms Truss says: 'There has been a sea change in politics since the Tories last won a majority in 2015. The Conservative Party needs to wake up. Just doing more of what we have been doing for the past nine years is not going to win over modern Britain. We need to be bold, otherwise we will be annihilated by the tsunami of Corbyn and Farage.'

She cites as an example her support for building on the Green Belt – a sacred cow for many older shire Tories, but less taboo for younger voters struggling to afford their first homes.

Ms Truss says: 'We need to build a million homes on the London Green Belt near railway stations, and around other growing cities, specifically to allow the under 40s to be able to own their homes. We should allow villages to expand by four or five houses a year without having to go through the planning system, so people can afford to live locally'.
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Population pressure – overworked doctors
BBC Report on Overworked Doctors Blames Pensioners, Ignores Migration-Fuelled Population Growth
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 9 May 2019

In a report lamenting a fall in general practitioner (GP) numbers per capita, Britain's state broadcaster the BBC failed to mention immigration-driven population growth and instead blamed an "ageing" society for the decline.

A study by the Nuffield Trust said the drop in UK doctor numbers from 65 per 100,000 UK residents in 2014 to 60 last year, marked the first sustained fall in the figure since the 1960s.

In its report on the study, /.../, the BBC report failed to mention two million-strong population growth since 2014 and instead focussed purely on working conditions for doctors working in general practice and recruitment to explain the drop.

Campaign group Migration Watch UK, however, criticised the report, noting there was "no mention whatsoever" of mass migration – or even general population growth – in the public broadcaster's report.

"The BBC reports today that GP numbers have fallen from 65 per 100,000 in 2014 to 60 per 100,000 last year. Unsurprisingly, they say this is due to population ageing," the policy watchdog wrote.

"The General Medical Council said last year that rising population volumes are contributing to workplace pressures on GPs. The fact is that 80% of population growth is being driven by immigration. Why is it so difficult for the BBC and politicians to acknowledge this?" they added.

The continued rise in the national population – meaning more patients needing to be seen per doctor, on average – has been further compounded by a fall in the number of doctors working as GPs in the UK of 1,500 since 2014.
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Population pressure – school class sizes
Super size classes in secondary schools at highest level in 35 years, DfE figures show
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 19 April 2019

"Super-size" classes in secondary school are at their highest level in 35 years, official figures show.

In 2018, there was the largest proportion of children in classes of 31 or more pupils since 1983, according to data published by the Department for Education (DfE).

Almost one in eight secondary school pupils (12.1 per cent) are now taught in classes of at least 31 pupils. Of these 11.5 per cent are in classes of 31-35 pupils, and 0.6 per cent are in classes of more than 36.

Secondary school class sizes have been rising in recent years, following a bulge in pupil numbers caused in part by a rise in the birth rate in the early 2000s which is now making its way through to secondary schools.

While direct immigration has little effect on pupil numbers, higher birth rates among immigrant communities has been a contributing factor, according to DfE. ...

A report published by the Public Accounts Committee last year warned that there is a "growing sense of crisis" in teacher recruitment against backdrop of soaring pupil numbers. ...

A DfE spokesperson said: "Since 2010 we have created 920,000 school places and secondary class sizes have remained low – around 21. ..."
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Population pressure – public opinion, Government
Is keeping immigration promises too much to expect?
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 17 April 2019

The impact on every citizen's quality of life of a burgeoning population is massive and I make no apology for revisiting the issue, for it concerns the great majority of people in this country. Indeed, 64 per cent of the public told YouGov last year that the official estimate of future population growth (a projected rise of nearly seven million people by 2041) was too high. Can anyone seriously claim that the public's worries are not justified?

Immigration levels (net UK inflows averaged approximately 250,000 over the past decade) are now the main reason for our rapid population growth. This means more congestion on our roads and added pressure on the transport network (research has shown the UK is already one of the ten worst countries on the planet for road congestion) and on our schools, our hospitals and GP surgeries. As for housing, population growth, driven largely by immigration, will continue to be the main force behind most new demand for housebuilding. If net migration to England continues at its present annual rate (it has averaged just under 215,000 over the past decade), one home will have to be built every six minutes just to cope with the added demand resulting from new arrivals. ...

More than 80 per cent of population growth between 2001 and 2016 was as a result of migration and the subsequent children of migrants. Such direct and indirect immigration added one million to the UK population every three years. In just 15 years that means a population increase of five million people – equivalent to five Birminghams or ten Liverpools. ...

Is this why the ONS has repeatedly underestimated projected population growth? A decade ago it estimated that the UK population would not reach 64 million by 2017. In fact, by mid-2017, the UK population exceeded 66 million.

Understating the reality of rapid population growth is baffling. The public realise that England is already one of the most crowded nations in the EU. Polling conducted in 2016 (when the population was more than a half a million lower) suggested that nearly three-quarters of the public thought the UK was already crowded; they experience the impact for themselves daily.

Persistent underestimation of trends by a respected body like the ONS can only further undermine public confidence in the ability and willingness of the Government to deal with the high levels of immigration. A poll published last year found that only 17 per cent of the public trust the government to tell the truth about immigration either all or most of the time; the figure was even lower for MPs at 13 per cent. ...

In their 2010 manifesto, the Conservatives committed to reducing net migration to the 'tens of thousands'. It was a promise they repeated in their 2015 and 2017 manifestos. Seventy-three per cent of UK adults (equivalent to 38 million people) support this happening, according to a poll conducted last summer. ...

The need to restore public confidence on immigration is clear. Obfuscating its true level and the population growth that results can only add to the public's distrust of the Government ...
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Population pressure – water supply
England could run short of water within 25 years
Damian Carrington
The Guardian, 19 March 2019

England is set to run short of water within 25 years, the chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned.

The country is facing the "jaws of death", Sir James Bevan said, at the point where water demand from the country's rising population surpasses the falling supply resulting from climate change.

However, this could be avoided with ambitious action to cut people's water use by a third and leakage from water company pipes by 50%, he says, along with big new reservoirs, more desalination plants and transfers of water across the country.

"Around 25 years from now, where those [demand and supply] lines cross is known by some as the 'jaws of death' – the point at which we will not have enough water to supply our needs, unless we take action to change things," Bevan told the Guardian, before a speech on Tuesday at the Waterwise conference in London. ...

The most controversial change needed to increase supply is building new mega-reservoirs, such as that proposed near Abingdon in Oxfordshire.
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Population pressure – school places, Middlesbrough
Immigration revealed as single biggest factor behind Middlesbrough school places crisis
James Cain
Teesside Live, 5 March 2019

Immigration was the largest single unexpected factor that led to dozens of children not receiving an offer for a secondary school place, it can be revealed.

Middlesbrough Council told parents of more than 100 Year 6 pupils last week that they had not been offered a place at one of the town's schools.

The authority said schools were full due to "unprecedented demand".

It has now emerged that the demand was a result of a number of factors - the largest being international new arrivals. ...

Of approximately 2,000 Year 6 children who applied to go to a secondary school in Middlesbrough this September, the council was unable to offer a place to 4.7% of them.
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Population pressure – schools, Conservative Party
They have no intention of cutting immigration
Conservative Woman, 2 March 2019

Net migration figures released by the ONS this week for the year ending September 2018 are serious cause for concern. Still running at nearly 300,000 a year, the figures showed an overall 627,000 people arriving in the year, including 85,000 Brits, 202,000 EU migrants and 340,000 non-EU migrants.

Non-EU net migration is the highest it has been since 2004, with 261,000 more non-EU migrants coming to the UK than leaving. Non-EU student immigration is at its highest level since 2011. /.../ A total of 57,000 more EU citizens came to the UK than left in the year ending September 2018.

Though being nowhere near its target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands, promised for years, the Government remains remarkably sanguine. ...

... as Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, has pointed out: 'Non-EU net migration has risen still further to more than a quarter of a million even before the government has implemented its proposals to loosen the work permit system.' ...

Just two days after the publication of the latest migration figures, it was reported that record numbers of children will be missing out on their preferred secondary schools. And why is that? Quite simply because of an acute shortage of school places. This is the sixth consecutive year that demand for places has risen, a situation that is about to become even more challenging. The number of pupils in secondary schools is expected to increase by 428,000 over the next seven years, that's on top of the extra 825,000 school places created since 2010.
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Population pressure – housing
England 'needs millions of homes to solve housing crisis'
BBC, 8 January 2019

Three million new social homes must be built in England over 20 years to solve the "housing crisis", a report says.

Housing charity Shelter said 1.2 million homes are needed for younger families who cannot afford to buy and "face a lifetime in expensive and insecure private renting".

Existing schemes like Help to Buy are a less effective use of taxpayers' money, the report claims. ...

Shelter's report claims 1.3 million homes are needed to house those in greatest need - including homeless people and those living with a disability. ...

The report was authored by 16 independent commissioners, including former Labour leader Ed Miliband, Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Baroness Doreen Lawrence, TV architect George Clarke and Grenfell survivor Ed Daffarn.
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Racism – colourism, India
'This is so white!' Miss India pageant comes under fire for having 'no dark skin' beauty queens among the 'identically' pale finalists
Stephanie Linning
MailOnline, 31 May 2019

The Miss India beauty pageant has faced criticism over a lack of diversity in its finalists.

The organisation came under fire after a newspaper published headshots of all 30 women competing to take home the crown.

Twitter user LeBrown James shared a photo of the collage, asking: 'What's wrong with this picture?'

The question sparked dozens of responses from social media users who pointed out that all the women have 'fair skin', with one saying simply: 'This is so white!' ...

James was among the social media users struck by the apparent similarities in the contestants' appearance.

Followers were quick to agree. One posted: 'Same beauty filter has been used on everyone leaving no scope for diversity and inclusiveness.'

Another commented: 'They're all fair toned women of colour, look almost the same and represent the idea of "ideal beauty" in our country.'

A third pointed out: 'Because competition is about beauty and this is what they consider as beautiful...'

Another pageant, Femina Miss India 2019, raised some questions this week, after the 30 state winners were unveiled - all boasting similarly light skin.
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Racism – Islamophobia, free speech
Banning Islamophobia would suppress debate - just ask a liberal Muslim
Fraser Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2019

If you heard that a friend or colleague had been reprimanded for Islamophobia, what would you think? Probably that he'd said something undiplomatic, but certainly not bigoted. ...

But anti-Muslim bigotry in Britain is all too real, with the number of attacks rising at an alarming rate. ...

At first glance, attempts to define (and proscribe) Islamophobia seem uncontroversial. Anti-Muslim bigotry ought to have the same status as anti-Semitism and under the 2006 Racial and Religious Hatred Act, it does. So why the need to define Islamophobia? It is not a difficult word to understand: it refers to Islam as a religion – as distinct from Muslims, the followers of that religion. It is taken to mean both. But the vagueness of the phrase means that it can be used as a weapon against anyone, especially those seeking to scrutinise the agenda of political Islamism. In Britain, where religious freedom must coexist with the freedom to critique or mock any organised religion, words matter.

... But there are attempts under way to have the Government redefine the word to mean, in effect, anti-Muslim racism. So why not just say anti-Muslim racism? Because Islamophobia is a fashionable new cause, with momentum. ...

It's easy to see what could happen, because it has been happening already: activists use the word to try to silence their enemies. /.../ The Islamic Human Rights Commission absurdly named Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, as one of four men who "flagrantly displayed the most Islamophobia" last year. He is a practising Muslim.

This game has been played for some time in the Islamic world, with moderate Muslims usually the targets. In his study, Islam and Islamism, the Damascus-born scholar Bassam Tibi explains how zealots use the label. ...

Perhaps in a reaction to the Scruton debacle, the Government now appears minded to reject the new Islamophobia definition: "Legally problematic," it says. Morally problematic, too. Anyone ought to be at liberty to examine, discuss and disagree with any religion, just as anyone should be free to practise one without harassment. This ought not to be a difficult case to make.
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Racism – politics
Sajid Javid says he is attacked daily online by Asians and the 'far Left' because he is not 'brown enough'
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 11 May 2019

Sajid Javid has said he is attacked daily on social media by Asians and the "far Left" because he is "not brown enough", as he gives a big hint he will stand to succeed Theresa May as party leader.

The Home Secretary said in an interview that he is receiving racist abuse on social media on a daily basis and that "they don't like me because of my colour". ...

In an interview with Nick Robinson's Political Thinking podcast, Mr Javid said: "If you look at social media any day, especially Twitter or something, I'm getting abuse every day and I get it, I actually get it from the Left. You know, the far-Left, including lots of Asians who would say, 'He's not brown enough'. I get it from the Right and the far-Right in particular, saying 'He's too brown'."
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Racism – foreignness, universities
East Asian academics in UK embrace idea of being foreign
Terri Kim
University World News, 20 April 2019
[Dr Terri Kim is reader in comparative higher education at the University of East London]

Among other things, internationalisation invites some reflection about who is 'a minority': when and where and why.

For example, East Asian students make up the largest group of international students in United Kingdom higher education institutions. ...

By contrast, the number of East Asian academics working in UK universities has not been significant. Their identity is, by and large, not noted within internal domestic identity categories – the measuring devices for assessing who are 'minorities'.

In practice, of course, the UK is struggling with the theme of minority identity all the time. ...

More generally, the proportion of foreign-born, international academics employed in UK universities has increased steadily from 19.1% in 2005-06 to over 30% in 2018, according to Higher Education Statistics Agency data, and is expected to rise further. ...

Against this background, a two-year longitudinal study on the impact of the Diversifying Leadership programme of the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education was recently carried out. It is to be published in May.

Most BME participants in the programme reported experiences of frustration, awareness of racism, discrimination and hidden pathways to formal progression in academia. However, a few 'minority people' reported not perceiving these negative experiences. They explained this in terms of their cultural background. Interestingly, they all happen to be international East Asian participants.

This sparked my curiosity. In fact, East Asian academics have so far been invisible in equality, diversity and inclusion policy narratives in the UK higher education sector. ...

Moreover, most of the international East Asian academics in the UK, whom I know and have interviewed, do not participate in BME support network activities in their universities. But why? ...

As far as I can see, on the basis of these early interviews, the positional identities of East Asian academics working in UK universities tend to not be associated with the idea of being 'a victim' or part of a 'yellow peril'. Instead the East Asian academics whom I interviewed embrace (and even take advantage of) the idea of being foreign.

This is very likely associated with different patterns of colonialism and different patterns of voluntary migration from East Asia to the UK. ...

A subsequent layer of research would thus perhaps be of some interest in terms of minority identities.
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Racism – moving house, white flight
White British homeowners more likely to move out if Pakistanis buy houses nearby
Gwilym Pryce
The Conversation, 8 April 2019
[The author is a Professor of Urban Economics and Social Statistics]

In recent research that I published with my colleague Sue Easton, we wanted to take a closer look at what was happening when people with ethnic minority names moved next door or very close to homeowners with white British names. ...

In our study, we used property registration data for the 40% most deprived census areas of Glasgow in Scotland. ...

Crucially for our purposes, the property registration data we used recorded the names of both buyers and sellers in each house transaction. How people respond to particular sorts of names can reveal certain prejudices. ...

Analysis of particular name groups has become a lot more feasible as a result of the growing literature on combining forenames and surnames to impute ethnicity. And now sophisticated software is being designed to do this too, such as the Onomap software which can assign ethnicity to names in a large dataset based on linguistic and cultural analysis. ...

Our results suggest that, on average, the length of stay of homeowners with white British names is significantly reduced if house buyers with Pakistani or other Muslim names move within 50 metres. For example, for every household moving in with a "non-white other" name, primarily Muslim in origin, the average length of stay of existing homeowners with white British names halved. We also found evidence, however, that the effect diminished somewhat as the number of those moving in with Pakistani or Muslim names increased.

... Nevertheless, we can't say for sure that those homeowners with white British names who chose to move did so because of anti-Pakistani or anti-Muslim sentiment. Our study was observational, and we didn't interview people about the choices they'd made.

It's also worth bearing in mind that the effect is very likely to be partly driven by "neighbourhood churn". ...

In comparison to the white flight of 1950s America, the effect is probably pretty small and much more localised. But it nevertheless suggests house moves in Glasgow may be partly driven by latent aversion to having neighbours with Pakistani or Muslim names.
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Racism – Islamophobia
The weaponisation of Christchurch
Rakib Ehsan
Spiked, 4 April 2019
[Dr Rakib Ehsan is a research fellow at the Henry Jackson Society]

Friday 15 March 2019 is a day I will never forget. Waking up to the news of the terrorist attacks in Christchurch hit many of us like a sledgehammer. Commuting into London for work with a fellow Muslim, we discussed the sheer tragedy of Muslims praying at their local mosque – their sanctuary, a place for solace, reflection and introspection – being gunned down by a white-supremacist terrorist in indiscriminate fashion. ...

While utterly appalling, these reactions – vile representations of anti-Muslim hatred – did not come as much of a shock to me.

What did surprise me was the swiftness with which the regressive left weaponised Christchurch. Exploiting the terrorist attack to call out 'Islamophobic' commentators who are supposedly responsible for mainstreaming anti-Muslim tropes and fuelling hostility towards Muslim immigrant groups.

In reality, this was a coordinated effort to silence perfectly legitimate concerns; an orchestrated clampdown on the airing of reasonable grievances about integration, cohesion and how extremists divide different communities.

One British example saw the University of Bristol close down an event in which my colleague Emma Fox was due to speak. It was laden with irony: Emma was scheduled to discuss the findings of her report on how British universities provide a platform for extremist speakers.

The No Platforming of her was engineered by student-led mobs who slated her for being an 'Islamophobic' pseudo-researcher, with some labelling her employer, the Henry Jackson Society, as a 'far-right organisation'.

These groups held nothing in reserve when it came to using Christchurch as a clampdown tactic. They advanced the view that holding a discussion on the scale to which Islamist speakers hold talks on university campuses was insensitive and inappropriate in light of events in New Zealand.

This debacle highlights a strengthening unholy alliance between the regressive left and Islamist extremists – an anti-free-speech coalition which uses 'Islamophobia' as a go-to term to suppress dissenting opinions. ...

This is all deeply wrong. It is vital that people have the freedom to express their legitimate concerns – over social integration, community cohesion, female empowerment and sectarian victimisation. ...

Is it suddenly 'Islamophobic' to discuss how ultra-conservative gender roles are implicated in the relatively high child poverty rates within Britain's Pakistani and Bangladeshi Muslim communities?

Are people 'Islamophobic' for highlighting survey data which shows that there are clear majorities within the UK's Bangladeshi and Pakistani communities that identify more strongly with their faith than their national identity, and speaking of the challenges this may pose for intergroup relations in our society?

Atrocities such as Christchurch offer no excuse to ignore problems among Britain's Muslims communities. ...

The hypocrisy lies in the fact that those who often cry 'Islamophobia' take little to no interest in challenging gender discrimination, sectarian victimisation and extremist practices within their own communities.
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Racism – colour-blindness
White privilege lecture tells students white people 'dangerous' if they don't see race
Diana Soriano
The College Fix, 6 March 2019

During a guest lecture at Boston University on Monday, University of Washington Professor Robin DiAngelo told the audience a "dangerous white person" sees people as individuals rather than by skin color.

DiAngelo, whose main field of work is "whiteness studies," added that those who say they were taught to treat everyone the same deny black people of their reality, she said.

In making the claim, DiAngelo said she was lifting the terminology from her frequent co-facilitator at speaking engagements, black scholar Erin Trent Johnson.

DiAngelo's comments were couched during a section of her talk titled "What Does It Mean To Be White" that discussed colorblindness and those who say "I was taught to treat everyone the same, or some version of that."

"If you are being honest, you've probably said it," she told the audience, then added that in reality no one in the room was taught to treat everyone the same. "Your parents could lecture you to do it [but] you don't do it, you can't do it, there is no human objectivity."

She said when she hears people talk about treating everyone the same, it tells her "this person doesn't understand basic socialization. This person doesn't understand culture. This person is not self-aware." ...

DiAngelo's sentiments stand in stark contrast to a famous alumnus of school, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who earned his PhD in theology from Boston University and famously pronounced that he had a dream that his four children "will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

But DiAngelo placed a great emphasis on racial identity throughout the lecture, and dedicated a significant portion of her introduction to acknowledging the fact that she herself is a white person.

"I want to be clear that as I stand up here with authority and a voice on this topic, I'm reinforcing whiteness and the centrality of the white view," she said. "I'd like to be a little less white, which means a little less oppressive, oblivious, defensive, ignorant and arrogant." ...

She discussed how racism is systemic in the media, the family, religion, education, economics, language, and criminal justice. The common definition of racism as "an individual who consciously does not like people based on race and is intentionally mean to them" allegedly protects this system of racism. ...

She encouraged the audience to think in terms of race, and not the character of individual people, because all white people are racist to some degree, no matter what.

DiAngelo is a frequent guest speaker at campuses across the nation, coined the term "white fragility," and recently wrote a book on the subject titled "White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism."
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Racism – discrimination, right to rent property
The High Court's 'right to rent' decision is a travesty
Richard Ekins
Spectator blog, 2 March 2019
[Richard Ekins is associate professor at the University of Oxford]

The political campaign against the UK's immigration laws secured an important victory yesterday, with the High Court denouncing sections 20-37 of the Immigration Act 2014 as racially discriminatory – not by discriminatory intent or design but "indirectly", by side effect. Those "right to rent" provisions make it unlawful for private landlords to rent property to persons unlawfully in the UK and so require landlords to check the immigration status of prospective tenants. Introduced on a trial basis in the West Midlands, the scheme was extended across England from February 2016. The Government's intent has been to exercise its powers in the 2014 Act to extend the scheme across the entire UK.

The Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, with support from the Residential Landlords Association and Liberty, persuaded the High Court that the legislation discriminates on the basis of race and nationality. The Court exercised its powers under the Human Rights Act 1998 to declare the legislation incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). It also declared that it would be irrational and thus unlawful for the Government to extend the legislative scheme across the rest of the UK without further evaluating its effectiveness and discriminatory effect. This was and is an incredible judgment which should be reversed on appeal and/or by legislation. ...

But the central question the Court had to decide, as so often in human rights law cases, is the unavoidably political one of whether the right to rent scheme was justified, all things considered. Here the Court's reasoning is particularly problematic. ...

... There is a very strong case for this ruling to be overturned on appeal or reversed by legislation. It is for ministers accountable to Parliament to decide how to exercise the powers of commencement conferred on them by Parliament, to decide when and where legislation is to be brought into force. In trying to take over this power, the Court demonstrated still further its hostility to Parliament's policy, the merits of which should be for Parliament itself to decide, free from the distortion caused by litigation of this kind.
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Racism – discrimination, police
At last! Straight white men have discrimination law on their side
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2019

In September 2017, Matthew Furlong applied for his dream job as a police officer. Why would Cheshire constabulary pick him? All Matthew had to offer was intelligence, a particle physics degree, a commitment to law and order, good character, an able body, strong test results, first-class preparation and a family history of service in the force. I mean, why would you want to recruit a lad like that?

Matthew was rejected. Not because he wasn't good, but because he seemingly had the considerable handicap of being "a white, heterosexual male without disability".

In fact, so desperate was the force for recruits with "protected characteristics" – that means gay, transgender, disabled, black or from other ethnic minorities – that it rejected 34 white male, non-disabled candidates while other candidates were waved through. ...

This was the first case of its kind in the UK and I'm happy to report that the force was well and truly hoisted by its own PC petard. Judge Clare Grundy found Cheshire Police guilty of discrimination against Matthew on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and gender. ...

I'm afraid this is yet another case that reveals the huge gap between public services committed to imposing a politically fashionable agenda, whether or not it works in practice, and the actual public who still quite like the thought of strapping, smart chaps like Matthew protecting them from the bad guys.

Brainwashing the police into an alarmingly biased groupthink is not confined to recruitment. ...

We need the best possible officers. It's a sign of these warped times that that should even need saying. Dumbing down entrance requirements just to tick the relevant box and feel chuffed about inclusivity is undoubtedly a great step forward. For criminals.
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Racism – prejudice, UK, EU
UK no more biased against migrant workers than other EU nations
Jo Faragher
Personnel Today, 26 February 2019

Around 15% of people in the UK would object to having immigrants as neighbours, and most Brexiteers would welcome foreign workers, according to a new academic paper.

A study by Professor Mariah Evans of the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), analysed major public surveys of human beliefs and values in the UK and other EU nations.

Published in the journal Frontiers in Sociology, the study found that prejudice against migrant workers was perhaps rarer in the UK than in other countries, despite media focus on some UK citizens' apparent prejudice against immigrants.

"In the media turmoil surrounding Brexit, many pundits have seized on the prejudice angle, but these data demonstrate that is not actually what makes the UK different from the Continent," argued Prof Evans. ...

Researchers looked at responses to the World and European Values Surveys, which have around 500,000 combined respondents, as well as other quality of life surveys. ...

Professor Evans added: "We found a high level of tolerance for ethnic and religious diversity is typical of prosperous European and Anglophone nations, whereas ethnic and religious prejudice is much more common in poor countries." ...

The researchers describe the UK's level of prejudice as being "stock standard" for a country of its wealth. "Just like their wealthy EU peers, around 15% of Britons would object to having immigrants as neighbours, around 10% would object to neighbours of a different race, and 10% would rather not have neighbours of a different religion," she explained.

The analysis also showed that across all nations, prejudice tends to be either against all minority ethnic and religious groups or against none.
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Racism – hate crime, hoax, victimhood culture, fraud
Hate Crime Hoaxes are More Common than You Think
Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning
Quillette, 22 February 2019

This week Chicago police charged television star Jussie Smollett with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Smollett claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on January 29, but in the days before the arrest it became clear that police believed Smollett had hired two men to attack him. ...

But people make all sorts of things up, even things like that. More baffling to us than a hate crime hoax is that people would find such hoaxes baffling. Lying is hardly uncommon in our species, and false claims of victimhood, like other lies, become more common when they provide some advantage to the liar and when they're likely to be believed. That hate crime hoaxes seem strange or the motives unclear might simply be due to a lack of familiarity with them and with their social context. If you want to understand them better, here are three things to know.

First of all, hate crime hoaxes aren't new or unusual. In our book The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars, we discuss a number of cases of people falsely reporting or even staging hate crimes. ...

More recently, after Donald Trump was elected president, major newspapers published a number of stories about what were apparently Trump-inspired hate crimes, but many of these also turned out to be hoaxes. ...

Why aren't such cases more widely known? We're not the only ones who've written about them. ...

Even fairly incompetent hoaxes might therefore succeed, which brings us to our second point: Hate crime hoaxes aren't hard to pull off. ...

Real hate crimes happen, of course. We're not arguing that all or even most alleged hate crimes are hoaxes. But the ones dominating the headlines in recent years have often been false or misleading, possibly because fake cases are better designed to push the buttons of drama and partisanship. ...

That the hoaxes act as simple morality tales illustrating an outgroup's evil, or that they flatter the hoaxers, are part of what makes them attractive to the hoaxer's audience. /.../ Political polarization means that hoaxes that tap into one side's fears and biases are likely to be believed.

Long term cultural trends matter, too, and the third thing to know is that hate crime hoaxes thrive in a culture of victimhood. We use the term victimhood culture to refer to a new moral framework that differs from the older cultures of honor and dignity. /.../ Its morality revolves around a narrative of oppression and victimhood, with victimhood acting as new kind of moral status, much like honor was a kind of moral status in many traditional societies. ...

... Right now the police don't automatically "believe the victim" in such cases, but that could change if victimhood culture continues to spread.
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Racism – hate crime, fraud
Why it's cool to be hated
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 21 February 2019

Here's the thing about the Jussie Smollett case: it feels both strange and familiar. Strange because, as observers have pointed out, Smollett has a successful music and acting career, most notably in the Fox hip-hop soap opera Empire, and yet here he is risking it all by inventing a mad tale about having been semi-lynched by a couple of MAGA racists. And yet it also feels familiar, creepily familiar. After all, we live in a society in which it is positively cool to suffer from 'structural oppression'. In which campaigners actively covet hatred, constantly trawling for evidence that their group, their identity, their tribe is more loathed and wronged than any other. ...

Smollett's story has gripped the US media. He claimed that in January he was subjected to a racist and homophobic attack by two men (he is gay). He said the men jumped him, bombarded him with racist and anti-gay insults, poured some kind of chemical substance on him, tied a rope around his neck, and said: 'This is MAGA country.' Not only was his story instantly believed by much of the media and by many 'progressive' politicians and celebs – it was also weaved into a broader narrative about how horrific life has become for minority groups in Trump's America. ...

Some people started to raise doubts. Smollett's story doesn't add up, they said. They were shouted down as alt-right and uncaring. Yet now we know that these doubters, these sceptics, these people who refused to do what we are all expected to do in this witch-hunty era – instantly believe every accusation of racist or sexual violence – were right. Smollett's story has fallen apart. The Chicago Police denied for weeks that they had any suspicions about his tale. Perhaps they didn't want to be seen to be questioning the claims of a gay, black man, or casting doubt on an accusation of hate crime – such is the self-silencing induced by the censorious, racially charged, racially guarded culture of identitarianism. Yet now the cops have charged Smollett with filing a false report. ...

What we have here is a man orchestrating an attack on himself. A self-hate crime, if you will. It sounds alarming yet, as the journalist Andy Ngo recently documented, there have been many cases in recent years where 'hate attacks' on property or people that were thought to have been carried out by white racists were in fact executed by members of minority groups and sometimes simply made up. ...

Indeed, it is striking how swiftly Smollett was believed and how swiftly his story was held up as proof of something rotten in the states of America. ...

The more that our society valorises the victim, the more it attaches social capital to the experiences of pain and trauma, the more it validates weakness over autonomy, then the more it incites people to play up their victim status and even to invent victim status. ...

The twisted thing about all this is that it fractures society and generates real tension, and real hatred, far more than two MAGA-shouting racists ever could (especially when those two people didn't exist in the first place). Because what this cult of the victim encourages is a misanthropic view of society as full of hate.
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Racism – politics, cultural identity
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 1]
Eric Kaufmann
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London]

The politics of national populism are not, as critics claim, simply and only cloaks for fascistic voters and governments' pursuing policies of racial discrimination – though some obviously are. But other iterations of this are instead natural expressions of community – a perfectly uncontroversial idea that was indeed once conventional wisdom. Those of us interested in moving beyond flame-throwing – and into a useful conversation about how to create meaningful and effective public policy that benefits the most people – would do well to return to it.

"The distinctiveness of cultures and groups depends upon closure," wrote Michael Walzer, in his magisterial Spheres of Justice (1983). "If this distinctiveness is a value, as most people ... seem to believe, then closure must be permitted somewhere." From a different angle, the Marxist philosopher, Gerald Cohen, in his essay "Rescuing Conservatism: A Defense of Existing Value," adds that conservatism is primarily about valuing how things are in the present and seeking to preserve this particularity. This orientation encompasses causes dear to the left, such as the conservation of nature, species, architecture, and folk traditions, as well as enthusiasms of the right such as the preservation of national character and ways of life. The tension between these contradictory impulses is captured by the British writer James Meek who notes the dilemma of his fellow left cosmopolitans who value local particularity among the working-class cockneys of the East End of London, but not the locals' anti-immigration and Brexit orientation.

Social psychology further reinforces the insights of communitarian political philosophy with experimental evidence that people's deep values are between a third and a half inherited. ...

Two overlapping value orientations underpin the new cultural axis of politics: One is what social psychologist Karen Stenner describes as authoritarianism – a preference for order over difference; the other is status quo conservatism, which the political philosopher Cohen characterized as a preference for maintaining things as they are. This is what anchors the divide between nationalists and globalists, between people attached to ascribed ethnic and national identities, and those who identify with their portable credentials and achievements. Insofar as this crucial divide stems from psychology, it is highly resistant to social learning. Indeed, as Stenner showed, trying to convince someone who prefers order to embrace diversity tends to produce a backlash. ...

There are two key aspects of the new culture war. First, conservative and order-seeking voters respond differently to diversity than liberals. For instance, U.K. data shows that, at a local level, ethnic diversity lowers conservatives' trust in neighbors and attachment to locality but leaves that of liberals unaffected. In Europe, voters who value safety tend to vote for populists more than those who aren't concerned about it, but only in more diverse countries like France or the Netherlands. /.../ Second, as conservatives express their discontent with diversity and change, liberals mobilize against them in the name of anti-racist morality. ...
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Racism – politics, cultural identity
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 2]
Eric Kaufmann
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London]

The partisan divide over whether majority-group interests are racist is stark. When I ask Americans whether a white woman who wants less immigration to help maintain her group's share of the population is being racist or "acting in her racial self-interest, which is not racist," 36-39 percent of Americans, depending on the survey, respond that this is racist and 61-64 percent say it isn't. In most West European countries, 20-25 percent claim this is racist against 75-80 percent who say it's an expression of white group interest, which isn't racist. ...

The difference turns on whether attachment to being white, and being willing to act in the majority interest, is racist. /.../ Many white liberals acknowledge that identities are not zero sum: Just 18 percent of white Clinton voters in my sample consider a Latino who wants more immigration from Latin America to "boost her group's share" to be racist. Yet when a white person who is also attached to her group acts defensively to restrict immigration to achieve the same ends, she is deemed racist by nearly three-quarters of the same people. ...

When people of any racial background try to slow the rate of ethnic change in their home nation, they do so because it is, in Cohen's phraseology, an existing value for them. ...

Here again, we find different ethical yardsticks used to measure majority and minority groups, despite the lack of a consistent principle justifying this distinction. As Yael Tamir remarks in her 1993 book Liberal Nationalism, "If national claims rest on theoretically sound and morally justified grounds, one cannot restrict their application: They apply equally to all nations, regardless of their power, their wealth, their history of suffering, or even the injustices they have inflicted on others in the past." ...

The mischaracterization of people's attachment to a majority ethnicity or demographic status quo as racist hostility is a powerful source of resentment in many Western societies. ...

Since there is a taboo on majority-group ethnicity and ethno-traditional nationalism, these sentiments are expressed in sublimated form. Ostensibly "civic" national laws like language and residency requirements for spousal migration are designed to limit immigration – and such limits are justified on the grounds of state interests.

The desire to reduce the speed of ethnic change gets rationalized as the need to control immigration for material reasons. This could be to halt the flow of drugs and terrorists (Trump), to reduce pressure on the welfare state or housing, safeguard jobs (Bannon), protect secularism, gays or Jews from Islam (Le Pen and Wilders) or to reassert British sovereignty against Brussels (Farage). These rationalizations matter, but are secondary drivers. ...

White majorities will gradually become "beige," in Michael Lind's terms, because intermarriage produces a logarithmic rise in the mixed population. In America and Western Europe, those of mixed race will become the majority in a century or so. However, it's important that on the way there, people are able to travel at a pace that allows moderate conservatives to maintain a sense of continuity while enough change takes place to satisfy moderate liberals.
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Racism – hairstyles, discrimination, New York City, USA
New York City to Ban Discrimination Based on Hair
Stacey Stowe
New York Times, 18 February 2019

Under new guidelines to be released this week by the New York City Commission on Human Rights, the targeting of people based on their hair or hairstyle, at work, school or in public spaces, will now be considered racial discrimination.

The change in law applies to anyone in New York City but is aimed at remedying the disparate treatment of black people; the guidelines specifically mention the right of New Yorkers to maintain their "natural hair, treated or untreated hairstyles such as locs, cornrows, twists, braids, Bantu knots, fades, Afros, and/or the right to keep hair in an uncut or untrimmed state."

In practice, the guidelines give legal recourse to individuals who have been harassed, threatened, punished, demoted or fired because of the texture or style of their hair. The city commission can levy penalties up to $250,000 on defendants that are found in violation of the guidelines and there is no cap on damages. The commission can also force internal policy changes and rehirings at offending institutions.

... (The new guidelines do not interfere with health and safety reasons for wearing hair up or in a net, as long as the rules apply to everyone.) ...

To date, there is no legal precedent in federal court for the protection of hair. ...

But New York City's human rights commission is one of the most progressive in the nation; it recognizes many more areas of discrimination than federal law, including in employment, housing, pregnancy and marital status. Its legal enforcement bureau can conduct investigations, and has the ability to subpoena witnesses and prosecute violations. ...

There has long been a professional toll for those with certain hairstyles. Almost 18 percent of United States soldiers in active duty are black, but it is only in recent years that the military has dropped its prohibitions on hairstyles associated with black culture. The Marines approved braid, twist and "lock" (usually spelled loc) hairstyles in 2015, with some caveats, and the Army lifted its ban on dreadlocks in 2017.

And certain black hairstyles are freighted with history. Wearing an Afro in the 1960s, for instance, was often seen as a political statement instead of a purely aesthetic choice, said Noliwe Rooks, an author and professor at Cornell University whose work explores race and gender. Dr. Rooks said that today, black men who shave designs into their hair as a stylistic choice may be perceived as telegraphing gang membership. ...

Chaumtoli Huq, an associate professor of labor and employment law at City University of New York School of Law, said that attitudes will change as black politicians, like Stacey Abrams, who ran for governor of Georgia, and Ayanna Pressley, who represents Massachusetts in Congress, rise in prominence.
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Racism – preferences, discrimination, dating
'Why is it OK to ban certain races on your dating profile?'
Jessie Tu
Sydney Morning Herald, 6 February 2019

Lately, my single, female friends have been telling me about the extraordinary messages they receive on sites like Tinder, OkCupid and Hinge.

I image the scenario playing out like this: the messages are written on cardboard signs which men hold up – like this actual line on the profile of a sun-kissed Liam Hemsworth lookalike: "Looking for love. Pls no foreigners."

Or this: "Only keen on Aussie chicks". Or this: "No Blacks or Asians". ...

You'd never find a job ad that discriminates against applicants based on race. That's against the law. Why is it okay, then, to announce a ban against engaging with a race of people on your dating profile?

Some openly announce "NO ASIANS/ NO BLACKS". I wonder how harmful this might be to an Asian, like me, or black person, to see this regularly – how this might diminish our self-hood and dignity. ...

People are entitled to date whomever they want. Could it be possible, though, that the "sign holders" have received cultural signals that "black people are undesirable and possibly even dangerous", "Asians have nothing interesting to say", and those whom English is a second language can't offer anything of value?

Our sexual preferences are shaped and altered by forces we seem, on the whole, to be very reluctant to critique. ...

The recently-appointed Race Discrimination Commissioner, Chin Tan, told me, "Online, as in all other aspects of life, racism and racial discrimination is never acceptable.

"Dating apps must reflect the same standards of non-discrimination as those expected in the broader community. I urge them to act quickly to remove users who do not comply with these guidelines and to effectively resolve complaints where racism is brought to their attention." ...

William Ward, a lawyer who specialises in discrimination law at Meyer Vanderberg Lawyers, says, despite the existence of racial vilification laws, when it comes to dating apps there's a difference between stating a preference, and vilifying a race. An individual user would need to express racially vilifying, offensive statements to breach these laws. ...

I wouldn't like to judge someone based on these imagined ideas. They are stereotypes, and stereotypes are often wrong.

I'd want to grant a stranger the dignity to be treated as an individual.
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Racism – football
Is it society's job to stop people singing racist jokes?
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 2 February 2019

Where would you rather come from, Pakistan or Liverpool? ...

This was the question posed, in an extremely offensive truncated form, by a minuscule sub-section of Millwall supporters during the side's otherwise heroic victory over Everton in the FA Cup last Saturday. ...

That it was a vanishingly small minority singing what used to be, until comparatively recently, a very familiar chant does not seem to matter to them. A certain hyperbole takes over. An Everton fan was slashed in the face with a Stanley knife during the same game, but this outrage gained far less coverage. ...

There remain a few isolated pockets of people who wish to express themselves in a racially offensive manner at football matches, and I'm not sure that it is society's job to tell them that in reality there could be nothing better, more enriching, than having a provenance in Lahore or Sefton. ...

The game has to a large degree been gentrified now, but reservoirs of enormously vituperous and socially unacceptable spite remain, and I suppose it discombobulates the middle classes when these are brought to light. We thought that had all gone! No, not quite, not yet. But it will.
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Racism – India
Esha Gupta: Has Instagram exposed everyday racism in India?
BBC, 1 February 2019

Up until Monday, Esha Gupta was just a Bollywood actress with a passion for Arsenal football club.

That changed after the actress decided to share a screengrab of a WhatsApp conversation in which a friend mocked the team's Nigerian star, Alex Iwobi, as a "gorilla" and "Neanderthal" who "evolution had stopped for".

"Hahaha," wrote the actress, who helped Arsenal unveil its 2017 away kit, as she shared the screengrab with her 3.4m Instagram followers. ...

Gupta apologised quickly, but the post hints at a long-known - but little acknowledged - problem of racism towards people of African descent in Indian society. ...

You don't have to look far to see examples of prejudice towards people of African descent in India: just look at how Bollywood treats its black characters. ...

But it is not just black people who find themselves being judged for the colour of their skin in India. Darker skinned Indians also find themselves struggling against prejudice.
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Racism – Islamophobia
These 9 things are 'officially Islamophobic' after UK councils adopt new definition
Lancashire Telegraph, 30 January 2019

Councils across the UK are starting to adopt an agreed list of examples of Islamophobia.

However, so far, just three local authorities have adopted the APPG (All-Party Parliamentary Group) definition of Islamophobia. ...

Oxford City council has this week become the latest in the UK to officially recognise the APPG definition which states:

"Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness."

The two other councils to adopt the definition are in London.

The list below states examples of Islamophobia that the councils now deem as unacceptable: ...

• Making mendacious, dehumanizing, demonizing, or stereotypical allegations about Muslims as such, or of Muslims as a collective group, such as, especially but not exclusively, conspiracies about Muslim entryism in politics, government or other societal institutions; the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and claims of a demographic 'threat' posed by Muslims or of a 'Muslim takeover'. ...

• Accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or exaggerating Islamophobia, ethnic cleansing or genocide perpetrated against Muslims.

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

• Denying Muslim populations, the right to self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour. ...
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Racism – multiculturalism
Book Review: Political Blackness in Multiracial Britain by Mohan Ambikaipaker
Priyanka deSouza
LSE Review of Books, 23 January 2019

How do we understand the relationship between sustained institutional racism and the everyday violence experienced by the black community in Britain over time? To theorise this in Political Blackness in Multiracial Britain, Mohan Ambikaipaker reflects on his experience as an unpaid caseworker (2005-06) and longtime associate of the Newham Monitoring Project (NMP), fighting against the failure of the British liberal state to provide justice to victims of racism. ...

The reason I found this book so powerful was in large part due to Ambikaipaker's choice of methodology. He refuses to be a disengaged observer, but instead opts for an 'activist anthropology' approach with NMP. He does this because he recognises in his book that conducting interviews with the police force would privilege the performance of white informants in adjudicating whether or not institutional racism is real. Instead, he chooses to work with NMP, an organisation firmly committed to a racial analysis of British liberal governance, informed not only by local and national events in Britain but also black consciousness movements around the world. ...

Ambikaipaker was drawn to the borough of Newham for his research because of its dynamic, cosmopolitan nature and its diversity: although the white British population was the majority in 2006, there was a large population of multiple black communities living side-by-side in the borough. NMP had a strong presence in the neighbourhood. /.../ Each of Ambikaipaker's chapters starts by situating the ensuing stories he tells in a critical race theory/postcolonial framework.

A note here about Ambikaipaker's use of 'blackness'. Although Ambikaipaker refers to all non-white communities as 'black', he does so in a political sense, not a cultural one. He explains at length why he does so in Chapters Six and Seven of his book: he does not essentialise blackness, but instead shows that although the experience of black communities is different, they are all victims of the racial hierarchy in Britain. NMP thus uses political blackness as a rallying strategy to build solidarity between communities to create a 'mosaic of unities' to fight injustice together. ...

... And in his chapter on the Muslim community in Britain, Ambikaipaker shows the evolution of the state's approach to 'managing' the black community. He details how the language of multiculturalism and community cohesion, which have obscured the true root of racism in the British state, have been replaced by the coded language of counter-terrorism, which has served to particularly target the Muslim community. By doing so, he shines a light on the unchanged racist intentions of the state and its evolution in form.
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Racism – white identity, politics, USA
The Disturbing, Surprisingly Complex Relationship Between White Identity Politics and Racism
Isaac Chotiner
New Yorker, 19 January 2019

In her new book, "White Identity Politics," the Duke political scientist Ashley Jardina examines the increasing relevance of white identity in America. Drawing on data from American National Election Studies surveys and her own research, Jardina finds that about thirty to forty per cent of white Americans say that white identity is important to them, and she adds an interesting twist – that this group only partly overlaps with the group of white Americans who hold racist views. According to Jardina's analysis, about thirty-eight per cent of white people who highly value their white identity are at or below the mean level of racial resentment, while forty-four per cent of white people who say their racial identity is less important are at or above that level. ...

I recently spoke with Jardina by phone. ...

How do you come to the conclusion that white identity tends to experience spikes when there is a change in the country, or when politicians wield ideas of whiteness or racism, without all the survey data we would like? ...

I think we social scientists were looking for white identity in the wrong places. One of the distinctions I make in the book is between the ideas of identity and prejudice. This is the distinction between in-group attitudes and out-group attitudes. For good reason, a lot of work on whites' racial attitudes in the U.S. has focussed on racial prejudice. We want to understand where discrimination and bigotry and all these things come from, and what the consequences are.

But there was a tendency to think about white identity as just another manifestation of prejudice. ...

How much of a connection is there between strongly identifying with whiteness and racist attitudes?

Not as strong as you might think. It's certainly the case that there are some people who identify as white and who are also racist. But it's not a one-to-one relationship. The connection is fairly weak, and that's for two reasons. One is that there are a lot of white people who are more racially prejudiced who do not identify as being white, and the converse is true. Then there are a number of white people who feel strongly attached to their group but who aren't particularly prejudiced. ...

You say there's not the connection we might expect between emphasizing white identity and racism, but you also say that white identifiers care especially about immigration. How do you understand the connection between caring about immigration and racism?

For people high on white identity, opposition to immigration doesn't necessarily come as a result of disliking Latinos. It is rooted in something different, which is that they think immigration is threatening American culture, but a particular flavor of American culture, one which is defined by Anglo-Saxon Protestant heritage, which is very much defined by whiteness. Somebody might just be opposed to immigration because they dislike Latinos. But there's a different component to this that's going on in the minds of a lot of white people. It's not, "I dislike Latino people." It's, "I don't like the idea that the country that I envision, the country that I grew up in, the place that is defined by this Anglo-Saxon culture, is somehow threatened by this new group.
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Racism – Islamophobia, free speech
We must be free to criticise Islam
Hardeep Singh
Spiked, 4 January 2019

The All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on British Muslims is calling on the government to establish a legally binding definition of 'Islamophobia', akin to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance's (IHRA) working definition of anti-Semitism. Last November, the APPG launched its landmark Islamophobia Defined report, offering the following definition: 'Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness.' To tackle what it calls Islamophobia, the report calls for 'appropriate limits to free speech' and for the policing and regulation of matters 'far beyond what can be captured as criminal acts'.

Hatred towards Muslims has certainly resulted in some horrendous crimes, like the Finsbury Park van attack, where an innocent worshipper was murdered. Women in hijabs are also vulnerable to attacks, particularly following major terror events, due to their visibility as Muslims.

Nevertheless, there are serious problems with the APPG's definition of Islamophobia, and indeed with the term Islamophobia itself. It is far too vague and it conflates attacks on Muslims (and non-Muslims) with criticism of Islam and of the behaviour of a minority of Muslims.

The charity I work for – the Network of Sikh Organisations – provided written and oral evidence to the APPG for the report. We argued that non-Muslims can also be victims of what is called Islamophobia. Sometimes this is because of race. ...

But 'Islamophobia' is not always rooted in racism. For a start, racism cannot adequately describe discrimination against either white converts to Islam or European Muslims like Bosniaks, Kosovars and Albanians.

Moreover, there have been a number of so-called mistaken-identity attacks since 9/11, where turbaned and bearded Sikhs have been targeted (and even killed) as they were mistaken for Muslims. ...

According to freedom-of-information disclosures I obtained from the Metropolitan Police, crimes against British Jews, Sikhs, Christians, Hindus, Buddhists, atheists and agnostics have all been recorded as 'Islamophobic' hate crimes.

One major problem with a term like Islamophobia is that, even with a working definition, it is inherently subjective. When it comes to speech, who judges what is sufficiently 'offensive' to constitute a phobia? Who adjudicates what is permissible within the boundaries of free speech and what strays into forbidden, 'phobic' territory? Legitimate criticism of aspects of Islam could be silenced under the proposed definition of Islamophobia, or criminalised as 'hate speech'.

For example, according to the APPG report, 'claims of Muslims spreading Islam by the sword or subjugating minority groups under their rule' may be 'Islamophobic'. But that could censor discussion of historical facts, such as the gruesome aspects of the Mughal and Ottoman Empires or the Moor conquests, not to mention the crimes of modern-day ISIS. ...

Those Muslims who put their head above the parapet to criticise Islam often face extreme prejudice from other Muslims. For instance, Britain's counter-extremism czar, Sara Khan, writes in the Huffington Post of the 'increasing anti-Muslim hatred' that she receives 'from fellow Muslims'. 'It is contradictory and unjust to recognise non-Muslim perpetrators yet ignore Muslims who engage in active hostility, abuse, hatred and discrimination against other Muslims', she writes.
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Repatriation/deportation – crime, illegal immigrant
Albanian murderer granted bail by judge ABSCONDS after Sajid Javid orders his extradition
Jon Austin
Sunday Express, 28 April 2019

Hektor Mahmutaj, 43, who smuggled himself into the UK hidden in a lorry, is wanted in his native Albania after being sentenced to a 25-year jail term for shooting a farmer.

In October Judge Tan Ikram ruled at Westminster magistrates court that Mahmutaj should be extradited to Albania.

However, despite Mahmutaj having a string of convictions in the UK, including firearms possession, he freed him on conditional bail.

This was while the case was referred to Home Secretary Sajid Javid for a final decision because Mahmutaj is a non-EU national.

Mr Javid upheld the decision at the end of last year, paving the way for the extradition.

It has since emerged that Mahmutaj breached his bail conditions and absconded after the decision was made. His current whereabouts are unknown. ...

Mahmutaj, who was living in Huyton, Liverpool, was prosecuted and jailed a number of times in the UK since 2002, but avoided any extradition attempts for several years by using aliases that fooled the authorities. ...

Mahmutaj was arrested on an Interpol warrant in December 2006, when his real identity was revealed. ...

A Home Office spokeswoman was unable to say why Mahmutaj was not deported in 2003 when he first came to the attention of the criminal justice system as an illegal immigrant.
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Repatriation/deportation – threats to free speech
Conference cancelled amid speakers' fears over fallout with transgender lobby
Camilla Turner
Sunday Telegraph, 14 April 2019

An immigration conference has been cancelled amid fears of a backlash from the transgender lobby, it has emerged.

The Centre for Crime and Social Justice (CCSJ) was planning to hold a summit in June for academics and lawyers to discuss a new Home Office initiative aimed at identifying and deporting foreign criminals.

But invitations to speakers were met with a tepid or negative response, not because of the event itself - which they were keen to take part in - but due to the centre's position on transgender prisoners.

Prospective speakers were concerned that they may be criticised for associating with such views if they appeared at the event. ...

The event's co-organisers then pulled out, saying they did not wish to go ahead given the responses. ...

Last month, the Open University cancelled a conference on prison reform, co-organised by the CCSJ, folloing a barrage of criticism as well as threats to disrupt the event from the transgender lobby.
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Repatriation/deportation – crime
Britain's deportation disgrace: One's a convicted paedophile, the other a gangster. Both should have left the UK years ago – but they still here laughing in the face of the law
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 13 April 2019

This is 29-year-old Turkish-born Tolga Binbuga, ...

Binbuga, who came to Britain at the age of nine, but has never applied for British citizenship, has been convicted of robbery, burglary, assault, criminal damage and shoplifting. He has been fighting the Government against his deportation to Turkey for nearly five years – but thanks to a string of successful appeals to immigration tribunals, costing thousands of pounds apiece, he has succeeded in staying.

The Binbuga saga is scandalous enough. It is, however, only one in a shocking array of similar cases.

Day after day in our immigration courts, foreigners who have made their home in the UK, then abused our welcome by committing criminal acts, even serial rape and murder, game the overwhelmed system with the help of well-paid lawyers to wriggle out of being deported – sometimes for years, sometimes for ever because the system seems to forget them.

The problem is huge. In England and Wales, one prisoner in nine is now a foreign national. /.../ If these jailbirds, who like other prisoners cost £22,000 a year each to keep behind bars, are from outside the EU and serving a sentence of a year or more, they can be earmarked for deportation on release if the Home Secretary deems it conducive to the public good – as he invariably does.

According to the Government rulebook, they should go from their cell to a detention centre and be held there until they can be flown out of the UK. EU-born criminals who commit serious crimes or are a threat to public security are also put on deportation lists.

But as Binbuga's case shows, this is far from the reality. ...

Binbuga is one of thousands of foreign-born criminals convicted in this country whom the Government is struggling to deport. ...

The Home Office said this year that 45,800 foreigners have been removed from Britain after serving a prison sentence since 2010. But, in truth, wily immigration lawyers use every ruse to stop foreigners who've committed crimes here being sent packing.

Latest figures show that between 2014 and 2016 a total of 494 foreign national offenders 'absconded' while they were listed for deportation after serving sentences here. They included people with convictions for violence, rape and other sexual crimes, fraud, money laundering, possession of weapons, burglary, forgery and handling stolen goods.

The Mail has investigated the litany of appeals made by foreign criminals to independent immigration tribunals against deportation over the past six months. The offenders come from countries including Lithuania, China, Albania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Pakistan, India, Vietnam and some Caribbean nations. ...

In few places is it more clear that the deportation system is broken than in Rochdale, Greater Manchester, one of the many northern towns to be rocked by sex-grooming scandals.

After the trial, three of the gang with dual British and Pakistani nationalities – Rauf, Khan and Aziz – were stripped of their British citizenship as a prelude to deportation to Pakistan. Yet the Mail can reveal that nearly six years after their imprisonment, these sexual predators are still living in the same region where they abused the girls.
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Repatriation/deportation – crime
Foreign criminal allowed to stay after judge rules membership of notorious London gang shows 'integration into society'
Nick Parker
The Sun, 9 April 2019

A Turkish-born criminal was allowed to stay in Britain because a judge ruled his membership of a notorious gang showed he had integrated into UK society.

Tolga Binbuga, 29, has been convicted of robbery, burglary, assault, criminal damage and shoplifting and cautioned for drug possession.

Binbuga, who came to the UK aged nine but never applied for British citizenship, also joined North London's Get Money Gang.

Police say the GMG is No2 on their list of Britain's most dangerous gangs.

But when The Home Office tried to deport Binbuga his lawyers appealed saying he was a "home grown criminal" and English to the core.

Judge Evan Ruth agreed with claims Binbuga's gang membership prove he had "socially and culturally integrated." ...

The ruling allowing him to stay in the UK was made in 2016 but was never reported.

It was overturned by a Home Office appeal the following year in which judges said Judge Ruth had "erred in law" by claiming gang memberships showed he was socially integrated. ...

The judges said there were no "compelling circumstances" to stop the deportation of Binbuga.

But he appealed yet again and ran up a bill of at least £50,000 before the case was finally thrown out last week. It was unclear yesterday whether he has yet been deported.
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Majority of immigration removals called off amid concerns thousands of people wrongly targeted
May Bulman
Independent, 27 March 2019

More than half of deportations from the UK are called off, The Independent can reveal – raising concerns that thousands of people are being unfairly targeted for forcible removal.

Figures obtained through freedom of information law show that of the 24,674 removal directions issued last year, 15,200 were cancelled. Of these, more than two-thirds were called off within a week of the scheduled removal and 45 per cent within just one day.

Lawyers and campaigners said the cancelled removals were a waste of public money and a "damaging" symptom of the Home Office's "detain first, ask questions later" approach.

The most common reason for cancellation was because legal representations had been submitted (34 per cent), with other reasons given including "administrative", "disruptive behaviour" and "medical".

It comes after the High Court ordered the Home Office to stop using a controversial "no warning" tactic, which means a person can be told that at any point during the subsequent three months they may be given between three and seven days' notice that they will be removed. ...

Celia Clarke, director of Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID), said the figures were "shocking" and accused the Home Office of serving removal directions "for its own convenience". ...

The Independent has reported on numerous cases in the past year whereby people have been threatened with removal, but following intervention by their solicitor or their MP – as well as media coverage – their departure has been cancelled. ...

Immigration lawyer Colin Yeo said the high number of cancellations and declining number of removals suggested a "detain first, ask questions later" approach, which he described as a "waste of public money as well as being very distressing to those affected".

Mr Yeo added: "It also suggests something is wrong with Home Office information on who is removable and who is not."
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Repatriation/deportation – legal aid
Rochdale paedophile gang handed £1m in legal aid to fight deportation
Nick Parker
The Sun, 11 February 2019

Members of a paedophile gang have received more than £1 million in taxpayer-funded legal aid to fight deportation.

The four, from Pakistan, were among nine men jailed in 2012 for sexual offences, including rape, against underage girls in Rochdale.

Ringleader Shabir Ahmed, 65, Abdul Aziz, 42, Adil Khan, 43, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 44, claimed a move to strip them of their citizenship in order to deport them breached their human rights.

They were granted legal aid to fight their case and Ahmed – who made girls he raped call him "Daddy" – was allowed to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights from jail.

The beast, who got 22 years, tried to claim his convictions were a conspiracy by police and his jury to "scapegoat" Muslims. He lost.

Alleged stalling tactics at appeals by the four were described as "weakening the rule of law" by Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey, the UK's most senior immigration judge.

Aziz, Khan and Rauf finally lost their fight last August when judges upheld a decision to strip them of citizenship.

But they and Ahmed have so far received £1,003,783 in legal aid, The Sun's Freedom of Information requests reveal.
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Repatriation/deportation – legal aid
Jailed Al-Qaeda chief receives £800k in legal aid to appeal his conviction
Dominik Lemanski
The Sun, 11 February 2019

Al-Qaeda's top ranked boss jailed in Britain has received almost £800,000 legal aid to appeal his conviction.

Rangzieb Ahmed, 43, got life in 2008 for plotting attacks in the UK.

Ahmed, said to have had links to the 7/7 London bombers who killed 52 in 2005, was found with notebooks listing details of terror contacts written in invisible ink.

He was also suspected of having contact with extremists behind the failed bomb plot in the capital two weeks later.

Rochdale-born Ahmed was arrested in Pakistan.

He was the first person convicted in the UK on a charge of directing a terrorist organisation.

Yet he has received £782,407 in taxpayer-funded hand-outs, a Sun on Sunday freedom of information request found.

It includes £589,667 to pay for a barrister and lawyers in court, plus £121,892 for a failed appeal against conviction in 2011.

He also got £60,435 towards a civil action against police as well as a further £306 for "legal help".

He has a parole hearing next month and MP David Davies branded the payments "an outrage".

He said: "He shouldn't be walking the streets yet he is receiving vast amounts of taxpayers' money in order to enable him to do so."
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Repatriation/deportation – illegal immigration
Illegal immigrant could be deported for third time after he was caught driving Mercedes at 130mph
Laura FitzPatrick
Daily Telegraph, 3 January 2019

An illegal immigrant who drove a Mercedes at 130mph could be deported for the third time.

Ahmed Ali, 23, has already been deported from the UK twice for motoring offences and is disqualified from driving, but he came back to Britain illegally before committing another offence in the early hours of December 30.

Ali, who was born in the Netherlands to Somalian parents, raced a white Mercedes on the A38 in Derby at 12.35am and was stopped near Findern. ...

Ali's lawyer, Theo Addae ...

Mr Addae said that in terms of his immigration status, and following the latest offences, Ali will now be subject to a Home Office review as to whether he will be deported again.

Ali, who originally came to the country aged five, pleaded guilty to entering the UK in breach of a deportation order, driving while disqualified, without insurance and obstructing a police officer by giving false details as to his identity.
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Social cohesion – national identity
Identity is just as important as wealth. Why don't economists get that?
Rory Sutherland
The Spectator, 5 January 2019

It has become commonplace for news reports to refer to almost any civic unrest, or even unusual patterns of voting, as evidence of 'resurgent nationalism' – implicitly suggesting a visceral hatred of foreigners and a desire to set the clock back to the glory days of racial homogeneity and casual homophobia. We should be wary of accepting this media trope: for one thing it may arouse far more fear than is warranted.

But apart from the needless fear it generates, it is also slightly dubious to suggest that it is the gilets jaunes or the Five Star Movement or the supporters of Brexit or even Donald Trump who are acting intemperately. It is perfectly possible to argue that these movements are a sensible, overdue reaction against governments that have imposed economic globalisation on the world at a pace that is entirely inconsistent with the human lifespan and the speed at which we can adapt to change. The free movement of people, the euro, large-scale immigration, the dissolution of the nation state – for that matter the admission of China to the WTO... all were imposed on the world by ideologically motivated elites with little public consultation. Regardless of whether you think they are good or bad, there is a perfectly sensible secondary question to be asked about whether they were too much too soon. Remember, such decisions are usually made by economists, who do not really understand either time or scale.

Nor does conventional economics take into account the importance of identity. Eighteen years ago, rather presciently, George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton suggested that economics is far too individualistic in its conception of human motivation. Identity Economics, as they call their theory, holds that people's pride in their collective identity can be considered as a parallel form of wealth, which people seek to grow and protect every bit as much as the balance of their bank accounts. When you strip people of their identity, the reaction is no different than if you deprive people of their earnings.

Given the fact that we have evolved as a social species, this theory should hardly surprise us. After all, the one quality most likely to ensure survival over the past million years was proudly to belong to one or more defined, excludable groups with a shared allegiance born of common bonds and obligations. It would be odd if this instinct were not every bit as powerful as the urge to acquire wealth. And to disparage this fellow feeling as though it were necessarily a malign force is nonsense: it is a large part of what makes society work.

Economics is obsessed with the gains arising from scale. But identity does not scale neatly or quickly. ...

This, incidentally, is one principled argument for a hard Brexit, even if at some economic cost. It is to make the perfectly valid point that in a democracy the government should do what people want, not what economic theory says is good for them. Quite simply, economics is anthropologically tone-deaf: it has far too narrow a conception of what people really care about to justify the influence it carries.
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Terrorism – privacy, facial recognition
Facial recognition by police is choice between privacy and preventing terror attacks, says security expert
Gareth Davies
Daily Telegraph, 22 May 2019

The use of facial recognition by police is the difference between privacy and preventing terror attacks, a security expert has said ahead of the first legal battle in the UK over police's use of the technology. ...

Facial recognition technology maps faces in a crowd then compares results with a "watch list" of images which can include suspects, missing people and persons of interest.

But former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office (NaCTSO) Chris Phillips told BBC Radio 4's Today programme if people have done nothing wrong, they have nothing to worry about. ...

Mr Phillips agreed that the technology needed to be regulated, but said as things stand police have a "pretty much impossible task" when it comes to counter-terrorism. ...

The Met says its trials aim to discover whether the technology is an effective way to "deter and prevent crime and bring to justice wanted criminals".
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Terrorism – far-Right, neo-Nazis
Muslims in Britain could be massacred by far-Right terrorists warns minister
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 20 May 2019

A far-right massacre of Muslims "could happen" in Britain, Security Minister Ben Wallace warned yesterday.

He admitted that the Government was troubled by a "growing" number of people in the UK driven by a white supremacy ideology. Mr Wallace said the slaughter in New Zealand last week had led the Government to consider boosting funds to protect mosques and other Islamic institutions in the UK. ...

Mr Wallace said: "At the moment £14 million goes to the Community Security Trust for Jewish synagogues and schools, and £2.4 million towards all other faiths over the last three years. I think there needs to be some work on that.

"Funding for protective security tacks with the threat.

"In response to increased threat, we will increase and seek to change the funding and that is why we have the Places of Worship scheme."

He added: "People from a mosque or another place of worship have at their disposal a counter-terrorism specialist adviser from the police who will come and advise them on how to protect themselves."

Speaking of the Christchurch shooting, Mr Wallace said: "It absolutely could happen here. That's why the Government has been concerned about the growing group of people crossing into the extremist mindset on the far-Right and the neo-Nazis."
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Terrorism – Islam
'Abuse of this kind will not be tolerated' - Charity running Stoke-on-Trent mosque dissolved for 'facilitating terrorism'
Hayley Parker
StokeTrentLive, 4 May 2019

A charity running a Stoke-on-Trent mosque has been dissolved - for 'facilitating terrorism'.

An investigation was launched into the Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust after its Tunstall mosque was used to 'condone or support terrorism'.

The regulator opened the inquiry a year ago after radical Imam Kamran Hussain preached hate and was later convicted of six charges of encouraging terrorism and two of encouraging support for a proscribed organisation – the Islamic State.

Now the Charity Commission has disqualified the two trustees - Fazal Ellahi and his son Isbar Ellahi - from running a charity after they 'failed to properly manage, administer and protect the trust and its resources, resulting in it being used to facilitate terrorism offences'. ...

The Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust was set up in 2003 with the aim of 'educating all people, particularly children and young people, in the Muslim religion and Urdu language and the advancement of the Muslim religion through collective prayer meetings and otherwise'. ...

The preacher supported the virtues of killing, martyrdom and violent jihad and endorsed the efforts of those who had undertaken such acts.
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Terrorism – Islamophobia
New definition of Islamophobia could cripple war on terror in UK, warns former terror boss
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 29 April 2019

Britain's war on terror could be crippled if Ministers cave into MPs and accept a new controversial definition of islamophobia, an ex-terror tsar warns.

Lord Carlile said the form of words describing Islamophobia as a 'type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness' would hamper efforts to stop and search extremists at ports and returning ISIS fighters.

The peer said it would hold back the evolution of counter-terror law and instead see measures to stop terrorists declared "unlawful".

The Policy Exchange think tank claimed the definition could see the Government, police and even the judiciary branded "institutionally islamophobic" for policies already in practice.

Lord Carlile the UK's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation from 2001 to 2011 said: "Successful and accepted counter-terrorism measures would run the risk of being declared unlawful.

"It would lead to a judicial review litigation that would hold back the evolution of better counter-terrorism law and practice hand in hand with strengthened religious tolerance."

MPs proposed the definition at the end of last year.
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Terrorism – extremist violence
Who Commits Most of the World's Extremist Violence?
Seth Barron
City Journal, 8 April 2019

The idea that white supremacist violence is a growing global threat has gained more currency recently, notably in the wake of the ghastly Christchurch mosque massacre, when an avowed white nationalist murdered 50 Muslims. New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for instance, asserted that "White supremacists committed the largest # of extremist killings in 2017." No one will deny that racial hatred is an evil ideology, and that people who kill in the name of white supremacy commit evil – but is it true that white extremists are sowing a growing amount of worldwide mayhem?

The evidence suggests otherwise. Even a superficial glance at the record indicates that of the nearly 20,000 people killed in thousands of extremist killings in 2017, white supremacists were responsible for very few. ...

White nationalists committed none of the above violent acts of extremist killing, and that's nothing remarkable: almost all the world's extremist violence is concentrated in a handful of regions, where very few white people live. In areas where whites do live (America, Canada, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand), white nationalists do indeed perpetrate a significant proportion of the relatively uncommon acts of extremist violence. Again, this is unsurprising, because whites make up the overwhelming majority of the population there. ...

When Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that white supremacists were responsible for the most extremist killings of 2017, she was obviously wrong, by at least two and maybe three orders of magnitude (if she meant worldwide, which is unclear from her tweet). There were at least 8,500 such incidents worldwide that year, and white supremacists accounted for perhaps 15 or 20 of them, depending how you count. ...

The Wall Street Journal, citing the U.S. Extremist Crime Database, reports that the frequency of violent hate crime in the United States has been about the same for 50 years. White supremacy is insane and immoral, and it may be a significant threat. But it doesn't account for anywhere near the preponderance of global extremist violence, though one might get a different impression from recent coverage.
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Terrorism fears as 3,000 UK children a year go to 'jihadi' schools in Pakistan, secret government report reveals
Abul Taher
Mail on Sunday, 24 March 2019

A secret Government report has warned that more than 3,000 British children are being taken to Pakistan each year and enrolled in extremist summer schools.

The chilling Home Office study says courses at madrasas teach a 'glorified version of jihad', according to a source.

Officials fear some youngsters will be radicalised and return to the UK with a warped ideology and pose a terrorism risk.

'It is highly likely that this education in Pakistan, even for short periods of time, increases the risk of exposure to extremism for British-Pakistani children,' the source told The Mail on Sunday.

'Enrolment at madrasas poses the greatest risk of exposure to more serious forms of religious extremism.'

Two of the 7/7 bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, enrolled on madrasa courses in Pakistan a year before they launched their deadly attack in 2005, which killed 52.

But the security services have established that some Pakistani parents take their children back to their native homeland during summer holidays under the pretext of visiting extended family.

In reality, they sign them up for lessons at some of Pakistan's estimated 20,000 madrasas.

The report says some of those madrasas receive funds raised in Britain and that UK-based imams have established seminaries in their ancestral homeland.
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Terrorism – double standards
New Zealand's ghoulish opportunists
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 18 March 2019

The bodies of the 50 murdered Muslims were barely cold before various observers, activists and leftists were naming and shaming those people who they think 'laid the ground' for this atrocity. And it apparently includes everyone from alt-right agitators to any mainstream newspaper columnist who has raised so much as a peep of criticism about radical Islam. ...

What has been extraordinary in the aftermath of the deranged racist slaughter in two mosques in New Zealand has been the way the chattering classes in Western countries have instructed us to do the kind of thing they tell us not to do in the wake of acts of Islamist terror. Following Islamist barbarism in Europe and the US in recent years – whether it was the murder of 86 people with a 10-tonne truck in Nice, or the gunning to death of 90 rock fans in the Bataclan in Paris, or the bombing of young girls and their parents at the Manchester Arena – the instruction from our betters has been the same every time. Don't get angry, they say. Don't exaggerate the threat of terrorism, they counsel. And don't dare suggest that any book or idea, whether it is the Koran itself or pamphlets handed out at more questionable mosques, contributed to this attack. 'These killers have nothing to do with Islam', as the tiresome, silencing mantra goes. Our role after Islamist terror is to manage our anger, put politics on hold, lay a flower or two, and then go back to our everyday lives. 'Don't look back in anger', as the anthem went after Manchester.

This time the response could not be more different. Now we are actively invited to feel anger. Now we are told we must look for the source material that inspired this hateful individual and then condemn it and censor it. Now we are told that we must organise against the new fascism. After Islamist terror the key instruction from the self-styled guardians of correct moral thought is that we should forget politics and just grieve. ...

The first striking thing about this blame game is how much its morbid practitioners sound like McCarthyites and other 20th-century authoritarians. Just as that old breed of tyrant would respond to difficult or horrific events by searching for some piece of literature or idea to blame them on, so the new exploiters of mass murder are holding up certain newspaper columnists and right-wing shock jocks as 'facilitators' of the new hate and the new barbarism. ...

The second striking thing about the response to the attack in New Zealand is the double standards it has exposed. Not all terror is treated equally. We know that for sure now. The right-on are far angrier about this than they ever were about any act of Islamist slaughter of the past few years. /.../ The NZ attack is proof of a rising tide of hatred, they say, and yet they never said that about the more than 500 people killed in Europe by supporters of a 7th-century religious death cult over the past five years. ...

Why this double standard? Why is New Zealand 2019 fascism, but Paris 2015 was not? Why should this rally us to action, but Paris, Nice, Toulouse, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, Stockholm, Turku, Manchester and London should not? Why is this evidence of a new hatred we must confront, but the slaughter of 22 mostly young people in Manchester was not?
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Terrorism – New Zealand, France
French writer behind The Great Replacement – the immigration conspiracy theory New Zealand mosque killer named his manifesto after – denounces 'idiotic terrorist act'
MailOnline / AFP, 16 March 2019

The French writer who popularised a theory that European populations are being supplanted by immigration, alluded to by the gunman who killed 49 at two New Zealand mosques on Friday, denounced an 'appalling' act by someone who had failed to understand his work.

Renaud Camus published in 2011 The Great Replacement, which the Christchurch gunman used as the title of a 74-page 'manifesto' uploaded to the web before storming the mosques.

'I am totally non-violent,' the 72-year-old Camus told AFP, saying the arrested 28-year-old Australian suspect had committed 'appalling, criminal, disastrous and idiotic terrorist acts'.

'If he wrote a pamphlet titled "The Great Replacement" it's blatant plagiarism... of a phrase that doesn't belong to him and he doesn't understand,' said Camus. ...

But Camus, while defending the theory, rejected suggestions that his writings could have encouraged the gunman.

'What worries me the most in what I call "The Great Replacement" is precisely the extent to which it encourages violence, all kinds of violence, either in everyday life or, obviously, in terrorist attacks,' he said.

'At the centre of my work is the concept of innocence, which is to say, of non-aggravation, non-violence,' he added.

Camus suggested instead that the killer might have taken inspiration from the wave of attacks carried out by self-proclaimed Islamic jihadists in France over recent years.

'His crime most resembles the terrorist attacks committed in France,' he said.

'I don't see why he would be more inspired by me than by the attacks which directly resemble the one he committed,' he said.
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Terrorism – Islam, Europe
Radical Islamic Terrorism Accounts for 91 Percent of European Terror Victims
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 7 March 2019

The newly released Black and White Book of Terrorism in Europe has revealed radical Islamic terrorists have accounted for 91 percent of the total terror victims since the year 2000.

The book is an initiative of Spanish MEP Maité Pagazaurtundua, president of the Foundation for Victims of Terrorism, listing the 753 people killed in terror attacks in the European Union between 2000 and 2018, Le Figaro reports.

The report also examines European victims of terror globally, revealing that a further 1,115 people including tourists and military personnel had also been victims of terrorism during the same period.

In total, 91 percent of the victims were killed by radical Islamic extremists, 20 percent of whom were murdered by suicide bombers.

Political terror casualties have been far lower, with far-left extremists and far-right extremists each murdering 13 people. ...

In terms of EU countries, Spain has seen the most terror-related deaths, with 268 victims, closely followed by France with 263. ...

In 2017, Europe faced an estimated 205 separate terror plots according to Europol with 107 of the plots being reported by the United Kingdom.
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Terrorism – border security
Why have we made it so easy for British Jihadis to travel abroad?
Chris Hobbs
TLE (The London Economic), 27 February 2019
[Chris Hobbs is a retired Met police officer]

When Shamima Begum and her companions Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, walked unimpeded through Gatwick's passenger security search area, the trickle of UK jihadis travelling to join ISIS had already become a flood.

Despite this, there were no obstacles placed in the way of those wanting to join in the atrocities perpetrated by one of the most brutal movements in the annals of world history.

The Home Secretary during this period was Theresa May who would have been kept fully briefed as to the increasing number of the UK's travelling jihadis yet cynics may well hold the view that she was more intent on eviscerating both the police and border force rather than securing her country's borders.

It was patently clear that not only would the UK's fanatical Islamists be a danger when they were absorbed into the ISIS killing machine, but would potentially pose a major threat to the UK's security if they decided to return. – And returning they are.

In June and July 2014, I wrote articles for security magazines warning it was 'a walk in the park' for jihadis to leave the UK. ...

I shared the concerns of counter-terror and Special Branch police together with UK Border Force officers working on the frontline at our air and sea ports.

Yet Theresa May as Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers simply sat on their hands.

So, what could have been done by a Home Office which has, time and time again, borne witness to its own total incompetence? ...

Home Secretary Jack Straw, against the advice of numerous agencies including the police, abolished formal embarkation (departure) controls at airports back in 1998. ...

Thus, the three 15-year-olds were simply able to walk through 'security' and board a direct flight to Turkey.

Eventually some additional scrutiny was given to direct flights leaving for Turkish airports. But British jihadis simply travelled via other European hub airports purchasing their tickets in separate segments.

Arguably the most critical failure of all was the failure to deploy British police officers to Turkish airports in order to assist Turkish law enforcement in monitoring arrivals from the UK. ...

Home Office neglect and incompetence has now resulted in the head of MI6, Alex Younger, warning that returning jihadis present a real threat to national security.
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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".

The arrangements made for Islamist extremists living in the United Kingdom has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the rediscovery of a former London schoolgirl who defected to the Islamic State in 2015, who now wants to come to Britain to raise an ISIS fighter's son.

While the British government has stripped 19-year-old Shamima Begum of her citizenship in a bid to prevent her from returning to the United Kingdom, Breitbart London has previously reported how a large number of extremists have already arrived – and continue to arrive – from foreign warzones.

Despite assurances from the police that those returning will be subjected to Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs), a report by British newspaper The Times reports that only a small minority are actually monitored in this way.

Nikita Malik of the Henry Jackson Society told the paper that, due at least in part to the great expense of putting TPIMs in place, only a small number have actually been activated, speaking of only a "handful" of the estimated 400 returned fighters and extremists being subjected to them.

"The rest have been put under surveillance. TPIMs are for the highest level because they are so costly," Malik explained.

The report revealed Home Office figures showing nearly £5 million had been spent controlling just 23 individuals, with legal bills of £1 million a year and accommodation costs of £70,000 a year per individual. Other costs, including tagging suspects, travel costs, and policing to enforce restrictions, are counted separately, piling up on top of the Home Office figures.

The government disputes the claims of the Henry Jackson Society, and insists the use of TPIMs is not considered on cost grounds.
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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
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 20 February 2019

Twelve other British jihadi brides have arrived at Shamima Begum's refugee camp since she started her campaign to return to Britain, it emerged today.

The dozen-or-so women have also fled ISIS' final battle in Baghuz and arrived at the al-Hawl settlement in northern Syria.

The Home Office will be forced to make a decision on whether they too should have their British citizenship taken away like Begum.

These British women have run away as the caliphate crumbles with their husbands either killed or captured.

Britain could be forced to take back dozens of these other jihadi brides fleeing their collapsing caliphate.

Last week it emerged that 'tens' more jihadi brides are poised to come back to Britain as their medieval caliphate is finally driven into the ground. ...

BBC correspondent Quentin Sommerville, who has interviewed Begum, revealed that the British jihadi brides have arrived in force.

He said: 'This whole issue of what to do with these IS women and other IS supporters isn't going to go away.

'We know that in the last week alone, 12 British women have arrived at displacement camps here in northern Syria. So for the British Government, this headache of what to do doesn't end with Shamima Begum.'
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Terrorism – jihadis
800 ISIS jihadis ready to unleash terror on home soil in the West if UK and allies don't lock them up, US officials warn
Charlie Parker
The Sun, 17 February 2019

Senior US officials have warned 800 ISIS jihadis will unleash terror across Britain and Europe if they are not locked up and put on trial.

The rare intervention from across the pond comes amid divisions in Westminster over what to do with Brit jihadis found abroad.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said yesterday that the UK could be powerless to stop 19-year-old ISIS bride Shamima Begum returning home after she was tracked down in Syria.

He said: "We can't make people stateless".

But his comments clashed with other senior members of the government including Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted he would "not hesitate" to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist organisations.

Security minister Ben Wallace also vowed that Britain would not assist Begum in returning home.

He said her "actions have consequences" and that British lives would not be risked trying to save her from the Syrian refugee camp she ran away to. ...

Most of the captured fighters are being held by US-backed Kurdish forces, who had demanded Britain and her allies take the jihadis off their hands.

US government officials told the Sunday Telegraph Britain's refusal to take back their homegrown terrorists was a policy of "leave them at large and hope they don't find a way back".
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Terrorism – Islam
Jihadists returning to UK have skills and connections to be 'very dangerous', says MI6 chief
Kim Sengupta
Independent, 16 February 2019

Isis remains a potent threat despite the imminent loss of the last enclaves of its caliphate, and the terrorist group will continue to attempt vicious attacks in Britain and elsewhere in the West, the head of MI6 has warned.

Alex Younger said that western jihadists coming back from the Middle East were a source of deep concern amid ongoing debate about Shamina Begum, who ran away to Syria to join Isis four years ago aged 15, and now wants to return to Britain.

Speaking to journalists at the annual Munich security conference, Mr Younger said that returning Isis members could be very dangerous.

Asked about the security threats to the UK posed by the returning fighters and jihadi brides, Mr Younger said: "We are very concerned about this because all experience tells us that once someone has put themselves in that sort of position, they are likely to have acquired both the skills and connections that make them potentially very dangerous."

They also, he said, experienced extreme radicalisation. "That fact needs to be uppermost in our minds," he said. "So as we approach this admittedly extremely complex and difficult problem, public safety is the first thing that we will consider."
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Terrorism – Islam
UK's 'most dangerous extremist group' regenerating after terrorist prisoners released
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 16 February 2019

Britain's "most prolific and dangerous extremist group" is regenerating following the release of several convicted terrorists from prison, it has been suggested.

Supporters of Anjem Choudary's al-Muhajiroun group carried out atrocities including the London Bridge attack, 7/7 London bombings and murder of Lee Rigby, and many have fought for Isis, al-Qaeda and the Taliban abroad.

Choudary is among several activists released from prison in the past six months, as well as men who canvassed support for Isis on Oxford Street and members of a terror cell that plotted to bomb the London Stock Exchange in 2010.

The head of national counterterror policing said officers were working to disrupt terrorist activity by al-Muhajiroun, which has shown itself to be adept at surviving past crackdowns. ...

Chief executive Nick Lowles told The Independent: "The release of some of their more prominent activists, albeit on strict controls, appears to be galvanising some younger supporters into re-establishing street stalls and other public activities.

"While a mere shadow of its former self, al-Muhajiroun still has the potential to cause havoc." ...

Dr Kenney, author of The Islamic State in Britain, predicted some recently released extremists will restart their activities when licence conditions expire.
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Terrorism – Europe, France
Report: Nearly all terror attacks in France carried out by radicals already known to police
Ken Dilanian
NBC News, 6 January 2019

The vast majority of terror attacks in France were carried out by Islamic radicals who had been known to police or intelligence services, according to a new report by a global security think tank.

Bratislava-based GLOBSEC examined 22 terror incidents in France since 2012. Nearly 80 percent of the people behind those attacks had been on a terror watchlist, and 97 percent had been on the radar of authorities, according to the firm's new analysis, obtained by NBC News.

The figures included Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, career criminals with long records who killed 12 people in January 2015 in the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

The statistics are likely to bolster the longstanding criticism leveled at France and other European countries that authorities are not doing enough to prosecute and imprison those who pose a threat. ...

"The main issue throughout Europe is the sentencing, which is extremely lenient and also allows for terrorists/jihadists to be freed quite early for 'good behavior,'" said London-based terror expert Olivier Guitta, founder and managing director of the security firm GlobalStrat.

Of 78 people suspected of carrying out the attacks, 49 percent had previous criminal convictions, including 19 percent who were repeat offenders, the report said.
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