IMMIGRATION CONCERN

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

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ASYLUM

Asylum – fraud, illegal immigration, USA
U.S. asylum system facing rampant 'fraud and abuse' from illegals
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 31 January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Benefits and costs – health tourism
Health tourist racks up Britain's biggest ever unpaid NHS bill after saddling hospital with £530,000 debt
Abe Hawken
MailOnline, 8 January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will call him Jo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Border controls – Hungary, European Union
EU court bars 'gay test' for asylum seekers
Reuters, 25 January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Crime – acid attacks, London
Acid attack epidemic: RECORD number of incidents in London last year, data reveals
Sam Sholli
Daily Express, 27 January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iqbal's co-accused – lawyers Sheikh Muhammad Usman, 45, Mohammad Khawar Aftab Hussain, 49, and Mohammad Ibrahim Ali, 47 – would then allegedly contact the Home Office to 'straighten out' the status of 'impostors' who had taken on another identity.
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DIVERSITY

Diversity – engineering
Engineering giants pledge to attract more diverse staff
Christopher Williams
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2018

A group of Britain's biggest employers of engineers, including the bosses of BP, Shell, BAE and Rolls-Royce, has pledged to tackle the profession's lack of diversity.

In a letter to The Daily Telegraph, a coalition of major technical employers said "we must address a lack of diversity in a workforce that is currently 92pc male and 94pc white".

The signatories include BP chief executive Bob Dudley, Shell's UK chairman Sinead Lynch and BAE's new chief executive Charles Woodburn. The call, led by Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan, is also backed by the heads of Network Rail and Transport for London, amid mounting concern that Britain is not training enough engineers to renew infrastructure. "It is crucial to the country's success that more people – and a more diverse group of people – join the profession," their letter said.
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Diversity – ideology
Italian Archbishop: Uncontrolled Immigration Will 'Crush' European Society
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 9 January 2018

Immigration must be "rational," says the fiery Italian archbishop Luigi Negri, because uncontrolled immigration leads to the "crushing and extermination of our society."

"You can't just open the doors, as if it were a party," Negri states in an interview with Italian media Tuesday. It is essential to "highlight the economic, human and cultural costs of immigration," since failing to do so means caving into "ideology."

"I am a Catholic and therefore I believe in welcoming diversity," said Negri, the recently retired archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio and a close friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, "but this cannot be unmeasured because otherwise it leads to a crushing and extermination of our society."
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EMPLOYMENT

Employment – City of London
Number of European workers in the City hits highest level on record
Helen Cahill
City A.M., 29 January 2018

The number of European workers in the City has hit its highest level on record.

Data from the Office for National Statistics, published by the City of London Corporation, shows nearly a fifth (18 per cent) of the City's workers came from the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2016, the highest ever recorded.

The City of London requested the data to inform its response to the government's consultation on immigration.

The data shows the proportion of EEA workers in the Square Mile has more than doubled in the 10 years to 2016. Europeans made up just eight per cent of the workforce in 2006.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION

Fraud and corruption – health tourism
NHS stung for £200m in health tourism scam using European insurance cards
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 15 January 2018

A huge health tourism scam is costing the NHS £20 million a year.

Millions have taken advantage of a loophole to claim free healthcare across Europe – with Britain picking up the bill.

A probe by The Sun reveals how easy it is to get a fake European Health Insurance Card giving unlimited access to treatment. EU hospitals then claim the cost back from the UK government.

The NHS has paid out more than £1 billion over the past decade – an average of £20 for every card issued.

Around £200 million, the cost of 8,600 extra nurses, is thought to be fraudulent.

The health service has reclaimed just £145 million over the past five years.

We used fake national insurance numbers to get EHIC cards issued in the names of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, PM Theresa May, US President Donald Trump and EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

Figures show that the NHS issued 57 million new EHIC cards over the past decade.

But according to a whistleblower at the NHS Business Services Authority, based in Newcastle, one in five applications are fraudulent.

He said he had issued more than 20 cards to the same address after bosses told him not to waste time on checks. ...

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, chairman of the Commons health committee, said: "I'm shocked. It exposes a serious loophole, which needs to be closed immediately."

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said: "This looks like serious abuse of a system that is to ensure Brits on holiday or working in Europe get their healthcare covered. It's clear we need a full inquiry."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Illegal immigration – human trafficking, Calais, France
Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron's immigration deal branded 'a gift for human traffickers'
James Murray
Sunday Express, 28 January 2018

Rioting youths bringing terror to Calais could soon be heading for Britain as a deal struck between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron was branded "a gift for human traffickers".

Full-scale riots broke out on an industrial estate near the site of the so-called Jungle camp last week with more than 100 migrants pelting police with rocks and stones.

The violence has raised tensions in the French port after residents felt the situation had been brought under control.

This week social workers and agencies trying to care for the migrants are expected to start selecting youngsters who will be sent to Britain under the deal worked out between French President Macron and Mrs May this month.

However, Philippe Mignonet, the deputy mayor of Calais, says the new arrangement has made the situation much worse on the ground.

Under the deal the British Government will give £44 million towards improving security at Calais and has agreed to take an unspecified number of young migrants.

Mr Mignonet said: "What they said has been a gift for the human traffickers and criminals in Calais. They are now saying to those in their networks to bring more migrants to Calais because eventually you will go to England.

"We think hundreds more have arrived since the two leaders met and hundreds more are on the way. This has not been a deterrent – it is encouraging more to come to Calais."

After the jungle camp was razed to the ground, numbers dropped dramatically with migrants spreading out across northern France.

Many young migrants came to Britain two years ago but questions were raised because some of the "children" looked more like men in their 20s, even early 30s.

Numbers of migrants in Calais, many from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Afghanistan, are expected to reach 1,000 by the end of February. ...

Mr Mignonet said pro-migration group No Borders has been encouraging migrants to camp there: "They think they are helping but they are not because they are making the situation worse."
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Illegal immigration – morality
We've a moral obligation not to let in Calais migrants
George Maggs
Conservative Woman, 24 January 2018

The reality is that the exact opposite is true: we have a moral obligation not to accept individuals from Calais. Leftist open-door policies do nothing but produce death and misery. ...

... Admitting migrants from France creates perverse incentives and 'moral hazard' in a number of different ways.

It encourages African parents to send their 'children' (who frequently turn out to be adults) to Britain in the hope that the whole family may be granted residency. ...

By admitting Calais migrants, we essentially ask would-be immigrants to run a death-defying obstacle course which only the fittest and wealthiest could possibly hope to complete. Not only is this fundamentally unjust, it also means those left behind are in an even worse position as the world's poorest countries become bereft of their most economically active citizens. The Third World will never lift itself out of poverty if its best and brightest are allowed to flood into Europe.

Immigration into Britain also impacts the least well-off in this country far more than it affects the champagne socialists petitioning for their entry. ...

Moreover, a recent study also found that our huge immigration numbers have fuelled a 23 per cent rise in rent prices. This has made it almost impossible for people on low incomes to save to buy a home. Figures show that 33 per cent of all renters in the UK are now foreign-born. The 'housing crisis' therefore may just as accurately be termed the 'immigration crisis'. ...

But of course, the Left aren't actually interested in helping the poor. They just want to make themselves feel morally superior to everyone else.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
May's £44 million migrant deal 'will NOT fix Calais crisis' as migrants strive to enter UK
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 23 January 2018

Theresa May's £44 million new deal on Calais will have no effect on the crisis across the Channel as refugees refuse to be processed by immigration officials, campaigners in the region have claimed.

The Prime Minister vowed to pay the huge sum to improve security around the port while taking in more child refugees to ease the numbers of people displaced following the dismantling of the 'jungle' migrant camp.

But experts have claimed it will do nothing to help solve the situation as hundreds of refugees refuse to be processed through official channels in France. ...

Some 75 percent of the 500 refugees in the region reportedly refuse to be processed in immigration centres according to French government figures – leaving constant police evasion or desperate and dangerous attempts to enter Britain as their only options.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
Immigration SCANDAL: French border guards are 'turning off migrant monitors' at Calais
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 22 January 2018

Highly sensitive equipment for detecting migrants hiding in UK-bound trucks has been deliberately turned off by French border guards in Calais, it was claimed last night.

Security insiders said heartbeat monitors, which can identify stowaways in seconds, had not been used at the port for up to six months.

The revelation has sparked accusations that French officials are deliberately passing the buck and have no intention of apprehending immigrants heading for the UK. ...

Richard Burnett of the Road Haulage Association said: "The French don't want migrants to stay in France. They don't want to provide asylum – in fact, they don't want to deal with the issue at all.

"It is hard to justify spending another £44.5 million to boost security at Calais when we have it on good authority the heartbeat monitors already in place... are not even switched on." ...

A source at the French interior ministry confirmed it was "entirely at the discretion of officials" when to use heartbeat monitors, adding: "Not everybody can be checked – that would be an impossibility."
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Illegal immigration – people smuggling, Mediterranean
Britain's strategy to target smugglers sending migrant boats across Mediterranean doomed to fail, study suggests
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 22 January 2018

Britain's strategy to tackle people smugglers sending migrants across the Mediterranean is doomed to fail, a new Cambridge University study has suggested.

Wiretapped telephone conversations between gangs show there are no "kingpins" who can be removed and that arrests only cause other groups to take control of the lucrative human market.

The study, entitled Out of Africa: The organisation of migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean, concluded that UK-supported sea operations to push refugee boats back to Libya will be ineffective.

The author, Dr Paolo Campana, said the crisis cannot be stopped without addressing the demand driven by conflict, instability and poverty in African countries. ...

Dr Campana called for sea operations to be replaced with a wider set of policies to "reduce the demand for smuggling services".

"The adoption of schemes that resettle refugees directly from conflict zones would be a step in this direction," he added. ...

Widespread conflict and lawlessness since the UK-backed ousting of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and the ensuing civil war have led to a thriving human trade culminating in open-air slave markets.

Libyan gangs have linked up with groups in Niger, Chad and Sudan to the south to create trafficking networks stretching across Africa.

Dr Campana's study found that on the other side of the Mediterranean, they also extended to the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and countries including Israel, Canada and Turkey. ...

The research, published in the European Journal of Criminology, found that each stage of transnational migration routes via Libya had "independent and autonomous" smugglers, militias and kidnappers competing over vulnerable migrants.
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Illegal immigration – UK, France
UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais security in Anglo-French deal
Alan Travis and Heather Stewart
The Guardian, 18 January 2018

Britain will pay £44.5m for extra security measures in France to prevent another refugee camp forming in Calais or any other Channel port, Theresa May is to announce.

The extra cash will go towards fencing, CCTV and other detection technology in Calais and other ports, possibly including Dunkirk. It will also be used to help relocate migrants from the port towns to other parts of France.

To be announced as part of the Anglo-French summit at Sandhurst military academy on Thursday, the money brings total British funding for security and policing in Calais since the "Jungle" camp was bulldozed in 2016 to more than £150m. ...

As well as pressing for an increased contribution to such costs, the French government has been urging the UK to set up a joint operation to process asylum seeker claims in Calais. ...

Under the new, legally binding treaty, Britain will agree to accelerate procedures for accepting legitimate asylum seekers currently blocked in Calais, including unaccompanied children and those seeking to join their families in the UK, and will pay more for transport, security and border maintanence in the port.
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Illegal immigration – number, public opinion
Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants is fuelling anxiety about how many live in Britain, report warns
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018

The Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants in the UK is fuelling widespread anxiety about numbers in the country, a report claimed last night.

MPs said fears about the impact of those here unlawfully is able to 'grow unchecked' because of a lack of official information.

They said many perceive the 'long-standing paucity' of figures as representing official 'indifference' on a matter of huge public interest.

Members of the Home Affairs Select Committee said Ministers must do more to 'reassure' voters that the issue is being taken seriously.

In a wide-ranging report, they said illegal migration can only be tackled effectively if the true 'scale and nature' of the problem is identified.

And they called for exit data and other sources to be used to produce an annual estimate of the numbers who have breached immigration rules.

They also stressed the importance of effective enforcement, highlighting how large numbers of foreign nationals, including convicted criminals, have disappeared.
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Illegal immigration – bank accounts
Home Office gets banks to check immigration status of account holders
The Guardian, 12 January 2018

Banks and building societies have started immigration checks on holders of millions of current accounts under a government crackdown.

... It requires banks and building societies to check the immigration status of all current account holders against details of known illegal migrants held by authorities.

Where an illegal migrant is found to be operating an account, this will be flagged to the Home Office. After checks, officials will instruct the bank or building society on what action to take, which could include shutting the account.

Immigration minister Caroline Nokes said the measures would "make it more difficult for people with no right to live or work in the UK to remain here." ...

The Home Office said it was only sharing details of illegal migrants who are liable for deportation from the UK, or who have absconded from immigration control.
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Illegal immigration – bank accounts
Theresa May could REMOVE 6,000 illegal migrants who 'break the rules' using bank checks
Joseph Carey
Daily Express, 12 January 2018

Theresa May could be about to remove 6,000 illegal migrants who "break the rules" as banks have begun checking immigration statuses of account holders, The Home Office declared.

The Home Office has declared that an estimated 70 million accounts will be subject to checks.
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Illegal immigration – crime
'None of this should have happened': Judge lashes Home Office for failing to deport illegal immigrant, 53, who swindled £32,000 in benefits after using a fake letter to stay in the UK for 16 years
Amie Gordon
MailOnline, 12 January 2018

A judge has criticised the Home Office for failing to deport an illegal immigrant who entered the UK on the back of a lorry and illegally claimed £32,000 in benefits.

Kerim Koroglu pocketed handouts he was not entitled to collect for more than six years after he sneaked into the country in a lorry on 30 August 2002.

The 49-year-old used a fake 'leave to remain' letter to swindle £32,549 in housing and council tax benefits from Hackney Council.

The false document, described by prosecutor Will Martin as 'very convenient', purported to grant Koroglu asylum in 2004, enabling him to claim the welfare and bring his wife and two children over from Turkey. ...

But he was convicted of benefit fraud by an Old Bailey jury and jailed for 30 months.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
'It hasn't stopped!' Lorry drivers are ATTACKED by Calais migrants EVERY DAY, haulage boss
Abigail Morris
Daily Express, 10 January 2018

Lorry drivers are being attacked on a daily basis in Calais, Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association said.

There are still five or six reported attacks on lorry drivers in Calais a day despite the migrant camp being closed down in October 2016, Burnett said, but that number could be higher. ...

He said: "What we're still seeing, we're seeing attacks by traffickers, who, their modus operandi is to throw bricks, stones, put concrete boulders in the road, even lie in the road, to effectively stop drivers.

"In order to create a queue and to jump on vehicles so as an industry we're still facing this issue, this issue has not gone away." ...

"We set up a helpline so that we could actually get information on a daily basis so for those that are reporting it, we're getting daily reports of probably five or six attacks.

"We know the numbers are far higher than that and the attempts to get on vehicles are far higher than that on a daily basis as well."

Around 700 migrants are living rough again in the area where the Calais Jungle once stood, charities estimate.
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Immigration – housing
One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a property
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 31 January 2018

A record one in 10 families given council or housing association homes last year were foreign nationals, according to new figures yesterday.

The numbers showed that of just under 200,000 heavily subsidised family homes in England allocated to new tenants, 19,197 went to a household headed by a non-British citizen.

The share of social housing going to foreign families has been rising since the mid-2000s, when foreign nationals took up around six in 100 new lettings, and Labour MPs in some cities began to register concern over discontent among long-established local voters. ...

Among people moving into social housing for the first time – as opposed to those moving from another council or housing association home – 12 per cent were foreign families. ...

There were 1,155,285 families on waiting lists for social housing in England last year, according to official figures.
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Immigration – Brexit, liberals, public opinion
Why Brexit has made us more relaxed about immigration
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 28 January 2018

What impact did the Brexit referendum have upon attitudes to immigration? When Manchester University academic Rob Ford polled his Twitter followers, most were pessimistic, fearing attitudes had hardened.

The reality, as Ford pointed out, is that on almost every measure, people have become more positive. The number who think immigration is the most important political issue has fallen since the referendum and is at its lowest level since the 2008 crash. ...

One of the strongest predictors of views on immigration is education level – those with more qualifications tend to be more open. This is still the case. But people have become more positive about immigration, whatever their educational attainment. The same is true of Leavers or Remainers. This, as Ford observes, raises a number of questions. What has made people more positive? And why do many liberals seem reluctant to accept that the public has become less anxious about the issue?

Those more critical of immigration may feel that they have won the argument. It may also be that, before the referendum, politicians were more eager to finger immigration as a social ill. Today, there seems less need to stir such anxieties. The second question is probably easier to answer. There is a widespread perception among liberals that those who voted Leave were mainly bigots. The referendum result led many to fear that the bigots have been let off the leash and many cannot see beyond that fear.

Ah, the irony: liberals often claim that those hostile to immigration ignore the facts. But many of the same liberals seem equally unwilling to accept the facts when they contradict their perceptions (even prejudices) about why people feel anxious about immigration.
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Immigration – politics, public opinion
Why Culture Trumps Skills: Public opinion on immigration
David Goodhart and Eric Kaufmann
Policy Exchange, 28 January 2018

The report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, Immigration Policy: basis for building consensus, was released earlier this week. It makes many helpful suggestions, including the idea of an annual migration report, streamlined immigration processing and the importance of balancing competing interests. However, it draws misleading conclusions about public opinion and policy due to its reliance on focus-groups, which suffer from social acceptability bias.

As a result, it makes two assumptions. First, that citizens who oppose immigration do so mainly because of their perceptions of its effects on prosperity or public services. If so, immigration is an issue that can be addressed by the traditional approach of directing financial resources to areas affected by migration and detailing the economic contribution immigrants make. The second assumption is that voters are primarily concerned about control, not numbers. If they are reassured that things are under control, and migration is being connected to economic needs, they will be content with higher numbers.

Yet, as behavioural economists repeatedly caution, 'people aren't rational, they rationalise'. So too with immigration attitudes. The reasons people say they oppose immigration are those they are aware of, or they feel to be socially acceptable. This is doubly the case in focus groups, where peer pressure is strong. ...

Now, however, work by British Future, which is widely cited in the Committee's report, indicate that skills are the most important consideration for people when they think of a desirable immigrant. ...

... As we show, people are sensitive to the skill level of the immigrant intake, but this is trumped by their concern for the cultural impact of a larger inflow.

To illustrate, we draw on data from a new Yougov-Birkbeck-Policy Exchange survey of 1,643 individuals from 5-6 November 2017, of which 1,450 are of White British ethnicity. ...

This shows that a majority of White British respondents want reduced immigration even if skill levels fall, but when the question is worded, /.../ as new skilled immigrants coming from 'outside Europe' and when the decline in White British share is not mentioned, it's possible to get almost 45 percent of White Britons to back the high skill mix-with-high levels of immigration option. Mention 'Asia and Africa' as the source for new skilled immigrants and support slips ten points to 35 percent. More importantly, mentioning the ethno-cultural impact of higher numbers on the long-term share of White Britons in the population drops support for current immigration levels by 17-22 points to just 18-25 percent. ...

To repeat: opposition to immigration is largely cultural and psychological. Appealing to voter economic interest as the Committee suggests is therefore unlikely to create the new consensus it seeks.
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Immigration – UK, France
Migrants in Calais will be fast-tracked to the UK after PM bows to the French: Visa applications will now take just one month after May and Macron agree 'Sandhurst Treaty' shake up
Larissa Brown
Daily Mail, 19 January 2018

Migrants at Calais will be fast-tracked into Britain under new plans agreed by Theresa May as she bowed to further pressure from the French.

Adult migrants seeking to come to the UK via Calais will have their applications processed within one month, rather than have to wait for six months.

Children will see their waiting time slashed from six months to just 25 days, it was announced yesterday. ...

A Downing Street source insisted the plans would reduce the 'pull factor' and by speeding up the process, cases would be thrown out quicker. ...

France also wants Britain to take in more migrants from Calais, especially unaccompanied children.
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Immigration – EU migrants, Brexit
'EU demand is ABSURD' May urged to stand strong over unlimited free movement post-Brexit
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 18 January 2018

Up to a million more EU citizens could get the right to settle in Britain if Theresa May gives in to the EU's latest negotiation demands, a report warned last night.

Research from the population pressure group Migration Watch estimated that accepting a Brussels demand for unlimited free movement to continue for a transitional period of up two year after Brexit could lead to a significant increase in the numbers allowed to come into the country before new border controls are imposed.

A draft document leaked from Brussels earlier this week showed that EU negotiators will make the demand in the next phase of talks about the UK's departure from the bloc.

They want EU citizens to continue to be able to claims full permanent residency rights in Britain throughout the transition period.

The status would give European migrants the right to be joined by direct family members, including elderly dependent relatives, future children and partners who were not EU citizens. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "This EU demand is absolutely absurd.

"We will have left the EU - that must mean that EU citizens who arrive after our departure should no longer enjoy treaty rights that derive from our membership." ...

In the past, some of the applicants have been temporary migrants who stayed for less than a year but a larger proportion of them might well stay on if the prize was a right to permanent settlement in the UK.
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Immigration – economy, wages
Drop in foreign workers may drive up wages but dampen productivity, says BoE's Saunders
Anna Isaac
Daily Telegraph, 18 January 2018

Record low unemployment may start to drive wage growth as companies are increasingly becoming less able to hire foreign workers amid Brexit, according to the Bank of England.

In a speech on Wednesday, Michael Saunders, a member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee, said that a fall in immigration levels seen since the vote to leave the EU and the resultant fall in the value of sterling, may soon lead companies to raise workers' pay.

Mr Saunders, a former economist at Citibank, said that easy access to foreign labour may have, until recently, limited "the extent to which pay growth responds to low UK unemployment".

His remarks come as wage growth has failed to keep pace with inflation, putting pressure on households incomes.
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Immigration – concerns, Brexit
Numbers alone don't explain the British obsession with immigration
Seamus Nevin
New Statesman, 16 January 2018
[Seamus Nevin is head of policy research at the Institute of Directors]

In the build up to the EU referendum, as questions about immigration took over the airwaves and newspapers, I asked the Labour MP Margaret Hodge what she had done to tackle anti-immigrant sentiment that had engulfed her constituency just a decade previously. ...

So why have the concerns she faced in her constituency become so prominent across Britain today? ...

As Hodge's experience shows, for most Britons, the concern is not with immigration in itself, but with successive governments' failure to adequately prepare public services for the effects this may have. ...

Poor planning by successive governments can also, ironically, translate into higher immigration. Cuts to domestic training budgets, for example, mean we need more workers to come from abroad. ...

The best way to reduce British businesses' need to recruit staff from overseas is to increase the supply of British workers willing and able to do the jobs those employers are creating. ...

More stringent visa rules and a wider number of nationalities that are subject to them will automatically increase resource requirements. Yet, despite being just 14 short months away from leaving the European Union, the signs are that government has still not put in place measures to build the infrastructure or recruit the estimated 7,400 staff we will need to manage immigration and customs at our ports and borders.

Better monitoring of inflows and outflows is also needed, and will be crucial to ensuring government policy remains timely and responsive to future population changes.

... The government may have begun planning to leave the EU, but it has yet to start seriously planning for what comes after.
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Immigration – debate, Enoch Powell
Newspaper to stage debate marking 50 years since 'Rivers of Blood' speech
David Sharman
HoldTheFrontPage, 11 January 2018

A regional daily is set to hold a debate on the legacy of Enoch Powell to mark the 50th anniversary of the controversial politician's 'Rivers of Blood' speech.

The Express & Star, Wolverhampton, will host the event later this month, with former Birmingham Post editor Nigel Hastilow among the panelists.

Nigel was selected as a Conservative parliamentary candidate in 2007, but resigned his candidacy following criticism of a column he wrote for the Express & Star in which he suggested Mr Powell had been correct to warn that uncontrolled immigration "would change our country irrevocably."

Nigel wrote at the time: "He was right. It has changed dramatically." ...

Also on the panel will be UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, Labour MP Eleanor Smith, who holds Mr Powell's former Wolverhampton South West constituency, historian Dr Shirin Hirsch, political commentator Nick Jones and Wolverhampton-born political activist Patrick Vernon. ...

Readers are being asked to submit their questions for the discussion, which will be held during the second annual Wolverhampton Literature Festival on 27 January.
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Immigration – public opinion, Scotland
Majority of Scots want to end freedom of movement post-Brexit
Tom Peterkin
The Scotsman, 10 January 2018

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a separate Scottish immigration system has been dealt a blow by a poll showing that most people in Scotland believe in a common policy across the UK.

Research for the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) report also found a majority Scots would prefer to see an end to freedom of movement.

The report by Sir John Curtice was conducted for NatCen's What UK Thinks project.

Out of 859 Scots surveyed, 63 per cent thought that, post-Brexit, the rules on immigration should be the same in Scotland as in the rest of the UK. ...

A majority appeared to reject freedom of movement, with 59 per cent of voters in Scotland believing that potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply to come here.

That was slightly behind the 64 per cent of voters across Britain who thought potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply.

But 63 per cent of people in Scotland would accept free movement if it were the price that had to be paid for free trade, compared with just 53 per cent across Britain as a whole.

The Scottish leg of the survey was done in parallel with a similar exercise done with 2,168 people across Britain.
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Immigration – societal catastrophe
How Europe Built It's Own Funeral Pyre, Then Leapt In
Robert W. Merry
The American Conservative, 4 January 2018
[Review of "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam" by Douglas Murray]

No, the defining issue of our day is mass immigration into the nations of Western heritage. This growing inflow threatens to remake those nations and overwhelm their cultural identity. ...

Indeed, the central battlefront in the immigration wars is Europe, which accepted a trickle of immigrants in the immediate postwar era due to labor shortages. But over the years the trickle became a stream, then a growing river, and finally a torrent – to the extent that ethnic Britons are now a minority in their own capital city, refugee flows into Germany went from 48,589 in 2010 to 1.5 million in 2015, and Italy, a key entry point, received at one point an average of 6,500 new arrivals a day.

Throughout all this, the European elites celebrated the change and imposed a kind of thought enforcement regime against those who raised questions. The in-migration was initially hailed as an economic boon; then as a necessary corrective to an aging population; then as a means of spicing up society through "diversity"; and finally as a fait accompli, an unstoppable wave wrought by the world's gathering globalization. Besides, argued the elites, the new arrivals would all become assimilated into the European culture eventually, so what's the problem? Meanwhile, public opinion surveys over decades showed that large majorities of Europeans harbored powerful misgivings about these changes.

As British journalist and author Douglas Murray writes, "Promised throughout their lifetimes that the changes were temporary, that the changes were not real, or that the changes did not signify anything, Europeans discovered that in the lifespan of people now alive they would become minorities in their own countries." ...

A key point of the book, reinforced through anecdote and abundant documentation, is that Muslim immigrants have not assimilated into their European host countries to any meaningful extent. ...

Consider also the significance of this fact: By 2015 more British Muslims were fighting for ISIS than for the British armed forces. There was nothing hidden about the resolve of many European Muslims to retain their own culture while overwhelming the European one. At a rally in Cologne in 2008, then-Turkish prime minister (later president) Recep Tayyip Erdogan told a crowd of 20,000 Turks living in Germany, Belgium, France, and the Netherlands that assimilation in Europe would constitute "a crime against humanity." ...

Reading Murray's book, one gets an understanding of why he characterizes Europe's demise as "strange." The continent's embrace of its own cultural death is indeed historically aberrational. Civilizations normally fight for the preservation of their cultures, unite to expel invaders, revere their identities and the fundamental elements of their heritage. But the West today is engaged in an extensive and progressive extravagance of civilizational self-abnegation. Murray calls this the "tyranny of guilt" and identifies it as a "pathology." ...

Murray sums up: "So Europeans are blamed for what is happening to them, are denied any legitimate way to object, and the views of the majority are made to appear not just dangerous but marginal." ...

... "To say that in the long run this heralds the makings of a societal catastrophe is to understate matters."
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Immigration – fraud, children, deportation
Just one in five fake child migrants caught lying about their age in the last six years was sent home
Alexander Robertson
MailOnline, 2 January 2018

Just one in five young asylum seekers who lied about their age in a bid to enter the UK is ever forced out of the country, it has been revealed.

Home Office records reveal that 2,644 adults were caught trying to cross the border into Britain from 2010 to 2016 as an 'unaccompanied asylum seeking' child.

However, only 580 of these people were kicked out after being caught posing as a vulnerable child in a bid to cheat their way into the UK.

Statistics for 2017, from January to September, showed that two-thirds of the 692 people whose date of birth was challenged by the Home Office were over 18.

The investigation, carried out by the Daily Express, also revealed how the amount of asylum applications for vulnerable children jumped after the infamous Calais refugee camp was demolished in October 2016.

Statistics for the final quarter of that year disclosed how 1,006 males and 170 females made such applications.

Figures for 2016 showed that 575 of the total number of 3,290 claimants were discovered to be over 18, while just 37 of those were kicked out of the UK.

Tony Smith, former director general of UK Border Force, told the Express that the low risk of being forced back out of the UK made lying a risk worth taking for migrants.
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Immigration – students, statistics
Theresa May left isolated in Cabinet and facing Commons defeat over counting students as immigrants
Rob Merrick
Independent, 2 January 2018

Ministers are braced for a defeat that would force Theresa May to abandon her much-criticised policy of counting foreign students as immigrants in official statistics.

A new Immigration Bill to be brought forward this year will allow MPs to force – and almost certainly win – a vote on the controversy, the Home Office believes. ...

The Independent and Open Britain, which is pressing for a soft Brexit, are running a Drop the Target campaign against the policy of reducing overall annual immigration to "tens of thousands", which includes calling for overseas students to be omitted from the statistics.

There are about 438,000 foreign students currently studying in the UK, so changing the policy could make a significant difference to the headline immigration numbers.
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Immigration – students, statistics
Foreign students 'will be cut' from immigration figures by ministers despite opposition from Theresa May
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 1 January 2018

Minsters are preparing to take foreign students out of the immigration figures, despite opposition from Theresa May.

The Prime Minister has blocked the move for years, arguing it would undermine confidence in the UK's immigration statistics.

But Home Secretary Amber Rudd has warned Mrs May that growing support for the measure in Parliament means it is now 'inevitable'. The Home Office believes there is no way of preventing MPs from forcing a parliamentary vote on the issue when the new Immigration Bill is brought forward this year. ...

About 438,000 foreign students are currently studying here. Removing them from the statistics could make a significant difference to headline immigration figures. ...

Miss Rudd is now asking the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to back a change in the definition of immigration, which would exclude most foreign students.
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Immigration abroad – deportation, public opinion, Israel
Poll: Majority of Israelis back deportation of African migrants
Middle East Monitor, 31 January 2018

A majority of Israelis back the planned deportation of non-Jewish African migrants, according to a new poll conducted by Israel Hayom and New Wave Research.

As reported by Arutz Sheva, 58 per cent of Israelis polled agreed that Israel needs to deport Eritrean and Sudanese migrants, compared to 23 per cent who disagreed.

The poll also found that 51 per cent of respondents believed the migrants to be "job seekers", while 37 per cent believed them to be asylum seekers.

Meanwhile, 59 per cent of Israelis do not believe that Israel has a "moral obligation" towards the non-Jewish African migrants, compared to 24 per cent who believe Israel does.

The Israeli authorities' policies towards African migrants have attracted widespread international condemnation, with criticism that the policies are motivated by a desire to protect Israel's Jewish majority.
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Immigration abroad – USA
The important FACTS completely missing from the immigration debate
Daniel Horowitz
Conservative Review, 29 January 2018

If you didn't know anything about our immigration system – an accurate description of our political class – you'd think that we take in few immigrants from the Third World or from anywhere outside Europe and that our "racist president" wants to stamp out the last vestiges of the few brave and unique immigrants coming from subpar conditions, yearning for freedom and American values. This distortion could not be farther from the truth.

Here is a list of the top 30 countries of origin among the immigrants who received green cards in 2016. These 30 countries supplied 76 percent of our immigration pool: ...

A couple of immediate observations are in order:

• Notice how Mexico dominates our legal immigration system in addition to sending us most of our illegal immigrants. Mexican nationals were the recipient of twice as many green cards as the second country on the list. And this has been the case pretty much for every year over the past few decades. Indeed, since 1965, 50 percent of all immigrants came from Mexico and Latin America, 29 percent from Mexico alone. ...

• Not a single European or western country is among the top 20. ...

• Seven Islamic countries, several of which are on Trump's moratorium list, are on this list, and they've been moving higher every year.

• From watching the trends over the years and having some background on this issue rather than solely from the chart numbers, it's clear that the top source countries of our immigration are not dictated by merit, but primarily by chain migration, diversity lottery, refugees, asylum, and quasi-amnesty policies that allow certain illegal immigrants to obtain green cards. This is not the immigration system America voted for; nor is it the one that was promised to us in 1965, 1980, and 1990. ...

If nothing is changed, our country will be flooded with millions of chain migrants that are coming here solely based on family ties, doubling down on the existing backward system. As of November 2017, there were 4.367 million people on the visa waiting list, 97.5 percent of whom are applying based on family ties to existing immigrants, who themselves largely came here based on family ties. ...

The solution to all of this is to immediately move to a merit-based system in which we bring in only people who love America, won't be a security problem, speak English, and will not be on welfare – irrespective of country of origin. ...

This used to be part of the commonsense, mature discussion we could have as a nation. Sadly, demagoguery and ignorance are preventing us from having a much-needed discussion about one of the most important, if not the most important, policy issue of our time.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Arizona, USA
Illegals commit crimes at double the rate of native-born: Study
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 26 January 2018

The crime rate among illegal immigrants in Arizona is twice that of other residents, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Friday, citing a new report based on conviction data.

The report, from the Crime Prevention Research Center, used a previously untapped set of data from Arizona that detailed criminal convictions and found that illegal immigrants between 15 and 35 are less than 3 percent of the state's population, but nearly 8 percent of its prison population.

And the crimes they were convicted of were, on the whole, more serious, said John R. Lott Jr., the report's author and president of the research center. ...

Among nearly 4,000 first- and second-degree murder convictions, undocumented immigrants accounted for nearly 13 percent – significantly higher than their percentage of the population. Legal immigrants, by contrast, were less than 1 percent of convicts. ...

Undocumented immigrants also accounted for five times the rate of convictions for money laundering and kidnapping, and were three times more likely to be convicted of drive-by shootings.

The data covered from 1985 to 2017.
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Immigration abroad – Greece, Italy, European Union
Greece and Italy demand EU takes more immigrants and gives aid in 'Marshall Plan' for Africa
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 25 January 2018

EU members must share migrants and refugees, rather than expecting the Mediterranean nations to deal with the influx alone, the Prime Ministers of Italy and Greece have insisted in a forceful presentation to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Richer nations should also address the root cause of the migrant crisis by committing to a major development aid programme in the form of a Marshall Plan for Africa, Paolo Gentiloni and Alexis Tsipras said. ...

The Italian leader predicted that it may take decades to improve the African economies, which will reduce the flow of migrants, and that an important first step is to shift migration from smugglers and into legal routes. ...

"It is absolutely possible. You have to disrupt the networks of criminals, to strengthen structure of the almost-failed African states which are not able to control their own territories, and to gradually accept - through human corridors and systems of quotas - a regular flow of migrants from Africa to Europe."
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, deportation, Italy
Italian politician pledges to kick out half a million illegal migrants if elected prime minister
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 24 January 2018

A Right-wing politician who hopes to be the next prime minister of Italy has pledged to expel half a million migrants if his party wins the coming election.

Matteo Salvini, the head of the Eurosceptic Northern League, said he aimed to repatriate 100,000 migrants in his first year in power, followed by another 400,000 during the rest of his five-year term in office.

"There are half a million irregular migrants in Italy. All of them need to be sent home," Mr Salvini told La Repubblica newspaper. ...

Mr Salvini dismissed suggestions that his party was xenophobic, arguing that he was trying to prevent the rise of racism by tackling the problem of illegal immigrants.

"The only antidote to racism is to control, regulate and limit immigration. There are millions of Italian in economic difficulty. Italians are not racist, but out-of-control immigration brings with it far from positive reactions. We want to prevent that," he said.

Whether the League, even if it won power, would be able to expel so many migrants is open to question, given the legal and logistical difficulties that past governments have wrestled with.
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Oslo, Norway
The Islamization of Oslo
Bruce Bawer
City Journal, 24 January 2018

... Groruddalen is home to more than a quarter of Oslo's population. /.../ For a few decades now, the valley has been associated in the Norwegian mind with Islam. ...

... From 2008 to 2010, more than 6,000 ethnic Norwegians moved out of Groruddalen, while almost twice that number of immigrants – mostly Muslims – moved in. In 2009, fully 67 percent of the children born in Stovner, a borough at the far eastern end of the valley, had non-Western mothers. ...

In 2011, Aftenposten broke the prevailing media silence on the topic by reporting on the experiences of ethnic Norwegians living in Groruddalen. "It has been difficult to be an ethnic Norwegian in Groruddalen," ... a schoolteacher who had lived in the valley all his life, told the newspaper. "It's about huge language problems, plus a pressure to adapt to norms that feel totally alien to those of us who have a Western lifestyle and mind- set." Åserud said that at some schools in the valley, "children are threatened with beating for having salami in their packed lunches. Girls are harassed for being blond, and dye their hair to fit in. ...

Two years later, in 2013, a remarkably candid SSB report acknowledged that 1,000 ethnic Norwegians were leaving Groruddalen annually, with an equal number of non-Western immigrants moving in to replace them. During that year alone, muggings in Groruddalen rose by nearly 80 percent. The great majority of perpetrators arrested were teenagers with immigrant backgrounds and Muslim names ...

In 2015, sociologist Halvor Fosli published Fremmed i eget land (A Stranger in One's Own Country), a book based on interviews with 20 ethnic Norwegian residents of Groruddalen. /.../ In short, a place where people had once lived without fear and treated one another with respect and friendliness had become charged with tension, dread, and bigotry – not anti-Muslim bigotry, mind you, but anti-Norwegian bigotry. ...

On March 11, 2017, to many viewers' surprise, the nightly news program on government-run NRK television ran an honest segment on the dramatic rise in crime in East Oslo, with a focus principally on Groruddalen – where, as journalist Anders Magnus reported, about 50 percent of the population now had non-Western immigrant backgrounds. Twelve-year-olds were selling drugs; 15-year-olds were carrying guns, knives, and baseball bats; Muslim youth gangs were assaulting adults in the open street; ...

... But the fundamental problem remains the traditional Scandinavian approach to crime: seeking out root causes, treating offenders as victims of society, and seeing compassion as a cure for criminality. This approach may work with some wayward ethnic Norwegian youths, but it makes no headway with their Muslim counterparts, whose cultural conditioning leads them to see such kid-glove treatment as a sign of weakness – and to exploit it. ...

In August 2017, Hege Storhaug of HRS took note of a promotional poster for the new library in Stovner. It depicted three dark-skinned girls, two wearing hijabs, happily reading books together. "Here," commented Storhaug, "is the future." Thorbjørn Berntsen saw it coming 16 years ago. Others did, too, but most stayed silent. Even now, as Groruddalen plunges toward anarchy and full Islamization, few dare to speak up. Meantime, beyond the hills and mountains that surround Groruddalen, the shadow that has fallen upon the valley is slowly darkening the rest of Norway.
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Immigration abroad – Belgium
How to Manipulate Migration Data? Take Belgium...
Alain Destexhe
Gatestone Institute, 24 January 2018

It should probably not come as a shock that statistics can be, and often are, presented and manipulated by elites. In Belgium – and in all of Western Europe except Austria – they form an informal multiculturalist lobby, which dominates universities, NGOs, public institutions and the media, in order to promote a pro-migration agenda.

In a relatively short time, Belgium has changed dramatically. Without any public debate, it has become a massive migration state. In just 15 years, Belgium has seen an increase of one million in its population – from 10.2 million in 2000 to 11.3 million in 2015. ...

From 2000 to 2010, net immigration was nine times greater than in the Netherlands; four times greater than in France or Germany and even greater than in the United States, a country historically open to immigration. ...

With the help of official forecasts, the media regularly note that the Belgian population is growing, and that this increase will continue. However, no one seems to be linking this rise in population to migration, even if, since 2000, that has been the driving factor. ...

This projected increase in population is never emphasized or presented in relation to the number of Muslims in Belgium, which is expected to double (to 1,250,000, meaning 11.1% of the population) or even triple (to 2,580,000, meaning 18.2% of the population) before 2050, according to the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life. ...

... Social issues are prominent. For instance, 90% of the people claiming social welfare benefits in Brussels have a migrant background. /.../ Moreover, the related costs are never debated or addressed. Those topics are just swept away as if they were totally disconnected to migration. ...

In Belgium, around 50% of immigration is linked to family reunification. That number represents a higher level than those of our European neighbors and more than for most of Europe, even though all of western Europe has been hit by mass migration. /.../ There are marriages in name only, polygamy, marrying only within one's community for many Turkish and Moroccan weddings, and apparently often fraud.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, Italy
Video shows migrants in Italy expelled - but only in writing
Reuters, 22 January 2018

A video shot over the weekend on the southern coast of Sicily shows some 50 North African migrants who have been expelled from Italy instead joining Europe's army of irregular migrants as authorities look on. ...

On Saturday, the migrants were put on a ferry bound for Porto Empedocle on the Sicilian coast. Upon arrival, asylum seekers were bussed to shelters, while those not seeking asylum were given an expulsion order requiring them to leave the country within seven days, and then sent on their way.

While the procedure is in line with Italian law, it has rarely been documented. Unable and unwilling to return home, most migrants simply ignore the expulsion order and move on towards their destination, often in Northern Europe. ...

In the video, the migrants are seen carrying their expulsion order in one hand as they are handed a packed lunch. Then police watch them as they set off walking down a busy road. ...

Almost a half million irregular migrants are estimated to be living in Italy, while in 2016, almost a million irregular migrants were found to be living illegally in the European Union. The actual number is likely to be much higher since irregular migrants seek to avoid being identified.

Italian political leaders of all stripes say that irregular migrants should be immediately sent back home, but this is difficult to put into practice.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, USA
Shock poll: Americans want massive cuts to legal immigration
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 22 January 2018

A Harvard-Harris poll taken in the run-up to the shutdown found Americans strongly support granting citizenship rights to illegal immigrant Dreamers. But they also back Mr. Trump's three demands for a border wall, limits to the chain of family migration and an end to the Diversity Visa Lottery.

Most striking of all is the public's demand for lower overall legal immigration – a position that has little traction on Capitol Hill but one that is overwhelmingly popular across the country.

The poll found that most Americans want annual legal immigration capped at 500,000 a year or less – far lower than the current annual rate of 1.3 million.

Those findings challenge what many lawmakers say is the bipartisan consensus on Capitol Hill that while illegal immigration is to be discouraged, high levels of legal immigration are necessary for the nation's image and its economy. ...

The public may see the issue differently, according to the Harvard-Harris poll of American adults, taken Jan. 17-19.

The survey asked respondents what level of overall legal immigration they would like to see.

A stunning 35 percent said the level should be fewer than 250,000 a year, while another 19 percent said it should be 250,000 to 500,000. Combined, they make up a majority looking for a cut of at least 50 percent over current annual levels. Another 18 percent said they want to see 500,000 to 1 million.

Just 19 percent of respondents said they want an increase over 1 million.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Islam, Belgium
7 out of 10 Belgians say they are living through the "Muslim conquest of their country"
Pamela Geller
Geller Report, 22 January 2018

Belgians know it, but do nothing about it. They know it, but elect the same politicians who sold them down the river. ...

On a side note, the statistic concerning Judaism reflects a bit on their ignorance and antisemitism. I am just so sick of everyone dumping on the Jews. 38% of Belgians say that Judaism is intolerant. How so? They never kill in the cause of Hashem or force non-Jews to convert. ...

... A study, published last week and carried out at the initiative of RTBF and the newspaper Le Soir, concluded that seven out of ten Belgians have the impression of living through the Muslim conquest of their country.

This poll, carried out on a panel of 4734 people, indicates that 74% of the people questioned consider Islam to be an intolerant religion (compared to 38% for Judaism and 14% for Catholicism). 71% judge it to be incompatible "with the values of [their] society".

... Two-thirds of Belgians feel "more and more invaded" and think "there are too many immigrants". By contrast, only 13% see the Muslim community as "a cultural enrichment factor" for their country.
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Immigration abroad – wages, Germany
German wage STAGNATION: EU immigration to blame for low level, top banker claims
Rebecca Pinnington
Daily Express, 20 January 2018

Germany's top banker has blamed immigration from the European Union for wage stagnation, suggesting the national economy would otherwise be stronger.

German unemployment levels are at their lowest since reunification, leading to skills shortages that would ordinarily push wages up in many industries.

However, wages are barely rising above long-term averages, in part due to wage pressure from immigration, the head of the Bundesbank has said.

The president of Germany's central bank, Jens Weidmann, has pointed to the institution's research suggesting that "migration from other EU member states partially accounts for dampened wages pressures in Germany".
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, France
French Leftists Complain Their Children Cannot Succeed in 'Diverse' Paris District Schools
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 20 January 2018

Leftist parents living in the heavily-migrant populated 18th arrondissement of Paris are finding themselves conflicted, as they want "diversity" yet complain that the schools in their "diverse" district are failing.

For many years, leftist couples have moved from the expensive centre of Paris to the heavily-migrant populated district, and now that they have children they have found the "mixed" schools in the areas to be substandard.

Indeed, schools in the area have become known as "ghetto schools" and many French now attempt to move their children elsewhere, French newspaper Liberation reports.

The paper, which conducted an investigation into the issue, claims that leftist parents do not want to "sacrifice" their child to their beliefs and many parents are putting the success of their children above their multicultural ideals.

Julien Grenet, a teacher at the Paris School of Economics, said: "You cannot blame them for saying no. What is shocking is that some parents, very intellectually armed, are blind and deny segregation with false arguments." ...

Grenet said that the segregation of schools along cultural and ethnic lines is unlikely to change. "We have reached such a gap between some schools, it is difficult to go back and reintroduce the mixture," he said.
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Immigration abroad – unemployment, Germany
Even refugees with a university degree have an IQ of only 93
Voice of Europe, 20 January 2018

The EU and mainstream media said Europe's ageing population needed migrants to rejuvenate its workforce.

If their statement was correct, then the results of the migrant crisis would've been great: Hundreds of thousands of migrant should have been gainfully employed by now.

The reality, however, is totally different. For example in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands between 80 and 99 percent of migrants are unemployed after sometimes more than a year.

A lot of migrants don't have the skills required to compete in Europe's modern workforce. But according to Professor Rindermann of the German University of Chemnitz there is also a problem of intelligence.

Professor of Psychology Heiner Rindermann, already caused a minor controversy when he stated in Oktober 2015 that refugees (migrants) have a lower average intelligence than Germans and gave evidence for his claim. ...

Rindermann went on to claim that the often cited "language problem" is only partly to blame for this discrepancy and more important are weaknesses in basic skills. He adds that the problem is exacerbated by the "more frequent consanguineous marriages (i.e. first cousin marriages) in Muslim communities and in Africa with [their] corresponding impairments".
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Immigration abroad – crime, Sweden
Soldiers in Swedish Streets?
Eric Sof
Special Ops Magazine, 19 January 2018

The spread of violent crime and gangland violence in Sweden's numerous no-go zones has become so dramatic that even Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, a staunch defender of the so-called "Swedish model," suggested that using the military to uphold law and order in the Nordic nation's most troubled areas may be necessary. ...

"This is not my first-hand action, but we need to see additional authorities collaborating to crack down on crime," Löfven told the Aftonbladet daily.

However, Löfven's stance received no support from party colleagues. Justice Minister Morgan Johansson argued that army support in the fight against gangland crime was not relevant, maintaining that the police's forces were sufficient. ...

Jerzy Sarnecki, a professor of criminology and the country's leading expert on crime, argued that the deployment of military personnel into Swedish suburbs could mean a form of civil war no less. ...

The initiative, however, was welcomed by Czech-Swedish writer and debater Katarina Janouch, who made national headlines last year after speaking about the rampant crime in Swedish ghettos on Czech TV. ...

Following the public outcry, however, Löfven backtracked and clarified in a Facebook post that the armed forces should not take over the police's duties, but rather opt for an enhanced cooperation between the authorities.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Belgium
Migrant Crisis: 77 Per Cent of Belgians 'No Longer Feel at Home'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 18 January 2018

The massive rise in the proportion of Muslim migrants in the country has resulted in two-thirds of Belgians feeling their nation is being "increasingly invaded", according to a new study.

This sentiment was especially marked among respondents to the detailed survey aged 65 and over, 84 per cent of whom likened the influx of migrants and refugees to an invasion.

Overall, two-thirds of the 4,734 people polled believe there are "too many immigrants in Belgium", while 77 per cent agreed with the statement, "Today we no longer feel at home as we did before [mass migration]".

Entitled Black Yellow Blues 2017, the research was an initiative of public broadcaster RTBF and liberal newspaper Le Soir, carried out by sociology research institute Survey and Action and the globalist 'This is Not a Crisis' foundation.

Reporting on the study, which looked at the attitudes of French-speaking Belgians and how they have changed since a similar survey was taken in 1997, RTBF laments that it depicts a population which is growing "increasingly xenophobic".

"The results raise many questions, but they revealed a society that is filled with fear and the rejection of otherness," writes the taxpayer-funded broadcaster.

Produced by This is Not a Crisis, an organisation which seeks to tackle populism at a time it says societies in the West must undergo "permanent transformations", the report claims researchers "observed the development of a true anti-Muslim paranoia [among Belgians], which has taken on a pathological dimension".

According to 74 per cent of people surveyed, Islam is "not a tolerant religion", while 60 per cent said the presence of so many Muslims in their nation presents a threat to its identity. Just 12 per cent said they believe the religion is "a source of enrichment" for Belgium. ...

"Seven out of 10 Belgians think that immigrants want to impose their way of life," the article notes disapprovingly, nowhere mentioning any of the attitudes disclosed by the 400 Muslims surveyed in the study.

These included 33 per cent of Muslim respondents revealing they "don't like Western culture", 29 per cent asserting they believe the laws of Islam to be superior to Belgian law, and 34 per cent admitting they "would definitely prefer a political system inspired by the Quran".
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Immigration abroad – crime, Italy
Italy breaks up Chinese crime ring involved in drugs, prostitution
Business Insider / Reuters, 18 January 2018

Italy ordered the arrest of 33 people on Thursday on suspicion of running a Chinese mafia group involved in gambling, prostitution, and drugs and which dominated the transport of Chinese goods across Europe.

The group's base was in Prato, near Florence, a hub for the textile industry where many factories are owned and run by Chinese, police said in a statement.

But the network had members in other parts of Italy and across Europe, with arrests sought in Rome, Milan, Padua, Paris, Madrid and Neuss, Germany, the statement said. ...

Italy has a long history of home-grown organized crime, including the Sicilian Mafia and the Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, but immigration to Europe has opened the way for foreign crime groups to take root, including the Nigerian and Chinese mafias.
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Immigration abroad – party politics, USA
Hostility to immigration used to be found in both parties
The Economist, 18 January 2018

In both parties, fundamental forces have shaped this political change. Only a decade ago, Republican leaders such as George W. Bush enthused about immigration. Yet they were out of touch with the nativism of many Republican voters. That sentiment, which Mr Trump divined and has exacerbated, has now infected the party to such a degree that hostility to immigration is the surest indicator of Republican support. The arrival of many Hispanics in Republican states which had previously seen little recent immigration, such as Alabama and Arkansas, is one reason for this. Another is the electoral migration of working-class whites from the Democrats – bringing with them the left's traditional fear for the effect of immigration on native workers' wages. In addition, Republicans' fears are driven, opinion polling and Mr Trump's rhetoric suggests, by ethnocultural anxiety which, in a country turning rapidly browner, cannot easily be assuaged.

Meanwhile, the Democrats, who until a decade or so ago were similarly divided on immigration, are now all for it. In 2006, 40% of Democrats were in favour of a border wall; now less than 10% are. This is in part because the party has to some degree replaced its lost whites with Hispanic voters. It also represents a more profound cultural shift, driven by a cosmopolitan relish for diversity and zeitgeisty aversion to chauvinism, such that even white Democrats now feel markedly less chary towards immigration than they did. To be pro-immigrant is becoming even more inherently Democratic than to be agin immigration is Republican.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Melbourne, Australia
'African gangs' debate polarises Australia
BBC, 18 January 2018

Melbourne is a place of stunning architecture, celebrated laneways and tree-lined boulevards, of major cultural and sporting events. ...

For many months, and particularly in recent weeks, this reputedly serene city has witnessed sporadic eruptions of so-called gang violence involving youths. Many of those involved have been Australians of African descent. ...

Last October, a parliamentary inquiry on migrant settlement heard from Victoria's Crime Statistics Agency (VCSA) that around 1.4% of criminal offenders in the state were Sudanese-born, though Sudanese and South Sudanese communities comprised just 0.14% of the state's population. ...

On charges of riot and affray, people born in Sudan comprised 6% of offenders. ...

Mr Monoah, a member of Victorian Police's new taskforce, said the issue had to be addressed in a responsible way, "without obviously mixing them with politics or without mixing them with any other messaging".

Fellow community leader Richard Deng also criticised politicians for using the term "African gangs", saying: "The majority of these kids are born here, they're bloody Australian. Let's call them that way."
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
A Girl's Killing Puts Germany's Migration Policy on Trial
Katrin Bennhold
New York Times, 18 January 2018

The death in Kandel, in southwestern Germany, on Dec. 27 has traumatized this sleepy town of barely 10,000 inhabitants, not just because both the suspect and the victim were only 15 years old and went to the local school, but also because the boy is an Afghan migrant and the girl was German. ...

But the case of the two teenagers, Abdul D. and Mia V., has struck a special nerve because the killing happened in such a quiet and provincial setting and the two people involved were so young. ...

When Abdul arrived in Germany in April 2016, he said he was 14, and apparently none of the officials registering him raised serious doubts about his age. ...

There is an incentive for migrants to be listed as under 18. Government benefits, access to German lessons and job opportunities are better for minors. In Saarland, more than a third of the migrants who were tested appeared to be over 18.
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Immigration abroad – politics, Italy
Immigration thrust to fore of Italy's election campaign as politician says 'white race' could face extinction
Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 17 January 2018

Immigration has been thrust to the fore of Italy's election campaign after a politician from a right-wing party warned that "the white race" was in danger of dying out. ...

Attilio Fontana, a prominent politician from the Right-wing Northern League, said the "white race" in Italy could face extinction unless the number of migrants entering the country was drastically reduced.

"We have to decide if our ethnicity, if our white race, if our society continues to exist or if it will be canceled out," said Mr Fontana, who is the League's candidate to become the next governor of Lombardy, the wealthy northern region that includes Milan.

An unwillingness to take in "all" migrants was not "a question of being xenophobic or racist, but a question of being logical or rational," he said.

His remarks were condemned by the centre-Left, but he received the endorsement of Matteo Salvini, the leader of the National League, who said that Islam and the migrant "invasion" posed a grave threat to Italian society.

"We are under attack. Our culture, society, traditions and way of life are at risk," Mr Salvini said. "The colour of one's skin has nothing to do with it, but the risk is very real. Centuries of history risk disappearing if Islamisation, which up until now has been underestimated, gains the upper hand." ...

Matteo Renzi, former premier and the head of the ruling Democratic Party, accused the Northern League of pandering to racism and whipping up fear of migrants.

"We look to the future, not to fear," he said.

Paolo Gentiloni, the prime minister, who is also from the Democratic Party, said that opposition parties who said they would stop the influx of migrants entirely were giving false promises.

"The issue is how to manage flows, because our country will need these people," he said last week.
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Immigration abroad – politics, France
The Jungle camp is a squalid monument to France's cowardice and Europe's failed border policy
Leo Mckinstry
Daily Mail, 17 January 2018

The Jungle camp at Calais is a squalid monument to Europe's failed border policies. ...

There was a much-trumpeted clearout in 2016, but, all too predictably, many are back, in swelling numbers. ...

In the absence of anything like a sufficiently resolute approach, French politicians have resorted to their traditional strategy of heaping the blame on Britain. ...

But the French government's demands are not only profoundly unjust, they are also unworkable. Britain has poured a fortune into beefing up security at Calais – more than £120 million in the past three years.

Moreover, any transfer of the border to southern England would do nothing to stop the migrant problem at Calais. ...

The truth is that the Calais nightmare has been allowed to fester because of France's political cowardice. ...

The Calais farce is a metaphor for a wider lack of political will to defend Europe's borders or the traditional concept of nationhood. The result is that ordinary people throughout Europe are becoming deeply worried about migration's effect on their culture, heritage and nationhood. ...

The migration-fixated, diversity-obsessed cadre of the EU, epitomised by Macron, have no answers to the problem of migrants.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, Germany
German asylum numbers fall, but still too high, minister says
Riham Alkousaa
Reuters, 16 January 2018

The number of new arrivals in Germany seeking asylum fell 33 percent on the year to 186,000 in 2017, data from the Federal Interior Ministry showed, down from 280,000 the previous year and 890,000 in 2015, when unprecedented flows overwhelmed Europe's border controls.

Immigration is one of the most sensitive topics in the talks between Chancellor Angela Merkel conservatives and the Social Democrats (SPD) on renewing the 'grand coalition' that governed Germany from 2013 to 2017.

In a deal signed on Friday, the two camps agreed a soft target of 180,000 to 220,000 immigrants a year, to be achieved not via a formal cap but by interventions to manage flows. ...

But, presenting the new figures on Tuesday, interior minister Thomas de Maiziere said the number of asylum seekers was still too high, adding that Germany still had much work to do to integrate new arrivals into society and address higher levels of criminality among asylum seekers.

"So far it is still the case that those who decide whether someone will come to Europe or to Germany are criminal people smugglers. This is the most inhuman selection committee," de Maiziere said on Tuesday. ...

... De Maiziere, a conservative, said that while family reunification could help refugees integrate, it could also encourage more people to send their children on the hazardous journey to Germany.
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Immigration abroad – extremism, prisons, Framce
'We risk our lives for €1.5k a month': French prisons on edge over radicalised inmates
The Local [France], 16 January 2018

Assaults by inmates linked to Islamic extremism prompted a second day of strikes by prison guards across France on Tuesday, casting a spotlight on the challenges of handling radicalised prisoners.

The attacks come as French officials test a range of preventive measures after a string of jihadist attacks over the past two years that have left more than 240 people dead.

Some of those responsible were involved in Islamist networks in jail. ...

"The thing that keeps coming up is, 'We're putting our lives on the line for 1,500 euros a month'," said Martial Delabroye, a Force Ouvriere union official at the Reau prison near Paris.

France's prisons house about 500 people charged with terrorism activities, and about 1,200 inmates are identified as having extremist views.
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Immigration abroad – Afghans, repatriation, Pakistan
Afghan refugees in Pakistan face mass deportation
Masood Saifullah and Riaz Sayed
Deutsche Welle, 16 January 2018

There are now an estimated 2.7 million registered and undocumented Afghan refugees in Pakistan.

Afghanistan's failure so far to emerge as a stable and peaceful country means there is no safe place for these refugees to return to.

Notwithstanding the security situation in its volatile neighbor, the Pakistani government wants to accelerate refugee repatriation. At the start of January, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi's cabinet decided to extend Afghan refugees' stay in the country only for 30 days.

This is the sixth extension given to the refugees by the government. ...

The decision comes as surprise for the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), which is undertaking a repatriation program for 1.4 million Afghans, most of them living in Pakistan since their country was invaded by Soviet Russia in 1979.

There are also hundreds of thousands of undocumented Afghans residing in the country. ...

"Unfortunately the issue of Afghan refugees in Pakistan is being politicized from time to time," said Abdul Hamid Jalili, an Afghan consulate official in Peshawar.

Everybody understands, Jalili stated, that deporting over two million Afghan refugees in less than a month will not be possible, but the deadline is still set to create a mechanism for all Afghans to return.
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Immigration abroad – Melilla, Spain
Police attacked as 200 migrants storm Spanish border to claim EU asylum
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 15 January 2018

More than 200 African migrants stormed the Spanish border in a bid to claim asylum, regional officials have said.

The migrants breached the gates leading into Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the border of Northern Morocco. ...

The 209 migrants who managed to make it across the barrier have since been taken to a migrant detention centre.
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Immigration abroad – citizenship, Republic of Ireland
100,000+ New Irish Citizens
Chinedu Onyejelem
Metro Éireann, 15 January 2018

More than 100,000 immigrants have naturalised in Ireland following the introduction of citizenship ceremonies in June 2011.

According to the Department of Justice, the number includes over 79,000 adults who took part in 128 citizenship ceremonies and over 21,000 minors, who are not obliged to attend the ceremonies often held during school hours.

Justice said the new Irish citizens since 2011 come from 178 different countries, and that half of the top 10 nationalities are from Asia: India, the Philippines, Pakistan, China (including Hong Kong) and Bangladesh.

The remaining five nationalities include two from the African continent, Nigeria and South Africa, as well as three from eastern Europe – Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

In an end-of-year review published by his department, Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan said he was "delighted to congratulate the 6,850 new Irish citizens who were formally conferred with citizenship over the course of 2017.
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Immigration abroad – walls, USA
This town is proof that Trump's wall can work
Paul Sperry
New York Post, 13 January 2018

When charges of "racism" and "xenophobia" fail, Democrats' fallback argument against President Trump's proposed border wall is that it simply "won't work," so why waste billions building it? Tell that to the residents of El Paso, Texas. ...

In fact, the number of deportable illegal immigrants located by the US Border Patrol plummeted by more than 89 percent over the five-year period during which the controversial new fence was built, according to Homeland Security data reviewed by me. When the project first started in 2006, illegal crossings totaled 122,261, but by 2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out into the New Mexico desert, immigrant crossings shrank to just 12,251.

They hit a low of 9,678 in 2012, before slowly ticking back up to a total of 25,193 last year. But they're still well below pre-fence levels, and the Border Patrol credits the fortified barrier dividing El Paso from Mexico for the reduction in illegal flows.
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Immigration abroad – multiculturalism, police, Germany
Germany: Berlin's Police Problem
Stefan Frank
Gatestone Institute, 12 January 2018

Berlin's local government has come under fire after reports of frequent, habitual and sometimes criminal misconduct by Berlin's police cadets. According to the reports, such misconduct, especially by those with a migrant background, is rampant in the Berlin-Spandau police academy. ...

At the same time, it emerged that Berlin's police commanders and the Senate had been aware of problems with cadets "of migrant background" long before this exposé.

The newspaper Die Welt quoted from the leaked minutes of a high-level police meeting, according to which the staff of the police academy complained about problems that "developed in the course of hiring officers with a migrant background (currently 30%)." ...

He also spoke of conflicts between different ethnic groups within the police. "It is only a question of time until someone fires the first shot at a colleague," he said.

Finally, the LKA official warned about the danger of criminal clans infiltrating the police and administration: "This has already begun".
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Immigration abroad – politics, Germany
Lead Europe? Berlin can't even lead Germany
Jens Bastian
politics.eu, 11 January 2018

It was only recently that Germany seemed like a rock of stability in an otherwise unpredictable world, a country to which other EU members turned desperately for leadership and direction.

Today, things couldn't be more different. /.../ Never mind trying to lead Europe. It's not clear that Berlin can even lead Germany. ...

Meanwhile, the only thing on which the winners and losers of the September 2017 election can truly agree is that "business as usual" can't go on. ...

The outcome of the elections was strongly influenced by the twin issues of refugees and migration. As is increasingly becoming apparent, the "welcome culture" of mid-2015 has been replaced with debates about limiting the number of arriving refugees, curtailing family reunification and expediting deportations, as well as linking crime statistics to refugees and migrants.

... And indeed, Germany's judicial system, municipal administrations and regional authorities are at breaking point. They do not have the capacity to handle the sheer volume of asylum seekers.
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Immigration abroad – free speech, Germany
Germany is silencing "hate speech", but cannot define it
The Economist, 11 January 2018

Germany's memories of the Gestapo and the Stasi undergird its commitment to free speech. "There shall be no censorship," decrees the constitution. Even marches by Pegida, an Islamophobic and anti-immigrant movement founded in 2014, receive police protection. But the country of Kristallnacht and the Holocaust also takes a punitive attitude to what it deems "hate speech". ...

Reconciling these two convictions – for free speech and against hate speech – is becoming harder, particularly since Angela Merkel's refugee gambit in 2015. Opening Germany's borders to some 1.2m mostly Muslim migrants has fuelled the rise of nativist outfits like the AfD and Pegida. Racist propaganda and sensationalist reports (some, though not all, fake) of criminal and rapist immigrants have rippled across social media. In 2016, for example, the number of criminal investigations into online hate speech in Berlin rose by 50%. A number of the newcomers from the Middle East and Africa are anti-Semitic. Confronting such ills without encroaching too much on freedom of expression is tricky.

The most prominent example of the balancing act is the new Net Enforcement Law (NetzDG) /.../ It sets out 20 things defining a comment as "clearly illegal", such as incitement to hatred or showing the swastika. Once posts are flagged by users, a social-media firm has 24 hours – extended to a week in complex cases – to check and remove those that contravene the rules, or face a €50m ($60m) fine. ...

Overwhelmed by the volume and wary of incurring such huge fines, social-media firms are erring on the side of censorship. ...

Criticism is mounting. The AfD has been joined by the liberal Free Democrats, the Greens and the socialist Left party in calling for its repeal. The Federal Association of German Newspaper Publishers is also opposed. ...

All of which points to a broader truth: regulating speech was easier in the past, when Germany was a more settled, homogeneous and conformist place. The wave of new arrivals since 2015 has accelerated its long-term evolution into a more plural, fragmented country.
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Immigration abroad – crime, Sweden
Sweden: Not Everyone Can Say #MeToo
Nima Gholam Ali Pour
Gatestone Institute, 11 January 2018

While many Swedes are eager to expose celebrities who have sexually assaulted or sexually harassed women, Sweden is still a country where sexual assaults and rapes by newly arrived and illegal migrants is denied and concealed in the most vicious ways by parts of the official establishment. ...

If you are sexually assaulted by an illegal migrant in Sweden it is hard to say "Me too": there are many activists and supporters of migrants who will accuse the victim of lying – even when the victim is only 14-years-old and needs all the support she can get.

That Swedish media conceal sexual assaults by migrants is not exactly a secret; it has happened quite a few times. ...

The main narrative of official Sweden declares that all migration enriches Sweden.

Another part of this official narrative is that Sweden is filled with racists. ...

... Sweden is, after all, a country where rapists often get away with their crimes. In September 2017, the Swedish media reported that the police have no time to investigate rape cases because of the many murders.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, France
Emmanuel Macron is tightening immigration rules
The Economist, 10 January 2018

In 2017 a record 100,000 people asked for asylum in France. /.../ A surge of applicants, led by Albanians, Afghans, Haitians and Sudanese, is putting fresh pressure on the processing system – and on the unity of President Emmanuel Macron's governing party.

... Yet in office he seems to have hardened his line. A new immigration and asylum bill, designed to tighten the rules, is due to be unveiled next month. ...

Edouard Philippe, France's centre-right prime minister, says that the bill will help to accelerate asylum procedures, improve conditions in reception centres and "strengthen the efficiency" of rules on illegals. ...

... If asylum-seekers are to be treated humanely and efficiently, says the government, it needs to sift out the bogus ones and enforce the rules. In a new-year message, Mr Macron spoke of France's "moral and political duty" to act as a land of refuge for those fleeing persecution. But, he added, "we cannot welcome everybody."
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Immigration abroad – crime, USA
Non-Citizens Committed a Disproportionate Share of Federal Crimes, 2011-16
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 10 January 2018

Many immigration advocates argue that immigrants have much lower crime rates than natives /.../. While there are other issues, the biggest problem with studying immigrant crime is that states and localities do not systematically track the country of birth, citizenship, or legal status of those they arrest, convict, or incarcerate. But the federal government does track the citizenship of those it convicts. New data from the U.S. Sentencing Commission shows that of those convicted of federal crimes between 2011 and 2016, 44.2 percent were not U.S. citizens – 21.4 percent, if immigration crimes are excluded. In comparison, non-citizens are 8.4 percent of the adult population. Of this 8.4 percent, about 4 percent are illegal immigrants and about 4 percent are legal immigrants.
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Immigration abroad – unemployment benefits, Germany
Tens of Thousands of Migrants in Germany Unable to Read or Write
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 10 January 2018

The German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has released new figures showing that around 43,000 individuals engaged in integration courses are unable to read or write at all.

The 43,000 migrants were placed into special courses meant to help them learn how to both read and write but many have been totally unable to learn how to speak German in the language component of the courses, Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung reports. ...

Less than a fifth, or 17 per cent, of the migrants, engaged in the programme were able to speak German at an intermediate level which is required for basic labour jobs. ...

A vast majority of the migrants who arrived during and since the height of the migrant crisis in 2015 are unemployed with a report from late 2016 claiming that only three per cent had managed to find work.

As a result of not being able to find a job, many migrants have ended up on the German benefits system. Last year the German Federal Agency for Employment (BA) announced that there were half a million asylum seekers living on state handouts.
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Immigration abroad – anti-white racism, USA
Our Kids Are Being Taught They're Flawed if They're White
Ed Brodow
MomZette, 9 January 2018

In my new book, "Tyranny of the Minority," I warn that "a Hillary Clinton victory might have placed us closer to a political inquisition in which conservatives would be given the chance to confess and recant. In that scenario, unrepentant conservatives would be deported."

Is that so far-fetched? I don't think so. Why? Because an inquisition aimed at white people is already underway. ...

The school in West Bend is brainwashing adolescent children to confess they are flawed if they happen to be white and male. If this is not an inquisition – what is? ...

"The Left," says author Ben Shapiro, "wants to portray America as 'an incurable mass of bigoted whites.'"

One of the most popular forms of anti-white discrimination is the "indoctrination" forced by many colleges on white freshmen. The purpose, says Greer, is to make whites feel badly about their skin color. Whites should "sit down, shut up, and allow their moral superiors to berate them." ...

The payoff for the Left's diversity and multicultural agenda is stoking racial discord. Minority special-interest groups are using the banners of "equality," "diversity," and "social justice" as a power grab. The intention is to impose their agenda on the white majority. It is a fight for equality only in the Orwellian sense. /.../ We are observing a grab for power by vocal minority groups that want to be more equal than others. Look out. If they succeed, they will institutionalize the inquisition.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
No, the EU isn't militarizing Africa to halt migration but simply to organize it
GEFIRA, 9 January 2018

Last summer, when the news that NGOs were shipping migrants to Italy and cooperating with traffickers surfaced, the newly elected Emmanuel Macron quickly came up with a solution: hotspots in Africa where people seeking protection could go to and apply for the status of refugee, and, if granted such a status, could be moved to Europe in an official way.

The plan has been operational for a few weeks now: the first batches of positively-verified asylum seekers have been moved to France and Italy, while European governments are sending their troops to Africa to help manage the flow. ...

The process is referred to as "humanitarian corridors" and is lobbied heavily by the open borders civil society. Asylum seekers whose request is accepted are transferred to their destination, while those whose request was rejected are moved back to their home country. ...

The plan resembles the one adopted by Merkel with the agreement with Erdogan. While the human wave stopped, hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have been flown to Germany since then. Liberal leaders are convinced that immigration is not a problem if managed orderly, and that anxieties of European citizens will go away if the media covers the topic correctly. ...

Merkel's attempt to quell dissent by enacting a number of censorship laws on social media has not worked either. The problem isn't the media, nor the allegedly unjustified criticism by Europeans; the problem is her policy.
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Immigration abroad – EU, Czech Republic
Czech president BLASTS EU migrant policy & warns 10 million refugees could come to Europe
Simon Osborne
Daily Express, 8 January 2018

More than 10 million refugees could come to Europe from Africa if the European Union fails to change its migrant policy, Czech President Milos Zeman has warned. ...

He also claimed an influx of refugees from Muslim countries posed a threat to European culture.

Mr Zeman said: "If the European Union does not reach the courage to strengthen its external borders, for which it constantly chatters but does nothing, we will have 10 million refugees from Africa in the course of several years.

"The culture of these refugees is not compatible with European culture, which is what immigrants themselves understand."

The Czech president is a longstanding opponent of accepting refugees and said the EU should provide financial aid to the countries from which the refugees travel.
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Mass Migration: The European Commission's New "Norm"
Alain Destexhe
Gatestone Institute, 8 January 2018

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, recently published a startling opinion, advocating for more immigration as an inescapable reality to which European citizens should just adapt without any further discussion. ...

It is very clear, from survey after survey, Eurobarometer after Eurobarometer, election after election, that a huge majority of European citizens are not only worried about immigration but want – if not to stop it – to reduce it drastically, and regain the lost control over borders and over who is allowed to get inside Europe and who is not. ...

In a normal democratic process, every country should, ideally, be able to decide, through national parliaments, its migration policies. At a European level, the willingness of the majority of citizens should be taken into account. But Avramopoulos could not care less. According to this unelected Greek Commissioner, this is because "at the end of the day, we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm". ...

... In his book Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World, Oxford Professor Paul Collier explains that he has reviewed all the major scientific articles supporting the claims that migrants will be able to pay for the social benefits of aging Europeans, only to conclude that he was absolutely not convinced at all. First of all, many of the migrants are not qualified; and second, they receive social benefits, so there is little or no incentive for them to work. ...

But what about the almost four million young unemployed citizens already inside the European Union? The unemployment rate for them has actually been between 15-20% in recent years.

Alain Destexhe is a Senator in Belgium, Former Secretary General of Médecins Sans Frontières and Former President of the International Crisis Group.
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Immigration abroad – asylum, France
France registers record asylum requests in 2017
Reuters, 8 January 2018

France registered a record number of asylum requests in 2017, when Albanians topped the list despite far slimmer prospects of obtaining refugee status than people from war-torn places such as Syria or Afghanistan.

... Official asylum requests rose 17 percent to exceed 100,000, the highest "in at least four decades", according to Pascal Brice, head of France's refugee office (Ofpra). ...

Asylum requests from Albanians rose 66 percent from 2016 but the acceptance rate was low, at just 6.5 percent, Ofpra figures showed.

By comparison, the acceptance rate was 95 percent for Syrians, 85 percent for Afghans and 59 percent in the case of people from Sudan, Ofpra said. ...

The new French number – precisely 100,412 asylum requests in 2017 - compares to 140,000 asylum requests recorded in the first nine months of 2017 in neighbouring Germany, where limits on the inflow are one key issue in talks where Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to forge a governing coalition.
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Immigration abroad – politics, votes, USA
LEAKED MEMO: DREAMers Are 'Critical' To Dems 'Future Electoral Success'
Michael Bastasch
Daily Caller, 8 January 2018

The Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund circulated a memo on Monday calling illegal immigrants brought here at a young age – so-called "Dreamers" – a "critical component of the Democratic Party's future electoral success."

The memo, co-authored by former Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was sent around to allies calling on Democrats to "refuse to offer any votes for Republican spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate funds to deport them." ...

CAP Action's memo says protecting DACA is not only a "moral imperative" for Democrats, it also key to getting votes.

"The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party's future electoral success," reads Palmieri's memo, obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

"If Democrats don't try to do everything in their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats' electoral chances in 2018 and beyond," reads the memo.
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Immigration abroad – marriage ban, Bangladesh
Bangladesh court upholds Myanmar Rohingya marriage ban
BBC, 8 January 2018

A court in Bangladesh has upheld a law which bans Rohingya Muslims from getting married in the country.

The 2014 law forbids registrars from officiating at unions with Bangladeshi nationals and between Rohingya couples, after the government said it was being abused to obtain citizenship.

More than half a million Rohingya fled to Bangladesh from Myanmar in 2017. ...

Explaining the law in 2014, government officials said they believed wedding certificates were being used to try and claim legal documents including Bangladeshi passports.

Under it anyone found to have married a Rohingya can be sentenced to seven years in prison.
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Immigration abroad – Hungary
Hungary's Orban tells Germany: 'You wanted the migrants, we didn't'
Rebecca Staudenmaier
Deutsche Welle, 8 January 2018

In an interview with the German daily Bild, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban defended his country's refusal of an EU-wide refugee resettlement quota, saying that he believed refugees are "Muslim invaders." ...

"We don't see these people as Muslim refugees. We see them as Muslim invaders," he told the German daily Bild newspaper. ...

"We believe that a large number of Muslims inevitably leads to parallel societies, because Christian and Muslim society will never unite," Orban told the paper.

"Multiculturalism is only an illusion," he added. ...

When asked by a Bild reporter why it was fair that Germany accepted hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants while Hungary accepted none, Orban responded: "The difference is, you wanted the migrants, and we didn't."
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Immigration abroad – Melilla, Spain
More than 200 migrants storm Morocco-Spain border
MailOnline / AFP, 7 January 2018

More than 200 African migrants stormed over a high double fence between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Saturday, officials said, leaving some of them and a police officer injured.

A total of 209 people from sub-Saharan Africa seeking to get to Europe forced their way across the fence in the afternoon, the central government's representative office in Melilla said in a statement. ...

Spain is increasingly targeted by people desperate to reach Europe from Africa, with the number of migrants reaching the country in 2017 hitting a record high of nearly 22,900, according to EU border agency Frontex.

This was more than double the previous record set in 2016.
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Immigration abroad – Muslims, USA
No denying U.S. Muslim population explosion
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow, 7 January 2018

A recent study reveals that migration and high birthrates are increasing America's Muslim population by 100,000 annually, with nearly 3.5 million Islamic adherents currently residing in the United States.

Even though some figures show that only 1.1 percent of the total U.S. population is currently Muslim, Pew Research Center notes that the 3.45 million Muslims in the U.S. – up from 3.31 million in 2016 – is quickly surpassing and catching up to other religious groups. ...

Since around the time pro-Muslim/pro-immigration former President Barack Obama took office a decade ago, the Muslim population in the U.S. has grown by leaps and bounds. ...

One American Muslim organization that has been reported to have deep ties to Islamic terrorism, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) argues that the numbers provided by Pew greatly underrepresent America's actual Muslim population, which it claimed – nearly three years ago – was twice (6-8 million) Pew's current estimate. ...

It is also reported that as the Muslim population increases in any nation, so does anti-Semitism.

"France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.K. have all seen increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and Jewish properties since they began importing mass numbers of Muslim migrants," WND's Leo Hohmann reported. "It has gotten so bad in France and Germany that many Jews have been quietly migrating out of those countries in recent years." ...

"Another indicator of the rapidly increasing U.S. Muslim population is the explosive growth in the number of mosques being built," Hohmann added. "There are more than 3,200 mosques now in the U.S., and more than 70 percent of them have been built since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington."
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, Australia
More than 60,000 illegal migrants are living under the radar in Australia - most of whom are tourists and students refusing to leave the country after overstaying visas
Sam Duncan
Daily Mail Australia, 4 January 2018

More than 60,000 illegal migrants are living Australia, the vast majority of whom are visa overstayers.

Officials from the new Department of Home Affairs are calling for tougher screening to enable them to detect people living in the country illegally.

Home Affairs staff believe illegal migrants view the department as 'toothless', and are demanding harsher fines and better visa screening. ...

Three quarters of the 62,900 illegal migrants entered the country on tourist visas, and another 15 per cent were students.

One third of the total have been hiding out for at least 10 years, and 18,750 have been living in Australia for 15 year or more.

China or Malaysia account for a quarter of the illegal migrants, and there are 5170 Americans and 3680 from the UK.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
The acting ICE director said politicians who run 'sanctuary cities' should be charged with crimes
Michelle Mark
Business Insider, 4 January 2018

The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday that politicians in so-called "sanctuary cities" should be charged with harboring and smuggling unauthorized immigrants.

He said he has asked the Department of Justice to look into whether such jurisdictions are violating federal law. He added that the local officials should be held "personally accountable" for crimes committed by immigrants living in the US illegally. ...

Homan also vowed in his interview with Fox News to ramp up immigration enforcement in California, which recently implemented a statewide "sanctuary" law limiting police cooperation with ICE and forbidding officers from asking people about their immigration statuses.
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Immigration abroad – Italy, Europe
Revealed: Royal Navy sailors have rescued 18,000 migrants from the Med and dropped them off in Europe
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018

In the last year alone, the Navy has rescued about 3,000 migrants and taken them to Italy. Sailors also helped a further 1,400 who were transferred to a Navy ship from other vessels. ...

The Navy rescued the migrants as part of a wider £15.2 million EU mission codenamed Operation Sophia. Since April 2015, the Navy has deployed six ships to rescue migrants. ...

Commenting on the latest figures, Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, on the committee, praised the work of the navy but said Operation Sophia was a 'failure'.

The former Chief of the Defence staff added: 'This is not because it has failed to rescue people in danger.

'The Royal Navy, along with its partners, has done sterling work in this respect, and we should all be proud of their efforts, which must continue.

'But the aim of Operation Sophia was to break the people smugglers' business model, and this it has failed to do.'

He added: 'In some ways it has even made life easier for the smugglers, who no longer need even to pretend to transport people to the southern coast of Europe.

'They can now just push them out to sea in the flimsiest and most dangerous of craft, confident that the ships will rescue them and take then onwards.'
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Immigration abroad – crime, Germany
Germany: Migrants 'may have fuelled violent crime rise'
BBC, 3 January 2018

Migrants may be responsible for most of a recent rise in violent crime in Germany, research commissioned by the government suggests.

The study used data from Lower Saxony, a state where more than 90% of the rise was attributed to young male migrants.

The researchers say the findings are not surprising because many migrants who arrived in Germany in recent years are single males aged 14-30.

This group is most likely to commit crime, irrespective of nationality.

The researchers also said that migrants were twice as likely to be reported to police for alleged violent crimes as German nationals. ...

It also said that migrants with little hope of being giving asylum in Germany were much more likely to commit violent crime than those from war zones like Syria whose asylum was guaranteed.
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Immigration abroad – Europe
Facebook helps the African exodus to Europe
GEFIRA, 3 January 2018

In Europe, social media like Facebook and Twitter are removing posts and blocking authors opposing mass migration from the Third World as hate speech. The hostile attitude to literally hundreds of thousands of Africans from Nigeria, Morocco or Ghana flooding Italy, Sweden or Germany is considered extremist behaviour by them. At the same time Facebook and Twitter are instrumental in the biggest human exodus in modern history. Social media have not been limited to a communication or marketing function for a long time. /.../ Social networks have also become a channel that helps to organize the transfer of Africans to Europe.

In 2017 a quarter of the people on the Earth have a Facebook account, of which 68% are under 35 years of age. Also in North African countries, this portal is very popular among almost half of the population, above all among people below 35 years of age. ...

Facebook has become the smugglers' channel for reaching out to people interested in getting from Africa to Europe. How does it happen? Firstly, smugglers create accounts and pages on Facebook where they advertise their services and give their phone number, as well as recommend contacting them by WhatsApp application, which guarantees the encryption of messages. Secondly, in order to authenticate their message, they publish pictures showing preparations for the journey. Thirdly, they publish photos and reports of people who made it to European countries, which is supposed to build trust on the side of potential clients. Important information is also contained in comments under posts. ...

The ads inform about the participation of battleships or NGO vessels in "rescue" actions. Several times there was also information that the only thing smugglers had to do was reach the place where the navy ships would appear in a few hours. Such messages leave many questions about the involvement of NGOs or naval forces of European countries. ...

People smugglers, the European Union, NGOs and Frontex are making a mockery of the law of the sea, and for that they should be held responsible. The massive transport operation that already brought six hundred thousand people from Libya to Italy since 2014, promoted and coordinated by modern communication tools like Twitter and Facebook, can hardly be regarded as genuine rescue operations.
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Immigration abroad – Netherlands
Netherlands population rises to 17.2 million on immigration, Dutch re-patriation
Zack Newmark
NL Times, 2 January 2018

The population of the Netherlands hit 17.2 million officially registered residents at the turn of the new year, an increase of 100 thousand from a year earlier. That gain is similar to figures released at the beginning of 2017, government office Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said on Tuesday.

About 82 thousand more people settled or re-settled in the Netherlands last year than the 139 thousand people who left the country. Roughly ten percent of the 220 thousand people who immigrated to the Netherlands in 2017 had a Dutch passport at the time of registration, according to a data table provided by the CBS. ...

The remaining population growth came from natural population increase calculated by the number of births against the number of deaths.
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Immigration abroad – Spain
'Saving lives is not a crime' - the Spanish activist taken to court for rescuing migrant ships
Hannah Strange
Daily Telegraph, 2 January 2018

The rafts arrive daily now, in fair weather or foul, dozens of migrants crammed on to small inflatable dinghies more suitable for a pleasure lake than the open sea. ...

Arrivals to Spain by sea almost tripled in 2017, making the so-called Western Mediterranean route from Morocco the fastest growing gateway to Europe, as the EU clamps down on entries elsewhere.

The arrivals have left Spain's holding centres overflowing. ...

... a prominent Spanish refugee activist, Helena Maleno Garzón, who since 2012 has worked with migrants through her Tangier-based NGO, Walking Borders. The Spanish coastguards work so closely with Ms Maleno that she has become their primary alert system for departing boats. ...

Embarrassed and under pressure, Moroccan authorities have set their sights on Ms Maleno. Next week, amid outrage from human rights groups, she will appear in court in Morocco to face allegations that she is collaborating with people traffickers. ...

By December 20, 21,468 people had arrived in Spain on migrant boats, compared with 7,490 in 2018 and 4.408 in 2015.
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Immigration abroad – Assam, India
Indian state leaves 13 million citizens off register
MailOnline / AFP, 2 January 2018

Around 13 million people living in northeastern India's largest state have been left off a controversial draft list of citizens released Monday by authorities, who are under pressure to identify and expel illegal immigrants.

Assam has long struggled to curb immigration from neighbouring Bangladesh and is the only Indian state to compile a register of citizens.

The latest draft list includes only 19 million of the state's more than 32 million residents. It was prepared on the orders of the Supreme Court, which is hearing a series of claims to Indian citizenship from undocumented residents of the state. ...

Political leaders have vowed to deport anyone staying in the state illegally, although it is far from clear that Bangladesh would accept them.

The BJP won elections in the state in 2016 after promising to root out illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh and protect the rights of indigenous groups.

Migrants have long been accused of illegally entering the state from Bangladesh and taking land, causing tensions with local people and sporadic outbreaks of communal violence.

Anyone living in Assam must now prove that their forebears appeared either in the state's only previous register of citizens, compiled in 1951, or on any electoral roll published before March 1971 to be eligible for citizenship.
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Immigration abroad – Israel
Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment
BBC, 2 January 2018

The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.

The migrants will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90 days.

They will be given the option of going to their home country or third countries. ...

The order exempts children, elderly people, and victims of slavery and human trafficking.

A spokesperson for Israel's Population and Immigration Authority told the BBC there were currently 38,000 "infiltrators" in Israel, of whom just 1,420 were being held in detention facilities. ...

Many of the migrants - who are mostly from Eritrea and Sudan - say they came to Israel to seek asylum after fleeing persecution and conflict, but the authorities regard them as economic migrants.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that an unchecked influx of African migrants could threaten Israel's Jewish character.
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Multiculturalism – Islam, Germany, Austria, UK
Mohammed is rapidly becoming one of the most popular names in Germany, figures show
Nick Enoch
MailOnline, 26 January 2018

The name Mohammed is fast-becoming one of the most popular baby boy names in Germany. ...

Within three years, Mohammed could rank in the top ten, according to the head of the Society for German Language.

According to the latest data from the society (Gesellschaft für Deutsche Sprache - GfdS), statistics for 2016 reveal that Mohammed (or Muhammed) rose from 41st place in 2015 to 26th position the following year alone.

However, this does not take into account all the variant spellings, including Mohamad, Mohamed, Mehmet, and more.

If it did, Mohammed would be far higher up the ranking.

An Austrian newspaper, Kronen Zeitung, recently compiled data using all of the variants and discovered that Mohammed rocketed from 5th overall to 3rd most popular name among baby boys born in Vienna, Die Welt reported. ...

Andrea Ewels, GfdS managing director, said: 'The development is, of course, related to the wave of immigration.'

She expects Mohammed to be in the top 10 names by 2021 or 2022.

Muhammed was the most popular baby boy name in London, a UK survey revealed last May.

It was also the second most popular nationwide in Britain.
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Multiculturalism – segregation
Panorama – White Fright: Divided Britain review – the people let down by a decade of policy failure
Sam Wollaston
The Guardian, 23 January 2018

Blackburn, Lancashire: a town with about 100,000 white British people and 40,000 Asian or British Asian people, many of whom are Muslim. Ten years ago, Panorama went to find out how Blackburn's two biggest ethnic groups were getting along. The answer, in short: they weren't. ...

The experts and the numbers say it. Prof Ted Cantle who wrote the report on the race riots of northern England in 2001, and who featured in the original programme, returns. "Segregation in Blackburn is increasing, in residential terms, in school terms, probably in social terms as well," he says. ...

And, of course, it's not just about Blackburn. The polarisation of populations is increasing in towns all over the country.

The government hasn't helped much either. Dame Louise Casey was commissioned to write a review of integration policy. The government ignored it because it mentioned immigration; the pace and scale of it. "Too difficult ... too hot to handle," says the Labour MP Chuka Umunna.
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Multiculturalism – liberalism, nationalism
Why liberal societies need moderate nationalism
David Goodhart
Washington Post, 17 January 2018

The return of the discussion of tribes is a metaphorical recognition of the shallowness of much of modern liberalism, with its awkwardness about the human need for recognition, belonging and group attachment, along with its implicit claim that society is just a random collection of individuals. ...

Value tribes are an unavoidable but often fragmenting reality of the modern world. A gulf has opened between the two big, loose value tribes that dominate western liberal societies. ...

"Anywhere" people, about 25 percent of the population, tend to be educated and mobile; they value openness, autonomy and individual self-realization. They tend to have careers rather than jobs and "achieved identities" based on academic and professional success.

"Somewheres," about half of the population, are by contrast more rooted and less well-educated; they tend to value security, familiarity and group attachments (national or local) that Anywheres often don't feel or respect. Somewheres generally have "ascribed identities" – their sense of themselves is more likely to come from the place they come from and the local ways of life they are attached to, which means that they are more likely to be discomforted by rapid social change.

... In real life, the story is less binary than it sounds, and there is a big group of about 25 percent of the population who share almost equally the two loose worldviews.

It is also important to remember that both of these worldviews are, at least in mainstream form, perfectly decent and legitimate. ...

... most forms of group attachment are compatible with the main liberal values of individual rights and human moral equality. To put it another way: the human desire to belong does not require hostility to outsiders. ...

Neither militant liberals, who fear the masses are always teetering on the edge of new forms of authoritarianism, nor militant populists, who are hostile to diversity, find it easy to accept that many people live according to different norms. And, of course, it is possible to have too much fragmentation, which is why moderate nationalism remains such an important glue for liberal societies, reinforcing shared norms and social solidarity.
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Multiculturalism – white working class
White working class boys left behind because of 'negative impact' of focus on ethnic minorities and women, Labour's Angela Rayner claims
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 4 January 2018

White working class boys are being left behind because of the "negative impact" of a focus on ethnic minorities and women, a member of Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet has said.

Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, said cultural change is needed among Britain's white working class to encourage more young people to strive to succeed.

She told The Spectator magazine white working class boys had been left "at the bottom of the heap".
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Multiculturalism – Islam
The Islamization of Britain in 2017
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 1 January 2018

• Reports of alleged links between Islamic charities and terrorism or extremism surged to a record high, according to the Charity Commission, a charity watchdog.

• Azad Ali, an Islamist who has said that he supports killing British soldiers, was named a director of Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend), a controversial Muslim pressure group which advises the British government. Ali said that the jihadist attack at Westminster on March 22, 2017 was not an act of terrorism. ...

• The British government refused to say whether telling people about Christianity could be a hate crime. ...

The Muslim population of Britain surpassed 4.1 million in 2017 to become around 6.3% of the overall population of 64 million, according to a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe.
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POLITICS

Politics – Brexit, EU migrants
EU immigration to continue until 2021 reveals David Davis - despite Downing Street claims that free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 27 January 2018

The free movement of EU citizens in Britain will continue in all but name until at least 2021, David Davis said yesterday as he set out details of a two-year Brexit transition.

Downing Street has repeatedly insisted free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU in March next year, saying European citizens arriving after that date will have to register.

But Mr Davis said yesterday the registration scheme would have 'no bearing on people's ability to work or visit' and that it would simply 'allow us to better plan for our future public services and prepare for our future immigration system'.
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Politics – Brexit
Macron warns Britain it will lose trade access after Brexit unless it allows free immigration
Adam Bienkov
Business Insider, 20 January 2018

Britain will see its trade with Europe restricted after Brexit unless it agrees to continued payments into EU budgets and open migration from the continent, President Macron has warned.

The French President said that while it was possible for the British government to negotiate a bespoke deal, which allowed full access to European markets, such a deal would be dependent on maintaining all current EU rules.
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Politics – Brexit, EU
EU plots to delay border crackdown AFTER Brexit: Bloc to ignore Theresa May's wish for control of borders and insist the UK remain open for two years after the split
Mario Ledwith
Daily Mail, 16 January 2018

EU migrants would be handed the right to travel to the UK until the end of 2020 and then stay on indefinitely, under Brussels demands for a Brexit transition period.

The bloc will ignore the Prime Minister's wish to 'take back control' of Britain's borders and instead say that the UK should remain open for two years after the split.

Brussels will seek to block the UK from creating its own post-Brexit immigration system and delay a previously agreed 'cut-off' point for new arrivals. ...

Theresa May has previously acknowledged that a two-year transition period is necessary to avoid a cliff edge Brexit and to provide certainty to the business community. ...

Under the landmark first-phase deal agreed between the UK and the EU last year, Britain set out plans to start implementing a 'citizens rights' regime on Brexit day in March 2019.

This will involve many of the 3.2 million EU citizens living in the UK being able to apply for 'settled status', while tough border laws would also be applied to new arrivals.

But in draft negotiating 'directives' setting out the EU's demands for the transition period, seen by the Financial Times, Brussels will instead seek to delay the landmark change in UK immigration.

The EU will insist that the previously agreed 'cut off' - the point when new EU arrivals to the UK are guaranteed citizenship rights - does not take effect until the end of the transition. ...

'In particular, the provisions of the citizens' rights part of the withdrawal agreement should apply as from the end of the transition period,' the paper is reported to say.
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Politics – MPs' committee
MPs call for immigration target to be scrapped
Robert Wright
Financial Times, 15 January 2018

Britain should scrap its immigration target and instead draw up a three-year plan setting out the country's needs and goals, MPs have said, in an effort to influence post-Brexit immigration policy.

Releasing a report as the government prepares to set out its own views in a white paper, the House of Commons home affairs committee also said that, "at a minimum", students should be taken out of the target.

The committee also suggested that the independent Migration Advisory Committee be appointed to oversee the government's immigration plans and to set out the three-year plan and report on progress. ...

Yvette Cooper, the Labour MP who chairs the committee, said the government had a responsibility to build "consensus and confidence" on immigration, rather than allowing the issue to be a "divisive debate".

"The net migration target isn't working to build confidence and it treats all migration as the same," Ms Cooper said. ...

The recommended new migration system should be accompanied by efforts to train British workers to fill the gaps that are leading employers to look overseas, the MPs said.
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Politics – MPs' committee
Government stands by immigration targets despite calls for revision
Alison Little
Daily Express, 15 January 2018

The Government yesterday stood by its immigration reduction target as a "direction of travel", as senior MPs called for it to be dropped because repeated failure to meet it just damaged public faith in the system. ...

... publication overnight of a report by the House of Commons' Home Affairs Committee calling for an overhaul of immigration policy to find "consensus" on the way forward.

The MPs called for the "tens-of-thousands" target to be replaced with an "evidence-based", annually reviewed system.

The rules should also reflect the public's belief that migration for study, work, family reunion and asylum should be treated differently and as a "minimum", foreign students should be removed from the target.

The committee said the last Labour government's underestimate of likely immigration from new Eastern European EU countries, and the Tories' tens-of-thousands target which had never been met had both undermined public trust. ...

Alp Mehmet, vice chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:"This is a superficial report. "It is critical of government failures but tacitly accepts the current level of immigration, with policy recommendations that would see mass immigration continue indefinitely, contrary to very strong public opinion.

"The call for students to be removed from the net migration target is undermined by recognition of the additional pressure that the arrival of international students can place on local resources and overlooking that numbers of students do stay on after completing their studies - very good reasons for keeping arrangements as they are."
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Politics – Brexit, EU
Farage says Britain and the EU have NOT discussed immigration in the Brexit talks and says Barnier STILL does not understand why Britain voted to leave the bloc after their private showdown in Brussels
Kate Ferguson
MailOnline, 9 January 2018

Nigel Farage today said Britain and Brussels have still not discussed immigration in Brexit talks nearly a year after negotiations kicked off.

The ex Ukip leader said it was 'clear' Michel Barnier still does not understand that the EU's 'open door' strategy was the main driver behind the decision to quit the bloc.

Mr Farage tore into the 'disappointing' state of affairs after he held private talks with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels today.

Speaking after the hotly-anticipated meeting, Mr Farage said: 'What he really didn't understand at all is that open door immigration within the European Union has been an absolute key driver of all of this. He really doesn't see that.

'And to be honest with you the most disappointing thing – if I'm speaking on behalf of 17.4 million people, most of them anyway – is that it's pretty clear that in the talks that have happened so far immigration frankly hasn't even been discussed.

'We haven't even begun to talk about how we are going to put some proper controls in place.'
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Politics – voting rights, Scotland
Refugees and asylum seekers could be given right to vote in Scotland
Chris Green
The Scotsman, 6 January 2018

The Scottish Government is considering whether to give refugees and asylum seekers the right to vote in national elections, in what would be a UK first.

Holyrood was granted new powers over the running of elections under the 2016 Scotland Act and ministers are set to make major changes to the country's electoral system.

A public consultation launched last month suggested that the voting franchise for Scottish Parliament and council elections should be extended to "everyone legally resident in Scotland". ...

But Green MSP Ross Greer, the party's external affairs spokesman, said refugees and asylum seekers who have chosen to come to Scotland should not be denied a democratic voice. ...

Mr Greer said a simple "residency test" should apply, allowing asylum seekers to vote while they lived in Scotland even if their application to remain in the UK was still pending.

The idea was welcomed by the Scottish Refugee Council, which said many of the people it supported would relish the chance to have a say on the future of the country.
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Politics – political parties
Do centre-right parties win back votes from the far right by talking about immigration?
James F Downes and Matthew Loveless
LSE / European Politics and Policy, 3 January 2018

What has driven the resurgence of the far right in Europe? The broad consensus is that this 'political earthquake' can be explained by three key issues: concerns about immigration, dissatisfaction with the EU project and a lack of trust in mainstream parties.

At the same time, it is often assumed that the far right has monopolised and laid claim to the immigration issue from mainstream parties on both the left and right. But recent research by Sergi Pardos-Prado has demonstrated that, in fact, some centre right parties may have shifted their stances on immigration too, adopting a more anti-immigrant stance in order to counteract the threat from far right parties.
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POPULATION

Population – Africa
Missing: A beefed-up plan for Africa's population explosion
Giles Merritt
Friends of Europe, 16 January 2018

Lack of media attention doesn't diminish the importance of planning to cope with the population explosion under way in Africa. Over the next 25 years, the number of Africans will double to some two and half billion people, far more than Africa's backward farms can feed or its struggling businesses employ.

European governments seem lulled into a sense of security by a fall-off in migrants. ...

No one can tell how many Africans may try to make the perilous journey to Europe in the years ahead. The demographics suggest they will be in their millions, and perhaps their tens of millions. A report to the World Economic Forum, organisers of the annual Davos event, has warned that by 2050 there will be 800 million new working age people in sub-Saharan Africa. ...

... An enormous effort is needed to stabilise and perhaps reverse Africa's ebbing economic and social fortunes.

At the same time, Europe's steadily ageing workforce is going to require more African manpower to cover snowballing pension costs. The elements are present for a mutually beneficial Grand Strategy, so where is the EU's imaginative leadership with the political courage to tell Europeans and Africans they cannot do without each another?
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Population – British Army
Did British Army chief admit native Brits are being replaced?
Shy Society, 11 January 2018

The British Army – heroic, a source of national pride, our last line of defence and traditionally the last organisation you would associate with political correctness.

And yet, didn't the head of the British Army Sir Nick Carter just effectively admit, though not in so many words, that white native Britons are being gradually replaced? And, by implication, that British society is being Islamised? ...

Sir Nick, Chief of the General Staff, was speaking on BBC Radio 4 yesterday (Wednesday) about the Army's controversial new recruitment campaign.

He said: "What this campaign is about, frankly, is a recognition that we don't have a fully manned Army at the moment, that the demography of our country has changed, and that we need to reach out to a broader community in order to man that Army with the right talent.

"Our traditional cohort would have been white, male, Caucasian 16 to 25-year-olds and there are not as many of those around as there once were, and our society is changing and I think it's entirely appropriate for us therefore to try and reach out to a much broader base to get the talent we need in order to stay in that combat effectiveness." ...

Sir Nick is entirely correct of course in stating that "our society is changing" and it is no coincidence either that Islam is the religion depicted in the promotional video and not Christianity, Judaism, or Hinduism.

According to the 2011 census, the White ethnic group fell to 86 per cent in Britain (down 8.1 per cent since 1991) whereas those listed as Muslim almost tripled over the same period.
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Population pressure – urban growth
Driverless cars 'demand overhaul of major cities', says Ford
James Titcomb
Daily Telegraph, 10 January 2018

Ford has called for major cities to be rebuilt to cope with the rise of driverless cars, taxi apps and booming urban populations, warning that city centres will grind to a halt otherwise.

Jim Hackett, the American carmaker's chief executive, warned of "overwhelming pollution and paralysing congestion" if cities continue to grow as they are today. ...

Urban traffic is expected to triple by 2050, and two thirds of the world's population will live in cities, compared to 54pc today, according to the United Nations.
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RACISM

Racism – free speech
Tory Government REJECTS Petition for a Free Speech Act
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 28 January 2018

The British government has rejected a petition calling for a Free Speech Act and an end to laws against so-called 'hate speech'.

"For several years now the government has been infringing people's most basic rights to speak freely on matters, by deeming their speech 'offensive' or 'hateful. and declaring that such speech, even online, warrants being fined or jailed," the petition suggests.

"We demand the legal right to Free Speech, in an Act which will bring an end to the ludicrous notion that 'hate speech' and 'offensive speech' deserves people be imprisoned or charged ... Ideas must be fought with other ideas, not with force." ...

The Home Office, led by Amber Rudd MP, responded on behalf of Prime Minister Theresa May's administration as the Free Speech petition reached around 16,000 signatures – rejecting it out of hand.
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Racism – police, hate crime
Khan Blames Crime Wave on Cuts, But Fall in Police Numbers Could Be Plugged by Redeploying 'Hate Crime' Officers
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 26 January 2018

Sadiq Khan is blaming the surge in recorded crime on falling police numbers – but figures show the annual decline could be plugged by redeploying 'hate crime' officers from London alone.

The London mayor has suggested that the crime wave overtaking England and Wales – and Britain's multicultural capital, in particular – is a consequence of falling police numbers, in an opinion piece published by the left-liberal Guardian.

Figures reported elsewhere in the newspaper do show a fall of some 930 officers over the last 12 months, to 121,929 overall – but this represents a reduction in total manpower of less than 1 per cent.

Meanwhile, recorded crime rose by 14 per cent overall across 44 police force areas in England and Wales – including a 32 per cent rise in domestic burglary, a 29 per cent rise in robbery, a 23 per cent rise in sex offences, a 21 per cent rise in knife crime, and a 20 per cent rise in gun crime.

In fact, with London alone boasting over 900 police officers "dedicated to investigating hate crime" – one of Khan's top priorities as mayor – it seems likely that the annual fall could be more than adequately compensated by redeploying existing resources.

Evidence suggests that pressure from Khan and politically correct police chiefs is leading to significant resources being redirected towards offences most members of the public would not consider priorities in a time of rising violent crime.

For example, figures obtained through Freedom of Information requests revealed that some 3,395 people across 29 police force areas – 13 refused the requests, two released unusable data – were arrested under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally "cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.

This represented a massive increase from previous years, with police forces increasing arrests for "offensive" communications – largely social media posts – by up to 877 per cent compared to 2014.

The authorities' determination to focus on such crimes – despite a fall in actual prosecutions suggesting the arrests are largely fruitless – shows no sign of letting up, with Khan setting aside millions of pounds for an "online hate crime hub".
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Racism – Labour Party
Cheaper tickets for minority groups to see Jeremy Corbyn withdrawn from sale
Liam Coleman
Loughborough Echo, 24 January 2018

Cheaper tickets for minority groups to a Loughborough Labour conference have been withdrawn from sale.

On Monday, the party was offering a £10 discount for BAME members on its East Midlands Labour website, with ticket prices for visitors costing £40 and BAME members costing £30.

Last night (Tuesday, January 23) the tickets were taken down from the website.

A spokesperson from the Labour Party told the Echo that they are now taking advice on "other ways we can increase the representation of BAME members at East Midlands Regional Conference in February."
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Racism – reverse racism, race, Labour Party
A Labour BAME discount is no "racial surcharge" – it's the start of a more inclusive party
Maya Goodfellow
New Statesman, 24 January 2018

The "reverse racism" devotees are out in force again and they are not happy with the Labour party. The source of their rage: the party offering discounted tickets to black and minority ethnic members for an event in the East Midlands.

... A Conservative MP, Andrew Bridgen, took it upon himself to complain to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and now the watchdog is looking into whether Labour broke the law.

The subsidised passes were to be paid for by Labour's National Executive Committee, out of its democracy and diversity fund. /.../ When people of colour face institutional racism and are more likely to be in poverty, it makes sense to think of ways to make it easier for people to get involved. ...

This is not a "racial surcharge", and nor is it "reverse racism". Indeed, those claiming "reverse racism" misunderstand what race is. Race is, as academic Alana Lentin put it, "a technology of power". It was created and used to order people: to legitimate the rapacious, bloody colonial project. And though they are not static, these hierarchies continue to shape society.

Racism isn't just a question of individual views, as it's so often believed. It's far more productive to understand race as a tool through which populations are ordered. Then it is clear why reverse racism is a complete fallacy. There is not and has never been a global hierarchy based on anti-whiteness - so while white people can experience all forms of prejudice, they can't experience racism.
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Racism – Labour Party
Labour Racism: Police Decline to Investigate Party Charging White People Extra to Attend Corbyn Rally
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 22 January 2018

Leicestershire Police have declined to investigate the Labour Party singling out white people to pay extra to attend a Jeremy Corbyn rally in Loughborough. ...

Thousands of people contacted Leicestershire Police, the force responsible for Loughborough, via email and Twitter, to ask them to investigate the charge, as Britain's equality and race relations legislation appear to outlaw providing goods, facilities, or services on less favourable terms or conditions to someone based on their race. ...

Many social media users have criticised both Leicestershire Police and the EHRC for their apparent indifference to the case, suggesting there is no question that they would have acted rapidly and forcefully if a major political party was attempting to charge any other racial or ethnic group higher prices to attend events.
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Racism – Labour Party
Jeremy Corbyn faces race row for making white people pay more than ethnic minorities to hear a speech
Simon Walters and Brendan Carlin
Mail on Sunday, 21 January 2018

Jeremy Corbyn faced a race row last night for making white people pay more than ethnic minorities to hear him deliver a speech.

The dispute erupted over a decision by Labour chiefs to charge black and ethnic minority activists £10 less per ticket than white activists to attend a rally next month. ...

A Labour spokesman said: 'The basic price of a conference pass is the same for all members but, at the request of our East Midlands Regional Board, the party will subsidise part of the cost of this year's conference pass for BAME members to encourage attendance and improve representation.'
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Racism – free speech, police
Police Hunt Down Facebook Users Who Made 'Offensive' Comments About Muslim Grooming Gangs Online
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 13 January 2018

Northumbria Police have warned that "offensive" comments on the Internet will not be tolerated, tracking down users who made "potentially criminal" posts on social media about grooming gangs.

The force launched an investigation into comments left on its Facebook page in response to articles about the Operation Shelter scandal, in which young white British girls in were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by mostly Muslim men of South Asian descent in Newcastle.

Officers made a review of every comment on the page after a member of the public complained that a number of posts referred to the race and religion of the 18 people convicted following the operation.
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Racism – numbers, statistics, white racial interests
Scholars claim that statistics 'serve white racial interests'
Toni Airaksinen
Campus Reform, 11 January 2018

Three British professors recently promulgated the theory that statistics "serve white racial interests" because "numbers are neither objective nor color-blind." ...

Led by David Gillborn, a professor at the University of Birmingham, the professors argue that math serves white interests because it can "frequently encode racist perspectives beneath the facade of supposed quantitative objectivity."

"Contrary to popular belief, and the assertions of many quantitative researchers, numbers are neither objective nor color-blind," Gillborn and his team assert in their article for the journal Race, Ethnicity, and Education.

To address the racism numbers reinforce, the professors advocate for the adoption of "QuantCrit" – a portmanteau for "quantitative analysis" and "critical race theory." Quantcrit, they say, has five key tenets, including that "numbers are not neutral." ...

In the postmodern tradition, Gillborn and his team also argue that racism can be reinforced through numbers because they are social constructs.

"Numbers are social constructs and likely to embody the dominant (racist) assumptions that shape contemporary society," they write. As a consequence, they assert that "in many cases, numbers speak for White racial interests." ...

Despite the purported danger of statistics being used to reinforce white privilege, they predict that if used properly, statistics can "expose and delegitimize the racist (and sexist, classist, hetero-normative, and ableist) assumptions, policies, and practices that are currently supported by the uncritical use of quantitative data."

The article was co-authored by Paul Warmington, who teaches at the University of Warwick, and Sean Demack, a Senior Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. The article was published in the latest issue of Race, Ethnicity, and Education, which Gillborn edits.

As Campus Reform has reported, Gillborn is also the managing editor for the journal Whiteness in Education, ...
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Racism – teaching, whiteness, mathematics
Meritocracy is a 'tool of whiteness,' claims math professor
Toni Airaksinen
Campus Reform, 8 January 2018

A math education professor at Brooklyn College contends in a recent academic article that "meritocracy" in math classes is a "tool of whiteness."

Laurie Rubel implicates both meritocracy and "color-blindness" as ideological precepts that hold back racial minorities from succeeding in math classes in an article for the peer-reviewed Journal of Urban Mathematics Education.

Rubel, who taught high school math for nine years before becoming a professor, argues that while meritocracy is commonly linked to hard work and talent, it also "functions as a tool of whiteness" because it "ignores systemic barriers and institutional structures that prevent opportunity and success."

Color-blindness, too, can be an issue for math teachers, according to Rubel, who asserts that "Teachers who claim color-blindness – that is, they claim to not notice the race of their students – are, in effect, refusing to acknowledge the impact of enduring racial stratification on students and their families.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION

Repatriation/deportation – return
Albanian thief kicked out of UK after string of burglaries sneaks back in only to be caught wearing designer watch he'd stolen in raid that morning
Rebecca Camber
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018

An Albanian criminal deported for carrying out a string of burglaries has been jailed after sneaking back into Britain and being caught wearing a designer watch he had just stolen.

Dorian Puka, 23, was originally jailed for nine months in 2016 and then deported for attempting to break into a property ...

Experts said the case made a mockery of Britain's border controls. David Green, of think-tank Civitas, said: 'This shows there is something going wrong with the immigration system if someone who has been deported can just come straight back into the country.

'The curious thing is, how did he get back in? There is supposed to be a database on deported offenders but they clearly don't use it properly.'
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TERRORISM

Terrorism – Islam
Britons Who Have Been Fighting With ISIS "Potentially Very Dangerous" Says Watchdog
Forces Network, 30 January 2018

Britons who return after fighting alongside Islamic State should be regarded as "potentially very dangerous", a former terror laws watchdog has said.

David Anderson QC suggested security agencies should take a "sceptical" approach towards UK nationals who have been living in territory controlled by the group for several years.

His remarks come amid fierce debate over how battle-hardened extremists should be managed if they seek to come back.

Mr Anderson told MPs that where possible returnees should be prosecuted - but noted there are difficulties securing convictions for offences committed in Syria.

On those who cannot be pursued through the courts, the barrister said: "All these people need to be looked at very carefully indeed.

"My first reaction would not be to look at them in a particularly generous spirit.



"I think the starting point has to be that these are potentially very dangerous people."


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Terrorism – jihadists
Half of UK's Isil jihadists unaccounted for, minister admits
Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 6 January 2018

Hundreds of British jihadists who travelled to the Middle East to fight for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist groups have fallen off the radar, the security minsiter has admitted.

Ben Wallace said that around half of the estimated 850 people from the UK who went to Syria and Iraq have returned home, but ministers "don't know where" the rest of them have ended up. Up to one in five are thought to have been killed in the fighting, with a small number crossing the border into Turkey, but a "significant number" remain unaccounted for.
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