IMMIGRATION CONCERN

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

Quotations of news and views by subject



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ASYLUM

Asylum – alleged child, racism
Parents who complained 6ft '15-year-old' pupil with beard was an adult 'dismissed as racist by school officials'
James Cox
The Sun, 25 November 2018

School bosses dismissed parents as 'racist' when they complained about an adult asylum seeker enrolling as a 15-year-old, it has been claimed.

The man - reportedly from Iran - was exposed as an adult after classmates accused him of being 30. ...

A mum added: "It was obvious he was a man.

"The question is, how didn't the Home Office or the teachers see what was blindingly obvious to everyone else? /.../"

An investigation was launched when a pupil posted a picture of their new classmate in uniform in a classroom on Snapchat with a message saying: "How's there a 30-year-old man in our maths class?"

Parents were shocked, and some even removed their children from the school as classmates shared old pictures of him on Facebook, showing him with a full beard, a hairy chest and swigging a beer. ...

While the Home Office has refused to reveal the newly-assessed age of the man - or any details of his background due to data protection issues - it is now understood that he is being treated as an adult asylum seeker. ...

Sandy Martin, the Labour MP for Ipswich, said the Home Office "need to get their act together" to ensure adults cannot pose as children in the classroom.

He said: "The Home Office needs to make sure that they are not sending people who are overage to school.

"They have the means to do this and they need to do it. It doesn't help the young people involved any more than it helps the schools.

"I think the fact that it has had such a high profile in the news has made sure that the Home Office will do their job a bit better in the future, although the history of the Home Office doing its job a bit better isn't very encouraging."
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Asylum – alleged child
Asylum seeker 'schoolboy' is grown man, Home Office concludes
Steve Bird
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2018

A Home Office investigation has found that an adult asylum seeker posed as a schoolboy and was placed in a classroom of 15-year-olds.

A new inquiry has been launched to try to establish how the man, described by pupils as looking 30 years old, managed to spend six weeks as a Year 11 pupil at Stoke High School in Ipswich, Suffolk.

The former pupil, originally from the Middle East, now faces being deported after the official report established he was over 18. ...

Although the Home Office refused to reveal what age he is now believed to be, it is understood from sources that he is being treated officially as an adult asylum seeker. ...

A Facebook profile apparently by the man described him as having been an architecture student at the Islamic Azad University in Abadan, Iran, before living in Erfurt, Germany. The account has since been deleted.
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Asylum – Greece, Europe
NGO exposed teaching migrants how to trick 'f***ing stupid' EU border guards
RT, 13 November 2018

A group that helped over 15,000 refugees and migrants to get into Europe has been caught on tape admitting to systematically training asylum seekers to exploit screening interviews by feigning trauma and persecution.

Ariel Ricker, the executive director of Advocates Abroad, a major non-profit NGO which provides legal aid to migrants, has been caught on tape openly discussing how she teaches refugees to lie to border agents. The video was released by Canadian right-wing activist, author and internet personality, Lauren Southern, and will be a part of her new documentary film project 'Borderless,' which takes on the European migration crisis.

On its website, Advocates Abroad claims to have helped as many as 15,000 migrants cross the Greek border, and 2,500 more outside of Greece. The organization is massive, taking volunteers from major universities, and was even featured in a documentary film by the International Bar Association.

In the footage, Ricker describes how the organization provides training sessions for migrants seeking entry into Europe, in which they are taught how to act during interviews with border agents:

I tell them this is acting, all of this is acting... for them to get through, they must act their part in the theater.

She also calls EASO (European Asylum Support Office) personnel tasked with screening the migrants "f***ing stupid," and describes a formula that the organization has created to exploit them in screening interviews.

One method she teaches migrants is to exploit the presumed Christian sympathies of the predominantly Eastern Orthodox Greece by pretending to have been persecuted for being Christian. She even describes telling them how to pray during interviews, ironically because doing so reflects "honesty."

At first, the organization responded to the initial release of the video, tweeting: ...

Since then, however, the group's Twitter and Facebook page with over 140,000 followers have both been deleted in the wake of the revelations. ...

Ironically, some of the real victims of the NGO's tactics are the refugees themselves – the real refugees who were forced to compete with fake candidates trained to game the system. Ricker's "acting school" even instructed its pupils to feign the emotions of trauma survivors, seemingly without a thought for those seeking asylum who don't need to pretend to be suffering from trauma.
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Asylum – housing, cost
I'll stop city being deluged by asylum seekers, vows Manchester mayor
Chris Riches
Daily Express, 10 November 2018

Mayor Andy Burnham sparked an immigration debate yesterday by vowing to stop Greater Manchester being swamped by any more asylum seekers.

The ex-Labour MP has written to Home Secretary Sajid Javid warning of "catastrophic failure" over the "disproportionate" number of asylum seekers his region receives. One in six people in the UK waiting to find out if they will be given refugee status is placed in Greater Manchester, which supports 6,681 asylum seekers - a 102 per cent increase since 2003. But 180 areas across the UK - including Prime Minister Theresa May's local authority of Maidenhead - house none at all.

Mr Burnham is threatening to withdraw his region from voluntary placement programmes unless asylum seekers are distributed more equally.

He also said the current Home Office approach jeopardises the Asylum Accommodation Support Transformation dispersal contracts set to launch next year.

The new contracts - worth more than £4 billion over 10 years - are currently out to tender.

Mr Burnham wrote: "For too long, asylum dispersal has been imposed on Greater Manchester with little heed paid to cohesion or large numbers.

"It cannot be right that towns have more asylum seekers clustered in a handful of wards than entire regions in the rest of the country.

"The prospect of this continuing for another 10 years is completely unacceptable.

"It will harm communities and be of no benefit to those who are asked to live within them."

The Home Office said it was working with local authorities in the North-west "to deliver on our statutory obligation to house destitute asylum seekers whilst asylum claims are determined".
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Asylum – fraud
Judge praises refugee who smuggled two asylum seekers into UK out of 'humanitarian desire'
Basit Mahmood
Metro, 25 October 2018

A judge has praised the 'humanitarian desire' of a successful asylum seeker following her attempts to bring in two illegal migrants into the country.

Somalia-born Hana Abdi Qahtan, 46, attempted to pass off a 16 year-old Yemeni as her son at Heathrow Airport and had another UK passport for an older woman which was hidden in her hijab.

Ms Qahtan had flown to Bahrain on her UK passport, but also brought her son's and mother's passports with her, to be illegally used by two distant relatives to enter the country.

The part-time carer, of Manor Park, applied for asylum herself in 2006 and became a British citizen in 2013.

She got passports for her mother and children.

Her two relatives, who travelled on the bogus passports, have now received full asylum to remain in the UK.

Ms Qahtan pleaded guilty at Isleworth Crown Court to one count of facilitating a breach of immigration on September 10, last year and received 7 months imprisonment, suspended for 12 months.

The maximum sentence for such an offence is 14 years imprisonment.
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Asylum – children
Lord Dubs tells Labour conference: UK should welcome 10,000 more child refugees
Jewish News, 26 September 2018

A former minister who arrived in the UK having fled from the Nazis has suggested a further 10,000 unaccompanied child refugees should be welcomed to the UK.

Lord Dubs, who escaped on a Kindertransport from Prague in the summer of 1939 when he was just six years old, urged a future Labour government to implement a new scheme over a five-year period. ...

After praising Labour's policy toward refugees, he also asked if the party could go further. ...

This comes after Barnet Council pledged to take in vulnerable young people fleeing conflict following a campaign run by Finchley Progressive Synagogue alongside Middlesex University Students Union and Citizens UK.
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Asylum – Dalai Lama, Europe
The Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans' and refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them
Bhvishya Patel and Afp
MailOnline, 13 September 2018

The Dalai Lama, told an audience that 'Europe belongs to the Europeans' and that refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them.

Speaking at a conference in Sweden's third-largest city of Malmö on Wednesday, home to a large immigrant population, the Tibetan spiritual leader, said Europe was 'morally responsible' for helping 'a refugee really facing danger against their life'.

The 83-year-old Tibetan, who fled the capital Lhasa in fear of his life after China poured troops into the region to crush an uprising said: 'Receive them, help them, educate them... but ultimately they should develop their own country.

'I think Europe belongs to the Europeans,' he said, adding they should make clear to refugees that 'they ultimately should rebuild their own country'. ...

The exiled spiritual leader, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989, has also made similar comments concerning refugees in Germany in 2016.

Speaking to German reporters in 2016 he said: 'Europe, for example Germany, cannot become an Arab country.

'Germany is Germany. There are so many that in practice it becomes difficult.

'From a moral point of view, too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily.'
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Asylum – children, fraud
Nine asylum seekers a week are found to be lying about being children in desperate bids to stay in Britain
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 10 September 2018

Adults posing as children to claim asylum in Britain are being exposed at the rate of nine every week, according to official figures.

Over the past three years three out of five asylum seekers whose age was checked after they claimed to be under 18 were found to be adults.

The Home Office statistics revealed 2,336 cases where the claims to be a child were disputed and then checked. Of these, 1,403 turned out to be over 18.

More than seven out of ten unaccompanied Vietnamese child asylum seekers whose ages were investigated – around 100 in all – were actually adults. A similar percentage of child claimants from Iran and Iraq whose cases were checked were also discovered to be adults.

Concerns about exploitation of child migrant rules have been growing for the past two years, since the admission of applicants from Calais refugee camps who appeared to be older than children.

Child migrants who have been found after sneaking into Britain aboard trains, lorries or ships are treated differently from adults.

They are taken into local council care and are then offered places in schools or with foster families. ...

Earlier this year a report by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, said that Home Office staff 'did not feel confident about making initial age assessments of applicants posing as children – particularly judging whether the claimant was "significantly over 18" and should be entered into the adult process.'

Mr Bolt added: 'They received no training to help them make such judgments. Some local authorities were concerned that the Home Office applied its benefit of the doubt policy too readily.'
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Asylum – USA
A Lower Refugee Ceiling Is Better for Most Refugees, the Host Countries, and America
Mark Krikorian
National Review, 11 August 2018

None of the arguments for raising the number of refugees to be resettled holds water. The humanitarian argument is the weakest; in fact, as I've argued on these pages, large-scale refugee resettlement is immoral. Because the taxpayer funds expended on settling a single refugee in the U.S. could help twelve refugees in the country where they've found shelter, advocacy for resettlement amounts to little more than virtue signaling. ...

Nor is there a good foreign-policy argument for increasing refugee admissions. Countries hosting large numbers of refugees, such as Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey, get no benefit from having a handful of them relocated with great fanfare to America's hard-pressed Rust Belt while millions remain. As my colleague Nayla Rush has written of resettlement, "Even if these numbers were to double, triple, or more, the reality is that the effect of resettlement – both real and symbolic – on host countries is minimal, akin to rain drops in the ocean."

Finally, and most absurdly, some argue that refugee resettlement is a fiscal and economic boon. Jason Richwine has shown that the educational level of new refugees has deteriorated dramatically over the past 20 years, both in absolute terms and relative to the native-born. Consequently, most are on welfare. As he's written, "Given their low education levels and high rates of welfare use, today's refugees cannot be net fiscal contributors by any plausible analysis." Of course, we don't take refugees for economic reasons, but to pretend that they're not costly is a fairy tale.

Considering that fewer than 10 percent of the refugees referred in 2017 by the U.N. for resettlement in developed countries were "emergency" or "urgent" cases, amounting to fewer than 6,000 people, the FY 2019 ceiling could be reduced significantly and still accommodate all such cases worldwide.
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Asylum – holidays
Refugees go on holiday to their 'dangerous homelands' mostly funded by taxpayer's money
Voice of Europe, 31 July 2018

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

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

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

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

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

For other countries the numbers are even worse. Nearly 90 per cent of refugees in the Netherlands are unemployed and similar figures in Switzerland are seen as well.
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Asylum – United Nations, USA
For Most Refugees, Resettlement Is Not a Matter of Life and Death
Nayla Rush
Center for Immigration Studies, 25 July 2018

The UN refugee agency tweeted this week that resettlement is a "lifeline" available to the most vulnerable refugees, such as those in need of urgent medical care, women and girls at risk, children at risks and survivors of violence and torture.



The most vulnerable refugees include at-risk women and girls, unaccompanied children + those with acute medical needs.

For these refugees, resettlement is a lifeline. ...

– UNHCR United States (@UNHCRUSA) July 23, 2018



Except that it is not necessarily the most vulnerable and urgent cases that are submitted for resettlement.

According to recent data from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), almost all refugees submitted for resettlement in 2017 (75,200 in total) were in "normal" circumstances "where there are no immediate medical, social, or security concerns which would merit expedited processing".

UNHCR gives a breakdown of its 2017 resettlement submissions by priority levels:

Emergency: 1.1 percent

Urgent: 6.4 percent

Normal: 92.5 percent

It also classifies its 2017 resettlement submissions by categories. Let's look at the four categories listed in the tweet above:

Survivors of Violence and/or Torture: 27.4 percent

Children and Adolescents at Risk: 9.9 percent

Women and Girls at Risk: 7.3 percent

Refugees with Medical Needs: 3.5 percent

These categories add up to less than half (48.1 percent) the total number of refugees UNHCR referred for resettlement. ...

A closer look at the "Survivors of Violence and/or Torture" category confirms the broad scope of UNHCR's categories. ...

The UN refugee agency and other refugee advocates capitalize on emotional appeals such as the tweet above to convince the American public that the resettlement program is designed to save the lives of the "most vulnerable" refugees. But, as I keep pointing out, refugees with no specific vulnerabilities or urgent needs are being resettled in the U.S. Most were not in danger in their country of first asylum.
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Asylum – tensions, Sunderland
Sunderland MP Julie Elliott slammed over calls to halt asylum seekers being house in the city
Sean Seddon
ChronicleLive, 1 July 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The situation in the UK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For each lone child migrant, councils also typically pay £440 for interpreters and child advocates, £480 on English language lessons, £70 on dentists and £20 on doctor registration.
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Benefits and costs
Migrant workers living in UK sending £8 BILLION a year back to their home countries
Natasha Clark
The Sun, 21 November 2018

Migrant workers are sending a total of £8 billion a year back to their home countries, a fresh report has found.

Thousands of workers who come to the UK are transferring large chunks of their wages home to keep their relatives in school, a UN report concluded.

The cash is mostly sent back to Nigeria, India and Pakistan, but hundreds of millions are also transferred back to Poland, China, Kenya, and the Philippines too.
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Benefits and costs – child benefits
Romanian mum allowed to keep UK benefits despite the fact she's NEVER lived here
Nick Parker
The Sun, 15 November 2018

A judge has ruled a divorced Romanian mum must continue getting UK benefits even though she and her two children have never lived here.

Mihaela Cornienco's husband Bogdan, 45, worked as a meat hygiene inspector in Leeds and started claiming £150-a-month child benefit eight years ago.

The marriage failed and his whereabouts are unknown. Now a Romanian judge has said Mihaela is still entitled to the cash.

The HMRC yesterday confirmed the ruling is correct under EU law.

It said: "The divorce of the parents does not alter the fact that the children remain family members of their father, who lives and works in the UK."
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Benefits and costs – wages
Poorest 'worse off due to unskilled EU migrants'
Camilla Tominey
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2018

Britain's poorest families are almost £300 a year worse off as a result of unskilled migration, a major study has claimed.

Impoverished communities where unskilled migrants tend to settle pay more than average for unskilled EU immigration because the costs in public services fall directly on those regions, according to a report published today by Economists for Free Trade (EFT).

Iain Duncan Smith, the former work and pensions secretary, called on the Government to treat unskilled EU immigrants the same as unskilled non-EU immigrants in any post-Brexit immigration system in the wake of the study. ...

The report found that it costs the UK £3.5 billion to support unskilled EU immigrants or £3,500 per year per adult immigrant.
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Benefits and costs – low-skilled workers
Influx of low-skilled workers from the EU had 'no clear benefit' for Britain, Government's immigration tsar claims
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 10 October 2018

The influx of low-skilled migrants from the EU has brought 'no clear benefit' to Britain, the Government's immigration tsar said last night.

Professor Alan Manning, chairman of the Migration Advisory Committee, argued it had cost taxpayers' money as overall they cost more in benefits and public services than they paid in taxes.

Appearing before MPs, he said low-skilled migration since 2004, when Labour threw open the doors to Eastern Europeans, 'hasn't really had positive effects and has had negative effects'.

Prof Manning added: 'Our view is for that lower-skilled migration, there is no clear benefit for UK residents.' He also rejected claims from big business that cuts to migrants would damage the economy.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
Barts Health Trust scraps immigration checks for patients following wide scale protests
Anisha De
Eastlondonlines, 26 September 2018

A letter signed by more than 600 activists has stopped an immigration check being carried out by the Barts Health Trust in east London.

Barts Health, which is the largest NHS Trust in London and operates five hospitals, received widespread criticism after it introduced identity checks on patients who were unable to convince the staff that they are UK residents eligible for free treatments. ...

They have also stopped asking all maternity patients at Newham Hospital, and all renal patients at the Royal London Hospital for two forms of ID, including photo ID. ...

Previously, hospital chiefs had said that they had no option but to implement new national rules cracking down on "health tourism"; the legitimacy of the claim has not been ascertained.
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Benefits and costs – contributions
EU migrant workers contribute £2,300 more per year to UK than average British citizen, study reveals
Rob Merrick
Independent, 18 September 2018

Taxes will have to rise if Brexit brings strict curbs on EU workers because they pay far more to the public purse than British-born residents, a study warns today.

Migrants from the EU contribute £2,300 more to the exchequer each year in net terms than the average adult, the analysis for the government has found.

And, over their lifetimes, they pay in £78,000 more than they take out in public services and benefits - while the average UK citizen's net lifetime contribution is zero.

Oxford Economics, which carried out the assessment, said this meant the value of EU citizens to the economy was the equivalent of slapping 5p on income tax rates.

"When it comes to the public finances, European migrants contribute substantially more than they cost, easing the tax burden on other taxpayers," said Ian Mulheirn, the lead researcher.

"What's more, this strongly positive average contribution persists over a lifetime: most migrants arrive fully educated, and many leave before the costs of retirement start to weigh on the public finances.

"If the UK's new relationship with Europe involves reduced migration, this analysis suggests the tax burden on others will have to rise."

The conclusions were published as ministers received a long-awaited report on the impact of EU migration on Britain and were a submission to it.

The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) was asked to measure migrants' contributions and costs, to help steer a decision on how to replace freedom of movement rules after Britain leaves the EU. ...

Mr Mulheirn said the Oxford Economics study, requested by MAC, was the first measure of the total contribution of the "class of 2016" migrants who arrived in the UK over the entirety of the expected stay.

It calculated that non-European migrants will make a positive net contribution of £28,000 - £50,000 less than the £78,000 for EU arrivals – when the budget is balanced.

In total, the net benefit from the class of 2016 was expected to be £26.9bn, with £19.3bn coming from EU migrants and the remaining £7.5bn from migrants from the rest of the world.

On an annual basis, while EU migrants contribute £2,300 more than the average, each non-European migrant contributed £800 less than the average – and each UK-born adult £70 less.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
East London health trust drops racist ID checks after protest
Tom Tengely-Evans
Socialist Worker, 14 September 2018

Health campaigners are celebrating after east London's biggest trust hospitals trust partially backed down over checking patients' immigration status.

The climbdown followed a dozens-strong lobby of Barts Health NHS Trust annual general meeting outside Mile End Hospital on Wednesday. It was organised by North East London Save Our NHS and supported by Docs Not Cops and Stand Up To Racism.

The lobby followed revelations that Barts Health was making up to 100 enquiries a week to the Home Office about patients. This involved passing on "demographic data"–name, date of birth and address. ...

The Home Office could then use this information to hunt down people it is trying to deport.

Now the trust has agreed to stop asking patients for ID, remove posters and is "reviewing" a patient pre-attendance form. ...

Barts Health was part of a three-month pilot alongside 20 other NHS trusts that were asked to carry out the checks. Bosses agreed to continue with the checks even after the pilot ended in October 2017.

Under the Tories' racist immigration rules many migrants from outside of the European Union cannot access free healthcare. ...

The partial victory at Barts Health shows that campaigning can force bosses to back down over racist immigration rules.
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Benefits and costs – pensions
Immigrants Won't Pay for Our Pensions – We'll Pay for Theirs
Spencer P. Morrison
American Greatness, 13 September 2018

Ask any Democrat why they support open borders and invariably they will respond with one of two pre-packaged answers: because "diversity is our strength" or "we need immigrants to pay for our pensions."

The first argument is a sham: if liberals valued diversity they would welcome conservatives to college campuses and tolerate them online. They don't. ...

For Democrats, diversity means intellectual and political homogeneity – with a smattering of ethnic restaurants. ...

The second argument – that immigrants will pay for our pensions – is far more persuasive. Most people instinctively defer to the "experts" when it comes to economics: ...

On this point the data are conclusive: immigration will not save America's welfare system, it will bleed it dry. ...

The preponderance of data show that immigration and socialism are incompatible.

A 2017 study from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine found that although America's immigrant population is (theoretically) revenue-neutral, most immigrants are actually a drain on the system. The economic impact of immigrants follows a Pareto Distribution – commonly known as the 80-20 Rule, this just means that a hyper-productive few immigrants provide most of the economic gains, while the majority of immigrants contribute (less than) nothing.

Specifically, half of all immigrants actually receive more in government handouts than they pay in taxes, while another third contribute roughly as much as they receive. Only around 15 percent of immigrants contribute to the economy in a meaningful way. ...

Other major studies in other Western countries reach similar conclusions. For example, a study conducted by Denmark's Ministry of Finance found that immigrants were a net drain on the nation's welfare state. In fact, non-EU immigrants, and their descendants, consumed 59 percent of the tax surplus collected from native Danes. This is not surprising, since some 84 percent of all welfare recipients in Denmark are immigrants, or their descendants. Immigration is a net burden on Denmark.

Another major study from the University College of London found that immigrants in the U.K. consumed far more in welfare than they paid in taxes. The study looked at the Labour government's mass immigration push between 1995 and 2011. The researchers found that immigrants from the European Economic Area made a small, but positive net contribution to the British economy of £4.4 billion ... during the period. However, non- European immigrants (primarily from South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa) cost the British economy a net £120 billion ...

Together, these studies show that mass immigration undermines domestic welfare systems for the simple fact that most immigrants take more than they give. ...

Unlike immigration, which grows the economy in a linear way, technology can result in exponential growth. Consider the Industrial Revolution: Edmund Cartwright's power loom increased the productivity of British textile weavers by a multiple of 40. To grow the economy an equal amount via immigration, Britain would have needed to import 39 additional weavers for every British weaver. Clearly technology is the better option ...
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Benefits and costs – taxes, welfare benefits
Swiss Study Reveals Immigration Produces Long Term Economic Harm
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 3 September 2018

A study from the University of Basel has concluded that while immigration may have short-term economic benefits for Western nations, in the long term it could heavily strain a country's welfare system.

The study examined the long-term effect of mass migration and concluded that while new migrant households in Switzerland pay around 729 francs per household per month more in taxes than they receive in benefits, that number becomes a 405 francs loss in the long term, Kronen Zeitung reports.

The driving factor behind the long-term loss is that migrants, like native Swiss, age and often pay less overall in taxes before retirement. Another factor is higher unemployment rates among migrants, which is twice as high as native Swiss or foreign EU nationals and four times as high for migrants from outside of the European political bloc.

Just over 70 percent of unemployment insurance money comes from native Swiss taxpayers, but they only take out 55 percent of the total unemployment benefits. ...

One of Germany's top economists Hans-Werner Sinn has also warned Germany and other countries that many low-skilled migrants are attracted by generous welfare state programmes, as opposed to the high-skilled workers often demanded by governments.
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Benefits and costs – EU migrants' benefits
Migrants claim £4bn a year in benefits, new report claims
Edward Malnick
Telegraph, 11 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a stark contrast between Western and Eastern Europeans.

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

DWP figures were not broken down by country.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

We will call him Jo.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The British taxpayer continues to contribute to an International, not a National, Health Service and, despite powerful representations, three Conservative (or Conservative-led) governments since 2010 have failed to take effective steps to protect the NHS from health tourism abuse.
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Bias – local councils
Council Funded Groups Across UK BACKING Far-Left Stand Up To Racism
Darrell Goodliffe and Jordan James
Politicalite, 24 November 2018

Councils in the East Midlands have been accused of promoting left-wing policy agenda on immigration, and are funding far-left groups, Politicalite can exclusively reveal.

Local authorities across the UK are pleading poverty as they cut services to the bone, but Chesterfield Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, North East Derbyshire District Council are all funding far-left groups.

In policy documents seen by Politicalite, Links CVS, a council-funded group has called for support for immigration to be taught in schools and 'something to be done' about what parents tell their kids about immigration at home.

According to their website, Links: "provides support to voluntary organisations and community groups operating in the local government districts of Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire. Links also leads projects and works in partnership across a wider area of Derbyshire."

However, what they actually do is promote the far-left Stand Up To Racism who have been involved in no-platforming patriotic speakers. ... Socialist Workers Party activist, James Eaden, speaking at a Links CVS event. The SWP is the communist organisation that stands behind SUTR.
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Bias – denial, child sexual abuse
Delingpole: Britain's Liberal Elite Still in Denial About Muslim Rape Gangs
James Delingpole
Breitbart, 21 October 2018

Another gang of mostly Muslim Pakistani thugs in the north of England (Huddersfield, this time) has been jailed for raping hundreds of mostly underage white girls. But that's only half the story.

What's almost worse is the fact that even after all the widespread evidence that similar groups have been perpetrating these barbaric practices all over Britain for decades, the left-liberal establishment is still determinedly trying to hide the truth of what is happening.

Let me show you some examples.

Here is David Lammy, a race-baiting Labour MP who, if things go seriously wrong – as they might – could soon be a senior member of government. ...

It's perfectly obvious to anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of the rape gang issue that the majority of perpetrators are Muslim, most originating from a particular part of Pakistan. This is not racism. This is simple, verifiable fact. Lammy is not stupid. (Well, not that stupid). His dishonesty here is not merely shameless but dangerous. It's dangerous because, as we know from various inquiries into the rape gang phenomenon, one of the main reasons the authorities failed to act because they were all so terrified of being accused of the kind of racism with which Lammy is now ludicrously trying to tar Javid.

But Javid is being culpably dishonest too. He is using the cant word "Asian" because he dare not use the more politically contentious terms "Muslim" or "Pakistani". This euphemism doesn't let him off the hook: it is a grave insult to all those Asian communities – from Chinese to Sikhs – who are perfectly well integrated in Britain and don't go around gang-raping little girls. ...

If you want to see dishonesty and cant at play, though, it's quite hard to beat this glorious contribution from the BBC's Home Affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani.

As Casciani must surely know – it is his job, after all – "the ringleader of this massive abuse ring" did NOT come "from a Sikh background."

Amere Singh Dhaliwal – whose behaviour was described by the judge as "inhuman" – was born a Muslim and has a Muslim wife (and children). As the Mail reports he converted to Sikhism five years ago – largely, it is rumoured, as a ruse to make himself appear more trustworthy to the girls on whom he preyed.

To say that the gang's vile, predatory ring-leader comes "from a Sikh background", then, is a horrible insult to true Sikhs – many of whom have had their daughters too preyed upon by these Muslim gangs.

Worse than that, though, there is something perniciously obfuscatory about Casciani's tweet. It's almost as if he is deliberately trying to give the impression that the rape gang problem is not primarily a Muslim Pakistani issue. ...

Until our liberal elite faces up to the truth, things are going to get a lot, lot worse before they get better.
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Bias – political correctness, USA
Political correctness is widely unpopular with Americans of all ages and races, a study finds
Sinéad Baker
Business Insider, 11 October 2018

Most Americans dislike the culture of political correctness despite pervasive stereotypes based on age and race and the general understanding of deeply decided society, a new study has found.

A report published Wednesday by More in Common, an organization looking to reduce polarization and social division in communities, found that 80% of the US public believe that political correctness is a problem.

It found that even young people are uncomfortable with it, including 74% of people aged 24-29 and 79% percent of those under 24 – meaning those who don't see it as a problem are in the minority across all ages.

And it found that a majority of people of all races dislike political correctness.

79% of whites saw political correctness as a problem compared to 82% of Asians, 87% of Hispanics, and 88% of American Indians. African Americans are most likely to support political correctness, with 75% seeing it as a problem.
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Bias – Internet, Google, free speech
'THE GOOD CENSOR': Leaked Google Briefing Admits Abandonment of Free Speech for 'Safety And Civility'
Allum Bokhari
Breitbart, 9 October 2018

An internal company briefing produced by Google and leaked exclusively to Breitbart News argues that due to a variety of factors, including the election of President Trump, the "American tradition" of free speech on the internet is no longer viable.

Despite leaked video footage showing top executives declaring their intention to ensure that the rise of Trump and the populist movement is just a "blip" in history, Google has repeatedly denied that the political bias of its employees filter into its products.

But the 85-page briefing, titled "The Good Censor," admits that Google and other tech platforms now "control the majority of online conversations" and have undertaken a "shift towards censorship" in response to unwelcome political events around the world.

Examples cited in the document include the 2016 election and the rise of Alternative for Deutschland (AfD) in Germany.

Responding to the leak, an official Google source said the document should be considered internal research, and not an official company position.

The briefing labels the ideal of unfettered free speech on the internet a "utopian narrative" that has been "undermined" by recent global events as well as "bad behavior" on the part of users. ...

It acknowledges that major tech platforms, including Google, Facebook and Twitter initially promised free speech to consumers. ...

The briefing argues that Google, Facebook, YouTube and Twitter are caught between two incompatible positions, the "unmediated marketplace of ideas" vs. "well-ordered spaces for safety and civility."

According to the briefing itself, it was the product of an extensive process involving "several layers of research," including expert interviews with MIT Tech Review editor-in-chief Jason Pontin, Atlantic staff writer Franklin Foer, and academic Kalev Leetaru. 35 cultural observers and 7 cultural leaders from seven countries on five continents were also consulted to produce it.

What is also clear is that many of the briefing's recommendations are now reflected in the policy of Google and its sibling companies.
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Robert Peston admits BBC was 'patronising' and 'got it wrong on immigration' by ignoring viewers' worries
Alisha Rouse
Daily Mail, 8 October 2018

The BBC ignored how migration was affecting millions of its viewers, Robert Peston has admitted.

ITV's political editor, who spent nine years at the corporation, accused the BBC of not being impartial and said it had 'neglected the effect' the EU was having on British families.

'I love the BBC but I did feel that during the Brexit campaign they slightly got confused about what impartial journalism meant,' said Peston, who left the BBC in 2015.

'For too long, people like me had a particular view of the benefits of globalisation and we simply neglected the effect it was having on millions of our citizens.'

He said that journalists including himself had 'patronised' viewers by failing to listen to their worries about migration.

'When we have all that migration from eastern Europe, people like me focused too much on the economic benefits in terms of the rates we were growing, and not enough on the experience of communities who were changing rapidly as a result', he told the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

'In a way, we were slightly patronising. People like me were basically saying "don't you know this is making the country richer?"

'In fact, it was also dislocating hundreds of thousands to millions of lives, and those people's lives had been radically changed by immigration.

'It is not, in my view, racist to be concerned if the composition of your community changes by something like 10 or 15 per cent over a very small number of years.'
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Bias – Facebook
Facebook staff fear sack for expressing right-wing ideas
Mark Bridge
The Times, 31 August 2018

Facebook employees work in an intolerant left-wing "monoculture" and fear losing their job if they express dissenting views on topics such as immigration, it has been claimed.

More than 100 employees joined an online group called "FB'ers for Political Diversity" founded by a Facebook engineer to encourage free expression.

Brian Amerige wrote a blog post on Facebook's internal message board, titled "We Have a Problem with Political Diversity", which was obtained by The New York Times. He wrote: "We are a political monoculture that's intolerant of different views. We claim to welcome all perspectives but are quick to attack, often in mobs, anyone who presents a view that appears to be in opposition to left-leaning ideology ..."
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Bias – BBC
BBC Withdraws Immigration Film With South Asian Characters Following Complaints
Little India, 7 August 2018

The BBC has pulled an educational video about immigration after it received complaints over the way it portrayed the issue. The film on immigration, part of a series called Don't Hate The Debate, showed South Asian characters such as men clad in turbans and women in saris, and said that Britain was "multicultural long before curry and carnival."

The documentary film was aimed at spreading awareness among students aged 14 to 16 years about the issue and create more scope for informative discussions.

The BBC, which withdrew the video from circulation and also removed it from YouTube, said it would be re-edited, PTI reported. "While we believe the film did convey the broad elements of the immigration debate, we accept further efforts could have been made to involve contributors with a more diverse range of opinions, so we removed the video," it quoted a BBC spokesperson as saying.

The film was released in May, and received complaints that it lacked objectivity, and breached impartiality rules.

The animated video depicted a group of South Asian characters, with the voice-over saying, "Think immigration is a recent thing? Think again." It went on to say, "Because you see, you got the Celts, the Romans, the Anglo- Saxons and the Vikings, the Normans, the Flemish, the Irish, black Britons and Jewish people.

"Yep, we were multicultural long before curry and carnival – it's in our DNA."

It added: "There is no such thing as pure Briton. Despite what some flag wielders would have you believe, the average Briton is only 36 percent Anglo-Saxon."

The claim was disputed by the think tank Migration Watch UK, which said, "The average British person's DNA is at least 90 percent European."

It added that the video lacked balance and consisted of a number of factual inaccuracies.
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Bias – BBC
BBC withdraws educational film about immigration that claimed Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival' after bias complaints
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 3 August 2018

The BBC has withdrawn an educational film about immigration following complaints that it was biased.

The film, aimed at GCSE pupils, contained claims that Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival' and that debate over immigration had fuelled a 'huge rise' in support for far-Right politics.

It was pulled from circulation and removed from YouTube after complaints that it broke impartiality rules.

Among other assertions by contributors to the film, part of a series called Don't Hate the Debate, was: 'Multiculturalism is a powerful tool for survival and possibly the only way to survive, so let's embrace it.'

Another speaker suggested that 'Britain had never been a nation of immigrants'. ...

The film, produced by BBC Education and aimed at pupils aged 14 to 16, was posted online in May. It focused on discussions about immigration among four young people. ...

The new film drew a scathing complaint from the Migration Watch UK think- tank, which said it failed to treat its subject with care and objectivity.

Lord Green of Deddington, founding chairman of Migration Watch, added that the discussion between young people in the film was 'shallow, unbalanced and unrepresentative'.

And he wrote to BBC chairman Sir David Clementi saying: 'Most people in the UK are not opposed to immigration per se, but they are concerned, we think rightly, about its present scale.

'Yet the overall impression of the video is that anyone who questions its current scale is unreasonable and prejudiced ... the video seems designed not to inform and stimulate discussion but to promote a particular opinion.' ...

How the Beeb fudged key facts and figures

What the BBC video said: The average Briton is only 36 per cent Anglo- Saxon.

What Migration Watch said: The average British person's DNA is at least 90 per cent European. The impact of modern inflows of hundreds of thousands a year is entirely different from the fusing of a comparatively small number from Northern European tribes in the centuries preceding Norman times.

BBC: Britain was 'multicultural long before curry and carnival'.

Migration Watch: Britain has never been a nation of immigrants. In 1951 less than 4 per cent of the population of England and Wales were foreign-born.

BBC: When Britain joined the EU, 'then we could move to Paris, Rome, Berlin and Barcelona and people from there could come here'.

Migration Watch: It is surely misleading to refer to four Western European cities and none in Eastern Europe, as it is from Eastern Europe that inflows have been so large, with over a million Poles now in the UK.

BBC: European migrants contribute 34 per cent more in tax than they receive in benefits.

Migration Watch: According to the same University College London research from which this figure was taken, immigrants of all nationalities did not benefit the taxpayer but cost £140 billion between 1995 and 2011.
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Bias – free speech
University withdraws job offer because of candidate's 'abhorrent' right wing views
Marco Ferrari
Falmouth Packet, 28 March 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He has held research positions in universities such as the University of Westminster, and Queen Mary, University of London, but says he has been unable to find work in academia over the last few years because of his political beliefs.
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Border controls – Ireland, UK
Ireland to remain open door to UK for EU citizens post-Brexit
Lisa O'Carroll
The Guardian, 16 November 2018

Ireland will remain an open door to the UK for EU citizens after Brexit with no mandatory passport checks on those who travel to Britain via Dublin and Belfast, it has been confirmed.

After Brexit, EU citizens not already settled in the UK will be subject to immigration rules but will be able to travel to Britain via Ireland and Northern Ireland uninhibited.

This is because the withdrawal deal states the UK will respect Ireland's continued membership of the EU and its freedom of movement rules while at the same time keeping the common travel area (CTA), which has allowed British and Irish citizens to move freely between each others' countries since 1922.

This means EU citizens, who after Brexit will be classified as third-country immigrants in the UK, will be able to travel to Dublin and on to Belfast and take a domestic flight or ferry to Britain without passport checks. ...

The UK Home Office says the UK and Ireland will maintain a high level of cooperation on border security to ensure legitimate travel is facilitated while those who intend to abuse the arrangements are prevented from entering.

However, it is far from the once-mooted scenario where Dublin border officials would have provided the British with details of immigration as a first filter to potential onward travel to Britain.

Under the withdrawal agreement, family members of EU citizens will also be free to travel to Ireland unimpeded as part of the routine freedom of movement rules.

The agreement states the UK "shall ensure that the CTA and the associated rights and privileges can continue to apply without affecting the obligations of Ireland under [EU] law, in particular with respect to free movement for [EU] citizens and their family members, irrespective of their nationality, to, from and within Ireland." ...

The Home Office said: "As is the case now, people will be able to enter the UK from Ireland without passing through a routine immigration control. However, they are nonetheless always required to meet the UK's immigration requirements."
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Border controls – illegal immigration
Migrants sneak into UK by exploiting understaffed border checkpoints where guards are too stretched to check car boots or open tinted windows, report warns
Sebastian Murphy-bates
MailOnline, 13 November 2018

Migrants are getting into the UK illegally because border checkpoints are so understaffed officials are not searching inside car boots or behind tinted windows, a report has warned. ...

The warnings were outlined in an assessment of the efficiency and effectiveness of immigration and customs operations at south coast seaports. ...

The report examined the seaports of Dover, Newhaven, Portsmouth, Southampton, Poole and Plymouth, as well as coverage of smaller ports, harbours and marinas along the south coast.

Staff numbers were raised at each of the four seaports visited in person.

Some managers were concerned that Border Force was 'resourced to fail', the report said, adding: 'Meanwhile, officers told inspectors that there were not enough of them to meet increasing operational pressures, and one group commented that 'the border is not secured by any stretch of the imagination'.' ...

Officers at Portsmouth told inspectors that migrants were 'were well aware of Border Force's limited resources', and would split up and hide in different trailers in the belief that if one was detected the agency would not have the capacity to search the other trailers as thoroughly.

Staff were 'certain' that illegal migrant groups co-ordinated their entry attempts, and commented that 'their intel is a lot better than ours'.

Managers at Portsmouth and Poole reported that migrants were quick to change their tactics to avoid detection.

This included moving from one freight vehicle to another to minimise the build-up of carbon dioxide, frustrating checks. ...

The number of clandestine detections at south coast ports fell from 1,119 in 2016-17 to 882 in 2017-18, including a drop from 792 to 503 at Dover. ...

But there were rises at Portsmouth and Poole, suggesting that irregular migrants looking to enter the UK had been displaced from northern France to ferry ports in Normandy and Spain. ...

Elsewhere, the report described the system for imposing fines on owners, hirers and drivers of vehicles found to have carried a clandestine entrant into the country as 'broken'.

It cited figures showing a total of 343 penalty notices were issued at south coast sea ports in the last two years, with 27 fines imposed in 2016- 17 and zero in 2017-18.
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Border controls – free-trade agreements
How the special migration rules in free trade deals work
Liliana Harding
The Conversation, 2 October 2018
[The author is Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of East Anglia]

EU migrants will be treated the same for immigration purposes after Brexit as migrants from elsewhere in the world, according to a new UK immigration strategy outlined by the prime minister, Theresa May. But she has admitted that any free trade deal struck between the UK and EU after Brexit could include special provisions on the mobility of people.

Ultimately, migration could be included in a section of any new trade deal between the UK and the EU. This is something the Migration Advisory Committee noted in a wide-ranging report on EU migration to the UK, published in September.

Most trade today takes place under the governance of regional and bilateral free trade agreements between two countries, or groups of countries. Increasingly this covers provisions on services as well as the movement of goods – and it can also include special rules on immigration too.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) supports different means for the liberalisation of services, based on its General Agreement on Trade in Services. Part of this framework, known as [Mode 4], refers to the movement of people providing services across borders.

Such movement of people to provide services refers to two broad categories: key employees transferred on an intra-company basis, including managers and technical staff; and business visitors or independent foreign professionals in selected sectors. However, the vast majority of "Mode 4" movements remain restricted to short-term visits, and do not allow for gainful employment in the host country. It is also telling that only some 1-2% of all trade in 2005 was accounted for by the "Mode 4" services trade, according to WTO statistics.

The WTO records 288 physical free trade areas (FTAs), 145 of which include specific provisions on free movement of services. Only about 40 of these agreements allow for further preferences with respect to mobility of people as service providers. Overall, this means that the liberalisation of free trade has not liberalised the free movement of people around the world. ...

According to UNESCO visa arrangements under FTAs can include full visa exemptions, temporary visa exemptions, visa exemptions for specific activities, or agreements regarding entry rights or visa-free travel.

A key example of a regime with full visa exemptions is the European Union's single market, which provides free movement of member states' citizens in its territory. /.../ They are expected to gain employment within three months of their arrival as a condition of their right to remain, although this has been difficult to monitor in the EU.
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Border controls – Brexit
Home Secretary claims Britain is powerless to control border if we leave the EU with no deal
Glen Owen
Mail on Sunday, 23 September 2018

Home Secretary Sajid Javid has warned that Britain will be powerless to restrict EU immigrants if we leave the EU without a deal.

Mr Javid told Cabinet colleagues last week it would be impossible to have 'preventative checks' at airports and ports because of the sheer volume of passengers.

He said that to avoid gridlock, EU citizens would still go through electronic passport gates and avoid questioning by Border Force officials. ...

It takes an average of 45 seconds to check an EU passport but four minutes for other countries. Non-EU visitors already face delays of more than three hours at Heathrow because of staff shortages.

Brexit is meant to signal the end of freedom of movement, with new arrivals from the EU losing their automatic right to reside. But Mr Javid's comments raise questions about how that will be policed.
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Border controls – Sweden, Switzerland
What our useless border guards should learn from the Swiss
Janice Davis
Conservative Woman, 22 September 2018

According to a 2017 EU report, Sweden has the worst border control in Europe, a finding which was allegedly hushed up to prevent the country's electorate being unduly influenced when they went to the polls this month. Its key criticisms are that the Swedish border agents get rubbish training, don't know how to detect a duff document, and can't even recognise a returning jihadi.

How very ironic, from a political union obsessed with its four unshakeable freedoms, including free movement across the Schengen area – the technically borderless vision of the EU. Borders? Who needs borders? they used to shout, until Frau Merkel unilaterally opened the doors to over a million unchecked/undocumented 'refugees' and ushered in unplanned-for consequences. So that now, the EU is calling for effective external border control.

The Swedish Evening Post has published a leaked part of this report, dealing with external borders. It found a lack of skills at the border, new recruits having a mere nine weeks of training but no knowledge of immigration law, an inability to check for validity or terrorist association, and poor manning. In short, 'there is no actual border control'. Meanwhile, experienced officers claimed the report was 'an understatement'.

Sweden is not alone in this regard. ...

How do Sweden and the UK compare in this respect with Switzerland, where I live? The Swiss Border Guard is uniformed and armed, and its members are subject to military criminal law. ...

The training documentation is a must-read. There are three years of intensive basic training. On completion of Year 1, which includes border guard and customs service, law and criminology, document verification, shooting and security techniques, psychosocial skills, ... ...

With the EU now admitting to the massive future problem of illegal migration from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, as well as challenges from existing immigrant numbers to high-welfare societies, on housing, health, education etc, what hope for individual states who have taken their eye off the ball, or even dropped it altogether?
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Border controls – Brexit
Exclusive: This Home Office leak reveals Theresa May could keep free movement in a no-deal Brexit
Thomas Colson
Business Insider, 1 August 2018

Theresa May's government is considering allowing the free movement for EU citizens at the UK border to continue if Britain leaves the EU without a deal, according to confidential details of a Home Office meeting leaked to Business Insider.

Border Force officials met in January to discuss contingency plans for a no-deal Brexit. Among the options considered was a plan to allow "no more checks at the border," according to written notes of the meeting sent to BI.

A source close to the Home Office explained that the Border Force would likely have little other choice than to carry on allowing EU citizens freely into the UK as it would not have the staffing capacity, resources, or infrastructure to implement a new registration scheme in a no-deal scenario.

It currently takes an average of approximately 45 seconds to check an EEA citizens' passport, compared to an average of 4 minutes for an non-EEA arrival.

If every new arrival was subject to 4-minute checks, there could be days-long queues at some British airports without a dramatic increase in the number of trained immigration officers. ...

An alternative plan being considered by Home Office officials to cope with a no-deal Brexit would be to "throw resources" at borders, filling airports with extra immigration officers to handle the huge extra capacity that would result from the government having to process every new arrival as a non-EU citizen.
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Border controls – walls
Mass immigration has destroyed hopes of a borderless society
Tim Marshall
The Spectator, 30 June 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In addition, since October 2015, the UK has allocated more than £175 million of humanitarian assistance, including a three-year £75 million programme to meet the "urgent humanitarian needs of migrants".
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Citizenship – Canada, UK
Why does Canada automatically give citizenship to people born here?
Tristin Hopper
West Elgin Chronicle, 27 August 2018

At their weekend convention in Halifax, the Conservative Party of Canada approved a resolution to "enact legislation which will fully eliminate birthright citizenship in Canada unless one of the parents of the child born in Canada is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada." In a subsequent statement, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the measure was designed to "end birth tourism."

This, more than almost any other Tory proposal, spurred immediate condemnation from opponents. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, for one, called it a policy of "division & hate." ...

If a French woman goes into labour while changing planes at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, the child automatically receives lifetime Canadian citizenship. Canada extends unconditional citizenship to anyone born within its borders under a legal principle known in Latin as "jus soli" (law of the soil). Conversely, if a Canadian woman goes into labour while changing planes at Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport, the child gets nothing except perhaps a decorative French birth certificate. This is generally the law across all of Europe, Asia, Africa and Oceania: A child's nationality is determined based on the citizenship or residency of its parents rather than the flag flying over the maternity ward at the time. There are exceptions. Germany introduced qualifications into its citizenship law after whole Berlin neighbourhoods started to fill with German-born Turks unable to obtain citizenship. ...

... All across North and South America, jus soli is the recognized law of the land. There are clerical reasons why this is probably the case: The Americas are full of immigrants and it saves a lot of paperwork if the only prerequisite for citizenship is a birth certificate. The United States didn't explicitly recognize jus soli until the Fourteenth Amendment in 1868, when it was adopted largely as a means of extending citizenship to millions of slaves freed by the Civil War. Even if the U.S. and Canada dwell in a hemisphere where jus soli is the norm, however, they remain unique among developed countries in that they're the only ones to confer automatic citizenship. ...

When John A. Macdonald's family moved from Scotland to Upper Canada in 1820, they didn't need any special immigration papers. At the time, the rule was that anybody born on a British ship or on British-controlled soil was a "subject" of Queen Victoria and could thus travel anywhere that flew the Union Jack. This policy remained in place well into the 20th century, when the British Nationality and Status of Aliens Act ascribed de facto citizenship to "any person born within His Majesty's Dominions" – which then included Canada, Australia and New Zealand, among others. /.../ In 1981, the U.K. did away with jus soli, decreeing that even children born in the British Isles couldn't be British without at least one parent who was a U.K. permanent resident.
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Citizenship – EU citizens, residence
UK unveils post-Brexit EU citizen settlement scheme
Lisa O'Carroll and Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 22 June 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Moroccans, Albanians and Indians made up the three largest groups. Just over 100,000 people from Morocco, 67,500 people from Albania and 41,700 from India acquired EU citizenship. Citizens of India, Pakistan and Nigeria were the three main recipients of UK citizenship.
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Crime – sexual abuse
Muslim rapes teen girl, acquitted due to 'cultural norms'
WND, 25 November 2018

A French court acquitted a refugee from Bangladesh for the rape of a high-school girl after the defense argued the immigrant had "different cultural norms" that may have caused him to misinterpret his contact with the girl.

The refugee also was charged with sexually assaulting another young girl. Both incidents happened in 2015. He was given a suspended sentenced of two years in prison for the sexual-assault charge, reported Voice of Europe, citing the French news site La Manche Libre.

The report said experts who investigated the refugee, who was not named, pointed out that in the male culture of Muslim-majority Bangladesh, "women are relegated to the status of sexual object." ...

Commenting on the case, Jihad Watch Director Robert Spencer said the refugee's "cultural norms" indeed are "different," noting they are rooted in Islam.

"Why can't France enforce its own 'cultural norms'?" he asked. "Why can't any Western country?"

Spencer cited the survivor of a Muslim rape gang in the U.K. who said her rapists quoted the Quran to her, believing their actions were justified by Islam.

Spencer noted the Quran "teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use." ...

The British government's senior legal adviser charged last year that judges were giving lighter sentences to Muslims convicted of raping young girls because of "political correctness."
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Crime – visa fraud
Fraudsters who ran fake visa scam and stole £13m from HMRC sentenced to 31 years in jail
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2018

Five fraudsters who ran a fake Bangladeshi visa scam and falsely claimed £13 million in tax repayments have been sentenced to total of 31 years in jail.

London law student Abul Kalam Muhammad Rezaul Karim, 42, was the ringleader in the organised crime group, which set up 79 bogus companies and created fake documentation used by Bangladeshi nationals in fraudulent visa applications.

They also used the companies to fraudulently reclaim £13 million in tax repayments from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) over a six-year period, the equivalent of 494 new nurses in London for a year.

Officers found that Karim, his brother-in-law Enamul Karim, 34, Kazi Borkot Ullah, 39, accountant Jalpa Trivedi, 41 and Mohammed Tamij Uddin, 47, charged clients for temporary visas wanting to remain in the UK a minimum of £700 in cash for their fraudulent immigration services.

The gang claimed their clients were employees as part of their tax and immigration fraud. They created fake payslips and provided false information on around 900 visa applications to ensure eligibility for a Tier 1 visa.

An investigation into their wrongdoing was the "longest ever undertaken" by Immigration Enforcement's Criminal and Financial Investigation (CFI) team.

The defendants were sentenced at Southwark Crown Court on 23 November 2018. Karim, Enamul Karim and Ullah, were sentenced in their absence and warrants have been issued for their arrests.
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Crime – knife crime
Two children are stabbed in Britain EVERY DAY as number of under-18s admitted to hospital with stab wounds soars by 80 per cent in three years
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 22 November 2018

The number of children admitted to hospital with stab wounds has risen by more than 80 per cent in the last three years, shocking statistics reveal.

In the year up to September this year, 813 people aged 18 and under received treatment for knife attacks in England, NHS figures show.

That is a rise of more than 80 per cent on the 451 admitted to hospital in the year up to September 2015.

The statistics come as police forces battle a year of violence around the country, with the number of murders in London soaring past 120 earlier this month.

The number of under-16s treated for stab wounds also increased dramatically, from 95 in 2013 to 163 this year.

The figures show knife assault injuries among all ages have increased from a total of 3,643 in 2015 to 5,053 this year.

Meanwhile, the number of stabbed women has increased dramatically, up from 340 in 2014 to 385 this year.
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Crime – hate crime
Literally anything can be a hate crime now
Fraser Myers
Spiked, 20 November 2018

According to police figures, 94,098 hate incidents were recorded in England and Wales in 2017/18 – up 17 per cent on the previous year. Many have used the year-on-year increases in hate incidents to paint a picture of a Britain gripped by hatred and bigotry, particularly post-Brexit.

But even the Home Office has cautioned against reading too much into the figures, citing better recording methods and a greater willingness of victims to come forward. The Crime Survey for England and Wales, another way of measuring crime rates, actually shows a fall in hate crime by 40 per cent over the past decade.

The main problem, you see, with police-recorded 'hate crimes' or 'hate incidents' is that they are entirely subjective. Any event must be recorded as a hate incident if it is perceived to be so by the victim, or any other person. This means that anything can now be a police matter.

This bizarre situation is not only bad for a clear-eyed debate about the state of prejudice in Britain, but also for minority communities – who are being potentially scared stiff by misleading statistics; convinced that their neighbours are out to get them when, in fact, Britain is generally a welcoming place. What's more, with cases where dubious hate crimes have been prosecuted, the expansion of the category of hate crime poses a real threat to all of our civil liberties.

Here are some of the most dubious and ludicrous 'hate incidents' recorded by the British constabulary of late – a reminder to take this latest crime panic with a massive dose of scepticism. ...

As this list makes clear, literally any interaction with another person, animal or inanimate object can now be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident, merely because a victim, a bystander or person who heard about it considers it to be so. While many non-crime hate incidents might merely waste police time and resources, the investigation – and occasional conviction – of citizens who are guilty of nothing more than telling jokes or posting on social media is genuinely chilling and illiberal.
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Crime – fraud, doctor
Urgent background checks are ordered on 3,000 foreign doctors after woman, 56, is found to have used her fake degree to work for the NHS as a psychiatrist for 22 YEARS
Liz Hull and Chris Brooke
Daily Mail, 19 November 2018

The backgrounds of 3,000 foreign doctors are being urgently checked after a conwoman with no qualifications was allowed to work as an NHS psychiatrist for 22 years.

Zholia Alemi, 56, claimed to have a degree from the University of Auckland in New Zealand when she came to work in the UK in 1992.

In reality, the convicted fraudster had flunked her first year and dropped out.

But nobody at the General Medical Council, the watchdog responsible for vetting the background of medics, checked whether her documentation was genuine.

At that time, doctors from certain Commonwealth countries could be cleared to start work simply by presenting their qualifications, without sitting any assessments.

It meant that for more than two decades from 1995, Alemi was free to treat thousands of mental health patients in the NHS, apparently prescribing medicine, making assessments and even sectioning some of the most vulnerable in society.

The deception by Alemi, thought to be of Iranian extraction, was only discovered after she was convicted of trying to fake the will of an elderly woman to steal her £1.3 million fortune.

A judge described her as 'despicable' and jailed her for five years last month. ...

John Woodcock, independent MP for Barrow and Furness, in the Lake District, where Alemi was most recently working, said the case was 'hugely alarming'. ...

The GMC admitted its checks had been inadequate and confirmed an 'urgent investigation' was looking into the backgrounds of 3,000 doctors who came to work from Commonwealth countries, before 2003, in the same way.

Incredibly, Alemi had been investigated and given an official warning by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in 2012 after failing to disclose a conviction for careless driving.

She also sectioned psychiatric patients for treatment without the authority to do so, and was banned from working for 12 months as a consequence.

Despite this, no one thought to examine her background or the reliability of her qualifications. ...

The Department of Health said: 'We expect the GMC to investigate how this criminal was able to register as a doctor and put measures in place to make sure it can't happen again.'
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Crime – people trafficking, slavery
'Sophisticated' Albanian gangs linked to people trafficking surge in UK
Dan Whitehead
Sky News, 19 November 2018

Albanian gangs operating at the "higher end of sophistication" are being linked to a surge in the number of trafficking victims brought to the UK.

Latest statistics from the National Crime Agency (NCA) show a 35% increase in the number of people trafficked into the UK - the majority from Albania.

Sky News met 15 victims at a shelter in Vlore, a city in the south of Albania which remains a hot spot for the country's trafficking network.

Beaten while pregnant, locked up and raped by multiple men - their stories are horrific.

These women and girls are victims of Albanian trafficking gangs and are now receiving help from the charity Vatra. ...

The National Crime Agency (NCA) says the number of potential trafficking victims referred to British authorities rose to 5,145 between 2016 to 2017.

Most foreign victims are from Albania, trafficked by a network of criminal gangs which operate across European countries, selling victims as commodities.

The deputy director of the NCA, Tom Dowdall, says the groups are particularly resilient to law enforcement.

He said: "Albanian organised criminal gangs are operating at the higher end of sophistication and are certainly operating in the UK as they do within several other countries in western Europe.

"They are what we call 'poly-criminals' as well, so not only are they involved in organised immigration crime and trafficking but also in drug smuggling, firearms trafficking and often violent and serious organised crime."
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Child sex hell victims 'ignored because they are middle class'
Paul Jeeves
Sunday Express, 18 November 2018

Middle class victims of Britain's largest Asian child sex gang were repeatedly let down by social workers who dismissed them as "not poor enough", a charity chief has revealed.

Authorities thought children were just "rebelling" and some were deemed not to need help as they lived in homes with conservatories, loft extensions and "nice kitchens". Warnings about systematic abuse of young girls by Asian men in Huddersfield were first raised by Parents Against Child Exploitation (Pace) in 2009. They prompted Labour MP Barry Sheerman to urge Parliament to "take the issue more seriously".

Kirklees Council children's services were described by Ofsted last year as "not improving quick enough", and Pace chief executive Gill Gibbons says the child protection system remains "unfit for purpose".

In 2009 Mr Sheerman told Parliament: "Two or three of my constituents have faced the traumatic experience of having a daughter as young as 12 taken into a way of life that leads to sexual manipulation and in some cases, prostitution." ...

Almost a decade later, 20 men have been convicted of the "vile and wicked" abuse, receiving a total of 257 years behind bars. Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life with a minimum of 18 years for 54 offences, including child rape.

Ms Gibbons said: "The system isn't fit for purpose. That was the case with the historic Huddersfield victims and that is still the case now. ...

West Yorkshire Police accepted opportunities were "missed", but blamed a "lack of understanding" of grooming.

The force said: "Improved understanding of the subject also now means these signs can be spotted and acted upon at a very early stage." ...

But Kath Pinnock, council leader from 2000 to 2006, said: "I can, hand on heart, say nobody raised the issue. I'm confident that if they had, we would have reacted in a way to bring these people to justice."
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Rotherham child sexual abuse: Six men jailed
BBC, 16 November 2018

Six men have been jailed for sexually exploiting young girls in Rotherham who were gang-raped and abused by them.

The men subjected the five girls to "degrading and violent" acts using drink, drugs and the "excitement of friendship" to lure them in. ...

They were sentenced to between 10 and 23 years at Sheffield Crown Court.

The men, who are all of British Pakistani heritage, targeted and groomed the girls, who were aged between 13 and 16, over seven years between 1998 and 2005. ...

The victims described being taken to locations across Rotherham including a tip in Rawmarsh, a supermarket car park, Clifton Park and Ulley Country Park.

One girl, who was 14 at the time, was given cannabis and driven to Sherwood Forest by Nabeel Kurshid, Iqlak Yousaf and a third man.

The men then took turns raping her, warning her that if she did not do as she was told she would be left there.

Another said Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar regularly threatened to dump her in remote locations if she did not have sex with him and his friends, and on one occasion, he abandoned her by the side of a motorway.

The same girl said Akhtar would take her to meet older Asian taxi drivers, who would then abuse her. ...

The convictions are the latest to come out of Operation Stovewood, run by the National Crime Agency (NCA).

It began in 2014 after a report found at least 1,400 children in Rotherham were the victims of abuse between 1997 and 2013.
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Crime – police, racism
As a cop I always used to stop and search, but now police live in fear of being called racist
Andrew O'Hagan
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2018
[Andrew O'Hagan is a lecturer at Nottingham Trent University]

The controversial debate over stop and search is back, as violence spirals out of control on our streets. London is locked in a grim ritual of gang-fuelled stabbings and its knife crime rate is at a seven-year high – but the bloody footprints of this epidemic are spreading outside the capital too, as sophisticated "county lines" drug criminals push out small-time dealers in the provinces. Shockingly, a person is now more likely to be stabbed in Bedfordshire than in Manchester. ...

As a former detective sergeant who spent more than three decades serving in the police force, I am sceptical that twiddling with the rulebook for stop and search will make any difference at all. The police's current powers are perfectly adequate. The problem is they are too afraid to use them.

Part of my current job is to teach prospective uniformed officers stop and search. Every time I meet with them I ask the same question: "Have you used stop and search powers while on patrol since our session?" Depressingly, they shrug: "No, it's not worth the hassle." ...

After a bit of grilling, I usually get to the bottom of the excuse-making: they feel it is not worth the inevitable onslaught of accusations of being heavy-handed or racist. They don't want to deal with the draining scrutiny that they are inevitably subjected to when a disgruntled stop-and-search target lodges a complaint. They worry about being disciplined or even losing their jobs. ...

Protecting the public and "getting in amongst it", as they say on the force, not liberal sensitivities or a disciplinary-free track record, is the backbone of proper policing – and it's being lost.
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Crime – violence, ethnic minorities
'This is black children killing black children': Former Equality Commission chairman TREVOR PHILLIPS says white liberals need to 'tell the truth about violence in UK semi-ghettos'
Trevor Phillips
Mail on Sunday, 11 November 2018
[The author is a Former Chairman Of The Equality Commission]

Last week, the heartbroken family of another young victim returned to their home in Romania after just a few weeks living here in Britain.

London, they said, was a dangerous place where 'terrible things can happen in the blink of an eye. If you say the wrong thing to the wrong person you could end up dead'.

Their own son, Beniamin Pieknyi, was in the wrong place at the wrong time and was stabbed to death in an East London shopping centre – just one more victim of a vicious urban conflict that has already cost hundreds of lives, five in the past week alone. ...

Violence is nothing new. /.../ But the battles now taking place are different.

The primitive weaponry of my day has been replaced by a lethal armoury of knives, swords, handguns and, occasionally, automatic rifles – some in the hands of children as young as ten. ...

I'm the son of poor immigrants and have no doubt that, were I a teenager today, I too would be caught up in the carnage.

This epidemic of knife crime has not appeared from nowhere. It has been gathering for some time, yet the warnings from me and others were ignored. Even now, the political response has been pathetic, focusing – irrelevantly, in my opinion – on police numbers.

In fact there is no evidence that having bobbies on the beat will deter teenage thugs. The chances of a policeman being on the right corner at the right time are probably less than the same officer being struck by lightning.

But there is plenty that we can do, and urgently.

First we need to be clear about who is dying and who is doing the killing, and we must be honest that there is a racial component to the violence.

The deaths are taking place in the urban semi-ghettos of London, Manchester and other big cities, especially those which have become home to refugees from war zones in Eastern Europe, Africa and elsewhere. ...

Membership of a gang brings protection and a sense of belonging and the promise of a slice of the profits of the illegal drugs trade.

So the forlorn attempts by politicians and media to ignore this truth – to avoid 'stigmatising' minority communities – has been counterproductive, a hand-wringing dereliction of responsibility. It might make 'right-on' white liberals feel better. But the price of their smugness is an ongoing bloody massacre of black children with a casualty list that seems to lengthen by the day. ...

We need to stop the blood flowing by following the example of the American police and identifying the high-risk zones, based on data from police, hospitals and schools. Police should be empowered to flood these areas, using stop-and-search powers as freely as they wish. ...

... In areas where the gangs are primarily black or from another ethnic group, police might even be permitted to apply for exemption from race discrimination laws for a limited period. This could free their hands to act against specific targets – and few would be more pleased than minority parents who constantly worry that their children may never come home.
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Crime – Birmingham
We've covered SIXTEEN carjackings in a month - at rate of four a week
Ashley Preece
Birmingham Mail, 11 November 2018

Violent masked hammer gangs running riot, innocent drivers knifed and petrified women left screaming after being dragged from behind their steering wheels.

The city of Birmingham has endured a surge in carjackings and, according to those who have suffered, it is ruining lives.

In the past month alone, BirminghamLive has reported SIXTEEN carjackings ranging from a 15-year-old boy stabbing a driver in Selly Oak to a man being battered for his £400 Ford KA in Kings Norton.

On Friday, BirminghamLive reported how nurse Jill Waliszewski was ambushed by a gang of 50 "savages" who hurled bricks at her Toyota Yaris while attempting to yank her out from the car.

It followed another carjacking attempt just 24 hours previously after dad Lee Brown was battered in a car park off Shannon Road.

Just last weekend, shoppers at Princess Alice Retail Park in Sutton Coldfield were subjected to ten minutes of terror after masked carjackers armed with knives and hammers stole an Audi A3 and VW Golf in broad daylight.
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Crime – police
Police should be held to account over grooming gang scandal, says magistrate
Andrew Robinson
ExaminerLive, 10 November 2018

West Yorkshire Police has been asked whether any of its officers will be punished for failing to deal with child sexual exploitation in the Huddersfield area between 2004 and 2011.

Roger Grasby, a magistrate, put the question to Chief Constable Dee Collins and the county's Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson, at a meeting in Wakefield on Friday.

Mr Grasby said the behaviour of some officers towards victims had been strongly criticised by the Crown during the recent trial at Leeds Crown Court which led to jail sentences for a gang of 20 men, all British Asians mainly of Pakistani heritage.

The court heard that victims and their families repeatedly told police what was happening but it had fallen on deaf ears. ...

He asked whether officers who had failed to take action would be "held to account".

After the meeting, Mr Grasby told ExaminerLive: "I want to know where these officers are and if they now hold senior positions within the Force." ...

Responding to Mr Grasby's question, Mark Burns-Williamson said the independent review in Kirklees had yet to decide if the behaviour of officers would form part of the inquiry.
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Crime – criminals
Rapists and murderers among hundreds of foreign criminals missing from Home Office monitoring, records show
Hayden Smith
Independent, 9 November 2018

Rapists and killers are among hundreds of foreign criminals who have dropped off the Home Office's radar.

Immigration authorities also lost track of overseas nationals convicted of kidnap, weapons possession and robbery.

They had been living in the community while facing removal from the UK.

Figures showed 450 foreign national offenders (FNOs) absconded in the 30 months up to the end of June.

Some were later located but the whereabouts of more than 200 were unknown up to two years after contact with officials ceased.

Conservative MP Tim Loughton, a member of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, described the findings as "horrifying".

He said: "These are very concerning figures and confirm a worrying trend that we are a soft touch when it comes to dealing with foreign national offenders.

"It is a mystery to me why we do not immediately deport these criminals, some of them highly dangerous, back to their country of origin, and let their authorities deal with them.

"The fact that these people are escaping the watchful eye of the Home Office and are back on our streets is horrifying.

"Innocent people going about their daily lives could be at risk." ...

Figures obtained under freedom of information rules show 251 foreign national offenders absconded in 2016, followed by 164 last year and 35 in the first six months of this year.

As of the end of June, 223 male FNOs had not been found.

Eleven females who absconded in 2016 are yet to be tracked down, and an unspecified number – up to five absconders – disappeared in each of last year and the first six months of this year.

Offenders convicted of murder, manslaughter, rape, kidnap, weapons possession, robbery, conspiracy to defraud, theft, burglary and death by dangerous driving were among those unaccounted for.

Exact figures are not known for most offence categories – including murder, manslaughter and rape – as the Home Office does not disclose data where the number is five or fewer people, to protect individuals' identities.

The department also refused to provide details of the nationalities of absconders on the basis disclosure could hamper efforts to deport or remove FNOs by undermining border controls and agreements with other countries.

Where statistics were given, they showed nine offenders previously convicted of violent crimes were yet to be located in June, after absconding in 2016. ...

The Home Office said some of the absconders recorded as unfound in June may have been traced since. ...

Many absconders are traced at overseas locations and can be prevented from returning to the UK, officials said. ...

A Home Office spokesperson said: ...

"We have removed more than 44,500 foreign national offenders since 2010, and this week, like every week, more than 100 foreign criminals will be removed from the UK.

"In 2017-18, we removed more than 2,000 FNOs direct from prison under the early removal scheme."
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Crime – fraud
Gang of insurance scammers jailed for fake claims on scale 'never seen before'
Sanya Burgess
Sky News, 9 November 2018

Five men have been sentenced to a collective 14 years in prison after committing one of the UK's biggest cases of commercial property fraud.

The organised crime group defrauded insurers out of £1m after making fake claims of property damages at bars and restaurants across England.

After hitting 14 different insurers, it is the biggest case of commercial property fraud handled by City of London Police's insurance fraud enforcement department (IFED).

The force said the scale of the investigation had "never been seen before in the insurance industry".

Following a six-week trial, the five men were sentenced for a mix of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences.

... Tarquinn Orgill, ... Nyron Hughes, ... Ramone Carty, ... Kashif Bhatti, Jurelle Hayles, ...

It emerged they had faked issues such as burst pipes at businesses in Lincolnshire, Bedfordshire, Staffordshire, Lancashire and London. ...

The gang gained £944,206 through successful claims.
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Crime – knife crime, police
Knife crime policing
Simon Crowley
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

The Home Secretary calls for the police to crack down on knife and violent crime, particularly in London.

I have been a serving Metropolitan Police officer since 1991. The impact that the office of Home Secretary has had in this time, no matter who has been in post, has been pivotal in the cataclysmic upsurge in violent crime, due to politicisation of a problem where robust action is the answer.

Stop-and-search was used to great effect for decades, but was degraded relentlessly as it was deemed racist.

Street robbery and knife and gun crime are committed almost without exception by black men on black men. Consequently the majority of people stopped in connection with these ghastly crimes fit that template.

For crying out loud, when will the police be allowed to concentrate scant resources on accepted perpetrators rather than bow their heads politically and focus on so-called hate crimes and cyber crime which, frankly, rarely bother the majority of society?
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Crime – violence
Savage gang jailed after stabbing man with 12-inch machete in front of his mum
Stephanie Balloo
Birmingham Mail, 8 November 2018

A brutal gang who ran a man off the road before stabbing him with a machete has been jailed for 43 years.

Amir Hussain, 23, knifed the victim twice after charging at him with a 12-inch blade on Coventry Road, Small Heath.

The victim had been driving his mother to a doctor's appointment when three men launched their vicious attack on May 22.

Hussain and his accomplices, Zain Islam and Hussan Yousaf - who are brothers - first chased the victim in a stolen pick-up truck.

As the victim climbed out of the crash wreckage and tried to get his mother out of the back seat, he was set upon. ...

Drugs were also recovered from the room plus almost £6,500 in cash.

All three refused to answer any questions during interview but they were charged with attempted murder.

On Monday (November 5) all three were sentenced for a total of 43 years.
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Crime – drug smuggling
Chesham man caught smuggling £124k-worth of heroin into the UK at Heathrow Airport hidden in his trainers is jailed
Stephanie Wareham
Bucks Free Press, 6 November 2018

A Chesham man who was caught red-handed trying to smuggle £124,000 worth of heroin into the UK at Heathrow Airport has been jailed for five years.

Afran Khalid was caught with the drugs by Border Force after he arrived on a flight from Islamabad in June 2018. He told officers he had been in Pakistan visiting family.
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Crime – murder, manslaughter
700 foreign killers found to be living in the UK
Jon Austin and Matthew Davis
Daily Express, 5 November 2018

More than 700 foreign killers were found to be living in the UK in a two-year period, it has emerged. Rapists and child abusers were also discovered in computer checks by the Criminal Records Office.

The Freedom of Information figures found between 2015 and 2017 there were 700 foreigners living in the UK with murder or manslaughter convictions in foreign countries, mainly eastern Europe.

There were 741 people with rape convictions and 362 with child sex criminal records.

The criminal checks have exposed how easy it is for migrants to enter from European Union nations and live in the UK, despite their horrendous criminal records.

Romania topped the criminal list during the two-year period with 510 people, followed by Poland with 301 and Lithuania with 98.

David Spencer of the Centre for Crime Prevention think tank said: "These shocking figures show that Brexit cannot come quick enough for the safety of the British public.

"Once Brexit happens it is to be hoped that the flow of felons will stop immediately, proper criminal checks will be carried out before anyone is allowed into the country, and those European criminals that are already here will be swiftly deported."

But the true figures could be even higher as they came to light only when checks were made on suspects arrested on suspicion of committing new crimes in the UK.

Tory MP Phillip Hollobone said: "It is nothing short of a national disgrace that thousands of foreign convicted criminals are allowed freely to enter and live in the UK despite having horrendous criminal records in their own country.

"Far from enhancing our domestic security, our membership of the EU and adherence to freedom of movement has made it even easier for these EU nationals to slip into our country undetected."
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Crime – violence
'Wild West' Britain: Children as young as nine fuelling knife crime epidemic warn police
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 2 November 2018

Primary school pupils as young as nine are picking up deadly weapons because they are frightened of others. They are then being groomed into violence, the police chiefs said.

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and the National Police Chiefs' Council summit was told younger brothers and sisters of gangsters must be targeted in a new public health approach to serious crime.

Assistant Chief Constable Jacqueline Sebire told the conference: "Is this like the Wild West? Yes it is.

"I worry, if we can't get this right – and we know how to get it right – I do worry the violence will continue." ...

Durham's chief constable Mike Barton told the Westminster conference: "I think it is the younger siblings. ...

"I think we need to look at seven and eight-year-olds, not 10 to 11-year-olds. Increasing numbers of primary school children are being excluded and we need to look at what has happened before and learn from it.

"This isn't going to go away. It is certainly an epidemic. It feels like a crisis."

One in four of all knife possession convictions and cautions are now given to under 18s. And startling figures presented to yesterday's summit revealed 69,000 children were wounded by stabbings or beatings last year.

The shocking statistics also showed 29,000 youngsters were robbed, meaning they were exposed to violence.

And the number of youths caught carrying blades has also increased by 64 per cent, compared with 22 per cent of adults. ...

Knife crime campaigners told the Daily Express at least 247 people had been stabbed to death on Britain's streets so far this year. ...

Violent crime has escalated in recent years, with 719 killings recorded in the year to June and robberies rocketing 22 per cent.
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Crime – border security, Ireland
'Britain's FBI' Reveals Soft Border Exploited by Dangerous Criminals, Illegal Migrants, Traffickers
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 2 November 2018

The supposedly all-important 'soft' border between the Republic of Ireland and the British province of Northern Ireland is being exploited by dangerous criminals, gangsters, and illegal migrants, according to the National Crime Agency (CTA).

"The Common Travel Area (CTA) is open to exploitation by criminals, illegal immigrants and extremists who use the border to facilitate and enable criminality," revealed the NCA – the British equivalent of America's FBI – in its National Strategic Assessment of Serious Organised Crime for 2018.

"There is significant interaction between OCGs [Organised Crime Groups] operating on both sides of the border, working together across a number of types of organised crime including drug trafficking, excise fraud, human trafficking, environmental/waste crime, burglary, firearms purchases/movement, plant theft, agricultural crime, and money laundering," the report reveals.

"Recent analysis identified that almost half of OCGs managed and investigated by [the Police Service of Northern Ireland (incorporating the Royal Ulster Constabulary), or PSNI] are known to have strong links and associations with OCGs based in the Republic of Ireland (ROI)."

The NCA assessment notes that the PSNI is current "sighted" on 83 organised gangs in total.

Abuse of the 'soft border' between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland impacts mainland Britain as well as the Province, with the NCA noting that abuse of the Common Travel Area is "evident in Scotland at the ports of Loch Ryan and Cairnryan", for example.

Perhaps most seriously, it admits that a number of "high harm foreign national offenders" have been detected attempting to re-enter Great Britain via Northern Ireland after being deported.
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Crime
Organised and serious crime kills more UK citizens than terrorism, war and natural disasters combined
Sky News, 1 November 2018

Organised and serious crime have a more significant impact on the UK citizens than all other national security threats combined, new research has found.

The activities of around 4,600 serious and organised crime groups cost the country at least £37bn every year, according to the National Crime Agency, up from £25bn five years ago.

The new figures were released ahead of the announcement of a new serious and organised crime strategy and £48m in funding to tackle the most dangerous offenders.

These criminal networks are targeting the most vulnerable and controlling communities with violence and intimidation, according to the Home Office. ...

The £37bn figure is a combination of direct cost - the impact of drug use, fraud, cybercrime, blackmail and extortion on big business - and secondary cost.

This is when somebody is left with a serious mental health issue because they were seriously abused as a child, or when somebody who is a drug user shoplifts or harms themselves.

The £48bn investment announced in response to the numbers will seek to boost funding for a crime centre focused on organised crime, recruit more officers and invest in data and intelligence assessment.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Rotherham abuse investigation to cost £90m, as another gang is found guilty of sexually assaulting teenage girls
Izzy Lyons
Daily Telegraph, 30 October 2018
[The last two paragraphs are in the printed newspaper]

The Rotherham sex abuse investigation will cost £90 million, it has emerged, as another grooming gang have been convicted of sexually abusing young teenage girls.

Operation Stovewood, overseen by the National Crime Agency (NCA), has 250 staff investigating child sexual exploitation in the South Yorkshire town from 1997 to 2013 and has identified more than 1,500 victims.

It is estimated that the Operation, which was set up in 2014, will cost more than £90 million by 2024, although few people expect it will be completed by then.

There are 22 separate investigations under Operation Stovewood, with one concluding today at Sheffield Crown Court after a gang of seven men were convicted on several counts of indecent assault.

Mohammed Imran Ali Akhtar, 37, Nabeel Kurshid, 35, Iqlak Yousaf, 34, Tanweer Ali, 37, Salah Ahmed El-Hakam, 39, and Asif Ali, 33 were all found guilty and are due to be sentenced on November 16.

An eighth defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was found guilty of two rapes.

One of the complainants told the court how she had sex with "at least 100 Asian men" by the time she was 16 and another described how she was gang-raped in a forest and threatened with being abandoned there.

The jury in the trial, which sat for eight weeks, heard how girls, who are now in their 30s, were "lured by the excitement of friendship with older Asian youths" but then sexually assaulted and passed between men.

Prosecutors said the five complainants in the trial were easy to target because they needed to be loved.

Michelle Colborne QC, prosecuting, said: "When they were in their teens, they were targeted, sexualised and, in some instances, subjected to acts of a degrading and violent nature at the hands of these men who sit in the dock."

She said: "None of them had the maturity to understand that they were being groomed and exploited."

The NCA has said that they have 151 suspects, as well as 275 other people under investigation, and that almost all of them still live in Rotherham.

Meanwhile, Sarah Champion, the Rotherham MP, is concerned that the number of people receiving custodial sentences for child sexual abuse dropped by 4.7 per cent in 2017 despite such crimes continuing to happen on a "massive scale".

She said: "We have to accept that children are still being abused but the police just cannot cope with the volume."
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Crime – drugs
Drug dealer who supplied MCAT to vulnerable victims of grooming gang and made £93,000 from narcotics plot must pay back just £1
Rob Kennedy
ChronicleLive, 30 October 2018

A drug dealer who supplied narcotics to victims of a Tyneside grooming gang and was part of a money-spinning heroin and cocaine plot must pay back just £1 of the £93,000 he made from peddling misery.

Nadeem Aslam provided MCAT to vulnerable victims of a gang who used and abused vulnerable victims in Newcastle in a case known as Operation Shelter.

He was also part of a separate lucrative plot to supply heroin and crack cocaine, known as Operation Emerald.

As we reported last year, the home of Aslam, cleared of any sexual wrongdoing, was a focal point in the West End of the city where some of those involved in Operation Shelter would gather to take drink and drugs with teenage girls.

Now Aslam, who has previously written to the Chronicle to distance himself from those convicted of sexual offending, has been back in court for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing after lining his pockets in the drugs conspiracy to the tune of £93,990.

But, Newcastle Crown Court heard, the jailed 45-year-old, has no available assets and was ordered to pay back just a nominal figure of £1 - although any future assets he acquires can be seized.

Taxi driver Jahanger Zaman was jailed for 29 years for offences including rape and conspiracy to incite prostitution, as well as the Operation Emerald plot.

He benefited to the tune of £134,845 from the drugs conspiracy and must pay back £32,000.

Shafiq Aziz, who was only convicted of the Operation Emerald drugs plot and not Operation Shelter, benefited by £465,172 but has no available assets and must pay back just £1. ...

During a series of trials, it was revealed Northumbria Police paid almost £10,000 to a convicted rapist to infiltrate the sex gang.
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Crime – hate crime, racism
Lies, damned lies and hate crime
Laurence Hodge
Conservative Woman, 23 October 2018

There must be some outside government and the police who are glad that hate crime is recognised as an aggravated crime. But can there be anybody who honestly believes that the definition of hate crime in the UK, which relies on the subjective perception of the 'victim' or of a third party rather than an objective reality or clear intention on the part of the 'offender', is anything other than bonkers? An offence can even become aggravated on the say-so of a bystander, and since there is now every prospect of misogyny becoming a hate crime, and ageism too, a lot of people are going to need banging up.

The latest figures on hate crime in England and Wales were released on October 16, and the accompanying press pack generated a crop of predictable headlines from publications that go for lightly subbed hand-outs and endless opinion pieces instead of conducting their own independent analysis: ...

Recorded offences have indeed doubled over the period. However, there is nothing in the data to support the Guardian's tendentious link with terrorism and the Brexit vote any more than some invented and equally spurious correlation with, say, the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes or the downturn in Arsène Wenger's managerial fortunes. Indeed, the opposite may well be true.

Could it be that the increase in hate crime owes much to the growth of its equally ugly and socially divisive twin, Identity Politics? If politicians and special interest groups are constantly braying that such and such a group requires special privileges then there will surely be a reaction from individuals who identify with those groups and who are encouraged to claim that they are in some way oppressed. Add to the mix a police force that curries favour with minority groups and reassigns resources from 'traditional' criminal investigations into burglary and shoplifting to monitoring Twitter and Facebook for hurtful remarks, and the growth in hate crime becomes less surprising. ...

Race hate is by a long chalk the largest category of hate crime, accounting on its own for 70 per cent of the total in 2017/18. ...

Race is more readily perceived than other characteristics by both the victim and the offender. Consequently there can be no surprise that Race Crime leads the hate field. There is no data to indicate how these crimes break down as to black-on-white hate, white-on-black hate or any other combination of colour and race hate. What is known is that the police in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and now Huddersfield are willing to wink at major crime in the interests of community relations; this might or might not be a factor influencing the compiling of hate statistics.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Who will speak for the Huddersfield girls?
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 22 October 2018

Britain is a country where a politician putting his hand on a middle-class woman's knee causes more outrage than the sexual abuse of scores of working-class girls by men from Pakistani backgrounds.

This is the conclusion we must draw from the #MeToo scandals of the past year. Or rather from the striking disparity between what becomes a #MeToo scandal and what doesn't. A posh journalist having her knee brushed by a politician causes media meltdown, Twitterstorms about 'the patriarchy', and soul-searching in parliament about men's wicked behaviour, while the exploitation and rape of working-class girls in towns like Huddersfield provokes little more than an awkward tut of disapproval.

The guilty verdict delivered in the trial of 20 men at Leeds Crown Court on Friday confirms the British political class's ongoing reluctance, or outright inability, to confront the problem of Muslim grooming gangs.

In response to the verdict, which found that 20 men from mostly Pakistani backgrounds had committed 120 offences against 15 girls in the West Yorkshire town of Huddersfield over a period of seven years, there have been a few perfunctory condemnations. But there haven't been any hashtags, or gatherings outside parliament, or pained newspaper columns, as there were following far less serious cases of sexual misdemeanour in recent months. ...

Indeed, there has been more controversy over the home secretary's response to the Huddersfield crimes than there was over the crimes themselves. /.../ There was more fury in the denunciations of Javid for referring to the men's heritage than there was in any of the commentary on the men themselves. ...

This follows a pattern. Discussion about Muslim grooming gangs is constantly being shushed, made suspect, demonised. Consider the fate of Labour MP Sarah Champion. She was elbowed out of her role as an equalities shadow minister in Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party last year after she committed the speechcrime of writing a piece for the Sun on the problem of Pakistani grooming gangs in Rotherham, where she is MP.

Champion has since been subjected to a campaign of vilification by local Muslim activists and their allies in the Corbynista Momentum movement. Again, people are angrier at an MP for speaking about the phenomenon of Pakistani men abusing white working-class girls than they are about the actual phenomenon.

What is behind this moral cowardice, where even in an era when virtually every instance of bad male behaviour hits the headlines the opinion-forming set still doesn't want to discuss the problem of Muslim grooming gangs?
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Who gave these evil gangs licence to rape?
Laura Perrins
Conservative Woman, 22 October 2018

Sixteen men have been jailed over the grooming and sexual abuse of Huddersfield children, it can now be reported. The abuse of the vulnerable, isolated and underage girls – the youngest of whom were 11 or 12 – was described by a judge as 'top of the scale'.

A total of 20 men, ranging in age from 27 to 54, were convicted during three trials at Leeds Crown Court. ...

Judge Geoffrey Marson QC, who presided over the first two trials, described the grooming as 'insidious and persistent' and the abuse as 'vile and wicked'. ...

I do know this, though – there is good and there is evil, and all we can do is fight the evil. In fact, we have even set up what is known as a 'police force' to fight evil and we have an entire 'care system' to look after children and teenagers and protect them from evil. I would like to know about their failures in all of this. I would like to know if the great evil of political correctness motivated the police and other State authorities to look the other way while young girls were being systematically raped.

I have a few other questions that I sense are not being asked by the mainstream media because of fears about being called racist or 'sowing division'. ...

I would like to know if the British government has been complicit in the importation of men to rape and abuse working-class girls in small towns all over Britain. ...

Were any of the men married, and if so to whom and what did the women know? Did they look the other way on this?

What did all the authorities who came into contact with the victims know – the police, the care system, the 'sexual health clinic', the schools? ...

Just who facilitated the systematic rape and abuse of white working-class girls for about two decades in small towns across Britain? This is the biggest scandal of our time and we deserve some answers.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Twenty men in grooming gang are jailed for 'inhuman' abuse of victims as young as 11
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 20 October 2018

A series of trials that were almost derailed by the English Defence League founder, Tommy Robinson, have ended with 20 members of an Asian grooming gang being convicted of a catalogue of rape and abuse against girls as young as 11.

The gang members, who were mainly of Pakistani heritage and came from the Huddersfield area, were convicted after a court heard how they passed victims around like "commodities" and used them for their own "sexual gratification".

Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year and told he must serve a minimum of 18 years in prison by a judge who described his treatment of the girls as "inhuman".

The abuse took place between 2004 and 2011 and involved victims aged between 11 and 17.

Details of the case and the three trials can only now be disclosed after a judge agreed to lift reporting restrictions following a challenge from the media.

But the second trial almost collapsed in May when far right campaigner, Robinson, was arrested for allegedly breaching reporting restrictions by filming outside the court.

He was jailed for contempt of court but his conviction was later quashed and the case is due to be heard again at the Old Bailey next week. ...

The abuse, which took place in car parks, hotels, takeaways and snooker halls across West Yorkshire, was largely aimed at white girls.

The first of the trials began in January this year and saw eight men, including Dhaliwal, convicted of a range of offences including rape and other sex offences.

Dhaliwal, who has children of his own, was convicted of 54 separate counts, including 22 rapes, involving 11 girls. ...

The second trial, which began in April this year, also saw eight defendants convicted and the third trial, featuring four defendants ended on October 8.

Speaking at the conclusion of the first trial, Judge Marson said: "The way you treated these girls defies understanding; this abuse was vile and wicked.

"As cases of sexual abuse with which the courts have to deal, this case comes at the top of the scale. None of you has expressed any remorse for what you did."

He added: "The sentences I pass on you are severe and are intended to be so. They are intended to deter others from behaving in this way."

The second trial, which ended in June, saw eight men given jail sentences of between five and 18 years.

Four more men were found guilty of a range of offences earlier this month following the third trial and will be sentenced on November 1.

The pattern of large-scale exploitation of mainly white girls by groups of men of mainly Pakistani heritage uncovered by West Yorkshire Police in Huddersfield mirrors what has happened in a number of other towns including Rotherham, Rochdale and Telford.
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Crime – knife crime, London
London knife crime hits highest level ever recorded
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 18 October 2018

Knife crime in London has risen to its highest ever level with nearly 15,000 offences committed during the past year, according to figures out today.

The Office for National Statistics said the total of 14,987 knife crimes in the year to the end of June was a 15 per cent rise on the comparable figure 12 months earlier.

It includes 91 knife killings, 170 rapes or sexual assaults carried out with a blade, and 8,363 knife-point robberies.

There were also 5,570 knife crimes which either resulted in injury or involved an attempt to inflict serious harm on the victim.

The statisticians added that the increase in offending had taken London's knife crime total to the highest ever recorded. ...

They mean that an average of 40 knife crimes a day are now being carried out in the capital, with the 91 knife killings representing an 11 per cent increase over 12 months. ...

A detailed breakdown of the figures shows that /.../ there were 68 attempted murders using a knife and 725 threats to kill with a blade in the year to the end of June.

The figures do not include an additional 3,209 offences of possession of a bladed article as they cover only those incidents in which a knife was used.
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Crime – fraud, domestic abuse
Foreign fraudsters are lying about being beaten by their wives so they can exploit a legal loophole and gain UK residency faster
Charlotte Wace and Jonathan Bucks
Mail on Sunday, 14 October 2018

Foreign fraudsters are masquerading as victims of domestic violence to trick officials into letting them stay in Britain.

Campaigners say hundreds of Britons, including a growing number of women, are being exploited by con artists who dupe them into marriage abroad – with the sole aim of returning to the UK to claim permanent resident status.

Once in Britain they pretend to be victims of domestic violence and use a loophole to fast-track residency applications.

The Mail on Sunday has seen evidence in a series of cases where foreign men have been allowed to stay in the UK after fabricating claims of domestic abuse – even when their wives have been cleared.

Three years ago, a report found the number of foreigners applying to stay in the UK as victims of domestic abuse had soared from 59 in 2002 to 1,224 in 2015.

Campaigners say they are now receiving reports of fabricated domestic abuse claims by those seeking to stay in the UK at the rate of one every day. ...

Yet another case involved a British woman who was raped by her already- married Pakistani husband who then claimed she had raped him.

All allegations against her were dropped but he was granted permanent residency on the basis of being a victim.

Under current immigration rules, foreigners who marry Britons have to wait five years before they are granted permanent rights to live and work in the UK.

However, rules known as the Destitute Domestic Violence Concession mean that, if the foreign spouse claims their partner has been abusive, Home Office officials are bound to consider their case and can award them Indefinite Leave To Remain (ILR) in as little as three months.

Even if they do not get ILR, fraudsters will often allege domestic abuse to delay efforts to deport them.

The report in 2015 by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration highlighted alarming failures by Home Office when it came to staff checking the validity of domestic abuse claims.

Investigators found that case workers relied too heavily on unverified evidence, such as letters from domestic violence charities, rather than interviewing the applicant themselves.

An analysis of 25 cases where approval to remain had been granted found the decision in 15 had been wrong and that in 16 cases, no approach for information about the abuse allegations had been made to police.

Kim Sow, from the victim support group Immigration Marriage Fraud Consultancy, established in 2013 to monitor cases and help victims, said: 'No fraudster should be left unpunished and no victim of fraud should have their lives totally destroyed by an unfair, unjust and discriminatory process.

'If the Home Office, police and Crown Prosecution Service continue failing to address the issue of immigration marriage fraud, an open door remains for fraudsters to enter the UK.'
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Crime – car crashes, insurance fraud
Ruthless pair behind '£8 million' cash-for-crash scam who set up 250 road collisions to defraud insurance companies by targeting innocent drivers are jailed for a total of 12 years
Sebastian Murphy-bates
MailOnline, 10 October 2018

Two men behind a cash-for-crash scam that may have topped £8 million and involved 250 collisions were today slammed by a judge who said all insurance customers will pay for the fraud through higher premiums.

Boota Ram masterminded the sophisticated, large-scale fraud by orchestrating crashes with innocent drivers, mainly on mini-roundabouts.

The 38-year-old from Slough used false driving licences and fake documents to make claims against dozens of insurance companies for fabricated injuries or vehicle damage.

Police found the baker's car boot crammed with items necessary to make claims including dozens of fake IDs and insurance documents, with a judge branding the vehicle a 'mobile fraudster's office'. ...

Ram was handed a nine-year prison sentence after a jury convicted him of conspiracy to commit fraud over a three-year period. He was jailed in his absence after absconding part way through the trial.

His nephew, Gagandeep Gagandeep, was jailed for three years for his part in the conspiracy. ...

Judge Paul Dugdale said every person in the UK would feel the impact of this significant fraud through increased insurance premiums. ...

Judge Dugdale said he had to pass sentence on Ram despite the fact he vanished from the courtroom and was suspected of being in London, because he did not think he would be picked up by police for up to 15 years due to high number of false drivers licences and false documentation he had.
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Crime – illegal immigration, extradition
Albanian convicted of murder left free to commit crime in UK
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 9 October 2018

An immigrant convicted of murder and on the run from a 25-year jail term in his native Albania is free on bail in Britain despite a history of offending here. Hektor Mahmutaj, 42, on Interpol's most-wanted list, is fighting extradition which he says would infringe his human rights.

He was convicted in his absence to 25 years for shooting dead farmer Gentjan Jahaj in Albania in July 1997.

Westminster magistrates court heard that Mahmutaj hid on a farm after the murder then fled to the UK, smuggling himself here in a lorry, in December the same year. He has lived in Britain ever since, using 13 aliases to avoid detection.

Alarmingly Mahmutaj, who lives in Huyton in Liverpool, was prosecuted and jailed a number of times in the UK since 2002, but avoided any extradition attempts for several years by using the aliases that fooled the authorities.

His UK offences have included drink driving, driving while disqualified and in 2007 he was jailed for two-and-a-half years at Liverpool Crown Court for possession of firearms. ...

... In the meantime, after paying a £10,000 surety to the court, Mahmutaj is free to walk the streets apart from during a four-hour daily curfew from 11pm until 3am, which is electronically monitored. ...

He says the extradition is unfair as he has never been arrested for the offence and was tried in his absence and it would break up his family. He has a partner in the UK - they have a child and she is expecting another. He also sees a daughter from a previous relationship. ...

A Home Office spokeswoman was unable to say why Mahmutaj was not deported in 2003 when he first came to the attention of the criminal justice system as an illegal immigrant.
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Crime – illegal immigration
Illegal immigrant and £70,000 cannabis courier jailed
Megi Rychlikova
York Press, 8 October 2018

A cannabis courier and illegal immigrant is today behind bars because he drove an uninsured Mercedes, York Crown Court heard.

Rob Galley, prosecuting, said when North Yorkshire Police pulled Shkelqim Meta, 33, over near Wetherby Services on the A1(M) to discuss the traffic crime on September 2, they smelt the drug and searched the car.

Inside they found 7.32 kg of skunk cannabis worth about £70,000 in street deals.

He had been convicted of having a fake immigration document in March, driving without insurance and driving without a licence in a separate case.

Philip Standfast, defending, said Meta had been in the country for about six years, working in car washes and other cash in hand jobs without coming to the attention of the police. ...

Meta, who followed proceedings with the aid of an Albanian translator, was given a nine-month prison sentence and was banned from driving for 15 and a half months.
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Crime – fraud, illegal immigration
Master counterfeiter who ran a fake ID factory sold thousands of forged driving licences, identity cards and work permits to foreign nationals looking to get a foothold in the UK
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 6 October 2018

A master counterfeiter who ran a fake ID factory sold thousands of forged driving licences, identity cards and work permits to foreign nationals looking to get a foothold in the UK.

The professional printer set up a sophisticated and lucrative 'Amazon-style' service which ran for at least seven years.

Customers used email and text messages to order custom-made documents allowing them to work, drive, open bank accounts and claim benefits.

A fake UK driving licence could be bought for just £130.

Investigators said it was impossible to assess how many people may still be using the cards to remain in the country illicitly.

Officers recovered more than 3,000 identity documents, 3,500 passport style photos and 300 construction skills certificate cards.

They also found £15,000 in cash and enough material to create another 40,000 fake bank cards.

At the centre of the conspiracy was Ukrainian company director Sergiy Mykhaylov, 38, who transformed his home in Stratford, East London, into a forgery factory.

Undercover officers from the National Crime Agency (NCA) watched as he met Albanian middlemen who distributed the forged documents to clients. ...

Mark McCormack, of the NCA, said the vast majority of customers were from Albania and countries on the fringes of Europe.

'These cards would provide the basis for someone to start off in the UK, to establish themselves under a different name or even their own.

'It opens up credit, job prospects, the banking system,' he said. 'It was like the Amazon of false identity documents. His services spread rapidly by word of mouth.

'The organisation would provide cards to anybody. It is a very lucrative market.' ...

Mykhaylov pleaded guilty to multiple fraud offences at Blackfriars Crown Court last month. He was jailed for five-and-a-half years.

Accomplices Sergiy Kalinins, 37, and Dmytro Mykhailytskyi, 39, were also jailed for a total of more than 11 years after admitting various offences including fraud.
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Crime – drugs, slavery
County lines drug dealer, 21, who used three children to sell crack cocaine and heroin while forcing them to live in a squalid flat is the first to be jailed under new modern slavery laws
Ed Riley
MailOnline, 5 October 2018

A callous drug dealer who trafficked three children across several counties where he forced them to sell heroin and crack cocaine has been jailed in a landmark case.

Zakaria Mohammed, 21, of Aston, Birmingham, groomed three vulnerable victims before making them sell class-A drugs from squalid flats a hundred miles away from their homes.

The two boys and a girl, aged 14 and 15, were transported from Birmingham to Lincoln to work as 'expendable workhorses in cuckooed drugs dens.' ...

Today Mohammed was jailed for 14 years after pleading guilty to running a narcotics supply chain and trafficking two boys and a girl to deal on his behalf.

It's the first time in UK legal history a drug-dealer has been been convicted in Britain for breaching the Modern Slavery Act by trafficking children.

Birmingham Crown Court was told Mohammed's county lines narcotics network - which raked in £500 a day - was rumbled after the teenagers were reported missing. ...

Three further 15-year-old boys, all reported as missing from Birmingham, were found as well as 25 wraps of heroin and crack cocaine, plus cash and two 'zombie' knives.
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Girl raped by up to 70 Telford sex gang paedos from age of 12 saw just ONE convicted over vile crimes
Lauren Fruen
The Sun, 30 September 2018

A girl raped by up to 70 Telford grooming gang members from the age of 12 saw just ONE of the men convicted over the vile crimes.

The victim was pregnant at 13 and suffered four years of abuse and faced death threats from the network of paedophiles in the town.

The girl – whose ordeal only ended when she fled Telford aged 16 – told The Sunday Mirror the men 'stole her childhood' and said all she wants "is justice". ...

The now 19-year-old said she bumps into her abusers 'every time she goes home'.

Balraj Singh, 23, was the only man convicted of abusing her. ...

A campaign now means the teenager has been told she has grounds to take others to court.

Lawyer Laura Farris, of Littleton Chambers said there was a "decent" chance of persuading the CPS to reverse its decision not to prosecute key suspects. ...

At least 1,000 children – some as young as 11 – are feared to have been drugged and abused by perverts in Telford, Shrops, since the 1980s.

But their nightmare ordeal went on for decades as authorities repeatedly failed to stamp out a network of paedophiles in the town.

Telford and Wrekin Council say they will hold a public inquiry.
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Crime – fraud, theft
Scammer who stole £113 million from High Street bank customers - thanks to corrupt employees who sold their details for £250 a time
Guy Adams
Daily Mail, 26 September 2018

They called him 'The Voice', and Feezan Choudhary certainly knew how to profit from his gift of the gab.

By the age of 24, the son of Pakistani immigrants from Pollokshields, a diverse and relatively affluent neighbourhood of Glasgow, had already acquired all the trappings of turbo-fuelled wealth. ...

... For Feezan Hameed Choudhary was subsequently exposed as a criminal mastermind: Britain's biggest ever bank transfer fraudster. As the leader of an audacious gang, with members across the UK, in just two-and-a-half years he managed to preside over the theft of an astonishing £113 million from 750 hapless victims.

Choudhary's career, which ended when he was jailed in 2016, offers a chilling insight into not just the slick modus operandi of Britain's growing army of financial scammers, but also the myriad failures of major banks and law-enforcement agencies that allow them to get away with it. ...

Against this sorry backdrop, two precious resources allowed Choudhary to build his ill-gotten fortune.

Firstly, he controlled a network of corrupt junior bank staff who were prepared to steal statements on his behalf. And secondly, he developed a priceless ability to sweet-talk the ordinary men and women named on those statements into revealing their internet banking details over the telephone. ...

These accounts, where the stolen money was deposited, were known as 'mule' accounts.

Some of them had been opened under fake names by the corrupt bank staff (again for a small fee). Others had been purchased from overseas students who'd finished studying at UK universities and had no further need for their British current accounts.

Soon after the stolen money landed, it was then either withdrawn from UK cashpoints in small tranches or transferred on to accounts in Dubai and Pakistan where large volumes of cash could be more easily laundered. ...

While no two criminal gangs are identical, Feezan Choudhary and his team have several key features in common with other crooks who are profiting from Britain's bank fraud epidemic. Police sources say almost every leader of the gangs currently active are believed to have personal links to Pakistan, a lightly regulated country where cash can be easily laundered, but which is nonetheless part of the IBAN (international banking) network, meaning money can be wired there at the drop of a hat. ...

'At the top end, they are almost all being run by British Pakistanis. The gangs have links between each other, and we believe they share the same laundering networks and in some cases are being taught how to carry out the crime by the same individuals,' he says. ...

Bringing them down would be 'perfectly possible', he adds, provided political will was mustered to target them.
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Crime – stop and search
Stop and search makes crime more likely, report finds
Ben Quinn
The Guardian, 19 September 2018

The police tactic of stop and search is increasing the likelihood of crime rather than preventing it, finds a report that paints a bleak picture of young men and boys snapping under the pressure of relentless checks sometimes multiple times a day.

Based on in-depth interviews with young Londoners named on the Metropolitan police's controversial list of gang suspects – the gangs matrix – the report (pdf) also raises concerns about how the police's "gang nominal" assessment has an impact on the lives of those listed.

The report for the charity StopWatch, a coalition of legal experts, civil liberties campaigners and others, heavily criticises the multi-agency approach in which information about those on the matrix is shared across public services, including education and housing providers. Concerns were raised about a lack of transparency and the sharing of information without the consent of the young people in question.

StopWatch's report, Being Matrixed, draws on the testimonies of 15 Londoners aged between 17 and 32 who are on the matrix – which gives suspected gang members a score assessing how dangerous they are believed to be. ...

A report this year by Amnesty International alleged the matrix violated the human rights of the predominantly black youngsters on it. Amnesty found that of those on the list, 78% were black and 9% were from other ethnic minorities.

The Met said it constantly reviewed and updated the processes involved in maintaining the matrix, as well as the individuals listed. It said the threshold for inclusion was high and inclusion happened only where the force had at least two corroborated pieces of tested intelligence. While the number of people listed had remained at about 3,500 since 2012, more than 4,000 people had been removed from the list.

Scotland Yard said it had altered the stop and search tactic, making it more intelligence-led, and that the arrest rate had risen from 8.4% to 18.5%. The force said an individual would not be stopped and searched purely and only through being on the matrix.
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Judge slams UK Immigration after Lithuanian man with 24 previous convictions strolls into Britain to become a drug dealer who tried to shift £200,000 worth of cannabis
Claire Duffin
Daily Mail, 13 September 2018

A judge has condemned authorities after a Lithuanian criminal with a string of convictions was allowed to enter the country only to start dealing drugs.

Nerijus Jukknevicius had more than 24 previous offences on his record in his home country, including crimes of dishonesty.

But he was allowed to walk across the UK border 'unchallenged' and was last month caught trying to shift cannabis worth £200,000. ...

The dealer, from Newham, East London, was given a 16-month jail sentence at Nottingham Crown Court this week after admitting possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Judge James Sampson told him: 'It is outrageous that a man with your extensive criminal history can just walk across our borders unchallenged and then engage in serious criminal activity in this country. ...

'I am told you will be deported in due course – we will see.'
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Crime – hate crime
Hate crime squads gobble up the cash as knife robbers roam free
Janice Davis
Conservative Woman, 11 September 2018

How does the CPS define a hate crime? According to its website, hate crime describes a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by, or demonstrates, hostility towards the victim in relation to his or her protected characteristic(s) – see the Equality Act 2010 and the Nine Protected Characteristics. ...

The problem here is the definition, or rather lack of it, of the concept of 'hostility'. So, says Saunders, 'we use the everyday understanding of the word', which includes ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment, and dislike. I assure you I am not making this up. It's there on the website. Unfriendliness and dislike are being equated with criminal behaviour. And if any of these attitudes are perceived and reported, the CPS can apply to the courts for a 'sentence uplift'.

Given that there are 900 police personnel specifically allocated to dealing with these crimes, just how significantly do they figure in the overall picture? ...

According to the CPS report, hate crimes accounted for 2.5 per cent of the CPS caseload in 2016/17. The overall conviction rate is 83.4 per cent of cases prosecuted.

Nine hundred officers just for that? ...

It seems to me that there is a vast bureaucracy in search of sensational data. It all looks even more insubstantial when you look at the actual numbers – after all, you can't prosecute a percentage. ...

,,, But we need to look at the mainstream crime figures to get a sense of proportion. According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales the police recorded 5.3 million offences in the year to September 2016, an increase of 14 per cent on the previous year. ...

... The fact is that crime prevention and punishment does not lie at the heart of this legislation. Many studies have shown that this sort of law- making is counterproductive and only worthy of repeal. Indeed, US law researchers James B Jacobs and Kimberley Potter concluded in 1998: 'Certainly crime is a problem today. But the crime problem is not synonymous with the prejudice problem. Indeed there is very little overlap between the two. With the important exception of crime against women, most crime is intraracial and intragroup. Hard-core ideologically driven hate crimes are fortunately rare. Teasing out the bias that exists in a wider range of context-specific crimes that may occur between members of different groups serves no useful purpose. To the contrary, it is likely to be divisive, conflict-generating, and socially and politically counter-productive.'
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Raped at gunpoint: Telford child abuse victims speak out
Jason Farrell
Sky News, 11 September 2018

Child abuse victims in Telford, including one raped at gunpoint, say they are still struggling to get justice.

Sky News has spoken exclusively to victims and parents caught up in the scandal to reveal the sordid secrets of the Shropshire town where child abuse was rife for years.

One woman told Sky News how, as a teenager, she was raped with a gun to her head.

Girls as young as 11 had their phone numbers sold and were coerced into sleeping with dozens of men after being plied with alcohol or threatened with violence.

Several say their abusers are still walking free in their hometown and may never be prosecuted. ...

Sky News also spoke to a victim who claims to have been abused by more than 100 men in Telford.

She says none of them have been prosecuted.

Speaking about one encounter with a restaurant owner, Louise (not her real name), said: "He would take me around the corner of the restaurant and he would have sex with me.

"Then he would pin me down so all the rest of the restaurant workers could do it to me."

Louise did not report anything to the police until she was much older. She added: "I didn't think about going to the police back then because I was too scared because of what they used to say to me.

"They said they would blow my house up and would kill my mum and dad. They said they would rape my mum if I told anyone.

"And after what happened to Lucy Lowe, they said I would be next."

Louise's friend Lucy Lowe was 16 when she was killed in a house fire alongside her mother Eileen and sister Sarah, 17, in 2000.

Azhar Ali Mehmood, a taxi driver from Telford, was jailed for life after he was found guilty of their murder. ...

Telford MP Lucy Allan has been campaigning for the authorities to do more. ...

The MP said: "We know there is still child sexual exploitation going on in Telford today, and we don't want to send the wrong message that we don't care.

"It is really important that we are seen to be taking this seriously and get to the bottom of what has happened here.

"We don't want any people in post - whether that be in the police or the council - that aren't taking this seriously."
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Crime – police, political correctness
Delingpole: Police in UK Rape Gang Heartland Wage War...on Hurty Tweets
James Delingpole
Breitbart, 10 September 2018

The UK police department on whose watch 1,400 girls were raped by Muslim gangs in just one town alone has tweeted out a message urging the public to report "non-crime hate incidents".

The message has infuriated the public – prompting over 3,500 replies, most of them angry, from people wondering why South Yorkshire Police doesn't have better things to do than encourage snitches to bleat about hurty stuff people have said on social media.

And also why, if South Yorkshire Police is so keen to put a stop to "hurt" it has done so little over the last two decades to prevent many thousands of white and Sikh girls, many of them underage, being groomed, drugged, trafficked, and raped by gangs of Muslims. ...

An official 2015 report conducted into the Rotherham incidents by Louise Casey was scathing about the failure of the authorities to prevent these rapes happening. ...

No heads in South Yorkshire Police rolled for this failure and – though it is currently the subject of an internal disciplinary investigation – it seems highly unlikely that any will.

One reason given in the various official reports for this failure by South Yorkshire Police and other local authorities was their politically correct reluctance to be seen criticising actions by Muslims lest they be seen as "racist" or "Islamophobic".

Apparently, that political correctness is still fully entrenched in South Yorkshire Police.
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Crime – police resources
Police are 'very close to losing the streets', top officer admits
Tom Herbert
Metro, 9 September 2018

A top police officer has warned we are 'very close to losing the streets' as government funding cuts continue to bite.

Sergeant Simon Kempton, operation policing lead for the Police Federation, blamed a fall in officer numbers for being behind a rise in violent crime.

He called on the government to focus protecting its citizens and said the future looked bleak if officials continued their 'gross underfunding of the police service'. ...

The Institute for Fiscal studies said that in the last eight years, central government funding of the police has fallen by around 20%. ...

Figures have shown that 606 police stations have closed since 2010, leaving some cities, such as Bath and St Albans, with no station at all.

Gloucestershire has lost 21 out of 28 stations while 100 stations in London have shut in the past eight years – a move which could mean a rise in criminal behaviour, according to Sgt Kempton. ...

There were 21,331 fewer police officers in England and Wales as of March this year compared with the same point in 2010, according to the Home Office.

Total officer numbers across the 43 police forces were at 122,404 as of March, the lowest number since comparable records began in 1996. ...

Sgt Kempton said: 'Knife crime in large cities is right on the brink of being out of control.

'There's not one way to tackle knife crime but one of them is having enough police officers who are properly trained, properly equipped and right in the middle of our community.'
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Crime – hate crime, thought crime
All you need is hate
David Kurten
Conservative Woman, 7 September 2018

The content of most newspapers and the speech of the presenters on most mainstream media television news is drenched in the ideology of hate. There appears to be a genuine belief in the validity of the concepts of 'hate crime' and 'hate speech' – the belief that some crimes are worse than others if they are committed against members of certain protected groups, and and that saying anything which even faintly affects their 'mental health' is beyond the legal pale.

To normal right-thinking people a crime is a crime, and all crime is bad. Crimes have different motivations, but it is the action which is to be punished, not the motivation. That you cannot attribute motivation is why the criminal justice system must be kept as objective as possible. Only then are all equal before the law. This is true equality, and has been built up in our nation since the days of Magna Carta. ...

In the new paradigm of 'hate crime', however, people become more guilty if they belong to an oppressor group, and more of a victim if they belong to a group with protected characteristics. This utterly undermines the principle of equality before the law and leaves it in an asinine state, with motivation rather than action as the more important element of a crime. When some groups are entitled to superior justice and other groups are punished more harshly for the same action, then the whole system becomes flawed. ...

To compound the problem, the definition of hate crime requires no prima facie evidence of motivation. A hate crime is defined as 'criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity'. Thus the 'hate' element of a hate crime is based in the perception of the person who makes the accusation, or a third party who makes the report. Perception can be entirely subjective, so crimes which are flagged as hate crimes may be no such thing at all. ...

The whole ludicrous idea of hate crime and hate speech should be dropped now, and we should revert to the sensible and objective notion that a crime is a crime. All crime is bad – yes, it has different motivations, but the crime should be punished, not the motivation. Otherwise, we will end up punishing a motivation even if there is no crime. Just such a frighteningly Orwellian definition of Hate Crime was suggested in a now-deleted tweet by Khan and Dick's Metropolitan Police, which stated: 'Though what the perpetrator has done may not be against the law, their reasons for doing it are. This means it may be possible to charge them with a crime.' This is thought crime incarnate. ...

Today police are forced to prioritise crimes, often only investigating those considered 'high priority'. Yet if a crime is flagged as a hate crime it is automatically prioritised, even if it is petty in nature. If you are a straight, white male and you want the police to investigate criminal damage or car crime, you may as well forget it. But if you are a BAME, LGBT, disabled Muslim trans-woman, your multiple protected characteristics will boost you to the top of the queue if you report the same incident as a hate crime.

... Crime should be investigated and punished equally, and there should be the same sentence regardless of whether the criminal is a man or a woman, black or white, rich or poor, indigenous or immigrant.
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Crime – gangs, London
Twenty five gangs behind London crime wave, says top Met officer
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 7 September 2018

Around 25 major organised crime groups with international links are operating in London and fuelling the violence on the capital's streets, according to a senior Scotland Yard officer.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher said there were also "hundreds and hundreds" of smaller street gangs. The crime groups were "destabilising communities" with a "direct correlation" between their activities and the stabbings and shootings taking place in some of London's more impoverished districts.

Mr Gallagher, who leads the Met's serious and organised crime command, also suggested that the extremes of poverty and wealth in London could be helping to drive offending, with violent robbers targeting shops and individuals to steal expensive jewellery. ...

"Because of the nature of London you will regularly come across people who come from other countries, but a lot of them are domiciled here."
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Crime – fraud, theft
Fraudsters posed as police officers to con £200,000 from vulnerable and elderly
Kristian Johnson
LeedsLive, 5 September 2018

Eight men have been jailed for a combined total of more than 30 years at Leeds Crown Court for a 'large scale conspiracy' in which they conned vulnerable and elderly people out of more than £200,000. ...

They focused their 'tenacious' operation on people in vulnerable situations all over the country, including here in West Yorkshire, and some of the victims had their entire life savings stolen away from them. ...

"The actions of this group have had a devastating impact on the lives of the victims. The group abused the often trusting nature of people to defraud them out of large sums of money – often their life savings. Some of the victims have not had all of their money back." ...

The eight men were jailed for a total of more than 30 years for the following offences:

Mahbub Aziz, 24, ...

Shahidur Ali, 24, ...

Mohammed Hadi, 34, ...

Mohammed Noor, 23, ...

Mohammed Naahe, 50, ...

Syed Ahmed, 35, ...

Mohammed Haque, 43, ...

Shah Abdal, 46, ...

A ninth man, 21-year-old Ismail Hoque, ... admitted acquiring criminal property and was sentenced to eight months suspended for 12 months, with 16 hours unpaid community work.
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Crime – Chileans
Why can't we stop convicted criminals flying in from Chile to go on burglary rampages across the home counties?
Tom Rawstorne
Daily Mail, 1 September 2018

This week, it emerged more than 75 Chilean burglars have been arrested in the past two years in some 200 burglaries in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, the South-West and Wales.

... Jewellery, watches and designer clothes worth millions of pounds have been stolen with the intention of shipping them back to South America.

Detectives believe the 'burglary tourists' are not acting alone and that their activities are being co-ordinated by a 'Mr Big' in South London. All those arrested pleaded guilty at once – and every single one has refused to comment in interviews with police.

Questions are now being asked as to how these individuals were allowed into the UK.

The Mail can reveal that many have criminal records for robbery, burglary and other crimes in Chile and elsewhere in the world.

At least one was known to Interpol, having previously been deported from Spain for a similar crime. Another had been deported from Italy and Holland just two years before flying into Britain.

Yet still they were allowed to waltz into the country and terrorise British citizens. 'How many more gangs from other countries are doing this?' asked the victim from Kent. ...

The Met's investigation, known as Operation Genie, has led to a total of 36 Chilean nationals being arrested. Sixteen have been convicted of burglary-related offences. Of the remaining 20, eight have been deported and 12 left the country after being released under investigation. ...

'They all plead guilty because they want to spend as short a time as possible in prison in Britain,' said the source.
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Crime – violence, blacks
Let's talk about gang culture's elephant in the room: absent black fathers
Tony Sewell
Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2018
[Dr Tony Sewell is CEO of the charity Generating Genius]

I used to be a member of the Youth Justice Board and one of my tasks was visiting youth offending units. These spaces were teeming with young men who looked like me – I could have been their father or even grandfather. Many were locked up because of knife crime violence. I wanted to know the reason why.

So-called experts were telling me that it was all about austerity and a lack of youth facilities, while others claimed it was a dearth of suitable role models. In a new report, Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative Party leader, argues for a tougher line with gangs, particularly a policing policy unafraid to get tough on black communities, where there is a disproportionate amount of knife crime. ...

Every boy said that their problems started when their fathers left the home, while others were haunted by the father they never knew. /.../ According to official statistics, black children are significantly more likely to grow up in single-parent families. ...

The worrying thing about crime in black communities is that it is now happening in a second generation. A culture of black masculinity has taken hold in Jamaica, the big cities of America and the UK where black men produce children without feeling the need to take responsibility for them.

Policy makers and politicians in the UK will not touch this area. Even sociologists, who should know better, have run to the mantra of institutional racism to explain the realities of black family breakdown. ...

It is not only Afro-Caribbean communities that face this horror. Talk to women from the Somali community, for example, and they will say that the absence of a male figure in their homes has meant their boys have gone "wild".
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Crime – stop and search
Increase use of stop and search to beat rising gang violence, says Iain Duncan Smith
Jamie Merrill
Daily Telegraph, 28 August 2018

Police chiefs should dramatically increase the use of controversial stop and search power to tackle rising gang violence, former Conservative leader Iain Duncan Smith demanded last night.

Mr Duncan Smith's comments came as his think-tank released a new report warning that drug dealers operating "with impunity" across the country are to blame for a "toxic cycle of serious violence", the Mail reported.

The 148-page document, which is likely to increase the pressure on the government to get a handle on violent crime, comes just days after the number of killings in London this year reached 100. ...

But, the report, by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), dismisses the "racial disparity" and calls for additional funding for community policing as well as a new order to allow convicted gang leaders to be stopped and searched when they are released from prison, even if there is no evidence against them.

Among its finding the report details how a gun is fired illegally in London every six to nine hours, almost half of residents in the capital say there are "no-go areas" and that nearly three-quarters support police stop and searches.
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Crime – burglary, Chileans
Rise of 'burglary tourists' flying in from abroad to ransack British homes in raids worth millions of pounds
Greg Wilford
The Sun, 27 August 2018

A gang of Latin American thieves has been ransacking houses across the home counties in a spate of "burglary tourism", it was reported last night.

They have swiped jewellery, watches and designer clothes in a series of multimillion-pound raids across England and Wales.

Scotland Yard has launched a manhunt for the British-based leaders of the Chilean network after burglaries across southwest London, the Thames Valley, Hertfordshire, Surrey, Kent and as far afield as Somerset and north Wales.

More than 75 Chilean burglars have been arrested in the UK over the past two years and the gang is known to be active in Spain and other European countries, according to The Times.

The crime spree will raise questions over the lack of background checks at the British border after it emerged thieves have moved back and forth between the UK and Chile with relative impunity.

Citizens from Chile and most Latin American countries do not need visas to visit the UK for up to three months.
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Crime – slavery
Doctor who kept a slave is struck off
Court News UK, 24 August 2018

A family GP who was jailed with her her husband for enslaving their nanny is continuing to blame others as she is struck off from the profession. Dr Ayodeji Adewakun, 45, and Abimbola Adewakun, 49, lured the woman from Nigeria with promises of £500 a month which she hoped would support her family following the death of her mother. But the couple confiscated her passport as soon as she arrived in February 2007 ...
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Crime – rape, slavery, Islam
'White Whores': Islam's Unwavering View on Western Women
Raymond Ibrahim
Raymond Ibrahim, 22 August 2018

What explains the ongoing victimization of European women by Muslim men – which exists well beyond the UK and has become epidemic in Germany Sweden, and elsewhere?

While these sordid accounts are routinely dismissed as the activities of "criminals," they are in fact reflective of nearly fourteen centuries of Muslim views on and treatment of European women. ...

For starters, Muslim men have long had an obsessive attraction for fair women of the European variety. This, as all things Islamic, traces back to their prophet, Muhammad. In order to entice his men to war on the Byzantines – who, as the Arabs' nearest European neighbors came to represent "white" people – told them that they would be able to sexually enslave the "yellow" women (an apparent reference to their hair color).

For over a millennium after Muhammad, jihadi leaders – Arabs, Berbers, Turks, Tatars – also coaxed their men to jihad on Europe by citing (and later sexually enslaving) its fair women, as copiously documented in my new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West. ...

That the sexual enslavement of fair women was an aspect that always fueled the jihad is evident in other ways. Thus, for M.A. Khan, an author and former Muslim, it is "impossible to disconnect Islam from the Viking slave-trade, because the supply was absolutely meant for meeting [the] Islamic world's unceasing demand for the prized white slaves" and for "white sex-slaves." ...

... Thanks to Ottoman support for the slave-raiding pirates of North Africa, the so-called "Barbary States," by 1541, "Algiers teemed with Christian captives [from Europe], and it became a common saying that a Christian slave was scarce a fair barter for an onion."

According to the conservative estimate of American professor Robert Davis, "between 1530 and 1780 [alone] there were almost certainly a million and quite possibly as many as a million and a quarter white, European Christians enslaved by the Muslims of the Barbary Coast," of which Morocco was one. ...

It was the same elsewhere. /.../ In Crimea – where some three million Slavs were enslaved by the Ottomans' Muslim allies, the Tatars – an eyewitness described how Christian men were castrated and savagely tortured (including by gouging their eyes out), whereas "The youngest women are kept for wanton pleasures."

Such a long and unwavering history of sexually enslaving European women on the claim that, /.../, they are all "nothing more than a slut, a white whore," should place the ongoing sexual abuse of Western women in context – and offer a dim prognosis for the future.
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Crime – drugs
Jailed: Whitechapel drugs gang sentenced to 49 years in prison following 'explosion' in heroin and cocaine supply
The Docklands & East London Advertiser, 21 August 2018

Judge Nigel Peters QC handed the men prison sentences ranging from two years to 56 months at Snaresbrook Crown Court for possession and supply of class A drugs. ...

Sentenced on Friday were: Habibur Rahman, 22, of Swaton Road; Raja Miah, 23, of Trafalgar Gardens; Jamile Hussain, 24 of Shadwell Garden; Oliur Rahman, 23, of Chapman Street; Rakib Uddin, 19, of Tarling Street; Soliman Rabie, 18, of Hoover Tower; Abu Taher Siddiki, 24, of Galsworthy Avenue; Rohel Ahmed, 31, of Commodore Street; Imthiaz Islam, 21, of Beccles Street; Mohammed Ahmed, 25, of Bacon Street; Rashiq Uddin, 26, of Hazledene Road; Ilford; Enamur Rahman, 22, of Ordell Road; Mohammed Mohibur Rahman, 22, of St Paul's Way; Ahmadur Rahman, 21, of no fixed address; Abdul Aziz, 39, of Miah Terrace and Akbor Hussain, 24, of Halley Street. ...

The court heard how the gang operated five phone lines with addicts using BT phone boxes which don't charge for the first few minutes of calls to arrange deals. ...

Before Friday's sentencing three boys aged 15, 16 and 17 were sentenced after pleading guilty to supplying cocaine and heroin. Abdul Hasnath, 42, of no fixed address, was sentenced to seven years six months for supplying heroin and crack cocaine.

Another 14 men will be sentenced on August 23 while Atefur Rahman, 18, of Cable Street; Mohammed Chowdhury, 18, of Sidney Street and Muhammed Ali Hassan, 25, of no fixed address, will be sentenced at a future date.
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One in five people arrested in Britain are foreign: Crime tourism spikes as police figures reveal an overseas suspect is seized every three minutes
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 19 August 2018

Almost a fifth of all crime suspects arrested by the police are foreigners, shocking figures reveal.

Statistics obtained by The Mail on Sunday show a suspected criminal from overseas was detained on average every three minutes last year.

And the figures, secretly compiled by the police, graphically illustrate how Britain has become a lucrative target for sophisticated gangs of foreign criminals.

In total, 172,732 – 19 per cent – of the 931,155 people arrested in 2016-17 were foreign nationals.

That represented a sharp increase from 16 per cent the previous year, according to internal figures collated by the ACRO Criminal Records Office from police forces around the country.

In London, as many as a third of all suspects are from overseas and foreign nationals now comprise 11 per cent of the prison population in England and Wales. ...

In response, police are developing the first national strategy for dealing with the 'growing threat' of FNOs – foreign national offenders.

Every force has undergone a 'health check' to assess how well they are dealing with problems such as establishing a suspect's identity or criminal record.

Tactics to improve their response will include recording nationalities in every case, increasing use of international systems to share data and even the recruitment of 'agents' in immigrant communities to supply crucial intelligence.
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Crime – gangs, ethnicity, race
Race is a part of knife crime and we must speak the truth even if media avoids mentions of ethnicity
Trevor Phillips
The Sun, 19 August 2018

The skies are darkening over our island for boys like the teenager who was disembowelled in this week's knife attack in Camberwell, South London.

This attack is the latest in a senseless war between gangs – almost all comprised of black or Asian youngsters.

If the toll had included white teens, I suspect there would be a national outcry.

It is time to recognise that what started as a grim fight for territory between hardened criminals is turning into a massacre of the innocents.

This year three of the killings have taken place within ten minutes of my doorstep.

My own affluent North London street is surrounded by estates populated in part by the ethnic groups whose names feature in virtually every report of the violence: Somalis, Ethiopians, North and Central Africans, Afghans.

The media scrupulously avoids mentioning ethnicity. I understand the fear of stigmatising these groups, but nothing could be more relevant.

Race is part of the picture, and failing to point this out impedes the fight against these crimes – and imperils yet more children of colour.

Met Police boss Cressida Dick made one of the few intelligent contributions by pointing out that much of the apparently random violence isn't random at all: It's the consequence of the war to supply middle-class parties with drugs.

But even if we could reduce the demand, it will take time, and these children don't have time. They are in mortal danger now. ...

And we need a new deal with police. I don't entirely buy claims their hands are tied by political correctness.

Nonetheless, we should stop obsessing about disproportionality in the use of stop and search, even perhaps removing legal inhibitions to focusing on particular high-crime areas.

But in turn, the police must accept the roll-out of body-worn cameras. ...

Our children's lives depend on it. And their (black) lives matter.
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Crime – European Union
New book reveals the EU cover-up of the migrant crime wave
Laura Cat
Voice of Europe, 13 August 2018
[The book is free to download]

The Migrant Crime Wave is a book written by Janice Atkinson, MEP and VP of the Europe of Nations and Freedom group. ...

Ms. Atkinson and her staff have compiled hard to obtain official EU statistics in this hard hitting look at the migration fraud. As a MEP, Janice has the unique position and privileged access to information normally remaining unattainable.

Crime statistics are changing to reflect a new Europe. With violent crimes on the increase and the number of prisoners having a migrant background having risen sharply, the numbers deserve the attention Janice gives in her book.

Violent crimes, human trafficking, sexual assaults and rapes, drugs trafficking, all increased significantly in virtually all countries with migration.

As you read the book of carefully and thoughtfully constructed statistics, you will see just how much has been carefully hidden from us by politicians and the media, who refuse to report honestly on the crimes and who is committing them.
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Crime – asylum
Muslim Refugee Dragged Screaming Rape Victims to Graveyard in UK 'City of Sanctuary'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 8 August 2018

A Sudanese refugee has been sentenced to 16 years jail for rape and attempted rape after he lay in wait for victims before dragging them into a graveyard in Hull, which was named a City of Sanctuary last year.

Ishaq Al-Noor raped one woman in a "vicious" attack in June last year, which Hull Crown Court heard caused his 17-year-old victim to attempt suicide, before launching an "almost identical" assault in November on a mother, in the same cemetery.

The 21-year-old, who is believed to have entered Britain three years ago to seek asylum, "thinks of himself as a peaceful man, a Muslim who prays and fasts and is not a bad person", said Claire Holmes, mitigating. ...

According to the Daily Mail, Al-Noor admitted, "Guilty. Yes, I did that. Why not?" in response to the rape charge, speaking through one of only a handful of interpreters in Britain with the skills to translate his particular Sudanese dialect. ...

In June last year, Hull was declared a City of Sanctuary at an official ceremony celebrating its designation as a "recognised place of welcome and safety" for "refugees and asylum seekers".

Speaking at the event in Hull Minster, campaigner Steve Ibbetson said: "The positive contribution refugees have made to our city cannot be overstated. The vibrancy that increased diversity has brought to the city has contributed greatly to our current high profile."
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Crime – forced marriage
Forced marriage: Police 'turn a blind eye' to child brides
Paul Morgan-Bentley
The Times, 4 August 2018

Police forces have been accused of failing thousands of victims of forced marriages by charging a suspect in only one in 38 cases.

Officials at the Home Office received more than 3,800 reports of forced marriages or victims being at risk of forced marriage in the past three years. Hundreds of the victims are children, with the youngest only four years old.

However, The Times surveyed police forces and found that fewer than 80 suspects had been charged in this time. It became illegal to force someone to marry in 2014 but only three cases have resulted in convictions.
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Crime – robbery
Moped robbers jailed for over 30 years after targeting elderly victims and stabbing man for his bible
Olivia Tobin
Evening Standard, 4 August 2018

The pair "hunted people down and made a sport of it" in south London, police said, and targeted vulnerable people in Croydon, Lambeth, Kingston, Sutton, Hammersmith and Fulham and Merton.

Mikelle Alexander, 21, of Sutton, and Karim Hussain, 20, of Romford were jailed for a combined 22 offences, including robbery and theft of a motor vehicle.

Police say the crimes occurred last year, between September and December, and the robbers "attacked vulnerable people - often women – and left their victims afraid to be in the neighbourhoods they had lived in for years." ...

Hussain has been jailed for 15 years for his crimes, with Alexander handed 17 years.
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Crime – forced marriages, visas
UK accused of turning blind eye to forced marriages to grant visas
The Guardian, 2 August 2018

The Home Office has failed to protect British women and teenage girls forced into abusive marriages by granting their foreign husbands visas, charities have said.

Officials dealt with nearly 90 cases of victims trying to block visas last year, although almost half were still issued, data obtained by the Times suggests. ...

One group said some immigration officials were "turning a blind eye" amid concerns over cultural or religious sensitivities.

A Home Office source said it "categorically denies" the allegation. ...

The women had been forced to marry men in countries including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and the United Arab Emirates. ...

There are concerns that the number of victims is far higher than the reported cases due to rules that require complainants to sign a public statement. ...

Laws making it illegal to force someone into marriage in England and Wales were introduced in 2014. ...

In 2013, the year before laws were introduced, the government's forced marriage unit gave advice or support related to a possible forced marriage to more than 1,300 people.

In 2017 the unit gave advice or support in 1,196 cases.
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Crime – forced marriage, illegal advice
Report: Ex-Labour Migration Lawyer Asama Javed Is Forced Marriage Fixer for Young Girls
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 2 August 2018

Immigration lawyer and former local Labour councillor Asama Javed advised an undercover journalist there is "nothing wrong" with a father forcing a 15-year-old daughter into marriage, according to reports.

The former Labour Party councillor, primary school governor, and member of Bradford Council's fostering board was caught on video giving the advice from her office desk to an undercover reporter for The Times, who pretended to have two teen daughters, the youngest of which he was looking to force into an arranged marriage. ...

Telling Mrs Javed that his oldest daughter – who had just turned 18 – was already married and pregnant in Pakistan, he said that he wanted to bring her and her husband back to Britain but that his daughter was unhappy and may object to the husband's spousal visa.

Speaking in a mixture of Urdu and English, the partner with Reiss Solicitors in Bradford – a northern English city which has a high Muslim population – told the undercover reporter not to apply for a spousal visa, and instead to bring the daughter back to England to have her child so that the husband could apply for residency as the child's father, even against the woman's wishes. ...

The Bradford lawyer then advised the 'father' to "spoil" his younger daughter and "bring [her] on your side" and that she may be persuaded to go along with the arranged marriage – despite it being illegal to assist or encourage a forced marriage offence in this way.

Mrs Javed has had an illustrious career in local Bradford politics, having been a councillor for the left-wing Labour Party before switching to the Respect Party two years ago ...
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Crime – robbery
Lithuanian gang flew into UK posing as migrant workers to stage terrifying £1 million armed raid at family-run jewellers
Tom Payne
Daily Mail, 28 July 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pay roll manager Tapiwa Madziwa has also been locked up.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'Our children deserve better.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'They are also more likely to be murderers.'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not all have been convicted. Some are merely suspects.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

He said exploitation was not being recognised in adults.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The latest study was published on Monday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Diversity – university standards
Changing university entry requirements to boost diversity is wrong, says Lord Winston
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 20 November 2018

Universities should not be penalised for failing to admit enough black and poor students as they are having to pick up the pieces of bad schooling, Lord Robert Winston has said.

The scientist and television presenter said that universities should not have to "modify" entry requirements in order to admit more disadvantaged students, adding that this will lead to universities being "downgraded".

Addressing some of the country's leading headteachers at the Girls' School Association (GSA) annual conference in central London, he said: "It's obviously wrong to expect universities to pick up where schools are not doing well.

"For example, for us to modify our entry requirements to bring in more black or disadvantaged children is not the right way to do it. What you've got to do is up their grade at 16 or 17."

Lord Winston, who is a professor of science and society at Imperial College London and presents the BBC One documentary Child of Our Time, added: "It's not a question of being elitist. It's a question of having people who are capable."

He said that universities are under "massive" pressure to admit more students from deprived backgrounds and ethnic minorities. ...

Earlier this year, the university regulator warned that universities that fail to improve diversity will have their tuition fees slashed by a third.

Sir Michael Barber, the chairman of the Office for Students, said he is "interested in results, not just plans", adding that if a university does not "keep its promises" to improve diversity he would reduce the tuition fees cap from £9,000 to £6,000, and also threatened to fine universities.

Dozens of the UK's top universities already offer places to teenagers from disadvantaged backgrounds with lower grades than their middle class peers.

Fifteen universities including UCL, King's College, Exeter, Manchester, Warwick, York, Newcastle, Leeds and Liverpool have launched formal schemes where students are given "contextual offers".

This means that the applicants can get an alternative offer reduced by up to two grades below the normal required tariff, which is generally at least AAB. Birmingham is prepared to lower offers by up to three grades for medicine where students are typically offered A*AA.
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Diversity – police, West Midlands
West Midlands Police accused of discriminating against white male officers in 'promotion blocking' row
Jeanette Oldham
Birmingham Mail, 16 November 2018

White male officers were blocked from promotion by West Midlands Police in order to give women and ethnic minority candidates a better chance.

But the force has now 'paused' the application process after itself being accused of discrimination by the Police Federation union.

The controversial promotion system was drawn up by its newly formed People and Organisation Development (POD) which has an annual budget of more than £17 million.

POD was created last year and boasts a staff of more than 400 people, including its £123,000-a-year director, a Head of Diversity and Inclusion earning up to £65,751 per annum, a Positive Action Manager on £46,422 a year, and a Head of Wellbeing on up to £65,000 annually.

The promotion process was 'paused' after being labelled 'not fit for purpose' by West Midlands Police Federation, which had received complaints from white, male cops.

Officers were invited to apply for promotion on eight occasions over the past year under a new system.

On seven of those rounds, half of all the promotion slots were set aside for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and women candidates.

The remaining 50 per cent were available to those who didn't have "protected characteristics" under equality laws.

The Federation says the force was aspiring to having 33 per cent of its staff made up of BAME and female employees in the future. But it had protected 50 per cent of the promotion slots for them over the last year.

Then, on the eighth promotional round in September - involving inspectors applying to become chief inspectors - female and BAME candidates could apply for slots allocated to them from the Monday – but those without protected characteristics had to wait until the Wednesday to apply.

By the time white male officers were able to apply, it is claimed many of the limited promotion slots in the process had already been assigned. ...

The POD department has an annual budget of £17.3 million and covers HR matters including payroll. employee relations, occupational health, mental health and staff training and development.
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Diversity – multiculturalism
Racism on the Rise
Mark Point
American Thinker, 6 November 2018

It's obvious that in a post-Obama America the anti-white zeitgeist is out of pandora's box. Whether it was always lurking beneath the language of multiculturalism and diversity is for historians to figure out. What's obvious is that when mainstream media personalities like Don Lemon or New York Times employees like Sarah Jeong freely spew textbook anti-white racism the world takes notice, the Overton window shifts and the temperature rises in the frog-pot. Over in Canada, in Europe and Australia whites are under attack. Due to unprecedented immigration and fatalist progressive experiments, there is no country where anti-white cultural currents are not rising. It wasn't supposed to be this way, weakness, wealth transfers, preferential treatment, open borders and accommodation were supposed to invite warm feelings, equal outcomes and racial blindness.

It's not the older conservatives but younger ones and future generations who are facing an unpleasant and unprecedented future if this trajectory continues. Not without reason are Millennials questioning the byzantine social codes and power dynamics they inherited from Boomers. Unlike Cold Warrior conservatives who were raised in communities with high social trust whose unifying threat was Eastern communism, Millennials were the first guinea pigs in the "racial blindness" experiment their elders enlisted them into.

By the 1990s the entire constellation of Christian morality and civic responsibility in the public space had been secularized and compressed into a singular mandate. Millennials were taught from childhood that the highest moral good was serving the self-esteem of non-whites. In prior ages virtues such as courage, modesty, chivalry, valor and faith were ways young adults were encouraged to distinguish themselves but for Millennials it was an adeptness and willingness to navigate the mercurial minefield of knowing when and how to serve the self-esteem of non-whites that mattered.

According to the implicit demands of the experiment, whites and by extension what could be perceived as "white culture" was selected for strategic downsizing. ...

So where have three decades of feverish placation and encouraging our sons and daughters to take a backseat landed us? Statue toppling, knock out games, self-self-segregated graduations, implicit this, privilege that, people being fired for thought-crimes, higher taxes on struggling families to subsidized race-based transfers, racialized comic book warriors, real historical heroes defaced with graffiti, suppressed speech, our national anthem undermined, and an endless torrent of millions of new immigrants adding more complexity to a difficult situation. Americans of all colors report race relations as having been worse over the last 10 years than decades prior.

... Is it not obvious that every group on the planet both within and outside the West is encouraged to embrace the legacy of their ancestors except for whites? ...

... Diversity is no transcendental virtue it's a political program with one denominator "less white". No champion of Diversity is decrying China for being too Chinese, Sudan for being too black or that Detroit's backwards for a lack of whites.
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Diversity – universities
Set up £100m student fund with 'slavery cash'
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2018

Universities that received money from the slave trade should set up a £100 million fund to help ethnic minority students, says the UK's first black university chairman.

Geoff Thompson, chairman of governors of the University of East London (UEL), said it is "ethical and right" for them to contribute. ...

The UEL has sent Freedom of Information requests to other higher educational establishments to see if they benefited from the slave trade between the 16th and 19th century.

The requests also ask universities to disclose the ethnic make-up of governing boards. "The latest figures show that of the 19,000 professors in the UK only 115 are black," said Mr Thompson.
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Diversity
Rising ethnic diversity in the West may fuel a (temporary) populist right backlash
Eric Kaufmann and Matthew Goodwin
LSE / British Politics and Policy, 25 October 2018

The ethnic make-up of many western countries is changing, and in countries previously seen as having 'white' majorities that past predominance is declining. In the United States, Canada and New Zealand, the 'majority-minority' point will arrive around 2050, while in western Europe it is projected to occur towards the end of the century. Some commentators have asked if this change may lead to a growing reaction or 'white backlash'. All else being equal, we suggest that the answer may be yes.

Our recently published statistical meta-analysis of the quantitative literature on this question uncovered 171 academic papers, books or dissertations since 1995 containing some 4 million data points across various datasets and western countries. Studies were heavily slanted toward the present, with a median year of 2011. Using the effects of minority share (i.e. % immigrant, or % non-white) on immigration attitudes or populist right support as our measure of possible 'threat perceptions', we discovered such an effect was present in 71% of the 257 models where there was a significant statistical relationship. On the other hand, in 29% of cases, increased diversity was associated with greater tolerance of immigration amongst the 'mainstream' population.

When we include statistically insignificant results, /.../, only a third of all tests uncovered a significant 'threat perception' response. But this partially reflects data and model noise: papers with a longitudinal basis help screen this out. This set of studies shows a substantial 'threat perception' effect. In around 90% of models where ethnic diversity was measured over time, or where the authors tested for the effect of ethnic change (i.e. minority growth between 2000 and 2010), rising diversity predicted greater opposition to immigration or support for the populist right. And this was usually statistically significant.

Ethnic changes matter most for 'threat' perceptions, but levels of diversity (regardless of change) are also important. Critically, /.../ the contrasting 'threat perception' and toleration effects of minority levels both vary by geographic scale.

... models which concentrate only on native-born white people and also report significant diversity effects. /.../ In neighbourhoods (i.e. with populations of 5,000-10,000), 70% of significant tests found that a higher ethnic minority share of the population predicted lower native white opposition to immigration or right-wing populist support. However, in small units like residential blocks, or in large ones like counties, cities or countries, 80-100% of significant results reported that higher ethnic diversity was associated with greater apparent 'threat' perception. ...

... Numerous surveys, in both Europe and the US, show that more people are concerned about immigration nationally than locally.

Curiously, the positive effects of contact with people of diverse ethnicities at neighbourhood level do not appear to apply in the most intimate settings like apartment blocks. Psychological discomfort may operate more strongly at this domestic scale. ...

All told, the West could be in for a period of turbulence as it enters what some term its third demographic transition toward 'majority-minority' ethnic composition.
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Diversity – debate, free speech
Illiberal left plays into hands of the far right
David Aaronovitch
The Times, 25 October 2018

This week I've been normalising fascism. Allow me to explain. I was due to take part in a debate entitled "Is Rising Ethnic Diversity a Threat to the West?" Some people think it is, because it's provoking unrest among white voters. I think it isn't.

On Tuesday an "open letter" condemning the debate was published on Open Democracy, a political website, signed by "academics opposed to the mainstreaming of far-right ideas". They claimed that the debate had been "framed within the terms of white supremacist discourse", and had been set up "with no concern for the public implications and effect of this framing." And, they added ominously, "Public figures should consider how they provide these perspectives with a veneer of respectability when they take part in such events." ...

Sure, one of the participants in the diversity debate has a book to sell and perhaps because of this the event was given a deliberately provocative title. But it only makes the argument explicit when it might otherwise have been implicit. That, surely, makes it easier to challenge?

But by now the Twitter mob was in full cry. One of the letter's signatories is a sociology lecturer at Aston University called Tom Mills, author of The BBC: Myth of a Public Service. On Tuesday Dr Mills tweeted an image of me and the other speakers headlined "Are Dinner Party racists a threat to democracy?" This libel got some support from another signatory, Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a reader in English at Cambridge University. Dr Gopal, the Torquemada of the New Woke Inquisition, is the academic who accused Mary Beard of "bad racialised behaviour" and dubbed the Oxford professor Nigel Biggar, with whom she'd disagreed about the legacy of Empire, "Dr Bigot". That was around the time she was trying to get his "Ethics and Empire" research project shut down. ...

Many of the signatories to the open letter were the scrapings of the usual right-on mailing lists but they included some people who really ought to know better. The director of the Runnymede Trust, a race equality think tank, had signed, as had Matthew Feldman, head of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right (Carr). Professor Feldman published a piece about the radical right on Carr's website last week. The author, a Norwegian academic, had written that "The increased salience of accelerated migration, the growing public anxiety over the role and perceived integration of Muslim communities, and dissatisfaction with the mainstream parties and European institutions will continue to cultivate opportunities for the populist radical right." This, of course, is the essence of the debate that Professor Feldman wanted to stop. ...

To deny that some people see diversity as a threat is crazy, as the article published on the Carr website, as well as many others, makes clear. To recognise that and yet demand that the issue cannot be discussed or debated is counter-productive. As well as profoundly illiberal. ...

In any country nowadays, whether democracy or dictatorship, the speech police always have a good reason for closing things down. In uniform or not, they're perpetually busy, patrolling the borders of expression, eagle-eyed for infringements. They're like those Chinese government internet algorithms, doggedly searching for infractions and then silencing them. Always wanting (whether they admit it or not) to control what you say and – ultimately – what you think.
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Diversity – history, multiculturalism
Focus on slavery is putting black children off history, teachers warned
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 18 October 2018

Teachers must stop devoting so much time to slavery because it puts black children off History, the Royal Historical Society has said.

A new report by the society has found that the "seemingly relentless focus" on the exploitation and abolition of slavery can be "intellectually limiting and, at times, alienating" for black pupils.

Aside from slavery, the history of British black and minority ethnic (BME) communities are "often absent" from the classroom, the report said. In order to foster a more inclusive environment for black students, teachers must "go beyond these limited vantage points", it added.

"It is important that the history of race and ethnicity is integrated fully into the curriculum, rather than being relegated to a dedicated session or course," it said.

The report, titled Race, Ethnicity & Equality in UK History, seeks to identify why History students from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds lag behind their peers in terms of academic attainment.

It also examines why BME students and staff are underrepresented in History departments across British universities.

The report says that creating History reading lists for students which do not feature black authors can a "barrier" for BME students.

School teachers and university academics are told to "question the absence of BME historians from reading lists" drawn up by their colleagues. When compiling their own reading lists, they should "include and draw attention to" BME writers, it added.

Teachers and academics should also "diversify" the content of their courses so that they are not "composed primarily or entirely of White (or White male) European authors", the report said.
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Diversity – debate
Is rising ethnic diversity a threat to the West?
Academy of Ideas, 16 October 2018

6:30pm, Thursday 6 December, Conway Hall, 25 Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL

Immigration into Europe and North America from the Global South has been increasing. As populations in the West grow older, people have been drawn in from still-youthful developing countries. In North America, the share of the population that is white is expected to drop below 50 per cent by 2050. In Western Europe, this will likely happen by the end of the century.

These unprecedented shifts are already producing a strong reaction. Some, like the psychologist Karen Stenner, argue that large numbers of people are wired to view this kind of change as loss, and to see rising rates of ethnic diversity as a threat to their nations and ways of life. Many voters are turning to national populists, like Donald Trump in the United States, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), the Sweden Democrats, the League in Italy and Viktor Orbán in Hungary. The populist wave shows few signs of abating.

Meanwhile, movements on the left, from the post-Obama Democrats to radical-left parties in Europe, are staking out a more pro-immigration position, making the case for immigration, refugees, multiculturalism and open borders. These changes point to a deepening polarisation. On the left, broadly speaking, partisans view open immigration as a moral issue, vowing to defend 'openness' against nativism and racism. On the right, many populist voters view immigration as an elite-led threat against their collective existence.

Is rising ethnic diversity a threat to liberalism in the West? If so, in what way? What do we actually know about populist voters and where are popular stereotypes going wrong? What might be done to fend off the populist wave and growing polarisation, if anything, or is it already too late? And where next for the West if the 'moderate middle' is not able to stage a return?

At this event, produced by Eric Kaufmann and Matthew Goodwin and co-sponsored by the Academy of Ideas and UnHerd, a panel of prominent academics and writers will explore these questions and engage direct. Doors will open at 6.30pm, with the debate beginning at 7pm and ending 9pm sharp.
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Diversity – history, education, bias
Distorting History Month
Chris McGovern
Conservative Woman, 13 October 2018
[Chris McGovern is the Chairman of the Campaign for Real Education]

This is Black History Month in our schools and Jeremy Corbyn is calling for even more teaching about the evils of the British Empire and the slave trade.

It is, perhaps, time to take stock of the black history enterprise. Remember, though, that if you are White British you will be suffering from an ailment known as 'unconscious bias' which means that any views you hold do not count.

Let us start with a question. What was the 'black' dimension to events surrounding Magna Carta in 1215? This was asked, back in the late 1980s, by Norman Stone, Oxford University professor of modern history, of a debating chamber audience. He was my fellow-speaker in an educational debate at Ruskin College. From this venue, in 1976, prime minister James Callaghan had kicked off a nationwide dialogue about education that is still with us today. Black History Month is but one facet of that continuing dialogue.

Our audience at Ruskin were principally classroom teachers. They were enraged by Stone's question – a response to a growing demand from the teaching profession that school history lessons become more racially inclusive. Professor Stone was doing no more than making the point that if history teaching is filtered by what we now call 'politically correct' perspectives, subject knowledge becomes distorted. Unusually, for an educational 'tough guy', the professor seemed genuinely taken back by the vehement hostility of the teachers sitting in front of him.

'What on earth was there to argue about?' he must have thought. Other than a universal application as a charter of rights there is no more a meaningful 'black' dimension to the events surrounding Magna Carta than there is a meaningful 'white' dimension to the pre-colonial Inca empire or a meaningful Hispanic dimension to the deliberations of Iceland's Viking assembly, the Althing. 'Welcome,' I told Professor Stone, 'to the classroom revolution, to the use of education for the purpose of brainwashing.'

Classroom teaching as a political tool has become the norm in Britain. An entire month devoted to black history has become institutionalised, regardless of its value in terms of acquiring historical knowledge. It could be cogently argued that Black History Month should be balanced by Asian, Asian British, Hispanic, Native American, Chicano, Indian, Latino, African American, Arab, Chinese British and Australian Aborigine history months. ...

... The notion that slavery and racism is somehow a white British attribute is a distortion of history and socially divisive. Enslavement of others and associated racism is characteristic of humanity in general, regardless of race.

The much-admired ancient civilisations of Greece and Rome, for example, were built on slavery. Britain, too, was once enslaved and its enslavers included, ironically and most viciously, an African Emperor, Septimius Severus, who died in York before he had the chance to fulfil a promise to exterminate all those living north of Hadrian's Wall. ...

It should be more widely known, too, that at least a million white slaves, many from the British Isles, were once traded in the slave markets of north Africa and Turkey. What is most important for young people, in particular, to know about slavery is that it was the British who first abolished the slave trade and slavery.
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Diversity – employees
Bosses told to reveal their ethnic salary gap: Radical plans to force 10,000 firms to publish salary differences between white and ethnic staff
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 11 October 2018

Bosses will be made to reveal salary differences between their white and ethnic minority staff.

The radical plans to tackle racial inequality mirror rules introduced earlier this year to expose the gender pay gap.

More than 10,000 companies employing over 250 staff would have to publish the figures annually.

Around 10 million workers would be covered. Theresa May, who will unveil the plans today, said: 'Too often ethnic minority employees feel they're hitting a brick wall when it comes to career progression.

'The measures we are taking will help employers identify the actions needed to create a fairer and more diverse workforce.'

Businesses are to be consulted on the initiative – part of a nationwide 'Race at Work Charter'. Officials say the 250-staff threshold may be raised to spare smaller firms.

But Mrs May's plan was criticised by free market think-tanks.

Matt Kilcoyne of the Adam Smith Institute said: 'Rather than engaging with the hard task of removing structural barriers to opportunity many still face, this headline-grabbing measure will raise costs to business.

'Migrants may face natural barriers to success from language, and illegitimate barriers from occupational licensing and discrimination.

'These figures will mask the complex causes of racial inequality and be used to sour relations between Britons.'

Len Shackleton of the Institute of Economic Affairs said: 'This is a Pandora's Box. There are over 100 ethnicities in this country, most of which are as different from each other as they are from white Brits.

'Forcing businesses to report on pay will result in meaningless statistics because the numbers for particular ethnicities within one firm are likely to be statistically insignificant, where nothing can be really be gleaned from them.

'Essentially the Government would be burdening businesses with more bureaucracy without any useful return.' ...

Mrs May will also today set out the actions she is taking to ensure public sector leaders are representative of the communities they serve.

The NHS, military, schools and police forces will have to set out plans to increase high-level recruitment from ethnic minority backgrounds.

The Government is naming Karen Blackett, a senior executive at the advertising giant WPP, as its 'Race at Work Champion'. Miss Blackett, whose parents grew up in Barbados before moving to Britain, has spoken of how her promotion was important because she is black, female and from a working-class background.
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Diversity – multiculturalism, fears
Rising Ethnic Diversity In Populous Areas Increases Whites' Fears
Alex Bolano
Science Trends, 8 October 2018

According to proponents of "contact theory," rising ethnic diversity in majority white communities will lead to less racial animus. The reasoning behind the theory is that when whites get to meet and know members of ethnic minorities on a personal and community level, they will develop more positive views of members of that ethnic minority. Some studies seem to support the opposite conclusion though; that increased ethnic diversity increases feelings of threat and distrust amongst whites. Some studies also seem to imply that the more conservative a population is, the more likely they are to respond negatively to outsiders and those who hold differing political opinions.

The prominence of conflicting data on the matter has led to a lack of clarity on the relationship between ethnic diversity and feelings of fear and resentment from whites. A recent study published in the journal Social Science Research provides evidence that both of these theories have truth in them: the determining factor is the size of the community. The study, a meta-analysis of over 171 individual studies conducted since 1995, found that for small communities, contact with ethnic minorities tends to lessen feelings of threat and distrust, while for larger communities, contact seems to elevate feelings of threat and distrust. These results suggest that increasing diversity alone does not make whites more fearful but that the size of a community interacts with rising ethnic diversity to produce feelings of threat.

... They found that in smaller communities consisting of around 5,000-10,000 people, increasing ethnic diversity was associated with decreased perception of threat from native-born whites. However, studies looking at the effects of increased ethnic diversity in large population areas consisting of 50,000 to 500,000 people showed that as ethnic diversity rises, whites report greater feelings of threat and voice more support for anti-immigration policies.
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Diversity – television
UK Regulator Finds Ethnic Minorities Over-Represented on TV, Demands More Diversity Anyway
Virginia Hall
Breitbart, 29 September 2018

White people and heterosexuals are underrepresented in the British television industry, an Ofcom audit has found – but the watchdog still insists there is "much more to do on diversity".

The report came a couple of days after Ofcom declared increasing representation of minority groups was "a priority" for the regulator, warning broadcasters would face "disaster" without making diversity central to their work. ...

Ofcom's Diversity and Equal Opportunities in Television 2018 report was published on Thursday, a year after the watchdog ordered broadcasters make a serious effort to monitor and record workers' 'protected characteristics' in order to "identify under-represented groups and help tackle a lack of diversity in UK television". ...

According to the analysis, 13 percent of TV industry employees are from an ethnic minority compared to 12 per cent of the British labour market, with the figure rising to 15 per cent amongst workers at Sky, 18 per cent at Channel 4, and 19 per cent at Viacom.

White people were revealed to be underrepresented in the data, which showed they comprise 71 per cent of the UK-based TV industry compared to 88 per cent of the wider labour market – however, this was not considered a problem by Ofcom, which praised efforts by all five of the main broadcasters focused on "improving representation of employees from minority ethnic backgrounds".

Lamenting that certain ethnic groups including Pakistanis and Bangladeshis are "significantly underrepresented" in TV careers, the report urged broadcasters to develop policies which would "target and tackle under-representation of specific ethnic groups in order to achieve a workforce which truly reflects the UK population and audiences."

While claiming the push for greater "diversity" is so TV companies have a workforce which "reflects modern Britain and the lives and experiences of their whole audience", the regulator says broadcasters "should be aiming" to have a workforce more closely matching London's population, where 36 per cent of workers are from minority ethnic backgrounds and the demographics are not representative of the country at large.
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Diversity – Republic of Ireland
Diverse labour force central to Limerick's economic future
Cathy Halloran
RTÉ, 28 September 2018

A diverse multilingual and skilled labour force will make Limerick a more attractive location for global investment, according to a new five year integration plan for the region, published today.

A principle aim of the report - 'Belonging to Limerick: Limerick City and County Integration Plan 2018-22' - is that voices of migrants who have made Limerick their home is at its heart.

The report compiled by the Limerick Integration working group identifies asylum seekers and refugees, EU and non EU migrant workers and international students as the migrant population.

It identifies equality of access to education, language resources, and public services like welfare, health, housing and policing, as well as cultural awareness and anti racism as strategic themes to develop diversity and multiculturalism for migrants over the coming years. ...

Limerick internationally is now an intercultural city and the University of Limerick has become a University of Sanctuary, and there is a bigger population of international students attending its third level colleges.

The report says the city needs to focus on the advantages and opportunities of diversity. ...

The Chair of the Limerick Integration Working group and National Director of the Jesuit Refugee service in Ireland said the focus now needs to be on diversity advantage rather than cost.

Eugene Quinn said that too often the narrative focuses on the challenges and costs of integration, but migrants perceive themselves as assets.
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Cornell thrusts $60 million at faculty diversity plan
Celine Ryan and Kenny Nelson
Campus Reform, 26 September 2018

Cornell University announced in late September that it will be throwing $60 million toward acquiring and maintaining a more diverse faculty.

The Ivy League school's provost, Michael Kotlikoff, announced the new expense in a late September news release, saying that the initiative would cost $60 million over a five-year timespan. A portion of the funds will go towards hiring 60 faculty members "who diversify their departments" over the five-year period. ...

Kotlikoff emphasized not only support for diverse hires but also retention of diverse faculty, something he says will be a major focus for the university during the 2018-2019 academic year.
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Diversity – universities, USA
Race and Gender Studies Kick Shakespeare Out of Class
Sumantra Maitra
Minding the Campus, 24 September 2018

Until 2011, UCLA students English had to take a course in Chaucer, a couple in Shakespeare, and one in Milton as the fundamental works of English literature. Some junior faculty revolted, and UCLA promptly changed its course to studying compulsory papers in "Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Disability, and Sexuality Studies; Imperial, Transnational, and Postcolonial Studies; Genre Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, and Critical Theory; or Creative Writing."

According to the course catalog, giants of English literature were irrelevant. but students must study "alternative rubrics of gender, sexuality, race, and class." UCLA's undergraduates, therefore, had to choose among courses like, "Women of Color in the U.S., Women and Gender in the Caribbean, Chicana Feminism, Studies in Queer Literatures and Cultures, and Feminist and Queer Theory." ...

These are some of the episodes described in Heather Mac Donald's new provocative book, "The Diversity Delusion: How Race and Gender Pandering Corrupt the University and Undermine Our Culture" (St. Martin's Press, 2018), which chronicles the hollowing out of Western Universities and the coup that took place in academe. This isn't the first attempt to chart the decline of Western education. Victor Davis Hanson and Roger Kimball touched upon this Gramscian revolution in "Who Killed Homer: The Demise of Classical Education," "Tenured Radicals," and "The Rape of the Masters" respectively, as Peter Hitchens talked about it in "The Abolition of Britain." But Mac Donald's is an unusually strong, data-rich chronicling.

Mac Donald connects the diversity bureaucracy, the race and gender departments acting as Soviet commissars and arbiters of acceptable debate in campuses, the treatment of students as consumers with universities catering to their well-being rather than their intellectual maturity and knowledge, campus feminism, the effects of the 60s social revolution, and how they all "increasingly infuse business, government, and civil society." Put simply, a handful of people are changing society through educational institutions, based on their ideologies. ...

It's all an existential struggle against conservative thought, a war that if you don't win, you perish. ...

The result? Research is being used from Silicon Valley to universities to discriminate against the truly talented, to "diversify" the workforce by admitting half-wits and ideologues. ...

This is fundamentally the same 70s radical strategy of Rudi Dutschke who coined the 60s slogan "The Long March through the Institutions."
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Diversity – strength
The Unpardonable Heresy of Tucker Carlson
Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website, 13 September 2018

Our diversity is our greatest strength.

After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, "How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you've made this our new national motto, please be specific."

Reaction to Carlson's question, with some declaring him a racist for having raised it, suggests that what we are dealing with here is not a demonstrable truth but a creed not subject to debate.

Yet the question remains valid: Where is the scientific, historic or empirical evidence that the greater the racial, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of a nation, the stronger it becomes?

From recent decades, it seems more true to say the reverse: The more diverse a nation, the greater the danger of its disintegration.

Ethnic diversity, after all, tore apart our mighty Cold War rival, splintering the Soviet Union into 15 nations, three of which – Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia – have since split further along ethnic lines.

Russia had to fight two wars to hold onto Chechnya and prevent the diverse peoples of the North Caucasus from splitting off on ethnic grounds, as Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan had done.

Ethnic diversity then shattered Yugoslavia into seven separate nations.

And even as we proclaim diversity to be our greatest strength, nations everywhere are recoiling from it.

The rise of populism and nationalism across Europe is a reaction to the new diversity represented by the Arab, Asian and African millions who have lately come, and the tens of millions desperate to enter.

Center-left and center-right parties are losing ground in European elections because they are seen as feckless in meeting what more and more indigenous Europeans believe to be an existential threat – mass migration from across the Med. ...

Again, where is the evidence that the more Americans who can trace their roots to the Third World, and not to Europe, the stronger we will be?

Is the Britain of Theresa May, with its new racial, religious and ethnic diversity, a stronger nation than was the U.K. of Lloyd George, which ruled a fourth of mankind in 1920? ...

Empires, confederations and alliances are multiethnic and multicultural. And, inevitably, their diversity pulls them apart.
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Diversity – university degrees
Universities must give more top degrees to black students, under new proposals by regulator
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2018

Universities could be punished unless they give a higher proportion of top degrees to black students, under new proposals drawn up by the regulator.

The Office for Students (OfS) has announced plans to overhaul its guidelines for boosting diversity in higher education, in what it says is the "biggest shake up" since 2004.

If institutions fail to comply with the regulator's new "tougher" national targets for increasing the number of disadvantaged students, they could be penalised through a fine or even de-registered.

Chris Millward, the OfS director for fair access and participation, said that universities will no longer be able to "mark their own homework" on their plans to up their intake of 18-year-olds from poor backgrounds. ...

These will not be limited to targets for admitting more school leavers from deprived households, but will also include addressing the gap in degree attainment between black and white students, according to OfS proposals.

There has been an almost 50 per cent increase in the number of black and ethnic minority students in England between 2007 and 2016.

78 per cent of white students graduated last year with a first class of upper second class degree, compared to just 53 per cent of black students.

Qualifications before attending university, although a key factor in degree outcomes, do not explain the differences between ethnic groups, according to data analysed by Universities UK. ...

Mr Millward said that universities have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on measures aimed at diversifying their intake of students, but have paid little or no attention to whether their schemes were effective. ...

Last year, universities spent a total of around £800 million on projects to increase access and around half of this was spent on bursaries for students from poor households.
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Diversity – Coventry
Revealed: The multi-cultural make-up of Coventry
Alice Cachia and Laura Hartley
CoventryLive, 5 September 2018

Coventry is more diverse than ever, but numbers in Warwickshire are saying the complete opposite.

The number of people from an ethnic minority in Coventry has risen by more than 18,000 in the past six years.

The number equals one in every 3.6 people in the area in 2017 was either black, Asian or from another ethnic minority. ...

Overall there were 100,969 people in Coventry from an ethnic minority in 2017, compared to 82,920 in 2011.

The number of Asian people has grown sharply in particular, from 51,599 in 2011 to 60,643 in 2017.

The number of black people also rose, from 17,759 to 22,162, as did the number of mixed race people (up from 8,221 to 11,631).

There were 6,533 people from other ethnicities in Coventry in 2017 - more than the 5,341 in 2011. ...

Overall in Warwickshire one in every 6.4 people was from an ethnic minority, up from the one in 7.0 in 2011.

North Warwickshire, though, had the worst level of ethnic diversity in the area.

Just one in every 44.3 people was either black, Asian, or from another ethnic minority in 2017.
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Diversity – Birmingham
The figures proving Birmingham is more diverse than ever
Alice Cachia and James Rodger
Birmingham Mail, 4 September 2018

Birmingham is more diverse than ever - with the number of people from an ethnic minority rising by nearly 95,000 in just six years.

Exclusive analysis of Office for National Statistics data reveals that one in every 3.1 people in our area was either black, Asian or from another ethnic minority in 2017.

That's up from the one in every 3.3 people in 2011 - the most recently available Census data.

Overall there were 829,822 people in Birmingham from an ethnic minority in 2017, compared to 735,168 in 2011.

That's the biggest rise seen across the country.

The number of Asian people has grown sharply in particular, from 463,890 in 2011 to 516,809 in 2017.

The number of mixed race people also rose, from 88,024 to 112,450, as did the number of black people (up from 146,480 to 158,767).

There were 41,796 people from other ethnicities in Birmingham in 2017 - more than the 36,774 in 2011.

Birmingham's ethnic diversity is greater, too, than the national average.

Across England and Wales, one in every 6.6 people is from an ethnic minority - a fairly marginal rise from one in every 7.1 people in 2011.

Solat Chaudhry, CEO for the National Centre for Diversity, said: "As a country, becoming more ethnically diverse has been a great thing for the UK. ..."
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UK Police to Treat Diversity Promotion Like 'Critical Incident', Forces Set to 'Embed Equality into All Activities'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 1 September 2018

Police will soon adopt a raft of "enhanced inclusivity" measures including celebrating "culturally-focused events like Black History Month" as forces across Britain are ordered to treat minority representation like a "critical incident".

According to Police Oracle, a plan set to be launched next week will see every force create a "gold group at chief officer level focused on diversity", with identity politics to be made a major priority.

Senior officers, staff associations, and members of various "communities" will work together towards meeting so-called diversity targets, the law enforcement news outlet said. ...

Committing police chiefs to "embedding diversity, equality and inclusion" into the heart of their forces' every activity, the strategy comes with a "toolkit" of actions to increase minority representation, including making "emotional health and happiness" a priority and bringing in "reverse mentoring" schemes in which lower ranked officers will train their seniors in so-called "emotional intelligence".

Forces will also be told to introduce flexible working practices enabling time off for cultural or religious observance, as well as launching initiatives celebrating "culturally-focused events such as major religious festivals and Black History Month".
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Diversity – ethnic fragmentation
Actually, evidence shows 'diversity' makes countries weaker – not stronger
Jack M. Mintz
Financial Post, 29 August 2018
[Jack Mintz is the president's fellow at the University of Calgary's School of Public Policy]

Most immigrants coming to Canada want to build a new life in a free and democratic society, escaping tyranny, prejudice or poor economic circumstances. Their local ethnic communities help them get adjusted to their new home. But it is nonetheless true that Canada faces a real test in maintaining national identity when so many people come from disparate backgrounds, and in avoiding problems that occur with ethnic conflict.

In principle, diverse populations can be economically rewarding. They provide more product and service choices. Immigration brings workers with a greater variety of backgrounds. Immigrants can even spur more innovation since people with different perspectives combine ideas in ways that would not happen with homogenous societies.

However, the flipside is fragmentation – when citizens identify more strongly with a social group rather than the nation as a whole, potentially leading to conflict. Conflict itself erodes trust in institutions and encourages corruption.

Canada is among the most ethnically diverse, or fragmented, countries in the world /.../. Only Sub-Saharan African countries and some Latin American countries are more so. This fragmentation impacts voting behaviour. It can also bring civil strife. ...

What researchers have found is that voters who identify more strongly with the "nation" rather than their particular sub-group, are more cognizant of the country's overall well-being. This has been supported by recent empirical studies looking at OECD countries and Belgium.

Social-identity theory has also led researchers to examine more carefully the impact of fragmentation on economic growth, quality of government institutions, centralization of political decision-making and conflict. Harvard political economist Alberto Alesina and his colleagues have painstakingly measured ethnic, religious and linguistic diversification for roughly 200 countries in the past two decades. Overall, the most fragmented societies were found to have lower growth in per capita GDP and poorer quality public institutions: fewer years of schooling, worse infrastructure, higher fiscal deficits, lower credit liquidity and higher black-market premiums. ...

When ethnically fragmented populations are associated with high degree of income inequality, the risk of social conflict grows. Since inequality is less severe in Canada, we avoid the conflicts of Nigeria and Bolivia. ...

It's wise not to overplay these conclusions since fragmentation is highly linked with other factors as well (particularly, distance from the equator). Legal history also matters. What is critical to note, though, is that there is no evidence to support the political hypothesis that ethnic and linguistic fragmentation – a.k.a. "diversity" – leads to higher growth. Only religious fragmentation has been correlated with improved growth.
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Diversity Studies: Your Path to a 6-Figure Salary
Robert Weissberg
Minding the Campus, 27 August 2018
[Robert Weissberg is a professor emeritus of political science at The University of Illinois-Urbana]

Universities face a serious dilemma in their quest for diversity and inclusion. ...

Here's the solution: "Diversity Studies," a major that will provide both the diploma and a well-paid career.

This solution arrived as a Eureka moment when I read how the University of Michigan employed some 93 full-time staff charged with promoting diversity. All had high sounding titles – diversity administrator, directors of diversity, vice-provosts, Deans, investigators, executive assistants, and consultants. More than a quarter of these functionaries earned more than $100,000 plus generous fringe benefits worth about 32.5% of salary. Indeed, salaries at the top here far exceed salaries of well-paid distinguished professors. Robert Sellers, Vice Provost for Equity and Inclusion & Chief Diversity Officer, takes home $396,550; David Brown, Michigan's Associate Dean Office of Health Equity & Inclusion earned some $220,000.

Add dozens of positions that may not receive the big bucks but are nevertheless respectable at a prestigious university where job security is the norm. ...

Further, add how diversity mania has become ubiquitous and, as the old Soviet Union installed political commissars everywhere, every corner of the campus must now have its very own diversity specialist, so prospects for yet more positions are excellent. ...

The University of Michigan is hardly unique in this hiring frenzy. Heather Mac Donald has documented similar efforts elsewhere while Yale, Columbia and Brown (among others) have pledged tens of millions to upgrade campus diversity at a time when universities often struggle financially (Columbia, has allocated 100 million over the next five years). ...

Many of these positions are presently unfilled suggesting a bonanza for those who will earn degrees in diversity management. Even better, these campus jobs are just a tiny fraction of the possibilities in the private sector, philanthropy, and governments at all levels. Hard to imagine any field of employment with a greater unmet demand for new hires.

There is more good news. Getting campus-based diversity majors up and running could be done quickly given that the underlying philosophy of diversity – "it is wonderful" – is well known, and this new academic discipline requires no expensive facilities or equipment.
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Diversity – science, scientists
It's not science I don't trust – it's the scientists
James Delingpole
The Spectator, 25 August 2018

Where are the peer-reviewers who are supposed to vet these things? Well, it turns out they're generally willing to give a free pass to any thesis that accords with the liberal narrative. For example, over the course of more than a decade, Diederik Stapel 'published dozens of sensational papers on such topics as how easily Whites or men can be prompted to discriminate against Blacks or women'. When exposed as a fraud, Stapel explained that he was merely giving social scientists what they were 'waiting for'. ...

If the evidence doesn't accord with the correct 'woke' narrative then right-thinking social scientists tailor it till it does. This is what happened to a 2007 study showing racially diverse communities are more suspicious, withdrawn, ungenerous, fractured and fractious. Such an incendiary refutation of the well-known truth that 'diversity is strength' could not go unedited. So it didn't. Publication was delayed until the author could 'develop proposals to compensate for the negative effects of diversity'. To publish the facts on their own would be 'irresponsible'.

Eventually, the author published it with a disquisition on how increasing diversity would lead to 'significant benefits in the medium or long term'.
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Diversity – films
Why Dev Patel in Dickens could change film for ever
Cath Clarke
The Guardian, 17 August 2018

On dustjackets and on screen, David Copperfield has been pale and posh ever since Charles Dickens published the novel he called his "favourite child" in 1850. /.../ But, in a landmark instance of "colour-blind" casting, Dev Patel, a Londoner of Indian heritage, is to play Copperfield in a new film by Veep's Armando Iannucci. ...

But it is not just Patel. The cast of The Personal History of David Copperfield resembles the top deck of a bus in any big British city. Benedict Wong is Mr Wickfield. Rosalind Eleazar plays Copperfield's true love, saintly Agnes. Dastardly Steerforth is portrayed by a white Welsh actor (Aneurin Barnard) with a Nigerian-born Brit, Nikki Amuka-Bird, as his mother, Mrs Steerforth. ...

David Copperfield might be a blip, or perhaps we will look back and say it redefined the casting status quo in British film. Theatre audiences have been happily watching actors who don't match the ethnicity of their characters for years, although not without controversy. ...

On stage, "colour blind" has often been used to describe casting that ignores ethnicity. But it is a term that many actors of colour reject, since it is impossible for audiences to suddenly become blind to race, as the Shakespearean actor Debra Ann Byrd explained in a Guardian interview last year. ...

Colette, a new biopic of the French writer starring Keira Knightley and directed by Wash Westmoreland, features two actors of colour playing historical figures who were white in real life: Asian-Brit Ray Panthaki and the black actor Johnny K Palmer. ...

At the same time, however, Hollywood whitewashing has become toxic. Last year, Ed Skrein pulled out of playing an Asian-American character in the Hellboy reboot. Scarlett Johansson was criticised for playing a character in the Hollywood version of Japanese anime Ghost in the Shell. Double standards? Not when you consider how few opportunities there are for actors of colour without white actors coming along and hoovering up the decent parts.

Not everyone is 100% behind colour-blind casting. Critics argue that while it addresses the need for diversity, it fails to address the shortage of films that represent the lives, experiences and histories of people of colour.
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Diversity – theatre lighting
'Traditional' theatre lighting and stage design discriminates against black and Asian actors, warns Shakespeare's Globe
Patrick Sawer
Sunday Telegraph, 12 August 2018

The increasing use of black and Asian actors has led some in British theatre to congratulate themselves on the growing diversity of the British stage.

But experts have warned that casting ethnic minority actors without paying attention to the way they are lit, or what colour costumes they wear, puts them at a disadvantage to white performers.

An academic at London's Globe Theatre says that black and Asian actors can be obscured by the dark costumes and furnishings and gloomy lighting traditionally associated with the staging of works by Shakespeare and other period dramatists. ...

The Globe is staging a workshop tomorrow to explore some of the issues raised by the welcome casting of more black and Asian actors in theatre productions.

The event, part of the theatre's Shakespeare and Race season, poses the question of whether traditional choices about costume, set and lighting privilege discriminate against black and Asian actors in favour of white actors.
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Diversity – bias, discrimination
Male, pale and stale university professors to be given 'reverse mentors'
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2018

Male, pale and stale university professors are to be given "reverse mentors" to teach them about unconscious bias, under a new Government funded scheme.

Under the project, white males in senior academic posts will be assigned a junior female colleague from an ethnic minority as a mentor.

Prof John Rowe, who is overseeing the project at Birmingham University, said he hopes the scheme will allow eminent professors to confront their own biases and leave them "feeling quite uncomfortable".

"What is understood about unconscious bias is that we have all got it, but the more you learn about it and become conscious of it, the more you can act," he told The Daily Telegraph. ...

The mentor scheme is one element of a broader project aimed at challenging bias, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Prof Rowe, who is director of research at Birmingham University's College of Engineering and Physical Science, said he hopes to interrogate the "underlying causes" that lead to the underrepresentation of female and ethnic minority academics at the top of academia. ...

Staff from Birmingham will work with researchers from Aberystwyth University and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

The EPSRC, a government agency, is funding eleven "Equality, Diversity and Inclusion" projects as part of an £5.5 million anti-discrimination drive in engineering and physical sciences.
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Diversity – favouritism
Diversity: the new favouritism
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 3 August 2018
[The author is a barrister]

In Britain today, if you are non-white, female, Muslim or gay you are favoured. If you are white, male, Christian or straight you are unfavoured. Worse still, if you challenge the idea that society ought to favour certain identities and unfavour others, then you are likely to be shunned and driven from polite society. The essential argument of Ben Cobley's searing The Tribe: The Liberal-Left and the System of Diversity is that diversity now operates like a machine with rules that must be obeyed. Diversity is, Cobley argues, a system that dominates our state and society.

Cobley, a former Labour Party activist, cites many examples to establish his case that there are several identity-based groups treated favourably. Channel 4 has an extensive system in place, which it calls its 360 Degree Diversity Charter, that requires favouritism for black and minority-ethnic, female and disabled groups. /.../ The BBC has been particularly prominent in the institutionalisation of favouritism. /.../ And there is the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), which has brought in a rule that films must reach certain diversity thresholds in order to qualify for awards.

Although Cobley's focus is on institutions associated with the liberal-left, he also notes how favouritism has penetrated institutions more widely, such as the civil service and police. The civil service, he says, 'aligns wholly with the system and its favoured-unfavoured group demarcations'. /.../ He cites The Times journalist Andrew Norfolk, who noted how in recent years 'no press conference after a sex-grooming trial has been complete without a police officer's pronouncement that the perpetrators' ethnicity and religion was utterly irrelevant to their crimes'. ...

The system of diversity that creates favoured and unfavoured groups is so prevalent today that Cobley concludes that its 'influence reaches into virtually every corner of our public life and increasingly our private lives'. The strength of The Tribe is Cobley's recognition of the prevalence of this system and of the harm it brings to the institutions that practise it. This is because those institutions are elevating identity over merit. ...

Aside from the specific issue of recruitment and promotion, diversity plays a more general and insidious role in undermining rational thought and decision-making. Cobley discusses 'the suppression of inconvenient truths' in Rotherham, where social services and the police refused to investigate child sexual exploitation committed by gangs of mostly Pakistani Muslim men for fear of being called racist. Rotherham, says Cobley, 'showed how favouritism and protection of a favoured group had been etched into the fabric of local government and police operations to the extent that it overwhelmed another sort of protection they were meant to be practising – of children'. At least 1,400 children in Rotherham were abused over a 12-year period, and, Cobley argues, this was partially enabled by the institutionalisation of diversity. The council outsourced responsibility, and authority, for the issue to community leaders of Pakistani heritage. ...

... The organisations that Cobley criticises cannot, as he points out, energise their staff or the wider public by promoting 'such things as truth, science, the arts and excellence in their respective fields'. So they seek moral purpose and legitimacy in the system of diversity.
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Diversity – Armed Forces
Britain's Armed Forces branded 'too white' after failing in pledge to hire more black and Asian officers
David Wooding
The Sun, 22 July 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

But in the officer ranks, they account for just 2.4 per cent.
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Diversity – children's books
Children's books must have more black characters, Arts Council funded report says
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2018

Children's books must have more black characters, a study funded by the Arts Council has said.

Only 4 per cent of books published last year aimed at primary school children featured a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic character, according to research commissioned by the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).

When analysing how many children's books had a main character who was from an ethnic minority background, researchers found that the proportion dropped even further down, to one per cent.

Meanwhile, almost a third (32.1 per cent) of pupils in primary schools in England are from minority ethnic backgrounds, the latest official figures show. ...

The study was funded by the Arts Council, which is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

The CLPE urged publishers to use more characters from ethnic minorities in children's literature, not as a "tick box exercise" but as a "meaningful and accurate representation of the interconnected, diverse society".

Ethnic minority characters should not be defined by their "struggle, suffering or 'otherness'" the report said and should not just feature in the "margins" of the plot. Instead, they should be "central" to narratives, and should be "authentically portrayed".

Of the 9,115 children's book published in the UK in 2017, just 391 featured an ethnic minority character, researchers found.

Last year, the best selling children's author Anthony Horowitz said he was warned off creating a black protagonist.

The author of Foyle's war and the Alex Rider series of teenage spy novels said that an editor told him it would be "inappropriate" to draw from experiences other than his own.

He told Event magazine: "This is maybe dangerous territory but there is a chain of thought in America that it is inappropriate for white writers to try to create black characters.

"That it is actually not our experience and therefore to do so is by its very nature artificial and possibly patronising. Therefore I was warned off doing it. Which was, I thought, disturbing and upsetting."
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Diversity – children's books
Only 1% of children's books have BAME main characters – UK study
Alison Flood
The Guardian, 17 July 2018

In a research project that is the first of its kind, and funded by Arts Council England, the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE) asked UK publishers to submit books featuring BAME characters in 2017. Of the 9,115 children's books published last year, researchers found that only 391 – 4% - featured BAME characters. Just 1% had a BAME main character, and a quarter of the books submitted only featured diversity in their background casts.

This compares to the 32.1% of schoolchildren of minority ethnic origins in England identified by the Department of Education last year.

"It is a stark and shocking figure when you see it in print," said Farrah Serroukh, who directed the project for the CLPE and presented it to publishers on Monday.

The researchers also analysed the quality of the representation, as well as the quantity of BAME characters. They found that more than half the books featuring a BAME character were classed as "contemporary realism", and 10% contained "social justice" issues, such as war and conflict. Only one children's book featuring a BAME character was defined as comedy. ...

"To redress imbalances in representation is not an act of charity but an act of necessity that benefits and enriches all of our realities," the report adds.

Author Nikesh Shukla, who has been a major force behind the push for diversity in UK publishing, sat on a steering committee for CLPE's report.

"I do feel the industry is getting better but a report like this is a reminder of how much work still needs to be done – and a stark reminder of our readers, and how our readers are not getting what they need," he said. ...

Serroukh said that the CLPE had plans to work with publishers to help them improve. Recommendations include increasing investment in authors from a range of backgrounds, looking for stories where main characters are BAME, and ensuring that they are not "predominantly defined by their struggle, suffering or 'otherness'". ...

Serroukh writes in the report's foreword: "We know that those who work in all areas of children's books and literacy recognise that there is work to be done. We want to channel the momentum to ensure that this isn't reduced to an awkward footnote or 'trend' in the history of UK children's publishing because something as integral as a person's identity and sense of self deserves to be recognised, respected and valued now and always."
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Diversity – Birmingham
British white people set to become a minority in Birmingham, says report
Carl Jackson
Birmingham Mail, 27 June 2018

British white people are soon to become the minority in Birmingham while nearly 50,000 residents in the city cannot speak English, according to a new report.

There are thought to be residents from nearly 200 countries living in Birmingham which has been described as 'super diverse' in the city council's new cohesion strategy.

But while there are recognised benefits to a multi-cultural society such as trade links, the city's varied ethnicity has also been identified as major factor in social segregation and community 'tension'.

The draft policy, which is due to be tabled before the council's cabinet today (Tuesday, June 26), states that 42.1 per cent of people in Birmingham classified themselves as non-white British in the 2011 census.

That was an increase of 12 per cent from the 2001 survey and if the rate continues by the time of the next census in 2021 more than half of the city's 1.2 million-plus population will be from an ethnic minority.

This is already the case for under 18s with 60 per cent coming from a non-white British background in the last poll. ...

Equalities chief Cllr Tristan Chatfield said: "Birmingham faces a number of difficult social issues that have an impact on cohesion; whilst

these are not unique to our city, we cannot assume that national government policy will address them.

"These are complex challenges and they are also rapidly evolving. ..."
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Diversity – blood, stem cells
We must end the silent crisis around BAME blood, stem cell and organ donations
Mohammad Yasin MP
PoliticsHome, 27 June 2018
[Mohammad Yasin is Labour MP for Bedford]

I first became aware of the issues with blood, stem cell and organ donation within BAME communities in England when I met Poonam Shah, a woman who works in my constituency whose husband, Rakesh died from a blood disorder at the age of just 35.

Due to Rakesh's Indian heritage, he struggled to find a donor with the 10 matching genes that would help ensure his body would accept the donor's cells. ...

And the reality is that unfortunately, many patients will not receive the stem cell transplant they need either because there is no donor available or because a donor cannot be found quickly enough.

Only 20% of BAME patients receive the best possible match, compared to 69% of white northern European patients.

This disparity urgently needs to be addressed and therefore I welcome the timely review of BAME blood, stem cell and organ donation chaired by Labour MP Eleanor Smith.

The problem of insufficient blood, stem cell and organ donation is fundamentally one of supply and demand. According to the review, fewer than 5% of donors who gave blood in the last year were from BAME communities, although the BAME group makes up around 14% of the total UK population. Currently, only 1% of people who give blood in England are black.

BAME people are disproportionately affected by this as they are subject to a higher demand and shorter supply than other groups. ...

I hope that this timely review which recognises the scale of this 'silent crisis' is enough to spur the Government to assist communities with a more co-ordinated approach because this blatant inequality must end.
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Diversity – national identity, public opinion
Britain lags behind Canada and the U.S. in new Inclusiveness Index
Ipsos MORI, 25 June 2018

A new Ipsos survey which compares countries' acceptance of social and cultural diversity shows that Canada and the United States have the most inclusive definition of nationality, followed by South Africa, France, and Australia. These countries score highest on an Inclusiveness Index reflecting social acceptance of diversity as it applies to religion, immigration, sexual orientation and gender identity, political views, and criminal background. Britain ranks 10th in the overall index.

The Overall Inclusiveness Index is based on the findings of an Ipsos Global Advisor survey of over 20,700 men and women aged under 65 in 27 countries online. Respondents were asked about as many as 28 types of people and for each type, they were asked if they consider such a person to be a "real" national (e.g., "a real Briton" in Great Britain., "a real American" in the US, etc.) or not. ...

Six in ten of the British public (59%) think of themselves as a 'real Brit' but less than two in ten (17%) do not. Globally, Britons rank lowest on this measure against an average of 84%. Younger people are less inclined to consider themselves real Brits, with 22% of under 35s saying they do not consider themselves a real Brit compared to just 12% of those aged over 50. ...

On immigration, Britain is slightly more inclusive than the global average. Half of the public (52%) think that an immigrant who has become a citizen of the UK can be considered a real Brit compared with one in five (22%) who do not. But for immigrants who have lived most of their life in Britain and not taken citizenship, the public is split; 35% think they are real Brits and 35% think not. ...

The ability to speak English is also seen as real marker of being a true Brit. Over half (56%) of the public think that immigrants who have become citizens and are fluent in English can be considered Brits. This falls to three in ten (30%) for those are not fluent in English. Similarly, marrying someone British does not necessarily make someone be seen as a real Brit – 34% think it does and the same proportion thinks it does not. Just one in four (23%) think that someone who is an illegal immigrant but has lived in the country most of their life can be considered a real Brit compared with 46% who think they can't.

On second generation inclusiveness, around six in ten people in Britain say that second generation citizens - whose parents immigrated from outside the UK - can be considered real Brits regardless of where their parents immigrated from.
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Diversity – identity politics, intellectual freedom
Make no mistake, we are living under a diversity dictatorship
Zoe Strimpel
Sunday Telegraph, 24 June 2018

Those who cry repression and oppression – racism, sexism, transphobism – have become judge, jury and executioner.

We've seen countless times in the past year or so how anyone accused of an outrage against identity will immediately pay the price, from classicist Mary Beard, accused of racism and mauled on Twitter as a result, to Germaine Greer, ceaselessly attacked for her unorthodox views on transsexual women and #MeToo.

If the obsession with identity politics had remained a matter for vitriol and silliness only on Twitter, or in Left-wing newspapers and journals, things wouldn't be so bad. But they've seeped, with chilling consequences, into absolutely all aspects of life, with our institutions now as obsessed as their American counterparts with dictums for promoting "diversity and inclusion" at the cost of just about everything else.

This means, with catastrophic consequences guaranteed, that the once highly prized notions of merit, creativity, and freedom of thought and speech are being systematically tossed on the bonfire of all things Potentially Un-PC.

And what a week it was for the country's diversity warriors. ...

Job discrimination, whether based on sex or race, is wrong and illegal. It is crucial that employers aren't allowed to refuse promotions on these grounds. But the idea that "diversity" comes down to tabulating the number of skin colours in any given management tier, room or discussion, is idiotic, pretty racist itself, and (shiuld be) insulting to everyone's intelligence. ...

The noxious effects of what I can't help but call the ever-strengthening "diversity dictatorship" is particularly dispiriting in once-irreverent domains like comedy. Shane Allen, the former head of comedy at the BBC, said last week that Monty Python wouldn't "stand a chance" of being broadcast on the Beeb these days. Nor would Hugh Laurie or Stephen Fry, because they are "Oxbridge white blokes". ...

Nassim Taleb, the Lebanese-American scholar and statistician, put beautifully on Twitter last week the sinister nature of all this diversity-mongering. "The more you institutionise rules of ethical behaviour that should be voluntary (say, anti-racism, anti-sexism)," he tweeted, "the more they will be used as a cover for unethical actions."

Unethical, absolutely – and plain lunatic, too. ...

Meanwhile, amid all the "inclusive" quotas and pledges and sackings, the bias trainings, the shamings and the relentless jargon, our society is losing its creativity, humour and intellectual freedom.
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Diversity – BBC
BBC to boost diversity by ending shortlists with no black candidates
Adam McCulloch
Personnel Today, 22 June 2018

The BBC plans to increase the proportion of black and ethnic minority staff with its announcement that all shortlists for posts, above certain grades, will include at least one non-white candidate.

The new protocol will apply above the broadcaster's band E – to middle and senior-ranking posts – including editors, producers and presenters. The organisation's executive committee and divisional leadership teams will also have at least two people from ethnic minority backgrounds by 2020.

Currently there are no black people filling the 96 highest ranked leadership roles at the BBC.

All leadership and development programmes will be expected to have considerable ethnic minority representation as part of their overall cohort and accountability for diversity and inclusion targets, and ethnic minority career progression will be included in senior leadership team objectives and progression reviews. ...

Cultural awareness training will be made mandatory for all team managers, says the report, on top of the current compulsory unconscious bias programme. ...

The BBC already has a diversity and inclusion policy in place that includes 15% targets for the percentage of black and ethnic minority staff in leadership roles by 2020.
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Diversity – employment
CBI boss wades into diversity debate again
Christopher Williams
Sunday Telegraph, 17 June 2018

The new head of the CBI has backed companies to favour women and ethnic minorities over equally capable white men as a way of improving diversity in the upper ranks of business.

John Allan, who is due to be confirmed as CBI president at the lobby group's AGM this week, said in a Sunday Telegraph interview that he was "quite a long way" from advocating positive discrimination that would mean less capable women and ethnic minorities are awarded senior roles.

But he added: "I'm absolutely unashamed in saying that if I had two candidates for a particular role on the board of equal merit and one of them would help us get further down the path in terms of diversity than another then I would choose them.

"I'd regard that as being a perfectly satisfactory reason for favouring one candidate over another."
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Diversity – equality
We're now confusing diversity and equality. Which is our priority?
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 17 June 2018

What do we mean by diversity? And why is it good – or not?

For all the myriad debates about diversity today, such questions are rarely addressed in any depth. The latest hoo-ha was generated by a Lionel Shriver column in the Spectator, which questioned publisher Penguin Random House's pledge to make the company more diverse. ...

"Drunk on virtue," Shriver wrote, "Penguin Random House no longer regards the company's raison d'être as the acquisition and dissemination of good books." ...

Mslexia, a magazine for women's writing, dropped her as a judge for its annual short story competition. Although it welcomed "open debate", Shriver's comments were "not consistent with Mslexia's ethos' and mission". So, an open debate, but only with the right views – the importance of diversity but not of a diversity of views.

... For both sides, "diversity" has become less an issue to debate than a symbol, of virtue for the one, of vice for the other.

Penguin Random House aims to make the company as diverse as Britain with respect to "ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability". (I assume "social mobility" is a euphemism for "class" – it's obviously a category that no longer speaks its name.)

But Britain is diverse in many other ways too – by religion, age, occupation, regional affiliation, politics and so on. It's unlikely that any institution would ever be representative in all these categories (especially political viewpoint). Here "diversity" means being representative in a few chosen categories, and only in those categories.

PRH's categories represent some of the groups that, historically, have faced discrimination, and been excluded from positions of power and privilege. From this perspective, the drive for greater diversity is a push for greater equality, and an attempt to dismantle barriers of exclusion.

But equality and diversity are not synonymous. There are many reasons for a workforce or institution not to be representative of society. Consider the recent debate about admissions to Oxford University. Black people make up around 3% of the UK population, but only 1.9% of Oxford's intake. Labour's David Lammy damned the university as a "bastion of entrenched wealthy, upper-class, white, southern privilege".

But, as Channel 4's Fact Check pointed out, black students both disproportionately apply for the most competitive courses and are more likely to miss their predicted A-level grades. Taking this into account, Oxford, according to Fact Check, "was very slightly more likely to offer a place to black candidates". ...

If the argument in favour of diversity is not as straightforward as it seems, neither is the critique. ...

In a review of novels about immigration, Shriver makes the valid, and necessary, point that most stories about migration are written from the viewpoint of immigrants, rarely from that of "host communities". She goes on, however, to talk about immigration as a form of inappropriate cultural invasion. ...

Diversity is, of itself, neither good nor bad. The real issue is about how we engage with diversity. But that means engaging with all the issues for which "diversity" has become a proxy: equality, identity, class, immigration, racism, ideas of belonging and home. In this context, neither unthinkingly celebrating diversity, nor reflexively rejecting it, makes much sense.
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Diversity – political correctness
Tyranny of the minorities: We live in an age of mob rule by minorities in which anybody who disagrees with them is censored and freedom of expression is something only THEY enjoy....
Quentin Letts
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018

... this week when our so-called liberal Left went into convulsions of illiberality after author Lionel Shriver mocked the latest diversity madness. ...

The forces of political correctness impose their unyielding views everywhere. ...

Supposedly apolitical charities try to thrust correctness down the gullets of their staff. The National Trust instructs country house guides to wear gay pride badges. The RNLI sacks long-serving lifeboatmen for using tea mugs with risque images of women.

Theatre companies are left in no doubt that they will not be given Arts Council subsidies unless they cast a number of 'non-traditional' actors – i.e., women playing Shakespearean kings or Afro-Caribbeans as English Regency fops.

Firms ban employees wearing crosses in case they offend non-Christians or atheists (but it's fine to wear a burka). ...

'Diversity' is now a booming employment sector and it offers hefty salaries. More insidiously, others exploit it for political ends and furtherance of their own ambitions. ...

Lionel Shriver was swiftly condemned this week by people who pretty clearly had not read her article and were interested only in hurting her. ...

There is a profoundly worrying problem with this tyranny of the minorities. By insisting every minority has preferential rights, you end up denying the majority their rights. ...

A few months ago, I had an experience like Ms Shriver's when I criticised the Royal Shakespeare Company for what I felt was some clumsy, minority-quotas casting in a Restoration comedy. I asked if the RSC was being leaned on by the Arts Council (which places inordinate store by its diversity policies). Did it fear that unless it cast black actors in historically white roles it might not be given such big dollops of public cash? ...

The RSC denounced me as a racist and numerous blowhards in the subsidised theatre world pretty much compared me to Satan. Behind the scenes, senior theatre practitioners told me they completely agreed with me – but feared that if they said so in public, their careers would be damaged.
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'It's not fair to accuse me of racism'
Ed Cumming
Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2018

Lional Shriver was vilified this week for criticising a publisher's diversity policy. ...

"It's wilful misrepresentation," says Shriver, ..."opinions are being imputed to me, and to that column, which neither I nor the column profess. It's malicious. I was amused and concerned by the letter from Penguin Random House because it seemed to me they were aiming for diversity quotas. They deny it, saying it was an aspiration, but that's just semantics. If you're aiming to mirror the proportions of [minority] groups in the UK, that's a quota. We've got to the point where diversity is sacrosanct, and you can't say anything even in the vicinity of that word that is short of worshipful.

"Diversity is a laudable goal, and I've never said anything else, but it shouldn't be the primary goal if your company is meant to be doing something else. ..."
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Diversity – radio broadcasting
Radio industry needs to reflect UK's diversity – media regulator
Jim Waterson
The Guardian, 13 June 2018

Ethnic minorities, disabled people and women are all under-represented in the UK's radio industry, according to a new report, prompting warnings that its output may be out of step with what modern British audiences want to hear.

According to research by the media regulator Ofcom just 6% of staff in the sector are non-white, far below the UK population average of 14%. ...

The figures show that the radio industry is well behind television when it comes to ethnic diversity, although radio does employ a higher proportion of people with disabilities.

The study of nearly 9,000 staff focused on the UK's three biggest broadcasting groups: the BBC; Global, which owns Capital and Classic FM; and Bauer, which runs stations including Absolute and Magic.
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Diversity – publishing
When diversity means uniformity
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 9 June 2018

I'd been suffering under the misguided illusion that the purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell and promote fine writing. A colleague's forwarded email has set me straight. /.../ The email cites the publisher's 'new company-wide goal': for 'both our new hires and the authors we acquire to reflect UK society by 2025.' /.../ 'This means we want our authors and new colleagues to reflect the UK population taking into account ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social mobility and disability.' ...

The accompanying questionnaire for PRH authors is by turns fascinating, comical and depressing. ...

And check out the ethnicity pull-down. 'Asian or Asian British' may specify 'Indian,' 'Bangladeshi, 'Chinese', or 'Pakistan'; the correct adjectival form of the latter nationality seems to be mysteriously unprintable. 'Black or Black British' may identify as 'Caribbean' or 'African'. 'Mixed' allows for the options 'White and Black African', 'White and Black Caribbean', and 'White and Asian', but any other combo is merely 'Mixed: Other'. As for us crackers, there's 'White: British', 'White: Irish', and 'White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller', but the rest can only tick 'White: Other'.

Let's unpack that pull-down. If your office is chocka with Italians, Greeks, Spaniards, Germans, Danes, Finns, Bosnians, Hungarians, Czechs, Russians, Americans, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis, Argentines, Guatemalans, Mexicans, Romanians who aren't travellers and South African Jews – I could go on – together speaking dozens of languages and bringing to their workplace a richly various historical and cultural legacy, the entire workforce could be categorised as 'White: Other'. Your office is not diverse.

I see two issues here. First: diversity, both the word and the concept, has crimped. It serves a strict, narrow agenda that has little or nothing to do with the productive dynamism of living and working alongside people with widely different upbringings and beliefs. Only particular and, if you will, privileged backgrounds count. ...

Second: dazzled by this very highest of social goods, many of our institutions have ceased to understand what they are for. Drunk on virtue, Penguin Random House no longer regards the company's raison d'être as the acquisition and dissemination of good books. Rather, the organisation aims to mirror the percentages of minorities in the UK population with statistical precision. Thus from now until 2025, literary excellence will be secondary to ticking all those ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual preference and crap-education boxes. ...

In the news last week, we find the ultimate example of this fatal confusion over what is your actual job. Will Norman, London's 'walking and cycling commissioner', bemoaned the fact that too many cyclists in the city are white, male and middle-class. 'The real challenge for London cycling,' he declared, 'is diversity.' As opposed to building more cycle lanes for everybody, or fixing potholes lethal to everybody's wheel rims, Norman regards his principal function as increasing black and minority ethnic ridership. /.../ For a cycling commissioner to define his primary remit as 'diversity' is no less ludicrous than for Transport for London to turn a blind eye to the chronic tailbacks along the Embankment, just so long as the requisite number of Koreans is stuck in them.
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Diversity – universities
Universities that fail to improve student diversity could have tuition fees cut, regulator warns
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 8 June 2018

Universities that fail to improve student diversity could have their tuition fees cut by a third, the new university regulator has warned after Oxford and Cambridge were in the spotlight over admissions.

Sir Michael Barber, chair of the Office for Students, said he is "interested in results, not just plans" in boosting student diversity at the most selective institutions in the UK. ...

In an article for The Daily Telegraph, Sir Michael warned that he would use his powers to reduce the tuition fees cap from £9,000 to £6,000 if a university did not increase its intake of students from diverse backgrounds. ...

This week Sam Gyimah, the universities minister, said Oxford and Cambridge's failure to take in more students who are black or from less privileged backgrounds was "staggering".

He criticised the elite institutions for not doing enough and warned they could be fined by the new higher education regulator if they do not meet admission targets.
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Diversity – USA
University of Florida gets new $280k-per-year diversity officer
Daniel Payne
The College Fix, 5 June 2018

The University of Florida recently hired a new diversity official to oversee its campus diversity initiatives, a position that will cost the public university $280,000 per year.

Antonio Farias will assume the position of chief diversity officer at the school this July, according to a recent press release from the university. ...

Farias, who holds degrees in comparative literature, comparative ethnic studies and fine arts, will join a university that already employees thirteen diversity employees, including five staffers of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, two in Black Affairs, and two in Lesbian, Ga, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Affairs.
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Diversity – culture
The campaign to decolonise culture in Britain
The Economist, 1 June 2018

Calls to revisit historical narratives in museums to make room for the perspectives of those who were colonised have grown louder in recent years. Groups of activists seek to identify the Western bias involved in cultural heritage and shame institutions into redressing it. As such, the activists ask provocative questions about who owns culture.

These debates spurred a group of young museum professionals from different minority and immigrant groups to form Museum Detox in 2016. Their aim is to build awareness around diversity in cultural organisations, to build a network and to help members achieve leadership positions. Their inaugural event, in October that year, was a flash mob at the Museum of London. It saw some 60 black and minority-ethnic museum workers disrupt "Punk.London", an exhibition marking 40 years of punk and its legacy. The flash mob fittingly caused anarchy by raiding the show with cards and texts about African and Caribbean culture. ...

The previous day gal-dem, a collective of ethnic-minority women, had also staged a cultural coup at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ... Scrutiny of the canon is extending to universities, too. Non-Western academics and thinkers are sharing their "decolonising syllabi" and discussing the subject online. Last year undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge petitioned to diversify their English-literature curriculum with non-Western voices. At Cambridge, in an open letter to the head of the English faculty, students said they want to change a syllabus which they feel "elevates white male authors at the expense of all others". They stated that while strides had been made to include women writers, "the curriculum, taken as a whole, risks perpetuating institutional racism." Students suggested more post-colonial authors in exam papers, more diversified speakers at the university and "a zero-tolerance policy on the dismissal of race as a subject worthy of discussion/enquiry in essays".
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Diversity – blackness, culture
University students offered course on Black Lives Matter movement
Eleanor Busby
Independent, 30 May 2018

Students will be given the chance to study Beyonce and Kendrick Lemar as part of the Britain's first degree course focusing on the Black Lives Matter activist movement.

The University of Hertfordshire module, which is part of a MA degree in Literature and Culture, will examine contemporary texts linked to the social justice movement against violence and racism. ...

Christopher Lloyd, lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, hopes the new course will boost the numbers of black and minority ethnic (BME) students at the institution. ...

Dr Lloyd told The Independent: "We want to put blackness and racial identity at the forefront and we want to attract more BME students. We hope it will encourage some of our undergraduate students to come back as it speaks to their identity." ...

On the new module, which starts in September, Dr Lloyd said: "Learning about black culture, rights and social justice is vital to our understanding of the contemporary world.

"The university is committed to both international perspectives and addressing the BME attainment gap in higher education. We see this module as part of that larger project."
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Diversity – universities, cost, USA
The Diversity Staff at the University of Michigan Is Nearly 100 Full-Time Employees
Jon Miltimore
Intellectual Takeout, 30 May 2018

Year after year, media note and sometimes bemoan the ballooning cost of higher education.

There is no doubt that the human costs of this rise are severe: Some 44 million Americans currently carry nearly $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, and the delinquency rate is 11 percent.

There are various reasons for surging costs, but the primary one is the remarkable expansion of university administration in recent decades. ...



1. The University of Michigan currently employs a diversity staff of nearly 100 (93) full-time diversity administrators, officers, directors, vice-provosts, deans, consultants, specialists, investigators, managers, executive assistants, administrative assistants, analysts, and coordinators.

2. More than one-quarter (26) of these "diversicrats" earn annual salaries of more than $100,000, and the total payroll for this small army is $8.4 million. ...



If you fell out of your chair upon realizing that the University of Michigan has a full-time diversity staff of nearly one hundred employees, one of whom earns more than the president of the United States, you can be forgiven. I nearly did too.
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Diversity – cycling, London
London cyclists too white, male and middle class, says capital's cycling chief in vow to tackle diversity 'problem'
Tom Batchelor
Independent, 29 May 2018

Too few women and people from ethnic minority groups cycle in London and more must be done to promote diversity among a largely white, male and middle class biking community, the city's walking and cycling commissioner has said. ...

He said he was considering setting diversity targets for London's cycling population to ensure progress was achieved.

Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups account for about 15 per cent of the city's cycle trips – around two-thirds less than Transport for London estimates it could be.
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Diversity – Oxford University
No, Oxford University is not racist
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 29 May 2018
[The author is a barrister]

Oxford is one of the world's great universities. ...

Yet for several years now, academic merit has been challenged by the politics of diversity. The Labour MP David Lammy has championed the view that demographics – particularly of ethnicity, social class and geography – are relevant to student admissions. Last October he accused Oxford of 'social apartheid', stating the student body 'is utterly unrepresentative of life in modern Britain'. And last week, in response to Oxford publishing its annual admissions data, he renewed his attack, describing the university as 'a bastion of white, middle-class, southern privilege'.

This is where merit and diversity clash. Academic ability in 18-year-olds is not randomly distributed. Nature and nurture play a role. Some children are born into environments that stimulate academic curiosity. Some grow up wanting to emulate the educational successes of their parents. Some attend more academic schools which have teachers better at enthusing them to excel. Some are more able to devour onerous Oxford lecture notes. Each of these variables is more common in certain demographics than others. And if students were selected solely on the basis of merit, then Oxford would necessarily reflect those demographics.

In 2016, the percentage of A-level students achieving three A grades or better was 13. But for Chinese students the figure was 24 per cent. At the other end of the scale were black Caribbeans (three per cent). In the mid-point were white and mixed-race communities (each 11 per cent) and Asians (10 per cent), although within the Asian category students of Indian heritage did better (14 per cent).

This ethnically based differential in A-level achievement carries forward into degree performance. ...

In fact, Oxford has a disproportionately high number of black students, although you wouldn't know this from the comments made by Lammy and others last week. ...

In any case, Oxford should only admit black students who meet its minimum academic requirements – three A grades or better at A-level. But across all UK universities, only 1.8 per cent of black students achieved this minimum requirement. And yet the percentage of black students admitted to Oxford is 1.9 per cent. Accordingly, when allowance is made for grade attainment, black students fare better than white students. ...

Far from discriminating against black students, Oxford, by making allowances for grades and course choices, discriminates in favour of black students. ...

... Lammy now fronts a form of diversity politics that has become a mainstream concern for almost the entire political class. /.../ Last week there was scarcely a politician or academic who was prepared to defend a meritocratic system.

... An easier place at Oxford may be good for children from 'the 20th floor of a tower block estate', if they don't mind being patronised, but it certainly isn't good for Oxford.
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Diversity – NHS
NHS 'must do more to tackle white privilege', trust chief says
Paul Kelso
Sky News, 29 May 2018

The NHS must do more to tackle "white privilege" and increase black and minority ethnic (BAME) representation among senior managers and directors, a leading hospital trust chief executive has told Sky News.

Sarah-Jane Marsh, chief executive of Birmingham Women's & Children's NHS Trust, says she will no longer sit on any interview board panel that does not include a BAME member, after figures for her own trust revealed ethnic minority candidates were less likely to succeed at interview.

Across NHS England as a whole, 18% of the 1.2 million staff are from a BAME background, but just 5% of very senior managers are non-white, compared to 27% of the lowest paid support staff. ...

The co-chair of the NHS Equality and Diversity Council, Joan Saddler, welcomed the Birmingham initiative and said change at senior levels is decades overdue.
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Diversity – poetry
Ode to whiteness: British poetry scene fails diversity test
Alison Flood
The Guardian, 25 May 2018

The British poetry world is "failing to meet even the most basic measurements of inclusivity", according to a new report which highlights the "systemic exclusion" of poets and critics of colour from UK and Irish poetry magazines.

Collecting data from 29 magazines and websites including PN Review, Poetry Review, the Guardian and Oxford Poetry, the study found that between 2012 and 2018, 9% of almost 20,000 published poems were by poets of colour. Of the 1,819 poems, 502 were published in a single magazine, Modern Poetry in Translation; if this is taken out of the equation, only 7% of poems were by poets of colour. The studyPDF, conducted by poetry reviewer and blogger Dave Coates for Ledbury Emerging Poetry Critics, points out that in contrast, at the 2011 census, 12.9% of the UK population identified as black and minority ethnic (BME). ...

... Sandeep Parmar, who commissioned the report. ...

... She pointed to the effect of a 2005 report which found that less than 1% of poets published by a major press in the UK were black or Asian; following the launch of diversity mentoring scheme The Complete Works, that figure now stands at almost 10%.

... When I arrived 15 years ago poetry was extremely white, in magazines, criticism and published collections. That's changed a lot, and it is to do with forward-thinking people."
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Diversity – academia
Nearly one in five Oxford students now BME as university announces diversity drive in the wake of public backlash
Harry Yorke
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2018

Nearly one in five students enrolling at Oxford are now either black or an ethnic minority, figures show, as the university announces a new diversity drive in the wake of mounting political pressure.

Professor Louise Richardson, Oxford's vice chancellor, has admitted change has come "too slowly to meet public expectations" and that works remains "to be done" if the university is to reflect modern Britain. ...

The report shows that last year the number of students classed as black and ethnic minority rose to 17.9 per cent, up from just 13,9 per cent four years ago.
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Diversity – academia
Oxford receives Race Equality Charter bronze award
University of Oxford, 18 May 2018

Oxford University has received a Race Equality Charter bronze award from Advance HE. It means Oxford is one of only 10 UK universities to hold this award. ...

The award recognises the University's efforts and commitment to improve the representation, progression and success of minority ethnic staff and students.

The process of submitting for an award required the University to consult widely and systematically investigate the main issues related to equality and diversity at Oxford.

These issues include the diversity of appointments to senior staff positions, and of undergraduate admissions to the University.
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Diversity – Scout Association
Rebranded Scouts will teach young people how to do their best to get a job
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2018

Tying knots and wild camping are not directly relevant to most people's careers.

But the Scouts say they can teach young people how to get a job.

The organisation's new "contemporary" rebrand is designed to convince black and minority ethnic parents that joining up is worthwhile. ...

Matt Hyde, the chief executive of the Scout Association, ...

He said that the organisation was trying to become more diverse and that he hoped "selling the benefits" to minority communities would challenge Scouting's image as overwhelmingly white, middle-class and male.

It has also launched a simpler logo with a "more contemporary look and feel" in order to attract more diverse recruits. ...

He added that Muslim children were one of the "fastest-growing areas" for Scouting, prompted partly by changes to the uniform to allow for "cultural sensitivities".

Scouting launched a new uniform for Muslim girls in 2012, incorporating long sleeves and a "hoodie dress".
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Diversity – bias, Scouting Association
Christian sues the Scouts after being ejected over Islam complaint
Alex Williams
Premier, 12 May 2018

A man from Bristol whose membership to the Scout Association was cancelled is taking legal action, claiming he has been discriminated against on account of his Christian faith.

Brian Walker says his membership was unfairly taken away after he expressed fears the organisation was increasingly promoting Islam and moving away from its Christian roots. ...

Mr Walker wrote to the Scout Association's official magazine on 18th March 2017 to warn the organisation was also increasing promoting political correctness and interfaith issues above Christian values.

He was sent a letter four days later by the local District Commander, informing him he was no longer a member of the organisation.

Mr Walker, who lives in the Brislington area of Bristol, was told that he views did not reflect the inclusive nature of Scouting.
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Diversity – Bristol
City of opportunity: 200 new apprenticeships for people from a BAME background are opening up in Bristol
ByJack Pitts
BristolLive, 11 May 2018

A campaign has begun to find apprenticeships for 200 people from black and minority (BAME) backgrounds by 2020, as Bristol becomes one of the UK's five Apprentice Diversity Hubs.

The news comes as the Bristol begins a 'Year of Change' which will feature a series of events aimed at making the city's streets less racially segregated. ...

According to council data, Bristol is becoming increasingly diverse, with more than 45 religions, 91 languages and people from 180 countries walking its streets. The proportion of the population which said they are not 'white British' increased from 12 per cent in 2001 to 22 per cent in 2011.
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Diversity – Army, armed forces
Army officers told promotion will depend on 'inclusiveness'
Joel Adams
Daily Telegraph, 9 April 2018

Army officers could be passed over for promotion if they have not done enough to improve "inclusiveness and diversity" in their units. ...

An MOD spokesman said the requirement is "an intrinsic part of the behaviour we expect from everyone across Defence." ...

In November of 2016 a new objective was added to the checklist under the authority of then Chief of Defence People, General Richard Nugee.

Under the heading "Diversity and Inclusion" it says officers, warrant officers and NCOs should: "Promote an inclusive culture within area of responsibility, working to increase understanding and engagement through education and initiative."
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Diversity – discrimination, employment, heritage
WHITES NEED NOT APPLY: Brits of English Heritage Banned from Paid Training Postsà at English Heritage
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 8 April 2018

Historic England, the public body tasked with preserving England's heritage, is advertising paid training placements for itself, the National Trust, English Heritage and other bodies which are not open to white people. ...

"If you're interested in gaining skills and experience for a career in heritage and identify as having Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (jump to Background to find out why), please see how to apply below."

The 'background' section of the advert explains how the Tory government published a Culture White Paper in March 2016 which "challenged Historic England and other nationally funded cultural organisations to develop and share strategies for improving workforce diversity."

It explains how, "In response, Historic England developed a Workforce Diversity Strategy which has several strands of activity but one of the most significant is a new paid Heritage Training Placements scheme for undergraduates and recent graduates with Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage."

The result is that the paid training placements – which are being offered not only at Historic England but also other public bodies including the National Trust, the Heritage Alliance, and English Heritage – are not actually open to applicants of English heritage.
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Diversity – theatre
Lusty revival has two waggy stars
Quentin Letts
Daily Mail, 6 April 2018

The Fantastic Follies of Mrs Rich Swan Theatre, Stratford-Upon-Avon)

Two gorgeous lurchers nearly steal the show in a largely forgotten 1700 comedy by Mary Pix. ...

Jo Davies's Royal Shakespeare Company production opens with four female saxophonists jamming away in period garb. ...

Was Mr Wringer cast because he is black? If so, the RSC's clunking approach to politically correct casting has again weakened its stage product.

I suppose its managers are under pressure from the Arts Council to tick inclusiveness boxes, but at some point they are going to have to decide if their core business is drama or social engineering.
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Diversity – Scout Association
Scouts to rebrand because current fleur-de-lis logo is 'old-fashioned'
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 10 March 2018

The Scout Association is to rebrand its old logo having decided that the current fleur-de-lis is "old-fashioned" and "means little" to a modern audience.

In a blog post published on Friday UK Chief Commissioner Tim Kidd said the "current, highly traditional Fleur-de-lis" is outdated and seems "from another time". ...

Mr Kidd added that its new look was particularly popular with mothers and with parents from black and minority ethnic communities, who said they would be 44 per cent more likely to volunteer and 69 per cent more likely to send their children to Scouts.

"That's potentially a huge step forward for us as a movement committed to inclusivity," he said.
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Diversity – Ofcom, BBC
BBC audit to ensure gay and black screen talent
Matthew Moore
The Times, 1 March 2018

The proportion of gay, ethnic minority and disabled people appearing on BBC programmes will be assessed by the media regulator Ofcom for the first time as part of a diversity drive.

The analysis will cover all genres of programming including drama, comedy, news and current affairs, with a focus on primetime BBC One and BBC Two schedules. ...

The project represents the first official attempt to evaluate the on-screen diversity of the national broadcaster.
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Diversity – teachers, Canada
Teacher education must rise above political correctness
Rodney Clifton and Alexandra Burnett
Times Higher Education, 22 February 2018

Increasingly, Canadian universities seem to be more concerned about political correctness than educating students. ...

A less well known but arguably much more serious example is the increasing tendency for Canadian faculties of education to use admissions criteria that are unrelated to the characteristics and skills needed by effective classroom teachers. At the University of Windsor, for example, special consideration is being given to candidates who reflect "the ethno-cultural and social diversity of Ontario's schools". And, last September, the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba went even further by aiming to admit 45 per cent of incoming teacher candidates on the basis of their self-identification as members of marginalised groups, such as indigenous, disabled, LGBTQ, minority ethnic or socially disadvantaged.

These admission policies are being implemented so that teachers increasingly represent the ever-changing social demographics of provinces. There is some merit to that aspiration, but there are several serious problems. One is that such self-identities are difficult to verify and, consequently, are potentially easy to "game". A second is that such policies are not useful for identifying and admitting candidates who actually have the potential to become effective teachers, which is the most important reason for having faculties of education at universities.

Parents, students and even school administrators already know that there are substantial differences between the most and least effective teachers. A number of excellent studies have shown that the top 25 per cent are able to effectively teach 18 months' worth of curriculum content in a year, while the bottom 25 per cent are able to teach only about six months' worth. In short, the best teachers are three times more effective than the worst teachers. Addressing this unacceptable disparity should be the most important priority among Canadian faculties of education.
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Diversity – managerialism
Diversity: A Managerial Ideology
Darel E. Paul
Quillette, 19 February 2018
[Darel E. Paul is Professor of Political Science at Williams College]

Diversity is the reigning social and political ideal of our age. It is the public ideology of the country's most powerful state and business institutions. To many it is the essence of American national identity and, in one of the favorite phrases of President Barack Obama, 'who we are' as a country.

Rather than simply a recognition of difference, diversity is a cultural, economic, and political project to both generate difference and to manage it. ...

While the rapid spread of affirmative action policies met a backlash in the late 1970s, this resistance was largely a white middle class revolt. Support never flagged among elites. ...

Justice Powell argued that "a diverse student body" was a worthy goal of any university which allowed the consideration of race in admissions. He justified this neither on the grounds of racial justice nor the amelioration of past or present discrimination, but on the grounds of diversity. Powell claimed that racial and ethnic diversity advanced the core intellectual mission of American higher education, namely "speculation, experiment and creation," "the interplay of ideas and the exchange of views," and an encounter of differing "ideas and mores of students as diverse as this Nation of many peoples." ...

Powell's endorsement of the so-called 'Harvard plan' as a constitutionally permissible and even preferable equal opportunity practice spread diversity throughout American higher education and the elite business sector. /.../ By the early 1990s, diversity had conquered Corporate America.

The country's managerial elite now rarely misses an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to diversity. ...

... In 2012 and again in 2015, 45 Fortune 100 firms argued that diversity is essential both for individual "success in the corporate world" as well as "business success" in "country and world economies that are increasingly diverse." ...

Business would have us believe its embrace of diversity is a straightforward matter of efficiency, productivity, and profitability. ...

But is there really a business case for diversity? While most corporations claim to be true believers, social science gives a decidedly mixed answer. That being said, the academic debate over diversity's impact on the bottom line is largely, well, academic. Managers embraced diversity long before any meaningful evidence existed for its positive effects. /.../ Whether diversity admissions practices even help their targets remains a matter of controversy. Despite all this uncertainty, higher education displayed total unity of purpose ... ...

... As an ideology and associated set of practices, diversity is attractive to managers and administrators because it is a particular version of the broader ideology of managerialism. ...

Thus managerial elites, whether in the private or public sector, have embraced diversity because it is a managerial ideology.
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Diversity – USA
University to spend $121 million on diversity efforts – and maybe more in two years
Christian Montoya
The College Fix, 7 February 2018

Last fall, Columbia University pledged to spend an extra $100 million on diversity efforts over five years.

Not content to play second fiddle on diversity spending, American University is spending even more, even faster.

The private university in Washington, D.C., plans to shell out $121 million in the next two years on its "Plan for Inclusive Excellence."

That includes a mandatory full-year course for all freshmen starting this fall, The American University Experience. ...

AUx is part of a pot of $7 million in funding for fiscal year 2018 that also covers academic centers, faculty development and programs "specifically designated to advance access, equity, and inclusion," according to the plan.

The other $53 million this fiscal year will go toward diversity-oriented institutional scholarships. Next fiscal year's $61 million is less specified. The plan simply says it will cover "investments in diversity, equity, and inclusion." ...

Beyond AUx, the curriculum goal includes the ongoing work of the new Antiracist Policy and Research Center /.../ and the buildout of the new African American and African diaspora major.
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Diversity – USA
Robert Putnam Distorts His Own Diversity Research
Jason Richwine
National Review, 6 February 2018

In last week's column arguing against restricting immigration, David Brooks writes:



What about the rise of social distrust? Restrictionists often cite a 2007 Robert Putnam study finding that more diversity leads to less trust. But Putnam tells me they are distorting his research. He found that diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages, that trust declines over the short term as places grow more diverse, but that over the long term Americans find new ways to boost social solidarity.



Putnam made the same "distortion" claim in a letter to the Wall Street Journal last year. It was just as disingenuous then as it is now. In fact, Putnam himself is the one distorting his research, by attempting to elevate his personal speculation (that diversity brings long-term net benefits) to the level of his data analysis (that shows diversity causes significant present-day problems).

To elaborate, the substance of Putnam's 2007 paper is an analysis of his Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey. He shows that ethnic diversity is associated with reduced trust even after controlling for a long list of socioeconomic variables. The analysis is thorough and valuable, but it captures just one moment in time. It cannot tell us whether the effect on trust occurs only "over the short term," or whether we will "find new ways to boost social solidarity." Furthermore, Putnam never identifies positive effects of diversity from his own data – although an arguable exception is greater interest in politics – and he certainly never uses his data to address the question of whether "diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages." Indeed, Putnam's data analysis section reads as a relentless, unsparing critique of diversity, with no promise of a long-run turnaround. Uncomfortable with the implications of the data analysis, Putnam sandwiches it between misdirection and speculation. The misdirection comes at the beginning, in the form of a short list of reasons he believes ethnic diversity is a "valuable national asset." Almost nothing on his list is about ethnic diversity per se. /.../ The speculation comes at the end, when Putnam offers his hope that U.S. Army integration, megachurches, and intermarriage among European ethnics are signs that the U.S. will eventually overcome the challenges of diversity. That's it for the long-term – no hard evidence, just speculation.
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Diversity – USA
Identity U.
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 1 February 2018

The diversity bureaucracy has finally swallowed an entire college. San Diego State University has just named to its presidency a vice chancellor of student affairs and campus diversity, hired from the University of California, Davis. The new SDSU president, Adela de la Torre, is a peerless example of the intersection of identity politics and the ballooning student-services bureaucracy.

As vice chancellor of student affairs and campus diversity at UC Davis, de la Torre presided over a division made up of a whopping 28 departments – not academic departments, but bureaucratic and identity-based ones, such as ...; the Center for African Diaspora Student Success; the Center for Chicanx and Latinx Student Success; the Native American Academic Student Success Center; the Middle Eastern/South Asian Student Affairs Office; ... This gallimaufry of identity-based fiefdoms illustrates the symbiosis between an artificially segmented, identity-obsessed student body and the campus bureaucracy: the more that students carve themselves into micro-groups claiming oppressed status, the more pretext there is for new cadres of administrators to shield them from oppression. ...

The American university is becoming an appendage of the identity bureaucracy and identity studies. If the mission of higher education is no longer knowledge, but social justice, an emphasis on diversity, and indoctrination in "anti-racism," then SDSU has made the ideal hire.
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Diversity – engineering
Engineering giants pledge to attract more diverse staff
Christopher Williams
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2018

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

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

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

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

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

"I am a Catholic and therefore I believe in welcoming diversity," said Negri, the recently retired archbishop of Ferrara-Comacchio and a close friend of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, "but this cannot be unmeasured because otherwise it leads to a crushing and extermination of our society."
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Emigration – Europe
European Union – the biggest people-trafficking scam in history
Moshe Forman
The Times of Israel, 24 March 2018

Unrestricted immigration is a disaster for the poorer countries of Europe; it arrests their development and, not surprisingly, has the most detrimental effect on the poorest. It's great for the British that they have all these people to staff the NHS, but does anyone give a damn that in Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and elsewhere, their health services are collapsing form a shortage of doctors and nurses? I would argue that the EU policy of free migration has become the biggest people-trafficking scam in history.

This is how this new imperialism works; the poor countries of the Balkans spend their scarce resources on training health and other professionals, who then leave, tempted by the salaries of the more developed nations of Europe. The UK gets ready-trained health staff on the cheap, and the Bulgarian health service, for example, already struggling to overcome the devastation of the communist years, suffers from ever dropping ratio of medical staff to patients.

There are several academic investigations into the effect of this economic migration from the poorer to the rich countries. ...

Families are split apart and the negative impact on children means the damage will be carried over to the next generation. ...

The elderly are particularly vulnerable: ...
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Emigration – Romania
Exodus from Romania: How free movement looks at the other end of the EU
Stephen McGrath
Prospect, April 2018

Between 2007, when the country joined the EU, and 2017 around 3.4m Romanians emigrated, two-thirds of them aged 18-39. ...

Poverty in rural Romania can be striking. On the fringes are scores of Roma families living in tiny makeshift houses. Many are collapsing. According to the World Bank, 70 per cent of Romania's rural population – which makes up almost half of the country's roughly 19m people – live below the poverty line. ...

... An estimated 350,000 economic orphans have parents who live abroad. There are far-reaching implications. Doctors, nurses and teachers have left in droves which has dramatically lowered the quality of education and healthcare. ...

Corruption in Romania is rife but the left-wing Social Democrat (PSD) government is hell-bent on reversing hard-won measures that would undermine the country's longstanding crackdown on graft.
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Employment – Conservative Party
Government could be on verge of a disastrous post-Brexit immigration policy
Migration Watch UK, 16 October 2018

It would be disastrous if the Government's new immigration policy were to adopt the recently published Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) proposals.

That is the verdict of a study (MW456: Likely consequences of the MAC's immigration policy) being published by Migration Watch UK.

The outcome of implementing the MAC recommendations would be to expose seven million jobs in Britain to new or increased competition from a huge global pool of labour with no limits on the numbers granted work permits and no requirement to show that a British worker is not available.

The main remaining requirement would be a salary of £30,000 a year despite the MAC themselves having themselves pointed out that salary levels can be manipulated.

The impact of such a system would be huge. Loosening the skill requirement for work permits from degree level to A-level would mean that ten million full-time jobs could be involved – five million highly-skilled jobs and five million jobs that are below university graduate level.

All highly-skilled posts would be subject to increased competition as there would now be no cap on numbers.

Of the five million or so below graduate-level jobs, two million are currently paid at or over £30,000 a year and so would also be directly affected. If there are changes to the salary limit or if salaries were to be manipulated, the number of jobs that could be affected could still exceed seven million.

The abolition of the requirement that employers must show that no British candidate is available prior to hiring from abroad would make it much simpler to bring in cheaper workers, or perhaps more experienced workers, at a lower salary than the equivalent British worker would expect.

The MAC themselves have pointed to academic research which found a strong preference among some employers for migrant workers and a 'prejudice' against UK workers.

Immigration is not, however, only about salaries. This work permit would be a route to settlement in the UK which would be a major non-financial incentive. It is also important to note that the immigrant communities already in the UK, who number over nine million, would gain a possible route for their relatives of which they would certainly wish to take advantage.

This scheme might be fine for employers who would be able to recruit a massive number of skilled and semi-skilled workers from overseas. However, it would be seriously detrimental to the future prospects for training British workers and therefore to the country as a whole.

The Conservative Party press release of 2 October, which outlined the Government's plan, claimed that 'crucially it will be fair to ordinary working people'. That is almost the reverse of the truth.
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Employment – automation
UK automation picks up as migrant labour supply slows
Business Times, 16 October 2018

British manufacturers have long lagged behind their developed country peers on automation, thanks in part to a seemingly inexhaustible pool of workers from Europe.

The flow of low-cost labour has become less reliable since Britain voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, however.

Net migration from eastern Europe hit an eight-year low in the 12 months to March, official data shows, and industry groups fear the situation will only get worse.

Unlocking automation investment could have big implications for the economy. If companies tilt away from labour, economists say, it could boost productivity and take the lid off wage increases that have languished at around 2 per cent in recent years. ...

... The International Federation of Robotics (IFR) says British factories are less likely to use industrial robots than any other leading economy and even some countries in eastern Europe.

Bank of England (BOE) officials and industry experts say they may finally be catching up. ...

Customs data shows imports of multi-purpose industrial robots, which can be reprogrammed to perform new tasks and usually have arms capable of moving in three dimensions, rose to a record £83.2 million in the year to the end of July, up by 72 per cent on the previous 12-month period.

... Manufacturers used just 71 multi-purpose industrial robots per 10,000 factory workers in 2016, compared with 132 in France, 309 in Germany and 631 in South Korea, the world leader, according to IFR data.

Partly this reflects the smaller size of the UK's automotive sector, as car companies make particularly high use of robotics.

But even stripping out carmakers, British manufacturers are far behind their peers.
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Employment – seasonal work
FIRST post-Brexit immigration plans REVEALED: Theresa May relaunches non-EU workers scheme
Martina Bet
Daily Express, 6 September 2018

Theresa May will re-launch the non-EU workers scheme, after axing it five years ago, to meet the post-Brexit demands for fruit pickers, Whitehall sources have revealed.

The scheme, which allows 2,500 non-EU workers to register for seasonal work, will effectively be the first post-Brexit immigration plan put forward by the Government.

It comes after farmers have been increasingly pressuring Theresa May to relax VISA rules to ensure British farms are able to recruit seasonal workers in the face of a post-Brexit labour shortage.

The farming industry employs 67,000 seasonal workers, with 95 percent coming from countries in the trade bloc under the right of freedom of movement. ...

The non-EU farmer scheme was scrapped by Mrs May when she was Home Secretary following growing fears that it could result in a surge in migrants, as workers from Romania and Bulgaria gained the automatic right to work in the UK in 2014.

However, official figures show EU migration has fallen to the lowest levels in six years.

While 226,000 EU citizens arrived in the UK in the year leading up to March 2018, 138,000 decided to leave.
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Employment – students
Immigration campaigners have warned ministers not to reopen the floodgates by caving in to demands by university bosses
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 5 September 2018

Migration crusaders urged ministers not to bring back foreign student two-year visas.

Universities and Boris Johnson urged a restart of the scheme to let them stay after courses end.

But Migration Watch's Alp Mehmet warned of an unskilled influx. He said: "There's no reason they should stay on, even to stack shelves.

"The last time ministers investigated, only one in four had skilled work."
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Employment – EU citizens
Study estimates 500,000 EU workers are in low-skilled UK jobs
Lisa O'Carroll
The Guardian, 30 August 2018

An estimated 500,000 EU citizens are working in low-skilled jobs in the UK such as picking fruit, cleaning offices, working in warehouses and food factories, a report by leading academics has found.

The report by the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said that employers could struggle to find workers after Brexit and the risk of labour exploitation might be heightened under the two main options available to companies to find staff willing to do the work once freedom of movement ends.

In the most extensive analysis of the jobs EU nationals are filling, Migration Observatory found 132,000 in elementary cleaning jobs, 120,000 in basic hospitality jobs such as coffee shops, 96,000 in warehouses, 91,000 in factory plants and 26,000 on building sites.

Another 89,000 were truck, van and taxi drivers; 82,000 worked in care services; 74,000 working in food processing; 68,000 as shop assistants and 54,000 in other administrative jobs.

The vast majority of the estimated 3.6 million to 3.8 million EU citizens in the country were in skilled jobs with 537,000 in "high-skilled jobs" with degree or equivalent qualifications.

Another 616,000 were in upper- to middle-skilled jobs with school plus substantial training with 781,000 in lower-middle skilled jobs defined as those involving school qualifications and "some training". ...

The government has said it wants to extend an existing youth mobility scheme for Australians, Canadians and other specified non-EU countries including Japan and Monaco to allow them work in these low-skilled jobs.

But Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory, said this would not be sufficient.

"There's no guarantee that youth mobility can provide staff for unpalatable roles in out-of-the-way places.

"That's because the scheme gives workers lots of options, and people with options often prefer to work in shops and bars rather than muddy fields or food processing plants."
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Employment – foreign workers
More Romanians and Bulgarians working in UK despite fewer EU employees overall
MailOnline / Press Association, 15 August 2018

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen to a record high, in contrast to a sharp drop in employees from other eastern European countries.

Official statistics show there were 391,000 Romanian and Bulgarian workers from April to June this year, an increase of 54,000 compared to the same period of 2017.

Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, and restrictions on migrants from the two countries working in Britain were lifted in January 2014. ...

Between April and June, there were 880,000 nationals from the so-called EU A8 nations – Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia. This was down by 117,000 from 997,000 a year earlier.

The number of nationals of 14 long-term EU member states including Germany, Italy, Spain and France working in the UK also fell year-on-year, decreasing by around 23,000 to just below one million.

Overall, there were 2.28 million EU nationals working in the UK in the latest three-month period – 86,000 fewer than 12 months earlier and the largest annual fall since comparable records began in 1997. ...

Data on employment levels by nationality have come under sharp focus since the EU referendum in June 2016.

Separate net migration figures have sparked claims of a "Brexodus", but statisticians stressed that the estimates published on Tuesday do not measure flows of recent migrants to the UK. ...

Meanwhile, the new figures show a rise in the number of workers from the rest of the world.

There were 1.27 million non-EU nationals working in the UK in April to June, 74,000 more than a year earlier.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "Cries of woe at the departure of EU workers as a result of Brexit are clearly out of place.

"There are more EU nationals in our workforce now than there were just before the 2016 referendum."

He said the number of non-EU workers is now at the highest level for nearly 10 years, adding: "The need for the Government to get a grip on immigration grows ever stronger."
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Employment – IT workers
IT companies exploit gaping loophole in Britain's immigration system
Migration Watch UK, 14 August 2018

A gaping loophole in Britain's immigration system is revealed in a paper released by Migration Watch today.

This paper (MW451 - Distortion of the ICT visa system) shows that a small number of multinational IT companies have exploited a system intended for posting senior executives to and from the UK in order to bring in thousands of migrant workers to fulfil contracts with private and public sector organisations.

This is known as third-party contracting and usually involves an international IT company, typically based in India, obtaining a contract to deliver a project or support services to a UK entity and then staffing it with workers from the company's home country.

Tens of thousands of such workers have entered the UK by being sponsored under the Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) route.

This route has no cap on numbers and does not require the sponsoring company even to try to source its workforce within the UK.

This has enabled these companies to undercut British competitors while reducing the opportunities for British computer scientists, graduates and IT professionals to obtain work and to develop their skills.

At a time when the focus has been on the 20,700 cap on Tier 2 (General) visas for skilled workers from outside the EU, this paper reveals that the Tier 2 (ICT) route has been gradually developed into a significant source of immigration.

Since 1992, the number issued has increased eightfold and now constitutes over 60% of all work permits. In 2017, 58,000 of 94,000 Tier 2 work visas issued to migrants and their dependants, were via the ICT route - the majority of which were for third-party contracting.

The Government has shied away from effectively addressing this route despite the fact that its own Migration Advisory Committee has recommended that it should be thoroughly reviewed with the aim of curtailing its use. Use of the route for this purpose is very much against the spirit in which the system was originally devised.

We recommend significant changes to ensure that it is no longer used as a means to by-pass Tier 2 (General) or seen as a mechanism by which to bring unlimited migrant labour into the UK.

If the UK is to protect its IT workforce and ensure that it keeps its place in the front rank of advanced industrialised economies then this use of ICT visas must be strictly limited.

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



"Many people are asking why non-EU migration has not been reduced. Here is part of the answer. ..."


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Employment – industry
CBI calls for UK to abandon immigration targets after Brexit
Laura Hughes
Financial Times, 10 August 2018

The UK government must abolish all immigration targets and ensure its Tier 2 visa system for skilled migrants is not extended to EU citizens after Brexit, the CBI employers' organisation has said.

Josh Hardie, its deputy director-general, said on Friday that companies favoured "blunt targets" being scrapped so they could hire the staff they needed after Brexit. He added that "putting migration" on the table in trade talks would secure the UK a better deal with the EU. ...

The government's immigration white paper, originally scheduled to be published last year, has been postponed until October this year. ...

The CBI said on Friday that it had spoken to 24,000 companies across 18 industries to provide the Migration Advisory Committee, which advises the government on immigration policy, with a detailed breakdown of the kind of Brexit sought by business leaders.
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Employment – tax credits, child benefits, Brexit
Iain Duncan Smith puts forward BRILLIANT proposal for post-Brexit immigration system
Aurora Bosotti
Daily Express, 10 August 2018

Iain Duncan Smith put forward his proposal to ensure Britain has a fully functional immigration system in place following Brexit, suggesting EU citizens should be required to have a job lined up in the UK before moving.

Former Tory leader and Brexit supporter Iain Duncan Smith suggested the UK could "extend the work permit process" after Brexit to ensure Britain has an effective immigration system. ...

Speaking to BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Duncan Smith put forward his proposal: "I think the best thing to do is work with what we have got and make it work for everyone around the world.

"You basically extend the work permit process across the EU and the rest of the world. People can come here for work but they need to have work to come to and that work needs to have been agreed and accepted that there isn't a person in the UK that could do that work and has the skills to do that work."

Mr Duncan Smith also insisted the Government should make sure to reduce the alleged "pull factors" driving European Union citizens to relocate to Britain.

He continued: "In the last year figures were available, and this is important, more than £4.1 billion was spent on people from the EU who have come over here getting tax credits, child benefits, housing benefits. That's one of the great pull factors.

"Leaving the EU, we should not be offering for people to come over here just looking for work and to claim benefits.

"We need a living wage that does not require people to come over here and claim benefits to top up."
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Employment – crime, slavery
Slave labour props up unexpected parts of Britain's economy
The Economist, 2 August 2018

The Home Office believes Britain is home to 10,000-13,000 "modern slaves", by which it means people who are forced to work or who have been trafficked into the country for exploitation. Others put the figure much higher: the Walk Free Foundation, an anti-slavery group, reckons there could be as many as 136,000. The number of people identified by the National Crime Agency (NCA) as possible slaves has been rising fast, from 1,746 in 2013 to 5,145 last year, partly because of a new anti-slavery law passed in 2015.

Modern slavery used to be associated with criminal enterprises such as brothels and cannabis farms, whose illegality leaves workers fearful of reporting abuses. But the variety of businesses known to be using slave labour is broadening, with unpaid workers turning up in fields, factories and high streets across the country.

Vietnamese citizens are the nationality most commonly exploited for labour in Britain, according to the NCA. It says they comprised nearly a fifth of the people identified as potential victims of forced labour between 2015 and 2017. This is largely because of the widespread use of slave labour in Vietnamese-run nail salons, which have been found exploiting teenagers who have been smuggled from Vietnam to Britain in the backs of lorries.

Sometimes such workers are rescued from cannabis farms or other manicure bars, only to be "re-trafficked" by Vietnamese gangs based in Britain, which put them to work elsewhere. ...

Other nationalities end up in different industries. Romanians in forced labour often toil at hand car-washes. ...

Different regions have their own problem industries. ...

Prosecutions are rare.
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Employment – Europe
Surge in refugees hits young Germans' job prospects, warns OECD
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2018

Refugees run the risk of damaging the job prospects of low-skilled young men in Germany, Austria and Sweden as more people compete for jobs, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has warned.

In parts of Germany refugees make up more than 15pc of the unemployed, putting pressure on vulnerable parts of the existing workforce. These new job seekers pose the greatest competition to young men with few qualifications, who are already most likely to struggle.
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Employment – doctors, nurses
It may be controversial to say it but it's true – lifting the immigration cap for the NHS is a bad idea
Mary Dejevsky
Independent, 14 June 2018

It probably had to happen. All the stars were aligned: the perennial shortage of qualified medical staff in the NHS; the advance planning for next winter's "crisis"; a loud chorus of special pleading led by the great and the good; frightened politicians, and a new home secretary keen to set a fresh tone on migration following the (totally unrelated) Windrush scandal.

And so the government will announce that it is abolishing the "cap" for recruiting nurses and doctors from outside the EU – and presumably, post-Brexit, from inside the EU, too. ...

... Even with an entirely graduate profession of nurses and the long training required to produce a doctor, the NHS could have had four years' worth of extra nurses by now and two years' worth of new junior hospital doctors, with a new crop of fully trained GPs, surgeons and other specialists in the pipeline. Numbers of training places have increased a bit, but at nothing like the necessary rate. ...

But the biggest reason for the NHS to demand more imported medics is surely the same as it has always been: that bringing in fully, or nearly, qualified medical staff is a lot easier, more flexible, and above all cheaper than training them yourself. So here we go again. Whether the cash savings in the longer term are as great as they seem in the short term, however, may be less clear-cut.

Language competency requirements may have been increased, but I know from experience that there can be quite severe communications problems. Doctors trained abroad are more likely to be struck off than those trained in the UK (though many argue this may reflect inbuilt discrimination in the cases that are brought).

More significant, perhaps, were the findings of a peer-reviewed 2015 study, which concluded that "the use of non-UK-educated nurses in English NHS hospitals is associated with lower patient satisfaction. Importing nurses from abroad to substitute for domestically educated nurses may negatively impact quality of care."
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Employment – NHS, doctors, nurses
Staffing The Health Service Requires Training Not Immigration
Migration Watch UK, 30 May 2018

We are frequently told that the NHS would collapse without immigration but:

• The UK's health service is UK is more reliant on overseas doctors and nurses than most comparable healthcare systems in the developed world.

• Reliance on overseas-trained medical staff has allowed the NHS to get away with a long-term failure to plan for the training of the medical staff we need.

• It is immoral to be taking medical professionals from countries where medical needs are far greater.

– A report by NHS Providers has found that the NHS imports significantly more doctors and nurses than Germany, France, Spain, Canada, the US, Sweden and the Netherlands.

– Only Ireland, Israel, Norway, New Zealand and Australia are more reliant on foreign-trained staff than the UK.

– In the Netherlands (which has one of the top five healthcare systems in the world) the percentage of doctors who were foreign-trained was 2.6% in 2013, compared to 28.7% for England. ...

As the Royal College of Physicians has noted: "The long-term focus needs to be developing the homegrown healthcare workforce." Yet the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has criticised the government for failing to maintain the supply of UK-trained nurses. Britain is also not training enough doctors. ...

– The MAC said in 2016 that the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to the decision to cut training places in England by almost a fifth between 2009 and 2013.
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Employment – fruit picking
The strawberry-picking robots doing a job humans won't
Lucy Hooker
BBC, 25 May 2018

With strawberry picking season well under way - but migrant labour in short supply in several countries - we look at the various robots being developed around the world to help producers harvest this most popular fruit. ...

Harvesting soft fruit mechanically represents a huge challenge - each berry needs to be located, even if it's behind a leaf, assessed for ripeness and then harvested and boxed with enormous care to avoid bruising.

But recent developments in visual sensor technology, machine learning and autonomous propulsion have brought the goal within reach. ...

Robots can operate at all times of the day or night - harvesting during the chillier night hours can dramatically lengthen shelf life and avoid bruising.
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Employment
Big business 'ignoring millions of Brits looking for full-time work because they have EU migrants on tap'
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 17 May 2018

Big business was slammed for ignoring up to four million "underemployed" Brits – because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap. ..

It claimed record job figures were masking a huge problem of Brits working part-time but wanting full-time roles, or those on shifts desperate for longer hours or overtime.

There are nearly 1.5 million unemployed Brits looking for work and available for work, but a further 2 million who want more hours.

Another 214,000 want a second job to earn more cash while 274,000 want a new job with more hours.

Migration Watch chair Lord Green said: "For far too long employers have been getting away with claiming that they cannot find British workers.

"The truth is that they are simply not adjusting their working practices to meet the genuine needs of British workers because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap."
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Employment – robots
The cauliflower-picking robot funded by the EU that is set to replace migrant workers for short-staffed farmers in Cornwall
Joe Pinkstone
MailOnline, 7 March 2018

The vegetables you eat with your Sunday roast may soon be picked by a robot.

Farmers in Cornwall are testing a machine invented using European funding that picks cauliflowers from the field without bruising them. ...

The GummiArm robot is believed to be a answer to any migrant staff shortages that may arise when the UK leaves the EU.

The robotic cauliflower-picking arm is the work of Dr Martin Stoelen at the University of Plymouth. ...

Currently, farmers harvest fields all at once, in a practice known as slaughter harvesting.

But this method leads to up to 60 per cent of the crop being wasted, because it is either wonky or inedible. ...

Mr Simmons said: 'Harvesting costs can be up to 40 per cent of the costs of production of brassicas and skilled labour to do the harvesting is getting increasingly difficult to obtain, especially with Brexit fast approaching.

'In a very competitive market place where our customers demand cheap food, the cost of harvesting is continually rising.

'Robotic harvesting has the potential to increase productivity and control the costs.'
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Employment – wages, racism, politics
Memo to Jericho: Lower UK immigration boosts wages
Leith van Onselen
Macrobusiness, 2 March 2018

Back in November, Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University, penned an excellent article in Project Syndicate which, among other things, explained why never-ending mass immigration pushes down wages growth: ...

This analysis followed an empirical study by the Bank of England, which found that immigration into the UK had pulled down average wages: ...

With the above analysis in mind, The Telegraph in January reported that UK wages were expected to lift following curbs on immigration, which have tightened the labour market: ...

And now, the Financial Times has reported that UK wages are finally rising as employers try to fill so-called labour shortages ...

More from Bloomberg: ...

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

Sadly, Australian economic commentators like The Guardian's Greg Jericho cannot bring themselves to even acknowledge these basic facts when discussing wages, because to do so would somehow be 'racist':



Immigration – because there are many desperate to hate – must be treated with extreme care by politicians and journalists, and certainly with more care than Abbott seems capable. The inherently racist parties will seek to use any discussion and any seeming evidence of the negative impact of migrants as fuel to burn their fires of hate.



When will the Fake Left (including Labor and The Greens) stand up for ordinary Australian workers and commit to lowering Australia's reckless 'Big Australia' immigration program, which is not only lowering workers' wages but also raising their cost of living via housing as well?

It's precisely because of the Fake Left's failure to rationally discuss immigration that ordinary Australians are being pushed to "the inherently racist parties" that Jericho hates so much.
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Employment – wages, economy
U.K. Wages Pick Up as Fewer Foreign Workers Take Jobs
Brian Swint
Bloomberg, 21 February 2018

Pay for workers in Britain picked up in the fourth quarter and productivity gained as fewer jobs were filled by foreign nationals in the last year.

Average weekly earnings excluding bonuses rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier, the most since December 2016, the Office for National Statistics said on Wednesday. The overall employment rate rose to 75.2 percent, close to a record. ...

"Rising employment this past year was largely driven by U.K. nationals" as fewer eastern Europeans and non-EU nationals were working than a year earlier, ONS statistician Matt Hughes said. ...

Output per hour gained 0.8 percent in the fourth quarter following a 0.9 percent gain in the previous three months, which was the most in six years.
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Employment – City of London
Number of European workers in the City hits highest level on record
Helen Cahill
City A.M., 29 January 2018

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

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

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

The data shows the proportion of EEA workers in the Square Mile has more than doubled in the 10 years to 2016. Europeans made up just eight per cent of the workforce in 2006.
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Extremism – Islam
Saudis fund hardline British TV station the Islam Channel
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Times, 18 November 2018

The broadcasting regulator Ofcom is investigating a Muslim television station that is accused of promoting divisive and hardline views in Britain. Ofcom said it was "conducting an assessment of content on Islam Channel to determine whether it complies with the broadcasting code".

The station, which claims it has 1m viewers daily, reaches 59% of British Muslims, according to government research reported in 2008. There are no recent independent figures.

The move comes as a Sunday Times investigation shows that the channel has been supported by Saudi money. The Ofcom probe follows routine monitoring of its output. The regulator has censured the channel in the past for political bias, advocating violence against women and supporting marital rape.

Its presenters include Haitham al- Haddad, a preacher described by the Quilliam think tank as "one of the most dangerous men in Britain", Yasir Qadhi, who has said killing gay people is part of Islam, and Abu Hanifa, who said on air this month writing "Merry Christmas" was a "sin" Muslims should "avoid".

Islam Channel broadcast a film last week claiming that the British government's "Islamophobia . . . treats all Muslims as criminal" and alleging that a student's home was "raided over a word googled for a worksheet". The makers of the film, the Muslim lobby group Mend, admitted this weekend there was no basis for the claim.

The channel has always refused to identify its funders. However, public documents show that £2m was invested in 2007 by Alshiddi International, the overseas arm of Al-Shiddi Group, which has links to the Saudi royal family.

The channel's registered address until last year, 14 Bonhill Street in the City of London, was for many years the British office of Alshiddi International.

Sulaiman al-Shiddi, the group's president, gives as his UK address the home of Mohamed Ali Harrath, owner of Islam Channel. ...

Since the 1970s, Saudi Arabia has spent billions worldwide promoting a hardline version of Islam known as Salafism-Wahhabism, which decries secular law and democracy and teaches distance or suspicion towards non-Muslims.

The Sunday Times has established that the Saudi government has paid at least £80m since the 1980s to Islamic institutions in Britain. ...

Tom Wilson, of the Henry Jackson Society think tank, said Saudi-funded institutions, including Islam Channel, had "changed sections of Muslim communities in Britain immeasurably. It has involved the spread of ultra-conservative and illiberal beliefs and practices that can only add to a climate of extremism and hamper integration."
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Extremism – political correctness, blasphemy
The plight of Asia Bibi should have everyone in the West trembling
Charlotte Gill
Sunday Telegraph, 11 November 2018

Watching the horrifying crowds of men in Pakistan calling for the death of Asia Bibi seemed like watching another, medieval world. Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman, spent eight years on death row, after allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad during a row with neighbours. Last week, the Supreme Court acquitted her, and she secretly left her prison, causing violent protests from Islamists, who said she should be hanged for blasphemy. The Foreign Office has said that she is still in the country, meaning her life is at tremendous risk. Even the judges who allowed her release are in danger now, after an Islamist leader said all three "deserved to be killed".

Many of us will rightfully feel far removed from Bibi, a victim of one of the most oppressive mobs this decade has seen. But, while the secularisation of the West may have led us to believe that the violence and authoritarian nature of Pakistan could not be replicated here, history shows us that societies twist and turn, and new movements are quite capable of replacing religion. What happened to Bibi should serve as a lesson as to what happens when censorship is allowed to engulf a country.

Indeed, there are troublesome parallels here. The UK has been slowly moving in a dangerous direction of late, steered mostly by the politically correct Left, which has become evermore authoritarian about what people can say, and therefore believe. Their behaviour is alarmingly akin to that of the religious fanatics in Pakistan: monitoring words for any sign of evil sentiment, sometimes misquoting them as proof of wicked deeds. Heavily applied political correctness is no different from religious extremism. It is the same thing: believing that evryone is blaspheming against you.

The news is littered with examples of this sweeping fanaticism, which paints a picture of a new religion – a belief system with its own absolute truths, revealed only when someone offends against them. /.../ And let's not forget the existence of dubious laws that can punish people for "insults" that cause "distress". ...

We must learn from the lessons from other parts of the globe – of the importance of the liberties we have taken far too much for granted.
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Extremism – Islam
10 Questions About the Compatibility of Islam with America
Frank Hawkins
American Thinker, 10 November 2018
[The author is a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and Associated Press foreign correspondent]

Wikipedia defines Islamophobia as the fear, hatred of or prejudice against the Islamic religion or Muslims, especially when seen as a geopolitical force or the source of terrorism. Yes, many people around the globe who identify with Islam are good, hard working, loving people. But that's a separate issue from Islam itself. ...

... The generally accepted values of modern America stress a wide range of freedoms involving speech, sexuality and life styles as well as equal rights for women, minorities and a long list of others. None of this fits with the program of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that affirmed Sharia law as supreme, with the death penalty for those leaving Islam, punishing women who are victims of rape, allowing men to be polygamous, permitting wife beating and censoring speech that insults Islam.

... Yet Mohammad said, "Whoever changes his Islamic religion, kill him. Those who reject Islam must be killed." Islamic law enforces dhimmi status on non-Muslims, prohibiting them from observing their religious practices publicly, raising their voices during prayer, ringing church bells or saying anything considered "insulting to Islam." /.../ There's a lot more, but you get the idea.

"When Muslims claim Islam is a religion of peace and love, are they lying to the non-Muslim world?" Ask Hicham Nostik, a former Muslim who now lives in Germany. He understands the prophet Muhammad's famous quote, 'War is deceit.' Lying is permitted to deceive an "enemy." The Qu'ran defines the 'enemy' as "disbelievers." There is no way to cover up the meaning of that. In fact, apostates who leave Islam are subject to the death penalty. Apostasy is a crime in 16 out 49 Muslim majority countries /.../ It is subject in some countries, such as Iran and Saudi Arabia, to the death penalty.

Has there ever been a period in history fully characterized by peaceful co-existence between Muslims and non-Muslims? Apparently not, based on details in Robert Spencer's new book, 'The History of Jihad from Muhammad to ISIS" as well as Raymond Ibrahim's "Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen centuries of war between Islam and the West," Pamela Geller's "Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance" and similar books written by Jamie Glazov, David Horowitz, Brigitte Gabriel and Amil Imani.

... Growing problems caused by Muslims in France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Sweden and Britain continue to be well documented. The Muslim takeover of Britain is so far along I fear only a bloody civil war could reverse the tide. Douglas Murray has spelled this out in detail in his book, The Strange Death of Europe. After 25 years of intense Muslim immigration, Islam features 3,000 mosques, 130 Sharia courts, 50 Muslim Sharia Councils and dozens of 'no go zones' where Moslem 'Sharia' patrols ensure no one disobeys Sharia Law.
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Extremism – violence, Islam
UK 'Won't Offer Asylum To Asia Bibi Amid Security Concerns'
Amardeep Bassey
HuffPost, 9 November 2018

A Pakistani Christian woman's appeal to Britain for asylum has been denied because her arrival in the country may stir civil unrest, HuffPost UK has been told.

Asia Bibi, a Christian farm labourer, was released from prison in Pakistan on Wednesday after being acquitted of blasphemy. She had spent eight years on death row after an argument with a group of Muslim women in June 2009.

The Supreme Court of Pakistan overturned Bibi's 2010 conviction for "insulting the prophet Mohammed" last week, saying the case against her was based on flimsy evidence.

But her acquittal sparked violent protests led by Islamic religious hardliners, and the government has now agreed to try to stop her leaving the country.

On Saturday her lawyer, Saif Mulook, fled Pakistan, saying he feared for his life. Bibi's husband, Ashiq Masih, has also released a video message saying he too fears for his family's safety. ...

Wilson Chowdhry, chairman of the British Pakistani Christian Association, said two countries had made firm offers of asylum, but Britain was not one of them.

"I've been lead to believe that the UK government had concerns that her moving to the UK would cause security concerns and unrest among certain sections of the community and would also be a security threat to British embassies abroad which might be targeted by Islamist terrorists.

"Asia and her family have now decided to take up one of the offers for asylum from a western country." ...

Chowdhry, who once lived just streets away from recently released hate preacher Anjem Choudary, pointed to a number of incidents of Pakistani Christians being violently assaulted.

Tajamal Amar, 46, fled to the UK from Pakistan 10 years ago after being targeted in a drive-by shooting by Islamists who wanted to convert him. He was working as a delivery driver in Derby in October 2017 when he was attacked by "young local Muslim men".

Amar told HuffPost UK that it was the third time in 12 months he had been targeted in the UK because of his Christian faith. ...

No-one has been arrested for the attack on Amar, which left him in a coma and with lesions to his brain, but he believes he knows his attackers.

Chowdhry did say "the majority of the British Muslim population are fine with us", and said it was a small extremist fringe who were against Pakistani Christians.
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Extremism – anti-racism, Labour Party
Labour invites notorious Islamic extremist to speak at anti-racism meeting
Ben Lazarus, Hugo Gye and Natasha Clark
The Sun, 6 November 2018

Labour were today blasted for inviting an extremist Muslim preacher to an anti-racism event.

Imam Shakeel Begg is due to appear at the Lewisham Labour Against Racism public meeting tonight alongside Labour MPs Janet Daby and Vicky Foxcroft.

Begg, who is head of the Lewisham Islamic Centre attended by Lee Rigby's killers, lost a libel action in 2016 against the BBC after it called him an "extremist".

He has previously called for Muslims to wage "jihad against the Jews". ...

The Lewisham Labour Against Racism event in South East London was organised by the local party with the help of trade union activists. ...

Begg sued the BBC after Sunday Politics presenter Andrew Neil referred to him as "extreme and intolerant".

But Mr Justice Haddon-Cave ruled against him, describing Begg as "an extremist Islamic speaker who espouses extremist Islamic positions". ...

Begg spoke on a platform alongside Jeremy Corbyn in the wake of Lee Rigby's murder.

A Labour spokesman said: "Communities and faith groups coming together is an essential part of the fight against the scourge of racism."
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Extremism – Islam, blasphemy, free speech
The abandonment of Asia Bibi [part 1]
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 5 November 2018

Where are the West's solidarity marches for Asia Bibi? Where are the t-shirts? Why aren't 'Free Asia Bibi' flags flying on campuses? ...

Bibi, after all, comes across as an ideal person for those of a genuinely liberal or leftist persuasion to get behind. She's a woman. She's a farm labourer. She is part of a persecuted minority (Christians in Pakistan). And she has been subjected to awful punishments and deprivations merely for saying something.

In a different era, Asia would have been a cause célèbre in certain Western circles. But not today. Why? Because many in the West now agree that the thing Bibi is alleged to have done, and for which she has been so severely punished, is indeed immoral – that is, mocking Muhammad.

Bibi is a Roman Catholic and a former farm worker from the Sheikhupura district of Punjab. In June 2009 she was harvesting berries with other women in Sheikhupura when she picked up a cup to take a drink of water. Some of the other women, Muslims, accused her of polluting the cup, given she is a Christian and therefore unclean, or 'filthy', as they branded her. And they allege that Bibi fired back with some swipes at Muhammad. Bibi has always denied this. Nonetheless, a mob visited her house and beat her up. She was then arrested, charged with blasphemy, and, in November 2010, sentenced to death by hanging. ...

Last week, however, Pakistan's Supreme Court overturned Bibi's sentence. It accused the women who made the accusations against her of lying – their story was 'concoction incarnate', it said – and it decreed that Bibi was 'free to go'.

Only Bibi has not been free to go. In response to the Supreme Court's acquittal there have been massive and violent Islamist protests across Pakistan. 'Kill Asia', they have demanded in their thousands. They have burned rickshaws, cars and lorries. The protests are thought to have caused damage in the region of £900 million.

And in response to this intolerant mob uprising, Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan has agreed to refuse Bibi's right to leave the country. In the words of Wilson Chowdhry of the British Pakistani Christian Association, this is akin to 'signing her death warrant'. ...

Of course there has been much disquiet in the West over the past eight years, from human-rights outfits and most notably from Christian groups. ...

Yet something has been notable by its absence amid the admirable pro-Bibi efforts of Pakistani and Western Christians: the full and loud raising of the Western liberal voice.

This silence is depressing, but it isn't surprising. Because many in the West now actually agree with the Islamists who have rampaged through Pakistan in recent days. No, they wouldn't kill someone who insulted Muhammad or slagged off Islam, but they would definitely punish them – whether by No Platforming them from public life, getting them sacked from their job, or in some cases reporting them to the police.

They differ from Pakistan's extremists only by degree. Morally and philosophically they are on the same page – the page that says blasphemy against Islam is unacceptable.

Only in the West we don't call it blasphemy. We call it 'Islamophobia' or 'hate speech'. Across Europe, blasphemy laws, most enthusiastically aimed at those who blaspheme against Islam, have been rehabilitated in the guise of clamping down on 'phobic' speech.
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Extremism – Islam, blasphemy, free speech
The abandonment of Asia Bibi [part 2]
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 5 November 2018

Witness the European Court of Human Rights' recent agreement with the Austrian court that fined a woman 480 Euros for calling Muhammad a paedophile. This means that, morally, Europe is indistinguishable from Pakistan. Sure, we only fine people for mocking Muhammad, where Pakistan sentences them to death – but both territories have formal strictures against insulting Islam.

And as a consequence both territories inflame Islamist intolerance. Pakistan's liberal politicians cannot be surprised that intolerant Islamists are still demanding Bibi's murder when Pakistan maintains laws that provide for the execution of blasphemers against Muhammad. And Europe cannot be surprised that it is witnessing a serious rise in Islamist violence and intolerance when it has new, sly, Orwellian restrictions on the questioning or ridicule of Islamic beliefs and prophets.

We express horror at the massacre at Charlie Hebdo, yet that vile act was only a more bloody, extreme enforcement of the same diktat that is issued by Austrian courts, the ECHR, student radicals who No Platform 'Islamophobes', and so on – that is, the diktat that says Thou Shalt Not Mock Muhammad. The Charlie Hebdo barbarism was the extrajudicial enforcement of a now mainstream prejudice in Europe – that it is wicked to 'punch down' at the Islamic faith.

This is why Western progressives cannot give full-throated support to Asia Bibi – because, at root, they agree that what she did was wrong. Their embrace of the victimology of identity politics, where they obsessively task themselves with the protection of certain groups from offence or slight, means they have abandoned freedom of speech in favour of maintaining the 'multicultural' order.
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Extremism – Islam, Turkish government, Europe
Turkey: Building Mosques, Erasing Christianity
Uzay Bulut
Gatestone Institute, 2 October 2018

The Turkish government spends hundreds of millions of dollars building mosques as part of a long-term effort to promote Islam around the world. Many Muslims hope that new mosques throughout Europe will advance and facilitate their wish to spread Islam to non-Islamic countries and persuade the Christian "infidels" to abandon their faith in favor of Islam.

On September 29, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan inaugurated Turkey's latest European mosque, "The Cologne Central Mosque," located in the Cologne, Germany. ...

Meanwhile, as a huge new mosque is being inaugurated in Germany, the greatest Christian Orthodox theological school, located on the island of Halki (Heybeliada) in the Sea of Marmara, has remained closed for almost 50 years by the order of the Turkish government. Moreover, less than a kilometer away from the shuttered Christian seminary, a new center of Islamic studies spanning a total area of 200 acres is scheduled to be built.

DITIB, the group that built the new Cologne mosque, runs more than 900 mosques across Germany. These mosques are linked to the Turkish government's Directorate of Religious Affairs, or Diyanet, which provides imams to DITIB mosques. ...

Meanwhile, the Turkish government is continuing to annihilate the Christian heritage in Turkey. For instance, the Orthodox Theological Seminary has become a symbol of the systematic discrimination that Christians have been exposed to in Turkey.

The only school for training the leadership of Orthodox Christianity, the Halki seminary was closed by the Turkish government in 1971. Since then, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has been unable to train clergy and potential successors for the position of Patriarch. ...

The Greeks of Turkey – the remnants of the once great Byzantine Empire – are a severely persecuted and even almost completely exterminated people. They have been exposed, among other crimes against humanity, to a genocide, pogroms and forced deportations at the hands of multiple Turkish governments. As a result, there are only around 1,300 Greeks left in Istanbul. ...

The activities of Diyanet include building of mosques across the world. According to its official website, Diyanet has completed the construction of mosques in places such as the United States, Russia, Belarus, Germany, Somalia, Haiti, Kazakhstan, and Gaza. New mosques are currently being built in Albania, Kyrgyzstan, Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus, Djibouti, Sweden, and England. ...

According to the Diyanet Foundation, Diyanet has also built mosques in Lebanon, Mali, Philippines, and Crimea. ...

Today's Turkish government, apparently acting in line with its own determined jihadist ideology, is building mosques in Europe and beyond, and using many of them for its own Islamic fundamentalist agenda and outreach. A weak, misguided and misled Europe seems to be eagerly submitting to this ideology.
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Jihad Roadshow: Banned Islamist group is using children as young as 13 to peddle books supporting suicide bombing and jihad in Britain
Sami Quadri And Glen Keogh
Daily Mail, 29 September 2018

An extreme Islamist group banned in more than a dozen countries is using children as young as 13 to peddle books supporting suicide bombing and jihad in Britain.

Hizb ut-Tahrir, which wants to establish an Islamic state with Sharia law, has been holding a series of 'roadshows' across the country.

An undercover reporter who attended a number of the meetings was sold books suggesting suicide strikes are acceptable, and others saying jihad was 'compulsory' to spread the message of Islam.

The group allowed a 13-year-old to sell pamphlets comparing Westerners to animals over their 'filthy promiscuity' and urging followers to shun British culture. ...

Last night the Government's new anti-extremism tsar Sara Khan told of her fears that the 'Islamist extremists' were recruiting children and students to help spread 'supremacist ideology'.

Terrorism experts also called on the Government to ban the group for 'radicalising children' and spreading the ideology of Islamic State 'into the heart of England'. ...

Two serving prime ministers have tried to ban Hizb ut-Tahrir. But despite being outlawed in Pakistan, Russia and most Arab countries, it remains legal here. ...

Hizb ut-Tahrir wants to establish an Islamic state stretching from north Africa to the Philippines and has produced articles promoting martyrdom in Israel.
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Extremism – free speech
Britain Turns Offensive Speech Into a Police Matter
Brendan O'Neill
Reason, 15 September 2018

Which country's police force just called on its citizens to report offensive speech? Not libelous speech or death-threat speech, just plain old insulting speech. Speech that is merely hurtful or hateful. Which nation's cops instructed the citizenry to snitch on haters?

North Korea? China? Maybe Turkey?

It was Britain. Yes, Britain has become a nation in which offensive speech can become a police matter. ...

This birthplace of John Stuart Mill, this nation that gave the world John Milton and his Areopagitica, still one of the greatest cries for the "liberty to utter," is now at the forefront of shutting speech down.

The latest Orwellian invitation to rat out offensive speakers was issued by the South Yorkshire Police. ...

"In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents," they pleaded. These non-crimes include "things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing." ...

Even more perversely, these non-crimes really just mean "insulting comments." So if you're in Yorkshire and someone on Facebook calls you a fat slob, call the cops. If you wear a niqab and a work colleague tells you – a la Boris Johnson – that you look a little bit like a mailbox, phone the police.

In essence, South Yorkshire Police want people to report on everyday conversations. This is Stasi territory. Coppers asking citizens to file reports on things they have read or overheard really should have disappeared from Europe with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet here it still is, this GDR-style instruction to eavesdrop and squeal, though now it's happening on the other side of the old Iron Curtain.

It is testament to how entrenched censorship has become in 21st-century Britain that a police force can so casually call for reports about speech.

This is a country whose communications laws and public-order legislation can be, and regularly are, used to punish hateful expression. Last year The Times reported that British police are arresting nine people a day for posting "offensive messages online." In 2016, 3,300 people were detained and questioned for things they said online. In some parts of Britain the arrest rate for offensive speech has risen by nearly 900% in recent years. We Brits are sleepwalking into a police state.

Not content with punishing people for the offensive things they say on public online platforms, now there are moves afoot to punish them for what they say privately too. This week the Labour MP Lucy Powell put forward a Bill in parliament that would ban private online discussion forums because, she says, hate speech can fester in these "echo chambers." ...

We have laws that criminalize hate. We have laws against being grossly offensive. We have hate-crime laws, which mean that if you commit a crime with hatred in your mind, then you might get a stiffer punishment. Punch a Buddhist because you hate Buddhism, and you could get a longer sentence than if you punch him simply because you dislike that particular Buddhist.

This is the policing of thought. The policing of ideology.
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Top Tory Attended Corbyn Terror Conference
Guido Fawkes, 14 August 2018

The Tories are going in hard on Corbyn over his attendance at a 2014 conference linked to various Palestinian terrorists. Sajid Javid has called for the Labour leader to resign. Writing in the Mail today, Brandon Lewis describes Corbyn's attendance at the conference in Tunisia as "beyond the pale". Which doesn't bode well for top Tory peer Lord Sheikh...

Sheikh, the founder of the Conservative Muslim Forum, declared in his 2014 register of interests a trip to a conference in Tunisia on the same date: ...

In a post on his website from the time, Sheikh confirms the conference was about Palestine. The conference was addressed by Hamas and other extremist speakers who gave anti-Semitic speeches. Given Lord Sheikh's other links to various extremists, surely CCHQ will have to act against him?

... Will the Tories be taking action? Pretty big double standard if not...
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Extremism – Islam, plot, schools
It's a fiction to suggest that there was no plot by Islamist hardliners to take over state schools
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2018

The imagery could not be clearer. A schoolgirl looks startled. A white hand grabs at her jumper. Another pulls at her hijab. Well integrated – she wears pink nail varnish – and hard working – she clutches her exercise book – she is none the less under attack by a powerful, white adversary.

This photograph, published by the Guardian and the BBC, and used to market a play shown this week at the Edinburgh Festival, conveys exactly the message the writers of Trojan Horse want. The Trojan Horse affair, they suggest, was no plot by hardline Muslims to convert secular state schools into austere Islamic faith schools, but a government campaign, motivated by "institutionalised racism", that "demonised" Birmingham's Muslim community.

This is a fiction, and a fiction that has been contradicted by multiple investigations. ...

Helen Monks, one of Trojan Horse's writers, says she hopes to overcome the "assumed truth".Instead, the play appears to be nothing more than an attempt to rewrite history. ...

There is plenty more evidence that proves Trojan Horse involved a campaign to transform, illegally, secular schools into austere Islamic faith schools. Telling the affected communities – poor, isolated and vulnerable to extremism – that it was instead an Islamophobic plot by government is wrong. /.../ Deliberate or not, Left-wingers in the arts and media risk playing the extremists' game.

Any attempt to rewrite the history of Trojan Horse must not be allowed to succeed.
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Extremism – racism, Islam
Danish Imam calls for the final solution: 'Jihad necessitates the Muslim invasion and conquest of Europe'
Voice of Europe, 30 July 2018

Imam Mundhir Abdallah, of the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque in Copenhagen is calling for a new Islamic conquest of Al-Andalus, the Balkans, and Rome, to fulfil the promise of the Prophet Muhammad.

"Jihad Necessitates the Muslim Invasion and Conquest of Europe", Abdallah told his followers "the final solution to the problem of the Levant – after the establishment of the Caliphate and the elimination of the Jewish entity – will be through the conquest of Europe."

Jews "are hastening their own annihilation by their rampaging, their filth, and their vileness, which reflect the immutable nature of the Jews." The Imam added that he is "not a racist" but that this "has to do with the Jewish character and psyche, with that sick Jewish mentality."

The video message was released in 2017 but has now been made public and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) a week following his being charged with hate speech for calling to kill Jews.

In the video, he lays out a plan whereby Muslims can conquer Europe entirely and deliver a final blow to the "vileness" of the Jewish people.

... The Iman, who lives in Lebanon and has family in Denmark, claims the charge of hate speech is a conspiracy and that he is innocent.
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Extremism – Islam
Radical Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in democracy' and is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert witness to British courts
Jake Wallis Simons
MailOnline, 8 July 2018

A radical Islamist preacher who has said he 'does not believe in democracy' and is 'not obedient' to secular law is working as an expert witness to British courts, MailOnline can reveal.

Dr Imran Waheed, 41, a psychiatrist working for the NHS and Bupa in Birmingham, offers his services as an expert witness in a range of civil and criminal cases assessing defendants' psychological reliability.

For many years he was a key figure in the UK branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, which campaigns for an Islamic state run by Sharia law. In an interview he said: 'I've got no respect for any law other than Allah's... I don't care for the law of any man.'

The disclosure has sparked fears that the justice system is vulnerable to Islamist entryists who wish to 'take control from within'.

Dr Waheed told MailOnline that he had since left the group and changed his views.

But in November he appeared in the organisation's official internet broadcast extolling the virtues of a caliphate.

According to his website, Dr Waheed gives British courts psychiatric assessments of a defendant's 'dangerousness', fitness to hold a firearm licence and fitness to stand trial. ...

In a BBC interview he said: 'I've got no respect for any law other than Allah's, so I don't care about the law to be honest... I care for the law of Islam. I don't care for the law of any man.'

When questioned by MailOnline he said that these statements were 'not reflective of his current views'. ...

Despite claiming to be no longer 'affiliated' with Hizb ut-Tahrir, Dr Waheed preached on the organisation's official broadcast in November alongside three of its most senior British leaders.

In the sermon he reiterated his longtime demands for a caliphate and said he aimed to 'liberate man from enslavement to man and the systems of man', calling into question his role in the British justice system.

When questioned about this by MailOnline he claimed he was speaking 'in the context of the occupation of Palestine'. ...

While working for the NHS Dr Waheed compiled a list of military attachés working in the embassies of Arab countries in London and distributed it to fellow extremists.
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Extremism – deradicalisation, Islam
Why Britain's Deradicalization Programs Are Failing
A. Z. Mohamed
Gatestone Institute, 30 June 2018
[A. Z. Mohamed is a Muslim born and raised in the Middle East]

The vast majority of deradicalization programs in the UK are at best ineffective and at worst counter-productive, according to a recent study by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT, also known as the "nudge unit"), a social purpose company partially owned by the UK government, but that works in partnership with the Cabinet Office.

As the Times reported recently, BIT examined 33 deradicalization programs across Britain, in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes. Most of these are part of Prevent – a strategy presented in 2011 to the UK Parliament by the Secretary of State for the Home Department – designed to keep vulnerable citizens from becoming terrorists or supporting any form of violent extremism inspired by radical Islamist or right-wing ideologies. BIT found that only two of the programs have been successful.

The main reason for the failure of the other 31 programs, according to the Times' report on the study, is:



"...that facilitators were uncomfortable dealing with sensitive topics and would often refuse to engage if they were brought up. BIT found that teachers in particular were afraid to bring up matters of race and religion with their students without appearing discriminatory, often causing them to refuse to talk about these topics entirely."



The two effective initiatives, according to the Times, were "one defying political correctness and tackling difficult issues head-on and the other directly addressing extremism in religious [Islamic] texts."

In Britain, the majority (82%) of the 228 people in custody for terrorism- related offenses espouse Islamist extremism. In August 2017, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator, Gilles de Kerchove, said that the UK has more radicalized Muslims than any other European country. He added that Britain "has identified 20,000 to 35,000 radicals. Of these, 3,000 are worrying for MI5, and of those 500 are under constant and special attention." ...

For deradicalization programs – and counter-terrorism initiatives – to work, they must first defy political correctness, tackle the root causes of Islamist extremism and address all related sensitive issues, including those which appear in Islamic texts. British Muslims should not only participate in this endeavor, but be on the front lines, monitoring early signs of radicalization and ceasing to show sympathy for or to rationalize violence.
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Extremism – terror threat
Jihadis free to roam the UK: Concerns over tracking dangerous extremists as only 40 out of 400 British fanatics returning from Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 13 June 2018

Only 40 of the 400 British jihadis who fought in Syria and Iraq have been prosecuted on their return home.

At least 360 battle-hardened fanatics are being allowed to go free because there is too little evidence to convict them.

The figures, disclosed by security minister Ben Wallace, will raise concerns over whether the authorities can keep track of all the dangerous extremists on our streets.

Police chiefs have repeatedly warned of the severity of the terror threat facing Britain – particularly from those who have been radicalised by fighting abroad.

John Woodcock, the Labour MP who had pressed for the release of the figures, said: 'It's no wonder the Government tried to keep secret that it has only managed to prosecute one in ten of the British jihadis returning from Syria.

'It is an affront to our country that the difficulty of amassing admissible evidence means there is no comeuppance for people who went to aid an evil regime that wanted to slaughter British civilians.'

He said it should be made illegal to travel to terror hotspots without good excuse. ...

The last time the Home Office revealed the number of returning foreign fighters taken to court was in 2016. Then it stood at 14. ...

The 40 figure refers to successful prosecutions. More will have faced charges that did not stick. ...

Around 850 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria or Iraq and at least 15 per cent of them are thought to be dead. ...

Ministers are yet to agree on what to do with captured foreign fighters.
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Extremism – Islam
95% of UK's PC Islamic 'deradicalization' programs fail
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow.com, 7 June 2018

A government report revealed that the United Kingdom government's "deradicalization" initiatives have a failure rate of greater than 95 percent – which is blamed on their politically correct delivery because instructors are too scared to use a "religious extremist" context and resort to discussing "Islamophobia," instead of Islamic terrorism.

"More than 95 percent of deradicalization programs are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government's Prevent program," the UK daily The Times divulged. "The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalization in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language classes."

Only a miniscule fraction of the programs were assessed to do what they intended because timid teachers repeatedly resort to using "unoffensive" rhetoric. ...

It was discovered that instructors' reticence to directly tackle the topic – and their personal fear to address it – was the main obstacle impeding their ability to get the message across to students.
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Extremism – deradicalisation
Most programmes to stop radicalisation are failing
Fiona Hamilton
The Times, 6 June 2018

More than 95 per cent of deradicalisation programmes are ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that raises questions about the government's Prevent programme.

The study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalisation in schools, youth centres, sports clubs and English-language classes.

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), the so-called nudge unit formerly part of the Cabinet Office, examined 33 deradicalisation programmes across the country designed to safeguard vulnerable people from far-right and religious extremist threats. The Times understands that most were funded by or fell under the label of Prevent.

The study found that only two programmes were effective and that some projects were counterproductive.
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HOPE Not Hate Identified in Swedish Military Report on Left Wing Extremist Violence
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 24 May 2018

Far-left group HOPE not Hate (HnH) have been identified in a new research paper on far-left extremist violence alongside Antifa and other violent groups by the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) for their "infiltration and research" of political opponents.

The research paper lists the group, which has previously received funds from left-wing billionaire George Soros, as a facilitator of information for far-left extremists alongside the Swedish Expo Foundation, also funded by Soros, which objected to being included in the report earlier this week.

The FOI report states that the far-left scene often requests information on right-wing opponents, "that they want to hold to account in some way (for example by visiting people's homes with threats and harassment) and sometimes they want information, names and pictures, to publicly identify those involved in nationalist movements", and that organisations like Expo and HnH provide this information. ...

HnH has, in addition to receiving funds from George Soros's Open Society Foundations, received funding from the UK government as well. ...

There has been at least one recent instance of HnH providing private information to the public that was read by Antifa extremists who committed acts of violence.

Last month HnH tweeted out the private location of the conference being held by the anti-mass migration Generation Identity activist group which was then read and republished by the Antifascist Network account. Not long after the release of the address, Antifa extremists arrived at the location and engaged in violence, with one of their number being arrested by the police.
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Extremism – Islam, Labour Party
Three Labour Lewisham East Candidates Promoted Extremist Imam
Guido Fawkes, 16 May 2018

Three of the Labour candidates on the Lewisham East shortlist promoted a radical imam who the High Court ruled "clearly promoted and encouraged violence in support of Islam and espoused a series of extremist Islamic positions".

Shakeel Begg is the imam at Lewisham Islamic Centre. In 2016 he lost a libel action against the BBC after a judge ruled he had promoted violence. Mr Justice Haddon-Cave said "he has shed the cloak of respectability and revealed the horns of extremism". ...

Lewisham Islamic Centre is one of the most controversial mosques in Britain. ...

Despite these extremist links, Labour's candidates in Lewisham East have repeatedly promoted Shakeel Begg and the Lewisham Islamic Centre.
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Extremism – Islam
Isis trying to foment a wave of migration to Europe, says UN official
Daniel Boffey
The Guardian, 27 April 2018

Islamic State commanders fleeing Syria are conspiring with extremist groups in Africa to foment and infiltrate a new migration wave destined for Europe, the head of the UN World Food Programme has said.

David Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, said Europe needed to wake up to the extremists' strategy in the Sahel region.

Those forced out of Syria were uniting with local terrorist groups to use a lack of food as both a recruitment tool and a vehicle to push millions of Africans towards Europe, he said.

Speaking to the Guardian during a visit to Brussels for a two-day Syria summit, Beasley said: "You are going to face a similar pattern of what took place years ago, except you are going to have more Isis and extremist groups infiltrating migration.

"What we are picking up is that they are partnering with the extremist groups like Boko Haram and al-Qaida to divvy up territory and resources and to continue to infiltrate and destabilise in the hope of creating migration into Europe where they can infiltrate and cause chaos.

"My comment to the Europeans is that if you think you had a problem resulting from a nation of 20 million people like Syria because of destabilisation and conflict resulting in migration, wait until the greater Sahel region of 500 million people is further destabilised. And this is where the European community and international community has got to wake up."
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Soros's HOPE Not Hate Sees Massive Backlash over Book Ban List
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 21 March 2018

The far-left activist group HOPE not Hate (HnH) received a widespread backlash on social media, including from prominent anti-extremism campaigner Maajid Nawaz, after they released a list of books they campaigned to get banned from UK retailers.

The group unveiled a new campaign earlier this week to pressure book retailers, including Amazon and WH Smith, to remove a list of books deemed "Nazi" and "far-right" by the organisation. HnH tweeted out a link to the campaign and within 24 hours saw an overwhelmingly negative response from users equating the group to promoting book burnings.

The tweet garnered a mere 87 likes but more than a thousand comments, the vast majority of which were highly critical of the far-left organisation.

One reply, which has over 1,000 likes on the platform, saw user Bil Irving write: "Cannot support this. There is nothing good to be had from banning books, no matter how much you disagree with them. Quite frankly, it's a Nazi tactic, and I'm genuinely surprised at HNH for even suggesting this."
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Extremism – political correctness
Our lawmakers' fear of 'racism' has put the rights of terrorists before the lives of innocents
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 21 March 2018

If Ahmed Hassan had got his way, September 15 2017 would be the date of one of the worst massacres in British history. About 50 people sustained burns or minor injuries ...

An asylum seeker who actually told Home Office officials he had been "trained to kill" by Islamic State in Iraq was not only allowed to enter our country. He was given generous financial aid and a foster place ...

You will have to forgive my tone of mild incredulity, but there has been ample evidence in the past fortnight that the Home Office is perfectly capable of keeping out undesirables. Lauren Southern, a far-right Canadian journalist, was detained in Calais and banned from entering the UK. /.../ A Home Office spokesman said: "Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good." ...

Personally, I wouldn't choose to have Ms Southern round for Easter lunch, but at least nothing in her history suggests she might try to detonate a bomb on a train carrying children to school. The same goes for Martin Sellner, the Austrian leader of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement, and his girlfriend, Brittany Pettibone, an American writer who calls immigration "white genocide", who were also denied entry. ...

Are we to deduce that our government believes ultra-conservative provocateurs are "not conducive to the public good" whilst Islamist asylum seekers are perfectly fine? ...

After the grotesque revelations last week from Telford of yet more mass rape, even murder, committed by men of mainly Pakistani origin, are the authorities perhaps scared they are losing control of the multicultural "narrative"? Do they privately fear that the views of Sellner and his ilk might chime with members of the population who have lost faith in a liberal elite that appears to put political correctness and enforced "tolerance" before the safety of white working-class girls? ...

And what if our instincts tell us it's wrong to keep out far-Right speakers, who can do us no physical harm, while admitting aggrieved Muslim teenagers from war-torn areas who well might?

Let me tell you what is "not conducive to the public good". It's having a Home Office whose moral sense is so perverted that it puts the human rights of jihadist Hassan before the right to life of British men, women and children on the District Line.
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Extremism – politics
Britain's flawed definition of extremism is storing up trouble
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 21 March 2018

Can anyone else see the problem here? The British state currently has to find a reason to explain why saying 'Allah is gay' is a fundamental assault on British values, but admitting to being a trained member of Isis is not. It has to explain why approaching the borders legally can lead to expulsion but breaking into the country illegally cannot.

Of course what this is is the enforcement of what one might call 'Rowley-ism', after the Metropolitan Police's former assistant commissioner Mark Rowley. It was he who last month embedded the idea that the UK faces an equally balanced challenge: Islamist extremism on the one side, far-right extremism on the other. In order to sustain this equation it appears that for the time-being one must draw a moral equivalence between Muslims who blow things up and non-Muslims who do not, but have mean views. And an equivalence between Muslims who call for murder and non-Muslims who do not. Officials (retired and serving) at the borders, in the police force or in Parliament, who think that this will prove a formula for societal security and harmony can have no idea of the trouble they are storing up for some later date.
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Extremism – free speech
The 'patriotic' thought police came for Corbyn. You are next
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 18 March 2018

Is THIS a warning? In the past few days I have begun to sense a dangerous and dark new intolerance in the air, which I have never experienced before. An unbidden instinct tells me to be careful what I say or write, in case it ends badly for me. How badly? That is the trouble. I am genuinely unsure.

I have been to many countries where free speech is dangerous. But I have always assumed that there was no real risk here.

Now, several nasty trends have come together. ...

I expect, as time goes by, I will be accused of being an 'appeaser' and of being against 'British values'. And then what? An apparatus of thought policing is already in place in this country. By foolishly accepting bans on Muslim 'extremists', we have licensed public bodies to decide that other views, too, are 'extremist'.

Because the authorities are terrified of upsetting Islam, nothing much will happen to Muslim militants. But conservative and Christian views such as mine will suffer.

Christian and Jewish schools, especially ones which have conservative views on marriage and sex education, increasingly find themselves in trouble. Even mainstream Catholic and C of E schools are under stealthy attack, with attempts made to stop them 'discriminating' in favour of pupils from Christian homes.

Ofsted now says that 'all schools' have a 'duty to actively promote fundamental British values', which sounds totalitarian to me. This includes so-called 'mutual respect and tolerance of values different from their own'. Actually, there is nothing mutual about it. The sexual revolution fanatics demand submission, and offer no tolerance in return. Now the freedom to educate children at home, always a barometer of liberty, is being seriously threatened for the first time in our history. ...

There's no real spirit of liberty left in this country.

Yes, I am scared, and I never have been before. And so should you be.
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Extremism – nationalists, free speech
Even those with the vilest of views have the right to be heard
Kenan Malik
The Guardian, 18 March 2018

Martin Sellner is a nasty piece of work. The Austrian is a leader of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement and of Defend Europe, an organisation that tries to stop NGO boats from saving migrants drowning in the Med. His partner, the American Brittany Pettibone, is a writer and vlogger who sees immigration as "white genocide". Lauren Southern is a Canadian journalist who moves in far-right circles. Hitler, according to Southern, "was just an SJW [social justice warrior] who happened to get freaky amounts of power".

Over the past two weeks, all three have been barred from entering Britain. Their views, they were told, were unacceptable and their presence in Britain not "conducive to the public good".

Sellner, Pettibone and Southern are all odious characters. I loathe their anti-immigrant rhetoric. I despair of their tirades against Muslims. But I also think that all three have the right to be as loathsome and obnoxious as they wish to be. Even scumbags should not be barred for thought crimes.

Anti-racists in particular should be wary of such bans. Censorious laws that some applaud when applied to the far right inevitably get turned on to the left and anti-racists. The 1965 Race Relations Act introduced Britain's first legal ban on the incitement of racial hatred. Among the first people convicted under its provisions was the black power activist Michael X.

The 1936 Public Order Act, brought in to control Oswald Mosley's fascists, became used after the war to target trade unionists – most notoriously during the miners' strike of 1984-85 – and anti-fascist demonstrations in the 1970s and 1980s.

If we allow the state to define the limits of acceptable speech, it will not just be speech to which we object that gets curtailed.
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Extremism – free speech
Britain Says 'Yes' to Jihadists, 'No' to Free Speech
James Delingpole
Breitbart, 12 March 2018

This letter shames Britain.

It's illiterate ("Your boyfriend have in his possession" and "insight" where it means "incite"), it's at once pompously officious and sloppily amateurish, and it's written by someone who clearly has no grasp of basic details like when and when not to use capital letters ...

Yet on this barely educated jobsworth's say-so, author and activist Brittany Pettibone has – with her boyfriend, Austrian Identarian Martin Sellner, and, subsequently, Canadian citizen journalist Lauren Southern – been declared persona non grata in the U.K.

Clearly, this jobsworth was only obeying the orders of someone well above his pay grade. Presumably, responsibility for this decision goes right to the top – at least as far as Home Secretary Amber Rudd.

If so, Amber Rudd has some serious questions to answer. ...

Current U.K. immigration policy appears to work like this:

It's apparently okay to let an estimated 425 ISIS terrorists back into the country after their jaunts to the killing zones of Iraq and Syria.

But it's apparently not okay to let in three campaigners whose only crime is to speak out on behalf of the silent majority, which has had just about enough of all this cultural enrichment and who would like their governments to do more to protect them from it:

And isn't there something deeply sinister about that phrase claiming that Pettibone, Southern, and Co. "bear a serious threat to the fundamental interests of society"?

Not so long ago, it used to be considered "fundamental" to the "interests of society" that Britain was a country which defended freedom of speech and freedom of conscience. That's why, for example, we have this place mentioned in the letter called Speakers' Corner, where anyone can go to have their say, however "right" or "wrong" their opinions.

No more, apparently.
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Extremism – Islam
Christian refugee returns to Syria because Europe is flooded with ISIS supporters
Voice of Europe, 9 March 2018

Spiro Haddad is a Christian refugee who returned to Syria from Austria. In an interview with a German TV broadcaster in Syria, he tells how his life was in danger in Austria and why he made the decision to return.

Haddad says he reached Austria by spending €3,000 on smugglers. At first he wanted to stay there, but he changed his mind after he saw how many refugees pledged to terrorist groups like Al-Nusra and ISIS.

As a Christian he didn't feel safe among them in Austria and he had to keep his faith a secret or it could cost him his life. Haddad says extremists wanted to change churches into mosques and he had to talk like them to survive.

After he contacted the Austrian authorities about it, they didn't take him seriously. That was the moment he decided to leave and now he lives in Syria again.

Haddad warns Europe and says "it's not good that Europe is open to all". "ISIS and Al-Nusra want to destroy everything, even with you. If you do not understand that, I'm pessimistic for the future of Europe," he says.
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Extremism – Islam
Parsons Green bomb suspect admitted being 'trained to kill' by Islamic State, court hears
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 8 March 2018

The man accused of planting the Parsons Green Tube bomb was "trained on how to kill" by Islamic State, a court has heard.

Iraqi asylum seeker Ahmed Hassan, 18, who came to Britain illegally in the back of lorry in 2015, told immigration officials that he had been forced to join IS after they threatened to kill members of his family.

Interviewed at an immigration centre in Croydon in January 2016, Mr Hassan, said: "They trained us how to kill. It was all religious based."

He said he had trained alongside around 1,000 other fighters in Iraq and would spend three or four hours a day in the mosque. ...

Hassan arrived in Britain in the back of a lorry via the Channel Tunnel in October 2015. He had no identity documents and claimed asylum, saying he was born in June 1999.
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Extremism – Islam
Praised asylum activist came face to face with Muslim behavior – wants to stop Islam
Free West Media, 5 March 2018

After witnessing a female aid worker being dragged by her hair to a toilet by so-called refugees, and herself being attacked five times by Arab men, the celebrated asylum activist gave up. /.../ Filled with regret, she is now fighting for a Europe free from Islam. "I have been forced to realize that the Muslims despise us, and that is something that won't change. The hatred is too strong", she says.

It's not one isolated incident. It's not one rotten egg. It's time and again facing the same kind of contempt from Muslim asylum seekers, that made well-known asylum activist Rebecca Sommer understand that Islam is a political ideology for ruling nations. ...

Rebecca Sommer is a well-known German asylum activist, and a familiar face in German media. Among other actions, she created an organization with 300 members which welcomed asylum seekers during the migrant crisis in 2015-2016. She is also an artist and film-maker whose works were repeatedly praised in leftist media all over the world – until she recently shocked mainstream journalists across the globe. ...

It is her personal experience that has led to her political U-turn. After years of working with Muslim asylum seekers she has realized that their attitude is completely different from what she first thought. ...

... They view themselves as superior, they laugh at European men and think western women are whores. And the more we adapt to them, the more convinced they become that they are right.

However, she has not changed her opinions on human rights. She is still a deeply engaged activist, and considers herself a "world citizen". She has helped people in Central America and Asia, as well as tribes in Africa. But after meeting the Arab men, who during the migrant storm flooded Europe, claiming to be refugees fleeing for their lives, she has had to "make an exception in her humanism". She emphasizes that that she doesn't think that all Muslims are bad, only "most of them".

In this interview she tells about the painful awakening, the incidents that changed her mind, and her fight to warn Europe about islamization and mass-immigration – things she used to welcome. "We wanted to get to know them – and we did". ...

In what way is that a problem?

– I am a human rights activist and I still want to help refugees. My problem is Islam, and people who are brainwashed by this ideology. It is called a religion, but it is really a political ideology to rule over nations, in which they [Muslims] are seen as higher beings, and we as lower. I have always known that it's a different culture, but I thought that they, just like the rest of us, can change their values and ideas when met with hospitality. But through the years I've learned that apart from very few individuals, they're impossible to change. In most of them "the hijab in the head" is impossible to remove.

Integration is doing the exact opposite to what people imagine – Muslims are often open and humble in the beginning, but later turn dominant and arrogant when they start feeling safe and at home.
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Extremism – politics
The word 'extremist' has lost all meaning
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 3 March 2018

You might be said to have extremist views if you object to same sex marriages or gay adoptions, or if you think we should halt immigration. By the same token, an opinion poll published last year revealed that almost 40 per cent of the population think it is extremist to believe that global warming is happening and 36 per cent think it extremist to hope that Britain leaves the EU. In other words, 'extremism' has simply become one of those words which has lost almost all of its meaning and is used simply as an insult to hurl at one's opponents. /.../ We should be clear about the need to treat Islam as a singularity, given the very singular threat it poses both to our country and indeed to the rest of the world, a creed we have imported and with which we are not entirely comfortable, rather than packaging it up with stuff which deluded and self-flagellating white liberal bien-pensants can call 'extremist'.
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Extremism – charities, Islam
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector
Henry Jackson Society, 25 February 2018

The British taxpayer has handed over more than £6 million to charities that are currently, or have been in the past, used by extremists to further their radical agenda, according to a new report from the Henry Jackson Society.

The report's case studies are illustrative – so £6 million is likely the tip of the iceberg.

The money is enough to fund 27,328 hospital beds per day, the annual salary of 234 infantry soldiers, or the salary of 264 new teachers – but instead, it is being handed over to individuals some of whose involvement in extremism can be traced back to the Islamist scene in the early 2000s.

Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector finds that, despite more than a decade of attempts to improve regulations, a concerning number of UK-registered charities continue to fund and support extremism.

Figures from across the Islamist spectrum, including the Muslim Brotherhood, form a network which seeks to delegitimise and push out moderate voices, while masquerading as representatives of 'true' Islam.
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Extremism – Islam
Death of Democracy? - Part II
Denis MacEoin
Gatestone Institute, 12 February 2018

A blanket refusal to listen to serious concerns about Islam as an ideology and political enterprise stems from what is in many ways the most dangerous, yet unwitting, position taken by the middle ground. One loses track of the number of Western politicians and church leaders who blithely maintain that "Islam is a religion of peace" or who, when faced with jihadi terrorism, maintain that it "has nothing to do with Islam". A sort of paralysis engendered by a fear of being thought an "Islamophobe" makes it hard if not impossible for people in the public eye to admit that there is another truth, that has, unfortunately, been well known for centuries. ...

It is time for some home truths. Islam has been at war with the West for some 1,384 years, with very little respite. When Muslim Arab armies invaded Syria in 634, went on to destroy all but a rump of the Christian Byzantine empire (which it finally defeated when the Ottoman Turks conquered Constantinople in 1453), took control of Spain, Portugal, Sicily and other lands on the north Mediterranean coast, it was the start of endless jihad wars. These wars did not end during the centuries of the Barbary slave trade during which Christians were routinely snatched by Muslim pirates and sold in markets in Algiers and elsewhere on the North African coast. ...

Unfortunately, concluding that modern terrorism "has nothing to do with Islam" or that "Islam is a religion of peace" visibly contradicts the historical record. ...

Over the past three decades, Western societies have been rendered all but impotent in the face of ideologies that challenge their most basic values. ...

... Yet here we go, led by a politically correct intelligentsia, churches, and political parties, effectively handing over our civilization to people who hate it. ...

... If we are ever to save Western civilization and democracy, we must urgently rally our forces to stand up to all those who seek to trash it.
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Extremism – Islam, Europe
Lessons from the East for the West
Geert Wilders
Breitbart, 2 February 2018

Last weekend, I was in Hungary for the presentation of the Hungarian translation of my book Marked for Death; Islam's War Against the West and Me. ...

... In Hungary, there are barely any signs of Islamization. The Hungarians make no secret of their resolve to keep it that way. The attitude in Hungary and, for that matter, in Central Europe in general, is entirely different from that in the West. ...

... I originally published my book in English in the United States. I did so because America has a First Amendment, which allows people to speak out, even when a message is politically incorrect. The Hungarian translation is the first translation of the book. In my own country, no publisher has the courage to publish it.

A German publisher, who was interested, backed out when it proved impossible to translate it into German without transgressing Germany's stringent speech laws. ...

Islam – not Islamism but Islam itself – preaches the political submission of the whole world to Allah. Muhammad left no doubt about this: "I was ordered to fight all men until they say 'There is no god but Allah,'" he said.

The Qu'ran is equally unambiguous about it. "Fight them until there is no more dissension and the religion is entirely Allah's," it says in verse 8:39. The Qu'ran also contains the permission to kill Jews and Christians in verse 9:29, the command to terrorize non-Muslims in verse 8:12, the obligation to make war on the infidels in verse 9:123, and the order to subjugate the entire world to Allah in verse 9:33. ...

... Recently, the Pew Research Center warned that, if present trends continue, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria, will be almost 20% Islamic by 2050. Britain and the Netherlands are closely behind, while Sweden will even be more than 30% Islamic by the turn of the century.

This is extremely dangerous. Because, while most Muslims may be moderate and non-violent, the Islamic ideology is not. It has indoctrinated many of Islam's followers, who take the belligerent commands of Muhammad and the Koran very seriously. Just last month, it was revealed in Germany that 30% of Muslim students in the State of Lower Saxony can imagine themselves fighting and dying for Islam. In my own country, the Netherlands, research from Amsterdam University showed that 11% of the Muslims find it acceptable to use violence in the name of Islam. That is more than 100,000 people, which is twice the number of soldiers in our army.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION

Fraud and corruption – local election
[Electoral fraud]
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2018

In 2015, Lutfur Rahman was convicted for one of the most severe electoral frauds in the era of universal suffrage. The mayor of Tower Hamlets was found guilty by the Election Court of vote-rigging, partly by using "spiritual influence" via mosques, and banned from office for five years. The petitioners' legal costs were awarded against him.

In November 2015, however, Rahman had himself declared bankrupt. The petitioners were not some big pressure group or party, but just four local citizens. The wheels of the law turn slowly, so only now do they face preposterous legal bills of about £1 million.

Part of the scandal is that the public authorities were so feeble in the first place. Andy Erlam, the lead petitioner, was shocked by the "Oh well, that's they way we do things here" attitude. Bengali women were intimidated and even spat at if they did not follow the elctoral line of their elders. He suspected that the delivery of housing was related to the delivery of votes. Tower Hamlets really was a rotten borough.

At the count for the 2014 mayoral and local elections, Mr Erlam noticed intimidation of tellers and a large, threatening crowd outside the town hall. Unauthorised people were entering via the fire escape unchallenged. The integrity of the count was compromised. Six days before the Election Court hearing, Mr Erlam had police knock on his door at 7am, with a threat to arrest him for "perverting the course of justice". They later admitted they had no evidence to justify this. The police have not followed up Rahman's conviction with criminal investigations of the fraud. In two years' time, the man will be free to stand again.

Mr Erlam also found the Electoral Commission evasive and torpid, seemingly irritated that members of the public were asking it to do its job.

Far from perverting the course of justice, the petitioners were fighting to uphold it, with no official help. They did a public service, but are being made to suffer for it.
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Fraud and corruption – earnings
Migrants caught lying over pay in effort to stay in UK
Richard Ford
The Times, 2 July 2018

Hundreds of highly skilled migrants trying to stay in the UK permanently have been found abusing the system, according to the immigration minister.

Migrants who had been denied leave to remain were found to have exaggerated their earnings on applications to the Home Office when the figures were checked against their tax records.

In almost 90 per cent of the cases reviewed, the applicants had amended their records with HM Revenue & Customs by increasing their earnings by more than £10,000, Caroline Nokes told MPs.

Ms Nokes said that the migrants were most likely to have inflated their earnings so that they could claim enough points to stay in Britain, or to have substantially under-reported their salaries to evade tax.
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Fraud and corruption – earnings
Hundreds of highly skilled migrants are lying about how much they earn to try and stay in UK permanently
Alain Tolhurst
The Sun, 2 July 2018

Hundreds of highly skilled migrants have been lying about how much they earn to try and stay in the UK permanently.

The Home Office said in 90 per cent of cases the reviewed applicants had increased their earnings by more than £10,000 to reach the threshold needed to qualify for long-term residence.

Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes told MPs some of the applicants had amended their records with HMRC to under-report their wages in to evade tax.

The review was ordered by Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, after concerns people were being refused 'leave to remain' due to minor tax issues.

But the appraisal of 281 postal applications that were refused on character and conduct grounds revealed a pattern of apparent attempts to abuse the immigration system, the Times is reporting.

The Home Office is now looking at applications made in person to see whether similar attempts were made to try and enable skilled migrants to stay in the UK who failed the strict qualification tests.

The review found many migrants trying to live here permanently under the 'Tier 1' system had earnings lower than the threshold required, but had been topped up by claims of self-employed pay which were not real.
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Fraud and corruption – university applicants
Black applicants make up half of cheats, says Ucas
Nicola Woolcock
The Times, 31 May 2018

More than half of students submitting fraudulent applications for degree courses are black, the university admissions body said yesterday.

Black candidates make up 52 per cent of all applications flagged despite comprising only 9 per cent of applicants, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) said. The figures triggered a race row with politicians and student leaders who said Ucas should offer a better explanation for the findings. Applications can be considered fraudulent for several reasons, including plagiarism of the personal statement, falsifying exam results, sending false documents, using fake identities, or making multiple applications at once.
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Fraud and corruption – health tourism
NHS stung for £200m in health tourism scam using European insurance cards
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 15 January 2018

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

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

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

The NHS has paid out more than £1 billion over the past decade – an average of £20 for every card issued.

Around £200 million, the cost of 8,600 extra nurses, is thought to be fraudulent.

The health service has reclaimed just £145 million over the past five years.

We used fake national insurance numbers to get EHIC cards issued in the names of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, PM Theresa May, US President Donald Trump and EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker.

Figures show that the NHS issued 57 million new EHIC cards over the past decade.

But according to a whistleblower at the NHS Business Services Authority, based in Newcastle, one in five applications are fraudulent.

He said he had issued more than 20 cards to the same address after bosses told him not to waste time on checks. ...

Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, chairman of the Commons health committee, said: "I'm shocked. It exposes a serious loophole, which needs to be closed immediately."

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said: "This looks like serious abuse of a system that is to ensure Brits on holiday or working in Europe get their healthcare covered. It's clear we need a full inquiry."
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Heritage – white identity, dignity
White identity is meaningless. Real dignity is found in shared hopes
Kenan Malik
The Observer, 21 October 2018

'It's dignity, stupid." Where once economic wellbeing was seen as key to winning electoral support, there is now recognition that more intangible qualities matter too – the ability to be heard, to live in meaningful communities, to possess self-worth.

The acceptance that values and social connectedness matter is welcome. The danger, though, is that concern with dignity is becoming as rigid as was that with economic security. In this age of identity politics, dignity is all too often reduced to the public affirmation of ethnic or cultural identity.

Witness a new book by Eric Kaufmann, Whiteshift, that is likely to stir debate. Kaufmann is professor of politics at London's Birkbeck College and a key influence on many "postliberal" thinkers.

In Whiteshift, Kaufmann argues that western politics is being remade through demographic changes and "the tug of war between white ethno-traditionalism and anti-racist moralism". White identity is under threat from non-white immigration, creating a sense of resentment that is fuelling rightwing populism. White people, Kaufmann argues, should be able to assert their own "racial self-interest" like any ethnic group. Dignity lies in the ability to control demographic change.

Whiteshift is a hefty work crammed with data and graphs. The trouble with viewing the world primarily in demographic terms, though, is that, for all the facts and figures, it is easy to be blind to the social context. ... Context is equally important in understanding contemporary responses. The "basis of politics", Kaufmann observes, has shifted "from class to ethnicity". True. But why? For Kaufmann, the answer is simply "migration-led ethnic change". There is, he believes, something primordial in ethnic identities. A product of our evolved psychology, the desire to assert one's ethnic identity cannot be denied, so much so that anti-racism constitutes a "repression of ethnic instincts". And the repressed always returns. ...

The language of class has become deprecated, while that of culture and identity has taken centre stage. As a result, many in the working class have come to see their economic and political marginalisation as a cultural loss. Many have redefined their interests in ethnic rather than in class terms. Immigration, seen as the key reason for the cultural transformation of the nation, has come to bear responsibility for the loss of their place in society. Demography, again, tells only part of the story.

Kaufmann wants to normalise attachment to "white identity". Historically, such identity has been the means through which to promote racism. Today, many on the far right use it as a way of rebranding their bigotry.

The real problem, however, is not that the notion of white identity is racist but that it is meaningless. There is no singular set of interests shared by all whites. Those responsible for the marginalisation of the working class are also largely white – politicians, bureaucrats, bankers, company bosses. Kaufmann's argument is, ironically, the mirror image of that of leftwing identitarians; both see whiteness as a homogenising label, one for a repository of privilege, the other for common interests.
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Heritage – nationalism
Of all the things we could celebrate, St George's Day is the worst possible choice
Sirena Bergman
Independent, 22 April 2018

Every year there are also calls to turn St George's Day into a bank holiday. I see it as laziness masquerading as patriotism. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for more time off work, but bearing in mind that 20 April is just a few days before – when many people celebrate marijuana – perhaps that should be the day we all get off work? ...

There is a reason why the St George's flag and not the Union Jack has been coopted time and time again by nationalist and white supremacist groups – it represents the idea that this tiny island is superior by virtue of once having stolen other people's territory. The irony of a symbol of xenophobia and racism being a flag named after a Roman soldier is not lost on me, but it's not amusing enough to overcome the darkness of it. ...

... If you want a day to celebrate, then for goodness sake pick something – anything – less outdated and offensive.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION

Illegal immigration – border security
Families risk their lives and migrants pay £10,000 each to get to UK by dinghy before Brexit – as 12,000 Iranians reach Europe visa-free
Oliver Harvey
The Sun, 30 November 2018

This month alone there have been 123 migrants, in a variety of unseaworthy vessels, who have been found to have made the Channel crossing. Most claim to be Iranian. ...

To find some of the next people willing to brave the dangerous voyage of at least 21 miles, The Sun headed over to France.

In a patch of fetid scrubland near the site of what was once Calais's sprawling Jungle refugee camp, I found a disconsolate group of around 60 Iranians desperate to reach Britain. ...

Iranian Javad, 44, tells me in good English: "Everyone here has a plan to go on a boat to Britain. The smugglers are from Paris and charge anything from £3,000 to £10,000 for a place on a boat. Your family calls the smuggler and pays the fare. No one carries money here or you would be robbed."

French frontier police sources say the people smugglers are mainly from eastern Europe, especially Albania. Some have asylum in Britain before returning to northern France to make money as smugglers. ...

Javad, from Kerman in central Iran, added: "The smugglers are good people. They help us. You never see them. You are told to meet at a GPS location.

"They hire a guide who has a second boat that's tied by rope to the boat you're in. When they get out in sea, the rope is cut. The passengers then dial the emergency services for help. People know the dangers of the boats but when you're in a place like this, you do anything to get out."

Many of the Iranians have taken advantage of visa-free travel to Serbia to reach Europe then travel on to Calais by lorry. Serbia reinstated visa requirements last month after the EU complained that 12,000 of the 40,000 Iranians who arrived under the scheme never returned to Iran. ...

According to the French officials there are around 450 migrants living in Calais, and some 800 around Dunkirk.

Others are congregating in coastal towns further west, such as the Normandy port of Ouistreham. ...

Not all the inflatables leaving French shores reach the UK. At least 30 migrants have been rescued in French waters since November 23. Pierre-Henri Dumont, from the centre-right Les Republicains party in Calais, said: "The truth is we cannot stop everyone."
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Illegal immigration – border security
Dover braced for more migrant crossings
Robert Mendick, Patrick Sawer and Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2018

A plan to deploy more Border Force vessels to rescue migrants trying to cross the Channel in tiny boats risks encouraging more people smugglers, Whitehall sources have admitted.

Figures obtained by The Daily Telegraph suggest about 200 migrants have attempted to reach Britain from France in the past two months.

... Most migrants are from Iran and are thought to be wealthier than Afgham or Eritrean refugees and can pay the exhorbitant fees charged by the traffickers. ...

Meanwhile, French authorities denied suggestions that they turned a blind eye to the boats, amid claims that they let them pass into UK waters, making the problem a British one. ...

... But a well-placed source warned extra ships to patrol UK waters would merely encourage attempted crossings. "More ships means migrants crossing in dinghies will only have to reach British boats rather than make it all the way across," said the government source.

... Under maritime law, a vessel in difficulty carrying migrants is taken to the nearest safe port rather than returned to the one from which they came. ...

... A Home Office spokesman said that deployments of the coastal patrol had been stepped up "in light of recent events".
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Illegal immigration – border security
Migrants pile into dinghies to cross Channel to Dover as 'panic setting in' before Brexit deadline hits
Cara McGoogan
Daily Telegraph, 17 November 2018

The men are Iranian, and have travelled overnight in their inflatable craft through thick fog across the English Channel, the latest migrants to arrive during an unprecedented week which has seen 55 caught by border patrol, in what is thought to be a rush ahead of the March Brexit deadline. ...

The Coastguard responded to six separate incidents in three days in a surge of crossings that has never been seen before. New smuggling networks into the UK run by criminal gangs and the impending arrival of winter, as well as the Brexit deadline which it is assumed will harden the border, are all thought to be reasons for the increase. ...

He adds: "In the last few weeks 90 per cent of the people who have been rescued have been young, fit men. If it was children and the elderly they would already be dead."

The rise in the number of people attempting to reach the UK by boat has worried local fishermen, who say they must now watch for precarious dinghies, as well as obstacles such as driftwood. ...

Roberts agrees that there should be 24-hour presence of Border Force agents in the sea around Dover. "This is the shortest crossing from France to the UK and it shouldn't be a case of 'we haven't got enough cover'," he says. "We have a minimal number of official boats compared with the French."

On Tuesday, a stolen French fishing trawler entered Dover Harbour with 17 migrants on board. "When you have a trawler that size coming into Dover port without being stopped it's a security lapse," says Roberts.
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Illegal immigration – Iranians
Seventeen migrants who stole French trawler and crossed the Channel arrested in Dover
Henry Samuel and Alexandra Ward
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2018

UK border police have arrested 17 migrants who stole a French fishing trawler, crossed the Channel and reached the UK coast overnight in an "unprecedented operation".

The migrants, all Iranian and including three minors, broke into the 12-metre (40ft) boat in the northern French port of Boulogne-sur-mer on Monday night. ...

"The motor had a forced start, which proves it was indeed stolen," said Pascal Marconville, who added that no French crew were on board and that their complicity had been "ruled out". ...

According to French authorities, the number of operations to either arrest or save migrants attempting to cross the Channel from France has almost doubled in 2018 compared to last year to 23 - up from 12 last year.
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Illegal immigration
Home Office confirms fifth group of migrants found at Dover
Sam Lennon
KentOnline, 14 November 2018

Migrants have been found in Kent for the fifth time this week.

It has now involved a total 47 migrants, one a four-year-old.

The latest confirmed case is also the fourth in two days. ...

This time 10 men saying they were Iranian were escorted into Dover on their fishing boat. ...

It follows the rescue of seven migrants last week, the interception of 17 migrants yesterday morning and the finding of seven men in a lorry yesterday afternoon.

Dover MP Charlie Elphicke said: "To see so many brazen attempts to break into Britain in one week is deeply concerning. ..."
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Illegal immigration – data sharing, NHS, Home Office
NHS Pulls Out Of Data-Sharing Deal With Home Office Immigration Enforcers
Jasmin Gray
HuffPost, 12 November 2018

The NHS has pulled out of a controversial data-sharing arrangement with the Home Office which saw confidential patients' details passed on to immigration enforcers.

In May, the government suspended the 'memorandum of understanding' agreement between the health service and the Home Office after MPs, doctors and health charities warned it was leaving seriously ill migrants too afraid to seek medical treatment.

But on Tuesday, NHS Digital announced that it was cutting itself out of the agreement altogether.

"NHS Digital has received a revised narrowed request from the Home Office and is discussing this request with them," a spokesperson for the data-branch of the health service said, adding that they have "formally closed-out our participation" in the previous memorandum of understanding. ...

Meanwhile, the Home Office confirmed it was working to agree a new deal with NHS Digital which would only allow it to make requests for data about migrants "facing deportation action because they have committed serious crimes, or where information necessary to protect someone's welfare".

The move has been welcomed by campaigners, with Migrants' Rights Network director Rita Chadra saying that many migrants had missed out on "the right to privacy and access to healthcare" because of the data-sharing mechanism.
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Illegal immigration
'Hostile environment' in Britain hasn't put off irregular immigrants – but it's increased their suffering
Franck Düvell and Iryna Lapshyna
The Conversation, 12 November 2018

But our new research has found little evidence that internal immigration controls in the UK have brought down irregular migration. Instead, they have increased the suffering of migrants living on British soil.

Over the course of four years, we interviewed 175 irregular immigrants from Australia, Brazil, Pakistan, Turkey and Ukraine. By irregular immigrants we mean people who have no right, or who have revoked their right, to be in the UK and would be issued with a removal order if apprehended by the authorities. We also interviewed 29 immigration officers, staff from public services and voluntary sector organisations, as well as 18 employers.

Overall we found a mixed picture. About half of the irregular immigrants we interviewed didn't worry about immigration controls or only worried at the beginning of their stay in the UK. One interviewee, a young woman from Ukraine, pointedly argued: "It is still better to be illegal in the UK than legal in my own country." Several others made similar remarks.

But the other half of our respondents was rather anxious, and some had even developed psychosomatic stress symptoms such as sleeplessness. As a man from Ukraine told us: "Fear ... you catch it from others like a virus."

The much-criticised hostile environment policy, introduced by Theresa May in 2012 when she was home secretary, was rebranded as the "compliant environment" in spring 2018 in the wake of the Windrush scandal. But many of the checks it requires – be that by landlords or universities – remain in place.

It's notoriously difficult to collect data on the number of irregular immigrants in any country. But they don't seem to be leaving the UK in any significant numbers. ...

Irregular immigrants develop various strategies to cope with the looming threat of detection. ...

If they do have jobs in larger companies, they avoid morning shifts as they know that immigration raids are normally conducted around dawn. And they generally avoid any kind of crowd events. Some communities arrange WhatsApp groups and in some towns and neighbourhoods minicab drivers alert certain communities if immigration enforcement officers are in town.

Some of those we spoke to were less than impressed by immigration enforcement. As one Brazilian man put it: "The worst that can happen if they catch me is that they will send me back home, isn't it?"

Of our 175 interviewees, only 29 encountered immigration enforcement during their stay in the UK. Of these 11 were detained, but only one was deported, and that person was back in the UK within a month and a half. And only one person we spoke to decided to leave the UK and go back to Pakistan because of unviable living conditions. ...

A new market has grown up for the documentation that can be used to circumvent immigration controls. About a quarter of our interviewees said they had used false documents. This in turn has created networks which did not exist in the late 1990s and early 2000s, when one of us conducted a similar study.

All this means that the hostile environment is actually counterproductive: it has provided new opportunities for criminals, probably mostly people who are in the UK legally, to falsify documents.
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Illegal immigration
Eleven children found in refrigerated lorry in Newhaven
BBC, 7 November 2018

Twenty-one people, including children as young as 12, have been found inside a refrigerated lorry entering the UK.

The group, thought to be from Vietnam, was concealed among a load of sparkling water at the port of Newhaven in Sussex on Thursday. ...

A Romanian man, believed to be the driver, has been charged with assisting unlawful entry into the UK. ...

A spokesman said the group included 17 people claiming to be aged between 12 and 17 who "presented themselves as Vietnamese".

"A total of 11 were later confirmed to be minors. They were passed into the care of social services," he said. ...

He said the children were placed with foster carers or in supported housing.

One of the children had since absconded from council care, he said. ...

The adults - five women and five men - were interviewed by immigration officials, the Home Office said.

An 18-year-old man and a woman aged 27 have been removed from the UK.

The eight other adults, aged between 21 and 28, have been told they must report regularly to the Home Office while their cases are assessed.
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Illegal immigration – Croatia, Europe
20,000 armed migrants attack Croatia's border to move into the EU, official warns
Voice of Europe, 5 November 2018

The Bosnian-Croatian border is under continuous attacks by an armed mob of more than 20,000 migrants, an official tells Austria's Kronen Zeitung.

The border at Velika-Kladusa is only 224 kilometres from Austria and more than 20,000 migrants hope to break it to move into Central Europe, the expert states.

According to him almost all migrants "are armed" as "almost all have a knife". "The Croats are really trying to handle this alone. They have also positioned Special Forces at the border," the expert says.

There are barely any women and children in the group, 95 per cent are men and a border policeman has already been stabbed.

"The majority of them come from Pakistan. And there are many Iranians, Algerians, and Moroccans. Their goal is not Austria," the official added.

According to him the migrants want to go to Germany or one of the Scandinavian countries.

"Most of the young men have prepaid credit cards supplied by the United Nations' High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)," the official adds.
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Illegal immigration – Belgium, UK
Belgian Police Chief Asks Why He Should Stop Illegal Migrants from Going to Britain
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 3 November 2018

The chief of police in the Flemish municipality of Kruibeke has questioned why he should keep migrants from travelling to the UK when they do not want to remain in Belgium.

Already in August, police chief Wim Pieteraerens said that his officers would not seek to detain migrants who were travelling through his country and instead only took their fingerprint information before letting them go.

Now, according to Pieteraerens, the situation has further deteriorated, with more migrants arriving and becoming more determined to reach Britain, RTL reports.

"Migrants in transit do not want to stay here and we do not want them either, maybe it's a bit of a short-term solutioon, but why do not we let them go to England?" Pieteraerens asked.

The comments were met with criticism from Secretary of State for Asylum and Migration Theo Francken, who highlighted the fact that the government opened a reception centre for migrants in Steenokkerzeel meant to hold 200 migrants.

Pieteraerens said that the centre simply was not enough and noted that "there is only room for 10 people when 30 migrants are intercepted, most are released and reappear two days later."
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Illegal immigration – funding
UN, EU and Soros provide migrants with prepaid debit cards to fund their trip to and through Europe
Emma R.
Breitbart, 2 November 2018

How illegal migrants cope financially during their long journeys to and through Europe has been revealed by the Slovenian site Nova24.

According to the site, UNHCR and the EU, in cooperation with MasterCard and Soros, generously hand out prepaid debit cards to the migrants.

The cards are equipped with both EU and UNHCR logos. No identity documents are required to obtain or use the cards – instead of the name of the cardholder, "UNHCR" and a number is printed on the card.

According to Nova24, the information comes from a source within the Croatian police, which states that the migrants are well-equipped with newly purchased, high-quality boots, hiking clothes, smartphones and even weapons.

During the stopover in the Eastern European countries, they withdraw cash from ATMs to stock up on supplies.

MasterCard announced in 2016 that they issued prepaid debit cards to "give refugees mobility, flexibility and dignity".

In a press release last year, MasterCard also announced a cooperation with George Soros with the aim to "catalyse and accelerate economic and social development for vulnerable groups in the world, especially refugees and migrants".

The press release further stated that George Soros had earmarked up to $500 million for private investment that will increase capacity to meet the challenges faced by migrants, including refugees, and their host communities across the world.
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Illegal immigration – number
True number of illegal immigrants to be revealed for the first time in 'black economy census by ONS
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2018

The true number of illegal immigrants in the UK is to be revealed for the first time as part of a census by the Office for National Statistics.

The ONS has been commissioned to count illegal immigrants, many of whom are working within the black economy estimated to be worth £50 billion a year.

The statisticians plan to use the census, which can measure the foreign-born population including illegals, and a huge new database they are creating this winter to track legal migrants within the UK by using their tax files and hospital and school records.

In late December the ONS will receive all legal migrants' tax files by the HMRC for the first time, followed by their self-assessment data early next year, which will enable statisticians to track their movements and working patterns in unprecedented detail and in real-time.

ONS officials believe combining the two could provide a way to give an accurate figure for illegal immigration for the first time.

Previous unofficial estimates have suggested there are up to 1.1m illegal immigrants in the UK, comprising visa overstayers, clandestine arrivals and failed asylum seekers. ...

A previous estimate for the Home Office in 2005 suggested there were 430,000 illegal immigrants. A similar analysis by the London School of Economics (LSE) in 2009 estimated it at 618,000.

Last year, David Wood, former head of immigration enforcement at the home office said more than 1m illegal immigrants were at large in Britain and most were unlikely ever to be removed.
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Illegal immigration – councils
Home Office staff sit in on council interviews with migrant families
Edward Siddons and Niamh McIntyre
The Guardian, 28 October 2018

Home Office workers embedded in local councils are sitting in on interviews with destitute migrant families and gathering personal information on subjects ranging from health conditions to how their child was conceived, the Guardian has learned.

In documents made public after freedom of information requests by the migrants' rights charity Project 17, 10 London boroughs revealed that they had employed on-site immigration officers. ...

The revelations drew condemnation from human rights lawyers, charities and politicians, who described the practice as "totally unacceptable" and "a gross perversion of the purpose of the law". ...

Section 17 of the Children's Act places a duty on local authorities to provide financial support and accommodation to ensure a child's wellbeing and prevent them from becoming homeless. ...

A memorandum of understanding released under FoI laws sets out the terms of employment for immigration officers to "conduct real-time immigration status checks" on families applying for support. ...

A Home Office spokesperson said officers assisted councils with supporting destitute families and sat in on interviews "when specifically asked to by the local authority".
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Illegal immigration – fraud
Can it be true that crooked lawyers are helping asylum seeking 'liars' abuse our generosity? That's the disturbing claim of a retiring tribunal judge [part 1]
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 26 October 2018

The queue waiting to enter Britain's busiest immigration tribunal centre is long in the early morning.

Asylum seekers, illegal migrants and visa over-stayers of every nationality jostle with lawyers, carrying bulging briefcases of documents, who are about to fight for their right to live in this country.

Here at Taylor House in Central London, tens of thousands of hearings a year are overseen by immigration judges, at huge cost to the taxpayer.

Recently, one of those judges, who has now retired, blew the whistle on what goes on at some of those tribunals, accusing unscrupulous immigration lawyers of aiding and abetting foreign 'liars and chancers'.

James Hanratty, an immigration judge for 16 years, said crooked solicitors and legal advisers are helping their clients make up bogus tales of persecution, torture or sexual violation and even supplying false documents to back up the stories.

The respected former judge is not alone in raising the alarm. Mr Justice Green, a High Court judge, last year said immigration lawyers deliberately drag out cases for decades to stop clients – even those with a dismal chance of staying – being removed from Britain.

A report last month from Migration Watch UK, which campaigns for tougher border controls, estimated that, every year, the illegal migrant population in the UK of visa over-stayers, clandestine arrivals and failed asylum seekers grows by 70,000 or more.

Former Home Office immigration chief David Wood told a House of Commons select committee last year that Britain now has one million illegals, acknowledging that huge numbers live 'under the radar'. He also said that few were ever likely to be sent home. For deportation is a difficult business, too.

Home Office figures show that, of the 10,129 illegals, including foreign criminals released from UK prisons, ordered to be placed on deportation flights from January 2016 to May this year, 6,237 (or 61 per cent) were removed before take-off or at the 11th hour did not board. Many had made last-minute appeals using immigration lawyers to avoid removal. ...

This week, the Supreme Court ruled that the deportation of foreign criminals with British-born children is legal. It's an historic ruling that will limit the power of lawyers to use the European Convention on Human Rights, which safeguards family life, as a legal loophole to let offenders stay here.

Time will tell whether it will speed up deportations or reduce queues in our immigration courts.

For years, I have reported on immigration hearings where foreigners, some of whom should never have come to Britain, or who should have left by now, try to convince judges they have the right to stay.

Opposite are battle-weary Home Office officials who've heard many stories before.
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Illegal immigration – fraud
Can it be true that crooked lawyers are helping asylum seeking 'liars' abuse our generosity? That's the disturbing claim of a retiring tribunal judge [part 2]
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 26 October 2018

Armies of interpreters dance attendance, some on hundreds of pounds a day from the public purse. They have to be versed in tongues ranging from Pidgin English (spoken in remote areas of Africa and New Guinea), to Korean and Farsi. ...

There are no oaths sworn here, only a request from the judges that those in front of them tell the truth.

For some begging to stay – as I have seen – it seems a lot to ask. ...

I have been told by those working at immigration hearings that some more unscrupulous lawyers prepare country-by-country crib sheets for migrants to learn before a hearing. ...

Of course, it's important to state that many of the 26,000 foreigners claiming asylum each year will be telling the truth and deserve our help.

The problem for immigration judges – who earn six-figure salaries – in busy hearings is that they can struggle to uncover who is honest and who is not. ...

No wonder that one QC versed in immigration law told me some time ago that some tales at the tribunals are 'seriously unbelievable'.

James Hanratty – who has written a book called The Making Of An Immigration Judge – says the immigration system is now a huge industry that has attracted 'bent legal advisers' chasing pots of gold.

'So dishonesty and deception, some of it comical, are all too frequent, as I saw time and again.'

Mr Hanratty has highlighted a case before him in which a lawyer falsified a statement for a Somali woman who claimed her life was in danger because she was from a minority clan.

Her husband, she insisted, had had his throat cut by a rival warlord at their home in Mogadishu, forcing her to flee to England. Her story was backed by her lawyers.

Yet the case crumbled when a Home Office official who had done his homework asked how her murdered husband had been able to claim asylum in Britain 18 months before.

'There was stunned silence because she had no answer and shouted at me,' said Mr Hanratty. 'The solicitors who had prepared her statement knew it was rubbish.'

To make a bad situation worse, the hearings – including those I witnessed at Taylor House – are often shrouded in secrecy, with reporting restrictions (which can be applied for by downloading a form from a government website) becoming the norm.

On one Tuesday during the week I was there, of the 64 hearings held, almost a quarter were covered by this rule.

This is only part of a wider culture of secrecy. ...

After another hearing, involving a claim to stay, I was chased down a corridor by a lawyer and told that I could not use any names I'd heard, not even his own firm's, even though there were no reporting restrictions.

On a third occasion, five minutes after I entered a hearing, an immigration lawyer asked the judge to stop me reporting details of the case, on the grounds that it was confidential.

In a welcome spark of common sense, the judge refused.
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Illegal immigration – fraudulent documents
Revealed: How illegal migrants are using WhatsApp alerts to tip each other off about British immigration raids
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 20 October 2018

Illegal immigrants have set up warning systems using WhatsApp text messages to avoid being caught, a report has revealed.

They contact each other on the encrypted messaging service to raise the alarm about immigration raids.

The tip-offs mean they can stay one step ahead of Home Office enforcement officials.

The tactic was disclosed in a report by academics at the University of Oxford's Centre on Migration, Policy and Society.

The report also exposed the huge industry in fake identity papers sold by criminal gangs.

It also said those in Britain without permission were avoiding working in certain industries known to be targeted by officials, such as construction or kebab shops, to minimise the risk of being caught.

Former Home Office chiefs have admitted there are more than a million illegal immigrants in the UK.

They are a mixture of people who sneaked in on the back of lorries, those who arrived on visas but never went home, foreign criminals never booted out and failed asylum seekers who have avoided deportation.

Critics warn many are earning money by working in the black market but not paying taxes, while adding to the burden on public services such as hospitals and schools.

The report described some of the methods used to evade capture. ...

One Brazilian interviewed for the study said: 'There is this industry of fake documents.

'It is amazing, you can get anything you want, ID cards, passports, driver's licence, this construction card, anything.'

The report found curbs designed to tackle illegal immigration were failing to reduce numbers.

It said the so-called 'hostile environment' – introduced by successive governments to make it harder for illegal immigrants to rent homes, work, open bank accounts or claim benefits – had not worked.

One immigrant told researchers: 'Being illegal in the UK is still better than being legal in my own country'.
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Illegal immigration – crime, fraud
Hostile environment failing to deter illegal immigration and pushing people into exploitation, report finds
May Bulman
Independent, 19 October 2018

Theresa May's hostile environment policy is failing in its objective to reduce the number of people in the UK unlawfully, according to a new report which brings the government's approach tackling illegal immigration under fresh scrutiny.

The academic study found little evidence that immigration enforcement activity deters irregular migrants or encourages them to leave the country – and instead gives rise to criminal practices and pushes undocumented people further underground.

The findings, by researchers at the University of Oxford, will place renewed pressure on the Home Office to reconsider its immigration policies following the Windrush scandal, which exposed how thousands of people were wrongly targeted by officials.

Politicians and campaigners called on ministers to launch an independent review into the hostile environment in light of the new findings, urging that a different approach was "urgently needed".

Almost all irregular immigrants interviewed for the report were not deterred by tightened immigration controls or the hostile environment approach, with one saying "being illegal in the UK is still better than being legal in my own country".

It found that immigration enforcement also had unintended and often "perverse" side effects, as undocumented migrants became increasingly vulnerable to exploitation by employers and fearful of accessing healthcare. ...

Researchers also warned that irregular immigrants had developed strategies to evade detection, most noticeably the use of false documents, which are more common than 20 years ago, implying that tighter controls "provoke more criminal responses". ...

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We are committed to an immigration policy which welcomes and celebrates people here legally, but which tackles illegal immigration, prevents abuse of benefits and services and removes incentives to enter and remain in the UK unlawfully.

"It's what the public would expect as a matter of fairness, which is why it is right that we have a compliant environment to deter and tackle illegal immigration.

"Since 2010, Immigration Enforcement has protected public safety by removing more than 44,500 foreign offenders who have abused our hospitality by committing crimes and has disrupted over 180 immigration crime groups since April this year."
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Illegal immigration – crime, visas, bogus colleges
These men used bogus colleges as part of a 'cash for visas' scam
Andrew Bardsley
Manchester Evening News, 18 October 2018

Immigration racketeers used bogus colleges in a 'cash for visas' scam worth almost £3.5m.

St John College in Ashton and Kinnaird College in Manchester city centre had no books, equipment or teachers providing lessons.

Instead, bosses Muhammad Babar Bashir, 38, and Koteswara Nallamothu, 36, used them as a way to extract money from 1,300 people who wanted to live and study in the UK.

People would hand over cash to the pair in exchange for a 'golden ticket' - a confirmation of acceptance of study (CAS) letter - which enabled them to get a student visa.

The scam saw £2.6m pass through St John College's accounts, and a further £856,000 go through the accounts of Kinnaird College. ...

Now Bashir and Nallamothu are facing jail after being found guilty of conspiracy to facilitate breaches of UK immigration law following a lengthy Manchester Crown Court trial, which started back in July. ...

The colleges were run legitimately before the defendants took over. ...

The majority of students who applied for CAS were already living in the EU, but used it as a way of securing their immigration status.
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Illegal immigration – MPs, charities
MPs must stop informing on migrants to the Home Office, charities demand
Tim Wyatt
Independent, 13 October 2018

Almost one in five MPs have now signed a pledge to never report a constituent to the immigration authorities in response to a charity campaign.

A coalition of migrant advocacy groups - including Liberty, Migrant Rights Network and Global Justice Now - have called to MPs to promise to never inform on migrants who ask them for help.

The campaign, "MPs Not Border Guards", has written to the Speaker of the House of Commons, demanding that he intervene to stop the practice.

Exclusive figures revealed by The Independent in June showed that MPs had reported 723 suspected illegal immigrants to the Home Office between 2012 and 2017.

Currently, 113 out of the 650 MPs have signed the pledge to protect those with uncertain immigration status who approach them at constituency surgeries.

The majority are from Labour, along with 25 from the Scottish National Party and eight Liberal Democrats. Only one Conservative - Heidi Allen - has added her name.

More than 3,200 people have also emailed their own MP to ask them to join the campaign, the MPs Not Border Guards website says. ...

The chief executive of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants, Satbir Singh, said that if MPs continued to inform on migrants who asked them for advice, they would drive vulnerable people "further underground and into the shadows". ...

But some MPs disagreed. Tory Christopher Chope said that he had personally called the immigration hotline.

"I have reported cases of immigration crime on behalf of constituents who have felt their neighbours are engaged in illegal working when they shouldn't have been in the country," he told the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire programme. "Home Office policy is very much to ensure that, as far as possible, life is made uncomfortable for those one million illegals, so that they will be encouraged to go back to where they came from rather than be a burden on our public services here."

This view was echoed by Lord Green, the chairman of the anti-immigration group Migration Watch UK.

"The task of MPs is to represent the electorate, not those who have no right to be in the country at all," he said. "Illegal immigrants are not constituents and over three-quarters of the electorate consider illegal immigration to be a serious problem.

"MPs are not immigration officers, but to make public pledges that have the effect of encouraging illegal immigrants to stay in the UK is irresponsible and further erodes public trust in our political system."
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Illegal immigration – visas, Indians
Indians top list of 'overstayers' in U.K.
Vidya Ram
The Hindu, 12 October 2018

India accounts for the largest number of individuals staying in the U.K. illegally, and the number of those subjected to forced returns to India has fallen by 50% in three years, Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office has said.

The problem of "visa overstayers" was highlighted by the department in its submission to a British parliamentary committee's "Global Britain and India' inquiry into post-Brexit relations with India.

The focus on overstayers is significant, suggesting that there is little sign of change on an issue that has overshadowed bilateral relationships. Tensions came to a head earlier this year when Britain's Trade Secretary Liam Fox linked the decision on excluding Indians from a relaxation of student visa requirements to cooperation between the two countries on the return of illegal migrants, including India's failure to sign an MOU with the U.K. on the issue during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit in April.

Subsequently, Indian High Commissioner Y.K. Sinha questioned Britain's focus and stance on overstayers. "I am sure there are many [overstayers] but where did this figure of 100,000 come from?" he said in June. ...

The Royal Commonwealth Society warned that the state of Indian visas into the U.K. was "abysmal" and reiterated its call for Indian visitors to be given similar conditions as Chinese tourists, who were able to get a two-year multiple entry visa at nearly 75% lower cost than others. "In recent years, the U.K. appears to have neglected the India relationship in favour of fostering better relations with China."

The immigration issue had caused "seriously ill feeling" in India towards Britain, warned crossbench member of the House of Lords Karan Bilimoria.

However, on the issue of visas, the Foreign Office submission highlighted what it saw as key achievements on visas to Indian nationals. These included Britain having more visa centres in India than any other country in the world, Britain issuing more skilled worker visas to India than all other countries in the world combined and the fact that 90% of Indian nationals, who applied for a visa, were successful.
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Illegal immigration – Brussels
Belgium smashes human trafficking ring 'smuggling migrants into Britain'
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 10 October 2018

Belgium has broken up a ring of human traffickers who smuggled mainly Sudanese and Eritrean migrants into Britain for a charge of up to £2,200 (€2,500) each, justice officials said on Monday.

Ten people were arrested during raids in the Brussels region on Sunday. Three were released without charge while the remaining seven – all male – were placed in pre-trial detention.

All have since been officially charged with offences relating to "human trafficking within the framework of a criminal organisation," the Brussels public prosecutor's office said in a statement.

The trafficking ring was based in Brussels and would smuggle "up to 20 migrants" into Britain a day by hiding them inside UK-bound refrigerated lorries, according to prosecutors.

The migrants are said to have paid the smugglers anything between £430 and £2,200 (€500 and €2,500) each for the journey, local prosecutors said.
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Illegal immigration – fraud, solicitors
Britain is being 'overwhelmed' by crooked immigration solicitors that help 'liars' get into Britain, former judge claims
Tom Witherow
Daily Mail, 3 October 2018

Legal watchdogs are 'overwhelmed' with cases of crooked solicitors trying to keep illegal migrants in the UK, a former judge has claimed.

James Hanratty, an immigration judge for 16 years, said small legal firms that help 'liars and chancers' get into Britain are running rings around regulators.

He said it was 'disgraceful' that the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has in the past taken no action when legal professionals broke the law.

He highlighted a case before him where a lawyer made a false statement for a Somali woman who claimed her life was in danger because she was from a minority clan.

She said her husband had been murdered by a warlord at their home – even though her spouse had come to England 18 months earlier to claim asylum himself.

Mr Hanratty said the solicitors acting for the woman had also represented her husband, so they knew her story was not true and had therefore assisted in making a false statement.

The judge reported the firm for perverting the course of justice, but he claimed the regulator took no action because it was 'too busy'.

He added: 'I think the... enforcement teams are overwhelmed by these cases.' Mr Hanratty, who was also chief executive at the Royal Courts of Justice, was speaking at Henley Literary Festival on Monday to promote his book, The Making of an Immigration Judge. ...

... He said smaller law firms acting in migration cases can be difficult to track because, when they are at risk of investigation, they 'close down and operate again five doors down under a different name'.

The SRA, part of the Law Society Group, regulates more than 180,000 solicitors in England and Wales and receives 10,000 reports of code breaches each year.

It said cases involving migration solicitors are a 'big issue' for the regulator.
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Illegal immigration – deportation
UK: Over 100,000 Pounds of Onions Destroyed After Illegal Migrants Found in Delivery Lorries
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 30 September 2018

British authorities were forced to destroy over 100,000 pounds of onions which were "contaminated" by illegal migrants discovered hiding in delivery lorries.

Border Force officials discovered more than twenty illegal migrants who identified themselves as being from Afghanistan, Albania, Iran, and Iraq – all Muslim-majority countries – in two separate incidents in the Port of Poole, the Dorset Echo reports. ...

The high street value of the destroyed onions was estimated at over £35,000.

The fate of the illegal migrants is not entirely clear.

A Home Office spokesman told the Dorset Echo that they has been "dealt with by the Home Office in line with the immigration rules" and that "Where someone has no right to remain in the UK, action is taken to remove them".

However, EU rules which require member-states to deport illegal migrants to the very first EU country they entered, rather than the last one they come from – usually France, in Britain's case – mean that very few are removed, so long as there is no record of their point of entry and they will not reveal it.

In 2014, for example, only 49 out of several thousand illegal arrivals from France could be sent back across the English Channel.
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Illegal immigration – conviction
People-Smuggler Who Brought Hundreds of Illegal Migrants to Britain Jailed in France
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 28 September 2018

A people-smuggling kingpin responsible for bringing hundreds of illegal migrants into Britain had been imprisoned in France following a cross- border criminal investigation.

Rekawt Kayani, a 36-year-old migrant granted British citizenship seven years ago, had reportedly built an extensive network of contacts in migrant encampments across France, Greece, and Iraq.

He was arrested at his home in Derby, northern England, in May 2016, following a joint Anglo-French investigation, and extradited to France to stand trial.

A court in Lille heard how Kayani organised smuggling operations running from Dieppe, in northern France, to Newhaven, in East Sussex. ...

The court sentenced Kayani to seven years and imposed a 100,000 euro fine, as well as a lifetime ban from France which will go into effect after his release.

Seven other people-smugglers said to be part of his gang were given sentences of between 18 months and seven years.
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An "army" of illegal immigrants is arriving in the UK every year
Migration Watch UK, 20 September 2018

The illegal immigrant population of the UK is rising by 70,000 per year – nearly equivalent to the size of the full-time British Army. That is the conclusion of a new paper (Illegal immigration - What can be done?) being issued by Migration Watch UK.

The paper estimates the gross annual rise in the illegal immigrant population to be 105,000 per year while only about a third (or 35,200) of this annual total is either being removed or is departing voluntarily each year. Hence a net rise of 70,000 people per year, or 700,000 over the course of a decade.

Meanwhile, the controversy arising from the Windrush Affair has masked the continued and serious failure of the authorities to remove hundreds of thousands of people who have no right to be here.

Effective removal mechanisms are essential to the credibility of border controls. Over three-quarters - 77% - of the public consider illegal immigration to be a serious problem facing the country.

The best estimates, including two by former senior Home Office officials, suggest that there may be over one million illegal immigrants in the UK - equivalent to the population of Birmingham, the UK's second largest city. ...

Our estimate of the number of people who overstay their visas stands at 83,600 per year. Added to more than 12,800 detected clandestine entrants and an annual average 8,500 failed asylum seekers who do not depart, that gives a gross figure of 105,000 more illegal migrants each year.

At the same time, removals and departures have averaged 35,200 since 2009 (excluding returns of foreign criminals). Removals of failed asylum seekers nosedived from 2005 onwards, from 16,000 to just over 5,000 in 2017. Over the last 14 years, less than half of those whose asylum claims were refused have departed the country. Meanwhile, returns of immigration offenders have dropped by a third since 2013. This decline in removals is troubling.

Illegal immigration to the UK is a major public concern. Yet the situation is considerably worse than the government admits and very little is being done about it.

Furthermore, a number of those who have remained have been able to regularise their status as a result of routes that allow those here illegally to stay on. These routes should be closed because they encourage the flouting of the law and are grossly unfair to those who take the care and time to follow the rules. ...

Commenting, Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:

"The scale of illegal immigration to Britain is a scandal that has gone on for too long. It undermines public acceptance of genuine refugees and is damaging to community relations generally. The government must not cave in to opposition attempts to 'weaponise' Windrush against legitimate and effective measures to tackle overstaying. These measures are supported by nearly 80% of the public, and rightly so."
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Illegal immigration – border security
Number of suspected illegal immigrants nabbed at UK border hits record levels
Michael Hamilton
The Sun, 2 September 2018

The number of suspected illegal immigrants nabbed at ports and airports trying to enter Britain is at record levels.

Figures show 34,146 were apprehended last year – almost 100 a day and three per cent up on the 33,026 the year before, we can reveal.

Most were caught at Channel ports with border officials using carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and sniffer dogs to find them in vehicles.

Others have tried to enter the UK in the wheel casings of aircraft.

Some are allowed to stay, often after lodging a claim for refugee status.

The Home Office said the figures, obtained under Freedom of Information rules, show "our approach to securing the UK's border is working". ...

Migration Watch UK said the figures do not show how many failed asylum claimants are removed.

It claimed there were more than a million illegals in the UK.
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Illegal immigration – human trafficking
Theresa May pledges UK aid budget funding to help slash immigration into Europe as she heads for Nigeria
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 29 August 2018

Theresa May will pledge to use the UK aid budget to slash immigration into Europe as she visits Nigeria tomorrow.

The Prime Minister is to unveil a series of commitments to cut 'illegal and unsafe' inflows from West Africa.

Nigeria is believed to be the fifth-largest country of origin for victims of modern slavery in Britain - a cause that Mrs May has championed for years. ...

'Today we are stepping up our partnership with Nigerian authorities to find traffickers and bring them to justice.

'And because this is an international problem which needs international response, we are also launching a new project with France to strengthen border cooperation to prevent trafficking along key migration routes towards Libya and Europe.

'But as well as targeting the smugglers and traffickers that cruelly exploit people for financial gain, it's vital that we support the victims who have suffered enormous trauma and are at high risk of being re-trafficked, and that is an important part of the support we are announcing today.'
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Illegal immigration
Four-fold rise in illegal migrants caught at border
Joe Duggan
Daily Express, 24 August 2018

The number of illegal migrants found trying to sneak into the UK has quadrupled in four years, an investigation has fond. In 2013, 204 migrants were found at UK ports attempting to reach Britain, with the figure rocketing to 835 in 2017, said the BBC.
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Illegal immigration
Belgium lets asylum seekers into Britain
Bruno Waterfield and Richard Ford
The Times, 22 August 2018

Belgian police are waving through migrants who are trying to travel to Britain illegally via sea ports in Belgium or northern France because they cannot be deported and cost £180 a day to hold in detention centres.

Under European Union rules the Belgian authorities cannot deport asylum seekers who have travelled through France to Belgium from Italy or Greece, which is usually where they entered Europe.

Areas of the Flemish west coast of Belgium have become a key route for migrants seeking to enter Britain via a Belgian sea port and local police forces have said that they are overwhelmed.
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Belgian Police Gave Up Trying to Control Migrant Arrivals, Waved Through Illegals to UK
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 22 August 2018

Local police in west Belgium have been told to wave through third world migrants seeking to travel to Britain, as authorities said that trying to deal with the massive illegal immigration influx was putting "basic policing" at risk.

Attempts to search for and intercept migrants in transit have kept officers in Kruibeke very busy since the Flemish town became a major "hub" for migrants seeking to break into Britain after the Calais 'Jungle' was dismantled, according to police chief Wim Pieteraerens.

After consultation with the town mayor, officers in Kruibeke will no longer engage in proactive efforts to stop illegal immigration, Pieteraerens told local media, explaining that policing migrants in transit took up too large a proportion of the force's capacity. ...

Moreover, the police chief added that officers' efforts appeared to have little impact, asserting that "95 to 99 percent of the individuals we arrested were then just released by the Immigration Office with an order to leave the area, [meaning] almost every day we were being confronted with the same people." ...

Commenting on the news, Conservative MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, said: "The British public are completely fed up with EU police forces and immigration authorities effectively waving through illegal immigrants to continue on their way to Britain."
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Tight visa controls encourage illegal immigration, say researchers
Rod Austin
The Guardian, 21 August 2018

The use of visa restrictions to control global migration is "counterproductive and ineffective", pushing people who want to stay within the law towards illegal channels, research has suggested.

The study by academics from University of Central London (UCL), Royal Holloway and University of Birmingham, found that increased visa restrictions on migrants creates a greater need for enforcement. Researchers suggested governments should consider the wider impacts of controls, and take into account the aspirations of the individual in order to stem illegal immigration.

Only a small minority of migrants will consider entering a country illegally, said study co-author, Dr Cassilde Schwartz of the University of London. ...

In the year to March 2017, the UK Home Office received 2.98m visa applications; 400,000 were refused and of the 2.55m granted – 299,000 were for study, 47,000 for family/dependants, 164,000 related to work and 1.96m were visitors.

Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the study looked at why and how people migrate, based on varying levels of restriction. Researchers focused on four categories controlled by the visa immigration system: families, students, low and high skilled applicants.

Their findings suggest that restrictions on high skilled visa applications and students had little impact on controlling numbers.

In contrast, restrictions imposed on the entry of families (in particular around unification) and the low skilled, which appear to reduce migrant flow, only served to divert a significant number of "aspirational" applicants towards illegal entry.

"The largest reorientation towards unauthorised channels happens when the family route is closed ... When restricting immigration policy, governments need to consider that they are also reducing aspiring migrants' already limited options for legal migration," said UCL's Miranda Simon, lead author.

Where minimal achievable visa restrictions could easily be met, researchers found that 44% of aspiring applicants moved through legal channels. Adding further restrictions such as work permits and sponsorship caused a reduction in those seeking legal methods of entry. The same test applied to families and low-skilled applicants, and found that immigration reduced by 32% and 21% respectively, but increased unauthorised immigration by 24% and 14%.

The report found that 80% of those entering illegally would need to be apprehended in order to offset the effect of legal restrictions, rendering this "solution" inefficient whilst placing significant strain on resources. ...

ONS statistics are used by the UK government to decide policy, but true numbers are hard to ascertain. Human trafficking and smuggling, and the use of false documents, are facilitated by organised criminal gangs who prey on migrants fleeing conflict, severe economic pressures or those who fail the visa system. ...

... Camps see a constant flow of migrants trying to reach the UK. With sources reporting to the Guardian that the smuggling gangs operate with a near 100% success rate, the number of migrants who are in the UK unlawfully is likely to be significantly higher than ONS figures suggest.
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Remember how Brazil, Ecuador and Peru condemned Arizona over illegal immigration in 2010?
Monica Showalter
American Thinker, 19 August 2018

Remember how Arizona Governor Jan Brewer got piled on by 17 Latin American nations in 2010, condemning her state for attempting to enforce federal immigration law based on the reality that Arizona was being overrun by illegals and the Obama administration was doing nothing? It was bad enough that the Obama administration sued her state to end the law, something it only did with partial success. But then Latin states such as Brazil, Colombia, Peru, and Ecuador joined the fun, piously weighing in to sign on to a highly questionable Friend of the Court brief led by Mexico, condemning Arizona for trying to enforce U.S. immigration law.

Scroll forward to 2018. Now the shoe is on the other tootsie.

Because right now, those are the very nations pulling up the drawbridge to illegals as their own countries get inundated by vast human waves of Venezuelans flooding over their borders without papers.

Ecuador has announced that anyone entering its country is going to need a passport. No more entries without papers, given that 500,000 of them have already gotten in. "This is going to skyrocket," said one Ecuadoran official. After that, Peru, which just recently saw 5,000 Venezuelan border crossings without papers in one day, announced the same bid to enforce borders. It follows from Colombia tightening its passport requirements, and both Colombia and Brazil just plain sealing their borders to make the human waves stop. Chile, too, tightened entry rules after it got flooded. The latest news is that Brazil is now deploying troops to fight the migrants.

Comically, Colombia, which has pretty much let all comers in and expected them to fan out across the continent, says it is upset about Peru's and Ecuador's new passport requirements, because, well, they now get to keep the million or so people who had been ready to move onward. ...

While I pity the plight of these sick Venezuelan refugees from socialism and fully support the U.S. mercy mission, there is also the main issue of why these countries don't want to be overrun. Like the illegals who rolled into Arizona that Colombia and the others had such tough words for, quite a few of these people are criminals who have wrought havoc on the countries they invaded. ...

Their hypocrisy is now evident in their new passport requirements and desperate efforts to halt the human waves, even with border shutdowns and troops.

What's more, it's compounded by the fact that for years, they defended the 'sovereignty' of Venezuela's socialist hellhole even as it was ever more obvious that human waves would be the final result.
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India rejects U.K. proposal on DNA tests for 'illegal migrants'
Vijaita Singh
The Hindu, 14 August 2018

India rejected a proposal by the U.K. to use DNA sampling to establish the nationality of illegal migrants living there citing "privacy issues".

Although a Memorandum of Understanding on return of illegal migrants was initialled after due approval of the Union Cabinet in January by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, India refused to sign the final pact during the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to U.K. in April. ...

"In one of the meetings, the U.K. authorities suggested that the nationality of document-less illegal migrants suspected to be Indians could be established by matching DNA samples of their family members living here. We raised objections that this was a breach of privacy and unethical. How do we know that the document-less person is an Indian," said a senior Home Ministry official who attended the meeting.

According to the British government's estimates, there are around 1,00,000 Indians overstaying their visa in the U.K.

India has contested this and said that as per their estimate, the number will not be more than 2,000.
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Strict government visa restrictions drive up illegal immigration, study finds
Benjamin Kentish
Independent, 7 August 2018

Strict government controls on immigration drive up the number of people entering a country illegally, a new study has found.

While visa restrictions cut overall migration, academics said they can be "ineffective and counterproductive" because they force more people to find unlawful ways to cross borders.

The study also found that restricting the number of visas granted to students and highly-skilled workers does little to cut overall migration.

Tighter restrictions on low-skilled workers does appear to reduce migration, but also leads to a "significant portion" of prospective immigrants turning to illegal ways to enter a country, it said.

The study was conducted by academics at University College London (UCL), in conjunction with colleagues at the Royal Holloway and University of Birmingham, and was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The findings are likely to be seized on by campaigners demanding the government relax its immigration rules. ...

The new study found that restrictions on family migration were especially unhelpful, leading around a quarter of people who would have moved country legally to instead do so via illegal channels.

UCL academic Miranda Simo, who led the study: "We show that even minimal visa requirements can significantly reduce immigration, but this comes at the cost of reorienting aspiring migrants towards unauthorised channels.

"The largest reorientation towards unauthorised channels happens when the family route is closed, because it is the most easily accessible out of those considered.

"When restricting immigration policy, governments need to consider that they are also reducing aspiring migrants' already limited options for legal migration." ...

The study found that restrictions on low-skilled and family migration cut total immigration by 21 per cent and 32 per cent respectively but also drove up illegal immigration by 14 per cent and 24 per cent respectively.

The authors said taking action against illegal immigration was "not efficient" because 80 per cent of all illegal migrants would need to be caught in order to offset the increased number resulting from stricter immigration rules.
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Shoreham raid: Nine illegal immigrants caught cockling
BBC, 5 August 2018

Nine illegal immigrants have been caught in a raid on a group harvesting cockles, the Home Office has said.

Immigration Enforcement officers found the group at Brighton Road in Shoreham, West Sussex, at about 12:20 BST on Saturday.

Checks were carried out on a group of 11 people, nine of whom were found to be illegally present in the UK.

Five men were detained "pending removal from the UK", while four others - including two minors - were bailed.
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Police night-time swoop on boat heading for Kent beach find 'illegal migrants'
Sunday Express, 5 August 2018

Police smashed an alleged people-smuggling ring as they waited under cover of dark to intercept a speedboat packed with illegal immigrants last night.

Officers swooped on the boat, carrying illegal migrants form Vietnam, as it landed on a Kent beach under the cover of darkness.

The group were caught in the early hours of the morning as their speedboat landed on the beach in Walmer.

The eight arrests were part of a joint operation involving Kent Police, the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit (ERSOU) and Border Force.

A 35-year-old man from Eyeworth, Bedfordshire, and a 34-year-old from Oxford were also arrested at the scene on suspicion of conspiring to assist unlawful immigration to the UK.
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Illegal immigration – Indians
India ignores citizens overstaying in UK, US but wants to declare 40 lakh in Assam illegal
Jyoti Malhotra and Avishek Jha
ThePrint, 3 August 2018
[A lakh is 100,000 (written in India as 1,00,000)]

The BJP-led Centre that claims credit for the completion of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) aimed at detecting illegal immigrants in Assam seems to be turning a blind eye to the issue of thousands of Indians who are staying illegally in several western countries such as the UK or the US.

In April, during his visit to the UK, Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused, at the last minute, to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the return of illegal immigrants because Indian authorities differed with London's definition of an "overstayer". ...

The UK authorities say there are between 75,000 and 1,00,000 illegal Indian immigrants in the UK. India claims the figures are far fewer, around 2,000.

In the US, the figure is 5 lakh people as of 2014, according to data collected by the Pew Research Centre in 2016. ...

According to an Indian diplomat who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the home secretaries of India and the UK had even hammered out a "package deal" in May 2017, agreeing that the Indian government would take back illegal immigrants if Indian students were given clear benefits in the UK university system on a par with China and other foreign countries.

But in June, India was left out of such a streamlined UK university process. UK secretary of state for international trade Liam Fox had then directly linked India's absence on the list to Delhi's refusal to resolve the question of "overstayers" or illegals. ...

Meanwhile, the India-UK spat over illegals refuses to go away, despite the fact that junior home minister Kiren Rijiju had signed an MoU on returns of illegal Indians within 30 days of their detection by British authorities.

The MoU that was to be signed by PM Modi in April reduced the number of days from 30 to 15 – a clause that was rejected by the Indian side. ...

The truth, as always, lies in between. Indian officials conceded that they are not terribly worried about Indians immigrating to western countries, arguing that most of this is due to economic reasons.

An India diplomat said, "When we were confronted with Indian illegals, we would request an interview with them in private. Then we would ask this so-called illegal immigrant, in Hindi or some other Indian language, if he or she wanted to stay in that country or not."

"If they said yes, we would then shrug our shoulders with the authorities of that country and tell them that processes back home would take much longer, and that it would be better to integrate them here itself," the diplomat added.
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Illegal immigration – crime
Gang jailed for fake immigration documents scam
BBC, 3 August 2018

A gang that made fake documents for people trying to move to the UK illegally has been jailed.

Seven men and three woman from Cardiff, Newport and Merthyr Tydfil were jailed at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday.

They created fake wage slips showing earnings of more than £18,600 to sell to UK nationals so they could apply for spousal visas. ...

The 10 were caught after a two-year investigation by Immigration Enforcement's criminal and financial investigation team.

The court heard fake documents were sold by the fraudsters for up to £4,500.

Ringleader Denaught Sharma, 56, forged documents and opened a bank account sponsors would pay into to create the illusion of a monthly income large enough to be eligible to bring their spouses to the UK. ...

The scam was first uncovered in 2013 when Sharma was interviewed by Gwent Police as a potential witness in an unrelated case and incriminating text messages were found on his phone. ...

Mohammed Uddin, Sarah Brindle, Abdul Muqith, Suleza Begum, Zakiyya Begum and Jagdeep Singh facilitated the illegal entry to the UK of their wives and husbands by using the fake employment records.

Sandeep Kumar, who is married to Brindle, tried to get leave to remain in the UK by submitting fake job documents for his wife. He was sentenced in his absence as he has left the UK.
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Illegal immigration – ID scheme, border security
EU citizen ID scheme proposed by think tank in UK immigration crackdown after Brexit
Alison Little
Daily Express, 30 July 2018

A citizen ID registration scheme should be considered for everyone in Britain, as part of a package to strengthen border controls after Brexit, a think tank has suggested. It said a proposed scheme to register EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit should be used as a test bed for a system that could be rolled out across the country.

It would prove people's entitlements to be here and to access services and jobs, while also making it harder for illegal immigrants to continue operating, said the report for centre right think tank Policy Exchange.

It should not need people to carry a physical ID card, it stressed, but instead govern citizens' interactions with the state via a digital system based on unique personal reference numbers.

There are also safeguards that can now be built into the central storage of information, to protect them from misuse. ...

The Government plans for the estimated 3.6 million EU citizens already in the UK to join a registration scheme if they want to stay beyond the end of the proposed transition period, December 31, 2020.

People will acquire a unique "EU Citizens Number" based on the document with photographic and biometric data which they used to register, that will secure them rights and access to public services, with layers of digital security woven into the system to protect their data. ...

The authors suggest it could initially be rolled out to UK citizens on a voluntary basis, with more people persuaded to take them up as they observed the benefits of easy access to services.

It would also make it much harder for illegal immigrants to "remain in limbo", said the report. ...

They want rail and ferry operators to be required to provide more advance information about passengers, as airlines already do.

A single authority should be in charge of coastline border security, and Britain should work more closely with Irish authorities to stop the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area being exploited for illegal entry.
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How do we cut illegal immigration? By policing Britain's internal border
David Goodhart
Sunday Telegraph, 29 July 2018

Britain is a country that wants to remain open but does not want its population to change too fast. It is a delicate balancing act for the UK border infrastructure. And despite the refrain of being "not fit for purpose" – either too laissez faire for not deporting enough illegal immigrants, or too draconian for harassing legitimate residents caught up in the Windrush scandal – we are edging in the right direction.

It is seldom recognised that most of our immigration is now temporary, mainly students and workers who return home. Annual net immigration is running at over 250,000 a year but the number granted permanent residence (excluding EU citizens) is just 60,000 a year. ...

In any case, having spent months talking to dozens of people from top to bottom of the Home Office for a report published tomorrow for the think tank, Policy Exchange, I come away reassured that the border is working far better than 10 years ago. The visa flows (there are 2.6 million visas granted every year) are under tighter control; since 2008, more than one million non-EU citizens have happily used a biometric residence permit (an ID card) to regulate their rights; the UK is a world leader in E-gates, helping to keep queues down; exit checks of a kind have been reinstalled; the number of new illegal immigrants is rising at its lowest level for two decades (just 15,000 to 20,000 a year by my calculation). ...

The Windrush scandal was an error of over-zealous control, and my report has suggestions for avoiding a repeat of this egregious mistake, but Windrush must not lead to a radical watering down of the so-called "hostile environment". Because the correct term for the hostile environment is simply the internal border. In a country like Britain, which has tens of millions of annual arrivals, most without the right to stay or work (a figure that will rise after Brexit to include EU citizens), not having strict internal controls – subcontracted in part to employers, landlords, public service staff and so on – is equivalent to not having a border at all.

For various reasons to do with the lack of ID cards, the English language and an open labour market, the UK has long been a magnet for illegals, and there are probably at least 500,000 in the country now. And if we want to stop this number crreping ever higher, a national ID system for both temporary immigrants and citizens is the long-term answer. Putting this back on the agenda is the one good thing to come out of Windrush.

... Illegal immigration is corrosive. It makes inner-city Britain less law-abiding and most negatively impacts recent legal immigrants. Action against it should be more confidently linked to minimum wage enforcement, private landlord licensing and action against modern slavery.

We can deport more people (only 6,000 people left involuntarily last year, excluding prisoners) but that is not the only way to reduce the illegal population. A general amnesty is undesirable but we should consider regularising those who have been here, living in the mainstream, for more than 10 years (rather than 20 as at present).

And why not pay people to leave? It costs 10 times more to remove an illegal against their will than to persuade someone to go voluntarily.
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Illegal immigration – government data sharing
Home Office pauses data sharing with other departments in wake of Windrush scandal
John Johnston and Tamsin Rutter
Civil Service World, 12 July 2018

The Home Office has announced a three-month pause to "pro-active data sharing" between government departments to prevent members of the Windrush generation getting caught up in policies aimed at curbing illegal immigration.

Home secretary Sajid Javid said there would be a freeze in the so-called "hostile environment" immigration policy, including a pause in data sharing between HM Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions, DVLA and the Home Office.

Ministers have been fiercely criticised over the Windrush scandal, which saw British citizens of Caribbean descent stripped of their rights to work, denied access to public services and threatened with deportation.

Javid, in an update of Home Office work in relation to Windrush provided to Home Affairs Select Committee chair Yvette Cooper on 10 July, said: "We have paused pro-active data sharing with other government departments and delivery partners on data for all nationalities over 30 years old for a period of three months. This covers HMRC, DWP and the DVLA."

He added that the department had "significantly restricted pro-active data sharing with banks and building societies via Cifas (the specified anti-fraud authority), to persons subject to deportation action due to criminal activity".

These measures have been introduced to ensure that members of the Windrush generation are not "erroneously impacted by compliant environment measures".
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Illegal immigration – cost
Taxpayers forked out thousands for foster care of Vietnamese 'teenager' trafficked into Britain but who was in fact 22
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 12 July 2018

Taxpayers stumped up the £500-a-week costs of keeping a Vietnamese woman in foster care before she was exposed as being a 22-year-old illegal immigrant.

Duong Trinh was picked up as part of an immigration raid on a nail bar in Cheadle, Staffordshire and claimed she was 16 years old.

The local council was therefore duty-bound to take her into foster care and she spent months in a foster home until her real age was uncovered.

She has now been jailed for eight months but could still avoid deportation due to sentencing rules. ...

She made an application for asylum in the UK after being put into costly foster care by Staffordshire County Council.

But a tip-off led police to contact Vietanese authorities, who provided fingerprints and a photograph that showed Trinh is in fact 22.

She has now pleaded guilty to perverting the course of public justice and was jailed for eight months this week. ...

Judge Glenn added: 'The sentence will not trigger automatic deportation. That will be a decision for other people in due course.' ...

Staffordshire County Council said it had no reason to believe Trinh was older than 16 when they were informed of her case.
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'Italy has caused a MELTDOWN' 700,000 migrants waiting to cross into Europe from Libya
Jon Austin
Sunday Express, 8 July 2018

A bottleneck of 700,000 migrants is waiting in Libya to cross the Mediterranean to Europe, the National Crime Agency has said. The number – greater than the population of Leicester – highlights the difficulties facing the EU in controlling migrants seeking a new life in Europe.

Senior members of the NCA, dubbed Britain's FBI, revealed the figures as they detailed the increasingly tough battle they face to stop people smugglers.

NCA directors warned of a sharp rise in attempted illegal sea crossings from Africa to Europe this year, with 300 people drowning last week.

Migrants are then crossing Europe and using increasingly devious ways to evade detection, including hiding in "coffin-sized" secret compartments in vehicles.

Migration across the Mediterranean from Africa is a critical issue for the EU, with member states arguing over the best way to deal with it. ...

Tom Dowdall, NCA deputy director of organised immigration crime, said the problem was growing. Attempted crossings to Greece and Turkey are up by 47 per cent on last year, with those to Spain and Italy up by 75 per cent. ...

Chris Hogben, NCA head of operations for organised immigration crime, said rescue boats manned by non-governmental organisations were inadvertently aiding people smugglers.

The NGOs are supposed to rescue people once they are more than 12 miles from the Libyan coast, but come in much closer, he said.

He said: "They make it easier for the crime groups who now send a boat with not enough fuel on purpose as they know they will be picked up."

The details emerged at a briefing on Project Invigor, a joint NCA, Home Office, Coastguard, Border Force and Crown Prosecution Service operation, costing £14 million a year to run.

Around 140 officers make up the squad which has 250 live investigations into organised gangs trying to sneak people into the UK and those forging documents to aid them and keep illegal immigrants here.

The main sources for migrants into Europe are Libya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Niger and Afghanistan. Mr Dowdall said that smugglers collectively make up to £6 billion a year charging would-be migrants.
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Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the fight against illegal migration, the National Crime Agency warns
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2018

The Republic of Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the battle against illegal immigration into the UK, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said.

People smugglers are increasingly opting for the two countries because security elsewhere has become effective.

Investigators said Ireland has become an attractive option because illegal immigrants are able to take advantage of the "soft" border with Northern Ireland and then make their way to the British mainland.

Tom Dowdall, deputy director of the NCA said the people traffickers were seeking to exploit the border arrangements between Northern Ireland the Republic.

He said: "The level of border controls, or requirements of border controls, are different to that from others travelling on from other countries.

"We have seen some evidence of that being abused.

"Migrants are smuggled by organised crime groups into the Republic of Ireland sometimes by air, from Eastern Europe and Asia.

"Sometimes it will be by the sea through the Irish sea ports, then flying in to the UK." ...

But he also warned that people smugglers were increasingly using Belgium as an easy route to get migrants into the UK. ...

Mr Dowdall also said there was evidence of Eastern European lorry drivers being increasingly complicit in smuggling migrants through the traditional Channel tunnel route from Calais to Dover for a fee. ...

The people smuggling industry is believed to be worth around £6 billion annually, with migrants paying gangs at least £6,000 for passage to Europe.

The National Crime Agency's Operation INVIGOR has seen an overall reduction of illegal immigrants since it was set up two and a half years ago, but said that this year has seen an increase year-on-year.
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Illegal immigration – asylum, social cohesion, Europe
Liberals have lost the argument on the migrant crisis. Now Europe needs to get tough
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2018

Europe's migration crisis – sparked by Merkel's government three years ago – has quickened the populist advance across the continent. ...

Immigration is not the only factor in this worrying trend, but it is an important one.

In 2015, when the migration crisis began, more than 1.8 million people were detected crossing Europe's borders illegally. Italy has had more than 471,000 people land on its shores as the crisis has gone on. Germany received 1.1 million asylum applications in 2015 alone.

Those who think the crisis is abating are mistaken. While the numbers attempting to reach Europe are not as high as last year, and are far lower than in 2015, they are still a worry.

Last week, more than 500 migrants arrived in Greece; nearly 900 reached Italy; and almost 1,200 arrived in Spain. And the authorities must now house, educate and integrate the many people who reached Europe in the last three years. By 2020 the German government will have spent an estimated £74 billion dealing with the domestic costs of the crisis. ...

To maintain social cohesion, you need to control immigration. To control immigration, you need strong borders. And to have strong borders, you need to be prepared to adopt tough policies. ...

And why should we continue an asylum model that favours the strong over the weak, the young over the old, and men over women? Three quarters of asylum seekers in Britain are men and the majority are in their early twemties.

Too often, with today's system, the vulnerable get left behind.

The immigration debate is changing. In Europe, mainstream politicians are advocating "regional disembarkation platforms", where asylum claims are processed outside the EU. This is a model that has worked in Australia, but it will only succeed if migrants are barred from claiming asylum in Europe itself.

Time will tell if Europe's leaders will be tough enough to do that. But they need to be. If the migration crisis taught us anything, it is that virtue signalling is not a policy: the only policy with virtue is one that works.
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Illegal immigration – deception, deportation
Europe is using smartphone data as a weapon to deport refugees
Morgan Meaker
Wired, 2 July 2018

Smartphones have helped tens of thousands of migrants travel to Europe. A phone means you can stay in touch with your family – or with people smugglers. On the road, you can check Facebook groups that warn of border closures, policy changes or scams to watch out for. Advice on how to avoid border police spreads via WhatsApp.

Now, governments are using migrants' smartphones to deport them.

Across the continent, migrants are being confronted by a booming mobile forensics industry that specialises in extracting a smartphone's messages, location history, and even WhatsApp data. That information can potentially be turned against the phone owners themselves. ...

Admittedly, some refugees do lie on their asylum applications. Omar – not his real name – certainly did. He travelled to Germany via Greece. ...

If Omar's phone were searched, he could have become one of them, as his location history would have revealed his route through Europe, including his arrival in Greece.

But before his asylum interview, he met Lena – also not her real name. A refugee advocate and businesswoman, Lena had read about Germany's new surveillance laws. She encouraged Omar to throw his phone away and tell immigration officials it had been stolen in the refugee camp where he was staying. ...

When sociology professor Marie Gillespie researched phone use among migrants travelling to Europe in 2016, she encountered widespread fear of mobile phone surveillance. "Mobile phones were facilitators and enablers of their journeys, but they also posed a threat," she says. In response, she saw migrants who kept up to 13 different SIM cards, hiding them in different parts of their bodies as they travelled.

This could become a problem for immigration officials, who are increasingly using mobile phones to verify migrants' identities, and ascertain whether they qualify for asylum. (That is: whether they are fleeing countries where they risk facing violence or persecution.) In Germany, only 40 per cent of asylum applicants in 2016 could provide official identification documents. In their absence, the nationalities of the other 60 per cent were verified through a mixture of language analysis – using human translators and computers to confirm whether their accent is authentic – and mobile phone data. ...

The smartphone has become the essential accessory for modern migration. Travelling to Europe as an asylum seeker is expensive. People who can't afford phones typically can't afford the journey either.
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Illegal immigration – schools
Schools no longer required to record pupils' nationality
Richard Adams
The Guardian, 29 June 2018

Schools in England will no longer be asked by the government to collect information on pupils' nationality and place of birth, the latest significant climbdown in the suite of "hostile environment" policies targeted at immigrants living in the UK.

The low-key announcement, confirming earlier reports, came in the form of a technical document for schools from the Department for Education (DfE) regarding its school census for 2018-19.

Under the heading Discontinued Items, the technical specification lists "pupil country of birth" and "pupil nationality", with a note that they are "no longer required by the department and, as such, it is removed from the school census collection from autumn 2019 onwards.

"Schools must no longer request this information from parents, or retain the data within their system, for purpose of transmitting to the department via the school census," the document states.

Two years ago the department added a requirement for schools to ask parents for the information, along with a question on proficiency in English, apparently under pressure from the Home Office under Theresa May.
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Illegal immigration – amnesties
The economics of immigration amnesties
Alessandra Casarico, Giovanni Facchini and Tommaso Frattini
Vox, 28 June 2018

Illegal immigration is widespread in OECD countries. The recent, unprecedented surge in the number of asylum seekers in Europe /.../ and the high likelihood that their claims will be rejected will increase the stock of undocumented foreign nationals in many destination countries /.../. In an environment in which repatriations are difficult to implement, policymakers have few options available to handle a growing problem.

... In 2016, irregular migrants made up 3.4% of the total population in the US, or about a quarter of the total foreign population. In Europe, the figures are significantly lower, but exhibit substantial variation across countries. The phenomenon is virtually absent in Denmark or Sweden, very small in countries like Austria and Germany, but sizeable in Greece, Belgium, Portugal, and the UK. The legal status of migrants clearly reflects the policy stance of the destination country, both in terms of the ex-ante controls introduced to discipline the flows and the ex-post measures taken to grant legal status to existing undocumented foreigners.

Used as a tool to give legal status to a broad set of immigrants who satisfy pre-defined conditions, amnesties have been the focus of much attention, and much controversy. ... some countries have never resorted to amnesties (e.g. Germany and the UK), whereas others have made use of them very frequently, especially before the 2008 crisis. ...

What trade-offs does a government face in the decision to implement an immigration amnesty? Under what conditions is it more likely that a government will resort to this instrument to deal with the presence of irregular migrants? ...

European countries have recently experienced an extraordinary inflow of asylum seekers. Many of them will not be granted refugee status but are unlikely to be repatriated. Thus, policy makers will have to deal with large stocks of undocumented foreigners in the near future.
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Illegal immigration – people smuggling
People smugglers make billions: UN report
MailOnline, 14 June 2018

People smugglers made billions on the backs of some 2.5 million desperate migrants in 2016, the UN said in a report Wednesday as the plight of refugees worldwide continues to top the headlines.

The report, issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said people-smuggling rings earned some $7.0 billion ... in 2016 – an amount, it noted, equal to US and EU humanitarian aid that year.

The figures are the latest available covering 30 major migrant routes in Africa, Europe, North America and Asia but they quite likely understate the extent of the problem, according to the report.
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Illegal immigration – politics
What kills migrants on boats? The left's good intentions
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 16 June 2018

You will remember the shrieking from the left a few years back when the first wave of migrants set sail from the North African coast. 'These are people, we must do something,' the liberals demanded, insisting that the rest of us were callous bastards. The thing they wanted was more patrols in the Med, to scoop the refugees out of the water once their boats had, inevitably, capsized.

It seemed plain to me and to many others that if we did this, many more people would be encouraged to come, and many, many more would die attempting to achieve landfall. And that is exactly what happened: the death rate increased almost exponentially – in the first six months of 2017 some 2,000 migrants died. But those of us who predicted this were castigated by the 'But these are people' brigade – in fact this was their only response to suggestions that stepping up the patrols would cost more lives. I remember the columnist David Aaronovitch saying that if we did not 'do something' to help these people then the government would be directly accountable for the deaths which occurred.

Given that many more people have died because we did indeed do something, are those subsequent deaths not on Mr Aaronovitch's hands? And on the hands of the rest of the dense, squawking liberals? Even more so, are they not the responsibility of the various NGOs and charities which now openly connive in the trafficking of these people, thus encouraging still more to come? If the NGOs really wished to do something useful, they would fish the survivors out of the sea and take them straight back to where they came from.

Another outcome the lefties did not see was the effect these mass migrations would have on the nations of Europe. One by one, populist governments deeply opposed to immigration have been elected and the European Union is now a much more fissiparous and fragile entity. ...

... You can't beat good intentions for causing misery, deaths and political upheaval.
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Illegal immigration – European Union
EU to triple spending to €5bn a year targeting illegal migration
Daniel Boffey
The Guardian, 13 June 2018

The EU will establish a 10,000-strong standing corp of guards to patrol its land and sea borders under plans that will see the bloc triple its spending to €5bn (£4.4bn) a year on targeting illegal migration into the bloc, it has announced.

The building of new border infrastructure including scanners, automated number plate recognition systems, and mobile laboratories for sample analysis, will also be prioritised, along with the establishment of teams of sniffer dogs.

Announcing its €34.9bn spending plan for 2021 to 2027, the European commission insisted, however, that it would not fund the installation of fences on the EU's borders. ...

While the earmarking of extra funding is widely approved by the EU's member states, they remain deeply fractured over their migration and asylum policies after two years of disputes.
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Illegal immigration – Irish border
Cross-Channel migrants 'targeting UK via Irish border'
Colin Campbell and James Dunn
BBC, 5 June 2018

Migrants are bypassing tougher cross-Channel security to get into the UK via Ireland, the BBC has discovered.

Smugglers are taking migrants from Calais and Dunkirk and flying them to Dublin, from where they cross the Irish border and travel onwards to London. ...

An Iranian who made the journey said there were fewer checks in Ireland.

Hamid - not his real name - paid smugglers £10,000 to make the journey. He said the Irish route drew less police attention than entering the UK via London or Kent.

To board the flight to Dublin, Hamid used a genuine Greek passport that had been fraudulently obtained by the smugglers. ...

He said at no point did he show any identification after leaving Dublin. ...

Former director general of immigration enforcement Dave Wood said the new migrant route exploited weaknesses at Ireland's ports and airports.

He said: "If there are weaknesses at Irish ports or Irish airports, they will exploit them and use them, because once you're into Ireland, effectively you're into the UK.

"There's nothing stopping people once you're in Ireland travelling north to Northern Ireland and then to the wider UK." ...

The Irish border is about 310 miles long with as many as 275 crossing points and, apart from road signs changing from miles per hour to kilometres per hour, there is no physical infrastructure to see.
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Illegal immigration – deportation
Three in five Britons support a 'hostile environment' for illegal immigrants, poll shows
Josh Wilson and Ashley Kirk
Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2018

Three in five people want the Government's immigration policy to make it as "difficult as possible" for illegal immigrants to remain in the UK, according to a new poll.

But the Ipsos MORI research also shows that, in the wake of the Windrush scandal, three in five of us believe that priority should be given to ensuring that people who do have the legal right to remain are not wrongly forced to leave.

The research makes it clear that, despite opposing illegal migration, the majority of the British public believe those with the legal right to live in the UK should be prioritised "even if this means some illegal immigrants are not deported".
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Illegal immigration – fake documents
Sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain is smashed by police in Albania
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 19 May 2018

A sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain has been smashed by police in Albania.

The illicit operation, run by people smugglers, was churning out almost 'perfect' counterfeit travel documents.

Investigators believe the ring produced more than 1,000 bogus papers, of which up to 800 are thought to have been used. ...

Undocumented migrants paid up to £20,000 for the counterfeit documents, which they used to travel openly to the UK by plane, train and bus.

The National Crime Agency has warned that fake identity documents that allow hardened crooks to slip into the country undetected are a 'key enabler' of crime in Britain. ...

They specialised in Bulgarian passports – which provide entry to the UK because it is in the EU – on the basis that British border staff would not know the difference between anyone speaking Albanian and Bulgarian. ...

An Albanian police source said the fake documents they created were 'almost 100 per cent perfect' and apparently fooled border guards. ...

It was one of four fake passport laboratories used by the gang discovered in Albania. Another seven were found in Greece, where several of the suspected gang members operated.

Illegal migrants were mostly sent first to countries including France, Germany, Italy, Norway or Greece, before flying to the UK, US or Canada using their fake documents to gain entry. Others travelled overland to France, where they met up with another people-smuggling cell, who arranged for them to take buses, cars, trains or trucks.
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Illegal immigration
It's not racist to be concerned about a weak immigration policy
Peter Hill
Daily Express, 16 May 2018

Following the Windrush scandal the NHS says that its records will no longer be used to track down illegal immigrants.

This rips another hole in the leaky net that has swollen Britain's population, increasing the load on public services, among them the NHS.

Very few people were affected by Windrush but it is being used as a justification by guilt-tripping liberals to allow people with no right to be here to stay indefinitely and potentially to admit hundreds of thousands more.

The United Nations' special rapporteur on racism, E Tendayi Achiume of the University of California, says there has been a growth of "explicit racial, ethnic and religious intolerance" in Britain.

I suggest she is seeing what she wants to see. It is not racist to be concerned about insupportable levels of immigration and it is not xenophobic to love your country and want to protect its life and culture.

The whole of Europe is worried sick about immigration. Voters are rebelling against their governments' weak-kneed response to the endless inflow of mainly economic migrants.
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Illegal immigration – legalisation, wages
Understanding the effects of legalising undocumented immigrants
Joan Monras, Javier Vázquez-Grenno and Ferran Elias
VOX, 15 May 2018

Many countries host large numbers of undocumented immigrants. Leading the pack is the US where, according to the Pew Research Center, there were as many as 11.1 million unauthorized immigrants in 2014, representing 26% of all immigrants in the country. The US is not alone in hosting undocumented immigrants. Migration Watch UK estimated the undocumented immigrant population in the UK to be 1.1 million in 2010, representing more than 13% of all immigrants in the country. Clandestino (2009) estimates that, in 2008, there were between 1.9 and 3.8 million undocumented immigrants in the EU27, representing between 7% and 13% of the total immigrant population. ...

However, we still know relatively little about how the mass legalisation of immigrants affects the overall host economy. In a recent paper, we address this gap in the literature (Monras et al. 2018).

In the early 2000s, Spain experienced an incredible boom in immigration. The share of immigrants in the working-age population increased from less than 2% in 1995 to around 10% in 2004. Many of these newly arrived immigrants lacked work permits. By 2004, there were close to 1 million undocumented immigrants in a country of around 43 million inhabitants. ...

On 14 March 2004, voters in the Spanish general election had to determine whether the Popular Party would continue in power or be replaced by the Socialist Party. ...

... As a result, the Socialist Party came to power, and one of the first policies it implemented was the legalisation of nearly 600,000 immigrants already living (and working illegally) in Spain. ...

In sum, the evaluation of this unexpected mass legalisation of undocumented immigrants reveals two important insights. First, it uncovers important public revenue losses derived from not granting work permits to immigrant workers already in the host country. Second, it also highlights that these policy changes are likely to have distributive consequences for other workers in the economy: native workers who share characteristics with undocumented workers face tougher competition, while native workers with other skills may gain as a result of the policy.
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Illegal immigration – identity cards
Majority of Brits support introducing ID cards
Matthew Smith
YouGov, 12 May 2018

Given that such policies are often pitched to combat a range of issues – ID cards were lauded as tools to tackle fraud, terror and benefits entitlement – we split the sample into three groups of approximately 1,600 respondents each to see whether the way that the policies are pitched affects the level of public support. ...

The first group saw control questions which pitched the policies in isolation, while the second and third groups saw the same questions with additional context. So, for instance, the first group were asked "Would you support or oppose the government keeping a record of every British citizen's DNA?", among the second group the question was appended with "...for the purposes of tackling crime?" while the third group's questions ended with "...for the purposes of combatting terrorism?"

The survey reveals that most people would support the compulsory carrying of ID cards, with 57% support among the control group and 61-63% among those who were asked the crime/terrorism variants.

In fact, ID cards were the second most popular of the policies we tested. The only suggested policy more popular is the monitoring of all public spaces in the UK with CCTV cameras, which is supported by 58% of the control group, 62% of those asked the crime question, and 67% among the sample asked the terrorism questions.

The survey examined support for another policy the Labour government was pitching it the mid-noughties: a national DNA database with a record of every British citizen's DNA. Half (50%) of Britons would support introducing such a database, with 57-59% support among those asked the crime or terrorism question.

A database for all British citizens' fingerprints sees slightly higher levels of support – 53% of those asked the control question, 61% of those asked the crime question and 64% of those asked the terrorism question.
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Illegal immigration – lawyers, deportation, delaying tactics
Immigration lawyers using delaying tactics to keep illegal immigrants in Britain, High Court says
Olivia Rudgard
Daily Telegraph, 27 April 2018

Immigration lawyers are using delaying tactics to keep illegal immigrants in Britain, High Court judges have said.

Law firms are "buying time" by filing endless "hopeless" appeals and applications "with a view to generating new Home Office decisions" and keeping the process going for longer, two senior judges said.

"The longer the case goes on the more scope there is for an applicant to begin to develop an Article 8 'private life' claim, for example by getting married (sometimes through a sham process) or having (or claiming to have) children," they added.

They warned that courts were used as a "continuing game played between applicants and the Home Office" and judges were "distracted dealing with abusive cases" leading to long waits for "genuine and important disputes" to be heard. ...

In a ruling published on Thursday Lady Justice Sharp and Mr Justice Green criticised three law firms for a "serious and persistent failure to adhere to proper standards" and referred them to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
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Illegal immigration
Steve Haynes
Daily Telegraph, 26 April 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

The quoted figure of 700,000 illegal immigrants residing in Britain (report, April 25) is in itself staggering, but given the Home Office's persistent record of understating its own incompetence, this is almost certainly an underestimate.

We have in Britain a woeful level of prevention, an inability to detect and apprehend those already here illegally, and now a Foreign Secretary who holds out the prospect of citizenship to anyone reaching these shores by whatever means, as long as he or she keeps their head down. What more encouragement do economic migrants and their traffickers need?
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Illegal immigration – border security
Immigration crisis laid bare as 27,000 illegal immigrants arrested in Britain over four years
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 25 April 2018

The scale of the illegal immigration crisis is laid bare today as figures reveal at least 27,000 migrants have been arrested in the past four years after sneaking into the UK.

A total 28 police forces from the Met in London to Gwent in Wales, Thames Valley and North Yorkshire, have picked up migrants without "leave to enter".

They were likely arrested after 'lorry drops', raids or found to be illegal after being nicked for committing low level crime.

The figures – from Freedom of Information Requests – show that across the 28 forces, an estimated 27,109 illegal immigrants have been arrested since the start of 2014.

A further 1,144 people have been nicked for "conspiring" to help someone breach UK immigration law - such as gangmasters. ...

Lucy Moreton of the ISU union for borders, immigration and customs workers said: "These figures aren't really a surprise. There isn't the odd hole at the border, it's like a colander.

"People coming in on the back of a lorry, under a van and that's before you think about the small ports and private airfields.

"If the Government wants the Border Force to pick up more people at the border, detain and deport them it needs to invest."

The real figures are likely to be even higher given only 28 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales replied to the FOIs.
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Illegal immigration – amnesty
May and Boris in Cabinet clash over immigration amnesty
James Forsyth
Spectator blog, 24 April 2018

At Cabinet today, ministers discussed the fallout from the Windrush scandal. I understand that Boris Johnson made the point that there needed to be a broader immigration amnesty for long-standing Commonwealth immigrants. /.../ Obviously, this amnesty wouldn't apply to those with a criminal record. I'm told that Theresa May then rather acidly remarked that Boris had previously called for an amnesty for all immigrants, which he did first in 2008 and then again in 2016 when he privately proposed one for those who had been here for over a decade.
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Vietnamese people smugglers face jail
Eryl Crump
Daily Post North Wales, 21 April 2018

Four Vietnamese people were today facing jail after being found guilty of people trafficking in North Wales.

Described as an organised group, they used valid passports in a bid to get other people through immigration.

Thi Lien Nguyen was found guilty of conspiring with others to breach immigration law following an 11-day trial at Caernarfon Crown Court. ...

The case concerned the United Kingdom end of an organised crime group involved in the trafficking of Vietnamese nationals into the UK.
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Illegal immigration – identity checks
Why Windrush scandal demonstrates the importance of technology to political decision-making
Bryan Glick
Computer Weekly, 20 April 2018

Tony Smith, the interim director general of the UK Border Force between 2012 and 2013, told the BBC's Today programme on Radio 4 this week that the major flaw in Theresa May's "hostile environment" immigration policy as home secretary came down to one thing.

"You need an identity management strategy if you are going to have a hostile environment. You can't have one without the other," he said. ...

Why didn't we have exit checks? Well, they were scrapped by Tony Blair in 1998, and – in theory – reintroduced in 2015, although a report last month by the chief inspector of borders and immigration said the exit check programme was not delivering what was promised.

Without exit checks, an identity management system for immigration is worthless, so the government never bothered with one – although Labour wasted millions on its identity card programme which was scrapped in 2010 as soon as David Cameron became prime minister.

"It is about getting the balance right between national security and civil liberties," home secretary Theresa May said at the time.

Today, we have the troubled Gov.uk Verify identity management programme, which continues to under-perform and under-deliver, despite lofty ambitions to have 25 million users by 2020. But even if Verify works, it's not linked to exit checks, and its federated design means it can't be used to prove UK residence in support of immigration issues.

If the UK had a working identity management system in place – with suitable privacy and data protection controls, of course – that proved who you are and your right to be in the country, how different might the policy landscape be today?
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Illegal immigration – identity checks
How and why I failed to deport illegal immigrants as a minister at the Foreign Office
Denis MacShane
Independent, 20 April 2018

Denis MacShane was a minister at the Foreign Office from 1997 to 2005

I had always assumed that as long as we let people enter Britain without a visa – today 56 countries worldwide plus all of Europe have that "privilege", just as we have the right to travel to scores of countries without first getting a visa – some would abuse the system and start working cash-in-hand.

Well before the formal enlargement of the EU in 2004, London was home to half a million or more Polish people and other Eastern Europeans who came as tourists and stayed to earn money. Brazilians also featured in their number, and now and then were picked up in raids on restaurants and other workplaces where the informal networks in London could find their friends jobs in exchange for a small payment. ...

May had already abolished Labour's ID cards scheme – introduced far too late just before the 2010 election – which would have begun the process of knowing who was in Britain and who was a visitor; without an ID card, the idea went, no one could have got a legal job.

As a South Yorkshire MP, I dealt every week with the problem of Kashmiri families who had invited a relative in on a visitor's visa and then allowed the visitor to "overstay", in the jargon, and work in a restaurant, a corner shop, as a taxi driver and marry a cousin.

That converted me to the need for proper registration and ID cards, but it took 12 years after 1997 before the unfit-for-purpose Home Office could work out how to do ID cards.

They are neuralgic for many across the political spectrum – even if we give far more information to Google, mobile phone firms and any internet-based company or social media outfit.

A halfway house might be to bring a "citizens registration system" like in the Netherlands, where everyone, Dutch or foreign alike, has to be registered and have a Citizen's Access Number to get a job, healthcare, access to education or a passport.

If we had such a system, the Windrush generation and all other legitimate immigrants to Britain would have been registered and enjoyed full legal rights which never could have been questioned.
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Illegal immigration – repatriation
Home Office incompetence on Windrush is no reason to end the hostile environment against illegal migrants
David Goodhart
Daily Telegraph, 18 April 2018

The Home Office, like any organisation, makes mistakes. Home Office mistakes, however, can be existential for the people involved. It evidently made a big mistake in being unaware of the "Windrush anomaly" – children of first-wave Caribbean immigrants who had been granted permanent residence in 1971 but in many cases had never acquired proper documentation.

As the Government, rightly, tries to bear down on the corrosive, anti-social phenomenon of illegal immigration, many of those British Caribbeans got caught up in the "hostile environment" (better name, please) campaign against illegals and found themselves unable to prove their right to be here. ...

But we should recall why the hostile environment was introduced and why it should not suffer collateral damage from this example of Whitehall's tin ear.

Britain has an illegal immigration problem. It has been overshadowed by arguments about historically high levels of legal immigration. But there are probably close to 1 million people living in the UK illegally and they are being added to at the rate of 70,000 or 80,000 a year – a combination of visa over-stayers (40,000 to 50,000), people smuggled in on lorries (10,000) and people refused asylum who nevertheless stay (about 20,000). ...

Although enforcement costs £500 million a year and employs 5,000, only about 12,000 people were removed against their will last year and half were criminals. Another 18,000 people left voluntarily but that is probably less than half the number that is being added to the illegal total each year.

Why is it so hard to remove people? Partly because human rights law gives people an incentive to spin out the asylum process in the hope that they can then qualify under the right to family life. There is now only one right of asylum appeal but many claimants will then put in for judicial review. Other problems include too few detention centres and non-cooperation of countries of origin.
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Illegal immigration – NHS patients, public opinion
Public backs sharing patient details with immigration, says NHS
Richard Staines
pharmaphorum, 16 April 2018

The NHS has responded to criticism of its policy of sharing patients' names and addresses with immigration officials, citing a survey showing that the majority of the public support it.

The House of Commons Health and Social Committee has been investigating arrangements allowing NHS Digital to share patients' records with immigration officials. ...

The latest report repeats the committee's conclusion last year that NHS Digital should withdraw from the MoU until a review of the NHS Code of Confidentiality is complete.

In response, NHS Digital published a survey of 2,000 people it commissioned to gauge public opinion on the policy.

In the survey, 72% of respondents supported sharing patients' address details with the home office to trace people suspected of an immigration crime.
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Illegal immigration – costs
Kids of illegal immigrant parents facing boot from UK receiving £300-a-week of taxpayer cash – while living in Africa
Tom Wells
The Sun, 12 April 2018

The children of two illegal immigrants facing the boot from Britain are getting a £300-a-week from taxpayers – while living in Africa.

The UK-born pair – a boy, seven, and girl, one – moved in with their aunt last month after a court ruled their parents were unfit to care for them.

The family's county council, thought to be in Southern England, has agreed to pay £15,600-a-year to the children over the next nine years, until the eldest turns 16.

The youngest will be supported for six more years at around £150 a week – another £46,800.

By the time she is 16 in 2033 the total bill will top £187,000.

Tory Andrew Bridgen blasted: "This case lays bare the cost of illegal immigration to taxpayers."

A Family Court judgment revealed the mum, 37, arrived on a working holiday visa from Africa in 2004.

She then switched to a student visa until 2012.

But when she applied for UK residency a year later she was turned down.

The woman then applied for asylum, claiming she was a sex abuse and trafficking victim. Both claims were exposed as fake.

The dad, 37, arrived on a working holiday visa in around 2004.

He was convicted of possessing a fake passport and jailed for six months. ...

Mr Justice Moor said the allowance would ensure the children have a comfortable and secure life.
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Illegal immigration – crime
International strike hits people smuggling network, NCA arrest suspected head
National Crime Agency, 6 April 2018

An international law enforcement operation has disrupted what is believed to be one of the most significant people smuggling networks operating between Iraq and the UK.

National Crime Agency (NCA) officers arrested three suspected members of the group yesterday in the North West of England and Staffordshire. ...

These arrests, for suspected immigration offences, coincided with the arrests of two men in the Ghent area of Belgium following several months of joint operational work between the NCA and Belgian Federal Police. ...

The operation followed arrests made last month in Germany and Romania, coordinated by Europol and Eurojust.

The suspects, all from or with links to the Kurdish community, are believed to be part of a network of smugglers, couriers and complicit lorry drivers stretching from Iraq to the UK.

The NCA believes the network are behind the smuggling of almost three thousand migrants into Europe in a three month period last year. Many were trying to reach the UK.
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Illegal immigration – identity documents
ID cards needed to tackle illegal migration, says Blair
Noor Nanji
The National, 29 March 2018

Identity cards are needed to address the problem of illegal migration, according to Tony Blair, former prime minister of the UK.

A new report on Thursday from his Institute for Global Change recommends "a system of digital identity verification" which could help manage the flow of new arrivals and pick out those who have entered illegally. ...

However, the debate about identity cards has now moved on thanks to advances in technology, argues Harvey Redgrave, senior policy fellow for immigration at Renewing the Centre, who authored the report.

"Frankly, it's a very different debate compared with ten years ago," Mr Redgrave, who is also managing director of Crest Advisory, told The National. ...

"Many of the things that people were worried about last time, about having a giant centralised government database where all of your data gets stored, no longer needs to be worried about. In a digital world, this stuff could be stored on a phone, in an app, in a digital wallet. ...

... Mr Redgrave points out that 25 out of 28 European Union countries already have some sort of ID scheme. ...

Mr Redgrave also pointed out that the scheme wouldn't necessarily involve physical ID cards at all, thanks to new technology. ...

With the flow of people across borders steadily increasing and now at record levels, the paper says it is critical for governments to develop a credible policy agenda on immigration.

"Most people... want reassurance that the flow of new arrivals is properly planned for and managed, and that the laws are fairly enforced, with illegal migration tackled rather than tolerated. These are not unreasonable demands," Mr Redgrave says.
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Illegal immigration – landlords
Landlords still house illegal immigrants with impunity
TCW Whistleblower
Conservative Woman, 26 March 2018

The government says it wants to be tough on illegal immigration. /.../ As a part of this, the Immigration Act 2014 brought in the 'Right to Rent' regulations. These oblige anyone renting out a home or part of their home to make sure their tenant has a legal right to live in the UK.

Landlords aren't expected to be immigration experts and the checks they should make on a prospective tenant are straightforward. There's official advice online and a genuinely useful helpline if support is needed. ...

... However the problem is that the regulations seem to be barely enforced. There are large areas of the country with high populations of illegal immigrants where arrests and detentions may be happening, but no prosecutions or punitive action of any sort is being taken against those who deliberately and illegally provide them with housing. Why?

... It should then be easy to establish that the owner of that accommodation didn't take the right steps to comply with 'Right to Rent' rules and should be considered for prosecution.

But that just isn't happening. According to the leading trade organisation, the Residential Landlords Association, only 91 landlords were prosecuted in the first year that the rules were in fully in place. It's difficult to match this figure precisely against the number of people arrested for immigration offences who have been in the country longer than the few days necessary to procure at least some sort of roof over their heads. People you can therefore assume have a landlord who is acting illegally. There must be thousands in this category. Surely there should be some sort of correlation between the number of people detained and the numbers of landlords prosecuted for housing them? But there isn't.
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Illegal immigration – Albanians
Five steps to reach Britain (for a £10,000 fee): Route revealed as police smash the people-smuggling gang that sneaked 750 Albanians into the UK
Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 24 March 2018

An international police operation has smashed a network smuggling Albanians into Britain.

The operation unearthed more than 50 people making millions by sneaking migrants across 17 countries to reach the UK, US and Canada.

Thirty-nine suspects operating in ten countries including Britain are accused of smuggling around 1,500 illegal migrants who each paid up to £20,000 to escape Albania. Another 12 remain on the run. ...

Half of the migrants smuggled by the criminal network – around 750 – ended up in Britain, with henchmen here helping to arrange each trafficking operation. ...

Initially the route to the UK went through Italy and France, but after crackdowns by police in these countries they started to take a circuitous route through Montenegro, Serbia, Germany and northern Spain, from where they would be helped on to ships heading to the south coast.

The police operation was launched after the Daily Mail revealed last year the shocking scale of Albanian illegal immigration to the UK, with many young migrants openly taking 'stowaway selfies' of themselves laughing and joking while hiding in British-bound lorries. ...

Albanian national police chief Ardi Veliu said seven criminal groups were involved in the human trafficking ring, operating in Albania, Bulgaria, Spain, France, the Dominican Republic, Italy, Britain, Ireland and the US.
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Albanian police arrests 39 suspected human traffickers for illegally smuggling 1,000 people into Britain and the United States
Charlie Bayliss
MailOnline, 18 March 2018

Albanian police have arrested 39 people in a crackdown in crime rings illegally sending around 1,000 Albanians into the UK, the United States and Canada.

National police chief Ardi Veliu confirmed authorities had identified seven criminal rings in ten different countries which allowed Albanians to move illegally by 'falsifying travel and identity documents of European Union countries'. ...

Despite the 39 arrests, 12 wanted fugitives are still at large, including two Bulgarians.

'Every person paid at least 7,000 pounds ($9,764) to get to the United Kingdom and from $24,000 to $30,000 to reach the U.S. and Canada,' Veliu told reporters.

Each of the people smuggled paid between $9,750 to $30,000 for the forgeries.

He said the gang forged passports for those travelling and helped them reach their destinations travelling through other European countries, or through the Dominican Republic or other countries in South America.
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Police smash human trafficking ring smuggling people into UK for £17,500 each: 155 arrests
Gerard Couzens
Daily Express, 13 March 2018

Police in Spain have arrested 155 people and smashed an international Chinese human trafficking gang that smuggled people into Britain and Ireland. Officers say gang chiefs charged migrants a flat fee of £17,500 (€20,000) each for getting them to their final destination with fake passports. ...

The illegal operation was smashed after five migrants entered a witness protection programme in exchange for giving evidence against gang bosses. ...

A spokesman for Spain's National Police confirmed: "National Police officers have dismantled an international organisation specialising in the smuggling of people from China into the UK and Ireland. ...

"The operation has resulted in the arrest of 155 mostly Chinese people, including the four alleged leaders of the organisation. ...

"After reaching Schengen territory, the migrants were taken to different municipalities in the province of Barcelona and put up temporarily in safe flats where the travel documents they had used to get to Europe were taken from them while they waited for new documents to arrive.

"The passports were created in China and sent to Spain using courier firms. Once they arrived, the organisation bought air tickets with budget airlines the same day of the flight."
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Illegal immigration – Belgium, UK
Belgian citizens shelter 500 migrants each night. Police could soon start raiding their homes.
Quentin Ariès and Michael Birnbaum
Washington Post, 12 March 2018

Every day, a massive effort to help migrants here starts with complex choreography at a park in the heart of the city.

... Migrants, almost all of them men, many of them from sub-Saharan Africa, chat with each other in a mixture of Arabic, Swahili, English, French and Italian. Organizers divide the men into loose lines and then pair them with people offering rides, who in turn shuttle them to additional volunteers who have pledged beds and food. ...

"We aim to create a model, a humanitarian hub that can be helpful for migrants," said Medhi Kassou, 34, who quit his job in marketing to coordinate the volunteer effort, which recalls an ant hive in its nightly routine.

Collectively, the group has provided 55,000 nights of accommodation for migrants since last summer. More than 36,000 people have joined its coordination group on Facebook. ...

Most of the migrants helped by the volunteers hope to continue to Britain, where they think they can find better-paying jobs and a more welcoming community. For that reason, few of them apply for asylum in Belgium; applying would limit their ability to move on.
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Illegal immigration
Civil servants are 'refusing to probe illegal immigrants' with some cases taking as long as EIGHT years
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 19 February 2018

Civil servants are refusing to help the Home Office investigate immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, a report reveals.

Some Whitehall ministries outright 'refused requests' for information while others asked for a fee, according to the study by immigration watchdog David Bolt.

The Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration exposed the farce in a review of the Home Office's processes for reviewing and revoking a person's immigration, refugee or citizenship status.

Gaining indefinite leave to remain, asylum or British nationality gives a person the right to live in the country lawfully, but it can be withdrawn in several circumstances, including if they have obtained it fraudulently, been convicted of a serious crime or pose a threat to national security. Checks are mainly carried out by the Home Office's Status Review Unit (SRU).

At the end of March last year, it was dealing with 2,906 cases – an increase of 202 in six months. Of these, 864 were more than two years old and a further 875 had been in the in-tray for more than a year. ...

Mr Bolt found the Home Office's efforts to investigate suspected illegal immigrants was being thwarted by bureaucrats in other departments. ...

... It is understood the most obstructive departments were the Department for Work and Pensions and HM Revenue and Customs – which hold information on employment and tax records – and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
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Illegal immigration
Homeless former model who died yards from Parliament 'returned to the UK illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of the country TWICE'
Sarah White, Sebastian Murphy-Bates and Gerard Couzens
MailOnline, 18 February 2018

The homeless man who died yards from Parliament returned to the UK illegally after being jailed for sexually abusing a child and kicked out of the country, it was claimed today.

The former model from Portugal died in freezing temperatures just yards from the entrance to Parliament.

The man, named in his home country overnight as 35-year-old Marcos Amaral Gourgel, was a regular at an emergency shelter run by central London homelessness charity The Connection.

Portuguese government officials confirmed Marcos, who was of Angolan origin, had been deported in 2014 and 2016. ...

It was not made clear how the dead man, who is understood to have had dual Angolan and Portuguese nationality, managed to return to the UK.
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Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds illegally helping asylum seekers enter UK
Charlotte Paxton
Birmingham Mail, 14 February 2018

A Birmingham man raked in thousands of pounds by illegally helping Iranian asylum seekers enter the UK using bogus papers. ...

On Tuesday Mahmoodi-Esfanjani, from Birmingham, was jailed for three years at Newport Crown Court.
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Illegal immigration – human trafficking, Calais, France
Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron's immigration deal branded 'a gift for human traffickers'
James Murray
Sunday Express, 28 January 2018

Rioting youths bringing terror to Calais could soon be heading for Britain as a deal struck between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron was branded "a gift for human traffickers".

Full-scale riots broke out on an industrial estate near the site of the so-called Jungle camp last week with more than 100 migrants pelting police with rocks and stones.

The violence has raised tensions in the French port after residents felt the situation had been brought under control.

This week social workers and agencies trying to care for the migrants are expected to start selecting youngsters who will be sent to Britain under the deal worked out between French President Macron and Mrs May this month.

However, Philippe Mignonet, the deputy mayor of Calais, says the new arrangement has made the situation much worse on the ground.

Under the deal the British Government will give £44 million towards improving security at Calais and has agreed to take an unspecified number of young migrants.

Mr Mignonet said: "What they said has been a gift for the human traffickers and criminals in Calais. They are now saying to those in their networks to bring more migrants to Calais because eventually you will go to England.

"We think hundreds more have arrived since the two leaders met and hundreds more are on the way. This has not been a deterrent – it is encouraging more to come to Calais."

After the jungle camp was razed to the ground, numbers dropped dramatically with migrants spreading out across northern France.

Many young migrants came to Britain two years ago but questions were raised because some of the "children" looked more like men in their 20s, even early 30s.

Numbers of migrants in Calais, many from Eritrea, Ethiopia and Afghanistan, are expected to reach 1,000 by the end of February. ...

Mr Mignonet said pro-migration group No Borders has been encouraging migrants to camp there: "They think they are helping but they are not because they are making the situation worse."
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Illegal immigration – morality
We've a moral obligation not to let in Calais migrants
George Maggs
Conservative Woman, 24 January 2018

The reality is that the exact opposite is true: we have a moral obligation not to accept individuals from Calais. Leftist open-door policies do nothing but produce death and misery. ...

... Admitting migrants from France creates perverse incentives and 'moral hazard' in a number of different ways.

It encourages African parents to send their 'children' (who frequently turn out to be adults) to Britain in the hope that the whole family may be granted residency. ...

By admitting Calais migrants, we essentially ask would-be immigrants to run a death-defying obstacle course which only the fittest and wealthiest could possibly hope to complete. Not only is this fundamentally unjust, it also means those left behind are in an even worse position as the world's poorest countries become bereft of their most economically active citizens. The Third World will never lift itself out of poverty if its best and brightest are allowed to flood into Europe.

Immigration into Britain also impacts the least well-off in this country far more than it affects the champagne socialists petitioning for their entry. ...

Moreover, a recent study also found that our huge immigration numbers have fuelled a 23 per cent rise in rent prices. This has made it almost impossible for people on low incomes to save to buy a home. Figures show that 33 per cent of all renters in the UK are now foreign-born. The 'housing crisis' therefore may just as accurately be termed the 'immigration crisis'. ...

But of course, the Left aren't actually interested in helping the poor. They just want to make themselves feel morally superior to everyone else.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
May's £44 million migrant deal 'will NOT fix Calais crisis' as migrants strive to enter UK
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 23 January 2018

Theresa May's £44 million new deal on Calais will have no effect on the crisis across the Channel as refugees refuse to be processed by immigration officials, campaigners in the region have claimed.

The Prime Minister vowed to pay the huge sum to improve security around the port while taking in more child refugees to ease the numbers of people displaced following the dismantling of the 'jungle' migrant camp.

But experts have claimed it will do nothing to help solve the situation as hundreds of refugees refuse to be processed through official channels in France. ...

Some 75 percent of the 500 refugees in the region reportedly refuse to be processed in immigration centres according to French government figures – leaving constant police evasion or desperate and dangerous attempts to enter Britain as their only options.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
Immigration SCANDAL: French border guards are 'turning off migrant monitors' at Calais
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 22 January 2018

Highly sensitive equipment for detecting migrants hiding in UK-bound trucks has been deliberately turned off by French border guards in Calais, it was claimed last night.

Security insiders said heartbeat monitors, which can identify stowaways in seconds, had not been used at the port for up to six months.

The revelation has sparked accusations that French officials are deliberately passing the buck and have no intention of apprehending immigrants heading for the UK. ...

Richard Burnett of the Road Haulage Association said: "The French don't want migrants to stay in France. They don't want to provide asylum – in fact, they don't want to deal with the issue at all.

"It is hard to justify spending another £44.5 million to boost security at Calais when we have it on good authority the heartbeat monitors already in place... are not even switched on." ...

A source at the French interior ministry confirmed it was "entirely at the discretion of officials" when to use heartbeat monitors, adding: "Not everybody can be checked – that would be an impossibility."
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Illegal immigration – people smuggling, Mediterranean
Britain's strategy to target smugglers sending migrant boats across Mediterranean doomed to fail, study suggests
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 22 January 2018

Britain's strategy to tackle people smugglers sending migrants across the Mediterranean is doomed to fail, a new Cambridge University study has suggested.

Wiretapped telephone conversations between gangs show there are no "kingpins" who can be removed and that arrests only cause other groups to take control of the lucrative human market.

The study, entitled Out of Africa: The organisation of migrant smuggling across the Mediterranean, concluded that UK-supported sea operations to push refugee boats back to Libya will be ineffective.

The author, Dr Paolo Campana, said the crisis cannot be stopped without addressing the demand driven by conflict, instability and poverty in African countries. ...

Dr Campana called for sea operations to be replaced with a wider set of policies to "reduce the demand for smuggling services".

"The adoption of schemes that resettle refugees directly from conflict zones would be a step in this direction," he added. ...

Widespread conflict and lawlessness since the UK-backed ousting of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 and the ensuing civil war have led to a thriving human trade culminating in open-air slave markets.

Libyan gangs have linked up with groups in Niger, Chad and Sudan to the south to create trafficking networks stretching across Africa.

Dr Campana's study found that on the other side of the Mediterranean, they also extended to the UK, Germany, Scandinavia and countries including Israel, Canada and Turkey. ...

The research, published in the European Journal of Criminology, found that each stage of transnational migration routes via Libya had "independent and autonomous" smugglers, militias and kidnappers competing over vulnerable migrants.
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Illegal immigration – UK, France
UK to pay extra £44.5m for Calais security in Anglo-French deal
Alan Travis and Heather Stewart
The Guardian, 18 January 2018

Britain will pay £44.5m for extra security measures in France to prevent another refugee camp forming in Calais or any other Channel port, Theresa May is to announce.

The extra cash will go towards fencing, CCTV and other detection technology in Calais and other ports, possibly including Dunkirk. It will also be used to help relocate migrants from the port towns to other parts of France.

To be announced as part of the Anglo-French summit at Sandhurst military academy on Thursday, the money brings total British funding for security and policing in Calais since the "Jungle" camp was bulldozed in 2016 to more than £150m. ...

As well as pressing for an increased contribution to such costs, the French government has been urging the UK to set up a joint operation to process asylum seeker claims in Calais. ...

Under the new, legally binding treaty, Britain will agree to accelerate procedures for accepting legitimate asylum seekers currently blocked in Calais, including unaccompanied children and those seeking to join their families in the UK, and will pay more for transport, security and border maintanence in the port.
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Illegal immigration – number, public opinion
Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants is fuelling anxiety about how many live in Britain, report warns
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018

The Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants in the UK is fuelling widespread anxiety about numbers in the country, a report claimed last night.

MPs said fears about the impact of those here unlawfully is able to 'grow unchecked' because of a lack of official information.

They said many perceive the 'long-standing paucity' of figures as representing official 'indifference' on a matter of huge public interest.

Members of the Home Affairs Select Committee said Ministers must do more to 'reassure' voters that the issue is being taken seriously.

In a wide-ranging report, they said illegal migration can only be tackled effectively if the true 'scale and nature' of the problem is identified.

And they called for exit data and other sources to be used to produce an annual estimate of the numbers who have breached immigration rules.

They also stressed the importance of effective enforcement, highlighting how large numbers of foreign nationals, including convicted criminals, have disappeared.
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Illegal immigration – bank accounts
Theresa May could REMOVE 6,000 illegal migrants who 'break the rules' using bank checks
Joseph Carey
Daily Express, 12 January 2018

Theresa May could be about to remove 6,000 illegal migrants who "break the rules" as banks have begun checking immigration statuses of account holders, The Home Office declared.

The Home Office has declared that an estimated 70 million accounts will be subject to checks.
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Illegal immigration – bank accounts
Home Office gets banks to check immigration status of account holders
The Guardian, 12 January 2018

Banks and building societies have started immigration checks on holders of millions of current accounts under a government crackdown.

... It requires banks and building societies to check the immigration status of all current account holders against details of known illegal migrants held by authorities.

Where an illegal migrant is found to be operating an account, this will be flagged to the Home Office. After checks, officials will instruct the bank or building society on what action to take, which could include shutting the account.

Immigration minister Caroline Nokes said the measures would "make it more difficult for people with no right to live or work in the UK to remain here." ...

The Home Office said it was only sharing details of illegal migrants who are liable for deportation from the UK, or who have absconded from immigration control.
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Illegal immigration – crime
'None of this should have happened': Judge lashes Home Office for failing to deport illegal immigrant, 53, who swindled £32,000 in benefits after using a fake letter to stay in the UK for 16 years
Amie Gordon
MailOnline, 12 January 2018

A judge has criticised the Home Office for failing to deport an illegal immigrant who entered the UK on the back of a lorry and illegally claimed £32,000 in benefits.

Kerim Koroglu pocketed handouts he was not entitled to collect for more than six years after he sneaked into the country in a lorry on 30 August 2002.

The 49-year-old used a fake 'leave to remain' letter to swindle £32,549 in housing and council tax benefits from Hackney Council.

The false document, described by prosecutor Will Martin as 'very convenient', purported to grant Koroglu asylum in 2004, enabling him to claim the welfare and bring his wife and two children over from Turkey. ...

But he was convicted of benefit fraud by an Old Bailey jury and jailed for 30 months.
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Illegal immigration – Calais, France
'It hasn't stopped!' Lorry drivers are ATTACKED by Calais migrants EVERY DAY, haulage boss
Abigail Morris
Daily Express, 10 January 2018

Lorry drivers are being attacked on a daily basis in Calais, Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association said.

There are still five or six reported attacks on lorry drivers in Calais a day despite the migrant camp being closed down in October 2016, Burnett said, but that number could be higher. ...

He said: "What we're still seeing, we're seeing attacks by traffickers, who, their modus operandi is to throw bricks, stones, put concrete boulders in the road, even lie in the road, to effectively stop drivers.

"In order to create a queue and to jump on vehicles so as an industry we're still facing this issue, this issue has not gone away." ...

"We set up a helpline so that we could actually get information on a daily basis so for those that are reporting it, we're getting daily reports of probably five or six attacks.

"We know the numbers are far higher than that and the attempts to get on vehicles are far higher than that on a daily basis as well."

Around 700 migrants are living rough again in the area where the Calais Jungle once stood, charities estimate.
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Immigration – numbers
Migration to UK from countries outside Europe surges to highest total since 2004
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 29 November 2018

Net migration to the UK from countries outside Europe has risen to its highest total since 2004 in a new surge that is outweighing the impact of Brexit, official figures showed today.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said that 248,000 more people from non-EU nations entered than departed in the 12 months to the end of June.

That is the highest number for 14 years and more than double the Government's target of cutting overall net migration to below 100,000 – even though ministers already have the power to control inflows from outside the EU.

At the same time, net migration into the UK from the EU totalled 74,000 meaning that more Europeans continue to come here than depart, despite the prospect of Brexit.

The European total was, however, the lowest net inflow since 2012. The figures mean that overall net migration into this country has remained stable at 273,000 with about 625,000 moving here during the 12 month period against around 351,000 who departed.

Unveiling the figures, the ONS said that many of the non-EU arrivals were from Asia and included increases in both those coming to study and those coming to work. ...

On EU migration, today's figures show that 219,000 Europeans moved here during the year covered by the statistics. That was fractionally lower than the comparable 226,000 total 12 months earlier. Outflows were up from 123,000 a year ago to 145,000.
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Immigration – Iranians
Why are Iranians crossing the Channel in dinghies?
William McLennan
BBC, 26 November 2018

More than 100 migrants, claiming to be Iranian, have attempted the dangerous journey by small boat to the UK in the past three weeks. Why? ...

Since 3 November, 101 migrants - including four children - have attempted the 21-mile journey across the Channel, one which police have likened to "trying to cross the M25 at rush-hour on foot".

The Home Office has refused to publish official figures, but the BBC has established that at least that number have entered British shores since the start of the month.

Without fail, the migrants have told officials they are Iranian.

British and French authorities, under pressure to stem the rise in boat trips before a life is lost, face several questions.

Why have so many boats set off for the coast of Kent? What can be done to stop it? And why are all the occupants apparently from the Middle Eastern country?

The answer to the last question could lie 1,200 miles away in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.

Miodrag Cakic, chief executive of Refugee Aid Serbia, which monitors migration through the Balkans, believes migrants arriving in the UK are among the thousands who flew into Serbia after the country began offering visa-free access to Iranians in August last year.

The move was ostensibly intended to increase tourism and trade between Iran, the world's 25th largest economy, and Serbia, the 90th.

The visa scheme - which attracted allegations it was being abused by migrants seeking access to western Europe - ended on 17 October, by which time some 40,000 Iranians were said to have flown to the Balkan nation.

It is unknown how many returned home, but according to the Associated Press, local media reported that direct flights from Tehran to Belgrade had been arriving full and returning empty.

According to Info Park, a refugee support centre in Belgrade, Serbian police estimate the number of Iranians who failed to return at 12,000.

Mr Cakic said it was believed within the refugee community that Iranians were using "false passports and more complex methods" to enter western Europe.

They arrived better prepared for the journey ahead and would stay in hostels or hotels. ...

Since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, it has been estimated that between 150,000 and 200,000 Iranians have left the country every year. ...

"Iranians coming to the UK is not unusual, but the way they are coming is," Mr Kalantri said.

One theory as to why Iranians are choosing to risk their lives on boats stems from their comparative wealth - simply put, they can afford to pay smuggling gangs to get them onboard a vessel. ...

Regardless, the "surge" in attempts is being fuelled by "organised criminal and mafia networks" in France, according to Ingrid Parrot, who works for the Maritime prefecture - the Border Force equivalent based in Cherbourg.
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Immigration – public opinion
Third of Brexit voters believe Muslim immigration is part of a secret plot to Islamicise Britain, study suggests
Independent, 24 November 2018

Nearly a third of Brexit voters believe Muslim immigration is part of a plot to Islamicise Britain, according to a major new study that has revealed a pattern of deep mistrust for authorities.

The survey, by researchers at Cambridge University and YouGov, is the most comprehensive examination of conspiracy theories ever conducted and is the first time academics have looked into questions of trust in the media and conspiracy beliefs across countries.

Asked if they believed "Muslim immigration to this country is part of a bigger plan to make Muslims a majority of this country's population", 31 per cent of leave voters said they did.

The far-right conspiracy theory, known as the "great replacement", originated in France and often apportions blame to perceived elites, such as the European Union.

The figure among Remain voters was six per cent.

Almost half leave voters (47%) believed the government was deliberately "hiding the truth" about how many immigrants live in the country, compared to 14 per cent of Remain voters. ...

The figures, which will be published in full on Friday, are the result of a six-year study spanning nine countries: UK, US, France, Poland, Italy, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, and Hungary. It was funded by the Leverhulme Trust.

Researchers defined a conspiracy theory as a belief that "some actors have conspired to do something covertly, usually something dysfunctional or evil". They polled respondents about 10 common theories that had emerged from their research. ...

Dr Hugo Leal, one of the project's researchers, said anti-immigration conspiracy theories had been "gaining ground" since the refugee crisis first came to prominence in 2015.

"The conspiratorial perception that governments are deliberately hiding the truth about levels of migration appears to be backed by a considerable portion of the population across much of Europe and the United States," he said.
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Immigration – borders
Why we need borders more than ever
Will Jones
Conservative Woman, 12 November 2018

Migration is a basic part of how nations and peoples interact. People relocate for a variety of reasons: out of desperation, in search of work or opportunity, for love, for a job, or for something else entirely. Immigration brings benefits, as cultures and peoples mingle, and it brings costs, as people bring needs, leave gaps at home, and cultures collide. ...

Yet, even so, immigration must be controlled, and the integrity of nation states respected. It isn't a matter of all or nothing, but of rate. A spring of water can be welcome when a torrent would be devastating. So it is with immigration. Not too many at once, and only those who can fit in and will pull their weight.

... We live in times when the commanding heights of culture have been colonised by ideologues steeped in doctrines antithetical to the deep truths of human nature. The consequences can be seen all around us, in the chaotic societies that now pass for our civilisation, and in the rise of popular movements and parties set on turning the tide. But will the establishment elites themselves, and not just the plucky outsiders, come round to see sense before it's too late? We have to hope so.

Some have suggested that morality is wholly on the side of the open borders brigade, and that immigration controls can be defended only by appeal to a kind of necessary self-interest. I think this is wrong, and fails to appreciate the full moral impact of immigration and its relation to other important human goods such as the nation and the state.

There are in fact a number of reasons why defending national borders by controlling immigration (among other things) is the morally correct thing for a state to do. Here are some of them.

First, there is the effect on the native workforce. Uncontrolled immigration reduces the availability of jobs for resident workers and exerts downward pressure on pay. ...

Second, there is the pressure on public services and housing. ...

Third, there are problems of assimilation. ...

Fourth, there is the breakdown in social cohesion. Uncontrolled immigration generates ever larger enclaves of foreign cultures which erode social cohesion and trust and aggravate ethnic tensions and violence. These tensions in turn spawn intrusive laws and expensive (and ineffective) government programmes designed to curb them, as well as socially corrosive grievance industries and identity politics.

Fifth, there is the existential threat to the nation state itself. Uncontrolled immigration fails to respect the importance of the concept of a national homeland in which a national people group forms a dominant majority that enables their native culture to prevail over those of other nationalities and people groups. This is an idea which is commonly affirmed for non-European peoples but often denied for European peoples, an asymmetry that can elicit resentment.

Sixth, there is the global impact. Uncontrolled immigration can have a strongly negative effect on immigrants' countries of origin, as many of their most enterprising people relocate to more prosperous shores.

Lastly, there is the birth rate multiplier: most of the above issues are accentuated where, as is often the case, the immigrants' birth rate is substantially above the native birth rate.
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Immigration – United Nations agreement
UN Member States: Migration Is a Human Right
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 10 November 2018

The United Nations, in a non-binding agreement that almost all UN member states will sign at a ceremony in Morocco in early December, is making migration a human right.

The finalized text of the agreement, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, although officially non-binding, "puts migration firmly on the global agenda. ...

The UN agreement /.../ notes:



"Refugees and migrants are entitled to the same universal human rights and fundamental freedoms, which must be respected, protected and fulfilled at all times." (Preamble, section 4)



It cannot be stressed enough that this agreement is not about refugees fleeing persecution, or their rights to protection under international law. Instead, the agreement propagates the radical idea that migration – for any reason – is something that needs to be promoted, enabled and protected. Almost all UN member states, except for the United States, Austria, Australia, Croatia, Hungary and possibly also the Czech Republic and Poland, are expected to sign it.

The UN has denied that migration is being made into a human right. ...

... The wording of the agreement, as documented below, leaves little doubt, however, that with the signing of the agreement, migration will indeed become a human right. ...

States, in other words, are not only supposed to open their borders for the migrants of the world, but should also help them pick and choose their future country by providing them with comprehensive information about each country they may wish to settle in. ...

... Borders may exist in theory, but the UN – comprising nearly all governments of the world – is working hard at making them disappear in practice.

Migrants, according to the agreement, must also be "empowered to realize full inclusion and social cohesion" in their new countries (objective 16). This means, among other things, that countries must:



"Promote mutual respect for the cultures, traditions and customs of communities of destination and of migrants by exchanging and implementing best practices on integration policies, programmes and activities, including on ways to promote acceptance of diversity and facilitate social cohesion and inclusion."



All cultures are equal and must be equally respected. ...

The agreement goes on to enumerate the work that states must initiate to accommodate migrants. ...

The authors of the agreement evidently do not expect it to go down all that well with their populations. An agreement to facilitate mass migration into primarily Western countries from the rest of the world (there is no migration to speak of in the opposite direction) may prove a bit much for people in the West. The agreement therefore clearly signals that any disagreement with the agenda will not be accepted and that the signatory states will work to dispel "misleading narratives that generate negative perceptions of migrants."
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Immigration – world's biggest challenge
Migration, not climate, is world's biggest challenge
Bill Jamieson
The Scotsman, 8 November 2018

What today is the biggest long-term challenge we face? Climate change is certainly one; debt and poverty reduction another.

But both are dwarfed by a phenomenon already widely evident across Europe and which has already forced governments into policy change unthinkable barely a decade ago.

It is the mass movements of populations from poorer countries to richer ones: movement on a scale that is set to dwarf the migrant crisis of 2014-16.

The abject misery of thousands of fleeing migrants – from the 7,000-strong 'caravan' heading to the Mexican-US border to the continuing arrivals of desperate people from Africa and the Middle East – is seldom far from our television screens and newspaper headlines. ...

Small though these incidents may be in number, the desperation they reveal is colossal. A sharp decline in refugee numbers arriving at European borders from the levels of two years ago might suggest that this phenomenon has largely gone away and is no longer an issue. That would be naïve. Population statistics – and in particular those from economically impoverished areas – make clear that we may be only at the beginning of a massive global shift of peoples.

Existing trends make this development startlingly clear. The population of Africa has already risen sharply – from around 140 million in 1900 to one billion in 2010. But where to from here? According to authoritative 'medium scenario' projections from the UN, the populations of 26 African countries will rise to 2.5 billion by 2050 and climb to four billion in 2100.

Since 2014, more than 1.8 million migrants have entered Europe, some 919,000 of these from Syria applying for asylum. ...

... It is no exaggeration to say that immigration is a potent issue across many EU countries, Germany, Sweden, Italy, France and the Netherlands prominent among them.

... But there can be little doubt, not only that population numbers are growing fast, but also expectations of a better life that can be achieved by migration. And it is this combination, leading to a movement en masse, that speaks both to the desperation of millions of people and the power of expectations.

The world we know is set to change dramatically. The population of Nigeria alone, currently the world's seventh largest country, is expected to surpass that of the US and become the third most populous country in the world before 2050. ...

Where are we currently in the UK? The latest net migration statistics show that in the year ending March 2018, net migration to the UK was 271,000. ...

In this, Scotland may consider itself in an advantageous position. Immigration has barely surfaced as a political issue. /.../ But that should not blind us to the scale and depth of the geo-political upheaval that lies ahead. Millions are already on the move. And tens of millions are set to follow. In the desperate search for basic food, clothing, medicines and shelter, the world should prepare for a population upheaval without precedent.
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Immigration – border security
For all our outrage over Trump, the West simply cannot take any more mass immigration
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 7 November 2018

Let's get the obligatory caveats out of the way from the outset. Donald Trump's invective about the caravan of central American migrants winding its way through Mexico towards the US border is grotesque. ...

But other than the egregious language, how does Mr Trump's policy actually differ either from that of his predecessor or from the approach taken by other developed countries? For all his self-righteousness, Barack Obama's administration operated the same immigration laws, stopping hundreds of thousands of would-be arrivals at the Mexican border.

Mr Trump just takes that to its logical conclusion by proposing to replace an easily breached fence with a hard-to-cross wall.

How would we react in this country if 5,000 people were heading across France determined to make it to the UK and demand asylum? ...

We have already seen some of the political consequences that followed Angela Merkel's ill-judged open-door policy three years ago, not least to her own authority. ...

... But so great is population growth in some countries that it will be hard to sustain with existing resources. By 2050, the Middle East and Africa will be home to around 3.4 billion people – more than the populations of China and India combined. It is an unprecedented boom with ramifications yet to be felt.
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Immigration – EU immigrants, Brexit
Immigration Minister admits Britain WILL have to keep freedom of movement after a No Deal Brexit
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 6 November 2018

Britain will have to keep EU free movement after a No Deal Brexit – the Immigration Minister admitted yesterday in a humiliating U-turn.

Caroline Nokes signalled the Home Office would have no way of being able to differentiate between those EU nationals already here and those arriving for the first time after 'Brexit Day'.

She added employers would NOT have to carry out checks on EU nationals in the event of a No Deal to see if they had a right to work in the UK.

In a car crash Commons appearance last week she said they would have to.

Speaking yesterday, Ms Nokes said: "We will not be asking employers to differentiate, even if there is no deal."

Challenged that she was saying free movement – allowing unlimited EU immigration - would essentially remain in place, she said: "We are seeking a sensible transition period which will enable the Home Office to make sure these cases can be case-worked clearly." ...

Home Secretary Sajid Javid last week said free movement may have to remain in place in the event of No Deal as he sought to clear up Ms Nokes' testimony to the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC).
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Immigration – travellers, Roma
Travellers are warned to collect papers to prove their identity or face being deported after Brexit
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 3 November 2018

Travellers have been warned to collect papers proving their identity or risk being deported after Brexit.

The Government has promised all EU nationals who live here legitimately will be able to qualify to stay permanently.

But they will have to prove their right to stay and pay a £65 fee to get their 'settled status' in Britain.

The Traveller Movement national annual conference was warned this week the process could lead to deportations of travellers unable to pass the tests. ...

Charity worker Sarah Zawacki added: 'Our work found that there was also a very low awareness of the need to apply to secure their position in the UK.

'Now they know there is this application, but it's £65 - many are on very low incomes and have very large families and it's just unfeasible.

'Then there is the language barrier - many speak some English but it's not the level needed to access this application.'

Around 300,000 members of the Roma community are believed to live in the UK.
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Immigration – EU residents
The number of EU migrants living in the UK has DOUBLED in a decade to almost four million as Britain's population surges toward 73 million
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 1 November 2018

The number of EU nationals living in Britain more than doubled from 1.6 million to 3.8 million between 2007 and 2017, a new population survey revealed today.

Those born on the continent rose from 1.9 million to 3.7 million in the same period - reflecting how some people change nationality after moving here.

The Office for National Statistics figures are part of a regular population survey forecasting there will be 72.9 million people living in Britain by 2041. ...

In 2017, the UK's net migration was around 282,000, with around 631,000 people immigrating and around 349,000 emigrating.

The number of EU nationals arriving in Britain has fallen since the Brexit vote in 2016 - but arrivals are still running at net 87,000 a year according to the latest data.
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Immigration – public opinion
Thermostatic public opinion: why UK anti-immigrant sentiments rise and then fall
Patrick English
LSE / British Politics and Policy, 29 October 2018
[The author is Associate Lecturer in the College of Social Sciences & International Relations at the University of Exeter]

While it is often remarked that an ever-growing dissatisfaction with immigration underpinned the mobilisation and success of the BNP and UKIP, what if – almost completely paradoxically – a recent collapse in anti-immigrant hostility was in fact caused by the rise of these two parties? Lastly, what if – despite assertions to the contrary – trends in British immigration opinions have very little at all to do with the Brexit vote, and Brexit came at a time when immigration attitudes were already rapidly softening?

This is exactly what my latest research into British public opinion on immigration suggests. ...

The data, coming from the British Election Study, the British Social Attitudes survey, the European and World Values Studies, the European Social Survey, and the Eurobarometer, are 'blended' together using the Stimson dyad-ratios algorithm. ...

... attitudes toward immigration have indeed been softening since the time of the EU referendum. However, it also provides strong evidence that this softening has been much larger and more dramatic than previously thought; and has been taking place since well before the 2016 vote – disputing the idea that the Brexit vote has any causal connection to the recent reversal of a long-term trend in rising hostility toward immigration – as suggested recently by Michael Gove among others.

So how can we explain the rises and falls in aggregate anti-immigrant sentiment over the past 40 years? I argue that the findings evidence the existence of a 'thermostatic' character to British public opinion, in that aggregate public opinion is responding to movements and changes in policies, discourses, and mobilisation regarding immigration.

Firstly, we can understand the rising hostility toward immigration across the late 1990s and 2000s as a 'reaction' to increasingly multicultural and liberalising diversity and immigration policies in the New Labour period. This was a period where 'multiculturalism' reigned supreme – the result of a movement which had been in place since the 1960s, when Britain (along with many other Anglophone nations) abandoned the assimilationist approach. Labour governments introduced meaty legislation aimed at protecting minority and disadvantaged individuals and communities from discrimination – culminating in the Equalities Act of 2010 – and famously allowed 'open immigration' from the 2004 EU accession countries (mostly from Eastern Europe) when other EU countries chose to enact temporary restrictions. As we can see from the rising public hostility toward immigration over the same period, the British public were signalling that this might have all been 'too much'. ...

If we understand public opinion as involved in a symbiotic, responsive, 'thermostatic' relationship with the political environment – where movements 'too far' in one direction by either one will be reciprocated by a movement in the opposite direction by the other – we can in turn understand the recent dramatic positive change in public opinion toward immigration as a response to the environment created by the BNP, Cameron's 'war' on multiculturalism, and (latterly) the rise of UKIP. It, in turn, was 'too much'.
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Immigration – diversity, multiculturalism
Why we need to prepare for a more turbulent future
Douglas Murray
Evening Standard, 25 October 2018
[Review of "Whiteshift: Populism, Immigration and the Future of White Majorities" by Eric Kaufmann]

All eras have taboos. And this one has as many, perhaps more, than most. But in the West today there are no taboos so great as those surrounding absolutely anything to do with race. In diverse, pluralistic societies like ours has become, how are we to speak – or even think – about so fraught an issue?

Fortunately not everybody has been chased away from thinking. Professor Eric Kaufmann of Birkbeck College, University of London, has previously written about religious demographics in Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth? (2010). Now he returns to an even more contentious corner of the fray.

As he says at the start of his new book, "Ethnic majorities in the West are undergoing 'whiteshift', a transition from an unmixed to a mixed state. This is a process that is in its early stages and will take a century to complete. Until the mixed group emerges as a viable majority which identifies, and comes to be identified, as white, Western societies will experience considerable cultural turbulence. American history offers a preview of what we're in for. We should expect a civilisation-wide replay of the ethnic divisions that gripped the United States between the late 1880s and the 1960s."

Throughout this long and intensely detailed book Kaufmann unpacks this idea with data, verve and care. As he sees it, there are four main responses that white populations might adopt. They could fight the change. Or they might merely try to repress their reactions. They might flee ("white flight"). Or there could be a process of racial "joining".

All four scenarios are possible – even simultaneously. But election after election keeps showing that, as Kaufmann says, "the liberal conceit that whites must be post-ethnic cosmopolitans has outlived its usefulness".

Part of the usefulness of the book is in the amount of new data that Kaufmann brings to the debate. Much of this has to do with the "flight" issue. A study in Scandinavia has previously shown how people who have fled "diverse" areas are often among those most keen to extol the virtues of diversity for others. Kaufmann shows how similar hypocrisies are rife across the West.

Also interesting is his analysis of what is considered racist and where. For what might be racist in one country is not so in another. And what might be deemed racist from (or to) one ethnic group is not always deemed racist from (or to) another.

For example, is wanting to reduce immigration for ethno-cultural reasons racist or not? A recent YouGov poll reveals that in the US 37 per cent of white Americans say it is, while just 24 per cent of white Britons agree. Which not only highlights the variance between the views of the public and those of their leaders, but how far in front of the public debate Kaufmann's informed and unsensational book actually is.

Elsewhere he lays out how belief in multiculturalism has broken down everywhere, even in mainstream politics, so that, as he says, "Only among mayors of diverse cities like London does it remain a mantra."
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Immigration – public opinion, Western Europe
Immigration concerns fall in Western Europe, but most see need for newcomers to integrate into society
Laura Silver
Pew Research Center, 22 October 2018

As the surge in immigration to Europe drops back to pre-2015 levels, the fever pitch of concern has also abated across eight key countries in Western Europe, according to surveys conducted by the European Union's Eurobarometer between 2014 and 2018. Today, a median of 23% in these countries name immigration as one of the top two problems facing their country, down from a median of almost half in November 2015.

But while anxieties have decreased dramatically across the EU as immigration flows have slowed, immigration still remains a top concern for many Western Europeans. For example, in both Denmark and Germany, more people name the issue as a problem facing their country than any other (34% and 38%, respectively). ...

A major concern about immigration among people in the countries surveyed is whether immigrants will make the effort to integrate into their new country. In a late 2017 Pew Research Center survey, majorities in all countries agreed that, for the good of their society, immigrants should adopt the country's customs and traditions.

When it comes to which aspects of a country's customs and traditions are most important for immigrants to adopt, past Pew Research Center surveys have found that most Western Europeans think speaking the country's language and respecting the country's institutions and laws are very important to truly share the national identity of a country. But sizable minorities also think it's important to have been born in the country or to be a Christian.

There is relatively widespread agreement about the importance of cultural integration, but Western Europeans are more divided in their views of immigration's impact on the economy and security. For most, concerns center more on the risk of terrorism than on burdening the economy. ...

Ideology plays a large role in determining many of these attitudes. People on the ideological right are more likely than those on the left to say immigrants need to integrate into a country's society, that they increase the risk of terrorism, and that they are an economic burden. Beyond ideology, education level also affects attitudes. People with lower levels of education are significantly more likely to see the negative sides of immigration. ...

Age is also a key factor, with older people much more likely to see immigrants in a negative light. For example, in the United Kingdom, around half of those ages 50 and older say immigrants increase the risk of terrorism, compared with only around a quarter of those under 30.
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Divided Britain: study finds huge chasm in attitudes
Peter Walker
The Guardian, 17 October 2018

Britain is hugely divided across cultural, age and education lines, a major study of national attitudes has concluded, warning of a potential rise in far-right and anti-Islam sentiments unless politicians tackle long-standing disaffections behind the Brexit vote.

There is a particular chasm between people living in affluent, multicultural cities and those from struggling post-industrial towns, according to the report from Hope Not Hate, based on six years of polling and focus groups.

The study by the anti-fascism advocacy group uncovers the often glaring extent of geographic splits between people of varying attitudes, with opposition to immigration and multiculturalism correlating closely with socio-economic deprivation.

It found that of the 100 areas where people were most likely to oppose immigration, all were in towns or on the outskirts of cities, with 93 of them in the Midlands or north of England.

In contrast, the 100 areas most linked with what the report calls the "confident multicultural" population were all in major cities or close to universities, with 90% of them within a few hundred metres of a university.

Another key finding of the 60-page report, which links Hope Not Hate's years of polling 43,000 people with data from other organisations, is that while overall attitudes to multiculturalism are softening, the opposite is happening with Islam.

It found that between 2011 and 2018, the proportion of people who believed immigration as a whole had been good for Britain rose from 40% to 60%.

On attitudes specifically to Islam, however, the report found that while these softened between 2011 and 2016, this process then reversed, something it put down the series of terror attacks in the UK in 2017 and media coverage of sexual grooming gangs in places such as Rotherham.

The most recent polling by the group, of more than 10,000 people in July, found 32% of people believed there were Muslim "no-go areas" in Britain governed by Sharia law, a view endorsed by 49% of leave voters in the Brexit referendum. ...

It found that such divisions closely correlate with people's votes over Brexit, noting that opposition to the EU and prejudice towards Islam "are clearly interlinked issues for many".

But, it warned, departure from the EU alone is extremely unlikely to tackle the reasons why people in such poorer towns and city suburbs tend to be wary of change and hostile to immigration. ...

"Immigration has become a totemic emblem for the many grievances people feel in modern Britain," said Nick Lowles, the chief executive of Hope Not Hate, in an introduction to the report.

"The strong view in many of these communities is that they have been abandoned and left to rot by the political establishment in preference to addressing the needs and wishes of new arrivals in the cities." ...

Another key divide, also strongly manifested in the Brexit vote, is age, with younger people found to be notably less likely to see immigration as a significant national problem or to worry about Islamist terrorism.

Education was another significant split. Of people with degrees or higher qualifications, 76% believe immigration has been good for the country, against 45% of those whose schooling ended at 16.
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Immigration – Brexit, public opinion
Two thirds support treating EU immigration in the same way as that from the rest of the world
Anthony Wells
YouGov, 15 October 2018

Depending on the precise outcome of the Brexit negotiations Britain is likely to be putting in place its own immigration rules for EU citizens after we leave the Union. At the Conservative party conference earlier this month the shape of those new immigration rules began to emerge, and we've polled the British public on what they make of them.

The central announcement was that the government planned to treat EU citizens who want to come and live in Britain in the same way as potential migrants from elsewhere in the world. This was widely supported - 65% of people thought it was the right approach, only 20% were opposed.

Attitudes towards the details of how a post-Brexit immigration policy might work were more evenly divided. Scrapping the current cap on highly skilled migrants was supported by 46% of people, opposed by 31% (a clear majority of Remain voters backed this aspect, Leavers were more narrowly divided - 45% support, 40% against). Requiring skilled migrants to have a job offer worth at least £30,000 had similar levels of support (46% support, 33% opposed), though the breakdown was different - this aspect was supported by Tories and Leave voters, but opposed by Remain and Labour voters.

More than half (52%) supported the idea of not allowing low-skilled immigration, with the possibility of a few limited exceptions like seasonal agricultural work; 30% were opposed. Again, this split the country down party lines, with strong support from Tory voters, but Labour voters breaking against the policy.

People were divided on requiring EU citizens to obtain visas before visiting the UK for tourism or business. 40% would support it, 42% were opposed.
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People's perceptions of EU immigration: it's the economy, stupid!
Johnny Runge
NIESR, 10 October 2018

What factors drive people's negative views of immigration? Some have argued that anti-immigrant sentiments are driven by cultural concerns about the impact on our national identity and our traditional 'way of life' which is perceived to be threatened by the influx of foreigners with different cultural values and customs. Others focus on how attitudes are driven by economic concerns such as the perceived negative impact on jobs, wages and public services.

This has been debated extensively in the academic literature. NIESR's recent research on immigration attitudes, carried out with colleagues from Birkbeck, did not set out primarily to answer these questions, yet some of our findings are highly relevant to this on-going debate.

Firstly our findings, based on in-depth focus groups in the Leave voting area of Sittingbourne, Kent, indicate that people's concerns gravitate strongly around economic considerations and particularly about the impact on jobs, wages and public services. One interpretation of this and other studies, such as the recent one by British Future, is that the economic story is people's way of presenting their cultural concerns framed as a more acceptable form of objection in a focus group setting. But the people in our focus groups did not shy away from raising their cultural concerns, without prompt, frequently and quite forcefully. Yet even in this very open environment, where all views could be voiced and indeed were voiced, the predominant theme in relation to the impact of EU migration was the focus on migrants' economic contribution.

Our focus groups made it clear that different immigrant groups are typically associated with different concerns. This observation is in line with a few recent experimental survey studies /.../ which have found that EU migrants, and particularly Eastern European migrants, are perceived as a threat in economic terms while Muslim migrants and ethnic minorities are perceived as a threat in terms of culture, security and crime. ...

What does all this mean? Our conclusion is that people see EU migration predominantly as an economic threat, but this is often conflated with their cultural concerns about other migrant groups or ethnic minorities. Of course, the irony is that the economic evidence on whether migrants contribute positively or negatively to the public purse and public services strongly points to the former. This leads us straight to the issue of how people come to hold views about immigration and how they respond to economic evidence, which was one of the main aims of our research.
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Immigration – Belgian minister
'They want to come to YOUR country' Belgian minister blames UK for EU's migration woes
Joe Barnes
Daily Express, 1 October 2018

Belgium's firebrand immigration minister has placed an extraordinary level of blame on "beautiful" Britain for Europe's immigration woes ahead of a visit to a number of the country's main ports on Monday.

Theo Francken insisted the "British way of life" plays a huge role in the decision undertaken by would-be asylum seekers planning on taking the treacherous journey from either the Middle East or Africa to Europe.

He has called for Belgium and Britain to sign a bilateral deal, which could see millions of pounds sent to the Continent in order to handle illegal migration. ...

Mr Francken is currently leading a crackdown on illegal immigrants, mainly from Iraq, in the Belgian capital of Brussels, the beating heart of the EU.

He said: "We try to get them to return to Iraq. But, now they say they don't want to return, they want to go to the UK."

The controversial immigration minister added migrants crossing into Europe "all want to go to your country because you don't have identity cards, you have very lucrative black markets and you have a lot of English-Speaking migrants from those communities".

"Your country, the British way of life, is really the push factor," he declared. ...

The Belgian minister said: "For me, it is nothing to do with Brexit because you're not even in the Schengen area.

"Even though there's a Brexit, there will still be migrants trying to go to the UK. It won't stop because you're out of the European Union, the European Union has nothing to do with this." ...

While member states argue amongst themselves, Mr Francken is hoping to agree a bilateral migration agreement between Britain and Belgium, similar to the one signed between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron in January.

Paris and London's agreement sees Britain stumping up £44.5 million for extra security measures in France to prevent another refugee camp forming in Calais or other Channel ports. ...

"We need a UK and Belgium bilateral as soon as possible because the problem is really increasing, and Britain has to want to help us out.

"They are really all trying to get into your country."
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Immigration – border controls, EU immigrants
Controlling EU Migration After Brexit Could Be Too Hard, Says Whitehall
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 1 October 2018

Civil servants have told ministers that attempts to respect the referendum result and reform the UK immigration system after Brexit could cause a "Windrush-style" crisis.

They claim that distinguishing between European Union (EU) migrants arriving after the divorce date and those who were here before, and therefore retain a right to remain and be treated as UK citizens, will be difficult.

Ministers hope to introduce a system from January 2021 that will end open borders and the ability of unlimited numbers of EU citizens to use the taxpayer-funded NHS and claim benefits.

They also hope to cut the number of low-skilled workers entering Britain and driving down wages. However, Mrs May has promised EU citizens already here they will retain the same rights.

Whitehall is trying to work out how to distinguish EU citizens with different rights after Brexit.

However, according to The Times, "officials" are making alarming warnings that a two-tier system will be "very difficult" to enforce in person, and online.

Existing migrants will retain the right of free movement, able to come and go, and the claim is that there is not currently a way to know at the border what EU migrants will still have this right.

Hospitals will also need to know when an EU migrant arrived in the UK to know if they can get free treatment and landlords have a legal responsibility to try and not let a property to people in the country illegally.

The Tory home secretary Sajid Javid wants to implement the system within two years, but sceptics say this is not feasible.

Last week Mr Javid reportedly told Cabinet ministers the UK's borders would remain open to limitless EU migration for 30 months after Brexit.
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Immigration – public opinion
British voters prefer EU to non-EU migrants – because they're mostly white and Christian?
Archbishop Cranmer
Archbishop Cranmer, 26 September 2018

We're all used to hearing about those xenophobic fruitcake Kippers and those anti-Christian racist and extremist Brexiteers who hate all immigrants, but Remainers are all liberal and tolerant, aren't they? They're all fair, impartial and completely unbiased and unprejudiced, aren't they? At least (or especially) when it comes to skin colour and ethnicity, aren't they?

No, not quite.

The LSE research was published last year, and originally entitled: 'UK voters including Leavers care more about reducing non-EU than EU immigration'. It has been archived under the rather niftier title: 'British voters prefer EU to non-EU migrants'. The first of these headings betrayed an ever-so-slightly biased presentation of the researchers' findings, simply because the stats also suggested that UK voters including Remainers care more about reducing non-EU than EU immigration, and we can't have that, can we? Essentially, whether Remainer/Remoaner or Leaver/Brexitremist, Britons prefer EU migration to non-EU migration, because...

Well, feel free to complete the sentence (or paragraph). ...

Everyone's a little bit racist (as the song goes), but what is absent from this EU/non-EU immigration discussion is the 'Why?' hypothesis. ...

Could it simply be that UK voters prefer EU immigration to non-EU immigration because they are 'more like us'? Could it be an innate preference for whiteness? Perhaps for a shared understanding of Western Christianity and the homely residues of a common cultural heritage? Could it be a natural desire for homogeneous community and fraternal values? ... EU citizens across the Channel (and the Irish Sea) are our immediate neighbours, hungry and thirsty for those same values which give Britons meaning to our lives. They aspire to the same freedom and affluence; the same civility and political society; the same morality and religious identity. In all the fragmented pluralism, divisive relativism and arid logical positivism of the age, might it be that most UK voters find deep comfort in the echoes of a continental unity, based historically on reconciliation with God but now more concerned with securing and maintaining peace? ...

This point almost never gets the attention it deserves.
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Immigration – public opinion, politicians
Time to listen on migrants
Nick Ferrari
Sunday Express, 23 September 2018

The findings could not have been more devastating. In the biggest consultation of its kind, just 17 per cent of people said they trusted politicians to tell the truth concerning immigration.

Equally as damaging was the fact that even fewer people, just 15 percent, believe the Government has shown competence in managing the thorny issue.

Unsurprisingly, more than half said public services had come under strain as a result. The survey, entitled the National Conversation on Immigration, sought the views of 20,000 respondents, so don't allow any critic to blithely write it off as the posturing of a bunch of intolerant racists.

The very opposite is true, as 65 per cent of those asked said migrants bring vital skills to the economy and to the public sector and almost the same thumping majority, this time 59 per cent, agree diversity benefits our national culture.

However, even greater numbers come into play when asked questions about those arriving on the shores, with 88 per cent believing migrants should learn English and 85 per cent saying they should share British values.

Enough with the blitz of statistics; here's what these figures actually mean.

They reinforce the fact that we are a superbly tolerant nation. So many of us have seen our cities and towns transform out of all recognition.

While much has been positive, you'd have to be clinically insane if you didn't accept there have been tensions and challenges, many of which have not been met in any way, shape or form.

Since 2001, the population has risen by 6.6 million people and in a 12-month period up to March 2018 the number of migrants who settled here was 614,000.

To put that into context, that is roughly equal to the population of Bristol, which is the tenth biggest city in the land.

Government after government failed to build enough homes, schools or hospitals to cope and anyone who dared to question what was happening around them was initially dismissed as a clueless "Little Englander" and if that failed to deter them, they were deemed racists.

This report shows Britain is anything but a racist nation and what is so wrong about wanting new arrivals to learn the language? ...

Instead, signs on roads, in hospitals, courts and other public buildings, were translated into various languages popular in the relevant area.

A leaflet sent to me recently about a change in rubbish collection (naturally it is being reduced!) was in EIGHT languages and there was even a phone number if you needed it translated into something else.

Every day, the NHS, our police and our courts shell out thousands of pounds on translators' fees.

This is what has fuelled our wholly justified distrust of politicians.

They lied to us and refused to even listen let alone accept justifiable misgivings and, with virtually no exception, now drop into prepared platitudes when challenged over soaring immigration and its impact. ...

The people have spoken. While we are rightly tolerant and welcoming and are perfectly at ease about allowing any group that arrives to pursue its faith or individual culture, multiculturalism does not work.

The question is: what chance politicians will listen?
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We ignore migration backlash at our peril
Matthew Parris
The Times, 22 September 2018

For all the talk of an open door from Europe, what really alarms people is the cost to the country of non-EU arrivals.
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Immigration – Africans, Europe
Why Europe should focus on its growing interdependence with Africa
The Economist, 20 September 2018

Today's waves of African migration are merely a prelude. Of the 2.2bn citizens added to the global population by 2050, 1.3bn will be Africans – about the size of China's population today. And more of them will have the means to travel. Those Africans risking the trip north across the Mediterranean today are not the poorest, but those with a mobile phone to organise the trip and money to pay smugglers. Few of the Nigerians who attempt the crossing are from their country's poor north, for example; almost all are from its wealthier south. As African countries gradually prosper, migration will surely increase, not decrease. Emmanuel Macron raised these points in a recent interview. The French president was recommending a new book, "The Rush to Europe", published in French by Stephen Smith of Duke University, which models past international migrations like that of Mexicans into America to show that the number of Afro-Europeans (Europeans with African roots) could rise from 9m at present to between 150m and 200m by 2050, perhaps a quarter of Europe's total population. ...

EU leaders met in Salzburg on September 19th and 20th to discuss new border controls and north African "disembarkation platforms" where migrants from the south could be processed and sent back. The summit epitomised a strategy that Mr Smith dubs "Fortress Europe", which involves reducing migration from north Africa at almost any human cost, letting in merely a trickle of approved African migrants, bickering over who should accommodate them and then, as recompense, funnelling modest aid into Africa. Angela Merkel promotes a "Marshall Plan for Africa", as a means of reducing migration. That reckons without the fact that economic development will raise migration numbers.

There is an alternative "Eurafrica" strategy, writes Mr Smith. This is to accept the integration of Africa and Europe. Alex de Waal, an Africa expert at Tufts University, agrees that is the only realistic course. "The logic of history is a European-Mediterranean market that will cross the Sahara, too," he says. "The challenge is to recognise that reality and make it a mutually beneficial and regulated one. Building walls will not work." ...

It also means creating regulated routes for migrants travelling in both directions. Over the century, European districts that today have a Eurafrican character – parts of Barcelona, Marseille, Brussels and London, say – will become more the norm than the exception. ...

The two options, Fortress Europe versus Eurafrica, may one day end up as a choice between denial and reality. Europe cannot insulate itself from the dramatic long-term shifts in its continental neighbour. Like it or not, Eurafrica is part of Europe's demographic and cultural destiny. It is better, surely, not to ignore or reject this but to work out how to make it a success.
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Immigration – Migration Advisory Committee
EU nationals MUST face same rules as rest of the world when immigrating to the UK – report
David Maddox
Daily Express, 19 September 2018

EU nationals must face the same rules to be allowed into the UK as people from the rest of the world with an end to uncontrolled free movement, a Government-commissioned report has concluded.

The Migration Advisory Council (MAC)'s 132-page report, published on Tuesday, said that a migrant's impact must be judged on "skills, employment, age and use of public services, and not fundamentally on their nationality."

The recommendations which include making it easier for high skilled migrants to come to fill vital roles and harder for low skilled labour to flood the UK market, mark a generational change in the view of migration in the UK.

However, there was criticism of the report for controversial conclusions that immigrants pay more in taxes than they take in benefits and that there was no evidence the massive influx of unskilled labour has driven down wages.

Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "This is a very technical report which seems blind to the impact of high levels of EU immigration on many communities in this country as a result of rapid population growth.

"With immigration adding one million to our population every three years this simply cannot go on."

He also warned that the loose definition of high skilled labour in the report means "these proposals would permit continued high levels of immigration, including those with medium skills from all over the world".

He added: "The overall outcome would be to weaken immigration control rather than strengthen it."
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Immigration – public opinion
Four in 10 think British culture is undermined by multiculturalism
Robert Booth
The Guardian, 17 September 2018

A large minority of people in the UK believe multiculturalism has undermined British culture and that migrants do not properly integrate, according to some of the broadest research into the population's attitudes to immigration.

The study, conducted over the last two years, also reflects widespread frustration at the government's handling of immigration, with only 15% of respondents feeling ministers have managed it competently and fairly.

On balance, the UK population appears to be slightly more positive than negative about the impact of immigration; however, 40% of respondents agreed that having a wide variety of backgrounds has undermined British culture.

More than a quarter of people believe MPs never tell the truth about immigration and half the population wants to see a reduction in the numbers of low-skilled workers coming into Britain from the EU.

The study was based on a survey of 3,667 adults carried out in June by ICM, as well as 60 citizens' panels carried out on behalf of the thinktank British Future and the anti-racism group Hope Not Hate. ...

Panel discussions regularly revealed negative views about Islam, with participants repeatedly mentioning Rotherham and Rochdale, where child sex abuse scandals were uncovered among groups of Asian men.

However, 63% of people felt migrant workers supported the economy by doing the jobs British workers did not want to, and a similar number said they brought valuable skills for the economy and public services such as the NHS. Fifty-nine percent believed that the diversity brought by immigration has enriched British culture, but half said public services were under strain from immigration and that migrants were willing to work for less, putting jobs at risk and lowering wages.

The study found that people in large cities were the most likely to be positive about immigration, with scores declining as settlements became smaller, with rural residents the least positive. ...

The report's authors are calling for an official "national conversation" about immigration that would give people a chance to express their concerns "so anxieties are not driven underground or exploited by those seeking to stoke division".
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Immigration – target
Immigration target out of reach, warns ex-Home Office mandarin
ITV, 13 September 2018

Theresa May's target to cut immigration to below 100,000 is out of reach, a former Home Office mandarin has claimed.

Brexit is unlikely to lead to a reduction in the number of migrants moving to the UK, Sir David Normington suggested.

The former permanent secretary said it would be "very difficult" to keep track of who comes into and leaves the country without introducing identity cards. ...

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think it is fine for the Government to signal that it wants to reduce immigration over a period if that's what it decides to do.

"Targets get discredited if they are never met. I'd say to the Government, if you are going to have a target it would be better that you set one that is achievable to begin with, and that what we don't have is one that is out of reach.

"I really do think that for the moment a target which is below 100,000, which is what they have always said, is out of reach."
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Immigration – students, statistics
Britain's 438,000 foreign students should not be excluded from immigration figures, report warns after finding no other 'practical' method
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 11 September 2018

Foreign students should not be taken out of immigration figures, a major report will warn today.

A year-long study by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which provides evidence for Government immigration policy, will conclude that it is right that students should be counted in the same way as other migrants moving to the UK.

The finding is a vindication for Theresa May, who has spent years resisting pressure to soften her stance on immigration.

The report was commissioned last year by then-Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who was leading the campaign in Cabinet to persuade Mrs May to back down.

But Whitehall sources said the study had found that the UK's system for recording the number of foreign students was 'very much in line with other English-speaking countries'.

The report is expected to say: 'Many of the respondents argued that students should be taken out of the government's net migration target. None suggested a practical way that this might be done.

'We cannot see a reliable method. Even if a method were to be found, it would be unlikely to make much difference to the migration statistics.'

The study also notes that the number of foreign students in the UK has risen by almost 30 per cent over the last decade, despite claims that the existing rules act as a disincentive. ...

About 438,000 foreign students are currently studying in the UK – up from 342,000 a decade ago.
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Immigration – non-EU immigrants
Brexit will not help us curb immigration
Max Hastings
The Times, 5 September 2018

Our failure to limit the number of non-EU migrants shows that leaving the EU is no panacea.

During the summer a large canine has slunk unnoticed across the British political landscape, failing to bark. Figures released last month by the Office for National Statistics show net migration from the European Union fell to 87,000 in the year to March, while net migration from outside the EU rose to 235,000 in the same period.

This raises questions that some of us deem important, but which no leading politician has dared to ask. After Brexit, Britain may gain powers to exclude EU nationals: Polish plumbers, Romanian car-washers and pickpockets. But what new weapons will the government secure to reduce legal immigration from outside the EU?
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Immigration – border security
Ireland used as backdoor into UK via reunified family ploy
John Mooney
Sunday Times, 2 September 2018

The immigration services and the gardai have opened an inquiry into the abuse of an EU directive that allows foreign nationals to sponsor their families to live in Ireland under a reunification scheme.

The immigration authorities are encountering scores of applications from non-EU nationals who have already obtained residency rights in Britain, but claim to have moved to Ireland and wish to sponsor visas for their spouses, children and parents to move here.

Investigations by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) have established multiple sponsors used similar addresses to lodge applications – indicating that criminal gangs and white-collar criminals are involved.
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Immigration – numbers, inaccuracy
Reality Check: Do we really know the scale of UK migration?
Dominic Casciani
BBC, 23 August 2018

Figures just out have revealed the significance of immigration and emigration in the past year - but how are the numbers gathered, and how reliable are they?

The system the UK uses to estimate long-term migration is now, in the words of the Office for National Statistics, "stretched beyond its purpose".

The system's critics are a little harsher. They say it offers at best an educated guess - and at worst is deeply flawed.

Every three months the Office for National Statistics (ONS) publishes a migration update. And at the heart of that report is the International Passenger Survey (IPS). ...

So how does the IPS come up with its figures, and why is it so controversial?

For 362 days a year, IPS staff leap in front of travellers at 19 airports, eight ports and the Channel Tunnel rail link. They ask them for a bit of their life story: where they're from, why they're in the UK and how long they might be staying.

Up to 800,000 people a year take part and about 250,000 of those results are put through the statistical mixer to come up with an estimate for the number of people either arriving to live in the UK, or leaving the UK for at least a year - the internationally-agreed definition of a long-term migrant.

But the IPS doesn't cover all the ports, all of the time. Take Dover, for example. There are up to 51 ferry arrivals a day - and the IPS only covers four days' worth of them over an entire year. The nationwide sample works out at just over 1% of Heathrow's annual traffic of 78 million people.

Within the sample, the number of known migrants is about 5,000. So they are an incredibly small group, within an already small sample, upon which statisticians are expected to give ministers some big answers. ...

Here's how it works. Last July the ONS estimated net migration to be 282,000 a year. But there is a large margin of error. The figure could be wrong by 47,000 either way. So net migration could be as low as 235,000 or as high as 329,000.

That is the statistical problem with surveys the world over. And two parliamentary committees in just over a year have concluded that the IPS is now next to useless, on its own, for what ministers need it to do. ...

Last year the Lords' Economic Affairs Committee was more scathing still, saying the statistics were so poor that ministries were "formulating policy in the dark". ...

A lot of the UK's peers are more advanced in how they come up with migrant counts. New Zealand makes travellers fill in entry and exit cards - including their own nationals - which gives a precise measure of who's where. You can't get in or out of the country until you fill in the card. The UK had a similar system until it was scrapped in the 1990s. ...

The UK's long, long delayed electronic replacement for exit and entry checks is now operational - although the immigration watchdog recently found the Home Office guilty of "wishful thinking" in suggesting it was delivering all it was claimed to do.
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Immigration – numbers
Net migration of EU citizens to UK falls to lowest since 2012
Reuters, 23 August 2018

Net migration of European Union citizens into Britain fell to its lowest level since 2012 during the year to March, official data showed on Thursday.

The Office for National Statistics said 87,000 more EU citizens moved to Britain than left it during the year to March 2018, down 36,000 from a year ago and marking the smallest net migration figure since the year ending in December 2012.

Overall net migration into Britain rose to 271,000 in the year to March, up 28,000 on a year ago.
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Immigration – public opinion, children, Scotland
Two-thirds of Scots teenagers don't want immigration to rise
Chris Green
The Scotsman, 17 August 2018

Almost two-thirds of Scottish teenagers think immigration levels should be cut or remain the same as they are now, according to official research.

The views of secondary school children emerged in a study commissioned by the Scottish Government, which sought their opinion on one of the biggest political issues in the UK.

The Young People's Attitudes to Immigration report is based on research carried out by pollsters Ipsos Mori, who spoke to more than 1,700 secondary pupils in state schools across Scotland.

It found that 30 per cent of pupils in S1 to S6 – covering an age range of 11 to 18 – believe that immigration should be "decreased" or "stopped completely".

More than a third (35 per cent) felt that immigration should be kept at the current level, meaning that a total of 65 per cent of teenagers think it should stay the same or fall. Only 15 per cent of those surveyed said they thought immigration should be increased, while the remaining 20 per cent said they did not know or would rather not answer. ...

The survey of young people also showed that older pupils were more likely to feel positive about the impact of immigration in Scotland than those in other year groups.

Almost 30 per cent of those in S6, who are generally aged 16 or older and can vote in Scottish Parliament elections, felt that the impact of immigration had been "mostly good".

However, this dropped significantly among younger pupils, with only 12 to 14 per cent of those in S1, S2 and S3 agreeing. Girls also perceived the impact of immigration less negatively than boys.

Much like among adults, attitudes to immigration varied depending on people's economic background, with wealthier students more positive than those from more deprived areas.
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Immigration – Scotland
Book review: New Scots: Scotland's Immigrant Communities since 1945, by TM Devine and Angela McCarthy (eds)
Allan Massie
The Scotsman, 17 August 2018

In most parts of the world, the idea of ethnic purity is a myth or an illusion. This is certainly the case in Europe. Few can trace their family tree more than a few generations back, but even this limited span is likely to reveal an immigrant or foreign-born ancestor or two. All European nations are mongrels. ...

People still leave Scotland, but since 1945 there has been a surge of immigration, and the pattern of this has changed. Its nature is examined in this interesting and one may think necessary collection of essays edited by Sir Tom Devine and Angela McCarthy. ...

In general none of the immigrant groups described here –English, Jews, Pakistanis, Indians, Poles, Chinese and Africans – has experienced great hostility and discrimination – far less than immigrants in some parts of England, far less than the Irish suffered in 19th and early 20th century in Scotland. This isn't, as these studies show, because we Scots are more tolerant and moral than the English, or indeed our own ancestors. It is first of all a question of numbers, and secondly of location. If large numbers of immigrants from England have been easily accommodated it is, first, because differences from the host nation are few and superficial. If other immigrants have been equally fortunate it is because there has seldom been a huge and disruptive concentration of them in a particular place where fears that they were undercutting native labour or taking jobs from "our people" have made them unpopular.

... Now that Scotland can no longer be called a Protestant country, may even scarcely be a Christian one, except in the broadest sense, tolerance, which might more properly be termed indifference is more easily extended to incomers.
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Immigration – public opinion, politics, Australia, UK, USA
Republicans and Democrats are more polarized on immigration than parties in the U.K. or Australia. Here's why.
Glenn Kefford and Shaun Ratcliff
Washington Post, 16 August 2018

For several years now, immigration has been roiling politics all over the world. /.../ while debates continue to rage over whether immigration boosts the nation's economy or strains its infrastructure and identity.

Of these three countries, our recent survey suggests, U.S. public attitudes about immigration are by far the most polarized by party. ...

This conclusion comes from a series of studies we conducted in late June and early July in the United States, Britain and Australia. ...

As part of this larger study into populism and the radical right, we asked three questions about immigration. We have used these as a proxy to measure nativist attitudes.

The questions asked whether, first, immigrants take jobs away from people born in the country; second, things would be worse if all immigrants who wanted to come were allowed in; and third, migrants' assimilation to local culture and traditions was important. We define as "nativists" those individuals who agreed to all three of these statements.

Overall, the level of nativism in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia were virtually identical: 23 percent of U.S. respondents, 22 percent of U.K. respondents, and 24 percent of Australian respondents.

But when we looked at which parties the nativists support, we found very different patterns. ...

... according to our calculation, 55 percent of Republican voters are nativists, while just 3 percent of Democrats are. Republican voters were especially likely to view immigrants as an economic threat and to oppose the idea that all migrants who wished to come to the United States should be free to do so.

Meanwhile, Democratic voters support immigration even more strongly than center-left party voters in either the U.K. or Australia. This may be at least partly a backlash against Trump's strong anti-immigration positions, as Democrats have become more pro-immigration since Trump took office.

... British and Australian center-left voters included a larger proportion of nativists than did U.S. Democrats. In Britain and Australia, we calculated that 11 and 16 percent of the major center-left party's supporters are nativist, respectively.

Meanwhile, nativists made up a smaller proportion of British and Australian center-right voters than we found among the Republican Party's voters, making up 35 percent of the U.K.'s Conservative voters and 28 percent of Australia's Coalition supporters.

In fact, the level of nativism in the Republican Party looks more like that among radical-right parties in the U.K. and Australia, the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) and One Nation, with 65 and 62 percent nativists, respectively.

Trump's anti-immigrant sentiment reflects attitudes among the majority of Republican voters. And it also suggests that, since the United States lacks viable third parties, anti-immigrant sentiment has been channeled into the Republican Party.

The U.K. and Australia have seen a different pattern. Those with strong anti-immigrant views have drifted away from the mainstream parties, instead supporting radical-right parties.
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Immigration – multiculturalism
Douglas Murray heads to Australia alongside Dr Cornel West
Nick Whigham
news.com.au, 11 August 2018

Douglas Murray thinks Europe is committing suicide.

He declares as much in the opening line of his latest book, in which he laments that the leaders of western Europe are allowing the cultural flame of the continent to be extinguished through mass migration, in particular from the Muslim world.

The controversial assertion underpins the book, The Strange Death Of Europe: Immigration, Identity And Islam, but he sees nothing particularly controversial about the claim. ...

Murray, who is the associate editor of the Spectator and founder of the right-leaning Centre for Social Cohesion think tank, is highly critical of the far left side of politics for denying or diminishing the problems that come with a sudden large increases in immigration, when those migrants come from different, distinct and strong cultures.

"In one year alone, Germany and Sweden for instance took between two and three per cent addition of their entire population, so this is one of the most significant movements into Europe ever," the British commentator said of the height of the migrant crisis a few years ago.

For western Europe, he identifies Muslim immigration as the most destructive force and a problem for the social cohesion of the West.

From his perspective, Islamic migrants – a portion of whom have particularly strict religious beliefs – are clashing with a Europe that is tired from history, guilt-ridden, increasingly faithless and overrun with the notion of political correctness.

If allowed to continue, Murray asserts, the result will ultimately be the Islamisation of the continent and the end of European cultural civilisation.

One of the people Murray often cites in his book is German historian and philosopher of Syrian origin Bassam Tibi who in the past has made similar warnings on this topic.

In an interview more than a decade ago he told German magazine Der Spiegel: "Muslims stand by their religion entirely. It is a sort of religious absolutism. While Europeans have stopped defending the values of their civilisation. They confuse tolerance with relativism."

Murray's book has been called "brilliant" by The Sunday Times; "compelling, fearless and truth-telling" by the Evening Standard and labelled as "gentrified xenophobia" by The Guardian. ...

Murray says his book is about finding a solution to migration that is "liberal, humane and sustainable" but is also cautious about blindly embracing the pursuit of multiculturalism, which many Western governments are quick to celebrate.
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Immigration – statistics
The UK's immigration stats may be very wrong. A new project is trying to fix it
Jay Lindop
apolitical, 7 August 2018
[The author is Deputy Director of migration statistics - Office for National Statistics]

Since David Cameron became UK prime minister in 2010, the British government has capped skilled migration, become more sceptical of student visa applicants and introduced its infamous "hostile environment". All were policies adopted with one eye on the net migration statistics, on the back of Cameron's pledge to reduce immigration into "the tens of thousands".

In the midst of those dramatic changes, the survey which underlies that official net migration number was tweaked. A simple new question introduced in 2012 was meant to garner more detail on the different kinds of immigrants coming to the UK.

Instead, in the years that followed, it exposed problems in the UK's immigration statistics. They could mean the overall net migration figure has been repeatedly overestimated by tens of thousands of people. ...

The UK's quarterly statistics on long-term international migration are drawn from a survey introduced in the 1960s primarily to track tourists' spending. The new ONS project aims to supplement that survey with administrative data created in the course of running government programs.

That's because of problems with counting emigrants, highlighted by the new question. The 2012 change meant that foreigners leaving the UK would be asked what their original reason for coming had been.

It was meant to allow the ONS to produce finer-grained data on the movement of different types of immigrants. But the new figures immediately raised eyebrows, because they suggested that the number of international students leaving the country was much lower than the number arriving. ...

The ONS says that it thinks the overall net immigration number is still reliable, because the overcount of students is balanced by undercounting in other groups. Marley Morris, an expert on immigration at the Institute for Public Policy Research, was sceptical. "It's arguable that the overall figures might be right," he said. "But it would be a fluke." ...

Australia, by contrast, has been able to avoid many of the difficulties of combining different data sources thanks to the comprehensive information it gathers at the border.

That kind of system is unlikely to be possible in the UK, where there are minimal immigration checks for EU citizens or anyone coming to or from the Republic of Ireland.
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Immigration – debate
Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position [part 1]
Yuval Noah Harari
The Economist, 6 August 2018
[A book excerpt from "21 Lessons for the 21st Century" by Yuval Noah Harari]

The European discussion about immigration often degenerates into a shouting match in which neither side hears the other. To clarify matters, it would perhaps be helpful to view immigration as a deal with three basic conditions or terms:

Term 1: The host country allows the immigrants in.

Term 2: In return, the immigrants must embrace at least the core norms and values of the host country, even if that means giving up some of their traditional norms and values.

Term 3: If the immigrants assimilate to a sufficient degree, over time they become equal and full members of the host country. 'They' become 'us'.

These three terms give rise to three distinct debates about the exact meaning of each term:

Debate 1: The first clause of the immigration deal says simply that the host country allows immigrants in. But should this be understood as a duty or a favour? ...

Anti-immigrationists stress that one of the most basic rights of every human collective is to defend itself against invasion, whether in the form of armies or migrants. The Swedes have worked very hard and made numerous sacrifices in order to build a prosperous liberal democracy, and if the Syrians have failed to do the same, this is not the Swedes' fault. ...

Moreover, say the anti-immigrationists, a country can have whatever immigration policy it wants, screening immigrants not just for their criminal records or professional talents, but even for things like religion. ...

As long as this debate isn't settled, it is extremely difficult to answer all subsequent questions about immigration. Since pro-immigrationists think that people have a right to immigrate to another land if they so wish, and host countries have a duty to absorb them, they react with moral outrage when people's right to immigrate is violated, and when countries fail to perform their duty of absorption. ...

Debate 2: The second clause of the immigration deal says that if they are allowed in, the immigrants have an obligation to assimilate into the local culture. But how far should assimilation go? /.../ Anti-immigrationists tend to place the bar high, whereas pro-immigrationists place it much lower.

Pro-immigrationists argue that Europe itself is extremely diverse, and its native populations have a wide spectrum of opinions, habits and values. ... Anti-immigrationists agree that tolerance and freedom are the most important European values, and accuse many immigrant groups – especially from Muslim countries – of intolerance, misogyny, homophobia and anti-Semitism. Precisely because Europe cherishes tolerance, it cannot allow too many intolerant people in. ...

Other anti-immigrationists go much further. /.../ By allowing them in, the local culture is taking upon itself a big risk and a huge expense. There is no reason it should destroy itself as well. It offers eventual full equality so it demands full assimilation. ...

The two key issues of this debate are the disagreement about immigrant intolerance and the disagreement about European identity. ...
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Anti-immigration, like pro-immigration, is a legitimate political position [part 2]
Yuval Noah Harari
The Economist, 6 August 2018

This will still leave open, however, the question of Europe's unique national identities. Tolerance is a universal value. Are there any unique French norms and values that should be accepted by anyone immigrating to France, and are there unique Danish norms and values that immigrants to Denmark must embrace? As long as Europeans are bitterly divided about this question, they can hardly have a clear policy about immigration. ...

Debate 3: The third clause of the immigration deal says that if immigrants indeed make a sincere effort to assimilate – and in particular to adopt the value of tolerance – the host country is duty-bound to treat them as first-class citizens. But exactly how much time needs to pass before the immigrants become full members of society? ...

Pro-immigrationists tend to demand a speedy acceptance, whereas anti-immigrationists want a much longer probation period. ...

The root issue of this debate concerns the gap between personal timescale and collective timescale. From the viewpoint of human collectives, forty years is a short time. It is hard to expect society to fully absorb foreign groups within a few decades. Past civilisations that assimilated foreigners and made them equal citizens – such as Imperial Rome, the Muslim caliphate, the Chinese empires and the United States – all took centuries rather than decades to accomplish the transformation.

From a personal viewpoint, however, forty years can be an eternity. For a teenager born in France twenty years after her grandparents immigrated there, the journey from Algiers to Marseilles is ancient history. She was born here, all her friends have been born here, she speaks French rather than Arabic, and she has never even been to Algeria. France is the only home she has ever known. And now people say to her it's not her home, and that she should go 'back' to a place she never inhabited?

As long as we don't know whether absorption is a duty or a favour; what level of assimilation is required from immigrants; and how quickly host countries should treat them as equal citizens – we cannot judge whether the two sides are fulfilling their obligations.

An additional problem concerns accounting. When evaluating the immigration deal, both sides give far more weight to violations than to compliance. If a million immigrants are law-abiding citizens, but one hundred join terrorist groups and attack the host country, does it mean that on the whole the immigrants are complying with the terms of the deal, or violating it? If a third-generation immigrant walks down the street a thousand times without being molested, but once in a while some racist shouts abuse at her, does it mean that the native population is accepting or rejecting the immigrants? ...

Whatever your answers to these questions, it should at least be clear that the European debate about immigration is far from being a clear-cut battle between good and evil. It would be wrong to tar all anti-immigrationists as 'fascists', just as it would be wrong to depict all pro-immigrationists as committed to 'cultural suicide'.
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Immigration – Syrians
Where are the Christians?
Campbell Campbell-Jack
A Grain of Sand, 1 August 2018

As the result of a Freedom of Information request by the Barnabas Fund, it has been revealed that the Home Office has confessed that not a single Christian was among the 1,112 Syrian refugees resettled in the UK in the first three months of this year.

Only Muslim refugees from the war-torn country have been granted permission to resettle. In the first quarter of this year the UN High Commissioner for Refugees recommended 1,358 Syrian refugees for resettlement in the UK. Of that number a mere four were Christians. All four were rejected.

This is not a statistical blip. The figures for last year demonstrate a continuing pattern of under-representation. It was as bad in previous years.

Figures from 2016 indicate that Home Office officials, who process referrals from the UN, appear to have made the situation yet worse. While 69 per cent of all Muslims referred by the UN were accepted for resettlement in the UK, only 44 per cent of Christians were accepted and less than 21 per cent of Yazidis. The end result was that of the 4,850 Syrian refugees the Home Office accepted for resettlement in the UK, a mere 11 were Christians, representing only 0.2 per cent of all Syrian refugees accepted by our government that year.

In a statement, the charity said: 'As Barnabas Fund recently reported, of the 7,060 Syrian refugees the UNHCR recommended to the UK in 2017 only 25 were Christians (0.35 per cent). However, the Home Office only accepted eleven of these – meaning that Christians made up only 0.23 per cent of Syrian refugees resettled in the UK last year'. ...

For the last 18 months, Barnabas Fund has had to go to considerable lengths to obtain figures on Christian refugees from Syria in the face of what has every appearance of being a dogged attempt by Home Office officials to avoid their release. After prolonged delays, Barnabas Fund finally had to take the extraordinary step of obtaining an order from the Information Commissioner's Office threatening the Home Office with contempt of court proceedings in the High Court.
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Immigration – proposals
Here's an immigration plan that would help to make a success of Brexit
Lord Green of Deddington
The UK in a Changing Europe, 24 July 2018

There is no question that immigration was a massively important issue in the referendum but, strangely, the government have been ducking and weaving on the issue ever since.

As J Van Reenen, the Director of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance wrote in August 2016: 'There are multiple reasons for the Brexit vote, but by far the most important one can be summarised in a single word: immigration.'

Restoring sovereign border control was pivotal for many of the majority who voted to leave, but so also was a desire to see the scale of EU immigration reduced. It is true that net migration from the EU declined in 2017 to just over 100,000 from its record high (189,000) in the year to June 2016.

However, the number of EU citizens arriving to take up a definite job remained the same in 2017 as in 2016. Meanwhile, 70% of UK voters still want EU immigration to be cut, according to a poll published by Channel 4 last month. Interestingly, this includes 60% of Remain voters. ...

So here are some concrete proposals. Their fundamental objective is to enable businesses to recruit the top talent and skills from the EU, to preserve our many personal and cultural links with Europe and to honour the referendum result by delivering a substantial reduction in net migration from the EU.

We propose an expansion to highly skilled EU nationals of the Tier 2 work permit system, which currently applies to highly-skilled non-EU workers. 80% of EU workers who arrived in the decade until 2016 were in jobs that would not have qualified for such work permits.

On this basis we estimate that there is scope for a very substantial reduction in the inflow from Europe, of the order of 100,000 per year from the peak levels that were seen in 2015 and 2016. ...

The Shortage Occupation List, which provides a priority route for key workers, would also need review to ensure it provides a robust but responsive system to dealing with genuine shortages. ...

To preserve our wider links with Europe, there should be a minimum of formalities for EU citizens travelling to the UK for business, tourism, study and family purposes. For similar reasons the youth mobility scheme that is currently in place for eight countries such as Australia, Japan and South Korea should be expanded to incorporate young people from the EU.

We may also need to re-introduce a seasonal agricultural workers scheme such as New Zealand's, which has been recognised as 'best practice' by the World Bank and which includes robust safeguards against both overstaying and the undercutting of local workers.

Finally, there could also be a case for temporary arrangements for people like construction workers, but there should be an annually increasing fee for employers using this route in order to encourage them to train UK workers.

This outline is intended to meet the perfectly legitimate needs of employers but there are also other important factors. Considerations of congestion, quality of life, and the cohesion and stability of society are just as important as the usual economic metrics. ...

Nor should we overlook the point that cutting immigration into lower-skilled work could have social benefits given that training for UK workers has been simply abysmal over the past decade or so. We are in 25th place in the OECD for intermediate skills.
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Immigration – numbers
Immigration from outside the EU is still a problem
Tim Newark
Daily Express, 18 July 2018

Brexit appears to be already working in that the number of EU migrants coming to the UK is slightly down from previous years. But more immigrants from the rest of the world are still flocking to our country.

In fact, a city the size of Nottingham or Sunderland was added to our population thanks to net migration last year.

And yet non-EU migration is the one issue we can control.

The Government that once pledged to get net migration down to the tens of thousands is still failing to control immigration from the rest of the world.

Brexit is about taking control of our borders but we don't seem to be doing that when it comes to the near quarter of a million more people coming to the UK from countries outside the EU in 2017.
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Immigration – EU migrants, Brexit
UK could lose track of thousands of EU migrants after Brexit, warns report
Lucy Pasha-Robinson
Independent, 16 July 2018

The UK could lose track of tens of thousands of EU migrants as they lose their right to remain in the UK after Brexit, according to a new report.

It warned that unless the Government develops a way of measuring the number of EU nationals who have received "settled status", those who never apply could fall through the gaps.

The paper from the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said that based on currently available statistics, it will not be easy to calculate exactly how many miss out unless the numbers are very large.

"This is because we do not have precise figures on how many EU citizens are living in the UK and plan to stay," the report said.

"It is possible that tens of thousands of EU citizens living in the UK could lose their legal status without this being clear from the data."

It comes just days after the Government announced it would launch a new online application for EU nationals to apply for the right to remain in the UK after Brexit.

Ministers have set aside some £300m to operate the system to redefine the status of EU citizens who currently have full rights to stay here anyway, but insiders admit the costs could rise even higher. ...

The Migration Observatory has previously raised concerns that thousands of EU citizens could inadvertently become illegal residents in the UK after Brexit despite meeting the required criteria to stay.
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Immigration – EU migrants, number
EU immigration figures may have been under-counted by half a MILLION since 2004, report claims
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 16 July 2018

Immigration from the European Union may have been under-counted by half a million since 2004 – a think tank claims today.

Migration Watch urged Theresa May to stand by her "red lines" as it claimed a huge discrepancy between official figures collated by the Office for National Statistics.

It said population figures show a 2.21 million increase in the number of EU born citizens living in the UK between 2005 and 2017.

But official immigration figures – based on thousands of surveys at airports and docks – suggest EU net migration rose by 1.7 million from 2004 to 2016.

Migration Watch co-chair Alp Mehmet said the difference equated to 508,000 – equivalent to a city the size of Sheffield.

He said: "Our paper suggests that Brexit could be an even more effective means of reducing immigration than previously thought.

"This underlines the importance of taking a firm line, so far absent, on lower skilled migration from the EU."
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Immigration – numbers
UK migration stabilises in 2017 after decline following Brexit vote
Camilla Hodgson
Financial Times, 16 July 2018

Around 282,000 more people came to the UK than left in 2017, as net migration continued to add to the UK population but remained at a "broadly stable" rate, according to data published by the Office for National Statistics on Monday.

Of those people coming to the UK in the year to December 2017, around 240,000 were from the European Union while around 311,000 were non-EU citizens.

The net number of EU migrants to the UK was at a similar level to that seen in 2013 – with around 101,000 more arriving than leaving. This was a similar figure to that seen in 2016, a stabilisation after the net number of EU migrants fell sharply following the UK's Brexit vote, the ONS said.

Overall, "net migration fell following record levels in 2015 and early 2016 and has been broadly stable since. ...

While the total number of immigrants in the year changed little, the number of people leaving the UK has gradually increased since 2015. ...

In the year to March 2018, there were also 14,166 grants of asylum.
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Immigration – rich investors
Huge jump in number of super-rich immigrants applying for UK investor visas
Caitlin Morrison
Independent, 16 July 2018

The number of millionaires and billionaires applying to move to the UK as part of a special visa programme aimed at attracting rich immigrants rose 46 per cent last year.

In the 12 months to 30 March, 405 high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals applied to come to the UK on a Tier 1 investor visa. Applicants for the visa, which allows people to stay in the country for three years, must have at least £2m to invest in the UK.

Investor visas are often seen as a fast-track process for wealthy foreign nationals to acquire British citizenship.

Of the total applications, 123 came from China, up from 98 the year before, with 52 coming from Russia, up from 34, and 24 from Turkey, compared with 13 in the preceding 12 months.
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UK: Non-EU Migration 'Highest in 13 Years', EU Migrants 'Undercounted'
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 16 July 2018

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show non-EU net migration is at its highest for 13 years, according to Migration Watch UK, which also claims EU net migration may have been undercounted by half a million since 2004.

The ONS bulletin notes that non-EU net immigration, at +227,000, was twice the level of EU net migration at +101,000 – meaning that even if immigration from the EU was eliminated entirely, the Tories would be nowhere near achieving their 2010, 2015, and 2017 manifesto pledges to bring net immigration down to "the tens of thousands".

With new Home Secretary Sajid Javid relaxing immigration controls, it is unlikely the target will ever be met – lending further credence to former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne's claims that the Tories never seriously intended to bring immigration down.

Commenting, Chairman of Migration Watch UK Lord Green of Deddington said: "These are very disappointing figures. Migration from the EU is still adding 100,000 a year to our population and non-EU net migration is the highest level in a calendar year for 13 years. It's time for the Government to get serious about reducing immigration instead of caving into every demand of the immigration lobby."

Claims of a supposed 'Brexodus' of EU migrants from the United Kingdom since the people voted to Leave the European Union in June 2016 are common in the mainstream media, but as the ONS itself notes: "Much has been written about EU citizens leaving the UK, but the fact is there are still more people coming to the country from the EU than leaving it. In fact, the last quarter shows that around 100,000 more EU citizens are coming to the UK than leaving."

In fact, Migration Watch believes the true figures for EU immigration could actually be far higher than the ONS figures – based on traveller surveys which some critics have derided as "little more than guesswork" – as there is a significant discrepancy between immigration estimates and population growth estimates.

Migration Watch co-chairman Alp Mehmet said the difference worked out at around 508,000 – roughly equivalent to the population of Sheffield, Britain's fourth-largest city.
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Donald Trump says Britain is 'losing its culture' because of immigration
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 13 July 2018

Britain is "losing its culture" because of immigration, Donald Trump says.

The wave of migrants from the Middle East and Africa is permanently changing Europe for the worse, the 72-year-old president argued.

And he claimed the situation pains him personally as the son of two EU countries. ...

But he added: "I think what has happened to Europe is a shame.

"Allowing the immigration to take place in Europe is a shame.

"I think it changed the fabric of Europe and, unless you act very quickly, it's never going to be what it was and I don't mean that in a positive way.

"So I think allowing millions and millions of people to come into Europe is very, very sad.

"I think you are losing your culture. Look around. You go through certain areas that didn't exist ten or 15 years ago."
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Immigration – Brexit
Next up after today's Chequers summit – immigration. Free movement must end. No ifs or buts.
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 6 July 2018

Crunch time for Brexit policy is fast approaching and immigration will be a key part of it. ...

Siren voices in Britain are suggesting conceding the continuation of free movement with the minor tweaks of an "emergency brake" or requiring a job offer. Apparently Number Ten is saying that these are not the intention but, so far, the UK has caved in to virtually every EU demand on immigration matters.

So let us be clear why both are hopeless. They would do virtually nothing to reduce the impacts of EU migration on population, housing, health services and education which are especially strong in particular parts of England. Furthermore, either would amount to an abandonment of the government's pledge to control immigration, let alone to reduce it, which many believe that they were promised. A recent Channel 4 poll found that 70 per cent of voters want a reduction in immigration from the EU. ...

As for free movement for those who have a job offer, it is surely obvious that this would simply lead to a boom for employment agencies who already advertise widely in Eastern Europe – to say nothing of all those who could arrange a job offer through relatives already working in Britain. Any such outcome would simply be flimsy camouflage for a wholesale retreat and for the abandonment of a major pledge to the British public.

The fact that such suggestions are even being discussed may be because the debate is being largely conducted by those, including some ministers, who have very little knowledge of how the present immigration system actually works. In practice, there are substantial aspects of our existing visa system which could perfectly well be adapted to our new situation as a non-member of the EU.

For a start, it would be very much in the interests of both sides for there to be visa free access for almost all purposes – except, of course, work. For work, we should treat EU applications in the same way as those from the rest of the world. This means restricting entry to those who come for higher-paid, highly skilled work or to work in shortage occupations as identified by the independent Migration Advisory Committee. This is no different in principle from the "blue card" system which the EU themselves offer to third-country nationals so they have little reason to object.

This would enable numbers to be capped at a level reflecting the genuine needs of the UK rather than the wishes of individuals from abroad. It would also be important to cater for international companies wishing to deploy their senior and specialist employees flexibly. These routes are already known to business so the necessary adjustments would not be beyond the wit of man. ...

It is high time that policy discussion and, indeed, our negotiations with the EU are concentrated on practical matters of this kind from which a perfectly workable solution should evolve. The editorial in last week's Sunday Times had it right: "Control of migration is not an option – it is a necessity."
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Immigration – dispersal
Home Office Told to Expand Programme Importing Refugees to Every UK Town, Village
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 4 July 2018

George Soros-funded NGO Citizens UK has launched a campaign demanding the Home Office extend the refugee resettlement scheme to every corner of Britain.

The left-leaning new Home Secretary Sajid Javid was urged to "take a brave stand with refugees and show the world once again Britain is a country of welcome", at a campaign launch in London on Friday.

According to the group's press release, "200 civil society leaders from mosques, churches, schools and other organisations" attended the event in support of extending beyond 2020 the government's programme transporting 20,000 mostly Syrian migrants over five years into homes in UK councils.

Citizens UK, which claims to be a "community organising group", pointed to council figures showing migrants have been distributed across every part of Britain – including many rural areas – as a demonstration of the scheme's "success". ...

Because of the 'Dubs amendment', which forced Britain to import so-called unaccompanied minors from the third world who had illegally migrated to Europe, Citizens UK's Safe Passage website states that "over 1,700 children are now safely in the UK thanks to the safe and legal routes we have opened".

"Mainly from France, we have also brought children from Greece, Italy, Bulgaria, Syria, Belgium and Sudan," the NGO boasts, adding it also helps "vulnerable adults" enter the UK "wherever possible", and that the group is working to "expand and make family reunification possible widely across Europe and the world".

With polls consistently demonstrating immigration to be overwhelmingly unpopular in Britain, Citizen UK claims that "Community Organising is about returning power to people".
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Immigration – Government, Brexit
Time for clarity on government's EU immigration plans
Migrationwatch UK, 27 June 2018

With nine months to go until Brexit, there is an urgent need for clarity about how the government plans to adapt immigration rules for EU citizens who are not already resident here.

A Migration Watch UK paper (MW447 - Brexit and immigration: the way forward) calls for visa free movement to and from the EU for tourists, family and business visitors.

There must, however, be limitations on those whose intention is to work so the paper proposes an extension to EU nationals of the current system of highly-skilled work permits – a system with which business is already familiar.

The EU should have no grounds for objecting to such an offer since their Blue Card policy - in the process of being expanded – is on very similar lines.

This, alongside an expansion of the Tier 2 cap to accommodate these highly-skilled EU workers together with temporary transitional measures for construction or agricultural workers, would allow businesses to continue recruiting the talent they need while providing the incentive to train British replacements.

Current arrangements for the transfer of senior international staff (ICTs) should also be extended to EU citizens.

Furthermore, by cutting lower-paid migration which has accounted for about 80% of EU migration over the past decade or so, these proposals would help to deliver a considerable long-term reduction in immigration from Europe.

They would also encourage businesses to raise wages, improve working conditions and invest more in training for UK recruits.

Securing unhindered movement for tourists and business visitors in both directions would be of clear benefit to all sides, especially in their service sectors. It would also be compatible with the maintenance of the very long standing Common Travel Area with Ireland.

Delivering a reduction in immigration is vital to honouring the referendum result. As a major academic study has found, high immigration was the 'key' issue on voters' mind when they voted in June 2016. Polling reported by Channel 4 News last week found that 70% of the public want to see a reduction in immigration from the EU.

It is crucial, therefore, that the red line of reducing immigration from the EU is kept separate from the trade negotiations. Attempting to secure trade concessions by compromising on the manifesto commitment to end freedom of movement would seriously undermine the credibility of the government.
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Immigration – economy
Immigration fears are more economically rational than the urban liberals pretend
Paul Ormerod
City A.M., 27 June 2018

For the metropolitan liberal elite, immigration is unequivocally a Good Thing. They are on the side of the angels. Whether it is President Trump attempting to control entry into America, or – in the latest twist – the Italians turning away boats, all are to be condemned.

Ironically, almost all of these cosmopolitans accept the right of "oppressed" peoples, such as the Palestinians, to a homeland and identity. But they regard such aspirations as illegitimate when expressed by the historic majorities of Europe. ...

It is often said that immigration helps to raise the rate of economic growth, so it does not make sense to have strict restrictions on numbers.

In the mainstream model of economics, growth depends upon three things: the speed at which new technology is adopted, increases in the amount of capital used in producing goods and services, and the growth of the labour force.

Immigration does indeed increase the growth rate, though its impact on growth per capita is at best marginal. A larger labour force arising from more immigration boosts growth, but there are more people around to share in the growth.

In order to make the economic case for immigration, it would have to be shown that either immigrants adopt new technology faster and more effectively, or that they are inherently more productive than the typical worker. There is a good case for allowing relatively small number of skilled people into the country on these grounds, but not for mass immigration.

Advocates of large-scale immigration argue vigorously that it provides a young workforce to support an ageing population – not only in the UK but throughout the west.

The trouble with "replacement migration" as a solution is that immigrants themselves grow old. They have to be supported by the next generation of workers.

To rejuvenate the population through immigration requires not just a once-and-for-all influx of foreign workers, but a continuing flow of new immigrants.

A few years ago, the Oxford demographer David Coleman calculated how much net immigration would be needed each year to preserve even the existing age structure of the populations of western Europe. At present, the estimate is around six million net immigrants a year. ...

A further assertion is that immigrants do jobs which native British workers are unwilling to take. But this rather gives the game away. Without mass immigration, employers would be obliged to raise the real wage rate to induce these people to take the jobs. Large-scale immigration thus increases inequality.

There is no doubt that part of the opposition to immigration is driven by prejudice and fear of the unknown. But there are very rational grounds to be wary of it on a mass scale. EU leaders need to recognise the validity of these arguments.
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Immigration – public opinion
Revealed: two years after Brexit vote, public still supports tough immigration targets
Channel 4 [television], 22 June 2018

Almost three quarters of British adults still back Theresa May's tough stance on reducing immigration, a Deltapoll survey for Channel 4 News reveals. ...

Two years after the EU referendum, support for the government's tough immigration targets is widespread across the country and political allegiances, according to the poll.

Most people want the number of immigrants coming to Britain to be reduced to "tens of thousands" per year after Brexit – although many believe there should be some flexibility.

Strikingly, the majority of Remain voters would like to see numbers of immigrants go down. Some 23% of Remainers want a "big reduction" in EU immigration, while 35% want a small reduction. ...

However, many people remain positive about the overall impact that immigration to the UK has had over the last few decades.

Half of UK adults believe it has been mainly beneficial, compared to around 40% who said it had mainly been detrimental.

Other recent surveys have suggested attitudes towards immigration may have softened after Brexit.

But the survey by Channel 4 News shows that 42% of UK adults want to see a big reduction in EU immigration after Brexit. And a further 28% would be happy with a small reduction.

Only 14% of people want EU immigration to increase. And just 15% oppose the government's target to reduce immigration to "tens of thousands". ...

And most Conservative voters still support the "hostile environment" policy – compared to around four in ten Labour voters. ...

Between different age groups, the Conservatives' policy to bring immigration levels down to "tens of thousands" is least popular among young people, aged 18-24. However, the majority of young people still support it, according to the poll. ...

In response to the poll findings, Ken Clarke MP told Channel 4 News: "I don't think freedom of movement has done us any harm at all myself. We live in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-national society. And if you think that has gone too far already, I think as far as my grandchildren are concerned, you ain't seen nothing yet." ...

Deltapoll interviewed 2,063 adults between 8th June – 11th June, 2018.
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Immigration – Europe
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray - review
David Sexton
Evening Standard, 21 June 2018

On publication in May last year, The Strange Death of Europe became a surprise bestseller and remained so all last summer. It's rare that a book of such seriousness, cogency and pessimism finds so many readers.

Murray announces quite simply in his introduction: "Europe is committing suicide." He predicts within the lifespans of most people currently alive "Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home".

Murray puts forward two simultaneous causes. The first is the mass movement of peoples into Europe post-war, making it into "a home for the entire world". The second is the way Europe itself "has lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy". ...

Murray surveys the history of migration, highlighting how much it has been underestimated by governments and how little serious public discussion has been permitted – even when, for example, the 2011 census revealed the enormous changes that have taken place, in London especially. ...

He traces the way new parties have emerged across Europe to represent popular opinion so determinedly ignored by mainstream parties. "There is an ongoing effort to make European publics not believe the evidence of their own lives," he says, quoting poll after poll, showing how out of step with public opinion governments have become. In 2010, 47 per cent of Germans said they did not think Islam belonged in Germany. By 2015, that figure had become 60 per cent. Now it is higher again.

In a new Afterword for the paperback, after surveying the events of the last year, Murray says he had anticipated criticism. "Yet none of the many facts in this book were able to be refuted and nobody of any consequence has even tried to contest or deny them." The Strange Death of Europe is essential reading, just as much for those who would dispute its analysis as for those who will find here lucidly set forth what they already intuit.

The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray (Bloomsbury, £9.99)
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Immigration – students, visas
Tens of thousands of foreigners will be allowed to study at UK universities without having to prove that they can speak English
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 17 June 2018

Tens of thousands of foreign students will be allowed to attend universities in Britain without having to prove they have the right qualifications.

The Government has also scrapped rules requiring them to provide evidence they have enough funds to live here and can speak English.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid yesterday simplified the process of securing so-called 'Tier 4' visas for students from countries it considers a 'low risk' of abusing the system. ...

In the latest shake-up, the Government added 11 countries to its 'trusted' list for the purpose of student visas. The additional countries – China, Cambodia, Indonesia, Thailand, Mexico, Bahrain, Serbia, Dominican Republic, Kuwait, Maldives and Macau – bring the list to 30. Overseas students from these nations will benefit from a streamlined application process, which means they will have to provide fewer documents when applying for visas.

Controversially, they will no longer need to submit evidence showing they meet the requirements for living costs of up to £1,265 a month, previous qualifications or evidence they can speak English fluently. ...

However, the Migrationwatch think-tank warned of a 'slippery slope', saying: 'The last time the student visa system was loosened in 2009 it took years to recover from the massive inflow of bogus students, especially from India.' ...

Countries already on the student visa trusted list are Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Botswana, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, the US and Taiwan.
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Immigration – visas, doctors, nurses
Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses
BBC, 14 June 2018

The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK.

On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government's visa cap.

The cap - introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary - sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at 20,700 people a year. ...

NHS England had 35,000 nurse vacancies and nearly 10,000 doctor posts unfilled in February. ...

The proposed change would only apply to doctors and nurses - but could free up thousands of visas for workers in other industries like IT and teaching, even if the 20,700 total didn't change.
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Immigration – public opinion, European Union
Immigration, terrorism top concern list of Europeans: poll
Jan Strupczewski and Julia Echikson
Business Insider / Reuters, 14 June 2018

Immigration and terrorism are the two top concerns for the European Union as a bloc, but trust in the EU and optimism about its future are on the rise, a European Commission poll showed.

The Commission's twice-a-year Eurobarometer poll showed 38 percent of the EU's 510 million citizens saw immigration as the most important issue facing the bloc. Paradoxically, the highest level of concern about the issue was registered in countries were immigration is minimal – Estonia, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

Concern over terrorism was mentioned by 29 percent of Europeans. Again, it was highest in countries that have not had a single terrorist attack in recent years – Lithuania, Cyprus, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Latvia. ...

The survey showed that more than eight in 10 respondents supported the free movement of EU citizens with the right to live, work, study and do business anywhere in the EU.
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Immigration – doctors, nurses, NHS
Staffing the NHS properly requires more training – not endless immigration
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 11 June 2018

Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK and a cross-bench peer

The immigration lobby are asking us to believe that raising (or even abolishing) the cap on skilled migration would solve so many problems at a stroke. We could have all the doctors and nurses that we need, and industry could have all the skilled people that they demand. Problem solved. Really?

Is the Government unaware that nearly two thirds of the population wish to see a significant reduction in immigration? Have the Conservatives missed the fact that 84 per cent of their supporters take this view? ...

Only recently, a Demos poll found that 73 per cent of those sampled believed that immigration had made the communities where migrants had settled more divided, reaching 78 per cent in areas that have experienced large-scale migration in recent years. ...

Of course, if you ask the public whether they think that a particular category of skilled workers should be granted visas they will say yes – but that is subject to their overall concern about numbers.

Part of the immediate pressure is about medical staff. First, we should recognise that certain medical skills have already been identified by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) as shortage occupations, which are not only granted visas, but are given clear preference over other applicants. Indeed, the government estimates that around one third of the 20,700 permits issued every year go to the NHS.

So what about other doctors? We already have one of the highest proportions of foreign-trained doctors in Europe – 29 per cent compared to less than 10 per cent for France and Germany, and about three per cent for The Netherlands. It has been obvious for decades that we have failed to train the staff that we need.

The real solution surely has to be to reduce this reliance on those trained overseas and to train our own. ...

As for nurses, the former chair of the MAC, Sir David Metcalf, said in 2016: "There is no good reason why the supply of nurses cannot be sourced domestically. There seems to be an automatic presumption that non EA skilled migration provides the health and care sector with a get out of jail free card." They also pointed out that in 2016 the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to the decision to cut training places by almost a fifth between 2009 and 2013. Indeed, until 2014 over 30,000 UK applicants for nursing courses were turned away every year. ...

So here we are again with the NHS management once again blaming immigration control for their failure to train British workers, indeed for turning them away in their thousands in past years. It is time that we had a different conversation. For a start, any concessions should be time limited and should steadily diminish.
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Immigration – numbers, births
One born every minute? How many migrants arrive in the UK and how many children do they have?
Abbas Panjwani
Full Fact, 4 June 2018

Around 775,000 children were born in the UK in 2016 – the latest year for which data is available. Of those children, 210,000 were born to mothers not born in the UK, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands. ...

Around 580,000 immigrants came to the UK in the year ending September 2017 – according to estimates for the latest year figures are available for. ...

And that's the total number arriving. The net figure (i.e. the number arriving minus the number leaving) is around 245,000, or two every five minutes.

The migration figures used here are collected by interviewing people leaving and arriving in the UK at airports, ferry terminals and other routes in and out of the UK. Broadly speaking, if someone plans to come and live in the UK for more than a year they are counted as an immigrant, if they plan to live outside the UK for more than a year, they are counted as an emigrant.

From these interviews the Office for National Statistics estimates the level of immigration and emigration to and from the UK, but the figures have a wide margin of error. The ONS says that they are confident the true level of net migration will fall within 42,000 of the reported headline figure of 244,000 (they're 95% confident the correct figure lies somewhere between 203,000 and 286,000).
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Immigration – public opinion
Most Brits believe that migration has harmed communities and fear the nation's culture and traditions are being lost, Left-leaning think-tank claims
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 30 May 2018

Most British people are united around the view that immigration has harmed communities, a report from a Left-leaning think-tank said yesterday.

There are also fears among many that the nation's culture and traditions have been neglected.

The report said that the great majority of Britons think the arrival of migrants has left towns and cities more divided – and that this feeling is strongest in areas that have seen large-scale immigration over recent years.

But the report from the Demos think-tank also said Britons do not want to turn the clock back and, unlike contemporaries in France and Germany, they remain suspicious about nostalgia and optimistic about the future.

Based on a British poll, as well as on views taken from focus groups across Britain, Germany and France, the report said nearly two-thirds of people in the UK believe life was better when they were growing up.

But it added: 'Despite the widespread critiques of contemporary British society, and anxieties about the future, many citizens remain both resilient and begrudgingly optimistic – a point that sets them apart from participants in our French and German focus groups.'

The report also said that alongside the concern that the country is in a 'state of decline', British people are united by the belief that immigration has had a negative impact and that 'the nation's cultures and traditions are not being sufficiently defended and promoted'.

Large numbers of people, it said, are 'particularly incensed by cultural pluralism, seen to be favoured over British values and traditions, and political correctness, regarded as taxing and repressive'. ...

The Demos poll, which saw more than 1,000 Sky TV subscribers questioned, found that while 43 per cent thought immigration into Britain had been positive, 44 per cent thought it had had a negative impact instead.

Nearly 71 per cent thought immigration had divided communities where migrants have settled. This rose to 78 per cent in 'areas that report having experience large-scale migration in recent years'.

Nearly half, 47 per cent, felt that protecting British values should take priority over multiculturalism.

And 55 per cent said the Government is doing too little to promote traditional British values.
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Immigration – public opinion
Attitudes towards Immigration after Windrush
Ipsos MORI, 26 May 2018

A new survey by Ipsos MORI conducted online among British adults aged 18-75 on 11-14 May finds that:

• Attitudes towards immigration remain more positive than pre-Brexit vote but over half still want overall numbers reduced

• Levels of dissatisfaction with how the government is dealing with immigration have increased - up to 60% from 53% February of this year and have returned to similar levels under David Cameron's government

• One in five people say they have become more positive about immigration since the Brexit vote whereas one in four say they have become more negative.

• Among those who have become more positive, there are roughly two equal reasons for this - either because people feel more positive about the contribution immigrants make or that with Brexit they are reassured that there is, and will be, a reduction in immigration

• Six in ten (60%) people support an immigration policy that is designed to make it as difficult as possible for people who do not have the right to be in the UK to stay here

• But almost two-thirds (64%) also prioritise that people who have the right to be here are not forced to leave, even if this means that some illegal immigrants are not deported

• The majority of the public (63%) say they are ashamed of how Britain has treated the Windrush generation and six in ten (61%) agree that the Windrush scandal is mainly a result of government incompetence rather than the rules on immigration ...

One in ten people (10%) say they are satisfied with the way the current government is dealing with immigration compared with three in five (60%) who are dissatisfied. ...

People hugely overestimate the proportion of foreign born citizens in Britain - the average guess is 27% when it's actually only half that number 13.5%.
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Immigration – numbers
Romanian becomes second most common non-UK nationality
BBC, 24 May 2018

People with Romanian nationality have become the second most common non-British population living in the UK.

The Office for National Statistics says the total number of Romanian nationals rose by 25% from 2016 to 2017, reaching 411,000.

Of the 65,176,000 residents in the UK, 6.2 million were non-UK nationals - up by 4%.

The number of people living in the UK but born abroad was up by 3% from 2016 - 9.4 million of the total population.

A problem with the collection of statistics means there is no overall net migration figure. ...

The figures show that 61% of the non-UK nationals number - or 3.8 million - are from the EU.
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Immigration – European Union
European Court Estimates Over 90 Million EU Residents Are First- or Second-Generation Migrants
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 22 May 2018

The European Court of Auditors has estimated that 18 per cent of legal residents in the European Union – over 90 million people – are first- or second-generation migrants.

The Court estimated that around 4 per cent of the population – 21 million people – were first-generation legal migrants from outside the EU, with the jump to 18 per cent when second-generation migrants are taken into consideration, highlighting how mass migration continues to transform receiving nations beyond the initial influx.

It issued its extraordinary estimates in a briefing paper on "integration", which conceded the bloc faces the significant "challenges" integrating the many newcomers, and highlighted the alarming increase in the number of migrants arriving via the asylum route claiming to be refugees.

However, the briefing paper notes that the plurality of the migrant population living in the EU without EU citizenship – 39 per cent – has established itself through chain migration via family reunion. ...

Individual EU member-states – including the United Kingdom, at least until after Brexit goes through and the mooted Brexit 'transition' period ends – would have difficulty restricting family reunion-based chain migration on their own initiative, as the European Council deems it a "right" under EU Directive 2003/86/EC.

It should be noted that the briefing paper does not appear to consider the migrant-descended population beyond the second generation, which is considerable in countries such as Britain, France, and Germany, which have been bringing in large numbers of migrants from North Africa, South Asia, and Asia Minor for decades.

The briefing paper explicitly does not consider the migrant population which is resident in the European Union illegally, which is also considerable – with the illegal migrant population of Britain alone estimated at over a million by David Wood, former Director-General of Immigration Enforcement.
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Immigration – progressive case
The gap remains wide on the impact of immigration
Colin Hines
The Guardian, 21 May 2018
[Letter to the Editor]

Accusing the vast majority who want controls on immigration as being anti-migrant and racist is unacceptable. As is denying that the rapid increase in immigration has made it more difficult to cope with stresses on social infrastructure and that it will continue to do so even when austerity is swept away. Also worrying was the anti-internationalist acceptance of continuing to take Indian doctors and skilled eastern Europeans "educated at someone else's expense".

For the left to regain credibility it must rethink migration and make a progressive case for limiting "new, large-scale, permanent migration". New makes it clear that curbing future levels of migration involves no changes for those already legally resident in the country, such as the Windrush generation and those from the EU. Permanent has the caveat that foreign students are welcome to study here and workers fill vacancies here, but only for a specified period. Crucially, the UK must train its own population to prevent the shameful long-term theft of doctors and nurses from the poorer counties which originally paid for their education. There will also be the need for some exceptions, such as genuine marriage partners, civil partners or reunited family members.
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Immigration – public opinion
There's a remarkable change in the air – our hostility to migrants is on the retreat
Robert Ford
The Guardian, 20 May 2018
[Robert Ford is professor of politics at Manchester University]

The conventional wisdom in many liberal circles holds that Britain has turned in on itself, encouraged by a Leave victory that has legitimated chauvinism and xenophobia. Yet the public opinion evidence consistently shows the opposite – the British are more open to migration than ever, a trend that Brexit has encouraged, not reversed.

Only around a quarter of survey respondents saw migration as good for the economy in 2002, before the admission of new EU members produced a surge in European migration. By 2014, with support for Ukip at its peak, the figure had risen to four out of 10. It has risen further since. More British people also think of migration as enriching British culture now, after 20 years of unprecedented migration inflows, than felt this way in the early 2000s, when the current wave of migration was just beginning.

The public today is also less likely to name migration as a political priority. This "salience" measure is a powerful predictor of voter behaviour – ...

For more than 15 years, between a quarter and a half of poll respondents have spontaneously named immigration as among their biggest political concerns. Yet since Brexit, complaints to pollsters about immigration have collapsed. More than 40% of respondents in Ipsos Mori polls named it as a key issue in the run-up to Brexit. That figure has slumped since and now stands at under 20%, a 15-year low.

This collapse in concern about migration is puzzling, as there have been no major changes in migration policy since Brexit, and though migration levels have fallen, the decline has been modest. It is perhaps just as surprising, given the conventional wisdom that the British are intrinsically hostile to immigration and Brexit has exacerbated this, that positive views about the effects of migration are steadily rising – a rise which Brexit has not reversed but accelerated.

The role of fairness offers one possible resolution to this puzzle. ...

Steadily growing recognition of the economic and cultural benefits of migration makes the case for opening Britain to the world's best and brightest students and workers easier to make. The public demand for fair treatment of settled migrants can be channelled into new proposals to entrench their political and social rights. There is very broad support for this – large majorities from all walks of life favour giving settled migrants who play by the rules full political and social rights after between three and five years – including majorities of those who are most sceptical about migration in general.
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Immigration – hostility
A 'hostile environment' towards immigrants? It's not hostile enough
Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail, 15 May 2018

Let's agree the treatment of the Windrush generation was a national disgrace. They are British citizens, living here perfectly legally, handled abominably by the bureaucracy. ...

Thankfully, this scandalous miscarriage of justice is now being addressed. But that hasn't stopped the open borders crowd exploiting it ruthlessly for their own purposes.

They have been allowed to pretend that the hostile environment for illegal immigrants – instigated by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary – applies to all immigrants, legal or otherwise. It's a blatant lie which has been swallowed opportunistically by Rudd's successor Sajid Javid, who has promised to take a much more 'compassionate' approach to migrants in future.

Of course, we want to welcome those from overseas who come to Britain to contribute to society. But we shouldn't buy the myth that all immigrants are law-abiding cancer surgeons, care workers and skilled construction staff.

We've more than our fair share of foreign gangsters, terrorists, fraudsters and assorted layabouts.

If there really has been a hostile policy towards migrants, it doesn't seem to have deterred anyone from coming here. Quite the opposite, in fact.

Official estimates put the number of illegal immigrants at one million, so you can probably double that figure as a basis for negotiation. The Government admits there is virtually no chance any of them will be deported.

If this is hostile, I'd hate to see soft. ...

Aliou Bah, jailed twice for sex attacks since arriving here in 2007, won a payout of £110,000 after a judge ruled he had been held in detention for too long awaiting deportation. Since 2015, he has been living in a council house in Southampton. Of course he has.

Bah is just one of more than 1,800 foreign criminals still here years after they should have been booted out.

Far from the absurd claims of the open borders crowd, Britain remains the softest of soft touches. It's why millions of people from all over the world are desperate to move here.

They keep on coming in their hundreds of thousands every year because they know once they set foot in Britain the likelihood of them being removed is virtually non-existent.

Yet still the Left claim laughably that this country operates a policy of hostility towards all migrants.
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Britain needs a national identity register
The Economist, 3 May 2018

There is little to like about Mrs May's migration policy. The state-led hounding of thousands of law-abiding British citizens was a side-effect of the "hostile environment" for illegal immigrants that she created as home secretary. ...

For all its shortcomings, Mrs May's approach does contain one idea that is worth preserving: enforcement should happen inland, not just at the border. Most of Britain's half-million or so illegal immigrants did not enter the country illicitly but have overstayed their visas. Furthermore, from the camps of Calais to the Mediterranean sea, there is plenty of evidence that fortifying borders does not stop lots of people continuing to try to cross them. The result is migrants' suffering, extra cost to taxpayers and a bonanza for people-smugglers.

The Windrush debacle highlighted that Britain has no easy way of carrying out this inland enforcement. The government's guide for landlords who need to verify tenants' migration status is 35 pages long. ...

The scandal has rightly provoked calls for an overhaul of migration enforcement. Any rethink must get to the root of the problem. This is not that Britain checks the status of migrants, as any country must if it values the rule of law. The real shortcoming is that Britain, rarely among advanced countries, lacks a simple, non-discriminatory way to check the identity of its population. Under Mr Javid it should get one.

Liberals, including this newspaper, have argued against national identity registers on the basis that they invade privacy and aid oppression by the state. But the balance of this trade-off has changed. /.../ Countries like Britain that lack an ID register rely on other proofs – bank statements, tax records, phone bills – that are even more intrusive. As for the risk of oppression, the Windrush affair shows that it is not just all-knowing states that have the power to persecute their citizens. It was precisely the opacity of information that the Home Office exploited in order to pursue many thousands of people who had a right to be in Britain.

Setting up an identity register would not be cheap or easy. /.../ But Brexit is forcing Britain to think hard about matters of migration and citizenship. Taking back control of who enters the country is one of the biggest prizes advertised by Brexiteers. To do that, Britain must first have a better idea of who is already there.
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Poll shows British public overwhelmingly favours 'hostile environment' immigration policy after Windrush fiasco
Andy Wells
Yahoo News, 2 May 2018

The Windrush fiasco may have resulted in the resignation of the Home Secretary but a new poll has found that attitudes to immigration have not changed in Britain.

A YouGov survey has found that while voters think the Government has not handled the plight of the Windrush generation well, they still support tough policies.

One such policy – often described as the 'hostile environment' – still has overwhelming public support, with 71% of Brits supporting people being forced to show documents proving their right to be in Britain for work or to live.

The survey found that just 15% of voters oppose the policy, while 82% think people should have to prove their right to be in the UK before accepting a job.

Some 79% think documents must be shown before registering with a GP while 74% believe they should be shown before being able to rent a home.

The survey also found that attitudes towards immigration in general remains negative, with 63% believing immigration into Britain in the last 10 years has been too high.

While this represents a 7% drop, the proportion that believe immigration is bad for Britain has remained the same.

However, over 70% of Brits are happy with either the same or increased levels of skilled immigration, while 73% are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students paying to study at British universities.
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Where the public stands on immigration
Anthony Wells
YouGov, 27 April 2018

Overall public opinion towards immigration remains negative: 63% of people think that immigration into Britain in the last ten years has been too high and by 32% to 24% they think it has been mostly bad for the country. While hostility to immigration has softened a little since 2016, the changes are comparatively small - the proportion thinking the number of people coming to the UK s too high is down seven points from 70% to 63%, while the proportion thinking it is bad for Britain has barely changed at all.

However, beneath these headline figures attitudes towards immigration are – and have always been – rather more nuanced. If you ask about different types of immigration, or immigration from different parts of the world, it suggests that there are many sorts of immigration that the British public are quite relaxed about, or even that people positively welcome.

Over 70% of people are happy with either the same or increased levels of skilled immigration, almost three quarters (73%) are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students paying to study at British universities, and 57% are happy with the same number of or more people fleeing persecution or war coming here. Additionally, nearing four in ten (38%) are happy with the current number of immigrants coming to work in the NHS and the same proportion (38%) would like to see more.

Public opposition to immigration only rises in two circumstances. Either when it comes to familial immigration (people coming to join family members already in the UK) where 42% want to see less of this type of migration, or low skilled immigration – here a majority (57%) want to see either less of this type of immigration or no immigration at all. ...

However, the approach that has led to such problems for the Windrush generation – the policy often described as the "hostile environment" – still has overwhelming public support. In principle, seven in ten (71%) support a policy of requiring people to show documents proving their right to be in Britain in order to do things such as taking up employment, renting a flat, or opening a bank account. Just 15% oppose this. Asked about specific situations, 82% think people should have to prove their right to be in the UK before accepting a job, 79% before registering with a GP and 74% before renting a home.
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Immigration – integration
63% of Germans think migrant integration hasn't worked, 73% in Sweden
Westmonster, 27 April 2018

The integration of immigrants has been overwhelmingly unsuccessful in key EU nations, according to a survey by the European Commission.

In Germany, only 31% of people think integration has gone well, 63% think it's unsuccessful.

And in Sweden it's even worse – 24% think it's gone well, a whopping 73% think it's gone badly.

In France, which is currently being led by Mr EU himself, Emmanuel Macron, 64% of people think immigration has been unsuccessful.

And in Italy as well, people don't think integration has been successful, 63% to be exact.

Britain's slightly more on board with the integration of immigrants, but 36% of people still don't think it's worked, which is a significant number.
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Immigration – government target
The net migration target was never likely to have been met
Joseph O'Leary
Full Fact, 20 April 2018

It's correct that governments since 2010 have set a target to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, and this target has never been met. Net migration actually rose to more than three times the target at one point and latest figures for the 12 months to September 2017 estimate it at 244,000. ...

In order to meet the target the government would have had to reduce non-EU immigration heavily, because it can't control the scale of EU (including British) immigration to the UK due to the EU's rules on free movement. It made some early progress towards this in 2012 and 2013, but the numbers have risen back to roughly 2010 levels again.

So even without any EU net migration, the target would only have been met in parts of 2012 and 2013.

The government actually looked unlikely to meet the target as early as 2011, when its own impact assessments of its policies suggested reductions to non-EU immigration wouldn't be enough to meet the target.
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Immigration – politics
Rivers of Blood and the Tides of History
Mark Steyn
Steyn Online, 20 April 2018

Powell's speech on race and the future of Britain was prescient, although not always adequately so. As my old boss Charles Moore wrote last year about Douglas Murray's book on The Strange Death of Europe:



One telling point he makes is how even the most 'bigoted' predictions of demographic change have been exceeded by reality. Suppose, says Murray, that Enoch Powell, in his incendiary 'Rivers of Blood' speech in 1968, had predicted that, in the 2011 census, in 23 of London's 33 boroughs, people describing themselves as 'white British' would have been in a minority. He would have been pilloried for his alarmism. Yet it is so.



My own Enoch out-Powelled example comes from the arresting statistic that 57% of Pakistani Britons in the UK are married to their first cousins - and in the city of Bradford it's 75 per cent. ...

Powell was old-fashioned even then, at least by comparison with the usual modish twerps hailed as the coming men. But perhaps you needed to be "old-fashioned" to discern that the death of a great nation was possible and very quickly.

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Enoch Powell's Immigration Speech, 50 Years Later
Douglas Murray
National Review, 19 April 2018

The fact that the speech, which (although the phrase itself does not occur) became known as the "rivers of blood" speech, remains strangely alive in Britain was demonstrated again last weekend when the BBC chose to broadcast a program to reflect on the half centenary of the speech. The program included critical analysis, contextualization, and reflection. ...

Of course, if anybody had stopped for a moment, they might have realized that the catatonic fury that Powell and his speech still provoke is itself highly suggestive. ...

... Because while some of Powell's claims have been proven wrong and some have proven to be exaggerated, other aspects of what he said are clearly with us still. And not because of his words, but because some of the issues he raised – however well or poorly – remain so pregnant.

As I wrote in my latest book, imagine you had been a speechwriter for Enoch Powell in 1968, or an adviser or friend. And imagine if you had said to him then, "I have an idea, Enoch. Why not use your speech to say that if immigration into the U.K. goes on at these rates, then in 2011 the official census will reveal that people who identify as 'white British' will be a minority in their capital city of London." Had this been said, Powell would most likely have dismissed the person as an inflammatory madman. Yet that was indeed one of the things that the 2011 census showed. And the news came and went as though it was just another detail on just another day.

... It is not due to fear of being tarred a Powellite that consecutive governments failed to deport people who had broken into the country illegally. These and many other factors came about because generations of politicians found it more restful to avoid the subject and leave the consequences for their successors (as Powell predicted they would) rather than tackle an issue that has consistently been shown to be of greatest concern to the British public.

And we are worrying about it still –