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Updated 21 January 2018
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, France
French Leftists Complain Their Children Cannot Succeed in 'Diverse' Paris District Schools
Breitbart, 20 January 2018.
Leftist parents living in the heavily-migrant populated 18th
arrondissement of Paris are finding themselves conflicted, as they want
"diversity" yet complain that the schools in their "diverse" district are
For many years, leftist couples have moved from the
expensive centre of Paris to the heavily-migrant populated district, and
now that they have children they have found the "mixed" schools in the
areas to be substandard.
Indeed, schools in the area have become
known as "ghetto schools" and many French now attempt to move their
children elsewhere, French newspaper Liberation reports.
paper, which conducted an investigation into the issue, claims that leftist
parents do not want to "sacrifice" their child to their beliefs and many
parents are putting the success of their children above their multicultural
Julien Grenet, a teacher at the Paris School of Economics,
said: "You cannot blame them for saying no. What is shocking is that some
parents, very intellectually armed, are blind and deny segregation with
false arguments." ...
Grenet said that the segregation of schools
along cultural and ethnic lines is unlikely to change. "We have reached
such a gap between some schools, it is difficult to go back and reintroduce
the mixture," he said.
Immigration abroad unemployment, Germany
Even refugees with a university degree have an IQ of only 93
Voice of Europe, 20 January 2018.
The EU and mainstream media said Europe's ageing population needed
migrants to rejuvenate its workforce.
If their statement was
correct, then the results of the migrant crisis would've been great:
Hundreds of thousands of migrant should have been gainfully employed by
The reality, however, is totally different. For example in
Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands between 80 and 99 percent of
migrants are unemployed after sometimes more than a year.
A lot of
migrants don't have the skills required to compete in Europe's modern
workforce. But according to Professor Rindermann of the German University
of Chemnitz there is also a problem of intelligence.
Psychology Heiner Rindermann, already caused a minor controversy when he
stated in Oktober 2015 that refugees (migrants) have a lower average
intelligence than Germans and gave evidence for his claim. ...
Rindermann went on to claim that the often cited "language problem"
is only partly to blame for this discrepancy and more important are
weaknesses in basic skills. He adds that the problem is exacerbated by the
"more frequent consanguineous marriages (i.e. first cousin marriages) in
Muslim communities and in Africa with [their] corresponding impairments".
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
Soldiers in Swedish Streets?
Special Ops Magazine, 19 January 2018.
The spread of violent crime and gangland violence in Sweden's
numerous no-go zones has become so dramatic that even Prime Minister Stefan
Löfven, a staunch defender of the so-called "Swedish model," suggested
that using the military to uphold law and order in the Nordic nation's most
troubled areas may be necessary. ...
"This is not my first-hand
action, but we need to see additional authorities collaborating to crack
down on crime," Löfven told the Aftonbladet daily.
Löfven's stance received no support from party colleagues. Justice
Minister Morgan Johansson argued that army support in the fight against
gangland crime was not relevant, maintaining that the police's forces were
Jerzy Sarnecki, a professor of criminology and the
country's leading expert on crime, argued that the deployment of military
personnel into Swedish suburbs could mean a form of civil war no less. ...
The initiative, however, was welcomed by Czech-Swedish writer and
debater Katarina Janouch, who made national headlines last year after
speaking about the rampant crime in Swedish ghettos on Czech TV. ...
Following the public outcry, however, Löfven backtracked and
clarified in a Facebook post that the armed forces should not take over the
police's duties, but rather opt for an enhanced cooperation between the
Macron warns Britain it will lose trade access after Brexit unless it allows free immigration
Business Insider, 20 January 2018.
Britain will see its trade with Europe restricted after Brexit
unless it agrees to continued payments into EU budgets and open migration
from the continent, President Macron has warned.
President said that while it was possible for the British government to
negotiate a bespoke deal, which allowed full access to European markets,
such a deal would be dependent on maintaining all current EU rules.
Police so swamped with Romanian trafficked prostitutes they close 'one brothel a week'
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.
Immigration abroad wages, Germany
German wage STAGNATION: EU immigration to blame for low level, top banker claims
Daily Express, 20 January 2018.
Germany's top banker has blamed immigration from the European Union
for wage stagnation, suggesting the national economy would otherwise be
German unemployment levels are at their lowest since
reunification, leading to skills shortages that would ordinarily push wages
up in many industries.
However, wages are barely rising above
long-term averages, in part due to wage pressure from immigration, the head
of the Bundesbank has said.
The president of Germany's central
bank, Jens Weidmann, has pointed to the institution's research suggesting
that "migration from other EU member states partially accounts for dampened
wages pressures in Germany".
Immigration UK, France
Migrants in Calais will be fast-tracked to the UK after PM bows to the French: Visa applications will now take just one month after May and Macron agree 'Sandhurst Treaty' shake
Daily Mail, 19 January 2018.
Migrants at Calais will be fast-tracked into Britain under new
plans agreed by Theresa May as she bowed to further pressure from the
Adult migrants seeking to come to the UK via Calais will
have their applications processed within one month, rather than have to
wait for six months.
Children will see their waiting time slashed
from six months to just 25 days, it was announced yesterday. ...
Downing Street source insisted the plans would reduce the 'pull factor' and
by speeding up the process, cases would be thrown out quicker. ...
France also wants Britain to take in more migrants from Calais,
especially unaccompanied children.
Border controls cost
Calais migrant crisis has already cost UK taxpayers over £360m
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.
Steven Woolfe said: "This is an absolute disgrace. The UK has gifted
£360 million but this is just the tip of the iceberg.
real cost of the UK's contribution to protect the EU's borders is much
"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".
Problem of over population
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
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.
Immigration EU migrants, Brexit
'EU demand is ABSURD' May urged to stand strong over unlimited free movement post-Brexit
Daily Express, 18 January 2018.
Up to a million more EU citizens could get the right to settle in
Britain if Theresa May gives in to the EU's latest negotiation demands, a
report warned last night.
Research from the population pressure
group Migration Watch estimated that accepting a Brussels demand for
unlimited free movement to continue for a transitional period of up two
year after Brexit could lead to a significant increase in the numbers
allowed to come into the country before new border controls are imposed.
A draft document leaked from Brussels earlier this week showed that
EU negotiators will make the demand in the next phase of talks about the
UK's departure from the bloc.
They want EU citizens to continue to
be able to claims full permanent residency rights in Britain throughout the
The status would give European migrants the
right to be joined by direct family members, including elderly dependent
relatives, future children and partners who were not EU citizens. ...
Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "This
EU demand is absolutely absurd.
"We will have left the EU - that
must mean that EU citizens who arrive after our departure should no longer
enjoy treaty rights that derive from our membership." ...
past, some of the applicants have been temporary migrants who stayed for
less than a year but a larger proportion of them might well stay on if the
prize was a right to permanent settlement in the UK.
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
Immigration abroad public opinion, Belgium
Migrant Crisis: 77 Per Cent of Belgians 'No Longer Feel at Home'
Breitbart, 18 January 2018.
The massive rise in the proportion of Muslim migrants in the
country has resulted in two-thirds of Belgians feeling their nation is
being "increasingly invaded", according to a new study.
sentiment was especially marked among respondents to the detailed survey
aged 65 and over, 84 per cent of whom likened the influx of migrants and
refugees to an invasion.
Overall, two-thirds of the 4,734 people
polled believe there are "too many immigrants in Belgium", while 77 per
cent agreed with the statement, "Today we no longer feel at home as we did
before [mass migration]".
Entitled Black Yellow Blues 2017,
the research was an initiative of public broadcaster RTBF and liberal
newspaper Le Soir, carried out by sociology research institute
Survey and Action and the globalist 'This is Not a Crisis' foundation.
Reporting on the study, which looked at the attitudes of
French-speaking Belgians and how they have changed since a similar survey
was taken in 1997, RTBF laments that it depicts a population which is
growing "increasingly xenophobic".
"The results raise many
questions, but they revealed a society that is filled with fear and the
rejection of otherness," writes the taxpayer-funded broadcaster.
Produced by This is Not a Crisis, an organisation which seeks to
tackle populism at a time it says societies in the West must undergo
"permanent transformations", the report claims researchers "observed the
development of a true anti-Muslim paranoia [among Belgians], which has
taken on a pathological dimension".
According to 74 per cent of
people surveyed, Islam is "not a tolerant religion", while 60 per cent said
the presence of so many Muslims in their nation presents a threat to its
identity. Just 12 per cent said they believe the religion is "a source of
enrichment" for Belgium. ...
"Seven out of 10 Belgians think that
immigrants want to impose their way of life," the article notes
disapprovingly, nowhere mentioning any of the attitudes disclosed by the
400 Muslims surveyed in the study.
These included 33 per cent of
Muslim respondents revealing they "don't like Western culture", 29 per cent
asserting they believe the laws of Islam to be superior to Belgian law, and
34 per cent admitting they "would definitely prefer a political system
inspired by the Quran".
Immigration abroad crime, Italy
Italy breaks up Chinese crime ring involved in drugs, prostitution
Business Insider / Reuters, 18 January 2018.
Italy ordered the arrest of 33 people on Thursday on suspicion of
running a Chinese mafia group involved in gambling, prostitution, and drugs
and which dominated the transport of Chinese goods across Europe.
The group's base was in Prato, near Florence, a hub for the textile
industry where many factories are owned and run by Chinese, police said in
But the network had members in other parts of Italy
and across Europe, with arrests sought in Rome, Milan, Padua, Paris, Madrid
and Neuss, Germany, the statement said. ...
Italy has a long
history of home-grown organized crime, including the Sicilian Mafia and the
Calabrian 'Ndrangheta, but immigration to Europe has opened the way for
foreign crime groups to take root, including the Nigerian and Chinese
Immigration abroad party politics, USA
Hostility to immigration used to be found in both parties
The Economist, 18 January 2018.
In both parties, fundamental forces have shaped this political
change. Only a decade ago, Republican leaders such as George W. Bush
enthused about immigration. Yet they were out of touch with the nativism of
many Republican voters. That sentiment, which Mr Trump divined and has
exacerbated, has now infected the party to such a degree that hostility to
immigration is the surest indicator of Republican support. The arrival of
many Hispanics in Republican states which had previously seen little recent
immigration, such as Alabama and Arkansas, is one reason for this. Another
is the electoral migration of working-class whites from the Democrats
bringing with them the left's traditional fear for the effect of
immigration on native workers' wages. In addition, Republicans' fears are
driven, opinion polling and Mr Trump's rhetoric suggests, by ethnocultural
anxiety which, in a country turning rapidly browner, cannot easily be
Meanwhile, the Democrats, who until a decade or so ago
were similarly divided on immigration, are now all for it. In 2006, 40% of
Democrats were in favour of a border wall; now less than 10% are. This is
in part because the party has to some degree replaced its lost whites with
Hispanic voters. It also represents a more profound cultural shift, driven
by a cosmopolitan relish for diversity and zeitgeisty aversion to
chauvinism, such that even white Democrats now feel markedly less chary
towards immigration than they did. To be pro-immigrant is becoming even
more inherently Democratic than to be agin immigration is Republican.
Immigration economy, wages
Drop in foreign workers may drive up wages but dampen productivity, says BoE's Saunders
Daily Telegraph, 18 January 2018.
Record low unemployment may start to drive wage growth as companies
are increasingly becoming less able to hire foreign workers amid Brexit,
according to the Bank of England.
In a speech on Wednesday, Michael
Saunders, a member of the Bank's Monetary Policy Committee, said that a
fall in immigration levels seen since the vote to leave the EU and the
resultant fall in the value of sterling, may soon lead companies to raise
Mr Saunders, a former economist at Citibank, said
that easy access to foreign labour may have, until recently, limited "the
extent to which pay growth responds to low UK unemployment".
remarks come as wage growth has failed to keep pace with inflation, putting
pressure on households incomes.
Immigration abroad crime, Melbourne, Australia
'African gangs' debate polarises Australia
BBC, 18 January 2018.
Melbourne is a place of stunning architecture, celebrated laneways
and tree-lined boulevards, of major cultural and sporting events. ...
For many months, and particularly in recent weeks, this reputedly
serene city has witnessed sporadic eruptions of so-called gang violence
involving youths. Many of those involved have been Australians of African
Last October, a parliamentary inquiry on migrant
settlement heard from Victoria's Crime Statistics Agency (VCSA) that around
1.4% of criminal offenders in the state were Sudanese-born, though Sudanese
and South Sudanese communities comprised just 0.14% of the state's
On charges of riot and affray, people born in
Sudan comprised 6% of offenders. ...
Mr Monoah, a member of
Victorian Police's new taskforce, said the issue had to be addressed in a
responsible way, "without obviously mixing them with politics or without
mixing them with any other messaging".
Fellow community leader
Richard Deng also criticised politicians for using the term "African
gangs", saying: "The majority of these kids are born here, they're bloody
Australian. Let's call them that way."
Immigration abroad politics, Italy
Immigration thrust to fore of Italy's election campaign as politician says 'white race' could face extinction
Daily Telegraph, 17 January 2018.
Immigration has been thrust to the fore of Italy's election
campaign after a politician from a right-wing party warned that "the white
race" was in danger of dying out. ...
Attilio Fontana, a prominent
politician from the Right-wing Northern League, said the "white race" in
Italy could face extinction unless the number of migrants entering the
country was drastically reduced.
"We have to decide if our
ethnicity, if our white race, if our society continues to exist or if it
will be canceled out," said Mr Fontana, who is the League's candidate to
become the next governor of Lombardy, the wealthy northern region that
An unwillingness to take in "all" migrants was not
"a question of being xenophobic or racist, but a question of being logical
or rational," he said.
His remarks were condemned by the
centre-Left, but he received the endorsement of Matteo Salvini, the leader
of the National League, who said that Islam and the migrant "invasion"
posed a grave threat to Italian society.
"We are under attack. Our
culture, society, traditions and way of life are at risk," Mr Salvini said.
"The colour of one's skin has nothing to do with it, but the risk is very
real. Centuries of history risk disappearing if Islamisation, which up
until now has been underestimated, gains the upper hand." ...
Matteo Renzi, former premier and the head of the ruling Democratic
Party, accused the Northern League of pandering to racism and whipping up
fear of migrants.
"We look to the future, not to fear," he said.
Paolo Gentiloni, the prime minister, who is also from the
Democratic Party, said that opposition parties who said they would stop the
influx of migrants entirely were giving false promises.
is how to manage flows, because our country will need these people," he
said last week.
Multiculturalism liberalism, nationalism
Why liberal societies need moderate nationalism
Washington Post, 17 January 2018.
The return of the discussion of tribes is a metaphorical
recognition of the shallowness of much of modern liberalism, with its
awkwardness about the human need for recognition, belonging and group
attachment, along with its implicit claim that society is just a random
collection of individuals. ...
Value tribes are an unavoidable but
often fragmenting reality of the modern world. A gulf has opened between
the two big, loose value tribes that dominate western liberal societies.
"Anywhere" people, about 25 percent of the population, tend to
be educated and mobile; they value openness, autonomy and individual
self-realization. They tend to have careers rather than jobs and "achieved
identities" based on academic and professional success.
"Somewheres," about half of the population, are by contrast more
rooted and less well-educated; they tend to value security, familiarity and
group attachments (national or local) that Anywheres often don't feel or
respect. Somewheres generally have "ascribed identities" their sense
of themselves is more likely to come from the place they come from and the
local ways of life they are attached to, which means that they are more
likely to be discomforted by rapid social change.
... In real life,
the story is less binary than it sounds, and there is a big group of about
25 percent of the population who share almost equally the two loose
It is also important to remember that both of these
worldviews are, at least in mainstream form, perfectly decent and
... most forms of group attachment are compatible
with the main liberal values of individual rights and human moral equality.
To put it another way: the human desire to belong does not require
hostility to outsiders. ...
Neither militant liberals, who fear the
masses are always teetering on the edge of new forms of authoritarianism,
nor militant populists, who are hostile to diversity, find it easy to
accept that many people live according to different norms. And, of course,
it is possible to have too much fragmentation, which is why moderate
nationalism remains such an important glue for liberal societies,
reinforcing shared norms and social solidarity.
Immigration abroad politics, France
The Jungle camp is a squalid monument to France's cowardice and Europe's failed border policy
Daily Mail, 17 January 2018.
The Jungle camp at Calais is a squalid monument to Europe's failed
border policies. ...
There was a much-trumpeted clearout in 2016,
but, all too predictably, many are back, in swelling numbers. ...
In the absence of anything like a sufficiently resolute approach,
French politicians have resorted to their traditional strategy of heaping
the blame on Britain. ...
But the French government's demands are
not only profoundly unjust, they are also unworkable. Britain has poured a
fortune into beefing up security at Calais more than £120
million in the past three years.
Moreover, any transfer of the
border to southern England would do nothing to stop the migrant problem at
The truth is that the Calais nightmare has been
allowed to fester because of France's political cowardice. ...
Calais farce is a metaphor for a wider lack of political will to defend
Europe's borders or the traditional concept of nationhood. The result is
that ordinary people throughout Europe are becoming deeply worried about
migration's effect on their culture, heritage and nationhood. ...
The migration-fixated, diversity-obsessed cadre of the EU,
epitomised by Macron, have no answers to the problem of migrants.
Politics Brexit, EU
EU plots to delay border crackdown AFTER Brexit: Bloc to ignore Theresa May's wish for control of borders and insist the UK remain open for two years after the
Daily Mail, 16 January 2018.
EU migrants would be handed the right to travel to the UK until the
end of 2020 and then stay on indefinitely, under Brussels demands for a
Brexit transition period.
The bloc will ignore the Prime Minister's
wish to 'take back control' of Britain's borders and instead say that the
UK should remain open for two years after the split.
seek to block the UK from creating its own post-Brexit immigration system
and delay a previously agreed 'cut-off' point for new arrivals. ...
Theresa May has previously acknowledged that a two-year transition
period is necessary to avoid a cliff edge Brexit and to provide certainty
to the business community. ...
Under the landmark first-phase deal
agreed between the UK and the EU last year, Britain set out plans to start
implementing a 'citizens rights' regime on Brexit day in March 2019.
This will involve many of the 3.2 million EU citizens living in the
UK being able to apply for 'settled status', while tough border laws would
also be applied to new arrivals.
But in draft negotiating
'directives' setting out the EU's demands for the transition period, seen
by the Financial Times, Brussels will instead seek to delay the landmark
change in UK immigration.
The EU will insist that the previously
agreed 'cut off' - the point when new EU arrivals to the UK are guaranteed
citizenship rights - does not take effect until the end of the transition.
'In particular, the provisions of the citizens' rights part of
the withdrawal agreement should apply as from the end of the transition
period,' the paper is reported to say.
Asylum France, UK
Emmanuel Macron's migrant demands to UK are indefensible
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.
what makes Emmanuel Macron or anyone else think that the problem will go
away if Britain gave in and agreed to accept migrants?
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
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. ...
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. ...
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.
Missing: A beefed-up plan for Africa's population explosion
Friends of Europe, 16 January 2018.
Lack of media attention doesn't diminish the importance of planning
to cope with the population explosion under way in Africa. Over the next 25
years, the number of Africans will double to some two and half billion
people, far more than Africa's backward farms can feed or its struggling
European governments seem lulled into a sense of
security by a fall-off in migrants. ...
No one can tell how many
Africans may try to make the perilous journey to Europe in the years ahead.
The demographics suggest they will be in their millions, and perhaps their
tens of millions. A report to the World Economic Forum, organisers of the
annual Davos event, has warned that by 2050 there will be 800 million new
working age people in sub-Saharan Africa. ...
... An enormous
effort is needed to stabilise and perhaps reverse Africa's ebbing economic
and social fortunes.
At the same time, Europe's steadily ageing
workforce is going to require more African manpower to cover snowballing
pension costs. The elements are present for a mutually beneficial Grand
Strategy, so where is the EU's imaginative leadership with the political
courage to tell Europeans and Africans they cannot do without each another?
Immigration abroad asylum, Germany
German asylum numbers fall, but still too high, minister says
Reuters, 16 January 2018.
The number of new arrivals in Germany seeking asylum fell 33
percent on the year to 186,000 in 2017, data from the Federal Interior
Ministry showed, down from 280,000 the previous year and 890,000 in 2015,
when unprecedented flows overwhelmed Europe's border controls.
Immigration is one of the most sensitive topics in the talks
between Chancellor Angela Merkel conservatives and the Social Democrats
(SPD) on renewing the 'grand coalition' that governed Germany from 2013 to
In a deal signed on Friday, the two camps agreed a soft
target of 180,000 to 220,000 immigrants a year, to be achieved not via a
formal cap but by interventions to manage flows. ...
presenting the new figures on Tuesday, interior minister Thomas de Maiziere
said the number of asylum seekers was still too high, adding that Germany
still had much work to do to integrate new arrivals into society and
address higher levels of criminality among asylum seekers.
it is still the case that those who decide whether someone will come to
Europe or to Germany are criminal people smugglers. This is the most
inhuman selection committee," de Maiziere said on Tuesday. ...
De Maiziere, a conservative, said that while family reunification could
help refugees integrate, it could also encourage more people to send their
children on the hazardous journey to Germany.
Immigration abroad extremism, prisons, Framce
'We risk our lives for 1.5k a month': French prisons on edge over radicalised inmates
The Local [France], 16 January 2018.
Assaults by inmates linked to Islamic extremism prompted a second
day of strikes by prison guards across France on Tuesday, casting a
spotlight on the challenges of handling radicalised prisoners.
attacks come as French officials test a range of preventive measures after
a string of jihadist attacks over the past two years that have left more
than 240 people dead.
Some of those responsible were involved in
Islamist networks in jail. ...
"The thing that keeps coming up is,
'We're putting our lives on the line for 1,500 euros a month'," said
Martial Delabroye, a Force Ouvriere union official at the Reau prison near
France's prisons house about 500 people charged with
terrorism activities, and about 1,200 inmates are identified as having
Immigration concerns, Brexit
Numbers alone don't explain the British obsession with immigration
New Statesman, 16 January 2018.
[Seamus Nevin is head of policy research at the Institute of Directors]
In the build up to the EU referendum, as questions about
immigration took over the airwaves and newspapers, I asked the Labour MP
Margaret Hodge what she had done to tackle anti-immigrant sentiment that
had engulfed her constituency just a decade previously. ...
have the concerns she faced in her constituency become so prominent across
Britain today? ...
As Hodge's experience shows, for most Britons,
the concern is not with immigration in itself, but with successive
governments' failure to adequately prepare public services for the effects
this may have. ...
Poor planning by successive governments can
also, ironically, translate into higher immigration. Cuts to domestic
training budgets, for example, mean we need more workers to come from
The best way to reduce British businesses' need to
recruit staff from overseas is to increase the supply of British workers
willing and able to do the jobs those employers are creating. ...
More stringent visa rules and a wider number of nationalities that
are subject to them will automatically increase resource requirements. Yet,
despite being just 14 short months away from leaving the European Union,
the signs are that government has still not put in place measures to build
the infrastructure or recruit the estimated 7,400 staff we will need to
manage immigration and customs at our ports and borders.
monitoring of inflows and outflows is also needed, and will be crucial to
ensuring government policy remains timely and responsive to future
... The government may have begun planning to
leave the EU, but it has yet to start seriously planning for what comes
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
Daily Mail, 15
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.
Politics MPs' committee
MPs call for immigration target to be scrapped
Financial Times, 15 January 2018.
Britain should scrap its immigration target and instead draw up a
three-year plan setting out the country's needs and goals, MPs have said,
in an effort to influence post-Brexit immigration policy.
a report as the government prepares to set out its own views in a white
paper, the House of Commons home affairs committee also said that, "at a
minimum", students should be taken out of the target.
also suggested that the independent Migration Advisory Committee be
appointed to oversee the government's immigration plans and to set out the
three-year plan and report on progress. ...
Yvette Cooper, the
Labour MP who chairs the committee, said the government had a
responsibility to build "consensus and confidence" on immigration, rather
than allowing the issue to be a "divisive debate".
migration target isn't working to build confidence and it treats all
migration as the same," Ms Cooper said. ...
The recommended new
migration system should be accompanied by efforts to train British workers
to fill the gaps that are leading employers to look overseas, the MPs said.
Fraud and corruption health tourism
NHS stung for £200m in health tourism scam using European insurance cards
The Sun, 15 January 2018.
A huge health tourism scam is costing the NHS £20 million a
Millions have taken advantage of a loophole to claim free
healthcare across Europe with Britain picking up the bill.
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.
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.
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."
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."
Albanian thief kicked out of UK after string of burglaries sneaks back in only to be caught wearing designer watch he'd stolen in raid that morning
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018.
An Albanian criminal deported for carrying out a string of
burglaries has been jailed after sneaking back into Britain and being
caught wearing a designer watch he had just stolen.
23, was originally jailed for nine months in 2016 and then deported for
attempting to break into a property ...
Experts said the case made
a mockery of Britain's border controls. David Green, of think-tank Civitas,
said: 'This shows there is something going wrong with the immigration
system if someone who has been deported can just come straight back into
'The curious thing is, how did he get back in? There
is supposed to be a database on deported offenders but they clearly don't
use it properly.'
Home Office worker 'was lynchpin of plot to let illegal migrants stay': Employee is accused of falsifying records that could have seen hundreds benefit
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.
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,
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.
Immigration abroad Melilla, Spain
Police attacked as 200 migrants storm Spanish border to claim EU asylum
Daily Express, 15 January 2018.
More than 200 African migrants stormed the Spanish border in a bid
to claim asylum, regional officials have said.
breached the gates leading into Melilla, a Spanish enclave on the border of
Northern Morocco. ...
The 209 migrants who managed to make it
across the barrier have since been taken to a migrant detention centre.
Politics MPs' committee
Government stands by immigration targets despite calls for revision
Daily Express, 15 January 2018.
The Government yesterday stood by its immigration reduction target
as a "direction of travel", as senior MPs called for it to be dropped
because repeated failure to meet it just damaged public faith in the
... publication overnight of a report by the House of
Commons' Home Affairs Committee calling for an overhaul of immigration
policy to find "consensus" on the way forward.
The MPs called for
the "tens-of-thousands" target to be replaced with an "evidence-based",
annually reviewed system.
The rules should also reflect the
public's belief that migration for study, work, family reunion and asylum
should be treated differently and as a "minimum", foreign students should
be removed from the target.
The committee said the last Labour
government's underestimate of likely immigration from new Eastern European
EU countries, and the Tories' tens-of-thousands target which had never been
met had both undermined public trust. ...
Alp Mehmet, vice
chairman of Migration Watch UK, said:"This is a superficial report. "It is
critical of government failures but tacitly accepts the current level of
immigration, with policy recommendations that would see mass immigration
continue indefinitely, contrary to very strong public opinion.
call for students to be removed from the net migration target is undermined
by recognition of the additional pressure that the arrival of international
students can place on local resources and overlooking that numbers of
students do stay on after completing their studies - very good reasons for
keeping arrangements as they are."
Racism free speech, police
Police Hunt Down Facebook Users Who Made 'Offensive' Comments About Muslim Grooming Gangs Online
Breitbart, 13 January 2018.
Northumbria Police have warned that "offensive" comments on the
Internet will not be tolerated, tracking down users who made "potentially
criminal" posts on social media about grooming gangs.
launched an investigation into comments left on its Facebook page in
response to articles about the Operation Shelter scandal, in which young
white British girls in were groomed, sexually abused and trafficked by
mostly Muslim men of South Asian descent in Newcastle.
made a review of every comment on the page after a member of the public
complained that a number of posts referred to the race and religion of the
18 people convicted following the operation.
Immigration abroad walls, USA
This town is proof that Trump's wall can work
New York Post, 13 January 2018.
When charges of "racism" and "xenophobia" fail, Democrats' fallback
argument against President Trump's proposed border wall is that it simply
"won't work," so why waste billions building it? Tell that to the residents
of El Paso, Texas. ...
In fact, the number of deportable illegal
immigrants located by the US Border Patrol plummeted by more than 89
percent over the five-year period during which the controversial new fence
was built, according to Homeland Security data reviewed by me. When the
project first started in 2006, illegal crossings totaled 122,261, but by
2010, when the 131-mile fence was completed from one end of El Paso out
into the New Mexico desert, immigrant crossings shrank to just 12,251.
They hit a low of 9,678 in 2012, before slowly ticking back up to a
total of 25,193 last year. But they're still well below pre-fence levels,
and the Border Patrol credits the fortified barrier dividing El Paso from
Mexico for the reduction in illegal flows.
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.
Illegal immigration bank accounts
Theresa May could REMOVE 6,000 illegal migrants who 'break the rules' using bank checks
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.
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
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.
Immigration abroad multiculturalism, police, Germany
Germany: Berlin's Police Problem
Gatestone Institute, 12 January 2018.
Berlin's local government has come under fire after reports of
frequent, habitual and sometimes criminal misconduct by Berlin's police
cadets. According to the reports, such misconduct, especially by those with
a migrant background, is rampant in the Berlin-Spandau police academy. ...
At the same time, it emerged that Berlin's police commanders and
the Senate had been aware of problems with cadets "of migrant background"
long before this exposé.
The newspaper Die Welt
quoted from the leaked minutes of a high-level police meeting, according to
which the staff of the police academy complained about problems that
"developed in the course of hiring officers with a migrant background
(currently 30%)." ...
He also spoke of conflicts between different
ethnic groups within the police. "It is only a question of time until
someone fires the first shot at a colleague," he said.
LKA official warned about the danger of criminal clans infiltrating the
police and administration: "This has already begun".
Immigration debate, Enoch Powell
Newspaper to stage debate marking 50 years since 'Rivers of Blood' speech
HoldTheFrontPage, 11 January 2018.
A regional daily is set to hold a debate on the legacy of Enoch
Powell to mark the 50th anniversary of the controversial politician's
'Rivers of Blood' speech.
The Express & Star, Wolverhampton,
will host the event later this month, with former Birmingham Post editor
Nigel Hastilow among the panelists.
Nigel was selected as a
Conservative parliamentary candidate in 2007, but resigned his candidacy
following criticism of a column he wrote for the Express & Star in
which he suggested Mr Powell had been correct to warn that uncontrolled
immigration "would change our country irrevocably."
Nigel wrote at
the time: "He was right. It has changed dramatically." ...
the panel will be UKIP MEP Bill Etheridge, Labour MP Eleanor Smith, who
holds Mr Powell's former Wolverhampton South West constituency, historian
Dr Shirin Hirsch, political commentator Nick Jones and Wolverhampton-born
political activist Patrick Vernon. ...
Readers are being asked to
submit their questions for the discussion, which will be held during the
second annual Wolverhampton Literature Festival on 27 January.
Immigration abroad politics, Germany
Lead Europe? Berlin can't even lead Germany
politics.eu, 11 January 2018.
It was only recently that Germany seemed like a rock of stability
in an otherwise unpredictable world, a country to which other EU members
turned desperately for leadership and direction.
couldn't be more different. /.../ Never mind trying to lead Europe. It's
not clear that Berlin can even lead Germany. ...
only thing on which the winners and losers of the September 2017 election
can truly agree is that "business as usual" can't go on. ...
outcome of the elections was strongly influenced by the twin issues of
refugees and migration. As is increasingly becoming apparent, the "welcome
culture" of mid-2015 has been replaced with debates about limiting the
number of arriving refugees, curtailing family reunification and expediting
deportations, as well as linking crime statistics to refugees and migrants.
... And indeed, Germany's judicial system, municipal
administrations and regional authorities are at breaking point. They do not
have the capacity to handle the sheer volume of asylum seekers.
Population British Army
Did British Army chief admit native Brits are being replaced?
Shy Society, 11 January 2018.
The British Army heroic, a source of national pride, our
last line of defence and traditionally the last organisation you would
associate with political correctness.
And yet, didn't the head of
the British Army Sir Nick Carter just effectively admit, though not in so
many words, that white native Britons are being gradually replaced? And, by
implication, that British society is being Islamised? ...
Nick, Chief of the General Staff, was speaking on BBC Radio 4 yesterday
(Wednesday) about the Army's controversial new recruitment campaign.
He said: "What this campaign is about, frankly, is a recognition
that we don't have a fully manned Army at the moment, that the demography
of our country has changed, and that we need to reach out to a broader
community in order to man that Army with the right talent.
traditional cohort would have been white, male, Caucasian 16 to
25-year-olds and there are not as many of those around as there once were,
and our society is changing and I think it's entirely appropriate for us
therefore to try and reach out to a much broader base to get the talent we
need in order to stay in that combat effectiveness." ...
is entirely correct of course in stating that "our society is changing" and
it is no coincidence either that Islam is the religion depicted in the
promotional video and not Christianity, Judaism, or Hinduism.
According to the 2011 census, the White ethnic group fell to 86 per
cent in Britain (down 8.1 per cent since 1991) whereas those listed as
Muslim almost tripled over the same period.
Immigration abroad free speech, Germany
Germany is silencing "hate speech", but cannot define it
The Economist, 11 January 2018.
Germany's memories of the Gestapo and the Stasi undergird its
commitment to free speech. "There shall be no censorship," decrees the
constitution. Even marches by Pegida, an Islamophobic and anti-immigrant
movement founded in 2014, receive police protection. But the country of
Kristallnacht and the Holocaust also takes a punitive attitude to what it
deems "hate speech". ...
Reconciling these two convictions
for free speech and against hate speech is becoming harder,
particularly since Angela Merkel's refugee gambit in 2015. Opening
Germany's borders to some 1.2m mostly Muslim migrants has fuelled the rise
of nativist outfits like the AfD and Pegida. Racist propaganda and
sensationalist reports (some, though not all, fake) of criminal and rapist
immigrants have rippled across social media. In 2016, for example, the
number of criminal investigations into online hate speech in Berlin rose by
50%. A number of the newcomers from the Middle East and Africa are
anti-Semitic. Confronting such ills without encroaching too much on freedom
of expression is tricky.
The most prominent example of the
balancing act is the new Net Enforcement Law (NetzDG) /.../ It sets out 20
things defining a comment as "clearly illegal", such as incitement to
hatred or showing the swastika. Once posts are flagged by users, a
social-media firm has 24 hours extended to a week in complex cases
to check and remove those that contravene the rules, or face a
50m ($60m) fine. ...
Overwhelmed by the volume and wary of
incurring such huge fines, social-media firms are erring on the side of
Criticism is mounting. The AfD has been joined by
the liberal Free Democrats, the Greens and the socialist Left party in
calling for its repeal. The Federal Association of German Newspaper
Publishers is also opposed. ...
All of which points to a broader
truth: regulating speech was easier in the past, when Germany was a more
settled, homogeneous and conformist place. The wave of new arrivals since
2015 has accelerated its long-term evolution into a more plural, fragmented
Immigration abroad crime, Sweden
Sweden: Not Everyone Can Say #MeToo
Nima Gholam Ali Pour
Gatestone Institute, 11 January 2018.
While many Swedes are eager to expose celebrities who have sexually
assaulted or sexually harassed women, Sweden is still a country where
sexual assaults and rapes by newly arrived and illegal migrants is denied
and concealed in the most vicious ways by parts of the official
If you are sexually assaulted by an illegal
migrant in Sweden it is hard to say "Me too": there are many activists and
supporters of migrants who will accuse the victim of lying even when
the victim is only 14-years-old and needs all the support she can get.
That Swedish media conceal sexual assaults by migrants is not
exactly a secret; it has happened quite a few times. ...
narrative of official Sweden declares that all migration enriches Sweden.
Another part of this official narrative is that Sweden is filled
with racists. ...
... Sweden is, after all, a country where rapists
often get away with their crimes. In September 2017, the Swedish media
reported that the police have no time to investigate rape cases because of
the many murders.
Immigration public opinion, Scotland
Majority of Scots want to end freedom of movement post-Brexit
The Scotsman, 10 January 2018.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's demand for a separate Scottish
immigration system has been dealt a blow by a poll showing that most people
in Scotland believe in a common policy across the UK.
the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) report also found a
majority Scots would prefer to see an end to freedom of movement.
The report by Sir John Curtice was conducted for NatCen's What UK
Out of 859 Scots surveyed, 63 per cent thought
that, post-Brexit, the rules on immigration should be the same in Scotland
as in the rest of the UK. ...
A majority appeared to reject freedom
of movement, with 59 per cent of voters in Scotland believing that
potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply to come here.
That was slightly behind the 64 per cent of voters across Britain
who thought potential EU migrants to the UK should have to apply.
But 63 per cent of people in Scotland would accept free movement if
it were the price that had to be paid for free trade, compared with just 53
per cent across Britain as a whole.
The Scottish leg of the survey
was done in parallel with a similar exercise done with 2,168 people across
Illegal immigration Calais, France
'It hasn't stopped!' Lorry drivers are ATTACKED by Calais migrants EVERY DAY, haulage boss
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
Around 700 migrants are living rough again in the area
where the Calais Jungle once stood, charities estimate.
Population pressure urban growth
Driverless cars 'demand overhaul of major cities', says Ford
Daily Telegraph, 10 January 2018.
Ford has called for major cities to be rebuilt to cope with the
rise of driverless cars, taxi apps and booming urban populations, warning
that city centres will grind to a halt otherwise.
Jim Hackett, the
American carmaker's chief executive, warned of "overwhelming pollution and
paralysing congestion" if cities continue to grow as they are today. ...
Urban traffic is expected to triple by 2050, and two thirds of the
world's population will live in cities, compared to 54pc today, according
to the United Nations.
Immigration abroad asylum, France
Emmanuel Macron is tightening immigration rules
The Economist, 10 January 2018.
In 2017 a record 100,000 people asked for asylum in France. /.../ A
surge of applicants, led by Albanians, Afghans, Haitians and Sudanese, is
putting fresh pressure on the processing system and on the unity of
President Emmanuel Macron's governing party.
... Yet in office he
seems to have hardened his line. A new immigration and asylum bill,
designed to tighten the rules, is due to be unveiled next month. ...
Edouard Philippe, France's centre-right prime minister, says that
the bill will help to accelerate asylum procedures, improve conditions in
reception centres and "strengthen the efficiency" of rules on illegals. ...
... If asylum-seekers are to be treated humanely and efficiently,
says the government, it needs to sift out the bogus ones and enforce the
rules. In a new-year message, Mr Macron spoke of France's "moral and
political duty" to act as a land of refuge for those fleeing persecution.
But, he added, "we cannot welcome everybody."
Immigration abroad crime, USA
Non-Citizens Committed a Disproportionate Share of Federal Crimes, 2011-16
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 10 January 2018.
Many immigration advocates argue that immigrants have much lower
crime rates than natives /.../. While there are other issues, the biggest
problem with studying immigrant crime is that states and localities do not
systematically track the country of birth, citizenship, or legal status of
those they arrest, convict, or incarcerate. But the federal government does
track the citizenship of those it convicts. New data from the U.S.
Sentencing Commission shows that of those convicted of federal crimes
between 2011 and 2016, 44.2 percent were not U.S. citizens 21.4
percent, if immigration crimes are excluded. In comparison, non-citizens
are 8.4 percent of the adult population. Of this 8.4 percent, about 4
percent are illegal immigrants and about 4 percent are legal immigrants.
Immigration abroad unemployment benefits, Germany
Tens of Thousands of Migrants in Germany Unable to Read or Write
Breitbart, 10 January 2018.
The German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has
released new figures showing that around 43,000 individuals engaged in
integration courses are unable to read or write at all.
migrants were placed into special courses meant to help them learn how to
both read and write but many have been totally unable to learn how to speak
German in the language component of the courses, Westdeutsche Allgemeine
Zeitung reports. ...
Less than a fifth, or 17 per cent, of the
migrants, engaged in the programme were able to speak German at an
intermediate level which is required for basic labour jobs. ...
vast majority of the migrants who arrived during and since the height of
the migrant crisis in 2015 are unemployed with a report from late 2016
claiming that only three per cent had managed to find work.
result of not being able to find a job, many migrants have ended up on the
German benefits system. Last year the German Federal Agency for Employment
(BA) announced that there were half a million asylum seekers living on
Politics Brexit, EU
Farage says Britain and the EU have NOT discussed immigration in the Brexit talks and says Barnier STILL does not understand why Britain voted to leave the bloc after their private showdown in
MailOnline, 9 January 2018.
Nigel Farage today said Britain and Brussels have still not
discussed immigration in Brexit talks nearly a year after negotiations
The ex Ukip leader said it was 'clear' Michel Barnier
still does not understand that the EU's 'open door' strategy was the main
driver behind the decision to quit the bloc.
Mr Farage tore into
the 'disappointing' state of affairs after he held private talks with the
EU's chief Brexit negotiator in Brussels today.
Speaking after the
hotly-anticipated meeting, Mr Farage said: 'What he really didn't
understand at all is that open door immigration within the European Union
has been an absolute key driver of all of this. He really doesn't see that.
'And to be honest with you the most disappointing thing if
I'm speaking on behalf of 17.4 million people, most of them anyway
is that it's pretty clear that in the talks that have happened so far
immigration frankly hasn't even been discussed.
'We haven't even
begun to talk about how we are going to put some proper controls in place.'
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."
Immigration abroad anti-white racism, USA
Our Kids Are Being Taught They're Flawed if They're White
MomZette, 9 January 2018.
In my new book, "Tyranny of the Minority," I warn that "a Hillary
Clinton victory might have placed us closer to a political inquisition in
which conservatives would be given the chance to confess and recant. In
that scenario, unrepentant conservatives would be deported."
that so far-fetched? I don't think so. Why? Because an inquisition aimed at
white people is already underway. ...
The school in West Bend is
brainwashing adolescent children to confess they are flawed if they happen
to be white and male. If this is not an inquisition what is? ...
"The Left," says author Ben Shapiro, "wants to portray America as
'an incurable mass of bigoted whites.'"
One of the most popular
forms of anti-white discrimination is the "indoctrination" forced by many
colleges on white freshmen. The purpose, says Greer, is to make whites feel
badly about their skin color. Whites should "sit down, shut up, and allow
their moral superiors to berate them." ...
The payoff for the
Left's diversity and multicultural agenda is stoking racial discord.
Minority special-interest groups are using the banners of "equality,"
"diversity," and "social justice" as a power grab. The intention is to
impose their agenda on the white majority. It is a fight for equality only
in the Orwellian sense. /.../ We are observing a grab for power by vocal
minority groups that want to be more equal than others. Look out. If they
succeed, they will institutionalize the inquisition.
Immigration abroad European Union
No, the EU isn't militarizing Africa to halt migration but simply to organize it
GEFIRA, 9 January 2018.
Last summer, when the news that NGOs were shipping migrants to
Italy and cooperating with traffickers surfaced, the newly elected Emmanuel
Macron quickly came up with a solution: hotspots in Africa where people
seeking protection could go to and apply for the status of refugee, and, if
granted such a status, could be moved to Europe in an official way.
The plan has been operational for a few weeks now: the first
batches of positively-verified asylum seekers have been moved to France and
Italy, while European governments are sending their troops to Africa to
help manage the flow. ...
The process is referred to as
"humanitarian corridors" and is lobbied heavily by the open borders
civil society. Asylum seekers whose request is accepted are transferred to
their destination, while those whose request was rejected are moved back to
their home country. ...
The plan resembles the one adopted by
Merkel with the agreement with Erdogan. While the human wave stopped,
hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have been flown to Germany since
then. Liberal leaders are convinced that immigration is not a problem if
managed orderly, and that anxieties of European citizens will go away if
the media covers the topic correctly. ...
Merkel's attempt to
quell dissent by enacting a number of censorship laws on social media has
not worked either. The problem isn't the media, nor the allegedly
unjustified criticism by Europeans; the problem is her policy.
Immigration abroad EU, Czech Republic
Czech president BLASTS EU migrant policy & warns 10 million refugees could come to Europe
Daily Express, 8 January 2018.
More than 10 million refugees could come to Europe from Africa if
the European Union fails to change its migrant policy, Czech President
Milos Zeman has warned. ...
He also claimed an influx of refugees
from Muslim countries posed a threat to European culture.
said: "If the European Union does not reach the courage to strengthen its
external borders, for which it constantly chatters but does nothing, we
will have 10 million refugees from Africa in the course of several years.
"The culture of these refugees is not compatible with European
culture, which is what immigrants themselves understand."
president is a longstanding opponent of accepting refugees and said the EU
should provide financial aid to the countries from which the refugees
Immigration abroad European Union
Mass Migration: The European Commission's New "Norm"
Gatestone Institute, 8 January 2018.
Dimitris Avramopoulos, the European Commissioner for Migration,
Home Affairs and Citizenship, recently published a startling opinion,
advocating for more immigration as an inescapable reality to which European
citizens should just adapt without any further discussion. ...
is very clear, from survey after survey, Eurobarometer after Eurobarometer,
election after election, that a huge majority of European citizens are not
only worried about immigration but want if not to stop it to
reduce it drastically, and regain the lost control over borders and over
who is allowed to get inside Europe and who is not. ...
normal democratic process, every country should, ideally, be able to
decide, through national parliaments, its migration policies. At a European
level, the willingness of the majority of citizens should be taken into
account. But Avramopoulos could not care less. According to this unelected
Greek Commissioner, this is because "at the end of the day, we all need to
be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm". ...
... In his book Exodus: How Migration is Changing Our World,
Oxford Professor Paul Collier explains that he has reviewed all the major
scientific articles supporting the claims that migrants will be able to pay
for the social benefits of aging Europeans, only to conclude that he was
absolutely not convinced at all. First of all, many of the migrants are not
qualified; and second, they receive social benefits, so there is little or
no incentive for them to work. ...
But what about the almost four
million young unemployed citizens already inside the European Union? The
unemployment rate for them has actually been between 15-20% in recent
Alain Destexhe is a Senator in Belgium, Former Secretary
General of Médecins Sans Frontières and Former President of
the International Crisis Group.
Immigration abroad asylum, France
France registers record asylum requests in 2017
Reuters, 8 January 2018.
France registered a record number of asylum requests in 2017, when
Albanians topped the list despite far slimmer prospects of obtaining
refugee status than people from war-torn places such as Syria or
... Official asylum requests rose 17 percent to exceed
100,000, the highest "in at least four decades", according to Pascal Brice,
head of France's refugee office (Ofpra). ...
Asylum requests from
Albanians rose 66 percent from 2016 but the acceptance rate was low, at
just 6.5 percent, Ofpra figures showed.
By comparison, the
acceptance rate was 95 percent for Syrians, 85 percent for Afghans and 59
percent in the case of people from Sudan, Ofpra said. ...
French number precisely 100,412 asylum requests in 2017 - compares
to 140,000 asylum requests recorded in the first nine months of 2017 in
neighbouring Germany, where limits on the inflow are one key issue in talks
where Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to forge a governing coalition.
Benefits and costs health tourism
Health tourist racks up Britain's biggest ever unpaid NHS bill after saddling hospital with £530,000 debt
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.
latest incident means the Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS
Foundation Trust was left with a debt of £532,498.
Information laws has revealed that the figure is £30,000 more than the
previous highest health tourist debt.
Immigration abroad politics, votes, USA
LEAKED MEMO: DREAMers Are 'Critical' To Dems 'Future Electoral Success'
Daily Caller, 8 January 2018.
The Center For American Progress (CAP) Action Fund circulated a
memo on Monday calling illegal immigrants brought here at a young age
so-called "Dreamers" a "critical component of the Democratic
Party's future electoral success."
The memo, co-authored by former
Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri, was sent around to
allies calling on Democrats to "refuse to offer any votes for Republican
spending bills that do not offer a fix for Dreamers and instead appropriate
funds to deport them." ...
CAP Action's memo says protecting DACA
is not only a "moral imperative" for Democrats, it also key to getting
"The fight to protect Dreamers is not only a moral
imperative, it is also a critical component of the Democratic Party's
future electoral success," reads Palmieri's memo, obtained by The Daily
Caller News Foundation.
"If Democrats don't try to do everything in
their power to defend Dreamers, that will jeopardize Democrats' electoral
chances in 2018 and beyond," reads the memo.
Immigration abroad marriage ban, Bangladesh
Bangladesh court upholds Myanmar Rohingya marriage ban
BBC, 8 January 2018.
A court in Bangladesh has upheld a law which bans Rohingya Muslims
from getting married in the country.
The 2014 law forbids
registrars from officiating at unions with Bangladeshi nationals and
between Rohingya couples, after the government said it was being abused to
More than half a million Rohingya fled to
Bangladesh from Myanmar in 2017. ...
Explaining the law in 2014,
government officials said they believed wedding certificates were being
used to try and claim legal documents including Bangladeshi passports.
Under it anyone found to have married a Rohingya can be sentenced
to seven years in prison.
Immigration abroad Hungary
Hungary's Orban tells Germany: 'You wanted the migrants, we didn't'
Deutsche Welle, 8 January 2018.
In an interview with the German daily Bild, Hungarian Prime
Minister Viktor Orban defended his country's refusal of an EU-wide refugee
resettlement quota, saying that he believed refugees are "Muslim invaders."
"We don't see these people as Muslim refugees. We see them as
Muslim invaders," he told the German daily Bild newspaper. ...
believe that a large number of Muslims inevitably leads to parallel
societies, because Christian and Muslim society will never unite," Orban
told the paper.
"Multiculturalism is only an illusion," he added.
When asked by a Bild reporter why it was fair that Germany
accepted hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants while Hungary
accepted none, Orban responded: "The difference is, you wanted the
migrants, and we didn't."
Immigration abroad Melilla, Spain
More than 200 migrants storm Morocco-Spain border
MailOnline / AFP, 7 January 2018.
More than 200 African migrants stormed over a high double fence
between Morocco and the Spanish enclave of Melilla on Saturday, officials
said, leaving some of them and a police officer injured.
A total of
209 people from sub-Saharan Africa seeking to get to Europe forced their
way across the fence in the afternoon, the central government's
representative office in Melilla said in a statement. ...
increasingly targeted by people desperate to reach Europe from Africa, with
the number of migrants reaching the country in 2017 hitting a record high
of nearly 22,900, according to EU border agency Frontex.
more than double the previous record set in 2016.
Immigration abroad Muslims, USA
No denying U.S. Muslim population explosion
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow, 7 January 2018.
A recent study reveals that migration and high birthrates are
increasing America's Muslim population by 100,000 annually, with nearly 3.5
million Islamic adherents currently residing in the United States.
Even though some figures show that only 1.1 percent of the total
U.S. population is currently Muslim, Pew Research Center notes that the
3.45 million Muslims in the U.S. up from 3.31 million in 2016
is quickly surpassing and catching up to other religious groups. ...
Since around the time pro-Muslim/pro-immigration former President
Barack Obama took office a decade ago, the Muslim population in the U.S.
has grown by leaps and bounds. ...
One American Muslim
organization that has been reported to have deep ties to Islamic terrorism,
the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) argues that the numbers
provided by Pew greatly underrepresent America's actual Muslim population,
which it claimed nearly three years ago was twice (6-8
million) Pew's current estimate. ...
It is also reported that as
the Muslim population increases in any nation, so does anti-Semitism.
"France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the U.K. have all seen
increasing numbers of hate crimes against Jews and Jewish properties since
they began importing mass numbers of Muslim migrants," WND's Leo Hohmann
reported. "It has gotten so bad in France and Germany that many Jews have
been quietly migrating out of those countries in recent years." ...
"Another indicator of the rapidly increasing U.S. Muslim population
is the explosive growth in the number of mosques being built," Hohmann
added. "There are more than 3,200 mosques now in the U.S., and more than 70
percent of them have been built since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
on New York and Washington."
Half of UK's Isil jihadists unaccounted for, minister admits
Daily Telegraph, 6 January 2018.
Hundreds of British jihadists who travelled to the Middle East to
fight for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other terrorist
groups have fallen off the radar, the security minsiter has admitted.
Ben Wallace said that around half of the estimated 850 people from
the UK who went to Syria and Iraq have returned home, but ministers "don't
know where" the rest of them have ended up. Up to one in five are thought
to have been killed in the fighting, with a small number crossing the
border into Turkey, but a "significant number" remain unaccounted for.
Politics voting rights, Scotland
Refugees and asylum seekers could be given right to vote in Scotland
The Scotsman, 6 January 2018.
The Scottish Government is considering whether to give refugees and
asylum seekers the right to vote in national elections, in what would be a
Holyrood was granted new powers over the running of
elections under the 2016 Scotland Act and ministers are set to make major
changes to the country's electoral system.
A public consultation
launched last month suggested that the voting franchise for Scottish
Parliament and council elections should be extended to "everyone legally
resident in Scotland". ...
But Green MSP Ross Greer, the party's
external affairs spokesman, said refugees and asylum seekers who have
chosen to come to Scotland should not be denied a democratic voice. ...
Mr Greer said a simple "residency test" should apply, allowing
asylum seekers to vote while they lived in Scotland even if their
application to remain in the UK was still pending.
The idea was
welcomed by the Scottish Refugee Council, which said many of the people it
supported would relish the chance to have a say on the future of the
Multiculturalism white working class
White working class boys left behind because of 'negative impact' of focus on ethnic minorities and women, Labour's Angela Rayner claims
Telegraph, 4 January 2018.
White working class boys are being left behind because of the
"negative impact" of a focus on ethnic minorities and women, a member of
Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet has said.
Angela Rayner, the shadow
education secretary, said cultural change is needed among Britain's white
working class to encourage more young people to strive to succeed.
She told The Spectator magazine white working class boys had been
left "at the bottom of the heap".
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, Australia
More than 60,000 illegal migrants are living under the radar in Australia - most of whom are tourists and students refusing to leave the country after overstaying
Daily Mail Australia, 4 January 2018.
More than 60,000 illegal migrants are living Australia, the vast
majority of whom are visa overstayers.
Officials from the new
Department of Home Affairs are calling for tougher screening to enable them
to detect people living in the country illegally.
staff believe illegal migrants view the department as 'toothless', and are
demanding harsher fines and better visa screening. ...
quarters of the 62,900 illegal migrants entered the country on tourist
visas, and another 15 per cent were students.
One third of the
total have been hiding out for at least 10 years, and 18,750 have been
living in Australia for 15 year or more.
China or Malaysia account
for a quarter of the illegal migrants, and there are 5170 Americans and
3680 from the UK.
Immigration abroad illegal immigration, USA
The acting ICE director said politicians who run 'sanctuary cities' should be charged with crimes
Business Insider, 4 January 2018.
The acting director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement
agency said in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday that politicians in
so-called "sanctuary cities" should be charged with harboring and smuggling
He said he has asked the Department of
Justice to look into whether such jurisdictions are violating federal law.
He added that the local officials should be held "personally accountable"
for crimes committed by immigrants living in the US illegally. ...
Homan also vowed in his interview with Fox News to ramp up
immigration enforcement in California, which recently implemented a
statewide "sanctuary" law limiting police cooperation with ICE and
forbidding officers from asking people about their immigration statuses.
Immigration societal catastrophe
How Europe Built It's Own Funeral Pyre, Then Leapt In
Robert W. Merry
The American Conservative, 4 January 2018.
[Review of "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam" by Douglas Murray]
No, the defining issue of our day is mass immigration into the
nations of Western heritage. This growing inflow threatens to remake those
nations and overwhelm their cultural identity. ...
central battlefront in the immigration wars is Europe, which accepted a
trickle of immigrants in the immediate postwar era due to labor shortages.
But over the years the trickle became a stream, then a growing river, and
finally a torrent to the extent that ethnic Britons are now a
minority in their own capital city, refugee flows into Germany went from
48,589 in 2010 to 1.5 million in 2015, and Italy, a key entry point,
received at one point an average of 6,500 new arrivals a day.
Throughout all this, the European elites celebrated the change and
imposed a kind of thought enforcement regime against those who raised
questions. The in-migration was initially hailed as an economic boon; then
as a necessary corrective to an aging population; then as a means of
spicing up society through "diversity"; and finally as a fait accompli, an
unstoppable wave wrought by the world's gathering globalization. Besides,
argued the elites, the new arrivals would all become assimilated into the
European culture eventually, so what's the problem? Meanwhile, public
opinion surveys over decades showed that large majorities of Europeans
harbored powerful misgivings about these changes.
journalist and author Douglas Murray writes, "Promised throughout their
lifetimes that the changes were temporary, that the changes were not real,
or that the changes did not signify anything, Europeans discovered that in
the lifespan of people now alive they would become minorities in their own
A key point of the book, reinforced through
anecdote and abundant documentation, is that Muslim immigrants have not
assimilated into their European host countries to any meaningful extent.
Consider also the significance of this fact: By 2015 more
British Muslims were fighting for ISIS than for the British armed forces.
There was nothing hidden about the resolve of many European Muslims to
retain their own culture while overwhelming the European one. At a rally in
Cologne in 2008, then-Turkish prime minister (later president) Recep Tayyip
Erdogan told a crowd of 20,000 Turks living in Germany, Belgium, France,
and the Netherlands that assimilation in Europe would constitute "a crime
against humanity." ...
Reading Murray's book, one gets an
understanding of why he characterizes Europe's demise as "strange." The
continent's embrace of its own cultural death is indeed historically
aberrational. Civilizations normally fight for the preservation of their
cultures, unite to expel invaders, revere their identities and the
fundamental elements of their heritage. But the West today is engaged in an
extensive and progressive extravagance of civilizational self-abnegation.
Murray calls this the "tyranny of guilt" and identifies it as a
Murray sums up: "So Europeans are blamed for what
is happening to them, are denied any legitimate way to object, and the
views of the majority are made to appear not just dangerous but marginal."
... "To say that in the long run this heralds the makings of a
societal catastrophe is to understate matters."
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
Hopkins World, 4 January
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.
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
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.
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
Each lone child refugee costs councils in Britain nearly
£70,000 a year with the bills continuing to land until they
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
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
Benefits and costs health tourism
Health tourists are costing Britain £10 million as foreign mums rip off the NHS to get free treatment
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.
from Patient Concern, said: "These figures prove the NHS is clearly seen as
a soft touch."
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
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
... 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.
Immigration abroad Italy, Europe
Revealed: Royal Navy sailors have rescued 18,000 migrants from the Med and dropped them off in Europe
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018.
In the last year alone, the Navy has rescued about 3,000 migrants
and taken them to Italy. Sailors also helped a further 1,400 who were
transferred to a Navy ship from other vessels. ...
rescued the migrants as part of a wider £15.2 million EU mission
codenamed Operation Sophia. Since April 2015, the Navy has deployed six
ships to rescue migrants. ...
Commenting on the latest figures,
Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, on the committee, praised the work of the
navy but said Operation Sophia was a 'failure'.
The former Chief of
the Defence staff added: 'This is not because it has failed to rescue
people in danger.
'The Royal Navy, along with its partners, has
done sterling work in this respect, and we should all be proud of their
efforts, which must continue.
'But the aim of Operation Sophia was
to break the people smugglers' business model, and this it has failed to
He added: 'In some ways it has even made life easier for the
smugglers, who no longer need even to pretend to transport people to the
southern coast of Europe.
'They can now just push them out to sea
in the flimsiest and most dangerous of craft, confident that the ships will
rescue them and take then onwards.'
Politics political parties
Do centre-right parties win back votes from the far right by talking about immigration?
James F Downes and Matthew Loveless
LSE / European Politics and
Policy, 3 January 2018.
What has driven the resurgence of the far right in Europe? The
broad consensus is that this 'political earthquake' can be explained by
three key issues: concerns about immigration, dissatisfaction with the EU
project and a lack of trust in mainstream parties.
At the same
time, it is often assumed that the far right has monopolised and laid claim
to the immigration issue from mainstream parties on both the left and
right. But recent research by Sergi Pardos-Prado has demonstrated that, in
fact, some centre right parties may have shifted their stances on
immigration too, adopting a more anti-immigrant stance in order to
counteract the threat from far right parties.
Immigration abroad crime, Germany
Germany: Migrants 'may have fuelled violent crime rise'
BBC, 3 January 2018.
Migrants may be responsible for most of a recent rise in violent
crime in Germany, research commissioned by the government suggests.
The study used data from Lower Saxony, a state where more than 90%
of the rise was attributed to young male migrants.
say the findings are not surprising because many migrants who arrived in
Germany in recent years are single males aged 14-30.
This group is
most likely to commit crime, irrespective of nationality.
researchers also said that migrants were twice as likely to be reported to
police for alleged violent crimes as German nationals. ...
said that migrants with little hope of being giving asylum in Germany were
much more likely to commit violent crime than those from war zones like
Syria whose asylum was guaranteed.
Immigration abroad Europe
Facebook helps the African exodus to Europe
GEFIRA, 3 January 2018.
In Europe, social media like Facebook and Twitter are removing
posts and blocking authors opposing mass migration from the Third World as
hate speech. The hostile attitude to literally hundreds of thousands of
Africans from Nigeria, Morocco or Ghana flooding Italy, Sweden or Germany
is considered extremist behaviour by them. At the same time Facebook and
Twitter are instrumental in the biggest human exodus in modern history.
Social media have not been limited to a communication or marketing function
for a long time. /.../ Social networks have also become a channel that
helps to organize the transfer of Africans to Europe.
In 2017 a
quarter of the people on the Earth have a Facebook account, of which 68%
are under 35 years of age. Also in North African countries, this portal is
very popular among almost half of the population, above all among people
below 35 years of age. ...
Facebook has become the smugglers'
channel for reaching out to people interested in getting from Africa to
Europe. How does it happen? Firstly, smugglers create accounts and pages on
Facebook where they advertise their services and give their phone number,
as well as recommend contacting them by WhatsApp application, which
guarantees the encryption of messages. Secondly, in order to authenticate
their message, they publish pictures showing preparations for the journey.
Thirdly, they publish photos and reports of people who made it to European
countries, which is supposed to build trust on the side of potential
clients. Important information is also contained in comments under posts.
The ads inform about the participation of battleships or NGO
vessels in "rescue" actions. Several times there was also information that
the only thing smugglers had to do was reach the place where the navy ships
would appear in a few hours. Such messages leave many questions about the
involvement of NGOs or naval forces of European countries. ...
People smugglers, the European Union, NGOs and Frontex are making a
mockery of the law of the sea, and for that they should be held
responsible. The massive transport operation that already brought six
hundred thousand people from Libya to Italy since 2014, promoted and
coordinated by modern communication tools like Twitter and Facebook, can
hardly be regarded as genuine rescue operations.
Immigration fraud, children, deportation
Just one in five fake child migrants caught lying about their age in the last six years was sent home
MailOnline, 2 January 2018.
Just one in five young asylum seekers who lied about their age in a
bid to enter the UK is ever forced out of the country, it has been
Home Office records reveal that 2,644 adults were caught
trying to cross the border into Britain from 2010 to 2016 as an
'unaccompanied asylum seeking' child.
However, only 580 of these
people were kicked out after being caught posing as a vulnerable child in a
bid to cheat their way into the UK.
Statistics for 2017, from
January to September, showed that two-thirds of the 692 people whose date
of birth was challenged by the Home Office were over 18.
investigation, carried out by the Daily Express, also revealed how the
amount of asylum applications for vulnerable children jumped after the
infamous Calais refugee camp was demolished in October 2016.
Statistics for the final quarter of that year disclosed how 1,006
males and 170 females made such applications.
Figures for 2016
showed that 575 of the total number of 3,290 claimants were discovered to
be over 18, while just 37 of those were kicked out of the UK.
Smith, former director general of UK Border Force, told the Express that
the low risk of being forced back out of the UK made lying a risk worth
taking for migrants.
Immigration students, statistics
Theresa May left isolated in Cabinet and facing Commons defeat over counting students as immigrants
Independent, 2 January 2018.
Ministers are braced for a defeat that would force Theresa May to
abandon her much-criticised policy of counting foreign students as
immigrants in official statistics.
A new Immigration Bill to be
brought forward this year will allow MPs to force and almost
certainly win a vote on the controversy, the Home Office believes.
The Independent and Open Britain, which is pressing for a soft
Brexit, are running a Drop the Target campaign against the policy of
reducing overall annual immigration to "tens of thousands", which includes
calling for overseas students to be omitted from the statistics.
There are about 438,000 foreign students currently studying in the
UK, so changing the policy could make a significant difference to the
headline immigration numbers.
Immigration abroad Netherlands
Netherlands population rises to 17.2 million on immigration, Dutch re-patriation
NL Times, 2 January 2018.
The population of the Netherlands hit 17.2 million officially
registered residents at the turn of the new year, an increase of 100
thousand from a year earlier. That gain is similar to figures released at
the beginning of 2017, government office Statistics Netherlands (CBS) said
About 82 thousand more people settled or re-settled in
the Netherlands last year than the 139 thousand people who left the
country. Roughly ten percent of the 220 thousand people who immigrated to
the Netherlands in 2017 had a Dutch passport at the time of registration,
according to a data table provided by the CBS. ...
population growth came from natural population increase calculated by the
number of births against the number of deaths.
Immigration abroad Spain
'Saving lives is not a crime' - the Spanish activist taken to court for rescuing migrant ships
Daily Telegraph, 2 January 2018.
The rafts arrive daily now, in fair weather or foul, dozens of
migrants crammed on to small inflatable dinghies more suitable for a
pleasure lake than the open sea. ...
Arrivals to Spain by sea
almost tripled in 2017, making the so-called Western Mediterranean route
from Morocco the fastest growing gateway to Europe, as the EU clamps down
on entries elsewhere.
The arrivals have left Spain's holding
centres overflowing. ...
... a prominent Spanish refugee activist,
Helena Maleno Garzón, who since 2012 has worked with migrants
through her Tangier-based NGO, Walking Borders. The Spanish coastguards
work so closely with Ms Maleno that she has become their primary alert
system for departing boats. ...
Embarrassed and under pressure,
Moroccan authorities have set their sights on Ms Maleno. Next week, amid
outrage from human rights groups, she will appear in court in Morocco to
face allegations that she is collaborating with people traffickers. ...
By December 20, 21,468 people had arrived in Spain on migrant
boats, compared with 7,490 in 2018 and 4.408 in 2015.
Immigration abroad Assam, India
Indian state leaves 13 million citizens off register
MailOnline / AFP, 2 January 2018.
Around 13 million people living in northeastern India's largest
state have been left off a controversial draft list of citizens released
Monday by authorities, who are under pressure to identify and expel illegal
Assam has long struggled to curb immigration from
neighbouring Bangladesh and is the only Indian state to compile a register
The latest draft list includes only 19 million of the
state's more than 32 million residents. It was prepared on the orders of
the Supreme Court, which is hearing a series of claims to Indian
citizenship from undocumented residents of the state. ...
Political leaders have vowed to deport anyone staying in the state
illegally, although it is far from clear that Bangladesh would accept them.
The BJP won elections in the state in 2016 after promising to root
out illegal immigrants from mainly Muslim Bangladesh and protect the rights
of indigenous groups.
Migrants have long been accused of illegally
entering the state from Bangladesh and taking land, causing tensions with
local people and sporadic outbreaks of communal violence.
living in Assam must now prove that their forebears appeared either in the
state's only previous register of citizens, compiled in 1951, or on any
electoral roll published before March 1971 to be eligible for citizenship.
Immigration abroad Israel
Israel: African migrants told to leave or face imprisonment
BBC, 2 January 2018.
The Israeli government has issued a notice for thousands of African
migrants to leave the country or face imprisonment.
will be given up to $3,500 (£2,600) for leaving within the next 90
They will be given the option of going to their home country
or third countries. ...
The order exempts children, elderly
people, and victims of slavery and human trafficking.
spokesperson for Israel's Population and Immigration Authority told the BBC
there were currently 38,000 "infiltrators" in Israel, of whom just 1,420
were being held in detention facilities. ...
Many of the migrants
- who are mostly from Eritrea and Sudan - say they came to Israel to seek
asylum after fleeing persecution and conflict, but the authorities regard
them as economic migrants.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu has claimed that an unchecked influx of African migrants could
threaten Israel's Jewish character.
Immigration students, statistics
Foreign students 'will be cut' from immigration figures by ministers despite opposition from Theresa May
Daily Mail, 1 January 2018.
Minsters are preparing to take foreign students out of the
immigration figures, despite opposition from Theresa May.
Minister has blocked the move for years, arguing it would undermine
confidence in the UK's immigration statistics.
But Home Secretary
Amber Rudd has warned Mrs May that growing support for the measure in
Parliament means it is now 'inevitable'. The Home Office believes there is
no way of preventing MPs from forcing a parliamentary vote on the issue
when the new Immigration Bill is brought forward this year. ...
About 438,000 foreign students are currently studying here.
Removing them from the statistics could make a significant difference to
headline immigration figures. ...
Miss Rudd is now asking the
Office for National Statistics (ONS) to back a change in the definition of
immigration, which would exclude most foreign students.
The Islamization of Britain in 2017
Gatestone Institute, 1 January 2018.
Reports of alleged links between Islamic charities and
terrorism or extremism surged to a record high, according to the Charity
Commission, a charity watchdog.
Azad Ali, an Islamist who
has said that he supports killing British soldiers, was named a director of
Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend), a controversial Muslim pressure
group which advises the British government. Ali said that the jihadist
attack at Westminster on March 22, 2017 was not an act of terrorism. ...
The British government refused to say whether telling people
about Christianity could be a hate crime. ...
The Muslim population
of Britain surpassed 4.1 million in 2017 to become around 6.3% of the
overall population of 64 million, according to a recent study on the growth
of the Muslim population in Europe.