Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 20 May 2019

Multiculturalism – politics, European Union
Why is Brussels so white? The EU's race problem that no one talks about
Sarah Chander
The Guardian, 20 May 2019.
[Sarah Chander is advocacy officer at the European Network Against Racism]

With days to go until the polls open for the European parliament elections, most political parties are finding it a struggle to convey the relevance of the EU to voters (in 2014, voter turnout was just 42%). ...

... The EU's institutions, and its parliamentary seats, are all but closed to people who aren't white.

This is more evident than ever in the run-up to the current elections. Countless political debates are taking place on the future of the EU, but without a person of colour in sight. ...

While campaigners occasionally lament the lack of women in high positions in the EU's bodies, very little has been said about the abysmal representation of people of colour, despite estimates that at least 50 million people in Europe come from ethnic minorities. There has never been a black or brown European commissioner, nor has a black or brown person held any of the top positions of the parliament or council. In the current parliament, representation of people of colour is less than 3%, and Italy's Cécile Kyenge is the sole black woman. ...

... Fewer than 3% of all European parliament candidates are people of colour; and an even lower proportion is likely to be elected. As it stands, racial diversity in the European parliament will remain stagnant.

Why aren't we improving? Migration and changing demographics mean that Europe's population is increasingly diverse, but this is not translating into electoral politics. ...

... Left-leaning parties are overwhelmingly more inclusive than their rightwing counterparts, putting forward around 60% of all the candidates of colour. The Labour party in Britain, La France Insoumise and Sweden's Social Democrats came out top for racial representation – so if the UK does exit the EU, this will be an undeniable blow for diversity.
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Terrorism – far-Right, neo-Nazis
Muslims in Britain could be massacred by far-Right terrorists warns minister
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 20 May 2019.

A far-right massacre of Muslims "could happen" in Britain, Security Minister Ben Wallace warned yesterday.

He admitted that the Government was troubled by a "growing" number of people in the UK driven by a white supremacy ideology. Mr Wallace said the slaughter in New Zealand last week had led the Government to consider boosting funds to protect mosques and other Islamic institutions in the UK. ...

Mr Wallace said: "At the moment £14 million goes to the Community Security Trust for Jewish synagogues and schools, and £2.4 million towards all other faiths over the last three years. I think there needs to be some work on that.

"Funding for protective security tacks with the threat.

"In response to increased threat, we will increase and seek to change the funding and that is why we have the Places of Worship scheme."

He added: "People from a mosque or another place of worship have at their disposal a counter-terrorism specialist adviser from the police who will come and advise them on how to protect themselves."

Speaking of the Christchurch shooting, Mr Wallace said: "It absolutely could happen here. That's why the Government has been concerned about the growing group of people crossing into the extremist mindset on the far-Right and the neo-Nazis."
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Immigration abroad – France
Footage shows hundreds of migrants occupying French airport terminal
Tamar Lapin
New York Post, 20 May 2019.

Video shows hundreds of illegal immigrants storming a French airport and occupying an entire terminal Sunday demanding to meet with the country's prime minister.

Footage posted on Twitter shows the roughly 500 migrants chanting in Terminal 2 of the Charles de Gaulle airport as about a dozen police officers in tactical gear look on.

"France does not belong to the French! Everyone has a right to be here!" one person can be heard yelling into a loudspeaker.

The protest was organized by the migrant support group "La Chapelle Debout," which said their members call themselves "Black Vests." ...

In an official statement, the group asked to meet with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe over the country's asylum policy and the leaders of Air France. They demanded that the airline "stop any financial, material, logistical or political participation in deportations."
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Crime – human trafficking, slavery, Scotland
Sex slaves in almost every Scottish town as gangs force trafficked women into prostitution
Norman Silvester
Daily Record, 19 May 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last year, TARA and another group helping trafficking victims were given a Government grant of £3 million.
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Immigration abroad – USA
Rapid DNA testing reveals a THIRD of migrants faked family relationship with children to claim asylum during ICE pilot of the procedure in Texas
Keith Griffith
Daily Mail, 19 May 2019.

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement pilot of new rapid DNA testing at the border has found that nearly a third of those tested were not biologically related to the children in their custody.

ICE conducted the pilot for a few days earlier this month in El Paso and McAllen, Texas, finding about 30 per cent of those tested were not related to the children they claimed were their own, an official told the Washington Examiner.

The official said that these were not cases of step-fathers or adoptive parents. ...

It is unclear whether every family unit was tested during the pilot, or only those who raised some sort of red flag. ...

The official said that some migrants did refuse the test and admit that they were not related to the children they were with, when they learned their claim would be subjected to DNA proof. ...

Current U.S. law and policy means that Central Americans who cross the border illegally with children can claim asylum and avoid any lengthy detention in most cases.

US Border Patrol says it has apprehended 535,000 for crossing the border illegally so far this year, with 'no sign of it getting better.'
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Illegal immigration – English channel
Channel migrants: Two boats intercepted off Kent coast
BBC, 18 May 2019.

Two boats carrying 20 migrants have been intercepted off the Kent coast, the Home Office said.

Border Force was alerted to a small boat with 11 men, all believed to be Iranian, on board at about 05:50 BST. ...

A second boat with nine people on board was reported south of Folkestone. The six men, two women and a 12-year-old child were transferred to immigration officials for interview.

The vessel was intercepted by a Border Force cutter at about 07:50 after Kent Police received a 999 call from the stricken boat.

Seven of the migrants on board are believed to be Iraqis, and the other two said they were Iranian.

A total of 42 migrants - including 10 children - were brought to Dover by authorities after crossing the Channel in small boats over the last weekend.
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Illegal immigration – fake colleges and universities
There is a bigger problem than bogus or fake universities
Stephen A Hunt
University World News, 18 May 2019.

Are some private or alternative higher education providers simply scams? ...

Some restrictions apply to the title 'university' and the power to award degrees, which are both legally protected. However, there have been numerous institutions operating, or apparently operating, in UK higher education using the title 'university' without sanction. These have ranged from the ideologically motivated to the outright criminal. ...

There have been several outright fake UK universities. That is, institutions illegally adopting and operating under the title 'university'. ...

None of these, despite appearances, have ever been located in the UK. They exist virtually, somewhere in cyberspace, often assembled from the webpages of the genuine universities their names resemble.

Fake universities function either to defraud students or funders of registration and-or course fees, or to produce specious qualifications designed to deceive employers, legitimate educational institutions or immigration authorities. ...

Bogus colleges, by contrast, are an entirely domestic construct, the phrase used by UK government ministers to connote colleges, language schools and schools guilty not of acting in the manner of fake universities, but of operating to circumvent the immigration system and of effectively being portals for illegal immigrants. ...

The prevalence of bogus colleges, however, is likely to have been overstated. Mike Ratcliffe, having interrogated the official figures, noted that "at least 200 of the names of providers on the list provided by UKVI [UK Visas and Immigration] can't count as a bogus college".

Around 200 genuine colleges, including at one point the London Metropolitan University, lost or relinquished their right to recruit overseas students but remained conflated with the (putatively) bogus colleges on the UKVI list – those suspected of being in existence to channel illegal immigrants posing as students.

... Although being 'struck off' does not itself prevent the colleges from operating, it does deprive them of international student fee income and consequently many simply closed.

Less ambitious than a fake university, but no less illegal, fake colleges and courses have used another means of appearing as a credible provider – accreditation by professional bodies. ...

Overall, the incidence of fake or fraudulent providers is relatively rare even in an educational sector subject to scant official oversight and, as some of the examples I've cited indicate, not all the problems are rooted in, or a product of, the private sector.
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Population pressure – housing
England needs an extra FOUR MILLION homes over the next 20 years to keep up with soaring immigration as an estimated 27.6m families will need housing by 2041
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 17 May 2019.

An extra 4 million homes will need to be built in England over the next two decades if immigration stays at current levels, a report said yesterday.

More than 27.6 million families will need housing by 2041 if the population continues to increase at present rates. At present there are 23.4 million households in England.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics, suggest a major acceleration in housebuilding will be needed to cope with future levels of households.

To meet that target nearly 200,000 new homes a year would be needed. Last year, according to Whitehall estimates, around 165,000 new homes were built.

The figures were part of a series of projections of the likely future numbers of households in England calculated by the ONS.

The projection that there will be 27,621,000 households in 2041 is based on the possibility that immigration will continue at high levels.

The figure for immigration used to reach the estimate is net migration of 215,000 each year.

Latest figures for net migration - the number by which the population grows after both immigration and emigration have been taken into account - show a level of 283,000 for the year to last September. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chief of the Migration Watch UK pressure group, said: 'These projections confirm what we have been saying for some time. Namely, that if the current high level of net migration to England continues, we will need to build one new home every six minutes, night and day, to cope with the added demand for housing resulting from immigration.

'Given that young people are those mainly hurt by the housing crisis, it's no wonder that a majority of 18-24 year olds support the Government's pledge to reduce the level of net migration significantly.

'Given the current deep disillusion with politicians, the Government need to start taking real action to ensure that their immigration promises are delivered soon.'
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Employment – doctors, NHS
NHS breaking recruitment rules with one in four new doctors coming from 'banned' developing countries
Laura Donnelly and Patrick Scott
Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The data from the General Medical Council covers place of qualification, which is usually a person's country of origin.
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Racism – Islamophobia, free speech
Banning Islamophobia would suppress debate - just ask a liberal Muslim
Fraser Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2019.

If you heard that a friend or colleague had been reprimanded for Islamophobia, what would you think? Probably that he'd said something undiplomatic, but certainly not bigoted. ...

But anti-Muslim bigotry in Britain is all too real, with the number of attacks rising at an alarming rate. ...

At first glance, attempts to define (and proscribe) Islamophobia seem uncontroversial. Anti-Muslim bigotry ought to have the same status as anti-Semitism and under the 2006 Racial and Religious Hatred Act, it does. So why the need to define Islamophobia? It is not a difficult word to understand: it refers to Islam as a religion – as distinct from Muslims, the followers of that religion. It is taken to mean both. But the vagueness of the phrase means that it can be used as a weapon against anyone, especially those seeking to scrutinise the agenda of political Islamism. In Britain, where religious freedom must coexist with the freedom to critique or mock any organised religion, words matter.

... But there are attempts under way to have the Government redefine the word to mean, in effect, anti-Muslim racism. So why not just say anti-Muslim racism? Because Islamophobia is a fashionable new cause, with momentum. ...

It's easy to see what could happen, because it has been happening already: activists use the word to try to silence their enemies. /.../ The Islamic Human Rights Commission absurdly named Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, as one of four men who "flagrantly displayed the most Islamophobia" last year. He is a practising Muslim.

This game has been played for some time in the Islamic world, with moderate Muslims usually the targets. In his study, Islam and Islamism, the Damascus-born scholar Bassam Tibi explains how zealots use the label. ...

Perhaps in a reaction to the Scruton debacle, the Government now appears minded to reject the new Islamophobia definition: "Legally problematic," it says. Morally problematic, too. Anyone ought to be at liberty to examine, discuss and disagree with any religion, just as anyone should be free to practise one without harassment. This ought not to be a difficult case to make.
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Illegal immigration – Brexit
Illegal immigration to UK will rise after Brexit, study suggests
Benjamin Kentish
Independent, 16 May 2019.

Illegal immigration is likely to rise when Britain leaves the EU and freedom of movement ends, a new study has found.

The report by the Social Market Foundation said closing legal migration routes after Brexit would lead to more people trying to enter and stay in the UK illegally.

It said politicians who claim that Brexit will solve public concerns about immigration should "come clean" about the actual consequences of ending free movement.

Failure to do so would result in a backlash when voters realised that leaving the EU had not solved their fears about immigration, and risked "creating the sort of conditions in Britain that helped Donald Trump become US president", the SMF said.

The study analysed previous cases where immigration was restricted and entry policies tightened, including Britain ending unrestricted migration from Commonwealth countries in the 1960s and the US stopping a programme for Mexican workers in 1965.

It found that stricter controls on immigration often led to an increase in the total number of migrants in the country, because people who could previously travel back and forth easily instead opt to stay.

Greater restrictions also fuel an increase in illegal migration as people who would previously have entered the country legally instead do so through other routes.

The SMF predicted that the number of people living in the UK illegally would increase after Brexit, as EU nationals who have not been given the right to remain in the country decide to stay without permission.

It called on the government to "inject a dose of honest realism, coming clean about the complexities and unintended consequences of immigration policy, about the control that it does have, but also the practical limits to that control". ...

Jonathan Thomas, migration researcher at the SMF and author of the report, said: "History suggests that people who expect ending free movement to take away their worries about immigration are going to be disappointed. Illegal immigration has not been a big part of British debate in recent years but the precedents suggest it could soon be high on the political agenda.

"People who want to end free movement should be honest with the electorate about the possibility that it will create significant new challenges relating to illegal immigration. And people who support a liberal approach to immigration should engage constructively with the perfectly legitimate view that illegal immigration is a problem that policymakers should address."
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Border controls – landing cards
UK to scrap passenger landing cards
BBC, 16 May 2019.

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

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

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

But unions warned it risked weakening immigration controls.

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

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

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

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

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

She said that the union had been assured that scrapping them would not happen until new technology was in place to record international arrivals.
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Employment – EU and non-EU workers
Number of EU workers in the UK hits record high as unemployment falls to lowest in 44 years
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2019.

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

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

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

That more than reverses the outflow, nicknamed the 'Brexodus', from late 2017 to September 2018.

The number of workers from outside the EU also increased, the Office for National Statistics said, rising by 22,000 on the quarter and 80,000 on the year to more than 1.3m.
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Immigration abroad – politics, Germany
'Germany's future depends on immigration and integration': Merkel
The Local [Germany], 15 May 2019.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told a crowd in Berlin that Germany's continued success depends on how successfully it manages immigration and integration.

Speaking to young people from an immigrant background to mark the 70th anniversary of the passing of the German Constitution (Grundgesetz für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland), Merkel said that the "economic and social viability of our country" depends on the country's successful management of these challenges. ...

During the speech, Merkel reminded the audience that 19 million Germans - just under one quarter of the total population of 83 million - have an immigrant background.

One of the major features of the German Constitution is the way in which it promotes integration and diversity, while also ensuring that these processes adhere to core German values.

Referencing the recent migrant influx, particularly from Middle Eastern countries like Syria and Iraq, Merkel said that while there have been and will continue to be difficulties, this represented the continued changes that have taken place since the country emerged from the ashes of World War Two.

"We have painstakingly understood that. (We continue to understand) how immigration is changing our country and how it will continue to change our country," she said.

"We have learned that our country must be a country of immigration and of integration."
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Immigration abroad – Europe, public opinion
Survey: Over Half of Swedes Reject Taking More Refugees
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 15 May 2019.

A new survey at attitudes towards migration across Europe has found more than half of Swedes say they do not want to see the country take in more refugees, making it one of the most migration-sceptic nations.

Around 8,000 people in Germany, Poland, Spain, Hungary, Italy, Belgium, France and Sweden were asked a series of questions in the survey, including "Do you agree with the statement: 'My country should not receive more refugees from conflict areas.'?" to which 51 per cent of the Swedish respondents said they agreed, Spanish newspaper El Pais reports.

While both Poland and Italy were tied with 53 per cent saying they agreed with the statement, the Swedish number exceeded that of Hungary, a nation noted for its strong anti-mass migration stance and policies, at 49 per cent.

More than one-third, 35 percent of the respondents across all of the countries surveyed, said that immigration was the most important issue facing the European Union today but only 14 percent said that the European Union had managed to handle the migrant crisis in 2015 and 2016 in a competent manner.

By contrast, 41 percent of Germans say they would welcome more refugees despite being the largest recipient of migrants during the height of the migrant crisis, and the challenges of rising crime, increased spending and lack of both cultural and economic integration.
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Crime – cost
LAWLESS BRITAIN: 181,000 linked to serious and organised crime – 'Deadliest threat to UK'
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 14 May 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is believed the three are the first to be charged under the Modern Slavery Act in relation to county lines.
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Population pressure – population density
Crowded county
Carole Alderman
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2019.
[Letter to the Editor]

I live in Rutland, England's smallest county, motto: Multum in parvo. Our county council has started building 11,300 new "homes".

There will be 33,000 more people and 20,000 more cars. There is not enough industry here to employ people, let alone enough infrastructure. The closest big towns – Peterborough, Leicester and Nottingham – are each 30 miles away, a 60-mile daily round commute, often with train journeys to London on top.

This will mean massive amounts of carbon spewing into the atmosphere, while the Government talks about the country reducing its carbon footprint. How much more multum can be stuffed into parvo?
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Employment – wages, salaries
Wages rise to attract British workers
Jack Torrance
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2019.

Employers have had to increase wages and offer more benefits to compete for British workers as European migrants shun the UK in the run-up to Brexit.

Three quarters of recruiters have seen an increase in businesses looking to source candidates from within the country, according to research by LinkedIn.

The professional network said 47pc of jobseekers in other EU countries searched for UK jobs in the first three months of this year, compared with more than half in the same period of 2018.

Meanwhile, the number of LinkedIn members moving from mainland Europe to the UK fell by 30pc between 2016 and 2019. The shortage has forced employers to compete harder for staff, with around half increasing salary offers to hire the right people and two-fifths offering more flexible working opportunities.
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Politics – public opinion, Scotland
Scotland's dirty little secret: we're as anti-immigration as England
Stephen Daisley
Spectator blog, 13 May 2019.

Among the many national conversations postponed is one on immigration. ...

For Nationalists, this is just another way Westminster holds Scotland back. The Scottish Government is pro-immigration and an independent Scotland, free from the draconian migration system favoured by the Little Englanders could flourish – or so the theory runs. The Scottish Government might be pro-immigration but the Scottish people are not. This is our dirty little secret: we congratulate ourselves on how tolerant and welcoming we are but, in truth, Scots are hostile to immigration. Polling conducted last month found that 45 per cent of Scots think too many migrants are entering the country, an increase of six per cent on last year. 37 per cent think the current level of migration is about right, while only six per cent want to see more. Somewhat uncomfortably for the SNP, 48 per cent of those who voted for independence in the 2014 referendum believe immigration is too high.

This is perplexing to the Four Ps of the Scottish ruling class – politicians, policy-makers, professors and pundits – because they are uniformly pro-immigration and know almost no one who disagrees with them. They have spent so long reciting their mantras about how different Scotland is from England they forgot to stop and check with Scotland first. If they had, they would know that 72 per cent of Scots told the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey they wanted immigration cut. They would know too that Scottish public opinion of low-skilled immigration is indistinguishable from the rest of the UK. A 2017 poll for British Future found 63 per cent of Scots want to cut the number of low-skilled EU migrants while 69 per cent want a crackdown on those from outside the EU. The UK-wide figures are 64 per cent and 67 per cent.

What should trouble immigration liberals even more is that Scotland shows no sign of replicating the pro-migration trend in UK-wide public opinion. In the same period that anti-immigration attitudes rose by six percentage points in Scotland, they fell by seven points across the UK as a whole. Bear in mind, too, that Scotland has seen nothing like the levels of immigration the rest of the UK has. ...

... On immigration, as on so much else, Scotland's distinct political culture is exaggerated and sooner or later the facts will have to be faced.
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Diversity – USA
The Partner Chase
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, Spring 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

If Paul, Weiss's chairman had explained that preferences deplete the partnership pipeline, he would no longer be chairman. His decision to allow the racism charge to stand unrebutted demonstrates a remarkable feature of our time: the leaders of mainstream institutions would rather cop to false charges of bias than speak the truth about the academic skills gap. They are not only silent about that gap; they also put their employees through a frenzy of implicit-bias training to overcome the phantom bias that allegedly holds blacks back. This taboo on the truth has another consequence: when leaders refuse to explain the real reason for the lack of diversity, they buttress the poisonous idea that American institutions remain indelibly racist, and the cycle begins anew – more preferences, more unhappy results.
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Immigration abroad – European Union, Africa
East and North African organised immigration crime networks change tactics in response to EU efforts to curb migration
Lynne Finney
Illicit Trade, 13 May 2019.

In a report presented to a meeting convened by Interpol and the Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) last week, experts from the Research and Evidence Facility on Migration in the Horn of Africa reveal that people smugglers operating in East and North Africa are altering their business models as part of an effort to get around European Union initiatives intended to limit migration flows. ...

Responding to European law enforcement agencies developing a deeper understanding of how organised immigration criminals operate, and the striking of deals between the EU and countries including Libya intended to slow illegal immigration into Europe, people smuggling gangs have shifted to using new routes through nations such as Niger, Algeria and Turkey, the report found. ...

As a consequence, migrants being moved by people smuggling networks in East and North Africa have been exposed to more violence and exploitation over the course of the past two years, with many being held hostage, tortured in a bid to extort payment from their family members, or sold into modern slavery.
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Emigration – Serbia
2 million Serbs in diaspora – average age of Serbian expat 34.7
Snezana Bjelotomic
Serbian Monitor, 13 May 2019.

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

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

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

"The average age of external migrants from Serbia is 34.7 years, making them considerably younger than the total population of Serbia, which is on average 42.2 years old.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
Foreign patients using British hospitals owe NHS £27 million in unpaid bills
Nick McDermott, Health Editor
The Sun, 13 May 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ineligible overseas patients cost the health service up to £2 billion a year, according to Government estimates.
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Illegal immigration – English channel
Sixteen Iranian and Iraqi migrants including two children are intercepted off Kent coast after trying to cross the Channel in a small boat
Harry Howard
MailOnline, 12 May 2019.

Sixteen migrants, including two children, were intercepted by the Border Force as they made their way across the Channel in a small boat.

The group of 12 men, two women and the children were seen in the early hours of this morning and are believed to be Iranian and Iraqi nationals.

French authorities then alerted the UK Border Force, who stopped the boat before it reached Kent shores.

The group were transferred to a cutter vessel before being brought to Dover and they have been transferred to immigration officers for interview. ...

At least 538 people, including about 40 children, have crossed the Channel in small boats since November 3, 2018.
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Population pressure – politics, housing
We need to build a million homes on the Green Belt: Liz Truss announces bid for Tory party leadership with a radical plan claiming 'You have to put yourself forward no one else will'
Glen Owen
Mail on Sunday, 12 May 2019.

Liz Truss today signals the effective start of a leadership bid by demanding a radical reboot of traditional Tory policies – including calling for a million new homes to be built on the Green Belt. ...

Ms Truss says: 'There has been a sea change in politics since the Tories last won a majority in 2015. The Conservative Party needs to wake up. Just doing more of what we have been doing for the past nine years is not going to win over modern Britain. We need to be bold, otherwise we will be annihilated by the tsunami of Corbyn and Farage.'

She cites as an example her support for building on the Green Belt – a sacred cow for many older shire Tories, but less taboo for younger voters struggling to afford their first homes.

Ms Truss says: 'We need to build a million homes on the London Green Belt near railway stations, and around other growing cities, specifically to allow the under 40s to be able to own their homes. We should allow villages to expand by four or five houses a year without having to go through the planning system, so people can afford to live locally'.
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Racism – politics
Sajid Javid says he is attacked daily online by Asians and the 'far Left' because he is not 'brown enough'
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 11 May 2019.

Sajid Javid has said he is attacked daily on social media by Asians and the "far Left" because he is "not brown enough", as he gives a big hint he will stand to succeed Theresa May as party leader.

The Home Secretary said in an interview that he is receiving racist abuse on social media on a daily basis and that "they don't like me because of my colour". ...

In an interview with Nick Robinson's Political Thinking podcast, Mr Javid said: "If you look at social media any day, especially Twitter or something, I'm getting abuse every day and I get it, I actually get it from the Left. You know, the far-Left, including lots of Asians who would say, 'He's not brown enough'. I get it from the Right and the far-Right in particular, saying 'He's too brown'."
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Diversity – political correctness
A great institution now bends to the rabble
Douglas Murray
Daily Telegraph, 11 May 2019.

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

Even the most hallowed institutions have shown themselves eager to be seen courting this disastrously ill-thought through ideology. Anyone who is in any doubt about that fact need only look behind the hallowed gates of Cambridge University. In recent months, it has taken a set of decisions which make one of our foremost seats of learning look not just woke but weak.
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Illegal immigration – deportation
Immigration officials fear cracking down on businesses hiring illegal workers after the Windrush scandal
Sophie Borland
Daily Mail, 10 May 2019.

Immigration officials are scared to crack down on businesses hiring illegal workers in the wake of the Windrush scandal, a report warns.

The Government estimates that between 190,000 and 240,000 businesses in the UK are currently employing staff who are here illegally.

Many are restaurant chains or fast food outlets and firms caught out in the past include Pizza Hut, Chez Gerard and Wimpy.

But a report by the immigrations watchdog warns that last year's Windrush scandal has had a damaging effect on enforcement.

Figures show that only 256 fines were handed out to firms hiring illegal immigrants in 2018/19, a tenth of the 2,594 penalties which were issued in 2015/16.

David Bolt, the Independent Chief Inspector of Border and Immigration, said this was partly because enforcement officers were wary after the backlash to Windrush.

He said: 'It was evident that Windrush had had a significant effect on immigration enforcement operationally, as a result of the 'pausing' of data sharing with other departments, and psychologically, with immigration enforcement perceiving that other departments and agencies, employers and the general public were now less supportive.' ...

Mr Bolt urged the Government to produce a new strategy on illegal working as soon as possible, adding that there was 'little clarity about the Home Office's thinking or intentions.' ...

Meanwhile a separate report, also by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, warned that foreign criminals are routinely avoiding deportation by launching legal challenges.

Mr Bolt was investigating the Home Office's system for sending foreign offenders home once they had completed prison sentences.

He found that in one six-month period, a total of 1,560 individuals managed to delay the deportation process or avoid it altogether.

Some launched legal challenges while others claimed they were unable to go back home due to medical reasons.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, USA
ICE has released more than 160,000 migrants into the U.S. since December – and 88% never showed up for immigration court, officials say
Valerie Bauman
Daily Mail, 10 May 2019.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released more than 160,000 migrants who crossed illegally into the U.S. since December 2018 – and most of those people aren't showing up for their dates in immigration court, according to a senior ICE official.

In an effort to respond to the increasing surge of migrants at the Southern U.S. border – 109,144 were apprehended in April alone – the Department of Justice had its immigration court system establish a pilot program that created expedited court proceedings in 10 cities along the border.

However, 87.5 percent of the immigrants facing orders of removal in those courts failed to appear before a judge.

'There are often no consequences for those who fail to depart as ordered,' said Nathalie R. Asher, the acting executive associate director of enforcement and removal operations at ICE. ...

Complicating the issue is a massive backlog of more than 900,000 cases in U.S. immigration courts. ...

Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost told senators on Wednesday that apprehension numbers were 'off the charts,' and she's had to divert agents to care for children.

'They (immigrants) have received the message loud and clear: Bring a child, you will be released,' she said.

Provost said shifting resources will not address the crisis. She said she is worried about drugs and other contraband that is getting through as resources are shifted to caring for children.

The issue is also about people posing fraudulently as families – using children who aren't related to them – in an effort to be released immediately into the U.S. ...

She added that DHS had discovered 'child recycling rings,' in which the same children are used over and over again in an attempts to get more migrants released in the US.
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Diversity – university, USA
This public university will spend nearly $3 million on diversity this year alone
Sarah George
College Fix, 10 May 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polish has been the most common non-British nationality in the UK since 2007.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Britain used to ask Muslims to move here. What happened to us?
Diana Darke
The Guardian, 9 May 2019.

In the current climate of Islamophobia, I wonder how many British people are aware of a series of films made in the early 1960s, which were expressly designed to encourage people from Arab countries to come to Britain to work or study. The four films, all in Arabic, were made on behalf of the Foreign Office, and all begin with a mosque skyline and melodic chants of "Allahu Akbar", the start of the Muslim call to prayer. They are unapologetically religious, eager to show Arabic-speaking Muslims how welcoming Britain is, how Islamic institutions exist in Britain to cater to their cultural and religious traditions, as a friendly home from home.

Two of the four films are set in London, one in Manchester, the other in Cardiff. The cheerful Egyptian presenter drives from place to place in his Ford Anglia, interviewing local Muslims in their mosques, their offices and their homes. Most of the people we are introduced to are men, but a handful are women, including a Christian convert to Islam, now the proud mother of 10 children, after 16 years of marriage to a Yemeni man in Cardiff. ...

In London the presenter does a tour of the city's universities, including Soas and the London School of Economics, where an Iraqi student marvels that his experience is like living in "an international society". The British government shows "an interest in widening cultural boundaries" that he has observed over the five years he has lived in London. ...

The films were designed solely for showing abroad and were probably never seen in the UK at the time. ...

Yet despite such success stories, today more than a third of the UK population believes Islam is a threat to the British way of life, according to a report by the anti-fascist group Hope not Hate. ...

... If the British government's policy since 2010 had been to create an inclusive, multicultural society rather than a hostile, nationalistic one, many of today's political and societal dilemmas might have been avoided.
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Population pressure – overworked doctors
BBC Report on Overworked Doctors Blames Pensioners, Ignores Migration-Fuelled Population Growth
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 9 May 2019.

In a report lamenting a fall in general practitioner (GP) numbers per capita, Britain's state broadcaster the BBC failed to mention immigration-driven population growth and instead blamed an "ageing" society for the decline.

A study by the Nuffield Trust said the drop in UK doctor numbers from 65 per 100,000 UK residents in 2014 to 60 last year, marked the first sustained fall in the figure since the 1960s.

In its report on the study, /.../, the BBC report failed to mention two million-strong population growth since 2014 and instead focussed purely on working conditions for doctors working in general practice and recruitment to explain the drop.

Campaign group Migration Watch UK, however, criticised the report, noting there was "no mention whatsoever" of mass migration – or even general population growth – in the public broadcaster's report.

"The BBC reports today that GP numbers have fallen from 65 per 100,000 in 2014 to 60 per 100,000 last year. Unsurprisingly, they say this is due to population ageing," the policy watchdog wrote.

"The General Medical Council said last year that rising population volumes are contributing to workplace pressures on GPs. The fact is that 80% of population growth is being driven by immigration. Why is it so difficult for the BBC and politicians to acknowledge this?" they added.

The continued rise in the national population – meaning more patients needing to be seen per doctor, on average – has been further compounded by a fall in the number of doctors working as GPs in the UK of 1,500 since 2014.
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Crime – Portuguese Africans
"Portuguese" criminals over-represented in London
Defend Evropa, 9 May 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

This wave of African criminality reveals a deeply worrying situation for both countries' governments. Their immigration and nationality/ citizenship systems are terribly broken, allowing criminals from the 3rd World to easily migrate between one another and commit crimes wherever they please.
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National identity – discomfort
Diversity, discomfort and my lament for a lost London
Tom Smail
Prospect, 8 May 2019.

I live in Harringay, Green Lanes, in the long, elegant stretch between Manor House and Turnpike Lane. ...

... Despite the delights of Green Lanes, I find myself progressively overwhelmed by diversity. I miss Englishness. I miss English. ...

It is not the fault of any immigrant that I have chosen to live in a predominantly non-English area. But having seen London change over 35 years, I am finding it hard to appreciate the positive aspects without concern. Immigration has become not, as I once thought, a welcome addition to the English way of life, but a source of disquiet. And quite simply because of its scale. The immigration we have experienced in the last two decades is unparalleled in British history: an average net figure, according to the Office for National Statistics, of over 220,000 people annually for the past 22 years. ...

... The mere fact that people are not talking English is no longer unusual; in several corners of the UK it is the norm. I speak four languages and am fascinated by accents and dialects. But the multiplicity of languages outside my front door and the almost total absence of English English leave me feeling like a stranger in a once familiar land.

To talk of feeling thus in one's own country or to suggest that scale matters when discussing immigration are both considered inadmissible opinions by those who do not regard such things as important. But I cannot accept that the numerous Britons who hold these views are all racists. Large-scale immigration necessarily has a far-reaching effect on that which many people value, namely the character of their society. It is an instrument of profound change. I don't know how one bridges the divide between those who passionately advocate globalisation and relatively open borders, and those who, while celebrating the diversity of humanity, believe in the worth of smaller subsets.

Whatever you may think of the concept of national identity, there is undoubtedly a bond that exists between people who share history, geography, culture and language. ...

It is not that I prefer English people to other people. Frequently I do not. It is that, in order to have a functioning, cohesive society, there needs to be some shared sense of what that society is. National identity resides in memories, myths and traditions. A confident sense of national identity, interestingly, is an essential prerequisite for successful integration. People settling in a new land need to feel they are becoming part of something positive. Our own sense of national identity took a battering post-empire: everything that Britain had been was largely discredited, at least in liberal and educated circles, and there was little of substance to take its place. ...

Matthew D'Ancona, writing in the Guardian in 2018, asserted: "Beneath all the talk of 'control' and 'global Britain,' there is the germ of an extremely unpleasant nativism." There are indeed some highly unsavoury views of foreigners licensed by the Brexit moment and Trump. But there are many who believe in Europe, are well travelled, educated and hospitable, people who do not hate foreigners, but simply feel quietly unnerved at the scale of the changes afoot. People like me.
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Population – demography
Is Demography Destiny?
Scott McConnell
American Conservative, 7 May 2019.

Unease with rapid demographic change is a major driving force in our politics. Neopopulist parties advocating tougher immigration restrictions continue to advance in Europe, most recently in Spain and the Netherlands. The more established parties of the European center-right, ineffectual at stemming immigration when in power, increasingly give rhetorical backing to enhanced restriction. ...

How are we to think of an issue which produces such shockwaves to Western political systems? One tactic is simply to deny that concerns driven in part by demographic change have any factual basis, to label what the French writer Renaud Camus first dubbed "the Great Replacement" as racist, conspiratorial talk relevant only to the most ghastly extremists, such as the murderer who committed the despicable Christchurch mosque shootings. ...

... The scholar Phillipe Lemoine has an interesting paper about French demography on his blog utilizing standard demographic projection models. Under the most conservative scenarios, with very low rates of immigration, the French white population becomes a minority before 2100. Under other models, this will can happen sooner. Such projections make no claims about the future nature of French society, but simply demonstrate the essential intellectual unseriousness of Le Monde's claim that a group which comprises 12 percent of the population in 2015 can't possibly become a majority in three or four generations.

From reading such commentary, you would never know that demographic triumphalism is a major theme among left-wing activists, who have been crowing for years of the electoral and political power they will accrue as the white share of the population declines. ...

Steve Phillips, political activist and author of the Brown Is the New White, is more explicit in touting the retributionist promise of the new demographics. "Because of the population changes in the last fifty years, the very groups that were formerly oppressed now have the numbers to secure the political power necessary to set the country on the course to true justice and equality... so that time, attention, and massive amounts of resources are directed to the country's communities of color."

Phillips's book is in part a shoutout to a smorgasbord of leftist causes (reparations, amnesty, abolishing standardized tests) coupled with the assertion that the new demographics bring the power of a "new American majority" within reach if the Democrats only give up their futile efforts to woo moderate "swing voters." The New American Majority is "inherently progressive" and "growing larger every day because 90 percent of population growth consists of people of color." ...

Perhaps it was arguments like this which Dowell Myers, a liberal demographer from the University of Southern California, had in mind when he recalled the Left's reaction to the Census Bureau's 2008 projection that whites in America would be a minority by 2044. Progressives couldn't contain their enthusiasm, remembered Myers. "People went crazy. It was conquest, our day has come. They wanted to overpower them with numbers. It was demographic destiny." ...

One need also consider the dramatic emergence of a large political/cultural movement devoted to anti-whiteness, now traveling under the umbrella of combatting "white privilege."
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Multiculturalism – blasphemy, Islam
We must have the right to blaspheme against Islam
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 6 May 2019.

Thou shalt not insult Islam. Bizarrely, terrifyingly, this has become the creed of 21st-century Britain. Consider the Saatchi Gallery's decision to cover up two paintings after Muslim visitors complained they were offensive. ...

The works are by the pseudonymous artist SKU. The aim of the paintings was to explore how individuals become subjected to 'wider cultural, economic, moral and political forces'. But visitors were denied the ability to judge how successfully the paintings did this because they were covered up by Islam-respecting modesty sheets in response to complaints that they were 'blasphemous'. ...

It is also ironic. And riddled with double standards too. For the Saatchi art crowd has long presented itself as dangerous and sensational and willing to offend against orthodoxies. ...

Even more strikingly, the Saatchi collection then included 'The Holy Virgin Mary' by Chris Ofili, which is an Africanised painting of the mother of Christ that rests on two big slabs of elephant dung. It caused a storm in London in 1997 and even more so when it was displayed at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1999. /.../ The museum refused to remove it. Saatchi's people didn't suggest covering it up. Nor did they talk up 'the sincerity of the complaints'. Which raises a big and awkward question: why is it okay for the edgy art world to 'insult' a Christian icon but not to 'blaspheme' against Islam?

... The Saudi-style covering-up of SKU's two paintings follows the shushing or shelving of other works of art or entertainment deemed to be offensive to Islam. Various theatres, including the Barbican and the Royal Court Theatre, have rewritten or cancelled works that might offend Muslims. Or witness the fire-and-brimstone condemnation that rains down on anyone who criticises or jokes about certain Islamic practices, whether it's the wearing of the niqab (Boris Johnson) or the 72 virgins thing (Louis Smith).

Student unions agitate for the banning of speakers who criticise Islam too harshly (whom they of course brand 'Islamophobic'). /.../ Even the Metropolitan Police recently decreed that it is 'Islamophobic' to describe Islam in any of the following ways: as a 'static' belief system, as 'other', as 'irrational', 'sexist' or 'aggressive', or as a 'political ideology'. Apparently anyone who holds these entirely legitimate views of Islam is guilty of an act of 'phobia' – which in essence means blasphemy.
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Extremism – Islam
Secret Government report warns over 48 British Islamic schools are teaching intolerance and misogyny to future imams
Abul Taher
Mail on Sunday, 5 May 2019.

Young imams are being trained in a network of Islamic schools across the UK that have been accused of promoting intolerance and misogyny, a secret Government report has warned.

The report claims preachers emerging from some of the dozens of Darul Uloom madrasas scattered across Britain have views as extreme as those held by radical clerics who move to the UK from Islamic countries – and may spread them to worshippers.

The Mail on Sunday has identified 48 Darul Ulooms – which can be translated as House of Knowledge – that follow a strict syllabus called Dars-E-Nizami.

It espouses the literal following of the Koran and is used by the hardline Islamic movement Deobandism, whose training schools produced the Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan. ...

Haras Rafiq, an anti-extremism expert at the Quilliam think tank, said: 'British-trained imams are not any better than the ones trained in the Indian subcontinent because both are taught the same Dars-E-Nizami syllabus. The Darul Ulooms have a problem with extremism.'
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Illegal immigration – failed asylum-seekers
More failed asylum seekers stay than leave
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 5 May 2019.

Migration Watch research estimates net illegal immigration to be running at about 70,000 per year; the gross inflow is 105,000 per year (see our paper), and that is in addition to the estimated million or so migrants already living here illegally. A proportion of this million is the result of only 40 per cent of those refused asylum since 2004 leaving the country as they should have done (an annual average of 5,400 out of an average 13,900 refusals per year). Meanwhile, the backlog of asylum applications still awaiting an initial decision after more than six months trebled between 2010 and 2017.

David Wood, a former Director General of Immigration Enforcement at the Home Office, revealed in a report published by the think tank Civitas earlier this year that removals of failed asylum seekers had fallen from more than 15,000 per year 14/15 years ago to fewer than 5,000 in more recent years. In 2017, there were just 2,541 enforced removals and 2,301 voluntary departures.

The lamentable state of our asylum system and our ineffectual enforcement policies pose just as great a risk (perhaps greater) to the integrity of our borders as those risking their lives to cross the Channel in rubber dinghies, something the Home Secretary declared a major incident last December. ...

I should add that, according to Frans Timmermans, First Vice President of the European Commission, speaking to Dutch broadcaster NOS in January 2016 of the 120,000 migrants who had arrived in the EU in December 2015 [to claim asylum] '60 per cent were from countries where you can assume they have no reason whatsoever to ask for refugee status'.

Not that the UK is not generous in giving refuge. According to Eurostat, the EU's statistical arm, in 2017 the UK resettled more refugees from outside Europe than any other EU member state (see the Government's Immigration White Paper, p76). In total, the UK provides asylum or another form of protection and resettlement to between 10,000 and 20,000 refugees every year. Long may that continue.

However, failing to remove those with no right to be here, including failed asylum seekers, is an affront to the rule of law and if anything encourages people to risk their lives to get here by hook or by crook. How the 129 MPs who signed a pledge effectively to turn a blind eye to illegal immigration /.../ thought they were helping is difficult to comprehend. What is more, they did this while the Home Office's internal estimate (according to David Wood – p4 of Civitas report) was that between 150,000 and 250,000 people with no right to be in the UK were failing to leave each year. The MPs were also acting against the express wishes of the great majority of the electorate, 77 per cent of whom see illegal immigration as a major problem facing the UK (2018 Project28 poll).

Instead of loosening controls (as only 8 per cent of the public wish to see, according to Ipsos MORI – see p7 of polling summary), the government should instead provide the asylum and immigration enforcement systems with the resources they need and in so doing show commitment to honouring their oft-repeated promise to reduce immigration by a lot, for which the majority of the public yearn.
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
Sweden Expects Nearly 60,000 Family Reunification Applications This Year
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 5 May 2019.

According to newly released forecasts from the Swedish Migration Board, the country could expect around 59,000 new migrant family reunification applications for 2019.

The 59,000 application figure was released as part of a broader number of forecasts for the various kinds of residency permits handed out during the year as well as the costs associated with new asylum seekers. In a press release, the agency also claimed that they expected around 21,000 asylum seekers this year and another 22,000 next year.

If all applications are accepted, combined both migrant family reunification and new asylum seekers will total around 80,000 new migrants entering the country, which would be higher than the total for 2018 where the combined number stood at just under 70,000. The reason for the larger number is a sharp increase in family reunifications, while new asylum numbers have gone down from just over 25,000 last year. ...

While Sweden projects a decline in the number of asylum seekers, Public Employment Service Director General Mikael Sjöberg recently called for more migration into Sweden saying that the country needs more workers to fill jobs and contribute to the welfare system to keep it afloat as the population ages.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
MPs cave in to Left-wing doctors and scrap plans to stop health tourists coming to Britain for treatment they're not entitled to - costing the NHS £280m a year
Stephen Adams
Mail on Sunday, 5 May 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mail on Sunday contacted all 18 'pilot' trusts to ask if eligibility checking continued after the trials. Most said it had not. Several refused to answer.
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Terrorism – Islam
'Abuse of this kind will not be tolerated' - Charity running Stoke-on-Trent mosque dissolved for 'facilitating terrorism'
Hayley Parker
StokeTrentLive, 4 May 2019.

A charity running a Stoke-on-Trent mosque has been dissolved - for 'facilitating terrorism'.

An investigation was launched into the Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust after its Tunstall mosque was used to 'condone or support terrorism'.

The regulator opened the inquiry a year ago after radical Imam Kamran Hussain preached hate and was later convicted of six charges of encouraging terrorism and two of encouraging support for a proscribed organisation – the Islamic State.

Now the Charity Commission has disqualified the two trustees - Fazal Ellahi and his son Isbar Ellahi - from running a charity after they 'failed to properly manage, administer and protect the trust and its resources, resulting in it being used to facilitate terrorism offences'. ...

The Fazal Ellahi Charitable Trust was set up in 2003 with the aim of 'educating all people, particularly children and young people, in the Muslim religion and Urdu language and the advancement of the Muslim religion through collective prayer meetings and otherwise'. ...

The preacher supported the virtues of killing, martyrdom and violent jihad and endorsed the efforts of those who had undertaken such acts.
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Immigration abroad – baby boys' names, Germany
Mohammed was the most popular first name for boys born in Berlin in 2018, study reveals
Tim Stickings
MailOnline, 4 May 2019.

Mohammed was the most popular first name for baby boys in Berlin last year, it has emerged.

The Association for German Language revealed that the name was among the ten most popular in six of the country's 16 states.

As well as the state of Berlin it featured near the top of the list in Berlin, Hamburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Saarland and Hesse in the 2018 figures.

In Germany as a whole it was 24th on the list, when its various spellings and use in children's middle names were added together. ...

The Association's managing director Andrea Ewels has previously said the name Mohammed's rise was 'of course related to the wave of immigration'.
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Extremism – BBC
BBC Asian Network Plays Rap Song About Pimping 'White Girls' for Money
Breitbart, 4 May 2019.

The BBC has come under fire for airing a rap song which appears to glamourise south Asian men using "white girls" as prostitutes and drug dealers.

BBC Asian Network played the song "Chaabian Boyz" by Frenzo Harami, which contains the lyrics "I had a white girl I used to call a cash machine, I got 20 white girls and they will trap [sell drugs] for me, they're on in the flats laying on their backs for P [money]." ...

The BBC responded to the criticism by saying, "A version of the track which did not meet our editorial standards was played on Asian Network produced shows, in error. The song will not be played on any future shows." ...

An official report in 2014 by Professor Alexis Jay exposed how largely Pakistani-heritage, Muslim men had systematically exploited 1,500 mostly white girls in Rotherham between 1997 and 2013. The abuse went largely unchecked due to politically correct authorities fearing they could be accused of racism.
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Immigration – public opinion
Britons most positive in Europe on benefits of immigration
Jamie Grierson and Pamela Duncan
The Guardian, 3 May 2019.

British people are more persuaded of the benefits of immigration than any other major European nation, according to a global survey, which has also found that almost half of Britons think immigrants are either positive or neutral for the country.

The YouGov-Cambridge Globalism survey found that 28% of Britons believed the benefits of immigration outweighed the costs, compared with 24% in Germany, 21% in France and 19% in Denmark. A further 20% of British people believed the costs and benefits were about equal, while 16% were not sure.

The findings contradict the assumption that Britain is more hostile to immigration than its European neighbours are. Britain was seen as taking a hardline and less compassionate response to the 2015 European migration crisis, while many argue concerns over immigration were the key driving force behind the Brexit vote.

But experts have detected a softening in attitudes towards immigration since that vote, which could in part be influenced by the prospect of the end of freedom of movement and the dramatic drop in net migration to the UK from EU countries, which in the last figures dropped to its lowest level since 2009.

In all, only 37% of Britons feel the costs of immigration outweigh the benefits – lower than in any other big European country apart from Poland. By comparison, 50% of Italians believe the net impact of immigration is negative, as well as 49% of Swedes and 42% of French and 40% of Germans. ...

However, the UK portion of the global YouGov survey suggests anti-immigrant messaging is unlikely to work across the party divide. While only 3% of Ukip voters thought benefits outweighed costs, this compared with 15% of Conservative voters and 42% who voted Labour.

The survey also suggested men were most open to the benefits of immigration, with 32% saying the overall the impact was positive, compared with 24% of women. ...

Britons also appeared relatively hostile to refugees. Only 29% of Britons thought people fleeing war or persecution were good for the country, less than any other EU or anglophone country in the survey. ...

UK respondents also showed the lowest level of support of all countries surveyed for migrants coming to join family members who already live here, with just 22% of respondents thinking this was good for the country, compared with 56% of Polish respondents who, among the EU and anglophone countries, showed the highest level of support.
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Crime – sex slave trade
Even in shelters, sex slave trade victims not safe from traffickers
James Rothwell
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

Unseen UK, a charity that runs an emergency hotline for modern slavery victims, suspects the total number of Romanians enslaved in Britain has already exceeded 1,200.
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Diversity – racism, decolonisation, universities
Universities told to 'decolonise' their curriculums
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2019.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The report said vice-chancellors must foster environments where issues surrounding race and racism can be discussed more openly, and gather data on which approaches are effective in tackling the attainment gap.
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Immigration abroad – public opinion, Republic of Ireland
Ireland: Politicians Back Globalism, But People Fear Country 'Changing Too Quickly', 'Too Politically Correct'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 2 May 2019.

The Irish Times brimmed with optimism reporting the results of its 2019 Sign of the Times survey at the weekend, declaring that the research showed "a seismic shift in the country's social and moral mores in a very short period of time". ...

Accompanying this text are figures showing /.../ only 53 per cent of respondents were either neutral to or disagreed with the statement "We are losing Irish identity in face of foreign national influx".

Not everyone in the country is "entirely comfortable with this new Ireland of openness and tolerance" the newspaper conceded, complaining about results which showed a majority (61 per cent) of respondents agreed the nation was "changing too quickly" and that 69 per cent agreed Irish society was "too politically correct". ...

Research conducted in April revealed not one of Ireland's TDs (the equivalent of Britain's Members of Parliament) wants to restrict immigration to the country, with 65 per cent telling a survey by independent radio station Newstalk they would keep migration levels the same and 35 per cent wanting them increased, despite 50 per cent of respondents admitting the subject is regularly brought up by constituents as a concern.

Ian McShane, the journalist who provided the analysis of the statistics, did not make clear how citizens unhappy about mass migration are supposed to make their views heard to the people who are meant to represent them.

However, his claim that politicians who address the subject present some sort of peril to the country is a view shared almost unanimously by the media and political establishment in Ireland, who reacted with anger last month at former Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín commenting that "there needs to be sustainable levels of immigration in this country, it needs to be managed".
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Immigration – Romanians
Inside Little Bucharest How Romanian immigration changed this small London suburb beyond recognition
George Harrison
The Sun, 1 May 2019.

Stepping off the train there's a cacophony of foreign voices, and most of the little restaurants crowded along the High Street have their signs and menus in Romanian.

But this isn't Bucharest: this is Burnt Oak, a suburb near Wembley in north-west London which has been dubbed "Little Romania" because of the huge Eastern European population there.

It emerged last week that Romanians are now the second largest community of foreigners in Britain, with over 413,000 living and working in the UK.

Ten years ago, Britain's Romanian population stood at 42,000 - meaning there has been a tenfold increase in just a decade.

Romanians have also represented the biggest group of new arrivals since 2016, but nowhere is that more apparent than in Burnt Oak - a suburb where Romanian is the second most commonly spoken language, and where 56 per cent of school-age children don't speak English as a first language. ...

When I try to talk to staff at the Romanian supermarkets, many tell me that they don't speak English.
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Multiculturalism – social cohesion
Do we really have that much in common? [part 1]
Trevor Phillips
UnHerd, 1 May 2019.

I wish I had known the late MP, Jo Cox, murdered by an extremist just a year into what promised to be a long and distinguished political career. She seemed like my kind of person: leftish without being tribal, ready to change her mind /.../, and devoted to helping the poor internationally. She campaigned against anti-Muslim sentiment without being duped into backing Islamist extremists.

But her death is, increasingly being used as a way of demanding compliance to a politically 'woke' orthodoxy that will cause the very misery and division she entered politics to combat. At the risk of seeming insensitive, I think we need to call a halt to what the French might call the banalisation of her most well-known message: "We are far more united and have far more in common than that which divides us." It's just not true.

For example, the fact that many Muslims and fundamentalist Christians say they feel British is often cited as evidence that we are all on the same side in today's culture wars. But it doesn't explain the inconvenient fact that a majority of these groups sincerely don't want a gay teacher to stand in front of their children. The strident chants of the Muslim parents at the school gates won't be drowned out by another rendering of "Kumbaya" even if backed by other groups who might share their concerns, such as Orthodox Jews or evangelical Christians.

I think Jo Cox recognised that social cohesion does not come naturally. ... ... At the heart of her message was a recognition that some sincerely held differences will never be wished away by metropolitan intellectuals. If you truly respect diversity, you cannot just brush those differences aside.

Yet, in all too many cases, authorities, public and private are being bullied into pretending that these significant cultural differences do not really exist. Even now, for example, authorities in towns such as Rotherham and Rochdale remain reluctant to associate the child grooming scandals with social norms within the largely Pakistani Muslim neighbourhoods in which they took place. ...

This is odd; because these are often the very same authorities who defend 'multiculturalism', by which they mean accepting that some ethnic communities' divergent historic traditions may take precedence over prevailing mainstream norms. Some try to square the circle by airily asserting that time will bring us together. If so, I'd say that the change must be so slow as to be imperceptible.

To take a simple but disturbing example: in many parts of the world the practice of "cousin-marriage" is legally prohibited – China, Korea, half of the United States. Yet in some British communities the practice of cousin-marriage is regarded as unexceptional, and indeed desirable. There are fears that 'consanguinity' may be contributing to a rumoured increase in debilitating conditions among babies in these groups. But any widespread discussion of the cost, human and economic, of this phenomenon, has yet to take place for fear of 'stigmatising' such groups. ...
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Multiculturalism – social cohesion
Do we really have that much in common? [part 2]
Trevor Phillips
UnHerd, 1 May 2019.

I could have chosen any of half a dozen examples of the pernicious real-world impact of the "more in common" delusion. It has led to silence on the racial factors in street grooming of white children, in knife crime, and in chronic educational failure – all of which are social issues that impose costs on everyone.

In each of these areas, even as the chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, I found it almost impossible to commission research on – for example – the reasons behind the educational out-performance of Asian children compared with other minority groups – a fact attested to by the government's own data. Nervousness about acknowledging racial difference that cannot simply be attributed to white prejudice prevents companies from collecting data that might help them to improve service to customers. It blocks systematic inquiry into the growing certainty that computer algorithms are daily making biased decisions.

The fiction is clung to most fiercely by liberal opinion – particularly white liberal opinion. Such behaviour on the part of whites can – it is said – be put down to their innate racism. We minority Britons, according to the liberal mind, should show no such prejudice. But surveys of friendship circles consistently make the same finding – that left to our devices, and absent economic pressures or obvious discrimination, minority Britons typically choose to spend our time with others like ourselves. Asian Britains are five times as likely as they should be to socialise with other Asians, Black Britons eight times as likely to socialise with other blacks.

And there is little sign that such preferences are fading among the young; if you don't believe me, stand outside any multiracial secondary school at the end of the day and count the number of single race groups walking home compared with the number of mixed groups. That's why, as one (white) American diversity trainer points out, the worst thing you can say to a person of colour is "I don't see you as black (or Asian)" or the just slightly less patronising "Young people are so much more open, they don't see race". If you really believe that nonsense you should have gone to Specsavers.

Yes, we may all aspire to peace and prosperity, love our families and, want to build comfortable homes and neighbourhoods. But however much we wish it were not so, we really aren't the same. And where ethnic and cultural groups sincerely hold different views – on, for example, attitudes to women or homosexuality – we need to accept that the gulf may never be bridged; either you believe that LGBT people are equal or you don't.

The things that unite us may be many and various – but some matters that divide us are decisive, literally black and white, and the sooner we admit it the better. I am sure there is work to do to understand and to navigate the divides; and to decide what to do when compromise proves impossible. But that work can't even be started until everybody stops pretending that we are all the same under the skin.
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Diversity – discrimination, disparities
Discrimination and Disparities
Walter E. Williams
CNSNews, 1 May 2019.
[The author is a professor of economics at George Mason University]

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

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

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

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

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

Observing the historical success of these and other black schools, one wonders about the catchwords of Chief Justice Earl Warren's statement that separate schools "are inherently unequal." That vision led to racial integration going from being a means to an end to racial integration becoming an end all by itself. Sowell doesn't say this, but in my view, integration becoming the goal is what has made diversity and inclusion the end all and be all of today's educators at many levels.
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