IMMIGRATION CONCERN

Immigration and related issues, mainly in the United Kingdom.

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RECENT NEWS AND VIEWS

Extracts in date order, except latest additions first. Updated 21 September 2018

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Multiculturalism – pupils, data
Delete pupil nationality data or face legal action, campaigners warn ministers
Freddie Whittaker
Schools Week, 21 September 2018.

The Department for Education faces being reported to the Information Commissioner if it does not agree to delete data collected on pupils' nationality and country of birth over the past two years.

More than 20 human rights and privacy campaign groups have signed a letter to Damian Hinds, the education secretary, urging him to destroy the information collected under controversial changes to the school census, introduced in 2016.

The requirement on schools to record information on the nationality and country of birth of their children was scrapped earlier this year following a massive U-turn by the DfE. ...

It followed attempts to challenge the data collection in the courts, and after the government was forced to admit it had failed to obtain data on around a quarter of pupils, either because parents refused to provide it, or because schools did not submit it in their census returns. ...

Now the letter, coordinated by campaign group Against Borders for Children and signed by organisations like the National Education Union, Liberty, Defend Digital Me and Migrant Voice, want the data collected since October 2016, when the collection was first added to the census, to be deleted. The DfE has previously said it intends to keep the data. ...

Under current rules, limited information from the national pupil database can be supplied to the Home Office if it is requested for a specific pupil. The Home Office cannot request batch data about certain groups, and is not allowed to see nationality or country of birth data.
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Population pressure – housing
ONS household projections for England
Migration Watch UK, 20 September 2018.

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

"This is a hopeless underestimate. The ONS are projecting annual net migration 25% lower than seen in the last ten years. Their high migration scenario is much more plausible and in line with the previous decade's flows. That would mean a new home every three minutes for England as a whole, of which about half would be for migrants."

Note to editors

• The ONS says that the number of households in England is projected to increase by 4 million (17%) over the next 25 years, from 22.9 million in 2016 to 26.9 million in 2041. This equates to 159,000 additional households each year on their principal projection (based on net migration to England of 152,000 per year).

• Their 'zero migration' scenario foresees a total rise in households of 2.52 million over the period 2016-2041, while the high migration scenario (based on net migration to England of 214,500) foresees a total rise of 4.74 million (a difference of 2.22 million, or 88,800 households per year as the result of the arrival of migrants).

• The high migration scenario is a more appropriate measure because net migration to England has averaged 208,000 per year over the past decade and was 218,000 in 2016.

• The 88,800 homes per year that are projected to be due to immigration alone between 2016 and 2041 are equivalent of 243 per day, or one new home every six minutes.

• 90% of the additional households created in England 2005-2014 were headed by a person born outside the UK, according to previous ONS figures.
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Racism – political correctness, police
The PC police, literally
Tom Slater
Spiked, 20 September 2018.

'PC police' may have become a tired phrase. But it seems it can now be taken literally. Last week news broke that a senior Scotland Yard officer is under investigation for using the phrase 'whiter than white' in a briefing to colleagues. He was discussing the importance of police officers being 'above reproach' in how they conduct themselves. But nevertheless a complaint was made and now the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is investigating him for 'the alleged use of language deliberately intended to be offensive and that had racist undertones'. He has been placed on restricted duties and has reportedly been warned that the inquiry may take up to 12 months to complete.

This is a story so thoroughly insane that even the most fulminating anti-PC warrior among us would have to do a double take. But a spokesman for the IOPC has indeed confirmed that not only is the investigation into the officer under way, but that it is part of a broader investigation into 'allegations of serious corruption and malpractice'. ...

That the British police not only have incredibly easily hurt feelings, but also systems in place to protect those incredibly easily hurt feelings, is one thing. The problem is that they are also becoming more and more interested in imposing their speech codes on the rest of society. A few weeks ago, South Yorkshire Police started a campaign called 'Hate Hurts', calling on people to report 'non-crime hate incidents' to what was swiftly nicknamed the 'hurty-feelings helpline'. In 2016, Greater Glasgow Police ran a similar campaign telling the public to 'Think before you post, or you may receive a visit from us this weekend', accompanied by a nifty graphic, spelling out the word 'think' thusly: 'T – is it true? H – is it hurtful? I – is it illegal? N – is it necessary? K – is it kind?'

Britain's insane laws around online hate speech have sparked international attention recently. ...; as a Times investigation found last year, as many as nine people a day are arrested for what they post online. But the police's activities recently remind us that this is not just a matter of what's on the statute book, but also of how the police are choosing to enforce it. ...

This is chilling. It is bad enough that the armed wing of the British state is required by law to police our speech, but now it seems to be taking it upon itself to quasi-criminalise speech it deems 'hurtful' or even just 'unkind'. /.../ This is especially strange at a time when the police are coming under increasing criticism for failing to pursue actual criminals: Home Office figures suggest just nine per cent of crimes now end with a suspect being charged. If resources are as squeezed as many police forces say they are, why are they spending so much time patrolling our tweets?

... Whatever is driving the ignoble rise of the literal PC police, it seems there's never been a better time to get the boys in blue out of the censorship game for good.
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Illegal immigration
An "army" of illegal immigrants is arriving in the UK every year
Migration Watch UK, 20 September 2018.

The illegal immigrant population of the UK is rising by 70,000 per year – nearly equivalent to the size of the full-time British Army. That is the conclusion of a new paper (Illegal immigration - What can be done?) being issued by Migration Watch UK.

The paper estimates the gross annual rise in the illegal immigrant population to be 105,000 per year while only about a third (or 35,200) of this annual total is either being removed or is departing voluntarily each year. Hence a net rise of 70,000 people per year, or 700,000 over the course of a decade.

Meanwhile, the controversy arising from the Windrush Affair has masked the continued and serious failure of the authorities to remove hundreds of thousands of people who have no right to be here.

Effective removal mechanisms are essential to the credibility of border controls. Over three-quarters - 77% - of the public consider illegal immigration to be a serious problem facing the country.

The best estimates, including two by former senior Home Office officials, suggest that there may be over one million illegal immigrants in the UK - equivalent to the population of Birmingham, the UK's second largest city. ...

Our estimate of the number of people who overstay their visas stands at 83,600 per year. Added to more than 12,800 detected clandestine entrants and an annual average 8,500 failed asylum seekers who do not depart, that gives a gross figure of 105,000 more illegal migrants each year.

At the same time, removals and departures have averaged 35,200 since 2009 (excluding returns of foreign criminals). Removals of failed asylum seekers nosedived from 2005 onwards, from 16,000 to just over 5,000 in 2017. Over the last 14 years, less than half of those whose asylum claims were refused have departed the country. Meanwhile, returns of immigration offenders have dropped by a third since 2013. This decline in removals is troubling.

Illegal immigration to the UK is a major public concern. Yet the situation is considerably worse than the government admits and very little is being done about it.

Furthermore, a number of those who have remained have been able to regularise their status as a result of routes that allow those here illegally to stay on. These routes should be closed because they encourage the flouting of the law and are grossly unfair to those who take the care and time to follow the rules. ...

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

"The scale of illegal immigration to Britain is a scandal that has gone on for too long. It undermines public acceptance of genuine refugees and is damaging to community relations generally. The government must not cave in to opposition attempts to 'weaponise' Windrush against legitimate and effective measures to tackle overstaying. These measures are supported by nearly 80% of the public, and rightly so."
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Multiculturalism – students, London
Three in four London students 'from ethnic minorities by 2030'
Sean Coughlan
BBC, 20 September 2018.

Almost three quarters of university students from London will be from ethnic minorities by the end of the next decade, say researchers.

The analysis, based on demographic changes and university entry rates, shows 27% of students from London will be white - down from 37% at present.

White students will still be the biggest ethnic group - followed by 21% from African backgrounds, up from 17%. ...

The report - from Access HE - reflects a growing ethnic minority population in the school system and says young people from black and Asian families are more likely to apply for university.

"We are witnessing hyper-diversity among the student body in London, where diversity is the norm and not the exception," says the report.

"Based on existing evidence, we can expect a significant increase in the number of young students entering higher education by 2030, and an increase in the diversity of these students... nearly 75% being non-white."

There is a forecast of a particular growth in Londoners from African and mixed-race backgrounds going to university. ...

This means about a quarter of students from London will be white, a quarter black, a quarter Asian and a quarter from other groups or from a mix of backgrounds. ...

Graeme Atherton, head of Access HE, says that as well as London's student population changing, this demographic trend is going to "drive diversity" in universities in other parts of the United Kingdom.
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Politics – Conservative Party
Immigration could make or break the Tories
Andrew Green
Conservative Woman, 20 September 2018.

The government need to be extremely careful how they respond to the report of the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) published on Tuesday. As one might expect, it addresses immigration from a strictly economic, even academic, point of view. However, it is also tone deaf to the wider concerns of the public, not about the technicalities of economists, but about a deeply held concern that the scale of immigration has got out of hand and is changing the whole scale and nature of our society at an unacceptable pace.

The MAC seem to have lost sight of the bigger picture. They acknowledge that nearly two-thirds of the public want immigration reduced, only in effect to ignore these concerns in drawing up their proposals. ...

The committee mention pressure on social housing and recognise that indigenous British people are waiting longer than they otherwise would. However, there is no reference even to the government's own projections that we will have to build nearly 300 homes every day for the indefinite future just to house new migrants. /.../ What the public does not realise is that half of the demand is a result of immigration. ...

This situation just cannot be allowed to continue, whatever the economic arguments. We cannot have such changes to the scale and nature of our society without public consent, indeed in the teeth of clear public wishes to the contrary.

The immigration lobby make much of the net contribution of immigrants to the Exchequer. However the committee, in one of their more useful paragraphs, point out that the net contribution in the last financial year of £4.7 billion works out at £1.70 per week per head of the UK-born population. It follows that, from a fiscal point of view there is, as the chairman of the MAC Professor Alan Manning put it, little effect and little benefit. Even more strikingly, the net contribution from the one and a half million working-age Eastern Europeans in the UK comes out at little over ten pence per head averaged across the adult UK population. In other words, peanuts, and certainly not worth the strains associated with hugely increased congestion on our roads, trains, buses and in hospitals and schools (not to mention integration and cohesion). ...

It is also concerning that the committee have recommended abolishing the present key requirement for an employer to check whether there is a suitable UK applicant before hiring someone from abroad. Our research has found that there are four million people who would like to work or would like more working hours than they currently have. It would be a major error for the government to abolish protections for UK applicants in this way.

The combination of the widening of the skill level, opening the route to the whole world, removal of safeguards for UK workers and abolition of the cap on highly-skilled work permits may well be seen in the future as a very serious mistake. We have the precedent of New Labour who deliberately eased the immigration system in 1997, some say for political reasons, only to find that net migration trebled in the space of a couple of years.

We could yet see something similar if these proposals are introduced. ...

If the outcome of this government's stewardship were to produce a very difficult exit from the EU combined with a massive increase in immigration, the Conservatives could say goodbye to office for many years to come.
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Politics
We must stop trying to 'manage' immigration and simply cut it
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2018.

Before the Brexit referendum, two pro-immigration campaigners used Twitter to discuss free movement. "Whatever the outcome, it will be absurd to claim that people never get to have their say about immigration," said one. The second declared: "Remain is a vote?... for free movement. Leave for significant change. Clear choice and mandate."

Both campaigners have had a hand in reports published this week. The first, Sunder Katwala, helped to organise the National Conversation, an exercise in testing public opinion on immigration.

The second, Jonathan Portes, an advocate of high immigration, contributed to a report recommending post-Brexit immigration policies to the Government. Both reports are case studies in why Britain finds it so hard to control immigration and why the public is so frustrated by politicians who fail to reduce the numbers.

The National Conversation was described by its organisers as "the biggest ever public engagement on immigration". ...

One question it did not ask, however, was whether immigration ought to continue at its existing pace, go up or come down. This might have been an accident, but it looks more likely like a deliberate omission. ...

This brings us to this week's second report, by the Migration Advisory Committee, the Government's independent advisers. ...

And who contributes towards these assessments? Well-meaning officials with liberal beliefs and partisan campaigners masquerading as neutral experts, like Mr Portes.
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Immigration abroad – USA
The foreign-born population in the U.S. has reached its highest level since 1910 – and 41% are coming from Asia
Valerie Bauman
Daily Mail, 20 September 2018.

Nearly 14 percent of people living in America are foreign-born – the highest proportion in more than a century, according to U.S. Census data.

The foreign-born population totaled 44.5 million, or 13.7 percent in 2017.

And now more than ever, those foreign arrivals are coming from Asia and bringing a college education with them, according to an analysis of Census data by the Brookings Institution.

Brookings researchers found that 41 percent of new arrivals since 2010 came from Asia and about 45 percent had graduated from college – a 30 percent increase compared to arrivals from 2000-2009. ...

In fact, 2.6 million people came to the U.S. from Asia since 2010, compared to 1.2 million from Latin America, according to the Brookings analysis.
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Crime – stop and search
Stop and search makes crime more likely, report finds
Ben Quinn
The Guardian, 19 September 2018.

The police tactic of stop and search is increasing the likelihood of crime rather than preventing it, finds a report that paints a bleak picture of young men and boys snapping under the pressure of relentless checks sometimes multiple times a day.

Based on in-depth interviews with young Londoners named on the Metropolitan police's controversial list of gang suspects – the gangs matrix – the report (pdf) also raises concerns about how the police's "gang nominal" assessment has an impact on the lives of those listed.

The report for the charity StopWatch, a coalition of legal experts, civil liberties campaigners and others, heavily criticises the multi-agency approach in which information about those on the matrix is shared across public services, including education and housing providers. Concerns were raised about a lack of transparency and the sharing of information without the consent of the young people in question.

StopWatch's report, Being Matrixed, draws on the testimonies of 15 Londoners aged between 17 and 32 who are on the matrix – which gives suspected gang members a score assessing how dangerous they are believed to be. ...

A report this year by Amnesty International alleged the matrix violated the human rights of the predominantly black youngsters on it. Amnesty found that of those on the list, 78% were black and 9% were from other ethnic minorities.

The Met said it constantly reviewed and updated the processes involved in maintaining the matrix, as well as the individuals listed. It said the threshold for inclusion was high and inclusion happened only where the force had at least two corroborated pieces of tested intelligence. While the number of people listed had remained at about 3,500 since 2012, more than 4,000 people had been removed from the list.

Scotland Yard said it had altered the stop and search tactic, making it more intelligence-led, and that the arrest rate had risen from 8.4% to 18.5%. The force said an individual would not be stopped and searched purely and only through being on the matrix.
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Racism – medicine
The NHS is 'subconsciously racist', says head of doctors' union
Henry Bodkin
Daily Telegraph, 19 September 2018.

The NHS is "subconsciously racist" and routinely overlooks ethnic minority doctors for senior posts, the head of the British Medical Association has said.

Chaand Nagpaul, the first non-white doctor to lead the BMA, said patients were being deprived of the most skilled clinicians because of an entrenched bias in the system.

In an interview with The Telegraph, he said a culture of "inequality" had stalled the careers of BME (black and minority) doctors in favour of less qualified white colleagues.

His intervention follows the publication of figures showing that only seven per cent of senior clinical posts in the health service were filled by BME doctors, despite them making up a third of the workforce.
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Politics – Government
Immigration: Will someone in the Government listen?
Kathy Gyngell
Conservative Woman, 19 September 2018.

The Government has published the much-anticipated report on migration it had commissioned. ...

Yesterday The Times led its front page with the story, giving the apparently encouraging news that there would be no need for low-skilled workers after Brexit. It suggested, however, that this was 'likely to be criticised by some business figures because it rejects the automatic need for a new route for low-skilled workers from the EU or around the world to come in after Brexit'.

In other words that its recommendations were too restrictive.

However Sir Andrew Green of the independent think tank MigrationWatch has arrived at a rather different conclusion: 'This is a very technical report which seems blind to the impact of high levels of EU immigration on many communities in this country as a result of rapid population growth. With immigration adding one million to our population every three years this simply cannot go on. These proposals would permit continued high levels of immigration, including those with medium skills from all over the world. The overall outcome would be to weaken immigration control rather than strengthen it.'

Will someone in the Government listen to him, please?
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Immigration – Migration Advisory Committee
EU nationals MUST face same rules as rest of the world when immigrating to the UK – report
David Maddox
Daily Express, 19 September 2018.

EU nationals must face the same rules to be allowed into the UK as people from the rest of the world with an end to uncontrolled free movement, a Government-commissioned report has concluded.

The Migration Advisory Council (MAC)'s 132-page report, published on Tuesday, said that a migrant's impact must be judged on "skills, employment, age and use of public services, and not fundamentally on their nationality."

The recommendations which include making it easier for high skilled migrants to come to fill vital roles and harder for low skilled labour to flood the UK market, mark a generational change in the view of migration in the UK.

However, there was criticism of the report for controversial conclusions that immigrants pay more in taxes than they take in benefits and that there was no evidence the massive influx of unskilled labour has driven down wages.

Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "This is a very technical report which seems blind to the impact of high levels of EU immigration on many communities in this country as a result of rapid population growth.

"With immigration adding one million to our population every three years this simply cannot go on."

He also warned that the loose definition of high skilled labour in the report means "these proposals would permit continued high levels of immigration, including those with medium skills from all over the world".

He added: "The overall outcome would be to weaken immigration control rather than strengthen it."
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Immigration abroad – crime, illegal immigration, USA
One in five US prison inmates is a 'criminal alien'
Sharyl Attkisson
The Hill, 19 September 2018.

New, little-reported statistics seem to prove two competing points in the illegal immigration debate.

First, it's true that most illegal immigrants are not imprisoned for committing additional crimes (beyond coming here illegally) in the United States. One might fairly deduce that most are otherwise law-abiding. But "criminal aliens" – those who engage in other criminal acts – do make up a disproportionate number of inmates in our prisons and jails. Seeing the numbers, one might fairly deduce that they commit serious crimes at a significantly higher rate than those in the U.S. legally.

Here's how the latest numbers break down.

The U.S. population is around 328 million. It's estimated that about 11 million – or one in 30 – are illegal immigrants. Yet criminal aliens account for more than one in five federal prison inmates. Even assuming a pretty radical margin of error for the sake of argument, that would still mean illegal immigrants are drastically over-represented among the criminal population.

And the actual picture may be worse, since the government says it has no way to be notified of all imprisoned illegal immigrants. So, instead, it counts a subset of them that it learns about through identifiers such as an FBI number.

The latest information is included in a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). ...

For starters, 91 percent of federal criminal aliens were citizens of Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, Colombia or Guatemala.

There were more than 730,000 criminal aliens in U.S. or state prisons and local jails during the period measured. They accounted for 4.9 million arrests for 7.5 million offenses. ...

The arrests include allegations of more than 1 million drug crimes, a half-million assaults, 133,800 sex offenses and 24,200 kidnappings. Even more serious, the imprisoned illegal immigrants, over a five-year period, had been arrested for 33,300 homicide-related offenses and 1,500 terrorism-related crimes.

In terms of cost, federal taxpayers shelled out more than $15 billion during the period studied – or $2.5 billion a year – to keep criminal aliens behind bars in federal, state and local facilities.
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Immigration abroad – foreign languages, USA
Almost Half Speak a Foreign Language in America's Largest Cities
Karen Zeigler and Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, 19 September 2018.

Newly released Census Bureau data for 2017 shows nearly half (48.2 percent) of residents in America's five largest cities now speak a language other than English at home. Overall, the number of U.S. residents speaking a foreign language at home reached a record of nearly 67 million. The total number is up seven million since 2010 and has increased by nearly 35 million since 1990.

Among the findings:

• In 2017, a record 66.6 million U.S. residents (native-born, legal immigrants, and illegal immigrants) ages five and older spoke a language other than English at home. The number has more than doubled since 1990, and almost tripled since 1980.

• As a share of the population, 21.8 percent of U.S. residents speak a foreign language at home – roughly double the 11 percent in 1980. ...

• Of languages with more than 400,000 speakers in 2017, the largest percentage increases from 2010 to 2017 were among speakers of Telugu (up 86 percent); Arabic (up 42 percent); Hindi (up 42 percent); Urdu (up 30 percent); Chinese (up 23 percent); Gujarati (up 22 percent); and Haitian Creole (up 19 percent). Hindi, Telugu, and Gujarati are spoken in India, and Urdu is the national language of Pakistan.

• The largest numerical increases from 2010 to 2017 were among speakers of Spanish (up four million); Chinese (up 653,000); Arabic (up 363,000); Hindi (up 254,000); Telugu (up 192,000); Tagalog (up 173,000); Haitian Creole (up 140,000); Bengali (up 128,000); Urdu (up 118,000); and Vietnamese (up 117,000). Telugu and Tamil are spoken in India, Tagalog is the national language of the Philippines, and Bengali is spoken in India and is also the national language of Bangladesh.

• Languages with more than a million speakers in 2017 were Spanish (41 million); Chinese (3.5 million); Tagalog (1.7 million); Vietnamese (1.5 million); Arabic (1.2 million); French (1.2 million); and Korean (1.1 million).
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Benefits and costs – contributions
EU migrant workers contribute £2,300 more per year to UK than average British citizen, study reveals
Rob Merrick
Independent, 18 September 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On an annual basis, while EU migrants contribute £2,300 more than the average, each non-European migrant contributed £800 less than the average – and each UK-born adult £70 less.
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Multiculturalism
British people have spoken about multiculturalism – so it's time to stop giving immigrants a free pass
Leo McKinstry
The Sun, 18 September 2018.

Britain is going through one of the biggest social revolutions in our history.

Mass immigration is transforming the size and the nature of our population.

Between 2001 and 2016, the number of people living in the UK increased by 6.6 million to 65.7 million. And the influx continues.

Latest statistics show the number of migrants who settled here in the year to March 2018 was 614,000, equal to a city bigger than Bristol. Net migration was around 270,000.

Yet the revolution has been imposed by the ruling elite without any consent. No British citizen was ever asked to vote for this upheaval. No major party ever sought a mandate to open our doors.

This helps to explain why the British public has such profound distrust in MPs on the question of immigration, as revealed in a major new opinion survey published this week.

In the biggest consultation of its kind, involving 20,000 interviews, just one in six people showed any faith in the Government to tackle migration, while only 13 per cent felt that politicians are "open and honest" about the issue. ...

But British decency has been exploited by the political class to implement its agenda, with the result that disillusion is now widespread.

People are rightly fed up with politicians who indulge in denial and deceit about the reality of mass immigration. ...

Even worse has been the attempt, particularly by the Left, to suppress open discussion by hurling accusations of racism against critics of mass immigration.

A climate of censorship now prevails where public figures are expected to parrot the fashionable orthodoxy, and ordinary citizens are afraid to voice their concerns.

Yet the anxieties of the public are all too genuine. Immigration has imposed more strain on our civic infrastructure, reflected in the shortage of affordable housing, the never-ending NHS crisis, the growth in the welfare burden and difficulties for parents in finding school places for kids.

The import of cheap foreign labour has meant lower wages and job insecurity. Just as disturbing is the erosion of solidarity because of this upheaval.

Social cohesion cannot exist without real integration, as the public recognised in the survey. ...

The consequences of multi-culturalism are seen at their most corrosive in the failure by the state to tackle serious crimes perpetrated by ethnic minorities, such as the organised abuse of girls by mainly Asian gangs in places like Rotherham and Derby.

More concerned to uphold the illusion of cultural diversity's success than to protect victims of crime, the police and other authorities indulged in a cover-up. It was only exposure of the abuse by journalists that finally forced them to act.

That mix of official dishonesty and paralysis only undermines our society.
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
Swedish Message [part 1]
Christopher Caldwell
Weekly Standard, 18 September 2018.

Malmö, with 300,000 residents, is Sweden's third-largest city and, thanks to a 20-year-old bridge that crosses the sound to Copenhagen, its most international. After decades of unbroken mass migration, culminating in a record intake of refugees from the Muslim world in 2015, it is also the least ethnically Swedish. In Scania, as that part of southern Sweden is called, the transformation has gone poorly, bringing more welfare payments and lots more crime. ...

More than any other Western land, Sweden has allowed immigration to escape its control. Its experience started with labor migration from Yugoslavia in the 1960s, but that was mostly temporary. /.../ But after the anti-American Olof Palme took over the Social Democratic party in the late 1960s, Sweden lost the habit of saying no. It accepted Somalis and Bosnians in the 1990s and Iraqis and Afghans in the new century, along with any family members who cared to join them. After the turn of the century, a steady 110,000 people were coming year-in, year-out. ...

In 2015, when refugees from the war in Syria and more opportunistic migrants from around the Muslim world began marching overland to Europe, the Scandinavian countries were especially open-hearted. Denmark received 21,000 asylum applications, Norway 31,000, Finland 32,000. Sweden took in 162,000. Now Sweden is in a situation that no modern country in the West has ever found itself in. ...

... In much of Europe there is talk about how, if migration isn't slowed down, this or that country will lose its traditional culture. In Sweden, it is too late to do anything about that. Sweden's Muslim population is now 8.1 percent. According to the Pew Research Center, Sweden will be 30 percent Muslim by 2050 if refugee flows continue and 21 percent Muslim in the unlikely event that they stop altogether. Already, the part of Sweden's population that is of foreign origin is 31.7 percent, and more than 30 percent of its babies are born to foreign mothers.

It has been a conspicuously unsuccessful immigration. Unskilled labor from what used to be called the Third World is a poor match with the Swedish economy, which revolves around collaborative brainwork. After eight years, most migrants are still not in a job. After 15 years, only 60 percent are. Generous welfare means they do not seek jobs as household helpers or landscape gardeners, the way migrants to less egalitarian societies do. /.../ Shootings have doubled since 1997, and hand grenades have become a signature weapon of Swedish gang warfare, with a hundred incidents between 2014 and 2016. ...

Westerners, it is now clear, lost sight of something important during the long heyday of ethnically homogeneous nation states. They are learning belatedly how much public order and safety depends on the knowability, the legibility, of a society's various subcommunities. If a society is relatively homogeneous, this legibility can be maintained with practically zero intrusion into citizens' private lives. But once a society grows more diverse, the state must become hands-on – appearing inquisitorial and intrusive to those who remember the old days and granting a privileged level of privacy to those whose customs remain too "exotic" to decipher. ...
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
Swedish Message [part 2]
Christopher Caldwell
Weekly Standard, 18 September 2018.

Nowhere is groupthink more prevalent than among journalists. In a country with a nine-party system, 41 percent of journalists vote for the tiny Green party. ...

The determination of what is the proper subject matter for politics rests with the right-minded. How do we have to change Sweden to make it possible for immigrants to integrate into it? is deemed a legitimate question. Why should we change Sweden in the first place? is not. ...

The most extraordinary attempt to rattle the familiar debate over immigration came from a young economic researcher, Tino Sanandaji. An immigrant himself, born in Iran to Kurdish parents, Sanandaji sought in 2016 to make a cost-benefit analysis of migration to Sweden. The title of his book, Mass Challenge, was a bit of a gag – it referred to Swedes' tendency to cast any negative outcome not as a "problem" but as a "challenge."

Mass Challenge is a rich book, with a set of original heuristics that can be applied to the study of migration anywhere and a fine-grained focus on certain Swedish communities, like Södertälje and Botkyrka, in which Swedish Swedes now make up a minority, and Malmö, where they are getting close. Sanandaji found Sweden accepted four times as many migrants as the average European country. The population of Swedes of Swedish origin (a figure that includes those who have one foreign parent) is stable at 7.7 million, Sanandaji found, but the country as a whole, now with a population of over 10 million, is growing at a rate as fast as Bangladesh. ...

Sanandaji's statistics are reliable – weighing statistics is what he does for a living – but not alarmist. They certainly understate the immigration-related disruptions to Swedish life because they do not include the numbers from 2015. Sanandaji showed that arguments about the "enrichment" of migration tended to employ certain tricks – using total GDP instead of per capita GDP to pass off population growth as economic growth, for instance. Every serious study shows that migration to Sweden since the 1980s has imposed a net cost, economically and socially, and Sanandaji even measured it: about 760,000 SEK ($85,000) per migrant. The book has everything – except a respectable Swedish publisher. Although Sanandaji was armed with a doctorate in public policy from the University of Chicago and is the brother of a prominent Swedish consultant and author, no one would put his book out. He decided to self-publish. It rose to the top of bestseller lists and sold out in six days. ...

None of this changes the essential predicament in which Sweden finds itself. Ethnic relations are worsening. The delegation of 63 Sweden Democrats in the Riksdag is going to make rising crime and the deteriorating economic position of the Swedish working class harder to ignore, just as the Alternative for Germany has done in the Reichstag in Berlin.
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Population – Africa
Africa's rapid population growth puts poverty progress at risk, says Gates
Kate Kelland
Reuters, 18 September 2018.

Rapid population growth in some of Africa's poorest countries could put at risk future progress towards reducing global poverty and improving health, according to a report by the philanthropic foundation of Bill Gates. ...

"Population growth in Africa is a challenge," Gates told reporters in a telephone briefing about the report's findings.

It found that poverty in Africa is increasingly concentrated in a few countries, which also have among the fastest-growing populations in the world. By 2050, it projected, more than 40 percent of world's extremely poor people will live in just two countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo and Nigeria. ...

According to U.N. data, Africa is expected to account for more than half of the world's population growth between 2015 and 2050. Its population is projected to double by 2050, and could double again by 2100.
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Immigration – public opinion
Four in 10 think British culture is undermined by multiculturalism
Robert Booth
The Guardian, 17 September 2018.

A large minority of people in the UK believe multiculturalism has undermined British culture and that migrants do not properly integrate, according to some of the broadest research into the population's attitudes to immigration.

The study, conducted over the last two years, also reflects widespread frustration at the government's handling of immigration, with only 15% of respondents feeling ministers have managed it competently and fairly.

On balance, the UK population appears to be slightly more positive than negative about the impact of immigration; however, 40% of respondents agreed that having a wide variety of backgrounds has undermined British culture.

More than a quarter of people believe MPs never tell the truth about immigration and half the population wants to see a reduction in the numbers of low-skilled workers coming into Britain from the EU.

The study was based on a survey of 3,667 adults carried out in June by ICM, as well as 60 citizens' panels carried out on behalf of the thinktank British Future and the anti-racism group Hope Not Hate. ...

Panel discussions regularly revealed negative views about Islam, with participants repeatedly mentioning Rotherham and Rochdale, where child sex abuse scandals were uncovered among groups of Asian men.

However, 63% of people felt migrant workers supported the economy by doing the jobs British workers did not want to, and a similar number said they brought valuable skills for the economy and public services such as the NHS. Fifty-nine percent believed that the diversity brought by immigration has enriched British culture, but half said public services were under strain from immigration and that migrants were willing to work for less, putting jobs at risk and lowering wages.

The study found that people in large cities were the most likely to be positive about immigration, with scores declining as settlements became smaller, with rural residents the least positive. ...

The report's authors are calling for an official "national conversation" about immigration that would give people a chance to express their concerns "so anxieties are not driven underground or exploited by those seeking to stoke division".
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Multiculturalism – surnames
What surnames have boomed in UK since the Second World War?
Sabrina Barr
Independent, 17 September 2018.

As a result, the prevalence of certain surnames in Britain has risen dramatically since 1939, as revealed by research conducted by Ancestry.co.uk.

The researchers used the 1939 England and Wales Register to explore how surnames from countries including Poland, Spain, China and India made their way to the UK during the wartime period.

They then compared the extent to which these surnames have continued to endure in Britain over the past 80 years.

In 1939, there were only 60 people registered in Britain with the surname Patel.

Cut to 2018, and there are now more than 100,000 people in the country with that surname.

In 1939 there were only seven people in the country with the surname Hussain, which has now risen drastically to more than 50,000.

The beginning of the war saw many people from Poland come to the UK as they fled the Nazi regime in Europe.

This led to various Polish surnames, including Wisniewski, Nowak and Kaminski, appearing for the first time in the country in 1939 and increasing in number over the years.

Other surnames on the list from Ancestry that have proliferated since the Second World War include Miah, Wang, Nowak, Sanchez and Hernandez.

Russell James, a family history and DNA expert at Ancestry, explains how the war sparked a surge in immigration which led to Britain becoming the diverse country that we recognise today.

"This research shows how much of the diversity we know and value began during the war period," he says. ...

A study led by the University of the West of England in Bristol calculated how many people with the aforementioned surnames are currently living in the UK.
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Multiculturalism – culture
Here's the science behind the Brexit vote and Trump's rise
Michele Gelfand
The Guardian, 17 September 2018.
[Michele Gelfand is a professor of psychology at the University of Maryland]

What is the essential dividing line between human beings around the world? The one between the haves and the have-nots? East and west, rural and urban, secular and religious? Or maybe globalists and nationalists – a split purported to explain Putin, Brexit and the rise of Trump? ...

My research across hundreds of communities suggests that the fundamental driver of difference is not ideological, financial or geographical – it's cultural. Behaviour, it turns out, depends a lot on whether the culture in which we live is a "tight" or "loose" one.

This is simply a way of describing the strength of social norms and the strictness with which those norms are enforced. All cultures have norms – rules for acceptable behaviour – that we take for granted. ...

Social norms are the glue that holds groups together; they give us our identity, and they help us coordinate in unprecedented ways. Yet cultures vary in the strength of their social glue, with profound consequences for our worldviews, our environments and our brains.

Tight cultures have strong norms and little tolerance for deviance, while loose cultures are the opposite. ...

A discovery I and my team published in Science is that the strength of a culture's norms isn't random. Though they were separated by miles, and in some cases centuries, tight cultures as diverse as Sparta and Singapore have something in common: each faced (or faces) a high degree of threat, whether from Mother Nature – disasters, diseases, and food scarcity – or human nature – the chaos caused by invasions and internal conflicts. Strong norms are needed in these contexts to help groups survive. And when we look at loose cultures, from classical Athens to modern New Zealand, we see the opposite pattern: they enjoy the luxury of facing far fewer threats. This safety is used to explore new ideas, accept newcomers, and tolerate a wide range of behaviour. In contexts where there are fewer threats and thus less of a need for coordination, strong norms don't materialise. ...

This tight-loose logic also applies to regional differences within countries. /.../ This helps explain why those on low incomes have consistently told us they desire strong rules and leaders. /.../ These preferences arise early: in our lab, three-year-olds from low-income families were more visibly upset than peers from wealthier homes when they saw puppets violate clear rules.

Is tight better, then, or loose? The answer is, neither are. Both confer different advantages and liabilities, depending on your vantage point. Tight groups have cornered the market in social order: they have lower crime and tend to be cleaner and more coordinated. They also exhibit higher self-control: they tend to have fewer problems with obesity and debt, and lower rates of alcoholism and drug abuse. Loose groups are comparatively more disorganised and experience a host of self-regulation failures; yet they excel at openness. They're much more tolerant, creative and flexible. Tight groups, by contrast, are far less innovative, more ethnocentric, and more resistant to new ideas. This is what I call the tight-loose trade-off; advantages in one realm coexist with drawbacks in another.
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Multiculturalism – Islamophobia
Faith minister suggests school mosque trips as answer to Islamophobia amongst parents
Marcus Jones
Premier, 17 September 2018.

The faith minister says he wants more schools to take pupils on trips to mosques.

Lord Bourne said in The Times on Monday that he hopes it will hopefully stamp out Islamophobia among mums and dads.

"Occasionally you find that parents are saying, 'We're not sure we want our kids to go to the local mosque'," he said.

"They are then persuaded by the school that it's a good idea and the kids come back and tell them about it and the parents then say, 'Oh, that's interesting, perhaps we'll visit ourselves'."

Islamic affairs expert, Dr Antony McRoy told Premier's News Hour he's unconvinced.

"It's rather bemusing to think that taking pupils to any religious institution will affect the feelings of their parents.

"Instead, we need to ask what has caused Islamophobia amongst the parents."

Another suggestion from Lord Bourne is a twinning system which helps churches and mosques work together.
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
Ex-Muslim Mona Walter: "Swedes will lose Sweden in 50 years"
Ingrid Carlqvist
Ingrid & Maria, 17 September 2018.

Leila Ali Elmi, a 30-year-old Somali woman, took a seat in the Swedish parliament last Sunday without uttering one word in Swedish during her campaign.

– Why don't Swedes understand that the Somalis and other Muslims are here to take over your country, says ex-Muslim Mona Walter.


For hundreds of years Sweden has been unique in its refusal to have anything to do with nepotism. The super individual Swedes have always taken an honor in never helping friends and family get jobs or other advantages – because that would be unfair to other qualified people.

This morality is so deeply rooted, that most ethnic Swedes refuse to believe that we are the weird ones. In most parts of the world people see it as a moral obligation to help family members, clan members and compatriots to key positions. However, a majority of the Swedes still believe that everyone who comes to Sweden will adopt Swedish values and are eager to become part of our society, embracing all things Swedish and calling themselves Swedes. While we believe or pretend that everything will work out for the best, Muslims are slowly gaining more and more ground.

It came as a total surprise even to her own party that Leila Ali Elmi snatched one of the two parliamentary seats on the Gothenburg list. The Green Party had put her 21st on the roster, which would normally mean no chance of being an MP. But Leila Ali Elmi lives in the no go-zone of Hammarkullen, where thousands of Somalis live, and ran her entire campaign in Somali. From nowhere she got 1 467 people to check her name om the ballot, making her the most popular Green politician in Gothenburg. ...

Mona Walter is a Somali woman who came to Sweden in the 90's. In Somalia, she had never been religious, but here she was more or less forced to go to the mosque and wear a hijab. After a couple of years she rebelled, left Islam and became an atheist. Eventually she came to believe in Jesus and converted to Christianity.

– For many years I have tried to get the Swedes to understand what the Muslim goal is – to take over your country. The first thing they will do is demand sharia courts, just like in the UK.

But the mainstream media does not want to listen to Mona Walter. They call her controversial and most Swedes turn away from her message, which they perceive as too frightening. ...

... But no one seems scared by the fact that we now have approximately one million Muslims in the country, of which many have infiltrated the political parties to promote their own interests.

The question is when Muslims will form their own party in Sweden. In Belgium the Islam Party has been very successful over the last few years, with political goals like making the country a "100 percent Islamic state" and introducing Sharia law.
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Terrorism – terrorists out of prison
FURY as it's revealed one convicted terrorist released from prison EVERY WEEK in UK
George Cook
Sunday Express, 16 September 2018.

New figures released by the Government show a convicted terrorist is being released from prison nearly every week in the UK, with renowned hate preachers among those freed.

Home Office data indicates 46 prisoners who were arrested for terrorism offences were released between March 2017 and March 2018.

Chris Phillips, the former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said: "These people are bloody dangerous.

"If you're going to release hardened terrorists onto the streets then you have to expect chaos.

"How on earth can police and security services be expected to manage all this with the resources they've got?"

Next month, renowned hate preacher Anjem Choudary will also be released, sparking outrage online.

He will become one of more than 500 terrorists to be freed in Britain since the attack on the Twin Towers in 2001. ...

According to reports in the Sunday Telegraph, at least 22 of Choudary's acolytes have been freed from prison since 2001.

Five more are also set to be released in the coming months.

Choudary headed up the banned terrorist organisation, al-Muhajiroun, which had a large following.

Among its followers was Khuram Butt, who was part of the terror cell who murdered eight people on London Bridge last year.

The group's followers also included the killers of Lee Rigby, Michael Adebolago and Michael Adebowale. ...

Further data released by the Government shows there are 218 terrorists in prison - a record number.
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Politics – Liberal Democrats
Lib Dems green light policy to give migrant spouses benefits from day one
Belfast Telegraph, 16 September 2018.

The Lib Dems have signed off on a policy to give migrant spouses an entitlement to benefits from their first day in the UK – without any form of means testing.

The move was voted through at the Lib Dem conference in Brighton despite opposition from party HQ and warnings from activists that the party would be "slaughtered" on the doorstep as a result.

The demand was tagged on as an amendment to a major new policy which outlined the Lib Dems' approach to immigration issues.

In practice it would mean, under a Lib Dem government, migrant spouses and legal partners can claim "without any form of means testing or prohibition on seeking support from the state".

The party's home affairs spokesman Sir Ed Davey urged delegates to reject the proposal, saying the policy had "already captured the spirit of the amendment".

Louise Morales, a local Lib Dem councillor in Woking, also urged members to vote against the measure, telling the conference hall the party would be "slaughtered" for it.

She added: "For the average knocking on doors I cannot go to the public and say, oh we're going to give people a visa and they are instantly going to be able to claim benefits."

The policy paper, which faced some opposition for not going far enough in reforming the immigration system, also calls for the abolition of the net migration target, closure of eight detention centres, allowing asylum seekers to work while their claims are decided and removing responsibility for visas and asylum from the Home Office. ...

Former party leader Tim Farron brought people to their feet with his advocacy of the proposals, saying: "There is an urgency to this debate – we are perhaps a few weeks away from an immigration bill coming to this Parliament.

"If we pass this paper today we will have the most liberal, compassionate tool kit to take on the Tories, to shame Labour and help the people who need it most, if we delay we will not."
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Politics – Labour Party, public opinion
Andrew Green: Labour's new immigration policy is a recipe for serious social tension
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 15 September 2018.

Diane Abbott was in ranting mode for her speech on Labour's immigration policy last week. ...

The public have a much more sensible view. Between 74 and 82 per cent of the public (and 90 per cent of Conservatives) support these policies and think it is only fair that everyone should have to show documents proving their right to be here when renting a place to live, opening a bank account, registering with a GP, or accepting a job (YouGov, April 2018).

Next was Abbott's bizarre claim that the purpose of the Conservative immigration target was to "allow a permanent campaign against migrants and immigration in general" so that they could be blamed for the economic crisis (yes, really). The hostile environment measures, she alleged, were the policies of Enoch Powell.

In reality, the term 'hostile environment' was widely used under the last Labour Government. Far from being aimed at migrants in general, the policies were and are aimed at tackling illegal immigration, a serious problem which over 80 per cent of the public would like to see dealt with more firmly than at present.

It is difficult to take Abbott's words seriously, but the underlying purpose of her speech was clear. The aim is to discredit the Government with the immigrant community in a bid for their votes. This was followed up by an undertaking to abolish the minimum income restrictions on "families" – presumably she means spouses and fiancé(e)s. Such a move would open the floodgates for migrants the world over to come to Britain and be subsidised by the taxpayer. It would certainly go down well with those from the Commonwealth who, incidentally, get to vote in general elections within months of their arrival.

Her other main proposal was to widen work permits to virtually all jobs, skills and professions, not just the highly-skilled. If a vacancy could not be filled by a resident worker, a permit would automatically be issued to a worker and his family. Indeed it seems that there would be no limit to the numbers involved. The increasingly vocal employers lobby could hardly ask for more.

... Net migration reached a peak under Labour of 268,000 in 2004 (about the current level) but, of course, rose to another all-time record of 332,000 under the Conservatives in 2015.

The wholesale weakening of the immigration system, of the type Abbott proposes, would surely take this figure to another record high. Indeed, her proposals all but guarantee it.

It is already incredibly high as it stands. Since 2001 immigration has been adding about one million people – roughly the population of Birmingham – to our population every three years. This is placing huge strains on our schools, on the NHS, and on housing. Indeed, according to government household projections, we will have to build nearly 300 homes a day just to provide for new migrants.

Meanwhile, nearly two thirds of the public wish to see a substantial reduction in immigration. Indeed, around half (49 per cent) of 2017 Labour voters say immigration levels have been too high over the past decade. Many people are increasingly concerned that the whole scale and nature of our society is being changed against their will. That might not concern the Labour leadership and its supporters in the media and the academic establishment, but the wider public have had enough and we now run the risk of serious social tensions.
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Extremism – free speech
Britain Turns Offensive Speech Into a Police Matter
Brendan O'Neill
Reason, 15 September 2018.

Which country's police force just called on its citizens to report offensive speech? Not libelous speech or death-threat speech, just plain old insulting speech. Speech that is merely hurtful or hateful. Which nation's cops instructed the citizenry to snitch on haters?

North Korea? China? Maybe Turkey?

It was Britain. Yes, Britain has become a nation in which offensive speech can become a police matter. ...

This birthplace of John Stuart Mill, this nation that gave the world John Milton and his Areopagitica, still one of the greatest cries for the "liberty to utter," is now at the forefront of shutting speech down.

The latest Orwellian invitation to rat out offensive speakers was issued by the South Yorkshire Police. ...

"In addition to reporting hate crime, please report non-crime hate incidents," they pleaded. These non-crimes include "things like offensive or insulting comments, online, in person or in writing." ...

Even more perversely, these non-crimes really just mean "insulting comments." So if you're in Yorkshire and someone on Facebook calls you a fat slob, call the cops. If you wear a niqab and a work colleague tells you – a la Boris Johnson – that you look a little bit like a mailbox, phone the police.

In essence, South Yorkshire Police want people to report on everyday conversations. This is Stasi territory. Coppers asking citizens to file reports on things they have read or overheard really should have disappeared from Europe with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Yet here it still is, this GDR-style instruction to eavesdrop and squeal, though now it's happening on the other side of the old Iron Curtain.

It is testament to how entrenched censorship has become in 21st-century Britain that a police force can so casually call for reports about speech.

This is a country whose communications laws and public-order legislation can be, and regularly are, used to punish hateful expression. Last year The Times reported that British police are arresting nine people a day for posting "offensive messages online." In 2016, 3,300 people were detained and questioned for things they said online. In some parts of Britain the arrest rate for offensive speech has risen by nearly 900% in recent years. We Brits are sleepwalking into a police state.

Not content with punishing people for the offensive things they say on public online platforms, now there are moves afoot to punish them for what they say privately too. This week the Labour MP Lucy Powell put forward a Bill in parliament that would ban private online discussion forums because, she says, hate speech can fester in these "echo chambers." ...

We have laws that criminalize hate. We have laws against being grossly offensive. We have hate-crime laws, which mean that if you commit a crime with hatred in your mind, then you might get a stiffer punishment. Punch a Buddhist because you hate Buddhism, and you could get a longer sentence than if you punch him simply because you dislike that particular Buddhist.

This is the policing of thought. The policing of ideology.
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Immigration abroad – illegal immigration, fraud, Greece
Greece: "Humanitarian Aid" Organization's People-Smuggling
Maria Polizoidou
Gatestone Institute, 15 September 2018.

On August 28, thirty members of the Greek NGO Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI) were arrested for their involvement in a people-smuggling network that has been operating on the island of Lesbos since 2015. According to a statement released by Greek police, as a result of the investigation that led to the arrests, "The activities of an organised criminal network that systematically facilitated the illegal entry of foreigners were fully exposed."

Among the activities uncovered were forgery, espionage and the illegal monitoring of both the Greek coastguard and the EU border agency, Frontex, for the purpose of gleaning confidential information about Turkish refugee flows. ...

In spite of its stated mission and non-profit profile, however, ECRI – according to Greek authorities, has earned considerable sums of money from its serving as a conduit for illegal activities. ECRI evidently received 2,000 euros from each illegal immigrant it helped to enter Greece. In addition, its members created a business for "integrating refugees" into Greek society, granting it 5,000 euros per immigrant per year from various government programs (in education, housing and nutrition). ERCI has reportedly abetted the illegal entry into Greece of 70,000 immigrants since 2015, providing the "non-profit" with half a billion euros per year.

This revelation, however, does not begin to cover the extent of the illegal activities surrounding the entry of migrants into Greece. In 2017, for instance, Greek authorities arrested 1,399 people-smugglers, some under the cover of "humanitarian" operations; and during the first four months of 2018, authorities arrested 25,594 illegal immigrants.
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Benefits and costs – health tourism
East London health trust drops racist ID checks after protest
Tom Tengely-Evans
Socialist Worker, 14 September 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The partial victory at Barts Health shows that campaigning can force bosses to back down over racist immigration rules.
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Multiculturalism – Islam
Anti-Islam book becomes German bestseller less than two weeks after release
RT, 14 September 2018.

A new book highly critical of Islam and Muslims has been flying off the shelves in Germany to become a non-fiction bestseller. Mainstream media panned it for a simplistic approach to the religion.

The controversial book titled "Hostile Takeover: How Islam Impedes Progress and Threatens Society" reached the number one spot on Der Spiegel's non-fiction list after being on the market for less than a fortnight. It's a critique of Islam as a religion, which the author sees as detrimental to people sharing it, based on a literal reading of the Koran.

Written by one-time SPD politician and former member of the executive board of the Bundesbank, Thilo Sarrazin, the work comes eight years after Sarrazin's previous take on Muslims titled "Germany Abolishes Itself". Focusing on what he called a failure of multiculturalism policies, that book accused Arab and Turkish immigrants of "dumbing down" the German society, and shifted 1.5 million copies.

Speaking ahead of the release of his latest work last month, Sarrazin proclaimed that "everything has been worse than I predicted eight years ago." ...

Calling Islam an "ideology of violence in the guise of a religion," Sarrazin's latest work had a somewhat bumpy path to the shelves. US-based publisher Random House, which signed a book deal with Sarrazin in November 2016, refused to print in in May, leading to a lawsuit from the author. The manuscript was eventually picked up by Munich-based FinanzBuch Verlag, a publisher that usually specializes in non-fiction books dealing with business and trading subjects. ...

The criticism hasn't stopped the book from becoming a best seller on online retailer Amazon, however, receiving an average 4.3 stars out of 5 from the 264 reviews made by online purchasers.
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Immigration – target
Immigration target out of reach, warns ex-Home Office mandarin
ITV, 13 September 2018.

Theresa May's target to cut immigration to below 100,000 is out of reach, a former Home Office mandarin has claimed.

Brexit is unlikely to lead to a reduction in the number of migrants moving to the UK, Sir David Normington suggested.

The former permanent secretary said it would be "very difficult" to keep track of who comes into and leaves the country without introducing identity cards. ...

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think it is fine for the Government to signal that it wants to reduce immigration over a period if that's what it decides to do.

"Targets get discredited if they are never met. I'd say to the Government, if you are going to have a target it would be better that you set one that is achievable to begin with, and that what we don't have is one that is out of reach.

"I really do think that for the moment a target which is below 100,000, which is what they have always said, is out of reach."
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Politics – Conservative Party
May plans tough new immigration policy to bolster her support among Tory activists as ministers claim EU states 'know curbs are needed' on free movement rules
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 13 September 2018.

Theresa May is preparing to unveil a tough new immigration system to bolster her support among Tory activists, it was claimed today.

The Prime Minister is said to want to launch a new policy in her keynote speech to party conference next month.

The proposals are expected to involve ending preferential treatment for EU nationals - an idea backed by Home Secretary Sajid Javid.

The move looks designed to quell unrest among the Conservative grassroots about her 'soft' Brexit plans.

The post-Brexit immigration blueprint is likely to be discussed at a Cabinet meeting on September 24, according to The Times.
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Crime
Judge slams UK Immigration after Lithuanian man with 24 previous convictions strolls into Britain to become a drug dealer who tried to shift £200,000 worth of cannabis
Claire Duffin
Daily Mail, 13 September 2018.

A judge has condemned authorities after a Lithuanian criminal with a string of convictions was allowed to enter the country only to start dealing drugs.

Nerijus Jukknevicius had more than 24 previous offences on his record in his home country, including crimes of dishonesty.

But he was allowed to walk across the UK border 'unchallenged' and was last month caught trying to shift cannabis worth £200,000. ...

The dealer, from Newham, East London, was given a 16-month jail sentence at Nottingham Crown Court this week after admitting possessing cannabis with intent to supply.

Judge James Sampson told him: 'It is outrageous that a man with your extensive criminal history can just walk across our borders unchallenged and then engage in serious criminal activity in this country. ...

'I am told you will be deported in due course – we will see.'
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Immigration abroad – Italy
'EU must deal with migrants!' Conte hits out at EU over Italy's migrant crisis
Latifa Yedroudj
Daily Express, 13 September 2018.

Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has lashed out at the EU over the bloc's migrant crisis, insisting Brussels should be held responsible.

Mr Conte declared Italy will no longer "indiscriminately" accept new migrants as he blasted EU officials for not taking sufficient action towards curbing the problem, which he said now "weighs on each member state". ...

Following his speech, the Prime Minister was met with a long applause from members of Italy's coalition government: Matteo Salvini's far-right League party, and anti-establishment M5S, led by Luigi Di Maio.
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Asylum – Dalai Lama, Europe
The Dalai Lama says 'Europe belongs to Europeans' and refugees should return to their native countries to rebuild them
Bhvishya Patel and Afp
MailOnline, 13 September 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'From a moral point of view, too, I think that the refugees should only be admitted temporarily.'
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Benefits and costs – pensions
Immigrants Won't Pay for Our Pensions – We'll Pay for Theirs
Spencer P. Morrison
American Greatness, 13 September 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unlike immigration, which grows the economy in a linear way, technology can result in exponential growth. Consider the Industrial Revolution: Edmund Cartwright's power loom increased the productivity of British textile weavers by a multiple of 40. To grow the economy an equal amount via immigration, Britain would have needed to import 39 additional weavers for every British weaver. Clearly technology is the better option ...
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Population – growth from immigration
Is 82% of population growth driven by migration?
Joël Reland
Full Fact, 13 September 2018.

Population growth is driven by two things – net migration, and "natural change" (the difference between the number of births and deaths). From 2001 to 2016, migration accounted for 58% of this change in the UK.

However, the think tank Migration Watch has asked what percentage of natural change is itself caused by migration – i.e. how much population change is driven by births to immigrant parents.

It estimates that, from 2001 to 2016, 82% of population change was "linked" to migration – meaning it was driven either by net migration (roughly 50% of the overall change, once accounting for deaths of immigrants), or births to immigrant parents (roughly 35%, after accounting for deaths of people with immigrant parents).

So it's important to bear in mind these headlines aren't just talking about the direct impact of net migration – they're factoring in an estimate of the indirect impact of children of immigrant parents.

This calculation is broadly accurate, and fits with wider demographic trends – net migration picked up significantly in the late 1990s, as did the number of children born to immigrant parents.

However, the calculations rest on some uncertain assumptions – for instance, recordings of deaths don't state whether someone is the child of an immigrant, so the deaths of people with immigrant parents has to be estimated using other data. There have also been recently highlighted issues with the accuracy of net migration data. This means that we should not treat the 82% figure as exact, but rather broadly accurate, and indicative of wider demographic patterns.
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Diversity – strength
The Unpardonable Heresy of Tucker Carlson
Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan - Official Website, 13 September 2018.

Our diversity is our greatest strength.

After playing clips of Democratic politicians reciting that truth of modern liberalism, Tucker Carlson asked, "How, precisely, is diversity our strength? Since you've made this our new national motto, please be specific."

Reaction to Carlson's question, with some declaring him a racist for having raised it, suggests that what we are dealing with here is not a demonstrable truth but a creed not subject to debate.

Yet the question remains valid: Where is the scientific, historic or empirical evidence that the greater the racial, ethnic, cultural and religious diversity of a nation, the stronger it becomes?

From recent decades, it seems more true to say the reverse: The more diverse a nation, the greater the danger of its disintegration.

Ethnic diversity, after all, tore apart our mighty Cold War rival, splintering the Soviet Union into 15 nations, three of which – Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia – have since split further along ethnic lines.

Russia had to fight two wars to hold onto Chechnya and prevent the diverse peoples of the North Caucasus from splitting off on ethnic grounds, as Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan had done.

Ethnic diversity then shattered Yugoslavia into seven separate nations.

And even as we proclaim diversity to be our greatest strength, nations everywhere are recoiling from it.

The rise of populism and nationalism across Europe is a reaction to the new diversity represented by the Arab, Asian and African millions who have lately come, and the tens of millions desperate to enter.

Center-left and center-right parties are losing ground in European elections because they are seen as feckless in meeting what more and more indigenous Europeans believe to be an existential threat – mass migration from across the Med. ...

Again, where is the evidence that the more Americans who can trace their roots to the Third World, and not to Europe, the stronger we will be?

Is the Britain of Theresa May, with its new racial, religious and ethnic diversity, a stronger nation than was the U.K. of Lloyd George, which ruled a fourth of mankind in 1920? ...

Empires, confederations and alliances are multiethnic and multicultural. And, inevitably, their diversity pulls them apart.
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Terrorism – Islam
Islamist extremism caused 84,000 deaths worldwide in 2017, new report says
Olivia Gazis
CBS News, 13 September 2018.

A new report tracking the roots, spread and effects of violent Islamist extremism found that 121 groups that share elements from a common ideology are now operating worldwide. Their activities resulted in the deaths of 84,000 people – nearly 22,000 of them civilians – in 66 countries in 2017, the report found.

In remarks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, DC, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Thursday that Islamist extremism is "global and growing."

"It didn't begin with al Qaeda; nor will it end with the defeat of ISIS," Blair said.

The "Global Extremist Monitor," which was produced by Blair's eponymous non-profit, the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, drew on hundreds of English-language news sources that reported on incidents of violent extremism in 2017. There were a total of 7,841 attacks – an average of 21 per day – in 48 countries, it said, with war-torn Syria topping the list of countries most affected by violent extremism. Overall, Muslims were the most frequent victims of deadly attacks.

Twenty-nine violent Islamist groups were actively engaged in conflict in Syria in 2017, the report said, with ISIS responsible for 44 percent of all attacks. Half of all civilian fatalities recorded globally were documented in Syria.

A separate, recent UN report said there are between 20,000 and 30,000 ISIS fighters still operating across Iraq and Syria, though its self-proclaimed physical caliphate has been all but eliminated. ...

The report identified 181 female suicide bombers in 2017.

In his call for global commitments, Blair stressed the importance of investment in public and private education systems to promote religious tolerance and literacy.

"The essential thing, in my view, is to deal with the ideology," Blair said, "and not just the violence."
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Immigration abroad – European Union
Juncker: EU will send additional 10,000 guards to borders
BBC, 12 September 2018.

The EU plans to send 10,000 more border guards to tackle unlawful immigration by 2020, the European Commission's president Jean-Claude Juncker said in his annual state of the union address.

He called for more solidarity, rather than "ad-hoc solutions" for people on migrant ships. ...

He also proposed a new Africa-Europe alliance, based on co-operation rather than charity, leading to a continent-to-continent free trade agreement.
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Immigration abroad – deportation, Italy
Italy migration CRISIS: Salvini warns expelling illegal migrants will take 80 years
Latifa Yedroudj
Daily Express, 12 September 2018.

Italy's deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has insisted it will take 80 years to expel migrants to their countries of origin due to a lack of progress over repatriation efforts between states.

Mr Salvini, leader of Italy's far-right anti-immigration League party, promised to repatriate 100,000 immigrants during his first year in office, but retreated his pledge today.

He told Italian radio station RTL: "The way things are today we'll need 80 years to expel them all."

The deputy Prime Minister has declared plans to deport majority of migrants trying to enter Italy - with or without the EU's help - insisting Rome "only has room for migrants fleeing war".

Speaking to the BBC, he said: "Brussels has been promising us help and assistance for years and has been doing nothing." ...

Italy's coalition government has not established repatriation deals with many countries, making it difficult to ship immigrants back to their countries of origin.

Up to 80 migrants a week are flown back from Italy to Tunisia, as the North African state remains one of the few countries on a successful repatriation deal with Rome.
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Immigration – students, statistics
Britain's 438,000 foreign students should not be excluded from immigration figures, report warns after finding no other 'practical' method
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 11 September 2018.

Foreign students should not be taken out of immigration figures, a major report will warn today.

A year-long study by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which provides evidence for Government immigration policy, will conclude that it is right that students should be counted in the same way as other migrants moving to the UK.

The finding is a vindication for Theresa May, who has spent years resisting pressure to soften her stance on immigration.

The report was commissioned last year by then-Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who was leading the campaign in Cabinet to persuade Mrs May to back down.

But Whitehall sources said the study had found that the UK's system for recording the number of foreign students was 'very much in line with other English-speaking countries'.

The report is expected to say: 'Many of the respondents argued that students should be taken out of the government's net migration target. None suggested a practical way that this might be done.

'We cannot see a reliable method. Even if a method were to be found, it would be unlikely to make much difference to the migration statistics.'

The study also notes that the number of foreign students in the UK has risen by almost 30 per cent over the last decade, despite claims that the existing rules act as a disincentive. ...

About 438,000 foreign students are currently studying in the UK – up from 342,000 a decade ago.
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Multiculturalism – Christianity, Islam
Muslim Groups Call For UK To Stop Famous Evangelical Preacher's Visit
Carol Kuruvilla
The Huffington Post, 11 September 2018.

Leading Muslim organizations are calling on the U.K. to prevent a prominent Donald Trump-supporting American preacher from visiting the country to speak at an evangelistic rally.

Franklin Graham, who once called Islam a "very wicked and evil religion," is planning to headline at the Lancashire Festival of Hope in Blackpool, England, this month. The three-day evangelistic rally, similar to the "crusades" once led by his father, Billy Graham, has for months received heated backlash from British pastors, politicians, queer activists and Muslims.

The Muslim Council of Britain, an umbrella group of over 500 Islamic organizations and mosques, said Graham's past remarks clearly demonstrate "a hatred for Muslims and other minorities." The group is calling on the U.K.'s Home Office, which is in charge of immigration and entry to the country, to refuse to grant Graham a visa. ...

Graham is the president of the Christian relief organization Samaritan's Purse and of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. For years he has teamed up with local churches to hold Festivals of Hope around the world, with the goal of energizing local faith communities and converting people to Christianity.
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Crime – hate crime
Hate crime squads gobble up the cash as knife robbers roam free
Janice Davis
Conservative Woman, 11 September 2018.

How does the CPS define a hate crime? According to its website, hate crime describes a range of criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by, or demonstrates, hostility towards the victim in relation to his or her protected characteristic(s) – see the Equality Act 2010 and the Nine Protected Characteristics. ...

The problem here is the definition, or rather lack of it, of the concept of 'hostility'. So, says Saunders, 'we use the everyday understanding of the word', which includes ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment, and dislike. I assure you I am not making this up. It's there on the website. Unfriendliness and dislike are being equated with criminal behaviour. And if any of these attitudes are perceived and reported, the CPS can apply to the courts for a 'sentence uplift'.

Given that there are 900 police personnel specifically allocated to dealing with these crimes, just how significantly do they figure in the overall picture? ...

According to the CPS report, hate crimes accounted for 2.5 per cent of the CPS caseload in 2016/17. The overall conviction rate is 83.4 per cent of cases prosecuted.

Nine hundred officers just for that? ...

It seems to me that there is a vast bureaucracy in search of sensational data. It all looks even more insubstantial when you look at the actual numbers – after all, you can't prosecute a percentage. ...

,,, But we need to look at the mainstream crime figures to get a sense of proportion. According to the Crime Survey for England and Wales the police recorded 5.3 million offences in the year to September 2016, an increase of 14 per cent on the previous year. ...

... The fact is that crime prevention and punishment does not lie at the heart of this legislation. Many studies have shown that this sort of law- making is counterproductive and only worthy of repeal. Indeed, US law researchers James B Jacobs and Kimberley Potter concluded in 1998: 'Certainly crime is a problem today. But the crime problem is not synonymous with the prejudice problem. Indeed there is very little overlap between the two. With the important exception of crime against women, most crime is intraracial and intragroup. Hard-core ideologically driven hate crimes are fortunately rare. Teasing out the bias that exists in a wider range of context-specific crimes that may occur between members of different groups serves no useful purpose. To the contrary, it is likely to be divisive, conflict-generating, and socially and politically counter-productive.'
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Crime – child sexual abuse
Raped at gunpoint: Telford child abuse victims speak out
Jason Farrell
Sky News, 11 September 2018.

Child abuse victims in Telford, including one raped at gunpoint, say they are still struggling to get justice.

Sky News has spoken exclusively to victims and parents caught up in the scandal to reveal the sordid secrets of the Shropshire town where child abuse was rife for years.

One woman told Sky News how, as a teenager, she was raped with a gun to her head.

Girls as young as 11 had their phone numbers sold and were coerced into sleeping with dozens of men after being plied with alcohol or threatened with violence.

Several say their abusers are still walking free in their hometown and may never be prosecuted. ...

Sky News also spoke to a victim who claims to have been abused by more than 100 men in Telford.

She says none of them have been prosecuted.

Speaking about one encounter with a restaurant owner, Louise (not her real name), said: "He would take me around the corner of the restaurant and he would have sex with me.

"Then he would pin me down so all the rest of the restaurant workers could do it to me."

Louise did not report anything to the police until she was much older. She added: "I didn't think about going to the police back then because I was too scared because of what they used to say to me.

"They said they would blow my house up and would kill my mum and dad. They said they would rape my mum if I told anyone.

"And after what happened to Lucy Lowe, they said I would be next."

Louise's friend Lucy Lowe was 16 when she was killed in a house fire alongside her mother Eileen and sister Sarah, 17, in 2000.

Azhar Ali Mehmood, a taxi driver from Telford, was jailed for life after he was found guilty of their murder. ...

Telford MP Lucy Allan has been campaigning for the authorities to do more. ...

The MP said: "We know there is still child sexual exploitation going on in Telford today, and we don't want to send the wrong message that we don't care.

"It is really important that we are seen to be taking this seriously and get to the bottom of what has happened here.

"We don't want any people in post - whether that be in the police or the council - that aren't taking this seriously."
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Immigration abroad – elections, fraud, Sweden
Head of Sweden's Electoral Authority: "No Control Mechanism to Prevent Voter Fraud"
Ingrid Carlqvist
Ingrid & Maria, 11 September 2018.

Two days after the Swedish election social media is overflowing with hundreds of reports of suspected electoral fraud. However, sporadic mistakes in the voting system are not the problem – what is way more dangerous is politically initiated election fraud. Is there a risk that the parties who have ruled Sweden for a long time have created a system that completely misses or ignores systematic election fraud? Today, Ingrid & Maria can reveal that Sweden completely lacks a system that can detect such cheating.

The outcome of the Swedish election differed hugely from the many polls the weeks before election day September 9. The polls suggested that the Sweden Democrats would be the largest or second largest party with 25-30 percent of the vote and that the Social Democrats would fall from 31 to 23-24 percent. When the votes were counted Sunday night the Sweden Democrats only got 17,6 while the Social Democrats lost only 2,8 [2.8] percentage points and got 28,4 [28.4].

Many Swedes became suspicious – how could the result differ so much from the polls? ...

To most Swedes, the idea that the once safe and correct democracy of Sweden could be corrupted is almost impossible to fathom. Everyone understands that mistakes can be made, but they are always blamed on human error – that election fraud could be organized and widespread is dismissed as a conspiracy theory. Because it just cannot be, this is Sweden for God's sake!

But Sweden is not what it used to be. ...

Anna Nyqvist is the Chief Executive of the Electoral Authority. After first trying to get us to call the press secretary, she agrees to answer the important question of how her agency goes about making sure that organized political electoral fraud does not occur.

Does the government have a system for identifying politically initiated electoral fraud?

– No! The answer is no.
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Asylum – children, fraud
Nine asylum seekers a week are found to be lying about being children in desperate bids to stay in Britain
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 10 September 2018.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Bolt added: 'They received no training to help them make such judgments. Some local authorities were concerned that the Home Office applied its benefit of the doubt policy too readily.'
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Immigration abroad – crime, France
'Afghan knifeman with child immigration papers' STABS SEVEN in Paris rampage
Matthew Robinson
Daily Express, 10 September 2018.

An Afghan knifeman carrying child immigration documents left two British tourists injured after going on the rampage in Paris.

The attacker, believed to be in his 30s, left SEVEN people wounded in total. ...

A source close to the investigation said: "... he was carrying immigration documents issued to an Afghan minor.

"It may be that he is an adult Afghan or Pakistani using the documents illegally. ..."

Police say the attack seemed to target random strangers but they were not calling the outrage a terrorist incident.
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Politics – European Union
From Sweden to Brexit, immigration is the issue dividing Europe
Simon Jenkins
The Guardian, 10 September 2018.

The message is glaring from Sweden's election result. There is one dominant issue in Europe's politics at present, and it is immigration. It rules in Italy and Germany. It rules in Hungary and Austria. It rules from Serbia to Scandinavia. It dominates every meeting of the leaders of the EU. ...

Europe's swing to the far right – or rather a surge in emotional xenophobia – was inevitable from the moment the European Union raced towards a single market in the 1980s, including an open market in people across the continent. Of the four freedoms of movement – in goods, services, capital and people – the first to fail was always going to be people.

An open border and the Schengen agreement on passport-free travel came in before the mass movement of low-cost labour from eastern Europe, and before the youth migration from Asia and Africa. Since geography renders Europe's southern border porous, there is no way Europe's governments, democratic or autocratic, will any longer tolerate unrestricted borders within the EU.

The one thing that will be catastrophic will be to pretend otherwise. ...

It is tragic that the outcome of this debate – greater European migration control – would almost certainly have negated Brexit. In the minds of most British voters, migration has nothing to do with economics or tariffs or trade regulation, except at the margin. This argument is not over trade, but over people being able to control their community's character and pace of change. We can dismiss such control as licensed bigotry, intolerance and nasty identity politics. That will not stop people voting. To them, such rights are a cry for self-respect and values they hold dear.

Either way, the debate cannot be ignored. Yet Britain's government has still not set out its Brexit migration policy, beyond a palpably "hostile welcome" to all incomers. Instead, Westminster warbles on about tariffs, trade and Boris Johnson. The place has gone mad.
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Crime – police, political correctness
Delingpole: Police in UK Rape Gang Heartland Wage War...on Hurty Tweets
James Delingpole
Breitbart, 10 September 2018.

The UK police department on whose watch 1,400 girls were raped by Muslim gangs in just one town alone has tweeted out a message urging the public to report "non-crime hate incidents".

The message has infuriated the public – prompting over 3,500 replies, most of them angry, from people wondering why South Yorkshire Police doesn't have better things to do than encourage snitches to bleat about hurty stuff people have said on social media.

And also why, if South Yorkshire Police is so keen to put a stop to "hurt" it has done so little over the last two decades to prevent many thousands of white and Sikh girls, many of them underage, being groomed, drugged, trafficked, and raped by gangs of Muslims. ...

An official 2015 report conducted into the Rotherham incidents by Louise Casey was scathing about the failure of the authorities to prevent these rapes happening. ...

No heads in South Yorkshire Police rolled for this failure and – though it is currently the subject of an internal disciplinary investigation – it seems highly unlikely that any will.

One reason given in the various official reports for this failure by South Yorkshire Police and other local authorities was their politically correct reluctance to be seen criticising actions by Muslims lest they be seen as "racist" or "Islamophobic".

Apparently, that political correctness is still fully entrenched in South Yorkshire Police.
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Immigration abroad – Sweden
Why are the Swedes so disgruntled?
Margaret Wente
Globe and Mail, 10 September 2018.

Car burnings are not a rare sight in Sweden these days. Last month, a masked gang ran amok in Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city, and set 80 cars alight. ...

Over the past decade, the number of car arsons has steadily risen, reaching 1,457 last year. The fires are typically in heavily immigrant neighbourhoods. While Sweden remains a low-crime country, certain types of crime are on the rise. Gang and gun crime are prevalent in immigrant districts. Sexual assault has soared. Ambulances are attacked in some neighbourhoods. Innocent bystanders get blown up with grenades left over from some forgotten war. All that helps to explain why immigration and crime figured so heavily in Sunday's election – and why the far-right Sweden Democrats made their best showing yet. ...

Ten years ago, Swedes were proud of their status as the most humanitarian, refugee-friendly country on the planet. Polite society and the mainstream media avoided any criticism of immigration policy or problems, for fear of being called racist. And so, as in other countries throughout Europe, when popular unrest broke out over immigration, the elites were caught flat-footed.

In Sweden, the watershed was 2015. That was the year the country took in a record 163,000 refugees – more than any other European country on a per capita basis.

In all, about 400,000 newcomers came in to Sweden in the past six years, largely from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq – the equivalent of 4 per cent of the population. In Canada, the equivalent number would amount to more than 1.4 million people.

"The year 2015 was a turning point for the debate in Sweden," Prof. Sannerstedt says. "After that, things were said that had been taboo before." ...

In response to popular pressure, the government has overhauled its immigration policies dramatically. It introduced border checks, restricted family reunification, denied asylum to many applicants and imposed strict new volume limits. /.../ This year the intake of refugees is down to around 24,000. ...

... Despite the strong economy, a whopping 73 per cent of Swedes think the country is going in the wrong direction, according to one poll.

One reason for the discontent may be the new, and growing, class divide between ordinary Swedes and newcomers. This is a distressing subject in a society that prides itself on being egalitarian.

"Sweden's experiment with large-scale immigration from the Third World to a welfare state has been unique in its scale but has in many ways failed," writes Tino Sanandaji, an economist with the Stockholm School of Economics. "Sweden's social problems are becoming more and more concentrated in that part of the population with an immigrant background."

No wonder the Swedes are feeling a bit insecure these days. "No country cares more about its reputation," Mr. Sanandaji says in an interview,
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Immigration abroad – politics, Sweden
Sweden leaders' debate shows how far language over immigration has moved
Fraser Nelson
Spectator blog, 9 September 2018.

Sweden's general election campaign ended with the Sweden Democrats in a huff and boycotting SVT, the state broadcaster, because it issued a statement distancing itself from comments made by Jimmie Åkesson in the leaders' debate that it broadcast. Having a supposedly neutral state broadcaster pass judgement is the perfect gift for Åkesson, who said it demonstrates an establishment stitch-up and institutional bias.

But actual debate itself offered a fascinating glimpse into how much the debate has shifted in Sweden – with leaders of all parties offering immigration-related facts that make a British listener gasp.

We had seven party leaders, most of whom expressing views that they'd have denounced as racist not so long ago. The Sweden Democrats has certainly lost its monopoly on discussing immigration-related problems. ...

Kristersson (who may well soon be prime minister of a minority government) said that Sweden is not a racist country but a lot of Swedes can see all around them the consequences of a failed integration policy: gangs, criminality and welfare dependency. Look at the suburbs, look at the shootings: 320 casualties last year and 32 dead (yes, dead) so far this year. /.../ Time was when no one would mistake the populists for anyone else. Now, they have pretty decent imitators. ...

The bottom line is that for much of the past ten years, most party leaders have been attacking Åkesson as neofasict. Now, they are coming up with different variations of his message. ...

Had his opponents changed tack earlier, and realised how much Swedes are worried about the 'honour repressions' and Islamist free schools, Åkesson would not have had this territory to himself for so long. His rivals were thinking too much about him, and not enough about the legitimate concerns of the Swedes supporting him.
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Crime – police resources
Police are 'very close to losing the streets', top officer admits
Tom Herbert
Metro, 9 September 2018.

A top police officer has warned we are 'very close to losing the streets' as government funding cuts continue to bite.

Sergeant Simon Kempton, operation policing lead for the Police Federation, blamed a fall in officer numbers for being behind a rise in violent crime.

He called on the government to focus protecting its citizens and said the future looked bleak if officials continued their 'gross underfunding of the police service'. ...

The Institute for Fiscal studies said that in the last eight years, central government funding of the police has fallen by around 20%. ...

Figures have shown that 606 police stations have closed since 2010, leaving some cities, such as Bath and St Albans, with no station at all.

Gloucestershire has lost 21 out of 28 stations while 100 stations in London have shut in the past eight years – a move which could mean a rise in criminal behaviour, according to Sgt Kempton. ...

There were 21,331 fewer police officers in England and Wales as of March this year compared with the same point in 2010, according to the Home Office.

Total officer numbers across the 43 police forces were at 122,404 as of March, the lowest number since comparable records began in 1996. ...

Sgt Kempton said: 'Knife crime in large cities is right on the brink of being out of control.

'There's not one way to tackle knife crime but one of them is having enough police officers who are properly trained, properly equipped and right in the middle of our community.'
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Racism – blasphemy, free speech, Scotland, Australia
The new blasphemy law – only gays and Muslims need complain
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Conservative Woman, 9 September 2018.

The SNP government intends to abolish Scotland's blasphemy law, introduced in 1690 and unused since 1843. ...

The SNP would have an acceptable argument if it were not clear that, whilst eager to abolish its Christian blasphemy law, the Scottish government has in effect allowed a new blasphemy standard to emerge. Expressing disagreement with Islam or with political correctness and its results can land you in a Scottish court.

Scotland's Christian street preachers are being targeted in an attempt to silence them. Activists ask them questions regarding Islam or LGBT rights, and wait eager to be offended. When the preachers repeat what the Bible says, no matter how respectfully, the activists have their feelings hurt, make a complaint to the police and the preachers are arrested. ...

The use of 'hate crime' legislation to silence reasoned and biblically based criticism of Islam or politically correct orthodoxy, no matter how respectfully expressed, should alarm all who value freedom of speech and belief. Under our SNP government one blasphemy law protecting Christianity is being replaced by what is in all but name a new blasphemy law. ...

The Australian State of Victoria's 'Racial and Religious Tolerance Act 2001' is extensively cited. This law was enacted shortly after 9/11 and was immediately used by the Islamic Council of Victoria to target a church seminar on Islam. Two seminar speakers had supposedly 'vilified' Islam. This 'vilification' consisted of quoting verses from the Quran concerning the treatment of non-Muslims.

Islamic organisations around the world have cited this as a landmark case in 'protecting Islam' in the West from any form of criticism. It was seen that it could be used as an Islamic blasphemy law.

The two speakers, Pakistani pastor Daniel Scot and Sri Lankan pastor Danny Nalliah, faced up to six months in prison. The ensuing court case and appeals dragged on for five years before both pastors were finally acquitted.
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Immigration abroad – politics, European Union
French leader says Brussels being 'CRUSHED' by its own bureaucracy
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 8 September 2018.

The European Union is paralysed by its own bureaucracy and it is at risk of "deconstruction" according to the President of the French Senate Gérard Larcher. The bloc faces an existential crisis as the European elite is out of touch with citizens' concerns, he said.

In a speech to right-wing senators, Mr Larcher denounced the failings of a "Europe in crisis, at risk of being deconstructed, and crushed by the weight of its technostructure, its inability to reinvent itself and by the widening gap it has created between itself and its citizens".

The conservative MP also criticised Europe's failure to manage the migration crisis, accusing its leaders of "turning a blind eye to the immigration problem and shirking their responsibilities" towards migrants and refugees.

Singling out Europe's wait-and-see attitude towards mass migration, Mr Larcher said Italy had been "left alone for more than four years" to cope with the flow of migrants from North Africa because of Brussels' "lack of solidarity and courage".

The senator also denounced Europe's "perverted" asylum laws and called for the bloc's leaders to "urgently" agree on sustainable measures to deal with the migration crisis "with humanity and courage".
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Immigration abroad – Germany
German intelligence chief at odds with Angela Merkel as he says no evidence foreigners were attacked in Chemnitz
Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2018.

The head of Germany's domestic intelligence service set off a major political row on Friday when he directly contradicted Angela Merkel over last week's far-Right protests in Chemnitz.

Hans-Georg Maassen said he had seen no evidence to support claims neo-Nazis had hunted foreigners through the streets during the protests. ...

Video which appears to show non-Germans being attacked during the protests has been widely circulated on social media. But Mr Maassen said he believed the video could be a fake distributed as "targetted misinformation". ...

The row centres on what exactly happened during protests over the suspected killing of a German-Cuban man by two migrants last week.

Neo-Nazis were filmed giving the Hitler salute during the protests and witnesses claimed people of non-German appearance were chased through the streets.

"We have video footage showing very clearly there was targeted harassment, there was rioting, there was hate on the streets," Mrs Merkel said at the time, while her spokesman, Steffen Seibert, used the word "hunt" to describe what happened.

But Michael Kretschmer, the regional prime minister of Saxony, disputed those accounts this week and accused the media of exaggerating events. "There was no mob, not hunt and no pogrom," he said.

"I share the skepticism about the media reports far-Right hunts in Chemnitz," Mr Maassen told Bild newspaper. "There is no reliable information that such hunts took place." ...

But Mrs Merkel's main coalition partners, the centre-Left Social Democrats (SPD) reacted furiously. "We saw pictures, we heard witnesses. We saw people showing the Hitler salute openly on the street," Thomas Oppermann, the deputy speaker of parliament said. ...

But Horst Seehofer, the interior minister, who is locked in a bitter dispute with Mrs Merkel over migrant policy, backed Mr Maassen and said the intelligence chief had his "full confidence".
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Immigration abroad – deportation, crime, Italy
Salvini to Present Deportation Plan: 'More Immigrants Equals More Delinquents'
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 8 September 2018.

Populist Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini has revealed he will be presenting his deportation plan in the coming days after noting the massive recent increase in migrant criminal suspects.

The League (Lega) leader is expected to announce new decrees in the coming days that will first seek to eliminate the 'humanitarian residency' permit, which is given to asylum seekers who do not qualify for full asylum but are allowed to remain in the country anyway, Il Giornale reports.

The second major change Salvini is looking to put forward is shifting the amount of money spent on asylum seeker reception and moving it toward voluntary and forced repatriation.

For 2018 Salvini is hoping to provide 500 thousand euros toward a repatriation fund, which will be followed by an increase to 1.5 million in 2019 and 2020.

Migrant crime has also been a rising problem in Italy and Salvini highlighted recent Interior Ministry data that showed that more than half of the people arrested by police in the last week were migrants.

"More immigration means more delinquency, the numbers are clear," Salvini said, adding: "to have managed to reduce so many landings and arrivals, despite threats and complaints, is a reason for pride for me."

Another Interior Ministry report released last month indicated that migrants make up close to one-third of all criminal suspects nationally, despite only making up around eight percent of the population in total.

Migrant criminal gangs, particularly Nigerian gangsters, have also become a major problem in some areas of the country in recent years. In the town of Castel Volturno near Naples, Nigerian gangs have largely taken over the city, dealing drugs and pimping out women.
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Diversity – university degrees
Universities must give more top degrees to black students, under new proposals by regulator
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2018.

Universities could be punished unless they give a higher proportion of top degrees to black students, under new proposals drawn up by the regulator.

The Office for Students (OfS) has announced plans to overhaul its guidelines for boosting diversity in higher education, in what it says is the "biggest shake up" since 2004.

If institutions fail to comply with the regulator's new "tougher" national targets for increasing the number of disadvantaged students, they could be penalised through a fine or even de-registered.

Chris Millward, the OfS director for fair access and participation, said that universities will no longer be able to "mark their own homework" on their plans to up their intake of 18-year-olds from poor backgrounds. ...

These will not be limited to targets for admitting more school leavers from deprived households, but will also include addressing the gap in degree attainment between black and white students, according to OfS proposals.

There has been an almost 50 per cent increase in the number of black and ethnic minority students in England between 2007 and 2016.

78 per cent of white students graduated last year with a first class of upper second class degree, compared to just 53 per cent of black students.

Qualifications before attending university, although a key factor in degree outcomes, do not explain the differences between ethnic groups, according to data analysed by Universities UK. ...

Mr Millward said that universities have spent hundreds of millions of pounds on measures aimed at diversifying their intake of students, but have paid little or no attention to whether their schemes were effective. ...

Last year, universities spent a total of around £800 million on projects to increase access and around half of this was spent on bursaries for students from poor households.
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Politics – Conservative Party
On non-EU immigration, the government is asleep at the controls
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 7 September 2018.

The question is often asked as to why non-EU net migration has risen to 235,000 for the year to March 2018. That represents an increase of more than 50,000 on the previous year and is 36,000 higher than in the spring of 2010, when the Conservatives took office at the head of the coalition government.

All this despite a 2017 Conservative manifesto commitment to 'bear down on immigration from outside the EU' and repeated pledges to reduce overall net migration to the tens of thousands (from more than 270,000 currently).

A paper issued by Migration Watch UK, How to deliver a significant reduction in non-EU net migration, argues that the Government has failed to make serious efforts to reduce non-EU immigration despite having powers to do so.

A number of factors have been in play:

Despite strenuous efforts by Mrs May when Home Secretary, she faced firm opposition from the Treasury, which has long favoured continued immigration simply to boost the overall size of the economy regardless of the impact on wider society and despite the absence of evidence for the UK of any significant benefit to GDP per head. ...

• During the coalition years the Liberal Democrats had no desire to restrict immigration control from anywhere in the world.

• Meanwhile those who were benefiting financially, such as business and universities, pressed for continued high levels of immigration to their own sectors.

• Since the election in 2017 Amber Rudd, as the Home Secretary, preferred to kick the can down the road, partly because she believed that immigration was good for the economy.

• The present Home Secretary Sajid Javid has so far not demonstrated any willingness to tighten immigration policy; in fact his decisions since taking office have had the effect of loosening controls. ...

Nearly two-thirds of voters still consider the level of immigration to have been too high over the past decade. That YouGov poll also showed that more 18-to-24-year-olds say immigration levels have been too high than the combined share who say the level has been 'about right' or 'too low'. Other research by the London School of Economics has shown that voters are particularly concerned about reducing the level of immigration from outside the EU.

The Migration Watch UK paper indicates steps that could and should be taken to reduce the level of non-EU net migration. ...

Illegal immigration – The government should devote a great deal more political will and energy towards toughening up border controls and ensuring the departure of those with no right to be here. Former senior officials in the Home Office have estimated that there may be more than a million illegal immigrants in the UK.

Resources – An increase in resources for border control will also be essential, particularly given the need to divert resources to register about three million EU citizens under the Withdrawal Agreement.

It is clear that the government has taken its eye off the ball, indeed it has been asleep at the controls, when it comes to non-EU immigration.
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Immigration abroad – Germany
'Migration is the mother of all problems': Germany's interior minister defends Chemnitz protesters and says demonstrating 'doesn't make you a Nazi' as he sympathises with locals
George Martin
MailOnline, 7 September 2018.

German interior minister Horst Seehofer has defended the Chemnitz protesters by calling migration 'the mother of all problems'.

Seehofer, who was instrumental in nearly bringing down his own coalition partner Angela Merkel last month with his criticism of her immigration policy, emphasized that not all the Chemnitz protesters were far-right activists as he defended their actions. ...

Seehofer also called for a 'pan-European solution to the migrant crisis' adding that he believed 'the migration issue is the mother of all political problems'.

Thousands of people took part in protests organized by far-right groups in the eastern German town of Chemnitz last week, following the fatal stabbing of a German man, allegedly at the hands of two refugees.
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Crime – hate crime, thought crime
All you need is hate
David Kurten
Conservative Woman, 7 September 2018.

The content of most newspapers and the speech of the presenters on most mainstream media television news is drenched in the ideology of hate. There appears to be a genuine belief in the validity of the concepts of 'hate crime' and 'hate speech' – the belief that some crimes are worse than others if they are committed against members of certain protected groups, and and that saying anything which even faintly affects their 'mental health' is beyond the legal pale.

To normal right-thinking people a crime is a crime, and all crime is bad. Crimes have different motivations, but it is the action which is to be punished, not the motivation. That you cannot attribute motivation is why the criminal justice system must be kept as objective as possible. Only then are all equal before the law. This is true equality, and has been built up in our nation since the days of Magna Carta. ...

In the new paradigm of 'hate crime', however, people become more guilty if they belong to an oppressor group, and more of a victim if they belong to a group with protected characteristics. This utterly undermines the principle of equality before the law and leaves it in an asinine state, with motivation rather than action as the more important element of a crime. When some groups are entitled to superior justice and other groups are punished more harshly for the same action, then the whole system becomes flawed. ...

To compound the problem, the definition of hate crime requires no prima facie evidence of motivation. A hate crime is defined as 'criminal behaviour where the perpetrator is motivated by hostility or demonstrates hostility towards the victim's disability, race, religion, sexual orientation or transgender identity'. Thus the 'hate' element of a hate crime is based in the perception of the person who makes the accusation, or a third party who makes the report. Perception can be entirely subjective, so crimes which are flagged as hate crimes may be no such thing at all. ...

The whole ludicrous idea of hate crime and hate speech should be dropped now, and we should revert to the sensible and objective notion that a crime is a crime. All crime is bad – yes, it has different motivations, but the crime should be punished, not the motivation. Otherwise, we will end up punishing a motivation even if there is no crime. Just such a frighteningly Orwellian definition of Hate Crime was suggested in a now-deleted tweet by Khan and Dick's Metropolitan Police, which stated: 'Though what the perpetrator has done may not be against the law, their reasons for doing it are. This means it may be possible to charge them with a crime.' This is thought crime incarnate. ...

Today police are forced to prioritise crimes, often only investigating those considered 'high priority'. Yet if a crime is flagged as a hate crime it is automatically prioritised, even if it is petty in nature. If you are a straight, white male and you want the police to investigate criminal damage or car crime, you may as well forget it. But if you are a BAME, LGBT, disabled Muslim trans-woman, your multiple protected characteristics will boost you to the top of the queue if you report the same incident as a hate crime.

... Crime should be investigated and punished equally, and there should be the same sentence regardless of whether the criminal is a man or a woman, black or white, rich or poor, indigenous or immigrant.
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Immigration abroad – politics, Germany
Germany's radical left is fueling anti-immigrant sentiment
Matt Qvortrup
CNN, 7 September 2018.

Sahra Wagenknecht, the leader of Germany's far-left Die Linke party, has launched a new movement. It is called Aufstehen (literally translated, "stand up"). This in itself is not exceptional. Many other countries in Western Europe have left-wing parties of varying extremes.

... Aufstehen is something altogether different. The movement is unashamedly populist – and hostile toward immigration and other liberal causes. ...

Her ambition is to create a realignment; to found a movement that appeals to disgruntled working-class voters who feel betrayed by big business, globalism and the low wages in the gig economy.

Her message is not one founded upon hope and solidarity. It is based on an ill-disguised opposition to foreigners. Her analysis is that a message of resentment chimes with low-wage workers. ...

Wagenknecht's analysis is not entirely unique. In Denmark, the nominally center-left Social Democrats have rebranded themselves as a party that defends the welfare state, while it has lurched to the right on immigration issues.

But unlike the Danes, Wagenknecht has fused opposition to immigration with populist economics. That is a dangerous mix.

She cannot be accused of naïveté. Like Angela Merkel, she grew up in Communist East Germany. But unlike the current Chancellor of Germany, the far-left firebrand is unapologetic about her membership of the Communist Youth Movement FDJ.

She has described the East German communist dictatorship as "the most peaceful and most philanthropic polity that the Germans created in all of their previous history."

Just for the record, the regime killed 327 people who tried to escape.
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Terrorism – asylum
Chinese Former Guantanamo Terror Suspects Handed UK Passports
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 7 September 2018.

Four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners suspected of terror links have been given asylum and effectively granted British citizenship, despite having no links to the UK.

The four Chinese Muslim Uyghur fighters were arrested after the invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 and transferred to the camp in Cuba, and are thought to be linked to a banned militant Islamist group.

Nine years ago, they were given asylum and moved to the island of Bermuda, an overseas British territory, in a secret deal pushed by former U.S. President Barack Obama as he tried to close Guantanamo Bay.

Now, they have been granted British Overseas Territories citizenships by Bermuda, handing them the right to get British passports and live in the UK, the Royal Gazette reports.
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Crime – gangs, London
Twenty five gangs behind London crime wave, says top Met officer
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 7 September 2018.

Around 25 major organised crime groups with international links are operating in London and fuelling the violence on the capital's streets, according to a senior Scotland Yard officer.

Detective Chief Superintendent Mick Gallagher said there were also "hundreds and hundreds" of smaller street gangs. The crime groups were "destabilising communities" with a "direct correlation" between their activities and the stabbings and shootings taking place in some of London's more impoverished districts.

Mr Gallagher, who leads the Met's serious and organised crime command, also suggested that the extremes of poverty and wealth in London could be helping to drive offending, with violent robbers targeting shops and individuals to steal expensive jewellery. ...

"Because of the nature of London you will regularly come across people who come from other countries, but a lot of them are domiciled here."
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Employment – seasonal work
FIRST post-Brexit immigration plans REVEALED: Theresa May relaunches non-EU workers scheme
Martina Bet
Daily Express, 6 September 2018.

Theresa May will re-launch the non-EU workers scheme, after axing it five years ago, to meet the post-Brexit demands for fruit pickers, Whitehall sources have revealed.

The scheme, which allows 2,500 non-EU workers to register for seasonal work, will effectively be the first post-Brexit immigration plan put forward by the Government.

It comes after farmers have been increasingly pressuring Theresa May to relax VISA rules to ensure British farms are able to recruit seasonal workers in the face of a post-Brexit labour shortage.

The farming industry employs 67,000 seasonal workers, with 95 percent coming from countries in the trade bloc under the right of freedom of movement. ...

The non-EU farmer scheme was scrapped by Mrs May when she was Home Secretary following growing fears that it could result in a surge in migrants, as workers from Romania and Bulgaria gained the automatic right to work in the UK in 2014.

However, official figures show EU migration has fallen to the lowest levels in six years.

While 226,000 EU citizens arrived in the UK in the year leading up to March 2018, 138,000 decided to leave.
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Immigration abroad – extremism, Germany
German media admits: Man who made Hitler salute at Chemnitz rally is actually a Leftist infiltrator
Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch, 6 September 2018.

It has long been charged that Antifa operatives enter the crowds of pro-freedom rallies and say and do things in order to discredit those rallies. In the protests in Chemnitz against mass Muslim migration, this man made a Hitler salute, which was picked up by the international media as proof that the rallies were full of neo-Nazis. But this man has now been unmasked as a supporter of the Red Army Faction, a Communist terrorist group. Even the German media is admitting it. But it is unlikely there will follow any retractions from the media outside the country, which is too invested in the mass migration imperative to take notice of inconvenient facts.
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Immigration abroad – censorship, Sweden
Professor fired for tweeting FACTS on gang rapes in Sweden
Victor Laszlo
The Rebel, 6 September 2018.

Dr. Bilyana Martinovski explains what led to her firing from the position of Associate Professor of Human-Machine Interaction at the University of Stockholm, after she began a research project about ways to assist gang rape victims with PTSD. [video]

After finding that the state did not keep official statistics of rape cases in Sweden, she found an American website, GangRapeSweden.com which listed the verdicts of all gang rapes from 2012 to 2017.

She contacted the 43 district courts involved in these cases requesting verdicts and other details, and was shocked by the volume of information she received.

Her troubles began when she noticed a report from the website on Twitter, and retweeted it, confirming the veracity of the court cases listed on the site.

Activists began a letter writing campaign against her, calling her a "Nazi." The university, with no due process, informed her that she had been removed from her position.
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Employment – students
Immigration campaigners have warned ministers not to reopen the floodgates by caving in to demands by university bosses
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 5 September 2018.

Migration crusaders urged ministers not to bring back foreign student two-year visas.

Universities and Boris Johnson urged a restart of the scheme to let them stay after courses end.

But Migration Watch's Alp Mehmet warned of an unskilled influx. He said: "There's no reason they should stay on, even to stack shelves.

"The last time ministers investigated, only one in four had skilled work."
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Immigration – non-EU immigrants
Brexit will not help us curb immigration
Max Hastings
The Times, 5 September 2018.

Our failure to limit the number of non-EU migrants shows that leaving the EU is no panacea.

During the summer a large canine has slunk unnoticed across the British political landscape, failing to bark. Figures released last month by the Office for National Statistics show net migration from the European Union fell to 87,000 in the year to March, while net migration from outside the EU rose to 235,000 in the same period.

This raises questions that some of us deem important, but which no leading politician has dared to ask. After Brexit, Britain may gain powers to exclude EU nationals: Polish plumbers, Romanian car-washers and pickpockets. But what new weapons will the government secure to reduce legal immigration from outside the EU?
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Politics – Liberal Democrats
The immigration system is broken. Here's how we'll fix it
Edward Davey
Liberal Democrats, 5 September 2018.

In an interview with The Guardian, I set out our ambitious plan to fix the UK's broken immigration system, end the Conservatives' hostile environment and celebrate the positive impact immigration has had on the United Kingdom.

Our policy paper, A Fair Deal for Everyone: Prosperity and Dignity in Migration, will be debated this month in Brighton. It calls for a new right to work for refugees and asylum seekers, major reform of the Home Office - giving control of work permit policy to the Business Department and student visa policy to the Education Department, policies to make family reunification easier and scrapping the net migration target.
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Diversity – Coventry
Revealed: The multi-cultural make-up of Coventry
Alice Cachia and Laura Hartley
CoventryLive, 5 September 2018.

Coventry is more diverse than ever, but numbers in Warwickshire are saying the complete opposite.

The number of people from an ethnic minority in Coventry has risen by more than 18,000 in the past six years.

The number equals one in every 3.6 people in the area in 2017 was either black, Asian or from another ethnic minority. ...

Overall there were 100,969 people in Coventry from an ethnic minority in 2017, compared to 82,920 in 2011.

The number of Asian people has grown sharply in particular, from 51,599 in 2011 to 60,643 in 2017.

The number of black people also rose, from 17,759 to 22,162, as did the number of mixed race people (up from 8,221 to 11,631).

There were 6,533 people from other ethnicities in Coventry in 2017 - more than the 5,341 in 2011. ...

Overall in Warwickshire one in every 6.4 people was from an ethnic minority, up from the one in 7.0 in 2011.

North Warwickshire, though, had the worst level of ethnic diversity in the area.

Just one in every 44.3 people was either black, Asian, or from another ethnic minority in 2017.
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Crime – fraud, theft
Fraudsters posed as police officers to con £200,000 from vulnerable and elderly
Kristian Johnson
LeedsLive, 5 September 2018.

Eight men have been jailed for a combined total of more than 30 years at Leeds Crown Court for a 'large scale conspiracy' in which they conned vulnerable and elderly people out of more than £200,000. ...

They focused their 'tenacious' operation on people in vulnerable situations all over the country, including here in West Yorkshire, and some of the victims had their entire life savings stolen away from them. ...

"The actions of this group have had a devastating impact on the lives of the victims. The group abused the often trusting nature of people to defraud them out of large sums of money – often their life savings. Some of the victims have not had all of their money back." ...

The eight men were jailed for a total of more than 30 years for the following offences:

Mahbub Aziz, 24, ...

Shahidur Ali, 24, ...

Mohammed Hadi, 34, ...

Mohammed Noor, 23, ...

Mohammed Naahe, 50, ...

Syed Ahmed, 35, ...

Mohammed Haque, 43, ...

Shah Abdal, 46, ...

A ninth man, 21-year-old Ismail Hoque, ... admitted acquiring criminal property and was sentenced to eight months suspended for 12 months, with 16 hours unpaid community work.
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Diversity – Birmingham
The figures proving Birmingham is more diverse than ever
Alice Cachia and James Rodger
Birmingham Mail, 4 September 2018.

Birmingham is more diverse than ever - with the number of people from an ethnic minority rising by nearly 95,000 in just six years.

Exclusive analysis of Office for National Statistics data reveals that one in every 3.1 people in our area was either black, Asian or from another ethnic minority in 2017.

That's up from the one in every 3.3 people in 2011 - the most recently available Census data.

Overall there were 829,822 people in Birmingham from an ethnic minority in 2017, compared to 735,168 in 2011.

That's the biggest rise seen across the country.

The number of Asian people has grown sharply in particular, from 463,890 in 2011 to 516,809 in 2017.

The number of mixed race people also rose, from 88,024 to 112,450, as did the number of black people (up from 146,480 to 158,767).

There were 41,796 people from other ethnicities in Birmingham in 2017 - more than the 36,774 in 2011.

Birmingham's ethnic diversity is greater, too, than the national average.

Across England and Wales, one in every 6.6 people is from an ethnic minority - a fairly marginal rise from one in every 7.1 people in 2011.

Solat Chaudhry, CEO for the National Centre for Diversity, said: "As a country, becoming more ethnically diverse has been a great thing for the UK. ..."
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Immigration abroad – Islam, Germany
German far right fuels Muslim 'takeover' fears
Matthew Karnitschnig
Politico.eu, 4 September 2018.

Can Germany survive Islam?

That question is once again at the center of the country's public discourse amid the violent protests that followed last week's brutal killing of a German man, allegedly at the hands of two Muslim refugees, and the publication of a new book titled "Hostile Takeover, how Islam halts progress and threatens society." ...

Despite Germany's growing prosperity, its society is seething as the negative consequences of taking in more than 1 million asylum seekers since 2015 sink in. ...

Thilo Sarrazin, the former Bundesbank official and provocateur who wrote "Hostile Takeover," has tapped into Germany's unease about the refugee influx with a dystopian prediction of what lies ahead.

Describing Islam as "an ideology of violence disguised as religion," Sarrazin argues that if Europe doesn't take swift action to halt Muslim migration into the EU, European society will ultimately be enveloped and destroyed by Islam.

"Hostile Takeover" debuted last week at No. 1 on German Amazon's bestseller list. ...

Last year, refugees were suspects in about 15 percent of homicides in Germany, according to official statistics, though they account for only 2 percent of the population.

Many of the suspects, including the Iraqi accused of stabbing the Chemnitz victim and the terrorist who drove into a Berlin Christmas market in 2016, enjoy an immigration status classified as a Duldung, or "tolerance." That means that even though the individual's asylum application has been denied, the government is allowing the person to remain in Germany and in many cases seek employment. The reasons for such a ruling vary, but can be as mundane as a lack of a passport, making it difficult to confirm the migrant's nationality.

About 170,000 migrants enjoy "tolerated" status in Germany. A further 350,000 reside in the country with no official immigration status at all, many of them waiting for a ruling on an asylum application.

Critics say the presence of so many migrants without a bona fide legal right to remain in the country proves that Germany's asylum system is a sham. History suggests that a denied asylum application presents little more than minor delay to a migrant's quest to acquire legal immigration status in Germany. About 233,000 people whose asylum applications were rejected are currently in the country. All but 60,000 of them enjoy "tolerated" status. ...

Under Germany's federal structure, its 16 regional states are responsible for deporting migrants. Last year, they carried out about 24,000 deportations, far fewer than the potential pool. The problem is that if a migrant doesn't agree to leave the country, the cost of removing him or her can be prohibitive due to the extra security involved.

Considering the large number of refugees and that most of them are young men, it's inevitable that some of them will commit crimes. ...

Amid the neo-Nazi attacks in Chemnitz, Merkel's coalition has succeeded in steering the debate away from refugee violence to the dangers of the extreme right. For now. If the last few months are any indication, that tactic won't work for long.
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Politics – multiculturalism
If we fret about the "far Right" without curing the ills that fuel them, we're doomed
Tim Stanley
Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2018.

Douglas Murray, author of The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, says Europeans have a habit of talking about the hideous reaction to a problem rather than the problem itself. Why? Because it's easier. It's easier, for instance, to discuss how awful Tommy Robinson – the anti-Islamist campaigner – is than the child-grooming gangs that sparked the backlash that made Robinson famous. Yes, Robinson is very easy to talk about. We've seen home-grown thugs like him come and go for decades, and we know why they're wrong and what words to use about them. The problem with migrant criminals, however, is harder to articulate. How do we address that without sounding like ... well, Tommy Robinson? ...

... If nationalists do well enough in next year's EU elections, they could form a powerful coalition in the European parliament.

We could draw a picture of a black web spreading slowly across the continent, but we should resist superficiality. In a new book, Roger Eatwell and Matthew Goodwin argue that these movements vary in character but that most of them are not Thirties-style fascists: they are national populists. ...

Delegitimizing debate about immigration smacks, as Murray warns, of focusing disproportionately on the outcome of a social tension rather than the source of the tension itself. /.../ What is more likely to radicalise British opinion isn't the burka: it's Westminster and the media trying to compel voters to pretend they love the burka. Indeed, a critical component of the new national populist narrative is that the establishment is providing a special protection for immigrants. ...

I suspect they believe it is the state that is dangerously authoritarian, not they – more interested in forcing through its ideological project of multiculturalism than, say, enforcing the law.
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Politics – wages, labour movement, Left leaders
Labour's conspiracy of silence on immigration
Paul Embery
UnHerd, 4 September 2018.

One of the characteristics of the modern Left is its obstinate refusal to accept inconvenient truths, its unwillingness to look hard facts in the eye and adopt honest arguments in response.

Nowhere is this more apparent than on the question of the consequences of mass immigration in working-class communities.

To argue that the impact has been deep and profound, and not always to the good, is to incite in a wide layer of Left-wing activists an unbridled fury. Emotion, boilerplate and cliché are elevated above evidence, logic and reason.

The bull-headed intractability of Left leaders in resisting any sort of candid debate on mass immigration and its effects on those for whom they claim to speak borders on the criminal. Take the recent publication of a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), which highlighted that a tighter labour market, caused in no small measure by a slowdown in the rate of EU-born workers coming to the UK, had forced over half of employers to increase wages.

Did the leaders of the labour movement have anything to say about this? Was there any sense of mea culpa for having spent years attacking those of us who argued that EU free movement laws depressed wages? Was there hell.

They ignored this publication just as they ignored all previous research that established a link between higher immigration levels and worse outcomes for the lowest-paid workers, such as a Bank of England study which concluded that for every 10 percentage point rise in the proportion of immigrants, the pay of those working in semi- or unskilled services is reduced by 2%, and other research showing that UK immigration levels have had a significant effect on wage distribution, with medium- and higher-paid workers gaining and the poorest losing out.

There can be little doubt that, were the research to drill down specifically into those industries where the over-supply of labour was most acute, the effects would be found to be even more striking. ...

It isn't rocket science. Just as a surplus of anything reduces its cost, so most reputable economists, from Karl Marx to Milton Friedman, have agreed that an over-supply of labour depresses wages. A handful of us in the labour movement have been pointing out this simple truth for years, only to be regularly assailed by unthinking colleagues labelling us as 'bigots' and worse.

There was a time when support for open borders was a fringe position on the Left, for most mainstream socialists and trade unionists understood that, while properly-managed immigration could be a good thing, having absolutely no control over the numbers of people entering your country was inimical to socialist planning around employment, housing and welfare. ...

There is a conspiracy of silence among labour movement leaders on the real impact of unrestricted immigration in working-class communities. ...

They ought to take a long hard look at themselves. Because, in the end, their support for open borders, far from bringing about the unity of the international working-class and breaking down social and cultural barriers, has served instead to entrench a system that commodifies humanity, atomises communities and allows big business to cut wages in the quest for greater profits. How could any representative of working people be proud of that outcome?
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Immigration abroad – Europe
Finland: Most 'Migrant Crisis' Arrivals Not Refugees, Are Economic Migrants
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 4 September 2018.

The majority of people who travelled to Europe in 2015 at the height of the continent's Migrant Crisis had made the journey seeking better material living standards and did not fit the criteria to be refugees, Finland's Prime Minister has said.

Speaking during an interview with Finnish public broadcaster YLE at the weekend, Juha Sipilä asserted that the mass influx of immigrants seen in 2015 and 2016 following Angela Merkel's suspension of EU Dublin rules has "caused the recent unrest in Europe", highlighting protests in Germany's Chemnitz over murders by migrants.

"What made the situation so difficult is that the majority of these people are on the move because of economic reasons – not because they are fleeing war or personal persecution," he argued, prompting outrage from Finland's left. ...

Pro-open borders NGOs including Save the Children were among voices calling the claim false along with "immigration researcher" Erna Bodström, who argued that around half of asylum claims made in European Union (EU) nations during 2016 and 2017 were successful after taking into account negative decisions which were eventually overturned by appeal. ...

Rather than recanting his statements, however, the Finnish leader penned a blog post saying he was justified in drawing attention to the large proportion of economic migrants amongst those drawn to Europe who are claiming to be refugees, stating that while "helping one's neighbour" is a duty close to his heart, "the task of the asylum system" is to help the people in most need.

Claiming immigrant communities "enrich our culture" and that they constitute "an important part of Finland's vitality and success", the Centre Party politician said the nation "has a responsibility" to help refugees.

But "the fact is that the majority of those who arrived in 2015 and during the crisis did not meet the criteria for asylum in Finland", he continued, noting: "According to the statistics of the Finnish Immigration Service, approximately one third of asylum seekers entering Finland for the period 2015-2017 received a positive asylum decision.

"Approximately 44 per cent of the asylum seekers who came to Europe received a positive decision. That is, most of the respondents did not have grounds for obtaining asylum in Europe," he said. ...

"... But the role of the asylum system is to help people who are vulnerable to particular oppression and disadvantage," wrote the Finnish politician, who in 2015 demanded the whole country mobilise to show "solidarity" to the arriving third world migrants.
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Benefits and costs – taxes, welfare benefits
Swiss Study Reveals Immigration Produces Long Term Economic Harm
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 3 September 2018.

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

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

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

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

One of Germany's top economists Hans-Werner Sinn has also warned Germany and other countries that many low-skilled migrants are attracted by generous welfare state programmes, as opposed to the high-skilled workers often demanded by governments.
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Immigration – border security
Ireland used as backdoor into UK via reunified family ploy
John Mooney
Sunday Times, 2 September 2018.

The immigration services and the gardai have opened an inquiry into the abuse of an EU directive that allows foreign nationals to sponsor their families to live in Ireland under a reunification scheme.

The immigration authorities are encountering scores of applications from non-EU nationals who have already obtained residency rights in Britain, but claim to have moved to Ireland and wish to sponsor visas for their spouses, children and parents to move here.

Investigations by the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB) and the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) have established multiple sponsors used similar addresses to lodge applications – indicating that criminal gangs and white-collar criminals are involved.
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Illegal immigration – border security
Number of suspected illegal immigrants nabbed at UK border hits record levels
Michael Hamilton
The Sun, 2 September 2018.

The number of suspected illegal immigrants nabbed at ports and airports trying to enter Britain is at record levels.

Figures show 34,146 were apprehended last year – almost 100 a day and three per cent up on the 33,026 the year before, we can reveal.

Most were caught at Channel ports with border officials using carbon dioxide detectors, heartbeat monitors and sniffer dogs to find them in vehicles.

Others have tried to enter the UK in the wheel casings of aircraft.

Some are allowed to stay, often after lodging a claim for refugee status.

The Home Office said the figures, obtained under Freedom of Information rules, show "our approach to securing the UK's border is working". ...

Migration Watch UK said the figures do not show how many failed asylum claimants are removed.

It claimed there were more than a million illegals in the UK.
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Crime – Chileans
Why can't we stop convicted criminals flying in from Chile to go on burglary rampages across the home counties?
Tom Rawstorne
Daily Mail, 1 September 2018.

This week, it emerged more than 75 Chilean burglars have been arrested in the past two years in some 200 burglaries in London, Essex, Kent, Surrey, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, the South-West and Wales.

... Jewellery, watches and designer clothes worth millions of pounds have been stolen with the intention of shipping them back to South America.

Detectives believe the 'burglary tourists' are not acting alone and that their activities are being co-ordinated by a 'Mr Big' in South London. All those arrested pleaded guilty at once – and every single one has refused to comment in interviews with police.

Questions are now being asked as to how these individuals were allowed into the UK.

The Mail can reveal that many have criminal records for robbery, burglary and other crimes in Chile and elsewhere in the world.

At least one was known to Interpol, having previously been deported from Spain for a similar crime. Another had been deported from Italy and Holland just two years before flying into Britain.

Yet still they were allowed to waltz into the country and terrorise British citizens. 'How many more gangs from other countries are doing this?' asked the victim from Kent. ...

The Met's investigation, known as Operation Genie, has led to a total of 36 Chilean nationals being arrested. Sixteen have been convicted of burglary-related offences. Of the remaining 20, eight have been deported and 12 left the country after being released under investigation. ...

'They all plead guilty because they want to spend as short a time as possible in prison in Britain,' said the source.
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Terrorism
Fear terrorists go free as suspects are sent back to UK without warning
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 1 September 2018.

Terror suspects are being deported back to the UK without the knowledge of the British authorities, the Daily Express can reveal today.

Some countries fail to disclose if a UK national is linked to terrorism when sending them home, Immigration Minister Caroline Nokes admitted. This means they could be free to walk the streets unless they are already known to the police or being monitored by British intelligence. ...

Ms Nokes said: "The Government does not hold a complete data set relating to individuals deported to the UK since UK nationals are not as a matter of course subject to immigration controls on arrival.

"In addition, not all countries will disclose that they are deporting an individual to the UK or that there is a terrorism concern relating to them."
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Diversity – police
UK Police to Treat Diversity Promotion Like 'Critical Incident', Forces Set to 'Embed Equality into All Activities'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 1 September 2018.

Police will soon adopt a raft of "enhanced inclusivity" measures including celebrating "culturally-focused events like Black History Month" as forces across Britain are ordered to treat minority representation like a "critical incident".

According to Police Oracle, a plan set to be launched next week will see every force create a "gold group at chief officer level focused on diversity", with identity politics to be made a major priority.

Senior officers, staff associations, and members of various "communities" will work together towards meeting so-called diversity targets, the law enforcement news outlet said. ...

Committing police chiefs to "embedding diversity, equality and inclusion" into the heart of their forces' every activity, the strategy comes with a "toolkit" of actions to increase minority representation, including making "emotional health and happiness" a priority and bringing in "reverse mentoring" schemes in which lower ranked officers will train their seniors in so-called "emotional intelligence".

Forces will also be told to introduce flexible working practices enabling time off for cultural or religious observance, as well as launching initiatives celebrating "culturally-focused events such as major religious festivals and Black History Month".
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