IMMIGRATION CONCERN

SELECTED NEWS AND VIEWS from 1 January 2018 (except most recent), by date

Quotations of the more notable items of news and views in date order - latest first


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Authors expressing their own views are indicated in bold. The names of reporters are in normal type.


2018

IMMIGRATION – HOUSING
One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a property
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 31 January 2018


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

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

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

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

There were 1,155,285 families on waiting lists for social housing in England last year, according to official figures.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – USA
The important FACTS completely missing from the immigration debate
Daniel Horowitz
Conservative Review, 29 January 2018


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

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

A couple of immediate observations are in order:

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

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

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

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

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

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

This used to be part of the commonsense, mature discussion we could have as a nation. Sadly, demagoguery and ignorance are preventing us from having a much-needed discussion about one of the most important, if not the most important, policy issue of our time.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS, PUBLIC OPINION
Why Culture Trumps Skills: Public opinion on immigration
David Goodhart and Eric Kaufmann
Policy Exchange, 28 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To repeat: opposition to immigration is largely cultural and psychological. Appealing to voter economic interest as the Committee suggests is therefore unlikely to create the new consensus it seeks.
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POLITICS – BREXIT, EU MIGRANTS
EU immigration to continue until 2021 reveals David Davis - despite Downing Street claims that free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 27 January 2018


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

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

But Mr Davis said yesterday the registration scheme would have 'no bearing on people's ability to work or visit' and that it would simply 'allow us to better plan for our future public services and prepare for our future immigration system'.
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CRIME – ACID ATTACKS, LONDON
Acid attack epidemic: RECORD number of incidents in London last year, data reveals
Sam Sholli
Daily Express, 27 January 2018


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

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

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

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

More than 75% of suspected attackers and around 60% of victims were between the ages of 10 and 29.
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CRIME – BIAS, POLITICS, RACISM, POLICE
Theresa May ignored the evidence on stop-and-search. The effect has been criminal
Fraser Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 26 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was wrong of Mrs May to pretend that the police were singling out ethnic minorities for stop-and-search – and it would be wrong for Mrs Rudd to be in denial about rising crime now.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, UK
Mohammed is rapidly becoming one of the most popular names in Germany, figures show
Nick Enoch
MailOnline, 26 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It was also the second most popular nationwide in Britain.
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RACISM – POLICE, HATE CRIME
Khan Blames Crime Wave on Cuts, But Fall in Police Numbers Could Be Plugged by Redeploying 'Hate Crime' Officers
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 26 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The authorities' determination to focus on such crimes – despite a fall in actual prosecutions suggesting the arrests are largely fruitless – shows no sign of letting up, with Khan setting aside millions of pounds for an "online hate crime hub".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, OSLO, NORWAY
The Islamization of Oslo
Bruce Bawer
City Journal, 24 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In August 2017, Hege Storhaug of HRS took note of a promotional poster for the new library in Stovner. It depicted three dark-skinned girls, two wearing hijabs, happily reading books together. "Here," commented Storhaug, "is the future." Thorbjørn Berntsen saw it coming 16 years ago. Others did, too, but most stayed silent. Even now, as Groruddalen plunges toward anarchy and full Islamization, few dare to speak up. Meantime, beyond the hills and mountains that surround Groruddalen, the shadow that has fallen upon the valley is slowly darkening the rest of Norway.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SEGREGATION
Panorama – White Fright: Divided Britain review – the people let down by a decade of policy failure
Sam Wollaston
The Guardian, 23 January 2018


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

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

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

The government hasn't helped much either. Dame Louise Casey was commissioned to write a review of integration policy. The government ignored it because it mentioned immigration; the pace and scale of it. "Too difficult ... too hot to handle," says the Labour MP Chuka Umunna.
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ASYLUM – STATISTICS
Asylum Statistics
Oliver Hawkins
House of Commons Library, 23 January 2018


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

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

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

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

In 2016, 37% of asylum applicants were nationals of Asian countries, 29% were nationals of Middle Eastern countries, 23% were nationals of African countries, and 7% were from Europe.
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IMMIGRATION – UK, FRANCE
Migrants in Calais will be fast-tracked to the UK after PM bows to the French: Visa applications will now take just one month after May and Macron agree 'Sandhurst Treaty' shake up
Larissa Brown
Daily Mail, 19 January 2018


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

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

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

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

France also wants Britain to take in more migrants from Calais, especially unaccompanied children.
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BORDER CONTROLS – COST
Calais migrant crisis has already cost UK taxpayers over £360m
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 19 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In addition, since October 2015, the UK has allocated more than £175 million of humanitarian assistance, including a three-year £75 million programme to meet the "urgent humanitarian needs of migrants".
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IMMIGRATION – EU MIGRANTS, BREXIT
'EU demand is ABSURD' May urged to stand strong over unlimited free movement post-Brexit
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 18 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In the past, some of the applicants have been temporary migrants who stayed for less than a year but a larger proportion of them might well stay on if the prize was a right to permanent settlement in the UK.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – PUBLIC OPINION, BELGIUM
Migrant Crisis: 77 Per Cent of Belgians 'No Longer Feel at Home'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 18 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

These included 33 per cent of Muslim respondents revealing they "don't like Western culture", 29 per cent asserting they believe the laws of Islam to be superior to Belgian law, and 34 per cent admitting they "would definitely prefer a political system inspired by the Quran".
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MULTICULTURALISM – LIBERALISM, NATIONALISM
Why liberal societies need moderate nationalism
David Goodhart
Washington Post, 17 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neither militant liberals, who fear the masses are always teetering on the edge of new forms of authoritarianism, nor militant populists, who are hostile to diversity, find it easy to accept that many people live according to different norms. And, of course, it is possible to have too much fragmentation, which is why moderate nationalism remains such an important glue for liberal societies, reinforcing shared norms and social solidarity.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – NUMBER, PUBLIC OPINION
Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants is fuelling anxiety about how many live in Britain, report warns
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 15 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

They also stressed the importance of effective enforcement, highlighting how large numbers of foreign nationals, including convicted criminals, have disappeared.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – HEALTH TOURISM
NHS stung for £200m in health tourism scam using European insurance cards
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 15 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth said: "This looks like serious abuse of a system that is to ensure Brits on holiday or working in Europe get their healthcare covered. It's clear we need a full inquiry."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – FREE SPEECH, GERMANY
Germany is silencing "hate speech", but cannot define it
The Economist, 11 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

All of which points to a broader truth: regulating speech was easier in the past, when Germany was a more settled, homogeneous and conformist place. The wave of new arrivals since 2015 has accelerated its long-term evolution into a more plural, fragmented country.
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RACISM – NUMBERS, STATISTICS, WHITE RACIAL INTERESTS
Scholars claim that statistics 'serve white racial interests'
Toni Airaksinen
Campus Reform, 11 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

As Campus Reform has reported, Gillborn is also the managing editor for the journal Whiteness in Education, ...
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – CALAIS, FRANCE
'It hasn't stopped!' Lorry drivers are ATTACKED by Calais migrants EVERY DAY, haulage boss
Abigail Morris
Daily Express, 10 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

Around 700 migrants are living rough again in the area where the Calais Jungle once stood, charities estimate.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
No, the EU isn't militarizing Africa to halt migration but simply to organize it
GEFIRA, 9 January 2018


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

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

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

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

Merkel's attempt to quell dissent by enacting a number of censorship laws on social media has not worked either. The problem isn't the media, nor the allegedly unjustified criticism by Europeans; the problem is her policy.
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TERRORISM – JIHADISTS
Half of UK's Isil jihadists unaccounted for, minister admits
Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 6 January 2018


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

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

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IMMIGRATION – SOCIETAL CATASTROPHE
How Europe Built It's Own Funeral Pyre, Then Leapt In
Robert W. Merry
The American Conservative, 4 January 2018
[Review of "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam" by Douglas Murray]


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

... "To say that in the long run this heralds the makings of a societal catastrophe is to understate matters."
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ASYLUM – CHILDREN, COSTS
Lone child refugees are costing British councils £70,000 a year EACH with bills continuing until they reach 25
Ian Drury and Claire Duffin
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

For each lone child migrant, councils also typically pay £440 for interpreters and child advocates, £480 on English language lessons, £70 on dentists and £20 on doctor registration.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HEALTH TOURISM
Health tourists are costing Britain £10 million as foreign mums rip off the NHS to get free treatment
Nick Mcdermott
The Sun, 3 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The British taxpayer continues to contribute to an International, not a National, Health Service and, despite powerful representations, three Conservative (or Conservative-led) governments since 2010 have failed to take effective steps to protect the NHS from health tourism abuse.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ITALY, EUROPE
Revealed: Royal Navy sailors have rescued 18,000 migrants from the Med and dropped them off in Europe
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

'They can now just push them out to sea in the flimsiest and most dangerous of craft, confident that the ships will rescue them and take then onwards.'
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IMMIGRATION – FRAUD, CHILDREN, DEPORTATION
Just one in five fake child migrants caught lying about their age in the last six years was sent home
Alexander Robertson
MailOnline, 2 January 2018


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tony Smith, former director general of UK Border Force, told the Express that the low risk of being forced back out of the UK made lying a risk worth taking for migrants.
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