IMMIGRATION CONCERN

SELECTED NEWS AND VIEWS from 1 January 2019 (except most recent), by date

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


Extracts can, if preferred, be read in chronological order by using the "Up" link to go to the start of the item next above the one just read.

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


2019

BENEFITS AND COSTS – TRANSLATIONS
Translators for foreign criminals have cost £63.8 million in three years, figures show
Michael Hamilton
The Sun, 30 June 2019


Translators for foreign criminals have cost £63.8 million in three years, figures show.

Non-English speakers need legal papers translated and require an interpreter for trial proceedings.

Experts were called to help with 253 languages and dialects.

There was £21.6 million spent from April 2018 to March 2019, £23.6 million the year before and £18.6 million in 2016-17.

Polish (£9.6m) and Romanian (£6.2m) topped the list, then Urdu (£4m). Next were the five Arabic tongues, Lithuanian and Bengali.

A total of £14,000 was spent on Bravanese, a language spoken in Somalia, and £16,000 on Acholi, from Uganda. Welsh speakers led to a £23,000 spend.

The Ministry of Justice has to provide interpreters by law.

But Alp Mehmet, of Migration Watch UK, blasted the inefficiency and cost of the service.

He said: "Greater care at the border over who is admitted, and a drop in immigration levels would in turn see the cost of translators and interpreters fall."
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POLITICS
The people have lost patience with an immigration system built on lies
Sherelle Jacobs
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2019


Britain's status quo isn't so much a "broken system" as a self-justifying swindle. This week was a blistering reminder /.../ Two other potent national symbols of the managerial scamming that now passes for modern government have been in the spotlight over recent days: namely, bogus recycling and uncontrolled mass immigration.

Although these are two very different governmental controversies, they have a lot in common. ...

What's more, in both areas basic reality has long been crushed under the weight of bureaucratic chaos and self-delusional orthodox thinking – our administrative overlords have spent years trying to convince us and themselves that the country's future depends on baffling, opaque procedures that they have painstakingly devised.

But it turns out – as most people suspected long ago – that their grand solutions are shams, which seek to manipulate us into a false sense of enlightened progress while aggravating the very problems they seek to solve: /.../ in spurned areas of the country, the mass immigration that we are told fuels our economy and enriches our culture stokes social tensions and prevents us tackling our economic shortcomings. ...

Boris's proposal is certainly a step forward, nonetheless. The prospective PM intuitively grasps the nation's desire for a tough, tightly controlled and highly selective system. That said, his deliberately squishy proposal eschews any kind of target setting, and could lead to an increase, rather than a decrease, in overall numbers migrating to Britain.

If this is Boris's game plan, he should really think twice. ...

Instead, the next PM must tear down our whole immigration apparatus, which is built on lies and bureaucratic obliqueness. The question of what replaces it should be founded on one simple thing: basic honesty. The current scale of immigration to Britain is unsustainable.

This is not prejudice (or even hypocrisy in my case, as the daughter of a Nigerian immigrant); it is just fact. So is the uncomfortable reality, swept under the plush, Polish builder-laid office carpets of our ruling class, that migration will not generate the tax receipts needed to finance the new infrastructure we require to accommodate the scale of population growth. Any immigration reform worth its salt must, therefore, involve a reduction in numbers.

Some say that an overly strict visa system is incompatible with having an open economy and outward-looking society. What rot. It is not a question of possibility, but of will.

Unfortunately, today's politicians are too stricken with prejudice and intellectual laziness. To bureaucrats who view reality through the prism of graphs and figures, immigrants are "labour" rather than human beings, and the North is a land of worker shortage "hotspots", rather than troubled post-industrial towns. All those soft-palmed parliamentarians who so love to theorise about the academic merits of immigration in their after-dinner speeches have no desire to dirty their hands grappling the on-the-ground challenges. ...

... But as long as the metropolitan elite continue to dodge the issue, our "woke" society will carry on sleepwalking into a perfect storm.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Police admit failing to prosecute Islamists for membership of UK's 'most dangerous extremist group'
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 29 June 2019


No one has ever been prosecuted for membership of the UK's 'most dangerous Islamist group' despite followers launching numerous terror attacks, it can be revealed.

Supporters of Anjem Choudary's al-Muhajiroun (ALM) organisation carried out atrocities including the London Bridge attack, 7/7 bombings and murder of Lee Rigby, while others fought for Isis, al-Qaeda and the Taliban abroad.

The government banned ALM as a terrorist group in 2006, making membership a criminal offence punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

But a senior counterterror officer admitted that despite police identifying 600 current or former associates, none of them have been prosecuted for membership.

The Metropolitan Police officer, who is codenamed Witness M because of an anonymity order, told inquests into the London Bridge attack that suspects had been arrested but not charged. ...

The admission that no one has been prosecuted for membership of the group comes after more than a dozen people were prosecuted for membership of the neo-Nazi terrorist group National Action, despite setting up new factions under different names to evade the ban.

Witness M insisted that police would act on evidence of someone being a member of ALM but the "nature of that group doesn't necessarily present us with those evidential opportunities". ...

Theresa May had banned ALM's latest incarnation – Muslims Against Crusades – the month before but the same extremists were able to continue their activism by calling themselves United Ummah.

A recent report hailed ALM as Britain's "most prolific and dangerous extremist group" because of its role in radicalising terrorists who have committed or plotted numerous atrocities.

London Bridge ringleader Khuram Butt was a member, Westminster attacker Khalid Masood had links to cells, and ALM supporters committed a quarter of all Islamist-related offences in the UK between 1998 and 2015.

There are fears that the group is regenerating following the release of several activists from prison. ...

Several released extremists are under restrictions or probation supervision, but authorities could be powerless to stop ALM restarting its old tactics of incendiary protests and street preaching. ...

Michael Kenney, who was in contact with ALM activists for his book The Islamic State in Britain, said they went to lengths to hamper potential prosecutions.

"They have now moved away from platform names entirely so I'm not sure what the police would do," he told The Independent.

"They're being very careful at this point – they want to see what they can get away with."

Mr Kenney, a University of Pittsburgh professor, said ALM had not changed its ideology or efforts to "prepare British society for the coming of the caliphate and living under Sharia".
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
UK: Islamic Center Leicester says "an apostate does not have right to life," mosque trustee is Assistant City Mayor
Robert Spencer
Jihad Watch, 29 June 2019


What will Humanists UK and the Leicester City Council do when they find out that this is just standard, Qur'anic Islam? The death penalty for apostasy is part of Islamic law. ...

This is still the position of all the schools of Islamic jurisprudence, both Sunni and Shi'ite. Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the most renowned and prominent Muslim cleric in the world, has stated: "The Muslim jurists are unanimous that apostates must be punished, yet they differ as to determining the kind of punishment to be inflicted upon them. The majority of them, including the four main schools of jurisprudence (Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi'i, and Hanbali) as well as the other four schools of jurisprudence (the four Shiite schools of Az-Zaidiyyah, Al-Ithna-'ashriyyah, Al-Ja'fariyyah, and Az-Zaheriyyah) agree that apostates must be executed."

Qaradawi also once famously said: "If they had gotten rid of the apostasy punishment, Islam wouldn't exist today."

"Humanists UK calls for Leicester Assistant City Mayor to be investigated after revealing links to extremist and anti-apostate Islamic Centre," Humanists UK, June 28, 2019 ...:



Humanists UK has exposed Cllr Mustafa Malik, Assistant City Mayor at Leicester City Council, as a trustee and member of the Management Council of the Islamic Centre Leicester, which shares dangerous anti-apostate and homophobic rhetoric, following a tip off from a whistle-blower. It is calling on Leicester City Council to investigate Mustafa Malik.

The Islamic Centre Leicester's website alarmingly includes content stating that 'an apostate does not have the right to life'. This is stated in a section on its website on the Sociology of Education and is originally taken from the Risale-i Nur Collection. It disregards international human rights to freedom of religion or belief.


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MULTICULTURALISM – EUROPE
Dalai Lama warns that the whole of Europe could become 'Muslim or African' if migrants are not returned to their home countries
Chris Dyer
MailOnline, 28 June 2019


The Dalai Lama has warned that Europe could become 'Muslim or African' if refugees who have been taken in are not then sent back to their home countries.

The Buddhist spiritual leader, who has been living as a refugee in India since fleeing Tibet in 1959, said only a 'limited number' of migrants should be allowed to remain.

During an interview with the BBC, the Dalai Lama added that refugees who have fled to Europe should be given skills before being returned.

He said Europe was under an obligation to take in those who needed help, but ultimately they should be returned to their homelands.

The 83-year-old said: 'European countries should take these refugees and give them education and training, and the aim is - return to their own land with certain skills.'

When asked what should happen to those who want to stay in their adopted countries, he replied: 'A limited number is OK. But the whole of Europe [will] eventually become Muslim country - impossible. Or African country, also impossible.'

The interviewer asked about his own refugee status, the Dalai Lama repeated his previous claims that 'Europe is for Europeans'.

He added: 'They themselves, I think [are] better in their own land. Better [to] keep Europe for Europeans.'
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TERRORISM – JIHADI FIGHTERS
Britain has 'by far the highest rate of returning jihadi fighters in Europe'
Bill Gardner
Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2019


Britain has by far the highest rate of "exceptionally dangerous" returning jihadis in Europe, police chiefs have warned.

A report from Europol revealed that of hundreds of Britons who travelled to Syria and Iraq amid the rise of Isil, nearly half have been able to return safely.

It comes amid widespread concern at the low number of returning fighters and so-called jihadi brides successfully prosecuted in British courts.

According to the annual Europol report, roughly 45% of Britons who travelled to Syria and Iraq have already come back to their home country.

The country with the next highest proportion was Germany, where 33% have returned, while in the Netherlands and Spain the return rate is thought to be just 18%.

The report warned that returning jihadis and their supporters pose a serious ongoing threat to national security.

"Those that have returned garner kudos with like-minded individuals," it said.

"Their training and experience – such as handling weapons and explosives – makes them exceptionally dangerous.

"Furthermore, EU Member States' ongoing concern is that these individuals can perpetuate and strengthen their networks both nationally and internationally."

Out of around 400 jihadists who have returned to the UK, just 40 have been prosecuted. Most have been placed in rehabilitation schemes instead.
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CRIME – GANGS
Organised crime hits record levels as watchdog warns of 'significant shortcomings' in Government's strategy
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2019


Serious and organised crime is at record levels amid a growing threat from county lines gangs and new types of crime, says an official watchdog, as it warned of "shortcomings" in the UK's strategy to combat it.

The National Audit Office (NAO) said there were some "significant shortcomings" despite organised crime evolving at a "rapid rate" and growing.

It warned the fight against it was being undermined by uncertainties over funding, bureaucracy and a failure to get to grips with new "high priority" threats such as child sex exploitation, modern slavery, human trafficking, cyber crime.

It said 4,500 organised crime groups now operated in the UK, at an estimated cost to the economy of £37 billion. The number of potential victims of slavery and trafficking had risen by 36 per cent to 6,993 victims in a year, including exploitation of children as drug runners by county lines gangs.

Sex crimes against under-16s was up 9 per cent to 61,646 in a year. Fraud rose 12 per cent to 3.6 million incidents and there was a 7 per cent rise in drug offences to 145,000.
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RACISM – HEALTH TOURISM
It's not racist to charge health tourists. It's the only way our NHS can survive
Professor J. Meirion Thomas
Daily Mail, 27 June 2019
[J. Meirion Thomas is a retired consultant surgeon who worked in the NHS for 30 years]


The patient sitting in my consulting room at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London was clearly a fraud, and quite unashamed about it.

He didn't live in Britain, he said with a smile. He had flown to this country solely for free treatment on the NHS. ...

But even though he was a UK national, those living outside the European Economic Area or in a country without a bilateral healthcare agreement with the UK are not entitled to free NHS treatment unless they meet certain conditions, which this man did not. ...

I challenged my managers, telling them what I considered to be a blatant health tourist had confessed to deliberately defrauding the NHS and British taxpayers.

But, not at all to my surprise, I was informed that I had no choice but to treat the man. ...

I tell this story because this week, at the annual conference of the British Medical Association (BMA), doctors voted overwhelmingly to stop charging foreign patients for NHS care. To send a bill to foreigners made medical staff 'complicit in racism', they said.

This is madness. Racism has nothing to do with it.

The brutal fact is that so-called health tourism is believed to cost between £200 million and £2 billion a year. It is hard to know precisely because keeping track of these cases is extremely difficult.

The patient I described is perfect proof of this scandal and of how the NHS and British taxpayers are being cynically taken for a ride. ...

The argument against the NHS becoming an international free-for-all is simply about economics. ...

Lone voices that bravely tried to oppose the motion were booed and heckled.

'We are doctors, not border guards,' said Dr Omar Risk. 'Charging migrants for accessing NHS services is a fundamentally racist endeavour.' ...

Sadly, our system is one that is already simple to manipulate. It is easy to book a GP appointment. Once you have a GP number, you're in, and it is nearly impossible to weed out the impostors – even if they confess.

Not every hospital has an overseas visitor manager (OVM) to pursue patients from abroad for payment, and those that do are often lax.

It is so easy to avoid paying that attempts to prevent these frauds are effectively a waste of time. ...

Health chiefs continually complain that they don't have enough resources to combat long waiting lists and delays for investigations and treatment. Surely the priority should be to treat patients who are entitled to care on the NHS and to ensure that people from overseas pay their way. We can't have it both ways.

And, of course, if we stop charging foreign patients for NHS care, it will only encourage even more health tourism. ...

... The problem is not patients who have accidents or suffer from unforeseen illnesses while visiting the UK. It is those looking for specialist and expensive treatment who travel to the UK to receive it without having to pay for it.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, NIGERIANS, ITALY
A foreign mafia has come to Italy and further polarized the migration debate
Chico Harlan and Stefano Pitrelli
Washington Post, 25 June 2019


In a country that has fought for decades to weaken its homegrown mafia, a foreign crime group is gathering strength.

The group's members are Nigerian. They hold territory from the north in Turin to the south in Palermo. They smuggle drugs and traffic women, deploying them as prostitutes on Italy's streets. They find new members among the caste of wayward migrants, illicitly recruiting at Italian government-run asylum centers.

Investigators and justice officials say the Nigerian mafia, as it's called here, has capitalized on half a decade of historic migration – a scenario merging crime and migrants in a manner that nationalist politicians in Europe and beyond have long warned about. ...

There are no reliable estimates of how many members of the Ngeran mafia operate in Italy. But interviews with detectives, prosecutors, aid workers and human-trafficking victims, and a review of hundreds of pages of investigative documents, show that the Nigerian mafia has built Italy into a European hub, smuggling cocaine from South America, heroin from Asia, and trafficking women by the tens of thousands. ...

Although perhaps lesser known than organized-crime syndicates of Japan, Russia and China, the Nigerian group has become "the most structured and dynamic" of any foreign crime entity operating in Italy, the Italian intelligence agency said this year. Some Nigerian members sneak their way into Italy with the intention of joining the criminal group. Others are recruited after arriving. ...

Some experts say that as many as 20,000 Nigerian women, some of them minors, arrived in Sicily between 2016 and 2018, trafficked in cooperation with Nigerians in Italy and back home.
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RACISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA
Everyone loses from the desperate attempt to paint Britain as an Islamophobic country
Ed Husain
Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2019


This week, the Tory leadership candidates all committed to launching an independent inquiry into "Islamophobia" within their party. Boris Johnson and Jeremy Hunt must be careful not to walk into a trap.

Islam is now the second largest religion in Britain and the fastest growing faith in many of our cities. With nearly four million Muslims living across the country, what happens inside Islam and to its adherents has an impact on every one of us, religious or not. To ensure an easy integration of Muslims into British society and secular co-existence, we must be free to talk about Islam, indeed even be critical of certain Muslim practices. Such free discussion must not in any way be prevented because it has been labelled "Islamophobia". ...

... "Islamophobia", as it is defined by those promoting the concept, is distinct from the sort of prejudice you or I would recognise. It is a grievance industry – popularised by Muslim Brotherhood-linked organisations to mobilise Muslims as a group against the West. It also seeks to shut down debate, within Islam and beyond it. ...

Let us be honest: from the book-burnings in Bradford against Salman Rushdie, to the rise of extremism in the Nineties on university campuses, to suicide bombers from Dewsbury killing 52 people on the London Underground, to the mass murder at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, there is something going wrong within sections of the British Muslim community. This cannot be ignored. ...

... If in Britain we forbid constructive criticism of Islam and Muslims under the blasphemy law of "Islamophobia", future generations will not forgive our cowardice. ...

In reality, it is the rise of Islamist extremism in and against the West from the Eughties onwards that is the true cause of anti-Muslim sentiment.
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IMMIGRATION – EUROPEANS
Almost 700,000 European citizens have been granted leave to remain in the UK after Brexit, new figures show
Daily Mail, 21 June 2019


Almost 700,000 people have been granted leave to remain in the UK after Brexit, the Home Office said.

Some 166,900 people applied to the Government's EU settlement scheme in May to secure their post-Brexit status, statistics released on Thursday show.

As of May 31, the total number of applications since the scheme was opened was 788,200, with 668,000 applications concluded, according to the Home Office release.

Of these, 66 per cent were granted settled status and 34 per cent were granted pre-settled status.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid told Parliament on June 10 that the number had risen to more than 800,000, and that almost 700,000 people had been successful. ...

Overall, the majority of applications were made in England (726,700), with 33,600 from Scotland, 17,600 from Wales and 9,000 from Northern Ireland.

The Home Office figures show that Poles continue to apply more than any other nationality, with 132,400 Polish applications.

There were 110,900 Romanian and 91,400 Italian applications.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY, GOVERNMENT
Consultation? No, a rubber stamp for more immigration
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 21 June 2019


A few days ago the Home Office released a list of some 130 organisations with which it is currently engaging on a year-long consultation over the future immigration system.

You could be forgiven for thinking that the exercise was intended to gather the views of a range of bodies to reflect as wide a spectrum of expert and public opinion as possible on the post-Brexit border and visa arrangements.

If only. A cursory glance at the 130 assorted bodies reveals that, in the main, the list is replete with pro-mass-immigration business lobbyists and NGOs of one form or other.

Incredibly, in the face of all evidence, one fervent pro-immigration activist took the opportunity to claim that the Home Office announcement showed that Sajid Javid was 'refus[ing] to consult migrants on his plans for changes to the system'. This was blatantly contradicted by the fact that bodies on the list of consultees include the fervently pro-immigration lobby groups the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants and Migrant Voice, among others.

On the contrary, there is not one organisation that seems to have been selected to express the views of ordinary people, let alone that I can recall ever pressing for a reduction in immigration or questioning the regularity with which so many foreign nationals enter the country, ostensibly for a limited time, and end up staying indefinitely, often illegally.

It seems that our future immigration legislation is to be shaped in accordance with the needs and wishes of business, academia and high migration pressure groups. Yet again, as I have often said in recent years, the government have shown little interest in what the great majority of the public wish to see, and which they themselves have promised in three consecutive manifestos – a significant reduction in net migration levels from the average of nearly 300,000 per year since 2014.

Most worrying is the clear risk that if the White Paper proposals are implemented or made even laxer as a result of pressure from so many organisations keen to loosen controls further, there is a serious risk that immigration will spin out of control, as it did in the Blair/Brown Labour years, or indeed in 2015 and 2016 when it hit all-time record levels. ...

Whatever one might say about Mrs May /.../ her failure as Home Secretary to bring net migration down to anything like tens of thousands is pretty damning. ...

Not that efforts to reduce immigration can be ascribed to her successors, the first of whom all but ignored the issue while the present incumbent has appeared systematically to hamper the enforcement regime intended to deal with illegal immigration. ...

Most of the mechanisms meant to identify and locate illegal immigrants have been suspended – despite between 70 per cent and 80 per cent of the public (polled by YouGov in April 2018) supporting such measures.

Meanwhile, in the course of the Conservative Party leadership contest, Mr Javid made clear that there will no longer be any attempt to reduce net migration and he has openly abandoned the tens of thousands target, stating in interviews that 'it is not about numbers or arbitrary targets'.

Astonishingly, Mr Javid claimed on LBC on 10 June that, when it comes to immigration, people were 'not concerned about the overall . . . number'.
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EMPLOYMENT – SALARY RULE
The U.K.'s £30,000 salary rule for migrants is not all it seems
Frey Lindsay
Forbes, 21 June 2019


An infamous minimum salary threshold for migrant workers in the U.K. is not as strict as commonly thought. According to the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, around a quarter of people working in the U.K. on Tier 2 visas earn less than the £30,000 threshold generally required by the Home Office, thanks to exemptions offered to sectors suffering labor shortages. The exemptions offer some hope for a business-friendly migration regime after Brexit.

Tier 2 visas are those given to skilled migrants who have been offered a job in the U.K. As a general rule, someone wanting to come to the country will need to make at least £30,000 per year to earn a visa, though it can be slightly lower if the migrant is a new entrant to the labor market. But if a job is on the 'shortage occupation list', which covers around 9% of the U.K. jobs market, the salary threshold is lowered. ...

The Migration Observatory obtained the figures on Tier 2 visas via Freedom of Information Requests to the U.K. government. According to Madeleine Sumption, the Director of the Observatory, the purpose was simply to find out how many exemptions there were to the £30k rule. "The data show that the exemptions are significant and they admit a substantial number of people (under the threshold)," she said.
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RACISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA, FREE SPEECH
New Islamophobia definition could be 'bully's charter,' warns former equalities chief
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2019


A proposed new definition of Islamophobia could be used as a "bully's charter" by Muslims to silence critics and promote intolerant views, a former equalities chief has warned.

Trevor Phillips, who chaired the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (ECHR), also claimed the row over Boris Johnson's comments on Muslims was "pure dirty politics" and was being used to "get" the Tory leadership frontrunner to scupper his ambitions.

His comments follow yesterday's declaration by the five remaining leadership candidates backing Sajid Javid's call for an independent investigation into alleged Islamophobia in the Conservative party.

The new definition of Islamophobia, which could, in effect, make it racist to criticise Islam or "Muslimness," was lodged by an all-party group last year and was backed by Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, London Mayor Sadiq Khan and some local councils.

Its immediate introduction was, however, rejected by the Government, which said the issue needed more consideration. ...

... Officials from the Government's Equalities Office have advised ministers that the law "defines 'race' as comprising colour, nationality and national or ethnic origins, none of which would encompass a Muslim or an Islamic practice."

The think tank Policy Exchange warned that it could have a chilling effect on free speech, saying sections of the media were beginning to fight shy of covering "Muslim" stories because of fears of complaints under formal media watchdog procedures. ...

More than 750 British Muslim organisations, 80 academics and 50 MPs support the definition, ...

However, Mr Phillips said: "What's actually happening here is that the definition is the foundation of a bully's charter. You get a university or a local authority to adopt this extremely vague, wide-ranging definition. Anyone who says something that could be presented as, in any way, related to Muslims can then be shouted down.

"Essentially they are told they are Islamophobic, that they are bringing the institution, council or Government department into disrepute under their employment contract. That makes them sackable."
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RACISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA, FREE SPEECH
Conservatives must not empower the hardliners with a needless inquiry into Islamophobia
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2019


It is bad enough that, during their leadership debate, the BBC selected questions from a former Labour staffer and an anti-Semitic imam. But far worse was the attempt to bounce the candidates into an independent inquiry into Tory "Islamophobia".

There are many examples of Tory activists and councillors being rude about Islam. Some have been deliberately offensive about Muslim people. Some might have broken the law by inciting religious hatred. The next Tory leader should investigate these cases and decide whether the party has an institutional problem. But they must not play the Islamophobia game, and not just because opponents are trying to create a false equivalence with Labour's endemic anti-Semitism.

The real problem here is the concerted effort to create a one-religion blasphemy law for Islam. The device campaigners are using for this is a new definition of Islamophobia, produced by the all-party parliamentary group on British Muslims.

There are many issues with this definition, not least that it has been influenced by Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND), a campaign group accused of promoting extremism. According to Sir John Jenkins, who reviewed the role of the Muslim brotherhood in Britain, MEND has "exerted an important intellectual influence" on the definition. It is an organisation that worries the police and security services. ...

The all-party group's solution is for the state and other organisations to accept its definition of Islamophobia. This claims "Islamophobia is rooted in racism and is a type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness or perceived Muslimness".

This is fatuous. Muslims are not a racial group. /.../ It is racist to judge a black man because of what he inescapably is. It cannot be racist to judge somebody because of what they have chosen to believe.

And this is the problem. Islam is a body of ideas. Those ideas are not above the law of the land or above debate. There is not even a single body of ideas about which all Muslims agree. ...

The attempt to define Islamophobia – and ultimately criminalise it – is an attempt to define normative Islam in a hard-line way. ...

And they are trying to marginalise and criminalise legitimate debate about Islam. ...

The all-party group says it accepts "free and fair criticism or debate" about Islam. But it also says "the notion of free speech and a supposed right to criticise Islam" often "humiliates, marginalises, and stigmatises Muslims" and amounts to "anti-Muslim racism". Criticism of Islamism, ir argues, is a "constitutive part" of Islamophobia. ...

No religion – Islam included – is above criticism, debate, satire and scrutiny. /.../ The Islamophobia game is a sinister attempt to limit free speech, marginalise moderate Muslims, and boost Islamism. We must not fall for it.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – EUROPE
Belgium: Just 6.5 Per Cent of Failed Asylum Seekers Are Deported
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 20 June 2019


A new study by Dutch authorities on the rate of deportations of failed asylum seekers across Europe has found that only 6.5 per cent of illegal migrants in Belgium are actually sent back home.

The study, which was released this week, is based on figures from the European Union statistics agency Eurostat and covers a period from 2013 to 2017, French-language Belgian magazine Le Vif reports.

Asylum seekers from countries such as Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, Somalia, and Eritrea are the main focus of the study which found other countries across Europe to have much higher rates of deportation but none that approached even half of the failed asylum seekers.

Norway stands out as one of the highest with 25 per cent of illegals being returned to their home country, followed by the United Kingdom at 19.4 per cent and the Netherlands at 18.2 per cent. ...

Germany, which bore the brunt of the migrants in the 2015 migrant crisis, has had immense problems with the deportation of failed asylum seekers to the point where the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) reported last year that the vast majority of failed asylum seekers from Africa would likely be able to remain in the country.

BAMF reported that in the first half of 2018, 27,250 African migrants had been denied residency or asylum but of those only a mere 3,164 were actually deported.

Later that year, German parliament president Wolfgang Schäuble also admitted that it was unlikely failed asylum seekers would ever leave the country saying that they should instead stay and integrate into society.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – PAKISTANIS, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
UK wants Pakistan to take back thousands of migrants: Qureshi
Murtaza Ali Shah
The News International, 19 June 2019


Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that Britain wants Pakistan to take back thousands of Pakistanis who have overstayed their visit visa in the UK and have no status but cannot be sent back to Pakistan without a proper treaty.

At a press conference at the Pakistan High Commission here, the foreign minister said that the UK govt wants Pakistan to sign re-admission treaty so that the overstayers and others living illegally could be sent back to Pakistan. Qureshi said signing this treaty will be helpful for those Pakistanis who apply for the visit but their visas are rejected because Britain is cautious of visa applicants.

"We have initiated dialogue on this. This will help those who are genuine visa applicants. This will help Pakistan more," said Qureshi. It's understood that nearly four million illegals currently live in the United Kingdom. Of these, more than 30,000 are believed to be Pakistanis. More than 70,000 are from India, 25,000 are from Bangladesh and the rest from other parts of the world. ...

He said around 1.5 million strong Pakistani Diaspora in the UK is a vital link between the two countries and gives strength to our bilateral relations.
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ASYLUM – CHILDREN, COST
Kent County Council faces £6.1m shortfall in cost of looking after asylum-seeking children
Paul Francis
KentOnline, 19 June 2019


Kent County Council is facing a £6.1m shortfall in the costs of looking after vulnerable asylum-seeking children, blaming government under-funding.

A report says the financial hole covers the last two years and points out a series of factors that have left it without sufficient money to meet escalating costs. ...

Social services chiefs say while the number of unaccompanied asylum seeking children - known as UASCs - is significantly down compared to what it was in 2015, there is evidence of a rising trend.

The report says 2018 saw 172 arrivals compared to 948 in 2015 but "it is of note there have already been 87 referrals between January and May 2019 compared to just 45 during the same period last year".

At present, the council looks after 267 UASCs and a further 895 who are classed as care leavers. ...

One of the biggest pressures is attributed to a government requirement on councils to offer all care leavers support up to the age of 25.
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ASYLUM – REFUGEES, GOVERNMENT SCHEME
UK to resettle 5,000 more refugees in expanded scheme
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 18 June 2019


At least 5,000 more refugees will be resettled in the UK under a renewed government initiative.

The Home Office said the "most vulnerable" asylum seekers identified by the United Nations would be transferred from 2020 onwards.

A programme that started in 2015 focused on Syria, but the government will now take refugees from beyond the Middle East and North Africa and provide emergency resettlement where lives are at risk.

The government said that although it had agreed to welcome between 5,000 and 6,000 refugees in 2020-21, the actual number will depend on factors including the amount of suitable accommodation provided by councils.

The home secretary said Britain has resettled more refugees from outside Europe than any other EU state since 2016.

Sajid Javid, who is running to be the next Conservative leader and prime minister, added: "It's vital we continue to do all we can to help the world's most vulnerable.

"Under our new scheme, thousands more people fleeing conflict and persecution will have the opportunity to build a new life in the UK.

"I'm proud of the world-leading work we have done in the Middle East and Africa so far – but there is so much more to do." ...

The government said it was on track to deliver on its pledge to have taken 20,000 Syrian refugees by May 2020, and thousands of people had been resettled through other routes. ...

The government commitment to resettling 5,000 more refugees will be separate to a community sponsorship scheme, which allows groups to directly support asylum seekers. ...

Reset, a charity leading community sponsorship schemes, said around 300 refugees had been resettled by 60 local groups so far.
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MULTICULTURALISM – SCHOOLS, TEACHERS SCARED
Teachers are 'too scared' to discuss Empire, director says
Anita Singh
Daily Telegraph, 18 June 2019


Children are no longer taught about Empire because well-meaning educationalists are "frightened" of discussing the subject, Gurinder Chadha has suggested.

The British-Indian director of Bend It Like Beckham was talking in the run-up to the launch of her new ITV series. ...

Chadha's last project, Viceroy's House, explored Partition and the end of Empire through the eyes of Lord and Lady Mountbatten. But she worries that the history is unknown to schoolchildren today.

"Most children in British schools aren't even told now that there was an Empire, that the British ruled India," she told Radio Times. "Of course, it's wrong." Asked if that was because educationalists wanted to avoid giving offence in multicultural classrooms, Chadha replied: "Yes, they're frightened of telling the truth."
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIMINALS
Home Office 'loses' 750 foreign criminals including rapists and killers on the run to dodge deportation
Mark Hookham
Mail on Sunday, 16 June 2019


Tory leadership hopeful Sajid Javid is facing criticism over the Home Office's failure to find hundreds of foreign criminals who have gone on the run to dodge deportation.

Figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday reveal 747 offenders from overseas, including convicted rapists and killers, have vanished after being released into the community.

A senior immigration source last night gave a grim assessment of the likelihood of the fugitives ever being caught.

'It's not usually something we like to publish, but once you vanish you will only get caught by luck,' he admitted. 'There are no resources any more.'

Foreign citizens – including asylum seekers, those caught entering the UK unlawfully and those overstaying their visa – are meant to report regularly to immigration centres or police stations if there are potential grounds to deport them.

But the figures, released under Freedom of Information laws, reveal that as of last September, 49,381 foreign nationals have disappeared.

Alarmingly, an additional 747 foreign criminals – 681 men and 66 women – have also gone missing. ...

Under Home Office rules, all foreign nationals given a jail sentence are considered for removal from the UK.

But in a damning report in June 2017, Chief Inspector of Borders David Bolt revealed officials had lost track of 753 foreign criminals who faced deportation and that the team trying to find them had only 11 staff.

Campaigners expressed shock that the number of foreign criminals 'on the run' has shrunk by only six since Mr Bolt's report.

'This is clear evidence of the continued failure of the Home Office to ensure the prompt removal of foreign offenders,' said Alp Mehmet, vice-chairman of Migration Watch UK. 'Resources are clearly stretched, but there also seems to be a lack of political commitment.' ...

A Home Office spokesman said 48,000 foreign offenders had been removed since 2010, adding: 'We have a dedicated team working with the police and others to track down, arrest and return absconders to custody. Since the team was formed in 2009 it has traced 2,250 absconders'.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – CRIMINALS
Four Rochdale grooming gang members are STILL in Britain with one living back at home again a decade after abusing girls as young as 12
Darren Boyle
MailOnline, 16 June 2019


The victims of a notorious Rochdale grooming gang have been 'failed again' after it emerged four men have still not been deported a decade after preying on girls as young as 12.

Shabir Ahmed, 66, Qari Abdul Rauf, 50, Abdul Aziz, 48 and Adil Khan, 49, were among nine men convicted in 2012 of a catalogue of serious sex offences against vulnerable victims in Rochdale.

As the only groomers to have dual UK-Pakistani citizenship, they were at risk of being deported back to Pakistan - but none of the four appear to have been deported or be facing deportation.

Ahmed, known as 'Daddy' in the gang, is still serving a 22-year jail term for rape but Rauf is back living at his home address in Rochdale and Aziz has also been seen in the town, locals say.

Khan's exact whereabouts are not known. ...

The Home Office will not say whether a decision has been made to deport any of the four.

A spokeswoman said: 'We do not routinely comment on individual cases.'

Maggie Oliver, the detective who resigned from Greater Manchester Police and turned whistle-blower over the botched Rochdale inquiry, said: 'It doesn't surprise me they won't be straight with their answers after all this time because they don't want a public backlash.

'Ultimately the truth does have a way of coming out. The process most of these girls have been through has led them to expect very, very little from the authorities.

'They expect nothing and are not disappointed. They have been failed again and again and again.

'They do see some of these men around Rochdale on a fairly regular basis.

'It is really distressing for them, there's nothing that the girls can do. It's actually disgraceful.'

In 2016, then-home secretary Theresa May ruled it would be 'conducive to the public good' to deprive the four of the right to remain in the UK.

They then fought, and lost, a long legal battle against deprivation of UK citizenship, losing a final Court of Appeal ruling in July last year. ...

Lawyers said it is probable the four will invoke the European Convention on Human Rights to argue their right to a family life would be impinged if they were removed from the UK. ...

Nazir Afzal, the lawyer credited with pursuing the groomers, overturning an earlier decision not to prosecute, said: 'I am concerned that despite the efforts that have been made to ensure they are no longer a threat to women and girls in this country, that they remain in this country and the process continues and is prolonged.'
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – ENGLSIH CHANNEL
More migrants intercepted after crossing Channel in first six months of this year than in whole of 2018
Jamie Johnson
Sunday Telegraph, 16 June 2019


More suspected migrants have crossed the Channel and entered the UK in the first half of this year than in the whole of 2018.

With the arrival of more than 150 people since the end of May, the number of suspected migrants intercepted by border force in 2019 has soared to 511, according to Telegraph research, with dozens more collected by French officials.

In the whole of 2018, some 312 people reached the UK in small boats after crossing the Channel, with 227 more stopped by the French.

Dover MP Charlie Elphike has said the crisis "now threatens to turn into a Summer of chaos on the Channel."

On Saturday morning, 40 people who claimed to be from Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan, were intercepted in two boats just off the Kent coast and taken to shore by Border Force agents. ...

On May 31, Britain saw a record number of boats and people trying to enter the UK illegally, as some 74 people were intercepted in eight separate vessels.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Don't mention the i-word
Kathy Gyngell
Conservative Woman, 13 June 2019


All ten Tory leader candidates have now launched their leadership campaigns. ...

If they got bottom marks for consistency and vision (no telling us our island nation's story and its real moment in history and so its political social and economic challenges) they really did get top marks for avoiding the real issues. Not least the i-word one. I don't pretend to have digested every detail of the various leadership launches of this 'conceit' of contenders, but by my count between them the word immigration was mentioned once. Just once.

And Boris might as well not have bothered. Yesterday afternoon he dextrously managed to include it only to dismiss its import as fast as he introduced it. Brexit, he told us, 'wasn't just about immigration though people were entirely reasonable in wanting national control.' /.../ That was it. ...

From another podium somewhere else in London, Sajid Javid was focusing on his 'back story', making no reference at all to the global millions who seem only too keen to replicate his family's pattern. ...

So there we have it – not just one but ten potential leaders who either think immigration is not a problem or don't dare mention it. It is, as Sir Andrew Green said on Tuesday, astonishing.

Or is it? Aren't the Tories just like the BBC – quite happy to delude themselves and us that immigration is not a worry, just a matter of overcoming irrational anxiety?. ...

The truth is, as Sir Andrew writes, that the country has reached a crossroads on immigration, and so has clearly has the Conservative Party. It will bring the Tories to the parting of the ways with the people unless they have something serious to say about it and face the facts for once.

These are that annual net migration into the UK has averaged nearly 300,000 over the past five years – that is roughly the population of Newcastle. Yet until Labour came to power in 1997, Sir Andrew reminds us, net migration was never more than 50,000 a year and was sometimes negative. Nine years of Conservative government and they have failed to get a grip on it.

Today the UK's official population is just under 67 million, up 9 million since 2001 and 5 million since 2009. ...

The dangers to the fabric of our society are already there to see. Already 71 per cent of Britons believe that immigration has made communities more divided, rising to 78 per cent in areas that have experienced large-scale immigration in recent years. The problem is one of scale and speed, not of individual migrants. David Goodhart has pointed out that too many people coming too quickly into a society makes it difficult to retain a sense of cohesion and stability and we risk becoming an increasingly segregated country. ...

But so far there is no Conservative leadership candidate who appears to have the courage or determination to take his or her head out of the sand on this fundamentally important issue for the country.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION IN 8 COUNTRIES
What's the impact of immigration, according to Europeans and Americans?
Tanya Abraham
YouGov, 13 June 2019


With immigration becoming a more pressing national issue in recent years, a new YouGov survey conducted in seven European nations and the United States has sought to find out exactly what citizens believe to be the impact of migrants on their country – for good and ill.

In all countries except France, the most commonly agreed benefit of immigration has been better food. This figure was highest in the US, Norway and Britain, where around half of people (between 47% and 50%) think migrants have had a positive impact on cuisine.

Migrants' contribution to the national culture is also widely acknowledged, being the second most frequently mentioned benefit of immigration in most nations (and third in the US and fourth in Germany). Again Americans, Britons and Norwegians are the most likely to feel their nations have benefitted in this way at between 39% and 42%, along with 38% of Swedes.

In contrast to the other nations, the French are most likely to see the biggest benefit of immigration to have been on sport at 32%. Alongside the Germans, they are, however, the least likely to be able to name any benefits of immigration, with only half (between 51% and 52%) being able to put their finger on anything that migration has made better in their country.

The most commonly given downside of immigration is increased crime, coming top of the list in five of the countries we surveyed and second or third in the others. It is especially likely to be cited in Denmark, Sweden, Germany and Norway (at between 62% and 68%).

People are also consistently worried about the impact immigrants have on national security (between 31% and 62%) and their country's welfare systems (between 33% and 48%).

In Britain and Sweden people are more likely than those in other nations to see a negative impact on housing (between 44% and 45%) and healthcare (between 36% and 37%, alongside 39% of French people).

The impact on jobs is also a bigger concern in Britain and France (29% each) and the US (32%) than elsewhere.

The proportion of people who gave at least one negative impact of immigration is higher in all countries than the number who were able to give a positive one – except in the US where 71% could name something good that immigrants have done, compared to 65% who could point at something bad.

Looking at combined answers to the positive and negative aspects of immigration reveals that one in four Americans (27%) believe it only brings benefits, making them the most pro-immigration nation. Britain comes a distant second in this regard, on 18%.

By contrast, 33% of Germans were only able to name negative consequences of immigration, making them the most sceptical of the countries. They are followed by France, Finland and Denmark where a quarter (between 24% and 27%) likewise have nothing good to say about immigration. ...

... In Britain 39% think immigration's impact has been more bad than good compared to 37% who think it has been more good than bad.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS, PUBLIC OPINION, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: Debating immigration has been marginal to this leadership election. That should change.
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 11 June 2019


The Conservative Party is clearly struggling after disastrous results in the European elections and the Peterborough by-election. So it is astonishing that we are now well into a leadership contest with barely a peep from the candidates on an issue that is crucial to our country's future and therefore of real importance to the membership. I refer, of course, to immigration.

... In ten years time, Brexit will be sorted one way or the other. But, if we are not careful we might find ourselves set on an immigration policy that will change the whole nature of our society against the wishes of a strong majority of our people.

In short, our country has reached a crossroads on immigration, and so has the Conservative Party. The current massive levels of immigration could be reduced without serious damage to our economy, were there sufficient political will. The forthcoming leadership election will therefore be the moment to decide whether to go for a leader who is prepared to tackle immigration or for one who has failed to heed the public's repeated calls to reduce it.

The situation is certainly serious. Annual net migration into the UK has averaged nearly 300,000 over the past five years – that is roughly the population of Newcastle. Yet, until Labour came to power in 1997, net migration was never more than 50,000 a year and was sometimes negative. Since 2010, nine years of Conservative Government have failed to get a grip on it, ...

The implications and consequences for our future are stark. A level of net migration continuing at present levels would take our population from about 66 million today to 100 million by the end of the century. ...

As I have already suggested, the character and nature of our society are already being changed without the consent of the majority of our population, three quarters of whom support the reduction of net migration levels to the 'tens of thousands'.

It is not just about numbers. I was struck by a recent article in Prospect by Tom Smail. He lives in Haringey in North London, and he wrote: "Immigration has become not, as I once thought, a welcome addition to the English way of life, but a source of disquiet." He continued "I speak four languages .... but the multiplicity of languages outside my front door and the almost total absence of English leaves me feeling like a stranger in a once familiar land".

He explained later that "it is not that I prefer English people to other people. Frequently I do not. It is that, in order to have a functioning, cohesive society, there needs to be some shared sense of what that society is."

There is indeed evidence that mass immigration is damaging the bonds that bind our community together. Demos found in 2018 that 71 per cent of Britons believe that immigration has made communities more divided. This reached 78 per cent in areas that had experienced large-scale immigration in recent years.
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CRIME – DRUGS, ADULTS' CLAIM TO BE CHILDREN
Foreign drug dealers use slavery laws to be TREATED AS CHILDREN - police powerless
Luke Chillingsworth
Daily Express, 10 June 2019


Police are being forced to treat hardened drug lords as children and even offer them foster care as criminals twist Theresa May's anti-slavery laws to their advantage it emerged today.

Mrs May's slavery laws, enacted when she was Home Secretary in 2015, give trafficked children freedom from prosecution under section 45 of the Human Trafficking, Smuggling and Slavery laws, even if they have committed serious criminal offences. The National Referal Mechanism (NRM) then gives the youngsters foster care in a scheme aimed to transform the lives of vulnerable youngsters. But the policy is open to exploitation, with police given just 24 hours to prove that a criminal is an adult before UK law states that they must be placed in care, something police chiefs say is "impossible" in such a short time span.

Speaking to The Sunday Times which uncovered the loophole, Detective Sergeant Stuart Peall, Head of Lancashire constabulary's exploitation team, said: "How do you prove the age of a foreign national inside 24 hours who won't even tell you their real name?

"In most cases it is simply impossible. Age assessments take weeks. There is no way of doing it inside that timescale. The law means there is a presumption they are under 18 unless we can prove otherwise within hours of arrest." ...

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) is so concerned at the levels of abuse in the system that it has passed evidence to the Cabinet Office involving four criminals who have abused modern slavery laws.
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CRIME – CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Council apologises to girls who were 'let down' as report says opportunity to stop groomers was missed
Tony Earnshaw
Telegraph & Argus, 10 June 2019


The independent expert running a review into a sex grooming scandal has published his report.

And Dr Mark Peel said officers with Kirklees Children's Services DID know that young girls were being sexually abused – and that an opportunity to smash the grooming ring was missed. ...

This was despite one case file referring specifically to "sexual exploitation" by Asian males who gave one victim – known as 'Girl 8' – drugs and alcohol.

And after reviewing two case files he wrote: "It is my contention that Children's Services officers knew at the time that these young women [were] most likely to have been engaged in inappropriate, exploitative and illegal sexual activity to the extent that they had sufficient evidence to conclude these vulnerable young women were at risk of 'serious harm'.

"In both instances however it would appear that, other than recording this information, no subsequent preventative safeguarding action was taken, and that thus an opportunity to break the child sexual exploitation (CSE) ring operating in Kirklees, and protect these girls directly and others more generally, was lost."

Kirklees Council has apologised to girls that were "let down". ...

Dr Peel, who is chair of Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership, worked entirely from social work case files.

He did not review police files or those held by schools. ...

He said the limited four-month time-frame of his investigation meant adopting a "least worst" approach and not interviewing any of the young victims or former staff of Kirklees Children's Services. ...

He said in two cases which included clear evidence of child sexual exploitation (CSE) crucial information had been completely omitted.

"It would appear that no action of any kind was taken in both these instances.

"No discussion with senior officers and managers, no checking of facts or communication with colleagues from other agencies and no direct engagement with the young people and their families in order to protect them." ...

He describes "the seeming lack of concern and remedial action" as being "almost alien" in 2019 but that in 2007 it was common across the UK "both professionally and organisationally". ...

Dr Peel suggested that there should be "a comprehensive review" of all target historic CSE case files held by Kirklees Children's Services beyond the 22 girls featured in the court case.

And he said that his independent review "should in no way be seen as an alternative to a public inquiry". ...

The council acted following the imprisonment of 20 men who were found guilty of child sex offences including rape, inciting child prostitution and abduction of a child. The group was sentenced to more than 200 years in prison.

Among those jailed was ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, who was convicted of 54 offences against 11 girls.
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CRIME – SMUGGLING, CHIMPANZEE MEAT
Chimpanzee meat being eaten in UK as border force urged to bring in DNA testing
Helena Horton
Sunday Telegraph, 9 June 2019


Chimpanzee meat is being served as a delicacy at British weddings and sold as 'bush meat' on market stalls, it has emerged. ...

Leading primate scientist Dr Ben Garrod has said he was told by customs officials just weeks ago that a ton of bush meat from West Africa had been confiscated on a flight bound for the US.

He said it was routinely smuggled into Europe and the UK - which could cause the spread of serious disease as the meat is unsanitary and chimpanzees are very genetically similar to humans.

The University of East Anglia professor has called for DNA testing to be used on meat imports, and for more resources to be put into research in order to stop the trade.

"It's rife. It's in all the major cities across Europe and the US. We have seen bush meat confiscated in the UK in checkpoints at borders," he told The Sunday Telegraph. ...

In 2011, chimpanzee meat was understood to have been detected during a Trading Standards raid in the West Midlands. A year previously, the first research on the import of bush meat into Europe found more than 270 tons passing through the Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris alone. ...

The professor /.../ warned that the "next big pandemic" could be spread through illegally smuggled chimpanzee meat. He said: "HIV originally came from primates. We are so similar, so the potential is there for various pathogens and viruses to be transmitted or mutate."
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Sajid Javid: make it easier for overseas students to work in UK
Peter Walker
The Guardian, 7 June 2019


Sajid Javid has said he wants to see an end to tough rules on overseas students being allowed to stay in the UK to work, arguing for what he called a more "flexible, sensible attitude" to immigration.

In comments that go against Theresa May's longstanding approach, the home secretary, who is among a crowded field hoping to succeed her, said he would loosen the current rules, which restrict overseas students to six months of work after finishing their studies.

"I want to see more international students come to our country," Javid told an event in London organised by the thinktank British Future.

"If they're coming here, studying in our great universities, if they want to work afterwards we should make it easier for them to stay and work, and not say, you've got to go back home, just for the sake of it. We need a more positive attitude to this. I think the country would welcome this." ...

His announcement has been welcomed by Jo Johnson, the former universities minister who is seeking to amend the immigration bill to change the six-month limit back to its previous timeline of two years. ...

At the British Future event, Javid reiterated his intention to scrap the Conservatives' long-standing – and never met – official target to limit annual net migration into the UK to the tens of thousands. ...

He spoke more broadly about the benefits of immigration, and how he felt that the control over numbers following Brexit could change public attitudes.

"I think it's been fantastic for Britain," Javid said. "I think we'd be a much worse society today – I don't just mean economically, but I include that, and culturally, every way – if we didn't have the approach to immigration we've had of successive governments over the last few decades."
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DIVERSITY – ADVERTISEMENTS, TELEVISION
Advertisers are 'trying too hard' to demonstrate diversity by shoehorning in minorities, study finds, as it reveals third of commercials now feature black people
Amie Gordon
MailOnline, 7 June 2019


Advertisers have today been accused of 'tokenism' by 'shoehorning ethnic minorities' into TV commercials.

Channel 4 claims brands are 'over representing' the black and minority ethnic (BAME) community by including 'one black friend within a group of white people.'

A study of 1,000 adverts shown in the UK over two months found 37 per cent featured black people, though they make up about 3 per cent of the British population.

The study undertaken by YouGov for Channel 4's sales arm found that advertisers 'shoehorn' in ethnic minorities in a bid to appeal to as many consumers as possible.

Researchers wrote: 'Many minorities criticise brands for 'trying too hard' to show diversity through shallow representation of different groups.

'Across groups, many criticise how Bame characters are still shown as the 'one black friend' within a group of white people.'
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CRIME, DEPORTATION, DENMARK
Denmark Admits Country Has 'Big Problem' With Criminal Migrants
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 5 June 2019


Danish Justice Minister Søren Pape Poulsen has admitted that his country has a "big problem" with migrant criminals and has defended new measures from the government designed to make deportations easier.

The minister's statements come in reaction to a study by Danish media that discovered Somalis were by far the largest foreign nationality in Denmark to be convicted for violence with 916 convictions between 2014 and 2018, Danish tabloid B.T. reports.

"Your data clearly shows that there is a big problem with criminal foreigners that we should not have in our society," Poulsen said and went on to defend the Danish government's migration policies saying, "we have tightened the expulsion rules so that we can more easily expel foreigners."

Poulsen also added that he had recently tabled another bill that will allow judges to order the deportation of migrants who refuse to turn up for their court dates.

Peter Kofod of the populist Danish People's party (DF) also commented on the figures that revealed that Somalians had been convicted of a total of 1,111 crimes in the last five years saying, "It's pretty wild numbers that B.T. has uncovered. It supports, as we in the Danish People's Party have pointed out for years, that we in Denmark have a challenge with immigration from a number of countries in Africa and the Middle East."

"It's tragic, and we have to respond to that. We must do this by sending people back home and not taking new ones in. It must be the lesson that for too many years, in Denmark and the rest of Western Europe we have had too much from immigration from certain areas," he added. ...

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen also commented on the issue saying that while he would prefer that Somalis left the country voluntarily, he would not rule out forced deportations.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY – ENGLISHNESS, LONDON
Just how English is London?
Eric Kaufmann
UnHerd, 5 June 2019


John Cleese's recent tweet about London – "not really an English city any more"– has been the subject of vigorous subsequent discussion.

Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London, amid the furore, tweeted his own view: "Londoners know that our diversity is our greatest strength. We are proudly the English capital, a European city and a global hub."

So how English is London? Well that depends very much on what is meant by 'English'. A significant problem with the word is that its ethnic and national meanings are often confused or blurred.

Ethnic groups, for instance, are large-scale communities which consider themselves to be descended from common ancestors, are attached to a particular 'homeland' and are distinguished from other ethnic groups by cultural markers such as religion, language or appearance. Nations, on the other hand, are territorial-historical communities with a degree of political aspiration. They are different things, though the same word is used to describe them.

'English' is both an ethnic and national designation. The English, for example, are the largest ethnic group in most of the more populated parts of English-speaking Canada, in the American state of Utah and in northern New England /.../. They are also an overwhelming majority – around 70% – of the population of England. In London, however, they make up no more than 45% of the total.

Cleese, then, was right – if he was talking about ethnicity.

Equally, those of English national identity are also a majority in England, but not in London. Of England's residents, 60% said they were 'English Only' in the 2011 census. In London, this was only 37%. This is because more than any other groups, ethnically English people also claim their national identity to be 'English'.

And while ethnically English people tend to claim Englishness as a nationality, minorities lean towards a British identity. ...

But was it ever thus?

No. In fact, over the course of Cleese's lifetime, there has been considerable change in London's ethnic and national composition. While it's true that London has always received immigration, this has typically been on a small scale. Jewish immigration, for example, was only about 5,000-10,000 per year at its height in the late 19th century.

And while no ethnicity question on White Britishness was asked until 2001, we can use the ONS LS to track 2001 and 2011 London residents back to the 1971 census. This method finds that London was around 86% White British in 1971: an ethnically-English city with a modest minority. By 2011, the ethnic English were in the minority. ...

So, in these strict terms, it seems Cleese is on pretty solid ground in making his claim that London "isn't an English city any more". It is only English in the sense that it is located in England. But if we were to follow that to its conclusion, then all accents heard in London must be English ones, which would be an absurd thing to say.

Can we, therefore, dismiss Cleese's critics as overreacting? Well, not necessarily.

There is nuance to this story. There is a sense in which London is still English: the majority of its population is native-born. The UK-born (nearly all English-born) formed nearly 80% of the city into the 1980s, and while this had dipped to 60% by 2011, natives remain a majority.
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BIAS – DISCRIMINATION
Cambridge University discriminates against white, conservative men, Oxford academic says
Rebecca Speare-Cole
Evening Standard, 1 June 2019


Cambridge University discriminates against white, conservative men, an Oxford academic has claimed.

Professor Nigel Biggar said Cambridge has done "serious damage" to its reputation as well as intellectual freedom.

A spokesman for the university said it utterly refuted the claims. ...

The University of Oxford academic incited fresh anger on Friday after comparing Cambridge's handling of Professor Jordan Peterson with that of one of its own academics, Dr Priyamvada Gopal.

Writing in the Oxford Magazine, Prof Biggar said the Canadian psychologist was treated in a "grossly discourteous" and "humiliating" way.

Prof Peterson was awarded a visiting fellowship by Cambridge before having it rescinded in April.

At the time, the psychologist accused Cambridge of being "unprofessional" after he found out he was being stripped of his fellowship due to complaints from the student union. ...

Prof Biggar, who is head of Oxford's McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics and Public Life, is currently leading a study on "Ethics and the Empire" which analyses the impact of Britain's imperial past.

He said that he complained to the Master of Churchill College about Dr Gopal's attacking of the project on social media.

However, he said the university stood by her right to make the remarks on social media.

Prof Biggar then compared the two episodes, claiming it showed that Cambridge "does in fact discriminate on the unjustifiable grounds of race, gender, and above all morals and politics".

He said: "If you're non-white, female, and aggressively 'woke', then you'll be accorded maximal benefit of doubt, given a pass on official norms of civility, and let free to spit hatred and contempt on social media.

"However, if you're white, male, culturally conservative, and given to expressing reasoned doubt about prevailing mores, you'll be given no benefit of doubt at all.

"And, should you do so much as appear to transgress ill-conceived norms of inclusiveness, you'll be summarily and rudely excluded."
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OFFICIAL DISCRIMINATION – POLICE, DIVERSITY
Physics graduate, 25, who was turned down by police force where his detective inspector father works for not being disabled, black, transgender or gay finally gets officer job
Henry Martin
MailOnline, 31 May 2019


A police applicant who was rejected for being a white heterosexual male is now set to join the force after it was found to have discriminated against him.

Matthew Furlong, 25, wanted to follow in the footsteps of his detective inspector father Liam, 52, when he applied for a job with Cheshire Police - where his father still works - in 2017. ...

Now police forces across the country are reviewing their policies regarding so-called 'positive action' and diversity.

An employment tribunal found Cheshire Constabulary discriminated against Mr Furlong on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and sex.

Lawyers for Mr Furlong said a settlement had been reached with the force and he would be joining as a student officer in September. ...

Mr Furlong's employment tribunal in Liverpool heard that in 2015 chief officers at Cheshire Police launched an 'action plan' to recruit more black, Asian and female officers. ...

Mr Furlong had been among about 675 candidates who applied to join Cheshire Police in September 2017 and was shortlisted a month later.

He was invited for interview, along with 182 others, in November, and although the interview went well, with an inspector on the panel telling Mr Furlong he had been 'refreshingly well-prepared', he was rejected six days later.

Mr Furlong had been among 34 white male non-disabled candidates who were unsuccessful.

All the black candidates were offered roles.

In feedback Mr Furlong was told there were not enough vacancies for all the 127 candidates who had passed the interview stage, but Judge Grundy found the force had set the interview pass threshold 'artificially low' and candidates were awarded a simple pass or fail - meaning substantial numbers were 'deemed equal'.

The judge said the force did this so it could appoint officers from minority groups ahead of the best scoring people, concluding that Mr Furlong would have been offered a position had the force not applied 'positive action', and so he had been discriminated against.
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POLITICS – BREXIT, DIVERSITY, POPULATION GROWTH
What the UK population will look like by 2061 under hard, soft or no Brexit scenarios
Nik Lomax, Paul Norman, Philip Rees and Pia Wohland
The Conversation, 30 May 2019


In a new study, we produced a range of population projections for the UK to the year 2061, based on assumptions about what would happen to international migration under three Brexit scenarios: no Brexit, a soft Brexit and a hard Brexit. ...

Population growth is a key driver of demand for housing, infrastructure, school places, health care and consumption, and so population projections are essential for the effective planning of these services. Of the components which make up these projections, international migration is the least predictable, yet has a large impact on the size and composition of the population. Our scenarios therefore used different assumptions about future immigration policy.

For the no Brexit scenario we extrapolated trends seen in UK total immigration and emigration flows between 1991 and 2014. According to our model, this scenario would see population growth for the next few decades, with a population in 2061 of 86.9m.

For soft Brexit, we took the long-term assumption for net international migration in the national population projections of the Office for National Statistics, based on the population at the end of June 2014. Our model assumed that the free movement of EU citizens would continue, but that a combination of factors would make the UK less attractive to migrants. Under this scenario, the UK population would continue to grow, but at a slower rate than the no Brexit scenario, and by 2061 the total population is projected to be 82.9m.

Under the hard Brexit scenario, we translated the 2010 Conservative Party pledge to reduce net international migration to "fewer than tens of thousands" into assumptions about immigration and emigration flows. Under this scenario, population growth would be slower, reaching 78.1m in 2061.

Taken together, this means that the UK population would be 8.8m people smaller by 2061 under a hard Brexit, compared to if the UK did not leave the EU. ...

Our results also showed that the different scenarios would have an impact on the ethnic composition of the population. Understanding the ethnic composition of the population is important for ensuring equality of opportunity and in reducing discrimination. The breakdown is also required for effective planning, because different ethnic groups have varying needs for health care and social care, particularly through the provision of informal care and education through language provision. These differences in need for different services were highlighted by a 2017 comprehensive audit of all UK government data, which revealed that disparities aren't uniform across all domains for all ethnicities.

As a crude measure, we were able to assess the proportion of the population who aren't white British or Irish. Under all three of our scenarios, this proportion rises. The 2016 figure was around 17.5%. Under a no Brexit scenario, this rises to 41.9% in 2061. A soft Brexit would see the figure rise to 40.4%, and a hard Brexit to 35.6%. Part of the reason for this rise, no matter what assumptions are made about international migration, is due to demographic momentum, as ethnic minority populations who are relatively young continue to grow as they form families and have children.
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EMPLOYMENT – WAGES, PRODUCTIVITY
Calls for UK to boost immigration to lower wages
Leith van Onselen
Macrobusiness, 30 May 2019


The decline in EU immigration into the UK in the wake of the Brexit Turmoil has proven to be a massive boon for workers, with unemployment falling to the lowest level since the 1970s and UK wages surging: ...

Meanwhile, with the UK's unemployment rate cratering, and wages rising, the government is being urged to open the immigration spigots to "help businesses access the skills they need" (read lower their wage costs):



The list of occupations eligible for the UK's non-European skilled work visas should be expanded "as soon as possible", with the uncertainty caused by Brexit a major consideration, government advisers have said...

In a review published on Wednesday, the [migration advisory] committee said its recommendations would mean putting about 2.5 million workers, or 9% of the total workforce, on the list, whereas the current figure was fewer than 1%. It said the expansion would come mainly from the inclusion of more health and IT jobs. ...

Jane Gratton, the head of people policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, said: "Expanding the shortage occupation list will help businesses access the skills they need"...

Being employed in a profession on the SOL also grants exemption from the £35,000 minimum income threshold and incurs lower visa fees.



... It is basic economics that if you stem the flow of foreign workers, then workers' bargaining power will increase. This was explained by The Australia Institute's chief economist, Richard Denniss, when he noted that the very purpose of foreign worker visas is to "suppress wage growth by allowing employers to recruit from a global pool of labour to compete with Australian workers". That is, in a normal functioning labour market, "when demand for workers rises, employers would need to bid against each other for the available scarce talent". But this mechanism has been bypassed by enabling employers to recruit labour globally. "It is only in recent years that the wage rises that accompany the normal functioning of the labour market have been rebranded as a 'skills shortage'".

Except in very limited circumstances, there is no such thing as a shortage of labour. There is only a "shortage" of labour at the price/ wages firms are generally willing to pay.

Given faster wage growth: a) the least productive businesses would lose people, shrink and go bust, transferring workers, land and capital to more productive businesses, raising average productivity across the economy; and b) all businesses, observing higher wages, would invest more in labour saving technologies, training and restructuring to raise productivity.
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IMMIGRATION – RESIDENCE, EU CITIZENS
More Than 750,000 EU Citizens Apply To Stay In UK After Brexit
Isabel Togoh
HuffPost, 30 May 2019


More than 750,000 applications from EU citizens wishing to continue living and working in the UK post-Brexit have been received by the Home Office.

Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the first figures released on applications to the EU Settlement Scheme were "hugely encouraging".

The scheme allows millions of EU nationals in the UK to secure their right to stay in the country post-Brexit. More than three million people are eligible to apply to carry on living and working in the country.

A report by the Home Office, also out today, found that two-thirds of people who were given their status by the end of April had received settled status, while a third were granted pre-settled status.

Around 570,000 applications had been received from EU citizens in England, 30,000 from Scotland, 9,000 from Wales and 6,000 from Northern Ireland, with the the highest number of applications coming from Polish, Romanian and Italian citizens. ...

EU nationals and their family members who have lived continuously in the UK for five years can obtain settled status, meaning they are free to go on living and working in the UK indefinitely.

People with less than five years' residence can apply for pre-settled status, which can later be converted into settled status.
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EXTREMISM – PATRIOTISM, BRITISH ARMY
According to the British Army, it's extremist to be a patriot
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 30 May 2019


According to the British Army it is extremist to be patriotic. In a startling confirmation that political correctness is no longer the sole preserve of woke students and Corbyn-loving trustafarians and now has virtually every institution in the land in its deathly, censorious grip, the army – the actual army – has decreed that loving one's nation too much is a sign of a warped, diseased mind. When soldiers – the people expected to give their lives to defend the nation – are being instructed that fondness for your nation is an iffy attribute, you know modern Britain is in serious moral trouble.

The 'patriotism as extremism' decree came in an internal army document on the giveaway signs for right-wing extremism. Army chiefs are told to look out for certain 'indicators and warnings' that an individual soldier might be leaning towards an 'extreme right-wing' outlook. These indicators include referring to oneself as a 'patriot', becoming 'increasingly angry' about 'perceived injustices and threats to so-called "national identity"', using the word 'Islamofascism', and describing political correctness as a 'left-wing or communist plot'.

What is bizarre, if not outright perverse, about these indicators of 'right-wing extremism' is that just a few years ago such outlooks would have been seen as essential attributes for every aspiring soldier. ...

As for labelling the use of phrases like 'Islamofascism' or 'PC is a left-wing plot' as warning signs of right-wing extremism, that is just a transparent and deeply sinister attempt to thought-police soldiers and punish them for holding certain views. Views, it should be noted, that a great many people hold. I'm not a fan of the term 'Islamofacism' and I think it's far too simplistic to refer to the culture of PC as a 'communist plot', but many good, normal people do refer to Islamist terrorists' mass slaughter of their fellow citizens as a form of fascism and do believe that PC is the handiwork of left-wing cliques. There's nothing wrong with these views. They certainly aren't proof that someone is descending into a skinhead-style nutty extremism. ...

There is nothing extreme or evil in love for one's nation. There is nothing wrong with calling oneself a patriot. There is nothing bad in wanting to stand up for a sense of national identity. Many people feel these things. And soldiers are trained to feel these things. An army that views patriotism as dangerous and standing up for Britain as suspect is an army that will soon be incapable of defending the country from external threats.
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EMPLOYMENT – JOBS
Increase in skilled migration from outside EU needed to plug jobs gap amid Brexit uncertainty, says Home Office review
Ashley Cowburn
Independent, 29 May 2019


A big increase in skilled immigration from outside the EU is needed to plug gaps in key jobs amid considerable Brexit uncertainty, according to an official review for the Home Office.

The report from the influential Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) calls on ministers to significantly expand the UK's list of understaffed occupations.

It recommends adding roles such as architects, web designers, psychologists and veterinarians, for the first time to the list.

Other occupations that are already listed should be extended to cover all roles within the category, including medical practitioners, artists and civil engineers, MAC's report added.

It calls on ministers to increase the shortage list from one per cent of jobs in Britain's labour market to nine per cent - placing around 2.5m workers on the Shortage Occupation List (SOL).

Jobs that fall under the SOL entail certain benefits, such as applicants and their families facing lower visa application fees, and no requirement to meet the £35,800 salary threshold required for settlement in the UK after five years.

Commissioned by the home secretary Sajid Javid, the report makes clear employers are finding it increasingly difficult to fill crucial roles in Britain's labour market.
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EMPLOYMENT – POLITICS
MAC report on the shortage occupation list
Migration Watch UK, 29 May 2019


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

"An initial analysis of this long report shows its main proposal to be to increase the shortage occupation list from covering less than 1% of total employment to 9% - or about 2.5m workers. This is astonishing. The MAC seems to have turned 180 degrees from its previous emphasis on encouraging employers to recruit domestically through improved wages, better conditions and boosted training. What a pity.



If these recommendations were accepted, it would amount to a turning point in immigration policy. The control of numbers would, in effect, be abandoned and the incentive for UK employers to train UK workers would be even further reduced. Employers would be happy but many people would be aghast at this disregard for public concern about the present massive level of immigration."


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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – MASS KILLINGS, RACE, USA
The Lie That Will Not Die and the Truth about Black Mass Shooters
Colin Flaherty
American Thinker, 29 May 2019


The lie that will not die: Most mass shooters are white.

Just Google "white mass shooters," and you will find hundreds and hundreds of stories from The Grio, Root, Salon, CNN, PBS, and Newsweek, right up to the Washington Post, with headlines likes this, from Vice: "Why are so many mass shootings committed by young white men?"

All accompanied with fairy tales like this from the Washington Post: "a consistent pattern: Young, white men with demonstrable backgrounds of mental instability or violence against women taking the lives of as many people as possible."

At least one legacy media outfit figured out, however painful it was to report (and bury in the middle of the jump), that three quarters of mass shooters are black. That was the New York Times.

You read that right: mass shootings are a black thing. And we find them almost every day. Often more than one. In Philadelphia alone, they report one every eleven days. ...

No matter: I have documented tons and tons more examples of recent black mass shootings, prior to May 20. Easy to find at minds.com/ColinFlaherty.
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CRIME – FORCED MARRIAGE
UK dealing with more Indian 'forced marriages'
Prasun Sonwalkar
Hindustan Times, 28 May 2019


A dedicated unit dealing with forced marriages in which at least one spouse is a British citizen has reported an increase in the number of cases linked to India during 2018: 110, compared to 82 in 2017.

The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) of the Home and Foreign Office said it dealt with the most cases linked to Pakistan in 2018: 769, followed by Bangladesh (157) and India (110). Overall, 1,764 cases were reported to it. ...

Forced marriage – when one or both spouses do not consent to marriage – is not a problem specific to one country or culture. Since 2011, FMU has handled cases relating to over 110 countries across Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and North America.

Cases involving forced marriages often involve immigration issues, in which one potential spouse is a UK citizen and the other is a foreign citizen.
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME, POLICE, LONDON
Number of Met Police officers on long-term sick doubles after knife crime surge
Justin Davenport
Evening Standard, 28 May 2019


The number of Met officers on sick leave is soaring as a police leader warns that they are dealing with a "war zone" on London's streets.

Figures show that the number of Met staff on long-term sick leave has nearly doubled in the past four years. In 2014, 1,399 officers and staff were recorded as off sick for more than a month, rising to 2,731 in 2018.

Ken Marsh, chairman of the Met Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said: "There has been an increase in long-term sickness, rather than short-term sick leave.

"Officers are facing more traumatic situations than ever faced before. They are regularly being called to serious stabbings and are the first to attend. You can equate it to a war zone.

"They have to deal with these situations and then before they can recover, they are back out there again."

He said there had been a big rise in the number of officers suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues.

The figures, obtained by the London Assembly Tory group, emerged as police have faced record levels of knife crime.
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EMPLOYMENT – PRODUCTIVITY
Immigration is not the answer to the productivity puzzle
Migration Watch UK, 28 May 2019


An analysis issued by Migration Watch UK today focuses on the serious productivity problem which the UK has faced, particularly over the last ten years - a period which has been one of very high net migration.

UK productivity is now 9% below Italy, 22% lower than the USA and France, and 25% less than Germany. Furthermore, growth in productivity in the UK since 2008 has been half that in France, less than a third of that in Germany, and less than a fifth of that in the USA. This suggests that it is a very serious problem which cannot be attributed only to the economic crash of 2008, so answers must be found elsewhere.

From 2008 until the middle of 2018 the growth in migrant workers outpaced growth in UK born workers by two to one and the migrant share of workers increased enormously yet there seems to have been no increase in productivity of the sort that the immigration lobby's claims say that there should have been. ...

The paper reviews other recent research and concludes that the admission of relatively small numbers of highly skilled workers to highly skilled jobs might be productivity enhancing.

However, since 2006, despite the number of immigrant workers in the UK growing by over two million and the migrant share of the workforce nearly doubling, productivity growth has been extraordinarily low compared to previous times. ...

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



"Raising productivity may sound technical but it is the absolute key to our future prosperity. It is time that the immigration lobby explained why productivity in the UK has been as flat as a pancake for the last ten years despite massive levels of immigration which they claim increases it."


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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Ireland Sought to Give Thousands of Migrants 'Amnesty Under Another Name'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 26 May 2019


Authorities in Ireland "tried very much to introduce something like an amnesty" for thousands of asylum seekers, but "did not dare" call it that because politicians knew such a move would be electoral poison, it has emerged.

Former High Court judge Dr Bryan McMahon made the revelation while giving evidence to the Oireachtas (legislature of Ireland) Committee on Justice and Equality this week, as the United Nations ordered politicians to improve the quality of life for asylum seekers in the country. ...

He said: "With regard to an amnesty for those who have been in the system for more than five years, we tried very much in our discussions to introduce something that was like an amnesty but we did not dare call it an amnesty.

"To some extent, the word is taboo in the discussion because it will not fly [so] the administrators tried to do it in another way," Dr McMahon added, stressing that the move "had to be done without using the word 'amnesty'." ...

In September, Ireland announced an amnesty to regularise the status of an estimated 3,500 to 5,500 illegal immigrants who arrived in the country as international students between 2005 and 2010 – a move hailed by open borders groups such as Right to Remain.

The Britain-based NGO, which works to dismantle immigration restrictions in Britain, lauded the decision, alleging that "support for amnesty schemes is mainstream in Ireland". ...

The gap in attitudes between Ireland's elite and the people who they are supposed to represent was exposed in a survey earlier this year, which found that not one of the country's TDs (the equivalent of British MPs) wanted to reduce immigration.

Despite half the respondents admitting that mass migration was regularly brought up on the doorstep as a topic of concern, 65 per cent said they were happy to see immigration remain at its current level while 35 per cent stated they would like to see it increased further.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
600,000 Migrants Enter Britain in One Year
Joe Markham
Breitbart, 25 May 2019


More than 600,000 migrants arrived in the United Kingdom in 2018 – akin to the population of a city the size of Belfast.

The data, released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), said that over a quarter of a million more people arrived with the intention of staying 12 months than left in 2018.

In total over the previous 12 months, 602,000 new people migrated to Britian, while 343,000 emigrated – showing a continued strong trend towards overall net migration, totalling 258,000 people.

The UK also granted asylum, alternative forms of leave, or resettlement to 17,304 people in the year ending March 2019 – an increase on the previous year.

Grants of protection reached their highest number since 2003. ...

Former Conservative Chancellor George Osborne infamously wrote in an article for the Evening Standard that the Tory leadership never had any intention of honouring their manifesto pledge to cut net migration to the tens of thousands.

"[N]one of [the Cabinet's] senior members supports the pledge in private and all would be glad to see the back of something that has caused the Conservative Party such public grief," he revealed.
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IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
UK government misses net migration target for 37th time in a row
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 24 May 2019


Migrants continue to add to the UK population as official figures show the government has missed its target of reducing net migration to tens of thousands for the 37th time in a row.

The last official migration figures released under Theresa May's premiership reveal that 258,000 more people moved to the UK than left in 2018, with 602,000 arriving and 343,000 people emigrating.

Looking deeper into the data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), EU long-term immigration has fallen since 2016 and is at its lowest since 2013, with 201,000 people from EU nations arriving and 127,000 leaving.

The statistics also show, however, that non-EU net migration has gradually increased over the last five years, with 232,000 more non-EU citizens arriving than leaving last year.

The figures jar with pro-Brexit arguments of "taking back control of migration" by ending freedom of movement, because growth in net migration is driven by non-EU migration, which the UK is already able to control.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – STUDENT VISAS
Revealed: Home Office allowed 7,500 migrants accused of cheating the student visa system to stay in Britain
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 24 May 2019


Thousands of migrants accused of cheating the student visa system have been allowed to stay in Britain, a report has warned.

Around 56,000 foreign citizens were implicated in a scam to fake English language tests to beat UK border controls, said the National Audit Office (NAO).

The spending watchdog said bogus students had exploited the lax system in a racket run by criminal gangs.

Yet about 7,500 had been given permission to remain in the UK rather than being thrown out – often challenging the decision on human rights grounds.

The NAO said there had been 'widespread cheating' in English language tests. Those claiming to be students needed to pass them before they were granted a visa.

However, the NAO also acknowledged that a 'small proportion' of innocent people may have been removed from the UK after being embroiled in the fiasco.

Each year, around 100,000 non-EU students get their visas to stay in the UK extended. Since 2011 foreign students have had to prove they can speak English.

The scam involved corrupt invigilators reading out answers or allowing gangs of imposters to sit speaking tests so the candidates could be awarded an English language certificate. ...

The NAO report said it revealed 'organised cheating' in two language test centres run by third parties on behalf of ETS. An investigation by ETS, using voice recognition technology and human listeners to establish who had cheated by having someone else sit their test, identified 97 per cent as 'suspicious'.

An astonishing 33,663 UK tests, 58 per cent, were classed as 'invalid' while another 22,476 results, or 39 per cent, were considered 'questionable'. The report said 92 per cent of those found to have falsified tests were fluent English speakers – suggesting a stand-in had sat the exam. The Government responded by cancelling thousands of visas. But the watchdog found 7,467 migrants accused of deception were allowed to stay in Britain – despite trying to dupe the system.

Of these around 4,000 were granted leave to remain and 2,600 had successfully appealed against immigration decisions, often arguing that removing them would breach their human rights.

That opened the door to British citizenship, allowing them access to a full range of benefits.

After the scandal was exposed, the National Crime Agency was called in to assist the investigation. The NAO revealed 25 criminals were convicted for their role in the scam, 21 of them being jailed for a total of 70 years. Four offenders are still awaiting sentence, said the report.

Ministers also stripped 75 colleges of the right to admit foreign students.

At least 11,000 people accused of cheating the language tests have left the country – about one in five of all suspicious candidates, said the NAO.

Sir Amyas Morse, head of the NAO, acknowledged cheating had happened on a 'large scale'.
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DIVERSITY – UNIVERSITIES
Oxbridge can force old professors to retire in order to boost diversity, tribunal ruling suggests
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2019


Oxford and Cambridge universities can force old professors to retire in order to boost diversity, a tribunal ruling suggests.

Prof John Pitcher, a leading Shakespeare scholar and fellow at St John's College at Oxford, claimed that he had been unfairly pushed out at age 67 to make way for younger and more ethnically diverse academics.

He sued the College and university for age discrimination and unfair dismissal, claiming loss of earnings of £100,000 - but Judge Bedeau dismissed both claims.

Prof Pitcher, an authority on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and poetry, had worked at the College for over three decades and wanted to continue beyond the university's self-imposed retirement age, which at the time was 67.

But the academic, now aged 70, claimed that he was "forcibly retired" under the university's Employer Justified Retirement Age (EJRA) policy. ...

But legal experts have said that other universities may now follow suit and impose retirement ages, following the judgement in Oxford's favour. ...

... Cambridge and St Andrew's are the only other major British universities to have EJRA policies in place currently. ...

Oxford carried out an equality impact assessment before bringing in the EJRA in 2011, according to the judgement.

Enforcing a retirement age would cut down the number of old, white and male staff and boost the number of young, female and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) academics, it said.
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MULTICULTURALISM – CULTURES, LANGUAGES
Recognise the UK as a multilingual society, say politicians and academics
University of Manchester, 22 May 2019


University researchers, teachers and leading politicians came together at the House of Commons on Wednesday 22 May, to call on policymakers to develop a comprehensive policy that recognises the UK as a multilingual society, and to ensure that provisions are made to protect the languages of all citizens.

The event, organised by The University of Manchester's Multilingual Manchester research unit, highlighted that languages other than English are a vital part of the cultural heritage of many British citizens and residents. For many, they are an important skill, and an asset in developing professional careers.

In cities in particular, recognition of language diversity is key to ensure equal access to services, celebration of culture and traditions, and workforce skills to support development. Languages offer important channels through which to build bridges among communities and between nations.

Manchester is leading the way in this area, with Manchester City Council working towards a City Language Strategy, and Manchester Museum transforming itself into the country's first 'multilingual museum'. ...

"Languages strengthen our society," said Shadow Immigration Minister Afzal Khan MP, whose Manchester Gorton constituency is one of the most linguistically diverse in the country. "We need more support for supplementary schools, which provide an important service to promote skills and protect cultural heritage."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – REFUGEES, COST, GERMANY
Germany spends record 23 billion euros on refugees - document
Michael Nienaber
Reuters, 20 May 2019


Germany spent a record 23 billion euros (20 billion pounds) last year on helping to integrate more than one million refugees and fighting the root causes of migration abroad, a government document seen by Reuters showed on Monday.

That marks an increase of nearly 11 percent on the 20.8 billion euros that Germany spent in the previous year, the document prepared by the Finance Ministry showed. ...

Merkel has repeatedly defended her 2015 decision to leave German borders open to hundreds of thousands of war refugees, mainly from Muslim countries, as a humanitarian necessity, but has since vowed to prevent a repeat of such mass migration by tackling its causes.

The government spent a total of 7.9 billion euros in 2018 on measures aimed at keeping migrants outside the European Union and improving living conditions in their home countries - a 16 percent increase compared with 2017.

Germany's 16 states, which are mainly in charge of housing and integrating the arrivals from countries such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, received 7.5 billion euros from the federal government last year, according to the report. This marked an increase of 14 percent on the year.
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CRIME – HUMAN TRAFFICKING, SLAVERY, SCOTLAND
Sex slaves in almost every Scottish town as gangs force trafficked women into prostitution
Norman Silvester
Daily Record, 19 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Last year, TARA and another group helping trafficking victims were given a Government grant of £3 million.
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POPULATION PRESSURE – HOUSING
England needs an extra FOUR MILLION homes over the next 20 years to keep up with soaring immigration as an estimated 27.6m families will need housing by 2041
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 17 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"People who want to end free movement should be honest with the electorate about the possibility that it will create significant new challenges relating to illegal immigration. And people who support a liberal approach to immigration should engage constructively with the perfectly legitimate view that illegal immigration is a problem that policymakers should address."
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EMPLOYMENT – EU AND NON-EU WORKERS
Number of EU workers in the UK hits record high as unemployment falls to lowest in 44 years
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2019


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

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

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

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

The number of workers from outside the EU also increased, the Office for National Statistics said, rising by 22,000 on the quarter and 80,000 on the year to more than 1.3m.
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CRIME – COST
LAWLESS BRITAIN: 181,000 linked to serious and organised crime – 'Deadliest threat to UK'
Michael Knowles
Daily Express, 14 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"It is estimated to cost the UK at least £37 billion each year. ..."
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EMPLOYMENT – WAGES, SALARIES
Wages rise to attract British workers
Jack Torrance
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2019


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

If Paul, Weiss's chairman had explained that preferences deplete the partnership pipeline, he would no longer be chairman. His decision to allow the racism charge to stand unrebutted demonstrates a remarkable feature of our time: the leaders of mainstream institutions would rather cop to false charges of bias than speak the truth about the academic skills gap. They are not only silent about that gap; they also put their employees through a frenzy of implicit-bias training to overcome the phantom bias that allegedly holds blacks back. This taboo on the truth has another consequence: when leaders refuse to explain the real reason for the lack of diversity, they buttress the poisonous idea that American institutions remain indelibly racist, and the cycle begins anew – more preferences, more unhappy results.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HEALTH TOURISM
Foreign patients using British hospitals owe NHS £27 million in unpaid bills
Nick McDermott, Health Editor
The Sun, 13 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ineligible overseas patients cost the health service up to £2 billion a year, according to Government estimates.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – DEPORTATION
Immigration officials fear cracking down on businesses hiring illegal workers after the Windrush scandal
Sophie Borland
Daily Mail, 10 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some launched legal challenges while others claimed they were unable to go back home due to medical reasons.
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DIVERSITY – BIRTHS
Babies born to non-British mothers in the UK rises by 20 percent in a decade
Luke Hawker
Daily Express, 9 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Polish has been the most common non-British nationality in the UK since 2007.
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NATIONAL IDENTITY – DISCOMFORT
Diversity, discomfort and my lament for a lost London
Tom Smail
Prospect, 8 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

One need also consider the dramatic emergence of a large political/cultural movement devoted to anti-whiteness, now traveling under the umbrella of combatting "white privilege."
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Secret Government report warns over 48 British Islamic schools are teaching intolerance and misogyny to future imams
Abul Taher
Mail on Sunday, 5 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

Instead of loosening controls (as only 8 per cent of the public wish to see, according to Ipsos MORI – see p7 of polling summary), the government should instead provide the asylum and immigration enforcement systems with the resources they need and in so doing show commitment to honouring their oft-repeated promise to reduce immigration by a lot, for which the majority of the public yearn.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – HEALTH TOURISM
MPs cave in to Left-wing doctors and scrap plans to stop health tourists coming to Britain for treatment they're not entitled to - costing the NHS £280m a year
Stephen Adams
Mail on Sunday, 5 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Mail on Sunday contacted all 18 'pilot' trusts to ask if eligibility checking continued after the trials. Most said it had not. Several refused to answer.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Britons most positive in Europe on benefits of immigration
Jamie Grierson and Pamela Duncan
The Guardian, 3 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

UK respondents also showed the lowest level of support of all countries surveyed for migrants coming to join family members who already live here, with just 22% of respondents thinking this was good for the country, compared with 56% of Polish respondents who, among the EU and anglophone countries, showed the highest level of support.
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DIVERSITY – RACISM, DECOLONISATION, UNIVERSITIES
Universities told to 'decolonise' their curriculums
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The report said vice-chancellors must foster environments where issues surrounding race and racism can be discussed more openly, and gather data on which approaches are effective in tackling the attainment gap.
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IMMIGRATION – ROMANIANS
Inside Little Bucharest How Romanian immigration changed this small London suburb beyond recognition
George Harrison
The Sun, 1 May 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

The things that unite us may be many and various – but some matters that divide us are decisive, literally black and white, and the sooner we admit it the better. I am sure there is work to do to understand and to navigate the divides; and to decide what to do when compromise proves impossible. But that work can't even be started until everybody stops pretending that we are all the same under the skin.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, SCOTLAND
Almost half of Scots think immigration levels are too high - poll
The Scotsman, 29 April 2019


A growing number of Scots believe that too many people are entering the UK, according to a new poll.

In a study conducted by YouGov for The Times, 45% of 1,029 respondents said that the level of immigration into Britain over the last few years has been too high.

A total of 37% of respondents said they thought the level has been "about right", with 6% saying they thought the level was too low, whilst 11% said they did not know whether the level was right or not.

The study, carried out last week, highlighted a rise in the number of people over the last year who think immigration levels are too high.

Analysis in June 2018 found that 38% of respondents believed that immigration levels were too high.

Research suggests that 45% of people who voted Yes in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum believe that immigration is too high.

A total of 77% of Leave voters in the Brexit referendum said they thought the level is too high, whilst Conservative voters are most likely to be opposed to more immigration, with 65% stating that view.
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TERRORISM – ISLAMOPHOBIA
New definition of Islamophobia could cripple war on terror in UK, warns former terror boss
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 29 April 2019


Britain's war on terror could be crippled if Ministers cave into MPs and accept a new controversial definition of islamophobia, an ex-terror tsar warns.

Lord Carlile said the form of words describing Islamophobia as a 'type of racism that targets expressions of Muslimness' would hamper efforts to stop and search extremists at ports and returning ISIS fighters.

The peer said it would hold back the evolution of counter-terror law and instead see measures to stop terrorists declared "unlawful".

The Policy Exchange think tank claimed the definition could see the Government, police and even the judiciary branded "institutionally islamophobic" for policies already in practice.

Lord Carlile the UK's independent reviewer of terrorism legislation from 2001 to 2011 said: "Successful and accepted counter-terrorism measures would run the risk of being declared unlawful.

"It would lead to a judicial review litigation that would hold back the evolution of better counter-terrorism law and practice hand in hand with strengthened religious tolerance."

MPs proposed the definition at the end of last year.
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DIVERSITY – CULTURE, MUSIC
I've had enough of the narrow-minded diversity police
Michael Henderson
Daily Telegraph, 29 April 2019


The other evening, listening to a concert on Radio 3 by the National Youth Orchestra, one heard the authentic voice of the new morality. Before the concert began a young lady stepped in front of the band to inform everybody the programme they had planned was "vibrant", and represented the "cultural diversity" of the musicians, and the orchestral tradition in general. Jolly good.

Yet as the works they were about to play were written by composers from the Americas, north and south, and the conductor was Mexican, it is reasonable to assume the audience had taken that much for granted. And surely it is for us, the listeners, to judge whether a performance is "vibrant". On this occasion it wasn't, particularly. ...

Nevertheless, the lady felt obliged to encourage people how to think, or feel, in the interests of "diversity". ...

We can agree that an open mind is generally better than a closed one. But is "diversity", interpreted in the approved modern sense, always a force for good in a cultural context? How much diversity – social, religious, ethnic – was there in Quattrocento Florence, Elizabethan England or 19th-century Paris? Somehow those people, clothed as they were in prejudice of all kinds, managed to leave their mark. ...

A survey of the greatest cultural achievements of the Western world indicates that, where genius is concerned, diversity counts for little. You could, if you wished, argue that in the years between 1770, when Beethoven was born in Bonn, and 1828, when Schubert died, Vienna supplied more to ennoble the human spirit than some nations have managed in 2,000 years. It would be an unfashionable argument, but it wouldn't necessarily be wrong.
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IMMIGRATION – INDIANS
'UK's new immigration system post-Brexit will benefit Indian students, workers'
The Hindu Business Line, 26 April 2019


Indian students and workers, including the low-skilled work force, will benefit from the new immigration system to be implemented by the UK after it exits the European Union, British High Commissioner to India Dominic Asquith has said.

"The changes being planned in the immigration system will be better for students who will have a longer time after finishing their studies to look for a job in the UK. It will also be better for workers with a lower skill threshold. ...

The UK is finalising the immigration white paper which will shape the future migration system after the country's exit from the EU this year.

Last year, over 19,500 students from India received study visas, which was a 70 per cent increase over visas issued two years before, the High Commissioner said.

The movement of skilled workers from India to the UK increased at the fastest rate in 2018 and over 55,000 skilled work visas were issued to Indian nationals. The visas for Indian skilled workers were more than all other countries combined, Asquith pointed out.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, EUROPEAN UNION
Over 1.55 billion euros has been spent on the migrant cards
Hungarian Government, 26 April 2019


"Over two million people have received anonymous migrant cards, and the equivalent of 500 billion forints (1.55 bn euros) has been spent in this manner", Chief Security Advisor to the Prime Minister György Bakondi said on Hungarian M1 television's Friday morning current affairs program.

Mr. Bakondi said the migrant cards are unlawful, because European citizens cannot own anonymous banking cards, they cannot be monitored, and no public procurement procedure was launched for their issuing.

"This solution, which 'has not been thought through and is unlawful', and other efforts on the part of the European Union to legalise illegal migration such as the migrant visa and the establishment of legal channels for immigration, represent a security risk with healthcare, economic and cultural consequences for Hungarian and European citizens', he stated.

In the Chief Security Advisor's opinion, they don't want to stop migration, but legalise it. "Hungary, however, does not agree with this. Hungary's opinion is that the problem must not be brought into Europe, but that instead, assistance must be provided to enable problems to be solved on site", he added.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
To hell with what the public want on migration
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 25 April 2019


In 1997 net migration was 48,000. It almost trebled to 140,000 in 1998 and has not fallen below 100,000 a year since. The Labour government's reaction to the mass immigration they had unleashed was astonishingly a continual easing of restrictions on work migration, the theory being that migrants were an economic and social boon. ...

In fairness to the Tories, they took heed of the increasing public disquiet felt for the unprecedented scale of immigration and committed to dealing with it. In a speech to the Conservative Party in April 2011, David Cameron explained why the 2010 election manifesto included the promise to reduce net migration to its pre-1997 levels. He pointed to the fact that easing restrictions on economic migration after 1997 had, by 2009, resulted in '2.2 million more people coming to live in this country than had left to live abroad.'

In the same speech Cameron (bearing in mind that Theresa May was Home Secretary) repeated the election promise: 'But with us, our borders will be under control and immigration will be at levels our country can manage. No ifs. No buts. That's a promise we made to the British people. And it's a promise we are keeping.' The promise was of course also made in both the 2015 and 2017 general elections. I should add that it is a policy that almost three-quarters of the public would still like to see kept.

But it seems promises are made to be broken. The Home Secretary has effectively abandoned any notion of achieving net migration below 100,000, while the Chancellor has publicly encouraged both the EU and British business to demand more concessions on immigration when the trade talks get under way. ...

The Government appear not only to have reverted to Labour's mantra of economic migration being an unalloyed benefit but also added another of 'To hell with the wishes of the electorate'. ...

We estimate that annual net migration will be about 270,000 (approximately 10 per cent below its five-year average) if the minimum salary for skilled workers is kept at £30,000 a year. However, in the likely event that a lower salary limit of £25,000 or even £21,000 were to be adopted, millions more jobs would be opened to worldwide competition and net migration would head towards its previous peak of around a third of a million a year. The proportion of foreign inflows that were non-EU would be nearly three-quarters compared to two-thirds over recent years.

In arriving at our estimates, we have not even included the additional impact that will result from expanding the Youth Mobility Scheme to EU citizens nor the significant numbers likely to take advantage of a temporary low-skill work visa (allowing access for up to a year); this visa has been designed to bring low-paid workers into the labour market while keeping them out of the long-term UK immigration statistics. ...

... Can the public be blamed for being deeply angered at the sight of both Labour and the Tories running roughshod over their well-founded concerns, with some 38 million still wishing to see migration reduced to the tens of thousands?
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – AUSTRALIA
Top economist claims immigration is soaring because government is afraid to offend business lobby and ethnic groups despite promises to cut numbers
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 25 April 2019


An economist who sits on the board of the Westfield shopping mall group has blamed big businesses and ethnic lobby groups for Australia's record high immigration.

Judith Sloan said it appeared Prime Minister Scott Morrison's government was too afraid to offend powerful interest groups.

'The Liberal Party or the Coalition government have really dropped the ball on this,' she told Sky News on Thursday.

'They are clearly beholden to what I'd say are the lobby groups who want a big Australia, bigger Australia.

'We're thinking here about big business, the property developers, universities in particular, some ethnic groups.'

Mrs Sloan told former Liberal prime minister Tony Abbott's chief-of-staff Peta Credlin that successive Coalition governments had made empty promises to reduce immigration, without offending vested interests.

'They just haven't been prepared to stand up to them so they've fiddle a bit with the permanent numbers but not really,' she said.

In March, Mr Morrison vowed to slash Australia's permanent net annual immigration rate from 190,000 to 160,000.

This occurred after Australia's net annual immigration rate, which includes permanent arrivals and international students, stood at a five-year high of 299,190, as of February.

'In the meantime, we've got this completely out-of-control intake of temporary entrants,' Mrs Sloan said.

'When I say temporary, some of them are here for a decade at least and then some, of course, transfer from being temporary to permanents anyway and the biggest growing group has been the international students.'

Last year, Australia accepted 876,399 international students, Department of Education and Training data showed. ...

Mrs Sloan, who is also a columnist with The Australian, said net annual immigration, averaging at more than 250,000 a year, made up two-thirds of Australia's population growth, with the rest coming from births.

'Which is just extraordinary. We're adding the equivalent of Canberra every year.'

Australia's net annual immigration pace is more than triple the 20th century average of 70,000, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show.

It rose above 100,000 in 2002 and surged above 200,000 in 2012, which was followed by five years of double-digit house price growth in Sydney and Melbourne. ...

Australia's population surpassed the 25 million milestone in August, 22 years earlier than predicted in the federal government's first inter-generational report of 2002.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, USA
Trump Orders Crackdown on Illegal Aliens Overstaying Their Visas in U.S.
John Binder
Breitbart, 22 April 2019


President Trump is ordering a crackdown on the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who overstay their visas after arriving in the United States wit a presidential memorandum.

On Monday, Trump signed the memorandum, which calls for the State Department and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to "immediately begin taking all appropriate actions" to reduce the overstay rates for all nonimmigrant visas – that is the more than 415,000 illegal aliens who originally arrived in the U.S. legally but overstayed their visas and have yet to leave.

Specifically, Trump is ordering Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and DHS officials to provide his administration with recommendations within 120 days on how to effectively cut the number of B-1 and B-2 visa overstays from countries that have a visa overstay rate higher than ten percent. ...

Djibouti, Chad, Yemen, and Eritrea have the highest B-1 and B-2 visa overstay rates in the U.S. Djibouti, alone, has a visa overstay rate of nearly 45 percent. Chad has a visa overstay rate of nearly 31 percent, while Yemen and Eritrea each have an overstay rate above 25 percent. ...

Additionally, the memorandum calls for DHS and the State Department to develop plans within 120 days to implement an admission bonds program where nationals arriving in the U.S will be required to pay a bond that they would be returned when they return to their home country because their visa has expired. Should a visa holder not return home, the bond amount would be withheld.

An admission bond policy already exists in current immigration law, but the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency has yet to enforce the program in all cases. ...

As of March, there were more than 415,000 illegal aliens in the U.S. who had overstayed their visas. This includes more than 300,000 illegal aliens who arrived in the U.S. from countries that are not part of the Visa Waiver Program, which allows certain nationals to come to the country for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. In total, 20 foreign countries have visa overstay rates that exceed ten percent. About 40 percent of the 12 to 22 million illegal aliens living in the country came legally and overstayed their visas, according to the Center for Immigration Studies.
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MULTICULTURALISM – DIVERSITY, INTEGRATION
Tony Blair: migrants should be forced to integrate more to combat far right
Michael Savage
The Observer, 21 April 2019


Migrant communities must be compelled to do more to integrate to help combat the rise of "far-right bigotry", Tony Blair has warned.

The former prime minister said that successive governments had "failed to find the right balance between diversity and integration", while the concept of multiculturalism has been misused as a way to justify a "refusal to integrate".

Blair makes the pointed intervention in a report by his Institute for Global Change, which backs forcing schools to have an intake that reflects local diversity, creating a compulsory citizenship programme for teenagers and toughening enforcement against the perpetrators of hate speech.

It also calls for compulsory citizenship education, a ban on segregated shift patterns and the creation of a new cabinet post created to oversee integration. ...

However, in remarks likely to attract criticism from migrant rights groups, Blair warns that enforcing greater integration by new arrivals is a crucial part of solving the issue.

Blair writes: "In this report, we make it clear that there is a duty to integrate, to accept the rules, laws and norms of our society that all British people hold in common and share, while at the same time preserving the right to practise diversity, which is fully consistent with such a duty.

"Without the right to, for example, practise one's faith, diversity would have no content; but without the duty to integrate, 'culture' or 'faith' can be used as a way of upsetting that basic social contract that binds us together.

"Government cannot and should not be neutral on this question. It has to be a passionate advocate and, where necessary, an enforcer of the duty to integrate while protecting the proper space for diversity. Integration is not a choice; it is a necessity."
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BORDER CONTROLS – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
It's a dangerous myth we will have more control over borders post Brexit [part 1]
Chris Hobbs
The London Economic, 20 April 2019


If control of our borders and a curb on immigration into the UK was the tipping point in deciding the result of referendum, those who cast their vote on that basis may well be surprised at the likely post-Brexit reality whether there is a deal or not. – This, in spite of government statements supposedly ending freedom of movement.

On the front line, facing this reality, are a UK Border Force created by Theresa May in the aftermath of the pre-London Olympics chaos at airport passport controls.

It's a border force that currently is in crisis as is so clearly illustrated in successive Home Office staff surveys which many officers refuse to complete as they believe it is a waste of time as no remedial action is taken.

Morale or lack of it, is clearly a huge issue while the survey shows there is little trust in Home Office senior managers and ministers by rank and file officers on the front line.

Chickens, in respect of cuts to the border force, are now coming home to roost as the Home Office is now frantically attempting to recruit additional permanent officers to cope with the aftermath of Brexit. ...

It is also worth noting that it takes two years for a comprehensively trained UKBF officer to become fully competent. ...

The unpalatable fact is that the UK's borders, even before Brexit, are in a shambolic state. Reports by John Vine and David Bolt, the past and present Chief Inspectors of borders and Immigration, are frequently damning and both have complained that these critical reports are often withheld by the Home Secretary until they can be effectively 'buried' amidst other bad news. ...

UKBF officers at Heathrow and other airports complain that the Home Office priority is queues, with officers frequently being taken away from customs controls as soon as passenger queues build up. Queues and a lack of experienced full-time officers can mean that those on duty feel compelled to 'land' (admit) passengers even though they may be less than satisfied with their reasons for requiring entry.

Little wonder then, that despite the occasional 'big seizure,' such is the shambles at our borders that the UK is awash with drugs as is illustrated by eels in the Thames becoming 'hyperactive' due to the quantity of cocaine in the water!!!

For many Brexiteers, the issue of 'freedom of movement' in respect of EU nationals was a major factor in voting 'leave.' Thus, those who voted for Brexit would have expected UKBF officers, after March 29th (or whenever it would happen now) to treat EU nationals in the same way as non-EU nationals. In other words that they would be examined by UKBF officers at passport control in order to establish whether they had a legitimate reason to enter the UK.

That, however, is not going to happen and there can be no doubt that many leading Brexiteers, notably former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, would have been only too well aware during the referendum campaign, that the imposition of firmer controls was a non-starter.
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BORDER CONTROLS – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
It's a dangerous myth we will have more control over borders post Brexit [part 2]
Chris Hobbs
The London Economic, 20 April 2019


Well before the referendum, seasoned border force officers calculated that to examine, even briefly, the passport of each arriving EU national, would cause a logjam of queueing passengers which would stretch all the way back to the airport gates. ...

EU nationals, it has therefore been decided, will be able to continue to pass through passport controls using the 'anonymous' eGates. There will be no check to see if each EU passenger is entitled to work or have residency here or whether they are coming to the UK as a genuine visitor. Thus, those who arrive intending to work illegally or engage in criminality will have 'freedom of movement' to do so without 'passing under the eyes' of UK law enforcement simply by using eGates. ...

A number of EU criminals deported from the UK, find it easy to return as they simply obtain 'genuine' passports in their own country using another's identity. Only by being directly examined by a UKBF officer is there any chance of these potentially dangerous individuals being detected. ...

Brexit, however will weaken our borders in other ways. According to UKBF officers, in order to reduce queues several nations will be given 'favoured' status. Hundreds of thousands of Americans travel to the UK each year and most receive perfunctory scrutiny by UKBF officers.

However, each year around 1,600 US nationals are refused entry at passport control and returned back across the Atlantic. These 1,600 include criminals amongst whom are potential child abusers, political extremists, those with mental health issues and those intending to overstay. In future all US nationals will be permitted to by-pass UKBF officers and use eGates thus the UK will almost certainly have 1,600 individuals entering the UK who will be detrimental to our national interest.

Australians are another favoured nation who will be able to use eGates and again, significant numbers are refused entry by UKBF officers each year. They too will be 'home and dry' by virtue of being able to able use eGates as will citizens from several other countries. ...

The issue of migrants/refugees crossing the channel is small rubber boats is regarded as somewhat of a distraction by border force officers. The will point out that the numbers are just several hundred strong, yet their real concern features non-EU nationals who enter the UK as visitors, either with a visa or not and who do not return within their allotted time. ...

The National Crime Agency have voiced their concern as to the damage caused to the UK by foreign criminal networks; Chilean gangs have been recently involved in violent home invasions, Columbian networks specialise in theft including 'dipping' (pickpocketing) while Albanian organised crime groups, in addition to human trafficking, are taking over cocaine distribution in many parts of the UK by forging partnerships with local gangs. All will have passed through UK border controls. ...

The simple fact is that our border controls have more holes than a Swiss cheese and that these holes are likely to increase in both number and size whenever Brexit becomes a reality (and if it becomes a reality) unless the issues referred to above are addressed.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – VISAS
The Real Illegal Immigration Crisis Isn't on the Southern Border
Krishnadev Calamur
The Atlantic, 19 April 2019


If curbing illegal immigration is the goal, as politicians in the United States and Europe argue, then no wall or border fence will stop the West's largest source of such immigrants. They are not the subject of televised debates or of long stories highlighting their plight. Many are invisible, making them hard to count, and little attention is paid to them. ...

The group in question? Visa overstays.

These immigrants, who enter countries legally on student, tourist, or work visas and then stay past their visa's expiration date, are often overlooked in the discussion of illegal immigration. But in the past 10 years, visa overstays in the United States have outnumbered border crossings by a ratio of about 2 to 1, according to Robert Warren, who was for a decade the director of the statistics division at the agency that has since been renamed U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and who is now a senior visiting fellow at the Center for Migration Studies, a New York-based organization. Elsewhere, the issue is even more pronounced – in Britain and Australia, the absence of a land border of the kind the United States has with Mexico and Canada means that nearly all illegal immigration comes in the form of visa overstays. Most people who are in Britain illegally, for example, entered legally and simply stayed on after their visa expired, research by Oxford University's Migration Observatory shows.

Still, none of this has translated into visa overstays becoming a source of anti-immigrant sentiment. ...

"It's right out there in the news, and you can see people" crossing borders, Warren told me. "With the overstayers, people will be tourists and they'll come here, and they'll either join relatives or they'll join people they know, and they'll get a job, and they're not visible." ...

That could be changing, however, at least in the U.S. ...

In the U.S., visa overstays have exceeded illegal border crossings in each of the past seven years. /.../ But tracking people who enter the U.S. legally until they leave is difficult. The Department of Homeland Security conducted its own analysis for fiscal year 2017, and its estimate was 702,000 overstayers. (To be clear, that number is a small fraction, 1.33 percent, of the more than 50 million people who arrive in the U.S. each year on valid visas.)

Part of the reason the numbers are hard to track is that visitors' visas are not checked as they exit some countries and, when they are, the system is either incomplete or problematic. ... in the U.K., which instituted exit checks in 2015, the process has been called "shambolic."
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POPULATION PRESSURE – PUBLIC OPINION, GOVERNMENT
Is keeping immigration promises too much to expect?
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 17 April 2019


The impact on every citizen's quality of life of a burgeoning population is massive and I make no apology for revisiting the issue, for it concerns the great majority of people in this country. Indeed, 64 per cent of the public told YouGov last year that the official estimate of future population growth (a projected rise of nearly seven million people by 2041) was too high. Can anyone seriously claim that the public's worries are not justified?

Immigration levels (net UK inflows averaged approximately 250,000 over the past decade) are now the main reason for our rapid population growth. This means more congestion on our roads and added pressure on the transport network (research has shown the UK is already one of the ten worst countries on the planet for road congestion) and on our schools, our hospitals and GP surgeries. As for housing, population growth, driven largely by immigration, will continue to be the main force behind most new demand for housebuilding. If net migration to England continues at its present annual rate (it has averaged just under 215,000 over the past decade), one home will have to be built every six minutes just to cope with the added demand resulting from new arrivals. ...

More than 80 per cent of population growth between 2001 and 2016 was as a result of migration and the subsequent children of migrants. Such direct and indirect immigration added one million to the UK population every three years. In just 15 years that means a population increase of five million people – equivalent to five Birminghams or ten Liverpools. ...

Is this why the ONS has repeatedly underestimated projected population growth? A decade ago it estimated that the UK population would not reach 64 million by 2017. In fact, by mid-2017, the UK population exceeded 66 million.

Understating the reality of rapid population growth is baffling. The public realise that England is already one of the most crowded nations in the EU. Polling conducted in 2016 (when the population was more than a half a million lower) suggested that nearly three-quarters of the public thought the UK was already crowded; they experience the impact for themselves daily.

Persistent underestimation of trends by a respected body like the ONS can only further undermine public confidence in the ability and willingness of the Government to deal with the high levels of immigration. A poll published last year found that only 17 per cent of the public trust the government to tell the truth about immigration either all or most of the time; the figure was even lower for MPs at 13 per cent. ...

In their 2010 manifesto, the Conservatives committed to reducing net migration to the 'tens of thousands'. It was a promise they repeated in their 2015 and 2017 manifestos. Seventy-three per cent of UK adults (equivalent to 38 million people) support this happening, according to a poll conducted last summer. ...

The need to restore public confidence on immigration is clear. Obfuscating its true level and the population growth that results can only add to the public's distrust of the Government ...
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM, GERMANY, UK
Germany confirms Islamic Relief ties to Muslim Brotherhood
The National [UAE], 17 April 2019


German officials have accused Islamic Relief Worldwide of "significant" connections to the underground Muslim Brotherhood, triggering concerns among politicians over the diversion of official funds to Islamists.

A submission to the Bundesrat revealed that the powerful Federal Court of Audit was examining official grants to Islamic Relief, which was founded in Birmingham, UK, that totalled €6.1 million in the years to 2016. The response said Islamic Relief was connected to Muslim Brotherhood groups not only in Europe but around the world.

Liberal MP Oliver Luksic said the answer was deeply alarming. "It is a scandal that German taxpayers' money is going to go to Islamists," he said. ...

The United Arab Emirates designated Islamic Relief Worldwide as a terrorist organisation in 2014 over its global links to the Muslim Brotherhood. ...

The announcement of a German review into official funding of Brotherhood-related groups comes amid growing concern over the spreading influence of the group in the country. The most recent published intelligence assessment said that there were an estimated 1,040 Brotherhood activists active in the country. It further said the group exerted active control over 50 mosques or Islamic centres. ...

On its website, the group sets out its history of working with governments since it was founded in Britain by Egyptian Hany El Banna. It became the first specialist Muslim charity to gain British government funding for projects in Africa in 1994.

It signed a framework partnership with the EU in 2002 and became a member of the UK's Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) which distributes funds from nationwide appeals in 2005. In Britain alone its annual Ramadan campaign raises more than £10 million annually. ...

Volker Beck, a Green Party politician, said the Brotherhood had built up ties with the main Islamic body for German Turks, using a conference organised in Cologne late last year as a platform for pan-European ambitions. "At the conference at the Islamic centre in Cologne there was the presence of the Muslim Brotherhood," he said. "This event is quite interesting and a bit terrifying. They are not anymore trying to organise the Muslims in Germany but on a European level."
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DIVERSITY – THEATRE, RACISM, DISCRIMINATION
The Hollow Crown of Reigning Sentiment
Anthony Daniels
Quadrant, 14 April 2019


The precise date of the discovery by theatre directors that they are greater than Shakespeare cannot be specified: the discovery was more a process than an event. But by the time I saw a production of Richard II at the Almeida Theatre a few weeks ago, the superior genius of any director over that of Shakespeare was an established principle and indisputable fact. ...

But if I had an elevated conception of Shakespeare, how naive and mistaken I was! I knew nothing of Richard II – the play, that is, not the king – until I saw the production by Joe Hill-Gibbins. How narrow had been my previous conception of it! ...

We come now to the very delicate question of the over-representation of black actors in productions such as this (and many others). They are now included in casts out of all proportion to their number in the general population, and unlike such disproportion in professional football teams, this disproportion is not the consequence of superior talent or ability. It is quite obviously, but also unmentionably, the consequence of policy. ...

Moreover, it is agitprop of an obviously racist variety. The British stage is now riven with racism, if by racism we mean the tendency to believe that race is and ought to be an important determinant of policy, for example in the allocation of jobs. And it is obvious that, lying not very deeply under the positive discrimination exercised in the casting of plays in British productions, is an attitude of condescension at best and contempt at worst.

You would never guess from the British theatre that the largest ethnic minority by far in the country is of Indian subcontinental origin: it will be a very long time before you see a Bangladeshi Juliet or a Sikh Angelo. ...

It is here that we see the implicit condescension or contempt in the positive discrimination in favour of black actors (of course, there can be no positive discrimination without negative discrimination, but not all racial discrimination is equal). They are believed to be people who could not survive by their own unaided efforts – unaided, that is, by the intellectual keepers of our conscience. They are like household dogs that could not survive in the wild.

The mental contortions that are now required of us to be considered, and to consider ourselves, decent respectable citizens would be enough to baffle Houdini. Some demographic disproportions must never be alluded to or even noticed, others must be referred to ad nauseam, and the decent person must know by instinct, as it were, which is which. Some disparities must be constantly measured, others persistently ignored. And you must never let your guard down in discriminating which discriminations are discriminatory. After all, received wisdom can change as quickly as the enemy during the hate sessions in Nineteen Eighty-Four.
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POLITICS – GOVERNMENT, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Think Tank: UK Govt Massively Undercounting Migration Impact on Future Population Growth
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 12 April 2019


The British government is significantly underestimating the likely impact of mass immigration on future population growth, according to an expert think tank.

Lord Andrew Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, has questioned why the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is basing its new "principal population projection" on international net migration to England of 152,000 per year.

This would increase the population of England, the largest and most populous of Britain's Home Nations, to over 60 million by 2032, well up on the 2016 estimate of 55.3 million, ...

Staggering though these figures are, Lord Green believes they hugely underestimated the speed and scale of the changes England is undergoing, as average net immigration to the country is actually well in excess of 152,000 a year – "whether you take the average of the past five years (246,000 per year) or the average of the past ten years (213,000 per year)."

Writing in The Telegraph, the former diplomat and Royal Green Jackets officer said it would be "much more realistic to use what the ONS calls its 'high migration scenario' (based on net migration to England of 215,000 per year) which would see England's population rise not by 4.8 million between 2016 and 2032 (as in the principal projection) but by 5.9 million" – a difference, he points out, of "well over a million people."

"Time and again the government has underestimated projected population growth," the cross-bench peer reminded readers.

"A decade ago they estimated that the UK population would not reach 64 million by 2017. In fact, by mid-2017, the UK population exceeded a record 66 million."

Lord Green warned that any attempt to deliberately "downplay the reality of rapid population" could only "backfire", and that this latest ONS "discrepancy" would "further undermine public confidence in the authorities on immigration".

"A poll published last year found that only 17 per cent of the public trust the government to tell the truth about immigration either all or most of the time," he said. ...

Shortly after the Brexit vote ended his immediate political career, David Cameron's Chancellor of the Exchequer and chief lieutenant George Osborne revealed that persistent failure to fulfil immigration promises was a feature, rather than a bug, of Tory government.

"Over the past seven years, the Government has not been able to reduce significantly the numbers of non-Europeans coming here – though we could," he admitted openly in 2017.

"[N]one of [the Cabinet's] senior members supports the pledge [to reduce immigration] in private and all would be glad to see the back of something that has caused the Conservative Party such public grief," he revealed.
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BENEFITS AND COSTS – EU MIGRANTS
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4bn a year in benefits
David Wooding
The Sun, 11 April 2019


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

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

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

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

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

There is a stark contrast between Western and Eastern Europeans.

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

DWP figures were not broken down by country.

But if they followed a similar distribution, then almost all of the taxes went back in working-age benefit.

Ex-Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith carried out the study with MigrationWatch UK.

He said: "It is no surprise they didn't want to release the figures."
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IMMIGRATION – RESIDENCE, EU MIGRANTS
More than 400,000 EU nationals apply to stay in UK after Brexit
The Guardian / Press Association, 11 April 2019


More than 400,000 European nationals have applied to secure their stay in the UK after Brexit, the Home Office has disclosed.

The number of applications received by the EU settlement scheme has increased by about 200,000 since it went live at the end of last month.

More than 230,000 people applied during test phases before the full launch on 30 March.

The Home Office also announced that 57 organisations would receive funding to help vulnerable applicants.

Up to £9m has been set aside to ensure support is available to an estimated 200,000 individuals who may be marginalised or need extra help submitting their application. ...

The settlement scheme is open to citizens of EU member states plus those from Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland, as well as their family members.

Successful applicants are granted immigration status confirming their right to continue living and working in the UK indefinitely.

People who have lived continuously in the UK for five years or more can obtain settled status. Those who have lived in the UK for less than five years can acquire pre-settled status, which can later be converted into settled status. ...

Government estimates indicate that between 3.5 million and 4.1 million European Economic Area citizens and their family members could be eligible to apply to the scheme by the end of 2020.
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IMMIGRATION – POPULATION GROWTH
Uncontrolled immigration helped trigger Brexit - How ironic our self obsessed MPs have forgotten it
Stephen Glover
Daily Mail, 11 April 2019


Almost three years after the EU referendum, it's odd how little talk there is about immigration. Yet before the vote many politicians and much of the media were obsessed with the subject.

Is it because, despite the Brexit process driving many of us bonkers, people assume immigration has been sorted out? After all, concern about its uncontrolled nature was a major factor – possibly the main one – behind the Leave vote.

I'm afraid any thought that our marvellous Government is quietly attending to the challenges of reducing immigration, while tussling so hopelessly with all other aspects of Brexit, is wide of the mark.

While it's true that immigration from inside the EU is sharply down, this has nothing to do with the Government. Meanwhile, non-EU immigration is running at a 15-year high. The upshot is that overall numbers coming here are not far off record levels.

In the year to September 2018, net immigration to the UK was 283,000 – which is nearly three times the Tories' much trumpeted target (which has not been dropped) of an annual maximum of 100,000. ...

On Tuesday an estimate crept out of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which suggests that this impartial organisation assumes immigration is likely to continue at a high rate for the foreseeable future. ...

Whichever prediction one prefers, the number of people living in England seems likely to rocket in a brief time, with much, if not most, of the increase concentrated in London and the South East, already one of the most densely populated areas in the world.

That means more demand on new housing, almost half of which may be attributable to immigration. It means more trains in which passengers are crammed together like sardines, and it means even more congested roads.

And, unless the Government miraculously gets its act together, a sudden population explosion of this magnitude will entail a growing shortage of school places, longer waits in hospitals and GP surgeries, and ever greater pressure on power and water supplies. ...

Yet at the same time non-EU immigration – which the authorities are in principle able to control – has been soaring. One reason is that more people are coming here from Asia for work-related reasons. ...

There's absolutely no evidence that this stricken Government is prepared to regulate the flow. On the contrary. If the recent White Paper on immigration after Brexit becomes the basis of future policy, it's likely that numbers coming to this country will increase still further. ...

And it seems to me extraordinary that, in the heated debate about the shortage of houses for young people, the role which unrestrained immigration has played in helping to create this unhappy state of affairs is almost never mentioned.
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POPULATION – FORECASTS
Net migration will see 'England's population hit 60 million by 2029 with the South East and London bearing the brunt of the growth'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 10 April 2019


The number of people living in England will top 60 million by 2029 unless immigration levels fall radically, an official assessment said yesterday.

The 60 million figure is an increase of more than four million over the most recent estimates and indicates that Brexit turmoil and questions over future migration rules have yet to curb the growth in population.

The estimate was published by the Office for National Statistics, which said that in 2029 numbers in England will reach 60,207,000 if high migration levels continue.

Its projection is based on the assumption that net migration – the number of people added to the population each year after both immigration and emigration have been counted – will continue at 215,000.

The most recent recorded figure for current net migration – for the 12 months to September 2018 – was nearly a third higher at 283,000. ...

The population projections also account for birth and death rates and life expectancy, as well as movement within the country.

They show that population pressure will continue to be at its greatest in London and southern England, where there is deepening concern over high housing prices and rents, poor transport and road congestion, a shortage of school places, and supplies of power and water. The growing numbers of people will add to pollution from traffic fumes and other sources, and increase demand for building on countryside. ...

It said that the population of England, put at 55,268,000 in 2016, would – under its 'principal' immigration projection – rise by 5.9 per cent to 58,506,000 by mid-2026. But the 'principal' figure used by the ONS is based on net migration of 152,000 a year, a level unknown since the 1990s.

Under the 'high' migration estimate, which uses the 215,000 a year figure, the 2026 England population would be 59,172,000, and by 2029 the figure would be 60,207,000. This would mean an increase of 8.9 per cent on 2016 levels.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Majorities from EVERY generation and ethnic group want to cut immigration, survey finds
Matt Dathan
The Sun, 8 April 2019


A majority across every generation, ethnic group and even Remain supporters want to reduce immigration, a mass survey voters has found.

Findings by the new Tory think tank Onward revealed majority backing for controlling numbers even among 18-24 year-olds - who back it by 38 to 36 per cent.

An even higher proportion of Remainers back cutting immigration - with 40 per cent in support and 34 per cent against - the same numbers among Asian voters.

But in a finding that will deliver shock-waves through the Tory party, Labour currently enjoys an eight-point lead on immigration among all age-groups.
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TERRORISM – EXTREMIST VIOLENCE
Who Commits Most of the World's Extremist Violence?
Seth Barron
City Journal, 8 April 2019


The idea that white supremacist violence is a growing global threat has gained more currency recently, notably in the wake of the ghastly Christchurch mosque massacre, when an avowed white nationalist murdered 50 Muslims. New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, for instance, asserted that "White supremacists committed the largest # of extremist killings in 2017." No one will deny that racial hatred is an evil ideology, and that people who kill in the name of white supremacy commit evil – but is it true that white extremists are sowing a growing amount of worldwide mayhem?

The evidence suggests otherwise. Even a superficial glance at the record indicates that of the nearly 20,000 people killed in thousands of extremist killings in 2017, white supremacists were responsible for very few. ...

White nationalists committed none of the above violent acts of extremist killing, and that's nothing remarkable: almost all the world's extremist violence is concentrated in a handful of regions, where very few white people live. In areas where whites do live (America, Canada, Europe, and Australia/New Zealand), white nationalists do indeed perpetrate a significant proportion of the relatively uncommon acts of extremist violence. Again, this is unsurprising, because whites make up the overwhelming majority of the population there. ...

When Ocasio-Cortez tweeted that white supremacists were responsible for the most extremist killings of 2017, she was obviously wrong, by at least two and maybe three orders of magnitude (if she meant worldwide, which is unclear from her tweet). There were at least 8,500 such incidents worldwide that year, and white supremacists accounted for perhaps 15 or 20 of them, depending how you count. ...

The Wall Street Journal, citing the U.S. Extremist Crime Database, reports that the frequency of violent hate crime in the United States has been about the same for 50 years. White supremacy is insane and immoral, and it may be a significant threat. But it doesn't account for anywhere near the preponderance of global extremist violence, though one might get a different impression from recent coverage.
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DIVERSITY – DANCERS
Furious dancers are kicked out of renowned troupe for the over-60s for being WHITE so bosses can hire more black and Asian athletes
Chris Hastings
Mail on Sunday, 7 April 2019


As a renowned dance troupe made up entirely of over-60s performers, Company of Elders has won acclaim across the globe.

But now longstanding members of the troupe have been told they have to leave to make way for more black and Asian recruits.

The decision by the prestigious Sadler's Wells Theatre in London, which runs the contemporary dance company, has been attacked as sacrificing the wellbeing of current members – many in their 70s and 80s – on the 'altar of political correctness'.

Until now members have been able to stay with the company as long they can perform. ...

The news of the forced retirements is said to have come as a 'bombshell'. ...

Under the new rules, anyone who has been with the troupe for ten years or more has been told they can stay for only another three years. Those who have been there for less than ten years can stay for another five.

A spokesman for Sadler's Wells said the plan was to encourage 'people from BAME [black and minority ethnic] backgrounds... to join'. ...

Trevor Phillips, the former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission said: 'If you are genuinely interested in diversity one of the things you will not do is reduce the range of ages you have in the company. It's a bit scandalous to play off one minority group – people of colour – against another minority group – older dancers.' ...

Sadler's Wells has been given £9.8 million of public funds from the Arts Council for the period 2018 to 2022.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – HATE CRIME, USA
Finley: America's hate crime surge is a hoax
Nolan Finley
Detroit News, 7 April 2019


It's been repeated so often it's taken as fact: Hate crimes have soared over the past two years, and the blame rests with President Donald Trump and supporters inspired by his hateful rhetoric.

It's a compelling story, supported by statistics that show an increase of 17% in the number of hate crimes reported to the FBI during the Trump presidency.

But it isn't true. The surge has little to do with Trump and his red hat brigade. This according to Will Reilly, a Kentucky State University associate professor, who extensively researched hate-fueled violence in America for his book Hate Crime Hoax.

"Almost all of that surge is due to the simple fact that in 2017 the number of police departments reporting hate crimes to the FBI increased by 1,000," says Reilly. "The surge narrative is pretty dishonest."

And destructive. The perception that hate-filled mobs are roaming the streets attacking minorities, gay and transgender people and other vulnerable citizens in the name of Donald Trump keeps us on edge and makes us distrustful of our neighbors.

It also creates a gullibility that that allows us to believe things we should know aren't true. Like Jussie Smollett's ridiculous tale of being attacked by two MAGA-hat-wearing thugs on a frigid Chicago street. ...

Smollett's fake hate crime is not a one-off. Reilly's research finds that most high-profile hate crimes over the past few years have turned out to be hoaxes.

Reilly studied 409 reported hate crimes over the past five years that received media attention. ...

"In major cases, almost all of them have been hoaxes," Reilly says. "The number of hate crime hoaxes actually exceeds the number of convictions. The majority of these high-profile incidents never happened."

It's also a false narrative that white cops are targeting African American men, Reilly says.

In 2015, he says, of the 1,200 Americans killed by police, just 258 were black, and only 17 of those were unarmed and shot by white officers. And yet, his research indicates just 10 percent of the media coverage of police violence focused on the non-black victims.

"White guys shot by police under identical circumstances never become national stories," Reilly say.

The distorted coverage has helped give rise to social movements such as Black Lives Matter that are based more on perception than reality.

"It's worth noting that interracial crime is not a huge threat in America," says Reilly, who is African American. "Eighty-five percent of whites are killed by other whites. Ninety-four percent of blacks are killed by other blacks."

Americans may be politically divided. But they aren't taking their disagreements to the streets. Nor have they created a dangerous environment for certain groups of their fellow citizens.

"Portraying America as a hate-filled country is wildly inaccurate," Reilly says.
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IMMIGRATION – DEPENDANTS, VISAS
Visa grants to dependants of non-EU migrants
Migration Watch UK, 4 April 2019


1. There were 152,000 family-related visa and permit grants to non-EEA nationals in 2018 - the highest since 2010. Such grants averaged 155,200 per year between 2005-18. They can be split into three sub-categories:



a. Visas for dependants of non-EEA migrants who are in the UK on other visas (averaging 82,600 per year - 53% of the total)

b. Spousal / partner / child / elderly dependant visas for the non-EEA relatives of UK citizens / settled migrants (averaging 47,800 per year - 31% of the total).

c. EEA family permits for the close and extended non-EEA family of EEA migrants in the UK (averaging 24,800 per year - 16% of the total). ...



3. As noted above, there were around 70,000 grants of leave to remain for dependants of non-EEA migrants in 2018. ... nearly half (47%) of dependants who arrived in the year to September 2018 (excluding asylum dependants / family members of refugees) were from South Asia. Another 10% were from East Asia and 10% were from the Middle East. 9% were from North America and 8% were from sub-Saharan Africa. ...

5. ... 61% of nearly 50,000 work dependants in the year to September 2018 originated from South Asian countries. The next largest categories of work dependants were from North America and East Asia, accounting for 10% and 9% of the total respectively. ...

19. ... in the year to September 2018, 40% of the family visas issued to children and elderly dependant relatives were granted those from Sub-Saharan Africa, while 17% each were issued to those from South Asia and the Middle East respectively.
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IMMIGRATION – SUB-SAHARAN AFRICANS
At least a MILLION Sub-Saharan Africans have moved to Europe since 2010, figures reveal - and up to 75% of people in some African nations want to move to another country
George Martin
MailOnline, 2 April 2019


At least a million migrants from sub-Saharan Africa have moved to Europe since 2010, new data has revealed.

According to a Pew Research Center analysis of data from Statista, Europe's statistical agency, more and more migrants from Africa have sought entry to Europe over the past decade.

The Pew Research Centre noted around 970,000 sub-Saharan migrants legally moved to Europe between 2010 and 2017.

In fact, the number of migrants entering Europe has grown at such a rate that the figure is now estimated to be well in excess of one million arrivals since 2010.

The data shows that most years since 2010 have witnessed a rising inflow of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe.

According to the Pew Research Centre, Sub-Saharan Africans also most commonly moved to Europe as international students and resettled refugees, through family reunification and by other means.

A poll carried out among several African nations showed that many more would move to another country if the means and opportunity arose.

And in Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, more than a third say they actually plan to migrate in the next five years.

In terms of destinations, as of 2017, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Europe's sub-Saharan immigrant population was concentrated in just four countries: the UK (1.27 million), France (980,000), Italy (370,000) and Portugal (360,000).
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – EUROPEAN UNION
EU Plots 'Proactive Approach' for Boosting Legal Migration to Europe
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 2 April 2019


Europe must take a "proactive approach" to increasing the level of immigration to the bloc, according to a new European Commission report proclaiming migrants would become "increasingly important" in the EU strategy for economic growth.

According to a 'fitness check' of European laws on legal immigration, adopted on Friday as part of Brussels' Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) scheme, current EU rules were said to be "largely fit for purpose".

However a number of supposedly "critical issues" resulting in the rules having only a "limited impact vis-à-vis the overall migration challenges that Europe is facing" were identified by the Commission in its assessment.

Asserting that authorities in Brussels are working towards developing a "common legal migration policy" which would be forced on every country in the bloc, the report called for "a wide range of measures" in order to reach this goal.

Many of the issues identified focused on achieving greater "harmonisation" of rules across EU nations – or the removal of national sovereignty regarding immigration controls – with the goal of creating "a level playing field across member states" in areas such as admission conditions and so-called human rights including "the level of rights granted to third-country nationals and on the protection of family life".

In addition to demanding "stronger enforcement" of minimum 'requirements dictated by Brussels, the assessment also argued that more efforts were needed to "raise awareness" of EU rules granting 'rights' to non-European nationals.

Alleging that migration was "likely to play an increasingly important role in addressing labour and skills shortages in an ageing European society", one major conclusion of the 'fitness check' was that Europe requires a "more effective approach to attract highly skilled workers from third countries, as the Commission had proposed in the Blue Card reform".

While Brussels insists the Blue Card programme is designed to enable only highly-skilled migration to Europe, Breitbart London has previously reported how EU documents acknowledged that the proposed changes – aimed at making the prospect of life in Europe "more attractive" to people in the third world – clearly contradict this, admitting it would be necessary to provide newcomers with education, employment, and vocational training.
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CRIME – TAX AND BENEFIT FRAUD, TERRORISM
£80m of British taxpayers' money 'funnelled to al-Qaeda' in decades-long scam
Sara Elizabeth Williams
Daily Telegraph, 1 April 2019


Tens of millions of pounds of British taxpayers' money was used to fund terrorists including the 7/7 London bombing network and Osama bin Laden through a UK-based scam that spanned two decades.

A two-year investigation by The Sunday Times revealed that a network of British Asians stole billions of pounds of public money through VAT and benefit fraud, topping up their gains with mortgage and credit card fraud.

One per cent on the group's gains, a full £80m, was allegedly funnelled into al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, with funds reaching the Pakistani compound stormed by US special forces in the 2011 operation to kill Bin Laden.

The scale of the scam is breathtaking: the group netted around £8bn in public funds alone – almost triple the annual government expenditure on MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.

A web of secrecy still binds this investigation, which was led by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) and Special Branch, and prevents the story from being told in full.

At least two years before the 7/7 attacks, HMRC identified ties between the gang defrauding the British public and Shehzad Tanweer, one of the terrorists involved. At the time, senior HMRC officials declined to use their intelligence to mount prosecutions and neutralise the gang.

Court orders barring the identification of gang members convicted of fraud date back at least 10 years, and one customs official has claimed they were prevented from sharing intelligence with MI5 due to HMRC's desire to keep tax records confidential.

Following the money led investigators to successfully charge mid-ranking gang members with fraud and money laundering, leading to jail terms of more than 100 years for crimes that cost the taxpayer £100m.

So far, no gang member has faced any terror charges. ...

The paucity of reporting on the case is understood to be a result of officials' intentions to ensnare gang leaders in their investigation. Various kingpins have fled the UK since the first trial, before they could be arrested.

According to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), nothing can be reported until they return to the UK to face trial – a condition that has some members of the legal community are crying foul.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, CHILDREN, USA
Unaccompanied Alien Children and the Crisis at the Border
Andrew R. Arthur
Center for Immigration Studies, 1 April 2019


The number of unaccompanied alien children (UAC) apprehended entering illegally along the Southwest border, which had bottomed out in April 2017 following the inauguration of Donald Trump, surged almost 685 percent by February 2019. Similarly, the number of UACs deemed inadmissible at the ports of entry along that border surged 385 percent between March 2017 and February 2019.

... The United Nations has also reported that the smuggling of aliens is big business for criminal organizations, valued at $3.7 to $4.2 billion a year. The processing of those migrants has in addition placed a huge burden on the Border Patrol, both in terms of manpower and in financial costs for humanitarian aid.

Flawed U.S. laws and policies encourage UACs to make that trip to the United States, and encourage the parents and other relatives of those UACs to pay criminal organizations to bring them to this country. ...

Generally, most are released to a parent or other family member in this country, the majority of whom do not have lawful status in the United States. This legal requirement makes the U.S. government a de facto co-conspirator with the smuggling organizations. Not surprisingly, the number of UACs from those non-contiguous countries (especially the Northern Triangle of Central America (NTCA) countries of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras) has surged in recent years as family members in the United States and UACs have exploited this loophole.

Those UACs are supposed to subsequently appear for removal proceedings in immigration court after release, but often failed to do so. In fact, in half of all case completions involving UACs, the alien failed to appear for court, compared to an already high average of 25 percent for aliens generally. ...

According to ORR, in FY 2018, 54 percent of all UACs were from Guatemala, 26 percent were from Honduras, and 12 percent were from El Salvador. Of those UACs, 72 percent were ages 15 and older, with 35 percent being age 17, the cut-off age under the UAC definition.
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CRIME – TAX FRAUD, TERRORISM
Taxman kept quiet while £8bn fraud helped fund Osama bin Laden
Tom Harper
Sunday Times, 31 March 2019


For years a UK gang infiltrated government agencies and funnelled cash to al-Qaeda but the watching HMRC kept MI5 in the dark

Gangsters have stolen billions of pounds of British taxpayers' money and used tens of millions to fund terrorism, according to police and intelligence files.

A network of British Asians based in London, Buckinghamshire, Birmingham, northwest England and Scotland mounted VAT and benefit frauds against the exchequer over two decades and made further gains from mortgage and credit card fraud targeting banks and individuals. The group netted an estimated £8bn in public money alone.

The gang, which has links to the 7/7 London bombings in which 52 people died, is alleged to have sent 1% of its gains, or £80m, to al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan, where it funded madrasahs, training camps and other terrorist activities, according to the leaked files.
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TERRORISM
Terrorism fears as 3,000 UK children a year go to 'jihadi' schools in Pakistan, secret government report reveals
Abul Taher
Mail on Sunday, 24 March 2019


A secret Government report has warned that more than 3,000 British children are being taken to Pakistan each year and enrolled in extremist summer schools.

The chilling Home Office study says courses at madrasas teach a 'glorified version of jihad', according to a source.

Officials fear some youngsters will be radicalised and return to the UK with a warped ideology and pose a terrorism risk.

'It is highly likely that this education in Pakistan, even for short periods of time, increases the risk of exposure to extremism for British-Pakistani children,' the source told The Mail on Sunday.

'Enrolment at madrasas poses the greatest risk of exposure to more serious forms of religious extremism.'

Two of the 7/7 bombers, Mohammad Sidique Khan and Shehzad Tanweer, enrolled on madrasa courses in Pakistan a year before they launched their deadly attack in 2005, which killed 52.

But the security services have established that some Pakistani parents take their children back to their native homeland during summer holidays under the pretext of visiting extended family.

In reality, they sign them up for lessons at some of Pakistan's estimated 20,000 madrasas.

The report says some of those madrasas receive funds raised in Britain and that UK-based imams have established seminaries in their ancestral homeland.
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CRIME – FRAUD, THEFT
How Eastern European gangs fly into UK on 'fraud holidays' to steal thousands of bank details from cash machines before going home 'millionaires'
Emma Pietras
The Sun, 21 March 2019


Eastern European gangs are flying into Britain to steal thousands of bank account details from our cash points before returning home "millionaires", according to police.

One criminal gang alone harvested details worth more than £3 million in the space of a few days after cloning card and pin numbers with a skimming device.

This shocking scale of fraud is revealed in a new ITV documentary, Fraud: How They Steal Your Bank Account, as it follows detectives from a specialist police unit in a bid to tackle Britain's fastest growing crime.

Detective Superintendent Perry Stokes says: "They are basically coming over for a very short period of time, a couple of weeks, to commit wholesale ATM fraud. It's almost like a fraud holiday."

Detective Sergeant Phil Elms adds: "You have these guys coming over into the UK for a week and can go back millionaires, effectively." ...

Detective Constable Andy Lovett says: "It's over £3 million of estimated losses and this is just from one criminal gang. There's several of these gangs all over the country that are operating so this barely touches the surface of what's happening in the UK."
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – IMMIGRANT COSTS, FINLAND
A single Somali migrant costs the Finnish State almost 1 million euros during their lifetime
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 20 March 2019


A pioneering survey by the think tank Suomen Perusta linked to the Finns party has estimated lifetime costs associated with Iraqi and Somali migrants, who constitute the largest groups of so-called "humanitarian immigration" to Finland, Sputnik News reports.

Using government-generated statistics, Suomen Perusta calculated that an average Iraqi migrant moving to Finland between the ages of 20 to 24 is expected to cost Finland €690,000 ($783,000).

A Somali migrant of the same age was estimated to be even more expensive, burdening the Finnish state with €951,000 ($1.08 million).

If child-related issues are included, the costs rise to €844,000 ($957,000) and €1,343,000 ($1.5 million) respectively. For the sake of comparison, the reference mean value for native-born Finns was set at 0 Euros.

The second-generation of migrants who have grown up in Finland were found to have a rate of social and economic exclusion and income support 6-8 times higher than native-born Finnish young adults, despite having received basic education in Finland.

A total of 49 and 50 percent of 22-year-old Iraqi and Somali migrants were income support recipients, as opposed to only 11 percent of their Finnish peers, the report found. ...

According to Finland's Migration Board (Migri), almost 5,000 Iraqi and just under 3,000 Somali asylum seekers received a positive decision last year alone.

If Suomen Perusta's calculation is true, they will set Finland back €3.5 billion ($3.9 billion) and €2.9 billion ($3.3) respectively, the newspaper Iltalehti reported.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION, USA
Why aren't we deporting illegal aliens who already have deportation orders?
Daniel Horowitz
Conservative Review, 19 March 2019


We are told by the legal profession that nothing can be done to block bogus asylum-seekers from entering our country en masse, obtaining catch-and-release, and remaining here pending the outcome of a court decision that may be years in coming. But why is the DHS not at least deporting those who already went through this tedious process and have been ordered to be deported? Doing so would not only help eliminate public charge and potential gang members and drug runners for MS-13, it would deter the current and future wave waiting at the "conveyor belt" through Mexico from making the trip north.

According to new data obtained by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) via a FOIA request, there are 644,488 illegal aliens remaining in our country who have already been served final deportation orders. And those are just from the top four countries of origin – El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico. /.../ The total number of illegal aliens who remain in the country despite final deportation orders is 1,009,550.

In addition, there are roughly 1.1 million others from those four counties who have "pending final orders" and are close to receiving deportation orders. Those with pending final orders are usually individuals who have already been ordered deported by immigration judges but are appealing their case to the Bureau of Immigration Appeals (BIA), the appellate body of the DOJ's administrative immigration courts.

That is a total of 1.7 million illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America with final or near-final orders of deportation. Those numbers are as of June 2018, right before the largest surge in Central Americans began over that summer and intensified in the fall of 2018 and winter of 2019. The total number of those ordered deported or with pending deportation orders for nationals of all countries of origin is 2.55 million. ...

If we prioritized both DOJ adjudicative resources and ICE deportation resources for these people more than for anyone else, it would immediately send the signal back to the next wave in Central America that we actually enforce our laws, according to Thomas Homan, former ICE associate director in the Obama administration. "ICE should do a nationwide operation to locate, arrest, and remove those who have entered the U.S. illegally, including family units, who have had their due process, lost their cases, and have been ordered removed by a judge, said Homan in a statement to CR. "If a final order issued by a federal judge doesn't mean anything and it isn't executed, then there is no integrity in the entire system."

Of course, in general, it makes sense for ICE to prioritize the deportation of the two million known criminal aliens. But it is well worthwhile to divert resources for a few months to deport those who are fueling the current boundless migration. ...

How is it that, in 1954, President Eisenhower directly and indirectly removed over one million illegal aliens in just a few months without any lawfare, yet we don't have the resources to remove the million with final deportation orders or the two million known criminal aliens, and certainly not both? Where there is a will, there is a way.
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TERRORISM – DOUBLE STANDARDS
New Zealand's ghoulish opportunists
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 18 March 2019


The bodies of the 50 murdered Muslims were barely cold before various observers, activists and leftists were naming and shaming those people who they think 'laid the ground' for this atrocity. And it apparently includes everyone from alt-right agitators to any mainstream newspaper columnist who has raised so much as a peep of criticism about radical Islam. ...

What has been extraordinary in the aftermath of the deranged racist slaughter in two mosques in New Zealand has been the way the chattering classes in Western countries have instructed us to do the kind of thing they tell us not to do in the wake of acts of Islamist terror. Following Islamist barbarism in Europe and the US in recent years – whether it was the murder of 86 people with a 10-tonne truck in Nice, or the gunning to death of 90 rock fans in the Bataclan in Paris, or the bombing of young girls and their parents at the Manchester Arena – the instruction from our betters has been the same every time. Don't get angry, they say. Don't exaggerate the threat of terrorism, they counsel. And don't dare suggest that any book or idea, whether it is the Koran itself or pamphlets handed out at more questionable mosques, contributed to this attack. 'These killers have nothing to do with Islam', as the tiresome, silencing mantra goes. Our role after Islamist terror is to manage our anger, put politics on hold, lay a flower or two, and then go back to our everyday lives. 'Don't look back in anger', as the anthem went after Manchester.

This time the response could not be more different. Now we are actively invited to feel anger. Now we are told we must look for the source material that inspired this hateful individual and then condemn it and censor it. Now we are told that we must organise against the new fascism. After Islamist terror the key instruction from the self-styled guardians of correct moral thought is that we should forget politics and just grieve. ...

The first striking thing about this blame game is how much its morbid practitioners sound like McCarthyites and other 20th-century authoritarians. Just as that old breed of tyrant would respond to difficult or horrific events by searching for some piece of literature or idea to blame them on, so the new exploiters of mass murder are holding up certain newspaper columnists and right-wing shock jocks as 'facilitators' of the new hate and the new barbarism. ...

The second striking thing about the response to the attack in New Zealand is the double standards it has exposed. Not all terror is treated equally. We know that for sure now. The right-on are far angrier about this than they ever were about any act of Islamist slaughter of the past few years. /.../ The NZ attack is proof of a rising tide of hatred, they say, and yet they never said that about the more than 500 people killed in Europe by supporters of a 7th-century religious death cult over the past five years. ...

Why this double standard? Why is New Zealand 2019 fascism, but Paris 2015 was not? Why should this rally us to action, but Paris, Nice, Toulouse, Berlin, Brussels, Barcelona, Stockholm, Turku, Manchester and London should not? Why is this evidence of a new hatred we must confront, but the slaughter of 22 mostly young people in Manchester was not?
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ASYLUM – NUMBERS
Migration statistics: How many asylum seekers and refugees are there in the UK?
Georgina Sturge
House of Commons Library, 18 March 2019


There are a few different ways to quantify the number of asylum seekers in the UK. The first is the number of people who apply for asylum each year.

In 2018, 37,453 people applied for asylum. This number has been roughly constant over the past five years and is substantially lower than in 2002, when the number of applications peaked at 103,000.

Another approach is to look at the Home Office's administrative statistics, which show there were 88,848 asylum cases 'in progress' at the end of June 2018. This takes into account all pending applications and cases in which the application has been refused but the applicant has not yet left the country or has secured leave to remain via another route.

A third indicator is the number of people receiving Section 95 support, which is a weekly stipend given to asylum seekers who do not have independent means.

At the end of December 2018, there were 44,258 asylum seekers receiving government support.

Around one third of asylum applications receive an initial decision within one year. Anyone seeking asylum can appeal an initial decision and, if this is unsuccessful, can request a judicial review. This means the whole process can continue over several years.

For this reason, comparing the number of grants of asylum in one year against the number of applications does not give us an accurate indicator of the 'success rate' of applications.

The Home Office has started producing analysis of the final outcome of cases, by annual cohort based on the year of initial application. The most recent cohorts have a high proportion of 'outcome unknown' cases but if we look back to, say, cases which began between 2010 and 2014, we can map their final outcomes as follows:

Syrian refugees are a special case within the statistics. Although many have applied for asylum through the UK's in-country asylum process (919 in 2018), the majority of Syrian refugees in the UK have been resettled directly from refugee camps.

From 2014 onwards, the UK began resettling Syrians under the Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme (VPRS), with the aim of resettling 20,000 by 2020. The current number resettled in the UK is around 15,000.

Resettled people are granted refugee status or another form of humanitarian protection by the UK while abroad and then brought to live in the UK.

While in refugee camps, people's refugee status is determined by officials from UNHCR and the UK Government then selects who will be offered resettlement in the UK.

Given the scale of the VPRS (and other resettlement schemes in place), resettled people made up just over one quarter (27%) of those granted asylum in the UK over the last five years (2014-2018).

In 2018, at least 20,000 people were granted asylum in the UK, including resettled people. This is around half the number granted in 2001 – at least 48,000 – the year with the most grants in recent decades.

'Asylum' is used here in a broad sense and includes those granted refugee status, humanitarian protection, and discretionary leave to remain on humanitarian grounds.

The present number is boosted by around 5,000 per year under resettlement programmes, the largest among them via VPRS.
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IMMIGRATION – STUDENTS, EMPLOYMENT
Visa extension to boost numbers of overseas students in UK after Brexit
Richard Adams
The Guardian, 16 March 2019


International students will be given visa extensions of up to a year to look for work in the UK as part of a package of government measures to boost numbers of overseas students after Brexit.

The move represents a break with current policy, where students are allowed to stay for just four months after graduation.

Announcing the strategy, the Department for Education (DfE) said: "There is no limit on the number of international students that can study in the UK, and to ensure the UK continues to attract and welcome them, the post-study leave period will be extended to six months for undergraduate and master's students, and a year for doctoral students."

The announcement said the government would also consider "how the visa process could be improved for applicants and supporting student employment", hinting at another possible change in policy.

Alongside the extended visas, the DfE and the Department for International Trade are to unveil an international education strategy with a 30% increase in overseas students in UK higher education during the next decade.
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Ex-police chief blames senior politicians' 'political correctness' over stop and search for surge in knife crime
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 14 March 2019


Knife crime and violence has surged because a "contagion of political correctness" among senior politicians drove them to sharply reduce stop and search, a former Met Police commissioner says.

Sir Paul Stephenson also suggested some politicians have been more concerned with avoiding blame than "accepting responsibility for the mounting toll of young bodies in our mortuaries."

Although Sir Paul did not identify any politician by name, Theresa May, when Home Secretary, oversaw a big decline in stop and search, falling from 23 per 1,000 people in 2009/10 to five per 1000 in 2016/17 amid concerns that it was being disproportionately against black communities.

Describing knife crime as a "scourge" that is "afflicting our young people", he said: "Let no one peddle the nonsense of simple 'go to' solutions – there aren't any. Let no one tell you that we haven't been here before – we have.

"Let no one tell you that the dramatic reduction in stop-and-search activities by police officers, driven by naivity, a refusal to listen, arrogance and the contagion of unanalysed political correctness by senior politicians hasn't contributed to the shameful problem confronting us.

"And am I alone in suspecting that recent statements on this matter by some senior politicians owe more to avoidance of blame and self-justification than they do to acceptance of responsibility for the mounting toll of young bodies in our mortuaries and effective policy making?"
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION, 18 COUNTRIES
Around the World, More Say Immigrants Are a Strength Than a Burden
Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Phillip Connor
Pew Research Center, 14 March 2019


Majorities of publics in top migrant destination countries say immigrants strengthen their countries, according to a 2018 Pew Research Center survey of 18 countries that host half of the world's migrants.

In 10 of the countries surveyed, majorities view immigrants as a strength rather than a burden. Among them are some of the largest migrant receiving countries in the world: the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Canada and Australia (each hosting more than 7 million immigrants in 2017).

By contrast, majorities in five countries surveyed – Hungary, Greece, South Africa, Russia and Israel – see immigrants as a burden to their countries. ...

Meanwhile, public opinion on the impact of immigrants is divided in the Netherlands. In Italy and Poland, more say immigrants are a burden, while substantial shares in these countries do not lean one way or the other (31% and 20% respectively). ...

Attitudes are mixed on immigrants' willingness to adopt the destination country's customs or wanting to be distinct from its society. A median of 49% among countries surveyed say immigrants want to be distinct from the host country's society, while a median of 45% say immigrants want to adopt the host country's customs and way of life. ...

In several immigrant destination countries, large majorities say immigrants are not more to blame for crime than other groups. This is the case in Canada, the U.S., France and the UK. Among other countries surveyed, only in South Africa, Sweden and Greece do majorities believe that immigrants are more to blame for crime than other groups.

In the Netherlands, Japan, Israel and Germany, opinions are split on the impact of immigrants on crime. ...

In seven countries, majorities believe immigrants do not increase the risk of terrorism in the host country. These include all surveyed countries in North America (Mexico, Canada and the U.S.), as well as South Africa and Japan. Publics in France and Spain, two European countries that were not at the center of the 2015 refugee crisis, also hold this view.

By contrast, majorities in seven European nations – Hungary, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Russia, Germany and the Netherlands – believe immigrants increase the risk of terrorism in their countries.

Views on the topic are divided in the UK, Australia and Israel. ...

In seven of the 10 EU countries surveyed, majorities support the deportation of immigrants living in their country illegally. In 2007, between 1.7 million and 3.2 million unauthorized, or irregular, migrants were estimated to be living in the 10 EU countries surveyed. ...

Similarly, majorities in Russia, South Africa, Australia and Japan also support deporting immigrants living in those countries illegally.

In the U.S., public opinion is divided on the issue. About half (46%) of the public supports deporting immigrants residing there illegally, while the other half (47%) opposes their deportation. The Center estimates 10.7 million unauthorized immigrants lived in the U.S. in 2016, which represented less than a quarter (23.7%) of the U.S. immigrant population. ... In Mexico, fewer than half (43%) say they support the deportation of immigrants living there illegally.
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CRIME – ALBANIAN GANGS
The inside story of how brutal Albanian gangs rose from the UK's premier sex traffickers to kingpin cocaine dealers
Jake Ryan
The Sun, 11 March 2019


The devastating Balkan Wars had brought a swathe of Kosovans claiming asylum to Britain's shores.

Immigration officials, unable to cope with the surge in the late 90s and early 2000s, simply waved the refugees through to begin their new lives in the UK.

Among them were many Albanians claiming to be Kosovan in what has since been described as "the biggest case of nationality switching" in recent UK immigration history.

They included a small, hardened band of war veterans keen to make their mark in Britain. ...

For police officers on the ground it was the Albanians' ability to use brutal violence, especially against their own trafficked women, which shook the underworld sex trade.

Paul Holmes, a former police inspector and head of Scotland Yard's sex trafficking unit, described how the Albanians' brutality shocked his team of officers. ...

"It was with increasing speed they started to takeover large swathes of the London sex business, both central and suburban. ...

The brutally violent criminals, trading on their reputation as veterans of the Balkan Wars, soon moved from smuggling people to guns and drugs into the UK.

In Europe they became allies of the Turkish and Italian gangs as enforcers, hitmen and traffickers of heroin from Afghanistan.

Then they began dealing cannabis by growing "potent strains" of the drug - even using slave labour here in the UK.

Police sources have described how in the early 2000s in London they fought against Jamaican and Chinese drug gangs for control of the illegal market.

Now they have moved on to penetrate all levels of the UK's £5 billion cocaine trade - from an army of dial-a-drug street dealers to kingpin wholesalers controlling imports from South America and northern Europe. ...

Police sources have warned that Albanians illegally flooding into the UK have provided a fresh, ready-made workforce for the crime groups.

Known as the Mafia Shqiptare, the fiercely loyal and vengeful groups work by their traditional codes of "besa" - to keep promises - and "kanun" - the ancient blood feud laws.
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EMPLOYMENT
Migration from India soars as businesses plan for life beyond Brexit
Francis Churchill
People Management, 11 March 2019


The number of migrants from south Asian countries including India who started work in the UK increased 30 per cent last year as businesses began looking beyond the EU for talent – at least in sectors such as healthcare and IT.

The number of migrants from the region – which includes India, Pakistan and the Philippines – who registered for national insurance (NI) numbers reached 68,381 in the year to December 2018, up from 53,594 over the same period in 2017.

India alone saw a 43 per cent increase in the number of registrations, to more than 45,000, making it the third largest source of new migrants.

The figures suggest businesses are gradually beginning to adjust their talent strategies to compensate for a reduction in available skills after Brexit. However, there were still twice as many EU nationals beginning work in 2018 as non-EU nationals, and the 28,010 increase in non-EU nationals joining the workforce was dwarfed by a 78,409 fall in EU nationals. ...

Romania (which is part of the EU but not part of the EU8) and Poland remained the first and second largest sources of new labour despite seeing a drop of 13 and 26 per cent respectively. There were 134,492 new registrations from Romania, almost three times the number from Poland. ...

Karendeep Kaur, senior immigration consultant at Migrate UK, said her firm had also seen an increase in the number of intra-company transfers from Asia. ...

"I think we're finding that although [Brexit has] stopped a lot of EU nationals coming to the UK, it hasn't stopped the rest of the world." ...

"While many employers will rightly be concerned about the migration restrictions that are due to be introduced that will affect EU nationals, what perhaps has not been acknowledged is the positive changes that have been suggested for recruiting non-EU nationals," said Davies, citing plans to lower skill requirements and scrap the resident labour market test, both of which were outlined in the government's post-Brexit immigration plan.
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME, SOMALIS
Mothers send sons to Somalia to avoid knife crime
Mark Townsend
The Observer, 10 March 2019


British teenagers are being sent by their parents to Somalia, itself recovering from a series of terror attacks, because of concern that the police cannot protect them from knife crime.

Representatives from north London's Somali community say hundreds of children have been flown to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya because of rising concerns over drug gangs and county lines, the criminal networks that use children to transport drugs from cities to the provinces.

In a series of interviews, Somali mothers who arrived in London after fleeing their country during its 1990s civil war told the Observer that many of their sons had asked to leave the UK because of drug gangs and the threat of violence.

Rakhia Ismail, Islington deputy mayor, said: "Sending them away has become the only way they can be safer. This issue of safety has been repeatedly raised by the community but nobody has listened. So many children have gone abroad. Two weeks ago, there was a stabbing and a child was taken back home two days later." ...

The high levels of violence facing parts of British society are evident in the testimony of Islington's sizeable Somali community. Representatives say 50-70% have been directly affected by county lines and knife crime.

Sadia Ali, treasurer of Islington Somalia Forum and founder of Minority Matters, said: "Hundreds of youngsters have been taken to Somalia, Somaliland and Kenya, some taken all the way to the rural areas. Parents feel they have no choice if they want their son to be safe."

Ali, a mother of seven, sent her 15-year-old son to Somalia to protect him from gangs and said many of her friends now have children on two continents.
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EMPLOYMENT – ROBOTS
How robots will end mass-immigration policies and make workers happier
Lawrence Solomon
Financial Post, 8 March 2019
[Lawrence Solomon is policy director of Toronto-based Probe International]


U.S. robot use, up by a whopping 16 per cent last year, is at record highs; U.S. unemployment, meanwhile, is at 50-year lows with people abandoning welfare for work. American wages are rising too. And all of this is happening largely for the same reason. President Donald Trump's tariffs, opposition to multilateral trade and immigration policies have tightened labour markets, letting workers bid up wages while spurring industry to find alternatives to the low-cost migrant labour it has relied upon in decades past.

Robots are not yet leading to mass unemployment and social instability as predicted, and are unlikely to ever do so. Because humans have insatiable, ever-changing wants, there will always be limitless demand for workers to satisfy those wants, no matter how many low-skill and routinized jobs in future go the way of elevator operators and bank tellers. Robots need not be feared for another reason, too. Rather than being the dreaded economic disruptor many label them as, robots are more likely to be a force for social stability. They have the potential to counter one of the main sources of conflict in the western world today: cheap-labour-driven globalization and the reaction to it – demands to promote nationalism by restricting mass migration.

Big business in the Western world – whether represented by the Koch brothers on the right or the EU model on the left – has been the most powerful force arguing for mass migration. Its argument in this alliance – that migrants from Mexico, Turkey and other poor countries are needed because Westerners aren't willing to do menial work – has been persuasive, undercutting those in the broad middle class who felt they weren't sharing in the economic growth.

But the persuasion only lasted so long. After some four decades of little or no growth in median incomes, the backlash against the so-called "one per cent" became potent, electing Donald Trump as president in the United States, fostering Brexit and numerous other exit-EU movements in Europe, and raising animosities between the globalists and the nationalists to destructive levels.

Robots could soon become peacemakers. Once Western big business recognizes that it doesn't need to import cheap labour to turn profits, it can stop pushing immigration policies that affect workers who must compete for wages in the job market. ...

... American workers today have no reason to fear the robot. The robot is their friend.
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IMMIGRATION – PUBLIC OPINION
Immigration from India is unpopular in UK: study
Vidya Ram
The Hindu, 7 March 2019


Britons don't want higher levels of immigration from India and many other non-EU countries even if it comes at the price of not securing a free trade agreement, new research in the U.K. has found.

Only higher levels of immigration from the U.S., Canada and Australia would be tolerated in exchange for trade arrangements, polling carried out on behalf of the Henry Jackson Society, a neo-Conservative think tank, found. ...

Opinion polling conducted in early January, suggested that just 9% of the public were willing to accept significantly higher levels of immigration from India, with just 26% willing to accept slightly higher levels, according to the research. The same applies to a range of countries from South Africa, to China to Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Turkey, Russia, Japan and Saudi Arabia as well as to the EU and individual member states such as France, Germany and Italy. ...

While Britain is overhauling its immigration regime to bring in a system based on the skills set of the person wanting to come to the U.K. rather than on their origin, it has been adamant that its fundamental approach has been welcoming of the "brightest and the best." Last year in evidence to a parliamentary committee, Britain's foreign office insisted that India accounted for the largest number of individuals staying in the U.K. illegally.
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POLITICS – POLITICAL LEFT, EUROPE
Europe's anti-immigration left
Daniel Pipes
Washington Times, 7 March 2019
[Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum]


With very few exceptions, liberals in the United States favor high levels of immigration; and the American left goes further, calling to "Abolish ICE" (a reference to Immigration Customs and Enforcement, America's border security agency). But developments in Europe suggest this near-unanimity could one day shatter.

Since the end of World War II, Europe's left has overwhelmingly seen the free movement of labor and immigration as the best ways to challenge corporate interests; in the words of progressive writer David Adler (on whose article, "Meet Europe's Left Nationalists," I have relied here), these "hastened the pace of history and heightened capitalism's contradictions."

Accordingly, the left helped build the European Union and then pass the 1985 Schengen Agreement (that virtually eliminated internal borders among 26 European countries with a population of more than 400 million). It also enthusiastically welcomed non-Europeans, an approach that culminated in 2015-16 with Angela Merkel (a leftist in conservative disguise) taking in a million-plus migrants, mostly from the Middle East, who were met in Germany by a Willkommenskultur, or welcoming culture.

That massive influx, and especially the Islamists among them, stimulated a backlash among the left's historic base, the workers, leading them to desert it in favor of once-marginal anti-immigration and anti-Islamization parties, the ones I call civilizationist. These parties, with their mix of generous social benefits and strong border controls, are gaining throughout Europe to the point that they wield real power in five governments (those of Poland, Czechia, Hungary, Austria and Italy).

Getting elected, leftists increasingly realize, means making what Mr. Adler calls a "momentous turn" away from both the single European labor market and migration from outside Europe; this doublet, they recently discovered, "encourages exploitation, erodes community, and denies popular sovereignty." Left nationalists criticize the free movement of labor for several reasons: Economic (jobs lost, wages undercut), cultural (loss of solidarity, xenophobia) and political (an elite project not endorsed by the masses).

In a startling turn-around, open borders are now seen as harming working-class interests while strict border controls assure workers' rights. The nation, long seen as a bourgeois project, has become a shield for workers against the perils of globalism. ...

Mr. Adler notes that 40 percent of Democrats in the United States want yet higher levels of immigration than at present, in contrast to just 5 percent of Labor voters in the United Kingdom.
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MULTICULTURALISM – INTEGRATION, ISLAM
Dutch professor: "No Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims"
Emma R.
Voice of Europe, 7 March 2019


Based on his 20-year-long studies on integration and assimilation, Dutch professor of sociology Ruud Koopmans has come to the conclusion that Muslims are more difficult to integrate than other migrant groups.

Ruud Koopmans claims than no Western country has managed to successfully integrate Muslims.

"Muslims are much worse at integration than other groups of migrants, and there is no doubt that in most other groups of migrants, we see great progress from one generation to the next. Although it's not completely absent in Muslims, the change is much slower," he told Danish newspaper Berlingske recently.

Around 65 percent of the Turkish and Moroccan Muslims in six European countries consider religious rules to be more important than the secular law of the country in which they live.

Muslims consider themselves separate from other non-Muslim groups, and refrain from broader interaction with those outside their religion.

The fundamentalist interpretation of the Quran, which is prevalent among Muslims, prevents them from being integrated into Western countries.

And up to 50 percent of Muslims in Europe hold fundamentalist beliefs. By contrast, the proportion of fundamentalists among Christians is much lower, at less than 4 percent, according to Koopmans' data. ...

"The main problem is how many Muslims and, globally, many Muslim countries interpret Islam. Namely, in a way that basically claims that the Quran and the Sunna must be taken literally, and that the way the Prophet lived in the 7th century must be the yardstick for how Muslims should live in the 21st century."

"Such a brand of Islam is, firstly, a threat to world peace. Secondly, it prevents integration," Koopmans concluded.
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TERRORISM – ISLAM, EUROPE
Radical Islamic Terrorism Accounts for 91 Percent of European Terror Victims
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 7 March 2019


The newly released Black and White Book of Terrorism in Europe has revealed radical Islamic terrorists have accounted for 91 percent of the total terror victims since the year 2000.

The book is an initiative of Spanish MEP Maité Pagazaurtundua, president of the Foundation for Victims of Terrorism, listing the 753 people killed in terror attacks in the European Union between 2000 and 2018, Le Figaro reports.

The report also examines European victims of terror globally, revealing that a further 1,115 people including tourists and military personnel had also been victims of terrorism during the same period.

In total, 91 percent of the victims were killed by radical Islamic extremists, 20 percent of whom were murdered by suicide bombers.

Political terror casualties have been far lower, with far-left extremists and far-right extremists each murdering 13 people. ...

In terms of EU countries, Spain has seen the most terror-related deaths, with 268 victims, closely followed by France with 263. ...

In 2017, Europe faced an estimated 205 separate terror plots according to Europol with 107 of the plots being reported by the United Kingdom.
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EMIGRATION – NIGERIA, AFRICA
Is Nigeria about to become the next Venezuela? The signs are not good
Jeremy Warner
Daily Telegraph, 6 March 2019


Nigeria may be a country of nearly 200m, ...

Well, perhaps, but the fact is that even as Western populations age and decline, Nigeria's, like much of the rest of Africa, is on an explosive growth path. On the present trajectory, Nigeria's population is expected to more than double over the next 30 years, reaching a scarcely credible 750m by 2100, according to projections by the Census Bureau of the United States. That's plainly not going to be sustainable, and therefore quite unlikely to occur in practice, but even if only half right, it creates, in the absence of extremely rapid per capita economic growth, myriad problems for the West.

The challenge of mass migration from Sub-Saharan Africa we see today threatens to turn into an exodus of positively biblical proportions. However vigorous, conventional border controls would struggle to prevent it. It is therefore very much in the West's interests that Africa follows Asia into rapid economic advancement.

But here's the paradox. Experience suggests that migration from the developing world peaks when national income reaches the £4,500 to £5,500 per capita range. Much below that, and only the middle classes and the enterprising have the wherewithal to make the break. Once income reaches that level, however, it provudes the means for mass migration.
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CRIME – VIOLENCE, MURDER, RACE, BBC
We desperately need to be honest about the links between race and gang violence
Trevor Phillips
Daily Telegraph, 1 March 2019


Anne Longfield's report, published yesterday, into childhood violence and vulnerability asserted that some 27,000 under-19s identify themselves as gang members. More than 300,000 admit to knowing someone who is in a gang. In the past week alone, nine boys have died in English cities, mostly from stab wounds after vicious, coordinated attacks. NHS officials report that the number of non-lethal assaults of this kind is now running into the thousands. ...

Longfield's report is based on detailed examination of data from the ONS's British Crime Survey, backed by a wealth of other research. She points out that children sucked into the spiral of violence are more likely than average to come from homes where parents are violent towards each other and to their families; where adults take drugs and allow their children to copy them; and where others have been involved in criminal activity. Many have been excluded from school and placed in units where they are preyed upon by criminals.

To her credit, Longfield goes beyond the usual hand-wringing by linking her analysis to that of another, equally formidable public servant Dame Louise Casey, author of an uncompromising 2016 report into the grooming scandals in Rotherham, Rochdale and elsewhere. Casey told us what everyone knew but no one wanted to say: that the sexual crimes against hundreds of children, mostly white girls, were (and probably still are) being carried out by mostly British Pakistani Muslim men – but no one would ever point the finger at the perpetrators for fear of being denounced as racists and Islamophobes. Truth was sacrificed on the altar of racial tranquillity.

Though Longfield does not say so in terms, the evidence shows that the wave of killings and maimings we are seeing are assassinations of black children by other black children, all too often directed by adult drug dealers. And it pays to read the small print in her report. The technical appendices tell us that, in effect, race is the best predictor of being in a gang, being a victim of knife crime or of being a killer.

Among children who are not involved in gangs, more than 81 per cent are white and just 7 per cent black; but among those identified as gang members by social work practitioners the figures are 48 per cent white and 31 per cent black. Worse still, among those in greatest trouble – the "extensive offending group" in the jargon – black youngsters make up 37 per cent of the population compared to 39 per cent whites.

In essence, black boys are more than 20 times as likely to be involved in serious attacks compared with their white peers. ...

Yet, to read our newspapers and to listen to our media, you would imagine that race played no part in this issue at all. The BBC in particular is guilty of whitewashing the truth. Its defence is that race should only be reported where it is relevant. Yet it has no qualms about routinely describing stop and search by police in racial terms. ...

The daily parade of dark faces in items about knife crime tells its own story. And the routine appearance of such individuals as "Olu from Brixton" in radio interviews would provoke howls of "racist dog-whistling" around Broadcasting House were the BBC's own journalists not so deeply complicit in the silence.
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DIVERSITY – UNIVERSITIES
Universities in dark over diversity drive
Izzy Lyons
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2019


Universities spend hundreds of millions of pounds every year trying to improve diversity "without understanding what works", a regulator says.

The Office for Students (OFS) reports that around £800 million goes on programmes dedicated to broadening intake, but few universities measure the results.

The OFS revealed the figures as it set up an "evidence and impact exchange" to help understand what improves outcomes for disadvantaged students while giving better value for money. ...

Exeter University spend £14 million a year on recruiting more black and minority ethnic and working-class students. Its measures include a social mobility programme and bursaries. ...

Chris Millward, director for Fair Access and Participation at the OFS, said that little is known about whether these approaches are working.

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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME
Bloodbath in Britain's cities: Police chiefs warn of 'national emergency' as nine teenagers are stabbed to death in London and Birmingham in two weeks
Darren Boyle
MailOnline, 28 February 2019


Police chiefs have urged the government to provide them with more funds to cope with the current knife crime epidemic.

In Birmingham, three teenagers have died in knife attacks over the past two weeks in what the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson is describing as a 'national emergency'.

In total, there have been 269 reported knife attacks across the region. ...

He continued: 'Certainly we've got a very high level of knife crime here, there's no escaping that - and they've got a real problem in parts of London.' ...

Chief Constable David Thompson said: 'In my mind this has become a real emergency this week in terms of the work we need to do as the police.

'Resources are an issue but they should not get in the way of the police response to an emergency issue that this is.' ...

Mr Thompson told reporters the rate of knife crime was increasing across all major cities. ...

Police are fighting a knife crime crisis on the streets of London after the number of homicides in the capital reached 135, last year.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – DEPORTATION
Labour's culture war threatens our immigration system
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 28 February 2019


In the 1980s, Liverpool's hard-Left council defied the government, broke the law, and set an illegal budget. Today, Labour councils threaten the rule of law by blocking the removal of illegal immigrants from Britain. Last week, Lewisham's mayor kicked out a Home Office official embedded with the council whose job it was to identify illegal immigrants. Southwark expelled their embedded official last year, and Haringey kicked out theirs the year before.

"Their job is to enforce government-made laws, not help people," complained a Labour source. "It is not the responsibility of Labour councils to inform on vulnerable migrants when they come to us seeking shelter and support."

Yes, you heard that right. It is not the job of labour councils to uphold the law. Instead, the source said, councils should grant emergency funds to illegal immigrants without notifying the Home Office. /.../ For the hard-Left, the credo is clear: illegal immigration good, law enforcement bad.

After their victories in Lewisham, Soutwark and Haringey, Left-wing activists are taking the battle elsewhere. /.../ And matters will not rest there, because several Left-wing groups are leading the fight on this new front in Britain's emerging culture war. ...

Not content with that campaign, David Lammy, the Labour MP, wants ministers to suspend chartered flights too. The loss of chartered flights or cooperation from commercial airliners would leave Britain unable to remove most illegal immigrants and foreign criminals. But that is what Lammy and these campaign groups want.

Labour has already promised policies that would make the enforcement of immigration law very difficult. It wants to let asylum seekers work, which would encourage more bogus applications. It wants to overturn the laws that prevent people from getting bank accounts and driving licences, renting houses and finding work while living here illegally. And they say they will end the "disastrous immigration detention system" for illegal immigrants.

Identifying and arresting illegal immigrants is difficult enough with Britain's lightly regulated labour market, non-contributory welfare system and public services that are free at the point of use. Detaining and deporting them is harder still with asylum and human rights laws that give illegal immigrants countless opportunities to delay their removal. /.../ But the Left's latest campaign will make it even harder to do what the public expects and enforce the law.
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IMMIGRATION – NUMBERS
UK migration: Rise in net migration from outside EU
BBC, 28 February 2019


Net migration to the UK from countries outside the European Union has hit its highest level for 15 years, the Office for National Statistics says.

Figures show 261,000 more non-EU citizens came to the UK than left in the year ending September 2018 - the highest since 2004.

In contrast, net migration from EU countries has continued to fall to a level last seen in 2009. ...

And separate figures released by the Home Office show the number of EU nationals applying for British citizenship hit an all-time high last year, rising by 23% to about 48,000.

In December, the prime minister said the government was sticking to its longstanding ambition to bring net migration down to the "tens of thousands".

In the year to September, a total of 627,000 people moved to the UK and 345,000 people left the UK - a net migration of 283,000, ONS figures show.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Migrants call 999 for lift as warm weather encourages Channel crossings
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2019


The warm weather is prompting a surge in brazen migrants crossing the Channel, with some so confident that they are calling 999 from their boats to get a lift to Britain, say police chiefs.

Stephen Rodhouse, director general of operations with the National Crime Agency (NCA), told MPs migrant crossings will be an "enduring challenge" as the summer brings more warm weather. ...

MPs were told the migrants were deliberately seeking to get caught by British officials because they had no fear Britain would return them to France. ...

A report published last month claimed fewer than half of failed asylum seekers are removed from the UK. ...

The numbers attempting the crossing fell from around 250 in December to approximately 90 in January, which Mr Rodhouse partly attributed to poor weather. However, migrants crossing the Channel accounted for just 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent of all 35,000 illegal attempts to enter the UK, he added.
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TERRORISM – BORDER SECURITY
Why have we made it so easy for British Jihadis to travel abroad?
Chris Hobbs
TLE (The London Economic), 27 February 2019
[Chris Hobbs is a retired Met police officer]


When Shamima Begum and her companions Kadiza Sultana and Amira Abase, walked unimpeded through Gatwick's passenger security search area, the trickle of UK jihadis travelling to join ISIS had already become a flood.

Despite this, there were no obstacles placed in the way of those wanting to join in the atrocities perpetrated by one of the most brutal movements in the annals of world history.

The Home Secretary during this period was Theresa May who would have been kept fully briefed as to the increasing number of the UK's travelling jihadis yet cynics may well hold the view that she was more intent on eviscerating both the police and border force rather than securing her country's borders.

It was patently clear that not only would the UK's fanatical Islamists be a danger when they were absorbed into the ISIS killing machine, but would potentially pose a major threat to the UK's security if they decided to return. – And returning they are.

In June and July 2014, I wrote articles for security magazines warning it was 'a walk in the park' for jihadis to leave the UK. ...

I shared the concerns of counter-terror and Special Branch police together with UK Border Force officers working on the frontline at our air and sea ports.

Yet Theresa May as Home Secretary and other Home Office ministers simply sat on their hands.

So, what could have been done by a Home Office which has, time and time again, borne witness to its own total incompetence? ...

Home Secretary Jack Straw, against the advice of numerous agencies including the police, abolished formal embarkation (departure) controls at airports back in 1998. ...

Thus, the three 15-year-olds were simply able to walk through 'security' and board a direct flight to Turkey.

Eventually some additional scrutiny was given to direct flights leaving for Turkish airports. But British jihadis simply travelled via other European hub airports purchasing their tickets in separate segments.

Arguably the most critical failure of all was the failure to deploy British police officers to Turkish airports in order to assist Turkish law enforcement in monitoring arrivals from the UK. ...

Home Office neglect and incompetence has now resulted in the head of MI6, Alex Younger, warning that returning jihadis present a real threat to national security.
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RACISM – DISCRIMINATION, POLICE
At last! Straight white men have discrimination law on their side
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 27 February 2019


In September 2017, Matthew Furlong applied for his dream job as a police officer. Why would Cheshire constabulary pick him? All Matthew had to offer was intelligence, a particle physics degree, a commitment to law and order, good character, an able body, strong test results, first-class preparation and a family history of service in the force. I mean, why would you want to recruit a lad like that?

Matthew was rejected. Not because he wasn't good, but because he seemingly had the considerable handicap of being "a white, heterosexual male without disability".

In fact, so desperate was the force for recruits with "protected characteristics" – that means gay, transgender, disabled, black or from other ethnic minorities – that it rejected 34 white male, non-disabled candidates while other candidates were waved through. ...

This was the first case of its kind in the UK and I'm happy to report that the force was well and truly hoisted by its own PC petard. Judge Clare Grundy found Cheshire Police guilty of discrimination against Matthew on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and gender. ...

I'm afraid this is yet another case that reveals the huge gap between public services committed to imposing a politically fashionable agenda, whether or not it works in practice, and the actual public who still quite like the thought of strapping, smart chaps like Matthew protecting them from the bad guys.

Brainwashing the police into an alarmingly biased groupthink is not confined to recruitment. ...

We need the best possible officers. It's a sign of these warped times that that should even need saying. Dumbing down entrance requirements just to tick the relevant box and feel chuffed about inclusivity is undoubtedly a great step forward. For criminals.
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IMMIGRATION – EMIGRATION, CULTURE
Closed mind of the UN's open borders champion
Chris Morrison
Conservative Woman, 25 February 2019


What news of the UN special rapporteur Tenayi Achiume, who visited these shores last year (chief tour guide D Lammy MP) to tell us we were all more racist after Brexit? Ms Achiume is of the opinion that Britain's xenophobic immigration policy operates from a 'baseline of entitled exclusion'. ...

Ms Achiume's latest work seems to go even further. 'First World nation states have no right to exclude Third World peoples, and creating a world that reflects this fact requires a complete reimagining of national borders and the institutions of political inclusion,' she writes.

Of course Ms Achiume says nothing about the consequences of sudden mass migration, notably cultural clashes and rises in violence. No species on earth can survive a territorial free-for-all. ...

Ms Achiume plies her regular trade at the University of California where she is a professor of law as well as picking up 'human rights' jobs as a UN special rapporteur on racism and xenophobia. But her views are dangerous almost beyond measure. Far from being concerned with human rights, she seems interested only in taking rights away from humans.

The first set of rights to go, of course, are those of populations that wish to protect the settled communities they live in, along with their cultural and economic aspirations. ...

Ease of travel and communication makes migration from the developing world all the more attractive and possible, thus depriving many countries of the talent they desperately need for their own economic development. This is not just an economic issue but a moral one as well.

The next time Ms Achiume treats us to a lecture, perhaps the following could be put to her: is it right to cripple developing countries by removing their productive labour force and talent, in favour of benefiting businesses in the developed world by reducing their labour costs? Does it matter that, simultaneously, this places the burden of meeting new arrivals' needs on the poorest in the host societies who bear the brunt of sharing limited resources of housing, hospitals, schools and transport?

I suspect this is the last line of questioning you are likely to hear from the BBC the next time this global social justice warrior steps our way.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – ENGLISH CHANNEL
More cross-Channel migrants arrive in UK
BBC, 25 February 2019


Two more small boats containing migrants trying to reach the UK have been intercepted off the Kent coast.

The Home Office said 15 men were taken by Border Force staff to Dover, where 11 of them, all identifying as Iranian, were passed to immigration officials.

The other four were arrested on suspicion of facilitating illegal entry into the UK.

Their arrival follows the discovery on Sunday of a family of seven in Kingsdown, on the Kent coast. ...

It takes the number of migrants attempting to reach the UK via the English Channel in 2019 to more than 100.

The total number arriving since last November is now more than 350. ...

Until now, coastguard rescue staff have helped with blankets, tents and medical assistance when new migrants arrive.

But now the volunteers will intervene only in emergencies.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – IMMIGRANTS' SKILLS, USA
Foreign-Educated Immigrants Are Less Skilled Than U.S. Degree Holders
Jason Richwine
Center for Immigration Studies, 24 February 2019


While the percentage of immigrants who arrive with a college or advanced degree has risen over the past decade, the extent to which foreign education translates into useful skills here in the United States is an open question. Based on English-language tests of literacy, numeracy, and computer operations administered by the Program for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), this report finds that, among test-takers with at least a college education, U.S.-degree holders out-score foreign-educated immigrants by a wide margin.

... Policy-makers should therefore be cautious in treating foreign degrees as evidence of "high-skill" immigration.

Other key points:

• Among immigrants in the United States whose highest degree is either a bachelor's ("college") or a master's or Ph.D. ("advanced"), about 40 percent received their highest degree in a foreign country – meaning they are "foreign-educated".

• On both literacy and computer operations, foreign-educated immigrants with a college or advanced degree perform so poorly that they score at the level of natives who have only a high school diploma.

• On numeracy, foreign-educated immigrants with a college or advanced degree perform closer to the level of natives who have some college education, but not a bachelor's.

• Despite their reputation for specializing in STEM fields, about one in six foreign-degree holders score "below basic" in numeracy.

• The skill gap between foreign and U.S. degree holders persists even among immigrants who have had at least five years in the United States to learn English.
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CITIZENSHIP – SELF-HATE
Shamima Begum is the product of a country that no longer believes in itself
Daniel Hannan
Sunday Telegraph, 24 February 2019


To see the extent of the rift between the tweeting classes and the rest of the country, consider their attitudes to British nationals who joined Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). The consensus in newspapers, on TV discussion programmes and on social media is that UK citizenship is an entitlement. Yet, by a margin of 78 per cent to 15, voters back Sajid Javid's decision to remove citizenship from Shamima Begum, the jihadi bride now in Kurdish custody.

The gap reflects differing ideas of what citizenship means. ...

For the 78 per cent, though, citizenship is not primarily a question of legal status. Rather, it is about bonds of allegiance, shared affections, common loyalties. ...

Most of us regard living in Britain as a privilege. We don't see our nationality simply as a label on our passports. We resent it when people in positions of authority evidently despise our values.

The distaste that opinion-formers feel for British patriotism has played an inadvertent part in radicalising youngsters like Begum. For half a century or more, the United Kingdom has been derided and traduced by its own intellectual elites, who have systematically associated this country with colonialism, slavery and all manner of evils. As the British brand is tarnished, the peoples of the constituent nations grope back towards older patriotisms, identifying increasingly as English or Welsh or Scottish. ...

... Those well-meaning multi-culti outreach workers on local councils may unintentionally be creating precisely the feelings of alienation they hope to quell. How many more children are being taught, through their interactions with the British state, to despise it? This isn't just their tragedy; it's ours.
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EXTREMISM – ISLAM
Britain is not to blame for Shamima Begum's radicalisation
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 23 February 2019


Of all the points made on the case of Shamima Begum, the most relevant has been utterly absent. ...

In recent days the government's own extremism commissioner, Sara Khan, has made an uncommon set of interventions. ...

Anyway, in her various interventions the usually admirable Khan has insisted that there are two aspects to the Begum case which must be addressed. The first is the internet. /.../ Throughout her piece Khan presents Begum as a poor victim of forces beyond her control. ...

The second thing that Khan suggests we need is 'a whole society response' to extremism, including 'cohesive and resilient communities'. Tackling this issue is apparently 'a responsibility that falls on us all.' /.../ But this is the comfortable counter-extremism argument of our time in Britain. Let us blame huge forces – the internet, society as a whole – so that the answers we can propose are so broad and flabby as to be meaningless.

One problem of this spreading around of blame is that it allows people who may actually to be to blame to get off the hook. ...

Then there are the families. I wrote about the family of one of the Bethnal Green schoolgirls in this place four years ago. Some readers will remember that back then the father of one of the three girls – Mr Abase Hussen – appeared in front of Keith Vaz's Parliamentary Committee and blamed the police for not stopping his daughter going out to join ISIS. ...

Except that then some footage emerged of Mr Hussen at a demonstration in London in 2012. Not a demonstration calling for global peace and love, but a rally organised by Anjem Choudary to burn American flags and more. /.../ Where can Mr Hussen's daughter have picked up her radical ideas? In the home, or in a generalised way from the failings of all of British society?

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Let's look at some more apportioning of blame. A good signifier of what the families of the Bethnal Green jihadis themselves believe could be said to have been confirmed by the lawyer that they selected to represent them. This is one Tasnime Akunjee, who has been back in the media in recent days urging Britain to view poor Shamima as a victim of 'grooming'. Dastardly internet and all that. Which conveniently makes you and me – dear reader – at least as culpable for Islamist extremism as Mr Akunjee. Which probably suits him nicely.

Back in 2015 Akunjee also publicly and repeatedly berated the British police for their 'failures'. But then we learned that he too is an extremist, with links to – among others – the extremist group 'Cage'. ...

I understand very well why the leadership at East London Mosque, the families, lawyers and friends of the schoolgirls who went to join ISIS should wish to spread the blame around to every household in Britain and to the internet. What baffles me is why the government's extremism commissioner – a person appointed to speak truth – should start playing the same game, loosely and emotively spreading blame across the entire population in one of her rare interventions in the national debate.

... But there is a wider societal reason why this sort of avoidance game must be avoided. When blame is spread around this thinly then nothing gets done.

Personally I'd rather we took a different approach. The people who do bear some responsibility should be called out, prosecuted, punished, deported or imprisoned. That is what a sane society would do.
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RACISM – HATE CRIME, HOAX, VICTIMHOOD CULTURE, FRAUD
Hate Crime Hoaxes are More Common than You Think
Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning
Quillette, 22 February 2019


This week Chicago police charged television star Jussie Smollett with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Smollett claimed to be the victim of a racist and homophobic attack on January 29, but in the days before the arrest it became clear that police believed Smollett had hired two men to attack him. ...

But people make all sorts of things up, even things like that. More baffling to us than a hate crime hoax is that people would find such hoaxes baffling. Lying is hardly uncommon in our species, and false claims of victimhood, like other lies, become more common when they provide some advantage to the liar and when they're likely to be believed. That hate crime hoaxes seem strange or the motives unclear might simply be due to a lack of familiarity with them and with their social context. If you want to understand them better, here are three things to know.

First of all, hate crime hoaxes aren't new or unusual. In our book The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars, we discuss a number of cases of people falsely reporting or even staging hate crimes. ...

More recently, after Donald Trump was elected president, major newspapers published a number of stories about what were apparently Trump-inspired hate crimes, but many of these also turned out to be hoaxes. ...

Why aren't such cases more widely known? We're not the only ones who've written about them. ...

Even fairly incompetent hoaxes might therefore succeed, which brings us to our second point: Hate crime hoaxes aren't hard to pull off. ...

Real hate crimes happen, of course. We're not arguing that all or even most alleged hate crimes are hoaxes. But the ones dominating the headlines in recent years have often been false or misleading, possibly because fake cases are better designed to push the buttons of drama and partisanship. ...

That the hoaxes act as simple morality tales illustrating an outgroup's evil, or that they flatter the hoaxers, are part of what makes them attractive to the hoaxer's audience. /.../ Political polarization means that hoaxes that tap into one side's fears and biases are likely to be believed.

Long term cultural trends matter, too, and the third thing to know is that hate crime hoaxes thrive in a culture of victimhood. We use the term victimhood culture to refer to a new moral framework that differs from the older cultures of honor and dignity. /.../ Its morality revolves around a narrative of oppression and victimhood, with victimhood acting as new kind of moral status, much like honor was a kind of moral status in many traditional societies. ...

... Right now the police don't automatically "believe the victim" in such cases, but that could change if victimhood culture continues to spread.
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ASYLUM – CHILDREN, COSTS
Local councils forced to drastically increase spending on child refugees as ministers accused of 'paying lip service'
May Bulman
Independent, 21 February 2019


The Local Government Association (LGA) has warned that children who have made dangerous journeys to the UK are being left in limbo as councils struggle to provide support when faced with unprecedented funding pressures and growing demand.

Government figures show local authorities spent more than £152m on unaccompanied asylum seeking minors in 2017/18 – an increase of 95 per cent on the £77m spent in 2014/15. The number of asylum-seeking children and young people in care in England under 18 has meanwhile risen from 2,760 to 4,480.

An inspection report last year found that an unaccompanied minor costs a local authority approximately £55,000 a year – of which the Home Office provides £41,610 for children under the age of 16, and £33,215 for those aged 16 or 17.

Cllr David Simmonds, chair of the LGA's asylum, migration and refugee task group, said councils were being driven to a position of having to choose between providing for refugee children and other duties such as caring for the elderly. ...

There is also mounting concern about the regional variation of child refugee intake, as figures show the annual net expenditure on this group varies from £3,000 in Cumbria and £32,000 in Durham to £8m in Kent and £24m in Croydon.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – EMPLOYMENT, FINES
The Home Office Is Still Owed Most Of The Fines It Issued To Employers Using Undocumented Migrants
Emily Dugan
BuzzFeed, 21 February 2019


At least half – and potentially more than two thirds – of fines owed to the Home Office by employers using undocumented workers have gone unpaid in the last five financial years.

Many of these employers will have exploited undocumented workers as a way to pay far below the minimum wage. The introduction of more stringent fines was part of Theresa May's "hostile environment" strategy when she was home secretary.

More than £170 million in illegal working fines were handed out by the Home Office since March 2012, yet just £55 million has been collected in that time, new data shows. The figures were given out following a Freedom of Information request by the legal blog Free Movement.

The Home Office insists the numbers are not directly comparable because companies are incentivised to pay early with a 30% discount. But even in the unlikely event that every civil penalty was paid early, that would still leave £64 million unaccounted for. ...

David Wood, who was director general of Immigration Enforcement at the Home Office until 2015, said the uncollected fines showed it was "just a failed system".

Wood, who worked at the Home Office for nine years after more than three decades at the Metropolitan Police, said many of the affected businesses are limited companies that simply change their name to evade a fine while others just refused to pay.

"Lots are limited companies that then just change their name quite frankly. A lot is just people saying they can't pay and the following up and taking to court doesn't happen because it's seen as not cost effective. So it's just a failed system really."

Employers who pay the fine within 21 days can get a discount. Some are reduced on appeal or given payment plans of up to 36 months, which could account for a small lag in the statistics.

But Wood said he thought non-payment was the biggest factor. "It doesn't work as a deterrent. Anyone that knows the system knows thy can evade it because they know they haven't got to pay." ...

The collection of employer fines peaked at £16.5m in 2016/17. By last year this was down to £14.1 million and in the most recent quarter, just £3.6 million was collected.
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TERRORISM – JIHADISTS, COSTS
Report: Huge Cost of Monitoring Returned Jihadists Means Majority Roam Free in Britain
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 21 February 2019


British government security orders that can be placed on known extremists are so expensive to enforce they are hardly ever used, leaving the majority of returning jihadists to "roam free".

The arrangements made for Islamist extremists living in the United Kingdom has come under intense scrutiny in the wake of the rediscovery of a former London schoolgirl who defected to the Islamic State in 2015, who now wants to come to Britain to raise an ISIS fighter's son.

While the British government has stripped 19-year-old Shamima Begum of her citizenship in a bid to prevent her from returning to the United Kingdom, Breitbart London has previously reported how a large number of extremists have already arrived – and continue to arrive – from foreign warzones.

Despite assurances from the police that those returning will be subjected to Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (TPIMs), a report by British newspaper The Times reports that only a small minority are actually monitored in this way.

Nikita Malik of the Henry Jackson Society told the paper that, due at least in part to the great expense of putting TPIMs in place, only a small number have actually been activated, speaking of only a "handful" of the estimated 400 returned fighters and extremists being subjected to them.

"The rest have been put under surveillance. TPIMs are for the highest level because they are so costly," Malik explained.

The report revealed Home Office figures showing nearly £5 million had been spent controlling just 23 individuals, with legal bills of £1 million a year and accommodation costs of £70,000 a year per individual. Other costs, including tagging suspects, travel costs, and policing to enforce restrictions, are counted separately, piling up on top of the Home Office figures.

The government disputes the claims of the Henry Jackson Society, and insists the use of TPIMs is not considered on cost grounds.
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DIVERSITY – MULTICULTURALISM
Time to introduce the Tory diversity warriors to Thomas Sowell
Alistair Miller
Conservative Woman, 19 February 2019


In a letter to the Sunday Times in December, supporters of the 'Banknotes of Colour' campaign argued that ethnic minority representation on the new £50 note would 'send a message that the contribution of ethnic minorities to Britain's history, culture and economy is recognised and valued'. Now, according to Saturday's Telegraph, it seems that Treasury minister Robert Jenrick and Conservative party vice-chairman Helen Grant have joined the campaign and urged the Bank of England not to choose a white scientist but 'ensure wider diversity is represented on our currency' (Grant).

... The premise lurking behind these pronouncements, as in all calls for equality of outcomes and the positive discrimination that would bring them about, is that the lack of ethnic minority representation is a social injustice. It is the result of discrimination; or if not active discrimination, then a system which perpetuates white privilege, the hegemony of a dominant class – white, male and heterosexual. But is there any evidence for this?

Perhaps it is just as well that the most eloquent proponent of the counter-argument is black and therefore cannot be accused of being either a racist or a white supremacist. In Intellectuals and Society, Thomas Sowell argues that disparities in the achievements of different socio-ethnic groups at different times can be explained by the simple fact that their cultures are, for a host of historical and geo-political reasons, differently conducive to the attainment of economic prosperity, social and political stability, and cultural achievement. /.../ Likewise, inter-group differences in educational achievement in Britain today have their origins in cultural factors, not racism. One need only consider those who come out bottom – white working-class males; and those who come out top – the Chinese.

But where does this leave the argument for enforced diversity? Basically, it is a campaign fuelled by hatred and resentment, and large public subsidies, whose purpose is to destroy the historic inheritance of our national culture – all in the name of diversity and multi-culture. ...

The resentment arises because the history and culture of Britain did not begin in 1948 with the embarkation of the Empire Windrush but stretches back over a thousand years. It is, moreover, a culture founded not on diversity but on a remarkable degree of homogeneity – genetically speaking, the English of 1940 were ninety per cent the English of 940. The only significant migrations were those of the Huguenots and the Jews, both of whom assimilated and because they assimilated went on to make remarkable contributions to our national life. Which explains why ethnic minorities have indeed done nothing, or next to nothing, of significance in our history up to the past fifty years. The point is that a settled way of life and a distinctive national culture – English culture – was able to develop. ...

But enforced diversity comes at a terrible cost. /.../ Do the useful idiots of the modern Conservative party, who, for lack of conservative principles spout fashionable slogans, have any notion of the forces they are unleashing?
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RACISM – POLITICS, CULTURAL IDENTITY
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 1]
Eric Kaufmann
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London]


The politics of national populism are not, as critics claim, simply and only cloaks for fascistic voters and governments' pursuing policies of racial discrimination – though some obviously are. But other iterations of this are instead natural expressions of community – a perfectly uncontroversial idea that was indeed once conventional wisdom. Those of us interested in moving beyond flame-throwing – and into a useful conversation about how to create meaningful and effective public policy that benefits the most people – would do well to return to it.

"The distinctiveness of cultures and groups depends upon closure," wrote Michael Walzer, in his magisterial Spheres of Justice (1983). "If this distinctiveness is a value, as most people ... seem to believe, then closure must be permitted somewhere." From a different angle, the Marxist philosopher, Gerald Cohen, in his essay "Rescuing Conservatism: A Defense of Existing Value," adds that conservatism is primarily about valuing how things are in the present and seeking to preserve this particularity. This orientation encompasses causes dear to the left, such as the conservation of nature, species, architecture, and folk traditions, as well as enthusiasms of the right such as the preservation of national character and ways of life. The tension between these contradictory impulses is captured by the British writer James Meek who notes the dilemma of his fellow left cosmopolitans who value local particularity among the working-class cockneys of the East End of London, but not the locals' anti-immigration and Brexit orientation.

Social psychology further reinforces the insights of communitarian political philosophy with experimental evidence that people's deep values are between a third and a half inherited. ...

Two overlapping value orientations underpin the new cultural axis of politics: One is what social psychologist Karen Stenner describes as authoritarianism – a preference for order over difference; the other is status quo conservatism, which the political philosopher Cohen characterized as a preference for maintaining things as they are. This is what anchors the divide between nationalists and globalists, between people attached to ascribed ethnic and national identities, and those who identify with their portable credentials and achievements. Insofar as this crucial divide stems from psychology, it is highly resistant to social learning. Indeed, as Stenner showed, trying to convince someone who prefers order to embrace diversity tends to produce a backlash. ...

There are two key aspects of the new culture war. First, conservative and order-seeking voters respond differently to diversity than liberals. For instance, U.K. data shows that, at a local level, ethnic diversity lowers conservatives' trust in neighbors and attachment to locality but leaves that of liberals unaffected. In Europe, voters who value safety tend to vote for populists more than those who aren't concerned about it, but only in more diverse countries like France or the Netherlands. /.../ Second, as conservatives express their discontent with diversity and change, liberals mobilize against them in the name of anti-racist morality. ...
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EMPLOYMENT – NUMBERS
Number of non-EU workers in UK soars by 100,000 to a record high
Hayden Smith and Max Channon
Plymouth Live, 19 February 2019


The number of non-EU nationals working in the UK has jumped by more than 100,000 to a record high, official figures have revealed.

This contrasted with a fall in EU workers, prompting suggestions a reduction in labour supply from the bloc has resulted in higher levels of migration from the rest of the world. There were an estimated 1.29 million employees from countries outside the EU in the last three months of 2018. This was an increase of 130,000 compared with the equivalent period 12 months earlier, and the highest number since records started in 1997.

The non-EU total comprises 277,000 workers from Africa, 593,000 from Asia, 299,000 from America and Oceania, and 126,000 from European countries that are not members of the EU.

Year-on-year rises were seen across all of these groups, including an 85,000 increase in the Asia category.

Figures for specific nationalities show the non-EU workforce included 194,000 Indians, 107,000 Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, 96,000 Americans, 71,000 Australians and New Zealanders, and 64,000 South Africans.

The number of EU nationals working in the UK fell by around 61,000 year-on-year to 2.27 million in October to December. ...

The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, show 869,000 people working in the UK in the latest quarter were from EUA8 states - the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

This was down 89,000 compared with 12 months earlier, and 184,000 fewer than the record high of 1.05 million in July to September 2016, just after the EU referendum. ...

In October to December, there were just over a million nationals of 14 long-term EU member states including Germany, Italy, Spain and France, as well as 370,000 Romanians and Bulgarians, working in the UK.

In both cases the numbers were up slightly compared with the previous year.

Employment levels by country of birth showed a similar picture to nationality statistics.

The number of EU-born people working in the UK in the last three months of 2018 fell by 76,000 year-on-year, to 2.30 million.

There were 3.35 million workers born outside the bloc, a rise of 159,000 compared with a year earlier.
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RACISM – POLITICS, CULTURAL IDENTITY
We Need to Talk About White Identity Politics [part 2]
Eric Kaufmann
Tablet, 19 February 2019
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck, University of London]


The partisan divide over whether majority-group interests are racist is stark. When I ask Americans whether a white woman who wants less immigration to help maintain her group's share of the population is being racist or "acting in her racial self-interest, which is not racist," 36-39 percent of Americans, depending on the survey, respond that this is racist and 61-64 percent say it isn't. In most West European countries, 20-25 percent claim this is racist against 75-80 percent who say it's an expression of white group interest, which isn't racist. ...

The difference turns on whether attachment to being white, and being willing to act in the majority interest, is racist. /.../ Many white liberals acknowledge that identities are not zero sum: Just 18 percent of white Clinton voters in my sample consider a Latino who wants more immigration from Latin America to "boost her group's share" to be racist. Yet when a white person who is also attached to her group acts defensively to restrict immigration to achieve the same ends, she is deemed racist by nearly three-quarters of the same people. ...

When people of any racial background try to slow the rate of ethnic change in their home nation, they do so because it is, in Cohen's phraseology, an existing value for them. ...

Here again, we find different ethical yardsticks used to measure majority and minority groups, despite the lack of a consistent principle justifying this distinction. As Yael Tamir remarks in her 1993 book Liberal Nationalism, "If national claims rest on theoretically sound and morally justified grounds, one cannot restrict their application: They apply equally to all nations, regardless of their power, their wealth, their history of suffering, or even the injustices they have inflicted on others in the past." ...

The mischaracterization of people's attachment to a majority ethnicity or demographic status quo as racist hostility is a powerful source of resentment in many Western societies. ...

Since there is a taboo on majority-group ethnicity and ethno-traditional nationalism, these sentiments are expressed in sublimated form. Ostensibly "civic" national laws like language and residency requirements for spousal migration are designed to limit immigration – and such limits are justified on the grounds of state interests.

The desire to reduce the speed of ethnic change gets rationalized as the need to control immigration for material reasons. This could be to halt the flow of drugs and terrorists (Trump), to reduce pressure on the welfare state or housing, safeguard jobs (Bannon), protect secularism, gays or Jews from Islam (Le Pen and Wilders) or to reassert British sovereignty against Brussels (Farage). These rationalizations matter, but are secondary drivers. ...

White majorities will gradually become "beige," in Michael Lind's terms, because intermarriage produces a logarithmic rise in the mixed population. In America and Western Europe, those of mixed race will become the majority in a century or so. However, it's important that on the way there, people are able to travel at a pace that allows moderate conservatives to maintain a sense of continuity while enough change takes place to satisfy moderate liberals.
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MULTICULTURALISM – MORAL RELATIVISM
Shamima Begum is something worse than a criminal
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 18 February 2019


To see how broken the cultural elite's moral compass is, simply compare their response to the Covington schoolboys with what they've been saying about Shamima Begum since she was discovered in a refugee camp in Syria last week.

Their fury over the Covington boys was instant and unhinged. The boys did nothing wrong – unless you think it is a crime to sing sporty songs in response to mad verbal abuse from religious extremists, as the boys did when members of the Black Hebrew Israelites hurled epithets at them outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. And yet these boys were made into global hate figures, denounced as white supremacists, their likenesses reproduced everywhere as 21st-century demonic images that every good person had a duty to be horrified by.

In stark, alarming contrast, the same sections of the opinion-forming set that raged against those boys have treated Ms Begum with sympathy and charity. This despite the fact that she absolutely has done something wrong. Beyond wrong, in fact. She travelled thousands of miles to join a neo-fascistic cult that massacres Kurds and Iraqis and Syrians, beheads dissenters, executes homosexuals, treats women as imbeciles, and inspires its Western backers to carry out barbaric attacks on men, women and children across Europe. She betrayed her nation in the most grotesque way. She is, in every meaning of the word, a traitor. And yet what do the chattering classes give her? The benefit of the doubt. The promise of redemption. She's a victim, they say, who was groomed and brainwashed, and now we must bring her home and remake her.

Teenage boys were denounced for nothing. Begum is talked about sympathetically despite having made herself the willing supplicant of a movement that massacred Britain's own children, in Manchester, alongside revellers and shoppers everywhere from London Bridge to Berlin to Nice. This chasm-sized disparity between the animus heaped upon those innocent boys and the excuse-making afforded to Ms Begum demands an explanation. For no normal or good society condemns the innocent while extending the hand of understanding to those who support a barbaric foreign army that dreams of destroying said society. So what has happened?

Partly it is down to the politics of identity. /.../ The things being said about Begum – that she was groomed, that she's a victim – would never be said about a 15-year-old white boy who ran off to join a neo-Nazi movement that executed thousands of people for the crime of being non-white. There is an implicit racism and sexism in the idea that Begum has less moral culpability than a white male of her age would have.

But more broadly, the confused moral debate over Begum's fate, which has now morphed into a debate about what should become of the hundreds of other Brits who ran away to join ISIS, speaks to the institutional cowardice of the 21st-century West and particularly of the British state and Britain's elites. ...

... Our societies have seriously lost their moral bearings, their very sense of themselves as nations with values and ideals and rules. And it is this that fuels both the new rash judgementalism and the tyranny of non-judgementalism.
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TERRORISM – JIHADIS
800 ISIS jihadis ready to unleash terror on home soil in the West if UK and allies don't lock them up, US officials warn
Charlie Parker
The Sun, 17 February 2019


Senior US officials have warned 800 ISIS jihadis will unleash terror across Britain and Europe if they are not locked up and put on trial.

The rare intervention from across the pond comes amid divisions in Westminster over what to do with Brit jihadis found abroad.

Justice Secretary David Gauke said yesterday that the UK could be powerless to stop 19-year-old ISIS bride Shamima Begum returning home after she was tracked down in Syria.

He said: "We can't make people stateless".

But his comments clashed with other senior members of the government including Home Secretary Sajid Javid insisted he would "not hesitate" to prevent the return of anyone who supported terrorist organisations.

Security minister Ben Wallace also vowed that Britain would not assist Begum in returning home.

He said her "actions have consequences" and that British lives would not be risked trying to save her from the Syrian refugee camp she ran away to. ...

Most of the captured fighters are being held by US-backed Kurdish forces, who had demanded Britain and her allies take the jihadis off their hands.

US government officials told the Sunday Telegraph Britain's refusal to take back their homegrown terrorists was a policy of "leave them at large and hope they don't find a way back".
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TERRORISM – ISLAM
Jihadists returning to UK have skills and connections to be 'very dangerous', says MI6 chief
Kim Sengupta
Independent, 16 February 2019


Isis remains a potent threat despite the imminent loss of the last enclaves of its caliphate, and the terrorist group will continue to attempt vicious attacks in Britain and elsewhere in the West, the head of MI6 has warned.

Alex Younger said that western jihadists coming back from the Middle East were a source of deep concern amid ongoing debate about Shamina Begum, who ran away to Syria to join Isis four years ago aged 15, and now wants to return to Britain.

Speaking to journalists at the annual Munich security conference, Mr Younger said that returning Isis members could be very dangerous.

Asked about the security threats to the UK posed by the returning fighters and jihadi brides, Mr Younger said: "We are very concerned about this because all experience tells us that once someone has put themselves in that sort of position, they are likely to have acquired both the skills and connections that make them potentially very dangerous."

They also, he said, experienced extreme radicalisation. "That fact needs to be uppermost in our minds," he said. "So as we approach this admittedly extremely complex and difficult problem, public safety is the first thing that we will consider."
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – FAKE PASSPORTS
How Sri Lankans are getting into UK illegally revealed
Lisa Holland
Sky News, 16 February 2019


A Sri Lankan community leader has told Sky News the vast majority of illegal immigrants arriving in Britain from the country are coming on fake passports.

Ambihai Seevaratnam, who works in human rights and is chairperson of Croydon temple in south London, says it has become much more difficult to get visas to come to the UK and that Tamils fleeing Sri Lanka are turning to agents to buy fake Sri Lankan passports and fake visas.

"I would probably say 80 to 85% of people arriving from Sri Lanka are coming on fake passports," she said. "The only means is through fake passports. It's big business and a risky business."
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DIVERSITY – ISLAMOPHOBIA, FREE SPEECH
My diversity targets for the BBC
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 16 February 2019


Meanwhile, I have written to Lord Hall, the director-general of the BBC, to demand that the corporation introduces targets to ensure that Britain's Islamophobic community is adequately represented on air. /.../ But I will concentrate my efforts at first on gaining justice for the UK's beleaguered Islamo-phobes, such as myself. We face the most appalling discrimination, the latest of which comes from Oxford City Council.

The council has unanimously passed a motion outlawing all forms of Islamophobia. This includes, but is not confined to, anyone who propagates 'the myth of Muslim identity having a unique propensity for terrorism and claims of a demographic "threat" posed by Muslims or of a "Muslim takeover"'.

Well OK, I might quibble about the word 'unique' – I think 'remarkable' or 'vibrant' might fit better in that sentence. But otherwise, they've got me down to a tee. The next one prohibits people from 'accusing Muslims as a group, or Muslim majority states, of inventing or exaggerating Islamophobia'. I think I'm off the hook on that one as I don't believe that Islamophobia exists at all: it is instead a rational response to a singularly belligerent ideology. And then comes these two little nuggets:

'Accusing Muslim citizens of being more loyal to the "Ummah" (transnational Muslim community) or to their countries of origin, or to the alleged priorities of Muslims worldwide, than to the interests of their own nations.'

'Denying Muslim populations, the right to self-determination e.g., by claiming that the existence of an independent Palestine or Kashmir is a terrorist endeavour.'

So people in Oxford are no longer to say of the radical preacher Anjem Choudary that he is more loyal to the Muslim Ummah than he is to his own country – when that is precisely what Anjem Choudary would tell you, unequivocally, if you asked him (and perhaps thousands of other Muslims in the UK would say the same). In other words, speaking the truth is verboten in Oxford. ...

But in fairness, Oxford City Council is merely following the path taken by other city councils, enjoined to do so by the All Party Parliamentary Group's definition of what constitutes Islamophobia. A few years ago the Metropolitan Police decided that merely to criticise Islam was to be found guilty of Islamophobia. This conjecture was based upon an earlier definition of Islamophobia from the reliably deranged Runnymede Trust, which insisted that to describe Islam as 'sexist' or 'separate' was also Islamophobic, as was venturing to suggest that from time to time – just occasionally – the religion has been used to justify acts of terrorism. To suggest that your own Christian faith was superior to Islam is Islamophobic – a bizarre conclusion, because presumably if you elect to follow a faith, you surely believe it to be superior to all the other faiths out there in the great faith marketplace.
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BIAS – BBC, ITV
BBC dodged immigration debate, says John Sergeant: Veteran broadcaster claims 'sensible discussion' on subject was shelved for fear of outcry
Alisha Rouse
Daily Mail, 12 February 2019


The BBC and ITV were too scared to tackle the 'taboo' subject of immigration in news bulletins, John Sergeant has claimed.

The former political correspondent, who has worked on both channels, said TV news tended to avoid the issue as it is too 'controversial'.

This led to a lack of serious debate on the topic as 'sensible discussion' was shelved for fear of provoking outcry.

'In my years [at] the BBC and ITV, I was fully aware of the immigration taboo,' he wrote in Radio Times. 'There is an old journalistic rule that says 'if in doubt, leave it out' and, looking back, we were guilty of not encouraging more serious debate on this subject.'

The veteran journalist, 74, warned that British democracy will suffer for years to come unless the topic is discussed openly.

He said of introducing a new immigration system: 'I am not suggesting that this can be done without a high level of controversy. That is inevitable.

'But at least we could try to reduce personal attacks on the integrity of those who put forward the case for a proper system of immigration control. It is not racist to talk openly about this subject.

'It is yet another difficult issue that we have to grapple with. And if we fail to do so, this country and our democracy will suffer for many years to come. But as with all serious political issues, brushing it under the carpet is also dangerous and it leads to widespread misunderstandings that we fail to address at our peril.' ...

Sergeant was the BBC's chief political correspondent for eight years from 1992 before moving to ITN to become its political editor for two years.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – LEGAL AID
Rochdale paedophile gang handed £1m in legal aid to fight deportation
Nick Parker
The Sun, 11 February 2019


Members of a paedophile gang have received more than £1 million in taxpayer-funded legal aid to fight deportation.

The four, from Pakistan, were among nine men jailed in 2012 for sexual offences, including rape, against underage girls in Rochdale.

Ringleader Shabir Ahmed, 65, Abdul Aziz, 42, Adil Khan, 43, and Qari Abdul Rauf, 44, claimed a move to strip them of their citizenship in order to deport them breached their human rights.

They were granted legal aid to fight their case and Ahmed – who made girls he raped call him "Daddy" – was allowed to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights from jail.

The beast, who got 22 years, tried to claim his convictions were a conspiracy by police and his jury to "scapegoat" Muslims. He lost.

Alleged stalling tactics at appeals by the four were described as "weakening the rule of law" by Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey, the UK's most senior immigration judge.

Aziz, Khan and Rauf finally lost their fight last August when judges upheld a decision to strip them of citizenship.

But they and Ahmed have so far received £1,003,783 in legal aid, The Sun's Freedom of Information requests reveal.
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REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION – LEGAL AID
Jailed Al-Qaeda chief receives £800k in legal aid to appeal his conviction
Dominik Lemanski
The Sun, 11 February 2019


Al-Qaeda's top ranked boss jailed in Britain has received almost £800,000 legal aid to appeal his conviction.

Rangzieb Ahmed, 43, got life in 2008 for plotting attacks in the UK.

Ahmed, said to have had links to the 7/7 London bombers who killed 52 in 2005, was found with notebooks listing details of terror contacts written in invisible ink.

He was also suspected of having contact with extremists behind the failed bomb plot in the capital two weeks later.

Rochdale-born Ahmed was arrested in Pakistan.

He was the first person convicted in the UK on a charge of directing a terrorist organisation.

Yet he has received £782,407 in taxpayer-funded hand-outs, a Sun on Sunday freedom of information request found.

It includes £589,667 to pay for a barrister and lawyers in court, plus £121,892 for a failed appeal against conviction in 2011.

He also got £60,435 towards a civil action against police as well as a further £306 for "legal help".

He has a parole hearing next month and MP David Davies branded the payments "an outrage".

He said: "He shouldn't be walking the streets yet he is receiving vast amounts of taxpayers' money in order to enable him to do so."
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
The Conservative Government is planning the largest immigration amnesty in history
Bow Group, 11 February 2019


"Using the distraction of Brexit the UK Government is in the process of sneaking through the largest immigration amnesty in history"

Cllr Benjamin Harris-Quinney, Chairman, The Bow Group


Key Points:

• On Monday 28th January 2019 Home Secretary Sajid Javid stated to Parliament that he was abandoning the Conservative Party's longstanding manifesto commitment to cut levels of migration to the UK to the "tens of thousands".

• Both a Bow Group study in 2016 & a Migration Watch study in 2018 found that over 80% of newly created British citizens were either foreign born or born to a foreign parent. Immigration will therefore be the most significant aspect of population growth in the UK over the coming decades.

• For the past 15 years immigration has consistently ranked as one of the top 3 concerns for the electorate, with 40% of the public considering the issue to be the most important.

• Gross migraton figures into the UK have consistently exceeded 500,000 over the past 10 years, equivalent to the addition of a city the size of Manchester each year.

• In the run up to the 2010 general election the Conservative Party committed to "cutting immigration figures down to the tens of thousands", this has featured in the Party's manifesto for the last 3 general elections, in all of which they have been elected to government.

• Despite the commitment, and the Conservative Party's longstanding official opposition to mass migration, former Chancellor George Osborne said upon leaving office that Cabinet Ministers in Government since 2010 had never taken the pledge seriously.

• The Governmnet has created a situation with its instructions to civil servants, proposed Brexit Withdrawal Bill, & Immigration White Paper, that would grant a migration amnesty to up to 500,000 EU students & their families. ...

We call on the Government to:

1. Maintain the pledge to cap migration at a maximum of 99,000, with a view to reducing numbers gradually to 30,000 over a 10 year period.

2. Use gross rather than net figures when tracking migration, to ensure the British public are aware of the number of people entering the country to live and work.

3. Clarify that they will not be granting the largest migration amnesty in British history to EU students & their families.

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The Home Office has eased the path to residency and citizenship by applying a don't ask don't tell policy to EU students post Brexit. Waiving checks for compulsory insurance means lifetime access to benefits, social housing, NHS and the voting rights of citizenship. This could distort outcomes in future elections and referendums, and arguably the most important point is that the British public are not aware of what the Government is doing, nor did they vote for it"

Dr Jon Stanley, Senior Research Fellow, The Bow Group
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IMMIGRATION – CIVILISATION, HUNGARY, EUROPE
Hungary Shows the West the Path to Survival
Scott McConnell
American Conservative, 8 February 2019


A specter is haunting the European Union – the specter of Eastern Europe. ...

... The glossy French center-right weekly Le Point warns with alarm that Hungary's president Viktor Orbán "outlines the shape of another Europe." ...

It might be difficult to place Orbán's government precisely on a political freedom scale. /.../ Overall, I would conclude that Orbán isn't a model democrat or technocratic open economy exemplar, but he also isn't any sort of aspiring dictator.

Orbán's notoriety ultimately has little to do with his arcane transgressions against what Western Europe's rulers consider good government. It exists because he addresses, in language stunningly clear for a politician, the key civilizational questions facing Europe, those that richer countries are loathe to hear.

... The government has also sent out questionnaires asking Hungarians whether they think the solution to Hungary's demographic crisis is stronger support for families or higher immigration. Katalin Novak, Orbán's minister of family and youth, explained unabashedly that the purpose of this was "to send a clear message to Brussels: the renovation of Europe is impossible without support for families and Hungary wants neither immigration nor a modification of its population." This sort of frankness from leaders in the wealthier West is inconceivable. ...

Of course, the other half of the demography subject is immigration. In an address during the fall of 2016 that still resonates, Orbán proclaimed that Europe is "in mortal danger":

The danger is "not attacking us the way wars and natural disasters do... mass migration is a slow stream of water persistently eroding the shores. It is masquerading as a humanitarian cause, but its true nature is the occupation of territory. And what is gaining territory for them is losing territory for us. Flocks of obsessed human rights defenders feel the overwhelming urge to reprimand us.... [A]llegedly we are hostile xenophobes but the truth is that the history of our nation is also one of inclusion, of the intertwining of cultures. Those who have sought to come here as new family members, as allies, or as displaced persons fearing for their lives have been let in to make a new home for themselves. But those who have come here with the intention of changing our country, of shaping our nation in their own image, have been met with resistance." ...

... The former president of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus, wrote a short but excellent book, Europe All Inclusive, about the migration crisis in which he charged that Europe's western elites were supporting mass immigration explicitly to smash the remaining power of nation states so full European unification could be achieved. Poland has likewise refused EU demands to resettle refugees from the Mideast and North Africa. ...

Perhaps we are in for a reprise, when the people of the west learn once again from the east what is true and essential about their own societies. Of course, there are parallels between the communists' aspirations and the open borders diversity project. Both are genuinely revolutionary in their desire to destroy and remake Western societies according to models that have little viable precedent in human experience.
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IMMIGRATION – EXPLOITATION, AFRICANS
Exploiters and Exploited: Of Italy, the EU, and African migration
Theodore Dalrymple
City Journal, 7 February 2019


The friendly feelings that Europeans harbor for one another were well illustrated recently by some remarks by Luigi di Maio, one of the two deputy prime ministers of Italy. He said that European countries that had helped to bring about the flux of migrants from Africa – France most importantly among them – should be penalized. France, he said, was still colonizing and exploiting many African countries, so it was hardly surprising that so many Africans were driven to leave the continent. ...

The claim that France is to blame for so many African would-be migrants is, however, not only wrong but dangerous. Di Maio said that the source of France's wealth is the exploitation of Africa: the latter is poor because the former is rich, and the former is rich because the latter is poor. Though this is clearly absurd, it is actually the theory held by a considerable number of development economists – Raúl Prebisch, Andre Gunder Frank, and Immanuel Wallerstein, among them – who influenced thinking on the subject of economic development for a long time, usually to disastrous effect. By giving his imprimatur to this way of thinking, di Miao can only contribute to the flow of migrants, who will come to see their admittance to Europe as restitution for wrong done to them. It will also undermine Europe's will to resist, for the same reason: it has no right to resist.
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ASYLUM – CHILDREN, LOCAL COUNCILS
Why councils can't cope with the huge numbers of children seeking asylum in London
Talia Shadwell
My London, 6 February 2019


There are so many young immigrants coming to London seeking asylum that literally every council in the capital has reached its limit for looking after them.

One council is even warning that some of these children are already recorded as missing as the system struggles to cope.

Kensington & Chelsea Council is among those calling for help from the government as it warns councils outside London are refusing to take on the extra arrivals. ...

Council staff told the family and children's services scrutiny committee on Monday (February 4) that every council in London reached their quota caps in November for the number of asylum-seekers they are required to care for.

A voluntary Home Office national transfer scheme is meant to allocate arrivals to regional local authorities around the UK to relieve pressured border arrival hotspots in the south-east and central London.

However staff told councillors some regional councils are refusing to take on more of the young asylum-seekers, although they did not say why, with one saying: "It's just not working." ...

Following the meeting, Home Office did not clarify which areas were declining to take asylum-seekers and why. ...

"Since we launched the National Transfer Scheme in July 2016, it has transferred 790 unaccompanied children to local authorities who have offered placements to care for them.

"We are currently reviewing the funding arrangements for unaccompanied asylum seeking children in partnership with local authorities."

It added that a funding review was ongoing, but the Government was providing local authorities with £41,610 a year for under-16s and £33,215 a year for those aged 16 and 17, as well as £200 per week for former UASC who go on to attract leaving care support. ...

Nationwide, there has been a boom in the numbers with 1,950 UASC counted in the UK in 2013, rising to 4,560 in 2017.
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CRIME – KNIFE CRIME, LONDON
Children and teenagers behind half of London knife crime, police figures reveal
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard, 6 February 2019


Half of all knife crime offenders in London are teenagers or even younger children, new Met figures have revealed in a stark illustration of the scale of youth violence in the capital.

The police statistics show that 41 per cent of those being caught for knife crimes across London's boroughs are now aged between 15 and 19.

Another 8 per cent are younger still, ranging in age from ten to 14, in a further sign of how carrying and using blades has become part of life for a minority of troubled young people.

The new figures came as a Scotland Yard chief warned that attacks in the capital were also becoming "more ferocious" as offenders who were "more and more young" tried to kill or injure by "getting up close and stabbing someone several times". ...

Chief Superintendent Ade Adelekan, the head of the Met's Violent Crime Task Force, added that police were striving hard to tackle the problem and "making some progress" by upping stop and search and using other tactics, including the deployment of "embedded" plain clothes officers to work with uniformed counterparts in the worst hit communities to help police intervene before stabbings occurred. ...

Another 17 per cent were aged between 20 and 24, meaning that the under-25s account for two thirds of all knife crime in the capital.

On ethnicity, Mr Adelekan said that 73 per cent of knife offenders and 53 per cent of victims were from a black or ethnic minority background.
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IMMIGRATION – FAMILY REUNIONS, CHAIN MIGRATION
Ministers urged to relax immigration rules on family reunions
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 5 February 2019


The government is under pressure from MPs and charities to relax family reunion rules for refugees settled in the UK.

Current immigration rules only allow adult refugees to apply for their married or civil partners and dependent children under 18 to join them. Grandparents, parents, siblings and children who are 18 or older are ineligible.

In addition, children who are in the UK alone and have refugee status do not have a right to be reunited with even their closest family members.

MPs and campaigners want the rules to be changed, either through amendments to the government's flagship post-Brexit immigration bill or through a private member's bill put forward by the SNP MP Angus MacNeil.

This week, Oxfam will call on its supporters to step up pressure on ministers by contacting their MPs and supporting the changes. ...

Last week the immigration bill was debated in the House of Commons and numerous MPs raised the issue of family reunion.
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FRAUD AND CORRUPTION – CITIZENSHIP
Citizenship test cheats: Migrants 'pay criminals £2,000 to feed them the answers through tiny earpieces' so that they can win the right to stay in Britain
Josh White
Daily Mail, 4 February 2019


Migrants are paying fixers to help them cheat in citizenship tests to win the right to stay in Britain.

Undercover footage shows how lax security lets criminals feed their 'customers' the right answers via tiny earpieces.

The scam, exposed by BBC London News, is the latest in a string of frauds designed to help migrants pass the much-maligned Life In The UK test.

Critics of security at test centres say elaborate schemes may have allowed thousands to fraudulently win British citizenship. ...

In the exposé, broadcast tonight, an undercover reporter meets with Abdul Reza Masud, director of the Ideal Learning Academy in east London. Instead of offering tuition to pass the test, Masud is seen asking the reporter for £2,000 to help him cheat.

Handed a tiny earpiece, the undercover reporter is not searched before he sits the multiple-choice test in a west London centre. Once inside, he is allowed to choose whether he reads the questions, or listens to them via headphones. He picks the latter option – and his small earpiece then picks up the sound from the headphones, relaying the questions to the waiting accomplice. This allows them to tell the reporter which answers to choose. ...

Former immigration officer Jay Sudra told the BBC: 'The Home Office need to look into this urgently. How many citizens do we have in the UK that have fraudulently obtained a test certificate? It potentially runs into thousands.

'You have to question the security of the entire process.

'For them to get to a stage where they obtain permanent residency, where they obtain a British passport, it's truly, truly shocking.'
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DIVERSITY – FREE SPEECH
How our illiberal laws fuel campus censorship
Jon Holbrook
Spiked, 4 February 2019
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]


On Saturday, government-backed guidance on free speech for English and Welsh universities was published. This has been a pressing issue for several years, not least because universities are supposed to cherish the free exchange of ideas and the importance of debate as a means of understanding truth. And yet, stories of speakers being No Platformed have continually made headlines in recent years.

... To this end, the guidance states that 'everyone has the right to express views and opinions, including those that may offend, shock or disturb others'.

Yet the detail of the guidance, published by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, makes clear that given the current legal framework it is much easier for universities and students to curtail free speech than to protect it. The right to express views that may offend, shock or disturb is highly attenuated by the politics of diversity. In other words, the guidance will have the effect of empowering campus censors. ...

The discourse of diversity is driven by the Equality Act. Passed in 2010 by the Labour government, but with full Tory and Liberal Democrat support, this legislation has done much to motor those who seek to curtail free speech on campus. ... ...

But those who identify with the politics of diversity see it differently. They know that by making a fuss they can readily persuade a university that they have been offended, shocked or disturbed. They claim, with the force of law, that if the speaker is not banned or the debate is not cancelled then the university may be breaching its legal duties. Forthright individuals and robust institutions may seek to tough it out. But the force of law is always there pushing gradually and incrementally in the same direction. By constantly pushing in favour of diversity, the Equality Act exerts a powerful influence against those who would seek to raise challenging issues.

The guidance also suggests that the Equality Act may require student organisers to timetable a series of speaker events so that they do not fall during Islamic Friday prayers. Fairly obviously, if Muslims are empowered by law to influence when debates are scheduled, then the same law gives them even greater rights over the content of debates that they consider to be offensive or shocking.

... On each occasion, the protesters can claim legal backing. They connect with a protected characteristic such as being trans, gay, female, black or Muslim and claim that speech must be curbed in favour of the greater good of diversity. ...

Asking the Equality and Human Rights Commission, an organisation created to promote equality law, to draft guidance to protect free speech was never going to work. But at least it has advised faithfully on what the law actually requires. It sends a clear message that free speech on campus must yield to the politics of diversity. And until the law is changed, those who hold views that bien pensants on campus find 'unfashionable and controversial' will need considerable fortitude to express them.
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POLITICS – UNIVERSITIES, FREE SPEECH
Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed in favour of 'rule of the mob', former equalities chief warns
Camilla Turner
Sunday Telegraph, 3 February 2019


Universities are allowing free speech to be curtailed on campuses in favour of "rule of the mob", the former equalities chief has warned, as he says vice-Chancellors must stop behaving like "frightened children" and take a stand.

Trevor Phillips, who wrote the National Union of Students' (NUS) original "no platforming" policy in the 1970s, said that it is now being used in an "ugly" and "authoritarian" way. ...

This week the Government published guidance for universities on free speech, which said that speakers should not be banned from campus just because they "offend, shock or disturb" students.

It is the first time in 30 years that ministers have intervened to protect free speech at universities, and follows widespread concern about censorship of unfashionable views.

It says that universities have a legal duty to uphold free speech, and that the starting point should be that any event can go ahead, so long as it is within the law. ...

Mr Phillips, who is the former chair of the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said the erosion of free speech on campus must not be solely blamed on students.

"It is weakness of faculties and university authorities who in many cases just cannot seem to bring themselves to stand up for higher education values," he said. ...

Mr Phillips, who is the chair of Index on Censorship, an pro-free speech organisation, said that university culture is worse than thought police and is more like the Stasi, where "the expression of a non-sanctioned opinion becomes a crime - and that's where we have got to on some campuses".

He said: "The debate becomes not the most persuasive argument but who can gather the loudest shouting voices. What you are really talking about is the rule of the mob - that has come to campuses. I find all of those things incredibly threatening."
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EGALITARIANISM – UNIVERSITIES, DEGREES
Govt: Universities Must Close Ethnic Achievement Gaps or Face Sanctions
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 3 February 2019


The Government has ordered British universities to achieve equality of outcome between ethnic groups, warning of sanctions for institutions which fail to make "good progress" towards this goal.

Ministers announced that universities would be held to account on disparities in academic attainment between different ethnic groups after data showed gaps in the proportion of students awarded top grades for their degrees.

The latest figures show that 79 percent of white students received a first-class or upper second-class (2:1) degree in 2015/26, compared to 72 percent of Chinese students, 71 percent of Indian students, 62 percent of Pakistani students, and 51 percent of "Black Other" students.

New powers given to universities watchdog the Office for Students (OfS) will see institutions forced to publish data on admissions and attainment, broken down by ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic background, in order to "shine a spotlight on those making good progress and those lagging behind" on equality of outcome between different demographics.

The government did not mention possible causes behind disparities, but the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU), which published the figures, placed responsibility on universities rather than students to correct the supposed problem, stressing that "action needs to focus on institutional barriers and inequalities, rather than 'improving' or 'fixing' the student."

"Traditionally the language of the attainment gap has focused on students' underachievement or lack of attainment, whereas it should focus on the institutional culture, curriculum and pedagogy," it added. ...

Measures announced by ministers this week came as part of the Government's 'Race Disparity Audit' – an initiative commissioned by Prime Minister Theresa May to measure differences between ethnic groups in a range of areas, from stop-and-search and arrest rates to home ownership levels, with a promise to bring in measures which would stamp out differences. ...

Professor Edward Byrne, President of King's College London, where Mr Skidmore launched the initiative this week, appeared to contradict the minister's claim that equality measures are a bid to ensure universities reflect the demographic make-up of the United Kingdom, stating he was "proud" that 49 percent of undergraduates at the institution in the previous academic year "were from black, Asian and other ethnic minority backgrounds" – which is actually far above their share of the general population.

Breitbart London previously reported how non-white students are now a majority at 23 higher education institutions, and data shows white school pupils were significantly less likely to go on to higher education than those from other ethnic backgrounds.

With the lowest entry rate of all ethnic groups, just 29 percent of white pupils commenced higher education in 2017, with figures revealing young white people from the most wealthy socio-economic group were less likely to attend university than Chinese pupils from the poorest backgrounds.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM
Western/MENA attitudes to religion portray a lack of faith in common values
Dr Joel Rogers de Waal
YouGov, 3 February 2019


YouGov was recently commissioned by the Muslim Council of Elders to conduct a multi-country study on attitudes to religion in the West and Middle East/North Africa region, in support of an interfaith meeting between His Holiness Pope Francis and the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, Shaikh Ahmed Mohammad al-Tayeb, in Abu Dhabi on 5th February.

The research included online surveys in France, Germany, Britain, the United States, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Algeria and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). ...

As findings show, substantial portions of Western respondents in the survey perceived a clash between Islam and the values of society in their country.

This included nearly half of respondents in France (46%) and Germany (47%), and a plurality in the United States (36%) and Britain (38%) who chose this statement. Notably smaller portions chose the alternative statement – that Islam is generally compatible with the values of society in their country – including 22% in France, 20% in Germany, 17% in the United States and 24% in Britain.

In a separate survey experiment for the purpose of comparison, only 14% of US respondents perceived such a clash with Buddhism, with similar or matching results for Sikhism (15%) and Hinduism (14%). Likewise, only 6% of British respondents perceived a values clash with Buddhism, while just 8% said the same for both Sikhism and Hinduism. ...

Nearly half of French respondents (49%) said they felt either fairly (18%) or very (31%) unfavourable towards Islam, compared with 19% who were unfavourable towards Judaism, 13% unfavourable towards Hinduism, 14% unfavourable towards Sikhism, 9% unfavourable towards Buddhism, and 15% unfavourable towards Christianity.

53% of German respondents were unfavourable towards Islam, compared with a range of only 10% to 22% who were unfavourable to the other religions listed.

The United States and Britain showed a similar trend but with smaller portions overall who felt unfavourable towards Islam (37% and 32% respectively).

Clear majorities of Western respondents in the study also described themselves as either very or fairly concerned about the possible rise of extremism in Islam, including 72% in both France and Germany, 66% in Britain and 56% in the United States.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – FAKE DOCUMENTS
Crooks selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants to land care jobs working with elderly and vulnerable
Jake Ryan
The Sun, 1 February 2019


Crooks are providing illegal immigrants with fake passports and documents to land jobs caring for the vulnerable in a plot exposed by The Sun.

The criminals were able to supply our investigators with a "full package" of bogus documents under a false name – including a Kenyan passport, UK residency permit, National Insurance letter and utility bills – for just £400.

A staff member at Reliable Care Services, based in Chadwell Heath, East London, acted as a fixer – supplying our investigator with details of cohorts who could provide the dodgy documents.

The agency supplies staff to charities and organisations including Mencap, homeless group St Mungo's, housing body Metropolitan Thames Valley and The Westminster Society, which supports those with learning disabilities. The scam means their vulnerable clients could have been cared for by staff whose criminal backgrounds were unchecked.

And it could mean workers who arrived in the UK illegally were able to dodge spot checks by Immigration Enforcement officers with their bogus paperwork. ...

The Sun's probe into staff at RCS began six months ago following an anonymous tip-off.

Posing as a migrant without papers, one of our investigators visited the firm having been promised a staff member would explain how to create a fake ID.

He was introduced to consultant Julius Muturi, 32, who said: "It costs about £400-500 to get the papers we can use. Once we get the papers done we can help each other." ...

As well as the passport, the package included a Jobcentre National Insurance letter and a UK residency permit, plus BT and Scottish Power bills registered to the address we provided.

Muturi then got in touch and asked for money to be transferred to RCS to pay for a Disclosure and Barring Service check – which would come back clean under the new, fake name.

"James" was then booked in for two days training with RCS before starting work as a carer, but did not attend.

Our investigator also spoke to RCS carer Kennedy Njoroge, who admitted working for the company under false documents.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – VISAS, FAKE COLLEGES
Grinning 'bogus college' scam boss poses in bed with £65,000 in cash - all made on the back of illegal immigration
Andrew Bardsley
Manchester Evening News, 1 February 2019


Posing on a bed full of cash, at least £65,000 worth, it looks like Muhammad Babar Bashir was celebrating a lottery win as he boasted of the wealth he had created for himself.

Police also found about £90,000 in cash hidden in the loft of his co- defendant, Tashina Nayyar, and a further £29,500 in a safety deposit box.

But this was not wealth created by an honestly run business - they were making money on the back of illegal immigration.

Now Bashir is on the run, a fugitive who failed to show up for his sentencing hearing. Nayyar has been jailed.

Bashir, 38, from Moss Side; Nayyar, 51, from Chorlton; and another man, Koteswara Nallamothu, 36, were running 'bogus colleges'.

These fake colleges had nothing that you would expect from a legitimately run institution.

There were no books, equipment or teachers giving lessons.

Instead, they were ran as a way of profiting from 1,300 people who wanted to live and study in the UK, who were otherwise ineligible.

Their 'cash for visas' scam clearly proved to be lucrative.

It worked by taking over failing further education colleges, which were previously legitimately run, and using them as a cash cow. ...

People would hand over cash to the pair in exchange for a 'golden ticket' - a confirmation of acceptance of study (CAS) letter - which enabled them to get a student visa. ...

The majority of students who applied for CAS were already living in the EU, but used it as a way of securing their immigration status.

The scam saw £2.6m pass through St John College's accounts, and a further £856,000 go through the accounts of Kinnaird College, both over a two year period.

In total 955 'students' were granted a CAS letter through St John College, with 352 at Kinnaird.
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POPULATION – DEMOGRAPHY, ETHNICITY
Demography has become the biggest story on the planet
Lionel Shriver
The Spectator, 31 January 2019
[Review of Paul Morland's "The Human Tide"]


The author has a moderate bent, and doesn't claim that population – its surging, contraction and migration – explains all of human history. But it comes awfully close. ...

... Since the 1960s, writing about demography has steadily shifted from regarding high fertility rates as tragically entrenching poverty to accepting that numbers confer power. Not mincing words, Morland declares boldly at the outset that 'ethnicity matters politically'. He spells out that 'nations and ethnic groups are real' and 'they matter in history'. ...

... According to Morland, 19th-century Europeans managed to project power, exert influence and claim territory as a consequence of mushrooming domestic populations whose excess these countries could afford to send all over the globe. If Great Britain, as the historian Timothy Snyder claims, 'made the world', it did so, Morland explains, 'by exporting people'. Ergo, people to spare made the British Empire possible.

The Human Tide shies from this risky inference, but it's worth asking: if Europe's sending its extra population abroad projected power, exerted influence and claimed territory, isn't mass migration from developing nations to the West not currently doing the same thing? /.../ One plausible explanation for the rise of identity politics and the ever-increasing role that race plays in issues of the day is simply mass immigration. Numbers translate directly into voice and clout.

For at the same time the West has now reached 'the second transition' – below-replacement fertility – many developing countries, modernised much later, continue to grow, and on a scale that makes the population of burgeoning 19th-century Britain look like a poorly attended cocktail party. Because the primary instruments of lower mortality and expanded life expectancy were initially of western invention, the West has inadvertently engineered its own diminishment.

I have only one serious criticism of this excellent book, and that's a matter of proportion. Thus far, Africa has failed to get with the programme. Although its fertility rates have come down, they haven't plummeted nearly as quickly as they were supposed to. Consequently, UN estimates for the global population at which we're meant to level off, once heading steadily downwards, now go up every year. By 2050, Africans may total 2.5 billion, and 4.5 billion by 2100. Given demographic momentum, to a degree these numbers are baked in. /.../ Morland devotes a scant eight pages to this crucial continent, and dubiously Pollyanna pages at that.

The author isn't always so demure. He forcefully discounts a popular mantra of British multiculturalists: 'It may often be said that England has always been a land of immigration, but this is simply untrue.' Until very recently, England and Wales have absorbed a tiny, demographically incidental handful of Huguenots and Jews. The rise of the population that does not consider itself white British from 2 per cent in the 1960s to nearly 20 per cent in 2011 is 'historically unprecedented'.

... White Britons are expected to become a minority in Britain circa 2060 or so. Starting in 1980, white Europeans in California fell from 70 per cent to 40 per cent in a mere 30 years.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA: Comment
Alp Mehmet
Daily Express, 29 January 2019


The fact that convicted Albanian and other criminals are re-entering the UK after deportation may not surprise many, but it should ring alarm bells in the Home Office.

If we can't keep out even those we have thrown out as baddies, what hope is there for dealing with illegal immigration generally? This calls attention to the Government's failures over the monitoring and removal of foreign criminals - of whom there are 9,000 in UK prisons and thousands more at large.

According to the National Crime Agency many of those who re-enter the UK, after being deported, do so with false EU identity papers.

With free movement set to end after Brexit, the Government must ensure border officials are better able to check that suspicious people are the rightful holders of any passport.

As funding for border functions has been cut by a quarter since 2012, is it any wonder criminals are getting in? So, what is to be done?

Having entered the New Year talking tough about migrants crossing the Channel in dinghies - only a small proportion of the 70,000 illegal immigrants annually joining over a million already here - Home Secretary Sajid Javid and Chancellor Philip Hammond could begin by boosting the border control budget.

Seventy seven per cent of the public consider illegal immigration a serious concern. And Mr Javid could start to restore some of the public's lost faith in our immigration system by getting a grip of the Albanian villains cocking a snook at our border controls.
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CRIME – YOUTHS, JAILS
More than half of young people in jail are of BME background
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 29 January 2019


More than half of the inmates held in prisons for young people in England and Wales are from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background, the highest proportion on record, the prisons watchdog has said, prompting warnings that youth jails have hit "American" levels of disproportionality.

About 51% of boys in young offender institutions (YOIs) – prisons for boys aged 15 to 17 and young adult men aged 18 to 21 – identified as being from a BME background, Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) found.

In addition, the inspectorate found 42% of children in secure training centres (STCs) – prisons for children up to the age of 17 – were from a BME background.

The proportion of BME boys and men behind bars in YOIs in England and Wales is nearly four times the 14% BME proportion of the wider UK population.

David Lammy MP, who published a review into the treatment of and outcomes for BME individuals in the criminal justice system in 2017, said he was shocked by the figures, which have rocketed since he released the report, when the BME proportion in YOIs and STCs was just over 40%. ...

Lammy's review said prosecutions against some BME suspects should be deferred or dropped to help tackle the bias against them in the criminal justice system.

He said allowances should also be made for younger defendants' immaturity and criminal records should be sealed to help former offenders find work, adding that statistics suggested discrimination was worse than in the US in some cases.

The inspectorate found that the proportion of boys who identified as being from a BME background varied depending on the establishment, from one in five (21%) at the Keppel unit in West Yorkshire, to nearly three-quarters (71%) at Feltham in west London.

The percentage identifying as being from a BME background also varied between STCs, from 33% at Oakhill in Buckinghamshire to 55% at Medway in Kent.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Drug barons make a mockery of courts by IGNORING orders to return to ALBANIA
Jon Austin
Daily Express, 29 January 2019


Drug lords from Albania are making a mockery of our deportation system by returning to commit more crime after being booted out. Anyone deported from the UK is placed on a watchlist and banned from re-entering the country.

However, a Sunday Express investigation found several cases where deported Albanian criminals, including high-end drug dealers, have resurfaced in the UK, sometimes within a year of being kicked out and in other cases multiple times. One serious criminal officials hope will not return is Albanian Alek Dauti, 31, the ringleader of a people smuggling network that tried to get hundreds of illegal migrants into the UK. He was extradited to Belgium on Friday to serve a 10 year jail sentence he received in his absence in December.

Dauti's gang used corrupt truck drivers to smuggle men, women and children into the UK, sometimes using refrigerated lorries.

Last week police in Blackpool said two Albanian men were facing deportation and another was on the run, after they raided a cannabis factory in the town.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – ISLAM, NORWAY
Muhammad is the top name in Oslo again - for the 11th year
TRT World / Turkish Radio and Television, 26 January 2019


Norway's fertility rates have reached all-time lows, risking the country's economic stability. Muslim immigrants are keeping the labour force alive, as the country undergoes demographic changes.

Muhammad was the most popular name among male children in Oslo in 2018, for the 11th year in a row, according to statistics released on Wednesday by the Norwegian Statistics Department.

The name, with its many variations, surpassed Oscar, Aksel and Jacob as it maintained its lead.

Mohammad has been the most popular name in Oslo since 2008, reflecting a strong and growing Muslim community in the large city.

In 2017, 8.7 percent of Oslo's population identified as Muslims, with their largest communities originating from ethnic Pakistanis, Somalis, Iraqis and Morrocans. ...

Oslo is home to the largest immigrant population in the country. Out of Oslo's 624,000 residents, almost 190,000 are immigrants or born to immigrant parents, making up nearly 31 percent of the city's population. ...

The statistics department also found evidence of demographic change underway, with fewer traditional Norwegian surnames ending with "sen", as with as Jensen, Hansen or Andersen. Today, "sen" surnames make up only 14.7 percent of the population, compared to 22.4 percent in 1995.
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BORDER CONTROLS – WALLS
In defence of walls
Patrick West
Spiked, 25 January 2019


A favourite pat slogan, spoken and heard ever since the 1960s, has been 'build bridges, not walls'. It's been repeated by every student, woke pop star and pope ever since. Its appeal has not diminished till this day, owing to Israel's wall designed to keep out Palestinians and Donald Trump's extended wall to keep out Mexicans.

These walls are offensive in a superficial way. Yet one might as well equally repeat Rodney King's famous exhortation: 'Can we all just get along?' But it's also understandable that this phrase emerged in the 1960s, the decade which saw the erection of that monstrous edifice, the Berlin Wall, which literally kept people imprisoned in a state on pain of death.

But as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of that wall's demolition this year, isn't it time to reconsider this naive and trite phrase? Because sometimes walls are good.

The Berlin Wall was detestable because it was designed to keep people in, rather than to keep undesirables out. This has been the traditional function of walls. This was the point of Hadrian's Wall and the Great Wall of China, both constructed to prevent invasion by disruptional Picts and Mongols. This was also the aim of the Roman and medieval city wall, built with the view of protecting citizens from bandits and marauders.

The logic today is that the less we erect walls, literally or in spirit, the more unsafe or unsure our countries become. Ironically, as Douglas Murray has pointed out, there are walls of bollards on bridges in Europe today, due to the threat posed by terrorists. ...

Walls protect us. That's why our houses have them. If you believe walls and barriers are really that bad, I expect that you leave your front door open all the time.
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POLITICS – POPULATION
Wishful thinking over immigration
Alp Mehmet
Conservative Woman, 24 January 2019


In his article in Conservative Home on Monday, Tory MP Steve Double wrote that Theresa May had incorrectly read the public mood with regard to immigration, and that perceptions of immigration had become more favourable since the Brexit vote. To support his assertion, he cited the National Conversation on Immigration (NCI). ...

Polling by Ipsos MORI last spring /.../ did indeed find that a fifth of the public had become more positive about immigration, but that was because nearly half believed (EU) numbers were falling, or would fall, as a result of Brexit. ...

In fairness to Mr Double, a more recent poll has shown immigration to be of relatively less concern to the public than it has been for some years, which he has attibuted to people recognising the benefits of immigration, as well as having faith in the government keeping its promises to reduce net migration. Really? A 2018 YouGov poll found that nearly two-thirds of voters think immigration levels have been too high over the past decade. Another one by Deltapoll, conducted over the summer, found that nearly three-quarters of the public (equivalent to 38 million) want the Government to honour its promises to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands.

Mr Double also appears to have missed the findings of the open survey produced as part of the 'National Conversation on Immigration' exercise, organised by British Future and 'Hope Not Hate', which showed that a larger share of the public believe that immigration has had a negative impact on the UK than those who believe the opposite ...

The 'National Conversation' asked a lot of questions, which elicited answers that suggested participants had a nuanced view of migrants and their contributions, but this is hardly a revelation. ...

The problem we at Migration Watch UK had with the 'National Conversation' wasn't so much the questions that were asked but those that were not. While it did ask people if they thought it should be a priority to reduce overall numbers as well as whether the target should be kept or replaced with multiple targets, there was no reference in the polling section to the current and recent scale of immigration or any question about whether participants considered this to be too high or whether it should be reduced.

It is clear that a great deal of time and effort by the 'National Conversation' organisers went into talking to a large body of people. However, what they appear not have done was to listen to those they conversed with. In one section, the paper suggests that one of the Government's tasks is to 'secure public consent' for immigration (p7). ...

Brexit, of course, has no bearing on immigration from outside the EU, and this is now at its highest since 2004. Non-EU net migration constitutes three-quarters of all non-British net inflows. ...

The government and many MPs (Steve Double is far from a lone voice) seem intent on glossing over the public's deeply felt concerns about the serious challenges posed by unabated immigration. ...

Meanwhile, the resulting rapid rate of population growth, 80 per cent of which has been due to direct and indirect immigration since 2001, adds huge pressures on infrastructure and public services. Mr Double and his colleagues may choose to brush aside public disquiet at such a state of affairs but the truth is that they are either engaging in wishful thinking or they are woefully out of touch. Perhaps both.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – ENGLISH CHANNEL
3,000 migrants desperate to cross Channel will not be deterred by Border Force patrols, say charities
Charles Hymas
Daily Telegraph, 23 January 2019


Some 3,000 migrants are in northern France and Belgium "desperate" to get to the UK and will not be deterred by Britain's Navy and Border Force patrols, refugee charities have told MPs.

Clare Moseley, Founder of Care4Calais, told the Home Affairs Select Committee the French policy of dispersing migrants from Calais had failed to stop thousands continuing to seek to get to Britain with many saying they would "do anything" to cross the Channel.

The appalling conditions, with many sleeping out in the open after persistent police raids on any makeshift camps, was driving more to Britain rather than deterring them, she said. ...

She added: "We were told the closure of the camps would stop people coming to Calais, trying to cross the Channel. It hasn't."

Maddy Allen, field manager of Help Refugees, said the Border Force patrols and deployment of HMS Mersey were "not acting as a deterrent".
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POPULATION – EMPLOYMENT
A declining population may not always be bad for the economy
Matthew Lynn
Daily Telegraph, 22 January 2019


Trade wars. Currency movements. Trade balances. Normalising interest rates. Combating climate change and poverty. Year after year, the G-20 discusses the same narrow range of issues, never agrees on very much and follows up on even less with any real action. But this year might just be different. The Japanese are taking the chair and, to their credit, they have decided to put something that genuinely matters at the top of the agenda, namely demographics.

Even more strikingly, they are challenging a cosy consensus of the last couple of decades. Most mainstream economists and policymakers take it for granted that a declining population is bad for the economy and we need to do all we can to reverse it. But the Japanese are starting to argue that it may not be true. Technology might mean that we need fewer people, while all the services required by the elderly might actually stimulate demand. If true, policies to combat an ageing population might be a big mistake. ...

Haruhiko Kuroda, the governor of the Bank of Japan, kick-strated the debate with a sppech that had the not-completely snappy title Demographic Changes and Macroeconomic Challenges. ...

... It's possible, he argued, that an ageing population could be completely fine. Rapid progress in technology, such as robotics and artificial intelligence, means that we might need far fewer workers than in the past, while improving productivity (indeed, slightly oddly, at the same time as we worry about not having enough workers, we also worry about what to do about mass unemployment created by robotics). In fact, a shortage of workers will put pressure on companies to improve productivity. ...

... The conclusion? A falling population is not necessarily as bad for the economy as usually assumed. More provocatively still, ageing nations might be able to outperform younger ones.

That is of course especially relevant to Japan, where the working age population peaked in 1995 and its total population in 2008. Unlike just about every other major country, Japan has not tried to stem its declining numbers through immigration, remaining relatively closed to outsiders.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – POLITICS
Dinghies of migrants are small part of 'significant wedge' of illegal migration, says Director of Migration Watch UK
Holly Pyne
talkRadio, 22 January 2019


Neil Anderson, Executive Director of Migration Watch UK has said that reports of illegal migrants attempting to cross the Channel in dinghies are a "small front-end of a significant wedge".

A further 23 migrants were intercepted by the Border Force in the English Channel on Sunday, bringing the weekend total for arrivals to almost 40.

Mr Anderson told talkRADIO's Mike Graham: "In terms of immigration and illegal migration, a lot more needs to be done.

"It is very easy to concentrate on migrants coming over in dinghies and we are hearing about a few dozen being picked up but this is very simply a very small front-end of a significant wedge." ...

Mr Anderson added that there had been no "political will" to invest in resources at the UK border.

"One thing we can say for certain is that there are serious resource issues with the border force," he said.

"Basically there has to be the political will and willingness to invest in the appropriate resources in order to address this very serious problem."
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MULTICULTURALISM – AUSTRALIA, WESTERN CIVILISATION
Western Civ: it's not just for white people anymore
Salvatore Babones
Spectator Australia, 19 January 2019


When the Ramsay Centre for Western Civilisation generously offered to fund 'Western Civ' courses at Australian universities, critics at the ANU and University of Sydney inevitably expressed their gratitude with accusations of racism. They say that Western Civ. has no place in a multicultural society. Teaching Western Civ. is somehow construed as an insult both to indigenous and immigrant Australians, which, when you think about it, really includes just about everyone.

Racism doesn't seem to be such a problem for the University of Wollongong, which has agreed to host the first Ramsay Centre degree, to be called the Bachelor of Arts (Western Civilisation). In fact, it will create a new school within its faculty of Law, Humanities and the Arts just for the occasion. That's right: to find Western civilisation in Australia, head to Wollongong.

But the idea that Australians of Chinese, Indian, or Aboriginal backgrounds are somehow congenitally non-Western is itself racist. The idea that Chinese, Indian, and indigenous students of any nationality would not want to enrol in a Western civilisation course is worse than racist – it's patronising.

There's nothing racist about teaching an Australian medical student of Chinese descent Western medicine instead of traditional Chinese medicine, Australian law instead of Chinese law. A course in Western civilisation is no different. It's not racist to offer Western Civ. It's racist not to offer it – if multiculturalism is offered as the excuse. ...

Australian universities certainly should celebrate Australia's – and the world's – many cultures. Everyone should study a foreign language, admire the world's artistic heritage, travel a bit, and sample as many as possible of the world's distinctive cuisines. Australia is blessed to be a country of many cultures, and they are all worth experiencing. But our universities should teach our own civilisation, first, foremost, and perhaps even exclusively. After all, it's the only civilisation we have.
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BORDER CONTROLS – WALLS
Donald Trump claims 77 major border walls have been built around the world with 800 miles of barriers across Europe
Charlie Parker
The Sun, 18 January 2019


Donald Trump tried to beef up his argument for building a wall along the 1,933-mile US-Mexico border by claiming similar structures have already been erected across the globe.

The president tweeted that 77 major border walls currently exist and that 800 miles of barriers "stop crime" in Europe.

He also tweeted that 45 countries were in the process of "planning or building walls". ...

The tycoon wrote: "Over 800 miles of Walls have been built in Europe since only 2015.

"They have all been recognized as close to 100% successful. Stop the crime at our Southern Border!"

Trump appears to be basing his claims on analysis by USA Today, who cited the UN Refugee Agency for statistics on border walls across the globe. ...

It added that since Europe's migrant crisis erupted in 2015, "at least 800 miles of fences have been erected by Austria, Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Macedonia, Slovenia and others".
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – CANADA
Don't ever question mass immigration or you'll be instantly racist
Barbara Kay
National Post, 16 January 2019


The National Post has run a series of editorials noting that our legal immigration channels work well, but the issue of border migration is eroding public confidence in immigration. ...

This past weekend, The Globe and Mail's senior political columnist, John Ibbitson, published a buoyant endorsement of the government's current immigration policy (continuing high rates) headlined, "Immigration's benefits are a matter of fact." ...

I asked Herbert Grubel, professor of economics (emeritus) at Simon Fraser University, and senior fellow of The Fraser Institute specializing in immigration, for his opinion about Ibbitson's conclusion. ...

Grubel notes that the average income taxes paid by immigrants since 1986 have been about one-half of those paid by non-immigrant Canadians. Yet immigrants absorb the same value of government services (not more, as some people would have you believe), so the difference between what immigrants pay in and take out amounts to not less than $5,000 a year per person, he calculates. Do the collective math and Grubel estimates that it comes to an annual $30 billion payout.

Neither Grubel nor I nor any reasonable Canadian believes immigration is a bad thing in itself. We're all for it. ...

But what happens if the number of immigrants should exceed the capacity of the country's ability to absorb them? It isn't orderly immigration that sets many Canadians' teeth on edge; it is mass immigration promoted as a good in and of itself without regard to our actual present and future needs or interests. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants now arrive here each year. In Vancouver alone they require 300 housing units every week. This can only drive up housing costs and add to the crowding in our hospitals. It can also reshape the cultural ecology of old neighbourhoods, which residents seem generally fine with when it happens more naturally over time, but find very jarring when it happens with unsettling rapidity.

I recognize that even raising any "cultural" factor like that is a red flag to those progressives who insist that culture is a construct of privilege and trying to protect the culture we have is an act of bigotry. But discussing it shouldn't be off-limits. People all over the world desire to live in Canada because of its stability, prosperity, gender equality, excellent quality of life and respect for the law. All of these national qualities are downstream from culture. It is perfectly legitimate to worry that high rates of immigration to Canada could undermine the very tenets of equality, freedom and justice, those products of our own culture, that attract so many in the first place. Of course, even the words "our own culture" are in themselves divisive: to many progressives they are a shibboleth for oppression; to me and my more conservative friends they are, relative to all other cultures, words that evoke pride, yet we feel anxiety saying them.

Often, we also feel like stooges of politicians who claim to be focused on immigrants' value to Canada, but who are really focused on immigrants as voters. And we feel frustrated because rational discussion of immigration does not seem possible when any and all objections are met with mantras like "diversity is our strength" at the top. And because we are not allowed to talk about these things without incurring charges of racism.
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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – DENMARK
Denmark: "In One Generation, Our Country Has Changed"
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 16 January 2019


Turkey has been extremely active in ramping up its activities in Denmark, apparently as part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's plan of strengthening Islam in the West. Denmark already has around 30 Turkish mosques out of approximately 170 mosques in total as of end of 2017. In 2006, there were 115 mosques in all of Denmark – an increase of nearly 50% in little more than a decade.

A recent government study, "Analysis of children of descendants with a non-Western background", shows that there continue to be huge problems with assimilating immigrants into Danish society. ...

Today, there are roughly 500,000 immigrants and descendants of immigrants in Denmark. The cost to the Danish state is 33 billion Danish kroner per year ($5 billion or 4.4 billion euros), according to the Danish Ministry of Finance. It is estimated that in 2060 there will be nearly 900,000 immigrants and descendants of immigrants in Denmark, according to Denmark's official statistical bureau, Danmark's Statistik. Denmark currently has a total population of 5.8 million people. If the lack of integration persists in the next generation of descendants of immigrants, Denmark is looking at a significant societal problem to which no one appears to have a solution.

Least of all, Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen. In his New Year's speech, he said that things are "going well" in Denmark. /.../ "When I was in high school, he also said, "there were around 50,000 people with a non-Western background in Denmark. Today, there are almost half a million. In one generation, our country has changed". The country did not just "change". Danish politicians, with their policies, changed it.
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MULTICULTURALISM – ISLAM, USA, EUROPE
Rep André Carson Predicts Sizable 'Muslim Caucus' By 2030. Is He Correct, And Will It Matter?
Scott Morefield
Townhall, 14 January 2019


Democratic Rep. André Carson made news last week by predicting that there could be as many as 30 to 35 Muslims in Congress and possibly even a Muslim president or vice president by the year 2030.

Speaking to attendees at a "Community Congressional Reception" hosted by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) on Thursday, the Indiana congressman welcomed newly elected Representatives Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib - both of whom were in attendance and spoke later - and celebrated the likelihood that their election victories were just the tip of the iceberg that's to come.

"It's more than just about having three Muslims in Congress," said Carson. "I think symbolically it has great value, but I won't rest until 2020 we have five more members of Congress; 2022 and 24, we have 10 more Muslims in Congress. In 2030 we may have about 30, 35 Muslims in Congress." ...

... PEW Research predicts the Muslim population in the United States could reach 8.1 million by 2050. If so, it would comprise 2.1 percent of the total population, almost twice the current 1.1 percent share. Sounds reasonable. However, the same article acknowledges that the Muslim population "has been growing rapidly" from its originally small base due to "higher fertility rates among Muslim Americans as well as the continued migration of Muslims to the U.S." ...

Thanks to its physical proximity to Muslim countries so many are desperate to leave, Western Europe is in an entirely different situation. According to PEW Research, the share of Muslims on the continent grew from 19.5 million to 25.8 million (from 3.8 percent to almost 5 percent) from 2010 to 2016 alone. "By 2050, the share of the continent's population that is Muslim could more than double, rising to 11.2% or more, depending on how much migration is allowed into Europe," writes PEW, adding that even if migration were "permanently halted" (something we all know probably won't happen anytime soon), the "relative youth and high fertility rates" of Muslims currently living in Europe would still cause the population to rise to 7.4 percent.

Some countries project even higher in 2050, should migration continue at current rates - Germany at 19.7 percent, UK at 17.2 percent, France at 18 percent and Sweden at 30.6 percent.

What isn't projected, and what isn't generally spoken of in polite circles, is where things go from there. ...

Yes, most individual Muslims are doubtless good people who, like most immigrants, simply want the best for themselves and their families. But you can do your own research and come to your own conclusions on the virtues and drawbacks of Muslim majority countries. (I will ask this though - If they are so great, why are so many people itching to leave them?)

You can also decide for yourself whether or not you want to live in one.

For now.

Our grandchildren and great-grandchildren, on the other hand, may not be so fortunate.
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ASYLUM – IRANIANS, UK, FRANCE
Proof Britain IS a soft touch for migrants: We let 63 per cent of asylum seekers from Iran IN...while France keeps 69 per cent OUT
Abul Taher and Peter Allen
Mail on Sunday, 13 January 2019


Britain was last night branded a 'soft touch' for accepting far more Iranian asylum-seekers than France does.

Figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday show the UK grants refugee status to almost two-thirds of those who arrive from Iran. By contrast France takes in only one in three.

And even those refused asylum in Britain are highly unlikely to be kicked out, analysis of official data shows. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: 'The British asylum system is less stringent than the one in France and this is partly why people are trying to come through Calais into Britain and not apply in France.'

An analysis of Home Office data by Migration Watch found that about 2,500 Iranians applied for asylum in the UK each year between 2008 and 2017, ...

In the past year, 63 per cent of the cases ended with claimants being granted asylum, discretionary leave or humanitarian protection. Only 37 per cent were rejected. ...

For the past five years, an average of only about 100 failed applicants have been forcibly removed or chosen to leave per annum – less than four per cent of the total.

Refugee groups say that once an Iranian loses a bid to remain on appeal, they often abscond and work in the black economy or their lawyers submit a fresh asylum application which could take years to process.

The asylum rejection rate for Iranians is much higher in France – the country where all of the Calais migrants could have applied for asylum.

Latest figures from Eurostat, the EU statistical body, show that in 2017, France rejected 63 per cent of Iranian asylum seekers at first decision and ordered them to leave the country. In the first three quarters of 2018, that rose to 69 per cent.

A French government source said the rejection rate for Iranians is similar to the overall rate for all asylum seekers in France, which stands at around 70 per cent.
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IMMIGRATION – ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COSTS
We MUST control immigration and its costs both economic and social
Iain Duncan Smith and Neil MacKinnon
Sunday Express, 13 January 2019


For many, a key plank of the support for Brexit at the referendum was the impact of uncontrolled immigration into the UK.

Voters worried about the resulting negative impact on their access to public services provision in terms of housing, GP appointments, educational provision, social care and effects on jobs availability. It has long been an article of faith for supporters of free movement that all migration increases economic well being. However, studies apparently supporting this view have conflated the economic effects of skilled, better-educated and more highly-paid migrants with that of unskilled migrants.

The UK spends about £4 billion a year providing housing and other social benefits to EU migrants.

Economists for Free Trade (EFT) research has shown that it is uncontrolled, unskilled migration that imposes costs on the UK's public purse, as well as on local communities.

This research estimates that the cost in supporting EU unskilled migrants is about £3500 per year per adult migrant.

In effect, the taxpayer provides a wage subsidy of about 20 per cent to the average unskilled EU migrant.

There is no dispute about the positive impact of skilled labour in contributing to the UK economy.

Furthermore, these effects increase in areas of dense migrant population.

Local communities hosting large EU and non-EU immigrant populations face higher costs without compensation, as well as declining housing, health and educational standards.

For example, EFT research found that in a region like Leicester, which has the densest immigrant population in the UK, the burden of unskilled immigrants per head in the local community costs £287 annually, or about £6 per working week.

This equates to around 1 per cent of average UK household disposable income per head.

In addition, there is evidence of differential impacts across different UK-born groups with more negative effects for those with lower levels of education.

Similar effects are found on the earnings of UK lower-skilled workers.

A 1 percentage point increase in the EU-born working age population ratio can reduce UK-born wages for the lower-skilled by up to 0.8 per cent.

Thus, uncontrolled immigration is a key economic issue, never mind a political one.

An equally important aspect of the economic issue is that UK industry now has one of the poorest records for investment in training, technological innovation and automation.

Such has been the effect of uncontrolled migration in the UK that Centre for Social Justice research shows that only 15 per cent of those who start work in entry level jobs will progress past that level in their working lives.

Similar effects exist even amongst skilled jobs. ...

The UK has the highest percentage of foreign-trained doctors of any European country – about three-times that of France, Germany, or Spain.
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ASYLUM – ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION
Only one in three failed asylum seekers end up leaving Britain as the others vanish into the 'black economy', damning report reveals
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 11 January 2019


Only one in three failed asylum seekers gets removed from Britain in a system 'rife with abuse', a damning report has revealed.

Not only does this 'corrode' trust in the rules, but it also provides an incentive to migrants to try to reach the UK illegally, a former Home Office chief warned.

David Wood, head of immigration enforcement until 2015, sets out his findings today in a 74-page report for the think-tank Civitas. ...

After analysis of Home Office figures, Mr Wood said that between 2010 and 2016, 80,813 people were refused sanctuary or withdrew their asylum applications. Of these, only 29,659 were deported – just 36 per cent.

There was also a growing backlog of cases where people waited longer than six months – more than tripling from 4,081 at the start of the decade to 14,306 in 2017.

... Mr Wood said: 'Once migrants reach the UK they are usually here to stay whether they have a valid claim to be here or not.

'This means that these numbers add to an ever-growing number of migrants in the country who have no lawful entitlement to be here.

'Furthermore, the failure to deal with this situation provides an incentive to further attempts to come to the UK by people who have no right to be here.' Under the 1951 Refugee Convention, those seeking refuge from war or persecution can be granted asylum. UK rules allow unsuccessful applicants to appeal.

Guidelines say that failed asylum seekers should be detained only if deporting them is a realistic prospect. But Mr Wood said more should be done to speed up processing applications and to boost removals of those who are declined sanctuary.

He said the initial decision-making process should be streamlined, rather than subjecting every applicant to a lengthy interview. For instance, if it is established that someone is fleeing a warzone, they would automatically be entitled to asylum, leaving officials free to work on more complex cases.

Applicants should be made to take lie detector tests to quickly identify areas of their story that might be fabricated, he suggested.

More failed asylum seekers should be detained if travel documents can be obtained from their home country, he added, meaning they do not escape. If a nation is refusing to provide paperwork, the failed refugee should simply be put on a flight there to be dealt with by UK consular staff.

Mr Wood said: 'It is an important principle that people fleeing persecution should be given refuge by countries in a position to offer it. But where asylum processes are being used as a way of facilitating economic migration it is essential to be able to quickly and efficiently distinguish between the two, in order to ensure those entitled to help receive it quickly, and to ensure that UK citizens do not lose faith and support for a system that is rife with abuse.'
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POLITICS – PARLIAMENT, UN GLOBAL COMPACT ON MIGRATION
Parliament REFUSES Petition to Reject UN Migrant Pact: 'Already Been Agreed'
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 11 January 2019


The British Parliament has refused to debate a petition to reject the UN compact on migration as it "has already been agreed by the UK Government."

The petition, which has nearly 130,000 signatures, called on the Government to follow countries like the United States, Hungary, and Australia and reject the United Nations Compact for Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration, which is the first attempt at the "global governance" and institutionalisation of migration.

"The Committee has decided not to schedule a debate on this petition because the UN Global Compact on Migration has already been agreed by the UK Government," said the response.

"The final text of the Compact was agreed by the UK Government in July last year. It was adopted by the UN General Assembly in December," it added, before claiming that the compact is "not legally binding and cannot compel the UK Government to change its own immigration policies" despite legal experts warning that the agreement exists in a legal "grey area" and could be used to interpret national immigration law.

While Britain committed to the agreement at the Intergovernmental Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, on December 10th, the minimum number of signatures needed to trigger Parliament's Backbench Business Committee to consider it for a full debate – 100,000 – had been reached a week before then, with Parliament only rejecting the debate Wednesday.
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POLITICS – PUBLIC OPINION, SCOTLAND
Scots reject SNP call for immigration powers
Hamish Macdonell
The Times, 10 January 2019


Nicola Sturgeon's desire to secure control of immigration in Scotland has been dealt a blow by a survey showing that most Scottish people oppose the idea.

The first minister launched a fresh bid this week for Scotland to take charge of its own borders policy, arguing that the country was in desperate need of boosting its working-age population with migrants from the EU.

However, a survey for Britain's leading independent social research institute has shown not only that Scots do not share this view but they are also sceptical about allowing freedom of movement to continue from Europe after Brexit.
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EMPLOYMENT – INEQUALITY
Mass Immigration And The Growth Of Inequality
James Wickham
Social Europe, 8 January 2019


The claim that immigration is economically beneficial appears to be an article of faith amongst those who consider themselves progressive. However, mere changes in total GDP often mean little in terms of the lived reality of society. Much more important is whether or not mass immigration changes the social structure and the pattern of economic inequality.

Economic inequality (in the distribution of income and wealth) has been growing in virtually every developed society. It is clear that there is no single cause, but one important driver is changes in the occupational structure. In some countries, but especially in the UK and the USA, occupational growth has polarised: there are more well-paid high-skilled jobs, there are more low-paid jobs, but there are fewer moderately well-paid secure jobs in the middle.

A growing social science research suggests that the reason for the existence of low-paid jobs has been precisely the availability of a large pool of immigrant labour. Low-paid jobs have expanded simply because there are people prepared to do them. If this labour supply did not exist and, crucially, if there was no alternative labour supply, then the jobs would not exist. The argument that immigrants are 'needed' to fill existing jobs takes the existing jobs and hence the occupational structure for granted; furthermore, it accepts that immigrants are the only possible source of additional labour.

In some sectors enterprises' business model depends upon paying low wages. The transformation of agriculture in the USA and more recently in the UK has involved a shift to forms of production and even to crops that are only viable because of low wages. ...

Until the 1980s domestic servants were declining in numbers. Today professionals and managers expect to employ domestic labour to clean their houses, mind their children, etc. These jobs are overwhelmingly taken by immigrants who are often illegals. ...

This relationship between mass immigration and occupational change cannot be generalised to all periods and places. The mass European migration in the second half of the 19th century to the USA and other areas of new settlement did not have this result, nor in fact did the mass immigration to Western Europe in the post-world war period. It is, however, clear that today those who call for 'open borders' – the unrestricted entry of unskilled workers into the EU – are facilitating a more polarised occupational structure, more low paid workers and greater social and economic inequality.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – POLITICS, ANTI-RACISM
How immigration makes us all irrational
Dan Hannan
Washington Examiner, 7 January 2019


Some 300 men – they are almost all men, and seem to be mainly from Iran – have tried to reach Britain in small boats since November. That number is not large when we consider that around 7,500 people claimed asylum in the UK during the same period. Still, dinghies make good photographs, and news is slow at this time of year, so British tabloids were quick to proclaim a "crisis." ...

Immigration makes all sides irrational. To redeploy Royal Navy vessels to the Channel, as Britain is now doing at a cost of $25,000 a day, is an absurd over-reaction. If the UK truly wanted to reduce illegal immigration, it would spend an equivalent sum of money on ensuring that deportation orders were properly enforced. ...

Every bit as irrational is the reaction of the virtue-signaling Left. Most of us agree that a measure of controlled and legal immigration can benefit a country. Left-wingers are perfectly within their rights to argue that immigration policy should be guided by compassion rather than GDP growth – that we should, in other words, count poverty and desperation as qualifications rather than just economic utility. But how, on those grounds, can you possibly justify a system that allows a handful of would-be settlers to jump the queue by paying people-smugglers?

If anything, the Channel crossing belongs in a Darwinian science-fiction novel. Some futuristic dystopian state might seek to improve its genetic stock by closing its borders, knowing that only the shrewdest, hardiest and most determined migrants would attempt the sea journey. How have progressives now come, in effect if not in intention, to support such a policy? How have they reached the point where they want to contract out immigration policy to criminal gangs?

The answer, I suspect, has to do with changes on the Left since the late 1960s – in particular the elevation of anti-racism as the supreme virtue, the card that trumps feminism, free speech, secularism and everything else. There are people in Britain, as in the United States, who struggle to see past the color of the would-be migrants' skins. A few of these people are white supremacists. Many more are well-meaning liberals who are so determined not to give succor to racists that they end up backing idiotic policies from a tribalism of their own. In Britain, this means agitating to admit the boat people. In the United States, it means arguing that a gang of Hondurans who pitch up at the border should be allowed to elbow aside those who have applied properly and legally.

People-smuggling is a huge industry, and it grows larger every day. Rising aspirations and improved technology – notably smartphones with both a GPS function and the ability to transfer credit – are triggering mass movements of peoples. Wealthy countries need to work out how to deal with migratory pressures never before encountered in peace-time.

They need to accept that human institutions are necessarily imperfect and that, under any conceivable system, some rogues will get in while some deserving applicants are kept out. That is not an argument for abandoning all your rules. On the contrary, it is an argument for enforcing them properly.
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TERRORISM – EUROPE, FRANCE
Report: Nearly all terror attacks in France carried out by radicals already known to police
Ken Dilanian
NBC News, 6 January 2019


The vast majority of terror attacks in France were carried out by Islamic radicals who had been known to police or intelligence services, according to a new report by a global security think tank.

Bratislava-based GLOBSEC examined 22 terror incidents in France since 2012. Nearly 80 percent of the people behind those attacks had been on a terror watchlist, and 97 percent had been on the radar of authorities, according to the firm's new analysis, obtained by NBC News.

The figures included Saïd and Chérif Kouachi, career criminals with long records who killed 12 people in January 2015 in the offices of the satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris.

The statistics are likely to bolster the longstanding criticism leveled at France and other European countries that authorities are not doing enough to prosecute and imprison those who pose a threat. ...

"The main issue throughout Europe is the sentencing, which is extremely lenient and also allows for terrorists/jihadists to be freed quite early for 'good behavior,'" said London-based terror expert Olivier Guitta, founder and managing director of the security firm GlobalStrat.

Of 78 people suspected of carrying out the attacks, 49 percent had previous criminal convictions, including 19 percent who were repeat offenders, the report said.
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IMMIGRATION – MULTICULTURALISM
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 2]
Juan España
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019


I understand that a solution you propose to solve this dilemma is the reemigration or change of migratory flows, exactly how would this work and wouldn't this procedure be a burden for the native taxpayers? ...

There is no other solution to the invasion, colonisation and foreign occupation of Europe that the reversal of invasion, decolonisation, the departure of the occupying forces. No colonisation has ever ended without the departure of the coloniser. And what we are experiencing in Europe, whatever denials notwithstanding, is very much colonisation. Europe is infinitely more colonised by Africa that it ever colonised it itself. And the colonisation of Europe by Africa is much more serious and profound that the former colonisation of Africa by Europe because it is demographic: it implies massive transfers of population, which the former colonisation did not. There is no other issue that Remigration. And even if it cost a fortune to the native taxpayers it would have to be done because it is a matter of life and death for the very existence of the nation as a nation, of the civilisation as civilisation, already half destroyed. But it would not cost a fortune. /.../

Occident [the West] is the first civilisation in the history of humanity which is paying a fortune to engineer and realise its own conquest, its own subjection and destruction. Moreover, saving the taxpayer money would be the biggest inducement to remigration. If the replacers were not given a lot of money to make children in Europe, were not paid just to be there, not offered a lot of legal, judiciary and financiary privileges which are denied to the replacees, the indigenes of Europe, they would not come in the first place and they would not stay. Cutting the money supply would be enough to start remigration.

When referring to the 'Great Replacement', would not we be talking about a demographic change? /.../ Or should we fight this trend even if it could be unavoidable?

Of course there have been demographic changes throughout history. But great civilisations have flourished when Man or a people have decided to oppose and interrupt, at least for a time, the cycle of violence, conquest, ethnic substitution, replacement. The population of France has been remarkably stable between 600 A.D. and 1900, or even 1970. ...

How you differ from Marine Le Pen or more radical groups with anti-immigration or even racist positions?

Marine Le Pen and other right wing leaders or political parties say they are opposed to the continuation of immigration, or that they want to control it better. That does not make any sense at all. There is no point in saying that an invasion must stop when it has already taken place. /.../ When Algeria became independent from France in 1962, it immediately decided it would not be real independence if ten per cent of the population was alien to its culture, language, religion. The French colonisers had to leave, often after five or six generations. I certainly do not advocate the horrible brutality of the process (it was realised in a few weeks, not without never mentioned massacres), but I agree with the necessity. We have to get out once and for all of the colonialist period of the history of humanity.
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IMMIGRATION – MULTICULTURALISM
"What we are experiencing in Europe is very much colonisation" [part 1]
Juan España
Techne Aletheia, 6 January 2019


Renaud Camus, writer and president of the National Council of Resistance, is known for popularizing the notion of the 'Great Replacement', a call to fight the civilization and cultural change that, according to this author, is already in process in Western societies. We talked with Camus to know in greater detail his positions on this phenomenon.

You are known for making popular the notion of the 'Great Replacement', what does this notion mean concretely? It is a negative idea and how did you arrive at it? Also, what encourages you to maintain this struggle and not fall into pessimism?

It is a very negative idea indeed. Great Replacement, the change of people, which implies the change of civilisation, is the crime against humanity par excellence (if one dares say...) of the XXIst century. In the words of the communist Carribean poet Aimé Césaire, mayor of Fort-de-France, in Martinique, it is a genocide by substitution. Césaire was of course speaking of something else, the replacement of Carribbeans in Martinique by people from France, French civil servants mostly. But his strong phrase applies even more to the replacement of Europeans by Africans in Europe.

Pessimism would be logical, of course. Ethnic substitution is already very advanced, and we are fighting against very strong adversaries, not only the colonisers but people who want and organise the colonisation, and control the media, the schools and the tribunals, that is: people's minds. However the very horror of what is happening is a very strong enticement not to give up. No people can accept that: its own obliteration.

What are the factors or causes that make this 'Great Replacement' possible? Is it a phenomenon that occurs only in France, western countries or the whole globe?

The replacement of population occurs mostly in Western countries, Europe and North America, even though there are immigrants' moves all over the world. ...

To-day Replacism is one of the two giant totalitarianisms competing for the mastery of the world – the other one being of course Islamism. Those two are rivals but there is between them, for the time being, a kind of monstruous temporary alliance, a sort of long German-Soviet pact, like the short-lived non-agression pact between Hitler and Stalin in 1939. Replacism and Islamism both think they can use the other to their own interests, and indeed they do, even though on both sides there are adversaries to the pact. ... ...

The tragedy in Western Europe is not the influx of citizens from the former Soviet Bloc. It is the permanent pouring out on one continent of the population of another, namely Africa, be it Muslim North Africa or Black Africa.
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SOCIAL COHESION – NATIONAL IDENTITY
Identity is just as important as wealth. Why don't economists get that?
Rory Sutherland
The Spectator, 5 January 2019


It has become commonplace for news reports to refer to almost any civic unrest, or even unusual patterns of voting, as evidence of 'resurgent nationalism' – implicitly suggesting a visceral hatred of foreigners and a desire to set the clock back to the glory days of racial homogeneity and casual homophobia. We should be wary of accepting this media trope: for one thing it may arouse far more fear than is warranted.

But apart from the needless fear it generates, it is also slightly dubious to suggest that it is the gilets jaunes or the Five Star Movement or the supporters of Brexit or even Donald Trump who are acting intemperately. It is perfectly possible to argue that these movements are a sensible, overdue reaction against governments that have imposed economic globalisation on the world at a pace that is entirely inconsistent with the human lifespan and the speed at which we can adapt to change. The free movement of people, the euro, large-scale immigration, the dissolution of the nation state – for that matter the admission of China to the WTO... all were imposed on the world by ideologically motivated elites with little public consultation. Regardless of whether you think they are good or bad, there is a perfectly sensible secondary question to be asked about whether they were too much too soon. Remember, such decisions are usually made by economists, who do not really understand either time or scale.

Nor does conventional economics take into account the importance of identity. Eighteen years ago, rather presciently, George Akerlof and Rachel Kranton suggested that economics is far too individualistic in its conception of human motivation. Identity Economics, as they call their theory, holds that people's pride in their collective identity can be considered as a parallel form of wealth, which people seek to grow and protect every bit as much as the balance of their bank accounts. When you strip people of their identity, the reaction is no different than if you deprive people of their earnings.

Given the fact that we have evolved as a social species, this theory should hardly surprise us. After all, the one quality most likely to ensure survival over the past million years was proudly to belong to one or more defined, excludable groups with a shared allegiance born of common bonds and obligations. It would be odd if this instinct were not every bit as powerful as the urge to acquire wealth. And to disparage this fellow feeling as though it were necessarily a malign force is nonsense: it is a large part of what makes society work.

Economics is obsessed with the gains arising from scale. But identity does not scale neatly or quickly. ...

This, incidentally, is one principled argument for a hard Brexit, even if at some economic cost. It is to make the perfectly valid point that in a democracy the government should do what people want, not what economic theory says is good for them. Quite simply, economics is anthropologically tone-deaf: it has far too narrow a conception of what people really care about to justify the influence it carries.
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POLITICS – CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: The new Immigration White Paper. Not just damaging, but a disaster – both for control and the Conservatives
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 4 January 2019


As MPs gather next week to resume their debate on Brexit, they will need to turn their attention to immigration – a major issue in the EU referendum.

Unfortunately, the Immigration White Paper, slipped out just before Christmas, is not just a set-back for immigration control, it is a disaster. Indeed it will, in future, be seen to have been extremely damaging for public faith in the political system trust in politicians and the Conservative Party especially.

Why? Because, despite all their promises over eight years – not just promises but manifesto commitments – the Conservatives have given up any serious attempt to reduce immigration. If the proposals in The White Paper are implemented, immigration will be far more likely to increase still further and could well spin out of control.

How could that be? Consider this. Until now, highly skilled immigration (that is at degree level or higher) has been open for EU citizens but capped at 20,700 for non-EU entrants. According to the new policy, there will be no cap on either. Furthermore, employers will no longer be obliged to advertise a job in Britain before recruiting from overseas: how will British staff feel about that? There is even talk of abolishing the system of sponsorship so that anyone could bring in a worker, perhaps even a relative, as long as they said that they would be paying a salary of £30,000 a year. Yet the Government's own Advisory Committee, mainly pro-immigration economists, has admitted that salary levels can be fiddled, for example by including other elements such as accommodation.

For anyone who has followed immigration matters for some years (in my case 18 years), this is sheer foolishness, but that is not the half of it. There is also to be a new route for those with much lower qualifications – put simply, "A level" or equivalent – which will be open to the whole world and also uncapped. Given that these routes will lead to settlement there could be waves of applications, from all over the world, including from people willing to take a pay cut to get on a track for permanent residence and eventual British citizenship.

There is more. There is also to be a route for unskilled workers from "low risk" countries. ...

Amazingly, this last route will also be uncapped and will be open to visitors from these countries to find and take up a job while they are here. The clear implication is that all EU countries will be included amongst the "low risk" countries, so Romanians and Bulgarians, still arriving in considerable numbers, will continue to flow in. ...

Even that is not the end of it. ...

It is beyond question that immigration was a major issue at the referendum. Its salience has declined somewhat since then, at least partly because people thought that it was all in hand.

The White Paper contains a great deal of talk about the "control" of immigration, but the reality is that new routes will be opened, some temporary – but the Government's record in removing overstayers is lamentable. Meanwhile, the public are clear that they want to see an actual reduction. They are aware, no doubt, that immigration has been adding one million to our population every three years since 2001. They may also know that, at current rates of immigration to England, we shall have to build a new home for immigrants every six minutes, night and day.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Migrant farce is making Britain look like a soft touch
Chris Hobbs
Daily Mail, 2 January 2019


Home Secretary Sajid Javid is coming under increasing political pressure to get a grip on the recent surge in migrant boats crossing the English Channel. ...

Yet, as a former police officer who spent much of my career in border enforcement, I have to say that I feel a large degree of sympathy for the Home Secretary.

It would be profoundly unfair to heap all the blame on him for the present mess. The reality is that Sajid Javid inherited a toxic legacy when he took over the Home Office last summer because the Border Force simply does not have the capacity to do its job properly.

That is glaringly obvious when it comes to our territorial waters, where the Force has a total of just five cutters to cover 7,723 miles of coastline, whereas Italy has around 600 patrol boats to combat migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean.

The situation is even more stark in the English Channel, one of the world's busiest shipping routes, where just one cutter has been operating recently – and even that has reportedly been in dock in Ramsgate since Saturday.

It is little wonder that people smugglers and organised crime networks sense they have little to fear from the grossly overstretched British agencies. Every new picture of a boatload of migrants being ushered ashore in Kent reinforces the impression that Britain is a soft touch.

An immigration free-for-all cannot be allowed to develop further, especially not in the Channel.

For a start, further impotence on the part of the authorities would dramatically escalate the crisis, making a humanitarian tragedy inevitable.

Indeed, without a crackdown, the traffickers would spread their theatre of operations beyond the Kent coast, using bigger vessels to reach Sussex, Hampshire, East Anglia and even Lincolnshire. So, robust action is needed.

In practice, that means beefing up the Border Force through more patrol boats, more staff and more resources to tackle the organised gangs. ...

But any increase in the Border Force's capability will achieve nothing without a radical change in strategy.

At present, the enforcement patrols – along with Royal National Lifeboat Institution vessels which have also been deployed – tend to pick up the migrants from their boats, then bring them back to England.

Far from acting as a kind of deterrent, this approach is actually an incentive for more illegal migration because the British appear to be acting as a 'taxi service'.

What needs to happen is for the British Government to negotiate deals with our European partners for the rescued migrants to be returned to the Continent instead of being ferried to our shores. ...

It is too simplistic to argue that our Navy should act unilaterally to take these migrants straight back to the Continent. That would be wholly impractical and a major breach of international law.

Britain would not tolerate French military ships sailing into our southern ports to leave groups of illegal migrants on the quayside.

But with more imagination, flexibility, resources and sheer willpower, along with an international accord, our Government can overcome the current problem in the Channel before it spirals out of control.
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
Theresa May should have solved this 'migrant crisis' back in 2016
Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail, 1 January 2019


Not that there's anything minor about the current cross-Channel traffic in illegal immigrants coming ashore on the Kent coast in increasing numbers. Since the story exploded on a slow news day over Christmas, the Government has gone into full headless chicken mode. ...

None of this would be necessary, of course, had the Government not ignored the problem of illegals crossing the Channel when it first surfaced more than two-and-a-half years ago.

It's not as if they didn't know it was happening. Between March and May 2016, there were at least eight recorded incidents of Border Force officials intercepting attempts to enter Britain by boat, via beaches in Kent and Sussex. ...

... And still they kept coming, unhindered, throughout the summer. In September 2016, the Mail's Sue Reid hired a small inflatable boat in France and sailed across the Channel to Dover. She passed a French coastguard vessel, a naval patrol and landed safely without anyone challenging her or asking to see her passport.

Six days earlier, a group of illegal immigrants had jumped off a private boat near Felixstowe, in Suffolk, and simply vanished.

In November 2016, I returned to the subject, when a man who claimed to be Iranian, but probably wasn't, was found rowing towards Britain in an inflatable kayak. ...

... Part of Javid's new emergency plan to halt the flow is to rely on increased co-operation from the French. Good luck with that.

One thing we've learned over the years is that our French 'partners' can't be trusted.

If they were serious about stopping immigrants heading for Britain, they would turn them back at the border when they attempted to enter France.

Under international law, migrants allegedly fleeing oppression are supposed to seek asylum in the first safe country in which they arrive. In this latest case, that means Serbia. None of them should have any right to settle in Britain.

But the reason this country remains their No 1 destination is the same as it ever was. We're not just perceived as a soft touch, we are a soft touch.

In Calais last week, Sue Reid spoke to a 33-year-old Iranian, who told her: 'My friend reached England from here in a boat and is now in a three-bedroom flat in Birmingham. He likes it very much.'

I bet he does. What's not to like? There are plenty of people born and bred in Birmingham who have been on the council waiting list for years and would just love a three-bedroom flat. Yet an Iranian can jump out of boat on a beach in Kent, make his way to Brum and move in straight away.

While we roll out the welcome mat, immigrants will continue to make the dangerous Channel crossing, secure in the knowledge that, once they set foot in Britain, the chances of them being deported are less than zero. ...

Sajid Javid may be taking the flak right now, but he wasn't Home Secretary in March 2016, when this problem first came to light.

What he has inherited is merely the culmination of more than two-and-a-half years of incompetence, indifference and inaction.

So who was Home Secretary back then? Let me think . . .
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ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION – BORDER SECURITY
The crisis will grow if we assist the smugglers
David Wood
Daily Telegraph, 1 January 2019
[David Wood is a former director general of immigration enforecement at the Home Office]


The rise in the number of migrants attempting to reach the UK via the English Channel in small boats and dinghies is a worrying trend. ...

The French authorities have never effectively policed the organised crime and illegal immigration issues surrounding the Channel crossings. Migrants seeking access to the UK are inavariably also illegal entrants to France but little or no action is taken. They do not investigate the criminals involved, which leads to open advertising for migrant customers by crime groups in the Calais area.

That is not to say there haven't been failings on the UK side. ...

Border Force also used to have mobile border officers who visited small ports and airports; austerity has seen these resources greatly reduced, too.

Once intercepted, the migrants are brought to the UK where practically all will claim asylum. If the resources are available, a short screening interview takes place and the migrants are asked to report to an Immigration Centre. That interview will not necessarily be adequate to detect the risks posed by the migrant and there is no certainty that the details provided are correct.

While some migrants will follow the asylum process through, others will just disappear. Moreover, whether successful or not in their application, they are very unlikely to be deported, and, if Iranian, will certainly not be as the Iranian government refuses to document their nationals for returns. All will have destroyed their documentation.

Furthermore, the majority of migrants attempting to cross the Channel will not be fleeing persecution or war. They will have paid substantial sums to make the crossing and are more likely to be economic migrants seeking a better life for themselves and their families. ...

Deploying more rescue ships may therefore be counter-productive unless accompanied by an agreement with the French to return the migrants to France.

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IMMIGRATION ABROAD – WORLD, PUBLIC OPINION
Anxiety About Immigration is a Global Issue
Remi Adekoya
Quillette, 1 January 2019
[Remi Adekoya is a Ph.D. student researching group identity at Sheffield University]


What do Nigerians, Indians, Turks and Mexicans think about migrants coming to their countries? This we don't hear much about.

Two recent surveys on the issue provide interesting results. Pew Research queried respondents in 27 nations across six continents, asking whether they felt their countries should let in more immigrants, fewer, or about the same as they do at present. ...

The percentage of people wanting fewer or no more immigrants coming to their country was higher in South Africa (65 percent), Argentina (61 percent), Kenya (60 percent), Nigeria (50 percent), India (45 percent), and Mexico (44 percent) than it was in Australia (38 percent), the U.K. (37 percent) or the U.S. (29 percent). In all 27 countries surveyed, less than a third of respondents said their country should let in more immigrants. A 2017 Ipsos MORI survey on global "nativist" trends painted a similar picture. When asked if they thought their country would be "stronger" if it "stopped immigration" altogether, more Turks (61 percent) and Indians (45 percent) answered in the affirmative than Brits (31 percent), Australians (30 percent), Germans (37 percent) or South Africans (37 percent). On the question of whether they felt like "strangers in their own country" – another indicator of hostility towards immigration – more Turks (57 percent), South Africans (54 percent), Brazilians (46 percent) and Indians (39 percent) answered yes than Germans (38 percent), Brits (36 percent) or Australians (36 percent). Finally, when asked whether employers should "prioritize" hiring locals over immigrants, 74 percent of Turks, 64 percent of Peruvians, 62 percent of Indians and 60 percent of South Africans agreed, compared to 58 percent of Americans, 48 percent of Brits and 17 percent of Swedes.

The idea that so-called "nativism" or hostility towards immigration is confined to white Westerners is a fallacy; it is a global phenomenon that is often stronger in non-Western countries. Of course, I wouldn't hold my breath for a spate of articles in international media on the worrying trend of "nativism" in India or condemnations of Kenyans for wanting fewer immigrants in their country. The moral outrage of many white progressives and most intellectuals of color in the West on this subject is solely reserved for white societies; if black or brown people share exactly the same sentiments that white people are being lambasted for, it will either be greeted with silence or with all sorts of justificatory rationalizations. ...

... In a 2017 survey of six African nations–Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania–43–75 percent of the citizens said they would move elsewhere given the opportunity. This translates to well over 200 million people from these six countries alone who would emigrate if the opportunity arose, presumably to one of the world's rich countries. This is the reality that Western governments cannot afford to ignore. The fact that so many Kenyans, Nigerians and South Africans would like to emigrate elsewhere but don't want immigrants coming into their country is a testament to our universal human capacity for expecting from others what we ourselves are not ready to give.
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