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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

Quotes: ...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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