ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ID SCHEME, BORDER SECURITY
EU citizen ID scheme proposed by think tank in UK immigration crackdown after Brexit
Daily Express, 30 July 2018
A citizen ID registration scheme should be considered for
everyone in Britain, as part of a package to strengthen border controls
after Brexit, a think tank has suggested. It said a proposed scheme to
register EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit should be used
as a test bed for a system that could be rolled out across the country.
It would prove people's entitlements to be here and to access
services and jobs, while also making it harder for illegal immigrants to
continue operating, said the report for centre right think tank Policy
It should not need people to carry a physical ID card, it
stressed, but instead govern citizens' interactions with the state via a
digital system based on unique personal reference numbers.
are also safeguards that can now be built into the central storage of
information, to protect them from misuse. ...
The Government plans
for the estimated 3.6 million EU citizens already in the UK to join a
registration scheme if they want to stay beyond the end of the proposed
transition period, December 31, 2020.
People will acquire a unique
"EU Citizens Number" based on the document with photographic and biometric
data which they used to register, that will secure them rights and access
to public services, with layers of digital security woven into the system
to protect their data. ...
The authors suggest it could initially
be rolled out to UK citizens on a voluntary basis, with more people
persuaded to take them up as they observed the benefits of easy access to
It would also make it much harder for illegal immigrants
to "remain in limbo", said the report. ...
They want rail and ferry
operators to be required to provide more advance information about
passengers, as airlines already do.
A single authority should be in
charge of coastline border security, and Britain should work more closely
with Irish authorities to stop the UK-Ireland Common Travel Area being
exploited for illegal entry.
POLITICS ISLAM, LABOUR PARTY
Why won't the left speak up for Sarah Champion?
Spectator blog, 30 July 2018
Where's the concern for Labour MP Sarah Champion? Where are the
leftists demanding that this female MP stop being harassed merely for
expressing her views? Where are the tweets drawing attention to Ms
Champion's plight the fact that she now needs an actual security
team because people who hate her political views want to physically harm
her? In this post-Jo Cox era, I thought we were all meant to have the backs
of elected politicians who are under threat from extremists. And yet when
it comes to Champion just such an elected politician people
seem to be looking the other way.
It isn't hard to work out why. It
is because Champion's persecutors are largely Muslims, and Champion's
'crime' is an unforgivable one in the eyes of the new left: she criticised
the behaviour of certain parts of the Muslim community. Champion, the MP
for Rotherham, committed the political and social faux pas of suggesting
that Muslim grooming gangs are a bad thing, and that we should speak
honestly and frankly about their existence. And so it seems that, to some
on the left, she is fair game for harassment and threats. ...
pointing this out for expressing concern about the safety of white
working-class girls Champion was subjected to hateful abuse. She was
branded a bigot, an Islamophobe, a racist. Corbynistas called for her to be
expelled from the party. How telling that this new, identitarian, highly
middle-class left should be more concerned about the feelings of rapacious
men from Muslim backgrounds than about the security of girls and women from
the working class. Jeremy Corbyn heeded these intolerant cries and pressure
was put on Champion to resign as shadow equalities minister, which she duly
did in August last year. ...
There is now an incredibly chilling
climate around issues to do with Islam, multiculturalism and social
tensions. To such an extent that an MP can be cast out and find herself
subjected to hatred and threats merely for raising perfectly legitimate
questions about violence by one group against another. In turning their
backs on Champion, the Labour left is making clear what its priorities are:
defending Islam from public criticism and preserving the ideology of
multiculturalism, which apparently take precedence over being concerned for
working-class girls at risk of rape or for an MP being threatened with
death. Next time these leftists claim to be concerned for women's safety,
be very, very sceptical.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION INTERNAL BORDER SECURITY
How do we cut illegal immigration? By policing Britain's internal border
Sunday Telegraph, 29 July 2018
Britain is a country that wants to remain open but does not
want its population to change too fast. It is a delicate balancing act for
the UK border infrastructure. And despite the refrain of being "not fit for
purpose" either too laissez faire for not deporting enough illegal
immigrants, or too draconian for harassing legitimate residents caught up
in the Windrush scandal we are edging in the right direction.
It is seldom recognised that most of our immigration is now
temporary, mainly students and workers who return home. Annual net
immigration is running at over 250,000 a year but the number granted
permanent residence (excluding EU citizens) is just 60,000 a year. ...
In any case, having spent months talking to dozens of people from
top to bottom of the Home Office for a report published tomorrow for the
think tank, Policy Exchange, I come away reassured that the border is
working far better than 10 years ago. The visa flows (there are 2.6 million
visas granted every year) are under tighter control; since 2008, more than
one million non-EU citizens have happily used a biometric residence permit
(an ID card) to regulate their rights; the UK is a world leader in E-gates,
helping to keep queues down; exit checks of a kind have been reinstalled;
the number of new illegal immigrants is rising at its lowest level for two
decades (just 15,000 to 20,000 a year by my calculation). ...
Windrush scandal was an error of over-zealous control, and my report has
suggestions for avoiding a repeat of this egregious mistake, but Windrush
must not lead to a radical watering down of the so-called "hostile
environment". Because the correct term for the hostile environment is
simply the internal border. In a country like Britain, which has tens of
millions of annual arrivals, most without the right to stay or work (a
figure that will rise after Brexit to include EU citizens), not having
strict internal controls subcontracted in part to employers,
landlords, public service staff and so on is equivalent to not
having a border at all.
For various reasons to do with the lack of
ID cards, the English language and an open labour market, the UK has long
been a magnet for illegals, and there are probably at least 500,000 in the
country now. And if we want to stop this number crreping ever higher, a
national ID system for both temporary immigrants and citizens is the
long-term answer. Putting this back on the agenda is the one good thing to
come out of Windrush.
... Illegal immigration is corrosive. It
makes inner-city Britain less law-abiding and most negatively impacts
recent legal immigrants. Action against it should be more confidently
linked to minimum wage enforcement, private landlord licensing and action
against modern slavery.
We can deport more people (only 6,000
people left involuntarily last year, excluding prisoners) but that is not
the only way to reduce the illegal population. A general amnesty is
undesirable but we should consider regularising those who have been here,
living in the mainstream, for more than 10 years (rather than 20 as at
And why not pay people to leave? It costs 10 times more
to remove an illegal against their will than to persuade someone to go
RACISM GUILT, CRIME, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
In his assault on liberal guilt over race, Sajid Javid is putting his Labour opponents to shame
Daily Telegraph, 27
Sajid Javid ...
He has now taken a daring step towards
doing something that his predecessors conspicuously failed to do, no doubt
constrained by their fear of being called racist. In a letter to the Labour
MP for Rotherham, Sarah Champion, he has called for an investigation into
the ethnicity of the street grooming gangs that have abused hundreds of
white children in British cities. Given that Ms Champion was forced by her
party's leadership to recant her observation that the gangs had raped and
exploited white children, he must have known that this intervention would
provoke accusations of Islamophobia, and of being an Uncle Tom.
It is precisely because of his background that Javid can make such an
assault on political correctness and liberal guilt. Behind the grooming
scandal lies an even worse suspicion: that the crimes were committed with
the full knowledge of many in the local communities, and that those who
should have spoken out stayed silent. Perhaps that explains the
vituperation of some prominent Pakistani Muslims, including leading Tories,
towards those who refuse to turn a blind eye to the ethnicity of the gangs.
The last thing they want is for the community's dirty washing to be hung
out for all to see; and worse, to be called out on their own silent
complicity in abuse. ...
Liberal guilt about race and ethnicity is
an increasingly significant obstacle to good government; and the cowardice
shown by our political classes is costing lives. Nowhere is this plainer
than in the pathetic evasions around knife crime. Yesterday, we learnt that
London had experienced its 90th fatality in the wave of stabbings that have
scarred the city this year. Yet neither the BBC nor most major newspapers
had the courage to point out that this is a slaughter almost exclusively
executed by black or Asian young men against other black or Asian young
men. And without question, because we will not admit that this is a racial
crime we will not solve it. To those who mouth anti-racist slogans, black
lives never matter enough to allow the truth to be told.
CRIME ACID ATTACKS, COST
Acid attacks menace set to cost Britain £500m by 2020
Daily Express, 26 July 2018
Acid attacks have trebled in three years and threaten to cost
Britain £500 million by 2020, research revealed yesterday. As victims
suffer the long-term physical and psychological impact from appalling
injuries, taxpayers are facing a mounting bill for increased spending on
medical, police, prison and legal services.
More than half the
attacks were committed in London, leading some to label it the acid attack
capital of the world. ...
Former Scotland Yard detective Mick
Neville warned yesterday: "Corrosive substances are becoming a weapon of
choice for gangs. I fear it will get worse."
Research carried out
for Acid Survivors Trust International (ASTI) has revealed the wider costs
behind the shocking crime.
Last year alone, taxpayers forked out
£60 million around half of it in London where there were 470
That represents a four-fold rise in just three years. ...
Across Britain, the number of acid attacks increased from around
300 in 2014 to nearly 1,000 last year.
ASTI, which campaigns for
the rights of survivors, commissioned research from consultants Frontier
Economics, which estimated each acid attack costs Britain at least
It is the first time such research has been carried
out and puts the total annual cost at around £60 million. ...
Nationwide, young women make up more than half of acid attack
However, the trend is reversed in London where two thirds
of the those targeted are young men.
Experts say the higher
proportion of young male victims in the capital reveals the increased use
of acid by gangs.
CRIME ANTI-RACISM, LABOUR PARTY
The persecution of Sarah Champion
Spiked, 26 July 2018
You would think that when a female Labour MP was physically
threatened that commentators and many within the Labour Party would rush to
her support. Since the murder of Jo Cox by a neo-Nazi terrorist, many have
been vocal about the need for MPs to be protected. However, Sarah Champion,
Labour MP for Rotherham, seems to be the exception to this concern for
female politicians' security, and the reason is because Labour is in part
responsible for her current predicament.
Champion has been advised
by Scotland Yard's counterterror unit to accept increased protection in
light of the death threats made against her. The reason for these threats
is because Champion has taken a stand against large-scale child abuse in
Rotherham by Pakistani men, most notably in an article for the Sun
In the article, she made clear that the majority of
child abuse takes place within the family setting and most convictions for
this crime are against white men. However, she still got in trouble, and
was purged from her post as a Labour equalities spokesperson, because she
pointed out in plain and honest language that the vast majority of
gang-related sexual exploitation is due to Pakistani men.
Labour made her a pariah over her honest stance, forced her to step
down from the shadow cabinet, and since then she has been made fair game
for ridicule and abuse. The charity Just Yorkshire said Champion is
responsible for 'industrial-scale racism'. That's the problem with Labour
today: it would rather ignore industrial-scale child abuse than be accused
of so-called industrial-scale racism.
The truth is that thousands
of young white working-class girls were sexually abused by mostly Pakistani
gangs. The scale of it was enabled by the authorities, who lacked the moral
courage to do their duty and intervene, for fear of being labelled racist.
The abusers were aware of this fact and exploited it for their own evil
When Labour shushes and even demonises any discussion of this
scandal, it legitimises those who would use threats to shut down the
debate. Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale, Telford in all these
communities white working-class girls were abused by gangs of Muslim men.
How many more have to suffer before Labour is willing to have an open,
honest discussion about cultural tensions in 21st-century Britain?
CRIME VIOLENCE, MURDER, LONDON
'This war won't end': London gang murders on the rise
Sky News, 25 July 2018
Young black men in London are being murdered at a rate unlike
anywhere else in the UK, as gang wars rage on in the capital.
News has spent months speaking with London's fiercest gangs as part of an
investigation into this year's increase in gang-related violence.
Our freedom of information requests reveal almost half of murder
victims and murder suspects in the capital are young black men - way out of
proportion to London's population, in which 13% are black.
a stark contrast to everywhere else in the UK, where the racial and age
profile of murder victims and suspects reflects the demographic in those
There were 80 London murders in the first half of 2018,
with more than 1,300 stabbings. The overwhelming majority of these are
Metropolitan Police figures released last week
show there has been a 16% rise in knife crime in London and at least 51
people have been stabbed to death.
CRIME CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Labour MP Sarah Champion has been given beefed-up security after publicly condemning Asian child abuse gangs
The Sun, 25 July 2018
A Labour MP who condemned Asian child abuse gangs has been
given boosted security amid fears she is being targeted by Muslim and
Sarah Champion received death threats after
warning in The Sun last year of "a problem with British Pakistani men
raping and exploiting white girls" in her Rotherham constituency.
Her comments triggered a major backlash from far left activists and
Pakistani community groups in her constituency. They accused her of
"industrial-scale racism" for pointing out that the sexual predators had a
common "ethnic heritage".
Allies of Ms Champion have claimed they
are trying to ruin her reputation in a bid to force her out of Parliament
and replace her with a Muslim member of the local council.
correspondence seen by The Times the ex-deputy leader of Rotherham Council
described her as an "ogre". Jahangir Akhtar warned: "If Labour wants to
keep her seat, they need to get rid of her pretty quick."
newspaper reports that a leading figure of the local hard-left Momentum
group Taiba Yasseen is being lined up to replace Ms Champion if she quits.
She has condemned Ms Champion for "betraying an entire ethnic
The criticism of Ms Champion has been orchestrated by a
local racial justice charity, whose main donor is the Joseph Rowntree
The Quaker organisation was condemned in 2015 for
donating hundreds of thousands to Cage, a human rights group that described
Isis monster Jihadi John as a "beautiful young man".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD USA
New study shows that 22 per cent of US citizens do not speak English as their first language at home and that the number of foreign-born Americans is at its highest level ever with
approximately 44 million
Daily Mail, 25 July 2018
Nearly a quarter of American households do not speak English as
their first language, a new study published on Tuesday has found.
The Migration Policy Institute discovered that 22 per cent of the
US population prefers to speak another language at home, with the highest
concentrations located in Nevada and Florida.
'Spanish was the top
non-English language spoken at home in the country overall and in the 15
fastest-growing states with one exception: Alaska, where Eskimo
Aleut and other Native American languages predominated,' the report found.
The Washington, DC-based think tank also noted in their study that
the number of foreign-born US citizens is at its highest level ever, with
approximately 44 million immigrants calling America home.
number translates into 13.5 per cent of the population. ...
while the number of immigrants between 2010 and 2016 increased by nine per
cent, the foreign-born population surged 15 percent or more in 15 states:
North Dakota, West Virginia, South Dakota, Delaware, Nebraska, Minnesota,
Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Indiana, Florida, Nevada.
'Approximately nine million immigrants, or one in every five,
reside in these 15 states,' with Mexicans and Cubans dominating the influx
followed by those from India and China, the MPI reported. ...
report also notes that in 2014, 'about 84.2 babies were born per 1,000
immigrant women ages 15 to 44, compared to 58.3 births per 1,000 U.S.-born
women in 2014, according to Pew Research Center estimates.'
Women and children like convicted terrorist Safaa Boular trained by IS abroad pose 'particular threat' to UK
The Sun, 24 July 2018
Women and children trained by Islamic State who are returning
to the UK pose a "particular security threat" to Britain, experts warned
A bombshell new report by Kings College London suggests
the number of radicalised women and minors returning from Iraq and Syria
has been massively underestimated, along with the dangers they may now
The report said 850 Brits were affiliated with the terror
group abroad including 145 women and 50 minors.
Safaa Boular, 18,
was convicted in June of being part of the UK's first all-female terror
But an absence of official government data means it's unclear
how many women and children are among the 425 jihadists who have returned
to the UK so far. ...
The report said of the 41,490 foreign
citizens affiliated with IS in Iraq and Syria between April 2013 and June
2018, 4,761 (13 per cent) were women and 4,640 (12 per cent) were minors.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD DEMOGRAPHIC REVOLUTION, USA
'Browning' of the US is a battle Trump has lost
Irish Examiner, 24 July 2018
There is a demographic revolution in America and the president,
Donald Trump, seems determined to impede it. Yet all the signs are that he
has already lost the battle. ...
Trump has been aware of this
demographic revolution for some time and is determined to halt it,
political observers say, citing a series of hardline immigration policies.
Thousands of immigrants are being deported and others are being barred from
entering the country.
Yet it is a battle the president looks to
have already lost because, in about two decades, America will no longer be
a country of white-majority voters. ...
The US Census projects
that, by 2045, whites will comprise 49.9% of the population, in contrast to
24.6% for Hispanics, 13.1% for blacks, 7.8% for Asians, and 3.8% for
multi-racial populations. But the figures also suggest political change
could come sooner. For those under 18, minorities will outnumber whites in
2020, and for those aged 18-29 members of the voting-age population
the tipping point will occur in 2027. ...
But while Trump is
battling to slow this march to a more diverse America, Democrats should be
confronting him and lay out their own vision for this new America, says
Steve Phillips, founder of Democracy in Color, a senior fellow at the
Center for American Progress, and author of Brown Is the New White: How the
Demographic Revolution Has Created a New American Majority. ...
main driver of diversification is the native-born Hispanic population,
which grew by about 5m from 2010 to 2016, just as the native-born white
population shrank by about 400,000 over the same period, according to
Census Bureau data. ...
"By greatly slashing the number of Hispanic
and black African immigrants entering America, [the president's immigration
proposals] would reshape the future United States," says Michael Clemens,
an economist at the Center for Global Development.
moves are too late, Clemens says, because the demographic revolution has
already happened and a new, multi-racial America is fast evolving.
"His attempts to make America whiter are doomed to fail, because
the demographic revolution is now irreversible," says Clemens.
driving force of the browning of America is no longer immigration, but
birth and death rates. A majority of babies being born are of colour, and a
majority of people dying are white. Whites are already a minority of all
children under age five.
"So, if all immigration ceased tomorrow,
the country is still inexorably on a path to a new multi-racial reality."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD TELEVISION MEDIA BIAS, USA
Study: TV's War Against Trump's Immigration Enforcement Agenda
Rich Noyes and Bill D'Agostino
NewsBusters, 24 July 2018
During the 18 months of the Trump presidency, immigration has
received more airtime on the three broadcast evening news shows than any
other policy topic. ...
... Our methodology considers all
explicitly evaluative statements (excluding neutral comments) from
reporters, anchors and non-partisan sources such as experts or ordinary
citizens. This ensures that we are measuring the editorial choices made by
the news organizations, apart from the back-and-forth of partisan politics.
Using this measure, 92% of the evaluative comments about Trump's
immigration policies have been critical, vs. a mere eight percent that have
been supportive. ...
The negative tone is a consequence of
journalists' decision to frame nearly all of their coverage around the
plight of those adversely affected by the administration's enforcement
program, rather than those harmed by illegal immigration or those who
support enforcing existing law. We tallied each individual soundbite in
these immigration stories, and found a heavy preference for the personal
anecdotes of those seen as victims of the Trump policies: illegal
immigrants and their families, or banned travelers and their families.
Those groups, along with their lawyers, accounted for 478 of the
1,087 soundbites from non-partisan sources aired on these newscasts, or
nearly 44% of the total. An additional 163 soundbites came from protesters
opposed to the administration's immigration policies (individuals or
plainly understandable chants), plus 85 soundbites from activists
associated with liberal groups.
On the other side, these newscasts
aired 83 soundbites from law enforcement, 13 soundbites from U.S. citizens
identified as border residents (three of whom were opposed to Trump's
policies), and five soundbites from friends and family members of those who
died because of crimes committed by illegal immigrants. There were only
four soundbites from activists associated with groups committed to
enforcement of immigration laws.
Here's an immigration plan that would help to make a success of Brexit
Lord Green of Deddington
The UK in a Changing Europe, 24 July
There is no question that immigration was a massively important
issue in the referendum but, strangely, the government have been ducking
and weaving on the issue ever since.
As J Van Reenen, the Director
of the LSE Centre for Economic Performance wrote in August 2016: 'There are
multiple reasons for the Brexit vote, but by far the most important one can
be summarised in a single word: immigration.'
border control was pivotal for many of the majority who voted to leave, but
so also was a desire to see the scale of EU immigration reduced. It is true
that net migration from the EU declined in 2017 to just over 100,000 from
its record high (189,000) in the year to June 2016.
number of EU citizens arriving to take up a definite job remained the same
in 2017 as in 2016. Meanwhile, 70% of UK voters still want EU immigration
to be cut, according to a poll published by Channel 4 last month.
Interestingly, this includes 60% of Remain voters. ...
So here are
some concrete proposals. Their fundamental objective is to enable
businesses to recruit the top talent and skills from the EU, to preserve
our many personal and cultural links with Europe and to honour the
referendum result by delivering a substantial reduction in net migration
from the EU.
We propose an expansion to highly skilled EU nationals
of the Tier 2 work permit system, which currently applies to highly-skilled
non-EU workers. 80% of EU workers who arrived in the decade until 2016 were
in jobs that would not have qualified for such work permits.
this basis we estimate that there is scope for a very substantial reduction
in the inflow from Europe, of the order of 100,000 per year from the peak
levels that were seen in 2015 and 2016. ...
The Shortage Occupation
List, which provides a priority route for key workers, would also need
review to ensure it provides a robust but responsive system to dealing with
genuine shortages. ...
To preserve our wider links with Europe,
there should be a minimum of formalities for EU citizens travelling to the
UK for business, tourism, study and family purposes. For similar reasons
the youth mobility scheme that is currently in place for eight countries
such as Australia, Japan and South Korea should be expanded to incorporate
young people from the EU.
We may also need to re-introduce a
seasonal agricultural workers scheme such as New Zealand's, which has been
recognised as 'best practice' by the World Bank and which includes robust
safeguards against both overstaying and the undercutting of local workers.
Finally, there could also be a case for temporary arrangements for
people like construction workers, but there should be an annually
increasing fee for employers using this route in order to encourage them to
train UK workers.
This outline is intended to meet the perfectly
legitimate needs of employers but there are also other important factors.
Considerations of congestion, quality of life, and the cohesion and
stability of society are just as important as the usual economic metrics.
Nor should we overlook the point that cutting immigration into
lower-skilled work could have social benefits given that training for UK
workers has been simply abysmal over the past decade or so. We are in 25th
place in the OECD for intermediate skills.
'It's madness': Fury at Home Office's £2.4m bill for 'phantom' flights to deport failed asylum seekers that are CANCELLED before taking off
MailOnline, 21 July 2018
The Government was accused of 'madness' today after running up
a £2.4 million bill for flights to deport failed asylum seekers that
The costs, caused by last-ditch appeals, were the
highest for five years and sparked demands for an explanation as to why the
system has still not been tightened up.
Problems arise when
officials book seats only for legal challenges to be launched against
deportation at the last minute - meaning they have to be abandoned. ...
According to the latest Home Office accounts, the figure for the
'phantom' flights his £2.4 million in 2017-18 - up from £2.1
million the previous year.
In 2015-16 - when Theresa May was in
charge at the department - it was £1.9 million.
It has risen
from £1.58 million in 2014-15.
RACISM POLITICS, LABOUR PARTY, ANTI-SEMITISM
Anti-Semitism is an issue that could blow the Labour Party to smithereens
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2018
In his 1999 report on the murder of Stephen Lawrence, Sir
William Macpherson produced a definition of a racist incident. He said it
was "any incident which is perceived to be racist by the victim or any
other person". The then Labour government accepted this definition. Today
it is the standard for public policy.
The Macpherson definition is
absurd and unfair. It has no objective criteria. It demands no proof. If
you choose to "perceive" someone's words or actions to be racist, you can
accuse and thus ruin him without anything that a normal court would call
evidence. This happens a lot. ...
... Labour rejected the IHRA
example that it is anti-Semitic to claim that "the existence of the State
of Israel is a racist endeavour".
It is indeed grimly hilarious
that the party so zealous for the Macpherson definition refuses to apply it
to itself. If you obey Macpherson, you must accept that if one single Jew
(or one single person of any race) identifies an anti-Semitic incident
perpetrated by the Labour Party, that settles the argument in favour of the
As Western European Muslim populations grew, and
Islamist extremists stirred up anti-Semitic feeling among them, the
electoral imperative took over. In Britain, there are roughly 10 times as
many Muslim voters as Jewish ones. If Mr Corbyn himself can't count, his
clever aides can. It may be quite useful for him to be accused of
anti-Semitism. Losses in Barnet will be much more than offset by gains in
Bradford, Burnley and Birmingham. There are numerical as well as
ideological reasons why Labour might not mind being thought an anti-Semitic
REPATRIATION/DEPORTATION ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
More than half illegal immigrants dodge deportation flights at last minute
Daily Express, 21 July 2018
More than 60 per cent of of the thousands of illegal
immigrants, failed asylum seekers and foreign criminals set to lave the UK
have avoided deportation flights from the UK through last-minute appeals
and court injunctions.
Home Office figures show that of the 10,129
people set to be flown back on charter flights between January 2016 and May
this year, 6,237 (61 per cent) of them were removed from the aircraft
before it took off or told they did not have to board the plane at the
eleventh hour. ...
However, the Home Office yesteray insisted it
removes on average 100 foreign crooks a week from the UK.
per person of the flight sky rockets because the Home Office often charters
whole planes purely for the deportations, which are then flying with scores
of empty seats.
More than 1,200 (12 per cent) of the people set to
be deported over the period were foreign criminals released from UK
prisons, but it is not clear from the figures how many of these avoided
The Home Office refused to answer questions about the cost
of the flights, but in 2015 then Home Office minister for immigration said
in Parliament the average cost per returnee was £5,209.
bulk of flights are sending people back to Nigeria, Ghana, Pakistan and
The Home Office has removed more than 42,800 foreign
offenders since 2010.
In 2017/18 5,630 foreign crooks were
Number of modern slaves estimated 'hidden' in UK rises tenfold to 136,000
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 19 July 2018
Britain is home to about 136,000 modern slaves, a global survey
found on Thursday - a figure 10 times higher than government estimates that
points to emerging forms of slavery, police and campaigners said.
About one in 500 people in Britain were trapped in modern-day
slavery in Britain on any given day in 2016, according to the 2018 Global
Slavery Index (GSI) by rights group Walk Free Foundation, which says the
crime affects 40 million globally.
The government estimated in 2013
that only about 13,000 people in Britain were modern-day slaves - trapped
in forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - while the
police have said there are likely to be tens of thousands. ...
Forced labour is believed to be rife across Britain's building
sites, nail bars, car washes, factories and farms, while a rising number of
children are being used by gangs to carry drugs between cities and rural
areas, according to police.
DIVERSITY CHILDREN'S BOOKS
Children's books must have more black characters, Arts Council funded report says
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2018
Children's books must have more black characters, a study
funded by the Arts Council has said.
Only 4 per cent of books
published last year aimed at primary school children featured a Black,
Asian or Minority Ethnic character, according to research commissioned by
the Centre for Literacy in Primary Education (CLPE).
how many children's books had a main character who was from an ethnic
minority background, researchers found that the proportion dropped even
further down, to one per cent.
Meanwhile, almost a third (32.1 per
cent) of pupils in primary schools in England are from minority ethnic
backgrounds, the latest official figures show. ...
The study was
funded by the Arts Council, which is an executive non-departmental public
body, sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
The CLPE urged publishers to use more characters from ethnic
minorities in children's literature, not as a "tick box exercise" but as a
"meaningful and accurate representation of the interconnected, diverse
Ethnic minority characters should not be defined by their
"struggle, suffering or 'otherness'" the report said and should not just
feature in the "margins" of the plot. Instead, they should be "central" to
narratives, and should be "authentically portrayed".
Of the 9,115
children's book published in the UK in 2017, just 391 featured an ethnic
minority character, researchers found.
Last year, the best selling
children's author Anthony Horowitz said he was warned off creating a black
The author of Foyle's war and the Alex Rider series of
teenage spy novels said that an editor told him it would be "inappropriate"
to draw from experiences other than his own.
He told Event
magazine: "This is maybe dangerous territory but there is a chain of
thought in America that it is inappropriate for white writers to try to
create black characters.
"That it is actually not our experience
and therefore to do so is by its very nature artificial and possibly
patronising. Therefore I was warned off doing it. Which was, I thought,
disturbing and upsetting."
IMMIGRATION EU MIGRANTS, NUMBER
EU immigration figures may have been under-counted by half a MILLION since 2004, report claims
The Sun, 16 July 2018
Immigration from the European Union may have been under-counted
by half a million since 2004 a think tank claims today.
Migration Watch urged Theresa May to stand by her "red lines" as it
claimed a huge discrepancy between official figures collated by the Office
for National Statistics.
It said population figures show a 2.21
million increase in the number of EU born citizens living in the UK between
2005 and 2017.
But official immigration figures based on
thousands of surveys at airports and docks suggest EU net migration
rose by 1.7 million from 2004 to 2016.
Migration Watch co-chair Alp
Mehmet said the difference equated to 508,000 equivalent to a city
the size of Sheffield.
He said: "Our paper suggests that Brexit
could be an even more effective means of reducing immigration than
"This underlines the importance of taking a
firm line, so far absent, on lower skilled migration from the EU."
UK migration stabilises in 2017 after decline following Brexit vote
Financial Times, 16 July 2018
Around 282,000 more people came to the UK than left in 2017, as
net migration continued to add to the UK population but remained at a
"broadly stable" rate, according to data published by the Office for
National Statistics on Monday.
Of those people coming to the UK in
the year to December 2017, around 240,000 were from the European Union
while around 311,000 were non-EU citizens.
The net number of EU
migrants to the UK was at a similar level to that seen in 2013 with
around 101,000 more arriving than leaving. This was a similar figure to
that seen in 2016, a stabilisation after the net number of EU migrants fell
sharply following the UK's Brexit vote, the ONS said.
migration fell following record levels in 2015 and early 2016 and has been
broadly stable since. ...
While the total number of immigrants in
the year changed little, the number of people leaving the UK has gradually
increased since 2015. ...
In the year to March 2018, there were
also 14,166 grants of asylum.
IMMIGRATION RICH INVESTORS
Huge jump in number of super-rich immigrants applying for UK investor visas
Independent, 16 July 2018
The number of millionaires and billionaires applying to move to
the UK as part of a special visa programme aimed at attracting rich
immigrants rose 46 per cent last year.
In the 12 months to 30
March, 405 high net worth and ultra-high net worth individuals applied to
come to the UK on a Tier 1 investor visa. Applicants for the visa, which
allows people to stay in the country for three years, must have at least
£2m to invest in the UK.
Investor visas are often seen as a
fast-track process for wealthy foreign nationals to acquire British
Of the total applications, 123 came from China, up
from 98 the year before, with 52 coming from Russia, up from 34, and 24
from Turkey, compared with 13 in the preceding 12 months.
IMMIGRATION NUMBERS, EU IMMIGRANTS, NON-EU IMMIGRANTS
UK: Non-EU Migration 'Highest in 13 Years', EU Migrants 'Undercounted'
Breitbart, 16 July 2018
The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures show
non-EU net migration is at its highest for 13 years, according to Migration
Watch UK, which also claims EU net migration may have been undercounted by
half a million since 2004.
The ONS bulletin notes that non-EU net
immigration, at +227,000, was twice the level of EU net migration at
+101,000 meaning that even if immigration from the EU was eliminated
entirely, the Tories would be nowhere near achieving their 2010, 2015, and
2017 manifesto pledges to bring net immigration down to "the tens of
With new Home Secretary Sajid Javid relaxing
immigration controls, it is unlikely the target will ever be met
lending further credence to former Chancellor of the Exchequer George
Osborne's claims that the Tories never seriously intended to bring
Commenting, Chairman of Migration Watch UK Lord
Green of Deddington said: "These are very disappointing figures. Migration
from the EU is still adding 100,000 a year to our population and non-EU net
migration is the highest level in a calendar year for 13 years. It's time
for the Government to get serious about reducing immigration instead of
caving into every demand of the immigration lobby."
Claims of a
supposed 'Brexodus' of EU migrants from the United Kingdom since the people
voted to Leave the European Union in June 2016 are common in the mainstream
media, but as the ONS itself notes: "Much has been written about EU
citizens leaving the UK, but the fact is there are still more people coming
to the country from the EU than leaving it. In fact, the last quarter shows
that around 100,000 more EU citizens are coming to the UK than leaving."
In fact, Migration Watch believes the true figures for EU
immigration could actually be far higher than the ONS figures based
on traveller surveys which some critics have derided as "little more than
guesswork" as there is a significant discrepancy between immigration
estimates and population growth estimates.
co-chairman Alp Mehmet said the difference worked out at around 508,000
roughly equivalent to the population of Sheffield, Britain's
POPULATION PRESSURE SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Fears of supersize classes as secondary school population set to swell to 3.3m in next decade
Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2018
Supsersize classes could become the new norm, it is feared, as
new figures show that the secondary school population is set to swell to
3.3 million within a decade. ...
Secondary pupil numbers are
expected to rise by 14.7 per cent in the next 10 years, meaning there will
be another 418,000 children in secondary schools by 2027, according to
Department for Education's (DfE) latest projections. ...
Alan Smithers, director of the centre for education and employment research
at Buckingham University said that the "explosion" in the secondary school
population means that class sizes will "almost certainly" rise.
couldn't have been a surprise [to officials] as they have seen the numbers
coming through primary schools," he said.
"So there really ought to
be some plans in place. In essence we are inheriting the whirlwind of
Labour's lax immigration policy." ...
The DfE's forecast said the
increase in school pupil population is "largely driven by an increase in
the birth rate rather than direct immigration".
It went on:
"However, that birth rate is in turn affected by any increase in the number
of children born to non-UK born women (compared to those born to non
"The number of children born to non-UK born women
increased by around 75 per cent between 2002 and 2013 (the years in which
many children currently in schools were born), although this was a period
of increased births generally."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, DEPORTATION, USA
The Immigration Scandal No One Is Talking About
Daily Signal, 12 July 2018
Among the least talked about scandals in Washington is how
immigration officials spent decades misleading Congress about the number of
migrants evading court. I discussed that scandal at length in my last
In advancing this decadeslong effort, no accounting trick
and no false narrative was out of bounds. Never in any year did these
officials tell the real story of a court system in crisis. Brave rhetoric
and bleached numbers consistently camouflaged the courts' disarray. ...
... While nearly a million people ran from court over the last 22
years meaning 37 percent of all those free pending trial failed to
appear for their hearings no alarm was sounded by those in charge.
But gaming failures to appear in court was just one dynamic
that officials suppressed to the point of dishonesty. Others, like
unexecuted deportation orders, received scant official mention, but got out
"All should be troubled," wrote immigration appeals Judge
Edward Grant in 2006, "by the fact that only a small fraction of final
orders of deportation ... are actually executed."
this. Of the 1,254,152 aliens who were ordered deported from 1996 through
2016, 76 percent of them 953,506 to be exact remained in the
U.S. They not only remained, but grew.
From a total of 557,762
unexecuted removal orders in 2008 were added 395,744 through August 2016
a 71 percent increase in less than eight years. ...
this is new yet nothing has been done. Failures to appear in court
have predicated evasion of removal orders for years and are chronic
symptoms of an immigration system turned upside down.
Government Accountability Office audit on immigration courts foreshadowed
today's extremes. It concluded that "aliens have nothing to lose by failing
to appear for hearings" and noted that over the preceding 30 years illegal
entry into the United States increased by 2,200 percent from 45,000
in 1959 to 1.2 million in 1989 and, as illegal entry grew, so did
failures to appear in court.
POPULATION UK, EUROPEAN UNION
Migrants fuelled EU population increase by 1 MILLION as Luxembourg and Sweden have some of the biggest swells
Daily Mail, 11 July 2018
Migration fuelled a population increase of more than 1 million
across the EU last year, with Britain seeing the sixth largest relative
The rise in numbers across the bloc came despite there
being more deaths than births, a report revealed yesterday. ...
During 2017, there were 5.3 million deaths recorded, compared with
5.1 million births, meaning the increase was down to net migration,
according to the report compiled by Eurostat, the EU statistics office. ...
The UK saw the sixth largest with 0.5 per cent, meaning the
population surged by 377,871. Of this, 230,000 was down to net migration.
Unlike the rest of the EU, there were more births (755,000) than
deaths (607,200) in the UK.
'Italy has caused a MELTDOWN' 700,000 migrants waiting to cross into Europe from Libya
Sunday Express, 8 July 2018
A bottleneck of 700,000 migrants is waiting in Libya to cross
the Mediterranean to Europe, the National Crime Agency has said. The number
greater than the population of Leicester highlights the
difficulties facing the EU in controlling migrants seeking a new life in
Senior members of the NCA, dubbed Britain's FBI, revealed
the figures as they detailed the increasingly tough battle they face to
stop people smugglers.
NCA directors warned of a sharp rise in
attempted illegal sea crossings from Africa to Europe this year, with 300
people drowning last week.
Migrants are then crossing Europe and
using increasingly devious ways to evade detection, including hiding in
"coffin-sized" secret compartments in vehicles.
the Mediterranean from Africa is a critical issue for the EU, with member
states arguing over the best way to deal with it. ...
NCA deputy director of organised immigration crime, said the problem was
growing. Attempted crossings to Greece and Turkey are up by 47 per cent on
last year, with those to Spain and Italy up by 75 per cent. ...
Chris Hogben, NCA head of operations for organised immigration
crime, said rescue boats manned by non-governmental organisations were
inadvertently aiding people smugglers.
The NGOs are supposed to
rescue people once they are more than 12 miles from the Libyan coast, but
come in much closer, he said.
He said: "They make it easier for the
crime groups who now send a boat with not enough fuel on purpose as they
know they will be picked up."
The details emerged at a briefing on
Project Invigor, a joint NCA, Home Office, Coastguard, Border Force and
Crown Prosecution Service operation, costing £14 million a year to
Around 140 officers make up the squad which has 250 live
investigations into organised gangs trying to sneak people into the UK and
those forging documents to aid them and keep illegal immigrants here.
The main sources for migrants into Europe are Libya, Ethiopia,
Sudan, Niger and Afghanistan. Mr Dowdall said that smugglers collectively
make up to £6 billion a year charging would-be migrants.
Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in the fight against illegal migration, the National Crime Agency warns
Daily Telegraph, 7 July
The Republic of Ireland and Belgium are the new frontiers in
the battle against illegal immigration into the UK, the National Crime
Agency (NCA) has said.
People smugglers are increasingly opting for
the two countries because security elsewhere has become effective.
Investigators said Ireland has become an attractive option because
illegal immigrants are able to take advantage of the "soft" border with
Northern Ireland and then make their way to the British mainland.
Tom Dowdall, deputy director of the NCA said the people traffickers
were seeking to exploit the border arrangements between Northern Ireland
He said: "The level of border controls, or
requirements of border controls, are different to that from others
travelling on from other countries.
"We have seen some evidence of
that being abused.
"Migrants are smuggled by organised crime groups
into the Republic of Ireland sometimes by air, from Eastern Europe and
"Sometimes it will be by the sea through the Irish sea ports,
then flying in to the UK." ...
But he also warned that people
smugglers were increasingly using Belgium as an easy route to get migrants
into the UK. ...
Mr Dowdall also said there was evidence of Eastern
European lorry drivers being increasingly complicit in smuggling migrants
through the traditional Channel tunnel route from Calais to Dover for a
The people smuggling industry is believed to be worth
around £6 billion annually, with migrants paying gangs at least
£6,000 for passage to Europe.
The National Crime Agency's
Operation INVIGOR has seen an overall reduction of illegal immigrants since
it was set up two and a half years ago, but said that this year has seen an
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, PARIS, FRANCE
Illegal migrants in Paris suburb soar to 400,000 as hundreds of migrant children sleep on streets
Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2018
Illegal immigrants, now estimated to make up a fifth of the
population of Seine-Saint-Denis, north-east of Paris, are severely
straining public services and creating social tensions, according to a
Seine-Saint-Denis has long been the French
department with the highest proportion of immigrants, but the report warns
that the number of illegal migrants may have risen as high as 400,000. ...
Police, schools, courts and other public services are struggling to
cope, while the presence of undocumented foreign nationals is blocking the
implementation of effective policies by the authorities, argue the two MPs
who wrote the report.
Rodrigue Koukouendo, from President Emmanuel
Macron's centrist party, and François Cornut-Gentille from the
centre-Right Republicans, are urging the government to review France's ban
on gathering data on the ethnic makeup of the population so that immigrant
numbers can be better monitored and regulated.
"To identify urban
phenomena of ghettoisation, to explain educational difficulties, to combat
discrimination and to adapt the resources of the police and the judiciary
to a specific population, the question of establishing so-called ethnic
statistics is raised," the report says.
French law prohibits the
collection of data based on race, ethnicity or religion, a rule intended to
guarantee equal treatment, but critics argue that it is outdated and leaves
The report argues that urgent plans must be
made to combat poverty, high unemployment, the emergence of a parallel
economy in some areas, and trafficking of people and drugs which it says
have taken over some districts. ...
Campaigners also claim that
hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children are being left to sleep on the
streets of Paris because of flawed age assessment procedures.
year France's child welfare system took more than 25,000 underage migrants
into care, but Human Rights Watch argues that under-18s are often wrongly
classified as adults.
An estimated 550 migrants arrive in Paris
Most cross the border from Italy, where there are no
systematic border checks under the Schengen agreement.
Next up after today's Chequers summit immigration. Free movement must end. No ifs or buts.
ConservativeHome, 6 July
Crunch time for Brexit policy is fast approaching and
immigration will be a key part of it. ...
Siren voices in Britain
are suggesting conceding the continuation of free movement with the minor
tweaks of an "emergency brake" or requiring a job offer. Apparently Number
Ten is saying that these are not the intention but, so far, the UK has
caved in to virtually every EU demand on immigration matters.
let us be clear why both are hopeless. They would do virtually nothing to
reduce the impacts of EU migration on population, housing, health services
and education which are especially strong in particular parts of England.
Furthermore, either would amount to an abandonment of the government's
pledge to control immigration, let alone to reduce it, which many believe
that they were promised. A recent Channel 4 poll found that 70 per cent of
voters want a reduction in immigration from the EU. ...
As for free
movement for those who have a job offer, it is surely obvious that this
would simply lead to a boom for employment agencies who already advertise
widely in Eastern Europe to say nothing of all those who could
arrange a job offer through relatives already working in Britain. Any such
outcome would simply be flimsy camouflage for a wholesale retreat and for
the abandonment of a major pledge to the British public.
that such suggestions are even being discussed may be because the debate is
being largely conducted by those, including some ministers, who have very
little knowledge of how the present immigration system actually works. In
practice, there are substantial aspects of our existing visa system which
could perfectly well be adapted to our new situation as a non-member of the
For a start, it would be very much in the interests of both
sides for there to be visa free access for almost all purposes
except, of course, work. For work, we should treat EU applications in the
same way as those from the rest of the world. This means restricting entry
to those who come for higher-paid, highly skilled work or to work in
shortage occupations as identified by the independent Migration Advisory
Committee. This is no different in principle from the "blue card" system
which the EU themselves offer to third-country nationals so they have
little reason to object.
This would enable numbers to be capped at
a level reflecting the genuine needs of the UK rather than the wishes of
individuals from abroad. It would also be important to cater for
international companies wishing to deploy their senior and specialist
employees flexibly. These routes are already known to business so the
necessary adjustments would not be beyond the wit of man. ...
high time that policy discussion and, indeed, our negotiations with the EU
are concentrated on practical matters of this kind from which a perfectly
workable solution should evolve. The editorial in last week's Sunday
Times had it right: "Control of migration is not an option it is
POLITICS LABOUR PARTY
Labour is no longer the party of the traditional working-class
The Economist, 6 July 2018
The divorce between the Labour Party and the workers has played
out in two phases. /.../ Just as the rapid expansion of the universities
benefited middle-class women far more than working-class men, so the Labour
Party's women-only short-lists speeded up the transformation of the Labour
Party from a working-class into a middle-class party.
bet on the rise of the middle class allowed it to win three elections in a
row. But there were plenty of warning signs. The traditional working class
abandoned politics for private pursuits. ...
The second phase was
with Jeremy Corbyn. Mr Corbyn no doubt imagines himself to be a champion of
the working class. But this is a working class of his imagination rather
than of the real world. He was brought up in a manor house in Shropshire
and has spent his life working as an MP in a constituency (Islington North)
that has never been touched by either industrialisation or
de-industrialisation. Mr Corbyn is in fact presiding over the takeover of
the party by three groups: ethnic minorities, particularly Muslims;
public-sector professionals; and frustrated millennials, most of them the
university-educated children of the salaried middle class, who can't get
their feet on the property ladder. The latest membership figures show that
77% of party members are middle-class (ie, they hail from ABC1 social
groups). The proportion of Labour MPs who have had experience of manual
work has declined from 16% in 1979 to 3% today. The party has almost no
younger MPs without a university education despite the fact that 70% of
school-leavers don't go on to university (Angela Rayner is a notable
exception). The party's most powerful pressure group, Momentum, was founded
by a Cambridge-University graduate with an MBA from the London Business
School, and is stuffed full of educated millennials. The average
trade-union member is now a woman in her 50s who works in the public
sector. An intriguing new book by Ben Cobley, a former Labour activist,
"The Tribe: The Liberal-Left and the System of Diversity", points out that
the 2017 Labour Party rule book, a 91-page document, contains 26 mentions
of "gender", 41 of "BAME" (black, Asian and minority ethnic), 43 of
"ethnic", 11 of "race", two of "black" and "Asian" respectively, but only
two of "class".
This takeover of the Labour Party by other groups
has coincided with hard times of the traditional British working-class
particularly the white-working class. /.../ But this has not stopped
many Labour-Party-affiliated activists from demonising all white men,
however humble their background, as vectors of oppression. In significant
sections of the Labour Party the term "white male" is used as an accusation
rather than a description. ...
The Labour Party nevertheless may be
acting rationally in acting as it is: Mr Corbyn is a harbinger of things to
come rather than a relic of the 1960s. Britain's ethnic-minority population
is expanding and becoming more politically engaged. IPSOS Mori estimates
that, in the June 2017 general election, 73% of ethnic-minority voters
voted Labour compared with 39% of ethnically white voters. Thirteen of the
party's 20 best performances were in heavily Muslim areas. Labour's best
chance of holding onto the Midlands lies in mobilising the Muslim vote,
rather than in appealing to Jaguar LandRover workers.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ASYLUM, SOCIAL COHESION, EUROPE
Liberals have lost the argument on the migrant crisis. Now Europe needs to get tough
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2018
Europe's migration crisis sparked by Merkel's government
three years ago has quickened the populist advance across the
Immigration is not the only factor in this worrying
trend, but it is an important one.
In 2015, when the migration
crisis began, more than 1.8 million people were detected crossing Europe's
borders illegally. Italy has had more than 471,000 people land on its
shores as the crisis has gone on. Germany received 1.1 million asylum
applications in 2015 alone.
Those who think the crisis is abating
are mistaken. While the numbers attempting to reach Europe are not as high
as last year, and are far lower than in 2015, they are still a worry.
Last week, more than 500 migrants arrived in Greece; nearly 900
reached Italy; and almost 1,200 arrived in Spain. And the authorities must
now house, educate and integrate the many people who reached Europe in the
last three years. By 2020 the German government will have spent an
estimated £74 billion dealing with the domestic costs of the crisis.
To maintain social cohesion, you need to control immigration.
To control immigration, you need strong borders. And to have strong
borders, you need to be prepared to adopt tough policies. ...
why should we continue an asylum model that favours the strong over the
weak, the young over the old, and men over women? Three quarters of asylum
seekers in Britain are men and the majority are in their early twemties.
Too often, with today's system, the vulnerable get left behind.
The immigration debate is changing. In Europe, mainstream
politicians are advocating "regional disembarkation platforms", where
asylum claims are processed outside the EU. This is a model that has worked
in Australia, but it will only succeed if migrants are barred from claiming
asylum in Europe itself.
Time will tell if Europe's leaders will
be tough enough to do that. But they need to be. If the migration crisis
taught us anything, it is that virtue signalling is not a policy: the only
policy with virtue is one that works.
FRAUD AND CORRUPTION EARNINGS
Migrants caught lying over pay in effort to stay in UK
The Times, 2 July 2018
Hundreds of highly skilled migrants trying to stay in the UK
permanently have been found abusing the system, according to the
Migrants who had been denied leave to remain
were found to have exaggerated their earnings on applications to the Home
Office when the figures were checked against their tax records.
almost 90 per cent of the cases reviewed, the applicants had amended their
records with HM Revenue & Customs by increasing their earnings by more
than £10,000, Caroline Nokes told MPs.
Ms Nokes said that the
migrants were most likely to have inflated their earnings so that they
could claim enough points to stay in Britain, or to have substantially
under-reported their salaries to evade tax.
FRAUD AND CORRUPTION EARNINGS
Hundreds of highly skilled migrants are lying about how much they earn to try and stay in UK permanently
The Sun, 2 July 2018
Hundreds of highly skilled migrants have been lying about how
much they earn to try and stay in the UK permanently.
Office said in 90 per cent of cases the reviewed applicants had increased
their earnings by more than £10,000 to reach the threshold needed to
qualify for long-term residence.
Immigration Minister Caroline
Nokes told MPs some of the applicants had amended their records with HMRC
to under-report their wages in to evade tax.
The review was ordered
by Sajid Javid, the Home Secretary, after concerns people were being
refused 'leave to remain' due to minor tax issues.
appraisal of 281 postal applications that were refused on character and
conduct grounds revealed a pattern of apparent attempts to abuse the
immigration system, the Times is reporting.
The Home Office is now
looking at applications made in person to see whether similar attempts were
made to try and enable skilled migrants to stay in the UK who failed the
strict qualification tests.
The review found many migrants trying
to live here permanently under the 'Tier 1' system had earnings lower than
the threshold required, but had been topped up by claims of self-employed
pay which were not real.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION DECEPTION, DEPORTATION
Europe is using smartphone data as a weapon to deport refugees
Wired, 2 July 2018
Smartphones have helped tens of thousands of migrants travel to
Europe. A phone means you can stay in touch with your family or with
people smugglers. On the road, you can check Facebook groups that warn of
border closures, policy changes or scams to watch out for. Advice on how to
avoid border police spreads via WhatsApp.
Now, governments are
using migrants' smartphones to deport them.
Across the continent,
migrants are being confronted by a booming mobile forensics industry that
specialises in extracting a smartphone's messages, location history, and
even WhatsApp data. That information can potentially be turned against the
phone owners themselves. ...
Admittedly, some refugees do lie on
their asylum applications. Omar not his real name certainly
did. He travelled to Germany via Greece. ...
If Omar's phone were
searched, he could have become one of them, as his location history would
have revealed his route through Europe, including his arrival in Greece.
But before his asylum interview, he met Lena also not her
real name. A refugee advocate and businesswoman, Lena had read about
Germany's new surveillance laws. She encouraged Omar to throw his phone
away and tell immigration officials it had been stolen in the refugee camp
where he was staying. ...
When sociology professor Marie Gillespie
researched phone use among migrants travelling to Europe in 2016, she
encountered widespread fear of mobile phone surveillance. "Mobile phones
were facilitators and enablers of their journeys, but they also posed a
threat," she says. In response, she saw migrants who kept up to 13
different SIM cards, hiding them in different parts of their bodies as they
This could become a problem for immigration officials,
who are increasingly using mobile phones to verify migrants' identities,
and ascertain whether they qualify for asylum. (That is: whether they are
fleeing countries where they risk facing violence or persecution.) In
Germany, only 40 per cent of asylum applicants in 2016 could provide
official identification documents. In their absence, the nationalities of
the other 60 per cent were verified through a mixture of language analysis
using human translators and computers to confirm whether their
accent is authentic and mobile phone data. ...
smartphone has become the essential accessory for modern migration.
Travelling to Europe as an asylum seeker is expensive. People who can't
afford phones typically can't afford the journey either.
TERRORISM COST, UK, EUROPE
The threat of terrorism is exhausting Europe
Free West Media, 2 July 2018
Between 2004 and 2016, the European Union lost 180
billion in GDP due to terrorism. Is Europe really serious about its war on
The United Kingdom (43.7 billion) and France
(43 billion) suffered the highest losses, followed by Spain
(40.8 billion) and Germany (19.2 billion), according to a Rand
"Beyond those who have been directly physically
affected by terrorist attacks, the extensive coverage of terrorist attacks
through multiple media and social media channels has substantially
increased the amount of people and companies that could be psychologically
affected. This subsequently affects their economic behaviour".
According to the Spanish "black book" of terrorism, 658 Europeans
have been murdered in terror attacks on European soil, while 1 029
Europeans died at the hand of terrorists abroad.
Half of the French
army are currently deployed in France to protect the civilian targets,
including schools, monuments, and religious sites. The Guardian noted that
French troop presence has hit 10 000 after Paris attacks. Many fear it is a
"political anti-anxiety measure". ...
... Germany has had to send
troops into the streets for the first time since the Second World War.
Belgium, like France, has more troops deployed at home than in any
single mission abroad. "We are standing around like flowers pots, just
waiting to be smashed," one Belgian officer complained.
magazine Causeur says Europeans are suffering from the "the Batman
Syndrome" after France announced it would be freeing at least 50 terrorists
from prison. The UK is also due to free 80 Islamic fundamentalists from
"How can we respect a society that is too cowardly to fight
those who threaten its citizens, and that demonstrates its weakness by
systematically seeking appeasement at the price of the most unreasonable
accommodations? It is the 'Batman syndrome': the hero refuses to kill, he
systematically saves his enemy who escapes and kills new victims until the
hero catches up with him, and so on."
EXTREMISM DERADICALISATION, ISLAM
Why Britain's Deradicalization Programs Are Failing
A. Z. Mohamed
Gatestone Institute, 30 June 2018
[A. Z. Mohamed is a Muslim born and raised in the Middle East]
The vast majority of deradicalization programs in the UK are at
best ineffective and at worst counter-productive, according to a recent
study by the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT, also known as the "nudge
unit"), a social purpose company partially owned by the UK government, but
that works in partnership with the Cabinet Office.
As the Times
reported recently, BIT examined 33 deradicalization programs across
Britain, in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and English-language
classes. Most of these are part of Prevent a strategy presented in
2011 to the UK Parliament by the Secretary of State for the Home Department
designed to keep vulnerable citizens from becoming terrorists or
supporting any form of violent extremism inspired by radical Islamist or
right-wing ideologies. BIT found that only two of the programs have been
The main reason for the failure of the other 31
programs, according to the Times' report on the study, is:
"...that facilitators were uncomfortable
dealing with sensitive topics and would often refuse to engage if they were
brought up. BIT found that teachers in particular were afraid to bring up
matters of race and religion with their students without appearing
discriminatory, often causing them to refuse to talk about these topics
The two effective initiatives,
according to the Times, were "one defying political correctness and
tackling difficult issues head-on and the other directly addressing
extremism in religious [Islamic] texts."
In Britain, the majority
(82%) of the 228 people in custody for terrorism- related offenses espouse
Islamist extremism. In August 2017, the EU's counter-terrorism coordinator,
Gilles de Kerchove, said that the UK has more radicalized Muslims than any
other European country. He added that Britain "has identified 20,000 to
35,000 radicals. Of these, 3,000 are worrying for MI5, and of those 500 are
under constant and special attention." ...
programs and counter-terrorism initiatives to work, they must
first defy political correctness, tackle the root causes of Islamist
extremism and address all related sensitive issues, including those which
appear in Islamic texts. British Muslims should not only participate in
this endeavor, but be on the front lines, monitoring early signs of
radicalization and ceasing to show sympathy for or to rationalize violence.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION SCHOOLS
Schools no longer required to record pupils' nationality
The Guardian, 29 June 2018
Schools in England will no longer be asked by the government to
collect information on pupils' nationality and place of birth, the latest
significant climbdown in the suite of "hostile environment" policies
targeted at immigrants living in the UK.
The low-key announcement,
confirming earlier reports, came in the form of a technical document for
schools from the Department for Education (DfE) regarding its school census
Under the heading Discontinued Items, the technical
specification lists "pupil country of birth" and "pupil nationality", with
a note that they are "no longer required by the department and, as such, it
is removed from the school census collection from autumn 2019 onwards.
"Schools must no longer request this information from parents, or
retain the data within their system, for purpose of transmitting to the
department via the school census," the document states.
ago the department added a requirement for schools to ask parents for the
information, along with a question on proficiency in English, apparently
under pressure from the Home Office under Theresa May.
Super-sized classes at highest level on record
Camilla Turner and Patrick Scott
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2018
Super-sized classes are at the highest level on record,
official figures show, as secondary schools begin to feel the effects of a
migrant-fuelled baby boom.
Eight per cent of secondary school
classes now have over 30 children, which is the highest proportion since
the Department for Education (DfE) started collecting figures for its
annual school census in 2006. ...
The average secondary school
class size in 2018 was 21.2 students, the new data shows, which is the
largest since 2007. There is now the equivalent of one extra pupil in each
class, compared to five years ago.
Overall, there are now 66,000
more children in the nation's schools compared to the same point last year.
While some of this increase was in primaries, most was in secondaries,
which have seen numbers rise by 35,400 in just a year. ...
latest DfE statistics, which look at the make-up of the school population
across England, also reveals that one in three of the nation's primary
school children are from a minority ethnic background.
one in five primary-age children do not speak English as their first
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION AMNESTIES
The economics of immigration amnesties
Alessandra Casarico, Giovanni Facchini and Tommaso Frattini
Vox, 28 June 2018
Illegal immigration is widespread in OECD countries. The
recent, unprecedented surge in the number of asylum seekers in Europe /.../
and the high likelihood that their claims will be rejected will increase
the stock of undocumented foreign nationals in many destination countries
/.../. In an environment in which repatriations are difficult to implement,
policymakers have few options available to handle a growing problem.
... In 2016, irregular migrants made up 3.4% of the total
population in the US, or about a quarter of the total foreign population.
In Europe, the figures are significantly lower, but exhibit substantial
variation across countries. The phenomenon is virtually absent in Denmark
or Sweden, very small in countries like Austria and Germany, but sizeable
in Greece, Belgium, Portugal, and the UK. The legal status of migrants
clearly reflects the policy stance of the destination country, both in
terms of the ex-ante controls introduced to discipline the flows and the
ex-post measures taken to grant legal status to existing undocumented
Used as a tool to give legal status to a broad set of
immigrants who satisfy pre-defined conditions, amnesties have been the
focus of much attention, and much controversy. ... some countries have
never resorted to amnesties (e.g. Germany and the UK), whereas others have
made use of them very frequently, especially before the 2008 crisis. ...
What trade-offs does a government face in the decision to implement
an immigration amnesty? Under what conditions is it more likely that a
government will resort to this instrument to deal with the presence of
irregular migrants? ...
European countries have recently
experienced an extraordinary inflow of asylum seekers. Many of them will
not be granted refugee status but are unlikely to be repatriated. Thus,
policy makers will have to deal with large stocks of undocumented
foreigners in the near future.
IMMIGRATION GOVERNMENT, BREXIT
Time for clarity on government's EU immigration plans
Migrationwatch UK, 27 June 2018
With nine months to go until Brexit, there is an urgent need
for clarity about how the government plans to adapt immigration rules for
EU citizens who are not already resident here.
A Migration Watch UK
paper (MW447 - Brexit and immigration: the way forward) calls for visa free
movement to and from the EU for tourists, family and business visitors.
There must, however, be limitations on those whose intention is to
work so the paper proposes an extension to EU nationals of the current
system of highly-skilled work permits a system with which business
is already familiar.
The EU should have no grounds for objecting to
such an offer since their Blue Card policy - in the process of being
expanded is on very similar lines.
This, alongside an
expansion of the Tier 2 cap to accommodate these highly-skilled EU workers
together with temporary transitional measures for construction or
agricultural workers, would allow businesses to continue recruiting the
talent they need while providing the incentive to train British
Current arrangements for the transfer of senior
international staff (ICTs) should also be extended to EU citizens.
Furthermore, by cutting lower-paid migration which has accounted
for about 80% of EU migration over the past decade or so, these proposals
would help to deliver a considerable long-term reduction in immigration
They would also encourage businesses to raise wages,
improve working conditions and invest more in training for UK recruits.
Securing unhindered movement for tourists and business visitors in
both directions would be of clear benefit to all sides, especially in their
service sectors. It would also be compatible with the maintenance of the
very long standing Common Travel Area with Ireland.
reduction in immigration is vital to honouring the referendum result. As a
major academic study has found, high immigration was the 'key' issue on
voters' mind when they voted in June 2016. Polling reported by Channel 4
News last week found that 70% of the public want to see a reduction in
immigration from the EU.
It is crucial, therefore, that the red
line of reducing immigration from the EU is kept separate from the trade
negotiations. Attempting to secure trade concessions by compromising on the
manifesto commitment to end freedom of movement would seriously undermine
the credibility of the government.
British white people set to become a minority in Birmingham, says report
Birmingham Mail, 27 June 2018
British white people are soon to become the minority in
Birmingham while nearly 50,000 residents in the city cannot speak English,
according to a new report.
There are thought to be residents from
nearly 200 countries living in Birmingham which has been described as
'super diverse' in the city council's new cohesion strategy.
while there are recognised benefits to a multi-cultural society such as
trade links, the city's varied ethnicity has also been identified as major
factor in social segregation and community 'tension'.
policy, which is due to be tabled before the council's cabinet today
(Tuesday, June 26), states that 42.1 per cent of people in Birmingham
classified themselves as non-white British in the 2011 census.
was an increase of 12 per cent from the 2001 survey and if the rate
continues by the time of the next census in 2021 more than half of the
city's 1.2 million-plus population will be from an ethnic minority.
This is already the case for under 18s with 60 per cent coming from
a non-white British background in the last poll. ...
chief Cllr Tristan Chatfield said: "Birmingham faces a number of difficult
social issues that have an impact on cohesion; whilst
these are not
unique to our city, we cannot assume that national government policy will
"These are complex challenges and they are also
rapidly evolving. ..."
Immigration fears are more economically rational than the urban liberals pretend
City A.M., 27 June 2018
For the metropolitan liberal elite, immigration is
unequivocally a Good Thing. They are on the side of the angels. Whether it
is President Trump attempting to control entry into America, or in
the latest twist the Italians turning away boats, all are to be
Ironically, almost all of these cosmopolitans accept the
right of "oppressed" peoples, such as the Palestinians, to a homeland and
identity. But they regard such aspirations as illegitimate when expressed
by the historic majorities of Europe. ...
It is often said that
immigration helps to raise the rate of economic growth, so it does not make
sense to have strict restrictions on numbers.
In the mainstream
model of economics, growth depends upon three things: the speed at which
new technology is adopted, increases in the amount of capital used in
producing goods and services, and the growth of the labour force.
Immigration does indeed increase the growth rate, though its impact
on growth per capita is at best marginal. A larger labour force arising
from more immigration boosts growth, but there are more people around to
share in the growth.
In order to make the economic case for
immigration, it would have to be shown that either immigrants adopt new
technology faster and more effectively, or that they are inherently more
productive than the typical worker. There is a good case for allowing
relatively small number of skilled people into the country on these
grounds, but not for mass immigration.
Advocates of large-scale
immigration argue vigorously that it provides a young workforce to support
an ageing population not only in the UK but throughout the west.
The trouble with "replacement migration" as a solution is that
immigrants themselves grow old. They have to be supported by the next
generation of workers.
To rejuvenate the population through
immigration requires not just a once-and-for-all influx of foreign workers,
but a continuing flow of new immigrants.
A few years ago, the
Oxford demographer David Coleman calculated how much net immigration would
be needed each year to preserve even the existing age structure of the
populations of western Europe. At present, the estimate is around six
million net immigrants a year. ...
A further assertion is that
immigrants do jobs which native British workers are unwilling to take. But
this rather gives the game away. Without mass immigration, employers would
be obliged to raise the real wage rate to induce these people to take the
jobs. Large-scale immigration thus increases inequality.
no doubt that part of the opposition to immigration is driven by prejudice
and fear of the unknown. But there are very rational grounds to be wary of
it on a mass scale. EU leaders need to recognise the validity of these
CRIME PASSPORTS, TERRORISM
All passports that get stolen get sold... and the British one is a strong passport': Mail investigation reveals how gangs are selling UK passports for £2,500 - allowing
criminals and terrorists to sneak in
Daily Mail, 25 June 2018
A disturbing trade in stolen British passports is exposed today
by the Daily Mail.
Swiped by criminal gangs in Western Europe, they
are flown to Istanbul or Athens for sale by people smugglers.
Security experts said owning a genuine British passport was like
'winning the lottery' for jihadis and criminals allowing them to
slip across borders undetected.
In response to the Mail's findings,
MPs called for action to address Britain's 'shocking vulnerability' to
potentially dangerous illegals. ...
The Mail bought a UK passport
for £2,500 from Abu Ahmad, a people-smuggling kingpin in Turkey. It
had been stolen from a Milton Keynes man working in Brussels. ...
He is on bail while he appeals against an eight-year sentence for
spiriting thousands of migrants into Europe, including suspected jihadis.
At its peak, his 'business' was bringing in £110,000 a month.
Europol, an EU police agency, warned yesterday that people
smugglers operating in Turkey and Greece were 'frequent' offenders in the
trade in black market documents, which is an 'important enabler' of
Ahmad said all the passports he sold were genuine
otherwise they would be no use at border control.
either stolen or sold by their owners, who agree not to report them as
missing for a few months, by which time they have been used by Ahmad's
He said: 'Most British passports are stolen. Except if
the passport was in the name of someone Arabic or Pakistani or something,
that could have been sold.' ...
Interpol, an international police
agency, has a stolen and lost travel documents database, known as SLTD,
which it says was searched more than 1.2 billion times in the first nine
months of 2016, providing 115,000 'hits'.
But on its website, it
admits: 'Interpol is not automatically notified of all passport thefts
occurring worldwide, and the SLTD database is not connected to national
lists of stolen or lost passports.
'Despite the potential
availability of the SLTD database, not all countries systematically search
the database to determine whether an individual is using a fraudulent
In 2014, the head of the agency said just four in ten
passports used for international flights were checked against the database.
David Lowe, a former Special Branch counter-terrorism officer
now based at Leeds Beckett University, said: 'For terrorists and criminals
getting a new passport is like winning the lottery.
significant concern with fighters coming from Islamic State or returning
British fighters. Once you get in with somebody else's passport you are
very difficult to trace.'
DIVERSITY NATIONAL IDENTITY, PUBLIC OPINION
Britain lags behind Canada and the U.S. in new Inclusiveness Index
Ipsos MORI, 25 June 2018
A new Ipsos survey which compares countries' acceptance of
social and cultural diversity shows that Canada and the United States have
the most inclusive definition of nationality, followed by South Africa,
France, and Australia. These countries score highest on an Inclusiveness
Index reflecting social acceptance of diversity as it applies to religion,
immigration, sexual orientation and gender identity, political views, and
criminal background. Britain ranks 10th in the overall index.
Overall Inclusiveness Index is based on the findings of an Ipsos Global
Advisor survey of over 20,700 men and women aged under 65 in 27 countries
online. Respondents were asked about as many as 28 types of people and for
each type, they were asked if they consider such a person to be a "real"
national (e.g., "a real Briton" in Great Britain., "a real American" in the
US, etc.) or not. ...
Six in ten of the British public (59%) think
of themselves as a 'real Brit' but less than two in ten (17%) do not.
Globally, Britons rank lowest on this measure against an average of 84%.
Younger people are less inclined to consider themselves real Brits, with
22% of under 35s saying they do not consider themselves a real Brit
compared to just 12% of those aged over 50. ...
Britain is slightly more inclusive than the global average. Half of the
public (52%) think that an immigrant who has become a citizen of the UK can
be considered a real Brit compared with one in five (22%) who do not. But
for immigrants who have lived most of their life in Britain and not taken
citizenship, the public is split; 35% think they are real Brits and 35%
think not. ...
The ability to speak English is also seen as real
marker of being a true Brit. Over half (56%) of the public think that
immigrants who have become citizens and are fluent in English can be
considered Brits. This falls to three in ten (30%) for those are not fluent
in English. Similarly, marrying someone British does not necessarily make
someone be seen as a real Brit 34% think it does and the same
proportion thinks it does not. Just one in four (23%) think that someone
who is an illegal immigrant but has lived in the country most of their life
can be considered a real Brit compared with 46% who think they can't.
On second generation inclusiveness, around six in ten people in
Britain say that second generation citizens - whose parents immigrated from
outside the UK - can be considered real Brits regardless of where their
parents immigrated from.
DIVERSITY IDENTITY POLITICS, INTELLECTUAL FREEDOM
Make no mistake, we are living under a diversity dictatorship
Sunday Telegraph, 24 June 2018
Those who cry repression and oppression racism, sexism,
transphobism have become judge, jury and executioner.
seen countless times in the past year or so how anyone accused of an
outrage against identity will immediately pay the price, from classicist
Mary Beard, accused of racism and mauled on Twitter as a result, to
Germaine Greer, ceaselessly attacked for her unorthodox views on
transsexual women and #MeToo.
If the obsession with identity
politics had remained a matter for vitriol and silliness only on Twitter,
or in Left-wing newspapers and journals, things wouldn't be so bad. But
they've seeped, with chilling consequences, into absolutely all aspects of
life, with our institutions now as obsessed as their American counterparts
with dictums for promoting "diversity and inclusion" at the cost of just
about everything else.
This means, with catastrophic consequences
guaranteed, that the once highly prized notions of merit, creativity, and
freedom of thought and speech are being systematically tossed on the
bonfire of all things Potentially Un-PC.
And what a week it was for
the country's diversity warriors. ...
Job discrimination, whether
based on sex or race, is wrong and illegal. It is crucial that employers
aren't allowed to refuse promotions on these grounds. But the idea that
"diversity" comes down to tabulating the number of skin colours in any
given management tier, room or discussion, is idiotic, pretty racist
itself, and (shiuld be) insulting to everyone's intelligence. ...
The noxious effects of what I can't help but call the
ever-strengthening "diversity dictatorship" is particularly dispiriting in
once-irreverent domains like comedy. Shane Allen, the former head of comedy
at the BBC, said last week that Monty Python wouldn't "stand a
chance" of being broadcast on the Beeb these days. Nor would Hugh Laurie or
Stephen Fry, because they are "Oxbridge white blokes". ...
Taleb, the Lebanese-American scholar and statistician, put beautifully on
Twitter last week the sinister nature of all this diversity-mongering. "The
more you institutionise rules of ethical behaviour that should be voluntary
(say, anti-racism, anti-sexism)," he tweeted, "the more they will be used
as a cover for unethical actions."
Unethical, absolutely and
plain lunatic, too. ...
Meanwhile, amid all the "inclusive" quotas
and pledges and sackings, the bias trainings, the shamings and the
relentless jargon, our society is losing its creativity, humour and
CITIZENSHIP EU CITIZENS, RESIDENCE
UK unveils post-Brexit EU citizen settlement scheme
Lisa O'Carroll and Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 22 June 2018
The government has promised to fast-track the registration
process for EU citizens who want to stay in the UK after Brexit, with
decisions on applications to remain in the country reduced from six months
to "a matter of days".
Unveiling details of the "settlement scheme"
for EU citizens, the Home Office promised that the application process
would be "short, simple and user friendly" with a default position of
accepting rather than rejecting applications. ...
cost £65 per adult, with children half price. EU citizens will be
issued with an ID number, but not a physical card, which they will be
required to use for public services such as the NHS and possibly employment
and property rental checks. ...
It has been estimated that the Home
Office will have to process up to 4,500 applications a day to get through
3.2m applications before the programme closes in June 2021. However,
numbers could be even higher, with the Home Office saying there could be
anything from "3.2m to 3.8m" EU citizens eligible for the scheme. ...
Anyone with a criminal record involving a jail sentence of more
than 12 months is at risk of being rejected. Checks on the national police
database and watch lists will be automatic but past crimes in the rest of
Europe will not be automatic. ...
It will remain open for two and a
half years, with EU citizens who arrive in the country eligible to apply
right up until the end of December 2019, the proposed end of the transition
Those in the country for less than five years will be
granted "pre-settled status" which can be swapped for a full "settled
status" ID after five years.
The new status will also be considered
a route to British citizenship, ending the need for EU citizens presently
in the country to go through the permanent residency process.
family members, defined as "spouse, civil partner, durable partner,
dependent child or grandchild or dependent parent or grandparent living
overseas" will be allowed to join those with settled status under a
"lifetime right" of EU citizens already in the country.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION
Revealed: two years after Brexit vote, public still supports tough immigration targets
Channel 4 [television], 22 June 2018
Almost three quarters of British adults still back Theresa
May's tough stance on reducing immigration, a Deltapoll survey for Channel
4 News reveals. ...
Two years after the EU referendum, support for
the government's tough immigration targets is widespread across the country
and political allegiances, according to the poll.
Most people want
the number of immigrants coming to Britain to be reduced to "tens of
thousands" per year after Brexit although many believe there should
be some flexibility.
Strikingly, the majority of Remain voters
would like to see numbers of immigrants go down. Some 23% of Remainers want
a "big reduction" in EU immigration, while 35% want a small reduction. ...
However, many people remain positive about the overall impact that
immigration to the UK has had over the last few decades.
Half of UK
adults believe it has been mainly beneficial, compared to around 40% who
said it had mainly been detrimental.
Other recent surveys have
suggested attitudes towards immigration may have softened after Brexit.
But the survey by Channel 4 News shows that 42% of UK adults want
to see a big reduction in EU immigration after Brexit. And a further 28%
would be happy with a small reduction.
Only 14% of people want EU
immigration to increase. And just 15% oppose the government's target to
reduce immigration to "tens of thousands". ...
Conservative voters still support the "hostile environment" policy
compared to around four in ten Labour voters. ...
age groups, the Conservatives' policy to bring immigration levels down to
"tens of thousands" is least popular among young people, aged 18-24.
However, the majority of young people still support it, according to the
In response to the poll findings, Ken Clarke MP told
Channel 4 News: "I don't think freedom of movement has done us any harm at
all myself. We live in a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-national
society. And if you think that has gone too far already, I think as far as
my grandchildren are concerned, you ain't seen nothing yet." ...
Deltapoll interviewed 2,063 adults between 8th June 11th
BBC to boost diversity by ending shortlists with no black candidates
Personnel Today, 22 June 2018
The BBC plans to increase the proportion of black and ethnic
minority staff with its announcement that all shortlists for posts, above
certain grades, will include at least one non-white candidate.
new protocol will apply above the broadcaster's band E to middle and
senior-ranking posts including editors, producers and presenters.
The organisation's executive committee and divisional leadership teams will
also have at least two people from ethnic minority backgrounds by 2020.
Currently there are no black people filling the 96 highest ranked
leadership roles at the BBC.
All leadership and development
programmes will be expected to have considerable ethnic minority
representation as part of their overall cohort and accountability for
diversity and inclusion targets, and ethnic minority career progression
will be included in senior leadership team objectives and progression
Cultural awareness training will be made mandatory for
all team managers, says the report, on top of the current compulsory
unconscious bias programme. ...
The BBC already has a diversity and
inclusion policy in place that includes 15% targets for the percentage of
black and ethnic minority staff in leadership roles by 2020.
The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray - review
Evening Standard, 21 June 2018
On publication in May last year, The Strange Death of Europe
became a surprise bestseller and remained so all last summer. It's rare
that a book of such seriousness, cogency and pessimism finds so many
Murray announces quite simply in his introduction: "Europe
is committing suicide." He predicts within the lifespans of most people
currently alive "Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will
have lost the only place in the world we had to call home".
puts forward two simultaneous causes. The first is the mass movement of
peoples into Europe post-war, making it into "a home for the entire world".
The second is the way Europe itself "has lost faith in its beliefs,
traditions and legitimacy". ...
Murray surveys the history of
migration, highlighting how much it has been underestimated by governments
and how little serious public discussion has been permitted even
when, for example, the 2011 census revealed the enormous changes that have
taken place, in London especially. ...
He traces the way new
parties have emerged across Europe to represent popular opinion so
determinedly ignored by mainstream parties. "There is an ongoing effort to
make European publics not believe the evidence of their own lives," he
says, quoting poll after poll, showing how out of step with public opinion
governments have become. In 2010, 47 per cent of Germans said they did not
think Islam belonged in Germany. By 2015, that figure had become 60 per
cent. Now it is higher again.
In a new Afterword for the paperback,
after surveying the events of the last year, Murray says he had anticipated
criticism. "Yet none of the many facts in this book were able to be refuted
and nobody of any consequence has even tried to contest or deny them." The
Strange Death of Europe is essential reading, just as much for those who
would dispute its analysis as for those who will find here lucidly set
forth what they already intuit.
The Strange Death of Europe:
Immigration, Identity, Islam by Douglas Murray (Bloomsbury, £9.99)
POLITICS EUROPEAN UNION
The Migrant Question
City Journal, 20 June 2018
... whatever attitude governments take to the migrants, no one
truly believes that they are more of an asset than a liability. /.../ When
European leaders discuss the migrant question, it is always in terms of
sharing the burden, not the assets, equitably. No one speaks of foreign
investment in this way, which suggests that European politicians believe,
whether rightly or wrongly, that the free movement of people and capital
are different in an important way.
The leaders speak of sharing the
burden, then, and are incensed when countries such as Hungary and Poland
refuse point-blank to take any migrants from Africa or the Middle East. But
I have never seen mentioned in this context the question of where the
migrants themselves want to go. They might as well be inanimate toxic waste
as far as the discussion is concerned, rather than human beings with
wishes, desires, ambitions, and so forth. They are but pawns in a political
game. Hungary, for example, is deemed duty-bound to take x number of
migrants: no one asks whether x number of migrants can be found who want to
go to Hungary. Nor is the question ever discussed in public whether
Hungary, having open borders, would be held responsible for making the
migrants stay there once they had arrived. Short of penning them in, how
exactly would you keep them in Hungary, or in Poland?
POPULATION COST, NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
'Nobody will talk about it!' Farage reveals why NHS funding MUST increase for THIS reason
Daily Express, 18 June 2018
Nigel Farage hailed Theresa May's announcement of a 'Brexit
dividend' for the NHS, but reminded listeners the money was only necessary
because of rapid population growth fuelled by mass immigration. ...
Speaking on his LBC show, Mr Farage said: "Spending on the National
Health Service has to go up every single year significantly, not just
because of administrative waste, not just because of health tourism.
"The British population is rising by half a million people every
single year, and 75% of that is because of people coming into this country
and those that have come having children.
"Is it any wonder we need
to increase spending?
"And of course part of the argument around
Brexit was that by leaving we can take back control of our borders and
significantly reduce the numbers coming into Britain.
little prospect of that, and as I say it is the elephant in the room and
nobody wants to talk about it because immigration has disappeared
completely off the political radar in this country."
Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than 1,000 in terror attacks in Europe since 2014
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018
Radicalised asylum seekers have murdered or injured more than
1,000 people in terror attacks in Europe since 2014, a new report has
In the past four years, 32 Islamist plots have involved
those who had sought sanctuary or 16 per cent. Three of the
potential atrocities were in the UK, including Parson Green tube bomber
An analysis by academics found 44 refugees had either
carried out atrocities or been thwarted before they could bring bloodshed
to the streets.
The findings echo warnings by law enforcement
chiefs that some so-called Islamic State fanatics who are bent on murder
posed as refugees fleeing war and persecution. It was claimed they
exploited the migrant crisis by pretending to be asylum seekers to sneak
into Europe and cause carnage.
Terror expert Robin Simcox, of the
Heritage Foundation think-tank in Washington DC, said it was 'disturbingly
simple' for jihadists to hide among genuine refugees because the
Continent's borders were under huge strain.
European leaders had
'inadvertently increased the terrorist threat' as a direct result of their
'catastrophic' handling of controversial immigration and open-border
Mr Simcox made clear that the fault for 11 successful
attacks involving asylum seekers, which killed 182 people and injured 814,
lay with the terrorists.
The report said: 'Ill-conceived
immigration policies have made it easier for them to strike. European
leaders were either naïve about the risks or failed to communicate
honestly with the public the impact that accepting such large amounts of
people would have on security.
'The fall-out from the decision to
take in such a large amount of unvetted people in such a short time will
continue for decades to come.'
The study found that there were 194
Islamist terror plots between January 2014 and December 2017. The total
casualties were 357 deaths and 1,678 injuries.
Of those, 32
involved asylum seekers or refugees. They included the attack by
IS-inspired gunman and suicide bombers who murdered 129 innocent people in
Paris in November 2015 and Tunisian-born Anas Amri who killed 12 when he
drove a truck into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016. ...
direct connections to the majority of plots, with Germany targeted most and
Syrians more frequently involved than other nationalities.
DIVERSITY POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Tyranny of the minorities: We live in an age of mob rule by minorities in which anybody who disagrees with them is censored and freedom of expression is something only THEY
Daily Mail, 16 June 2018
... this week when our so-called liberal Left went into
convulsions of illiberality after author Lionel Shriver mocked the latest
diversity madness. ...
The forces of political correctness impose
their unyielding views everywhere. ...
charities try to thrust correctness down the gullets of their staff. The
National Trust instructs country house guides to wear gay pride badges. The
RNLI sacks long-serving lifeboatmen for using tea mugs with risque images
Theatre companies are left in no doubt that they will not
be given Arts Council subsidies unless they cast a number of
'non-traditional' actors i.e., women playing Shakespearean kings or
Afro-Caribbeans as English Regency fops.
Firms ban employees
wearing crosses in case they offend non-Christians or atheists (but it's
fine to wear a burka). ...
'Diversity' is now a booming employment
sector and it offers hefty salaries. More insidiously, others exploit it
for political ends and furtherance of their own ambitions. ...
Lionel Shriver was swiftly condemned this week by people who pretty
clearly had not read her article and were interested only in hurting her.
There is a profoundly worrying problem with this tyranny of the
minorities. By insisting every minority has preferential rights, you end up
denying the majority their rights. ...
A few months ago, I had an
experience like Ms Shriver's when I criticised the Royal Shakespeare
Company for what I felt was some clumsy, minority-quotas casting in a
Restoration comedy. I asked if the RSC was being leaned on by the Arts
Council (which places inordinate store by its diversity policies). Did it
fear that unless it cast black actors in historically white roles it might
not be given such big dollops of public cash? ...
The RSC denounced
me as a racist and numerous blowhards in the subsidised theatre world
pretty much compared me to Satan. Behind the scenes, senior theatre
practitioners told me they completely agreed with me but feared that
if they said so in public, their careers would be damaged.
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Our new moves to stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination within the Conservative Party
ConservativeHome, 15 June
[Brandon Lewis is Chairman of the Conservative Party, and is MP for Great Yarmouth]
As Muslim families gather today to celebrate Eid al-Fitr,
marking the end of Ramadan, they will be joined by neighbours of different
faiths and none to celebrate this happy day. This is a wonderful reminder
of how much Muslims contribute to the community and culture of British
Britain would be a poorer place without British Muslims. We
are lucky to have a rich tapestry of faiths and different communities in
the United Kingdom. It is one of the things that makes this nation strong.
As a Party we are strongest when we reflect the diversity of backgrounds
and experience of wider society in our membership. ...
met with TellMAMA, an organisation doing tremendous work to support and
protect Muslims in Britain. They recognise that the Conservative Party has
acted swiftly in disciplining members who have expressed unacceptable
attitudes towards Muslims, but we should always be looking to do more to
stamp out anti-Muslim abuse or discrimination of any kind.
So I am
taking the following steps:
. First, the Conservative Party will
work closely with TellMAMA to give local associations tailored advice,
support and guidance to deal with abuse and bigotry robustly.
Second, I will make diversity training available to all members and
association officers to improve awareness of discrimination and promote
. Third, I will be writing to local associations to
remind them of the standards of behaviour expected from representatives of
the Party and to stress the importance of promoting tolerance and
. Finally, I will ask all local associations to report
back to CCHQ about how they have dealt with locally reported complaints.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION PEOPLE SMUGGLING
People smugglers make billions: UN report
MailOnline, 14 June 2018
People smugglers made billions on the backs of some 2.5 million
desperate migrants in 2016, the UN said in a report Wednesday as the plight
of refugees worldwide continues to top the headlines.
issued by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, said people-smuggling rings
earned some $7.0 billion ... in 2016 an amount, it noted, equal to
US and EU humanitarian aid that year.
The figures are the latest
available covering 30 major migrant routes in Africa, Europe, North America
and Asia but they quite likely understate the extent of the problem,
according to the report.
IMMIGRATION VISAS, DOCTORS, NURSES
Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses
BBC, 14 June 2018
The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more
non-EU skilled workers into the UK.
On Friday, the Home Office is
expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from
the government's visa cap.
The cap - introduced by Theresa May when
she was home secretary - sets a limit for all non-EU skilled workers at
20,700 people a year. ...
NHS England had 35,000 nurse vacancies
and nearly 10,000 doctor posts unfilled in February. ...
proposed change would only apply to doctors and nurses - but could free up
thousands of visas for workers in other industries like IT and teaching,
even if the 20,700 total didn't change.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION POLITICS
What kills migrants on boats? The left's good intentions
The Spectator, 16 June 2018
You will remember the shrieking from the left a few years back
when the first wave of migrants set sail from the North African coast.
'These are people, we must do something,' the liberals
demanded, insisting that the rest of us were callous bastards. The thing
they wanted was more patrols in the Med, to scoop the refugees out of the
water once their boats had, inevitably, capsized.
It seemed plain
to me and to many others that if we did this, many more people would be
encouraged to come, and many, many more would die attempting to achieve
landfall. And that is exactly what happened: the death rate increased
almost exponentially in the first six months of 2017 some 2,000
migrants died. But those of us who predicted this were castigated by the
'But these are people' brigade in fact this was their only
response to suggestions that stepping up the patrols would cost more lives.
I remember the columnist David Aaronovitch saying that if we did not 'do
something' to help these people then the government would be directly
accountable for the deaths which occurred.
Given that many more
people have died because we did indeed do something, are those subsequent
deaths not on Mr Aaronovitch's hands? And on the hands of the rest of the
dense, squawking liberals? Even more so, are they not the responsibility of
the various NGOs and charities which now openly connive in the trafficking
of these people, thus encouraging still more to come? If the NGOs really
wished to do something useful, they would fish the survivors out of the sea
and take them straight back to where they came from.
outcome the lefties did not see was the effect these mass migrations would
have on the nations of Europe. One by one, populist governments deeply
opposed to immigration have been elected and the European Union is now a
much more fissiparous and fragile entity. ...
... You can't beat
good intentions for causing misery, deaths and political upheaval.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, EUROPEAN UNION
Immigration, terrorism top concern list of Europeans: poll
Jan Strupczewski and Julia Echikson
Business Insider / Reuters, 14 June 2018
Immigration and terrorism are the two top concerns for the
European Union as a bloc, but trust in the EU and optimism about its future
are on the rise, a European Commission poll showed.
Commission's twice-a-year Eurobarometer poll showed 38 percent of the EU's
510 million citizens saw immigration as the most important issue facing the
bloc. Paradoxically, the highest level of concern about the issue was
registered in countries were immigration is minimal Estonia, the
Czech Republic and Hungary.
Concern over terrorism was mentioned by
29 percent of Europeans. Again, it was highest in countries that have not
had a single terrorist attack in recent years Lithuania, Cyprus,
Ireland, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Poland and Latvia. ...
survey showed that more than eight in 10 respondents supported the free
movement of EU citizens with the right to live, work, study and do business
anywhere in the EU.
EMPLOYMENT DOCTORS, NURSES
It may be controversial to say it but it's true lifting the immigration cap for the NHS is a bad idea
Independent, 14 June 2018
It probably had to happen. All the stars were aligned: the
perennial shortage of qualified medical staff in the NHS; the advance
planning for next winter's "crisis"; a loud chorus of special pleading led
by the great and the good; frightened politicians, and a new home secretary
keen to set a fresh tone on migration following the (totally unrelated)
And so the government will announce that it is
abolishing the "cap" for recruiting nurses and doctors from outside the EU
and presumably, post-Brexit, from inside the EU, too. ...
... Even with an entirely graduate profession of nurses and the
long training required to produce a doctor, the NHS could have had four
years' worth of extra nurses by now and two years' worth of new junior
hospital doctors, with a new crop of fully trained GPs, surgeons and other
specialists in the pipeline. Numbers of training places have increased a
bit, but at nothing like the necessary rate. ...
But the biggest
reason for the NHS to demand more imported medics is surely the same as it
has always been: that bringing in fully, or nearly, qualified medical staff
is a lot easier, more flexible, and above all cheaper than training them
yourself. So here we go again. Whether the cash savings in the longer term
are as great as they seem in the short term, however, may be less
Language competency requirements may have been
increased, but I know from experience that there can be quite severe
communications problems. Doctors trained abroad are more likely to be
struck off than those trained in the UK (though many argue this may reflect
inbuilt discrimination in the cases that are brought).
significant, perhaps, were the findings of a peer-reviewed 2015 study,
which concluded that "the use of non-UK-educated nurses in English NHS
hospitals is associated with lower patient satisfaction. Importing nurses
from abroad to substitute for domestically educated nurses may negatively
impact quality of care."
EXTREMISM TERROR THREAT
Jihadis free to roam the UK: Concerns over tracking dangerous extremists as only 40 out of 400 British fanatics returning from Syria and Iraq have been
Daily Mail, 13 June 2018
Only 40 of the 400 British jihadis who fought in Syria and Iraq
have been prosecuted on their return home.
At least 360
battle-hardened fanatics are being allowed to go free because there is too
little evidence to convict them.
The figures, disclosed by security
minister Ben Wallace, will raise concerns over whether the authorities can
keep track of all the dangerous extremists on our streets.
chiefs have repeatedly warned of the severity of the terror threat facing
Britain particularly from those who have been radicalised by
John Woodcock, the Labour MP who had pressed for
the release of the figures, said: 'It's no wonder the Government tried to
keep secret that it has only managed to prosecute one in ten of the British
jihadis returning from Syria.
'It is an affront to our country that
the difficulty of amassing admissible evidence means there is no
comeuppance for people who went to aid an evil regime that wanted to
slaughter British civilians.'
He said it should be made illegal to
travel to terror hotspots without good excuse. ...
The last time
the Home Office revealed the number of returning foreign fighters taken to
court was in 2016. Then it stood at 14. ...
The 40 figure refers to
successful prosecutions. More will have faced charges that did not stick.
Around 850 Britons are believed to have travelled to Syria or
Iraq and at least 15 per cent of them are thought to be dead. ...
Ministers are yet to agree on what to do with captured foreign
CRIME VIOLENCE, BLACKS
Tory MP risks sparking fury for suggesting police should carry out more stop and searches on ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crimes'
MailOnline, 11 June 2018
A Tory MP has risked sparking fury by suggesting police should
stop and search more ethnic minorities because they 'commit more crime'.
Philip Davies said black people are more likely to be murderers -
and be murdered themselves - on Britain's streets. ...
a parliamentary debate, he said: 'When it comes to the most serious offence
of all murder it is clear that black people, and in
particular black males, are far more likely to be victims.
are also more likely to be murderers.'
He added: 'It is also a fact
that black people are more likely to use a knife or a sharp instrument to
He said official figures from the criminal justice system
show that from 2013 to 2016 four times more black people - at 32 victims
per million people - were killed compared to white people at 8 victims per
Mr Davies, MP for Shipley, said: 'Why are more
black people being stopped?
'If the uncomfortable truth is that
they commit more of the crimes for which they are stopped, we need to
accept that and deal with it. If that is not the case, we need the evidence
to show what the issue is.
'The Prime Minister said that
institutions should explain or change. I say that this evidence needs an
explanation, and it may well be that it should result in a change to the
recent policy on stop-and-search, and that stop-and-search should be used
His remarks are likely to spark anger among some who say
that police stop and search powers have unfairly targeted ethnic minorties.
As Home Secretary, Mrs May announced a crackdown on the use of the
powers, which she warned had bred resentment between officers and the
communities they were sent to police.
But the move has proved
hugely controversial after a surge of violent crimes in the years that
There have been 70 killings in London this year - many of
them stabbings - and at one point the capital's murder rate was higher that
New York's for the first time.
In February more than 250 knives and
swords were seized across London in just one week where 283 people, many of
them teenagers, were arrested for carrying them.
IMMIGRATION DOCTORS, NURSES, NHS
Staffing the NHS properly requires more training not endless immigration
Conservative Home, 11 June 2018
Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK and a cross-bench
The immigration lobby are asking us to believe that raising
(or even abolishing) the cap on skilled migration would solve so many
problems at a stroke. We could have all the doctors and nurses that we
need, and industry could have all the skilled people that they demand.
Problem solved. Really?
Is the Government unaware that nearly two
thirds of the population wish to see a significant reduction in
immigration? Have the Conservatives missed the fact that 84 per cent of
their supporters take this view? ...
Only recently, a Demos poll
found that 73 per cent of those sampled believed that immigration had made
the communities where migrants had settled more divided, reaching 78 per
cent in areas that have experienced large-scale migration in recent years.
Of course, if you ask the public whether they think that a
particular category of skilled workers should be granted visas they will
say yes but that is subject to their overall concern about numbers.
Part of the immediate pressure is about medical staff. First, we
should recognise that certain medical skills have already been identified
by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) as shortage occupations, which
are not only granted visas, but are given clear preference over other
applicants. Indeed, the government estimates that around one third of the
20,700 permits issued every year go to the NHS.
So what about other
doctors? We already have one of the highest proportions of foreign-trained
doctors in Europe 29 per cent compared to less than 10 per cent for
France and Germany, and about three per cent for The Netherlands. It has
been obvious for decades that we have failed to train the staff that we
The real solution surely has to be to reduce this reliance on
those trained overseas and to train our own. ...
As for nurses, the
former chair of the MAC, Sir David Metcalf, said in 2016: "There is no good
reason why the supply of nurses cannot be sourced domestically. There seems
to be an automatic presumption that non EA skilled migration provides the
health and care sector with a get out of jail free card." They also pointed
out that in 2016 the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked to
the decision to cut training places by almost a fifth between 2009 and
2013. Indeed, until 2014 over 30,000 UK applicants for nursing courses were
turned away every year. ...
So here we are again with the NHS
management once again blaming immigration control for their failure to
train British workers, indeed for turning them away in their thousands in
past years. It is time that we had a different conversation. For a start,
any concessions should be time limited and should steadily diminish.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD MEDITERRANEAN, ITALY
Matteo Salvini's decision to turn away a migrant rescue ship is an historic moment
Spectator blog, 11 June 2018
The refusal by Italy's new 'populist' coalition government of
the alt-left Five Star Movement and the hard right Lega to allow an NGO
vessel with 629 African migrants on board to dock in Italy is an historic
Salvini announced on Sunday that he had refused to
allow the NGO vessel the MV Aquarius operated by SOS
Mediterranée and Médecins Sans Frontières and
registered in Gibraltar to dock in Italy. ...
new Socialist government has agreed to allow Aquarius to dock in the port
of Valencia. It will be interesting to see how many more migrants Spain is
prepared to take in from Libya as the summer migrant season now begins to
kick off in earnest. Maritime law stipulates that those rescued at sea
should be taken to the nearest safe port which in the case of those rescued
off the Libyan coast is either Tunisia, or else Malta. But it never
... And so, since 2013 more than 700,000 migrants have
been ferried to Italy either by NGO rescue ships or EU naval and coastguard
vessels. Nearly all are young men from sub-Saharan Africa and so, even
according to the UN, few are genuine refugees. But once on terra terma in
Italy, fewer still ever get deported. Last year for example Italy deported
At any one time, there are 180,000 migrants in Italy's
state-financed hostels who have applied for asylum. Their applications take
at least two years to process. And if rejected they too just disappear.
These hostels cost the Italian taxpayer 5 billion euro a year. ...
All other migrants just disappear. Nearly all want to get out of
Italy where there is no work and no welfare north to EU
countries like Britain, Germany and Sweden where there is. But in 2015
France abandoned Schengen at its frontier with Italy and will not let them
This is why Salvini is so popular in Italy.
When diversity means uniformity
The Spectator, 9 June 2018
I'd been suffering under the misguided illusion that the
purpose of mainstream publishers like Penguin Random House was to sell and
promote fine writing. A colleague's forwarded email has set me straight.
/.../ The email cites the publisher's 'new company-wide goal': for 'both
our new hires and the authors we acquire to reflect UK society by 2025.'
/.../ 'This means we want our authors and new colleagues to reflect the UK
population taking into account ethnicity, gender, sexuality, social
mobility and disability.' ...
The accompanying questionnaire for
PRH authors is by turns fascinating, comical and depressing. ...
And check out the ethnicity pull-down. 'Asian or Asian British' may
specify 'Indian,' 'Bangladeshi, 'Chinese', or 'Pakistan'; the correct
adjectival form of the latter nationality seems to be mysteriously
unprintable. 'Black or Black British' may identify as 'Caribbean' or
'African'. 'Mixed' allows for the options 'White and Black African', 'White
and Black Caribbean', and 'White and Asian', but any other combo is merely
'Mixed: Other'. As for us crackers, there's 'White: British', 'White:
Irish', and 'White: Gypsy or Irish Traveller', but the rest can only tick
Let's unpack that pull-down. If your office is
chocka with Italians, Greeks, Spaniards, Germans, Danes, Finns, Bosnians,
Hungarians, Czechs, Russians, Americans, Canadians, Australians, Kiwis,
Argentines, Guatemalans, Mexicans, Romanians who aren't travellers and
South African Jews I could go on together speaking dozens of
languages and bringing to their workplace a richly various historical and
cultural legacy, the entire workforce could be categorised as 'White:
Other'. Your office is not diverse.
I see two issues here. First:
diversity, both the word and the concept, has crimped. It serves a strict,
narrow agenda that has little or nothing to do with the productive dynamism
of living and working alongside people with widely different upbringings
and beliefs. Only particular and, if you will, privileged
backgrounds count. ...
Second: dazzled by this very highest of
social goods, many of our institutions have ceased to understand what they
are for. Drunk on virtue, Penguin Random House no longer regards the
company's raison d'être as the acquisition and dissemination of good
books. Rather, the organisation aims to mirror the percentages of
minorities in the UK population with statistical precision. Thus from now
until 2025, literary excellence will be secondary to ticking all those
ethnicity, gender, disability, sexual preference and crap-education boxes.
In the news last week, we find the ultimate example of this
fatal confusion over what is your actual job. Will Norman, London's
'walking and cycling commissioner', bemoaned the fact that too many
cyclists in the city are white, male and middle-class. 'The real challenge
for London cycling,' he declared, 'is diversity.' As opposed to building
more cycle lanes for everybody, or fixing potholes lethal to
everybody's wheel rims, Norman regards his principal function as
increasing black and minority ethnic ridership. /.../ For a cycling
commissioner to define his primary remit as 'diversity' is no less
ludicrous than for Transport for London to turn a blind eye to the chronic
tailbacks along the Embankment, just so long as the requisite number of
Koreans is stuck in them.
MULTICULTURALISM INTEGRATION, COST
£19 million funding for councils to boost integration
GOV.UK, 8 June 2018
From: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
and Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
Councils across England will receive
a share of a further £19 million to help ease pressures on local
services resulting from recent migration, Communities Minister Lord Bourne
announced today (8 June 2018).
This latest allocation from the
Controlling Migration Fund includes more than £16 million for 38
projects. Local authorities have developed plans to ease local pressures on
housing, education and health services arising from recent migration
providing benefits to the whole community.
The announcement today
includes £1.75 million of funding to help new refugees into work and
integrate into their new communities after their asylum decision is made.
This latest allocation brings the total funding to £73.5
million since the Fund's launch.
95% of UK's PC Islamic 'deradicalization' programs fail
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow.com, 7 June 2018
A government report revealed that the United Kingdom
government's "deradicalization" initiatives have a failure rate of greater
than 95 percent which is blamed on their politically correct
delivery because instructors are too scared to use a "religious extremist"
context and resort to discussing "Islamophobia," instead of Islamic
"More than 95 percent of deradicalization programs are
ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that
raises questions about the government's Prevent program," the UK daily
The Times divulged. "The study revealed failures in the approach to
deradicalization in schools, youth centers, sports clubs and
Only a miniscule fraction of the
programs were assessed to do what they intended because timid teachers
repeatedly resort to using "unoffensive" rhetoric. ...
discovered that instructors' reticence to directly tackle the topic
and their personal fear to address it was the main obstacle impeding
their ability to get the message across to students.
Most programmes to stop radicalisation are failing
The Times, 6 June 2018
More than 95 per cent of deradicalisation programmes are
ineffective, according to a study commissioned by the Home Office that
raises questions about the government's Prevent programme.
study revealed failures in the approach to deradicalisation in schools,
youth centres, sports clubs and English-language classes.
Behavioural Insights Team (BIT), the so-called nudge unit formerly part of
the Cabinet Office, examined 33 deradicalisation programmes across the
country designed to safeguard vulnerable people from far-right and
religious extremist threats. The Times understands that most were
funded by or fell under the label of Prevent.
The study found that
only two programmes were effective and that some projects were
POLITICS LABOUR PARTY
Gordon Brown calls for tougher controls on migration
The Guardian, 6 June 2018
The former prime minister Gordon Brown has called for tougher
migration controls as part of a package of measures designed to address the
concerns of Brexit voters and to prevent the UK being permanently paralysed
by its decision to leave the European Union.
Speaking in London,
Brown said the referendum result was a revolt against the political,
business and cultural establishment and it was a mistake to dismiss the
52%-48% result as false consciousness. ...
Brown presented a
six-point plan for dealing with concerns about migration: no undercutting
of wages by migrants; registration of jobs to give local people a chance to
apply; registration of migrants on arrival in the UK; possible removal of
migrants if they failed to find a job within nine months; a ban on
employment agencies advertising jobs abroad that had not been advertised in
the UK; and a bigger fund to help mitigate the impact of migration on local
... The referendum was a "genuine expression of
people's anxieties about the future" and sent out a message that
globalisation was "not working for British citizens".
No, Islamophobia is not the new anti-Semitism
Spiked, 6 June 2018
It is the definition of historical illiteracy to compare
Islamophobia to anti-Semitism. And yet that is what is happening. /.../
They fail to realise the fundamental difference between anti-Semitism and
Islamophobia: the former is one of the world's oldest hatreds and has
caused the deaths of millions of people; the latter is a word invented by
the Runnymede Trust in 1997 to demonise criticism of Islam. ...
Anti-Muslim prejudice unquestionably exists, but
Islamophobia is an invention. Don't take my word for it. Take the
word of the Runnymede Trust, one of Britain's leading race-equality
think-tanks. It openly boasts that it is 'credited with coining the term
Islamophobia... in 1997'. And what does this term Islamophobia mean? It
doesn't mean racial hatred. Runnymede's definition of Islamophobia, which
has been adopted by the Metropolitan Police, includes any suggestion that
Islam is 'inferior to the West', and even the belief that Islam is sexist.
If you think Islam is 'unresponsive to change', you are Islamophobic. And,
get this, if you 'reject out of hand' 'criticisms of the West made by
Islam', you're an Islamophobe. So even to ridicule Islam's view of the West
is apparently to be infected with the 'cancer' of this so-called racism.
These are criticisms of religion. In a free society they
ought to be entirely legitimate views, subject to no punishment whatsoever.
And yet the police actually say in their internal documents that the ideas
listed above count as 'Islamophobia'. That is chilling. Anti-Muslim
prejudice is out there, yes. But 'Islamophobia' is an elite invention, a
top-down conceit, designed to chill open discussion about religion and
values and to protect one particular religion from blasphemy. The war on
Islamophobia is in essence a demand for censorship.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IRISH BORDER
Cross-Channel migrants 'targeting UK via Irish border'
Colin Campbell and James Dunn
BBC, 5 June 2018
Migrants are bypassing tougher cross-Channel security to get
into the UK via Ireland, the BBC has discovered.
taking migrants from Calais and Dunkirk and flying them to Dublin, from
where they cross the Irish border and travel onwards to London. ...
An Iranian who made the journey said there were fewer checks in
Hamid - not his real name - paid smugglers £10,000 to
make the journey. He said the Irish route drew less police attention than
entering the UK via London or Kent.
To board the flight to Dublin,
Hamid used a genuine Greek passport that had been fraudulently obtained by
the smugglers. ...
He said at no point did he show any
identification after leaving Dublin. ...
Former director general of
immigration enforcement Dave Wood said the new migrant route exploited
weaknesses at Ireland's ports and airports.
He said: "If there are
weaknesses at Irish ports or Irish airports, they will exploit them and use
them, because once you're into Ireland, effectively you're into the UK.
"There's nothing stopping people once you're in Ireland travelling
north to Northern Ireland and then to the wider UK." ...
border is about 310 miles long with as many as 275 crossing points and,
apart from road signs changing from miles per hour to kilometres per hour,
there is no physical infrastructure to see.
Met Police confirm that criticism of Islam constitutes 'Islamophobia'
Archbishop Cranmer, 5 June 2018
The Metropolitan Police Service report 'Hate Crimes against
London's Muslim Communities' was published five years ago, and it outlines
the everyday nature of Islamophobic incidents: ...
We can all agree
that such incidents are abhorrent: anyone who threatens or harasses a
Muslim simply for being a Muslim is not merely moronic, but barbarous and
wicked. /.../ The vision of Christendom still persists in Western
civilisation: it is our surpassing quality and sanctity; our superior
morality and culture...
According to the Met Police,
this Western-superiority syndrome is Islamophobic: ...
So, if you
believe Islam is inferior to Christianity; or that Islamic society and
culture are inferior to "the West", you may be arrested for Islamophobia.
If you believe Islam is "sexist", you may be arrested for Islamophobia. If
you believe Islam is "violent" or "aggressive", you may be arrested for
Islamophobia. Astonishingly, if you believe Islam to be an expression of
political ideology (or is used for "political advantage"), you may be
arrested for Islamophobia. ...
The Met may make appeal to the
definition of the Runnymede Trust, but there is a world of difference
between a think-tank developing guidelines for community and fraternity,
and an agency of law enforcement incorporating these definitions into a
definition of criminal activity. /.../ Is Wahhabism or Saudi Salafism an
expression of Islam? If so, how can it be Islamophobic to articulate the
bald truth of its violent, aggressive "clash of civilisations" theological
genesis and political nature? Doesn't the Met understand the fundamental
difference between abusing Muslims and criticising a religion; between
being anti-Muslim and anti-Islam? ...
Is historian Tom Holland
guilty of Islamophobia? He said in the Channel 4 documentary 'ISIS: The
Origins of Violence':
There are things in the
past that are like unexploded bombs that just lie in wait in the rubble,
and then something happens to trigger them. And there are clearly verses in
the Quran and stories that are told about Mohammed that are very like mines
waiting to go off Improvised Explosive Devices. And they can lie
there maybe for centuries and then something happens to trigger them and
you get this.
Is Pope Emeritus Benedict
guilty of Islamophobia? ...
Is it 'hate speech' or a 'hate crime'
to highlight the hate speech in the Quran?
POPULATION PRESSURE HOUSING
Countryside is being 'concreted over' as greenfield sites developed at fastest rate for 25 years
Harry Yorke and Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 2 June
Greenfield land is being developed at the fastest rate for 25
years as campaigners warn that a Government drive to release land for
houses means the countryside is being "concreted over".
forests and gardens are being swallowed up at an "alarming" rate, the
Campaign to Protect Rural England said, with the acreage lost to property
development soaring by 58 percent in the past four years, according to new
The CPRE has blamed a relaxation of planning rules for a
surge in development in "wastefully low densities" in rural areas, which it
blames on the Government's "build more at any cost approach". ...
The Government has committed to building 300,000 new homes a year
by the mid-2020s, and Theresa May has warned councils that they must draw
up plans to address local shortages or be stripped of their right to decide
where new homes are built.
The campaign to decolonise culture in Britain
The Economist, 1 June 2018
Calls to revisit historical narratives in museums to make room
for the perspectives of those who were colonised have grown louder in
recent years. Groups of activists seek to identify the Western bias
involved in cultural heritage and shame institutions into redressing it. As
such, the activists ask provocative questions about who owns culture.
These debates spurred a group of young museum professionals from
different minority and immigrant groups to form Museum Detox in 2016. Their
aim is to build awareness around diversity in cultural organisations, to
build a network and to help members achieve leadership positions. Their
inaugural event, in October that year, was a flash mob at the Museum of
London. It saw some 60 black and minority-ethnic museum workers disrupt
"Punk.London", an exhibition marking 40 years of punk and its legacy. The
flash mob fittingly caused anarchy by raiding the show with cards and texts
about African and Caribbean culture. ...
The previous day gal-dem,
a collective of ethnic-minority women, had also staged a cultural coup at
the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. ... Scrutiny of the canon is
extending to universities, too. Non-Western academics and thinkers are
sharing their "decolonising syllabi" and discussing the subject online.
Last year undergraduates at Oxford and Cambridge petitioned to diversify
their English-literature curriculum with non-Western voices. At Cambridge,
in an open letter to the head of the English faculty, students said they
want to change a syllabus which they feel "elevates white male authors at
the expense of all others". They stated that while strides had been made to
include women writers, "the curriculum, taken as a whole, risks
perpetuating institutional racism." Students suggested more post-colonial
authors in exam papers, more diversified speakers at the university and "a
zero-tolerance policy on the dismissal of race as a subject worthy of
discussion/enquiry in essays".
FRAUD AND CORRUPTION UNIVERSITY APPLICANTS
Black applicants make up half of cheats, says Ucas
The Times, 31 May 2018
More than half of students submitting fraudulent applications
for degree courses are black, the university admissions body said
Black candidates make up 52 per cent of all applications
flagged despite comprising only 9 per cent of applicants, the Universities
and Colleges Admissions Service (Ucas) said. The figures triggered a race
row with politicians and student leaders who said Ucas should offer a
better explanation for the findings. Applications can be considered
fraudulent for several reasons, including plagiarism of the personal
statement, falsifying exam results, sending false documents, using fake
identities, or making multiple applications at once.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION
Most Brits believe that migration has harmed communities and fear the nation's culture and traditions are being lost, Left-leaning think-tank claims
Daily Mail, 30 May 2018
Most British people are united around the view that immigration
has harmed communities, a report from a Left-leaning think-tank said
There are also fears among many that the nation's
culture and traditions have been neglected.
The report said that
the great majority of Britons think the arrival of migrants has left towns
and cities more divided and that this feeling is strongest in areas
that have seen large-scale immigration over recent years.
report from the Demos think-tank also said Britons do not want to turn the
clock back and, unlike contemporaries in France and Germany, they remain
suspicious about nostalgia and optimistic about the future.
on a British poll, as well as on views taken from focus groups across
Britain, Germany and France, the report said nearly two-thirds of people in
the UK believe life was better when they were growing up.
added: 'Despite the widespread critiques of contemporary British society,
and anxieties about the future, many citizens remain both resilient and
begrudgingly optimistic a point that sets them apart from
participants in our French and German focus groups.'
also said that alongside the concern that the country is in a 'state of
decline', British people are united by the belief that immigration has had
a negative impact and that 'the nation's cultures and traditions are not
being sufficiently defended and promoted'.
Large numbers of people,
it said, are 'particularly incensed by cultural pluralism, seen to be
favoured over British values and traditions, and political correctness,
regarded as taxing and repressive'. ...
The Demos poll, which saw
more than 1,000 Sky TV subscribers questioned, found that while 43 per cent
thought immigration into Britain had been positive, 44 per cent thought it
had had a negative impact instead.
Nearly 71 per cent thought
immigration had divided communities where migrants have settled. This rose
to 78 per cent in 'areas that report having experience large-scale
migration in recent years'.
Nearly half, 47 per cent, felt that
protecting British values should take priority over multiculturalism.
And 55 per cent said the Government is doing too little to promote
traditional British values.
DIVERSITY BLACKNESS, CULTURE
University students offered course on Black Lives Matter movement
Independent, 30 May 2018
Students will be given the chance to study Beyonce and Kendrick
Lemar as part of the Britain's first degree course focusing on the Black
Lives Matter activist movement.
The University of Hertfordshire
module, which is part of a MA degree in Literature and Culture, will
examine contemporary texts linked to the social justice movement against
violence and racism. ...
Christopher Lloyd, lecturer in English
Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, hopes the new course will
boost the numbers of black and minority ethnic (BME) students at the
Dr Lloyd told The Independent: "We want to
put blackness and racial identity at the forefront and we want to attract
more BME students. We hope it will encourage some of our undergraduate
students to come back as it speaks to their identity." ...
new module, which starts in September, Dr Lloyd said: "Learning about black
culture, rights and social justice is vital to our understanding of the
"The university is committed to both
international perspectives and addressing the BME attainment gap in higher
education. We see this module as part of that larger project."
EMPLOYMENT NHS, DOCTORS, NURSES
Staffing The Health Service Requires Training Not Immigration
Migrationwatch UK, 30 May 2018
We are frequently told that the NHS would collapse without
The UK's health service is UK is more
reliant on overseas doctors and nurses than most comparable healthcare
systems in the developed world.
Reliance on overseas-trained
medical staff has allowed the NHS to get away with a long-term failure to
plan for the training of the medical staff we need.
immoral to be taking medical professionals from countries where medical
needs are far greater.
A report by NHS Providers has found
that the NHS imports significantly more doctors and nurses than Germany,
France, Spain, Canada, the US, Sweden and the Netherlands.
Only Ireland, Israel, Norway, New Zealand and Australia are more reliant on
foreign-trained staff than the UK.
In the Netherlands (which
has one of the top five healthcare systems in the world) the percentage of
doctors who were foreign-trained was 2.6% in 2013, compared to 28.7% for
As the Royal College of Physicians has noted: "The
long-term focus needs to be developing the homegrown healthcare
workforce." Yet the independent Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has
criticised the government for failing to maintain the supply of UK-trained
nurses. Britain is also not training enough doctors. ...
MAC said in 2016 that the shortage of nurses in England was closely linked
to the decision to cut training places in England by almost a fifth between
2009 and 2013.
CRIME CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Child Grooming Gangs: Government Accused of 'Letting Victims Down'
Breitbart, 30 May 2018
A group of 20 MPs have called for concrete action to be taken
against "sickening" grooming gangs, as the government was accused of
"letting down" thousands of victims of child sexual exploitation in the UK.
In a letter to the Home Office noting "alarming" similarities in
how the gangs of mostly Pakistani-heritage men operate across Britain, the
cross-party group called for government research into why the abuse is
taking place. ...
Speaking with Sky News, Ms. Champion said: "It's
absolutely sickening that child abuse can take place on an industrial scale
and more isn't being done about it. It's a national scandal that this is
even happening at all it's not just in Rotherham, it's right across
the UK. It's time the government stepped up and stopped this once and for
The letter came as Jayne Senior, the whistleblower awarded an
MBE for services to child protection for her part in bringing the Rotherham
abuse to light, blasted the government's record on helping victims of CSE.
DIVERSITY OXFORD UNIVERSITY
No, Oxford University is not racist
Spiked, 29 May 2018
[The author is a barrister]
Oxford is one of the world's great universities. ...
Yet for several years now, academic merit has been challenged by
the politics of diversity. The Labour MP David Lammy has championed the
view that demographics particularly of ethnicity, social class and
geography are relevant to student admissions. Last October he
accused Oxford of 'social apartheid', stating the student body 'is utterly
unrepresentative of life in modern Britain'. And last week, in response to
Oxford publishing its annual admissions data, he renewed his attack,
describing the university as 'a bastion of white, middle-class, southern
This is where merit and diversity clash. Academic
ability in 18-year-olds is not randomly distributed. Nature and nurture
play a role. Some children are born into environments that stimulate
academic curiosity. Some grow up wanting to emulate the educational
successes of their parents. Some attend more academic schools which have
teachers better at enthusing them to excel. Some are more able to devour
onerous Oxford lecture notes. Each of these variables is more common in
certain demographics than others. And if students were selected solely on
the basis of merit, then Oxford would necessarily reflect those
In 2016, the percentage of A-level students achieving
three A grades or better was 13. But for Chinese students the figure was 24
per cent. At the other end of the scale were black Caribbeans (three per
cent). In the mid-point were white and mixed-race communities (each 11 per
cent) and Asians (10 per cent), although within the Asian category students
of Indian heritage did better (14 per cent).
This ethnically based
differential in A-level achievement carries forward into degree
In fact, Oxford has a disproportionately high
number of black students, although you wouldn't know this from the comments
made by Lammy and others last week. ...
In any case, Oxford should
only admit black students who meet its minimum academic requirements
three A grades or better at A-level. But across all UK universities, only
1.8 per cent of black students achieved this minimum requirement. And yet
the percentage of black students admitted to Oxford is 1.9 per cent.
Accordingly, when allowance is made for grade attainment, black students
fare better than white students. ...
Far from discriminating
against black students, Oxford, by making allowances for grades and course
choices, discriminates in favour of black students. ...
now fronts a form of diversity politics that has become a mainstream
concern for almost the entire political class. /.../ Last week there was
scarcely a politician or academic who was prepared to defend a meritocratic
... An easier place at Oxford may be good for children from
'the 20th floor of a tower block estate', if they don't mind being
patronised, but it certainly isn't good for Oxford.
CRIME FEMINISM, VIOLENCE, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
The anti-woman violence feminists are afraid to confront
Ayaan Hirsi Ali
New York Post, 25 May 2018
The debate that has bucked this trend is the #MeToo campaign,
which has successfully cut across party lines, wealth divides, race and
religion. This powerful campaign has focused on taking down anyone who has
exploited power and fame for sex, not just stereotypical members of the
patriarchy in the form of rich, white males.
We've seen Bill Cosby,
John Conyers, R. Kelly, Tavis Smiley, Tony Mendoza and Tariq Ramadan
publicly shamed along with bastions of liberal values like Eric
The #MeToo campaign has shown that sexual
exploitation is not the purview of only some ethnicities or political
Unfortunately, liberal feminists pick and choose which
types of violence against women are worthy of this studiously nonpartisan
approach. For example, female genital mutilation, forced marriage and honor
violence seem not to be considered egregious enough to be taken up by the
broader women's movement. Instead, these barbaric violations of human
rights don't make it onto progressives' radar. Rather, they're excused or
ignored by feminists because the perpetrators inflicting the violence tend
to have brown skin. ...
The right of women and girls to be free of
abuse has been sacrificed at the altar of political correctness.
Analysis done by my organization, the AHA Foundation, shows that
legislators in 24 states hesitate to ban FGM despite evidence of girls at
risk in their state. ...
Intersectionality entrenches victimhood
and prevents men of color from being held accountable for patriarchal
attitudes and behaviors, laying the blame entirely on white men.
must depoliticize women's rights. We don't have to agree with each other's
political views but protecting individual human rights must be a given.
Romanian becomes second most common non-UK nationality
BBC, 24 May 2018
People with Romanian nationality have become the second most
common non-British population living in the UK.
The Office for
National Statistics says the total number of Romanian nationals rose by 25%
from 2016 to 2017, reaching 411,000.
Of the 65,176,000 residents in
the UK, 6.2 million were non-UK nationals - up by 4%.
The number of
people living in the UK but born abroad was up by 3% from 2016 - 9.4
million of the total population.
A problem with the collection of
statistics means there is no overall net migration figure. ...
figures show that 61% of the non-UK nationals number - or 3.8 million - are
from the EU.
POPULATION FORECAST GROWTH
Parts of London will swell by a FIFTH over a decade as immigration helps push England's population to 58.5m - and more Romanians now live in the UK than
MailOnline, 24 May 2018
The population in parts of London is due to expand by nearly a
fifth over a decade as immigration helps push England's population to 58.5
The swelling capital is expected to be the biggest
contributor to growth in numbers over the coming years, according to
official estimates released today.
London is set to have 9.54
million residents - just short of Megacity status - by 2026, up 774,000
from the middle of 2016.
Migration from abroad will add 754,000 to
the total, the Office for National Statistics believes. Another 771,000 is
as a result of the birth rate being higher than the death rate.
However, the rise in numbers will be offset by 757,000 Londoners
moving to other parts of the UK. The 8.8 per cent net increase drives an
England-wide growth of 5.9 per cent. ...
All the regions in England
are expected to get bigger.
The East of the country is due to rise
7.3 per cent to 6.57 million over the decade, and the South West will see a
6.6 per cent increase to 5.88 million.
In the South East numbers
will top 9.54 million by mid-2026, up some 6.4 per cent.
East is set to have the lowest growth at 1.9 per cent. ...
3.23 million increase forecast in the population of England, nearly half -
1.72 million - is accounted for by immigration. ...
The non-UK born
population rose from 9.2 million in 2016 to 9.4 million last year and the
non-British population went up from 6 million to 6.2 million.
IMMIGRATION EUROPEAN UNION
European Court Estimates Over 90 Million EU Residents Are First- or Second-Generation Migrants
Breitbart, 22 May 2018
The European Court of Auditors has estimated that 18 per cent
of legal residents in the European Union over 90 million people
are first- or second-generation migrants.
estimated that around 4 per cent of the population 21 million people
were first-generation legal migrants from outside the EU, with the
jump to 18 per cent when second-generation migrants are taken into
consideration, highlighting how mass migration continues to transform
receiving nations beyond the initial influx.
It issued its
extraordinary estimates in a briefing paper on "integration", which
conceded the bloc faces the significant "challenges" integrating the many
newcomers, and highlighted the alarming increase in the number of migrants
arriving via the asylum route claiming to be refugees.
briefing paper notes that the plurality of the migrant population living in
the EU without EU citizenship 39 per cent has established
itself through chain migration via family reunion. ...
EU member-states including the United Kingdom, at least until after
Brexit goes through and the mooted Brexit 'transition' period ends
would have difficulty restricting family reunion-based chain migration on
their own initiative, as the European Council deems it a "right" under EU
It should be noted that the briefing paper
does not appear to consider the migrant-descended population beyond the
second generation, which is considerable in countries such as Britain,
France, and Germany, which have been bringing in large numbers of migrants
from North Africa, South Asia, and Asia Minor for decades.
briefing paper explicitly does not consider the migrant population which is
resident in the European Union illegally, which is also considerable
with the illegal migrant population of Britain alone estimated at
over a million by David Wood, former Director-General of Immigration
EMIGRATION FOREIGN AID
Expert Warning That Foreign Aid Payments Are Fuelling Mass Migration
Breitbart, 21 May 2018
While many politicians in Europe have argued for more aid to
Africa and other regions to solve mass migration, some experts believe
current aid policies may be having the opposite effect.
economist Michael A. Clemens has claimed in a recent study, which he
authored for the Bonn Institute for the Study of Labour (IZA), that current
aid policy may be encouraging mass migration rather than preventing it,
Die Welt reports.
According to Clemens, current aid policies
"only strengthen economic growth, employment and security up to a certain
The economist added: "Almost all the poor countries that
have become rich have experienced large outflows. Rising household income
went hand in hand with rising emigration."
"Higher incomes mean
improved ability to pay for direct costs of emigration, but also to invest
in things that invite and facilitate migration such as Internet
access, foreign language skills, business connections abroad, or tourist
travel," Clemens added.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD GERMANY
Germany sets aside £68bn to fund immigration amid fresh attack on Merkel policy
Sunday Express, 20 May 2018
Germany will spend around £68.2bn on migration-related
issues over the next four years, according to a leaked document from the
country's finance ministry.
The figure includes £27.1bn
package of measured aimed at tackling the issues that cause people to leave
their homes and make their way to Europe in the first place.
leaked report, published in Der Spiegel magazine, estimated federal
spending of around £61.2bn plus an extra £7bn the federal
government agreed to transfer to states and local communities to cover
their costs through 2021.
Social payments to migrants in Germany
are projected to account for about £18.3bn through 2022, with another
11.3bn to be spent on language courses and other measures promoting better
Processing, registration and accommodation for
refugees will cost in the region of £4.5bn, according to the estimate.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION FAKE DOCUMENTS
Sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of migrants sneak into Britain is smashed by police in Albania
Daily Mail, 19 May 2018
A sophisticated fake passport laboratory helping hundreds of
migrants sneak into Britain has been smashed by police in Albania.
The illicit operation, run by people smugglers, was churning out
almost 'perfect' counterfeit travel documents.
believe the ring produced more than 1,000 bogus papers, of which up to 800
are thought to have been used. ...
Undocumented migrants paid up to
£20,000 for the counterfeit documents, which they used to travel
openly to the UK by plane, train and bus.
The National Crime Agency
has warned that fake identity documents that allow hardened crooks to slip
into the country undetected are a 'key enabler' of crime in Britain. ...
They specialised in Bulgarian passports which provide entry
to the UK because it is in the EU on the basis that British border
staff would not know the difference between anyone speaking Albanian and
An Albanian police source said the fake documents
they created were 'almost 100 per cent perfect' and apparently fooled
border guards. ...
It was one of four fake passport laboratories
used by the gang discovered in Albania. Another seven were found in Greece,
where several of the suspected gang members operated.
migrants were mostly sent first to countries including France, Germany,
Italy, Norway or Greece, before flying to the UK, US or Canada using their
fake documents to gain entry. Others travelled overland to France, where
they met up with another people-smuggling cell, who arranged for them to
take buses, cars, trains or trucks.
Record 6,200 foreign criminals including killers, sex attackers, robbers and drug dealers are living in the community instead of being deported
MailOnline, 18 May 2018
Killers, sex attackers, robbers and drug dealers are among the
thousands released back onto the streets at the end of their jail
Although they are due for deportation, the offenders are
not kept in prison. Many then simply slip off the radar.
challenge their deportation orders, often using human rights or asylum
In total, there were 6,231 foreign national offenders living
in Britain in December who were due for deportation. This was up 10 per
cent on the figure in December the previous year.
Nearly a third
2,032 have been out of jail for more than five years. Another
1,502 have dodged being removed from the country for between two and five
POLITICS LABOUR PARTY
Tories accuse Labour of running up the white flag with pledge to scrap 'hostile environment' for migrants
Daily Mail, 17 May 2018
The Tories accused Labour of running up the white flag on
immigration last night, after it pledged to scrap controls on illegal
Diane Abbott said she would close two main detention
centres, axe migration targets and force officials to prove suspects were
in Britain without permission.
The shadow home secretary also vowed
to scrap the requirement for bosses and landlords to carry out checks on a
worker or tenant's right to be in the country.
Miss Abbott said it
was Jeremy Corbyn's ambition to 'reframe' public debate on the issue. The
Labour leader later tweeted his support for her speech.
the proposals would wreck efforts to deal with the estimated million
illegals in Britain.
'Diane Abbott has confirmed what we already
know that Labour will have an open-door policy where anybody who
wishes to come to our country can do so,' said Andrew Bridgen MP. ...
A key plank of Miss Abbott's strategy would involve shifting the
burden of proof to the Home Office to establish whether a person was in the
country illegally. ...
Labour would also end the minimum income
stipulation for migrants to bring a spouse from abroad and always allow
children to join them. ...
'The Labour Party is under new
management and part of new management is having a very different
conversation on migration.' ...
Miss Abbott also said she would end
the Government's target of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands.
Big business 'ignoring millions of Brits looking for full-time work because they have EU migrants on tap'
The Sun, 17 May 2018
Big business was slammed for ignoring up to four million
"underemployed" Brits because they have an unlimited number of EU
workers on tap. ..
It claimed record job figures were masking a
huge problem of Brits working part-time but wanting full-time roles, or
those on shifts desperate for longer hours or overtime.
nearly 1.5 million unemployed Brits looking for work and available for
work, but a further 2 million who want more hours.
want a second job to earn more cash while 274,000 want a new job with more
Migration Watch chair Lord Green said: "For far too long
employers have been getting away with claiming that they cannot find
"The truth is that they are simply not adjusting
their working practices to meet the genuine needs of British workers
because they have an unlimited number of EU workers on tap."
How terror attacks were carried out by 23 jihadis on 'terrorist watchlists', bringing bloodshed to Britain and Europe over past 10 years
The Sun, 15 May 2018
At least 23 jihadis who have committed attacks in Europe in the
past decade have done so despite being on European terrorist watch-lists,
it can be revealed.
The damning figure has emerged after it was
revealed the man responsible for last night's attack in Paris was being
monitored by French security agencies.
In total some 4,000 Western
Europeans are believed to be back home having visited Syria and Iraq since
2011 to fight for ISIS or al-Qaeda.
And due to a lack of evidence,
most of these fighters will never face serious charges for their heinous
The Sun Online has compiled a list of at least 23 people
reported to have carried out attacks while either on specific terrorist
watch-lists, or in spite of previous alerts and convictions for terrorist
Threat from organised crime 'growing', agency says
BBC, 14 May 2018
Organised crime affects more people in the UK than any other
security threat, says the National Crime Agency.
It warns the scale
and complexity of organised crime groups is growing, driven by global
movements of people and new technologies like encryption.
estimates there are 4,629 crime groups in the UK, with many offences
It says that more firearms have been arriving as
gangs work across borders to smuggle them from Europe. ...
also warned the UK remains a "prime destination" for money laundering from
Russia, Nigeria and Pakistan - with the London property market being
regularly exploited. ...
The UK's 3,000 air fields also presented
"opportunities" for groups smuggling in both people and drugs.
CRIME DRUG GANGS, VIOLENCE
London crack cocaine gang violence threatens to spread to every UK town
Daily Express, 14 May 2018
As London's armed gangs branch out of the capital and take over
drug running, human trafficking and child exploitation, police warn that
they are preparing for a massacre of the middle classes. ...
Middle-class havens like Cambridge are seeing Yardie-style
gangsters threatening rivals with guns and acid attacks to seize control of
Children's Commissioner Anne Longfield has said that
youngsters from every midsized town could get sucked into drug dealing. She
warned about the menace of "county lines" where gangs set up drug-dealing
operations away from their usual areas. ...
Det Insp Billy Bremner
of Cambridgeshire Police, said: "County lines is a massive scourge on
society. It involves human trafficking, child exploitation and grooming."
Home Office statistics reveal knife crime in London has risen
by 20 per cent since 2014, but there has been a 180 per cent increase in
Warwickshire, 150 per cent in Hertfordshire and 102 per cent in Hampshire.
Forces have had to work closely to tackle the menace.
Bremner has told how about 40 per cent of county line dealers travel into
his area by train and said: "They are predominantly black males of Somali
or Afro-Caribbean origin aged 14 upwards."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD POLITICS, ISLAM, FRANCE
The French far left's common cause with Islamism
Spectator blog, 14 May 2018
The French have an expression to describe far-left citizens who
identity more with Islam than the Republic: 'Islamo-Gauchiste', a term
coined by the French philosopher Pierre-André Taguieff, who
explained in 2017 that many on the far-left regard jihadism as:
"... a legitimate social revolt... they
look at jihadists through a distorting lens of victimhood. This
compassionate approach sees Islamic terrorists only as lost children,
abandoned or rejected by unwelcoming and hostile countries, victims of
'institutional' or 'systematic' racism".
The symbiosis between the Western far-left and Islamism has been
ongoing for decades, and stems from the left's realisation of their failure
to win the hearts and minds of the white working-class. In his book
'Radicalisation', the French-Iranian professor, Farhad Khosrokhavar,
described how one of the major influences of the 1979 Iranian Revolution
was Ali Shariati, who:
"... called for a
revolutionary Shia movement, which would realise the dream of Marx and
al-Mahdi (the twelfth hidden imam, the Shia Messiah) by mobilising the
masses. What secular revolutions had been unable to achieve, revolution in
the name of Islam would finally bring about".
Karl Marx once described religion as the "opium of the people" but
Islamism is more a political movement than a religion. This enables the
far-left to identify with Islamists in the way an earlier generation did
with the Red Brigade, Action Directe and the Red Army Faction, because they
see it as the best means to overthrow the capitalist West.
report stated that 23 per cent of France's 1,132 jihadists fighting in the
Middle East were converts, most hailing from a left-wing milieu. "Jihadism
is the current format of radicalisation," explained the political scientist
Olivier Roy. "In the 1970s they would have been drawn to Maoism or one of
the other extreme-left groups".
The Religion of Racism
FrontPage Mag, 14 May 2018
Obama once called slavery, "America's original sin". Jim
Wallis, a member of Obama's White House Faith Council, has a book out
titled, "America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege".
Accusations of sinfulness usually tell us more about the values of
the accuser than the accused.
If racism is America's original sin,
then its redemption lies in anti-racism. For liberal theologians, Christian
and Jewish, who no longer believe in the traditional biblical sins, racism
is a godsend. It provides the moral drama of damnation and redemption,
confession and absolution, in a way that is compatible with the larger
secular culture and their own political ambitions.
isn't just a cause, it's a religion. And all that remains of major
The most resonantly dramatic events for
Christian and Jewish liberal denominations remain the fight against slavery
and the struggles of the civil rights movement. They revisit and recreate
them ceaselessly. And each protest movement, whether it's Muslim migrants
at airports, illegal aliens from El Salvador at the border or Black Lives
Matter racists at coffee shops, is a religious revival experience.
The trouble is that the hunt for this particular sin has come to
pervade our legal system, taint workplaces, terrorize campuses and unleash
social media mobs on random offenders. ...
students and businessmen still fear being fired, expelled and hounded out
of society for offending the sensibilities of a fanatical sect and its
zealous enforcers. ...
A drunken tweet, an indiscreet joke or a
mere implication can end even the most respected career.
religion of racism has become a twisted creed that has perverted its own
origins. What began as a unitary effort to bring together different races
around religion has instead become a cult that uses its beliefs to divide
us with white people as perpetual sinners and black people as unstained
Its fetishization of black victimhood is bad for black
people and its conviction that white people are inherently sinful is bad
for everyone. As real racism has diminished, its conviction in the ubiquity
of this particular sin has not. ...
If black people weren't
visiting national parks or living in sufficient numbers in Utah, it was
evidence that national parks and Utah were racist. Racism was no longer
something to be discovered by witnessing its presence, but by noting the
absence of some ideal multicultural diversity statistic. Civil rights
shifted from lifting state sanctions that mandated discrimination against
black people to imposing state sanctions that mandated discrimination on
behalf of black people. Like the segregationists, they were abusing
government power to impose the version of the ideal racial balance that
they wanted to see. ...
When civil rights shifted from punishing
mandatory segregation to punishing the lack of integration, it ceased to be
a movement pursuing freedom and instead became a totalitarian movement. ...
To its believers, implicit bias is the truth that we are all
racist. But that we can be saved from our racism by confessing it.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IDENTITY CARDS
Majority of Brits support introducing ID cards
YouGov, 12 May 2018
Given that such policies are often pitched to combat a range of
issues ID cards were lauded as tools to tackle fraud, terror and
benefits entitlement we split the sample into three groups of
approximately 1,600 respondents each to see whether the way that the
policies are pitched affects the level of public support. ...
first group saw control questions which pitched the policies in isolation,
while the second and third groups saw the same questions with additional
context. So, for instance, the first group were asked "Would you support or
oppose the government keeping a record of every British citizen's DNA?",
among the second group the question was appended with "...for the purposes
of tackling crime?" while the third group's questions ended with "...for
the purposes of combatting terrorism?"
The survey reveals that most
people would support the compulsory carrying of ID cards, with 57% support
among the control group and 61-63% among those who were asked the
In fact, ID cards were the second most
popular of the policies we tested. The only suggested policy more popular
is the monitoring of all public spaces in the UK with CCTV cameras, which
is supported by 58% of the control group, 62% of those asked the crime
question, and 67% among the sample asked the terrorism questions.
The survey examined support for another policy the Labour
government was pitching it the mid-noughties: a national DNA database with
a record of every British citizen's DNA. Half (50%) of Britons would
support introducing such a database, with 57-59% support among those asked
the crime or terrorism question.
A database for all British
citizens' fingerprints sees slightly higher levels of support 53% of
those asked the control question, 61% of those asked the crime question and
64% of those asked the terrorism question.
Thousands of Foreign Gangsters Awarded British and EU Citizenship
Breitbart, 12 May 2018
Thousands of foreign gangsters being monitored as organised
crime syndicate members have been awarded British citizenship, figures
Data obtained by The Times shows the National Crime
Agency are monitoring 2,083 gangsters, human traffickers, and drug dealers
linked to organised crime syndicates who have British citizenship but were
Comparing figures for birth nationality and current
nationality for the gangsters, the newspaper found that a large number of
dangerous criminals from Pakistan, Somalia, India, Poland, and Kosovo, in
particular, appear to have acquired British or EU nationality.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid has the power to deprive such individuals of
their British citizenship as predecessors have done or have
attempted to do in a small number of cases related to terrorism and child
sexual exploitation raising questions about why his department
appears to be turning a blind eye to the situation.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ASYLUM 'INDUSTRY', DEPORTATION, GERMANY
The 'asylum industry' debate: who is profiting from the refugee crisis?
The Local [Germany], 11 May 2018
A senior member of Bavaria's Christian Social Union (CSU)
sparked a heated discussion this week when he claimed that Germany has an
"anti-deportation industry." Did he have a point? ...
interview with Bild, Alexander Dobrindt, the vocal head of the CSU in the
Bundestag, decided to aim his fire at NGOs and lawyers, who he accused of
holding up deportations by dragging appeals through the courts for their
Germany has an "aggressive anti-deportation industry,"
the goal of which is "to intentionally sabotage the rule of law," Dobrindt
He also accused pro-refugee NGOs of supporting appeals by
migrants with criminal records and thus "not working for the right to
asylum, but rather against societal stability." ...
indisputable that having one's asylum request turned down in Germany in no
way means that one has to leave the country. At the end of 2016 over half a
million people were living in the Bundesrepublik who had been turned down
Compared to that number, the deportation figures are
tiny. In 2017, some 24,000 migrants were deported, a slight drop on the
number for 2016.
There are many reasons for why people are not
deported. Illnesses that can't be adequately treated at home, or the home
country failing to provide identity papers are just two common reasons why
a deportation cannot be carried out. ...
Another reason that people
stay after their case has been rejected by the Federal Office for Migration
and Refugees (BAMF) is that they appeal the decision in court. The courts
have been overloaded with cases in recent years. By September last year
there was a backlog of 283,000 cases.
CRIME CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE, NEWCASTLE
Operation Sanctuary: More than 500 child sex groomers face deportation
Daily Star, 8 May 2018
Up to 550 child sex groomers from the same city are to be
kicked out of Britain.
Police have passed their details to the Home
Office after smashing a giant sex ring run by taxi drivers in Newcastle.
They face deportation for posing a high risk of causing harm.
The astonishing figure includes sex groomers, human traffickers,
modern slave masters and other high risk foreign cyber crime and domestic
Not all have been convicted. Some are merely
Officers found eight separate crime gangs running child
sex rings across the city.
All 18 members of one were jailed after
girls as young as 14 were plied with booze and drugs and forced to have sex
with multiple partners. ...
Police have issued 220 child abduction
notices warning suspects still at large they will be arrested if they
Police said 60 taxi drivers suspected of
"sexual exploitation" had been suspended. ...
A police and crime
panel report into the operation said: "It is difficult to overstate the
positive impact of Sanctuary."
But it said sex gangs were still
operating in the area.
Migration will drive western politics for decades to come
Financial Times, 7 May 2018
A generation of political consultants was raised on the
irritating slogan "it's the economy, stupid". But immigration now rivals
economics as the driving force in western politics.
terms, it makes sense for rich, ageing countries like the UK and the US to
draw in new workers and citizens from poorer, younger neighbouring
countries. But the election of Donald Trump and the vote for Brexit were
both fuelled by fears of uncontrolled migration, with Mr Trump promising to
" build the wall " along the Mexican border, and the Brexiters vowing to
"take back control " of borders from the EU.
This is clearly not
just an Anglo-American phenomenon. ...
... The largest source of
would-be migrants making the perilous sea crossing into Italy is Nigeria
a country whose population has risen from 45m in 1960 to 187m today
and is projected to hit 410m by 2050. The European Commission has projected
that the population of Nigeria alone could be bigger than that of the whole
EU27 by 2060.
Overall, the population of Africa is expected to
increase by around 1bn people over the next 30 years. ...
Population trends suggest that migration will continue to drive western
politics over the next generation.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION
Poll shows British public overwhelmingly favours 'hostile environment' immigration policy after Windrush fiasco
Yahoo News, 2 May 2018
The Windrush fiasco may have resulted in the resignation of the
Home Secretary but a new poll has found that attitudes to immigration have
not changed in Britain.
A YouGov survey has found that while voters
think the Government has not handled the plight of the Windrush generation
well, they still support tough policies.
One such policy
often described as the 'hostile environment' still has overwhelming
public support, with 71% of Brits supporting people being forced to show
documents proving their right to be in Britain for work or to live.
The survey found that just 15% of voters oppose the policy, while
82% think people should have to prove their right to be in the UK before
accepting a job.
Some 79% think documents must be shown before
registering with a GP while 74% believe they should be shown before being
able to rent a home.
The survey also found that attitudes towards
immigration in general remains negative, with 63% believing immigration
into Britain in the last 10 years has been too high.
represents a 7% drop, the proportion that believe immigration is bad for
Britain has remained the same.
However, over 70% of Brits are happy
with either the same or increased levels of skilled immigration, while 73%
are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students paying to
study at British universities.
POLITICS LABOUR PARTY, ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Diane Abbott repeatedly refuses to say what SHE would do with illegal immigrants in her latest car crash interview
MailOnline, 30 April
Diane Abbott repeatedly refused to say what she would do with
illegal immigrants today.
In a toe-curling interview, the shadow
home secretary dodged as she was pressed to spell out whether she would
take action to expel those with no right to be in Britain.
Abbott was asked six times by Piers Morgan on ITV's GMB whether illegal
immigrants should be allowed to stay in the country.
Labour does not support an amnesty, as has been mooted by Boris Johnson
But she declined to say whether that meant illegal
immigrants should be deported from the UK. ...
'With respect that's not an answer to my question. What is Labour's policy?
Do you think they should be removed from the country? It's not a difficult
Ms Abbott said: 'What I'm saying to you is that the
immigration department is not fit for purpose, that is why many of these
issues have arisen.'
Morgan then asked again: 'I'm not trying to
trip you up. I'm just trying to work out what Labour's view of illegal
immigrants is: whether they should stay in the country or whether they
'I don't know why you're finding it hard to answer
'All I can say to you Piers is that for anybody
watching, the question this morning is why you don't want to talk about the
immediate plight of the Windrush generation.'
IMMIGRATION ABROAD SHAM MARRIAGES, REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Gardai investigating over 900 marriages of foreign nationals as part of probe into fake nuptials
Irish Mirror, 30 April 2018
Gardai are investigating 970 marriages among foreign nationals
that they believe could be sham arrangements.
The operation comes
as officers smashed an elaborate criminal network that had organised around
2,100 fake marriages between non-Irish EU citizens and mostly Asian men
between 2011 and 2015.
Gardai have now been put at the spearhead of
a European investigation as they try to put a stop to criminal groups using
vulnerable women to sell EU residencies.
Detectives are working
with the UK and EU states as they trace hundreds of 'grooms' coming mainly
from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.
Around 500 of the
EU women involved come from Portugal while many others have come from
Latvia, Estonia, and Slovakia.
The Garda National Immigration
Bureau has estimated that 16 Irish-based criminals made around 20
million from the fake marriages with each one costing around 17,000.
The women involved were paid around 3,000 with many of them
arriving in the country for the ceremony before leaving the next day,
according to The Sunday Independent. ...
Last week, a student garda
resigned from the Garda College after he was found to be in a sham marriage
to get citizenship.
The 31-year-old man who was originally from
Bangladesh began training in Templemore last year after passing through the
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION
Where the public stands on immigration
YouGov, 27 April 2018
Overall public opinion towards immigration remains negative:
63% of people think that immigration into Britain in the last ten years has
been too high and by 32% to 24% they think it has been mostly bad for the
country. While hostility to immigration has softened a little since 2016,
the changes are comparatively small - the proportion thinking the number of
people coming to the UK s too high is down seven points from 70% to 63%,
while the proportion thinking it is bad for Britain has barely changed at
However, beneath these headline figures attitudes towards
immigration are and have always been rather more nuanced. If
you ask about different types of immigration, or immigration from different
parts of the world, it suggests that there are many sorts of immigration
that the British public are quite relaxed about, or even that people
Over 70% of people are happy with either the
same or increased levels of skilled immigration, almost three quarters
(73%) are happy with existing or increased numbers of foreign students
paying to study at British universities, and 57% are happy with the same
number of or more people fleeing persecution or war coming here.
Additionally, nearing four in ten (38%) are happy with the current number
of immigrants coming to work in the NHS and the same proportion (38%) would
like to see more.
Public opposition to immigration only rises in
two circumstances. Either when it comes to familial immigration (people
coming to join family members already in the UK) where 42% want to see less
of this type of migration, or low skilled immigration here a
majority (57%) want to see either less of this type of immigration or no
immigration at all. ...
However, the approach that has led to such
problems for the Windrush generation the policy often described as
the "hostile environment" still has overwhelming public support. In
principle, seven in ten (71%) support a policy of requiring people to show
documents proving their right to be in Britain in order to do things such
as taking up employment, renting a flat, or opening a bank account. Just
15% oppose this. Asked about specific situations, 82% think people should
have to prove their right to be in the UK before accepting a job, 79%
before registering with a GP and 74% before renting a home.
Isis trying to foment a wave of migration to Europe, says UN official
The Guardian, 27 April 2018
Islamic State commanders fleeing Syria are conspiring with
extremist groups in Africa to foment and infiltrate a new migration wave
destined for Europe, the head of the UN World Food Programme has said.
David Beasley, a former Republican governor of South Carolina, said
Europe needed to wake up to the extremists' strategy in the Sahel region.
Those forced out of Syria were uniting with local terrorist groups
to use a lack of food as both a recruitment tool and a vehicle to push
millions of Africans towards Europe, he said.
Speaking to the
Guardian during a visit to Brussels for a two-day Syria summit, Beasley
said: "You are going to face a similar pattern of what took place years
ago, except you are going to have more Isis and extremist groups
"What we are picking up is that they are
partnering with the extremist groups like Boko Haram and al-Qaida to divvy
up territory and resources and to continue to infiltrate and destabilise in
the hope of creating migration into Europe where they can infiltrate and
"My comment to the Europeans is that if you think you
had a problem resulting from a nation of 20 million people like Syria
because of destabilisation and conflict resulting in migration, wait until
the greater Sahel region of 500 million people is further destabilised. And
this is where the European community and international community has got to
63% of Germans think migrant integration hasn't worked, 73% in Sweden
Westmonster, 27 April 2018
The integration of immigrants has been overwhelmingly
unsuccessful in key EU nations, according to a survey by the European
In Germany, only 31% of people think integration has
gone well, 63% think it's unsuccessful.
And in Sweden it's even
worse 24% think it's gone well, a whopping 73% think it's gone
In France, which is currently being led by Mr EU himself,
Emmanuel Macron, 64% of people think immigration has been unsuccessful.
And in Italy as well, people don't think integration has been
successful, 63% to be exact.
Britain's slightly more on board with
the integration of immigrants, but 36% of people still don't think it's
worked, which is a significant number.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAWYERS, DEPORTATION, DELAYING TACTICS
Immigration lawyers using delaying tactics to keep illegal immigrants in Britain, High Court says
Daily Telegraph, 27 April 2018
Immigration lawyers are using delaying tactics to keep illegal
immigrants in Britain, High Court judges have said.
Law firms are
"buying time" by filing endless "hopeless" appeals and applications "with a
view to generating new Home Office decisions" and keeping the process going
for longer, two senior judges said.
"The longer the case goes on
the more scope there is for an applicant to begin to develop an Article 8
'private life' claim, for example by getting married (sometimes through a
sham process) or having (or claiming to have) children," they added.
They warned that courts were used as a "continuing game played
between applicants and the Home Office" and judges were "distracted dealing
with abusive cases" leading to long waits for "genuine and important
disputes" to be heard. ...
In a ruling published on Thursday Lady
Justice Sharp and Mr Justice Green criticised three law firms for a
"serious and persistent failure to adhere to proper standards" and referred
them to the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
POLITICS EUROPE, USA
Macron: The Last Multilateralist
Patrick J. Buchanan
American Conservative, 27 April 2018
"Together," said Macron, "we will build a new, strong
multilateralism that defends pluralism and democracy in the face of ill
Macron belongs to a political class that sees open borders
and free trade thickening and tightening the ties of dependency, and
eventually creating a One Europe whose destiny his crowd will forever
But if his idea of pluralism is multiracial, multiethnic,
and multicultural nations, with a multilateral EU overlord, he is
describing a future that tens of millions of Europeans believe means the
deaths of the nations that give meaning to their lives.
will not go gently into that good night.
In America, too, millions
have come to recognize that there is a method to the seeming madness of
open borders. Name of the game: dispossessing the deplorables of the
country they love.
With open borders and mass migration of over a
million people a year into the USA, almost all of them from third-world
countries that vote 70 to 90 percent Democratic, the left is foreclosing
the future. They're converting the greatest country of the West into what
Teddy Roosevelt called a "polyglot boarding house for the world." And in
that boarding house the left will have a lock on the presidency.
With the collaboration of co-conspirators in the media,
progressives throw a cloak of altruism over the cynical seizure of
Daily Telegraph, 26 April 2018
[Letter to the Editor]
The quoted figure of 700,000 illegal immigrants residing in
Britain (report, April 25) is in itself staggering, but given the Home
Office's persistent record of understating its own incompetence, this is
almost certainly an underestimate.
We have in Britain a woeful
level of prevention, an inability to detect and apprehend those already
here illegally, and now a Foreign Secretary who holds out the prospect of
citizenship to anyone reaching these shores by whatever means, as long as
he or she keeps their head down. What more encouragement do economic
migrants and their traffickers need?
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION BORDER SECURITY
Immigration crisis laid bare as 27,000 illegal immigrants arrested in Britain over four years
The Sun, 25 April 2018
The scale of the illegal immigration crisis is laid bare today
as figures reveal at least 27,000 migrants have been arrested in the past
four years after sneaking into the UK.
A total 28 police forces
from the Met in London to Gwent in Wales, Thames Valley and North
Yorkshire, have picked up migrants without "leave to enter".
were likely arrested after 'lorry drops', raids or found to be illegal
after being nicked for committing low level crime.
from Freedom of Information Requests show that across the 28
forces, an estimated 27,109 illegal immigrants have been arrested since the
start of 2014.
A further 1,144 people have been nicked for
"conspiring" to help someone breach UK immigration law - such as
Lucy Moreton of the ISU union for borders,
immigration and customs workers said: "These figures aren't really a
surprise. There isn't the odd hole at the border, it's like a colander.
"People coming in on the back of a lorry, under a van and that's
before you think about the small ports and private airfields.
the Government wants the Border Force to pick up more people at the border,
detain and deport them it needs to invest."
The real figures are
likely to be even higher given only 28 of the 43 police forces in England
and Wales replied to the FOIs.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: We need to see the Government's planned post-Brexit immigration framework
Conservative Home, 24 April 2018
The Conservatives seem to be having a nervous breakdown over
immigration as, yet again, the race card is being played with the clear
intention of closing down the debate on immigration. As for the Windrush
affair, it was certainly a serious mistake in the execution of a policy
designed to reduce illegal overstaying rather than to reduce immigration,
but the row led to the Home Secretary attacking her own staff in
unprecedented and, frankly, indefensible terms.
She was followed by
Messrs Johnson and Gove declaring their undying attachment to a liberal
immigration policy. Nothing to do with numbers, they tell us. Actually, it
is. Numbers are at the heart of the issue. A YouGov poll last August found
that 41 per cent of UK voters saw immigration as the top priority in the
Brexit negotiations. Furthermore, a poll for the Migration Observatory in
November 2016 found that three quarters of the public want to see
reductions in immigration, including 50 per cent who want them to be
The key will be to focus on immigration for work
and, especially, on the less highly-skilled. The crucial number is that,
over the past ten years, 80 per cent of EU migrants for work would not have
qualified for a non-EU work permit. It follows that the simplest and best
solution would be to incorporate EU workers in the existing 'Tier 2' work
permit scheme. This regime, in particular the salary threshold of
£30,000 a year, would cut out most of the lower-skilled EU nationals
who might wish to work in the UK. ...
I return to my central point
that the key will be numbers and the risk is that, in a negotiation linked
to trade, concessions will be made that will be unacceptable to a wide
spectrum of public opinion. Whatever Johnson and Gove may now say,
"control" meant reduction for a very large number of Brexit voters.
MULTICULTURALISM POLITICS, DIVERSITY, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
On diversity, Conservatives are losing the generation game
CapX, 24 April 2018
[Andrew Cooper, Lord Cooper of Windrush, served from 2011 to 2013 as Director of Strategy in the Prime Minister's Office under David Cameron]
The arrival of the Windrush started a process that would change
the UK forever. The proportion of the UK population that isn't white, just
0.2 per cent in 1951, had reached 13 per cent by the last census in 2011;
from one in 500, to more than one in eight. In the seven decades since 492
Jamaicans and Trinidadians disembarked from the Windrush, the UK has become
ever more diverse our society, economy, culture and outlook
broadened and enriched, our country changed for the better by immigration.
For much of this period, though, the Conservative Party has
struggled to come to terms with the growing diversity of Britain and has
even, at times, been overtly hostile towards it. The Conservative Party,
extraordinarily, opposed the 1965 Race Relations Act the first
attempt to give legal protection against racial discrimination. Every
subsequent UK law advancing equality of ethnic minorities has been
introduced by a Labour government, while the Conservative Party's
consistent priority, by contrast, has been the tightening of immigration
In 2017, for the second election running, the Tories lost
ground among non-white voters while increasing its support in the country
as a whole. Not being white remains, shamefully, one of the strongest
demographic predictors of not voting Conservative in a country where
the proportion of the electorate that is not white is set to keep
increasing. Thirteen per cent of the total population is non-white, but
among children under five that proportion is closer to 30 per cent. The
whiteness of the Tory Party's appeal means that it struggles to win in
constituencies where the BAME population is 30 per cent or higher: it
currently holds just one such seat. Before 1987 there were no
constituencies with more than 30 per cent BAME population. By the next
general election, it is projected that there will be more than 120 such
seats. Unless something changes, before long there just won't be enough
white voters in the electorate for the Conservative Party to be able to
It is striking that people who were alive when the Windrush
docked, or who lived through the first phase in the UK's transition from a
white country to a diverse one, predominantly now think that immigration
has changed Britain for the worse and that multiculturalism has weakened
us. But it is surely more significant that the generations who have only
ever know a country that is ethnically diverse and multicultural feel, by
bigger margins, that immigration has been and remains a good
thing; that diversity has strengthened us and that increasing diversity
will strengthen us more.
POLITICS BUREAUCRACY, MULTICULTURALISM
The real villain behind the Windrush scandal? Once again, it's BLAIR
Mail on Sunday, 22 April 2018
Cruel, rigid bureaucracy has replaced common sense in this
How did this happen? By a strange paradox it happened
because of the crazy policy of uncontrolled mass immigration begun under
the Blair government and continued by David Cameron.
Cameron wanted this mass migration. Blair and his Eurocommunist sponsors
wanted to erase Britain's culture, history and traditions. Cameron couldn't
have cared less about Britain, but he saw the easy economic advantages of a
low-wage economy kept going by ultra-cheap imported labour.
they grasped it was unpopular, so they pretended to be against it. From
this came the 'hostile environment', supposedly directed against illegal
migrants, introduced by the charming and likeable Alan Johnson, who may not
be quite as nice as he looks.
Later on, it led to Theresa May's
shameful and embarrassing 'Go Home' lorries trundling around London, a
crude and cheap pretence at toughness that fooled almost nobody at all.
Both these measures were in fact gestures of contempt towards
Middle Britain. They were a London liberal's idea of what might please the
despised voters. ...
Nobody bothered you if you obeyed the law. You
didn't have to register with the authorities, show identity papers to stay
in a hotel, let alone to get or keep a job.
But that was not to
last. It is now 18 years since a secret report was circulated among the
commissars of the Blair government, with special precautions taken to stop
it reaching the media. It was rashly revealed by one of those commissars,
Andrew Neather, a few years later.
In a 2009 article laced with
scorn for working-class people worried about the immigration revolution, he
rejoiced at the new multitudes of cheap servants for types like him, and
sneered at the British poor as 'fascists', saying: 'The results in London,
and especially for middle-class Londoners, have been highly positive. ...'
Comrade Neather disclosed that the published version of Labour's
plan had been censored, revealing 'the earlier drafts I saw also included a
driving political purpose: that mass immigration was the way that the
Government was going to make the UK truly multicultural.
remember coming away from some discussions with the clear sense that the
policy was intended even if this wasn't its main purpose to
rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date.'
... Later they would pretend to be 'tough'.
The trouble was
that this 'toughness' had real effects on real lives. We have, as New
Labour secretly planned, become a different country, and a much less free
and fair one.
POPULATION PRESSURE HOUSING
Talking about the housing crisis means talking about immigration
UnHerd, 22 April 2018
It was once assumed that average house price would be around
three to four times an individual's earnings, and that when average house
prices were up to five times average earnings, there would be a slump in
house prices. In recent years, all such pieces of received wisdom have gone
the way of astrology. In London, in the last quarter of last year, house
prices in the capital reached 14.5 times the average earnings. Not 14.5
times average earnings nationwide, but 14.5 times average earnings in the
The societal implications of this are already making
themselves felt. Just this week, a report from the Resolution Foundation
found that on current trends, up to half of today's younger generation will
be renting into their forties and up to a third for their entire lives. The
long-term effects of this are dire. Since rental payments are this
generation's largest outgoing, it is almost impossible to see how a portion
of them are going to have enough money in retirement to continue to pay
And along the way, politics itself will change,
with a generation rent looking to drastic answers to this drastic problem.
It is no good for Conservatives to talk about personal responsibility and
fiscal prudence to a generation which is having to paddle ever harder just
to keep their heads above the waterline. As has been said many times
before, the virtues of capitalism are not always clear to a generation
without capital. And when the most important asset most of us will ever own
a house is beyond the reach of so many, even respect for
other peoples' assets may become a diminishing force. ...
years, net immigration into the UK that is the number of extra
people who settle in Britain, taking into account those who have left
has consistently been over the 300,000 mark. Let's diminish the
number and say that it is a straight 300,000. Newcastle is a city with a
population of around 280,000. So going on the number of people arriving in
the UK each year over recent years, the country needs to build a city
larger than Newcastle every year just in order to keep up with demand. ...
Most people starting off in their career will find it exceptionally
difficult to put it mildly to get on a housing ladder that
requires them to raise a deposit and a mortgage worth almost 15 times their
salary. All to live in a place where over-crowding and a struggling
infrastructure will become more and more acute as that Newcastle-sized city
continues to try to squeeze into it.
... Net immigration of almost
a third of a million people a year means a UK population soaring to 70
million in the near future and a whole world of societal and fiscal issues
that flow from that. Plus a long-term agreement that Britain's future is
destined to be one of ever-more urban sprawl and ever less green or
pleasant land. ...
'Banging on about immigration' is the usual
charge when this uncomfortable fact is brought up. But when it comes to
housing, 'banging on about immigration' also turns out to be 'banging on'
about perhaps the one thing that matters most.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ISLAM, BELGIUM
Belgium: First Islamic State in Europe?
Gatestone Institute, 22 April 2018
The French acronym of Belgium's ISLAM Party stands for
"Integrity, Solidarity, Liberty, Authenticity, Morality". The leaders of
the ISLAM Party apparently want to turn Belgium into an Islamic State. They
call it "Islamist democracy" and have set a target date: 2030.
According to the French magazine Causeur, "the program is
confusingly simple: replace all the civil and penal codes with sharia law.
Period". ... The effect of this new party, according to Michaël
Privot, an expert on Islam, and Sebastien Boussois, a political scientist,
could be the "implosion of the social body". ...
The ISLAM Party
knows that demography is on its side. Ahrouch has said, "in 12 years,
Brussels will principally be composed of Muslims". ...
European capital," wrote Le Figaro, "will be Muslim in twenty
"Nearly a third of the population of
Brussels already is Muslim, indicated Olivier Servais, a sociologist at the
Catholic University of Louvain. "The practitioners of Islam, due to their
high birth rate, should be the majority 'in fifteen or twenty years'. Since
2001... Mohamed is the most common name given to boys born in Brussels".
The ISLAM Party is working in a favorable
environment. According to the mayor of Brussels, Yvan Mayeur, all the
mosques in the European capital are now "in the hands of the Salafists".
CRIME RACIAL MURDERS, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Racial murders: nearly half the victims are white
The Observer, 22 April 2018
Nearly half of all victims of racially motivated murders in the
last decade have been white, according to official figures released by the
The data, released under Freedom of Information
legislation, shows that between 1995 and 2004 there have been 58 murders
where the police consider a racial element played a key part. Out of these,
24 have been where the murder victim was white.
The disclosure will
add to the intense debate over multiculturalism in British society. The
figures also overturn the assumption that almost all racial murders are
committed against ethnic minority victims.
Senior police officers
have admitted that 'political correctness' and the fear of discussing the
issue have meant that race crime against white people goes under-reported.
Peter Fahy, the Chief Constable of Cheshire and a spokesman on
race issues for the Association of Chief Police Officers, said it was a
fact that it was harder to get the media interested where murder victims
were young white men.
The political correctness and reluctance to
discuss these things absolutely does play a factor', he said. 'A lot of
police officers and other professions feel almost the best thing to do is
try and avoid it for fear of being criticised. We probably have all got
ourselves into a bit of state about this.
'The difficulty in the
police service is that the whole thing is being closed down because we are
all afraid of discussing any of it in case we say the wrong thing - and
that is not healthy.' ...
Fahy also warned of caution in
over-interpreting the figures. He said that the 24 white victims also
included those who were Jewish, 'dark-skinned' Europeans or gypsies. In
addition, seven of those were killed by white attackers, four by black, six
by Asian, with seven whose racial background was not identified. ...
Overall, there have been 10 black victims and 16 Asian victims. Of
the 58 race murders, 18 have been where a white attacker has killed a black
or Asian individual and another 14 where one member of a minority group has
murdered another for racial reasons.
'This shows the complex
society we are policing,' said Fahy. ...
Three years ago Phil
Woolas, MP for the Oldham East and Saddleworth constituency, who is now
Minister for Community Cohesion, said 'political correctness' was stopping
racism against white people from being condemned. As a result, he said,
attacks on whites by black and Asian people are not criticised by
politicians and could harm race relations in Britain.
The evil faces of modern day slavery: Roma gang who exploited EU laws to traffic victims from Slovakia to Newcastle present a damning picture of 2018
Daily Mail, 21 April 2018
Because what is now known is that those men and women living in
the £225,000 property in Newcastle were held there against their will.
Vulnerable individuals, they had been trafficked from Slovakia and
the Czech Republic by a family of Roma migrants living in Britain. Bought
and sold for as little as £300 each, their passports were then
confiscated and they were sent out to work.
Any wages they earned
were taken from them. Back at the house, they were also expected to wait on
their captors hand-and-foot and perform back-breaking labour to bring in
extra money. ...
That something like this could happen, over a
period of seven years, in a modern city in 21st century Britain is hard to
Because once the three generations of the Rafael
family had arrived in this country, they set about abusing the welcome they
had been offered in pretty much every way possible.
for and were granted benefits not just for themselves but for
their victims, too. ...
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of pounds were
pocketed in claims made using their victim's names. In short, the Rafaels
were running a business a business built around slavery.
suffering and the scams only came to an end when one of their victims
escaped and went to the police.
The Rafaels were arrested and
charged with slavery, trafficking and money laundering. Seven of their
number were convicted or pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court. ...
In total, the UK's Roma population is today put at somewhere
between 200,000 and 500,000. They are drawn from countries across Eastern
Europe, the vast majority having arrived since the expansion of the EU in
2004, their numbers boosted following the admission of Romania and
Patriotic Britons afraid to show their national pride in public for fear of ABUSE
Daily Express, 21 April 2018
Patriotic Britons are increasingly afraid to show their
national pride in public for fear of ridicule or abuse, a study has found.
It reveals many believe national pride is on the wane, with the
younger generations placing less importance on patriotism than ever before.
One in four believe we are living in the least patriotic decade
According to the report, 79 per cent of people consider
themselves patriotic and almost 90 per cent say they are proud of their
But 22 per cent fear they would be made to feel ashamed
of their patriotism if they were to air their views in public. ...
Generally, older Britons feel more patriotic than younger
generations, with 40 per cent aged 55 and over describing themselves as
"very patriotic", compared to just 18 per cent of those aged 18 to 24.
Younger people are also more likely to feel ashamed of expressing
their patriotism, with 29 per cent feeling this way, compared to 19 per
cent of those aged 55 and over.
And a quarter of 18 to 24-year-olds
think patriotism does not really matter in modern society, compared to 15
per cent of over 55s. ...
And 72 per cent agree that people are
less patriotic than they used to be.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IDENTITY CHECKS
Why Windrush scandal demonstrates the importance of technology to political decision-making
Computer Weekly, 20 April 2018
Tony Smith, the interim director general of the UK Border Force
between 2012 and 2013, told the BBC's Today programme on Radio 4
this week that the major flaw in Theresa May's "hostile environment"
immigration policy as home secretary came down to one thing.
need an identity management strategy if you are going to have a hostile
environment. You can't have one without the other," he said. ...
Why didn't we have exit checks? Well, they were scrapped by Tony
Blair in 1998, and in theory reintroduced in 2015, although a
report last month by the chief inspector of borders and immigration said
the exit check programme was not delivering what was promised.
Without exit checks, an identity management system for immigration
is worthless, so the government never bothered with one although
Labour wasted millions on its identity card programme which was scrapped in
2010 as soon as David Cameron became prime minister.
"It is about
getting the balance right between national security and civil liberties,"
home secretary Theresa May said at the time.
Today, we have the
troubled Gov.uk Verify identity management programme, which continues to
under-perform and under-deliver, despite lofty ambitions to have 25 million
users by 2020. But even if Verify works, it's not linked to exit checks,
and its federated design means it can't be used to prove UK residence in
support of immigration issues.
If the UK had a working identity
management system in place with suitable privacy and data protection
controls, of course that proved who you are and your right to be in
the country, how different might the policy landscape be today?
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IDENTITY CHECKS
How and why I failed to deport illegal immigrants as a minister at the Foreign Office
Independent, 20 April 2018
Denis MacShane was a minister at the Foreign Office from 1997
I had always assumed that as long as we let people enter
Britain without a visa today 56 countries worldwide plus all of
Europe have that "privilege", just as we have the right to travel to scores
of countries without first getting a visa some would abuse the
system and start working cash-in-hand.
Well before the formal
enlargement of the EU in 2004, London was home to half a million or more
Polish people and other Eastern Europeans who came as tourists and stayed
to earn money. Brazilians also featured in their number, and now and then
were picked up in raids on restaurants and other workplaces where the
informal networks in London could find their friends jobs in exchange for a
small payment. ...
May had already abolished Labour's ID cards
scheme introduced far too late just before the 2010 election
which would have begun the process of knowing who was in Britain and who
was a visitor; without an ID card, the idea went, no one could have got a
As a South Yorkshire MP, I dealt every week with the
problem of Kashmiri families who had invited a relative in on a visitor's
visa and then allowed the visitor to "overstay", in the jargon, and work in
a restaurant, a corner shop, as a taxi driver and marry a cousin.
That converted me to the need for proper registration and ID cards,
but it took 12 years after 1997 before the unfit-for-purpose Home Office
could work out how to do ID cards.
They are neuralgic for many
across the political spectrum even if we give far more information
to Google, mobile phone firms and any internet-based company or social
A halfway house might be to bring a "citizens
registration system" like in the Netherlands, where everyone, Dutch or
foreign alike, has to be registered and have a Citizen's Access Number to
get a job, healthcare, access to education or a passport.
If we had
such a system, the Windrush generation and all other legitimate immigrants
to Britain would have been registered and enjoyed full legal rights which
never could have been questioned.
Rivers of Blood and the Tides of History
Steyn Online, 20 April 2018
Powell's speech on race and the future of Britain was
prescient, although not always adequately so. As my old boss Charles Moore
wrote last year about Douglas Murray's book on The Strange Death of
One telling point he makes is how
even the most 'bigoted' predictions of demographic change have been
exceeded by reality. Suppose, says Murray, that Enoch Powell, in his
incendiary 'Rivers of Blood' speech in 1968, had predicted that, in the
2011 census, in 23 of London's 33 boroughs, people describing themselves as
'white British' would have been in a minority. He would have been pilloried
for his alarmism. Yet it is so.
Enoch out-Powelled example comes from the arresting statistic that 57% of
Pakistani Britons in the UK are married to their first cousins - and in the
city of Bradford it's 75 per cent. ...
Powell was old-fashioned
even then, at least by comparison with the usual modish twerps hailed as
the coming men. But perhaps you needed to be "old-fashioned" to discern
that the death of a great nation was possible and very quickly.
POLITICS LEGAL AND ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
The Windrush scandal is heartbreaking, but it should not be used as an excuse to stop sensible migration controls
Telegraph, 19 April 2018
Some say ministers must change their approach to illegal
immigration. But this is wrong. We have hundreds of thousands of people
living in Britain illegally, a number that is growing every year. With
limited budgets, time-consuming legal processes, and often a lack of
cooperation from other countries, it will never be possible for the
authorities to arrest and deport their way to success. Neither can illegal
immigration be prevented through tougher border controls: most illegal
migrants are "overstayers", not "clandestines" who enter the country
So ministers are right to make Britain a harder country
to live in for people who are here illegally. In recent years, they have
made it more difficult for illegal immigrants to rent property, get a job,
claim benefits and obtain bank accounts and driving licences. Even
sceptical studies find that this increases the number leaving the country
voluntarily: ministers should not reverse the policy, but extend it to
include other services. ...
None the less, campaigners remain
determined to destroy the hostile environment strategy.
reason is political: Labour want to blame Tory "callousness". The trouble
with this explanation is that the approach began under Labour home
secretaries. In 2007 John Reid said "living and working here illegally"
should become "ever more uncomfortable and constrained". Under Alan
Johnson, the Border Agency said it would "make the UK a hostile
environment" for illegal immigrants.
The second reason is many
campaigners oppose controlling and reducing immigration. Partisan
academics, immigration lawyers, Labour lefties and even liberal Tories find
the very idea of immigration control distasteful. Unable to win the
argument for mass immigration, they adopt the tactic of cynical
Suggest limiting legal migration, and they say the
public only wants the system to work better. Try improving the system by
reforming human rights law, and they say the problem is poor enforcement.
Suggest increasing spending on enforcement, and they say you have the wrong
priorities. Pursue the hostile environment strategy, and they accuse you of
turning civil society into a police state.
Their objective is to
maintain high immigration, and their method is to wear everybody down until
nobody believes it is even possible to control the numbers. They must not
be allowed to succeed.
Enoch Powell's Immigration Speech, 50 Years Later
National Review, 19 April 2018
The fact that the speech, which (although the phrase itself
does not occur) became known as the "rivers of blood" speech, remains
strangely alive in Britain was demonstrated again last weekend when the BBC
chose to broadcast a program to reflect on the half centenary of the
speech. The program included critical analysis, contextualization, and
Of course, if anybody had stopped for a moment,
they might have realized that the catatonic fury that Powell and his speech
still provoke is itself highly suggestive. ...
... Because while
some of Powell's claims have been proven wrong and some have proven to be
exaggerated, other aspects of what he said are clearly with us still. And
not because of his words, but because some of the issues he raised
however well or poorly remain so pregnant.
As I wrote in my
latest book, imagine you had been a speechwriter for Enoch Powell in 1968,
or an adviser or friend. And imagine if you had said to him then, "I have
an idea, Enoch. Why not use your speech to say that if immigration into the
U.K. goes on at these rates, then in 2011 the official census will reveal
that people who identify as 'white British' will be a minority in their
capital city of London." Had this been said, Powell would most likely have
dismissed the person as an inflammatory madman. Yet that was indeed one of
the things that the 2011 census showed. And the news came and went as
though it was just another detail on just another day.
... It is
not due to fear of being tarred a Powellite that consecutive governments
failed to deport people who had broken into the country illegally. These
and many other factors came about because generations of politicians found
it more restful to avoid the subject and leave the consequences for their
successors (as Powell predicted they would) rather than tackle an issue
that has consistently been shown to be of greatest concern to the British
And we are worrying about it still even if our
politicians daren't address it. Particularly the issue of "integration."
There is just one aspect of Powell's speech that makes it such
an ongoing open wound. In Britain (as across the rest of Western Europe) in
recent decades an uncomfortable, "acceptable" consensus has been arrived
at. It recognizes that if a British person were to go to another country
(say India, or China) and especially if they were to go in their
hundreds of thousands, or even millions they would not be regarded
as Indian or Chinese. At best they would be incomers in these places. At
worst they would be branded "colonialists." Perhaps that will be for a
while longer (though not necessarily limitlessly) the fate of post-colonial
Europeans. Yet at the same time we also hold to the dogma that anybody from
anywhere in the world who makes it to our countries becomes part of our
country and to say otherwise is to be racist. To demand integration is
"racist." To deprecate any lack of integration is to be "racist." And in
any case, there is no penalty paid by any immigrant (nor any immigrant
group) that shows no desire to integrate nor any intention of integrating.
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY, UKIP
Tory Brexiteers forget millions voted Leave for action, not cuddly rhetoric, on immigration
Daily Telegraph, 19 April
I like Boris Johnson and believe he played a crucial role in
the campaign to secure Brexit in 2016. But a comment on migration and
Brexit which he made in an interview with the Telegraph today is plain
wrong and I cannot let it stand.
He said: "Countries are
democratically entitled to decide how open they should be. That was the
problem with the EU - it fundamentally took away people's democratic
ability to decide who could come. That was why it was right to take back
control. It's not about migration, it's about control. It's about who calls
Although I agree with a lot of the points in this
paragraph the idea of taking back control being the most obvious -
Boris is being disingenuous on the matter of migration. Millions who voted
for Brexit did so precisely because they regard it as a massive problem.
What is worse is that Boris knows this full well. Regrettably, he
appears publicly, at least to have been infected by the
political correctness bug which has turned the British government into the
biggest band of virtue signallers to run our country in its history. ...
First, though, it cannot be said too many times: the EU's open
border policy has been ruinous for some parts of the UK, particularly
communities in Essex, Lincolnshire and the North. In the decade from 2004,
the year that the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania,
Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the EU, about
2,000,000 EU citizens many lacking professional qualifications and
skills came to live in Britain. That's the rough equivalent of twice
the population of Birmingham. There was no consultation about this. It was
simply a consequence of Britain's membership of the EU.
towns and cities changed significantly through the sheer concentration of
numbers in which these EU citizens settled. Economically, the existing
workforce was undercut, costing jobs and businesses. And practically, this
influx put schools, housing, transport and medical services under huge
pressure. Only a fool would pretend that this wave of immigration didn't
change the lives of those Britons most affected by it. And only someone
with no experience of such upheaval would deny that it eventually caused
widespread resentment. ...
With people like Boris and Gove in the
government, Britain is never going to get what it voted for 22 months ago.
And it's no exaggeration to say we are heading down the path of being
betrayed for reasons of political correctness.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION REPATRIATION
Home Office incompetence on Windrush is no reason to end the hostile environment against illegal migrants
Telegraph, 18 April 2018
The Home Office, like any organisation, makes mistakes. Home
Office mistakes, however, can be existential for the people involved. It
evidently made a big mistake in being unaware of the "Windrush anomaly"
children of first-wave Caribbean immigrants who had been granted
permanent residence in 1971 but in many cases had never acquired proper
As the Government, rightly, tries to bear down on
the corrosive, anti-social phenomenon of illegal immigration, many of those
British Caribbeans got caught up in the "hostile environment" (better name,
please) campaign against illegals and found themselves unable to prove
their right to be here. ...
But we should recall why the hostile
environment was introduced and why it should not suffer collateral damage
from this example of Whitehall's tin ear.
Britain has an illegal
immigration problem. It has been overshadowed by arguments about
historically high levels of legal immigration. But there are probably close
to 1 million people living in the UK illegally and they are being added to
at the rate of 70,000 or 80,000 a year a combination of visa
over-stayers (40,000 to 50,000), people smuggled in on lorries (10,000) and
people refused asylum who nevertheless stay (about 20,000). ...
Although enforcement costs £500 million a year and employs
5,000, only about 12,000 people were removed against their will last year
and half were criminals. Another 18,000 people left voluntarily but that is
probably less than half the number that is being added to the illegal total
Why is it so hard to remove people? Partly because human
rights law gives people an incentive to spin out the asylum process in the
hope that they can then qualify under the right to family life. There is
now only one right of asylum appeal but many claimants will then put in for
judicial review. Other problems include too few detention centres and
non-cooperation of countries of origin.
POLITICS INTEGRATION, MULTICULTURALISM
Enoch Powell was wrong so were his critics
Spiked, 17 April 2018
[Jon Holbrook is a barrister]
Powell's speech was based on two premises from which he drew
ugly conclusions. His first was that racial integration was essential for
the cohesiveness of society. His second was that racial integration on the
scale required in Britain in 1968 was impossible. /.../ And so it was that
Powell argued that because, in his opinion, black and white could not live
together, it was necessary to keep Britain white by stopping immigration
and encouraging repatriation. ...
Powell's argument struck a raw
nerve with the political class because they mostly agreed with his policy
prescriptions. /.../ Moreover, the political class broadly agreed with
Powell's two premises. They instinctively knew that integration was
necessary, but they were so disdainful of ordinary people that they
believed that integration was not, on the scale required, possible.
Powell's ugly conclusions made them distinctly uncomfortable.
mostly accepting Powell's two premises, his critics could not challenge the
content of his speech. But they could and did challenge his tone and lurid
metaphors. /.../ Heath then gave a television interview where he said
nothing to distance his party from the content of Powell's speech, but
stated his determination 'to do everything I can to prevent racial problems
from developing into civil strife'. Powell's Tory critics sought to avoid
what he predicted not with different policies, but with different
As for the Labour government, it shared the Tory view
that a proper debate on race, racism and integration was not desirable.
After nearly three weeks of silence on Powell's speech, the prime minister
Harold Wilson said: 'I am not prepared to stand aside and see this country
engulfed by the racial conflict which calculating orators or ignorant
prejudice can create.' Wilson went further when he declared, 'There is a
clear duty on the parliamentary leadership of government and of opposition
parties to do all in our combined power to take these inflammatory issues
out of politics'. After Powell's brief interlude, race regained its status
as an issue that was deemed unsuitable for a political debate involving the
... In so far as a majority sided with Powell's ideas,
it was only because of the two scenarios on offer, Powell's at least had a
degree of coherence. For if, as was the case, the political class did not
believe that integration was possible, Powell's critics seemed to have no
credible solution. Indeed, their approach of sacking Powell and shutting
down debate merely betrayed their own lack of ideas. ...
speech was prompted by the imminent second reading of the Race Relations
Bill 1968. Powell recognised that under the Labour government, that had
already passed (with Tory support) a Race Relations Act in 1965, a
Labour-led political class was steering the country away from the notion of
racial integration and towards a form of multiculturalism. ...
Powell and his critics were both wrong to dismiss the ability of black and
white to live together in an integrated society. Powell was good at logic
and colourful language; his critics were good at spin and the language of
obfuscation. Powell offered racial conflict, his critics offered
multiculturalism. Powell's critics won the day. Fifty years on we know that
both were wrong: it is the politics of integration that we needed then, and
IMMIGRATION POPULATION GROWTH, AFRICANS
Macron: Europe Entering Age of 'Unprecedented' Mass Migration, 'Shares Destiny' with Africa
Breitbart, 17 April 2018
'Bombshell' population growth in Africa means Europe is
entering an "unprecedented" age of mass migration, Emmanuel Macron has
said, asserting that the two continents' destinies are "bound".
"The migratory phenomenon we are facing will be historic," declared
the French president in a television appearance Sunday night, when he
announced that "great poverty", "climate change", and "geopolitical
conflicts" will see Africans flooding into Europe "for many years to come".
To back up his point, Macron pointed to "bombshell" population
growth across the third world continent, which he added has been
"tremendously well described" by French-American journalist and professor
Stephen Smith in a recent book. ...
Smith, the Africa expert to
whom Macron referred during his appearance on BFMTV, estimates that the
number of Africans living in Europe will grow from nine million to between
150 million and 200 million within the next 30 years.
Rush to Europe, the Duke University professor describes a massive,
unprecedented population transfer still in its infancy, which he explains
will "paradoxically" be triggered largely as a result 0f
Western aid money financing would-be migrants' journeys from Africa.
Asserting he set out to provide a "dispassionate" expert view on
how Africa's demographic explosion will affect Europe, Smith in his book
has outlined a number of different scenarios he believes could emerge from
"The most optimistic" of these according to
Le Figaro is "Eurafrica", which would see mass migration
create a 'welcoming', multicultural Europe, which "would fully embrace
being a 'mixed-race land of immigration and interbreeding'".
scenario would see the end of welfare states in Europe however, Smith said,
pointing to the incompatibility of large-scale immigration and generous
Another possible scenario, 'Fortress Europe', is
one which involves "a battle generally considered unwinnable, or even
shameful" but which Smith points to as the case which strongly "has its
reasons and its chances to succeed", noting the effectiveness of EU deals
with Libya and Turkey in stopping the influx.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NHS PATIENTS, PUBLIC OPINION
Public backs sharing patient details with immigration, says NHS
pharmaphorum, 16 April 2018
The NHS has responded to criticism of its policy of sharing
patients' names and addresses with immigration officials, citing a survey
showing that the majority of the public support it.
The House of
Commons Health and Social Committee has been investigating arrangements
allowing NHS Digital to share patients' records with immigration officials.
The latest report repeats the committee's conclusion last year
that NHS Digital should withdraw from the MoU until a review of the NHS
Code of Confidentiality is complete.
In response, NHS Digital
published a survey of 2,000 people it commissioned to gauge public opinion
on the policy.
In the survey, 72% of respondents supported sharing
patients' address details with the home office to trace people suspected of
an immigration crime.
POLITICS ENOCH POWELL, UKIP
Enoch Powell right about immigration, UKIP's Neil Hamilton claims
BBC, 16 April 2018
The idea Enoch Powell was a "racist villain" is "absolute
nonsense", UKIP Wales leader Neil Hamilton has said.
The AM was
defending Powell's anti-immigration "rivers of blood" speech of 50 years
He told BBC Radio Wales the former Tory MP had been "proved
right by events" in terms of social change if not violence.
Cymru leader Leanne Wood accused Mr Hamilton of "keeping Powell's racist
rhetoric going" while Labour AM Hefin David called his comments
Mr Hamilton said although Powell been sacked
while the Tories were in opposition, when Mr Heath later became prime
minister he introduced a scheme for "voluntary repatriation of immigrants"
"The idea that Enoch Powell was some kind of uniquely
racist villain is absolute nonsense," Mr Hamilton told the Good Morning
"Powell actually changed politics by articulating
the fears and resentments of millions and millions of people who are being
ignored by the establishment."
Mr Hamilton said: "I think he's been
proved right by events.
"I don't think he was right in one sense,
in that we have not seen the kind of racial violence and intolerance
generated by this that, at the time, was happening in the United States."
But Mr Hamilton said the "social changes which mass immigration has
brought were never desired by the majority of the British people, and
indeed they had never been asked 'do you want to transform your country in
the way that has happened'."
When it was put to him that Powell
accepted he was a racist, Mr Hamilton suggested that it was "racism in the
sense of appreciating differences in cultures, and differences between
nations, not that one race or nation is inferior to another by definition".
"He wasn't a racist in the crude sense", Mr Hamilton added. ...
The UKIP Wales leader said people wouldn't be worried about
immigration if it was "moderate in scale", and went on to say that London
was "like a doughnut".
"A great proportion of the white population
of central London has moved out to the suburbs," he said.
"Is it a
good thing that we should have our great cities transformed into
effectively racial ghettos?"
MULTICULTURALISM PUBLIC OPINION
Multiculturalism has failed, believe substantial minority of Britons
Observer, 15 April 2018
Fifty years after Enoch Powell's notorious "Rivers of Blood"
speech, a large minority of Britons appears to believe that
multiculturalism has failed and different communities generally live
A YouGov poll of 5,200 people to be released
tomorrow and commissioned by anti-fascist group Hope Not Hate, found that
43% predicted relationships between different UK communities will
deteriorate over the next few years compared to 14% who feel things will
improve. More than two-thirds of Conservative Leave voters said they
believed multiculturalism wasn't working.
Nick Lowles, chief
executive of Hope Not Hate, said: "There is clearly much work to do.
Powell's speech led anti-racism campaigners to mobilise the
anniversary of the speech must do the same."
The YouGov poll does
offer grounds for optimism, with almost half of respondents describing
Britain as a successful multicultural society, although that sentiment is
mostly shared among Remain voters and Liberal Democrat supporters. ...
A Gallup poll conducted weeks after the 1968 speech found 74% of
the British population agreed with the "Rivers of Blood" speech, in which
Powell strongly criticised levels of immigration to Britain, particularly
from the Commonwealth. ...
The YouGov survey found that 40% felt
his warning has proved well-founded compared to 41% of respondents
who believe Powell's gloomy view of race relations was wrong.
narrow majority of 51% worried that immigration was increasing the pressure
on hospitals and schools. More than one-third of all respondents see Islam
as a threat to the British way of life, fractionally more than the
proportion who view the Muslim faith and the British way of life as
The vast majority of respondents 81% said
they felt happy in their communities and almost one-third of people said
that they or a family member has been in relationship with someone of a
different ethnicity to themselves.
A majority of people 59%
believe that having a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds is
part of British culture, a proportion that has steadily increased since
Hope Not Hate first posed the question in 2011, when 49% of people agreed
with the statement.
POPULATION PRESSURE HOUSING
Government forced to release data to back up Dominic Raab immigration house price claim
PoliticsHome, 14 April 2018
The Government has published the data behind the Housing
Minister's claim migration has pushed the cost of a house in the UK up by
20% over 25 years.
Dominic Raab made the claim in a wide-ranging
interview in the Sunday Times last week, and pointed to statistics from the
Office of National Statistics (ONS) to support the accusation.
"Based on the ONS data, the advice to me from the department is
that in the last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by
something like 20%," he said.
However, the data released by the
Government showed the model used by Mr Raab covered the period 1991-2016 in
which immigration contributed to a 21% increase.
The figures were
based on detailed reports published in 2007 and 2008 by the National
Housing and Planning Advice Unit.
IMMIGRATION WELFARE BENEFITS, EAST EUROPEANS
The EU nationals earning THREE TIMES as much on UK benefits as working at home
Daily Express, 14 April 2018
The shock figures give a clear indication as to why people from
countries including Poland, Lithuania, Bulgaria are so keen to move to this
country rather than face a life of toil for a fraction of the money they
can expect to receive should they move over here.
Using the turn2us
benefits calculator recommended by the Government's own gov.uk website,
Express.co.uk calculated that an average family of four living in London
could expect to receive benefits totalling £1,842.45 a month.
According to tradingeconomics.com, this is significantly higher
than the average monthly manufacturing wage for Lithuania (£768),
Poland (£936), Latvia (£642), Slovakia (£906), Romania
(£773) and Bulgaria (£500).
Statistics published on
tradingeconomics.com also reveal that the national minimum monthly wage in
Lithuania is just £458 barely a quarter of what they could
expect to receive in benefits in the UK.
In Bulgaria, this figure
is £115, amounting to one-sixteenth.
All of which may help to
explain why, as of 2015, the Office for National Statistics estimated the
UK to be home to 831,000 Poles, 220,000 Romanians, 151,000 Lithuanians,
94,000 Latvians, 85,000 Slovakians and 80,000 Bulgarians. ...
situation is such that the UK is now home to numerous recruitment agencies
which specifically target workers from Eastern Europe to work over here.
ASYLUM FAMILY MEMBERS, EU, UK
Child refugees have right to bring family, EU court rules
The Week, 13 April 2018
Child refugees who arrive in Europe alone must be allowed to
apply for family members to join them, the EU's top court has ruled.
The decision, handed down by the European Court of Justice on
Thursday, also applies to young refugees who reach adulthood before the end
of the asylum process.
The right for young refugees to be reunified
with their families "is not at the discretion of the member states," the
The case centred on a teenage girl from Eritrea who
applied for asylum in the Netherlands and turned 18 during the process,
according to Deutsche Welle.
After it was granted, she sought to
bring her family members to the country, but her application was denied by
Yesterday's decision "could impact tens of
thousands of unaccompanied minors who applied for asylum within the bloc,"
the German broadcaster says.
The situation in the UK
Currently, only adult refugees are allowed to be reunited with
their family members. Child refugees who have travelled to the UK alone are
not permitted to bring parents or siblings to join them. ...
month, MPs backed proposed legislation to enable refugee children to
sponsor applications for close relatives to settle with them in the UK.
Foreign offenders in Leicestershire cost Government £7.7m last year
Leicester Mercury, 13 April 2018
Referring foreign national offenders in Leicestershire to the
Home Office for deportation cost the criminal justice system around
£7.7 million last year.
Foreign national offenders are classed
as any offender who is not a UK citizen. Their offences could have been
committed overseas or in the UK.
For those who committed offences
overseas, those crimes might not come to light until the individual is
brought to the attention of police in this country, sometimes for minor
During 2017, 110 offenders who passed through
Leicestershire Police custody suites were referred to the Home Office.
The Office for National Statistics estimates the cost of dealing
with such criminals to be about £70,000 per offender.
figures were revealed as Detective Sergeant Gary Bee and Pc Tony Andrews
from Operation Advenus gave a presentation on their work to the
Leicestershire Safer Communities Strategy Board at a County Hall meeting.
Det Sgt Bee said: "The misconception is that there is an
application process, but that is not the case.
"The reality is that
people [from the EU] with convictions, and often very serious convictions,
can move to the UK with an entirely clean slate.
"It is startling,
but this is the situation we face.
"The worrying thing is that
often the first time we come into contact with these people is often when
we get them in custody." ...
An average of 120 foreign national
offenders pass through Leicestershire Police's custody suites per month.
The 110 offenders referred to the Home Office in 2017 were able to be
referred for deportation because of the severity of their criminal
Pc Andrews said: "These costs mentioned are just
to manage offenders who are referred to the Home Office.
were talking about [dealing with] a murder or a stranger rape, then the
costs are unquantifiable."
CRIME MACHETE CRIME
One machete crime every 90 minutes on Britain's streets as police try to deal with thugs carrying out murders, rapes and burglaries
Mail, 13 April 2018
Machete attacks are taking place every 90 minutes on our
streets, figures reveal.
Criminals are increasingly picking the
jungle blades as their weapons of choice to instill terror in victims and
rival gang members.
Police forces are dealing with rising numbers
of machete-wielding thugs carrying out murders, rapes, robberies and
Figures uncovered using freedom of information
requests show that in the last two months of 2017 police dealt with 928
crimes involving machetes. This is an average of 15 a day or one
every 90 minutes.
London saw 425 of the attacks, with 99 in Greater
Manchester, 77 in the West Midlands and 29 each in Merseyside and West
It represents a dramatic rise from just three years
before, when the deadly blades were used in only 100 crimes a month over
the same period.
The machete was originally intended as a tool used
to cut undergrowth or sugar cane in Latin America and Africa. ...
Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in the
year to September 2017 the police recorded 37,443 offences involving a
knife or sharp instrument a 21 per cent increase on the previous
year, and the highest since records began seven years ago.
IMMIGRATION SCHOOLS, NATIONALITY DATA
Schools no longer have to collect data on pupils' nationality and country of birth
Independent, 11 April 2018
Schools will no longer be made to collect data on pupils'
nationality and country of birth, following a series of court challenges by
The Department for Education (DfE) has dropped the
controversial categories from the school census just two years after the
policy was introduced. ...
Schools Week reported that the DfE would
write to schools, telling them they will no longer be required to fill out
the nationality category of school census forms. ...
declined to comment.
CITIZENSHIP NUMBERS, EU, UK
New statistics show almost one million people were granted EU citizenship in 2016 as Theresa May recommits to net migration target
Telegraph, 10 April 2018
Almost one million people were granted European Union
citizenship in 2016, giving them the right to live and work in the UK.
Approximately 995,000 people acquired citizenship of an EU member
state in the year of the Brexit referendum, a significant increase on 2015
when the figure stood at 841,000.
Meanwhile, the total number of
people who were granted British citizenship stood at approximately 150,000
- an increase of almost 30 per cent on 2015.
Freedom of movement
rules dictate that citizens of the EU are allowed to live and work in any
of the member states. ...
The data showed that just over 10 per
cent of the 995,000 people who acquired EU citizenship in 2016 were former
citizens of another EU country while the vast majority came from non-EU
countries or were stateless.
Moroccans, Albanians and Indians made
up the three largest groups. Just over 100,000 people from Morocco, 67,500
people from Albania and 41,700 from India acquired EU citizenship. Citizens
of India, Pakistan and Nigeria were the three main recipients of UK
CRIME CULTURE, MULTICULTURALISM, COMMUNITY COHESION
Immigration and crime, is there a link?
Dainis Ignatans, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Huddersfield
10 April 2018
Bold newspaper headlines either blame immigrants for a whole
host of issues or portray them as saintly helpers in the struggle for
economic well-being. ...
The reality is that as researchers, we
know little about the relationship, if any, between immigration and crime.
This is in part because lowbrow journalistic obsession with immigration and
crime has made it somewhat a taboo topic for research. As evidenced by the
limited academic literature available, a consensus simply does not exist.
Research also shows that immigrants who come from culturally
similar backgrounds to their new area, are likely to commit fewer crimes
than the native population. Research on Los Angeles, for example, found
that a higher number of Latino immigrants who were from culturally similar
regions to the current residents, reduced the rates of violence in the
Similarly, research in Spain showed that Spanish speaking
immigrants had a much more benign impact on crime than those of other
origins. Such immigrants undoubtedly have an easier time moving to a new
country where the culture reflects something like their own.
yet, people from ethnic minority groups in Western countries are
disproportionately likely to be arrested and imprisoned for most crime
types. And asylum seekers are over-represented in the crime figures in
Germany and Denmark. ...
Immigrant populations tend to be very
concentrated, with people tending to reside in areas with existing
communities. My recent research shows that throughout England and Wales,
areas where immigrants from one single background make up a significant
majority of the immigrant population, tend to be low in crime. Nearly as
low in crime as the areas with small immigrant populations.
doesn't make a difference what the background of the immigrant population
is, what appears to be key is that there is a cultural similarity among the
immigrant population within an area. My research also found that areas with
very high numbers of immigrants that are low in crime or below the
nation's average tend to be areas with either European or African
But my research also showed that areas where two or
more cultures (other than that of the indigenous population) are prevalent,
tend to be very high in crime. This is specifically the case in areas with
the highest proportions of immigrants from Asia and Europe. In these areas
violent crime is 70% higher, property crime is 92% higher and vehicle crime
increases by 19% compared to national average.
The research I have
carried out shows the need to view culture as invaluable in the examination
of the impact immigration has on crime. ...
Social housing and
other affordable housing initiatives must also be thought through carefully
to avoid creating cultural clashes where possible.
POPULATION PRESSURE HOUSING
Immigration has pushed house prices up by 20 per cent over a 25-year period, says Tory minister
Daily Mail, 9 April 2018
Immigration has pushed property prices up by a fifth in 25
years, housing minister Dominic Raab has said.
He is demanding that
post-Brexit immigration rules take account of the negative effects of
arrivals on the need for homes.
Mr Raab has passed his concerns on
to the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), which is to publish a report to
help the Government formulate new immigration plans.
'You've got to deal with demand as well as supply. You can't have housing
taken out of the debate around immigration.
'If we delivered on the
Government's target of reducing immigration to the tens of thousands every
year, that would have a material impact on the number of homes we need to
build every year.'
He said Office for National Statistics figures
from 1991 to 2016 showed the impact on property prices, adding: 'In the
last 25 years we have seen immigration put house prices up by something
like 20 per cent.'
Acknowledging that immigration benefited the
building industry by supplying workers, he added: 'The MAC is right to look
at the positive impact immigration has had on the country.
same time you can't just airbrush the costs and the impact it has on
Meanwhile, a report claims the value of cheaper homes
falls when asylum seekers move into an area.
The study for the
years 2004 to 2015 showed the impact left more expensive ones unaffected.
It said the effect was more acute in areas that voted for Brexit in
The paper by US academics William Lastrapes, of the
University of Georgia, and Thomas Lebesmuelbacher, of Xavier University in
Cincinnati, said asylum seekers put greater pressure on the local
population than other immigrants.
Truth about child refugees: Two-thirds quizzed about their age are found to be ADULTS, official report reveals after almost 3,000 people claiming to be unaccompanied minors apply
for asylum in a year
Daily Mail, 9 April 2018
Nearly two-thirds of 'child' refugees who were questioned about
their real age after coming to Britain were found to be adults, an official
report has found.
In one year, 65 per cent of asylum seekers
assessed after claiming to be juveniles were judged to be over 18.
The report, by immigration watchdog David Bolt, revealed that the
Home Office received 2,952 asylum applications from unaccompanied children
in the year to June last year.
Out of these there were 705 age
disputes around a quarter of the total where officials
suspected the individual was lying about their age. Of these, 618 cases
were resolved and 402 or 65 per cent were found to be adults.
If these asylum seekers had been treated as children it would have
left councils and local taxpayers facing a care bill of millions of pounds
a year. ...
Home Office figures reveal that there have been 12,942
disputes over the ages of child asylum seekers since 2006, with 5,965
around 46 per cent found to be over 18 in this period. ...
Reacting to the figures, Tory MP Tim Loughton, a member of the
Commons home affairs select committee, said: 'This has been a problem for
some time. We have been a soft touch in too many cases for asylum seekers
who abuse our hospitality by elaborating their credentials. It is right we
give a safe haven to those who are in danger but too often we have been too
Ministers have ruled out using medical tests,
including dental checks, to assess the age of migrants. Citing guidance by
the Dental Medical Association, they say tests of teeth are 'inaccurate,
inappropriate and unethical'.
But Britain is one of only three EU
countries not to use medical checks to verify the age of child asylum
seekers. The others are Ireland and Cyprus.
IMMIGRATION SCHOOLS, NATIONALITY DATA
Schools 'to drop gathering nationality data'
BBC, 9 April 2018
Privacy campaigners say the Department for Education is to drop
the controversial requirement for schools in England to collect data about
The Against Borders for Children protest group
had warned the information could be used to check on the immigration status
Campaigners hailed it as a "victory" after a boycott and
The Department for Education would not confirm
reports of the policy change.
A report in Schools Week says schools
will be told in the next few weeks they no longer have to collect the data.
But the Department for Education has declined to deny or confirm
that it is about to shift its position.
Privacy campaigners, civil
liberties groups and teachers' unions had criticised the introduction in
2016 of a requirement for schools to gather data about pupils' nationality
and country of birth.
CRIME RACE, POLICE
Ex-race chief makes controversial call for tougher policing in black communities hit by knife crime than in white areas with less violence and says 'it's not white boys in Surrey
who are being stabbed'
Mail on Sunday, 8 April 2018
A controversial call for tougher policing in black communities
hit by knife crime than in white areas with less violence has been made by
the former head of the Commission for Racial Equality.
In a move
that is bound to provoke a fierce debate, lifelong community relations
campaigner Trevor Phillips takes political leaders to task for failing to
acknowledge that rising knife crime in London involves race. ...
an interview with The Mail on Sunday, Mr Phillips said: 'We have to be
honest and say the central issue is not white boys in Surrey being
stabbed or stabbing other people. The victims and perpetrators are mainly
from a narrow range of backgrounds, and we should not be afraid to say so.
They are usually from black, Afro-Caribbean backgrounds.'
Phillips, whose parents came to the UK from the West Indies in the 1950s,
said police 'stop and search' powers, curbed by Mrs May as Home Secretary,
must be deployed in a 'more concentrated and intelligent way'.
There was no reason they should not use different methods in
different parts of the country, he argued, giving Tottenham and Maidenhead
as an example.
'In areas like Tottenham where I grew up and where
large numbers of black children are attacking other black children, there
is a case for policing them differently to places like Maidenhead where
this is not the case.'
Anticipating criticism from a 'vocal
minority,' he added: 'I realise some might say it is racist to use
different methods of policing for areas based on their ethnic make-up, but
I disagree. It is only racist if you believe all of today's policemen are
idiots: I don't. And in my experience, far from being opposed to such
measures, ethnic minorities are usually the ones most in favour of such
action because it is their young who are being killed and beaten.' ...
... He said: 'One of the main problems we face is that nobody has
had the courage to stand up and tell the truth. Unless we are honest enough
to acknowledge the real nature of the problem, and in particular the fact
that it has racial and cultural dimensions, all we are doing is flapping
our lips and virtue signalling.' ...
Mr Phillips, 64, was head of
the Commission for Racial Equality from 2003 to 2006 and took over its
successor, the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
DIVERSITY DISCRIMINATION, EMPLOYMENT, HERITAGE
WHITES NEED NOT APPLY: Brits of English Heritage Banned from Paid Training Postsà at English Heritage
Breitbart, 8 April 2018
Historic England, the public body tasked with preserving
England's heritage, is advertising paid training placements for itself, the
National Trust, English Heritage and other bodies which are not open to
white people. ...
"If you're interested in gaining skills and
experience for a career in heritage and identify as having Black, Asian or
other Minority Ethnic Heritage or mixed heritage (jump to Background to
find out why), please see how to apply below."
section of the advert explains how the Tory government published a Culture
White Paper in March 2016 which "challenged Historic England and other
nationally funded cultural organisations to develop and share strategies
for improving workforce diversity."
It explains how, "In response,
Historic England developed a Workforce Diversity Strategy which has several
strands of activity but one of the most significant is a new paid Heritage
Training Placements scheme for undergraduates and recent graduates with
Black, Asian or other Minority Ethnic Heritage."
The result is that
the paid training placements which are being offered not only at
Historic England but also other public bodies including the National Trust,
the Heritage Alliance, and English Heritage are not actually open to
applicants of English heritage.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CRIME
International strike hits people smuggling network, NCA arrest suspected head
National Crime Agency, 6 April 2018
An international law enforcement operation has disrupted what
is believed to be one of the most significant people smuggling networks
operating between Iraq and the UK.
National Crime Agency (NCA)
officers arrested three suspected members of the group yesterday in the
North West of England and Staffordshire. ...
These arrests, for
suspected immigration offences, coincided with the arrests of two men in
the Ghent area of Belgium following several months of joint operational
work between the NCA and Belgian Federal Police. ...
followed arrests made last month in Germany and Romania, coordinated by
Europol and Eurojust.
The suspects, all from or with links to the
Kurdish community, are believed to be part of a network of smugglers,
couriers and complicit lorry drivers stretching from Iraq to the UK.
The NCA believes the network are behind the smuggling of almost
three thousand migrants into Europe in a three month period last year. Many
were trying to reach the UK.
CRIME ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION
Home Office official was the ringleader of £6 million conspiracy which allowed 437 illegal immigrants into Britain
Daily Mail, 4
A Home Office official was at the centre of a £6 million
conspiracy which allowed hundreds of illegal immigrants into the country.
Shamsu Iqbal, 61, was the lynchpin of a gang which exploited his
'trusted' position to falsify records for at least 437 people.
Yesterday all four men involved in the scam were found guilty
following a trial and will now be sentenced at a hearing next week. ...
The potential loss to the taxpayer was assessed by Home Office
statisticians as £56 million, based on the amount the 437 illegal
immigrants could have falsely claimed in benefits over the six years of the
However, exactly how many immigrants were given 'ghost'
identities may never be known.
The conspiracy netted the gang
themselves more than £6.18 million, with much of the money spirited
back to Pakistan, Bangladesh and Dubai, where the criminals have strong
When ringleader Iqbal was arrested investigators found bank
accounts containing more than £1 million in cash. ...
Home Office source told the Mail: 'The bottom line is that we may never
know the true number of people this gang helped stay in the country.
'There could be literally hundreds more on their books that we
simply haven't found.
'The deception that has been allowed to go on
for years is highly embarrassing to the Home Office.
'Some of those
given new identities could even be potential terrorists. Many of them have
simply melted away meaning we will never trace them.'
co-accused were Sheikh Muhammad Usman, 45, legal case worker Mohammad
Khawar Aftab Hussain, 49, and worker Mohammad Ibrahim Ali, 48.
Usman is a qualified lawyer of Pakistani origin who worked at a
number of firms in London. British citizen Hussain, who was born in
Pakistan, and Ali, who came to Britain from Bangladesh aged 12, both worked
at solicitors' practices in London.
Londonistan: 423 New Mosques; 500 Closed Churches
Gatestone Institute, 2 April 2018
"London is more Islamic than many Muslim countries put
together", according to Maulana Syed Raza Rizvi, one of the Islamic
preachers who now lead "Londonistan", as the journalist Melanie Phillips
has called the English capital. No, Rizvi is not a right-wing extremist.
Wole Soyinka, a Nobel Laureate for Literature, was less generous; he called
the UK "a cesspit for Islamists".
"Terrorists can not stand London
multiculturalism", London's mayor Sadiq Khan said after the recent deadly
terror attack at Westminster. The opposite is true: British
multiculturalists are feeding Islamic fundamentalism. Above all,
Londonistan, with its new 423 mosques, is built on the sad ruins of English
... Not only buildings are converted, but also
people. The number of converts to Islam has doubled; often they embrace
radical Islam, as with Khalid Masood, the terrorist who struck Westminster.
... Given the current trends, Christianity in England is
becoming a relic, while Islam will be the religion of the future.
In Birmingham, the second-largest British city, where many
jihadists live and orchestrate their attacks, an Islamic minaret dominates
the sky. ...
Most important cities have huge Muslim populations:
Manchester (15.8%), Birmingham (21.8%) and Bradford (24.7%). /.../ In
Bradford and Leicester, half the children are Muslim. Muslims do not need
to become the majority in the UK; they just need gradually to Islamize the
most important cities. ...
According to Innes Bowen, writing in
The Spectator, only two of the 1,700 mosques in Britain today follow
the modernist interpretation of Islam, compared with 56% in the United
States. The Wahhabis control six percent of mosques in the UK, while the
fundamentalist Deobandi control up to 45%. ...
... The British
cultural establishment is rapidly capitulating to Islamic fundamentalists
in accepting their demands. ...
... The British ambassador in Saudi
Arabia, Simon Collis, converted to Islam and completed the pilgrimage to
Mecca, the hajj. He now calls himself Haji Collis.
CRIME KNIFE CRIME
London cops 'scared' to stop and search as city's murder rate passes New York, says Met Chief
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018
Britain's top cop admits PCs are too scared to stop and search
suspects, despite an eight-year high in knife crime that has seen London
overtake New York for murders.
Cressida Dick said officers feared
breaching rules on harassing ethnic minorities.
The Met chief said:
"Cops probably did lose confidence. They were fearful they might get into
trouble or might not be supported if they had a complaint."
this year fifteen people have been murdered in the capital, compared to 14
in New York. ...
Blades killed 215 in England and Wales in the past
year and crimes top 100 a day.
Ms Dick hinted at a rise in checks.
"So it's one thing you'll see in the next year. We won't be
held back by political correctness. But it will be fair and irrespective of
CRIME KNIFE CRIME
Untie the hands of the police, PM, and let them end scourge of knife crime
Sir Mike Penning
The Sun on Sunday, 1 April 2018
Britain is in the grip of a knife crime epidemic and it
is spreading far beyond our inner cities. ...
But carrying blades
is no longer restricted to youths in the capital.
carrying of weapons has infected leafy market towns and shire counties
across the nation. ...
Last year, 37,443 offences in England and
Wales involved a knife or a blade that's equivalent to 102 EVERY
Fatal stabbings in England and Wales are at their highest
level since 2011.
There were 215 deaths involving a knife or other
sharp instrument in the year to March, according to the Office for National
And police say the overwhelming majority have
absolutely no links to gangs.
It is no coincidence the record rise
in knife crime comes as there is a dramatic fall in the use of police stop
and search powers.
Random spot checks have plunged 80 per cent in
less than a decade, from 1.5 million a year to 303,000.
tell me that frisking a youth in the street has become too big a risk in
these politically correct days. ...
For years, stop and search was
a key tool in the policy armoury. ...
Officers have told me that
unless they can see a weapon, they will not even consider stopping a
It is not only knife crime that can be detected using stop
Acid attacks are also on the rise and there has been a
sharp rise in masked moped gangs carrying knives and corrosives to steal
smartphones from pedestrians.
Cops are petrified of using stop and
search because it could destroy their careers. ...
expectation of being caught and sent to prison will make young people think
twice about leaving home carrying a deadly weapon.
So I urge the
Prime Minister to untie the hands of the police and let them use one of
their best preventative weapons.
I urge you to reverse this
politically correct nonsense issued by the police college and others in
Can you prove you're not a racist?
The Spectator, 31 March 2018
Someone can call you 'stupid', and that's just one person's
opinion. It doesn't seem true because a single childish naysayer has
impugned your intellectual prowess. Yet hitherto, the tag 'racist' has
tended to stick. And it's self-verifying. Why ever would anyone call you a
racist if you weren't one? ...
Not for nothing is describing
someone as 'sounding defensive' a charge of strategic malfeasance. It's a
wonder that anyone ever establishes innocence, given how guilty we all
appear when we claim we didn't do something. ...
For you cannot
prove a negative. Try this exercise: prove you're not a racist.
Interestingly, the more you go on about your laudable colour-blindness, the
dodgier you'll sound. Thus, forcing people to repudiate this epithet is
inviting them to hang themselves.
In our age of denunciation,
calling others racists offers tempting cover from having the same
rhetorical cudgel land on the detractor, just as writhing in pain absolves
accusers in The Crucible of being witches. That immunity is
precious, since a racist has become the very worst thing that anyone can
The term has gone woolly. Racism now carries with it the
stink of bias against groups unrelated to race, like the disabled, gays and
Muslims. In Britain, white Leave voters have been repeatedly smeared as
'racist', when the issue of EU freedom of movement largely involves an
influx of other white people. The slur neatly casts Remain voters as pure
Often an ad hominem attack substituting for proper
argument, 'racist' has become a cheap shot a crafty but
below-the-belt putdown that frequently reduces to 'I disagree with you' or
'I don't like your face'. Accordingly, the indiscriminate lynch-mob
pejorative is beginning to assume all the unthinking prejudice of the
... This commonplace code for 'not one of us' is
morphing into a meaningless playground taunt, just as forgettable as
A culture of secrecy is undermining our police and criminal justice system
Daily Telegraph, 30 March 2018
[The author is Head of Criminal Justice, The Centre for Social Justice]
If nothing else is learnt from the Worboys debacle, let it be
the need for less secrecy across policing, the criminal justice system and
public services generally. There is a bias against sharing information even
between public bodies, never mind with the public itself. ...
is it right that those living in high-crime areas have the Data Protection
or Human Rights Acts cited as reasons they cannot find out what happened on
their steet the night before. ...
Secrecy breeds mistrust. Even as
knife crime rises, most stabbings go unreported: the lack of transparency,
in part, preventing the issue from becoming one of widespread and public
It's not just the public who find themselves shut out
from knowing what is going on. The judiciary rarely if ever
discover what happened to those they sentence, having little or no insight
into the effectiveness of the punishments they dish out, or whether
deportation orders for serious foreign national offenders are ultimately
Britain's immigration system isn't fit for purpose
CapX, 29 March 2018
[Philippe Legrain is a senior visiting fellow at the London School of Economics' European Institute]
Britain's immigration system isn't fit for purpose. Its
political targets are perverse. Its guiding philosophy is reminiscent of
Soviet-style central planning. The resulting rules are unworkably complex.
Their administration by the Home Office mixes incompetence with malice.
The upshot is heavy-handed controls that still leave voters feeling
that things are out of control. That's bad economics and bad politics. ...
In Parliament, the Liberal Democrats are small in number, but
reliably pro-immigration. The Scottish National Party is very positive
about migration too; a proposal to allow regional visas for the likes of
Scotland and London could win their support. On the Labour side, shadow
Home Secretary Diane Abbott remains extremely pro-immigration, although
Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell have tempered their previous enthusiasm
for free movement to appease immigration-sceptic Labour voters in Northern
Crucially, many politicians on both sides of the House
favour tighter immigration controls out of expediency rather than
conviction. If they feel that the wind is blowing in the other direction
or at least that the storm about migration has abated they
may be more open to a more open approach.
What they need is a
blueprint to rally around. That's why I'm fundraising to write one for
OPEN, the think-tank that I founded.
BORDER CONTROLS EXIT CHECKS
No UK border exit records for 600,000 people, says watchdog
The Guardian, 29 March 2018
Theresa May's long-promised system of "100% exit checks" at
Britain's borders is so unreliable that it contains no departure records
for more than 600,000 people who should have left the country in the past
two years, a watchdog has revealed.
A report by David Bolt, the
chief inspector of borders and immigration, said that the system also
contains a growing "unmatched pot" of more than 201,000 records of
departures of people for whom there is no Home Office record that they ever
entered the country.
Bolt quoted Home Office staff complaining that
they had been "mis-sold the programme", that it was "rushed" and "flawed"
and that inside the department there had been no comprehension of the vast
and complicated nature of the data and the patterns it showed.
"Because it was not possible to to be certain about a person's
movements they could not rely on it as evidence of immigration (non)
compliance," the chief inspector said.
quoted by Bolt were far more scathing, describing the introduction of the
exit check programme as "shambolic" with persistent issues about data
quality, gaps and threats of sanctions against airlines that didn't comply.
May, during her time as home secretary, had repeatedly promised
to introduce a full exit check programme through the e-borders system by
the 2015 general election on the pledge of keeping track of everybody
coming in and going out of Britain.
The chief inspector said that
by June 2017, despite the promise of 100% coverage, gaps still remained in
collecting data on those arriving by sea, ferries, for rail journeys in and
out of Britain and travel to and from Ireland within the common travel
However, Bolt's investigation has established that as of
March 2017 there were 88,134 visa nationals from outside Europe
whose visas had expired within the previous two years but there was
no record of departure. "At the same time, there was no record of departure
for 513,000 identified non-visa nationals," he added. ...
inspector noted that the system relies on airline records as passports are
not swiped on departure from Britain. ...
The Home Office said it
had rejected Bolt's key recommendation to re-establish the exit check
programme, which oversaw its introduction to drive the needed improvements.
POLITICS FREE SPEECH
Why can't we speak plainly about migrant crime?
Spectator blog, 29 March 2018
Most of us are intensely happy about actual incitement
whether it be from the far-right, Islamist groups or anyone else
being subjected to the existing strictures of the law. But Rowleyism, as
applied to social media, has a different type of effect. Among other things
it appears to equate violent groups with violent facts.
this year, the former founder of the English Defence League, Tommy
Robinson, was suspended from Twitter for tweeting a statistic about
rape-gangs something that has been much in the news of late. ...
As it happens, Tommy Robinson's stats were those put out by the
admirable Muslim-run think-tank Quilliam. Their landmark report from
December found that:
'84 per cent of
'grooming gang' offenders were (South) Asian, while they only make up seven
per cent of total UK population and that the majority of these offenders
are of Pakistani origin with Muslim heritage.'
So the suspension of Tommy Robinson from Twitter for saying this
raises a fascinating modern conundrum. Is it possible that there are facts
which one person is allowed to say, but another is not? ...
Wednesday, Robinson (who had almost half a million followers on the
platform) has been suspended from Twitter for good, without explanation.
In this situation how are we to deal with issues like that of
grooming gangs? The communities from which the culprits come don't seem to
want to address the issue. Mainstream society and politics has shown itself
repeatedly unwilling and unable to do more than commission further, endless
inquiries into these issues. And passing around what facts are known
appears to have become difficult (and perhaps in the near future wholly
impossible). The social media platforms will say that the facts are passed
around in a hateful manner. But it is hard to see how exactly one might
frame the mass gang-rape of children in an un-abashedly upbeat fashion.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION IDENTITY DOCUMENTS
ID cards needed to tackle illegal migration, says Blair
The National, 29 March 2018
Identity cards are needed to address the problem of illegal
migration, according to Tony Blair, former prime minister of the UK.
A new report on Thursday from his Institute for Global Change
recommends "a system of digital identity verification" which could help
manage the flow of new arrivals and pick out those who have entered
However, the debate about identity cards has now
moved on thanks to advances in technology, argues Harvey Redgrave, senior
policy fellow for immigration at Renewing the Centre, who authored the
"Frankly, it's a very different debate compared with ten
years ago," Mr Redgrave, who is also managing director of Crest Advisory,
told The National. ...
"Many of the things that people were worried
about last time, about having a giant centralised government database where
all of your data gets stored, no longer needs to be worried about. In a
digital world, this stuff could be stored on a phone, in an app, in a
digital wallet. ...
... Mr Redgrave points out that 25 out of 28
European Union countries already have some sort of ID scheme. ...
Mr Redgrave also pointed out that the scheme wouldn't necessarily
involve physical ID cards at all, thanks to new technology. ...
With the flow of people across borders steadily increasing and now
at record levels, the paper says it is critical for governments to develop
a credible policy agenda on immigration.
"Most people... want
reassurance that the flow of new arrivals is properly planned for and
managed, and that the laws are fairly enforced, with illegal migration
tackled rather than tolerated. These are not unreasonable demands," Mr
IMMIGRATION MIGRATION ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT
Immigration: how much is too much?
BBC, 28 March 2018
So when the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) speaks, it needs
close attention. Amid all the claims, counter-claims, petty prejudices
about Johnny Foreigner and justifiable concerns about jobs and wages, this
is the outfit that feeds real hard evidence into government thinking - or
so you would hope.
It was commissioned last July by the Home
Secretary, Amber Rudd, to take an in-depth and wide-ranging look at the
UK's continuing economic and demographic requirement to attract a continued
flow of European Union immigrants after Brexiting.
This is to help
shape the UK's new immigration policy from 2021, though being commissioned
by Ms Rudd it could also be seen as a helpful source of evidence to back up
the soft Brexit end of Cabinet divisions on Brexit.
report, published on Tuesday, is big on the opinion of business,
acknowledging that the final report will have to balance that with other
"What is best for an employer is not necessarily what is
best for the resident population, which is the criterion the MAC uses when
evaluating migration policy," it states.
In general, but
particularly in London and Scotland, business told the MAC that it likes to
recruit from the biggest possible pool of labour. No surprise there. ...
The interim report also dips a toe into the controversial question
of whether migrant workers depress wages.
They've got more work to
do on that, says the MAC. But for now, they note very different stories for
those born in older EU members (such as France and Germany), who on average
earn 12% above the British-born average. They tend to do more highly
Those born in the newer EU members (from the Baltic
states to Bulgaria) are typically in lower skilled, lower-paid roles and
paid 27% less than the British-born average (note: that is not for the same
The evidence is patchy, but suggests that average pay has
not been much depressed by migrant workers. ...
clearer about is that employers are getting a higher level of skill and
qualification for the same money that will buy an hour of native British
worker's time. ...
When employers say they simply can't get
home-grown Brits to come and work at some jobs, the Committee has another
unsympathetic response: of course they will - you just have to offer them
enough pay to make it worthwhile. ...
It highlights the huge
differences between most of the country and London. The capital's
population is 37% foreign-born. Some 11% of the total are from EU
The West Midlands has the next highest share, at one in
eight, and for Scotland, it's one in 12. For north-east England and Wales,
it is one in 18. ...
"Migration is rarely the only policy available
to deal with a problem and always needs to be compared with alternatives,"
writes the MAC chairman, Sir Alan Manning.
The final report will
have more to say on those alternative.
POLITICS PUBLIC OPINION
Australian envoy warns of UK elite's 'obsession' with identity politics
BT, 28 March 2018
Britain's handling of immigration has created a "serious
disconnect" between the nation's "elites" and mainstream public opinion,
Australia outgoing high commissioner to the UK has warned.
valedictory address to the Policy Exchange think tank in London, Alexander
Downer said there was a "near obsession with identity politics" at
expense of helping migrants to integrate into UK society which
"grated" with much of the population. ...
"My travels around the UK
made me wonder whether there wasn't some kind of serious disconnect between
the opinions of the mainstream of British society and the elites who
dominated the nation's major institutions the Parliament, the Civil
Service, the BBC, the media, academia and even parts of the professions,"
he said. ...
"What seems to have happened in Britain, as in other
English speaking countries, is that generations of leaders have played down
the country's national identity and replaced it with a near obsession with
"Instead of building on an existing national
identity by working to integrate migrants into the mainstream of society,
the elite have salami-sliced society with an ideology of identity
MULTICULTURALISM NATIONAL IDENTITY
Fake British Citizens
The Salisbury Review, 28 March 2018
When the BBC smugly announced that two 'British' Jihadists with
Arabic names accused of torturing, crucifying and beheading unarmed
civilians had been captured in Syria, many British listeners were enraged.
What could be less British? What would foreigners think we as a nation had
This type of slap in the face is intentional, frequent and
part of the left's postmodern project to deconstruct our way of life. If
you tell a people they no longer have any say in who lives in their
country, you will destroy their idea of nationhood. A country that does not
feel itself to be a nation has no borders.
... Patriotism burns
deeply in many an Englishman's heart, and to be told a medieval killer with
an Arab name who spits on the idea of our country is British is the
equivalent to a blow in the face.
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 2]
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018
That modern politics has been shaped by secular religions is
widely recognized in the case of totalitarian regimes. ...
liberals have been ready to acknowledge that totalitarian movements have
functioned as corrupt religions, they resist any claim that the same has
been true in their own case. ...
Hyper-liberals will reject any
idea that what they are promoting is an exorbitant version of the
liberalism they incessantly attack. Yet the belief persists that a new
society will appear once we have been stripped of our historic identities,
and switched to a system in which all are deemed different and yet somehow
the same. In this view, all identities are equal in being cultural
constructions. In practice some identities are more equal than others.
Those of practitioners of historic nationalities and religions, for
example, are marked out for deconstruction, while those of ethnic and
sexual minorities that have been or are being oppressed are valorized. How
this distinction can be maintained is unclear. ...
... In the past,
liberals have struggled to reconcile their commitment to liberty with a
recognition that people need a sense of collective belonging as well. In
other writings Mill balanced the individualism of On Liberty with an
understanding that a common culture is necessary if freedom is to be
secure, while Isaiah Berlin acknowledged that for most people being part of
a community in which they can recognize themselves is an integral part of a
worthwhile life. These insights were lost, or suppressed, in the liberalism
that prevailed after the end of the Cold War. If it was not dismissed as
atavistic, the need for a common identity was regarded as one that could be
satisfied in private life. A global space was coming into being that would
recognize only universal humanity. Any artefact that embodied the
achievements of a particular state or country could only be an obstacle to
this notional realm. The hyper-liberal demand that public spaces be purged
of symbols of past oppression continues a post-Cold War fantasy of the end
Liberals who are dismayed at the rise of the new
intolerance have not noticed how much they have in common with those who
are imposing it. Hyper-liberal "snowflakes", who demand safe spaces where
they cannot be troubled by disturbing facts and ideas, are what their
elders have made them. Possessed by faith in an imaginary humanity, both
seek to weaken or destroy the national and religious traditions that have
supported freedom and toleration in the past. Insignificant in itself and
often comically absurd, the current spate of campus frenzies may come to be
remembered for the part it played in the undoing of what is still described
as the liberal West.
The problem of hyper-liberalism [part 1]
TLS / The Times Literary Supplement, 27 March 2018
For liberals the recent transformation of universities into
institutions devoted to the eradication of thought crime must seem
paradoxical. In the past higher education was avowedly shaped by an ideal
of unfettered inquiry. Varieties of social democrats and conservatives,
liberals and Marxists taught and researched alongside scholars with no
strong political views. Academic disciplines cherished their orthodoxies,
and dissenters could face difficulties in being heard. But visiting
lecturers were rarely disinvited because their views were deemed
unspeakable, course readings were not routinely screened in case they
contained material that students might find discomforting, and faculty
members who departed from the prevailing consensus did not face attempts to
silence them or terminate their careers. An inquisitorial culture had not
yet taken over.
It would be easy to say that liberalism has now
been abandoned. Practices of toleration that used to be seen as essential
to freedom are being deconstructed and dismissed as structures of
repression, and any ideas or beliefs that stand in the way of this process
banned from public discourse. Judged by old-fashioned standards, this is
the opposite of what liberals have stood for. But what has happened in
higher education is not that liberalism has been supplanted by some other
ruling philosophy. Instead, a hyper-liberal ideology has developed that
aims to purge society of any trace of other views of the world. If a regime
of censorship prevails in universities, it is because they have become
vehicles for this project. /.../ In institutions that proclaim their
commitment to critical inquiry, censorship is most effective when it is
self-imposed. A defining feature of tyranny, the policing of opinion is now
established practice in societies that believe themselves to be freer than
they have ever been. ...
However, indifference to facts is not
confined to the alt-right and the hyper-liberal Left. It is pervasive among
liberals who came of age at the end of the Cold War. ...
who rail at populist movements are adamant that voters who support them are
deluded or deceived. The possibility that these movements are exploiting
needs that highly individualist societies cannot satisfy is not seriously
considered. In the liberalism that has prevailed over the past generation
such needs have been dismissed as atavistic prejudices, which must be swept
away wherever they stand in the way of schemes for transnational government
or an expanding global market. This stance is one reason why anti-liberal
movements continue to advance. Liberalism and empiricism have parted
company, and nothing has been learnt. Some of the strongest evidence
against the liberal belief that we learn from our errors and follies comes
from the behaviour of liberals themselves. ...
POLITICS CONSERVATIVE PARTY
After Brexit, We Must Address Voters' Immigration Concerns With A Bespoke
Sir Gerald Howarth, Conservative MP for Aldershot
26 March 2018
Communities across the UK are protesting at the demand for more
housing which this dramatic growth in population has generated. ...
... At Leave Means Leave, we believe the UK should have a bespoke
British work permit system, its eventual aim being to reduce net migration
to around the levels last seen in the mid-1990s, i.e. less than 50,000.
The public understands that highly-skilled migration is beneficial
to Britain. Therefore, there should be no cap on the most highly skilled
and entrepreneurial who wish to come to this country. ...
allow us to place greater emphasis on the training, education and
employment of the over 800,000 16-24 year old British citizens who are
currently unemployed or inactive (as of December 2016). ...
those who are granted permanent residence should be eligible for social
benefits, housing benefits and social housing, in keeping with the
principle of fairness that we should all have to pay in to the system. ...
In this essential debate about migration and the EU, we should not
forget that half of net annual migration into the UK is represented by
non-EU migrants, something over which we have had control. There is
therefore much work to be done to fashion a system which benefits the
economy but reassures a concerned public.
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, CONSERVATIVE PARTY
Andrew Green: The Government has lost its way on immigration and the Home Secretary shows no interest in reducing it
Conservative Home, 26 March 2018
It is now clear that the Government have dropped the ball on
immigration. An urgent rethink is needed if they are to avoid paying a
heavy price at the next election. There is no doubt about public concern.
Immigration remains one of the top three issues on which voters say they
will base their choice in 2022 or before, while nearly two-thirds want to
see a major reduction in immigration levels.
It is also clear that
immigration was a major factor in the outcome of the referendum. Indeed, it
was the top issue of voter concern on the eve of polling day in June 2016,
according to Ipsos MORI. Some suggest that voters' main motivation was
about control of immigration rather than its reduction, but that ignores
many years of consistent concern about the number of immigrants and their
impact on all our public services.
The Government has clearly lost
its way. The transition agreement is useless from the point of view of
reducing immigration. Free movement for EU citizens is to continue for
nearly three years from now. Worse, all those who come in that period will
have the right to claim permanent residence here. Even less acceptable, it
appears that they will have rights to bring in partners, and possibly
future partners, that are greater than the rights enjoyed by British
... Meanwhile, net migration from outside the European
Union has risen to over 200,000 per annum, /.../ The present Government
have done nothing to reduce it despite a number of useful recommendations
from the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC).
It seems that the
Government feels under very little pressure on immigration. Certainly, the
Home Secretary has shown no interest at all in concrete steps to reduce
immigration. /.../ Meanwhile, in 2014/15, the working age benefit bill for
EU migrants in the UK was over £4 billion or about £12 million
per day a huge sum. ...
... Overall, net migration still
stands at around a quarter of a million a year close to the average
of the last ten years, and enough to ensure that the UK's population grows
by the equivalent of Birmingham every two to three years. ...
Meanwhile, the public have been repeatedly promised control over
immigration which they have rightly interpreted as a reduction. The
public have had enough of excuses. Failure to deliver will severely shake
public confidence, certainly in the Conservative Party, but also in our
political system as a whole.
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LANDLORDS
Landlords still house illegal immigrants with impunity
Conservative Woman, 26 March 2018
The government says it wants to be tough on illegal
immigration. /.../ As a part of this, the Immigration Act 2014 brought in
the 'Right to Rent' regulations. These oblige anyone renting out a home or
part of their home to make sure their tenant has a legal right to live in
Landlords aren't expected to be immigration experts and the
checks they should make on a prospective tenant are straightforward.
There's official advice online and a genuinely useful helpline if support
is needed. ...
... However the problem is that the regulations seem
to be barely enforced. There are large areas of the country with high
populations of illegal immigrants where arrests and detentions may be
happening, but no prosecutions or punitive action of any sort is being
taken against those who deliberately and illegally provide them with
... It should then be easy to establish that the
owner of that accommodation didn't take the right steps to comply with
'Right to Rent' rules and should be considered for prosecution.
that just isn't happening. According to the leading trade organisation, the
Residential Landlords Association, only 91 landlords were prosecuted in the
first year that the rules were in fully in place. It's difficult to match
this figure precisely against the number of people arrested for immigration
offences who have been in the country longer than the few days necessary to
procure at least some sort of roof over their heads. People you can
therefore assume have a landlord who is acting illegally. There must be
thousands in this category. Surely there should be some sort of correlation
between the number of people detained and the numbers of landlords
prosecuted for housing them? But there isn't.
CRIME SLAVERY, PEOPLE-SMUGGLING
From child drug mules to migrant smuggling, reports of slavery soar in Britain
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 26 March 2018
From children being forced by gangs to carry illegal drugs, to
migrants smuggled into Britain and trapped in exploitative work, reports of
slavery in Britain have surged as authorities crack down on the crime,
according to data released on Monday.
The National Crime Agency
(NCA) said it received 5,145 reports of suspected slavery victims in 2017
across Britain, an increase of more than a third from 3,804 in 2016.
Those involved were commonly British, Albanian and Vietnamese, said
the NCA, which is dubbed Britain's FBI, warning that criminal networks were
heading online to sexually exploit people, especially through adult
"What this report reinforces is that we are now
dealing with an evolving threat," NCA director Will Kerr said in a
statement. "Particularly concerning to us is the rise in young people being
exploited for sexual purposes or drug trafficking." ...
also increased crossovers between smuggling rings, that transport
vulnerable migrants into Britain, and slavemasters, who force them into
exploitative work, Kerr said.
Kerr said the figures "almost
certainly" represent an underestimate of the true scale of slavery and
trafficking in Britain.
At least 13,000 people across Britain are
estimated by the government to be victims of modern slavery - trapped in
forced labour, sexual exploitation and domestic servitude - but police say
the true figure is likely to be in the tens of thousands.
CRIME SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN
Child sex gang of seven 'predatory' men who abused girls as young as 13 in a 's*** wagon' with number plate ending 'SHG' are convicted after jury took 24 DAYS to reach their
MailOnline, 25 March 2018
A sex gang of seven 'predatory' men have been convicted of
abusing young girls.
The group of seven men aged between 37 and 47
were described as 'predatory and cynical' by a judge after being convicted
on Friday following a five-month trial, at Oxford Crown Court. ...
A jury of four women and seven men took a record-breaking 107 hours
and 31 minutes, over the course of 24 days, to reach their verdict. ...
During the trial, Oxford Crown Court heard accounts from the
victims, all of whom were aged between 13 and 15 at the time, who said they
were plied with drink and drugs and took part in sex parties. ...
The lengthy trial saw seven defendants convicted - Raheem Ahmed,
Moinul Islam, Kamran Khan, Kameer Iqbal, Khalid Hussain, Alladitta Yousaf
and Assad Hussain.
TERRORISM CHILD REFUGEES
Parsons Green terrorist is jailed for at least 34 years after the judge rules he lied about only being 18
Daily Telegraph, 24 March 2018
The Parsons Green bomber lied about his age in order to remain
in the UK sparking renewed questions over the screening of child migrants.
Iraqi born, Ahmed Hassan, entered Britain illegally three years ago
and then applied for asylum, claiming to be a 16-year orphan, who had keen
kidnapped by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil). ...
the case raises serious questions over the ability of officials to weed out
asylum seekers who try to take advantage of the system by claiming to be
Mr Justice Haddon-Cave told Hassan: "I note that your
tutor at college thought you were physically and mentally older than you
claimed to be. I am satisfied that that you lied about your date of birth
on arrival in order to glean the special privileges accorded to children
entering the UK."
IMMIGRATION EUROPE, PUBLIC OPINION
Why do politicians refuse to tell it how it is on immigration?
The Spectator, 24 March 2018
One of the presumptions of democracy is that leaders listen to
the public. But as poll after poll in Europe shows, this presumption breaks
down around the subject of migration. On that and the numerous
issues surrounding it mainstream politicians consistently ignore the
public. And not only ignore them but berate them and act against their
This month sees the publication of the latest poll by
Project 28, whose 2017 poll of public opinion I wrote about here last
summer. Once again, the Századvég Foundation has polled
opinion from 1,000 respondents in each of the 28 countries of the EU. And
once again, the findings are startling. Any politician should consider
them; a wise politician would listen to them.
What is most striking
once again is that there is such extraordinary unanimity around the
question of immigration. ...
For instance, in response to the
question of EU border protection, more than three-quarters (78 per cent) of
EU citizens believe that the external borders of Europe should be better
protected. /.../ Not only do 78 per cent of all Europeans think that
illegal immigration into their countries is a problem, in every single
European country more people think that it is a serious problem than think
it is not a problem or not a very serious problem.
whether immigration brings problems including crime and terrorism, the
majority of Europeans believe that it does. While 82 per cent think it is
very or somewhat likely that a terrorist attack could happen in their
country, 62 per cent also think that immigrants bring an increase in crime.
Of course this remains a subject which, if uttered by a mainstream
politician, could end their political career. And yet it is not only a
majority opinion, but provable. Research commissioned by the German
government and published in January found that there had been a large
increase in crime in Germany in recent years and that more than 90 per cent
of that crime could be attributed to young male migrants. ...
81 per cent of the European public agree that immigrants should be helped
in their own countries, with almost half (48 per cent) saying that the EU
should provide 'substantial financial support' to the countries where they
are currently residing, like Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. The public are
also supportive of temporary migration, with two-thirds of Europeans
agreeing that immigrants should be sent back to their home countries after
the war in Syria ends. ...
Crucially, the public are aware of
something about which their politicians have been blithe. Which is that
migration on the scale Europe has seen in recent years is not just a
problem for this generation but for succeeding ones. A frightening 50 per
cent of Europeans believe that their children will have a worse life than
them. /.../ Specifically, 70 per cent of the European public believe that
the 'rapid population growth of Muslims' is either a 'somewhat serious' or
'very serious' threat to Europe.
CRIME DRUG GANGS, ALBANIANS
Surge in drug gangs triples number of Albanians in our jails with 726 offenders from the Balkan state behind bars last year
Daily Mail, 23
Drugs gangs from Albania have fuelled a tripling in the number
of criminals from the country in British prisons.
Justice figures reveal there were 726 offenders from the Balkan state
behind bars last year up from 267 in 2013.
Many have been
convicted of murder, drug dealing, sex offences, money laundering, people
smuggling and death threats. ...
The National Crime Agency (NCA)
has warned that gangs of Albanian drug dealers are now 'a significant
threat', using increasingly ruthless tactics to protect their business.
Organised crime groups from the country, which has a population of
just 2.9 million, now have huge influence on supplying cocaine around the
But thousands of Albanians allowed into the UK are
suspected of adopting bogus identities from neighbouring Kosovo, claiming
persecution during the regional conflict 18 years ago. Imposters are
suspected to be fronting drugs and prostitution rings.
TERROR WARNING: 30,000 people in Europe may be in terrorist networks, Europol chief warns
Daily Express, 22 March 2018
Tens of thousands of people living in Europe could be part of
terrorist networks, the European Union's law enforcement boss has warned on
the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Westminster terror attack.
Up to 30,000 people have been radicalised and are part of terror
cells or communities which could be inspired by groups such as Islamic
State (ISIS), Europol director Rob Wainwright said.
In an interview
with Bulgarian television, the Briton warned of an "explosion of terrorist
activity in recent years", adding there is "very complex" range of threats
facing the EU. ...
Mr Wainwright also warned Europe was facing a
new generation of threats, including cyber attacks and danger posed by
"many groups that resemble mafias in many countries". ...
separate report by Bulgarian media, a study was presented to the country's
parliament today which revealed 800 people had travelled from the Western
Balkans to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS.
The Western Balkans
include several nations being considered for European Union membership,
such as Albania, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
IMMIGRATION SUB-SAHARAN AFRICANS
At Least a Million Sub-Saharan Africans Moved to Europe Since 2010
Pew Research Center, 22 March 2018
International migration from countries in sub-Saharan Africa
has grown dramatically over the past decade, including to Europe and the
United States. Indeed, most years since 2010 have witnessed a rising inflow
of sub-Saharan asylum applicants in Europe, and lawful permanent residents
and refugees in the U.S.
... In the case of Europe, the population
of sub-Saharan migrants has been boosted by the influx of nearly 1 million
asylum applicants (970,000) between 2010 and 2017, according to a Pew
Research Center analysis of data from Eurostat, Europe's statistical
agency. Sub-Saharan Africans also moved to European Union countries, Norway
and Switzerland as international students and resettled refugees, through
family reunification and by other means.
In the U.S., those fleeing
conflict also make up a portion of the more than 400,000 sub-Saharan
migrants who moved to the States between 2010 and 2016. According to data
from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. State Department,
110,000 individuals from sub-Saharan countries were resettled as refugees
over this seven-year period. An additional 190,000 were granted lawful
permanent residence by virtue of family ties; nearly 110,000 more entered
the U.S. through the diversity visa program.
... According to a
2017 Pew Research Center survey in six sub-Saharan countries that have
supplied many of the region's migrants to the U.S. and Europe, many say
they would move to another country if the means and opportunity presented
themselves. And in Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria, more than a third say they
actually plan to migrate in the next five years. ...
In terms of
destinations, as of 2017, nearly three-quarters (72%) of Europe's
sub-Saharan immigrant population was concentrated in just four countries:
the UK (1.27 million), France (980,000), Italy (370,000) and Portugal
Between February and April 2017, Pew Research Center
surveyed in six of the 10 countries that have supplied many of the
sub-Saharan immigrants now living in the U.S. ...
The survey asked
respondents whether they would go to live in another country, if they had
the means and opportunity. At least four-in-ten in each sub-Saharan country
surveyed answered yes, including roughly three-quarters of those surveyed
in Ghana (75%) and Nigeria (74%). ...
... People planning to
migrate in the next five years tended to identify destinations where they
already had friends or family. This finding is generally consistent with
studies showing that personal connections influence the decision and
likelihood of migrating.
About 420,000 more
sub-Saharan African migrants lived in Europe in 2017 (4.15 million) than in
2010 (3.73 million). And an estimated 1.55 million sub-Saharan African
migrants lived in the U.S in 2017, an increase of about a 325,000 from
2010, when an estimated 1.22 million sub-Saharan African migrants lived in
the country, according to the United Nations.
Hate-speech laws help only the powerful
Spiked, 22 March 2018
Offensive behaviour is one of the crimes of immorality, such as
offence against public morality, action against the state,
counter-revolutionary activity and other catch-all terms, that have always
been used to suppress dissent (reasonable and unreasonable). ...
Laws against speech which are advanced under the guise of defending
the weak are actually designed to protect the dominant elite. Laws against
harassment, threats of violence, incitement to commit crime, and so forth,
are all already on the statute. They protect all people equally. Hate
crimes are different. They are crimes against public morality, as defined
by lawmakers. The offences are crafted not to protect 'marginalised groups'
but to demonstrate the virtue of the ruling class and to demonstrate its
power. They use minorities as shields to protect their own interests.
Christianity, patriotism, monarchy and the family were once
society-wide emblems of the moral consensus. But as they were diminished by
a new multiculturalism, a crisis of values developed. With so many
differing perspectives and traditions at play in society, it became hard to
find moral totems around which the nation could gather. One unifying idea
today is that racism is wrong. It is a moral value that appeals broadly to
liberals and conservatives, relying on the innate human moral values of
fairness, and individuals being treated according to their actions.
The problem is that racism can be manifest both in action and
thought. Racial discrimination of action can be limited through legislation
that bans racially determined pay, employment, accommodation and so on. It
is largely a transparent, fair and workable system. The problem is that
racist beliefs, casual prejudices and in-group preferences what we
might call racial discrimination of thought, mild or extreme have
become the focus of legislation to prevent even offensive (but non-racist)
speech in order to eradicate racist thought.
What we see now in
British hate-crime legislation is an attempt to control speech and thought.
The existence of 'offensive thought', which finds expression in a joke,
offhand slur or a casual slip, is now something for which our moral
superiors can prosecute us. This is a profoundly troubling situation. What
is more troubling is that no major British political party has opposed the
spread of hate-crime legislation. ...
... We must begin to treat
all people fairly, and according to their actions. We must abolish
hate-speech laws, and stop travelling down the road to censorship.
EXTREMISM POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Our lawmakers' fear of 'racism' has put the rights of terrorists before the lives of innocents
Daily Telegraph, 21
If Ahmed Hassan had got his way, September 15 2017 would be the
date of one of the worst massacres in British history. About 50 people
sustained burns or minor injuries ...
An asylum seeker who actually
told Home Office officials he had been "trained to kill" by Islamic State
in Iraq was not only allowed to enter our country. He was given generous
financial aid and a foster place ...
You will have to forgive my
tone of mild incredulity, but there has been ample evidence in the past
fortnight that the Home Office is perfectly capable of keeping out
undesirables. Lauren Southern, a far-right Canadian journalist, was
detained in Calais and banned from entering the UK. /.../ A Home Office
spokesman said: "Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an
individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not
conducive to the public good." ...
Personally, I wouldn't choose to
have Ms Southern round for Easter lunch, but at least nothing in her
history suggests she might try to detonate a bomb on a train carrying
children to school. The same goes for Martin Sellner, the Austrian leader
of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement, and his girlfriend,
Brittany Pettibone, an American writer who calls immigration "white
genocide", who were also denied entry. ...
Are we to deduce that
our government believes ultra-conservative provocateurs are "not conducive
to the public good" whilst Islamist asylum seekers are perfectly fine? ...
After the grotesque revelations last week from Telford of yet more
mass rape, even murder, committed by men of mainly Pakistani origin, are
the authorities perhaps scared they are losing control of the multicultural
"narrative"? Do they privately fear that the views of Sellner and his ilk
might chime with members of the population who have lost faith in a liberal
elite that appears to put political correctness and enforced "tolerance"
before the safety of white working-class girls? ...
And what if our
instincts tell us it's wrong to keep out far-Right speakers, who can do us
no physical harm, while admitting aggrieved Muslim teenagers from war-torn
areas who well might?
Let me tell you what is "not conducive to the
public good". It's having a Home Office whose moral sense is so perverted
that it puts the human rights of jihadist Hassan before the right to life
of British men, women and children on the District Line.
Britain's flawed definition of extremism is storing up trouble
Spectator blog, 21 March 2018
Can anyone else see the problem here? The British state
currently has to find a reason to explain why saying 'Allah is gay' is a
fundamental assault on British values, but admitting to being a trained
member of Isis is not. It has to explain why approaching the borders
legally can lead to expulsion but breaking into the country illegally
Of course what this is is the enforcement of what one might
call 'Rowley-ism', after the Metropolitan Police's former assistant
commissioner Mark Rowley. It was he who last month embedded the idea that
the UK faces an equally balanced challenge: Islamist extremism on the one
side, far-right extremism on the other. In order to sustain this equation
it appears that for the time-being one must draw a moral equivalence
between Muslims who blow things up and non-Muslims who do not, but have
mean views. And an equivalence between Muslims who call for murder and
non-Muslims who do not. Officials (retired and serving) at the borders, in
the police force or in Parliament, who think that this will prove a formula
for societal security and harmony can have no idea of the trouble they are
storing up for some later date.
Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from immigrant backgrounds, international think tank reveals
MailOnline, 20 March
Almost 29 per cent of 15-year-olds in Britain now come from an
immigrant background, new data from an international think tank reveals
The figure is higher than the EU average of 21 per cent but
similar to both France, at 26 per cent, and Germany, at 28 per cent. The
figure is higher in Ireland and Belgium.
It includes second
generation immigrants, natives of mixed heritage, first generation
immigrants and people returning after being born abroad.
by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), also
shows immigrant children who arrive in the UK aged 12 or older are less
likely to do well at school and to feel like they belong, according to a
The study is based on an analysis of the OECD's 2015
PISA tests which are taken by 15-year-olds across 35 nations and economies.
Compared with PISA tests taken in 2003, the percentage of immigrant
students in the UK rose by nine percentage points, compared with an OECD
average of around six percentage points and an EU average of around seven
Albanian police arrests 39 suspected human traffickers for illegally smuggling 1,000 people into Britain and the United States
MailOnline, 18 March 2018
Albanian police have arrested 39 people in a crackdown in crime
rings illegally sending around 1,000 Albanians into the UK, the United
States and Canada.
National police chief Ardi Veliu confirmed
authorities had identified seven criminal rings in ten different countries
which allowed Albanians to move illegally by 'falsifying travel and
identity documents of European Union countries'. ...
Despite the 39
arrests, 12 wanted fugitives are still at large, including two Bulgarians.
'Every person paid at least 7,000 pounds ($9,764) to get to the
United Kingdom and from $24,000 to $30,000 to reach the U.S. and Canada,'
Veliu told reporters.
Each of the people smuggled paid between
$9,750 to $30,000 for the forgeries.
He said the gang forged
passports for those travelling and helped them reach their destinations
travelling through other European countries, or through the Dominican
Republic or other countries in South America.
EXTREMISM NATIONALISTS, FREE SPEECH
Even those with the vilest of views have the right to be heard
The Guardian, 18 March 2018
Martin Sellner is a nasty piece of work. The Austrian is a
leader of the Generation Identity white nationalist movement and of Defend
Europe, an organisation that tries to stop NGO boats from saving migrants
drowning in the Med. His partner, the American Brittany Pettibone, is a
writer and vlogger who sees immigration as "white genocide". Lauren
Southern is a Canadian journalist who moves in far-right circles. Hitler,
according to Southern, "was just an SJW [social justice warrior] who
happened to get freaky amounts of power".
Over the past two weeks,
all three have been barred from entering Britain. Their views, they were
told, were unacceptable and their presence in Britain not "conducive to the
Sellner, Pettibone and Southern are all odious
characters. I loathe their anti-immigrant rhetoric. I despair of their
tirades against Muslims. But I also think that all three have the right to
be as loathsome and obnoxious as they wish to be. Even scumbags should not
be barred for thought crimes.
Anti-racists in particular should be
wary of such bans. Censorious laws that some applaud when applied to the
far right inevitably get turned on to the left and anti-racists. The 1965
Race Relations Act introduced Britain's first legal ban on the incitement
of racial hatred. Among the first people convicted under its provisions was
the black power activist Michael X.
The 1936 Public Order Act,
brought in to control Oswald Mosley's fascists, became used after the war
to target trade unionists most notoriously during the miners' strike
of 1984-85 and anti-fascist demonstrations in the 1970s and 1980s.
If we allow the state to define the limits of acceptable speech, it
will not just be speech to which we object that gets curtailed.
RACISM SCHOOL SPORTS
Now PE is RACIST says taxpayer-funded study that claims that teaching children to play football, rugby, cricket and netball favours 'white
Mail on Sunday, 18 March 2018
School PE lessons are racist, according to an astonishing
Teaching children to play football, rugby,
cricket, netball and rounders favours 'privileged' white students, the
politically correct 20-page report claims.
The research, which was
criticised last night as 'ludicrous' and 'patronising' by a top black
footballer, says sports that have been taught in schools for generations
hark back to Britain's colonial past and make 'whiteness' the norm.
Its authors, who were given a grant of nearly £10,000 to
examine PE classes in England and Norway, suggest that learning dances from
different cultures should be given greater prominence. ...
Ouseley, who chairs the anti-racism football campaign Kick It Out, said it
was 'crazy' to put such sports in 'a context of ethnicity and racism' as
they were played all over the world.
He added: 'This research is an
irrelevance and also patronising because people make their own decisions
about their involvement in sport.'
The report called A
Whitewashed Curriculum? The Construction of Race in Contemporary PE
Curriculum Policy says traditional games were developed in the
Victorian era by 'white privileged males' at elite public schools that
often discriminated against minorities.
The study, written in often
baffling jargon and published in the journal Sport, Education and Society,
says the games have been used by the British as 'part of a civilising
process' and transported around the world 'as an extension of nationalism
and the Empire'. ...
The study was conducted by Anne Flintoff,
Professor of Physical Education and Sport at Leeds Beckett University, and
Fiona Dowling from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences in Oslo. They
received a grant of £9,940 from the largely taxpayer-funded British
Academy to support their work. ...
Bizarrely, they say that by
focusing on the need for 'healthy, active lives' there is 'a danger PE
lessons can contribute to a recolonisation of ethnic minorities'
The report also states that PE is 'constructed as
a predominantly white, unmarked space'.
TERRORISM ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION, ASYLUM
Ahmed Hassan found guilty of attempted murder on Parsons Green Tube
Sky News, 16 March 2018
A teenage asylum-seeker who set off a bomb on a rush hour Tube
train is facing life in jail.
Iraqi-born Ahmed Hassan, 18, built a
bomb in his bedroom at his foster parents' home over the summer holidays.
A jury found him guilty of the attempted murder of 93 people, who
escaped with their lives when a fireball engulfed a Tube carriage at
Parsons Green on 15 September last year. ...
The District Line
train was packed with commuters when the bomb partially detonated at the
height of the morning rush. ...
When he was searched, he was
carrying £2,320 in cash and claimed to police that he was waiting for
The teenager arrived in Britain illegally in October
2015, in the back of a lorry from Calais.
He claimed asylum,
telling officials that he was in fear of ISIS, who he said had kidnapped
him and other youngsters and trained them to kill. ...
trial, he told the court he had made up the story, because he actually came
from a safe area of northern Iraq and feared he would have been refused
permission to stay.
POPULATION PRESSURE SECONDARY SCHOOLS
Secondary school pupil numbers will rise by more than 600,000 by 2023 due to baby boom driven by migration
Daily Mail, 16 March 2018
Senior school pupil numbers will rise by more than 600,000 by
2023 following a baby boom fuelled by high migration.
The number of
secondary-age pupils is expected to increase by 21 per cent in the next
five years, a Government projection states.
The rise originates
from a surge in births which began in the 2000s following a period of
sustained high immigration under New Labour. ...
The bulge in the
population has already created huge problems for primary schools, with many
having to expand classes or add classrooms.
Now that problem is set
to transfer to secondary schools as the children grow older. ...
The forecast was released by the Government yesterday.
showed that in 2016/17, the last year for which figures are available,
there were about 3.14 million pupils of secondary school age in England.
This is predicted to rise to 3.8 million by 2023/24 meaning
there will be about 660,000 extra secondary-age pupils. ...
week it was reported that almost two-thirds of secondary schools had
increased class sizes in the last two years amid growing demand for places.
POLITICS HATE CRIME, HATE INCIDENT, THOUGHT CRIME
London Police Issue 'Hate Crime' Guidelines. Think Twice Before You Open Your Mouth.
Dailywire, 16 March 2018
The London Metropolitan Police have issued their guidelines for
what constitutes a "hate crime," and the parameters they delineate are wide
enough to cause real concern. ...
The guidelines get even dicier
If someone commits a criminal offence
and the victim, or anyone else, believes it was motivated by prejudice or
hate, we class this as a "hate crime." It means the offender can be charged
for the crime itself and also their reasons for doing it. If someone does
something that isn't a criminal offence but the victim, or anyone else,
believes it was motivated by prejudice or hate, we would class this as a
'hate incident'. Though what the perpetrator has done may not be against
the law, their reasons for doing it are. This means it may be possible to
charge them with an offence.
In an age
where the snowflake mentality is pervasive, does it help when the force of
the law is brought to bear in such a heavy-handed way?
the British think so.
POPULATION PRESSURE HOUSING
How mass immigration drives the housing crisis
The Spectator, 17 March 2018
It took half a century for the UK population to rise from 50.3
million in 1950 to 59.1 million in 2000. During that period, the
foreign-born population rose from 4.3 per cent to 8.8 per cent so a
measure of that increase was already accounted for by newcomers. After an
inflow historically unprecedented for this country, this brief century
alone has seen the UK population shoot up to 65.6 million (as of January
2017), 14 per cent of whom were foreign-born as of 2016. ...
demographer David Coleman estimates that 85 per cent of the UK's population
increase from 2000 to 2015 is explained by migrants and their children. All
these new people have to live somewhere. The pressure on housing, among
many other social provisions, is intensified by the fact that on average
foreign-born mothers have more children (2.06 in 2016) than women born in
Britain (only 1.75). ...
... As of 2011, mothers born in Poland
averaged 2.1 children while mothers born in Pakistan had 3.8, and
mothers born in Somalia had 4.2. ...
The housing crunch is further
complicated by the fact that so many immigrants settle in the southeast,
where residential shortages are keenest. The population of Greater London
in 2017 was 8.8 million, a rise of 400,000 over the previous five years.
Greater London housed only 7.1 million people in 1997, when Blair opened
the gates to permanent visitors. That's 1.7 million more residents in two
decades an increase of over a quarter, two-thirds of which occurred
in only the last ten years.
As of 2016, only 45 per cent of the
capital was white British. An astonishing 58.2 per cent of births in London
were to foreign-born mothers. /.../ While over a third of the babies born
in England and Wales had at least one parent born outside the UK, in London
that figure was 66.6 per cent: two-thirds.
Indeed, most immigration
statistics are untrustworthy because they're too low. London
Councils chairman Merrick Cockell told the BBC back in 2008, 'London's
population is growing at an even faster rate than these figures suggest
because official data has failed to properly account for the complexities
of migration and population churn.' ...
... The UK's housing crisis
rests hand-in-glove with mass immigration.
TERRORISM ISLAM, ASIA, EUROPE
Islamic radicalization in Pakistan poses threat to world, say experts
The Hans India, 15 March 2018
Pakistan continues to remain an epicenter of Islamic
radicalization, said a group of international experts while speaking on a
side event titled "Growing Extremism in South Asia; Repercussions for the
West" held during the 37th session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Organised by Brussels based European Foundation for South Asian
Studies (EFSAS), the event sheds light on the cross-over of extremist
elements between South Asia and the West.
Prof. Paul Stott of
University of Leicester said, "Historically, this unfortunately being a
very strong cross over between the Indian sub-continent and the UK in terms
of terrorism and certainly in the 1990s not enough attention was paid to
the fact that so many young Britons were coming to Kashmir, for example
them entering Pakistan and attending training camps and going to
Afghanistan and joining Taliban there and getting involved in political and
religious activities which proven to be very problematic indeed. People
like Masood Azhar, some quite problematic clerical speakers, who were able
to organize in the UK in the 1990s again in a way that authorities rather
The experts laid emphasis on the growing nexus between
Islamic fundamentalists and terrorists, based in Pakistan, with those
settled in UK, Bosnia and other countries in the 1990s. Some of them,
including Lashkar-e-Taiba Chief Hafiz Saeed are still remain powerful with
support of the state. ...
Junaid Qureshi, Director of European
Foundation for South Asian Studies said, "Radicalization and terrorism is
growing in South Asia from the past so many years. If you look, for
example, in Pakistan there is a movement going on to mainstream Hafiz
Saeed, who actually has a 10 million bounty on him." ...
Bolhuis, a researcher and lecturer at the Criminal Law and Criminology
Department of the UV University in Amsterdam spoke about the nexus between
asylum, immigration and jihadism.
MULTICULTURALISM ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Sajid Javid: 770,000 people in England unable to speak English well
The Guardian, 14 March 2018
Sajid Javid has revealed that 770,000 people living in England
speak no English or hardly any, in a personal interview in which he
described his own experience as a "six-year-old interpreter" for his
The communities secretary promised to expand the
teaching of English for immigrants as he warned that up to 70% of those
unable to speak the language were women, and most of them were from
Pakistani or Bangladeshi communities. ...
He said the government
wanted to use Wednesday's consultation document to tackle segregation by
also: acting against cultural practices "not compatible with the British
way of life" such as polygamy; tackling disproportionately low take-up
rates of free childcare by Asian women; and using the roll-out of universal
credit to help target ethnic minorities and help them to integrate better.
In the green paper, the government says that over three quarters of
a million people in England speak the language poorly or not at all. ...
The paper is, in part, a response to the review of social
integration by Dame Louise Casey. who criticised successive governments for
failing to keep up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration"
that had left some communities increasingly divided.
highlighted "deeply regressive religious and cultural practices, especially
when it comes to women".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD AUSTRALIA
Australia's immigration jobs myth: Population expert says migrants aren't fixing skill shortages and are making it HARDER for people to get jobs and he has the numbers to
Daily Mail Australia, 14 March 2018
One of Australia's most respected population experts has busted
the myth that immigrants are filling skills shortages.
who heads the Melbourne-based Australian Population Research Institute,
said the nation was importing migrants who couldn't find work as engineers,
accountants and IT technicians.
However, few skilled migrants with
trades qualifications were moving to Australia despite the shortage of
plumbers, builders and electricians.
'The claim that it is
attracting scarce skills is a myth,' Dr Birrell said in a research paper
published on Tuesday, called Scarce Skills Not Required. ...
sociologist, who has researched population growth since the 1960s, said
both sides of politics had relied on the flawed advice of big business and
public service bureaucrats, who cared more about economic growth than
'The Treasury, Reserve Bank and much of the big end
of town understands that population growth is the most important overall
factor in driving our GDP,' he said.
'The Coalition, Labor and
Greens effectively have prioritised these ends above the concerns of
Australians living in the metropolitan areas.
'They have been left
to put up with the loss of urban amenity, high dwelling prices and the
costs of providing the additional infrastructure needed to accommodate
population growth in their cities.'
CRIME SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, HYPOCRISY
Telford girls: the wrong kind of victims
Spiked, 13 March 2018
It's been six months since the #MeToo movement first took off.
For half a year now we've had a regular drip-feed of stories drawing
attention to the apparent suffering of women at the hands of men. So when
this weekend's Sunday Mirror revealed the shocking abuse experienced
by hundreds of women and girls in Telford we might have expected the
outrage to find a new focus. The news that girls, some as young as 11, were
drugged, beaten and raped by gangs of mainly Muslim, Asian-heritage men
could have provided further fuel to campaigners. We might have expected
shows of solidarity, reminders of the importance of believing the victim,
and offers of financial support.
But no. The abuse in Telford is
estimated to have involved over 1,000 girls stretching over 40 years. Young
girls in the town were groomed, fed drugs and raped. They were passed
between abusers like commodities. Some got pregnant, had abortions and were
raped again on multiple occasions. Three women were murdered and two others
died in tragedies linked to the abuse. Yet these shocking events have
received relatively little coverage. ...
The very same newspapers
that covered, at length and over many days, news that Kate Maltby's knee
may or may not have been touched by Damian Green or that Michael Fallon
attempted to kiss Jane Merrick, were unable to muster up the same level of
outrage for young women in Telford.
The lack of comment on the
Telford abuse scandal exposes the hypocrisy at the heart of the #MeToo
movement. High-profile campaigners announce time and again that they are
not driven by self-interest, but from a desire to help women less fortunate
than themselves. ...
Time's Up, the celebrity #MeToo spin-off,
launched a fundraiser to pay legal fees for victims of sexual harassment
and assault seeking justice. /.../ More than $16.7 million was raised in
less than a month. /.../ Only, it seems, some women are more deserving of
solidarity than others; ...
So why have there been no outpourings
of sympathy or expressions of outrage for the girls of Telford? ...
Or perhaps the Asian men accused of grooming, rape, drug-dealing,
murder and paedophilia are simply the wrong kind of perpetrator. ...
Celebrities and journalists speaking for the #MeToo movement talk
of believing the victim and helping other women find a voice. But,
tragically, as far as working-class girls in Oxford, Rotherham, Newcastle
and now Telford are concerned, not all women are equal. The #MeToo movement
demonstrates a nauseating degree of hypocrisy. Worse, it distracts time and
resources away from genuine victims of abuse. Last week the MP for Grimsby,
Melanie Onn, led a debate in parliament calling for wolf-whistling and
catcalling to be classified as misogyny and punished as hate crime.
Crusaders like Onn prefer to focus on random whistlers than confront the
more difficult issue of gangs of Muslim men targeting working-class girls.
BENEFITS AND COSTS EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
Migrants claim £4bn a year in benefits, new report claims
Telegraph, 11 March 2018
EU migrants claim more than £4 billion a year in benefits,
according to a new report.
The amount, in a paper produced by
former Conservative Party leader and Work and Pensions Secretary Iain
Duncan Smith, came as Mr Duncan Smith set out proposals for post-Brexit
rules preventing EU migrants from entering Britain unless they have already
secured a job, and imposing a five-year delay before they are allowed to
claim income, family or housing benefits.
CRIME SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN, TELFORD
Britain's 'worst ever' child grooming scandal exposed: Hundreds of young girls raped, beaten, sold for sex and some even KILLED
Nick Sommerlad and
Sunday Mirror, 11 March 2018
Up to 1,000 children could have suffered in Britain's worst
known abuse scandal - where sex gangs targeted girls as young as 11.
The rape hell of vulnerable young girls in one town - Telford -
went on for a shocking 40 years, the Sunday Mirror can reveal. ...
Girls as young as 11 have been lured from their families to be
drugged, beaten and raped in an epidemic that, say victims, is still
THREE people were murdered and two others died in
tragedies linked to the scandal. ...
The Mirror's 18-month
investigation reveals abuse on unprecedented levels. We found:
Social workers knew of abuse in the 1990s but police took a
decade to launch a probe
Council staff viewed abused and
trafficked children as "prostitutes" instead of victims, according to
previously unseen files
Authorities failed to keep details
of abusers from Asian communities for fear of "racism"
Police failed to investigate one recent case five times until an MP
One victim said cops tried to stop her finding
out why her abusers had not been prosecuted because they feared she would
talk to us
The scale of the abuse uncovered in Telford
population 170,000 is feared to be the most brutal and long-running
of all. ...
Specialist child abuse solicitor Dino Nocivelli, of
Bolt Burdon Kemp, said: "These children were treated as sexual commodities
by men who inflicted despicable acts of abuse.
deserve an inquiry. They need to know how abuse took place for so long and
why so many perpetrators have never been brought to justice." ...
Documents which will be passed to the Home Office reveals
authorities knew of the horrors a decade before investigating and
shows how they tried to hamper our probe.
We presented our findings
to Professor Liz Kelly, from the Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit at
London Metropolitan University.
She helped estimate the number of
victims based on figures gathered by our investigators.
said: "We are acting as if we didn't know about child sex abuse rings. We
have an unfortunate capacity to choose to forget."
BENEFITS AND COSTS EU MIGRANTS' BENEFITS
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4bn a year in benefits
The Sun, 11 March 2018
EU migrants in Britain claimed more than £4 billion a year
Those from Eastern Europe received more in welfare
than the average UK citizen and paid less income tax.
run-up to the Brexit referendum, ministers had insisted the figures were
But the cost of open doors migration has now been
Data from the Department for Work and Pensions, taxman
and Treasury shows EU workers received more than £2.2 billion in tax
credits and housing benefits, £1.1 billion in out-of-work payments and
£700 million in child benefit.
There is a stark contrast
between Western and Eastern Europeans.
Nearly half the personal
taxes paid by migrants from countries such as Romania, Bulgaria and Poland
went straight back in tax credits and child benefit.
were not broken down by country.
But if they followed a similar
distribution, then almost all of the taxes went back in working-age
Just one in ten asylum seekers who come to Britain are sent back to the country they first arrived in due to 'completely useless' EU rules
Daily Mail, 9 March 2018
Britain is benefiting 'very little' from a Brussels deal to
send asylum-seekers back to the country where they first set foot in
A damning report says the rules known as the Dublin
Regulation are 'virtually useless' amid concerns that other members of the
bloc are exploiting Britain.
Migrants are supposed to claim asylum
in the first member state they arrive in. Those who fail to do so can be
returned there if they later travel on to another EU country.
analysis by the Migrationwatch think-tank shows Britain asked its European
partners to take back 4,237 asylum-seekers in 2016 on the grounds they had
arrived elsewhere in Europe. But just 355 were transferred that year
fewer than one in ten.
The figures also reveal that for the whole
of 2016 and 2017, only 676 asylum-seekers were sent back to Europe under
the rules, fewer than one a day.
This is despite thousands making
their way here via Calais. Over the same period, the UK accepted 1,019
asylum-seekers from other countries under the Dublin Regulations.
Migrationwatch, which campaigns for tighter borders, says the UK is
gaining little advantage from the agreement. ...
In the last year,
26,350 people claimed asylum in Britain while thousands a month are being
detected at ports on both sides of the Channel, indicating that huge
numbers are trying to sneak in. ...
These regulations have been
especially exploited by France, which claims it is not responsible for
migrants coming to the UK from Calais.
Home Office officials say
their hands are tied if a country refuses to take back asylum-seekers as it
is difficult to establish exactly where an individual first arrived in
Europe. EU countries have also been accused of failing to fingerprint
stowaways they seize at their border so the asylum problem passes onto
Under the convention, any country which
fingerprints an immigrant has to take responsibility for them.
POPULATION PRESSURE SCHOOLS
Class sizes increase at nearly two thirds of secondary schools in the past two years as teachers feel the impact of a baby boom
Mail, 8 March 2018
Almost two-thirds of secondary schools have increased their
class sizes in the past two years amid a growing crisis over places, union
leaders say today.
A survey by three major teaching unions suggests
62 per cent of schools have had to expand classes from 2014/15 to 2016/17.
Today's research was conducted by the National Education Union,
National Association of Head Teachers, the schools leaders' union ASCL and
three other non-teaching unions. ...
It is estimated there will be
an extra 540,000 more secondary school pupils by 2025, up 19 per cent.
Around 65,000 more youngsters are expected to join secondary schools this
The cauliflower-picking robot funded by the EU that is set to replace migrant workers for short-staffed farmers in Cornwall
The vegetables you eat with your Sunday roast may soon be
picked by a robot.
Farmers in Cornwall are testing a machine
invented using European funding that picks cauliflowers from the field
without bruising them. ...
The GummiArm robot is believed to be a
answer to any migrant staff shortages that may arise when the UK leaves the
The robotic cauliflower-picking arm is the work of Dr Martin
Stoelen at the University of Plymouth. ...
harvest fields all at once, in a practice known as slaughter harvesting.
But this method leads to up to 60 per cent of the crop being
wasted, because it is either wonky or inedible. ...
said: 'Harvesting costs can be up to 40 per cent of the costs of production
of brassicas and skilled labour to do the harvesting is getting
increasingly difficult to obtain, especially with Brexit fast approaching.
'In a very competitive market place where our customers demand
cheap food, the cost of harvesting is continually rising.
harvesting has the potential to increase productivity and control the
POPULATION PRESSURE HOUSING
Hesitant housing reforms 'lack ambition'
David Coleman, Professor emeritus of demography, University of Oxford
The Times, 7 March 2018
[Letter to the Editor]
It is certainly true that in the short and medium term many
more homes must be built for those in need, and at a moderate price. But we
will get nowhere until we consider where demand is coming from and do
something about it.
More than three quarters of additional new
households in recent years have been headed by people born abroad. Unless
that inflow, which adds about a quarter of a million people to the
population every year, is moderated we shall remain trapped on a
Perhaps those employers who press so hard
for the freedom to recruit immigrant workers should be required to provide
the housing for them.
Immigration: Who should we let in after Brexit?
BBC, 7 March 2018
Amidst all the talk about Brexit - about borders and about
trade - ministers have said almost nothing about how immigration will be
controlled after the UK leaves the EU. They have not yet come up with the
answer to a fundamental question - who should we let in?
promise to take back control of our borders was the headline of the leave
campaign. Yet almost two years on, there has been little public debate
about how that will be done, or what our immigration system should look
like once free movement of EU citizens in and out of Britain has ended.
The Home Office originally promised to publish its plans for a new
immigration policy before Christmas. Then it said the spring. Now ministers
say it'll be in the autumn. ...
Why the delay? Very likely it's
because they're caught in the middle, between the demands of British
business and the expectations of many of the voters who backed Brexit.
Pressure is now mounting on Theresa May from a growing number of
businesses who fear that they will not be able to find the workers they
need after we leave the EU. ...
But the Shadow Home Secretary Diane
Abbott told me that the government's target was "completely bogus". She
says, "it's just a way of the Tories talking an anti-immigrant narrative".
When asked twice whether immigration could go up under Labour, she
did not rule it out.
"We can't say what is going to happen to
levels of migration, because migration flows are subject to all sorts of
international pressures. With increased emphasis on training and skills,
the need for people's specific skills from overseas may well decline." ...
It is thought the Cabinet has had only one high-level discussion
about immigration recently, and it is said to have argued about whether
preference should in future be given to workers from the EU - Poles,
Spanish and French - or whether there should be a level playing field for
immigrants wherever they come from.
Brexiteers like Jacob Rees Mogg
back the latter approach.
"I can see no reason to give preference
to people from the EU after we've left. Why should we discriminate against
our Commonwealth friends, against our American friends, the very large
Indian population in this country? Surely we should prioritise members of
their family against people from the EU with whom we have no connection?"
But this is one more subject that looks set to get included in
those endless complex Brexit negotiations. The more trade we want, the more
open our borders may have to be.
One well-placed source told me
that the first thing countries want to export is their people. That,
incidentally, applies to India or China as well. ...
The truth is
the debate on immigration has scarcely begun.
Hundreds of foreign criminals waiting to be deported fall off the radar: Home Office loses track of 500 offenders after they are let out of prison
Daily Mail, 5 March 2018
The Home Office has lost track of hundreds of dangerous foreign
criminals awaiting deportation from Britain.
Instead of being
locked up until they are thrown out of the UK, the offenders, including
rapists, robbers and paedophiles, vanished after being let out of prison.
Immigration chiefs lost track of the foreign national offenders
(FNOs) after they completed their sentences and were released into the
community meaning they could still pose a threat.
obtained using freedom of information laws revealed that 494 criminals
absconded between January 2014 and March 2016.
As of last month,
211 were still missing up to four years after contact with officials
However, the numbers could be even higher.
November, a report by David Bolt, chief inspector of borders and
immigration, found that in April last year 753 FNOs were missing after
being freed from jail.
Guidelines say offenders who complete
sentences should be detained only if there is a realistic prospect of
deporting them immediately. ...
Offenders are recorded as
absconders if their whereabouts are unknown and attempts to re-establish
contact have failed.
Figures just released by the Home Office
after it spent nearly two years trying to wriggle out of publishing
them revealed that 169 FNOs absconded in 2014, followed by 250 in
2015, and 75 in the first three months of 2016.
Of the total, 196
men and at least 15 women had not been found by February 9 this year.
Foreign criminals with convictions for violence, rape and other
sexual crimes, fraud, money laundering, possession of weapons, burglary and
forgery were among those missing. ...
Mr Bolt's report warned that
there was 'little evidence' effective action was being taken to find the
vast bulk of absconders FNOs can fail to attend meetings up to 19
times before the alarm is raised.
A third of planned removals of
criminals failed 7,772 out of 24,289 dating back to 2014-15. ...
The Home Office said more than 41,000 foreign offenders have been
removed from the UK since 2010, including a record 6,346 in 2016-17.
Praised asylum activist came face to face with Muslim behavior wants to stop Islam
Free West Media, 5 March 2018
After witnessing a female aid worker being dragged by her hair
to a toilet by so-called refugees, and herself being attacked five times by
Arab men, the celebrated asylum activist gave up. /.../ Filled with regret,
she is now fighting for a Europe free from Islam. "I have been forced to
realize that the Muslims despise us, and that is something that won't
change. The hatred is too strong", she says.
It's not one isolated
incident. It's not one rotten egg. It's time and again facing the same kind
of contempt from Muslim asylum seekers, that made well-known asylum
activist Rebecca Sommer understand that Islam is a political ideology for
ruling nations. ...
Rebecca Sommer is a well-known German asylum
activist, and a familiar face in German media. Among other actions, she
created an organization with 300 members which welcomed asylum seekers
during the migrant crisis in 2015-2016. She is also an artist and
film-maker whose works were repeatedly praised in leftist media all over
the world until she recently shocked mainstream journalists across
the globe. ...
It is her personal experience that has led to her
political U-turn. After years of working with Muslim asylum seekers she has
realized that their attitude is completely different from what she first
... They view themselves as superior, they laugh at
European men and think western women are whores. And the more we adapt to
them, the more convinced they become that they are right.
she has not changed her opinions on human rights. She is still a deeply
engaged activist, and considers herself a "world citizen". She has helped
people in Central America and Asia, as well as tribes in Africa. But after
meeting the Arab men, who during the migrant storm flooded Europe, claiming
to be refugees fleeing for their lives, she has had to "make an exception
in her humanism". She emphasizes that that she doesn't think that all
Muslims are bad, only "most of them".
In this interview she tells
about the painful awakening, the incidents that changed her mind, and her
fight to warn Europe about islamization and mass-immigration things
she used to welcome. "We wanted to get to know them and we did". ...
In what way is that a problem?
I am a human
rights activist and I still want to help refugees. My problem is Islam, and
people who are brainwashed by this ideology. It is called a religion, but
it is really a political ideology to rule over nations, in which they
[Muslims] are seen as higher beings, and we as lower. I have always known
that it's a different culture, but I thought that they, just like the rest
of us, can change their values and ideas when met with hospitality. But
through the years I've learned that apart from very few individuals,
they're impossible to change. In most of them "the hijab in the head" is
impossible to remove.
Integration is doing the exact opposite to
what people imagine Muslims are often open and humble in the
beginning, but later turn dominant and arrogant when they start feeling
safe and at home.
MULTICULTURALISM UNIVERSITY COURSES
University ditches course on the British countryside after claiming black and ethnic minority students are 'less likely to visit rural areas'
Mail on Sunday, 4 March 2018
A university has ditched a degree course on rural Britain
because it says black and ethnic minority students are 'less likely' to
visit the English countryside.
Academics feared their teaching
'normalised white experiences', while 'disadvantaged' undergraduates from
other backgrounds struggled to grasp concepts such as the 'rural idyll'
so scored lower grades.
Undergraduates now study rural areas
around the world, with an emphasis on Africa and Asia, so teenagers from
ethnic minorities can 'more readily see themselves and their backgrounds'
Kingston University is the latest institution to try
to boost 'diversity' while 'decolonising' their degrees amid criticism they
are too white and Western.
The Mail on Sunday last year revealed
that activists at the School of Oriental and African Studies were calling
for more African and Asian philosophers to be taught at the expense of
white, European thinkers.
But critics said universities were
pandering to 'political correctness' and were 'stupid' if they let down
students by dumbing down degrees.
EMPLOYMENT WAGES, RACISM, POLITICS
Memo to Jericho: Lower UK immigration boosts wages
Leith van Onselen
Macrobusiness, 2 March 2018
Back in November, Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of
Political Economy at Warwick University, penned an excellent article in
Project Syndicate which, among other things, explained why
never-ending mass immigration pushes down wages growth: ...
analysis followed an empirical study by the Bank of England, which
found that immigration into the UK had pulled down average wages: ...
With the above analysis in mind, The Telegraph in January
reported that UK wages were expected to lift following curbs on
immigration, which have tightened the labour market: ...
the Financial Times has reported that UK wages are finally rising as
employers try to fill so-called labour shortages ...
It is basic economics that if you stem the
flow of foreign workers, then workers' bargaining power will increase. This
was explained beautifully by The Australia Institute's chief
economist, Richard Denniss, last year when he noted that the very purpose
of foreign worker visas is to "suppress wage growth by allowing
employers to recruit from a global pool of labour to compete with
Australian workers". That is, in a normal functioning labour market,
"when demand for workers rises, employers would need to bid against each
other for the available scarce talent". But this mechanism has been
bypassed by enabling employers to recruit labour globally. "It is only
in recent years that the wage rises that accompany the normal functioning
of the labour market have been rebranded as a 'skills shortage'".
Sadly, Australian economic commentators like The Guardian's
Greg Jericho cannot bring themselves to even acknowledge these basic facts
when discussing wages, because to do so would somehow be 'racist':
Immigration because there are many
desperate to hate must be treated with extreme care by politicians
and journalists, and certainly with more care than Abbott seems capable.
The inherently racist parties will seek to use any discussion and any
seeming evidence of the negative impact of migrants as fuel to burn their
fires of hate.
When will the Fake Left
(including Labor and The Greens) stand up for ordinary Australian workers
and commit to lowering Australia's reckless 'Big Australia' immigration
program, which is not only lowering workers' wages but also raising their
cost of living via housing as well?
It's precisely because of the
Fake Left's failure to rationally discuss immigration that ordinary
Australians are being pushed to "the inherently racist parties" that
Jericho hates so much.
MULTICULTURALISM BIAS, LANGUAGE, COURTS OF LAW
Guilty of PC waffle! Top judge tells colleagues to not say 'postman', 'lady' or 'immigrant' in court because it might upset defendants and witnesses
Daily Mail, 1 March 2018
Judges have been told what they can and cannot say in an effort
to make all those who come before their courts feel they have been treated
They have been banned from using phrases and words
including 'ethnic minority'; 'afro-Caribbean' and 'transsexual'
while a postman should become a 'postal operative'.
guidance for judges and magistrates says real equality means favouring
women and minorities to make up for the disadvantage they suffer.
Part of this equality drive includes a fresh list of terms and
expressions that judges should no longer use. ...
the 422-page Equal Treatment Bench Book is published by the
Judicial College, the body in charge of training judges, which is led by an
Appeal judge, Dame Anne Rafferty.
It is the latest update to
equality rules that were first produced under Tony Blair's Lord Chancellor
Lord Irvine in 1999, and ran into controversy after recommending that the
courts should show leniency to Rastafarians because they regard smoking
cannabis as a religious rite.
'True equal treatment may not always
mean treating everyone in the same way,' the new version says. Fair
treatment, judges are told, means that 'steps can be taken, where
appropriate, to redress any inequality arising from difference or
It quoted a former liberal US Supreme Court
judge, Justice Blackmun, on why people should be treated differently on
race grounds. The US judge said: 'In order to get beyond racism, we must
first take account of race. There is no other way. And in order to treat
some persons equally, we must treat them differently.'
Immigration is the cause of our problems not the solution
Daily Express, 26 February 2018
The metropolitan elite likes to claim that mass immigration is
an engine of social progress, bringing vibrancy to our culture and
prosperity to our economy. In reality, the vast annual foreign influx
achieves the opposite.
Profoundly reactionary in its consequences,
this demographic revolution has weakened solidarity, worsened living
standards, and intensified pressure on our public services. As cohesion
frays, our once gentle, well-ordered society is awash with violent crime
and poisonous identity politics.
A classic example of liberal
doublethink on immigration came yesterday from Justin Welby, the Archbishop
of Canterbury. In a newspaper article, he trumpeted the need for a
"generous" border policy.
"Welcoming strangers to our country and
integrating them is important," he declared, adding stridently that "we
must never crush the new diversity".
The prattling prelate has
certainly had his wish in recent years.
"Generous" might be one
word for the Government's approach to immigration.
and "institutionalised suicide" might well be others.
latest figures from the Office for National Statistics revealed that
578,000 migrants settled here in the year to September 2017. ...
... He wails that "the most important building blocks of our nation
have been undermined", but refuses to admit that the cause is the
systematic demolition of our national identity and heritage by the
obsession with diversity.
In the same contradictory vein, he moans
about a lack of "common values" in Britain. Well that's due to the
pro-immigration doctrine he so blindly espouses. ...
swathes of urban England, Britons are now aliens in their own land.
Welby's hollow contribution is so typical of the dishonesty that
grips British progressives.
Instead of facing up to the heavy
economic costs of mass immigration, including rising welfare bills and
strains on the civic infrastructure, they pretend that Britain could not
possibly survive without the import of millions of foreigners.
attitude was summed up by former diplomat Lord Kerr, who said recently that
"native Britons are so bloody stupid" that we "need an injection of
intelligent people from overseas".
That kind of self-loathing is
absurd, given Britain's historic record as a powerhouse of industry,
democracy and invention. But it is also based on the fallacy that migrants
are far more diligent and dynamic than British people.
here to work," is the favourite mantra of the progressives.
According to last week's ONS report, less than half of all
immigrants arrived here to work, and just 32 per cent had definite jobs to
go to. ...
The negative impact of immigration can be seen all
around us, bringing sharia courts, ballot box fraud, primitive misogyny,
racial divisions and the erosion of free speech.
Amid a surge in
violent crime, almost a quarter of the entire prison population belongs to
ethnic minorities, with the figure rising to 47 per cent in young offender
EXTREMISM CHARITIES, ISLAM
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists Exploit the UK Charitable Sector
Henry Jackson Society, 25 February 2018
The British taxpayer has handed over more than £6 million
to charities that are currently, or have been in the past, used by
extremists to further their radical agenda, according to a new report from
the Henry Jackson Society.
The report's case studies are
illustrative so £6 million is likely the tip of the iceberg.
The money is enough to fund 27,328 hospital beds per day, the
annual salary of 234 infantry soldiers, or the salary of 264 new teachers
but instead, it is being handed over to individuals some of whose
involvement in extremism can be traced back to the Islamist scene in the
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing: How Islamist Extremists
Exploit the UK Charitable Sector finds that, despite more than a decade
of attempts to improve regulations, a concerning number of UK-registered
charities continue to fund and support extremism.
across the Islamist spectrum, including the Muslim Brotherhood, form a
network which seeks to delegitimise and push out moderate voices, while
masquerading as representatives of 'true' Islam.
IMMIGRATION BORDER CONTROLS
Immigration from non-EU countries is out of control
Sunday Express, 25 February 2018
You will no doubt have seen the latest immigration figures.
They show that in the year to September 2017 net immigration from the EU to
the UK was down to 90,000. ...
But that's just one side of the
Because at the very same time net migration from non-EU
countries rose sharply by 40,000 to 205,000.
Around half of that
number are students and there is an argument as to whether they should be
included in the immigration figures since the vast majority leave after
But even taking that into account, along with the
fall in EU migration, we are left with an official figure for net annual
migration of 244,000.
In other words, last year alone saw the
equivalent of an entire new city the size of Wolverhampton arriving in
As has happened year after year after year after year
after year... you get the picture. ...
The need to take control of
our borders again was one of the key factors behind the Brexit vote in June
But as these latest figures show, it's not just EU
immigration that matters.
Even after we regain control of migration
policy when we leave the EU we will still need to deal with the numbers of
immigrants from outside the EU.
Because in theory we already have
control over them today. ...
I should point out now that according
to Diane Abbott, Labour's shadow home secretary, the very fact that I have
mentioned any of this marks me and, if you also think that
immigration needs to be controlled, you as racist. ...
Let's simply consider the outrageous slur and contempt in which she
clearly holds many of her own Labour voters, who voted en masse for Brexit,
driven in large measure by the feeling that the political establishment was
ignoring their concerns.
Because even if you put to one side the
sheer scale of immigration and the burden that the annual influx of the
equivalent of vast new cities puts on housing, schools and hospitals, the
immediate concern is surely the scale of illegal immigration. ...
We do not yet have a clue what immigration policy the Government
intends to implement after we leave the EU.
And as for illegal
immigration: the situation is getting worse, not better.
using the figure of 40,000 for annual illegal immigration but that's simply
a commonly accepted estimate.
The Home Office has its own estimate
but won't even admit it has such a figure, let alone publish it.
Last summer David Wood, the former director general of immigration
enforcement, revealed that the Home Office estimate (based on a raft of
sensible measures) shows 150,000 illegal immigrants arriving every year.
The sheer scale demands action but instead the authorities are
doing next to nothing.
According to Mr Wood, the chance of a
migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their visa is just one
in 1,000. ...
The idea we are now in control of our non-EU borders
is a fantasy.
And the idea that we will regain control of our EU
borders when we leave is a fantasy.
What we need is honesty about
the true figures of both legal and illegal immigrants.
to ensure that border control means precisely what it says.
CRIME SEXUAL EXPLOITATION, CHILDREN, ADULTS
Grooming is still rife in Britain: Warning as major report says police gave gangs the 'green light' to sexually abuse 700 girls and women - and reveals one attacker would have been
BEHEADED in his homeland for his crime
Chris Brooke And Josh White
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018
Grooming gangs are still sexually abusing girls and young women
across the country despite repeated warnings and prosecutions, a shocking
report revealed yesterday.
Efforts to stop the exploitation have
been hampered by the authorities' failure to understand why abusers target
vulnerable white girls, the investigation found.
The author of a
report into the latest abuse scandal yesterday urged the Government to
order a national study into the 'cultural influences' on the offenders,
predominantly from an 'Asian British' background.
The inquiry into
gangs who groomed 700 girls and women in the North-East came four years
after more than a thousand victims were found to have been abused in
Rotherham, South Yorkshire. The new report revealed:
authorities effectively gave grooming gangs the green light to sexually
abuse by failing to prosecute, instead locking up victims;
abuser an illegal immigrant granted indefinite leave to remain
denounced British girls' 'lack of morals' and praised the
availability of sex and drugs;
. The abuse of vulnerable victims is
still 'taking place across the country' and 'all children and vulnerable
adults are at risk'
The serious case review by barrister David
Spicer examined the actions of agencies involved in Operation Sanctuary,
which was launched by Northumbria Police. ...
promised to 'look carefully' at Mr Spicer's 33 recommendations. He said
more powers were also needed to protect adults who were 'being targeted,
groomed and exploited'.
His report also highlighted that the men
responsible for 'this particular model of abuse' were from a predominantly
'Asian British' minority background. Significantly, their 'beliefs are not
Mr Spicer said professionals interviewed for his inquiry
'emphasised the lack of information about the profile and motivation for
abusing' that continued to hamper understanding how to stop it. ...
Although good recent practice by detectives was identified, their
previous negligent approach was laid bare. Police failed to consistently
investigate, formally interview and check the backgrounds of suspects, the
There were also 'no effective inquiries' about why
girls were found with older, unrelated men. ...
criticised the 'lack of professional curiosity' by agencies and highlighted
the failure to collect physical evidence. ...
The report also
detailed the failure of the criminal justice system and the Crown
Prosecution Service to bring offenders to court. ...
have admitted their approach to the credibility of witnesses was
'inappropriately cautious', the report states. It concluded: 'Unless there
is change, which requires national debate, sexual exploitation is not
likely to be prevented and early identification will remain difficult.'
IMMIGRATION ABROAD REPUBLIC OF IRELAND
Irish Govt 'Paid Press' to Promote Plan to Grow Population by One Million With Mass Migration
Breitbart, 24 February 2018
The Irish government has been slammed for paying journalists to
write good news stories about Project Ireland 2040.
Unveiled by the
government last week with a commitment to spend 116 billion, the
document outlines plans to boost the Irish nation's 4.7 million population
by another million using mass migration.
The government's strategic
communications unit paid for sponsored "news pieces" to appear in national
and regional newspapers promoting Ireland 2040, which "could not include
negative or critical content", The Times reported on Friday.
Speaking in the Irish parliament, or Dáil, opposition leader
Micheál Martin branded the government's use of the media to promote
its scheme "ethically dubious".
"The blurring of the lines is
genuinely worrying from a parliamentary democracy point of view," he said.
"The Taoiseach will say he is promoting the government, but the
dogs on the street know he is using taxpayers' money to promote Fine Gael
Project Ireland 2040 has been slammed on social media
as a "pyramid scheme" to enrich investors by adding consumers at taxpayers'
expense, and as a globalist programme to "replace" the native population.
Mass migration from the third world has been a controversial
topic in recent months, with reports that gangs of teenagers of African
origin are terrorising locals across Dublin.
The criminal youths
are "wreaking havoc" throughout the capital, according to police, who say
the offences "[range] from shouting and intimidating old people in large
groups to assaulting and robbing people of all ages, often with deadly
weapons such as large knives." ...
Opposition Fianna Fail TD Jack
Chambers said the behaviour of African gangs is a "major problem" that has
left many of his constituents "living in fear" and "scared to leave their
Putting the gang members' anti-social attitudes down to
"cultural differences", Independent Councillor Tony Murphy reported that
police risk causing "a mini riot" any time they try to arrest one of the
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, SHARIA LAW
Archbishop of Canterbury says Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws which have Christian values
Daily Mail, 24 February 2018
Sharia law should never become part of the British legal
system, the Archbishop of Canterbury said yesterday.
said the Islamic rules are incompatible with Britain's laws, which have
developed over 500 years on the principles of a different culture.
He added that high levels of immigration from Muslim countries can
'have an impact on the accepted pattern for choosing a partner, on assumed
ages of maturity and sexual activity, and especially on issues of
Archbishop Welby's comments follow the release earlier
this month of a highly critical Home Office report that said all couples
marrying in mosques should also have to go through a legally-binding civil
marriage ceremony to shield wives from injustices under sharia.
They also reverse the position taken by his predecessor Lord
Williams, who backed incorporating sharia into the British legal system.
Archbishop Welby set out his reasons why sharia should not win official
status in a book, Reimagining Britain. ...
The Archbishop said in
his book that the arrival of large numbers of Muslims in Britain
there are thought to be 3.3 million here has led many to challenge
the values of the majority population. Among these are the right of people
to choose their own husband or wife, and the need for monogamous
CRIME SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
Operation Sanctuary review finds adult abuse 'extensive'
BBC, 23 February 2018
Vulnerable women are most likely being "extensively" abused
across the UK and ministers need to urgently review sex exploitation laws,
a report says.
David Spicer led a review in the wake of Operation
Sanctuary which saw 18 people jailed for the sexual abuse of young women
groomed in Newcastle.
He said exploitation was not being recognised
The operation identified about 700 victims in total
across the Northumbria Police area, 108 in Newcastle. ...
Newcastle case, most of the men were British-born but all came from
Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian or Turkish communities.
Migration figures: Record numbers of EU nationals leaving UK
BBC, 22 February 2018
The number of EU citizens leaving the UK is at its highest
level for a decade, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.
It estimates that 130,000 EU nationals emigrated in the year to
September, the highest number since 2008.
Meanwhile, 220,000 EU
nationals came to live in the UK - 47,000 fewer than the previous year.
Net EU migration - the difference between arrivals and departures -
was 90,000, the lowest for five years.
The figures also show that
more British people are emigrating than are returning to live in the UK.
Of those EU nationals arriving in the UK, fewer were coming for
"work-related reasons", in particular to "look for work". ...
contrast, immigration from countries outside the European Union is going up
which means the UK population is continuing to grow at a similar level to
Some 285,000 non-EU citizens arrived in the UK in the
12-month period to September, and 80,000 departed.
This gives a net
increase of 205,000, the highest for six years.
migration is estimated to have fallen by 29,000 to 244,000 in the same
This includes 73,000 British people coming back to the UK
and 125,000 Britons leaving. ...
The ONS figures also show that in
2017, the UK granted asylum, alternative forms of protection or
resettlement to almost 15,000 people, 40% of whom were under 18.
Civil servants are 'refusing to probe illegal immigrants' with some cases taking as long as EIGHT years
Daily Mail, 19 February 2018
Civil servants are refusing to help the Home Office investigate
immigrants suspected of being in the country illegally, a report reveals.
Some Whitehall ministries outright 'refused requests' for
information while others asked for a fee, according to the study by
immigration watchdog David Bolt.
The Chief Inspector of Borders and
Immigration exposed the farce in a review of the Home Office's processes
for reviewing and revoking a person's immigration, refugee or citizenship
Gaining indefinite leave to remain, asylum or British
nationality gives a person the right to live in the country lawfully, but
it can be withdrawn in several circumstances, including if they have
obtained it fraudulently, been convicted of a serious crime or pose a
threat to national security. Checks are mainly carried out by the Home
Office's Status Review Unit (SRU).
At the end of March last year,
it was dealing with 2,906 cases an increase of 202 in six months. Of
these, 864 were more than two years old and a further 875 had been in the
in-tray for more than a year. ...
Mr Bolt found the Home Office's
efforts to investigate suspected illegal immigrants was being thwarted by
bureaucrats in other departments. ...
... It is understood the
most obstructive departments were the Department for Work and Pensions and
HM Revenue and Customs which hold information on employment and tax
records and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Diversity: A Managerial Ideology
Darel E. Paul
Quillette, 19 February 2018
[Darel E. Paul is Professor of Political Science at Williams College]
Diversity is the reigning social and political ideal of our
age. It is the public ideology of the country's most powerful state and
business institutions. To many it is the essence of American national
identity and, in one of the favorite phrases of President Barack Obama,
'who we are' as a country.
Rather than simply a recognition of
difference, diversity is a cultural, economic, and political project to
both generate difference and to manage it. ...
While the rapid
spread of affirmative action policies met a backlash in the late 1970s,
this resistance was largely a white middle class revolt. Support never
flagged among elites. ...
Justice Powell argued that "a diverse
student body" was a worthy goal of any university which allowed the
consideration of race in admissions. He justified this neither on the
grounds of racial justice nor the amelioration of past or present
discrimination, but on the grounds of diversity. Powell claimed that racial
and ethnic diversity advanced the core intellectual mission of American
higher education, namely "speculation, experiment and creation," "the
interplay of ideas and the exchange of views," and an encounter of
differing "ideas and mores of students as diverse as this Nation of many
Powell's endorsement of the so-called 'Harvard plan'
as a constitutionally permissible and even preferable equal opportunity
practice spread diversity throughout American higher education and the
elite business sector. /.../ By the early 1990s, diversity had conquered
The country's managerial elite now rarely misses
an opportunity to demonstrate commitment to diversity. ...
2012 and again in 2015, 45 Fortune 100 firms argued that diversity is
essential both for individual "success in the corporate world" as well as
"business success" in "country and world economies that are increasingly
Business would have us believe its embrace of
diversity is a straightforward matter of efficiency, productivity, and
But is there really a business case for
diversity? While most corporations claim to be true believers, social
science gives a decidedly mixed answer. That being said, the academic
debate over diversity's impact on the bottom line is largely, well,
academic. Managers embraced diversity long before any meaningful evidence
existed for its positive effects. /.../ Whether diversity admissions
practices even help their targets remains a matter of controversy. Despite
all this uncertainty, higher education displayed total unity of purpose ...
... As an ideology and associated set of practices, diversity
is attractive to managers and administrators because it is a particular
version of the broader ideology of managerialism. ...
managerial elites, whether in the private or public sector, have embraced
diversity because it is a managerial ideology.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD JEWS, MUSLIMS, FRANCE
Islamic Anti-Semitism in France: Toward Ethnic Cleansing
Gatestone Institute, 16 February 2018
In France, anti-Semitic attacks have been multiplying.
Most are committed in broad daylight; Jews know they have to be
street-smart. Some attackers break into Jewish homes. ...
on Jewish-owned homes warn the owners to "flee immediately" if they want to
live. Anonymous letters with live bullets are dropped into mailboxes of
Jews, and state that the next bullet will be fired into the recipient's
... On the third anniversary of an attack on a kosher
supermarket in Paris, another kosher store was torched and destroyed. ...
Those French Jews who can leave the country, leave.
who have not yet decided to leave or who do not have the financial means,
move to safer neighborhoods. ...
The French Jewish community may
still be the largest in Europe, but it is shrinking rapidly. In 2000, it
was estimated at 500,000, but the number now is less than 400,000, and
sinking. Jewish districts that once were thriving are now on the verge of
Without the Jews of France, France would no longer
be France, said Former Prime Minister Manuel Valls in 2016. But he did not
Recently he said that he had done his best, that he
could not have done more. ...
He added that in France, for at least
two decades, all attacks against Jews in which the perpetrator has been
identified have come from Muslims, and that the most recent attacks were no
In France, telling the truth about Islamic
anti-Semitism is dangerous. For a politician, it is suicidal.
French politicians, right or left, know that political correctness
reigns, and that transgressing its unwritten rules leads to being excluded
from the media and effectively ostracized. They know that some words cannot
be used any more in France, and that "anti-racist" organizations ensure
that no one can criticize Islam.
A new edition of a public school
history textbook for the eighth grade explicitly states that in France it
is forbidden to criticize Islam, and quotes a court decision to back up the
Politicians also see that the country's 600 "no-go
zones" are growing; that radicalized Muslims may kill, and that violent
riots can break out at any time. In France, more than 500 people were
murdered or maimed by Islamic terrorists in less than four years. ...
Although synagogues in France have not been attacked since 2014,
they all are guarded around the clock by armed soldiers in bulletproof
vests who are protected behind sandbags, as are Jewish schools and cultural
Meanwhile, laws meant to punish anti-Semitic threats are
now used to punish those who denounce the threats. ...
journalist Éric Zemmour observed that in Muslim neighborhoods,
Muslims are now living "according to their own laws" and forcing non-Muslim
people to leave. He was found guilty of "incitement" and fined. ...
Anti-Israel demonstrations support terrorism. People shout, "Death
to the Jews," but those people are never arrested for "hate speech".
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, POLITICAL CORRECTNESS
Ministers too 'politically correct' to enforce hijab policy in schools, former Ofsted boss warns
Daily Telegraph, 15 February 2018
The Government is too politically correct to enforce rules on
hijabs in schools, leaving teachers "alone, isolated and vulnerable", the
former head of Ofsted has warned.
Sir Michael Wilshaw said a lack
of formal policy from the Department for Education on whether children
should be allowed to cover their heads in lessons has led to angry clashes.
He also highlighted concerns that there are 150 schools around the
country which make it compulsory for children to wear hijabs, adding that
"the country has enormously changed" and some communities hold very
conservative views which cannot easily be challenged.
It follows a
public outcry after a primary school in east London announced it was
banning children from wearing hijabs but was forced to reverse the decision
after complaints from parents. ...
Asked if a fear of being
politically incorrect was stopping the Government from developing a
national policy on hijabs in schools, he said: "Yes absolutely. There is a
reticence, and it's leaving headteachers alone, isolated and vulnerable."
TERRORISM JIHADISTS, ISLAM
MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, report finds
The Sun, 14 February 2018
MI5 faces being overrun by dangerous Islamist radicals within
two years when Britain's streets are hit by a perfect storm, an alarming
report has found.
Many extremists who are currently in jail across
Europe for supporting and fighting for Daesh will be released between 2019
At the same time, the number of British jihadis returning
home from Syria and Iraq will spiral as the terror movement is finally
squeezed out of its remaining homelands.
On their return, jihadis
are predicted to mushroom the threat again by going on to radicalise
existing but currently non-violent Islamist networks here.
disturbing analysis comes from Jane's Terrorism and Insurgency Centre and
IHS Markit. ...
Britain is particularly at risk from jihadis,
Jane's also found, having the highest number of returned militants in
TERRORISM JIHADISTS, ISLAM
Europe will see increase in terror in 2018, as foreign Isil fighters 'return home with high-tech skills'
Josie Ensor and Raf Sanchez
Daily Telegraph, 14
The terror threat to Europe will only increase this year,
experts have warned, as growing numbers of foreign fighters return home
with "high tech" weapons knowledge learned on the battlefield.
Scores of jihadists are expected to trickle back to the UK and the
continent, bringing with them skills acquired in Syria and Iraq, such as
the weaponising of drones and the industrialised manufacture of car bombs
and IEDs, according to a new report from defence analysts Jane's Terrorism
and Insurgency Centre (JTIC).
"Foreign fighters returning to Europe
will provide critical skills that will help an increasing number of
operational Islamist networks conduct more complex attacks," Otso Iho, the
report's author, said. ...
Several recent attacks on European soil
have involved crude "low-capability" weapons, but the successful use of
drones or car bombs by Islamist militants would mark a notable increase in
the threat level, they say. ...
In addition to the immediate and
direct security threat posed by returning foreign fighters, the report
concluded that significant risk is likely to emerge through their potential
to transform and radicalise existing Europe-based Islamist networks.
IMMIGRATION POPULATION GROWTH, AFRICA, MIDDLE EAST
The Oxfam scandal should not lead us into the blunder of cutting aid
Daily Telegraph, 13 February 2018
... over the next 30 years more than half the growth in the
world's population is expected to be on just one continent - Africa. On
average, African countries look like doubling their populations very
quickly indeed. Some will grow even faster - Nigeria's 190 million
population today is expected to rise to 410 million by 2050.
this a similar trend in many Middle Eastern nations, even while birth rates
elsewhere in the world have fallen, and the net result is that we are
entering an age in which most of the youngest and poorest people in the
world will live close to Europe. When you consider that Germany's current
political paralysis was largely caused by the reaction to the arrival of a
million refugees, and that there are about to be 1.5 billion extra people
in Africa and the Middle East, you can begin to imagine the implications.
If we don't think ahead, this will be a century of rising nationalism and
ethnic tensions across Europe in response to what is potentially the
greatest migration humanity has ever known. That would severely affect
Britain, even after we leave the EU.
Effective development aid is
not the whole answer to this coming crisis but it is definitely a crucial
part of it. The near-universal truth is that where standards of healthcare,
vaccination, and nutrition are improved, people have fewer children. Good
education and a strong role for women in work and society can have a
similar effect. These are all objectives of our overseas aid.
BENEFITS AND COSTS NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
The Immigration Health Surcharge must be revised or abolished not tinkered with
J Meirion Thomas
Conservative Home, 9 February
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]
I have previously described the Immigration Health Surcharge
(IHS) on this site as "a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers".
This week, the Department of Health has announced a desperate last-minute
rescue plan in an attempt to avoid an embarrassing, if inevitable failure
of its Cost Recovery Programme.
... a report commissioned by the
Government in 2013 /.../ estimated the cost of treating non-EU citizens in
the NHS as £736 per person per year. ...
But, of even greater
risk to the taxpayer, the IHS did not exclude pre-existing illnesses, as
would happen in any application for a commercial travel or health insurance
I argued at the time that the IHS was creating an
obvious loophole for health tourists to exploit, and this has happened. It
has become the legal way for health tourists from outside the EU to access
NHS care. ...
In response to this policy failure, last June's
Conservative Manifesto promised that the IHS would be trebled to
£600/£450 if the party was re-elected: a promise the new
Governmenr was forced to drop. And his week, the Department of Health
announced that the IHS will be doubled to £400/£300 from "later
this year". They have recalculated the spend on surcharge payers as
£470 per person per year, down from £736 as predicted by PREDERI
in 2013. Really?
In truth, neither of these estimates is
By April, the IHS will have been law for three
years, and about 1.4 million non-EU migrants and students will have been
given unlimited access to the NHS for a pittance. The real risk to the
taxpayer is that the IHS does not exclude pre-exiting illnesses and that
must change as a matter of urgency. Otherwise this flawed policy should be
abolished and replaced by compulsory travel insurance as is expected of
British citizens travelling abroad.
MULTICULTURALISM CIVILISATION, IDEOLOGY, ISLAM
'The Fight of Our Lives': New Documentary Examines the Threats Facing the West
Truth Revolt, 9 February 2018
"Civilizations, empires, great powers, can fall apart very
fast. Collapse can come suddenly, like a thief in the night. And we should
be very wary of assuming that our civilization, the civilization of
the early 21st century West, will oblige us by declining gradually."
That warning from noted historian Niall Ferguson is the opening and
the theme of the vital new documentary The Fight of Our Lives: Defeating
the Ideological War Against the West from filmmaker Gloria Z.
... her latest documentary, which features
compelling observations and insights from well-known historians,
journalists, and thinkers such as Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson,
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Alan Dershowitz, Melanie Phillips, Bruce Thornton, Raymond
Ibrahim, Brooke Goldstein, Ibn Warraq, Alan West, and many more respected
commentators from academia, human rights organizations, and think tanks.
The Fight of Our Lives addresses the various internal
and external threats facing Western civilization today, and cautions that
if we don't recognize these grave dangers now and rouse ourselves to resist
and overcome them, then it is no hyperbole to say that the West as we know
it will come to as Ferguson warned a swift and inexorable
The film groups topics into seven "chapters": "Utopian Masks"
(about the subversive internal threats of cultural relativism and
multiculturalism), "Crumbling Towers" (on the political radicalization of
the university), "Weaponizing Identity" (on the gender and race conflicts
that have sprung up with the rise of identity politics), "Breaching the
Gates" (on the threat of global Islamic supremacism in the West, whether
through terrorism or subversion), "People of the Book" (regarding the
Islamic persecution and genocide of Christians and Jews), and "Durable
Values" (on the assaults against the values that have made the West great,
such as the freedom of speech). It concludes with a chapter on "Standing
Up," which exhorts us, the heirs of the Western tradition, to push back
against our enemies and defend our heritage and our future.
Ferguson speaks on the cultural consequences of the recent tsunami of
migrants and purported refugees from Muslim countries into Europe, the
heart of what used to be called Christendom. That civilization, he claims,
may not be around by the end of the century or it may have changed
so much that it's unrecognizable. ...
But we are facing a more
significant threat by way of a subversive ideological assault. "The threat
from within comes from the people who want to undermine the basis of
Western civilization," says journalist Melanie Phillips. ...
influence of multiculturalism, as historian Victor Davis Hanson and The
Lawfare Project's Brooke Goldstein point out, has resulted in a moral
relativism and a chilling effect on free speech, as any criticism of
non-Western cultures is now deemed to be hate speech. ...
Hoover Institution's Ayaan Hirsi Ali and TBN host and terrorism expert
Erick Stakelbeck, among others, discuss the danger of refusing to identify
Islam as a supremacist ideology intent on destroying the West and
establishing a worldwide caliphate in its place.
MULTICULTURALISM BIRTH DEFECTS
Muslim inbreeding dragging Britain back to the 19th century
Cowger Nation, 8 February 2018
Britain is seeing an alarming spike in birth defects, defects
they have not seen since the end of the 19th century. There is a one-word
The resurgence of these birth defects is due to
the prevalence of first cousin marriages in the Muslim community,
particularly among immigrants from Pakistan. Such marriages are legal in
Britain, to be sure, but by the late 1800s the risk of birth defects in the
children of such unions had become so common and so widely known that the
practice virtually vanished. ...
Pakistani parents in Britain are
responsible for 3.4% of all births in England, yet shockingly account for
30% of all children born with recessive gene disorders. This is because the
acceptability of first-cousin marriages is engrained in Muslim culture. In
Bradford, 55% of all Pakistanis are married to their first cousins.
Even though Pakistanis represent just 15% of Bradford's population,
Bradford has the second highest number of infant deaths in England, and
Pakistani parents are 13 times more likely than the general population to
have children with birth disorders. (This according to a study by St.
Luke's Hospital in Bradford.) ...
There are no quick fixes, which
means the U.K. will continue to labor under this burden for decades to
In the worldwide Muslim community, first-cousin marriage
rates routinely run as high as 50%, while the rate is about 1% in Europe
and 0.2% in the U.S.
Death of Democracy? - Part I
Gatestone Institute, 7 February 2018
For many complex reasons, Europe is in an advanced state of
decline. In recent years, several important studies of this condition have
appeared, advancing a variety of reasons for it: Douglas Murray's The
Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, James Kirchik's
The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age,
as well as Christopher Caldwell's ground-breaking 2010 study,
Reflections on the Revolution in Europe: Immigration, Islam and the
Countless polls and investigations reveal that
refusal to integrate is no figment of the supposedly "Islamophobic"
political "right". A 2006 poll carried out by ICM Research on behalf of the
Sunday Telegraph, for example, presented worrying findings: 40% of
British Muslims polled said they backed introducing shari'a law in parts of
Britain, and only 41% opposed it, leaving another 20% unclear. ...
Polls carried out in other countries across Europe showed similar
or worse results.
Those are only one half of a more complicated and
disturbing picture. While Muslims find it hard to abandon the prejudices,
doctrines, and outright hatreds (for Jews, for example) that they have
imported from their home countries or developed as young men and
women while living in European states where they were born and raised
vast numbers of non-Muslims, including politicians, church leaders,
civil servants, policemen and women, and many well-meaning people bend over
backwards to accommodate them and the demands they make on their host
It would take a book to summarize all the episodes in
which Western officialdom, notably in Europe, has abandoned its own
historical values in order to protect Islam and radical Muslims from
criticism and rebuke. ...
Last October, it was reported that
Queen's Counsel Max Hill, who acts as the British government's independent
reviewer of terrorism legislation, argued that British fighters for Islamic
State, who had returned or planned to return to the UK, should not be
prosecuted but reintegrated into society on the grounds that they had acted
"naively". This lenience extended to hate preachers who had given sermons
and lectures exhorting Muslims to take direct action that has in the past
led to actual terrorist attacks. ...
We now therefore use double
standards: one for Muslims and one for the rest of our population. On
January 16, 2018, in England, Daniel Grundy, was jailed for six months on a
charge of bigamy. However, Muslim men in polygamous marriages are rewarded
by the state: ...
Actually, British Muslim men do not even have to
go abroad to find wives. At least one Muslim dating site run from the UK
offers contact with Muslim women who are eager to enter into polygamous
marriages. It has not been closed down. The British government has shown
itself incapable of enforcing its own laws when it comes to its Muslim
citizens or new immigrants. ...
Rather than stand up to our
enemies, both external and internal, are we now so afraid of being called
"Islamophobes" that we will sacrifice even our own cultural, political, and
religious strengths and aspirations?
Robert Putnam Distorts His Own Diversity Research
National Review, 6 February 2018
In last week's column arguing against restricting immigration,
David Brooks writes:
What about the rise of
social distrust? Restrictionists often cite a 2007 Robert Putnam study
finding that more diversity leads to less trust. But Putnam tells me they
are distorting his research. He found that diversity's benefits outweigh
its disadvantages, that trust declines over the short term as places grow
more diverse, but that over the long term Americans find new ways to boost
Putnam made the same
"distortion" claim in a letter to the Wall Street Journal last year.
It was just as disingenuous then as it is now. In fact, Putnam himself is
the one distorting his research, by attempting to elevate his personal
speculation (that diversity brings long-term net benefits) to the level of
his data analysis (that shows diversity causes significant present-day
To elaborate, the substance of Putnam's 2007 paper is an
analysis of his Social Capital Community Benchmark Survey. He shows that
ethnic diversity is associated with reduced trust even after controlling
for a long list of socioeconomic variables. The analysis is thorough and
valuable, but it captures just one moment in time. It cannot tell us
whether the effect on trust occurs only "over the short term," or whether
we will "find new ways to boost social solidarity." Furthermore, Putnam
never identifies positive effects of diversity from his own data
although an arguable exception is greater interest in politics and
he certainly never uses his data to address the question of whether
"diversity's benefits outweigh its disadvantages." Indeed, Putnam's data
analysis section reads as a relentless, unsparing critique of diversity,
with no promise of a long-run turnaround. Uncomfortable with the
implications of the data analysis, Putnam sandwiches it between
misdirection and speculation. The misdirection comes at the beginning, in
the form of a short list of reasons he believes ethnic diversity is a
"valuable national asset." Almost nothing on his list is about ethnic
diversity per se. /.../ The speculation comes at the end, when Putnam
offers his hope that U.S. Army integration, megachurches, and intermarriage
among European ethnics are signs that the U.S. will eventually overcome the
challenges of diversity. That's it for the long-term no hard
evidence, just speculation.
BENEFITS AND COSTS NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE
Charges for migrants to use NHS will double to raise millions for the health service
Daily Telegraph, 5 February 2018
Charges for migrants to use the NHS will be doubled, under
plans which ministers say will raise hundreds of millions of pounds for the
Currently those seeking to live in the UK for six
months or more are charged a £200 annual surcharge, exempting them
from charges paid by temporary overseas visitors.
today announce plans to increase this to £400 a year, which they say
more closely matches the amount such patients actually cost the NHS. ...
"By increasing the surcharge so that it better reflects the actual
costs of using health services, this Government is providing an extra
£220 million a year to support the NHS."
pledged to recoup £500m a year from overseas patients by 2017/18.
Recent measures include pledges to enforce "upfront" charges for
temporary visitors, after efforts to chase bills after treatment had
Latest figures show £358 million was
collected from overseas patients in 2016/17, including £210m from the
immigration health surcharge.
The surcharge is paid when
immigration applications are made. Those paying it are then exempt from NHS
charges for treatment which temporary visitors have to pay. ...
The Department of Health and Social Care estimates that the NHS
spends £470 on average per person per year on treating surcharge
IMMIGRATION PUBLIC OPINION, ANGLICANS
Majority of Anglicans want immigration levels 'reduced'
Christian Today, 4 February 2018
Regular churchgoers have more a positive opinion of immigration
than the general population.
But those who describe themselves as
Anglican overall, including those who do not necessarily attend regularly,
are more negative about the current levels of immigration.
research on attitudes to immigration reported on BBC Breakfast and BBC
Radio 4's Sunday programme, found that nearly nine in ten people, 87 per
cent, who describe themselves as Anglicans believe immigration to the UK
should be reduced.
According to the research, from an analysis of
British Social Atttudes surveys by researchers at the University of
Bristol, 66 per cent of Anglicans who go to church regularly oppose current
levels of immigration. Among Christians who do not go to church, the number
is 86 per cent.
This compares to just 77 per cent of people with no
religion who think immigration should be cut.
Why "Open Borders" is a Dangerous Idea
Quillette, 3 February 2018
From my point-of-view, mass migration is the singular challenge
of the 21st century. This is because it is a meta-issue that will affect
our response to every other challenge. This is due to the fact that as mass
migrations change demography, they may also affect changes in host nations'
cultures and political economies. ...
While we do not yet know the
vector, the titanic, high velocity migration the West is currently
experiencing will cause profound changes. ...
The open borders
philosophy is wrong, because, like the failed ideologies of the past
century, it doesn't account for unpleasant facts about human nature and
society. The truth Communism missed is that human beings prefer
self-interest to compelled altruism. The truth open borders advocates miss
is that human societies are tribal.
The fundamental human social
skill is the formation of groups that act with shared intentionality. The
skill to coordinate intentions is what enabled our ancestors to form
sophisticated social coalitions that outcompeted lower primates. ...
The challenge of heterogeneity is that it pre-loads divisions into
society. Sometimes those differences can be overcome through inter-communal
dialogue and good government. But, all too often when intentions differ,
and tribes inevitably rise, differences in religion, language, and custom
are the contours around which factions organize.
This is not to say
that ethno-racial or cultural difference is the sole cause of factionalism.
Since human beings are so quick to form factions, it should be
the goal of government policy to ameliorate division and ward off for as
long as possible the demon of sectarianism. Our current public policies and
cultural products seem aimed at doing the exact opposite. I think this is
because the designers of these policies hold at least two mistaken
assumptions about diversity and migration.
Many elite Westerners
have a passionate belief in diversity because they have lived it. Not
always in their neighborhoods, but quite often at university. ...
There is also a faulty assumption that diverse societies become
more tolerant and inclusive over time. ...
demonstrated innumerable times that at-scale diversity doesn't create
utopia but tension. ...
Of the top ten most diverse countries in
the world, every single one has suffered major, lethal political violence
since 2001. Diversity is not some holy sacrament, it is a deadly serious
socio-political challenge that needs to be prudently managed. It is a
mistake to believe that unregulated mass migration will bring about
redemption for guilty Westerners. For whatever economic benefits it may
bring, it will also bring tribalism, disunity, and violence. And for those
of you who think this isn't a major issue or that the worst has passed,
please note we are just in the opening act of this drama.
Top counter terror officer warns of threat posed by jihadi children returning to UK
Justin Davenport and Allan Hall
Evening Standard, 2 February 2018
A leading counter-terrorist police officer today warned of the
threat of children trained by Islamic State coming back to Britain to carry
Commander Dean Haydon, the head of the Met's
counter-terrorism command, said police and other services had a duty to
safeguard children returning from Iraq and Syria.
"A child in a war
zone would have seen some pretty horrendous things," he told the Standard.
But he warned: "Some terror groups are training children to commit
atrocities. We need to not just understand the risk the mother poses but
the risk that any child poses as well. We look at them on a case-by-case
basis and they may be arrested."
Commander Haydon added: "We have
no intelligence to suggest children are coming back from conflict zones to
commit atrocities in the UK."
He also revealed that police are
DNA-testing children who have been brought to the UK after being born in
the so-called IS caliphate to establish their identity and whether they
have the right to live here. ...
Hans-Georg Maassen said: "We have
to consider that these children could be living timebombs. There is a
danger that these children come back brainwashed with a mission to carry
Children carried out three of five Islamist attacks
in Germany in 2016. A 12-year-old boy was also detained after trying to
bomb a Christmas market. ...
Mr Haydon said police had identified
all 850 or so Britons who travelled to Syria in the past three years.
About half have returned and 15 per cent were killed in the
EXTREMISM ISLAM, EUROPE
Lessons from the East for the West
Breitbart, 2 February 2018
Last weekend, I was in Hungary for the presentation of the
Hungarian translation of my book Marked for Death; Islam's War Against
the West and Me. ...
... In Hungary, there are barely any signs
of Islamization. The Hungarians make no secret of their resolve to keep it
that way. The attitude in Hungary and, for that matter, in Central Europe
in general, is entirely different from that in the West. ...
originally published my book in English in the United States. I did so
because America has a First Amendment, which allows people to speak out,
even when a message is politically incorrect. The Hungarian translation is
the first translation of the book. In my own country, no publisher has the
courage to publish it.
A German publisher, who was interested,
backed out when it proved impossible to translate it into German without
transgressing Germany's stringent speech laws. ...
Islamism but Islam itself preaches the political submission of the
whole world to Allah. Muhammad left no doubt about this: "I was ordered to
fight all men until they say 'There is no god but Allah,'" he said.
The Qu'ran is equally unambiguous about it. "Fight them until there
is no more dissension and the religion is entirely Allah's," it says in
verse 8:39. The Qu'ran also contains the permission to kill Jews and
Christians in verse 9:29, the command to terrorize non-Muslims in verse
8:12, the obligation to make war on the infidels in verse 9:123, and the
order to subjugate the entire world to Allah in verse 9:33. ...
... Recently, the Pew Research Center warned that, if present
trends continue, France, Germany, Belgium and Austria, will be almost 20%
Islamic by 2050. Britain and the Netherlands are closely behind, while
Sweden will even be more than 30% Islamic by the turn of the century.
This is extremely dangerous. Because, while most Muslims may be
moderate and non-violent, the Islamic ideology is not. It has indoctrinated
many of Islam's followers, who take the belligerent commands of Muhammad
and the Koran very seriously. Just last month, it was revealed in Germany
that 30% of Muslim students in the State of Lower Saxony can imagine
themselves fighting and dying for Islam. In my own country, the
Netherlands, research from Amsterdam University showed that 11% of the
Muslims find it acceptable to use violence in the name of Islam. That is
more than 100,000 people, which is twice the number of soldiers in our
One in ten families who get social housing are from abroad despite efforts to give long-term local residents a better chance of getting a property
Daily Mail, 31 January 2018
A record one in 10 families given council or housing
association homes last year were foreign nationals, according to new
The numbers showed that of just under 200,000
heavily subsidised family homes in England allocated to new tenants, 19,197
went to a household headed by a non-British citizen.
The share of
social housing going to foreign families has been rising since the
mid-2000s, when foreign nationals took up around six in 100 new lettings,
and Labour MPs in some cities began to register concern over discontent
among long-established local voters. ...
Among people moving into
social housing for the first time as opposed to those moving from
another council or housing association home 12 per cent were foreign
There were 1,155,285 families on waiting lists for
social housing in England last year, according to official figures.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD USA
The important FACTS completely missing from the immigration debate
Conservative Review, 29 January 2018
If you didn't know anything about our immigration system
an accurate description of our political class you'd think that we
take in few immigrants from the Third World or from anywhere outside Europe
and that our "racist president" wants to stamp out the last vestiges of the
few brave and unique immigrants coming from subpar conditions, yearning for
freedom and American values. This distortion could not be farther from the
Here is a list of the top 30 countries of origin among the
immigrants who received green cards in 2016. These 30 countries supplied 76
percent of our immigration pool: ...
A couple of immediate
observations are in order:
Notice how Mexico dominates our
legal immigration system in addition to sending us most of our illegal
immigrants. Mexican nationals were the recipient of twice as many green
cards as the second country on the list. And this has been the case pretty
much for every year over the past few decades. Indeed, since 1965, 50
percent of all immigrants came from Mexico and Latin America, 29 percent
from Mexico alone. ...
Not a single European or western
country is among the top 20. ...
Seven Islamic countries,
several of which are on Trump's moratorium list, are on this list, and
they've been moving higher every year.
From watching the
trends over the years and having some background on this issue rather than
solely from the chart numbers, it's clear that the top source countries of
our immigration are not dictated by merit, but primarily by chain
migration, diversity lottery, refugees, asylum, and quasi-amnesty policies
that allow certain illegal immigrants to obtain green cards. This is not
the immigration system America voted for; nor is it the one that was
promised to us in 1965, 1980, and 1990. ...
If nothing is changed,
our country will be flooded with millions of chain migrants that are coming
here solely based on family ties, doubling down on the existing backward
system. As of November 2017, there were 4.367 million people on the visa
waiting list, 97.5 percent of whom are applying based on family ties to
existing immigrants, who themselves largely came here based on family ties.
The solution to all of this is to immediately move to a
merit-based system in which we bring in only people who love America, won't
be a security problem, speak English, and will not be on welfare
irrespective of country of origin. ...
This used to be part of the
commonsense, mature discussion we could have as a nation. Sadly,
demagoguery and ignorance are preventing us from having a much-needed
discussion about one of the most important, if not the most important,
policy issue of our time.
IMMIGRATION POLITICS, PUBLIC OPINION
Why Culture Trumps Skills: Public opinion on immigration
David Goodhart and Eric Kaufmann
Policy Exchange, 28 January 2018
The report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee,
Immigration Policy: basis for building consensus, was released
earlier this week. It makes many helpful suggestions, including the idea of
an annual migration report, streamlined immigration processing and the
importance of balancing competing interests. However, it draws misleading
conclusions about public opinion and policy due to its reliance on
focus-groups, which suffer from social acceptability bias.
result, it makes two assumptions. First, that citizens who oppose
immigration do so mainly because of their perceptions of its effects on
prosperity or public services. If so, immigration is an issue that can be
addressed by the traditional approach of directing financial resources to
areas affected by migration and detailing the economic contribution
immigrants make. The second assumption is that voters are primarily
concerned about control, not numbers. If they are reassured that things are
under control, and migration is being connected to economic needs, they
will be content with higher numbers.
Yet, as behavioural economists
repeatedly caution, 'people aren't rational, they rationalise'. So too with
immigration attitudes. The reasons people say they oppose immigration are
those they are aware of, or they feel to be socially acceptable. This is
doubly the case in focus groups, where peer pressure is strong. ...
Now, however, work by British Future, which is widely cited in the
Committee's report, indicate that skills are the most important
consideration for people when they think of a desirable immigrant. ...
... As we show, people are sensitive to the skill level of the
immigrant intake, but this is trumped by their concern for the cultural
impact of a larger inflow.
To illustrate, we draw on data from a
new Yougov-Birkbeck-Policy Exchange survey of 1,643 individuals from 5-6
November 2017, of which 1,450 are of White British ethnicity. ...
This shows that a majority of White British respondents want
reduced immigration even if skill levels fall, but when the question is
worded, /.../ as new skilled immigrants coming from 'outside Europe' and
when the decline in White British share is not mentioned, it's possible to
get almost 45 percent of White Britons to back the high skill mix-with-high
levels of immigration option. Mention 'Asia and Africa' as the source for
new skilled immigrants and support slips ten points to 35 percent. More
importantly, mentioning the ethno-cultural impact of higher numbers on the
long-term share of White Britons in the population drops support for
current immigration levels by 17-22 points to just 18-25 percent. ...
To repeat: opposition to immigration is largely cultural and
psychological. Appealing to voter economic interest as the Committee
suggests is therefore unlikely to create the new consensus it seeks.
POLITICS BREXIT, EU MIGRANTS
EU immigration to continue until 2021 reveals David Davis - despite Downing Street claims that free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU
Daily Mail, 27 January 2018
The free movement of EU citizens in Britain will continue in
all but name until at least 2021, David Davis said yesterday as he set out
details of a two-year Brexit transition.
Downing Street has
repeatedly insisted free movement will end when Britain leaves the EU in
March next year, saying European citizens arriving after that date will
have to register.
But Mr Davis said yesterday the registration
scheme would have 'no bearing on people's ability to work or visit' and
that it would simply 'allow us to better plan for our future public
services and prepare for our future immigration system'.
CRIME ACID ATTACKS, LONDON
Acid attack epidemic: RECORD number of incidents in London last year, data reveals
Daily Express, 27 January 2018
There has been a record number of acid attacks in London in
2017, Metropolitan Police data has revealed after a freedom of information
request, as street gangs are increasingly using acid to target people.
Acid attacks have increased six-fold in the capital over six years.
The figures show that there were 465 acid attacks in London
recorded in 2017, up from 395 the previous year. ...
from the first 11 months of 2017 also shows that the acid attacks are
predominantly a problem among young males.
More than 75% of
suspected attackers and around 60% of victims were between the ages of 10
CRIME BIAS, POLITICS, RACISM, POLICE
Theresa May ignored the evidence on stop-and-search. The effect has been criminal
Daily Telegraph, 26 January 2018
A few years ago, Theresa May set out to make a hard-hitting
speech about how too many law-abiding black men were being stopped and
searched by the police. Her officials got to work on it, but soon hit a
problem: the only in-depth study showed that, if anything, white men were
the ones being singled out. There was no evidence to suggest any kind of
It was all a bit embarrassing, so reference
to this study was removed from the draft of the speech and the then
home secretary went ahead anyway with her spirited j'accuse. Black men, she
said, are up to seven times more likely to be stopped and searched. It
Politically, the speech was a great success. It
was a potent charge, and it helped to establish Mrs May as a reformer with
a social conscience. Her figure was technically correct: when compared with
the general population, young black men are far more likely to be searched.
It's just that if you look at those on streets of an evening (as the Home
Office had done), the bias vanishes.
Not that the police dared
point this out: they heard and obeyed. The number of stop-and-searches
conducted by police more than halved, but this raised an awkward question:
what effect would this have on knife crime?
The latest figures
arrived yesterday. Recorded knife crime rose 21 per cent in the last year
across England; the number of murders in London rose 19 per cent. Cressida
Dick, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, has admitted that her officers
might have become fearful of stopping and searching suspects. They wonder
whether, if accused of racism, they'd be supported by their bosses. ...
Peter Neyroud, a former chief constable now at Cambridge
University, has been working with officers in 40 forces to develop a "harm
index". The aim is to judge crime by the harm done, rather than adding up
all kinds of offences to make a misleading total. He says this index, now
being used by forces to help focus on the worst crimes, has been rising
fairly steeply for the past two years in many forces. ...
again, out politicians talk about "evidence-based policymaking" where
facts, not ideology, shape the agenda. But Tories are beginning to look
guilty of policy-based evidence-making: using whatever statistics suit them
It was wrong of Mrs May to pretend that the police
were singling out ethnic minorities for stop-and-search and it would
be wrong for Mrs Rudd to be in denial about rising crime now.
MULTICULTURALISM ISLAM, GERMANY, AUSTRIA, UK
Mohammed is rapidly becoming one of the most popular names in Germany, figures show
MailOnline, 26 January 2018
The name Mohammed is fast-becoming one of the most popular baby
boy names in Germany. ...
Within three years, Mohammed could rank
in the top ten, according to the head of the Society for German Language.
According to the latest data from the society (Gesellschaft
für Deutsche Sprache - GfdS), statistics for 2016 reveal that Mohammed
(or Muhammed) rose from 41st place in 2015 to 26th position the following
However, this does not take into account all the
variant spellings, including Mohamad, Mohamed, Mehmet, and more.
it did, Mohammed would be far higher up the ranking.
newspaper, Kronen Zeitung, recently compiled data using all of the variants
and discovered that Mohammed rocketed from 5th overall to 3rd most popular
name among baby boys born in Vienna, Die Welt reported. ...
Ewels, GfdS managing director, said: 'The development is, of course,
related to the wave of immigration.'
She expects Mohammed to be in
the top 10 names by 2021 or 2022.
Muhammed was the most popular
baby boy name in London, a UK survey revealed last May.
It was also
the second most popular nationwide in Britain.
RACISM POLICE, HATE CRIME
Khan Blames Crime Wave on Cuts, But Fall in Police Numbers Could Be Plugged by Redeploying 'Hate Crime' Officers
Breitbart, 26 January 2018
Sadiq Khan is blaming the surge in recorded crime on falling
police numbers but figures show the annual decline could be plugged
by redeploying 'hate crime' officers from London alone.
mayor has suggested that the crime wave overtaking England and Wales
and Britain's multicultural capital, in particular is a consequence
of falling police numbers, in an opinion piece published by the
Figures reported elsewhere in the newspaper
do show a fall of some 930 officers over the last 12 months, to 121,929
overall but this represents a reduction in total manpower of less
than 1 per cent.
Meanwhile, recorded crime rose by 14 per cent
overall across 44 police force areas in England and Wales including
a 32 per cent rise in domestic burglary, a 29 per cent rise in robbery, a
23 per cent rise in sex offences, a 21 per cent rise in knife crime, and a
20 per cent rise in gun crime.
In fact, with London alone boasting
over 900 police officers "dedicated to investigating hate crime" one
of Khan's top priorities as mayor it seems likely that the annual
fall could be more than adequately compensated by redeploying existing
Evidence suggests that pressure from Khan and
politically correct police chiefs is leading to significant resources being
redirected towards offences most members of the public would not consider
priorities in a time of rising violent crime.
For example, figures
obtained through Freedom of Information requests revealed that some 3,395
people across 29 police force areas 13 refused the requests, two
released unusable data were arrested under section 127 of the
Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally "cause
annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.
This represented a massive increase from previous years, with
police forces increasing arrests for "offensive" communications
largely social media posts by up to 877 per cent compared to 2014.
The authorities' determination to focus on such crimes
despite a fall in actual prosecutions suggesting the arrests are largely
fruitless shows no sign of letting up, with Khan setting aside
millions of pounds for an "online hate crime hub".
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ISLAM, OSLO, NORWAY
The Islamization of Oslo
City Journal, 24 January 2018
... Groruddalen is home to more than a quarter of Oslo's
population. /.../ For a few decades now, the valley has been associated in
the Norwegian mind with Islam. ...
... From 2008 to 2010, more than
6,000 ethnic Norwegians moved out of Groruddalen, while almost twice that
number of immigrants mostly Muslims moved in. In 2009, fully
67 percent of the children born in Stovner, a borough at the far eastern
end of the valley, had non-Western mothers. ...
Aftenposten broke the prevailing media silence on the topic by reporting on
the experiences of ethnic Norwegians living in Groruddalen. "It has been
difficult to be an ethnic Norwegian in Groruddalen," ... a schoolteacher
who had lived in the valley all his life, told the newspaper. "It's about
huge language problems, plus a pressure to adapt to norms that feel totally
alien to those of us who have a Western lifestyle and mind- set."
Åserud said that at some schools in the valley, "children are
threatened with beating for having salami in their packed lunches. Girls
are harassed for being blond, and dye their hair to fit in. ...
years later, in 2013, a remarkably candid SSB report acknowledged that
1,000 ethnic Norwegians were leaving Groruddalen annually, with an equal
number of non-Western immigrants moving in to replace them. During that
year alone, muggings in Groruddalen rose by nearly 80 percent. The great
majority of perpetrators arrested were teenagers with immigrant backgrounds
and Muslim names ...
In 2015, sociologist Halvor Fosli published
Fremmed i eget land (A Stranger in One's Own Country), a book based on
interviews with 20 ethnic Norwegian residents of Groruddalen. /.../ In
short, a place where people had once lived without fear and treated one
another with respect and friendliness had become charged with tension,
dread, and bigotry not anti-Muslim bigotry, mind you, but
anti-Norwegian bigotry. ...
On March 11, 2017, to many viewers'
surprise, the nightly news program on government-run NRK television ran an
honest segment on the dramatic rise in crime in East Oslo, with a focus
principally on Groruddalen where, as journalist Anders Magnus
reported, about 50 percent of the population now had non-Western immigrant
backgrounds. Twelve-year-olds were selling drugs; 15-year-olds were
carrying guns, knives, and baseball bats; Muslim youth gangs were
assaulting adults in the open street; ...
... But the fundamental
problem remains the traditional Scandinavian approach to crime: seeking out
root causes, treating offenders as victims of society, and seeing
compassion as a cure for criminality. This approach may work with some
wayward ethnic Norwegian youths, but it makes no headway with their Muslim
counterparts, whose cultural conditioning leads them to see such kid-glove
treatment as a sign of weakness and to exploit it. ...
August 2017, Hege Storhaug of HRS took note of a promotional poster for the
new library in Stovner. It depicted three dark-skinned girls, two wearing
hijabs, happily reading books together. "Here," commented Storhaug, "is the
future." Thorbjørn Berntsen saw it coming 16 years ago. Others did,
too, but most stayed silent. Even now, as Groruddalen plunges toward
anarchy and full Islamization, few dare to speak up. Meantime, beyond the
hills and mountains that surround Groruddalen, the shadow that has fallen
upon the valley is slowly darkening the rest of Norway.
Panorama White Fright: Divided Britain review the people let down by a decade of policy failure
The Guardian, 23 January
Blackburn, Lancashire: a town with about 100,000 white British
people and 40,000 Asian or British Asian people, many of whom are Muslim.
Ten years ago, Panorama went to find out how Blackburn's two biggest ethnic
groups were getting along. The answer, in short: they weren't. ...
The experts and the numbers say it. Prof Ted Cantle who wrote the
report on the race riots of northern England in 2001, and who featured in
the original programme, returns. "Segregation in Blackburn is increasing,
in residential terms, in school terms, probably in social terms as well,"
he says. ...
And, of course, it's not just about Blackburn. The
polarisation of populations is increasing in towns all over the country.
The government hasn't helped much either. Dame Louise Casey was
commissioned to write a review of integration policy. The government
ignored it because it mentioned immigration; the pace and scale of it. "Too
difficult ... too hot to handle," says the Labour MP Chuka Umunna.
House of Commons Library, 23 January 2018
Asylum seekers were around 6.0% of immigrants to the UK in
The number of asylum applications to the UK peaked in 2002 at
84,132. After that the number fell sharply to reach a twenty year low point
of 17,916 in 2010, before rising again to reach 32,733 in 2015. The number
fell in 2016, to 30,747.
The percentage of asylum applicants
refused at initial decision reached its highest point at 88% in 2004. After
that, the percentage of applicants refused at initial decision fell to 59%
in 2014, before increasing to 66% in 2016.
In the period from 2004
to 2016, around three-quarters of applicants refused asylum at initial
decision lodged an appeal, but only around one quarter of those appeals was
In 2016, 37% of asylum applicants were nationals of Asian
countries, 29% were nationals of Middle Eastern countries, 23% were
nationals of African countries, and 7% were from Europe.
IMMIGRATION UK, FRANCE
Migrants in Calais will be fast-tracked to the UK after PM bows to the French: Visa applications will now take just one month after May and Macron agree 'Sandhurst Treaty' shake
Daily Mail, 19 January 2018
Migrants at Calais will be fast-tracked into Britain under new
plans agreed by Theresa May as she bowed to further pressure from the
Adult migrants seeking to come to the UK via Calais will
have their applications processed within one month, rather than have to
wait for six months.
Children will see their waiting time slashed
from six months to just 25 days, it was announced yesterday. ...
Downing Street source insisted the plans would reduce the 'pull factor' and
by speeding up the process, cases would be thrown out quicker. ...
France also wants Britain to take in more migrants from Calais,
especially unaccompanied children.
BORDER CONTROLS COST
Calais migrant crisis has already cost UK taxpayers over £360m
Daily Express, 19 January 2018
British taxpayers have forked out more than £360 million
since 2010 tackling the migrant crisis in Calais, it can be revealed today.
The £850,000 every week has been spent trying to stop tens of
thousands sneaking into the UK from northern France.
eye-watering total includes the £44.5 million Prime Minister Theresa
May yesterday gifted French President Emmanuel Macron to beef up security
at UK border controls on the Continent.
But critics said the figure
was actually a gross underestimate of the UK's financial contribution to
solving a problem created by the EU's open border Schengen zone.
Independent MEP Steven Woolfe said: "This is an absolute disgrace.
The UK has gifted £360 million but this is just the tip of the
"The real cost of the UK's contribution to protect the
EU's borders is much higher.
"We have contributed millions of
pounds to programmes in Greece and Italy to protect the borders there, and
we have given millions more to Turkey to resettle economic migrants."
The overall cost to the UK is likely to be double or even quadruple
the £850,000-a-week on the Calais crisis, he said.
figures obtained by this newspaper reveal Britain stumped up £111.7
million to secure the border at the height of the chaos in Calais in
2015-16, up from £48.8 million in 2014-15. ...
since October 2015, the UK has allocated more than £175 million of
humanitarian assistance, including a three-year £75 million programme
to meet the "urgent humanitarian needs of migrants".
IMMIGRATION EU MIGRANTS, BREXIT
'EU demand is ABSURD' May urged to stand strong over unlimited free movement post-Brexit
Daily Express, 18 January 2018
Up to a million more EU citizens could get the right to settle
in Britain if Theresa May gives in to the EU's latest negotiation demands,
a report warned last night.
Research from the population pressure
group Migration Watch estimated that accepting a Brussels demand for
unlimited free movement to continue for a transitional period of up two
year after Brexit could lead to a significant increase in the numbers
allowed to come into the country before new border controls are imposed.
A draft document leaked from Brussels earlier this week showed that
EU negotiators will make the demand in the next phase of talks about the
UK's departure from the bloc.
They want EU citizens to continue to
be able to claims full permanent residency rights in Britain throughout the
The status would give European migrants the
right to be joined by direct family members, including elderly dependent
relatives, future children and partners who were not EU citizens. ...
Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "This
EU demand is absolutely absurd.
"We will have left the EU - that
must mean that EU citizens who arrive after our departure should no longer
enjoy treaty rights that derive from our membership." ...
past, some of the applicants have been temporary migrants who stayed for
less than a year but a larger proportion of them might well stay on if the
prize was a right to permanent settlement in the UK.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD PUBLIC OPINION, BELGIUM
Migrant Crisis: 77 Per Cent of Belgians 'No Longer Feel at Home'
Breitbart, 18 January 2018
The massive rise in the proportion of Muslim migrants in the
country has resulted in two-thirds of Belgians feeling their nation is
being "increasingly invaded", according to a new study.
sentiment was especially marked among respondents to the detailed survey
aged 65 and over, 84 per cent of whom likened the influx of migrants and
refugees to an invasion.
Overall, two-thirds of the 4,734 people
polled believe there are "too many immigrants in Belgium", while 77 per
cent agreed with the statement, "Today we no longer feel at home as we did
before [mass migration]".
Entitled Black Yellow Blues 2017,
the research was an initiative of public broadcaster RTBF and liberal
newspaper Le Soir, carried out by sociology research institute
Survey and Action and the globalist 'This is Not a Crisis' foundation.
Reporting on the study, which looked at the attitudes of
French-speaking Belgians and how they have changed since a similar survey
was taken in 1997, RTBF laments that it depicts a population which is
growing "increasingly xenophobic".
"The results raise many
questions, but they revealed a society that is filled with fear and the
rejection of otherness," writes the taxpayer-funded broadcaster.
Produced by This is Not a Crisis, an organisation which seeks to
tackle populism at a time it says societies in the West must undergo
"permanent transformations", the report claims researchers "observed the
development of a true anti-Muslim paranoia [among Belgians], which has
taken on a pathological dimension".
According to 74 per cent of
people surveyed, Islam is "not a tolerant religion", while 60 per cent said
the presence of so many Muslims in their nation presents a threat to its
identity. Just 12 per cent said they believe the religion is "a source of
enrichment" for Belgium. ...
"Seven out of 10 Belgians think that
immigrants want to impose their way of life," the article notes
disapprovingly, nowhere mentioning any of the attitudes disclosed by the
400 Muslims surveyed in the study.
These included 33 per cent of
Muslim respondents revealing they "don't like Western culture", 29 per cent
asserting they believe the laws of Islam to be superior to Belgian law, and
34 per cent admitting they "would definitely prefer a political system
inspired by the Quran".
MULTICULTURALISM LIBERALISM, NATIONALISM
Why liberal societies need moderate nationalism
Washington Post, 17 January 2018
The return of the discussion of tribes is a metaphorical
recognition of the shallowness of much of modern liberalism, with its
awkwardness about the human need for recognition, belonging and group
attachment, along with its implicit claim that society is just a random
collection of individuals. ...
Value tribes are an unavoidable but
often fragmenting reality of the modern world. A gulf has opened between
the two big, loose value tribes that dominate western liberal societies.
"Anywhere" people, about 25 percent of the population, tend to
be educated and mobile; they value openness, autonomy and individual
self-realization. They tend to have careers rather than jobs and "achieved
identities" based on academic and professional success.
"Somewheres," about half of the population, are by contrast more
rooted and less well-educated; they tend to value security, familiarity and
group attachments (national or local) that Anywheres often don't feel or
respect. Somewheres generally have "ascribed identities" their sense
of themselves is more likely to come from the place they come from and the
local ways of life they are attached to, which means that they are more
likely to be discomforted by rapid social change.
... In real life,
the story is less binary than it sounds, and there is a big group of about
25 percent of the population who share almost equally the two loose
It is also important to remember that both of these
worldviews are, at least in mainstream form, perfectly decent and
... most forms of group attachment are compatible
with the main liberal values of individual rights and human moral equality.
To put it another way: the human desire to belong does not require
hostility to outsiders. ...
Neither militant liberals, who fear the
masses are always teetering on the edge of new forms of authoritarianism,
nor militant populists, who are hostile to diversity, find it easy to
accept that many people live according to different norms. And, of course,
it is possible to have too much fragmentation, which is why moderate
nationalism remains such an important glue for liberal societies,
reinforcing shared norms and social solidarity.
FRAUD AND CORRUPTION HEALTH TOURISM
NHS stung for £200m in health tourism scam using European insurance cards
The Sun, 15 January 2018
A huge health tourism scam is costing the NHS £20 million
Millions have taken advantage of a loophole to claim free
healthcare across Europe with Britain picking up the bill.
probe by The Sun reveals how easy it is to get a fake European Health
Insurance Card giving unlimited access to treatment. EU hospitals then
claim the cost back from the UK government.
The NHS has paid out
more than £1 billion over the past decade an average of
£20 for every card issued.
Around £200 million, the cost
of 8,600 extra nurses, is thought to be fraudulent.
service has reclaimed just £145 million over the past five years.
We used fake national insurance numbers to get EHIC cards issued in
the names of Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, PM Theresa May, US President
Donald Trump and EU chief Jean-Claude Juncker.
Figures show that
the NHS issued 57 million new EHIC cards over the past decade.
according to a whistleblower at the NHS Business Services Authority, based
in Newcastle, one in five applications are fraudulent.
He said he
had issued more than 20 cards to the same address after bosses told him not
to waste time on checks. ...
Tory MP Sarah Wollaston, chairman of
the Commons health committee, said: "I'm shocked. It exposes a serious
loophole, which needs to be closed immediately."
secretary Jon Ashworth said: "This looks like serious abuse of a system
that is to ensure Brits on holiday or working in Europe get their
healthcare covered. It's clear we need a full inquiry."
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION NUMBER, PUBLIC OPINION
Government's failure to identify the number of illegal immigrants is fuelling anxiety about how many live in Britain, report warns
Mail, 15 January 2018
The Government's failure to identify the number of illegal
immigrants in the UK is fuelling widespread anxiety about numbers in the
country, a report claimed last night.
MPs said fears about the
impact of those here unlawfully is able to 'grow unchecked' because of a
lack of official information.
They said many perceive the
'long-standing paucity' of figures as representing official 'indifference'
on a matter of huge public interest.
Members of the Home Affairs
Select Committee said Ministers must do more to 'reassure' voters that the
issue is being taken seriously.
In a wide-ranging report, they said
illegal migration can only be tackled effectively if the true 'scale and
nature' of the problem is identified.
And they called for exit data
and other sources to be used to produce an annual estimate of the numbers
who have breached immigration rules.
They also stressed the
importance of effective enforcement, highlighting how large numbers of
foreign nationals, including convicted criminals, have disappeared.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD FREE SPEECH, GERMANY
Germany is silencing "hate speech", but cannot define it
The Economist, 11 January 2018
Germany's memories of the Gestapo and the Stasi undergird its
commitment to free speech. "There shall be no censorship," decrees the
constitution. Even marches by Pegida, an Islamophobic and anti-immigrant
movement founded in 2014, receive police protection. But the country of
Kristallnacht and the Holocaust also takes a punitive attitude to what it
deems "hate speech". ...
Reconciling these two convictions
for free speech and against hate speech is becoming harder,
particularly since Angela Merkel's refugee gambit in 2015. Opening
Germany's borders to some 1.2m mostly Muslim migrants has fuelled the rise
of nativist outfits like the AfD and Pegida. Racist propaganda and
sensationalist reports (some, though not all, fake) of criminal and rapist
immigrants have rippled across social media. In 2016, for example, the
number of criminal investigations into online hate speech in Berlin rose by
50%. A number of the newcomers from the Middle East and Africa are
anti-Semitic. Confronting such ills without encroaching too much on freedom
of expression is tricky.
The most prominent example of the
balancing act is the new Net Enforcement Law (NetzDG) /.../ It sets out 20
things defining a comment as "clearly illegal", such as incitement to
hatred or showing the swastika. Once posts are flagged by users, a
social-media firm has 24 hours extended to a week in complex cases
to check and remove those that contravene the rules, or face a
50m ($60m) fine. ...
Overwhelmed by the volume and wary of
incurring such huge fines, social-media firms are erring on the side of
Criticism is mounting. The AfD has been joined by
the liberal Free Democrats, the Greens and the socialist Left party in
calling for its repeal. The Federal Association of German Newspaper
Publishers is also opposed. ...
All of which points to a broader
truth: regulating speech was easier in the past, when Germany was a more
settled, homogeneous and conformist place. The wave of new arrivals since
2015 has accelerated its long-term evolution into a more plural, fragmented
RACISM NUMBERS, STATISTICS, WHITE RACIAL INTERESTS
Scholars claim that statistics 'serve white racial interests'
Campus Reform, 11 January 2018
Three British professors recently promulgated the theory that
statistics "serve white racial interests" because "numbers are neither
objective nor color-blind." ...
Led by David Gillborn, a professor
at the University of Birmingham, the professors argue that math serves
white interests because it can "frequently encode racist perspectives
beneath the facade of supposed quantitative objectivity."
to popular belief, and the assertions of many quantitative researchers,
numbers are neither objective nor color-blind," Gillborn and his team
assert in their article for the journal Race, Ethnicity, and
To address the racism numbers reinforce, the
professors advocate for the adoption of "QuantCrit" a portmanteau
for "quantitative analysis" and "critical race theory." Quantcrit, they
say, has five key tenets, including that "numbers are not neutral." ...
In the postmodern tradition, Gillborn and his team also argue that
racism can be reinforced through numbers because they are social
"Numbers are social constructs and likely to embody the
dominant (racist) assumptions that shape contemporary society," they write.
As a consequence, they assert that "in many cases, numbers speak for White
racial interests." ...
Despite the purported danger of statistics
being used to reinforce white privilege, they predict that if used
properly, statistics can "expose and delegitimize the racist (and sexist,
classist, hetero-normative, and ableist) assumptions, policies, and
practices that are currently supported by the uncritical use of
The article was co-authored by Paul Warmington,
who teaches at the University of Warwick, and Sean Demack, a Senior
Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. The article was published in the
latest issue of Race, Ethnicity, and Education, which Gillborn
As Campus Reform has reported, Gillborn is also the managing
editor for the journal Whiteness in Education, ...
ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION CALAIS, FRANCE
'It hasn't stopped!' Lorry drivers are ATTACKED by Calais migrants EVERY DAY, haulage boss
Daily Express, 10 January 2018
Lorry drivers are being attacked on a daily basis in Calais,
Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association said.
There are still five or six reported attacks on lorry drivers in
Calais a day despite the migrant camp being closed down in October 2016,
Burnett said, but that number could be higher. ...
He said: "What
we're still seeing, we're seeing attacks by traffickers, who, their modus
operandi is to throw bricks, stones, put concrete boulders in the road,
even lie in the road, to effectively stop drivers.
"In order to
create a queue and to jump on vehicles so as an industry we're still facing
this issue, this issue has not gone away." ...
"We set up a
helpline so that we could actually get information on a daily basis so for
those that are reporting it, we're getting daily reports of probably five
or six attacks.
"We know the numbers are far higher than that and
the attempts to get on vehicles are far higher than that on a daily basis
Around 700 migrants are living rough again in the area
where the Calais Jungle once stood, charities estimate.
IMMIGRATION ABROAD EUROPEAN UNION
No, the EU isn't militarizing Africa to halt migration but simply to organize it
GEFIRA, 9 January 2018
Last summer, when the news that NGOs were shipping migrants to
Italy and cooperating with traffickers surfaced, the newly elected Emmanuel
Macron quickly came up with a solution: hotspots in Africa where people
seeking protection could go to and apply for the status of refugee, and, if
granted such a status, could be moved to Europe in an official way.
The plan has been operational for a few weeks now: the first
batches of positively-verified asylum seekers have been moved to France and
Italy, while European governments are sending their troops to Africa to
help manage the flow. ...
The process is referred to as
"humanitarian corridors" and is lobbied heavily by the open borders
civil society. Asylum seekers whose request is accepted are transferred to
their destination, while those whose request was rejected are moved back to
their home country. ...
The plan resembles the one adopted by
Merkel with the agreement with Erdogan. While the human wave stopped,
hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees have been flown to Germany since
then. Liberal leaders are convinced that immigration is not a problem if
managed orderly, and that anxieties of European citizens will go away if
the media covers the topic correctly. ...
Merkel's attempt to
quell dissent by enacting a number of censorship laws on social media has
not worked either. The problem isn't the media, nor the allegedly
unjustified criticism by Europeans; the problem is her policy.
Half of UK's Isil jihadists unaccounted for, minister admits
Daily Telegraph, 6 January 2018
Hundreds of British jihadists who travelled to the Middle East
to fight for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and other
terrorist groups have fallen off the radar, the security minsiter has
Ben Wallace said that around half of the estimated 850
people from the UK who went to Syria and Iraq have returned home, but
ministers "don't know where" the rest of them have ended up. Up to one in
five are thought to have been killed in the fighting, with a small number
crossing the border into Turkey, but a "significant number" remain
IMMIGRATION SOCIETAL CATASTROPHE
How Europe Built It's Own Funeral Pyre, Then Leapt In
Robert W. Merry
The American Conservative, 4 January 2018
[Review of "The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam" by Douglas Murray]
No, the defining issue of our day is mass immigration into the
nations of Western heritage. This growing inflow threatens to remake those
nations and overwhelm their cultural identity. ...
central battlefront in the immigration wars is Europe, which accepted a
trickle of immigrants in the immediate postwar era due to labor shortages.
But over the years the trickle became a stream, then a growing river, and
finally a torrent to the extent that ethnic Britons are now a
minority in their own capital city, refugee flows into Germany went from
48,589 in 2010 to 1.5 million in 2015, and Italy, a key entry point,
received at one point an average of 6,500 new arrivals a day.
Throughout all this, the European elites celebrated the change and
imposed a kind of thought enforcement regime against those who raised
questions. The in-migration was initially hailed as an economic boon; then
as a necessary corrective to an aging population; then as a means of
spicing up society through "diversity"; and finally as a fait accompli, an
unstoppable wave wrought by the world's gathering globalization. Besides,
argued the elites, the new arrivals would all become assimilated into the
European culture eventually, so what's the problem? Meanwhile, public
opinion surveys over decades showed that large majorities of Europeans
harbored powerful misgivings about these changes.
journalist and author Douglas Murray writes, "Promised throughout their
lifetimes that the changes were temporary, that the changes were not real,
or that the changes did not signify anything, Europeans discovered that in
the lifespan of people now alive they would become minorities in their own
A key point of the book, reinforced through
anecdote and abundant documentation, is that Muslim immigrants have not
assimilated into their European host countries to any meaningful extent.
Consider also the significance of this fact: By 2015 more
British Muslims were fighting for ISIS than for the British armed forces.
There was nothing hidden about the resolve of many European Muslims to
retain their own culture while overwhelming the European one. At a rally in
Cologne in 2008, then-Turkish prime minister (later president) Recep Tayyip
Erdogan told a crowd of 20,000 Turks living in Germany, Belgium, France,
and the Netherlands that assimilation in Europe would constitute "a crime
against humanity." ...
Reading Murray's book, one gets an
understanding of why he characterizes Europe's demise as "strange." The
continent's embrace of its own cultural death is indeed historically
aberrational. Civilizations normally fight for the preservation of their
cultures, unite to expel invaders, revere their identities and the
fundamental elements of their heritage. But the West today is engaged in an
extensive and progressive extravagance of civilizational self-abnegation.
Murray calls this the "tyranny of guilt" and identifies it as a
Murray sums up: "So Europeans are blamed for what
is happening to them, are denied any legitimate way to object, and the
views of the majority are made to appear not just dangerous but marginal."
... "To say that in the long run this heralds the makings of a
societal catastrophe is to understate matters."
BENEFITS AND COSTS HEALTH TOURISM
Health tourists are costing Britain £10 million as foreign mums rip off the NHS to get free treatment
The Sun, 3 January 2018
Record numbers of health tourists are flying into Britain to
have their babies delivered for free on the NHS, a Sun investigation has
At least 2,631 ineligible women gave birth on English
maternity wards last year then failed to pay, leaving a bill of £10
Cases are up more than a fifth in the past 12 months, from
Only 84 trusts that provide maternity services responded to
our Freedom of Information request around two in three. It means the
real figure may be closer to 4,500 and NHS losses £16 million. ...
Ministers claim stricter checks are helping to detect more
ineligible patients. ...
The biggest NHS trust, Barts in London,
is seeking 438 mothers for unpaid maternity care totalling £1.75
million. Trusts admitted most would be written off.
from Patient Concern, said: "These figures prove the NHS is clearly seen as
a soft touch."
IMMIGRATION ABROAD ITALY, EUROPE
Revealed: Royal Navy sailors have rescued 18,000 migrants from the Med and dropped them off in Europe
Daily Mail, 3 January 2018
In the last year alone, the Navy has rescued about 3,000
migrants and taken them to Italy. Sailors also helped a further 1,400 who
were transferred to a Navy ship from other vessels. ...
rescued the migrants as part of a wider £15.2 million EU mission
codenamed Operation Sophia. Since April 2015, the Navy has deployed six
ships to rescue migrants. ...
Commenting on the latest figures,
Air Chief Marshal Lord Stirrup, on the committee, praised the work of the
navy but said Operation Sophia was a 'failure'.
The former Chief of
the Defence staff added: 'This is not because it has failed to rescue
people in danger.
'The Royal Navy, along with its partners, has
done sterling work in this respect, and we should all be proud of their
efforts, which must continue.
'But the aim of Operation Sophia was
to break the people smugglers' business model, and this it has failed to
He added: 'In some ways it has even made life easier for the
smugglers, who no longer need even to pretend to transport people to the
southern coast of Europe.
'They can now just push them out to sea
in the flimsiest and most dangerous of craft, confident that the ships will
rescue them and take then onwards.'
BENEFITS AND COSTS HEALTH TOURISM
The new rules aimed at preventing health tourism are toothless, and leave the NHS wide open to abuse
J Meirion Thomas
Home, 3 January 2018
[J. Meirion Thomas is a former Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]
The true cost of health tourism is unknown, but on 1st February
2016, during a House of Lords debate, Lord Bates, then Secretary of State
at the Home Office, estimated that according to 2013 figures, the total
cost to the NHS of treating visitors and migrants in England alone was
£2 billion per year.
The Government's flagship Cost Recovery
Programme, effective from April 2015, was meant to collect a modest
£500 million annually from health tourists by 2017-2018, but the
National Audit Office report to the Public Accounts Committee in October
2016 predicted that only £346 million would be recovered by this
This deficit prompted the Department of Health to
issue a revised policy. /.../ As of 23rd October 2017, all NHS Trusts in
England would have a statutory obligation to identify health tourists and
to demand payment upfront before any investigation or treatment was
... Vital infrastructure is not in place to support
the new policy.
Despite these facts, the lack of intent by the
Department of Health is best displayed in paragraph 13.80 of the Guidance:
"If a patient does not have sufficient funds, can they pay by instalments?"
The answer given is "yes", despite confirmation from previous research
commissioned by DH that of invoices raised to health tourists, only 16 per
cent are paid.
The new 2017 policy, however, does have some good
points. For the first time NHS staff, including doctors, will have the
responsibility to report patients they think may not be entitled to free
NHS care. Also of great importance, the guidance makes it clear that NHS
staff facilitating health tourism may be committing fraud. Nevertheless,
overall, the policy is flawed.
The British taxpayer continues to
contribute to an International, not a National, Health Service and, despite
powerful representations, three Conservative (or Conservative-led)
governments since 2010 have failed to take effective steps to protect the
NHS from health tourism abuse.
ASYLUM CHILDREN, COSTS
Lone child refugees are costing British councils £70,000 a year EACH with bills continuing until they reach 25
Ian Drury and Claire Duffin
Mail, 3 January 2018
Each lone child refugee costs councils in Britain nearly
£70,000 a year with the bills continuing to land until they
The migration crisis meant there were at least 4,560
unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum at the end of last March a
rise of 134 per cent from 1,950 in 2013.
Costs to local authorities
for every 100 unaccompanied children are estimated at £6.75 million a
year. The Home Office provides £3.35 million leaving a
shortfall of £3.4 million.
When a child claims asylum in the
UK they become the legal responsibility of the local authority in which
they came forward. ...
It costs £67,634 per year to care for
each of them, according to the Association of Directors of Children's
That includes £50,716 for residential placement and
linked care costs, £4,805 for education, £3,915 for healthcare
and £3,826 for social workers.
For each lone child migrant,
councils also typically pay £440 for interpreters and child advocates,
£480 on English language lessons, £70 on dentists and £20 on
IMMIGRATION FRAUD, CHILDREN, DEPORTATION
Just one in five fake child migrants caught lying about their age in the last six years was sent home
MailOnline, 2 January 2018
Just one in five young asylum seekers who lied about their age
in a bid to enter the UK is ever forced out of the country, it has been
Home Office records reveal that 2,644 adults were caught
trying to cross the border into Britain from 2010 to 2016 as an
'unaccompanied asylum seeking' child.
However, only 580 of these
people were kicked out after being caught posing as a vulnerable child in a
bid to cheat their way into the UK.
Statistics for 2017, from
January to September, showed that two-thirds of the 692 people whose date
of birth was challenged by the Home Office were over 18.
investigation, carried out by the Daily Express, also revealed how the
amount of asylum applications for vulnerable children jumped after the
infamous Calais refugee camp was demolished in October 2016.
Statistics for the final quarter of that year disclosed how 1,006
males and 170 females made such applications.
Figures for 2016
showed that 575 of the total number of 3,290 claimants were discovered to
be over 18, while just 37 of those were kicked out of the UK.
Smith, former director general of UK Border Force, told the Express that
the low risk of being forced back out of the UK made lying a risk worth
taking for migrants.