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PM orders new minorities push to stave off Tory election crisis
Nigel Morris
The Independent, 27 December 2012

David Cameron has ordered a drive to increase the number of black and Asian Conservative parliamentary candidates, amid fears within the party that its unpopularity among ethnic minorities could spell disaster at the next election.

The Prime Minister has told colleagues that he regards building support among voters from immigrant backgrounds as the biggest challenge facing the Tories in their quest to "detoxify" their image among large sections of the community.

Senior party figures are pointing to last month's defeat for the Republican candidate Mitt Romney – who was largely shunned by black and Hispanic voters – in the US presidential election as a warning of the costs of ignoring Britain's rapid demographic shifts.

One Conservative MP in a marginal urban seat told The Independent that his party faced an "existential" challenge in responding to the country's changing ethnic make-up. MPs and candidates are being given advice on how to engage with non-white communities by regularly attending key events, being urged to increase their presence in ethnic minority newspapers, radio programmes and television bulletins and to gain expertise on issues that particularly affect such groups. ...

The Reading West MP Alok Sharma, the Tory vice-chairman in charge of the strategy, said Mr Cameron supported increasing the diversity of Conservative parliamentary candidates and MPs. ...

Although the Conservatives increased their number of black and Asian MPs from two to 11 at the last election, alarm bells were sounded in party headquarters by their 16 per cent support among ethnic minorities compared with the 68 per cent picked up by Labour.

Unless they can close the gap, their poor polling among non-white communities threatens their control of between 10 and 15 parliamentary seats and undermines their hopes of capturing 10 to 15 other seats held by Labour with small majorities.

Research presented privately to party leaders revealed that people from Afro-Caribbean and Pakistani backgrounds are most hostile to the Conservatives, but that other ethnic minorities including Sikhs and Hindus – even those who regard themselves as middle class – are resistant to Tory messages.

Gavin Barwell, the MP for Croydon Central, warned the party could not win the next election without significantly increasing its appeal to minority communities.
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Anger over the hidden 200,000 migrants who slip into Britain
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 20 December 2012

Taxpayers are facing a growing bill for a hidden 200,000 migrants a year who slip into Britain without being officially recorded in population figures, council chiefs warned last night.

The annual influx, equivalent to a city the size of York or Peterborough, is said to be an increasing burden on services.

But the migrants are not counted in official estimates because they only remain in Britain for less than 12 months, according to figures released yesterday.

The extent of the "short-term migrants" was raised in research based on the 2011 Census commissioned by three local authorities.

Westminster Council said at least 6,900 short-term migrants were living within its borders at any one time.

Providing services such as schooling, refuse collection and supporting rough sleepers was costing an estimated £2 million a year. ...

Council officials estimated that the total number of short-term migrants across Britain last year was 195,074. They were not included in the annual figure for net migration, which was 183,000 in the 12 months to last March.

And as well as the short-term migrants, around 442,000 illegal immigrants are estimated to be living in London alone.

As a result, the councils fear the Government is hugely underestimating the true cost of immigration to council taxpayers around Britain. ...

Meanwhile, David Cameron was yesterday warned that Britain faces a fresh surge of immigrants when visa restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians are lifted in January 2014.

At Prime Minister's Questions, Tory backbencher Philip Hollobone urged him to consider using emergency EU rules to further delay the introduction of freedom-of-movement for citizens of the two new EU member nations.

Mr Hollobone urged the PM to "look seriously at triggering the national interest clauses to stem this new flow, especially for those with criminal records or who seek access to our benefit system".

Mr Cameron promised to look at the suggestion but warned the "national interest" clauses could only be triggered in cases of extreme emergency.
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Xenophobia Upside: Ethnic And Religious Diversity Correlated To Less Environmental Action
Science 2.0, 20 December 2012

When is diversity a bad thing? When it comes to environmental action, according to a new paper from the University of East Anglia (UEA).

Scandinavian countries, low in ethnic and religious diversity, take more collective action than more diverse nations, like the UK, China and the United States. But the UEA paper frames diversity using the more negative term 'fragmentation'.

Americans may love separation of church and state and the mix of multiple religions in the USA but Dr. Elissaios Papyrakis, a senior lecturer in UEA's School of International Development and a senior researcher at Vrije Universiteit in Holland, found that religious diversity has an even greater detrimental impact on environmental performance than ethnic diversity.

Papyrakis gathered data on ethnicity, religion, industry, income and population density, and then more subjective measures like conflict and control of corruption, for 127 developed and developing countries and then matched them to environmental performance. He then created a metric for what influences a country's environmental performance and investment in protection measures and whether this is associated with social diversity.

The data analyzed was for the period between 1960 and 2006, the most recent available to him. ...

Although numerous factors influence environmental performance simultaneously, ethnic and religious diversity alone can explain a substantial part of the differences observed in environmental performance across countries. For example, an ethnically fragmented country such as Tanzania invests 11 per cent less for the future (adjusted net savings) compared to other Sub-Saharan African countries, such as Madagascar, that are not diverse.

Papyrakis believes that "social fragmentation has a negative effect on environmental performance. Countries that are either ethnically or religiously diverse tend to under-invest in environmental protection, even when one controls for differences in income and industrial activity, for example. ..." ...

Dr Papyrakis said the findings have significant policy implications, especially if you believe a hive mind of collective action on one policy issue trumps cultural openness: "Policy-makers need to promote collective action and communication among different groups, acknowledging that investment for the public benefit often requires broad social consensus and solidarity.

"The question of what makes some countries more successful than others in managing their environment is certainly one of the most fascinating environmental economists can ask, but also one that is difficult to answer due to the interaction between several factors. This analysis is a first step in exploring the intriguing relationship between ethnic and religious diversity and the environment."
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Up to 90,000 students 'in Britain illegally': Thousands fail to attend courses and some don't even register
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 19 December 2012

Ministers have been notified of up to 90,000 foreign students who may be living in Britain illegally.

Audits by universities and colleges have thrown up tens of thousands of students who may have broken the rules by failing to attend their courses or even register. ...

UK Border Agency chief executive Rob Whiteman told the Home Affairs committee it had received 90,000 notifications since the Summer.

He said: 'We are now working through them. We have a new team in the new year in the Liverpool area which includes some DVLA staff transferring over and those 90,000 notifications we have received will be processed by the end of March in terms of triaging them, making a decision on whether there's important information in them.

'Because the student notifications are greater than we expected - the London Met position led to a great many notifications coming through - we have created an additional team.'

Immigration Minister Mark Harper told the Committee that revoking London Met's highly-trusted status had served as 'a lesson' to colleges and universities over 'what would happen if they didn't meet their sponsorship requirements'.

'I think perhaps if they weren't taking that seriously I think they will do now,' he said.

Mr Whiteman also admitted that the Agency had found a backlog of 50,000 applications from immigrants which have not been entered into the UKBA database.
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Lords committee rejects Michael Gove claim that race holding up adoptions
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 19 December 2012

Race should still be taken into account when children are placed for adoption despite Michael Gove's efforts speed up the process by disregarding ethnicity, peers have concluded.

A House of Lords committee said it was "not convinced" by the Education Secretary's argument that the current rules encouraging social workers to try to place children with families from their own ethnic background were causing delays.

And it described the Government's efforts to speed up the process by placing children with foster parents likely to go on to adopt them as a "missed opportunity".

Mr Gove, who was himself adopted as a child, has repeatedly criticised social workers for seemingly allowing a fixation with finding the "perfect match" to stand in the way of identifying stable and loving homes for children.

He said earlier this year that it was "simply disgraceful" to allow the search for families from the same ethnic background to become a barrier to adoption.

But, in a report published today, the Lords committee which scrutinised proposed legal changes on adoption said it had doubts that the issue was a major problem.

Baroness Butler-Sloss, the chair of the committee, said: "We do not agree with the Government's proposal to remove the requirement to consider ethnicity when matching children with families.

"We have not been convinced that this process causes significant delay and we are concerned that to remove the requirement entirely might send a message to those working in the field that these issues do not matter, when clearly they are all components of a child's identity.

"We believe that race, religion, culture and language should continue to be taken into account when placing children in new homes."

It also concluded that the current "fostering for adoption" plans did not go far enough.

An Ofsted report in April found "little evidence" that an obsession with finding a racial match was a significant problem.

It found that repetitive and bureaucratic court proceedings were the main cause of delay in adoptions, not foot-dragging by social workers.
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Scandal of UK's 863,000 illegal in four of the EU's total
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 18 December 2012

Britain's illegal immigrant population is the highest in Europe, official figures have revealed.

The country could be home to almost 900,000 "irregular migrants", expert studies show.

The alarming figure is 400,000 more than second-place Italy and means the UK houses nearly one in four of the EU's unauthorised population.

Critics last night said it was further evidence that the Government needs to regain control of its borders.

The stark statistics are contained in a European Commission research project which tried to quantify the number of illegal immigrants in each EU country in 2008.

The figures are highlighted within a controversial House of Lords report published today which, despite the figures, calls on the Government to "engage" more closely with the EU's passport-free Schengen Area.

The House of Lords EU committee said it "regrets" the Government's "negative attitude to such cooperation and hope they will reconsider".

But critics fear that removing passport requirements for travellers heading for the UK from Europe would aid more illegal immigration.

Talking about the EC research project figures, Labour MP Frank Field – the co-chairman of cross-party group Balanced Migration – said: "If this estimate comes from the European Commission which advocates migration, just think what the true level must be.

"The Home Office needs to strengthen its team throwing out people who shouldn't be here."

Euro MP, Gerard Batten of Ukip said: "This is an astonishing number and if that was the scale of the problem in 2008 what on earth will it be like now?

"My everyday experience as an London MEP shows that this is probably a gross underestimate. We need to take back control of our borders from Europe and bring in the kind of measures that will cut the size of the problem."
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Curbing mass immigration could bring down house prices, Theresa May says
Wesley Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2012

Mass immigration needs to be curbed to bring down house prices, improve wages and reduce the benefits bill, Theresa May has said.

House prices could be 10% lower over 20 years if the Government cut net migration to zero, Mrs May, the home secretary, said.

She added: "Uncontrolled, mass immigration displaces British workers, forces people onto benefits, and suppresses wages for the low-paid."

Mrs May also announced more than 100,000 foreign students would be interviewed before being allowed into the UK to root out abuse from April.

The move signals a significant shift away from paper-based visa applications, with the new measures targeting bogus students in high-risk countries such as Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, China and India first.

Mrs May said the Government was on course to meet its pledge to cut net migration, the number of people who come to live in the UK for more than a year less the number leaving, to the tens of thousands by 2015.

It fell by a quarter to 183,000 from 242,000 in the year to March, figures showed last week.

The pace of change brought by mass immigration makes it impossible to establish the personal relationships, family ties and the social bonds that "turn the place where you live into a real community", Mrs May said.

"One area in which we can be certain mass immigration has an effect is housing.

"More than one third of all new housing demand in Britain is caused by immigration.

And there is evidence that without the demand caused by mass immigration, house prices could be 10 per cent lower over a 20 year period."

In a report on the economic impact of immigration for the House of Lords, Professor Stephen Nickell found house prices would be 13% higher if net migration stood at 190,000 a year than they would be with zero migration.

The "radical extension" of face-to-face visa interviews for foreign students and other migrants coming to the UK comes after a pilot scheme trialled 2,300 interviews in Pakistan.

"The lesson from that pilot was clear - abuse was rife, paper-based checks weren't working, and interviews, conducted by entry clearance officers with the freedom to use their judgement, work", Mrs May said in a key speech on immigration in central London.
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Decade that changed the face of the UK: 4 million migrants settle here - and in London less than half of the population is white British
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 12 December 2012

Nearly four million immigrants swelled the population of England and Wales over just ten years, the results of the national census revealed yesterday.

The grand survey of Britain, which took place in 2011, uncovers details of a decade of sweeping social change.

The figures show 7.5 million people who were born abroad were living here last year – of whom more than half have arrived since 2001.

The results from the national headcount provide the clearest picture yet of the impact of immigration on the country over the past few years.

Census officials said they mean that more than 70 per cent of the record rise in the overall population over the past decade is produced by people who migrated into Britain. ...

Nearly one in eight families were headed by a mixed race couple or had an ethnic mix of children and adults, and in parts of London fewer than one in five people described themselves as 'white British'.

The overall findings showed that the share of the population who describe themselves as white has fallen to 86 per cent, down from 91 per cent in the previous census in 2001.

Four out of five people in England and Wales, 80 per cent of the population, give their ethnicity as 'white British'.

The findings published yesterday followed the initial census results which came out in the summer and showed that the population of England and Wales is now 56.1 million.

Between 2001 and 2011, numbers went up by 3.7 million, or 7 per cent. ...

It said 13 per cent of people in the country, 7.5million, were born outside Britain. ...

Of these, 3.8 million arrived after 2001, including a high proportion who came from Poland and Eastern Europe after Tony Blair's government allowed free immigration when their countries joined the EU in 2004.

The census report said: 'This means that 71 per cent of the overall population growth in the last decade is accounted for by the non-UK resident population.' ...

The nations where most migrants were born are India, Poland and Pakistan, according to the census results. Irish people, who made up the biggest population of those born abroad a decade ago, now rank fourth. ...

Over London as a whole, fewer than half the population, 45 per cent, said they were white British.
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Britain's mixed race population leaps over one million as research reveals prejudices have sharply dropped
Louise Eccles
Daily Mail, 10 December 2012

The mixed-race population is among the fastest growing in Britain and is already the largest ethnic group among under-16s.

Data from the 2011 census, released tomorrow, will suggest there are now more than one million people born to parents in interracial relationships.

But academics believe the true figure could be more than double this, because many of mixed-race are believed to define themselves as a single race on official forms.

It coincides with a poll which suggests prejudices towards mixed-race relationships are waning.

Think-tank British Future found just 15 per cent would feel uncomfortable if their child was in an interracial relationship, compared with 40 per cent two decades ago.

Among the 18 to 24 category, this fell to 5 per cent, with the younger generation claiming they would be more concerned if their child married someone from a wealthier background.

The prominence of mixed-race celebrities has been partly credited with helping to change attitudes. ...

The latest census results are expected to rank British Indians as the largest ethnic minority group.

Islam will also be identified as the fastest-growing faith, with more than two million Muslims. According to the 2001 census, 677,177 classified themselves as mixed race, equating to 1.2 per cent of the UK population.

The 2011 census is expected to show that one million Britons are mixed race, which equates to 1.6 per cent of the population. ...

... The survey found 87 per cent of people from mixed-race backgrounds were open to mixed-race relationships compared with 60 per cent of whites.
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Migrants fuel need for Green Belt homes: Minister's candid admission on housing crisis
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 1 December 2012

Vast swathes of the countryside will have to be sacrificed to build new homes for immigrants, the Planning Minister warned last night.

Nick Boles said migrants accounted for almost half of the housing demand, and his figures suggest 100,000 new homes a year will be needed to accommodate them. The minister added: 'We can't go on like this.'

Earlier this week, Mr Boles alarmed conservationists by saying up to two million acres of green fields may have to be concreted over to deal with the housing shortage.

Now he has become the first government minister to draw a clear link between housing demand and the legacy of Labour's open-door immigration policy.

Mr Boles said: 'The fact is – and I am critical of the last government's immigration policies – we allowed the population of this country to expand dramatically.

'The population of England has gone up by two million in the last ten years. These people now live here, these people are now British and they need homes just like other British people.

'The fact is, 43 per cent of the new households which want a home, is accounted for by immigration.

'We can't go on like this. We need to have less immigration and more house-building and we might then have a civilised country.' ...

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said last month that the number of households was forecast to expand at the rate of 230,000 a year. The figure supplied by Mr Boles suggests that immigration will account for almost 100,000 of the total. ...

Sir Andrew Green, founder of the think-tank MigrationWatch, said the public would be shocked by the figures, which are significantly higher than the Government's previous estimate on the issue, which suggested immigration accounted for 36 per cent of new households.

Sir Andrew said: 'At last a housing minister has been absolutely clear about the link between housing demand and immigration. The best way to deal with the housing crisis is to reduce immigration.'
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We'll all pay more to insure our homes
Kara Gammell
Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2012

More than 200,000 properties in Britain are considered a serious flood risk. But it is not just those who have experienced flooding in the past who could find themselves without insurance. Figures from the ABI show that 2.4 million homes are at some risk from rivers or the sea and 2.6 million at risk from flash floods. ...

"Future flood claims are a certainty," said Ian Crowder of the AA. "Our increasingly built-on environment means that water falling from the sky runs down hard surfaces and through drainage systems to reach rivers much more quickly than it ever did before."

Mr Crowder pointed out that figures from the Met Office have shown that less rain has fallen over the past month than in many previous flood events over history, yet it has caused more damage.

"Fields and meadows that used to soak up the rain and slow its progress to the river system are built over. So claims will happen," he said. ...

It is hard to predict what the current damage will cost the insurance industry, but, given that the average flood claim is £30,000, the cost is expected to be significant. The insured costs of the floods earlier this summer were around £400m, while the insured cost of the summer 2007 flooding was £3bn.


Projecting Immigration's Impact on the Size and Age Structure of the 21st Century American Population
Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, December 2012

Using data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau, this study first recreates the Bureau's most recent population projections. We then vary the level of net immigration (the difference between those coming and those leaving) to discern its impact on the U.S. population. The findings show that immigration makes for a much larger overall population, while having only a small effect on slowing the aging of American society. ...

• If immigration continues as the Census Bureau expects, the nation's population will increase from 309 million in 2010 to 436 million in 2050 – a 127 million (41 percent) increase.

• The projected increase of 127 million is larger than the combined populations of Great Britain and France. It also exceeds the entire U.S. population in 1930.

• The Census Bureau assumes net immigration (legal and illegal) by 2050 will total 68 million. These future immigrants plus their descendants will add 96 million residents to the U.S. population, accounting for three- fourths of future population growth.

• Even if immigration is half what the Census Bureau expects, the population will still grow 79 million by 2050, with immigration accounting for 61 percent of population growth.

• Without any immigration, the U.S. population will increase by 31 million by 2050.

• Though projections past 2050 are much more speculative, if the level of immigration the Census Bureau foresees in 2050 were to continue after that date, the U.S. population would reach 618 million by 2100 – double the 2010 population. ...

• Consistent with prior research, the projections show immigration only slightly increases the working-age (18 to 65) share of the population. Assuming the Census Bureau's immigration level, 58 percent of the population will be of working-age in 2050, compared to 57 percent if there is no immigration.

• Raising the retirement age by one year would have a larger positive impact on the working-age share over the next 40 years than would the Census Bureau's total projected level of net immigration (68 million).

• While immigrants do tend to arrive relatively young and have higher fertility than natives, immigrants age just like everyone else, and the differences with natives are not large enough to fundamentally increase the share of the population who are potential workers. ...

While it has not been at the center of the nation's immigration debate, increasing the nation's total population is one of immigration's clearest and most direct effects. Supporters of low immigration point to the congestion, pollution, loss of open spaces, and restrictions on personal freedom that could result from adding large numbers to the U.S. population. Supporters of high immigration argue that population growth may create more opportunities for businesses, workers, and consumers. Based on data provided by the Census Bureau, the projections in this report show that the U.S. population will grow by nearly 127 million between 2010 and 2050. Immigrants who will arrive over the next four decades plus their descendants will account for about 96 million of this increase. The 96 million increase in new residents caused by immigration is larger than the combined populations of 33 U.S. states. It is also more than all of the population growth that occurred in the first 120 years of American history, 1790 to 1910.
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Net migration fall partly driven by increase in student visitor visas, think-tank claims
Wesley Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2012

The biggest fall in net migration for four years was driven in part by foreign students opting for visitor visas to avoid a crackdown on bogus students, a think-tank has claimed.

The number of student visit visas, intended for foreign students on courses shorter than a year, rose 12% to a record high of 66,569 in the year ending September, Home Office figures showed.

Sarah Mulley, associate director of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) think-tank, warned that the coalition's "single-minded focus" on reducing net migration to the tens of thousands by 2015 could be creating "new enforcement problems in the future".

Her comments came as net migration, the difference between the numbers arriving and leaving, fell by a quarter to 183,000 in the year to March, with the numbers of foreign students, workers and migrants from outside the EU coming to the UK all down.

Mark Harper, the immigration minister, welcomed the biggest drop in four years, saying the government's tough policies were taking effect and ministers were "bringing immigration back under control".

"This is the first government to comprehensively tackle abuse of the student route and we will continue to crack down on any abuse that comes to light," he said.

"We will refuse any student visit visa application if we have doubts about their motivation for coming to the UK to study or their intention to leave."

But Ms Mulley said: "'Student visitors' who come to the UK for less than 12 months do not count as migrants for the purposes of net migration figures, but are subject to less rigorous checks than those coming through the main student visa route.

"The number of student visitor visas issued is continuing to rise, perhaps because tough action on student visas aimed at meeting the target has led to a displacement effect.

"The government needs to be sure that it has the systems in place to deal with this." ...

The number of non-EU migrants coming to the UK fell by 21,000 to 296,000 over the last year, the number of foreign students was down by 19,000 to 213,000 and the number of migrants who came for work-related reasons was down by 17,000 to 177,000.

But there were significant rises in the number of foreign students coming to the UK from China and Pakistan, with the numbers rising by 15,000 and 10,000 respectively.

Emigration from the UK also rose, up to 353,000 from 336,000, including some 145,000 Britons, more than half (56%) of whom left for work-related reasons.
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Immigration rate sees biggest fall in 20 years following clampdown on language colleges
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 29 November 2012

Immigration into Britain saw the biggest fall in 20 years last year, official figures showed today.

There were 536,000 people who came from abroad to live in this country, down by 42,000 in a year.

The drop was the biggest recorded since immigration went down by 61,000 during the recession of 1991 and the numbers coming in were the lowest since 2004, the year that marked the beginning of the arrival of hundreds of thousands of Polish and Eastern European workers. ...

The key net migration figure - the number of people added to the population after both immigration and emigration have been counted - dropped by nearly a quarter from 242,000 to 183,000 in the latest count, which covers the 12 months up to the end of March.

The main reason for the fall was a dramatic reduction in numbers of migrants arriving on student visas. Students coming in to join courses at further education colleges went down by 67 per cent, those going to English language schools by 76 per cent.

However students going into the high end of the education system, the universities, went up by one per cent. ...

Student numbers have come down following new limits on study visas for people living outside the European Union and a crackdown on bogus colleges used as routes to cheat the immigration system. ...

There have also been tighter controls on the issue of work visas for low-skilled workers from outside the EU.

The 24 per cent fall in net migration for the 12 months to April followed a recorded fall in the calendar year 2011.

But the 2011 net migration drop, from 252,000 from 210,000, was dismissed by the Office for National Statistics as 'not statistically significant' because of the vagaries of the survey used to gather the figures.

This time, Paul Vickers of the ONS said: 'We think this is a real change.' Emigration from Britain helped drive down the net migration total.

Some 353,000 people left to live abroad in the year to the end of March, compared with 336,000 in the previous year. The increase was mainly driven by more people taking jobs abroad.

Study was the main reason for immigration, but there was an eight per cent drop in the number of people coming here for formal study, with 213,000 students arriving this year compared to a peak of 232,000 in the year to March 2011.

Home Office figures released yesterday showed that in the 12 months up to the end of September student visas issued went down by 26 per cent, from 284,649, to 210,921.
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1,500 square miles of English countryside needs to be built on, says planning minister Nick Boles
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 28 November 2012

More than 1,500 square miles of open countryside - over twice the area covered by greater London - needs to be built on to meet housing demand, the Government's planning minister has said.

Nick Boles, a Conservative minister who was appointed in the September reshuffle, ...

He also said that, rather than fight all development, people had to recognise that some buildings could be more beautiful than nature itself. ...

Mr Boles said that nine per cent of England has been built on so far – and this proportion should be increased to 12 per cent to meet demand.

This would mean that the amount of land that had been paved over would increase from 4,531 square miles to more than 6,000 square miles. The 1,510 square mile increase is more than twice the 607 square mile area covered by greater London. ...

A report last year from the Institute of Public Policy Research warned that England faced a housing supply 'black hole' by 2025 when England will face a shortfall of 750,000 homes.
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NHS is free for all foreigners
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 27 November 2012

All foreigners must be treated by GPs for FREE after an order slipped through by the Government, The Sun can reveal.

The decision – which could cost taxpayers millions of pounds – was taken amid fears health chiefs could be sued under human rights laws.

And it applies to all visitors to Britain – including tourists, businessmen AND illegal immigrants.

The directive – quietly issued as MPs went on their summer hols – has sparked fears that GPs' waiting lists will soar, making it even harder to get an appointment.

Thousands more "health tourists" may also be encouraged to come here to enjoy free treatment that can be very costly in their home countries. Doctors must now accept as a patient any foreign visitor in Britain for more than 24 HOURS. ...

Until now, GPs have not registered patients unless they could prove they have a right to live in the UK, leaving foreigners only entitled to emergency treatment in hospitals. Now they can receive free blood tests, jabs and even prescription drugs. The order makes Britain one of the softest touches for health treatment in the world. In the last year nearly 3,600 "overseas visitors" have had hospital treatment worth at least £1,000 a time.

Officials last night insisted the order was issued by the Primary Care Commission – a health quango – to fend off a growing number of lawsuits.

The Department of Health said GPs have always had to take in illegal immigrants but few were doing so, which was why the "clarification" was issued.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt last night pledged to review the directive.

He said: "It clearly isn't right that illegal immigrants could get free treatment on the NHS. We will do all we can to fix this abuse of the system."
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UK Border Agency 'made no effort' to trace 120,000 missing immigrants
Wesley Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2012

The UK Border Agency made virtually no effort to trace more than 120,000 asylum seekers and migrants, a damning report will say today.

The agency incorrectly reassured MPs that "extensive checks" were regularly being carried out, John Vine, the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration, said.

Because the agency said it could not find the individuals, it was able to move the cases into an archive and therefore clear its backlog before a deadline last year. The failures have led to asylum seekers and migrants who would otherwise have faced removal from the country gaining rights to remain in the UK, Mr Vine said.

Some 37,500 applicants whose cases were effectively written off as there was no apparent trace of them are now expected to be located after a review.

The agency was so overwhelmed with work that at one point more than 150 boxes of post, including letters from applicants, MPs and their legal representatives, simply lay unopened in a room in Liverpool, the report found.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the home affairs select committee, which was given misleading information by the agency's then-acting chief executive, Jonathan Sedgwick, said it was a "devastating" report which showed the agency was "in danger of overseeing an effective amnesty" for asylum seekers.

Calling for Mr Sedgwick to hand back bonuses of up to £10,000 a year, Mr Vaz added that misleading the committee was "an extremely serious matter".

The agency's current chief executive, Rob Whiteman, will also be asked to "check every fact and figure that he has given the committee over the last two years", Mr Vaz said.

In July 2006, John Reid, home secretary at the time, pledged to clear the backlog of cases within five years or less and a unit was set up to consider the applications the following year.

In February 2007, it emerged that the backlog consisted of up to 450,000 cases. The agency told MPs in March last year that it was on track to complete the work by the summer, adding that it was setting up a separate small unit to work on the outstanding cases.

Today's report said the unit's resources failed to match the amount of work remaining. ...

Chris Bryant, the shadow immigration minister, said the report was "utterly damning" and called for Theresa May, the Home Secretary, to explain why officials provided MPs with incorrect information. "She must also explain why her staff have been so slapdash in their attempts to track down failed asylum seekers," he said.

"She cannot hide behind others. This has happened on her watch.

"The Tory-led Government made big promises on immigration and changing the UKBA. But quite simply the UKBA and the split-off Border Force are getting worse and worse."
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How charity makes life worse for Africans
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2012

Giving to charities that help African villages actually increases poverty, a study has claimed.

Academics at the University of Bristol have found a link between rural regeneration and urban poverty in Ethiopia. They claimed that improving water supplies in villages increased the population, forcing more young people to move to the city slums to find work.

Cities in Ethiopia, one of most rural countries in the world, are expected to double in size over the next 40 years to include 40 per cent of the population.

This explosion in urban living is a direct result of charity-funded projects, the study claims.

Infant mortality rates in the villages have fallen sharply. As their populations increase resources become strained. The local youths are forced to move to the cities in search of work.

The study was published in PLoS ONE and funded by the Leverhulme Trust, a research charity. It collected data from 1,280 households in five villages before and after the installation of water taps.

It showed that family size increased as child mortality rates dropped, which placed a strain on limited food supplies and led to higher rates of childhood malnutrition.

Researchers, working in conjunction with Addis Ababa University, concluded that those aged 15 to 30 with access to taps were three times more likely to migrate to a larger city or town in search of work and food than those without ready access to water.

Dr Mhairi Gibson, from the University of Bristol's Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, said: "The importance of the research lies in its identification of previously unforeseen consequences of international development.

"While improved access to water has reduced women's workloads and improved child health, it has unexpectedly led to higher birth rates and larger family sizes which have increased household shortages.

"These population pressures have encouraged young adults to migrate to urban areas, which actually contributes rather than relieves population pressure.

"The demographic consequences of rural intervention initiatives are rarely considered, but it is imperative that they should be. One of the key challenges of the 21st century relates to population pressures, and this work highlights the need to develop a better understanding of the relationship between demography and development."

In 1985 Bob Geldof brought the plight of millions of famine-struck Africans to the attention of the West by staging the Live Aid concert.

The concert and charity single raised an estimated £150 million, which provided access to safe, clean water for millions of rural Africans – many of whom now live in rural slums.
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Immigration backlog is the size of Iceland
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2012

The immigration system is "spiralling out of control" as officials run up a backlog of more than 300,000 cases, MPs have warned.

The Commons home affairs select committee said the growing number of immigration cases – which includes almost 174,000 missing illegal immigrants – is equivalent of the population of Iceland.

Mismanagement by the UK Border Agency could lead to tens of thousands more illegal immigrants being granted an "effective amnesty" as officials write off their cases, the MPs said.

The number of unresolved immigration cases rose by 25,000 between April and June this year. The UK Border Agency had 302,064 cases to investigate, trace or conclude, the MPs found.

Most of the increase was in illegal immigrants who have not been removed from the UK and have gone missing.

The agency's "migration refusal pool", which lists people refused permission to remain in the UK but who have not been traced, rose by 24,000. The agency now lists 174,000 people who should not be in the UK but who cannot be located.

The outstanding cases included the 95,000 in the "controlled archives", effectively the backlog of immigration and asylum cases, which the agency promised to close by the end of the year. To do so, it will have to assess all these cases in three months. Over the previous year, officials managed to remove only 29,000 cases from the archive in a year.

The committee warned that a rush to clear the archives could result in many people without permission to be in the UK having their cases closed, effectively allowing them to remain permanently. ...

A UK Border Agency spokesman said there was "no question of an amnesty".
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British 'brain drain' of professionals raises concerns over skills shortages
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 6 November 2012

An increasing middle-class "brain drain" of British professionals moving abroad to live and work is raising concerns about future skills shortages in the UK, Home Office research has found.

The study of emigration from Britain reveals that an estimated 4.7 million UK-born people now live abroad, with Australia consistently the most popular destination over the past 20 years.

The research also discloses that, contrary to popular wisdom, fewer people emigrate from Britain at times of rising unemployment as they find it harder to sell-up and fund their move abroad. ...

The study found that those moving abroad are overwhelmingly (93%) of working age and that the popular image of Brits retiring to the Spanish Costas is in decline. Only 4,000 people of retirement age moved abroad in 2010, down from a peak of 22,000 in 2006. The fall reflects the end of the house price bubble in Britain during which homeowners could sell up and live more cheaply abroad, while enjoying the better climate and quality of life. The largest numbers of British pensioners living abroad are not in Spain at all but are to be found in Australia, Canada and the US, reflecting the large British communities who settled in those countries years ago.

The Office of National Statistics says emigration from Britain rose sharply over the past decade from 363,000 a year to a peak of 427,000 in 2008. Since then it has fallen back to 350,000 a year. Long-term migrants are defined as those who move abroad for at least 12 months.

British emigrants account for 149,000 or 43% of the 350,000 who left Britain to live abroad during 2011. The remaining 57% were made up of almost equal numbers of European Union and non-EU citizens returning home after living and working in Britain.

It also found that citizens of other EU countries, who face shorter travel distances and lower costs, are far more likely to return home after living in Britain than those from the rest of the world. Migrants from the Indian sub-continent and the Caribbean Commonwealth countries are also more likely to settle in Britain than those who come to live in Britain from Australia, New Zealand or America.

The Home Office study says a large and increasing proportion of British citizens moving abroad are those from the professional or managerial occupations and this has implications for the future availability of skills in Britain.

This group made up just over a third or 37% of British emigrants in 1991 but reached nearly half or 48% in 2010 after a steady year-on-year rise until the global recession of 2008. Most moved abroad to a definite job rather than simply speculative looking for work. ...

The largest British communities around the world are in Australia (1.2 million), the US (701,000), Canada (675,000) and Spain (411,000).
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New study examines migration to UK
Daily Express, 6 November 2012

Migrants from the Indian sub-continent are more likely to settle in the UK than those from wealthier countries, a report has found.

People coming to the UK from India, Bangladesh and Pakistan were "much more likely to stay permanently in the UK" than migrants from the wealthier Old Commonwealth countries, the Home Office-commissioned report into emigration said. ...

Just 10% of migrants to the UK from the Indian sub-continent in the 1980s and 1990s left within two years of arriving, and only 15% left within five years, figures showed.

But 44% of migrants from Australia and New Zealand left the UK within two years of arriving, probably due to the "large numbers arriving on two-year, young persons' working visas", and 57% within five years.

Two-thirds of those from the USA and Canada also emigrated from the UK within five years, the report added.

Other studies found more migrants from the Indian sub-continent settled in the UK compared with migrants from Australia, New Zealand and the USA.
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Labour is stuffed on immigration
Patrick O'Flynn
Daily Express, 27 October 2012

Labour lost the last election because of immigration. That claim was made to me recently by a senior Left-of-centre political figure. I had never thought of it in such dramatic terms. ...

But until the last few weeks, if asked, I would have placed immigration just below other factors such as over-taxation, reckless borrowing and loss of control of the benefits system, along with Brown's personal shortcomings as causes for Labour's crushing defeat in 2010.

But no, my informant told me, the electorate had been unsure of the Conservatives on the economy and it was the fury of long-time Labour supporters about immigration that had really shifted votes.

This week saw the publication of research that showed how right he was.

A major study of Labour supporters and former supporters by pollster YouGov found that 78 per cent of those who had voted for Tony Blair in 1997 but abandoned the party by 2010 support a policy of zero net immigration.

More than two-thirds of voters who stuck with Labour want the same.

I repeat, that is not "net annual immigration in the tens of thousands" (the coalition's target that Labour says is too harsh) it is zero net immigration (where the number of people coming in is strictly pegged to the number of people going out). ...

Many analysts now believe natural Labour voters are even more sceptical about immigration than Tory ones.

No wonder that Ed Miliband has already made some tentative comments acknowledging that Labour got some things "wrong".

Labour's latest policy forum report admits: "We should have done more. We should have implemented the points-based system much earlier, implemented full transitional controls for new EU member states and more should have been done to manage the impact of migration on communities to ensure the benefits were shared equally and to tackle exploitation where it occurred."

Where does this leave Miliband's immigration spokesman Chris Bryant?

At the Labour conference he actually condemned the coalition for having an immigration cap at all. He did so in a fringe meeting rather than the main hall ...

"There is another argument which people worry about and it is that this country is too full. I don't subscribe to that view," said Mr Bryant. ...

Miliband later admitted that "lowskilled migration" had been too high but added: "It is hard to say in the abstract precisely what level of immigration you want."

I'd say that he had better try. And he'd better come up with a number close to zero.

Because if he doesn't compromise with the electorate, the electorate isn't going to compromise with him.
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Just 62 out of 11,000 foreign prisoners have been kicked out despite Cameron's pledge of crackdown
Daniel Martin
Daily Mail, 27 October 2012

Just 62 foreign criminals have been sent home under the Tories despite David Cameron's pledge to remove thousands from British jails.

The Prime Minister promised a crackdown two years ago after it emerged that more than 11,000 foreign inmates – one in eight prisoners – are clogging up our jails.

But official figures released this week show that fewer offenders are being deported than when Labour was in power.

Since January last year, only 62 have been sent home to serve the rest of their sentences – 25 to just one country, the Netherlands.

Just 30 were returned in total last year – far less than the 89 in 2010 and 64 in 2009. Each inmate costs taxpayers £45,000 a year – meaning the total bill is over £500 million.

Current agreements prevent the authorities from sending prisoners home without their consent. Although Mr Cameron pledged in November 2010 to tear up such agreements, only one has since been renegotiated – with Saudi Arabia. None of its nationals has been sent back.

As of June 30 this year, there were 11,861 foreign inmates – 12.6 per cent of the total – serving time for offences including murder, burglary, drugs, assault and rape.

Parliamentary figures show Jamaica has the most nationals in our jails, with 900 inmates, followed by Poland with 750, Ireland's 737 and Nigeria's 594.

Despite this, not a single prisoner has been returned to Jamaica, while three have gone back to Ireland, and just one has been sent to Nigeria and Poland.

Labour's justice spokesman Sadiq Khan, who uncovered the figures, said: 'David Cameron claimed back in 2010 that he would "personally intervene" to send more foreign criminals back home. But these figures I have uncovered show this Tory-led Government is sending back fewer foreign criminals than before.

'Breaking promises is becoming the trademark of this incompetent Prime Minister.

'The progress made under Labour has been reversed, leaving the taxpayer with a bill of over half a billion pounds a year.'
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A quarter of all babies born in the UK are the children of immigrants as mothers from Poland, India and Pakistan give birth in record numbers
Sam Adams
Daily Mail, 25 October 2012

Almost a quarter of babies born in the UK are children of immigrants, according to latest statistics.

There were 808,000 births in the UK last year, of which 196,000 were to non-UK born mothers - or 24 per cent.

Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows there has been a steady increase in the number of births to mothers who were born abroad since 2001, when the figure stood at 15.3 per cent.

Polish women who live in the UK gave birth to around 23,000 children last year.

Women from Pakistan had 19,200 babies in the same period and Indian women gave birth to 15,500 children.

Four in 10 children born to immigrant mothers were born in London.

Half were born in other parts of England, and one in 10 were born in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland combined.

The ONS said fertility rates for non-UK born women are higher than those born in the UK.

The total fertility rate for women born in the UK is 1.89 children each, while for those born outside the UK the figure is 2.28.

The figures show that in 2007, 14 per cent of women living in the UK aged 15 to 44 had been born outside the UK. This rose to 18 per cent last year.

Poland, Pakistan and India were the most common countries of birth for non-UK born mothers in the between 2007 and 2011, according to the ONS.

However, general fertility rates (GFR) for women born in Pakistan was significantly higher during that period than the fertility of women born in India or Poland.

All three countries had higher fertility using this measure than women who were born in Britain.

In total, foreign-born mothers giving birth in the UK last year came from more than 200 different countries.

The geographical distribution of births to mothers born abroad was also found to vary according to the country they came from.

For example, while the number of births in London is similar for women born in Poland and Nigeria, the proportion of the total births they constitute for that country of birth is not - the ONS reports.

Births in London represented less than a quarter of total births to women born in Pakistan and Poland respectively in 2011, but 60 per cent of births to women born in Nigeria.

This demonstrates that children born to women born in Nigeria are highly concentrated in the London area - whereas there are many more births to women born in Poland or Pakistan in the rest of England than in London.
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Labour's lost votes
Peter Kellner
Prospect, 17 October 2012

A single, stark statistic ricocheted round Labour's annual conference this autumn: that during the party's 13 years in power it lost five million votes. In the Blair landslide of 1997, 13.5m people voted Labour. By 2010 the figure was down to 8.6m.

The challenge now is to win the defectors back. How can this be done? ... ...

Let's start with the basic numbers. It is far too simple to say that in 2010 there were 8.6m Labour loyalists and 4.9m defectors. For one thing, around 3.5m people who voted Labour in 1997 had died 13 years later. Of the ten million Blair-voters who were still alive, 5.5m were loyalists and 4.5m defectors. ... ...

Nevertheless, the total number of remaining defectors stands at three million. That's still a large group; indeed, it's ten per cent of the 30m people who are likely to vote at the next election. ... ...

What, then, are the messages that chime with the majority of defectors? Redistribution won't do it. Just 21 per cent want the government to "do far more to help the poor," while 27 per cent, would prefer the opposite – cutting welfare payments "because the poor should take more responsibility for themselves." Loyalists prefer redistribution to welfare cuts by two-to-one.

There is one radical policy that most defectors support. A law limiting maximum pay to £1m a year is supported by 58 per cent. But two right-wing policies are at least as popular: 59 per cent of defectors want Britain to leave the EU, and a huge 78 per cent want "net immigration reduced to zero".

Equally, though, activists who reassure themselves that Labour's core supporters reject such views should think again. As many as 41 per cent of loyalists also want Britain out of the EU, and two-thirds of them back zero net immigration. One of the key findings from this analysis is that Labour defectors generally hold more right-wing views than many party activists like to think – but so do millions of Labour loyalists.
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Female immigrants lead to UK baby boom
Norma Cohen
Financial Times, 16 October 2012

Several hundred thousand more female immigrants than had been expected surged into Britain over the past decade, boosting not only the numbers of foreign-born residents but also leading to a mini-baby boom, an analysis of 2011 census data shows.

Data released by the Office for National Statistics in July showed that net migration – the number of new migrants minus the number moving abroad – to England and Wales increased the population by more than 2.1m.

However, closer analysis shows that when the ONS tried to forecast immigration figures the year before the census, it underestimated the number of female immigrants by 361,000, and overestimated the number of male immigrants by 94,000. Moreover, the surge in female migrants has been concentrated in the 20- to 44-year-old age bracket, the prime years for bearing children.

Official data show that more than a quarter of all births are to non-UK born women, which has boosted the population aged 0 to 8 years by nearly 300,000 since the last census in 2001. Polish women overtook those from Pakistan as the single largest group of foreign-born mothers in 2010 and 2011, accounting for more than 10 per cent of births within this group. ...

Professor John Salt, head of University College London's migration research unit, said that the most likely cause for incorrect forecasts of female immigration was the fact that earlier migration was heavily male. Those male migrants who did not return to their own countries when the recession hit in 2008 were likely to have encouraged their partners to move to the UK as well, he suggested.

"You've got the creation of a big enough [immigrant] population here and, before you know it, you've got a marriage market," he said.

Although immigration has the general effect of raising the rate at which an economy grows, population experts warn that increased migration was not a long-term fix for declining fertility rates. Jean-Christophe Dumont, head of the international migration division at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, noted that eventually those immigrants will grow old and turn to their host country's social security system for support, requiring greater numbers of new immigrants.

"It should be clear that migration cannot offset the long-term demographic trend," he said.
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NHS tells doctors: You must treat all foreigners to protect their human rights... but you can still turn away BRITONS
Sophie Borland
Daily Mail, 13 October 2012

Health tourists must be given free treatment by GPs because it is their human right, say NHS bosses.

New guidelines tell doctors across England they must register any foreign patient who asks for care otherwise it would be 'discriminatory'.

These include asylum seekers, overseas students or tourists coming for a short holiday. Once registered, they will be entitled to the same NHS care as all other patients and can receive free blood tests, jabs and – in some cases – free prescription drugs.

In fact, the new rules will give overseas patients more rights than those living in the UK who can be turned away from surgeries if they live a few yards outside its catchment area.

There are also fears the ruling will make it even harder for local patients to get an appointment.

Already half of patients cannot get an appointment with their doctor within 48 hours, according to the Government's own figures.

Some family doctors are furious at the guidelines and describe them as a 'charter for health tourism'.

They say that such patients, once registered at a surgery, will also find it far easier to be referred to hospital for thousands of pounds of free treatment.

By law, overseas patients are not entitled to be treated at hospital – unless it is urgent – but staff rarely check on their backgrounds.

Until now, GP practices were not legally obliged to register foreigners and many turn away patients if they do not have passports or 'proof of address' documents.

But the new guidelines issued to all doctors in England will change this. ...

And Tory MP Chris Skidmore, who is campaigning for tougher regulation on health tourism, said: 'It is alarming that managers are passing these kind of diktats to doctors, many of whom are rightly worried that GP registration is effectively buying free treatment on the NHS.

'This is not just about the money, vital though that is – we cannot have the NHS, paid for by taxpayers, being abused by people who pay nothing into the system and who are not eligible for free care.'

Mr Skidmore has obtained figures showing that health tourists currently owe the NHS £40 million in unpaid medical bills.

In the last year nearly 3,600 'overseas visitors' have had hospital treatment worth at least £1,000 a time.

National guidelines say it would be discriminatory for GPs not to treat health tourists.
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Labour 'used migrants to keep wages low'
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 10 October 2012

Labour fostered a policy of mass immigration to the UK in a deliberate attempt to keep British wages down, Theresa May said yesterday.

The Home Secretary said Tony Blair and Gordon Brown's open-door to immigration was part of a "covert" 21st century incomes policy.

She said the plan failed because for every 100 non-European working age immigrants 23 fewer British-born workers found jobs.

Tearing Labour's record to shreds Mrs May vowed to slash net migration from 216,000 to tens of thousands within two years. She told the Tory conference:

"It takes time to establish the social bonds that make a community, and that's why immigration can never again be as rapid or on the same scale as we saw under Labour.

"Uncontrolled, mass immigration undermines social cohesion. And in some places, it overburdens our infrastructure and public services.

"It's behind more than a third of the demand for all new housing in the UK. And the pressure it places on schools is clear. We see it in London, where almost half of all primary school children speak English as a second language.

"And we must be honest about the fact that, in some cases, uncontrolled mass immigration can displace local workers and undercut wages."

Mrs May, wearing her trademark leopard print kitten heels, said independent advisers found "every 100 non-European working age immigrants were associated with 23 fewer British-born people in work".

According to Ed Miliband's policy chief Jon Cruddas, Labour used migration "to introduce a covert 21st century incomes policy", she said.

She added: "That's right, Labour – the party of the working man and woman – admit that they deliberately used immigration to keep down British wages."
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The 200 foreign suspects arrested each day by Met: But as figures soar, number of deportations falls
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 8 October 2012

Almost 200 foreign criminal suspects were arrested every day by the country's largest police force last year.

Just over 72,500 – a third of the total arrested – were held by the Metropolitan Police and questioned about crimes including murder, rape, robbery and fraud.

The figure is up almost a quarter on two years ago when 58,870 non-British suspects were arrested in London.

The rise emerged as Scotland Yard revealed it has drafted in immigration officials to all its 72 custody suites in a drive to target foreigner suspects.

Senior officers are determined to deal more effectively with the huge numbers of foreign nationals clogging up the criminal justice system.

They want UK Border Agency staff to help send home those wanted abroad or who fail to comply with the 'good behaviour' conditions of their residence.

But some fear that EU nationals caught and convicted in Britain can simply return to this country after serving their sentences abroad.

The latest figures were revealed in a Freedom of Information request which showed 72,505 foreign suspects were arrested last year in the capital.

This included 79 on suspicion of murder, 708 for rape, 1,863 for robbery, 2,801 for fraud and 2,489 for burglary.

Another 2,742 were arrested because they were wanted by police, 7,524 for shoplifting and 2,516 for drink-driving after crashing their vehicle.

The rising trend is mirrored elsewhere, with the country's second largest force, West Midlands Police, arresting 11,801 between April 2011 and March this year.

That is an increase of more than half on the previous 12 months when 7,716 foreign suspects were held.

Meanwhile, the number of foreign criminals who were convicted and deported countrywide fell from 5,342 in 2010 to 4,649 in 2011.

Senior police in London believe that at least one of five of the 'highest harm' offenders in the capital are non-European nationals who could be deported.

They include violent gangsters, organised criminals involved in fraud and racketeering, and predatory sex offenders.
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Health tourism: GP surgeries selling 'black market' access to NHS
Stephen Adams
Daily Telegraph, 3 October 2012

Places on GP lists are being sold on the black market to NHS 'health tourists' for up to £800 a time, an undercover investigation has found.

Surgery practice managers and 'fixers' have been secretly filmed selling access to doctors, enabling foreign nationals who have no legal right to free hospital treatment to be seen without paying.

Although hospitals should check if foreign patients are entitled to free NHS hospital care, Panorama found many did not.

The film, Britain's Secret Health Tourists, to be aired tonight, finds the system of checks is riddled with holes. ...

Programme makers also found 'fixers' working outside the NHS who were selling places on GP lists across the country.

One fixer was filmed selling an undercover reporter, posing as a Nigerian health tourist, a registration at a GPs' surgery for £300. The reporter went on to receive free blood tests in hospital.

Everybody in Britain - regardless of immigration or residency status - is entitled to free care in accident and emergency, as well as treatment for sexually transmitted infections.

However, hospitals are meant to check if patients receiving further treatment are entitled to it for free, or should pay.

The rules are complex but the single most important criterion is whether a foreign national has lived here for at least a year.

However, Panorama found a third of England's hospitals were failing to ask patients that question.

It means patients who have fraudulently obtained places on GP lists are routinely able to access costly hospital services at the taxpayers' expense.

Jim Gee, the former head of NHS Protect, tasked with combating fraud within the health service, told the programme that the system in hospitals was "unworkable". ...

Some GPs are also concerned at new guidance from the Primary Care Commission, a quango, on GP patient registration.

These state: "Nationality is not relevant in giving people entitlement to register as NHS patients for primary care services."

They also emphasise that anyone in the UK can register at a GP practice, no matter how long they have been in the country.

Neither should registration be withheld "because a patient does not have the necessary proof of residence or personal identification". ...

Given the lax nature of hospital checks on eligibility, the guidelines could also make it easier for foreign nationals who should be paying, to get expensive specialist NHS care for free.

Last year a Department of Health report conceded that the NHS was at risk of "health tourism" because it was a high-quality service that was "free at the point of access". ...

A Department of Health spokesman said the recent guidance on GP patient registration, published in July, merely "clarifies long-standing recommendations" that everybody was entitled to free primary health care.
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Cutting immigration is ludicrous, says Labour
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 2 October 2012

Labour's immigration spokesman yesterday dismissed claims that Britain was overcrowded.

Shadow immigration minister Chris Bryant claimed the aid Government attempts to curb the number of foreigners moving here were "ludicrous".

His comments are at odds with official projections that show the country's population will surge from 62.3 million last year to 70 million by 2027.

Two-thirds of the rise will result from immigration with the rest due to rising birth rates and increased life expectancy.

The latest immigration statistics also show that half a million immigrants arrived in Britain last year – more than 1,300 a day.

Speaking during a debate on immigration at a fringe event at the Labour Party conference in Manchester, Mr Bryant said: "There is another argument which people worry about and it is that this country is too full.

"I don't subscribe to that view, I find that an odd argument. It is certainly true that Britain has an economy that is far too dependent on London and the South-east and I would like us to change that."

He agreed that Labour had got "some things wrong" about immigration in the past but hit out at the Coalition's attempts to tackle the issue.

He said: "There are some silly things they have done, they have set themselves a ludicrous net-migration target ..." ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of think-tank MigrationWatch UK, said: "It is astonishing that a shadow minister of immigration should have so little grasp of the facts.

"Labour's failure to address the immigration issue is the reason that 3.5 million immigrants arrived on their watch. It seems that they have learned nothing."

MigrationWatch says net immigration needs to fall from its current level of 216,000 to around 40,000 a year to stop the population reaching 70 million.

Nearly 80 per cent of people in England think the country is overcrowded, a survey found earlier this year.
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Population of England to rise 4.5m in a decade as growth rate 'gets faster'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 29 September 2012

The number of people in England will rise by more than four and a half million over the next decade, official estimates said yesterday.

The estimates mean population growth over the next ten years will outpace the historic record increase of the past decade.

Figures on future growth, from the Office for National Statistics, were made public following Home Secretary Theresa May's suggestion earlier this month that no specific effort would be made to keep Britain's overall population below the symbolic 70 million level that one Labour minister promised would never be reached.

Britain's population is around the 63 million mark and estimates suggest the 70 million figure – which critics say would overstretch housing, transport, education, health services and utilities – will be hit before the currently expected date of 2027.

The projections for England's population in 2021 have been calculated following last year's census, which found around half a million more people in the country than were thought to be living here.

This means numbers are expected to be 667,000 higher in 2021 than previously thought.

According to the ONS projections, England will now have 57,688,000 people in 2021 compared with 53,107,000 last year. The anticipated population increase over a decade is 4,581,000. ...

According to the new projections the population of London will go up by more than a million by 2021, rising from 8,204,000 now to 9,371,000.

The South East will have to find room for 800,000 more people – the equivalent of five towns the size of Reading.

The other biggest growth region will be the East, which will have 600,000 more people.

Simon Ross of Population Matters, which campaigns for more sustainable living, said: 'This growth rate is one of the highest in Europe, for a country that is already one of its most densely populated.

'It is hardly surprising that we face issues in housing, transport and employment. In the medium term, these numbers are unsustainable.

'The Government must be supported in its efforts to limit net migration and should take steps to reduce the birth rate through improving sexual health and encouraging people to have smaller families.'
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Poles return to Britain despite ailing economy
Matthew Day and Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 27 September 2012

Poles are returning to Britain to look for work despite the poor state of the economy.

Official figures show the number of Poles living here rose by 45,000 last year, the first annual rise since the financial crash.

The increase comes despite their homeland's economy growing strongly, while Britain languishes in a double-dip recession with more than 2.5 million people out of work.

Experts believe the new wave of immigration is explained by far lower salaries in Eastern Europe.

It will cast renewed doubt on the Home Office's attempts to reduce net migration – the number of people who settle in Britain every year minus those who move abroad – to the "tens of thousands" from the current rate of more than 200,000 annually. ...

"Among the countries that for years now have been a main destination for Poles, the UK has seen a significant rise in migrants," said a new report by Poland's Central Statistics Office.

The study, based on census results for 2011, disclosed that the number of Poles living in Britain now stands at 625,000.

It reverses a decline in migration since the high-water mark of 2007, which saw 695,000 settle.

The increase exceeds even that of Germany, which saw just an additional 30,000 Poles moving across the border despite the labour market being opened to them last year, and cemented Britain's position as their destination of choice. ...

Almost a decade after Britain opened its doors to Poles, many towns and cities now have established expat communities.

With most Poles knowing somebody who lives in Britain, moving there and finding work and accommodation presents few barriers.
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Migration fuels 4m rise in population of England and Wales over the last 10 years
Steve Doughty
Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2012

The number of people living in England and Wales has soared by around four million in only ten years, according to the latest count released yesterday.

The increase, driven by large-scale immigration, pushed up the population at its fastest rate during the past 100 years.

Rapid growth outpaced even the baby boom of the 1950s and 1960s, the historic post-war period when record childbirth levels helped fuel long-term economic and social upheaval.

The scale of the population boom that has followed Labour's decision to ease curbs on immigration after 1997 was revealed by the Office for National Statistics in new estimates for England and Wales in the middle of last year.

The figures showed the population rose by 3.8 million, or 7.3 per cent, from 52.4 million in 2001 to 56,170,900 last year. ... ...

... Migration is usually reckoned to be responsible for 70 per cent of new population growth, partly because of higher birth rates among recent immigrants.

Until now the recent population explosion was thought to be similar in scale to the baby boom that peaked 50 years ago. Between 1951 and 1961 the number in England and Wales rose by 2.4 million, from 43.8 million to 46.2 million, while between 1961 and 1971 it increased by a further three million to 49.2 million.

Yesterday's figures show that the post-war increase has been eclipsed, mainly because of the opening of Britain's borders after 1997 to migrants from Asia, Africa and Eastern Europe.

Sir Andrew Green, of the MigrationWatch think-tank, said: 'This is further evidence to show that we must get immigration under control. It is driving the population up and up in numbers that we have never seen before.' ...

The population of the UK as a whole is around 63 million. Home Secretary Theresa May has dismissed fears that a UK population of 70 million – likely to be reached by 2027 – will put too great a strain on housing, transport, education and other state services.
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Police turned a blind eye to sex grooming gangs for more than a decade, confidential files reveal
Rob Preece and Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 25 September 2012

Police turned a blind eye to allegations of sexual abuse of white girls by gangs of largely Pakistani men for more than a decade, it was claimed yesterday.

Research, reports and case files also revealed that council officials were desperate to cover up any racial link to the abuse of young girls.

The research shows that a string of warnings dating back as far as 2000 were ignored by the authorities. In many cases, police action was taken only against the victims.

Among the alleged crimes for which no one was prosecuted were: ...

According to previously confidential documents seen by The Times, police in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, found evidence of thousands of similar crimes and described 'networks of Asian males exploiting young white females'.

The groups were reported to have trafficked victims to cities including Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham.

Despite this, just two prosecutions of groups of men for sexual abuse have taken place in South Yorkshire since 1996.

In 2002, Home Office-funded research criticised officers for treating young victims as 'deviant and promiscuous' while 'the men they were found with were never questioned or investigated'.

Revealing the fears over the racial element to the abuse, a 2010 report from the Rotherham Safeguarding Children Board said the crimes had 'cultural characteristics ... which are locally sensitive in terms of diversity', but warned of 'sensitivities of ethnicity with potential to endanger the harmony of community relationships'.
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Border chiefs give up trying to find 80,000 migrants: Backlog of 500,000 cases as just 1 in 10 is kicked out
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 20 September 2012

Border chiefs are preparing to 'write off' around 80,000 lost immigration and asylum cases.

The files were among nearly half a million found abandoned in boxes at the Home Office in 2006 in a major immigration scandal.

Since then officials have been working through the backlog to track them down, but are set to admit defeat and abandon around one in six cases.

More than 180,000 have already been given the right to stay in the country, in what has been described as an 'asylum amnesty'.

Just 41,300 have been kicked out of the country or left voluntarily.

This means fewer than one in ten have been removed.

Border Agency chief executive Rob Whiteman said it was 'not in the best interests of the taxpayer' to continue the search.

The latest move could mean tens of thousands more in effect allowed to stay in Britain. ...

In 2006, then Home Secretary John Reid admitted a backlog of around 450,000 immigration and asylum cases had been discovered.

It led to him describing the immigration system as 'not fit for purpose'.

Last year the UK Border Agency declared that it had cleared the backlog which is thought to total some 500,500 files, but it was forced to admit that 100,000 cases had been left in a 'controlled archive' – effectively put on ice.

MPs said this archive was a 'dumping ground for cases where the UK Border Agency has lost track of the applicant'.

A total of 180,900 individuals have been given the right to stay in Britain – many because they have been here so long illegally that they have started families.

As a result they qualify to stay under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act the right to a family life.

Around 170,000 have been written off as errors, deceased applicants or duplicates – where the case has been dealt with before.

Details of the decision to abandon the search emerged in a letter from Mr Whiteman to MPs on the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.

In it he claimed that many of the individuals will have left the UK 'many years ago', but there is no proof they have departed.

Officials are searching against Government and other databases for evidence that they are still here, but expect to draw a blank in around 80,000 cases, which will then be closed.

Another 25,000 remain to be processed where the migrant has been found in this country.

Mr Whiteman told MPs the backlog of cases will be cut from 90,000 to 63,000 in October and the following month to 28,000. The remaining cases will be dealt with by the end of the year.

When the scandal emerged, the Daily Mail predicted around 160,000 would be granted the right to stay here in what amounted to an amnesty.

At the time, the prediction was dismissed as 'scaremongering'. But the figures reveal that even that prediction was too optimistic.
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Fewer than 1 in 10 cases in asylum backlog led to deportation
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2012

Fewer than one in 10 of the missing asylum seekers and immigrants uncovered in a huge Home Office backlog has been deported, new figures show.

The UK Border Agency has admitted it is giving up on attempts to find 80,000 foreign nationals who are still missing six years on, as it would cost too much money to keep staff looking for them.

It will mark the end of the scandal that broke in 2006 when it emerged that half a million asylum files had been left gathering dust in boxes at the Home Office.

The final tally shows that more than 180,000 people were allowed to remain in Britain after having their cases considered while just 41,000 were removed. Many others were found to have died and thousands of files turned out to be duplicates.

Officials will continue to search for 25,000 individuals who may be living in the country illegally when the other cases are written off. ...

It is estimated that the UKBA, which has come under sustained criticism for delays at airport arrivals and for relaxing checks on travellers, now has a total backlog of some 275,000 immigration and asylum cases that it has not resolved.

More than 150,000 of these records are known as the Migrant Refusal Pool, of people who once had the right to stay in Britain but whose leave to remain has since expired. A private firm is being given a contract worth up to £40 million to trace them.

There are almost 4,000 foreign criminals on the streets who should have been considered for deportation, more than 800 of whom have been at large for more than five years.

The other cases are the remainder of the 500,500 discovered languishing in the Home Office six years ago, not long after the Home Secretary at the time, John Reid, described his department as "not fit for purpose".

The majority of the asylum seekers and immigrants in this category have since been allowed to stay in Britain because they had settled by the time their cases were considered. The Home Office said 180,900 have now been granted leave to remain, 41,300 have been removed and 173,000 files were duplicates or for people who have since died.

Officials have still been unable to contact more than 100,000 of the individuals in the backlog – even though there are now 149 people working full-time in the Case Audit and Assurance Unit trying to trace them – and will now write off most outstanding cases.

Figures supplied to the Home Affairs Select Committee show that of the remaining files in the "controlled archive", 80,000 will be closed in December while the others will be put in the "live" database so the searches can continue. ...

Meanwhile an official report shows that only half of migrant families told to leave Britain by UKBA are doing so.

The Independent Family Returns Panel said that in the 106 cases it considered last year, the main obstacles were "family members not being present when the UK Border Agency sought to effect removal" and last-minute legal appeals.
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Diversity Forever
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 20 September 2012
[Heather Mac Donald is the John M. Olin Fellow at the Manhattan Institute]

The University of California, San Diego has done it again. Last year, it announced the creation of a new diversity sinecure: a vice chancellor for equity, diversity, and inclusion. Campus leaders established this post even as state budget cuts resulted in the loss of star scientists to competing universities, as humanities classes and degree programs were eliminated to save money, and as tuition continued its nearly 75 percent, five-year rise. The new vice chancellorship was wildly redundant with UCSD's already-existing diversity infrastructure. ...

Now UCSD has filled the position and announced the new vice chancellor's salary. Linda Greene, a diversity bureaucrat and law professor from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will pull in $250,000 a year ... (By comparison, an internationally known expert in opto-electronics in UCSD's engineering school, whose recent work has focused on cancer nanotechnology, received a little over $150,000 in salary from UCSD in 2011, according to state databases.) ...

... And of course the diversity machine is operating at fully funded throttle throughout the rest of the University of California; among the diversity initiatives that continue to cascade out of the president's office and the individual campuses is an imminent $662,000, system-wide "campus climate survey" to track down the racism of UC's faculty, staff, and students ...

Greene's salary and perks are, of course, just the start of what her tenure as San Diego's new VC for EDI will cost taxpayers. ... The new VC for EDI will therefore undoubtedly also require a staff of massive proportions to support the expected "creativity and innovation." As a benchmark, UC Berkeley's own vice chancellor for equity and inclusion, Gibor Basri, whose princely salary of $200,000 suddenly looks piddling by comparison with Greene's, presides over a staff of 24, up from 17 a mere year ago. Estimating conservatively, a comparably bulked-up office for San Diego's new VC for EDI will run taxpayers close to $1 million a year, even before the VC's salary is added in. That million-plus could easily pay for over a dozen new professors just starting their careers or for scholarships for many more promising graduate or undergraduate students. ...

The creation of a massive diversity bureaucracy to police the faculty for bias against women and URMs can be justified only if there is evidence that the faculty need such policing. No one has yet presented a single example of UC San Diego's faculty discriminating against a highly ranked female or URM candidate because of skin color or gender. The opposite is of course the case: female and URM Ph.D.s enjoy enormous advantages in the hiring market at UCSD and everywhere else. ...

Diversity advocates try to mask the vacuousness of their enterprise with two strategies. First, the diversophile pretends that a new diversity initiative is the first time that the relevant institution has ever embarked on such an endeavor. ... Reality: "Diversity" has been an all-consuming and costly obsession at UCSD for years.

The second strategy consists of dressing up "diversity" activities with speciously technocratic rhetoric. In trying to portray diversity bean-counting as something akin to an actual skill, use of the phrase, "metrics," is de rigueur. A diversity bureaucrat doesn't count females and minorities, she uses "metrics," ... "Holistic" is another favored term.
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Half the British population think immigration 'is bad for the economy' as public support for welfare state falls to record low
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 17 September 2012

The annual report on the state of public opinion also showed deepening worries about high levels of immigration.

For the first time, more than half the population reject claims that migrants are good for the economy, it found.

Resentment over the economic impact of immigration is highest among lower-paid workers - the people who have faced the toughest competition from migrants for jobs - the report said. ...

The British Social Attitudes report, published every year since 1983, is widely seen as a barometer for the underlying attitudes that shape politics and government policies.

Financed by Iain Duncan Smith's Department of Work and Pensions, together with a series of other state bodies and a number of private charities, it is based on a survey taken last year of more than 3,300 people. ...

On immigration, the argument that migration is good for the economy has lost support, the survey found.

In 2002 only 43 per cent of the population thought migrants harmed the economy. Now the figure is above half, at 52 per cent, with nearly two thirds of lower paid and lesser skilled people deploring the economic impact of migration.

More than half, 51 per cent, want immigration reduced by a lot, and, in total, three quarters want to see immigration cuts.
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Voters more likely to back an anti-Muslim party than reject it – poll
Mark Townsend
The Observer, 16 September 2012

More people would support a political party that pledged to stop all immigration or promised to reduce the number of Muslims than one that encouraged multiculturalism, a survey conducted in the wake of the Olympics reveals.

Despite London 2012 being heralded as a celebration of a diverse society, the research suggests much of the electorate remains open to views traditionally associated with far-right groups.

The survey, conducted by YouGov with 1,750 respondents, found that 41% of people would be more likely to vote for a party that promised to stop all immigration, compared with 28% who said they would be less likely to support a group that promoted such policies.

In addition, 37% admitted that they would be more likely to support a political party that promised to reduce the number of Muslims in Britain and the presence of Islam in society, compared with 23% who said it would make them less likely.

Matthew Goodwin of the Extremis Project, an independent group monitoring extremism and terrorism that commissioned the research, said that, although Britain lacked a successful extremist political party, much of the public was susceptible to far-right ideology.

He said: "The results clearly point towards enduring public anxieties over the performance of mainstream political and business elites, immigration and also the role of Muslims and Islam in society." ...

Less than a quarter of 18-to-24-year-olds said they would be more likely to vote for a party that promised to halt all immigration, compared with more than half of those aged above 60. Similarly, 27% of the younger age group said they would vote for a party that campaigned to reduce the number of Muslims, compared with 49% of those aged over 60.

Goodwin, a lecturer at Nottingham University, said: "While we see further evidence of an emerging generation that is more tolerant towards – and accepting of – immigration and diversity, there remains clear potential for a party that ... promises to halt immigration, reduce the number of Muslims and prioritise traditional British values over other cultures."
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Bogus students have no place coming to Britain
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 16 September 2012

Taking a course is unquestionably a relatively easy way of getting into the UK – and once here, many stay. No one knows the percentage of people who stay permanently; there are no records that track those who come in and make sure they leave once their course is finished. But the percentage is almost certainly far larger than the 20 per cent or so who apply officially for permission to remain here.

The extent to which education is used as a way to settle in Britain can be seen in Labour's belated attempt to diminish immigration in 2008. When the party tried to institute a system that would make it impossible for unskilled workers to get work permits, there was an immediate surge in the number of non-EU students enrolling in education courses. Many were at privately run institutions that had very little to do with education. They did not require anything from their students in the way of qualifications, or even any ability to speak English. So what happened when the Coalition came to power and the Home Office decided that private colleges of further education would have to be properly accredited to make sure that they did indeed provide their students with an education? One third of the sector simply closed overnight. They didn't think it was worth trying to meet the standards required. That is very powerful evidence that many of those institutions weren't selling education. They were selling a way of migrating into Britain.
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Multiculturalism 'past its sell-by date' warns race expert
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2012

Using taxpayers' money to fund projects run by religious or ethnic community groups is turning Britain into a divided society, the author of the report on the Oldham riots has warned.

Prof Ted Cantle said that the idea of multiculturalism in Britain is now "well past its sell-by date" and is often doing more harm than good.

He accused the Government of fuelling separation in communities rather than bringing people together by allowing small groups to claim "special status" – and with it funding – amounting to a form of state-sponsored segregation.

Councils and police are also giving undue legitimacy to "self-appointed leaders" in some areas by inviting them to endless meetings and consulting them on their views and allowing them to become "gatekeepers to their communities", he warned.

Meanwhile grants from government funding pots, councils and charities have allowed thousands of separate community groups to grow up representing their own interests and reinforcing separation, he said.

He accused David Cameron of failing to live up to a pledge to tackle "state multiculturalism".

Prof Cantle, the founder of the Institute of Community Cohesion at Coventry University, wrote a high profile review into the causes of the 2001 Oldham riots warning that some ethnic groups were leading "parallel lives".

But in a highly critical paper to be presented to a conference organised by the National Secular Society next week, he calls for a halt to all state funding for projects and services aimed at or run by religious groups or individual ethnic communities. ...

In his address to the "Secularism 2012" conference, he will argue that the idea of multiculturalism – in which different communities are encouraged to retain their separate identities – grew up out of well-intentioned policies in the 1950s and 60s but is no longer sustainable as Britain has become increasingly diverse. ...

Figures produced to Parliament show that grants to faith-based groups from two Government funding pots alone in 2010 amounted to £13 million.

But the figure does not include support from councils and other government bodies or funding for education.
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Migrants ban: Age divide
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2012

Half of those over 60 would be open to voting for a party which promised to halt all immigration and reduce the number of Muslims in Britain but younger voters would be turned off by such policies, polling shows.

A YouGov survey of 1,700 people for the Extremis Project, a political research group, found that overall 41 per cent of adults would be more likely to support a party if it promised to stop all immigration while 28 per cent would be less likely to. Among the over-60s, support for the policy was 54 per cent.


Theresa May rejects efforts to keep population below 70m
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2012

The Home Secretary has rejected calls by MPs and immigration campaigners for Britain's population to be kept below 70 million.

Theresa May said she did not think it was the Government's place to put a limit on the total number of people living in the country.

Instead, she told the Home Affairs Select Committee that she was trying to reduce net migration – the number of people settling here each year minus those who move abroad – from the current 200,000 to the "tens of thousands" by 2015.

Mrs May said: "I've never been one that believes Government should be setting a figure for the overall population in that sense.

"What I would aim to do is reduce net migration and that's what we're focusing on."

However shortly after her comments on Thursday, MPs passed a motion calling for the Government to take "all necessary steps" to keep the population below 70m. It currently stands at 63m.

The Commons debate on immigration was triggered by more than 100,000 people signing an e-petition within a week, but only 30 MPs turned up to the chamber.

Leading the debate, Nicholas Soames said the symbolic population level of 70m would be reached in 15 years' time at current levels of immigration.

He said: "In the coming 15 years we will have to build just for new immigrants and their families the equivalent of eight of the largest cities outside the capital." ...

Mark Harper, who was appointed Immigration Minister just 48 hours earlier, said the Government was on target to reduce net migration thanks to policies aimed at keeping bogus students out of Britain and only allowing in the brightest and best workers.

"Immigration can be beneficial to Britain but the unsustainable levels we have seen have been damaging. That was why we said would get a grip."
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The 'last chance saloon' on immigration control: Landmark debate will discuss pressure caused by unprecedented levels
James Slack
Daily Mail, 6 September 2012

David Cameron will be 'saying goodbye to the country we inherited' if he doesn't get a grip on immigration, MPs will be told today.

Labour's Frank Field and the Tory backbencher Nicholas Soames will say the UK is in 'the last chance saloon' in a landmark debate to discuss the pressure on society caused by unprecedented levels of immigration.

They will urge the Government to slash net migration – the difference between those arriving and those leaving – to 50,000 a year.

The debate was called after more than 143,000 people signed a Downing Street e-petition last year urging Mr Cameron to prevent the UK's population, currently 62.3 million, hitting 70 million.

Official forecasts say that, at current rates, that level will be reached in 15 years.

In a joint statement, Mr Field and Mr Soames said: 'This really is the last chance saloon.

'If the Government were to lose its nerve and fail to press on with reform we would be saying goodbye to the country we inherited'.

The two respected MPs joined forces to form a group campaigning for 'balanced migration'.

They will table a motion, based on the e-petition, which calls on the Government 'to take all necessary steps to get immigration down so population is stabilised as close to the present level as possible'. ...

Immigration minister Mark Harper said: 'I'm looking forward to this debate where I will be outlining this Government's commitment to bringing immigration back to sustainable levels.

'Reducing net migration to the tens of thousands is vitally important.

'Recent policies are starting to make a difference.'
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Act now... or say goodbye to the Britain we know
Frank Field and Nicholas Soames
Daily Mail, 6 September 2012
[Frank Field and Nicholas Soames co-chair the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration]

The public are fed up with mass immigration. That was the message of the public petition on the Downing Street website launched last autumn.

Only 11 of the 36,000 petitions on that site have reached the 100,000 signatures required to trigger a House of Commons debate.

This petition reached that 100,000 within a week, with the resulting debate in the House of Commons today taking place. We will at last be giving voice to the widespread public concern.

The fact is that the public do not believe the claims of the immigration lobby and they are right. Nor do they think that enough attention has been paid to the impact of such huge numbers on the lives of ordinary people – particularly not by the BBC.

The reality is that we are experiencing by far the largest wave of immigration for nearly 1,000 years.

Certainly, there has been some limited immigration over the centuries and many immigrants and their children have made a positive contribution to this country. But mass immigration is entirely new.

This really is the last chance saloon. If the Government were to lose its nerve and fail to press on with reform we would be saying goodbye to the country we inherited.

The Office for National Statistics recently published the immigration figures back to 1964. It is very interesting to see that, until the early 1980s, more people left Britain than came here. From then until the mid 1990s net migration was never more than about 50,000 a year, and often much less. It took off in 1998 and by 2010 had risen to 250,000 a year – five times higher than in 1997.

There has never been a declared government policy. Nor any planning. And certainly no public support - quite the opposite. By 2008, about three quarters of us wanted to see immigration reduced; half the public wanted it reduced 'by a lot'.

Their wishes are yet to be met.

The impact of these numbers is already being felt throughout the country and the big cuts to public expenditure are still to come.

Maternity units are struggling. Primary schools are running out of places. And pressure on housing is getting worse, especially given that housing construction has plummeted.

This pressure on services is nothing when compared to what we will face if the government does not succeed in reducing future net immigration.

For the last ten years net immigration has averaged about 200,000 a year.

If that is allowed to continue our population will climb from 62.3 million to 70 million in just 15 years time. About 2.5 million of that will be natural increase – more births than deaths. The other five million will be down to new immigrants and their children.

What that means in practice is that we will have to build the equivalent of our eight major cities outside the capital – that is to say a Birmingham plus a Leeds, a Glasgow, a Sheffield, a Bradford, a Manchester, a Liverpool and a Bristol.

All this in just 15 years! Where will the money come from when the Government is already borrowing £1 for every £4 that it spends?

This is obviously unsustainable. That is why the petition, launched by MigrationWatch UK, an independent think-tank, called for the Government to take all necessary measures to stabilise our population, below 70 million.
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Chaotic visa system allowed 50,000 bogus students in, MPs warn
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2012

An extra 50,000 bogus foreign students were able to enter the UK because of "extraordinary chaos" in the UK Border Agency, MPs warned today.

A flawed implementation of the new student visa regime meant tens of thousands of migrants were able to abuse it in the first year alone to work illegally in the UK.

That was the equivalent of one in six of all foreign students who arrived in 2009, when the system was introduced.

And three years later it is still in turmoil with officials playing "catch up", according to the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

The UKBA was also criticised for an "unacceptable" failure to act quickly enough on abuses in the regime or remove bogus students.

The report comes a week after the agency, an arm of the Home Office, stripped a London university of its ability to sponsor foreign students after an investigation found one in four had no right to be here.

The report will renew concerns that the student route is open to exploitation by illegal immigrants as a back door in to the UK.

It attacked the border agency for abandoning existing immigration checks on foreign students before the new monitoring system was fully in place.

As a result, the PAC said that, in 2009, between 40,000 and 50,000 migrants came to the UK as "students" but worked illegally instead.

The figures were based on estimates by the National Audit Office and represented some 16 per cent of the 313,000 foreign students who were granted visas to study in that year. ...

Prior to the new regime it was the responsibility of immigration officers to assess the authenticity of foreign students, including spot checks and interviews if necessary.

That was replaced by the current system where the onus is on sponsoring colleges or universities to demonstrate their students are in the country legitimately.

But the old checks were removed before the new ones were fully bedded in, with some aspects not fully operationally until a year later, the PAC said.

The "controls gap" allowed for a "surge" in student visas and abuse, the report concluded.

The UKBA has also failed to take effective enforcement action against bogus students that it does find, even when suspicions are raised by colleges themselves. ...

In a related move, the committee called on the Government to publish official net immigration figures excluding foreign student numbers.
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One in four babies delivered in England and Wales hospitals are to foreign-born mothers
Martin Robinson
Daily Mail, 30 August 2012

The Government has today revealed the top-ten most common nationalities of foreign-born women who gave birth in NHS hospitals in the last year.

A record one in four of all babies born in England and Wales in 2011 had a foreign-born mother, with women originally from Poland topping the list, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Other nations represented in the top ten include Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Nigeria and Somalia.

A total of 184,000 children were born in these circumstances, with almost half of them in London, which has a foreign-born mother rate of 56.7 per cent, far above the national average of 25.5 per cent. ...

Some of the women will have been born abroad and settled in the UK but a number will have visited just to use the NHS.

So called 'health tourism' as a whole is thought to cost taxpayers as much as £200 million a year. ...

Meanwhile the number of foreign-born mothers is rising consistently annually, with the figures now double what they were 30 years ago.

Figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that a 25.5 per cent of all children born in 2011 had foreign-born mothers, compared with 25.1 per cent the year before.
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People smugglers target their victims as organ donors and house slaves
Jamie Doward
The Observer, 26 August 2012

The first official assessment of human trafficking in the UK reveals the increasingly diverse reasons people are being smuggled into the country, including domestic servitude, sexual and criminal exploitation, and organ harvesting.

The United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre's 2011 baseline assessment concludes that 11% of victims were trafficked for the purposes of domestic servitude; 1% for organ harvesting; 5% for multiple exploitation; 17% for criminal exploitation; 22% for labour exploitation; and 31% for sexual exploitation. The remaining 13% were trafficked for reasons unknown.

The report, which is compiled from information submitted by police forces, the Gangmasters Licensing Authority, the UK Border Agency and other organisations, suggests that last year some 2,077 potential victims of human trafficking were identified in the UK.

The picture that emerges contrasts strongly with the popular perception that trafficking is predominantly for the purposes of prostitution. ...

The five most common countries of origin for victims of trafficking were Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Nigeria.

The assessment reported evidence that 99 UK citizens were trafficked within the UK last year, of whom 52 were trafficked for sexual exploitation, with more than 80% identified as female children. However, an Observer analysis of trafficking figures recorded by the Serious and Organised Crime Agency's National Referral Mechanism database provides an alternative snapshot.

Between 1 April 2009, when the database started recording trafficked incidents, until March 2012, the latest set of figures available, some 2,445 people were suspected, or were found, to have been trafficked into the UK.

The figures reveal 1,566 were female, 596 were male and the remainder were children. Some 431 people were believed to have been trafficked from Nigeria, compared with 255 from Vietnam, the second most active trafficker of people to the UK. China was the third largest trafficker, responsible for bringing a suspected 224 people to the UK.

Europol, the international police agency, has identified Nigerian organised crime as one of the largest law enforcement challenges to European governments. In many cases, Nigerian victims are trafficked after a friend or family member offers a child a chance for a better life abroad. ...

A 2010 report by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre identified the trafficking of Vietnamese children into the UK as another key trend. The majority were forced to work in cannabis farms, with others being exploited in brothels and nail bars, or pressed into committing street crimes such as selling illegally copied DVDs or breaking and entering.
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Mohammed retakes top spot in English baby names
Richard Allen Greene
CNN, 15 August 2012

Mohammed reclaimed its place as the most popular name for baby boys born in England and Wales in 2011 - convincingly ahead of Harry, in second place, according to data released by the government this week.

The government declared that Harry was the most popular boy's name, but if you add up the five most popular different spellings of Mohammed, that name comes top.

Mohammed is also the most popular boy's name of the past five years for England and Wales, ahead of Oliver and Jack. It came first or second every year since 2007, the only name to do so. ...

The popularity of the name comes as Britain's Muslim population is expected to double in the next 20 years.

The country, which was about 2% Muslim in 1990, grew to 4.6% Muslim in 2010, with nearly 2.9 million followers of the faith, according to analysis by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life.

By 2030, the United Kingdom will be just over 8% Muslim, with more than 5.5 million adherents, the Washington-based think tank projected in a 2011 report, "The Future of the Global Muslim Population."
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Britain, the 'United Nations of Crime', pays to spruce up foreign jails
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2012

British taxpayers are paying to refurbish prisons in other countries in a desperate attempt by the Government to repatriate foreign criminals.

The funding, part of a £3 million-a-year scheme, even provides human rights training for prison officers abroad.

The disclosure comes as figures showed Britain to be a "United Nations of crime", with its prisons housing offenders from 80 per cent of the world's countries.

Some 156 different nationalities are represented in jails. The cost of locking up foreign criminals is estimated at almost half a billion pounds a year. The situation has become so dire that the Government is even paying to renovate jails abroad to encourage more offenders to serve their sentences back home.

Cross-Government funding is being spent on projects in Jamaica and Nigeria to improve prison conditions there. It is being paid for out of the £3 million-a-year prisoner repatriation fund, which also includes financial incentives to help inmates resettle in their home countries. ...

Research carried out by the House of Commons Library found that in March there were 11,127 foreign nationals in prisons in England and Wales.

They came from 156 different nations, compared with the 193 countries officially recognised by the UN. ...

It costs around £41,000 a year to house a prisoner, suggesting that the taxpayer is paying more than £450 million to look after foreign criminals. ...

Priti Patel, a Conservative MP, claimed that Britain had become a "United Nations of crime". ...

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: "We have voluntary prisoner transfer agreements with more than 100 countries, allowing prisoners to serve their sentences in their home countries."
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The 2011 English summer riots revisited [part 1]
David Starkey
Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2012

"Humankind cannot bear very much reality." T S Eliot's dictum might have been written for the riots of last summer, whose first anniversary falls this week. ...

... For something rather odd started to happen, even as events were unrolling: we were told, with increasing firmness, not to believe our own senses.

It was obvious from the beginning, to anybody with eyes to see, that these were riots in which the race of many of the participants played an important part. Black commentators were especially clear about this. "These riots were about race. Why ignore the fact?" declared Katharine Birbalsingh in her blog for The Daily Telegraph. Darcus Howe, the veteran black activist, was even more emphatic. "It's an insurrection," he told The Huffington Post, "of a generation of poor, primarily black people from the Caribbean and from Africa."

What could be clearer? Too clear, perhaps, for the political class and the mainstream media who, led by the Prime Minister, began an extraordinary exercise of what, with reference to George Orwell's Newspeak, we might call New Sight. Firmly donning his magic spectacles, which rendered him unshakeably colour blind, David Cameron proclaimed the new truth: "It wasn't race riots".

He was echoed from the other end of the political spectrum by Max Wind-Cowie of the Leftish think-tank Demos, who asserted even more confidently: "This is not about race at all." And so the chorus swelled.

There were of course a few obstinate souls who stuck to the old way of seeing. But they were firmly slapped down. ... ...

A stop should have been put to this nonsense by the publication of the official report into the riots. Instead, shamefully, it perpetuated it. The Riots Communities and Victims Panel subjected the 3,000-odd people brought before the courts to every sort of analysis: by age, previous criminal record, educational achievement, employment, family structure and so on. There was one glaring omission: there was no tabulation of ethnicity. Nevertheless, and having rehearsed no evidence whatever, their report still repeated the official mantra: "We do not believe that these were race riots."

Indeed, the only official document to present the proper, unvarnished picture is "The Statistical Bulletin of the Ministry of Justice on the Public Disorder of 6th-9th August 2011". And it is incontrovertible: 41 per cent of those charged were white, 50 per cent black or mixed race, 7 per cent Asian and 2 per cent Chinese or other. These figures must of course be read against the proportion of the various groups in the population as a whole: in London, to which some two thirds of the cases relate, some 12 per cent of the population is black and 69 per cent is white. Whites, in other words, were significantly under-represented among the rioters; while blacks were four times over-represented.
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The 2011 English summer riots revisited [part 2]
David Starkey
Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2012

Nor are the figures for the riots a fluke, as the Metropolitan Police statistics for 2009-10 show even more extreme disparities: 54 per cent of those proceeded against for street crimes were black; for robbery, 59 per cent; and for gun crimes, 67 per cent. This is also where the figures for previous criminality of the rioters come in: 76 per cent of the rioters brought before the courts were previous offenders; those convicted had committed a grand total of 16,000 offences between them and over a third had served time in jail.

The conclusion is inescapable and painful. Far from being merely opportunistic, the core of the rioters was formed of an already existing criminal class and that class is disproportionately black. This is the reality. But in our present society it is unbearable (in Eliot's formulation). And unsayable.

No wonder the Government and the media worked so hard to suppress it. And no wonder outraged media and public opinion came down like a ton of bricks on those naive or foolhardy enough to tell the truth, like Big Jim on Sky, or me in that now notorious Newsnight debate, when "racist" was among the least of the insults thrown at me.

Actually, I never mentioned race at all, since, in its proper sense, of a group with fixed hereditary characteristics, I regard it, as all sensible people do, as eugenicist nonsense. But I do believe in culture and I talked about that a lot. Not "black culture" of course, since such a uniform construct does not exist any more than a uniform "white culture".

Instead, I focused on "a particular sort" of black culture: the "violent, destructive, nihilistic, 'gangsta' culture" of the street. I mentioned and deplored its specific linguistic forms: the "Jaffaican" patois in which these street denizens speak, and the rap music they listen to, whose lyrics glorify violence (I could have added rape, bling and homophobia). I lamented the fact that "this sort of black male culture militates against education" and emphasised (in anti-racist terms) its insidious attractiveness to white youth.

For my pains I was denounced in intemperate language and with wilful misunderstanding. But, curiously, the strongest voices in my defence were black, like those of the educator Tony Sewell and the writer and youth mentor Lindsay Johns.

Even more curiously, a few months later Adolph Cameron, the head of the Jamaica Teachers' Association, made a speech in Bristol in which he analysed the reluctance of black boys to participate in formal education in terms identical to mine. "To speak in standard English," he said, "is considered a woman's activity." He even questioned whether the idea of academic achievement could co-exist at all with current notions of black masculinity. "Black boys," he pointed out, "are more interested in hustling, which is a quick way of making a living, rather than commitment to study."

"Something must be done," he concluded. It must indeed, otherwise we are doomed to repeat the riots in an ever-shortening cycle. But, my experience has taught me, only a black leader can do it.
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'Fears of being branded racist stops police investigating crimes by ethnic minorities'
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 6 August 2012

Police are failing to investigate crimes committed by ethnic minorities because they fear being branded racist, a report claims.

A pamphlet by think-tank Civitas, released today, says pressure to show racial sensitivity may have been behind the initial failure to properly investigate Asian street grooming gangs in the North of England.

Jon Gower Davies, a former academic, links the failure to police being branded 'institutionally racist' by the Macpherson report into the death of Stephen Lawrence, which he says left police 'shackled' by bureaucracy.

The pamphlet, which is entitled' Mind-Forg'd Manacles: Murder, Macpherson and the Police' finds Macpherson lacked evidence for the charge of institutional racism which he says 'lacks substance'. ...

Mr Davies, a former Labour councillor, describes the lack of investigation into sex crimes as a case of 'reverse' institutional racism in which the views of victims, vulnerable white girls, were not taken seriously. ...

The pamphlet, which is published by the Civitas think tank, concludes Macpherson failed to address genuine weaknesses in police practice at the time.

It states: 'Macpherson... not only obviated the need to make a realistic if less flamboyant analysis of the limitations of the policing of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, but also led to an over-anxious police leadership to make a fool of itself by adopting policies which are neither operationally nor socially nor ethically sound and proper'.
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I, of all people, know it's hard - but we must tackle immigration, even if we lose some civil liberties
Phil Woolas
Mail on Sunday, 29 July 2012
[Phil Woolas is a former Labour Minister]

None of the main political parties has the will to control immigration.

As Minister for Immigration under the last Labour Government, the question I feared most was: 'How many illegal immigrants are there in the country?'

The answer was: 'We haven't a clue!' – and neither has Home Secretary Theresa May.

Without action, the rise in the movements of people across national borders will destabilise our country beyond recognition.

It's not sufficient to draw up new laws – we need to enforce the powers we already possess.

British officialdom interprets the European Union's principle of free movement as an inviolable right.

However, Article 7 of the 2004 directive on the principle makes clear that it has to be 'without prejudice to the provisions applicable to national border controls'.

That means the UK can, as Spain is now doing, insist that EU migrants have a job, or sufficient funds to ensure they do not become a burden on our social security system.

In practice, the provision is simply ignored.

It is more than two years since the new Government took power with a pledge to reduce net migration to the UK to fewer than 100,000 people a year by the next Election.

They won't achieve it. And neither would the Opposition if they were in power.

Our immigration system is under-resourced, hidebound by civil-liberty worries, and low on Whitehall's priorities.

All the parties say they wish to see managed migration, but neither Clegg, Cameron or Miliband have a policy that can deliver.

Ever since the 1961 Immigration Act, which tried to cap immigration, governments of all colours have failed to manage the system.

Of course, it is far from simple. But there are home truths we must face up to.

The Border Agency are the most maligned public servants in Whitehall. To read the torrent of reports from select committees, the Audit Office, inspectors and all the other armchair commentators you'd be forgiven for thinking they were asleep on the job.

But unless the whole of Whitehall supports them, they can't succeed. Given the strictures we place them under, we are asking the impossible.

None of the parties face up to the fact that if we want to control migration we have to fund a decent system.

Proper visa checks, with biometric ID systems, are just a start. We should also fundamentally change the Human Rights Act and ensure Parliament's supremacy.

Getting the Treasury to accept that a National Insurance number should be dependent on a valid visa sounds simple, but they've resisted it for 50 years.

Driving licence checks, checking for eligibility in hospitals, having school admissions look at residency entitlement – these and many other checks are all far too controversial in our contorted liberal view of the world.

The fact is that successive governments have been scared of tackling the issue for fear of causing offence. ...

This Government and the last weren't able to count people in and out. Until we accept there's a price to pay in an erosion in civil liberties to do so, we won't be able to manage the system. ...

ID cards are unwelcome to the metropolitan elite, but no country can manage migration without them.
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Population boom caused by high birth rate and immigration will force schools to create 1m more places by 2020
Laura Clark
Daily Mail, 27 July 2012

Nearly one million extra school places will be needed within eight years as rising birth rates and immigration push pupil numbers to a 50-year high.

The population boom has already pushed many primary schools to 'breaking point' and forced town halls to draw up emergency plans to teach children in disused shops and warehouses.

Now figures from the Department for Education have shown the number of pupils in state schools is expected to rise to 7,950,000 by the end of the decade – 935,000 more than now.

Primary and nursery schools will need an extra 736,000 places by 2020, with the remaining places required at secondary and special schools.

Pupil numbers are forecast to reach levels last seen in the 1970s.

The figures also show 106,000 fewer places would be needed by 2020 if migration was reduced to zero.
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Stubborn Ignorance
Walter E. Williams
GOPUSA, 25 July 2012
[Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University]

Academic intelligentsia, their media, government and corporate enthusiasts worship at the altar of diversity. Despite budget squeezes, universities have created diversity positions, such as director of diversity and inclusion, manager of diversity recruitment, associate dean for diversity, vice president of diversity and perhaps minister of diversity. This is all part of a quest to get college campuses, corporate offices and government agencies to "look like America."

For them, part of looking like America means race proportionality. For example, if blacks are 13 percent of the population, they should be 13 percent of college students and professors, corporate managers and government employees. Law professors, courts and social scientists have long held that gross statistical disparities are evidence of a pattern and practice of discrimination. Behind this vision is the stupid notion that but for the fact of discrimination, we'd be distributed proportionately by race across incomes, education, occupations and other outcomes. There's no evidence from anywhere on earth or any time in human history that shows that but for discrimination, there would be proportional representation and an absence of gross statistical disparities, by race, sex, height or any other human characteristic. Nonetheless, much of our thinking, legislation and public policy is based upon proportionality being the norm. Let's run a few gross disparities by you, and you decide whether they represent what the courts call a pattern and practice of discrimination and, if so, what corrective action you would propose.

Jews are not even 1 percent of the world's population and only 3 percent of the U.S. population, but they are 20 percent of the world's Nobel Prize winners and 39 percent of U.S. Nobel laureates. That's a gross statistical disparity, but are the Nobel committees discriminating against the rest of us? By the way, in the Weimar Republic, Jews were only 1 percent of the German population, but they were 10 percent of the country's doctors and dentists, 17 percent of its lawyers and a large percentage of its scientific community. Jews won 27 percent of Nobel Prizes won by Germans.

Nearly 80 percent of the players in the National Basketball Association in 2011 were black, and 17 percent were white, but if that disparity is disconcerting, Asians were only 1 percent. Compounding the racial disparity, the highest-paid NBA players are black. That gross disparity works the other way in the National Hockey League, in which less than 3 percent of the players are black. ... ...

There are some other disparities that might bother the diversity people. Asians routinely get the highest scores on the math portion of the SAT, whereas blacks get the lowest. Men are about 50 percent of the population, and so are women, but there's the gross injustice that men are struck by lightning six times as often as women.
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Up to 63,000 bogus students given visas in a year
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 24 July 2012

As many as 60,000 bogus students could have been allowed to move to Britain in a year, according to analysis of an official report.

Interviews carried out by the Home Office suggested that more than half of applicants from some countries were not genuine.

They either lacked the money or the intention to study in British colleges or universities, or were likely to stay after their courses finished.

Migration Watch UK, a pressure group, estimates that based on these figures, as many as 63,000 bogus students could have been granted visas in 2011.

It is calling on the authorities to make planned interviews with potential foreign students more stringent, by asking them if they intend to leave Britain after graduation.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "We now have clear evidence of abuse on a major scale. Bogus students come here to work illegally and thus take jobs from British workers.

"If it is clear from the circumstances that a student is unlikely to go home, the visa should not be granted in the first place. After all, many of the advantages claimed for foreign students depend on their going home after their studies."

It comes amid a growing row over the value or cost of foreign students to the British economy.

After the election ministers promised to cut net migration – the number of new arrivals to the country minus those who leave – to the "tens of thousands" by 2015. ...

However vice-chancellors and business leaders say foreign students are a vital source of income and want the Government to take them out of calculations of immigration.

Sir Andrew said: "It is, in fact, impossible to take students out of net migration because, unlike the US and Australia, we still have no exit checks so nobody knows how many who came as students have actually left the UK."

As part of attempts to weed out bogus students, the Home Office plans to reintroduce interviews to establish applicants' credibility.

A three-month pilot study, published earlier this month, saw 2,316 interviewees asked about their suitability for the proposed course, their ability to support themselves financially and their intention to leave Britain at the end of their studies.

In total up to 44 per cent of applicants could have been refused a visa had they undergone interviews and new credibility tests, with the figure rising to 59 per cent among students from India, Nigeria and Bangladesh, and 62 per cent among Burmese. Although most were applying to study at private colleges, 14 per cent wanted a visa to attend university.

The pressure group said that out of the 141,700 student visas granted in 2011, it could mean that as many as 63,069 went to bogus applicants.

However all of those classified as potentially bogus in the pilot study were actually given visas, as immigration officials did not have the power to refuse them entry on credibility grounds.

Although the Home Office will now question thousands of applicants to check they are genuine, officials will not ask if they plan to return home after studying.
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The REAL migrant scandal? Politicians still pretend we control our borders - when the truth is Brussels won't let us
Christopher Booker
Daily Mail, 24 July 2012

Yesterday, yet again, we saw headline news being made by a shocking tale of incompetence and mismanagement by the UK Border Agency, the body set up in 2008 to control immigration to this country.

The backlog of cases piled up in the agency's labyrinthine system, we are told, amounts to 276,000, equivalent to the population of Newcastle. Most of the migrants are here illegally and should have been sent home years ago. ...

Home Secretaries from Labour's John Reid and Charles Clarke to the Coalition's Theresa May have faced a torrent of criticism – to which they reply with limp bureaucratic statements, promising action.

But things just go from bad to worse.

Behind this dismal picture, however, lies a much bigger story and one we are simply not being told about. The reason why our immigration policy is in such a shambles is that we do not have any control over it.

The real explanation for almost everything we find so horrifying about this mess is that virtually every aspect of our policy is no longer decided here in Britain at all, but is dictated by a morass of international rules and, above all, by those emanating from the EU. ...

But if you examine the section of the EU's 'Europa' website headed 'Free movement of persons, asylum and immigration', you will see three pages of headings covering every conceivable aspect of immigration policy, from visa rules to our duties to asylum seekers.

As these headings make clear, the rules, many based on UN and other international agreements, cover not just the way we must treat EU citizens but how we deal with immigrants from the rest of the world.

The scandal of this is twofold. It is not just that successive governments have handed over to the EU the power to dictate every aspect of who we must admit to live and work in Britain, it is also the extent to which politicians such as Mrs May will not honestly and openly admit this.

Ministers and MPs continue to pretend that we at least have some control over immigration by what they slyly call 'non-EU citizens'.

But the truth is that we have signed up to a vast system of international rules about how we must treat migrants, no matter where they come from – which mean that our politicians and officials, like those of the UK Border Agency, no longer have any choice but to obey them.

The reason why the Border Agency is faced with this horrifying backlog of cases involving immigrants, most of whom should no longer be here, is that in everything it does the agency tries to follow more zealously than any other country in Europe the procedures of the system we signed up to, a system so tortuously complex that it is unworkable. ...

But the most sinister aspect about how we have ceded any control over our immigration policy to this European system lies in the purpose behind it.

The real intention of the European system, as we can see from various EU directives and judgments by the European courts, is to undermine any sense of national identity.

The aim is to turn Europe into a melting pot of different nationalities so intermingled with each other that the one thing they have in common is their 'European identity'. ...

But this is equally the guiding principle behind the rules applying to all those immigrants from Asia, Africa and elsewhere who, having managed to get into Europe themselves, are then permitted under EU rules to bring in all their relatives.
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UK Border Agency backlog worries MPs
BBC, 23 July 2012

The UK Border Agency faces a backlog of more than 275,000 failed migrants who need to be removed from the country, a group of influential MPs has said.

The home affairs committee said this figure was a size equivalent to the population of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Committee chairman Labour MP Keith Vaz said the agency appeared to have "acquired its own Bermuda Triangle". ...

For the first time in their tri-annual report on the agency, MPs collated all categories of cases not yet resolved.

A Home Office spokesman said the MPs had also highlighted improvements it had made to tackle "the huge backlog of cases we inherited".

"Over 2,000 overstayers have recently been removed following targeted enforcement activity, foreign national offenders are being removed more quickly and we are performing well against visa processing targets," he said. ...

The committee said it would take the UKBA "years" to clear the backlog and it was concerned the agency might not have enough resources to do so.

The committee said the backlog included:

• At least 150,000 migrants who had been refused permission to stay in the UK

• 21,000 asylum cases

• 3,900 foreign offenders living in the community

• 57 foreign criminals released in 2006 without being considered for deportation and who had not yet been traced

• 80,000 asylum applications and 21,500 immigration cases in the "controlled archive" of cases where the UKBA had lost track of the applicant

MPs said the UKBA "does not have a strong record in deporting foreign national offenders".

It recommended that the agency establish a team to examine why foreign criminals in the community had not been sent home and to ensure they were deported.

MPs also criticised the way border officials responded to tip-offs about suspected illegal immigrants. They said although intelligence reports were assessed quickly very few were acted upon.
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Problem families 'have too many children'
Robert Winnett and James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2012

Mothers in large problem families should be "ashamed" of the damage they are doing to society and stop having children, a senior government adviser warns today.

Louise Casey, the head of the Government's troubled families unit, says the state should "interfere" and tell women it is irresponsible to keep having children when they are already struggling to cope. ...

Britain's 120,000 problem families cost taxpayers an estimated £9 billion in benefits, crime, anti-social behaviour and health care. A fifth of them have more than five children. Miss Casey is leading a scheme to turn their lives around after they were blamed for last year's riots.

"There are plenty of people who have large families and function incredibly well, and good luck to them, it must be lovely," she said. "The issue for me, out of the families that I have met, [is that] they are not functioning, lovely families.

"One of the families I interviewed had six social care teams attached to them: nine children, [and a] tenth on the way. Something has to give here really."

Miss Casey warns that the state must start telling mothers with large families to take "responsibility" and stop getting pregnant, often with different, abusive men. ...

In the wake of last summer's riots, David Cameron set up the troubled families unit to coordinate action against the problem. He appointed Miss Casey, who was previously Tony Blair's "respect tsar", to lead it.

Families who refuse help will be threatened with sanctions such as losing their council housing, having their children put into care or anti-social behaviour orders which, if breached, can lead to prison.

Miss Casey has travelled the country and has analysed the problems of 16 of the worst families, who cost the state up to £200,000 each a year. She said: "Yes, we have to help these families. But I also don't think we should soft-touch those families. We are not running some cuddly social workers' programme to wrap everybody in cotton wool."

She recently visited a family court, where she watched a young woman lose her ninth child to care. The woman, a drug addict, was expected to get pregnant again and the state would intervene again to take the child away shortly after birth. ... ...

Under the £448 million programme, each family will have a dedicated worker whose job is to turn them around.
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Third of foreign student visas 'lack credibility', survey finds
Thomas Harding
Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2012

A third of visas handed to overseas students should never have been issued with up to 70,000 foreign undergraduates applications "lacking credibility", a government survey has found.

An intention to remain in Britain, failure to speak any English and no desire to complete their degree were given as the top three reasons given to Home Office investigators.

Three out of five visas given to students from India and Nigeria were found to "lack credibility", the study found.

The survey is part of a crackdown on student visas that have for many years been abused with paperwork being the sole criteria for applications rather than face-to-face interviews.

Despite having certificates showing that they are qualified English speakers, hundreds of students could not answer the most basic questions in interviews without an interpreter.

A sixth of those applying as university undergraduates and two-thirds of those at private colleges were considered to have suspicious applications, the Home Office interviewers concluded in a move to crack down on bogus student visas.

It comes after Damian Green, the immigration minister, announced that the UK Border Agency would interview up to 14,000 students to weed out those who were in Britain on false claims.

With almost half (48 per cent) of all Pakistan applicants considered to be falsified all applicants from the country will now be individually interviewed as part of an immigration crackdown.

The Home Office study, carried out in the three months to February this year, interviewed almost 2,000 students granted visas under the current rules. It found that hundreds of bogus applications were also being made from the Philippines (53 per cent), China, (32) and Kenya (16 per cent) but none from America or Canada.

In the last year 206,000 student visas were granted although the Home Office said that the sample found in its survey would not necessarily be reflected on a wider basis.
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England and Wales population up
BBC, 16 July 2012

The population of England and Wales has reached 56.1 million, up by 3.7 million in a decade, the 2011 Census shows.

It is the largest growth shown by any census since they began in 1801.

The population in England was 53 million on 27 March 2011 when the census was taken, about 400,000 more than official estimates.

In Wales the population was 3.1 million. Around 55% of the 3.7m increase was attributed to net migration.

The census showed that the population for England and Wales was greater than official estimates rolled forward from 2001 - by just over 500,000.

Data shows that from March 2001 to March 2011, there were 6.6 million births and five million deaths in England and Wales, leading to an increase in the population of 1.6 million.

The Office for National Statistics said this accounted for around 44% of the total increase in population size, with the remainder being due to migration.

BBC home editor Mark Easton says the most likely reason for the discrepancy between the official estimate and the actual population is inaccurate migration data.

It is notable that the number of people in their 20s has risen from 6.6m to 7.6m - that additional one million people are most likely to be migrant workers, he adds.

The latest rise compares with a rise in population of 1.6 million between 1991 and 2001. ...

Northern Ireland's population rose to 1.81 million - the highest figure ever - according to its census.

The number of people increased by 7% over the last decade, broadly in line with the figure for England and Wales. ...

Figures for Scotland will be released later this year.
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Tories fail to solve immigration crisis that blights Britain
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 16 July 2012

No greater bunch of treacherous charlatans ever held office than the last Labour Government.

Without any consent from the British people, this gang of traitors enacted an unparalleled social revolution in our country by promoting by mass immigration on an epic scale.

Our national identity was shattered, our mutual sense of belonging obliterated and our civic infrastructure put under intolerable strain.

Tragically, the Tory-led Coalition has dismally failed to reverse this disastrous trend.

From Ministers, we have had nothing but hollow words. The colonisation of Britain by foreigners continues to accelerate. ...

The true size of British population may actually be much bigger than today's survey indicates, for there are a number of serious flaws with the current Census.

One is the simple fact that the information has already become hopelessly out of date, thanks to the unprecedented and growing waves of immigration.

In 2011, an incredible 593,000 foreigners, mostly from Asia and Africa, came to settle in Britain, an increase on 2010 when 582,000 immigrants arrived here.

Moreover, migrant families tend to have far more children than the indigenous population, further speeding up the rate of change. ... ...

Crucially, the Government machine has a vested interest in downplaying the number of immigrants living here. ...

According to the Conservative MP Greg Hands, a leading figure at the TESCO supermarket chain said in 2008 that "they estimate the population of the UK to be closer to 80 million, based on the volume of certain staples that they sell."

This is backed up a major, non-commercial agricultural institution which reckoned that there are 77 million people currently in the UK, this figure again based on how much we eat.

Such estimates make sense.

Our border controls are notoriously inadequate, while the Home Office admits that it "hasn't a clue" how many illegal immigrants are living in this country.

Moreover, the total of National Insurance numbers dished out by the Government is far higher than the official level of immigration. Between 2004 and 2007, 270,000 work permits were issued by the Government to non-European nationals, yet over 900,000 National Insurance numbers were issued.

As a graphic illustration of this farce, just 1455 Nigerians were given leave to enter Britain in this period, yet 35,900 Nigerians got NI numbers.

We can see with our own eyes how immigration is transforming Britain far more radically than officialdom ever admits.

All around us are over-stretched public services and overcrowded roads. Vast swathes of our urban landscape, dominated by the babble of foreign tongues, squalid markets or ethnic gangs, no longer resemble Britain any more.

The great lie perpetrated by the Labour Government was that the mass immigration was a means of improving our country. The tidal wave of foreigners would not only raise our prosperity but also enrich our culture, claimed the Labour politicians.

But the opposite has been true. Immigration has been a vehicle for economic destruction and social disintegration.
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John Terry is a foul-mouthed, philandering bully: So how did he become a champion of free speech? [part 1]
Michael Buerk
Mail on Sunday, 15 July 2012

The trial of John Terry was a particularly British farce, from which nobody emerges with any credit.

Terry, himself, was cleared of racism but those who regard him as a foul-mouthed philanderer will have seen and heard little to change their minds. It's probably unfair, but Bobby Moore he isn't.

The beautiful game has been shown to be played now by some very unlovely people; playground bullies with two-word vocabularies, barnyard morals and bank accounts that could bail out Greece.

The law has turned out to be an ass, or at least a morally mixed-up mule. It is very difficult to explain, in any way that makes sense, what exactly was supposed to be the crime. It's even harder to see why it was brought to such an elaborate and expensive showpiece trial.

Nobody disputed Terry used the words "f***ing black c*** at Anton Ferdinand. There's some irony in that it was the one word I don't have to asterisk that caused the fuss, the one word that was, undeniably, true.

Just calling somebody a f***ing c***, these ill-mannered days, is not, it seems, offensive. ...

'Black' is a different matter. 'Black' makes the otherwise commonplace obscenities racially specific and, therefore, in the view of the Crown Prosecution Service, a serious crime.

No matter that Anton Ferdinand did not complain; he said he didn't even hear what Terry said and was clearly equally unhappy to be in court. No matter the complainant was an off-duty policeman who saw it on TV.

The full majesty of the law was invoked, a sledgehammer came down to crack a hard nut – and missed.

The full, five-day hearing would have been comic if there hadn't been so much and, paradoxically, so little, at stake.

The sight of all those highly paid lawyers fruitily effing and blinding, subjecting half-heard and half-seen sledging to textual analysis worthy of Beowulf, out-parodies itself.

You would laugh if you weren't wondering how much it all cost us – well over £100,000, according to some estimates.

That is pocket money to John Terry, of course. He earns considerably more than that a week.

The maximum fine he faced if he had been found guilty was £2,500, and he is paid ten times that much every day. ...

With the exception of being fingered as a paedophile, a conviction for racism would probably have been the only thing that could seriously stain his already rather shopsoiled image.

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John Terry is a foul-mouthed, philandering bully: So how did he become a champion of free speech? [part 2]
Michael Buerk
Mail on Sunday, 15 July 2012

The verdict is not the point. Neither is the cost though, as a taxpayer, I am annoyed at the waste of my money.

What really worries me is how this fun-filled five days undermines the long battle against racism.

I know what real racism is. I was the BBC correspondent in South Africa for much of the Eighties when apartheid finally ran out of road. ...

I don't think Britain was ever a truly racist country, not by those standards, anyway. There were racist attitudes, certainly, when I was growing up.

Blacks, Irish and Jews did encounter prejudice and were sometimes casually diminished in language we would not tolerate now. But, in my lifetime, we have accepted, and assimilated, large numbers of people of other races with relatively good grace – even though I doubt we would have voted for it if anybody had asked us.

I enjoy living in a multi-racial society. I think the law has done a great deal towards making it as generally tolerant as it is. It was absolutely right to stop any, and every, kind of discrimination based on colour or ethnicity.

It is surely correct to prohibit the stirring up of racial tension.

I quite accept there is a long way to go, and worrying disparities in ambitions and outcomes for different racial groups here.

But it is when we try to control everyday discourse that we run into trouble. 'Nigger' was once perfectly acceptable – war heroes used it as a name for their labradors; sweaters came in that shade of brown.

Now it's anathema. 'Negro' went the same way, then 'Coloured'. 'Black' is on the way out. It seems any word becomes tainted by association, which is racist in itself. ...

To get rid of remaining prejudice, we need attitudes to change but we won't do it by insulting people's common sense as we have done this week.

The perception is that it is OK to insult somebody in the filthiest way possible, but wrong, criminal even, to call a black man black. That reduces racial equality from a virtuous ideal to mere political correctness.

Let's level the playing field, not try to police the language. John Terry is an unlikely champion of free speech but if his trial makes us think again about all this, he might have done something useful off the pitch, for a change.
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2.33m EU migrants are living in Britain: Only Spain and Germany more popular than the UK
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 12 July 2012

Britain is home to 2.33 million immigrants from other EU countries, more than almost anywhere else in Europe, according to analysis revealed yesterday.

Only Spain and Germany are home to more, the research found.

The estimates suggest that just under a third of all immigrants living in Britain have come from other EU countries.

And the real number may be much higher than the count produced by the EU's statistical arm Eurostat.

Its research is based on figures from Britain's Office for National Statistics, which are notoriously unreliable because there is no guaranteed way of assessing the numbers of EU citizens living here.

The latest estimates said there were 2,334,400 people born in EU countries other than Britain living here last year.
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Five million non-EU immigrants living in UK
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2012

The UK is home to almost five million people who were born outside the 27 EU member states, more than almost any other European country, new figures have shown.

Only Germany and France have a greater population of immigrants born outside of the EU than the UK, which has an estimated 4.9 million foreigners living in the country.

There are also 2.3 million immigrants from other EU countries living in Britain, according to the research.

The provisional data, from the EU statistics office Eurostat, suggested foreign citizens made up seven per cent of the UK population.
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Michael Buerk: 'Population deniers' must face our demographic disaster
Anita Singh
Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2012

The human race is facing catastrophe due to rising birth rates but "population deniers" refuse to let the issue be discussed, according to Michael Buerk.

The BBC presenter, most famous for his 1984 television report on the Ethiopian famine, said politicians and broadcasters shy away from the subject because the population explosion is focused on Africa and Asia and they fear being branded as racist.

Buerk said the population of Africa is expected to triple by the end of the century, contributing to a "demographic disaster" in which nations have to struggle to survive with enough food and resources.

"Population is the invisible issue of the 21st century," he said.

"We are supposed to think it's almost immoral to question the idea of climate change – that we are responsible for it, that the overall consequences will be profoundly detrimental – without conclusive evidence, just on the shaky balance of scientific probability.

"Yet the root cause, the exponential growth of the human population that is already making life uncomfortable and threatens to make it impossible, does not seem to be up for discussion.

"The population deniers seem to regard the whole issue as bad taste, a kind of disguised racism."

Buerk has spent years researching the subject and delivered a lecture at the Telegraph Ways With Words literary festival in Dartington, Devon.

He said: "Not much is off-limits these days – we wallow in the trite and the tasteless – yet the fate of humanity, the possibility that we may be breeding ourselves into extinction, or at least widespread misery, is somehow better left unsaid.

"I'm struck in particular by the great, well-meaning wedge of Guardian readers, the environmentalists, the guilt-mongers forever warning us how we're putting the earth at risk when we ask for a shopping bag, but who shy away from the obvious conclusion that the more of us there are, the more demands are made on the planet.

"They shuffle their moccasins and look away."

The birth of the world's seven billionth baby last year "is a very significant landmark on the road to demographic disaster", Buerk said.

He set out figures showing that the global population is increasing at the rate of 211,000 people per day.

There were 2.5 billion people on earth in 1950, which has almost tripled to seven billion today. By the end of the century, it is projected, the population will rise to 10 billion.

By 2100 – according to figures Buerk cited from the United Nations – one in three humans on the planet will be African. The population of India is expected to hit 1.5 billion in the next 20 years.

Buerk, presenter of The Moral Maze and The Choice on BBC Radio 4, said broadcasters and politicians would not tackle the issue.

"When I talk about it, I get three different types of answer," he claimed. ...

"It's either denial or keep your head down as far as the political classes are concerned, in my limited experience." ...

Buerk's powerful report on the Ethiopian famine brought the plight of the country's starving to worldwide attention and prompted Bob Geldof to set up Live Aid.
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Flat adverts that may be breaking the law [part 1]
Tom de Castella
BBC, 3 July 2012

"To let" advertisements that specify a particular race or religion are visible in newsagents windows in many areas of London. But are they breaking the law?

Today overt racial discrimination is both illegal and socially unacceptable.

But it is now possible to find advertisements seeking tenants for rented accommodation which specify race, or other characteristics, in a way which some experts believe breaks the law.

Newsagents in different areas of London carry adverts saying:

• "Double bedroom available... Asian only"

• "Double room to let Gujarati (Indian) only"

• Close to the station and bus stops (Filipino only)

• "Professional single lady or Sri Lanka professional couple"

• "House for rent... only Asian families" ...

Most people understand that racial discrimination in jobs or education is both unacceptable and illegal. It's a position reinforced by the 2010 Equality Act, covering England, Wales and Scotland, which defines race in terms of both ethnicity and nationality. The same applies to religion - "Christian only" or "Muslim only" are both unacceptable. ...

In the same way, landlords who specify a certain race are breaking the law, legal experts say. In 2009 the BBC found that letting agents in Lincolnshire were excluding migrant workers at the request of landlords. It was covert discrimination and breached the Race Relations Act 1976.

But in London at least you can find adverts specifying race openly displayed. ...

They only represent a small proportion of flat ads but it's hard to imagine even a single similar advert saying "whites only" not drawing complaints. ...

An advertiser in Tooting, south London, seeking a "Muslim family" is disappointed that the law may not allow for religious preference. "We are Muslim and it's a flatshare. What can I say? Everyone has his own preferences. OK?"

Diet is a commonly cited reason. The author of a "Gujarati (Indian) only" ad says: "I'm a vegetarian and I don't like meat in the kitchen." ...

The Equality Act says: "A person (A) discriminates against another (B) if, because of a protected characteristic, A treats B less favourably than A treats or would treat others." But how this might apply to flat adverts is yet to be tested in court and there is disagreement over the application.

There are three different groups who typically place flat adverts - landlords or agents letting a property, live-in landlords letting part of their property and tenants looking for housemates.

Dr Nuno Ferreira, an expert in discrimination law at the University of Manchester, believes that all these groups are covered.

"It doesn't make any difference if the landlord lives in the premises or not. This distinction will have a bearing on discrimination on other grounds, but not in relation to race or ethnicity." The same applies to tenants looking for a housemate, he believes.
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Flat adverts that may be breaking the law [part 2]
Tom de Castella
BBC, 3 July 2012

Chris Norris, head of policy at the National Landlords Association, is less sure. "It is not clear whether tenants who do the same are breaking the law or not, although such behaviour is discriminatory against other potential housemates," he says. "Tenants looking for new housemates should focus on describing the house's current occupants so that potential applicants can judge for themselves whether they would be a suitable fit or not." ...

... While adverts specifying ethnicity are not common, those that say "female only" or "male only" are widespread.

These also may now be against the law. ...

The same principle applies to age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, religion, and sexual orientation.

So "gay flatmate wanted" may be equally illegal.

Not everything is off limits though. "Those characteristics do not include vegetarianism," the spokeswoman explains.

There's no getting away from the fact that people want to live with likeminded people. But can that be allowed to mean people of the same ethnicity or religion? And even if there was a crackdown on discriminatory ads, would people not just subtly choose the ethnic group they wanted anyway, perhaps using prompts and coded terms?

There's a need for flexibility in how discrimination law is applied as some groups are more vulnerable than others, says Penny Anderson, author of the Renter Girl blog. "A landlord saying no to a Muslim woman is wrong. But I think a group of Muslim women turning down a white man is OK." ...

But people can simply get around the law by placing an advert on a site catering for their own group, be it students, Indians or feminists. They can put a notice up in a foreign language, thus excluding anyone who can't read Hebrew, Bengali or Polish, for example. They can also simply wait for the responses and filter applicants.

It's true, says Goodhart. "Hypocrisy is better than overt, public racial preference."
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Immigration and identity: An open letter to Labour [part 1]
Matthew Goodwin
Policy Network, 28 June 2012

Dear Labour,

... Beginning in the late 1990s, and then fuelled by accessions to the EU, a new and unprecedented wave of migration encountered a hostile public reaction. Public concern about the issue reached historic levels. ... Between 1995 and 2010, the proportion favouring reductions jumped from 63 to 78%.

You often responded by attempting to frame immigration as an opportunity, rather than a problem. But voters were never won over. Even today, after years of historic migration and persistent attempts to appease public anxieties, citizens of the UK are more likely than their counterparts on the continent and in the U.S. to consider immigration problematic: while 25% see an opportunity, 68% see a problem. ...

Since 2001 concerns over immigration have been joined by a cluster of anxieties over security-related issues – such as crime and terrorism – and more specific discomfort over settled Muslims. ...

At the same time, the continued growth of established minorities and continued EU-based migration will ensure that promises to curb net migration will continually fail to satisfy a public appetite for more tangible measures. The simple reality is that demographic trends are now beginning to overtake what can realistically be achieved through the levers of policy. This means that all political parties will increasingly struggle to exhibit competence on immigration and identity issues. And nor is this lost on voters. When asked about steps taken by the government to manage immigration, 74% say the government is doing a poor or very poor job (a four point increase since 2010). But this will be especially difficult for you, Labour. In short, you were never the preferred party on these issues. And when you were in power you simply failed to convince voters that you were enacting sensible policies on immigration. More fundamentally, you failed to convince voters that you were simply being open and honest with them about one of the most profound changes taking place in the country.


Unless you acknowledge the nature of the challenge then any attempt to make progress in immigration and identity politics will be flawed from the outset. The most important task you face is to connect with the "culturally threatened". You have long argued that – ultimately – anxieties about immigration and identity can be resolved by tackling economic grievances. ... ...

Economic forces are important. No one is saying they are not. ... But the key point is this: feelings of economic threat are not at the crux of what is going on. ...

Decades of research in the social sciences deliver a clear message: it is a perceived sense of threat to the cultural unity of the nation – rather than economic threat – that is the strongest driver of prejudice, and also the desire for more restrictive immigration and asylum policies. To quote just one conclusion of many: 'Britons are clearly worried about the symbolic threats of immigrants – the threat of religions that are perceived to emphasise non-British values and a terminal community other than that of Britain, and the threat to shared customs and way of life'. More recent studies paint the same picture: while concerns over immigration are strongest among groups who feel both economically and culturally threatened, it is divisions over culture that are a more important driver – and they are growing.
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Immigration and identity: An open letter to Labour [part 2]
Matthew Goodwin
Policy Network, 28 June 2012

In fact, UK citizens are now more likely than their continental neighbours to say that immigration is negatively affecting their national culture. Across five European states the average who thought so was 35%. In the UK it was 50%. You have often argued that these cultural anxieties are primarily a knee-jerk reaction to more important economic and class-based issues: a legitimate front-stage to more toxic backstage tensions over which group got what resources, and how much. I contend that this goes the other way: arguments about jobs and housing are more acceptable to voters than deeper concerns about whether minorities share the same values, norms and ways of life. Across Europe, the far right has been so devastatingly effective not because it has pitched to concerns about resources but because it has spoken to fears about a loss of cultural unity, national identity and ways of life. These concerns are not rooted in individual experience: they are concerned mainly with the impact of diversity on the wider national community. The challenge, then, is to speak to the culturally threatened, and think far more innovatively about how to speak to their value-based rather than resource-based concerns. Beginning to open up this conversation is paramount. Talking about economics is merely scratching the surface.

One response to all of this is that – ultimately – immigration and identity concerns do not really matter. These anxieties have never swayed elections, and citizens who are most concerned about these issues lack the numerical significance to warrant more than token gestures. But this is a dangerously naïve view, not least because it ignores evidence about the longer-term impact of these issues: namely that when public concerns over immigration and cultural unity remain unresolved, overall levels of public trust in the political system go down. Research in the U.S. has shown that – as a result of perceptions of cultural differences between groups – citizens become less favourable toward using the institutions of the state to reduce poverty and provide welfare. This speaks directly to the core centre-left agenda. You will be nervous about the conversations above. But not having them may well undermine your longer-term goals. The same applies in Britain, where academics such as Lauren McLaren have shown how feelings of cultural disunity do not apply only to feelings toward other citizens: they also stretch to feelings about political elites and how the overall community is governed. Put in other words, by ignoring these concerns over immigration and identity – and in particular getting to get to grips with the cultural dimension – you risk undermining not only your own goals, but broader trust in the British political system.
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More than 1m pupils speak English as a second language
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 22 June 2012

The number of schoolchildren speaking English as a second language has topped one million for the first time, prompting fresh claims that immigration is placing a significant "burden" on the state education system.

Official figures show that more than one-in-six pupils in primary schools now speak other languages in the home following a sharp increase in the last 12 months.

In secondary schools, at least one-in-eight children have a relatively poor grasp of English, it emerged.

Data from the Department for Education shows that the number of pupils aged five-upwards speaking other languages has soared by almost 50,000 – or five per cent – to a record high of just over a million.

Figures suggest that the proportion of children starting school with English as a second language has now doubled in just over a decade. ...

Data from the DfE shows the number of schoolchildren who speak other languages as their mother tongue in English state schools. Figures are collected from schools in January each year.

According to figures, 1,007,090 pupils speak other languages at home in 2012 compared with 957,490 a year earlier.

In primary schools, some 17.5 per cent of the pupil population do not speak English as a first language – up from 16.8 per cent in 2011. In secondary schools, the proportion has increased from 12.3 per cent to 12.9 per cent. ...

The DfE also published data relating to the ethnic background of pupils in the state education system.

In primary schools, some 27.6 per cent of pupils – 911,570 – are now from ethnic minority families. It was up from 26.5 per cent in 2011.

A further 23.2 per cent of pupils in secondary education – 749,870 – were described as non-white British, up from 22.2 per cent a year earlier.
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EU should 'undermine national homogeneity' says UN migration chief
Brian Wheeler
BBC, 21 June 2012

The EU should "do its best to undermine" the "homogeneity" of its member states, the UN's special representative for migration has said.

Peter Sutherland told peers the future prosperity of many EU states depended on them becoming multicultural.

He also suggested the UK government's immigration policy had no basis in international law.

He was being quizzed by the Lords EU home affairs sub-committee which is investigating global migration.

Mr Sutherland, who is non-executive chairman of Goldman Sachs International and a former chairman of oil giant BP, heads the Global Forum on Migration and Development, which brings together representatives of 160 nations to share policy ideas.

He told the House of Lords committee migration was a "crucial dynamic for economic growth" in some EU nations "however difficult it may be to explain this to the citizens of those states".

An ageing or declining native population in countries like Germany or southern EU states was the "key argument and, I hesitate to the use word because people have attacked it, for the development of multicultural states", he added.

"It's impossible to consider that the degree of homogeneity which is implied by the other argument can survive because states have to become more open states, in terms of the people who inhabit them. Just as the United Kingdom has demonstrated."

The UN special representative on migration was also quizzed about what the EU should do about evidence from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that employment rates among migrants were higher in the US and Australia than EU countries.

He told the committee: "The United States, or Australia and New Zealand, are migrant societies and therefore they accommodate more readily those from other backgrounds than we do ourselves, who still nurse a sense of our homogeneity and difference from others.

"And that's precisely what the European Union, in my view, should be doing its best to undermine."

Mr Sutherland recently argued, in a lecture to the London School of Economics, of which he is chairman, that there was a "shift from states selecting migrants to migrants selecting states" and the EU's ability to compete at a "global level" was at risk.

In evidence to the Lords committee, he urged EU member states to work together more closely on migration policy and advocated a global approach to the issue - criticising the UK government's attempt to cut net migration from its current level to "tens of thousands" a year through visa restrictions. ...

Mr Sutherland, who has attended meetings of The Bilderberg Group, a top level international networking organisation often criticised for its alleged secrecy, called on EU states to stop targeting "highly skilled" migrants, arguing that "at the most basic level individuals should have a freedom of choice" about whether to come and study or work in another country.
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Britain full to bursting: Population up 10% in 15 years...and they are just the ones we know about
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 21 June 2012

The most overcrowded parts of Britain have seen their populations rocket in the past 15 years, official figures revealed yesterday. ...

According to the Office for National Statistics, the numbers squeezed into the most crowded parts of Britain have soared by 10 per cent since 1997.

But that figure does not include the hundreds of thousands who are living here without declaring themselves to the authorities.

The rising number who choose to live in England's prosperous southern regions made the country the most overcrowded in Europe two years ago.

The latest figures show there are an average of more than 400 people living in every square kilometre of England.

Critics blame the population surge on the last Labour government's policy of encouraging large-scale immigration. The population density of London has risen by 11.6 per cent since 1997; in the East of England by 10.5 per cent, and by nearly 9 per cent across the rest of the South.

Some say present rates of population growth will lead to intolerable pressures on transport, housing, water and energy supplies. ...

The population density of London has risen from 4,462 people in every square kilometre in 1997 to 4,978 in 2010. ... ...

With 447 to every square kilometre, the South East is now more crowded than the Netherlands or Belgium.

The most crowded region of England remains the North West, which has 492 to every square kilometre. However, its population density has gone up only 2.1 per cent since 1997. ... ...

Surveys used to gauge population levels do not take into account people from the EU who come as visitors but stay long-term and those from elsewhere who overstay their visas or are here illegally.

The national census in 2001 missed at least a million people, many of them in London. Results of the new, and possibly last, census, are due out later this year, but this time it may have missed as many as two million people.
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Student migrant route is 'wide-open' door to Britain, ministers warned
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 13 June 2012

Studying in Britain has become the "back door" to the country for 75,000 immigrants a year and ministers are right to restrict their numbers, a pressure group says today.

Migration Watch UK agrees foreign students are valuable but says the current system is far too easily abused, as applicants are not interviewed to see if they are genuine and the Government has "not the slightest idea" how many return home after graduation.

It says the call made by the heads of 68 universities, in a recent letter published in The Daily Telegraph, for students to be taken out of migration figures would only "destroy public confidence" and wreck ministers' attempts to stem the flow of new arrivals to the country.

Contrary to the warnings of vice-chancellors that a crackdown would damage the economy, Migration Watch estimates that cutting foreign student numbers by a tenth would only affect Britain's foreign exchange earnings by 0.2 per cent. ...

Of the 492,000 students admitted to universities in England last year, 24,400 were from Europe and a further 34,000 from elsewhere in the world. Many more come to language schools and other colleges. ...

But in a new paper, Migration Watch points out that the USA, Canada and Australia – the other main destinations for foreign students – also include international students in their net migration figures.

The group adds that other countries also carry out interviews of applicants to check they are genuine, and know exactly which students leave the country after finishing their courses.

By contrast, Britain stopped questioning potential overseas students in 2008 and does not ask people departing the country if they arrived as students.

So although surveys suggest that 2 million non-EU students have arrived in Britain for at least a year over the past decade, "the Government have not the slightest idea" how many have left.

It is estimated that a fifth of foreign students stay after their courses legally while others remain illegally, particularly those from poorer countries, which could mean the population of Britain growing by some 75,000 people a year.
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Enoch Powell still speaks to us today
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 11 June 2012
[Review of "Enoch at 100", edited by Greville Howard]

Enoch Powell was, until the rise of Margaret Thatcher, the most famous politician in Britain. This was because of his "Rivers of Blood" speech in April 1968, in which he warned of the effects of mass immigration. No single speech since the war has caused greater controversy.

... Powell died in 1998. He would have been 100 this year. The 21st century can consider him in the perspective of history. ...

Enoch had a powerful mind and remarkable gifts of expression. He could think boldly about a huge range of subjects, and then argue about them with intellectual force and high emotion. The editor of this book, Greville Howard, rightly mixes essays about Enoch with whole speeches by the man himself. The reader picks up his strangely compelling tone of voice – the odd combination of eccentric professor and mass orator, of almost archaic obscurity and devastating clarity. ...

His commitment to the British nation state, and above all to the Parliament which embodied it, made him pay relentless attention to the visceral issues which lay behind the questions of the day. "Enoch was right", taxi drivers always used to say 25 years ago. They meant, right about the dangers of mass immigration. Some of them were racists, but I don't think most were. They had a pride in the identity of their nation and a fear when they felt it threatened. Powell spoke to these feelings, and although his language was inflammatory, he was right to raise the subject. In a well-balanced, often critical essay in this book, Tom Bower goes through the whole "Rivers of Blood" legacy. He points out that Powell's prediction of the scale of the problem turned out to be more accurate than that of his critics.

The first words of the "Rivers of Blood" speech are: "The supreme function of statesmanship is to provide against preventable evils." Powell tried sincerely to do this.
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Thousands of illegal immigrants are being freed 'to safeguard their human rights'
James Slack
Daily Mail, 31 May 2012

Thousands of illegal immigrants have been caught by the authorities before being released 'to protect their human rights'.

One in six of those granted bail later absconds – meaning they must be caught a second time at huge cost to the taxpayer.

Internal Home Office figures show that last year 1,665 immigration detainees were granted bail, of whom 277 later absconded. ...

When trying to deport an illegal immigrant, officials can either start legal proceedings or, in some cases, offer people bribes to go home.

Detainees can then only continue to be held in immigration centres if there is a good chance of them being imminently deported.

At the same time, others cite Article 8 of the Human Rights Act – which gives the right to a family and private life – meaning courts are forced to let them go pending appeals.

There are also often problems in locating documents to identify where immigrants are from – making it impossible to send them home. In many cases, documents have been destroyed deliberately. ...

Earlier this month, it emerged there are 3,900 overseas convicts on bail in the community.

Of these, 2,500 were released from jail more than two years ago – including 817 who have been at large for five years or more, UK Border Agency statistics showed. ...

This month it also emerged that, of the 1,103 foreign prisoners who were released without being considered for deportation, only 399 have been deported six years on.
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Migration to UK more than double government target
BBC, 25 May 2012

Net migration to the UK remains more than double the government's target of fewer than 100,000 people a year, according to new figures.

In the 12 months to last September, net migration - the number arriving in the UK to stay for more than a year minus those leaving for good - was 252,000.

The figures reflect a drop of just 3,000 on the previous year.

The government has pledged to cut it to "tens of thousands" by 2015 and Labour said it was "failing badly".

The figures from the Office for National Statistics show estimated long-term immigration to the UK in the year to September was 589,000, compared with 600,000 in the year to September 2010. The figure has remained at a similar level since 2004.

Estimated long-term emigration from the country over the same 12 months was 338,000, compared with 345,000 for the year before.

The number of National Insurance numbers allocated to non-UK nationals in the year to December 2011 was 671,000, a rise of 1% compared with 2010.

The most common reason for people coming to the UK is to study, as in previous years. This accounted for 250,000 of the arrivals, up slightly from 245,000 in the year to September 2010.
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Government database flooded with tip-offs over illegal immigrants
Daily Telegraph, 17 May 2012

A new government database is being flooded with thousands of complaints about illegal immigrants, raising concerns over the true scale of foreigners living unlawfully in Britain.

Although it has not yet been publicly launched, the National Allegations Database is already receiving tip-offs at the rate of one every six seconds.

The deluge of claims – the equivalent of 100,000 allegations every year – suggests there are far more illegal immigrants in the country than is estimated.

Immigration officers in charge of the system believe the majority of the intelligence passed to them is genuine, leading to 900 separate raids and 700 arrests in only a few months.

The database, which is expected to be launched within a few months, will store intelligence offered by members of the public and employers.

Some 25,600 allegations – around 230 every day – were received and passed on to the database between mid-December and the end of March this year.

Around 16,000 contained enough information to be sent to immigration teams to carry out full investigations.

Those marked as high priority cases include tip-offs relating to terrorism, firearms, weapons, sexual offences, drugs and child-trafficking.

Campaigners welcomed the introduction of the database, which was revealed in a letter to MPs by the chief executive of the UK Border Agency (UKBA).

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, told the Daily Mail: "This is an astonishing response from the public to an invitation that the Government has barely mentioned.

"It is a pointer to the massive number of illegal migrants in Britain."

Rob Whiteman, chief executive of the UKBA, said that 900 "allegation based enforcement visits" had taken place so far – 700 of which were illegal working operations.

He added: "As a result of these enforcement visits, approximately 700 individuals have been arrested for a variety of offences, including illegal entry, overstaying and facilitation."

In 2005, the Home Office estimated there could be as many as 570,000 illegal immigrants in Britain.

Migrationwatch said the figure was more likely to be around 870,000 because the estimate did not include migrants' children.

The response to the database suggests the figure could be even higher.
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More than 800 foreign criminals avoid deportation five years after release
David Millward
Daily Telegraph, 16 May 2012

The Home Office was last night engulfed in a new border scandal after it emerged that 817 convicted foreign criminals have escaped deportation five years after being released from prison.

Already under fire over the delays it has inflicted on passengers entering Britain, immigration officials were now facing calls to explain how these offenders have remained in Britain despite the courts ordering their removal.

Their existence was disclosed to the Home Affairs Select Committee by Rob Whiteman, the chief executive of the UK Border Agency, the body now responsible for tracking and deporting illegal immigrants and criminals whose deportation has been demanded by the courts.

They are among 3,900 foreign criminals still at large in Britain after being released. The figure represents a small fall on the 3,940 who were still in the country last November.

Unless they have been given permission to work they would, it is understood, be living on some form of benefit. They would also have access to the health service and their children would have a right to go to local schools. ...

Mr Whiteman told MPs that 90 per cent of foreign nationals who were freed to live in the community by the courts, which had ordered their release because there was no realistic prospect of their being removed reasonably quickly.

Removals were being blocked by offenders dragging out appeals in the courts on an array of points of law.

In some cases the rights of their children made it far more difficult to secure deportation, Mr Whiteman added.

Even securing a passport to enable deportation to take place can be an unsurmountable problem.

"There are some countries where we have difficulties in securing the documents. We can't just put people on a flight."

Deportees have even been rejected on arrival, when they deny that they hail from the country to which they have been sent.

One individual has been returned to Britain on nine separate occasions. ... According to immigration sources some countries – including Somalia, Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Iran – are considered too dangerous to deport to.

Countries where difficulties securing travel documents have arisen include India, Iran, Pakistan and Jamaica. ...

The Home Office is understood to have spent nearly £134 million in five years flying home illegal immigrants. ...

A UK Border Agency spokesman said last night. "We have sped up the deportation process and last year we removed over 4,500 foreign criminals. Any foreign criminal sentenced to more than 12 months should be removed from this country and we will never stop trying to locate those who have absconded.
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Ministers 'playing immigration numbers game' by including students
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 14 May 2012

Ministers have included overseas students in the government's net migration count because they are more interested in playing the numbers game than with long-term migration, a leading thinktank has claimed.

The Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR) report says the refusal to exclude international students from the government's drive to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands is damaging British education and putting at risk £4bn to £6bn a year in benefits to the UK economy.

The IPPR researchers Matt Cavanagh and Alex Glennie say only the 15% of overseas students who stay on to work permanently in Britain should be counted within the net migration figures, which measure the long-term flow of migrants in and out of Britain.

Home Office ministers have introduced a wide range of curbs on the 400,000 overseas students who come to Britain each year to study as part of their drive to reduce annual net migration from its current level of 240,000 a year to below 100,000 by the time of the 2015 general election.

Ministers have turned down demands from Universities UK and the National Union of Students to exclude overseas students from the long-term net migration figures, arguing they are simply complying with international standards laid down by the International Labour Organisation.

But the IPPR reports that the UK's main competitors in the overseas student market – the US, Canada and Australia – make clear they are only included in the immigration figures as temporary or "non-immigrant" admissions.

"The decisive reason why the UK government is sticking with the current method of measuring student migration flows is not a genuine concern with long-term net migration but a desire to 'game' its own net migration target by banking large apparent reductions in 2013 and 2014 which reflect the limitations of the current method of measurement rather than real changes in long-term net migration trends," concludes the report.

It says that while it is true there has been abuse of student visas, cutting down on abuse and cutting down on numbers are fundamentally different objectives.
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Riots were a 'taste of Britain to come', warns Government adviser
Rowena Mason
Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2012

Last summer's riots are a "taste of Britain to come" as politicians are failing to deal with the gang warfare, crime-ridden streets and absent fathers, a Government adviser has warned.

Simon Marcus, a charity boss appointed to investigate the riots, has launched a blistering attack on the Government, local councils and police for being "in denial" about the gang culture behind the unrest.

An official report into last August's violence by the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel found that a lack of confidence in the police, materialism and poor parenting were all partially to blame.

Mr Marcus was a member of the panel that wrote the report, but he said it "failed to address the deeper causes" of the violence.

Writing in the Spectator, he said few are willing to admit that an "epidemic of father absence" had lead to a vacuum which is now filled by dangerous gangs that give young people security, identity, loyalty and money.

"Many may be in denial of this reality - but in many parts of our country this culture now owns the streets and last August it simply did what it says on the tin," he said.

He blamed gang culture for "dominating areas" as the disintegration of the traditional family has demoralised and fractured society.

Mr Marcus, the founder of the Boxing Academy charity, said it was more likely that half the rioters were involved with gangs than the 13 per cent identified by the official investigation. ...

He said the problem was made worse when councils fail to address the problem directly and identified a "local government culture of psychobabble".

"There sometimes seemed an iron curtain between the politically correct local government elite and the people they are meant to work for," he said.
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Asian sex gang: young girls betrayed by our fear of racism
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2012

Vulnerable teenagers were abandoned to their abusers because of our society's nervous respect for their 'different' culture. ...

You will already have noticed a lot of embarrassed evasiveness about this disgusting case, particularly on the BBC. Turning a blind eye to appalling, illegal practices because "it's their culture" is what has brought our country to this obscene pass. I have watched it unfolding since I did my teaching practice in 1982 in Southall, west London. I remember being encouraged to "teach the children their own culture" even as I found myself wondering why British Muslim girls couldn't be taught the enlightened beliefs of the egalitarian land in which they lived.

When it comes to women's rights, not all cultures are created equal, particularly those whose attitudes are frozen some time in the mid-14th century. But we weren't allowed to say that. Actually, we weren't even allowed to think that. If you inhaled enough toleration of the intolerable, then you were well on your way to the opium of political correctness.

All those years ago in the classroom, it was clear to me how dangerous it would be if we didn't insist that newcomers signed up to our social norms. What was going to happen if we were nervous of offending them, not the other way around? This week, over Liverpool, the sky was dark not with rain clouds but with chickens coming home to roost.

Rochdale girls who were living in what is imaginatively known as "care" were recruited into sexual factory farming by Muslim men described as "pure evil" by detectives. ...

Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for North West England, who at least had the guts to bring the case to court after social workers and the police turned away for fear of being seen as racist, admitted that "imported cultural baggage" played a role in the crimes. That's the same baggage that brought quaint customs like forced marriages, honour killing and female genital mutilation to these isles.

Crucially, Mr Afzal says that what defined the convicted men was their attitude to the opposite sex. "They think that women are some lesser beings. ... ...

What a relief to hear Mohammed Shafiq, chief executive of the Ramadhan Foundation, a moderate Muslim youth group, accusing Pakistani community elders of "burying their heads in the sand" over this poisonous problem. He welcomes police intervention and insists that race is "central to the actions" of the criminals. "They think that white teenage girls are worthless and can be abused without a second thought; it is this sort of behaviour that is bringing shame on our community."

By now, even the most trusting and generous-minded liberals must have woken up to the fact that our fear of being tarred as racist has allowed ugly practices and outmoded attitudes to flourish, hidden away behind a nervous respect for "difference". Stymied by political correctness, social workers, carers, police, lawyers and council staff all failed to protect those young Rochdale girls.

They were victims twice over. First, of the despicable men who traded and abused them, and second, of our well-meaning, foolish and deadly desire to avoid the issue of race at any cost. They deserved better.
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Babies develop racist traits aged nine months, before coming into contact with other races
Daily Mail, 5 May 2012

White babies aged just nine-months-old show signs of racial bias, according to a study in facial recognition.

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst found that by the young age the babies were already discriminating against those of different races in their ability to recognise faces and emotional expressions.

They analysed 48 Caucasian babies with little to no experience of African-American or black individuals.

Split into a group of five-months-olds and another of babies aged nine months, they were tasked with differentiating between faces of their people within own race and then of those belonged to another, unfamiliar, race.

Babies from the five-month-old group were far more adept at distinguishing faces from different races, while the nine-month-olds were able to tell apart two faces within their own race with greater ease.

In a second experiment the babies' brain activity was detected using sensors.

They were shown images of faces of Caucasian or African-American races expressing emotions that either matched or did not match sounds they heard, such as laughing and crying.

Brain-activity measurements showed the nine-month-olds processed emotional expressions among Caucasian faces differently than those of African-American faces, while the 5-month-olds did not.

The shift in recognition ability was not a cultural thing, rather a result of physical development.

Researchers found that the processing of facial emotions moved from the front of the brain to regions in the back of the brain in the older age group.

'These results suggest that biases in face recognition and perception begin in preverbal infants, well before concepts about race are formed,' said study leader Lisa Scott in a statement.

'It is important for us to understand the nature of these biases in order to reduce or eliminate [the biases].'

This is similar to how babies learn language, reported. Early in infancy babies do not know yet which sounds are meaningful in their native language, so they treat all sounds similarly.

As they learn the language spoken around them, their ability to tell apart sounds within other languages declines and their ability to differentiate sounds within their native language improves.

The results further earlier research which found that adults have more difficulty recognizing faces that belong to people of another race, indicating that the disparity begins sooner than previously realised.

The report is published in the May issue of the journal Development Science.
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One in five council homes in London goes to foreigners
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2012

One in five council homes is being given to foreigners in London, according to new figures.

Frank Field, a senior Labour MP, called on the Government to investigate.

In a letter to housing minister Grant Shapps, Mr Field said there was "a strong suspicion that long established citizens have had the rough end of the stick for too long".

Mr Field pointed to new National Statistics figures which showed that 20 per cent of all social housing in London taken by foreign nationals.

He said foreigners occupied 355,000 council houses, while Britons lived in 1.5 million, far higher than the proportion for newly let homes.

However Mr Field said the figures held by the Government were "too incomplete to draw meaningful conclusions".

Mr Field said: "There is a strong suspicion that long established citizens have had the rough end of the stick for too long. It is clear that the relevant statistics are a complete shambles so attempts to reassure them can only have been based on the most flimsy analysis.

"This very sensitive issue demands much more transparency and I look to the Government to see that it is provided."
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NHS risks becoming 'world health service' say campaigners
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 30 April 2012

The NHS risks becoming the "world health service" because even visitors to the country can claim free treatment, campaigners warn.

Ministers have confirmed that GPs do not need to ask prospective patients for ID or proof of address when registering them, raising fresh fears over "health tourism".

It allows foreign nationals who arrive in England on a six-month visitors visa to begin receiving health care immediately.

But the pressure group Migration Watch UK says that it could also mean illegal immigrants getting NHS treatment.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the organisation, said: "What this means is that someone getting off a plane with a valid visitors visa, is, in effect, able to access the GP services of the NHS without ever having paid a penny into the system. Over one and a half million such visas were issued last year.

"And once registered with a GP it is, in practice, an easy step to potentially highly expensive and long term treatment - all at the expense of the UK taxpayer with little or no prospect of the beneficiaries ever being charged for it."

He went on: "'It is clearly not the job of doctors to act as an arm of the immigration service but there are clear and substantial risks of abuse in such a lax system and controls must be put in place.

"The present situation is outrageous. Everyone knows the pressure the NHS is under and its ever increasing cost to the taxpayer. To allow such easy and potentially hugely expensive access without any entitlement must be stopped at once, otherwise the NHS risks becoming the 'World Health Service'."

The "lax" rules were confirmed in response to a parliamentary written question asked by Frank Field, the veteran Labour MP.

Simon Burns, the health minister, said that GPs can only turn away new patients if the local health trust has agreed they can close their lists.

He went on: "There is no formal requirement to provide documentation when registering with a GP. However, many GPs, when considering applications, request proof of identity and confirmation of address, but in doing so they must not act in a discriminatory way.

"A decision on whether to register a foreign national who has a six-month visitor visa is therefore currently for the GP to consider." ...

Recently the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, was criticised by Migration Watch for producing a booklet that makes it clear to new arrivals that they can access the NHS without documentation.
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10 million Indians wish to migrate to US: Gallup poll
The Times of India, 25 April 2012

Around 13 percent of the world's adults – or over 640 million people – would like to emigrate with roughly 150 million, including ten million Indians wishing to settle in America.

So suggests a new Gallup survey giving the US an undisputed title as the globe's most desired destination for would-be migrants since Gallup began tracking patterns in 2007.

Would-be migrants who express desires to relocate to the US most likely come from populous nations such as China (22 million), India (10 million), Brazil (7 million), Nigeria (15 million) or Bangladesh (8 million).

In addition to the almost 1 in 30 adults globally who would like to permanently settle in the US, vast numbers are attracted to the UK (45 million), to Canada (42 million), to France (32 million), and to Saudi Arabia (31 million).

Despite large numbers of people in China, Nigeria, and India who want to migrate permanently to the US, these countries are not necessarily the places where the US is the most desired destination.

Potential migrants aspire to move to countries all over the world for the simple reason that they are in search of opportunity, Gallup said.

Opportunity could mean the chance to join family members who are already in other countries, to start a new business, to express one's views without fear, or to live where children are treated with respect.

The reason the US is such a highly desired destination for potential migrants, in addition to being the land of opportunity, could be that many Americans are accepting of migrants in their communities, Gallup said.'s latest figures on adults' aspirations to move to other nations are based on a rolling median of surveys, using the responses of 452,199 adults in 151 nations between 2009 - 2011. The 151 nations represent over 97 percent of the globe's adult population.
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Looking for a little peace? Look to Maine, not Louisiana
Kari Huus, 24 April 2012

A new study ranking American states and cities for "peacefulness" puts Louisiana on the bottom of the heap, while Maine, tucked away in the northeast corner of the country, is rated No. 1.

The 2012 U.S. Peace Index, produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, a nonprofit nonpartisan research organization with offices in Sydney Australia, New York and Washington, D.C., considered five factors in its rankings: the number of homicides, number of violent crimes, the incarceration rate, number of police department employees and the availability of small arms.

It also offers an assessment of the benefits of peace, and the costs generated by violence.

In Maine, violence and violence containment cost taxpayers roughly $1,300 per person in 2011, the study said, compared to the average of $3,260 across the country.

If all the states had the same level of peacefulness as Maine, the total savings to the country would surpass $274 billion, according to the report.

"What is absolutely clear from the index," said Steve Killelea, founder and CEO of the institute, "is that peaceful states perform better across a range of economic, health, education and community factors. They have higher high school graduation rates, lower poverty, better access to basic services, higher labor force participation rates, higher life expectancy and less single parented families. Even social capital – like volunteerism, civic engagement, trust, and group membership – is higher in more peaceful states."

IEP, which also does a global peace index each year, showed that the most peaceful metropolitan area was Cambridge-Newton-Framingham in Massachusetts, while Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn in Michigan was the most violent, followed by New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner in Louisiana. ...

The report showed encouraging trends – with homicide rates across the nation falling by 50 percent since 1991, and a reduction in violent crime rates in 42 states during the same period.

"What the USPI shows is that over the past 20 years, America has become substantially more peaceful, witnessing a significant reduction in direct violence," said Killelea.

Experts attribute the decline in violence to a range of factors, said Killelea, including better policing, an aging population, rising socioeconomic standards and the use of private security, to name a few.

But the homicide rate in the United States remains much higher than in countries that are similar in socioeconomic terms, he said.
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We only deport a third of illegal migrants we catch: New figures deliver another blow to UK Border Agency
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 23 April 2012

Fewer than one in three of the illegal immigrants caught last year have been deported, according to figures disclosed yesterday.

They showed that of 21,298 individuals discovered in Britain unlawfully, only 6,232 were returned to their countries in the same year.

The figures threatened to deepen the troubles at the UK Border Agency, the organisation responsible for policing immigration law. ...

The failure to deport illegal immigrants detected last year was revealed in figures obtained under Freedom of Information rules.

The biggest group of illegal migrants who have successfully evaded deportation during the year in which they were found to be here are from Pakistan.

Other countries featured in the figures include Iran, India, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. ...

A spokesman for the UK Border Agency said: 'Of the 21,298 individuals identified as being an immigration offender, 6,232 were removed during the period January 2011 to December 2011.

'It should be noted that removals are hindered by barriers such as outstanding appeals, documentation issues, and subjects absconding.'
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David Cameron should beware the march of the angry mothers
Fraser Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 20 April 2012

Immigration has made it harder than ever for parents to secure a place at a good primary school. ...

... England needs 410 new primaries a year, for the next four years, just to keep up with pupil numbers. ...

At the heart of this lies denial about the ongoing surge in immigration. The concerns, so widely felt throughout the country, were never driven by racism or xenophobia. It was more about the supply of GP clinics, houses or school places. Under the last government, a refusal to talk frankly about immigration mutated into a failure to consider its implications. Of the children who enrol in primary school this September, one in four will have a foreign-born mother (including, I should add, my eldest son). The implications of our multilingual baby boom were known about for years, yet preparations were not made.
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Immigration boom under Labour changed face of Britain faster than any major country except Italy, Oxford experts reveal
Julian Gavaghan
Daily Mail, 19 April 2012

The immigration boom under Labour led to the face of Britain changing faster than any major nation except Italy, a study by an Oxford University think tank revealed.

During the five-year peak of the influx, the UK's migrant population soared by 22 per cent – double the average of G8 countries, figures from the Migration Observatory show.

Over the past two decades, Britain's foreign-born population has increased from 3.8 million - or 7 per cent of the total population - in 1993 to almost 7 million, or 12 per cent per cent in 2010.

During the same period, the number of foreign-born residents without British citizenship doubled from just under two million (4 per cent of the population) to over four million (7 per cent).

Net-migration - the number arrivals minus those leaving - increased from 564,000 during the five years from 1996-2000, to 923,000 in 2001-2005 and 1,044,000 during 2006-2010.

In 2010, net-migration reached 252,000, its highest level for a single calendar year on record.

But it is the period between 2000 and 2005 - a period of an open border policy during and rapid expansion of the EU - that immigration really spiked.
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Nigeria Tested by Rapid Rise in Population
Elisabeth Rosenthal
New York Times, 15 April 2012

In a quarter-century, at the rate Nigeria is growing, 300 million people – a population about as big as that of the present-day United States – will live in a country roughly the size of Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. In this commercial hub, where the area's population has by some estimates nearly doubled over 15 years to 21 million, living standards for many are falling. ...

Last October, the United Nations announced the global population had breached seven billion and would expand rapidly for decades, taxing natural resources if countries cannot better manage the growth.

Nearly all of the increase is in sub-Saharan Africa, where the population rise far outstrips economic expansion. Of the roughly 20 countries where women average more than five children, almost all are in the region.

Elsewhere in the developing world, in Asia and Latin America, fertility rates have fallen sharply in recent generations and now resemble those in the United States – just above two children per woman. That transformation was driven in each country by a mix of educational and employment opportunities for women, access to contraception, urbanization and an evolving middle class. Whether similar forces will defuse the population bomb in sub-Saharan Africa is unclear.

"The pace of growth in Africa is unlike anything else ever in history and a critical problem," said Joel E. Cohen, a professor of population at Rockefeller University in New York City. "What is effective in the context of these countries may not be what worked in Latin America or Kerala or Bangladesh."

Across sub-Saharan Africa, alarmed governments have begun to act, often reversing longstanding policies that encouraged or accepted large families. Nigeria made contraceptives free last year, and officials are promoting smaller families as a key to economic salvation, holding up the financial gains in nations like Thailand as inspiration.

Nigeria, already the world's sixth most populous nation with 167 million people, is a crucial test case, since its success or failure at bringing down birthrates will have outsize influence on the world's population. ... ...

The Nigerian government is rapidly building infrastructure but cannot keep up, and some experts worry that it, and other African nations, will not act forcefully enough to rein in population growth. For two decades, the Nigerian government has recommended that families limit themselves to four children, with little effect. ...

Internationally, the African population boom means more illegal immigration, already at a high, according to Frontex, the European border agency. There are up to 400,000 undocumented Africans in the United States. ...

Statistics are stunning. Sub-Saharan Africa, which now accounts for 12 percent of the world's population, will account for more than a third by 2100, by many projections.
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PM retreats on kicking out foreign criminals including burglars and violent thieves
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 12 April 2012

David Cameron has abandoned a pledge to deport thousands of foreign criminals, including burglars, violent thugs and thieves.

The Tory leader had promised in Opposition to change immigration rules so prisoners from outside the EU were automatically sent home – even those serving short jail terms.

Currently around 7,000 foreign offenders a year escape deportation because they have been handed a sentence of less than 12 months.

But the Government has admitted it is only tightening the rules so that drug dealers serving less than a year are automatically deported.

It means other offenders, including violent thugs and benefit fraudsters, will still not be kicked out. The revelation comes after MPs criticised the UK Border Agency – responsible for processing foreign criminals and illegal immigrants – for not doing enough to kick out ex-prisoners.

Its report showed just 40 per cent of foreign criminals released from prison in a border scandal six years ago have been sent home.

In 2006, 1,013 foreign nationals were let out without being considered for deportation. By November last year, just 397 had been deported and more than 50 had still not been found.

Mr Cameron's pledge came four years ago after a leaked internal prisons memo showed immigration officials had 'no interest' in deporting short sentence prisoners.

In response, a Tory policy document, called Prisons With A Purpose, published in 2007, said: 'We will accelerate the deportation of foreign national prisoners before the end of their sentences and extend automatic deportation to non-EU prisoners serving less than a year.'

The Lib Dems have also pledged in the past to toughen up the rules.

It is estimated extending deportation to 'all eligible foreign nationals' would mean an extra 7,000 would face proceedings every year. In 2010, 5,342 foreign criminals were sent home, compared with 5,530 in 2009.

In a Parliamentary written answer, the Home Office said the 12 months or less policy remains in force.

Immigration Minister Damian Green added that an exception is made if a judge recommends an offender for deportation, or if the criminal has a string of convictions within the past five years.

In addition, drug offenders face automatic deportation for any crime other than possession, even for short sentences.
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Hundreds of foreign criminals are still not being deported
Richard Alleyne
Daily Telegraph, 11 April 2012

Two-thirds of the foreign prisoners who were mistakenly released back onto the streets are still in Britain, six years after the scandal cost the home secretary Charles Clarke his job.

The much criticised UK Border Agency promised to toughen up its procedures after it was revealed 1,013 immigrants had been released from jail without being considered for deportation in 2006.

But hundreds are still being allowed to remain while thousands more are taking years to process, a House of Commons Home Affairs Committee has discovered.

The report found that only 397 had been removed, 57 had completely gone missing and the rest had been allowed to stay or were still being dealt with.

"Six years is far too long for this situation to be resolved and these cases should have been concluded long ago," the committee concluded.

A year after the debacle, in which Mr Clarke resigned, the UK Borders Act introduced an "automatic deportation" provision for any non-EU citizen who has served a 12-month sentence or more to be receive a removal notice.

Yet the report, the third into the UKBA, also found that 10 per cent of the 5,010 foreign national prisoners released last year were allowed to remain.

More than a 1,000 were still fighting deportation although on what grounds it was not known.

It also found that 2,670 released prisoners were still fighting deportation after being released more than two years ago.

Almost 20,000 asylum cases also remain unresolved and some 120,000 immigration cases are being written off because the applicant can no longer be found, it added. ...

The committee called for the authorities to ensure foreign defendants have the necessary travel documentation as soon as they are sentenced in a bid to see them deported once they have served their jail term.
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EU migrants with criminal convictions get jobs denied to British workers under new criminal records regime
Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 7 April 2012

Migrants with criminal convictions will be able to get jobs denied to British workers under a new EU-wide criminal records regime being adopted this month.

In Britain, even the most minor convictions for student pranks or breaches of the peace can come back to haunt jobseekers years later if they apply for positions as teachers, policemen or other "sensitive" roles.

But migrants from EU countries applying for the same jobs will be given a clean bill of health, even if they have similar convictions, because other countries either wipe the slate clean or do not keep records of low-level offences.

The problem also applies to British workers trying to get jobs in other EU countries.

Justice campaigners have described the situation as "scandalous" and have asked MEPs and the Home Office to address the issue as a matter of urgency.

The problem arose after Britain signed up to a trial of the European Criminal Records Information System (ECRIS), a new system of sharing criminal records between EU member states which is being permanently adopted this month.

Britain's rigorous Criminal Records Bureau regime means that even convictions classed as "spent" remain on file for life and can be thrown up during background checks by potential employers anywhere in the EU.

In stark contrast, countries such as Belgium and Germany routinely destroy after just three years records of convictions resulting in prison sentences of less than six months or fines of less than 500 euros. ...

The pilot scheme began under Labour in 2006, when ACPO set up the UK Central Authority for the Exchange of Criminal Records.

Since then, several other EU members have set up similar bodies, and by last month the UK was able to share criminal records with Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland and Slovakia.

The remaining EU member states have to join the ECRIS scheme when it goes EU-wide this month. ...

Under the ECRIS regime, requests for background checks between one member state and another are sent back with code numbers for different types of offence.

Critics say the system is over-simplified and means that a £10 fine for stealing a traffic cone as a student prank in the UK would come up as a conviction for theft, regardless of the seriousness of the offence.

The same offence in many other EU countries would not appear at all on an ECRIS check.
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£42m benefit bill for children who don't even live in Britain
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 4 April 2012

Bumper welfare handouts have made Britain an "extremely attractive destination" for migrants from eastern Europe, a scathing report on the benefit system warned last night.

Research showed that foreign workers from within the EU can potentially pocket hundreds of pounds a week from a string of benefits as soon as they arrive in the UK.

Latest figures show around £42 million a year in child benefit payments is handed out to migrant families whose children do not even live in Britain. ...

The role that Britain's benefits system – hugely generous by international standards – has on encouraging mass immigration was laid bare in a report from the population think-tank MigrationWatch.

Researchers pointed out that while newcomers are not immediately entitled to claim jobless benefits they can still pocket extra income from child, housing and council tax benefit as well as the tax credit system. With the sums paid out dwarfing average wages in Poland and other new EU nations, the welfare system was providing a huge incentive for migrants to target Britain.

The report showed that a single immigrant worker earning the minimum wage can expect up to £70 a week in benefits.

An immigrant family of four with both adults working can grab up to £360 a week, equal to £18,720 in a year. ...

Around 750,000 arrivals from Poland, Lithuania and other former eastern bloc countries now in the EU could be followed by even more as these countries struggle with difficult economic conditions, the report said.

Restrictions on benefit claims for the countries that joined the EU in 2004 ended last year, giving hundreds of thousands of immigrants full access to Britain's welfare state.
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Foreign criminal syndicates 'behind metal thefts in Britain'
Andrew Hough
Daily Telegraph, 31 March 2012

Gangs in China and Africa are orchestrating metal thefts in Britain, police believe, in a new development in the crime epidemic sweeping the country.

Authorities say the "serious" international criminal syndicates are likely behind attacks on the country's historic buildings, railways and national infrastructure.

Intelligence suggests gangs from Africa and China are stealing valuable metal to "finance and fund organised crime" while causing "serious harm" in Britain. ...

On Friday, it was disclosed that an operation involving dozens of officers from six forces, seized more than £500,000 worth of smuggled metal from ports along the east coast.

Sources involved in "Operation Chisel" say evidence has, for the first time, provided "proof of how the metal theft epidemic has now become a highly organised international operation". ...

The investigation, headed by the Eastern Region Special Operation Unit (ERSOU), uncovered evidence to suggest the smuggled metal was bound for China, West Africa and India and Northern Cyprus. ...

Last year more than 200,000 gas cylinders were stolen across Britain by scrap metal thieves, costing the industry more than £9 million. ...

The UK Border Force (UKBF) commissioned Operation Chisel, which involved officers from Norfolk, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire and Suffolk police forces. ...

Official figures have shown that more than 1,000 metal theft offences are occurring every week in Britain.
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Students visas abused as 50,000 enter UK for employment not studies
Owen Bowcott
The Guardian, 27 March 2012

Up to 50,000 people may have entered Britain to work rather than study in the first year of the government's student migration controls, a highly critical report by the National Audit Office (NAO) claims.

MPs called for the troubled UK Border Agency to "get a grip and fix the way it deals with student visas" after saying the report exposed one of the most shocking examples of poor management leading to abuse.

The NAO said the agency introduced a points-based system, known as Tier 4, in 2009 without key controls, potentially leading to tens of thousands of migrants entering the UK without any checks as to whether they were attending a college, and it did little to ensure that foreign students left the UK when requests to extend their stay were refused. The report called the flaws "predictable".

The agency withdrew entry clearance officers' powers to test applicants' intentions before it had controls in place over sponsor colleges, the report said. ...

"We estimate between 40,000 and 50,000 individuals might have entered through Tier 4 in its first year of operation to work rather than study.

"This estimate is based on college enrolment rates and changes in patterns of applications and refusals but it is not possible to know with certainty.

"Between March 2009 and February 2010, the [Border] Agency detected thousands of forged college visa letters at some application centres. The agency did not check that those who entered through suspect routes were attending college." ...

The Home Office has objected to the NAO's estimate of 40,000 to 50,000 individuals who may have entered the UK to work rather than to study, claiming that is not "robustly based".
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Almost 1m schoolchildren in England speaking English as a second language
Daily Telegraph, 23 March 2012

Children with English as their home language are now the minority of pupils in more than 1,600 schools across England.

The number of these schools is rising by about one every week as the effects of migration into the UK are showing in the nation's classrooms.

Data now shows that close to one million pupils who attend schools in England do not have English as their first language at home.

There are 97 schools where children with English as their first language are in such a minority that they make up less than one in twenty pupils.

The statistics released by the Department of Education shows that in 1997, when Tony Blair first came to power, there were 866 schools in England where more than 50% of the pupils had English as a second language.

Last year that figure had ballooned to 1,638 schools, almost double the 1997 level.

It means that on the latest figures there are 1,363 primary schools, 224 secondary schools and 51 special schools where more than half the pupils come from a non-English speaking background.

One in six youngsters in primary schools - 547,000 - do not have English as their first language.

In secondary schools the figure stands at 400,000, just over one in eight. A recent study found that Punjabi was the most frequently spoken language among pupils who did not have English as a first language.

After that the most popular languages were Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati, Somali, Polish, Arabic, Portuguese, Turkish and Tamil.

But schools also have to cope with sizable populations of pupils who speak Shqip from Albania and Kosovo, Igbo from parts of Nigeria, Luganda from Uganda, Sinhala from Sri Lanka and Amharic from Ethiopia. ...

The councils with largest numbers of schools of this type in the north of England are Bradford (59), Manchester (35), Lancashire (30) and Kirklees (27).

In the Midlands it is Birmingham (117) and Leicester (40), around the capital and in the South it is Luton (22), Slough (19). London's highest concentrations are in Newham (79), Tower Hamlets (70), Brent (57) and Ealing (55). In the 14 boroughs that comprise Inner London there are 98,000 schoolchildren whose first language is not English compared with just 79,000 who speak English at home.
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Without Prejudice
Theodore Dalrymple
The Salisbury Review, Spring 2012

Elizabeth I once said that she did not want to make windows into men's souls; nowadays, she would be regarded as lacking in proper ambition. In our enlightened times, not only certain deeds, but certain thoughts, are to be expunged by the law. Outwardly correct behaviour is no longer enough; it must be accompanied by correct belief. For some this represents progress; for others regress and the threat of totalitarianism.

The Stephen Lawrence enquiry, for example, found that the police were institutionally racist, a claim that was irrefutable for the very worst of reasons: that no evidence could ever refute it. It was a reincarnation of Original Sin, but one that affected not the whole of Mankind, only certain designated (and hated) groups. Moreover, it was based on a wholly false idea: that people with racist thoughts necessarily behaved in a harmfully racist way.

Stephen Lawrence, whose case has overturned the ancient legal principle of autrefois acquit, with the distinct and sinister prospect of a creeping, and eventually total, abolition of the prohibition of double jeopardy, was murdered by brutes with racist ideas. Their ideas, however, were not racist and nothing else; their whole outlook on life was brutish. ...

Most people who harbour racist thoughts, or even who openly express them, do not act in the way that the killers of Stephen Lawrence acted. No sensible person would suspect Diane Abbott of being a vicious criminal, even potentially so, merely because she posted racist comments on Twitter.


Racism is like a necessary drug to anti-racists, whose view of the world has, paradoxically, and as a consequence, become as racialised as any racist's. Over and over again, they argue that the under- or over-representation of a racial group in some sphere of life, by comparison with their proportion in the general population, is the product of racial discrimination, as if racial discrimination were the only possible explanation of differences in outcome between groups. Of course, differences might conceivably arise from such discrimination, in whole or in part; but the difference is not in itself evidence of it.

The bad faith of professional anti-racists is proved by the selectivity of the evidence they use. ... ...

One of the problems with the attention given to the case of Stephen Lawrence, horrible as it was, is that it diverted attention from the fact that most of the violence to which young black men in London (and elsewhere) are subjected is committed by other young blacks, and not by racists at all. Probably this is the consequence of the deeply dim and largely vicious popular culture which they espouse so avidly; but whatever the cause, the silence on the subject by comparison with the noise on that of Stephen Lawrence is surely significant.
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Why the British are free-thinking and the Chinese love conformity: It's all in the genes claim scientists
Daily Mail, 12 March 2012

Cultural stereotypes may be deep rooted in our genetic makeup, say scientists.

Common traits like British individualism and Chinese conformity could be attributed to genetic differences between races according to a new study.

The study, by the department of psychology at Northwestern University in Illinois, suggests that the individualism seen in western nations, and the higher levels of collectivism and family loyalty found in Asian cultures, are caused by differences in the prevalence of particular genes.

'We demonstrate for the first time a robust association between cultural values of individualism–collectivism and the serotonin transporter gene,' said Joan Chiao, from the department of psychology at Northwestern University.

Chiao and her colleagues combined data from global genetic surveys, looking at variations in the prevalence of various genes. The findings were matched with other research which ranked nations by levels of individualism and collectivism.

The team focused their attentions on the gene that controls levels of serotonin, a chemical in the brain which regulates mood and emotions.

Their studies found that one version of the gene was far more common in western populations which, they said, was associated with individualistic and free-thinking behaviour.

Another version of the same gene, which was prevalent in Asian populations, they said was associated with collectivism and a greater willingness to put the common good first.

People with this gene appeared to have a different response to serotonin.

If they are confirmed, the findings made by Chiao and her colleagues would suggest that races may have a number of inherent psychological differences – just as they differ in physical appearances.

Chiao suggests that the version of the gene predominating in Asian populations is associated with heightened anxiety levels and increased risk of depression.

She adds that such populations respond by structuring their society to ward off those negative effects.

The success of such social structures would then ensure that the gene would spread.

She added the findings showed how culture could exert a powerful influence on human genetics and evolution.
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Immigration to Britain is greater than at any time in history. We must pull up the drawbridge before it is too late
Sir Andrew Green
Daily Mail, 9 March 2012

Migration Watch has this week published a short paper summarising some of the key facts about the impact of immigration on our population, jobs, housing and education. We hope that it will be helpful to those who are following the debate as the government struggles to bring immigration under control.

Amid the welter of detail on immigration, it is vital to keep three points firmly in mind.

The first is that immigration on the present scale is an entirely new phenomenon in Britain's history. Talk of Britain being 'a nation of immigrants' is simply a fallacy promoted by the immigration lobby. In fact, we are one of the most stable societies in the world. ...

Indeed, there have been only two numerically significant migrations to England since the Norman invasion in 1066. The first was the Huguenot migration in the 16th and 17th centuries and the second was the Jewish migration of the 19th and 20th centuries. Neither amounted to more than a tiny percentage of the population at the time and both were spread over a period of fifty years or more.

For many years, there was a net outflow to North America and to the Empire. Indeed, there was virtually no net immigration to the UK until the mid 1990s. It is only in the last dozen years or so that net immigration has shot up five fold from about 50,000 a year to 250,000 in 2010. If this is allowed to continue, it will drive the population of the UK to 70 million in just 16 years time. That means roughly an extra 5 million due to immigration – equivalent to building a city the size of Birmingham every three years just for new immigrants.

No wonder there was such a huge public response to our petition 'No to 70 million' on the Downing Street website. We got to 100,000 within a week.

Secondly, there can be no doubt that all this is the result of deliberate Labour policy. It is impossible to admit 3.5 million people in twelve years just by mistake. This was confirmed in an article in the Evening Standard in October 2009 by a former speech writer for Blair, Straw and Blunkett. He revealed that mass immigration 'didn't just happen; the deliberate policy of Ministers from late 2000 until February 2008 was to open up the UK to mass immigration'. He added that there was 'a driving political purpose; that mass immigration was the way that the government was going to make the UK multicultural'.

Lastly, the scale of this immigration will bite everywhere – on maternity services, primary schools, housing and the health service. We are only just beginning to see those effects.
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Migrants with no English become 'jobless sub-class': They must speak it like a native, says minister
James Chapman
Daily Mail, 9 March 2012

Immigrants who do not learn English become a virtually unemployable 'sub-class', a Cabinet minister claimed yesterday.

Eric Pickles said it was unacceptable that children were leaving school unable to speak the language 'like a native'.

No other senior politician has been so outspoken on such a contentious issue.

Mr Pickles, who is in charge of community cohesion and integration, said: 'In terms of wanting people, encouraging people, to be part of British society, they can't do that unless they have more than an understanding of English.

'If we don't get our resident population with an understanding of English, then they become a sub-class that is virtually unemployable or are stuck in a ghetto.

'We should not be turning people out of our schools who aren't able to speak English like a native.'

Official figures suggest that around 17 per cent of pupils in state primary schools, and 12 per cent in state secondaries, do not speak English as a first language. The equivalent figures six years ago were 12 per cent and 10 per cent.

Announcing a £10 million grant to 'actively encourage' the teaching of English, the Communities Secretary said Labour had exacerbated the problem by regarding minority groups as victims.

He told parliament's weekly magazine The House that his aim was 'real integration, an opportunity for people to meet, to mix, to be engaged in activities beyond their ethnic group'.

Suggesting the last government had made the situation worse with its attitude to minorities, Mr Pickles said: 'Sometimes they called it a problem, sometimes they called it a challenge.

We need to be a little bit more upfront about it and say Britain is stronger, much stronger, because of British Hindus, British Sikhs, because of British Muslims, because of British Jews.'

Mr Pickles was scathing about Labour's doctrine of multiculturalism, describing it as 'the politics of division'.

He insisted public bodies should no longer 'bend over backwards' to translate documents into dozens of languages and migrants must be asked to learn English and demonstrate an understanding of the British way of life.

Schoolchildren should be educated in a 'common culture', promoting a British identity that crosses class, colour or creed, he suggested. ...

Mr Pickles launched a strong defence of the right of Muslim women to wear the veil. 'We are a tolerant nation and frankly I have absolutely no patience in adopting a kind of French system that is going to remove people from wearing headscarves,' he said.
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Even Lib Dem voters back tighter migration controls, survey suggests
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 8 March 2012

There is "overwhelming" public support for tougher controls on family migration, even among Liberal Democrat voters, a survey suggests.

The YouGov poll found that overall more than four out of five respondents backed the Government's plans to tighten up checks on foreigners before they are allowed to join spouses and relatives in Britain.

But it found that even those who voted Lib Dem at the election were in favour of the proposals, alongside Conservative and Labour supporters, despite the third party's more relaxed policies on immigration.

The survey of 2,287 adults found that 81 per cent of those who voted Lib Dem at the general election were in favour of applicants for family migration to be interviewed in their home countries, to make sure their application to settle in Britain is genuine. The same proportion of Labour voters, and slightly more Tory voters (88 per cent) agreed with the policy.

In addition, 93 per cent of Lib Dem voters agreed with the suggestion that potential migrants should have to understand everyday English, more than the 87 per cent of Labour voters recorded.

Finally 75 per cent of Lib Dem supporters agreed that the minimum income for migrants who want to bring partners from overseas should be raised from £5,500 a year to £18,000. By contrast, 69 per cent of Labour voters and 91 per cent of Conservatives backed the plan.

Sir Andrew Green the chairman of Migration Watch UK, the pressure group that commissioned the poll, said: "These are stunning results. They are a huge public endorsement of the proposals that the Government has put forward."

Although the Coalition has put forward several policies to reduce net migration to "tens of thousands" a year, down from the current level of 250,000, many have met resistance from senior Lib Dem MPs.
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We're still seen as the nasty party, says Tory minister
Tim Shipman
Daily Mail, 7 March 2012

The Tory Party will always be seen as the nasty party unless it backs gay marriage, supports unmarried couples and does more to attract ethnic minority supporters, a Cabinet minister warns today.

Arch-moderniser Francis Maude says the Conservatives have still not done enough to change the party's 'backward-looking social attitudes'. ...

Before David Cameron took over, Mr Maude will say, the Conservatives had failed to be 'for the cities as well as for the countryside and suburbs', for 'its non-white citizens as [well as] for the white' and failed to be 'for women who work and unmarried couples as much as for full time mothers and the married'.

He will add: 'Despite having a parliamentary party much more representative of modern Britain than ever before, too few black and minority ethnic Britons see us as their natural home.'

Mr Maude's intervention is significant because at the next election Conservative strategists are planning to target ethnic minority voters who hold the key to victory in up to 100 key urban marginal seats.

Evidence shows that while many of these voters share Conservative values they still vote Labour by a margin of 70 to 30.

Mr Maude will argue that the party must be more 'inclusive' if it wants to win more votes from the black and Asian communities.
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£8m bribe for foreign prisoners
Daily Express, 6 March 2012

Foreign rapists, murderers and other dangerous criminals in British jails could rake in almost £8 million in "goodbye bribes".

There are 5,178 overseas offenders in UK prisons due to be deported at the end of their sentences, Government figures reveal. These include 104 paedophile rapists and 625 murderers.

Under the Facilitated Returns Scheme each prisoner may get up to £1,500 to leave the country early. If all the overseas-born criminals in jail take the cash, the cost will be £7.7 million.

The size of the foreign population in prison was revealed by Immigration Minister Damian Green.

Last night the UK Border Agency said: "The FRS means that we are removing foreign national offenders quicker while saving the taxpayer money and freeing up prison places."
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How taxpayers are still funding the extremists
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Telegraph, 4 March 2012

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money is still being paid to groups linked to Islamist extremism, more than a year after David Cameron vowed to outlaw the practice.

People associated with one "extremist" group whose grant was terminated after the Prime Minister's pledge are now being used to induct new staff into the Government's own Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism (OSCT), the Home Office division responsible for directing Britain's anti-terror efforts. Only last week the same individuals were awarded thousands of pounds of fresh public funding.

Meanwhile, the Civil Service has solicited "fast-stream" recruits for the top ranks in Whitehall from a group which has hosted numerous extremists and terrorist supporters, including the al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was linked to a number of international plots before his death last year.

Another body linked to the extremist sect Hizb ut-Tahrir, the public funding of which Mr Cameron condemned as long ago as 2009, is still receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money, to educate primary-age children in Hizb ut-Tahrir ideology. ...

However, Mr Haqq Baker appears to have bounced back, founding a new group, West London IMPACT, with the same aims as STREET but based in Hounslow.

Last week, the local council awarded it £10,000 for "counter-extremism" work. Council papers say that it has been given thousands more by the OSCT.

Documents seen by The Sunday Telegraph also show that IMPACT is used to help induct new staff into the OSCT. Along with sessions at MI6, GCHQ, the Cabinet Office and Scotland Yard, the training programme includes a session with the group. ...

Another group, the Federation of Student Islamic Societies (FOSIS), has been used by the Civil Service to recruit new "fast-stream" trainees for its top ranks.

FOSIS has hosted numerous extremist and terrorist speakers at its annual conference and other events, including Azzam Tamimi, who supports suicide bombing, Haitham al-Haddad, who believes that music is a "prohibited and fake message of love and peace", and Anwar al-Awlaki.

Several convicted terrorists have been officers of university Islamic societies affiliated to FOSIS and have attended its events. FOSIS has been condemned by Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, for its failure to "fully challenge terrorist and extremist ideology". ...

Despite Mr Cameron's pledge to stop bankrolling undesirable organisations, accounts published in recent weeks reveal that many bodies closely linked to extremism continued to enjoy substantial public funding in 2011. Beneficiaries include the East London Mosque, paid at least £256,000 last year alone and the Osmani Trust, which received almost £600,000.

Both organisations are controlled by the Islamic Forum of Europe, which works to change the "very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed ... from ignorance to Islam" in a "global" Islamic state under Sharia law.

The mosque has hosted numerous hate and terrorist preachers, including al-Awlaki.
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The 7/7 widow and a boom in British jihad
Michael Burleigh and Sarah Rainey
Daily Telegraph, 3 March 2012

We cannot say we weren't warned. On September 16 2010, Jonathan Evans, the head of MI5, addressed an audience of security professionals in London. A "significant number of UK residents", he said, were training with the Somali Islamists, al-Shabaab. "It's only a matter of time before we see terrorism on our streets inspired by those who are today fighting alongside al-Shabaab."

... MI5 say that around 60 British jihadis are fighting or training in Somalia, their costs defrayed by sympathisers in Britain. ...

As far as the armed Islamists are concerned, British or American recruits have many advantages – one of which is that they are largely self-financing. For example, earlier this year, Shabaaz Hussein, 28, was convicted at Woolwich Crown Court of sending £10,000 to three Anglo-Somali terrorists. His family home in Stepney was awash with al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab materials. More advantages come with the fact that Anglo-Somali jihadis are generally relatively well-educated, able to drive and are familiar with IT; they also use the world's lingua franca.

Should al-Shabaab wish to extend its activities beyond revenge attacks on Burundi, Kenya or Uganda (which all have troops operating in Somalia), these British recruits would be well-placed to carry them out. ... ...

However, the British authorities' focus on the so-called Somali "fount" conveniently deflects attention from the domestic manifestations of this problem. Those pockets of the country where extremism ferments have been almost entirely caused by the lax immigration measures of successive British governments. No one has officially said that Britain has the most dysfunctional immigration laws in the Western world, but that is a very widely held view among those who live here. If we have a problem with radicalised Somalis then it surely resides here as much as in Somalia.

Although Britain has only passing historical involvement with Somalia, we seem to have a remarkably large number of Somalis living in this country. Estimates of their number in Britain range from 350,000 to an extraordinary 1 million. These figures are educated guesses, since the last census in 1991 counted only 43,532 Somalis. This cannot be true, as anyone who has walked along Ealing's "Mogadishu Mile" or around Poplar, Tower Hamlets, Woolwich and parts of west London can tell you.

Some rationalise the Somalis' failure to respond to census requests by pointing to their inherent suspicion of all authority. According to such Somali community leaders as the lawyer Omer Ahmed, refusal to be counted leads to Somalis missing out on "social provision" – though not apparently public housing, for Somalis lead the way, with 80 per cent living in council tenancies, the highest occupancy rate for any alien group. Some 65 per cent of Somali males are estimated to be unemployed and presumably on benefits. ...

As another British government vainly punches above its weight to set a cruel world to rights, it signally fails to enforce immigration controls at home, without foreseeing the fatal consequences of its incompetence.

We may not have much of an export industry nowadays, but in one area we are world leaders: exporting dysfunctional, resentful young men – and, it seems, women – who are all too skilled in bringing murder and mayhem to friendly countries like Kenya or Uganda.
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UN: drug gangs controlling parts of British cities
Daily Telegraph, 29 February 2012

Parts of British cities are becoming no-go areas where drugs gangs are effectively in control, a United Nations drugs chief said today.

Professor Hamid Ghodse, president of the UN's International Narcotics Control Board (INCB), said there was "a vicious cycle of social exclusion and drugs problems and fractured communities" in cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

The development of "no-go areas" was being fuelled by threats such as social inequality, migration and celebrities normalising drug abuse, he warned. ...

The INCB's annual report for 2011 found persistent social inequality, migration, emerging cultures of excess and a shift in traditional values were some of the key threats to social cohesion. ...

The report added: "While migration offers many positive benefits to the migrant and to society at large, it can create a sense of dislocation from the surrounding community and a sense of vulnerability on the part of those who are displaced.

"Where migrating social groups have travelled from areas associated with illicit drug production and drug abuse, there is a greater likelihood of individuals engaging in forms of drug misuse as a way of coping with such a sense of dislocation."
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Equality or Inequality
Walter E. Williams
Townhall, 29 February 2012
[Dr. Williams is John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University]

Kay S. Hymowitz's article "Why the Gender Gap Won't Go Away. Ever," in City Journal (Summer 2011), shows that female doctors earn only 64 percent of the income that male doctors earn. What should be done about that? It turns out that only 16 percent of surgeons are women but 50 percent of pediatricians are women. Even though surgeons have many more years of education and training than do pediatricians, should Congress equalize their salaries or make pediatricians become surgeons?

Wage inequality is everywhere. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Asian men and women earn more than white men and women. Female cafeteria attendants earn more than their male counterparts. Females who are younger than 30 and have never been married earn salaries 8 percent higher than males of the same description. Among women who graduated from college during 1992-93, by 2003 more than one-fifth were no longer in the workforce, and another 17 percent were working part time. That's to be compared with only 2 percent of men in either category. Hymowitz cites several studies showing significant career choice and lifestyle differences between men and women that result in income inequality.

There are other inequalities that ought to be addressed. With all of the excitement about New York Knick Jeremy Lin's rising stardom, nobody questions league domination by blacks, who are a mere 13 percent of our population but constitute 80 percent of NBA players and are the highest-paid ones. It's not much better in the NFL, with blacks being 65 percent of its players. Colleges have made diversity their primary calling, but watch any basketball game and you'd be hard-put to find white players in roles other than bench warming. Worse than that, Japanese, Chinese and American Indian players aren't even recruited for bench warming.

There's inequality in most jobs. According to 2010 BLS data, the following jobs contain 1 percent female workers or less: boilermaking, brickmasonry, stonemasonry, septic tank servicing, sewer pipe cleaning and working with reinforcing iron and rebar. Maybe the reason female workers aren't in these occupations is that too many are in other occupations. Females are 97 percent of preschool and kindergarten teachers, 80 percent of social workers, 82 percent of librarians and 92 percent of dietitians and nutritionists and registered nurses.

Anyone with one ounce of brains can see the problem and solution. Congress has permitted – and even fostered – a misallocation of people by race, sex and ethnicity. Courts have consistently concluded that "gross" disparities are probative of a pattern and practice of discrimination. So what to do? One remedy that Congress might consider is to require females, who are overrepresented in fields such as preschool and kindergarten teaching, to become boilermakers and brickmasons and mandate that male boilermakers and brickmasons become preschool and kindergarten teachers until both of their percentages are equal to their percentages in the population. ...

Nobel laureate Milton Friedman said: "A society that puts equality before freedom will get neither. A society that puts freedom before equality will get a high degree of both." Equality before the general rules of law is the only kind of equality conducive to liberty that can be secured without destroying liberty.
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British companies bypass immigration cap on skilled migrants
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 28 February 2012

British companies are bypassing the government's cap on skilled migrants by bringing in staff from their plants and offices overseas, an official report has found.

Figures from the Home Office's migration advisory committee show that the numbers coming to Britain under the "intra-company transfer" scheme have surged in the past two years and now outnumber those coming into Britain on work visas by three to one. The rise has rendered the cap on skilled overseas migrants redundant, with fewer than half the work visas available under the annual limit being used.

The latest figures show that transfers of company staff, especially from IT firms in India, have risen from 22,000 in 2009 to 29,700 in the 12 months to September last year. David Cameron exempted these staff transfers from the immigration cap after strong lobbying by the business secretary, Vince Cable, and representations from the Indian government.

An official estimate shows that as few as 10,000 tier-2 work visas will be issued to skilled workers in the 12 months to April 2012. This is less than half the limit of 21,700 skilled work visas set by the home secretary, Theresa May, in the drive to reduce net annual migration from 250,000 to "tens of thousands" by the next election.

The committee said in a report published on Tuesday that in this situation it was not necessary to change the 21,700 limit on work visas that applies to skilled migrants from outside the European Economic Area for the next financial year.

The government's migration advisers say they do not think changes should be made to curb intra-company transfers but the route should be kept under review, especially where transfers involve third-party contractors.

The committee chair, Professor David Metcalf, said that although the limit was undersubscribed it should not be lowered because that would affect the perception that Britain was an attractive place to do business.

"The tier-2 limit system is set up to prevent the displacement of UK workers but intra-company transfers are not part of that limit and account for the lion's share of visas," he said.

"The government has put a cap in but it is not biting, so pro tem it is not relevant," said Metcalf.

The intra-company transfer route allows companies to bring in staff from overseas branches to work for up to six months if they are in jobs earning more than £24,000 a year. Those earning more than £40,000 can stay longer than a year.
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The illegal immigrants desperate to escape squalor of Britain
Chris Rogers
BBC, 28 February 2012

They came to Britain illegally in search of a better life, but the reality turned out to be far removed from what they dreamed of.

The BBC has spoken to illegal immigrants who find themselves living amongst rats and rubbish in makeshift garden sheds and garages. They want to be deported back to India, but many are trapped in a bureaucratic no man's land without any documents. ...

Voluntary departures from the UK to all countries have risen steadily over the past six years, from 335 in 2005 to 15,537 in 2010, before falling to 12,879 in 2011, Home Office figures show. ...

Row after row of terraced houses in this predominantly Asian area of west London are housing illegal immigrants in back gardens, creating slum-like areas.

Local councils estimate there are 10,000 sheds concealed from view across London and the Home Counties, lining networks of alleyways.

Council planning officers and immigration agencies are using satellite images to document them.

But Ealing Council, which is responsible for the area we visited, is calling on the government for greater powers to inspect these buildings.

Local councils often have to give 24 hours' notice to landlords and tenants for inspection, which gives them plenty of time to clear evidence. ...

We found many homeless communities sheltering in blankets and boxes in Southall under a network of motorway and canal bridges.

But like many illegal immigrants, they are stuck in a bureaucratic no man's land. Their traffickers instructed them to destroy their identity papers to make deportation difficult.

Now they are pleading to be sent back to India, but without their ID the process is slow.
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Christianity gets less sensitive treatment than other religions admits BBC chief
Paul Revoir
Daily Mail, 28 February 2012

BBC director-general Mark Thompson has claimed Christianity is treated with far less sensitivity than other religions because it is 'pretty broad shouldered'.

He suggested other faiths have a 'very close identity with ethnic minorities', and were therefore covered in a far more careful way by broadcasters.

But he also revealed that producers had to consider the possibilities of 'violent threats' instead of polite complaints if they pushed ahead with certain types of satire.

Mr Thompson said: 'Without question, "I complain in the strongest possible terms", is different from, "I complain in the strongest possible terms and I am loading my AK47 as I write". This definitely raises the stakes.'

But he added that religion as a whole should never receive the same 'protection and sensitivity' in the law as race.

Mr Thompson was making his comments during a wide ranging interview about faith and broadcasting, which included the furore provoked by the Corporation's decision to screen the controversial show Jerry Springer: The Opera on BBC2 in 2005.

Hundreds of Christians rallied outside BBC buildings before and during the broadcast to protest about what they saw as blasphemous scenes such as Jesus Christ wearing a nappy.

At least 45,000 people contacted the BBC to complain about swearing and its irreverent treatment of Christian themes.

Many said that no one would have dreamed of making such a show about the Prophet Mohammed and Islam.

Mr Thompson has now appeared belatedly to accept their argument. In an interview, he said Islam was 'almost entirely' practised by people who already may feel in other ways 'isolated', 'prejudiced against' and who may regard an attack on their religion as 'racism by other means'.

But he said that Christianity was 'an established part of our cultural-built landscape' which meant it was 'a pretty broad-shouldered religion'.

He conceded that the broadcaster would never have aired a similar show about Mohammed because it could have had the same impact as a piece of 'grotesque child pornography'.

In the interview posted online for the Free Speech Debate – a research project at Oxford University – Mr Thompson said: 'The kind of constraints that most people accept around racial hatred, the fact that it may be in certain forms of expression or certain forms of depiction, may be outlawed because of the way in which they go to racial hatred and potentially the promotion and incitement of racial hatred.

'I think religion should never receive that level of protection or sensitivity.

But I think it is wrong to imagine that it therefore goes into the general swim and that a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed is no more challenging than a debate about what two plus two equals.'
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France and Belgium refuse to close 'Lille loophole' which lets migrants slip into UK without a passport for less than £70 a time
Peter Allen
Daily Mail, 27 February 2012

France and Belgium have refused to close a Eurostar 'loophole' which allows illegal migrants to flood into the UK for less than 70 pounds, it emerged today.

The British government formally asked high-speed railway operators to stop selling tickets from Brussels to Lille, in northern France.

Because both the Belgium capital and France are within an area covered by the Schengen agreement – which allows borderless travel within certain European countries – people do not have to show their passport on the route.

This means that anybody can simply stay on board the train when it reaches Lille, and then travel on to London, where they can claim asylum or disappear into the black economy.

Yet when Foreign Office officials formally asked France and Belgian's national rail operators for the so-called 'Lille Loophole' to be closed in December, both said no. ...

In Lille, no-one checks whether passengers actually get off the train from Brussels, meaning they can continue their journey to London.

There are no passport checks for the vast majority of Eurostar passengers arriving at St Pancras Station either, meaning illegal entry into the UK is relatively easy.
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Net migration rose in Coalition's first year despite pledge to cut it
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 24 February 2012

Net migration rose in the first year following the election despite the Government's pledge to cut the figure significantly.

Official figures show that the number of people coming to live in Britain for more than a year, minus those who moved abroad, stood at 250,000 in the year to June 2011. This represents a rise on the figure of 235,000 for the year to June 2010, just after the Coalition came to power.

Fewer people are emigrating while increasing numbers continue to settle here, in particular students from Commonwealth countries in Africa and on the Indian subcontinent.

The number of National Insurance numbers given to foreign-born workers rose by 11 per cent, which is likely to fuel fears that immigration is worsening unemployment figures.

Meanwhile the number of asylum seekers from troubled countries including Libya and Iran rose by 11 per cent and the number of people being deported fell sharply. ...

The Office for National Statistics data show long-term immigration – people who move abroad for at least 12 months – in the year to June 2011 was 593,000, up slightly from 582,000 a year before.

At the same time, long-term emigration fell marginally to 343,000.

Immigration from "New Commonwealth" countries in Asia and Africa reached a record 170,000, with two-thirds of them coming to Britain to study.

In addition, 690,000 National Insurance numbers were given to non-British nationals who wanted to work in the country, an 11 per cent rise on the previous year. About a third went to Eastern Europeans.

Asylum applications were 13 per cent higher at the end of 2011 than a year before, reaching 5,261.

Separate Home Office figures showed a 9 per cent fall in non-asylum passengers being refused entry at ports in 2011 (to 17,173) and a 13 per cent drop, to 52,526, in the number of people being deported or leaving the country voluntarily in 2011.
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'We need community cohesion': Ministers' pledge to end era of multiculturalism by appealing to 'sense of British identity'
Charles Walford
Daily Mail, 22 February 2012

The English language and Christian faith will be restored to the centre of public life, ministers pledged today.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles heralded the end of state-sponsored multiculturalism by vowing to stand up for 'mainstream' values by strengthening national identity.

He said the government will celebrate what people in England have in common, rather than what divides them.

And he called for local communities to use events such as the Big Lunch or the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and inter-faith activities to bring together people of different backgrounds.

Mr Pickles said there will be a strategy on community cohesion and integration which calls for people to come together around shared values.

He accused the previous Labour administration, and its equalities minister Harriet Harman, of taking the country down 'the wrong path' by encouraging different communities to live separate lives.

Migrants will be required to speak English, the number of official documents translated into other languages will be reduced and councils will be allowed to hold prayers at the start of meetings.

New education standards will bar schools from teaching which 'undermines fundamental British values', said today's document from his Department for Communities and Local Government.

But he also confirmed his commitment to tolerance, insisting that the Government will remain vigilant to hate crimes directed at Muslims and Jews. ...

Today's paper said that, despite Britain's tradition of tolerance, the past decade has seen growing concern over race relations, as incoming migrants in some areas have shown themselves 'unable or unwilling to integrate'.

Last summer's unrest in English cities highlighted some of the challenges caused by the swift pace of change, but should not be seen as 'race riots'.

People of all backgrounds were involved in the violence, but also in the efforts to clear up afterwards.

The paper, entitled Creating the Conditions for Integration, argued that problems have been made worse by top-down government action, which has encouraged communities to resort to the law to settle their disputes and assert their rights. ...

Rob Berkeley, director of the Runnymede Trust race equality think-tank, said Mr Pickles' announcement marked 'a dangerous and ill-advised reversion to assimilationist policy where all differences of ethnicity and heritage are subsumed into a majoritarian "mainstream" '.

Dr Berkeley added: 'The Secretary of State appears to have completely misunderstood the problems we face in building a successful multi-ethnic society, and the solutions proposed as a result simply miss the point.'
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Two-thirds of London babies born to foreign parents
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 22 February 2012

Two-thirds of babies born in London have at least one foreign parent, official figures show.

In some inner-city areas more than three-quarters of infants are now being born into immigrant families.

However British-born parents are still in the majority in a handful of suburban boroughs.

Campaigners say the figures, disclosed by the Office for National Statistics in a parliamentary written answer, make an integrated society more difficult to achieve.

They want ministers to honour their pledge to reduce net migration "from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands" by the next election.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "These extraordinary figures illustrate the huge and rapid change that is taking place in our capital city.

"They illustrate the way in which London is being changed beyond recognition and on a scale and at a speed that makes successful integration so much more difficult.

"It is a stark reminder to the government to stick to their promise to get net migration down to the tens of thousands by the end of this Parliament."

Overall about a quarter of births in England and Wales were to mothers born overseas.

But in London, for centuries home to new arrivals in the country, the proportion is far higher.

The new figures, released following a question tabled by the Tory MP Nicholas Soames, show that in 2010 there were 86,111 births where one or both parents were foreign-born – 64.7 per cent of the total.
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Border scandal: 500,000 passengers allowed to enter Britain without checks
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2012

More than 500,000 people were allowed into Britain unchecked due to the repeated suspension of vital checks, opening up an "unacceptable" breach in the country's defences against terrorists and criminals, an official investigation has found.

At times immigration staff acted potentially illegally by relaxing the supervision of travellers entering this country at least 15,000 times in the last five years, John Vine, the independent inspector of the Border Agency, found.

Such was the confusion and mismanagement uncovered that Mr Vine raised concerns about security during the London Olympics. ...

Mr Vine last night said that ministers, senior officials and border staff must all share the blame for potential security breaches.

"There is a whole range of culpability," he told the BBC.

The 84-page report paints a picture of confusion, mismanagement and miscommunication.

"Overall, I found poor communication, poor managerial oversight and a lack of clarity about roles and responsibilities," he concluded.

Mrs May responded to the report by announcing that the UK Border Force would be split off from the UK Border Agency and made directly accountable to ministers. She also told MPs that the problems began under Labour.

"There is no getting away from the fact that UKBA, of which the Border Force is part, has been a troubled organisation since it was founded in 2008," she said.

However, Mr Vine's report suggested that relaxations of border checks have been more frequent and widespread under the Coalition.
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Foreign Nationals: Childbirth
Daily Hansard - Written Answers, 20 February 2012
[The last three lines here show the data for London taken from the table]

Nicholas Soames: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the (a) number and (b) proportion of births was where one or both parents were foreign-born in (i) London and (ii) each London borough within Greater London in the most recent year for which figures are available. [94680]

Mr Hurd: I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Cabinet Office.

The information requested falls within the responsibility of the UK Statistics Authority. I have asked the authority to reply.

Letter from Stephen Penneck, dated February 2012: ...

Figures for live births where one or both parents are non-UK born have been compiled from birth registration data. The table below shows the number and proportion of live births in 2010 in the areas requested, according to registration data. Information on country of birth of parents is provided by the informant at registration.

Number and proportion of live births in London, where one or both parents are non-UK born, 2010

Area of usual residence of mother: London

Number of births where one or both parents are foreign born: 86,111

Proportion of births where one or both parents are foreign-born: 64.7
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'Immigrant crimewave' warning: East Europeans were responsible for a QUARTER of all offenses in London
Jack Doyle and Stephen Wright
Daily Mail, 18 February 2012

Eastern European criminals were responsible for more than 11,000 crimes in London last year.

Nationals of Poland, Romania and Lithuania are most likely of all foreigners to be prosecuted by the police, an investigation has revealed.

Overall, foreigners are accused of one in four of all crimes committed in London.

Astonishingly, they make up nine out of ten drug suspects and are responsible for more than one in three sex offences.

The figures will give force to warnings of a growing 'immigrant crime wave'.

Four years ago, foreign nationals were found to commit one in five crimes.

A string of horrendous attacks carried out by Eastern European criminals in recent months has raised concerns over the lack of checks on new arrivals. ...

The Metropolitan Police statistics were unearthed by the London section of BBC Politics.

They show the nationality of criminals 'proceeded against' – either charged and taken to court, fined or cautioned – by the force over a year and the nature of the crime. From September 2010 to August 31 last year, the Met proceeded against 195,714 alleged criminals. Of those, 46,588 were foreign nationals – or 24 per cent of the total. The remaining 149,126 individuals were British.

Seven of the top ten offender nationalities were European. Poland came top with 4,742 alleged offenders, ahead of Romania with 3,952 and Lithuania with 2,561. Police processed 436 Australians. The programme makers spoke to one Polish ex-offender who said the British legal system was weak.

Polish criminals thought British prisons were like being in 'a spa', he said, adding they would 'think twice' if they thought they would be sent home to serve time. ...

Critics say Britain's open borders with other EU members make it impossible to control who comes and goes. In many cases, Brussels regulations make it impossible to stop criminals from entering even if we know of their convictions.

EU laws also restrict the Government's ability to send criminals back home after prison.

More than 11,000 foreign national offenders are behind bars in England and Wales.
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580 foreigners a DAY got a job here last year... as the number of British-born unemployed soared
Chris Parsons and Becky Barrow
Daily Mail, 16 February 2012

Around 580 foreigners landed a job in the UK every day last year while the number of British-born workers collapsed, official figures revealed today.

The Office for National Statistics said the number of British-born workers with a job crashed by 208,000 last year.

But this is the exact opposite of what is happening to foreign-born workers, with numbers jumping by 212,000 last year.

Figures also revealed that women bore the brunt of the latest rise in unemployment, as figures showed today the number of female jobseekers has leapt to its highest rate in 23 years.

Two thirds of the 48,000 extra unemployed in the last quarter were women, as Britain's jobless rate rose for the eighth month in a row.

More than a million women are now unemployed in this country, the highest number in nearly a quarter of a century and a rise of 91,000 over last year, according to the think tank IPPR.

Young workers have also been hit hard by unemployment, with over million aged 16-24 now jobless, and nearly 250,000 unemployed for more than a year.

The total number of those out of work in the last quarter of 2011 leapt to 2.67 million, a jobless rate of 8.4 per cent, the worst figure since the end of 1995. ...

Reacting to the figures, Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the think-tank, Migrationwatch, described the extraordinary increase in foreign-born workers as 'quite extraordinary'.

He said: 'Given the continued increase in the number of British workers who are unemployed, it seems quite extraordinary that some employers are still employing agencies to recruit workers from overseas.'
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Population is 'our biggest challenge' says government chief scientist Sir John Beddington
Tom Levitt
The Ecologist, 14 February 2012

The next world population milestone of 8 billion will come sooner than we think - perhaps as early as 2025 - yet we remain reluctant to debate the issue. A forthcoming Royal Society report may force us to.

While many commentators look ahead to 9 billion by 2050 there is a more immediate statistic that 'frightens' the UK government's chief scientist: 1 billion extra people in the next 13 years.

Speaking at a WWF event last week, which looked ahead to the Rio+20 conference in June, John Beddington told an audience that half of that population increase would come from Asia and most of the other half from Africa. Based on the UN's projections, he said Africa's population would grow 'frighteningly fast' from 1 billion today to 1.5 billion by 2025-2030.

He went on to lament the issue of population as 'under thought' and 'our biggest challenge' as it exacerbates existing problems over access to water and other resources. ...

Beddington's protestations are broadly similar to those being made by many others outside government such as Sir David Attenborough, who calls silence over the issue an 'absurd taboo'.

The silence is echoed across many environmental groups and government policymakers. A new paper by philosopher Philip Cafaro, 'Climate ethics and population policy', suggests both have been fearful of wading into a host of contentious ethical issues, including family planning, abortion and immigration. ...

Indeed, when the Ecologist went back to Beddington's officials they clarified his remarks slightly, preferring to suggest population increases would have 'profound implications for the planet' rather than being 'our greatest challenge'.

Of course, it is ethically much easier to talk about how areas of high population growth will be impacted by climate change, as Beddington does, rather than how population growth itself is a cause of climate change and other environmental problems, as Attenborough and others do.

WWF, another group perhaps seeking to avoid controversy, suggests it is an issue for development and humanitarian organisations and instead focuses on the other primary driver of greenhouse gas emissions, overconsumption. ...

With a major study by the Royal Society on population and human wellbeing due to be published in April, the debate looks certain to continue.
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Farewell to a martyr to political correctness: Bradford headmaster Ray Honeyford - hounded for warning of the perils of multiculturalism - dies a saddened but vindicated man
Leo Mcki

In the name of promoting tolerance, race-fixated zealots exercise the most extreme intolerance, suppressing free debate and indulging in witch-hunts against anyone who dissents from their creed of multi-cultural diversity.

Nothing ever exemplified this pattern of behaviour more graphically than the downfall of former Bradford headmaster Ray Honeyford, who died yesterday, aged 77.

A mild-mannered, popular teacher who devoted his career to the education of disadvantaged children, Honeyford was hounded from his job in the mid-1980s for daring to challenge some of the fashionable orthodoxies of race relations.

Like a character in George Orwell's 1984, he was deemed to have committed a crime for expressing his views. Branded a racist, he was turned into a figure of national notoriety by a noisy alliance of Left-wingers, municipal ideologues and professional grievance-mongers.

The atmosphere of synthetic outrage ensured his reputation was shattered and his career left in ruins.

Yet Honeyford was the victim of a gross injustice. The portrayal of him as a racial bigot could not be further from the truth.

As the headmaster of Drummond Middle School in Bradford, he spent most of his time working with ethnic minority pupils, since 95 per cent of Drummond's intake was of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin.

It was a measure of his success that the school was heavily oversubscribed, with the greatest demand for places coming from Muslim parents. Nor was Honeyford anything like the reactionary that his enemies painted. ...

Having qualified, he taught in a variety of inner-city schools before taking over at Drummond in 1981. Honeyford's experience of running a largely Asian school gave him a special insight into the iniquities of multiculturalism, the official doctrine that had held sway in state education since the 1970s.

According to this policy, ethnic minority children were encouraged to cling on to their cultures, customs, even languages, while the concept of a shared British identity was treated with contempt. Honeyford thought this approach was deeply damaging.

He feared that it promoted division, hindered integration and undermined pupils' opportunities to succeed in wider British society.

He voiced his concerns by writing an article in the obscure conservative political magazine The Salisbury Review, which was then edited by the distinguished philosopher Roger Scruton.

In it, Honeyford stated that white children constituted the 'ethnic minority' in many urban schools: 'It is very difficult to write honestly and openly of my experiences and the reflections they evoke,' he wrote, 'since the race lobby is extremely powerful in the State education service.

'The term racism functions not as a word with which to create insight, but as a slogan designed to suppress constructive thought.'

The race lobby had become so powerful, he added, that 'decent people are not only afraid of voicing certain thoughts, they are even uncertain of their right to think those thoughts.'
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At last, action to put Britons first on housing list
Kirsty Buchanan
Sunday Express, 5 February 2012

New rules have been introduced to stop immigrants jumping the queue ahead of British families on the housing waiting list.

The Government has torn up a decade of Labour's disastrous social housing policy, which saw waiting lists double and numbers of foreign tenants in affordable homes rise by 40 per cent.

New guidance was issued to councils and housing associations last week, allowing them to set their own housing priorities.

It allows social landlords to allocate homes to local people and reward hard work and community endeavour.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps said Labour's social housing diktats had opened the door to "all kinds of abuses".

He said: "Councils and housing associations will be able to set their own criteria. That could include prioritising housing for local people. That strikes me as a perfectly sensible suggestion."

Labour's tick-box policy saw the number of foreign tenants in social homes top 1.1 million by 2009, while the number of British tenants fell by 1.2 million.

One in 10 state subsidised homes was handed to immigrants after the Home Office decided to house asylum seekers in freed-up social housing.

Thousands of British workers were driven out of the area they grew up in by the "open list" housing policy that placed need above all other criteria and allowed potential tenants to sign up to lists across the country.

The policy fuelled social division as working class families saw their hard work and local roots being torn up. ...

Reforms have become possible with short-term tenancies, outlined last November in a new Government housing strategy, called Laying the Foundations. It includes measures to stop abuse and fraud and deal with Labour's dysfunctional legacy of a waiting list of 5 million, 250,000 households in overoccupied social homes and 440,000 in under-occupied social homes.

Mr Shapps has launched a consultation on plans to make high earners living in social housing pay a full market rent.

He is proposing a threshold of £100,000, potentially affecting about 6,000 tenants who could afford to rent or buy normally.

He also plans to criminalise sub-letting of council homes, punishable by a fine of up to £50,000 or two years in prison.

Currently, up to 160,0000 tenants who are believed to sub-let their homes only stand to lose their tenancy if they are caught.

Mr Shapps also wants a ban on social tenants who own another property, currently said to number 60,000, and a consultation is to be launched on easier eviction for antisocial tenants.
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Baby boom takes schools to breaking point
Simon Murphy and Jeevan Vasagar
The Guardian, 4 February 2012

A council in east London is drawing up plans to convert an empty Woolworths store into a classroom and teach children in two shifts, in emergency measures across Britain to cope with a dramatic increase in primary school age children.

More than 450,000 places in schools in England are needed by 2015, government figures show – partly the result of a baby boom in the past decade.

Schools have begun using every available space, including converting a caretaker's hut into a classroom and a broom cupboard into an office, and moving into council-owned office space.

The problem is most acute in London. In Barking, the number of primary age children is predicted to rise from 19,000 to more than 27,000 by 2015. In addition to the empty Woolworths, the council is looking into leasing a vacant MFI building.

It is also looking at "split shift sessions", where schools would take one group of pupils from 8am until 2pm and then a second from 2pm until 7pm. The shifts would double capacity although the council concedes parents would have great difficulty accommodating the shift patterns.

Rocky Gill, Barking and Dagenham council's cabinet member for finance and education, said "detailed plans" for shifts were being drawn up. "In two years' time we will have expanded all our primary schools. So we're going to have no choice but to move into split shift education at both primary and secondary level."

Gill feared the impact on families with children in different shifts could be "disastrous". ...

While London faces the greatest challenge, schools elsewhere are feeling the strain. In Manchester, which will see a predicted rise from just over 37,000 primary school pupils to more than 46,000 by 2015, a headteacher said her schools were "bursting at the seams".
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Damian Green: migrants must add to quality of life in Britain
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 2 February 2012

Migrants must "add to the quality of life in Britain" if they want to live here, the Immigration Minister will say today.

Damian Green will tell newcomers they must show how they can "benefit Britain" rather than just benefit by it.

In a key speech spelling out the ground rules for a more selective immigration policy, he will redefine the "points-based system" as a "contribution-based system".

And he will attack as "unacceptable" any notion of migrants "importing economic dependency on the state".

Britain does not need more middle managers or unskilled labour and only wants the "brightest and the best" migrants, he will say. ...

But Mr Green will say it is not just about numbers and is time to also move the debate on to ask how immigration can be a positive for the country.

Speaking at the Policy Exchange in central London, he will say: "We need to know not just that the right numbers of people are coming here, but that the right people are coming here.

"People who will benefit Britain, not just those who will benefit by Britain.

"Whether you come here to work, study, or get married, we as a country are entitled to check that you will add to the quality of life in Britain." ...

Outlining the principle of selectivity, he will say: "Importing economic dependency on the state is unacceptable.

"Bringing people to this country who can play no role in the life of this country is equally unacceptable."

Instead "everyone who comes here must be selected to make a positive contribution".

Mr Green will stress policies should be about attracting the best.

"We need to know not just that the right numbers if people are coming here but that the right people are coming here." ...

While the inflow of students will be restricted, the Government will also focus on ensuring they leave at the end of their visas, "reinforcing the notion that study is for a limited period", he will say.

Families wanting to settle in the UK will also face tougher requirements and the link between "coming to work and staying on permanently" will be broken.
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Poor foreign doctors put patients at risk in NHS
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 12 January 2012

Patients are being put at risk by European laws that allow potentially incompetent foreign doctors to work in the NHS while undermining training in Britain, some of the country's most senior doctors warn. ...

They warn that there are "huge variations" in the ability and training of doctors from abroad and that those with poor language skills are still able to work in the NHS.

Health regulators are not automatically alerted when a doctor is struck off in another country, they say. ...

Prof Norman Williams, the president of the Royal College of Surgeons, and Sir Richard Thompson, the president of the Royal College of Physicians, write: "The language competency of doctors from the EU working in Britain, and the stifling effect of the European Working Time Directive on the time that trainee doctors have to learn on the job need urgent action.

"EU laws that apply to all sectors can have unintended consequences in health care that can put patients at risk, whether in Britain or other member states." ...

More than 88,000 foreign-trained doctors are registered to work in Britain, including 22,758 from Europe. They account for almost a third of the total.
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Immigration does keep Britons out of jobs, government committee admits
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 11 January 2012

Immigration meant 160,000 British workers missed out on jobs in the last five years, the Government's migration expert revealed.

A Briton is "displaced" from the labour market for every four extra migrants from outside the EU that arrive in the UK, the Migration Advisory Committee (Mac) concluded.

The report is the first official examination of the impact of immigration and showed it has kept resident workers out of jobs.

Professor David Metcalf, chairman of the Mac, also criticised the use of GDP for measuring the effects of the influx of foreign nationals as "pro-immigration" because more migrants will logically expand the economy.

The findings are in contrast to a study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (Niesr) which claimed the number of immigrants coming to the UK had little or no impact on the number of unemployed.

However, the impact and displacement of British workers also does not last forever, the Mac report found.

"Those migrants who have been in the UK for over five years are not associated with displacement of British-born workers," it said.

In the last five years the number of non-EU migrants of working age increased by 700,000 meaning some 160,000 Britons missed out on jobs, the report concluded. ...

The Mac was asked to look at the impact of immigration from outside the EU and how that information was used in official impact assessments of the Government's migration policies.

Prof Metcalf said the current system, which uses GDP to look at the impact on both UK residents and migrants, "can't be the right way of thinking about this".

It would be better to consider the impact on the economic wellbeing of the resident population alone, he said.

Any assessment of the economic and social impacts of immigration – and of specific immigration policies – critically depends on whose interests are taken into consideration, the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said.

Dr Scott Blinder, a senior researcher at the centre, said: "This report highlights the need to decide and articulate more clearly whose needs Government is prioritising when developing immigration policy.

"Trade-offs need to be confronted head on. Without more debate and clarity about whose interests policy is trying to maximise, we cannot hope to reach more agreement about the costs and benefits of specific policies."
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Non-EU immigration linked to unemployment, says report
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 10 January 2012

Immigration to Britain from outside Europe is linked to unemployment in depressed economic times, according to an explosive report from the government's own expert advisers.

The migration advisory committee research published on Tuesday suggests that for every extra 100 non-European migrants who come to Britain, 23 fewer British residents are employed.

The finding directly challenges the established academic consensus that there has been little or no direct link between immigration and employment levels in Britain. It flatly contradicts research from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research published on Monday, which found that even in the recent recession there was no direct impact.

The official research confirms that migration has had no impact on average wages but says that it has increased wages at the top of the wage scale but has lowered wage rates at the bottom. ...

The report from the Home Office-appointed migration advisory committee, however, makes clear that there has been no increase in violent crime levels as a result of recent migration, and the influx of foreign skilled workers may actually have contributed to falling crime levels as they are less likely to commit burglary and other property crime.

In terms of housing, the report estimates that skilled migration from outside Europe will generate demand for an extra 112,000 homes by 2017 – only about 8% of the additional demand for housing within the next five years with – with the effects concentrated in London and other limited parts of Britain.

The report also says recent official assessments of immigration policy that have calculated the cost to the economy of measures such as curbing overseas students should instead measure their impact on the "economic wellbeing" of the resident population rather than their impact on the gross domestic product.
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Migrants do not affect jobless levels, say researchers
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 10 January 2012

Immigration to Britain has had little or no impact on the overall levels of unemployment, even during the recent recession, according to research published on Tuesday. A report by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research comes in advance of the results of an official inquiry by the government's migration advisory committee on the impact of migration from outside Europe on the economy and public services in Britain.

The NIESR report, which uses national insurance registrations by foreign nationals for the first time to analyse the impact of immigration on the UK labour market, says it found no link between migrant inflows and the overall level of those claiming jobseeker's allowance.

"In addition, we tested for whether the impact of migration on claimant unemployment varies according to the state of the economic cycle. We found no evidence of a greater negative impact during periods of low growth or the recent recession."

The findings confirm existing research which has generally found little or no impact on average of immigration on unemployment in Britain, with at most "a generally modest impact on the less skilled". The NIESR report concedes that it is not known whether a fall in the number of low-skilled jobs in Britain is being masked by a balancing increase in the number of more highly skilled jobs.
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A coincidence? Youth unemployment rises 450,000 in the time it takes 600,000 migrant workers to flock to the UK
Leon Watson
Daily Mail, 9 January 2012

Migrant workers from the EU are keeping young Britons out of jobs, new figures suggest.

Campaign group Migration Watch UK said statistics released today show the number of migrants working in the UK who were born in Eastern Europe rose by 600,000 since the so-called A8 countries joined the EU in May 2004 while youth unemployment rose by almost 450,000 in the same period.

Sir Andrew Green, the campaign group's chairman, said it would be 'a very remarkable coincidence if there was no link at all between them'.

Migrants from the A8 countries - Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - 'have tended to be disproportionately young, well-educated, prepared to work for low wages and imbued with a strong work ethic', he said.

Youth unemployment in the UK increased from 575,000 in the first quarter of 2004 to 1,016,000 in the third quarter of 2011, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

Over the same period, the number of workers from the A8 grew by 600,000.

Sir Andrew conceded that measuring any impact of immigration on youth unemployment was 'not an exact science'.

He said: 'Correlation is not, of course, proof of causation but, given the positive employability characteristics and relative youth of migrants from these countries, it is implausible and counter-intuitive to conclude - as the previous Government and some economists have done - that A8 migration has had virtually no impact on UK youth unemployment in this period.

'We hear a great deal from employers about the value of immigrant labour, especially from Eastern Europe, but there are also costs some of which have undoubtedly fallen on young British born workers.'
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We're proud to be British – but just a little bit anxious, too
Toby Helm
The Guardian, 7 January 2012

It is often said that it was Enoch Powell's "rivers of blood" speech in 1968 that marked the moment when politicians became wary of debating immigration. "For 40 years we have, by mutual consent, sustained a political silence on the one issue where British people most needed articulate political leadership," said Sir Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, in a 2008 speech to mark four decades since Powell's incendiary address.

The tendency to fight shy of a subject about which people feel so strongly, and on which they want solutions, is particularly evident during general election campaigns. Politicians' fears of being accused of playing the race card or indulging in "dog-whistle" politics invariably shut down discussion at the very time demand for debate is highest. Before the 2010 election, the Labour MP Frank Field noted that there were two subjects that voters really wanted to hear their politicians talk about: the economy, which turned out to be central to the campaign, and immigration, which did not. "Despite brief mentions in the manifestos, immigration is the issue that dare not speak its name," he said.

A poll by the new independent, non-partisan thinktank British Future, in conjunction with the Observer, is not just, or even mainly, about immigration. ... On immigration it seeks a new approach to help open up debate. The polling does not focus on whether people like immigrants or immigration but more on what, in practical terms, immigration means to them. It is not about "them and us", with migrants in one corner, but seeks to identify how it impacts on people's lives and schools, the restaurants they visit and the Premier League football they watch.

The overall impression is optimistic, upbeat. It highlights a nation that has many concerns about immigration but one that also sees many positives. The findings suggest that, rather than being strongly anti-immigrant, people's views towards those born outside the UK are more nuanced, more considered. Their attitudes to immigration seem to relate to the practical effects they feel it has on their lives rather than stem from kneejerk prejudice towards immigrants.

That said, the worries about the negative effect of too much immigration on life in Britain come over strongly. Some 60% more of those questioned think immigration is bad for the availability of housing than think it is good, while 56% thought it had been bad for the availability of jobs. Some 48% more people thought it had a negative effect on crime and disorder than the reverse and 25% thought it had a bad effect on schools.

Yet 60% more people say the effect has been good for the country's cuisine than think the reverse. For film and music the plus rating is 29%, for Premier League football 26%, and for entrepreneurs and new businesses 36%. ...

Perhaps surprisingly, it finds the sense of Britishness is stronger among some immigrants than the British born. The poll found that Asians in Britain have the strongest sense of "British belonging", with 70% saying they belong strongly, compared with 66% of white Britons who feel the same.
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What Ann Coulter and the GOP Dare Not Say about Immigration
Selwyn Duke
Canada Free Press, 4 January 2012

In a recent election piece, pundit Ann Coulter identified illegal migration as one of the two most important issues of our time. She writes that if we fail at halting it, "the country will be changed permanently." ... ...

Coulter is, of course, right – but she only dare hint at the real problem. The fact is that halting illegal migration will do nothing to forestall the socialist electoral shift to which she refers. ...

There certainly are a few differences between legal immigration and illegal migration. For instance, we can't know if someone sneaking into our country is a criminal, a terrorist or is carrying a disease. But the reality is that in most respects illegal migration is not a separate and distinct problem.

It is an exacerbation of the problem.

Because demographically speaking, legal immigration and illegal migration are virtually identical. Most all illegal migrants hail from the Third World and Asia, and – owing to the Immigration Act of 1965 (Ted Kennedy's handiwork) – 85 percent of legal immigrants do as well.

In other words, yes, adding illegal migrants into the mix will help the statists take their California dreamin' nationwide more quickly, but it will happen regardless unless we change our suicidal immigration model. So it really doesn't matter if we "capitulate" on illegal migration or not, because we capitulated on the legalized version of it a long time ago. ...

To be fair, Ann Coulter at least made passing mention of this reality when she slipped into her piece that "Massive legal and illegal immigration has already so changed the California electorate [emphasis added]...." Yet with the exception of Pat Buchanan, yours truly and a few others, this is an area where you're more likely to hear the truth from leftist commentators – when they're licking their chops over how successful they've been at importing their voters. ... ...

The fact is that upon being naturalized, our modern-day immigrants generally vote Democrat by wide margins – irrespective of whether upon arrival they were labeled legal or illegal. ... ...

But what does it profit a nation to absorb the world but to lose its soul?

The fact is that the immigration debate is nothing less than a discussion about what kind of civilization we're going to be. For the people make the culture – not the other way around – and the culture makes the government. In just the way that the Islamic invasion of Egypt in the seventh century turned it into a Muslim and Arab land when it had been neither, if you replace America's population with a Mexican or Muslim one, you no longer have a Western civilization. You have Mexico Norte or Iran West.

It's the culture, stupid.

But don't expect a serious discussion about this anytime soon. For we are in the grip of Immigrationism, the belief that immigration is always good and must be the one constant in an ever-changing universe of policy. It really is one of the most effective brainwashing con-jobs in history: Statists have made talk of what ensures their ultimate victory taboo. And Americans have been conditioned to accept as axiomatic a policy that guarantees the destruction of Western civilization in the U.S.
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Scandal of 'open door' for foreign students
Padraic Flanagan
Daily Express, 2 January 2012

Thousands of foreign students could find it easier to stay in Britain after a landmark decision backed their human rights to a new life here.

In the latest blow to the Government's bid to reduce the scale of immigration, a judge decided that a cricket-playing migrant could stay because he had made friends and it would be distressing for him if he was sent home.

Politicians and campaigners last night said they fear the test case could open the floodgates to other foreign students hoping to settle in this country after finishing their courses. ... ...

The courts ruled that Mr Munawar, whose initial application was turned down by the Home Office, could continue to enjoy a "private life" in this country under Article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights.

But critics accused the courts of undermining attempts to control Britain's borders, arguing that almost every foreign student would be able to claim they have made friends.

Immigration Minister Damian Green said he was "disappointed" and was working to change the rules on immigration to end farcical decisions.

And Lord Tebbit, the former Tory minister who once proposed a "cricket test" to help identify whether immigrants had integrated into British life, described the case as "absurd".

Mr Munawar, who came to Britain in 2008, told the Upper Tribunal of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber in London that he should be granted a new visa because he had partially completed his training and had a social life in Britain. Judge Susan Pitt said he had shown he played cricket at weekends, attended mosque regularly and had "formed friendships with fellow students and work colleagues".

The judge ruled that the Home Office's refusal of a visa "amounted to a disproportionate interference with private life that deserved respect".

Normally, foreign students are granted visas of up to three years and are expected to leave the country once they are up. In the 12 months to June, 271,000 student visas were issued. ... ...

Mr Munawar's legal adviser, Tamij Uddin, said he believed the appeal would set an important precedent.
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Interpol chief - close EU border loophole or risk attack
Rob Hastings
The Independent, 30 December 2011

A glaring failure by almost all European countries to check passports against an international database of lost and stolen travel documents is leaving the Continent vulnerable to a terrorist attack on the scale of the Madrid train bombings, the head of Interpol has warned.

In what he said he hoped would not be his "last interview", Interpol's Secretary General, Ronald Noble, told The Independent that nearly all EU members are failing to make crucial checks against the agency's database of 15 million suspicious passports – allowing potential terrorists to enter Europe and cross multiple borders undetected.

"So many basic steps aren't being taken, which could lead to another September 11, another July 7 [the 2005 London Underground bombings], another March 11 in Madrid," Mr Noble said. ...

The former head of the US Secret Service also revealed that last year 500 million flights were not screened against the Interpol database. "My hope is that it won't take another September 11, July 7 or March 11, where someone enters one of these countries carrying a stolen passport and masterminds a terrorist attack, before all countries begin systematically screening passports," he said.

Mr Noble said the Schengen Agreement, which allows people to travel across much of the EU without a passport, meant that a single soft spot in border security could put the whole of mainland Europe at risk. "If we all say that we are going to trust one another to screen and control people coming through our borders then we should all have the same standard," he said.

"Right now, there are less countries than fingers on my hand in the EU that are systematically screening the passports of people coming across their borders through Interpol's database. That is something that should concern all citizens that belong to the Schengen system."

A European Commission source said the Schengen area had its own database of documents for checks on all external borders. "Schengen member states are not obliged to carry out systematic checks against the Interpol database," he said.

However, Interpol maintains that the Schengen system is not as comprehensive as its own database, as it excludes records from 131 non-EU countries that also contribute to the Interpol logs.

Britain is the only EU country to systematically check passports against those registered as missing worldwide. Last year more than 11,000 people were caught trying to enter the UK using lost or stolen passports. Britain carries out more checks against the database than the rest of Europe combined – 140 million last year. France carried out the second highest number, at 10 million.
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Brussels rules let 11,000 migrants a year slip into the UK by the back door
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 29 December 2011

Brussels rules are letting thousands of migrants into Britain 'by the back door'.

Nearly 11,000 moved here this year on the basis of having been given citizenship in another EU country.

The total, revealed in figures from the Office for National Statistics, is up more than a third on the 8,000 cases recorded in 2006. Many of the migrants would normally have been barred from taking up residence in Britain.

But under EU rules they are automatically entitled to come here once they have EU citizenship and start working – or claiming benefits. The data, compiled from passenger surveys, shows that 47,000 non-EU immigrants have found their way to the UK using this method over the past five years.

Priti Patel, the Tory MP who uncovered the information, said the loophole completely undermined Government efforts to curb the surge in immigration that took place under Labour. She urged ministers to raise the issue in Brussels and take action to wrest back control of Britain's borders.

Miss Patel took up the issue herself after a BBC documentary in October highlighted the case of an Ecuadorean family who moved to London after gaining citizenship in Spain.

The family of six were receiving £2,300 a month in housing benefit to rent a flat in Islington, as well as tax credits and child benefit. ...

The revelation raises fresh questions about the Coalition's pledge to cut net immigration to under 100,000 a year. Last month official figures revealed that the figure had soared to a record 252,000 in 2010.

EU countries all have different requirements for migrants wanting to become a citizen, and there are fears that some could be a soft touch for those whose ultimate aim is to come to the UK.
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Europe's Inexorable March Towards Islam
Soeren Kern
Stonegate Institute, 29 December 2011

Post-Christian Europe became noticeably more Islamized during 2011. ...

In Austria, an appellate court upheld the politically correct conviction of Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, a Viennese housewife and anti-Jihad activist, for "denigrating religious beliefs" after she gave a series of seminars about the dangers of radical Islam. ... ...

In Belgium, it was revealed that Muslims now make up one-quarter of the population of Brussels, according to a new book published by the Catholic University of Leuven, ... In real terms, the number of Muslims in Brussels – where half of the number of Muslims in Belgium currently live – has reached 300,000, which means that the self-styled "Capital of Europe" is now the most Islamic city in Europe. ...

In Denmark, a Muslim group launched a campaign to turn parts of Copenhagen and other Danish cities into "Sharia Law Zones" that would function as autonomous enclaves ruled by Islamic law. ... ...

Also in Denmark, the city council of Copenhagen approved the construction of the first official "Grand Mosque" in the Danish capital. The mega-mosque will have a massive blue dome as well as two towering minarets and is architecturally designed to stand out on Copenhagen's low-rise skyline. ...

Meanwhile, the president of the Denmark-based International Free Press Society, Lars Hedegaard, was found guilty of racist hate speech for comments he made about Islam. ... ...

In France, it was revealed that Islamic mosques are being built more often than Roman Catholic churches, and that there now are more practicing Muslims in the country than practicing Catholics. ...

In Germany, it was revealed that thousands of young women and girls in Germany are victims of forced marriages every year. Most of the victims come from Muslim families; many have been threatened with violence and even death. ...

Also in Germany, a best-selling book published in September revealed that the spread of Islamic Sharia law in Germany is far more advanced than previously thought, and that German authorities are "powerless" to do anything about the Muslim shadow justice system in Germany. ...

In Holland, it was revealed that 40% of Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands between the ages of 12 and 24 have been arrested, fined, charged or otherwise accused of committing a crime during the past five years, according to a report commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Interior.

In Dutch neighborhoods where the majority of residents are Moroccan immigrants, the youth crime rate reaches 50%. ...

The "Dutch-Moroccan Monitor 2011" also revealed that most of the Moroccan youth involved in criminal activities were born in Holland. ... ...

Also in Spain, two radical Islamic television stations began 24-hour broadcasting to Spanish-speaking audiences in Spain and Latin America from new studios in Madrid. The first channel, sponsored by the government of Iran, will focus on spreading Shiite Islam, the dominant religion in Iran. The second channel, sponsored by the government of Saudi Arabia, will focus on spreading Wahhabi Islam, the dominant religion in Saudi Arabia. ... ...

In Switzerland, where the Muslim population has more than quintupled since 1980, a Muslim immigrant group based in Bern called for the emblematic white cross to be removed from the Swiss national flag because as a Christian symbol it "no longer corresponds to today's multicultural Switzerland."
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Taxpayer funding £100,000 a day for failed asylum seekers
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 26 December 2011

The taxpayer is spending more than £100,000 a day to house failed asylum seekers who have no right to be in the country.

The Home Office spent almost £40 million last year supporting so-called "hard cases" – asylum seekers who have had their claims rejected but cannot leave for one reason or another.

It is usually because of unsafe conditions in their home country, a medical condition or they have launched a judicial review on a legal point in their case.

But in the meantime the taxpayer must fund their accommodation and living allowances.

And the cost of the asylum system is growing after separate figures showed the number of asylum seekers who are still awaiting a decision and need accommodation increased in 2011. ...

Under what is known as Section 4 support, asylum seekers who have had their claim for shelter rejected but cannot currently return home are given accommodation and living support. In the 12 months up to September 2011, a total of 4,430 people were awarded such support – the equivalent of 12 a day.

Some of those will have since left the country but others may be here indefinitely if their particular circumstances do not change.

Over the period, the Home Office spent £38.2 million on Section 4 support or £104,658 a day. ...

As well as accommodation, recipients are given a payment card, worth £35.39 per person a week, which is used to buy food and essential toiletries.
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Did Harriet Harman's Equality Act save Britain £65 million?
Ed West
Telegraph blog, 23 December 2011

Has Harriet Harman's showpiece 2010 Equality Act really saved the country £65 million? This is the implausible figure cited by the Government, and disputed by the think-tank Civitas, which calls such benefits "imaginary" and says even the symbolic values are "debatable". ...

Last month the same think-tank produced a report, The Rise of the Equalities Industry, by sociology professor Peter Saunders, which suggested that the cost of equality was somewhere like £150 million in the service sector, £35 million in manufacturing and, worst of all, £210 million across small and medium-sized businesses.

In fact everywhere that equality and diversity has become a government goal it has ended up costing money, without exception, which is why the £65 million sounds so odd. Forbes have estimated the cost of diversity training being $10 billion to the US economy, while various equality acts, including the ruinous disparate impact laws (the equivalent of indirect discrimination), have been economically as well as socially damaging.

The Civitas Report states:

Familiarization is given a one-off cost of over £200 million. This includes an allowance of 8 hours for each small or medium-sized enterprise, of 249 employees or less, to digest 800 pages of guidance from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, including the issue of whether it is legal to make a choice between two equally qualified candidates if one is from a protected group.

Small employers will not be able to afford a specialist for their personnel needs. Larger ones will need both to understand the provisions themselves and to disseminate to them to anyone involved in line management or recruitment. Eight hours of familiarization time is insufficient.

No allowance is made for single-person, owner-managed firms, estimated at 3.5 million in number. The assumption is that they will not step up to the next level of employing other people. Whether any would choose to expand if it were not for the burden of regulations surrounding employment is another question.

And so such regulations disproportionately damage small businesses. This is why, as Jonah Goldberg wrote in Liberal Fascism, big business is so much behind a corporatist "equality and diversity" culture, giving them relatively cheap ethical branding. Yet so far there is no evidence that any equality laws makes businesses more effective (psychologists Katherine Williams and Charles O'Reilly say: "The preponderance of empirical evidence is that diversity is likely to impede group functioning."); nor that it helps to reduce the inequalities in society (and the great irony of American liberals' obsession with equality is that East Asians are now being discriminated against and are pretending to be white).

Anti-discrimination laws arose out of a noble idea, to counter blatant bias (especially in the US), but at some point the goal became the levelling of society between all groups, a goal that is clearly incompatible with a free society where people in their everyday thoughts and actions discriminate.
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Financial benefits of equality laws are imaginary, says think-tank
Martin Beckford
Daily Telegraph, 23 December 2011

New equality laws have no economic benefit and only a questionable effect on discrimination, a report claims.

The study published by the think-tank Civitas says that the supposed economic benefits of recent human rights legislation are "imaginary" and that even their symbolic value is "debatable".

It claims that rather than saving the country £65 million a year, as Government estimates suggest, the Equality Act 2010 will actually cost at least £10m annually while tying small businesses in red tape.

The claims come after another study by the think-tank suggested that up to £1 billion a year is spent on "mindless" data collection as companies are forced to comply with equalities legislation.

That report found that equality laws have created a cottage industry of bureaucrats who monitor but don't actually reduce race or gender bias.

Ministers have also been criticised by a backbench Tory MP, Dominic Raab, for implementing costly and bureaucratic elements of Labour's flagship Equality Act rather than scrapping them after taking office.

The law, which gained Royal Assent just before the election, aimed to improve fairness by banning discrimination against "protected groups" such as ethnic minorities, women, disabled people and homosexuals.

It streamlined existing legislation and aimed to improve equal opportunities in the workplace.

The impact assessment published by the Government Equalities Office suggested the law would cost up to £283m to implement in its first year, but the costs would soon be recouped.

It was claimed that society would benefit by as much as £62m a year from greater equality.

But in a new Civitas paper called Assessing the Damage, Nigel Williams, a statistician, claims that the costs of implementing the law are far higher while the savings are "largely imaginary".

He said that the official figures are based on the assumption that people will give up some of their prosperity in return for greater equality: "The value is ideological, nothing more."

It also assumes that combating discrimination does not "harm growth" by dissuading small businesses from recruiting because of the "weight of regulations" and the "threat of an employment tribunal".

A further £9m in annual savings is expected from the simplification of existing laws, but Mr Williams says this could be bettered by the mere "removal of the offending regulations".

Meanwhile the prediction of another £4m annual benefit is based on the assumption that changes to the equal pay regime will lead to fewer employment tribunals.

But Mr Williams claims the new law may lead to more legal claims against employers and will require even the smallest of firms to digest 800 pages of guidance.

He concludes: "Even if the changes are introduced with extraordinary efficiency by all concerned and the budgeted £200 million proves ample, the annual consequences of this legislation will serve not to pay back the costs, but to add to them.

"The ideological benefits of the Equality Act are debatable at best. The financial benefits simply do not exist."
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Majority of new HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis B cases are found in immigrants coming to live in Britain
Jenny Hope
Daily Mail, 21 December 2011

High rates of tuberculosis, HIV and hepatitis B are found in migrants coming to live as long-term residents in Britain, according to a report.

Three-quarters of tuberculosis cases reported in Britain last year were born abroad, with many diagnosed two or more years after their arrival.

Almost two-thirds of newly diagnosed cases of HIV and 80 per cent of hepatitis B infected blood donors in 2010 were born abroad.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) report says 12 per cent of people living in Britain in 2010 were born abroad - up from 8 per cent in 2001. ...

Dr Jane Jones, head of the travel and migrant section at HPA, said: 'The majority of non-UK born residents do not have infectious disease but some are at higher risk than UK-born residents because of their exposures and their life experiences prior to, during and after migration.

'It is important to remember that risk to non-UK born residents does not end on arrival in the UK,' she added.
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Minister blames courts for releasing foreign criminals
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 20 December 2011

More than 3,500 foreign criminals who should have been deported are back on Britain's streets after being released from jail by judges, ministers said yesterday.

Damian Green, the immigration minister, blamed judges after new figures revealed that nine in 10 overseas criminals who should have been sent home but are currently free in the UK.

Separate figures showed the number of foreign offenders successfully removed from the UK fell by nearly a fifth last this year.

Some of the released prisoners went on to commit new serious crimes including murder, rape, kidnapping and violence, while awaiting deportation.

The majority are able to stay and fight deportation because of human rights laws, Mr Green admitted.

During the debate Mr Green said that data protection laws had left him powerless to tell another MP whether a murderer who killed his constituent was a foreign national or not.

He was called to the House of Commons yesterday to answer an urgent question after figures from a leaked memo at the weekend said there were 4,238 foreign criminals awaiting deportation who are not in custody.

That figure had increased by almost 500 since May this year.

Foreign criminals released from custody have committed two murders, three kidnappings, 14 sexual offences and 27 other violent crimes.

Mr Green told MPs the most up to date figure for those at not in detention was actually 3,940 and that 90 per cent of those had been released by immigration judges, rather than a Home Office decision.

Most are let out by the courts because there is no immediate prospect of them being deported, he said.

That is because of human rights battles to stay in the UK, the situation in their home country or a lack of co-operation by the offender or his home government in getting essential travel documents.

Mr Green said 60 per cent were based on human rights challenges but the Home Office was powerless over court decisions and must release them. ...

Separate figures showed that in the first nine months of 2011 some 3,331 foreign criminals were deported – down 690 on the 4,021 removed in the same period last year.

Chris Bryant, the shadow immigration minister, described the drop as "astounding".

He said: "So far on your watch we have seen numbers of staff at UKBA going down, numbers of foreign national offenders deported going down and numbers of foreign criminals in our midst going up.

"Don't you realise that's the wrong way round?"
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Crime warning over foreign inmates
The Guardian, 18 December 2011

Foreign criminals who should have been deported after serving prison sentences have gone on to commit violent crimes, it has been reported.

A leaked report by the UK Border Agency (UKBA) reveals the former inmates were arrested for murders, kidnapping, rapes and other sexual offences, according to the Sunday Times.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper said: "The Home Secretary needs to explain urgently why the number of foreign national criminals deported has dropped so much, and why so many more foreign criminals have suddenly been left in the community instead."

Foreign nationals who are sent to prison for more than a year are meant to be deported automatically once they have served their time behind bars.

Ms Cooper added: "People who shouldn't be in the UK have been arrested for serious crimes, yet the Government are doing nothing to increase removals.

"Home Office figures show 700 fewer foreign national criminals were removed from the UK this year compared to last. Now we learn that the number of prisoners released into communities has increased by nearly 500 foreign criminals in just four months. This new information adds to the deep concern, chaos and incompetence surrounding the Home Secretary's handling of the UKBA."

According to the Sunday Times, the report reveals that as of September 11, there were 10,779 foreign criminals in British prisons, as well as 1,431 foreigners who have served their sentences but are being kept behind bars while deportation arrangements are made.

A further 4,238 criminals from overseas earmarked for deportation are currently "non detained", having been released because there is "no reasonable expectation of removal in the short term", the report said.

A spokesman from the Home Office said: "This Government believes that foreign criminals should be returned to their home country at the earliest opportunity and the UK Border Agency always seeks to remove them. However, we have to operate within the law, and where the courts rule that there is no prospect of removal - because of human rights law or a lack of cooperation from the criminal's home state - they may order that foreign national criminals should be released into the community at the end of their sentences.

"We are doing everything in our power to increase the number and speed of removals. We now start deportation action 18 months before the end of their sentence to speed up the process and we are chartering more flights to remove foreign offenders. We will change the immigration rules to cut abuse of the Human Rights Act, we'll open more foreign national-only prisons, and we'll be able to remove more European offenders through the Prisoner Transfer Agreement."
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Migrant boom over last 14 years 'was driven by open borders and not jobs'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 13 December 2011

Labour's open-door policies – and not the promise of prosperity – were the main reason why immigration soared over the past 14 years, an academic inquiry found yesterday.

The report said 'the increase in net immigration to the UK was not driven primarily by the economic performance of the UK or other countries'.

Instead, it pointed to immigration policies.

Changes introduced after Labour took power in 1997 included liberal approaches towards economic migrants claiming to be asylum seekers, the acceptance of migrants considered to have worthwhile skills, and the opening of the British jobs market to workers from Poland and Eastern Europe.

The report by academics from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and the University of Leicester was based on the findings of large-scale official surveys of immigration. It was published by the Economic Journal of the Royal Economic Society.

It said three-quarters of net immigration to Britain since the mid-1990s was a result of 'structural change' associated with government policies. The other quarter was driven by friends and families coming to join migrants already in Britain.

The study undermines the idea that the rosy-looking economy before the crash of 2007 and 2008 was the magnet that drew about 3 million immigrants into the country over a decade.

This in turn means that, although thousands of businesses have benefited from hard-working and highly qualified migrants, it was not the needs of the economy that brought them into Britain.
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1,000 polygamous families claiming benefits
Tom McTague
Daily Mirror, 13 December 2011

Around 1,000 men and their illegal multiple wives are thought to be claiming welfare benefits.

The polygamous families could be costing the taxpayer millions of pounds a year by pocketing everything from dole cash to housing costs.

But the Government has said it will not stop the controversial payments until 2013, when it will officially no longer accept group marriages for welfare handouts.

Polygamy is not recognised in Britain but was allowed within the benefits system under the former Labour administration. ...

Immigration minister Chris Grayling admitted that he had no idea how many polygamous families are on welfare.

He said they are allowed to claim handouts including income support, housing benefit and child support.

A man and his "first wife" can jointly claim £105.95 in dole payments, made up of a £67.50 single person payout and a couple's top-up of £38.45. "Subsequent" wives are only entitled to the £38.45 top-up. Mr Grayling added that housing benefit and council tax benefit was "limited to those living in one property".

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: "This outdated legislation is in the process of being changed."

Polygamy is practised by some Muslims and Mormons, and is common in Africa.
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Taxpayer spends £1m a week funding visa appeals
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2011

The taxpayer is spending almost £1 million a week to fund appeals against family visa refusals after cases increased six fold in a decade.

The sharp rise followed a change in the law under the last Government which scrapped fees for those bringing appeals against family visitor visas.

As a result the taxpayer has funded all such appeals since 2002.

Around 50,000 people last year challenged a decision not to give them a family visitor visa, which provides a temporary stay in the UK with a relative who lives here.

That was up from around 8,000 in 2002.

The appeals cost the public a total of £50 million in 2009, according to the report by Migration Watch UK. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "At a time of severe financial stringency for UK families it is an outrageously generous system which taxpayers should no longer be expected to fund.

"It should be stopped immediately, the definition of "family visitor" tightened, charges reintroduced and consideration given to bonds to ensure people actually leave at the end of their visit."

The report said the definition of who was classed as a family member under the visa regime was so wide that it could cover up to 120 relatives for one individual.

As well as an applicant's immediate family, such as parents or children, it can also include uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives of the applicant's spouse and step family.

Fees for appeals against refusal were originally set at £500 for an oral hearing or £150 for a paper application.

They were cut to £125 and £50 respectively in 2001 before being scrapped altogether in 2002.

In the last four years the success rate of appeals has ranged between 28 per cent and 45 per cent.
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The truth about our liberal elite and race crime
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 9 December 2011

The dogma of political correctness is dangerously weakening Britain's traditional concept of justice.

Our ruling elite are so deluded by the ideology of cultural diversity that they have lost the ability to protect the innocent and punish the guilty.

That is the only conclusion to be drawn from the outrageous leniency shown by a court this week towards a gang of Somalian Muslim women who savagely beat up a white woman in Leicester city centre. In a brutal, unprovoked assault, the thugs knocked Rhea Page to the ground, then repeatedly kicked in the head while calling her a "white bitch" and "white slag". ...

Incredibly, despite the ferocity of the attack, the judge gave the girls only suspended sentences, even though he could have jailed them for up to five years. ...

Just as troubling was the failure of the authorities to charge the gang with racially-aggravated assault. For nothing could be more racially abusive than their barbaric cry of "kill the white bitch". ...

The case makes a mockery of the idea of equality before the law - one of the cornerstones of liberal democracy.

The reluctance to imprison Ms Page's attackers is so indicative of the supine, guilt-ridden mindset of our modern ruling class, where cowardice is dressed up as cultural sensitivity and self-loathing masquerades as tolerance.

This mentality, which is tearing apart the moral bonds of our civilisation, can be seen all around us. ... ...

As Detective Inspector Alan Edwards, an expert in the field, has said, "Everyone's been too scared to address the ethnicity factor."

In the twisted world of our civic institutions, minorities are always seen as victims. ...

Tremendous double standards are at work over race crime. Racial killings of whites are frequently downplayed or forgotten. ...

Peter Fahy, one of Britain's leading chief constables, once said that political correctness means it is "harder to get the media interested" when the victims are "young white men".

The British establishment is guilty of nothing less than reverse racism. Their members, from judges to politicians, think they are enlightened and compassionate. But in truth they are filled with prejudice.

For often they refuse to expect the same standards of civilised behaviour from certain minorities that they demand of the indigenous population.

Such a perverted outlook is the opposite of equality. In the name of anti-racism, they have ended up in the bizarre position of promoting discrimination.

That is no way to achieve the integration and cohesion that our society so badly needs.
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Rail loophole allows entry to UK
Wesley Johnson
The Independent, 8 December 2011

The Government alone is powerless to close a loophole which enables people to enter the UK illegally, the Immigration Minister admitted today.

Damian Green said the so-called "Lille loophole", in which passengers miss key border checks by buying a train ticket from Brussels to Lille but then stay on until London, could only be closed through negotiations with European countries.

People can travel freely between Brussels and Lille as both Belgium and France are in the Schengen agreement, which allows them to cross the borders without passport checks.

But the UK Border Agency (UKBA) operates border controls in the country of departure, so by staying on the train from Lille, no passport checks are performed on the route into London, BBC Radio 4's The Report found. ...

Jonathan Sedgwick, the former UKBA acting chief executive who is now the agency's international group director, is expected to be questioned over the loophole when he appears before MPs on the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee today. ...

Border force staff have also been threatened with arrest by the Belgian police for trying to close the loophole, emails seen by The Report showed.
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Police check just one in seven foreign criminals' records, even after they are arrested
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 7 December 2011

Police are failing to check the criminal histories of tens of thousands of foreign offenders – even after they are arrested in the UK.

Officers request details from a suspect's home country in just one in seven investigations involving EU nationals, according to a Home Office review.

And each year, around 30,000 foreign offenders who pass through the courts do so without anyone knowing the full extent of their criminal past.

Judges are therefore unaware if the offender they are sentencing is a convicted rapist, murderer or paedophile – or someone with no criminal history at all.

In the worst cases, it could mean the alert is not sounded when dangerous offenders wanted on the continent are picked up in Britain.

Without information on their criminal past, an offender could face a much shorter sentence, be bailed even though they present a threat to the public or escape deportation.

Details of the way officers are failing to carry out even basic checks emerged in a Home Office review of criminal records systems.

Sunita Mason, the independent advisor on criminal records in England and Wales, said: 'It is clear that we should be making such checks routinely when EU nationals are arrested and charged.

'Even minor offending in the UK might lead to the disclosure of much more serious offending overseas.'

Under EU data-sharing rules, officers can ask to see the records of any EU nationals they arrest.

Of the 35,000 EU nationals charged with criminal offences in England and Wales last year, checks were ordered on just 5,500.

A similar proportion – 15 per cent – of the EU nationals arrested in this country had their criminal histories explored.

Astonishingly, police may not even be aware they can request the records, the report found. Miss Mason also warned funding for the UK body which handles requests to foreign forces is in doubt.

She said: 'To not address this issue is a potentially huge public protection risk.' ...

The Association of Chief Police Officers said many offenders refused to say where they were from or lied about their nationality, making it difficult for officers to find out about their past.

The 'free movement' directive means it is virtually impossible to stop EU citizens with criminal convictions from entering Britain. Even in cases where officials are aware of serious convictions, criminals cannot automatically be turned away.

Regulations say they can be barred to maintain public security, but 'convictions in themselves do not constitute grounds for taking such measures'.

In reality, they allow all but the very worst criminals free access to the UK.
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Cut the number of migrants say two out of three Britons
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 2 December 2011

More than two in three people want the number of migrants allowed into Britain cut, a survey has found.

The figures, in a report published today, come a week after it was revealed net migration last year – the difference between those entering Britain and those leaving – reached a record high of 252,000.

It leaves David Cameron nursing a huge headache as he struggles to fulfil his promise to reduce that figure to the "tens of thousands" by the next General Election in 2015.

The survey for Oxford University's Migration Observatory revealed that 69 per cent agreed that the amount of immigrants coming to the UK should be reduced.

In two of the five regions studied – the Midlands and Wales, and the South – that figure jumped to 75 per cent while in the North it was 71 per cent.

Even in the lowest-ranked area London – with 46 per cent – residents said they were in favour of tightening the country's borders.

In Scotland, 56 per cent agreed that immigration should be either "reduced a lot" or "reduced a little".

When asked if they thought numbers should be increased – a "lot" or a "little" – Scotland topped the table with 22 per cent support. London was second with just 7.9 per cent.

The average was less than three per cent in favour of increasing migration.
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Sharia Adherence Mosque Survey: Correlations between Sharia Adherence and Violent Dogma in U.S. Mosques
Mordechai Kedar and David Yerushalmi
Perspectives on Terrorism, December 2011
[Abstract from Perspectives on Terrorism, Vol 5, No 5-6 (2011)]

A random survey of 100 representative mosques in the U.S. was conducted to measure the correlation between Sharia adherence and dogma calling for violence against non-believers. Of the 100 mosques surveyed, 51% had texts on site rated as severely advocating violence; 30% had texts rated as moderately advocating violence; and 19% had no violent texts at all. Mosques that presented as Sharia adherent were more likely to feature violence-positive texts on site than were their non-Sharia-adherent counterparts. In 84.5% of the mosques, the imam recommended studying violence-positive texts. The leadership at Sharia-adherent mosques was more likely to recommend that a worshipper study violence-positive texts than leadership at non-Sharia-adherent mosques. Fifty-eight percent of the mosques invited guest imams known to promote violent jihad. The leadership of mosques that featured violence-positive literature was more likely to invite guest imams who were known to promote violent jihad than was the leadership of mosques that did not feature violence-positive literature on mosque premises.
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Gingrich and Immigration
Thomas Sowell, 29 November 2011

One of the issues that have aroused concern among conservative Republicans is that of amnesty for illegal immigrants, especially after Gingrich said that it would not be "humane" to deport someone who has been living and working here for years.

Let's go back to square one. The purpose of American immigration laws and policies is not to be either humane or inhumane to illegal immigrants. The purpose of immigration laws and policies is to serve the national interest of this country.

There is no inherent right to come live in the United States, in disregard of whether the American people want you here. Nor does the passage of time confer any such right retroactively. ...

"No one honestly believes the government should or will mount a nationwide manhunt to deport millions of people," according to the Wall Street Journal.

What we have today is virtually the opposite of that. Cities that openly proclaim themselves "sanctuaries" for illegal immigrants put their own policemen under strict orders not to report illegal immigrants to the federal authorities, with the result that illegal immigrants who have committed crime after crime are free to stay here and commit more crimes, including murder.

You don't have to launch a "manhunt" when a known criminal is also a known illegal alien. What many local policies have done has been to virtually put illegal aliens in a witness protection program.

The more doctrinaire libertarians see the benefits of free international trade in goods, and extend the same reasoning to free international movement of people. But goods do not bring a culture with them. Nor do they give birth to other goods to perpetuate that culture.

Why do people want to come to America in the first place? Because America offers them something that their native countries do not. This country has a culture which has produced a higher standard of living and a freer life than in many other countries.

When you import people, you import cultures, including cultures that have been far less successful in providing decent lives and decent livelihoods. The American people have a right to decide for themselves whether they want unlimited imports of cultures from other countries.

At one time, immigrants came to America to become Americans. Today, the apostles of multiculturalism and grievance-mongering have done their best to keep foreigners foreign and, if possible, feeling aggrieved. Our own schools and colleges teach grievances.

European countries have learned the hard way how massive imports of a foreign culture can undermine your own culture, polarize your population and create internal dangers that are irreversible. Victor Davis Hanson's chilling and insightful book "Mexifornia" shows similar patterns in California.

Moreover, in an age of terrorism, everyone who comes across the border from Mexico is not Mexican. It is the height of irresponsibility to leave that border open and the people who cross it a protected group.
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'Mindless' equality monitoring costing employers £1bn a year – report
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 28 November 2011

Employers are being forced to spend up to £1 billion a year complying with "flawed and clumsy" equality laws, a new report claims.

A study by Civitas, the think tank, estimated that small businesses alone are losing £210 million a year on unnecessary bureaucracy related to equal rights for workers.

The report, authored by Prof Peter Saunders, a sociologist, argues that spending on "mindless" data gathering could be harming rather than helping efforts to make the workforce more diverse.

It estimates that private sector employers are wasting up to £400 million a year on monitoring exercises required to meet equalities legislation with an even larger bill for the public sector.

Industries already under pressure because of the economic situation are among the worst hit, with construction, for example, spending £25 million a year, the report estimates.

It cites the example of one Government department with 2,570 employees at its main Whitehall offices which spends £231,000 a year operating a five-strong "diversity team".

It argues: "Originally established to underpin equality before the law, equality legislation today is perversely undermining that very principle of fair treatment.

"This is in pursuit of a false utopia of absolute equality for all. But this pursuit will remain completely unrealistic while free people are able to take different decisions, have different aims in life and, inevitably, experience different outcomes."

The report takes issue with statistics suggesting that discrimination is costing the country billions in lost productivity arguing that differences in the make-up of the workforce are too often assumed to be the result of discrimination rather than other factors.

Prof Saunders, an emeritus professor at Sussex University, wrote: "The only way to generate the 'savings' of £15 to £23 billion that the [Government's] Equalities Strategy refers to would be to force millions of women to do science rather than arts degrees, to take private sector rather than public sector jobs, to work as software engineers and architects, rather than as teachers and vets, and to put their children in nurseries and crèches even if they prefer to spend time with them at home."
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White working class Britons 'don't get a fair deal compared with ethnic minorities'
Rob Cooper
Daily Mail, 28 November 2011

The white working classes feel they don't get a fair deal compared with ethnic minorities, a survey has revealed.

They believe their views aren't listened to when it comes to issues such as allocation of council housing - and are often left 'last in line'.

Those living in working class areas said the idea of 'community cohesion' meant little to them.

The survey also found that they viewed 'equality schemes' as being associated with political correctness.

The research, which focused on Aston in Birmingham, Canley in Coventry and Somers Town in London, revealed people had very little faith in central Government and local council officials.

However, the white working classes remain proud of their identity and the values they stand for.

These include working hard, looking after each other and having pride in their community.

The research, published today, also criticised previous studies on community cohesion for focusing too much on ethnic minorities rather than the area they lived in as a whole. ...

Findings by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation also revealed that officials often 'raised hopes' of residents during consultations about council houses but ultimately left them feeling 'let down.'
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Migration in 2010 at record high
Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2011

Net migration to Britain last year hit a record high, according to official figures published today.

The Office for National Statistics said that net migration in 2010 was 252,000 - the highest calendar year figure on record.

The ONS said that while immigration was steady at 591,000, the rise in the net figure was due to a fall in the number of people leaving the country.

In all, 339,000 people emigrated from the UK - the lowest level of emigration since 2001.

Emigration by non-British citizens also fell to 203,000 from a peak of 255,000 in 2008.

The ONS said fewer people were leaving the country from the UK for work-related reasons.
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High immigration could drive Britain's population to 77 million by 2035
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 24 November 2011

Britain's population could rise by a quarter to more than 77 million in just 25 years if high levels of migration continue, according to official estimates released yesterday.

They projected a population of 77.7 million by 2035 – nearly 16 million more than now – if high immigration continues alongside rapidly rising birthrates and increased life expectancy.

It means that the country would have to find room for an additional 650,000 people – the population of a city the size of Glasgow – every year between now and 2035.

The estimates were released at a time of growing concern over fast-rising population levels and their impact on overcrowded England, which is already the most densely populated country in Europe.

The figures suggest that the 70 million population mark – the level at which many believe stresses on housing, transport, education, health, power and water will become too great – could be hit far sooner than the current prediction of 2027.

The new projections were published by the Office for National Statistics.

Last month, the ONS put out 'principal projections', which said that the population was set to grow by just under 500,000 a year for the next 25 years, reaching 73.2 million from the current 62.2 million in 2035.

Yesterday it published 'variant population projections' which 'are intended as plausible alternatives to the principal assumptions,' it said. Based on the highest expected immigration, fertility and life expectancy levels, these put numbers in the country at 77,746,000 in 2035, and nearly 95 million by 2060. ...

If maintained over the following decades, that rate of population increase would mean numbers reaching nearly 137 million in 100 years – more than doubling over a century.

Over the past 100 years, the population has grown by around 50 per cent.

The higher projected increase depends heavily on rates of immigration remaining similar to those currently being recorded.

In 2010 net migration – the number of people coming into the country to live minus the number emigrating – was 239,000. New figures released today may show even higher migration rates.

However, the ONS said that if migration is curbed, the population will be much lower.

Yesterday's analysis said that if net migration is reduced to zero, the population will never reach the 70 million landmark.
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Bill for holding and removing illegal immigrants increases
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2011

The bill for detaining and removing illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers has increased by almost half in just four years.

Taxpayers have paid £273 million since 2006 to hold in custody those who should not be in the UK and to enforce their removal.

The annual bill has increased from £35.5 million in 2006/07 to £51.7 million last year.

The rising costs are, in part, due to delays in removing individuals as they fight lengthy appeals against deportation.
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Foreign criminals are 'building a network of children so they can use human rights law to stay in UK'
Mail on Sunday, 20 November 2011

Foreign criminals facing deportation from Britain are starting 'a network of children' in order to stay in the country, according to the Home Office.

Immigrants due to be kicked out of the UK are convincing judges that being deported would breach their right to a family life.

And for the first time, the Government has admitted that some of those may have started families deliberately in order to stay in Britain.

Many of those who have done this have had children with several different mothers - and some are said to be barely in touch with their families.

The official recognition of the growing problem will strengthen calls to reform the Human Rights Act in order to ensure that the UK can deport those considered to pose a threat to the public.

Any immigrant jailed for more than a year is automatically supposed to be deported, but many judges are ruling that Article 8 of the Human Rights Act, which guarantees the right to family life, means that foreign criminals cannot be separated from their families.
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England 'is world's sixth most crowded country: High rate of immigration blame for population surge
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 19 November 2011

High immigration has made England one of the most crowded countries in the world, a report said yesterday.

It found that 6.6 million foreign-born people live in England – and only 500,000 elsewhere in the UK.

As a result England has become the sixth most densely populated major nation, according to the analysis from the MigrationWatch think-tank. Only Bangladesh, Taiwan, South Korea, Lebanon and Rwanda have more people per square mile.

Sir Andrew Green, who chairs MigrationWatch which compiled the report, said: 'The immigration lobby like to talk about the UK, obscuring the fact that England is six times as crowded as Scotland.

'Since the vast majority of immigrants come to England, it is England's place in the league table that counts.

'Leaving aside city states and small islands, England lies sixth among the most crowded countries in the world. ...' ...

The study calculated that 93 per cent of immigrants settle in England, and that 86 per cent of projected population growth will occur there. The Office for National Statistics has projected the landmark 70 million figure for the UK is likely to be reached in 16 years.

More than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling for a Commons debate on the need to curb immigration and keep numbers below 70 million, a point at which many analysts believe housing, transport and public services would be overstretched.
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Ethnic minority pupils increase by 57% in a decade
BBC, 16 November 2011

The number of ethnic minority pupils in England's secondary schools rose by 57% in a decade, according to research from King's College London.

The study by Chris Hamnett looked at the changing demographics of schools between 1999 and 2009.

In inner London, 67% of secondary pupils are from ethnic minorities, says Professor Hamnett.

Gathering such data is important for understanding the future make-up of the population, he says.

The study, from the geography department of King's College London, reveals a "very substantial" shift in the population, which Professor Hamnett says represents an "irrevocable" change.

The 57% increase in ethnic minority pupils contrasted with an overall secondary school population rise of 4.7% - and a slight decline in white pupils, a figure that also includes migrants from eastern Europe.

Across the country, the proportion of ethnic minority pupils has risen in a decade from 11.5% to 17% - and Professor Hamnett forecasts that it is set to rise again to 20%.

He found a pattern of an increasing proportion of ethnic minority pupils in big cities, particularly London.

"London as a whole now has an ethnic minority dominated secondary school system, akin to that of many large US cities, and the figure reaches 67% in inner London," says Professor Hamnett.

"This is also true of a small number of other towns and cities with large ethnic minorities, notably Slough (64%), Leicester (58%), Birmingham (52%) and Luton (51%). Manchester and Bradford are not far behind with 43%."

Professor Hamnett says that this is not about recently arrived children, these are children born in England.

And patterns of birth rates indicate that the proportion of ethnic minority pupils will increase in the next decades.

Such changes have become a lasting feature of the ethnic make-up of England's population, he says.

But he also says it shows a picture of ethnic minority families moving out to towns and suburbs across England.

"We're not looking at minorities being trapped or ghettoised in small areas. There's a process of suburbanisation," says Professor Hamnett. This was particularly the case for Asian families, he says.

Among the biggest increases were areas such as Merton, Croydon and Enfield.

There are also wide differences in the ethnic breakdowns of schools in different parts of the country.

In places such as Knowsley, Cumbria and Durham, fewer than 2% of pupils are from ethnic minorities. In Brent, Tower Hamlets and Newham in London, the figure is above 80%.

Such changes will also eventually mean "revisiting" the language of minorities and majorities, he says.
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Labour dragged into border fiasco over dropped passport checks
David Barrett and Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 13 November 2011

Millions of people are feared to have been allowed into Britain without full passport checks in a major new borders scandal.

All but the most cursory checks were abandoned on passengers on British-registered coaches as they arrived at Dover, Britain's biggest port.

Instead of passports being scanned electronically, border guards checked that the picture matched the holder. It means they were not cross-checked to a computer database to establish if the holder was a wanted terrorist, criminal or immigration offender.

The policy was in place for four years after being introduced when Labour was in power, but never disclosed to Parliament.

It was implemented because the French complained about congestion in Calais caused by backlogs at passport control.

Ministers discovered the scheme earlier this month and ended it ten days ago when the Border Agency official in charge of the southern ports was suspended, along with Brodie Clark, the director of the UK Border Force, who was accused of relaxing passport checks at airports on non-European Union citizens without ministers' permission.

The Dover scandal has the potential to be bigger than that at the airports and will add to political pressure on Theresa May, the Home Secretary.

It is estimated that up to 17 million coach passengers passed through Dover's ferry terminal in the last four years, of whom the majority would have been on British-registered coaches.

It was not known last night if the policy was implemented at other ports, and whether it was operated around the clock or at the busiest times.

Relaxing controls at Dover is particularly damaging because the port has been identified as one of the main routes for illegal entry to the country. ...

The relaxed security checks were introduced during 2007. That year Jacqui Smith took over as home secretary from Dr John Reid, now Lord Reid of Cardowan, although it is unclear exactly when the changes were introduced. ...

An estimated 86,000 coaches pass through Dover every year. ... ...

Labour refused to comment last night on what its ministers knew when they were in government.
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UK faces up to 9,000 cases of passport fraud a year
Matthew D'Arcy, 11 November 2011

Thousands of cases of passport fraud are continuing to be detected by UK authorities every year, official figures from the government have revealed.

Immigration minister Damian Green said the Identity and Passport Service had identified thousands of confirmed frauds, probable frauds and possible frauds in each of the past five years.

He said that in the last year alone the IPS had identified a total of 7,870 cases.

But the number has been even higher in earlier years, totaling more than 9,000 cases for two consecutive years at one point. In 2007-08, the year with the highest number of incidents, the IPS detected a total of 9,382 cases.
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Into the fray: A study in self-cannibalization
Martin Sherman
Jerusalem Post, 11 November 2011

Over a century ago, Churchill warned that Western civilization will face an existential challenge from the Muslim world. It is now upon us. ...

Across the Western world today, political liberalism is undergoing a process of self-cannibalization. It is being devoured by the very values which made it into arguably the most successful and influential socio-political doctrine in modern history.

At the very minimum, it is being complicit in actively facilitating its own demise though an unrestrained and undiscerning compulsion to apply these values universally – even when such application is not only inappropriate but detrimental to those values.

Devotees of political liberalism fervently advocate – quite correctly – the need to acknowledge the diversity of humanity and to accept the existence of those different from us, i.e., the "Other."

However, they then go on to advocate – with equal fervor – something that in effect empties the previous acknowledgment of all significance, i.e., that we relate to all the diverse "Others" as equals.

For what is the point of acknowledging diversity if we are called upon to ignore the possible ramifications of that diversity and to relate to those discernibly different from us as if they were essentially the same as us? Prima facie, this is absurdly self-contradictory.

For surely the awareness of difference raises the possibility that different attitudes (and actions) toward the "Other" may be called for.

Although acknowledging diversity necessarily negates equality, this does not a priori mean that "Ours" is morally superior to "Theirs" – although the plausible assumption is that "We" have a subjective preference for "Ours" over "Theirs."

This, of course, might entail certain practical ramifications for the preservation of "Ours" lest it be consumed by "Theirs" – depending on "Their" appetites and aspirations. ...

The major source of peril today is the reluctance – indeed the resolute refusal – to acknowledge the emerging threat. True, there were sympathizers in the West for both the Nazi and Soviet causes, which although they viewed themselves as antithetically adversarial to each other, both strove to eliminate our democratic freedoms and way of life.

However, the denial we are witnessing today seems qualitatively different.


Indeed, there seems to be an overriding inability to admit the possibility that the "Other" is in fact fundamentally different – i.e., genuinely "Other" – and may hold entirely different beliefs as to what is good and bad, what is legitimate and what is not.

It is of little practical consequence whether this is the product of an overbearing intellectual arrogance, which precludes the possibility of any alternative value system, or of an underlying moral cowardice, which precludes the will to defend the validity of one's own value system.

The result is the ongoing retreat from the defense of liberty and tolerance in the face of an ever-emboldened, intolerant Muslim militancy – not only across the Islamic world but within the urban heart of many Western nations as well.
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100,000 signatures against mass immigration
Sir Andrew Green
Daily Mail, 9 November 2011

When we launched our petition last week we had no idea that we would jump the hurdle of 100,000 signatures within seven days.

Throughout last week we gained 20,000 signatures a day – nearly one every 4 seconds. Now, with over 100,000 signatures, our petition is eligible for debate in the House of Commons.

This is a truly remarkable response which underlines what we have always said – namely that there is widespread and deep concern in England about the impact of mass immigration on our country. At last people have the opportunity to express their view uncensored by the BBC.

So where do we go next with our campaign? First, we must maintain the pressure. The sheer speed of obtaining the 100,000 sends a message in itself but we are keeping the petition open as we want to see even more signatures so that the government are left in absolutely no doubt about the strength of public opinion.

This applies particularly to the Lib Dems, some of whose Ministers are blocking essential immigration reforms. This is extraordinary since poll after poll has shown that potential Lib Dem voters actually support the government's objectives by about three to one. It seems that it is the activists who call the tune and that they are tone deaf to public opinion.

Secondly, we must deal with some of the daft arguments being put forward by an immigration industry that is increasingly on the defensive. They try to pretend, for example, that the huge opposition to mass immigration in every opinion poll is misleading. They claim that, when asked more specific questions, the public gives less clear answers. For example, they say that the public are opposed to high levels of immigration but are not opposed to the migration of students. Of course they are not. The public have the common sense to know that foreign students mainly go home again. In any case, the government reforms are not targeting students. What they are targeting is bogus students – a quite different matter. ...

It is clear that the immigration lobby are now on the back foot. Their arguments are melting in the daylight. Their arrogant disregard for the considered opinion of the public has gone on long enough.
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Eight out of ten think the country is 'overcrowded' as public support Government's plans to stop population hitting 70 million
Daily Mail, 7 November 2011

Eight out of ten English people think the country is 'crowded', a survey showed last night.

The poll comes amid huge public support for a Downing Street petition calling for drastic action to stop the population of Britain hitting 70 million.

According to the latest official projections, the UK will reach the 70 million 'tipping point' within 16 years.

The YouGov opinion poll for the campaign group MigrationWatch found that 79 per cent of adults consider England to be crowded – with 37 per cent saying it is 'very crowded'.

Only 3 per cent believe that it is not crowded, while 15 per cent think that the number of people in England is 'about right'.

The figures for those believing the country is crowded were highest for London – 85 per cent – and the rest of the South (81 per cent).

More than three quarters were concerned about the 70 million population projection – with more than a third 'very concerned'.

Only a fifth said they were not worried by the prospect, according to the poll.
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Civil servants face questions over border fiasco
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 6 November 2011

A former immigration minister has lifted the lid on how civil servants are blocking attempts to strengthen Britain's borders.

Phil Woolas, who was a minister at the Home Office until last year's election, told how his plans to curb illegal immigration had been repeatedly thwarted by the Whitehall machine. ...

Mr Woolas, who served for two years as Labour's immigration minister, said the problem of civil servants obstructing immigration controls went wider than the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and the Home Office.

Treasury and Foreign Office officials had systematically barred measures to combat illegal immigration during his time in office, he said.

"My measures were repeatedly blocked by officials in other departments. It was incredibly frustrating," said Mr Woolas.

The former minister said failings included:

* Reluctance to penalise foreign countries which hold up the deportation of their citizens from Britain by refusing to issue passports;

* "Absurd" rules which mean the UKBA cannot begin obtaining new passports for foreign criminals until their appeal process is exhausted;

* Lax controls which mean that anyone who is working legally or illegally can obtain a National Insurance number.

"The process of getting new travel documents for foreign criminals was shambolic," said Mr Woolas.

"It's a nonsense. You should be able to start that process as soon as they have been sentenced.

"I would have continuing rows with countries like Jamaica, China and Nigeria over delays in re-documenting their nationals."

He said he would threaten to stop issuing visitor visas for people from countries which failed to co-operate but was over-ruled by the Foreign Office, which wanted to avoid damaging diplomatic relations.

According to the former MP, the Treasury also resisted changes to the system of allocating National Insurance numbers - which, once issued, last for life.

"The Treasury would rather have illegal immigrants paying National Insurance than disappearing into the black market," said Mr Woolas.

"This has been going on since 1961. I made a Freedom of Information request to the National Archives at Kew to get the papers while I was a minister."
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Bungling border officials lose 124,000 asylum seekers and migrants (that's the population of Cambridge)
James Slack
Daily Mail, 4 November 2011

Border officials have lost track of a population of asylum seekers and migrants as big as that of Cambridge, it emerged last night.

MPs said the number of individuals 'lost' by the UK Border Agency had almost tripled in six months from 40,500 in March to 124,000 in September.

Officials say they have placed the cases in a so-called 'controlled archive' for applicants who cannot be contacted by officials.

But the home affairs select committee said the archive had, in reality, become a 'dumping ground for cases where the UK Border Agency has lost track of the applicant'.

The archive includes the cases of around 98,000 asylum seekers who cannot be found, in which the agency has no idea whether the applicant even remains in the UK.

Following a UKBA review, it also includes around 26,000 migrant cases, most of which are more than eight years old, relating to those who have overstayed their visas or who have been refused an extension of leave, such as students. ...

The revelation came as the public continued to sign the MigrationWatch 'No to 70 million', which calls on ministers to get a firm grip on immigration policy, at the rate of more than 1,000 every hour yesterday. Last night, the Downing Street e-petition had been signed by 67,000.
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Playgrounds scrapped and children to share unisex toilets as schools look to accommodate 350,000 extra pupils
Kate Loveys
Daily Mail, 4 November 2011

Unisex toilets will be introduced in schools to create more classroom places.

Playing fields will also no longer be an obligation – potentially killing off team sports such as football, hockey and netball.

Grounds will be filled with portable buildings and every spare space – such as store cupboards and sheds – will be used for teaching.

The 'pack 'em in and pile 'em up' measures, published yesterday, form part of the Government's new rules on standards of school buildings.

They paint a bleak picture of education as Britain becomes increasingly overcrowded.

The measures are a desperate bid to find space for an additional 350,000 primary pupils by 2015. The surge is the result of an immigration-fuelled baby boom.

It would cost £4.8 billion to build enough primaries to accommodate the influx, according to Department for Education figures. The ministry is allocating an additional £500 million for new places this year.

It is hoping schools will expand, creating the need for fewer new buildings, and yesterday's relaxation of building regulations gives schools the means to do so. ...

The new regulations are set to be introduced in 2012.
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Colleges lose licences in immigration crackdown
Dominic Casciani
BBC, 2 November 2011

More than 470 UK colleges have been barred in the last six months from accepting new foreign students from outside Europe, the Home Office says.

They either had licences revoked or did not sign up to a new inspection system - part of government efforts to curb abuse of the immigration system.

It estimates the colleges could have brought in 11,000 students. ...

Earlier this year, tighter rules were introduced on student visas, primarily aimed at private colleges offering language or vocational courses.

The changes were designed to weed out those colleges that were in fact involved in systematic attempts to get workers into the UK by helping them pose as students.

The changes aimed to ensure that students could actually speak English, that the courses were credible and that college bosses were meeting immigration and visa obligations.

Some 302 colleges have had licences revoked. A further 172 are being allowed to continue to teach current students - but officials say they cannot sponsor any new ones from outside Europe. ...

The 11,000 students blocked by the colleges losing licences represent approximately 4% of all student visas granted - but Immigration Minister Damian Green said the changes to the system were "beginning to bite".
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Court translators cost £25 million in just six years
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 1 November 2011

Providing translators at crown courts has cost taxpayers more than £25 million in the last six years – an astonishing £11,437 a day – it was revealed yesterday.

On top of that the Ministry of Justice estimates magistrates courts spend between £9 million and £11 million a year on witness services, including translation.

Translating legal documents by courts cost a further £360,000 in the past three years.

Added together, these sums could push the cost of court translation since 2005 towards an astonishing £100 million. ...

Among the most requested interpreters to help defendants, witnesses and victims were Polish, Romanian, Urdu, Somali, Kurdish and Russian speakers.

It is not only visitors from overseas who get help. Huge sums are also paid to provide translation for long-term residents.

A judge recently hit out at Bangladeshi taxi driver Zamal Uddin, 44, who had an interpreter during his trial for sexual assault on a passenger despite having worked in Britain for 20 years. ...

Earlier this year it was revealed that police forces spent £82 million on translators in the last three years, enough to employ an extra 3,542 constables.
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Blacklist of banks that help bogus students get visas
Daily Telegraph, 31 October 2011

More than 2,500 banks have been put on a government blacklist of financial institutions that cannot be trusted to verify documents supporting student visa applications, officials have said.

Foreign students who apply to study in Britain are required to prove that they have enough money to support themselves and pay for their course. ...

The list, which includes 1,977 banks in India, three in Pakistan and 762 in the Philippines, is designed to stop bogus students entering the country.

Studying is the most common reason for migrants to come to Britain. Three in four of the 228,000 people who came to the country to study last year were from outside the European Union.


Blair defends opening the door to mass migration and says it had a very positive impact on Britain
Kirsty Walker
Daily Mail, 29 October 2011

Tony Blair has defended Labour's controversial mass immigration policy by claiming that Britain cannot succeed unless it opens its borders to more people from different backgrounds.

The former prime minister said it was 'right' that the country was made up of different cultures and faiths mixing together.

Mr Blair added that migrants had made Britain 'stronger' and said those calling for greater curbs on foreigners entering the country were wrong.

His comments come just days after official figures revealed that the population is expected to soar by the equivalent of a city the size of Leeds every year for the next decade.

A defiant Mr Blair insisted his party's policy on immigration was the right one. He said: 'It's been a very positive thing and there is no way for a country like Britain to succeed in the future unless it is open to people of different colours, faiths and cultures.'

Under Labour, up to 5.5 million people born outside the UK arrived as long-term migrants.

Between 1997 and 2010, around 2.3 million left the country, meaning the UK population increased by around 3.2 million as a direct result of foreign migrants.

In an interview with Eastern Eye newspaper, Mr Blair said: 'The vision of a country of different cultures and different faiths mixing together is the right one.

'That is not to say you don't have problems at certain points, but those problems are to be overcome without losing the essence of what has actually allowed this country's people to get on and do well.'

His comments were branded 'shameless' by critics and are set to fuel claims that the huge increase in migrants under Labour were due to a politically motivated attempt by ministers to change the country.

Two years ago, Andrew Neather, a former adviser to Tony Blair, said that Labour' s relaxation of controls was a deliberate plan to 'open the UK to mass migration'.

He added that Labour wanted to rub the 'Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date'.

Mr Blair added that the anti-immigration debate was one of the 'past'. 'I think the majority of people in Britain today are not prejudiced and can understand the benefits of migration.

'I think what people worry about is where they feel there is no control over who comes in and there are no rules governing who comes in or not, and that is a different issue altogether.

'It would be very unfortunate if by putting those rules into place, we view that immigration was a somehow bad thing for the country, because it is not.'
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UK population 'to increase to 70 million by 2027'
BBC, 26 October 2011

The population of the UK is on course to reach 70 million over the next 16 years, official figures suggest.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said it was set to rise from 62.3 million in 2010 to 67.2 million by 2020 and 73.2 million by 2035.

It says just over two-thirds of the projected increase from 2010 to 2035 is either directly or indirectly due to migration.

This will be due to people entering the UK, and also their future offspring.

The ONS statistics say this change may be 47% directly attributable to future migration and a further 21% indirectly due to future migrants' children being born in the country.

The effect of immigration is also expected to have an increasing impact.

Some 2.1 million (44%) of the increase over the next 10 years could be down to net migration, the ONS added.

The remaining 2.8 million (56%) is a projected natural increase as a result of births outstripping deaths.

Of the 10.9 million rise by 2035, 5.1 million (47%) is expected through migration and 5.8 million (53%) from natural increase.

Projections for net immigration have been revised up by 20,000 to 200,000 a year since the last estimates two years ago.
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Black and Asian rioters disproportionately involved in disturbances
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 25 October 2011

Black and Asian rioters were disproportionately involved in the summer's disturbances, figures revealed yesterday.

More than half of those charged with offences were from a black or ethnic minority background, compared with 42 per cent who were white, the Ministry of Justice figures showed.

In some areas of the country the proportion of black rioters were more than five times the local population.

In the most detailed breakdown yet of the disturbances, it also emerged that more than a third of youngsters involved had been excluded from school in the previous year.

One in three adults were claiming unemployment benefits, compared with a 12 per cent national average, and 160 rioters were in receipt of disability or incapacity allowances.

The scale of offending was also revealed for the first time as figures showed more than 2,500 shops and businesses were targeted and one in eight crimes were street muggings or other offences against individuals.

However, fears that gangs had spearheaded the disturbances were dismissed as the analysis showed only 13 per cent of offenders belonged to one.

In terms of ethnicity, 46 per cent of those appearing in court were from black or mixed black backgrounds, 42 per cent were white and seven per cent were Asian. ...

In general, those involved in the looting and violence which swept through English cities in August were younger, poorer, involved in more trouble and achieved lower grades than average, detailed analysis of the histories of those charged over the disturbances showed.

Some two-fifths of youngsters were in receipt of free school meals, compared with less than a fifth on average, and two-thirds had special educational needs, compared with the average of a fifth of all pupils, the figures showed.
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I'll get you anyone in from India for £3,000
Brian Flynn
The Sun, 25 October 2011

A shady boss running a one-stop shop for illegal immigrants is today exposed by The Sun.

Bhavin Shah boasts that he can SMUGGLE people into the UK, arrange WEDDINGS to keep them here and sort NO-SHOW college places so they can pose as students while working full-time.

And he insisted: "If you want to bring someone from India here, I can get a man from India for £3,000."

A Sun investigator posed as a construction boss needing to keep his illegal staff in the UK with sham marriages and dodgy student visas.

Shah assured him: "We can help you out. Everything." ...

We met Shah at a second-floor office with its own reception in Wembley, North West London.

He was unaware he was secretly being filmed as he told how he charges £4,750 to arrange enrolment and a two-and-a-half year visa – with a discount for bulk.

Shah showed us a website of a London IT and management college licensed by the UK Border Agency where our "staff" would be enrolled.

He laughed that they would only have to attend college once "to see the place" and "know the address".

And when told our fictional workers didn't speak English he said: "I'll sort out the English language pass certificate for your people."

He also said he offered a £12,000 service providing fake brides and sham marriages to help illegals stay here.

He added that he could also arrange to smuggle in people – suggesting we could charge them more than he was asking and then take a cut. ...

At another meeting, he showed off a book of 1,600 clients signed on as students since January. Asked how many were working instead of studying, he replied: "Every one."

He said he could supply backdated certificates for Government-accredited colleges confirming "students" had attended classes, even if they hadn't, so they could get visa extensions.

Shah revealed he could arrange for an illegal to marry a Polish girl brought here by him.

Asked if he provided the wedding too, he said: "Yes, that's our job."

He said he had been doing it for 12 years.
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UK rioters came from abroad: 1 in 7 jailed after summer of violence was a foreign national
Rebecca Camber
Daily Mail, 24 October 2011

Foreign looters from 44 countries have been locked up over the riots which scarred the country in August.

Robbers, vandals and thugs from as far afield as Afghanistan, Cuba, Ethiopia and Samoa joined in as shops were plundered and businesses set ablaze, causing millions of pounds worth of damage.

The sheer number from different corners of the globe who took part in the mayhem is one of the strongest indicators yet that the riots had nothing to do with political protest or civil unrest, but was born of greed and opportunist criminality.

Last night campaigners said anyone convicted of a riot-related offence should be thrown out of the country at the earliest opportunity.

Prison statistics revealed that 14 per cent – about one in seven – of those jailed for burglary, robbery, theft, criminal damage and disorder during the riots were born abroad. But the true number could be even higher as at least four per cent of those remanded in custody refused to tell police their nationality.

Jamaicans represented the largest group of foreign inmates, followed by Somali and Polish offenders. The list also included those from Colombia, Iraq, Congo, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

Hundreds of other foreign suspects are facing deportation as separate figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act show that police have referred 367 'suspected foreign nationals' to the UK Border Agency.

That number is expected to grow as police are still hunting thousands of suspects, with experts predicting it could take up to two years to sift through all the CCTV evidence.

The Ministry of Justice has released a breakdown of the nationalities of those jailed for riot-related offences committed between August 6, when the trouble exploded in Tottenham, and August 9, when disorder had spread outside London to Manchester, Wolverhampton and Birmingham.

A snapshot of the prison population on September 9 reveals that there were 153 foreign nationals and prisoners of 'unrecorded nationality' – which in most cases refers to those from the European Union – representing 18 per cent of the 865 criminals imprisoned over the riots. That compares with 712 offenders from the United Kingdom.

One in four of those jailed for robbery were born abroad, as were one in ten convicted for violent disorder or other disorder offences such as possession of a knife or drugs.

Nationally, police have made more than 4,000 arrests, with 2,952 suspects held in London alone. ...

A Ministry of Justice spokesman said: 'It is important to bear in mind that this is only a snapshot of the prison population on September 9.

'It would be misleading to suggest that it provides a complete picture of those involved in the riots.'
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The great imbalance in the immigration courts
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 23 October 2011

The power balance in the immigration tribunal system is heavily slanted away from the interests of the British public.

In one corner, representing the criminal: an experienced immigration lawyer with extensive courtroom experience, their fees paid out of Legal Aid.

In the other corner, representing the public: a relatively junior civil servant known as a "Home Office presenting officer" with no legal qualifications and two weeks' training.

And refereeing the clash: a junior judge who may have as little as five years' legal experience.

Sounds like a mismatch? This is how courts sit day in, day out, to decide whether dangerous criminals should be sent back to their homelands or be spared due to a human rights claim – as often or not, the "right to a family life".

The case of Gary "Steve" Ellis shows how wanting the standards can be.

It is a scandal that a convicted drug dealer was allowed to escape deportation on human rights grounds, but went on to commit more drug offences.

It is a scandal that having reoffended, he was granted a human rights exemption for a second time.

But the element of this sorry saga that will have the greatest repercussions is the revelation that criminals' sob stories are being accepted at face value without the most cursory of checks. ...

The judge in the case noted that the Home Office presenting officer made only a "brief response" to points made by Ellis's lawyer.

The chance was there for the Government to take a serial criminal off Britain's streets. But it failed because it did not do its legwork – and it is a failure that will be repeated in many more cases. This is a system that is failing the public.
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Population of world 'could grow to 15bn by 2100'
Paul Harris
The Observer, 23 October 2011

The United Nations will warn this week that the world's population could more than double to 15 billion by the end of this century, putting a catastrophic strain on the planet's resources unless urgent action is taken to curb growth rates, the Observer can reveal.

That figure is likely to shock many experts as it is far higher than many current estimates. A previous UN estimate had expected the world to have more than 10 billion people by 2100; currently, there are nearly 7 billion.

The new figure is contained in a landmark study by the United Nations Population Fund (Unfpa) that will be released this week. The report – The State of World Population 2011 – is being compiled to mark the expected moment this month when somewhere on Earth a person will be born who will take the current world population over the 7 billion mark, and will be released simultaneously in cities across the globe.

Some experts reacted with shock to the figure. Roger Martin, chairman of Population Matters, which campaigns on population control, said that the Earth was entering a dangerous new phase. "Our planet is approaching a perfect storm of population growth, climate change and peak oil," he said. "The planet is not actually sustaining 7 billion people."

The Earth has now doubled in population since the 1960s, boosted by high birthrates in Africa, Asia and Latin America as the spread of medicine and better healthcare has seen the mortality rate for young children decline. This has easily offset the general decline in the birthrate of advanced countries. It has also been boosted by an increase in lifespans of people across the world.

Some experts reacted with scepticism that the population would really hit the upper end of the predicted spectrum of growth and reach 15 billion so quickly. Professor Jack Goldstone of George Mason University, author of The Population Bomb, said that he thought world leaders would act to ensure the Earth's population would start to plateau below that higher level. "The means and the desire to reduce the number of children people have is spreading around the world," he said, adding that he thought a level of 10-12 billion would be more likely by 2100.

Many policy experts believe that governments and NGOs have the tools to limit and control the world's population. The key effort, many say, is simply making sure that effective family planning spreads throughout the developing world. "What's really critical is the political commitment of governments. Family planning is not actually that expensive," said John Bongaarts, vice-president of the New York-based Population Council.

However, campaigners on family planning issues often come across cultural and religious factors that make educating women and reducing the size of families difficult.

Some governments make a point of trying to increase their populations, while many religious groups preach against the use of contraceptives.
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Migration from climate change 'a major threat'
Nick Collins
Daily Telegraph, 20 October 2011

Climate and other environmental changes will cause "major challenges" over the next 50 years as mass migration threatens to create new humanitarian crises, a major report has warned.

The impact of climate change and degradation of land and oceans will play an increasingly important role in migration as its impact on people's livelihoods grows ever greater. ...

The British-led report, the largest migration study ever conducted, warned that by 2060 the world's population will have peaked at about nine billion.

Researchers have previously focused on the number of people who would leave vulnerable areas, dubbed "climate refugees", but the report said other factors would create a greater headache.

A rising number of people will migrate from rural to urban areas, with many of them in the third world already struggling with water shortages, flooding and squalid living conditions. There is also the potential for humanitarian crises, with up to 192 million more people expected to be living on coastal floodplains by 2060. ...

The study, led by the Foresight advisory team in the Government Office for Science and containing the work of 350 experts in 30 countries, claimed the challenges caused by these factors had been underestimated.


Room for one more? World population to reach 7 BILLION in next few days
Daily Mail, 17 October 2011

The world's population looks set to smash through the seven billion barrier in the next few days, according to the United Nations.

It comes just 12 years since the total reached six billion - with official estimates saying the figure will top eight billion in 2025 and 10 billion before the end of the century.

And it is most likely the baby will be born in the Asia-Pacific region - where the population growth rate is higher than anywhere else in the world.

Experts say the pace of growth - which has seen the number of people on the planet triple since 1940 - poses an increasing danger to citizens.

With more people to feed, house and provide medical care for, they say the world's resources look set to come under more strain than ever before.

As populations stabilise in the industrial world, almost all growth in the near future is expected to take place in developing countries.

Of the 2.3 billion people the UN believes will be added by 2050, more than one billion will live in sub-Saharan Africa. The Indian subcontinent will add some 630 million people.
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Politicians 'can do little on migration fears'
Dominic Casciani
BBC, 16 October 2011

Immigration policy may be stuck between a "rock and a hard place" in dealing with public concerns, says an Oxford University report.

The study found people were most concerned about groups of immigrants politicians could do little to cut.

The research by the university's Migration Observatory found broad overall support for cutting immigration to the UK, although less in Scotland. ...

It asked respondents whom they referred to as immigrants and whether they wanted cuts to specific categories, such as asylum seekers, workers or students.

The report found approximately 70% of people want a cut in immigrants, broadly supporting previous surveys. A fifth said they thought immigration should stay at current levels.

Six out of 10 people thought the most likely reason someone came to the UK was for asylum, followed by just over half saying migrants mainly arrived to work.

This contrasted sharply with official statistics that show students make up the largest group of immigrants, followed by workers. Approximately 4% of all migrants in 2009 were asylum seekers.

This difference between actual and perceived trends could be seen when people described who they wanted to see cut.

Students came last on the list, but 56% of people wanted fewer asylum seekers.

The group that people were most concerned about was low-skilled workers.

The UK has a standing ban on unskilled workers from outside the EU, introduced by the previous Labour government, but cannot restrict the movement of EU citizens.

Scott Blinder, lead author of the report, said the team had tried to get behind blunt questions on immigration and establish whether public concerns mirrored government priorities.

He said that while the public wanted less immigration, a majority were concerned about the groups that it was most difficult for the government to reduce. ...

Ipsos Mori surveyed 1,002 people between 2 and 8 September for the Oxford study. Approximately 11% of those sampled were born abroad, 5% of them being British citizens.
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Study uncovers Britain's 'real views' on immigration
The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, 16 October 2011

A report, released today by Oxford University's Migration Observatory, says the British public's 'real views' on the type of migrants coming to the UK have been obscured by a focus on numbers.

'Thinking Behind the Numbers: Understanding public opinion on immigration in Britain' is the first systematic analysis of who people in Britain really think of as 'immigrants', and of how people's views differ substantially toward different immigrant groups.

The report shows that, while public opinion in Britain clearly favours a reduction in the number of immigrants coming to Britain, the majority of the public are concerned about immigrant groups that are most difficult for the government to reduce - asylum seekers and low skilled workers (who come primarily from the EU).

There is comparatively little public interest in reducing numbers among the immigrant groups that the government can cut more easily (skilled workers from outside the EU and foreign students). ...

Key findings include:

• Seven in ten people in the UK (69%) support reductions in immigration - this is in line with previous surveys.

• People's preferences for reducing immigration are not focussed on the largest groups. The largest group of legal migrants - students (37% of immigrants to the UK in 2009) is of the lowest concern to British people, while the smallest group - asylum seekers (4% of immigrants to the UK in 2009) - is of the highest concern.

• Preferences for reducing immigration are most common where government faces more constraints: The most commonly chosen targets for reductions include asylum seekers (56% of respondents) and low-skilled workers (64% of respondents). International conventions and EU membership constrain the UK Government in reducing numbers from either group.

• Opposition to immigration is often focussed on 'illegal' immigrants. A majority of those who wanted to see immigration as a whole reduced felt that reductions should target 'only' or 'mostly' illegal immigration. Even among those who would like to see overall immigration kept the same or increased, a majority would like to see illegal immigration reduced, suggesting a very broad consensus.

• There is more public support for reducing permanent migration (57% of respondents) than temporary migration (47% of respondents). There is broad opposition to unskilled migrant workers (64%) and low levels of opposition to skilled migrants (32%).
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Lost in administration: Scandal over criminal immigrants hidden among 37,000 files of foreigners appealing to stay in Britain
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 15 October 2011

Last year, 37,300 cases were launched by immigrants appealing to stay in Britain after the Home Office ruled they were not entitled to remain here.

Of course, this figure accounts only for those tracked down by officials – leaving tens of thousands who have avoided detection free to stay.

A significant number of those foreigners fighting to remain in Britain are small-time criminals, terrorists or fraudsters, although the vast majority originally simply slipped into Britain illegally or deliberately overstayed their visas.

Now, for the first time, the sheer scale of this scandal can be revealed because documents have been released on the Ministry of Justice website, giving details of scores of appeal cases.

A typical example is Rhomaine Miyando Mohan, who has appealed five times in 11 years against attempts to kick him out in what Senior Immigration Judge Waumsley described as a 'contemptuous disregard for British immigration law'.

The Jamaican has fathered three daughters by two British women despite being deported in 2006 for overstaying his one-month visitor's visa by six years. After slipping back into the UK on a bogus passport, he was jailed twice for a series of crimes, including driving offences and cocaine possession.

This summer saw the latest attempt by the Home Office to boot him out. His appeal against removal from the UK was turned down.

So where is Mohan now? He remains in Britain as officials struggle with the chaotic immigration system to deport him. ...

But few cases are more shocking than that involving Rohan Cecil William Winfield, 38, a chef from Barbados, who came to Britain 13 years ago as a visitor.

He overstayed his visa and went on to marry a British woman with whom he had three children. He then had an affair with a Spanish girl in London who bore him a baby daughter.

However, he then raped the Spaniard and was jailed for three years for the attack and ordered to be deported after his release from prison.

But, in July, a judge ruled that Winfield should be allowed to remain in Britain because his removal would 'violate his human rights and those of his family' – under Article 8 of the Human Rights Act.

It is just another example of a foreigner who, like so many others, is exploiting our grotesque human rights laws and has turned our immigration system into a shambles.
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French Suburbs Becoming 'Separate Islamic Societies'
Soeren Kern
Hudson New York, 10 October 2011

France's decrepit city suburbs are becoming 'separate Islamic societies' cut off from the state, according to a major new study that examines the spread of Islam in France.

Muslim immigrants are increasingly rejecting French values and identity and instead are immersing themselves in Islam, according to the report, which also warns that Islamic Sharia law is rapidly displacing French civil law in many parts of suburban Paris.

The 2,200-page report, "Banlieue de la République" (Suburbs of the Republic), is the result of a one-year research effort into the four "i's" that comprise the heart of the debate over French national identity: Islam, immigration, identity and insecurity.

The report was commissioned by the influential French think tank L'Institut Montaigne, and directed by Gilles Kepel, a well-known political scientist and specialist in the Muslim world, together with five other French researchers.

The authors of the report show that France, which has between five and six million Muslims (France has the largest Muslim population in European Union), is on the brink of a major social explosion because of the failure of Muslims to integrate into French society.

The report also shows how the problem is being exacerbated by radical Muslim leaders who are promoting the social marginalization of Muslim immigrants in order to create a parallel Muslim society in France that is ruled by Sharia law.

The research was primarily carried out in Clichy-sous-Bois and Montfermeil, two suburbs in north-eastern Paris that were ground zero for Muslim riots in 2005. Clichy and Montfermeil form part of the district of Seine-Saint-Denis, which has one of the highest concentrations of Muslims in France.

Seine-Saint-Denis, which the report describes as a "wasteland of de-industrialization," is home to more than 600,000 Muslims (primarily from North and West Africa) out of a total population of 1.4 million.

"In some areas, a third of the population of the town does not hold French nationality, and many residents are drawn to an Islamic identity," the report says.

The study says that Muslim religious institutions and practices are increasingly displacing those of the state and the French Republic, which has a strong secular tradition. ...

The researchers also looked into the reasons behind the 2005 riots, which they said had called into question modern France's founding myth, namely "the implicit shared belief that the nation was always able to integrate people."

Islamic values are replacing those of a French Republic which has failed to deliver on its promise of "equality," the report says, and the residents of the suburbs increasingly do not see themselves as French.

But the report adds that the French state is not primarily to blame for this and that many Muslim immigrants simply do not want to integrate into French society.
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'Mixed race' is our biggest ethnic minority
Nick Collins
Daily Telegraph, 7 October 2011
[The website article is entitled "Britain more diverse than previously thought"]

Britain has more than twice as many people of mixed-race heritage as previously thought, a survey has found.

More than two million have parents from different ethnic backgrounds, according to a new analysis of official data.

A person's ethnicity is defined in the national census by what they choose from a list of options, such as "black Caribbean" or "white British".

But as well as asking people how they define their race, some studies also require people to list the nationality of each of their parents.

A study carried out for the BBC's Newsnight programme found that while just 0.88 per cent of British adults class themselves as "mixed" race, more than twice that number say their parents are from different ethnic groups.

Using data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study, which questioned 100,000 people in 40,000 households, researchers found that 1.99 per cent of adults have a "mixed parentage".

There is a greater difference among children aged 16 and under, with 2.9 per cent describing themselves as mixed race but 8.9 per cent living with parents of different ethnicity.

In addition, 8 per cent of children in a single-parent household are of a different ethnicity to the mother or father they live with, the study found.

Added together, this means there could be about two million Britons whose parents are from different races, equating to about 3 per cent of the population.

Using this definition of ethnicity would mean there were more people of mixed race than of any single defined "ethnic minority" in Britain. The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics state that in England there are 956,700 "mixed persons" in England – 1.8 per cent of the population – compared with more than three million people grouped as "Asian or Asian Brit[ish]" and 1.5 million "Black or black British".

The census estimates that by 2020 the number of mixed-race people in Britain will have doubled from 2001 levels.

Researchers have attempted to determine whether relationships between people of different ethnicities have any positive or negative impacts, the BBC reported. For example, they found that 38 per cent of mixed-race children in Britain live in single-parent families, compared with 23 per cent of all children.

But this does not mean that couples of different races have weaker relationships and the difference is more likely down to the varied attitudes towards family life across the globe, the study said.

For example, according to the Equality and Human Rights Commission, 65 per cent of black Caribbean children live with a single parent, compared with 10 to 15 per cent of south Asian children.

Primary school exam results suggest there is no academic disadvantage of having a dual heritage, according to the programme, which was screened last night.

Some 79 per cent of mixed white and Asian 10 year-olds reach the standard expected at Key Stage Two, compared with the same proportion of Indian children, 77 per cent of white pupils and 67 per cent of Pakistani and Bangladeshi pupils.

Among mixed black and white children the proportion who pass the exams is 73 per cent.

For black children the figure is between 63 and 65 per cent.
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Sixty per cent of knife muggers in the capital are young black men
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard [London], 7 October 2011

More than half of suspects charged in London over robbery and knife-point muggings last year were black, official figures revealed today.

The Met statistics show that 7,956 people were taken to court for robbery during the 12 months to the end of March of whom 55 per cent were black. Just under a third of suspects were white, while 11 per cent were Asian.

Three out of five of the 1,613 suspects charged with knife-point muggings were also black, compared with 27 per cent white and 10 per cent Asian.
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Britain: More mixed than we thought
Mark Easton
BBC, 6 October 2011

... Britain's mixed-race community must be at least double the size we previously thought.

The research by Dr Alita Nandi at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) used data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study (UKHLS) to examine the experience of different ethnic groups in the UK.

As with the census and other surveys, ethnicity is defined in the UKHLS by the individual: if you regard yourself as black Caribbean or white British that is how you are counted.

Using this self-reported approach, the figures suggest that 0.88% of adults define themselves as "mixed".

But the survey - following 100,000 people in 40,000 households - asks another question: what is the ethnicity of your parents?

The footnote puts it: "If we use this alternative definition of mixed then 1.99% of adults are of mixed parentage."

More than twice as many over-16-year-olds are technically mixed race than describe themselves that way.

Self-definition, of course, also applies to under-16s (parents will normally described the ethnicity of their children) and this group accounts for half of the mixed race population.

There is research evidence which suggests the number of mixed-ethnicity children is also significantly larger than the official figures show.

Self-reported data show 2.9% of children described as mixed race. But the proportion of children living with parents from different ethnic groups or in a mixed-race household is shown to be 8.9%.

Further support for the contention that the number of mixed-race children is under-counted emerges from work on single parents.

The proportion of children in lone-parent households who are of a different ethnicity to the single mum or dad is 8%.

This suggests to me that there may be around two million mixed race people living in the UK, 3% of the population and therefore a larger group than any of the defined "ethnic minorities".

The most recent estimate from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) is that there are 956,700 "mixed persons" in England, 1.8% of the English population. ...

Racial mixing is, of course, a controversial subject.

To some it is the welcome consequence of a multicultural society increasingly at ease with different ethnicities. But to others it represents a troubling challenge to national and cultural identity. ...

Given the fast growing mixed-race population, academics have been trying to see whether there are negative consequences to dual ethnic relationships.

The difficulty is in trying to separate out any effects of cultural difference from social and economic impacts.

For instance, while 23% of all children in Britain live in lone-parent households, among mixed-race children the figure is 38%.

On the face of it this might suggest that ethnic mixing makes relationships more fragile. ...

Some 65% of black Caribbean children live in lone-parent households and 44% of black African youngsters.

By contrast, the figures for south Asian children range from 10-15%.

Since 45% of the mixed-race population is white/black and 38% are white/Asian, the figure for mixed children overall is bound to be strongly affected by Caribbean and African attitudes to family life.

The overall figure for mixed race may, therefore, reflect cultural domestic norms rather than the fragility of dual heritage relationships.
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The end of the great British passport giveaway?
James Slack
Daily Mail, 4 October 2011

Labour took an astonishingly relaxed attitude to the issuing of citizenship to foreign nationals.

During the party's last full year in power, 203,790 immigrants were given passports – or one every three minutes.

It was the highest level since records began in 1962 and meant that more than 1.5 million foreign nationals became British citizens under Labour.

The system was engineered in such a way that, provided somebody worked or lived here for four or five years, they would allowed to settle here permanently.

No thought was given to whether Britain required their skills permanently, or how much they had contributed to society. Rather, if a person stayed here long enough, that was good enough.

Very belatedly, Labour realised that adding ever more people to the UK population – on a permanent basis – was becoming unsustainable.

So it came up with a new set of rules called 'earned citizenship'. In theory, it looked good. Ministers said that a migrant would only be able to obtain a passport, after living legally in the UK for six years, provided they completed 50 hours of community service.

If they did not, they had to wait for eight years.

However, as with pretty much everything Labour touched on immigration, it quickly descended into farce.

Instead of meaningful voluntary work – Labour had suggested running a scout group - ministers decided foreign [nationals] could be entitled to passports simply for standing on picket lines or political canvassing.

Critics pointed to the historic relationship between Labour and the unions. Migrants cannot vote until they become citizens - so, by using union membership to speed their applications, Labour was potentially swelling its own support.

Labour lost the election and the idea was ditched before it was even introduced. Now it's the Tories turn to have a go.

Under the latest plans, the Home Office will abolish a rule that gives foreign workers the right to live permanently in Britain after working here for five years. Officials will also restrict the right of their family members to join them.

The government will also look at restricting the right of immigrants' spouses to a British passport if they stay here long enough.

Foreigners will still be able to gain a visa to work in Britain but will no longer be able to stay simply by virtue of remaining legally for five years.

The policy will be based on introducing a new 'hurdle' for those who want to remain permanently.

A new test would be applied before a permanent right to remain is granted - based on immigrants' ability to support themselves and their families, qualifications and whether they are working in professions where there are shortages of trained Britons able to fulfil the role.

Those on high incomes, businessmen and millionaire investors would be exempt because the government believes they create jobs. EU nationals who have a right to live in the UK would not be affected.
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UNHCR chief says multiculturalism 'inevitable'
Expatica, 3 October 2011

UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres called Monday on states not to succumb to rising xenophobic pressure and turn refugees away, saying that multiculturalism is not only good, but inevitable.

"In my view, multicultural, multi-ethnic, and multi-religious societies are not only a good thing, they are inevitable," said Guterres.

"Building tolerant and open communities is a slow and delicate process. But nondiscrimination is a core human rights principle, and it is the duty of all states to acknowledge and give effect to it.

"Refugees cannot become collateral damage of anti-immigrant attitudes and policies," stressed the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

The UNHCR says it is harder to find solutions for some 43 million refugees, internally displaced and stateless people around the world amid rising xenophobia. ...

The UNHCR will seek $3.5 billion from donors for 2012, and $3.4 billion for 2013.
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Cameron's scam: 78% don't believe the PM's promises on immigration
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 30 September 2011

Four out of five Brits think David Cameron will break his promise to slash immigration, a poll for The Sun reveals.

And just one in 50 says the Prime Minister is "very likely" to reduce the number of foreigners coming here to 1990s levels. ...

Immigration tops the list of issues the Coalition has left people feeling "most disappointed".

It was named by 31 per cent, with 30 per cent saying they felt most let down over how ministers have handled the economy, 27 per cent naming pensions, and 21 per cent saying health.
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Migration boom DID drive down wages and living standards, admits Labour
James Slack
Daily Mail, 26 September 2011

Labour's open-door immigration policy drove down wages and living standards in Britain, party leader Ed Miliband has admitted.

He conceded that the last government 'got it wrong' on border controls and said that British workers had been 'undercut'.

The bombshell confession came amid revelations that, when in power, Labour suppressed a string of damaging reports about the impact of mass immigration on the UK.

At the time Labour denied claims that migration – in particular the large number of skilled Poles – was making life harder for some British workers.

Mr Miliband conceded: 'We got it wrong in a number of respects including underestimating the level of immigration from Poland, which had a big effect on people in Britain. ...

However, Labour is still refusing to match the Tory commitment to reduce net migration – the difference between the number leaving the UK and the number of arrivals – to the 'tens of thousands'.

Mr Miliband told Sky News: 'I'm not going to make promises that I can't keep. We need a tough immigration policy but I think free movement of labour is right for Britain.'

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper admitted: 'We did get things wrong on immigration.

'We should have had transitional controls on migration from Eastern Europe.'
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Labour's embarrassing immigration secrets revealed
Patrick Hennessy
Sunday Telegraph, 25 September 2011

Reports kept under wraps by Labour showing that immigrants who came to Britain from Romania and Bulgaria had low education levels and were more likely to claim out-of-work benefits are to be released for the first time by ministers.

The figures are contained in five separate controversial studies commissioned by the last Labour government but never published - amid claims the party wanted to avoid a damaging row about its record before last year's general election.

Ministers accused Labour of a "disturbing cover up" and promised to publish the reports - which cost the taxpayer a total of £165,000 and have now been seen by The Sunday Telegraph - in full within days.

The documents also contain revelations that immigrants from all countries into Britain are more likely to be out of work than the native population - and are less likely to engage in any form of "civic participation."

More than one third of London's population, moreover, has now been born outside the UK. ...

Up until 2008 the Labour government was criticised for effectively operating an "open door" policy which saw a massive rise in the number of visas, work permits and extended residency being granted.

Gordon Brown's government then introduced a new "points based" system which was designed to make it harder for non-skilled people to come to Britain from outside the European Union.

However, particular controversy surrounded the rules governing immigration from countries which joined the EU during the first decade of this century - which included Bulgaria and Romania (which joined in 2007) and Poland (2004).

Labour ministers repeatedly promised that restrictions would be placed on those coming in from Eastern Europe in order to "manage" numbers and protect jobs for British workers.

However, the secret reports show that 27 per cent of people coming from Bulgaria and Romania had "low education levels" while as of 2009 more than 15 per cent of them were claiming out-of-work benefits.

The documents, commissioned by the Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG) reveal that immigrants from the two countries are more likely to claim unemployment-related benefits than either non-immigrants or other migrant groups in Britain.

A report said that despite the implementation of a "cap" on numbers, the migration rate into Britain from Romania and Bulgaria increased significantly after the countries joined the EU in 2007.

Meanwhile, migrants from the two countries were shown to be more likely to have four children or more than people coming to Britain from elsewhere - placing a significant strain on the education system, particularly in London where over half the Bulgarians and Romanians who came settled. ...

At the start of the 1980s the key annual "net immigration" figure for the UK was minus 42,000 - meaning tens of thousands more people left Britain every year than came here.

By 1992-95 this figure had gone up to plus 9,200 - while by the period between 2004 and 2007 it had mushroomed to plus 178,000 a year.

Britain's population was slated to increase by more than four million to 65.6 million between 2008 and 2018, while by 2008 over one third of London's population (34 per cent) was born outside Britain.
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Dress witches in pink and avoid white paper to prevent racism in nurseries, expert says
Julie Henry
Sunday Telegraph, 25 September 2011

Teachers should censor the toy box to replace witches' black hats with a pink ones and dress fairies in darker shades, according to a consultant who has issued advice to local authorities.

From the Wicked Witch of the West in the Wizard of Oz to Meg, the good witch from the Meg and Mog children's books, witches have always dressed in black.

But their traditional attire has now come in for criticism from equality experts who claim it could send a negative message to toddlers in nursery and lead to racism.

Instead, teachers should censor the toy box and replace the pointy black hat with a pink one, while dressing fairies, generally resplendent in pale pastels, in darker shades.

Another staple of the classroom - white paper - has also been questioned by Anne O'Connor, an early years consultant who advises local authorities on equality and diversity.

Children should be provided with paper other than white to drawn on and paints and crayons should come in "the full range of flesh tones", reflecting the diversity of the human race, according to the former teacher.

Finally, staff should be prepared to be economical with the truth when asked by pupils what their favourite colour is and, in the interests of good race relations, answer "black" or "brown".

The measures, outlined in a series of guides in Nursery World magazine, are aimed at avoiding racial bias in toddlers as young as two.

According to the guides, very young children may begin to express negative and discriminatory views about skin colour and appearance that nursery staff must help them "unlearn".

If children develop positive associations with dark colours, the greater the likelihood that the attitude will be generalised to people, it says.

The advice is based on an "anti-bias" approach to education which developed in the United States as part of multiculturalism. ...

Margaret Morrissey, a spokeswoman for the Parents Outloud campaigning group disagrees. She said: "I'm sure these early years experts know their field but they seem to be obsessed about colour and determined to make everyone else obsessed about it too. ..." ...

However, recent research by Professor Lord Winston provides evidence that children as young as four can hold racist views. In an experiment carried out for the BBC's Child of our Time series, children were presented with a series of images of faces of men, women, boys or girls. Only one of the faces in each sequence was white.

Children were asked to pick out the face of the person they wanted as their friend and the person they thought would be most likely to get in to trouble.

Almost all white children in the survey associated positive qualities exclusively with photographs of white children or adults. More than half of the black children made the same associations.

In contrast, people with darker faces were viewed as troublemakers.
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Eastern Europeans still came to Britain for work despite recession
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 23 September 2011

Twice as many Eastern Europeans came to Britain than left during the economic crisis, dispelling the myth that the recession drove them home.

Almost a third of a million workers from Poland, Lithuania and other former Eastern Bloc nations arrived in the UK between 2008 and last year, while just 145,000 left.

It means there was still a large net flow of migrant workers coming in to the country at a time when unemployment among Britons was increasing.

And the main reason was they were more willing to do "dirty, difficult and dangerous" jobs for lower wages, according to a study for the Office for National Statistics.

Immigration observers last night said the research confirmed fears that migrant workers have undercut wages and forced Britons on to the dole.

The figures are also a headache for the Government because, as EU citizens and free to come and go, the Eastern Europeans will not be affected by measures to cut immigration levels.

Overall, between 2004 and March 2010, more than 1.4 million Eastern Europeans came to work in the UK, making up 40 per cent of all foreign workers over that period.

The ONS study examined what effect the recession had on migrants from the so-called A8 countries, the eight nations who joined the EU in 2004, including Poland, Lithuania, Slovenia and Slovakia.

It concluded that while numbers fell it was "still striking however that so many migrants were still arriving".

It found that between January 2008 and June 2010, a total of 316,720 workers from Eastern Europe came to the UK.

That was the period when the country was in economic downturn and includes the one and half years of a formal recession.

Over the same period less than 145,000 left. ...

Employers told the researchers that the Eastern Europeans were willing to do the jobs for lower wages than local workers.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "This is further evidence that Eastern European workers have been under cutting the wages to which British workers are willing to do this kind of work.

"This is a bonanza for employers but not for the taxpayer who has to provide benefits for those who are unemployed as a result."
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Rioters were crooks who had never been jailed
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2011

Half of the people involved in the riots in England last month were guilty of 15 previous offences on average but had never been incarcerated.

According to figures released yesterday, hundreds of rioters were serial offenders who had been handed community penalties, fines or cautions for their previous crimes, leaving them free to join in the disturbances last month.

One in 20 had more than 50 previous offences to their name. ... ...

The Metropolitan Police Authority was told yesterday that certain crimes, including robbery and burglary, had dropped since hundreds of suspects were arrested during and after the riots.

Police hunting suspects are now focusing on criminals with long histories of offending.

The statistics derived from a detailed analysis of the 1,561 people who have appeared in court charged with riot-related offences and were published by the Ministry of Justice yesterday.

Three quarters of those charged had been involved in crime at least once before and between them they were responsible for more than 16,000 previous offences, including almost 1,000 violent assaults, 785 burglaries and almost 600 robberies. That averaged out at 15 crimes each but, of those repeat offenders, only 36 per cent had ever been jailed for an offence. ...

Yesterday's figures also showed that half the rioters were aged 20 or under. One in seven rioters was also a foreign national, in keeping with general patterns of criminal activity.


Most migrants on a marriage visa have never visited the UK before
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 15 September 2011

Two-thirds of immigrants who come to Britain on a marriage visa have never before set foot in this country, it has emerged.

Every year some 40,000 migrants enter the country either to marry or to join an existing spouse – bringing with them another 9,000 children and other dependants.

An examination of Home Office files from 2009 revealed 67 per cent were coming here for the first time.

The research will raise concerns that many of those coming here to marry or to join partners have little knowledge and understanding of British culture.

It will be published today as Immigration Minister Damian Green calls for support for Government plans to prevent family visas being used to bypass immigration laws.

In a speech to the Centre for Policy Studies think tank, he will tell anyone attempting sham marriages or coming here to live off benefits that they are not welcome.

Mr Green will say: 'These are sensitive issues which have been ignored for far too long but ones we are determined to tackle.

'We want a system that lets everyone know where they stand and what their responsibilities are.

'If your marriage is not genuine, if you have no interest in this country and its way of life, if you are coming here to live off benefits, don't come in the first place.

'That is why our focus is on delivering better family migration – better for migrants, for communities and for the UK as a whole.'

The research shows that around eight out of ten of those who arrived on family visas from Pakistani and Bangladesh in 2004 had settled here permanently within five years.

That compares to just one in ten family migrants arriving from Australia.

Worryingly, one in five of those sponsoring marriage visas were either unemployed or was earning less than the minimum wage, the research found. One in three was living with family members or friends and not supporting themselves financially.
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Foreign criminals exploiting right to family life to stay in UK, minister warns
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 15 September 2011

Foreign criminals are using the right to family life in more than half of successful appeals against deportation, the immigration minister will warn today.

Damian Green will say too many criminals are exploiting the controversial human right and will pledge a shake up of its use.

Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights is cited by individuals who claim they have been in the UK for so long that they have established a family or relationship here that would be damaged by their removal.

In the last three months of 2010 it was the defence in six in ten successful appeals by foreign criminals, Mr Green will reveal.

Earlier this year Theresa May announced that officials are re-examining the definition of the clause, and its interpretation, in a bid to stop criminals using it.

They are looking to rebalance it so the rights of the public outweigh those of a convicted criminal. ...

Mr Green will quote figures that show between October and December last year there were 162 successful appeals against deportation by a foreign criminal, of which 99 were allowed under Article 8.

If that pattern repeats itself it suggests up to 400 foreign criminals using the right to family life to avoid deportation every year.
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Immigrants have children for benefits, says Asian peer
BBC, 14 September 2011

The UK's first female Asian peer has used a debate in the Lords to criticise Pakistani and Bangladeshi families for having too many children.

Baroness Flather suggested people in some minority communities had a large number of children in order to be able to claim more benefits.

The peer, born in Lahore before the partition of India, said the issue did not apply to families of Indian origin.

The cross-bencher said benefit cuts could help to discourage extra births.

Baroness Flather, speaking during a debate on the government's welfare changes, said: "The minority communities in this country, particularly the Pakistanis and the Bangladeshis have a very large number of children and the attraction is the large number of benefits that follow the child.

"Nobody likes to accept that, nobody likes to talk about it because it is supposed to be very politically incorrect."

The 67-year-old said that immigrant families must stop having lots of children "as a means of improving the amount of money they receive or getting a bigger house."

The former Tory peer also claimed Indian families had a different mentality to Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities in the UK.

"Indians have fallen into the pattern here," she told peers. "They do not have large families because they are like the Jews of old. They want their children to be educated.

"This is the other problem - there is no emphasis on education in the Pakistani and Bangladeshi families."

Baroness Flather called for a gradual reduction in benefits in order to discourage large families and suggested payments should be reduced after a couple's first two children.

She said: "I really feel that for the first two children there should be a full raft of benefits, for the third child three-quarters and for the fourth child a half."

Baroness Flather's comments were not well-received by Labour work and pensions spokesman Lord McKenzie.

Concluding the argument for the opposition, he told the Lords: "I had not expected the treatise on the family sizes of the Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities and hope I don't again."

Welfare reform minister Lord Freud, replying to the debate, did not refer to Lady Flather's comments.
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Playtime banter classed as 'hate speech'
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2011

More than 20,000 under-11s were punished for racist and anti-homosexual behaviour in schools in a single year, according to research.

The equivalent of about 100 primary school pupils a day were reported to local authorities after using offensive language in lessons and the playground, it is claimed. ...

Researchers said many children, some as young as four, were being reported despite being unlikely to understand the meaning of such words.

Schools must report all cases of "hate speech" to councils under the 2000 Race Relations Act. ... Reports can be used by police and social services and can remain on children's records for years. ...

Research shows that 30,147 incidents were logged by 152 local authorities in England and Wales in 2008-9, of which 20,000 related to primary schools.


Almost 100,000 lost asylum seekers may never be traced
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2011

Almost 100,000 asylum seekers lost by the shambolic immigration service may never be found, the head of the department revealed yesterday.

Officials have been unable to trace one in five of the 450,000 forgotten asylum cases meaning they could remain in the UK forever.

The so-called legacy backlog of cases that were never completed was first discovered five years ago, with some dating back to the 1990s.

The Home Office promised to go through every file by the end of this summer.

That target was met but only because officials have concluded they cannot find 98,000 of them.

A further 18,000 are still in the UK despite being told they should be removed, Jonathan Sedgwick, the acting chief executive of the Border Agency, told MPs.

Critics have accused the Home Office of effectively running an amnesty that will see hundreds of thousands of people stay indefinitely in the UK.

The Home Office admitted in 2006 that a backlog of up to 450,000 files had built up. John Reid, who was home secretary at the time, promised to clear it within five years, by this summer.

Following the exercise, more than one in three have been told they can stay, mainly because the time it took for the Home Office to deal with the cases meant they had been in Britain so long they could argue their human rights would be breached if they were ordered to leave.

Only eight per cent, or 37,500, have been removed and another 18,000 are still awaiting removal, some because they committed offences while forgotten and have been subjected to criminal proceedings.

And 98,000 have now been placed in a "controlled archive" which means there is little chance of them being traced.

The rest were either duplicates or errors in the case files.

It means tens of thousands of asylum seekers who may have no right to stay in Britain may never be found.
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How 2m East Europeans signed to get UK benefit
Alison Little
Daily Express, 12 September 2011

Fresh evidence of how Labour "opened the floodgates" to workers from eastern Europe has emerged – with details showing how nearly two million signed up to one key "control" scheme.

Figures given to Parliament revealed that in total, two million applications were accepted for the Worker Registration Scheme from citizens of the A8 countries of eastern Europe, which joined the EU in 2004.

The scheme, which began in May 2004 and ended on April 30 this year, was designed to establish the incomers' legal right to work in the UK and to claim certain benefits.

The figures, from Immigration Minister Damian Green, revealed the nationalities of applicants.

Poland was the biggest source of would-be workers at 1.2 million. It was followed by Lithuania, Slovakia, Latvia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Estonia and Slovenia, from which only 1,700 applications were received.

The table also revealed how rarely people were turned down, with 1.92 million approved and just 13,368, 0.7 per cent, refused.

Previous research has suggested how even the high figures on the scheme will significantly underestimate total immigration, as some, including the self-employed, were not required to register and an unknown number will simply not have done so.

The figures fuelled further criticism of Labour for giving the A8 citizens full working rights here when most other EU countries kept them out of their jobs markets for as long as possible. The numbers arriving vastly outstripped Labour's predictions of just 13,000 a year.

Under the scheme, registered nationals of the eight countries who were working could potentially qualify for in-work support such as tax credits and housing and council tax benefits if they were on low incomes.

After 12 months of uninterrupted work, they might also be entitled to other payments such as Jobseeker's Allowance.

The scheme ended this year under the EU's seven-year limit on restrictions covering people from new member states. Since May 1, A8 nationals have had the same access to our labour market and benefits as those from other EU countries.

The Government vows it has tough rules in place to prevent abuse and "benefit tourism".

Migrants will be able to claim income-related benefits only if they have a right to live here and are "habitually resident", though ministers have previously admitted this could mean being here for as little as a month.

Tougher UK restrictions remain on people from the newest EU states, Bulgaria and Romania, and the coalition has promised strict rules on those from countries joining in future. Tory MP Anne Main, who obtained the figures, said: "Labour opened the floodgates, which decimated our chance to grow the labour market and job opportunities for people in the UK.

"They laid us open to benefit tourism and massive immigration of people seeking jobs.

"For the number of refusals under the scheme to be so low means the bar must have been set very low.

"And now, needing to be here for as little as a month to get benefits, opens our benefits pot to people who are here almost on an extended holiday."
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Hospitals cut jobs but still hire abroad
Laura Donnelly
Sunday Telegraph, 11 September 2011

Hospital bosses have spent thousands of pounds on trips to recruit foreign doctors and nurses, while laying off their own staff.

Visits to destinations including India and Dubai took place as the NHS drew up plans to cut 20,000 jobs for front line health workers.

... at least 11 NHS trusts and one health authority sent teams abroad to recruit doctors and nurses, despite such posts being earmarked for cuts.

The trips were organised despite pledges by David Cameron to cap immigration and protect British jobs, and concerns raised last week by Lord Winston, one of Britain's most senior doctors, that some nurses from Eastern Europe put patients in danger because of poor standards of English. The head of the Royal College of Nursing also condemned the visits as "incomprehensible and unacceptable".

Dartford and Gravesham Trust in Kent sent a team to Romania in November and hired 20 nurses, even though Barts and the London NHS Trust, less than 20 miles away, was drawing up plans to cut 635 posts including more than 250 jobs for nurses. ...

More than 10,000 doctors and nurses who trained overseas registered to work in Britain in the first 12 months of the Coalition. There was a 53 per cent rise in foreign nurses who registered with British regulators, from 2,804 to 4,303, while the number of foreign doctors increased by eight per cent from 5,359 to 5,811. The number of nurses from outside the European Union, where an immigration cap applies, went from 635 to 1,307.

Dr Peter Carter, the Royal College's general secretary said it was "absolutely crazy" that hospital trusts had gone abroad to recruit.

"It is incomprehensible and unacceptable to have these sorts of recruitment trawls abroad when so many staff are being laid off, and so many newly qualified nurses can't find work," he said. ...

Katherine Murphy, chief executive of the Patients Association, said: "We hear from patients that there are real issues with nurses from other countries including problems communicating with patients and a lack of understanding of processes and procedures."
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Lord Winston's fears over poor English of foreign nurses
Daily Telegraph, 9 September 2011

Lord Winston, the medical professor and television presenter, warned yesterday of the potential risk to patients from nurses with poor English.

Speaking in the House of Lords, he pointed to particular problems with nurses coming from some former Eastern Bloc countries such as Romania and Bulgaria.

"Communication between the patient and the professional is of vital importance," he told peers. "We run the risk of losing it with this issue of nurses who can't speak the English language and have been trained in a different way."

Lord Winston, who was taking part in a debate on the different training standards for foreign health workers, said he was aware from his work abroad of the "limited communication even in their own language" of many East European health workers.

"If we aren't careful we will increase that in our own health service," he said.

"I hope we can make the strongest case possible to make sure we get proper communication between patient and carer."

His comments came as the Lords debated different training standards for foreign health workers coming to work in the NHS from within and outside the European Economic Area.

Lord Kakkar, a surgeon and cross-bench peer, complained that the General Medical Council was not able to test the competency of medical practitioners from within the European Union and that their home regulatory authorities were not obliged to pass on any concerns about an individual.

"Quite frankly this is an intolerable situation," he said.

Baroness Thornton, the Labour health spokesman, said her party supported the principle of freedom of movement and recognised the "positive contribution of European Union nurses, midwives and doctors".

But she added: "Freedom of movement should not take precedence over patient safety."

Some countries are able to circumvent the freedom of movement rules banning the tests for candidates.

In France, tests are conducted by local health boards rather than a national watchdog, so not deemed to break the regulations.

Figures show that since strict checks on nurses' competence - including language skills - were scrapped last October, the number of European nurses registering to work in Britain has doubled, and that in the first five months alone, nearly 1,500 new nurses arrived.

According to the General Medical Council, 22,060 doctors licensed to work in the UK – around 10 per cent – were from the European Economic Area, including 1,862 doctors who qualified in Romania and 722 in Bulgaria.
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Crime by EU migrants trebles - and we still can't throw them out
James Slack And Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 8 September 2011

Britain is suffering an explosion in crimes by EU nationals, who are amassing more than 2,700 convictions every month.

Since 2007, the number of EU citizens punished for breaking the law in the UK has more than trebled.

The total is expected to hit a record 33,000 this year, placing huge pressure on the police, courts and overcrowded jails.

But because of EU diktats and Labour's Human Rights Act, officials are finding it extremely hard to remove European lawbreakers once they have completed their sentences.

According to the latest Home Office figures, 27,563 EU nationals were convicted in 2010, up from 10,736 in 2007.

Yet only 1,480 EU citizens were removed from the country last year.

Top of the list of offenders were Poland, whose citizens collected 6,777 convictions, reflecting the large numbers who have headed here since the controversial expansion of the EU. Next came Romania with 4,343.

Bulgarians were responsible for 296 crimes in 2010.

Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU in 2007, three years after Poland and other Eastern European states. ...

EU rules make it far harder to remove European citizens than those from the rest of the world.

Normally, criminals may be considered for deportation if they have been sentenced to at least a year in jail.

But for EU nationals the bar is set twice as high with a starting point of two years in jail.

The Home Office must also show the offender poses a 'present, genuine and sufficiently serious threat' to society.

The situation becomes even more complicated thanks to Labour's Human Rights Act, which prevents the removal of anybody who can claim to have established a family life in the UK.

In reality, all except the most serious EU offenders, such as killers and rapists, are unlikely to face even an attempt at deportation.

At the same time, the EU free movement directive prevents Britain from refusing entry to all but the worst overseas criminals.

Sir Andrew Green of Migrationwatch said: 'This is another of the unspoken costs of the massive levels of immigration we face.

'The fact that it is so difficult to remove EU nationals only rubs salt into the wound.' ...

Overall, the number of EU convictions since 2007 is 109,568.

This includes 19,164 in the first seven months of 2011 – a figure pointing to a record end-of-year total of almost 33,000.
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An 'Instructor Like Me'
Inside Higher Ed, 6 September 2011

Nonwhite students at community colleges are more likely to stay in classes and to earn higher grades if they have instructors of their race or ethnicity, according to a study released Monday by the National Bureau for Economic Research. But the same is true for white students, meaning that hiring more minority instructors may result in decreased performance by white students.

The positive impact of having a same-race instructor appears to be the greatest on black students, and on younger students.

The study, "A Community College Instructor Like Me: Race and Ethnicity Interactions in the Classroom," may be controversial, since it touches on several hot-button issues in higher education, including racial gaps in academic performance of students and affirmative action in faculty hiring. Further, the study arrives at a time of intense interest from educators and politicians in finding ways to increase completion rates and the academic performance of community college students. ...

The study was conducted by three economics professors: Robert Fairlie of the University of California at Santa Cruz, Florian Hoffmann of the University of British Columbia and Philip Oreopoulos of the University of Toronto. Their analysis is based on a large data set (more than 30,000 students in more than 21,000 course sections) provided by De Anza College, a community college in Northern California. The authors write that they believe their research represents the first large-scale study on the impact of instructor race on community college student performance.
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The secret immigration policy they tried to hide [part 1]
Linda Kaucher, 1 September 2011

Behind closed doors, EU negotiations will trigger a new wave of cheap labour into Britain.

While political reporters for the most part ignore the EU, British domestic policy is actually formulated to fit not just with internal EU directives, but, importantly, with the EU's external international trade agenda.

This broader policy affects people's lives here, particularly their employment and that of their children and grandchildren in the future. Yet information on this broader picture, the parts of EU trade policy that will affect people most, is kept from them.

A very relevant and major feature of EU trade policy is the concession that allows transnational corporations to bring workers into the EU. In tradespeak this is called 'Mode 4'.

The World Trade Organisation (WTO) defines four modes for cross-border trade in services: via internet (Mode 1); where the customer crosses borders e.g. tourism and the international student market (Mode 2); where a company establishes in another country (Mode 3); and by moving workers across borders (Mode 4).

Moving workers from a lower to a higher socio-economic country is a very profitable business for the transnational corporations that are in a position to benefit, on a par with moving production and service work to cheaper labour areas of the world.

With the WTO Doha deal apparently abandoned, the EU has been negotiating a set of bilateral and regional trade deals with much of the world. These deals are more secretive than WTO negotiations, with the contents of negotiations kept private until those negotiations are completed.

But investigative work has revealed the urgency of the situation.

The EU is including Mode 4 concessions in all of the deals it is currently negotiating. In fact Mode 4 is the carrot, to obtain, in exchange, investment opportunity access into trading partner countries for transnational financial services corporations, which are for the most part based in London.

Actually these corporations benefit from both sides of the deals. They get the investment opportunities but also cheap labour brought in, and, as this 'reserve army of labour' undermines the power of organised labour, strengthening the power of capital in its balance of power with labour.

Although these are EU deals, the UK is the main and willing target for the Mode 4 concessions. Thus it is UK workers who will pay the price.

A very important trade deal in this regard is the EU/India Free Trade Agreement (FTA) that has been under negotiation for four years. It has been discovered that Mode 4 concessions are the one thing that the Indian government is demanding. In addition, leaked documentation shows that the liberalised UK will be taking the bulk of the EU's Mode 4 commitment.

In fact Trade Commission staff have admitted that the EU/India FTA is, in effect , 85% a UK deal. That's the percentage of the gains which will accrue to the UK (well, the international financial firms based in London, anyway) while the UK (UK workers, this time) will get that percentage of the pain.
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The secret immigration policy they tried to hide [part 2]
Linda Kaucher, 1 September 2011

Financial services investment opportunities overseas will not produce jobs here. But workers will be displaced via Mode 4, especially in a time of cuts. Transnational firms will be able to offer cheap onshore outsourcing, using cheaper temporary migrant labour and will also be able to supply labour into other firms allowing them to offload all employer responsibilities.

Within the supposedly 'capped' UK points based system for labour migration, the government has ensured that the categories relevant to trade commitments have no numerical limits. There are no such limits on the 'intra-corporate transferees (ICTs) category in Tier 2 or on the 'international agreements' category in Tier 5. Neither is there any resident labour market test, which would stipulate that jobs have to be offered here first.

In fact both these restrictions are disallowed at the international trade level in respect of Mode 4. ...

As trade agreements, with Mode 4 included, are committed to hard international trade law, they become effectively permanent. This is why this handing of control of UK labour migration to transnational corporations will affect not only present but future generations. Any attempt by any future government to pull back on these commitments will potentially invoke corporate legal action to recover all anticipated profits that may be negatively affected by the government action.

International financial services corporations based in London are proactive in directing UK input to EU trade policy via their lobbying mechanism 'thecityuk' and in Brussels through the European Services Forum, the mechanism that influences EU institutions directly. ...

The Labour party has not told the UK public about this EU/India agreement and the centrality of the Mode 4 concessions even though Peter Mandelson initiated all the current agreements. Neither has the Conservative/Liberal coalition, even when David Cameron and Vince Cable led a specific 'trade' delegation to India in 2010. Greens MP Caroline Lucas spent years as an MEP and a member of the European parliament's International Trade Committee (INTA) but has declined to warn UK workers what they are being signed up to, and similarly Ukip, which has two members on the INTA but actually supports the concept of temporary labour from outside the EU being brought in by transnational corporations.

The House of Commons select committee tasked with overseeing the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills has failed to bring the Department's role in moving workers into the country into focus and has accepted the silence of the secretary of state, Cable, on this.

Who will tell the UK public about these irreversible commitments on their behalf?

There is a small light at the end of the tunnel. The Railways, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union is going to argue to the TUC's September Congress that it should campaign to alert the UK public to the implications of the EU/India trade deal and of Mode 4. Yet, as the TUC has so far been part of the cover-up, it remains to be seen first if this motion is passed, and then what the TUC does with it.
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Immigration is no longer taboo – but tackling it still is
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 28 August 2011

The Coalition has merely tinkered with the rules on who gets into Britain, rather than taking real action.

Immigration used to be the great unmentionable. ...

... But at the last election, it was impossible to prevent the issue – which everyone knew was one of the most important for voters – from being raised. The Tories came up with measures that they promised would diminish the number of immigrants, to which the Lib Dems, when they became partners in government, reluctantly agreed.

So it must have been depressing for the Conservative members of the Coalition to see last week's Office for National Statistics figures, which showed that, far from going down, net immigration (the number of foreigners settling in Britain minus the number of Britons leaving) has risen by 20 per cent, to reach 239,000.

Those statistics are, admittedly, from 2010, when the Coalition's policies had not yet been implemented. ...

Nevertheless, the figures still raise the delicate question of whether the Coalition's policies will actually succeed in reducing immigration. The first thing to note is that they certainly could do so. Nick Clegg was simply wrong when he insisted that controls are pointless, because most of the people who settle in the UK are from countries in the EU. In fact, 80 per cent of migrants to Britain are from outside the EU, so there is no legal barrier to restricting significantly the number who are allowed to settle. Nothing, in principle, stops the Government from putting effective controls in place. The difficulties are essentially practical.

So the real question is this: how badly do ministers want to cut immigration? The Lib Dems certainly don't want to do anything: they are frank about regarding controls as either economically damaging or blatantly racist. The Tories say they're committed to achieving dramatic cuts. But so far, the Coalition hasn't done more than tinker around the edges of the system – as Damian Green, the immigration minister, must have known, even as he said on Thursday that ministers had initiated "radical changes".

Around half of the immigrants who arrive each year are foreign students and their dependants. The Coalition's new regulations require students to speak English, and to provide evidence that they can support themselves and the family members who come with them. It's a start – but it's not a "radical change". Theresa May, the Home Secretary, claims that the rules will reduce the number of students and their relatives by 80,000. But no one knows how easy it will be to evade the new controls. ...

The Coalition also plans to end the link between being given a permit to work in the UK and having the right to settle here. That could diminish immigration significantly. The problem is that the proposal is just that: a proposal, not a policy. It is subject to consultation, a process which may enfeeble it. Whether it will be implemented at all remains to be seen.

The Conservatives have broken the taboo on discussing immigration. But what is still not being discussed are the practical measures that will be effective in diminishing it. That topic is still off limits – which means that it is surrounded by confusion, half-truths and spin. And that is not good for immigration policy. Or for democracy.
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Seven million foreigners living in Britain as immigration rises by a fifth
Tom Whitehead and Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 26 August 2011

The number of foreigners living in Britain has passed seven million for the first time after net immigration rose by a fifth. ...

Residents born overseas account for one in eight people after hitting 7,040,000 last year, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Some 239,000 more people moved here during 2010 than left, the fourth highest level on record, and a record one in four births were to foreign-born mothers. ...

Other figures yesterday showed that a record 241,000 people were granted settlement in 2010, while the number of illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers removed from the country hit a 10-year low with just 11,388 leaving between April and June this year. ...

There was also a renewed surge of migrants from Eastern Europe, with a net inflow of 39,000 last year, an eight-fold increase on 2009. ...

For the first time in 2010, more than a quarter of babies born during the year were born to foreign mothers.


Boom in migrant babies
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 26 August 2011

Three out of four babies born in some parts of Britain last year were born to foreign mothers, it emerged yesterday.

Across the country as a whole a migrant baby boom means that a record one in four births is to women who come from overseas - the highest proportion since records began in 1969.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics reveal that migrant mothers gave birth to 181,514 babies, 25.1 per cent of 723,165 newborns in 2010.

Newham in east London has the highest levels, with a staggering 75 per cent of all babies born to migrants. Most were from Poland, Pakistan and India.

In the same period British-born mothers gave birth to 10,000 fewer babies. In 2009 a total of 174,443 babies were born to migrant mothers - 24.7 per cent, of the total number. In 2000 it was 15.5 per cent, and 11.6 per cent in 1990.
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Net immigration up by more than 20%
Wesley Johnson
The Independent, 25 August 2011

Plummeting numbers of people leaving the UK to live abroad and the influx of migrants from Eastern Europe led to a 21% increase in net migration last year, figures showed today.

The number of people coming to the UK for more than a year, less the number leaving, hit 239,000, the second highest annual figure on record and the fourth highest figure for any 12-month period since records began.

Analysts and campaigners said it would make it "more difficult than ever" for the Government to fulfil its pledge to cut net migration to the tens of thousands by 2015.

The Government has no control over those leaving the UK and long-term emigration fell from 427,000 in 2008 to 336,000 last year, estimates from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed.

Long-term immigration remained constant overall at about 575,000, but the number of Poles and other eastern Europeans coming to the UK continued to rise.

Net migration from the so-called A8 countries which joined the EU in May 2004 - Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - rose almost eight-fold last year to 39,000 from 5,000 in 2009, the ONS said.

The number of Poles living in the UK has risen from 75,000 in 2003 to 532,000 at the end of last year, other ONS figures showed. ...

A record 241,000 migrants also settled permanently in the UK last year, largely because tens of thousands of asylum seekers whose cases were in a backlog were allowed to stay. ...

The increase to 239,000 from 198,000 in 2009 was the second highest year-end figure since records began in 1991, behind 245,000 in December 2004, but it was down slightly from 242,000 in the 12-months to September 2010.

It was also the fourth highest figure for any 12-month period on record, behind 260,000 in the year ending June 2005, 245,000 in the year ending December 2004, and 242,000 in the year ending September 2010.

Study remained the most common reason for those coming to the UK, with three in four of the 228,000 who came to the UK for study coming from outside the EU.
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Asylum system cost 'reaches £10bn'
The Guardian, 24 August 2011

Three out of four asylum seekers remain in the UK, with most staying illegally, campaigners have said.

Migration Watch UK said one in four of the 660,000 decisions made on asylum claims between 1997 and 2010 led to the applicant being removed.

The cost of the asylum system, including legal aid and court costs, has reached almost £10 billion - or £2 million a day - since 1999, the campaign group said.

In a study published ahead of the release of official statistics on Thursday, Migration Watch UK found that of the 660,000 cases decided in the 13-year period, 509,000 applicants remain in the UK, 243,000 legally and 266,000 illegally.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the campaign group, said: "The asylum system has proved to be a £10 billion shambles. Those who, like ourselves, are serious about protecting genuine refugees should be no less serious about removing bogus claimants and, better still, deterring them in the first place."

He continued: "The system needs to be much faster. Delays in the system leave the door open for appeals based on the right to family life without any consideration for the rights of society in general."

The analysis showed that some form of protection was granted in 243,000 cases, leaving 417,000 which were refused and should have left or been removed from the UK. But 36% (151,540) of those denied asylum were removed and a further 8,615 were later established to have left the country without notifying the authorities.

Some 266,000 have neither left nor been removed and are therefore presumed to remain in the UK illegally, Migration Watch UK said. It added that it was possible that some of these may have been granted indefinite leave to remain if they were included in the backlog of more than 400,000 so-called legacy cases.
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Minority babies almost the majority
Haya El Nasser
USA Today, 24 August 2011

White infants are on the verge of being displaced as the majority of newborns now that nearly half of babies in the USA are ethnic and racial minorities.

Only 50.2% of babies under age 1 are white and not Hispanic, according to the 2010 Census – a sharp decline from 57.6% just 10 years earlier.

"We are almost at a minority-majority infant population," says Brookings Institution demographer William Frey, who analyzed the latest Census data. "We probably have passed it since the Census was taken" in April 2010.

The number of states where minority babies dominate has doubled to 14 since 2000. The balance has tipped in big states such as New York, Florida, New Jersey and Georgia.

Minorities have been the majority in Texas and California nurseries for more than two decades. ...

Steady growth in the number of young U.S. Hispanics who have more children than whites is shrinking the ranks of non-Hispanic whites.

The shift is dramatic in states such as Florida and Nevada, where whites are in the minority among those younger than 38. A decade earlier, whites were the majority in all age groups in Florida and in Nevada, among all those above age 3.

In rural areas, the number of white children declined by more than 1 million or almost 10% from 2000 to 2010, says Kenneth Johnson, demographer at the University of New Hampshire's Carsey Institute. ...

The nationwide changes are redefining who is a minority and who is not.

"These little babies ... by the time they get to be in their 20s and 30s, the current racial and ethnic categories ... won't have anything close to the meaning that (they have) today," Frey says. "When they think about white majority, it'll be something in the history books."
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World population 'will reach 7bn this year'
Daily Telegraph, 18 August 2011

The world population will reach seven billion later this year, with increases in the number of people in Africa ofsetting falling birth rates elsewhere, according to a new study today.

The National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED) says the world's population has risen by a billion in 12 years. INED expects it to take a further 14 years to reach eight billion and predicts a continuing rise until the total stabilises between nine and 10 billion by the end of the century. The study pulls together research from the UN, the World Bank and major national institutes.


Migrant jobs boom: We're in last chance saloon, claims Iain Duncan Smith
Becky Barrow and Tim Shipman
Daily Mail, 18 August 2011

British jobs are now being taken by immigrants at a faster rate than under Labour, figures showed yesterday.

The number of British people of working age with jobs has plummeted by nearly 100,000 since David Cameron took office – but nearly 300,000 foreigners have found work. ...

The number of immigrant workers has reached a record 4.1 million, the figures from the Office for National Statistics show. ...

But the latest figures suggest that not only have immigrants taken all the jobs created in Britain over the past year, but they have pushed nearly 100,000 British people out of the workplace and on to benefits.

The only British-born people being successful in the jobs market are around 50,000 pensioners who have gone back to work because times are tight. When the over-65s are included in the figures, the number of British people with jobs has fallen by 50,000 over the past 12 months. ...

Between June 2010 and June 2011, the number of British-born workers aged between 16 and 64 slumped by 99,000.

But the number of those of working age with jobs who were born abroad soared by 278,000.

Yesterday Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the think-tank MigrationWatch, said: 'It is no longer possible to deny that immigration is affecting the prospects of British workers. The academic economists have been in denial for far too long.'
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Migrant housing costs '£1bn a year'
The Guardian, 17 August 2011

The cost of providing social housing for migrants who come to Britain will hit £1 billion a year for the next 25 years, campaigners say.

MigrationWatch UK said 45 extra homes would need to be built every day, the equivalent of 1,400 a month, with each one funded by a public sector grant of around £60,000.

As waiting lists for social housing have increased in England over the last eight years, the campaigners also found that migrants from outside the EU were more likely to live in social housing than those born in the UK.

Just 17% of those born in the UK require social housing, compared with 80% of migrants from Somalia, 49% of those from Turkey and 41% of those from Bangladesh.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said: "The impact of immigration on the availability of social housing for British people has been airbrushed out for too long.

"Either the Government must cut immigration very substantially as they have promised or they must invest very large sums in the construction of extra social housing."

Its report found the Government projected that the number of households in England would increase by 232,000 each year to 2033, but would be just 149,000 with no net migration.

This "implies that net immigration over this period will lead to 83,000 additional households each year", the campaign group said.

In its calculation, the report authors assumed that 20% of migrant households will need social housing, "in line with the proportion of migrants who already have social housing tenures now after living for five or more years in the UK" - the equivalent of 16,600 a year or 45 every day.

It also found that social housing units are currently funded "on average with around £60,000 of public sector grant", taking the total cost to about £1 billion a year.
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UK population grows at twice EU average: Migrant baby boom fuels 400,000 rise in one year
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 17 August 2011

Britain's population is growing at more than twice the European average.

The number living in the UK soared by 400,000 last year – almost a third of the increase across all 27 EU countries.

The rise is underpinned by high levels of migration and a baby boom itself brought about mainly by immigrants.

The figures from Eurostat, the statistical arm of the EU, are further evidence that England is becoming the most crowded country in Europe.

Projections show that Britain will have the highest population on the continent within 40 years, overtaking both Germany and France. ...

The figures will fuel concerns over the provision of housing and public services in crowded areas.

Transport, schools, water and energy supplies are all in increasing demand as the UK population heads toward the landmark figure of 70 million, which is expected to be reached in 25 years time.

The EU analysis reflects the findings of Whitehall officials in attributing two fifths of the population increase to immigration and three fifths to 'natural change' – the difference between numbers of babies born and the national death toll.

However a substantial share of the baby boom, which is producing birthrates which match the historic highs in the two decades after the Second World War, is largely a result of high migration.

Around one in four babies is born to a mother who was born outside UK.
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Theresa May: an obstacle on the road to reform
Stephen Pollard
Daily Telegraph, 17 August 2011
[Stephen Pollard is editor of 'The Jewish Chronicle']

It is a golden rule of politics that the received wisdom is usually wrong.


The received wisdom now is that, even though David Cameron has promised sweeping changes to fix Britain's "sick society", he is being held back by the Lib Dems, who are uneasy about his tough tone and support for tough justice. Yet this, too, is nonsense. Yes, there is a roadblock to reform – but it is manned not by the men in yellow, but by Cameron's own Home Secretary. ...

But it is not just as Home Secretary that Mrs May is acting as a block on reform. As Minister for Women and Equalities, she is responsible for the preposterous Equality and Human Rights Commission. Set up in 2006 at a cost of £70 million, it represents everything that a reforming government should want to remove.

Ignore, for the moment, its actual work. From day one, its accounting practices have been lax in the extreme. Three senior employees were made redundant at a cost of more than £500,000, then re-hired as consultants, a decision condemned by the National Audit Office. Another £870,000 was squandered on a website that didn't work. And the commissioners, most of whom are standard Left-wing quangocrats, are paid £500 a day. No wonder the NAO refused to sign off last year's accounts.

The commission's raison d'etre is to justify its own existence, by producing reports alleging prejudice, racism and inequality in all walks of life. Without such findings, it would have no purpose.

There could be no more obvious example of a deeply politicised quango that a Conservative government would want to abolish. Mrs May, however, thought otherwise. She has been so captured by the bureaucracy that she has refused to countenance abolition. ...

This is of a piece with her defence of Harriet Harman's Equality Act, a measure introduced last year almost solely to lay political landmines for the next government, by opening up decisions to judicial review on the grounds of their supposedly deleterious impact on equality. So costly and crippling was this Act that it should have been at the top of any list of legislation to be repealed.

Mrs May did make one change, removing the duty on the public sector to reduce socio-economic inequality. But she has championed the rest, including a public sector duty to promote equality (spot the contradiction with the repealed section) and the introduction of positive discrimination. All of this will be pushed forward by the EHRC, further (and spuriously) justifying its existence.
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Seven in 10 think there are too many migrants in Britain
Daily Telegraph, 5 August 2011

Seven in 10 Britons believe there are too many immigrants in the country, a poll reveals.

Three in four agreed that immigration has placed too much pressure on public services, while three in five agreed that it had made it harder for Britons to get jobs.

Just one in four thought immigration had been good for the economy, the survey of 1,000 people showed.

... Ashish Prashar, of Ipsos Mori who carried out the poll, said: "Clearly, people in Britain are concerned how immigration is affecting their employment opportunities; the strain on public services; and impact on a sluggish economy."

The Global @dvisor survey of more than 17,000 people in 23 countries showed that only Russians (77 per cent) and Belgians (72 per cent) were more likely than Britons (71 per cent) to agree that there were too many immigrants in their country.


'Explosive' population growth threatens developing nations, says UN
Kate Taylor
TG Daily, 29 July 2011

By the end of this year, there'll be seven billion people on the planet, a whole billion more than in 1999, according to new UN figures.

In 2011, approximately 135 million people will be born and 57 million will die, a net increase of 78 million people.

And between now and 2050, an estimated 2.3 billion more people will be added – nearly as many as inhabited the entire planet in 1950. By the end of the century, the population will reach 10.1 billion, says the Population Division of the UN's Department of Economic and Social Affairs.

Practically all the growth in the next 40 years - 97 percent - will take place in less developed regions, with just under half in Africa.

By contrast, the populations of more developed countries will remain flat - although they'll age, with fewer working-age adults to support the rest of us on our pensions.

It's an unprecedented global demographic upheaval, says professor David Bloom of the Harvard School of Public Health.

"Although the issues immediately confronting developing countries are different from those facing the rich countries, in a globalized world demographic challenges anywhere are demographic challenges everywhere," he says.

Naturally, there's considerable uncertainty about these projections. For some time, there's been a gradual decline in the number of births per woman - but if we all get a touch more enthusiastic about babies, the figures could be higher.

Depending on birthrate, the ranges for 2050 vary from 8.1 to 10.6 billion, and the 2100 projections vary from 6.2 to 15.8 billion.

Already under a lot of pressure for resources, many developing countries will likely face tremendous difficulties in supplying food, water, housing, and energy to their growing populations, with repercussions for health, security, and economic growth.

"The demographic picture is indeed complex, and poses some formidable challenges. Those challenges are not insurmountable, but we cannot deal with them by sticking our heads in the sand," says Bloom.

"We have to tackle some tough issues ranging from the unmet need for contraception among hundreds of millions of women and the huge knowledge-action gaps we see in the area of child survival, to the reform of retirement policy and the development of global immigration policy. It's just plain irresponsible to sit by idly while humankind experiences full force the perils of demographic change."
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1.8 million children sold for sex every year
Aoife Dowling
Irish Examiner, 22 July 2011

A petition was handed into the Leinster House yesterday calling for stricter legislation to be introduced on human trafficking which sees over 1.8 million children, some as young as seven, sold for sex every year.

The petition was launched by the Children's Rights Alliance and The Body Shop Ireland to raise awareness and vital funds for victims and people at risk of trafficking.

Children's Rights Alliance chief executive, Jillian van Turnhout, said Ireland is not immune from the crime of child trafficking.

"Recent reports have shown that Ireland is a destination, source and transit country for children subjected to sex trafficking," she said. "Over 500 children in the care of the state have gone missing since 2000 and it is feared that many may have been trafficked."

The petition was handed to Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald who said she was eager to actively support the campaign.

"Children and young people are shipped from state to state as modern slaves, indentured to a life of abuse, disease and violence," said Ms Fitzgerald.

According to the United Nations, human trafficking is the third-largest and fastest-growing criminal industry in the world.

The 1.8 million figure of sex trafficking offences is thought to be much higher due to the underground nature of the crime.
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Labour's anti-immigration guru
Mary Riddell
Daily Telegraph, 18 July 2011

Once, Maurice Glasman was a driving force of London Citizens and a reader in political theory at the Metropolitan University. Then came the unexpected peerage and Glasman's elevation to guru, leading policy adviser and Ed Miliband's magus. ... ...

On migration, to which Ed Miliband is giving much thought, Glasman has previously accused New Labour of lying about the extent of immigration. Now he goes further, arguing – in terms more radical than the Conservative front bench would dare use – that Britain should renegotiate the rules on European workers and freeze inward migration for EU and non-EU citizens, except where employers or universities make a case for a specific, skilled individual.

"We've got to reinterrogate our relationship with the EU on the movement of labour. The EU has gone from being a sort of pig farm subsidised bloc... to the free movement of labour and capital. It's legalistic, it's administrative, and it's no good. So I think we've got to renegotiate with the EU.

His call is to restrict immigration to necessary entrants such as highly skilled leaders, especially in vocational skills. "We might, for example, bring in German masters, as we did in the 15th and 16th centuries to renew guilds."

But exemptions should be made on a case-by-case basis? "Yes. We should absolutely do that... Britain is not an outpost of the UN. We have to put the people in this country first." Even if that means stopping immigration completely for a period? "Yes. I would add that we should be more generous and friendly in receiving those [few] who are needed. To be more generous, we have to draw the line."

As an advocate of the toughest curbs yet mooted on immigration, presumably he has some sympathy with Iain Duncan Smith's controversial call for British jobs for British workers. "Completely. The people who live here are the highest priority. We've got to listen and be with them. They're in the right place – it's us who are not."

This is not, he stresses, a xenophobic or divisive stance. As a veteran community organiser who works with all groups and races, he believes that integration and non-exploitation demand stable communities. None the less, the views of a figure so close to the Labour leadership may startle many in and outside the party.
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Migrant births hit record
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 14 July 2011

The number of babies born in the UK to foreign mothers has hit a record high, accounting for more than one in four births last year.

Figures published yesterday by the Office for National Statistics reveals 25.1 per cent – or 181,514 – of the 723,165 newborns in 2010 were from migrants.

The increase represents a rise of nearly 3,000 extra children from women born abroad on 2009. Most of the mothers were from Poland, Pakistan and India. In the same period British mothers giving birth fell by just under 10,000. Campaigners warn the growth places an intolerable strain on public services.

Gerard Batten, the Ukip MEP and home affairs spokesman, said: "These figures reinforce the need for the Government to take into account population trends when formulating immigration policy." Cathy Warwick, head of the Royal College of Midwives, said 4,700 extra staff were needed to deal with the rise in births.

Births to non UK-born women are at their highest since the nationality of mothers was first recorded in 1969. In 2009 the number of children born to foreigners was 24.7 per cent (174,443 births), in 2000 15.5 per cent and 11.6 percent in 1990.
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Three out of four new jobs go to foreign workers
Raf Sanchez
Daily Telegraph, 14 July 2011

More than three quarters of new workers in Britain in the last year were born overseas, official figures show.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said 334,000 foreign-born workers had taken up jobs in the past year, compared with 77,000 people born in Britain.

The employment rate for British nationals in the three months to March was around 71 per cent, the figures show, a rise of only 0.3 per cent compared with the same period last year.

Growth in employment for foreign workers was 2.2 per cent but the overall foreign employment rate was only 67.8 per cent. ...

Between 1997 and 2010, more than half of the rise in employment in the UK was accounted for by foreign nationals. ...

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said: "It is impossible to look at these figures which show a substantially greater increase in the foreign born workforce than in the British born workforce, without deducing that there has been a significant impact on the prospects for British workers.

"There is no point in being in denial about this.

"British employers surely have a responsibility to consider the wider implications of who they employ." ...

The ONS yesterday stressed that the figures for the number of non-UK born people includes individuals who were born outside the country, but also have British nationality.
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Britain is Europe's top destination for permanent migrants
Daniel Martin
Daily Mail, 13 July 2011

More immigrants settle permanently in Britain than any other country in Europe, a study revealed yesterday.

The latest figures showed that 397,900 foreigners decided to live here in 2009 – second in the world only to the U.S.

The figure marked a rise of 14 per cent from the previous year. It was the largest increase in the developed world, at a time when most countries saw dramatic falls in the number of permanent settlers.

The study, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, said the increase was largely down to family members coming to stay with those already in Britain, and the large number of foreign students living here. ...

The OECD report shows Britain is one of the only countries where the level of permanent migration increased in the years after the credit crunch.

The number of permanent migrants here is exceeded only by the U.S., where 1.1 million people settled permanently – up 2 per cent on the previous year.

France had only 178,700 new settlers – down 7 per cent – and Germany 197,500, down 13 per cent. In Ireland, the total fell by 42 per cent to 38,900.

The number of people settling in Britain has risen by more than 50 per cent since 2003.

The report by the OECD, which represents developed nations, said: 'Most countries saw declines in permanent migration in 2009, almost half showing falls of 10 per cent or more.'

It said Britain actually saw a fall of more than a quarter in the number of people coming for work, but the total of permanent settlers went up because those who had moved here on temporary visas opted to stay, 'especially but not exclusively international students'.

It added: 'This, along with increases in family migration and in movements for other reasons, more than offset what would have otherwise been a demand-induced decline.'
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Racial Quotas, Speech Codes, and the Thought Police [part 1]
Michael Barone
National Review Online, 7 July 2011

It's racially discriminatory to prohibit racial discrimination. That's the bottom line of a decision issued last Friday, just before the Fourth of July weekend, by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

The case was brought by an organization called By Any Means Necessary to overturn a state constitutional amendment passed by a 58 percent majority of Michigan voters in November 2006.

This was not BAMN's first challenge to the proposition. It staged a mini-riot in the secretary of state's office to try to block submission of the signatures that put the proposition on the ballot.

The ballot proposition, ..., banned racial discrimination by state colleges and universities and by state government generally. It is consistent with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and in line with the aims of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

Its chief goal was to ban the racial quotas and preferences long used in admissions by Michigan's state universities. The U.S. Supreme Court in 2003 overturned the explicit quotas used by the University of Michigan's undergraduate college but, in a controlling opinion by Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, approved the "holistic" admissions process of U of M's law school.

The Sixth Circuit ruling seems unlikely to stand. Its citation of Supreme Court precedents is unpersuasive. The proposition that a state's voters cannot ban racial discrimination seems palpably absurd.

But it does stand as a monument to the contortions that liberal lawyers and judges will go through to perpetuate the racial quotas and preferences that have become embedded in important parts of American life.

The first step in these contortions is to ignore the fact that any racial quota or preference violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Discriminating by race is racial discrimination, even if your intention is to help black people.

The next step is, as the Sixth Circuit panel did explicitly and Justice O'Connor did more surreptitiously, to close your eyes to the fact that racial quotas and preferences are being employed. The admissions directors and the corporate human-relations departments are just being, um, "holistic."

All of which is intellectually dishonest and corrosive to honest discourse.
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Racial Quotas, Speech Codes, and the Thought Police [part 2]
Michael Barone
National Review Online, 7 July 2011

In my view, the strongest argument against racial quotas and preferences is that they tend to cast a pall of illegitimacy over the achievements of the intended beneficiaries. ...

Within colleges and universities the existence of racial quotas and preferences, unacknowledged but understood by everyone, tends to make relations between blacks and whites more tense and distant. We see all-black dorms on campus, separate orientations for students of color, separate graduation ceremonies – everything but separate drinking fountains.

In addition, the obvious unfairness of racial quotas and preferences has led to the adoption of speech codes, to suppress any criticism and prohibit any statement that makes someone feel uncomfortable. Campuses that were once havens of free speech are now patrolled and regulated by thought police. Intellectual dishonesty has become a job requirement for university administrators.

The argument for racial quotas and preferences is that every sort of talent and ability is equally distributed among every conceivable category of persons, but that quotas and preferences are needed to identify qualified members of groups that were objects of discrimination in the past.

But the idea of equal distribution of talents and abilities, as Richard Herrnstein and Charles Murray showed definitively in their 1994 book The Bell Curve, is simply factually wrong.

The ordinary American knows this – and knows also that that is not a rational basis for discriminating against members of any group. It's not very hard to understand that beneath any group average there is a wide range of individual abilities.

Why are university and legal elites so determined to preserve racial quotas and preferences? One reason, I suspect, is that they can't bear to see lower percentages of blacks in the institutions they run than you find in the U.S. Army or many local police departments.

Such attitudes help explain the Sixth Circuit decision and indicate that, even if it is overturned, racial quotas and preferences will remain intact, if unacknowledged and disguised, in higher education.

In 2003, O'Connor suggested that we might need such policies for only another 25 years. I'm betting they'll be around a lot longer than that.
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UK population grew by half a million last year - the fastest rate for half a century
Daily Mail, 30 June 2011

The country's population rose by 470,000 last year, the highest annual growth rate for nearly 50 years, statistics released today showed.

Immigration accounted for almost half this number, the Office for National Statistics said.

The UK's population stood at 62.3 million in the year leading up to mid-2010, it revealed.

The figure was up 0.8 per cent on the previous year - the steepest climb since 1962 - helped by higher birth rates driven by an 'immigrant baby boom'. ...

Migration accounted for 230,000 of the increased population, with 574,000 immigrants coming to the country compared with 344,000 going overseas.

The number of migrants entering the UK has remained at similar levels seen over the past six years.

But there has been the fall in emigration of British citizens: figures from 2008-09 show that 386,000 left the UK in a 12-month period.

Meanwhile, natural change (the difference between the number of births and the number of deaths) accounted for 52 per cent of the growth in the year to mid-2010.

This has in part been caused by an 'immigrant baby boom' caused by higher-than-average birth rates among migrant mothers.

The ONS findings show that past migration has contributed to the increase in annual births in the UK since 2002 due to the increasing population of non UK-born women who tend to have more children than their UK-born counterparts. ...

Last month, ONS figures showed the number of people from minority backgrounds who live in England and Wales went up by 2.5 million in eight years.

Estimates said that 1.75 million of the rise came about because of immigration, while 734,000 was the result of rising birthrates.

The increases meant the minority population increased by 37 per cent between 2001 and 2009.

According to the Office for National Statistics, one in six of the population is now from an ethnic minority or white non-British background.

In the eight-year period studied, the population of white foreigners rose by 550,000 as Eastern Europeans and migrants from Commonwealth countries poured in.

Numbers grew by a further two million with people from black and Asian backgrounds thanks to immigration, rising birthrates, and asylum seeking.
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Asian-born Australians may soon outnumber whites, says government study
John Dagge
Christian Science Monitor, 28 June 2011

Asian-born Australians are on the brink of overtaking their European-born counterparts for the first time in the country's history. More than 2 million Asians now call Australia home, according to new figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). The number of Asians in Australia has almost doubled in a decade, from 1.03 million in mid-2000 to 2.1 million in the middle of last year. Around half ... have come as students, the remainder as skilled migrants or through family reunification programs.

This in a country that formerly drafted immigration policy in an effort to protect against the "yellow peril."

To be sure, Australia still battles racism.

But the raw numbers cannot be denied: The number of Chinese-born people in Australia has more than doubled from 148,000 to 380,000 in the decade to June last year. The number of Indian-born residents has more than tripled during the same period, from 96,000 to 340,000. The biggest population lives in Melbourne where they have pushed out Italians to form the largest non-Anglo community.

"Close to 1 in 10 people in Australia are born in Asia," says Bob Birrell, a director at Monash University's Centre for Population and Urban Research. "There is nothing like that in other countries including the US or Canada, which are considered highly multicultural. It is a massive shift and it has happened over a very short time span."

The ABS data measured residents, meaning not all those counted will become citizens.

Indeed, Australia has moved to tighten student visa rules that previously provided a pathway to permanent residency. The changes have seen Indian student numbers decline sharply over the past 18 months. Still, close to 28 percent of Australians were born outside the country at the end of June last year, up from 23 percent a decade earlier. Chinese, Indian, and Vietnamese populations have been among the largest immigrant communities.

It's an incredible transformation for a country that ran a "white Australia" immigration policy until the early 1970s – a policy that overwhelmingly targeted Asians. In 1947, just 0.3 percent of Australians had been born in Asia. Last year, the figure stood at 9 percent. European-born Australians make up 10.8 percent of the country's 22.6 million people – a long way from the 17 percent they represented several decades ago. ...

But the main concern, says Swinburne University of Technology sociologist Katharine Betts, has more to do with the number of people arriving – Australia is undergoing its fastest population boom since the end of World War II, with a growth rate that peaked in late 2008 at double the world average – rather than where they are coming from.

"The angst is really about population growth above race or ethnicity," says Ms. Betts. "Over the past couple of years Australians have really become pretty distressed about the rapid growth in immigration, particularly in the major cities. They see that infrastructure has not kept up. They see clogged highways, overcrowded hospitals, public transport under pressure, and rising housing costs and there is a lot of concern about that."
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Population in the UK will hit 70m even earlier than feared thanks to 'immigrant baby boom'
Daily Mail, 27 June 2011

Runaway migration will drive the UK population above 70 million in 15 years – three years earlier than previously predicted.

In 2009 official estimates predicted it would take 20 years to reach this landmark level, a figure the Prime Minister has said the nation must not reach.

But the latest calculation suggests it could hit 70.4 million in 2026, placing huge pressure on public services and housing.

The projection was compiled by the House of Commons library after questions by Tory MP James Clappison.

It assumes net migration - the difference between numbers arriving and leaving - remained around its current record level of 240,000 a year.

Ministers pledged to cut it to the 'tens of thousands' by 2015.

Two-thirds of the population rise is due to immigration, including an 'immigrant baby boom' caused by higher-than-average birth rates among migrant mothers. ...

It shows the population, now thought to be around 62.8 million, will rise to 65 million in 2016, 67 million in 2020 and 69 million in 2024.

The vast majority of the population increase would be in England.

Today's figures show that even if net migration fell to an average of 180,000 a year, the population will hit 70 million in 2029.
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Cameron has finally woken up to the disaster that is immigration. But he's left it too late [part 1]
Iain Martin
Daily Mail, 25 June 2011

There are moments in the life of a government when the penny finally drops. When ministers realise a policy in an important area isn't working and isn't likely to either.

That moment has come for the Conservatives in relation to a subject their leader was much too keen to avoid in opposition: mass immigration and its deeply worrying implications.

David Cameron always feared his party being labelled 'nasty' if he mentioned immigration too much in the party's botched general election campaign last year.

Indeed, he avoided it until the last of the three televised leaders' debates.

Only then did he speak with clarity and conviction about it, but by that point it was far too late to persuade voters that he was seriously prepared to tackle the problem of our open borders.

But once in Downing Street, Cameron was confronted by research from his personal pollster, Andrew Cooper, which confirmed the true extent of public concern about high levels of immigration.

Ironically, Cooper was one of the very modernisers in the Tory Party who did not want Cameron to be tainted – as he saw it – by being seen as tough on immigration in the run-up to the election.

But now he has changed his tune – and taken the Prime Minister along with him.

In fact, Cooper has recently become messianic on the subject, telling colleagues in recent weeks that the Government's failure to reduce the numbers of immigrants flocking to Britain will badly damage Cameron's reputation.

And as the problem worsens, the electorate will only get more angry, jeopardising the Prime Minister's dreams of a second term.

It speaks volumes that voters' concerns about immigration should come as a revelation to some in No 10, when for years it has been obvious to millions outside the Westminster village that Britain's loss of control of its borders has been a disaster of historic proportions.

Labour's criminally reckless open-door policy has meant more than 5.2 million immigrants arriving on our shores since 1997. When the departures of those moving abroad are taken into account, it has left the foreign-born population in the UK an incredible 3.2 million higher.

Future historians will be astonished that a once-great country subjected itself to such a sudden and socially unsustainable rise in population.

And what is worrying Downing Street is whether they can do anything about it. Under pressure from Tory MPs to say something about immigration in the run-up to the election, Cameron committed himself to reducing net migration to the 'tens of thousands'.

But it is becoming horrifyingly clear that Cameron will not manage to get immigration below even 100,000 a year at the present rate of progress.

The Migration Observatory at Oxford University calculated this week that around 165,000 immigrants will still be arriving every year come 2015. The latest figures for the year to last September showed immigration actually going up, with 242,000 net arrivals.
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Cameron has finally woken up to the disaster that is immigration. But he's left it too late [part 2]
Iain Martin
Daily Mail, 25 June 2011

Of course, a sensible amount of immigration would aid the dynamism of the economy, with talented people from abroad opting to come and work here. But that is not what has happened.

At the current astonishing rates of growth, the independent Office for National Statistics now estimates that the British population will rise from 61.8 million today to more than 70 million in 2026 – three years earlier than it has hitherto forecast. And a staggering 68 per cent of the rise will be attributable to immigration.

To put that in perspective, it is the equivalent of adding eight cities the size of Birmingham to the UK in just 15 years. Our leaders have no idea where all these new citizens are going to be housed nor how the already failing school system and struggling NHS are going to cope with them. Already, as we heard this week, a million children in British schools have English as their second language.

Inside Government, this is all causing something approaching panic. One worried minister described immigration to me as 'the iceberg' that could eventually sink the Government. There is also mounting concern that the welfare reforms simply won't work if immigration continues at its current pace.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is implementing a programme to get some of the five million on benefits fit for work, but he is worried that migration could render it largely ineffective.

Unsurprisingly, many businesses prefer to employ ambitious, hardworking incomers rather than long-term unemployed Britons. This has meant that nine out of ten new jobs go to migrants.

If the flow of fresh arrivals continues, the fear is that bosses will continue to choose them rather than help get Britons off benefits.

What an appalling mess. A PM who could have won a majority had he focused more in the election campaign on immigration and other traditional Tory topics such as crime, controls on the welfare state and education reform now belatedly accepts the full seriousness of the situation.

His problem is that he is in coalition with the pro-immigration Lib Dems, who are hampering attempts to bring the situation back under control. ...

Then there is the Human Rights Act. The Daily Mail reported last week that there are 3,200 criminals, failed asylum seekers and benefit tourists who cannot be kicked out because of their right to a family life. A Bolivian even said he couldn't be forced to leave because he has a British cat. A Sri Lankan thief won the right to stay because he has a girlfriend here.

Even if the PM tried to repeal the Human Rights Act, he couldn't. The Lib Dems wouldn't allow it.

Cameron could try to crack down hard on the biggest source of immigration, the 75 per cent or so who come here from outside the EU. He could opt for much tougher measures on work permits, sham marriages, bogus students and by heavily fining companies who employ any of the one million illegal immigrants. But again, Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems wouldn't have it.

Perhaps one day a British leader will be prepared to opt out of the EU's free movement directives and to properly police our borders. But don't hold your breath for David Cameron to do it. Tragically, it simply isn't going to happen under this pantomime horse of a Coalition Government.
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Third of foreign workers are not recorded in migration count
Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2011

At least a third of foreign workers in England and Wales are not included in figures tracking annual net migration, a report has suggested.

According to the research by the Office for National Statistics, migrants who stay for less than a year are not counted in official estimates, but were "a significant part of the migrant workforce" between 2004 and 2009.

The report found that 97,000 short-term migrant workers came to England and Wales in the year to mid-2009, but were not included in the official tally of those staying for more than a year, which was 168,000. ...

The figures, from the International Passenger Survey, show that "employment-related short-term migration makes up a significant proportion of the migrant workforce in England and Wales", the ONS report said.


Million pupils with poor English
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 23 June 2011

Almost one million schoolchildren speak English as a second language, official figures show, leading to claims that mass immigration is placing a "huge strain" on the education system.

A record one in six pupils in primary schools and one in eight in secondary education speak another language at home, it was disclosed.

The proportion of children starting school with a relatively poor grasp of English has doubled in just over a decade. ...

Some 16.8 per cent of primary pupils speak other languages at home in 2010-11, compared with 16 per cent a year earlier. In secondary schools, 12.3 per cent of pupils speak English as a second language, up from 11.6 per cent last year.

In total, 957,500 children aged five to 16 speak other languages in primary, secondary and special schools, compared with 905,600 in 2009-10.


The Netherlands to Abandon Multiculturalism
Soeren Kern
Hudson New York, 23 June 2011

The Dutch government says it will abandon the long-standing model of multiculturalism that has encouraged Muslim immigrants to create a parallel society within the Netherlands.

A new integration bill (covering letter and 15-page action plan), which Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner presented to parliament on June 16, reads: "The government shares the social dissatisfaction over the multicultural society model and plans to shift priority to the values of the Dutch people. In the new integration system, the values of the Dutch society play a central role. With this change, the government steps away from the model of a multicultural society."

The letter continues: "A more obligatory integration is justified because the government also demands that from its own citizens. It is necessary because otherwise the society gradually grows apart and eventually no one feels at home anymore in the Netherlands. The integration will not be tailored to different groups."

The new integration policy will place more demands on immigrants. For example, immigrants will be required to learn the Dutch language, and the government will take a tougher approach to immigrants to ignore Dutch values or disobey Dutch law.

The government will also stop offering special subsidies for Muslim immigrants because, according to Donner, "it is not the government's job to integrate immigrants." The government will introduce new legislation that outlaws forced marriages and will also impose tougher measures against Muslim immigrants who lower their chances of employment by the way they dress. More specifically, the government will impose a ban on face-covering Islamic burqas as of January 1, 2013. ...

But polls show that a majority of Dutch voters support the government's skepticism about multiculturalism. According to a Maurice de Hond poll published by the center-right newspaper Trouw on June 19, 74 percent of Dutch voters say immigrants should conform to Dutch values. Moreover, 83 percent of those polled support a ban on burqas in public spaces. ...

There are now an estimated 1.2 million Muslims in the Netherlands, which is equivalent to about 6 percent of the country's overall population. Moroccans and Turks comprise nearly two-thirds of all Muslims in the Netherlands. Most Muslims live in the four major cities of the country: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht.

As their numbers grow, Muslim immigrants have become increasingly more assertive in carving out a role for Islam within Dutch society. For example, a documentary aired by the television program Netwerk in June 2009 reported that Dutch law was being systematically undermined by the growth of Sharia justice in the Netherlands.

In December 2004, the Dutch Ministry of the Interior published a 60-page report titled From Dawa to Jihad. Prepared by the Dutch intelligence agency AIVD, the report says that the Netherlands is home to up to 50,000 radical Muslims whose key ideological aim is to target the Western way of life and to confront Western political, economic, and cultural domination.

The report concludes that Dutch society is poorly equipped to resist the threat of radical Islam because of "a culture of permissiveness" that has become synonymous with "closing one's eyes" to multiple transgressions of the law.
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One in four primary school pupils are from an ethnic minority and almost a million schoolchildren do not speak English as their first language
Kate Loveys
Daily Mail, 22 June 2011

More than a quarter of primary school children are from an ethnic minority – an increase of almost half a million since 1997, it emerged yesterday.

The Government's annual school census painted a picture of a changing Britain where schools are under mounting pressure from mass immigration.

In some areas, only 8 per cent of primary pupils are from a white British background. Nearly one million children aged five to 16 – 957,490 – speak English as a second language, up from almost 800,000 five years ago.

And 26.5 per cent of primary pupils – 862,735 – are from an ethnic minority. When Labour took office in 1997, the total was 380,954. At secondary level, the total of ethnic minority children – 723,605 – has risen from 17.7 per cent to 22.2 per cent in five years.

The biggest group of ethnic minority pupils were Asians, making up 10 per cent of primary pupils and 8.3 per cent of secondary pupils.

The number from 'other white backgrounds' in primaries has almost doubled since 2004 – from 74,500 to 136,880 – reflecting arrivals from Eastern Europe and other new EU member states.

In Manchester, Bradford, Leicester and Nottinghamshire white British primary pupils are in a minority. And in Luton just 30 per cent are classified as white British.

In some London boroughs, such as Newham, only 8 per cent of children up to the age of 11 are from a white British background. ...

Overall, 24 per cent of children in primary and secondary schools are of an ethnic minority – 1,586,340.

The DfE classification of 'white British' does not include Irish, traveller, gipsy or Roma pupils.

n A record number of parents are lodging appeals after their children were refused places at their primary school of choice. DfE figures show there were 42,070 such appeals in 2009/10 – a 10.5 per cent rise on the year before and a doubling since 2005/6. Immigration and families trying to get into sought-after schools have been blamed.
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Tougher immigration reforms 'not enough' to meet Cameron's target
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2011

The population will still be rising by 167,000 a year in four years' time because of immigration, according to research by Oxford University academics.

The Migration Observatory warned that David Cameron would miss his 2015 target of cutting immigration levels to the "tens of thousands" because planned reforms do not go far enough.

The Prime Minister has promised to reduce net immigration – the difference between those arriving and those leaving the country – to below 100,000 by the end of the parliament.

But the figure is currently 242,000 a year and an analysis by the Migration Observatory warned that planned cuts in a number of visa regimes would only get Mr Cameron halfway towards his target.

It is a further headache for the Government, which has seen net immigration flows increase for five quarters in a row and hit a six-year high.


America's New Racists
Walter E. Williams, the John M. Olin distinguished professor of economics at George Mason University, 21 June 2011

The late South African economist William Hutt, in his 1964 book, The Economics of the Colour Bar, said that one of the supreme tragedies of the human condition is that those who have been the victims of injustices and oppression "can often be observed to be inflicting not dissimilar injustices upon other races."

Born in 1936, I've lived through some of our openly racist history, which has included racist insults, beatings and lynchings. Tuskegee Institute records show that between the years 1880 and 1951, 3,437 blacks and 1,293 whites were lynched. I recall my cousin's and my being chased out of Fishtown and Grays Ferry, two predominantly Irish Philadelphia neighborhoods, in the 1940s, not stopping until we reached a predominantly black North or South Philly neighborhood.

Today all that has changed. Most racist assaults are committed by blacks. What's worse is there're blacks, still alive, who lived through the times of lynching, Jim Crow laws and open racism who remain silent in the face of it.

Last year, four black Skidmore College students yelled racial slurs while they beat up a white man because he was dining with a black man. Skidmore College's first response was to offer counseling to one of the black students charged with the crime. In 2009, a black Columbia University professor assaulted a white woman during a heated argument about race relations. According to interviews and court records obtained and reported by Denver's ABC affiliate (12/4/2009), black gangs roamed downtown Denver verbally venting their hatred for white victims before assaulting and robbing them during a four-month crime wave. Earlier this year, two black girls beat a white girl at a McDonald's, and the victim suffered a seizure. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel ordered an emergency shutdown of the beaches in Chicago because mobs of blacks were terrorizing families. According to the NBC affiliate there (6/8/2011), a gang of black teens stormed a city bus, attacked white victims and ran off with their belongings.

Racist black attacks are not only against whites but also against Asians. In San Francisco, five blacks beat an 83-year-old Chinese man to death. They threw a 57-year-old woman off a train platform. Two black Oakland teenagers assaulted a 59-year-old Chinese man; the punching knocked him to the ground, killing him. ...

In many of these brutal attacks, the news media make no mention of the race of the perpetrators. If it were white racist gangs randomly attacking blacks, the mainstream media would have no hesitation reporting the race of the perps. Editors for the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the Chicago Tribune admitted to deliberately censoring information about black crime for political reasons. Chicago Tribune Editor Gerould Kern recently said that the paper's reason for censorship was to "guard against subjecting an entire group of people to suspicion." ...

Black silence in the face of black racism has to be one of the biggest betrayals of the civil rights struggle that included black and white Americans.
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Migrants take 9 out of 10 jobs, says Field
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2011

In the first year of the Coalition, 87 per cent of the 400,000 newly created jobs have gone to immigrants – as Britons fail to chase work, according to new official figures uncovered by the Labour MP. Under previous Labour administrations the figure was about 80 per cent. ...

Conservative ministers were also previously highly critical of the last government's failure to secure new jobs for British workers and the latest figures are likely to embarrass David Cameron. Companies are thought to be turning to foreign workers to fill vacancies because of a dearth of adequately qualified or motivated Britons.


Judges launch scathing attack on the 'abusive' way migrants exploit appeals and say most cases have no merit
James Slack
Daily Mail, 20 June 2011

Judges have made an unprecedented attack on the 'wholly abusive' way that immigrants are exploiting the British legal system.

The Judges Council said that, for some types of appeal, a staggering 85 per cent of cases did not have any 'merit'.

They have either been 'dreamt up' by lawyers seeking to line their own pockets, or are a blatant last-ditch attempt to stop deportations taking place.

Many – including appeals made by foreign criminals – are brought under the controversial Article 8 of Labour's Human Rights Act – the 'right to a family and private life'.

And despite the rampant exploitation of the system, the taxpayer is writing legal cheques worth £12 million a year for immigration cases. Effectively – and farcically – the British Government is picking up the bill for the thwarting of its own attempts to control immigration.

In a single year, the public funded a staggering 37,300 immigration appeals, according to Ministry of Justice figures seen by the Mail. It is the equivalent of more than 100 cases every day.

Justice officials say the legal aid is being spent on 'advice on how to get a visa to enter the UK, or how to avoid being deported once they're here'.

It includes advice to immigrants from Europe looking to work in Britain, and migrants from outside Europe who want to study, get work experience or join their families who have emigrated to the UK.

In a devastating letter to Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke, the Judges Council of England and Wales – which speaks for the judiciary – paints a picture of appalling abuse. The judges say that, out of 12,500 judicial review claim forms issued in the Administrative Court in 2010, about 7,500 concerned asylum or immigration.

The claims have been considered – and dismissed – by the Secretary of State and at least one immigration tribunal, making the judicial review a 'second or sometimes the third or fourth bite of the cherry'.

The judges' letter to Mr Clarke goes on: 'Most claims fail, most of the claims which fail are without merit, and many are wholly abusive of the court's process.

'When the claim itself is publicly funded, two sets of publicly funded costs will be incurred – all irrecoverable. No-one derives any legitimate benefit from this litigation. ...

One senior immigration judge, Sir Anthony May, said most claims he heard were the third or fourth time a person had been to a tribunal. They are brought by failed asylum seekers trying to block their removal at the last minute.
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Off Target: Government policies are not on track to reducing net-migration to the tens of thousands by 2015
The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, 20 June 2011

The Government's efforts to reduce net migration are built around the restriction of three migration inflow routes for non-EU nationals – work, study and family – and one primary effort to boost outflows of non-EU nationals – changes to settlement policy designed to "break the link" between short-term migration and settlement. (One other effort to boost outflows has also been introduced in the form of changes to the post study work route, though this is considerably smaller than the changes to settlement policy).

Of the inflows, students account for the largest proportion – around 60 per cent of non-EU immigration in 2009 with the work route and family route contributing approximately 20 per cent each. The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended that for the government to reach its target of reducing net migration to less than 100,000 each of these routes of non-EU inflows should deliver a proportionate cut in numbers – therefore 20 per cent of the required cuts to non EU net migration should come from each of the work and family routes, and 60 per cent should come from the student route.

Working on the basis of the latest ONS migration estimates, which estimate UK net migration to be 242,000 in the year up to September 2010, this would require the government to reduce net migration by a total of 142,000 to achieve the target of net migration reaching the "tens of thousands". The inability of the Government to control the movement of EU (including British) citizens means that the 142,000 reduction in net-migration must be achieved by reductions to non-EU net migration. If each of the work, study and family inflow routes for non-EU nationals takes a proportionate share in this required cut, the respective reductions in net migration would have to be as follows:

• Students: 85,200

• Work: 28,400

• Family: 28,400

If we assume that, without any policy changes, net-migration would continue to grow over the next few years, the required overall reduction in non-EU net-migration would need to be greater than 142,000 in order to achieve the tens of thousands objective by 2015. This means that the required cuts for each of the three routes would need to be greater than the figures given above. ...

In summary, based on the government's own impact assessments, the changes to the work and student routes are expected to reduce net-migration by 67,000 by 2015 (56,000 students with their dependents and 11,000 work migrants including their dependents).

If we assume that net-migration of family unification will be reduced by about 8,000 (a generous assumption) the total achieved reductions in net-migration of non-EU nationals by 2015 would be around 75,000 relative to what would happen to net-migration without any policy change. Assuming modest increases in net-migration without policy change (an assumption also made in the government's impact assessments), this constitutes roughly about half of the reduction in non-EU net migration required by 2015. This estimate is based on a number of generous assumptions, so it is more likely to be an over-estimate rather than an under-estimate. The actual achieved reduction in Non-EU net-migration may well be less than 75,000. ...
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Just what does it mean to be called British these days? [part 2]
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 13 June 2011

It is a bizarre irony that in the name of liberal tolerance towards immigration we are now importing a new kind of gross intolerance which is utterly inimical to British values.

In the East London borough of Tower Hamlets, for instance, where there is a large Muslim population, gangs of zealots now roam the streets posing as a self-appointed moral police, demanding that women wear the veil and that gay pubs be closed.

Mass immigration has also meant the destruction of the social contract on which the benefits system, the NHS and many of our public services are based. The founding principle was one of reciprocity: people would be provided with welfare, education or healthcare in return for their contributions to British society through tax, national insurance, work or caring for others.

But now that ethic has been shattered. We are now forced to support millions of people who have absolutely no connection to Britain, such as the 12-strong Ethiopian family recently given a huge house in East London at a cost to the taxpayer of more than £75,000 a year.

The political elite tries to assuage the justifiable anger of the British by peddling deceitful propaganda such as the false claim that immigration has boosted our economy.

Actually it has done just the opposite, dragging down wages and imposing a crippling burden on our infrastructure.

An even greater myth beloved of the Left is that Britain is "a nation of immigrants" so there is supposedly nothing unique about the modern influx from Asia and Africa. But this is just a lie.

In fact Britain was until the Seventies one of the most homogenous nations. Moreover the small numbers that arrived here, such as Irish labourers, or Jewish or French refugees fleeing religious persecution, were steeped in the Judeo-Christian culture that built our civilisation.

It was because Britain was so homogenous that it was so successful. But now we are a nation riven by ethnic divisions where patriotism is regarded with suspicion and all public policy is viewed through the prism of race.

In a land where the once uplifting ideal of national pride has been transmuted into nothing more than xenophobia decline is inevitable.
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Just what does it mean to be called British these days? [part 1]
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 13 June 2011

The nation state is the greatest vehicle ever invented by mankind for the promotion of democracy and prosperity.

That is because it is essentially an extension of the family with citizens enjoying a shared sense of belonging, unity and heritage.

The tragedy of modern Britain is that our traditional identity is under remorseless political attack.

Mass immigration, the dogma of multiculturalism and the growing power of the European Union have conspired to undermine our British nationhood.

Our once unified country is in danger of becoming nothing more than a land mass filled with disparate peoples.

Despite the opposition of the vast majority of the British public the transformation of our society appears to be gathering pace.

In the year to March 2011 no fewer than 586,000 immigrants were granted entry, the vast majority from Asia and Africa. It was by far the highest total in our history, more than 10 times the average level of immigration in the Eighties.

As border controls weaken so the concept of British citizenship is becoming increasingly meaningless. The right to hold a British passport used to be cherished but today that privilege has been utterly devalued.

According to figures released last week 203,600 British passports were dished out to immigrants, a 57 per cent increase on the figure for 2008. It is the same dismal story in other aspects of our porous immigration system.

Earlier this month a Parliamentary committee revealed that the Home Office had effectively granted an amnesty to 160,000 bogus refugees, allowing them to settle here permanently and claim benefits.

The Government is so enfeebled that it cannot even deport even the most undesirable foreigners.

It has been reported that more than 100 serious foreign criminals last year exploited human rights laws to escape deportation.

Among those allowed to remain here is a violent drug dealer from Trinidad, a Nepalese killer and a Bolivian whom judges decided could not be sent home because he had bought himself a pet cat. Such madness is likely to worsen as Britain sinks deeper within the EU and the last vestiges of immigration controls are obliterated.

There will soon be a vast new influx of arrivals from Bulgaria and Romania once the citizens of those two member states are allowed to travel and settle anywhere in Europe without restrictions, as the Brussels Parliament recommended last week.

Even worse more than 70 million Turkish Muslims will have the right to come to Britain if Turkey is granted EU membership, as the coalition wants.

What we are witnessing is a grotesque form of assisted national suicide.

In the brave new world of uncontrolled immigration and EU rule the very concept of Britishness is an irrelevance. All solidarity disappears, replaced by bewilderment and distrust.

All around us we can see the dire consequences of the immigration free-for-all, whether it be the spread of sharia law or the prevalence of violent gangs in our inner cities or the rise of Islamic extremism.
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UK's 204,000 passports giveaway
Tom Morgan
Daily Express, 11 June 2011

Britain handed out passports at the "astonishing" rate of almost two every five minutes to make it the most open country in Europe to immigrants.

New research showed yesterday that an incredible 204,000 foreign nationals won British citizenship in 2009 – the highest across the continent.

That is 50 per cent more than second-placed France which let 136,000 become citizens.

It is more than double the 96,000 given the right to become German. Both countries are vastly bigger than the UK.

The figures, from the EU's statistical wing Eurostat, came in the week the same body released predictions that the UK would leapfrog France and Germany to become the most populated EU country by 2060.

An estimated 79 million people would be crammed in. ...

Yesterday's figures revealed that UK passports were handed to more one in four of the 776,000 new citizens welcomed into the EU in 2009.

The EU total marked a 77,000 rise – 11 per cent – on the previous 12 months. The figure of 203,600 ushered into the UK was 74,000 – 57 per cent – up on the 2008 figure of 129,300.

The huge rise can be partially accounted for by the "virtual amnesty" granted to asylum seekers whose files were discovered in a backlog of nearly 450,000 applications in 2006.

The majority of those getting British passports were Indians with 13 per cent – 26,500 – followed by 21,000 Pakistanis and 12,000 from both Bangladesh and the Philippines.
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17m more to swamp open-door UK
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 9 June 2011

Britain will squeeze in 79 million people by 2060 to become the most heavily populated country in the EU, experts warned yesterday.

Despite being far smaller than Germany and France, the UK will leapfrog them in population size and add 17 million citizens because of immigration and soaring numbers of pensioners.

The figures, published by EU statisticians, revealed an estimated 27 per cent rise which will fuel concerns that public services will be overwhelmed.

They underline warnings about the UK's ticking pensions timebomb by showing that the number of people who are 65 and older is set to rocket from 11.8 million to almost 20 million.

But net immigration – the number entering the country minus those leaving – will still be the main driver for population growth.

The EU statistical office, Eurostat, says more than half the UK increase – 10 million people – will be as a direct consequence of immigration.

The statistics will add to mounting anger over Britain's open-door immigration policy. According to official figures, 1,440 migrants currently move here every day.

Tory MP Nicholas Soames, who formed the Balanced Migration campaign group with Labour's Frank Field, is calling for a limit on the UK population to be held at 65 million.

He said: "We have seen this coming. The Government needs to control the whole immigration structure a lot more carefully. We have to monitor the number of people coming and going in fine detail."

Gerard Batten MEP, UKIP's immigration spokesman, said: "These figures are truly frightening for a geographically small country like the UK. This level of population growth is simply unsustainable.

"The UK faces ever increasing pressure on its housing, roads, transport systems, education and health services, and its infrastructure and public services generally.

"Without mass immigration the UK population would stabilise and then slightly decline to a more manageable level."
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Scandal of illegals freed onto streets to clear the backlog
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 6 June 2011

Britain's shambolic immigration system was exposed in a scathing attack by a civil service whistleblower yesterday.

The source described the chaos at the UK Border Agency as officials struggle to keep pace with the number of new arrivals and a backlog of old cases.

Lacklustre security measures around the Calais port area and the Channel Tunnel are just the tip of the iceberg, he said.

Systems for handling asylum seekers and issuing work permits and student visas were all flawed. The source claimed that behind the scenes the agency is resorting to desperate measures to conceal its failure to cope.

He said illegal immigrants in detention centres are graded according to how dangerous they are perceived to be to the public. Those seen as low-risk are usually released when centres fill up and then "lost" by the authorities.

He said: "In detention centres, we have something called a 'harm matrix'. All detainees get graded A, B or C. When we're full up, we let out some Bs and Cs. The scale of the problem is beyond anything people have heard. The official figures are all a sham. The situation is unmanageable."

The official, who has worked at UKBA for several years, claims the immigration system is in even more disarray than it was under Labour, as budget cuts threaten to undermine controls further.

Shadow Home Office Minister Gerry Sutcliffe said: "These are very serious allegations from within the UK Border Agency.

"People want to know that immigration rules are being properly enforced."
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Asylum seekers escape deportation by claiming human right to family life
Alasdair Palmer and David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 5 June 2011

Tens of thousands of asylum seekers have been granted British residency under a controversial law allowing them to stay because they have a family in this country.

It emerged last week that 161,000 foreigners had been allowed to remain in Britain as the Government sought to clear a backlog of asylum applications. It was thought the majority were awarded residency because of a legitimate right to remain, but a senior UK Border Agency (UKBA) source has disclosed that officials generally decided not to refuse applications wherever the asylum seeker invoked Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which guarantees the "right to family life". This was the decisive factor in winning the right to stay, the source said, rather than evidence they were fleeing persecution. The Home Office also admitted some of those granted leave to remain were criminals whose Article 8 rights were deemed to "trump" the public interest in deporting them.


We're fighting a losing battle over asylum seekers
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 5 June 2011

Seventy per cent of applications for asylum in the UK are rejected. But only one in 10 of those who apply for asylum here will be deported. Although some of the failed asylum seekers go home voluntarily, most of the rest end up staying. Whatever you think about whether we grant too many people asylum, that represents a defeat for the system – and a defeat for the rule of law.

The law says that most of those who settle here after applying for asylum should not be allowed to stay. But stay they do – and after about five years, their initially illegal settlement is endorsed by both the state and the courts. That's why, last week, the Home Affairs Select Committee condemned the situation as "indefensible".

Why isn't the law being enforced? Part of the answer is that we are not very good at keeping tabs on people once they have lodged a claim for asylum. About 20 per cent of the 403,500 people who have applied over the past decade have disappeared: no government official knows whether they have stayed or left the UK. But in asylum's upside-down world, that's "resolving" their claim.

Our asylum law is also full of loopholes, the biggest of which has been made by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights: our old friend, the "right to family life". If you seek asylum, and you manage to have children here, you gain the right to stay: the children are entitled to live here because they were born here, and the state does not have the right to separate you from them, which is what would happen if it sent you back to your country of origin.

Senior officials at the UK Border Agency, the government organisation responsible for policing immigration and asylum, tell me that the right to family life is the reason why tens of thousands of asylum seekers have been granted leave to remain here permanently without any contest – even though it believes their asylum claims are bogus. There hasn't, as the Select Committee suggested, been a decision to grant a general amnesty. It is simply that the agency's lawyers have looked at the cases of those who have had children while in Britain, and decided that there's no point in going to court: the Government would lose. So there has been a pragmatic decision to throw in the towel.

Anyway, going through the legal procedures can sometimes take years without reaching a definitive conclusion. Ruling on an asylum case in the Court of Appeal in April, Lord Justice Ward said that "I shake my head in despair, if not disbelief, at this extraordinary process, which occupies so much court time." His despair is understandable: the woman at the centre of the case had first sought the right to settle in Britain a decade ago. Her claim was rejected, but she then switched to claiming asylum.

That, too, was rejected, but it slowly worked its way through the maze of appeals until it reached Lord Justice Ward – who found that he could not resolve it either, but had to send it back to an asylum and immigration tribunal. Which means, as he ruefully observed, "another hearing, and more expenditure of public money on legal costs on both sides, probably with more appeals to follow". The woman hasn't yet gained the right to stay here. But she's gained the right to fight her case, which turns out to be a pretty good equivalent.
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Amnesty shambles lets in 250,000 failed asylum seekers over two decades
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 3 June 2011

A staggering quarter of a million failed asylum seekers have been granted an 'amnesty' in Britain over the past two decades, it emerged last night.

Chaos in the immigration system has forced ministers to allow some 256,000 failed asylum seekers to stay since the early 1990s, according to figures compiled by the MigrationWatch think-tank.

The figure is the equivalent of the population of Brighton being accommodated in Britain.

Hours after MPs on the Home Affairs Select Committee said up to 161,000 failed asylum seekers had been allowed to stay in the most recent 'amnesty', the think-tank's figures painted an even bleaker picture.

They showed that tens of thousands more people had been given permission to remain on three other occasions.

The Daily Mail was accused of scaremongering by the Left-wing pro-immigration lobby in 2007 for revealing Labour's secret plan to offer an amnesty to up to 165,000 asylum seekers.

But now the Home Affairs Select Committee has condemned the 'amnesty' for up to 161,000.

Its report forced Immigration Minister Damian Green on to the defensive. He said it would take 'years' to fix the mess left behind by Labour.

The MigrationWatch research shows that in 1993 to 1994, the then Tory government granted 'exceptional leave to remain' to some 32,000 failed asylum seekers.

Seven years later Labour gave an amnesty to around 37,000 people under what was described as a 'backlog clearing exercise'.

Then between 2003 and 2006 another 25,000 failed asylum seekers were allowed to stay because they had been here so long their removal would have breached human rights laws.

The latest amnesty for 161,000 individuals was begun by Labour after 450,000 cases were found abandoned in boxes.

On top of those, another 74,500 cases have been put in storage because the applicants simply cannot be found.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch said: 'These figures are a measure of the chaos that has been developing in the asylum system for nearly two decades.

'The latest "amnesty" is the last in a series but is by far the biggest.

'The key now is to be far more effective in removing those asylum seekers whose claims fail at the end of a very long and expensive process.'

The most recent Home Office figures showed asylum applications were up 10 per cent last quarter, but the number of illegal immigrants deported fell 5 per cent. ...

The report from the Home Affairs Select Committee said the latest effective amnesty came because of clear blunders in the immigration system.

Asylum seekers have been allowed to stay in Britain after their cases were found abandoned in boxes at the Home Office five years ago in a major immigration scandal.

From the 430,000 cases which have been considered, 161,000 immigrants have been given the right to stay – many simply because they have been here so long.

MPs said this number was so high it 'amounts in effect to an amnesty'. And it said the UK Border Agency was still 'not fit for purpose'.
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Pilloried by the Left, but now the Daily Mail is proved right
James Slack
Daily Express, 3 June 2011

In December 2007, this paper revealed on its front page that: 'As many as 165,000 asylum seekers are to be granted an "amnesty" to live in Britain'.

At the time, critics in the Left-wing, pro-immigration lobby predictably claimed our report on the plan to clear the backlog of so-called legacy cases was 'scaremongering'.

Yesterday, however, came the official verdict of the Labour-led Home Affairs Select committee on the legacy process: There had indeed been an amnesty – with at least 161,000 beneficiaries.

A further 74,500 cases remain unresolved because the asylum seekers involved cannot be found. In other words, if anything, we underestimated the scale of the scandal.

Of course this is a truly shocking level of incompetence – and hugely expensive for the taxpayer, who must now fund housing and other benefits for asylum seekers who should have been removed years ago.

What is most bewildering, however is the statement from the Tory immigration minister yesterday that: 'There's absolutely no amnesty'.

In opposition, the Tories were in no doubt about what the legacy programme involved. Speaking in 2007, shadow home secretary David Davis told this paper: 'Since these are people who had not been granted the right to remain in the UK . . . means this is effectively a stealth amnesty'. ...

The fact is that this is a mess entirely of Labour's making, on two separate counts.

First, the last government presided over an asylum system that was so shambolic that officials simply could not cope with the numbers pouring in through the nation's porous borders.

Instead of spurious asylum claims being swiftly considered, and failed applicants being turned around and sent back home, files were simply allowed to gather dust. Meanwhile, the claimants themselves disappeared – often into the black economy. By the time ministers realised what had been happening, in 2006, there were 450,000 outstanding cases – some dating back as far as Labour's first days in power.

Even if the applicants could be found – a big if, given the notorious incompetence of the UK Border Agency – they would be able to claim they had been here six, eight or even ten years.

Which leads to Labour's second big mistake: the Human Rights Act. Under Article 8 – the right to privacy and a family life – the claimants would all have been entitled to say they had been in Britain so long it would be unfair to kick them out.

And, inevitably, had they gone to the courts they would have won. ...

Thus, the amnesty process began, with officials rubber-stamping claim after claim, rather than lose in the courts. By the time the Tories came to power last year, it was almost complete and – had ministers wished to stop it – they would have been powerless to do so.

The few remaining claimants would have gone to the courts, claimed a breach of their human rights and won anyway – at even greater cost to the public.

Which is precisely what Mr Green should have been pointing out yesterday.

He should have said, 'Yes, it was an amnesty – just as we said it was in opposition'. He should have added: 'Yes, we have hated having to complete this process'.

Most of all, Mr Green should have said that – on his watch – it will never happen again.


Britain's borders are still wide open to abuse by migrants
David Green
Daily Telegraph, 3 June 2011

Back in 2006, the then home secretary, John Reid, famously denounced the immigration service as "not fit for purpose". A typical Whitehall restructuring followed and, armed with a new name and a new logo, the UK Border Agency (UKBA) set out to clear the backlog of about 450,000 asylum seekers. This week, the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee accused the agency of clearing the backlog by letting the vast majority stay, a policy that it said "amounts to an amnesty". The chairman of the committee, Keith Vaz, concluded that the agency was "still not fit for purpose".

Only 38,000 (9 per cent) of the 403,500 people whose cases had been processed so far had been removed; 161,000 (40 per cent) had been allowed to remain and the other 205,500 (51 per cent) were not accounted for, including about 74,500 who could simply not be traced. ...

... It remains very easy to come and go without showing up in the system, which is why the border agency is unsure whether the people on the backlog are alive or dead, still in the UK, or back home.

What's more, a new backlog of recent applicants had been building up. The committee asked the independent chief inspector of the agency to estimate the size, but he was only able to confirm that there was such a backlog.


The immigration minister, Damian Green, insists that there is "absolutely no amnesty", presumably for the understandable reason that he does not want a new generation of asylum seekers to try their luck. And yet ministers have approved guidelines permitting caseworkers to allow applicants to stay if they have lived here undetected for six to eight years, when previously the rule was 10 to 12 years. ...

The cost is enormous. The committee found that housing asylum seekers costs the taxpayers £140 million a year. The hidden costs are larger still.
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Asylum rules change 'meant amnesty'
The Guardian, 2 June 2011

A change in guidance for border officials created an "amnesty" for asylum seekers, MPs have said.

The UK Border Agency's target of clearing the historic backlog of 450,000 cases by this summer "seems to have been achieved largely through increasing resort to grants of permission to stay", a report found.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said it was clear the agency was "still not fit for purpose".

Four out of 10 of the cases that have been concluded led to the asylum seeker being allowed to stay in the UK, figures showed.

To clear the backlog, guidance was revised to allow officials to consider granting leave to remain to applicants who had been in the UK for between six and eight years, as opposed to the 10-12 years that applied at the start of the backlog-clearing process, the MPs said.

Some 403,500 cases were concluded, with just 38,000 (9%) having their claims rejected and being removed from the UK. But 161,000 (40%) were granted leave to remain, "such a large proportion that it amounts in effect to an amnesty", the committee said.

Some 74,500 other cases have been sent to the controlled archive "signifying that the applicant cannot be found and the agency has no idea whether or not the applicant remains in the UK, legally or otherwise". In one in six cases, the UKBA "has been completely unable to trace what has happened to the applicant", the MPs said.

Mr Vaz said: "Though progress has been made, it is clear that the UK Border Agency is still not fit for purpose. While there is no doubt that individual caseworkers are dedicated and hard-working, there are serious concerns over the agency's ability to deal with cases and respond to intelligence swiftly and thoroughly."

But Immigration Minister Damian Green denied there was any amnesty for asylum seekers: "There's absolutely no amnesty," he said. "What we've done is get through to the bottom of that huge problem we inherited. The main thing is we've now eliminated this backlog from the system so we can now get on with the everyday job that the previous government couldn't because they had that backlog."

He added that exit checks would be brought back by 2015.
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£1m a month to return 'illegals'
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 31 May 2011

The public are paying more than £1 million a month to "bribe" illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers to go home, according to Home Office figures.

Nearly £74 million has been spent in the past five years on a voluntary return scheme for those who have no right to remain in the UK.

The programme offers packages worth up to £2,000 of "in kind" support, such as help setting up home or a business, in return for them not fighting removal. ...

The Coalition faced criticism in March when it emerged it was offering those with no right to be in the country a secondary bribe to take up the offer.

Immigration rules were changed so that those who accept a returns package could apply to come back to the UK after two years instead of the previous five-year bar.

Since 2006, a total of £73.9 million has been spent on the voluntary return scheme – the equivalent of £1.2 million a month.

The National Audit Office has estimated it costs £11,000 to deport a foreign national who refuses to leave.


Rise in migration shatters Coalition pledge
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2011

Immigration has risen to its highest level for six years in a major blow to the Coalition's pledge to cut numbers.

The number of people coming into Britain rose by almost half last year and is now close to the record levels of 2005.

It is the fifth quarter in a row that net immigration has risen, signalling a worrying trend.

Two of the main factors were a slump in departures and a sharp rise in Eastern Europeans coming to Britain for work – two areas that will not be affected by an annual cap or other measures. Figures from the Office for National Statistics yesterday also showed:

• The number of foreign workers increased by 1.7 million in the past decade and accounted for all the increase in employment levels over the period

• Work visas increased by six per cent in the year to March 2011

• Asylum claims increased by 11 per cent

• Migrants granted settlement in Britain increased by four per cent. ...

The office said net immigration hit 242,000 in the year to September 2010.

That was a 45 per cent increase on mid-2009 and the highest level since June 2005, when it reached 260,000.

In total, 344,000 people left Britain over the period while 586,000 arrived. ... ...

Other figures showed the number of work visas granted in the year to last March increased by six per cent to 161,815.


Migrants hold fifth of low-skilled UK jobs says ONS
Dominic Casciani
BBC, 26 May 2011

The number of low-skilled workers born outside the UK more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The figures show that almost 20% of low-skilled jobs are held by workers born abroad, up from 9% in 2002.

Workers coming to the UK from eastern or central European countries were the biggest single factor in the rise. ...

According to the figures, there were 666,000 low-skilled foreign-born people working in the British economy during the first quarter of 2011 - more than double the 298,000 workers who were in the UK at the start of 2002.

Over the same period, there was very little change in the number of low-skilled jobs in the British economy. But the figures show the number of British workers in these posts fell from just over 3m to 2.56m.

Most of the additional 367,000 foreign-born workers in low-skilled jobs came from the "A8" countries which joined the European Union in 2004.

In 2002 there were approximately 4,000 workers from the A8 nations in low-skilled jobs in the British economy. As of this year, there were 235,000.
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Multiculturalism takes centre stage in Montreal
Marian Scott
The Gazette [Montreal], 26 May 2011

Violent attacks against the Roma. The rise of far right parties. And declarations by the leaders of the UK, Germany and France that multiculturalism has failed.

What does Europe have to teach Quebec and English Canada about intercultural harmony?

Well, quite a bit, says Gérard Bouchard, organizer of this week's symposium on interculturalism, which has brought together experts from two continents to share wisdom on managing diversity.

The European experience could be instructive for Quebec, where Canadian multiculturalism is considered incompatible with the preservation of French language and culture, according to the organizer of the three-day conference.

"How do you mediate between different cultures in a way that ensures the future of the host society, in the sense of its history, values and profound aspirations, and at the same time respects individual rights?" asked Bouchard, a history and sociology professor at the Université du Québec in Chicoutimi.

There's no one-size-fits-all answer, Bouchard said. "Every nation must invent its own solution," he said.

In the UK, some of the most successful initiatives to promote intercultural harmony have been local rather than nationwide, said Ted Cantle, executive chair of the Institute of Community Cohesion in Coventry, England. As an example, he showed a poster encouraging volunteerism and cultural exchanges in Blackburn with Darwen, Lancashire, one of Britain's most multicultural areas. It pictures two volunteers – one of English origin and the other South Asian – with the caption: "Many lives... many faces... all belonging."

Cantle, author of a report on race riots in northern England in 2001, denounced the loss of cohesion and social capital in communities where minorities often live parallel lives.

"This is a new era of mass migration, of visible communities and an era of super-diversity," said Cantle, pointing out that 300 languages are spoken in London.

Thanks to globalization and social networks, communities reach around the world and intersect with each other, creating new, complex relationships that transcend traditional definitions. ...

Cantle warned that the rise of right-wing extremism in Europe threatens efforts to promote inclusion.

The UK helps immigrants to improve their English skills but also encourages them to retain their own language and culture, he said. ...

In the Netherlands, an anti-immigrant backlash has caused a rejection of multiculturalism policies promulgated in the 1980s, said Frank Lechner, a professor of sociology at Emory University in Atlanta. But he added that while many say newcomers should try harder to adopt Dutch values, the country remains quite multicultural, with 20 per cent of residents having non-Dutch ancestry. ...

Will Kymlicka, Canada Research Chair in political philosophy at Queen's University, said that multiculturalism continues to be a success story in English Canada. ...

"It seems almost unthinkable to give up multiculturalism," Kymlicka said.
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Net Weight: Focusing only on net migration doesn't show the whole picture [part 2]
The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, 26 May 2011

We may well see the number of short-term migrants in the UK rise in the near future. For example, recent changes to Tier 1 and 2 mean that people who have entered the UK through intra-company transfers who wish to stay for longer than one year must meet a minimum salary threshold of £40,000 per year – but those staying for less than a year can be paid £24,000 to £40,000. It would not be surprising to see a significant increase in the number of intra-company transfers who come to work in the UK for just under a year.

Changes in overall net-migration also may mislead by combining British, EU, and non-EU migration into a single figure. Reductions in overall-net migration may be accompanied by increases in the net-migration of non-British migrants. If more British citizens leave the UK, and assuming nothing else changes, this would lower overall net migration, but leave the number of non-British migrants entering and staying in the UK unaffected. By the same token, reductions in non-British immigration may be masked by reductions in British emigration.

Net migration also ignores actual immigration numbers – there is no difference in net migration terms between emigration of 1,000,000 people with immigration of 1,000,001 (net migration of +1) and emigration of one person with immigration of two (net migration +1). But this ignores the fact that a high turnover of people in a country has significant consequences for a wide range of public policy issues.

So it is clear that net migration figures alone are an inadequate tool for building a realistic understanding of the changing scale of migration and migrants in the UK – an issue that clearly is of significant concern to the public.

That is not to say that long-term net migration should not be a key indicator that should be part of the public debate and policy-making, but it is only one indicator, and as such fails to capture a range of other potentially important changes to migration and migrants in the UK. ...

By having a suite of different indicators, public debate could be based on a better understanding of how migration is changing in the UK, and what impact various policy changes are really having on migrant numbers.

In policy terms, moving away from a narrow focus on net-migration towards a more nuanced and comprehensive set of indicators will help avoid unintended consequences and, in the end, make policy more evidence based.
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Polish population in the UK soars from 75,000 to more than HALF A MILLION in eight years
Daily Mail, 26 May 2011

The number of Polish people being born in the UK has increased from 75,000 to 521,000 in eight years. ...

Poles make up the majority of people to have migrated to the UK since Poland and seven other Eastern European countries joined the EU in 2004.

Over the last nine years the number of low-skill workers in retail, hospitality and catering from outside the UK has more than doubled.

During the same period, the number of British-born workers in those sectors has fallen from 3.04 million to 2.56 million.

The rise in the number of children born to Polish couples is believed to be because 69 per cent of immigrants coming over from Central and Eastern Europe are from Poland.

At its peak in 2007 there were almost 100,000 Poles immigrating into the UK but recently that number has declined to around 40,000 in 2009. It seems that many of them prefer to live in Britain, too, with emigration falling from 54,000 to 29,000 over the same period. ...

An extra 367,000 people born outside the UK are now working in low-skill jobs, taking the total to 666,000 in the first three months of the year, up from 298,000 at the start of 2002.

The increase in workers from outside the UK was driven by those coming from the eight eastern European countries that were the latest to join the EU.

A total of 239,000 people from these countries now work in low-skill jobs in the UK - almost 60 times the 4,000 who were in such jobs in 2002. ...

There are now 223,000 fewer British workers in the UK than a decade ago, while the number of non-UK born workers rose by 1.7 million.

This includes 88,000 extra migrants from the core 14 European Union countries - those that made up the EU before the accession countries joined in 2004 - 585,000 from the eight EU accession countries and 1.01 million from the rest of the world.
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Net Weight: Focusing only on net migration doesn't show the whole picture [part 1]
The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, 26 May 2011

The suite of information in today's quarterly migration figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) tells us some interesting things – long-term net migration continues to increase, emigration has declined and there has been a substantial rise in immigration of both students and migrants from the former Eastern European nations that joined the EU in 2004 (A8 countries).

But the current focus of the public debate about these statistics is the latest figures for long-term net-migration, which the Government is aiming to reduce to the tens of thousands by the end of parliament.

But this creates a profound problem for public debate and immigration policy: focusing only on long-term net migration - the level of immigration minus emigration of people who intend to migrate for at least one year – risks failing to consider other vital data about migration in the UK – not least, how many migrants are actually here.

There are, of course, many ways that one can pick apart the UK's migration figures - as outlined in the Migration Observatory's report on the Top 10 Problems in the Evidence Base for Immigration in the UK. ONS figures on emigration, immigration and, by extension, net-migration are based on survey data that are subject to considerable margins of error. For example, in 2009 emigration was estimated to be between 315,800 and 359,100, a range of over 43,000.

In addition to this there are substantial differences in the level and changes of net migration suggested by different ONS data sources – in 2009 the Long Term International Migration (LTIM) estimates for net migration of non-British citizens were 242,000 (only slightly lower than the 2008 figure) while the change in the stock of non-British residents based on Annual Population Survey (APS) figures was 175,000 (significantly lower than the 2008 figure). These two data sources measure slightly different aspects of migration but this large discrepancy has not yet been fully explained.

So, we can conclude from this that there is a substantial level of uncertainty about what the actual net migration figures really are. But even if this problem were overcome by a radical improvement in the data there would still be an inescapable issue – on its own net-migration does not tell us the whole story about changes to migration and the migrant population in the UK.

The overall net migration figure used in public debate and by Government to define and measure its policy target includes migration of British citizens and excludes short-term migrants (defined as those planning to stay/leave for less than one year).

Consequently, even if the UK manages to achieve lower or even negative long-term net migration (a hypothetical scenario), it doesn't mean that there will be a corresponding reduction in the growth of the total migrant population (including short-term migrants). If the reduction in long-term net-migration is accompanied by an increase in short-term migration, the growth in the stock of migrants in the UK may not change - it may even increase.
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£1.2bn to house asylum seekers
John Ward
Daily Star Sunday, 22 May 2011

Taxpayers have forked out £1.2 billion to house and support asylum seekers in the past three years.

The huge bill was revealed by Immigration Minister Damian Green. ...

The released figures show that in the past three years, the UK Border Agency has splashed out nearly £400 million of taxpayers' money on housing for those claiming asylum.

The Agency also provided a further £192 million in cash support for them in that time period.

Another £407 million was spent providing care for unaccompanied refugee children.

The figures do not include the cost of how much is spent on deporting failed asylum seekers, which would bring the overall cost to around £2 billion. ...

Around 25,000 people a year seek refugee status. But the Border Agency aims to deal with 90% of new asylum claims within six months from application.
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Mixed-race numbers leap by 50%
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 19 May 2011

There are now nearly a million mixed-race people in England and Wales.

The ONS said numbers from ethnically mixed backgrounds leapt by almost 50 per cent in the eight years up to 2009.

They include more than 300,000 who describe themselves as mixed white and black Caribbean, and a similar number who say they are of mixed white and Asian background.
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Four times more jobs go to migrants as total of foreign-born workers hits 4m for the first time
Becky Barrow
Daily Mail, 19 May 2011

Four times more jobs have gone to migrants than British-born workers in the last year, official figures revealed yesterday.

A record four million jobs in Britain are now carried out by people born abroad.

Over the last year, an average of 915 immigrants a day obtained a job compared to 211 people born in the UK.

The figures showing that 334,000 jobs went to people born abroad and 77,000 to UK-born workers came from the Office for National Statistics, as experts warned that the labour market is 'faltering'. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the think-tank Migrationwatch, said: 'The immigration lobby surely cannot go on pretending that there is no significant effect on opportunities for British workers.'
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Immigration 'boosted the UK population by 1.75m in just eight years'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 19 May 2011

The number of people from minority backgrounds who live in England and Wales went up by 2.5 million in eight years, figures revealed yesterday.

Estimates said that 1.75 million of the rise came about because of immigration, while 734,000 was the result of rising birthrates.

The increases meant the minority population increased by 37 per cent between 2001 and 2009.

According to the Office for National Statistics, one in six of the population is now from an ethnic minority or white non-British background.

In the eight year period studied, the population of white foreigners rose by 550,000 as Eastern Europeans and migrants from Commonwealth countries poured in.

Numbers grew by a further two million with people from black and Asian backgrounds thanks to immigration, rising birthrates, and asylum seeking.

The ONS said its figures, based on immigration counts, census data and birth and death records, had been found to tally with its existing population estimates.

The figures cast new light on the last Labour government's immigration policies, which added three million to the population between 1997 and last year.

Sir Andrew Green of Migrationwatch said: 'This is the legacy of Labour's mass immigration policy now appearing in the official figures. They have, whether deliberately or not, changed the face of Britain.

'If immigration continues on anything like this scale, we are heading for a population of 70 million in 20 years' time, absolutely contrary to the frequently expressed wishes of the British people.'

The breakdown showed a rise of just under 553,000 in the white non-British population, of which 514,000 were people who came to England and Wales as migrants. ...

Among black and Asian groups, the Indian population rose by 380,000 to 1.43 million and the Pakistani population went up from 728,000 to top one million.

Because of comparatively young age profiles and higher fertility rates than among other groups, Pakistani and Bangladeshi populations were driven up by high numbers of births.

Numbers of black Africans in the population went up by more than 300,000 to reach nearly 800,000.

The ONS said one reason for this was high numbers of African asylum seekers. Its report pointed to the effect of 'international migration, in particular of people from African Commonwealth countries, and from citizens of African countries, notably Zimbabwe, Somalia, Eritrea and the Democratic Republic of Congo, seeking asylum'.

The fastest-growing ethnic group was of Chinese people, whose population nearly doubled to reach 452,000 in 2009.
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Migrants behind population rise
Harry Wallop
Daily Telegraph, 19 May 2011

The 2.5 million increase in population over the past decade has been driven entirely by "non-white" people migrating to the country and higher birth rates among ethnic minority groups, official figures show.

Between 2001 and 2009, the population of England and Wales increased by 2.45 million to 54.8 million, show figures published by the Office for National Statistics.

However, the numbers of white British people fell by 36,000 in that period, while the group of people the ONS classifies as "non-white British", increased from 6.64 million to 9.13 million.

This group includes everyone of Chinese, black African, Pakistani, mixed white and black Caribbean origin as well as Australians, Canadians and Europeans.

The proportion of the population in England and Wales that is from an ethnic minority group has increased from 13 per cent in 2001 to 17 per cent in 2009.

Of the 2.45 million extra people in the country, 1.75 million came from net migration, while 733,900 came from births. The net migration figure would have been far higher had the white British population not experienced a net migration fall, with 396,000 more white Britons leaving than returning.


UK ethnic population has risen 40 per cent in the last eight years
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard (London), 18 May 2011

Britain's ethnic minority population has risen by nearly 40 per cent in just eight years because of immigration and high birth rates, official figures revealed today.

The Office for National Statistics said that 9.1 million people living in England and Wales - equivalent to one in six of the population - were now from a "non-white" background.

The new total, based on statistics compiled in 2009, is 2.5 million higher than the comparable figure of 6.6 million in 2001 and is certain to prompt renewed debate about the impact of Labour's immigration policies.

The biggest increase over the eight-year period, of 553,000 people, is among the "other white" group which includes Europeans, such as Poles, as well as citizens of countries such as Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

Other groups registering a sharp rise include the Chinese, whose numbers have increased by 8.6 per cent each year, and black Africans, who have recorded a 214,000 increase in population since 2001. The largest ethnic populations, however, are of Indians, who account for more than 1.4 million people living here, and Pakistanis, who represent a further one million residents.

Explaining the increases, the statisticians say that the rise in the Indian population, which is 291,000 up on 2001, is "primarily due" to international migration, while high birth rates are a key factor behind the combined 190,000 growth in the Pakistani or Bangladeshi population.

They add that the leap in the "other white" population has been "strongly driven" by international migration - reflecting in particular the surge in East European arrivals since 2004 - although there has also been a "substantial net inflow" of people from the "old commonwealth" countries. Growth among the black Caribbean population is described as "relatively slow", with an average 0.9 per cent increase per year.

The average 6.2 per cent annual increase among black Africans is attributed to both natural change - high birth rates and fewer deaths - and immigration.

Despite the overall surge in numbers, a regional split shows that London's ethnic population has remained virtually static at just over 40 per cent even though the capital accounts for 28 per cent of the net inflow of "non-white British" migrants.

The statisticians say this is because the influx is outweighed by a net outflow of more than 600,000 ethnic people from London to other parts of the country. Over the eight years since 2001, the capital's total population has risen by 431,200, of whom 180,500 are from ethnic backgrounds.
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Chaos as 181,000 migrants vanish after visas run out
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 17 May 2011

Border officials are slammed by MPs today in a scathing report which reveals they have lost track of 181,000 migrants whose visas have expired.

The UK Border Agency lacks the information to manage immigration effectively, the Commons' Committee of Public Accounts says. And it warns the current points-based system is failing to protect British jobs.

It added that the UKBA, hampered by a lack of exit controls, failed to monitor migrants' right to remain. Some 181,000 people who should have left may still be in the country, the agency estimates. ...

The MPs found the lack of control over firms using the intra-company transfer route to bring migrant workers to the UK risked harming the interests of British citizens.

Tens of thousands of IT workers from outside the European Economic Area use the scheme, which is not covered by the Government's immigration cap, to come to the UK at a time when Britons with IT skills cannot find work. The scheme allows multinational companies to send workers from outside the EEA to UK branches if they earn above £40,000.

However, up to 40 per cent of the salary can consist of living allowances and checks on the scheme are "much more limited" than in other areas of the immigration system.

"In these circumstances, some companies may use cheaper workers from outside the EEA rather than UK resident workers," the committee said.

"We are concerned the agency has not been doing enough to protect resident workers and ensure that migrant workers and sponsoring employers comply with immigration rules."

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said: "The main reason the system is so deeply flawed is that the basis of the UK's immigration control, the face-to-face interview, no longer plays any part in the process.

"The points-based system has turned out to be a box-ticking exercise that places the initiative with those who have a financial interest in a visa being granted. No wonder employers prefer it."
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UK border agency 'no grip' on people with expired visas
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 17 May 2011

The UK Border Agency has not done enough to ensure that an estimated 181,000 migrant workers and students whose visas have expired since December 2008 have actually left the country, MPs say.

The report by the Commons public accounts committee says UKBA has so little grip on the problem that it cannot even verify the 181,000 estimate, and does not try to enforce the duty of employers to ensure that the people they recruit from abroad leave the country when their visa expires.

The criticism comes as the Home Office has "clarified" its policies of capping the number of skilled migrant workers and reforming student visas to reduce net migration "from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands".

The latest Home Office business plan now says that reducing net migration will be the "anticipated" result of introducing the migrant cap "and other policies", rather than its direct outcome.

As far as student visas reforms are concerned – which the home secretary, Theresa May, has predicted will reduce net migration by up to 80,000 – the reduction in numbers is now only regarded as a "likely consequence".

This softening of language appears to deliberately prepare the ground should the net migration target be missed by the time of the next general election.

Margaret Hodge, who chairs the public accounts committee, said the MPs were concerned about the lack of control over tens of thousands of workers who enter Britain each year through the intra-company transfer system, which allows multinational companies to transfer their staff to the UK and is not covered by the immigration cap.

Hodge said: "The UKBA has not got a grip on making sure that migrant workers whose visas have expired actually leave the UK. It estimates that 181,000 such workers are staying on without permission, but it can't even verify the figures, and does not try to enforce the employers' duty to ensure that people leave when they are required to do so."

She added that UKBA had not exercised proper checks on sponsoring employers and visited only one in five of those who applied for licences.

"The fundamental point is that the agency lacks the management information needed to manage migrant numbers and ensure that the rules are complied with," she said.
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Immigrants cost $23B a year: Fraser Institute report
Kathryn Blaze Carlson
National Post, 17 May 2011

Immigrants to Canada cost the federal government as much as $23-billion annually and "impose a huge fiscal burden on Canadian taxpayers," according to a think-tank report released Tuesday that was immediately criticized as telling only part of the story.

The Fraser Institute report ... says newcomers pay about half as much in income taxes as other Canadians but absorb nearly the same value of government services, costing taxpayers roughly $6,051 per immigrant and amounting to a total annual cost of somewhere between $16.3-billion and $23.6-billion.

"It's in the interest of Canada to examine what causes this and to fix it," said Herbert Grubel, co-author of the report Immigration and the Canadian Welfare State. "We need a better selection process ... We're not here, as a country, to do charity for the rest of the world."

The report acknowledges there are "popular propositions" about the benefits of immigration: Young immigrants pay taxes that support social services for Canada's aging population; immigrants fill the low-paying jobs that others do not seem to want; Canadians are ennobled by allowing people to share in the country's economic riches; immigration enriches the cultural life of Canadians, and future generations end up repaying their parents' debt by earning an average or above-average living in the long run.

Mr. Grubel and economic consultant Patrick Grady argue, however, that these benefits either do not hold up to close scrutiny or that they are simply not worth the economic cost.

The 62-page report used a 2006 Census database to estimate the average incomes and taxes paid by immigrants who arrived in Canada over the period from 1987 to 2004. It found that immigrants paid an average of $10,340 in income tax and other taxes, compared with the $16,501 paid by all Canadians. While newcomers each received $110 less than the rest of Canadians, the "net fiscal transfer per immigrant" still amounted to $6,051 annually. The study examined the incomes of adults exclusively, and assumed the average immigrant pays taxes and receives benefits for 45 years.

"I'm sure the data behind the numbers is sound, but I think it only tells half the story," said Rudyard Griffiths, co-founder of the Dominion Institute and author of Who We Are: A Citizen's Manifesto. "The fact is that we're doing immigration on the cheap ... We don't spend enough money on language services, and we don't do enough skills accreditation and training."

He said he is sympathetic to the argument that family reunification is likely burdensome on the tax purse, but said it's just a "drop in the bucket" given that those visas account for only 11,000 of the 250,000 or so newcomers expected this year.

"The trickier issue is that of the quarter of a million, only about 60,000 are skilled or professional workers," he said. "Everyone else is dependents."
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Where are they? 181,000 with expired visas are still in Britain
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 17 May 2011

Around 181,000 migrants are thought to be living in Britain unlawfully after their visas expired, a report said last night.

The total includes students and workers from outside the EU who should have left the country in the past two-and-a-half years.

UK Border Agency bosses came under fire from MPs after admitting they have no idea how many have returned home because they do not count people out of the country.

A new system to monitor electronically everyone who departs will not be fully in place for at least another two years.

The report, by the Commons Public Accounts Committee, warned the agency not to use the lack of exit controls as an 'excuse' to ignore thousands who are overstaying illegally.

Committee chairman Margaret Hodge said: 'The agency has not got a grip on making sure that migrant workers whose visas have expired actually leave the UK.

'It estimates that 181,000 such workers are staying on without permission – but it can't even verify the figures, and does not try to enforce the employer's duty to ensure that the people they bring in leave when they are required to do so.'
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Keeping hidden wins migrants rights
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 16 May 2011

Thousands of illegal immigrants have been granted "squatters' rights" to stay in Britain permanently because they have managed to stay hidden for 14 years.

Almost 9,000 migrants in the country unlawfully have been able to take advantage of a rule that grants them permanent residence.

It means they have the same rights as a British citizen, including full access to the welfare state, despite being here illegally for almost a decade and a half.

They can also apply for a British passport. The regulation was introduced by Labour in 2003 and critics last night said it had created an "amnesty in slow motion". A further 22,600 migrants have been granted indefinite leave to remain after being in the country lawfully for 10 years even though they were not on visas that lead to settlement rights.

The figures, given to MPs in a parliamentary written answer, come as the immigration service came under attack for its inability to efficiently tackle illegal migrants. ...

The rules allowing illegal immigrants to claim residence after 14 years previously existed as a loose concession, but were formalised by Labour in 2003.

They mean anyone who had managed to live undetected for that period of time can then apply to the Home Office for "indefinite leave to remain". Only those with a bad criminal record effectively stand a chance of being rejected.

Since 2003, some 8,948 illegal immigrants have been granted a permanent stay and the rate is increasing.

Up to 2009, the annual approval rate ranged between 700 and 900 a year but increased to 2,061 in that year and 1,774 last year. In 2005, a report for the Home Office estimated there could be up to 570,000 illegal immigrants in Britain. ...

Under the rule, illegal immigrants only have to wait four years longer than the period of time required of lawful immigrants to claim indefinite leave.

Those who stayed on a visa that does not lead to settlement rights, such as student visas, have to wait 10 years before applying for the same concession. Since 2003, some 22,635 lawful migrants have been granted a permanent stay under the rule.


Mass immigration 'has made the UK's poor even poorer'
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 13 May 2011

Ministers drew a link for the first time yesterday between large-scale immigration and rising levels of poverty among low-paid workers.

Iain Duncan Smith said that Labour's open door to migration meant tens of thousands more people were chasing unskilled jobs – and that in turn meant many gave up on work for a life on benefits.

The Work and Pensions Secretary named immigration as one of the causes of rising distress among low-skilled workers after the latest official breakdown showed working-age adult poverty has reached its highest level in 50 years.

The figures showed slightly less poverty last year among children and pensioners, and average take-home incomes went up.

But the respected Institute for Fiscal Studies said this was mainly because of increasing state benefits and tax credits in the year before the general election. It predicted record falls in incomes and a vicious squeeze on living standards this year.

The poverty figures showed that 5.7 million working-age people were living below the Government's poverty line in the financial year that ended in April 2010, a rise of 700,000 in five years between 2004 and 2009.

The IFS said the 16 per cent of working-age people now below the poverty line is the highest since it started compiling its own records in 1961.

However, the great bulk of the increase did not come during the recession years after 2007, when unemployment began to rise, but in the three years between 2004 and 2007.

This was the period when the economy was booming – attracting one and a half million Poles and other Eastern Europeans who came to work in Britain after the borders were opened when their countries joined the EU.

Immigration from other parts of the world was also running at unprecedentedly high levels over the three years. ...

Labour ministers defended high immigration on the grounds that it benefited the economy.

The poverty figures, however, suggest there was force behind the arguments of critics of immigration who said the benefits were felt only by the well-off – and those on low incomes were facing greater competition for work and lower pay.

According to the Households Below Average Incomes report, the share of working-age adults in poverty – below 60 per cent of median income – stood at 14 per cent in 2004. Last year it reached 16 per cent.
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300 calls a day on illegal migrants
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2011

Immigration officials receive 300 reports a day of suspected illegal migrants and other abuses, a watchdog disclosed today.

But the "unacceptable" way in which the UK Border Agency handles intelligence meant it was unable to say whether any of the reports has led to an arrest.

A separate report, also by John Vine, the independent chief inspector of the agency, disclosed that plans to arrest suspected illegal immigrants had to be delayed because of a lack of detention space.

The agency receives 2,100 calls from the public with allegations of immigration abuse every week. These include suspected illegal workers, illegal entry and sham marriages. ...

Mr Vine said: "There is a real need for the agency to focus more rigorously on the actual outcome of intelligence."


The challenge of demographic change
George Bridges
The Spectator, 12 May 2011

There may be a lot of debate about what the "big society" means, but there's one thing we should all be able to agree on: we live in a big society – and it's getting bigger. 62 million today. 64 million in five year's time. And then on up to 70 million by 2028, according to the government. (No, I'm not doing my bit, as my wife is about to have our third child.) What's odd is how little debate there's been at Westminster about all this. ...

Research by The Spectator ... shows just how great the challenge is, here and now. We're going to need to build an average of 420 schools a year in England for the next four years. ...

To date, this issue has been reported as a "primary schools crisis". Join up the dots to the social housing crisis. The strains on the NHS – be it maternity wards or looking after the elderly. The congestion on our roads. The growing cost of pensions... The list is endless. And the one denominator is that our population is growing.

David Cameron highlighted this back in 2007, when he said that demographic change is "one of the most important of those challenges" we face, "and it's time we had a grown-up conversation about it." ...

Cameron then went on to map out how he would tackle it. He should return to this theme – fast. It's the right way to talk about immigration (focus on numbers) and it taps a feeling that millions of people share: our country is changing fast, is becoming more crowded, but we need to know that politicians are aware of this and tackling it.
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U.N. Forecasts 10.1 Billion People by Century's End
Justin Gillis and Celia W. Dugger
New York Times, 3 May 2011

The population of the world, long expected to stabilize just above 9 billion in the middle of the century, will instead keep growing and may hit 10.1 billion by the year 2100, the United Nations projected in a report released Tuesday.

Growth in Africa remains so high that the population there could more than triple in this century, rising from today's one billion to 3.6 billion, the report said – a sobering forecast for a continent already struggling to provide food and water for its people.

The new report comes just ahead of a demographic milestone, with the world population expected to pass 7 billion in late October, only a dozen years after it surpassed 6 billion. Demographers called the new projections a reminder that a problem that helped define global politics in the 20th century, the population explosion, is far from solved in the 21st. ...

The projections were made by the United Nations population division, which has a track record of fairly accurate forecasts. In the new report, the division raised its forecast for the year 2050, estimating that the world would most likely have 9.3 billion people then, an increase of 156 million over the previous estimate for that year, published in 2008. ...

The director of the United Nations population division, Hania Zlotnik, said the world's fastest-growing countries, and the wealthy Western nations that help finance their development, face a choice about whether to renew their emphasis on programs that encourage family planning. ...

Dr. Zlotnik said in an interview that the revised numbers were based on new forecasting methods and the latest demographic trends. But she cautioned that any forecast looking 90 years into the future comes with many caveats.

That is particularly so for some fast-growing countries whose populations are projected to skyrocket over the next century. For instance, Yemen, a country whose population has quintupled since 1950, to 25 million, would see its numbers quadruple again, to 100 million, by century's end, if the projections prove accurate. Yemen already depends on food imports and faces critical water shortages.

In Nigeria, the most populous country in Africa, the report projects that population will rise from today's 162 million to 730 million by 2100. Malawi, a country of 15 million today, could grow to 129 million, the report projected. ...

The United States is growing faster than many rich countries, largely because of high immigration and higher fertility among Hispanic immigrants. The new report projects that the United States population will rise from today's 311 million to 478 million by 2100.
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Immigration of little benefit to the economy, report concludes
Victoria Ward
Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2011

The British economy has failed to benefit from the influx of eastern European migrants, according to a think-tank report.

It also concluded that the immigrants were here to stay, despite restrictions being lifted in Germany. ...

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said migrant workers had boosted output by just 0.38 per cent in the years to 2009 and had an "insignificant" impact on growth.

About 700,000 migrants moved to Britain from the eight Eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004 and the two that joined in 2007, the report said. During the same period, Britain's GDP grew by £98 billion, or 7.7 per cent, for which migrants were responsible for a 5 per cent share.

But although the barriers were lifted yesterday in Germany and Austria, the only two countries in Europe to have maintained restrictions on the free movement of workers from these states, experts predicted that those settled in Britain were unlikely to move.

Dawn Holland, one of the report's authors, said: "Lifting barriers in Germany may divert some Polish and other workers away from the UK, especially given the relative strength of the German economy.

"But as the existence of support networks for new migrants is one of the most important factors, much of the shift in migrants since 2004 is likely to prove permanent."

She said the impact of migration from countries such as Poland, Romania and Lithuania on UK national output was "insignificant to a large extent".

Sir Andrew Green of Migration Watch said the report provided "clear evidence" that the contribution of migrants was trivial. "This is an astonishing conclusion which blows out of the water many of the arguments made for years by the immigration lobby," he said.

"The 700,000 East Europeans who have arrived since 2004 have added 1 per cent to our population but only about one third of 1 per cent to production.

"Some employers have benefited from cheap, hard-working labour but the gain to our economy as a whole has been insignificant. This is the final nail in the coffin of Labour's immigration policy."
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[A fear of offending Muslims allowed extremists into Britain]
Daily Telegraph, 28 April 2011

A fear of offending Muslims allowed extremists into Britain before the London bombings in 2005, a former Labour minister has admitted.

Kim Howells, a former Foreign Office minister and chairman of the Commons intelligence and security committee, blamed "political correctness" for fostering a situation in which dozens of extremists were sent to fight against the West after being indoctrinated in Britain. He said: "There is a reluctance to talk about the whole issue."


University campuses 'hotbeds' of Islamic extremism
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 28 April 2011

Islamic fundamentalism is being allowed to flourish at universities, endangering national security, MPs and peers said yesterday.

Academics are turning a blind eye to radicals because they do not want to spy on students, a report claimed.

Despite "damning evidence" of a serious problem, little progress had been made in tackling the unsustainable situation, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Homeland Security said.

They urged the Government to tackle the issue on campuses with "utmost urgency". ...

The parliamentary group was set up two years ago to carry out research into homeland security issues. ...

Think tanks have highlighted a succession of extremist speakers invited to deliver lectures unopposed at university Islamic societies, including UCL. ...

The report quoted one witness, Prof Anthony Glees, of Buckingham University, who said Arab and other foreign governments had ploughed £240 million into Islamic studies courses at universities over the past 10 years.


Islamist extremism: so did we cure the problem?
Andrew Gilligan
Daily Telegraph, 27 April 2011
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The Islamists empowered by the authorities may condemn terrorism, but their actions in hosting radicals and fundamentalists leave their fine words open to question. And even non-violent Islamists teach their followers to suspect, reject, sometimes despise the culture of this country. They explicitly believe in replacing secular, democratic government with theocratic and Islamic government.

... Britain's problem, however, is that to an extent greater here than in any other Western country, the commanding heights of our Muslim communities are disproportionately influenced by the radical minority.

They control many of the most important mosques. They are highly influential in the Muslim Council of Britain. They control, or heavily influence, some British-based digital TV channels widely watched by British Muslims. They run a number of Britain's biggest Muslim charities. They dominate many university Islamic societies. And they are setting up schools where a new generation is being raised to be much more radical than its parents.

This has been done with at best the acquiescence, at worst the active support, of the British state. Ofcom, the TV regulator, hands out only slaps on the wrist for blatant and repeated bias, lies and breaches of its code which might see other broadcasters shut down. Ofsted, the education regulator, described a London school as leaving its pupils "well-prepared for life in a multicultural society", even though the school website states that it teaches them to "oppose the lifestyle of the West".

Ed Balls, when education secretary in the last government, actively defended the payment of public money to schools run by supporters of Hizb ut Tahrir. Robert Lambert, the police commander who did the North London Mosque deal, has become an academic, heavily funded by the state and radical groups as co-director of the European Muslim Research Centre at Exeter University. Charles Farr, head of the Government's Office for Security and Counter-Terrorism, supported the admission to the UK of a radical preacher, Zakir Naik, who has stated that "every Muslim should be a terrorist". Many Left-liberals, including those in government, see any criticism of almost any Muslim as illegitimate, and a threat to liberal values. But it is the extremists who really threaten liberalism. ...

For all David Cameron's recent promise to change things, only some things have altered. ... But in the last three months, at least £50,000 of public money has been paid to the East London Mosque and its sister organisations. Despite claims to the contrary, a number of Islamist-sympathising advisers are still employed in Whitehall. And an Islamist front, Engage, has achieved touchdown at Westminster, having been appointed secretariat to a new all-party parliamentary group on Islamophobia. ...

Revolutionaries cannot be tamed by meetings with ministers, posts on committees or taxpayers' cash. They can only be strengthened. Britain's Islamist groups are largely self-appointed and represent almost no one. Their principal importance is that which has been gifted to them by the Government.
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Being too PC led us to shelter terrorists, says ex-minister
Martin Bentham
Evening Standard (London), 27 April 2011

A former Labour minister admitted today that political correctness had led Britain to offer shelter to violent extremists.

Kim Howells, a former Foreign Office minister, said Tony Blair's government and other administrations had been afraid to criticise the conduct of radical preachers and others because they feared being accused of racism.

He said the policy had been pursued even though there was plenty of intelligence about the "evil" intent of such extremists and that it was only reversed after the 7/7 bombings. Mr Howells also said that he had been unable to find a single imam willing to say publicly that suicide bombers would go to hell. He further criticised a reluctance in Muslim communities to condemn the "murderous actions" of terrorists.

His comments came as a leaked diplomatic cable, published today by WikiLeaks, revealed Britain had been warned years before the London bombings to stop giving asylum to "very dangerous" terrorists.

The cable, sent by a former military attaché to the Algerian embassy in Washington on July 12 2005, told US diplomats that Britain had allowed extremists to raise money for terrorist causes.

"Did the English consider the risks of allowing Londonistan to develop?" the cable states. "The British thought that sheltering terrorists was a good solution, but they did not realise that one can never align oneself with the devil, and they did precisely that for years and years."

In a BBC interview today, Mr Howells admitted that the criticism was justified.
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Sadly, I've been proved right. Britain IS a centre of terror. Tragically, our rulers can't see the truth
Melanie Phillips
Daily Mail, 27 April 2011

So now we are all finally able to see just why Britain's capital came to be known contemptuously as 'Londonistan'.

Some five years ago, I wrote a book by that name which laid out the extent to which Britain had become the global hub of Islamic terrorism outside the Muslim world itself.

So bad was this phenomenon that the French secret service, which had tried in vain to alert Britain to the dangers, dubbed it 'Londonistan' in a sarcastic reference to the flow into London of Muslim extremists who had been radicalised in Afghanistan.

Worse still, I wrote, the British political, legal and security establishments were still refusing to get to grips with the threat posed to Britain by militant Muslims who wanted to conquer it for Islam.

At the time, such an analysis was considered pretty off the wall. I had a hard time getting the book published, and when it did appear I was called 'mad' by the Guardian, as well as 'bonkers', 'alarmist', 'hysterical' and, of course, 'Islamophobic'.

Now, however, a new tranche of WikiLeaks documents, detailing the backgrounds of the inmates of the Guantanamo Bay detention centre, confirms precisely what I wrote.

The UK, these papers reveal, furnished no fewer than 35 of the members of Al Qaeda – more than any other nation – who ended up in Guantanamo after having been indoctrinated by Islamic preachers in Britain into murderous hatred against the West.

The documents record how terrorist recruits from across Africa and the Middle East flocked to London to claim asylum.

As I wrote in my book, they were drawn like bees to a honeypot by Britain's uniquely self-destructive combination of a generous welfare state, a long tradition of turning a blind eye to foreign political dissidents, and a judiciary and political class which had effectively decided to tear up Britain's border controls in the cause of 'universal human rights'.

The truly disturbing thing was not just that these characters were allowed into the country, but that it was in Britain itself where thousands of young Muslims were subsequently radicalised – a process that continues to accelerate.

And as these files state, this didn't just take place in London's notorious Finsbury Park mosque under those two key preachers and terrorist recruiters Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza.

It also occurred in self-styled moderate establishments such as the flagship Regent's Park and East London mosques. ... ...

Of course, it must not be forgotten that many hundreds of thousands of British Muslims shun violence or extremism. They want only to live peacefully and enjoy the benefits of Western democracy and human rights.

But an alarmingly high number do not. And this radicalisation has come about through a lethal cocktail of multiculturalism, welfarism and sheer spineless funk by the British authorities, laced with political correctness which turned right and wrong upside down.

What beggars belief even more is that the Government has been paying millions in compensation to some of these terrorists for having so inconsiderately deprived them of their 'human rights' by locking them up.
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Miliband: People 'lost trust' in Labour on immigration
BBC, 19 April 2011

Past errors in immigration policy contributed to voters in the south of England "losing trust" in Labour, Ed Miliband has acknowledged.

The opposition leader told the BBC the last government had "got it wrong" on the issue in terms of underestimating migrant numbers and their impact on wages and housing in parts of the UK.

Mr Miliband is campaigning ahead of English council elections on 5 May. ...

During a campaign trip to Gravesend, Mr Miliband was asked by BBC political editor Nick Robinson why Labour had suffered such a drop in support in southern England at last year's general election.

"I think the problem is that we lost trust and we lost touch particularly in the south of England," he said. "I think living standards is a big part of it, immigration is a big part of it. I think maybe a combination of those two issues - most importantly."

Mr Miliband criticised Labour's record during last year's party leadership contest, saying it had not addressed people's concerns about the social and economic impact of immigration on communities and did not appear to be "on the side" of those affected.

Lord Glasman, the Labour leader's former speechwriter, argued recently that the Labour government lied to people about levels of economic migration and illegal immigration during its years in power and that this had resulted in a "massive rupture of trust" with sections of the electorate.

Responding to this accusation, Mr Miliband said: "I don't think we lied but I do think we got it wrong in a number of respects".

He added: "I think that, first of all, we clearly underestimated the number of people coming in from Poland and that had more of an effect therefore than we would otherwise have thought.

"And secondly, I think there is this really important issue about people coming into the country and the pressure on people's wages.

"People are not prejudiced but people say to me 'look I am worried about the pressure on my wages of people coming into this country. I am worried about what it does to housing supply.' All of those issues.

"Now some of that is real and some of it is not but I think you have to address not just tough immigration policy but underlying issues as well."

Mr Cameron has suggested Labour "helped inflame the debate" over the issue while in power by "talking tough" about reducing immigration but not doing anything about it - thereby giving the impression they were not heeding public concerns. ...

Mr Miliband said Labour had introduced a new system to regulate the number of migrants entering the UK, while in office, but had failed to appreciate how the wages of low-skilled British workers would be squeezed as a result. ...

Labour is reconsidering its approach on immigration as part of a root-and-branch review of policy launched soon after Mr Miliband's election.


Labour lied to public about immigration, says Miliband aide
Rosa Prince
Daily Telegraph, 16 April 2011

One of Ed Miliband's most senior advisers has accused the last Labour government of "lying" about immigration and blamed the party for the rise of the far Right.

Lord Glasman, who was made a peer by the Labour leader in the New Year honours list, also claimed that Gordon Brown's ministers had acted in a "high-handed way" by failing to discuss the issue.

He claimed that working-class men were unable to talk about the matters important to them at Labour Party meetings without being labelled sexist or racist.

Lord Glasman, an academic, is one of the architects of the Blue Labour movement, which argues that the party should reconnect with working class issues such as the family, patriotism and communities rather than focusing on the state.

In an interview for the May edition of Progress magazine, he said that under Labour immigration had become "the big monster that we don't like to talk about". He added: "There was no public discussion of immigration and its benefits. In fact there was a very hard rhetoric combined with a very loose policy going on.

"labour lied to people about the extent of immigration and the extent of illegal immigration and there's been a massive rupture of trust." ...

Lord Glasman, who is from a family of Jewish immigrants, said that Labour had been wrong to insist that the terms "equality" and "fairness" meant that people from overseas could get special treatment when they came to this country.


Will there always be an England, whatever the origin of its people?
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 16 April 2011

Part of the pleasure of the England which I was trying to talk about is that it is shared. I am English-English (with a little Irish thrown in), but England is not the special possession of those like me, and I wouldn't want it to be. The point about a country is that it belongs to all its settled inhabitants. ... ...

If you study Mr Cameron's immigration speech, you will find him making quite detailed proposals. ...

All good stuff. But the overwhelming impression from the picture Mr Cameron paints of what has already happened is of change on a scale which is irrevocable. He tells us, for instance, that of the 744 private colleges in this country, only 131 have "Highly Trusted Sponsor" status. The 613 colleges that are not Highly Trusted are responsible for 280,000 students. In addition, 32,000 dependants of students were let in last year. A sample survey of these found that 75 per cent were not real dependants at all.

Attacking the last government, the Prime Minister also says that, between 1997 and 2009, "2.2 million more people came to live in this country than left to go and live abroad". Actually, even this astonishing figure understates the change. ... It conceals the fact that hundreds of thousands of British-born people left and many, many more non-British people came.

The figure, not quoted by Mr Cameron, which tells you more about what is really happening, is the annual one for non-EU arrivals. For a long time now, that has been in the order of 300,000 a year. Add to it the illegals - - 155,000 of whom, says Mr Cameron, were found to have been illegally claiming benefits. Then add EU citizens, who all have an absolute right to come here and use our public services. In sum, you have a society which, in large areas, would have been unrecognisable only 20 years ago. ... ...

All this need not be a total disaster. It is possible, though hard, to forge a United Kingdom made up of many ethnicities. Leaders like Mr Cameron are right to try to insist on common standards and better rules, rather than to despair. But whatever it is, and however well it turns out, it cannot be England. Perhaps when I am very old, my grandchildren will ask me what England was. It will be a hard question to answer, but I think I shall tell them that it seemed like a good idea while it lasted, and that it lasted for about 1,000 years.


One in 8 people living in UK born abroad
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 15 April 2011

Almost one in eight people living in Britain was born abroad, official figures show, in the wake of the largest wave of immigration in history.

The proportion of the population born overseas almost doubled in two decades to more than 11 per cent, ... It meant that just under seven million people living in Britain were immigrants – enough to fill a city the size of London. ...

The figures, which were compiled by the Office for National Statistics, were disclosed amid a renewed debate on immigration. ...

The population stood at 61.14 million as of last June, the most recent estimate. Of that, 6.97 million were people who were born overseas – 11.4 per cent, the highest proportion on record. Almost a third of those had been given British citizenship since arriving.

The proportion had been rising steadily year on year and was almost double the 6.7 per cent recorded in 1991 when the foreign-born population stood at 3.85 million.

Some 762,000 of those now in Britain came from those eastern European nations admitted to the European Union in 2004, which gave them access to the jobs market. The majority, 4.7 million, were people born outside Europe. ...

One in four babies was now born to a foreign mother, another record. In 1998, less that 14 per cent of babies were to a mother who had been born overseas.


Cameron: Britain disjointed by mass migration
Andrew Porter
Daily Telegraph, 14 April 2011

David Cameron will claim today that uncontrolled immigration has undermined some British communities.

In his most forthright speech on the issue since he became Prime Minister, he will say that mass immigration has led to "discomfort and disjointedness" in neighbourhoods because some migrants have been unwilling to integrate or learn English.

Pledging to cut the numbers entering Britain to tens of thousands, rather than hundreds of thousands, Mr Cameron will say that "for too long, immigration has been too high". He will also promise to "stamp out" forced marriages, saying that "cultural sensitivity" cannot be allowed to stop the Government from acting.

In the speech to party members in Hampshire, the Prime Minister will attack Labour for claiming it was racist to talk about immigration, saying it is "untruthful and unfair" not to speak about the issue, however uncomfortable. ...

... He will say that the "real issue" is "migrants are filling gaps in the labour market left wide open by a welfare system that for years has paid British people not to work".

"Put simply, we will never control immigration properly unless we tackle welfare dependency," Mr Cameron will say. ...

Mr Cameron will say: "When there have been significant numbers of new people arriving in neighbourhoods, perhaps not able to speak the same language as those living there, on occasions not really wanting or even willing to integrate, that has created a kind of discomfort and disjointedness in some neighbourhoods.

"This has been the experience for many people in our country and I believe it is untruthful and unfair not to speak about it and address it." ...

Figures yesterday showed a record number of foreign workers are based in Britain. There are almost four million migrants in work in this country.

The number of people in employment increased by 212,000 during 2010, but more than 80 per cent was made up of migrants, according to the Office for National Statistics. Just over 29 million people were in work in Britain during the last quarter of 2010. Of those, 3.89 million, or one in seven, were born overseas, the highest level on record.


Cameron brands 'all-white' Oxford a disgrace
Andrew Porter, Graeme Paton and James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 12 April 2011

David Cameron branded Oxford University "disgraceful" yesterday after claiming that the institution admitted only one black student in the last academic year.

On a visit to the north of England, the Prime Minister singled out Oxford for criticism when he accused elite institutions of having a "terrible record" of enrolling teenagers from state schools.

Senior officials at the university described the figure as "highly misleading" as it related only to British students who described themselves as black Caribbean. They said Oxford admitted another 27 students who described themselves as black African and another 14 who were mixed race.

The university also said that only 452 black students across the country had even achieved the A-level results demanded by Oxford to meet its minimum entry requirements for the 2009-10 academic year.

Leading academics and MPs said Mr Cameron risked undermining the ancient institution with his "ignorant", "absurd" and "mind boggling" comments. ...

A Downing Street spokesman said the Prime Minister was trying to make a "wider point" that it was "not acceptable for universities such as Oxford to have so few students coming from black and minority ethnic groups".

Some 16,591 students at Oxford disclosed their ethnicity as they started the 2009-10 academic year. Of those, 12,671 were white, 1,477 were Asian, 1,098 were Chinese, 838 were of mixed race and 254 of other ethnicity. Black students accounted for only 253 undergraduates and postgraduates.

It meant that almost a quarter of students were from ethnic minority backgrounds but just 1.5 per cent were black. According to the 2001 census, two per cent of the country was black.


Polish migrants top crime tables
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 11 April 2011

European migrants are committing more than 500 crimes a week in Britain and officials are powerless to deport many of them.

More than 54,000 European Union citizens have been convicted of crimes – including murder – in the past two years ...

Poles and Romanians are the worst offenders according to the figures, adding to concerns over the impact of the two most recent EU expansions.

And because of EU rules on freedom of movement, only those sentenced to at least two years in prison face deportation after they complete their punishment.

Less than a week ago, separate figures showed crime committed here by all foreigners had doubled in two years. ...

Under data exchange systems in the EU, police here notify another member state if one of its citizens has been convicted of a crime. Figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers showed that last year 27,056 such notifications were made and 27,379 in 2009. That is the equivalent of 520 a week or 75 a day.

In 2010, 6,777 Poles were convicted of crimes and 4,343 Romanians.

They were followed by citizens from Lithuania (4,176), Ireland (2,423) and Latvia (1,938).


White children to be minority in US by 2023
Jon Swaine
Daily Telegraph, 8 April 2011

White children are now in a minority in 10 American states, and are on course to be a minority nationwide by 2023, according to data from the US census.

An analysis of the survey, which was carried out last year, found that the total number of white children in the US had declined by 4.3 million over the past decade.

During the same period, the number of Hispanic children increased by 4.8 million. Almost one in four American children is now Hispanic – twice the proportion registered in 1990. ...

The census data suggested the US would contain fewer white children than children from other races overall by 2023. The same will be true of the entire population by 2042, it indicated.

"Slower growth among whites owes in part to their lower fertility rate – about 1.9 births per white woman, compared with three births per Hispanic woman," said the Brookings Institution report.

The growth was also partly attributed to immigration. Only 15 per cent of new immigrants between 2000 and 2009 were white, compared with 78 per cent who were Hispanic.
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75,000 asylum seekers have gone missing in past 20 years
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 6 April 2011

Almost 75,000 asylum seekers have gone missing, the head of the UK Border Agency admitted yesterday.

They are among the 450,000 forgotten asylum cases that the Home Office discovered five years ago.

Officials have since been working to trace and conclude the so-called legacy cases, but Jonathan Sedgwick, the acting chief executive of Border Agency, said the whereabouts of 74,500 people remain unknown.

With some cases dating back to the 1990s, they are unlikely to be traced.

Mr Sedgwick also told MPs that only one in 10 of the 450,000 legacy cases had been removed from the country, while almost half had been allowed to stay. ...

Critics said last night that the figures were a "scandal" and accused the Home Office of effectively running an amnesty.

The Home Office admitted in 2006 that a backlog of up to 450,000 files had built up. John Reid, who was home secretary at the time, promised to clear it within five years, by this summer.

In a letter to the home affairs select committee, Mr Sedgwick said 403,000 files had been concluded.

But of those, only 36,000, nine per cent, resulted in a removal, while 161,000 asylum seekers were granted indefinite leave to remain. The time it took for the Home Office to deal with many of the cases meant they had been in Britain so long they could argue their human rights would be breached if they were ordered to leave. The 74,500 missing cases are expected to be consigned to what officials call a controlled archive, because they could not be traced after six months.

It means tens of thousands of asylum seekers who may have no right to stay in Britain may never be found. Mr Sedgwick claimed that some may have left the country voluntarily or died.

He also admitted that some of the 161,000 who were allowed to remain have a criminal record, although no breakdown was available. The rest of the 403,000 concluded cases turned out to be duplicates, errors or EU nationals.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "Of the many scandals in the history of Labour's immigration policy, this is by far the worst.

"We now have 160,000 people entitled to the full welfare state. Had the system been run effectively, most would not have been granted. There will be a burden on the taxpayer for many years to come."


Migrant crimewave as arrests double
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 5 April 2011

Britain is in the grip of a foreign crimewave after arrests of migrants almost doubled in two years.

Police arrested more than 91,000 foreigners suspected of crimes last year – the equivalent of 250 a day – compared with fewer than 52,000 in 2008.

Rural areas, which have experienced large influxes of migrants, have been hit particularly hard, with one force reporting arrests rising from 27 per year to almost 5,000 since 2006.

The figures, released under a Freedom of Information request, have raised concerns over how Labour's immigration policies have affected communities and services.

The true figure could be twice as high because fewer than half of police forces provided figures.

Chief constables have already warned that a rising number of foreign criminals has put pressure on resources, such as officer time and translation costs.

Last night one rank and file leader disclosed that it can take an officer up to six hours to issue a caution to a foreign offender who does not speak English. ...

If the trend is repeated across all 52 forces in Britain, it is estimated that more than 750,000 foreigners have been arrested since 2006. ...

Pete Smyth, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, said migration a "huge" impact on police resources.


Missing: 75,000 asylum seekers
Tom McTague
Daily Mirror, 4 April 2011

Immigration bosses have admitted losing track of 75,000 asylum seekers.

The UK Border Agency has given up on 40,500 people and 34,000 more are unaccounted for, according to new figures.

Immigrants who have disappeared are registered in files which are put aside for six months. Officials then concede defeat on finding them.

The damning confession comes as it emerged cuts to agency staff mean more than 500,000 illegal immigrants who have lived in the UK for more than five years are being allowed to stay.

Keith Vaz, Home Affairs select committee chairman, blasted: "It's absurd. Cuts in Home Office resources mean Britain needs a reliable system of counting and locating those who come into the country now more than ever." Border Agency chief Jonathan Sedgwick admitted losing 75,000 asylum seekers in a letter to the committee.

Despite this, around 8,500 officials' jobs will be axed by 2015 and staff have been told to stop chasing old files and focus on illegal gangs and stopping people coming into the country.

A Home Office source confirmed there were about 500,000 "less important" cases which were being closed.
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Half a million illegals to stay in Britain because staff are too busy to find them
Mail Online, 3 April 2011

Cuts in border staff mean that more than half a million illegal immigrants are being allowed to remain in Britain.

The immigration service is closing its files on illegals who have slipped through the net and lived in the country for at least five years as staff are too busy to look for them, the News of the World reveals today.

Protesting UK Border Agency staff have been working to rule for a month due to government cuts which will cause 8,500 job losses by 2015.

A total of 776 posts have gone in Croydon with more set to be axed in Liverpool and Sheffield.

A senior official told the News of the World: 'We were suddenly told to stop chasing old case files because we don't have the manpower any more.

'We're still busy stopping people coming into the country and targeting illegal gangs.

'But if you've been here for five years and kept your nose clean, no-one will come after you.'

A Home Office source confirmed there were about 500,000 'less important' files which were being closed.
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Labour still haunted by Gillian Duffy
Madeleine Bunting
The Guardian, 1 April 2011

If Labour lost contact with the way many voters saw immigration, then how can it take the multiculturalism debate forwards?

Losing elections is always painful, but there is one incident from 2010 that has left a scar on Labour's collective soul: Gordon Brown's disastrous encounter with Gillian Duffy. Ten months on and Labour thinkers are still anxiously picking at the painful scab, all too well aware of what it revealed about the party and its politics of the previous decade.

At a discussion earlier this week of policy wonks, academics and party thinkers there was a chorus of self criticism. There may be differences of interpretation or emphasis but the consensus was clear: the centre left has got the politics of multiculturalism wrong for a generation. An elite had totally lost connection with how the issues of immigration were being felt and experienced. ...

One argument, put forward by Tim Bale of Sussex University, was that Labour's position boiled down to "multiculturalism is inevitable, so you'd better get used to it". It was tantamount to a coercive bullying which resulted in resentment, racism and losing votes on the issue to the right.


The same aspect of a patronising elite emerged in Professor Mike Kenny's analysis in which anxiety about multiculturalism had emerged in the context of a wider process of working-class dispossession. New Labour's relentlessly upbeat championing of modernisation and individual aspiration allowed no space for the nostalgia of a world passing away nor for a language of collective security.

Kenny argues that what Labour mishandled was a politics of recognition. While certain identities were recognised – new legislation on civil partnerships and gay rights for example, as well as recognition of different ethnic minorities – that process exacerbated how working-class identities appeared or were being marginalised. This spills over into issues of political representation as a predominantly university-educated parliamentary Labour party became more and more distant from its working class constituents. He cited James Madison's concern that representation should not be captured by elites.

No one had much good to say about multiculturalism. "It's an inherently segregating narrative," declared Sunder Katwala of the Fabians. He also urged parties of left and right to take up the responsibility to legitimise the situation we're now in – and warned that it was "miserabilist" to be grudging about half a century of mass migration. ...

The political classes have recognised for a generation, however they may play the politics, that there is an educative process involved here in reconciling people to diversity. To reassure the anxious and the fearful. That reassurance has often come under the rubric of multiculturalism – that diversity is something to enjoy, celebrate, benefit from.

And there lies part of the conundrum. If multiculturalism is dumped as a disaster (or dead or failed, as the current narrative goes), what are you left with? Not much, and the conversation showed up the vacuum. You get some discussion of Britishness and then you get miserabilism. And that's not a cheerful option.
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Middle-class youngsters barred from applying for internships at Whitehall and in the police... because they are white
Paul Bentley
Mail Online, 27 March 2011

White middle-class students have been banned from applying for internships with Britain's biggest police force and in Whitehall.

The temporary jobs, which offer thousands of pounds for work in the summer, are billed as the internships 'that could change your life'.

They provide students with invaluable work experience at a time of soaring graduate unemployment.

But critics yesterday told of their anger at the decision by the Civil Service and the Metropolitan Police to exclude all but certain ethnic minorities from applying.

They say the schemes cause resentment among staff and are discriminating against white people 'via the back door'.

The Metropolitan Police, which employs more than 50,000 people, publicly offers only one work experience programme. The 12-week Diversity Internship will pay six interns more than £3,000 to work in a range of departments. While there is no guarantee of a post at the end, it gives students a head start in the battle for police jobs.

But the application form says only students from specific ethnic groups – including black African, black Asian or Chinese – can apply. Applicants are also quizzed about religious beliefs and sexuality.

The force offers a few other work experience places to students from specific colleges.

The Civil Service also has only one central internship programme – marketed as 'two months that could change your life' – and also specifically for students from ethnic minorities.

The only white candidates eligible to apply for the Fast Stream Summer Diversity Internship are those whose families are from 'under-represented socio-economic backgrounds'.

Others can get occasional work experience through individual departments.

The scheme, paying about £3,000, is a clear route to the prestigious Civil Service Fast Stream graduate programme.

MPs, campaigners and police are furious that prominent public bodies are discriminating against white, middle-class students by denying them the chance to apply. ...

One Met inspector said: 'At a time when people in the Met are being offered voluntary redundancy, the Met funds such schemes. Such incentives can only fan the flames of racial division.'
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All abroad!
Tom Newton Dunn
The Sun, 21 March 2011

A giant billboard featuring a London double-decker bus reveals the shambles that is Britain's open-house immigration system.

The advert - on an Indian street - openly plugs a dodgy scam that sells student visas for legal entry to the UK.

Using the famous tourist image of the bus, the message reads: "Get a FREE ride to the UK. Apply for admissions, get your visas & fly FREE to London".


It has also emerged that student visa forgeries hit their highest level last year. Students claiming asylum as their visas run out is just the latest in a series of loopholes in Britain's ultra-weak immigration rules.

Our revelations come ahead of a long-awaited Government clampdown on student visas, set to be announced this week. Nearly half of all immigrants arriving in Britain today come to study. But very few checks on them - coupled with a boom in dodgy colleges - has left the system open to massive abuse.

The number of young non-EU men and women arriving here as "students" has risen by 35 per cent in the last year. A total of 362,000 visas were issued in the 12 months to last June.

When their dependents are included, the number tops 500,000.
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Eight in ten new jobs have gone to foreign workers during past year
Becky Barrow
Daily Mail, 17 March 2011

More than 80 per cent of the jobs created last year were taken by people who were not born in this country, official figures revealed yesterday.

In 2010, employment rose by 210,000 compared with the previous year, but 173,000 jobs went to those born in countries from Poland to Pakistan.

Only 39,000 of the new jobs – less than one in five of the total – were taken by people born in Britain.
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Migrants paid to leave can return after two years
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 17 March 2011

Illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers already paid to go home are being offered a fresh "bribe" to leave by being told they can come back after two years.

Thousands of migrants who are in the country unlawfully or who have had asylum requests rejected are already offered "voluntary return" packages worth up to £2,000 of taxpayers' money.

But immigration rules say they are not allowed to apply to come back to Britain for at least five years after they have left. Damian Green, the immigration minister, has announced that this automatic ban has been reduced to two years in the hope of encouraging more illegal immigrants to take up voluntary return.


How the UK Border Agency lost track of 180,000 migrants on expired visas
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 15 March 2011

An astonishing 181,000 migrants whose right to live in Britain has expired could still be here, auditors have found.

The figure includes workers, students and their relatives whose visas have run out in the last two years, and who have been refused permission to stay on.

The National Audit Office, which uncovered the statistic, said immigration officials 'cannot be sure' how many have gone home.

It found the UK Border Agency knew where all the failed applicants had lived in Britain – but has not checked if they are still there.

Worryingly, the only action taken has been letters sent to 2,000 people in the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, asking them to leave.

The figure, revealed in a highly critical report into Labour's points-based immigration system, will raise concerns about the number of illegal migrants in the UK, and the lack of measures to make them leave.

The supposedly 'tough' system, modelled on Australia's, was designed to cut economic migration by as much as 12 per cent. In fact, it has increased by 20 per cent.

The number of foreign students has risen by nearly a third.

Tory MP Philip Davies said the revelations proved the system was a 'complete shambles', adding: 'This goes to show what an absurdly lax regime has been run.'

Immigration minister Damian Green said the Government was making 'radical reforms' to the system, including 'the introduction of an annual limit on economic migrants, sweeping changes to the student visa system, and a shake-up of the family and settlement route'.

He added it was also committed to reintroducing exit checks by 2015. 'We are determined to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands, and clampdown on abuses,' he said.

The report raised further concerns over the resident labour market test, which requires employers to advertise a job to Britons before looking overseas. Immigration officials were unable to check if companies advertised roles here for the minimum period of four weeks.

Rules which allowed 90,000 migrants to stay for two years looking for work after completing their studies were also given a scathing assessment.

The report said: 'It is not clear that the department foresaw the risk this posed to control of the border, or whether it took adequate steps to mitigate the risk.'

Labour MP Margaret Hodge, who chairs the Public Accounts Committee, said: 'The Points Based System is a welcome simplification of the previous system of 39 different types of work visa. However, gaps in data, poor risk management and inefficient processes mean that we cannot be certain that it either ensures proper controls or meets the UK's need for skilled labour.'
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Illegal workers' fines uncollected
Guardian / PA, 14 March 2011

Only 20% of fines imposed on employers who hire illegal workers have been paid, leaving tens of millions of pounds uncollected, figures show.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has collected just £10.7 million of the £53.1 million of fines issued since the first penalty was imposed in May 2008, Immigration Minister Damian Green said.

Campaign group Migration Watch UK said the situation was "frankly lamentable" and "another example of successive governments' feeble approach to illegal immigration".

The figures were released in a written answer to Labour MP Frank Field, but do not show how many of the civil penalties have been reduced or cancelled on appeal.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migration Watch, said: "This scheme could be a very useful instrument in the fight against illegal immigration, helping reduce the scope for illegal workers who undercut law abiding businesses and legal workers."

But he added: "It seems that the UKBA is taking the employers' word that they cannot afford to pay or are too ready to agree a reduced figure in the hope of getting at least some of the fine.

"This is another example of successive governments' feeble approach to illegal immigration. To collect just 20% of the available fines is frankly lamentable.

"There must be much more determined collection of fines to send a clear message that those employing illegal workers will suffer financially.

"Otherwise, the job opportunities for British workers will continue to be thoroughly undermined by people from across the world who have no right to be here at all."
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Tony Blair changes his tune over immigration saying it produced a 'challenge'
Steve Doughty
Mail Online, 12 March 2011

Tony Blair yesterday admitted for the first time that mass immigration has produced a 'challenge' which causes alarm to millions.

The former prime minister acknowledged there was a 'debate' over the impact of immigration and whether British generosity in allowing it had been abused.

Mr Blair said immigration had produced both a cultural and economic 'challenge'.

He made his admission in an article in which he accepted that 'there is a perception of failure' over the issue. The view contrasted strongly with his stance as prime minister. In the 2005 election campaign he insisted immigrants had made a 'huge contribution' to Britain and condemned opponents for 'exploiting people's fears'.

In his 690-page autobiography published last year he devoted only one page to the controversial subject.

Yesterday, however, in Roman Catholic journal The Tablet, Mr Blair declared that immigration – 3.2million came to live in Britain during Labour's years in power – was a matter of major importance.

He said: 'A new type of debate is taking shape. While it can centre on immigration or protectionism, it is above all about issues to do with culture and integration – issues that are altogether more vigorous and potentially more explosive.

'In Europe, the debate is about whether our attempt to integrate cultures has succeeded or failed and, insofar as there is a perception of failure, it is about whether our "generosity" in allowing inward migration and encouraging multiculturalism has been abused.'

Last night Douglas Carswell, MP for Clacton, said: 'What a pity that Tony Blair waited until he left office to address an issue of concern to millions of people in this country.'
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'We'll never turn anyone away': PM says 'humanitarian' NHS will give free treatment to patients from all over the world
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 5 March 2011

The National Health Service is giving free treatment to patients from all over the world, it has been officially admitted.

A letter sent on behalf of the Prime Minister states that the NHS is a 'humanitarian' organisation and 'will never turn away' a patient, even if he or she is not entitled to free care.

It provoked anger from politicians. One MP said: 'The NHS should not be an international charity.'

The correspondence emerged as a survey showed that in the past two years alone, hospitals have lost £32 million because of debts piled up by illegal migrants, health tourists and foreign visitors.

Traditionally, the NHS has given free care to foreigners who are genuine emergency cases, such as car crash victims here on holiday.

But few questions are asked at hospitals about where patients come from before treatment is started.

Some are so ill that they need a lifetime of care. The letter was sent after a nurse wrote to David Cameron complaining that foreigners routinely get free hospital care.

Her 85-year-old mother had been forced to pay £13,000 for a private knee operation after languishing on an overstretched NHS waiting list for two years.

The nurse, who has worked in 22 hospitals over 35 years, wrote: 'Fifteen years ago almost every patient I saw was British; five years ago about half were British. Today it is less than 10 per cent.

'This is a drain on the health service's resources to the detriment of people who have been contributing to it all their lives.'

The reply, written by a Department of Health official 'on Mr Cameron's behalf', said: 'The Government's position is that the NHS is essentially a humanitarian service and no one in need of immediate treatment will ever be denied it because of their immigration status or their ability to pay.'

However in 2000 the High Court ruled that even seriously ill foreigners should be refused free treatment.

Lord Justice Kennedy said: 'The NHS has enough trouble raising funds to treat those it must treat, without volunteering to treat others at a loss.'

Douglas Carswell, Tory MP for Clacton, said: 'The letter confirms that we are no longer a national health service but an international health service.'

Emma Boon of the TaxPayers' Alliance said: 'British taxpayers cannot afford to pay for the healthcare of the whole world.'

A health department spokesman said: 'The NHS is first and foremost for the benefit of people who live in this country.

'Hospitals must take reasonable measures to recover any debts from overseas patients.'
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We must engage with Muslim extremists, says Clegg
Robert Winnett
Daily Telegraph, 4 March 2011

Nick Clegg yesterday urged the Government to engage with Muslim extremists warning that you "don't win the fight by leaving the ring".

The Deputy Prime Minister wants ministers and others to take on and debate with people who have "deeply unpalatable, illiberal views". He indicated that "blood" may be a necessary price for the principles of "democracy, free speech and human rights" being upheld.

Mr Clegg also backed multi-culturalism and called on British people to "respect and communicate" with one another and welcome diversity.

His comments, in a speech in Luton, are in contrast to recent remarks from David Cameron who has called for an end to dialogue with extremists and said multi-cultural policies had failed.


Populus reports an unutterable truth
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 2 March 2011
[The survey is here:]

Some interesting statistics buried away in the excellent Populus survey carried out for the Searchlight Educational Trust (and which received a lot of press attention last week). The headline figure was that 60 per cent of British people (including first, second and third generation immigrants) think that immigration has been a "bad thing" for the country. This is something you are not allowed to say in print, or on television or radio, or you will be either prosecuted or set upon by some libtard idiot from the PCC.

The other headline figure was that a large minority of Asian people wish to see an end to immigration.

In fact, the figures are even more remarkable. Nearly 80 per cent of British people, including a majority of Asians, believe we should have much more rigorous controls on immigration than we do now. Only 5 per cent of people think there should be no controls on immigration.

Then there's this; asked the question "The arrival of immigrants has changed my local community for the better", the total number strongly agreeing was ........ 3 per cent. The total number agreeing at all with this proposition was ...... 12 per cent. Again, this is something you are not allowed to say.

It [the survey] came out in a week when it was revealed that net migration to the UK has risen by about thirty per cent per annum, with 572,000 people arriving in the last twelve months.
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Labour accused of covering up warnings about immigration
Robert Winnett and James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 1 March 2011

Secret research commissioned by Labour ministers warned that the number of immigrants moving to Britain threatened to drive down wages and inflame community tensions, ...

One of the reports, to be published today under freedom of information laws, showed that immigration into rural areas almost doubled in one year and threatened to drive down the wages of the lower paid.

Another piece of unpublished research warned officials and ministers that high levels of immigration "may increase tensions between migrant workers and other sections of the community" during the economic downturn.

Three reports commissioned by the Department of Communities and Local Government cost more than £100,000 but have not previously been released. ...

Ed Milliband, the Labour leader, admitted yesterday that the decision to admit thousands of eastern European economic migrants to the country left many British workers worse off.

He conceded that the last government had been "wrong" on the number of immigrant workers who would come to Britain when the European Union expanded eastwards. ...

Immigration had contributed to the economic pressure on many workers, Mr Milliband admitted. ...

Immigration had boosted the economy as a whole, but the arrival of tens of thousands of workers from Poland and other eastern European states had forced down wages for many British manual workers and other "low-skill" employees, he said.


Anti-immigration poll 'disturbing'
Google / Press Association, 26 February 2011

Almost two-thirds of white Britons think immigration has been bad for the UK, according to a survey which anti-racism campaigners called a "disturbing picture" of society's attitudes.

Research commissioned by the Searchlight Educational Trust also found that Asians were most likely to back a halt to all immigration, at least until the economy had recovered.

Labour MP Jon Cruddas said the findings should "ricochet through the body politic" as they showed the potential for the rise of the far-right unless mainstream parties acted soon.

The poll, carried out by Populus, was one of the largest studies carried out on the subject, based on 91 questions to more than 5,000 individuals.

Immigration was held to have been on the whole a bad thing for Britain by 63% of whites, 43% of Asians and 17% of black Britons. It found that 39% of Asians, 34% of whites and 21% of blacks believed immigration should be halted either permanently or at least until the UK's economy was back on track.

Almost half (48%) were open to supporting a new far-right party as long as it eschewed "fascist imagery" and did not condone violence. And 52% agreed that "Muslims create problems in the UK". Ethnic minority communities generally feel less "proud" at seeing the English flag flown - though only 25% of whites questioned said they felt that emotion.

The Trust said the report, titled Fear And Hope - The New Politics Of Identity, "paints a disturbing picture of our attitudes towards each another and the unknown".
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What Britons really think about immigration
Nick Lowles, director of anti-extremist group Hope Not Hate
Guardian / Observer, 26 February 2011

Fear and Hope, the report Searchlight Educational Trust is publishing on attitudes to immigration, identity and multiculturalism, gives those of us committed to the fight against extremism nowhere to hide. The survey of 5,000 people, the largest of its kind ever conducted, is stark, brutal and unequivocal.

Some 39% of Asian Britons, 34% of white Britons and 21% of black Britons now believe all immigration into the UK should be stopped permanently, or at least until the UK's economic situation improves. Meanwhile, 52% of Britons agree with the proposition "Muslims create problems in the UK", and 43% of Asian Britons, 63% of white Britons and 17% of black Britons agree with the proposition that "on the whole, immigration into Britain has been a bad thing for the country". In addition, 48% of Britons say they would consider supporting a new far right-wing party, if it shunned violence and fascist imagery.

These findings will be shocking to many. They shatter many of our liberal preconceptions. And they demonstrate conclusively that when it comes to the narrative of migration and race, our politicians and our community leaders are now running far behind those they seek to represent.

A new politics of identity, culture, and nation has grown out of the politics of race and immigration, and is increasingly the opinion driver in modern British politics. There are now in effect six "identity tribes" in our society. These are: confident multiculturalists (8% of the population); mainstream liberals (16%); identity ambivalents (28%); cultural integrationists (24%); latent hostiles (10%); and active enmity (13%).

The cherished "middle ground" of British politics is occupied by two of these groups; the cultural integrationists, motivated by authority and order; and identity ambivalents, who are concerned about their economic security and social change. Together they make up 52% of the population.

The current failure of the political mainstream risks pushing the identity ambivalents to the right, unless they tackle the social and economic insecurity which dominates their attitudes. This is a challenge for the current government – which is implementing deep spending cuts – and for the Labour Party, which is the traditional home of many of these voters. Almost half of all voters who do not identify with a party are identity ambivalents.

Our report reveals a clear correlation between economic pessimism and negative attitudes towards immigration. The more pessimistic people are about their own economic situation and their prospects for the future, the more hostile their attitudes are to new and old immigrants. The means test appears to have a greater impact upon attitudes towards integration and identity than the cricket test.

Despite the challenging nature of the report, there is much which is positive. Political violence is strongly opposed. Over two-thirds of people view "English nationalist extremists" and "Muslim extremists" as bad as each other. There is a real appetite for a positive campaigning organisation that opposes political extremism through bringing communities together.
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Record number of migrants make UK home
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 25 February 2011

A record number of migrants were allowed to make Britain their home last year as figures revealed Labour's final legacy.

Almost a quarter of a million people were granted settlement – the highest since records began – and a third of those were due to a failure by the last government to deal with historic asylum claims.

There was also a 41 per cent rise in foreign students while net migration – the difference between those arriving and those leaving – reached a three-year high in what proved to be Labour's last year in office.

Separate figures confirmed that 3.2 million foreign migrants were added to the UK population during the party's 13 years in power. The series of official statistics published yesterday showed for the first time what the incoming Coalition Government faced and its headache in meeting a pledge to reduce immigration to the "tens of thousands".

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "These figures are Labour's legacy to Britain – 3.2 million immigrants including a quarter of a million in their last year.

"Over half a million students in one year, with no interviews before arrival and no checks on departures, and a points-based system that has increased immigration not reduced it. "This is what they called 'managed migration'. "It would be hard to imagine after 13 years in charge a more shambolic inheritance."

In the 12 months to last September, 238,950 people were granted settlement – the highest figure since records began in the 1960s, according to the Home Office. Tens of thousands of applications were approved as part of the desperate clearing of the so-called asylum legacy backlog, where up to 450,000 unconcluded cases, some dating back to the 1990s, were discovered in 2006.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that in the year to June 2010 226,000 more migrants moved to the UK than left, the highest level since 2007. ...

Student numbers also continued to soar in Labour's final year, with a 41 per cent increase in those arriving for at least a year. Some 234,000 came to study in the 12 months to last June compared with 166,000 in the previous year.

Overall, 362,080 student visas were issued over the period, including to pupils coming for less than a year, representing a 35 per cent annual rise. ...

Other figures yesterday showed the number of failed asylum seekers and illegal immigrants being removed from the UK has hit a five-year low. Some 57,085 left voluntarily or were deported last year, down 15 per cent.

Home Office officials said that was mainly due to a large drop in the number of cases being refused at a port, which used to be included in removal statistics.


Number of UK immigrants up by 22%
Wesley Johnson
The Independent, 24 February 2011

The number of foreigners settling in the UK rose by more than a fifth last year, figures show.

A total of 237,890 people were granted settlement in the UK in 2010, a rise of 22% compared with 194,780 in the previous year - similar to the record high of 238,950, set in the 12 months to September 30 last year.

The number leaving the UK, either voluntarily or through enforced removals, fell to 57,085, the lowest in five years and 15% down on 2009, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Of those granted settlement, the number of asylum-related cases increased by almost two-thirds to 5,125, compared with 3,110 in 2009.

And the number of work-related cases was also up, rising 4% to 84,370 compared with 81,185 the previous year.

The quarterly immigration figures also showed while the number of foreigners given UK passports was down 4% to 195,130, the figure remained higher than that seen in the years 2005 to 2007, the ONS said.

A total of 334,815 student visas were issued last year, down 2% on 2009, and asylum applications also fell to their lowest in eight years, down by more than a quarter to 17,790 last year, compared with 24,485 in 2009 and 84,130 in 2002. ...

Net migration continues to rise, reaching 226,000 in the year ending June 2010, provisional ONS estimates for long-term international migration showed.

A total of 572,000 people came in to the UK, with only 346,000 leaving.

Other figures showed India was the most popular foreign country of birth for people in the UK in the 12 months to June 2010, making up about 678,000 of the population.
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Labour's 'betrayal' let in 3m extra migrants
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 22 February 2011

More than three million foreign migrants were added to the British population under Labour's open door on immigration, figures will confirm for the first time this week. ...

Up to another million are feared to be here illegally, while a million Britons left the country under a policy dubbed "Labour's great betrayal".

A report by the think tank Migration Watch UK also found that:

• One in four births was from foreign-born mothers.

• Half a million extra foreign-born children arrived in the country's primary schools.

• Three in four new jobs created since 1997 have been filled by migrant workers.

• The British population could hit 70 million within two decades, largely driven by immigration.

• Research by Prof David Coleman from Oxford University concluded that, if immigration continued at its present level, the "white British" may become a minority by the late 2060s.

Meanwhile, an independent poll found that three in four Britons believed immigration was a "big problem" with concerns growing especially among younger people, who are facing record levels of unemployment.

Official figures on Thursday are expected to show up to 5.5 million people arrived in the country as long-term migrants between 1997 and 2010 – the equivalent of almost one every minute.

Around 2.3 million people, half of them Britons, left over the same period, meaning the population increased by around 3.2 million. Some 80 per cent of those also came from outside the European Union, mainly from the Indian sub-continent, Africa and the Middle East.

The study said the scale of the movement was the largest seen in Britain since the Anglo-Saxons arrived more than 1,000 years ago.

Sir Andrew Green, the chairman of Migration Watch, said immigration would be seen as "Labour's great betrayal".

He said the extra three million people was the equivalent of creating three cities the size of Birmingham.


Migrants, Labour and democratic vandalism
Daily Mail, 22 February 2011
[Leading article]

Labour's 1997 manifesto said that: 'Every country must have firm control over immigration and Britain is no exception.'

Yet, within months of coming to power, and with no public consultation, the door to Britain was being flung wide open for literally millions of migrants.

Today, a report reveals that, as a result of this deliberate policy of mass immigration, the foreign-born population of this small island has risen by 3.2 million – a staggering 80 per cent of them from outside the EU.

These figures do not include illegal immigrants, of whom there could be a further one million living here, according to the Migrationwatch think-tank.

Quite simply, Labour changed the make-up of this country for ever – and in clear defiance of the public will.

For years, opinion polls made immigration top of the list of concerns.

But anyone who tried to discuss it was denounced as 'racist' by the liberal class, led by the BBC which, to its eternal disgrace, crushed any debate on this vital issue.

Of course, fears about migration had nothing to do with race. They were born of understandable worry that housing, schools and hospitals could not cope with the unprecedented number of arrivals.

Furthermore, they stemmed from alarm at how the jobs market was being flooded with cheap foreign labour – with 75 per cent of new jobs being taken by incomers. Meanwhile, the number of Britons on incapacity benefit soared.

Only Labour knows why it deliberately ignored these legitimate concerns about the future of this country, while slurring as 'bigots' anybody who dared to voice them.

The suspicion is that Tony Blair believed migrants, once granted citizenship, would be more likely to vote Labour. One of his ex-advisers even said the secret intention was to 'rub the Right's noses in diversity', in order to create a 'multicultural' Britain alien to the Tory party and its supporters.

But, whatever the motivation, it is undeniable that Labour cynically and repeatedly lied to voters about immigration – one of the greatest acts of democratic vandalism since the war, which shattered the bond of trust between government and electorate.
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How Labour let in 3 million immigrants, in defiance of the overwhelming wishes of the British people [part 2]
Sir Andrew Green, a former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Others, too, saw economic benefits for themselves. The employers' organisations kept their heads down, but there is little doubt that they were privately encouraging a supply of cheap labour which was good for profits, whatever its impact on society.

Then there were those members of the middle classes who found it convenient to have cheap exotic restaurants and even cheaper domestic help, but were blind to the wider consequences of this population inflow which were, of course, felt in the poorer neighbourhoods.

Another major factor was the attitude of the BBC and, in particular, its devotion to multiculturalism. For years it avoided discussing immigration if it possibly could.

Although in the autumn of 2005 official statistics for the previous year showed an increase of 50 per cent in net immigration, there was no mention of this on the BBC. Its own report into impartiality, published in June 2007, concluded that its coverage of immigration amounted to bias by omission.

Last December the corporation's director-general admitted: 'There are some areas, immigration, business and Europe, where the BBC has historically been rather weak and rather nervous about letting that entire debate happen.' Indeed so.

The overall effect was to deter any serious discussion of immigration and to give plenty of space to the Left to accuse anyone who raised the subject of being a covert racist. On this matter the BBC failed to meet its own standards of objectivity.

How about Labour's competence in government? A succession of six home secretaries and eight ministers of immigration was a testament to their utter failure to focus on a subject of crucial importance to Britain's future.

Labour ministers had no sooner grasped the elements of the problem than they were moved to a new post. Government policy was that immigration was good for the economy, so why make difficulties about it?

The first Labour Home Secretary even to inquire about the numbers was Jacqui Smith. But she, too, was gone in the twinkling of an eye.

The reality is there was no government focus on the scale of immigration and no serious effort made to reduce it.

In the end, Labour paid the price.

Anger over mass immigration was a major reason why so many of Labour's working-class supporters did not vote at the last election.

They were not alone in their verdict. An intriguing opinion survey found that, when the public were asked what they regarded as the greatest failures of Tony Blair's time as Prime Minister, 62 per cent pointed to the fact that immigration had reached unacceptable levels - even more than the 56 per cent who chose the invasion of Iraq.

Blair himself shows no remorse. His memoirs, which run to 690 pages, contain only one page on immigration.

The reference describes his strategy for handling the policy at the 2005 election, saying: 'Because our position was sophisticated enough - a sort of "confess and avoid", as the lawyers say - we won out.'

If Blair thinks his immigration policy was a success, he is almost alone.

So, what about the future? What can be done?
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How Labour let in 3 million immigrants, in defiance of the overwhelming wishes of the British people [part 1]
Sir Andrew Green, a former British Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Official figures to be published on Thursday will confirm that foreign immigration under Labour added more than three million to our population.

At the same time nearly one million British citizens voted with their feet, some saying that they were leaving because England was no longer a country that they recognised.

How could all this have happened in the teeth of public opposition? Even the Labour government's own survey last February showed that 77 per cent of the public wanted immigration reduced, including 54 per cent of the ethnic communities, while 50 per cent of the public wanted it reduced 'by a lot'.

There are, of course, good arguments for controlled and limited immigration. Migration in both directions is a natural part of an open economy. And there are many immigrants who are valuable both to our economy and our society.

Mass immigration is an entirely different matter. The question now is how did it happen and what can be done about it. Was it all a Labour conspiracy? Was it sheer incompetence in government? Or was it wholesale retreat in front of the race relations lobby?

The strongest evidence for conspiracy comes from one of Labour's own. Andrew Neather, a previously unheard-of speechwriter for Blair, Straw and Blunkett, popped up with an article in the Evening Standard in October 2009 which gave the game away.

Immigration, he wrote, 'didn't just happen; the deliberate policy of Ministers from late 2000 ... was to open up the UK to mass immigration'.

He was at the heart of policy in September 2001, drafting the landmark speech by the then Immigration Minister Barbara Roche, and he reported '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'.

That seemed, even to him, a manoeuvre too far.

The result is now plain for all to see. Even Blair's favourite think tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), commented recently: 'It is no exaggeration to say that immigration under New Labour has changed the face of the country.'

It is not hard to see why Labour's own apparatchiks supported the policy. Provided that the white working class didn't cotton on, there were votes in it.

Research into voting patterns conducted for the Electoral Commission after the 2005 general election found that 80 per cent of Caribbean and African voters had voted Labour, while only about 3 per cent had voted Conservative and roughly 8 per cent for the Liberal Democrats.

The Asian vote was split about 50 per cent for Labour, 10 per cent Conservatives and 15 per cent Liberal Democrats.

Nor should we underestimate the power of 'community leaders' who have strong influence in constituency Labour parties and who, of course, benefit from a growth in numbers.

Other activists, nurtured in the anti-apartheid movement of the last century, had no difficulty promoting the interests of minority groups - almost, it seems, regardless of the impact on the white working class.

There were also economic factors. A collection of essays published recently by the IPPR underlined the role of Gordon Brown's Treasury in this affair. A high level of immigration made economic growth look better and helped keep wages and, therefore, inflation down.
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Keeping your enemies too close for comfort
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2011
[Book review: 'A Mosque in Munich' by Ian Johnson]

... the Muslim Brotherhood, ...

Gradually, the Brotherhood's friends built up a network of institutions. Today, their European centre is at Markfield Conference Centre, near Leicester. The most famous intellectual inspiration for the Brotherhood's followers is Youssef Qaradawi, much praised by Ken Livingstone. He has ruled in favour of killing Israeli children and extreme punishments for homosexuals.

You will often hear that the Muslim Brotherhood is a reasonable organisation. ... It is true that, in Egypt, it is not currently advocating violence ...

But this misses the point about its ideology, which is absolute. The doctrine is that "Islam is the solution", in a political sense. Muslim societies must be governed by sharia. No countries otherwise governed are legitimate. Many Brothers also believe that any Muslim not accepting this approach is an apostate and may therefore be killed.

... This book shows how, for 50 years, the West has been empowering those who are adamantly opposed to our entire way of life.


Loopholes let thousands of migrant workers fill British jobs
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 16 February 2011

Tens of thousands of migrant workers will still fill British jobs despite an annual cap because of a series of loopholes.

The limit, which comes into force in April, will not affect any migrant worker already in the country, even if they change jobs or visas. Companies will still be able to bring in overseas staff who earn less than a planned salary cap so long as they rotate them each year. ...

The effectiveness of the new restrictions was cast into doubt after the immigration watchdog warned that officials were failing to tackle migrant workers who may no longer have a right to stay. John Vine, the chief inspector of the UK Border Agency, said those who lost their jobs were not having their stay cut short, as is required.


Head for the hills to save the towns
Daily Telegraph, 16 February 2011

People should move to remote areas of Britain to stop further damage to the environment in overcrowded areas like the South East, according to a new report on the problem of population growth.

The Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution warned that the growing number of elderly people and single households was already putting pressure on housing and infrastructure in cities in England. It said energy blackouts, water shortages and social unrest could arise because too many people were living in overstretched areas.

In its last report before the commission is scrapped as part of the "bonfire of the quangos" cost-cutting, it said people should be encouraged to move to areas such as the North East of England or the Highlands of Scotland, where land and resources were available.


Thousands of illegal workers claiming benefits: Loophole in the law costs taxpayers millions
James Chapman
Daily Mail, 14 February 2011

Tens of thousands of workers with no right to be in Britain have been claiming benefits thanks to an extraordinary loophole in the law.

Ministers have discovered that Labour allowed 155,000 illegal immigrants to qualify for sickness benefits and maternity pay. Government sources put the cost to the public purse at 'tens of millions of pounds'.

They say the shambles is a damning indictment of how Labour lost control of both the benefits and immigration systems with taxpayers left to foot the bill. Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith will outlaw the practice in welfare reform legislation expected to be unveiled this week.

Ministers believe most of those abusing the system came to work in Britain for a limited period and overstayed their visa. Others managed to get a job without a work permit.

At present, someone could be illegally in the UK and able to claim Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), paid to those too sick to work, as well as statutory payments such as maternity or paternity pay and sick pay.

Astonishingly, the Work and Pensions Department has not in the past asked to see work permits when assessing claims for ESA.

Employers, meanwhile, have not been asked to show proof that workers are in Britain legally when processing claims for maternity or paternity pay or sick pay.

A Whitehall source said: 'It cannot be right that people who aren't eligible to work here can get benefits that are a substitute for earnings.

'This is a classic example of where the welfare system has been allowed to get completely out of control. It is difficult to track because these are illegal workers, but the cost is likely to be in the tens of millions.

'Clearly it's incredibly unfair and ministers are acting to legislate to close the loophole as quickly as possible. ...' ...

Hundreds of thousands of National Insurance numbers were handed out under Labour to illegal workers as, alarmingly, there was no requirement on JobCentre staff to check whether a person was in the country legally.
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Just one in five immigration offenders kicked out of UK
James Slack
Daily Mail, 14 February 2011

Thousands of immigration offenders are being allowed to escape deportation every year, Government figures reveal.

The asylum system is supposed to take a strict stance against those who are caught living in the UK illegally.

But fewer than one in five of those who claimed asylum only after they were caught living here without permission have been kicked out.

Incredibly, more are being given permission to stay than are being removed.

Critics said the figures showed how the previous Labour government had turned Britain into a 'soft touch' for illegal immigrants.

In the past three years alone, only 7,294 of the 40,000 who claimed asylum after being caught breaking immigration rules were kicked out.

This compared with 9,869 - one in four - who were told they could stay. The remainder have either yet to have their cases decided or have dropped out of the system.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: 'These are astonishing figures.

'These people entered illegally in the first place without bothering to claim asylum, so they can hardly be prime candidates.

'Despite that, a quarter of them were granted some sort of protection.

'Worse still, of all those detected, less than one in five have actually been removed. No wonder Britain is considered a soft touch and people are queuing in Calais to get here.' ...

In a blistering report published last February, the Parliamentary ombudsman laid the blame at the door of the last government.

Ann Abraham said Labour was a 'very long way' from running a fast and fair immigration system that deports foreigners with no right to live here.

She found delays and incompetence at almost every level of the asylum and immigration process - with backlogs running to hundreds of thousands of cases.

The ombudsman warned the situation is such a shambles that illegal immigrants could soon benefit from an obscure rule which says those who avoid removal for 14 years can apply to stay here permanently.
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Majority of arrested illegal immigrants stay
Daily Telegraph, 11 February 2011

Thousands of illegal immigrants caught in Britain are being allowed to stay after claiming asylum, figures show.

Less than one in five who claimed asylum after being found to be unlawfully in the country in the past three years have been removed.

One in four were granted shelter, according to Home Office figures released to MPs. Since 2008, 40,181 people claimed asylum after being found to be illegal immigrants. Eighteen per cent have been removed, while 25 per cent were granted asylum.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said: "It is truly shocking that even when an illegal immigrant has been arrested, we find that less than one in five are removed."


Study: Neighborhood Natives Move Out When Immigrants Move In
American Sociological Association, 8 February 2011

Native residents of a neighborhood are more likely to move out when immigrants move in, according to new research by three American sociologists.

"Neighborhood Immigration and Native Out-Migration" appears in the February issue of the American Sociological Review. Study authors are Kyle Crowder of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Matthew Hall of the University of Illinois-Chicago and Stewart E. Tolnay of the University of Washington.

The authors note that for native whites the tendency to leave areas with large and growing immigrant populations appears to be rooted in reactions to the racial composition of a neighborhood. In contrast, decreasing homeownership rates and increasing costs of housing in the neighborhood appear to be the primary impetus for native blacks to leave neighborhoods with large and growing immigrant populations.

However, large concentrations of immigrants in areas surrounding a neighborhood reduce the likelihood that native black and white residents of that neighborhood will leave. The scholars propose that this may be because these surrounding areas, which normally would be the most likely destinations for native householders seeking to relocate, become less attractive to those native householders when they contain larger immigrant populations. ...

"While the settlement patterns of immigrants themselves are important, native-born residents' decisions to remain in diversifying neighborhoods or to flee in the face of growing immigrant concentrations are just as crucial in determining the trajectory of residential integration," said Crowder, the Howard W. Odum Distinguished Professor of Sociology in UNC's College of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the Carolina Population Center.
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Muslims must embrace core British values, says Cameron
James Kirkup
Daily Telegraph, 5 February 2011

British Muslims must subscribe to mainstream values of freedom and equality, David Cameron will say today, as he declares that the doctrine of multiculturalism has "failed" and will be abandoned. ...

To be British is to believe in freedom of speech and religion, democracy and equal rights regardless of race, sex or sexuality, he will say. Proclaiming a doctrine of "muscular liberalism", he will say that everyone, from ministers to ordinary voters, should actively confront those who hold extremist views.

He will also warn that groups that fail to promote British values will no longer receive public money or be able to engage with the state. ...

The prime Minister will accept that multiculturalism has left some members of the white community feeling unfairly treated. Racism and intolerance are "rightly" condemned, he will say. "But when equally unacceptable views or practices have come from someone who isn't white, we've been too cautious, frankly too fearful, to stand up to them."


More Britons fearful of immigration
Guardian / Press Association, 4 February 2011

Britons are more fearful about immigration than other nations, according to a poll of people across the US, Canada and western Europe.

Almost one in four (23%) said immigration was the most important issue facing the country, the Transatlantic Trends survey found.

The other countries, including the US (9%), Canada (5%), France (8%), Germany (9%), Italy (10%), Holland (4%) and Spain (3%), appeared far less concerned.

The survey found 59% of Britons agreed there were "too many" people living in the country who were not born here, also a much higher figure than the other nations.

And seven out of 10 (70%) said the Government was doing a poor job in managing immigration.

A total of 47% believed legal immigrants were a burden on social services like schools and hospitals, and 33% said legal immigrants increase crime.

About one in four (22%) said only British citizens should have access to UK schools and 25% said only British citizens should have access to healthcare.

However, the survey also showed that 77% of people agreed legal immigrants were hard workers, and 43% said they were integrating well or very well into society - a higher figure than several of the other nations. ...

The survey, commissioned by the US German Marshall Fund and other organisations, saw at least a thousand people from each country questioned in August, September and November last year.
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British students must get fairer crack at jobs, says minister
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 2 February 2011

British jobs must go to British students, the immigration minister promised yesterday as he warned that foreign graduates were forcing them on to the dole.

Damian Green attacked the "unfettered access" that tens of thousands of overseas students have to the jobs market every year. He promised to reform the "too generous" system. ...

Figures last week showed graduate unemployment at its highest for almost 17 years, with one in five seeking work two years after leaving university. ...

The Coalition has already proposed closing a scheme, called the Post Study Work Route, which allows foreign graduates to stay on in Britain for another two years to look for work.

Some 38,000 foreign students took advantage of the route in 2009, along with almost 8,000 dependants. ...

At the weekend, Mr Green warned that more than 90,000 students per year arrive at private colleges which do not have the Home Office status of Highly Trusted Sponsor, awarded to colleges which can show there have not been instances of student visa abuse and have systems in place to check for abuse.

In his speech yesterday, he said: "There is clearly very, very widespread abuse in the system."


Hundreds of foreign criminals can't be deported
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 30 January 2011

A record number of foreign criminals and illegal immigrants are winning the right to stay in Britain under human rights laws.

In the first nine months of last year more than 300 immigrants defeated Home Office attempts to deport them. The full-year total is expected to exceed 400.

Among those allowed to stay were killers, rapists and multiple offenders, along with a woman whose appeal was backed by a judge even though he accused her of "manufacturing" evidence.

Critics claimed that as a result of the rulings, the Home Office was reducing its efforts to deport migrants due to the strong likelihood that it would face successful challenges on human rights grounds. ...

In Opposition, the Conservatives pledged to scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights, but there has been no progress since the Coalition came to power. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, which campaigns against mass immigration, said of the figures: "This is just the tip of a very large iceberg. For every human rights case that is won in the courts, many others of a similar nature will simply be granted by Home Office officials in the knowledge that any appeal would simply be allowed.

"These figures show that the gradual extension of the human rights regime is rendering it progressively more difficult to remove large numbers of people who on other grounds have no right to stay in Britain."

Other immigrants who faced deportation because they had entered the country illegally or overstayed their visas have also used human rights arguments successfully.


Number of British Muslims will double to 5.5m in 20 years
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 28 January 2011

The Muslim population in the UK will almost double to 5.5 million within 20 years, it has been claimed.

Immigration and high birth rates will mean nearly one in ten Britons will be Muslim by 2030, according to a worldwide study about the spread of Islam.

And the forecasts mean Britain will have more Muslims than Kuwait.

From 1990 to 2010 the number of followers of the Islamic faith around the world increased at an average rate of 2.2 per cent annually. Last year there were 1.57 billion around the world.

The British increase in the Muslim population from the current 2.8 million will be mainly driven by immigration, according to figures prepared by a Washington think tank.

Projections by the respected Pew Research Centre said the 40 years between 1990 and 2030 will see a fivefold rise in Britain.

In 1990 there were 1.1 million Muslims in Britain, representing two per cent of the population.

By last year that figure had risen to 2.8 million, or four per cent. By 2030 the number will hit 5.5 million - eight per cent of an estimated 68 million population, Pew researchers said.

In the U.S., the number of Muslims will also double by 2030 - rising to 6.2 million from 2.6 million today. But the percentage of Muslims will remain lower than the UK because the total population is five times bigger there, with around 300 million at present. ...

The report said one in four migrants to the UK are Muslims.

In Canada, the number of Muslims is set to nearly treble to 2.7 million in 2030 from 940,000 at present, the study found.

'The greatest increases in the Muslim share of the population - driven primarily by continued migration - are likely to occur in Western and Northern Europe, where Muslims will be approaching double-digit percentages of the population in several countries,' it said. ...

The Pew report also cited high birth rates. It said that 'generally, Muslim populations tend to have higher fertility rates than non-Muslim populations'. ...

By 2030 Muslims will make up 26 per cent of the world's projected population of 8.3 billion, up from 23 per cent of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9 billion, it said.

Those figures represent an increase from 1.6 billion in 2010 to 2.2 billion in 2030, a rise of 35 per cent.
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How Labour's 'tough' rules let in 2,100 migrants a day
James Slack
Daily Mail, 24 January 2011

Britain handed out 2,100 visas a day following the introduction of Labour's 'tough' new border controls.

Official figures reveal for the first time that 1,554,327 non-EU nationals were given permission to enter or stay in this country under the previous government's points-based system.

The beneficiaries included workers, their partners and children and hundreds of thousands of foreign students.

Incredibly, the numbers entering Britain continued to climb between 2008 and 2009 – despite the country being in the grip of a recession.

A fall of fewer than 20,000 in the number of work permits being rubber-stamped for main applicants was dwarfed by a leap of 80,000 in student visas.

The total number of visas handed out in 2009, including renewals for people who would otherwise have been forced to leave, was 778,617 – up from 775,710 a year earlier.

According to a report by the Migrationwatch think-tank, the early indications are that, so far, the Coalition Government has had only limited impact on the figures.

Ministers have decided to keep the points-based system, which was introduced in 2008, but are making the criteria much tougher.

But, in the year to September 2010, the latest period for which figures are available, the total number of visas issued was 752,855, down only slightly.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, said: 'These figures give the lie to claims the points-based system (PBS) was already bringing immigration under control.

'Such reduction as there has been is surely the consequence of the deepest recession for a generation, not the introduction of the PBS, which is deeply flawed.

'This renders still more difficult the Government's commitment to get net migration down to the "tens of thousands" as the public overwhelmingly wishes to see.'
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White children in Birmingham 'a minority' this year because of immigration
Daily Mail, 24 January 2011

White children are set to become a 'minority group' in Birmingham, a census is expected to show.

A study by the University of Manchester has predicted that more than half of children in Birmingham will be from black and Asian communities when the census is carried out at the end of March.

In 2006, 53 per cent of children under 16 were from white families and this figure is expected to drop substantially to 47 per cent when the census is carried out in two months' time.

Various public bodies have attempted to predict when the 'tipping point' will be reached which will push Birmingham's ethnic minorities into a clear majority.

Although children from white families will still make up the largest single group, youngsters from ethnic backgrounds will be in the majority which means the white children will be classed as a 'minority'.

Researchers from the university calculated four years ago that the proportion of children aged under 16 who are from black and ethnic minorities will rise to about 64 per cent by 2026.

The study suggests one reason for the reduction of white families is movement out of Birmingham to other areas of the West Midlands and the UK.

Another reason is the continued immigration of people from Pakistan, African countries and China.

Ten years ago, the 2001 census showed that 70.4 per cent of the Birmingham population was white and 29.6 per cent were a mixture of various ethnic backgrounds, with British Asians and African-Caribbean dominating.
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Britain is migrant magnet of Europe: Only Spain admits more non-EU immigrants
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 20 January 2011

Britain accepts more non-European immigrants than any other EU country except Spain, it emerged yesterday.

The latest annual figures showed immigration from Asia, Africa and the Americas running at 307,000, against 284,000 received by Italy and the 238,000 who went to Germany.

These comparisons are striking because Italy is the main destination for hundreds of thousands of migrants and refugees from Africa and the Middle East who see it as the easiest route into Europe, and for decades Germany accepted more migrants than any other European country.

The only country that takes more non-EU immigrants than Britain now is Spain, the European country of choice for most Latin Americans.

The figures, which cover 2008, show that Spain took 499,000 non-EU migrants. ...

Douglas Carswell, MP for Clacton, said: 'We made a clear promise to cut net migration from hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands.

'These figures show that the Government needs to pull its finger out and get on with it.

'People are fed up with talk. They want to see significant reductions. People will hold ministers to account for this at the next election.'

Last week, a Whitehall survey showed four out of five people want to see immigration reduced and more than half the population want to see immigration cut 'a lot'.

The figures from Eurostat, the European Union's statistics department, show only four member states accepted more than 100,000 immigrants from outside the EU in 2008.

France used to admit high numbers of immigrants, but it took only 89,000 two years ago, fewer than a third of the number coming to Britain.

The country outside the EU from where the most people came to Britain in 2008 was India, at 47,000.

In that year, 165,000 people arrived in the UK from Commonwealth countries and 142,000 from other non-EU nations.

The most recent statistics show 303,000 people came to Britain from outside the EU in 2009 – the latest year for which figures are available.
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Foreigners take two out of three new jobs as statistics reveal nearly 200,000 vacancies were filled by those born overseas
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 19 January 2011

Just a third of all jobs created last year went to British-born workers, official figures indicate.

They show that only 100,000 of the 297,000 workers who began new posts between July and September 2010 were native Britons.

Of the rest, 90,000 were born in Poland and other Eastern European countries that joined the EU in 2004, and the remainder were born elsewhere in the world.

The summer figures from the Office for National Statistics are the latest available and are understood to be representative of the whole year.

The analysis, published in the ONS journal Economic and Labour Market Review, also showed that while a million jobs have become available in Britain over the past six years, there are now a third of a million fewer British-born people in work.

Since the beginning of 2004, the number of British-born people in jobs has gone down by 334,000, while nearly 1.3 million foreign-born individuals have found work in the UK.

Of these, 530,000 were from Eastern Europe and 770,000 from elsewhere in the world.

Sir Andrew Green, of the think-tank MigrationWatch, said: 'These latest figures can only be described as spectacular. There are no fixed numbers of jobs in an economy but it is very hard to escape the conclusion that foreign-born workers are taking jobs that might be done by British workers.'
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The Equality Duty has no worthwhile purpose
Daily Telegraph, 17 January 2011
[Leading article]

The Coalition acted with admirable decisiveness to strike out one of the most contentious aspects of Harriet Harman's Equality Act – the clause that placed a duty on all public bodies at all times to take account of "the inequalities of outcome which result from socioeconomic disadvantage".


Regrettably, the Government has not been so robust when it comes to another key requirement in the legislation, that the entire public sector workforce, across 27,000 separate bodies, be monitored in terms of gender, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and disability; and at the same time, that the ban on positive discrimination be lifted. From this summer, public bodies will have to fulfil an Equality Duty by publishing annual updates on how diverse their workforces are. ... In addition, larger public bodies will have to make at least 25 "equality assessments" of all new policies.

When Theresa May, the Home Secretary, announced the decision not to implement the "inequalities of outcome" requirement, she argued that under Miss Harman's unloved legislation, equality has become not a noble goal but "a dirty word... associated with the worst forms of pointless political correctness and social engineering". Mrs may was absolutely right – but those words apply equally strongly to the Equality Duty and associated assessments. We report today that implementing this enormous box-ticking exercise will cost £30 million a year, at a time when public sector bodies are being forced by the spending cuts to shed employees.

But it is not merely on economic grounds that this measure makes no sense. It also appears to have absolutely no worthwhile purpose, other than to pay obeisance at the altar of political correctness. Miss Harman and the last Government were able to offer no coherent justification and the Coalition has not even tried.


Immigration is too high, say four in five Britons
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 14 January 2011

Four out of five people want to see cuts in the level of immigration, a large-scale survey carried out for the Government has revealed.

More than half the population want to see numbers coming from abroad to live in Britain reduced by 'a lot', it found.

The poll, carried out for the Communities Department, showed that public demand for reducing immigration is overwhelming and growing.

It amounts to a warning from Whitehall to David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May that concerns over immigration – which played a central role in last year's general election – have not gone away and are likely to lead to voter frustration if the Coalition fails to keep its promises.

Ministers have pledged to bring net migration – the number of people added to the population by migration each year – down to 1990s levels of under 100,000. In Labour's last year in power, net migration was 215,000.

The Communities Department Citizenship Survey – a research project launched while Tony Blair was prime minister – attempts to measure 'community cohesion'.

Its findings on immigration are notable because the survey was designed to ensure that ethnic minorities and Muslims were 'robustly represented' among those consulted.

Some 10,000 people were questioned, but pollsters then gauged opinions from a further 5,000 ethnic minority members and 1,200 Muslims before reaching their conclusions.

The survey found that 78 per cent of the population want to see immigration cut back. A quarter (24 per cent) would like to see immigration reduced a little, while 54 per cent said they wanted it cut 'a lot'. Fewer than one in five – 19 per cent – said levels should stay the same. Only three people in 100 thought there should be an increase.

The pollsters found no sign that people felt their local areas were becoming more uneasy and divided. They said 85 per cent thought their neighbourhood was 'cohesive' and a place where people from different backgrounds got on well together.

However, 22 per cent thought they would get worse treatment from public services because of their race. This proportion is double the size of the ethnic minority population, which is around 10 per cent of the population.
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Asylum seekers 'lost without trace'
The Guardian, 11 January 2011

At least 60,000 asylum seekers will be lost without trace as the UK Border Agency (UKBA) struggles to clear its backlog of claims, MPs have said.

They will be left in limbo as their claims are consigned to a growing pile of applications unlikely to ever be resolved, the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee said.

Of the backlog of up to 450,000 claims identified in 2006, at least one in seven "will be concluded on the basis that the UK Border Agency (UKBA) has been completely unable to trace what has happened to the applicant", the MPs said.

In a critical report, the MPs found the UKBA was "still failing to meet expectations" with delays and backlogs being attributed "at least in part to inadequate decision-making in the first instance".

"While we agree that the UK Border Agency should not spend unlimited time trying to track down missing applicants, we are concerned about the high proportion of cases which will be left, in effect, in limbo," the report said. "Again, this points to the vital need to deal with cases as expeditiously as possible and not to let backlogs grow." ...

The backlog of up to 450,000 unresolved asylum cases first emerged in 2006, with some dating back more than a decade. Several steps have been taken to clear the backlog and asylum seekers who have not been able to be traced by UKBA officials, and who have not appeared on watchlists for at least six months, are consigned to a "controlled archive".

UKBA's outgoing chief executive Lin Homer told the committee that very few of these would "come alive again", meaning they were unlikely ever to be decided.
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It's not the Home Office's fault – the UN Convention on Refugees is not fit for purpose [part 2]
Ed West
Daily Telegraph website, 11 January 2011

He said: "The big advantage is that when you get there, you claim asylum. You're guaranteed to be able to stay there while your asylum claim is assessed. You'll probably never be sent home. And the important thing is you will be allowed to work.

"If you're not allowed to work, the government will give you money, the government will give you a house to live in, and basically there are lots of other ways you can earn money on the side – sub-letting your accommodation, that kind of thing."

And what does the future hold? In 2050 Pakistan will have 305 million people, Nigeria 258 million, Bangladesh 243 million, DR Congo 177 million, Ethiopia 189 million and Uganda 127 million. A Malthusian I am not, but clearly the supply of people willing to enter Europe will not dry up.

That the number of refugees has dipped slightly in recent years is not because the world's problems are ending. As well as directing some refugees towards economic migration, the Home Office realised that as the number of people with the legitimate right to stay in Britain under the UN treaty is enough to outnumber the current population, the best legal way to deal with it is try to make the process of applying as humiliating and unpleasant as possible (including the imprisonment of children). But even this faces legal problems; in July 2010 the Supreme Court decided unanimously that refugees from countries where sexuality is persecuted cannot, as the Home Office suggested, stay at home and just hide their sexuality, and must be given asylum. Yet homosexuality is a crime in 75 countries around the world, and punishable by death in five – and sexuality is not something the Home Office or anyone else can easily determine.

It's not that the Home Office is unfit for purpose, but the very concept of asylum, an outdated and unworkable relic from the mid-20th century, is. I don't envy the politician who finally has to admit this and make the heartbreaking decision to close the door, but eventually someone will have to.
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It's not the Home Office's fault – the UN Convention on Refugees is not fit for purpose [part 1]
Ed West
Daily Telegraph website, 11 January 2011

The cases of some 61,000 asylum seekers have been closed without the applicant having been traced, according to a new report by the Home Affairs Select Committee.

They represent one in seven of the 450,000-strong backlog that the Home Office admitted to in 2006, an admission which led to the ministry being labelled "not fit for purpose". ...

But more disturbingly, this paper reported:

The report also warned a fresh asylum backlog could be building up because only six in ten new cases are being dealt within the target time of six months.

Well, what a surprise – the state cannot physically manage the problem of large-scale refugee applications. "Asylum seekers" is one of those late-Nineties, early-Noughties phrases you don't hear about much these days, like "political correctness gone mad". The reason is that after the turn of the Millennium the Labour Government realised they could kill two birds with one stone – dealing with the problem of refugees and flooding the market with cheap labour – by simply turning refugees into economic immigrants. As Home Secretary David Blunkett said when he addressed the Social Market Foundation in June, having remarked that most asylum seekers were actually seeking economic migration:

So why not facilitate that economic migration? Why not open up in greater degree the opportunity for people to come here, to work here, to develop their family here openly and legally. I have doubled the number of work permits this year to 150,000. We have opened up new immigration routes in terms of skilled workers and in terms of those who are coming for a short stay or for seasonal work. We need, in Government, to get agreement in service sector, low skill, no skill work, to be able to do the same.

Of course it makes sense, because the division between "asylum seeker" and "economic migrant" is a pretty vague one at best. What's the moral difference between a man who wants to escape to the west to escape a barbaric government, and one who wants to escape grinding poverty for him and his family? Both are morally worthy and, as human beings, both should elicit our sympathy. But the numbers involved make such a welcoming system impossible.

The 1951 Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees was created in response to the displacement of people in Europe following World War Two. It was designed for a world of 2 billion people and three dozen nation-states and empires, not one of almost 7 billion people, countless dictatorships and theocracies, and one where technology makes intercontinental movement feasible for billions.

And the world has changed: there were 75 million external migrants in 1965, 105 million in 1985 and 150m in 2000. In 1972 there were 13,000 asylum seekers in western Europe; by the early 1990s there were half a million.

The Convention on Refugees has also led to the opening up of a people trafficking industry, as John Tincey, a former front-line immigration case-worker, told Prospect magazine editor David Goodhart in a BBC radio programme last year that in the very late 1980s and into the early 1990s the system allowed criminal organisations to traffic people.
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Islam now considered 'a threat' to national identity by almost half of French and Germans, according to new poll
Peter Allen
Daily Mail, 6 January 2011

Islam is considered a 'threat' by millions of French and Germans to their national identity.

A poll by France's Le Monde newspaper also found a majority in both countries believe Muslims have 'not integrated properly'.

Le Monde ran the results under a headline which brands efforts to get different religious communities to live side by side as a 'failure'.

France, with seven million, and Germany, 4.3 million, have the largest Muslim communities in Europe. There are 2.4 million in Britain. ...

According to the Le Monde poll, carried out with marketing firm IFOP, 68 per cent of French and 75 per cent of Germans believe Muslims are 'not well integrated into society'.

Others – 55 per cent in France and 49 per cent in Germany – believe the 'influence and visibility of Islam' is 'too large', while 60 per cent in both countries say the reason for the problem is Muslims' own 'refusal' to integrate.

Just as crucially, 42 per cent of French and 40 per cent of Germans consider the presence of Islamic communities 'a threat' to their national identities. ...

The poll questioned 1,600 people in France and Germany last month.
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Liberals are completely deluded about Islam in Britain and the existence of sectarianism
Ed West
Daily Telegraph website, 5 January 2011

Liberal Conspiracy has a post playing down a story about conversions to Islam, one which almost perfectly encapsulates the liberal delusion over Islam.

But more striking is the generational change the survey reveals. While 76.3% of people say they were raised as Christians, only 43.7% of people now identify as such. The real story, when it comes to British religion, is the number of people converting to godlessness.

And while 2.3% of people were raised in the faith, 2.4% call themselves Muslims: hardly a story of British 'Islamification'.

That a few Britons choose to convert to Islam every year – most in order to marry into Muslim families before continuing to live much as before –is hardly news. More remarkable is the growing number of former Muslims who have bravely gone public with their embrace of secularism, despite facing ostracism and sometimes violence for the offence of apostasy.

Ignore the headlines: there's never been a better time or place to believe in nothing much – despite the paranoia of those for whom it's always the end of the world as we know it.

No, don't ignore the headlines. Because, as Eric Kaufmann wrote in Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth?, there is a difference between affiliation, belief and attendance. People do not necessarily have to believe in God to affiliate with a religion, which is why, despite only 5 per cent of English natives attending church, over 70 per cent of them identify as Christians. More significantly, in parts of England where there are now a large number of Muslims, the last census saw a jump in the number of whites who described themselves as Christians, despite church attendance continuing to slump. ...

For sectarianism to flourish all you need to do is import a large number of people with what sociologist Enest Gellner called "counter-entropic" traits – differences of identity that stop people intermarrying. Race is one such trait, but religion is a far stronger one, with British Muslims (and Sikhs and Hindus for that matter) all more than 90 per cent likely to marry within their own religious and ethnic groups.

This is hardly surprising, when according to the last census, only 0.5 per cent of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis said they had no religion, against 11.3 per cent for African-Caribbeans and an even higher figure for whites.

"You don't even have to be religious to cheer for Team Islam," Prof Kaufmann says, "Identity politics stimulates spiritual curiosity and strengthens communal norms of piety that might otherwise crumble."

Liberals are also deluded about the size of the Muslim population, which is not 2.3 per cent, but as my colleague Damian Thompson pointed out, 4.6 per cent, according to the Pew Forum. Even if our cowardly Government were to stop immigration tomorrow, that figure will easily get closer to 10 per cent within two decades through natural increase. Are deluded liberals willing to bet that "Team Islam" will cease to exist by then? ...

The demographic situation as it is has already entailed serious sacrifices, such as stricter rules about freedom of speech, a return to blasphemy laws, the existence of a large anti-terror surveillance network, not to mention the hundreds of millions of pounds spent on "community cohesion", with no end in sight. As the Muslim population grows will these problems go away, or get worse? I don't think I'm being paranoid in betting on the latter.
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Fake foreign students vanish into black market jobs and cost taxpayers £493 million a year
James Slack
Daily Mail, 5 January 2011

Bogus students from overseas are costing taxpayers up to £493 million a year, a report claims.

The study by think-tank Migrationwatch says tens of thousands of foreign students are 'disappearing underground' to take jobs on the black market.

They are filling up to 32,000 posts which could be legally held by the 2.5 million unemployed British workers, the report says.

It adds that the cost of paying unemployment and housing benefit to those who lose out to bogus students is as much as £471 million a year.

And because the NHS does not carry out stringent checks on those needing emergency treatment, the study estimates the illegal workers cost a further £16 million in health care. Educating their children is estimated at an additional £6 million.

Migrationwatch chairman Sir Andrew Green called on the Government to clamp down on bogus students.

He said: 'By working illegally they take a job that would otherwise be available for a British worker who remains unemployed.'

He added: 'Such illegal workers also tend to hold down wages at the lower end and enable unscrupulous employers to compete unfairly with honest employers who offer decent wages and conditions.'

Immigration minister Damian Green said the Coalition was committed to ensuring that 'those who come to the UK to study are genuine and are not using a student visa to gain work'.

He added: 'Tough enforcement is the cornerstone of our immigration policy.'
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How 100,000 Britons have chosen to become Muslim... and average convert is 27-year-old white woman
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 5 January 2011

The number of Muslim converts in Britain has passed 100,000, fuelled by a surge in young white women adopting the Islamic faith.

The figure has almost doubled in ten years – with the average convert now a 27-year-old white woman fed up with British consumerism and immorality.

The numbers, revealed in a study by multi-faith group Faith Matters, have led to claims that the country is undergoing a process of 'Islamification'.

But the organisation's report argued that most converts saw their religion as 'perfectly compatible' with living in Britain.

It said: 'Converts do not represent a devious fifth column determined to undermine the Western way of life – this is a group of normal people united in their adherence to a religion which they, for the most part, see as perfectly compatible with Western life.'

The report estimated around 5,200 men and women have adopted Islam over the past 12 months, including 1,400 in London. Nearly two-thirds were women, more than 70 per cent were white and the average age at conversion was 27.

In 2001, there were an estimated 60,000 Muslim converts in Britain. Since then, the country has seen the spread of violent Islamist extremism and terror plots, including the July 7 bombings.

Converts who have turned to terror include Nicky Reilly, who tried to blow up a restaurant in Bristol with a nail bomb, shoe bomber Richard Reid and July 7 bomber Germaine Lindsay.

But the report said the number of converts sucked into extremism represented a 'very small minority'.

The survey, conducted by Kevin Brice from Swansea University, asked converts for their views on the negative aspects of British culture.

They identified alcohol and drunkenness, a 'lack of morality and sexual permissiveness', and 'unrestrained consumerism'.

More than one in four accepted there was a 'natural conflict' between being a devout Muslim and living in the UK. Nine out of ten women converts said their change of religion had led to them dressing more conservatively. More than half started wearing a head scarf and 5 per cent had worn the burka.

More than half also said they experienced difficulties after converting because of negative attitudes among their family.

Last year Lauren Booth, sister-in-law of former prime minister Tony Blair, attracted widespread publicity when she announced that she had converted to Islam.

Fiyaz Mughal, director of Faith Matters, said: 'Conversion to Islam has been stigmatised by the media and wrongly associated with extremist ideologies and discriminatory cultural practices.'
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Didn't you read the small print? Now it's Dave's turn to rub our noses in diversity
Peter Hitchens
Mail Online, 3 January 2011

Another year begins with another Big Lie exposed. I wonder how many voters foolishly supported David Cameron's Unconservative Party last May because of his loud claims that he would do something about immigration.

Yet a report from a Left-wing think tank, the IPPR, shows that Mr Cameron must have known perfectly well that his pledge could not be kept. Immigration will not fall this year and may even rise. EU citizens can come and go as they please. Lithuanians and Latvians, and many of our Irish neighbours, will arrive in thousands in search of work, keeping wages low.

We will continue to host hundreds of thousands of overseas students and large numbers of alleged refugees. 'Family reunions' will allow many others through supposedly closed doors, from all the parts of the world which have already supplied so many of our new citizens.

Mr Cameron's vaunted cap on economic migrants from outside the EU will indeed begin to operate, but this will affect no more than two or three per cent of the immigration total.

So why this gap between claim and reality? First, Mr Cameron could be fairly sure that most voters wouldn't notice the small print in his pledges. Secondly, we are not considered grown-up enough to discuss the greatest political issue of our time – the steady takeover of our once-independent country by the EU and the colossal implications of this. And no major political party will offer us an exit.

But third, the modernised Tory Party, just like its New Labour twin, actively favours large-scale migration. Rich young careerists in pleasant parts of London – who form the core of all our establishment parties – couldn't function without the cheap servants and cheap restaurants that immigration brings.

Not for them the other side of immigration – the transformation of familiar neighbourhoods into foreign territory. Not for them the schools where many pupils cannot speak English, and the overloaded public services. Not for them the mosque and the madrassa where the church and the pub used to be. Not that they mind that so much. These people have no special loyalty to this country, nor much love for it. ...

Well, doesn't Mr Cameron also like to rub the Right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date? I think he does. And of course anyone who complained could be (and always will be) smeared as a 'bigot'. In fact, the issue long ago ceased having anything to do with skin colour. We have many black and brown Britons who have, over time, become as British as I am – though alas this is less and less the case because the curse of multiculturalism has prevented proper integration, as has the huge size of the recent influx.

And we have many people here with pale northern skins who do not speak our language or share our culture.

Our wealthy urban elite are actively pleased by these changes because they did not like Britain as it was, conservative, Christian, restrained and self-disciplined. They like it as it is, and as it will become. But what about the rest of us?
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Cameron must face the challenge of Islamisation
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2010
[Leading article]

... Two points need to be made.

First, that Muslims have migrated to Britain in enormous numbers over the past 40 years; one of the heaviest waves of immigration was encouraged by the last government. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life estimates that there are 2,869,000 Muslims in Britain, an increase of 74 per cent on its previous figure of 1,647,000, which was based on the 2001 census. No demographic statistics are reliable in an era of open borders, but such an expansion is unprecedented.

The second point is that – different political traditions notwithstanding – Britain is beginning to experience French-style anxiety about Islamisation. The fact that many terrorists are Muslims may lead to unfair assumptions about the loyalty of British Muslims. But, at a time when – according to some surveys – around 40 per cent of the Muslim community support the establishment of Sharia, fears of social fracture are understandable.


Britain's charity watchdog has lost its bite
Andrew Gilligan
Sunday Telegraph, 26 December 2010

Britain's official charity watchdog is today accused of "weakness" in the face of terrorism after new figures showed it had launched more scrutinies into private schools and other institutions than into charities allegedly funding terror.

The Charity Commission last week cleared Muslim Aid, a British charity, of all involvement in terrorism, even though the charity has itself admitted funding two organisations linked to the banned terror groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Muslim Aid has also refused to deny channelling funds to another Hamas-linked group, the Islamic Society of Gaza, which operated a "terrorist kindergarten" where pre-school children paraded waving model Kalashnikov rifles. ...

Kate Hoey, the Labour MP for Vauxhall, said: "In my dealings with the Charity Commission, often over matters of serious concern, I have found their performance weak. The UK faces one of the West's most serious terrorist threats. I hope the Charity Commission does not see private schools and the like as a greater investigative priority than terrorism."


The profound problem of Muslim immigration
Henrik R. Clausen
EuropeNews, 26 December 2010
[Book review: Al-Hijra: The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration by Sam Solomon & Elias Al Maqdisi, ANM Publishers, 2009, 139 pp., $14.95]

As the West has accepted extensive immigration from Islamic countries, unexpected social and political problems have followed. While rising crime rates, rampant unemployment and a heavy load on our much-appreciated welfare systems are severe problems in itself, a distinct and dramatically more significant problem is the subtle subversion of our free and democratic societies, also known as "Stealth Jihad".

The retired Islamic scholar Sam Solomon, in this compact book "Al-Hijra, The Islamic Doctrine of Immigration", connects the dots and explains why seemingly unrelated incidents are in fact rooted in Islamic tradition and are steps on the path to create a fully Islamized society.

To demonstrate how this functions, Sam Solomon dives into his exhaustive knowledge of Islamic history and law. As Islamic scholars everywhere, he derives his conclusions from Islamic scripture, the life of Muhammad in particular, and shows how historically immigration has slowly but steadily lead to formerly Jewish or Christian societies submitting to Islam. The primary example in the book is Muhammads takeover of Yathrib, today known as Medina, and how the concepts and strategies developed for the conquest of a relatively insignificant Arab city are being duplicated by Islamic leaders worldwide, with the same goal: Expanding Islamic conquest ever further. ...

That said, this book is indispensable for a very simple reason: It presents information otherwise not available to the uninitiated Westerner, and mercilessly reveals the twisted logic of Islamist activists, their justifications, methods and ultimate goal: A fully Shariah-compliant society. By pointing out the scriptural justifications and inner logic of seemingly benign and unrelated Muslim demands, it provides an invaluable tool for identifying and countering the stealth jihad destabilizing our societies. Dismantling this threat peacefully requires knowledge as provided by Sam Solomon. ...

Explaining how this seemingly irrational development can take place requires some history. This first and foremost means the life and conduct of Muhammad, the perfect example for the pious Muslim even today. The authority of Muhammad is absolute in Islam, be it in form of Quranic commands or the examples of conduct recorded in hadith collections, known in Islam as the 'Sunna'. Hijra, immigration, was a key element in Muhammads takeover of Yathrib, today known as Medina.

Unfortunately, the concept of Hijra is not limited in time or space to 7th century Arabia. The command as given is absolute, and remains an obligation on Muslims. One of many hadith quotes Muhammad for this:

I charge you with five of what Allah has charged me with: to assemble, to listen, to obey, to immigrate and to wage Jihad for the sake of Allah.

Thus, immigration is step four out of a five step plan. Sam Solomon elaborates:

So Hijra or migration is binding on all Muslims for numerous reasons; the most important being that migration is preparatory to jihad with an aim and objective of securing victory for Islam and Muslims either in another country or generally as a community.
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The latest WikiLeaks revelation: 1 in 3 British Muslim students back killing for Islam and 40% want Sharia law
Daily Mail, 22 December 2010

Around a third of young British Muslims favour killing in the name of Islam, according to a survey revealed by the WikiLeaks' publication of U.S. diplomatic cables.

A survey of 600 Muslim students at 30 universities throughout Britain found that 32 per cent of Muslim respondents believed killing in the name of religion is justified.

A U.S. diplomatic cable from January 2009 quoted a poll by the Centre for Social Cohesion as saying 54 per cent wanted a Muslim party to represent their world view in Parliament and 40 per cent want Muslims in the UK to be under Sharia law. ...

A further U.S. cable, dated February 5 2009, said reaching out to Britain's Muslim community there was a 'top priority' for U.S. embassy staff.

It stated: 'Although people of Muslim faith make up only 3 to 4 per cent of the UK's population, outreach to this key audience is vital to U.S. foreign policy interests in the UK and beyond... This is a top mission priority.'

The February cable outlined a plan encompassing 'engagement and community capacity-building' to counter the possible growth of 'violent extremism' in the UK.

The outreach plan for British Muslims was published a month after a cable that revealed that while the community had grown to more than 2 million, unemployment rates were higher among Muslim men and women than in any other religion.

Muslims were also found to have the highest disability rates - with 24 per cent of men and 21 per cent of women claiming a disability - while the cable also cited statistics claiming Muslims were also the most likely group to be unavailable for work or not actively seeking employment due to illness, their studies or family commitments.
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Our coverage on immigration and Europe was weak, admits BBC Director General
Paul Revoir
Daily Mail, 17 December 2010

BBC coverage of issues such as immigration and Europe had been weak in the past, admitted the corporation's Director General Mark Thompson.

He confessed the BBC had been nervous about tackling issues regarded as sensitive.

But he claimed the broadcaster had corrected that position and forced reluctant politicians to address the matter of immigration during this year's General Election.

He admitted it should not be the corporation's role to start 'censoring the public debate' and said the BBC would give space for 'extreme and radical perspectives'.

His admission comes only a few months after he accepted the corporation had been guilty of a 'massive' Left-wing bias.

His latest comments – made during a speech at the Institute for Government on Thursday night – follow a 2007 BBC Trust report which suggested news coverage had sidestepped immigration and Europe. ...

The BBC Trust's independent report in 2007 into impartiality found the corporation had self-censored subjects it found unpalatable.
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Migrant baby boom leaves schools 500,000 places short
Daily Mail, 10 December 2010

England needs more than half a million extra primary school places before the end of the decade, ministers have admitted.

By the Government's own calculations, 543 new nursery and primary schools are needed within eight years. ...

Ministers described the shortfall as a 'major issue', and one campaign group claimed it could cost the taxpayer £40 billion. ...

Statisticians put the trend down to the rising population of foreign-born women of childbearing age.

An official count yesterday showed the number of people living in Britain who were born abroad has more than doubled over 30 years. And birth rate figures show the UK population is now increasing in line with the post-war baby boom.

It has risen by 10 per cent over the last 25 years and is expected to rise by 16 per cent over the next 25. ... ...

The Department of Education said the number of primary school pupils, currently 3.96 million, will increase to 4.5 million in 2018, an increase of 540,000.

The number of nursery and primary schools needed to accommodate the surge must rise from today's 3,986 to 4,529. ...

The immigration baby boom has resulted in doubling in number of pupils who do not speak English as their first language.

Currently the figure stands at 16 per cent of students and is set to increase to 23 per cent in 2018.
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Number of people living in Britain who were born abroad doubles to 6.9m in 30 years (and most had no UK connection before they came here)
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 9 December 2010

The number of people living in Britain who were born abroad has more than doubled in the past 30 years, according to an official count today.

It put the population of those born abroad at 6.9 million, more than one in ten of everyone in the country.

The count of people born elsewhere in the world who have made their lives in Britain is regarded as one of the most reliable available indicators of the scale of immigration.

Although it includes many people born abroad to British parents the great majority of those included are people without British connections who have come to this country as immigrants.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in 1981 six per cent of the British population were foreign-born: 3.4 million people. By 2001, this had risen to 4.9 million and made up eight per cent of the population.

In 2009, following the record high immigration of Labour's years in power, the proportion of those born abroad had risen to 11 per cent of the 62 million population. ...

The ONS figures, given in an article on the country's population by National Statistician Jil Matheson, underline the impact of immigration over the past 30 years, and especially since Labour came to power in 1997.

The foreign-born population includes around 1.3 million people from the Asian sub-continent and a similar number from Africa. People born in Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand together total slightly under 900,000.

Miss Matheson said: 'Between 2001 and 2009, the estimated number of people resident in the UK who were born in Eastern European EU countries rose from 103,000 to 738,000.'
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Are there any taxpayer-funded bodies NOT funding Left-wing think-tank the IPPR?
Ed West
Daily Telegraph website, 7 December 2010

You can't keep a good man down: Lord Mandelson is to chair an inquiry into the "future of globalisation" for the Left-wing think-tank the Institute for Public Policy Research.

The IPPR is a hugely influential body which, whether you like it or not, indirectly affects all our lives. ... However its strongest legacy has been in providing the intellectual and economic justification for mass immigration. It does this by downplaying the social costs of mass immigration, focusing on the benefits of highly-skilled migration, while maintaining the convenient fiction that the mass immigration disaster is a fantasy created by the "Right-wing press" to stir up readers.

It does this by nit-picking at newspaper headlines in a way that might just about satisfy a British libel judge, but which leaves just enough tiny, tiny holes in a story to leave the ideological committed satisfied. For example, earlier this year the think-tank criticised reports in the Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Daily Express which suggested, correctly, that most jobs were going to foreigners, by pointing out that 1.5m of the 3.8m non-British born workers mentioned in the report were actually UK nationals i.e. they had acquired British citizenship. Which makes absolutely no difference to the fact that they were immigrants in the first place. Utterly pedantic, but it allows the deluded to go away satisfied that the whole thing was made up by the evil Right-wing press.

Groups such as the IPPR provide the intellectual justification for the mass immigration experiment, as well as other progressive policies. And the really, really funny thing is that you are paying for it, as the IPPR's website states with its list of "organisations that have supported us in 2008/2009". Here they are:

... ... ...

It's almost like a who's who of government departments, quangos, regional bodies and state-funded charities.

And here's a list of taxpayer-funded organisations and government agencies that fund MigrationWatch, the only non-partisan group campaigning against mass immigration:

..... [an eery, haunted silence, followed by the distant sound of a stone hitting bottom of the well]
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Government pledges to slash 100,000 foreign student visas, but critics say new rule is ripe for 'abuse'
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 7 December 2010

A loophole in new foreign student rules is ripe for 'abuse' and could allow in tens of thousands to study at English language colleges, critics warned today.

Ministers announced a major crackdown on abuse of the student visa system that is expected to cut the total numbers arriving but up to 100,000.

But it emerged that short term student visitor visas - which allow non EU students into the UK for up to six months - will be exempt from the tougher regulations.

Last year some 37,715 students came into the country on one of these visas.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the Migrationwatch UK think tank, said the new measures were 'tough' and to be welcomed.

But he added: 'The absence of measures on student visitors is a disappointment. This route is just as likely to be abused as the longer term route.

'The cost of a short course in the UK is only a fraction of what a people-smuggler would charge.'

Ministers said the proposals would restrict abuse of the system by stopping those coming as students whose real intention is to get a job. ...

Last year some 313,011 foreign students were granted visas - a rise of more than 30 per cent. Students now account for two thirds of all those entering the UK. ...

In the year to March some 313,011 foreign students were granted visas, and they brought with them 31,385 dependant relatives.

That was an increase of 32 per cent on the 235,295 students and 24,780 dependants given visas in the previous year.

Numbers of relatives are likely to fall as only students studying for more than 12 months will be permitted to bring in dependants.

Dependants will also be barred from working in the UK, unless they qualify for a visa in their own right.

Students who are allowed in will be subject to much tougher rules on work, to stop them taking jobs from British workers.

They will be barred from working for any company not based on their university campus during the working week. ...

The focus on private colleges comes after an analysis of visa files showed one in four non-EU students who attend them go on to flout the rules. Many do not return home or work illegally. ...

Last month figures emerged showing one in five foreigners who arrived here to study in 2004 was still in Britain five years later.
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Gaddafi wants £4bn to stop Europe being flooded by migrants
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 1 December 2010

Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi is demanding billions of pounds from the European Union to stop Europe turning "black" through immigration.

The dictator also warned that the EU could be swamped by Muslims unless the aid is poured into schemes to tackle illegal immigration from Africa.

Gaddafi made the ultimatum at a two-day summit of EU and African leaders in Libyan capital Tripoli. The meeting finished yesterday.

But last night, critics accused the tyrant of trying to hold Europe to ransom and raised concerns that the EU may cave in to his huge demands.

Gaddafi, 68, sparked uproar at the summit by saying that unless "Christian white" countries gave him around £4 billion, Europe would be flooded by migrants from poverty-stricken Africa.

"We should stop this illegal immigration. If we don't, Europe will become black, it will be overcome by people with different religions, it will change," he said. He complained Libya had only received £42 million from the EU to help tackle illegal immigration across the Mediterranean. ...

Gaddafi made similar demands during a speech in Rome earlier this year when he said: "Italy needs to convince her European allies to accept this Libyan proposal: Five billion euros to Libya to stop illegal immigration. Europe runs the risk of turning black from illegal immigration, it could turn into Africa.

"We need support from the EU to stop this army trying to get across from Libya, which is their entry point. There is a dangerous level of immigration from Africa into Europe and we don't know what will happen.

"What will be the reaction of the white Christian Europeans to this mass of hungry uneducated Africans?

"We don't know if Europe will remain a cohesive continent or if it will be destroyed by barbarian invasion.

"We have to imagine this could happen but before it does we need to work together."

A leaked report from border officials estimates that 900,000 illegals a year enter the European Union.
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Coalition should be even tougher on immigration, says poll
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2010

Seven in ten people think the Coalition should take an even tougher stance on immigration and cut annual numbers to less than 50,000, a poll has revealed.

The majority of the public backed the Government's pledge to bring net migration down to the tens of thousands but believe it should go even further, according to the study for the think-tank Migrationwatch.

A cap on migrant workers will limit the number of foreign staff arriving in the UK to 21,700 a year and a review of student visas is expected to cut those numbers by the tens of thousands.

The aim is to bring net migration, the difference between those arriving and those leaving, from around 200,000 to the "tens of thousands".

The latest poll found 81 per cent were in favour of such a move, including 79 per cent of Liberal Democrat voters who were asked.

However, seven in ten people thought the numbers should be at the most 50,000 or lower.

The poll also revealed almost three quarters of the public are concerned over recent reports that white Britons could be in a minority by 2066.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said, "These results are a strong vote of confidence in the government's recent measures to control economic migration.

"But they are also warning that the public, who would like to see even lower levels of immigration, are very unhappy about the long-term consequences of immigration for the make-up of our society.
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Huge public support for government restrictions on economic migration
Migrationwatch UK, 30 November 2010
[Press release]

A resounding vote of confidence in the government's measures announced last week to reduce the number of economic migrants allowed to come to the UK - that was the message of an opinion poll conducted by YouGov for Migrationwatch on 25-26 November.

81% supported this policy (55% strongly) while only 13% opposed (4% strongly). 6% did not know. Interestingly, 79% of Lib Dem's supported the policy, compared to 95% of Conservatives and 69% of Labour voters. Support was very strong in London (87%) and in the rest of the South (84%) but less strong in Scotland (71%).

As for the government's broader policy aim of getting net immigration down to tens of thousands by the end of this Parliament, most respondents wanted to see an even lower inflow. 70% thought that immigration of 50,000 or less would be best for Britain while 11% favoured 100,000 or more; 21% of Lib Dem's took this view but only 8% Conservatives and 16% Labour voters agreed with them. 19% did not know.

The poll also revealed widespread unhappiness about the result of a recent study which found that, if immigration continues at roughly its present levels, then by around 2066 there will be fewer White British people in the UK than those from other ethnic groups. 73% were unhappy (56% very unhappy) while only 2% were happy and 21% were neither or unhappy.

Commenting Sir Andrew Green Chairman Migrationwatch UK said, "These results are a strong vote of confidence in the government's recent measures to control economic migration. But they are also warning that the public, who would like to see even lower levels of immigration, are very unhappy about the long-term consequences of immigration for the make-up of our society."
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Two million: The new homes Britain needs to build to cope with the next 25 years of immigration
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 27 November 2010

More than two million new homes will have to be built over the next 25 years to cope with immigration, official figures disclosed yesterday.

They showed that room will have to be found to provide homes for 83,000 migrant families a year if the influx continues at the current rate.

More than a third of all the new houses and flats made available between now and the mid-2030s will be needed for individuals and families coming to Britain from abroad, the analysis said.

At least 600,000 of these will have to be in the most overcrowded parts of the country, London and the South-East.

The demand for homes to house migrants is a key reason for the need to build, the Communities Department said. 'Population growth is the main driver of household growth, accounting for nearly three-quarters of the increase in households between 2008 and 2033,' said a spokesman.

Around two-thirds of population growth is directly brought about by immigration. ... ...

Sir Andrew Green, of the Migrationwatch think-tank, said that officials had failed in their analysis to mention the role of immigration in population growth and had relegated any mention of housing for migrants to technical discussions in the second half of their paper. 'It is inexcusable for the Government to paper over the huge impact of continued massive levels of immigration on housing,' he said.

'If immigration is allowed to continue at present levels it will account for just over a third of new households in the next 25 years.

'The first response to the housing crisis should be to face the facts. The last government was in denial. That cannot be allowed to continue.'
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580,000 immigrants in Labour's last year: Overseas students help push up population total
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 26 November 2010

Immigration pushed up Britain's population by more than 200,000 during Labour's last year in power, an official count showed yesterday. ...

In the 12 months to the end of March, 580,000 people moved to Britain, including a record 211,000 students. In the same period 364,000 left the country – the lowest level in a decade.

That has resulted in a rise in the population of up to 215,000.

This net migration count underlines the huge task facing the Government if it is to keep the figure below 100,000. The totals for 2008 and 2009 were 163,000 and 198,000 respectively.

The Office for National Statistics has said that the population will hit 70 million by 2029 if net migration runs at 180,000 a year. ...

The ONS breakdown revealed that the fastest-growing group of immigrants are students. The 211,000 figure for 2010 compares with 175,000 in 2008 and only around 100,000 in 2001.

Migrationwatch said non-EU citizens accounted for the bulk of immigration.

... ...

The number of student visas issued by the Home Office has been running much higher than the ONS count of arrivals at air and sea ports.

In the year to September, it handed out 355,065 student visas, up 16 per cent on the figure for a year earlier.

The ONS-Home Office disparity is down to a number of factors, including the rule that says a foreigner staying for less than a year is not considered an immigrant.

Some recipients of student visas never make it to Britain, while others who have studied using one never move back to their home countries.
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Non-EU migrant workers cut by a fifth - but cap of 21,700 comes with a catch
James Slack
Daily Mail, 24 November 2010

The number of non-EU workers entering Britain is to be slashed by a fifth, Theresa May announced yesterday.

The Home Secretary said the first permanent cap on foreign workers would be fixed at 21,700.

But ministers were criticised for creating a 'loophole' which allows businesses to transfer unlimited staff from overseas if they stay for less than 12 months.

The Home Office said that, if evidence of abuse of this route emerged, they would change the rules next year, when they are due to be reviewed.

There will also be a major crackdown on foreign students taking non-degree level courses, reducing the number of visas handed out by tens of thousands every year.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: 'This is a thorough and wide-ranging package. These measures are a very good start on delivering the government's immigration pledges.'

Business Secretary Vince Cable, who has used 'guerilla tactics' to try to dilute the Government's immigration policy, said only that the deal was 'acceptable'.

His remark points to frustration at being unable to keep the door wide open to non-EU workers.

The complicated design of yesterday's package makes direct comparison with previous years impossible.

But in the categories which have remained the same – the so-called tiers one and two of Labour's point-based system – the number of work permits will be cut by 20 per cent, from 28,000 to 21,700.

Tier one, which was for supposedly highly-skilled migrants, but was being abused by those taking taxi-driving jobs, has been cut to only 1,000 work permits.

A category will be created for so-called 'exceptional talent', allowing in 1,000 who are considered outstanding in arts, science and research.

The most controversial element of the review is the decision to exclude intra-company transfers, which allow businesses to bring in staff currently employed by them overseas.

Last year, 22,000 people entered under this route. Mr Cable had demanded the transfers, which are largely used by Indian companies to bring in IT workers, be left out.

The Government agreed but has introduced a condition that, if the worker plans to stay for more than a year, he or she must earn £40,000 or more.

Based on the figures for 2009, this would have slashed the number of transfers by 50 per cent, to 11,000.

The loophole in the new regime is that, if the workers stay for less than a year, they need only earn £24,000.

Crucially, given the Government's promise to halve net migration – the difference between the number arriving in the UK and those leaving – from 196,000 to the 'tens of thousands', anybody staying for less than 12 months does not show up in official net migration figures.

Union leaders criticised the decision, saying it would allow companies to continue to undercut British workers by bringing in cheaper staff from abroad.
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White Britons 'a minority by 2066'
Daily Express, 18 November 2010

White British people will be a minority in their own country by 2066 if current immigration levels continue, a population expert has claimed.

Professor David Coleman, of Oxford University, said the demographic group would make up less than half the population in "little more" than 50 years.

He said the decline will be caused by record-breaking levels of immigration and the migration of thousands of British nationals abroad over the coming decades.

Prof Coleman made the comments as the Migration Advisory Board prepares to announce recommendations on the Government's proposed cap on migrant workers from outside the EU.

Writing in an article for Prospect magazine, Mr Coleman said: "Inflows (of migrants) of the last decade have been more sudden and on a bigger scale than ever before.

"The consequent increases in population and changes in its composition have caused concern about economic opportunities, housing, local character and national identity. Moreover, if inflows continue on a similar scale, they will transform the demography of this country."

The demographic analyst said projections by the Office for National Statistics show that rising numbers of immigrants, combined with trends in fertility and survival, will see Britain's population rise to 77 million by 2051 - the equivalent to adding the population of the Netherlands. He said the population would then rise to 85 million by 2083.

Referring to white British people becoming a minority, the population expert added: "The 50% benchmark has no special demographic significance, but it would have a considerable psychological and political impact.

"The transition to a 'majority minority' population, whenever it happens, would represent an enormous change to national identity - cultural, political, economic and religious.

"In Britain, judging by the opposition to high immigration reported in opinion polls over recent years, it seems likely that such developments would be unwelcome."
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4m migrants work in the UK
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 18 November 2010

British workers are losing out in the battle for scarce jobs because of soaring numbers of migrants from within the EU.

Nearly four million people working in the UK between July and September this year were born abroad, the Office for National Statistics revealed yesterday.

The figure is 204,000 up on 2009, a rise of 5.5 per cent and nearly half of the influx are economic immigrants from the new EU member states in eastern Europe.

The number of British-born workers in employment grew by just 0.4 per cent. ...

Last night, critics lined up to attack Britain's lax immigration policy and called for tougher laws to stem the tide of cheap migrant labour at a time when the UK jobs market is under pressure.

Alp Mehmet, of campaign group MigrationWatch, said: "This just proves what we have been saying all along. The majority of jobs created in this country are going to overseas workers. It is right that the Government should be cutting back on economic migrants and creating incentives for our own people to go into employment.

"At a time when 16 per cent of our IT graduates are unemployed we should not be taking in thousands of IT workers from India.

"We are shooting ourselves in the foot."

Gerard Batten, immigration spokesman for Ukip, said: "These figures make a mockery of the Conservatives' plans to cap migrants coming to this country. What they show is that there is a continual conveyor belt of cheap labour being brought to the UK by big business. It drives down wages, boosts the population and drains public services but does not add to the well-being of indigenous workers." ...

Figures released by the ONS showed that while the number of UK-born workers over the age of 16 grew by 100,000 in the last year, there was more than double that from overseas with 204,000.

The home-grown total rose from 25.3 million to 25.4 million. Their foreign counterparts numbered just more than 3.88 million, up from 3.68m in 2009. Around 90,000 – a rise of 18 per cent – of the extra overseas contingent come from the eight new EU members including Poland, Slovenia, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

India and all the African countries apart from South Africa contributed 50,000 each. India's proportion rose by more than 14 per cent and Africa's by 9.1 per cent.

There are 12,000 South Africans working in this country, up 8.4 per cent.

The number of workers born in the 14 other EU countries actually fell by 14,000 as they scrambled to get away from the hard hit British economy.
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White Britons a minority by '66
Graeme Wilson
The Sun, 18 November 2010

White British people will be in a MINORITY in their own country by 2066, an expert warned last night.

David Coleman, professor of demography at Oxford University, said they will make up less than HALF the population in just over 50 years.

And soaring immigrant birthrates mean white British kids will be in a minority of youngsters in the UK even sooner. The dramatic decline will be fuelled by record-breaking levels of immigration, coupled with the departure of thousands of Brits for a better life abroad, the population analyst said. ...

Writing in Prospect magazine, Prof Coleman warned the huge numbers of foreigners landing on our shores will "transform" the UK.

He said official projections estimate the UK's population will rocket to 77 million by 2051 - and 85 million by 2083.

The expert went on: "On those assumptions the 'white British' population would decline to 45 million (59 per cent of the total) by 2051.

"Were the assumptions to hold, the 'white British' population of Britain would become the minority after about 2066. It's a milestone that would be passed much earlier in younger age-groups."

He added: "The US, by comparison, is now about 65 per cent white (non-Hispanic) and that group is projected to fall to 50 per cent by 2045."

Even if the number of immigrants was cut so that new arrivals matched the number of Brits leaving, the "white British" population would still fall below 50 per cent by the end of the century.

Prof Coleman said this would "represent an enormous change to national identity - cultural, political, economic and religious".
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By 2066, white Britons 'will be outnumbered' if immigration continues at current rates
Tim Shipman
Daily Mail, 18 November 2010

White Britons will be a minority by 2066 if immigration continues at the current rate, according to new research.

A leading population expert has warned that failure to deal with the influx of foreign workers would 'change national identity'.

Professor David Coleman, of Oxford University, spoke out as the Migration Advisory Board recommended immigration levels from outside the EU be slashed by up to 25 per cent.

If immigration stays at its long-term rate of around 180,000 a year, the white British-born population would decline from 80 per cent of the total now to just 59 per cent in 2051, analysis of figures from the Office of National Statistics shows.

By then white immigrants would have more than doubled from 4 to 10 per cent of the total, while the ethnic minority population would have risen from 16 to 31 per cent.

If the trend continued, the white British population, defined as English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish-born citizens, would become the minority after about 2066.

The Government has vowed to slash the level of net immigration after a decade of open borders under Labour. ...

But even if the Coalition gets net immigration down to 80,000 a year, Prof Coleman says white Britons would be outnumbered by 2080. ...

He warned that the relative youthfulness of the immigrant population means that the 50 per cent milestone will be passed much quicker among 'schoolchildren, students and young workers'.

The ethnic minority population expanded by almost two million between 2001 and 2007, from 13 per cent to nearly 16 per cent of the total.

Immigration accounted for 57 per cent of population growth in this time, and foreign-born mothers now account for a quarter of births in England and Wales. ...

Tory MP Nicholas Soames, who runs the cross-party group Balanced Migration, said: 'Immigrants over the years have made a great contribution to British life but it's now really out of control.

'We must break the link between the right to work here and the right to settle here.'
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Work, benefits and ethnicity
Mark Easton
BBC, 12 November 2010

As the government looks to squeeze the welfare bill, some interesting data published this week looks at the relationship between ethnicity and welfare.

While those of Indian origin, for instance, get 8% of their income from the state in the form of benefits, state pension and tax credits, those describing their ethnicity as Pakistani or Bangladeshi receive 29% of their income in various forms of state aid.

White citizens receive 15% of their income from social security, tax credits and the state pension. People of Chinese ethnicity get 10%. Those of mixed ethnicity get 13%, while those from black ethnic groups receive between 17% and 18%.

The variation partly reflects the fact that immigrant populations tend to be younger than the white population and are therefore less likely to receive a state pension or disability benefits.
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Almost 2 million more foreign citizens living in UK than 10 years ago
Tim Ross
Daily Telegraph, 12 November 2010

The number of foreign citizens living in the UK has almost doubled in 10 years, according to Government figures.

More than 4 million people - representing one in 15 UK residents - have travelled to Britain from their own countries to live, analysis from the Office for National Statistics found.

This latest figure, for 2008, was a sharp rise from 10 years previously, when 2.2 million foreign citizens were living in the UK, representing one in every 26 residents.

The population figures also showed that net migration had a greater impact on increasing Britain's population than the number of babies born to those already living here. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the think tank, Migrationwatch, said the ONS figures were "the inevitable result" of the net foreign immigration that the last Labour government permitted.

"This is having a huge impact on our society yet no-one has ever been consulted about mass immigration on this scale," he said.

"The previous government encouraged immigration, according to some of them for political reasons. We are now seeing the results."

Sir Andrew said the main increase had come from the Third World, where there was "a huge economic incentive to come to Britain", due to high rates of poverty.

The ONS figures showed that Britain's foreign born population, as defined by the number of citizens of other countries living in the UK, stood at 6.6 per cent in 2008, slightly above the EU average. ...

Between 2004 and 2009, net migration into the UK accounted for an increase in the population of 3.4 people per 1,000, slightly more than the natural rise from births outnumbering deaths, which was 3.0 people per 1,000.
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Speech: UK Immigration [part 2]
Theresa May
eGov Monitor, 8 November 2010

We want suitably qualified students with the genuine desire to study to come to study in our country but we must have a more robust system to manage their applications and, most importantly, to ensure their departure at the end of their legitimate stay.

People might imagine that by students we mean people who come here for a few years to study at university and then go home – but that's not always the case.

We estimate that nearly half of all students coming here from abroad are coming to study a course below degree level. ... ...

We have also been left with astonishingly generous arrangements for students who graduate in the UK. They are effectively free to enter the labour market and look for skilled work. In 2009, 38,000 did so. ...

The sheer number of students coming in, and the large proportion of total inward migration this represents, means we cannot delay in taking this necessary and decisive action.

An area where we have already taken action is the family visa route. Unsurprisingly perhaps, over two thirds of the 63,000 people who entered the UK in 2004 to join family here, were still in Britain five years later. And last year, some 40,000 marriage visas were issued.

We estimate that the family route accounted for nearly 20 per cent of non EU migration last year. ...

But the common link with all of these temporary routes in the immigration system is that they can all lead to permanent residency. That is, temporary stays can become permanent stays.

No one is suggesting that those who come here to marry legitimately should not be able to make the UK their permanent home. But, under the current system, many skilled workers are allowed to apply to stay here permanently. In 2009, 81,000 people who entered the UK for employment were granted settlement.

And Home Office research shows that over a fifth of students who entered Britain in 2004 were still here five years later. Many of those were only supposed to be coming for short courses in the first place.

The consequences of such unchecked permanent migration through the back door are clear.

It is too easy, at the moment, to move from temporary residence to permanent settlement.

We will not implement the last government's policy of earned citizenship, which was too complicated, bureaucratic and, in the end, ineffective. ...

Working in Britain for a short period should not give someone the right to settle in Britain. Studying a course in Britain should not give someone the right to settle in Britain. ...

We will reduce net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands. It will not be easy. It will take hard work and a great deal of political courage. But the British people want us to do it and it is the right thing to do. So we will do it.
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Speech: UK Immigration [part 1]
Theresa May
eGov Monitor, 8 November 2010
[Speech by the Home Secretary at a Policy Review event]

Historically migration has enriched our culture and strengthened our economy. Well-managed migration can benefit the UK, economically, socially and culturally. ...

So managed well, immigration is something that can bring great benefits.

But managed poorly, it is something that can cause great economic and social pressure.

Net inward migration in the last year was nearly 200,000.

Between 1997 and 2009, net migration to Britain totalled more than 2.2 million people. That is more than twice the population of Birmingham.

I am focused on getting immigration down to sustainable levels. ...

The public should know that I will take action. I am determined to get the immigration system back under control. And I can achieve that without impeding business from getting on with the job of stimulating growth.

But we cannot do that, with the tools we currently have at our disposal.

The points-based system alone is not sufficient. It's been tried and it is not effective.

Controlling immigration using the points-based system alone is rather like squeezing a balloon. Push down work visas and the number of student visas will shoot up. Clamp down on student visas and family visas will spring up. Bear down on family visas and work visas will explode.

With unskilled labour set to zero, all that happened was student visas rocketed by thirty per cent to a record 304,000 in just one year, as some applicants used it as an alternative work route. ...

But bringing down net migration to sustainable levels will not be easy. And we will not be able to achieve it by focusing on just one area of the system or on one route into Britain.

We will need fast and decisive action and we will need steady downward pressure on each of the main routes into the UK.

That is why we are looking to propose a comprehensive package - focussing on all aspects of our immigration system. ...

But work routes accounted for less than a quarter of the non-EU citizens entering Britain last year.

The majority of non-EU migrants are, in fact, students. Including their dependents, students accounted for around two thirds of the visas issued last year under the points-based system.

Numbers are now so high that last year the UK Border Agency had to suspend student applications in various parts of the world because the system could not cope with the numbers and could not prevent students without the right qualifications or applying to questionable institutions from getting a visa.
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Long-term immigration
P.G. Carder
Daily Telegraph, 5 November 2010
[Letter to the Editor]

The House of Commons' Home Affairs Select Committee claims that Home Office ministers are unlikely to succeed in reducing "net" migration (report, November 3).

What ministers should seek to reduce is not the "excess" of persons entering Britain and staying for more than a year over the number leaving (the International Passenger Survey definition), but instead the number allowed to settle here permanently (224,400 non-EU nationals in 2009-10 alone).

Since transient migrants only become immigrants when allowed to settle permanently, and it is these who are mainly fuelling Britain's population growth to beyond 70 million in just 20 years, the obvious solution is the one suggested by the All-Party Panel on Migration (co-chaired by Frank Field and Nicholas Soames), namely that UK settlement rights should no longer automatically follow from the issue of a work or study permit. ("Indefinite leave to remain" may at present be obtained by qualifying permit-holders simply applying via the UK Border Agency website.)

By trying to "cap" the annual number of non-EU migrants, the Coalition would seem to be setting itself an impossible goal, in that the new restrictions are affecting people who, though intending to stay for more than a year, have no intention of becoming permanent UK residents (expatriate American bankers and academics, for example).

It is therefore to be feared that, in trying to impose restrictions that inevitably encounter concerted vested-interest opposition, the Coalition Government will be afforded the necessary justification quietly to renege on David Cameron's general election pledge – which is probably the reason that he is now Prime Minister at all.


Teresa May promises immigration crackdown
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 5 November 2010

The home secretary, Theresa May, is to end the right to permanent settlement for more than 100,000 skilled workers and overseas students who come to Britain each year.

In her first major speech on migration, the home secretary also disclosed that she intends to drastically reduce the flow of 160,000 overseas students who come to the UK to study on below degree-level courses in further and higher education colleges.

Those on below degree-level courses are nearly half the 320,000 students who come to study in Britain each year.

May was anxious to reassure Britain's prestigious universities that students coming to study on degree-level courses and above would not be affected by the new curbs. ...

May's speech also sought to row back on David Cameron's announcement – made during prime minister's questions on Wednesday – that 30,000 skilled migrants working for multinational companies would be excluded from the proposed immigration cap next year.

She indicated that while they would not be included in the annual cap, their numbers would be limited by a minimum salary level – probably about £40,000 a year – or other criteria to ensure that they were coming to do managerial or specialist-level jobs. ...

She made clear that one priority would be to cut the traditional link between temporary visas and permanent settlement, which she claimed was a route for "back door migration".

"No one is suggesting that those who come to marry legitimately should not be able to make the UK their permanent home," she said.

"But, under the current system, many skilled workers are allowed to apply to stay here permanently. In 2009, 81,000 people who entered the UK for employment were granted settlement.

"Home Office research shows that over one-fifth of students who entered Britain in 2004 were still here five years later. Many of those were only supposed to be coming for short courses in the first place."

The Home Office confirmed that 38,000 overseas graduates exercised their right to stay in Britain and look for skilled work in 2009.

The implication of May's speech is that nearly 120,000 people a year could lose their current right to settle in the UK and become British citizens.

The home secretary also confirmed that Labour's plans for a system of "earned citizenship" to provide a route to a British passport were being dropped by the coalition.

The curb on permanent settlement rights for overseas students is likely to include a time limit on student visas, as well as closing post-study work concessions.

At present, the majority who settle qualify by the length of time they stay in the UK as they move from a degree course to post-doctoral and further research.
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Immigration cap 'may not work', MPs warn
BBC, 3 November 2010

The government will struggle to achieve its aim of limiting net migration to the UK to "tens of thousands" in five years, MPs have said.

New curbs on international students and those joining family members in the UK may be needed to fulfil the pledge, the Home Affairs Committee said.

And migrants may have to be stripped of the right to settle in the UK to bring numbers down, it added.

The planned cap on workers from outside Europe comes into effect next year.

Net migration - the difference between the number of people coming to live in the UK and the number emigrating - stood at 196,000 last year.

The coalition government has promised to at least halve this by 2015, partly by capping the number of skilled workers from outside the European Economic Area.

The Home Office introduced a limit for work visas for non-EU citizens in June. A key part of the Conservative election manifesto, this temporary cap of 24,100 will be replaced by permanent measures from April 2011.

But the Commons Home Affairs Committee said this would affect only 1% to 20% of the total number of immigrants and would "make little difference to immigration overall" unless it was set at virtually zero.

And there was a risk that a permanent cap could "hamper businesses, prevent top-class international professionals from coming to the UK and damage the UK's ability to recruit the most distinguished scientists into universities and highly talented individuals into UK companies and public services".

Labour MP Keith Vaz, the committee's chairman, told BBC News the system must be flexible enough to ensure top flight academics, scientists and business people were not barred from coming to Britain.

And he said the government should look at curbing other kinds of migration, such as family reunions and international students, instead of highly skilled workers.

"It can be done, but the government needs to look at other routes in order to achieve it," he said. ...

On Monday, the Home Office changed the rules so that skilled migrants already working in the UK will have their work permit extended automatically in order to give their employers "greater certainty". ...

But Sir Andrew Green, of the Migration Watch think tank, said that nearly 100,000 work related visas were issued last year, a "significant number compared to net immigration of about 200,000".
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Immigration cap will have little effect, MPs warn
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2010

The Government's planned immigration cap will make "little difference" and allow more than 400,000 migrants to move to Britain every year, MPs warn today.

Next year, as part of its pledge to bring net migration down to the "tens of thousands", the Coalition will set an annual limit on the number of foreign workers allowed to come to the country.

In a report, the Commons home affairs select committee says any limit will affect less than 20 per cent of the more than half a million immigrants who move to Britain for the long term each year.

The rest are made up of European Union citizens, foreign students or those arriving on family visas, who will all be unaffected by a cap on work permits. ...

The report highlights figures that show 538,000 immigrants moved to Britain for at least a year in 2008 but less than 20 per cent of those were economic migrants (foreign workers) from outside the EU. As an example, a five per cent cut in foreign workers will reduce overall immigration by just one per cent, it says.


Migrants took 9 out of 10 jobs created under Labour
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 29 October 2010

Nearly nine out of ten jobs created under Labour went to foreign-born workers, astonishing figures revealed last night.

Official statistics showed the vast majority of the rise in the employment total under the last Government was accounted for by workers born abroad.

Total numbers of those in work went up by two million during 13 years of Labour. But of those jobs, 1.8 million individuals were classed as 'non-UK born'.

Just a quarter of a million declared themselves to be born in the UK.

The figures, from the Office for National Statistics' Labour Force Survey, are an indictment of the last Government's failure to control the influx of migrants, train British workers and tackle welfare dependency.

Just as startlingly, the figures also revealed that the proportion of the foreign-born workforce nearly doubled under Labour – from 7 per cent to 13 per cent.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the Migrationwatch think-tank, said: 'This is stunning evidence of the need to cut back on the immigration of foreign workers.

'As long as foreign skills can be obtained "off the shelf", employers will have no incentive to train British workers.'

The figures were released in a written parliamentary answer to Tory MP James Clappison.

He said: 'This is a reflection of the huge increase that took place under the previous Government. It does nothing to lessen the case for a cap on migrant numbers.'

The data showed there were just over 26 million people aged 16-64 in employment between April and June 1997. Of those 1,946,000 were foreign born, leaving 24,058,000 born in the UK. By the same period this year, the total in jobs was up more than two million, to 28,107,000. Of those, 3,787,000 were born abroad, and 24,314,000 born in the UK.

It means 88 per cent of the rise in employment was accounted for by workers born abroad, and just 12 per cent by those born in the UK. ...

As Prime Minister, Gordon Brown said economic migration would fall by up to 12 per cent. But his points-based system for overseas workers actually led to totals of foreign workers going up 20 per cent and foreign students by more than 30 per cent.
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High-skill migrants taking low-skill jobs
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 28 October 2010

Only one in four of the foreign workers allowed to come to Britain as a "highly skilled migrant" is working in a skilled job, the Home Office disclosed yesterday.

Many are in more lowly posts, including supermarket cashiers and shop assistants, a study found.

It is not even known what jobs almost half of the highly skilled migrants are doing.

The findings suggested that thousands of foreigners were exploiting the route, under which it is easier to get a visa, to take jobs that should be filled by British workers, the immigration minister said.

He signalled that the visa route, aimed at attracting the brightest and the best from outside the European Union, could be overhauled radically as the Government prepares to impose an annual immigration cap next year.

Earlier this week, David Cameron sought to reassure business leaders at the annual CBI conference that the planned cap would not be a bar to companies recruiting the "best talent" from overseas.

But the Home Office report shows that one of the key routes for doing that is being misused.

The so-called Tier 1 of the points-based system is aimed at allowing highly skilled migrants, such as doctors and engineers, to come to Britain.

Unlike those taking other routes through the system, they do not need to have a job offer and are deemed eligible based on their qualifications and previous earnings.

They are expected to end up in jobs paying at least £25,000 a year.

But a study of 1,184 cases found just 25 per cent were definitely in skilled jobs.

Some 29 per cent were in unskilled posts, including working as shop assistants, security guards, supermarket cashiers and care assistants and half of those had been in Britain for more than a year. It was not known what jobs, if any, the remaining 46 per cent were doing.

Among the worst culprits were foreign students who switched to the high-skilled status after graduating.

The study found that three in five of those were in unskilled jobs.

Almost 19,000 people were allowed into Britain under Tier 1 last year and while the report stressed that the findings could not be definitive it said they were "indicative".

A similar review last year found one in five were in unskilled jobs. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of the Migrationwatch pressure group, said: "This has to be the final nail in the coffin of immigration routes for people who do not have a skilled job to come to.

"Closing this route will allow headroom for those whom companies really need."
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Labour: London borough becomes 'Islamic republic'
Andrew Gilligan
Daily Telegraph website, 22 October 2010

Outside the Wellington Way polling station in Tower Hamlets yesterday, as at many other polling stations in the borough, people had to run a gauntlet of Lutfur Rahman supporters to reach the ballot box. As one Bengali woman voter went past them, we heard one of the Rahman army scolding her for her "immodest dress."

That incident is perhaps a tiny taste of the future for Britain's poorest borough now it has elected Mr Rahman as its first executive mayor, with almost total power over its £1 billion budget. At the count last night, one very senior figure in the Tower Hamlets Labour Party said: "It really is Britain's Islamic republic now."

For the last eight months – without complaint or challenge from Mr Rahman – this blog and newspaper have laid out his close links with a group of powerful local businessmen and with a Muslim supremacist body, the Islamic Forum of Europe (IFE) - which believes, in its own words, in transforming the "very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed ... from ignorance to Islam." Mr Rahman has refused to deny these claims.

We have told how the borough's change from a conventional council leader to a mayoral system came about as a result of a campaign led and financed by these two groups – and how the IFE, in its words, wanted to "get one of our brothers" into the position.

We have described in detail, again without complaint or challenge by Mr Rahman, his deeply problematic two years as council leader until he was removed from that post six months ago, partly as a result of our investigations. After he secured the leadership with the help of the IFE, millions of pounds were channelled to front organisations of the IFE, a man with close links to the IFE was appointed as assistant chief executive of the council despite being unqualified for the position and the secular, white chief executive was forced out. Various efforts were made to "Islamicise" the borough. Extremist literature was stocked in Tower Hamlets' public libraries.

We have described, once more without complaint or challenge from Mr Rahman, how he signed up entire families of sham "paper" Labour members to win the party's mayoral nomination – acts which caused him to be sacked as the Labour candidate by the party's National Executive Committee.

Now, however, Mr Rahman has won as an independent – getting more than double the number of votes of the Labour candidate imposed in his place, Helal Abbas. As mayor, he will have far more power than he had as a council leader. And unlike a council leader, no-one can sack him, except the voters in four years' time.

We should be clear what this result was, and was not. It was a decisive victory. But it was not much of an endorsement by the borough's people. Turnout, at 25.6%, was astonishingly low, with most voters (particularly the white majority, and they still are a majority) unaware of, indifferent to or turned off by the process. Lutfur's 23,000-odd votes are only about 13 per cent of Tower Hamlets' electorate.

It was not a victory for any sort of democracy. It was the execution of a careful and sophisticated plan by a small, well-financed and highly-organised cabal to seize control of a London borough. ...
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Foreign worker numbers surge to a record 2.4m as Eastern Europeans return to Britain
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 19 October 2010

The number of foreigners working in Britain has hit an all-time high despite the fragile state of the recovery.

This summer, the total topped 2.4 million for the first time after thousands arrived from abroad in the spring.

Some of them were Poles and other Eastern Europeans who began to return to the UK. The number of Eastern European workers also reached a record – of 551,000.

It means the workforce of foreigners has surged by more than a million in only seven years.

By contrast the number of Britons in jobs fell by hundreds of thousands during the recession.

The growing total of foreign workers comes at a time of deepening concern over the five million British adults who do not work and the intensification of Government efforts to persuade many that jobs are preferable to a life of benefits dependency.

The rush to take jobs in Britain is also adding to immigration and concerns over population growth and overcrowding. ...

The latest count of foreign citizens working in Britain was released alongside unemployment figures by the Office for National Statistics.

It showed there were 2.401 million non-UK nationals active in the economy between April and June, up by 147,000 on the previous three months.

The previous peak came at the end of 2008, as the recession began to bite, when there were 2.377 million foreign citizens working in Britain.

After that, Labour ministers maintained that numbers were falling because thousands of Eastern European migrant workers had gone home.

But by this spring they were returning to take jobs in Britain – a signal that work is widely available.

Eastern Europeans may be taking jobs that workers here are reluctant to do, possibly because unemployed Britons regard the jobs as either too low paid or too demanding.

The number of workers from Poland and other Eastern European countries in the EU rose by 54,000 over the three-month period to 551,000.

Only seven years ago, in the summer of 2003, before the admission of eight Eastern European countries to the EU, there were 1.39 million foreign nationals in jobs in this country.

The new figures, drawn from the Labour Force Survey, showed there were 26.530 million Britons in jobs, around 650,000 down from the peak in summer 2008.

Librarians at the House of Commons confirmed that the number of foreign workers is the highest since the count was first carried out in 1997, when it was 966,000.
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Merkel says German multicultural society has failed
BBC, 17 October 2010

Attempts to build a multicultural society in Germany have "utterly failed", Chancellor Angela Merkel says.

She said the so-called "multikulti" concept - where people would "live side-by-side" happily - did not work, and immigrants needed to do more to integrate - including learning German.

The comments come amid rising anti-immigration feeling in Germany.

A recent survey suggested more than 30% of people believed the country was "overrun by foreigners".

The study - by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation think-tank - also showed that roughly the same number thought that some 16 million of Germany's immigrants or people with foreign origins had come to the country for its social benefits.

Mrs Merkel told a gathering of younger members of her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on Saturday that at "the beginning of the 60s our country called the foreign workers to come to Germany and now they live in our country."

She added: "We kidded ourselves a while, we said: 'They won't stay, sometime they will be gone', but this isn't reality."

"And of course, the approach [to build] a multicultural [society] and to live side-by-side and to enjoy each other... has failed, utterly failed."

In her speech in Potsdam, however, the chancellor made clear that immigrants were welcome in Germany.

She specifically referred to recent comments by German President Christian Wulff who said that Islam was "part of Germany", like Christianity and Judaism.

Mrs Merkel said: "We should not be a country either which gives the impression to the outside world that those who don't speak German immediately or who were not raised speaking German are not welcome here."

There has been intense debate about multiculturalism in Germany in recent months. ...

Earlier this week, Horst Seehofer, the leader of the CDU's Bavarian sister party, the CSU, said it was "obvious that immigrants from different cultures like Turkey and Arab countries, all in all, find it harder" to integrate.

"'Multikulti' is dead," Mr Seehofer said.
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Decade-long immigration boom means Britain needs 550,000 extra school places by 2016
James Slack
Daily Mail, 14 October 2010

Britain will need 550,000 more school places by 2016 to educate the children of immigrants, a study claimed last night.

And over the next decade this will rise to one million extra places – at a total cost of about £100 billion.

The Migrationwatch report blames the aftermath of Labour's 'open door' immigration policy.

Last year, providing schooling to the children of people born overseas cost £4.5 billion – the equivalent of almost £13 million every day – according to the pressure group.

Its analysis is based on figures from the Office for National Statistics, and includes children who have arrived in the UK from overseas, and those born in Britain to migrant parents. ...

Migrationwatch said that between 1998 and 2009 – the years in which critics say Labour's open door immigration policy operated – the number of school places required by the children of immigrants was almost 630,000.

By analysing ONS population projections, Migrationwatch also concluded that over the next ten years one million more school places will be needed because of immigration.

This is primarily due to children being born to immigrants.

Between now and 2016, 550,000 more places will be required. Based on the cost of providing each school place, the total cost will be £40 billion.

Educating children of immigrants in state schools would cost around £195 billion over a 25-year period, the report adds.

Migrationwatch said the quadrupling in net migration – the difference between the number of people arriving in the UK, and those leaving – was responsible. ...

Sir Andrew Green, Migrationwatch chairman, said: 'Almost every family in England is being affected by the growing crisis over school places but no one will talk about its causes.

'These are some of the consequences of one of the most reckless and unpopular policies of any government in generations and they are now coming home to roost.'
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92 million: The population of crowded Britain after a century of mass migration
Steven Doughty
Daily Mail, 13 October 2010

Britain's population will rise to 92.5 million over the next century, according to official forecasts yesterday.

The country will have to find room for another 30 million people by 2108, half as many as already live here.

According to the forecasts, almost all of the growth in numbers will come in England, where the strong economy in the South and the East is expected to continue to pull in immigrants.

The projections were published by the Office for National Statistics, which warned that estimates of the population so far in the future 'should be treated with great caution'.

But they raised fears of intolerable overcrowding in future if high immigration – expected to provide most of the increase – goes on unchecked. ...

The figures, which stem from estimates made on the basis of 2008 population figures, were given to MPs in response to requests for the ONS to release its most distant projections.

Until now, only forecasts for the next three decades have been made public.

Tory MP James Clappison said: 'These numbers are absolutely staggering. They are a reflection of the wave of immigration we have seen in recent years. Past population projections have turned out to be accurate. There needs to be redoubled action from the Coalition to avoid nightmarish difficulties in the future.' ...

The ONS projections assume that future net migration – the number by which the population grows after emigrants are subtracted from immigrants – will be 180,000 a year.
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How to make immigration work in Britain's interests
Irwin Stelzer
Daily Telegraph, 13 October 2010

Britain can do little to reduce the flow of immigrants from the other 26 EU member states. In future it will be able to do even less if Bulgaria goes through with its plan to issue 500,000 passports to citizens of non-member countries; and if the new EU rule that guarantees immigrants the right to all welfare benefits accorded to native populations proves a magnet for immigrants.

Work visas for non-EU immigrants are now subject to a temporary cap that has left affected firms threatening to move where the skilled workers are. Employers are right. Restrictions on the numbers of would-be workers cut into their bottom lines, put pressure on them to train British citizens to do these jobs – often costly – and probably reduces national wealth.

Native workers are also right. In many cases immigrants take "their jobs" or, at minimum, place downward pressure on wages.

And residents of towns in which immigrants cluster are also right. Their culture is threatened as strange sounds and smells dominate once-familiar streets, and the burdens on the social services are increased.

The Government is desperate to satisfy all parties. So it has called in the bureaucrats to decide which immigrants should be admitted. It should instead concentrate on how to get the winners to share some of their increased profits with the losers who bear the costs.

Immigrants possess skills that are in short supply here, and add billions of pounds to national output. But a system that calls on bureaucrats to award points to workers with skills the bureaucrats decide are most needed is bound to get things wrong. There is a more efficient and fairer way.

Employers and immigrants strike wage deals that leave out of the equation the costs to society. Schools are more crowded, demands on the NHS increase, in some cases policing costs rise, incentives to train native workers fall. Economists call these "externalities" – costs created but not borne by the parties to a transaction.

The government can put these costs where they belong – on the firms and workers who benefit – and make sure that each visa adds to national wealth. How so? By requiring employers to bid for the limited number of entry permits, the proceeds to be remitted to the communities on which the immigrant imposes costs, or to HM Treasury. The employer will pay the full cost of the immigration, perhaps making up some of that cost by offering the immigrant a lower wage – which will reduce the demand for entry.

Like other market-based solutions, this is adjustable: if bidding for permits gets outrageously high, the government can increase their number.

Of course, other things need doing. Britain could refuse entry to anyone with a passport from Bulgaria, and fight it out before Europe's courts. ... Britain can also really, really defend its borders. The government can put any applicant for entry at Heathrow with no papers back on a plane to wherever he had embarked on his journey. ... ...

Imperfect solution? Sure. But before dismissing it, consider this. Economists Pia Orrenius and Madeline Zavodny, in their new book Beside the Golden Door, suggest an initial minimum price, which would fluctuate according to demand, of $10,000 for a high-skill permit to work in the US. If British companies really need those foreign workers, a price anything like that would net the Treasury £350 million for 50,000 permits. And the nation the workers it most needs.
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Council 'non-jobs costing taxpayer £41m a year'
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 12 October 2010

Councils spent £41 million on "non-jobs" such as political advisers, climate change officers and diversity officers, a campaign group has found.

A survey by the TaxPayers' Alliance found councils had the equivalent of 543 full-time diversity posts in 2009-10, costing nearly £20 million. Birmingham accounted for just under £2 million of that figure, according to replies to freedom of information requests. ...

There were wide regional differences. ... Manchester did not employ any diversity officers but Liverpool employed seven.


Lunacy of the asylum scandal
Martyn Brown
Daily Express, 11 October 2010

Up to 2,000 failed asylum seekers are being allowed to stay in the UK every week thanks to a "back-door amnesty".

Alarming figures revealed last night that the policy has so far allowed more than 135,000 to legally take up residence.

The Home Office is giving them permanent permission to stay in a desperate attempt to clear a backlog of asylum cases. But the number could almost double to 240,000 if an estimated 100,000 dependants are included.

The Home Secretary Theresa May is said to have been shocked when she discovered the scale of the shambles inherited from Alan Johnson, her Labour predecessor.

But she is unable to stop the influx as the Government may face a wave of legal actions from any asylum seekers who are now refused residency.

Granting permanent residence is the first step towards full citizenship and entitles immigrants to full benefits. The decision is racking up massive future liabilities for taxpayers as each new permanent resident and their family can pick up between £500,000 and £1 million in lifetime benefits.

John Reid, then the Home Secretary, promised to clear up a backlog of 450,000 asylum cases when the problem emerged in 2006.

The Tories have discovered that rushing through hundreds of thousands of cases against a tight deadline meant proper checks on applicants' stories were not always made. Old cases were subject to simple paper reviews.

Only those applicants who were considered exceptional were sent questionnaires requiring additional information.

Guidelines for officials state that they should "expedite" cases if, for example, the UK Border Agency had been at fault for delays. Claimants are also rushed through if they threaten suicide.

A UK Border Agency spokesman said last night: "All 'legacy' cases are considered on their individual merits and we are confident that we will conclude the backlog by summer 2011."
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Mohammed Abdul Aziz's advice on Islam has cost Britain quite enough
Douglas Murray
Daily Telegraph, 9 October 2010

Which public servants should be paid more than the Prime Minister? Some might argue for an outstanding police chief or NHS executive. But not even the most devout defender of the status quo would nominate someone whose work is at best pointless and whose advice apparently given to the Government is potentially dangerous. Mohammed Abdul Aziz is a senior adviser within the Department for Communities and Local Government, working on, among other things, the "Prevent" strategy to curb home-grown extremism. He has visited several countries on our behalf, via such initiatives as "Projecting British Islam".

Mr Aziz has also been involved with the East London Mosque; the London Muslim Centre; the Muslim Council of Britain; the Commission for Racial Equality; the Equal Opportunities Commission; the Forum Against Islamophobia and Racism; the European Network Against Racism; and the UK Race and Europe Network.

This attempt at a one-man clean sweep of the Muslim quangocracy is all very well, but there are two rather large problems. ...

As so often, the more divisive and sectarian you are, the better chance of being heard by government. But the second problem – the lunatic punchline –is the premium we pay for this service.

Mr Aziz runs an organisation called Faithwise Ltd, the directors of which are himself and his wife. This summer, the Centre for Social Cohesion, of which I am the director, used the Freedom of Information Act to ask the Department for Communities and Local Government about its dealings with Mr Aziz over the previous year (though he had been its adviser since 2007).

What we turned up was extraordinary. Faithwise was retained to provide "strategic consultancy". Mr Aziz's organisation worked for 156 days for £113,394 – £725 a day, or at least £175,000 per annum, pro rata, rather more than the £142,500 the PM gets. Mr Aziz said his pay included VAT and operational costs.

While Mr Aziz has been contracted to central government, Faithwise has had significant "Prevent" funding from local government.

In recent years Camden council gave it £106,000 to set up a committee for a proposed new mosque. Just before Mr Aziz started working for the department, Faithwise and the Muslim Council of Britain won a contract from the Crown Prosecution Service to help its staff gain a detailed understanding of Muslim communities.

For Mr Aziz, then, the path of life seems to be strewn with £50 notes. But what did taxpayers get for that cash? ... ...

One final organisation that Aziz has had links with, the Islamic Forum of Europe, is dedicated to changing the "very infrastructure of society, its institutions, its culture, its political order and its creed ... from ignorance to Islam".
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Population 'will soar to 70m by 2027': Official figures reveal full impact of migrant influx
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 6 October 2010

Britain's fast-growing population will hit 70 million in just 17 years' time if immigration goes unchecked, official figures revealed yesterday.

The projections mean that numbers are racing towards a point which even Labour politicians believe will mean overcrowding and extra costs.

The breakdown from the Office for National Statistics shows how the population is expected to rise if different rates of immigration are sustained over the next 25 years.

It indicates that numbers will reach 70 million in 2027 if net migration – the number of immigrants arriving in the country minus those who leave – continues at last year's level.

The 196,000 added to the population by net migration last year – the equivalent of a city the size of Portsmouth – was the fourth highest level on record. The ONS projections, which are based on estimates of where the British population stood two years ago, give details for various levels of net migration up to a maximum of 180,000 a year.

At the time they were drawn up, officials were unprepared for the figure to be higher.

At 180,000 annual net migration, a 70 million population will be reached in 2029, the projections said. The further 16,000 added each year, if net migration remains at last year's level, will mean an extra 300,000 in the population between 2008 and 2027.

Another 300,000 extra will be added by natural increase, and possibly more because newly-arrived migrants tend to have higher birthrates than long-standing residents. ...

Immigration Minister Phil Woolas said in October that year: 'This Government isn't going to allow the population of this country to go up to 70million.'

Numbers that high would mean heavy costs for building new homes and transport, as well as an increasing burden on health, education and social services, and fresh burdens on energy and water supplies. There are also worries about the potential for rising social tensions.

The 70million point has been regarded as a landmark since Labour ministers began to argue over it in 2008, just as immigration was becoming a major election issue.

The Coalition has pledged to cut the rate of net migration to 1990s levels – below 100,000 – by capping migration from outside the EU.

The proposal has led to a row between ministers, with some, led by Business Secretary Vince Cable, opposed to an immigration limit and fearful of its effect on industry.

However, the new ONS projections show that a failure to cut net migration below 100,000 would mean a population of 69.5 million in 2035, a rate of increase that would see the 70 million point reached in 2037.

At a net migration rate of 50,000 a year, the projections show a population of 67.8 million in 2035.

Sir Andrew Green of the MigrationWatch think-tank said: 'These projections underline the need to get net migration down still further, preferably to under 50,000, to stabilise the population.'
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&Get a grip on immigration
Ted Jeory
Sunday Express, 3 October 2010

One of David Cameron's closest allies last night warned the Government to get a grip on immigration before it is too late.

The call came as a Sunday Express opinion poll revealed 51 per cent of people believe it is the most important issue facing the country after the economy.

Influential Tory MP Nick Boles, who is part of the Prime Minister's "Notting Hill set", said the country could face social breakdown unless radical measures were taken to tackle the number of migrants coming here. Mr Boles, founder of the Policy Exchange think tank, called for new policies that would not only cut migrant numbers but also help unite the country.

He said there should be an end to the millions spent on translators, expulsion of unemployed EU migrants, greater emphasis on the teaching of British history and the introduction of a US-style pledge of allegiance in primary schools. ...

Asked in our poll what is the most important issue facing Britain today after the economy, 51 per cent said immigration. That is more than double the next most important issue, health, at 19 per cent.

The concerns were most pronounced among the over-55s and in the Midlands and Wales.

Mr Boles said our findings proved that Mr Cameron must continue to debate immigration. He has outlined his views in a hard-hitting new book, Which Way's Up.

He said he had changed his mind about the matter after working as a councillor in inner city Westminster where he saw the "downside of mass immigration".

Newly arrived migrants and asylum seekers "made it impossible for young adult children to find accommodation in the communities in which they had grown up and where their parents lived".

The July 7 bombings in 2005 not only proved that we had failed to integrate immigrants into our society but also that the authorities had lost control over the "sheer scale" of the numbers.

Mr Boles said the country risked social breakdown if drastic measures were not taken to prevent "hundreds of thousands of people from around the world" joining hospital queues and sending their children to British schools. "Nor can we sit back while eight million British citizens of working age either shun or are shut out from all forms of useful economic activity because employers can find migrant workers who will accept subsistence wages to do menial jobs," he warned.

He said the points-based system introduced by Labour, in which would-be settlers are assessed on the skills they offer, was a good start but Mr Cameron needed to go further.

In 2009 the net inflow to the UK of non-EU migrants was 196,000. The coalition has pledged to cap those numbers but has yet to state a figure.

Mr Boles said new arrivals should be required to pay a surety before their visas are stamped. He told the Sunday Express the figure would vary depending on the migrant's skills but a typical sum could be about £5,000.
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Multiculturalism at its limits?
eurozine, 30 September 2010
[This debate was held in Bratislava on 30 September 2010]

"The very thing that diversity is good for is the very thing that multiculturalism as a political process undermines." Continuing the Eurozine debate series "Europe talks to Europe", critic of multiculturalism and free speech advocate Kenan Malik met Slovak Civic Conservative politician Fero Sebej to discuss where multiculturalism went wrong and what the alternatives are for Europe. Moderated by Samual Abrahám, editor of the journal Kritika & Kontext.

Samuel Abrahám: Multiculturalism was originally an affirmative term indicating the diversity of the "melting pot". Today, however, it has come to be associated with ethnic ghettoes. Rather than celebrating difference and creating respect for pluralism, multiculturalism has brought new conflicts. Kenan Malik, what went wrong?

Kenan Malik: It seems to me that part of the problem is confusion over what we mean by multiculturalism. It can mean one of two things. First: diversity as lived experience. Second: multiculturalism as a political process. To talk of diversity as lived experience is to talk of the experience of living in a society that, through mass immigration, has become more open, more vibrant and more cosmopolitan. In that sense, the mass immigration of the past 50 years has been of great benefit, it seems to me. But multiculturalism as a political process has come to mean something very different, namely the process of managing that diversity by putting people into ethnic boxes. It's a process through which cultural differences are institutionalized, publicly affirmed, recognized and institutionalized; through which political policy is predicated on the ethnic box to which one belongs. That seems to me deeply problematic.

The conflation of diversity as lived experience and multiculturalism as a political process has been highly invidious. On the one hand it has allowed many on the Right, and not just on the Right, to blame immigrants and immigration for the social problems of western nations. On the other hand, it has led many on the Left to abandon their attachment to classical notions of liberty and freedom, such as free speech and secularism. The irony about multiculturalism as a political process is that it undermines much of what is good about diversity as a lived experience.

The question that multiculturalists very rarely ask themselves is why is diversity good? Diversity isn't good in and of itself; it's good because it allows us to expand our horizons, to break out of the boxes – by they cultural, ethnic, or religious – in which we find ourselves. To think about other values, other beliefs, other lifestyles, to make judgements upon those values and beliefs and lifestyles. To enter, in other words, into a dialogue, a debate, through which a more universal language of citizenship can arise. It is precisely such dialogue and debate that multiculturalism as a political process undermines and erodes in the name of "respect" and "tolerance". So the very thing that diversity is good for, the very thing we should cherish it for, is the very thing that multiculturalism as a political process undermines.
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A fifth of children may be left without a school
Graeme Paton
Daily Telegraph, 25 September 2010

Up to a fifth of children could be left without primary schools in major towns and cities because of a chronic shortage of places.

Some councils will be forced to increase primary school capacity by as much as 20 per cent in four years to avoid a major admissions crisis.

Rising demand for primary school places has been put down to a surge in the birth rate combined with an influx of migrants. ...

The projections suggest local authorities need to expand primary school places by 10 to 20 per cent by 2014 to meet the extra demand.

Four councils in the South East – Slough, Wokingham and the London boroughs of Lewisham and Barking & Dagenham – face a rise in the pupil population of more than 20 per cent.

The disclosure is made in an internal report by Partnerships for Schools, the school buildings quango. In all, it is believed that an extra 350,000 primary places will be needed over the next four years.


Three-year-olds being labelled bigots by teachers as 250,000 children accused of racism
Laura Clark
Daily Mail, 23 September 2010

Teachers are being forced to report children as young as three to the authorities for using alleged 'racist' language, it was claimed last night.

Munira Mirza, a senior advisor to London Mayor Boris Johnson, said schools were being made to spy on nursery age youngsters by the Race Relations Act 2000.

More than a quarter of a million children have been accused of racism since it became law, she said.

Writing in Prospect magazine, she said: 'The more we seek to measure racism, the more it seems to grow.

'Teachers are now required to report incidents of racist abuse among children as young as three to local authorities, resulting in a massive increase of cases and reinforcing the perception that we need an army of experts to manage race relations from cradle to grave.

'Does this heightened awareness of racism help to stamp it out? Quite the opposite. It creates a climate of suspicion and anxiety.'

The Act compelled 43,000 public authorities, including schools and churches, 'to promote good relations between persons of different racial groups'. Details of the incidents are logged on databases.

Teachers are allowed to report racism even if the alleged 'victim' was not offended or if the child does not understand what they were saying.

Freedom of Information replies obtained by civil liberties group the Manifesto Club show that between 2002 and 2009, 280,000 incidents have been reported.
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Angela Merkel: Germany will become Islamic state!
Dr Paul L. Williams
The Last Crusade, 21 September 2010

Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Germans have failed to grasp how Muslim immigration has transformed their country and will have to come to terms with more mosques than churches throughout the countryside, according to the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung daily.

"Our country is going to carry on changing, and integration is also a task for the society taking up the task of dealing with immigrants," Ms. Merkel told the daily newspaper. "For years we've been deceiving ourselves about this. Mosques, for example, are going to be a more prominent part of our cities than they were before."

Germany, with a population of 4-5 million Muslims, has been divided in recent weeks by a debate over remarks by the Bundesbank's Thilo Sarrazin, who argued Turkish and Arab immigrants were failing to integrate and were swamping Germany with a higher birth rate.

The Chancellor's remarks represent the first official acknowledgment that Germany, like other European countries, is destined to become a stronghold of Islam.

In France 30% of children age 20 years and below are Muslims. The ratio in Paris and Marseilles has soared to 45%. In southern France there are more Mosques than churches.

The situation within the United Kingdom is not much different. In last 30 years, the Muslim population there has climbed from 82,000 to 2.5 millions. Presently, there are over 1000 mosques throughout Great Britain – many of which were converted from churches.

In Belgium, 50% newborns are Muslims and reportedly its Islamic population hovers around 25%. A similar statistic holds true for The Netherlands. ...

Muammar Gaddafi recently stated that "There are signs that Allah will grant victory to Islam in Europe without sword, without gun, without conquest. We don't need terrorists; we don't need homicide bombers. The 50 plus million Muslims (in Europe) will turn it into the Muslim Continent within a few decades."

The statistics support him.
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£5bn spent on migrants in Britain
Ian Kirby
News of the World, 19 September 2010

Migrants are costing Britain a staggering £5 BILLION a year, the News of the World can reveal.

And the government is handing over more than £200 million a year to charities and local councils to care for refugees and illegal immigrants.

That's an astonishing tenfold increase since 1997.

Our investigation uncovers the sheer scale of government spending, ahead of an urgent review by new Immigration Minister Damian Green.

New data from the Treasury shows migrants now take £4.5 billion a year out of the UK economy and send it home.

We have also obtained new internal government figures showing the Home Office spent £604 million supporting migrant services over the past three years.

More than half of that, a hefty £386 million, went on caring for children who have travelled to Britain then claimed asylum. Millions more vanished overseas. Last year £709,427 was sent to "Ethiopian border control". And £5.2 million was given to EU Integration Fund projects designed to help EU migrants settle here.

The massive cost of encouraging failed asylum seekers to go home is also exposed. In the past three years, the Home Office has spent £54.5 million on the "Assisted Voluntary Return" programme which pays illegal immigrants to go home and buy a house or train for a job. Immigration chief Mr Green is understood to be planning radical cuts to the Home Office budget, slashing charity payouts.

Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke, who uncovered the figures, said: "It is shocking that hundreds of millions are spent helping people get into the UK.

"It would be better spent supporting the border guardians who keep our country safe."
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How Britain attracts more migrants than France AND Germany
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 11 September 2010

Britain is surging ahead of France and Germany as a magnet for immigrants, figures showed yesterday.

Tough controls mean that the two countries that once drew in hundreds of thousands of migrants a year have now achieved a virtual balance between immigration and emigration.

Yet the new count shows that in 2008 Britain opened its doors to almost ten times the number accepted by France and Germany together.

The latest figures from Eurostat, the European Union's statistical arm, drew calls from campaigners for the Government to follow the example of Berlin and Paris and bring in measures to limit the impact of immigration on Britain.

Ministers promised earlier this week to 'bear down' on every aspect of immigration into Britain from outside the EU after the latest British figures showed a big leap in net migration – the number of people coming to live in the country minus the number leaving to live abroad.

Eurostat figures say that in 2008 the United Kingdom grew because of net migration by 226,400.

Germany, which no longer accepts unskilled migrants and which declined to accept Eastern European workers when Poland and other countries joined the EU, had negative net migration.

That meant that 53,600 more people left the country to live abroad than arrived.

France, which experienced a brief immigration boom in 2007, cut back net immigration to 77,000. ...

Net migration numbers in Britain are the third highest in Europe, behind Italy and Spain, which have seen high levels of arrivals from Africa and from Latin America, and where signs of popular unrest over the impact on jobs and public services have been growing.

Critics of the Rome and Madrid governments have said they have encouraged higher immigration by offering amnesties to illegal immigrants. In 2008, the EU figures say, net migration in Italy was 437,900 and in Spain 413,800.

Eurostat uses different methodology to Britain's Office for National Statistics. The ONS has calculated net immigration at 163,000 in 2008. Last year, it rose sharply to 196,000.
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Britain doles out most passports in EU with a QUARTER of all applications by foreign nationals
James Slack
Daily Mail, 10 September 2010

Britain is handing out passports to more foreign nationals than any other EU country.

In one year, the number of citizenship applications rubber-stamped by the last government was almost a quarter of those issued across all 27 EU member states.

From 2002 to 2008, the latest period for which full figures are available, the total number of approvals by Home Office officials was 1,008,500.

Eurostat, the EU's statistics authority, said this figure outstripped even Germany and France, which have larger populations.

Once granted citizenship, people have full access to housing, benefits and the jobs market. ...

In addition to issuing the highest cumulative number of passports, Britain topped the league table in three individual years. In 2007, the 164,500 passport approvals was the equivalent on 23 per cent of the EU total. Over the entire seven-year period, they accounted for 20 per cent of those given out.

Labour repeatedly promised to make the citizenship rules tougher, but by the time it left government, the numbers were rising sharply.

The Eurostat report stops at 2008. But, in the following year, Home Office figures show the government granted 203,790 passports.

Britain has the third largest number of foreign citizens living here - behind only Germany and Spain. The total of 4,020,800 consists of 1,614,800 people from inside the EU who - because of free movement directives - do not require a visa to live in the UK.

During the election campaign, Labour claimed there were equal numbers of workers entering and leaving the UK.

In reality, Eurostat says there were just 287,600 UK nationals filling jobs elsewhere in the European Union by autumn 2008. Yet there were 1,020,000 citizens from other Euro countries taking posts in the economy here.
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Immigration Hostility Widespread in U.S. and 5 Largest European Countries
Earth Times, 10 September 2010

A new Financial Times/Harris Poll finds that immigration is widely unpopular in the United States and in all of the five largest countries in Europe. The survey asked about immigration generally and not about illegal immigration. Majorities in four of the countries and pluralities in the other two believe that immigration makes it harder to find new jobs. Majorities in three countries and over 40% in the other three believe it has a bad effect on education. Majorities in four of the countries and 40% or more in the other two think it has a bad effect on health care services. Americans, even though they live in what has been described as a nation of immigrants are not, in general, any less hostile to immigration than Europeans. ...

• Majorities in Britain and Spain, and large minorities in the U.S., France, Italy , and Germany think that immigration has a bad impact on the economy;

• Majorities in the U.S., Britain, Italy, and Spain believe that immigration makes it harder to find a new job, as do 45% in France and 46% in Germany;

• While most people who are working do not believe that immigration has had any effect on their pay, those who think they are paid less greatly outnumber those who say they are paid more;

• Only minorities, between 13% in France and 40% in Italy, believe that immigration has made it more affordable to hire services such as cleaners, builders or plumbers;

• Majorities in the U.S., Britain, France and Spain and over 40% in Italy and Germany believe that immigration makes the level of health care services worse; and,

• Majorities in the U.S., Britain and Germany believe that immigration has made public education worse, as do over 40% in France, Italy and Spain.

Overall, many people in all six countries believe that the current level of immigration makes their countries worse places to live in, varying from 64% in Britain, 60% in Spain, and 57% in Italy to 49% in the U.S., 44% in Germany, and 43% in France.


Have children or be Islamised, Europeans are told
Simon Caldwell
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2010

European Christians must have more children or face the prospect of the Continent becoming Islamised, a senior Vatican official has said.

Fr Piero Gheddo, an Italian, said that the low birth rate among indigenous Europeans combined with an unprecedented wave of Muslim immigrants with large families could see Europe becoming dominated by Islam in the space of a few generations. "The challenge must be taken seriously," said Fr Gheddo, of the Vatican's Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions.

"Certainly from a demographic point of view, as it is clear to everyone that Italians are decreasing by 120,000 or 130,000 persons a year because of abortion and broken families – while among the more than 200,000 legal immigrants a year in Italy, more than half are Muslims and Muslim families, which have a much higher level of growth. Newspapers and television programmes never speak of this.

"However, an answer must be given above all in the religious and cultural fields and in the area of identity."

He predicted that Islam would "sooner rather than later conquer the majority in Europe". ...

"If we consider ourselves a Christian country, we should return to the practice of Christian life, which would also solve the problem of empty cradles," he added.


Asylum: 'cover-up' over growing backlog of cases
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 8 September 2010

Immigration officials were last night accused of covering up a massive backlog of asylum claims that could take years to clear.

Fresh evidence of the asylum chaos left behind by the Labour Government has come to light with confidential figures revealing that the UK Border Agency is failing frequently to hit official targets for processing claims.

And thousands of failed asylum seekers are staying in Britain for months or even years rather than being sent to their country of origin.

A series of Freedom of Information requests made in an investigation by Channel Five News found that just 40 per cent of asylum cases are dealt with within six months compared with a Home Office target of 75 per cent.

And just three per cent of asylum applicants who arrived last year were removed from the UK within six months of arrival, statistics revealed.

The figures contrasted with official claims that 60 per cent of asylum claims are concluded within six months, and that overall half of asylum seekers are sent home. But officials rejected the cover-up allegations, insisting the new figures were based on "regional snapshots" of the system rather than the national picture.

Angry critics last night accused the Border Agency of "manipulating" statistics to hide the chaos. Tory MP David Davies said: "I'm appalled at the manipulation that has been going on at the Home Office.

"These figures suggest that month in, month out, only a tiny percentage of asylum seekers who shouldn't be here, are removed, except for the month they like to release where they got rid of significantly more." ...

Former PM Gordon Brown claimed to have got a grip on the explosion in asylum applications and insisted that a massive backlog of more than 200,000 was being cleared up. But new statistics suggest the backlog is piling up.

Data shows regional Border Agency offices are consistently missing targets. Official claims that 60 per cent of cases were concluded within six months seemed to be based solely on June. One Home Office source said: "Where we miss our aspirational targets, we're prepared to hold our hands up – but there has been no cover-up."

Many asylum seekers stayed for months and even years, despite having applications rejected, because of problems with travel documents or issues about what country they should go to.

UK Border Agency chief executive Lin Homer last night said: "The UK Border Agency is a world leader in focusing not just on taking decisions but concluding cases as well.

"The Asylum Improvement Project is seeking ways to fast track decisions, remove more people and reduce the asylum budget. Our asylum system needs to be faster and cheaper while improving the quality of decisions and ensuring we can remove those who do not need our protection."
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Muslims in Europe
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2010

• The number of Muslims in Europe in 2007 was 53 million, including 16 million in the EU, according to the German Central Institute Islam Archive.

• Europe's Muslim population of 2.4 per cent has doubled in the past 30 years and is predicted to double again by 2015.

• Muslims will account for more than 20 per cent of the EU population by 2050, according to the US's Migration Policy Institute.

• Mohammed is expected to be the most popular boy's name in England and Wales when figures are released by the Office for National Statistics in October.

• Official figures last year found that the Muslim population in Britain had grown by more than 500,000 to 2.4 million in four years.


Overseas students may be refused visa
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2010

Foreign students could be blocked from some educational institutions and courses as part of a plan to reduce immigration.

Ministers want to cut the number of overseas students entering Britain by tens of thousands.

More than 362,000 were allowed to study here in the year to June, an increase of 35 per cent on the previous year.

Figures show that one in five foreign students is still in Britain five years after arrival, leading to concerns that student visas are being exploited as an easy migration route.

Home Office research shows half the foreign students who arrive each year are not studying degrees, but a range of lesser qualifications such as A-levels and even GCSEs. ...

Research for the Home Office shows that in 2004, around 186,000 students were granted visas and 21 per cent of them were still here in 2009, meaning they had been able to switch to other routes such as work permits or marriage, paving the way for them to settle here permanently.

And that is only those known to immigration officials. Tens of thousands more may have simply overstayed their visa and disappeared.


The legacy of Tony Blair
Natalie Hart and Hannah Thompson
youGov, 2 September 2010

57% of the British public think former Prime Minister Tony Blair is 'likeable', although opinion remains divided over the legacy that he will leave behind, our survey shows. ...

41% of people themselves think that Blair was a 'fairly' or 'very good' Prime Minister, while a statistically similar 44% consider him 'fairly' or 'very bad'.

And despite media focus on the 2003 war in Iraq, the public identifies Blair's biggest crime while in office to be 'allowing immigration to rise to unacceptable levels': 62% chose this option when asked to identify his three biggest failures while in office. However, only 30% of those aged 18 to 24 identified increased immigration as a failure, compared to a staggering 78% of those over 60.
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Gaddafi's £4bn immigration 'ransom'
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2010

Col Muammar Gaddafi said yesterday that Europe ran the risk of turning "black" unless the European Union paid Libya at least €5 billion (£4.1 billion) a year to block illegal African immigrants.

Speaking in Rome alongside Silvio Berlusconi, Italy's prime minister, during his controversial visit, Col Gaddafi said: "Tomorrow Europe might no longer be European and even black as there are millions who want to come in. We don't know if Europe will remain an advanced and united continent or if it will be destroyed, as happened with the barbarian invasion."

Silvana Mura, an opposition MP, accused the Libyan leader of holding Europe to ransom demanding "Mafia-style protection money" in return for a promise to keep immigration in check.


20pc rise in immigrants driven by student visa 'loophole'
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2010

Immigration increased by a fifth last year, driven by a sharp rise in the number of foreign students being allowed into the country, figures show.

Some 196,000 more people moved to Britain than left in 2009, compared with a net migration of 163,000 in the previous year.

The figures are for the last full year of the Labour government and raise questions over the effectiveness of its points-based system introduced to curb immigration. It also means that more than three million foreign nationals were added to the British population under Labour since 1997. Separate figures show student visas have risen by a third, renewing fears that the route is being exploited for illegal immigration.

... A total of 567,000 people migrated to Britain last year while only 371,000 emigrated, leaving a net inflow of 196,000.

If the movement of Britons is removed, there was a net inflow of 226,000 foreign nationals in 2009. That took the total of foreign migrants who moved to the UK since 1997 to 3.2 million.

In the 12 months to June, a total of 362,015 foreign students were allowed to study here, an increase of 35 per cent on the previous year, according to the ONS.


Births to migrant mothers reach record level
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2010

The proportion of babies born to foreign mothers is at a record high, with migrants accounting for three quarters of births in some parts of the country.

One in four births in England and Wales last year was to a mother born overseas, according to the Office for National Statistics. They accounted for 174,174 births, representing almost 25 per cent of the 706,248 new arrivals in 2009.

That was the highest proportion since the birthplace of mothers started being recorded in 1969 and the figure has doubled in the past 20 years. ...

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch, said: "This is crystal clear evidence of the huge impact of mass immigration on not only the size but the nature of our population.

"It is deeply worrying to a great many people but there is still a reluctance to discuss it, let alone address it."

The three most common countries of birth of non-UK born mothers were Pakistan, Poland and India, as has been the case since 2007.


Migration linked to youth jobless levels
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2010

Youth unemployment is linked to high levels of immigration, according to figures from a campaign group.

Migrationwatch UK found that in areas with large numbers of immigrants, youth unemployment was also high.

For every 1,000 migrants in the 50 local authorities in England most affected by immigration, an average of 700 more young people were out of work, the group said.

Taking out the 21 London boroughs, the figure was 900 higher. In London 200 more young people were unemployed for every 1,000 migrants.


Tenth of new mothers are white Britons in some NHS regions
Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2010

Fewer than one in 10 women giving birth is of white British origin in some parts of the country, NHS figures disclose.

On average, 68 per cent of new mothers are white and British. ... ...

Out of 150 NHS Trusts, white British women are in the minority in 27, while in 19 areas they account for 93 per cent or more.


Revealed: The UK maternity units in which only 1 in 10 mothers is of white British origin
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 9 August 2010

Just one in ten babies is born to a white British mother in some parts of the country, figures reveal.

The statistics - based on NHS monitoring of the ethnicity and nationality of patients - show a sharp contrast in the backgrounds of new mothers in urban and rural areas.

While white British mothers accounted for just 9.4 per cent of all births in one London health trust, the figure was 97.4 per cent of all births in Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust.

The birth statistics reflect how mothers described themselves, not the ethnicity of the fathers or the babies.

Across all of England's 150 NHS Trusts there were 652,638 deliveries last year, around six out of ten of them to women who called themselves white British.

But in some trusts serving rural areas more than 95 per cent of mothers fell into that category.

These included Northern Devon with 97.4 per cent, Co Durham and Darlington with 97.1, and Northumbria with 96 per cent.

At the other end of the spectrum, in North West London Hospitals NHS Trust, which covers Harrow, just 9.4 per cent of mothers were white British. Another inner city trust - Sandwell and West Birmingham - had 16.5 per cent. And a little over one in four new mothers were white Britons at Guy's and St Thomas' hospital in central London.

The proportion of mothers of white British origin at Bradford Teaching Hospitals trust was 34 per cent.

Even some NHS trusts in the home counties reported fewer than six in ten deliveries were to white British mothers.

In West Hertfordshire NHS Trust, which covers St Albans, just 57 per cent of women giving birth were white British.

Across England 62 per cent of all births last year involved a white British mother.

The largest other single ethnic groups were 'other white' - including Eastern Europeans - which made up 7 per cent of births, black (5 per cent), Pakistani (4 per cent) and Indian (3 per cent).

Of the rest of the mothers 8 per cent described their ethnicity as 'other' (including mixed-race women) and the remainder were listed as 'not known'.

Backbench Tory MP Douglas Carswell said: 'I think we have to face reality and that is if you continue to have mass immigration it's going to have a very significant impact on the demography of our country - and it's going to have a significant impact perhaps on the sort of country that we are.'
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£6M bill to translate migrants' benefits
Kirsty Buchanan
Sunday Express, 8 August 2010

The £115,000 a week spent on translators to help immigrants claim benefits in Britain is facing intense scrutiny.

The Government wants to cut the cost of interpreters which last year soared to more than £6 million, a 50 per cent rise.

In the last six years, 169,000 immigrants claimed unemployment benefit within six months of getting a National Insurance number.

The benefits alone cost taxpayers £1.4 million a week but added to that is the translation bill. Most of it came from providing face-to-face and telephone translation services for people whose grasp of English was not good enough to understand the benefits system.

Employment Minister Chris Grayling said: "It's been quite clear to us that costs ran out of control under the last Government. We aim to bring the costs down as far as we possibly can. We've been very clear that people coming to live and work in the UK need to be able to speak English."

In 2004, Labour Employment Minister Jim Murphy pledged that costs would be curbed but the annual bill has more than doubled from £2.63 million then.
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The jihad of the word erupts in Denmark yet again
Melanie Phillips
The Spectator, 8 August 2010

A chilling development in Denmark illustrates just how 'hate speech' laws, which were introduced by deluded western liberals, are being used to stifle and criminalise the expression of legitimate opinion and essential debate – the prerequisite of a liberal society. Lars Hedegaard is president of Denmark's International Free Press Society, which is devoted to fighting to preserve freedom of expression – particularly against the threat from radical Islam to shut it down on the spurious grounds of 'Islamophobia'. The inevitable has now happened: as Nathaniel Sugarman writes at The Legal Project, Hedegaard finds himself facing prosecution for 'racism' over remarks he has made about Islam.

The basis for Hedegaard's prosecution was an interview from December 2009 in which he made controversial statements about Islam. These assertions included critiques of what Hedegaard saw as Islam's permissiveness regarding child abuse and bearing false witness, as well as Islam's general intolerance concerning apostacism and critical speech. Snaphanen, a Danish blog, published the original interview, and Hedegaard has since clarified some of his remarks.

Hedegaard's statements earned him a hate speech charge under Danish law. While Denmark's constitution ostensibly protects freedom of expression and forbids censorship (see Section 77), the Criminal code provides that "expressing and spreading racial hatred" is a criminal offense punishable with up to two years imprisonment. (Article 266b).

It seems this is not the first such prosecution in Denmark:

On June 16, 2010, the Danish parliament voted to strip a lawmaker of immunity so that he could face charges over anti-Muslim comments. The politician, Jesper Langballe, is a veteran member of the Danish People's Party (PPD) and a crucial ally of the center-right government. In January 2010, he penned a newspaper column discussing the status of women in Islam and the "Islamisation of Europe." Included was the statement that "Muslims kill their daughters over crimes of honour and turn a blind eye while they are raped by their uncles." He is currently awaiting trial for violating Article 266b – the same hate speech statute that will likely be applied to Hedegaard.

There is however a ray of light for Denmark: it seems that the Justice Minister is now considering amending the hate speech laws on the grounds that they could be misused to restrict free speech. ...

However, the possible amendment of Denmark's hate laws is scant consolation for other western countries, with the UN having decided to criminalise all criticism of sharia law, as reported here. Until and unless western liberals finally understand that radical Islamists are not a minority whose human rights need to be defended but are instead a mortal threat to human rights which must be defeated – and crucially, that the UN is the vehicle of Islamist oppression and must in turn be fought by all who care about human rights – the light of freedom will continue to be extinguished in the west.
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Labour's catastrophic mistake on immigration: Brown's pollster reveals how it cost him election... and is now damaging democracy itself
Deborah Mattinson
Daily Mail, 7 August 2010

I'd started running political focus groups for Labour in the Eighties. This gave me the perfect vantage point to see the birth of New Labour - and its subsequent ups and downs - through the eyes of voters.

What struck me most was the huge gulf between the electorate and the political classes.

While politicians in the Westminster village are obsessed with the trivia that purports to be matters of great importance, voters worry about issues that directly impact their families and their communities. ...

Above all, this gulf between voters and politicians is felt most strongly when it comes to immigration.

After running focus groups for 25 years, I can honestly say I've rarely sat through one without the subject being raised. ...

These views confirmed opinion polls at the time, which showed immigration was at, or near, the top of people's concerns and that eight out of ten agreed that 'immigration laws should be much tougher or immigration should be stopped altogether'.

A year before Gordon Brown became prime minister, I ran a major focus group study. By then, immigration had become the main issue.

We described our findings to Mr Brown and senior Cabinet members. We explained immigration was a vortex issue - its whirlpool effect engulfing everything in its wake.

Voters were emphatic. They believed the NHS couldn't cope because too many immigrants were using its services (for example, the Office for National Statistics recently revealed that nearly a quarter of babies born in Britain have immigrant mothers).

They thought schools weren't able to teach properly because they were struggling with large numbers of immigrant children who couldn't speak English. They believed people couldn't find work because immigrants were prepared to take jobs for much less money.

And they said families found it impossible to get accommodation because the government gives priority to immigrant families.

It's important to point out again that, despite the strength of these feelings, it doesn't mean people are racist. ...

I always fed back voters' views about immigration to Labour's high command. But despite the subject being such a hot topic, it was never put at the top of the political agenda.

There was simply no appetite to listen, let alone act. It was as if politicians were in paralysis. ...

But the debate goes on about immigration. The coalition Government has just announced a cap on non-EU immigration. However, focus groups suggest this may well be another 'too little too late' initiative, paying lip service rather than really dealing with the core issues.

In any case, voters are worried about levels of immigration from EU countries as well, and their complaints often centre on the immigrants who are already here rather than those who still want to come to Britain.
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Muslims 'linked to violent ideology'
Duncan Gardham
Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2010

Many apparently mainstrean Muslim groups have the same ideology as violent Islamists, according to a secret report.

The document, sent to Charles Farr, head of the Government's Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, has been leaked on the internet.

Preventing terrorism, where next for Britain? from Quilliam, the think tank, lists groups in Britain that are "broadly sympathetic to Islamism", including Scotland Yard's Muslim Contact Unit and the Muslim Council of Britain.

The report warns that if the Government engages with such groups "it risks empowering proponents of the ideology that is behind terrorism".


Thousands of illegal immigrants escape deportation because police fear being called racist
Ryan Kisiel
Daily Mail, 4 August 2010

Thousands of illegal immigrants are escaping deportation as police fear being accused of racism if they question a suspect's nationality, according to a Home Office report.

Failure to carry out the proper checks on migrants while they are in police custody is leading to huge amounts remaining in the country rather than being deported.

Police fear asking questions about their nationality because they will be hung out to dry by politically correct regulations.

The Home Office report recommends that more checks on suspects while in custody and a closer relationship with the UK Border Agency is needed to identify illegal immigrants.

A pilot study found that when enhanced checks were applied, more than three times as illegal immigrants were found. The 14 custody suites in England and Wales showed that the number of those identified rose from 73 to 250 during the three-month trial.

In one city, 20 suspected illegal immigrants were found during the first month, but only six were deported due to a lack of detention space. The rest were all given temporary release with conditions.

The Determining Identity and Nationality in Local Policing report also revealed that 435 foreign nationals were arrested in the same area and period - accounting for 25 per cent of all arrests.

'The research demonstrated that more rigorous practices in custody suites could increase the number of foreign nationals and illegal migrants who are identified as being involved in criminal activity," its authors said.

'In some sites there was a marked reluctance to challenge arrestees who claimed to be British, even though officers suspected that the claims might be false.

'This reluctance was commonly ascribed to the fear that any such challenge could result in an accusation of racism.' ...

Just under one in five of all suspected illegal migrants arrested were questioned over serious offences, compared with just over one in ten of UK citizens arrested, the report found.
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Hidden toll of crime by illegal immigrants
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 4 August 2010

The number of crimes committed by illegal immigrants or foreign nationals could be four times higher than thought because police are not properly checking the identity of suspects, according to a Home Office report.

Officers are failing to check the true nationality of suspects and whether they are in the country lawfully, meaning thousands of foreign criminals could also be slipping through the immigration net and staying in Britain.

Many of them are likely to be involved in organised crime or other cross-border offences, according to the research. ...

The Home Office research found a "lack of thoroughness" in checking the immigration status of those of those arrested and a failure to take the appropriate action when they do discover them.

In some cases, officers were even reluctant to challenge someone who claimed to be British when they suspected they were not because of fears of being accused of racism.

Repeat offenders were often overlooked because it was assumed their immigration status had already been checked and police would not bother checking those who were compliant. ...

The report, Determining Identity and Nationality in Local Policing, examined practices in 14 custody suites and, as part of the research, a pilot was carried out in four areas involving enhanced checks on arrested individuals.

As a result, the number of identity checks on individuals increased fivefold and the number found or suspected to be an illegal immigrant increased from 73 to 250.

Even when illegal immigrants were discovered by the police they were not always dealt with appropriately either by them or immigration officers. Details of people found to in the country unlawfully were sometimes not passed on to the UK Border Agency because officers felt nothing would be done about it or they were passed on after the suspect had been released.

In turn, immigration officers were reluctant to attend police stations if the case was likely to be complicated. In other cases, police would put suspected illegal immigrants in a taxi to the nearest immigration office or hand them directions, despite accepting it was unlikely they would show up. The latest research was conducted in 2006-07 but has only now been published.


300,000 a year let in on student visas
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 2 August 2010

The number of foreigners who came to Britain on student visas rose by a third to more than 300,000 last year, prompting renewed warnings last night of a loophole in immigration law.

Official figures showed that the number of students entering Britain from non-EU countries increased by more than 75,000 in 12 months, despite unprecedented demand for college and university places. The influx was exacerbated by a further 31,000 dependants accompanying foreign students, the figures disclosed. ...

Last night, the Government said that the student visa system had been open to "significant abuse". Damian Green, the immigration minister, said there would be a thorough review of the rules. ...

The increase was thought to have been the largest single rise on record.


Muslim fifth column
Michael Nazir-Ali
Daily Telegraph, 31 July 2010
[Letter to the Editor]

Both Baroness Manningham-Buller and Imran Khan have been reported in your columns as claiming that the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan have led to increased recruitment of Muslims in Britain to radical causes. They may well be correct.

The implication, however, that whenever the West acts to protect itself or to prevent genocide or oppression by extremists and tyrants, it is causing a fifth column to arise in its own societies, is deeply worrying. Such a situation has enormous consequences for the will to resist extremism and for morale generally.


Nearly 100,000 new homes must be built every year for immigrants
Daily Mail, 29 July 2010

Nearly 100,000 new homes must be built every year just to provide housing for immigrants, ministers disclosed yesterday.

Four out of every ten new houses or flats built to cope with the rising population will go to a migrant, they said.

Over a 25-year period, immigrants will require 2.5 million extra homes unless the Government meets its pledges to bring about a major reduction in numbers arriving to live in Britain.

Communities Department spokesman Andrew Stunell said estimates of housing demand and the expected level of housing required by immigrants were prepared in March 2009, but only now revealed.

He said in a Commons written answer: 'It is estimated that net international migration could account, on average, for 40 per cent of the net growth of households in England over the projection period from 2006 to 2031.'

The housing projections from the Communities Department say that at current birthrates and expected rates of immigration, 252,000 new homes a year will be needed each year until 2031.

Of these, 36,000 will be needed because there will be more people living alone and fewer couples and families, and 116,000 because of rising birthrates.

The remaining 100,000 will be needed to house migrants, based on 2006 population figures.

At present the Office for National Statistics estimates that net immigration will run at 180,000 a year for the foreseeable future.


Immigration sees UK's population growth outstrip the rest of Europe
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 28 July 2010

This country gained more people last year thanks to immigration and rising birth rates than anywhere in the continent. ...

The Eurostat analysis showed that Britain's population rose by 412,000 in 2009, up 182,000 because there were more immigrants than emigrants, and up by 231,000 because of rising birth rates.

Much of the new baby boom is a result of immigration, and one in four children born last year was born to mothers who were themselves born abroad. ...

Sir Andrew Green, of the Migrationwatch think tank, said: 'This is further confirmation that the population of the UK is rising extremely fast, mainly due to immigration, which accounts for two thirds of the projected population growth of the next 25 years.

'There are always arguments in favour of immigration. But the majority of people are clear that immigration needs to be brought down. The Government would do well to stick to the promises they have made to the electorate.'
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Border control in chaos after contractor sacked
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 23 July 2010

Border controls designed to monitor every passenger coming in and out of the country were in disarray last night after the Home Office was forced to sack its contractor.

Delays in the £750 million contract with Raytheon Systems Ltd mean up to 100 million passenger movements each year are still not registered by the e-Borders programme. ...

It is also a blow to the fight against illegal immigration, crime and terrorism, as the system is key to checking the movement of individuals and whether migrants left the country when they were supposed to. ...

The system was due to count 95 per cent of the estimated 200 million annual passenger movements into and out of the country by the end of this year. But the delays mean it is only covering half those movements.


One baby in four born to migrants: Number of foreign-born mothers has doubled
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 22 July 2010

Almost a quarter of babies are born to immigrant mothers, an official breakdown showed yesterday.

It found that 24.7 per cent of children born last year have mothers who were born abroad – and that their numbers have doubled since the late 1990s. ...

The figures produced fresh warnings to ministers that immigration rates must be brought down to avoid the growing threat of overpopulation in Britain.

Numbers of children born to mothers from outside the country have been growing fast in recent years as immigration has reached record levels.

In 1998 there were 86,456 babies born in England and Wales to mothers born abroad. These mothers are considered likely to be long-term migrants by statisticians.

Last year, the total had reached 174,400, according to the figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Over the same period, the share of babies with foreign-born mothers rose from 13.6 per cent to 24.7 per cent.

The rising proportion of children of migrant mothers is a result both of high levels of immigration and higher birthrates among newly-arrived families.

Last year, the ONS calculated that women born in Britain will average 1.84 children each during their lifetimes, while women who came to this country from abroad will have 2.51 children during their lives. ...

The breakdown of figures was published by the ONS yesterday in its final tally of births and birthrates in 2009. Overall, the number of babies born in England and Wales fell slightly from 708,711 in 2008 to 706,248 last year.

The numbers of babies whose mothers were born abroad went up by around 3,500, from 170,834 to 174,400. The three most common countries of origin of foreign-born mothers are Pakistan, Poland and India.
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The ban that means immigration officials cannot chase runaways
Rebecca Lefort and David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 18 July 2010

A "ludicrous" rule that prevents immigration officers from chasing illegal immigrants who run away is to be reviewed.

Senior officials at the UK Border Agency (UKBA), which is charged with removing the estimated 500,000 illegal immigrants in Britain, are re-examining the operating guidance issued to its officers.

A rulebook that governs how raids are carried out also instructs officers not to "patronise" suspects, to give them "body space", to maintain eye contact, and to adopt a "relaxed" and "non-aggressive stance".

The ban on pursuits was introduced to counter fears that a chase could lead to either an immigration officer or a suspect being hurt. ... ...

The UKBA removed 63,000 people from Britain in 2009-10.

It can also be disclosed that criminal gangs are exploiting the Home Office's "points-based" visa system, introduced under Labour in November 2008, to bring new gang members into Britain through bogus businesses.

The system puts responsibility on employers to "sponsor" migrant workers, but organised crime networks have set up fake companies to obtain work permits for foreign gangsters, according to a warning from the Serious Organised Crime Agency (Soca). ...

The agency said that abuse of the work permit and student visa systems, along with bogus marriages, were now "common methods of abuse".


Britain pays Calais migrants £3,500 to go home - before they even get here
Tom Harper
Mail on Sunday, 18 July 2010

British taxpayers have paid out more than £1 million to persuade hundreds of asylum seekers and illegal immigrants to return home – before they even enter the UK.

Foreigners attempting to cross the English Channel at the French port of Calais are offered free flights and awarded up to £3,500 to help start businesses back home.

The Home Office-backed Global Calais Project has persuaded 468 'irregular migrants' to return to their countries of origin at a cost of £1.2 million to the UK Exchequer.

Among those to take up the offer were 50 Afghans, 20 Sudanese, eight Libyans and five Indians – none of whom had a legal right to travel to or live in Britain.

Last year, 281 illegal immigrants took advantage of the generous offer, a rate of more than five a week. The bizarre incentive is equivalent to 14 years' wages for a worker in Afghanistan.

The Home Office claims the payout scheme, which began in 2007, helps avoid long, costly legal battles once the migrants arrive in the UK.

The payments emerged in a Freedom of Information request to the Home Office by The Mail on Sunday. The department spent a year battling the release of the figures and agreed only after an intervention by the information watchdog.

The Home Office also admitted paying out almost £80 million in resettlement grants to 21,506 people who had already reached the UK. The sum is equivalent to the annual salaries of 800 family doctors or 3,200 teachers. ...

Taxpayer-funded repatriation schemes began under Labour in 1999 but were widened dramatically in 2005 when Ministers raised the maximum payout from £1,000 to £4,000 in an attempt to combat the soaring number of illegal immigrants.

All the schemes are operated by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), an independent body that organises migrant removals for governments around the globe. ...

They offer to transfer them to Paris, pay for flights home and promise retraining or business grants of up to £3,500 if the migrants agree to halt their journey into the UK. The grants are distributed from IOM offices in the migrants' countries of origin once they return home.

Charlie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover, said: 'There is a real risk that people will hear of this and it will create a bizarre incentive for people to try to smuggle themselves into Britain. The solution could be worse than the disease.'

Back in Britain, the IOM administers other Home Office-backed schemes from its plush head offices in Westminster, Central London.

The Voluntary Assisted Return and Reintegration Programme (VARRP) pays failed asylum seekers who are already in the country up to £4,000 to drop their appeals and return home voluntarily.

Almost 17,000 failed asylum seekers from 122 countries have taken advantage of VARRP so far, including 1,597 Albanians, 289 Indians and 39 Poles.

In total, the Home Office admitted paying the IOM a total of £79.2 million over the past five years.
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Minority group numbers set to rise to 20 per cent
Alistair Keely
The Independent, 13 July 2010

Ethnic minorities will make up a fifth of the population by 2051, according to research published today.

According to experts from the University of Leeds, the ethnic minority share of the population will increase from 8 per cent (2001) to around 20 per cent. The UK population overall will rise to nearly 78 million, from 59 million in 2001. ...

The team found striking differences in the growth rates of the 16 ethnic groups studied. White British and Irish groups are expected to be very slow-growing, while the Other White group is projected to grow the fastest, driven by immigration from Europe, the US and Australasia.

Traditional immigrant groups of south Asian origin (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh) will also grow rapidly in size.

The research team investigated ethnic population trends at a local scale in the UK and built a computer model to project those trends under a variety of scenarios for the future. They used existing data on the 16 ethnic groups recognised in the 2001 census, along with demographic factors such as immigration, emigration, fertility and mortality.

Project leader, professor Philip Rees, said: "Our results suggest that overall we can look forward to being not only a more diverse nation, but one that is far more spatially integrated than at present."
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One in five Britons 'will be from an ethnic minority by 2051'
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 13 July 2010

One in five of the population will be from an ethnic minority by the middle of this century, according to a new report.

Researchers concluded that the figure will rocket from the current rate of eight per cent - and that people from minority backgrounds will be living in more affluent areas.

Just one in ten of the population was from an ethnic minority ten years ago.

Researchers at The University of Leeds also concluded that the population of the UK could reach nearly 80 million by the middle of this century.

Higher birth rates and people living longer as well as immigration would pushed the population to 78.8 million by 2051. ...

Official statisticians have long projected the population would hit 70 million by 2029.

But the new estimate, from independent researchers, shows increases potentially continuing into later decades. ...

The academics produced a range of estimates according to different birth, death and migration rates.

According to the highest projection, the population will reach 78,848,000 in 2051. ...

The study predicts an increase in the number of Indians - nearly doubling from 1,432,000 to 2,672,000. There will also be sharp rises in numbers from Pakistan and Bangladesh. ...

Project leader Professor Philip Rees said: 'The ethnic make-up of the UK's population is evolving significantly.

'Groups outside the white British majority are increasing in size and share, not just in the areas of initial migration, but throughout the country, and our projections suggest that this trend is set to continue through to 2051. ...' ...

Around 70 per cent of the current population increases are due to immigration - through direct arrivals or children born to them. ...

Labour's supposedly 'tough' points-based system actually led to increases in the number of foreign workers and students cleared to live here.

The number of non-EU migrants given work permits, or permission to carry on working in Britain, rose by 20 per cent, from 159,535 in 2007 - the year before points were introduced - to 190,640 last year, including dependents.

The number of student approvals increased by a third, from 208,800 to 273,445 a year later.
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Illegal migrants sneak in through minor ports
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2010

Illegal immigrants are slipping in at ports unmanned by immigration officers, the border agency watchdog said yesterday.

There are only enough officers at Holyhead in Wales to cover one in four shifts, ...

Other minor ports in Wales and the South West are not manned at all, a report by John Vine, the chief inspector of the UK Border Agency found.

The lack of security raises the prospect that terrorists could be exploiting the gaps to get into Britain. One anti-immigration campaigner said the agency had "left the side door to Britain wide open".

An inspection of border agency operations in Wales and the South West found some of the 17 airports and seaports in the region had limited or no immigration officers.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of Migrationwatch UK, said: "This is astonishing. Yet again the public have been systematically misled about the effect of our border controls."


Labour's 'cover-up' on immigration
Patrick Hennessy
Sunday Telegraph, 4 July 2010

Labour was accused of a pre-election cover-up on immigration last night after it was disclosed that the previous government sat on a report that criticised its policies.

Ministers accused John Denham, the former communities secretary, of trying "to bury the truth" about immigration in an attempt to his party in office.

The report, The Drivers of International Migration To and From the UK, written by the respected National Institute of Economic and Social Research, was given to ministers six weeks before the start of the election campaign.

It found that net immigration to Britain rose by 169,100 people a year between 1992-1995 and 2004-2007, with the vast majority of new entrants coming from Asian countries.

Just over half the increase (51.2 per cent) was accounted for by "UK immigration policy relative to other hosts", while 26.7 per cent arose from the "relaxation of UK immigration policy from 1997".

If published, the report would have reignited the row over the so-called "open-door" immigration policy pursued by Labour until it began phasing in its "points-based" system in 2008. Yet the Department of Communities and Local Government decided not to publish it.

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, described the report, which cost the then Government £40,000, as a "skeleton in the closet", and added: "Clearly there was an orchestrated cover-up by John Denham to bury the truth about immigration. On the eve of the election, Labour Ministers were doing anything to try and guarantee their political survival."

Last night Mr Denham demanded to know what Mr Pickles's evidence was for his "cover-up" claim. He said he did not remember receiving the report as communities secretary.


Loophole lets in migrant workers
David Barrett
Sunday Telegraph, 4 July 2010

The Government's immigration cap has been criticised a "sham" as new figures disclose that companies will be able to bypass the restriction to bring in thousands of foreign workers.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, announced last week that the number of migrant workers coming to Britain from outside the European Union would be limited to 24,400 a year, fulfilling a Conservative manifesto pledge.

However, the Home Office has admitted that the interim cap will not apply to a system known as "intra-company transfers", or ICTs, which allows firms to bring in non-EU nationals who are already on their payroll.

Figures obtained by this newspaper show the extent to which companies are able to use the ICT system to import foreign staff on a massive scale.

One Indian company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), sponsored 4,600 of its employees to come to Britain in 2008 through ICTs, according to Home Office data.

Although there is no suggestion that TCS has broken the rules, the scale of immigration from India through ICTs is startling. Another Indian company, Infosys Technologies Limited, sponsored 3,235 people to come to Britain in the same year, while a third, Wipro Technologies, brought in 2,420.

While the Home Office has said there were 30,000 arrivals under the ICT system last year, this was down from a total of 46,000 the previous year – suggesting that the use of ICTs could rise again when the global economy recovers. In 1992 there were only 7,000.

Indians make up 70 per cent of those brought to Britain on ICTs. Others were from nations including the US, South Africa, Japan and China.

Although the system is intended to help companies that cannot recruit suitable candidates within Britain, critics claim that in practice much of the work could easily have been done by Britons.

The Home Office has disclosed the names of about 20,000 employers registered to bring skilled migrant workers into Britain on so-called "Tier 2" visas. Names on the list, published on the UK Border Agency website last week, range from Chelsea Football Club and Conservative Campaign Headquarters to hundreds of Thai restaurants, Indian takeaways and kebab shops.

Of the companies on the list, about 4,700 are permitted to use ICTs. Yet the UK Border Agency has only 125 staff responsible for visiting sponsor companies and keeping checks on them. ... ...

One British IT worker told The Sunday Telegraph how his contract at Lloyds TSB was cut short after the bank hired a dozen Indian trainees through the ICT system. ...

The IT specialist, who has 20 years' experience in the industry, said use of ICTs was widespread in the banking industry. "ICTs are used to bring large numbers of people in for the purposes of cheap labour," he said. ...

A spokesman for Lloyds TSB declined to comment on the claims. ...

Peter Skyte, of the trade union Unite, said: "Our prediction is that the ICT will remain after the interim period because of pressure from multinationals and from embassies.

"We are very concerned about displacement of UK resident workers and its potential for undercutting pay rates."


Migrants' impact on crime to be checked
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 1 July 2010

The impact that migrants have on crime, housing and even traffic congestion will be considered when ministers set an annual cap on immigration, it emerged yesterday.

Pressure on public services and cohesion will also be factored in to the final limit.

The Government has promised to impose a cap and the Migration Advisory Committee will consult on where the limit is set. The body confirmed yesterday that it would not just consider the economic impact of migrants but also social pressures. The committee will spend the next three months attempting to quantify such factors before presenting a report to ministers in September.

The committee also warned that limits on foreign workers, which can only be imposed on those from outside the EU, would only help to reduce net migration "up to a point".


Revealed: The British towns where one worker in two is a migrant
James Slack
Daily Mail, 30 June 2010

A map today reveals parts of Britain where more than half of jobs are held by workers who were born overseas.

The workforce in large parts of London is dominated by people born abroad – despite Labour's repeated promises to deliver 'British jobs for British workers'.

But foreign-born employees also have a strong foothold in other British towns and cities, from Slough and Reading to Manchester.

Campaigners said the focus of employers and Whitehall should be on finding jobs for the young Britons out of work in many of these areas.

And last night, immigration minister Damian Green said: 'This shows why we need a limit on work visas as well as a better trained British workforce.

'British workers need to be able to benefit and take the jobs available.'

The most startling figures, based on information from the Office for National Statistics, relate to Newham – the East London borough hosting the 2012 Olympics.

Here, almost seven in every ten jobs are filled by workers who were not born in the UK – or 65,100 out of 93,700 posts. Many of the jobs are on the Olympic site itself. ...

There are six local authority areas where more than 50 per cent of the jobs are filled by migrant workers – and a further 18 where those born outside the UK take up more than one in every three jobs.

Outside London, the areas where the biggest proportion of jobs are taken by immigrants are Slough, Leicester, Luton, Reading, Cambridge, Manchester and Oxford. ...

Alp Mehmet, of MigrationWatch, said: 'Where there are gaps in the UK labour market we should be filling them from the UK population.

'There is a laxness and a looseness about the way people are allowed in. What we want is closer control.' ...

Under Labour more than 1.1 million jobs – half the total created – were taken by non-EU immigrants requiring work permits, according to the independent House of Commons Library.

In October 1997, British-born workers made up 92.5 per cent of the workforce. By 2009, this had fallen to 87.1 per cent.
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Violent inner-city crime, the figures, and a question of race
Andrew Alderson
Sunday Telegraph, 27 June 2010

The reality of violent inner-city crime is indicated today by statistics obtained by The Sunday Telegraph. ...

The statistics, released by the Metropolitan Police, permit an informed debate on a sensitive subject for the first time. ...

The data provide a breakdown of the ethnicity of the 18,091 men and boys who police took action against for a range of violent and sexual offences in London in 2009-10.

They show that among those proceeded against for street crimes, 54 per cent were black; for robbery, 59 per cent; and for gun crimes, 67 per cent. Street crimes include muggings, assault with intent to rob and snatching property.

Just over 12 per cent of London's 7.5 million population is black, including those of mixed black and white parentage, while 69 per cent is white, according to the Office for National Statistics.

The police figures also show that black men are twice as likely to be victims. They made up 29 per cent of the male victims of gun crime and 24 per cent of the male victims of knife crime.

The Met declined to comment on the statistics. ... ...

On sex offences, black men made up 32 per cent of male suspects proceeded against, and white men 49 per cent. The statistics also suggest that black women are responsible for a disproportionate amount of violent crime committed by females. ...

The Sunday Telegraph obtained the figures via a Freedom of Information request after Rod Liddle, the writer, caused controversy last year when he claimed in an online blog published on The Spectator website that "the overwhelming majority of street crime, knife crime, gun crime, robbery and crimes of sexual violence in London is carried out by young men from the African-Caribbean community".

The comments led to claims that Mr Liddle was racist, However, Mr Liddle said: "I cannot think of anything more vile than racism. The issue here is not racism, it is one of multiculturalism."

The statistics suggest that Mr Liddle was largely right on some of his claims – notably those on gun crimes, robberies and street crimes.

The figures suggest, however, that he was probably wrong on his claims about knife crimes and violent sex crimes.

The figures relate to those "proceeded against".

This includes those prosecuted in court, whether convicted or acquitted; those issued with a caution, warning or penalty notice; those the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to charge; and those whose crimes were "taken into consideration" after a further offence.

Unsolved crimes are not included.

The figures do not take into account that any one perpetrator may have committed numerous offences.
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Met can only use the evidence it has
Alasdair Palmer
Sunday Telegraph, 27 June 2010

What do we know about race and crime in London?

Nine out of 10 street crimes, knife crimes and gun crimes are committed by men rather than women.

Twelve per cent of the capital's men are black. But 54 per cent of street crimes by men, along with 46 per cent of knife crimes and more than half of gun crimes, are thought by the Metropolitan Police to have been committed by black men.

Or at least, the police "proceed against" black men in those proportions.

Crime statistics have to be approached with caution, because it is easy to leap to unjustified conclusions.

These figures do not show that 54 per cent of London's street crimes are committed by black men. They do not even show that 54 per of those convicted are black men. But they do indicate that in 54 per cent of street crimes where police catch their suspect, that suspect is black.

Some will say that this merely shows the prevalence of racism within the Met. But officers are required to provide evidence before they charge anyone.

The victims of street and violent crimes are usually able to look at their attacker and so are able to p