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Migrants cheating the system by pretending to be victims of domestic abuse so they can stay in Britain permanently
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 31 December 2015

Migrants are pretending to be victims of domestic violence to dupe officials into letting them stay permanently in Britain.

A report found that some migrants are deceiving Home Office staff by fraudulently claiming they have been battered to get the right to live in the UK.

In 15 of 25 sampled cases the decision to grant a person indefinite leave to remain here after they claimed to suffer domestic violence was 'not justified', said Chief Inspector of Immigration David Bolt.

Normally a migrant who is the spouse of a Briton or someone who is settled in the UK must live here for five years and show the relationship is ongoing before they can apply for settlement themselves.

But if a relationship has broken down permanently because of domestic violence, the victim can be fast-tracked.

A decision is typically taken within 20 days instead of the usual six months and tests of a person's knowledge of language and life in the UK, which are required for other settlement routes, are waived.

The number of men and women applying to stay in the UK via the domestic violence route has soared from 59 in 2002 to 1,224 in 2014-15. Some 75 per cent of applications were successful.

In his investigation into the teams handing out indefinite leave to remain, Mr Bolt said: 'There is potential for abuse because settlement can be obtained quickly.'

Caseworkers gave excessive weight to 'unverified evidence', including letters from domestic violence charities which relayed the applicant's own account of abuse rather than any independent assessment.

In 16 of the sample of 25 cases that were approved, officials did not check with the police whether an alleged incident had been reported or a criminal investigation had been carried out.

Mr Bolt found that applications were decided using just paperwork rather than interviews. He said: 'We judged that an interview would enable the caseworker to test credibility and consistency and reach a better-evidenced decision.'

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, said: 'The way in which the domestic violence concession is being dealt with by the Home Office is a cause for great concern.'
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Do you really know how much immigration your local area has? Check with this tool
Jon Stone
The Independent, 31 December 2015

Immigration consistently polls as one of the most important issues facing the UK in 2015.

The debate about the subject is fraught with misinformation, claims, and counter-claims, however.

How much immigration is there in your area? The Office for National Statistics has produced a tool that allows you to check.

It will also test your perceptions against the actual reality of immigration to your area.
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The Islamization of Britain in 2015: Sex Crimes, Jihadimania and "Protection Tax"
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 31 December 2015

• Hospitals across Britain are dealing with at least 15 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) every day. Although FGM has been illegal in Britain since 1984, there has not been a single conviction.

• At least 1,400 children were sexually exploited between 1997 and 2013 in the town of Rotherham, mostly by Muslim gangs, but police and municipal officials failed to tackle the problem because they feared being branded "racist" or "Islamophobic." ...

• British intelligence are monitoring more than 3,000 homegrown Islamist extremists willing to carry out attacks in Britain. ...

The Muslim population of Britain surpassed 3.5 million in 2015 to become around 5.5% of the overall population of 64 million, according to figures extrapolated from a recent study on the growth of the Muslim population in Europe. In real terms, Britain has the third-largest Muslim population in the European Union, after France, then Germany.

Islam and Islam-related issues were omnipresent in Britain during 2015, and can be categorized into five broad themes: 1) Islamic extremism and the security implications of British jihadists in Syria and Iraq; 2) the continuing spread of Islamic Sharia law in Britain; 3) the sexual exploitation of British children by Muslim gangs; 4) Muslim integration into British society; and 5) the failures of British multiculturalism.
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Stalling UK wage growth set to revive debate over migrant workers
Heather Stewart
The Guardian, 30 December 2015

Average pay growth for Britain's workers is likely to stall at about 2% in 2016, as the ready availability of migrants makes it easy for employers to fill vacancies, according to a forecast of the labour market.

In its annual assessment, the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD), which represents the human resources profession, says job creation will remain strong over the next 12 months, but wage growth has reached a plateau.

Its assessment of UK earning prospects are less bullish than those of the Bank of England and the government's independent forecaster, the Office for Budget Responsibility. Both expect average pay to expand by about 3.5% in 2016, helping to rebuild living standards dented by the long post-recession pay squeeze.

But the CIPD says that while up to 400,000 jobs are likely to be created the next year, there is little evidence of a skills shortage, making it difficult for workers to demand generous pay rises. ...

Danny Blanchflower, a labour market expert and former member of the Bank's monetary policy committee (MPC), said: "I think the CIPD's right. The labour market is slowing, and what we have got is pressure pushing down on wages: from the unemployed, from the underemployed, [and] by the potential flow of migrants from central and eastern Europe."

Official figures show the number of non-UK nationals in the workforce has surged from 986,000 in 1997 to 3.22 million – a rise from 3.7% of the workforce to more than 10%.

Over the past 12 months, almost three-quarters of new jobs created went to non-UK nationals, according to official figures – 326,000, compared with the 122,000 jobs taken by UK workers.
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One in three UK doctors born abroad, international research shows.
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2015

Britain relies more on foreign doctors than any major EU nation, international research shows.

More than a third of NHS doctors – some 35 per cent - were born abroad, the report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reveals.

The figure puts Britain ahead of every other country in the European Union bar Luxembourg, and is three times that of Germany.

Perversely, the UK is also one of the highest exporters of doctors, the report reveals.

Critics attacked "revolving door" immigration policies which meant the UK has spent billions training medics who went abroad, only to rely on overseas labour to plug the gaps left.

The UK is also among the most dependent on foreign nurses, the major report discloses.

In total, 21.7pc of nurses were born abroad – a sharp increase from a decade earlier when the figure was 15.2 per cent. Across the EU, only Luxembourg, Ireland and Estonia are more dependent on nurses from overseas. ...

Earlier this month research found that hospitals with high numbers of foreign-born nurses get far worse ratings from patients.

The new study found that hospitals with the highest proportion of foreign nurses had the highest levels of patient dissatisfaction, with patients more likely to say they struggled to understand staff, and less likely to feel treated with dignity. ...

India and the Philippines were the largest exporters of doctors and nurses to OECD countries, by a "spectacular" margin, the study found.

The 2007 economic crisis fuelled migration of doctors and nurses from Eastern, Central and Southern Europe.

"They experienced considerable outflows of health workers at the end of the 2000s, most of whom headed for Germany and the United Kingdom," the report said. ...

More than 50,000 British nurses now work in healthcare systems in the other OECD nations – behind only the Philippines and India.

And 17,000 UK doctors now work in other OECD members' health systems – behind only India, China and Germany.
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Revealed: Almost 300 suspected terrorists, criminals and illegal migrants are trying to cross the UK border EVERY DAY
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 27 December 2015

Almost 300 suspected terrorists, criminals and illegal immigrants are attempting to cross UK borders every day, figures from a top-secret monitoring centre suggest.

The Mail on Sunday can reveal that the number of potentially dangerous passengers being flagged up by a massive high-tech database has soared by 60 per cent in the past two years.

An investigation by this newspaper has found:

• A record 99,500 alerts were issued last year by the National Border Targeting Centre (NBTC), the base once dubbed 'Stasi HQ' because it remotely screens all passengers entering or leaving the country by checking their previous journeys, criminal records and other habits.

• 46 alleged extremists were blocked from travelling to Syria to fight for Islamic State in the past six months – close to two a week.

• Elsewhere, hundreds more have been sent on deradicalisation courses after police discovered they wanted to become jihadis. ...

The revelations come amid concerns that innocent travellers are being unfairly singled out as dangerous before they travel. ...

Last night, Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, the former terror law watchdog, said the increased number of border alerts was a result of the heightened threat from jihadis.

'Given what has happened in the past year and the fragility of the European border system, the authorities would be acting irresponsibly if there were not more alerts,' he said.

'The border agencies are doing the best they can in a situation in which the threat level is severe and they do act on an intelligence-led basis. That means they sometimes get it wrong, but I would rather they get it wrong on a small percentage of cases than there was a bomb in Oxford Street.'

Figures obtained by this newspaper under the Freedom of Information Act show for the first time a huge increase in border alerts in the past two years, coinciding with the rise of Islamic State and the heightened terror threat in Britain.
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Charities face 'deadly' threat from Islamic State
Tim Ross
Sunday Telegraph, 27 December 2015

Charities are facing a "deadly" and growing threat from terrorist groups, a government watchdog has warned.

There are increasing fears that extremists are infiltrating Muslim charities in Britain in order to promote violence, recruit vulnerable young people for jihad, and steal money to fund terrorism.

The Charity Commission warned that some aid workers who travelled to help victims of the conflict in Syria and Iraq have been recruited by terrorist groups, while other charities have seen their goods stolen and staff kidnapped.

Latest figures show that the Commission, which regulates the operation of charities in the UK, has seen a significant increase in the number of serious incidents and reports about charities being targeted by extremists and terrorists in the past year.

The number of formal legal disclosures of information between the commission and the police and other agencies over charities caught up in alleged Islamist activities more than doubled between 2014 and 2015. ...

Mr Shawcross said the risk from terrorism and extremism was "one of the most deadly threats faced by some charities today".
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Prevent programme 'lacking referrals from Muslim community'
The Guardian, 26 December 2015

A fraction of referrals to a key government anti-terror scheme are being made from within the Muslim community, leading to widespread distrust and threats of a national boycott, a report has found. Less than 10% of the referrals to the Prevent programme, a central plank of the government's counter-terrorism strategy, come from within the Muslim community, according to figures obtained by The Times.

The collapse in referrals means that the bulk of tip-offs are originating from public services, such as schools or doctors. This in turn is breeding distrust and disillusionment among some Muslim communities, it is claimed.

The Times says that data released by the National Police Chiefs Council has revealed that of the 3,288 referrals to Prevent in the first half of the year, just 280 – or 8.6% – came from within the Muslim community, or from family, friends and faith leaders. Nearly 2,200 referrals were made by public bodies outside policing, such as social services and the health or education sectors. The rest were said to have come from within prisons or from police investigations.

One north London faith group that represents tens of thousand of Muslims is said to have called for a boycott of Prevent, while Muslim leaders in east London have also raised concerns that the programme is spying on youngsters. Both campaigns have urged mosques and Muslim groups across the country to join the boycott.
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C of E to fast-track minority ethnic clergy into senior roles
Harriet Sherwood
The Guardian, 26 December 2015

The Church of England is to fast-track black and ethnic minority clergy into senior positions amid accusations of institutional racism.

A "talent pool" of specifically black, Asian and minority ethnic (Bame) potential leaders will be identified in 2016 for training and mentoring with the aim of increasing representation among bishops, deans and archdeacons.

The church selected its first talent pool this year, but fewer than 7% of those chosen were from ethnic minorities. A second round is currently being selected. The church is to devote a third group specifically to Bame clergy.

However, only 2.8% of C of E clergy are from ethnic minorities, which limits the numbers available for fast-tracking. ...

Although the church established its Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns more than 30 years ago, it has recently stepped up efforts to improve Bame representation. ...

The church has begun offering those responsible for making appointments training in "unconscious bias", starting with senior officials in the diocese of Chelmsford. ...

At the United Pentecostal Faith church in Lambeth, there is no need to fast-track black and ethnic minority ethnic congregants into senior positions.

The church is led by Bishop Ervin Smith, who came to the UK from Jamaica 60 years ago, and he is supported by four black pastors. Most of his congregation are black, too, though "sometimes three or four white people come along", he says. ...

Pentecostal services are louder and longer, he says, with music, singing, dancing and preaching. "We can go on for two or three hours," he says.
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EU deports only SEVEN migrants a day, so it would take 143,000 YEARS to send everyone home
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 24 December 2015

Beleaguered European Union bosses are deporting just SEVEN out of the 8,000 migrants who arrive on Europe's shores every single day, it can be revealed.

Fewer than 0.1% of the asylum seekers who have made it to the continent since September have been sent back home, despite Brussels boasting it will get tough on economic migrants.

At this rate, it would take an astonishing 143,000 years to repatriate the 1 million refugees believed to have travelled to Europe in 2015 alone, if they all failed their asylum bids. ...

Official statistics show just 658 migrants have been put on return flights since European border force Frontex pledged to kick out failed asylum seekers in September.

A paltry 15 services have been put on by border bosses since the scheme began, with just TWO leaving the continent in the last two months.

In October European leaders agreed to speed up the deportation of economic migrants, saying member states "must do more in terms of return" and arguing that "increased return rates should act as a deterrent to irregular migration".

But since then the number of return flights has actually nosedived, and fewer than 100 people were deported in November and December.

Most of the flights laid on by Frontex have been returning migrants to Pakistan, Nigeria and Balkan states outside the EU.
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We don't know that 100,000 illegal migrants have been stopped at the border
Amy Sippitt
Full Fact, 23 December 2015

The Daily Mail's front page this morning claimed that almost 100,000 illegal immigrants have been stopped from making the crossing to the UK in the past year. As well as the Sun, the claim has been reported on by the Daily Express and the Telegraph.

It's wrong to describe this figure as the number of attempts stopped in the past year, as outlets have. It's an unofficial projection based on Home Office data and depends upon the assumption that foiled attempts have continued at the same rate as in April to July this year for the rest of the year. This is by no means certain.

The figures also don't refer to the number of unique people who have been stopped over any given period, rather the number of attempts that have been stopped. If one person makes multiple attempts to cross the border then they'll be counted multiple times.

The Home Office has confirmed that the data for April to July that the articles use to make the extrapolation is correct. ...

In April to July 2015, 30,629 attempts to cross the channel illegally were stopped, according to the Home Office. ...

The data on this topic has tended to be released sporadically, and isn't published in much detail, which makes comparisons to different time frames tricky.

The outlets compare the 2015 estimate to a figure of 40,000 attempts stopped in the 2014/15 financial year, claiming foiled attempts have 'doubled'. The 40,000 statistic has previously been referred to in Parliament. Due to the uncertainty of the 100,000 figure, this comparison is problematic.

A Freedom of Information request gives data for previous years, showing 19,000 attempts were refused entry in 2013/14, and in the three years before that the figure was around the 10,000-11,000 mark.

We also have data for the number of attempts stopped in the same period last year, when there were thought to be 11,920 such attempts. This year's spring figures represent an increase of 160% on that period.

So it seems fair to say that the number of thwarted attempts is increasing.
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100,000 illegal migrants stopped from entering Britain over the past year
Laura Hughes
Daily Telegraph, 23 December 2015

Around 100,000 illegal migrants were stopped from entering Britain by UK Border Force officials over the past year, according to the latest figures.

The most recent Home Office data shows more than twice the number of migrants were intercepted than in 2014. ...

Last week David Cameron was accused of a "migration cover-up" after it emerged that more than a million migrants who have come to the UK in recent years are unaccounted for. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, the chairman of Migrationwatch, added: "The Home Office should now publish their estimate of the numbers that are actually getting through."
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Migrant crisis: 'One million enter Europe in 2015'
BBC, 22 December 2015

The number of migrants and refugees crossing into Europe by land and sea this year has passed one million, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) says.

The number represents a fourfold rise on the total last year.

The vast majority crossed by sea, with more than 800,000 travelling from Turkey to Greece. Most are refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.

The IOM says 3,695 migrants have drowned this year or remain missing.

The symbolic milestone was passed on Monday, the IOM said, with the total for land and sea reaching 1,005,504.

The figure covers entries via six European Union nations - Greece, Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, Malta and Cyprus.
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European Politics With an Islamic Face?
Robert Skidelsky
Project Syndicate, 22 December 2015
[Prof Robert Skidelsky is a member of the House of Lords]

Donald Trump's call to bar Muslims from the United States provoked the following exchange with two young friends of mine: "If the choice was between Muslim immigration and preserving liberal moral values," I asked, "which would you choose?" They both denied the question's premise. The immigrants themselves, they suggested, might have reactionary moral codes, but their children, growing up in today's Britain, America, or Continental Europe, would be quite different. But is that true?

My question focused not on Islamist terrorism – the ostensible ground of Trump's outburst – but on the threat posed by large-scale Muslim immigration to the code of morals that my young friends, like most educated Europeans, now accept without question. Terrorism aside, wouldn't they worry if Islam came to have a growing influence on British law and politics?

This is not just a hypothetical possibility. The Muslim population in Europe was 44.1 million in 2010, or 6% of the total. There were 2.7 million Muslims in the United Kingdom in 2011 (4.8% of the population), up from 1.6 million in 2001. Given recent immigration trends and, more important, Muslims' above-average fertility rate (three children per family versus the British average of 1.8), the Muslim share of the UK population is bound to grow for decades to come.

Much of Europe is on the same demographic trajectory. /.../ The interesting question concerns the consequences of this.

Liberals have not worried about ethnic demographics, because they assume that individuals eventually identify with the host society's norms. The standard argument is that immigrants enrich the host, while leaving any incompatible characteristics at home. In particular, their political behavior will fall into line with that of the general population.

If this is right, the sociopolitical impact of a change in the ethnic composition of a population is neutral, or even beneficial. Immigrants from Algeria, Bangladesh, Pakistan, or Turkey will, in the course of a generation or two, become European in outlook and politics. Their religion will become for them a private matter, as it now is for most Europeans, and they will become integrated in all important respects.

But that historical pattern, in my view, depended crucially on the small size of the immigrant population and its cultural closeness to the home population. (Even so, the process of assimilation was far from frictionless.) ...

The nub of the problem is that contemporary European civilization is secular, whereas Muslim civilization is religious. In Europe, religion has lost its authority over law, legislation, education, morals, and business life. The Islamic world has undergone no comparable process. ...

Despite efforts at secularization, the gap between Muslim and Western outlooks has, if anything, grown in recent years, as religion has regained ascendancy in most Muslim countries. /.../ Moreover, in many countries, large majorities of Muslims say Sharia should be the official law.

In Europe, Islam is the fastest-growing religion, and Sharia has penetrated European legal systems. ... ...

... If we are to avoid sleepwalking into a highly troublesome future, we must recognize that failed integration, not terrorism, is the main danger we face.
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German police check just '10 per cent of refugees' as migrant crisis grows out of control
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 22 December 2015

Only one in ten refugees entering Germany is adequately checked by police, a veteran policeman has claimed.

German Police Union deputy chief Jörg Radek complained that officers has been overwhelmed after the country flung open its borders to help Syrian refugees.

He said the force was "not in a position to pursue its mission of security and law enforcement on the German-Austrian border in the statutory way we perceive".

He added that as the number of refugees had skyrocketed they had become unable to prevent terrorists in disguise from entering the country.

German laws have made fingerprinting refugees compulsory as they enter the country.

Police union chief Rainer Wendt supported his claims, made in a furious letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel.

He said there were "hundreds of thousands of cases" where people crossed the border unchecked.
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Slash migration 'to solve housing crisis': Damning report by Labour's Frank Field says young people will have to ditch dream of owning a property if 'open door' policy continues
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 21 December 2015

The housing crisis cannot be solved unless the Government slashes immigration from Europe, a damning report warns today.

Young people will have to ditch their dream of owning a home if ministers continue an 'open door' policy on migration from the EU, says the study.

It also warns that government would be unable to tackle the spiralling £25 billion a year costs of housing benefit.

Former minister Frank Field, co-author of Fixing Broken Britain?, warns it will be 'incredibly difficult' to meet the demand for homes while population growth is driven 'almost exclusively' by immigration.

Calling for a big rise in housebuilding, he says construction skills shortages should be tackled by training 74,000 unemployed youngsters rather than by importing cheap workers.

The challenges from Labour veteran Mr Field appear in a report by the Civitas think-tank. ...

But the report, co-authored by Andrew Forsey, says a clamp on EU migration is also needed.

A property shortage means rents for tenants have shot up; the number of working-age UK households relying on housing benefit to make ends meet will rise from 2.6 million in 2008-09 to 3.9 million by the end of this decade.

Mr Field will say: 'For a host of reasons, and not simply to meet the housing demand, a future government must control our borders.'
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Large number of refugees entering Europe is serious security risk, warns head of EU's border agency
Corey Charlton
MailOnline, 21 December 2015

The large number of refugees entering Europe poses a serious security risk, the head of the EU's border agency has warned.

Fabrice Leggeri, the head of Frontex, also claimed the civil war in Syria is making it much harder to check the authenticity of Syrian passports found on those entering Europe.

Hundreds of thousands of people fleeing war and poverty in countries such as Syria and Iraq have arrived in Europe this year.

Since last month's attacks in Paris, concern has grown that Islamist militants could enter undetected among the influx.

Leggeri told German newspaper Welt am Sonntag: 'The big inflows of people who are currently entering Europe unchecked are of course a security risk.' ...

Leggeri said that in a country going through civil war like Syria no one could guarantee that 'the documents that look real are really issued by an official authority or are really being carried by their rightful owner'. ...

Welt am Sonntag said that according to Western intelligence services, Islamic State militants had probably procured tens of thousands of real passports after taking control of local authorities in parts of Syria, Iraq and Libya.

They may also have seized machines used to produce identity documents.
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EU adviser unveils flawless plan to beat the evil people traffickers - let EVERYONE in
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 21 December 2015

An EU adviser today effectively admitted defeat in its battle against people smugglers as it unveiled its grand plan to beat the criminal gangs profiting from people's misery - let EVERYONE in.

Brussels bureaucrats were told that they cannot beat the human traffickers and that the only way to stop their vile trade is to open the floodgates to an unlimited number of migrants.

In a stunning admission of incompetence Brussels pen-pushers said opportunistic rabbles of migrant traffickers operating out of Middle Eastern hideouts have outwitted their own £200,000-a-year borders boss.

They also risked angering citizens of nations across Europe by revealing that border officials "haven't been looking very hard" to close down new routes which criminal gangs could use to smuggle migrants into the continent.

Critics said the shocking admissions prove the EU is "one step behind" the migrant smugglers despite employing some of the best paid security experts in the world.

They were made by senior security analyst Roderick Parkes, who told a stunned meeting of the EU parliament's Security and Defence sub-committee that the only way to tackle people smuggling was for Europe to more openly welcome in migrants.

He told MEPs that the only way to reduce demand for people traffickers is to make sure migrants arriving in Greece and Italy "trust" the authorities to "get them to the right member state". ...

Mr Parkes, whose position has an advertised £65,000-a-year-salary, also openly admitted that gangs of petty criminals had proved "smarter" than his own colleagues.

He told the meeting that the Black Sea could become the next major smuggling route for migrants, adding that there have been "one or two ships coming in via that route", but then admitting: "We haven't been looking very hard."
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Hungary accuses Austria of 'stupidity' in refugee crisis
EUbusiness, 21 December 2015

Hungary has accused Austria of confusing "solidarity and stupidity" after Vienna said that nations which do not accept their share of refugees under European Union quotas should face sanctions.

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann had said that countries who did not cooperate with the programme and received more money from the EU than they put in should see their subsidies cut.

"The Austrian chancellor does not see the difference between solidarity and stupidity" said Budapest's Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto.

"Solidarity means helping people who are in danger where they live, and helping them to return home once the conflict is finished," Szijjarto told Hungarian national press agency MTI Sunday.

"Stupidity is letting hundreds of thousands of people – millions – into Europe with no controls, while everyone, Europeans and migrants alike, can see they'll never get what they hoped for here," he said.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has also threatened legal action against EU countries that refused to accept refugees under the bloc's quota programme, specifically mentioning Hungary and Slovakia.
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Muslim immigration in Europe: origins, failures and prospects
Hochine Drouiche
Asia News, 21 December 2015

Hocine Drouiche is imam at a Nîmes Mosque and vice president of the Association of Imams of France

Muslim immigration in Europe could lead to intercultural conflicts within local societies. With globalisation, such conflicts could turn into actual wars, especially between extremists on both sides. ...

According to many Muslim thinkers, the tendency of Islam and Muslims towards domination or new conquests comes from a misunderstanding of the history of Islam, which emerged primarily to free human beings and make them sole responsible for their actions.

No one has the right to judge others or prevent them from choosing their own religion or way of life. This requires a lot of work and commitment in Islamic research and jurisprudence. ...

In order to understand the failures, prospects and consequences of Muslim immigration in Europe we must return to its cultural roots and the sources of the adversarial relationship found between European Muslims and local societies. ...

One can clearly see that the Islamic discourse in France is emotional, populist and confrontational. Reforming its form and content becomes necessary for societal stability, the future of living together and the future of Islam in Europe.

Centred on self-pity and emotion, this Islam encourages young people to proselytise, and encourage various kinds of jihad (physical, electronic, financial, etc.) to achieve Islam's global domination instead of engaging in a rational discourse that encourages respect for religious and cultural diversity. ...

Consequently, European Islam tends towards power and domination before dialogue and integration, death before life, imitation before analysis and creativity, emotion before reason, and the past before future. Such a literalist interpretation will eventually bring Muslims and Islam in direct conflict with Christian values, as well as the history and culture of local societies.

Whilst Islam came to free men and women from all forms of slavery and persecution, offering a religion of peace, equality and living together, today's Muslims suffer from multiple dangerous handicaps that are incompatible with their religion and universal values that today constitute the international family. ...

Islam, which is a laboratory of life and hope, faces today a real crisis that has turned it into a religion of death, hatred and terrorism.

Western civilisation is unique in its inventions, achievements, creativity, and technology but also in it human rights, individual freedoms, humanism, and capacity to progress and reform.

Dominated by contemporary political Islam, modern Islamic thinking does not fully recognise such values, /.../ Consequently, from an Islamist perspective, democracy, liberalism and secularism are considered disbelief and apostasy.

Many Muslim thinkers, journalists, women and men have been murdered, jailed or exiled to Europe and the United States because they are secular, liberal or because they changed religion or became atheists.
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Low-cost airline Wizz Air is flooding Britain with Moldovan migrants
Lauren Fruen and Brian Flynn
The Sun on Sunday, 20 December 2015

A budget airline is cashing in on migrants exploiting a passport loophole to escape poverty-stricken Moldova on £40 flights to the UK.

Wizz Air started its route from the capital Chisinau to Luton at the end of October and has run three flights a week since.

They are packed with Moldovans who have gained Romanian passports by tracing relatives from the neighbouring nation as far back as great-grandparents. Moldova is not part of the EU, but Romania is, meaning its passport holders are free to come to the UK to live and work.

Historic links between the two nations mean family ties are easy to find for many Moldovans. Respected UK intelligence journal Jane's said up to 500,000 Moldovan citizens – out of a total population of 3 million – now hold Romanian passports.

Brussels' rules mean Britain is powerless to stop their use to travel here. ...

Andy Wigmore, from the Leave.EU campaign, said the flow of migrants from the Eastern European nation showed David Cameron's EU renegotiations were "pointless".

He added: "With the average salary in Moldova being around £60 a week, our minimum wage and access to free healthcare will continue to be a huge pull for those from poorer countries." But the mass exodus has caused controversy in Moldova, where people are desperate for the most talented citizens to stay and help rebuild the economy. ...

Officials say few people bothered to exploit the passport loophole until Romania joined the EU in 2007, but up to 10,000 a month have applied since.
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Number of foreigners living in the UK tops FIVE MILLION as official figures show how a wave of immigrants have taken advantage of Britain's fast-recovering economy
Ian Drury and Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 19 December 2015

The number of foreign citizens living in the UK has topped 5 million, according to new figures.

The total has risen by 1 million since 2009, the EU's statistical arm Eurostat found.

The scale of immigration means that one in 12 people in the UK last year was a foreigner.

Only Germany, with 7 million foreign citizens, is home to more. ...

Tory MP Peter Bone said: 'This is an awfully large number of people and the problem is that it is going to continue to grow unless we stop the unlimited flow from the EU.

'The EU is going to expand with Turkey being touted as a member so there will be no let up unless we take action. The only way we can do this is to come out of the EU.

'Most people in the country realise that increasing numbers of foreign citizens is just not sustainable so we have got to get hold of our borders.'

The figures showed that 7.9 per cent of the UK's 64,308,261 population were foreign citizens – 5 million.

These are people who haven't acquired British citizenship. Of these, 2.6 million were from the EU.

In the summer, it was revealed that the foreign-born population was thought to have risen above 8 million for the first time.

But yesterday a leading business organisation said ministers should drop the 'bizarre and unachievable' target to cut immigration.

The Institute of Directors said the controversial target to cut net migration to below 100,000 a year was causing 'great difficulties for British employers' and putting off foreign firms thinking of investing here.
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Migrant workers are driving down pay in low-skilled jobs
Business Matters, 19 December 2015

Mass migration has driven down the wages of workers in low-skilled jobs in the service industries, according to research by the Bank of England.

The influx of a huge number of eastern Europe migrants into jobs in catering, hotels and social care has led to an average 2 per cent cut in pay for workers in these sectors, reports The Times. ...

Hundreds of thousands of migrants have found low skilled jobs in the service sector, which makes up three quarters of the economy, in the past decade. It has been the most popular sector for migrants in recent years, according to the research.

Stephen Nickell, co-author of the report, said: "The biggest effect is in the semi/unskilled services sector, where a 10 percentage point rise in the proportion of immigrants is associated with a 2 per cent reduction in pay."
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Christians could be excluded from refugee resettlement plans, says Cardinal
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 18 December 2015

The Government's plan to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees in the UK risks "discriminating" against Christians, according to Britain's most senior Roman Catholic cleric.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, leader of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, said there are fears that few if any Christian families fleeing Isil militants will be offered sanctuary in Britain because the scheme is aimed at refugees registered through the UNHCR, rather than church-run centres where most of the persecuted Christians are concentrated.

He said it was an "unintended consequence" of the plan but a "point of deep concern" for Catholic and Orthodox and other Christian churches with a stake in the region.

Concerns about the potential exclusion of Christians were also raised with the Prince of Wales at a special advent reception, hosted by Cardinal Nichols, for Middle Eastern Christians in Westminster. ...

In an impassioned address, the Prince spoke of the "heart-breaking" threat to the "very existence of Christianity" in its own birthplace amid predictions from the charity Aid to The Church in Need that the faith is now on course to disappear from Iraq within five years. ...

Cardinal Nichols added: /.../

"Naturally the vast majority of people in the official camps are Muslims, and they are administered by Muslims so those two facts together mean that in effect it will be difficult for the Government's extension of the resettlement programme to actually involve Christian families." ...

Richard Harrington, Minister for Syrian Refugees said: "This week we have reached the Prime Minister's target of resettling 1,000 Syrians before Christmas.

"We work closely with the UNHCR to identify the most vulnerable people who are in need of our assistance.

"We will accept people of all religions, including Christians, provided they are registered with UNHCR."
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Staff Working Paper No. 574: The impact of immigration on occupational wages: evidence from Britain - Stephen Nickell and Jumana Saleheen
Stephen Nickell and Jumana Saleheen
Bank of England, 18 December 2015

This paper asks whether immigration to Britain has had any impact on average wages. There seems to be a broad consensus among academics that the share of immigrants in the workforce has little or no effect on native wages. These studies typically have not refined their analysis by breaking it down into different occupational groups. Our contribution is to extend the existing literature on immigration to include occupations as well. We find that the immigrant to native ratio has a small negative impact on average British wages. /.../ Our results also reveal that the biggest impact of immigration on wages is within the semi/unskilled services occupational group. We also investigate if there is any differential impact between immigration from the EU and non-EU, and find that there is no additional impact on aggregate UK wages as a result of migrants arriving specifically from EU countries. These findings accord well with intuition and anecdotal evidence, but have not been recorded previously in the empirical literature.
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10,000 asylum seekers dropped off Home Office's radar - report
Belfast Telegraph, 17 December 2015

Thousands of asylum seekers have dropped off the Government's radar, an official report has revealed.

Caseworkers told inspectors there were around 10,000 cases where the main applicant and any dependants, such as children, were not in contact with the Home Office or had absconded.

The number will include those who were awaiting a decision, as well as those who are still in the country after their application has been refused.

While enforcement teams could conduct residential visits to attempt to trace missing claimants they were "reluctant to do so as this work was not a priority and was considered a drain on resources", a report by the borders watchdog said.

It was also disclosed that, as of September last year, there were more than 30,000 failed asylum claims where individuals had not been removed from the country or given leave to stay more than two years after their right of appeal had lapsed or been exhausted.

A report by the chief inspector of borders and immigration David Bolt said: "Failure to deal with asylum cases in a timely manner was inefficient as well as ineffective.

"The more time an asylum case took to resolve, the more likely barriers to removal would arise from the formation of relationships, the birth of children and other community ties.

"It also meant individuals were left not knowing if or when the Home Office might take action to remove them."

Immigrants who are required to report to officials are recorded to have absconded when they fail to attend.

In a sample of 338 cases examined by inspectors, 48 individuals were logged as absconders.

Of these, an attempt to locate the person had been made in only nine instances, including five in which teams visited last known addresses. ...

A second report published today said intelligence about illegal working mostly consisted of "low-level allegations" by members of the public.

Inspectors found this had led immigration enforcement to focus on high street restaurants and takeaways, adding: "Other business sectors and possibly other nationalities had been neglected by comparison."

There are no reliable estimates for the numbers of migrants working illegally in the UK, the watchdog added.
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UK Migration Cover Up: The Government Must Release The REAL Figures Immediately
Nigel Farage MEP
Breitbart, 17 December 2015
[Nigel Farage is the leader of the UK Independence Party]

For a long time now I've been questioning the government's migration statistics. Yes, they have frequently shown mass migration at record highs. They have also revealed European Union (EU) migrants to be arriving in increasing numbers. But I think the numbers may be even higher than the ones currently publicly available.

The numbers simply haven't added up for a while now. One of the big question marks hanging over the government's migration statistics has been the massive discrepancy between the number of National Insurance numbers given to EU migrants and the official numbers of those who are meant to have come and are priced into the government's top line net migration figures.

Take the figures for the year to June 2015.

A total of 214,000 National Insurance numbers were given to Romanians and Bulgarians. Yet in roughly the same time period, the year ending March 2015, official figures show only 53,000 Romanian and Bulgarian migrants coming to the UK. The numbers are frankly all over the place and point to a rather large underestimation of the actual numbers arriving each year.

The government's official figures come from the International Passenger Survey (IPS) which essentially is nothing more than a questionnaire migrants are chosen at random to undertake when they land in the UK. It is then extrapolated to give us the official figures.

There are huge problems with the IPS as an accurate barometer. It is obviously nowhere near being an exact measurement given its relatively small sample size. ...

The lack of accuracy with the government's migration measurement gets worse. Only those who say that they coming to the UK for over twelve months on a permanent basis are even included in the figures. ...

There are many more accurate ways that the government can measure exact levels of migration. Benefit claims and payments of tax are both records which the government possesses for migrants here in Britain. But they are refusing point black to release the figures. ...

This is a complete and total cover-up from a government who have presided over record net migration levels, opened up our doors to Romania and Bulgaria on 1st January 2014 and are now flailing hopelessly in Brussels with no prospect of being able to ever control Britain's borders inside the European Union.

Despite warnings from my party and the astute prediction from Migration Watch at the time, we have seen huge rises in EU migration including from Romania and Bulgaria.

It is bad enough that this government is now running net migration at over a third of a million every year. It is even more shameful that they seem to be covering up what could actually be the real, far higher numbers.
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The Muslim Brotherhood review has left many questions unanswered
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 17 December 2015

The findings of the UK government's review into the Muslim Brotherhood have finally been published. Commissioned by the Prime Minister in April 2014, the full report will not be released. Although the review finds that the Muslim Brotherhood does not meet the threshold of violence which would see it proscribed in the UK, it described members of the Muslim Brotherhood as possible extremists. As such the government has listed a set of renewed actions, including visa bans, on individuals associated with the group and promises to keep the group's activities under review in order to consider proscription at a future date. ...

The section on the Muslim Brotherhood's activities in the UK (authored by Charles Farr) are especially noteworthy. These include the fact that the MB established its first representation in the UK fifty years ago, but that crucially:

In the 1990s the Muslim Brotherhood and their associates established public facing and apparently national organisations in the UK to promote their views. None were openly identified with the Muslim Brotherhood and membership of the Muslim Brotherhood remained (and still remains) a secret. But for some years the Muslim Brotherhood shaped the new Islamic Society of Britain (ISB), dominated the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and played an important role in establishing and then running the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB). MAB became politically active, notably in connection with Palestine and Iraq, and promoted candidates in national and local elections. The MCB sought and obtained a dialogue with Government.'

The findings go on to list a set of organisations – including charities – which are associated with the Brotherhood and notes that among these:

'MAB (like the MCB) have consistently opposed programmes by successive Governments to prevent terrorism.'

It concludes that:

'Aspects of Muslim Brotherhood ideology and tactics, in this country and overseas, are contrary to our values and have been contrary to our national interests and our national security.'

The fact that these findings could be published at all constitutes a small victory for government. And doubtless there will be those who will hope this matter can now be shelved or at least made to go away for a time. In fact the release of these findings only starts the debate over what to do about the Muslim Brotherhood's presence in the UK. ...

Furthermore, how can groups associated with the Muslim Brotherhood – several named in the report, some of which are closely affiliated with the designated terrorist group (and Brotherhood off-shoot) Hamas – retain charitable status while being designated as possibly 'extremist' by the UK government? What capabilities will be given to the Charity Commission and then the other relevant authorities to investigate and pursue those entities which have clearly been using such a status to further the aims of an entity whose members have now been labelled possibly 'extreme'? What about those individuals from the group and its affiliates who teach at universities or work in other public bodies in the UK?
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Government admits 17,000 foreign students have applied for asylum to stay in Britain
David Maddox
Daily Express, 16 December 2015

Serious concerns over an "industrial level" of abuse of the UK's immigration system have been raised after the Government revealed that more than 17,000 foreign students have attempted to stay in Britain by seeking asylum over the last five years.

In a written answer, Home Office minister Lord Bates admitted that the Government is trying to "identify abuses in the system" with 17,383 people on student visas seeking permanent residence in Britain through being given asylum since 2010. ...

The Home Office has refused to say how many asylum applications by students were successful but around 40 per cent of the total number of asylum seekers have been granted leave to stay over the last five years.

In addition 24 per cent of those who appealed against a Home Office refusal have won their cases.

Lord Bates also revealed the top 10 countries of origin for students in the UK seeking asylum headed by Pakistan on 5,326, Sri Lanka 4,162, Iran 1,240, India 1,150 and Bangladesh on 1,071.

The list also said there were 755 from war-torn Syria, China 534, Nigeria 491, Libya 439, Burma 177 and 2,042 from other countries.
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Voters tell Cameron he MUST curb welfare and end free movement to cut migration numbers and keep Britain in the EU
James Slack
Daily Mail, 16 December 2015

David Cameron is under pressure to make his renegotiation demands more ambitious after two-thirds of voters said ending EU free movement was vital for curbing mass migration.

The Prime Minister is not seeking restrictions on the right of EU citizens to move to the UK to work.

But in a Daily Mail poll 64 cent of electors said this would be an 'effective' way to cut record immigration.

Some 66 per cent said they thought restricting migrants' access to benefits would also work.

This is one of Mr Cameron's four key demands from Brussels – but he is being fiercely resisted by other member states, who say it would be discriminatory.

Three-quarters of adults said a rigorous Australian-style points system for people coming to the UK from outside the EU would be a successful method of curbing migration.

About half of Britons – 53 per cent – said they think that leaving the EU would be effective in reducing the number of migrants.
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UK Govt REFUSES To Publish REAL Stats On Immigration After Breitbart London Analysis
Raheem Kassam
Breitbart, 16 December 2015

A UK think tank has today revealed that the British government is refusing to disclose figures related to recent immigration from the European Union, citing concerns over the Prime Minister's EU membership "renegotiation" as a reason for withholding the statistics, and potentially confirming analysis by Breitbart London in August.

The National Institute of Economic and Social Research's principal fellow Jonathan Portes reports that "there is a small but vocal minority who think that the government has been lying to us for years about the true scale of immigration" specifically referring to a question posed by Breitbart London over what Mr. Portes describes as the "increasing divergence between official immigration and population statistics and the administrative data held by the [Department for Work and Pensions] on the numbers of National Insurance numbers issued".

In August of this year, I reported: "For the year to March 2015, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that there were 53,000 new Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants – "a statistically significant increase and almost double the 28,000 in the previous 12 months".

"Indeed such a rise is significant, but the question is – why are the National Insurance numbers (NINos) so different, at a total of 214,000 registrations of Romanians and Bulgarians (EU2) to the year ending June 2015."

Concluding: "But as people are noticing, the discrepancy between EU2 countries immigration figures and the NINo figures are particularly striking. There were 917,000 registrations in the year to June 2015, an 62 per cent increase (352,000) on the previous year. A whopping 76 per cent of these (697,000) were from within the European Union."

"It stretches credulity to believe that immigration can stand at just 53,000 while National Insurance registrations can be at 214,000." ...

Now it appears that the British government is refusing to discuss the issue further, despite holding information that would explain the discrepancy.

Mr. Portes "asked DWP and HMRC [Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs]... using the same computer systems from which this data comes (which holds information on national insurance, benefits, tax credits and PAYE) to tell me how many National Insurance Numbers issued to recent migrants were "active" – ie showed recent payments of tax or NI, or benefit claims. This would give us a much better idea of the accuracy of the official statistics, which, using only survey data, estimate how many EU migrants have migrated here and how many are in the workforce."

"Astonishingly," he reports, "HMRC have refused to give me this data. Not because they don't have it. Not even because it would be too much work." ...

He concludes, though being originally sceptical of my suspicions outlined in August, that "[m]y current expectation is that it would reveal there are actually considerably more such recent migrants than the official immigration or labour market statistics actually suggest."
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Derby City Council spends almost £700,000 on translators in four years
Derby Telegraph, 16 December 2015

New figures show the annual cost to Derby City Council of employing interpreters has nearly doubled in the space of four years.

The authority has spent nearly £700,000 on translators between April 2011 and the same month in 2015, a Freedom of Information Request from the Derby Telegraph has revealed.

It has risen each year from the 2011-12 financial year when it spent £121,363.

In 2014-15 the figure was £222,288.

Financial years run from April to April so the end-of-year figure for the whole of 2015-16 will inevitably be considerably higher.

The authority has said that it does not record its own figures for how many times an interpreter is required for each different language.

But it has been able to supply figures it got from two of its interpreter suppliers.

They show that Slovak, British sign language, Urdu, Punjabi, and Polish were the languages most often translated by the companies between April and November.

There are also more unusual languages that translators have been needed for, such as Lingala, a language spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tigrinya, spoken in Ethiopia and Eritrea.
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Sweden: Shambles in Asylum Heaven
Ingrid Carlqvist
Gatestone Institute, 13 December 2015
[Translated by Maria Celander]

In spite of the supposedly tighter asylum rules announced November 24, chaos rules in Sweden. /.../ More than 22,000 people are supposed to be deported but refuse to leave. /.../ It is not an exaggeration to say that in this situation, Sweden has lost track of pretty much everything. ...

So, when Prime Minister Löfven and Vice Prime Minister, Åsa Romson (Green Party) presented their new, tougher immigration policy on November 24, it sent shockwaves through the Swedish establishment. ...

The message conveyed to the Swedish people on November 24 was that the borders were now essentially being shut; that Löfven had discovered there was a limit. ...

... The government is already negotiating with Afghanistan to try to persuade it to take back some of the many Afghans (36,261 in total; 20,947 supposedly "children") who applied for asylum in Sweden this year.

So far, no journalist in the mainstream media seems to have discovered that the new border controls – implemented because the government evidently decided there is "a serious threat to public order and safety in the country" – have had no discernible effect. The media still give the public the impression that asylum seekers are actually stopped at the border, and that, as the Minister for Justice and Migration, Morgan Johansson, announced, all border crossings will be controlled before Christmas.

As noted last month, however, to avoid having to show any papers, a terrorist going to Sweden to commit acts of terror only has to tell the border police he is seeking asylum. He will immediately be driven to the closest Immigration Service facility. ...

One person who has grown tired of this whole charade is actually one of the Border Police at the Öresund Bridge (between Denmark and Sweden). ...

"... These new border controls are there for the sole purpose of reassuring the public. They have absolutely no effect on the influx of migrants. The public is given a completely erroneous picture of what we are doing. They do not understand that we spend enormous amounts of time checking Swedish and Danish commuters. If we do not, the press goes crazy and starts screaming about discrimination.

"It seems as if those in power do not want the people who are here illegally to be deported. /.../ These controls mean nothing. They are just a formality to make everything look good and avoid discriminating against anyone. We should put our time and effort where they are needed." ...

So, despite many Swedes drawing a sigh of relief when the government announced that immigration was to be limited, the new policy does not really entail any difference at all. ...

... Sweden's failure to age-test asylum seekers has led to an avalanche of "bearded children." Each week, over 1,000 "children" arrive, of whom 80% come from Afghanistan. In Denmark, where age-testing has been routine, it turned out that at least 50% of these so-called children were in fact adults; and in Norway and Finland, this number was 66%.

About 75% of all the "children" who apply, are granted asylum in Sweden. It is therefore extremely popular, when seeking asylum, to claim to be under 18. In 2013, 4,000 arrived. In 2014, the number was 7,000; and during the first eleven months of 2015, a staggering 32,180 "unaccompanied refugee children" sought asylum in Sweden. More than half were from Afghanistan; the second largest group was from Syria, followed by Eritrea and Somalia.
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Brussels plans to strip Schengen nations of authority over borders
Ian Traynor
The Guardian, 12 December 2015

Brussels is to unveil radical plans to strip national governments of authority over their borders in an emergency and to create a border guards force to police the EU's frontiers, supervise asylum claims, and detain and deport failed asylum seekers.

The controversial response to the immigration crisis is to be launched on Tuesday by the European commission, which is calling for a 2,000-strong European border and coastguard force that could be deployed in an emergency without the approval of the country concerned.

The plan will prove highly divisive among national governments, most of which jealously guard their sovereign powers over border control. But the proposal is backed by Germany and France, giving it a head start in what is likely to be two years of tough bargaining before it could become a reality.

In theory, the new regime and the powers ceded to Brussels over its operation apply to all 26 countries in Europe's free-travel Schengen area, which does not include the UK and Ireland but takes in non-EU countries such as Norway and Switzerland.

In practice, the regime would apply to the external borders of the Schengen area, so would not greatly affect countries such as Germany that are surrounded by other Schengen nations. With more than 1 million asylum seekers arriving in Europe this year and a further 1.5 million predicted for next year, the commission's proposals are directed mainly at Greece and Italy, the main entry points from Turkey across the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas.

Both frontline countries are bitterly opposed to the plan, despite being fed up with bearing the brunt of the influx while also being berated for failing to properly register refugees. ...

The immigration crisis has placed the survival of the 20-year-old Schengen zone into question as never before, with member states engaging in beggar-thy-neighbour policies and ignoring the rules to re-erect national border controls. Last week the first wire fences went up between two Schengen states, Austria and Slovenia.

The EU's "handling of the arrivals of migrants and asylum seekers has been simply disastrous", said the Council of Europe, the Strasbourg-based human rights body that is quite separate from the EU.
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Angela Merkel is doing more damage to the future of the West than Donald Trump
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2015

Donald Trump /.../ wants a "complete and total shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's elected representatives can work out what is going on".

How have we reached this plight? Until we know the answer, we shall not begin to be able to decide how to get out of it.

Like most other commentators, I agree that Mr Trump's remarks were nasty and dangerous – nasty because they libel millions of decent people, dangerous because they could drive such people to think: "If you hate and fear us, we must hate and fear you."

But there is another reason why he has caused such a stir. Like all skilled populists, Mr Trump is touching (or rather trampling) on a real problem.


Alas, there are two true things lying behind his idiotic policy suggestion. The first is that the problem is about Muslims. The second is that our "elected representatives" do not know what to do about it. ...

This world-view is known as "Islamism". Islam itself is related to Islamism as patriotism is related to nationalism, the former being based on love of something, the latter on hatred of something else. Islamism validates resentment. Its emotional appeal is like that of communism and fascism, but stronger, because it promises heaven to those who commit its violent acts on earth.

Such ideas have become powerful in the West, partly because of arithmetic: we now have a great many Muslims in our midst – far more here, proportionately, than in Mr Trump's country, and more in France than here. The risk of violence rises with the total. Even if it is true that 99 per cent of Muslims would not hurt a fly, when you increase the numbers you inevitably get more of those who would. People are, therefore, right to worry more about mass immigration from, say, Syria, than from, say, Poland.

But, even with high numbers, the problem would be much less severe if our leaders and institutions had greater cultural confidence. If they upheld a robust belief in the Western way of life, reflected in what our schools taught, what the BBC broadcast, what rules of citizenship were insisted on, and what was considered injurious to our values, then the doctrines of Islamism would be better resisted. ...

But if Muslim leaders say that the plight of their brethren in Britain today is like that of Jews in Germany in the Thirties, or that no Muslim should serve in the British armed services against a Muslim country, no one jumps on them. It is not only Jeremy Corbyn, dining last night with what would be better called the Stop the West Coalition, who devoutly believes the narrative of our "Islamophobia": it is almost the official orthodoxy. ...

Ultimately, the capacity of a civilisation to resist those who hate it depends on its self-belief. In Europe, this was expressed in what was called Christendom, enriched by the ideas of the Enlightenment. /.../ The leader of the union's largest Christian Democrat party, Angela Merkel, has let more than a million mainly Muslim immigrants into her country this year alone. The East German pastor's daughter is surely a much nicer person than Donald J Trump, but I wonder if she is not doing more actual harm to the future of the West.
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More than 430,000 refugees reach the EU in summer surge: Figure passes one million for 12 months
Steve Doughty and John Stevens
Daily Mail, 11 December 2015

More than 430,000 asylum seekers crossed into Europe during the summer, the EU revealed yesterday.

The influx took the total over 12 months to more than a million and triggered a surge in asylum claims in Britain.

The EU's statistics agency Eurostat said there were more than 35,000 applications in the UK in the year to the end of September, a figure almost a quarter higher than that given by the Home Office. ...

In the three months to the end of September, Eurostat said more than 12,000 asylum claims were made in the UK, the first time the quarterly number has topped 10,000 since 2003.

The total figure for Europe in the 12 months to the end of September was 1,066,210, with 430,640 of those arriving in the summer months. ...

The Eurostat figures do not include the surge in arrivals in October and November that led Germany to announce it had received almost a million refugees in 2015.

Although the crisis in Syria is a driving force in the rise, asylum seekers are arriving from widespread countries, says Eurostat. There were more than 250,000 Syrian claimants in EU countries over the 12 months, but also more than 110,000 Afghans, around 70,000 Iraqis and 50,000 Albanians.

In the UK, the largest number of arrivals in the summer came from Sudan, Eritrea, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The Home Office last month gave a figure of 29,024 for the number of people, not counting their dependants, who applied for asylum in Britain in the 12 months to September. Officials said the higher Eurostat figures are likely to include asylum claims made in Britain that were subsequently withdrawn and were not counted in the Home Office figures.
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EU starts legal action against Greece, Italy and Croatia for failing to fingerprint migrants: Tens of thousands have not been registered over last few months
Corey Charlton
MailOnline, 11 December 2015

The European Union has started legal action against Greece, Italy and Croatia for failing to correctly register migrants.

Tens of thousands of migrants have arrived in the three countries over the past few months but less than half of them have been registered by national authorities.

Greece has only fingerprinted around 121,000 of the almost 500,000 people who arrived there between July 20 and November 30 this year, according to the European Commission. ...

The Commission warned the three countries about the shortfalls two months ago, but said today that these 'concerns have not been effectively addressed'.

The EU's executive arm said it sent formal letters of notice to the three, the first formal step in infringement proceedings.

Fears over the possibility of terrorists entering Europe hidden among migrants have surged after it emerged that two of the Paris attackers passed through Greece posing as refugees.

Italy and the other states are accused of breaching criteria laid down in the Dublin Convention, which states that the EU state where an asylum seeker first enters is responsible for taking digital fingerprints and registering asylum applications.

The Convention also states that asylum seekers should remain in the first EU country where they arrive.

However, many refugees entering the countries refuse to have their fingerprints taken because they plan to move on to northern Europe, where there are more favourable benefits and job opportunities.
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Record 315 terror arrests in year to September driven by rise in women and children detained
ITV, 10 December 2015

Home Office figures show a record 315 terror suspects were arrested in the year to September. This is up a third on last year.

This was driven in part by a major increase in the number of women and children detained. The number of women arrested doubled from last year to 50, and the number of under-18s went up from eight to 15.

There was also a 31% increase in arrests for international-related terrorism.
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ID cards are a good idea – and now is the time to talk about them
Frank Field and Sir Nicholas Soames
Daily Telegraph, 10 December 2015
[Frank Field MP and Sir Nicholas Soames MP are co-chairmen of the cross-party group on balanced migration]

The biggest mistake of the coalition government was to scrap Labour's identity card scheme just as it was nearing fruition. Now, in the aftermath of Paris, the security of the realm must take centre stage. If now isn't the time to re-consider the introduction of national identity cards when might events warrant it?

Of course, the cards will not stop attacks happening but they may well help to prevent them. In the event of another atrocity they could aid the rapid identification of co-conspirators. We have seen this in Paris where the authorities were able to establish the identity of the killers in a matter of hours; a vital part of preventing further follow up attacks.

More generally, pinning people down to one identity makes it much harder for them to operate in the shadows, for example, in organised crime or money laundering.

In this age of the mass movement of people we simply do not know who is living in the UK. There have been, until very recently, no exit checks in the UK. No checks in fact for nearly twenty years. As a result, the authorities literally have no idea who is still in the country.

The Border Force battles daily to intercept those trying to enter illegally via Calais and elsewhere, but many will get through. Most are simply economic migrants, but some will be involved with organised criminality or worse. They will join the estimated one million illegal immigrants already in the UK.

The introduction of ID cards would definitely make it harder for those here illegally to operate; it might also deter people from trying to breach our borders in the first place. And it would have an impact on those who overstay their visas. There is no question the public are conscious of the extent of illegal immigration and want it tackled. Achieving this is central to any efforts to get a grip of our borders and restore public confidence in our immigration system.

As well as our external borders we need protection for our health system. An ID card, if properly set up, could also act an entitlement card. The NHS is our national health service, not an international one open to abuse. The production of an ID card could be a simple way of establishing the right to free treatment at the point of use. This would deal with complaints from the health profession that they cannot be expected to decide who qualifies for care and who doesn't.

Similarly, landlords and employers could use the ID card as the one document that gives confidence that someone has the right to rent accommodation or to work. Preventing illegal working is one of the best ways of tackling illegal immigration. ...

These are important considerations however these should not be overstated. ID cards are widely used throughout the European Union, with 25 out of 28 member states currently operating them, indeed 15 EU countries have mandatory schemes. ...

Now is the time to return to debate the introduction of ID cards.
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Global Terrorism Index: Map shows where 42 different militant groups have pledged support to Isis
Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith
The Independent, 10 December 2015

Isis now has support from 42 different international groups in countries ranging from the Philippines to Egypt, it has been revealed.

The map, produced for The Independent by statistics agency Statista, shows the 30 groups to have pledged formal affiliation to the terrorist group and 12 more that have pledged their support, as identified in a Global Terrorism Index report.

Isis is the richest and most violent terrorist group in modern history, the report states, and part of its strategy is to attract foreign fighters.

Attacks have been carried out by the Ansar al-Sharia group in Libya, the Okba Ibn Nafaa Battalion in Tunisia, and the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group in the Egyptian Synai, while the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and the Indonesian Abu Sayyaf group have also pledged their allegiance to the terrorist group.

Pro-Isis factions have been seen in Algeria and Gaza, while "splinter factions from Afghanistan and Pakistan have sent fighters to the Syria-Iraqi battlefields," the report stated.

The Global Terrorism Index, created by The International Institute if Economics and Peace (IEP), measures the scale and impact of terror attacks across the world. The report, released last month, found that global terrorism has reached its highest level and is continuing to rise at an "unprecedented pace".

Despite the rise of terrorism incidents globally, the majority of people killed in terrorist attacks are in five Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria. ...

The five most deadly terrorist groups – Boko Haram, Isis, the Taliban, the Fulani militants and al-Shabaab – were found to be responsible for the 74 per cent of all terrorist deaths in 2014, killing a total of 18,444 people collectively.
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Would restricting in-work benefits to EU migrants reduce immigration?
Amy Sippitt
Full Fact, 10 December 2015

There is no direct evidence on whether welfare has acted as a "magnet" encouraging EU migrants to come to the UK, and gathering this kind of evidence is tricky. ...

Part of the difficulty in getting evidence for EU migrants as a group is that research tends to look at the EU-born or EU nationals. Only a small share of the EU-born population living in the UK report that they claim tax credits. This is self-reported data, which is known to undercount benefit recipients. We don't know by how much.

Assuming this data is broadly correct, if in-work benefits were acting to encourage migrants to come here then this suggests that restricting them wouldn't directly affect the decision of the majority of EU migrants to come to the UK.

The government has recently given a higher figure of around 40% of EU migrants claiming in or out-of-work benefits, but commentators have said the evidence behind this is not completely clear. ...

Access to benefits by EU nationals depends on their working status. If they're deemed to be a "worker" in a job which is considered "genuine and effective", they get immediate eligibility for in-work benefits like tax credits and housing benefit. EU nationals arriving here without a job can't access out-of-work benefits as easily. Our briefing written in collaboration with the Migration Observatory explains this in more detail.

As for whether migrants can "declare themselves to be on zero earnings" and get tax credits, we've asked HMRC for clarification on which tax credits they would be eligible for.

In the first quarter of 2014, EU-born people of working age were more likely to report receiving tax credits (14%) than the UK born (11%), according to the Migration Observatory's analysis of the Labour Force Survey.

The largest gap in rates of claiming was between people born in countries that joined the EU before 2004 and since 2004. 18% of people from new member states reported receiving tax credits compared to 8% from the pre-2004 members.

As we've said, that's based on self-reported data, which is known to undercount benefit recipients. Comparing rates of take up in this way assumes that undercounting is the same for all groups.

The availability of jobs is thought to be the prime factor in migrants' decisions to move, according to the Migration Observatory.

It's plausible that just as potential migrants take into account wage levels, they may also take into account the possibility of getting in-work benefits.
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A million more people will be employed in Britain by 2020 but most will be workers from abroad
Hugo Duncan
MailOnline, 9 December 2015

Migrants will make up the largest share of the rise in people in work during this Parliament, according to Treasury watchdogs.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) expects numbers working to jump by 1.1 million to a record 32.2 million by 2020.

Robert Chote, OBR chairman, told the Treasury Select Committee yesterday: 'About three-quarters of that [increase in employment] would arise from migration.'
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Migration and housing
Professor Stephen Bush
Daily Telegraph, 9 December 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – Lord Lexden's letter on housing calls on the Government "to build on a scale that the nation needs", with the implication that the current building rate of around 115,000 is insufficient for our needs.

The nation of resident British citizens has a natural increase of around 200,000 per year which corresponds to about 85,000 new houses per year. Allowing for replacement housing, 115,000 is clearly sufficient for British needs.

A much larger figure of between 200,000 and 250,000 houses, continually referred to by planners and builders, is based on the Office for National Statistics' assumption that net immigration will continue indefinitely at more than a million every five years. (It was 336,000 in the year to the end of September.)

Yet if Britain votes to leave the EU (which continued immigration on this scale makes all the more likely), this number will come whistling down. In any case, it is surely morally wrong to break into the precious English landscape with houses, roads, and pylons to accommodate millions of people from other countries which are much less densely populated than ours.
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Thousands of new homes on Green Belt in biggest shake-up for 30 years
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2015

Thousands of new homes are set to be built on the Green Belt in the biggest relaxation to planning protections for 30 years.

A new Government consultation proposes to change strict rules that only allow building on the ribbon of greenfield land around towns and cities which prevents urban sprawl in exceptional circumstances.

Instead councils will be allowed "to allocate appropriate small-scale sites in the Green Belt specifically for starter homes", which are designed for young families, the Government said.

The changes, which were published quietly on Monday, are likely to be seized on by developers which have long coveted the protected Green Belt land.

The reforms are the first changes to the National Planning Policy Framework, which brought in a new bias in favour of development when it was introduced against the wishes of rural campaigners in 2012.

A requirement that land in the Green Belt which is lost to builders has to be replaced is not contained in the new changes. Instead this will be optional for local communities. ...

The Campaign to Protect Rural England said the loosening of the restrictions would see thousands more new homes built on the Green Belt, which was introduced in 1955 to prevent urban sprawl.

A report from the CPRE published in March this year found that more than 219,000 houses were planned for England's green belt, 60,000 more than in August 2013. ...

Clive Betts MP, the chairman of the House of Commons Communities and Local Government, said the consultation was "very worrying". ...

He added that he was "concerned by the proposal and absolutely alarmed" by the "rushed nature" of the consultation over the Christmas period.
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EU Funded Group Calls Donald Trump A 'Hate Preacher', Urges UK Ban... Says Nothing Of Terror Migrants
Donna Rachel Edmunds
Breitbart, 8 December 2015

A pro mass-migration, EU-funded pressure group has called on the British government to ban Donald Trump from the United Kingdom over his comments regarding Muslim immigration. British Future – which has a history of targeting people with anti mass migraiton views – accused Mr Trump of being a "hate preacher", insisting that British laws against hate preaching should be used against him.

Their comments have been labelled "sinister" by mainstream journalists who also dislike Mr. Trump. The group has made no statements about the number of Islamist-sympathising migrants being caught across Europe.

On Monday Mr Trump, the front-runner in the race to become the Republican presidential candidate, called for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."

'British Future' masquerades as a think tank, though lists as its donors the European Commission, the pro-migration Barrow Cadbury Trust, the hedge-fund run Unbound Philanthropy group which also funds almost all pro-migration groups in the United Kingdom, and the notorious George Soros's "Open Society Foundations" which call for an end to national borders.
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Housing new arrivals
David Coleman, Emeritus Professor of Demography, Oxford University
Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – The share of new housing needed to accommodate immigrants is likely to be considerably higher than "nearly half".

That figure is based on the "high variant" net annual migration estimate for England of 217,000, according to the 2012 official projections. That statistic is now obsolete; the 2014 high migration projection assumes a net annual inflow of 226,000. More importantly, all these projections look unreasonably low in the light of recent inflows. In the year to June 2015, the actual net inflow was 336,000; in the year before that it was 330,000.

International migration is already the major factor behind housing demand and seems likely to remain so. That fact is not adequately recognised.
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'Saudi-funded mosques breeding extremism'
The Local [Germany], 7 December 2015

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel on Sunday said Saudi Arabia must stop financing fundamentalist mosques abroad which are accused of breeding extremism.

"From Saudi Arabia, Wahhabi mosques are financed throughout the world," said Gabriel.

"In Germany many extremists considered dangerous persons emerge from these communities," he told the newspaper Bild am Sonntag.

Gabriel, who is Chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy in a left-right coalition, warned against alienating Saudi Arabia, a crucial player in the bid to end the Syrian war, with too much criticism.

"At the same time we must make it clear to the Saudis that the time of looking the other way is over," said Gabriel, who is also economy minister.

Gabriel, head of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), urged decisive steps in Germany against radical mosques associated with Wahhabism.

"This radical fundamentalism taking place in Salafist mosques is no less dangerous than right-wing extremism," he said.

The head of the SPD parliamentary group, Thomas Oppermann, also urged steps against preaching that contradicts the basic freedoms guaranteed in the German constitution.

"We will prevent Saudi help in the building or financing of mosques in Germany where Wahhabi ideas are to be disseminated," he told the Welt am Sonntag newspaper.

Wahhabism provided the "complete ideology of the Islamic State and contributes in other countries to a radicalisation of moderate Muslims," he said, adding that "this is something we don't need and don't want in Germany".
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ACE announces £2.6m fund to tackle lack of diversity
Patrick Steel
Museums Asssociation, 7 December 2015

Arts Council England (ACE) today announced Change Makers, a £2.6m fund designed to develop a cohort of black and minority ethnic (BAME) and disabled leaders through a programme of targeted leadership training hosted by a National Portfolio Organisation (NPO) or Major Partner Museum (MPM).

Awards of between £100,000 and £150,000 are available for applications that include match-funding of 20% of the total project budget from other sources. ...

The announcement follows the release of diversity figures for MPMs from 2012-15, which shows that museums are some way behind arts establishments, and a long way behind the national average, in becoming more diverse.

There are no BAME-led MPMs, as compared with the 52 BAME-led NPOs. ...

Unlike NPOs, MPMs are not required to meet ACE's "Creative Case ratings", a mechanism for monitoring diversity targets, as part of their funding agreements.

The published figures indicate a lack of diversity across the board, but give only a partial picture due to a lack of data. According to ACE's figures, 44% of museum staff did not declare their ethnicity, while ACE's figures on the sexual orientation of its own staff show that 16.6% preferred not to disclose this information.
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EU demands foreign docs be allowed to work in UK WITHOUT any checks on qualifications
Oli Smith
Sunday Express, 6 December 2015

Under new EU mandate rules, thousands of European doctors and nurses could be handed NHS jobs without vital checks on their qualifications and safety.

Critics have already called the new system a grave mistake that shows a "scandalous disregard" for patients.

Regulators fear that the British public could now be at risk from unsafe health workers.

New EU-approved electronic 'passports' will enable foreign doctors to work in hospitals and GP surgeries automatically.

The 'European Professional Cards' will be issued to EU nurses and midwives from January 1 and to doctors in two years.

The new rules mean UK regulators will have to give applicants licences to practise without first checking they have the necessary qualifications and have not lied on forms or been suspended.

The directive follows other alarming EU health rules which means that NHS hospitals can't test doctors on how well they speak English because this could impede their freedom of movement rights.

Regulators can only request certificates stating EU workers have already passed English tests – whereas those applying from elsewhere in the world face rigorous exams.

Almost 11,000 European doctors and nurses were granted permission to work in NHS last year and numbers are steadily rising. ...

Niall Dickson, of doctors' regulator the General Medical Council, said the new rules "would further jeopardise our ability to protect patients". ...

In the future, a Romanian GP could apply to work in the UK through Romanian authorities, who will have just two months to verify that he has the training and experience he claims to have.

If the deadline is missed, doctors and nurses will be issued a passport automatically, regardless of whether checks for medical wrongdoing or poor care have been established.

UK regulators are worried authorities will rush the checks and fail to carry them out properly. The GMC says it takes at least four months to vet an EU doctor. ...

The GMC and the Nursing and Midwifery Council will be allowed to refuse a licence if they believe a worker's English is not up to scratch, but this may be difficult to spot in every case without formal testing.
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Nuttall: Asians Importing Alien Voting Practices
LBC, 6 December 2015

UKIP deputy leader Paul Nuttall says that he feels South Asian communities are "importing alien voting practices" into this country.

"I have never in my life, let's not forget that I have been at the centre of over 20 by-elections and I have never seen anything like in Oldham when it came to postal voting," he told LBC's Stig Abell.

UKIP failed to take Oldham from Labour in Wednesday's by-election. They have expressed concerns over some of the postal voting. ...

"When you have got boxes coming out of a particular community that are 95-100% Labour you've got to say something is wrong."

"Let's not forget that the election commission last year listed 16 areas which were susceptible to electoral fraud and Oldham was one of those areas."

"In fact every single one of those areas has a high south Asian population. I think we have got to do something with a form of representation that allows postal voting on demand, [and] has lead to Tower Hamlets has lead to Birmingham has lead to fraudulent practices."
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Support for Isis stretches 'deep into parts of Muslim societies,' says Blair
Nicholas Watt
The Guardian, 5 December 2015

Support for the propaganda of Islamic State stretches "deep into parts of Muslim societies", Tony Blair has said as he warned of terror attacks on a larger scale than the shootings and bombings in Paris last month unless the group and its ideology are defeated.

In a speech in Washington, in which he praised British MPs for the "important" decision to extend RAF airstrikes against Isis targets from Iraq to Syria, the former prime minister warned that "a belief in innate hostility between Islam and the west" is not the preserve of a few.

"Those who believe in concepts of the caliphate and the apocalypse – so much part of Daesh [Isis] propaganda – stretch deep into parts of Muslim societies," Blair said. "A belief in innate hostility between Islam and the west is not the preserve of the few." ...

Blair endorsed this view in a wider global context when he spoke of the large number of Muslims who have sympathy for extremist views. He said: "Of course a large majority of Muslims completely reject Daesh-like jihadism and the terrorism which comes with it.

"However, in many Muslim countries large numbers also believe that the CIA or Jews were behind 9/11. Clerics who proclaim that non-believers and apostates must be killed or call for jihad against Jews have Twitter followings running into millions ... The ideology has deep roots. We have to reach right the way down and uproot it."
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Half of new homes needed to cope with migrant influx
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 4 December 2015

Nearly half of all new homes built in England in the next five years are needed to cope with the influx of migrants, official figures have suggested.

The Government yesterday forecast that high levels of net immigration will lead to the creation of 95,000 new households a year.

But ministers have only set a target of building 1 million new homes in England by 2020, equivalent to 200,000 a year.

This suggests that almost half will be needed to help accomodate the expected arrival of 217,000 migrants annually. ...

The shortage of new homes - the worst since the 1970s - has been blamed for current record house prices with first time buyers increasingly unable to get on the property ladder. ...

But yesterday the Department for Communities and Local Government said net migration will have a "relatively large effect" on the number of new households because it is expected to account for almost half of the rise in population. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK said of the housing forecast: "These figures illustrate the huge impact on housing demand that immigration at current levels will generate.

"This will have serious consequences for our environment and for the whole of our infrastructure.

"It is now absolutely obvious that immigration must be sharply reduced and that must include immigration from the EU."
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Mass migration 'will wreck the dream of a high-wage Britain': Top economist says large numbers of unskilled workers is 'damaging' for job prospects
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 4 December 2015

Professor Robert Rowthorn, a long-standing adviser to Whitehall, said the influx of large numbers of unskilled foreigners was 'damaging' the job prospects and wages of millions of British workers.

He said the economic advantages of immigration – which were 'unlikely to be very large' – could be achieved with net migration at 50,000 a year. Currently, it stands at a record 336,000.

Professor Rowthorn's findings, in a major report for the Civitas think-tank, will be a blow to ministers who were this week accused of encouraging mass migration to help balance the country's books. ...

But far from suggesting the UK would be better off, the report said the amount of money per person would remain broadly similar because there would be so many more people living in the UK.

Professor Rowthorn, Emeritus Professor of Economics at Cambridge University, said mass immigration would lead to 'losers as well as winners... and the losers are those at the lower end of the pay scale.'

He explained: 'In rich countries many dirty, hard or low status jobs are increasingly occupied by migrants from poorer countries. These are said to be doing the jobs that native workers will not do.

'In practice this often means that suitable native workers will not do these jobs at the wages and conditions that employers are willing to offer.

'There is evidence that competition from immigrants may result in lower wages for low skilled local workers, including previous immigrants.' Professor Rowthorn said a key economic benefit of immigration was increasing the number of working-age people to support an ageing population.

But he warned the impact must be 'set against the costs' of the growing pressure on infrastructure, housing and services.

Therefore, net migration of 50,000 a year would produce similar economic advantages to the UK as a figure that runs at nearly six times that level, he said.

'The economic gains from large-scale immigration come mainly from its impact on the age structure of the population.

'Most of these gains could be achieved with a much lower rate of net migration... than the UK is currently experiencing,' he said.

He also predicted the population of the UK will go up by 20 million over the next 50 years and 29 million over the next 75 years. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: 'This landmark report is the nail in the coffin for claims that mass immigration is good for Britain.'
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Child asylum seekers pushing British social services to 'breaking point'
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 4 December 2015

The vast number of child asylum seekers arriving at the gateway to Britain has pushed social services to "breaking point," officials have warned.

There are now 980 unaccompanied asylum seeking children on Kent County Council's books - up from nearly 630 at the start of August - and the situation is unsustainable, it said.

Most of the youngsters are 16 and 17-year-old boys smuggled across the English Channel before being dumped so the local authority has to look after them.

By law, the council has to care for under-18s who arrive in the county through the ports of Dover or Folkestone seeking asylum.

Many are traumatised and unable to speak English, adding the cost of treatment and translation services to the bill for housing them. ...

A report from Kent County Council said the "unprecedented" influx of young asylum seekers was impacting on British children already supported by the local authority.

While praising staff, the report said: "It should be stated clearly that services are at breaking point and the current position is not sustainable."
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Home Office borders security scheme is '£1bn waste of money'
Rajeev Syal
The Guardian, 3 December 2015

A security database used to identify potential terrorists entering the UK is breaking down twice a week forcing frontline staff to rely on incomplete intelligence, an official report has revealed.

Independent auditors found that the warnings index system, which was supposed to be dismantled more than 12 years ago, is so unstable that it regularly collapses. The e-borders system which was supposed to replace it in 2011 will not be implemented before 2019 at a cost of more than £1bn, the National Audit Office report has concluded.

The flaws and delays have been disclosed in a scathing inquiry into the e-borders project which was implemented to enhance checks on those entering and leaving the country through ports and airports. Instead, the report has found that details of more than 16 million people a year are not being checked before they reach the border.

Keith Vaz, chair of the home affairs select committee, said the findings showed that the current system was not "fit for purpose" while its replacement had been a "£1bn waste of money".

He said: "The real concern is the warnings index, which with two priority incidents a week is still clearly unfit for purpose. With the terrorism threat level currently at severe, a failure to properly cover millions of people entering the country without having passenger information in advance gives a green light to people who wish to come to the UK for illegal or dangerous activity."
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Hospitals with more overseas nurses get worse rated
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 3 December 2015

Hospitals with the most nurses from overseas have the worst ratings from patients, a major study has found.

Experts behind the research - the first study of its kind – showed that an increasing reliance on nurses trained abroad could be damaging the quality of care on the wards.

Amid growing shortages of nurses across the country, the number coming here to register for work after training abroad has almost doubled in two years.

The new study found that hospitals with the highest proportion of foreign nurses had the highest levels of patient dissatisfaction, with patients more likely to say they struggled to understand staff, and less likely to feel treated with dignity.

The study by Kings College London and the University of Southampton examined the workforce of 46 NHS hospitals and surveyed 12,000 patients.

At some hospitals, more than half of nurses were trained abroad, the research found, most commonly from the Philippines, India and countries in Africa.

For every 10 per cent increase in the number of nurses who trained abroad, there was a 12 per cent decrease in the likelihood of patients rating their hospital good or excellent, the study found.

There was also a 14 per cent drop in whether patients felt they could easily understand staff, a 10 per cent drop in whether medication had been explained to them, while patients were 8 per cent less likely to feel treated with dignity and respect. ...

The new study, published in the journal BMJ Open found that the proportion of nurses trained overseas was "significantly" linked to how patients felt about their care.

The study concludes: "Use of non-UK educated nurses in English NHS hospitals is associated with lower patient satisfaction. Importing nurses from abroad to substitute for domestically-educated nurses may negatively impact quality of care." ...

In the 31 trusts, covering 46 hospitals, 30 per cent of overseas nurses came from the Philippines, with 24 per cent from India and 19 per cent from countries in Africa.
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'Ringleader' of smuggling gang bringing 70,000 migrants to UK & EU arrested in Britain
Leda Reynolds
Daily Express, 3 December 2015

A man living in Britain is suspected to be the criminal mastermind behind a (£7 million) €10 million people smuggling ring bringing up to 70,000 Syrians into the UK and Europe.

Jamal Owda was arrested in a Liverpool refugee shelter on suspicion of being one of 23 people involved in an international migrant smuggling network.

The National Crime Agency swooped on the 26-year-old Palestinian national in the hostel in Sephton Park, Liverpool, as part of a series of simultaneous raids across Europe organised by Europol.

He is alleged to be the ringleader of a gang responsible for smuggling 100 migrants into western Europe EVERY DAY since 2013. ...

Other suspects were detained in police operations in Greece, Austria and Sweden, and included mainly Syrians and Greeks.
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Rise in FGM linked to migration: thousands of 'cut' teenage girls are 'tip of the iceberg'
Tom Batchelor
Daily Express, 3 December 2015

Thousands of cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) are being recorded across the UK every year, shocking new figures show.

In the three months to September, 1,385 newly recorded cases of FGM were reported. ...

The figures suggest there could be more than 5,000 NEW cases of FGM in the UK every year. ...

A separate study found nearly 10,000 girls under the age of 14 living in England and Wales have undergone FGM.

Figures compiled by City University London and Equality Now found that the number of women with FGM have increased substantially since 2001, especially due to migration from countries in conflict.
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We need to know how migrants get across our border
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 2 December 2015

Here's a fact that you might think worthy of discussion: between July and September, 10,156 people claimed asylum in the UK – the highest figure for 12 years and a 64 per cent increase from the 6,203 between April and June.

Let's ignore for now the way any discussion of immigration and asylum is automatically condemned as racist and beyond the pale by the Leftwing thought police.

Focus instead simply on the numbers. Whether having 10,156 people claim asylum is good or bad and whether they are legitimate or false claimants, it goes without saying that the border agencies would have a proper record of how and where people entering the country have arrived and what proportion of them are asylum claimants. So you'd think. But you'd be wrong because that is based on the assumption that the UK Border Agency is fit for purpose.

On Monday it emerged that border officials have absolutely no idea how many people have arrived here from Calais and claimed asylum or how they got here and the port at which they arrived. Not even a clue. According to the Home Office, information on the ports and routes used by migrants to arrive in the UK "is not centrally held".

In other words, at a time when there is ever-worsening chaos in Calais with would-be migrants attempting to find ways into the UK, the Home Office has not the slightest idea how or where those who do arrive on our shores get in, or if they claim asylum when they do make it here. ...

It makes you wonder why we even bother with the pretence that we have borders when no one has any worthwhile information on the most vulnerable and overused ports and points of entry.

Indeed, had it not been for the Daily Express asking the Home Office how many people had entered Britain from Calais and then claimed asylum we wouldn't even know that we didn't know. ...

There are more than 7,000 people in Calais who have only one goal, which is to get here using almost any conceivable method such as climbing on top of, inside and underneath lorries bound for Britain. Were the UK Border Agency not a byword for chaotic inefficiency it would be shocking to discover such a basic failure.

But it is all too predictable. Speaking last year, as he stepped down as chief inspector of borders and immigration, John Vine continued the theme that marked almost all of his 50 reports lambasting the agency for poor management.

In his six years as inspector he revealed the incompetence that enabled half a million people to enter the UK entirely unchecked, meaning that 150,000 migrants who had been refused permission to stay in the UK were still able to remain, having been "lost" by the authorities. ...

... This is not border control, it is a shambles. And it's a shambles that no one in Government or the Border Agency seems to be interested in dealing with.

That has been the story for years and it isn't changing. Which means it is only going to get worse.
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Border shambles: Officials admit they have NO IDEA how many asylum seekers are in Britain
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 1 December 2015

Bungling border officials have no idea how many people have crept into Britain to claim asylum, it was revealed last night.

The Home Office said it could not disclose the ports or routes migrants used to get here because the information "is not centrally held".

Despite the UK being under threat from a wave of illegal immigration, the data is only kept in thousands of hand-written notes.

It means security experts have no firm leads on what parts of our borders are vulnerable to those who will stop at nothing to get here.

The revelation came after the Daily Express demanded to know how many illegal immigrants had made it to Britain via Calais and claimed asylum since the start of the year. ...

Ukip MEP Steven Woolfe said: "The confession that ports of entry data is not available centrally to government ministers who are supposed to make our borders safe is shocking and yet one more example of how we live in borderless Britain. If you can't measure a problem then you can't fix it.

"If the Home Office doesn't ask its immigration officers about ports through which illegal immigrants admit they entered the UK, how can we know which of them are leaky? Which of the ports is a danger to national security? Which need more resources? It's time for the Government to get a grip." ...

A Home Office spokesman said: "We are unable to confirm the port of entry or route an individual has used to enter the UK, as this information is not centrally recorded.

"This information would be held in case notes when an individual makes an initial claim for asylum. In order to produce accurate data on the route of entry that you have specified we would need to manually review the written records taken at an initial asylum interview for every individual who had made an asylum claim during the period you have requested to determine the exact port of entry. Therefore we are unable to comply with your request."
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The Government as a whole isn't aiming to cut immigration – and the Autumn Statement proved it [part 1]
Nick Timothy
ConservativeHome, 1 December 2015

But last week, the publication of the latest immigration statistics showed just how far away the Government is from hitting its target. And more worryingly, the small print of the Autumn Statement, which was published the day before the immigration figures, proves that it is not really the policy of the Government as a whole to cut immigration at all.

The immigration statistics showed, for the year ending June 2015, that net migration to Britain had reached a record high of 336,000. They showed that where Theresa May has had the freedom to change the immigration system, her reforms have had an effect and net migration has fallen. The number of family visas is down, the industrial-scale abuse of the student visa system has been ended, and work visas have been reformed to prioritise skills shortages. The number of people given permission to settle in Britain permanently is down from almost 250,000 in 2010 to less than 100,000 in 2015, while the number of people granted citizenship continues to fall.

But the statistics also showed that the rise in net migration is being driven by people coming to Britain through routes that the Government has no intention of reforming. The generosity of our student visa rules alone make the net migration target almost impossible to achieve: last year, non-EU student net migration was 93,000. Twice as many people come to work in Britain through intra-company transfers – which are exempt from the cap on economic migration – than through the general work permit system, which is capped. And, of course, there is European immigration, which thanks to EU free movement rules is impossible to control. EU net migration is up to a record 180,000, while more than two thirds of the increase in overall immigration in the last year was accounted for by EU nationals.

It is well known that the Home Office would like to reform the student visa system further, reduce the number of work permits issed to foreign workers, change the way the asylum system works, and win greater control of immigration from other EU countries. But many of these changes have been blocked already or will be blocked by other Government departments, while the Government's stated policy of trying to control EU migration through benefits changes has been blown out of the water by its promise to introduce the biggest "pull factor" of all: a new 'Living Wage' of £9 an hour by 2020.
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The Government as a whole isn't aiming to cut immigration – and the Autumn Statement proved it [part 2]
Nick Timothy
ConservativeHome, 1 December 2015

... Instead of supporting the manifesto drive to reduce immigration, within a few months of the election the Foreign Office, Business Department and Treasury combined to try to try to take foreign students out of the migration statistics altogether.

That campaign to weaken immigration control appears to have failed, yet the Autumn Statement shows that Government policy is not to reduce and control immigration but to keep immigration high. ... ...

Instead, there is evidence that mass immigration can hold down wages and displace some workers from the labour market. But these effects – and other downsides of immigration – are always excluded from the impact assessments used by governments when they take decisions on immigration policy. In fact, the Treasury orthodoxy is, in the words of Sir David Metcalfe, the chairman of the independent Migration Advisory Committee, "that more immigration is automatically a good thing because it raises GDP", a view he politely describes as an "odd conclusion".

And there is a new reason why the Treasury is keener than ever on mass immigration. It might not bring any significant economic benefits for existing British citizens, but it does mean a bigger population, and a bigger population means a bigger economy overall, which means that the effect of spending cuts increases when the deficit is measured as a percentage of GDP. In the past, the Treasury has sought to inflate its way out of economic trouble. These days it takes a similar approach – not just by artificially increasing the money supply but by inflating the size of the population: quantitative easing meets demographic loosening.

But this is a mistake. As the OECD says, "immigrants are ... neither a burden to the public purse nor are they a panacea for addressing fiscal challenges." And – notwithstanding the undoubted benefits that controlled immigration can bring – the very good reasons the Prime Minister and Home Secretary have repeatedly set out for why we need to reduce immigration remain. The trouble is, as the Autumn Statement made plain last week, other than in the Home Office the Government is no longer trying to cut net migration – and we can expect the numbers to keep going up and up.
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Recent EU migration to the UK: can we trust government numbers?
National Institute of Economic and Social Research, 1 December 2015

The Prime Minister's claim that "around 40 percent of all recent European Economic Area migrants are supported by the UK benefits system" has been widely criticised /.../ and the UK Statistics Authority has made clear that it is very displeased that Number 10 chose to use unpublished (and inconsistent) statistic (which DWP's post-hoc publication doesn't even come close to validating).

But, leaving the abuse of the statistical process aside, the reason the Prime Minister came up with a number that is much higher than most researchers think credible is interesting – and potentially very revealing. ... ...

... Well, in the last 4 years, nearly 2 million EEA nationals registered for National Insurance numbers in the UK. ...

So what would happen if the government revealed how many EEA migrants are, according to its own computer systems, actually active in the UK labour market, one way or another? It seems highly probable that we would learn two things. First, that the Prime Minister's figure of "around 40 percent" of recent EEA migrants claiming benefits of some kind is considerably exaggerated. Second, and perhaps even more interesting, that there are actually considerably more such recent migrants than the official immigration or labour market statistics actually suggest.

Neither piece of information, of course, would be particularly helpful to the government at the present time. It would tell us both that EU migration is an even bigger issue than the official statistics suggest - and that the government's preferred solution is even less relevant than we already thought. But that is not a good reason for concealing the facts.
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The High Cost of Resettling Middle Eastern Refugees
Karen Zeigler and Steven A. Camarota
Center for Immigration Studies, November 2015

As Americans continue to debate what to do about the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East, this analysis attempts to estimate the costs of resettling refugees from that region in the United States. Although we do not consider all costs, our best estimate is that in their first five years in the United States each refugee from the Middle East costs taxpayers $64,370 – 12 times what the UN estimates it costs to care for one refugee in neighboring Middle Eastern countries. The cost of resettlement includes heavy welfare use by Middle Eastern refugees; 91 percent receive food stamps and 68 percent receive cash assistance. Costs also include processing refugees, assistance given to new refugees, and aid to refugee-receiving communities. ...

Among the findings of this analysis:

• On average, each Middle Eastern refugee resettled in the United States costs an estimated $64,370 in the first five years, or $257,481 per household.

• The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has requested $1,057 to care for each Syrian refugee annually in most countries neighboring Syria.
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Europe split over refugee deal as Germany leads breakaway coalition
Ian Traynor
The Guardian, 30 November 2015

Months of European efforts to come up with common policies on mass immigration unravelled on Sunday when Germany led a "coalition of the willing" of nine EU countries taking in most refugees from the Middle East, splitting the union formally on the issues of mandatory refugee-sharing and funding.

An unprecedented full EU summit with Turkey agreed a fragile pact aimed at stemming the flow of migrants to Europe via Turkey.

But the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, frustrated by the resistance in Europe to her policies, also convened a separate mini-summit with seven other leaders to push a fast-track deal with the Turks and to press ahead with a new policy of taking in and sharing hundreds of thousands of refugees a year directly from Turkey.

The surprise mini-summit suggested that Merkel has given up on trying to persuade her opponents, mostly in eastern Europe, to join a mandatory refugee-sharing scheme across the EU, although she is also expected to use the pro-quotas coalition to pressure the naysayers into joining later.

Merkel's ally on the new policy, Jean-Claude Juncker, president of the European commission, said of the mini-summit: "This is a meeting of those states which are prepared to take in large numbers of refugees from Turkey legally."

But he added later that any such agreement would be voluntary and not binding, while the Dutch rejected German-led calls to resettle large numbers directly from Turkey.

The frictions triggered by the split were instantly apparent. Donald Tusk, the president of the European council who chaired the full summit with Turkey, contradicted the mainly west European emphasis on seeing Ankara as the best hope of slowing the mass migration to Europe.

"Let us not be naive. Turkey is not the only key to solving the migration crisis," said Tusk. "The most important one is our responsibility and duty to protect our external borders. We cannot outsource this obligation to any third country. I will repeat this again: without control on our external borders, Schengen will become history."

He was referring to the 26-country free-travel zone in Europe, which is also in danger of unravelling under the strains of the migratory pressures and jihadist terrorism.
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Migrant crisis laid bare: 1.5 MILLION people have entered EU countries illegally this year
Levi Winchester
Daily Express, 30 November 2015

The unprecedented migrant crisis gripping Europe has been laid bare as it emerges 1.5 MILLION people have entered European Union (EU) countries illegally this year.

The staggering figure was revealed by European Council President Donald Tusk, as leaders from across the continent desperately tried to thrash out a way of stemming the flow of refugees into Europe. ...

He said: "Approximately 1.5 million people have illegally entered the EU in 2015.

"Most have come through Turkey. Some seek shelter from war and persecution, others seek a better life and the few think to destroy our values. ..."
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Establishing 'safe zones' in Syria remains the most realistic route to tackling Europe's refugee crisis
James D. Athanassiou and Effie G. H. Pedaliu
European Politics and Policy, 30 November 2015

Europeans are unsure of how to cope with this massive influx – up to 760,000 people this year of whom, over 600,000 have reached Greece according to the UNHCR. ...

... Even though the 1951 Convention on the Status of Refugees makes it clear that every country in the world shares a responsibility for the Syrian refugees, in practice, it is the EU that is bearing the brunt of their migration. And therein lies the conundrum for Europeans.

They are trying to grapple with two problems. On the one side, there are the obvious concerns arising from the principles of humanity and charity. ...

While daily images of death are distressing, many in Europe despair, too, at the futility of trying to cope with the numbers arriving. /.../ Then there are the matters to do with that perennial topic of contention about immigration to the EU from the Middle East and North Africa. How can the predominantly Muslim refugees be absorbed culturally?

This question comes to be posed over and over again – frequently by the political right and right wing media and sometimes by the security agencies. They point to the dangers that can arise tomorrow as a result of the unmet expectations of the refugees. Several Europeans countries such as the UK and France have experienced difficulties with some of their second and even third generation British and French Muslims. Both countries have suffered jihadi inspired domestic terrorism and have become wary of the numbers of refugees they take in. The events in Paris have served to increase such apprehensions. ...

Today, reluctantly, Greece has become a people-processing centre. Thousands of refugees, many rescued from the sea, arrive daily. /.../ Once they have been ferried to Athens, most of the refugees are then left to their own devices to make their way to northern Europe.

Parts of central Athens have become permanent 'temporary' camps and some Greeks greatly resent this. ... ...

The best solution to the crisis is one that has been suggested before. It would be a solution for the refugees and both the EU and the United States – since the latter will also encounter these demographic movements. The proposal is to provide safe havens or safe zones in Syria where Syrians of different beliefs can live together and rebuild their lives.

To create such areas would not mean a repeat of the invasion of Iraq. Here, the West achieved rapid regime change, but without having to hand clear-cut strategies and plans to hold a demographically and regionally disparate nation together. In Syria, by contrast, the goals would be limited and specific. They would be humanitarian: to identify areas in Syria that can be defended, to resource and develop them and, most importantly, to protect them effectively with overwhelming military strength.

If some call this 'war' by another name, the counter to that is that it would be a 'good war'. It will cost billions, but it will still be cheaper in the long run for the EU and the United States. It would greatly reduce the stress being placed on countries adjoining Syria, such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Best of all, it will enable the Syrian refugees to start living again in their own homeland.
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Immigration officers raiding SEVEN sham weddings a day
Matthew Davis
Sunday Express, 29 November 2015

Immigration officers are raiding almost seven "sham weddings" a day as the number of people arrested over bogus ceremonies has doubled for the second year in a row.

Statistics reveal that despite raiding more and more ceremonies officials are in danger of being swamped by a huge rise in bogus unions.

Last year there were a total of 3,210 reports from registrars concerned they were being asked to preside over a marriage of convenience.

The number of these suspicious marriages reported by officials is almost double the number it was just three years ago.

Critics of the current system say criminal immigrants are making a mockery of our legal system by tying the knot in fake marriages so they can legally live and work in the UK.

A non-EU citizen who gets married to an EU resident not only has the right to stay in Britain, but it also extends to their children, grandchildren, parents and grandparents, piling huge extra pressure on public services.

Often the bride and groom are brought together by criminal gangs who charge hundreds of pounds to set up the deal, often using so-called "away day" brides brought in from Eastern Europe who are paid to marry a non-EU migrant.

Latest figures from the Home Office show there were a record 2,486 enforcement visits at weddings last year, up 96 per cent from 2013 and more than three times the 735 visits that were made in 2012.

The numbers arrested have also spiralled from 310 in 2012, to 721 in 2013 to last year's figure of 1,541.

Sham marriages are increasingly popular among immigrants because anyone who enters a bogus relationship successfully can use it to stay in Britain for five years and eventually obtain citizenship.

Under EU rules, they can then apply for permission to bring in their extended family.

In a report published last year Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee said the situation was "spiralling out of control".
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Refugee influx threatens fall of EU, warns Dutch PM
Peter Spiegel
Financial Times, 27 November 2015

The EU risks suffering the same fate as the Roman empire if it does not regain control of its borders and stop the "massive influx" of refugees from the Middle East and central Asia, the Dutch prime minister has warned.

Mark Rutte, whose government assumes the EU's rotating presidency in January, said southern EU countries had yet to implement policies agreed to stem the flow, which has exceeded 850,000 arriving by sea so far this year, according to the International Organisation for Migration.

Mr Rutte said Greece, where more than 700,000 have landed this year, might have to increase its "reception capacity" to at least 100,000. Athens has so far committed to about half that, insisting that it does not want to become a giant refugee camp.

Hundreds of thousands of refugees have travelled on from Greece and Italy to other EU countries – principally to Germany and Sweden – creating huge administrative and political strains across the union. ...

The issue of whether the influx of migrants poses a security threat has quickly gone from the extreme fringes of the EU's political debate to the mainstream, with elected leaders in Hungary, Poland and Germany all voicing concerns in the days following the Paris attacks.

French investigators have said at least two of the attackers entered Europe through migrant reception facilities in Greece.
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Net migration to Britain hits new high of 336,000
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 26 November 2015

Annual net migration to Britain in June hit a new record level of 336,000, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The 82,000 rise in overall net migration in the 12 months to June was fuelled by a rise of 62,000 in immigration to 636,000 and a fall of 30,000 in emigration compared with the previous year.

The net migration figure is the highest on record for the second quarter running, and is 10,000 higher than the previous recorded peak in 2005 shortly after the former communist states of Poland, Czech Republic and others joined the EU.

The latest figures confirm that Britain is firmly in an era of mass migration and the government's hopes of reducing net migration to the "tens of thousands" is as far away as ever. The pledge to reduce net migration below 100,000 was renewed by David Cameron shortly after the election in May. Net migration last dipped below the 100,000 mark in 1997 – 18 years ago. ...

There were 29,024 asylum applications in the 12 months to September, a rise of 18%. The largest numbers applying were from Eritrea, Sudan and Iran, and 2,402 were from Syria.

The rise in net migration was split between an increase of 42,000 from within the EU and a rise of 36,000 in non-EU net migration.

There was a 53,000 rise in the number of people coming to work in Britain, with two-thirds having a definite job to go to. The latest employment figures show that in September there were two million EU nationals (excluding UK citizens) living in Britain, 324,000 more than the previous year.

The numbers coming to study have remained relatively stable at 192,000. ...

The chancellor's autumn statement on Britain's finances was based on an annual net migration figure of 183,000 a year. The latest figures suggest this may be a significant underestimate, as will be the contribution of migration to economic growth.
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Net migration to UK hits record 336,000, statistics show
BBC, 26 November 2015

Estimated net migration to the UK reached a record 336,000 in the year to June, Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures have shown.

The figure - the difference between the number of people arriving and leaving - was 82,000 more than the previous year. ...

The ONS data revealed that:

• Net migration of European Union (EU) citizens showed an increase of 42,000 to 180,000, with the number from countries outside the bloc also up 36,000 to 201,000

• In all, 294,000 people migrated to the UK for work, two thirds of whom had a definite job

• The number of EU nationals working in the UK stood at two million from July to September, an increase of 324,000 compared to the same quarter last year

• A total of 50,000 Romanians and Bulgarians came to the UK in the year to June, a rise of 19,000; restrictions on citizens from the two countries working in the UK were lifted in January last year

• Romania is now in the top five countries where those coming to the UK last lived for the first time, accounting for 6% of all immigration
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German asylum system is a magnet for refugees and cause of crisis, says German EU commissioner
Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 26 November 2015

Germany's EU commissioner has blamed his country's generous asylum system for the refugee crisis, describing it as a magnet and calling for it to be changed.

Günther Oettinger said the only way to reduce the numbers coming to the country was to remove the incentives under the current system.

"The German asylum law acts like a magnet for refugees," the commissioner for digital economy and society, told Handelsblatt newspaper.

"An amendment to the constitution would be necessary to change the asylum law," he said. ...

"We need stronger border protection in Europe," he said. "We need 5,000 border guards, not 500."
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Population density compromises quality of life
Mark Burges Watson
Financial Times, 26 November 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

Sir, I am not sure why the highly nuanced Brexit debate does not focus on the more prosaic trade-off between population growth and economic growth. A number of reports place the cumulative impact of Brexit in the locus of -2 per cent to +2 per cent of UK gross domestic product by 2030, depending on the UK institutional response and global circumstances. Contrast this with peak year population growth of 0.9 per cent in the past five years, and an average 0.6 per cent growth since the mid-2000s (50 per cent of which is net migration) and it would appear that per capita economic risks are significantly lower than aggregate risks, based on consensus economic forecasts.

It is plain to me, having spent the past decade in Tokyo and Hong Kong, that "quality of life" is seriously compromised by high population density, regardless of per capita incomes, particularly the cost and quality of housing. Even five years ago the 2010 ONS data showed that only 13 per cent of English counties and unitary authorities had a population density below the European average (including Rutland and the Isles of Scilly). Cornwall, which is very rural by English standards, sits at about the EU average. Current net migration trends suggest a city the size of Birmingham needs to be built every three years.

Forgetting Brexit for a moment, the economic arguments for substantial immigration clearly favour big business and the well off, and allow tough decisions on education, training and investment to be kicked into the long grass. Nor do they take into account the impact of greater competition for finite resources, such as land, on standards of living. There is no financial accounting for environmental degradation. Nor are there any reliable data on the cost to industry of chronic congestion on the roads, or the effect of "remittances" on consumption and investment. Information on sensitive issues such as assimilation costs in the education system or future liabilities in the NHS is either unknown or suppressed.
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Goodbye England's green and pleasant land - Immigration boom will DEVASTATE countryside
Rob Virtue
Daily Express, 25 November 2015

Green spaces paved over, roads snarled up by up an astonishing 10 MILLION more cars, and entire NEW TOWNS built to house the explosion of migrants - that's the future awaiting Britain, according to experts.

The UK's beloved countryside is facing devastation with almost unimaginable amounts of infrastructure needed to cope with a dramatic rise in the number of people calling Britain their home, researchers warn.

The Office of National Statistics said the UK will face an influx of 10 MILLION people by 2039, with around two-thirds of that figure coming from migration.

And those figures are the most optimistic - the Office of National Statistics admit that the recent ramping up of immigration to unprecedented levels could see Britain's population hit 80 MILLION in the next 25 years. This would see 20 MILLION more cars, which is almost 60% more than currently use the nation's roads.

As well as the huge number of vehicles hitting the roads even at the conservative prediction of 70 million residents Britain will need an astonishing 4,000 new schools and 26 more hospitals, just to keep pace.

This is on top of the nation's ongoing housing crisis, which will be alleviated by paving over the countryside, with new garden cities built up and down the UK.

Simon Ross of the pressure group Population Matters, said housing was potentially the biggest threat facing the next generation of Britons amid the population increase. ...

Mr Ross said: "Hospitals and schools are already a problem. Parents are finding it difficult for children to get into their chosen schools, while there are long waits at A&E and for doctor appointments.

"There will be lots more demand with 10 million people plus and the average age going up.

"Lots more schools and hospitals will need to be built but the problem is where is the space and will we be able to afford them?" ...

The Department for Transport admits its forecasts show there could be between six million and 10 million more cars on the road by 2040 than there are currently. ...

Population Matters also believes Britain will have to increase its agricultural industry due to a rising global population meaning other nations will want to keep food rather than exporting. ...

A lack of water is another major concern, especially in the south-east of England, which is already struggling with a rapidly increasing population.

Mr Ross said: "A possibility is getting pipes to bring the water in from Wales but the cost of this would be enormous."
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EU border agency warned of migrant terror threat 18 months ago - but nothing was done
Peter Foster and Matthew Holehouse
Sunday Telegraph, 22 November 2015

Frontex, the European border agency, warned more than 18 months ago that radicalised European jihadis could exploit the migrant crisis in order to return to Europe and commit terrorism, but systematic checks on migrants only began last Friday, The Telegraph can reveal.

The failure of Europe's border bureaucracy to respond to the terror threat emerged as security sources told The Telegraph that it will still be "months, even years" before Europe's borders are fully capable of screening arrivals.

Frontex's own risk assessment for April 2014 said that the numbers of foreign fighters travelling to Syria and Iraq for jihad had "risen threefold", with some would-be fighters as young 15 years old.

The report noted that EU representatives were "increasingly discussing ways" to monitor and prevent young people moving to Syria, while clearly acknowledging that the fighters could return to Europe "ideologically and militarily trained, thus posing a terrorist threat to societies." ...

In a sign of the glacial rate of progress, the same warnings on the potential security risk posed by migrant were repeated almost word-for-word in the 2015 version of the Frontex report.

As recently as September Fabrice Leggeri, the executive director of Frontex, admitted to a House of Lords committee that Frontex had "no access to intelligence" since it was an EU agency.

Mr Leggeri said that Frontex could find "no evidence" that potential terrorists had used migrant routes to cross back into the EU, but was forced to admit that this was probably because it was not connected with anti-terror databases. ...

The scale of challenge was revealed in the official communique from the EU Home Ministers meeting, that admitted that many EU border posts still required "electronic connection" to relevant Interpol databases.
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Paris is tragic proof that Enoch Powell was right about threats to our country
Simon Heffer
Sunday Telegraph, 22 November 2015

... Mr Cameron ... He is but the latest prime minister to have paid lip-service to the warped ideal of multiculturalism, and all that entails. In case one is unsure what it does entail, let us run through the card. It is an idea that the cultures and values of new, minority communities are the equivalent of the majority ones.

It means the majority culture may not expect those from minority cultures to abide by majority ways. It carries with it an expectation to tolerate attitudes that the majority reject, such as towards women and those professing other faiths. And it abjures interference in those minority cultures, for fears of accusations of racism. That last fetish has paralysed sensible response to multiculturalism for decades, and continues to stop any senior politician giving the right lead today. ...

Today, too many are either on the margins or not communicating members of our society at all. Letting this happen, to coin a phrase, is "like watching a nation busily engaged in heaping up its own funeral pyre".

That phrase was Enoch Powell's, whose so-called "Rivers of Blood" speech in April 1968 warned us of the dangers of "communalism", and specifically of those caused by mass immigration. He feared that the concentration of immigrants and their descendants in large communities killed the prospects of integration. Powell was reviled for his remarks, though mainly for those in which he quoted constituents. He was not a man to think, let alone utter, bigoted thoughts himself.

The toxic situation created by the response to his speech – a mixture of Leftist grandstanding and self-righteous smugness by many Tories who thought it politic to denounce him – provided an excuse to politicians for years afterwards not to question the imposition of multiculturalism on Britain.

I recall one former cabinet minister – a Tory – whose cowardice was typical of dozens like him, saying to me 20 years ago that although he and his colleagues knew mass immigration was causing problems, "Enoch" had made it impossible to discuss them.

That is one of the great lies of recent politics. It was not Powell who made this discussion impossible: it was the fear of generations of politicians since him to state the bleeding obvious, that there was a group within Britain's community of predominantly decent, law-abiding and highly civilised Muslims who were determined to impose a primitivism and savagery first on their co-religionists and then, if they could, on the rest of society.

To refuse to tolerate that was not racism, it was common sense and an appeal for reason and decency; to use what Powell had said as an excuse for doing nothing was simply the expression of a desire for a quiet life. ...

... Powell ... I discussed these matters with him for years. He knew what was coming. His fault was that he sought to explain it in a way that required close attention and sophistication to understand.

The stupid, and the ruthlessly manipulative and opportunist, simply dismissed him as a bigot, and too many of the rest of our people stood in fear of their censure. Mr Cameron even had a parliamentary candidate sacked for expressing sympathy with Powell, which was ludicrous.

If you seek the monument of Powell's critics, look about you.
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Terrorist ringleader got into EU as 'refugee'
Matthew Holehouse and Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 20 November 2015

The mastermind of the Paris attacks was able to slip into Europe among Syrian migrants, it emerged last night, as police on the continent admitted they are unable to monitor thousands of suspected jihadists.

EU interior ministers will today move to tighten the continent's borders to ensure that every single migrant is checked against a terror watchlist, after French authorities revealed that Abdelhamid Abaaoud was able to return from Syria via the migrant route of Greece.

At a summit in Brussels, they are also expected to bow to French demands to screen every single EU passport holder entering the continent for the first time to catch fighters returning from the Middle East.

Europol, the organisation that polices Europe's external border, yesterday admitted that only 2,000 of the estimated 5,000 extremists who have travelled to Syria and Iraq to wage jihad have been logged on an EU-wide intelligence sharing database used by Britain to disrupt plots.

It means Britain has no way of checking the background of 3,000 suspected terrorists, even if their own country has identified them as a threat.

One French official said the EU's borders were "like a sieve". ...

It has emerged that Abaaoud, and at least two of the Paris terrorists took the migrant route via Greece, intensifying fears that terrorists are able easily to exploit the refugee crisis to get to Europe.

Bernard Cazeneuve, the French interior minister, said French intelligence was unaware Abaaoud was in the country until after the massacre, and said other states had provided no intelligence on his whereabouts. He demanded Europe "pull itself together".

A senior member of the DGSE, France's equivalent of MI6, said: "It has to be said: Schengen is a sieve. A guy with a CV and history like this, wherever he turned up in Schengen, he should have sparked a red flag," the agent told AFP. ...

Up to six of the eight Paris attackers fought in Syria, and Abaaoud had boasted to an Isil magazine of how police failed to catch him as he moved several times between Belgium and Syria, with border guards failing to recognise his face as a wanted man. ...

Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol and a former intelligence officer in MI5, yesterday admitted weaknesses in the Focal Point Travellers system, the EU-wide database for sharing details of known jihadists between intelligence agencies in order to disrupt plots. ...

Mr Wainwright disclosed that the security agencies are "urgently scrutinising" links between migrant smuggling gangs and the Paris terrorist cell.

"We all have seen in the media the reports of possible connections with, for example, a stolen Syrian passport. What this indicates, perhaps, is connection with the migration crisis, or illegal rings of people smugglers. It is too early for us to confirm this link exists, but Europol is prioritising its focus on trying to determine that at this moment."
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The real refugee problem? Bigotry
Douglas Murray
Jewish Chronicle, 20 November 2015

When the European migration crisis reached its latest peak earlier this year, a Jewish friend said to me: "This will come round to hurt the Jews - you'll see." ... ...

How, then, could a migration of millions of Muslim men (in the main) from not only the Middle East but sub-Saharan Africa, have any negative effect on Jews? The first aspect is obvious: among those populations there will be many who bring the hatreds and suspicions of Jews that are inculcated in their homelands and faith. ...

Yet another theme has bubbled up which it genuinely shocks me to discover. For many Jewish groups and Jewish leaders have been taking a conspicuous lead in welcoming refugees. ...

During an episode of Question Time last month, the historian Simon Schama made a somewhat haughty and personal attack on my Spectator colleague Rod Liddle. Specifically, he chided Rod (who was urging wariness of letting into the country anybody who wants to come here) for allegedly turning his "suburban face" away from the troubles of the world. This was a little rich, and I said in print that it is all very well for Professor Schama to swan into Britain and tell us to take millions of migrants because he can always head back to his well-off (and distinctly white) neighbourhood in the US. ...

And another theme started to come up which I never thought I'd hear in my lifetime: "Ah - the rootless, cosmopolitan Jew." Searching online I find that this is indeed becoming a theme. A video watched hundreds of thousands of times on YouTube excerpts an interview with a Jewish academic in Sweden who explains that Europe "has not yet learned how to be multicultural."

She goes on: "Europe is not going to be the monolithic societies that they he last century. Jews are going to be at the centre of that. It's a huge transformation for Europe to make. They are now going into a multicultural mode, and Jews will be resented because of our leading role."

This remains a minority opinion for now. But here comes the bigger problem. Only seven per cent of Britons surveyed in a recent poll said they wanted immigration into Britain to increase. It is impossible to say what direction Europe is going to go in the near future, and we are all going to have to be on our guard and spend time countering bigotries and hatreds that could spill out in any direction. But the open-heartedness of so many Jews must also be countered by more vocal and visible even-headedness. In particular, this constitutes a careful warning that it could yet be a problem for European Jews if their leaders and visible figures get ahead of (and are seen to be the progenitors of) a mass movement of peoples that looks likely in the near future to go unimaginably sour, thus bearing out my pessimistic Jewish friend's worst fears.
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France's civil war – and the struggle facing Europe
Douglas Murray
The Spectator, 21 November 2015

In the wake of the massacre in Paris, President François Hollande said that France was 'at war' – and that it must be fought both inside his country and outside in the Middle East. As the French air force began dropping bombs on Raqqa in Syria, another operation was under way in towns and cities across France: 168 raids in two days. A battle on two fronts has begun.

Chartres cathedral is one of the great monuments of western civilisation, but Chartres was also home to one of the Bataclan theatre suicide bombers. A man from the same area died last summer in Syria, fighting for Isis. In Lyon, the raids turned up a rocket launcher. ...

That the French police know where to look is heartening. That there are so many places to look is not. Long before this week's slaughter, the French have known that large parts of France are effectively not French.

Ten years ago, when the banlieues lit up and more than 9,000 cars were burnt, the world paid some attention. But it soon sank back into denial. Statesman talk of the danger of 'ungoverned spaces' in the Middle East and Africa. But the ungoverned spaces in France and in other parts of Europe were largely ignored.

Earlier this year an American counter-terrorism expert appeared on Fox News and claimed that major cities in European countries, including Britain and France, had 'no-go' zones where non-Muslims and the police simply did not go. He was widely ridiculed and even disparaged by the Prime Minister himself. The Socialist party's mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, went further and said she would sue Steven Emerson and Fox News for harming the 'image' of her city. Coming, as this did, only days after the Kouachi brothers gunned down 12 people in Charlie Hebdo's offices and another gunman slaughtered four Jews in a kosher food market, one might have thought that Paris had other 'image' problems going on. But the backlash was striking. Mainly because it looked like what psychiatrists call displacement activity.

Perhaps the murder of cartoonists and Jews just wasn't enough, and it was always going to take the simultaneous mass murder of concert-goers, football fans and people eating in restaurants to help the world wake up. In any case, it's now undeniable that there are no-go zones both in France and Europe.
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The 12 people and ideas that ruined Molenbeek
Ryan Heath, 19 November 2015

One metro stop away from the center of Brussels and several minutes from the headquarters of the European Union, Molenbeek ...

Now it's known as "Europe's Terror Capital" – shorthand for the policy and police failures that enabled a string of terrorist attacks, including Friday's killing spree in Paris.

Here are the people and ideas that got the district to this point: ...

Philippe Moureaux

He was the mayor of Molenbeek for 18 years until October 2012, the period during which radicals took root. But he claims "I have nothing to do with it." Few with knowledge of the district agree. As a newly elected mayor in 1993, Moureaux said: "We are totally incapable of integrating a new wave of immigration." Critics say he changed his tune when he realized how many votes he could court from immigrants, and subsequently became a staunch supporter of voting rights and citizenship for new arrivals. The backflip was so pronounced that Molenbeek recorded the greatest population increase in Belgium – 30 percent over 15 years of Moureaux's mayoralty. "For twenty years, a kind of omerta reigned," a senator from the opposing MR party, Alain Destexhe, wrote in La Libre Belgique this week. The result: the district turned into an "retreat base for jihadists," in the words of Georges Dallemagne, a center-right lawmaker in the Belgian parliament. ...

Belgian-government sponsored Salafist preachers

The Belgian government came to have a close relationship with Saudi salafists via a freak department store fire in 1967 that killed 323 people while the Saudi king was visiting Belgium. His offer of financial assistance to the victims and their families was repaid with the gift of a building opposite today's EU diplomatic service that became Belgium's first mosque and Islamic Cultural Centre (ICC) in 1969. The Belgian state formalized its relationship with the ICC, long regarded as the official voice of Muslims in Belgium, and encouraged the arrival of both more Muslim migrant workers and clerics. In contrast to most countries, Belgium's preachers are mostly born or trained outside the country. The ICC encouraged clerics from the 1980s onwards to shift to fundamentalist Salafist teachings, including the placement of over 600 salafist teachers into schools. Pointing at Molenbeek, the MP Georges Dallemagne said: "The very strong influence of Salafists ... is one of the particularities that puts Belgium at the center of terrorism in Europe today." ...

Jan Jambon

The Belgian interior minister bluntly admitted ahead of the attacks that Molenbeek was full of problems. And then on Saturday, he said: "We don't have control of the situation in Molenbeek." ...

The Schengen Zone

The EU's ease of travel is a major facilitator of the 82,154 illegal weapons court cases brought before courts in Belgium between 2009 and 2013. That's around one case for every 100 adults in Belgium. According to the Flemish Peace Institute, which studies radicalism, "An important source for illegal firearms in Europe is cross-border smuggling. European integration, creating the Schengen area, has facilitated these smuggling practices: as soon as a firearm enters the EU it can easily circulate."
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Brits want to end EU migrants' rights to come the UK, says poll
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 18 November 2015

More than three-quarters of voters want EU migrants' automatic right to come to Britain scrapped, an opinion poll showed last night.

Research showed that 76 per cent of people quizzed would like an Australian-style points system at our borders, restricting entry to highly-skilled workers. More than half of voters also want annual net migration from the EU limited to a maximum of 10,000.

The Survation poll of 5,000 people, for campaign group Leave.EU, is another blow to David Cameron's hopes of negotiating a deal from Brussels that will be endorsed by his in-out EU referendum. It confirms his attempt to curb numbers by restricting access to benefits falls far short of the tighter border controls the public wants. ...

Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond yesterday admitted that the Government had shied away from pressing for curbs on EU free movement.

He told the Commons EU Scrutiny Committee: "We've accepted that the freedom of movement is a core principle of the EU and we will not be able to negotiate change."
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POLL: UK Public Wants Immigration BELOW 50,000 A Year, Fewer Than 10 Per Cent Of Current Numbers
Raheem Kassam
Breitbart, 18 November 2015

The British public wants immigration slashed to below 50,000 entrants per year according to a new poll by Survation. The data reveals that a whopping 76 per cent of people believe that Britain's immigration figures should be below 50,000 a year compared with the current status – more than 600,000 people a year.

Asked if the UK should limit the number of people coming to the UK from the European Union by introducing an Australian points based immigration system, 76 per cent agreed – the same number as want to reduce migration to below 50,000. Just 15 per cent of people said they would continue with Britain's open borders to Europe.

And of those who wanted migration heavily reduced, 10 per cent of those polled said they want no immigration to the UK whatsoever, with 41 per cent of people backing a "fewer than 10,000 a year" approach, and a further 25 per cent said they wanted the number between 10,000 and 50,000.

The news will come as a blow to Prime Minister David Cameron who has failed to include a restriction to the number of people coming to Britain in his European Union membership 'renegotiation' plan.
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The Syrian passports to terror: EIGHT migrants have got into Europe with same papers as those found on stadium suicide bomber
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 18 November 2015

The full scale of the trade in false passports that allows terrorists to slip into Europe was exposed last night.

It lets Islamic State fanatics who are bent on murder pose as refugees fleeing war and persecution.

Eight migrants have reached Europe using documents almost identical to those carried by one of the Paris suicide bombers.

He claimed asylum on the Greek island of Leros last month with a fake Syrian passport in the name of 25-year-old Ahmad Almohammad.

In a shocking indictment of the EU's porous borders, yesterday Serbian police revealed they had arrested a man carrying a Syrian passport which was almost a carbon copy of the one found on the IS bomber's corpse on Friday.

It had the same name, date of birth and place of birth. The only difference was the photograph. Serbian officials said as many as six other men this year had entered the EU with virtually identical passports.

The discovery has heightened fears that all the documents are fakes made by the same forger in the Middle East to dupe authorities into believing the holders are asylum seekers. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, the chairman of campaign group Migrationwatch, said: 'This underlines the extent to which the southern borders of the EU is now wide open to fraud. It will take a huge operation to recover any controls worth the name. Meanwhile, the security risks of people carrying bogus passports around Europe speaks for itself.' ...

In another indication of the lack of passport controls, the EU border agency Frontex revealed it does not have the equipment to assess the authenticity of identification documents of every migrant landing in Greece.
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Paris attack: Why Belgium is at the heart of a destructive wave of terror in Europe
Leo Cendrowicz
The Independent, 17 November 2015

After the Paris attacks, police quickly traced the terrorists to Brussels, raiding addresses in the Molenbeek district and arresting seven suspects.


Why is Belgium at the heart of Europe's most destructive wave of terrorism in a generation? There is no single explanation, but rather a number of ingredients, from post-war immigration from north Africa, hate preachers, ghettos, poverty, and marginalision. There is also a belated realisation by the Belgian authorities that complacency towards extremism has allowed the pernicious Islamic influences to fester. ...

... Intelligence officials say that Syria – in particular, the ultra-violent ideology of Isis – represents a paradigm shift from seeking a regional caliphate to global Jihad. ...

Almost all the trails linking Belgium to terrorism find their way to Molenbeek, the deprived Brussels commune. Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel, who has promised a crackdown on extremism in the country, says there is a "huge problem" in Molenbeek, and has suggested closing some of the commune's 22 mosques.
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Western leaders refuse to face up to ISIS threat
Lloyd Levy
San Diego Jewish World, 17 November 2015

The current situation in Europe has many similarities with the appeasement of Hitler leading up to the Second World War. Then our "leaders" refused to believe that Hitler was a serious treat, and because they didn't act in a timely manner, tens of millions died, including virtually all of European Jewry. The same is happening with jihadism. Our politicians are paralyzed, and incredibly the only leaders with any nerve appear to be Putin and Viktor Orban of Hungary. They at least are standing up for their own people and traditions.

Jihadist terrorism is not new, and the attack in Paris is on a par with those that go on continually around the world. In the last week or so, we have seen a Russian jet blown up, and many killed by suicide bombers in Lebanon and Turkey. The jihadist bombings began 20 years ago, with shocking attacks in East Africa. There was 9/11 which was 14 years ago, and great loss of life in the British Tube and bus bombings in 2005. That's ten years ago, and we still face the problem magnified many times over. The Paris attack will change nothing.

The Establishment remains in denial, and simply wont face up to the situation. France blames Belgium and Syria, refusing to face the reality of problems within their own population. ...

The probability of terrorists coming in as migrants is a real concern. It is estimated that Germany will have over one million refugees this year, and even if one percent are terrorists, that is 10,000 jihadists. Look at the damage 8 terrorists did in Paris, what havoc could 10,000 do? ... ...

So where does this leave the Jews? In a no win situation! If the mass immigration continues, life will become unbearable for Jews in Europe. Already Jews in France and Sweden have a life of continual harassment and fear of the immigrants. On the other hand, if the native European populations awaken to their predicament, the Jews will undoubtedly get caught in the backlash along with the Muslims.
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Paris bomber sneaked into Europe posing as a refugee in Greece because EVERY arrival is given travel papers, officials admit in shocking expose of open-borders policy
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 16 November 2015

The deadly suicide bomb suspect who sneaked into Europe posing as a Syrian refugee was not stopped on a Greek island because every arrival is given travel papers to continue their journey, officials admitted last night.

Documents show how the man was arrested on Leros after being saved from a sinking raft filled with migrants, but was let go and given a permit allowing him to get a ferry to mainland Europe.

The shocking ease with which potential terrorists are able to travel across Europe has sparked a renewed debate about the European Union's open borders policy.

The suspected suicide bomber reached Greece after crossing the Aegean from Turkey on a raft with 198 others.

The 25-year-old claimed asylum using a suspected fake passport in the name of Ahmad Almohammad.

He was arrested but released and given papers so he could travel to Athens because officers believed he was a genuine refugee.

He was then able to travel through the Balkans, passing through checkpoints in Serbia and Croatia, before heading for Northern Europe.

Greece identified him after the passport he used was found near the body of one of the gang near the Stade de France attack site.

The French have not confirmed the refugee connection but Greece's migration minister, Yannis Mouzalas, last night said 'Almohammad' was presumed to be a terrorist.

More than 500 people are landing on a daily basis on Leros, which is just seven miles from Turkey.

But officials have told the Mail the handing out of travel documents means 'every one' is able to pass on to Athens regardless of whether they are a genuine refugee. ...

Last night the mayor of Leros warned the whole of Europe should be fearful about the possibility of more atrocities being conducted by jihadists entering the continent among the crowds of migrants.

Mihalis Kolias told the Mail: 'It's more than dangerous for all of Europe. So many people are passing through our island and now we know amongst them are terrorists. This is a big problem for Europe. We must have more security.

'Most people say "I've lost my papers, I'm from Syria", but nobody knows if they are telling the truth.'

Each week thousands of refugees land on neighbouring Farmakonisi before they are picked up by the Greek coastguard and taken to the largest town on Leros, Lakki.

Humanitarian aid workers and island officials last night confirmed every arrival was given documents permitting onward travel no matter what their circumstances.

When asked how many of the migrants coming to the island are issued the papers, Mr Kolias said: 'Everyone.'

He said people believed to be from Syria are given documents allowing them to travel through Greece for six months, while others who would not be expected to get asylum if they applied, get papers for 30 days.
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Mindless terrorists? The truth about Isis is much worse
Scott Atran
The Guardian, 16 November 2015

The greater the reaction against Muslims in Europe and the deeper the west becomes involved in military action in the Middle East, the happier Isis leaders will be. Because this is about the organisation's key strategy: finding, creating and managing chaos.

There is a playbook, a manifesto: The Management of Savagery/Chaos, a tract written more than a decade ago under the name Abu Bakr Naji, for the Mesopotamian wing of al-Qaida that would become Isis. Think of the horror of Paris and then consider these, its principal axioms.

Hit soft targets. "Diversify and widen the vexation strikes against the crusader-Zionist enemy in every place in the Islamic world, and even outside of it if possible, so as to disperse the efforts of the alliance of the enemy and thus drain it to the greatest extent possible."

Strike when potential victims have their guard down. Sow fear in general populations, damage economies. "If a tourist resort that the crusaders patronise ... is hit, all of the tourist resorts in all of the states of the world will have to be secured by the work of additional forces, which are double the ordinary amount, and a huge increase in spending." ....

There is a recruitment framework. The Grey Zone, a 10-page editorial in Isis's online magazine Dabiq in early 2015, describes the twilight area occupied by most Muslims between good and evil, the caliphate and the infidel, which the "blessed operations of September 11" brought into relief. Quoting Bin Laden it said: "The world today is divided. Bush spoke the truth when he said, 'Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists', with the actual 'terrorist' being the western crusaders." Now, it said, "the time had come for another event to ... bring division to the world and destroy the grey zone". The attacks in Paris were the latest instalment of this strategy, targeting Europe, as did the recent attacks in Turkey. There will be more, much more, to come.

With that in mind, it is critical that we understand what is really going on.

Radical Arab Sunni revivalism, which Isis now spearheads, is a dynamic, revolutionary countercultural movement of world historic proportions, with the largest and most diverse volunteer fighting force since the second world war. In less than two years, it has created a dominion over hundreds of thousands of square kilometres and millions of people. ...

Simply treating Isis as a form of "terrorism" or "violent extremism" masks the menace. Merely dismissing it as "nihilistic" reflects a wilful and dangerous avoidance of trying to comprehend, and deal with, its profoundly alluring moral mission to change and save the world. ...

Isis is reaching out to fill the void wherever a state of "chaos" or "savagery" (at-tawahoush) exists, as in central Asia and Africa. And where there is insufficient chaos in the lands of the infidel, called "The House of War", it seeks to create it, as in Europe. ...

As I testified to the US Senate armed service committee and before the United Nations security council: what inspires the most uncompromisingly lethal actors in the world today is not so much the Qur'an or religious teachings. It's a thrilling cause that promises glory and esteem. ... ...

The first step to combating Isis is to understand it. We have yet to do so. That failure costs us dear.
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How many more people have to die before we stop appeasing Islamists? Why aren't we standing up to the enemy within?
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2015

There are respects in which France's plight is worse than Britain's. It has many more Muslims – its second city, Marseille, now has a Muslim majority – and they are perhaps more ghettoised than ours. ...

But the similarities are much greater than the differences, and there is no solid reason why attacks just as terrible as those in Paris will not take place in London (or Manchester or Birmingham).

This is because of the implacable enmity of Islamism. It is a highly political version of Islam which cleverly mixes the modern blogosphere world of grievance and conspiracy theory with the sanctity of ancient texts ill-understood but passionately invoked. It has some advocates who are not themselves personally violent, but its entire idea is a violent one.

Essentially, Islamism is a doctrine which provides a reason to hate and kill everyone who does not subscribe to it. Start with the people in the front line of your malice – Jews, Christians in the Arab world, the professional soldiers of infidel countries.

Progress to those who transgress your morality – "loose" women who do not cover their faces, homosexuals, people who drink alcohol, people who dance and sing. And then end up with anyone – everyone – who does not submit to the will of Allah, as interpreted by your pop-up theologians. Isil is the apotheosis of this: a would-be state based upon the annihilation of all diversity. The most beastly atrocities are, in its collective mind, the best proof of its purity.

It would be harder to imagine a clearer foe, yet we still have difficulty making policy in the light of the threat. After seven years in the White House, President Obama still cannot bear so much as to mention its religious aspect. He sees it all as a distressing misunderstanding arising from colonial wrongs and the fact that George Bush was President before him.

The whole of the West led – or rather, not led – by Mr Obama has failed to confront the effect of the civil war in Syria. It has therefore allowed Isil both physical and ideological space.

In Britain, Members of Parliament, including almost as many Tory as Labour ones, continue to think that by refusing to authorise intervention in Syria, we can avoid trouble. Such people may claim their view is reinforced by what happened in Paris: if we have nothing to do with the Middle East, its fanatics will leave us alone. ... ...

What brings it all home, literally, is immigration. Even if it is true, as it probably is, that the great majority of Muslims are as peace-loving and decent as any other group of people, you have the simple problem of numbers. If a million Muslims, thanks to Angela Merkel, are reaching Germany this year, and even if only one per cent of them subscribe to the doctrines of Isil, that still means 10,000 people dedicated to killing their hosts and assailing the society that accommodates them.

And such is the power of Islamist grievance culture and their infiltration of social media, charities, community groups, mosques and public-policy forums, that one per cent would be a very conservative estimate. The grim fact is that we have within our midst thousands on people whose lives are devoted to doing our society harm and tens of thousands more who are susceptible to the lies they tell. Yet still our policies magnify their voices and swell their numbers.
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Eurocrats are in tragic denial about the Paris attacks
Dan Hannan
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2015

One by one, the EU governments are doing what their peoples demand and reimposing border controls. The migrant quota system that Mr Juncker decreed a couple of months back is already falling to pieces.

"In the face of the tragic acts in Paris, we do not see the political possibilities to implement it," says Poland's incoming Europe minister, Konrad Szymanski. Konrad happens to be an old friend of mine, and is as sincere and plain-dealing a man as you'll meet. Many of his EU counterparts have decided quietly to drop the idiotic quota plan, imposed on them following a majority vote. But Konrad, with his characteristic honesty, has announced it.

And here's the odd thing. There is no clamour of media disapproval this time, no condemnations from other European capitals. It seems an age ago that Hungary was treated as a pariah for taking the line that Poland is now taking.

Not only Poland. Most European states are doing the same. Even goody-goody Sweden has "temporarily" reintroduced border checks /.../

The European project is collapsing before us. Everyone can see it – except, tragically, the Eurocrats, who are determined to keep integration going at any cost. Tellingly, the declared aim of the recent emergency summit on migration was "Saving Schengen". Not saving refugees. Not saving lives. Saving Schengen. ...

And what of Britain? My guess is that the migration crisis, tinged now by its association with the Paris tragedy, will convince many waverers to vote to leave the EU. I write this as someone who has never been especially exercised by the immigration issue. I continue to believe – though I accept that public opinion is moving against me – that there are benefits in regulated, legal inward migration.

Still, consider what is happening across the Channel. A migratory movement without precedent is under way, overwhelming border checks and effacing any pretence at legality. We know that many of the migrants speak English, have connections here, and want to come to the UK: that is why so many of them are encamped outside Calais. We know, too, that they will eventually be given EU passports, and with them the right to settle here. The question we face is whether to hang around while all this happens.

To repeat, I have never seen immigration as the reason to leave the EU. My Euroscepticism is economic, democratic and internationalist. Still, there is an element of fairness at stake here. We agreed to open our borders to the EU. The EU has now clearly opened its borders to the entire world. That was never the deal.
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How many migrants can Sweden stomach?
Mikala Sorenson
Global Risk Insights, 16 November 2015

Sweden, following Germany and Hungary, is a rather popular destination for several reasons. The three main reasons are first that it already has a large foreign-born population (16%), which attracts refugees and migrants hoping to find friends and family already settled there.

Secondly, a very high proportion of asylum seekers' applications are accepted – the figure currently is 77% against a European average of 43%. Finally, on a political, official level, Sweden welcomes refugees and cultivates a humanist image. This is known among smugglers and asylum seekers alike; in the information age, news travel fast. ...

The current prognosis for arrivals this year is 190,000 persons – of which around 40,000 are unaccompanied children. In Denmark, applications for asylum from unaccompanied children have diminished recently, probably because they are subject to testing by means of x-raying teeth and bones to verify their age.

Between October 2013 and October 2014, 215 out of 300 tested "children" turned out to be adults. In Sweden, on the contrary, virtually all unaccompanied children are granted asylum and testing is out of the question due to its invasive nature. As a consequence, Sweden receives the highest number of unaccompanied minors among European countries. ...

At present, refugees and migrants arriving to Sweden have reached a level that has spurred border controls. As of last week, the checkpoints are not tasked with turning back refugees, rather they are offered a choice: apply for asylum or turn back. ...

Leading up to imposition of border controls, 9,200 people were arriving weekly. ...

In addition, it bears mentioning that for each accepted asylum seeker, another is added on average due to family reunification. ...

The medium- to long term consequences of this is likely to be a much less equal Sweden with a larger, poor underclass. The fact is that few migrants and refugees arriving and settling have a higher education. ...

Among non-western immigrants, only 52% have a job, and immigrants account for nearly 60% of total, Swedish welfare benefits. ...

... Integration has not been particularly successful so far, heightening the risk of creating an underclass for whom prospects are discouraging. The task ahead is Sisyphean, and decision makers largely clueless.
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France is fighting unwinnable war against terror
Peter Foster
Sunday Telegraph, 15 November 2015

France is fighting an unwinnable war against the rising threat of Islamic terrorism, leading French terror experts warned last night.

Disaffected Muslim populations at home, unpoliced European borders and battle-hardened fighters now flowing in from Syria and Iraq were creating a perfect storm of terror that is now in danger of defeating the French security services.

France is estimated to have 2,000 citizens involved in Syrian and Iraq jihadi networks and a further 3,800 individuals known to domestic intelligence services as "radicalised", all watched over by just 3,200 intelligence officers.

"The services are overwhelmed," said Jean-Charles Brisard, head of the Paris-based Centre for the Analysis of Terrorism, "when you consider it takes 25 officers to provide round-the-clock surveillance on one individual, you can see the difficulty."

Europe's open border policy allowing weapons and terrorists to flow freely into France - with at least two of the Friday night attackers coming in from Belgium - means that there are now real fears that it is almost impossible for the intelligence services to keep track of the jihadi threat.

The refusal of Brussels to tighten the Schengen border rules, or begin a Passenger Name Record (PNR) system – an idea first mooted after the 2004 train bombings in Madrid – has left countries like France even more open to attack, Mr Brisard added.

"The French security service has all the resources and technology you would expect, but Europe has been unable to provide governments with the tools they have been asking for more than a decade now," he said. ...

"This attack marked a step-change even from the Charlie Hebdo attacks and, if the use of foreign passports is confirmed it highlights the risks from 800,000 refugees fleeing into Europe from countries like Syria and Iraq," said Camille Grand, Director of the Foundation for Strategic Research, another leading French terror expert.
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Angela Merkel's future under scrutiny for the first time as German asylum process criticised
Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2015

Angela Merkel's political future is being questioned for the first time in Germany as divisions continue to grow in her government over her "open-door" refugee policy. ...

While ministers argue, civil servants at the federal office for migration and refugees have published an open letter warning of serious flaws in procedures.

Asylum-seekers are being accepted as Syrians without being asked for any proof of their nationality, they warned.

Those claiming to be Syrian do not need to show passports, according to the letter. The only checking of their identity is carried out by freelance translators who often have little or no experience of Syrian dialects or accents, and are not accountable for any mistakes.

A "large proportion" of asylum-seekers were giving false identities in order to stay in Germany, the letter warned.

"The discontinuation of identity checks has also facilitated infiltration by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists into Europe," it claimed.
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Paris terror attacks: Europe must confront failed integration
Douglas Murray
Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2015

The body-count in Paris currently stands at 128, with another 100 severely wounded. But it is a mark of twenty-first century Europe that none of this is surprising. ...

The truth is that France, like the rest of our continent, has effectively been inhabiting two realities. On the one hand there is the politically correct, politically acceptable discussion which says that terrorism and "radicalisation" must be confronted at home and abroad.

More eager to tackle it abroad than at home, the French authorities - like the British government - pretend to be working on 'integration' within their own country. In fact, in France - even less than in Britain - such a thing barely occurs.

And it is not only Muslim migrants who notice this. Even before this year's wave of terror, 74 per cent of the French public said that Islam itself was "incompatible" with the values of French society.

These people know that the actual terrorism is committed by a small segment of the Islamic community. But they also know that too many people urge on that small segment or think it is in some way justifiable.

It only took two gunmen to shoot up the offices of Charlie Hebdo in January and another solitary gunman to attack a Jewish foodstore.

But the French public knew what their political leaders and media try to pretend away - which is that behind those few people were a large number of French Muslim citizens, and more recent arrivals, who thought the cartoonists and the Jews had it coming to them.

Yet all the time – and even after the terrorist attacks in Paris in January – President Hollande, like Chancellor Merkel, pretends that the main problem is nativist bigotry. And of course while talking about an abstract 'radicalism' which might afflict anyone at any time, Hollande and Merkel have poured fuel onto Europe's fire by arguing for an effectively borderless continent.

Where are those mass immigration advocates this morning? Where are the people who pretend that an immigrant from a Muslim background and an immigrant of Christian background are equally likely to integrate into France?

Did it need this to remind us that the reality is different from our multicultural fantasy? Or will it take another attack like this to remind people that an effectively borderless continent with free internal movement was always a security disaster waiting to happen?

After the Charlie Hebdo attacks in January Paris briefly halted to hold a pointless protest of solidarity with pencils held in the air. World leaders solemnly linked arms and marched through the streets. ...

In the days ahead doubtless we will have more "defiant" gestures. ...

But the only solidarity which matters – doing what is needed to keep our continent secure – will continue to evade the politicians.
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Will politicians finally admit that the Paris attacks had something to do with Islam?
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 14 November 2015

The West's movement towards the truth is remarkably slow. We drag ourselves towards it painfully, inch by inch, after each bloody Islamist assault.

In France, Britain, Germany, America and nearly every other country in the world it remains government policy to say that any and all attacks carried out in the name of Mohammed have 'nothing to do with Islam'. It was said by George W. Bush after 9/11, Tony Blair after 7/7 and Tony Abbott after the Sydney attack last month. It is what David Cameron said after two British extremists cut off the head of Drummer Lee Rigby in London, when 'Jihadi John' cut off the head of aid worker Alan Henning in the 'Islamic State' and when Islamic extremists attacked a Kenyan mall, separated the Muslims from the Christians and shot the latter in the head. It was what President François Hollande said after the massacre of journalists and Jews in Paris in January. And it is all that most politicians will be able to come out with again after the latest atrocities in Paris.

All these leaders are wrong. In private, they and their senior advisers often concede that they are telling a lie. ... ...

... To claim that people who punish people by killing them for blaspheming Islam while shouting 'Allah is greatest' has 'nothing to do with Islam' is madness. Because the violence of the Islamists is, truthfully, only to do with Islam: the worst version of Islam, certainly, but Islam nonetheless.
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Torn apart by an open door for migrants: Sweden is seen as Europe's most liberal nation, but violent crime is soaring and the Far Right is on the march
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 14 November 2015

In 15 years' time, demographers say, indigenous Swedes will be in a minority because the men who arrive are allowed to send home for wives and children, who in turn will have their own children.

The Swedish economist Tino Sanandaji, who himself has an Iranian-Kurdish background, recently described what's happening in Sweden as 'quite disastrous'. ... ...

This week, the Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven admitted that his country faced a crisis. On Thursday, it reinstated border controls, carrying out identity checks on passengers travelling by train across the strait from Denmark, and those arriving at ferry terminals in the south, to 'maintain public order'.

Concerns are growing over security, amid fears Sweden could pay a terrible price for its indiscriminate welcome of people whose identities and backgrounds have not been adequately checked. ...

... In what many view as an act of rank hypocrisy, this week the government even asked other EU countries with tougher border controls to take migrants off their hands.

Neighbouring Denmark refused. As its Immigration Minister Inger Stojberg bluntly explained: 'The Swedes put themselves in this situation. They have pursued a very lenient immigration policy for years and they are to blame for the swamp they are in.'

It was back in 1975 that the Swedish parliament decided that the country should become multicultural. ...

A new ultra-liberal immigration policy was pursued enthusiastically by the ruling Left-wing Social Democrats for the next four decades. Sweden seized the moral high-ground in Europe by offering shelter to anyone in the world. Those who criticised the radical plan were shouted down as racist, as Sweden became the EU's citadel of political correctness.

But today Sweden faces uncomfortable questions about the kind of society it wants, or can afford, to be. At 16 per cent, the foreign-born proportion of its population is already higher than that of not only Germany and Great Britain, but also the U.S. ...

Of course, migrants cannot be blamed for all the ills befalling Sweden – far less, every crime. Yet this is undeniably a society under strain. Since 1975, violent crime and rapes, including gang rapes, have risen to an extraordinary high level (in politically correct Sweden official statistics do not give the ethnic background of attackers.) ...

... A particular problem for the authorities is coping with the thousands of unaccompanied children who are turning up. It costs £80,000 a year to house, educate and feed each under-age migrant – and so far this year, 33,000 have arrived. ...

The fact is that many of the so-called child migrants heading for Sweden are in fact adults, cynically pretending to be under 18 to get their asylum cases fast-tracked. ...

The authorities refuse to do tests to determine their age, calling them invasive and an abuse of human rights, so they have no way of knowing who is an adult and who is not. In neighbouring Denmark, where the approach is tougher, they have found that 72 per cent of 'child refugees' are in fact adults. In Finland and Norway, the figure is 66 per cent.
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Why won't we call this Islamist terrorism?
Victor Davis Hanson
Politico, 14 November 2015
[Victor Davis Hanson is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University]

President Obama summed up the jihadist killing in Paris as "an attack not just on Paris." But rather, he assured us, "This is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values we share."

But is that assumption true?

Certainly, the president seems as unable to utter the targeted "West" and "Western" as he is the targeter "radical Islam" or "jihadist."

Were the suicide bombers and the AK-47 shooters who slaughtered the innocent in Paris seeking to destroy the ideology of communist China?

Was their deadly message aimed at the protocols of Cuba, North Korea, or Venezuela? The Islamist terrorists – how careful were the president and the American news media to use the generic "they" and the non-specific "the terrorists" – did not seem too concerned with "all of humanity." ... ...

Instead, radical Muslims and jihadists abroad overwhelmingly focus on Westerners. In the Middle East, when they don't find them so ubiquitously any more, they kill and torture other religious and tribal groups who do not adhere to their particular brand of fundamentalist Sunni or Shiite Islam.

At home, the agendas of the tea party, Occupy Wall Street, anti-abortionists, Black Lives Matter, radical feminists, Christian fundamentalists and revolutionary atheists do not manifest themselves in blowing up restaurants and massacring innocents. Abroad, Christian crusaders are not desecrating mosques. Kurdish militias are not beheading civilians on videos. Jewish "militants" are not cutting off hands in religious courts, and Sufi clerics are not blowing up UN world heritage sites.

To the degree the Paris killers seek existential resonance, they are clearly attacking the expressions and manifestations of quite singular Western values of consensual government, human rights, equality of the sexes, freedom of expression and religion, and the bounty that follows from free market economics and the sanctions of private property. They hate not humanity so much as they do the West – and for an apparent variety of reasons that transcend the usual boilerplate of supporting Israel, buying oil from plutocratic sheiks and thuggish theocrats, or occasionally bombing or droning an unhinged terrorist or dictator. ...

The more the West welcomes in migrants from the Middle East who break immigration laws and issue demands on their hosts upon arrival, the more radical Muslims see such hospitality as weakness to be despised rather than as magnanimity to be appreciated. ... ...

ISIL will assume that after the Paris attack, European and American leaders will, in time, remind Westerners of the dangers of right-wing nativists and xenophobes and "overreaction." They will focus on the need to condemn abstract terrorism and extremism, and the need to reach out and embrace our common humanity.
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How Can Anyone Be Shocked?
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 14 November 2015

One of the most surprising aspects of the terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday night is how "deeply shocked" members of the European political establishment appeared to be.

... French President François Hollande confirmed that Islamic State terrorists perpetrated the attacks, carried out with suicide bombings, hand grenades and assault rifles. ... Although the writing has literally been on the wall in blood for the past decade and a half, the West, especially Europe, continues to be taken aback every time a new terror attack occurs, as if each one were the first.

After 9/11 in the United States; the 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed nearly 200 and wounded 2000, and the 2005 attacks on London's transit system where 56 people were killed and 700 wounded, world leaders have no conceivable excuse left to be shocked and surprised at mass terrorism occurring in the midst of Western capitals.

As recently as a month ago, Andrew Parker, director-general of Britain's MI5, said that the terror threat to the UK was at its highest level in more than three decades and "growing." British police and intelligence agencies have intervened to foil six terrorist plots in the past year alone. ...

... Recently, the Welt Am Sonntag newspaper cited intelligence warnings that "the integration of hundreds of thousands of illegal migrants Germany is no longer possible in light of the number and already existing parallel societies." "Parallel societies" refers to Muslim communities that have little or no contact with the rest of the society in their host countries. According to an intelligence document obtained by Welt am Sonntag, "We are importing Islamic extremism, Arab anti-Semitism, national and ethnic conflicts of other peoples, as well as a different understanding of society and law." Most ominously, however, the intelligence document went on to say that "German security agencies ... will not be in the position to solve these imported security problems and thereby the reactions arising from Germany's population."

Already in February, it was reported /.../ that ISIS threatened Europe with an influx of 500,000 migrants, which would include ISIS operatives hiding among them, to create chaos on the continent.

Astoundingly, European leaders nevertheless allowed the current wave of migrants to flood into their countries. Many of these migrants hide underground, often in the suburbs with these "parallel societies;" with European authorities unable to account for their whereabouts.

In September, a Syrian ISIS smuggler told the British daily, The Express, that more than 4,000 covert ISIS gunmen had been smuggled into Western nations, and were "ready" across the European Union. ...

In September, Lebanon's education minister, Elias Bou Saab, estimated that thousands of ISIS "radicals" were among the 1.1 million Syrians currently in refugee camps. He predicted that one in 50 migrants are members of the terror organization. ...

The terrorist attacks in Paris are the direct and deplorable result of political cowardice and inertia. ...

In the face of the Islamic terrorism that the West has been experiencing for more than a decade, the current generation of European political leaders has exhibited an irresponsibility and lack of leadership that is almost infantile by allowing unchecked Muslim immigration into Europe, with its free, open borders.
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Germany: 81,840 Invaders Vanish Each Month
The New Observer, 13 November 2015

More than 81,840 of all the nonwhite invaders who officially enter Germany every month vanish without trace, the government has formally admitted.

This figure is based only on those invaders who enter the country and are registered, and does not factor in those who avoid the system completely.

According to Heiko Werner, a manager in the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, BAMF), a third of all "refugees" move off from "arrival centers" even before they can be assigned to an "asylum" center.

"We cannot force anyone to stay," Werner told the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper, adding that only the Federal police have the right to force the invaders to go anywhere. As a result, those who wish, can just leave without telling the authorities.

According to the Focus news service, there are currently some 7,000 to 8,000 "refugees" arriving in Germany every day. This official figure is most likely an underestimate, given previous admissions by the government that many are not even being registered.

Nonetheless, using these official figures, one third of 8,000 is 2,640 per day, or 81,840 per month. ...

An indication of the chaotic situation into which the state has been thrown by Angela Merkel's decision to throw open Germany's borders to the Third World, came with an admission by the central government that it does not even know the actual number of invaders who have entered what they call the "initial reception" process.
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Migration from Africa: a forgotten crisis
Marta Foresti
New Statesman, 13 November 2015
[Marta Foresti is Director of Governance, Security and Livelihoods at the Overseas Development Institute]

The most tangible outcome is a not so new - and not so big - EU aid package for Africa: €1.8bn in exchange for easier deportation of economic migrants back to Africa. With remittances to Africa dwarfing aid by a ratio of nearly three to one and €3bn recently agreed by the EU to support Turkey alone in its response to the refugee crisis, all things considered this deal is not worth much for African leaders, who left Valletta unimpressed and underwhelmed.

What the officials that struck the deal have also overlooked is that even when and if aid 'works', to reduce poverty and foster development, it is likely to lead to more, not less migration – at least from the very poorest countries.

Aid – or any form of charity for that matter – also misses a fundamental point of what drives migration. People move not only to escape war and poverty, but also to fulfil their aspirations to a better life for themselves and for their families. For this reason alone, an action plan grounded in strategy of containment and hand outs is doomed to fail.

Unsurprisingly, much of the language in the plan is weak: the document is peppered with vague and meaningless words like mainstreaming, enhancing and supporting. The commitments are generic, and where they are specific, they are spectacularly unambitious - charges to remittances to Africa will be cut down to three per cent, but only by 2030.

And yet, the claims around fighting root causes of migration, from poverty to conflict and human rights abuses, as well as the promise of job creation and economic opportunities all across Africa are dangerously unrealistic and misleading. Addressing these challenges requires political action, not summits or emergency aid. Yet political engagement was not on the cards in Valletta, whether bilaterally between European and Africa countries or through the much anticipated, but currently vacuous 'European response' to the migration crisis.

The limited financial resources and political capital that Europe can offer on migration from Africa would be better spent on more specific and realistic initiatives – such as enhancing legal migration where politically feasible through visas for a variety of migrants, not just students and entrepreneurs, temporary humanitarian visas for refugees fleeing wars and conflict and better, more reliable data, analysis and information especially on the economic benefits of migration.

Well intentioned as it may be, the Valletta Summit was a waste and the EU leaders who called for it have missed an important opportunity to take any meaningful action.
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Shocking figures reveal three out of four British jobs go to EU MIGRANTS
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 12 November 2015

Three out of four job hunters who found work in Britain in the past year were migrants from the EU, official figures reveal.

The data yesterday showed that the total number of people born in other EU countries in work in Britain has reached a record 2.1 million, up by 291,000 in 12 months.

The number of British-born people in jobs increased by just 122,000. Newcomers from Romania and Bulgaria numbered 219,000, a 30,000 increase and exceeding 200,000 for the first time.

The shocking figures reveal jobs are going to EU migrants 47 times faster than to Britons – by 19.1 per cent against just 0.4 per cent.

The total number of foreigners working in the UK has soared from 986,000 in 1997 to 3.2 million.
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EU's deep dilemmas over refugees laid bare at Malta summit
Ian Traynor
The Guardian, 12 November 2015

The faltering start in Greece to sharing refugees in Europe highlights the EU's multiple dilemmas, as leaders meet in Malta on Wednesday and Thursday for their fifth summit since June on the emergency.

The confusion, disputes and mudslinging of the past few months have opened up a fundamental question. Do they want a Europe of open or closed borders? The dilemma is embodied in the diametrically opposed policies of the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, and Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orbán.

Merkel has won international plaudits for her liberal, open-door policies. She is also under siege, however, at home from malcontents in her coalition government, in the EU because her partners are not sure what she wants, and by third countries who say they are willing to help but are also baffled by the absence of coherent policy in Berlin.

Orbán, gleefully denouncing liberals as clueless, sealing Hungary's borders with razorwire and effectively abolishing the claiming of asylum, is walking tall at home because of his hardline policies. He is also increasingly winning the quiet support of other EU leaders. ...

At a meeting with Balkan leaders two weeks ago, Merkel was repeatedly asked to clarify her policy. "Many of them did not like that they were summoned by Germany to be told what to do. But the problem is that the Germans don't know what to do," said the senior diplomat.

The signals from Berlin have been very mixed over the past week. Merkel's interior and finance ministers, both in the same party, regularly contradict her. ... ...

The confusion over policy is made worse by the increasingly risible mismatch between what EU leaders say and do. A few weeks ago they promised to send 400 police officers to Slovenia to help with the influx. Only 33 have arrived. Of the 160,000 refugees they agreed to share in September – this is now EU law – 116 have been resettled from Italy and Greece.

Months ago they also agreed to share 22,500 refugees taken directly from camps in Turkey and Lebanon. To date 132 Syrians have arrived in Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic and Italy. At every emergency meeting, ministers and leaders call for reinforcements for the EU's border agency, Frontex. They then fail to supply the staffing, funding and equipment they promised.
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Romanian and Bulgarian workers top 200,000 for first time, say official figures
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 11 November 2015

The number of Romanian and Bulgarian workers in Britain has topped 200,000 for the first time, as the overall European Union immigrant workforce reached 2.1 million for the first time, official figures have shown.

There were nearly 300,000 additional EU residents in Britain in the latest data compared with a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said.

It represented a rise of 16 per cent in a year.

Among Romanians and Bulgarians - who controversially gained full access to the British job market on January 1 last year - the figures reached 219,000, a 30,000 increase year-on-year, or 16 per cent, by birth rather than nationality.

The number of workers from the eight former Communist countries which joined the EU in 2004, including Poland, reached 982,000 between the end of July and the end of September - up 200,000 in just two years.

However, the sharpest rise was among countries from the 14 "old" EU states such as Spain, Italy and Greece, which saw an increase of just under 19 per cent year-on-year.

It amounted to 140,000 people, bringing the "old Europe" total to 881,000.
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The migrant crisis is a mere gust of the hurricane that will soon engulf Europe
William Hague
Daily Telegraph, 11 November 2015

Above all it is clear that, according to the UN, fully half of all the population increase globally in the next 35 years is expected to be in one continent: Africa. What is more, that increase will mainly be in poorer, less stable countries, alongside massive growth in numbers in the most war-torn areas of the Middle East, such as Yemen and Iraq.

The numbers that emerge are stark. The increase in Africa's population alone is set to be 1.3 billion by 2050, about two-and-a-half times the entire population of the EU today. Put another way, the number of people in Africa and western Asia is expected to increase by over 110,000 every single day for decades to come.

Such figures put into perspective a crisis caused by the arrival of several thousand migrants a day. What we have seen in recent months is only a hint of what might happen next, mere gusts of wind before the approach of a hurricane.

The implications for European countries are immense and clear. First, it is obvious that any approach signalling an open door to migration, as in the case of Germany in recent months, will rapidly prove to be unsustainable. That means it is better not to send that signal in the first place, a rare but major blunder by Angela Merkel. There need to be strict limits on migrant numbers from now on.

Second, the Schengen zone can only survive at all if there is a massive strengthening of its external borders – otherwise one country after another will close its own borders, not for a few days at a time, but permanently.

Third, Europeans will need to do much more to promote stability, save failed states and avert huge outflows of people within parts of Africa itself, as well as in the Middle East.
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Can Europe Survive This Invasion?
Pat Buchanan
Chronicles, 10 November 2015

"A modern day mass migration is taking place . . . that could change the face of Europe's civilization," warned Hungarian President Viktor Orban.

"If that happens, that is irreversible. . . . There is no way back from a multicultural Europe," said Orban. "If we make a mistake now, it will be forever."

Orban acted on his beliefs. He erected a 110-mile fence on the Serb border, redirecting hundreds of thousands of migrants away from Hungary to Croatia, thence to Austria and Germany.

Sunday, after a third of a million had passed through, Croatia replaced a center-left with a rightist party. A fortnight ago, the right-wing eurosceptic Law and Justice Party won a landslide victory in Poland.

Support for Angela Merkel, who has opened Germany to a million migrants, is plummeting. Bavaria's CSU, sister party of Merkel's CDU, is in rebellion. Bavaria has been the main port of entry for the hundreds of thousands of arriving migrants.

Europe is undergoing the greatest mass migration since World War II, when 14 million Germans were driven out of Prussia and eastern Germany and Central and Eastern Europe.

That mass migration halted after two years. But no end is in sight to the migrations from Africa and the Middle East.

As long as Europe's borders remain open, they will come. And the people who wish to come number not just in the millions but the tens and scores of millions. And they know how to get there. ...

Why should they not come? ...

Jean Raspail's The Camp of the Saints is proving more prophetic than Aldous Huxley's Brave New World or Orwell's 1984.

Considering the crises facing Europe, the question is no longer: Will the EU survive? It is Orban's question: Will European civilization survive the century? ...

The threats raised by the mass migration into Europe rise to the level of the existential.

Can a civilization survive the replacement of the people who created it by people of other races, religions, and civilizations?
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Half a MILLION failed asylum seekers living in UK due to Government funding row
Nick Gutteridge
Sunday Express, 8 November 2015

More than half a million failed asylum seekers have been allowed to remain in Britain indefinitely because Government cuts mean cash-strapped immigration courts cannot afford to hear their appeal cases, can reveal today.

A vast backlog of asylum appeals has built up with many cases unlikely to be heard for up to a year and possibly longer because of a "farcical" funding dispute between Theresa May's Home Office and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

As a result the majority of those immigrants will be granted leave to stay in the UK when they finally come before the courts - even if their initial arguments were weak - because during the drawn out proceedings they are allowed to stay in Britain and build up the strength of their human rights cases.

Many will simply have children, meaning they cannot be deported because of their right to a family life.

The absurd situation has arisen because swingeing Government cuts to justice have left immigration courts unable to process the huge numbers of asylum appeals being sent their way.

A high placed source within the immigration courts system said that "at least half" of the courtrooms at each hearing centre have been shut in a bid to meet George Osborne's savings targets.

In turn the Home Office, itself under budgetary pressures, is merely deferring any applications to stay in Britain which it believes could result in an appeal.

The senior whistleblower told that the result is a vast 500,000-strong back log of cases, which is rapidly expanding because both departments are "more interested in protecting their budgets than administering justice". ...

Each case relates to at least one person but can concern a number of individuals, meaning more than half a million immigrants are living in the UK today despite the Home Office ruling that they have no right to be here.

Our highly placed source said that immigration judges have been left to "sit idle" as the petty dispute escalates. ...

"The Government are 'saving' money by closing courts and spending far more than the amount saved on supporting failed asylum seekers and their families.

"Removing these people from the UK, thousands of whom have appealed on fatuous grounds, would make room for genuine refugees.

"I can no longer remain silent and hope that you can expose the truth to the British public."

The revelations will further dent the Home Secretary's reputation for being tough on immigration, which sources within the justice system have blasted as little more than a political facade.

Mrs May initiated a supposed crackdown on abuse of the immigration appeals system last year when the Tories passed new laws in parliament.

The 2014 Immigration Act was intended to reduce the number of appeals by restricting the circumstances in which immigrants can dispute visa refusals.

But official reports from within the court system show that the legislation has been an abject failure which has heaped more pressure on the overstretched judiciary.
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EU leaders offer Africa a grand bargain over migration with no bearing on the real world
David Blair
Sunday Telegraph, 8 November 2015

The grand bargain that European Union leaders will offer their African counterparts over migration can be summarised as follows. Take back your huddled masses – and send us instead your students, researchers and entrepreneurs. And if you ask why on earth you should agree, the answer is that we will give you lots more money - plus the chance to go shopping in European capitals.

This might be a crude precis of the 14-page "Action Plan" that EU and African leaders will consider in Malta on Wednesday, but it captures the air of desperation about the whole idea. As they grapple with the migration crisis, European governments have been driven to a point where they will consider almost any proposal, however divorced from reality. ...

But African leaders will no doubt be given incentives to pretend to agree to most of the package. The EU will offer a "trust fund" of €1.8 billion (£1.3 billion) to countries like Ethiopia, Sudan, Uganda and Kenya in order to address the "root causes of irregular migration". ...

There is a still deeper problem with the whole idea of summits and diplomacy providing a solution to the migration crisis. The countries which produce the greatest number of refugees often have the most poisonous relations with the Western world. ...

The truth is that European governments are largely powerless to cope with the forces unleashed by global migration. Rather than admit their impotence, they hide behind the platitudes of an "Action Plan" that can never be actioned.
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Germany is 'overwhelmed' with false asylum seekers' Syrian passports as forgery experts admit they can't spot fakes
Nick Fagge
MailOnline, 7 November 2015

Authorities in Germany are powerless to halt the asylum claims of tens of thousands of migrants using fake Syrian documents, MailOnline can reveal.

Officials registering applications have been overwhelmed by the 500,000-plus refugees who have streamed into the country since the beginning of the year.

A huge number of claims for asylum that are supported by passports and identity cards that appear to be false, a police forensic expert has revealed. ...

Police forgery expert Joerg Aehnlich told MailOnline: 'I know their documents are false but I cannot give evidence in court that they [the asylum seekers] are not Syrian because I cannot prove it.

Migrants are using documents stolen from Syrian refugees, identity cards manufactured to order or simply papers borrowed from friends and relatives to support their asylum application, Mr Aehnlich, of the Lower Saxony Criminal Forensic Institute has revealed.

This means applications for refugee status have been allowed to proceed because the authorities cannot prove they are fake.

He told MailOnline: 'Some of the passports contain the false personal information in fake documents, some passports contain genuine personal information in fake documents and some passports contain genuine personal information in genuine documents. But we cannot prove which ones are genuine and which are false.'

Mr Aehnlich is one of just a handful of forgery experts in Germany that are called upon to provide expert opinions on documents in contested asylum application cases. ...

The largest number of migrants are refugees escaping the war in Syria, some 38 per cent, followed by Eritrean fleeing the brutal dictatorship in the tiny Horn of African state.

But there are also people from Balkan countries such as Kosovo and Albania – as well as Afghanistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and North Africa, who are exploiting the situation to seek a new life in Europe.

This has led to a roaring trade in fake Syrian documents, which are used to support asylum claims, Mr Aehnlich claims.

He told MailOnline: 'Syrian documents have become very valuable because they can be used to claim asylum here [in Germany].

'Refugees fleeing the fighting in Syria are robbed when they cross the border into Turkey and their documents are sold.

'Forgers are manufacturing fake passports, identity cards and other papers to order in Turkey – for the right price.'

However Syrians who have lost their legitimate documents are also replacing them with forgeries as they are extremely difficult to replace, due to the civil war that has divided the country. ...

Frontex, the EU border agency, has reported an increase in the seizure of Syrian passports for sale although they admit they as yet have no idea of the size of the problem.
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Hungarian PM says Europe 'cannot build its future on immigration instead of families' and says leaders must make it easier for parents to have children 'for the survival of our civilization'
Kieran Corcoran
MailOnline, 6 November 2015

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has again spoken out against the influx of migrants into Europe, saying it will not solve the continent's problems.

The outspoken leader said that efforts should be made instead to encourage European families to have more children who can help the region prepare for the future.

Orban, who has characterized this year's migrant crisis as a deliberate left-wing conspiracy designed to erode European identities, said that bringing in new immigrants won't help with Europe's ageing populations and economic stagnation.

Speaking at a conference on Thursday in Budapest, the Hungarian capital, Orban said: 'Europe cannot build its future on immigration instead of families.' ...

He said: 'Europe has been betrayed, if we don't stand up for it, the continent will no longer be for those citizens living here.'

Mr Orban also added how it was 'hard to imagine' that large European states with 'huge well-functioning intelligence services' were not prepared for the influx of several thousand refugees to Europe each day.

Hungary has said it plans to challenge the EU's mandatory quota plan for refugee relocation, and not take in any asylum-seekers or migrants sent back from western Europe.

'Who in Europe voted to allow people to arrive illegally in their millions and then be distributed?" Orban asked during a radio interview.

'What is happening today has no democratic basis," he said, adding that the EU was moving from organisation and legality to 'anarchy.'

'The people of Europe are beginning to wake up, they have realised that immigration is a cultural question, our identity is at stake,' he said.
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To take on Ukip, the left needs to do more than champion the abstract idea of immigration
Owen Jones
New Statesman, 6 November 2015

The problem for the left is that /.../ clamping down on immigration is a burning priority for millions. Over the summer – as Labour's ranks were swelled with Corbynistas – immigration became the number one concern of most voters. ...

If a generally positive approach to immigration is your thing, the polling evidence is rather sobering. /.../ The British Social Attitudes Survey in 2013 found that 77% of people wanted immigration "reduced a lot" or "reduced a little": "reducing it a lot" was chosen by over half of those polled. Among those pollsters regard as working-class – the left's key base – the level of hostility to current levels of immigration is even higher. /.../ For those with migrant heritage whose parents were born in Britain, according to the 2013 British Social Attitudes Survey, 82% want immigration reduced; among first and second generation migrants, the figure is significantly less, but still a very decisive 60%.

The polling is pretty conclusive: on economic issues, UKIP voters are frequently to the left of the British public as a whole, but their policy grievances above all else focuses on immigration. ...

The left has failed comprehensively to offer a convincing story on immigration. It is little noted, but it is one of the few issues that the Blairite right and Corbynite left largely agree on. Both emphasise the economic benefits of immigration, not least given EU migrants tend to be younger tax-paying workers who claim fewer benefits and depend less on public services. Both extol the cultural benefits, too, particularly the community enrichment of metropolitan urban centres. ...

Some regard anti-immigration sentiments as evidence of straightforward prejudice, to be tackled under the general umbrella of anti-racism campaigning. Another explanation is the pernicious role of the media. ...

But my view is that the role of the media has become a crutch for the left, a convenient deflection from our own failure to convince and persuade. ...

Whatever the arguments, the evidence is overwhelming and compelling: the left have disastrously failed to persuade the large majority of the British public on immigration. As a consequence, the left fails to get a hearing on a whole range of other issues, too.

Privately, there are some left MPs and trade union leaders who want a debate over freedom of movement. But Labour's electoral coalition over immigration is, to say the least, unwieldy. ...

... Could it be, he suggests, that the "inconvenient truth" is Labour's electoral coalition represents "voters with divergent and perhaps irreconcilable opinions on the impact of immigration." This goes some way to explain Labour's tortured recent positioning on immigration, as the party is buffeted between the pro-immigration and anti-immigration wings of its coalition. ...

The left is long overdue a debate on its strategy to immigration, starting with an acknowledgement that its current approach has self-evidently failed. ...

At the same time, though, is it really healthy that we are recruiting one in four nurses abroad because of cuts to nurse training places? Is stealing nurses from poorer countries who need them far more desperately than we do a good thing? I don't think so.
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Schäuble: If Europe does not control its borders, it will be destroyed
Protothema, 6 November 2015

If Europe fails to control its external borders, it will be destroyed, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said stressing that safeguarding EU borders is necessary to safeguard the free movement of people within Schengen Agreement.

Speaking at a conference in Berlin, Mr. Schäuble referred extensively to the refugee issue stressing that Europe needs to regain control of its external borders.

"If Europe fails to solve the problem and gain control of its external borders, the Europe of free movement and open borders will be destroyed", said German Finance Minister.
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Migrant crisis: Three million expected to reach EU by 2017
BBC, 5 November 2015

Three million migrants are likely to arrive in Europe by 2017 as the record influx via the Mediterranean continues, the European Commission says.

The EU's executive arm said the influx would have a "small but positive" effect on EU economic output, raising GDP by 0.2-0.3%.

The influx will raise the EU population by 0.4%, the Commission forecasts, taking account of failed asylum claims. ...

The flow of refugees and other migrants from Turkey to Greece is expected to continue at a rate of 5,000 daily this winter, the UN refugee agency UNHCR says. ...

The Commission said the figure of three million was an assumption rather than a prediction and included those who had already arrived in 2015.

UN refugee officials say more than 750,000 migrants have arrived in the EU by sea this year, up from 282,000 in total in 2014.
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Europe's migrant crisis likely to last for 20 years, says International Development Secretary
Colin Freeman and Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 5 November 2015

The migrant crisis engulfing Europe is likely to last for 20 years, the government minister in charge of Britain's international response warned on Thursday.

Justine Greening, the Secretary of State for the Department for International Development, said the humanitarian crisis in Syria was such that many refugees would be unlikely to return home in two decades.

It came as the European Union predicted that the worst of the crisis is yet to come, with three million people arriving by the end of 2017. It said the economic boost many had hoped for is likely to be negligible. ...

The European Commission said that another 1.5 million people could be expected to arrive in 2016, compared to one million this year, plus a further 500,000 in 2017 – increasing Europe's population by 0.4 per cent. ...

In the short-term, handling the arrivals will have a cost to the public purse of as much as 0.5 per cent of GDP in the most affected countries such as Sweden, greater than the immediate economic dividend.

Overall in Europe, the influx could increase the size of the continents' economy by a quarter of one per cent. However, this is smaller than the population increase, "implying a small, negative impact on GDP per capita throughout the period".

In Germany, growth is expected to increase by 0.5 per cent to 2020, against a population increase of one per cent "reflecting also stronger downward pressure on real wages."
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Mass immigration is on the verge of DESTROYING Europe
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 5 November 2015

Several millennia were required to build European civilisation but its impending destruction has been the work of just a few years, carried out by a cadre of irresponsible, unpatriotic and deluded politicians led by German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Dressing up their vandalism as compassion and their cowardice as moral superiority, these leaders have created an immigration crisis so profound that the very existence of our European culture and heritage is under mortal threat.

The tragic paradox of the obsession with free movement and the abolition of national identities is that Europe in any meaningful sense will probably cease to exist this century.

As the social revolution accelerates traditional values of democracy, freedom and solidarity will be replaced by conflict, sectarianism, oppression and intolerance.

Increasingly Islamified, barbaric and poverty-stricken, Europe will become indistinguishable from large swathes of North Africa and the Middle East.

Even the stupendously high levels of mass immigration over the past two decades are now dwarfed by the colossal flood of new arrivals that has occurred since the early summer when Merkel made her woefully illconceived pledge that Germany would welcome anyone claiming to be a refugee. ...

The potential influx is almost limitless. The United Nations says that globally there are at least 60 million people classified as refugees while more than 1.2 billion live in dire poverty. But the numbers are already proving catastrophic.

A mood of fear hangs over disintegrating Europe. In southern Spain there have been attacks on churches by Islamists, including damage to an ancient sanctuary and Arabic graffiti sprayed on walls.

Ultra-liberal pro-immigration Sweden has seen some Muslim neighbourhoods in its cities turned into no-go areas, while Malmo has one of the highest rates of rape in the world.

The fraught scenes of chaos in Eastern Europe are replicated at points on the British border, such as Calais, where the vast 6,000-strong migrant camp descends into even greater squalor and tension.

But 95 per cent of the squatters there are not refugees but are tough, fit young men mainly from Africa who have no right to be in Europe at all. If our politicians had any guts they would close down the camp and deport its freeloading residents.

But instead the British taxpayer is being asked to fork out £3.6 million a year for improvements at the camp, which will only attract more. ... ...

... The scale of this political treachery is almost incomprehensible.
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800,000 'illegal entries' to EU in 2015: border agency chief
EUbusiness, 4 November 2015

Migrants have made some 800,000 "illegal entries" to the European Union so far this year, the head of the bloc's border agency Frontex said in an interview with German newspaper Bild published Wednesday.

Warning that the influx of migrants has probably not yet "reached its peak", Fabrice Leggeri called for European states to detain unsuccessful asylum seekers so they can be "rapidly" sent back to their countries of origin.

"EU states must prepare for the fact that we still have a very difficult situation ahead of us in the coming months," added Leggeri.

Last month, Frontex said that 710,000 migrants had entered the EU in the first nine months of the year but cautioned that many people had been counted twice.

The agency said on October 13 that "irregular border crossings may be attempted by the same person several times".

"This means that a large number of the people who were counted when they arrived in Greece were again counted when entering the EU for the second time through Hungary or Croatia," explained the agency.

According to the most recent figures from the UN refugee agency, more than 744,000 people have made the perilous journey across the Mediterranean this year, the majority to Greece.
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Leftie Lords demand all migrants treated as refugees, which would 'BANKRUPT BRITAIN'
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 4 November 2015

Leftie Lords have been attacked over an outrageous claim that all European migrants should be classified as refugees in a move which would 'BANKRUPT' Britain.

Left-wing peers issued a stunning rebuke to the Government today for its use of the word 'migrant', insisting all new arrivals should automatically be given refugee status.

In another astonishing outburst /.../ they effectively demanded David Cameron decriminalise illegal immigration.

It could mean throwing open Britain's borders to tens of thousands of migrants and refugees.

The peers also insisted the Government should sign Britain up to EU relocation quotas and help establish "legal" routes into Europe's free movement zone which would allow unlimited numbers of migrants to enter the continent.

The explosive demands were contained in a report by the House of Lords' EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee assessing the EU's action plan to target migrant smuggling.

The 12-strong committee - which is dominated by Labour and Lib Dem peers - delivered its findings in a stunning document published today. ...

The stunning Lords' report even calls for sweeping changes to EU law which would stop member states from policing their own borders by effectively decriminalising illegal immigration. ...

Amazingly, they even suggested "legal routes" should be created which would allow unlimited numbers of refugees to stream into Europe.

The report states: "One effective way of addressing the root causes of irregular migration, and of reducing the need for large numbers of refugees to turn to smugglers, would be to create safe and legal routes for refugees to enter the EU. Greater priority needs to be given to this."
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UK taxpayers pay £550,000 a YEAR to help turn Calais migrant camp into mini town
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 4 November 2015

British taxpayers are forking out a staggering £550,000 a year on improvements to a notorious migrant camp in Calais - and could be about to be hit with a bill for MILLIONS more, can reveal today.

The Government has spent the colossal sum on giving migrants at the violence-ridden Jungle II camp "advice and support" as part of a deal struck with French officials.

Huge amounts of cash have been spent on trying to improve the lives of some 6,000 migrants living in Calais despite the fact that almost all of them are making nightly bids to reach Britain.

And the burden on the taxpayer is set to get even worse after a judge ordered the French government to overhaul conditions at the squalid camp, where violence and rape are said to be rife.

Britain could be expected to contribute up to half of the cost of the improvements under a cross-Channel deal signed between Theresa May and her French counterpart Bernard Cazeneuve.

Charities had launched legal action against French president Francois Hollande asking him embark on a huge project of improvements which would include providing hot meals for all of the Jungle Camp's inhabitants.

They also wanted to see 24 water points, 50 toilets and showers, 15 dumpsters and increased access to medical care at nearby Calais hospital for migrants.

Today a judge in Lille ruled in favour of the campaigners, agreeing that the French government is acting illegally with its "permanent violation of fundamental freedoms". ...

It also emerged today that taxpayers have already splurged £550,000 on humanitarian aid to the Calais migrants in the last year alone.

The shocking figure was revealed by immigration minister James Brokenshire, who also said that Britain is signed up to a further £7.2 million of spending over the next two years. ...

"The 2015 Joint Declaration also commits the UK to a further financial contribution of £3.6 million per year for two years to support the French Government in a range of activities to reduce the numbers of migrants in Calais and the incentives for them to stay there." ...

The Government has spend just under £12 million on security improvements at Calais in the last 12 months.

But despite the extra measures the lawless port town is enduring one of its most violent ever periods, with thousands of migrants making nightly bids to reach Britain.

Lorry drivers have spoken how they live in constant fear of being attacked and are now arming themselves with tasers and pepper spray to fend off increasingly violent migrants.
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Refugee crisis: 700 children a day now claiming asylum on European soil
Jamie Merrill
The Independent, 3 November 2015

Up to 700 children a day are now claiming asylum on European soil, as new figures reveal that twice as many child refugees are arriving this year compared to 2014. ...

In a new report, seen exclusively by The Independent, Unicef UK reveals that between January and September this year, more than 190,000 children sought asylum asylum in Europe, compared to 98,000 in the same period last year. The charity says conflict across the Middle East is forcing families to make the increasingly perilous journey to Greece and across Europe.

One in 10 of the world's children are now growing up in a conflict zone – some 230 million children, while in Syria one in five children are forced to cross a conflict line to take exams or get to school, according to the report.
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Billionaire EU supporter tells Europe to take in 'at least a MILLION' refugees every year
Jake Burman
Daily Express, 3 November 2015

European Union supporter George Soros has claimed Europe should take "at least a million" refugees every year and let them choose where they want to live.

The human rights activist, who is a notable backer of the European Union, called on the EU to accept more refugees and cover the cost of housing health care and education for each refugee for the first two years.

The billionaire businessman was last week accused by Hungary's prime minister of deliberately encouraging the migration crisis.

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban claimed that activists like Mr Soros are partly to blame for the current crisis.

He said: "This invasion is driven, on the one hand, by people smugglers, and on the other hand by those activists who supper everything that weakens the nation-state."

"This Western mindset and this activist network is perhaps best represented by George Soros."

Mr Soros - a funder of pro-migration groups all over the world - released a statement in return to the comments, arguing his beliefs "uphold European values".

In the statement Mr Soros called on the EU to create a new border control, whereby it "has to accept at least a million asylum-seekers annually for the foreseeable future". ...

Mr Soros also said that it is important to "place refugees where they want to go".
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'European values' won't last long without national borders
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 3 November 2015

Fascinating events in Hungary where Prime Minister Viktor Orban continues to come under fire from other EU member states for trying to maintain what we used to call 'borders'.

This has now led Orban into direct confrontation with Hungary's richest export – billionaire financier George Soros. Orban identifies Soros as being one among a number of 'activists' whose organisations share part of the blame for encouraging migrants to come to Europe and for lobbying Europeans to regard borders and sovereignty as things of the past.

Soros has now responded in a most illuminating manner, confirming that the many groups he funds are indeed working for precisely the ends Prime Minister Orban described. In an email to Bloomberg, Soros says that his foundation is trying to 'uphold European values' while Orban is trying to 'undermine those values'. Making it clearer, Soros writes of Orban:

'His plan treats the protection of national borders as the objective and the refugees as an obstacle. Our plan treats the protection of refugees as the objective and national borders as the obstacle.'

Putting aside Soros's depiction of the hundreds of thousands of people coming into Europe as 'refugees' rather than – more accurately in most cases – 'economic migrants', perhaps in the next round the Hungarian Prime Minister can point out to Mr Soros that without national borders those 'European values' he seems so keen on will be blown away like so much sand.
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Germany: "20 Million Muslims by 2020"
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 1 November 2015

Germany's Muslim population is set to nearly quadruple to an astonishing 20 million within the next five years, according to a demographic forecast by Bavarian lawmakers.

The German government expects to receive 1.5 million asylum seekers in 2015, and possibly even more in 2016. After factoring in family reunifications – based on the assumption that individuals whose asylum applications are approved will subsequently bring an average of four additional family members to Germany – that number will swell exponentially. This is in addition to the 5.8 million Muslims already living in Germany.

According to the president of the Bavarian Association of Municipalities (Bayerische Gemeindetag), Uwe Brandl, Germany is now on track to have "20 million Muslims by 2020." The surge in Germany's Muslim population represents a demographic shift of epic proportions, one that will change the face of Germany forever, "but we are just standing by, watching it happen."

Addressing an expo in Nuremburg on October 14, Brandl warned that untrammeled migration will entail heavy costs for German taxpayers and may also lead to social unrest. He said:

"A four-member refugee family receives up to 1,200 euros per month in transfer payments. Plus accommodation and meals. Now go to an unemployed German family man who has worked maybe 30 years, and now with his family receives only marginally more. These people are asking us whether we politicians really see this as fair and just."

Brandl said this also applies to the electronic health card, which provides asylum seekers with the same benefits as Germans who have paid into the health insurance system for many years. To criticize this as unfair has "nothing to do with racism or right-wing extremism." ...

After months of attacking critics of Merkel's immigration policies as right-wing xenophobes, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel and Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier conceded that the migration crisis risks tearing German society apart. In a joint essay published by Der Spiegel, the two wrote: "We cannot indefinitely absorb and integrate more than one million refugees each year." ...

Former Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich (CSU) described Merkel's immigration policy as an "unprecedented political blunder" that will have "devastating long-term consequences." He said the job of politics is to think beyond the present and make decisions for the future. In view of the massive flows of migrants into Germany without any police checks, Friedrich concluded: "We have lost control."
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Level of concern about housing is highest in 40 years though immigration still dominates
Ipsos MORI, 30 October 2015

The October Economist/Ipsos MORI Issues Index shows that, as has been the case since August, over half (52%) of the public mention immigration as among the most important issues facing Britain. For a third (34%) it is the single most important issue. This is a drop of four percentage points since last month, though concern remains at a historic high.

Concern is higher amongst Conservative voters – two thirds (65%) mention this issue, compared with just under half (47%) of Labour supporters. It is, however, the most important issue across supporters of both parties. Concern is most keenly felt by C2DES aged 55+, 59% of whom mention it compared with 41% of ABC1s aged 18-34.

This month, we have asked an additional question of all those who mentioned immigration. Amongst those who say it is important to them, half (49%) feel that 'there are too many immigrants coming to Britain – we need to reduce immigrant numbers" and 19% because they are "worried about the refugee crisis and want Britain to do more to help". A further quarter (27%) give both reasons as to why it is important to them.
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UK population expected to rise by almost 10 million in 25 years
Nadia Khomami
The Guardian, 29 October 2015

The UK's population will rise by almost 10 million over the next 25 years, according to official estimates.

The number of people living in the country is projected to rise from 64.6 million in mid-2014 to 74.3 million in 2039. More than two-thirds of this is due to assumed net migration and the indirect impact of people arriving on the birth rate, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

The ONS stated: "Of the 9.7 million projected increase in the population over the full projection period to mid-2039, 4.7 million (49%) is due to projected natural increase (more births than deaths) and 5.0 million (51%) is due to assumed net migration."

The population is projected to reach 70 million by mid-2027, while it will rise by 4.4 million over the next decade, it added. The population in England is projected to increase by 7.5% by mid-2024, Northern Ireland is projected to increase by 5.3%, and Scotland and Wales are both projected to increase by 3.1%.

The average annual growth rate of 440,000 in the first decade means the population of the UK will rise by more than the number of people currently living in Dorset each year. ...

Simon Ross, chief executive of Population Matters, the UK's leading charity concerned with population and sustainability issues, claimed that natural resources could not indefinitely sustain the number of people in this country or on the planet.

He said: "It is imperative that we address the factors contributing to increased numbers. We are all affected adversely by the rapid population growth of recent decades – from pressures on housing and public services to the environment and climate change.

"It's time we addressed the population problem, by improving sex education and family planning provision and by increasing public awareness of the strains population and consumption growth place on us. If we are to live sustainably and happily in the long-term, population growth is an issue that cannot be ignored."
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More Immigration Means Less Integration
David Goodhart
Standpoint, November 2015

... Yet it blithely ignores the fact there is such a thing as society. Societies are not just random collections of individuals who happen to live in physical proximity and into which millions of people from elsewhere can be easily transplanted.

Successful societies are based on habits of cooperation, familiarity and trust and on bonds of language, history and culture. And if our European societies – so attractive to millions of refugees banging at the door – are to continue flourishing they need to retain some sense of mutual regard between anonymous citizens, which means keeping inflows to levels that allow people to be absorbed into that hard-to-define thing called a national culture or way of life. ...

This ought to be common sense, especially to the sort of politically engaged people at my conference who were mainly on the Left. Yet when it comes to immigration the Left abandons its normally communitarian instincts and becomes Thatcherite in its individualism. Why not another 500,000 desperate people? After all what is there to integrate into? We are all human beings, are we not? The universalism of the Left – based on its historic commitment to race equality – meets the "there is no such thing as society" individualism of the liberal Right.

But not only do we know that there is such a thing as society, we also know that good societies are characterised by high levels of trust and what social scientists call social capital. If immigration rises too sharply the result is likely to be reduced trust and familiarity, especially when the people arriving come from distant cultures; absorbing 100,000 Australians is very different to doing the same for 100,000 Afghans.

A less generous society is another danger. I first became interested in issues of race and immigration more than 10 years ago when I wrote an essay in Prospect, the magazine I then edited, entitled "Too Diverse?", in which I pointed to the potential tension for the Left between its commitment to solidarity and community, on the one hand, and diversity and difference on the other. ...

There are two separate explanations for this, though they both have the same outcome. One is that migration has produced an "Americanisation" of European welfare by making poorer people less likely to support left-wing pro-redistribution parties (even though they benefit economically) because of concerns about culture and values often related to rapid ethnic change.

The second argument set out in a recent paper by David Rueda of Nuffield College, Oxford, challenges that account in favour of the claim – based on analysis of 15 European countries – that better-off people simply show less redistributive altruism in more ethnically diverse societies. That means poorer people from the ethnic majority have an economic interest in resisting too much diversity.

Such evidence underlines just how important it is to think clearly, and long-term, about the issues of integration – something barely mentioned in the current refugee debate.
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Tony Abbott tells European leaders to turn back asylum seekers or risk 'catastrophic error'
Melissa Clarke
ABC [Australia], 28 October 2015

Former prime minister Tony Abbott has used a speech in London to call on European leaders to close their borders to asylum seekers or risk imperilling their nations. ...

He urged regional leaders to act by "turning around boats [and] denying entry at the border for people with no right to come".

"It will require some force, it will require massive logistics and expense; it will gnaw at our consciences," Mr Abbott said.

"Yet it is the only way to prevent a tide of humanity surging through Europe and quite possibly changing it forever."

He outlined his concern that "misguided altruism" was "...leading much of Europe into catastrophic error".

"No country or continent can open its borders to all comers without fundamentally weakening itself," he said.

He cautioned, "too much mercy for some necessarily undermines justice for all".
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Fears the banlieues could burn again
Hugh Schofield
BBC, 27 October 2015

It is exactly 10 years since the start of France's banlieue riots - the three weeks of violent street protest in the high-immigration suburbs, sparked by the accidental deaths of two teenagers after a police chase.

Plenty of money has been pumped into the banlieues - but has anything really changed?

It is with a depressing sense of familiarity that one reads this week the 10-year post-mortems on France's 2005 riots.

Everyone concedes that after the shock a lot was done to regenerate the "lost" neighbourhoods of Clichy, Grigny, Bobigny, et cetera.

Some 48bn euros has been spent in the past decade alone to rebuild housing and smarten up the "urban fabric".

To this can be added a further 100bn euros spent since the start of the 1980s, when the problem of disaffected suburban zones was first identified.

But by now everyone also agrees that money is quite evidently not the answer. If it was, this crisis would have been solved long ago.

For the depressing fact remains by just about every recognised criterion, the banlieues (or to be clear the large areas within city suburbs where populations mainly of north African and sub-Saharan origin live in blocks of council flats) are today in the same sorry state as before. If not worse. ...

But there is one area, of course, in which the past 10 years have seen a big change in the banlieues - and that is religion.

When the riots broke out in October 2005, there was near universal agreement that the root of the problem was social: poverty and discrimination were the causes.

To say otherwise - to imply there might also be a cultural element linked to colonialism, Islam and an inherited rejection of France - was to risk accusations of racism.

Ten years on, the debate on this issue is much more open - and furious.

What has happened during that decade is the emergence of Islam as a larger factor in determining how people behave.

Mostly, the signs are of a quietist, pietist nature: dress-codes on the street, higher attendance at mosques.

But there has also been the growth of Islamist attacks.

From Mohamed Merah in Toulouse to the Kouachi brothers and Ahmedi Coulibaly and the hundreds who have gone to Syria - these are French citizens willing to attack France out of a higher loyalty.

The militants are a tiny minority - and not all are from the banlieues - but most are indeed from the same poor, crime-ridden milieu. ...

So 10 years on, could the 2005 riots happen again?

It would be foolhardy to argue otherwise. ...

Ten years ago - after the riots - the historian Georges Bensoussan edited a book called The Lost Territories of the Republic.

The book has just been reissued, prompting this observation from the author in an interview:

"I was struck by how, for many of the people I spoke to recently, the words 'civil war' - which they would have laughed at 10 years ago - were now a phrase they were prepared to use.

"I am talking about police, medical workers, local politicians, people of the banlieue. The feeling that there are two peoples being formed, side by side, looking at each other with hostility - that feeling is shared by many."
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Immigration - The State vs. the People
John Dietrich
American Thinker, 27 October 2015

Members of the elite, the people who make public policy, are generally above average intelligence. They are generally well informed. Why would they promote a policy that is clearly not in the best interests of their nation? Their stated reason for encouraging immigration from the third world is to replace workers that are absent due to demographic decline. Immigrants are expected to finance the retirement of aging Americans and Europeans. This is a questionable proposition. What other motive could they possibly have? Perhaps it was supplied by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI: "There is a self-hatred in the West that can be considered only as something pathological. The West attempts in a praiseworthy manner to open itself completely to the comprehension of external values, but it no longer loves itself; it now only sees what is despicable and destructive in its own history, while it is no longer able to perceive what is great and pure there."

It is not uncommon for member of the intellectual elite to criticize Western civilization. However, few members of the political elite have been as frank as former British Home Secretary Jack Straw, who allegedly said, "The English as a race are not worth saving." Straw was part of the British administration that opened "up the UK to mass migration." When asked "what is Swedish culture," Mona Sahlin, former leader of the Swedish Social Democratic Party replied, "I can't figure out what Swedish culture is. I think that's sort of what makes so many Swedes jealous of immigrants. You have a culture, an identity, a history, something that binds you together." This might be described as oikophobia, an aversion to home surroundings.

Healthy people have a natural affection for their family, community, and nation. Citizens of some of the worst hellholes on earth can be fiercely patriotic. This affection needs to be cultivated, however, and should not be defamed. Theodore Dalrymple writes about his experience with burglars, muggers, blackmailers, kidnappers, rapists, and murderers. He talks about their, "utter indifference or even hostility to the achievements of the past." He explains, "Nor is this indifference or hostility spontaneous; rather, it has been programmed into them by indoctrination that the past is nothing but the slave trade and the oppression of women." This indoctrination can be traced back to the "Father of American Anthropology," Franz Boas. /.../ The problem in the West is not the opinions of burglars, muggers, rapists, and murderers. It is the fact that a large portion of the elite have adopted these beliefs. ...

The multicultural doctrine is based on the belief that all cultures are equal. To deny this fact is to be labeled a Nazi. Multiculturalism is ordained in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples adopted by the General Assembly on 13 September 2007. It states, "that all doctrines, policies and practices based on or advocating superiority of peoples or individuals on the basis of national origin or racial, religious, ethnic or cultural differences are racist, scientifically false, legally invalid, morally condemnable and socially unjust." This nonsense is not even believed by the migrants. Haitians bypass Cuba, Muslims transit through Turkey and other migrants pass through half a dozen countries to reach the narrowminded, oppressive West.
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Rise in 'phantom voters' leading to benefits fraud
Sunday Telegraph, 25 October 2015

Slack rules on registering to vote are being exploited by criminals and fraudsters, a Government review has found. Sir Eric Pickles, the anti-corruption champion, said there was "growing evidence" that people who falsely join the electoral register go on to commit benefit fraud.

The former cabinet minister said: "Taxpayers are being ripped off. The crime by phantom voters may be invisible but everyone is paying for it."

He called for reforms so that people register to vote by providing proof of identity. However, new laws introducing individual registration are opposed in the House of Lords by Labour and the Liberal Democrats.


Muslim men having '20 children each' because of polygamy, peer claims
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 24 October 2015

Muslim men in some communities are having up to 20 children each because of polygomy and the rise of "religiously sanctioned gender discrimination" under Sharia Law, peers have warned.

Baroness Cox, a cross-bench peer, highlighted a series of "shocking" examples of the impact of Sharia law on Muslim women in Britain as she called for them to be given greater protection under equality legislation.

She disclosed one case in which a 63-year-old man tried to divorce his 23-year-old wife and arrange her marriage to a Pakistani man who needed a visa. ...

In other examples, Baroness Cox revealed that Muslim men divorce their wives by simply saying or writing "I divorce you" three times.

She added: "My Muslim friends tell me that in some communities with high polygamy and divorce rates, men may have up to 20 children each.

Clearly, youngsters growing up in dysfunctional families may be vulnerable to extremism and demography may affect democracy."
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Europe shouldn't use force to stop people smugglers - UN investigator
Michelle Nichols
Thomson Reuters Foundation, 23 October 2015

Europe should not use force to stop people smugglers in the Mediterranean, a U.N. investigator said on Friday, suggesting the European Union could team up with the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand to resettle two million refugees.

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, Francois Crepeau, said the U.N. Security Council was mistaken to authorize European Union naval operations in the high seas off Libya to seize and dispose smugglers' vessels.

Earlier this month the council approved the EU operation, which aims to help stem the flow of migrants and refugees as Europe faces its biggest migration crisis since World War Two. Crepeau warned that the crisis could last decades.

"Force is not going to do anything to stop the migration crisis. It's not going to work ... the Security Council is mistaken and the EU is mistaken," Crepeau said. ...

"Do for the Syrians and the Eritreans and maybe the Afghans what we have done almost 40 years ago for the Indochinese - resettlement programs, massive resettlement programs from transit countries over many years," Crepeau said.

"If Canada, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand got together with Europe and said ... 'let's divide up all those refugees from the Middle East and do this over five, six, seven years' ... we come to very small numbers in the end," he said.
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Migration group says world must be ready for more diversity
Associated Press, 22 October 2015

The head of the International Organization for Migration says leaders must prepare the world for more diversity as aging societies in the developed world and endemic youth unemployment in the developing world drive demographic trends.

Speaking at a meeting on migration in Cairo on Wednesday, IOM Director-General William Lacy Swing says northern societies need workers while "we have a youthful, largely unemployed global south, with young people needing jobs."

He says the world is bound to become more diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity and religion.

He says, "Leaders who are not preparing their people for this, through public education, public information, and awareness-raising campaigns, just may not be doing their job."
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Britain hands out a residence permit every MINUTE in 2014, giving more migrants the right to stay than any EU country
Matt Chorley
MailOnline, 21 October 2015

Britain handed out more residence permits than any European country last year, new figures show.

As the migrant crisis rages and European leaders clash on how best to deal with it, the UK gave permission to more half a million people from outside the EU to settle here.

Data watchdog Eurostat said it meant that one in four of all permits issued in the whole of Europe was granted in the UK.

Residence permits are given by European countries to allow a foreign national from outside the EU to stay legally. ...

In the whole of 2014, some 567,806 permits were granted in the UK out of a total of 2.3 million across the EU.

With 177,000 study permits issued, the UK was the primary destination in the EU for education related reasons.

A further 116,707 were granted for people coming for work and 96,501 came for family reasons.
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'Right to Rent' scheme tracks down more than 100 illegal immigrants
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2015

More than 100 illegal immigrants were tracked down by a pilot scheme which required landlords to check up on their tenants, it has emerged, as ministers announced the scheme will go nationwide.

The programme – which allows landlords to be fined up to £3,000 if they fail to carry out checks on potential tenants before letting out a property – will roll out across England from February.

The Home Office said a six-month pilot of the "Right to Rent" programme led to 63 illegal immigrants being identified who officials had never previously encountered.

Another 46 were also located who had disappeared after being previously identified previously by immigration teams.

Of the 109, nine have already been removed from Britain and five are pending removal, for example in a detention centre or through the assisted voluntary returns process, which offers money and other benefits to go home.

Another 40 cases are being "progressed", 28 had "outstanding cases such as asylum applications" and nine were granted leave to stay in the UK.

Another nine of the illegal immigrants were ordered to report to immigration enforcement officers "but had failed to do so".

In six cases no action could be taken because of a lack of details provided under the scheme.
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Syria refugees to cost 'up to £23k each' in first year in UK
Simon Dedman
BBC, 19 October 2015

Each Syrian refugee is set to cost the taxpayer up to £23,420 in the first year of their relocation to the UK, figures seen by BBC News suggest.

The Home Office has confirmed the figures, contained in a briefing document from an Essex local authority, are accurate.

An adult benefit claimant from Syria costs up to £23,420, or £10,720 if they were able to work, the document said.

The government has pledged to take in 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

It has also provided £1bn in aid to Syria, with an extra £100m given to charities to help thousands displaced by the conflict. ...

The Home Office document suggests the cost to the taxpayer of taking in Syrian children ranges from £10,720 for under-threes to £16,220 for those between the ages of five and 18.

The cost per Syrian refugee to local councils is estimated to be £8,520 per person, along with costs of £12,700 for benefits and £2,200 for medical care to be funded by central government.
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UK border FARCE: More than 20,000 illegals arrested after sneaking into Britain
Nick Gutteridge
Sunday Express, 18 October 2015

Britain's border chaos was laid bare today as it emerged that police have arrested more than 20,000 people who successfully smuggled themselves past immigration guards in the last three years alone.

Tens of thousands of migrants are evading feeble security patrols by stowing away in the backs of lorries and cargo containers, with many making it into the heart of England before being discovered.

Overwhelmed cops have arrested an astonishing 20,806 people on suspicion of illegal entry in just three years - enough to fill a town the size of Market Harborough.

But that is just a tiny fraction of the overall number arriving, as most will manage to successfully ghost into the country before disappearing into the untraceable black market.

And the evidence suggests that record numbers could be caught this year, with some areas seeing huge increases in arrests in the first six months of 2015.
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Exclusive: UK kicked out 1,800 foreign offenders last year - but some were allowed to stay
Tom Batchelor
Sunday Express, 18 October 2015

Almost 2,000 foreign rapists, murderers and paedophiles have been booted out of the UK over a 12 month period - but HUNDREDS of those have launched eleventh-hour legals challenges to reverse their deportation at a huge potential cost to the taxpayer.

The audacious bid by more than 400 dangerous crooks to remain in the UK, despite having carried out heinous crimes on British soil, could have cost the public purse thousands of pounds in administration and legal fees.

Shockingly, more than a dozen foreign national offenders have still been granted to the right to stay in the UK on human rights grounds, despite committing despicable crimes. ...

Home Office figures quietly released this week and seen by show a total of 1,780 foreign-born criminals were deported between July 2014 and August this year.

Of those, 426 appealed against their deportation, while 13 were successful.

The figures cast a spotlight onto the new 'deport first, appeal later' rules that came into force last summer.

Once a decision has been taken to deport a foreign criminal, the offender must lodge any appeal from outside the country.

The Home Office says the rules are intended to stop the delaying tactics employed by some foreign criminals.

Ministers said previously it was "commonplace for criminals to submit to the court reams of new, unconsidered 'evidence' creating legal delays while government lawyers studied the new paperwork".

Home Office minister James Brokenshire hailed the new figures showing just 0.7 per cent of appeals were successful, saying the new rules allowed officials to kick out foreign offenders "more quickly and more efficiently than ever before". ...

Yet still, as many as 12,000 foreign criminals are still thought to be living in the UK.

Figures published for the first time in 2014 showed there were more than 700 murderers and 500 rapists living in the country, with the top home nation being Jamaica.

Close to 1,000 Nigerians and more than 600 Poles are also living in Britain on a criminal record.

In January, a report from MPs on the Committee of Public Accounts warned that more than 150 violent foreign offenders were allowed to continue living in Britain, despite the tough new rules.

It also found more than 700 foreign criminals were on the run in the UK, with MPs branding the "dysfunctional" system a "complete failure".
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Islamic State hatches new scam by corrupting bank staff so they can move cash offshore from the UK
Charles Miranda
Daily Telegraph [Australia], 17 October 2015

ISIS terrorists have recruited corrupt bank staff in the UK to issue bogus loans so they can move cash offshore to fund terrorist strikes, Britain's Home Office has found.

But just how broad the terrifying scam is remained unknown with the UK's first national risk assessment of money laundering and terror financing identifying "an intelligence gap" in high end money fraud.

Published jointly by the Home Office and Treasury, the report found terrorists were using bogus identities to open bank accounts then use corrupt bank staff to facilitate fraudulent loan applications to flush their fraud accounts with cash.

"Individuals can use cash machines/ATMs to withdraw funds in neighbouring countries where there is a formal banking sector and then carry funds into Syria," the report found.

"This is a significant issue given the threat posed by foreign fighters travelling to Syria to engage in fighting and returning to their country of citizenship/residence."

The greatest threat in relation to terrorist financing is assessed to be from groups including al Qaida and Islamic State.

Despite the threat British intelligence found there were other more well known funding streams. ...

"There is evidence of abuse of the UK charitable sector, student loans, money service businesses and cash couriering to move funds out of the UK. UK nationals have also raised and moved funds using these methods to enable them to travel and engage in fighting in Syria and Iraq."
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Hospitals to hire hundreds more foreign nurses from the Philippines, India and Pakistan after Government U-turn on immigration in wake of staffing crisis
Ian Drury and Sophie Borland
Daily Mail, 16 October 2015

Hospitals will be able to hire hundreds more foreign nurses following a Government U-turn on immigration rules.

Ministers said they will lift restrictions on the recruitment of nurses from outside of Europe amid concerns of a staffing crisis on NHS wards. ...

Home Secretary Theresa May said nurses would be temporarily added to the Government's Shortage Occupation List – an official register of jobs which cannot be filled by UK residents.

It means that hospitals will now be able to hire an unlimited number of nurses from outside the EU, largely the Philippines, India and Pakistan. ...

Earlier this year the Migration Advisory Committee, the Government's independent immigration advisers, recommended against adding nurses to the shortage occupation list.

But Whitehall insiders said the panel had been given insufficient information by the Department of Health about the looming crisis. ...

The nursing shortage has been caused partly by the Government cutting the number of training posts by 15 per cent since 2010, so there are far fewer coming up from university. ...

Statistics reveal that 8,183 overseas nurses were recruited by the NHS and private sector in 2014/15, almost twice as many as two years ago.

Many are hired from within the EU, mostly Spain and Portugal, and are not governed by the same visa restrictions.
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Seeing double? How the EU miscounts migrants arriving at its borders
Nando Sigona
The Conversation, 16 October 2015
[The author is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of the Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham]

Frontex, the border agency charged with European external border management, has released data claiming 710,000 migrants entered the EU between January and September this year.

According to the agency, this represents an "unprecedented inflow of people", offering as a comparison data from last year, when 282,000 entries were recorded in total. ...

The numbers thrown out by Frontex are not only a noticeable increase on 2014 figures. They are also significantly higher than data published recently by the UN and the International Organization for Migration on the number of people entering the EU irregularly by the sea. These showed 590,000 estimated arrivals.

These figures are immensely important. They have a profound impact on the public debate about the refugee and migration crisis. They are quickly picked up by the media – especially when they change dramatically. Anti-immigrant politicians looking for definitive confirmation that the EU is being invaded are just waiting for figures like these to come along to bolster their arguments about closing the borders.

I have been concerned for some time about how Frontex collects, collates and presents data from different sources. I have been worried that the agency conflates the number of border crossings with the number of people actually entering the EU.

The two are not necessarily the same, especially if one considers the land route from Greece via the Balkans. People who arrive in Greece are counted by Frontex as crossing EU external borders. The very same people, however, then leave the EU into countries such as Albania, Macedonia and Serbia, only to reenter via Hungary or Croatia in order to reach their preferred destination (such as Germany). If for any reason an EU country returns the people to a transit country (as Hungary has been doing with neighbour Serbia) and make another crossing into the EU, they appear in Frontex data for the third time.

With this in mind, I decided to probe Frontex's claim via Twitter. ...

Frontex eventually issued a "clarification" about these numbers. It added a paragraph to the end of its press release stating:

Frontex provides monthly data on the number of people detected at the external borders of the European Union. Irregular border crossings may be attempted by the same person several times in different locations at the external border. This means that a large number of the people who were counted when they arrived in Greece were again counted when entering the EU for the second time through Hungary or Croatia.

Despite this clarification and its admission that a "large number" of people have been double counted, the headline of the press release remained the same – continuing to imply that 710,000 had entered the EU.
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Europeans Most Negative Toward Immigration
Neli Esipova, Anita Pugliese and Julie Ray
Gallup, 16 October 2015

Well before the flow of migrants into Europe reached crisis proportions this year, a Gallup study of attitudes toward immigration in 142 countries found people in Europe, on average, were the most negative in the world toward immigration. The majority of residents (52%) said immigration levels in their countries should be decreased. ...

These findings are among those featured in the International Organization for Migration's new report, How the World Views Migration, which is based on Gallup World Poll interviews with more than 183,000 adults across 142 countries between 2012 and 2014. ...

While Europe overall may be the most negative region in the world in regard to immigration levels, it's important to note that the regional average is largely affected by countries with large populations such as the United Kingdom and Russia, where 69% and 70% of their respective publics want immigration levels to decrease.

Britons and Russians are not alone in their attitudes, but they do not speak for all of Europe. Of the 40 countries included in the larger European region, residents in less than half (17 countries) are more likely to want immigration levels decreased than the other two options combined.

In fact, the majority of adults in nearly all of the 10 Northern European countries – except the United Kingdom, Latvia and Lithuania – would like the levels of immigration to stay the same or increase.

Elsewhere in Europe, sentiment is negative, if not more so, in many Mediterranean countries that historically have been the entry points to the continent for many migrants. In fact, adults in Greece – one of the main countries of first arrival on the Eastern Mediterranean route – are among the most likely in the world to want immigration levels decreased, with 84% expressing this view. This sentiment is shared by 56% of residents in Spain, 67% of those in Italy and 76% of those in Malta.

Negative and positive opinions toward immigration exist in every region and every country; however, certain characteristics are consistently associated with favorable or opposing attitudes toward immigration. The study finds that adults with a university degree are typically more likely than those with lower levels of education to want to see immigration kept at its present level or increased in their countries.

Generally, in Europe, those with the highest level of education (university degree) are more likely to be positive toward immigration than those with less education (secondary or lower education). However, among those with university degrees, opinions are divided, with 46% favoring increased or stable levels of immigration and an equal 46% favoring decreased immigration. In contrast, Europeans with secondary or lower education are solidly more likely to favor decreasing immigration than to favor increasing it or keeping it the same.

Europe is interesting because three different scenarios play out across the four major subregions and the profiles of those who are more positive or negative toward immigration look different. In Eastern Europe, for example, those with university degrees are more negative than those with primary education or lower. This is largely driven by attitudes in large countries such as Russia and Ukraine, as there are few differences in opinion by education in most of the other countries in the region.
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UK Border Force chief quizzed over migration crisis
Winnie Agbonlahor
Global Government Forum, 15 October 2015

British border control staff have stopped almost as many attempts by people entering the UK from the French border in three months as it did over the whole previous year, the chief of Britain's Border Force has said.

Sir Charles Montgomery, director-general of the Border Force, said that "in three months between April and July we have already intercepted 30,000 attempts", compared to 40,000 people "we had prevented from making the journey across to the United Kingdom at the end of the last year."

This represents a three-fold increase from an average monthly figure of around 3,300 last year to 10,000 this year.

Vast numbers of migrants and asylum seekers have made their way across the Mediterranean to Europe in 2015, with the International Organization for Migration estimating that more than 350,000 migrants were detected at the EU's borders between January and August 2015, compared with 280,000 detected for the whole of 2014. The figures do not include those who got in undetected.

Speaking during a Home Affairs Select Committee hearing last month on the migration crisis, Montgomery said that the increase in interceptions had been down to "a combination" of more people coming through and Montgomery and his team getting better at their job. ...

Asked by Vaz how many of the 30,000 people had been "'retreads' – people who have tried and therefore come back again", Montgomery said he could not give an accurate figure, because his staff are tasked only to "make these interceptions and to return them to the police and the French authorities." But he added that "we do see on a daily basis, regular reattempts from any one individual."

Vaz also asked Montgomery if he would like to see the system which sees "people, who you have done so much work on, suddenly disappear, presumably to offend again", changed.

Montgomery responded that, "in all these circumstances, I naturally want people who have offended to be brought to justice," but added that this "has not happened so far."
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Peter Snow Returns to the Future: Steve Jones
Steve Jones
BBC Radio 4, 15 October 2015

Geneticist Professor Steve Jones boards Peter Snow's time travelling DeLorean on a journey to the past and the future to explore the origins of the red head and the future of the human race.

Snow: But here comes our farmer. Now that's interesting. Instead of that freckly red-head we've got an olive-skinned 24th-century farmer. Now has the make-up of this part of the world really changed that much in 300 years?

Jones: I would think pretty much so. /.../ People in different parts of the world have very different patterns of reproduction. In western Europe, since 2015, the locals have scarcely managed to keep the population up at all. The average family size in most of Europe is fewer than two, OK. In Africa, for much of that time, since then, the average family size was then five - it may have gone down a bit - and that inevitably means, whether you like it or not, whatever the politicians say, whatever causes it, whether it's legal or illegal, people are going to move from the overcrowded, hungry parts of the world to the uncrowded and well-fed parts of the world; and that has happened, dramatically, over the past three centuries, and we see the effects with our very healthy-looking olive-skinned Scot here.

Snow: But that's the effect of inter-marriage and inter-partnership and sexual relations, if you like.

Jones: It is indeed ...
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Britain will need to build three cities the size of Birmingham by 2020 unless action is taken to tackle migrant crisis
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 14 October 2015

Britain will be forced to build three cities the size of Birmingham within five years to cope with current levels of immigration, experts warned last night.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of think-tank MigrationWatch UK, said the population could increase by a staggering 3 million by 2020 – adding strain to the country's creaking public services. ...

Lord Green said that if net migration – the number of people coming into the country minus those leaving – and the natural population increase continued at today's rates, it would mean a typical rise of around 600,000 a year.

Giving evidence to the Home Affairs Select Committee, he said: 'On current levels of net migration, we are going to have to build three cities the size of Birmingham within five years. That just can't be done.'

Birmingham, the UK's second largest city, has a population of just over 1 million, according to the 2011 census.

Lord Green said it would be 'very difficult' for the Government to hit its 100,000 migration target but he opposed axing the figure, arguing that it 'focused' bureaucrats and public opinion.

'Unless some action is taken to reduce the inflow from European countries, it will not be possible to bring levels of migration down to levels that people in this country will accept,' he said.

However, Boris Johnson has warned Britain that low immigration can lead to Japanese style economic stagnation.

Despite being the world's third largest economy the country has suffered from a lack of growth and the population size is falling, the mayor said on a trade visit to Tokyo.

'Britons must think about the consequences of curbing the number of people from overseas that move to the UK,' he insisted. ...

"They have got demographic problems. One of the questions that people in Britain might think about is obviously that they have very, very low immigration and very, very low, in fact negative, population growth, they have got a shrinking population.

'That has, of course, contributed to the long period of economic stagnation they are going through.' ...

Meanwhile, Labour voted against tough new immigration rules last night in a sign the divided party is out of touch with voters.

Home Secretary Theresa May's Immigration Bill included a crackdown on illegal foreign workers, restrictions to bank accounts and driving licences and proposals to dock the wages of migrants caught working unlawfully.

It also included a controversial requirement for landlords to check the immigration status of tenants – raising fears it could lead to discrimination, a claim Mrs May dismissed.

But the measures passed their first Commons hurdle by 323 to 274, a majority of 49.
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African students and entrepreneurs to be encouraged to migrate to EU
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 14 October 2015

Thousands of skilled workers, entrepreneurs and students will be helped to move from Africa to Europe in response to the migration crisis, under plans to be discussed by European Union leaders.

Africans will be given language training and their academic qualifications recognised by European employers as part of measures to help people to migrate legally to the continent.

Thousands of students and academics will be given help through expanded scholarship schemes, according to leaked proposals.

The plans are contained in a draft action plan for a summit of heads of government to take place in Valletta, Malta, next month.

Jean-Claude Juncker, the EU president, has called for legal migration routes to be opened up to put people traffickers out of business, and to offset the demographic decline that risks devastating the continent's living standards.

However, European leaders may be reluctant to increase migration as they struggle to cope with the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War. Britain would have an opt-out on the plans.

Frontex, the border agency, said 710,000 migrants entered the EU in the first nine months of this year, of whom 350,000 came through the Greek islands.

The plan calls on leaders to "step up efforts to promote legal migration and mobility". ...

It also suggests that migrants should be given greater help to claim social benefits, saying leaders should "facilitate the portability of social rights of lawfully residing migrants".
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Majority say Germany can't 'manage' refugees
The Local [Germany], 14 October 2015

A poll published on Tuesday showed that a majority of Germans think that there are too many asylum seekers in the country and that Chancellor Angela Merkel is wrong to say "we'll manage this".

The YouGov survey found that 56 percent of people thought that there were too many refugees already in Germany for the country to be able to take on any more.

That represented a 10 percent rise on the number giving the same answer just one month ago, in mid-September.

Meanwhile, only 19 percent thought the country definitely could take in more refugees, down from 28 percent a month ago.

The survey also showed falling confidence in Chancellor Angela Merkel's repeated insistence that "we'll manage this", with 32 percent of the respondents agreeing with her – down from 43 percent at the beginning of September.

With 64 percent now disagreeing, Merkel has a tough battle to stick to the course she has chosen in the crisis.

As recently as Sunday the Chancellor declared that she would not be turned aside by opinion polls or discontent within her own party ranks.
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More horrible than rape
David P. Goldman
Asia Times, 14 October 2015

The body of a 20-year-old Syrian woman, "Rokstan M.," was unearthed from a shallow grave in the small Saxon town of Dessau last week. Her father and brothers stabbed her to death on her mother's orders, after she was gang-raped by three men. The rape left her "unclean" and the mother allegedly demanded the killing to restore the family's honor. German police are seeking the father and brothers. That by itself is not newsworthy; what is newsworthy is the news itself, which appeared in not one of Germany's major daily newspapers or websites. ...

... Her story deserves a line or two in the quality press. But it's one of many that German leaders want to ignore.

Political leaders in Germany – which may absorb 1.5 million migrants this year – are struggling to respond to reports of a sex crime epidemic among newly-arrived Muslims. ...

Germany's elite knows perfectly well that the migrants bring social pathologies, because they have already seen the world's worst sex crime epidemic unfold in Scandinavia. ...

Even in liberated, feminist, gender-neutral Sweden, there is something more horrible than rape, something horrible enough to persuade the political elite to sacrifice the physical and mental health of tens of thousands of Swedish women. That is the horror of social disintegration in the Muslim world. ... ...

The incidence of rape in Sweden has tripled in the past ten years as the country became Europe's premier destination for Muslim immigrants. Writing for the Gatestone Institute, Ingrid Carlqvist and Lars Hedegaard observe,

Since 2000, there has only been one research report on immigrant crime. It was done in 2006 by Ann-Christine Hjelm from Karlstads University. It emerged that in 2002, 85% of those sentenced to at least two years in prison for rape in 2002 were foreign born or second-generation immigrants.

A 1996 report by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention reached the conclusion that immigrants from North Africa (Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) were 23 times as likely to commit rape as Swedish men. The figures for men from Iraq, Bulgaria and Romania were, respectively, 20, 18 and 18. Men from the rest of Africa were 16 times more prone to commit rape; and men from Iran, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia, 10 times as prone as Swedish men.

A new trend reached Sweden with full force over the past few decades: gang rape – virtually unknown before in Swedish criminal history. The number of gang rapes increased spectacularly between 1995 and 2006. Since then no studies of them have been undertaken.

Sweden not only stands by while large number of its women are raped, but outlaws public discussion of the causes. ...

Why should Sweden inflict such damage upon itself and criminalize dissent against the policies which caused it? Ideology can't be the whole explanation. Sweden is committed to a postmodern multicultural ideology, to be sure, but other ideologies have a voice, feminism. Yet the feminists are mute on the subject of Sweden's rape epidemic. That is not because feminists condone rape, but because they believe that there is something even more horrible than rape.
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Calais migrant crisis costs Britain £100,000 a day – that's £200 MILLION in just five years
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 13 October 2015

Cash-strapped Britain is spending nearly £100,000 a day tackling the migrant crisis in Calais, the Daily Express can reveal.

Official figures show for the first time how securing the besieged port town and surrounding region is proving a huge drain on taxpayers.

Since 2010 almost £200 million has been spent trying to repel those looking to sneak into the UK.

The sum lays bare the scale of the migrant threat just 20 miles off the English coast. ... ...

The outlay includes £7 million on fencing to surround the Eurotunnel terminal, a £2 million upgrade of detection technology and boosting Border Force's dog searching capability by £1 million.

The amount spent over the past five-and-a-half years could have funded 8,000 nurses.

Lured by the prospect of jobs, benefits and free healthcare stowaways were stopped at the border at a rate of 153 a day in the first six months of the year, the Home Office said.

There were 27,755 attempts to sneak into Britain illegally between January and June.

This compares to 12,980 in the first six months of 2014 and 6,238 in 2013.

It means the number risking their lives for the chance of a new start jumped 350 per cent in just two years. ...

But the true scale of the burden on the public purse emerged after the Conservatives' Lord (John) Patten demanded to know the cost of the British commitment in northern France.

In response, Home Office Minister Lord Bates said: "Since 2010 the Government has spent £196 million in Calais and the surrounding locations to secure the border, which includes day-to-day activity such as carrying out passport checks on all passengers, searching for illicit goods, as well as stopping and deterring illegal migration.

"Part of this figure includes the recent investment to reinforce security through infrastructure improvements at Border Force's controls in northern France."
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Do lawyers have the right to question Tory asylum policy?
Michael White
The Guardian, 13 October 2015

Just by coincidence, a lawyer friend was sounding off within earshot a few hours before 300 lawyers and retired judges published their letter complaining that the government's response to the Syrian refugee crisis is "too low, too slow and too narrow". So it is. But is it the job of retired judges to tell David Cameron so? ...

Either way it seems to me inevitable that there will be more clashes between the judicial, legislative and executive branches of administration in a world which is becoming increasingly complex. ...

The law is there to protect us all from illegal or over-mighty behaviour (and to punish miscreants). When it expands its remit there is bound to be trouble. MPs do not always stay on their side of the line. ...

Alas, there are few top-flight lawyers in modern politics. ... ...

The lack of lawyers is one reason why so much current legislation is sloppy and warrants judicial correction leading to revision. But does that give lawyers the red light to sign lofty letters telling the government what to do on one of the most sensitive political issues of the day? I struggle to think it does, however well intentioned.

The lawyers and elderly judges are entitled to point out that the system that evolved after the second world war has not adapted well to the modern world of cheap flights, transcontinental lorry routes and mobile phones, all of which facilitate mass movement. ...

That the system needs fixing is obvious. Both the Dublin and the Schengen agreements (the latter allows unimpeded access across most EU borders) are tottering, while EU leaders struggle, not very successfully, to adapt their rules and ensure all members states take their fair share.

Where I take issue is in the lawyers' final paragraph where they specifically condemn the government's amended target of taking 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020: "too low, too slow and too narrow", they say. That's highly political, even if they were disinterested citizens in this debate, which they are not. Lawyers are active participants in this process at almost every stage, some acting gallantly from noble motives, others making a handy few bob.

But ministers have to look at the bigger picture and be held responsible for the consequences, as the average senior judge rarely is when he or she makes a blunder in law, sentencing or comment, formal or otherwise. Britain's 20th-century record on accepting asylum seekers as refugees is patchy but honourable enough. We did badly by Kenyan Asians under Labour in 1968, better by their expelled Ugandan cousins under the Tories' Ted Heath. It is inherent in the situation that a state and its citizens can easily be accused in hindsight of not doing enough.

But what has made the current crisis hard is context, the context in which the population of the UK – mostly south-east England – has increased by about 5 million in the past 15 years or so, mostly driven by immigration and migrant birth rates. ...

No wonder many voters are nervous. /.../ We are a multicultural society, as Cameron's speech to the Tory party conference (and even Theresa May's) acknowledged last week.

But the burdens of migration of all kinds are not shared evenly.
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Revealed: How a third of the 3 million EU migrants living in Britain have arrived since David Cameron became Prime Minister
Matt Chorley
MailOnline, 12 October 2015

One in three European migrants in the UK has arrived since David Cameron became Prime Minister, it can be revealed.

Of the 3 million EU nationals living here in 2014, almost a million entered the country after 2010, including 240,000 last year alone. ...

Analysis of data produced by the Office for National Statistics for MailOnline shows how tens of thousands of people have settled in the UK in recent years.

In 2014 there were 2.25 million EU migrants living in the UK who arrived between 1990 and 2013.

It included 743,000 people from Poland, 134,000 from Lithuania, 118,000 from Italy and 108,000 from Ireland.

The data shows that the single largest group of EU migrants were Poles who arrived in 2006 - a total of 134,000. ...

Separate figures show that last year alone some 240,000 EU nationals settled in the UK, equivalent to 8 per cent of the total number of people from elsewhere on the continent.

It includes 118,000 from the EU15 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden).

A further 72,000 came from countries in the EU8 grouping, including Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia. There were also 46,000 people from Romania and Bulgaria.

A further 198,000 EU nationals had first arrived in 2013, 207,000 in 2012, 161,000 in 2011 and 175,000 who have been here since 2010 when Mr Cameron became PM.

It means that in total, 981,000 EU nationals living in the UK have arrived since 2010 – 33 per cent of the 2.9 million total.
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Over a third of babies born in the UK are no longer white British: More than 10% come from other Caucasian backgrounds mirroring increased migration from Europe
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 9 October 2015

Fewer than two in three babies born last year were officially classified as white British, figures showed yesterday.

The first ethnic breakdown of births showed that 65.3 per cent were born to mothers who put the ethnicity of their child as white British.

The proportion is much lower than the white British population as a whole, which was recorded as just over 80 per cent at the 2011 national census.

The decline in births among the majority background is a fresh indicator of the impact of large-scale immigration over the past 15 years. ...

Among the third of babies said to be members of ethnic minorities, 10.3 per cent were recorded as 'white other'. The relatively high proportion appears to mirror increased immigration from Europe.

The group includes children born to mothers from Poland and other Eastern European countries as well as Ireland, Western Europe, Australia, New Zealand, the US, Canada and South Africa.

The analysis was published by the Office for National Statistics and recorded that 4.3 per cent of babies were Pakistani, 3.3 per cent Indian and 1.5 per cent Bangladeshi. A further 3.5 per cent were registered as black African, while the smallest ethnic category was black Caribbean, at 0.9 per cent.

The remaining 11 per cent of babies – recorded as 'all others' – included those whose mothers said they were from Far East countries including China, or from the Middle East. ...

The ethnicity of a baby is not recorded on the birth register. However, midwives are required to record it during the birth notification – an NHS process that provides the baby with an NHS number and begins the child's medical records. Midwives set down ethnic identity as given to them by the mother.

The 34 per cent of babies said to be from ethnic minorities is a much higher figure than that commonly given.

The usual figure is the count of babies born to mothers who were themselves born abroad, and who are regarded by the ONS as immigrants.

In 2014, some 27 per cent of babies in Britain had foreign-born mothers, up from 26.5 per cent the year before.
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Theresa May did not oppose immigration
Randhir Singh Bains
The Guardian, 9 October 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

Gary Younge got it all wrong (Opinion, 7 October). Theresa May did not oppose immigration, but merely claims that immigration is good only when taken in small sips, not in large gulps, as Britain did under New Labour. There is enough statistical evidence to show that when you allow a massive influx of new immigrants within a short space of time, the society on the receiving end becomes balkanised and conflicted, depleting the very glue – social cohesion – that keeps it intact. Citizens in general can be comfortable with cognitive diversity, ie diversity of outlooks, but not so with cultural diversity, especially when such diversity is allowed to increase beyond its critical mass, thereby pushing the country on the receiving end of immigration one step nearer to becoming a cleft country.
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Dominic Grieve claims electoral fraud growing in immigrant areas
Randeep Ramesh
The Guardian, 7 October 2015

Dominic Grieve, the former attorney general, has said fraud at elections is a "growing phenomenon" in Britain that is taking place in communities "in which there is a tradition of electoral corruption and fraud in their home countries".

Speaking at a fringe meeting at the Conservative party's annual conference, the senior Tory warned that although it had affected Labour mainly, as his party became more successful it too would be blighted. Grieve said electoral fraud is found "where there are high levels of inhabitants from a community in which there is a tradition of electoral corruption in their home countries". ...

Grieve wants Northern Ireland-style checks to be brought in to combat fraud – which would mean voters having to produce identification papers to register their intention to vote by post and having to justify their decision to the authorities.

He said: "I am puzzled why there is so much resistance in the political class for these changes. I know we want to maximise the number of people who vote. I am all in favour of that. But there is no point in creating a fake participation that masquerades as the real thing."

Although in the past he apologised for singling out the British Pakistani community, Grieve said it was not about any one group. He cited evidence from the electoral commission earlier this year that said all the main political parties had been accused of exploiting networks within British Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities to harvest votes. ...

Grieve said a victim culture was at the root of the problem, where communities felt they could overcome society's "disadvantage" to get political power.

This, he said, was at the "very root of electoral corruption. It is the belief that you can only by using a 'favours culture' and manipulating the system get the outcome which reflects your status as a group within a community. That is why it is so important that, as politicians in a democratic society, we should speak out against it because it is insidiously corrupting. Once you get into the habit of this then another group will say they are disadvantaged unless they start behaving in a similar manner."
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EU chief: Migrant influx is 'campaign of hybrid warfare' by neighbours to force concessions
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 7 October 2015

Migrants are being sent to Europe as a campaign of "hybrid warfare" in order to force concessions to its neighbours, EU president Donald Tusk has claimed.

An influx of hundreds of thousands of people is a "weapon" and a "political bargaining chip" used by the EU's neighbours who want to harm the continent, Mr Tusk said.

He made the incendiary comments as the European Union announced it would give an extra one billion euros in aid, and dangled the offer of visa-free travel, to Turkey as part of a charm offensive to encourage the country to close its borders as a major transit route for migrants.

Sources said Mr Tusk's remarks were not aimed specifically at Turkey but that he was thinking of leaders across the region, including the late Libyan dictator Gaddafi who threatened to turn Europe 'black' unless it handed over billions in aid.

However, there is mounting frustration in Brussels at President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's refusal to seal Turkey's coasts and border wit Greece. Police have stopped just one in seven of the 350,000 people who have crossed since January on a major transit route for those fleeing Syria for the EU, and European leaders are convinced he could easily do more.

Mr Tusk, the president of the European Council, told MEPs that "many of our neighbours look with satisfaction at our troubles", and were prepared to extract favours in exchange for halting the flow.

"For us, refugees are specific people, individuals, who expect our help. There are forces around us however, for whom the wave of refugees is just dirty business or a political bargaining chip.

"We are slowly becoming witnesses to the birth of a new form of political pressure, and some even call it a kind of a new hybrid war, in which migratory waves have become a tool, a weapon against neighbours. This requires particular sensitivity and responsibility on our side."
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UK charity considers cutting off aid for the 'Jungle' at Calais after visiting the camp and deciding most migrants had no real reason to leave their home country
Chris Brooke and Peter Allen
Daily Mail, 7 October 2015

A crisis relief charity chief is set to pull the plug on aid to the Calais 'Jungle' camp after discovering most people there are economic migrants 'without any reason' to leave their home country.

The Bradford-based Human Relief Foundation has been running a project to help the 'refugees' at the makeshift camp and previously claimed they were all 'fleeing war and significant atrocities.'

But a visit by a team led by Kassim Tokan, the HRF deputy chief executive, discovered a totally different picture on the ground, with unwanted clothing and food being 'dumped and burnt' by the migrants.

Instead of vulnerable families fighting for survival he found the camp – dubbed the Jungle – was '95 to 97 per cent' adult men.

The discovery has prompted the charity – which sends relief aid to people in desperate need around the world – to change its aid policy in respect of the Calais camp where around 4,000 people are living. ...

Interviewed by ITV's Calendar News, Mr Tokan admitted he was surprised by what he found. Asked if his charity would withdraw support for the camp's inhabitants, he said: 'Most likely, yes.'

He said it would be better to help people in genuine need in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey rather than 'healthy people here.'

The charity's own 'Path of Mercy' project stated on its website that 'most of the refugees in the camp are highly vulnerable people' fleeing war. Adding: 'Due to the conflict, many people have faced and continue to face injury, disability, torture, starvation, neglect and poor mental health.'

However, after inspecting conditions at the Calais camp and being shown around by an aid staff on site, Mr Tokan came to a very different conclusion.

Mr Tokan, who heads the international charity's global orphan and family programmes, said many migrants in Calais had no 'valid' reason for going to the UK and should have stayed at home. ...

Politicians and other commentators on both sides of the Channel have long argued that the illegal Calais camps are mainly populated by economic migrants.

France's former employment minister Xavier Bertrand is one of many who said Britain's 'black jobs market' was the goal of the mostly young men with mobile phones, rather than desperate families fleeing war and persecution.

A volunteer aid worker attached to one of the major charities working in Calais told the Mail yesterday that the migrants were primarily interested in getting hold of 'phones, cash and any practical equipment which will make their journeys to Britain easier'. ...

The Human Relief Foundations has offices in eight locations around the world. It is a member of the Muslim Charities Forum and has an annual income of around £3m a year.
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Is EU immigration to blame for missing the net migration target?
Sam Ashworth-Hayes and Conor James McKinney
Full Fact, 7 October 2015

"We set a target; we haven't achieved that target not least because there's been a lot of migration from inside the European Union"


"I want to see immigration come down. That's why we've taken all the steps we have. It hasn't worked so far because of the large numbers coming from inside the EU"

David Cameron, 7 October 2015

The Prime Minister's words about the impact of the European Union on the government's immigration policy are familiar. But EU immigration is not the cause of the government failing to meet its net migration target.

Net migration of non-EU citizens alone has been consistently above the overall target set by the government in every year since it was announced.

This government, like the Coalition before it, has said that it wants to reduce annual net migration – the difference between the number of people coming to live in the UK and the number leaving in a given year – to tens of thousands. This has been variously phrased as an "ambition" or a "target" over the years.

Whatever it's called, it's not been met. The government's own impact assessments as far back as 2011 suggested as much. Net migration was 330,000 in the year to March 2015, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

It's been higher than 100,000 in every year since 2005.

When the net migration figures were last updated in August, the Immigration Minister, James Brokenshire, said that the government had been "knocked off course by EU migration".

The Conservative general election manifesto, published in April, also laid the blame at the collective feet of EU immigrants, while in November 2014, Theresa May said that meeting the net migration target was unlikely "because we have seen increasing numbers of people coming from across Europe".

Immigration from the EU has driven most of the recent rise in net migration, and this may well be related to the UK's relatively strong economic performance.

But net migration of non-EU citizens alone is above the target for all net migration. It's almost 200,000 in the latest estimates. It has never been below 100,000 since 2005. ...

If EU net migration had been zero, the government still wouldn't have hit its target.
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Theresa May: Mass immigration making 'cohesive society' impossible
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 6 October 2015

Mass immigration is forcing thousands of British people out of jobs and is making it "impossible" to build a "cohesive society", Theresa May will say.

Speaking at the Conservative Party conference in Manchester, the Home Secretary will say that there "is no case in the national interest for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade".

Mrs May, considered a potential successor to David Cameron as Tory leader, will warn that current levels of migration into the UK are unsustainable as she calls for a system "that allows us to control who comes to our country".

Managing the consequences of immigration "comes at a high price" and means building new homes and creating school places for foreigners, Mrs May will say.

And she will attack the "open-borders liberal left" as she reaffirms the Government's bid to reduce net migration to the "tens of thousands". ...

Mrs May's intervention will be seen as a sign that the government is preparing further policy aimed at addressing public concern over rising migration.

In a significant hardening of the Government's rhetoric, Mrs May will warns that "not all of the consequences" of mass migration "can be managed".

"When immigration is too high, when the pace of change is too fast, it's impossible to build a cohesive society," Mrs May will say. "It's difficult for schools and hospitals and core infrastructure like housing and transport to cope. And we know that for people in low-paid jobs, wages are forced down even further while some people are forced out of work altogether."

The Home Secretary will add: "Now I know there are some people who say, yes there are costs of immigration, but the answer is to manage the consequences not reduce the numbers. But not all of the consequences can be managed, and doing so for many of them comes at a high price.

"We need to build 210,000 new homes every year to deal with rising demand. We need to find 900,000 new school places by 2024. And there are thousands of people who have been forced out of the labour market, still unable to find a job."

She will cite the migrant crisis engulfing continental Europe and will say that people "conflate refugees in desperate need of help with economic migrants who simply want to live in a more prosperous society".

"Their desire for a better life is perfectly understandable, but their circumstances are not nearly the same as those of the people fleeing their homelands in fear of their lives," she will say.

"There are millions of people in poorer countries who would love to live in Britain, and there is a limit to the amount of immigration any country can and should take. While we must fulfil our moral duty to help people in desperate need, we must also have an immigration system that allows us to control who comes to our country."

In a controversial move, the Home Secretary will say that the "net economic and fiscal effect of high immigration is close to zero".
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Judges rule UK immigration laws can be BYPASSED by Britons ADOPTING foreign kids
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 6 October 2015

Britain's border controls were thrown into farcical mayhem today after top judges ruled people can simply bypass immigration law by ADOPTING people from other countries.

The Government's ability to control immigration from outside the European Union was dealt a hammer blow by the ruling, which effectively means ministers now have no say over how many children enter the UK.

It also means no youngster under the age of 18 can be deported from Britain - even after they become an adult - if it would not be in their best interests to leave. ...

A panel of top judges admitted Home Secretary Theresa May would be "concerned" by their decision, but said the only way to reverse it would be for parliament to change the law. ...

The ruling came when a panel of top judges were deciding a verdict of the case of an 18-year-old Pakistani youth who the Government had been trying to deport.

The youngster arrived in Britain for what was billed as a family visit in 2012 after his parents split up.

He went to live with his 44-year-old aunt and her two sons, but in a "flagrant breach" of immigration controls he outstayed his visitor's visa and refused to return to Pakistan.

When border police tried to deport the boy his aunt applied to adopt him so that he would become a British citizen.

Her application was refused by a senior judge, who ruled the child's father had brought him to Britain under the false pretence of a family visit specifically "for the purposes of adoption".

The youngster lost his appeal against that decision today, but judges made it clear this was only because he had turned 18 by the time his case got to court and was therefore no longer a minor.

And in a ruling set to strike fear into the hearts of Home Office staff they made it clear that, had the boy still been 17, he would have been granted adoption and indefinite leave to remain in Britain.

Lord Justice Sales agreed the boy's continued presence in Britain was a "flagrant breach of immigration controls" but said the law requires family judges to focus exclusively on the welfare of children throughout their lives.

That means legal teams could successfully argue that a youngster facing deportation should not denied adoption because they may face hardship in their country of origin at any point over the course of their life.

Pointing to the "practical benefits" of British citizenship, the judge said acquiring it automatically on adoption would clearly "promote the welfare" of many immigrant children.

He ruled: "It will not be appropriate for a court to refuse to make the (adoption) order as some sort of indirect means of reinforcing immigration controls.

"I can readily see that the Secretary of State for the Home Department might be concerned by this result.

"But if she wishes the courts to have the ability to give greater weight to considerations of immigration policy in the context of deciding whether an adoption order should be made, she will need to persuade Parliament to change (the law) to allow that to happen."
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Theresa May pledges asylum reform and immigration crackdown
BBC, 6 October 2015

Home Secretary Theresa May has unveiled a reform of the UK's asylum rules during an uncompromising speech to the Conservative Party conference.

Mrs May pledged to reduce the numbers claiming in Britain while taking in the "most vulnerable" refugees from conflict zones around the world.

She also said high migration made a "cohesive society" impossible.

Her speech was criticised by business groups, with the Institute of Directors attacking its "irresponsible rhetoric".

Net migration into the UK currently stands at a record high, reaching 330,000 in the year to March. ...

Addressing the party conference in Manchester, she said the main way of claiming asylum - by people already in the country - had failed, and rewarded "wealthiest, the luckiest and the strongest".

The UK would not adopt a common EU policy "in a thousand years" she said, promising a "new British approach", including tougher treatment for people who have travelled to the UK from other safe countries.

People who have "spurned the chance to seek protection elsewhere" will not have an automatic right to stay in the UK, she said.

Instead, priority will be given to "helping the most vulnerable people in the world's most dangerous places", she pledged.

The first ever "annual asylum strategy" will be published next year, along with a register of people and organisations able to accommodate refugees.

The overhaul also includes a new system of "safe return reviews" so asylum seekers can be returned home when their country is assessed as being safe, and the use of alternative ID documents to remove failed asylum seekers who do not have their own passports. ...

"But even if we could manage all the consequences of mass immigration, Britain does not need net migration in the hundreds of thousands every year." ...

She said evidence showed that "at best the net economic and fiscal effect of high immigration is close to zero" and that there was "no case, in the national interest, for immigration of the scale we have experienced over the last decade". ...

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Cameron said he agreed with Mrs May's comments on the subject, saying integrating new arrivals was "more difficult if you have excessive levels of migration".

The PM also said he was "incredibly proud" the UK had built one of the "most successful multi-racial, multi-ethnic democracies anywhere in the world".
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Political scientist: Refugee wave cannot stop by itself
Prague Daily Monitor, 5 October 2015

The refugee influx will not stop by itself, but it will have to be stopped, and even violence will have to be used, Czech political scientist living in Germany, Petr Robejsek, said in an interview issued by daily Pravo on Saturday.

"An unknown but considerable part of the migrants, let's say at least one fourth, poses a risk of varied intensity. From 'sleepers' sent by terrorist organisations to those who won't succeed in Europe and will lapse into religious radicalisation or simply crime," he said.

Robejsek said most of the migrants will have to come to terms with low-paying jobs or even with living on welfare in Germany, which will not meet the expectations they had, and they will either get reconciled with the situation or react negatively in some way.

Given the insidious war waged by the terrorist against the Western civilians, one should be more than careful: it seems better to have more mistrust than is necessary than to lose one's life due to one's carelessness, he said.

He said the rather decadent Western society will not be able to pacify and assimilate the foreign cultural influences and it will be further destabilised by them. ...

When asked about radicalisation of the Western societies and extremist actions of its citizens, he said the cause and effect should not be forgotten. It is first of all the migrants themselves who bring violence to Europe, he said.

"The European governments did not meet the duty of securing their territories. The secret services of the Western countries have warned about the risk of a migration wave for a long time," Robejsek said.
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Productivity is a key part of the immigration debate
James Winpenny
Financial Times, 5 October 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

Sir, Martin Wolf has exposed the fallacy of the economic case for continuing high levels of immigration into the UK (Comment, September 30). He refers to the "huge" increase in immigration that would be required for any significant lowering of Europe's dependency ratio. Such a massive increment of population (on UN models, 154m between 1995 and 2050, with "far more thereafter" to deal with the immigrants' own ageing) would clearly be unacceptable to most existing citizens.

Mr Wolf does not, however, dwell on another key factor. High levels of immigration have sustained a low-wage economy in the UK. Employers in many sectors have become used to taking on an effectively unlimited supply of labour at unchanging real wage rates. This, combined with our "flexible labour market" should cause no surprise that productivity levels remain low, compared to those of our trading rivals. Why should employers invest in labour-saving equipment, or reorder their production methods, in these circumstances?

If we have to adjust to a shrinking active workforce due to ageing, we will have to make radical adjustments to our lifestyle and production methods. Immigration is not part of the solution, indeed, it is part of the problem.
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Candidly Speaking: Jews, Islamophobia and compassion for refugees
Isi Leibler
Jerusalem Post, 4 October 2015

It would be inhumane not to react with compassion to the tragic and harrowing depictions of the suffering of refugees. ...

In this context, it is ironic that the most generous assistance to refugees emanates from the Germans, /.../ Many attribute this to a guilt reflex and atonement for Germany's iniquities during the Holocaust.

It is also not surprising that many Jewish communities in Europe, North America and Australia are currently in the vanguard of those calling on governments to be more liberal and accept greater numbers of refugees.

We also hear passionate calls from rabbis and Jewish lay leaders citing religious and ethical teachings that oblige us as Jews to provide haven for refugees. ... ...

The Jews who found refuge from the Nazis integrated into their host societies and never sought to impose their Jewish values – in stark contrast to the tensions created in Europe over recent decades by Islamic migration of elements who seek to impose anti-democratic values, restrict freedom of expression and promote the equivalent of Sharia law. In fact, the Jews became the most committed advocates for strengthening democracy and made major contributions to the economic and cultural enrichment of the countries that gave them haven.

Nor can one point to a single example of a second-generation Jew transformed into a terrorist by extremist rabbis, while this has been the case with many Muslim migrants. Indeed, the idea of Jews engaging in terrorism in Western countries is simply inconceivable.

That European Union bureaucrats are pressuring European countries to absorb refugees indeed reflects commendable humanitarian intentions. But there is a need to act rationally and appreciate that a growing flood of Muslim migrants to Europe could lead to disaster and even ultimately undermine West European civilization.

That may sound hysterical and, in the current climate, such observations automatically provoke accusations of Islamophobia and lack of compassion.

But the reality is that the overwhelming majority of these "refugees" not only originate from Muslim countries other than Syria, but 70 percent are estimated to be men of military age. That is to say that the majority of this "refugee" population are not traditional families seeking sanctuary, but men seeking economic enhancement.

Furthermore, these large numbers will act as a magnet which could result in profound demographic changes, with tens of millions of Muslims seeking to escape Arab countries for better lives in Europe. Taking account of their high fertility rates in a continent with declining birth rates, Islam could yet conquer Europe by demographic means, despite being vanquished militarily hundreds of years ago on the battlefield.

Most European countries already face major problems integrating existing Muslim communities, all of which include substantial extremist elements promoting objectives incompatible with Western values and creating major social upheavals and conflicts.

We should be under no illusions. Most emigrants from Muslim countries have been nurtured with hatred of Western values, contempt for democracy and vicious anti-Semitism. Ironically, Germany's concern to demonstrate its severance from its evil Nazi past by hosting large numbers of these "refugees" will inevitably strengthen the growing Islamist anti-Semitism in Germany and throughout Europe.
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Why the Arab States won't take in Syrian refugees
Mohammad Ahmad
USA Today, 4 October 2015

However, many people are perplexed that the Arab states, despite their geographical proximity, historical links and shared religion and language with Syrian refugees are not making any significant contribution to the resettlement of those refugees in their lands. ...

... The wealthiest Arab countries have formally taken in no Syrian refugees, arguing that doing so would open them up to the risk of terrorism.

To placate citizens who feel compassion for the Syrian refugees, Arab governments point to the money they have given to help Syrian refugees. Qatar, United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait have been among the world's largest donors to Syrian refugees, via United Nations agencies and private charities.

While aid through the U.N. and its agencies is verifiable, the portion given through private charities is not. While Kuwait has provided $784 million through the U.N. since 2012 and the UAE more than $350 million, these amounts are still less than the almost $800 million from Britain or the $3 billion the U.S. has provided.

The Arab states' argument about the risk of terrorists entering their lands is a lame one. Any significant movement has been in the reverse direction. The Syrian resistance has had the tactical support of the Arab states, which share the resistance leaders' doctrinal agenda. These pseudo-Islamist leaders have little interest in destabilizing the Arab States that are funding them, especially when their most important immediate goal is a victory in Syria. The threat of state-sponsored terrorism by Syria's Assad government is also far-fetched since Syria's ruler has his hands full fighting for his survival.

The real reason for this inhuman blocking of Syrian refugees is different. The Syrians have lived under secular governments far too long for the comfort of the Arab states. While Syrian rulers may have been undemocratic, they did protect religious freedom for most groups. As a result, many Syrians accept religious plurality and are more inclusive than exclusive. This does not fit in with the doctrinal rigidity of the ruling Arab elite.

That the Syrians share a common language makes them dangerous in the eyes of some Arab rulers. They fear that refugees could dangerously pollute the minds of subjects who are kept under strict religious monitoring although even the Quran says, "Admonish thou then; thou art but an admonisher. Thou art not over them a warden."

Additionally, figures in some of these Arab states have made inflammatory statements about Syrian refugees, many of whom are Alawites, Christians or Druze. Given how things operate in these states, it is difficult to assume that these have been made in contradiction to government policies.

A sermon delivered by the pseudo-Islamist Saudi cleric Sa'ad Ateeq al Ateeq in Doha's state-controlled Grand Mosque called for the destruction of the faithful of other religions: "Allah, strengthen Islam and the Muslims, and destroy your enemies, the enemies of the religion," he said. The preacher went on to say, "Allah, destroy the Jews and whoever made them Jews, and destroy the Christians and Alawites and the Shiites." Not very long ago, Saudi Arabia's highest Islamic authority, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah, called for the destruction of "all the churches in the (Arabian peninsula)."
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50 Years Ago, Immigration Changed in America [part 1]
Kenneth T. Walsh
U.S. News & World Report, 2 October 2015

Immigration is one of the hottest topics in the 2016 presidential campaign, generating angry debate over whether to deport millions of people who entered the U.S. illegally or grant them some form of amnesty, and whether to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. But the history of the current furor goes back 50 years, to one of the most far-reaching laws ever enacted in the country: the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. A review of that law and its impact provides many lessons for today, notably that substantial change can be a very lengthy process and "reform" can have huge, unforeseen consequences.

The Immigration Act, also known as the Hart-Celler Act, was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson 50 years ago on Oct. 3 and took full effect three years later. It ended a long-standing quota system based on national origin that heavily favored Western Europeans such as the English, Irish and Germans. The law created a new approach aimed at reuniting immigrant families and bringing skilled workers into the U.S. And over time, this dramatically transformed the demographic makeup of the country, as immigrants came increasingly from Latin America, Asia and Africa, rather than from Europe. ...

The consequences have been immense. The U.S. Census Bureau notes that the non-Hispanic white population in the U.S. declined from 85 percent in 1965 to 62.2 percent in 2014, and the forecast is for the percentage of non-Hispanic whites to fall to 43.6 percent in 2060. Hispanics will increase from 17.4 to 28.6 percent, the Census Bureau estimates. African-Americans will go from 13.2 percent to 14.3. Asians will increase from 5.4 to 9.3.

In cultural and political terms, such dramatic changes could cause whites to grow increasingly insecure and resentful that their majority status is eroding and will soon end. ...

Another result could be damaging the prospects of Republicans in presidential elections, where the turnout of minority voters is crucial. Many minority voters are reliably Democratic, which could mean that the increase in those pro-Democratic populations will make it more difficult for the GOP to win the White House.

And there is an additional lesson for policymakers and the country at large: One never truly knows how a major change in national policy will turn out. Few policymakers 50 years ago thought the Immigration Act would have such profound consequences. In signing the bill into law, Johnson, who loved to claim big ideas and big programs as his stock in trade, said, "This bill we sign today is not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions. It will not restructure the shape of our daily lives."

LBJ was wrong.
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50 Years Ago, Immigration Changed in America [part 2]
Kenneth T. Walsh
U.S. News & World Report, 2 October 2015

"Though the act had the noble goals of eliminating racism and prejudice from the U.S. immigration system, it was enacted without a clear understanding of how and why people migrate to the United States from particular countries, or how the anticipated congressional action might affect those patterns," Princeton sociologist Douglas C. Massey writes for The Washington Post. "And so, one unintended consequence of the well-intentioned 1965 immigration reform was an unprecedented rise in illegal migration. This in turn set in motion a cycle of border enforcement that produced more, rather than fewer, undocumented migrants living north of the border – not to mention the toxic politics around the issue." ...

"The shift away from ethnic selection in U.S. immigration policy was primarily a response to foreign policy pressures emanating from the growing number of independent Asian, African, and Latin American countries that sought to delegitimize racism through the United Nations and other, particularly Pan-American, multilateral institutions," immigration scholars David S. FitzGerald and David Cook Martin write for the Migration Information Source journal. "World War II and Cold War national security concerns amplified the pressure on the United States to end the national-origins immigration system. The Allies in World War II and the West during the Cold War risked losing support from Third World countries whose peoples were excluded by openly racist immigration laws." ...

In 1952, President Harry Truman created the Commission on Immigration and Naturalization, and its report, "Whom We Shall Welcome," became the basis for the 1965 law. It urged Congress to end the national-origins quotas, especially what the report called "racist provisions" discriminating against Asians and Caribbean blacks. The report's arguments were based on the "democratic faith of our own Declaration of Independence in the equality of all men," and the conclusion that "the best scientific evidence available today" shows that "the basic racist assumption of the national origins system is invalid." ...

The new law banned discrimination in the issuance of immigrant visas based on "race, sex, nationality, place of birth, or place of residence," with some major exceptions. It imposed an annual limit of 170,000 visas for immigrants from the Eastern Hemisphere, with no country in that hemisphere allowed more than 20,000 visas. It also imposed a new limit on immigrants from independent countries in the Western Hemisphere of 120,000 visas annually. But spouses, minor children and parents of adult U.S. citizens were exempted from the new limits.

The results were dramatic. The European and Canadian share of legal immigrants declined relatively quickly from 60 percent in the 1950s to 22 percent in the 1970s, according to the analysis by scholars FitzGerald and Martin. The Asian share of legal immigrants increased from 6 percent in the 1950s to 35 percent by the 1980s and 40 percent in 2013. "The demographic diversity of the U.S. population today in many ways is the direct result of the 1965 legislation," the analysis says. This includes projections that the U.S. population will no longer include a white, non-Latino majority by the middle of this century – which would be one of the most profound effects of any legislation in U.S. history.
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UK Deeply Divided Over Letting In Refugees
Afua Hirsch
Sky News, 2 October 2015

Britain is deeply divided about how the nation should respond to the crisis in Syria, with the majority concerned about the impact of refugees coming into the UK.

Exclusive survey results by Sky News have found that 47% of British people favour taking in fewer refugees. When the same question was asked using the term "asylum seeker", that figure was 57%.

Meanwhile, 61% think Britain's resources can't take the strain of more refugees.

The findings come after the Government's decision to accept 20,000 refugees from camps neighbouring Syria, but none who have already travelled to Europe, sparked intense debate about the appropriate response to the refugee crisis.
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Migration is now a major fear for over half of Britons: Issue of shoring up borders sees six point rise in a month
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 1 October 2015

Concern about immigration has reached record heights after a summer of chaos across Europe, a poll reveals.

Some 56 per cent of the public say shoring up our porous borders is among the most crucial issues facing the UK – a six point rise in a month.

Some 40 per cent believe it is the single biggest concern – dwarfing the NHS, which was in second place on 9 per cent.

The survey by Ipsos MORI followed a dramatic summer involving the crisis at Calais, the unprecedented influx into Europe of refugees fleeing war and poverty, and net migration into the UK at a record high. ...

The poll, published yesterday, found that concern over immigration was the highest for any issue since 2012 – when 56 per cent of people expressed worries about the economy. Three-quarters of Conservative voters listed immigration among the most significant issues, as did almost half (49 per cent) of Labour supporters.

Of those aged 65 and over, immigration was a significant issue for 64 per cent and it was the biggest concern in all parts of the UK except London.

Last night Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of the think-tank MigrationWatch, said: 'These are extraordinary figures.

'They are yet further evidence of the common sense of the British people. Not only is our population increasing at the fastest rate for nearly a century, but public services are coming under enormous strain and in parts of our country, society is changing far more rapidly than many people wish to see.' ...

Ukip's immigration spokesman Steven Woolfe said: 'This poll number reflects badly on those amongst our country's leaders who do not see how mass uncontrolled immigration is damaging the fabric of our nation.

'The people of this country do because they have the common sense to see that mass migration changes nations.'
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New Labour split over migrant crisis: Party out of touch on immigration warns Burnham as Corbyn describes influx as 'an opportunity'
Jason Groves and James Slack
Daily Mail, 1 October 2015

Mass immigration is 'nothing but a plus' for Britain, Jeremy Corbyn said yesterday as he opened up a fresh split with his own MPs.

The Labour leader said the influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants each year was 'not necessarily a problem' and should be seen as an opportunity.

But hours later his Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham warned Labour was 'out of touch' on immigration and called for a tougher line to win back supporters who have defected to Ukip.

Mr Corbyn, who has previously said Britain should 'celebrate' record levels of net migration, had failed to mention the issue in his hour-long conference speech on Tuesday.

And yesterday Labour's new leader insisted that immigration was not an issue people should be concerned about. Mr Corbyn said: 'People that have migrated to this country over many years have made an enormous contribution to our society, helped our economic growth, helped our health service and helped our social services and our education services, so don't look upon immigration as necessarily a problem, it's often a very great opportunity.

'I don't think immigration, as such, has been anything but a plus to our economic development and the diversity of our society and economy.'

Mr Corbyn conceded that there was a need to spend more on housing, schools and hospitals in some areas to ease the pressure on public services in areas of high immigration. ...

A few hours later Mr Burnham used his speech at Labour's conference in Brighton to admit that mass immigration has hit wages and made jobs less secure for British workers.

He told activists: 'For too long, we have argued that free movement across Europe benefits everyone and affects all areas equally. That's just not true.

'In places, a free market in labour benefits private companies more than people and communities. Labour hasn't faced up to that and that's why we look out of touch. ...'
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Burnham set to open up major split at top of Labour by admitting mass immigration has hit wages and that the party is 'out of touch' with the public
James Slack
Daily Mail, 30 September 2015

Andy Burnham will today open up a major new split with his party's hard-Left leader by admitting mass immigration has hit wages and made jobs less secure for British workers.

The defeated leadership candidate says Labour is 'out of touch' with the public and must change course to win back voters lost to UKIP.

The shadow home secretary will warn: 'For too long, we have argued that free movement across Europe benefits everyone and affects all areas equally. That's just not true.'

His comments put him sharply at odds with Jeremy Corbyn, who described Labour's election pledge to impose greater controls on immigration as 'appalling'.

During yesterday's hour long speech, the leader avoided mentioning immigration altogether, apart from references to refugees.

But he has consistently spoken out in favour of mass immigration and said Britain should 'celebrate' the fact net migration is now running at a record 330,000.

Mr Burnham, by contrast, will today insist that 'to win back the voters we lost to UKIP', Labour must change its approach to immigration.

He is expected to tell delegates in Brighton: 'In places, a free market in labour benefits private companies more than people and communities. Labour hasn't faced up to that and that's why we look out of touch.

'The truth is that free movement on the current rules is widening inequality. It has built the economic power of the big cities and that is good.

'But it has made life harder for people in our poorest communities, where wages have been undercut and job security lost.' ...

He will add: 'We welcome people here to work, as we always have. But let's make it work for everyone with new EU rules to stop under-cutting, protecting the 'going rate' for skilled workers.'
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The benefits of migration are questionable [part 1]
Martin Wolf
Financial Times, 30 September 2015

I am the child of refugees. My parents came to the UK to escape Hitler. Their arrival saved their lives. More passionate patriots cannot be imagined. It is not surprising that I believe Europe has a moral obligation to protect refugees. But what should one think about immigration more broadly?

Globalisation is not just for goods, services and capital. It is also for people. High-income countries are not only richer, but also less corrupt and more stable, than others. Nothing is less surprising than the desire to emigrate to the west.

Yet little is more contentious. Migration is the touchstone of rightwing populism. Think of Nigel Farage, Marine Le Pen or Donald Trump.

A few argue that gaps in real wages across the world are the biggest of all economic distortions. Movement of people, they say, should be seen as identical to trade; humanity would benefit from the elimination of barriers. The movement of people might be vast and the impact on high-income economies, with only one-seventh of the world's population, correspondingly huge. But it would maximise wealth.

Yet such cosmopolitanism is incompatible with the organisation of our politics into self-governing territorial jurisdictions. It is incompatible, too, with the right of citizens to decide who may share the benefits of living alongside them.

If countries are entitled to control immigration, the criterion for immigration becomes the benefits to existing citizens and their descendants. Benefits to would-be immigrants, which are the bulk of those generated by migration, count for less.

What then are the benefits of immigration to citizens and their descendants? The arguments divide into those relating to the numbers and, more importantly, those relating to the differing characteristics.

Is it important to increase population? The answer surely is no. Merely increasing the population of a prosperous small country, such as Denmark, would not increase the standard of living of its citizens. But it would impose sizeable investment and congestion costs. The argument for size can only be that it makes defence cheaper.

The argument cannot be from the numbers but from the characteristics of immigrants. So proponents of the benefits of large-scale immigration argue that immigrants are younger, cheaper, better motivated and valuably different. Opponents counter that the young also age, while diversity brings disadvantages as well as advantages.

Immigrants are indeed relatively young. Immigration is soon be the only source of population increase for the EU. In the past 10 years, immigrants represented 47 per cent of the increase in the workforce in the US and 70 per cent in Europe, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

This is not surprising, since the rate of natural increase has been falling in high-income countries for decades ...
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The benefits of migration are questionable [part 2]
Martin Wolf
Financial Times, 30 September 2015

Thus immigrants lower the ratio of the retired to those of working age (the old-age dependency ratio). But the impact on dependency, at least with current levels of immigration, is modest. To lower it substantially requires enormous inflows.

In 2014, there were 29 dependants aged 65 and over for every 100 people of working age. According to the UN, keeping this ratio below a third would require immigration of 154m between 1995 and 2050, with far more thereafter: immigrants age, too, after all.

Consequently, a big reduction in dependency ratios demands huge inflows. One might argue that a continent with so few children must accept such a transformation of its population.

Consider other possible economic impacts. The OECD looked at the fiscal impact of cumulative waves of migration in the past 50 years in member countries, and concluded it was on average roughly zero. The precise impact depends on the skill and other characteristics of immigrants and the flexibility of labour markets. Much the same is true of immigrants' other impacts: are they complementary to current workers or substitutes; and, if substitutes, for whom?

What, then, can one say about the economic impact? First, the immigration needed to have big effects, notably on dependency burdens, would be huge. Second, immigration has significant impacts on investment needs (in housing and other infrastructure) and congestion, particularly in already densely populated countries – though these are similar to those caused by natural increase.

Finally, the main beneficiaries are always the immigrants themselves.

Yet migration is not just about economics. Immigrants are people. They bring in families, for example. Over time, large-scale immigration will transform the cultures of recipient countries in complex ways.

Immigrants bring diversity and cultural dynamism. At the same time, as Nobel laureate Thomas Schelling notes, substantial segregation might naturally emerge. People might then live quite separately, without many shared loyalties.

Immigration has economic effects. But it also affects the current and future values of a country, including its concern for foreigners. People may legitimately differ on the correct policies.

Our countries will end up neither closed nor totally open. Striking the balance is hard. In doing so, it is perfectly reasonable for countries to argue that their own citizens always come first.
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Cost of migration crisis means nothing to us, says top EU official
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 29 September 2015

The EU's leaders "do not care about the political cost" of their handling of the migration crisis because they do not have to face election, one of its top officials has admitted.

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the commissioner for migration whose controversial plan to relocate 120,000 refugees badly split the EU last week, said national leaders should "stop thinking about" the backlash they face over migration.

The relocation policy is deeply unpopular in eastern Europe, but without the threat of re-election this "means nothing", Mr Avramopoulos said. ...

Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and the Czech Republic were outvoted on the scheme last week, after arguing it simply will not work because migrants will refuse to be moved from Greece and Italy to poor countries, and quickly flee to Germany if they are.

Hungary has claimed the plan is an "invitation" to Muslim economic migrants who threaten the country's "Christian identity".

The Polish government's decision to split with the Visegrad group of central European neighbours and back the German-driven plan was met with fury at home, just a month before a general election.

But Mr Avramopoulos, the architect of the policy and a former Greek defence minister, told national governments to shrug it off.

"The Commission does not take the blame because it does not care about the political cost," he said. "The Commission is here for five years to do its job and we did it with vision, responsibility and commitment. Because what is driving us is not to be re-elected. That is why for us the political cost means nothing."

European leaders, he said, should be follow suit. "This is the message I would send all around Europe: stop thinking about the so-called political cost," he told Politico, a Brussels-based news website. ...

Ashley Fox MEP, the leader of the Conservative Party in Europe, said: "This shows what's wrong in the EU: powerful people who feel no need to account for their actions. Sometimes politicians do need to take unpopular or long-term decisions, but they also have to stand and justify those decisions every few years."

Nigel Farage, the Ukip leader, added: "This unspeakable arrogance is the result of a corrupt political system where unelected EU bureaucrats have power without responsibility or accountability to a national electorate."

"Eurocrats aren't even bothering to go through the democratic motions any more," said Dan Hannan, a Tory MEP.

It came as a Right-wing populist party in Austria made huge gains in regional elections on the back of the migrant crisis.
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Migrant crisis fuelled by 1,000 British people smugglers orchestrating operations
Martin Bagot
Mirror, 29 September 2015

Around 1,000 Brits are involved in the people smuggling networks that are fuelling the migrant crisis.

The chief of staff at Europe's joint police force revealed the figures involved after London gangsters were seen driving in a Dunkirk migrant camp last month.

The Brits involved range from low-level fixers to masterminds orchestrating operations from London. ...

Mr Donald's intervention reveals for the first time the number Brits thought to be in smuggling gangs raking in hundreds of thousands of pounds a week.

He said: "We have 30,000 nominals on our database relating to facilitating illegal immigration who have had questions asked of Europol because of suspicions they are involved.

"There are somewhere around 1,000 from the UK (involved in people trafficking)."

Between April and June 213,000 people claimed asylum in EU countries and tens of thousands are currently marching across the continent to northern Europe. ...

"There's a lot of work being done on the 10,000 estimated EU nationals who have either gone to fight or left in circumstances that suggests they have gone to fight.

"Everyone is doing checks to see if they can pick up returning fighters. This is not a problem that will go away any time soon."
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Muslim immigration and European Jewry
Charles Bybelezer
Jerusalem Post, 29 September 2015

In the prevailing climate of political correctness, policies are too often driven by emotional arguments rather than sober analysis, a reality currently playing out in the debate over the mass influx into Europe of migrants from the Middle East and North African (MENA).

While the issue strikes a deep humanitarian chord, over the past two decades Europe has failed miserably at integrating these populations. Nevertheless, the EU is now doubling down on a failed strategy, promising to take in hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people over the next few years, many of whom are, in actuality, asylum-seekers – with no intention of returning to their home countries – or economic migrants.

Yet nobody seems to be asking the question: Is this good for the Jews? The answer is a resounding "no."

European Jewry is currently enduring the most intense wave of anti-Semitism to sweep the continent since World War II, and the cold, hard truth is that Muslim immigrants and their poorly-assimilated offspring are fueling it.

In France – which already has Europe's largest Muslim population, and whose government has vowed to take in an additional 25,000 – more than 500 anti-Semitic acts were recorded over the first five months of 2015 (of which 23 percent were classified as violent), an increase of 84% over the corresponding period last year. ...

The trend holds across of much of Europe, including the UK, which has promised to take in an additional 20,000 MENA migrants. In Britain, anti-Semitic incidents rose by more than 50% in the first half of 2015 compared to last year; this, on top of the more than 100% increase (to 1,168 acts) in 2014.

It is tragic, then, that Jewish leaders in Europe are not raising the alarm. To the contrary, many are advocating on behalf of those who are liable to hurt their communities.

Take the greatly respected former chief rabbi of Britain, Jonathan Sacks, who last week penned a moving albeit short-sighted article in support of the EU's decision to absorb hundreds of thousands of additional people.

"Now is a unique opportunity to show that the ideals for which the European Union and other international bodies such as the United Nations were formed are still compelling, compassionate and humane," Sacks contended.

While these words resonate profoundly with many Jews (themselves essentially refugees for more than 2,000 years, exiled from their land), they do not take into account the predictable fallout for Europe's Jewish community.

Sacks justifies his position by quoting the biblical axiom, "Love the stranger because you were once strangers," but ignores another commandment which overrides all others: Pikuach Nefesh, which demands that no policy be enacted which endangers life. And make no mistake, support for mass immigration from war-torn, destitute, traditionally anti-Semitic countries places Jewish lives at risk. ... ...

This is why comparisons to the Holocaust are invariably blanketed by emotional fluff – "wars that cannot be won by weapons can sometimes be won by the sheer power of acts of humanitarian generosity," according to Sacks. But taking in millions of migrants will not end the war in Syria or anywhere else; by contrast, it will simply import the root causes – Islamic fundamentalism and tribalism – to the West. ...

Moreover, it is wishful thinking that those pouring into Europe can be properly vetted.
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7 reasons why some progressives don't get population [part 1]
Simon Ross
openDemocracy / OurKingdom, 28 September 2015

We all live on the same planet.

However, not everyone quite realizes that. Let's make that the first of seven reasons why some progressives don't get population. ... ...

The second reason for ignoring population is idealism, i.e. living in the world of ideas. Marx based his analysis on an understanding of the material world. By contrast, some progressives, then and now, are more interested in moral condemnation than practical solutions, or fear contaminating 'rights-based' campaigns with real world problems. Ignoring reality does make it easier to preserve one's values and avoid distasteful compromises. But it doesn't make it go away - the physical world doesn't take account of what people think. /.../ Similarly, it is no coincidence that conflict ridden regions are characterised by competition arising from limited water (and hence food) supplies and rapid population growth. Thus, the population of Syria and Iraq has risen seven fold since 1950.

A third reason is some progressives' desire for simplicity. They need a slogan: 'One solution, revolution' or 'It's consumption, not population'. The world is more complicated. Population Matters was launched in 1991, not because we thought that addressing population was the only solution, but because it was the only one being ignored. ...

... Many progressives, indeed, work hard in development to increase the consumption of the world's poorest, somewhat undermining their argument that such communities can be relied upon to remain poor. Encouraging migration from poor to rich countries has a similar effect. There is, too, the argument that once communities become prosperous, they will have smaller families, so there's no necessity to intervene in this blissful progress. Of course, by the time this prosperity arrives, if it does, populations will be several times larger than currently and total consumption will be vastly higher. ...

This leads me to the fourth reason why progressives don't get population and that is migration. Migration is running at unprecedently high levels and is the British public's greatest concern. People can see the impact of one of Europe's highest levels of population density and population growth, particularly in London and the south east – a growing insufficiency of affordable housing, conveniently located education, responsive healthcare and comfortable transport. These all hit the poorest hardest. However, progressives typically consider themselves internationalists, with a hearty welcome for others, and so would rather not address the issue. /.../ In the longer term, directing development aid to improve family planning provision and women's empowerment in the poorest countries, as recommended by UK parliamentarians, is the only sure way of reducing migratory pressures. ...
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7 reasons why some progressives don't get population [part 2]
Simon Ross
openDemocracy / OurKingdom, 28 September 2015

Another kind of idealism, in the sense of being guided by ideals rather than self-interest, is the fifth reason. Succouring the poor, like the Good Samaritan, is meritorious. We, too, think the poor should be helped. However, providing most people with a state subsidy for every child, no matter how many they have, sends the wrong signal in a world where rising numbers increase everyone's cost of living and lowers their quality of life. That's why we, like the public, think phasing in a two child limit to child benefit, while maintaining support for poorer families, is right, particularly in the UK, which has one of Europe's highest proportions of large families. ...

A six reason is some progressives' lack of comfort with sexual and reproductive health and rights – a very British response. Progressives, especially feminists, are vocal about allegations of forcible sterilization. It doubtless occurs; human rights abuses do, though many far more common abuses receive vastly less publicity. However, forcible sterilization is universally illegal and condemned by all international and civil society organizations, including ourselves. Unsurprisingly, it is rare. Conversely, deaths and disability from pregnancy, especially when frequent or occurring at a young age, and from abortion in unsafe circumstances, are all too common in resource poor settings. ... ...

The seventh and final reason is lack of foresight. It is only human but hardly prudent to think only about the here and now. /.../ And there are annually 80 million more to feed as people live longer, as the number of mothers increase, and as birth rates decline only slowly. Resources will become scarcer and those with the least will suffer most. ...

There is a real danger from wishful thinking and comforting platitudes and it is this: that needful action is not taken and that, consequently, future generations have to deal with the consequences of human numbers several billions greater than the world can provide for.
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Muslim Inbreeding Has Corrupted Islam's Psyche – And The Results Are Alarming! [part 1]
Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
Right Side News, 28 September 2015
[Col. Snodgrass was an adjunct professor of military history for ten years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Arizona]

... interview with Nicolai Sennels, a Danish psychologist who has worked in his government's in-prison psychology programs to determine why so many juveniles from the Muslim immigrant community populate the Danish penal system. ... ...

Nicolai ... Seven out of ten inmates in the Danish youth prisons have immigrant backgrounds, and almost all of them are Muslims. ...

I decided to publish a book on my experiences, "Among Criminal Muslims. A Psychologist's Experiences from the Copenhagen Municipality", which was well received in both the official Psychologists Union's magazine and the newspapers. ...

... I also contributed a chapter to the Dutch book Islam: Critical Essays on a Political Religion, along with Raymond Ibrahim, Hans Jansen, Michael Mannheimer, Ibn Warraq, Bat Ye'or and other renowned critics of Islam and Muslim immigration. ...

RSN: You have written extensively about inbreeding among Muslims, would you please explain how Islamic culture figures into their criminality?

Nicolai: ... Around 70 percent of Pakistanis, 45 percent of Arabs and 25-30 percent of Turks are children of blood-related parents, usually first-cousin marriages. These are staggering numbers and the impacts on intelligence, sanity, health and society among Muslims are enormous. ...

Out of a professional interest as a psychologist I have studied Islam and Muslim culture for more than a decade, and I have counselled hundreds of Muslims. And I would say there are several, religious reasons for this very unhealthy practice. One reason is that Muhammad simply allows it. This is done in the Quran's sura 4 – which by the way also legalizes sex slaves. /.../ One third reason is that Muhammad himself married one of his cousins, and emulation of Muhammad is a central part of Islamic practice. ...

Inbreeding among cousins are connected with long list of risks. Among them are still births, infant death, low intelligence, physical diseases and handicaps and psychiatric problems. There also seem to be a clear connection between the negative effects of inbreeding and terrorism. ...

Thus inbreeding, especially if it happens through several generations, increases the risks of handicaps and disorders, that in one way or another can decrease one's ability to function in a modern world. ...

The high expenses on special education for slow learners consumes one third of the budget for the Danish schools. ... ...

... Western culture, with our freedom of speech, democracy and equality of women is opposing Islam and Muslim culture on so many central areas, that integration would mean apostasy to many Muslims. ...

On top of these things comes the mountains of hate speech against non-Muslims and our way of life in the Quran and the hadiths, which makes it very unnatural to befriend and trust non-Muslims. ...

The result you see today all over the West, where Muslims tend to group in Muslim areas. Many of these areas are today de facto no-go zones. Here secular authorities are regularly threatened and even attacked, while fundamentalist imams, patrolling Muslim father groups and home made sharia courts are safe to rule.
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Muslim Inbreeding Has Corrupted Islam's Psyche – And The Results Are Alarming! [part 2]
Col. Tom Snodgrass (Ret.)
Right Side News, 28 September 2015

According to the above mentioned study from Germany, 85 [percent] of Muslims in Germany declare themselves to be religious or very religious. A cross-European study showed that 75 percent of Muslims in Europe think that the Quran can not be interpreted ambiguously – that it has to be taken literal. Many other studies reach similar conclusions. ...

That is why it is so important to ensure, that mosques in our Western countries actively, publicly and consistently reject the many verses in the Quran and the Hadiths telling Muslims to persecute, harm or even kill non-Muslims. If we do not ensure this, mosques and religious authorities will contribute to the radicalization of Muslims. Unfortunately this has already happened, and now Europe has a deadly serious problem with homegrown jihadis. 80 percent of young Turks in Holland see "nothing wrong" in waging Jihad against non-Muslims. 27 percent of all young French and 14 percent of all young British under 25 sympathize with the genocidal terror organization Islamic State. This includes most probably the vast majority of young Muslims in these two countries. ...

The interesting thing is that Islam is the only religion in the world, where people become more violent, the more they practice and study their religion. So when it comes to Islam, more religion means more violence. ...

... Islam is opposed to Western, liberal values on so many areas, that you can not really call yourself a real Muslim if you also integrate. You might call yourself a "relaxed" Muslim or a "moderate" Muslim, but you can not both claim that you support Free Speech, democracy and the equality of women and non-Muslims, and at the same time say that you follow the Quran and the example of Muhammad. ...

The Islamic view on marriage, which is often not completely voluntarily, shows a wide acceptance of forced sexual intercourse, also called rape. Combined with the Islamic view on non-Muslim women – whom Muslim men are allowed to rape according to the Quran – this has led to an epidemy of rapes all over West Europe. Sweden, Holland and UK is hit hardest. Authorities in England estimates that "up to a million" children may have been victims of primarily Pakistani rape gangs. According to one report, Muslim men are 200 times more prone to rape children than non-Muslim men. ...

But you have to understand that Muslim ghettos are different from other ghettos. This is because, and this is what Europe learned at such great costs, that Islam is a political religion. It is not just about inner states of mind, inner beliefs, inner values. Islam is also about how society must be aligned with Islamic law, the Sharia. And more important is that Islam condones any mean in order to create these changes. These means include violent jihad and jihad through abusing the legal system. It also includes so-called taqiyya, which means lying in order to further the cause of Islam, and so called hijrah, which means migration in order to populate non-Islamic land in order to conquer it in the long run, block by block if necessary.
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Hungary to EU: migrant quotas will repeat Western Europe's 'failed' attempts at multiculturalism
Colin Freeman
Sunday Telegraph, 27 September 2015

Hungary has defended its opposition to Brussels' plans for compulsory migrant quotas, saying it did not wish to repeat the West's "failed experiments" in multiculturalism.

In a defiant rejection of diktats from Europe's high command, the country's right-wing government said it was not interested in "lectures" from the European Union about taking in Middle Eastern refugees.

The comments were a direct challenge to remarks last week by one of the EU's most senior figures, who criticised Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orban, for opposing the quotas plan and for fencing off its borders to migrants trying to reach Europe.

Frans Timmermans, the Dutch vice-president of the European Commission, said that "diversity was the future of the world," and that Eastern European nations would just have to "get used to that."

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Mr Orban's spokesman, Zoltán Kovács, responded by saying that integration in much of Western Europe had been at best a limited success. Hungary, he said, felt neither the wish nor the obligation to follow suit.

"Contrary to Mr Timmerman's vision, we can't see into the future," Mr Kovács said. "But we are aware of the past, and multi-culturalism in Western Europe has not been a success in our view. We want to avoid making the same mistakes ourselves." ...

While critics accuse Mr Orban of racism over his comments that "Christian Europe" is now under threat, Budapest insists that ex-Communist states have neither the money nor the cultural history to host large numbers of non-European migrants. The prescriptions from Brussels bureaucrats on what constitutes the make-up of an ideal society has also revived memories of Soviet rule from Moscow.

"Mr Timmermans is right that we have not had the same experience as Western Europe, where countries like Holland, Britain and France have had mass immigration as a result of their colonial legacies," added Mr Kovács. "But we would like to deal with our problems in a way that suits us.

"And we especially don't like it when people who have never lived in Hungary try to give us lectures on how we should cope with our own problems. Calling us racists or xenophobes is the cheapest argument. It's used just to dodge the issues." ...

Mr Orban, who has accused Germany of "moral imperialism" over its insistence that Hungary should take its share of migrants, does not appear to have paid a domestic political price for his stance. A poll conducted earlier this month showed that some 82 [per cent] of Hungarians favoured tighter immigration controls, reflecting how for many Hungarians, being a "monocultural society" is seen as a source of pride rather than concern.

"Homogeneity is seen as a value, and this is difficult to understand in the West," said Konstanty Gebert, an expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations think-tank.
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Millions more refugees heading for Europe, UN warns – as British asylum claims soar
Tom Parfitt
Daily Express, 26 September 2015

Millions more refugees are set to arrive in Europe as the humanitarian crisis spirals out of control, United Nations officials have warned.

More than 8,000 people are thought to be reaching the continent daily after fleeing war and persecution – and the numbers are only set to grow, according to experts.

Amin Awad of the UNHCR, the UN's refugee agency, claimed the group's warnings about the scale of the crisis had not been taken seriously by European officials.

He said: "I don't see it abating, I don't see it stopping. If anything, it gives an indication perhaps that this is the tip of the iceberg."

Another UN official, Dominik Bartsch, said 10 million people are expected to need humanitarian support in Iraq by the end of the year.

The organisation is expecting 500,000 to leave Mosul, the country's capital, if Iraqi forces try to recapture it from Islamic State terrorists.
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Six-year high for asylum claims as more than 4,300 refugees reached Britain in a single month
Daily Mail, 26 September 2015

The number of migrants claiming asylum in Britain has hit the highest total for more than six years, an analysis showed yesterday.

There were 4,305 applications in July, more than in any month since figures began to be compiled in 2009.

The total, published by the EU's Eurostat statistics arm, compares with 7,470 asylum claimants over the previous three months.

It points to an increase in asylum claims connected to the European migration crisis that threatens to push numbers towards the record levels recorded in the early 2000s. ...

The figures show that despite pressure on Greece, Croatia and Austria, Britain was still the fourth biggest EU destination for asylum seekers in July. Germany recorded more than 37,500 asylum claims, Hungary 31,285, and Sweden 8,060.
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Schools migrant crisis: Britain needs 1,600 new primaries to cope
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 26 September 2015

The influx of migrants is putting Britain's primary schools under unprecedented pressure, a study reveals.

Nearly 38,000 children under 10 arrived here last year alone.

Experts say an extra 1,600 schools will be needed to cope with the soaring demand.

The huge number of foreign pupils is a staggering 160 per cent increase on the 14,400 who came to the UK in 2011. ...

Nick Timothy, director of thinktank New Schools Network, which uncovered the statistics, said: "It's clear that England urgently needs more new schools to address this record level of demand.

"Simply expanding existing schools is not the answer.

As long as EU freemovement rules apply, net migration is not likely to come down at any point soon.

"There will also soon be a knockon effect on secondary school places where already three-quarters of the local authorities with the highest net migration are in desperate need of new places." ...

The New Schools Network study looked at government figures to find the number of children who came to Britain last year and were likely to need a primary school by this September.

It found 37,975 migrants aged three to 10 entered the UK in the year to June 2014.

There are already 101,000 children being taught in classes bigger than the limit of 30.
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Risk of extreme Right surge if migrant crisis not dealt with, says EU Commission vice-president
Mathew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 25 September 2015

Europe must deport failed asylum seekers and close its borders to smugglers or the extreme right parties will surge, including in the United Kingdom, one of the European Union's most senior officials has warned.

An influx of refugees and migrants is raising fears about the "identity, future and cohesion" of European states, said Frans Timmermans, the First Vice President of the European Commission.

He said a failure by frontline states – Greece and Italy – to swiftly process migrants [was] giving illegitimate asylum seekers the means to disguise themselves as Syrians. ...

In a provocative move, Hungarian troops began to lay spools of barbed wire along its border with Slovenia – a crossing that falls within the Schengen free movement zone. Its previous fences with neighbours Serbia, Croatia and Romania have been condemned by EU leaders, but tolerated on the grounds that they are external borders of Schengen. ...

After weeks of condemnation over the border fence, EU officials now appear to concede that Viktor Orban has a point. Mr Timmermans said that Hungary's neighbours must understand that it has "no experience of diversity" after decades under Soviet rule.

"We have to patrol our borders better. We have to make sure that those countries where people arrive are better placed to make sure people are registered, that people who don't have the right to asylum are returned swiftly," he told BBC radio.

"This has an impact on every single member state. If we're not able to tackle this issue, if we're not able to find sustainable solutions, you will see a surge of the extreme right across the European continent." ...

... He said Mr Orban should show leadership and explain to voters that all countries will in time become more diverse.

At a summit in Brussels, leaders agreed early this morning that special reception centres will be set up for migrants in Italy and Greece by the end of the November – more than two months away.

They also agreed to increase spending for the EU's Frontex and Europol forces, and to offer more help from Greece and Italy to identify and fingerprint migrants.

"We see that because people are not registered on arrival quickly enough they share stories, they buy false papers and say they are from Syria when they are not because they know if they are from Syria they will probably get asylum," Mr Timmermans said.

Mr Tusk warned that "millions" of refugees will reach European shores and the external border must be secured to save the Schengen system.

"Recently I visited refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan and heard only one voice: we are determined to get to Europe," he said.

"It is clear the greatest tide of refugees and migrants is yet to come. So we need to correct our policy of open doors and windows. Now the focus should be on proper protection of our external borders."
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We're doomed: EU chief fears union will COLLAPSE over migrant crisis
Tom Batchelor
Daily Express, 24 September 2015

The European Union has lost control of its borders and risks total collapse if they are not sealed, a senior Brussels diplomat has warned.

Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, warned the EU was now facing a "critical point" and that the migrant crisis hadn't even reached its peak.

As he chaired an emergency meeting of EU leaders in Brussels last night Mr Tusk painted a bleak picture of the EU's future, saying the 28-member bloc was on the verge of breakdown with "recriminations and misunderstanding" pitting nations against one another.

The future of free movement was at stake, he said, as the continent had lost control of its borders as well as a "sense of order".

He added: "The most urgent question we should ask how to regain control of our external borders.

"Otherwise, it doesn't make sense to even speak about common migration policy."

He appeared to lay much of the blame with Germany, accusing Chancellor Angela Merkel of exacerbating the problem by sending the signal to desperate Syrians fleeing their war-torn homeland that Germany had no limit on the number of migrants it would accept.

He added: "We need to correct our policy of open doors and windows.

"Today we are talking about millions of potential refugees trying to reach Europe, not thousands.

"It is likely that more refugees will flow towards Europe, not less. Especially as almost all of them feel invited to Europe."
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How many migrants are coming to Europe and the UK?
Sam Ashworth-Hayes
Full Fact, 24 September 2015

As the EU reached a decision on relocating 120,000 migrants within its borders, national newspapers once again focused their attention on immigration and asylum, with a number of claims being made about the number of people arriving in Europe and the UK – and where they were coming from.

One million asylum applications are expected in Europe this year, and the EU border was crossed illegally 500,000 times between January and the end of August. But the 300,000 migrants arriving by sea are already included in the 500,000 figure given.

The 558,000 people the UK 'took in' is the total number of foreign nationals that moved to the UK in 2014, not just asylum seekers, and not just people from developed countries.

The report referenced in the Sun's article – published annually by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) – predicted that up to one million asylum applications would be made in Europe in 2015. The number of people it expects to be granted refugee (or similar) status, and so get to stay, is in the region of 350,000 to 450,000.

This figure is just for asylum applications, not total migration into the EU. As the OECD notes, humanitarian reasons are a small factor in people moving to rich countries.

These estimates are uncertain, and Germany alone expects to receive 800,000 asylum applications in 2015.

The OECD states that more than 500,000 illegal border crossings were recorded by the European border agency (Frontex) from January to the end of August, more than double the total number for the whole of 2014.

The number of illegal border crossings isn't necessarily a good measure of the number of people arriving. Frontex states that some migrants are counted crossing the EU's border twice; once when they enter Greece from Turkey, and then again when they cross into Hungary from Serbia. Tens or hundreds of thousands of people could be double counted in this way. We might be better off looking at the separate figures for people first landing in the EU by sea.

The OECD says that 330,000 migrants have arrived by sea. The Sun has added these to the 500,000 border crossings to imply that over 800,000 people have already come to Europe, but as the OECD confirmed to us, those people are already included in the 500,000 total.f

The OECD seems to be relying on Frontex for the number of arrivals by sea, although more recent estimates from other sources are closer to the half a million mark.

The 558,000 people arriving in Britain in 2014 weren't just from developed countries. That figure is for all non-British nationals moving into the UK in 2014, not just people from developing countries.

The total number of people arriving in the UK would be higher, as some British people would have returned from overseas. But at the same time, large numbers of non-British nationals left the UK in 2014.

The Office for National Statistics data for 2014 shows that net migration, counting people of all nationalities (British and foreign), was about 312,000.
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The Great Migration
Daniel Johnson
Standpoint, October 2015

Germany is basking in a warm glow of self-congratulation, after Chancellor Merkel's decision to accept up to 500,000 Syrian and other refugees per annum for the next few years. As we go to press, Berlin had abruptly closed its borders, in effect suspending the Schengen agreement, to restore order. Assuming her policy endures, at least two million migrants will make their homes in Germany, adding to the five million German Muslims mainly of Turkish heritage. Thus Muslims, as a proportion of the German population, will have doubled in a decade to some 10 per cent. In England, the proportion of Muslims now exceeds 5 per cent, having likewise doubled in a decade. France is already around the 10 per cent mark. The ultimate demographic impact on Europe of the present wave of migration is totally unpredictable, but the newcomers are on average much younger than the host population.

Over the next generation, Muslims in Europe are certain to multiply rapidly, due not only to migration but to higher birthrates. It is true that Muslim fertility is gradually falling in Western countries, but it has so far remained consistently well above that of non-Muslims. Another factor of growing importance is conversion. A Pew report estimates that Muslims will number "more than 10 per cent" of Europe's population by 2050, but in France, Germany and England the figure is bound to be much higher. The Islamisation of Europe is no longer a far-Right fantasy, but a real possibility. As the migration crisis unfolds, it becomes more likely by the day. ...

... The new wave of Muslim immigrants may not be accepted so readily: polls suggest that about half of all Germans are sceptical of Angela Merkel's open door to refugees. In Britain, a clear majority disagrees even with David Cameron's more limited gesture. Successful integration is built upon common ground. If Muslim migrants are prepared to adopt Western values, their religious and cultural identity will be accepted by host nations. If migrants refuse to adjust to the West, identity will become a battleground. ...

... Should Saudi Arabia be funding 200 new mosques in Germany? By sowing the seeds of social conflict at home, the Germans with their good intentions may be paving the road to a new European hell.
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Migrant Crisis? Europe Hasn't Seen Anything Yet [part 1]
Douglas Murray
Standpoint, October 2015

What is now being called Europe's "migrant crisis" is far more than that. It is in fact a crisis of European thought and of political leadership. ...

The first of those problems – the contradictions of the public – has been most evident in recent weeks. ...

Because of course when we in Europe see people fleeing across borders we think of those who fled from country to country as refugees from Nazi Germany and scoured the globe for anyone to take them in. Our immediate instinct is compassion and, in some cases, guilt. ... ...

Of the migrants who now form the largest inflow of migrants into Europe in recent history, only around 40 per cent are Syrians. We have lasered-in on the Syria portion of this problem. But it is only part of the problem. Most of those currently coming into Europe – as I saw on a recent trip to the Italian Mediterranean island of Lampedusa – are from elsewhere in the world, including sub-Saharan Africa and in particular Eritrea. ...

Even here we are far beyond the current acceptable political discussion, yet barely scratching the surface of the problem. But the questions have to be asked. What system does Europe have in place to discern who is a legitimate refugee and who is an economic migrant? Is it fit for purpose? In Italy I asked every aid worker I could find if they knew of anybody being sent back home after arriving in European waters. Nobody could think of such a case. The truth is that once someone is here they stay because Europe cannot work out who is who (most people having deliberately come without papers) and even if they are clearly economic migrants they are never sent home. Europe had no workable system to do this when the movement was at a low-point. Now that it is at a historic high Europe has less than no system.

And then there is the question of the composition of the migrants. If this movement is indeed a movement of the genuinely dispossessed then why are almost all of them young men? ...

And of course there is the question of integration. Does anybody, anywhere in Europe still think integration has happened to date? Almost every government, currently opening its borders to further migrants, has in fact accepted that it has not. ...

All of this, again, barely touches the beginning of the debate which our continent is so far away from having. ...

If public opinion polls are anything to go by it would seem that the publics of Europe already have an answer to a question their political representatives still dare not ask. ...

... One poll carried out last year found that a mere 11 per cent of the UK population want the population to increase. Another recent poll showed that just 7 per cent of the British public want more immigration to our country. Now that 13 per cent of the UK population were not born in the UK, one interesting thing this shows is that even most immigrants to Britain do not want more immigrants. ... ...

... Explaining the failure of Gulf countries to take in Syrian refugees, one Kuwaiti official said: "In the end it is not right for us to accept a people that are different from us. We don't want people that suffer from internal stress and trauma in our country." ...
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Migrant Crisis? Europe Hasn't Seen Anything Yet [part 2]
Douglas Murray
Standpoint, October 2015

But there are even worse truths underneath all this, not least the fact that even our best policies are unattainable. If this has been clear for some time, it is only making itself felt now. The problem might be summed up in the economic migrant/asylum-seeker debate. For the consensus that a lot of mainstream centre-ground politicians in Europe have come to is that the jury is out or unpersuaded by the cause of economic migrants, but that all asylum-seekers must come in. Pretending that we could invent tomorrow an instrument to perfectly differentiate between the two, even that policy is impossible. Consider one example. European law dictates that people fleeing a country because of persecution for their faith, race or sexual orientation (to give just three examples) will be given asylum if they can find their way to Europe. If the number of gay men and women in Africa and the Middle East is – as there is no reason to think it is not – around the same percentage it is in other societies, then that means just for starters that around 5 per cent of the populations of those countries should (providing they can find their way here) be given asylum in Europe. We do know that this is not possible, don't we? But we pretend it is – pretence based on the quiet hope that they will not find their way here. But what if they do? What if all those people our policy assumed wouldn't come here now do? The problem of not facing up to any of these failures of thought is that they stop our politicians being able to think their way through to any political leadership.

One question I ask politicians whenever I get a chance is: why do they not do now the things which they will end up having to do at some point down the line? ... ...

Even if Europe's demographic fall-off were as severe as Mr Ambrosi claims, who but a madman would think the answer is to import people from a wholly different culture to make up the next generation? ...

Many of us who live in Europe, love Europe as it is. We do not want our politicians, through weakness, cowardice or prevarication, to change our home into an utterly different place. Europeans may be almost endlessly compassionate but not to the point of being suicidal. The public may want many contradictory things, but they will not forgive politicians if – whether by accident or design – they change our continent completely.
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'Camp of The Saints' Seen Mirrored In Pope's Message
Julia Hahn
Breitbart, 24 September 2015

Pope Francis is urging America to throw open her borders to thousands of impoverished migrants, in part to atone for the "sins" of the colonial era. ...

Indeed, as the Pope addressed the nation today it is clear that the immigration issue has hit a boiling point. Headlines blare:

European Migrant Crisis: Austria, Germany Near Tipping Point... As Europe Grasps For Answers, More Migrants Flood Its Border... Pope Francis Urges Congress To Embrace Migrants... Western and UN Aid Falling Far Short... Five More Fleets On The Way, From Africa, India and Asia... Refugee Fleet Is Headed For Europe, For France...

The last three headlines, however, are ripped not from today's papers, but from the pages of a controversial 1973 French novel by Jean Raspail, which many say has predicted with shocking accuracy the events unfolding today.

The novel, which has been translated into English, is entitled Camp of the Saints, and posits that the liberalism of the West would cause Western nations to throw open their doors to so many migrants that it would spell the doom of liberal society itself. Raspail's thesis, quite simply, is that liberalism is inadequate to defend liberalism.

All around the world, events seem to be lining up with the predictions of the book. The novel features a new pope, born in Latin American, who is "in tune with the times, congenial to the press" who preaches "universal love" and calls on the Western world to open its borders to the world's migrants. Now, as in the novel, prominent political officials are urging on ever larger waves; ...

Raspail argues that the inability of the Western conscience to erect walls, to "put her foot down," to turn people away, will lead to the undoing of Western civilization itself. ...

Throughout the book, Raspail is constantly grasping for an "explanation" as to what sparked the Third World incursion, and what has caused the West to thrown down her arms and thrown open her doors.

Raspail suggests that overly-generous immigration policies are, in part, to blame. This is not dissimilar to Republicans' recent push for amnesty, which government data shows played a substantial role in encouraging the 2014 border surge of alien youths.

"Once we had opened the door and shown how weak we are, others would come. Then more, and more. In fact, it's already beginning," Raspail wrote.

However, Raspail ultimately concludes that generous immigration policies are merely a symptom of a greater force at play. Raspail argues that the West has become enslaved to what he terms as the "Beast" that is Western consciousness, which bears the heavy weight of its guilt and feels it must atone for its alleged sins.

The Third World, Raspail writes, "see[s] right through you... They know how weak your [convictions] are, they know you've given in. You can thank yourselves for that... The one thing your struggle for their souls has left them is the knowledge that the West – your West – is rich. To them, you're the symbols of abundance. By your presence alone, they see that it does exist somewhere, and they see that your conscience hurts you for keeping it all to yourselves." ...

As William F. Buckley explained in 2004: "If everybody in Nigeria and Ghana who wished to do so could enter into Italy, in due course life in Italy would cease to have any advantages over life in Nigeria and Ghana."
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No Refugees, No Terrorism
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 23 September 2015

A tenth of London approves of ISIS now. Support for the Islamic State among the younger population in the UK, where Muslim demographics predominate, reaches as high as 14 percent. ...

A recent poll of Syrians showed that 22 percent believed that ISIS had a positive influence on their country. ... ...

But plenty of FSA fighters are already in Europe or on the way there. How many of them will turn to terrorism in Europe? Even one is too many. But Europe is expected to take them in and find out later. ...

Queen Rania tells us that we must either take in Muslim migrants or face Muslim terror. But if we stopped taking in more Muslims, we wouldn't be facing so much Muslim terror. ...

No amount of "preventing violent extremism", outreach, profiling, airport scanning and mosque surveillance will ever be enough as long as immigration provides fresh recruits for the Jihad. ...

Instead of doing the sensible thing, European countries are not only taking in "refugees", but they're even taking back Muslims from Europe who went to join in the fighting in Syria before deciding to come back. Not only is Europe taking in unknown terrorists, but it's taking in known terrorists and trying to reeducate them out of their "extremism" before they go off on another killing spree. ...

Queen Rania offers Europe a choice between Muslim refugees and Muslim terror. Historically, Europe has gotten both, taking in Muslim migrants and getting Muslim terror anyway. The most reliable way to stop Muslim terrorism is to stop Muslim immigration. No refugees, no terror. ...

And that's something Queen Rania knows. ... her country has worked hard at keeping down its own Muslim brethren.

Her Hashemite Kingdom, a foreign transplant, has done everything it could to disenfranchise and expel the Palestinian Arabs who, unlike her husband's family, actually belong there. Generations of Muslims have lived in Jordan without ever receiving citizenship. There are hundreds of thousands of stateless children in Jordan. Instead of taking them in, Jordan stripped citizenship from 1.5 million "Palestinians".

Jordan is no more willing to accept the huge numbers of Syrians it has been burdened with than it was willing to accept the huge numbers of Palestinian Arabs already in the country. ...

Jordan and Turkey may have been forced to host huge numbers of Syrians, but they aren't giving them citizenship the way that America, Canada and Europe are expected to. ...

No Muslim country wants to permanently take in large numbers of foreigners even when those foreigners share their religion and culture. ...

Why are we expected to permanently take in Muslims that the Muslim world doesn't want?

What does the Muslim world know that we don't? It knows that no refugees means no terrorism. ... ...

Instead of trying to find out how many of the Syrians we are taking in support ISIS and other Islamic terrorist groups, we can spare ourselves the effort by only taking in genuine Christian refugees while letting Jordan, Turkey, Syria and Saudi Arabia figure out their own Muslim refugee problem.

Because the surest way to keep Muslim terrorists out is not to let any Muslim immigrants in.
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Swiss Embassy Remarks about the Long-lasting European Crisis
Václav Klaus, 23 September 2015
[V clav Klaus is a former President of the Czech Republic]

Many Europeans, or especially West Europeans, see the situation in Europe differently. They behave as if they are not aware of the deepness of the current European crisis and of its multidimensional character. They probably don't see the rapidly shrinking space of freedom in Europe and its post-democracy, the growing oppressiveness of the dictate of political correctness, the long lasting economic stagnation, the large and for several countries evidently insolvable debt crisis, the liquidation of nation-states and as a result of it the undermining of our identity and of our ability to react. What we are seeing before our eyes is the collapse of the European project. ...

The present European crisis, and I am convinced that the term crisis is appropriate, of its political arrangements, of its economic system, of its continental-wide institutional structures, of its values, culture and behavioural patterns is not an accident. It is also not a short-term phenomenon. Europe has a long-existing systemic defect. There are – due to it – no partial concrete measures which could eventually eliminate it. No EU summits can lead to a substantial change. ...

... The acceptance and even promotion of massive immigration – done by European, and especially German elites – is a mistake which threatens not only to undermine the cohesion of countries in Europe and the social peace in them, but the future of freedom and democracy on our continent.
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People smugglers using Facebook to sell fake Syrian passports to economic migrants
Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2015

Migrants from north Africa and the Middle East are using fake Syrian passports bought via Facebook to pose as refugees and enter Europe, The Telegraph can disclose.

Thousands of fraudulent documents are in circulation in Turkey and other migration routes into the EU, which the head of Europe's border police described as a "windfall" for economic migrants.

An undercover Telegraph reporter posing as an Egyptian migrant called a number left on an Arabic language Facebook site and spoke to a people-smuggler who offered to arrange fake Syrian documents for £1,000, with passage from Turkey to Greece costing another £800.

It comes after German police arrested a Moroccan-born Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) jihadist using fake papers to pose as an asylum-seeker.

Genuine Syrian asylum seekers fleeing the civil war in their country are angry that people from Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Egypt and other countries are passing themselves off as Syrians because they think it will give them a free pass into Europe.

The Arabic language version of Twitter even has an "expose fake Syrians" hashtag, which is one of the most popular trending topics in Syria.

The most recent EU figures show that only one in five migrants is Syrian, but at some border crossings it has been reported that up to 90 per cent of those entering Europe claim to be from Syria.

Fabrice Leggeri, the executive director of Frontex, the EU's external border agency, said: "There are people who are now in Turkey, buying false Syrian passports because they have obviously realized that it is a windfall since Syrians get asylum in all member states in the European Union.

"People who use false Syrian passports often speak in Arabic. They may originate in North Africa or the Middle East, but have the profile of economic migrants."

In Bulgaria 10,000 fake Syrian passports have been seized, which is likely to be only a fraction of those in circulation elsewhere.
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Number of migrant babies born in the UK SOAR to new record high
Sarah O'Grady
Daily Express, 22 September 2015

Cities and towns with high numbers of young immigrants are recording the highest birth rates in Britain, say new figures.

The average number of children per mother is 1.82 across the UK.

But in Peterborough, Cambs, which has a soaring migrant population, women give birth to an average of 2.34 babies.

The jump from 1.83 in 2001 has given the East the highest fertility rate in England.

In Wolverhampton, another area with a large influx of foreign-born mothers, the birth rate has leapt from 1.77 in 2001 to 2.02 today.

Across the West Midlands it is 1.83. ...

More than a quarter – 27 per cent – of babies born in the UK now have a foreign mother, ONS figures revealed in the summer.

Almost 188,000 of the 695,000 live births in 2014 were to women born abroad and if the upward trend continues, a third of babies born in the UK will be to migrant mothers by 2021.
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Migration to Britain sees one of the largest shifts in the developed world, says OECD report
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2015

Britain experienced one of the largest increase in migration flows last year out of a group of more than 30 developed countries monitored by a leading global think-tank.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) said international migration to the UK rose by 108,000 in 2014 to 558,000, a 24 per cent rise year-on-year. ...

Germany saw larger numbers of international migration overall, with 1.25 million last year, but its numbers were more stable than in Britain with an annual increase of 20 per cent.

The OECD also urged European countries to introduce emergency measures to speed up processing of asylum seekers amid the prospect of a long-term migration crisis. ...

The OECD report said Europe will probably record more than one million asylum applications in 2015.

Up to 450 000 of these are expected to obtain a status of humanitarian migrant and eventually settle in Europe. ...

A third of all doctors originating from low-income countries was an expatriate in an OECD country.
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Our moral duty to the migrants is to make Syria safe to live in again
Boris Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2015

If there is one lesson from the European migrant crisis, it is that there is absolutely nothing – once they have decided to come – that will hold them back. ...

Nothing we say or do can seemingly deter those brave souls who have decided to come in search of safety or simply a better life. Whatever the EU policy is – and it is far from clear – you could hardly say it was working. ...

Croatia has taken 21,000 in the last four days. We are seeing the biggest movement of peoples in our lifetime, and we have no way of knowing how many more will come. ...

... The Prime Minister has announced a plan to take 20,000; and it is possible at once to admire the Christian compassion of Angela Merkel, and at the same time to think that by posing as a teutonic version of the statue of Liberty, and by holding out her arms in welcome to the huddled masses of the Middle East, she has exacerbated a very serious financial, logistical and political problem for everyone. ...

It is time we came up with a plan to staunch this haemorrhage of humanity, this flow of energy and talent that is bleeding Syria of any future economic strength; and that means trying to heal the wound itself. The world should look again at an idea that has was proposed 18 months ago at least by the Turks, kicked around by the British, and filed by the Americans in the box marked "too difficult". We need to think how we can keep the Syrians safely in Syria, and the proposal – most recently articulated by former development secretary Andrew Mitchell MP – is for "safe havens".

The idea has on the face of it much to be commended. You create an area of Syria that is safe from both sides of this horrific civil war: an enclave where kids can go to school, and where people can go about peaceful economic activity. You use overwhelming military force to protect the zone – funded and administered through the UN – and you ensure that it cannot be overflown by Assad or anyone else. The beauty of the proposal is that it gives displaced Syrians a place of refuge that is not some miserable foreign camp, but part of their own country; a place they can stay, and work, until peace eventually returns.

Two such zones have been identified, one in the north, near the border with Turkey, and one in the south, nearer Jordan. The difficulties, needless to say, are immense. First, you have to create such zones – and that cannot be done by air power alone. You need to invest each area with ground troops, and then you need to hold that ground; and inevitably there will be fears – reasonable fears – that you are being sucked into an Iraq-like quagmire that will prove hideously expensive in cash and in human life. ...

... If we don't help keep them there, they will simply try to come here.
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For freedom of speech, these are troubling times [part 1]
Jonathan Dimbleby
The Guardian, 21 September 2015
[This is an edited extract from the 2015 Prix Italia lecture to be delivered in Turin tomorrow]

In our troubled and insecure environment, Britain has accumulated laws which curtail freedom of expression – in the name of national security and territorial integrity; and to prevent public disorder and combat crime. Laws which also compromise freedom of expression to restrict what we now call "hate speech".

Take the Public Order Act, which makes it a criminal offence to use threatening or abusive language with the intention of causing "alarm or distress" to an individual or anybody else who hears it. It is a criminal offence to use language, or publish written material, intended to incite "racial hatred". It is a criminal offence to incite "religious hatred" or "hatred" against individuals on the grounds of sexual orientation.

But what is it to cause "alarm and distress"? What expression of "hatred" should merit criminal sanction?

There is a critically important distinction – that the law seeks to protect – between causing "distress", which may be a crime, and causing "offence", which may not. The distinction is not easy for the layman to define, and the two are only too easy to elide. And this happens too often, not because of the laws against hate speech themselves, but because of the prevailing climate in which the law now operates. There is a growing number of people who believe that you should be able to say what you like, but only so long as they agree with you. This attitude is having a huge impact: on university campuses and in town halls, on radio and television, in theatres and art galleries. ...

This febrile atmosphere is explained in large measure by the growing threat posed by "extremists". Those terrorists who perpetrated the Charlie Hebdo murders brought this into the most dastardly focus. For me, some reactions to that atrocity were a disturbing illustration of a growing intolerance of offensive expression.

Some went berserk on Twitter and elsewhere to condemn the slogan "Je suis Charlie Hebdo" because, they claimed, the magazine was Islamophobic, racist and therefore not worthy of defending on grounds of free expression. A cavalcade of righteous authors, led by Michael Ondaatje and Peter Carey, wrote an open letter attacking the American branch of PEN for awarding Charlie Hebdo the Freedom of Expression Courage award.

Salman Rushdie was appalled and driven to say that, instead of supporting him over The Satanic Verses, such writers "would have accused me of insulting an ethnic and cultural minority". He added: "We are living in the darkest time I have ever known."

In institutions across the western world, the "hecklers'" veto is growing in frequency and volume. This was applied successfully to, among others, the former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice, and the head of the IMF, Christine Lagarde, who were driven to withdraw from speaking engagements on US university campuses.

On some campuses there are calls for "trigger warnings" to be inserted in books like The Great Gatsby (because it is misogynistic), Huckleberry Finn (racist), and the Merchant of Venice (antisemitic). How long before such books are removed from the shelves altogether to protect the vulnerable from being offended?
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For freedom of speech, these are troubling times [part 2]
Jonathan Dimbleby
The Guardian, 21 September 2015

In Britain it is no better. When Israel's deputy ambassador was invited to Essex University to give a talk, he was heckled so violently that the event had to be abandoned. There is something peculiarly ugly about young minds so closed to alternative views that they block their ears and intimidate others into silence. Too often university authorities are supine in the face of student intimidation.

And it is intimidation. The scientist Tim Hunt was silenced by his university, University College London, after he joked somewhat feebly that girls shouldn't work with men in the laboratory because they fall in love and cry when criticised. Despite an apology, he was pressurised to resign his honorary fellowship. Like a good number of the university's alumni I was appalled, and took the painful step of disowning my own honorary fellowship.

In the name of national security, the government is soon to launch a counter-extremism strategy – extremism being defined as "the vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of the law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs ..." The prime minister has declared that "our strongest weapon [is] our own liberal values".

There are to be "new narrowly targeted powers" in the counter-extremism bill designed to prevent what the prime minister describes as "cult leaders" from peddling their hatred in public places. If he means that such "hate" preachers should not be treated as latter-day messiahs, I am with him. If, however, he wants to stop them being cross-examined, contradicted or ridiculed, then I think he is wrong.

Preachers spouting hateful nonsense, as opposed to advocating hateful action, should be subjected to merciless scrutiny. So it is dismaying to read that the home secretary has been considering a "pre-transmission regulatory regime" – muzzling radio and television in the hope of stamping out extremism.

Nothing could be better calculated to incubate the virus of extremism. It would be driven even further underground, and find a ready host in those who feel lost, alienated and resentful.
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Migration crisis creating 'wave of criminality' as gangs turn to people-smuggling
Colin Freeman
Sunday Telegraph, 20 September 2015

Europe's migration crisis is creating an "unprecedented wave of criminality" as gangs across the continent converge around the "honeypot" of people-smuggling, the head of Europol has warned.

Rob Wainwright, a former MI5 officer who now directs Europe's cross-border policing body, told The Telegraph that opportunists who previously dealt in drugs or racketeering were now reaping the rewards of smuggling migrants.

Such was the scale of the threat that a new unit set up by Europol to gather intelligence on the trafficking gangs was already "swamped" by its caseload.

"As the wave of migrants has taken hold across Europe, we are also seeing an unprecedented wave of criminality by people who are turning to this trade likes bees to a honeypot," said Mr Wainwright. "They are trying to exploit it as much as they can."

His remarks provided a glimpse of the hidden underside of Europe's migration crisis. Every group of desperate people trying to escape war in the Middle East provides an opportunity for criminals.

New figures released last week provided a more detailed picture of the origins of those on the move. More than 213,000 people claimed asylum in EU countries between April and June, according to Eurostat. Of these, only 44,000 – or 21 per cent – were from Syria. Afghans provided the second biggest contingent – 13 per cent – but Albanians were next on eight per cent.

Some 15 per cent came from three peaceful European nations outside the EU: Kosovo, Albania and Serbia. Meanwhile, Eritrea – a poor and repressive but peaceful country in the Horn of Africa – provided four per cent of all asylum applications.

The situation has escalated since the Eurostat figures were compiled, and today's inflow is on a far greater scale.
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Four out of five migrants are NOT from Syria: EU figures expose the 'lie' that the majority of refugees are fleeing war zone
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 19 September 2015

Only one in every five migrants claiming asylum in Europe is from Syria.

The EU logged 213,000 arrivals in April, May and June but only 44,000 of them were fleeing the Syrian civil war.

Campaigners and left-wing MPs have suggested the vast majority of migrants are from the war-torn state, accusing the Government of doing too little to help them.

'This exposes the lie peddled in some quarters that vast numbers of those reaching Europe are from Syria,' said David Davies, Tory MP for Monmouth. 'Most people who are escaping the war will go to camps in Lebanon or Jordan.

'Many of those who have opted to risk their lives to come to Europe have done so for economic reasons.'

Sir Bill Cash, a fellow Tory, said: 'These figures make extremely disturbing reading. The whole argument has been made that this influx is all real refugees from Syria whereas this adds to the substantial evidence that there are a large number of economic migrants who are aiming for a better life.'

The figures from Eurostat, the EU's official statistical agency, show that migration from April to June was running at double the level of the same period in 2014.

The number of Afghans lodging asylum claims is up four-fold, from 6,300 to 27,000. Another 17,700 claims were made by Albanians, whose country is at peace.

A further 13,900 applicants came from Iraq which, like Syria, is being torn apart by the Islamic State terror group. ...

More than 250,000 migrants have reached Greece and Italy, where the authorities are close to breaking point.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel fuelled the chaos last month by declaring that any Syrian who reached the country could claim asylum.

When the numbers became uncontrollable Berlin shut its borders, throwing Austria, Hungary and other EU countries into turmoil.
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The folly of Europe's hand-wringing elite [part 1]
David Goodhart
Daily Mail, 19 September 2015
["In this courageously controversial article, a leading Left-wing voice says misguided compassion is only making the migrant catastrophe worse"]

How did we get to this crisis point? Unnoticed by most Europeans, the asylum rules have widened since 2004 so anyone in the world at risk of 'serious harm... by reasons of indiscriminate violence in situations of international or internal armed conflict' can claim protection – which in practice means permanent residence – in an EU country.

This fine sentiment worked only so long as relatively small numbers of people were able to reach Europe to claim that protection. But when border controls in southern Europe collapsed a few months ago and word got out in the Syrian refugee camps, and among thousands of others in Iraq, Afghanistan, Eritrea and parts of sub-Saharan Africa, the great caravan began to roll.

Riding the wave of sympathy triggered by the photograph of drowned toddler Aylan Kurdi, the German Chancellor Angela Merkel then exacerbated the situation by unilaterally declaring all Syrians would be welcome in Germany, and not returned to their country of first arrival, as EU rules require.

(Though official figures yesterday revealed that in the past four months, just one in five of those seeking asylum across Europe has been Syrian.)

This is the reality in which we have to think about the question of our obligations to suffering humanity. It is not a matter of discrete tens of thousands arriving in Western Europe, as was the case in post-war Britain with Poles, Hungarians, Greek Cypriots, East African Asians and others.

Today, it is potentially tens of millions, when one considers those suffering in the face of conflicts in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan – not to mention the 40 per cent in poor countries who want to move to rich ones, according to a Gallup poll.

And so many more can now move thanks to the legal and physical permeability of Europe's borders, as well as the communications and transport infrastructures that give them both windows into our societies and the means to get here.

To some on the Left, this is a cause for celebration. ... ...

Some of those marchers were modern versions of the intellectuals mocked by George Orwell for disdaining Britain while attaching themselves uncritically to the Soviet Union or other 'progressive' national causes.

Many, however, are genuine idealists, distant descendants of the earnest, righteous souls who helped to end slavery, kept a check on the excesses of empire, pressed for female suffrage and ended the death penalty.

No doubt some of those who marched believe we have an equal moral duty to all humans. Yet, if we did, we would have to favour completely open borders, and our resources – both emotional and financial – would be spread too thinly to make a real difference to anyone's life.

The decent, and realistic, view of the majority in Britain is that we in rich countries do have some obligations to those less fortunate than us, but those obligations are weaker than the ones we owe to our families and friends, to our communities and to our nation.
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The folly of Europe's hand-wringing elite [part 2]
David Goodhart
Daily Mail, 19 September 2015

For societies are not random collections of individuals who happen to live together. Successful nations are based on habits of co-operation, familiarity and trust, and on bonds of language, history and culture. If the European nations – so attractive to these refugees – are to survive and flourish, we require some sense of favouring our fellow citizens, and of controlling who crosses our borders to become a new citizen.

But Europe in recent years has been moving rapidly in the other direction in respect of its internal borders. ...

Meanwhile, little attention was paid to Europe's external borders because – despite huge income gaps with most of the rest of the world – few people from poor countries tried to reach its shores.

Thanks to the Syria crisis, this has changed irrevocably, and the initial response of European leaders, cocooned in their borderless ideals, has been alarming.

By effectively abandoning the selection of who should and should not be allowed in at Europe's southern and eastern borders, we are not showing compassion to the wretched of the earth. Instead, we are encouraging a dangerous free-for-all in which the fittest and nimblest – generally young men – battle their way in.

They are the kind of dynamic, determined, often educated people that the conflict-ridden societies they left behind need to rebuild them when peace at last arrives.

Most people in Britain and the rest of Europe, faced with pictures of desperate people, do feel compassion – and many act on it as individuals by donating to charities.

But most of us want to be generous without encouraging further flows, and without damaging our own country's social infrastructure with unsustainably large inflows of people. Britain is already struggling to properly integrate incomers from more traditional, often Muslim, societies.

That is why I believe David Cameron's 'head and heart' approach is broadly right. No doubt we can, and should, take a few more Syrians than the 20,000 over five years he has mooted. But our Government's approach of investing more in the Syrian refugee camps to make them better places to live for a few years is surely right. ...

Even before this crisis emerged, Britain was experiencing unprecedented levels of legal immigration, and a rapidly rising population. ...

Many British and European citizens have expressed commendable empathy over the refugee crisis. But that has encouraged the politics of moral gesture, rather than clear-eyed leadership from Europe's political class.

We cannot take the millions who would like to come here for a better life. It is far better to admit that and to restore the integrity of Europe's borders – while selecting those in greatest need of help – than to make promises we do not really mean, and then renege on them. ... ...

The offer to provide protection to anyone in the world suffering 'serious harm' cannot be fulfilled. A more lasting and realistic refugee policy is urgently required, but it will not be a pretty sight.
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MI5 and police are watching more than 3,000 homegrown terror suspects willing to attack on British soil
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 18 September 2015

More than 3,000 British Islamist extremists are being monitored by police and the security services, it was revealed today.

The group of men and women, mainly in their teens, have been radicalised and are willing to launch a terror attack in the UK, sources have said.

Hundreds may also have trained in Syria as ISIS fighters before returning to Britain.

It came as the head of MI5 warned that the UK is facing an unprecedented terror threat with home-grown fanatics are 'being radicalised to the point of violence within weeks'.

Andrew Parker said the six plots foiled at home in the past year 'is the highest number I can recall in my 32-year career, certainly the highest number since 9/11'. ...

On the home-grown threat, Mr Parker warned: 'Most of the people who try to become involved in terrorism in this country are people who are born and brought up here, have come through our education system and have nonetheless concluded that their home country, the country of their birth, is their enemy.'

Security sources have said that more than 3,000 people are being watched because they are considered a threat to the UK.
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PASSPORT TO TERROR: MailOnline reporter buys Syrian papers being sold to ISIS fighters sneaking into Europe hidden among refugees
Nick Fagge
MailOnline, 17 September 2015

ISIS fighters and economic migrants are able to buy Syrian identity documents that allow them to hide among refugees travelling to Europe with frightening ease, an investigation by MailOnline can reveal.

Our reporter was able to buy a Syrian passport, identity card and driving licence from a fraudster in a Turkish border town this week.

The genuine documents were stolen from Syria when they were blank. The forger added our reporter's picture and gave him the identity of a Syrian man from Aleppo killed last year.

The documents, on sale for around $2,000, would help an asylum claim in Europe.

The forger who sold us the papers, said that they are being used by ISIS fanatics to travel undetected across borders into Europe hidden among tens of thousands of genuine refugees fleeing the terror and destruction. ...

The bogus papers are also being used by economic migrants from other Middle Eastern states who know that a Syrian asylum claim will be met with more sympathy following the civil war which has so far forced an estimated four million people to flee. ...

The passport book MailOnline acquired is genuine, made from a batch seized from one of the many Syrian government offices captured by advancing opposition forces.

The forger explained that the militias fighting the forces of Assad make a beeline for government offices when they over-run a town. They know the value of the documents there and steal the passports, papers and even the printers that are used to create identity cards and driving licences. ...

He went on: 'Everyone wants to be Syrian now – because now everyone welcomes Syrians. There are Palestinians, Egyptians, Iraqis, people from all over the Arab world who are pretending to be Syrian so they can have a new life in Europe.

'ISIS fighters are among the people going to Europe in this way. They are going to wait for the right time to become a fighter for ISIS again.'

Alarm bells began to ring as to the scale of the problem earlier this month when German customs officers seized packages containing a large number of blank Syrian passports. The packages contained both genuine and fake passport books.

Frontex, the EU border agency, has reported an increase in the seizure of Syrian passports for sale although they admit they as yet have no idea of the size of the problem. ...

'[Syrian passports] are found in the hands of Iraqis and Palestinians. There is also a rising phenomenon of migrants from Algeria, Egypt or Morocco claiming falsely to be of Syrian nationality.' ...

The manufacture of passports and identity documents by forgers began innocently following the collapse of Assad's Syrian regime, when many citizens lost their official papers in the chaos and society broke down.

But this 'public service' has been hijacked by unscrupulous criminals who will sell anyone the documents to claim they are Syrian. ...

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the Home Affairs committee told MailOnline the revelations were 'deeply disturbing'.
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A crisis of Europe dressed up as a drama about migration [part 1]
Frank Furedi
Spiked, 17 September 2015

Since the Second World War, immigration in Europe has been discussed in a language that evades and obscures the real issues at stake. As someone who is in favour of the free movement of people, I'm disturbed by the way in which pro-immigration views are put forward in convoluted and narrow economic terms. This stress on the economic benefits of migration is about avoiding taking a principled stand. It also misleadingly sidesteps the cultural and social anxieties that sections of the public feel about the loss of their way of life, and the role they think immigration plays in this. ...

In recent decades, matters have been made worse by a new institutionalised dishonesty. Official estimates of the numbers of immigrants have become unreliable, to the point where they bear little relationship to reality. Almost imperceptibly, the distinction between refugees and migrants has been eroded. Over the past year in particular, governments in Europe have continually avoided making a distinction between a refugee crisis and a new phase of global migration.

On one level, today's confusion around the issue of global migration is a product of successive European governments' failure to understand or take seriously the values of national sovereignty and democratic accountability. This is why, time and again, ministers and officials have been forced to acknowledge that their immigration policies and system of controls are 'not fit for purpose'. Governments have constantly fiddled with the rules in an attempt to avoid an open debate or public conversation about what is at stake. ...

There are good arguments for welcoming the transformative impact that immigration can have on a community's cultural and social life. There also coherent arguments for opposing mass migration on the basis that it might undermine existing patterns of social experience. That these arguments are rarely had out in Europe in the 21st century is not surprising. Excluding the public from such a debate is the de facto policy of Western European governments. ...

The promotion of social change through immigration is, in principle, a legitimate policy. But what is highly objectionable is the secretive manner in which this policy was discussed. According to one former New Labour adviser, there was 'an unusual air' of 'secrecy' in government deliberations on immigration. /.../ Such political bad faith on the issue of immigration has, if anything, grown since 2010.

Current and future mass migration will transform Europe into a very different continent. And discussing and debating the impact immigration will have is essential if we are to minimise its potential disruptive and destabilising consequences. This requires honesty and political imagination. ...

I don't have a problem with breaking rules. And I have every sympathy with migrant families who avoid border controls and break rules in order to find a new home and start a new life.

But when governments start treating their own rules in a casual manner, then the fundamental principles of the rule of law are undermined. In recent weeks, the leaders of the EU demonstrated that they regard their own rules as mere administrative inconveniences that can be broken at will. I did not much like the Dublin agreement on migrants – but it was an agreement with clear rules. ...
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A crisis of Europe dressed up as a drama about migration [part 2]
Frank Furedi
Spiked, 17 September 2015

Merkel's volte face symbolises the indecisive, even cowardly attitude of officialdom towards managing the current wave of global migration. But there is a more fundamental issue at stake, too: that of national sovereignty and democratic accountability. The technocratic violation of national sovereignty take its most extreme form in the Juncker revolution. His aim is to impose migrant quotas on EU member states. ...

One of the most dramatic consequences of the EU's indifference to its own rules is that it has authorised rule-breaking by migrants themselves. In such circumstances, migrants feel empowered to refuse to cooperate with border guards, police and officials. They are freed from observing the very laws that apply to the citizens of the country that they are entering. No papers are needed, no registration is necessary. Instead, many of them believe they possess certain natural rights, including the right to be transported to the country of their choice. Migrants to Denmark instruct officials to take them to Sweden. Those in Hungary shout 'Germany!'. /.../ Western Europe's implicit encouragement of rule-breaking as a way of getting on in life is not a promising way to socialise future citizens into the values of the democratic way. ...

Virtually anyone of any influence in Europe is calling for 'more compassion' and 'more generosity' towards the refugees. Those who dare to raise doubts about this supposed humanitarian approach risk being denounced as ignorant fools who have not learned the lessons of the Nazi experience.


In this climate of moral posturing, it's important to take a reality check. Yes, Europe has its share of narrow-minded xenophobic political movements, which exploit the unease that many EU citizens feel towards the flow of strangers into their communities. However, their behaviour is no worse than that of the 'let them all in or else' crowd. These seemingly polar opposites in the migration debate are actually captive to a very similar illiberal impulse: one side expresses prejudice towards migrants; the other expresses contempt for citizens of EU nations.

Although the 'open the door' lobby uses the language of morality, it lacks the courage of its convictions. One reason why the current media campaign against the Hungarian government has become so virulent is because many observers fear that Hungary's approach might resonate with sections of the European public. The branding of any alternative to the Juncker plan as xenophobic is an attempt to construct a moral quarantine around the discussion of migration. This top-down approach is driven by a conviction that the views of ordinary European citizens are not worthy of note. The 'pro-migrant' lobby's contempt for the people of Europe, and for the exercise of democratic accountability, shows that its grand-sounding moral claims are really the cynical postures of illiberal functionaries.

The drama surrounding the new wave of migrants obscures a disturbing development: the physical and moral distancing of EU institutions and policymakers from their own publics. Unable to conduct an honest discussion with their citizens, these institutions feel more comfortable taking selfies with grateful, smiling migrants. European citizens must insist that they be consulted on this issue that is so important to their futures.
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Immigration policy – Corbyn style
Thom Brooks
LabourList, 17 September 2015
[Thom Brooks is Professor of Law and Government at Durham University]

Jeremy Corbyn has yet to confirm details on the immigration policies he would propose and what changes, if any, he would make to the shadow minister for immigration post. So here are a few ideas about what kinds of policies the Labour Party might support under Corbyn's leadership that would put clear water between Labour and the Tories while championing the progressive cause: ...

Fair migration, not 'net' migration

The next policy difference could be about the government's so-called 'net migration' target. It's otherwise known as the target they keep missing by increasing amounts. There are many reasons to scrap it.

One reason is that net migration does not track what most people mean by 'migration'. Net migration looks only at the total in-flow and total out-flow. /.../ But part of the problem is that this statistic counts British citizens as migrants. Technically, they are if coming or going. But if 100,000 UK citizens came back, few would say this is what they had in mind when they thought of migration statistics. People think migration is about non-UK citizens, but it isn't and it helps paint a very misleading picture.

A second reason is that most people don't think of students – even non-UK students – as migrants. They are thinking about long-term migration of non-UK citizens. That's something different.

A third problem with net migration is there's some things that shouldn't be cut like asylum seekers with valid claims. It's not the UK's responsibility alone and more must be done at EU level to improve asylum policy: the current system must be improved. But Corbyn could highlight that people with legitimate asylum claims should not be turned away because the doors are closing to admit anyone. It would also be helpful to make clear to the public that most migrants to the UK are not refugees despite public opinion to the contrary.

Finally, it is a mistake to think that some macro-level maths are going to make things right. A prediction: bringing even net migration down to 200,000 or less per year won't satisfy many of the people concerned about it now. Some want none at all. Zero. So focusing on an unachievable statistic that doesn't mean what most people thinks it should is not the way the go. Especially when the government repeatedly fails to reach it.


Corbyn's alternative could be to reject the use of net migration to instead having regard for long-term migration by non-British citizens. This need not entail a commitment to slash numbers, but to change the terms of the debate. And that's something he seems keen to do.

An immigration system that works

Immigration law is a complex area of law where the regulation change virtually daily. ...

... Corbyn's commitment to democratic decision-making could spur him to call for a much needed national conversation about immigration. ...

This review could examine what citizens want from the immigration system and include feedback from people – like me – that became naturalised British citizens to learn more about how efforts to promote English language skills and integration could be improved among other things.
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The problem with the 'pro-migrant' lobby [part 1]
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 17 September 2015
[Brendan O'Neill's 2010 essay on some radical changes in the immigration debate]

Where earlier immigrants were expected to build physical infrastructure, New Labour hoped that allowing in hundreds of thousands of immigrants might fashion a new social and moral infrastructure. The Labour government relaxed immigration controls, between 2000 and 2008 in particular, not because it had any attachment to the idea of free movement, but as an instinctive exercise in social engineering. It was a subconscious attempt by a disoriented elite to renew Britain, to redefine it, through altering the social make-up and elevating the virtues of the migrant above the virtues of traditional British nationalism and the native working classes.

Under New Labour, the number of migrants entering Britain rose exponentially. ...

From the early 1970s to the early 1980s, net immigration was a negative figure, flitting between -50,000 (early 1970s) and -75,000 (1981). In the mid-1980s, it became a positive figure, but stayed between 40,000 and 50,000 between the years 1986 and 1996. It is in the late 1990s that net immigration rises dramatically. In 1998, the year after New Labour was elected, net immigration was almost 150,000; in 2001 it was around 160,000; in 2004 it had risen to around 225,000. Many different factors impacted on the shifting number of immigrants from the 1950s to today: economic downturns and booms play a role in determining whether migrants will come to Britain, and in 2004 the EU was expanded to include Poland and seven other Eastern European countries, leading to increased movement of Eastern workers. However, one under-explored factor was New Labour's use of relatively relaxed immigration to achieve, in its words, the 'social objective' of '[making] the UK truly multicultural'.

Even those of us who take a liberal approach to the issue of migration must recognise that there were serious problems with the way in which New Labour encouraged immigration (in an underhand, dishonest, censored fashion) and the reasons it did so (to try to engineer a new kind of society). Britain's political elite has effectively weaponised immigration. But where in the past it weaponised it through the politics of race and of anti-immigration, today it has turned being pro-immigration into a weapon, a tool for expressing its discomfort with Britain's traditionalist past and its distance from Britain's native working classes. Among the elite, taking a 'pro-immigration' stance has become a way of espousing its supposedly superior values of cosmopolitanism, liberalism, official tolerance and official anti-racism, and of disciplining, policing and ultimately censoring those who do not possess such values.

In 2009, a former government adviser revealed that ministers frequently discussed 'open[ing] up the UK to mass migration'. But their aims were as much social as they were economic. Indeed, there was a 'driving political purpose': ministers' belief that bringing in more immigrants would make manifest their ideal of a 'truly multicultural society' and allow them to 'rub the right's nose in diversity and render their arguments out of date'. Here, we can see how 'diversity' was looked upon by New Labour as more than a fluffy value – it was also considered an explicitly political tool that might be used to boost Labour's fortunes and denigrate its critics.
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The problem with the 'pro-migrant' lobby [part 2]
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 17 September 2015

In 2010, government documents released under a Freedom of Information claim confirmed what the government adviser said. In one, written in 2000, officials discussed their desire to 'maximise the contribution' of migrants to achieving the government's 'social objectives'. The document makes clear that New Labour, unlike previous governments, is keen to exploit the 'social benefits' of increased immigration. It argues that it is 'clearly correct that the government has both economic and social objectives for migration policy', and lists the 'social impacts' of immigration as including 'a widening of consumer choice and significant cultural contributions'. ...

Strikingly, these discussions were kept as far away from the public as possible. The government adviser says there was 'an unusual air of... secrecy' in government discussions about immigration, and the internal document of 2000 was passed between ministers with 'extreme reluctance': 'there was a paranoia about it reaching the media' and causing concern amongst Labour's 'core white working-class vote'. Indeed, when the 2000 document was published as a consultation paper in 2001, it was heavily edited: all mentions of the 'social objectives' of increased immigration were removed. This provides a glimpse into the undemocratic elitism that drives the 'pro-immigration' stance today.

Too many critics interpreted New Labour's 'hidden' immigration policy as an effort to 'turn Britain into a nation of Labour voters'. Labour 'deliberately tried to re-engineer Britain for its own political advantage', said one observer. This makes Labour's internal migration debate sound too conspiratorial. In truth, Labour was drawn instinctively to immigration because it was an issue that allowed the new political class to distance itself from Britain's past and to redefine itself as cosmopolitan and constantly changing. This was not simply about winning votes; rather, the reshaping of immigration has been driven by an historic and profound crisis of values within an elite which now sees more virtue in what newcomers can bring to Britain than in what its own predecessor elites created and achieved. ...

Indeed, there has been an important shift over the past 30 years: from emphasising the assimilation of immigrants into the values of British society to celebrating British society's assimilation of the immigrants' values. ...

This is what underpins the ethos of multiculturalism itself: a desire to re-present a crisis of values as something positive. Fundamentally, multiculturalism is officialdom's response to the profound identity crisis of Western society, brought about as a result of the collapse of common values, national institutions and political networks. Multiculturalism is about adding a positive gloss to this identity crisis, where the lack of common values is sexed up as 'cultural pluralism' and divisions within communities are relabelled 'diversity'. Likewise, the contemporary elite's celebration of society's 'continually changing values' as a result of unpredictable migrant flows re-presents a crisis of core values as something purposeful and positive.
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The problem with the 'pro-migrant' lobby [part 3]
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 17 September 2015

Indeed, the most striking thing about immigration over the past 10 to 15 years is how the elite now advertises its assimilation of immigrant culture rather than calling for immigrants to assimilate into British culture. One historian of immigration in Britain writes that in the 1950s and the 1960s, 'The first official British response [to mass immigration] was to declare that immigrants must be assimilated to a unitary British culture' (The Twilight of Britain: Cultural Nationalism, Multiculturalism and the Politics of Toleration, by G Gordon Betts). In the modern period, in New Labour's words, 'Britain absorbs and adapts external influences. Our lifestyles and cultural horizons have also been broadened [by immigration]... it reaches into every aspect of our national life.'

There were many problems with the old idea of immigrant assimilation, but it was at least built on the notion of a core society into which immigrants could be welcomed. The new idea of Britain 'absorbing and adapting' and being constantly altered by the arrival of migrants effectively says there is no such thing as society (updating Thatcher's dictum), only various cultures. Where the politics of assimilation spoke to a society that needed migrant workers and wanted them to be well-behaved, the politics of absorption speaks to a society that welcomes immigrants for the narrow political good of the elite, which hopes that the arrival of outsiders will somehow refresh a corroded and confused nation alienated from its traditions. This is the political equivalent of slumming it.

If the elite now expresses its discomfort with Old Britain through the immigration issue, it also expresses its disdain for the lower orders through it, too. The 'pro-immigration' stance allows the contemporary elite both to distance itself from the traditional elites of the past and from the working classes of today. ...

In the political elite's view, the real 'foreigners' in Britain are the white working classes. It looks upon them as an inscrutable, incomprehensible mass. ... ...

There are many problems with the elite's adoption of a 'pro-immigration' stance for cynical reasons. Most worryingly, it can only further racialise everyday life. Already, virtually every aspect of our existences – from politics to schools to the workplace – has been racialised, where everyday interaction and speech is governed by a plethora of diversity codes and a super-sensitivity about racial matters. The politicisation of the immigrant, and his elevation as superior to the white working classes, threatens to take this racialisation to another level.

All of this raises some important questions for those of us who in principle support freedom of movement. For today it is often those who present themselves as 'pro-immigration' who are the least progressive, expressing a profound cultural snobbery and adopting the immigrant as a cover for their own lack of attachment to a political vision or moral values.
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What Happens When Minority Kids Are Taught Not to Talk About Race
Jesse Singal
New York Magazine, 17 September 2015

Racial color-blindness sounds pretty good in theory. After all, aren't we supposed to be judging people based only on the contents of their character, rather than the color of their skin? But critics of the idea say it has some serious downsides. They argue that since race is a major contributing factor in all sorts of societal outcomes, from who goes to jail to what educational opportunities a child has, to adopt color-blindness as an ideology is to ignore important discrepancies, thereby allowing them to fester. If you can't really even talk about racism, in other words, how are you supposed to address it?

An interesting new study in Social Psychology and Personality Science sheds some light on how color-blindness may affect minority kids. ...

And yet these kids, like most American kids, are steeped in a milieu of color-blindness – many are taught at a young age that it's wrong to point out or focus on racial differences. Pauker and her colleagues wanted to learn more about this, ...

The kids were asked to play a game that's basically Guess Who? Photos of 40 individuals were laid out in front of them, one of them the "correct" answer, and the children were tasked with picking the right one by asking as few questions as possible ...

This study was something of a sequel to a similar one Apfelbaum and Pauker, along with other researchers, published in Developmental Psychology back in 2008. The authors found that the younger children in that sample, drawn entirely from middle- and upper-middle-class white kids in suburban Boston, actually outperformed their older peers at the question-guessing task, simply because the older (and therefore more tactful) ones were afraid to ask about race. ...

It's striking to compare the message these kids have internalized to the social norms color-blindness is supposed to be imparting. One of the ideas behind the concept is to teach kids not to interact in a discriminatory way with each other, /.../ Socializing kids against this sort of behavior is a totally reasonable, laudable thing to do. But it's clear, at least from these two studies involving a diverse sample of students, that the concept has bled well beyond useful boundaries. Many of the kids apparently thought it would be rude or downright racist to even point out that half the people in the group of photos were racially distinct from the other half. Something about how we teach kids about race seems to have flown off the rails.

And, as mentioned above, the researchers think this kind of schooling may hurt the kids it's ostensibly designed to benefit:

... Our results underscore the strength of color-blind norms in schools and highlight the need for future research to consider their impact on both majority and minority children's social development. They also illuminate a fundamental challenge facing society: Issues of race continue to be a source of controversy and contention in American society, from education and business to policing and the law, yet it remains unclear how these issues can be resolved, much less articulated, if no one is willing to acknowledge race.

There's no easy way to solve the country's vexing, centuries-old problems with race, but research like this highlights the serious problems and side effects that arise when you try to just sweep the problem under the rug.
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How many are genuine? As Europe locks down its borders, eye witnesses claim fewer than a third of refugees who have made it to Germany are Syrian – and some are even ISIS infiltrators
Sue Reid
MailOnline, 16 September 2015

The scenes followed Chancellor Angela Merkel's declaration that all arriving Syrians should be treated as war refugees, offered asylum and – turning a blind eye to EU rules – not be returned for fingerprinting and registration to the country where they first entered Europe.

Now, the Merkel dream is unravelling: the relentless flow of migrants has overwhelmed the EU mainland. On Sunday afternoon, Germany temporarily shut its borders with Austria, later introducing tougher vetting of migrants. ...

Joachim Hermann, the interior minister of Germany's Bavaria (coping with enormous arrivals from Austria), said stricter rules were needed. 'We have established in the past few days that many en route here are not really refugees,' he said.

'It has got about . . . that you are successful [in claiming asylum] if you pretend to be Syrian.'

Along the well-trodden route from Turkey across the Aegean Sea to Greece, Macedonia to Serbia, into Hungary, Austria and, finally, Germany, there are rising fears that thousands of migrants are blagging their way into Europe as Syrians. ...

'We first realised back in Turkey, when we waited to get a boat to Lesbos in Greece, migrants from other Arab-speaking countries were claiming to be Syrian,' he adds.

'The traffickers were selling them identity cards, either stolen from us Syrians, or faked, ready to show the Germans.'

Trade in these documents – produced by trafficking gangs in forgery factories – is booming. ...

As Fabrice Leggeri, head of the European border agency Frontex, last week told French radio: 'Trafficking in Syrian passports is an extremely lucrative trade for smugglers. People who use them mostly speak Arabic, they may come from Africa or the Middle East, but they have the profile of economic migrants, not refugees.'

He added: 'A lot have fake Syrian papers because they know they'll get asylum in the EU more easily.'

Just this week, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees estimated that only half of the 381,000 people who have landed this year in Italy and Greece – the two main entry points for migrants – are Syrian. Others come from all over the Middle East and Africa.

The proportion of genuine Syrians among the migrants drops further as they make their way northwards towards Europe and more pretenders join in.

By the EU border into Hungary, there are Macedonians, Albanians and Bosnians posing as Syrians, too. ...

On Monday, Ivo Kotevski, of the Macedonia Interior Ministry, said: 'There are so many people travelling through our country that we don't have the capacity to investigate those with fake documents.

'Of the 75,000 who have arrived so far, only 50 have asked for asylum here. They don't want to stay, but to travel into the EU.'

In Serbia, almost 90 per cent of the 3,000 migrants entering their country from Macedonia each day claim to be Syrian, although most have no documents to prove it. ...

And German customs authorities have intercepted packages posted from Bulgaria containing 10,000 fake and stolen Syrian passports, destined to be sold for £1,200 each.
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Why eastern Europe's resistance to refugee quotas is not 'selfish'
Marcin Zaborowski
The Guardian, 16 September 2015

As Hungary seals its border with Serbia, Germany, in effect, exits the Schengen travel area and countries across the EU say they have run out of capacity to take more migrants, Europe seems to have split into the "compassionate" west and "selfish" east. That, at least, is the overriding media narrative in the west. It is true that central and eastern Europeans have not been willingly opening their borders, the welcome banners are rare and the European Commission's proposal for a centrally agreed share-out of refugees among all EU states is running into strong resistance in Warsaw and Prague. While central and east Europeans are grudgingly accepting that they need to accommodate more refugees than they anticipated, the idea of doing this via compulsory quotas is proving particularly contentious.

Several reasons help explain this reluctance, and most of them are missing from the coverage. First, central and eastern European states are already taking a huge number of both refugees and migrants from Ukraine. While many Poles work in British hospitals and cafes, in Poland's service sector it is the Ukrainians who are doing many of the jobs. The same is true for other states of the region and few raise complaints.

Second, the decision of Angela Merkel to issue a broad welcome to the refugees is seen in central and eastern Europe as counter-productive and escalating the influx. This is why there is a reluctance to share in the implications of Berlin's decision. ...

Third, central and eastern Europeans have little tradition of dealing with refugees from non-European cultures and lack the required infrastructure. The UK, France and Germany have for years been adjusting their systems – healthcare, education, language training – to assimilate migrants from all over the world. But for central and eastern Europe, which has no colonial past and is made up of mostly small and ethnically homogeneous nations, this is quite a new challenge. Even with all the tradition and experience in western Europe the success rate is mixed. ...

... What Europe requires, however, is solidarity and co-ordinated action – not just in distributing the existing refugee numbers but in preventing a humanitarian crisis from occurring.

First and foremost, the network of human traffickers should be destroyed and safe havens should be created within Syria. The EU's external borders, in particular sea borders, should be made more secure. Meanwhile, refugees should be given more aid and the conditions in the UN camps in Turkey and Syria improved. All of these actions would require a stronger EU security and defence policy, which is what many central European governments have been promoting for years, alas, in vain, mostly because of the resistance from the same group of western European capitals that denounce the selfishness of their eastern neighbours.
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Criticising Hungary over its border fence is missing the point
Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2015
[Leading article]

The paralysis in the European Union over how to deal with the migrant crisis is the direct result of an utterly incoherent policy on border controls. Only last week, Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the Commission, said Europe needed stronger efforts to secure its external boundaries. Indeed, the Schengen agreement dispensing with internal frontiers only made sense provided strict controls were imposed on who could come into the EU.

But as the Union expanded to the east and the south, patrolling this lengthening perimeter became almost impossible. One member state - Hungary – has taken Mr Juncker at his word and erected a fence to prevent illegal immigrants entering the EU from Serbia. Yet the Hungarian government is now being denounced by other EU leaders for having done so. If they object to fences, they are surely obliged to explain what securing the EU's external frontiers entails and how they propose to achieve it.

The EU failed to orchestrate any attempt to resolve the causes of the migration, either in Syria or Africa. Moreover, instead of following Britain's lead and helping to improve the lives of the refugees in the camps, the EU has encouraged a mass migration. In particular, Angela Merkel's unilateral decision to invite all-comers to Germany was a catastrophic mistake.

Internal borders are now being reinstated across Europe even as the Hungarians are castigated for putting up an external one. But blaming the Hungarians - or even the British for refusing to participate in a mandatory quota system from which we have an opt-out - is merely displacement activity for an institutional failure of historic proportions.
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Elusive crime wave data shows frightening toll of illegal immigrant criminals
Malia Zimmerman
Fox News, 16 September 2015

In the absence of comprehensive data, examined a patchwork of local, state and federal statistics that revealed a wildly disproportionate number of murderers, rapists and drug dealers are crossing into the U.S. amid the wave of hard-working families seeking a better life. The explosive figures show illegal immigrants are three times as likely to be convicted of murder as members of the general population and account for far more crimes than their 3.5-percent share of the U.S. population would suggest. Critics say it is no accident that local, state and federal governments go to great lengths to keep the data under wraps.

"There are a lot of reasons states don't make this information readily available, and there is no clearinghouse of data at high levels," said former Department of Justice attorney J. Christian Adams, who has conducted exhaustive research on the subject. "These numbers would expose how serious the problem is and make the government look bad."

Adams called illegal immigrant crime a "wave of staggering proportions." ... ... did review reports from immigration reform groups and various government agencies, including the U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Sentencing Commission, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Government Accountability Office, the Bureau of Justice Statistics and several state and county correctional departments. Statistics show the estimated 11.7 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. account for 13.6 percent of all offenders sentenced for crimes committed in the U.S. Twelve percent of murder sentences, 20 percent of kidnapping sentences and 16 percent of drug trafficking sentences are meted out to illegal immigrants.

There are approximately 2.1 million legal or illegal immigrants with criminal convictions living free or behind bars in the U.S., according to ICE's Secure Communities office. Each year, about 900,000 legal and illegal immigrants are arrested, and 700,000 are released from jail, prison, or probation. ICE estimates that there are more than 1.2 million criminal aliens at large in the U.S.

In the most recent figures available, a Government Accountability Office report titled, "Criminal Alien Statistics," found there were 55,000 illegal immigrants in federal prison and 296,000 in state and local lockups in 2011. ... ...

Adams opened a rare window into the dearth of public data when he obtained an internal report compiled by the Texas Department of Public Safety and revealed its contents on his Pajamas Media blog. The report showed that between 2008 and 2014, noncitizens in Texas – a group that includes illegal and legal immigrants – committed 611,234 crimes, including nearly 3,000 homicides. Adams told that other states have also closely tracked illegal immigrant crime, especially in the wake of 9/11, but said the statistical sorting "is done behind closed doors." States closely guard the statistics out of either fear of reprisals from the federal government or out of their leaders' own insistence on downplaying the burden of illegal immigrant crime, he said.
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Archbishop warns Cameron over Syrian refugees
Robert Mendick
Sunday Telegraph, 13 September 2015

The Archbishop of Canterbury has warned David Cameron that his Government's refugee policy is discriminating against Christians facing oppression in Syria.

The Most Rev Justin Welby is understood to have met the prime minister last week amid growing concerns that Christians in Syria will be largely excluded from the 20,000 refugees due to come to the UK over the next five years.

Archbishop Welby raised the issue with Mr Cameron at a private meeting last week, according to a well placed source, over concerns that Christians in Syria will not be given the opportunity to come to the UK.

The Government, in line with European Union policy, is committed to taking in refugees from UN camps in Syria and neighbouring countries. It cannot discriminate in favour of any one religious group.

But the Archbishop has raised concerns that Christians have avoided refugee camps because of fears of persecution from rogue Islamist groups operating inside refugee camps.

In a speech in the House of Lords last Monday, Archbishop Welby said that "within the camps there is significant intimidation and radicalisation, and many particularly of the Christian population who have been forced to flee are unable to be in the camps."

He went on: "What is the Government's policy of reaching out to those who are not actually in the camps?"

He then raised the issue with Mr Cameron in a private meeting. A source said: "Justin Welby spoke to David Cameron about this. he raised his concerns."

The Archbishop's intervention follows concern raised by his predecessor Lord Carey, who wrote in the Telegraph of his concern over the plight of Christians.

Lord Carey wrote: "The frustration for those of us who have been calling for compassion for Syrian victims for many months is that the Christian community is yet again left at the bottom of the heap.

"Mr Cameron's policy inadvertently discriminates against the very Christian communities most victimised by the inhuman butchers of the so-called Islamic State.

"Christians are not to be found in the UN camps, because they have been attacked and targeted by Islamists and driven from them. They are seeking refuge in private homes, church buildings and with neighbours and family."

A coalition of faith groups from 14 organisations has issued a statement accusing the US and UK governments of ignoring the plight of Christians and other ethnic minority groups by effectively failing to discriminate positively in their favour.
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Is Europe Losing Control Over Its Destiny?
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 13 September 2015

British political scientist Anthony Glees accused the German government of rank hypocrisy for demanding that Greece comply with the strict letter of EU law to obtain a financial bailout, but that same German government unilaterally dispensed with EU law to open Europe's borders wide open to hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Muslim world. ...

In Denmark, Andreas Kamm, the secretary general of the Danish Refugee Council (Dansk Flygtningehjælp), warned that the current refugee crisis could lead to total collapse of European society. In an interview with the newspaper Jyllands-Posten, Kamm said he believes that Europe is facing "a total Armageddon scenario." He added:

"We are experiencing a historical imbalance between the very high numbers of refugees and migrants and the global capacity to provide them with protection and assistance. We are running the risk that conflicts between the migrants and local populations will go awry and escalate. The answer cannot be that Europe imports surplus populations. We cannot be required to destroy our own society."


In Germany, Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, in an interview with Die Zeit, said:

"The migration crisis presents a formidable challenge. It is bigger than any of us have previously thought – socially, politically, economically, culturally.... Now we will get hundreds of thousands of Muslims with an Arab background. According to what I am told by my French colleague, this is a significant difference as far as integration is concerned.... I am being told that between 15% and 20% of the adult migrants are illiterate.

"We must get used to the idea that our country is changing. School, police, housing, courts, health care, everywhere! We also need an amendment to the constitution. And all this has to happen very quickly, within weeks! This will require a huge change in our established way of thinking."


Referring to Hungary's occupation by the Ottoman Empire from 1541 to 1699, Orbán said:

"I think we have a right to decide that we do not want a large number of Muslim people in our country. We do not like the consequences of having a large number of Muslim communities that we see in other countries and I do not see any reason for anyone else to force us to create ways of living together in Hungary that we do not want to see. That is a historical experience for us."


In Slovakia, Prime Minister Robert Fico said that 95% of so-called refugees were actually economic migrants:

"We won't assist in this folly with arms opened wide with the notion that we'll accept them all regardless of whether they're economic migrants or not. If we do not start telling the truth about migration, we will never move from this spot."

Fico also warned of the consequences of untrammeled Muslim immigration.
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Hungary PM slams migrant 'rebellion', U.N. warns of millions more refugees
Krisztina Than and Stephanie Nebehay
Reuters, 12 September 2015

Hungary's prime minister angrily accused illegal migrants on Friday of "rebelling" against the rule of law in his country as security forces across Europe struggled to control record flows of hungry, scared refugees.

The United Nations called for the swift creation of large-scale reception centres in frontline states such as Hungary and Greece, and one U.N. agency warned that millions more refugees could arrive in Europe if Syria's civil war continues to rage.

Many of the tens of thousands of refugees now trekking from Greece via the Balkans and Hungary towards western Europe are fleeing the Syrian war in search of sanctuary, above all in more welcoming and generous countries such as Germany and Sweden.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said his country, which expects to take in 800,000 asylum seekers this year alone, had finite resources and urged other European countries to do much more to share the burden.

He said Germany expected to receive another 40,000 migrants this weekend. And as politicians from the left and right accused Chancellor Angela Merkel's government of losing control of the refugee situation, the defence ministry put 4,000 troops on standby to help with the influx.

Hungary is racing to construct a fence along its border with Serbia by early October to help stem the tide. It also plans to implement much tougher immigration rules from next week.

Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a fiery populist who has framed the crisis as a battle to preserve Europe's prosperity and "Christian identity", angrily criticised the behaviour of the mostly Muslim migrants who have been filling up central Budapest and disrupting traffic along roads running westward to Austria.

"They seized railway stations, rejected giving fingerprints, failed to cooperate and are unwilling to go to places where they would get food, water, accommodation and medical care ... They rebelled against Hungarian legal order," Orban told reporters.

"From the 15th, Hungarian authorities will not forgive illegal border crossings," he said.

More than 170,000 migrants have crossed into Hungary from non-EU Serbia so far this year. Many try to avoid being registered in Hungary for fear of being stranded there or returned to the country later in their journey across Europe. ...

Syria's four-year civil war has so far displaced almost eight million people, said Peter Salama of UNICEF, the U.N. childrens' agency, adding: "There could be millions and millions more refugees leaving Syria and ultimately (going) to the European Union and beyond."

So far this year, a record 433,000 refugees and migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Europe, more than double the total for all of 2014, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said on Friday.

The European Commission, backed by Germany and France, wants EU member states to accept mandatory quotas to share out some 160,000 refugees but the plan faces stiff resistance in some capitals. On Friday the UNHCR said the number of people requiring relocation had now risen to 200,000. ...

Germany has come under fire from Orban and other east European leaders for opening its door to Syrian asylum seekers, saying such generosity will only encourage many more to come.
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Nothing has changed in 25 years to ease my concerns about Islam
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 12 September 2015

Viktor Orbán is the prime minister of Hungary. /.../ At the beginning of this month, Mr Orbán said: "I think we have a right to decide that we don't want to have a large number of Muslim people in our country."

Mr Orbán was fiercely attacked for the motives behind his remark. /.../ But, regardless of the precise facts about Mr Orbán, I would guess most people in western – let alone eastern – Europe would quietly agree with his general proposition. One of the biggest anxieties about the current immigration is its high Muslim element. Is it wrong to have such an anxiety, let alone to express it publicly, let alone to want to have a system of immigration based on it? ...

I don't find these easy questions to answer. ... ...

But in my dealings with British Muslim leaders and representatives /.../ and in other contacts /.../, I became uneasy. There were several unattractive things I noticed. One was the exclusion of women from any role in governance, thought or worship. Another was an absolutism about the Israel-Palestine issue which involved, in many cases, an unmistakable hostility to Jews. A third was an assumption that something that was considered bad – blasphemy, immodesty, homosexuality, mixed bathing – should be banned. The idea that one could disapprove of something, and yet believe that it should be permitted, seemed barely to exist.

Finally, there was an unsettling attitude about politics, law and power. It seemed to me that most Muslim leaders saw their role not in integrating Muslims in Britain, but in asserting difference and increasing their muscle. Many favoured sharia law trumping British law. They would not support Muslim membership of the Armed Forces if those forces were deployed against Muslim countries. They wanted it to be illegal to attack Islam, let alone denigrate its prophet; and they waged constant "lawfare" to try to silence their critics. They tended, I thought, to see the advance of their cause as a zero-sum game in which the authorities had to cede more ground (sometimes it is literally a matter of territory) to Muslims. ...

... Most Muslims, luckily, do not admire the bloodthirsty regime trying to plant its flag in the most troubled corners of the Middle East, but significant numbers do see a faith-run, faith-defined state as the ultimate goal in this life. They therefore do not believe in secular law, freedom, pluralism or, except in limited form, the rights of unbelievers.

So the sad fact is that nothing in the past quarter-century has undermined the basic argument /.../ which I put forward then. Indeed, the opposite.

It would obviously be wrong, both morally and factually, to say that Muslims are worse than anyone else. It would be wrong not to acknowledge the contribution most of them make to our society. But it would also be wrong to deny that, in current conditions, a large Muslim community in a non-Muslim country produces more political disturbance, more communal tension, more intolerance of other faiths (and of non-faiths) and more terrorism. Few non-Muslims want to live near a mosque, see women veiling their faces or have Muslim practices introduced into state schools. Few non-Muslims want lots more Muslim immigrants. ...

An assimilated Muslim is not a contradiction in terms, but neither is he or she the norm in Britain today. With the Muslim world in ferment and on the move, the risks grow daily.
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Our way of life is now under threat
Frederick Forsyth
Daily Express, 12 September 2015

The whole continent of Europe is now under siege and the unspoken truth is that there is no sign of it ending. ...

What we are seeing, about a million human beings on the move from a huge range of failed states towards this continent, is but the tip of the iceberg. /.../ We are told the crisis is the worst since the Second World War. Wrong.

I remember 1945. At VE Day there were 13 million refugees in Western Europe; they were called Displaced Persons or DPs and I recall the camps where they were lodged. But 10 million were Germans who had fled the six vast Teutonic provinces of the east as the Red Army swept towards them.

/.../ It was only a question of Germans absorbing fellow-Germans. The other three million were also Europeans; ... ...

These refugees are different. They are not Europeans and the number who want to come to Europe could be almost limitless. Let us be frank. They are not starving, gaunt, emaciated and in rags. /.../ So what are they fleeing?

The answer is simple: war and the brutality of tyrants. I estimate they derive from about 20 countries, many of them hellholes. Let me name six: Iraq, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Eritrea and South Sudan. As usual Europeans are being told it is all our fault. Wrong.

True we invaded Iraq but to topple one of the foulest dictators on earth. Think back. The first reaction of the persecuted Shia majority was gratitude – for about 10 days. Then they turned on us, along with the resentful Sunni master group. So we left.

Since then the Iraqis have turned their own country into hell on earth. Syria was once a beautiful land but ruled by a dictator. His people marched peacefully asking for greater representation. He replied with guns and torture. With nearly a million dead or crippled, Syria is a second hell.

Libya was also ruled by a mad tyrant. His people rose against him. We assisted them – but only from the air. The Libyans took their own country back – then turned it into hell. Somalia was once poor but peaceful with an elegant Italianate capital in Mogadishu. Then it got independence – but only to be ruled by local tyrant Siad Barre. He fell and 20 years of civil war left it gutted and ungovernable.

Eritrea (can you even find it on the map) got its freedom from despot-ruled Ethiopia. Now it is another brutal tyranny whose people long to be free. South Sudan was brutally ruled by Khartoum, fought a decadeslong independence war, achieved sovereignty and is now torn to pieces by civil war.

Just six countries out of about 20 but providing about 80 per cent of the refugees you see on your TV screens. Twenty years ago most knew nothing of the world outside their own narrow and brutal confines. Then came the world wide web and they saw another place.

Wealthy, stable, at peace. Benign, democratic government, civil police, disciplined army, food, houses, hospitals, schools, ordered, stable. That is what they seek. If they had it at home they would stay there. David Cameron has been mocked for suggesting Europe may have no choice but to intervene in strength and at source.

The Left produces only a torrent of platitudes. The truth is, ours is a crowded continent and our homeland a group of congested islands. We cannot absorb 10 or even 20 million arriving from Africa and near-Asia, however much we sympathise with those seeking a better life, without destroying our own societies. Benign intervention may be our only way.
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Sweden's ugly immigration problem
Margaret Wente
The Globe and Mail, 12 September 2015

Sweden's generous immigration policies are essential to the image of a country that (like Canada) prides itself as a moral superpower. ...

Sweden takes in more refugees per capita than any other European country, and immigrants – mainly from the Middle East and Africa – now make up about 16 per cent of the population. The main political parties, as well as the mainstream media, support the status quo. Questioning the consensus is regarded as xenophobic and hateful. Now all of Europe is being urged to be as generous as Sweden.

So how are things working out in the most immigration-friendly country on the planet?

Not so well, says Tino Sanandaji. Mr. Sanandaji is himself an immigrant, a Kurdish-Swedish economist who was born in Iran and moved to Sweden when he was 10. He has a doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago and specializes in immigration issues. This week I spoke with him by Skype.

"There has been a lack of integration among non-European refugees," he told me. Forty-eight per cent of immigrants of working age don't work, he said. Even after 15 years in Sweden, their employment rates reach only about 60 per cent. Sweden has the biggest employment gap in Europe between natives and non-natives.

In Sweden, where equality is revered, inequality is now entrenched. Forty-two per cent of the long-term unemployed are immigrants, Mr. Sanandaji said. Fifty-eight per cent of welfare payments go to immigrants. Forty-five per cent of children with low test scores are immigrants. Immigrants on average earn less than 40 per cent of Swedes. The majority of people charged with murder, rape and robbery are either first- or second- generation immigrants. "Since the 1980s, Sweden has had the largest increase in inequality of any country in the OECD," Mr. Sanandaji said. ...

Sweden's fantasy is that if you socialize the children of immigrants and refugees correctly, they'll grow up to be just like native Swedes. But it hasn't worked out that way. Much of the second generation lives in nice Swedish welfare ghettos. The social strains – white flight, a general decline in trust – are growing worse. The immigrant-heavy city of Malmo, just across the bridge from Denmark, is an economic and social basket case.

Sweden's generosity costs a fortune, at a time when economic growth is stagnant. The country now spends about $4-billion a year on settling new refugees – up from $1-billion a few years ago, Mr. Sanandaji said. And they keep coming. Sweden automatically accepts unaccompanied minors. "We used to take in 500 unaccompanied minors a year," he said. "This year we are expecting 12,000."

Yet Sweden's acute immigration problems scarcely feature in the mainstream media. Journalists see their mission as stopping racism, so they don't report the bad news. Despite – or perhaps because of – this self-censorship, the gap between the opinion elites and the voters on immigration issues is now a chasm. According to a recent opinion poll, 58 per cent of Swedes believe there is too much immigration, Mr. Sanandaji noted. ...

Sweden is a cautionary tale for anyone who believes that Europe is capable of assimilating the hundreds of thousands of refugees and migrants who are besieging the continent, or the millions more who are desperately poised to follow in their wake. ...

It's really very simple, Mr. Sanandaji explained. You can't combine open borders with a welfare state.
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Alarm as Syria sells 10,000 passports with few questions asked
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 11 September 2015

Fears that terrorists and economic migrants could be entering EU posing as refugees have been raised after Syria issued 10,000 passports in just one month through its embassy in Jordan.

Lax new rules handed down from Damascus allows passports to be issued abroad with virtually no checks for just £250.

Experts said the system, which allows Syrian citizens abroad to get passports without referring their applications to the country's central immigration control, could be abused by terrorists and people smugglers.

News of the staggering numbers being issued without proper checks comes amid warnings about the growing illegal trade in the documents fuelled by German and Swedish pledges to house any refugees from Syria. ...

The new measures, designed to raise badly needed foreign currency for Syria's beleaguered Assad regime, came into force this summer.

A document sent to all Syrian embassies in April raised the spectre of mass fraud by non-Syrians by appearing to show that those without any form of existing ID could buy the vital paperwork allowing them to leave the country and head to the EU.

In the memo, embassy staff were told passports should be issued to Syrians "even if they left in an illegal manner or they hold non-official passports or travel documents."

Jordan houses close to a million Syrians fleeing their country's bloody civil war.

Since the announcement that new passports will be issued for £250 and old ones renewed for £125, there have been constant queues at the embassy in Amman.

Similar scenes have been reported in Lebanon, another neighbouring country with vast numbers of Syrian refugees.

Sources in the Jordanian capital Amman said 10,000 passports were issued at the embassy in August alone.
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Migrant crisis: EU president Jean-Claude Juncker's plan to force member countries to accept 160,000 refugees
Matthew Holehouse and Peter Foster
Daily Telegraph, 10 September 2015

An American-style green card system should be implemented across Europe to prevent migrants being illegally smuggled into the continent, Jean-Claude Junker said as he outlined his plan to stem the refugee crisis. ...

David Jones, a former Cabinet minister under Prime Minister David Cameron, said: "This is a green card for Europe – it is a dangerous proposal for Britain. It is not something that we have signed up for – it will mean a backdoor way into Britain."

Mr Juncker's plan emerged as:

. He told MEPs that the solution to the current crisis was to distribute 160,000 migrants across European member states.

. 42,000 asylum seekers were expected to attempt to enter the EU in the next 10 days.

. The think tank Rusi warned that the mass migration of those fleeing Syria and Iraq will have a "profound" impact on the UK society. ...

. The refugee crisis deepened on Wednesday, hundreds of migrants continued to break through security fences in Hungary. ...

Currently non-EU migrants wishing to work in Europe must apply for a work permit with the government of the nation they wish to work in. Mr Juncker's plan is expected see that system centralised, although Britain could opt-out.

There is also a small EU scheme known as the Blue Card which encourages people to work in Europe, but it is so far only used by Germany.

The European Commission president sees the move as a way of bringing younger workers to the continent to solve the problem of an ageing population.

Such a scheme would likely offer work permits that allow migrants to work in the Schengen zone, on which Britain would have an opt-out.

However, officials declined to say whether the scheme would offer a route to permanent citizenship, and therefore access to the UK jobs market. ...

Dimitris Avramopoulos, the EU commissioner responsible for migration, told the Telegraph that the scheme would be a revision of the Blue Card programme, and similar to the US immigration policy. "Europe will need a big number of skilled workers," he said. ...

Sir Bill Cash, the chairman of European Scrutiny Committee, said: "This policy is aimed at the political integration to Europe and will be a back door to a massive increase in UK immigration." ...

Keith Vaz MP, the chairman of the Home Affairs select committee, said:

"This is a proposal that has no mandate. It will undermine the immigration policy of the UK and cause a rift between EU countries at a time that there is not even unity about the way the migration crisis is being dealt with." ...

The developments came as a leading think tank warned the mass migration of those fleeing Syria and Iraq will have a "profound" impact on the UK society.

The Royal United Services Institute (Rusi) report said the effect of the refugee crisis on the UK and the rest of Europe could be as great, if not greater, than the threat of terrorism from the war torn regions.

In his Rusi report, Professor Malcolm Chalmers said: "While European governments, including that of the UK, have devoted considerable attention to combating the increased risk of domestic terrorism as a result of these conflicts, the long-term impact of conflict-driven increases in migration could be much more profound for their societies."
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Britain faces £90 MILLION asylum seeker bill from EU – even though we opted out of quotas
Scott Campbell
Daily Express, 10 September 2015

British taxpayers face a £90 million bill from the European Union to fund the relocation of 160,000 asylum seekers.

Yesterday European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker issued compulsory refugee quotas to member states so that they can share the burden.

But even though Britain has opted out of the ruling, the Government will still have to foot the bill, according to a Downing Street spokesman.

The costs will be met by the EU's Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund – which Britain pays in to.

And officials will demand an extra £780 million from governments to fund the relocation.

The countries taking in refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and Eritrea will be given £6,000 per person.

Britain's total cost will be £90 million over two years.
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Sorry, but the Left can't browbeat the British people into accepting yet more migrants
Stephen Glover
Daily Mail, 10 September 2015

Have most British people suddenly set aside their reservations about immigration, and are they now strongly in favour of accepting tens of thousands of Syrian and other refugees?

To listen to the BBC, along with would-be Labour Party leaders (especially Jeremy Corbyn), you would certainly get the impression that is the case. According to these authorities, the photograph of the dead three-year-old Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi on a Turkish beach has brought about a change in public opinion. ...

If the BBC and other media are to be believed, the British people have done a sudden U-turn, and are now positively eager to admit tens of thousands of migrants. ...

The trouble is it's not true. To judge by at least three different polls in recent days, there hasn't been a miraculous shift in public opinion after the publication of that moving photograph.

First, a Survation poll over the weekend suggested that only one-in-four people favoured taking in 10,000 or more refugees. In other words, three-quarters of the population do not believe we should, if this survey is to be believed.

Another poll by ComRes indicated that the picture of Aylan Kurdi has had some effect on people's views, though nearly two-thirds of respondents think that photos of drowned children risk distorting rational debate. Some 57 per cent either think there should be fewer refugees or that the new figure of 20,000 over five years is about right.

A third, even more striking, poll by YouGov found that 45 per cent of people think even 20,000 is too many. In fact, only 15 per cent of respondents in this survey believe that the Government should let in more refugees than it has agreed to.

If anything, the harrowing pictures of Aylan Kurdi appear to have had more of an impact on Mr Cameron, who changed his mind overnight about admitting Syrian refugees, than they have had on public opinion.

The BBC has thrown everything at this story – and remember that the Corporation accounts for around a half of all news disseminated in this country. Star correspondents and cameramen have been despatched to every refugee crisis point from Hungary to Lebanon to Lesbos to Syria itself, and the most disturbing footage has been broadcast from morn to night.

And yet despite the ubiquity of the BBC, and countless manipulative reports, only a small minority of people want to welcome more refugees. ...

This is not because the majority is cold-hearted or lacking in compassion. Almost everyone will have been moved by the pictures of distress. But unlike prospective Labour Party leaders and BBC special correspondents, most people realise that this country is in no position to accept enormous numbers of refugees.

In the first place, people know that over the past 15 years or so, Britain has admitted more immigrants than almost any other European country, with an ever-mounting, and in some cases unendurable, pressure on public services such as schools and hospitals. The recently released figure for net immigration in the 12 months to March was 330,000, an all-time high.

And, in the second place, most people sense that the sheer enormity of the problem – at least six million displaced Syrians, and God knows many millions of unhappy and distressed Africans – is beyond the power of this country, or any country including Germany, to solve.
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The response to the migration crisis is blinkered emoting
Melanie Phillips
Jewish Chronicle, 10 September 2015

The pictures of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi, whose drowned body was washed up on a Turkish beach after his Syrian Kurdish parents set out for Europe in a dinghy, produced an outpouring of sorrow and a clamour to "do something" to which politicians have been scrambling to respond.

It is very difficult for any diaspora Jew to deal rationally with Europe's migration crisis. Like many others, my own forbears migrated to Britain from eastern Europe at the turn of the last century. More subsequently fled to Britain during the Shoah. How could we possibly argue against welcoming this tidal wave of human misery?

Yet the arguments made by certain Jewish community leaders have left me uneasy. In particular, the comparison with the Kindertransport, when some 10,000 Jewish refugee children were brought to Britain from Nazi Europe, seemed particularly inappropriate.

The Kindertransport rescued children from almost certain murder by a regime aiming to kill them simply because they were Jews. Today's migration crisis is different. Many pouring into Europe are fleeing societies consumed by war or terror. However, even if they are not economic migrants, most are not fleeing for their lives. Aylan Kurdi's family did not journey from Syria but from Bodrum in Turkey, where they had already found a safe haven, because they wanted a better life in Canada.

The west-friendly Kurds are people we should support in our own national interest. But among fleeing Syrians are Isis supporters or other Islamists who pose a threat to Britain and Europe.

We should all heed the Biblical injunction to love the stranger because we were once strangers. But does that mean all strangers, including those who wish to do us harm? Does it mean throwing open the British border to the millions who may want to leave the myriad countries where conditions are hellish – when Britain is already staggering under the weight of unprecedented immigration?

Can it really be part of our Jewish ethic to advocate measures which are likely to overwhelm and transform British and European society and culture, or encourage yet more to set off and drown in the Mediterranean? /.../ This is not just a refugee crisis. It is part of a vast and unprecedented movement of peoples trying to migrate from south to north. It threatens to overwhelm a Europe whose chickens are coming home to roost. For years, the west has failed to acknowledge the civilisational threat represented by the convulsions in the Arab and Muslim world. Almost everything the west has done has made chaos, war, persecution, tyranny and terrorism more likely. ...

Where are the tears over the Arab children whose bodies are strapped with explosives and turned into human bombs? Or African Christian girls sold into sex slavery? Who in Britain has rushed to offer homes to persecuted Somali Christians or Yazidis in Iraq? Kindness and compassion are moral responses. But selective and blinkered emoting seems more like a gesture designed to make us feel good about ourselves. In current circumstances, such public grandstanding is not just humbug but potentially lethal.
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Why Britain needs a population policy [part 1]
Stanley Johnson
ConservativeHome, 9 September 2015

In recent weeks, the debate over immigration has been taken over – I hesitate to use the word 'swamped' – by humanitarian issues. The sight of drowned children on Mediterranean beaches, hordes of refugees at railway stations in Hungary, or migrants congregating at Calais in a desperate bid to reach Britain – these have all understandably grabbed the headlines.

When the hubbub has died down, and some temporary fixes have (hopefully) been found to end the current crisis, I hope the Prime Minister – and in particular the Number 10 Policy Unit, where Camilla Cavendish is in charge (having succeeded my son, Jo, the MP for Orpington, who is now Minister for the Universities and Science) – will revisit a fundamental issue that has been on the back burner for far too long: namely, the issue of 'population'.

There are at least two important questions. Should Britain itself have a population policy? And are we doing enough to help developing countries curb their own population growth?

As far as the first question is concerned, there are some useful files to be discovered in the archive. In 1949, the Report of the Royal Commission on Population was published. It recommended, inter alia, that the Lord President of the Council, who at the time had responsibility for population matters, should be responsible for a continuous watch over population movements and their bearing on national policies. This last recommendation was, in my view, particularly important. Unfortunately, it was not implemented.

More than 20 years later, the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology, noted in 1971 that the Lord President of the Council had not assumed the duties proposed by the Royal Commission, nor had any specific allocation of such duties been made to Ministers. The Select Committee went on to conclude that 'the Government must act to prevent the consequences of population growth becoming intolerable for the everyday conditions of life.'

The Select Committee saw fit to quote, with evident approbation, a Conservation Society statement as follows: 'The Conservation Society believes that the quality of life is crucially dependent on the amount of land and the pressures upon it, that on this criterion Britain is already overcrowded and additional numbers can only diminish the quality of life."

In spite of the fact that the Campaign Guide 1970, published for the General Election of that year, stated the Conservative belief that the 'question of continued population growth in Britain is central to all other issues', the Party during the course of the election campaign placed little stress on the need to deal with Britain's own demographic issues.

Nor, as far as I am aware, has the 'population issue' featured since then as a major item on the political agenda. ...

... Almost 45 years after that Select Committee published its report, the time has surely come for political parties of all persuasions to revisit the population issue. This is not something that can be ducked any longer, on the ground that is 'too controversial' or whatever. ...
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Why Britain needs a population policy [part 2]
Stanley Johnson
ConservativeHome, 9 September 2015

The current estimate for the UK's population in 2014 is 63.7 million, making the UK the world's 22nd largest country by population. A total population of 78 million projected is projected for 2037, implying an extra 5.2 million households by that date – an increase of 4000 households per week.

5.2 million more households by 2037! What does that mean in terms of demand for food and housing, health and welfare, transport, energy, and education? What are the implications in terms of pollution, waste and the general impact on the environment? What does it imply for our already strained efforts to protect landscape and the countryside, and the wild places which mean so much to us?

What tools are available, for example in terms of social incentives or disincentives, to reduce this country's population growth and to bring it back to more manageable levels? All these questions need to be urgently explored.

The issue of migration is of course of fundamental importance in the overall demographic picture. UK's key population statistics are increasingly influenced by migration. During Labour;s 13 years, net inward migration totalled a staggering 3.6 million. There has also there been a significant introduction of women born overseas who are of child-bearing age, and inclined in any case to favour large families.

The Prime Minister is already desperately seeking ways to redeem his 'no ifs and buts' pledge to reduce the rate of net immigration (currently running at 300,000 a year). If that involves a rupture with the EU over the 'freedom of movement issue', then – in my view – it is a price which must be paid as we seek to bring the UK's currently totally out of control rate of population growth back into some kind of reasonable framework. And I say this as someone who has long been pro-Europe. For me, the issue is totally fundamental. This is a personal red line.

As far as immigration from third countries is concerned, here too – I would argue – we have to take back the control of our borders which we appear to have lost, de facto if not de iure. In doing so, we will need to look carefully at the burdens laid on us under treaties which were signed and ratified before the era of mass migration began. The place to solve the migrant and refugee crisis is in the countries where the potential migrants and refugees originate.

One important element in this complex problem is to ensure that our overseas aid programmes (the 0.7 per cent of GNP now legally ring-fenced), deliver effective assistance to population and family planning programmes in the recipient countries, as well as maternal and child health care and female education, both of which are essential not only in their own right but as the vital underpinning of birth control efforts.

The harsh truth is that, in vast areas of the globe, birth-rates remain much too high and per capita incomes ridiculously low. The 'push' factor (escaping poverty, disease, unemployment) may be as important as the 'pull' factor (seizing better opportunities abroad). Distinctions between refugees and migrants are in such circumstances largely theoretical. You'd need to be blind to fail to see the connection between high rates of population growth, mass poverty, environmental degradation, and political instability.
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EU president warns migrants could keep coming in for YEARS – and it's just the 'beginning'
Jake Burman
Daily Express, 8 September 2015

The European Union's president has warned that the current migrant crisis in Europe could last for years.

Donald Tusk said it is part of an "exodus" that will not instantly disappear.

Speaking at the Bruegel Institute, a Brussels think-tank, he said: "The present wave of migration is not a one-time incident but the beginning of a real exodus, which only means that we will have to deal with this problem for many years to come."

The bureaucrat said it is imperative for EU nations to bear the brunt of the current crisis together "without blaming each other".

Mr Tusk added: "But let us have no illusions that we have a silver bullet to reverse the situation."
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Growing number of EU states say they prefer non-Muslim refugees
The Times of Israel / AFP, 8 September 2015

European Union member Cyprus said Monday it was willing to take in up to 300 Middle East refugees to help ease the crisis facing the EU, but preferred them to be Christians.

It thus joined a growing list of EU nations which have expressed a preference for Christians, rather than Muslims, in their acceptance of asylum seekers. ...

Those other EU members include Bulgaria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Estonia and possibly Poland. All have claimed their policies are not discriminatory but rather an effort to maintain cultural cohesion. ...

Czech President Milos Zeman has also said he does not want to take in immigrants who are not close to Czech culture, Germany's dpa news agency reported.

"Refugees from a completely different cultural background would not be in a good position in the Czech Republic," he said recently.

Poland in July took in 50 Christian Syrian families. But the head of the Polish foundation that arranged the asylum with the government has called Muslim refugees a "huge threat" to Poles, according to the Financial Times. ...

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has said that while "we have nothing against Muslims... if other Muslims come from abroad, that radically changes the country's demography."

Estonia too has balked at the prospect of Muslim immigration, with social affairs minister Margus Tsahkna explaining that "After all, we are a country belonging to Christian culture."
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Europe's Fate will be that of the Roman Empire
Giulio Meotti
Arutz Sheva, 7 September 2015

In his new book "The Last Refuge", Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize for Literature Imre Kertész criticized the attempt to replace European culture with mass immigration: "Europe will soon go under because of its previous liberalism which has proven childish and suicidal. Europe produced Hitler, and after Hitler there stands a continent with no arguments: the doors are wide open for Islam; no longer does anyone dare talk about race and religion, while at the same time Islam only knows the language of hatred against all foreign races and religions".

Kertész continues as follows: "I would talk about how Muslims are flooding, occupying, in no uncertain terms, destroying Europe; about how Europe relates to this, about the suicidal liberalism and the stupid democracy... It always ends the same way: civilization reaches a stage of maturation where it is not only unable to defend itself, but where it in a seemingly incomprehensible manner worships its own enemy".

Of course, the mainstream media is ignoring Kertész's book while Europe is dealing with its biggest demographic revolution since the Second World War. Europe is finished and being replaced by Islam. The European Union, the entire media spectrum, the Pope, the NGOs, the United Nations and the Western collective emotions are all united these days in proclaiming that Europe must welcome 20 millions of "refugees".

Der Spiegel's weekly cover story tells that "the idea of using migrants to help solve the demographic problems of Germany is plausible". Demographics expert Herwig Birg says that Germany needs 2 million immigrants per year to avoid collapse. The German population will decline by 19 percent by 2060.

In 1910, during the Belle Epoque, two million children were born every year in Germany. A century later, with fifty percent more population, fewer than 700,000 children are born each year, one third of them foreigners. In the book "The Methuselah Conspiracy", Frank Schirrmacher, former head of the cultural pages at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, writes that "the dynamics of the population will be marked by the death and not by birth, society and culture will be shaken by a silent war".

A report by the Gatestone Institute, entitled "Germany's Muslim Demographic Revolution", speaks about "a demographic shift of epic proportions, one that critics of the country's open-door immigration policy warn will change the face of Germany forever". Soon the total number of Muslims in the country will exceed 6 million. In an interview with Tagesspiegel, Aiman Mazyek, head of the Central Council of Muslims in Germany, said that the number of Muslims attending mosques has doubled in the last month alone. "Islam is the fastest growing religion in post-Christian Germany" writes Soeren Kern of Gatestone.

It is the same scenario everywhere: France, UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Sweden .... ...

What Europe is witnessing is a deja vu of ancient Rome.
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Where is the 'Ummah' now?
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 7 September 2015

But perhaps a reader could enlighten me as to why in recent days Britain and Europe appear to have decided that Syria's refugees are entirely 'our' responsibility. Other than a generalised sense that we are all human beings, Europeans are about as far down the list of those responsible as it is possible to be.

Neither this country nor any of our European allies have made any significant intervention in Syria's civil war. So why should Hungarians and Slovakians, Austrians and Poles be expected to bear such a significant responsibility for this?

Whenever Britain or America or Israel do have any involvement in any Islamic country we hear a very great deal about the 'Ummah'. The OIC and the Arab League, for instance, never miss an opportunity to talk about the brotherhood and unity of the Islamic nation and how much any 'hurt' or offence to any part of this entity hurts and offends the whole.

Well Iran and Qatar, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Turkey and almost every other Muslim country in the Middle East have been involving themselves in the Syrian civil war for four years now. Many have sent fully-equipped armies of their own to fight intra-Islamic rivalries in the homeland of the Syrian peoples. And yet it is Europeans who are falling for the idea that because of this, it is our responsibility – not theirs – to pay for the mess they have created.

Well it seems to me that at the very least we should ask these countries 'Where is your "Ummah" now?' Sure, Jordan and Lebanon are grudgingly having to cope with plenty of refugees from Syria. But not one of the Gulf States – not one – has a resettlement programme for a single Syrian refugee.

And while the Iranian President lectures the Hungarians and other Europeans on our 'shortcomings' in this regard, how many Syrians has Iran let in? How many Syrians has Saudi Arabia given Saudi citizenship to? Neither country being uninvolved in Syria's descent into madness...
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BBC coverage of the migrant crisis is the gospel of the liberal left
David Keighley
Conservative Woman, 7 September 2015
[David Keighley is a former BBC news producer, BBC PR executive and head of corporate relations for TV-am]

One of the key points of the BBC's style guide is the need for terminological exactitude.

But that's exactly what we are not getting in the BBC's coverage about the huge tide of humanity currently surging into Europe.

The chances of hearing concern about this on the BBC are virtually zero. The incursion is being projected one-dimensionally as a humanitarian crisis. Jonathan Munro, the Corporation head of newsgathering has laid down coverage guidelines on that basis. At the same time, in many reports, those who oppose the influx are cast as xenophobic and possibly racist.

Typical is that Newsnight on Wednesday night gave liberal luvvie Emma Thompson an open goal to spell out her "racist" chant. And, of course, for her to declare her undying love for Jeremy Corbyn. In these pressing times, those are the issues that count to Guardianista Ian Katz and his Newsnight team.

Despite what the Left say, the reality is that Britain has a long and compassionate tradition of being a safe home for thousands of unfortunate people of myriad nationalities who have genuinely been forced to flee war or tyrannical regimes. In doing so, the authorities honour far beyond the letter of the law the UN, the EU and Geneva Convention requirements to accommodate such souls.

Many of those who have arrived here in such dire straits have contributed richly to the economy and culture of their adoptive country. Others, of course, have not, taking long-term advantage of our generous benefits and our housing welfare system.

It's plain that many if not most now camped out in Budapest and Kos and Calais are not 'refugees' or 'asylum seekers'. Because of the EU's open borders, no one seems to have a clue about their point of origin or their reasons for being here.

The suspicion is that a high proportion are economic migrants; pictures suggest they are mostly male and they are desperately trying to queue jump in order to get what they want.

This is potentially worrying because it suggests the beginnings of the complete disintegration of border controls. The EU's 'free movement' principle has seemingly transmuted into a total free-for-all.

The BBC could and should be investigating issues like these in parallel with the hardship stories. But it chooses not to do so, instead assuming simplistically that everyone coming here is a victim of oppression. They have developed into a fine art the ways of expressing their plight. News-watch found in an investigation for Migration Watch that this has been an historical characteristic of the BBC's coverage of 'immigration'. It seems that nothing has changed.

Ethically, it may be difficult to reject or to resist these people because they are clearly desperate and many are suffering hardship. Our heartstrings urge us to act.

Yet whatever is actually happening, the scale is unprecedented. Richard Littlejohn adroitly pointed this out in this Daily Mail article. And the brutal horrors of 7/7 and the Charlie Hebdo massacre are clear evidence of the dangers of alienated immigrant communities. Should we ignore these warning signals in a headlong rush for compassion? ...

On Friday night, elements of coverage were actually accompanied by epic movie music. This was not news reporting. You could call it instead what it actually was: propaganda.
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Refugee crisis: east and west split as leaders resent Germany for waiving rules
Ian Traynor
The Observer, 6 September 2015

Europe's meltdown in the face of its biggest post-1945 immigration emergency is generating the worst east-west split since the Iraq war, when Donald Rumsfeld divided it into "new Europe and old Europe" – his supporters and opponents.

On Thursday Germany and France ordered the European commission to come up with a new "permanent" and binding regime for spreading the refugee load around all of the 28 countries in the union. David Cameron and home secretary Theresa May want nothing to do with the scheme and have absented themselves from the policymaking, carping from the sidelines.

On Friday the prime ministers of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic told Paris and Berlin to get stuffed, arguing that west European-style multiculturalism is nothing but trouble and that they have no intention of repeating the same mistakes.

The commission has already done what Berlin is demanding. On Wednesday its president, Jean-Claude Juncker, will unveil proposals obliging at least 22 countries with a combined population of almost 400 million to absorb 160,000 people from Italy, Greece and Hungary, which are struggling with influxes from the Middle East and Africa. ...

Hungary's prime minister, Viktor Orbán, is the cheerleader of the "Europe is useless" chorus, but Robert Fico, the Slovakian premier, and President Milos Zeman in Prague are not far behind. Ewa Kopacz, the prime minister of Poland, sounds more moderate, but she looks likely to lose an election next month to the nationalist right. Her hands are tied.

When Europe's leaders last met to grapple with the crisis, in June, they argued until 3.30am and dispersed without agreement, bringing Matteo Renzi, the Italian prime minister, to lament: "If this is Europe, you can keep it."

Entirely predictably, things have worsened considerably since then. ... ...

The all-powerful busybodies of Brussels are relatively impotent when it comes to immigration. For months the Italians, French, Austrians and Germans have been quietly re-establishing controls on the internal national borders of the open Schengen travel zone, which are supposed to be proscribed. Brussels cannot stop them. ...

The commission is charged with policing the regime governing Schengen, but Germany unilaterally waived the rules regulating how immigrants entering the EU are handled. It did not tell Brussels, nor neighbouring governments.

Berlin is winning plaudits everywhere for its exemplary generosity and its open-door policy towards Syrians fleeing war, but Syrians can only get to Germany through other EU countries who were not told about the policy flip-flop. That contributed to the wretched scenes in Hungary and Austria.

Uniquely in Europe, Angela Merkel has seized the moral high ground on Syrian refugees. But this is the same leader who, a few years ago, declared that "multikulti has absolutely failed". ...

For more than a year the Germans have been complaining bitterly that people entering Italy and Greece were deliberately not being registered by the national authorities, but simply encouraged to board trains and buses for Germany. Then they shifted and declared unilaterally that Syrians could come anyway.
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Lord Carey: Britain has a duty to rescue Syria's Christians
George Carey
Sunday Telegraph, 6 September 2015
[Lord Carey is a former archbishop of Canterbury]

The dramatic and disturbing developments of the past few days have introduced a new, heart-rending dimension to this refugee crisis. ... ...

Isn't it a bit rich for the Germans to criticise other nations, including Britain, for failing to accept refugees? For years, our warm-hearted land has consistently accepted more asylum-seekers than Germany.

Besides, it would be a mistake to give way to bullying calls to immediately open our doors to tens of thousands of refugees. We are a small island and recent immigration figures are highly disturbing. Last year, a net figure of 330,000 people settled among us – more than the population of Sunderland. Imagine this continuing, year after year.

Alas, the signal that Germany is opening its doors to this influx will make Europe into an even more attractive magnet for those who are genuine refugees – but also to floods of economic migrants, most of whom are young men travelling alone. We don't even know how many of these have been combatants in the civil war.

If some of what I say sounds harsh or, heaven forbid, a touch unchristian, let me make it clear that I welcome David Cameron's announcement to allow thousands more to enter Britain through refugee camps in Syria's neighbouring countries. In the long term, this strategy will cut out the traffickers and reduce the risk of the sea and land journeys.

But the frustration for those of us who have been calling for compassion for Syrian victims for many months is that the Christian community is yet again left at the bottom of the heap.

According to the Barnabas Fund, a charity which recently resettled some 50 Syrian Christian families in Poland, Mr Cameron's policy inadvertently discriminates against the very Christian communities most victimised by the inhuman butchers of the so-called Islamic State. Christians are not to be found in the UN camps, because they have been attacked and targeted by Islamists and driven from them. They are seeking refuge in private homes, church buildings and with neighbours and family.

They are the most vulnerable and repeatedly targeted victims of this conflict. Indeed, a hundred years after the Armenian and Assyrian genocide, in which over a million Christians are estimated to have been killed by Ottoman Muslims, the same is happening today in the form of an ethnic cleansing of Christians in the region. Christians have been crucified, beheaded, raped, and subjected to forced conversion. The so-called Islamic State and other radical groups are openly glorifying the slaughter of Christians.

Britain should make Syrian Christians a priority because they are a particularly vulnerable group. Furthermore, we are a Christian nation with an established Church so Syrian Christians will find no challenge to integration. The churches are already well-prepared and eager to offer support and accommodation to those escaping the conflict.

Some will not like me saying this, but in recent years, there has been too much Muslim mass immigration to Europe. This has resulted in ghettos of Muslim communities living parallel lives to mainstream society, following their own customs and even their own laws. Isn't it high-time instead for the oil-rich Gulf States to open their doors to the many Muslims who are fleeing conflict? Surely if they are concerned for fellow Muslims who prefer to live in Muslim-majority countries, then they have a moral responsibility to intervene.
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We won't save refugees by destroying our own country
Peter Hitchens
Mail on Sunday, 6 September 2015

Actually we can't do what we like with this country. We inherited it from our parents and grandparents and we have a duty to hand it on to our children and grandchildren, preferably improved and certainly undamaged.

It is one of the heaviest responsibilities we will ever have. We cannot just give it away to complete strangers on an impulse because it makes us feel good about ourselves.

Every one of the posturing notables simpering 'refugees welcome' should be asked if he or she will take a refugee family into his or her home for an indefinite period, and pay for their food, medical treatment and education.

If so, they mean it. If not, they are merely demanding that others pay and make room so that they can experience a self-righteous glow. ... ...

Britain is a desirable place to live mainly because it is an island, which most people can't get to. Most of the really successful civilisations survived because they were protected from invasion by mountains, sea, deserts or a combination of these things. ...

Thanks to a thousand years of uninvaded peace, we have developed astonishing levels of trust, safety and freedom. I have visited nearly 60 countries and lived in the USSR, Russia and the USA, and I have never experienced anything as good as what we have. Only in the Anglosphere countries – the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – is there anything comparable. I am amazed at how relaxed we are about giving this away.

Our advantages depend very much on our shared past, our inherited traditions, habits and memories. Newcomers can learn them, but only if they come in small enough numbers. Mass immigration means we adapt to them, when they should be adapting to us.

So now, on the basis of an emotional spasm, dressed up as civilisation and generosity, are we going to say that we abandon this legacy and decline our obligation to pass it on, like the enfeebled, wastrel heirs of an ancient inheritance letting the great house and the estate go to ruin?

Having seen more than my share of real corpses, and watched children starving to death in a Somali famine, I am not unmoved by pictures of a dead child on a Turkish beach. But I am not going to pretend to be more upset than anyone else. Nor am I going to suddenly stop thinking, as so many people in the media and politics appear to have done.

The child is not dead because advanced countries have immigration laws. The child is dead because criminal traffickers cynically risked the lives of their victims in pursuit of money.

I'll go further. The use of words such as 'desperate' is quite wrong in this case. The child's family were safe in Turkey. Turkey (for all its many faults) is a member of Nato, officially classified as free and democratic. ...

It may not be ideal, but the definition of a refugee is that he is fleeing from danger, not fleeing towards a higher standard of living.

Goodness knows I have done what I could on this page to oppose the stupid interventions by this country in Iraq, Libya and Syria, which have turned so many innocent people into refugees or corpses.

But I can see neither sense nor justice in allowing these things to become a pretext for an unstoppable demographic revolution in which Europe (including, alas, our islands) merges its culture and its economy with North Africa and the Middle East. If we let this happen, Europe would lose almost all the things that make others want to live there.
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Revealed: How the five wealthiest Gulf Nations have so far refused to take a single Syrian refugee
Jay Akbar
MailOnline, 5 September 2015

More than four million Syrians have been forced to escape the never-ending civil war ravaging their country and the barbaric terror group carving a bloody trail across the Middle East.

The vast majority live in overcrowded refugee camps in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt and Iraq - all under threat from ISIS - and record numbers are making the perilously long journey to Europe.

Yet, as debate rages between politicians in Europe over how many they should take, nearby super-wealthy Gulf nations of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain have refused to offer sanctuary to a single Syrian refugee.

Amnesty International's Head of Refugee and Migrants' Rights, Sherif Elsayid-Ali, described their inaction as 'shameful'.

He said: 'The records of Gulf countries is absolutely appalling, in terms of actually showing compassion and sharing the responsibility of this crisis... It is a disgrace.' ...

None have been allowed to enter the (relatively) nearby Gulf nations, who all rank in the world's top 50 GDPs and have a combined military budget of more than £65 billion, according to Arab expert Sultan Sooud al-Qassemi.

He said: 'The Gulf must realise that now is the time to change their policy regarding accepting refugees from the Syria crisis. It is the moral, ethical and responsible step to take.'

None of the Gulf countries signed the 1951 Refugee Convention which defines a refugee 'outside the country of his nationality' because of 'fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality'.

Syrians can still apply for 'costly' tourist visas and work permits to enter wealthier Gulf nations but they are rarely granted, according to the BBC.

Gulf nations argue that accepting large numbers of Syrian refugees is a serious threat to the safety of its citizens because terrorists could hide themselves among civilians.

They have donated large sums of money to help homeless refugees. According to ReliefWeb, the UAE has funded an entire refugee camp in Jordan which shelters tens of thousands of Syrians.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have donated funds, food, shelter and clothing to Syrians in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan.

In total, the Gulf states are thought to have given over £589m to the aid effort - but it is four times less than the United States has.

The UK has given £918 million to help deal with the impact of violence in Syria and Prime Minister David Cameron today announced Britain is increasing its aid for refugees to more than £1 billion.

Britain's contribution is more than Saudi Arabia's £387 million, UAE's £359 million and Qatar's £157,000 combined.
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The question is not how many refugees we take, but what action is taken
Damian Green
The Guardian, 5 September 2015

It is very easy for the response to the refugee crisis on Europe's borders to become wholly emotional. /.../ Simultaneously, the sheer scale of the numbers involved creates tension and worry across European countries, leading to an equally emotional response that says this must be stopped at all costs. ...

Too much of the debate has been framed as a question of how many refugees each EU state should take. This is the issue that should come at the end of the formation of a new policy. It is indeed an urgent question, which is why the meeting of European ministers on 14 September needs to agree a new policy, but there are technical questions of how such a distribution would be equitably achieved. ...

Before we answer these questions, we need to establish the principles on which we are operating. The first must be that this crisis can only be solved at a European level. There is some irony in Nigel Farage's insistence that immigration is the main issue for the forthcoming EU referendum, just at a time when the problems at Calais are so high profile.

One certain effect of British exit would be to give the French the chance to say they no longer want Britain's border controls to be on their territory, but that they should be returned to Dover. So we would have less effective controls outside the EU. But looking more widely, this is a problem that crosses continents, and only a continent-wide response will be adequate.

The second principle is that we need to distinguish between genuine refugees and others. The fact that there are so many genuine refugees in this current crisis does not change this principle. A significant share of the asylum applications in the EU are not from countries currently torn apart by conflict. Nearly 40% of applications filed in Germany last month came from people arriving from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro. There are no doubt good reasons why some people from these countries would prefer to live in Germany, but that does not make them refugees. It is also a sad fact that since Germany announced that it would accept any Syrians as refugees, the production of fake Syrian passports has soared.

The third principle is that people genuinely fleeing war zones should be helped as near as possible to their homes. One of the sensible ideas that has emerged from several European governments, including our own, has been the setting up of reception centres in countries neighbouring the conflict zones. This would have the immediate effect of saving lives at sea. Many more people would be allowed to feel safe without risking the journey across the Mediterranean. This would also help break part of the economic model on which the people traffickers base their horrible activities.

Clearly the European powers would not just need to fund these centres, but would also have to give greater help to the countries in which they were based. It is unfair to expect countries such as Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, which are already struggling with the sheer numbers involved, to bear the full economic burden as well.

Once these centres were established, it would be easier to spot those who were simply using the refugee crisis to get into the EU without being refugees themselves, but even more importantly it would give greater confidence to the public in European countries that practical action had been taken by their governments.
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Germany to turn down 75,000 asylum requests as speeds procedures - magazine
Reuters, 5 September 2015

Germany is expected to reject up to 75,000 asylum requests this year by migrants mainly from southeastern Europe, as it speeds up asylum and extradition procedures for those from countries it deems safe to focus on refugees from war-torn Syria and Iraq.

Der Spiegel magazine said on Saturday Germany had deported more than 10,000 foreigners so far this year, many of them from western Balkan countries such as Serbia and Macedonia, around the same number as for the whole of 2014.

Germany expects a record influx of up to 800,000 refugees and migrants this year, four times last year's level. With relatively liberal asylum laws and generous benefits, Germany is the EU's biggest recipient of people fleeing war in the Middle East and economic migrants from southeastern Europe.

The head of the Federal Agency of Migration and Refugees, Manfred Schmidt, told Der Spiegel authorities would decide on more than 75,000 asylum requests filed by migrants from western Balkan countries by the end of 2015, and that nearly all of them would be rejected.
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Prepare yourselves: The Great Migration will be with us for decades
Fraser Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2015

When the crew of HMS Bulwark first fished immigrants out of the Mediterranean, they were expecting to find the world's hungry, wretched and destitute. Instead, they found them relatively healthy, well-dressed and carrying mobile phones and credit cards, which they intended to use upon arrival in Italy.

The military learnt then what politicians are only slowly beginning to work out – that this is not simply a refugee crisis. The world's poor are on the move because they're not quite so poor as they used to be, and can afford to travel. A great migration has begun, and it could be with us for decades.

... Many are fleeing war, but many are fleeing poverty. ... ...

This Great Migration was not expected because, for years, politicians believed that there would be less of it as poor countries became richer. Give aid, not shelter, ran the argument. "As the benefits of economic growth are spread in Mexico," Bill Clinton once assured Americans, "there will be less illegal immigration because more Mexicans will be able to support their children by staying home." When José Manuel Barroso led the European Commission, he made the same argument: third world development will tackle the "root causes" of the problem. In fact, the reverse is true.

Never has there been less hardship; since Clinton's day, the share of the population in extreme poverty (surviving on less than $1.25 a day) has halved. Never has there been less violence: the Syrian conflict is an exception in a period of history where war has waned. It might not feel like it, but the world is more prosperous and peaceful than at any time in human history – yet the number of emigrants stands at a record high. ...

... The Washington-based Center for Global Development recently set this out, in a study drawing on more than a thousand national censuses over five decades.

When a poor country becomes richer, its emigration rate rises until it becomes as wealthy as Albania or Armenia are today. This process usually takes decades, and only afterwards does wealth subdue emigration. War is a catalyst. If conflict strikes, and the country isn't quite as poor as it once was, more of those affected now have the means to cross the world. The digital age means they also have the information.

When the world was poorer, Europe could be pretty relaxed about immigration laws. ...

... In 1951, we signed the UN Refugee Convention promising to shelter anyone with a "well-founded fear of persecution." Wars kept being waged, but newcomers arrived at the rate of 100 a day.

Now, they're arriving at 1,500 a day. ...

We impose fairly tough rules (we even deport Frenchmen who don't work) but Britain is now the most successful melting pot in Europe. The countries currently urging us to take on more asylum seekers are, by and large, the same ones who are in crisis after accepting more than they have been able to handle.

... Efforts intended to help can end up causing harm, costing more lives. Since the Italian navy decided to send rescue missions to the Mediterranean, the number of people making the crossing (and perishing) has trebled. ...

The Great Migration is a 21st century problem, far bigger than Syria and bigger than the authorities in Brussels seem able to comprehend. To panic now, as Mrs Merkel is doing, will just bring more to panic about.
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We must not let universities open a back door to Britain
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 4 September 2015
[Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK]

As the political season gets underway, immigration is yet again one of the very top issues of public concern and the Home Secretary has come out fighting.

For the first time she has been specific about the likely numbers in which students from outside the EU are staying on in Britain. Her figure of 96,000 a year has been immediately challenged by David Willets, the Minister of State responsible for Higher Education in the coalition government.

This is not just a matter of some obscure statistics. It is central to the government's efforts to get net migration down to acceptable levels.

It is not in dispute that the official immigration figures have shown for several years that non-EU students are arriving at an average of around 150,000 a year but only about 50,000 a year are recorded as leaving.

The incoming figure must be about right as it is broadly consistent with the number of visas issued (although somewhat lower because some students change their minds or have come for short courses and do not qualify as migrants).

The outgoing figure has, in recent years, been based on a question about the purpose for which the migrant arrived so it is clear that it is departing students who are being counted.

The graph /.../ shows the large increase in arrivals under Labour's plans for the expansion of the sector but no subsequent blip in departures:

David Willets claimed on Radio 4 that "better and more reliable" research by the Home Office between 2007 and 2012 had indicated that just two per cent of students failed to comply with their visa requirements. In fact, this was a Border Agency analysis, carried out in 2010, and the two per cent applied only to university students – not to the colleges where most of the abuse is believed to have occurred.

Indeed, it is significant in this context that visa applications to study at further education colleges have fallen by 85 per cent since 2011. By contrast, foreign students at Russell Group universities are up by 33 per cent since 2010.

We all agree that foreign students are an important source of revenue for higher education, and that their presence is also valuable in a social sense, adding to the mix of the student body.

That explains why there are no limits on the number of genuine students who can come to the UK to study: indeed the number of applications for study at all UK universities has increased by 17 per cent since 2010.

Some who stay on with work permits are also valuable to our economy, although the take up by employers has been remarkably low – only 5,600 in 2014. In the wider context, however, students comprise more than half the non-EU inflow, so they must be properly accounted for.

The key point is that students are counted as they arrive in the UK and are also counted out as they leave. So, if they are indeed returning after their courses, they will have no effect on net migration. There is the rub. At present the evidence suggests otherwise and, if it is correct, non-EU students are a very significant part of net migration. ...

There is also the very important matter of reputation. In 2008 about 50,000 bogus students applied from the Indian sub-continent. In subsequent years some 870 "bogus" colleges have lost their right to sponsor foreign students. It is clear that the student route has been seriously abused.
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Almost 30,000 suspected people smugglers identified in EU
BT, 3 September 2015

Nearly 30,000 suspected people smugglers have been identified by European authorities since the start of the year.

The figure was disclosed by the head of the EU's law enforcement agency as he told the Press Association criminal activity is at "very high" levels as gangs attempt to exploit the migrant crisis.

Rob Wainwright said investigators across member states have opened up a total of 1,400 new cases in 2015 alone.

The director of Europol also described trafficking gangs as "agile", with members adopting new tactics such as using social media to "recruit" victims. ...

Mr Wainwright said tackling the gangs has emerged as a "top priority" for his organisation in recent years. ...

"The numbers of migrants are at unprecedented levels and the level of criminal activity equally seems to be at very high levels."
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Migration crisis: Hungary PM says Europe in grip of madness
Ian Traynor
The Guardian, 3 September 2015

Hungary's nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has claimed Europe is in the grip of madness over immigration and refugees, and argued that he was defending European Christianity against a Muslim influx.

Orbán's incendiary remarks came as he arrived in Brussels for a confrontation with EU leaders over his hardline policies in Europe's biggest migration emergency since the second world war.

"Everything which is now taking place before our eyes threatens to have explosive consequences for the whole of Europe," Orbán wrote in Germany's Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. "Europe's response is madness. We must acknowledge that the European Union's misguided immigration policy is responsible for this situation.

"Irresponsibility is the mark of every European politician who holds out the promise of a better life to immigrants and encourages them to leave everything behind and risk their lives in setting out for Europe. If Europe does not return to the path of common sense, it will find itself laid low in a battle for its fate."

Germany, France, and Italy are demanding an overhaul of European asylum procedures. Attempts to get to grips with the crisis have left the EU floundering and the Schengen passport-free travel zone across 26 countries threatening to unravel.

"Today everything is immigration," said the EU president, Donald Tusk, on Thursday. "We live in sobering, shocking times."

"The Schengen treaty is under threat, that's absolutely clear," said Martin Schulz, the European parliament speaker, after meeting Orbán. "This is a crucial moment for the European Union. A deeper split of the union is a risk we cannot exclude." ...

"This is not a European problem, it's a German problem," said Orbán in Brussels. "They all want to go to Germany."

Tusk said Europe was split east-west over the influx, with some, such as Orbán seeking to contain the crisis by erecting border fences. Others, led by Germany, wanted obligatory quotas for refugees across the union. ...

Orbán said the razor-wire fence erected on Hungary's southern border with Serbia was essential to defending the Schengen zone's external borders. He denied that the emergency was a refugee crisis, but one of mass migration.

"Those arriving have been raised in another religion, and represent a radically different culture. Most of them are not Christians, but Muslims," he said. "This is an important question, because Europe and European identity is rooted in Christianity.

"Is it not worrying in itself that European Christianity is now barely able to keep Europe Christian? There is no alternative, and we have no option but to defend our borders."
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I saw the migrant crisis first hand – here's what I learned
Daniel Hannan
ConservativeHome, 3 September 2015
[Daniel Hannan is an MEP for South-East England]

The idea that you can want stricter controls while at the same time weeping for the folk crossing the sea seems, for some reason, to throw a lot of people. ...

When people say, "the migrants have been through hell, and we should welcome them," what they're actually saying, if you think about it, is that we should contract out our immigration policy to people smugglers. They're saying that, instead of taking those who have queued patiently, or those in the camps who have been classified by the UN as refugees, we should allow a lucky few to jump the queue by breaking the law.

We see here the habitual error of the Left: the elevation of motive over outcome. Never mind the consequences, provided we mean well. But there is a converse error on the Right, namely the tendency to say, "the whole thing is hopeless, so there's no point in getting involved at all."

In fact, we don't have the option of non-involvement. I want to stop people being loaded into these hellish craft. But even if this were magically to happen tomorrow, we'd still be left with more than half a million emigrants who have already made the journey, some of them kids.

That's why I helped organise a social action project in Catania last week through the Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists. ...

... I found myself chatting as we worked to youngsters from Gambia, Ghana and Senegal. All had had good reasons to come. Some had faced Odyssean journeys, in one case taking years to cross the Sahara. The more we talked, the more convinced I became that I'd have done the same in their position. But I'm pretty sure that few of them were, in the legal sense, refugees.

While we were in Messina, an Italian coastguard vessel put in with 693 boat people on board, mainly Eritreans. I have seen refugee columns before, and they tend to be made up disproportionately of women and children. But more than 80 per cent of the people disembarking here were young men – the classic indicator of economic migration.

Of course, those fleeing squalor deserve our fellow-feeling no less than those fleeing persecution. These young men are guilty of nothing worse than courage, resourcefulness and optimism. But if we plan to open our doors to anyone who wants to get away from a hardscrabble life, we are inviting hundreds of millions of people to settle here.

What, then, is the solution? Well, one of the first acts of Tony Abbott's government in Australia was to have illegal boats towed to an offshore centre, where migrants could make an asylum application. Those whose claims are rejected are free to return home, but not to enter Australia. Only one boat has reached that country illicitly since 2013; and not a single migrant has perished over that period. Indeed, it's partly because of Tony Abbott's success that migrants from as far afield as Bangladesh and Burma are now taking the long overland route to Europe instead.

The belief that Germany is relaxing its policy is bound to lead to a level of migration that surpasses anything seen so far. Refugees and economic migrants will be thrown together in a rush. Some will be trampled, and some boats will be overturned. But many more will reach Italy and Greece. Eventually, the front-line EU states will stop trying to enforce the rules, and will simply wave new arrivals across their territory, tempting even more into attempting the crossing.
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U.S. Immigration Experts: Europe's Progressives to Blame for Huge Migrant Death Toll
Neil Munro
Breitbart, 3 September 2015

Europe's post-national progressive governing elite is competing to display its supposed horror over the rapidly rising number of migrants' corpses now being washed up on Mediterranean beaches.

But those self-regarding progressives deserve much of the blame for the multi-thousand toll of migrants suffering egregious conditions trying to enter Europe, say U.S. immigration experts.

This, they argue, is because the progressives want to ignore the lessons of other migration crises – including the now-ended 2013 Pacific rush into Australia – and want to use the picture of dead migrants to break open their continent's backdoor to huge migrations from the developing world. ...

"The migrants are mainly responsible for making these decisions, and the smugglers are criminals, but the [European] governments share the responsibility," for casualties along the risky route, said Mark Krikorian, director of the D.C.-based Center for Immigration Studies. "By not enforcing [immigration] rules, they are thereby communicating to potential migrants that [the dangerous trip] is worth the risk." Many of the migrants are getting through the back door into Europe, so their trail of dead is a rational price for entry into Europe, Krikorian said.

"Unless [European governments] are going to allow hundreds of millions of people to come over legally into Europe, there's no [smaller] number they could chose that would ensure more people won't come" via the risky sea passage, said Roy Beck, the founder of NumbersUSA.

"There's no way to create [narrow] legal channels that stop the dying," he said, adding the only feasible fix is to create "well-funded, well-run international refugees camps, as close to the home countries are you can, so it is easy for the migrants to go home." ... ...

The progressive hand-wringing about the migration has reached a new peak following the garish display of a picture showing a small drowned child, face-down on a Mediterranean beach. ...

Some progressives are using this photo as an argument to further open the door to more migrants. ... ...

Most progressive European leaders want more migration and want the resulting chaotic diversity that would be managed by big governments.

Italy's Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, repealed the nation's law against illegal migration, and declared in June that strong borders will wreck progressives' political plans. "We want to fight for a set of values, for civility and peace... If we ignore the [migrants] now, while the Mediterranean seethes, and children drown, it is Europe itself that we lose."

France's socialist government has also announced intentions to allow migrants to stay in the country, and Germany's government has announced it will accept all the migrants from Syrian who can survive the trek through Turkey and Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary. Roughly 800,00 migrants are expected this year. ...

Europe's governments are cautious compared to United Nations officials. "As mobility is increasing with globalization, instead of resisting it, we should organize it," claimed François Crépeau, the special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants. "That means opening legal channels [worldwide] for people to be able to come and look for work" in developed countries, he insisted.
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Here's the answer to your migrant crisis, Mr Cameron [part 1]
Paul Collier
Spectator blog, 2 September 2015
[This article first appeared in the print edition of The Spectator magazine, dated 8 August 2015]

For all its difficulties, Europe is prosperous and safe: one of the best places on Earth. Many other societies have yet to achieve this happy state: some are murderous and poor. Two of the most troubled zones in the world are near Europe: the Middle East, and the Sahelian belt which spans northern Africa.

Unsurprisingly, many of the people who live in these societies would rather live in Europe. Impeded by immigration controls, a small minority of this group are taking matters into their own hands, trying to enter Europe illegally by boat across the Mediterranean. ...

... If you step outside the usual angry ding-dong, the posturing of those both pro-immigrant and anti-immigrant; if you resist the easy option taken by the chattering classes who claim the moral high ground by insisting on open borders, you can see that European policy is the result of moral confusion.

Let's take the 'duty of rescue', which is official Europe's rationale for fishing people out of the sea. People have a right to dream of a life in Europe, but Europe has a moral obligation to rescue, not to make dreams come true.

What does rescue imply and to whom does it apply? Just being poor does not make someone eligible for being 'rescued' by a life in Europe. Mass poverty has to be tackled, but the only way it can be done is for poor countries to catch up with the rich ones. There are ways in which we can help that process, but encouraging the mass emigration of their most enterprising young people is not one of them. What makes people truly entitled to rescue is if their ordinary lives are made impossible by violent conflict – and in the current crisis, that means focusing on Syria. Yes, there are other legitimate refugees on those boats, but Syrians alone account for around 40 per cent of the boat people crossing the Mediterranean.

And those Syrians waving and drowning in the sea are merely the tip of a vastly larger iceberg of need. Of Syria's 20 million people, around half are now displaced. This ten million are the submerged iceberg: the group to whom we have some duty of rescue. They are displaced through circumstance rather than choice. The tiny minority (about 2 per cent) in the sea and camped on our doorstep are part of our duty of rescue, but they should not be allowed to crowd out the needs of others: for one thing, they tend to be richer and more resourceful.

Of the ten million who are displaced, around half are still in Syria, trapped now that Jordan and Lebanon have closed their borders. It is obviously more difficult for Europe to help the internally displaced within Syria, but there are still ways of doing so. These five million should not be forgotten just because they have not created a problem for other nations.

The other five million are in neighbouring countries: mostly in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. How can Europe help these people? The official international solution to refugee situations is camps, a strategy dating back to 1947. This system is not working and, indeed, it cannot possibly work. Just look at Jordan. Nearly 90 per cent of the refugees in Jordan have chosen not to live in the camps but have instead drifted to the cities. They forgo handouts in favour of scratching a living in illegal employment.
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Here's the answer to your migrant crisis, Mr Cameron [part 2]
Paul Collier
Spectator blog, 2 September 2015

So what is wrong with the camps? Having recently visited the largest, Za'atari, I doubt whether it is the standard of living. The UNHCR does a commendable job: people are well-fed and their housing conditions are far superior to the African cities with which I am more familiar. /.../ The problem of the camps is that people have no autonomy: most especially, they are not allowed to work. ...

... It's not surprising that refugees overwhelmingly prefer penurious freedom to the restrictions of the camps.

Why is autonomy in the cities penurious? Because the Jordanian authorities do not let refugees work. Given the scale of the influx, the Jordanians are unsurprisingly worried that letting the Syrians work could destabilise their society and, given the disorder elsewhere in the Middle East, this cannot be lightly dismissed. ...

If the Jordanian authorities will not integrate refugees into their society, what can Europe do for them? Should we invite them to Europe? This has been the defining issue so far in European discussion of the Syrian refugee crisis: 'How many refugees should Europe take?' It's all about us. Unfortunately, while well meaning, this approach is fundamentally irresponsible when judged from the perspective not of the consequences for Europe, but the consequences for Syrians.

Our duty is to provide better futures for as many of the displaced as possible – and their overwhelming hope is not to live permanently in Europe, but to return to a post-conflict Syria. Effective rescue should be about salvaging as much of their disrupted lives as possible. Of course, if they are in the sea, rescue involves pulling them out of it. But any action needs to be set within a larger strategy of making people's return viable.

The key fact to grasp about the Syrian conflict is that it will end; conflicts in middle-income countries seldom last more than a decade and this one has already been running for four years. ...

Europe can do that by fostering a Syria-in-exile economy located in Jordan and other neighbouring countries. Working in this economy would restore some dignity to the daily lives of refugees and offer them credible hope of a return to normality. Providing a skilled minority of Syrians with dream lives in Europe is not the answer: it would be detrimental to recovery because once settled in Europe, with their children in schooling, such people would be unlikely to go back to a post-conflict society. In consequence, it would gut Syria of the very people it will most need. It is an intellectually lazy feel-good policy for the bien-pensant. ...

Job havens would not only assist refugees; indirectly they would help the five million displaced who remain in Syria. ...

... Currently, if a refugee can get a foot on a European beach, or be fished out of the sea by a European rescue vessel, they get privileged access to asylum. That is why they take the risk.

This legal structure is not just foolish, it is deeply immoral. Europe has a duty to fish refugees out of the sea because it is morally responsible for tempting them on to the sea. So whatever else Europe does, it must stop this policy of temptation. Paying a crook thousands of dollars for a place on a boat should not entitle a Syrian refugee to a more privileged entry to Europe. It is profoundly unfair to the other suffering refugees.
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Immigration has stretched Britain to its very limit
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 2 September 2015

According to the latest official estimate, between now and 2080 Britain will have to accommodate an extra 315,000 people a year.

That means an increase in population equivalent to a city the size of Nottingham every single year for the next 65 years.

It's barely comprehensible. Not least because those are merely the official figures and anyone who thinks that the official immigration figures are accurate needs their head examining.

Even the Home Office doesn't pretend it knows the full extent of illegal immigration. ...

According to the official EU estimates from its statistics body Eurostat, by 2080 the UK population will increase by twice as much as the rest of Europe put together – to 85 million. ...

The next time someone says it's xenophobic to discuss immigration run those figures by them. It's not xenophobic, it's common sense.

Whether or not immigration is a good thing it's the height of political irresponsibility to pretend that an extra 21 million people can be accommodated without a huge impact on the country. ...

No one should be surprised by any of this.

It's par for the course over the past few years and the logical extension of the pattern of immigration and the rules that govern it.

In the year from March 2014, for example, the official net immigration figure was 330,000 – 269,000 of whom came from within the EU.

That means that one in every eight people living here now was born overseas.

And again that's just the official figure. We have only guesswork to estimate what the actual figure is given the numbers of illegal immigrants who find a way to stay here.

Add to that the fact that immigrant families tend to have more children and you see why the numbers are growing so fast.

And yet despite all this anyone who raises the issue of immigration and the question of how, or even whether, we can cope with the ever-increasing numbers is labelled a xenophobe, a little Englander or even a racist. ...

A report last year by Robert Rowthorn, the Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge and an adviser to the International Monetary Fund, the UN, the International Labour Organisation and the Government, warned that the huge growth in immigration would put a strain on our infrastructure.

He argued that whatever the current financial benefits of migration they will be outweighed by the huge pressures brought by coping with a larger population.

Now we could, as most politicians seem to want, close our eyes, put our hands to our ears and pretend this mass immigration will have no effect.

And we could carry on shouting insults at anyone who dares to suggest that might not be the best approach.

Or we could try to have a grown-up discussion where we ask the basic question: do we want this? Because for good or ill this level of immigration has profound consequences and our rulers must take us for fools if they think we don't realise this.

It is a terrible indictment of our democracy that so key an issue is buried in a haze of insult and denial.
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Migrants using fake Syrian passports to enter EU: border agency
Yahoo! News / AFP, 1 September 2015

A market in fake Syrian passports has sprung up, particularly in Turkey, to help migrants and refugees enter the EU, the head of Europe's border agency Frontex said on Tuesday.

"There are people who are in Turkey now who buy fake Syrian passports because they know Syrians get the right to asylum in all the member states of the European Union," Fabrice Leggeri told French radio station Europe 1.

"People who use fake Syrian passports often speak Arabic. They may come from North Africa or the Middle East but they have the profile of economic migrants," he said.

Leggeri said there was no evidence that fake passports had been used by potential terrorists to enter Europe.

He repeated his call for additional EU border guards to help register migrants in Greece, one of the main entry points into Europe.

"Faced with the influx, registration systems are overwhelmed. We have an idea of nationalities, but not a clear picture of who is entering and the real profile of these migrants."
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Revealed: UK population set to surge by twice as much as the rest of Europe PUT TOGETHER to hit 85 million by 2080
Tom McTague
MailOnline, 31 August 2015

Britain's population is set to soar by twice as much as the rest of the European Union combined over the next 65 years, official Brussels forecasts reveal.

By 2080 there will be an extra 21 million people living in the UK - taking the population to 85 million. Over the same period Brussels expects the EU's population to have increased by just 11 million to reach 520 million.

The population boom will leave Britain by far the most populous country in Europe - overtaking France and Germany in just 22 years, at which time the EU expects 76 million to be living here.

By 2080 the European Union expects Britain to be by far Europe's biggest country, with seven million more than France and around 20 million more than Germany.

The surge in population means every year Britain will have to accommodate an extra 315,000 people - equivalent to a city the size of Nottingham.

By 2080 on the other hand, Germany's population will have slumped by 15 million. France - which like Britain is set to soar in population - is expected to be home to 78 million - an increase of 12 million.

According to the EU's official statistics body, Eurostat, the vast majority of the population growth across Britain and the continent will come from immigration.

Across the EU immigration has been a bigger contributor to population growth than 'natural' increases from increasing birth rates since 1992.

In 2003, 95 per cent of the total population growth was due to migration. This fell to 58 per cent in 2009 before hitting 95 per cent again in 2013.
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If the Prime Minister can't stop this immigration catastrophe, the British will do it for him... by voting to quit Europe: It is Britain's very stability that is now under threat [part 1]
Frank Field
Mail on Sunday, 30 August 2015
[Frank Field is a Labour MP]

The Prime Minister comes back from his well-earned holiday to the biggest political crisis of his premiership. The immigration and refugee issue engulfing Europe has the potential to wash his government away. ...

If he doesn't realise now, he soon will that there's not one migration crisis he faces, but four which are inter-related.

Last week the Government published figures on net migration into this country. They were little short of catastrophic for a government that rightly believes in setting a limit on the numbers of newcomers to our shores. The Government's current strategy has failed dismally. But the Prime Minister must realise that what we have so far seen on this score is merely the rumbling of a political Mount Vesuvius.

Any pretence he had that he could control net migration by gliding around Europe prattling on about restricting Britain's social security benefits and tax credits must be relegated to the political kindergarten.

The first of the linked crises is the mass internal migration of people within Europe. When push comes to shove, the Prime Minister won't carry the country with him in the long promised referendum on our membership of the European Union if UK voters believe that he hasn't tackled seriously the European question.

At some stage the country will summon up the political will to lay down the minimum red and blue lines on which the Prime Minister has to renegotiate with Europe. And the first must be that we regain physical control of our borders – even if it is only temporarily.

The Prime Minister doesn't stand a cat in hell's chance of moving towards his quite properly defined goal of 100,000 net migration a year without being able to control our borders within Europe. ...

Last year a major grouping accounting for the enormous increase in newcomers came from Europe. That cannot continue.

There are three more immigration crises which are now beginning to erupt at one and the same time. First, not since the end of the Second World War have we seen so many people beginning to move around the world in fear of their lives. The idea that Greece and Italy on their own can hold these unbelievable numbers of people on the move, granting refugee status and returning economic migrants to their home countries, unaided, is childlike. ...

... Mr Cameron needs to call for the formation of an ad hoc European border force whose existence will be limited to the duration of the present crisis.

This temporary border force must be given the resources, manpower and intelligence so that it can begin to distinguish between refugees fleeing in terror for their lives and economic migrants who are seizing the opportunity to come here to work.
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If the Prime Minister can't stop this immigration catastrophe, the British will do it for him... by voting to quit Europe: It is Britain's very stability that is now under threat [part 2]
Frank Field
Mail on Sunday, 30 August 2015
[Frank Field is a Labour MP]

Our response to the refugees must encompass the following strategy. Can we shame Europe into following our lead by using our huge aid budget to ensure that people can settle safely with dignity and hope, as near as possible from the terror from which they have fled? This entails a revolutionary rethink on what life should be like in refugee camps.

There then needs to be a combined European response to the housing of genuine refugees. Britain must insist that the international obligations to refugees are fulfilled and that refugees must register their status as soon as they land on safe European ground. The Prime Minister will not be able to carry that vital policy in the country unless he's shown to be up to the challenge of curbing economic migration.

And it is mega economic migration which is the third crisis to be faced. The ad hoc EU border force must have the resources and the courage physically to send back economic migrants to their country of origin. We mustn't get queasy over this policy.

Implementing this strategy will be very unpleasant as many of the economic migrants put up a fight to stay. But the British public will have a stomach for whatever it takes to distinguish the economic migrants providing it knows that refugees will find a safe haven.

The fourth issue facing us is the threat of terrorist inflitration posed by the mass movement of people. Tackling it will entail combining the intelligence forces of Europe with the work of the ad hoc border force.

Anybody who thinks ISIS is just a collection of thugs who have been lucky in overrunning a large part of the Middle East ought to be given a tablet and told to lie down in a dark room.

If ISIS has shown anything it is that it knows how to fight Western democracies on their soft underbelly and we imperil our future if we underestimate its intelligence for a single moment.

ISIS's high command will have already begun to use the chaos engulfing Europe's borders to get sleeping ISIS agents into all Western democracies. God knows what they've got in store for us.

We will need the very best of European intelligence to counter its moves and to capture as many ISIS agents as we can as they try to cross into European democracies. Again this won't be a pleasant business but it's vitally necessary. Confronting the challenge now engulfing Europe will not be for the fainthearted. Real courage that this country showed 75 years ago in confronting Nazi tyranny will have to be summoned up once again.

That courage must be mobilised and directed into battle if the fourfold immigration crisis which now threatens us as the months unfold is to be overwhelmed.

The existence of the Government is small beer compared to this country's very stability, which is now under threat.
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Hundreds of thousands spent on lawyers for quartet linked to 'Jihadi John' cell
Patrick Sawer and Robert Mendick
Sunday Telegraph, 30 August 2015

Four terrorism suspects linked to the British Isil executioner known as "Jihadi John" have been granted hundreds of thousands of pounds in legal aid to sue the Government, The Telegraph can reveal.

The men are all connected to a London terror cell whose most notorious member is Mohammed Emwazi, the real name of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) executioner accused of beheading dozens of hostages, including the Britons David Haines and Alan Henning.

Three of the suspects – Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed, Ibrahim Magag and one who can be referred to only as CF – brought legal challenges against the counter-terrorism orders under which they were placed. The orders were designed to restrict their movements and activities because the secret intelligence services alleged that they represented a terrorist threat to Britain.

The security services say Magag, Mohamed and CF are part of a network of British Muslims accused of taking part in and funding terrorism in Syria and Somalia, where they have been linked to the group Al-Shabaab.

Despite being under a control order, Magag vanished after getting into a taxi near a London railway station on Boxing Day 2012. Mohamed fled the country in November 2013 after slipping out of a west London mosque disguised in a burka, while CF left last November, hiding in the back of a lorry at Dover.

The Telegraph can now reveal that Mohamed, Magag and CF were still able to claim legal aid to sue the Government because their cases against the restriction orders had been launched before they fled Britain.

We can also reveal that a fourth man, referred to for legal reasons as K2, was granted legal aid to sue the Home Secretary, Theresa May, over her decision to exclude him from the UK after he had travelled to Somalia in 2009.

The legal aid has been used to pay lawyers hired by the men to fight the control and exclusion orders, the latest examples of what critics say is a string of cases of the system being abused by terror suspects to challenge the decisions of the Government.

Although the final bills in each of the four cases are still being calculated, the cost to the taxpayer is expected to run into hundreds of thousands of pounds. ...

Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the former chairman of the Parliamentary intelligence and security committee, said: "Given the pressures on legal aid resources I would put these cases on the lowest rung of priority. If the rules currently permit awarding legal aid in such cases then they have to be reviewed as a matter of urgency."
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'We are importing religious conflict,' says prominent sociologist
Kersten Knipp
Deutsche Welle, 30 August 2015

German sociologist H.G. Soeffner makes the case for a quick integration of immigrants in Germany. If the opportunity is missed, serious cultural conflicts may arise. Social cohesion does not occur on a cultural level.

DW: Mr. Soeffner, the German Interior Ministry is expecting 800,000 refugees this year. Does this number worry you?

Hans Georg Soeffner: Yes, on one hand, it does worry me because we did actually have a chance of handling the number. But the German states and the German federal government are lagging far behind when it comes to addressing this matter. We've known that the large influx of refugees would come and that the numbers would increase. I am exasperated over the slow pace of the German government's activities. ...

What would be a wise policy to cope with the current challenges?

It's more than a matter of accommodation: The German education system - for children and adults - must be in a position to provide migrants with the needed language skills. If that does not happen, the refugees cannot be integrated. Furthermore, the national employment agency must cooperate as well.

What is your view of the cultural aspect of migration?

If we do not purposefully impart knowledge of our language and culture, we will soon be facing cultural conflicts - ones that are shaped by other religions whose followers immigrate to Germany. We already have 4.5 million Muslims in Germany. Their numbers have grown gradually over time so that it was quiet in Germany in terms of cultural conflicts. But now, migration has taken on a completely different dimension. And we have seen that immigration brings religious conflicts with it - like the ones between different Muslims.

How do you expect such conflicts will develop in the future?

We must assume that the conflicts will grow. The refugees bring political and religious conflicts from their countries of origin to Germany - like the conflicts between Sunnis and Shiites, or liberal Muslims and Salafists. We are already familiar with the conflicts between Turks, Kurds, Alevites and the rest of Muslims so we've seen these conflicts. But in view of the expected number of new immigrants, the conflicts will grow. And that is why we quickly have to begin promoting German values, meaning the constitution. Only then will the immigrants know what the rules are here.

At the moment we are witnessing isolated breakdowns of state order - like Calais, Lampedusa, Macedonia. There, we have observed virtually anarchic conditions. Do the European states have enough creative power to control the situation, i.e., to prevent the nascence of such situations?

The problems are difficult to handle because the Europeans have let the problems slide over years. Even Britain and France have allowed unregulated immigration. Registration systems in Britain are extraordinarily weak - people don't even have to carry an I.D. card with them. The British have to learn their lessons and they will. But they let the problems drag on for years. This is how Europe has allowed the chaos to grow.
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Revealed: Number of unaccompanied child migrants being cared for by UK taxpayers has DOUBLED in the last three months and six more arrive here alone EVERY day
Anthony Joseph
MailOnline, 29 August 2015

Six unaccompanied child migrants are arriving in the UK every day, with taxpayer-funded local authority refuge sites already well over-capacity and well over-budget, MailOnline can reveal.

A total of 2,168 under-18s made it into the country in the year ending June 2015, with 67% of them granted asylum, around four each day. Many of those turned down will also be allowed to stay here.

And our investigation has revealed Kent County Council, the local authority most affected by the migrant crisis in the UK, is looking after 703 children who left their homeland in search of a better life in Britain. That figure has nearly doubled in just three months, as in April there were 369 youngsters in the council's care.

The number of what officials term UASCs - unaccompanied asylum-seeking children - has increased by 46% from the previous year's total of 1,488.

These applications represented 8% of all main applications for asylum in the year ending June 2015. ...

Children become the responsibility of the local authority in whose area they are discovered. They can be physically moved around the country but the original council is left footing the bill.

The Home Office figures showed that there were 518 applications from unaccompanied minors in the most recent quarter.

Boys made up the vast majority of claims, while there were 46 from girls.

In the year ending June 2015, 404 asylum applicants had their age disputed by officials and there were 488 cases where a formal age assessment was needed.

Of those who completed age assessments, 58% had a date of birth showing that they were in fact over 18 despite claiming to be a child when the age dispute was raised.
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Nigerian mother let off £145,000 NHS bill after birth of quins
Patrick Sawer
Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2015

A NHS hospital failed to chase up a bill of £145,000 it should have charged a Nigerian woman who had quintuplets after travelling to Britain.

Bimbo Ayelabola, 37, underwent a complex caesarean section in 2011 but did not pay any of the cost of the operation and neo-natal care for her five babies.

But it has now emerged that Homerton University Hospital, in east London, will not pursue her for the outstanding bill.

The hospital involved has admitted it sent only one request for payment, more than six months after Miss Ayelabola left the hospital – and had failed to take any further action when it was returned unpaid.

Miss Ayelabola has since returned to her home city of Lagos, where she is a successful make-up artist.

She said: "I have never received my bill. If I had it, I would pay it."

It follows claims by NHS whistleblowers that managers are instructing them to turn a blind eye to health tourists because it is 'too much trouble' to chase them for money.

According to NHS estimates, only around 16 per cent of the cost of treating foreigners who travel to Britain to receive treatment is ever recouped.

Miss Ayelabola obtained a visitor's visa soon after discovering she was pregnant in 2010, travelling to the UK to stay with her younger sister, Stella, early in her pregnancy.

She gave birth to two boys and three identical girls at Homerton Hospital in Hackney, in April 2011 – seven weeks premature. She had a complex caesarean and remained in hospital for almost two weeks after the birth at a cost of £145,000 to UK taxpayers.

Although her visa expired, Miss Ayelabola continued living in her sister's flat in Poplar, east London, after the births and did not return home until February 2013. ...

In the UK hospitals try to claw back the cost of treating foreign patients after they are discharged.

In France, Germany and Scandinavia, patients must pay in advance.

Official estimates of the cost to the NHS range up to £2 billion but some commentators say the true figure is likely to be far higher because there is no proper recording system in place.

Homerton Hospital said it would not be contacting Miss Ayelabola for the payment, despite her assertion that she would pay up if she received a bill.

A spokesman said: "If she wishes to contact us, we would urge her to do so.... But we will not be contacting her."
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Arrivals from Romania and Bulgaria double over the past year, driving the leap in European migration to Britain
Daily Mail, 28 August 2015

The leap in European migration to Britain has been driven by the arrival of tens of thousands of workers from Romania and Bulgaria.

Some 53,000 people from the two countries arrived in the year to March – nearly double the 28,000 in the previous 12 months.

The growing number from these Eastern European states – whose citizens gained the right to work in the UK at the beginning of 2014 – confirms the fears of analysts who said that the highly-paid British economy would attract thousands of migrants from two of the continent's poorest countries.

They also stand to criticise observers who insisted there would be no large-scale immigration from Romania and Bulgaria.

After the release of employment figures by the Office for National Statistics in spring last year – which apparently showed there had been a fall in migration from the 'EU2' – the BBC's political editor scoffed: 'So much for those predictions of a flood of immigrants coming from Romania and Bulgaria once the door to the UK was opened.'

However the 53,000 revealed in the latest figures is close to the 50,000 a year predicted by the immigration think-tank Migration Watch UK.

Of these, 42,000 said they were coming to Britain to work.

And very few Romanian and Bulgarian migrants returned home – net migration from the two countries was 49,000.
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Record 27 per cent of babies born to foreign mothers
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 28 August 2015

The number of babies born to migrant mothers is at the highest level since records began 46 years ago, new figures reveal.

The Office for National Statistics figures show 188,000 of the 695,000 babies born in England and Wales last year were to migrant mums.

At 27 per cent of the total, this is a slight increase on the 26.5 per cent recorded in 2013.

It is the highest proportion since records began in 1969.

The number has increased every year since 1990 when it stood at 11.6 per cent.

But there has been a marked rise since the turn of the Millennium.

While the total fertility rate for non-UK born women fell slightly from 2.13 children per mother to 2.09, it is still higher than that of natives at 1.76.

The most common country of origin for foreign mothers was Poland with 22,122 births followed by Pakistan (17,943) and India (13,735). ...

Last year, 175,118 babies were born to non-UK fathers – or 26.6 per cent.

One in four of the migrant mothers' babies also had a foreign father where his identity is revealed.

As with mothers, their top three countries of origin were Poland, Pakistan and India.
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No more excuses for this broken promise
Daily Mail, 28 August 2015
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Seen from any viewpoint, this was a day of abject failure for the Tories. At the 2010 election, and again this May, they solemnly assured us – 'no ifs, no buts' – that they would aim to cut net migration to below 100,000.

Then and now, this was a hugely popular commitment, on an issue about which voters feel more strongly than any other. Indeed, it is fair to guess they owe much of their success to having made it.

Yet here we are, after more than five years of Tory-led government, with figures from the Office for National Statistics showing net migration at a record 330,000 – more than at the height of the inflow when Tony Blair threw open our borders, and more than three times higher than the Government's target.

Meanwhile, the ONS confirms this week's estimate from Oxford University that, for the first time, more than 8 million people living in Britain were born overseas. And not just a few more, but almost 300,000 more, at 8.28 million.

Add the fact that 27 per cent of babies born in the UK in the year to March had migrant parents, and we are experiencing an unprecedented upheaval in the make-up of a country once united by ties of language, history, creed and patriotism.

True, many on the Left will say the influx has enriched our culture and brought economic advantages. But while huge doubts remain on that latter score, two facts cannot be disputed.

One is that the surge in our population has put immense strain on housing, school places, hospital beds and other public services. The other is that MPs have overseen this demographic revolution without a whisper of consent from the voters they purport to represent.
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UK net migration hits record high
BBC, 27 August 2015

Net migration to the UK is at an all-time high, reaching 330,000 in the year to March, the Office for National Statistics has said.

The figure - the difference between the number entering the country and those leaving - is more than three times higher than the government's target.

In 2014, 13% of people living in the UK had been born abroad, taking the foreign-born population to 8.3 million. ...

It is the fifth consecutive quarterly rise in the net migration figure - with increases in arrivals from both inside and outside the EU.

Net migration of EU citizens was 183,000, up 53,000 from the year ending March 2014.

The number of those arriving from countries outside the EU was still larger, with net migration measured at 196,000, up 39,000 on a year earlier.

Expansion of the EU and the relatively fast recovery of Britain's economy are seen as key factors in the trend.

Among the other ONS findings based on the latest figures were:

• Fewer people are leaving the UK, with emigration numbers dropping by 9,000 year-on-year

• Other than EU countries, the nation with the highest number of citizens migrating to the UK in the 12 months to June was China, with 89,593 arrivals

• India is the most common non-UK country of birth in the UK population - 793,000 UK residents were born in India

• Polish is the most common non-British nationality, with 853,000 residents (including those born in the UK) describing their nationality as Polish

• 53,000 Romanian and Bulgarian citizens moved to the UK in the last year - almost double the 28,000 in the previous 12 months

• There were 25,771 asylum applications in the year to June 2015, an increase of 10% compared with the previous 12 months

• A total of 11,600 people were granted asylum or an alternative form of protection. The peak was in 2002 when there were 84,000 applications

In 2011, Prime Minister David Cameron said in a speech that he was giving a "no ifs, no buts" promise that he would bring immigration numbers down to "levels our country can manage".

After this latest set of figures, the government insisted it was acting to control immigration but said the EU needed to do more to help ease the current migrant crisis across Europe.
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Immigration statistics show record level of UK net migration – live
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2015

• Net migration showed a rise of 94,000 last year to an all-time high of 330,000

• The highest-ever number of EU citizens came to live here

• Number of babies to foreign-born mothers increased to 27 per cent

• Britain is home to 8 million foreign-born for first time

• Romanians registering in Britain triple in just one year ...

Net migration to Britain hit a record high of 330,000 last year, official figures have revealed.

Despite the Government's pledge to cut net migration - the number of migrants arriving in the country minus those leaving - to "tens of thousands" it actually rose by 94,000 in a year, said the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It smashed the record set by the former Labour government in the mid-2000s when the European Union expanded into eastern Europe.

In total, 636,000 migrants came to live in Britain in the 12 months to the end of March, a year-on-year rise of 84,000, while 307,000 emigrated. ...

In separate figures the number of foreign-born people in Britain has topped eight million for the first time.

There was a rise of 4.5 per cent in the number of people born outside the UK to just under 8.3 million, or one in eight of the population, compared with one in 11 a decade ago.

The number of babies to foreign-born mothers last year rose slightly to 27 per cent of the total - 188,000 of the 695,000 live births, the ONS said. ...

Today's data expands on my report this morning on the number of National Insurance numbers allocated to foreign nationals.

In the new ONS figures the numbers are even higher than I wrote about in that piece.

In the year to June there were 917,000 NI numbers allocated to adults from overseas, 352,000 more than the previous year, a rise of 62 per cent (although the ONS says recording changes mean comparisons should be made with caution between the two periods).

Even with that caveat it's a huge rise - and the NI number data is an important measure of immigration, as I explain in my article.

Continuing the trend reported in my earlier piece on how Romanian immigration was driving the increase, the ONS data says there was a 151 per cent rise in numbers allocated to Romanian and Bulgarian workers.

In the year to June 2014 the total for the two countries was 85,000 but in the new figures it was up to 214,000.

Allocations to the "EU 15" - that's the "old Europe" states like Germany, Spain and Italy - were up 53 per cent to 263,000.

And the number of registration from Poland and the other eastern European countries which joined the EU in 2004 was up 34 per cent to 216,000.

The non-EU category was up 51 per cent to 218,000.
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Taxpayers face £500m bill to fly illegal migrants home: £200m will be spent on airline tickets alone as foreign criminals, overstayers and failed asylum seekers are kicked out
Steph Cockroft
MailOnline, 27 August 2015

Taxpayers face a £500 million bill to fly thousands of illegal migrants and failed asylum seekers home from Britain.

Some £200m is due to be spent on airline tickets and Home Office-chartered flights over the next five years to ensure foreign criminals, overstayers and rejected asylum seekers are flown home.

The figures emerged in a Home Office tender which invited private companies to bid for the 'Escorting and Travel Services Re-Procurement Project' contract.

Whitehall sources said figures were based on the estimated number of future migrants who have to be removed from the country via 'safe and secure passage', The Times reports. They added that the contract would probably last for five years. ...

Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons home affairs select committee, described the figure as 'enormous' and said it demonstrates 'the lack of more robust policies to stop people arriving in the first place.'

Last year, 12,460 people were forcibly removed from the country, including 4,000 asylum seekers and more than 8,200 illegal immigrants and foreign criminals. A decade earlier, it was just 21,000.
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Why Are There 214,000 National Insurance Numbers for Romanians and Bulgarians, But Only 53,000 Immigrants?
Raheem Kassam
Breitbart, 27 August 2015

One of the questions arising from today's immigration figures is the discrepancy between how many National Insurance numbers were handed out to Romanians and Bulgarians, and the number of immigrants from Romania and Bulgaria.

For the year to March 2015, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that there were 53,000 new Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants – "a statistically significant increase and almost double the 28,000 in the previous 12 months".

Indeed such a rise is significant, but the question is – why are the National Insurance numbers (NINos) so different, at a total of 214,000 registrations of Romanians and Bulgarians (EU2) to the year ending June 2015. ...

Well, there is a combination of problems that are causing some confusion about the UK immigration figures.

Firstly, we know that the ONS numbers rely on the International Passenger Survey (IPS), which is a long-standing, entry-point survey of people travelling into the United Kingdom. The numbers are then extrapolated outwards to estimate those settling and those leaving the United Kingdom. Of the millions of people travelling in and out of the country every year, the IPS interviews around 750,000. The IPS cannot account for illegal immigration, as a result, and this is the first problem we have with our migration figures.

As they are estimates, the IPS numbers are far less reliable than NINO figures, which, as an ONS statistician told me, is hard data. This means that we should be looking more to the number of people registering for National Insurance in the United Kingdom. But we can't. Because the number of people registering for National Insurance in any given year doesn't necessarily mean that they entered the country in that year.

For instance, while 59,000 Spanish people registered for a UK National Insurance number to the year ending June 2015, some of them may have been here for years already.

But as people are noticing, the discrepancy between EU2 countries immigration figures and the NINo figures are particularly striking. There were 917,000 registrations in the year to June 2015, an 62 per cent increase (352,000) on the previous year. A whopping 76 per cent of these (697,000) were from within the European Union.

Within the EU the number of NINo registrations in the year increased by 66 per cent (277,000) on the previous year.

The number from Romania and Bulgaria has increased by 151 per cent on the previous year.

It stretches credulity to believe that immigration can stand at just 53,000 while National Insurance registrations can be at 214,000. Especially when you consider that Romanian and Bulgarian migration into the UK in mid-2012 was below 10,000 on the year, and still only around 20,000 at the end of 2013 (the problem is of course I'm quoting IPS data).

The reality is the number of Romanians and Bulgarians is probably a lot higher than the IPS estimates. It isn't going to be 214,000 for the year. But reading the data tells me that it is likely to be closer to that number than 53,000.
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Cameron must say to Europe that we are ready to take back control of our borders
Frank Field
The Independent, 27 August 2015

As expected net migration to this country has again reached a record high. This is immensely disappointing.

The most distressing factor here is that the government has no control whatsoever over the numbers of people migrating here from Europe. 269,000 did so over the past year – up by 56,000 on the year before, and who's to say a further 56,000, or more, won't do so in the year ahead?

How on earth can the government plan its health, housing, schools and transport budgets when it has no means of controlling how many people will come to live in this country and, of course, use these services?

And with three-quarters of the growth in employment over the last year being accounted for by foreign nationals, how can the government even begin contemplating a national productivity strategy to pay for higher real incomes for Britain's workers?

Employers have little incentive to build up their capital stock to drive the increases in productivity that are necessary to pay for a National Living Wage. The nation's open borders with Europe allow them instead to add cheaply to their labour stock – 42,000 Romanian and Bulgarian citizens officially declared themselves as migrating here to work over the past year, almost double the 22,000 in the previous 12 months.

No wonder the usual lazy suspects in the business lobby, who just want to add more workers instead of rethinking their capital plans, are calling for even fewer border restrictions. They're not the ones losing out from mass immigration. It's poor Brits working for low wages, or looking for work, who are dealt the roughest hand by the nation's open borders.

Studies show that each 1 per cent increase in the share of migrants in the labour market leads to a 0.6 per cent decline in the wages of the poorest workers. Those at the top of the income distribution can look on the sunny side though. The same studies show that the wages of those at the top actually increase under the same circumstances as a result of higher profits.

The failure of this and previous governments to control the borders, not surprisingly, has made this issue a top priority for voters.

If the Prime Minister thinks he can conduct serious renegotiations with Europe and not say to our fellow members that we are seeking, even temporarily, full control of borders, then he's on a different plane to the rest of us.

Failure to win this minimum requirement will mean no political party will ever be able to tell the British electorate that they can bring immigration under control, and deliver.

Instead it will continue to rise and rise, and poor Brits will continue to feel its harshest effects. Even some liberals who previously argued for open borders are now calling for a public inquiry on the means by which we control them.

Alongside the Prime Minister's renegotiations, therefore, we need an urgent review to suggest what practical tools do we have at our disposal with which we can properly control the nation's borders, and ensure our prosperity is shared fairly.
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Non-UK born residents likely to exceed 8 million in latest figures, thinktank says
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 26 August 2015

The number of people living in Britain who were born abroad is likely to exceed 8 million for the first time when the latest official figures are published this week, according to an Oxford University thinktank.

The Migration Observatory says the number of non-UK born residents in Britain has increased steadily over time and the current trend means that Thursday's figure for 2014, published as part of the latest set of quarterly migration statistics, will top the figure. ...

The number of non-UK born residents gives only a partial picture of recent migration and integration trends, because it is a cumulative figure stretching back over decades.

A better yardstick to watch for on Thursday could be the number of people who live in Britain but who retain a non-British nationality.

The previous set of figures showed that there were 7.78m non-UK born residents in 2013, but only 4.9m who did not have British nationality. Poles were the most numerous, with 726,000.

The Office for National Statistics says that 3.23m people born abroad have British nationality. ...

The thinktank also acknowledges that the 8 million "landmark" figure for the non-UK population is somewhat arbitrary, and adds that the biggest challenge in interpreting the figures is that there is no optimum size for the UK's population or for the number of migrants living in the country.

"From an economic perspective immigration brings both costs and benefits and affects different people in different ways, leaving no objective method of deciding what the 'right number' of migrants is. Different demographic, economic and political arguments can be marshalled in favour of either increasing or reducing immigration, and reasonable people will disagree," it says.
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Gangs free to smuggle Calais migrants to UK as ONLY one in 20 cars are checked
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 25 August 2015

Ruthless criminal gangs are virtually free to smuggle migrants into Britain because only one in 20 tourist vehicles is checked when leaving France, it was claimed last night.

During a visit to the beleaguered port of Calais, Ukip MEP Mike Hookem said he was told just five per cent of cars were being pulled over.

He says the admission came from a senior security official at the ferry terminal.

The Daily Express has previously exposed how armed Albanian gangs on the outskirts of Dunkirk are charging £2,000 to smuggle people into Britain.

Freight traffic is routinely scanned but security experts said violent crime syndicates are exploiting free movement across the EU for tourists to run smuggling operations using UK registered cars.

Mr Hookem said: "People traffickers are using every trick to smuggle people into Britain, from complicit lorry drivers to using old bangers without tax or MOT, which get waved through passport control.

"They will continue to find a way into the UK because they make so much money from people desperate for a house, education, healthcare and a job without ever having to pay in. Until we control our borders and only let people in who benefit our country economically or who are genuine refugees then we will be rich pickings for criminals."
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If Britain bends to pressure, where would we put a quota of migrants?
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 25 August 2015

The migration crisis that Europe has feared for so long has now materialised. At the weekend, the Italian navy picked up 3,000 people from ramshackle craft in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya. The Greeks are struggling to cope with the thousands arriving via Turkey. On the Macedonian border with Greece, riot police tried in vain to hold back hundreds of migrants making their way towards Germany and beyond. In the end, they relented and put many of them on chartered trains heading north.

What is to be done?

The problem for the EU is that the clamour from desperate people wanting to enter its gilded portals cannot be heeded without causing domestic political upheaval. It is all well and good refugee groups and other humanitarian grandstanders calling for the gates to be thrown open to all-comers; this will simply not be countenanced by Europe's voters. ...

Unsurprisingly, the Germans are now complaining that they are being asked to take too many migrants, all of whom must have arrived through other countries. The demands for "burden sharing" are growing as the crisis deepens. But what exactly does this mean? Since there are no borders in Europe under the Schengen Treaty, a quota system - whereby, say, Finland takes 50,000, Ireland 30,000 and the UK 100,000 - is meaningless: once the migrants are in the EU, they can go where they want. Conditions could be attached to residency qualifications and working rights, but how would they be enforced? ID cards would have to be issued throughout the entire EU; all incomers would have to be fingerprinted and have their biometrics taken and stored; restrictions would need to be imposed on family reunion. ...

None of the options confronting EU leaders is palatable. They could end the Schengen free movement deal and make it harder to get across Europe; people might stop trying if they knew they would be greeted by border guards every few hundred miles demanding papers. ...

There are also people demanding a formal procedure be introduced for economic migrants who want to come to Europe. But, again, how would it work logistically? Where, for instance, would the processing centres be located? Libya? Except there is no government there. Or perhaps Ceuta and Mellila, the two Spanish enclaves in Morocco. But if such a process were formalised, imagine how the numbers would rocket. And then what? A ceiling could be placed on the number of entrants and guess what happens when the cut-off point is reached: all those who failed to get in would just take to boats and bringing us right back to where we started. ...

As yesterday's Berlin summit testifies, this is causing deep consternation precisely because no one knows what to do about it. ...

A two-year quota scheme to relocate 40,000 migrants was agreed earlier in the summer, but this crisis has already gone well beyond that.
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Britain's foreign-born population has 'almost certainly passed eight million' for the first time
Hayden Smith
The Independent, 25 August 2015

Britain's foreign-born population has almost certainly passed eight million for the first time, according to experts.

Official figures due to be released on Thursday are likely to show the landmark was reached last year, analysts at The Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford said. ...

Previous statistics showed that 2.7m of the foreign-born population were born in EU countries, while 5.2m were from nations outside the bloc.

The total of 7.9 million indicated that one in eight people living in the UK was born abroad and was a jump of 50.7% compared to nine years earlier.

However, the rate of increase in the foreign-born population has slowed in recent years - rising by 5.9% in 2011, 2.1% in 2012 and 1.3% in 2013.
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Report: Every Deported Illegal Household Saves Taxpayers More than $700,000
Julia Hahn
Breitbart, 24 August 2015

For every illegal migrant household that leaves the United States under Trump's plan, Americans would recoup nearly three-quarters of a million dollars ($719,350), according to 2010 data collected by Heritage scholar Robert Rector. ...

But business interests want the migrants to stay. That's because migrants help lower the cost of Americans' wages, but also because the migrants spend their wages – plus taxpayer aid – at retail stories and rental agencies.

For example, the American Action Forum (AAF), a business-backed pro-amnesty group, claims that legal costs and forced migration would spike the cost of Trump's plan up to $300 billion to arrest and remove all illegal immigrants living in the United States. The AAF was founded by Fred Malek, who co-founded and chairs a hospitality investment company whose hotels employ many low skilled migrants.

AAF's cost projections have been trumpeted by many in the mainstream media such as NBC and Fox News.

In reality, "a modest increase in enforcement (such as E-verify or visa tracking) would cause significant attrition in the illegal population – sending millions of illegals home on their own at no cost to the U.S. taxpayer." said Jessica Vaughan, policy director at the non-partisan Center for Immigration Studies.

There's good evidence for Vaughan's argument. "Arizona's population of unauthorized immigrants of working age fell by about 17 percent" in the course of a single year, after the state began to enforce E-verify, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.

The claim from Malek's AAF also ignores the financial savings caused by the return of migrants to their home countries.

Illegal migrants cost U.S. taxpayers a net total of nearly $100 billion annually, concluded a 2010 investigation by the Federation for American Immigration Reform.

The 2010 report calculated the total contributions (mainly taxes) generated by the illegal migrants, and then subtracted the cost of taxpayer aid to those migrants. The aid includes education, subsidized housing, food stamps, tax credits, medical expenses. Overall, the report found illegal migrants cost taxpayers a total of $113 billion a year. The report then "accounts for taxes paid by illegal aliens [which is] about $13 billion a year, resulting in a net cost to taxpayers of about $100 billion."
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Foreign students who lied to get loans owe us £2 MILLION (but we've only got £185k back)
Scott Campbell
Sunday Express, 23 August 2015

Millions of pounds of taxpayers' money has still not been recovered from foreign students who were wrongly handed loans and grants because of inadequate checks.

But although officials discovered the problem two years ago, just £280,000 of the money has been clawed back.

They had relied solely on the word of students that they had lived in the UK for the required three years before getting a student loan.

The Student Loans Company said it was still "actively tracking down" the funds and had not written off any debt.

Over three years from 2010, loans and grants paid to students at "alternative providers" - which get no direct state funding - rocketed from £50 million to £675 million.

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills suspended payments and ordered 23 colleges to halt recruitment amid fears the system was being abused. ...

Of the £5.4m thought to have been wrongly paid, £1.8m has since been deemed to be legitimate claims - the number of ineligible students falling from 992 to 766, SLC said.

Around £1.11m of £1.15 million in tuition fee loans has been clawed back directly from 136 alternative colleges, which receive indirect public funding through the payments.

But of the £2.45m in the hands of individual students - in 23 countries including a large number from Romania - SLC said it had so far been able to recover £278,427.

Some 98 have handed back the full amount of their grants and just eight have repaid all the money loaned to them. ...

A push to increase diversity in higher education - including increasing the maximum tuition loan fee available from £3,375 to £6,000 - were announced in 2011 and helped fuel a rapid expansion of places concentrated across a relatively small number of colleges.

It was supposed to benefit English students but claims for support from other EU nationals soared from 7,000 in 2010/11 to 53,000 in 2013/14.
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Immigration is the public's biggest concern, poll says
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2015

Immigration is the biggest worry among British voters, overtaking the NHS and the economy as their main concern, according to a new poll.

Fifty per cent of the public said immigration was among the most important issues facing the country, the highest level ever recorded by the monthly Economist Ipsos Mori poll.

Since the Calais crisis erupted, immigration has overtaken the NHS as the most commonly mentioned concern, with the health service now mentioned by 37 per cent of those polled.

The economy was cited as a concern by 27 per cent.

Bobby Duffy, the managing director of the Ipsos Mori Social Research Institute, said: "We have never seen concern about immigration this high, and when one single issue reaches 50 per cent it tends to signify that the public perceive it is something which needs to be addressed urgently.

"We await to see whether this 50 per cent figure becomes a high water mark, or if consistent media attention specifically focussed on Calais will push concern beyond this level in months to come."

The survey of more than 1,000 adults showed immigration was the single most important issue facing the country for 32 per cent of those questioned.

It was the biggest concern by far with the next most commonly mentioned topic, the economy, mentioned by just 13 per cent.

The 50 per cent overall score was a rise of 8 per cent month-on-month and overtook the previous high watermark of 46 per cent, recorded in December 2007 when Britain, in the months after Romania and Bulgaria joined the European Union.
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World of walls: How 65 countries have erected fences on their borders – four times as many as when the Berlin Wall was toppled – as governments try to hold back the tide of migrants
Simon Tomlinson
MailOnline, 22 August 2015

Globalisation was supposed to tear down barriers, but security fears and a widespread refusal to help migrants and refugees have fuelled a new spate of wall-building across the world, with a third of the world's countries constructing them along their borders.

When the Berlin Wall was torn down a quarter-century ago, there were 16 border fences around the world.

Today, there are 65 either completed or under construction, according to Quebec University expert Elisabeth Vallet. ...

Yet experts say there is little proof of their effectiveness in stopping people crossing borders. ...

'The one thing all these walls have in common is that their main function is theatre,' said Marcello Di Cintio, author of 'Walls: Travels Along the Barricades'.

'You can't dismiss that illusion, it's important to people, but they provide the sense of security, not real security.' ...

Even the fearsome Berlin Wall with its trigger-happy sentries still leaked thousands of refugees even in its most forbidding years.

Supporters of walls say a few leaks are better than a flood. But, Di Cintio argues we must also consider the psychological price they exact.

He cites the Native American Tohono O'odham tribe, whose elders started to die off in apparent grief when the Mexican border fence cut them off from their ceremonial sites.

Their story carries shades of the 'wall disease' diagnosed by Berlin psychologist Dietfried Muller-Hegemann in the 1970s after he found heightened levels of depression, alcoholism and domestic abuse among those living in the shadow of the barricade. ...

At a localised level, a wall offers more security than no wall.

But they do little to address the roots of insecurity and migration – global asylum applications and terrorist attacks have risen hugely despite the flurry of wall-building.

Rather, they just force groups to adapt.

They are mostly effective against the poorest and most desperate, says Reece Jones, a University of Hawaii professor and author of 'Border Walls: Security and the War on Terror in the United States, India and Israel'.

'Well-funded drug cartels and terrorist groups are not affected by walls at all because they have the resources to enter by safer methods, most likely using fake documents,' he said.
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Armed gangs smuggling migrants to UK for £2,000
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 22 August 2015

Armed people-traffickers using UK-registered cars are charging migrants £2,000 to be smuggled into Britain, it was revealed last night.

Evidence of a complex network run by organised criminals working from England comes just a day after Home Secretary Theresa May warned that the refugee crisis could spread to ports throughout northern Europe. ...

Hidden in woods close to a motorway, a lawless community of around 100 Afghans, Syrians and Iraqis is run by Albanians who use British-registered vehicles to sneak migrants into the UK. ...

The gang is thought to be using a fleet of UK-registered vehicles so as to attract the minimum suspicion at border controls. ...

Frightened French charity workers refer to the criminals running the shady operation as an "English mafia", although they are from Eastern Europe. ...

The people-smuggling operation in Calais is worth £3million a year. This year, French police have smashed 19 trafficking networks, six of which were run by Albanians.
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Look at the people who benefit from human rights law
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 19 August 2015

You'd have to have a very hard heart not to laugh.

A new organisation has been launched to persuade people that human rights laws are wonderful and that our membership of the European Court of Human Rights is even more wonderful.

It's called RightsInfo, and it describes itself as being "about bringing human rights to life using beautiful infographics, stories and social media.

We believe there is huge potential to do a better job at explaining why human rights matter and how they can change people's lives."

To that end, they've launched a glossy online brochure: The European Court of Human Rights Uncovered.

It is indeed beautifully designed. And to give its authors credit, it's entirely honest about the ECHR. But that's what makes it so brilliantly funny.

Because instead of showing the rest of us why we're so wrong about the ECHR and why we should be thrilled to have foreign judges in Strasbourg deciding key domestic issues, it does the opposite.

In their naïve honesty, the folks at RightsInfo have spent what looks like a small fortune on a massive own goal, producing a slick and glossy site that reveals precisely the problem with our human rights laws.

In analysing the various cases decided by the ECHR's judges over the past 40 years, RightsInfo reveals that a third of the claimants who won a case against the UK at the court are either terrorists, prisoners or other criminals.

Their figures show that of the 297 cases that the UK lost, 94 were brought by these low-lifes. ...

The act, which enshrines in British law the European Convention on Human Rights – the rules under which the Strasbourg court operates – is regularly used by terrorists and Islamists to frustrate the decisions of our government. ...

Such rulings are made by the 48 judges of the European Court of Human Rights.

Judges, that is, from such towering legal giants as Andorra, Liechtenstein, Albania and San Marino, with the specific job of laying down the law in other countries. ...

But it's not just the foreign judges' rulings that are so pernicious.

The point of the Human Rights Act, brought in by Tony Blair, is that the European Convention on Human Rights is enshrined in British law, so even when it's British judges deciding a case, they still have to place the convention above laws made by Parliament.

So we end up with lunatic judgments like last year's decision to overturn a child protection plan banning an Algerian illegal immigrant from seeing his family – after threatening to burn them alive.

The grounds for his successful appeal? Under human rights law, he is entitled to a family life.

It would be a sick joke if it wasn't true. ...

What such cases, and the statistics published by RightsInfo show, is that we need reform.

First we have to tackle the Human Rights Act. Based on the profoundly undemocratic idea that judges' decisions should be placed above the will of Parliament, it must be repealed. ...

Thanks to RightsInfo, the case against the ECHR is now even more solid and even easier to make.
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Immigration – Issue of the Century
Patrick J. Buchanan
Patrick J. Buchanan, 18 August 2015

Will the West endure, or disappear by the century's end as another lost civilization? Mass immigration, if it continues, will be more decisive in deciding the fate of the West than Islamist terrorism. For the world is invading the West.

A wild exaggeration? Consider.

Monday's Washington Post had a front-page story on an "escalating rash of violent attacks against refugees," in Germany, including arson attacks on refugee centers and physical assaults.

Burled in the story was an astonishing statistic. Germany, which took in 174,000 asylum seekers last year, is on schedule to take in 500,000 this year. Yet Germany is smaller than Montana.

How long can a geographically limited and crowded German nation, already experiencing ugly racial conflict, take in half a million Third World people every year without tearing itself apart, and changing the character of the nation forever?

Do we think the riots and racial wars will stop if more come?

And these refugees, asylum seekers and illegal immigrants are not going to stop coming to Europe. For they are being driven across the Med by wars in Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Yemen, by the horrific conditions in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia and Sudan, by the Islamist terrorism of the Mideast and the abject poverty of the sub-Sahara.

According to the U.N., Africa had 1.1 billion people by 2013, will double that to 2.4 billion by 2050, and double that to 4.2 billion by 2100.

How many of these billions dream of coming to Europe? When and why will they stop coming? How many can Europe absorb without going bankrupt and changing the continent forever?

Does Europe have the toughness to seal its borders and send back the intruders? Or is Europe so morally paralyzed it has become what Jean Raspail mocked in "The Camp of the Saints"? ...

Is the West still blind to reality, to the inevitable future that awaits if the West does not secure its frontiers and close its borders to mass immigration?

Peoples of European descent, everywhere they live, have birth rates below replacement levels. Yet, most live in the world's most desirable neighborhoods.

The great and growing populations of mankind are in the Third World. Countless millions are determined to come to the West, legally if they can, illegally if they must. And the more who succeed, the more who come.

Either Western nations take tough measures to secure their borders, or the Western nations will be swamped. The character of their countries will be altered forever, and smaller countries will become unrecognizable. And as this is happening, ethnic and racial clashes will become more common, as they are now becoming across Europe.

"The principle that America's immigration laws should serve the interests of its own citizens" is paramount, said Sen. Sessions.

Sessions is right. America is our home. We decide who comes in and who does not, how large the American family becomes, whom we adopt and whence they come. It has become the issue of 2016.

Indeed, it is the issue of the 21st century.
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Trevor Nunn defends all-white Shakespeare histories
Jonathan Owen
The Independent on Sunday, 16 August 2015

One of Britain's most celebrated theatre directors, Sir Trevor Nunn, is embroiled in a furious row over the all-white cast chosen for his latest Shakespearean production, The Wars of the Roses. The distillation of four history plays, which opens at the Rose Theatre in Kingston next month, will be performed by a 22-strong cast led by Joely Richardson and Rufus Hound.

The casting has been condemned by the actors' union Equity and drawn criticism from Arts Council England and diversity campaigners who are angry at what they describe as a "whitewashing" of history. ...

And in a statement, Equity's minority ethnic members committee said: "To present this benchmark of British heritage in a way that effectively locks minorities out of the cultural picture [literally] flies in the face of the huge conversation taking place in British media at present, of the very real progress made in recent years to increase diversity in our industry."

Responding to the criticisms, Sir Trevor told The Independent on Sunday said he was a longstanding member of the movement to "cast, whenever possible, according to the principle of diversity", but in this case of The War of The Roses he had made an "artistic decision" to cast according to "historical verisimilitude".

He added: "The connections between the characters, and hence the narrative of the plays, are extremely complex, and so everything possible must be done to clarify for an audience who is related by birth to whom. Hence, I decided that, in this instance, these considerations should take precedence over my usual diversity inclination."

That explanation was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Rose Theatre, who said: "A creative decision was taken by the director that a naturalistic historical approach in casting was required." ...

Simon Mellor, executive director of arts and culture, Arts Council England said: "This production seems out of step with most of British theatre where casting that ignores an actor's race is increasingly the norm."

He added: "Whilst we do not fund the Rose Theatre, we expect organisations we fund to actively ensure their programme, and the artists that create it, reflect the people of contemporary England."

And actor Danny Lee Wynter, founder of Act For Change, which campaigns for greater diversity in the arts, said: "The Wars of the Roses caused us concerns, particularly the justification of historical accuracy which displayed a lack of awareness of the debate ... It's very hard in this day and age to have a company that size which is all white." ..."

Ms Schiller, who cast the play, told The Independent on Sunday: "On this occasion Trevor Nunn – a director with a proven commitment to diverse casting – decided that because of the complex family tree and conflicting claims to the throne through direct lineage to Edward III, a naturalistic 'colour aware' approach was required." She added: "All the supporting actors will play many parts, and at some point in the trilogy take on roles who are related to the Houses of York and Lancaster by blood. This is why even those roles with no genealogical link to the families were also cast white." ...

Diversity is one of the biggest challenges facing the arts today, says Equity, and the union recently issued its first ever policy on 'inclusive casting' to tackle what is calls "discrimination across the industry."
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Political Polling
Opinion Research, 15 August 2015

Nearly 80% of UK adults believe that the UK has no space to accept more migrants, as our latest poll reveals that 59% have little or no confidence in the Prime Minister to resolve the migrant crisis in Calais.

In the wake of the on-going situation in Calais and reports of British traffickers profiteering from the crisis, Opinium surveyed a nationally representative sample of the UK public to understand their perceptions on the issue. The following statistics are based on 95% of our sample who stated they were aware of the crisis in Calais.

Over 40% believe that both the UK and France hold equal responsibility for resolving the migrant crisis – with fewer than one in five stating that France alone holds responsibility. Looking at our results by Party support, we can see that there is a marked divide in opinion between the Conservatives and UKIP on the one hand, and Labour, the SNP and the Greens on the other.

Despite the evident agreement among the British public that the UK has a part to play in resolving the crisis, a majority have little or no confidence in the Prime Minister to resolve the crisis. Of these, almost a third (30%) stated that they have 'no confidence at all' in David Cameron's ability to resolve the crisis. ...

The lack of confidence in politicians was further supported by our finding that nearly 70% of UK adults disagree with the policy of fining lorry drivers if migrants are found inside their vehicles.

40% of UK adults believe that it is unfair to punish lorry drivers in this way, while 28% believe that it will not prevent illegal immigrants from trying to enter the UK. Even among the minority of people who approve of the policy, only 12% believe it will prevent the transportation of illegal immigrants. Whether the public approves or disapproves of the policy, it seems as though the vast majority do not regard it as an effective solution to the Calais crisis.

Nearly 80% of UK adults believe that the UK has no space to accept more migrants, with 70% agreeing that immigration is putting our national identity at risk.

A clear majority of UK adults believe that immigration is in danger of having a detrimental effect. Over half of our sample (56%) strongly believe that the UK has run out of space to house more migrants and 76% believe that the Government is too soft on refugees and migrants entering the UK. Our findings suggest that public patience with the UK's track-record towards migrants is running out – with 60% of UK adults disagreeing with the idea that the UK has a moral obligation to take in refugees and migrants and 76% believing that the UK actually does more than most countries.
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Foreigners now make up one in six of UK workers
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2015

The share of foreigners in the British workforce has more than doubled since 1997, according to official figures.

The Office for National Statistics said that there was an 84,000 increase in the number of Britons in work in this country since 2014, compared with a rise of 250,000 other EU nationals.

The figures also show that the number of EU-born migrants working in Britain has topped 2 million for the first time, with half of them hailing from Eastern European countries.

The influx means that there are now 4.9 million foreigners working in the UK, equivalent to one in six workers. In 1997 there were just 1.9 million foreign-born workers, equivalent to one in 13.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, which campaigns for stricter immigration controls, said more needed to be done to control the numbers arriving. He added: "Clearly the Government is going to have to get a grip on EU migration if it wants to bring overall numbers down."

Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva, from the Migration Observatory, said: "What is happening is that the UK economy is quite strong compared with other EU countries and that is attracting more migrants."
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Build special camps at Dover to process and deport migrants, says expert
Daily Express, 13 August 2015

Detention camps should be set up at Dover in order to process and deport migrants who are convinced that Britain is a "soft touch", a new report has said.

Plans put forward by think-tank MigrationWatch have proposed 'one-stop shop' detention camps with at least 1,000 spaces – with interpreters, lawyers, judges, medics and civil servants all based on site.

The study, authored by cross-bench peer Lord Green of Deddington, argues that sweeping reforms are needed to resolve the current migrant crisis at Calais – and says migrants should claim asylum in France rather than Britain.

It also argued the blame for the fiasco should be laid squarely at the feet of New Labour.

The abolition of exit checks for migrants, an overly generous asylum system and the lack of any ID card system in the UK all represent "the culmination of a 20-year process during which the credibility of the UK immigration system has been severely diminished" according to Lord Green.

Migrants must be convinced that they are not "home and dry" if they arrive in Britain, and proposed to use Britain's £12 billion foreign-aid budget as an incentive to convince countries to take back those leaving their countries, the study said.

Proposals for the special facilities come as it emerged the number of immigration offenders kicked out of the UK has almost halved since 2006 - when 6,111 were deported compared to just 3,247 last year.

The report also highlights that the average number of offenders removed has been just 4,300 per year since 2006 - which pales in comparison to the 300,000 of legal migrants every year.

The detention centres proposed by Lord Green would process every stage of asylum claims, meaning those caught would not be able to abscond and economic migrants could be removed.

His report says: "What is now required is a major game-changer which will change the perception that just to get across the Channel is to be home and dry in a new and potentially prosperous life.

"This needs to be felt immediately in the camps around Calais and further back along the migrant routes." ...

Lord Green said: "More security measures in France will not be sufficient. We need to change the perception that Britain is a "soft touch".

"That means arresting, detaining and, where possible, deporting those who have entered our country illegally."
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Calais migrant crisis means ID cards are now "essential"
Hayden Smith
Mirror, 13 August 2015

Identity cards are now "essential" in the wake of the Calais migrant crisis, campaigners have claimed.

Migration Watch UK said "radical action" was needed and also called for a full search of all trucks as they arrive at Dover.

The think tank, which campaigns for tighter immigration restrictions, said the crisis in Calais is the culmination of "long-standing and growing weaknesses in the immigration system".

The report said: "In the longer-term we must return to the introduction of ID cards.

"The French are right to point out that the absence of ID cards in the UK makes it far too easy for migrants to stay on illegally and find work in Britain."

French officials have repeatedly claimed the absence of ID cards in the UK and access to the unofficial jobs market are major factors in drawing migrants to Calais.

In March, the town's mayor Natacha Bouchart said in an interview: "They want to go to England because they can expect better conditions on arrival there than anywhere else in Europe or even internationally.

"There are no ID cards. They can easily find work outside the formal economy, which is not really controlled."
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We are ignoring electoral fraud just as we ignored child sex abuse in Rotherham
Eric Pickles
Daily Telegraph, 13 August 2015
[Sir Eric Pickles is the Government's Anti-Corruption Champion and former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government]

In April this year, a court disqualified Lutfur Rahman, the mayor of Tower Hamlets, for eight separate counts of corrupt and illegal practices in his "ruthless" and "dishonest" election. The ruling by the judge, the indefatigable Richard Mawrey QC, came 10 years after he presided over a similar case of widespread fraud in Birmingham; in that case, he noted practices that would disgrace "a banana republic" and warned that election fraud would "continue unabated" unless the law was tightened.

A decade on, we have yet fully to implement in Great Britain the system of individual electoral registration which has operated successfully in Northern Ireland for 14 years: no longer in the Province do the dead turn out to vote. ...

In Tower Hamlets, police and council staff failed to tackle intimidation – often in foreign languages – both inside and outside polling stations. Just as we have seen with child sexual exploitation in places such as Rochdale and Rotherham, institutionalised political correctness can lead to the state turning a blind eye to criminal conduct. But the law must be applied equally and fairly to everyone. Integration and good community relations are undermined by the failure to do so.

The problems go deep – despite years of warnings of misconduct in Tower Hamlets, the state watchdogs gave the borough's electoral system a gold-star rating for integrity in inspection reports. ...

As a minister, I found within Whitehall a complete reluctance by officials to take action on the warnings from local councillors and journalists of systematic corruption in the Tower Hamlets mayoral administration. Yet when I subsequently sent forensic investigators into Tower Hamlets, they quickly found shocking financial irregularities. ...

I believe electoral malpractice is far more common than just one isolated London borough. But there is a collective state of denial: if you don't bother to lift the rock, you won't see what's crawling underneath. The respected anti-corruption expert, Dr Michael Pinto-Duschinsky, last year estimated that there were 6.5 million "ghost voters" on our electoral registers – those who have moved, died, or were mistakenly or fraudulently entered on to the register. Insufficient checks are made to ensure voters are genuine. If a town hall can demand identification to borrow a library book, it's not beyond the wit of officialdom for the same body to check when someone casts a vote at a polling station.

Despite the fact that there are London elections next year, a sizeable minority of those voters signed up in Tower Hamlets remain unverified and could be fakes. In Hackney, the situation is even worse, with almost a quarter of the electorate unverified and potentially non-existent. We urgently need to clean up these registers. Across the country, electors from abroad are not properly checked to ensure that they qualify to vote when they register. Fraudulent registration is frequently tied to illegal immigration, as illegal migrants sign up to make it easier to get credit or a mobile phone. Such illegality feeds through to further crimes, such as benefit and housing fraud. ...

... It is time to awake from our state of denial and take action against the electoral crooks who threaten our elections.
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What happens to failed asylum seekers?
Camila Ruz
BBC, 13 August 2015

Some of those who manage to get through will remain hidden and stay as illegal workers. But many of the people waiting in Calais will be expecting to be found and then seek refugee status.

Once someone is in the UK, even if they entered it illegally, they have the right to claim asylum. There were 25,020 asylum applications in the UK in the 12 months up to March. Police who find asylum seekers will usually hand them over to immigration officials to submit their claim. Asylum seekers are entitled to stay in the UK while they wait for a decision.

But what happens if they have passed through a safe country on their way to the UK?

There is a general principle observed by many countries that asylum seekers who have passed through a safe third country where they could have claimed asylum can be sent back there in order to make their claim.

All of those waiting in Calais to cross the Channel fit into this category. They are in a safe country but few will have reached France without having crossed another EU border beforehand.

The EU has a specific rule about this to try to work out which country is responsible for handling an asylum claim.

The Dublin Regulation allows some asylum seekers to be sent to other EU nations, including France. It sets out criteria for identifying which country should look at a claim.

Usually, the first EU country someone arrives in is responsible for processing their application. This is meant to stop "asylum shopping", where one person submits multiple asylum applications in different countries.

The Eurodac system can help identify which country was the entry point, explains Alexander Betts, director of the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford. This is a database of fingerprints of asylum seekers across the EU.

A hit on the system would help prove that an asylum seeker had already been registered in a different EU country and could be sent back there.

The Home Office says that it takes "full advantage" of this rule to send people back to European nations such as France. But the UK only carried out 252 Dublin transfers in 2014, compared with 827 in 2013.

And it's complicated because the vast majority of those in France will have passed through at least one other safe country to get there - perhaps Italy or Spain.

Not everyone will have registered with border officials and without documentation it can be hard to prove which countries someone has travelled through. "It's legally and diplomatically complicated," explains Betts, to try moving someone to a place that is not their country of origin.

Some governments have also stopped sending people back to the two of the most likely entry countries for asylum seekers - Greece and Italy, because they are already inundated with asylum applications. In Greece there has been criticism over the treatment of asylum seekers. ...

There were more than 25,000 asylum applications in the UK in the 12 months up to March. Most applications are typically rejected and in 2014, more than 60% of initial decisions on asylum applications were refusals.

But in the same year, only 6,788 asylum seekers and their dependents were removed or departed voluntarily from the UK. ...

The National Audit Office looked at costs of removing failed asylum seekers in 2005 and found that the average cost of supporting someone to leave voluntarily was £1,000 but that an enforced removal cost £11,000.
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Just ONE THIRD of immigrants deported from detention centre, shocking report finds
Patrick Maguire
Daily Express, 12 August 2015

Only one in three detainees at an immigration detention centre were deported, a damning report has revealed found.

Just 443 of the suspected illegal immigrants and foreign criminals released from Yarl's Wood returned to their home countries, while 894 were allowed to walk free.

A government source slammed the findings, saying: "It is a wonder why we arrest anyone and place them there in the first place."

The chief inspector of prisons, Nick Hardwick, has branded the Bedfordshire detention centre "a place of national concern".

And other critics have claimed the debacle shows difficulty the UK has in dealing with immigration offenders.

Around 4,500 people, mostly women, are detained at Yarl's Wood at an estimated yearly cost of £30,000 each.

Home Office rules say it is only meant to hold people with "an immediate prospect of removal", and HM Inspectorate of Prisons said the figures "raise questions about the validity of their detention in the first place".

The shocking findings of a review into detainees' welfare at the 410-bed centre revealed some women have been held for over a year at taxpayers' expense. ...

Lord Deddington, chair of think-tank MigrationWatch UK, said the number of those released after detention was "astonishing".

The crossbench peer said: "This underlines the extraordinary difficulties which the government faces in removing immigration offenders from the country."
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Large firms 'should stop hiring cheap foreign programmers over British IT experts'
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2015

Ministers should make it harder for large foreign companies to bring in cheap IT experts from Asia and hire more British computer programmers, a leading thinktank says.

MigrationWatch is urging the Government to stop multi-national firms importing thousands of relatively low cost programmers, mainly from India at the expense of British jobs.

In June, David Cameron, the Prime Minister, ordered a review into whether it should be harder for skilled migrants to get Tier 2 visas to come to work in the UK from outside the European Union.

The policy, backed by Home secretary Theresa May, was on the table in the last Parliament but former Liberal Democrat business secretary Vince Cable reportedly blocked it. Business groups also opposed the changes.

According to Freedom of Information requests, more than half of the 60,000 IT employees in the UK at the end of last year had come to the UK from India.
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The British public support sending troops to northern France to stop immigrants
Jon Stone
The Independent, 11 August 2015

The British public strongly support the UK sending troops to northern France to stop migrants entering the channel tunnel and ferries, according to a new poll.

A survey by YouGov found that people support deploying the British Army to Calais by an overwhelming margin of 67 per cent to 19 per cent.

The findings come after David Cameron described people travelling to the UK as a "swarm" while Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond warned of "marauding" migrants threatening living standards. ...

A large portion of the British public also believe that protecting the UK's border at Calais is France's responsibility, according to another question asked in the poll.

40 per cent of the public say dealing with the migrant situation at Calais is France's responsibility compared to only 5 per cent the UK's.

In France only 6 per cent of the public believe that protecting Britain's borders is the French government's responsibility, 11 per cent the UK.

The largest group from both countries believe the situation at Calais is a shared problem, however.

The survey also reveals a split in perceptions between British and French people about why some migrants and refugees want to come to the UK.

An overwhelming 74 per cent of British people think the UK is attractive because it has "more generous welfare benefits". However only 17 per cent of French people agree with this statement.

Most French people, 55 per cent, say migrants are going to the UK because it is easier to work without official documentation and (45 per cent) because there are more jobs in the UK.
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The great health tourist cover up: Bosses ignored whistleblowers who exposed foreigners' abuse of NHS while Ministers knew for two years but did NOTHING
Sophie Borland, Katherine Faulkner and Paul Bentley
Daily Mail, 11 August 2015

The 'vast' scale of health tourism in the NHS is being covered up by hospital bosses, whistleblowers have told the Mail.

The managers say they are told to disguise the true number abusing the health service by bosses who 'don't want to know' – and are branded racist if they speak out.

Foreign patients can use NHS-issued cards to obtain treatment abroad, funded by UK taxpayers, the Mail revealed yesterday.

But it emerged last night that the Government has known about 'concerns' over EHIC card fraud for months – yet failed to act and still issues more than five million a year.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt was warned 18 months ago about a loophole allowing foreign nationals to charge the NHS for medical treatment in their home countries.

A report published in October 2013 warned migrants were using EHIC cards after applying for them under false pretences. The health tourism report revealed NHS staff tasked with rooting out abuse were warning about the 'system and application process' being misused by foreign nationals. ...

Labour's shadow health minister Andrew Gwynne said: 'Ministers need to come clean about when they were first aware of this problem, and how widespread it is. Any evidence of people abusing the NHS must be tackled and taken seriously. There can be no room for complacency.'

Today, managers charged with cracking down on health tourism, overseas visitor officers, reveal they are being 'treated as a nuisance' by bosses. Six of them bravely agreed to be interviewed – despite fearing they could lose their jobs as a result. They told how:

. Some foreign kidney patients have used NHS dialysis machines for more than five years without paying – costing more than £200,000 each

. A woman from West Africa flew to the UK five times to have each of her babies on an NHS ward before staff realised she was a health tourist

. British patients are missing out on life-saving organ transplants because health tourists are coming here to get them

. Bosses would rather 'turn a blind eye' as retrieving the money owed is 'too difficult'

. Even some doctors are complicit, flying foreign relatives from abroad to have expensive operations for free on the NHS.

The managers, speaking on condition of anonymity, said bosses would rather not know how many health tourists were using hospitals because these patients have to be chased for money. Such patients rarely pay, leaving the trust with a debt.

One whistleblower said: 'If we declare them to be health tourists, we can't claim the full amount of money from the Government for their treatment ... Vast numbers of people abusing the NHS are never identified because of this.'

Another officer working in a different part of England said her hospital bosses ignored health tourists to avoid costly legal battles with them. ...

Two of the whistleblowers said they were branded 'racist' for raising concerns about health tourism. All of them told of abuse of NHS resources on an astonishing scale. One said she had been bullied by a consultant wanting his father from overseas to have an operation on the NHS.

Cancer surgeon Meirion Thomas said the accounts were 'profoundly disturbing', adding: 'It is clear they are being asked to turn a blind eye to the abuse of NHS resources in a way that is completely unacceptable.'
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No, Minister, our billions in foreign aid actually make migrants MORE likely to come here
Ian Birrell
Daily Mail, 11 August 2015

Take the flip-flopping Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond. ... ...

'The gap in standards of living between Europe and Africa means there will always be millions of Africans with the economic motivation to try to get to Europe,' he observed.

To me, this ramping up of the rhetoric sounds like an attempt to divert attention from the Government's failure to find solutions to the social, political and humanitarian crisis that is confronting Europe.

Yet if there is one consistent strand in their cack-handed response, it is to offer us reassurance that the state's generosity with our taxes through foreign aid will – ultimately – stem the flow of migrants. ...

The Home Secretary, Theresa May, says targeted support will 'help African countries to develop economic and social opportunities so that people want to stay'.

Michael Fallon, the Defence Secretary, says the £12 billion aid giveaway can 'discourage' mass migration.

In other words, they argue that if you send torrents of aid to help make a nation more economically and politically secure, then its previously impoverished people will be happy to remain at home and share in that success.

Yesterday, on Radio 4's Today programme, the head of Oxfam UK backed the organisation's state paymasters.

He argued that Britain's 'aid budget is making a major contribution' to keeping people from leaving their own countries in Africa and the Middle East.

Unfortunately, this just reveals how depressingly little he and the political class understand about international development and the root causes of migration.

For the more people are lifted out of poverty, the more they are going to have the resources to escape their homelands and board those lethal boats across the Mediterranean in search of peace and prosperity.

Politicians say we should do more to stop the cruel people traffickers who charge a small fortune to send people across the sea – often to their deaths.

Yet those gangs are, however callously, responding to demand from people who have saved enough to pay those exorbitant fees.

This is why the migration issue is going to get bigger as the world keeps getting richer – and ministers would do well to stop duping their voters.

For a welter of studies has shown that migration from Africa and Asia increases as household incomes there rise.

Very poor people, after all, do not have the resources to cross continents.


Nor do they own television sets that constantly display alluring images of wealthy Western lifestyles, computers that facilitate websites where the safest routes to Europe are debated or the latest smartphones with online forums on how to breach borders and avoid the worst gangsters. ...

Contrary to the claims of Government ministers, the world's least developed nations have the lowest comparative rates of migration. ...

Our politicians would do well to stop hoodwinking the electorate by pretending the patronising aid giveaway offers any kind of solution to the migrant crisis, which is fast becoming one of the defining issues of the modern age.

Unfortunately, all these policies really reveal is the poverty of the Government's response to a crisis of globalisation that only looks likely to get more intense.
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Hard Evidence: how many foreign students stay in the UK?
Carlos Vargas-Silva, Associate Professor and Senior Researcher at University of Oxford
The Conversation, 11 August 2015

Students who arrive or leave the UK for more than 12 months are counted as migrants in official net migration statistics in the same way as those who come and go for other reasons. ... ...

There are two key sources of student migration data to the UK: administrative visa data from the Home Office and International Passenger Survey (IPS) data from the Office for National Statistics. ...

In 2014, there were 200,000 study-related visas granted to main applicants, according to the Home Office. ... ...

... If 100% of students left the country within a few years, then over the long run they would not contribute to net migration, even under the current statistical measures. This is because students would add to immigration numbers when they arrived and add to emigration numbers when they left, with a net impact of zero over time.

Student visas expire shortly after the course ends. However, student visa holders may be able to stay legally in the UK if they switch to another category, such as work or family. ...

The annual number of students granted entry visas to the UK (as main applicants) has fluctuated around 200,000 over the past few years. In other words, the vast majority of people who enter on student visas are not switching into other categories.

The IPS asks respondents why they are coming to the UK, allowing us to identify students on their way in. Since 2012, respondents who are surveyed on the way out of the UK are also asked why they originally came. This allows an estimate of the number of people who come as students and – eventually – the number of them that leave.

The IPS suggests that 135,000 non-EU students entered the UK for study in 2014. The number of people who had previously arrived as students and who are estimated to have emigrated from the UK in 2014 was 44,000.

Taken together, this suggests that in 2014, net migration of students according to the IPS was 91,000 – that is, 91,000 more new students arrived than former students left. This snapshot must be interpreted carefully, because the people arriving and leaving are part of different cohorts. We do not yet know how many of the 2014 student cohort will leave, as many are not expected to do so for a few years.

Also, survey respondents must recall their initial reason for coming to the country a few years earlier. Since mixed motivations for migration are common, it is possible that respondents may have been systematically less likely to say they arrived as a student when leaving – especially if they also worked for a couple of years after graduation.

However, if the current number of student inflows and outflows remained stable at these levels for several years, it would suggest that a majority of students were not going home. For the past three years the estimated inflows of students has been significantly higher than the number of self-reported former students estimated to be leaving, ...
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IS Bombers In UK Ready To Attack
Stuart Ramsay
Sky News, 11 August 2015

Islamic State is now focused on urging British would-be recruits to carry out "lone wolf" attacks in the UK instead of travelling to fight in Syria, Sky News has learned.

Fictional characters created online by Sky with an undercover freelance journalist were sent terror guidebooks by senior jihadists in Syria - including advice on raising funds and making weapons.

And we were told IS already has a number of potential bombers in the UK - some of whom have been trained in Syria and are ready to attack.

By posing on Twitter and in chatrooms as two individuals committed to jihad - one male, one female - we have gained a disturbing new insight into the extremists' tactics.

The chatter never stops. Sometimes within the millions of messages you come across something that shocks. ...

The online posts by our characters over the past four months attracted the attention of two major players in Islamic State's so-called cyber caliphate.

One of them is Junaid Hussain, a 21-year-old hacker-turned-jihadist from Birmingham, who runs the IS information and recruitment arm from Syria.

He has been identified by the US Secret Service as a top-five target for elimination by drone strike.

His wife, Sally Jones, a former punk from Chatham, Kent, is also in Syria working alongside Hussain in Raqqa but dealing with female IS-supporting jihadists.

From the start it became clear that IS wants its recruits to attack the UK and not travel to their so-called caliphate.

We can reveal that this is an entirely new tactic by IS - originally they called for volunteers to join them in Syria.

Sending us detailed guidebooks, they urged our fictional characters to form gangs and to create a British Islamic State over a long period.
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The marauding migrants from Africa threaten our standard of living, says Philip Hammond: Foreign Secretary says it is not possible for Europe to absorb 'millions' more immigrants
James Slack
Daily Mail, 10 August 2015

African migrants 'marauding' across Europe are threatening to undermine living standards, the Foreign Secretary warned yesterday.

Philip Hammond said it was not possible for the EU to absorb 'millions' more immigrants – and Brussels must change the law to make it easier to send them home.

His intervention came after a UN envoy accused Britain of racism towards the 'courageous' migrants trying to cross the Channel from Calais.

François Crepeau, the UN's special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, compared their attempts to sneak into the UK to westerners taking a 'vacation in Thailand'.

Last night, Mr Hammond came under fire from Labour leadership contender Yvette Cooper for his 'alarmist and unhelpful' choice of language. ...

Mr Hammond had previously suggested that Britain had got a 'grip' on the illegal immigrant crisis at Calais. But in a marked change of tone yesterday, he said it was clear that 'there is more that can be done' to improve border security.

The Foreign Secretary then urged the EU to do more to break the link between migrants making it into Europe and being allowed to stay for good. His use of 'marauding' to describe the migrants was striking, given that David Cameron got in hot water for using 'swarm' to describe them.

Mr Hammond said: 'We have got to be able to resolve this problem ultimately by being able to return those who are not entitled to claim asylum back to their countries of origin. That's our No 1 priority.'

Last month alone almost 50,000 migrants arrived in the EU through Greece, compared to a total of 41,700 in the whole of last year, according to the latest figures from the EU border agency.

Speaking during a visit to Singapore, Mr Hammond said the gap in living standards between Europe and Africa meant there would always be an 'economic motivation' for Africans to try to make it to the EU.

He added: 'As long as the European Union's laws are the way they are, many of them will only have to set foot in Europe to be pretty confident that they will never be returned to their country of origin.

'Now, that is not a sustainable situation because Europe can't protect itself and preserve its standard of living and social structure, if it has to absorb millions of migrants from Africa.'
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Turkish online visas providing easy back door into Europe
Colin Freeman
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2015

Turkey's "lax" visa policy allows huge numbers of migrants from Africa and the Middle East to use the country as a staging post to reach Europe, immigration experts have warned.

European Union border officials say citizens from both regions can fly directly into Turkey with little in the way of effective paperwork checks, from where they can make the relatively short trip into neighbouring Greece.

Rather than having to risk their lives on the people-smuggling routes across the Sahara and the Mediterranean, all they have to do is buy a plane ticket to Istanbul, which EU officials say has become "important hub for irregular migrants".

Immigration experts have told The Daily Telegraph that it amounts to a major weakness in Europe's border controls, and estimate that at any one time, there may be up to 100,000 migrants gathered in Istanbul. From there, it is just a few hours' journey to Greece or Bulgaria next door, from where they can travel to countries such as Britain.

The problem is down to Turkey's policy of "visa diplomacy", under which its Islamist government has sought influence across Africa and the Middle East, by easing visa restrictions. Citizens of countries such as Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Sudan can all get "e-visas", which require only a form to be filled in and a fee to be paid online.

Last week, a Telegraph reporter pretending to be from Afghanistan was able to buy such a visa in less than five minutes.

According to a report earlier this year by Frontex, the European Union borders agency, Turkey's e-visa regime is open to 89 countries, many of them "countries of origin for irregular migration to the EU". ...

Those applying for an e-visa from countries considered a source of illegal immigration should have extra documents, such as a residency permit for the Schengen countries. However, there is no online process for verifying the documents.

Instead, this should be done on arrival in Turkey, but the Frontex report says the authorities often do little beyond checking that applicants are not already blacklisted for security reasons. ...

The report also warned of "an increasing number of people arriving in the EU from Turkey... using forged and fraudulent travel documents" and said that police at Istanbul's main airport did not make enough effort to stop people travelling on fake and stolen passports.

Graham Leese, a former special adviser to Frontex, said that the only way to vet applicants properly was to do a "pre-clearance" interview in the presence of a trained consular official.

Countries that took the process seriously, he said, tended to do it before the applicant left their country of origin, to avoid having to repatriate them if they failed.
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Foreigners charge NHS for care in their OWN country: Health tourism loophole lets thousands of Eastern Europeans get free treatment with cards designed for Brits
Paul Bentley, Katherine Faulkner and Sophie Borland
Daily Mail, 10 August 2015

Foreigners are billing the NHS for expensive healthcare they receive in their own countries, a Daily Mail investigation can reveal.

Under an extraordinary legal loophole, migrants are able to charge the full cost of medical treatment in their home countries to the UK, even if they have never paid a penny of tax in Britain.

They do this by obtaining European Health Insurance Cards from the NHS. The cards were intended for British people to use in cases of emergency while on holiday and entitle them to charge the NHS for the cost of any medical treatment they might urgently need while overseas within Europe.

But the NHS is handing out more than five million of these EHIC cards for free every year – and keeping no record of how many are being given to foreigners.

The cards are given out freely to any EU citizens who says they are living in the UK, even if they haven't actually worked or paid any tax here.

As a result, Eastern Europeans can obtain the cards, then return to their home countries and use them to have medical treatment they would usually have to pay for funded by the NHS.

And because the cards last for five years, they are worth a fortune to migrants with ongoing conditions, or who have multiple pregnancies and births.

In an undercover investigation, an Eastern European woman working for the Mail – who has never lived or paid taxes in Britain – was able to get one of the cards after visiting the UK for less than a day.

Hungarian journalist Ani Horvath took it to clinics and hospitals in her native Hungary which confirmed she could use it to get maternity care and even skin treatments paid for by the UK taxpayer.

When she asked maternity clinic staff how many Hungarian women had registered for appointments covered by the NHS, she was told: 'A lot of people. More and more.' ...

British ministers last night vowed to urgently review the use of EHIC cards. ...

The NHS has spent more than £721 million reimbursing other European countries for treating people with EHIC cards over the past five years.

But the Department of Health admitted last night it had no idea how much of that money had been claimed by foreigners using UK EHIC cards to get treatments in their own country. ...

Joyce Robins, from campaign group Patient Concern, said patients who were being refused routine treatments on the NHS because of lack of money would be appalled.

'People who have paid into the system all their lives are being told they cannot access treatments,' she said.

'Meanwhile those from abroad who haven't paid into the system can make free use of the NHS's money. It is disgraceful and it has got to be stopped.' ...

The true cost of health tourism to the NHS is unknown but a Government-commissioned report in 2013 put it as high as £2 billion a year.

Experts say even this is an underestimate as the vast majority of overseas patients are never identified by hospitals, let alone made to pay for their treatment.
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Africa's Scramble for Europe
Ross Douthat
New York Times, 9 August 2015

This summer, a striking, often tragic story has been playing itself out on the outskirts of Calais in France, ...

In certain ways this crisis resembles last summer's border surge in the United States, when a wave of juvenile migrants overwhelmed the border patrol's ability to cope. But mostly Calais highlights two major differences between the immigration issue in America and Europe, two ways in which migration – from Africa, above all – is poised to divide and reshape the European continent in ways that go far beyond anything the United States is likely to experience.

The first difference is illustrated by the Calais migrants' desire to reach not only the European Union at large but the specific destination of Britain – because of its relatively stronger economy, because they speak English, because the U.K. doesn't have a national identity card, or for other reasons still. ...

And these pressures are only likely to increase, because of the second difference between immigration in Europe and America: Namely, the scale of the migration that may be coming to Europe over the next fifty years.

That scale could be set by the staggering growth of Africa's population, and the native European population's stagnation and decline. Consider how much Latin American immigration has roiled U.S. politics (hello, Mr. Trump), when there are just over 300 million people in the United States and just under 600 million in all the countries to our south – a ratio that's unlikely to change much over the next few generations.

Then consider: Today there are 738 million Europeans (500 million of them in the E.U.) and just under 1.2 billion Africans. In 2050, according to the latest U.N. projections, Europe's population will have dipped to (an aging) 707 million, while Africa's population will be 2.4 billion. By 2100, there will be 4.4 billion Africans – two of every five human beings overall – and Europe's population will be just 646 million.

The Mediterranean is far wider than the Rio Grande, but this is still a wildly unstable demographic equilibrium. What's more, as Noah Millman pointed out recently in Politico, northward migration – a kind of African "scramble for Europe" – is likely to increase whether African states thrive over this period or collapse. Desperation might drive it, but so might rising expectations, the connections forged by growth and globalization. (Many Africans currently braving the Mediterranean, for instance, seem to be ambitious, educated citizens from countries with growing economies, not just refugees.)

If Africans were to migrate to Europe at the rate Mexicans have migrated to America since 1970, Millman notes, by 2050 a quarter of Europe's population would be African-born. That probably won't happen: The birthrate projections will be off, the migration patterns will be different, European countries will impose restrictions that actually succeed in keeping people out.

But something significant is going to happen. In some form, a Eurafrican future is on its way. And judging by the stumbling response to a few thousand migrants at Calais, Europe is deeply unprepared.
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Migrants 'bring dysfunctional cultures to rich countries' claims Government adviser
Tom Batchelor
Daily Express, 8 August 2015

Migrants from poorer nations "bring their dysfunctional cultures to developed countries", a Government adviser has claimed.

Sir Paul Collier, who advises the Department for International Development, warned that increased immigration eroded social cohesion and called for stricter migration controls to be adopted by Britain.

The professor of economics at Oxford University urged newly-arrived migrants in the UK to retain links with their countries of origin so that returning home was easier.

"I'm not advocating forced repatriation but there is a clearly a need... for some people to help build [their home] society," he said.

Sir Paul, who also advises the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, insisted that migrants did not have the right to live anywhere in the world.

In an interview with Al Jazeera host Medhi Hasan, the former director of the Research Development Department at the World Bank said: "Migration is like asking if eating food is good for you. If you don't eat food you're dead, but you can eat too much."

Sir Paul said he was not advocating stopping migration to Britain entirely, but added: "People should come, get skills, get education, go back."

He warned that "without controls", the number of migrants heading to the UK "would accelerate".

But Sir Paul warned against allowing the immigration debate to be defined by the "heartless and the headless" and insisted his views represented the centre ground.
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Immigration viewed negatively by half of developed world's population
Alberto Nardelli
The Guardian, 7 August 2015

Nearly one in two people in the world's most advanced economies believe immigration is causing their country to change in ways they don't like, according to a new poll.

In many countries this is true in more than half of the population – in Turkey (84%), Italy (65%), Russia (59%), and in Belgium, France, Israel, South Africa, Great Britain, Hungary and India, the survey by global research company Ipsos found.

However, the poll also reveals significant differences between countries – and, where attitudes towards immigration are negative, the reasons vary.

The proportion who agree immigration is causing their country to change in ways they don't like is below 30% in China, South Korea, Brazil and Japan. It is also a view shared by only a minority of citizens in the US, Spain, Canada and Germany.

In Turkey (92%), Italy (71%) and Russia (69%), respondents also believe that there are too many immigrants in their respective countries, compared with 60% in France and Britain. The numbers are lower in Germany and Sweden (43%), the US (49%) and Spain (48%).

Across the 24 countries polled, half of all people surveyed say there are too many immigrants in their country.

Saudi Arabia (52%) and India (49%) are the only two countries where anything like a majority say immigration has generally had a very positive or fairly positive effect on their country.

Although most countries score around 20% on this particular question, in several the proportion that has a positive view of immigration is extremely low.

When it comes to the economic effect of immigration, only 28% agree it has been good for the economy. This ranges from 52% in Saudi Arabia, 48% in India, 44% in China and 43% in Australia, to 15% in France, 14% in Italy and Turkey, and 13% in Hungary and Russia.

In Britain, 38% agree that immigration has been good for the country compared with 30% in the US and 27% in Germany.

Meanwhile, 30% believe that immigration has made their country a more interesting place to live. In none of the 24 countries surveyed does a majority agree with this sentiment.

In China less than half (48%) strongly agree or tend to agree that immigrants make the country more interesting. In Russia it is only 9%, while in Italy it is 13%. And in Hungary, which has recently begun work to build a fence to prevent migrants from crossing its border, the proportion is 18%.

The figures are higher in Sweden (46%), the US (41%), Britain (40%) and Germany (33%).

Moreover, half of those surveyed think immigration has placed too much pressure on public services, with respondents in Turkey (81%), Britain (68%) and Italy (67%) recording the highest proportions.

However, in quite a few countries – including Japan (21%), Poland (34%), Germany (47%) and Russia (43%) – a majority do not agree that pressure on public services is a concern.

Turkish people are also worried about the effect of immigrants on the job prospects of nationals, with 85% saying immigrants have made it more difficult to find work. A majority in Italy (54%) also agree with this sentiment, as do 48% in Britain, the US and France. Job prospects are less of a concern in Germany (30%) and Sweden (25%).
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Labour pollsters advised party to change on immigration and welfare in 2010
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 6 August 2015

The Labour leadership was told by its pollsters and focus groups after the 2010 election it had to change direction on immigration, the deficit and welfare since it was seen to be on the side of the workshy and the undeserving, a leaked memo shows.

The warnings were leaked to the Guardian amid fears among some party figures that Labour is hoping to sidestep the same message from the 2015 election, or alternatively become over-confident that the electorate can be won round to its way of thinking. ...

The leaked memo is also intrinsically fascinating, since it shows the extent to which Ed Miliband was pressed internally from the outset on how to appeal to a lost Labour electorate, and how he was told that the issues on which he had campaigned within the party to win the leadership had resonated little with voters.

The memo's author is James Morris, who works for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, and acted as a chief pollster both for Ed Miliband personally and then for the party. It was based on four focus groups conducted in September 2010 designed to probe the thinking of key groups, including the "lost working class", Middle England and Lib Dem switchers. ...

Morris wrote: "Labour is seen as having consistently ignored English people's views on immigration. A Labour leader who wants to show change has to show that they understand that. This is not just an issue for lost working-class voters – it was central to Middle England and a major concern for Lib Dems. Out of the 40 people who took part in the groups only one person mounted any sort of defence of a relatively open policy on immigration.

"The concerns were broad. Among C2s and Ds there was a particular concern about competition from eastern European migrants for work (esp in the trades). There was a universal concern about benefits and the provision of services, with immigrants sending child benefit abroad symbolic of the issue. Just as common was a cultural concern. This was partly about people adopting British culture when they come here and partly about standing up for British and in particular English traditions and English people. There was a strong sense that people who are born and bred in England should be prioritised.

"Linked to immigration, but distinct from it, was the issue of benefits. ..."
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If you really want to help refugees, look beyond the Mediterranean
Paul Collier
The Spectator, 8 August 2015

For all its difficulties, Europe is prosperous and safe: one of the best places on Earth. Many other societies have yet to achieve this happy state: some are murderous and poor. Two of the most troubled zones in the world are near Europe: the Middle East, and the Sahelian belt which spans northern Africa.

Unsurprisingly, many of the people who live in these societies would rather live in Europe. ...

... If you step outside the usual angry ding-dong, the posturing of those both pro-immigrant and anti-immigrant; if you resist the easy option taken by the chattering classes who claim the moral high ground by insisting on open borders, you can see that European policy is the result of moral confusion.

Let's take the 'duty of rescue', which is official Europe's rationale for fishing people out of the sea. People have a right to dream of a life in Europe, but Europe has a moral obligation to rescue, not to make dreams come true.

What does rescue imply and to whom does it apply? Just being poor does not make someone eligible for being 'rescued' by a life in Europe. Mass poverty has to be tackled, but the only way it can be done is for poor countries to catch up with the rich ones. There are ways in which we can help that process, but encouraging the mass emigration of their most enterprising young people is not one of them. ... ...

... Currently, if a refugee can get a foot on a European beach, or be fished out of the sea by a European rescue vessel, they get privileged access to asylum. That is why they take the risk.

This legal structure is not just foolish, it is deeply immoral. Europe has a duty to fish refugees out of the sea because it is morally responsible for tempting them on to the sea. So whatever else Europe does, it must stop this policy of temptation. Paying a crook thousands of dollars for a place on a boat should not entitle a Syrian refugee to a more privileged entry to Europe. It is profoundly unfair to the other suffering refugees.
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Migrant scandal: Britain hands out £70 MILLION to failed asylum seekers a year
Tom Parfitt
Daily Express, 5 August 2015

Britain is handing out more than £70 million a year to support failed asylum seekers, shocking new figures have revealed.

Over 15,000 failed asylum seekers and their dependants received taxpayer-funded help – including accommodation and a weekly cash allowance – in March alone.

Migrants are entitled to the handouts from the moment they claim asylum in the UK, but support continues to be given to thousands after their claim has failed.

Around £73 million was spent to support them in 2014-15, with £45 million going to failed asylum seekers with a dependent child.

And £28 million went to 4,900 people who do not have children but "would otherwise be destitute", according to the Home Office.

The Home Office yesterday set out proposed changes to taxpayer support for failed asylum seekers as the Calais migrant crisis deepens.

A spokesman admitted the current measures – introduced 16 years ago – are now being used "in large measure" to fund migrants whose asylum claims have been rejected.

He added: "Failed asylum seekers are illegal migrants and are no more deserving of welfare support than any other migrant in the UK unlawfully."

Under the plans, support for failed asylum seekers who make no effort leave the UK at the point their claim is finally rejected will be closed off.

But help may still be given in cases where there is a "genuine obstacle" preventing return to a home country.

And the Government insisted safeguards for children would be retained under the reforms.

Judith Dennis, of the charity Refugee Council, slammed the new plans.
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Nearly 7,000 illegal immigrant stowaways found in vehicles arriving from Europe in last three years
Ben Kendall
Mirror, 5 August 2015

At least 6,494 illegal immigrants have been found in vehicles coming over from Europe in the last three years.

The number of fines issued to hauliers found carrying stowaways into the UK has more than tripled in the same period, figures show.

Under Home Office rules, drivers can face fines of up to £2,000 for every person found hidden on their vehicle at any UK port and the Eurotunnel.

Home Office figures released to the Press Association under the Freedom of Information Act, show that the number of fines has risen from 998 in 2012/13 to 3,319 in 2014/15. ...

A Home Office spokesman said the increase in fines is largely the result of the growing numbers of migrants at Calais since 2012 rather than a more punitive approach.

Industry body the Freight Transport Association (FTA) said the figures highlighted the growing determination of immigrants to smuggle themselves on board vehicles heading to the UK.

A spokesman for the Home Office said only 7% of those caught were British drivers but too many lorries had insufficient security.

He said: "Most hauliers take their responsibility for vehicle security seriously but, despite co-operation from the British haulage industry, one third of lorries arriving at the UK border do not have basic standards of security.

"The purpose of civil penalties is to ensure that all drivers are taking every reasonable step to stop migrants from boarding their lorries.

"Drivers who have properly secured vehicles will not receive a fine."

The number of incidents - referred to as clandestine entry cases - has increased at a slower rate than the number of fines issued, rising from 916 in 2012/13 to 1,426 in 2014/15.
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We were too soft on immigration, admits ex-Labour minister: Phil Woolas blames 'soft-minded liberalism' for Calais crisis and calls for a British detention centre on French soil
James Slack and Emily Kent Smith
Daily Mail, 4 August 2015

Years of 'soft-minded liberalism' were yesterday blamed for the chaos at Calais by a former Labour immigration minister.

Phil Woolas made the blistering intervention as he demanded a British-run detention camp on French soil.

The former Home Office minister said the illegal immigrants 'wouldn't come' if they knew they would be locked up.

He blamed an absence of ID cards in Britain and his own party's Human Rights Act – which he said had made it harder to remove foreigners who had been effectively given equal rights to those of British citizens.

Mr Woolas, who was an immigration minister between 2008 and 2010, said: 'The mess in Calais is down to years of soft-minded liberalism and utter naivety.'

He added: 'Many migrants are fleeing war, but once in France they're safe.

Others paid money to people traffickers in the hope of a good life. That's not political asylum.

'These people want to live in a rich country. This is economic migration.

'As for Calais it's French territory but our border control. A detention centre to replace the migrant encampments would send a signal.

'If migrants knew they'd be locked up and deported when they got to Calais they wouldn't go,' he wrote in an article on the Daily Mirror website.
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Report cites 'Latinization of U.S.,' warns of 'backlash' against whites
Paul Bedard
Washington Examiner, 4 August 2015

A study of the growing Hispanic immigrant population declares that the country is on the verge of the "Latinization of the United States," a "browning of America" that by 2050 will be 29 percent Latino – and politically influential.

Published in the authoritative journal "Ethnicities," the immigration analysis by two California experts noted that while big states such as California and Florida are home to most Hispanics, there has been a recent growth surge exceeding 300 percent of mostly Mexicans to Georgia, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina and Arkansas.

The analysis is focused on how to economically handle the surge so that Latinos do not get left behind – or out of the middle class. The numbers and characterization of the new immigrants spells out the influence of the Hispanics.

In "Latina/o Formations in the United States," Loyola Marymount University's Antonia Darder and University of California's Rodolfo D. Torres write that already 20 percent of the 30 million youths aged 18-24 in America are Latino and are poised to influence American politics and policy.

"By the sheer force of numbers, the kinds of adults that Latino students become will dramatically shape the future history of this country, as the former white majority becomes a minority population, at least in terms of number," said the study provided to Secrets. It sits behind a paywall.

"Latinos have become more than an electoral voting bloc, emerging as strategic actors in major processes of democratic social transformation," they added.

And they warned that there could be a backlash as whites try to hang on to power.

"In fact, the current struggle that persists in Arizona may well be a bellwether for the potential backlash that is bound to ensue in others parts of the nation, as the White Anglo-Saxon Protestant population no longer enjoys the political security associated with their past majority status," said the authors.
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Explainer: the difference between asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants
Jan Semmelroggen, Senior lecturer in Geography at Nottingham Trent University
The Conversation, 4 August 2015

In the current frenzied media and political debate about the chaotic situation in Calais and the supposed benefits abuse by migrants in Britain, the complex legal distinctions between asylum seekers, refugees and economic migrants has got lost.

Legally, an asylum seeker is a person who has applied for asylum in the UK and is waiting for a decision on his or her claim. A refugee on the other hand has already received a positive decision from the authorities on his or her asylum claim. So, strictly speaking the migrants in Calais are neither refugees or asylum seekers from a UK legal perspective – at least as long as they remain in French territory.

In order to become an asylum applicant and be recognised as a refugee in Britain, migrants need to be on UK territory. ...

According to the Home Office, there were 25,020 asylum applications in the year ending March 2015. This is up 5% on the previous year, but low compared to the peak in 2002 when 84,132 people claimed asylum. ..., in 2014, the UK had the fifth highest number of claims within the EU.

Currently migrants wishing to claim asylum in the UK cannot do so from their home country, they have to apply for asylum on UK territory.

Most migrants fleeing from war and persecution have to resort to clandestine migration in order to get to Europe, which media and politicians then refer to as "illegal migration" or "irregular migration". The reality is that the majority of prospective asylum seekers in the UK are forced to resort to irregular migration in order to be able to make their asylum claim in the first place.

Another label that frequently gets invoked in the current debate is that of the "economic migrant". An economic migrant is not a legal classification, but rather an umbrella term for a wide array of people that move from one country to another to advance their economic and professional prospects.

For example, Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, could be classified as an economic migrant just as much as a young Senegalese man trying to jump on a lorry in Calais.

The UK, like most countries with advanced economies, has specific policies in place to facilitate the mobility of highly skilled professionals and investors into their respective national economy. These people are considered desirable migrants and are identified as expatriates.

When the term economic migrants is used, it generally refers to the unskilled and semi-skilled individuals from impoverished countries in the global south. Economic migrants are not eligible for asylum under the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. However, any migrant arriving on UK territory has the right to have their asylum claim reviewed. This is a human right.

If a migrant makes it to UK territory and applies for asylum their claim is considered by UK Visas and Immigration. Distinguishing between economic migrants and asylum seekers is a challenging and time-consuming task for the agency. In 2014, out of 25,870 applications for asylum in 2014, 15,820, or 61.2% were rejected.

If a claim is allowed, the applicant receives the refugee status and is generally granted a five-year stay in the UK. With it comes the right to work, access to state benefits (such as housing) and more significantly, the right to bring their family to the UK, who will also receive refugee status.
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Police warn 900 Calais migrants could be reaching Britain EACH MONTH
Peter Henn
Daily Express, 3 August 2015

Seven out of 10 migrants camped in Calais could be getting into Britain, police have warned.

With an estimated 5,000 desperate migrants now massed in the northern French town, groups of refugees are storming the Channel Tunnel each night as well as smuggling their way into UK-bound cars, lorries and trains in the port.

Kent Police's chief constable Alan Pughsley has now claimed as many as 900 migrants could be crossing the UK border and entering Britain illegally each month.

He said: "Having consulted with our French colleagues, they have confirmed that through their own research, 70 per cent of migrants they process in the area of Calais leave the vicinity within a four-month period.

"They cannot ascertain whether these migrants leave to go elsewhere in France, or whether they enter the UK."

Assuming migrants don't give up on reaching the UK after trekking thousands of miles from war-torn Africa or the Middle East to reach Calais, it means as many as 10,500 could be entering Britain over the course of a year.

Between Monday and Thursday last week, there were 5,000 attempts to enter the Channel Tunnel from the French side, while figures show there were 2,157 arrests of suspected illegal immigrants in the UK in the first six months of the year - up from 1,836 from the same period last year.

Lord Green, the chairman of campaign group Migrationwatch, said: "There are two reasons why Calais is full of migrants. One is that Britain is regarded as a soft touch and the other is that they are getting through."
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Illegal immigrants to UK face eviction without court order under new plans
Nicholas Watt
The Guardian, 3 August 2015

Immigrants living in Britain illegally will face abrupt eviction from rental properties under new laws designed to make Britain a tougher place to live in, the government will announce as it redoubles its response to the Calais migrant crisis.

In a dramatic illustration of the warning directed at migrants, by the home secretary, Theresa May, that Britain's "streets are not paved with gold", the government will change the law to allow landlords to evict such immigrants without a court order.

Rogue landlords who fail to check the immigration status of tenants could be fined or imprisoned for up to five years under a new criminal offence to be included in a new immigration bill. ...

... Under the forthcoming immigration bill, landlords will be expected to evict illegal immigrants soon after receiving a Home Office notice that their tenant no longer has the right to rent in the UK. In some circumstances landlords will be able to act without a court order.

A scheme in which landlords check the immigration status of tenants, which is currently being piloted in the West Midlands, will be extended across the country. Under the Right to Rent scheme, landlords will be obliged to see evidence of a person's right to remain in the UK by examining their passport or biometric residence permit.

A new criminal offence will target unscrupulous landlords and letting agents who fail repeatedly to carry out the "Right to Rent" checks or fail to remove illegal immigrants from their properties. They could be fined, jailed for up to five years or face further sanctions under the Proceeds of Crime Act.
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Calais crisis: 'This is a global migration crisis'
Tim Ross, David Barrett, Colin Freeman and Robert Mendick
Sunday Telegraph, 2 August 2015

The British and French governments have warned that the world is facing a "global migration crisis".

In a dramatic joint intervention, Theresa May, the Home Secretary, and her French counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve, call on countries across Europe and Africa to help solve the emergency caused by thousands of migrants congregating at their border. ...

As a first step to make Britain less attractive, the Home Office announced plans to cut the weekly cash allowances that support thousands of failed asylum seekers with families.

The announcement came as figures showed the number of suspected illegal migrants detained in Britain has soared by almost a fifth since the Calais crisis erupted. ...

In their article, Mrs May and Mr Cazeneuve promise that solving the crisis is their joint "top priority", and disclose that European efforts so far this year have smashed 17 "callous" gangs trafficking people across the Mediterranean to Europe.

But the two ministers demand that Greece, Italy and other European countries take responsibility for stopping the flow of migrants from Africa. ...

However, they warn that the issue cannot be left to Britain and France alone to solve. "What we are currently facing is a global migration crisis," they say.

"This situation cannot be seen as an issue just for our two countries.

"It is a priority at both a European and international level. Many of those in Calais and attempting to cross the Channel have made their way there through Italy, Greece or other countries. That is why we are pushing other member states, and the whole of the EU, to address this problem at root."

They say European governments must do more to end the notion, held by many of those who are desperate enough to attempt the perilous passage from North Africa by boat, that they will find economic security upon arrival.

Many see Europe, and particularly the UK, as somewhere that offers "the prospect of financial gain," they say.

"This is not the case – our streets are not paved with gold." ...

There were 2,157 arrests of suspected illegal immigrants by 15 police forces between January and June this year – compared with 1,836 in the same period last year.

The true figure will be far higher because only one third of forces provided full data. ...

Advice sheets for migrants on how to improve their chances of claiming asylum in the UK are widely available in the camp at Calais. The documents warn them that British Home Office officials are "not your friends" and "will try to refuse your claim and remove you" unless convinced otherwise.

They also include the questions that British officials use to identify bogus applicants, such as the denominations of the currency in the country they claim to have come from. "Prepare for the interview and know your story well," one leaflet advises.
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Thousands of failed asylum seekers claim benefits in UK – but ministers could change rules
Tom Parfitt
Sunday Express, 2 August 2015

Thousands of failed asylum seekers are claiming benefits while living in Britain with their families – but now ministers are planning to change the rules so they do not get taxpayer support.

Migrants are currently handed free accommodation and a £35-a-week support allowance from the moment they claim asylum in the UK.

The support is withdrawn from individuals whose application fails, but those with families continue to receive help.

Now a consultation is being launched to find ways to remove support from failed asylum-seeking families while still protecting children.

Immigration minister James Brokenshire said: "The UK has a proud history of offering sanctuary to those who need it, but failed asylum seekers who refuse to return home are illegal migrants, plain and simple.

"The current system shouldn't offer any perverse incentives for illegal migrants to lodge spurious asylum applications or encourage those without genuine claims for humanitarian protection to prolong their stay in the UK.

"It's unfair to those in genuine need of asylum and migrants who abide by our rules as well as to hard-working British taxpayers."

There are currently just over 10,000 failed asylum seekers in family groups being supported – while a further 4,000 individuals are receiving taxpayer help.

Mr Brokenshire added: "I want to introduce new rules to support those who genuinely need it, but send out a very clear message to those who seek to exploit the system that Britain is not a soft touch on asylum."

The Government will also consult on repealing Section 4(2) of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, which allows the asylum seekers to claim, while ensuring that adequate support remains for "those who genuinely need it".
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Sex attacker stays in Britain because of EU family rights – despite 'walking out on them'
Tom Parfitt
Daily Express, 1 August 2015

An illegal immigrant convicted of sexual assault has been allowed to stay in Britain because a court ruled he has a right to family life – even though he allegedly walked out on his wife in January.

The judge said that the Moroccan man – who was first issued with a deportation order 16 years ago – could not be kicked out under Article 8 of the Human Rights convention.

It entitles EU citizens to a "right to respect for his or her private and family life" and is enforced by the UK's Human Rights Act.

Yet his wife has claimed he walked out on her and their two children in January.

The 52-year-old's legal case is thought to have cost hundreds of thousands of pounds in taxpayers' money.

He was originally deported in June 2000 after serving four years behind bars for a serious sexual assault on a 61-year-old woman.

But he was allowed back into Britain just six months later – a decision described as "inexplicable" by a furious judge.

Since then the man, identified only as AB, has made several legal challenges to remain in the country – and become a father to two children.
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'It's easier than catching a flight': Brazen former people smuggler claims it takes just 'a couple of hours' to sneak migrants into the UK through the Channel Tunnel
Chris Pleasance
MailOnline, 1 August 2015

A former people smuggler has told of how getting illegal immigrants into the UK in the back of a lorry is 'easier than booking a flight' in an astonishing interview.

The man, who identified himself only as Ahmed, said it would take him 'a week maximum' to get someone across the border today, adding that lorry drivers 'do not care' about people climbing into their vehicles.

He also attacked David Cameron's decision to spend more money on fences around Calais which he said 'do not work', adding that fixing alarms to lorries is the only way to stop people getting on board.

In a brazen interview with LBC, Ahmed also claimed to be a former illegal immigrant who came to this country with his brother in 1998 from Iraq via Greece and then through the Channel Tunnel.

Now legally allowed to stay in Britain, he said travelling across the Middle East was the most difficult part of his journey, but once he reached Turkey the rest was 'very, very easy'.

Speaking to presenter Iain Dale about getting into a lorry, he said: 'They [drivers] go to sleep and then you can do anything, you can just rob the lorry driver, do anything, because most of them are so tired.

'What they can do to prevent that is have alarms on the truck so when it opens the driver will know.

'The only way I would be able to load human beings into someone's property like that is if the driver has been asleep.' ...

Referring to what he did after coming to the UK, he added: 'I was young so I took some education and started living my life.

'After 12 years they gave me legal status. The Home Office system is chaos.'
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Calais crisis: We must send in the army to protect our borders
Kevin Hurley, Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner
Daily Telegraph, 31 July 2015

My police officers are regularly called away from their jobs protecting the citizens of Surrey and sent to the M25 at Cobham services, where they have to run around mopping up hordes of illegal migrants. In the past few months alone, Surrey Police have caught 156 people piling out of lorries as their drivers stop for diesel or a coffee. Recently, in Redhill, we had another 16 go on the run in an industrial park. No one knows how many we missed. The last time they were sent to Cobham, police caught 20.

These operations take out virtually half of Surrey's 999 response capability and can tie up our nine prisoner vans for hours, as well the helicopter and all the dogs we can spare, to say nothing of jamming up the county's cells. The migrants have become a serious threat to our residents: we can't respond to their needs or patrol adequately.

Their relatively easy arrival flags up some serious weaknesses in our borders. /.../ ... we are clearly missing thousands of people. Don't think about the fact that if so many people can slip through, so can properly wrapped weapons and explosives, which none of our systems can detect.

But let's leave aside, for the moment, the ongoing threat of terrorists smuggling weaponry into the country, and the persistence of drug traffickers bringing in heroin or cocaine, as well as those women being trafficked for sex slavery.

Let's focus, instead, on the immediate economic threat posed by the current borders debacle. Virtually no exports are now able to leave through our busiest port, they are stuck on the M20. Moreover, many businesses in Britain which depend on imports are at a standstill.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people are now here working illegally, reducing the Chancellor's ability to collect income tax and National Insurance Contributions. All of these unfortunate migrants will go on to impose a burden on the NHS, police and education services. It's a perfect model of how the failure to control borders can damage the economy and safety too.

Frankly, its a scandal. Rightly, we're fighting with France to get the French authorities to secure their side of the Tunnel. But who knows how long it might take to get them to step up as they should. A quick fix would be to ask the military to do what they did for us at the Olympics and during the floods: move in where the failure of others leaves no other option. ...

Meanwhile, it's not difficult to work out where the illegal migrants, terrorists and traffickers are going to target next, particularly if things are made difficult in Dover and Folkestone. ...

Defence of the realm is the Government's primary duty. But the Government has not yet realised that to tackle desperate people, we may need to take desperate measures.
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Global population set to hit 9.7 billion people by 2050 despite fall in fertility
Sam Jones and Mark Anderson
The Guardian, 30 July 2015

Despite a continuing slowdown in the rate of population growth, it is "almost inevitable" that the number of people on the planet will rise from 7.3 billion today to 9.7 billion in 2050, according to the latest UN projections.

Ten years ago, the world population was growing by 1.24% annually; today, the percentage has dropped to 1.18% – or roughly another 83 million people a year. The overall growth rate, which peaked in the late 1960s, has been falling steadily since the 1970s.

The UN report attributes the slowdown to the near-global decline in fertility rates – measured as the average number of children born to a woman over her lifetime – even in Africa, where the rates remain the highest.

However, that fall is being offset by countries in which populations are already large, or where high numbers of children are born. According to the study, nine countries will account for half the world's population growth between now and 2050: India, Nigeria, Pakistan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Tanzania, the US, Indonesia and Uganda.

"Continued population growth until 2050 is almost inevitable, even if the decline of fertility accelerates," says the report, World Population Prospects: the 2015 revision.

"There is an 80% probability that the population of the world will be between 8.4 and 8.6 billion in 2030, between 9.4 and 10 billion in 2050 and between 10 and 12.5 billion in 2100."

By 2050, six countries – China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan and the US – are expected to have populations of more than 300 million.

The report suggests that Africa alone will drive more than half of the world's population growth over the next 35 years, during which time the population of 28 of the continent's countries will more than double. It is predicted that by 2050, Nigeria's population will surpass that of the US, making the west African nation the third most populous country in the world.

If current birthrate trends persist, Africa, which contains 27 of the world's 48 least developed countries, will be the only major area still experiencing substantial population growth after 2050. Consequently, its share of the global population is forecast to rise to 25% in 2050 and 39% by 2100. Asia's share, meanwhile, will fall to 54% in 2050 and 44% in 2100. ...

China, the world's most populous country with 1.4 billion people, is expected to be overtaken by India (1.3 billion) within the next seven years. From 2030, when its population is projected to reach 1.5 billion, India is likely to experience several decades of growth. China, on the other hand, is set to experience a slight decrease after the 2030s.

Of all the world's major regions, only Europe can expect a steady decline in its population over the remainder of this century, with its total inhabitants expected to shrink from 738 million people now to 646 million in 2100.
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Calais migrants have no right to seek asylum here
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 28 July 2015

The camp outside Calais where migrants have set up temporary home in the hope of reaching Britain has grown to a level at which the town, its police force and other public services simply cannot cope. ...

The more the camp grows, the better it becomes from the migrants' point of view.

The greater the numbers trying to break into lorries and clamber on to trains, the greater their chance of success as police and security guards inevitably become more thinly spread.

Our own government could if not eliminate the problem at Calais then at least hugely reduce it.

Depressingly, however, it has failed to take the initiative.

What it should do is to announce that no migrant arriving from France will be allowed to make an asylum application in Britain and will instead be put on a boat or train back to France.

Britain has a long and proud tradition of giving sanctuary.

There are numerous Britons alive today because they or their ancestors were welcomed into the country in order to escape despotic regimes in their home countries.

We should never take lightly our responsibilities to refugees under international law.

However, international law is quite clear.

If refugees want to claim asylum they should do so in the first safe country in which they arrive.

They are not permitted to travel for hundreds of miles and cross a border into an alternative safe country because they think they would prefer to live there.

The rule is there for a reason: to help to distinguish between genuine refugees, who are fleeing in fear of their lives, and economic migrants.

It is extremely important the law does distinguish between the two groups because the world has vastly more economic migrants than it has genuine refugees.

If economic migrants are allowed to gum up the applications process for refugee status, the people who will lose out are those who are fleeing from war and despotism.

Why then are we still prepared to consider asylum applications from migrants who have arrived in Britain from France? France is designated a safe country.

Therefore, any migrant who attempts to travel to Britain should already have claimed asylum – either in France or in any other safe country he or she travelled through on the way to France. ...

But it stands to reason we cannot allow everyone who fancies trying to make a new life in Britain, which will number many millions, to descend on the country in the hope of doing so. ...

We should take our fair share of genuine refugees.

Our enormous aid budget should be focused on supporting refugees much closer to the source of the problem, before they have fallen victim to the human traffickers who promise them a journey to a better life, take their money and then condemn many of them to death on overcrowded, unseaworthy boats.

Calais has been described as the front line of the migrant problem, but it isn't. The frontline is in Syria, Somalia, Sudan and other countries in the throes of war.

That is where refugees need our help, not in Dover.
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The hidden dangers of ethnic minority data in big surveys
Paul Bradshaw
Online Journalism Blog, 28 July 2015

One of the things reporters should always be careful about when reporting on research or statistics is sample sizes: the smaller sample, the wider the margin for error when generalising to the population as a whole ...

But sometimes the sample size is less obvious than you think.

Take, for example, the Labour Force Survey (LFS). It's a pretty big sample size – around 100,000 people – but only if your story is about the labour force as a whole.

This week the House of Commons Library blog decided to use a Daily Express article on immigration as the starting point for an explanation of why "the most complete data source for measuring the impacts of migration on the UK labour market" might not necessarily be the most reliable source when it comes to a small section of that labour market.

If your story is about a part of that sample – in this case – housing benefit claimants born in Pakistan or Bangladesh – then you need to check how many of that population is included in the larger sample.

In this case the LFS only manages to record a very small sample of the wider population. Of the working age population born in Pakistan and Bangladesh, for example, the House of Commons Library blog notes that "the LFS has only 895 – reflecting coverage of 0.15%" of the 595,000+ people in the population as a whole that we are talking about (based on the 2011 Census).

But this story is about an even more specific group of people: housing benefit claimants aged 40-44. How many of those are in the LFS sample?

"For the group showing the largest disparity between UK and Pakistan and Bangladesh claimants (40-44yrs), we are left with 27 individuals. Thus the claim that migrants aged 40 to 44 and born in Pakistan and Bangladesh have a 10 point higher rate of housing benefit claims is based on 27 survey respondents."

You can pile on other issues such as where those people live:

"London has the second highest housing benefit claimant rate for people of all countries of birth. Thus if respondents born in Pakistan or Bangladesh are disproportionately concentrated in the capital, it follows that they are more likely to have higher rates of housing because of where they live, not necessarily because of their status as migrants."

The same problem crops up every time journalists want to report on under-represented groups like ethnic minorities.

The Independent's report on the use of illegal abortion by UK ethnic groups was criticised for similar issues, and the Guardian were warned by the ONS about the same problem with regard to gender when reporting on unemployment among young black males.

Certain groups tend to be consistently under-represented in surveys depending on how the survey is conducted. Surveys conducted using the internet will not include people without internet access; telephone surveys may under-represent people without landlines. And face-to-face surveys rely on respondents being present and willing to engage.
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Hungary's Orban says illegal immigration threatens Europe
MailOnline, 25 July 2015

Hungary's prime minister says illegal immigration is a threat to his country and all of Europe, with the biggest risk coming from hundreds of millions of people from the "depths of Africa" looking to escape poverty.

During a speech in the Romanian town of Baile Tusnad, Prime Minister Viktor Orban accused the European Union of failing to defend its citizens from the "masses of illegal immigrants," who he said threatened the cultural identity of European countries and contributed to increased terrorism, unemployment and criminality.

So far this year, over 90,000 migrants and refugees have reached Hungary, which is building a fence on its border with Serbia to stem their flow. Most refugees request asylum in Hungary but quickly leave for other destinations in the EU like Germany or Sweden.
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311 languages spoken in our schools as English starts to die out
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 24 July 2015

More than 300 different languages are now spoken in Britain's schools, a Daily Express special investigation reveals.

A decades-long open door policy on immigration has led to English-speaking pupils becoming a minority in hundreds of classrooms.

Our inquiry reveals there are 1.1 million children speaking 311 dialects and some schools where English is hardly heard at all. In some, no pupil has English as a first language.

In one school 342 of the 360 pupils say Punjabi is their first language while just six are recorded as speaking English.

Department for Education figures show there are classrooms where Polish, Bengali, Somali, Gujurati, Arabic, Tamil and the Afghan language Pashto are spoken ahead of English. ...

Schools where foreign languages have overtaken English are dotted all over the country, including swathes of London and major towns and cities such as Oldham, Rochdale, Birmingham, Slough, Sheffield, Bolton and Bradford.

Our detailed analysis shows that at Burnley Brow Community School in Oldham 352 of the 360 pupils speak Bengali while the number of English-speaking pupils is so low the Department will not disclose the figure.

At nearby Westwood Primary School not one of the 175 pupils is recorded as having English as their first language while 170 speak Bengali.

Khalsa Primary School in Slough, Berkshire, has 360 children, of whom 342 speak Punjabi and just six are said to have English as their first language.

At Hamer Community Primary School in Rochdale 182 pupils speak Urdu while just 23 use English. The picture is the same at the Valley Community Primary School in Bolton where 264 of its 360 pupils speak Urdu while just 20 have English as their first language.

Christopher McGovern, of the Campaign for Real Education, said: "Schools spend a lot of time and attention looking after children who do not speak English as a first language.

"This is a great country in which to be at school if English is your second language. However, we must make sure that native speakers of English are not neglected, especially in schools where they are in a minority. This problem is placing considerable demands on some schools. An independent investigation is needed as a matter of urgency."

Figures show the number of schools in England where more than 50 per cent of pupils speak English as a foreign language has doubled in 17 years from 3.7 to 7.4 per cent.
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Net migration target renewed by Theresa May
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 22 July 2015

The Conservatives have set a renewed "target" to cut net migration to the tens of thousands by 2020, Theresa May, the Home Secretary, has confirmed.

Her comments to the Commons' all-party home affairs select committee marked a significant change in tone after the original target, set in 2010, was downgraded to an "ambition" in the run-up to the General Election.

Mrs May told MPs that the Government had maintained "the same target" and suggested it would be easier to meet because they were no longer in coalition with the Liberal Democrats.

The earlier promise to cut met migration – the difference between those immigrating and those emigrating – was blown off course in the final two years of the Coalition by a surge in arrivals from the European Union.

"We have the target of the tens of thousands," Mrs May said.

"It's the same target. The aim is to meet it by the end of the five year Parliament.

"It is certainly the case that there are certain measures that we will be able to put into the Immigration Bill we are bringing forward that we would have wished to introduce prior to the election that we weren't able to because we were in coalition government."
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Immigrants more likely to claim benefits, be jobless or on low wages, says report
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2015

Foreigners are more likely to be claiming benefits, be jobless or in low-wage work, according to "ground-breaking" research which contradicts rival claims that immigration is good for Britain's economy.

MigrationWatch, the pressure group which campaigns for tougher immigration rules, said five million foreigners have "weaker" economic performance than UK-born residents.

Those who are either not working, lower-paid or claiming hand-outs outnumber by two to one the foreign nationals whose economic contribution is higher than the average for UK-born people.

Immigrants from eastern European nations which have joined the EU since 2004 are more likely to be in work than native Britons but are more likely to be claiming benefits or be on low pay, the report said.

Also faring badly were people from African states, excluding South Africa, who were more likely to claim benefits, the report said.

The "Pakistan and Bangladesh" group performed worst, with below-average performance in all three categories – employment rate, wages and rate of benefits claim.

MigrationWatch said its research undermined previous studies, mainly from the Left, which assumed all migrants had similar economic characteristics, when in fact there was wide variation depending on where in the world immigrants come from.

It said the 44-page report was a "ground-breaking" analysis of the true economic implications of immigration to Britain.

Lord Green of Deddington, the MigrationWatch chairman, said: "This analysis clearly demonstrates that sweeping claims implying that all immigration to the UK is beneficial cannot possibly be right.

"Any sensible policy should take account of the real differences in economic characteristics between migrants from different parts of the world.

"If immigration policy has been intended to attract only 'the brightest and the best' it has clearly failed, with a very large number of migrants earning less or claiming more than the British born.

"The clear message of this research is that immigration can be reduced substantially while permitting entry to those migrants that our economy really needs."
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Microaggression, Macro-Crazy [part 1]
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, Summer 2015

Early this year, the University of California's president, Janet Napolitano, asked all deans and department chairs in the university's ten campuses to undergo training in overcoming their "implicit biases" toward women and minorities. The department heads also needed training, according to the UC president, in how to avoid committing microaggressions, those acts of alleged racism that are invisible to the naked eye. A more insulting and mindless exercise would be hard to imagine. ...

The "Fostering Inclusive Excellence: Strategies and Tools for Department Chairs and Deans" seminar presumes that University of California faculty are so bigoted that they will refuse to hire the most qualified candidate for a professorship if that candidate happens to be female or an "underrepresented minority" – i.e., black or Hispanic. Attendees at the seminar were subjected to an "interactive theater scenario" called "Ready to Vote?" that showed white male computer-science professors on a fictional hiring committee belittling females and failing to "value diversity." The author of the scenario, a professor of performance studies and ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego, seems never to have attended a faculty-hiring committee meeting in her life. Nor, it would seem, has Janet Napolitano. How otherwise could they not know that every faculty search in the sciences, far from shunning females and URMs, is a desperate exercise in tracking down even remotely qualified female and non-Asian minority candidates who haven't already been snapped up by more well-endowed competitors? Females in the sciences are hired and promoted nationwide at rates far above their representation in applicant pools. ...

The "Fostering Inclusive Excellence" seminar supplemented the patent fictions in "Ready to Vote?" with an equally specious handout, "Identifying Implicit Bias," which claims that females and URMs are required to meet higher academic standards than white males and that their work is scrutinized more closely by hiring committees. This conceit was preposterous 30 years ago when it first became widespread and is even more so today. True, there is a double standard in hiring, but it redounds to the benefit of females and URMs, as anyone with the remotest exposure to academic culture should know. ...
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Microaggression, Macro-Crazy [part 2]
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, Summer 2015

To voice these realities, however, is to commit a microaggression, according to University of California diversity enforcers. /.../ The "Myth of Meritocracy" "theme" includes such statements as: "Of course he'll get tenure, even though he hasn't published much – he's Black!" The "message" conveyed by this particular microaggression, according to UC's "Recognizing Microaggressions Tool," is that "people of color are given extra unfair benefits because of their race." Now where would anyone get that idea? Well, you might ask any high school senior, steeped in his class's SAT rankings, if it's true that "people of color" are given "extra benefits" in college admissions. He will laugh at your naïveté. A 2004 study of three top-tier universities, published in Social Science Quarterly, found that blacks were favored over whites by a factor of 5.5 and that being black got students an extra 230 SAT points on a 1,600-point scale. Such massive preferences for URMs are found at every selective college and graduate school. Every student knows this, and yet diversity protocol requires pretending that preferences don't exist. ...

Other alleged microaggressions include uttering such hurtful words as "I believe the most qualified person should get the job" or "America is the land of opportunity" on a UC campus. Someone who has been through the "Fostering Inclusive Excellence" seminar may call you out for giving voice to such ideas. Why exactly saying that the most qualified person should get the job is a microaggression is a puzzle. Either such a statement is regarded simply as code for alleged antiblack sentiment, or the diversocrats are secretly aware that meritocracy is incompatible with "diversity." ...

Many purported microaggressions arise from the contradictions in diversity ideology. Authorities in a diversity regime are supposed to categorize people by race and ethnicity – until that unpredictable moment when they are not supposed to. Assigning a black graduate student to escort a black visiting professor, for example, is a microaggression, per the "Tool." But wasn't the alleged need for role models and a critical mass of "persons of color" a key justification for "diversity"? Describing a colleague as a "good Black scientist" is another microaggression. But such a categorization merely reflects the race-consciousness and bean-counting that the campus diversity enforcers insist upon.

Color-blindness constitutes an entire microaggression "Theme" in the "Tool," pace Martin Luther King, Jr. Beware of saying, "When I look at you, I don't see color" or "There is only one race, the human race." Doing so, according to the "Tool," denies "the individual as a racial/cultural being." Never mind that diversity ideologues reject the genetic basis of racial categories and proclaim that race is merely a "social construct." The non-diverse world is under orders both to deny that race exists and to "acknowledge race," in Tool-parlance, regarding Persons of Color. ...

The ultimate question raised by the seminar is: Are there any adults left on campus, at least in administrative offices? And the answer is: no. An adult administrator would realize that he is presiding over the most tolerant, well-meaning, and opportunity-filled community in human history. He would understand that the claim that females and minorities are the victims of discrimination on campuses is sheer fiction.
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Asylum seekers cost you £786 million: Bill to house and feed migrants soars 46%
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 17 July 2015

Looking after asylum seekers has cost tax payers nearly £450,000 a day, the Express can reveal.

The bill to house, feed and clothe them over the past five years comes to a £786 million.

It has gone up by 46 per cent since 2010. But that does not include the legal and administrative bills, the cost to public services or the price of flying the migrants home if their bid for asylum fails.

The huge strain on the public purse was condemned by campaigners. Alp Mehmet, of MigrationWatch, said: "What is part of the attraction for the people who come here and claim asylum is that once they are in this country they know they will be looked after. These figures bear that out."

Jonathan Isaby, of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said: "It's clear our asylum system is broken, working neither for those wanting to come here nor for taxpayers." ...

Home Office figures unearthed by the Express highlight the enormous and growing cost of dealing with asylum seekers.

In 2010, the state spent £100 million on Section 95 Support for migrants who were waiting to hear the outcome of their asylum claims.

Last year that figure had risen to £146 million. The total spent over five years was £631 million at an average of £126.2 million a year.

The bill for Section 4 Support – designed to stop failed asylum seekers falling destitute while awaiting removal – was £155 million over the five years at an average of £31 million a year.

Between 2010 and 2011 it dropped from £56 million to £22 million but crept back up to £27 million last year. The combined total, £786 million, works out at roughly £432,000 a day. From next month the amount handed out to asylum seekers is set to be cut, however. They and their dependants will each receive £36.95 a week for "essential living needs".

Under the current system parents receive £52.96 for every child. It means a single parent with one child will get £73.90 instead of £96.90 a week.

A couple with one child will get £110.85 instead of £125.48 while those with two children will get £147.80 instead of £178.44.

A Home Office source said the payments previously on offer under asylum support were "far too generous".

The rising care bill reflects the growing numbers of would-be refugees arriving here. In 2014 there were 32,000 asylum applications in the UK. In 2010 the figure was just over 24,000.
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New immigration figures prompt 'back door to Britain' fears
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 16 July 2015

The number of immigrants born outside Europe who came to live in this country after winning EU citizenship elsewhere has tripled in the last decade, a new report has confirmed.

Research by Oxford University's Migration Observatory will raise concerns about non-EU migrants coming to live here "by the back door".

It showed there are now 264,000 foreigners in Britain who were born outside Europe and then obtained "free movement" rights by living in another European country.

After obtaining their citizenship of their adopted EU country, the foreigners then moved here.

In 2004 the number stood at just 78,000, meaning there has been a 238 per cent increase in little over a decade.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of MigrationWatch which campaigns for tougher immigration controls, said: "This increasing flow could become a back door to Britain.

"The issue of passports is the responsibility of the individual EU countries and these passports carry with them the right to free movement.

"This development strengthens the case for stronger controls on access to the UK which is now freely granted to EU migrants."

More than a fifth of the total – 54,000 migrants - came to Britain after first living in Portugal.

The second largest group came via Italy, with 36,000, followed by France (33,000), Spain (30,000), Ireland (21,000) and the Netherlands (19,000).

In terms of their country of birth, the largest group detailed in the Oxford University research came from India, with 24,000 arrivals, followed by South Africa (15,000), North America (14,000), Brazil (13,000) and Sri Lanka (11,000).

The research, based on data from the official Labour Force Survey, does not reveal how long the migrating EU citizens lived in other European countries before coming to Britain.

However, their average ago was 38 and they were slightly less likely to be in work than other EU citizens.

Figures showed 73 per cent were in employment, compared with the EU average of 80 per cent.

Three out of 10 were in professional jobs or management roles – a proportion higher than the 22 per cent average. ...

Figures from 2011 showed Britain had the second largest number of non-EU born nationals, at 210,000 or seven per cent of the population.

The only country with more was Germany, with 10 per cent or 245,000 people.

Government data shows that in 2014 the number of households headed by a foreign-born person was 3.73 million, compared with 1.98 million in 1997.
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Migrant baby boom means one in four infants now born in the UK has a mother who was born overseas and figure could reach one-in-three by 2021
Hannah Parry
MailOnline, 16 July 2015

More than a quarter of all babies born in Britain last year have migrant mothers, official statistics have revealed.

Almost 188,000 of the 695,000 UK births in 2014 were to foreign-born women, with the figure likely to be as high as one in three births by 2021.

The figure has more than doubled since 1997 when Prime Minister Tony Blair set up New Labour's open-door immigration policy.

In one London borough, more than three quarters of all births are to non-UK born women.

Poland, Pakistan and India were the three most common countries of birth for non-UK born mothers in 2013. Pakistan also remains the most common country of birth for non-UK born fathers between 2008 and 2013.

The figures come just weeks after it emerged that net migration has soared by 50 per cent in a year to 318,000 - the highest level for a decade.

Britain's population is now at a record high of 64.8 million, having grown by 400,000 last year. ...

Alp Mehmet, of MigrationWatch, said: 'These official figures support what we have been saying for some time – Britain's population growth is being driven by immigration increases and babies born to non-UK mothers.

'Clearly the longer the population grows the greater the volume of people in the country.

'It doesn't take a genius to work out that it will put added pressure on a whole range of services including schools, housing and hospitals. It is unsustainable. This sort of growth rate is going to lead to a population of 70 million more quickly than we thought – in the main because of immigration.'
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India: Version 1.27 billion
Chidanand Rajghatta
The Times of India, 16 July 2015
[Chidanand Rajghatta is The Times of India's US-based Foreign Editor]

Let millions of Indians migrate; let many little Indias bloom

India is jostling its way towards becoming the most populous country in the world. At 5pm on July 11, World Population Day this year, the Republic clocked in at 1.27 billion, give or take a couple million, accounting for 17.5% of global population. Most projections indicate that with 1.63 billion people by 2050, India will have surpassed China as the world's most populous country. ...

It's hard to imagine Chandni Chowk or Chowringhee or Chembur being more crowded than they already are, but that is going to happen. We are going to be packed in tight, with very little elbow room. ... ...

Levity aside, something's got to give. Many smaller countries – Singapore and Bahrain, Netherlands and South Korea among them – have greater population density than India. But it is easier to manage resources when you are in the millions. Our billion and half is a half billion too many.

India's geographic size is relatively modest. It is only the seventh largest country in the world in area terms; and it is half the size of the sixth-largest nation, Australia. This will ensure that aside from sheer numbers, India will remain the most densely-packed large country in the world.

The strain on resources will be tremendous. We may find the wherewithal to feed our people through higher per capita yield or acreage production with land that is both fecund and fertile, but take something like automobiles. If India, with one-fourth the US land mass, reaches anywhere near American vehicular saturation (254 million cars and trucks for 320 million population), we are toast. With 50 million vehicles, our cities are already groaning in bumper-to-bumper misery; imagine a billion, or even 500 million, vehicles. Our traffic snarls will be not just miles long, but days long.

Could de-population through emigration provide a way out? After all, foreigners have streamed into India for millennia and have been absorbed into the lifeblood of the subcontinent to the extent that even DNA tests can't divine anything more than the fact that we are of mixed stock. So why shouldn't Indians be heading outwards in greater numbers, helped by government-negotiated policies that allow for organised and orderly work-related emigration in a manner that will be economically viable and beneficial to all?

Already, some countries are beginning to realise this and are formulating policies to attract diverse immigrants. The US, UK and France are among the countries whose populations are expected to increase by at least 25% by 2100, much of it fuelled by immigration. ...

Of course, some countries hold little attraction for Indians, and some others are still locked in a nativist time-warp. Russia's population will drop from its current 142 million to 111 million, and Japan's from 125 million to 91 million by 2100. ... ...

India, with its diverse and plural population, is already the motherlode of modern migration with a diaspora estimated at 30 million worldwide. ...

But New Delhi needs to facilitate emigration of 300 million or more, not just 30 million, to allow itself some breathing space and gain greater global heft.
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Calais crisis: Britain to build 'secure zone' for lorries
David Barrett and Michael Wilkinson
Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2015

At least 35,000 illegal immigrants were discovered trying to breach security measures at Calais to reach Britain in the last six months, it has emerged.

Over a three week period during French ferry workers' strikes, numbers rocketed to at least 540 a day - or 23 an hour - attempting to break through fences or stow away in lorries, MPs heard.

The chief constable of Kent also warned there has been an 80-fold increase in the number of illegal immigrants actually reaching British soil.

Alan Pughsley said that during June and the first week of July 405 illegal immigrants were detained by his officers, or 81 a week on average, compared with just one a week during the first five months of this year.

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, announced the Government will build a new "secure zone" in Calais for British-bound lorries, but the freight industry condemned the move as too little, too late.

Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, called on ministers to persuade the French authorities to send in extra police – or even the army – to tackle the crisis. ...

"It's a crisis.

"We've got drivers being threatened with bars and knives.

"We've had an example of a driver being threatened with a gun.

"This is unprecedented and it's escalating. We need action now."

John Keefe of Eurotunnel said the company's security staff had detected between 27,000 and 28,000 people in the last six months, and handed them over to the French authorities.

But very little action by the French meant the migrants were simply freed to try again, sometimes several times in the same night, he told the home affairs select committee.

Mrs May confirmed a further 8,100 migrants were detected at separate government controls in Calais during a 21 day period from June 21.

There are now 5,000 migrants massed in Calais, MPs heard, compared with just a few hundred at the start of the year.

James Brokenshire, the immigration minister, was forced to admit he had never been to Calais to see the situation on the ground. ...

James Brokenshire confirmed the new secure zone in Calais - to hold 230 UK- bound lorries - will cost £1.4 million.

It will be on top of £12 million already allocated for other security measures as part of an Anglo-French deal.

The French pay for policing of the area and the UK has chipped in for the capital costs of new security fences and other measures. ...

James Hookham, chief executive of the Freight Transport Association, highlighted the issue of loads having to be written off because of contamination fears when migrants hide on vehicles.

He said: "Although the cost to the vehicle is high, the consequential cost of the loss of the load is orders of magnitude greater."

The cost of lost consignments could run to millions of pounds in the case of cargos such as pharmaceutical products, he said.

Richard Burnett, chief executive of the Road Haulage Association, added that the annual cost of products being written off because of the crisis could be as high as £1 billion.

"Full loads are being destroyed," he said.
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Work restrictions on foreign students extended in 'visa fraud crackdown'
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 14 July 2015

Thousands of foreign students at publicly funded colleges are to lose the right to work in Britain while they study.

The immigration minister, James Brokenshire, announced on Monday that from next month students from outside the European Union who come to study at publicly funded further education colleges will lose the right to work for up to 10 hours a week.

The "new crackdown on visa fraud", as the Home Office describes it, is aimed at ensuring that student visas are used for study and "not as a backdoor to the country's job market".

Further measures will be introduced this autumn, including:

• Reducing the length of further education visas from three years to two.

• Preventing college students from applying to stay on in Britain and work when they finish their course, unless they leave the country first.

• Preventing further education students from extending their studies in Britain unless they are registered at an institution with a formal link to a university.

The number of foreign students at British further education colleges has slumped in recent years from a peak of more than 110,000 in 2011 to 18,297 in the last 12 months.

The fall is partly a result of a squeeze by the home secretary, Theresa May, in an attempt to reduce annual net migration to below 100,000.

Ministers say the fall is also a result of a drive to reduce visa fraud and close down hundreds of privately funded "bogus" colleges.

The latest changes extend restrictions on non-EU students at privately funded colleges to those at publicly funded colleges. It is thought that there are about 5,000 non-EU students at publicly funded colleges, many of them studying for A-levels before applying to British universities.

Brokenshire said there had been signs of increased fraud at some publicly funded colleges and evidence of immigration advisers advertising college visas as a means to work in Britain.

"Immigration offenders want to sell illegal access to the UK jobs market, and there are plenty of people willing to buy," he said. "Hardworking taxpayers who are helping to pay for publicly funded colleges expect them to be providing top-class education, not a backdoor to a British work visa."
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Patriotism in Britain reduces with each generation
Will Dahlgreen
YouGov, 14 July 2015

Britain may briefly have felt patriotic in 2012, when Jubilee parties and the London Olympics stirred a dormant pride, but even in the past decade there's been a significant drop in patriotism, and when YouGov tested the nation on the 'Life in the UK' exam that all aspiring immigrants must pass to gain citizenship, 51% of young people failed.

A recent YouGov survey reveals the scale that patriotism is waning in Britain. British people may become more patriotic as they grow older, but 18-24 year-olds are so much less as likely than over-60s to be 'very' patriotic (15% compared to 49%) that even if a significant proportion of the younger generation turn proud in their old age, this cohort will still be considerably less patriotic than today's older generation.

How do we compare?

The survey was also conducted in 9 other countries across four continents. Compared to the two main superpower nations – America and China – where 49% and 48% respectively say they are 'very' patriotic, Britain is trailing. Here the figure is 32%.
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Poll Shows France And UK Are In Favor Of Closing European Borders
Jess McHugh
International Business Times, 12 July 2015

The majority of British and French people polled – almost seven out of 10 in France – favored closing the borders of the European Union to prevent migrant workers from entering there illegally, according to the results of a French Institute of Public Opinion (IFOP) poll exclusively published by the French newspaper Le Figaro.

Respondents were specifically asked about dissolving the Schengen area, a 26-country zone in Europe where people can move about freely between nations without visas. Many migrants travel between those countries in search of work.

The IFOP-Le Figaro poll was published amid heated debate in France about the plight of migrant workers after hundreds of African asylum-seekers were turned away from France's border and returned to Italy June 15.

Among the respondents polled in five countries – France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands and the U.K. – those in France and the U.K. were most in favor of doing away with the accord underlying the Schengen area, 67 percent in France and 63 percent in the U.K.

Focusing on African migrant workers, the pollsters asked respondents whether they believed state money would be best spent on reinforcing existing borders to keep them out, helping in the development of the countries where they originate or creating more programs within European nations to welcome them. Most in favor of state spending on tightening borders to prevent migration were the British, 47 percent, and the French, 36 percent.
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More than 100 asylum claims from Olympics and Commonwealth games
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 11 July 2015

More than 100 foreigners who attended the London Olympics and last year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow have failed to return home and claimed asylum in Britain.

New figures released by James Brokenshire, the immigration minister, revealed 82 asylum claims were made by competitors, spectators or other people who came here for the 2012 Olympics.

Of those, 52 have been granted, he said.

A further 50 people have also failed to leave Britain and have been granted another form of legitimate leave to stay in this country.

Mr Brokenshire also confirmed 21 people had "applied for or been granted asylum" who attended the Commonwealth Games, plus a further six who have been granted another form of leave.

It means that in total the Home Office is aware of 159 cases in total from both sporting events which involved asylum claims or other forms of settlement being granted.

Philip Davies, the Conservative MP who obtained the figures in Parliament, said: "I am very concerned that we are being treated as a soft touch when it comes to asylum.

"I find it quite extraordinary that people could come to this country as athletes representing their country, or as members of their support teams, and then claim they are being persecuted at home.

"I think that in future the Home Office needs to make clear that large sporting events are not a route for asylum seekers to Britain."
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Revealed: The areas of England and Wales where people don't speak English
Ashley Kirk and John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2015

Almost a million people living in Britain can barely communicate in English, new analysis of the UK census suggests.

In some areas almost one in 10 residents admit they cannot speak English well or at all, effectively excluding them from jobs and integration in the wider community and increasing their chances of being in poor health.

The problem is heavily concentrated in a string of inner-city language black-spots in London as well as places such as Leicester.

The figures, set out in an official language map of England and Wales, will lead to warnings that large scale immigration is allowing linguistic ghettos to develop in parts of the UK despite the Government's drive to promote so-called "British values".

Other than English, the most common languages were Polish, Panjabi and Urdu. Over 500,000 people spoke Polish, while over a quarter of a million spoke Panjabi.

Overall, the census found that around 863,000 people in England and Wales – about one in 50 of the population – admitted on the 2011 census form that they could not speak English well or at all.

But in a string of areas between 20 and 25 per cent of all families do not have anyone who regularly speaks the language while in others only the children do so.

In most local authority areas only about one per cent of the population do not have an effective command of English but in a handful of areas the rate is about nine per cent of the population.

In Newham, east London, often cited as the UK's most ethnically diverse area, the rate was 8.7 per cent while in the boroughs of Brent and Tower Hamlets, also in the capital, it stands at eight per cent, just ahead of Leicester where it is 7.5 per cent.
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First cousin marriages in Pakistani communities leading to 'appalling' disabilities among children
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 8 July 2015

Baroness Flather, a former Tory who now sits as a cross-bencher, said in the House of Lords that it is "absolutely appalling" that first cousin marriages in Pakistani communities are leading to "so much disability among children".

She said: "There are a lot of first-cousin marriages in certain communities, particularly among Pakistanis who come from the Pakistani Kashmir area. We know so much about DNA now, but there is so much disability among the children, which is absolutely appalling.

"You go to any such family and there will be four or five children, at least one or two of whom will have some disability. That is absolutely unacceptable, and if we cannot do anything about it, is it fair to the children?"

Baroness Flather, a former barrister who was born in the Pakistani city of Lahore when it was part of India, said: "Never mind the parents – it is not fair to the children that they should be allowed to become disabled because of a social practice. It is a social practice which does not belong in today's age, when we know so much about DNA. There should at least be some rule which says that you must have a DNA examination before your marriage can be registered."

First-cousin marriages, which are are legal in the UK, are practised within Britain's Pakistani community, as well as among some Arab and African families. Medical data previously suggested that while British Pakistanis were responsible for 3 per cent of all births, they accounted for 30 per cent of British children born with a genetic illness.
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Officials BAN migrants with diseases over outbreak fears – as campaigners say it's RACIST
Scott Campbell
Daily Express, 8 July 2015

Officials are to ban migrants who have diseases over fears that whole towns could be wiped out by exotic illness outbreaks.

Six European mayors have signed the agreement amid a surge of migrants arriving in their towns.

The Italians fear that migrants could spread dangerous illnesses after scabies and tuberculosis outbreaks were recorded among some of the 68,000 who have arrived in the country since January.

One of the concerned officials said: "We are a small town with 300 inhabitants, if someone with a strange disease arrives will we have to quarantine the town?"

And Casanova mayor Micheal Volpati warned that his town could not cope with the constant flood of migrants after budget cuts.

He said: "I need to protect my citizens and I say no to refugees here.

"It's not racism. Once there is a clear and co-ordinated plan in place we will look at doing our bit to help." ...

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has previously warned of immigration's impact on "public health in Europe".

It said in a 2009 report: "Many migrants from outside the EU come from countries where prevention and control of infectious diseases such as TB, HIV and hepatitis is inadequate and the risk of exposure to these diseases is higher than in most EU countries."

Researchers from the EU agency found that in some countries as many as 79 per cent of tuberculosis cases were foreigners. ...

Migrants account for about 70 per cent of HIV cases in Britain, according to the ECDC – and almost all of them got the highly infectious disease before coming to the UK.
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North African migrants and the future of Europe
Donald Macleod
Donald Macleod, 8 July 2015
[Professor Donald Macleod's article first appeared in the West Highland Free Press on 22 May 2015]

Europe's movers and shakers are now calling for a concerted response to the migrant crisis, but this has not been the only note. Influential voices have also suggested that the migrants are part of a coherent plan to increase the Muslim presence in Europe, and this is even being linked to predictions that within twenty-five years Britain will be a predominantly Muslim country. Yet, while for all the years of the Cold War we trembled at the spectre of Communism and the thought of 'Reds under the bed', no-one seems to be taking the Islamic threat seriously.

Is such complacency wise? There can certainly be no doubt that the thousands of North Africans now pouring into Europe are Muslims. Nor can there be any doubt that after centuries of relative passivity Islam, like Scottish separatism, is now all fired-up with new energy and zeal. /.../ But whatever the reasons, the millions of North Africans who will enter Europe in the next twenty-five years are not likely to arrive full of gratitude. They will bring with them Islam's innate sense of superiority and its contempt for the infidel.

Equally clearly, our freedoms will never survive under a dominant Islam. No Muslim country on earth grants civil rights or liberty of speech to its citizens. ... ...

All minorities prefer to keep a low profile and avoid trouble. Generations of British Muslims have done exactly that, many have made an invaluable contribution to British society, and many are perfectly prepared to listen quietly while Christians 'witness' to them. But when minorities become majorities, things change, as German Jews discovered in the 1930s. Once the Nazis achieved ascendancy, friendly German neighbours suddenly became informants for the Gestapo; and in the event of Islamic dominance in Britain our friendly Muslim shopkeepers will have little option but to march behind the radicals.

Have we any protection? Tighter immigration controls bring their own complications. ...

But have we no intellectual, ideological or spiritual barriers to raise against Islam? The prevailing secular humanism is too preoccupied with hating Christianity to notice the threat posed by Islam; and anyway, when it comes to the bit, a negative ('There is no God') can never have the motivational force of a fanatical positive like, 'Allah is God'.

What of Christianity? Can it save us (and our freedoms) from Islam? Yes, but only if it is robustly biblical, and robustly confident that Jesus is the one and only Lord.

But Christianity must also address the fact that in many parts of Britain it is invisible: simply not there. ... ...

But then, Islam has never needed to win the intellectual battle, and in the eyes of its radicals it still doesn't need to. Bombs and beheadings will suffice; or, in the worst possible scenario, an Islamised France, armed to the hilt and ready to pounce.

Apocalyptic delusions of an aged brain? Possibly, but consider Augustine, the greatest Christian mind the world has ever seen. Born in Algeria, he became Bishop of Hippo (also in Algeria) in 396. There, if anywhere, Christianity seemed secure for all time coming. But by 622 Mohammed had established himself in Medina, and a hundred years later Christianity was obliterated in Algeria. It was no victory of the mind. Augustine's diocese had merely been overwhelmed by a Muslim army.

History need not repeat itself. But let's not sleep-walk our way into the loss of all our freedoms.
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ISIS terrorists are arriving in Europe hidden among migrants crossing the Mediterranean on boats, warns EU's top prosecutor
Jennifer Newton
MailOnline, 7 July 2015

The European Union's top prosecutor says she has been told that Islamic State terrorists are being smuggled across the Mediterranean hidden among migrants.

Michele Coninsx, head of the EU's judicial co-operation agency Eurojust, has confirmed she received the intelligence as part of the organisation's efforts to respond to illegal immigration, terrorism and cybercrime.

Ms Coninsx said Eurojust's co-ordination efforts are ongoing and she could not divulge what EU nations have told the agency.

But she said groups such as ISIS are also using proceeds from people-trafficking to fund terrorism. ...

Ms Coninsx said an Italian official told Eurojust three weeks ago the flow of migrants has risen fivefold.

Often the smugglers mingle with the migrants in the hope they will not be caught - although dozens have been arrested in Sicily and other parts of southern Italy.

Meanwhile Britain has been warned to brace itself for 'boats full of terrorists' if Islamist fanatics are allowed to cement their foothold in Libya.

Egypt's Ambassador to the UK said the flood of migrants from north Africa poses a new threat now that the Islamic State controls the Libyan coastal town of Sirte.

It comes after officials have previously spoken of their fears that militias loyal to ISIS could bring Somalia-style piracy to the Mediterranean.

Fighters that have sworn allegiance to the Islamic State have made sweeping new inroads in Libya, and have taken numerous coastal towns, just a few hundred miles across the water from mainland Europe.

Italian officials believe that militants are already working with experienced seamen – the human traffickers shipping tens of thousands of migrants to Europe every month.
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Segregated UK: How some British schools are more racially separated than St Louis - the US city hit by the Ferguson race riots
Tim Macfarlan
MailOnline, 6 July 2015

Some schools in Britain are more racially segregated than St Louis, the US city torn apart by race riots in November.

That's according to the first analysis of the racial divide in schools across England, which has found primary schools in the council area of Blackburn with Darwen have higher levels of segregation between the white British population and all ethnic minorities than the black-white divide in some St Louis neighbourhoods.

The analysis of the national pupil database by the think tank Demos has revealed ethnic minority children starting primary school in year 1 in Blackburn have the highest level of separation from the white British population. ...

The dissimilarity index, as the score is known, is calculated by taking the ethnic composition of an area and seeing how far the ethnic mix of the schools in that area deviate from it.

A score of 0 would show a perfect match between the two, while the closer the figure is to 1 the greater the ethnic segregation in schools.

The St Louis measure captures the degree to which two groups are evenly spread among census areas across the city, compared with the racial composition of the whole city.

A score of 0.6 and above typically points to social problems according to Eric Kaufmann, professor of politics at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Bradford came in second place with 0.710, followed by Oldham, Birmingham, Kirklees and Calderdale, both in West Yorkshire, and Rochdale, all with scores higher than 0.6. Bolton, Redbridge in northeast London and Leicester complete the top 10.

The three least segregated areas for year 1 pupils are Bracknell Forest (0.153), Sutton in southwest London and Brighton and Hove.

Trevor Phillips, former chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality and current head of the Demos integration hub, which did the analysis, said: 'There is obviously a difference between school segregation and residential segregation and in this country the schools tend to be more segregated than the neighbourhoods they are in.

'But even if that is true, it still means children are spending more than half their waking hours largely in the company of people like themselves, and that has to be unhealthy.'

In London, 90 per cent of ethnic minority children begin year 1 in primary schools where ethnic minorities are the majority of pupils. Across the country this applies to 61 per cent of ethnic minority children. By contrast, 94 per cent of white British pupils are in schools with a white British majority. ...

Partly because they have larger catchment areas, secondary schools are less segregated, though Blackburn is still top with a score of 0.683 in year 7.

This is followed by the Isle of Wight, Bradford, Birmingham, Leicester, Bolton, Kirklees, North Lincolnshire, Redbridge and Westminster.

The least segregated is North Somerset, then Bracknell and Richmond.

Compiled for 2013 and 2008, the figures show a slight improvement across all ethnic groups over five years, but not enough to keep pace with the rate of change in the minority ethnic population.
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7/7 anniversary: Why we can never stop tackling extremism
Peter Clarke
Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2015
[Peter Clarke was head of the Counter Terrorism Command at Scotland Yard from 2002 until 2008]

Since 2005, terrorists have repeatedly tried to launch attacks in this country. Most have been thwarted.

There have been hundreds of convictions for terrorist-related crimes, and arrests are at their highest ever level. At the moment, on average there is one arrest every day for terrorism, and about 120 people are awaiting trial. ... ...

I said at a press conference in 2006: "The threat from terrorism is real, it is here, it is deadly and it is enduring." Sadly, that is still the case, and behind the violence sits an ideology that must be rooted out. There can be no room for complacency.

Last year, I was asked to conduct the so-called Trojan Horse inquiry into allegations of infiltration of schools by Islamist extremists. The evidence was clear that there were people in positions of influence in some schools in Birmingham who held intolerant and extremist views.

Extraordinarily, the Commons education select committee published a report earlier this year saying that only one, isolated example of extremism had been found. This flew in the face of the evidence, and the Government has now firmly rejected the report, saying that it "downplays the seriousness of events in Birmingham and risks undermining our efforts to tackle extremism".

The tragic irony is that this government rebuttal was issued on the day that 39 people were murdered on a Tunisian beach by a man whose route to terrorism may have started with someone telling him that intolerance of others' beliefs and values is a virtue.
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100,000 Muslims in UK Living in Taxpayer Subsidized Polygamy
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 4 July 2015

We still don't know the full US total, but it's increasing every year with Muslim immigration. The methodology is simple and financially devastating.

Ahmed imports Wife No. 2, passes her off as a cousin or niece, she gets pregnant, is on the books as a single mother, collects every benefit there is, meanwhile she's bringing along every family member. The men import their own wives and the cycle continues.

The UK sees this trend being very high among young Muslims and estimates a large number of Muslim polygamous marriages.

"As many as 100,000 couples are living in such marriages, which are not valid under UK law, experts said.

A leading Islamic family lawyer warned that the increase in Sharia ceremonies among the 2.7 million-strong Muslim population in Britain was also behind a growth in "secret polygamy".

"Probably a quarter of all couples I see involve polygamy issues," Aina Khan told The Times. "There has been a huge rise in recent years because people can have a secret nikah [Islamic marriage] and no one will know about it."

The growth in a parallel marriage system that bypassed the register office was being driven by Muslims aged below 30, who were becoming more religious, she said.

100,000 is not a tiny minority and if we look at this trend as being highest among the under 30 Muslims, that means it's a much higher proportion than even the numbers would lead us to expect.

Polygamy obviously is a demographic weapon that helps keep a birthrate boom going. While in the Muslim world, polygamy generally skews toward a wealthy class, the attraction of Europe and the US is that the native taxpayers subsidize the polygamy of the Muslim colonists. It's a version of ISIS complete with sex trafficking, but somewhat less violence.

UK taxpayers are financing the rise of their own Islamic State.
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Eastern European migrant surge sees Poles become Britain's second biggest 'ethnic minority'
Tom McTague
MailOnline, 3 July 2015

Poles are now the second biggest ethnic minority in Britain, official population figures revealed this morning.

In the decade following Tony Blair's decision to open Britain's borders to Eastern Europe, the Polish population has swelled to 688,000 – equivalent to a city bigger than Liverpool.

It means only Indians now outnumber Poles in Britain's foreign-born migrant population, the Office for National Statistics said.

The 10-year Eastern European surge means there are now more Poles living in Britain than Irish, Jamaican and French migrants combined.

As well as Poles, there are also 144,000 Lithuanians, 136,000 Romanians and 82,000 Latvians – taking the Eastern European population in Britain to over 1 million, or a city the size of Birmingham.

Behind Indians and Poles, Pakistanis are now the third biggest minority – numbering some 516,000. Overall, there are 7.5 million people living in England and Wales who were born outside the UK – making up some 13 per cent of the population. ...

Alongside eastern European migrants, there are 378,000 Irish, 297,000 Germans and 228,000 Bangladeshis.

There are also 221,000 South Africans, 197,000 Americans and 191,000 Chinese.

The unemployment crisis on the Continent has also seen the number of western European workers boom.

In 2013, the latest figures available, showed there are now 150,000 French migrants, 144,000 Italians, 110,000 Portugese and 93,000 Spanish.
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Britain is home to one in five new European citizens
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 2 July 2015

One in five foreigners granted citizenship in Europe in 2013 live in Britain, new figures have shown.

More than 207,000 foreign nationals successfully applied to become naturalised British citizens in 2013 – more than 560 a day – at a level second only to the 225,000 who won citizenship in Spain.

Eurostat, the EU's official statistics agency, showed a total of 985,000 foreigners were given citizenship across Europe in the year.

It means the UK accounted for a fifth of the European total, intensifying concerns that Britain is too generous to foreign applicants when compared with other EU states.

Lord Green of Deddington, the chairman of MigrationWatch which campaigns for tougher immigration rules, said the figures were a "clear outcome of mass immigration" to Britain over more than a decade.

It is the first time an international comparison has been published showing just how many people were granted citizenship during the year, which recorded the highest number of new British citizenships since records began in 1962.

The Government has since tightened up requirements for settlement in Britain – the precursor to fully-fledged citizenship – leading to citizenship numbers falling by 40 per cent to just under 126,000 last year.

The new report comes after a watchdog raised serious concerns about the Government's checks on citizenship applications in this country.

John Vine, the former Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, said last December that violent foreign thugs have been granted British citizenship on a "no questions asked" basis due to errors by borders bureaucrats.

One immigrant was given British citizenship even though he admitted stabbing someone to death in his home country, after an official neglected to read his notes.

Only three per cent of applications for citizenship were refused in 2013.

Under current legislation, applicants must show that they are of good character, speak English, meet the residence requirements and not have breached immigration rules. ...

In comparison to Britain's 207,500, France granted citizenship to just over 97,000 while in Germany the figure was 115,000.

Eight per cent of the British total were nationals from other EU states who had opted to become UK citizens, mainly eastern Europeans.
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Caught on camera: Sham marriage fixers who say they get away with it because authorities are too scared of being labelled racist to intervene
James Slack
Daily Mail, 2 July 2015

Sham marriage fixers have been caught on camera saying they get away with it because authorities are too scared of being labelled racist to intervene.

Hidden cameras captured a 'fixer' arranging a ceremony between a man from Pakistan seeking a passport and a would-be British bride.

The man, who was actually an undercover reporter, asked the fixer if the relationship will 'stand out' because they are from different cultures - making the Home Office more likely to investigate.

But the alleged fixer replies: 'As far as ethnicity, religion, that is very, so touchy they are scared to bring it up. It's not PC. It's not something they'll bring up, for fear of being called racist.'

The investigation, screened on Thursday, includes two cases of undercover filming of sham marriage 'fixers', with one couple offering to provide a girl or 'puppet' to take part in a ceremony for £10,000.

It shows one fixer, called Chris, revealing tips on the best cover story to provide to the Home Office. ...

One pair of fixers admitted 'sham marriage is a big crime' but went on to discuss arrangements for the undercover reporter to marry a British woman.

They were also filmed criticising the British system, saying it was 'unbelievably soft'.

Investigators for ITV's Exposure found that – despite repeated Government crackdowns on sham marriage – it remains a multi-million pound industry.

Former Crown Prosecution chief Nazir Afzal said officials were worried about being accused of 'racism 'or 'religious discrimination' so might not challenge fake couples.

He said: 'People these days are less likely to ask those kinds of questions because they don't want to be accused of being racist or religiously discriminatory.

'The saddest thing is that we the British taxpayer the public lose out, and that can't be right.'

The undercover team also found that criminal gangs are increasingly fixing same-sex marriages, as they think they will arouse less suspicions.

Government figures suggest 10,000 sham marriages take place each year but there are no figures for those involving same sex couples.

In March, the Home Office tightened the rules. Everybody getting wed now has to wait for a month between giving notice and getting married.
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Britain sends £300 million to Africa and the Middle East to stop the 'ever growing flow' of migrants wanting to travel to Europe
Tom McTague
MailOnline, 2 July 2015

Britain will send more than £300 million to countries in Africa and the Middle East in an effort to reduce the number of migrants fleeing to Europe, the Government announced today.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said the growing migrant crisis in Calais was proof that 'the world's problems touch our lives here in Britain'.

She said the alternative to spending international aid was 'ever-growing migrant flows' into Europe and Britain.

Ms Greening announced aid programmes worth £217 million in Africa would help 2.5 million refugees in the countries that the majority of migrants are travelling though.

This aid will be spent in South Sudan, Kenya, Sudan, Central African Republic and Nigeria.

An extra £100 million will be spent to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon. This includes £20 million to help Syrian children go to school this September.

Ms Greening said Britain needed to spend money in Africa making it more attractive for people to stay – 'using international development to reduce the numbers seeking a better life in Europe'. ...

The new support for Africa includes £30 million in support for over 580,000 South Sudanese refugees - providing emergency assistance to stop them making the journey north to Libya and across the Mediterranean to Italy and Greece.

An extra £18 million will be spent on people fleeing the conflict in Central African Republic, including 170,000 refugees living in Cameroon, helping them to meet their basic needs and build their own livelihoods.

Some £4 million will be spent helping 75,000 displaced people in north east Nigeria and £38.7 million to support vulnerable people in Sudan.

An extra £15 million will be sent to Kenya for the 533,000 refugees living in camps - helping to provide food, water and sanitation.

The new support for Syria includes £20 million to help vaccinate nearly 430,000 children.

Aid will also be used to give 'cash transfers' and vouchers to 60,000 refugees in Lebanon and Jordan so they can directly purchase the goods they most need.
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Police need to recruit 17,000 more black officers to reflect society
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 30 June 2015

The police will need to recruit 17,000 black and ethnic minority officers over the next decade if the service is to accurately reflect the community it serves, a report has concluded.

While many Chief Constables have acknowledged the need for a more diverse pool of staff, figures released by the College of Policing suggest they remain a long way off achieving equality.

With estimates suggesting the black and ethnic minority population of England and Wales will be 14 per cent by 2026, the service would need to recruit 17,000 officers from those communities in order to achieve a more representative profile.

Recent figures showed that out of almost 130,000 full time police officers in England and Wales, just 6,500 came from an ethnic minority, representing just five per cent.

As well as recruiting more black and ethnic minority officers, forces face an ongoing issue of retaining them and getting them into the senior ranks.

One possible solution that has been suggested is to pension off older white officers in order to allow young ethnic recruits to climb the ladder more quickly.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spent £200 million offering early retirement to long serving officers in order to increase the number of Roman Catholics in the force.

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the country's most senior police officer, recently said he would support such an initiative for the Metropolitan Police, which is even less reflective than other forces because of the diverse make-up of the capital.

But the College of Policing has ruled out embracing that initiative for the time being.

A review published by the College of Policing stated: "The scale of the BME representation challenge facing policing is huge.

"It is estimated the BME population of England and Wales will be 16 per cent of the total population by 2026.

"The police service would need to recruit approximately 17,000 BME officers over the next decade to achieve a more representative profile."
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Tens of thousands of foreign criminals arrested in UK have police records in their own country
Nick Dorman and Lee Sorrell
Sunday Mirror, 28 June 2015

Nearly 30,000 foreigners arrested in Britain over the past year turned out to have police records in their own country.

And that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the growing influx of criminals – including murderers and rapists – crossing our borders with ease.

Because a Sunday Mirror investigation can reveal that out of a shocking total of 190,000 foreign nationals arrested here in the last 12 months fewer than HALF had their homeland backgrounds checked by our police forces.

The frightening figures from criminal records office ACRO emerge in the wake of a series of terrifying crimes carried out by migrant offenders who have hidden their past from British authorities. ...

And Labour's Shadow Immigration Minister David Hanson vowed to raise the ACRO figures with Home Secretary Theresa May.

He said: "It's vital for public safety that the Government can stop the entry into the UK of foreign nationals who have serious criminal convictions."

And leading UK criminal justice expert Harry Fletcher, former boss of probation officers' union NAPO, warned: "The checks at the moment are woefully inadequate.

"The only way we even know a convicted foreign criminal has entered this country is if they are picked up for another offence that has taken place here. That can't be allowed to continue."

The data from ACRO, part of the National Police Chiefs' Council, shows a total of 86,667 requests for overseas criminal records checks were made by UK forces.

The records office estimates in a THIRD of these cases the check came back with a criminal conviction – meaning 28,600 of the suspects had already been convicted abroad.

But the true figure will be higher as forces only bothered to check 46 per cent of the 190,000 foreigners held in the UK in 2014.

That total was 12,000 higher than the number of foreigners arrested in 2013 – which means over the past two years 368,000 foreign suspects have been held over crimes in Britain.

We can also reveal more than 10,500 of the 86,000 people behind bars in the UK are offenders from overseas.

And the National Audit Office says the overall cost of dealing with foreign national criminals and suspects is around £850 million a year. ...

More than 2,500 banged up here are from old Eastern Bloc nations now part of the EU.

Meanwhile, concerns remain high over the lack of criminal checks on EU nationals BEFORE they enter Britain.

Two months ago the UK joined a £360 million EU-wide database but it is already under review. The Schengen Information System – known as SIS II – raises alerts about suspects wanted on European Arrest Warrants.

But it fails to provide warnings on violent offenders released from jail and heading to the UK, because of a lack of information supplied by some countries.
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The Tunisia attack was not an act of war, but a mass murder by a religious cult
Col Tim Collins
Sunday Telegraph, 28 June 2015
[Col Tim Collins OBE is a former SAS officer and a specialist in the field of counterinsurgency and security]

Remember always, it is a mass murder scene, not a warzone. Had the world, led by the United States, kept its head after 9/11, and treated Ground Zero as a huge crime scene instead of blundering into a "war on terror", I believe the scenes we are witnessing around the world now would not be happening. ...

Who or what is the death cult? The answer is a manifestation of the Wahhabi/Salafi tradition of Sunni Islam and its Indian offshoot, now based in Pakistan, the Deobandis. They are here in the UK subverting young minds in our Muslim communities as well as recruiting among the weak and vulnerable and mentally ill of wider society. It is time we acted as a nation to stop them.

This sect has as much to do with Islam as the Klu Klux Klan has to do with Christianity. They and their apologists would claim that theirs is the purest form of Islam – a claim that is now widely accepted on the Left wing of politics. It dismisses the vast majority of Muslims, both Sunni and Shia, as well as all other religions and none as infidels only fit to be murdered and raped or kept as slaves, unless they submit to this particular distortion of a great world religion.

The unifying purpose of the death cult is to provoke the end of time. It is astonishing that the UK Government sits idly by while children are taught to look forward to the end of the world and are instructed on how they can help to bring that about, purely because the obliteration of humanity is at the heart of this creed. They even detest the human form, hence their preferred form of dress.

The burka for women and the dress of a middle-eastern peasant – but with the pantaloons hitched high up from the ankle – are the political uniform of the cult. Physical destruction is important to them too, and not only of non-Islamic historical treasures. The early followers of this sect destroyed the tomb of the Prophet Mohammed in 1804 and sought then, as well as now, to obliterate any physical evidence of early Islam off the face of the Earth. ...

On Friday we saw a manifestation of this creed in the savagery in Tunisia. /.../ The intent of the murders in Tunisia is clear. You would think that it was simply an attack on the hated Westerners, "Kuffirs" as the followers of the death cult are taught to call us. In fact that was a secondary goal, albeit one which will be welcomed with delight in madrasahs that are in the grip of the death cult across the UK.

The main purpose was to destroy the Tunisian tourist industry and with it the hopes and livelihood of the nation. ...

They want to deprive young men and women across North Africa, including Morocco and Egypt, of any chance of a job and a decent life – as well as remove the hope of dignity for the older generations by removing employment opportunities. The purpose is ultimately twofold: create conditions so miserable that the death cult can flourish, and drive increasing numbers to escape, making the dangerous crossing to Europe and into the arms of the ready recruiters here. By these means they intend to conquer North Africa and ultimately Europe. Their means are, in the face of dumbfounded inaction by European leaders, most effective.

How do we fight back? It has to start with opening up to scrutiny the madrasahs where this hatred is peddled and total reform or closing down of schools here where the death cult has caught hold.
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Fight against illegal immigration suffers new blow
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 27 June 2015

The Government's battle against illegal immigration has suffered a major setback after judges ruled against a "fast track" deportation appeals process.

The Court of Appeal overturned an earlier decision which allowed the Home Office's fast track detention system to continue even though it had been declared unlawful in a ruling earlier this month.

It means Theresa May, the Home Secretary, is expected to face a flood of bail applications.

Failed asylum seekers and others in Britain illegally who are held in immigration removal centres are likely to ask to be released while appealing against the decision not to grant them permission to remain in this country.

In effect, the Home Office will not be able to push illegal immigrants through the deportation process as quickly. ...

High Court judges ruled earlier this month the fast track system, which has been in use for a decade, was "structurally unfair".

Three judges effectively put the unlawful ruling on hold until the appeal court heard a challenge by Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary and Lord Chancellor.

But eventually the Government were not given a chance to appeal the decision, a Home Office spokesman said, and the "stay" on the earlier ruling was lifted.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said: "This is the worst possible message to be sending out at this time.

"It is extremely regrettable that the government were not given an opportunity to appeal before the fast track system was declared illegal.

"It is vital to any effective removal arrangements."

He added: "The asylum system already leaks like a sieve.

"The majority of claims are only made on discovery.

"Sixty per cent of all claims then fail, including after appeals, but only half of those whose claims are rejected are actually removed.

"The net result is that, if you get into the UK and claim asylum you have a 75 per cent chance of staying on, legally or otherwise.

"No wonder they are queuing up in Calais."
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'Religion of peace' is not a harmless platitude [part 1]
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 27 June 2015

In France, Britain, Germany, America and nearly every other country in the world it remains government policy to say that any and all attacks carried out in the name of Mohammed have 'nothing to do with Islam'. It was said by George W. Bush after 9/11, Tony Blair after 7/7 and Tony Abbott after the Sydney attack. It is what David Cameron said after two British extremists cut off the head of Drummer Lee Rigby in London, when 'Jihadi John' cut off the head of aid worker Alan Henning in the 'Islamic State' and when Islamic extremists attacked a Kenyan mall, separated the Muslims from the Christians and shot the latter in the head. It is what President François Hollande said after the massacre of journalists and Jews in Paris. And it is what David Cameron said yesterday after 38 people, mainly British, were murdered on a beach in Tunisia and a man was beheaded in France.

All these leaders are wrong. In private, they and their senior advisers often concede that they are telling a lie. The most sympathetic explanation is that they are telling a 'noble lie', provoked by a fear that we – the general public – are a lynch mob in waiting. 'Noble' or not, this lie is a mistake. First, because the general public do not rely on politicians for their information and can perfectly well read articles and books about Islam for themselves. Secondly, because the lie helps no one understand the threat we face. Thirdly, because it takes any heat off Muslims to deal with the bad traditions in their own religion. And fourthly, because unless mainstream politicians address these matters then one day perhaps the public will overtake their politicians to a truly alarming extent. ...

Yet today our political class fuels both cause and nascent effect. Because the truth is there for all to see. To claim that people who punish people by killing them for blaspheming Islam while shouting 'Allah is greatest' has 'nothing to do with Islam' is madness. Because the violence of the Islamists is, truthfully, only to do with Islam: the worst version of Islam, certainly, but Islam nonetheless. ...

Here we land at the centre of the problem – a centre we have spent the last decade and a half trying to avoid: Islam is not a peaceful religion. No religion is, but Islam is especially not. It is certainly not, as some ill-informed people say, solely a religion of war. There are many peaceful verses in the Quran which – luckily for us – most Muslims live by. But it is by no means only a religion of peace.

I say this not because I hate Islam, nor do I have any special animus against Muslims, but simply because this is the verifiable truth based on the texts. Until we accept that we will never defeat the violence, we risk encouraging whole populations to take against all of Islam and abandon all those Muslims who are trying desperately to modernise, reform and de-literalise their faith. And – most importantly – we will give up our own traditions of free speech and historical inquiry and allow one religion to have an unbelievable advantage in the free marketplace of ideas.

It is not surprising that politicians have tried to avoid this debate by spinning a lie. The world would be an infinitely safer place if the historical Mohammed had behaved more like Buddha or Jesus. But he did not ... ...
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'Religion of peace' is not a harmless platitude [part 2]
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 27 June 2015

... in contemporary Europe, Islam receives not an undue amount of criticism but a free ride which is unfair to all other religions. The night after the Charlie Hebdo atrocities I was pre-recording a Radio 4 programme. My fellow discussant was a very nice Muslim man who works to 'de-radicalise' extremists. We agreed on nearly everything. But at some point he said that one reason Muslims shouldn't react to such cartoons is that Mohammed never objected to critics.

There may be some positive things to be said about Mohammed, but I thought this was pushing things too far and mentioned just one occasion when Mohammed didn't welcome a critic. Asma bint Marwan was a female poetess who mocked the 'Prophet' and who, as a result, Mohammed had killed. It is in the texts. It is not a problem for me. But I can understand why it is a problem for decent Muslims. The moment I said this, my Muslim colleague went berserk. How dare I say this? I replied that it was in the Hadith and had a respectable chain of transmission (an important debate). He said it was a fabrication which he would not allow to stand. The upshot was that he refused to continue unless all mention of this was wiped from the recording. The BBC team agreed and I was left trying to find another way to express the same point. The broadcast had this 'offensive' fact left out.

I cannot imagine another religious discussion where this would happen, but it is perfectly normal when discussing Islam. On that occasion I chose one case, but I could have chosen many others, such as the hundreds of Jews Mohammed beheaded with his own hand. Again, that's in the mainstream Islamic sources. I haven't made it up. It used to be a problem for Muslims to rationalise, but now there are people trying to imitate such behaviour in our societies it has become a problem for all of us, and I don't see why people in the free world should have to lie about what we read in historical texts.

We may all share a wish that these traditions were not there but they are and they look set to have serious consequences for us all. ...

This is a problem with Islam – one that Muslims are going to have to work through. They could do so by a process which forces them to take their foundational texts less literally, or by an intellectually acceptable process of cherry-picking verses. Or prominent clerics could unite to declare the extremists non-Muslim. But there isn't much hope of this happening. In December, al-Azhar University in Cairo declared that although Isis members are terrorists they cannot be described as heretics.

We have spent 15 years pretending things about Islam, a complex religion with competing interpretations. It is true that most Muslims live their lives peacefully. But a sizeable portion (around 15 per cent and more in most surveys) follow a far more radical version. The remainder are sitting on a religion which is, in many of its current forms, a deeply unstable component. That has always been a problem for reformist Muslims. But the results of ongoing mass immigration to the West at the same time as a worldwide return to Islamic literalism means that this is now a problem for all of us. To stand even a chance of dealing with it, we are going to have to wake up to it and acknowledge it for what it is.
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Calais migrant chaos is costing British truckers £750k a day
John Ingham
Daily Express, 26 June 2015

Road Haulage Association chief executive Richard Burnett said the chaos is costing his industry £750,000 a day through trucks sitting in traffic jams and loads being spoiled.

He said it is "totally unacceptable" for truckers to have to "run the gauntlet of fear and intimidation that is fast becoming the norm". ...

... the immigration and borders watchdog announced a probe into how effective the Home Office has been in deterring illegal immigrants.

David Bolt, the Independent Chief Inspector for Borders and Immigration, said he will study how successful the Government has been in its declared aim of creating a "hostile environment" for illegal migrants through penalties and prosecutions.

He will also scrutinise the way intelligence is used by the Home Office in its efforts to stem the flow of illegal entrants.

He said: "'The effective and efficient working of the UK's border and immigration functions continues to be of great interest to those responsible for delivering these functions, to Parliament, and to the public, not least because we are all touched by them. ...

Mr Burnett said: "What was a chronic situation is now turning into an acute emergency. The issue of clandestines trying to access the UK via illegal means has been a major issue for our members and the haulage industry for years. These latest scenes at Calais dictate that we must have positive and swift action." ...

On Wednesday morning French police caught 350 migrants hidden in cars and trucks in just four hours.
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Why isn't Britain, like France, sending illegal migrants back to Italy?
Peter Higgins
Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2015
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – As a former director of the UK Immigration Service, responsible for ports, I was interested to read the Home Office assertion that "100 per cent of freight traffic from northern French ports is being probed by search teams".

I have strong doubts about the quality of such "probing". It is time-consuming to search just one vehicle properly let alone the very large numbers that built up during the French industrial action this week.

Quality searches may involve sniffer dogs, CO2 probes or even X-ray machines, and if such devices were used on every vehicle then there would soon be a queue stretching back half way to Paris.

The fact is that once illegal migrants (who usually become asylum applicants at some stage) set foot on British soil they have "won". So they try time and again.

Apart from taking action on "pull factors" (notably, immediate social benefits) the issue can only be resolved by Europe-wide political action. The Dublin Convention, which governs which state should consider asylum applications (usually, the one through which the asylum seeker first entered the EU), needs to be revisited. In that respect, I note that the French are returning illegal migrants to Italy under the rules, so why isn't Britain taking similar action at the Channel ports?
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Police withheld bombshell report revealing how gangs of Muslim men were grooming more than 100 schoolgirls as young as 13 in case it inflamed racial tensions ahead of General Election
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 26 June 2015

Britain's second largest police force withheld a report about gangs of Muslim men grooming children in case it inflamed racial tensions ahead of a General Election, it was revealed today.

West Midlands Police were warned more than 100 predominantly white children - some as young as 13 - were at serious risk of child exploitation five years ago.

A document entitled 'Problem Profile, Operation Protection' from March 2010 reveals Asian gangs targeted schools and children's homes across the force area.

The report, written for senior officers, also reveals how white girls were used to recruit other vulnerable victims on behalf of the gangs.

But there were fears over a row ahead of the May 2010 General Election and an English Defence League rally in April leading to a 'backlash against law abiding citizens from Asian/Pakistani communities'.

Despite the warnings police did not warn the public or appeal for information about the men responsible and the report was only published this week under the Freedom of Information Act. ...

The report said police had identified a potential 139 victims, 78 per cent of whom were white while more than half were aged 13 to 15.

Half of all victims, who were from Birmingham, Dudley and Walsall, lived with their parents, while 41 per cent were in care.

Police pin-pointed 75 grooming suspects - most with a history of sexual violence - with most being from a Muslim background from Birmingham.

The report stated: 'The vast majority of identified suspects (79 per cent) are Asian (59 of 75), 12 per cent are white and five per cent are African Caribbean. 62 per cent of Asian suspects are of Pakistani origin.

'Pakistani males account for half of all identified suspects in the force (37 of 75).

'Offenders are likely to have a history of previous sexual offences, as well as a wide range of other offences and convictions.

'A high level of organised criminality has now been evidenced both across the force area and regionally, with multiple offenders working together to identify, groom and abuse victims.

'In a number of organised groups victims are forced into prostitution and high levels of intimidation and force are used to keep the victims compliant.'

The shocking document also highlighted fears of 'community tensions' if the police made the report's findings public.

It stated: 'The predominant offender profile of Pakistani Muslim males... combined with the predominant victim profile of white females has the potential to cause significant community tensions.

'There is a potential for a backlash against the vast majority of law abiding citizens from Asian/Pakistani communities from other members of the community believing their children have been exploited.

'These factors, combined with an EDL protest in Dudley in April and a General Election in May could notably increase community tension.

'Police will be criticised if it appears we have not safeguarded vulnerable children, investigated offences and prosecuted offenders.' ...

West Midlands Police's decision to withhold details of alleged child abuse amid fears of increasing racial tensions has shades of the scandal in Rotherham.

Police and social workers in the South Yorkshire town were accused of being too concerned about being labelled racist to speak out about the crimes involving 1,400 children.
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Romanian gangs climb onto cars to steal thousands from moving lorries
Tom Parfitt
Daily Express, 26 June 2015

Gangs of Romanian criminals are risking death to steal thousands of pounds of goods from moving lorries, it has been revealed.

The technique – known as the 'Romanian rollover' – sees the criminals climb onto car bonnets and use crowbars or knives to break into the lorries.

In many cases a decoy drives in front of the lorry to slow it down, leading to fears that more truckers will be caught out.

Superintendent Paul Keasey, who is leading a crackdown on foreign offenders, said he was shocked by gangs committing crimes "where the risk appears to me to outweigh the gain".

He said: "I mean, would you climb on to the front of a moving vehicle for as little as £150?"

Last year 11 Romanian men were each sentenced to two years in prison after plotting to use a Citreon Relay van in such a heist.

And the same technique was used to steal £71,000 worth of cigarettes in March, according to Irish police.

According to Keasey, Romanian gangs are "capable of stealing £30,000 of goods a day".

He added: "That's the sort of thing you didn't have to tackle maybe 10 years ago.

"We have had that influx of people coming into the UK."

In February reported that Romanians are eight times more likely to be jailed in the UK than Britons.

And last year documents revealed that Romanian gangs are behind half of all pickpocketings on public transport.
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Emigration: Why British expats have nothing to fear from Brexit
Jon Moynihan, Andrew Allum, Matthew Elliott, Luke Johnson, Mark Littlewood, John Mills, Helena Morrissey and Viscount Ridley
Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2015
[Extracted from Change, or go, published by Business for Britain]

A significant fear for those concerned about Britain leaving the EU is the potential mass exodus of both Europeans and Britons from each other's respective nations. Former Attorney General Dominic Grieve has claimed that: "EU exit would make 2 million Britons abroad illegal immigrants overnight."

However, this claim is not grounded in legal fact, as the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 1969 would come into play. It contains articles that are based on 'acquired rights', which individuals build up over time and hold despite any changes in future treaties enacted by their nation.

Moreover, "acquired rights" were acknowledged in Greenland's withdrawal from the European Economic Community (EEC). Under the term "vested rights", the European Commission said that Greenland should retain the "substance" of free movement rights for workers from the EEC at the time of withdrawal.

As a House of Commons Library note clarified: "Generally speaking, withdrawing from a treaty releases the parties from any future obligations to each other, but does not affect any rights or obligations acquired under it before withdrawal."

Therefore, the EU's freedom of movement rights would be honoured for all those citizens who reside in other EEA nations prior to any Treaty changes. Furthermore, the Greenland example also included a transitional period. This works both ways, and the UK's Vienna Convention obligations would prevent any government from deporting migrants who came to the UK under the old system.

The UK's large expatriate retiree community in Spain, France and Italy would also not have to worry. While the Centre for European Reform has claimed that, were Britain to leave, "Spain might demand that British retirees on the costas pay for their own healthcare or it may try to limit migrants' access to healthcare... Their healthcare is costly to the Spanish treasury, which is struggling to balance its books" this is inaccurate, as the NHS would be responsible for paying the cost of healthcare of pensioners abroad in any case.

In 2013-14, the UK paid £580m to other EEA countries for the treatment of British pensioners resident in the EEA, while it received just £12m from other EEA countries in the same year for the treatment of EEA pensioners in the UK. Further, as previously noted, the Vienna Convention would guarantee the right to remain for Britons already in European nations through acquired rights.
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Outrage as number of illegal immigrants deported under EU law HALVES in five years
Tom Parfitt
Daily Express, 25 June 2015

Britain has deported 50% fewer illegal immigrants under a key EU law in five years, new figures have revealed.

Just 750 migrants were kicked out under the Dublin Convention – compared to 1,545 in 2010, when David Cameron came to power.

The law, established in 1990, allows Britain to return illegals to their first point of entry in the 28-member bloc.

Shadow immigration minister David Hanson slammed the "astonishing" figures.

He said: "The Dublin Convention is the easiest method by which the government can deport people.

"At a time when illegal immigrants are dying in increasing numbers to get into the UK, it's astonishing the number of people removed under the Dublin Convention has halved." ...

Home Office officials blamed the fall in deportations on human rights laws which have banned EU countries from returning migrants to Greece.

They added that more than 12,000 people in total have been removed from Britain under the law.
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Half a million migrants make their home in UK in just ONE YEAR, figures show
Levi Winchester
Daily Express, 25 June 2015

The massive number of migrants entering the UK last year was equivalent to adding a new city the size of Newcastle upon Tyne to the country.

Almost 600,000 immigrants swept into the UK and, even accounting for the 322,000 people left, the country had 260,000 new foreigners looking to make their homes here.

Unsurprisingly the massive surge of immigrants - attracted by both the UK's growing economy and its generous benefits system which has become internationally famous – means the national population now stands at 64,596,800, the highest ever recorded.

Breaking the figures down further means that over the last year, England has seen an almost one per cent surge in population - with the country now loaded with 54.3 million people.

In Scotland, the figure stands at 5.3 million people, while Wales saw their numbers climb to 3.1 million and Northern Ireland to 1.8 million people. ...

The increase was mainly down to a net migration of 259,700 people, and natural growth through births of 226,200.

Immigration counted for a total of 53 per cent of the increase.

There was also a rise of 5,200 people due to other changes and adjustments, mainly in the armed forces.
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UK taskforce will 'smash' Mediterranean people-smuggling operations
Alan Travis and agencies
The Guardian, 24 June 2015

The government has announced further details of a British law enforcement taskforce it says will tackle the people-smuggling gangs blamed for the migration crisis in the Mediterranean.

The 90-strong team, involving officers from the National Crime Agency, UK Border Force, immigration enforcement staff and the Crown Prosecution Service, will be responsible for pursuing and disrupting the operations of people smugglers paid by desperate migrants hoping to reach Europe.

Some of the officers will be based with Europol in Sicily and The Hague, with the rest on standby in the UK ready to deploy to the region when required, Downing Street said.

The team is expected to work with countries in the Horn of Africa and along the smugglers' route to strengthen the capabilities of the authorities there to deal with the problem.

A Number 10 spokesman said: "We have got to do more to break the link between getting on a boat in the Med and getting settlement in Europe. Otherwise these vast numbers will just keep on coming. That's why the government is setting up a dedicated law enforcement team to tackle organised immigration crime in the Med region.

"Around 90 officers will be deployed in the UK, the Mediterranean and Africa to pursue and disrupt these organised crime groups profiting from the people-smuggling trade. They will exploit every opportunity at source, in transit countries and in Europe to smash the gangs' criminal operations and better protect the UK from this threat."
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Illegal immigrants caught at UK border more than doubled last year, says 'British FBI'
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 23 June 2015

The number of illegal immigrants caught trying to enter Britain clandestinely more than doubled last year, the National Crime Agency has disclosed.

The agency, dubbed "Britain's FBI", said in an annual review of the threats facing the country warned the figures were likely to continue rocketing.

It said the most common type of illegal immigrant discovered last year were those being trafficked for work exploitation.

"Detections of irregular migrants attempting to enter the UK clandestinely more than doubled in 2014 with labour exploitation the most common trafficking type," said its National Strategic Assessment of Serious and Organised Crime.

"This is likely to continue on an upward trend."

Highlighting recent cases of migrants who have been making the perilous crossing across the Mediterranean in over-crowded boats, the report went on: "The biggest threat emanates from the North Africa into Italy route, use of which rose by over 300 per cent in 2014.

"Greece also remains a key nexus point."

The report said labour exploitation will increase.

Sexual exploitation - bringing women, in most cases, to this country to work as prostitutes often against their will - continues to be a "key risk" during this year.

European nationals who are being made to take part in forced marriages was also described as an increasing trend which "may well extend through 2015".

"Across both sexual and labour exploitation, new recruitment methods (e.g. using social networking and dating sites) have opened up a cyber-enabled dimension, representing a shift away from traditional recruitment methods like newspapers and escort agencies," it said.

"Increasing detection of irregular migrants attempting to enter the UK clandestinely is set to continue, augmented by the sheer scale of migrants in the Nord Pas de Calais region in France."

The NCA report also looked at the threat posed by firearms used by criminal gangs.

There is an "increasing threat" of submachine guns being smuggled into Britain and used by criminal, it said.

In particular, Skorpion submachine guns - manufactured in what was then Czechoslovakia in the 1960s and 1970s - are being imported destined for urban street gangs in south-east England, it said.
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Ex-BBC editorial director accuses corporation of liberal 'groupthink'
Jasper Jackson
The Guardian, 22 June 2015

The former BBC executive who oversaw coverage of the London Olympics has accused the corporation of liberal "groupthink" and a failure to reflect diverse views on issues such as immigration.

Former BBC editorial director Roger Mosey – who left in 2013 – said the corporation sometimes suffered from "a default groupthink – a set of assumptions that seem reasonable to everyone they know".

In memoirs serialised in the Times, he said debates about immigration at the corporation sounded like "a pure liberal-defensive response rather than a quest for range and diversity in journalism".

He cited a Ten O'Clock News package on immigration which included only one interview with a white person because the views of other non-ethnic minority people a reporter spoke to were too negative.
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12,000 living outside UK on child tax credit: Soaring numbers in continental Europe supported with money being sent home after their parents worked in Britain
Jack Doyle
MailOnline, 22 June 2015

Soaring numbers of children living in continental Europe are being supported with generous tax credits sent home from the UK.

There are now 12,000 children living outside the UK whose parents receive child tax credit while working in Britain.

That is a rise of 75 per cent in just two years and means 182 children are being added to the rolls every month.

The figures will heap pressure on David Cameron to secure curbs on migrant workers' access to tax credits from other EU member states.

The PM has said he wants migrants to be forced to work for four years before they can access generous benefit payments such as tax credits and child benefits.

Chancellor George Osborne is widely expected to target child benefit in his Budget on July 8 as part of cuts to Britain's bloated welfare budget.

But any changes would have to apply both to Britons and migrant workers from Europe to comply with EU non-discrimination rules.

Child tax credit can add more than £100 a week to workers' take home pay. Its level depends on how much a person earns and how many children they have.

Treasury figures uncovered by the Mail show that in December 2012 a total of 4,011 EU workers were receiving the tax credit for 6,838 children living outside the UK.

By March of this year that figure increased to 7,026 awards for a total of 11,762 children.

The rise of three quarters in just two years means the tax credit is being paid for an additional 4,924 children.

The figures also revealed that a total of 19,579 parents were receiving child benefit for 32,408 children living in another EU state.

HMRC says it cannot say how much is paid in total in child benefit and tax credits for children living in other EU countries.
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NHS spends huge sums on foreign nurses, yet two thirds of local applicants are rejected
Laura Donnelly
Sunday Telegraph, 21 June 2015

The NHS is spending "ludicrous" sums poaching foreign nurses while rejecting two thirds of British applicants for training, the head of the nursing union has warned.

Dr Peter Carter claimed staff shortages across the UK had reached "crisis" levels, with almost every NHS hospital trawling the globe for staff.

The head of the Royal College of Nursing said attempts to procure nurses from countries that can ill afford to lose them were ethically dubious and "hugely expensive".

Despite shortages that have left trusts paying agencies up to £2,200 per nursing shift and soaring numbers of foreign nurses, most Britons who try to join the profession are turned away, he said.

Last year, 57,000 applicants tried to train as a nurse, but 37,000 were rejected. Dr Carter said not all of those turned away "would have been appropriate" but he added: "I can't believe the majority of them wouldn't have been fit." Meanwhile, the number of foreign nurses registering to work in Britain rose by one third, as did the amount spent on agency nurses – reaching a record £3.3 billion.

On the eve of the RCN's annual conference, Dr Carter told The Sunday Telegraph he was "deeply worried" about the reliance on agency and foreign workers.

He said a "truly lamentable" lack of planning had engineered disastrous shortages of nursing in this country that were damaging patient care. Nurse training places were cut by some 6,000 annually in the early years of the Coalition to just under 20,000 a year.

Dr Carter explained: "You have virtually every NHS trust in England, and a lot in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, recruiting overseas. It is ludicrous, hugely expensive, and labour intensive. The root cause is not training and retaining enough UK nurses."

He said that trusts were spending up to £12,000 per nurse recruited, with teams put up in hotels overseas as they sought foreign labour. ...

Twenty-nine per cent of new nurses were recruited from abroad in the past 12 months compared with 11 per cent five years previously.

About 7,500 came from the EU, particularly Spain, Italy and Portugal. Others arrived from further afield, including the Philippines. The number of foreign nurses and midwives registered in the past 12 months grew to 8,200 from 6,200 a year earlier.

Meanwhile, the percentage of NHS trusts who recruited abroad last year doubled, to 73 per cent.
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Forget foreign aid: British migrants send £11 BILLION back to other countries in a YEAR
Marco Giannangeli
Sunday Express, 21 June 2015

British migrants sent £11bn back to foreign nations last year – the same amount as our entire Foreign Aid budget.

A new report shows that the UK topped the list of EU nations in terms of how much migrant cash is sent to home countries rather than being spent to boost the economy where it is earned.

Germany, which has 17 million more people than Britain, sent back £9bn during the same period while in France the figure was £6.6bn.

Last night one Conservative MP warned that the astounding figure "drained away from our economy" showed that increasing migration is a "net cost and not an asset" to Britain.

In total, migrants from across Europe transferred £69bn in remittances last year, said the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

A third, £23bn, was sent back to Eastern Europe while the balance, £46bn, went to more than 50 developing countries outside Europe.

In Britain, around £2bn went to Eastern Europe while the rest was sent mainly to Asia and Africa.

Last night IFAD, a UN agency based in Rome, conceded that the British figures could have included money derived from child credits and benefits.

Almost 20,000 economic migrants are sending child benefits back to their own countries and 7,026 are currently transferring child credit payments, Treasury minister Damien Hinds disclosed last week. ...

The figures, provided by the World Bank, were based solely on money's sent through official remittance agencies, and do not include other types of bank transfer.

UKIP migration spokesman Steven Woolfe said: "The total amount of money UK immigrants send back to their home countries is now equivalent to the total UK aid budget which we believe should be cut in order to finance home grown infrastructure projects.

"These remittance numbers rarely feature in the assessments by those who favour mass immigration and too often claim that it has a positive economic effect on Britain's economy. In fact, once this money leaves these shores it's often gone for good or used to attract even more migrants."
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Muslims must do more to repel Isil, says Cameron
Tom Whitehead and Emily Gosden
Daily Telegraph, 19 June 2015

David Cameron will on Friday warn parts of the Muslim community that "quietly condoning" anti-Western ideology is making it easier for Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) to recruit in British cities.

The Prime Minister will issue a stark message to Muslim families and leaders that they must do more to combat the lure of Isil among young people.

He will also tell those who have lost loved ones to extremist groups to stop "finger pointing" and blaming the police and security services when their relatives run off to Syria or Iraq.

Mr Cameron will say: "The cause is ideological. It is an Islamist extremist ideology: one that says the West is bad and democracy is wrong, that women are inferior and homosexuality is evil.

"It says religious doctrine trumps the rule of law and Caliphate trumps nation state, and it justifies violence in asserting itself and achieving its aims. The question is: how do people arrive at this world view?

"I am clear that one of the reasons is that there are people who hold some of these views who don't go as far as advocating violence, but do buy into some of these prejudices – giving the extreme Islamist narrative weight and telling fellow Muslims 'you are part of this'.

"This paves the way for young people to turn simmering prejudice into murderous intent. To go from listening to firebrand preachers online to boarding a plane to Istanbul and travelling onward to join the jihadis. ..."

His comments risk a backlash from some Muslim leaders, but sources say the Prime Minister believes a "frank debate" is needed over the role everyone has to play. ...

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said those returning from the war zone were even more dangerous because they were "militarised and brutalised" and had a network of fanatics both here and abroad.

As part of the renewed offensive, Mr Cameron will warn in the speech to the Globsec conference in Bratislava, Slovakia, that Isil is one of the biggest threats the world has faced and its scale is "formidable".

Its warped influence, especially online, is such that young boys and girls are happy to leave loving homes and travel thousands of miles to either become suicide bombers or subservient jihadi brides, he will say.
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Refugees: this is the human tide the west doesn't want
Simon Jenkins
The Guardian, 19 June 2015

This week the UN declared 2014 the worst year since records began for refugees: 55 million people worldwide were driven from their homes by force. Of those on the move, 40,000 have reached Italy through Libya this year and 30,000 have reached Greece.

These countries cannot handle them and will try to disperse them across Europe. One estimate suggests a further 500,000, or even twice that many, are already heading for Libya to await a sea crossing. Half of these reportedly profess a desire to come to Britain.

The immigration Europe faces seems to be on the scale of the pogroms of the late 19th century or the second world war. Some making the journey are victims of western intervention in their countries, such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia. Others are victims of militant Islam, spreading across Africa and Asia. David Cameron told the House of Commons on 3 June "the vast majority ... are not asylum seekers but people seeking a better life". But it matters not why someone leaves home. The fact is they are heading here.

Immigration is notoriously vulnerable to statistical terrorism. The 55 million figure includes occupants of refugee camps hoping one day to return home. It is also dwarfed, as Cameron struggled to imply, by a UN estimate (for 2013) of 232 million economic migrants and other categories. The biggest movement is still into the US (largely from the south), but since 2000 Germany and Russia have taken in 10 million, and the UK and France eight million. The Oxford Refugees Studies Centre also charts millions displaced by nothing more terrifying than infrastructure projects, including 10 million a year by dams alone. ...

We can at least retort that if global economic migration is so colossal, a few extra migrants into Europe can hardly make much difference. Britain took 100,000 east African Asians between 1968 and 1973, resettling them peacefully, to the considerable advantage of its economy. If it has accepted 8 million incomers in the past 15 years, it can surely accept a few thousand enterprising refugees.

That is easy to say in the abstract. It cuts little ice at the France-Italy border at Ventimiglia, where the Schengen open borders treaty has collapsed and thousands are being dumped in the road by Italian coach drivers. And what is to stop today's proposed EU quota becoming tomorrow's tidal wave? It does indeed appear unstoppable. ...

The writer David Goodhart was widely attacked in liberal circles for warning of the impact of a sudden influx of strangers on settled communities, and on their "obligation to welfare". He was right. To care for one's family and community – and to see this concern reflected in policy – is both a natural instinct and a democratic right. It is also sensible sociology. Traumatise neighbourhoods with floods of newcomers and their valuable cohesion becomes meaningless. ...

... It is no good shaming Europeans with the vast settlement camps of Lebanon and Jordan. They reply that they do not live in Lebanon or Jordan. Such "we are all one world" platitudes infuriate those whose families and communities will bear the impact of any new migration, coming from those who have no intention of bearing it at all. Compulsory liberalism is not liberal at all.
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Transcript: The Breitbart Geert Wilders Interview
Oliver Lane
Breitbart, 19 June 2015

Breitbart London recently spoke to Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders on a wide range of topics from Mohammad cartoons, to Charlie Hebdo, to BREXIT, and even the future of Europe itself. ...

Wilders: "Islamisation certainly is becoming a lot worse in Europe. I see a change for the better in the Vox Populi, the normal people on the street on any European country, but sadly the political elite is still appeasing, and multiculturalist at heart.

"However, if you look at the facts despite it only being a minority of Muslims committing those terroristic crimes, unfortunately there is a big group supporting them. I already made these points once in a debate with our Dutch prime minister in parliament that 73 per cent of the Islamic Population think that Dutch Muslims who fight Jihad in Syria are heroes. That is 73 per cent of one million Muslims in Holland.

"80 per cent of the Turkish youth in Holland, one of the biggest minority groups here say that violence against Christians and Jews is not a bad thing. In addition to that, a poll by the leftist-liberal Univeristy of Amsterdam found 11 per cent of Muslims in Holland – over 100,000 people – are prepared to use violence for the sake of Islam is Holland. Unfortunately, these figures are far worse now than they were five or ten years ago.

"Everybody is talking about the minority – of course it is a minority that uses the violence, but unfortunately there is a majority of these people who support the idea, and think they are heroes. This is a Trojan horse we have imported, people who are not even willing to assimilate to our society and adhere to our values and constitution. We have a problem.

"The good news is, the ordinary people are waking up. With the Islamic State happening, with Jihadis going and returning from Northern Africa and Syria, it is causing people to wake up to the reality of what is happening. The good news is that parties like mine are getting stronger all over Europe. Islam is getting worse, but there is a change coming because the people are fed up".
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Fifty years of immigration mapped: How Blair's decision to open the borders to Eastern Europe changed the face of Britain
Tom McTague
MailOnline, 18 June 2015

More than a third of all migrants living in Britain are now white Europeans - including over half a million Poles - a new government study has revealed.

Overall, there are 7.5 million people living in England and Wales who were born outside the UK – making up some 13 per cent of the population.

But where previously Britain's migrant population was dominated by ethnic minorities from Commonwealth countries - mainly the Caribbean, Pakistan, Bangladesh and India - almost a third are now registered 'white' and moved to the UK from the continent.

Before 1981, 485,000 migrants moved to the UK from the Indian sub-continent - more than twice the number of Europeans. Between 1981 and 2000, the numbers arriving from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh had fallen slightly to 420,000 - but were still more than those moving to the UK from the continent.

However, in the years after 2001 the number of migrants from the EU rocketed. Overall, around 1.5 million migrants moved to the UK from Europe - compared to just 600,000 from south Asia.

Most of the European workers living in the UK arrived after 2004, when Tony Blair opened Britain's borders to the bloc of eight former Communist countries in eastern Europe.

Of the 2.1 million migrants from Europe living in the UK, 528,000 are from Poland, 100,000 from Lithuania and 80,000 from Romania, an analysis of the 2011 census published this morning has revealed.

According to this morning's Office for National Statistics study – 94 per cent of the half a million Poles in the UK arrived between 2001 and 2011, following the country's accession into the European Union.

Alongside eastern European migrants, there are also 130,000 migrants from France, 135,000 from Italy and 80,000 from Spain.

The wave of migration from the former Communist countries in eastern Europe means the largest foreign 'ethnic minority' in the UK is now non-British or Irish 'other white'.

Of the 2.1 million people registered as white and foreign born, more than 70 per cent arrived in the UK between 2001 and 2011. ...

The majority of foreign-born migrants in Britain from Ireland and the Caribbean arrived in the period before 1981, the ONS said.

Meanwhile, almost half – 47 per cent – who identified as Bangladeshi arrived between 1981 and 2000, during a period of instability in the country following its war of independence in 1971 and the military coup in 1975.

Some 95 per cent of Black Africans, meanwhile, arrived after 1981.
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£17 million lost in translation: Taxpayers landed with huge bill for migrants up in court
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 18 June 2015

The UK taxpayer was forced to foot a £17 million bill for hiring interpreters and translators for foreigners involved in court cases last year, according to official statistics.

The bill for helping non-English speakers appearing at magistrates or crown courts for criminal cases soared 42 per cent in two years.

Figures published by the Ministry of Justice show the sums spent rose from just over £12 million in 2012/13 to £16 million a year later and £17.2 million in 2014/15.

The £45 million paid to under-fire government contract giant Capita over the past three years covers the cost of face-to-face interpreting in court, translating legal documents and telephone interpretation. ...

Tory MP, David Davies, who uncovered the figures said: "We are constantly being told that the large-scale immigration that is going on has economic benefits. But is also has economic costs. These court interpreting figures are one more example.

"I would like to see immigration cut and a proper cost and benefit analysis of migration which would take into account these type of costs." ...

Figures published in response to a parliamentary question showed that the overwhelming majority of the cost for each of the past three years goes in face-to-face interpreting.

Just £50,000 of the multi-million pound annual bills goes on document translation and telephone interpreting in each of the last three years on average.

Farcical episodes revealing the abuse of the free interpreter system include the case last year of three Romanian cash machine crooks. They insisted on £60-an-hour translator for their five-day trial, claiming they could not follow proceedings without her.

But when the judge tried to delay their sentencing because the interpreter had failed to show up on the final day, the trio admitted they spoke better English than her.
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Labour must not be 'squeamish' about immigration
Thom Brooks
LabourList, 18 June 2015
[Thom Brooks is Professor of Law and Government, a columnist for åThe Journalã and Communications Lead for Sedgefield MP Phil Wilson]

The Labour Party must start talking about immigration seriously. It's the elephant in the room that we can't ignore any longer.

Labour appeared too ready to avoid the subject. The pledge to support 'controls on immigration' branded on mugs and even chiselled in stone showed a surprising lack of imagination and political vision. There was never a debate over whether there should be border controls.

The question was about what the controls should be. Targeting firms hiring illegal migrants is a good first start, but these fine-tuned policy details needed to be connected to a wider conversation about what Labour's immigration policy should be.

The leadership candidates have been quick to highlight this flaw that may have damaged Labour's election fortunes in some key constituencies. Yvette Cooper rightly says Labour should not be 'squeamish' about immigration and it's helpful to see Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall talk about this issue, too. But let's be clear: Labour has been too ready to avoid immigration and this must end.

In fact, the immigration debate is one that Labour should win. The big secret rarely acknowledged is Labour set the foundation for how immigration works today. Rival parties like UKIP and the Tories only propose to tweak what are essentially Labour policies launched by a Labour government.

It was Labour that introduced the UK's points-based system modelled on Australia's, formalised English language requirements, launched a citizenship test, introduced citizenship ceremonies and codified new rules on requirements like good character to improve Home Office decision-making.

These policies are here to stay and no major party calls for their abolition. When the Tories transform the citizenship test into a bad pub quiz as I've argued before or where UKIP call for an Aussie-styled points-based system, they should be found out for either tinkering what Labour launched or trying to reinvent the wheel. Labour doesn't lack a vision for immigration – it created the framework that all parties work within because they accept the fundamentals of the system.

People are usually surprised to hear Labour accomplished so much on immigration. It's because these achievements aren't trumpeted enough.

I'm not surprised because I'm an immigrant. And politicians from across parties need to engage with more people like me so they can gain a clearer understanding about the real effects immigration policies have on those of us coming to Britain and how well they assist integration while preventing abuses. Naturalised UK citizens have a voice that must be heard.

Labour introduced many of its key reforms nearly 10 years ago. Much has changed since in terms of the numbers coming to the UK and the concerns that many voters have about their impact.

This is why there should be cross party support for urgently launching a Citizenship Advisory Group that can review current policies and engage directly with the public so that any changes better reflect broader concerns and the latest evidence, preferably chaired by an expert with direct first-hand experience of immigrating rather than an ideologue cut-off from the real world.

Whatever our disagreements about slogans on coffee cups, Labour should embrace its achievements in setting the terms of the debate that all broadly accept. There is much more work to do, but we have a record worth standing on and a foundation for future reforms.
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Europe spends 11.3 bn euros deporting migrants since 2000: study
Yahoo! News / AFP, 18 June 2015

European countries have spent 11.3 billion euros in the last 15 years on deporting illegal migrants and another 1.6 billion euros on border control around "Fortress Europe", journalists said in a study published Wednesday.

The study was published as the European Union plans to reinforce the fight against illegal immigration, while trying to encourage reluctant member states to admit tens of thousands of asylum seekers and refugees.

The study by the Migrants' Files, a consortium of European journalists and other groups, said the 28 EU countries as well as Norway, Switzerland and Iceland have spent more than 11.3 billion euros ($12.8 billion) to deport millions of people since 2000.

On average, the deportation of each individual cost on average 4,000 euros ($4,200), with half of that covering transport.

European countries also spent 1.6 billion euros ($1.8 billion) on border control, while migrants paid more than 15.7 billion euros ($17.8 billion) to smugglers to help them reach the continent, according to the study by 20 journalists, statisticians and other experts from 16 countries.

More than 600,000 migrants asked for asylum in the European Union in 2014.

From January to the end of May 2015, more than 100,000 people crossed the Mediterranean, risking there lives to try to reach Europe on board rickety, overcrowded boats. More than 1,800 of them drowned.

According to the study, the EU border agency Frontex used up nearly one billion euros while Mediterranean countries have spent at least 70 million euros on buying boats, night vision equipment, drones, off-road vehicles and other hardware to monitor borders.

The walls around the Spanish territories of Ceuta and Melilla in North Africa cost nearly 10 million euros to maintain.

Since 2011, Italian taxpayers have paid authorities in Libya more than 17 million euros for boats, training and night vision goggles to track refugees and migrants.

But the study said European countries have "done nothing to deter refugees from attempting to reach Europe" by using high-tech sensors, militarising the Greek, Italian, Bulgarian and Spanish borders, or deporting thousands of people each year.

The study authors say their results show, for the first time, the economic cost of building and maintaining what they brand "Fortress Europe".
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Shocking £140m annual bill to feed and house asylum seekers – and YOU'RE paying for it
Anil Dawar
Daily Express, 17 June 2015

The chaos and backlogs in the asylum system have been laid bare by figures showing that more than 30,000 migrants are being supported at the taxpayers' expense while Home Office staff process their claims.

Another 5,000 failed refugees are still in the country living on state handouts while they wait to be removed.

The numbers could double when spouses and children are taken into account.

An average of £140 million is spent every year feeding and housing migrants waiting to hear if they can stay in Britain, the most recently published figures show.

The cost is mounting because of growing backlogs and some claims date back 16 years. ...

Alp Mehmet of Migration Watch said: "The system doesn't really seem to be working as it should and hasn't done for many years. The longer it remains inefficient, the more it will cost the public.

"It clearly hasn't been designed to deal with the numbers of asylum seekers it is having to cope with currently." ...

Figures published by the Home Office showed that at the end of March 2015, 30,476 asylum seekers and their dependants, and 4,941 who had applications rejected but are still in the UK were being supported by the state.

Official statistics showed that migrants spend an average of 18 months living on Section 95 handouts which range from £72.52 for a couple to £36.62 for a single person without children. Parents get an extra £53-a-week for each child. Housing is paid for separately.

The Home Office last year admitted that taxpayers have been forced to pay out £414 million to feed and house foreigners over the previous three years.
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£10 million of fresh fruit and vegetables thrown away in past six months because of migrants breaking into lorries that has left shops worried about 'risk of contamination'
Thomas Burrows
MailOnline, 13 June 2015

As much as £10 million worth of fresh fruit and vegetables has been dumped this year alone because migrants have broken into lorries en route to Britain.

Food is being thrown away after being rejected by shops and distributors who are worried about a 'risk of contamination' from migrants.

It comes as the Freight Transport Association (FTA) wrote to the Mayor of Calais, Natacha Bouchart, urging her to do more to tackle the problem.

Some lorry drivers are taking enormous detours - as much as 100 miles into Holland - to avoid the difficulties they encounter at the port.

Around 2,500 migrants, mostly from Sudan, Eritrea and Syria, live in a makeshift tent village in Calais known as 'the jungle'.

Some have said the situation is so appalling they would prefer to die trying to escape it and sneak into Britain.

James Hookham, the association's deputy chief executive, told the Times: 'We are pressing for more visible commitment from the French government to [tackle] criminal activities on French soil and [face] their responsibilities for the protection of British drivers while in their jurisdiction.

'We have some lorries being surrounded by dozens, if not hundreds, of people, trying locks, attempting to get into containers, stowing themselves underneath or even slitting open curtain-sided vehicles to get in. It's chaos.' ...

Last week it was revealed French border police have stopped migrants trying to sneak into Britain 18,170 times so far already this year - more than four times the number stopped in the whole of 2013.
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Rising numbers of ethnic minority pupils fuel demand for primary school places
John Chapman
Daily Express, 12 June 2015

State primary schools are facing a continuing surge in demand, fuelled in part by a rise in the numbers of pupils from ethnic minorities, official figures suggest.

There are almost 94,000 more children in England's primaries than a year ago – a 2.1 per cent increase. This is equivalent to six more pupils in each school.

Minority ethnic pupils made up around 71 per cent of the increase in numbers, according to new Department for Education figures.

Secondary schools have also seen an increase and are now teaching around 3,370 more students.

The figures, which give a snapshot of the make-up of schools as of January this year, come amid continuing concerns about pressure on school places.

Overall, there are 4.5 million youngsters in England's primary schools, including those below the compulsory school age of five, up 93,600 on January 2014.

According to the figures, 30.4 per cent of pupils are classed as being of minority ethnic origin, up from 29.5 per cent last year.
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More Britons trained as terrorists than ever before, says MI5
Tom Whitehead
Daily Telegraph, 12 June 2015

There are more Britons trained in terrorism than at any point in the country's history in a growing threat to national security, MI5 has warned.

The Security Service said the number of UK-linked suspects involved in or exposed to terror training or fighting with fanatics is "unprecedented".

The scale of British jihadists who have flocked to Syria to fight alongside Isil has been the driving force behind the rise.

It is feared more than 700 Britons have travelled to Syria, half of who have already returned to the UK, posing a threat here.

That is on top of those who previously travelled to al-Qaeda strongholds in Pakistan, Afghanistan, East Africa and Yemen as well as the growing Irish dissident Republican threat.

Spy chiefs revealed the alarming picture in evidence to David Anderson QC as part of his nine-month review in to snooping powers.

He said MI5 had warned that more people have now gone to Syria than any other terrorist theatre in the 21st century.

According to the agency, the report disclosed: "The threat posed on their return comprises not just attack planning but radicalisation of associates, facilitation and fundraising, all of which exacerbate the threat.

"The number of UK-linked individuals who are involved in or been exposed to terrorist training and fighting is higher than it has been at any point since the 9/11 attacks.

"MI5 regard this aspect of the threat as unprecedented. Some travellers were previously unknown to MI5."
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Mediterranean migrant crisis: More than 100,000 migrants have arrived in Europe by sea so far this year
Louis Doré
The Independent, 9 June 2015

102,000 migrants have arrived by sea in Europe this year, according to new figures from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM).

According to statistics from the IOM, compiled in the Mediterranean, 54,660 migrants reached Italy, after departing almost exclusively from Libya, while 46,150 migrants reached Greece, departing mainly from Turkey.

The number is slightly ahead of levels reached at this time in 2014.

Some 7,000 people were rescued in the Channel of Sicily between this weekend.

Many Italian craft were involved in the rescue operation, as well as ships sent by Germany, Sweden, Spain, Ireland and the United Kingdom, and no fatalities were reported.

The rescue operations come before what is expected to be a surge of migrant crossings in the months ahead. ...

Greece has seen a significant increase in the number of arrivals in comparison to last year.

Between January and December 2014 arrivals were around 34,000, whereas after only the first five months of 2015, arrivals are already about 46,150.
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Border Force 'unable to cope' with the influx of migrants, says former immigration chief
Patrick Sawer
Sunday Telegraph, 7 June 2015

The former chief inspector of immigration has warned that a shortage of experienced border staff is leaving Britain exposed to growing numbers of illegal migrants.

John Vine said the Border Force is losing a generation of its most experienced officers as they reach retirement age, robbing the country of their expertise in spotting lorries being used by stowaway migrants.

He spoke after Border Force officers found 53 adults and 15 children during a search of four lorries at Harwich port – one of the biggest groups of illegal migrants to be stopped in recent years. ...

Mr Vine predicted similar incidents would only become more common as the Border Force found itself increasingly unable to cope with the influx of migrants being smuggled across from the Continent by human traffickers.

More than 40,000 suspected illegal migrants were stopped at UK ports and border crossings in the year to April.

Mr Vine said it was not enough to rely on spot checks of the hundreds of vehicles passing through Britain's ports each day, but that at the same the Border Force was losing experienced staff able to spot those lorries which might contain illegal migrants.

He said: "The sheer volume of traffic coming through these ports is such that only a small portion of traffic can be checked without the ports being clogged up. It has to rely on good intelligence."

But Mr Vine added: "When I examined this in 2013 I found a lot of the older, experienced staff were leaving and they weren't being replaced. Experienced staff on the front line will watch and see suspicious behaviour and that's as valuable as the proper use of intelligence.

"There needs to be maintained a good level of experienced staff at ports and borders to deal with this growing problem."

Mr Vine predicted that most of the 68 suspected illegal migrants stopped at Harwich would immediately seek asylum status and spend years in Britain while they applications are dealt with.

"Their claims will be assessed and that could take a long time," he said.

Bernard Jenkins, the Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex, has called for ferry companies to be held liable for checking whether migrants have smuggled themselves on board, as lorry operators are required to.
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Navy flagship races across the Mediterranean to save thousands of migrants stranded on sinking boats – as HALF A MILLION refugees amass in Libya in bid to reach Europe
Larisa Brown
MailOnline, 7 June 2015

Half a million refugees are massing in Libya to try and flee to Europe on the migrant boats that have killed thousands already.

The huge number of people was revealed yesterday by senior Royal Navy officers leading Britain's Mediterranean rescue mission off the Libyan coast.

British flagship HMS Bulwark was last night speeding across the Mediterranean to help rescue thousands of migrants said to be stranded at sea having set off on the dangerous journey from Libya to Europe.

The Royal Navy assault ship was one of 11 vessels on their way to a major rescue operation as it emerged the migrants had set off to take advantage of the good weather.

Bulwark's Captain Nick Cooke-Priest said: 'Indications are that there are from 450,000 to 500,000 migrants in Libya who are waiting at the border.

'There is no indication of a let up, the indications are that there are 450,000-500,000 waiting on the border of Libya or being mustered or being moved to the borders.

'This is not going to stop in the near future.' ...

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon visited Bulwark after being flown in on board by one of the ship's two Mark II Merlin helicopters.

He said: 'Well you have seen today 3,000 people trying to cross in a single day, we could see hundreds of thousands trying to cross this summer.

'We all have an interest in tackling this much further back.

'The issue here is poverty and conflict in West Africa and poverty and conflict in East Africa ... some from Syria ... more than a dozen countries in west and east Africa.' ...

In 2015 so far, 76,000 migrants have made the 260 mile crossing to Europe from Libya - 40,000 of whom are in Italy.
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It will take more than bluster to slash immigration
Nick Timothy
Sunday Telegraph, 7 June 2015
[Nick Timothy was chief of staff to the Home Secretary, Theresa May, from 2010 to May 2015]

The Government has a target to reduce annual net migration /.../ to the "tens of thousands". But at present the number is 318,000 and without significant changes in policy, it will only carry on rising.

This is no fault of Theresa May, the Home Secretary, or the Conservative part of the last government. Under the coalition, economic migration from outside Europe was capped, the family visa system was reformed and the abuse of student visas was largely eradicated. As a result, net migration, which had reached 320,000 in 2005, fell to 154,000 by 2012.

But since then, it has kept rising. At the time of the 2010 election, net migration from within the EU was 58,000. By the time of this year's election, it had tripled to 178,000. Non-EU net migration has risen to 197,000, fuelled by the fact that the UK's immigration rules – especially for students and foreign workers moving within the same company – remain generous.

The Government can take action across the visa system – by clamping down on family visas, reducing the number of work permits issued and cutting out new forms of student visa abuse – but as long as the existing rules for European and student migration remain, it will not be possible to reduce annual net migration to the tens of thousands.

So what can be done? When it comes to free movement, the ability of member states to impose a cap on EU immigration if numbers reach a certain level would be the simplest option. But if that cannot be delivered, it might be possible (in addition to the welfare changes proposed by the Prime Minister) to return to the original, more limited concept of free movement, which was confined to people in work in the 1957 Treaty of Rome.

A combination of EU treaty changes, directives and European Court of Justice (ECJ) case law has expanded the definition of free movement so that it goes far beyond the original intention. ECJ rulings have broken the link between free movement and the need to be working or looking for a job, and extended the free-movement rights of people born outside the EU who marry European citizens almost without condition.

Free movement rules now amount to an invitation to criminal gangs to conduct sham marriages between EU citizens and migrants from outside Europe. ...

The Government has more freedom to act when it comes to the student visa system. Given that student net migration itself is 91,000 a year, and the number of foreign students is forecast to reach almost 800,000 by 2020, if the Government wants to meet its net migration target it needs to reform the system. And given that more than four fifths of international students are university students, the reforms need to include the universities.

This will not happen without a fight. The higher-education lobby is a powerful vested interest and it argues against limiting student migration in almost any way. The universities argue that students should not be treated as migrants at all because, as students, they are temporary visitors to the UK.

But the evidence shows that more than 80 per cent of foreign students seek to stay in the UK at the end of their course. This is not necessarily because they overstay their visas – although many do – but because the immigration rules are very generous in allowing students to switch on to other courses or work in the UK once their studies have finished.
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People-traffickers drive number of stowaways arriving in UK to double
Colin Freeman
Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2015

The number of stowaways entering Britain via ports on the south coast has more than doubled this year as a result of the surge in people-trafficking across the Mediterranean, The Telegraph has been told.

The estimated total who evade border security has gone from around 150 per week last year to 350 per week, or 18,000 a year.

Trafficking gangs are also now believed to be smuggling people in small private boats across the Channel, after Britain's pool of Border Force patrol boats was reduced from five to one.

Diplomats attribute the surge in illegal entries to Britain to this year's huge rise in people-trafficking across the Mediterranean from North Africa, which has resulted in 41,000 people entering Europe since January. Most arrive ashore in Italy, before large numbers head for the UK, where job prospects are better.

French border police said earlier this week that they had stopped nearly 20,000 trying to make it into Britain this year, mainly from Calais. Immigration officials also make unofficial estimates of the numbers who succeed in getting to Britain, based on such factors as lorry drivers later reporting their vehicles had been broken into.

"Before the end of last year, the numbers were about 150 a week, now it's up to about 350," one diplomatic source said. "Their ability to succeed is also increasing, as they are going to other ports elsewhere on the French coast that are not as heavily policed."

Trafficking gangs are now advising would-be migrants to head to ports such as Dieppe and Le Havre, and even Santander in northern Spain.

From there, they target ferries headed to Portsmouth, Newhaven and Rosslare in southern Ireland, before crossing into Northern Ireland. "They are getting wise to how it works and going wherever it is easiest," the source said.

Trafficking gangs are also believed to be using small boats and yachts to land migrants in isolated spots on the British coastline.

The UK Border Force had a five-strong force of cutters to mount 24-hour patrols for vessels trafficking illegal migrants, drugs and other contraband. Two are out of action, while another two were last month given to the EU-wide efforts against trafficking in the Mediterranean, leaving one on full-time duty. ...

A Home Office spokesman refused to comment on the number of cutters, calling it "a matter of national security". ...

As the asylum process has a backlog of several years of deportation orders, those who do make it illegally on to UK soil do not expect to be sent home quickly.
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Britain is a 'magnet for migrants' as number of foreigners with right to work hits 820,000 including 220% rise in Romanians
Matt Chorley
MailOnline, 4 June 2015

The number of Romanians registered to work in Britain has soared by 223 per cent in just a year, new figures show.

When EU work curbs were lifted, giving people from Romania and Bulgaria full access to the UK jobs market, there was a flood of applications for National Insurance numbers.

Critics said it showed how Britain is a 'magnet for migrants' as the figures further undermine David Cameron's hopes of cutting net migration to the tens of thousands.

From January 2014 workers from Romania and Bulgaria have been able to take jobs in the UK like anyone else in the EU.

When restrictions were lifted, Mr Cameron boasted that immigration levels from the two countries were 'reasonable' despite not seeing any official data.

Now the Department for Work and Pensions has revealed the dramatic increase in the number of people given the legal right to work in the UK.

In March this year there were 152,363 Romanians able to work in the UK, up from 47,116 in 2014 - a 223 per cent rise.

The number from Bulgaria hit 40,476, up 128 per cent on a year earlier. The huge increases far outstripped anything seen from any other country in the world.

The third highest rise was among workers from Italy, up 37 per cent year-on-year. ...

Separate immigration figures show that the number of Romanians and Bulgarians who arrived in Britain in 2014 doubled to 46,000, including 35,000 who came for work. ...

In total 824,154 people from around the world were registered to work in the UK in the year to March, a 37 per cent rise on 2014 and 44 per cent higher than before Mr Cameron became Prime Minister in 2010.

Three-quarters of all National Insurance registrations for foreign workers were from people from within the EU.

On 152,636, Romania has now overtaken Poland on 115,606.

The two eastern European countries account for a third of all foreign workers registered in the UK.
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How Europe has taken on 130,000 migrants already this year... and the numbers of desperate men, women and children risking everything to make the crossing will only get higher
John Hall
MailOnline, 4 June 2015

More than 130,000 migrants have already arrived on European shores in 2015, coming from countries as diverse as Syria, Nigeria and Vietnam in a desperate effort to flee warzones, avoid genocide and give their children the best chance to start a new life.

While migrants risking everything on board cramped, barely seaworthy boats bound for Italy and the Greek islands grab the headlines, a number of alternative routes - such as the Canary Islands - have emerged, highlighting locations that could see a surge in migrant arrivals over the coming months.

Italy and Greece remain the most popular destinations however, with each having more than 40,000 arrivals since January.

In fact arrivals of the small Greek holiday island of Kos have already topped 6,000 in 2015 - arriving at a rate of 300 a day - leaving its population of 32,000 wondering how many more people they can take.

In a stark representation of the sharply rising numbers of migrants heading to Greece, there have already been 32,160 more arrivals in the first five months of 2015 than there were in the whole of 2014. The number heading to the Italy - usually through the island of Sicily and the southern province of Apulia - have stayed relatively stable this year, but have still hit 46,500 in just five months.

Another hugely popular route into Europe is actually overland, with close to 40,000 migrants travelling through the Balkan states up into Hungary, Slovenia and Austria over the past six months.
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Cut immigration to solve British housing crisis, Lord urges – as it spirals out of control
Scott Campbell
Daily Express, 3 June 2015

Ministers must cut migration levels to fix the housing crisis looming over Britain, a leading peer has warned.

Crossbencher Lord Green of Deddington said cutting immigration would help to solve the UK's ongoing property problems as buyers are squeezed out of the market.

The MigrationWatch boss said several peers had talked about the need for more housing supply but none had addressed the question of demand.

"In the last five years, households headed by a person born overseas - that is to say an immigrant - increased by an average of 115,000 a year, that is 78% of the net increases in households," he said.

"Surely it is blindingly obvious that an important means of tackling the housing crisis is to reduce immigration and therefore demand and it is strange that so few people are prepared to say so."

The remarks come after official figures revealed that the UK population will overtake Germany's in the next 45 years because of the huge number of immigrants expected to have children.

The migrant baby boom will result in the number of people living in Britain rising from 67 million to a staggering 77 million by 2060.
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Orban says migrants will change European civilisation
Andrew Rettman
EUobserver, 2 June 2015

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban has warned that immigrants will alter "Europe's civilisation", amid ongoing EU debate on the Mediterranean crisis.

"A modern day mass migration is taking place around the world that could change the face of Europe's civilisation ... if that happens, that's irreversible", he said in Budapest on Tuesday (2 June) according to the MTI news agency.

"There is no way back from a multicultural Europe. Neither to a Christian Europe, nor to a world of national cultures", he added.

"If we make a mistake now, it will be forever". ...

In January, in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, he told Hungarian TV: "We don't want to see significantly sized minorities with different cultural characteristics and backgrounds among us. We want to keep Hungary as Hungary".
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Watchdog hits out at £17 million in payout for migrants
Anil Dawae
Daily Express, 28 May 2015

Suspected illegal immigrants are being handed the chance of pocketing taxpayer-funded compensation because blundering officials are failing to deal with their cases quickly enough.

Those unlawfully detained because of delays caused by administrative errors can sue, according to a report out today.

Almost £17 million has been paid out over the past four years for unlawful detention, official figures reveal. In one removal centre alone one detainee was held for more than a year, according to the report by Chief Inspector of Prisons Nick Hardwick that highlighted the risk.

The revelations were branded "a damning indictment of the Home Office" by Jonathan Isaby, of the TaxPayers' Alliance.

He said: "Their errors are not just hurting the individuals involved but landing taxpayers with a huge and unnecessary bill. Taxpayers deserve better from these bungling Home Office officials, especially at a time of serious and much-needed financial restraint.

"The wheels of our immigration system must move quicker to benefit everybody involved."

A staggering £16.4 million was paid out to 480 individuals for being unlawfully held under immigration powers between 2011 and 2014.

Outrageously £6.2 million of that went to 229 convicted criminals, including sex offenders, robbers and drug dealers who were unlawfully detained while waiting to be booted out of the country after finishing prison sentences.

That works out at roughly £27,000 per offender.

Some cases involve criminals who refuse to reveal their identity making it impossible to know where to deport them or who come from nations that will not take them back.

The Home Office said: "We are considering the recommendations made in this report."
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Surge in foreign criminals freed to live openly in Britain
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2015

The number of foreign criminals freed from jail to live freely in Britain has topped 5,000 for the first time, it can be disclosed.

Official figures showed the number - including criminals who have gone on the run - soared by a fifth in just a year from 4,247 in the first quarter of 2014 to 5,053 in the same period this year.

It means just over two foreign offenders a day were let loose on average over the last 12 months – some of whom went on to abscond from the authorities and are still at large.

The data will further harm the Government's record on immigration following shock figures last week which showed net migration levels at 318,000 last year, triple David Cameron's earlier pledge to cut levels to below 100,000.

Critics said the figures exposed serious failings in the Home Office's attempts to get on top of immigration.

Data from the Home Office showed the number of foreign national criminals living openly in Britain has increased by a third since the beginning of 2011, when the figure stood at 3,800.

It means there is now a record number of foreign criminals living among the general population.

While many will be in touch with probation officers and the Home Office, hundreds are feared to have fled without trace.

Last year a report by watchdogs the National Audit Office revealed at least 58 serious foreign criminals who posed a high risk to the public had absconded in Britain after being released from prison to await deportation.

The experts estimated that one in six foreign criminals released from jail had gone on the run.

Applied to the new figures it would mean about 840 criminals have vanished without trace.

In another new development revealed in the figures, the number of foreigners being removed by the Home Office has collapsed still further.

In 2014, 12,460 people were removed from this country – a 17 per cent fall on 2011 when more than 15,000 were sent back including 4,000 failed asylum seekers.

It also represented a fall of more than 40 per cent on levels a decade ago, when the figure stood at more than 21,000.
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Why living on a main road could be making you fatter
Sarah Knapton
Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2015

Living near a main road causes people to gain weight with the risk of obesity doubling for homes that are also under a flight path and near a railway.

Researchers believe that the stress of traffic din may raise stress levels to the point where the body starts laying down more fat because it thinks it is heading for a time for crisis, when food may be scarce.

Normal traffic noise is around 45 decibels, but for every five decibels above that, the average homeowner gains an extra 0.2cm on the waist measurement. ...

Living under a flight path combined with a road and railway was also found to double the risk of obesity.

"Traffic noise is a common and increasing environmental exposure, primarily due to ongoing urbanisation and growth of the transport sector," said lead author Dr Andrei Pyko, Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

"Road traffic is the dominating source, followed by railway and aircraft noise. Health effects related to traffic noise are widespread and span from annoyance, sleep disturbances and changes in stress hormone levels to adverse effects on the cardiovascular system.

"Our results suggested associations with waist circumference primarily in the age group below 60 years." ...

And the findings are particularly worrying because obesity around the waist is one of the most harmful types of fat, and has been linked to diseases like diabetes. ...

A recent study found that for every 10 decibel increase in road noise, the risk of stroke among over 65s increases by more than a quarter. Researchers at the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Copenhagen believe one in five strokes in urban areas could be due to living in noisy homes.

Researchers at Imperial College also found that hospital admissions for stroke, heart and circulatory disease are higher in areas with high levels of aircraft noise.
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Just how many more can we take? PM pledges to get a grip as migrants add a city the size of Coventry to population in only a year
James Slack, Steve Doughty and Tamara Cohen
Daily Mail, 22 May 2015

Mass immigration added a city the size of Coventry to the UK population last year as record numbers continued to pour in.

The revelation that net migration hit 318,000 in 2014 – the second highest total ever recorded – left David Cameron further than ever from meeting his 'tens of thousands' pledge.

But the Prime Minister said he would not 'cave in' to his critics. He blamed his former Lib Dem Coalition partners for the spectacular failure and added that he would take personal charge of ensuring no Whitehall department shirks the challenge.

Mr Cameron made his latest pledge as the Office for National Statistics revealed:

- A record 641,000 immigrants arrived in the UK in 2014, up 100,000 in a single year.

- Net migration, the difference between the number arriving and the number leaving, has only been higher on one occasion – in 2005.

- The net migration from the EU hit a record 178,000, with 46,000 Romanians and Bulgarians.

- The number of National Insurance numbers given to foreigners rocketed by 221,000 to 824,000.

- Foreign nationals were the biggest winners from the growth in employment in 2014. The figures prompted a barrage of criticism of the Conservatives' record in the last Parliament.

But the Prime Minister hit back, saying: 'There is the approach of just give up, cave in and forget about it. But that's not my approach.' ...

The think-tank MigrationWatch UK described the ONS statistics as 'appalling'. Chairman Lord Green said: 'It points to a probable increase of 3 million in the UK population over the next five years in the face of very strong public opinion. Any further cuts in resources for immigration control would be absurd.' ...

Non-EU migration – which the Government can fully control – was also up, by 50,000 to 197,000.
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Figures show immigration surge as Cameron unveils illegal working bill
Alan Travis and Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 21 May 2015

Net migration to Britain surged to 318,000 in 2014, just below its previous peak under the Labour government in 2005.

The latest quarterly migration figures from the Office for National Statistics show that net immigration from outside Europe – up 42,000 – is now rising almost as strongly as from within Europe – up 67,000. ...

Net migration from outside Europe is now at its highest level since 2011 and the latest rise brings to an end a recent decline as a result of the last government crackdowns. The fresh rise in non-EU immigration dashes Cameron's hopes of achieving an early return to a downward path in immigration figures by tackling the issue of free movement within Europe. ...

The ONS said the 318,000 figure for 2014 was 109,000 higher than in 2013 and just below the previous peak recorded of 320,000 in 2005 in the midst of the first major wave of east European migration to Britain.

The latest figures show that Britain's relatively expanding economy is now drawing in highly skilled workers from around the world who are in turn, according to the Office for Budget Responsibility, partly driving that economic growth. The statisticians say that the recent rise in net migration is being driven by higher levels of immigration – which hit 641,000 in 2014 – coupled with stable levels of emigration, which remains at 323,000 a year.

The detailed figures confirm that the largest increase has been in those coming to live in Britain to work, up 70,000 in 2014. The number of EU nationals, other than Britons, in employment in the UK was 283,000 higher in March than 12 months earlier. The number from outside Europe in work rose by 11,000, while employment of British nationals increased by 279,000 over the same period. ...

The number of people migrating to Britain to join spouses and other close family members rose by 20,000 on the latest figures to 91,000.

Asylum seekers accounted for only 25,020 of the new arrivals to Britain in the year to March. This is an increase of 5% over the previous 12 months with the largest numbers coming from Eritrea (3,552), Pakistan (2,421) and Syria (2,222).

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford, said: "Today's figures show how difficult it would be to reduce net migration to the 'tens of thousands'. Net migration has risen even despite new restrictions on family, work and student visas that were introduced during the last parliament." ...

Cameron attempted to brush off the embarrassing net migration figures by announcing details of a new immigration bill to be included in the Queen's speech, which will propose a new criminal offence of illegal working that would allow police to seize the wages of anyone employed unlawfully.

It has been estimated that the backlog of people in Britain who have overstayed their visas and whose whereabouts are unknown is 300,000, but it is not known how many are working.
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Illegal migrant workers will have wages seized, vows David Cameron
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 21 May 2015

Foreign workers will have their wages seized by police and face deportation without appeal if they are in the UK illegally, David Cameron will announce today as part of a "radical" crackdown on immigration.

The Prime Minister will vow to make the UK a "less attractive place to come and work" by using next week's Queen's Speech to announce a series of laws to "root out illegal immigrants and bolster deportations".

Mr Cameron will also unveil plans to make it a criminal offence for businesses to recruit abroad without advertising in the UK first.

He will give councils powers to evict migrants and force all banks to check bank accounts against databases of people who could be in the country illegally. ...

It has been estimated that there could be as many as 600,000 illegal immigrants living in the UK.

As well as the new criminal offence of "illegal working" allowing the authorities to seize wages, Mr Cameron will also extend the "deport first, appeal later" scheme to all immigrants thought to be in the UK illegally.

Currently it applies only to foreign criminals. It will mean that thousands of illegal migrants could now be deported and forced to appeal in their country of origin.

The Prime Minister will announce satellite tracking tags for foreign criminals awaiting deportation "so we always know exactly where they are".

Mr Cameron will say that "dealing with those who shouldn't be here... starts with making Britain a less attractive place to come and work illegally".

"The truth is it has been too easy to work illegally and employ illegal workers here," the Prime Minister will say.

"So we'll take a radical step – we'll make illegal working a criminal offence in its own right.

"That means wages paid to illegal migrants will be seized as proceeds of crime and businesses will be told when their workers' visas expire so if you're involved in illegal working – employer or employee – you're breaking the law."

Mr Cameron will say that a "strong country isn't one that pulls up the drawbridge... it is one that controls immigration".

He will add: "With this Immigration Bill, and our wider action, we will put an end to houses packed full of illegal workers; stop illegal migrants stalling deportation; give British people the skills to do the jobs Britain needs. We are for working people. For them, we will control and reduce immigration."
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Cameron is now more exposed on immigration than before
Mark Wallace
Conservative Home, 21 May 2015

The Prime Minister carried over some of his election campaign techniques to this morning's speech on immigration. /.../ Here are a few observations:

• Tackling illegal immigration is important, but completely separate to the main issue at hand. A lot of the new proposals – criminalising working illegally, new bank checks on possible illegal migrants, an extension of "deport first, appeal later" and a new agency to enforce labour laws – are perfectly worthwhile but rather separate to the main point. Everyone wants any government to tackle illegal immigration, and I hope that this one does. However, we shouldn't really bundle these measures in with the question of how to control migration more generally. Today's figures reveal the number of perfectly legal migrants coming into the UK – illegal immigration isn't counted for obvious reasons, so even huge success on this front wouldn't have any impact on the main issue.

• Net migration is still the wrong measure. I ask again, as we've asked here before, if anyone really believes that the electorate's primary issue with immigration is the total number of people in the country, or something more subtle? If 10 million people left the country and 10.01 million arrived, that would be an improvement in terms of net migration, but it clearly wouldn't be viewed by the populace as a success.

• Worse, it's an uncontrollable measure. Currently the Government has insufficient control of the number of people arriving – but it can never have any real control of the other half of its chosen equation, the number of Brits either staying or leaving.

• Success on growth directly clashes with attempts to reduce net migration. When your two headline goals are a) secure speedy improvements in the UK economy, outstripping our neighbours and competitors and b) reducing net migration, you have the obvious problem that the two are in clear conflict. If you fix the economy then at minimum more British people are likely to stay (or return, in the case of expats), making the net migration target harder to achieve even before you factor in the effects of free movement of people. ...

• You still can't control immigration while remaining a member of the EU. The Prime Minister's lines on EU renegotiation are clear enough, and mostly focus on reducing "pull factors" like welfare subsidies for migrants in low-paid work, benefits for migrants who come to Britain but don't find jobs and absurdities like Child Benefit being paid for children who don't even live in the UK. I don't disagree with any of them, but they do fall short on three measures. First, unless they're cemented by treaty change then they can't be protected from erosion by the ECJ. Second, free movement of labour will it seems remain - and, as the main pull factor is economic growth not welfare, it's hard to see the in-flow reducing in any sizeable way. Third, we still haven't heard what happens if the EU just says "No" to these proposals (which is perfectly possible – the Polish government don't like losing their workers, for example, but nor do they want to see the handy inward payment of Child Benefit stopped) – without the sanction of him then recommending an Out vote, why should they agree?

• He's now taking responsibility for the target – and therefore full blame if things continue to go wrong. ...
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75% of East Europeans and 30% of EU14 workers in low skilled work
Migrationwatch UK, 20 May 2015

Three quarters of all East European workers who have arrived since their countries joined the EU are working in low skilled work, so says a Migration Watch UK analysis of the Labour Force Survey.

The analysis finds that in early 2014 there were 870,000 workers from the Accession countries of Eastern Europe (including Romania and Bulgaria) in the labour market and almost three quarters, or 630,000, were in low skilled work, as defined by the government's Migration Advisory Committee. Remarkably, about half of these (almost 320,000) are in the very lowest skilled occupations.

This analysis goes some way in explaining why East European migrants' impact on GDP per capita is likely to continue to be 'negligible' at best, in line with previous modelling by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research. It also explains why the fiscal contribution of East Europeans has been, even on the most favourable assumptions, at best very low. The reason is of course that, while East Europeans have very high employment rates (84% of EU8 and 77% of Romanians and Bulgarians are in work) they are working for low pay in low skilled jobs.

By contrast, EU 14 migrants are much more in highly skilled work with 70% in skilled occupations compared to 55% of UK born. Taking all EU migrants together, 750,000 of the 1.27 million are in low skilled work – that is nearly 60%.

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

"This analysis clearly demonstrates that some means must be found to curb low skilled immigration from the EU if immigration is to be brought under control. East European workers have a very good reputation for their work ethic but the fact that they are so overwhelmingly in low skilled work raises real questions about their value to the UK economy. Meanwhile, they add considerably to the pressure on public services, especially in the areas where they are concentrated."
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For just £43, I bought the bogus papers that 'qualified' me as a nurse: Reporter uncovers rampant trade in counterfeit certificates as questions are raised over killer nurse's credentials
Stephen Wright
Daily Mail, 19 May 2015

Nursing diplomas can be bought for as little as £43 in the Philippines, I can reveal today.

Doubts about Victorino Chua's qualifications emerged after this newspaper alerted police to suspicions over his credentials back in 2012.

And – helped by my photographer colleague Jamie Wiseman - I have found there is a rampant trade in bogus exam certificates in Manila, with fixers and forgers always on hand to fabricate any document.

The Mail's revelations are a major embarrassment to ministers, hospital chiefs and officials at the Nursing and Midwifery Council, which regulates nursing.

In March 2013, the council imposed a temporary recruitment freeze on foreign nurses amid fears that workers could have faked documents to get jobs here. Yet hundreds of nurses are still being recruited from the Philippines by NHS trusts, because of a massive shortfall of staff.

The 'passport' to a nursing job in the UK is provided by organised crime networks who employ some of the world's best forgers.

On Recto Avenue in downtown Manila are stalls openly offering fake nursing degrees, education records, diploma pictures, police clearance to work overseas, passports, driving licences and birth and marriage certificates. Police turn a blind eye in return for bribes.

When I visited Recto Avenue, dubbed 'Xerox Alley', a fixer for the forgers went through a list of documents I would require to become qualified, including a degree certificate, police clearance to work overseas and employment certificates and references.

All these were supplied for a total of £43. The fixer even helpfully suggested which date I should graduate from Manila's respected nursing college at Our Lady of Fatima University.

Of course, the vast majority of Filipino nurses are qualified and have the correct credentials to work in the UK.

But many in this impoverished nation struggle to find the money to finish their degree courses and are tempted to buy their qualifications they need to obtain work in the UK where salaries are vastly higher.

In the run-up to yesterday's court verdicts, NMC chief executive Jackie Smith told the Mail its vetting system was now 'robust' and that her staff insisted on seeing original education documents from prospective foreign nurses.

But a source close to the Stepping Hill case said: 'Vetting of nurses in the Philippines is very, very poor. A lot is done on the word of the Philippines regulatory authorities.

'They rely on stamped documents as proof of proper qualifications. This is why police can't be certain that Chua's qualifications are genuine.'

Another said: 'We can't be certain that the Philippines' Professional Regulation Commission has exercised due diligence with regard to the NHS. Once you have a PRC stamp, you are more or less guaranteed a job in the UK.'
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Stepping Hill: The scandal of foreign nurses with bogus papers
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 19 May 2015

Thousands of foreign nurses could be working in Britain with bogus qualifications it has emerged, after police warned that the medic who killed two patients at Stockport's Stepping Hill hospital used forged photocopies to secure his job.

Victorino Chua, 49, a father of two from the Philippines, faces life in prison today when he is sentenced for murdering two patients and poisoning 20 others during a 2011 killing spree.

The case has raised serious concerns over the way overseas nursing staff are monitored and assessed when applying for jobs in the NHS.

Investigators working on the Chua case became so concerned about loopholes in the system of checking the veracity of medical qualifications that they contacted the Department for Health and the Home Office to urgently raise the matter.

Since Chua's arrest new checks have been brought in to ensure any foreign nurse applying for work is subject to more stringent checks.

Further changes from October will ensure every nurse is required to prove their qualifications every three years, but critics claim with more than half a million nursing staff in the UK such checks are impractical and will take too long to implement.

It is feared that thousands of registered nurses, who arrived in the UK a decade ago or before, may have below par, or even bogus, medical qualifications. More than 90,000 nurses who are registered to work in the UK trained overseas. ...

Chua, who came to the UK in 2002 on a two-year working visa, managed to land a job as a staff nurse at Stepping Hill by presenting photocopies of his medical certificates.

Detectives who travelled to Manila to look into his background now suspect that even those documents may have been forged. ...

After concern was raised over the widespread implications of the case, the Nursing Midwifery Council (NMC), which registers all half a million nurses working in Britain, launched a major review of overseas NHS staff.

They looked into the background of more than 14,000 non-EU nurses working in the UK, including 11,500 from the Philippines.

While the NMC claimed they found no similar cases of forgery and no nurses were struck off as a result of the review, the clear gaps in the monitoring system have prompted a major overhaul.

In October last year the rules were tightened up for overseas applicants who must now pass a series of competency tests before coming to the UK. The new system, similar to the one already operated by the General Medical Council (GMC), will come into force this October, but critics say it may be little more than a "box ticking exercise".

Roger Goss, co-director of Patient Concern, said: "The NMC has a huge brief beyond its capabilities. With more than half a million nurses registered this will inevitably take a long time to carry out and if, like with the GMC system, it finds that 99.3 per cent of those tested are sound then you have to wonder if it will be anything more than a bureaucratic ritual."
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700 'terror suspects' have travelled to Syria, Scotland Yard says
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 15 May 2015

More than 700 Britons of "significant concern" have travelled to Syria, the country's top counter-terrorism officer has disclosed.

Mark Rowley, the Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner, revealed the new figure as he said he was becoming increasingly concerned that young people who would once join street gangs are now turning to terrorism.

More than a third of the 700 suspects who have been to follow jihad in Islamic State are now back in Britain, Mr Rowley confirmed.

The "make up" of terrorism is changing with more girls, women and younger boys becoming involved, he said.

"It is a replication of gang crime," said Mr Rowley.

"Young people who were getting drawn into gang crime, particularly those with troubled histories, are now turning to this."

Data released by the Met showed last year saw the largest number if terrorism arrests on record.

There were 338 suspects detained in 2014/15 - the equivalent of almost one a day.

Of those 11 per cent were female and 17 per cent were under 20.

"The make up of terrorism is changing