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'A very dangerous business' - terrorism legislation adviser raises alarm over Government clampdown on extremism
Josh May
PoliticsHome, 30 December 2016

The terrorism legislation watchdog has hit out at the Government's "dangerous" plans to clamp down on non-violent extremism.

In this year's Queen's Speech, the Government announced plans for a new "civil order regime to restrict extremist activity" as part of the new Counter Extremism and Safeguarding Bill.

Extremism was defined in the document as "the vocal or active opposition to our fundamental values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs".

David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, said measures such as social media bans or limitations on movement and association could be used as part of a "silence coerced by law".

The Government is yet to come forward with its detailed proposals, but Mr Anderson said the plan ran contrary to free speech.

"Freedom of speech is notoriously a value that everyone subscribes to in theory but in practice it very often depends on the views that are being expressed," he told Radio 4's World at One programme.

"I think silence coerced by law, as an American judge once put it, is a very dangerous business – particularly when you're looking at something as vague as extremism. I've not met anyone who can really define it in a satisfactory way...

"It may be one thing to have a policy of opening people's eyes and making sure that they know about critical thinking and they can approach the internet in a critical manner, but to start applying the force of the law to people who oppose certain values I think is a really difficult and dangerous line to go down."

Silencing proponents of unpalatable views was "not the way" the UK has dealt with challenges to liberal values in the past, he added.

"We didn't ban Communism during the Cold War and I think we should be strong and robust enough to argue back," Mr Anderson said.

Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights delivered a scathing verdict on the Government's proposals in the summer.

The cross-party group of MPs and peers said the Government had not yet defined extremism, and warned that its plan could lead to people informing upon law-abiding citizens.
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Tories have missed chance to quell cosseted mouthpiece of the Left
David Keighley
Conservative Woman, 30 December 2016

The BBC heads into 2017 almost unchanged – and unscathed.

Yet again during a cycle of so-called Charter renewal, the Corporation has repelled all boarders in terms of meaningful reform.

In effect, its partisan position as a political advocate of the liberal Left, facilitated by its self-serving concept of 'due impartiality', has been cemented. ...

The Corporation's defence of uncontrolled immigration and unmodified multiculturalism - and in tandem with this, the systematic re-writing of British history and values to accommodate its visceral hatred of Western values - remains bloody-mindedly resolute.

Evidence of this plethora of bias, before, during and after the June 23 Brexit vote can be found in abundance on the News-watch website, and, of course, on TCW, itself. ...

The year-end balance sheet is that the Corporation still enjoys a guaranteed income, of billions. ...

Politicians (in the Conservative Party especially) should hang their heads in shame about this. Despite their parliamentary majority, they have allowed, in effect, the Corporation to continue to poison national debate, and to rubbish and undermine those with whom it disagrees.
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More migrants will come to UK than entire EU populations if Britain stays in single market, warns think tank
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 29 December 2016

More migrants will come to Britain than the entire populations of Bulgaria, Latvia and Lithuania combined if the UK stays in the Single Market after Brexit, a think tank has warned.

A new analysis by Migration Watch found that unless free movement is curbed after Brexit more than 12 million people will come to Britain over the next 25 years, putting an ever increasing strain on public services.

It warned that the scope for a "significant reduction" in the level of migration is "extremely limited" if Britain remains a member of the single market and is subject to free movement rules. ...

Alp Mehmet, vice chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: ""This research spells out the very serious consequences for our society of net migration continuing at its present scale with membership of the single market resulting in a relentless increase in our population.

"An increase of anything like 12 million in just 25 years is, quite simply, unacceptable to the British public and certainly not what they voted for in the referendum." ...

The report found that the UK's minimum wage remains three times higher than that of Poland, five times higher than in Romania and six times higher than in Bulgaria.

Migrants will also continue to be attracted to Britain because of the high rates of youth unemployment in southern Europe.
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Next Pope warns EU to BLOCK migrants as Christians being PUSHED OUT by 'Islamised' Europe
Daily Express, 29 December 2016

The Archbishop tipped to be the next Pope has warned that Christians face being pushed aside by a growing Islamisation of Europe and wants to put a stop to accepting new refugees.

According to 71-year-old Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, who is the Archbishop of Vienna, a whole rethinking of the refugee question is needed.

He spoke of an overburden on society.

Shoenborn said: "We have had to learn: This goes beyond our capacities and possibilities."

While in the beginning Schoenborn also used the same infamous words as German Chancellor Angela Merkel "Wir schaffen das" ("We will manage it") when talking about refugees, over time he felt overpowered by the "unbelievable number of refugees" like many others in society. ...

Cardinal Schoenborn had earlier warned before that Muslims wanted to eradicate Christians and conquer Europe. ...

The Cardinal said, according to the Archdiocese of Vienna: "Will there be an Islamic conquest of Europe? Many Muslims want that and say: Europe is at its end."

He asked God to have mercy on Europe and to show mercy to its people, which he said "are in danger of forfeiting our Christian heritage".
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Nearly Half of Young Tunisians Considering Move to Europe
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 28 December 2016

More than 45 per cent of young Tunisians want to migrate illegally to Europe according to a new study, and an estimated 35,000 have already done so in the last few years.

Despite the study finding that 75 per cent of young Tunisians are aware of the problems faced by illegal immigrants in Europe, it revealed that 45.2 per cent between the ages of 18 and 34 want to make the journey. Forty-one per cent of respondents said they are aware of Tunisia's laws on the topic of illegal migration, in particular that emigrating illegally is a criminal act. ...

The survey, carried out by the Tunisian Forum for Economic and Social Rights (FTDES), was conducted with a sample of 1,168 young Tunisians, 53 per cent of whom were men and 47 per cent of whom were women. ...

Of the Tunisians surveyed, 24 per cent said they know smugglers in their neighbourhoods and 15 per cent said they have already been in contact with traffickers.
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What does a good, 21st-century immigration policy look like?
Rowan Williams
News Statesman, 28 December 2016
[A review of two books by Rowan Williams who was archbishop of Canterbury from 2002 to 2012]

Reece Jones's practical suggestions are wildly ambitious and somewhat disconnected from anything that looks like political reality, ...

David Miller, in sharp contrast, offers a detailed refutation of the idea that there is a universal and uncontestable "right" to migrate. What he calls "strong cosmopolitanism" – the idea that everyone is endowed with the right to live and work wherever they choose by virtue of their right to have equal access to social and economic goods – is, he claims, unsustainable. The sheer variety of societies and local resources is such that global equality of opportunity is too abstract an idea to have any moral purchase. ...

Miller is generous about refugees but makes a strong case for limiting migrant numbers. It is clear to him that refusing migrants entry on the basis of race is immoral and illegal, but he stoutly denies that capping numbers is inherently unjust. On the contrary, he states (echoing a point made forcefully by Paul Collier in recent years) that a policy of unreserved welcome exacerbates deprivation in a "sending" country, because it steadily strips that nation of professional skills and long-term working commitment: the "brain drain" argument.

He adds a point of his own which is seldom heard – increasing the population of a crowded and high-energy-consuming state such as the UK will potentially intensify the environmental strain on the planet. Miller's overall case is based, as he says, on a "communitarian" vision: societies work when they are able to support collaboration within their own boundaries. ...

This is not only an issue about a brain drain; mass migration produces a weakening of ordinary civic solidarities. ...

In that respect, Miller's is an adult view of political choices: there is a diverse range of responsibilities to be honoured and we shan't manage to do justice to all of them, so let us think hard about them so that we don't let ourselves down too lightly, or simply ignore the seriousness of various factors and arguments. There are areas where many will disagree: some of what he has to say about the cultural impact of diversity needs scrutiny; some of his discussion of what counts as severe infringement of human dignity or liberty may sound rather minimalist. But he contributes more to the discussion of migration as a legal and moral question than nearly any other contemporary writer in English, not least in his careful and fair-minded treatment of those who disagree with him.

Jones, by contrast, is a fierce polemicist who finds almost nothing good to say about the institutions of the state. His nomadic, implicitly anarchistic migrants are curiously rootless and anonymous. It is as if, as in so many capitalist philosophies, people's actual hinterland – familial, cultural, religious, linguistic – were irrelevant to their strictly political identity. He gives no evidence that migrants would accept this nomadic definition of their own identity or goals. ...

Violent Borders: Refugees and the Right to Move by Reece Jones is published by Verso (224pp, £16.99)

Strangers in Our Midst: the Political Philosophy of Immigration by David Miller is published by Harvard University Press (240pp, £27.95)
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Voters will have to show passports to combat voter fraud in 'vulnerable' areas with large Muslim populations
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 27 December 2016

Voters in towns and cities with large Muslim communities where there are concerns about election fraud will have to show their passports or driving licences before casting their ballot.

The Government has announced that voters will have to produce identification to vote to reduce the risk of "endemic corruption" and protect the democratic process.

The voter ID scheme will be trialled in 18 areas which have been identified by police and the Electoral Commission as being "vulnerable" to voting fraud, including Bradford and Birmingham. The pilot schemes will be implemented during local elections in May 2018 before they are rolled out nationwide. ...

The Government is also considering checking people's nationality to prevent immigrants who are not entitled to take part in UK elections from voting. ...

Pilots will also take place in Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Bristol, Burnley, Calderdale, Coventry, Derby, Hyndburn, Kirklees, Luton, Oldham, Pendle, Peterborough, Slough, Tower Hamlets, Walsall, and Woking. ...

The move comes after Sir Eric Pickles, a former Conservative Cabinet minister, warned earlier this year that election fraud had been allowed to take place in Muslim communities because of "political correctness". Sir Eric said that the authorities were in a "state of denial" and were "turning a blind eye" to election fraud.
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Changing face of Britain: Immigration 'to fuel 52 per cent of population growth by 2021'
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 27 December 2016

Britain is facing "irreversible cultural disunity" because of a surge in immigration which will account for 52 per cent of all population growth within five years, a leading think-tank warned today.

Experts released analysis projecting that, of the 5.5 million people expected to be added to the UK population between now and 2021, 2.8 million will either be immigrants or babies born to mothers from overseas.

High levels of immigration, which the Bow Group predicted will rise to 724,000 a year at the end of the decade, will boost Britain's population to a staggering 74.3 million by mid-2039.

But only 541,000 babies are expected to be born to UK mothers in 2021, meaning British births will account for just 48.3 per cent population growth that year. ...

The Bow Group, a Conservative supporting think-tank, warned such numbers will have an "extremely significant cultural impact" on the UK and urged the Government to rethink its border policy. ...

The think-tank's report quotes ONS data which shows that, of the 9.7 million increase expected in the UK population by 2039, more than half (51 per cent) will be attributable to net migration alone.

Amazingly the same report concluded that a staggering 83 per cent of population growth between 2001 and 2012 was due to the direct and indirect effects of migration.

And the numbers of people arriving in the UK from overseas rose by an astonishing 91 per cent between 1991 and 2015 - up from just 329,000 a quarter of a century ago to 631,000 last year.

The Bow Group said the Government's insistence on publishing net migration statistics, which deduct the number of expats leaving the country from the level of migrant arrivals, is obscuring the true impact of immigration on Britain.

That is because the biggest contingent of emigrants is made up of British born people - they accounted for 43 per cent in 2014 - meaning that the proportional impact of immigration on the population is understated by net migration figures. ...

The think-tank argues that gross statistics also give the public a more complete picture of the potential future growth of the migrant population, which has a fertility rate of 2.08 children per woman, rather than the UK-born rate of 1.76.

Bow Group chairman, Cllr Ben Harris-Quinney, told "For at least 20 years the UK government, of both major parties, has ignored the huge level of public concern over immigration policy.

"Much of this concern has been over the sheer numbers of people coming into the country, and the extent to which British society can acclimatise to the significant majority of its population growth being from immigration, without losing our distinct sense of nationhood, culture and unity."

He added: "These concerns are not those of fruitcakes, racists and lunatics, but of 77 per cent of the British populace. They are valid concerns, and they relate not just to wage depression and pressure on infrastructure, but also to the scale and pace of the cultural shift that has occurred.

"The cultural impact of that level of immigration to the United Kingdom will be extremely significant, and a government of any colour will not abate public concern over migration until that very real issue is recognised front and centre of their immigration policy."
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Christian worship plummets in Britain as Muslim following rockets by 72 per cent
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 26 December 2016

A Government report has revealed that Christianity is on the wane in Britain dropping to record lows while the number of those following the Muslim faith has rocketed by 72 per cent. ...

The Casey Review published earlier this month shows that Islam is now the largest non-Christian religious population in the UK. ...

The Casey Review report states: ...

"Among faith groups the number of people identifying themselves as Muslim grew most significantly, by 1.2m people.

"This 72 per cent increase is higher than for any other religious group and Muslims make up the largest non-Christian religious population in the UK at 2.8m in total, compared with 0.8m Hindus, 0.4m Sikhs, 0.3m Jews and 0.3m Buddhists."

While the Brierley Consultancy report says: "The UK Church membership has declined from 10.6m in 1930 to 5.5m in 2010, or as a percentage of the population; from about 30 per cent to 11.2 per cent.
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Priti Patel is wrong: mass migration is a sign of rising prosperity, not poverty
Fraser Nelson
Spectator blog, 26 December 2016

Perhaps the worst excuse for Britain's massive international aid budget is that the cash will stem immigration pressures because richer countries emit fewer emmigrants. As economists can tell you reverse is true: emigration is an expensive journey and when the poorest countries become wealthier, more people can afford to make it. ...

Failure to grasp the relationship between wealth and immigration is a mistake politicians make all the time. When Theresa May was Home Secretary, she also claimed that third-world development will somehow mean fewer migrants. In a Daily Telegraph article, she argued that:-

'We must help African countries to develop economic and social opportunities so that people want to stay.'

Give aid, not shelter, runs the argument – and it has been an error that has trapped politicians for years. '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, saying that third world development would tackle the 'root causes' of migration. ...

When a poor country starts to become richer, its emigration rate soars – until it's a middle-income country, like Albania. Only then does extra wealth mean less migration. ...

... Let's consider our own recent history. In 1948, the UK government passed the British Nationality Act allowing all 600 million of Commonwealth subjects to live and work in Britain. ...

Indeed, hardly anyone took up this offer; even during the partition of India, which claimed a million souls and displaced ten times as many, there was no clamour to seek refuge here. The Indians and Pakistanis were far, far poorer than they are today – but that's the point. They were so poor that not many could afford to come to Britain, not many had means of finding out that a better life was available. ...

In 1951, the UK signed the UN Refugee Covention saying that we'd shelter anyone – anyone! – with a well-founded fear of persecution. Such offers were easy to make, then, because no one really had been showing up: the famous influxes were tiny by today's standards: 50,000 Hugenots, for example. After the war we offered 200,000 Poles the right to live in Britain, rather than face the Soviets: about 162,000 did /.../ – a fraction of today's Polish population. Even in the early 1990s, immigrants were arriving at about 150 a day.

Now, it's 1,500 a day. Globalisation has kicked in, global poverty has halved over 25 years. The poor world is becoming richer, so people are on the move. War acts as a catalyst; far more of those affected by violence have the means and inclination to flee. But globally, there is less war and less poverty than at any time in our history. The Great Migration should be understood as the flip side of the greatest triumph of our age: the collapse in global poverty.

Study after study shows this to be the case. ...

In other words, the Great Migration will be with us for decades to come.
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Berlin attack: Europe's open borders are putting Britain's security at risk, former police chief warns
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 24 December 2016

Europe's open borders are putting Britain's security at risk, former police chiefs have warned after it emerged that the terrorist behind the Berlin Christmas market attack travelled unhindered through three countries before being killed in Italy.

Anis Amri, the most wanted man in Europe, travelled from Berlin to the French Alps and then onto Italy without being stopped at any point on his 1,000 mile journey.

It was only after a chance encounter outside a suburban station at 3am that he was shot dead by a rookie Italian police officer who recognised him.

Counter-terrorism experts and Tory MPs on Friday warned that the Schengen Area, which enables passport-free travel across the European Union, is being "routinely exploited by Isil".

Richard Walton, a former head of counter-terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, told The Telegraph: "Schengen poses a huge risk of terrorism, porous borders across mainland Europe are continuing to be exploited by Isil.

"They have a clear strategy and have set out to carry out attacks across mainland Europe. Europe's weakness is our weakness, it is a concern for us because if you're neighbours are insecure by definition.

"We need European countries to get their act together. Sooner or later they are going to get across the Channel." ...

There were mounting concerns that Amri was returning to his jihadi handlers in Italy, where he is believed to have been radicalised. He entered the country illegally in 2011. ...

Amri, 24, claimed asylum in Italy in 2011 after fleeing Tunisia following a violent robbery. He pretended to be a child migrant, even though he was 19, but then rioted inside his detention centre. He was jailed for four years but released after serving just two.

Italy was unable to deport him because Tunisia did not want to take him back and Amri fled Italy via the Alps for Germany.
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Anis Amri's unchecked passage across Europe is nothing short of a scandal
Nicholas Farrell
Spectator blog, 24 December 2016

That the Tunisian terrorist who slaughtered 12 people in Berlin on Monday was even in Europe, let alone able to move about Europe with ease, is a scandal. It shows that the policy of the European Union and its member nations on the migrant crisis is a complete and dangerous failure. The collective refusal of the European liberal elite to face up to this fact promises further disaster.

Anis Amri, 24, had no legal let alone moral right to be in Europe, and yet he had been here since 2011 when he arrived in a migrant boat on the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa. ...

Even this week, once Amri had become the most wanted man in Europe, he was able to travel back from Berlin – it is still unclear how, or by which route – to Chambery in France, according to police (despite France being a country supposedly in a state of emergency) and from there by train to Turin in Italy; and then to Sesto San Giovanni, on the outskirts of Milan. ...

This year, 180,000 migrants have arrived in Italy by sea, which is a new record. Packed into unseaworthy open boats, these people knew that they would be picked up by vessels whose mission is to ferry them to Italy and other European countries – and hence into the EU. Such a policy is madness. It would be cheaper to provide a regular free charter flight service. And – as everyone knows – it is also based on a lie: we are ferrying these migrants into the EU – so the argument goes – to save their lives and to send back all except genuine refugees which, certainly in the case of Italy, means the overwhelming majority as nearly all are from sub-Saharan Africa. But hardly any of them – as everyone also knows – ever do get sent back.

Last year, 153,000 migrants arrived in Italy by sea. Italian courts issued 30,000 migrant expulsion orders, but only half that number were actually enforced. Of those who stay, few claim asylum in Italy. The rest? They disappear. Many head north, as Amri did, to countries such as Germany, or Britain, where there is more work and more welfare. Amri was not merely a false refugee but also a fugitive from justice. He did a runner from Tunisia during the Arab Spring to escape jail for a string of crimes. ...

The failure by both the EU and successive Italian governments to stop the flood of boat people into Italy is causing Italians to become ever more hostile to all three.
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White Britons Least Likely To Socialise With People From Different Racial Backgrounds
The Huffington Post, 23 December 2016

White Britons are the least likely of all ethnic groups to socialise with other races, a new survey has revealed.

The study by the social integration charity, The Challenge, has found that segregation is getting worse and that fewer people across all races are mixing together outside work than even two years ago.

The research in the latest British Integration Survey shows that black Britons socialise with each other nearly eight times as much as the researchers expected given the ethnic mix of where they live.

Asian Britons socialise with other Asian Britons more than 5 times as much as the researchers expected given the ethnic mix of where they live.

Those categorised as in socio-economic groups A and B - those in professional occupations - are more likely to socialise with different ethnic groups to their own than those in unskilled or manual labour jobs.

The research, conducted by IpsosMORI and which makes a comparison to a similar study from 2014, follows Dame Louise Casey's recent report on growing segregation in cities across the UK.

But it appears to underline criticism of the Casey review by Professor Eric Kaufman, who said that "white British avoidance" is a "principal driver" of segregation, a factor covered only "lightly" by her report.

A key finding of the British Integration Survey is that white Britons are the least likely ethnic group to take the opportunity to mix socially with those from a different ethnic background to themselves, when compared to the demographics of where they live.

The researchers found white people take up just 38% of the opportunities to socialise with those from a different ethnicity to their own, given the demographics of where they live, and that this percentage has dropped from 40% in 2014.

The survey also shows that black Britons take up just 42% of the opportunities open to them to mix socially with a different ethnicity to themselves given the demographics of where they live. This has fallen sharply from 2014, when the figure was 52%.

Asian Britons only take up 41% of the opportunities open to them to mix socially with a different ethnicity. ...

The study found that racial segregation appeared to be worse in areas with the highest proportion of minority ethnic communities.
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If the left doesn't seek to control immigration it will be ignored
John Denham
New Statesman, 23 December 2016
[John Denham was a Labour MP and is Director of the Centre for English Identity and Politics at Winchester University]

All populists claim to speak for the people who are being ignored. Labour's battle lines on immigration were re-drawn again this week, but with too little thought about minimising the populist appeal.

Hilary Benn and Andy Burnham both insist on curbing free movement. As Yvette Cooper takes her Select Committee out on tour, she won't be expecting to hear many calls for open borders. But sensible and realistic though this may be, it won't be enough to convince voters Labour has listened. Their worries are not just about numbers, but very fundamental questions of values and what is meant by fairness.

Most people who worry about immigration don't see themselves as racist, even if that's how Labour's leadership sees them. But many do see the issues as the rights of one group over another. The worry is that newcomers unfairly pre-empt existing rights and the established order, particularly when it is believed that migrants enjoy greater rights than the settled.

... Unless the left can turn this around, promising controls on migration - however necessary -won't reduce the appeal of the populist right.

White people rarely if ever face discrimination because of their skin colour. But listen more carefully and we can hear the drip drip of issues that make poorer white communities feel they are at the bottom. /.../ And, as Rachel Burgin wrote recently: "The current diversity narrative lacks reciprocity. Diverse means African, Indian, Japanese, Middle Eastern. But it doesn't mean Cumbrian." ...

If the left doesn't engage with ways of controlling immigration it will be ignored. But unless it also engages the underlying arguments about fairness the door will still be open to the populists. ...

Much anger stems from being shut out of the discussion, not from the belief that the answers are simple. ...

A constructive national and local debate would address four related themes. In one part it should be rebuilding a contributory approach to welfare, so that paying in over time does bring enhanced rights. In a second, if the UK does re-gain some control over immigration policy it would deliver a transparent and staged process through which new migrants earned full access to the welfare system in turn for contribution. The third part would thrash out the common minimum standards that civilised, humane, proud country wants to guarantee to every single person here. And finally, it could change the way public policy is delivered. Top of this list means regular publication of national and local population projections, showing how growing need would be met and managed. If high speed rail and airports can be planned 30 years ahead, schools and housing can be too.

If we were brave enough to take on this debate, few people would feel they weren't being listened to. No principled ground would be conceded by the constructive left but the populists would be denied their audience.
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Islamofascism and appeasement are the biggest dangers facing the West
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 23 December 2016

... 'Conquering Islamic Totalitarianism', by François Fillon, the centre-right candidate in France's presidential election. ...

It's a fight on two fronts, explains Fillon, against the Islamists themselves, and against the left, whom he damns for their 'imbecilic sophism', adding that they are 'ideologically blind' and suffering from a 'paranoia of Islamophobics'. He makes no apology for drawing parallels between Nazism and Islamic extremism and vows to extinguish the 'Spirit of Munich' that he says permeates much of left-wing ideology. 'Because let there be no mistake', he writes, 'these are the same people who bleated for pacifism and collective security in the 1930s when Hitler began re-arming a Germany still weak. These are the same people who cowardly celebrated the sinister Munich Agreement and claimed that peace had been saved'.

Fillon writes also that the time for accepting the unacceptable is over. After each new outrage, 'we go through the same sadly familiar and repetitive scenario with the president and the politicians lighting candles to commemorate the massacre and observing the rituals of compassion'. ...; incomprehensible were the words of a German journalist who tweeted that the best response to the massacre was 'patience, empathy and humanity'.

Patience for what? Until it's our turn to be shot, knifed, blown up or run over by the Islamists? Speaking days after the attack in Nice last July that left 86 people dead, the then Prime Minister of France, Manuel Valls, said:

'I need to tell the truth to the French: Terrorism will be part of everyday life for a long time.'

That statement confirmed to the French that their government prioritised political correctness above their protection. Terrorism need not be a part of everyday life if Europe controls its borders, outlaws Salafism, expels hate preachers, deports illegal immigrants and failed asylum seekers, imprisons all returning IS fighters and, above all, stops tolerating the intolerance of Islamic extremism, whose objective regarding Europe is conquest not cohabitation. ...

... Islamofascism is the clear and present danger. In the past two years its foot soldiers have killed 250 people in Paris, Nice, Brussels, Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray, and Copenhagen. While its ideological warriors have made big advances, under a creeping barrage of 'Islamophobia', against democratic free speech so that now only the bravest dare stick their head above the parapet of political correctness. ...

This age of appeasement must come to an end, and François Fillon in 2017 has the opportunity to redefine Europe's attitude towards Islamism. 'Fatalism is no way to fight fanaticism', he writes in his book, adding that a more forceful approach is urgently required to prevent a third world war.
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European meltdown threatens Jews
Isi Leibler
Jerusalem Post, 21 December 2016

Diaspora Jewish communities are suffering severe trauma as they experience erosion of the acceptance and security they enjoyed over the past half century. Whether it be in Paris, Johannesburg, New York, Melbourne or any city with a Jewish community, antisemitism expressed as feverish hatred of the Jewish state – incubated over the past decade by a witches' brew of Muslim, far-left and traditional antisemitism – is again transforming many Jews into pariahs.

However, the epicenter is undoubtedly Europe, where the situation has been aggravated over the past year as a consequence of the immigration of huge numbers of migrants from Syria and North Africa, enabled by the open-door policy of German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Many are not refugees but able-bodied young Muslims seeking to improve their standard of living and they include supporters and, in some cases, activists of global jihad. They are dramatically destabilizing the social cohesion and security of countries harboring them. ...

Setting aside the 1,750 European jihadists who, according to an EU report, have returned from Syria with orders to engage in terrorism in their own countries, the aggressive demands, violence and criminal activities of the "refugees" have already impacted every community in which they reside. Regrettably, in a futile effort to minimize tensions, governments and the media understate and even cover up the extent of their damage to the social fabric.

With the indigenous population shrinking and the Muslim birthrate alarmingly high, unless the flow of migrants is stemmed, there is every possibility that by the end of the century the foundations of European civilization will be destroyed. ...

It is the Jews who are the primary targets for terrorists and proportionately suffer the greatest number of casualties.

Yet, ironically, many liberal Jews are at the forefront of campaigns to open the door to wide-spread immigration of Muslim "refugees" and even make ridiculous bleeding-heart analogies to the plight of Jews during the Holocaust.

In so doing, they are facilitating the entry into their communities of hordes of embittered antisemites who have been brought up to consider Jews as the "offspring of apes and pigs."

They also enrage many of their neighbors who loathe these "refugees" and fear that this flood of immigration will destroy their way of life. Many Europeans are not merely outraged by the accelerating crime levels but deeply resent the government censorship imposed in the futile efforts to avert Islamist violence by acts of appeasement. ...

Moreover, Muslims have far greater power in numbers, which will enable them to intensify their antisemitism with their leftist allies. The situation for Jews is therefore likely to deteriorate.
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Impress Regulators Seek to Financially Ruin Three Papers
Media Guido, 19 December 2016

The second instalment of MediaGuido's Impress File reveals attempts by the state-endorsed press regulator to financially ruin three newspapers. Several senior figures at Impress support the so-called Stop Funding Hate (SFH) campaign to boycott advertising in the popular press. SFH's stated aim is to "take on the divisive hate campaigns of the Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Express by persuading advertisers to pull their support". It wants to prevent newspapers from "making money by publishing these headlines". SFH is bullying advertisers to censor or bankrupt the three centre-right newspapers read by millions of Britons.

Impress CEO Jonathan Heawood is a vocal supporter and campaigner on behalf of SFH. He has promoted social media posts from SFH aggressively targeting Boots and HSBC into removing ads from MailOnline. ...

... Impress actively campaigns to bankrupt three newspapers – how can it possibly be a fair and balanced regulator of the press?

... SFH is an cabal of so-called 'liberals' trying to shut down the right-of-centre popular press. This raises serious questions for the government: how can Impress possibly be a fair and even-handed regulator when key figures within Impress are campaigning to ruin several newspapers? Regulators would not be allowed to behave in this way in any other industry...
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EU Accuses MSF, Major Charities of Working with Criminal Gangs to Import Migrants
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 17 December 2016

The European Union's (EU) border agency Frontex has accused major charities of colluding with criminal gangs to bring migrants into Europe.

Frontex put its concerns about charities working in the Mediterranean in a confidential report written last month, and seen by the Financial Times. The document said migrants had been given "clear indications before departure on the precise direction to be followed in order to reach the NGOs' boats."

Frontex was more explicit in its concern over non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working in the Mediterranean in another report last week, which stated: "First reported case where the criminal networks were smuggling migrants directly on an NGO vessel."

The border agency also said migrants rescued by charities' boats often refused to cooperate with debriefing experts, with some claiming "that they were warned [by NGOs] not to co-operate with Italian law enforcement or Frontex".

Frontex figures show the number of rescues triggered by a distress signal fell from around two-thirds of all incidents in the summer to barely even one in 10 in October.

This shift coincided with a massive increase in NGO activity in the central Mediterranean, with so-called charities accounting for 40 per cent of rescues in October compared with just five per cent at the start of this year. ...

MSF "humanitarian adviser" Aurelie Ponthieu slammed the EU for even looking into the issue, saying: "It is not about whether there is collusion between NGOs and smugglers: the issue is why so many people die, which is what Frontex should be focusing on.

"They should be looking at their own actions," she added.

The pro-mass migration Daily Beast spoke to a rescue worker with one of the charities operating in the Mediterranean, who admitted that most aid agencies actually have contacts on the ground in North Africa who tell them when vessels are sent out to sea.

"That's hardly colluding", the source said of the act, adding: "What it does is give us a heads-up so we can try to save people." ...

In September, the head of Austria's anti-human trafficking force warned that much of the profit of people smugglers in the Middle East and North Africa goes to Islamic State, and is now the terror group's primary source of funding.
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Pregnant women 'sought out for sham marriages to exploit human rights law'
Daily Express, 16 December 2016

Pregnant brides are increasingly being used to take part in sham marriages as part of attempts to exploit human rights laws, a new report suggests.

Officials tasked with rooting out non-genuine couples have noticed a pattern of preparing for claims under the right to family life.

Men from outside Europe were said to be seeking pregnant brides or those who already had a child, apparently with a view to a potential human rights claim. ...

A report from the immigration watchdog said: "One team reported a new trend for non-EEA (European Economic Area) men paying extra for a sham bride who was already pregnant.

"While detailed inspection of trafficked and vulnerable persons involved in shams was out of scope for this report, one representative told inspectors that their team had seen 'more vulnerability than ever before'." ...

Inspectors were also told that, before attending an interview, some non-EEA nationals made multiple new applications for leave to remain. An outstanding application, even one with no realistic chance of succeeding, can act as a barrier to removal from the country.

Concerns were raised about "displacement" of sham marriages to other countries.

"By marrying overseas rather than in the UK, the non-EEA national in question was able to avoid notifying their intention to marry and the possible IE (immigration enforcement) investigation and instead seek entry to the UK via the family permit system," the report said. ...

Figures published in 2013 estimated that between 3,000 and 10,000 applications to stay in the UK per year were made on the basis of sham marriages.
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Labour will 'lose the debate' on immigration without a free movement crackdown, academic says
Dan Bloom
Mirror, 16 December 2016

Labour will "lose the debate" on immigration if it does not accept voters want to control free movement, an academic has said.

Matthew Goodwin, Professor of Politics at the University of Kent, spoke out as researchers claimed Brexit was fuelled by poorer voters who felt they had lost trust in politicians and control over their lives.

A study today said of all major issues facing society, people by far felt they had the least control over immigration. ...

Prof Goodwin said the "populist right" would beat left-wingers who fail to look past hard economic arguments.

And if politicians continue backing free movement, he said: "The left in British politics will lose that debate quite heavily."

He added: "There's absolutely no question - every single piece of research you look at, immigration was front and centre of the Leave vote.

"We should accept that most people want limited or controlled immigration policy, in my view.

"That is the new post-referendum reality of British politics and that is why in particular, I would suggest, the Labour Party is getting hammered repeatedly on this issue.

"Because adhering to what voters perceive to be an open doors policy is exactly what many Labour voters do not want to see."
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Jihadists are 'hiding in plain sight' among migrants, head of the Armed Forces says
Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 15 December 2016

Foreign jihadists fleeing from Isil's shrinking caliphate are "hiding in plain sight" in migrant flows, the head of the Armed Forces has warned.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach said he was concerned about the global reach of Isil's ideology and the prospect that internet radicalised copycat terrorists could pop up around the world. ...

He said the fact that China had admitted it had a problem with jihadists underlined the global nature of the threat.

He also restated warnings from Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, that there is a threat from "a potential network of combat experienced terrorists".

He said: "They are losing territory rapidly, foreign fighters are being killed and displaced but they are moving in migrant flows, hiding in plain sight."

"How we manage identity in a world where people are deliberately trying to destroy their identity documents and move in migrant flows is a very important subject."
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TERROR FEARS: Islamist crook helps 'ISIS jihadis travel to UK on £12,500 fake passports'
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 15 December 2016

National crime agency officers are on the hunt for hundreds of illegal immigrants who have flooded the UK on fake passports they bought from a Greece based gang.

And a number of those suspected to have travelled to the UK are thought to have terror links and could belong to ISIS. ...

A total of 24 people have so far been arrested in Glasgow, Manchester and Northampton as well as Athens as investigators try to understand the scale of the issue.

They have also arrested 33 suspects who are accused of helping to facilitate the travel of immigrants from Iran to Europe. ...

According to reports, there are credible claims that one of the men believed to be behind the crime syndicate is an Islamic terrorist giving rise to security fears.

And it is thought that some of the people who accessed the UK on the fake documents are linked to Islamic State. ...

Chris Hogben of the National Crime Agency said "hundreds of Iranian migrants" have arrived into Britain.

Up to 1,100 migrants in total may have used the gang to enter Europe.
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Fraud gang are convicted of rigging English language tests for more than 800 bogus overseas students after charging to read out answers and providing substitutes to sit exams
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 15 December 2016

Four fraudsters who rigged English language tests for more than 800 bogus overseas students in a vast immigration scam are behind bars today.

The gang charged 'very large sums of money' to read out the answers to multiple-choice tests or provided substitutes to sit in the language exams on behalf of candidates.

The 'industrial scale' fraud was first uncovered by an undercover BBC Panorama sting in 2014 which triggered a police investigation.

Three firms involved also provided forged bank statements and academic records for Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi migrants trying to illegally extend their stay in the UK.

The companies ran tests devised by one of the world's largest language testing firms, Educational Training Services Global (ETS), Southwark Crown Court heard.

Today Harinder Kumar, 31, Talal Chowdhury, 30, Shaheen Ahmed, 33, and Mohammad Hasan, 37, were found guilty of plotting to facilitate the commission of breaches of immigration law between 17 October 2012 and 10 February 2014. ...

Six other alleged fraudsters named on the indictment fled the country before they could be charged. ...

Prosecutor David Walbank said: 'What the police inquiry revealed was a well-practised operation involving the wholesale exploitation of the student visa system and fraud on a truly industrial scale.
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Brexit 'fuelled by feeling of powerlessness over immigration'
The Herald [Scotland], 15 December 2016

Brexit was fuelled by an overwhelming feeling among voters that they had no control over immigration, new research has found.

Nearly three in four people, 72%, felt powerless about migration, analysis by the National Centre for Social Research, which was carried out for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, revealed.

The feeling was similar across social barriers, with 71% of higher income earners saying they "can make no difference" to immigration, while 76% of people on lower incomes felt the same way, according to the study which was conducted before the EU referendum campaign began.

Brexit was the culmination of a decades long cycle in which the views of a large section of society on immigration were ignored, researchers said.
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Abandon net migration target, says CBI
Simon Jack
BBC, 14 December 2016

The employers group, the CBI, is calling on the government to abandon an immigration target which was set by David Cameron and which then proved part of his undoing.

Net migration measures the number of people coming to Britain, minus the number of people leaving.

Given that it's pretty hard to control the number of people leaving, it's arguably a dangerous thing on which to pin your political career.

But that's what the former prime minister did when he pledged to get the number down to the "tens of thousands" from over 300,000 a year. ...

Britain's biggest business group is attempting a very difficult balancing act.

The CBI needs to acknowledge public concern over immigration while at the same time warning about looming labour shortages in key industries like agriculture, care and construction.

Its answer - abandon the net migration target in favour of a more nuanced measure. ...

In its report, the CBI argues that, although polling after the referendum showed that the public looks on unskilled migration unfavourably, when asked about care workers and construction workers, 75% and 60% respectively said that the numbers of migrants should stay the same or be increased.

That, says the CBI, is evidence that we need a better way of measuring the cost and benefits of immigration.

In one sense, the CBI has a strong case.

Unemployment is at an 11-year low of 4.8% and there are a record number of people currently in a job.

There's little evidence that immigration has pushed UK nationals out of a job.

And without the EU nationals already here, many industries would face crippling labour shortages.

The CBI also insists that immigration has had little impact on wages, particularly in low-skilled areas.

But privately, many bosses acknowledge that immigrants, who often sleep several to a room, and often leave their families back in Eastern Europe, are prepared to work for lower wages.

And that depresses wages at the bottom of the pay scale.

A Bank of England study found that although small, there was a "statistically significant" negative impact on wages in some unskilled occupations which had high concentrations of immigrant workers.

The impact may be small, but it plays big when amplified by other social concerns.
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Criminals gaining route into UK 'by weaker Irish Republic immigration checks'
The Herald [Scotland], 14 December 2016

Weaker immigration checks in the Irish Republic are providing a route for international criminals to enter the UK, Northern Ireland's police chief has told MPs.

George Hamilton said controls in the Republic of Ireland did not have the same "resource or focus" as those operating in Northern Ireland.

The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) chief constable was being questioned by members of a Westminster committee as part of its inquiry into the future of the Irish border post-Brexit.

Mr Hamilton told the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee that a growing number of criminals operating on the island of Ireland were from abroad.
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We are entering a new epoch: the century of the migrant
Thomas Nail
Aeon, 14 December 2016
[Thomas Nail is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Denver]

In order to manage and control this mobility, the world is becoming ever more bordered. In just the past 20 years, but particularly since the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 on the US, hundreds of new borders have emerged around the world: miles of new razor-wire fences and concrete security walls, numerous offshore detention centres, biometric passport databases, and security checkpoints in schools, airports and along various roadways across the world. ...

This preoccupation, however, runs through the history of Western civilisation. In fact, civilisation's very expansion required the continual expulsion of migrant populations. These include the territorial techniques of dispossessing people from their land through miles of new fencing (invented during the Neolithic period); political techniques of stripping people of their right to free movement and inclusion with new walls to keep out foreigners (invented during the Ancient period and put to use in Egypt, Greece and Rome); juridical techniques of criminalisation and cellular confinement (invented during the European Middle Ages); and economic techniques of unemployment and expropriation surveyed by a continuous series of checkpoints (an innovation of the Modern era). ...

This is the century of the migrant because the return of these historical methods now make it clear for the first time that the migrant has always been a constitutive social figure. /.../ Territorial societies, states, juridical systems and economies all required the social expulsion of migrants in order expand. The recent explosion in mobility demands that we rethink political history from the perspective of the migrant.

Take an example from ancient history: the barbarian (the second major historical name of the migrant, after the nomad). ...

Some of the same techniques – and their justifications – of ancient political expulsion are still in effect today. ...

If this connection seems outlandish, then consider how migrants are described in recent media. /.../ Even the president of the European Council, Donald Tusk, has described the recent refugees with the same 'dangerous waters' and military metaphors used by Romans to depoliticise barbarians: refugees are a 'great tide' that has 'flooded into Europe' producing 'chaos' that needs to be 'stemmed and managed'. 'We are slowly becoming witnesses to the birth of a new form of political pressure,' Tusk claims, '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 will be the century of the migrant not just because of the sheer magnitude of the phenomenon, but because the asymmetry between citizens and migrants has finally reached its historical breaking point. /.../ The only way forward in the long march for migrant justice and social equality is status for all.
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Hundreds of Muslim 'No-Go' Zones Take Root in Europe
Edmund Kozak
LifeZette, 13 December 2016

Filmmaker Ami Horowitz recently encountered the all-too-real brutality to be found in a Muslim "no-go" zone in Sweden.

... Horowitz painted a vivid picture of the extent of the danger of Muslim no-go zones in Sweden – even the police fear them, he said.

"The rules of engagement are if [police are] chasing a subject, no matter what this guy did, once they cross that threshold [into a Muslim area], they stop pursuit, and if they want to actually go in they have to call an entire armed convoy," Horowitz said. "There used to be a police station in Rinkeby [another no-go neighborhood that Horowitz visited], and they had to get rid of it," he noted.

Horowitz recently recounted his whole story in an op-ed published by The Hill.

"While there has been debate regarding the existence of what have been dubbed 'no-go areas,' I personally discovered the corporeality of these enclaves when I stepped into the Stockholm neighborhood of Husby," Horowitz wrote.

As Horowitz noted, liberals love to pretend that Muslim no-go zones – Muslim neighborhoods to which even the authorities are afraid to venture and in which Sharia law is the rule and non-Muslims are attacked on sight – are little more than a figment of paranoid conservative imaginations. But as Horowitz would find out for himself, they are very much a horrifying reality. ...

While it is nearly impossible to gauge the full extent of the no-go zone problem, it is safe to say there are hundreds of no-go areas scattered throughout Europe. ...

In France alone, where no-go areas are euphemistically referred to as "zones urbaines sensibles" – sensitive urban zones – the government counts over 750 such zones. In Sweden, the number could be "as high as 50, [but] the police who I spoke with ... estimated there to be about 20-30," Horowitz said. ...

"Every police commissioner and interior minister will deny it. But of course we know where we can go with the police car and where, even initially, only with the personnel carrier," Bernhard Witthaut, then-head of Germany's police union, said during an interview with Der Westen newspaper in 2011.

"The reason is that our colleagues can no longer feel safe there in twos, and have to fear becoming the victim of a crime themselves. We know that these areas exist. Even worse: In these areas, crimes no longer result in charges. They are left to themselves. Only in the worst cases do we in the police learn anything about it. The power of the state is completely out of the picture." ...

No-go zones "are a very significant and serious problem, especially after the recent rush of refugees to Europe from Syria and other parts of the Muslim world," Dr. Tawfik Hamid, senior fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies and expert on radical Islam, told LifeZette. "They are bringing a culture that is very different from the traditional Western culture and with these numbers it is a very serious issue," Hamid noted.
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Europe on the brink: Streets 'will become war zones' as continent descends into crisis
Rachel O'Donoghue
Daily Star, 11 December 2016

European leaders are said to be preparing for mass civil unrest as multiple catastrophic problems engulf the continent.

It comes after months of warnings from experts – including top military brasses – that massive economic issues, mass immigration, and terrorism will lead to a full-scale crisis.

They have predicted this will affect the entire continent, eventually leading to civil war on the streets.

In December 2015, one of the most apocalyptic warnings came from André Blattmann, the Swiss head of the armed forces.

Blattmann, who left his job just weeks later, said the combination of hybrid wars, the economy, and the refugee crisis would have "unforeseen dimensions".

He then claimed social unrest was something Europe's leaders and armies had to be prepared for.
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Theresa May slammed after British citizenship figures and asylum claims ROCKET
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 10 December 2016

Individuals given British Citizenship has jumped by 36 per cent in just a year as people scramble to secure their status ahead of Brexit. ...

According to Home Office figures there were 171,807 British citizenship decisions in the year ending September 2016, 38 per cent more than the previous 12 months to 124,927.

And those granted British citizenship increased by 36 per cent were up by 41,351 to 157,066 on the previous year.

The UK Government has come under increased pressure to clamp down on immigration but appears to be giving more people than ever before the right to have a British passport.

And they've reiterated that anyone from the EU who has been living in the UK for five years have been granted automatic citizenship ahead of Brexit. ...

Asylum applications in the UK from main applicants increased by 14 per cent to 33,380 in the year ending September 2016.

The report states: "In the year ending September 2016, the largest number of applications for asylum came from nationals of Iran, followed by Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and Bangladesh.

"Most applications for asylum are made by people already in the country, 89 per cent of applications in the year ending September 2016, rather than immediately on arrival in the UK at a port."
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MPs launch inquiry seeking public views on immigration
Peter Walker
The Guardian, 8 December 2016

A committee of MPs has announced a new and far-reaching inquiry into the public's view on immigration in the wake of Brexit, in which members will tour the country to seek views directly from the people affected.

The investigation by the home affairs committee was being formally launched on Thursday by its chair, the Labour MP Yvette Cooper.

In advance of the event, Cooper said the inquiry was needed to look into what sort of approach to immigration might be needed as the UK prepared to leave the EU.

"Immigration is one of the most important issues facing our country and will be central to the Brexit deal," Cooper said in extracts from a launch speech released in advance.

"Britain voted for change, especially on free movement, but there has been very little debate about what kind of reforms or immigration control that should now mean or how we get the best deal for the country.

"Successive governments have failed on immigration and public concern has grown. Yet too often the polarised nature of the debate makes it hard to get consensus over what should be done instead. If there is no consensus behind the most important parts of the Brexit deal, in the end it will unravel."

Cooper said the committee's response was "a different kind of inquiry, looking outward at the country, not inward at the government".

She said: "Instead of just taking evidence in Westminster, we will be travelling round every region and nation, holding public meetings, bringing local people together for debates and discussions, citizen juries and online consultations."

The committee will also seek to inspire other organisations to run events and debates, including community and faith groups, councils and thinktanks.

She said: "We want to hear people's views both about immigration and about how they believe that common ground can be found to stop this issue dividing the country."
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Mass migration is challenging our national security, says PM
Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 8 December 2016

Thesea May has said that mass migration is one of the biggest "global challenges" facing Britain's security.

Unveiling a report wnich revealed that 222 terrorism-related arrests were made in the UK in the past year, Mrs May said that Britain's biggest security challenges remained threats from states such as Russia, from extremism and terrorism and from cyber attacks. The Government's first annual defence and security strategy review also noted that the threat from terrorism was "more acute and more complex than ever before".

It said that extremism and terrorism were major dangers to Britain's national security, with the biggest threats coming from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) jihadists and allies. ...

The Cabinet Office review revealed that of the 222 terrorism-related arrests in the 12 months to June, 63 had led to people being charged. So far 24 of those have been prosecuted and all of them convicted.


Revealed: Government misses out on £120m in fines for firms employing illegal immigrants
Sebastian Whale
PoliticsHome, 7 December 2016

The Government has failed to collect more than £120m in fines imposed on British firms over the past six years for employing illegal immigrants, PoliticsHome can reveal.

Figures released by Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill show that penalties worth £179.1m were issued to companies from 2009/10 through to September of this year for employing people here illegally.

Some £57.4m was collected by the Government during this period, meaning £121.7m, or two-thirds, of the fines have not been paid.

The Government stressed that the penalties levied at the initial decision stage "may be reduced, cancelled, increased or reissued at the objection or appeal stage".

In a written parliamentary answer to Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, Mr Goodwill added: "Please also note that the collection figures are not cohort based statistics and therefore do not represent payment against penalties issued in a particular year." ...

In 2015/16, £46.2m of penalties were initially issued to firms for employing illegal immigrants, whereas only £12.5m was collected.

For the current financial year to September, a total of £24m in fines have been imposed, with £8.5m collected. ...

Overall, there were 15,115 penalties issued from financial year 2009/10 to September 2016 for firms employing illegal immigrants.

PoliticsHome understands that fines can be reduced for firms who cooperate with Home Office investigations or for those who pay early.
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Hundreds of terrorists could be claiming benefits in Britain, expert fear
Martin Evans, Steven Swinford and Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 7 December 2016

Hundreds of terrorists could be using British benefits to fund their extremist activities after the Government admitted it did not know the true scale of problem.

There have been calls for a thorough investigation into the issue after two men were convicted of channelling thousands of pounds of fraudulent housing benefits to the Islamist fanatics beind the Paris and Brussels terrorist outrages.

With more than 850 Britons thought to be currently fighting in Syria, counter terror experts believe large amounts of taxpayers' money is ending up in the hands of jihadists desperate to wage war on the West.

Birmingham City Council last night apologised and vowed to review its systems after it emerged that it had paid more than £5,400 to a Belgian man while he was fighting in Syria.

Anouar Haddouchi moved to Birmingham from his native Brussels in 2009 along with his wife, Muslim convert Julie Maes, and their two children.

They lived in private rented accomodation and despite being foreign nationals, were legally entitled to child, housing and council tax benefit. Haddouchi even boasted to his friends how he was able to live "very comfortably" on the money he received from the British state.

Friend, Azzedine Kaddour, told police that Haddouchi had managed to bank a large amount of cash from his benefit payments and had used the money to fund his journey to Syria where he joined Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil).

He said: "Anouar Haddouchi financed his trip with money he had in his bank account. In essence he emptied his account to go to Syria. A good chunk of that came from the benefits he received in the UK."

In an extraordinary blunder Birmingham City Council continued to pay his housing benefit directly into his Lloyds TSB Islamic bank account for 11 months after he had left the country, even though his landlord wrote to officials to say he was no longer living at the address. ...

Two years ago the Metropolitan Police warned that terrorists were increasingly turning to fraud to fund their activities and were especially targeting the benefits system and student loans.

In 2015 it emerged that three sisters from Bradford who had travelled to Syria and were suspected of joining Isil were still claiming benefits. ...

Earlier this year a judge criticised hate preacher and convicted terrorist supporter, Anjem Choudary, who had urged followers to claim benefits, telling his followers "take Jihadi Seeker's Allowance".

When he was sentenced earlier this year it was revealed that the trained solicitor and father of four had claimed up to £500,000 from the state, during a lifetime on benefits. ...

But Professor Anthony Glees, director of Buckingham University's Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies said the case should be a "wake-up call" about the use of fraud, including benefits scams for terrorism, adding that it was an enormous problem. ...

David Videcette, a former Scotland Yard counter-terrorism officer said: "Benefit fraud has been a well known source of income for terrorists for many years. Like all criminals they see the system as providing an easy source of income and much more needs to be done to tackle it at source."
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The rise of the Muslim ghetto amounts to an alarming social revolution
Rev Jules Gomes
Conservative Woman, 6 December 2016

Dame Louise Casey's review into integration is not about integrating Indian Hindus or Punjabi Sikhs or Polish Catholics or Sri Lankan Buddhists or Chinese Taoists or Afro-Caribbean Anglicans or Jewish Haredi into British society. It has to include these nationalities and religions for the sake of political convenience. But once you see through the window dressing and strip down the padding, The Casey Review: A review into Opportunity and Integration, published yesterday is really about the failure to integrate Muslims from Pakistan and Bangladesh. ...

In stark contrast, it is Bangladeshi and Pakistani Muslims who have the highest numbers with poor English language proficiency compared to Chinese, Asian, Arab, or African groups. Again, it is the Muslim population with the highest numbers of adults who cannot speak English well or at all, compared with Hindu and Christian immigrants, says the Casey report. ...

'When we spoke to members of the white community in the area, they felt they were unable to express any concerns about the growth in the number of mosques because they would be accused of being racist and ignored by the authorities,' Dame Casey candidly reports. Welcome to the real Britain not the leftist make-believe pie in the sky inter-faith utopia!

'I wanted to consider what divides communities and gives rise to anxiety, prejudice, alienation and a sense of grievance...' Casey writes. She certainly has opened a can of worms. No wonder the Muslim Council of Britain has lambasted the report as being championed 'by those who pursue a divisive agenda and a hostile attitude towards Muslims.'

But there is good reason for concern, as demographically, the exponential growth of Muslims is the most significant – a staggering 72 per cent increase of 1.2 million people, making up the largest non-Christian religious population in the UK, compared to Hindus, Sikhs, Jews and Buddhists. ...

I read through the 199 pages of the report, which became more distressing as it got to the section detailing genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour killing and about 30 to 85 Shariah courts in Britain 'that have been supporting the values of extremists, condoning wife-beating, ignoring marital rape and allowing forced marriage' with '100,000 sharia marriages in the UK, many of which are not recognised under UK laws and leave women without full legal rights upon divorce.' Any feminists visiting Bradford or are they all partying in Islington? ...

Britain has been fast asleep through the most significant revolution in centuries. Dame Casey's review is a wake up call.
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Casey review raises alarm over social integration in the UK
Anushka Asthana and Peter Walker
The Guardian, 5 December 2016

Governments have failed for more than a decade to ensure that social integration in the UK has kept up with the "unprecedented pace and scale of immigration" and have allowed some local communities to become increasingly divided, a major review has found.

At the end of a year-long study of community cohesion in Britain, Dame Louise Casey has branded ministerial attempts to boost integration of ethnic minorities as amounting to little more than "saris, samosas and steel drums for the already well-intentioned".

Accusing the government of serious failings in its approach to social cohesion, the government's integration tsar said efforts had been squeezed since 2010, with leaders "falling well below the stated ambition to 'do more than any other government before us to promote integration'". ...

Her report recommends a major new strategy to help bridge divides in UK towns and villages, with an "integration oath" to encourage immigrants to embrace British values, more focus on promoting the English language, encouraging social mixing among young people, and securing "women's emancipation in communities where they are being held back by regressive cultural practices".

It also says children should be taught British values in schools.

The study, which was commissioned by then prime minister David Cameron and Theresa May when she was home secretary, is likely to trigger controversy. Among the findings, Casey claims:

• That the scale of immigration has felt too much for some local communities as the economy hit a downturn, and concerns about public services increased.

• That while segregation has reduced over the population as a whole, in a number of local areas ethnic or migrant groups have become increasingly divided.

• That fears of being labelled racist have prevented society from challenging sexist, misogynistic and patriarchal behaviour in some minority communities.

Casey pointed to census data that showed there were 682 electoral wards with over 40% non-white British residents in 2011 – with 17 where the figure was 90% – up from just one a decade earlier.

In one borough of Sheffield, she was told of more than 6,000 people of Roma or eastern European heritage, of which more than half were under 16, living predominantly in one ward.

She also claimed that integration rates were being undermined by high numbers of second-generation immigrants marrying spouses from their country of origin. Calling it "first generation in every generation", she cited one northern town in which all except one of the Asian councillors had married a wife from Pakistan.

And she pointed to research by Demos that found 50% of non-white students were in schools where ethnic minorities were a majority. ...

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Casey said people should be able to discuss such issues without being "worried about being called racist or Islamophobic". ...

She said: "Every time there's a terrorist attack people automatically blame a person that's called a Muslim. That's wrong. Muslims are no more responsible for terrorist attacks than I am for the IRA."
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Dutch prime minister says migrant boats should be sent back to Africa, 5 December 2016

Prime minister Mark Rutte has called for migrant boats intercepted off the coast of Italy to be towed back to safe countries in northern Africa.

Speaking at a conference of European Liberal parties in Warsaw on Saturday, Rutte said: 'European ships currently pick up migrants and bring them to Italy. That is a ferry service. We have to pick them up and bring them back to Africa.' ...

In 2012, the European Court in Strasbourg banned the return of boats to northern Africa without an individual assessment of each migrant.

Rutte also told the conference that European politicians need to start listening to their citizens again. 'Too often, the elites in Europe say "the people don't understand". But that is not the case,' broadcaster NOS quotes him as saying. 'You don't understand.'
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Do Jews Defend Their Values by Helping Anti-Semites Immigrate to America? [part 1]
Jonathan Bronitsky
Tablet, 5 December 2016

Where does American Jewry stand on the Obama administration's admittance of 10,801 Syrian refugees to the United States in fiscal year 2016? A poll hasn't been conducted, ostensibly because the mere conception of one would convey an improper presumption that Jews, by virtue of being Jews, should feel differently than other Americans about a predominantly Muslim wave of Middle Easterners arriving in the country. The Jewish community, though, has made it clear that opening America's doors to Syrian refugees is one of its defining priorities. The recent attack at Ohio State University, however – perpetrated by a refugee who lived in Pakistan for seven years after leaving Somalia – is a sobering reminder of the unprecedented challenges informing a responsible 21st-century immigration policy.

On Nov. 17, 2015, four days after the coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris, 11 of America's leading Jewish organizations tacked their names to a letter to Congress urging it to follow through on the then-plan to accept Syrian refugees. Among those that signed were HIAS, the ADL, the AJC, the National Council of Jewish Women, and the Union for Reform Judaism, the congregational arm of Reform Judaism, which is by far the largest Jewish denomination in America. ...

What's more, Jewish Americans – as expected, given their liberal proclivities – broke heavily in the presidential contest for Hillary Clinton, who vowed to accept 65,000 Syrian refugees, a 550 percent increase from the current level. ...

Some Jewish Americans, on the other hand, have already suggested that backing Syrian resettlement in the U.S. is at variance with combating anti-Semitism, a sworn task of practically every Jewish organization in America. Morton A. Klein, national president of the Zionist Organization of America, for instance, has rebuked Jewish organizations for "supporting dangerous Syrian immigration" because "Syrian immigrants pose a grave danger to all Americans–and especially to American Jews and homosexuals."

In response, nearly every Jewish organization that has supported Syrian resettlement has reflexively rolled out a Euclidean-like rejoinder, invoking Deuteronomy and the Hebrew prophets, which goes like this: "The Jewish tradition stresses compassion for 'the stranger, the orphan, and the widow' because they are the most vulnerable in society. And any society in which one is under threat, Jews too are necessarily under threat."

OK, but what if the stranger, the orphan, or the widow hates you? Jewish liberals (and others on the left) have similarly programmatic retorts to that question, expressly with respect to the resettlement of Syrians. "How do you know that most Syrians (i.e., Muslims) are dangerous? How do you know that their outlook is so contrary to our own?" Well, we know that the overwhelming majority of Middle Easterners are anti-Semitic because the ADL tells us so. And what better authority to trust than "the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism"?

The ADL, a tax-exempt nonprofit, expended a significant amount of its time and money to produce the (slick and interactive) "ADL Global 100: An Index of Anti-Semitism." ...
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Do Jews Defend Their Values by Helping Anti-Semites Immigrate to America? [part 2]
Jonathan Bronitsky
Tablet, 5 December 2016

As for the prevalence of anti-Semitism in Syria, it's reasonable to assume we can get a fairly accurate picture based upon the ADL's comprehensive findings from bordering countries.

• 92 percent of Iraqis, or 15 million individuals out of an adult population of 16.2 million, harbor anti-Semitic attitudes

• 81 percent of Jordanians, or 3.1 million individuals out of an adult population of 3.8 million, harbor anti-Semitic attitudes

• 78 percent of Lebanese, or 2.4 million individuals out of an adult population 3.0 million, harbor anti-Semitic attitudes

• 71 percent of Turks, or 35 million individuals out of an adult population of 49.1 million, harbor anti-Semitic attitudes

Given this information, it's not farfetched to speculate that perhaps 80 percent of Syrians harbor anti-Semitic attitudes. Yet the ADL has been a steadfast proponent of Syrian resettlement in the U.S. and Europe. ...

... While Syrian Christians have a legitimate claim to being targets of ethnic cleansing by radical Islamist groups like ISIS, they make up the one group of Syrian refugees that is pointedly not being resettled in America, with estimates in the low double-digits. ...

What would a sensible "Jewish" immigration policy look like – meaning a policy that took both the welfare and the values of the Jewish-American community into account? It's difficult to say, because there are today innumerable ways of defining Judaism. But the policy of "letting in more refugees" is hardly the necessary outcome of serious moral or ethical reasoning. ...

... Those who genuinely need help must genuinely be offered a chance to be helped. But setting a random target in advance for resettling a specific group of people in the U.S. within a specific span of time will invariably lead to an authority – in this case, the federal government – modifying the definition of who needs help in order to hit the target. That's just the way quotas work.

The truth is that Syrian refugees can and ought to be aided abroad, in their own region, or in any of the 50 Muslim-majority countries, through a plethora of nongovernmental organizations. These organizations are able to and should also be supported by the U.S. government as well as by private organizations, including Jewish organizations. Yet resettling tens of thousands of poorly-vetted Syrian refugees in America by political fiat, in order to demonstrate moral virtue, isn't a requisite or constructive policy choice; it's the product of personal and political vanity.

Most Americans who have endorsed Syrian resettlement have muddled intentions. But one thing is clear: Those concerned about preserving and strengthening the values of liberal democracy need to take to heart the reality that all refugees are not created equal. The emotionally-driven yearning to demonstrate one's own selflessness and righteousness is no excuse for jeopardizing the principles our civilization most cherishes, or endangering the lives of one's fellow citizens. For dogmatic tolerance of dogmatic intolerance is not virtuous; it's foolish.
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Soros-Linked Think Tank Says Border Control Causing Hate Crimes
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 5 December 2016

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has released a report in which it claims that policies to control immigration have caused a "rapid rise in racial violence".

The Soros-linked think tank, whose director Liz Fekete attacked "anti-racist" group Hope Not Hate for discussing Pakistani grooming gangs, argues border control and efforts to crack down on illegal immigration are responsible for a wave of "hate crimes" across Britain.

Advancing the narrative that Britain's vote to leave the European Union (EU) unleashed an "explosion of racist violence", the paper's foreword states that "whatever else Brexit means or does not mean, it certainly means racism". ...

The document notes that the government has been active in opposing "hate crimes" and developing programmes to crack down on "hate", but argues that by enforcing border control and cracking down on illegal immigration, the government is itself responsible for "hate crimes". ...

Fgure 2 of the document shows policies and comments made by politicians that the author believes legitimised "hate crimes". These include requirements to check legal immigration status of workers, the Prevent counterterrorism strategy, and a statement made by former Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011 which condemned "Islamist extremism". ...

In the paper, which is titled "Racial Violence and the Brexit State", it is implied that any kind of border controls at all encourage racist attacks, asserting that: "A nation state, which is ... defined specifically to divide those who rightfully belong from those who do not, will by definition enshrine racism." ...

The organisation also produces "educational materials" for teachers designed to stir up resentment against white people. ...

Racism, and by implication white people, are responsible for all problems faced by ethnic minorities in Britain including with "employment, housing, education, policing and law enforcement" according to the IRR's teaching resources.
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37% of Britons say immigration has meant that where they live doesn't feel like home any more
Matthew Smith
YouGov, 5 December 2016

With a new report raising questions about the integration of immigrants into British society, YouGov's authoritarian populism study finds significant numbers of people in Britain and across Europe say that immigration has meant they no longer feel at home

... As part of YouGov's ongoing research into authoritarian populism (AP), people from 12 European countries have been asked how far they agreed with a series of positive and negative statements, one of which was:

"There are so many foreigners living round here, it doesn't feel like home any more".

... The extent to which many people in some of Europe's most important countries agree with this statement highlights the wellspring of support such groups might be able to tap into.

In Italy more than half of people (52%) agree with the statement, making them the nationality most likely to do so. French and German people are also highly likely to agree with this statement, at 47% and 44% respectively.

Here in Britain – where a new report has raised questions on how far migrants are integrating into British society – 37% of people agree with the statement. This is the fifth highest rate among the 12 countries, although more British people actually disagree with the statement (39%) than agree.
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Terror suspect dodges deportation by refusing to reveal his real identity for 23 years
Robert Mendick and Robert Verkaik
Sunday Telegraph, 4 December 2016

A foreign-born terror suspect has won the right to stay in Britain by keeping his name secret for 23 years.

The man, despite being twice ruled a threat to national security, has defeated repeated attempts to deport him by illegally keeping his true identity secret.

Incredibly, the courts have even granted him anonymity even though his actual identity is not known.

The man has used at least two false names, "Nolidoni" and "Pierre Dumond", since illegally entering the UK in 1993 and claiming asylum. Court documents refer to him only as suspect "B".

The Home Office first took action to deport him after the security services found that in 2000, while living in the UK, he was supporting terrorism abroad. In 2002 he was detained for three years in a British prison over allegations of terrorism.

But the suspect told lawyers to use the Human Rights Act to argue that he faced torture if sent to Algeria, where he claims to be from.

During his case he has refused to comply with a series of court orders requesting him to disclose his real name. He has previously been jailed for four months for contempt of court.

Now the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Siac) has rejected the Home Office's bid to strike out his legal claim to stay in the UK. Home Office lawyers have conceded that the Secretary of State "cannot procure the removal" of B. ...

The case is a serious blow to the Home Secretary's pledge to deport foreign terror suspects. ...

It is understood that the authorities cannot circulate his picture to find out who he really is as this would breach his human rights and break the anonymity order.
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Something Strange Is Taking Place In The Mediterranean
Blacklisted News, 4 December 2016

For two months, using, we have been monitoring the movements of ships owned by a couple of NGOs, and, using data from We have kept track of the daily arrivals of African immigrants in Italy. It turned out we were witness of a big scam and an illegal human traffic operation.

NGOs, smugglers, the mafia in cahoots with the European Union have shipped thousands of illegals into Europe under the pretext of rescuing people, assisted by the Italian coast guard which coordinated their activities.

Human traffickers contact the Italian coast guard in advance to receive support and to pick up their dubious cargo. NGO ships are directed to the "rescue spot" even as those to be rescued are still in Libya. The 15 ships that we observed are owned or leased by NGOs have regularly been seen to leave their Italian ports, head south, stop short of reaching the Libyan coast, pick up their human cargo, and take course back 260 miles to Italy even though the port of Zarzis in Tunis is just 60 mile away from the rescue spot.

The organizations in question are: MOAS, Jugend Rettet, Stichting Bootvluchting, Médecins Sans Frontières, Save the Children, Proactiva Open Arms,, Sea-Eye and Life Boat.

The real intention of the people behind the NGOs is not clear. Their motive can be money, we would not be surprised if it turned out to be so. They may also be politically driven; the activities of the Malta-based organisation, MOAS, by trafficking people to Italy is the best guarantee that migrants will not show up on the Maltese shore. /.../ It is also possible that these organisations are managed by naive "do-gooders" who do not understand that offering their services they are acting like a magnet to the people from Africa and thus they are willy-nilly causing more fatalities, not to mention that their actions are destabilizing Europe. ...

Brussels has created particular legislature to protect people traffickers against prosecution. In a dedicated section of an EU resolution entitled On Search and Rescue, the text states that "private ship masters and non-governmental organisations who assist in sea rescues in the Mediterranean Sea should not risk punishment for providing such assistance."

During the two months of our observation, we have monitored at least 39,000 Africans illegally smuggled into Italy, which was done with the full consent of the Italian and European authorities.
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Mass EU immigration UNCOVERED: Millions of Ukrainians on their way to Europe
Jon Rogers and Monika Pallenberg
Daily Express, 3 December 2016

Around two million Ukrainians are believed to have moved to the European Union - with the encouragement of the eastern European countries.

The Visegrád group of countries - Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic - have reportedly been encouraging Ukrainians to move to those countries as they try to solve their labour shortage problems.

According to leading German paper Die Welt, the countries have been encouraging immigration from the Ukraine as a way of not having to take in asylum seekers from the Middle East.

Around 100,000 Ukrainians are now living in the Czech Republic and one million in Poland. ...

Around 230,000 Ukrainians were reported to be in Italy at the end of 2014, around 130,000 in Germany, almost 100,000 in Spain and some 40,000 in Portugal.

In the UK, which is not part of the Schengen area that allows free movement of people, the Ukrainian Embassy says there are 30,000 of its countrymen and women living here.
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Libya's coastal cities are 'making millions from people smuggling'
Samuel Osborne
Independent, 2 December 2016

Libya's coastal cities are making up to €325m (£272m) in revenue each year from people smuggling, the commander of a EU military task force in the Mediterranean Sea says in a confidential report.

In a report to the EU's 28 nations, Rear Admiral Enrico Credendino warns "migrant smuggling, originating far beyond Libyan borders, remains a major source of income among locals in Libyan coastal cities".

The report, which was issued to EU member nations on Wednesday and seen by The Associated Press, provides no details as to how the figure was calculated. ...

Mr Credendino also notes that Islamic extremist groups are among those involved in the smuggling business, which sometimes begins far south in Africa's Sahel zone.

"Al-Qaida and al-Qaida AQIM [al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb], aligned with the Tuareg tribe in southwestern Libya, are assessed to be financially exploiting these smuggling routes," he says. ...

Last week, authorities in Italy they had recorded a record number of arrivals by sea this year, with one month still to go in 2016.

Over 171,000 migrants have arrived, which beats the previous annual record of 170,100 from 2014.
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SHOCK POLL: Four in ten British Muslims want some aspect of Sharia Law enforced in UK
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 2 December 2016

More than four in ten British Muslims want to see at least some aspects of Sharia Law in force in the UK, an opinion poll revealed last night.

Forty-three per cent of followers of the religion living in the country believed that parts of the Islamic legal system should replace British law while only 22 per cent opposed the idea.

Researchers also found "deeply worrying" levels of belief among British Muslims in conspiracy theories such as blaming the US government or "Jews" for the 9/11 terror attacks on America.

The findings were revealed last night in one of the biggest surveys of opinion among Muslims ever carried out in the UK. Data from the polling firm ICM showed very similar views to the rest of the UK population on a range of key issues including the NHS, unemployment and immigration.

But the research commissioned by the Westminster-based think tank Policy Research found stark differences with other sections of society on the issues of Sharia Law and some aspects of the terrorist threat.

The findings were set out in the report "Unsettled Belonging: Britain's Muslim Communities" published by Policy Exchange last night.

More than 3,000 Muslims living in Britain were quizzed for the research.

When asked whether "particular aspects" of sharia law should be introduced "instead of British law" in the survey, 16 per cent of respondents "strongly" supported the idea while 25 per cent said they "tend to support" the idea. ...

When it came to 9/11, 31 per cent of Muslims quizzed in the survey thought the US Government was to blame while 7 per cent blamed "the Jews".

In contrast, only 4 per cent thought the terror group Al Qaeda was behind the attacks on New York Twin Towers and other targets. ...

Dr Martyn Frampton, co-author of the report, and Head of Security and Counter Extremism at Policy Exchange, said the evidence of belief in "conspiracy theory" was "deeply worrying". ...

"Unlike the general population, nearly a third of British Muslims believe the American government was responsible for the attacks on the Twin Towers, while a surprisingly tiny number attributed blame to al-Qaeda." ...

The report said found that 26 per cent of Muslims did not believe in extremism and 48 per cent would not turn to the police if someone close to them became involved with people linked to Syrian terrorism.

It found 93 per cent of respondents had a fairly strong or very strong attachment to Britain and more than half wanted to fully integrate with non-Muslims in all aspects of life.

More Muslims condemned terrorism than the rest of the population - 90 per cent to 84 per cent - and 55 per cent wanted to see extra police on the streets.

The report found that the Muslim Council of Britain enjoys little support in the community, with just 9 per cent of respondents backing it.
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British borders are weakened by poor information at ports, the terror watchdog has warned
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 2 December 2016

British borders are weakened in the fight against terror because ports do not receive good enough advance information about passengers, a watchdog has warned.

David Anderson QC's damning report concluded that port staff are "impaired" in their ability to fight terrorism and block people who should not be coming into the country because of poor records kept by travel firms.

The Independent Reviewer of Terror legislation said that passenger lists, which help police and border force officers identify people who should be stopped on entering or leaving the UK, are often incomplete and are provided too late.
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The lesson of 2016 is that identity matters – even for white people
Helen Lewis
New Statesman, 2 December 2016

How do white people feel about being white? It's a difficult question. ... For most of the 20th century, to be white in Britain was to be utterly unexceptional. In many places, it still is: Worcester, where I grew up, is 92.4 per cent white. There, white people are just people.

Second, for pollsters there is a huge roadblock when it comes to surveying our attitudes to race: "social desirability bias". Before answering the question, we do a mental check. Will this make me sound racist?

Yet we must investigate majority identities, simply because so many of those who hold them do feel under threat. The election of Donald Trump was powered by white voters who were concerned about immigration, about jobs going overseas and about becoming a minority in the US by 2045. The places in Britain with the strongest concerns about immigration are those where the demographics have changed most quickly. ...

Enter YouGov. The polling company offered to work with me on questions that would tease out attitudes to race, and asked them of 1,632 adults (online, to reduce social desirability bias to a minimum).

In total, 46 per cent thought Britain was a "Christian country", against 35 per cent who did not. /.../ The numbers grew with age, from 19 per cent of 18-to-24-year-olds to 65 per cent of over-65s. There was no real class, gender or geographic divide.

The figures for whether Britain is a "white country" told a similar story: 40 per cent overall said it was, while 42 per cent said it wasn't. ...

YouGov also asked respondents how important eight factors were to their identity: job, parents, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, religion and where they lived. The most important were parents and nationality: 88 per cent of Ukip voters said the latter was very important or quite important. Other results were more surprising. "Ethnicity is a more important part of people's identity than religion, with 54 per cent saying it is very or fairly important," says the researcher Chris Curtis. ...

Looking at the figures, it becomes apparent that older voters are much more socially conservative than Generation Z, and they have a stronger feeling that Britain is a white, Christian country. Because their turnout rates are so much higher, that matters. Any party that wants to win over older voters will need to speak to their sense of patriotism and national identity. ...

The lesson of 2016 is that even those with majority identities now feel under threat – and, as a result, they experience those identities more keenly. And if more white people feel white, that changes politics.
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UK visas: YES to radical Islamists, NO to Christian archbishops
Barnabas Fund, 2 December 2016
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It is hard to imagine a more incongruous headline – just as the world's attention focuses on the liberation of Mosul, the UK government has refused to grant a visa to the Archbishop of Mosul to attend the consecration of the UK's first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, a church whose flock includes many refugees fleeing persecution from Islamists in Iraq and Syria.

Last week saw great celebrations as St Thomas Cathedral in London was consecrated by the worldwide head of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II. HM the Queen sent a personal message, while Prince Charles was the guest of honour and addressed the congregation. The service was attended by senior UK church leaders including the Bishop of London, while the UK Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, sent a letter to be read out to the congregation. ...

Yet that welcome did not extend to either Nicodemus Daoud Sharaf, the Archbishop of Mosul or to Timothius Mousa Shamani, the Archbishop of St Matthew's (which covers the Nineveh valley in northern Iraq) who were refused UK visas to attend the cathedral's consecration in London. The UK also refused to grant a visa to Archbishop Selwanos Boutros Alnemeh, the Archbishop of Homs and Hama in Syria. In his case the British Embassy told him that they would not waver from their policy of not granting visas to anyone in Syria. The diocese of each of these three archbishops has been taken over by Islamic State (IS) with Christians executed, enslaved, or forced to accept dhimmitude and pay jizya. Churches there have been either destroyed or converted into mosques. The Archbishop of Mosul was in fact the last senior churchman to leave Mosul in July 2014 when IS seized it. His cathedral is now a mosque.

Yet despite this, both these very senior church leaders whose church members are experiencing genocide were denied visas to attend the consecration of the UK's first Syriac Orthodox cathedral, which provides spiritual care for some of their flock who have managed to obtain refuge in the UK. ...

The refusal to grant a few days' UK visa to these very senior church leaders is symptomatic of a deeper problem in the UK Home Office. ...

Yet, at the same time this is happening, radical Islamist leaders are being told they can have visas – even though they represent organisations or movements that incite violence and persecution against Christians. For example, we have previously reported that the UK Home Office recently issued guidance stating that there should be a presumption that senior members of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood should be granted asylum in the UK – despite the fact that the Muslim Brotherhood has repeatedly incited violence against Egyptian Christians, leading to around 80 churches being burnt down since 2013, and has declared a violent jihad against the Egyptian government. In July this year visas were granted for a tour of UK mosques by two Pakistani Islamic leaders who have been prominent campaigners to "honour" the murder of anyone opposed to Pakistan's blasphemy laws and who also called for the immediate killing of Christians accused of blasphemy, such as Aasia Bibi.
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Immigration to UK hit record levels in run-up to Brexit vote, latest figures show
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 1 December 2016

Immigration to Britain hit its highest ever annual level of 650,000 in the run-up to the Brexit referendum, new official figures have revealed.

But the latest official figures show that since the Brexit vote in June new national insurance registrations by workers from the European Union have fallen, with the largest drop – 17% – among workers from Poland and other east European countries.

The latest quarterly figures show that annual net migration to Britain in the 12 months to June 2016 continued at a record level of 335,000, according to the Office of National Statistics.

The figures show that level of net migration from the European Union is also at historically high levels and now matches net migration from outside the EU.

The record 650,000 level of immigration in the year to June 2016 was made up of 284,000 EU citizens coming to live and work in Britain, 289,000 coming from outside Europe and 77,000 Britons returning to live in the UK. The most common reason they came to Britain was to work.
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70 per cent of newborns in London have at least one foreign parent - and the figure is 33 per cent across the rest of England and Wales
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 1 December 2016

Seven out of every ten children born in London last year had at least one foreign-born parent, official figures reveal, with the figure as high as 86 per cent in some suburbs.

The number of children born in England and Wales with at least one parent born overseas has soared to a record 33 per cent – up from just 21.2 per cent in 2000, when Tony Blair's government was opening the gates to mass migration from Eastern Europe. ...

In the eastern borough of Newham, the proportion was 86.4 per cent – or 5,378 out of 6,226 babies. Brent, in North-West London, came next with 86.2 per cent, followed by Westminster (83.5 per cent) and Kensington and Chelsea (83.2 per cent).

In only four of 32 London boroughs were fewer than half of births to non-British parents. The figures were revealed by National Statistician John Pullinger in a letter published by the House of Commons.

The data is a striking illustration of the way mass migration is changing the face of the country – and placing additional pressure on public services, including hospitals, clinics and education services. ...

In the latest set of figures, published in August, net migration totalled 327,000 in the year to March – before Britain voted to leave the EU. That was down slightly on the record 336,000 recorded a year earlier.
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Registering all 3.3m EU migrants living in the UK is a 'FORMIDABLE' task, expert warns
Zoe Efstathiou
Daily Express, 1 December 2016

Registering more than 3.3 million EU nationals living in the UK prior to Brexit to establish who can remain in Britain could prove a "formidable task", a migration advisor has warned.

Jonathan Portes, a research fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, warned that logging the details of all EU nationals who have lived in the UK prior to Brexit would prove a "formidable logistical, bureaucratic, administrative and legal task" for Government.

The former chief economist at the Cabinet Office rejected a "cut off date" proposal raised by David Davis, Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, who suggested that rather than examining the individual details of each migrant's case, all EU nationals living in the UK on the date of the referendum should automatically be allowed to remain.

Mr Portes said: "There is no definition of resident, no proof of residence, for people who have been here. What about the Polish shopkeeper who went home on 23 June? We do not know who was in the country."

Instead, Mr Portes advised the Government to consider how urgent and important it is to register EU migrants.

He also raised concerns about the impact on the economy of ending the free movement of low-skilled workers from the EU, which he claimed could lead to businesses shutting down, food price hikes and cuts to social care.
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EU immigration has Britain at BREAKING POINT and Brexit must put a stop to it, blasts Lord
Patrick Christys
Daily Express, 1 December 2016

Immigration at its current level will see Britain's population rise by half a million people a year, most of them from the European Union, and Brexit must put a stop to it, says a prominent member of the House of Lords.

Lord Andrew Green, former British Ambassador to Syria and Saudi Arabia, has said a Brexit deal with Brussels that ties Britain into the free movement of people would be "immoral" and shake public confidence in the political system.

Lord Green, who founded the think tank Migration Watch UK, said the inability to control Britain's borders was a major factor in people voting to leave the European Union and he is adamant the current level of immigration is unsustainable.

Speaking at an event hosted by the Bruges Group in London, he said: "As for the immigration chapter of the Brexit negotiations, I submit that the situation had become untenable.

"With one hundred million people in Eastern Europe at a standard of living of a third or a quarter of our own, a continuing substantial inflow was a racing certainty.

"Meanwhile, massive levels of youth unemployment in Portugal, Spain, Italy and Greece are likely to be a push factor for a considerable period.

"Our estimate is that net migration from the EU would have continued at about 150,000 a year well into the medium term."

He added: "The prospect that is hanging over the entire Brexit negotiation is that immigration is at 330,000 a year for the foreseeable future.

"A population increase that will require us to build the equivalent of a huge city the size of Liverpool every year, and 90 per cent of it is in England alone.

"The general public can now see very clearly that the whole scale and nature of our society is being changed, and without their consent."
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'Not Only Is Immigration Out Of Control, But Brexit Won't Stop It'
David Mellor
LBC, 1 December 2016

The horrendous record immigration figures just published of 650,000 in the last 12 months suggests that not only is immigration out of control, but also that exiting the European Union won't necessarily stop it.

Or at least, not, in the immortal words of Tommy Cooper "Just like that!"

There's a serious prospect that Brexit will happen, and we will leave the EU, and immigration won't fall.

How can that be? Well, just like this.

Immigration from the EU won't necessarily stop, because the terms of the Brexit deal will almost certainly force us to retain some free movement. ...

For many people, a failure to cut mass migration after Brexit will be the biggest political betrayal in decades. And one that will have a profound impact on public confidence in politics and politicians. ...

The really staggering figure, that gives us no grounds for confidence at all that mass migration will end with Brexit, is the one that shows migration from outside the EU, that theoretically we are able to control. It was 289,000 last year, more than EU migration, which we can't control, which was 285,000.

This 289,000 is immigration we could stop, but choose not to.

And of course, a lot of this in-flow is of largely unskilled people from Africa and the Indian sub-continent.

Which is, uncomfortable truths to tell, the migration most resented by the majority of people who are concerned about immigration, as opposed to those nice Polish barmaids, waitresses and building workers.

If the British government can't (or won't) stop non-EU migration now, why are we naïve enough to imagine they will do so after Brexit? And the present uncontrollable flow from this source is equivalent to the population of Nottingham, each and every year.

Various commitments down the years have been given to long term migrants from Bangladesh, Pakistan and India, allowing them to bring in family members, other dependants, and, of course spouses.

Unless a future government is prepared to abolish these longstanding arrangements, migration will remain, in the eyes of many voters, unacceptably high, Brexit or no Brexit.

This is the prospect that stares us in the face; we will leave the EU, and mass migration will continue. What a thought. But it's probably the truth.
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Islamists who exploit the language barrier
Nigel West
Daily Telegraph, 1 December 2016

The news that the German security service, the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz (BfV), may have been penetrated by an Islamist terrorist organisation will come as no surprise to Western counter-intelligence analysts. In fact, it will serve only as an unpleasant reminder of the vulnerability of such agencies when entrance and vetting standards are compromised in an effort to acquire language skills.

At the heart of the continuing challenge of countering "hostile penetration" is the balance that has to be struck in the acquisition of intelligence staff with foreign dialects – who are essential if a security apparatus is to monitor the communications of terror suspects speaking in their own patois, or to maintain physical and technical surveillance on extremists from the Middle East. ...

However, in the rush to embrace native-speaking interpreters and even case officers, many Western security services have reduced their standards and limited their background screening of candidates. ...

Most security authorities acknowledge the problem – which was graphically illustrated by Nada Prouty, who infiltrated the FBI and then the CIA. ...

A review by MI5 revealed a similar problem, as the then director-general, Eliza Manningham-Buller, conceded. When the FBI and CIA reported more than 40 attempts at "entryism" by suspicious applicants, MI5 acknowledged that it had experienced the same problem, but declined to give the precise number uncovered.


Andrew Lloyd Webber warns of diversity crisis in British theatre
Dalya Alberge
The Guardian, 1 December 2016

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said he fears for the survival of British theatre unless it reflects the diversity of the nation's population, referring to the industry as still 'hideously white'.

The award-winning composer of hits including Evita, Cats and Jesus Christ Superstar sounds the warning in a diversity report he commissioned to address the lack of non-white performers and backstage staff.

In its introduction, he writes: "I passionately believe that the stage needs to reflect the diversity of the UK population or it risks becoming sidelined."

The report, published on Thursday, warns: "If the situation continues, there is real danger that, not only will black and Asian young people stay away from the theatre as a profession, they will stay away as punters. And without them in the audience, theatres will become unsustainable, as they are forced to compete for a dwindling ageing, white, middle-class audience." ...

Lord Lloyd-Webber said he was alarmed by the findings of the report, Centre Stage: The Pipeline of BAME Talent. ...

The report's authors, Danuta Kean, an arts, media and publishing analyst, and Mel Larsen, an arts consultant, say "white middle classes still dominate audiences" and that "even in London, where the BAME population is now 44%, audiences outside specialist theatres and theatre groups remain overwhelmingly white". ...

The report says the problem is even greater backstage, with only a handful of BAME senior executives, while makeup artists are not trained to deal with black skin.
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Study calls for strategy to fight multidrug-resistant TB in migrants
Manufacturing Chemist, 1 December 2016

Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is widespread globally with almost half a million cases documented in 2014. Although rare in European countries, the risks posed by the current migrant crisis makes MDR-TB an important and urgent public health priority.

A study just published in Clinical Microbiology and Infection documents that the rate of infection with MDR-TB is higher among migrants than in the general population, particularly in those born outside Europe and in those forced to leave their home country as asylum seekers and refugees.

The data, reviewed by Hargreaves et al., shows that 100% of the MDR-TB cases diagnosed in Austria, the Netherlands and Norway occurred in migrants to those countries. A high proportion of MDR-TB cases were also apparent in migrants to other European states – 90% in the UK, 89% in France, 87% in Italy and 94% in Germany.
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A third of babies have at least one parent born outside the UK
Full Fact, 1 December 2016

The proportion of babies registered with a parent born outside the UK rose from just under 30% in 2008 to about 33% in 2015. So in plain English, that's more like 'just under a third' to 'about a third'. ...

On the other hand, it's correct that the proportion has come up from about 21% in 2000. ...

63% of babies are recorded as having both parents born in the UK, so just under two-thirds. The remaining 4% of babies are registered as having a mother born inside the UK, but their father isn't registered.

The Office for National Statistics told us they don't collect data on parents' nationalities. The data on parents' place of birth comes from the information you have to bring when you register a birth. Although parents can bring a passport as ID, they don't have to. ...

Across London, about 69% of babies have at least one parent who was born abroad.
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Five reasons to question the UK's immigration figures
Helen Warrell, Alan Smith and Keith Fray
Financial Times, 30 November 2016

The statistics underpin government policy but there are five reasons why the numbers, calculated from a passenger survey, may not be completely accurate.

The International Passenger Survey main measure of migration was not designed to do this job ...

In a review of the survey carried out three years ago, the ONS said: "Of some 800,000 people interviewed by IPS staff at ports each year, under 5,000 are identified as migrants. Whilst this sample size does allow estimates of migration at the UK level to be made, these estimates are subject to relatively wide margins of uncertainty."

The ONS says that, despite these deficiencies, the IPS is still "the best available source to measure migration" and that the survey is "fit for this purpose". MPs conducted an inquiry into the IPS three years ago and disagreed, calling it "little better than a best guess".

The survey is hampered by practical constraints

Travellers are questioned for the IPS only between 6am and 10pm so it takes no account of overnight flights. ...

The ONS says that it weights the survey to compensate for the missing data. ...

The data become less reliable the more detail you look for

Official statistics are published with confidence intervals that express the margin of error. In the case of the IPS, these intervals become proportionally larger for more detailed estimates – such as the numbers of workers, or students – because they are based on much smaller samples than the headline net migration figure. ...

Emigration is especially hard to measure

The ONS review of IPS methodology states that estimating emigration – including overseas students returning home – is "problematic" and contributes to "substantial uncertainty" in the net migration figures. ...

People's plans change

This is especially relevant for data on overseas students, whose plans are likely to be fluid: for instance, those leaving the UK after their course has ended may say they expect to return shortly but never do, meaning they are not counted as emigrants. Similarly, someone who came in on a student visa may leave after a year of employment, telling survey staff that they were in the country to work rather than study.

Another glitch is that students on masters courses may arrive intending to stay for more than a year but then leave after just 11 months, meaning they are counted as "long-term" migrants when they arrive but not when they leave.

As a result, estimates of how many students overstay in the UK after their studies vary wildly.

According to the passenger survey, about 93,000 non-EU international students are overstaying in Britain after the end of their studies. This has prompted Home Office proposals for further curbs to student visas.

But the Annual Population Survey suggests that only 30,000-40,000 non-EU migrants who came as students are still in the UK population after five years. Government visa data suggest the figure is about 40,000.

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Oxford Migration Observatory, says it is "clear" that "we just don't know what the net migration of non-EU students is".
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How Theresa May could win back the public's trust on immigration
Thom Brooks
Daily Telegraph, 29 November 2016
[Thom Brooks is Head of Durham Law School and author of Becoming British (Biteback 2016)]

Since 2010, the Tories have pledged to reduce net annual immigration to only tens of thousands. Their record thus far has been a failure: the Office for National Statistics confirms net migration hit new highs after David Cameron became Prime Minister, reaching over 330,000 a year.

PM Theresa May continues to back this pledge, but without some change in how it is achieved, it's difficult to see how she can ever meet it: further damaging public trust on this important issue. ...

The Government is committed to reducing net migration - but this is the wrong target. "Net migration" is the number of all persons entering and leaving the UK for a year or more, including about 80,000 fellow British citizens returned from a gap year or temporarily working abroad over the last year alone.

By using net migration, the Government is not just committing to trying to keep non-UK citizens out; it could help meet its target by encouraging more British citizens to leave. This isn't border control, but borderline nonsense.

Mrs May's government should focus on a measure that excludes fellow citizens. British immigration must not be about keeping Britons out of their home country.

The public's concerns about immigration are not satisfied by keeping Britons out of their home country or by closing the door on legitimate students. Only 1 per cent overstay their study visas. Removing British citizens and foreign students cuts full net migration by nearly half, providing a more realistic picture of non-British migrants.

Immigration officers tasked with curbing human trafficking are so under-resourced that they are unable to tackle illegal working and sham marriages. Instead, the Government is putting the burden of border control increasingly on the public. Private landlords must now verify their tenants are in the UK legally, as must employers. The Government still has a responsibility to ensure that these checks are being made and those found here illegally are exposed for deportation. Yet too little guidance is available, much of it is incomplete and the Government moves too slowly to remove persons who are in the UK unlawfully. Effective border control comes at a price the Government must be willing to pay - and it should start coughing up. ...

... Reducing net migration alone won't remove the worries some have about immigration. We need to look beyond numbers to the societal impacts and listen to voter concerns.

Theresa May can achieve this by starting a national conversation about what it means to be British and what we should expect from new citizens and long-term residents.
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2016 sets new record for asylum seekers reaching Italy by boat
Patrick Kingsley
The Guardian, 28 November 2016

More asylum seekers have now reached Italy by boat in 2016 than in any previous year on record.

Nearly 171,000 people have arrived in Italy from north Africa since the start of the year, according to statistics compiled by the UN refugee agency and the Italian government. As of Monday, the total had surpassed the previous record of 170,000, set in 2014. ...

European navies, including Britain's, have focused on a military-style response, sending frigates to arrest smugglers in international waters.

Libyan smugglers have responded by sending passengers aboard inflatable dinghies that are piloted by migrants themselves, reducing smugglers' exposure to arrest and allowing their business to continue as normal.

The Libyan civil war has weakened the country's law enforcement agencies, some of whom are complicit in the smuggling, leaving European governments without viable Libyan partners in their fight against migration.

The chaos there also gives migrants more incentive to leave for Europe; in previous years they could more easily find work and stability in Libya.

Pressure on transit countries in the Sahara desert, through which many African migrants pass before reaching Libya, has had no effect. Flows through Niger, the country to Libya's south, increased in 2016, despite Niger introducing new anti-smuggling laws at the request of the EU.

Displacement in north-east Nigeria, where 1.4 million people have been forced to flee Boko Haram, may contribute to sustained levels of migration towards Europe in the future. ...

The majority of Italy-bound migrants are fleeing poverty, wars and dictatorships in Nigeria, Eritrea, Sudan and Gambia. Syrians no longer use the Libyan route.
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Labour urged by British businesses to make Theresa May guarantee EU citizens future in UK
Alex Morales
Independent, 26 November 2016

The UK's biggest business lobbies are seeking the help of the opposition Labour Party to make a positive case for immigration as Britain prepares to pull out of the European Union.

The Confederation of British Industry and the British Chamber of Commerce have urged Labour to put pressure on Prime Minister Theresa May to guarantee that EU citizens can remain after Brexit, according to two party officials with knowledge of the discussions.

Businesses are also anxious that they maintain access to skilled and unskilled workers from the continent, the officials said.

May has been accused of making EU workers bargaining chips in the coming Brexit negotiations by refusing to guarantee their right to carry on living in the UK unless there is a reciprocal deal for Britons living in other European countries. ...

"We'll work with anyone and we speak with politicians of all stripes all of the time," the BCC said in a statement. A spokesman confirmed the organization has had meetings with Labour officials, and that there is "common ground" on immigration issues, including student visas and the rights of EU nationals.
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New UN Boss Tells Europe Migration Unstoppable, Says Politicians Should Ignore Voters
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 24 November 2016

The incoming Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) told a room of policymakers in Europe on Wednesday that "migration is not the problem but the solution", and said politicians should ignore voters.

Speaking in Lisbon at the Vision Europe Summit, António Guterres said European nations have no right to control their borders and that they must instead take in floods of the world's poorest people.

"The idea that management of migration is a matter of national sovereignty is extremely limited. The truth is that in the meantime, the real controllers of international mobility are the smugglers and criminal organisations. It must be recognised that migration is inevitable and will not stop", the socialist told the crowd of policymakers and researchers.

Regarding priorities for the UN, when he takes over from South Korean Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General, Guterres said he already has "several items to put on the discussion table to drive positive developments" with regards to the goal of making Europe accept more migrants. ...

Guterres insisted that every European Union (EU) nation must be forced to "share the burden" of mass migration.

Despite having used the word "burden" to describe giving residence to large numbers of aliens, the 67-year-old went on to declare: "We must convince [Europeans] that migration is inevitable and that it is the multiethnic societies which are multicultural and multireligious who are building wealth."

The UN's next head acknowledged he is "not convinced that it will be easy, given the state of [public] opinion". Calling for politicians to put "tolerance" and "reason" at the heart of their decision making, Portugal's former prime minister urged lawmakers to prioritise "values" over respecting voters' wishes. ...

The research of University College London psychology professor Dr. James Thompson shows Europe is being harmed by mass migration from poorer countries, as on average the newcomers' intellectual competence is much lower than that of natives.

Partly as a result of their culture and partly due to genetics, he notes that the difference in intelligence results in migrants having "lower status, lower wages and higher resentment at perceived differences.

"On the latter point, if the West cannot bear to mention competence differences, then differences in outcome are seen as being due solely to prejudice," Thompson warns.
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A passport for NHS treatment is one step away from an identity card
Frank Field, MP (Lab)
Daily Telegraph, 23 November 2016
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – The Government is on to a winner with its plans to counter health tourism ("Show your passport if you want to use the NHS, patients could be told," report, November 22).

Requiring patients to produce identification, so that entitlement to treatment, and eligibility for it, can be determined is a necessary first move. But it should be only a first move.

A second, equally important move, and one that counters the risk of fake identification documents being produced, is for the Government to bite the bullet on identity cards.

The advantages to national security are clear. But ID cards could also be designed to define entitlement to welfare. In respect of the NHS, a system of ID cards carrying patients' citizenship and National Insurance records would help the Government deliver a truly National Health Service, rather than an international one. Herein lies a useful way of bolstering our country's post-Brexit borders.
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Labour Must Stop 'Obsessing' About Diversity, Says Stephen Kinnock
Ned Simons
The Huffington Post, 23 November 2016

Labour must stop "obsessing" about diversity if it is to get the support of white working class votes needed to win an election, Stephen Kinnock has said.

The Labour MP said the party needed to stop practicing "identity politics" and "understand the role of the state is to manage immigration".

Speaking at the London School of Economics on Monday evening, Kinnock said Labour should learn from Hillary Clinton's defeat to Donald Trump.

"We have been a party that has been increasingly associated with standing up for certain groups in our society and not standing up for all in our society," Kinnock said.

"We've been obsessing about diversity," he added.
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Italy Report: 'More Immigrants = More Crime'
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 23 November 2016

There is a direct correlation between the number of immigrants entering the country and the rise in the crime rate, according to a report published Wednesday by the Italian daily, Il Giornale.

In its front page report titled "More Immigrants = More Crime," the newspaper cited results from a recent study conducted by the Confcommercio group on the statistical connection between crime and immigration.

The report found that in a determined area, if the number of immigrants increases by 1 percent, the crime rate in the same area goes up by 0.4 percent.

Moreover, the study revealed that among Italian citizens there are 4.3 convicted criminals per 1000, while among legal immigrants the rate is nearly double, at 8.5 criminals per 1000. More alarming still, among illegal immigrants the crime rate soars to more than 50 percent (148 criminals out of every 247 persons). ...

Including loss of revenue, costs for personal injury, insurance and expenses for defense systems, crime has cost Italian businesses 26.5 billion euros in 2016, according to the study. In particular, illegal itinerant vendors account for 8.1 billion, dining in restaurants without paying 5.6 billion, counterfeiting 3.5 billion and shoplifting 3.6 billion, the study noted.
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Free Movement Has Failed - Labour And The Unions Must Recognise It
Paul Embery, Regional Secretary (London), Fire Brigades Union
The Huffington Post, 21 November 2016

EU law providing for free movement of people was never the progressive instrument many believed it to be. It is one of the 'four freedoms' enshrined in the rules of the Single Market, along with the free movement of goods, services and capital. In other words, workers are categorised not as human beings, but explicitly as commodities, to be bought and sold like copper and coffee according to the laws of supply and demand.

Naturally, this commodification of workers is very popular with big business, enabling, as it does, bosses to take advantage of highly-diverse economies by shunting workers across borders and playing them off against each other, thus driving down wages. It is like outsourcing in reverse: no longer are firms forced to relocate abroad in an effort to save on labour costs; free movement laws allow them to do it while staying put.

This type of social dumping uproots workers and their families, atomises society, and militates against settled communities and the sense of place and belonging desired by all human beings. All in the name of greater profits.

Yet, to many in the Labour party and trade union movement, free movement (in reality, forced movement) is seen as an advance for working people, to be defended against all comers. For them, it's a building block to greater class solidarity and another step on the path to their vision of a borderless world. The actual impact on working people, migrant and native, is secondary.

Unprecedented levels of immigration into the UK have led to a substantial rise in cheap labour (causing downward pressure on wages), tested social cohesion like never before, and increased the strain on public services. ...

Likewise, the refusal of trade union leaders to take seriously the concerns over open-door immigration, and to instead resort to trite and superficial sloganeering, is an abdication of their responsibilities to those whose interests they were elected to serve, and has ensured that the movement is as disconnected from working people as it has ever been.

We trade unionists must of course stand with migrants and challenge any attempt to attach personal blame to them for the failings of government or the actions of unscrupulous employers. /.../ Immigration, properly managed, is a good thing. ...

To be opposed to unlimited immigration out of concern for the impact on wages and social cohesion is not to be opposed to migrants, any more than to oppose unemployment for the same reasons is to be opposed to the unemployed. ...

Poll after poll has demonstrated that unlimited immigration is a major concern for the working-class. /.../ But their good faith has been abused. That's why the tactic employed by some on the Left of deflecting genuine concerns over unlimited immigration by accusing opponents of 'blaming migrants' and 'pandering to the bigots' is insulting and wrong.

Few things have corroded the relationship between working-class people on the one hand and their leaders in the Labour party and trade union movement on the other than the obstinate refusal of those leaders to treat concerns over unlimited immigration with the legitimacy they deserve, and to instead resort to boilerplate and patronising slogans.
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Immigration? Blame The UK, Not The EU
Richard Bird
The Huffington Post, 21 November 2016

Immigration was and is a big issue in the Leave campaign.

I have been reminding everyone for a long time that even within existing EU rules the UK has powers to limit immigration which the Government has simply not used. So don't blame the EU, blame the Government. ...

The FoM (Freedom of Movement) directive allows for the "old" countries to restrict the rights of migrants from "new" countries for up to 7 years. The powers vary from stopping migration completely or allowing only for selected categories of work on a work permit basis. In 2004 the UK choose not to use this option at all, when the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia joined. The UK was one of only 3 of the original EU members (UK, Sweden and Eire) to choose not to apply transitional restrictions on these eight countries.

... After 3 months in the UK EU migrants need to be either working, have a member of the family working or have sufficient funds to live (and have full sickness insurance). If not then they can be returned to their home country.

The UK does not register migrants as they arrive and as such has no way of knowing how long they have been in the UK. There are no efforts to track or control this movement. This once more allows the EU-skeptics to portray the FoM as "uncontrolled migration".

The EU gave further confirmation of existing rights to limit free movement in the package given to D. Cameron in February 2016: 'Whereas the free movement of workers under Article 45 TFEU entails the abolition of any discrimination based on nationality as regards employment, remuneration and other conditions of work and employment, this right may be subject to limitations on grounds of public policy, public security or public health. In addition, if overriding reasons of public interest make it necessary, free movement of workers may be restricted by measures proportionate to the legitimate aim pursued.'

Why the HELL did Cameron not make more of all this in the campaign? So now we are possibly exiting the EU due to basic ignorance and failures by the Government. Is this a comedy or a tragedy? Should we take note that Theresa May was the Home Secretary dealing with Immigration since 2010?
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Home Office ADMITS 119,000 illegal migrants have disappeared
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 19 November 2016

The Home Office has admitted it is unable to say what has happened to more than 119,000 illegal migrants arrested since 2011.

The department was asked in a parliamentary question whether those arrested had been deported, were still in custody or had been released to remain in the UK.

It answered that the only way it could find out would be to examine the records in each individual case. ...

Labour peer Lord Temple-Morris had demanded to know how many illegal immigrants had been arrested in each of the past five years.

He also wanted to know how many arrests there had been for immigration offences and what had happened to those held.

The Home Office insists it has the information requested but it would be too time-consuming and costly to collate.

It did confirm there had been 119,730 arrests for immigration offences between 2011 and 2106.

Lord Temple-Morris said: "I find the Home Office answer very unsatisfactory.

"It is the clear duty of a Government department to give information to the people on something about which there is such widespread concern."

A Home Office spokesman said: "The specific figures requested were not provided as doing so in the format requested would incur disproportionate cost to the taxpayer."
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Justin Welby: It's time to stop saying Isil has 'nothing to do with Islam'
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 19 November 2016

Claims that the atrocities of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have "nothing to do with Islam" are harming efforts to confront and combat extremism, the Archbishop of Canterbury has insisted. ...

He argued that unless people recognise and attempt to understand the motivation of terrorists they will never be able to combat their ideology effectively.

It follows calls from a series of high profile figures for people to avoid using the term Islamic State – also known as Isil, Isis and Daesh – because, they say, its murderous tactics go against Islamic teaching and that using the name could help legitimise the group's own propaganda.

But the Archbishop said that it was essential to recognise extremists' religious motivation in order to get to grips with the problem.

He also said it was time for countries across Europe to recognise and rediscover the "Judaeo Christian" roots of their culture to find solutions to the mass disenchantment which led to the Brexit vote in the UK and the rise of anti-establishment leaders in the continent and beyond. ...

He said a series of terrorist atrocities, notably in Paris where he was speaking, showed how there was an urgent need for people across Europe to understand religion. ...

"This requires a move away from the argument that has become increasingly popular, which is to say that Isis is 'nothing to do with Islam', or that Christian militia in the Central African Republic are nothing to do with Christianity, or Hindu nationalist persecution of Christians in South India is nothing to do with Hinduism.

"Until religious leaders stand up and take responsibility for the actions of those who do things in the name of their religion, we will see no resolution."
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Asylum claims across European Union pass the one million mark and the final tally for this year is set to top 2015's record figure
Rachael Burford
MailOnline, 19 November 2016

The number of asylum claims lodged in the EU this year has passed a million, official figures indicate.

Provisional data updated on Friday shows that at least 1,003,635 asylum applications were registered in the 28 member states as of October this year.

The actual total is thought to be even higher, as only a handful of countries have submitted data for last month.

It is the second consecutive year that the number has reached seven figures - after a dramatic surge in 2015 amid the international migration crisis.

The findings emerged in Press Association analysis of figures on asylum which are compiled and regularly updated by the EU's statistical body.

Main applicants and any dependants such as children are counted in the headline tally - which could include repeat applications, so should not be read as one million separate individuals.

Separate figures show that 965,850 claims have been made by first-time applicants this year - equivalent to 96% of the total.

Germany continues to receive the lion's share of asylum applications, recording nearly two thirds of the total number, while just under 3% have been made in the UK this year.

Comparisons with counts for previous years give an indication of the extraordinary influx of people into Europe in 2015 and 2016, in what has been described as the largest mass movement of people since the Second World War.

For example, the total number of applications recorded for the whole of 2013 stood at less than half a million, while it was below a quarter of a million in 2008.

Some 1.3 million asylum claims were made last year, the highest figures since comparable records started eight years ago.

On current trends, the final total for 2016 could be even higher.
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Council of Europe Recommends British Press NOT Report when Terrorists are Muslims
Yves Mamou
Gatestone Institute, 18 November 2016

According the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) – part of the Council of Europe – the British press is to blame for increasing hate speech and racist violence. On October 4, 2016, the ECRI released a report dedicated only to Britain. ...

The ECRI report establishes a direct causal link between some tough headlines in British tabloids and the security of the Muslims in the UK. In other words, the British press is allegedly inciting readers to commit "Islamophobic" acts against Muslims:

ECRI considers that, in light of the fact that Muslims are increasingly under the spotlight as a result of recent ISIS-related terrorist acts around the world, fueling prejudice against Muslims shows a reckless disregard, not only for the dignity of the great majority of Muslims in the United Kingdom, but also for their safety.


So, according to the ECRI and scholars of Teesside University, when Muslim jihadists murder people and the press reports that killers are Muslims, the press, and not Islamists, is encouraging "Islamophobic incidents" in Britain. According to ECRI Chair Christian Ahlund, "It is no coincidence that racist violence is on the rise in the UK at the same time as we see worrying examples of intolerance and hate speech in the newspapers, online and even among politicians."

For the ECRI, the biggest problem is:

"... where the media stress the Muslim background of perpetrators of terrorist acts, and devote significant coverage to it, the violent backlash against Muslims is likely to be greater than in cases where the perpetrators' motivation is downplayed or rejected in favour of alternative explanations."

The report does not explain what could be "alternative explanations." But we can find examples in French press: when a Muslim attacks a soldier and tries to take his gun, he is not an Islamist terrorist, but a "lunatic." Such attacks by "lunatics" are very common in France.

The French press downplays attacks by deciding not to name Muslim perpetrators: incriminating a "Mohamed" could, in the minds of French journalists, incite retaliations against Muslims. In another example, Muslim gangs cannot be connected to any form of violence, so they become "youths." In France, Muslim terrorists are never Muslim terrorists, but "lunatics", "maniacs" and "youths."

But that is France. In Britain, tabloids are not so polite, and they understand perfectly the intentions of the ECRI report: to ban the word "Muslim" when it is associated with "violence or terrorism."
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Give us back our borders! Major study finds immigration controls are the key Brexit demand of voters with nearly three quarters urging a visa system
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 17 November 2016

Curbing immigration is the public's key demand in the Brexit negotiations but they would also prefer to stay in the EU single market, according to a major study.

Some 70 per cent want to see limits on numbers coming from the EU - and nearly three quarters suggest there should be visa-style work permits similar to those required from the rest of the world.

A majority of both Leave and Remain voters believe the issue needs to be addressed in our new relationship with the Brussels club.

However, there is a deep divide over whether ending 'free movement' rules should be prioritised over maintaining free trade.

The figures emerged in research by the respected NatCen think-tank published today - the most detailed so far into the public's attitude to the looming talks with the EU.

It found that some 90 per cent supported staying in the European single market - with Brexit voters almost as keen as those who wanted to maintain full EU membership.

But seven in 10 think the UK should be able to limit the number of people from the EU who come here to live and work.

The figure rises to 85 per cent among Brexit supporters - but 55 per cent of Remain supporters agree.

Some 74 per cent believe that potential EU migrants should apply to come here in the same way as those from outside the bloc - raising the prospect of visa-style work permits. ...

Around 70 per cent of Remain voters think the UK should 'definitely' or 'probably' allow unfettered immigration for EU citizens if that is the only way to keep free trade.

But the same proportion of Leave voters say the government 'definitely' or 'probably' should not strike such a deal.

Overall voters are split 49 per cent to 51 per cent - with a narrow majority thinking controlling immigration is more important.
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Extremist group with links to 140 Isis fighters active in UK
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 17 November 2016

Members of an extremist group banned in Germany for inspiring more than 140 Isis fighters with its "violent" ideology are active in the UK and seeking to recruit followers in Britain's largest cities, The Independent can reveal.

Police launched almost 200 raids across Germany at mosques, offices and homes linked to Die Wahre Religion (DWR) movement, meaning "The True Religion", this week but British security forces remain powerless to stop the same group's activities.

Announcing the prohibition on Tuesday, the German interior minister said members were spreading "hate and anti-constitutional messages, seeing young people radicalised with conspiracy theories" under the cover of a Quran distribution campaign.

"After taking part in DWR activities, more than 140 young individuals so far have travelled to Syria or Iraq to join in the fighting by terrorist groups," Dr Thomas de Maizière said. ...

The interior ministry said the group was stirring up "militant and aggressive attitudes" among its predominantly young audience, including calls to wage jihad and reject democracy in favour of the DWR's Salafist interpretation of Islam. ...

Members were running a stall in London's busy Oxford Street as recently as Sunday and have posted footage of events in towns and cities including Leicester, Nottingham and Blackburn. ...

British security services encountered similar problems with Al-Muhajiroun, a banned British jihadi organisation also known for handing out extremist material in UK high streets that underwent several name changes in attempts to evade authorities.
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More than 1,300 foreign criminals, including killers, rapists and paedophiles have used human rights laws to stay in the UK
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 16 November 2016

More than 1,300 foreign criminals have avoided being booted out of Britain because it would infringe their human rights.

Many who committed heinous offences, including killers, rapists and paedophiles, won permission to stay in the UK because their family live here, the latest figures show.

But the number of convicts who used the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to evade deportation has plummeted since a shake-up by the Home Office. Since Theresa May, when she was home secretary, introduced a 'deport first, appeal later' system for foreign criminals, those who won their human rights appeal fell from 356 in 2012/13 to just 11 last year.

Mrs May also introduced new rules spelling out to judges that Article 8 of the ECHR, which safeguards family life, was not 'absolute' after it was exploited by foreign criminals.

The number of foreign crooks using the ECHR, which was brought into UK law in 1998 by Labour's controversial Human Rights Act, to avoid deportation rose every year from 2006/7 until its peak of 356 in 2012/13.

This fell to 123 in 2013/14, 38 in 2014/15 and just 11 last year. ...

But there are 5,000-plus foreign offenders living in the community awaiting removal. Instead of being locked up until they are thrown out, they are freed to protect their 'human rights', and so could abscond or potentially put the public in danger. Nearly a third – 1,865 criminals – have been loose for more than five years.

The Home Office said it removed a record 5,810 foreign national offenders in 2015/16. The number of appeals against deportation plunged from 2,351 in 2013/14 to 1,440 last year.
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Our immigration system should be based on permits and have a cultural compatibility test
Alex Morton
ConservativeHome, 16 November 2016

Alex Morton was a member of David Cameron's Downing Street Policy Unit

Liberal conservatives have long struggled to shape an immigration policy that works. But to defeat populists on the right, we must show that immigration, like globalisation, benefits this country and its people, rather than start from the nonsensical premise that nations are irrelevant. ...

It is not particularly liberal to say countries don't matter. Nationhood might be an accident of birth, but so is higher IQ or inherited wealth. It is not the job of government to dismantle such a misfortune. Being born in a poor country is a misfortune, it is not an injustice. ...

In general, people want less immigration for three broad reasons. The first is that it places a strain on public services and housing. The second is that is places a strain on cultural integration where the migrants hold different values to ours. The third is that it lowers wages. I would argue the cultural issue is the most valid reason, with some truth about low skill worker wages being depressed if immigration is allowed at very high levels. ...

... People are very focused on the cultural issue in immigration. Race seems much less important (i.e: Japan beats Argentina, and India is well above Pakistan).

However, we cannot just assign numbers based on polling that will fluctuate and is subjective. To capture this cultural context, which immigration policy must do in order to retain public support, a four-part test could be created. This four-part test would focus on:

Basic Freedoms and Women's rights. Religious freedom, legality of homosexuality, and women's rights.

Functioning Democracy. States with a history of a functioning democracy and free speech.

Income levels. The levels of income in a country.

English speaking. If a country has near universal English usage as a primary language.

Countries that achieve all four could have open borders. For each other country, we would score them and allocate similar scoring countries a limited number of permits based on an auction – with the permit system based on that proposed by Nobel winning economist Gary Becker. ...

The net effect of this would be that we would probably have the same levels of immigration as now, but we would have more high-skilled, English-speaking workers who integrate and pay more tax than they ever receive in state benefits, while low skill workers would be from culturally similar English speaking countries (which also receive migrants back from the UK). ...

It is sometimes argued we have an obligation to accept those suffering in other countries as part of a moral immigration system. But immigration is not about humanitarian obligations. There are roughly 60 million displaced people globally. On top of that, hundreds of millions, if not billions of people, have a legitimate claim to asylum. Women, gay/bisexual people, ethnic and religious minorities across most of Africa and the Arab world would be legitimate.

We should have an aid budget and use it to help refugees, to support human rights groups working with religious and sexual minorities, to support women (e.g. as I have argued before on access to contraception). But we need to be vigorous in making the common sense case that mass immigration is not, and cannot, be part of our humanitarian obligations.
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NGO: Just 13 Per Cent of Migrants in Europe Actually Fleeing War
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 16 November 2016

Just 13.7 per cent of migrants in Europe say they are fleeing war, with most admitting they are economic migrants, a new study by Doctors of the World (MDM) has revealed.

The NGO found that the majority of nearly 10,000 migrants they spoke to admitted they moved to Europe for economic reasons. Examining access to healthcare, the report looked at migrants across 30 cities, just under half of whom are staying in Europe illegally.

The study, which was published Tuesday in Brussels, discloses that 53.1 per cent of migrants surveyed reported emigrating for economic reasons, 20.5 per cent for political reasons and just 13.7 per cent said they moved to escape war.

MDM are demanding that migrants get full access to all aspects of national health services across Europe, and argue that their survey showing only 3.1 per cent migrate solely for healthcare bolsters the case for this. ...

As well as demanding governments of countries in the European Union (EU) grant "full access to [all aspects of] national health systems for all", the organisation wants Europeans to arrange full transport to the continent for anybody and everybody who wants to migrate. ...

The study also condemns the Dublin Agreement, arguing that it's essential migrants be allowed to select the European country in which they reside.
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Honour Based Violence Reports To Police Reveal Only Minority Of Alleged Crimes Result In Charge
Kathryn Snowdon
The Huffington Post, 13 November 2016

Worrying new figures from police forces across Britain have revealed that in some areas just 3% of reported incidents of so-called 'honour' based violence result in charges.

The data, uncovered by a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted to 43 forces by The Huffington Post UK, suggests that despite the all-encompassing nature of the honour based abuse, police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are poorly equipped to deal with it.

The abuse is often used as a means of control, with violence beginning when victims are children and continuing into adult life, campaigners say. Compounding the despair of victims, disobeying is seen as an insult and brings perceived shame to not only relatives, but to entire communities.

The figures reveal that some incidents were simply logged as "unresolved", while others were deemed to have insufficient evidence, and in some cases the victim withdrew their complaint. ...

Professor Marianne Hester, criminologist and chair in gender, violence and international policy at the University of Bristol, says there have been some improvements in the way police investigate domestic violence and rape cases, but there remains a lack of understanding regarding honour based abuse. "They still don't really understand what it is about," Professor Hester says.

The FOI request asked each police force how many reports of honour based violence they had received between January 2011 and August 2016.

Of the 42 forces that responded and provided figures, it was revealed there had been 7,048 reports to police, with most incidents recorded as assaults, threats to kill and kidnap. ...

The Met police arrested and charged 181 people (8%) over the five-year period. In 376 instances there was not enough evidence to proceed and in 174 cases victims were unwilling to prosecute.

Of the 857 incidents reported to Greater Manchester Police, 143 were deemed a crime, but just 23 (3%) resulted in a person being charged. Thames Valley Police refused to provide a breakdown of the outcomes of reports.

By comparison, Home Office records show that 13% of all reported crimes in the UK between April 2015 and March 2016 resulted in a charge or summons being issued.
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Shame on Sharia: Women beaten, robbed and raped. A chilling expose of how BRITISH females are being sentenced to lives of misery by Muslim courts
Gita Sahgal
MailOnline, 13 November 2016

The Commons Home Affairs Committee has begun an investigation into the spread of Islamic law.

Dr Ahmad Al-Dubayan, chairman of the new UK Board of Sharia Councils, told the committee that British Muslims have the right to use sharia courts. They have no legal force but are regularly used by Muslim families to adjudicate on personal matters, including religious marriages and divorces.

Dr Al-Dubayan's colleague said that Islamic law allows polygamy, but the sharia judges and 'regulators' denied that they were promoting the practice.

To me this sounded like double-speak from the very organisation that aimed to standardise procedures and prevent abuses which could be perpetrated by the scores of self-appointed 'courts' operating around the country with no regulation.

In other words, they were the good guys who should be trusted to tame the extremists who might flourish if sharia law was driven underground.

The truth, however, is far more sinister. As an activist and documentary film-maker who has spent more than two decades investigating religious fundamentalism in Britain, I can reveal that sharia courts seek to undermine British law, subject women to humiliation, subjugation and the risk of physical harm, and apply a version of Islamic law that is far more extreme than that used in Muslim countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The most prominent sharia councils are also the fundamentalist ones.

At the heart of their existence is a deliberate lie. The overwhelming majority of cases heard by sharia courts are divorce suits brought by women who are told that a British civil divorce does not count in the eyes of Islam.

Any woman who embarks on a new relationship will, they say, have committed adultery – a crime only equalled in their eyes by apostasy [abandoning Islam] and blasphemy.

Yet the courts in, for example, Bangladesh and Pakistan, are perfectly happy to accept a civil divorce certificate from Britain as evidence of the end of a marriage, which in the Muslim tradition is a civil contract rather than a sacrament. In those countries, the contract must be registered to count as a legal marriage.

But, here in Britain, there are many unregistered marriages. ...

The most sickening thing is that the spread of sharia law has been aided and abetted by the British state, which sees acceptance of these shadowy courts as a way to appease what they regard as 'non-violent' extremists.
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Gang of 115 arrested across Europe for 'smuggling 6,000 Ukrainians into Britain through Ireland using fake Polish passports'
Gerard Couzens
MailOnline, 12 November 2016

Police have smashed a gang said to be responsible for smuggling thousands of illegal immigrants into Britain through Ireland.

More than 100 people including the alleged gang leaders have been arrested as part of the pan-European operation, Spanish police say.

Officers in Madrid announced the crackdown today as they claimed the people smugglers had trafficked around 6,000 Ukrainian immigrants using mostly fake Polish travel documents.

The favoured route into Britain involved a flight to Dublin from Belgium, France or Spain followed by a ferry to the UK.
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Experts say foreign students who refuse to pay back their university loans should be ARRESTED
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 12 November 2016

Foreign students who refuse to pay back their loans should be arrested at the border as every £1 spent on prosecuting them will claw back £22 for the taxpayer, experts say.

Proposals submitted to the government suggest millions of pounds of lost public money could be retrieved by investing in a crackdown on loan defaulters when they try to re-enter the country.

The plans are aimed at tackling the thousands of European Union students who have borrowed public money for their studies in the UK and returned home with no intention of paying.

There are also a large number of British graduates who work abroad and do not repay their loans.

The Higher Education Policy Institute, a think tank which drafted the proposals, want failure to repay student loans to be criminalised in the forthcoming higher education bill.

They have sent a policy paper to universities minister Jo Johnson, urging him to treat defaulters in the same way as 'tax evaders and benefit cheats'. ...

Those from the EU currently owe a record £1.3 billion of the English student loan book – up 36 per cent from 958 million this time last year, according to the latest statistics.

Around 8,600 – or 11 per cent – of former EU students are currently in arrears after graduation because there is no way of forcing those who move abroad to pay.
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'Fool-proof' biometric testing needed to keep borders safe, says anti-terror cop
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 11 November 2016

Everyone entering Britain should be subject to "fool-proof" biometric testing to prevent terrorists sneaking in, a police chief has said.

Neil Basu, the new senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism policing, said border checks should include fingerprint and iris scans, while passports had to be made tamper-proof.

Speaking a year on from the atrocities in Paris, Mr Basu, who is a Scotland Yard Deputy Assistant Commissioner, said the attacks were a "sit up and think" moment for those defending the country from terrorists.

He said: "The terrorist tactics are very different now. They are not interested in negotiation, they are not interested in warnings. They are very interested in the maximum amount of terror, damage and economic and physical and emotional carnage."

Mr Basu said much more needed to be done to protect Britain's borders amid heightened concern over the number of guns getting into the country. ...

"Everybody's identity should be checked as they come through a border in a way that is fool-proof. Fingerprints, iris scans, the documents need to be tamper-proof. What we need is a debate about what border security really means."

The attacks in Paris last November, which left 130 people dead, were carried out with terrifying simplicity and left UK anti-terror officers reviewing their approach. ...

"So this is a psychological change in policing in this country, to be able to cope with what would be a battlefield or a war scenario."
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More than 100 arrests in major international migrant smuggling operation
Europol, 11 November 2016

On 21 October 2016, the Spanish National Police, together with the Polish Border Police, joined forces with Europol's European Migrant Smuggling Centre (EMSC) in Operation Kolso to dismantle a transnational criminal organisation implicated in the smuggling of Ukrainian citizens into the United Kingdom and Ireland.

... In 2016, the operation concluded with more than 100 individuals being arrested for forgery of administrative documents and the facilitation of illegal immigration.

In March 2016, a major blow was delivered to the criminal network when one of the main leaders was apprehended in Spain and more than 100 ID cards and original Polish passports were seized from his apartment. ...

The migrants entered Poland using tourist visas, and travelled on to other countries using forged documents such as Polish ID cards and Baltic-country passports.
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Six of the Jihadis Involved in Paris Attacks Entered Europe as 'Refugees'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 11 November 2016

Surviving Paris attacker Salah Abdeslam helped at least 10 Islamic State fighters enter Belgium as "refugees" through the Balkan route, local media reported Friday.

Of these, six went on to participate in the terror attacks which struck Paris last November, and four were involved in the coordinated suicide bombings that hit Brussels in March. The two attacks left 215 people dead, and wounded hundreds more.

According to a programme set to air on the Flemish VTN television station on Sunday, Abdeslam personally brought at least 10 jihadis to Belgium in a rental car.

Picking the terrorists up in Hungary, where they had arrived from Syria amid hordes of "refugees" during the height of last year's migrant crisis, Abdeslam drove the extremists to Western Europe. ...

On top of the six Islamic State fighters known to have been escorted by the Belgium-born terrorist, Reuters yesterday reported that 90 more Syria-trained jihadis are thought to have entered Europe via the refugee route. ...

Earlier this year, the French government was accused of covering up the jihadis' barbaric torture of victims of the November attacks. Critics claimed that information, which suggested the terrorists castrated, disembowelled, beheaded, and gouged the eyes out of victims, was suppressed so as to minimise public outrage.

Contrary to claims made by Western politicians and commentators during the height of the migrant crisis that securing Europe's borders is "what ISIS wants", police believe Nice attacker Mohamed Bouhlel was involved in "No Borders" activism on Italy's border with France. Earlier this year it emerged that the Islamist, who drove a truck into a crowd killing 85 people, regularly travelled to Italy to help migrants entering Europe.
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Exposed: The 'fixer' who makes thousands selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants for £600 a time
Emma Glanfield
MailOnline, 9 November 2016

A 'fixer' who makes thousands of pounds selling fake IDs to illegal immigrants to help them stay living in Britain has been caught in an undercover sting.

The conman, known only as Adil, has been exposed for selling fake residency cards to immigrants in Birmingham – and charging up to £600 per ID card.

He boasted that he can supply 'top quality' fake versions of a biometric residence permit - which holds a migrant's name, date and place of birth, alongside a photograph, fingerprints and immigration status in the UK.

The cards, which are supposed to be issued only by the Home Office, allow an individual to stay, work or study in the UK and can be used as ID when opening a bank account, applying for work or benefits, or getting a domestic flight. ...

He has been exposed by investigative journalist Paul Connolly for a new Channel 5 documentary - Undercover Criminal: The Great British Fake Off.

It comes amid growing controversy around Britain's immigration policy, with the use of biometric visas put in the spotlight today when Prime Minister Theresa May said she wants India to take back overstayers based on biometric data alone, rather than piles of paperwork. ...

Highlighting how easy it is for fraudsters to replicate the biometric documents in the UK, investigative journalist Connolly briefed a fellow undercover reporter who visited Adil's run-down office in Birmingham city centre pretending to be a contact of an illegal immigrant in need of some identification.
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CPS 'afraid to tackle honour crimes for fear of causing unrest in Asian communities'
Hannah Summers and Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 8 November 2016

The Crown Prosecution Service is failing to prosecute honour crimes for fear of causing "unrest" in Asian communities, a Scotland Yard whistleblower has alleged.

Det Sgt Pal Singh disclosed that "apathy" by prosecutors led to the collapse of what could have been the first conviction for forced marriage in England.

He said that the CPS dropped the case despite pleas from the police that "a forced marriage trial would send a strong message to the community".

Det Sgt Singh has been commended three times by the force for his work in the area over the past year. ...

But Det Sgt Singh says he is speaking out now because he is witnessing what he perceives to be serious miscarriages of justice – despite figures showing that the number of forced marriage cases being referred to the CPS by the police has doubled in the past five years.

"The way I see it is that victims are being denied justice," he said. "It is in the public interest that I speak out."

He added: "There appears to be an apathy from the CPS when prosecuting cases where Asian women are victims of honour-based violence. A conviction could lead to unrest in the affected community but if they discontinue a case they know most victims won't complain due to their vulnerability." ...

Last year Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary published a report into the police response to honour-based violence, forced marriage and female genital mutilation.

It found that only three of the country's 43 police forces were prepared to tackle honour-based violence.
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Hundreds of Albanian migrants who are illegally sneaking into Britain by posing as child refugees are putting school pupils and foster families at risk
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 6 November 2016

Albanian migrants who illegally sneak into Britain posing as child refugees are putting school pupils and foster families at risk, shock official reports reveal.

Documents uncovered by The Mail on Sunday show that head teachers have been forced to take 'disciplinary measures' against asylum seekers feared to be adults.

One report said some schools had 'rejected children' over suspicions they were older than they claimed.

Another study revealed Albanian youths have been removed from foster families because of 'their behaviour towards female carers', with social workers blaming it on 'the gender assumptions of Albanian males'.

The shocking developments come weeks after controversy over the age of some of the 300 migrants arriving in Britain from the demolished Jungle camp in Calais last month, with widespread calls for them to undergo dental X-rays to establish how old they really are.

But an investigation by this newspaper shows this is the tip of the iceberg.

Almost 500 Albanians arrived in Britain last year claiming to be lone children – entitling them to a school place, a foster family and support until they are 25 – but close to half had their applications rejected.

We can also reveal how the abuse of the system is so great that the Home Office set up a secret operation to check the real ages and family backgrounds of hundreds of rejected claimants with the authorities in their Balkan home country. ...

The problems caused by Albanian Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) are exposed in detail by a number of Croydon Council reports and meetings over the past two years.

There are currently 433 child refugee claimants in the South London borough – 214 Albanians but just 11 Syrians. ...

Officials said they had been involved in 'a variety of offences' including affray and theft. Overall the number of people coming to England illegally and registering as UASC has doubled in two years to reach 3,253 in 2015.
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Councils foot MASSIVE bill for more than 5,000 migrant children
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 4 November 2016

Cash-strapped councils are being forced to plug million-pound black holes left by the gap between what child migrants cost and what the Home Office provides. ...

A report by the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) has revealed councils are being forced to spend out on supporting teens after the Government's decision to take on more children from Calais.

According to the report the number of lone child migrants in England has more than doubled from 2,050 in March 2014 to 4,210 in March 2016.

The revealing dossier showed among the 106 authorities which responded to the ADCS, 5,673 children were supported by local authorities in England in 2015/16.

Currently, 92 percent of the migrants being looked after in England are male, and 76 percent are aged 16 or 17.

The news comes as many of the migrants arriving from Calais appeared to be older than they claimed.

Last year, there were 789 age disputes, compared to 318 in 2014.

Councils told the ADCS the number of migrants lying about their age is rising.

Of this number two thirds were considered to be over the age of 18 when an assessment request was raised.

And the cost for the councils just keeps on rising. ...

The report said: "The increasing number of new arrivals, when added to those already looked after, indicates a significant and cumulatively growing cohort.

"The most common way children end up in certain areas is what is referred to as the 'lorry stop lottery'."
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The Chinese in Britain: Raise the red lantern
The Economist, 5 November 2016

Alan Mak ... becoming the first MP of Chinese origin. Whereas there are about a dozen black MPs and about twice that many of South Asian descent, Britain's Chinese have long been a silent minority, in politics and wider society. That is now changing, spurred on by a new mindset among British-Chinese and changes in China itself.

The 2011 census recorded 390,000 ethnic-Chinese in Britain. Jackson Ng, a second-generation Chinese barrister and one of about ten other Chinese to stand for Parliament last year, believes the real number could be more than 600,000. "Many people don't engage with the census," he says.

The Chinese have in many ways been a model minority as well as a silent one. ... Only 7% of Chinese 16-year-olds receive free school meals, compared with 12% of whites and 24% of Pakistanis.

Chinese children are Britain's cleverest. In GCSE exams, taken at 16, last year 77% achieved five good grades, slightly more than Indians (72%) and streets ahead of the national average of 57%. Even more impressive, among those on free school meals 74% achieved the same standard; the national average was 33%. Unsurprisingly, Chinese students' entry rate to university, at 58%, is the highest of all ethnic groups.
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UK Institutions Have 'De Facto Blasphemy Law' Protecting Islam, Claims Secular Critic
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 3 November 2016

The National Secular Society (NSS) has said Muslims are creating a "special category" to protect Islam from criticism in the UK, and the press and British institutions have "internalised [a] de facto blasphemy law" after a gymnast was banned from competition after "mocking" the religion.

"We need to challenge this cultural taboo against mocking religion – but let's be clear, I say religion, but really Islam is trying to put itself into a special category – that's what the problem is," the communications officer for the NSS, Benjamin Jones, told talkRADIO.

"Other religions broadly in the country, particular Christianity, accept the hard fought wins of the enlightenment, that religion is not in a special category that can not be criticised or mocked," he added. ...

However, the Louis Smith incident is "just one episode in a much bigger problem that we have", he added, pointing to an ICM poll release this year, showing that 78 per cent of British Muslim believe there should be no right to publish images of Muhammad in the UK.

"There is a fundamental divide between this large number of Muslims and the rest of society," he said. "I think Islamists have realised that they can not have an outright blasphemy law... so instead they're trying to have their next best thing, which is a cultural taboo.

"And unfortunately, we're seeing institutions like British Gymnastics helping them with that project."
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Call for action to tackle growing ethnic segregation across UK
Anushka Asthana and Nazia Parveen
The Guardian, 2 November 2016

Politicians must urgently tackle the increasing ethnic polarisation of many of Britain's towns and cities, according to a senior academic, as he revealed figures showing how rapidly the white British population had dwindled in urban "pockets" across England.

Prof Ted Cantle, who first authored a report into community cohesion after a series of race riots in 2001, said his new study showed that in the most extreme cases the white British population had more than halved in two decades.

Cantle, who co-authored the report with Prof Eric Kaufmann at Birkbeck, University of London, told the Guardian that white British families should be encouraged to remain in ethnically diverse areas to reduce the trend.

He warned that segregated societies "breed intolerance and prejudice", adding: "And we know the opposite is true – there is a huge amount of research that shows any form of contact does break down stereotypes."

The leading academic said he would not describe the trend as white flight because that indicated that people were moving because of ethnic mixing, while this research only established the facts and not necessarily the causes. ...

But he said interviews he had carried out in recent years as part of the study had highlighted a sense among some white British people that an area they had lived in was "no longer for them". ...

The research looked at two existing studies and drew from census data from 1991, 2001 and 2011 – examining the figures in a way that has not been done before. ...

Some of the largest declines were in Slough, where the white population fell from 58.3% to 34.5%, in Birmingham, where it went from 65.6% to 53.1% and in Leicester, where it decreased from 60.5% to 45.1%.

In one London borough, Newham, the figure was just 16.7% in the latest data set.

But the study found even more marked changes when it examined the figures at ward level. In one part of the Blackburn and Darwen authority area 7.8% of the population was white British, down from 42.3% in 1991.

Smaller council areas in Birmingham saw similar declines, from 40.4% to 11.2% in Small Heath and from 30.7% to 7.2% in Handsworth. The trend was repeated in parts of Bradford, Luton and across London boroughs.

Green St East in Newham had a white British population of 31.6% in 1991. Twenty years later is had declined to just 4.8%. While Southall Green, in Ealing, went from 18.9% to 4.6% in the same period. ...

Cantle called for "salesmanship" of the positive benefits of mixed areas, including the cultural choices, and activities.
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Angela Merkel under more pressure over refugee policy as it is revealed migrants committed 142,500 crimes in Germany during the first six months of 2016
Julian Robinson
MailOnline, 2 November 2016

Migrants in Germany have committed 142,500 crimes in just six months, police figures have revealed.

This was the equivalent of 780 crimes a day - an increase of nearly 40 percent over 2015, according to data from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office. ...

A separate report from late last year by the Federal Criminal Office found that migrants registered as living in Germany committed more than 200,000 crimes over the whole of 2015 with two-thirds involving theft counterfeiting and financial crimes.

According to the Gatestone Institute, an international policy council, police in some parts of the country fear they are being stretched to the limit amid climbing crime figures.

Their report said: 'During the first six months of 2016, migrants committed 142,500 crimes, according to the Federal Criminal Police Office. This is equivalent to 780 crimes committed by migrants every day, an increase of nearly 40 per cent over 2015. The data includes only those crimes in which a suspect has been caught.

'Migrant crime statistics for all of 2016, when they become available, are likely to show a significant increase over the 2015 numbers. One reason for this is that thousands of migrants who entered the country as 'asylum seekers' or 'refugees' have gone missing.'
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Police fear terrorists using UK black market to buy weapons for Paris-style gun attack
May Bulman
Independent, 1 November 2016

Police have revealed half of extremist terror plots foiled by British police in the past two years have involved a plan to buy guns, amid a surge in gun seizures in the UK.

The revelations have prompted fears that links between street gangs and terrorists could give extremists access to weapons and risk the type of mass shootings most recently seen in the Paris attacks.

At least 10 terrorist attacks have been foiled by British security services and police in the past two years, five of which have involved guns.

It comes as the head of MI5 issued a warning that there are about 3,000 potentially violent extremists in the UK, and most of them are British. ...

The NCA and police seized a total of 884 firearms last year, which were sent to the National Ballistics Intelligence Service for forensic analysis.

There are estimated to be about 750 organised crime gangs in the UK who are involved with guns. ...

Since March there has been an increase in gun crime in London, with the Metropolitan Police recording 202 firearms discharges in July and August, compared with 87 in the same months last year.
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Nearly TWO THIRDS of the public believe migrants are not fitting in well to British society, according to a poll
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 1 November 2016

Nearly two thirds of the public believe that migrants are not integrating well into British society, according to a poll.

Research by YouGov found concern over how arrivals were fitting in rose to 79 per cent among those who voted for Brexit in the historic EU referendum.

By contrast, among people who supported Remain the figure was much lower at 38 per cent.

The results of the survey, conducted for social integration charity The Challenge, underline the importance of immigration in the referendum result.

They emerged as the government prepares to publish an official review of integration.

The study by Dame Louise Casey is said to criticise ministers for failing to manage immigration better, tackle extremism and help minorities fit in.

The assessment has apparently been ready for months but its publication was delayed after Home Office officials expressed 'unhappiness' about its content. ...

The poll, carried out earlier this month, found 58 per cent believe migrants are not integrating well into British society.
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Je suis Louis Smith: why we must be free to mock Islam
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 1 November 2016

If you thought the public shaming and punishment of people for ridiculing religion was a thing of the past – a dark past when you'd be put in the stocks, or worse, for failing to bend your knee to certain gods and beliefs – then think again. Just look at the treatment of Olympian gymnast Louis Smith. Since a video of him taking the mick out of Islam was leaked in October, he's been pilloried in the press, pressured to recant his heretical humour, dragged on to TV to repent before the Loose Women (the new guardians of public morality, apparently), and now he's been suspended from his job for two months. All for having a laugh about a religion. ...

Smith's suspension follows some pretty extreme harassment. He's been demonised online. He's received death threats. Media people have grilled him with questions like 'What were you thinking?', as if he'd shot someone rather than having made a joke. The saddest thing is that Smith has been encouraged to believe he deserves all these threats and flak. /.../ So intense is the modern PC stricture against mocking Islam, against being 'Islamophobic', as it's always called, that Smith has come to think that the hatred coming his way is warranted. /.../ Job done: a bad man's mind has been tamed, his humour neutered, and the rest of us have been implicitly instructed that disrespecting Islam will land us in hot water. What an intolerant, censorious, nasty spectacle.

British Gymnastics has done something very stupid: it has implicitly sided with Smith's harassers and in the process it has surely emboldened their backward belief that no criticism of Islam should go unpunished. This is what it comes down to: should people be free to mock religion, including Islam, without losing work or being cast out of decent society or being punished in any other way? I say yes, we must be free to do this.
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UK border gaps could let jihadist weapons in
Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2016

Britain's borders are too porous to prevent jihadi terrorists smuggling weapons into the country, a major review of counter terrorism arrangements has found.

Marauding Paris-style gun attacks are now the "new normal" for Islamic State terrorists plotting against Europe and there are "real concerns" about how easy they may find it to get guns into Britain, the independent study found.

Lord Toby Harris of Haringey was asked by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan to carry out an independent review of the capital's readiness to deal with a major terrorist incident in the wake of atrocities in Brussels and Paris.

The 62-page review found Britain's borders "are not as secure as they should be and much greater efforts should be made to prevent the illegal transportation of weapons and people into the country".

"It would be naive in the extreme to assume that would-be terrorists will not attempt to exploit any such weaknesses."

It remains more difficult for criminals to get weapons in Britain than on the continent, Lord Harris found.

But he said there were "real concerns about how potentially easy it might be for terrorists (or, for that matter, organised crime groups) to bring firearms into the UK."

He said the London mayor needed assurances routine screening and searching of cars and freight at border ports was being "significantly enhanced".

Despite the UK's police and intelligence agencies being among the best in the world, a serious attack is "a matter of not if, but when", according to the report.

The official threat level for international terrorism in the UK currently stands at severe - meaning an attack is "highly likely". ...

Fifty of the 73 highest risk crowded places across the country are in London, with any attack in the capital likely to have a significant impact on the national economy, according to the report.

It suggested that the potential cost of a Paris-style attack in the capital could top £1 billion.
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Brexit has reversed the long decline of post-imperial Britain. Even Tony Blair can't spoil that
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 29 October 2016

The foundation documents of Islamist extremism were written in Egypt and in the Indian sub-continent under the shadow of the British Empire. Some of their followers now try to live – and a few to die – by these writings in the country they declaredly hate. It is no fun for the rest of us.

The half-memory of empire supplies a narrative of grievance which long outlasts our actual rule. Who in the 1950s would have imagined that the Labour Party would become Britain's chief repository of anti-Semitism today? Yet under Jeremy Corbyn, it is so. The cause which binds his socialism together is not the advancement of the workers but the belief that any exertion of white Western power is wrong. In this account, bolstered by angry Muslims, the state of Israel is not a pioneer, egalitarian nation, but a tool of imperialism. In fevered imaginations, the Jews play the part of scheming tricksters which anti-Semitism has always assigned to them.

The wider Western civilisation to which Britain belongs is looking weaker too. Dr Henry Kissinger, now 93, believes that, for the first time in 400 years, Europe has become marginal in global strategic calculations. Its history and culture, he laments, are no longer taught systematically to its citizens.

In the 1960s, Kenneth Clark presented the most famous television series about art and culture ever made. It was called Civilisation and was almost solely concerned with the classical and Christian West. No mainstream channel would dare commission such a thing today. Pride in our traditions and achievements has been gradually redefined as racism. ...

So Britain today is a not very powerful island on the edge of a not very powerful and increasingly geriatric continent. Instability and terrorism are imported by mass migration.
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Blue-chip boards set 2021 target for ending all-white status
Mark Kleinman
Sky News, 29 October 2016

FTSE-350 boards should have a non-white director by 2024, according to the findings of a report next week obtained by Sky News.

Britain's leading public companies should have at least one non-white director by 2021, a Government-backed report will demand next week.

Sky News has learnt that a review lasting nearly two years chaired by Sir John Parker, the City grandee, has concluded that FTSE-100 boardrooms are insufficiently representative of their workforces, customer bases and supply chains.

The report will contain the most significant recommendations so far aimed at bolstering the ethnic diversity of British companies.

Insiders said on Saturday that in addition to the target for FTSE-100 companies, it will urge the next 250 largest public companies to appoint at least one board member of colour by 2024. ...

A person familiar with Sir John's report, known as The Parker Review, said it would highlight the fact that while 14% of the UK's population is non-white, that statistic fell to just 8% of the nearly 1100 directors of FTSE-100 boards.

Only 1.5% of FTSE-100 directors are both not white and are UK citizens, reflecting the fact that some companies in the index - such as India's Vedanta Resources - have boards dominated by directors who hold foreign, rather than British, passports. ...

Sir John was commissioned to undertake the review by Sir Vince Cable, the then Business Secretary, in 2014.
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NHS hit squads to collect payment from health tourists
Laura Donnelly and Henry Bodkin
Daily Telegraph, 28 October 2016

Hit squads of debt collectors are to be sent into hospitals to collect payment from health tourists after a report revealed the NHS recoups less than half the money it spends on treating overseas patients.

NHS Trusts collected just £255m of at least £500m spent providing treatment to foreign patients last year, according to a new report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

The report reveals that the NHS is failing to claim back money from foreign patients because half of doctors and a quarter of nurses do not think it is their job to ensure payments were made.

The damning report reveals that eight trusts failed to collect payment from a single overseas visitors who received free treatment, to which they had not been entitled.

Now the Daily Telegraph understands that the Government is preparing to send in teams of expert 'debt collectors' into such trusts.

And, in a bid to drive up the amount of money recouped from overseas visitors, the Government is preparing a further crackdown.

Ministers are drawing up plans to introduce charges for overseas patients who use Accident & Emergency departments, ambulance services, maternity units and GPs.

Currently charges are only recouped for non-urgent care.

Last night Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said he was determined to strengthen measures to ensure the NHS was not "abused".

He said: "We consulted earlier this year on extending the charging of migrants and visitors using the NHS to other areas of healthcare. We will set out further steps in due course to ensure we deliver on our objective to recover £500 million a year by the middle of this Parliament." ...

Two years ago, the Government introduced a cost recovery programme to recoup costs spent treating patients who are not resident in the UK and not entitled to free care.

Ministers set a target to recoup £500m a year from foreign visitors by 2017-2018.

But the NAO report says that last year, health services attempted to charge just £289m for such costs – and only managed to reclaim £255m of this. ...

The NAO report said the target to claw back £500m in 2017-18 will be missed by more than £150m. ...

Earlier this month a London trust was revealed to be running a Home Office pilot scheme, which demands that women hand over passports before they give birth.

St George's Hospital in south London drew up the scheme, which may form the basis of the national plan, after uncovering a scam which saw con-men charging Nigerian women who flew to the NHS to give birth.

Officials said the unit was used by around 900 pregnant health tourists last year – with deliveries from non-EU mums accounted for a fifth of all births.
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UK lets in more workers than any other EU nation: Britain handed out a visa every 50 seconds last year
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 28 October 2016

Britain gave out more residence permits than any other country in the European Union last year – equivalent to granting one every 50 seconds.

Despite growing concerns about mass migration, the UK allowed a staggering 633,017 people from outside the EU to live here – a quarter of the 2.6 million permits issued in Europe.

It was followed by Poland with 541,000, France with 226,000 and Germany with 194,000, according to the EU's statistics arm Eurostat.

Britain was the main destination in the European Union for non-EU citizens enrolling in education, handing out 229,097 study visas – 43 per cent of all those handed out in the 28-nation bloc.

Another 118,080 came for work and 89,936 for family reasons. ...

In the year to March, net migration – the difference between those arriving in the UK minus those leaving – totalled a near record 327,000. ...

Residence permits allow non-EU nationals to stay in a country legally.

But because Britain does not have an official residence permit system, Eurostat uses UK visas as the nearest comparison - including work, study and family visas, but excluding visitors' visas.

Home Office officials point out that visas do not indicate an individual wishes to stay in Britain, only how long the specific permit is valid for. This covers those who intend to reside for a few weeks to those arrivals coming for several years.

Most EU countries in the border-free Schengen zone, which Britain has opted out of, usually issue permits aimed at long-term residency.

The Eurostat figures showed Britain issued the fifth highest level of visas by population - 9.7 per thousand people. ...

Some 32 per cent of permits handed out by Britain were given to US citizens – 201,040 – while 80,724 went to Chinese nationals and 71,651 were given to Indians.

A Home Office spokesman said: 'The UK does not issue residence permits so these figures cannot be accurately compared, as Eurostat say themselves.'
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Just ONE year for Kurdish people trafficker smuggling 2,000 illegal migrants to Britain
Daily Express, 28 October 2016

Three Kurdish human traffickers have been sentenced to between one and three years in jail for helping more than 2,000 migrants illegally cross the Franco-British border in Calais.

But all three told a court they were just minnows working for a MASSIVE BRITISH people smuggling operation.

A Court of Appeal in Reims, a city in north-eastern France, sentenced one man – who was said to be the most heavily implicated in the illegal trade – to three years in prison. He has also been barred from re-entering French territory "indefinitely".

The two other smugglers both received a one-year jail sentence, and, once they are released, will not be able to come back to France for another 10 years.

Aged between 22 and 24, the men were based in and around the now mostly demolished Jungle shanty town in Calais, but received orders from members of a people smuggling ring based in the UK. ...

In the space of five months, the traffickers helped smuggle anything between 1,500 and 2,000 illegal Jungle immigrants into the UK.

Each migrant was ordered to pay £800 for a one-way ticket to Britain.

The men would drive the migrants from the Jungle tent camp to a motorway service area bordering the A26 highway in Reims.

The migrants would then be told to hide inside a second van bound for Britain.

Human trafficking rings tend to operate closer to the Franco-British border in Calais – police officials have smashed 29 people smuggling rings and arrested more than 500 traffickers in northern France since January – but many smugglers have started taking more discreet routes in order to bypass security checks and avoid arousing suspicion from investigators.

As a result, illegal networks have mushroomed across southern France, near the Franco-Italian border.
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Andrew Green: Others shouldn't be blamed for Cameron's renegotiation failure on immigration
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 26 October 2016
[Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK]

Daniel Korski, the former Deputy Director of David Cameron's Policy Unit, has published an illuminating account of the Government's approach to the referendum on Britain's membership of the EU. Writing about David Cameron's renegotiation seeking agreement to restrict welfare payments to new migrants, he recalls being told in Brussels by European counterparts that many more migrants were going to Germany than Britain, that migrants paid more tax than they consumed in public services and that Britain merely needed to redistribute more resources to areas facing challenges.

He continues: "We were never able to counter these arguments. To be honest, we failed to find any evidence of communities under pressure that would satisfy the European Commission... There was no hard evidence." This is a remarkable admission from someone whose job it was to gather evidence for policy and to foresee challenges to it. ...

Some commentators are now using this as "evidence" that immigration has had no impact on local communities. For example, a recent report in the Times (£) runs with the headline 'Migration had "no effect" on services'. However, since 2010 the non-UK born migrant population in the UK has increased by 1.4 million, and just under 940,000 children have been born in the UK to foreign-born mothers. It would be extraordinary if this had had no impact on communities up and down the UK.

The work of those outside government is fundamentally limited by the availability of data published by government – especially in respect of migrants use or benefit from publicly-provided services. For example, no information at all is published on country of birth or nationality of users of the NHS. ...

That said, some matters are clear from data in the public domain. For example:

Our population, driven by migration, is projected by the Office for National Statistics to grow by half a million a year, the fastest rate for nearly a century and equivalent to a city the size of Liverpool.

• We need to build a new home in England every five minutes for the next 25 years just to keep up with demand from future migration.

• The Department of Health has reported 650,000 new migrant GP registrations each year for the past five years.

• One in four births in England and Wales are to a foreign-born mother.

• By 2018, 60 per cent of primary schools are projected by the Local Government Association to have a shortfall in places.

• Nearly half of social housing in London is headed by a foreign-born person.

Korski should have been aware of statistics like these regularly made public by Migration Watch.
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Parliament is eroding freedom of speech and equality under the law
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2016

In seeking to create a more open-minded society that accepts previously illicit predilections, we have merely replaced one set of intolerances with another. In particular, we have abandoned two of the fundamental principles that underpin our democracy and our liberties: freedom of expression and equality under the law. When I say "we", I mean the governments that have brought forward ill-considered and illiberal legislation and the parliaments that have voted it through. MPs and peers, the supposed custodians of our liberties, have connived to diminish them. ...

In this particular case, Ashers bakery of Northern Ireland was convicted of direct discrimination against a gay rights campaigner because it refused to make a cake supporting same sex marriage. ...

If they baked cakes for other people carrying messages, they could not then pick and choose which ones to provide based upon their own personal preferences. "Anyone who applies a religious aspect or a political aspect to the provision of services may be caught by equality legislation," the court declared.

But is this really true? If I went to a Muslim bakery and asked for a cake depicting the Prophet Mohammed and the shop declined to provide it, or if I asked a gay printer to produce a poster denouncing homosexuals and he refused, would the businesses be prosecuted? Far more likely, given that I have no minority status, is that I would be charged under separate "hate crime" legislation of seeking to cause distress to others because of their religious or sexual orientation.

Moreover, the judges said putting a slogan on a cake did not amount to approbation of the message. A Hallowe'en cake with a witches design did not mean the bakers supported witchcraft. Really? Imagine, for instance, that they had iced a racist slogan or a swastika on the cake: would the courts let them off if they maintained they did not mean it? Would it really then have been the customer's responsibility and not the baker's? ...

... Some, it would appear, are now more equal than others. As the veteran human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell said, the law against discrimination was meant to protect people with differing views, not to force upon others opinions to which they conscientiously object.

Our legislators seem to have forgotten to ensure equality of treatment when making the law, just as they blithely disregard the importance of free speech.
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Britain picks up £36 million bill for closure of the Jungle - money comes on top of £80million to pay for security guards in French ports
Vanessa Allen, Glen Keogh and Mario Ledwith
MailOnline, 25 October 2016

Britain is footing a £36 million bill for the closure of the Jungle migrant camp in Calais.

Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the UK would help pay for the evacuation that began on Monday and for measures to keep the site shut.

The UK has already pledged £80 million to pay private security firms to patrol ports in northern France for three years.

And a few weeks ago the British government agreed to fund the £2 million 'Great Wall of Calais' to stop stowaways sneaking across the Channel.

It means British taxpayers face a total bill of £118 million to secure the Jungle site and the French ports over the next three years, despite charities warning many migrants will inevitably return. ...

She said: 'The UK Government will be contributing up to £36m to maintain the security of these controls, to support the camp clearance and to ensure in the long term that the camp is kept closed. This funding will also be used to help keep children safe in France.

'This contribution is not made unconditionally, and we will continue to work with the French Government to ensure that the clearance operation is full and lasting.'

The Home Secretary said British officials were only given access to the camp to begin interviewing children last week.
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Why the Calais Jungle need never have sprung up
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 25 October 2016

One has to feel for the celebrities. With the removal of the Jungle camp in Calais no longer will they be able to pop across the Channel to earn virtue points by posing with migrants and weeping before the cameras.

... Celebrities aside, we can all be pleased that this insanitary shanty town is finally being cleared and its inhabitants dispersed elsewhere in France. ...

The squalor has given the Left ammunition for its claim that Britain is a heartless country which doesn't give a fig for refugees. That analysis is utterly wrong. Since 2011 Britain has spent more than £1 billion helping Syrian refugees – far more than any other European country.

But in contrast to Germany, which briefly opened its borders to all migrants last autumn, we have chosen to provide help in a way which ensures the greatest support gets to the greatest number of people.

This means pouring money into refugee camps close to the Syrian border where we can help 10 times as many people for the same money as by resettling them in Britain. ...

The shame is that the Jungle camp would never have formed in the first place had the EU's rules on asylum applications been properly observed. The Dublin Regulation, so named because it is based on a convention negotiated in the Irish capital in 1990, is clear: anyone who wants to make a claim for asylum should do so in the first "safe" country they reach.

Every EU country is regarded as being safe. Therefore there should be no case ever for granting asylum in Britain to someone who has travelled here from France. That doesn't mean that asylum seekers who first land in other countries should not be allowed to reunite with relatives in Britain – one of the reasons many give for wanting to come here.

The rules stipulate that if someone registers for asylum in France but has family in Britain then the decision on their application should be made by Britain. The regulation was framed in this way precisely to prevent economic migrants trying to take advantage of the asylum system. ...

No one who is genuinely fleeing for their lives would object to having to make an asylum application in the first safe country they reach. That migrants continue to travel all the way across Europe and are prepared to risk their lives jumping on trains and lorries travelling to Britain is a sign that their motives are something other than protecting their lives. ...

What we also need to do is systematically return any migrants who have travelled here illegally from another safe country.
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Three ILLEGAL immigrants caught every hour trying to enter Britain
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 24 October 2016

Three migrants have been caught trying to reach Britain illegally every hour since 2010.

The true scale of the border threat is laid bare in Home Office figures showing how the problem has worsened over time.

Data released under Freedom of Information guidelines provides a snapshot of the crisis under Labour and the Tory/Lib Dem Coalition.

On average, 74 "clandestines" were stopped at British border controls on the Continent each day between 2010 and 2015.

Six years ago 8,517 attempts were made, but 10 times that number tried last year. ...

The previously unpublished information chronicles the number of failed attempts to bypass border security year by year.

It is thought most attempted to sneak into Britain through Calais but the statistics include "clandestine entry attempts" through Dunkirk and Eurotunnel terminals in Coquelles, Brussels, Lille and Paris.

In 2011, the first full year that Theresa May was Home Secretary, 9,981 were stopped at the border. But last year the figure stood at 84,088.

In June, when she was still in charge of the Home Office, Mrs May admitted the migrant crisis "shows no sign of easing".

However, the problem is thought to be much worse than the figures show as they do not include those who managed to make it here illegally.

Experts estimate that for every migrant caught at least two are successful.

If true, between 2010 and 2015 Britain's underground population rocketed by 327,276 – more than the size of the city of Nottingham.

Between January and March this year, the latest figures available, there were 9,946 attempts or 110 a day.

The Home Office refused to disclose the number trying to gain entry to Britain on forged documents.
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Do 74 people try to enter the UK illegally every day?
Claire Milne
Full Fact, 24 October 2016

Between 2010 and 2015 nearly 164,000 attempts at "clandestine entry" to the UK were detected at border controls in Brussels, Calais, Coquelles, Dunkirk, Lille and Paris.

That works out at around 75 attempts a day on average, according to Home Office figures.

However, these attempts weren't evenly spread across the six years so the average isn't all that helpful. Most of the attempts in those six years happened in 2015 when 84,000 were made.

These numbers come with a health warning: they haven't got the status of "Official Statistics" or "National Statistics". They come directly from a Home Office operational system.

The Express says "experts estimate that for every migrant caught at least two are successful". Experts at the Migration Observatory at Oxford University told us they don't know of any studies which support this figure.

Even if it's accurate, it isn't possible to simply multiply the Home Office figures on clandestine entry attempts by two to come up with a number of people illegally entering the UK.

The key word here is "attempts". One person might try to enter the UK a number of times and be counted each time they do. It doesn't mean that 164,000 individual people tried.

The head of the UK's Border Force estimated last year that around 6,000 migrants managed to enter the UK without being detected by the Border Force. But this is just the figure for those who later admitted to having entered the country clandestinely.

It's notoriously difficult to get a fix on the number of people who might be in the country without permission. As the Migration Observatory has put it in the past, estimates are:

"inadequate, vague, contested and out of date. Any efforts to estimate the number of irregular migrants in the UK or in other countries are automatically limited by the simple reality that this is a set of people who, by definition, do not wish to be found or counted".

The most recent study estimated that somewhere between 417,000 to 863,000 irregular migrants and their children were living in the UK at the end of 2007. The majority were thought to be living in London. But this was based on data from the 2001 census – there's been another since – and no major formal studies have been done more recently.

Most of those in the UK illegally are likely to have overstayed an existing visa or not stuck to the exact conditions of one, rather than snuck into the country.
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Revealed: The missed warnings over child refugees
Ben Riley-Smith, Robert Mendick and Rory Mulholland
Sunday Telegraph, 23 October 2016

The Home Office was under intense pressure over its handling of age checks for child migrants as it emerged they failed to act on a series of warnings.

This week the Government faced questions over its ability to check the age of new arrivals into Britain as some appeared to be far older than 18.

With hundreds more child refugees expected to arrive in the UK this week, it has emerged that:

• Councils offered to send social workers to Calais to carry out age checks in August but were ignored

• Ministers feared David Cameron's promise to take more refuges in May was undeliverable

• The Chief Inspector of Borders warned that adult migrants were posing as children three years ago

• MPs on a powerful parliamentary committee are demanding an "urgent" inquiry into the child refugee process

A national debate over the country's child migrant policy was triggered this week as photographs of new arrivals from Calais led to claims some were actually adults.

UK officials are unable to carry out finger prints in France and often struggle to check ages because many refugees have little documentation after fleeing civil war or persecution.

They are interviewed about their background and checks can take in "physical appearance and demeanour", but the Home Office rejected calls this week for dental checks to be undertaken.

Seventeen EU countries use dental checks to help establish age, according European Asylum Support Office, though the body representing British dentists' said this week it is "vigorously opposed". ...

This newspaper has uncovered fresh evidence that calls for more to be done to ensure those coming here were children were not acted on.

A delegation from the Local Government Association [LGA] met with Home Office ministers and officials in August, requesting they send experts in age identification to France. ...

It has also emerged that ministers were warned three years ago that adults were posing as child refugees by John Vine, then the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration. ...

Mr Vine added that the speed with which a child's asylum application is approved had "created an incentive for adults to claim to be under 18". ...

Some 3,000 children are being taken in from camps in the Middle East, while some who have made mainland Europe are also being resettled in Britain if they have close family links.

David Cameron also agreed in May to take in more unaccompanied child refugees from continental Europe after political pressure from Lord Alf Dubs, the Labour peer.
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We can't keep them out... we can't send them home: The damning verdict of an asylum judge who has spent 16 years sifting 'cheats and chancers' from the deserving
James Hanratty
Mail on Sunday, 23 October 2016

The sight of youngsters arriving in Britain from the squalid 'Jungle' camp in Calais should be a matter of satisfaction, not bitterness. Surely it is our duty to help genuine refugees displaced by war.

But as the television footage has made startlingly clear, not all of them are the defenceless children we believed we were welcoming.

It turns out we are far from certain who they are, or where they come from, let alone how old they are.

This spectacle brings the whole asylum system into disrepute. It fuels an impression that our borders are too porous, that immigration is out of control.

And as an immigration judge of 16 years standing, sorting the deserving from the cheats and the chancers, I have to tell you this is precisely the case.

I speak as a man who believes that controlled migration is good for this country. Yet it is also essential that Britain control its borders.

The scale of the problem is overwhelming. The latest statistics show that 282,000 migrants from outside the EU arrived on our shores in the single year to March 2016. Our immigration courts are not a soft touch, as some claim, but they are not geared up to cope with the increased workload.

In fact, some 40,000 people were denied permission to remain in this country last year alone. Yet the devastating truth is this: the vast majority of those the courts have decided to remove are still here.

The row over the Calais 'children' is in many ways a microcosm of the dilemmas we face. Migration is overshadowed not just by human suffering, but by organised crime, fear and deception. There is a huge industry out there of people-smugglers, agents and bent legal advisers.

So dishonesty and deception, some of it comical, are all too frequent – as I saw time and time again. ...

If somebody is to be removed from Britain, he or she will be interviewed by his claimed country of nationality before a travel document is issued. The temptation to make up false details is obvious.

The foreign embassy will then, with relief, refuse to take him back. Others deliberately destroy their travel documents.

I recognise the UK Border Agency is overwhelmed, but that cannot excuse incompetence.

In 2006 a junior Home Office official opened a rusty lock in one of its warehouses to find 450,000 files – a decade's worth of applications that had found themselves in the 'too-difficult in-tray' at the Home Office. When officials began to wade through these files, they found people had either disappeared or were settled here.

A recent report by the chief inspector of borders found the Home Office had lost more than 12,000 failed asylum seekers and a further 30,000 failed asylum seekers had not been removed over two years after all appeal rights had been exhausted.

My feeling is that these figures are an underestimate. ...

I believe that immigration –especially of hardworking and skilled people – is vital for our economy, especially the National Health Service. But the system is not working.
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Officials only challenge age of child refugees if they look over 25
Steven Swinford, Robert Mendick and David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 22 October 2016

Officials are only challenging the age of child migrants if they look like they are over 25, The Daily Telegraph has learned as it emerged some of those claiming to be under 18 have already been proven to be adults.

Home Office guidance states that asylum seekers should only be challenged about their age if they are found to be "significantly over 18 years of age".

Staff have been instructed that the policy should only be used with "extreme caution" and that they should only verify their age if their appearance suggests they are "at least 25 years old".

It came as a minister revealed that one in 10 of those are claiming to be children in the Calais camp have been found to be adults. ...

A report by the Chief Inspector of Borders in 2013 disclosed that staff only challenge child migrants about their age if they look like they are aged over 25.

The report states: "We found from staff interviews and our observation of a trainer, that staff were encouraged to use this option in the guidance when perceiving an applicant to be at least 25 years old. "One stakeholder report advocated using this policy 'with extreme caution', and we therefore found the Home Office's use of an eight-year age gap to be reassuring as an example of safeguarding."

David Simmonds, chairman of the Local Government Association's asylum, refugee and migration task group, said the age guidance had been in use for some time.

He said: "In a supermarket, if a person doesn't look over the age of 25, the shop worker will ask for ID before selling them alcohol. But in the case of border control, it works the other way around. They are told to err on the side of trusting that the person is telling the truth unless they look over 25."

The head of the French charity working with the Home Office in Calais yesterday disclosed that 95 per cent of the 1,290 unaccompanied children in the camp want to come to the UK. ...

He said that 95 per cent of the 1,290 unaccompanied minors in Calais wanted to go to Britain. "Forty per cent of them, which means about 500, say they have relatives in the UK."
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Farce of child migrant family checks: Home Office under fire for allowing youths into UK without being sure they have home to go to
Gordon Rayner, Steven Swinford and Robert Mendick
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2016

The Home Office is failing to verify whether child refugees have family members in the UK capable of taking care of them before they are brought here from Calais, the Telegraph has learnt.

Local authorities who are ultimately responsible for the children's welfare have complained that in some cases minors arrive in London without any proof that their relatives exist.

The job of checking that family members can provide the migrants with a suitable home is left to councils, who often have to place them in the care system after discovering they have no-one here who can take them in. ...

Having faced criticism earlier in the week that it was bussing in "child refugees" who appeared to be well into adulthood, the Home Office was accused of a "literal cover-up" yesterday as new arrivals who appeared older had blankets over their heads, while younger ones were not covered.

The number of refugees coming to the UK from Calais is expected to increase over the weekend ahead of the closure of the camp, scheduled for Monday. ...

It also emerged that the Home Office planned to introduce a pilot scheme four years ago to check the age of asylum-seekers using dental x-rays, only to scrap the scheme after being told they had not sought the relevant ethical approval. ...

Refugees arriving in the European Union are required to claim asylum in the first EU country they reach, but unaccompanied child refugees are granted an exemption if they wish to join relatives in another EU country, such as Britain.

All of those who have been brought to the UK Asylum Intake Unit in Croydon, south London this week have claimed to be minors with relatives living here, but the Local Government Authority says the Home Office is not managing the scheme effectively, meaning the youngsters are arriving with no guarantee that they have anywhere to go.

David Simmonds, chairman of the LGA's asylum, refugee and migration task group, said: "The Home Office are saying that they have carried out checks that family members exist but in fact local authorities are being asked to check out the relatives when the children arrive.

"Even if the child has named a relative here, they could be lying or the relative could be lying about their ability to look after them. They might say they have a spare bedroom but then it turns out that uncle is actually sharing a bedroom with five other people above a shop.

"If they can't look after the children they will go back into the system as unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

"The local authority then becomes responsible for their care, accommodation and education until the age of 25, under the Leaving Care Act. That means the local authority also has to pay their university fees in full, because as foreigners they aren't entitled to student loans."

Mr Simmonds said the situation was placing a huge financial burden on local authorities at ports of entry, such as Hillingdon, where he sits as a councillor, and which includes Heathrow. ...

Lord Blencathra, in a letter to the Daily Telegraph, says today that he and fellow parliamentarians "assumed that we were talking about vulnerable little boys and girls under age 12-14" when the Government agreed to take them in. He said it was "vital" for the Home Office to introduce effective age tests to prevent border officials being "conned".
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[X-ray of hand]
Dr Ben Timmis
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2016
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Skeletal maturity bears a close linear relationship to chronological age in developing children, and X-ray departments are routinely asked to assess "bone age" in children, by the simple, cheap and low-dose means of an X-ray of the hand. The image obtained is compared with standard published images, and a fairly accurate chronological age can thus be assessed.

The technique is applicable from the newborn to 18 years. Imaging the teeth is more difficult, involves a higher radiation dose, and is less reliable.
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Four in 10 new nurses are from overseas, amid warnings NHS faces 'perfect storm' post-Brexit
Laura Donnelly
Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2016

Four in ten new nurses have come from overseas – the highest level in more than a decade, according to a new report warning of a "perfect storm" about to hit the NHS.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said hospitals are on the brink of a major staffing crisis.

Half of British nurses could retire within a decade, while services are increasingly reliant on foreign workers, who could leave post-Brexit, its report says.

Last year, 11,261 nurses who registered to work in the UK came from overseas – a rise from 8,183 the previous year, official statistics show.

In total, four in 10 of last year's entrants trained abroad, with the vast majority coming from within the EU. Six years ago, overseas nurses made up just one in 10 new entrants. ...

The union has previously warned that the NHS was spending "ludicrous" sums poaching foreign nurses while rejecting two thirds of British applicants for training.
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Home Office admits checks on 'child refugees' in Calais are limited and hampered by French law
Gordon Rayner
Daily Telegraph, 20 October 2016

The Home Office has admitted it carries out only limited checks on the ages and identities of "child refugees" in Calais before they are allowed into the UK.

Dozens of supposed unaccompanied minors have been brought to Britain this week from the so-called "Jungle" camp in the French port, but some appear to be well into adulthood, with stubble and even crow's feet around their eyes.

It has led to calls for more rigorous checks to be carried out, such as dental examinations, which are used in some other countries to check applicants' ages. The Home Office dismissed the idea out of hand, insisting it already had rigorous procedures in place in Calais.

But it emerged that accepted guidelines on determining asylum seekers' ages, known as the Merton test, are not followed until applicants arrive in the UK, nor can they be fingerprinted in France because it contravenes French law.

Because so many applicants have no documentation to prove their age, Home Office workers who interview them in Calais alongside their French counterparts have to rely on physical appearance and demeanour to decide how old they think they are.

It means that adult men who should have claimed asylum in other EU countries could reach Britain before they are found to be lying about their age.

Once applicants arrive in the UK, they are fingerprinted and re-interviewed by the Home Office, and may then face a Merton test from the local authority where they intend to live, which involves lengthy questions about the applicant's activities during the previous few years. The interviewers must also "ask questions designed to test the applicant's credibility".

Two-thirds of child refugees screened by the Home Office to the year September 2015 were later found to be adults.

Afghan refugees at the Jungle told The Daily Telegraph it was commonplace for young men desperate to enter the UK to lie about their age.

Bashir Ahmad, from Spin Boldak, south of Kandahar, said: "People are lying about their ages. This is not good when there are real children here. I am 26, I tell everyone the truth."

Looking at pictures of some of those who had arrived in Britain, Mr Ahmad said: "He looks 25, he looks 30, he looks maybe 40."

The Conservative MP David Davies said the UK "should not be naïve" about refugees pretending to be minors to get into the UK. ...

He said dental checks should be introduced to determine a migrant's true age, dismissing suggestions it would be intrusive or immoral and claiming they are used by 18 other countries. ...

The Home Office said it would not be introducing dental checks, citing the British Dental Association's assessment that they would be "inaccurate, inappropriate and unethical".
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How 'child' migrants are straining the care system - and British children are paying the price
Harriet Sergeant
Daily Mail, 20 October 2016

Yesterday, I talked to a worker in a residential home in Kent for children in care. Speaking on condition of anonymity, she told me that half of the children in care there are unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

... Yet she told me that in her estimation more than half the migrants are not children at all, but in their 20s.

'They can be quite frightening at times,' she said. 'They are aggressive and have an attitude problem. Many have no respect for women because of their culture.

'No one is giving consideration to the risks they pose, not just to staff but to the other children in the home. Because they are older, they have a lot of influence on the youngsters, who are very vulnerable. They introduce the children to alcohol and get them into crime like street robberies. It is a serious problem, which those in authority are not tackling.' ...

According to Eurostat, in 2015 3,045 unaccompanied minors claimed asylum here, of whom 91 per cent were male and only 8 per cent were under 14. ...

Other councils are seeing dizzying rises. A Freedom of Information request by Community Care Magazine revealed numbers of unaccompanied children being looked after by local authorities, excluding Kent, increased by an average of 55 per cent from 2013-14 to 2014-15. ...

Many of the youngsters whose families pay for them to come here – who may well be in their 20s but claim to be teenagers – are sent on flights into Britain and are instructed to say they are orphans so they are taken into care.

As one immigration officer with 20 years' experience explained to me: 'Ninety per cent of them are not orphans. Their coming here is very well worked out. Their families have paid the people-traffickers to bring them here,' he added. 'The intention is for the families to follow shortly after. For the most part, they are not fleeing for their lives.

'For years, we have had adult Pakistani males arriving in this country maintaining they are Afghan teenagers. They claim to be 13 or 14 but they are clearly over 20, with good facial hair.' ...

The immigration officer explained that thorough age-checks no longer take place at British airports.

'There was a time,' he said, 'when we had a doctor stationed at the port health office in the airport, who could make an age-assessment by looking at the claimant's teeth and face.'

But such doctors no longer exist. 'They were removed a few years ago, just as the increasing numbers of asylum kids kicked off,' he added.

'Now we just call a social worker, but there is nothing they can do [in terms of deciding what to do] until the young person has had a scientific age-assessment.' And, inevitably, that takes time to organise. So, instead of the migrant being detected as 'over-age' from the point they arrive in Britain, the social worker will place the 'child' with a temporary foster family or a care home. 'They abscond almost immediately, often within the hour,' said the immigration officer.

Sometimes, the migrants who say they are teenagers are accompanied by their traffickers on the flight. These men charge a high price for the service.

The immigration officer knows many of them by sight. They are often young men who mysteriously are able to travel ten times a year from Britain to Dubai and Africa. But since they have British or EU passports, immigration officials can do nothing about them.
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Two-thirds of child refugees screened by officials found to be adults, Home Office figures show
Peter Dominiczak and Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2016

Nearly two-thirds of "child" refugees who officials questioned about their real age were found to be adults, Home Office documents show.

Figures show that in the year to September 2015, 65 per cent of the child refugees who had their age disputed were found to be over 18.

It comes after Conservative MPs raised questions about the ages of 14 refugees who were brought to the UK this week from the "Jungle" migrant camp in Calais. ...

In the year ending September 2015, 590 asylum applicants had their age disputed and of those, 574 recorded as having an age assessment.

Of the 574 refugees checked, 371 were found to be adults.

Since 2006 there have been 11,121 age disputes. Of those, 4,828 were found to have been adults.
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The best cure for anti-Semitism in the UK is to stop pretending we're all guilty of it
Philip Johnston
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2016

The Commons Home Affairs select committee has just produced a report entitled "Anti-Semitism in the UK", ... ...

We have always had a hard-core of anti-Semites in this country, even after the mass murder of Jews in Europe showed the horrific consequences of such attitudes. But reading the select committee report, the question that jumped out was: why has it got worse in recent years? And the only answer that makes any sense is immigration.

The groups most likely to hold anti-Semitic views are Muslims and eastern Europeans, where the religious and cultural roots lie deep. A survey cited in the report says that a significantly higher proportion of Muslims endorsed anti-Semitic statements than the rest of the country. The report's conclusion, therefore, that "there is a real risk the UK is moving in the wrong direction on anti-Semitism" needs to be placed in context.

Without even seeing the irony, MPs say this "should be a wake-up call for those who value the UK's proud multicultural democracy". Yet it is precisely our past indulgence of multiculturalist nostrums that allowed the prejudiced views of one religious minority against another to flourish. ...

Despite evidence of a particular problem within the Muslim community, the committee simply sidesteps the implications. Why? Perhaps it is too difficult to come to terms with the fact that anti-Semitism is being perpetrated by another minority community that is also subject to prejudice, or perceives itself to be.
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Classical music must tackle diversity or die
Hannah Furness
Daily Telegraph, 19 October 2016

Classical music must do more to address the diversity of its composers or it will become "irrelevant", the controller of BBC Radio 3 will warn today.

Alan Davey will say there has been too much talk and not enough action to tackle the lack of diversity in the genre, and that more black and ethnic minority voices deserve to be heard.

Speaking at a BBC-led conference at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, he will demand the sector tackles the "big issues" to keep it alive for a new generation. ...

The speeches at the Diversity and Inclusion in Composition conference are due to be matched by a week of programming on Radio 3.


Rotherham: eight men convicted of sexually exploiting teenage girls
Helen Pidd
The Guardian, 18 October 2016

Eight men have been found guilty of sexually exploiting teenage girls in Rotherham.

The men, who include two brothers and four cousins, all raped or indecently assaulted the same girl when she was as young as 13, a jury at Sheffield crown court found on Monday. Some of them had abused two other girls as far back as 1999, the jury ruled.

The main complainant, who is now 27 and a campaigner against child sexual exploitation, said her abusers threatened to "gang-rape" her mother if she did not submit to their sexual abuse, which took place largely in an alley behind a branch of Boots in Rotherham town centre, in a local park and in bushes near a museum.

Her family were so afraid of her alleged abusers that they moved to Spain after their complaints to the police, social services, their MP and the home secretary went unresolved, the court heard.

The jury believed her when she said that Sageer Hussain, 30 – who is of British Pakistani origin, along with all but one of the other men in the dock – first raped her behind Boots when she was 13 and later called her a "white slag" when she tried and failed to stop him. ...

His older brother, Basharat Hussain, 40, was found guilty of indecently assaulting her. Six further men, including two cousins of the Hussain brothers, were found guilty of abusing her or helping others to do so.

After the majority verdicts were returned in this trial on Monday, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said it was separately investigating more than 11,100 lines of inquiry relating to non-familial child sexual exploitation in Rotherham between 1997 and 2003.

So far 38 people have been designated "suspects" with many more under investigation, according to the NCA, which is carrying out the independent investigation at the request of the chief constable of South Yorkshire police.

NCA staff have been talking to 133 victims and survivors and have so far recorded 163 crimes in relation to their experiences. They have identified 17 distinct investigations under the overall inquiry. ...

The operation began after the publication in August 2014 of the Jay report, which said at least 1,400 children in Rotherham had been sexually exploited over a 16-year period from 1997.
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Why Is Xenophobia Still An Acceptable Form Of Bigotry?
Beth Leslie
The Huffington Post, 17 October 2016

It is a quirk of democracy that the achievement of power often diminishes your ability to speak freely. Luckily I am neither famous nor dependent on the votes of those who disagree with me, and so I can say what Gordon Brown could not: if you blame your inability to access services on an influx of Eastern Europeans, you are a bigot. ...

Such statements should be self-evident, yet the protection - and therefore validation - of bigoted views is worryingly in vogue. If you are a British Brexiteer harping on about 'taking back control' of my country from iniquitous immigrants and venal Europeans then Theresa May is right to say that I "find your patriotism distasteful, your concerns about immigration parochial, your views about crime illiberal". But her decision to designate liberal voices like mine as the villain in this exchange is heart-breaking.

Like all good persecutors, the anti-immigration brigade has developed a victim complex. It centres around accusations of racism, which they term unfair for a group who care not about the colour of your skin so much as the colour of your passport. They are technically correct - prejudice against people from a different country is called xenophobia, not racism. But now we've got our semantics straightened out, let's move onto Prejudice 101: discrimination against any social group is morally wrong. So why are xenophobes allowed to vent their prejudice freely, with support from media and politicians alike?

Common answer: it's not prejudice, it's a justifiable concern for lack of space / resources / jobs. Except that when you choose to allocate assets based on the assumption that one social group is more deserving than another, that is prejudice. Being born on a particular patch of land is as much of a choice as being born with a particular skin colour or a particular set of genitals. Assuming that any of these accidents of birth should entitle you to priority over another in the sharing out of the world's wealth is the definition of arrogant selfishness.

To be clear, I am advocating free-market policies, not socialist ones. I am not suggesting that those born in a rich country should have their luck stripped from them. What I am saying is that if you agitate for laws and policies specifically aimed at stopping a certain category of people from even attempting to achieve the same things you covet - a job, a house, a life in Britain - then that is unjustifiable and immoral. ...

Instead, I find myself fielding trite complaints about the disintegration of British culture (although, oddly, never in regards to American films, German cars, or Indian food). Let's be clear: the proportion of our country who are non-British is a mere 8.7%. Within that, a huge diversity of different cultures is represented. The idea that any single group would have the numbers or the influence to fundamentally reshape British culture is ludicrous scaremongering.

... If you think Britain should be for the British alone then I for one will tell you straight: you are selfish, you are bigoted, and you are wrong.
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Illegal immigrants given £2,000 to leave as UK faces colossal migrant crisis
Siobhan McFadyen
Sunday Express, 16 October 2016

The UK Government is giving £2,000 of taxpayers' cash to illegal immigrants to get them to leave the country amid the publishing of new figures which show the UK border's are at crisis point.

Prime Minister Theresa May, who was responsible for immigration until she assumed responsibility for running the country, is facing mounting pressure to bring the situation under control as it's revealed asylum claims are at their highest level in 12 years.

Each day immigration officials are forced to deal with queues of thousands of people desperate to secure their status in the country.

And to tackle it the Home Office has confirmed illegal immigrants are now being offered £2,000 each to leave as well as a flight home paid for by British taxpayers.

The Government confirmed they have made "assisted return" payments to a total of 529 people since they developed the strategy which was implemented in January of this year.

They say the money is offered on a case-by-case basis, up to a maximum value of £2,000 per person.

The assistance, the Government says, is to help those returning to "find somewhere to live, find a job or start a business in their home country".

According to the latest figures there's been a 41 per cent jump in the amount of asylum claims in the past year with people flooding in from Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Syria respectively. ...

Most applications for asylum are made by people already in the country who have made it past border control, the Government has confirmed.

And they say 90 per cent of applications in the year ending June 2016 were claimed after they'd arrived in Britain, rather than immediately on arrival in the UK at a port.

In addition there has been a 17 per cent increase in family visas meaning a further 47,000 non-EU nationals immigrated long-term to the UK to accompany or join others after they were granted leave to remain.

While in the year ending March 2016, the Office for National Statistics estimates there were 71,000 non-EU long-term immigrants for work, an increase of nine per cent or 6,000 compared with the previous 12 months.
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Group that claimed Jihadi John 'wouldn't hurt a fly' licensed to bring foreign workers into UK
Gethin Chamberlain
Sunday Mirror, 16 October 2016

The group that defended Isis terrorist Jihadi John and a religious cult have been licensed by the Home Office to bring foreign workers into the UK.

Advocacy group Cage and notorious sect the Moonies are among thousands of organisations still licensed to sponsor UK visas, despite Tory pledges to crack down on immigration.

The official register of licensed companies also includes male strippers, a closed Chinese takeaway, an immigration advice company that went out of business last year and a non-existent polo team. ...

But a Sunday Mirror investigation casts doubt on the Home Office's own vetting procedure for organisations that have brought thousands of foreign nationals into the UK since the Conservatives came to power in 2010.

The list of 30,000 companies licensed to bring in overseas workers to fill jobs includes many of Britain's biggest businesses, along with Conservative Party HQ and some of the largest government departments.

It is intended to guarantee that only carefully screened organisations can sponsor visas for foreign nationals. But the Sunday Mirror investigation found glaring holes in the vetting process.

The list includes Cage, which hit the headlines last year when its spokesman Asim Qureshi claimed Isis murderer Mohammed Emwazi 'wouldn't hurt a fly'.

"He was such a beautiful young man, the most humble young person that I knew," Qureshi said in an interview.

Boris Johnson described the group as "apologists for terror" and Philip Hammond accused it of carrying a "huge burden of responsibility" for the actions of terrorists.

Yet at the time it was registered as a sponsor for work visas and it remains on the official register.

The most striking recent addition to the list of registered visa sponsors is the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification, which is another name for the Unification Church - better known as the Moonies. ...

The cult was best known for bringing together complete strangers from different countries and marrying them at huge mass weddings to create "pure" families.

Despite this track record, it was added to the official Home Office register of visa sponsors within the last 12 months and can sponsor renewable one year visas for voluntary workers.

Foreign citizens granted visas under the scheme can bring their families with them and extend their stay once in the UK.

Since the Conservatives came to power in 2010 - and Theresa May became Home Secretary - more than 900,000 work visas have been issued.
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Foreign criminals avoid deportation because police fail to carry out immigration checks, report warns
Christopher Hope and Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 14 October 2016

Tens of thousands of foreign criminals in Britain illegally are avoiding deportation because police are not carrying out immigration checks, a damning report has warned.

A report from the border inspectorate found that police are simply accepting claims made by foreign criminals that they are from the European Union and not carrying out proper checks.

Between 2014 and 2015 up to 193,000 foreign nationals were arrested in this country.

However the independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration found huge variations across the country about whether front line officers were passing on details of suspected illegal immigrants.

The report found that some foreign nationals "misrepresent themselves as UK citizens or as nationals of a country within the European Economic Area (EEA), with the hope of evading immigration checks".

In London, the Metropolitan Police were passing on details to the Home Office of "nearly all arrested or encountered foreign nations" from inside and outside the European Union.

However, this was not the case elsewhere in the UK. In the west Midlands the report found it was likely the local force "was not identifying all foreign nationals" to the Home Office.

It added that when immigration officers "were able to check lists of people in custody, they routinely found that five to 10 per cent of the foreign nationals detained had not been referred".

It said: "Both EEA [European Economic Area] nationals and those self-declaring as UK citizens were likely to be missed." ...

New figures have also revealed that nearly 10,000 driving licences were earmarked to be cancelled last year as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration.

Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt examined powers to refuse or revoke a UK driving licence and prevent the opening of a bank account in the first assessment of "hostile environment" measures introduced in the Immigration Act 2014.

His inspectors found only a small proportion of revoked licences were surrendered, while the Home Office was accused of failing to fully exploit intelligence it was receiving under the scheme.
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Britain is the country most worried about mass immigration, survey shows
James Slack
Daily Mail, 14 October 2016
[The online survey was of adults aged under 65]

Britain is the country most worried about mass immigration, a survey of 25 major nations reveals today.

The study by Ipsos MORI found more than 42 per cent of Britons put immigration in the list of issues which most concerns them.

By contrast, it did not figure in the global list of top five worries.

The findings are likely to prove helpful to Theresa May in her Brexit negotiations – emphasising the fact that one of the major reasons Britain voted Out was to regain control of our borders.

They also come at a time when big business is putting pressure on the government not to impose tough new restriction on EU immigration.

Based on the findings, business leaders and MPs arguing that Britain should continue to allow free movement of migrants in return for access to the single market are significantly out of touch with the rest of the country.

Britain's figure of 42 per cent of people being concerned about immigration is even higher than in Germany (41 per cent) and Sweden (33 per cent) – which have been worst affected by the migration crisis.

Out of the 25 countries, Britain is also the most concerned about the rise of extremism, with 28 per cent citing this as a worry.

Also in the top five worries in the UK are healthcare (34 per cent), terrorism (31 per cent) and poverty and social inequality (29 per cent).
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It's time to shoot down the post-Brexit hate-crime hysteria
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 14 October 2016

Has there ever been a crime panic as flimsy, as see-through, as explicitly designed to make political mileage as the post-Brexit hate-crime hysteria? /.../ This is a moral panic, plain and simple: a naked example of the kind of 'crime construction' by the powers-that-be that liberals and leftists might once have critiqued, back when they were more questioning. ...

For months now, politicians and the media have been telling us that Brexit unleashed an 'epidemic' of violent spite. ...

Yesterday, the Home Office issued its annual report on hate crimes. It says there was a 'sharp increase' in hate crime after the referendum. In July there were 5,468 hate crimes – 41 per cent higher than the number of hate crimes in July last year. But again, we need scepticism – a lot of it. These 5,468 alleged incidents – I know it's evil to use the word 'alleged' these days, but some of us still believe in due process – have not been investigated, far less tried in a court of law, and therefore there is no hard proof of what happened or whether it happened. This is because these 'crimes' (the police and Home Office have given up on the word 'allegations') are simply things that have been told to the police, often through their phone or email hotlines. And then the police instantly – instantly – record them as hate crimes, with no need for questioning or investigation of any kind. Every single person who phones a hate-crime hotline is believed. Again, this isn't science.

For a flavour of how flabby the definition and recording of 'hate crimes' has become, consider this stipulation from the Operational Guidance for police forces dealing with such crimes: 'For recording purposes, the perception of the victim, or any other person, is the defining factor in determining whether an incident is a hate incident... The victim does not have to justify or provide evidence of their belief, and police officers or staff should not directly challenge this perception. Evidence of hostility is not required for an incident or crime to be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident.' Got that? In order for an alleged incident to be recorded as a hate crime – that is, for a phoned-in claim to become a hard fact – the victim or any other person simply has to say it was a hate crime and the cops will not challenge them for evidence. ...

The alleged post-Brexit spike in hate crime is likely to be down to both this highly relativistic recording of such crimes and also to officialdom's active trawling for such crimes. ...

... Rarely has the political motivation behind spreading a crime panic been so obvious, so shrill, as this.

And yet no one on the left or in liberal academia is criticising this madness. This is an extraordinary turnaround. In the 1970s and 1980s, left-leaning sociologists and criminologists devoted much intellectual energy to exposing crime and moral panics. /.../ They recognised that the authorities' handwringing over certain kinds of crime – football hooligans, black muggers, glue sniffers – was often fuelled more by fear than facts. And they argued that such panics were often deployed for explicitly political purposes, to demonise a 'deviant' section of society and make the case for the introduction of more authoritarian measures.
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London's population has been growing by 100,000 a YEAR as immigration and high birth rate turn the capital into a 'megacity'
James Tapsfield and Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 13 October 2016

The population of Greater London has been growing by around 100,000 a year as it pushes towards 'megacity status'.

This is despite young families leaving the city at an alarming rate as property prices continue to soar, an official analysis reveals.

The number of children and teenagers is dropping by more than 30,000 a year as parents in their 30s fail to cope with London's sky-high housing costs, the Office for National Statistics found.

However, immigration is helping push the capital's overall population up by almost 120,000 a year.

As well as a high birth rate immigration has driven the growth of the capital over the past five years.

According to ONS estimates, an average of nearly 100,000 people from overseas moved to the capital every year between 2011 and 2015, helping increase the population by nearly 5 per cent.

But the full impact of immigration is greater still. More than half a million babies were born in London between 2011 and 2015, and a majority were born to immigrant mothers.

In 2015, 58 per cent of babies born in London were children of mothers who were themselves born abroad.

The experts examined population data relating to London and the next 10 most populous city areas.

All saw an increase in inhabitants, with the total population across the 11 regions rising by 3.4 per cent, or 885,000 in four years, to reach almost 27.2 million in 2015.

Greater London saw the sharpest jump in population, with an increase of 5.7 per cent, or nearly 500,000 residents, from 8.2 million in mid-2011 to just under 8.7 million in mid-2015. It is expected to hit 'megacity' status - a population of more than 10 million - in a little over a decade. ...

'London's attraction to immigrants no doubt reflects its status as a major employment centre and international hub,' the study said.

'With its high ethnic minority population it may prove especially attractive to people wishing to join family or others from that cultural background.

'In addition, for people heading to the UK, London is somewhere they are more likely to have some pre-existing awareness of than other parts of the country - perhaps because of previous visits, but also simply because it has a higher profile as the UK capital.' ...

The children's flight from London meant 31,700 more under-18s left every year to live elsewhere in Britain than arrived. They departed alongside a movement of 33,600 people aged between 30 and 44 out of London each year. ...

There were also over 90,000 more people of 45 and older who left each year than arrived, many choosing to retire in distant towns or the countryside.
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Africa's population boom fuels 'unstoppable' migration to Europe
Tim Cocks and Edward McAllister
Reuters, 13 October 2016

As long as population growth in African countries outstrips their ability to educate, house and employ their citizens, large numbers of people will continue to brave the deserts and seas to escape.

"You can't resolve this by just paying money," said Owoeye Olumide, a demographer at Bowen university in southwest Nigeria, one of the world's most densely populated regions. ...

Niger, a vast, largely desert nation to the north of Nigeria, presents the starkest example of Africa's challenges.

With an average of 7.6 children born to each woman, its population is projected to more than triple to 72 million by 2050, from about 20 million now, according to the latest U.N. figures. By then, Africa will have more than doubled its population to 2.4 billion, the United Nations says. ...

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) expects migration through the Agadez region this year to reach 300,000, more than twice the 120,000 it estimates came through in 2015. ...

In 2013, Niger's corruption investigators did a study on smuggling that was never published, but which Reuters has seen. It said Niger's security forces make almost half a million CFA francs ($850) from every round trip by a smuggling truck – just from migrants alone, not including payoffs from the gangs. ...

And despite predictions, economic growth hasn't significantly cut birth rates in most African countries.

Yet even if Africa is 'rising', says Renaissance Capital's Charles Robertson, himself an optimist, migration will remain "pretty unstoppable".
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REVEALED: Calais migrant chaos has cost UK taxpayers more than £90 MILLION over two years
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 12 October 2016

UK taxpayers have forked out more than £90 million in just two years tackling the migrant chaos in Calais, it has emerged.

The astonishing figure on securing the besieged port town works out at £123,287 a day.

And Home Secretary Amber Rudd promised that Britain would continue to contribute towards the spiralling cost even after the notorious "Jungle" camp is cleared.

The revelation comes just days before bulldozers were set to flatten the shantytown which is now home to 10,000 UK-bound refugees.

Evictions will start after the Home Office has finalised plans to bring nearly 400 unaccompanied children from Calais.
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Take back control? Our Border Force is in no fit state to do its job
Polly Toynbee
The Guardian, 11 October 2016

May missed all her targets when she was in charge of immigration as home secretary, so she knows better than anyone the impossibility of cutting net migration down to "tens of thousands". She knows UK border controls are inadequate: police find 10,000 people each year who have entered ports in the backs of lorries, and Dover's Tory MP Charlie Elphicke claims many more, never detected, step straight into the arms of traffickers.

Public sector cuts have not spared the service that is supposed to security-check all arrivals at a time of a raised terror threat. ...

Had she asked staff about their workloads, they probably wouldn't have told the truth, governed as they are by a regime of terror and targets. I spoke to some Border Force staff, on condition of strictest anonymity, meeting them miles away from Heathrow for fear of disciplinary action if they were caught talking to a journalist. With no culture of transparency, this service punishes whistleblowers.

Here's what they told me: after the public row over gigantic queues before the 2012 Olympics, strict targets were set: non-EU passengers must queue for no more than 45 minutes, EU for 25 minutes, and fast-track first class just 15 minutes. These targets must be met 95% of the time.

At present, they are met 70% of the time, and staff shortages mean that civil servants brought in from elsewhere get just a few days' training. "All they can do is a basic passport scan," say these whistleblowers. "Training and experience matter. We can feel whether something is wrong about who they say they are, where they've been, for how long and how often. We notice their demeanour, their nerves." It takes experience to spot children being trafficked. E-gates detect fewer suspicious cases. ...

With everyone manning the desks, paperwork piles up behind the scenes: asylum claims are rising again and people stopped can wait hours to be checked. Staff are taken off customs: "Guns and drugs don't matter as much as queues," one officer says. ...

Visa checks on people from non-EU countries are weaker, they claim, now visa offices abroad have been closed. "There are no standard interviews for student or visitor visas now. But you can't rely on written references and qualifications," says one officer who has worked overseas. "You need to see applicants to detect people who are not what they say they are." During the present "surge", there is only one forgery specialist each shift, instead of two or three: "They're run off their feet." ...

Passenger numbers have risen by 20% since 2010 and are set to continue rising by 2% a year, while Border Force funding is cut: spending per passenger is down 25%. Some technology is 14 years out of date, while £1bn was wasted on a failed e-borders system. Last year's National Audit Office report warned that the Advance Passenger Information System was collecting only 86% of arrivals. The system cannot check them all "in sufficient time to prevent high-risk travellers from starting their journey to or from the UK," the report said. That leaves 16.5 million people a year unchecked before arrival.
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It's absurd to compare Amber Rudd's immigration speech to Mein Kampf
Ed West
Spectator blog, 11 October 2016

The Tories want to turn us against migrants by dividing people between 'us' and 'them'; well, let me tell you about another bunch of guys who believed in 'us' and 'them' – the Nazis. Radio presenter James O'Brien made near enough this exact parallel when he quoted from Mein Kampf to show the eerie similarities between Amber Rudd's speech and the former German chancellor's words.

Of course, Mr O'Brien didn't need to quote Hitler. He could have cited the former Labour leader, Ed Miliband, who had the same idea; he might be a less famous figure, but he's marginally more relevant to British politics in 2016. Or instead of reminding us of Nazi Germany as a precedent, Mr O'Brien – or any of the hundreds and thousands of people referencing the Third Reich – could have cited the USA, which already publishes data on H1B visa reports.

I'm not sure how useful such information would be; companies that excel in poor wages and working conditions will most likely have a large number of overseas workers, but so too will very highly skilled, elite firms. Immigrants tend to be disproportionately represented at both extremes in employment (as they are in every other measure, whether it's wealth, educational outcomes etc etc).

But the collective hysteria that followed shows what happens when Nazi Germany crowds out all other history. The poverty of peoples' collective memory and imagination is such that the first minute any politician strays from the path of universalism, commentators reach for the most shocking (and only) historical comparison they can think of. ...

When the Prime Minister says that: 'If you are a citizen of the world, you are a citizen of nowhere,' she is paraphrasing Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, who stated that 'if the whole world is my brother, then I have no brother'. This is the language of particularism. There is no right answer to this, just two different visions of the world; on the one hand those who prefer the comfort and stability of people like themselves, and on the other those who prefer the sensation and openness of diversity and churn, the mixture of languages and cuisines and fashions.

The latter group are heavily found among the creative classes and the well- educated, and so wield disproportionate power; they were almost uncontested for many years but despite this have never converted more than at most a quarter of the population, and probably never will. (A quarter of the population in western Europe. Outside of the West the proportion of globalists is in single figures, if not a matter of decimal places). And when an idea fails to break a certain threshold then it is clear it has run out of steam.

Immigration concerns are mostly not about economics. It just suits both sides to use this as a proxy debate for the far more troubling social issues, namely the natural human affinity for living around people like ourselves. This doesn't make you Hitler – just a human being.
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Academic Who Investigated UK Sharia Courts: 'Useful Infidels' Helping Fundamentalists Islamise West
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 11 October 2016

A reformed "liberal left-winger" academic whose research prompted Theresa May to launch an investigation into Sharia courts, has warned that liberals are enabling Muslim fundamentalists to Islamise the West.

Dutch political scientist and legal scholar Machteld Zee said that by stifling criticism of Islam, "useful infidels" are helping conservative Muslims isolate Islamic communities and encourage them to be more religious and insular.

Zee gained unprecedented access to Sharia courts in the UK while researching for her Ph.D. in law. After sharing her findings, the then-Home Office chief Theresa May ordered an independent inquiry over concerns the courts discriminate against women.

The researcher at the University of Leiden was interviewed recently in Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad about her new book, Holy Identities: On the Road to a Sharia State. An analysis of the problems of the Netherlands's multicultural society, Zee was driven to write the book after spending time in Britain's Sharia courts.

"If you compare the Netherlands in the 1980s with today", she said, "You will see the increased influence of Islam everywhere. Saudi Arabia and other countries have flooded the world with thousands of imams, Islamic text books, mosques and a lot of money."

Interviewing the political scientist, Dutch journalist Wierd Duk noted that in Holy Identities Zee argues Islamic fundamentalists who share the Saudi regime's goal of Islamisation are being helped by "useful infidels" – non-Muslim intellectuals, politicians, and opinion-shapers who don't want to cause offence.

Zee replied: "Yes, leading multiculturalists actually believe that Muslims should be shielded from criticism because it would inflict psychological harm. Although there are many Muslims who find this view idiotic, others use it to call those who criticise Islam 'Islamophobes' and 'racists'."

The Algemeen Dagblad journalist noted that since her work on Sharia courts Zee went from being a self-described liberal left winger, to warning the world "against a lack of knowledge and lack of resistance to advancing radical Islam".

The academic said her research in Birmingham and London opened her eyes to a "parallel society" where "sharia law trumps secular law". "I object to it because these practices are contrary to the rights of women", Zee stressed.

It's important that people learn about Islamisation, she asserted, because the Muslim Brotherhood is handsomely funded by fundamentalists and aims for world domination. Sharia courts are a part of this, the researcher believes.

Zee said: "Authors that I studied for my investigation were generally benevolent towards sharia courts. But guess what? None of them had ever attended a session of such a court. They don't know what is happening there.

"Now they ask me to tell them all about it. Judges in these courts tell women to accept polygamy and not to report domestic violence to the police. Violent fathers are given custody of their children. I get the impression that as these facts become known, the tide of the public debate is turning. I hardly hear anyone pleading in favour of sharia courts now." ...

"I think I set things straight. I note that influential Western intellectuals discourage any criticism of Islam, which helps fundamentalists to isolate Muslim communities and 'Islamise' them. ..."
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Europe's criminals prove easy converts to "gangster jihad" for ISIS
CBS News / Associated Press, 11 October 2016

The lines between terrorism and criminality are becoming blurred as an increasing number of former criminals join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and create a "gangster jihad," according to a British report released Tuesday.

Nearly 60 percent of European jihadists studied by researchers had been jailed previously, in essence creating a "super-gang," said the report from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence at King's College London.

Once recruited by ISIS, these people easily transition to committing violence for a different cause, making the group different from other Islamist organizations such as al Qaeda, which often radicalized students, intellectuals or other previously non-violent individuals to carry out its violent aims, the report said.

"They are the perfect fit," Peter Neumann, the center's director, said of the criminals bolstering ISIS' ranks.

"Islamic State doesn't require any intellectual sophistication. It doesn't ask you to study religion. It makes it all like a computer game."

The researchers said the welcome from ISIS offers criminals a perceived chance at "redemption" without requiring a change in behavior.

With recruits who are already accustomed to violence, it is less difficult to persuade them to go further. They are also familiar with weapons and are adept at "staying under the radar" and at logistical planning.

While past efforts to stop extremist attacks focused on tracing the complicated international bank transactions that financed militants, ISIS attacks don't necessarily require huge sums of money. The center estimated that some 40 percent of such plots in Europe are now being financed in part by street crime like selling drugs or counterfeit goods.
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Some EU countries have migration controls within single market, says MEP
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 10 October 2016

A prominent Brussels politician has said that a number of European countries have been allowed to put in place tougher immigration measures than the UK while retaining access to the single market.

Vicky Ford, a Conservative MEP who chairs the European parliament's committee on the internal market, said in one case a country had even set an "upper break" on migrant numbers without losing economic ties.

The comments suggest Theresa May could be able to hit back at the uncompromising positions being taken by her European counterparts in a bid to retain single market access while reducing immigration. ...

"If you look at a country like Liechtenstein, in the EEA, they have access to free movement of goods within the single market [but they] have an absolute cap on the number of people given residency a year – and it is only 90 people," she said.

Ford, who is the East of England MEP, argued that the "Liechtenstein solution" might not be perfect for the UK, but said it was an important precedent that a country with a population of 37,000 was given such a low limit.

"We have towns of 30,000 – that is the size of Wisbech, but some years it has had over 1,000 people [arrive]," she said.

Ford said that the numbers of migrants in some British towns had been equivalent to the quota of 1,200 refugees for the whole of Hungary, which has caused huge controversy.

"The ability to put an upper break is a concept that has been adopted by EEA members and they have been given access to the single market," she said.

Ford, who has expertise on the single market as a result of her role at the helm of a key Brussels' key committee on the issue, said even EU countries went further on immigration than the UK.

"Look at a country like Belgium," she said. "To live in Brussels you need to have a social security card, you need to be registered with your local area. And you have to have an employer who is committed to pay your social security benefits – or to be able to prove that you've got substantial private funds.

"In practical terms it is not possible go and live in Belgium and access public services without a job ... Without your social security card you can't get housing, education, healthcare, rent a property." ...

And she said other ideas were being considered as well: "In Switzerland [in the single market] they are introducing a rule that jobs have to be advertised locally and when I talk to colleagues across European countries they think that is a perfectly reasonable thing to be looking at."
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Britain to push post-Brexit UK immigration controls back to Irish border
Henry McDonald
The Guardian, 10 October 2016

Britain is seeking to shift the frontline of immigration controls to Ireland's ports and airports to avoid having to introduce a "hard border" between north and south after the UK leaves the European Union, the Guardian has learned.

The Northern Ireland secretary, James Brokenshire, has told the Guardian that London and Dublin will work to strengthen Ireland's external borders in order to combat illegal migration into the UK once it leaves the European Union. ...

"We have put in place a range of measures to further combat illegal migration working closely with the Irish government," Brokenshire said. "Our focus is to strengthen the external border of the common travel area [CTA], building on the strong collaboration with our Irish partners."

The CTA is a unique arrangement that allows for full freedom of movement between people from Ireland and Britain on both islands. ...

The measures will be aimed primarily at non-Europeans seeking entry into the CTA. Politicians on all sides of the divide on the island of Ireland have expressed concern that Irish border towns such as Dundalk could become the "new Calais" if people-traffickers trying to send migrants into the UK target the Irish Republic as a "jump-off point" into Northern Ireland.

Precedents already exist for this Anglo-Irish collaborative model: Indian and Chinese visitors are subject to a system whereby they apply for a single visa, valid for travel in both Ireland and the UK.

The joint Anglo-Irish border procedures will not be able to stem the arrival of EU nationals, as they will retain the right to free movement to live and work in the Irish Republic. However, this point is seen as moot: officials believe few EU citizens will want to come and work illegally in the UK after Brexit. "The numbers would be very small," said one diplomatic source familiar with Brexit discussions.
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Government plans to make UK firms list migrant workers STILL 'ongoing' despite backlash
Alison Little
Daily Express, 10 October 2016

The Government yesterday insisted it remains committed to cutting migration amid claims it has gagged a critical report into its record on integration and extremism. ...

The Home Office has been accused of trying to censor a hard-hitting report by its "integration tsar" Dame Louise Casey. Casey is said to have found that the Government did not move quickly enough to get a grip on the speed of immigration and its impact on public services. ...

She also warned that "liberal tolerance" and political correctness have gone too far.

The Government wrongly let some areas operate as if they were Muslim-only zones, leaving state schools to close early for Friday prayers, she found.

Dame Louise is said to have voiced frustration at a failure to defend the Prevent anti-radicalisation programme from false claims that it is an attack on Muslims.

Anti-extremist professionals have reportedly been told to expect the findings of the review - which was ordered by then Prime Minister David Cameron and Home Secretary Theresa May - to be watered down.

Earlier this year Dame Louise urged the Government to stand up more for Britain's laws and values and insisted it is "not racist to say that the pace and rate of immigration has created a lot of change in Britain and for some people that feels too much".

This latest report was reportedly finished months ago but is understood to be still under wraps as officials consider whether it focuses too narrowly on Islamist extremism at the expense of examining other forms.

A Home Office spokesman said: "Louise Casey was commissioned in 2015 to review what more we can do to create more cohesive communities in England.

"The report will be published in due course."
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The mental-health crisis among migrants
Alison Abbott
Nature, 13 October 2016

Europe is experiencing the largest movement of people since the Second World War. Last year, more than 1.2 million people applied for asylum in the European Union – and those numbers underestimate the scale of the problem. Germany, which has taken in the lion's share of people, reckons that it received more than a million refugees in 2015, tens of thousands of whom have yet to officially apply for asylum. Most came from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. Many have experienced war, shock, upheaval and terrible journeys, and they often have poor physical health. ...

What hasn't been widely discussed is the enormous burden of mental-health disorders in migrants and refugees. Clinical psychologist Thomas Elbert from the University of Konstanz in Germany is conducting a local survey of refugees that suggests "more than half of those who arrived in Germany in the last few years show signs of mental disorder, and a quarter of them have a PTSD, anxiety or depression that won't get better without help". ... "It is a public-health tragedy – and it's a scandal that it is not recognized as such, as a physical epidemic would be," says epidemiologist James Kirkbride of University College London. ...

... A 2005 meta-analysis of studies performed mostly in northern Europe showed that first-and second-generation migrants were at much greater risk of schizophrenia than non-migrants – and that those from developing countries were more at risk than those from developed ones. ...

Those who stand out most seem to be particularly vulnerable. The 2005 meta-analysis showed that black migrants in a mostly white population had an almost fivefold increased risk of psychotic disorders. And the risk is higher for migrants living in neighbourhoods with a low proportion of residents from their own ethnic group compared with those surrounded by many of their own ethnicity.
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UNTOUCHABLES Just two in 453 foreign lags are booted out of the UK despite Government promising a crackdown
David Wooding and Ryan Sabey
The Sun, 9 October 2016

Hundreds of foreign cons are still being let loose on our streets despite a No10 pledge to boot them out.

Figures show just two out of 453 offenders freed in a three-month period were deported.

Many continue to claim benefits and run up legal aid bills while fighting to stay.

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke said: "It is incredible that out of 453, just two were deported.

"Deportation should mean out of prison, out of Britain."

Home Secretary Amber Rudd has promised to change the law to make it easier to deport rapists, killers and other criminals once they have served their sentence.

But figures for April to June this year show how they play the system to avoid removal.

They reveal that 451 out of 453 non-EU offenders released from jail were still in Britain at the end of the quarter.

More than half of deportations were prevented by legal or removal issues, according to Home Office data.

But the full toll of criminals who stay is even higher as it does not include those from EU nations who cannot be deported.

The figures show 5,928 foreign offenders are still living in Britain years after being released from prison.
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Andrew Green: The EU and migration. Work permits are the way forward
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 9 October 2016
[Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK]

The fundamental principle should be that movement between the UK and Europe should be disrupted as little as possible. As Boris Johnson put it, we are leaving the EU but we are not leaving Europe. We have a huge network of social, business and historical ties which must be preserved as far as possible. For this reason, there is surely no need to impose any restrictions whatever on tourists, students, those who are self-sufficient and genuine marriage partners coming from the EU. Member states should have the same interests in these respects.

It is the very large numbers of low-paid or low-skilled workers whose numbers must be reduced if the outcome of the referendum is to be respected. Fortunately, the facts are rather helpful in pointing a way forward – assuming, of course, that those already here as well as British citizens in the EU will be allowed to stay on.

First of all, about 70 per cent of EU migrants to the UK come here to work or to seek work, so this must be the target for any significant reduction in numbers. No less significant is the fact that 80 per cent of those EU workers who have arrived in the last ten years are in low skilled employment. This suggests that the introduction of a work permit scheme that confines EU migration to skilled employment would achieve a significant reduction in net migration from Europe. Indeed, our own calculation is that it would reduce net EU migration by approximately 100,000 a year.

This outcome could be achieved by bringing EU migrants into our existing work permit scheme for non-EU skilled workers. This scheme is not "Australian" and is not really "points based" but it already exists, it works reasonably well and it is familiar to employers who already have to check the entitlement to work in the UK of every new employee. It would be for consideration as to whether a formal cap should be applied. Our own estimate is that we would need to grant something like 30,000 work permits a year to EU citizens so as to maintain the current stock of skilled EU workers in Britain and meet the future needs of business. ...

... There would also need to be provision for the self-employed but hedged around to prevent its exploitation by car-washers and magazine-sellers as has happened in the past.

... If all this sounds slightly technical, it is. When it comes to immigration, the devil is always in the detail, but I sketch this outline to indicate that there is, indeed, a way forward which could produce a satisfactory outcome for British business while also respecting the clearly expressed wishes of the British public.
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Almost 400 ISIS jihadis trained in Iraq and Syria are now at large on Britain's streets... as it's revealed just 14 fighters who have returned to the UK have been jailed
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 9 October 2016

Just 14 battle-hardened ISIS fighters who returned to Britain after waging war in Syria have been jailed, the Government has admitted.

The shock figure is far lower than Ministers previously claimed and means almost 400 jihadis trained in Syria and Iraq are at large on Britain's streets.

Experts told The Mail on Sunday they could use the deadly skills with automatic weapons and bombs that they honed on the battlefield to plot atrocities such as the Paris and Brussels attacks in the UK, massacring hundreds.

Figures slipped out in Parliament reveal that the Home Office believes 850 Britons have travelled to fight for the Islamic State terror group and although many have been killed by drone strikes and in battle, about 400 have sneaked back into the UK.

Any of them could be prosecuted as it is a crime to attend terrorist training camps and also to be a member of a banned group such as ISIS.

But Ministers admit that only 14 people who have fought for Islamic State have been convicted, despite mistakenly claiming the number was 54 earlier this year. ...

Labour MP Khalid Mahmood, who believes thousands of Britons have travelled to Syria and Iraq, said: 'It is a tiny number who have been prosecuted and it's absurd to say this is any form of success.

'If they know who they are, they should be prosecuted but the police and security services don't have the resources to do that.'

Professor Anthony Glees, Director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham, told The Mail on Sunday that the 'minuscule' number of prosecutions was 'very disturbing'. ...

Former Security Minister Lord West of Spithead said: 'We know that people who have been abroad and radicalised are extremely dangerous.

'Clearly we need to be able to keep a handle on that and make sure they are properly monitored. If we're not doing that, we are letting the public down.'
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EXPOSED: Thousands of illegal migrants easily sneak through Britain's 'porous' borders
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 8 October 2016

The catastrophic state of our border security is exposed today.

Former borders chief Rob Whiteman said that thousands of illegal migrants had simply vanished without trace.

Asylum seekers had also disappeared in their droves. Mr Whiteman, chief executive of the UK Border Agency from 2011 to 2013, said failures were unchecked because of scant resources.

He revealed illegal migrants and asylum seekers were disappearing in the UK in tens of thousands as staff focused on "high-risk" serious criminals. He said National Insurance numbers were being issued to migrants with false identity documents. ...

Mr Whiteman is the first senior former official to come clean about the scale of illegal immigration and the ease with which people can sneak into Britain.

Last year 84,088 people caught trying to reach Britain illegally from the Europe. It is believed at least another 170,000 made it.

He said resources were being targeted on high-risk foreigners. Those who arrived undetected or claimed asylum and subsequently absconded were largely ignored. ...

Mr Whiteman, now head of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, said: "It is not unreasonable to assume that the number detected is only a proportion of the number trying.

"I would have thought the number caught is at best half.

"The number of illegal migrants reaching the country is far greater than the rate at which we are deporting people.

"Either we have to put considerable new resources and policies into removal, including holding more people in detention, or accept there are a large number of people living in the country who are not allowed to live here but neither are they facing deportation.

If you have come here on false documents with a false identity you may well now have a National Insurance number.

"A lot of illegal migrants may be working here legally. An Italian ID card is enough to give you an NI number.

"If the public is ever going to be reassured we have to talk about the fact that there is a large amount of illegal migration that is not being dealt with.

Either the Home Office needs more staff or we accept the situation isn't going away." ...

"We don't know the true illegal migration figures but I do think it is more in the region of a million."
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Every EU migrant can stay in UK after Brexit: all 3.6 million to have residency rules or get amnesty
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 8 October 2016

All EU nationals currently living in Britain will be allowed to stay following Brexit, after the Home Office discovered that five in six could not legally be deported.

There are around 3.6 million EU citizens living in the UK, more than 80 per cent of whom will have permanent residency rights by the time Britain leaves the union in early 2019, official research has concluded.

The remainder – more than 600,000 people – will be offered an amnesty, with several Cabinet ministers telling The Telegraph that those citizens will be offered the right to stay permanently, in a policy that may prove controversial.

Theresa May, the Prime Minister, has refused to guarantee the rights of EU citizens currently living in the UK, saying she believes that the Government must not "reveal its hand" ahead of Brexit negotiations, which will begin when she triggers Article 50 next year.

Once an EU citizen has been in the UK for more than five years, they are given permanent residency rights. ...

Although Cabinet ministers are privately giving assurances that they will all be allowed to stay in the country after Brexit, the Home Office is still working on a way to identify the exact number of Europeans living in the UK and establish how long they have been here. The amnesty plan is in its infancy and will raise fears that EU migrants could begin travelling to the UK in large numbers before Brexit.

Some officials believe the Government will, therefore, have to announce a cut-off date for new arrivals after which the amnesty would not apply. ...

As many as 1.6 million EU citizens resident in the UK come from the so-called EU14, those nations that were part of the EU before 2004, followed by 1.5 million from the eight Eastern European nations that joined 12 years ago.
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'More than 24,000 extra classrooms needed' as school population booms
Charlotte Santry
TES, 7 October 2016

More than 2,000 new schools are needed within the next four years to cope with rising pupil numbers, according to an analysis published today.

The projections are based on Department for Education figures showing pupil numbers are set to increase by 8.6 per cent in primary schools and 12 per cent in secondaries by 2020.

Today's report says that this means that local authorities will have to find space for 12,209 additional primary classrooms, equating to 1,744 single-form entry primary schools with 30 pupils per class.

A further 12,078 secondary classrooms, or 378 new secondary schools, will be needed to match the rising numbers, claims the report by construction firm Scape Group. In total, this means 24,287 classrooms and 2,122 schools are required, it says. ...

The picture is slightly less stark when the figures are rebased to reflect the average school sizes contained in separate DfE statistics published in June.

The DfE figures show the average primary school has 275 pupils, suggesting 1,331 extra schools are needed.

The average secondary school has 939 pupils, which would suggest another 385 schools were needed, without existing buildings being extended or refurbished to absorb the projected increase.
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Public backs plans to make firms release list of foreign workers, YouGov poll suggests
Samuel Osborne
Independent, 7 October 2016

A majority of the British public back Home Secretary Amber Rudd's plan to make businesses reveal how many foreign workers they employ, according to a YouGov poll.

Overall, 59 per cent of people say they either strongly or somewhat the proposals, more than double the 26 per cent who said they somewhat or strongly oppose them.

Ms Rudd said firms should declare the percentage of foreign workers they employ as part of a drive to employ more local people.

The policy also garnered favour among Labour voters, with 51 per cent supporting the proposals.

Some 86 per cent of Ukip voters support the policy along with 73 per cent of Tory voters, while 48 per cent of Liberal Democrat voters supported it compared to 37 per cent who opposed it.

SNP voters were split, with 46 per cent in favour and 46 per cent against.

YouGov asked 5,875 UK adults the extent they supported or opposed the Government's proposals to report how many foreign workers they employ. ...

The Labour party said her speech would "fan the flames of xenophobia and hatred in our communities".
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Revealed: Nearly Half The Adults In Britain And Europe Hold Extremist Views
Alberto Nardelli
Buzzfeed, 7 October 2016

Almost half of the adults in 12 European countries now hold anti-immigrant, nationalist views, according to major new research that reveals the spread of fringe political views into the mainstream.

BuzzFeed News has been given exclusive access to new data from YouGov, which polled more than 12,000 people across the continent to measure the extent of what it termed "authoritarian populist" opinions – a combination of anti-immigration sentiments, strong foreign policy views, and opposition to human rights laws, EU institutions, and European integration policies. ...

In Britain, the poll found authoritarian populist attitudes were shared by 48% of adults, despite less than 20% of the population identifying itself as right-wing. ...

In France, a clear majority of people surveyed – 63% – held authoritarian populist views, while in Italy the figure was 47%. In Germany, it was 18%, which appears low by comparison but, given the country's history and the extreme nature of its far-right groups, is regarded by analysts as surprisingly high.

The highest levels of authoritarian populist views were recorded in Romania and Poland, where they were held by 82% and 78% of adults respectively. In Lithuania, by contrast, the poll did not did not detect any evidence of the authoritarian populist phenomenon at all. ...

Like Germany, Denmark has also seen a shift in the tone of political debates. According to the YouGov data, a quarter of Danes who identify themselves as centrists nevertheless hold authoritarian populist beliefs – a similar proportion to those on the right-wing of the country's political spectrum.

"There is a move towards more authoritarianism, discrimination based on ethnicity," said Karen Melchior, a diplomat and candidate with the liberal Radikale party. "It is not a left-versus-right issue. It is like a cold war with competing visions of Europe."

In recent policy discussions about introducing a tougher citizenship test and the appropriateness of segregating classrooms on the basis of ethnicity, even parts of the Social Democratic party held "discriminatory" views, Melchior claims. ...

The rise of nationalist, anti-immigrant views has been strongest in central Europe, with Polish adults scoring the highest in the YouGov survey, taking into account all the measures polled.

In nearby Hungary, the "cultural counter-revolution" that central European leaders pledged in the wake of Brexit is even more stark.
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Huge Spike in 'New French': Report Suggests Govt Rushing Citizenship Before 2017 Election
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 7 October 2016

The number of people given French citizenship this year is likely to soar 45 per cent from 2015's figure, with the vast majority of "new French" from North Africa. The spike follows a concerted push by the ruling Socialist Party to naturalise 100,000 people a year.

In an investigative report, monthly journal Causeur notes that the sharp uptick in naturalisations far exceeds previous patterns and asks whether agencies' rush to grant citizenship to more "new French" is a coincidence against the backdrop of presidential elections in 2017.

In 2012, as Interior Minister, the now-Prime Minister Manuel Valls took a wrecking ball to the previous centre-right government's naturalisation criteria, abolishing the multiple choice tests on French culture and values and the need for candidates to be employed on a permanent contract.

Branding the previous government's policies on naturalisation the result of a "France that doubts, looks at the world with suspicion", Valls declared that he wanted to see 100,000 people a year given French citizenship. The Socialist politician also said he hoped a further 20,000 spouses of French citizens would be naturalised each year through marriage. ...

According to a 2012 survey of 10,000 voters, 93 per cent of Muslims in France voted for the Socialist Party president, who is the most unpopular head of France in modern history.

In his successful presidential campaign, Hollande promised an amnesty to all of the estimated 400,000 Muslims illegally in France.

Now a huge, and growing, electoral bloc, commentators have observed that Muslims in France decided the election. An estimated 1.7 million of them voted for Hollande in 2012, who beat incumbent president Nicolas Sarkozy by just 1.1 million votes.
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The Tory Foreign Worker Transparency Plan Makes Sense - And Could Reduce Racism
Colin Cortbus
The Huffington Post, 6 October 2016

This week's Conservative Party plan to make some companies disclose how many foreign workers they employ may be controversial. But is a positive step forward for transparency, and could take the wind out of the sails of those peddling racist myths about immigration. Britain should learn from the Philippines, where radical transparency around foreign worker permits is already a legal requirement. ...

The mandatory list, published in widely circulated newspapers as a classified ad by authorities, contains not only the names of the foreign nationals applying for the right to work in the Philippines. It also shows who their prospective employers are and gives some quite specific details about the work they are going to be doing. There are only a tiny number of corporate, educational and diplomatic work exceptions where this transparency requirement does not apply.

And the information isn't just being provided for passive public consumptions. Local workers can get actively involved in the system - and have their fair say: If anyone spots an illicit permit application in the public list, they have 30 days from publication to file an objection with employment authorities. If they can prove Filipino workers are willing and able to do the job applied for by the foreign national, the permit can still be revoked to protect local jobs. ...

In the absence of easy access to accurate, balanced information about immigrant workers, people become vulnerable to large-scale misinformation from far-right hate peddlers, and self-interested clickbait journalists. ...

London's chatting classes may use this as a disingenuous reason to discount the opinions of the rest of the country: But if people are never provided with full, factual information because the political elite are afraid of people power, who can blame them for accepting xenophobic propaganda at face value? ...

A Philippines-inspired, transparent foreign work permit system would give people back trust in the fairness of the immigration system. They could see, with their own eyes, irrefutable proof in their local newspaper that foreign worker numbers locally are in fact not as high as the far-right rabble rousers purport. Reading the job descriptions, they would realise that most foreign workers are in fact doing vital, community-sustaining jobs in sectors, such as healthcare, where there is a dire shortage of skilled professionals. ...

Real transparency around work permits would finally bring democratic decision making authority about immigration where it belongs: To ordinary people in local communities across the UK, rather than over-paid Whitehall bureaucrats with multiple postgrad degrees in law and jurisprudence. The Tory plans are a step in that direction, but more action is needed.

It's time to give people their voice back. In a democracy they are owed nothing less.
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Firms will be forced to reveal how many foreign staff they employ under tough new immigration reforms that can be brought in BEFORE Brexit, Amber Rudd promises
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 5 October 2016

Companies will be forced to reveal what proportion of their work force are foreign under new immigration rules that can be brought in before Brexit, Amber Rudd promised today.

The Home Secretary outlined tough new rules on foreign students and taxi drivers in her main speech to the Tory conference in Birmingham.

Ms Rudd has launched a consultation on new powers today as the Government works to outline its Brexit plans. ...

She announced plans to crack down on the 'generous' arrangements for students from abroad, saying they could be blocked from jobs if courses are not high enough quality.

Immigration checks will also be mandatory for taxi drivers, while landlords who rent to illegals could face jail sentences.

New measures forcing companies to reveal how many 'international' staff they employ will effectively name and shame firms which bring in foreigners rather than invest in talent at home. ...

From next autumn banks will have to do regular checks to ensure they are not providing 'essential banking services' to illegal migrants.

But Mrs Rudd said while immigration had 'brought benefits to the nation', wider steps needed to be taken to control numbers.

'This is why I want to reduce net migration while continuing to ensure we attract the brightest and the best,' she said.

'Because it's only by reducing the numbers back down to sustainable levels that we can change the tide of public opinion so once again immigration is something we can all welcome.'

Mrs Rudd said that meant looking across 'work and study routes'.

'This will include examining whether we should tighten the test companies have to take before recruiting from abroad,' she said.

'The test should ensure people coming here are filling gaps in the labour market, not taking jobs British people could do.

'But it's become a tick box exercise, allowing some firms to get away with not training local people. We won't win in the world if we don't do more to upskill our own workforce...

'So I want us to look again at whether our immigration system provides the right incentives for businesses to invest in British workers.'

Mrs Rudd said the government would also look for the first time at whether immigration rules for students should be 'tailored to the quality of the course and the quality of the educational institution'. ...

Mrs Rudd said the government would push ahead proposals to overhaul legislation to make it easier to deport foreign criminals. ...

The Home Secretary confirmed that the government would be following through on a manifesto commitment to set up a new £140 million Controlling Migration Fund – designed to ease the pressures on public services in areas of high migration.
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More than half favour immigration controls over trade, poll reveals
Sky News, 3 October 2016

More than half of Britons think having complete control over immigration policy is more important than access to the EU single market in Brexit negotiations, a Sky Data Snap Poll reveals.

Some 52% prioritise controlling immigration while 40% think access to the single market is more important - 7% answered "don't know".

The findings come as Theresa May hit the headlines with a conference speech seen as focusing on a "hard Brexit", insisting "we will decide for ourselves how we control immigration". ...

As with the EU referendum vote itself, the Sky Data poll revealed a marked divide in opinion by age.

Those aged 18-34 would prioritise the single market 57% to 38%, while those aged 55 or older prioritised border control 65% to 27%. ...

Sky Data interviewed a nationally representative sample of 1,003 Sky customers by SMS on 30 September 2016. Data are weighted to the profile of the population.
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'We need BULLDOG SPIRIT' Top general calls for Marines to defend Channel from migrants
Marco Giannangeli
Sunday Express, 2 October 2016

One of Britain's most respected military generals last night backed calls for the Royal Marines to defend the English Channel against illegal migrants making the crossing by boat.

Maj General Julian Thompson, a former Royal Marine who led British ground forces in the retaking of the Falkland Islands in 1982, warned that the Government "can no longer afford to delay" taking action to halt the increasing number of unauthorised dinghies washing up on British shores. ...

Gen Thompson said indications by presidential hopeful Nicholas Sarkozy that he would push Britain's border with France back from Calais to Dover would "only exacerbate the problem".

"We have only five Border Force cutters to patrol our entire coastline. But one is in the Aegean Sea while another is usually in dry dock for maintenance. That leaves just three to patrol the 700 miles between Cornwall and East Anglia, let alone the whole 11,000 miles of Britain's coastline," he said.

"The EU will not and cannot stop these smugglers."

Urging Teresa May to adopt the "Falklands Spirit" he said Britain could not afford to wait until next year for promised additional vessels. ...

"Key to the Falklands Victory was the use of STUFT Ships: "Ships Taken Up From Trade" – merchantmen of all sorts.

"We need STUFT Ships now. We could requisition a dozen fast, twin-engined civilian sea-going motor cruisers, and equip them with gun mountings, military radars and communications systems. The RN or Royal Naval Reserve can crew them. ...

"We need to do this next week, not next year."

To enhance Channel traffic Control radars, six Britten Norman Islander aircraft, fitted with electronic surveillance equipment, should also be bought or leased, along with pilots, he added.

Aerostat balloons, cheaper than helicopters or drones and able to scan 37 miles to the nearest French ports and beaches, could used to plug gaps in maritime surveillance.
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Jeremy Corbyn could heal Labour's immigration divide. Sadly, he's doing the opposite
Jonathan Freedland
The Guardian, 1 October 2016

In this haze of obfuscation, Jeremy Corbyn shines bright as a beacon of clarity. /.../ but on the intimately related issue of free movement he made his position crystal clear this week. In so doing, he confirmed that immigration has emerged as the defining dividing line in his fractious party.

Corbyn's stance is admirable and principled. ...

It is a noble case, a rare defence of migrants, a group routinely maligned. The trouble is, Corbyn's stance is directly at odds with large swaths of his own party: those who would think of themselves as Labour realists. /.../ They are united in believing that the verdict of the electorate is now unmistakable. The voters want immigration controlled, they declared that loud and clear on 23 June and they can be ignored no longer.

I confess I find myself deeply torn on this most radioactive of topics. ...

And yet, I cannot ignore what Rayner, Reeves and the rest are saying. None of them is a racist. None hates migrants. None of them would, I believe, be calling for increased controls on immigration if they could see another option. But they are simply listening to what has become the settled will of the people they represent.

This divide goes deeper than just immigration. It touches on class and geography too. ...

... For many, free movement is the price that has to be paid for the prize of single market membership. Corbyn's position is: let's give up the prize, but keep paying the price. At a stroke, he angers both Labour's remainers and its leavers, depriving both of what they cherish most. Whatever the opposite of a political sweet spot is, Corbyn has found it. ...

... What if it's not just the strain on services and pressure on pay that makes people fear immigration? What if it's actually more nebulous, and more toxic, questions of culture and identity that lie at the heart of this matter?

Easing the shortage of homes or GP appointments and boosting wages would certainly draw some of the sting from the immigration question. Government should take those steps. But it's optimistic to imagine that such action would dispel all the rage MPs such as Reeves are encountering every day. It amounts to telling voters that they don't understand their own feelings, that their concern over the changing face of their communities is simply an error, a case of false consciousness that will recede with a sufficient injection of public cash.
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Assimilation and the immigration debate: shifting people's attitudes
Eric Kaufmann
LSE / British Politics and Policy, 1 October 2016
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London]

In a hard-hitting piece in a recent Fabians' report by senior Labour figures, Facing the Unknown, pollster James Morris writes that Labour must engage with the genuine concerns many ordinary Britons have about immigration. However, Labour's leaders continue to deflect concerns onto the comfortable terrain of public spending and local planning. /.../ Unfortunately, academic research suggests these policies will have little or no effect on the public's view of immigration.

The consensus from scholarly research across the West is that cultural, not economic, motivations are central for those who want lower immigration. Immigration strips away the hazy illusion in the minds of many White Britons that their group is more or less the same thing as Britain. This ethnicises the majority, notably those who cherish their cultural traditions, myths and memories.

In response, politicians from Gordon Brown to David Cameron have articulated a centralised Britishness based on common values and institutions. But the question politicians need to be asking is not, 'What does it mean to be British,' but rather 'What does it mean to be White British' in an age of migration. This is not racist, but reflects the fact that all ethnic groups – including the majority – want their community to have a future.

One liberal way groups perpetuate themselves is by assimilating others who wish to join. ...

Having written about this following UKIP's ascent in 2014, I was curious whether knowing these facts might change the way White British people think about immigration. To find out, I conducted a survey, but split it into three random groups. All answered questions about immigration, but two of the groups were assigned to read a short passage about national identity. ...

... When White British respondents read a story about change and diversity, this made them slightly more worried about immigration than when they read no passage. But when they read about how immigrants are assimilating into their ethnic group, they became noticeably more relaxed. ...

It's also the case that national identity is not monolithic but in the eye of the beholder: some members of minority groups may prefer to see Britain as ever-changing while conservative white Britons consider it a timeless river. It's up to politicians to reach out to both with a different message, secure in the knowledge there is no single way of perceiving the nation.
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Archbishop of York says EU countries are 'shunting migrants' towards UK
The Guardian, 30 September 2016

The archbishop of York has accused European countries of pushing migrants towards Britain and warned that the UK should not be regarded as a "soft touch".

John Sentamu said the refugee camp in Calais only existed because the Schengen free-travel zone allowed migrants to move from the Middle East or Africa through Europe to the edge of the Channel without passport checks.

The Church of England's second-highest cleric told the Henley literary festival that the countries in the Schengen area should "own up to what they have created".

"I think it should be that, wherever the asylum seekers arrive in that particular place, you have a responsibility for their care, their love," the Daily Mail reported him saying.

"Schengen countries have not done that with the 'Jungle' and I, for one – as much as I am sympathetic and I feel sorry for the number of people genuinely seeking asylum – I think really the issue lies with the Schengen countries and they cannot see Britain as a soft touch."

Sentamu, who fled Idi Amin's regime in Uganda in 1973 for the UK, visited the Calais camp in June.

He said the UK could not be held responsible for the camp because it had never been part of the visa-free zone. ...

"Every nation is shunting them and shunting them and shunting them in the hope that they will end up in the UK." ...

The archbishop praised David Cameron's policy of giving aid to Middle Eastern nations to help refugees stay in their home countries.

In comments that could spark criticism from refugee groups, Sentamu said that Britain should begin naval patrols of the Libyan coast to prevent people smuggling.

"What I never understood is, given the ability and the number of British ships we've got, why aren't they patrolling the coast around Libya to stop people getting into boats?" he asked.
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Arrests of illegal immigrants HALVES - but ministers insist they are tackling problems
Rebecca Perring
Daily Express, 30 September 2016

The number of illegal workers arrested in the UK has almost HALVED in just two years, despite repeated promises from the Home Office to tackle the problem.

Shocking figures show the number of foreigners found to be working in the UK illegally has declined by 41 per cent.

Between 2013 and 2014, 8,143 illegal immigrants were found to be unlawfully employed in the UK.

In stark contrast, just 4,814 were uncovered between 2015 and 2016.

A drop in the number of illegal workers sent back home also emerged in results from a Freedom of Information Request.

During 2013 and 2014, the Home Office booted out 3,400 illegal immigrants.

But this had slumped by 27 per cent with 1,295 caught by 2015 and 2016. ...

Alp Mehmet, vice-chairman of the MigrationWatch campaign, said: "These figures simply show that the response to illegal immigration has fallen woefully short.

"While the government's latest legislation has led to welcome new measures to tackle the problem, it will be just as important for those enforcing the immigration rules to have the resources they need to do the job."
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Historian: Crooked School Lessons Present Islam as Peaceful, Demonise Christians
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 30 September 2016

A historian has slammed the double standards employed in French schools which present Muslim conquerors as peaceful and brilliant, and Christians as backwards oppressors.

Against the backdrop of terror attacks and rising Islamic extremism worldwide, teacher and author Barbara Lefebvre contends that education on Islam has "never been more necessary". But the historian, who has published several books on the Holocaust, argues that textbooks' sanitisation of Muslim conquests and their presentation of an Islamic supremacist version of history is completely unhelpful.

The historian says textbooks focus on the "peaceful coexistence" of Muslims and Christians and that official guidelines tell teachers not to study "events that tend to emphasise the warlike contacts".

She draws attention to the fact that, incredibly, books use the term "resuming control" when describing Mohammed's conquests of previously non-Muslim areas. This presents as legitimate "reconquests" the warlord's bloody takeovers of regions that were never previously Muslim, nor his territory.

This directive is ignored, she notes, when it comes to the Crusades, as prominent textbooks title their chapter on the subject of Christian self-defence "Violent Holy Wars". This period of history, and the Spanish people's reconquest of their own country, is told through a series of bloodthirsty "crimes", Lefebvre notes.

The focal point of peaceful cooperation between the two religions is exemplified by trading relations in the French curriculum. However, Lefebvre observes that even this narrative follows a Muslim supremacist agenda as textbooks "unanimously describe Islamic civilisation as 'brilliant'" and claim that all the West is hugely in debt to Arabic science. ...

The professor describes as "disconcerting" the fact that textbooks rely entirely on Muslim sources for accounts of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

As a result, pupils in French classrooms are taught that non-Muslims welcomed being conquered and invaded as "a blessing". ...

By focusing on an idealised image of "peaceful coexistence" under Muslim rule, Lefebvre blasts the narrative French schools project by completely neglecting to clarify the conditions under which non-Muslims were forced to live. ...

Further, she argues that to summarise the life of non-Muslims living under Islamic rule as being protected in return for a tax is completely dishonest. ...

Lefebvre notes that while textbooks devote whole pages to crimes committed by Europeans, Arab crimes are completely omitted. A clear example of this, she points out, is that textbooks neglect to mention Muslims' 13 centuries-long enslavement of Africans. ...

The professor argues that it's wrong that the issue of Islamic slavery is completely absent from classrooms when children learn that the suffering of Africans throughout the centuries "comes down to the Transatlantic Slave Trade".

Furthermore, she brings up the fact that it's impossible to find any history of Arab Muslims opposing slavery, "unlike Europeans who fought for the abolition of this inhuman trade against their slave contemporaries".
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How tragic that Corbyn has learnt nothing from my government's mistakes over immigration
Jack Straw
Daily Mail, 29 September 2016

By 2014 nearly 800,000 Poles had settled here.

Overall there are now 5.5 million UK residents who are foreign nationals, and more than eight million who are foreign born. ...

Well, 100,000 people live in my former constituency of Blackburn.

It's neither racist nor xenophobic to point out that three times the total population of this fine town had to be absorbed in Britain last year, on top of numbers not much smaller in previous years.

The UK has one of the highest and best-enforced minimum wages in the EU – which can act as a magnet to people who live on the Continent. ...

It's certainly the case that many employers give jobs to East Europeans because they don't believe they can recruit indigenous workers.

But that is not the perception of many lower-income British voters.

I have met too many people, as decent and hard working as anyone – who complain bitterly that their living standards and their opportunities have been adversely affected by mass migration – to dismiss their concerns as fabricated.

These were and are traditionally seen by Labour as 'our people' – not in a condescending way, but because my party came into existence precisely to improve the lives of the working classes (or whatever euphemism we may use today).

But 'our people' have tragically been deserting my party. ...

But it's a mistake to assume that concerns about unrestricted migration are confined to white voters.

I met plenty of people while I was canvassing for Remain in the EU referendum who were first or second generation immigrants who were also very worried.

How on earth, they asked me, can this country accommodate net migration of up to 300,000 a year, on top of natural growth in our population, without this straining public services and living standards?

No doubt many of those people voted for Brexit back in June. ...

In his conference speech yesterday, Jeremy Corbyn half-acknowledged these uncomfortable truths about our lost voters.

He counselled against 'patronising or lecturing' those who voted Leave: 'We have to hear their concerns about jobs, about public services, about wages, about immigration, about a future for their children.'

But 'hearing' is one thing. 'Listening and learning' is quite another – and tragically for my party, as well as the country, Mr Corbyn showed no sign he is proposing to act on what he has heard.

Quite the opposite – for it seems to be his stated position this week that he does not want to restrict immigration at all.

That, he says, would only fan the 'flames of fear'. ...

It's curious, too, that Mr Corbyn has manoeuvred himself to defend a situation – huge net migration into Britain – that was never the policy objective of any political party, still less ever endorsed by voters.

When did the Labour Party ever commit itself to that, Jeremy? Never, is the answer. ...

Overall, as I witnessed in my former constituency, which now has more than a third of its population of Asian heritage, we Brits have shown remarkable readiness to adapt to new neighbours from abroad.

But what voters want, and the country needs, is a government getting a grip, clearly taking steps to control who comes into this country.

Almost every Labour MP I know wants that.
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Science centres must engage with more diverse audiences or risk becoming 'obsolete'
Tom Anstey
Attractions Management, 29 September 2016

Linda Conlon, chief executive of Newcastle's International Centre for Life, has said science centres need to engage with more diverse audiences, particularly refugee and migrant groups.

Echoing some of the sentiments of Elizabeth Rasekoala, who said during her keynote speech at this year's Ecsite conference that 'Eurocentric' science centres were hindering education in STEM for black youths, Conlon said that science centres need to engage with refugees and migrants or risk becoming "obsolete". ...

"Migration of people in and out of countries has produced an emotional backlash against immigration, refugees and indeed the entire idea of globalisation. Starkly put, economic issues affect the head, identity issues hit the heart," said Conlon, speaking at the Association of Science and Technology Centres (ASTC) annual conference in Tampa, Florida. ...

"There will come a point, sooner for some of us than others, when the current core audience becomes the minority. When that tipping point inevitably occurs - we need to be ready," said Conlon.
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ISIS INVASION: Thousands of jihadis headed for Europe as spooks predict wave of terror
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 27 September 2016

Islamic State (ISIS) is set to unleash a wave of terror on Europe as thousands of jihadis head back to the continent from Syria and Iraq, security chiefs have warned today. ...

And now the EU's counter-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove has warned that thousands more trained, violent and mentally unhinged jihadis are heading home from the Middle East with the intention of wreaking havoc on Europe's streets. ...

Mr de Kerchove, who is the EU's senior anti-terror official, told MEPs: "The terrorist threat has never been so high in the last 20 years.

"We fear that Daesh might step-by-step move to other modus operandi. Car bombs might be one. We know how much they learn how to build vehicle-borne improvised explosive device. And there is a concern as well on the use of chemical weapons." ...

More than 5,000 EU passport holders are believed to have travelled to conflict areas in Syria and Iraq, and it is feared many of them will come back and launch attacks at home now that the dream of an Islamic Caliphate has all but vanished.

Mr de Kerchove said: "A serious issue is the returnees, the exodus of the fighters, not if because we are sure that it will happen, but when the Caliphate will collapse.

"How will we handle not hundreds but thousands of fighters who will either want to go to another hotspot – Libya is probably the most obvious one but there are many others where they can hide – or they may want to get back home? ..."

The anti-terror chief also warned of a worrying side effect of an EU-wide drive to stop Europeans from travelling to join ISIS in the Middle East, which has meant they have stayed at home and become radicalised online instead.

He said: "We have fewer and fewer Europeans going to Syria because it is more difficult to reach Syria these days, but we have more and more people inspired."

And Mr de Kerchove warned that ISIS recruiters are in particular targeting Syrian refugees arriving in Europe, who are seen as easy prey for radicalisation.
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Iraqi crime lord dubbed the 'Godfather of traffickers' made £364,500 a MONTH smuggling migrants into the UK from France
Sam Tonkin
MailOnline, 27 September 2016

An Iraqi crime lord dubbed the 'Godfather of traffickers' and king of the Calais Jungle made £364,500 a month smuggling migrants into Britain from France.

Twana Jamal, 36, was busted after fed-up migrants turned on him and tipped off the authorities about his illegal cross-Channel operation.

UK police are now working to smash the British arm of his smuggling empire by tracking down fellow gang members and seizing Jamal's cash.

His personal fortune includes more than £1 million made from charging migrants £4,500 a time to bring them to Britain, according to The Sun.

The money is said to have been funnelled through criminal 'bankers' in London's Kurdish community and laundered under the guise of car washes and restaurants.

Jamal was also reported to be the 'go-to' guy for getting to the UK from other camps along the French coast, ferrying lorry loads of migrants at a rate of 80-a-month.

Police estimate the operation netted £4 million this year alone – but that is feared to be the tip of the iceberg in a trade worth £3.5 billion a year. ...

He has since been jailed for five years.

Jamal's gang was one of more than 200 busted by French authorities so far this year.
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Four in Ten Brits Would Sacrifice EU Trade If It Meant Drop In Immigration
Owen Bennett
The Huffington Post, 26 September 2016

More than four in ten Brits would be prepared to lose trade with the EU if it meant a drop in migration from the continent, an exclusive poll for HuffPost UK reveals.

A BMG opinion poll released today reveals 43 per cent of voters agree that a reduction in trade with the EU is a "price worth paying" for getting back control of immigration.

Just 26 per cent disagreed.

Unsurprisingly, Ukip voters are the most prepared to make the sacrifice, with 75 per cent of those who support the anti-EU party willing to accept less trade for more immigration control.

Among Tory voters, 59 per cent support the compromise, as do 32 per cent of Labour voters. ...

Today's opinion poll findings come as an increasing number of Labour figures admit that scrapping freedom of movement is preferable to the UK staying in the Single Market.

Last week, Rachel Reeves, Emma Reynolds and Stephen Kinnock all backed calls for free movement of EU citizens to the UK to be abolished, while in an interview with the HuffPost UK Jonathan Reynolds said some voters had "genuine emotional concerns" over high levels of immigration.

Even Chuka Umunna – a prominent Remain campaigner and chair of Vote Leave Watch – admitted he would sacrifice Single Market membership in exchange for ending current rules on free movement.
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'Bribed' to go home: Illegal migrants given hugely generous packages to persuade them to leave UK
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 25 September 2016

Thousands of illegal immigrants are being offered bribes to leave Britain with 'tailored packages' that include free flights, money to start up businesses and help with finding schools for their children.

The Home Office is also offering failed asylum seekers and those who overstay their visa an amnesty from arrest if they attend meetings to discuss their return.

And they are promising that anyone who leaves voluntarily could be allowed back into the UK in as little as two years, whereas those forcibly deported are banned from returning for a decade.

In an astonishing example of the official drive to effectively 'pay' illegal immigrants to leave, a senior immigration official has even appeared on a spiritual guru's TV show to promote the new measures.

But critics say the generous terms of the Voluntary Returns Scheme amounts to a bribe that sends out the message that it is OK to be in the UK illegally.

Tory backbencher Andrew Bridgen said: 'This looks like a bribe for people who have already committed a criminal act by being here illegally. And it could act as an incentive for more people to come illegally.'

Conservative MP Philip Hollobone added: 'If people surrender themselves, it may be an arrest is not required but we should continue to arrest illegal immigrants.'

It is estimated as many as a million illegal immigrants may be living in Britain, either having overstayed their visas or having smuggled themselves into the country.

Experts admit that the Government does not have the resources to find and deport all of them. ...

Surgeries are being held at Sikh gurdwaras and Hindu temples, mainly in North and West London, to agree travel plans. ...

The Home Office has paid failed asylum seekers and those whose visas have expired to return home since 1999. However, the latest figures show the numbers taking this up have fallen, from a high of 6,200 in 2006 to just 1,635 last year.

In 2012-13, the most recent year for which detailed figures are available, £8.8 million was spent on the scheme including £2.1 million on flights and £37,000 on travel documents, with much of the rest going on help for the returnees to start new lives back home. Each individual can get up to £2,000.

A Home Office spokesman said the new system aims to save £5 million a year, adding: 'Enforced returns cost the taxpayer several thousand pounds. Helping those depart voluntarily costs much less.'
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What If Muslim Immigrants Don't Want to Be "Like Us"?
Leon Hadar
The National Interest, 25 September 2016

So it was perhaps not surprising that while some of the leaders of the much-derided anti-immigration movement in nineteenth-century America known as the "Know-Nothings" were actually opposed to slavery, and supported extending more rights to women, they were also opposed to the immigration of Catholics into the country, believing that the followers of the pope and his illiberal traditions could end up halting the march towards progress.

The notion of a progressive or a liberal calling for restricting immigration would today sound mind-bending, if not a contradiction in terms. ...

... Presumably the same economic, social and cultural pressures that eventually helped Anglicize the Catholics and the Jews in this country would do magic for today's Muslim immigrants. And those who don't share that expectation are part of the reactionary past: angry old white men who cannot come to terms with the changing demographics of the country. ...

But wait a minute. Why do things seem to be happening in reverse in the case of many young Muslim immigrants in Europe and the United States? Their grandmothers, growing up in the 1950s in, say, Alexandria, actually looked "like us," wearing the latest European fashion and a spiffy swimsuit on the beach. It's their granddaughters who are now wearing veils, the hijab and the burkini to make sure that they don't look "like us." ...

So while the liberal West has been opening its doors to Muslim immigration, shrinking Christian communities in the Middle East are being decimated and its members, facing a radical Islamic assault, are forced to leave countries where their ancestors had resided before the Arab invasion.

Liberals who adhere to the Whig interpretation of history face a dilemma. They cannot accept the idea that many Muslims living in the West, not unlike members of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Israel and the United States, don't want to be "like us," and if anything detest the liberal and secular values that prevail in the United States and Europe. ...

And as multiculturalism becomes a form of secular religion in the West, many liberals also try to deal with their cognitive dissonance by insisting on the preservation, if not the celebration, of regressive Muslim traditions, like the hijab. Liberal intellectuals, who spend much of their time denigrating evangelical Christians and warning of their plans to challenge the rights of women and gays, become apoplectic if someone dares to criticize Muslim traditions. Islamophobia!

Demonstrating the challenges liberals have in trying to keep their progressive narrative intact, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a self-styled feminist and a leading global promoter of multiculturalism, appeared recently at a gender-segregated event in a mosque, singing the praise of Islam on the main floor where only men were permitted, while women were watching Trudeau from the balcony.

"Right now we have these political leaders – ironically, politically liberal leaders – who are just putting blinders on their eyes about their values," Asra Nomani, a liberal Muslim, told Canada's National Post. ...

Perhaps not such an irony. As liberals like Trudeau discover that Muslim immigrants are not ready to become "like us," they conclude that they are left with only one choice: to become more like them.
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The great Brexit hate crime myth: How claims of an epidemic of race crimes since the referendum are simply false [part 1]
Guy Adams
Daily Mail, 24 September 2016

A fully-loaded gravy train clattered into the Grange City Hotel in central London on Thursday morning, when around 50 smartly dressed men and women shuffled across deep-pile carpets into its air-conditioned conference centre.

The group – or rather their employers – had each paid between £359 and £575 to attend the day-long event.

Some of these people were civil servants, others charity workers and academics. A handful worked in the private sector, though rather more appear to be employed by the taxpayer, via local councils, British police forces, and the Crown Prosecution Service.

The event bringing this eclectic and well bankrolled crowd together was the sixth annual Tackling Hate Crime Conference – an expensive and painstakingly organised shindig staged each autumn by the £6.5 billion FTSE 100 corporation Capita.

Its purpose, according to promotional literature, was to provide a forum to discuss how best to 'respond to the surging growth of hate crime' in the UK, which (the same literature breathlessly insisted) has 'risen 57 per cent since the EU referendum vote'. ...

'There is more hate crime in London than in the whole of the United States,' claimed a 'keynote' speaker called Mark Hamilton, who is Assistant Chief Constable of Northern Ireland. ...

All very sobering. Or so you might think. But behind the lurid rhetoric, not everything was quite as it seems. Take, for example, the conference organiser's headline claim: that hate crime has 'risen 57 per cent since the EU referendum vote'.

This eye-catching figure has certainly done the rounds in recent months, regularly bandied about by liberal commentators, the BBC and Left-wing newspapers.

Yet dig into its provenance and things soon start to smell distinctly whiffy. For the '57 per cent' number was actually plucked from a single press release issued by the National Police Chief's Council on June 27, four days after the EU ballot took place.

The document in question specifically stated that police forces had recorded 'no major spikes in tensions' since Britain went to the polls.

However, its footnote added that 85 people had logged hate crime 'incidents' on True Vision, a website that records unverified allegations of such behaviour, during the four days in question, up from 54 during the corresponding period a month earlier.

What exactly did this mean? The police press release made things clear. 'This should not be read as a national increase in hate crime of 57 per cent but an increase in reporting through one mechanism' over a single 96-hour period.

Fast forward three months, however, and the number was being used very differently.

As we have seen above, organisers of the Tackling Hate Crime Conference were using it to allege that hate crime had risen by 57 per cent across Britain during the entire period since the Brexit vote.

This is demonstrably untrue. Or, to put things another way, Capita was shamelessly promoting its £600-a-head event by falsely representing unverified raw data that had been collected over the internet during a single four-day period in June.

When the Mail put this to Capita, the firm instantly deleted the 57 per cent claim from its promotional literature, describing its inclusion as 'an innocent error'. ...
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The great Brexit hate crime myth: How claims of an epidemic of race crimes since the referendum are simply false [part 2]
Guy Adams
Daily Mail, 24 September 2016

For the more you investigate, the more it turns out to be a deeply cynical industry where dishonesty and hysteria reign, truth has been replaced with Left-wing dogma, and verifiable facts no longer count for very much at all. ...

Surveys by the respected and politically neutral think-tank Pew Research, along with the prestigious British Social Attitudes Survey, show racial prejudice in long-term and perhaps terminal decline.

Yet despite such trends, we are routinely described as being in the grip of a hate crime 'epidemic' where a few high-profile incidents – such as the appalling recent murder of a Polish immigrant on the streets of Harlow (which may or may not eventually prove to be race-related) – are said to represent the tip of a sinister iceberg, and where the number of hate offences seems to grow year by year.

(In 2014/15, police recorded 52,528 of them. The previous year, the number was 44,471. In 2012/3, it was 42,255.)

So how can we explain the disconnect? Let's start with another pressing fact: that hate crime also happens to be one of the great political buzz-phrases of the moment. To this end, virtually the first thing new Home Secretary Amber Rudd did after taking office was to launch a 'hate crime action plan'. ...

Elsewhere, universities such as Leicester and Sussex employ academics in 'centres' for 'hate crime studies'. The taxpayer hands over six-figure grants to charities which seek to 'combat' or 'monitor' hate crime.

Police forces employ staff to log it. Councils such as Kensington and Chelsea now have a 'community support officer for hate crime'.

The Crown Prosecution Service has a 'hate crime co-ordinator' in all 13 regions, plus 'area-based Equality, Diversity and Community Engagement Managers' who 'contribute to the delivery of the Hate Crime Assurance Scheme'.

These people, whose leading lights spent Thursday at Capita's conference, often owe their jobs, status and mortgages to the fashionable perception that hate crime is somehow spiralling out of control.

That, in turn, has led to two distinct trends. The first is a relentless pressure to widen the number of people able to describe themselves as 'victims' of such crimes. ...

In such a febrile environment, where almost anyone seems to be a potential victim, should we really be surprised if reported 'hate' incidents are on the rise?

Of course it should be stressed that genuine hate crime is not to be tolerated. ...

The problem, however, comes when the definition of what constitutes a hate crime becomes risibly vague. After all, the subjective way in which the police (who increasingly resemble glorified social workers) now categorise such offences is hardly forensic.

Under their official guidance, hate crime is now deemed to be 'any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice.'

Proof of such intent is not necessarily required, the guidance adds: 'Evidence of ... hostility is not required ... [The] perception of the victim, or any other person, is the defining factor.' ...

The second great modern trend has been for the police, assorted quangocrats and other publicly funded organisations to go to extreme lengths to ensure the number of reported hate crimes is as high as possible.
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Britain's top mandarins
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2016

Britain's attempt to engage with Commonwealth countries and rest of the world is being undermined by an overwhelmingly white Foreign Office and Brexit department, former equalities chief Trevor Phillipshas said.

Mr Phillips said the absence of black and ethnic minority faces in the senior civil service gave the impression that the UK had "not moved on from the days of colonialism".

A report commissioned by Green Park, a recruitment agency, found that there were no employees of Black or Chinese/Other Asian origin in the top four grades within the key departments dealing with the UK's economic relationships with the rest of the world.

The study found that 16 of the 24 ministerial departments had 100 per cent white senior management teams. ...

Mr Phillips – who chairs Green Park Diversity Analytics which researches diversity in the private and public sector – said: "In a new world where our civil service has a vital role in helping our businesses to build fresh trading relationships, Sir Humphrey has to start pulling his weight and utilise to the full our country's diverse talents.

"At the very least we may be losing out on valuable cultural insights which could give us a competitive advantage in global markets."

Raj Tulsiani, Green Park's chief executive, said the figures showed that the UK "still have a very long way to go to achieve the best public leadership mix our diverse society can offer".

A Cabinet Office spokesman said: "We do not recognise the statistics used in this report. Recent figures from March 2015 show that 10.6 per cent of civil servants are from a BAME background and 4.1 per cent are in the Senior Civil Service."

"The Civil Service is committed to being a place where, regardless of background, everyone can thrive. Our aspiration is to be the UK's most inclusive employer.

"We are working hard to increase diversity in the Civil Service, including the representation of BAME staff at the most senior grades."
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We must ensure the NHS gains from Brexit
J Meirion Thomas
ConservativeHome, 22 September 2016
[Meirion Thomas was until recently a Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]

Whatever is decided, there must be no compromise on correcting the harm done to the NHS by uncontrolled migration from the EU. As of January 2016, the population of the European Union was 510.1 million and currently, all of those people, if they chose to exercise their Treaty rights to reside in UK, would, from the moment of arrival, be entitled to full and free NHS care, without the exclusion of pre-existing conditions. Needless to say, this automatic right is not offered or reciprocated elsewhere in Europe.

This happens because of the Department of Health's definition of "ordinarily resident" (OR) status, and because free NHS care is dependent on residency rather than contribution. This is contrary to any other European country with a healthcare system comparable to ours. The Department of Health's document "Guidance on implementing the overseas visitor hospital charging regulations 2015" states that a person is defined as ordinarily resident "if that residence is lawful and for settled purposes as part of the regular order of their life, whether of long or short duration".

Furthermore, "a person can be ordinarily resident in more than one country at once" and "it is perfectly possible to be ordinarily resident from the day of arrival providing that person has taken up settled residence". This definition of OR provides an incontestable loophole for any EU health tourist to gain access to the NHS. I saw this happening on many occasions in my role as a specialist cancer surgeon. ...

This concept of ordinarily resident was not imposed on us by EU decree. It was created in Whitehall and is not contained in any Act of Parliament. It was extrapolated from House of Lords judicial reviews, all delivered before 1983, and relating to education and immigration disputes. ...

During the referendum debates, we were reminded that the NHS is heavily dependent on foreign trained doctors, about half of whom come from EU countries. Sadly, for decades, 30-40 per cent of all new doctors registering with the General Medical Council (GMC) are foreign-trained, because we don't train enough doctors of our own. Every year there are several thousand disappointed school leavers with the required A-level grades who can't obtain a place in a British medical school. This is a tragic loss of resource for the NHS and amounts to a governmental admission that it's cheaper to import doctors than to educate them. Should the UK be so continuously dependent on so many foreign-trained doctors? ...

... The entry criteria for some European medical schools are not as stringent as our own and the GMC has no control over their standards, such as hours and quality of tuition or their curriculum. ...

For these reasons, before Article 50 is triggered, there must be rigorous and well-rehearsed policies in place to protect the NHS and its patients. There should be no compromise on the two issues discussed in this article. These measures will help to reduce capacity pressures in the NHS, improve standards of care and save taxpayers' money. The amount saved should be used to train more British medical students.
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Pro-immigration activists are adopting BLACKMAIL tactics
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 22 September 2016

Emotional blackmail is the hallmark of the pro-immigration brigade.

To silence the opponents of open borders these ideologues constantly indulge in bullying, deceitful sentimentality.

That instinct for manipulation was on full display at Westminster this week in a tasteless stunt pulled by immigration fanatics.

Supported by a host of Leftwing pressure groups and luvvies such as actress Juliet Stevenson, a refugee charity called the International Rescue Committee (IRC) arranged for 2,500 life-jackets to be laid out on the green in Parliament Square.

Each one had reportedly been worn by a refugee crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey to Greece.

The aim of the protest, we were told, was to raise awareness of the migrant crisis, as if any of us could have been oblivious to it. ...

Yet every element of their narrative is bogus.

They claim they want to save lives but their demand for even fewer border controls would actually provide further incentives for migrants to undertake perilous sea journeys. ...

The IRC agenda is a recipe for more deaths, more people trafficking, more sorrow. ...

Moreover our Government spends more than £12 billion a year on foreign aid, much of it directed at alleviating the refugee problem in Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

Nor do the protesters' demands show the slightest grasp of reality.

According to the United Nations, there are at least 65 million refugees in the world and 1.3 billion people living in extreme poverty.

With our infrastructure already under extreme pressure because of mass immigration Britain would be unable to cope with even a small fraction of those totals.

We cannot be the social worker or welfare officer for the entire world.

Nor is it remotely true that all those trying to reach our shores are genuine refugees fleeing persecution.

In fact the vast majority of them are young male economic migrants in search of a better life.

That explains why so many, even after they have arrived in safe European countries, are determined to travel on to Britain.

The squalor of the Jungle camp is a symbol not of our heartlessness but of our leniency.

If Britain was not such a soft touch the migrants would not gather at Calais. ...

Undiluted immigration has imported social upheaval, welfare burdens, Islamic extremism, organised misogyny and deadly terrorism into the heart of Europe.

Yet all that has been met without a bat squeak of protest from the metropolitan elitists.

Their only demand is for an even greater foreign influx.

They would never dream of bedecking Parliament Square with crosses for the victims of jihadism or candles for the targets of predatory gangs.

That is because their stance is all about demonstrating their supposed moral superiority.
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Fear of seeming racist is enabling female genital mutilation
Mary Wakefield
The Spectator, 24 September 2016

So where then is the great Facebook uprising over the news that there's been not a single successful prosecution in this country for female genital mutilation (FGM) though it's been illegal since 1985? It's happening here on an impressive scale: some 6,000 new cases have been reported by NHS staff in the past year alone – tens of thousands more go undiscovered. /.../ Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the Somali-born writer, suggests a system of compulsory checks at the beginning of each school year. Very sensible. So why no social media campaign?

The answer isn't that we don't care, I don't think. It's that our concern for the victims of FGM is, for the most part, trumped by our extreme reluctance to criticise another culture. In the case of drowned migrant children, we can attack our own government – a happy and popular pastime. To share the story about FGM in the UK means taking issue not just with evil Tories, but with the Somali diaspora in London. Is this racist? The question forms and hangs over us. We stay silent.

A similar silence fell over the usually opinionated middle classes during the Rotherham scandal in which thousands of white girls were groomed, tortured and raped by men from the British-Pakistani community. Where was the great fuss on Facebook about that? The same people who mind so much, and so visibly, about migrant children, barely turned a hair. ...

In the EU, the unemployment rate among the children of immigrants is almost 50 per cent higher than for the children of natives, says a 2015 OECD report. The EU guidance on the matter suggests that this is the result of racism. But it really can't help you in the workplace if your mother, father, aunties have all taught you to despise the society you live in.
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The immigration debate shouldn't be sugar-coated
Ed West
Spectator blog, 22 September 2016

Do you like Skittles? Do you like them so much you'd eat one from a packet even if you knew a couple were poisoned? Makes u think, ey?

This was the analogy Donald Trump Jr made this week about refugees and terrorism, a tweet which caused anger, not least from the company that makes Skittles, who responded: 'Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don't feel it's an appropriate analogy.'

This particular meme seems to have originated among feminists, who were making the point that it's no good saying that most men aren't violent rapists, because enough of them are to make problems: 'Imagine a bowl of M&Ms. 10 per cent of them are poisoned. Go ahead. Eat a handful.'

That seems like a reasonable point to me; denying the link between masculinity and violence, when 90 per cent of murders are committed by males, would be absurd. If you get in a car driven by a man rather than a woman your chances of being violently assaulted are far higher, and that is not an insult to men. It's a question of relative risk, and so it's quite reasonable for men to expect initial discrimination in some employment areas.

My only objection would be with the actual proportion. Nowhere like 10 per cent of men ever commit violent crime, and the percentage of Syrians who are terrorists is much smaller than the Skittles analogy suggests. A better one might be to suggest that one in every 100 packets contains a poisoned sweet – small overall, but I wouldn't buy any.

And the risk of terrorism posed by refugees is not non-existent. There are at least four studies showing that accepting refugees does increase the risk in the receiving state, although it's smaller in wealthy countries, largely due to better security infrastructure. The risk to non-OECD countries, who do take most refugees, is far higher.

The issue is essentially to what extent you think the risk is acceptable. ...

It is also about probability; rates of crime vary hugely across the world, so if one in a thousand people in the host country behaves violently, and one in a hundred of an incoming population do, then that difference will make a significant impact on a lot of people's lives.

The best way of looking at immigrant behaviour risk is not by comparing it with weird, random occurrences, such as the Economist do, but with natives. In Denmark, for example, Somali men commit rape at an estimated 26 times the Danish rate, adjusted for age: most Somali men are not rapists, but this is still relevant information people should know before allowing large numbers of migrants into their country. The media lose people's trust when they fail to address such matters.
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University can be 'psychologically destructive' for black students because they study so many white Europeans, NUS chief claims
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 21 September 2016

University can be 'psychologically destructive' for black students because they study so many white Europeans, according to the leader of the NUS.

Undergraduates with a non-white or non-European heritage found it difficult to 'relate to' their subjects, Malia Bouattia said.

It is the latest in a line of controversies for the 28-year-old - the first female black Muslim to be elected president of the National Union of Students.

She was previously condemned for arguing that it is Islamophobic to oppose ISIS and described one university as a 'Zionist outpost' because it has a large Jewish society. ...

An in an interview with the Guardian, Ms Bouattia - who last year ran a campaign titled 'Why is my curriculum white?' - renewed her attack on universities for entrenching racial divides. ...

'When we look at the incredibly Eurocentric curriculum, where people don't see themselves in what they're studying, and can't relate to it, and feel that their European counterparts hit the ground running, they can't see themselves advancing in the subjects.'

The comments come as universities try to meet a government target to increase numbers of black and minority ethnic undergraduates by a fifth by 2020.

Ms Bouattia was born in Algeria but grew up in Birmingham. ...

Emran Mian, director of the Social Market think tank, told the Times: 'About 14 per cent of academic staff in UK universities identify as being from a black or minority ethnic background and almost 17 per cent of students.

'While senior academic ranks may still be insufficiently diverse, the representation of minority perspectives in UK higher education should be improving.'
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Church of England seeks more black and minority ethnic clergy
Harriet Sherwood
The Guardian, 21 September 2016

The Church of England has appointed a senior figure to drive up the proportion of black and ethnic minority clergy against a backdrop of data showing the church is failing to match national demographics.

The proportion of black and minority ethnic (BAME) people among those embarking on the process of becoming a priest fell to 1.9% last year, compared with a share of the general population of about 15%.

In the previous four years, the proportion of BAME new ordinands fluctuated between 4% and 5%, according to analysis released by the C of E on Tuesday. The reasons for last year's drop is not known, but the overall trend since 1988, when the proportion was 0.3%, is upward.

The proportion of existing clergy who were BAME was 3.4% in 2015, up from 3% since 2010. ...

The C of E's new national minority ethnic officer will help dioceses to increase the number of BAME candidates for ordination. ...

David Isioru, a vicar in Handsworth, who recently presented a paper on black clergy to a British Sociological Association conference, said: "The under-representation of BAME [people] in the Church of England rests upon institutional racism."

However, he added, the church "recognises that BAME clergy are marginalised within the C of E, concentrated within inner-city parishes and prevented from career progression".
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English Heritage launch scheme to nominate more black and Asian people for blue plaques
Hannah Furness
Daily Telegraph, 21 September 2016

English Heritage is launching a new initiative to honour more black and minority ethnic public figures on their famous blue plaques.

The organisation said just four per cent of the 900 plaques currently on buildings in London commemorate black or Asian figures from history.

As of today, they are setting up a new working group tasked with nominating key people to join the prestigious list of names under the 150-year-old scheme. ...

The low numbers are partly down to a lack of public nominations for people who fulfil the blue plaque criteria and an absence or inaccessibility of historical records establishing a definitive link between the person and the building where they lived, English Heritage said.
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Labour urged to make immigration controls a key Brexit demand
Peter Walker
The Guardian, 20 September 2016

Ending the free movement of people from the European Union should become a key demand from Labour before the Brexit negotiations with the EU, according to a collection of essays from Labour figures.

Labour must accept that people who voted for Brexit had legitimate concerns over the scale of numbers arriving in Britain from the EU, according to the Fabian Society paper.

Gathering contributions from nine Labour MPs, as well as others within the party and from elsewhere in Europe, the report is billed as a chance for the party to start shaping its own post-Brexit narrative, rather than let the Conservatives dominate the debate.

In her contribution Rachel Reeves, the former shadow work and pensions secretary, noted that one study had found migration into the UK exerted a "slight drag" on workers' wages, but that remain campaigners had refused to acknowledge this effect.

"The remain campaign – and Labour in particular – had little to say to working class voters with whom we, above all the other parties, should have been able to communicate," Reeves wrote. "We did not offer any solutions to those who felt locked out from opportunities."

Reeves added: "Immigration controls and ending free movement has to be a red line post-Brexit – otherwise we will be holding the voters in contempt. ..."

Also writing for the paper, titled Facing the Unknown: Building a Progressive Response to Brexit, was Emma Reynolds, the Labour MP for Wolverhampton North-East. She argued that free movement must end even if it meant settling for a worse trade deal.

"My constituents in Wolverhampton voted overwhelmingly for leave, and their principal reason was immigration," she said.
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End low-skilled immigration. Work permits are the way to secure Brexit Britain's borders
Andrew Green
Daily Telegraph, 20 September 2016

Some 35 million EU nationals arrive in the UK every year. Of course, only those who intend to stay more than a year are counted as migrants. But the first key fact is that roughly 70 per cent of these EU migrants come here to work. This, therefore, is where we have to look to get the numbers down and reduce the strain on our public services and infrastructure.

The second key fact is that about 80 per cent of these EU workers are in low-skilled work, so a system of work permits confined to skilled workers would reduce the numbers substantially. It would not be the Australian system (which is designed to increase Australia's population). We have our own system which could be suitably adapted, as the Prime Minister has pointed out.

The number of such work permits would have to be capped, and we would need to assume that the EU would reciprocate with work permits in some form. But the truth is that though our present cap on non-EU workers has been heavily criticised by employers, in its five years of existence it has never, on an annual basis, been reached. So a well-judged cap on EU migration would reassure the public that the numbers were being brought under control without undue difficulties for industry. ...

In all the arguments that will arise it will be important to remain crystal clear about the objective. The public have voted for control of EU migration. Control must mean a substantial reduction in numbers or the public will rightly feel that they have been deceived. Our calculation is that, in the medium term, an immigration regime of the kind I have outlined would reduce net migration from the EU by about 100,000 a year from its present level of 180,000. That would be a major contribution towards the Government's overall objective of bringing immigration down to a reasonable and acceptable level. It would also be a win for us all.
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UN needs to stop lecturing us on economic migrants, says Ross Clark
Ross Clark
Daily Express, 20 September 2016

What Ban Ki-moon and the UN should be focusing on is the plight of people who are fleeing for their lives, and who make up a small proportion of the total number of international migrants.

According to the UN's own figures there are 244 million international migrants worldwide but only 19.5 million of them can be classified as refugees. ...

The country with the greatest number of Syrian refugees isn't France, Germany, Greece or even Turkey. It is Syria.

There are 13.5 million Syrians displaced within their own country. ...

Ban Ki-moon should be banging the drum for the UN's refugee programme non-stop, not spending his time trying to lecture countries on their policies towards economic migrants.

The Calais Jungle camp is a prime example of how efforts towards migrants have been misdirected. Over the past year it has attracted a non-stop troupe of UK charities, celebrities and assorted do-gooders, all trying to score virtue points. Yet Calais is a distraction from the real refugee crisis.

No doubt there are some who began their journeys to Calais as genuine refugees but rather more seem to be economic migrants trying to hitch a lift to a better life on the back of public sentiment.

That was the conclusion of Kassin Tokan, deputy chief executive of Bradford-based charity the Human Relief Foundation when he visited the camp a year ago.

He estimated that 95 to 97 per cent of occupants were single adult men and that most had no valid reason to leave their home countries other than economic betterment.

As a result of his visit the Human Relief Foundation redirected its efforts to help refugees still in the Middle East. ...

As Angela Merkel soon discovered when she briefly put out the welcome mat last summer, and as Sweden has also discovered as a result of its very liberal policy towards migrants, a developed country which extends an open invitation to people from much poorer countries is quickly overwhelmed by latterday Dick Whittingtons with over-optimistic visions of streets paved with gold. By contrast helping refugees in countries bordering Syria is a bargain.

According to the charity War Child it costs £2,300 a year to provide food, shelter, water and education for a Syrian child displaced to Lebanon. Providing the same help in Europe costs 10 times as much.

In other words the same money can help 10 times as many refugees if efforts are concentrated close to the source of the problem.

There is another reason for doing this: it is in the long-term interests of Syria. Syria might be a disaster now but one day the war will end.

When it does, the country will need hardworking people to rebuild it. It isn't going to get them if they have all been resettled in developed countries and spread around the globe.
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Gazza's 21st-century show trial should worry us all
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 20 September 2016

Is it a crime now to tell rubbish jokes? The bizarre and frankly cruel treatment of Paul Gascoigne suggests it might be. Yesterday, at Dudley Magistrates Court, Gazza was found guilty of using 'threatening or abusive words' and fined £2,000. His crime was to say the following about a black security guard who had been assigned to look after him during his show An Evening With Gazza at Wolverhampton Civic Hall last year: 'Can you smile please, because I can't see you?' Some people might find that funny; I, personally, don't. But a court case? A criminal record? A fine? For cracking a joke? The precedent set by this case is terrifying.

Next time one of our politicians does a lip-wobbly speech about foreign regimes that arrest comics and satirists, remember this criminalisation of Gazza. Remember that right here, in supposedly liberal Britain, where barely a day passes without some politician chirping about how free speech is our core value, you can be taken to court and fined for making a joke. Gazza's £2,000 punishment – £1,000 of which is a punitive fine, the other £1,000 compensation to the target of joke, Errol Rowe – means he's being forced to pay £222 for every word of what he thought was his amusing aside. ...

... A country in which a judge can rule that certain forms of humour are 'not acceptable', and punish you for dabbling in them, is not a free country.

... This is profoundly illiberal. Under the cover of tackling 'hate speech', everything from people's humour to their moral attitudes to our everyday conversation is being intensively policed and sometimes punished. The seemingly PC war on racist, sexist and Islamophobic language has opened the door to state monitoring of thought, speech and behaviour.
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Nearly 20,000 asylum cases that began at least NINE YEARS ago STILL haven't been settled... and the claims backlog is rising
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 20 September 2016

Nearly 20,000 asylum cases dating back at least nine years have not been resolved.

Another 4,403 applications classed as standard immigration that were filed before March 2007 are still 'live', according to official figures. ...

Figures slipped out by the Home Office show that in the year to June there were a total of 36,465 asylum applications, up more than 10,000 on the previous 12 month period and the highest since 2004.

But the number of initial decisions made on applications actually fell by 7 per cent year on year to 26,350 – pushing up the backlog.

As of the second quarter of this year, some 77,440 asylum cases were ongoing, with 20,300 awaiting an initial decision. Some 30,325 had been in progress for more than three years.

Mrs May scrapped the UK Border Agency (UKBA) in March 2013 - partly because of its poor performance in dealing with the huge backlog in cases.

Its functions were handed to three directorates within the Home Office - UK Visas and Immigration, Immigration Enforcement and Border Force.

These three directorates collectively spend some £1.8 billion per year.

In 2012, the department set up an 'Older Live Cases Unit' to deal with some 400,000 asylum and migration claims dating back to before March 2007 that were still in the system.

This caseload was reduced to 41,000 cases after a review which removed errors, duplicates and individuals who had already left the country.

But at the end of the second quarter of this year there were still 19,359 of the asylum applications outstanding after more than nine years. Another 4,403 immigration cases remained unresolved. ...

A Home Office spokesman said: 'This Government has worked to ensure that the legacy asylum claims made before March 2007 received a decision by the end of 2014.

'Where the decision was to refuse their claim these people should make arrangements to leave the UK and if they do not do so enforcement action may be considered. ...'

The spokesman said the figures included some records where there was no evidence the individual was still in the country.
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My cure for a divided Britain? A programme of managed immigration
Stephen Kinnock
The Guardian, 19 September 2016

The EU referendum revealed a divided Britain and it's clear: nothing polarises attitudes like immigration. One end believes it's a universal good – economically and as a real-life expression of British openness. At the other, immigration is seen as the cause of changes many people believe have relegated them to the outside of their communities. The former are portrayed as politically correct elitists, running the country in their own interests; the latter are denounced as racist nationalists.

It's an issue we must tackle head on, because we've seen where ignoring it leads: exit from Europe, fractured communities, and the emergence of a publicly confident racism. ...

Addressing immigration is also vital to the left because the national divide is particularly deep when it comes to the broad coalition that makes up the Labour vote. ...

I believe there's a new approach to immigration that Labour, and Britain, must take in the post-referendum era. It's no cheap imitation of Ukip, nor an "electoral ploy", but an approach born of progressive values and our desire to see them realised. The starting point must be to view our core values through the prism of immigration, and to conclude that immigration itself is not a leftwing value. I am resolutely pro-immigration, yet I don't see immigration as a value; I see it as a social and economic dynamic. The difference is vital.

Being pro-immigration means making it an economic, social and political success in the long term: as much immigration as is possible and sustainable, limited only by our ability to create the environment for all of Britain to thrive and feel valued.

The referendum had a clear message: the limitless nature of freedom of movement, despite its proven economic benefits, is not socially and politically sustainable. That's why opposing freedom of movement isn't the same as opposing immigration.

Two key values of the society we must build are openness and non-racism. These values aren't defined by the number of immigrants, but by the quality of experience every person has of this country. This allows us to set out the role of immigration within that: as much immigration as possible, without driving social tensions to such an extent that racism breaks out.

It says we can be pro-immigration and champion immigrants as part of a non-racist and open society, while recognising we have to manage immigration so those values aren't threatened. ...

This approach doesn't mean we become less pro-immigration, just that we recognise we must balance our desire to encourage immigration with our ability to manage immigration and its impact.

So, what would managed immigration look like in practice?

The answer will be driven by how we judge who should be able to receive work permits. This must be a carefully calibrated approach so will likely have to be a system predicated on the applicant's skills and qualifications; the need for those skills in the economy; and their economic context. ...

Some will say managing immigration is a "tough" approach. If limiting immigrant numbers were the defining objective, I would agree. But it is not.

The managed immigration approach I am proposing is rooted in leftwing values and anchored in the reality of post-referendum Britain.
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FACE OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Nationalities of the most prolific migrant smugglers revealed
Rebecca Flood
Sunday Express, 18 September 2016

The face of human trafficking is changing as different nationalities capitalise on the lucrative migrant smuggling trade, new information has revealed. ...

Europol, European Union's law enforcement agency, recently released figures documenting the shifting trends in the illegal trade.

With more than 12,000 new suspects reported to Europol so far this year, a statement from the agency said: "Between early 2015 and the summer of 2016, the picture of migrant smuggling to and within the EU has undergone significant changes."

When compared with a year ago, the nationalities of the smugglers has undergone a drastic shift.

In 2015 Romanians were the most prolific smugglers, with 350 rounded up.

This was closely followed by Egyptians, with 336 in custody, then Syrians with 261 detained.

But this year, Romanians have dropped down to third place - with 216 caught - while Turks pole-vaulted into first place with a staggering 423 found to be engaged in people smuggling. ...

Covering this year up until the end of August, Syrians jumped from third to second place, with 364 caught - a rise of 39 per cent.

Romanian smugglers decreased by 38 per cent, and Polish traffickers also dropped by 47 per cent.

But Ukrainian traffickers rose by 157 per cent, with 149 caught this year. ...

Stats from Europol reveal 272,070 tried to make the journey via sea so far this year, and overall people smuggling increased by eight per cent.
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UK facing more than 40,000 asylum applications this year as migrants turn to 'covert methods', report finds
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 16 September 2016

Britain faces more than 40,000 asylum applications this year as migrants increasingly resort to using "covert" methods to get into European countries, a report has warned.

According to projections by the Overseas Development Institute, the UK will receive around 43,381 asylum applications in 2016, costing over £620 million.

Separate figures show that there were approximately 38,878 asylum claims in 2015.

The think-tank's report estimates that that 330,000 people will reach Europe this year by sea through "overt" channels, normally across the Mediterranean.

This is a fall compared to last year, when more than a million people arrived using those routes.

The paper suggests that while fewer people will arrive this year on well-known routes, in many cases refugees and migrants may be taking alternative "covert" routes.

It said the projected number of new asylum applications is still very high, at 890,000 by the end of 2016, adding: "This large discrepancy between new arrivals and new asylum applications suggests that there are many people whose journeys to Europe we know little about."

These refugees and migrants travel to Europe through a variety of "covert" channels and means which can include travelling by plane using false documents, concealed in vehicles or by over-staying visas, according to the report.
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The principled, left-wing case against multiculturalism
Terri Murray
Spiked, 16 September 2016

Mainstream self-styled 'progressives' tend to think of multiculturalism and diversity as inherently good things – ideas that only the racist and bigoted would contest. Which is why Swedish sociologist Goran Adamson's new book, The Trojan Horse: A Leftist Critique of Multiculturalism in the West, is such a welcome intervention. It provides a definitive critique of the ideology of diversity, and it does so from a progressive perspective. In particular, it shows how reason, freedom and individuality – the cornerstones of democracy and civil rights – are being undermined by the ideology of multiculturalism and its elevation of particular identities and rights over universal political freedom.

... Several years ago, he was commissioned by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights to determine the best methods for increasing political participation among immigrant groups in Europe. /.../ Adamson's report, Immigrants and Political Participation, was quickly dismissed, even by those who commissioned it.

This attempt by the EU to quash findings that disagree with the multiculturalist agenda didn't surprise Adamson. Citing Wolfgang Kowalsky, a policy adviser at the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC) and an expert in far-right demagoguery, Adamson argues that the methods and theories of multiculturalists are similar to those of right-wing extremists: both want to force reality to conform to their worldview, rather than respond to it as it really is.

There are other parallels between multiculturalism and old-fashioned racial thinking. For instance, as Adamson points out, multicultural ideology makes a fetish, like the racial theories of yore, of ethnic diversity. What matters is not, as Martin Luther King believed, the content of one's character, but the colour of one's skin. Common human traits, such as the capacity for abstract thinking, creativity and self-consciousness, are effaced in the name of what divides us. In this sense, multiculturalism is just as fixated on race as the racist thought of the past. ...

The key planks in the pluralist multiculturalist agenda are value pluralism and moral relativism. These imply that all moral beliefs, from the liberal to the authoritarian, are equally legitimate; and that all moral judgements are relative or subjective. As a result, to take any one political ideology, like liberalism (or indeed liberal multiculturalism), too seriously is to commit some kind of abomination against the other.

... Liberalism has been able to protect and promote progress and inclusion precisely because it is a container for a variety of diverse goals and values. It demands one thing only of citizens: namely, that all individuals adhere to rules of reciprocal tolerance, and do not encroach upon the liberty of others. This is not a content-laden ideology, so much as it is a set of rules governing the relationship between diverse ideologies within a state. This is why liberalism protects real diversity so much better than the pluralist multiculturalism that has been foisted on Adamson's Sweden, and other European states, by EU bureaucrats. ...

Yet, in their eagerness to avoid accusations of racism, left-leaning liberals have abandoned traditionally progressive liberal principles. And, in doing so, they have unwittingly embraced a form of multiculturalism that is deeply ideological and illiberal in its current form.
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Austrian cardinal tipped to be the next pope warns of an 'Islamic conquest of Europe'
Barney Henderson
Daily Telegraph, 14 September 2016

An Austrian cardinal who is one of the frontrunners to be the next pope has warned of an "Islamic conquest of Europe".

According to reports of his speech to mark the 333rd anniversary of the Battle of Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn said: "Will there be an Islamic conquest of Europe? Many Muslims want that and say: Europe is at its end."

"God have mercy on Europe and on thy people, who are in danger of forfeiting our Christian heritage," the cardinal reportedly prayed.

He claimed that this was already being felt "not only economically, but above all, in human and religious matters".
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Migrant Crisis: Two Thirds Of Arrivals Are 'Basically Illiterate'
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 14 September 2016

A senior German academic has joined the chorus of voices expressing concern over the low educational standards of newly arriving migrants, and the significant knock-on effects that is bound to have on the German educational system.

President of the University of Hamburg and chairman of the German Educational Action Council Dieter Lenzen has pointed to the enormous cost of teaching hundreds of thousands of newcomers basic language skills, pointing in particular to the Syrian community. While the proportion of Syrians arriving and claiming to have university degrees – around 15 per cent – isn't much below the German population as a whole, the vast majority of the remaining 85 per cent are in a significantly worse state, unable even to perform basic tasks like reading a bus timetable. ...

President Lenzen told media he estimated around two thirds of these arrivals had no qualifications at all from their home nation. He estimated giving migrants German lessons to get them to a point where they could become productive members of society would cost some €80,000 a year for a class of 25, with classes needed for some two and a half years.

In expressing his concern, President Lenzen is affirming the statement in December of Munich University professor Ludger Wößmann, who said:

"We have to prepare ourselves for the fact that the majority of young refugees will fail a three-year full time training course with a high proportion of theoretic content. According to the Chamber of Commerce of Munich and Upper Bavaria, 70 per cent of trainees from Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq who started lessons more than two years ago have already dropped out". ...

Even these shock figures are reasonably generous compared to the internal figures of the German government, which were leaked at the end of 2015. The internal paper from the Federal Employment Agency suggested 81 per cent of migrants to Germany were unskilled, and just eight per cent had academic qualifications of any kind.

Projecting their own likely spending, the agency estimated the migrant influx would lead to Germany taking on hundreds of thousands of new benefit claimants.
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Resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees in Britain will cost nearly two billion pounds, says watchdog
Laura Hughes
Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2016

Resettling 20,000 Syrian refugees in Britain will cost nearly two billion pounds, a spending watchdog has revealed.

The National Audit Office (NAO) have estimated that every Syrian refugee who comes to Britain will cost taxpayers up to £17,340 per year on average for their first five years in the UK.

According to the latest UK figures, 2,800 Syrian refugees have arrived in Britain since David Cameron promised to resettle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020.

The watchdog warned that nearly 5,000 houses or flats, and more than 10,000 childcare and school places, will be needed to honour the pledge.

The NAO said the total sum is uncertain as it depends in large part on the level of medial treatment refugees need and the extent to which they can gain employment and become self-sufficient.

Based on department assumptions, it estimated that the cost to the end of 2019/20 could be up to £1.1 billion, and up to £1.73 billion over the lifetime of the project.

Their report said: "The future of the programme could be put at risk by local authorities' lack of suitable accommodation and school places."

In April the government committed to take in 3,000 vulnerable child refugees and their carers in one of the biggest resettlement programmes in the World from the war-torn Syria region.
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Surge in Britons cashing in on people-trafficking: Smugglers use new routes and tactics to move migrants at will
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 13 September 2016

An alarming jump in the number of British people-trafficking suspects has been flagged up by an international crime-fighting agency.

Despite a clampdown on border controls across Europe since the start of the migrant crisis, there's been a surge in people smuggling operations – including many involving Britons.

This growing band have a 'constant ability' to move migrants across the Continent, according to Europol – the EU's law enforcement agency. It admitted yesterday that it had identified a record 12,000 new people-trafficking suspects so far this year.

The number of British suspects added to its database was 132, a rise of nearly a third compared to the number in the whole of 2015.

Europol warned smugglers are using new tactics to evade tighter border controls and are increasingly looking to cash in on migrants stranded at border camps such as near the Channel port at Dunkirk. ...

... It warned the gangs operating in the camps in Greece, Italy and France, are 'increasingly offering fraudulent documents to allow them to move forward into the EU'.

Europol said the hiding of people in lorries remained the most common method, but that 'new alternative routes via air, sea and land are increasingly used'.

The agency now has around 50,000 suspected people smugglers in its database, with an extra 12,000 suspects added since January. This compares with 6,400 new suspects identified by Europol in 2014 and 10,000 during 2015. Ninety-five per cent of the new suspects were male with an average age of 35.

Some 423 of the new suspects were Turkish – three times the number identified last year. Some 364 Syrians were added to the database, a rise of 40 per cent compared to 2015. ...

A Europol report earlier this year labelled people-smuggling as the 'fastest growing criminal market in Europe', estimating gangs netted 6 billion euros (£5 billion) last year.

About one million migrants entered the EU in 2015 of which nine out of ten paid gangs fees of 3,000-6000 euros each.
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Revealed: Incredible loophole that means 135 war crime suspects are living freely in the UK
Chris Greenwood
Daily Mail, 13 September 2016

Scores of suspected war criminals seeking to live in Britain escaped deportation thanks to a series of blunders.

Officials failed to throw out 135 individuals accused of appalling crimes in the some of the world's poorest countries despite blocking their bids for citizenship.

And the suspects escaped police investigation after officials also failed to refer any of them to Scotland Yard's specialist war crimes unit.

Campaigners slammed the Government as they warned the country risks becoming a 'safe haven' for war criminals.

They said it was 'hard to understand' how officials could block attempts to remain in the country but not try to deport them or refer their cases to police.

Last night, the Home Office said it has closed the apparent loophole in its procedures so that suspected war criminals will face further investigation.

A spokesman said police will be informed about 'every case where a negative immigration decision' is taken due allegations of war crimes, genocide or torture.

The figures highlight concerns that war criminals from around the world are turning to Britain as their 'retirement home'.

Hundreds of people involved in bloody conflicts in Rwanda, Afghanistan, Libya, Serbia and Sri Lanka, have been able to settle here.

In many cases human rights laws have meant that the worse their crimes, the more difficult it is to send them home.
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Generation Jihad: Scholar of Islam predicts civil war across Europe as more young Muslims facing poor job prospects turn to radical groups
Julian Robinson
MailOnline, 13 September 2016

A scholar of Islam has warned of civil war across Europe as more young Muslims facing poor job prospects turn to radical groups, it has been reported.

Professor Gilles Kepel, from the Sciences Po in Paris, France, said a growing 'Jihad Generation' is likely to continue to carry out terror acts in European cities.

The aim of their terror activity is to both incite hatred towards Muslims and, in doing so, cause further radicalisation among young people, the professor of political science said.

He told the German newspaper Die Welt that this in turn could lead to the point where Europe enters into civil war.

Kepel said the recent terror attacks across the continent were part of a war within Islam rather than between Islam and Western civilization.

The extremists, he said, also want to crush more moderate Islamic opposition.

After civil war had ruined Europe, he said, the long term goal of the terrorists would then be to build a caliphate 'on the ruins of the old continent'.

Kepel said that while most Muslims were not involved in any terror-related activity, a lack of job prospects and their feeling of hopelessness in French suburbs could boost the likelihood of young Muslims becoming radicalised.

He warned against retaliation from far-right groups and urged authorities to eliminate fractures in European societies 'not with war but with policing and education'.

Last night, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said that 'every day attacks are foiled ... (including) as we speak.'

Valls said nearly 15,000 people in France are being tracked because they are suspected of being in the process of radicalization, while 1,350 are under investigation - 293 of them for alleged links with a terrorism network.

'Today the threat is at a maximum, and we are a target,' Valls said on Europe 1 radio. 'Every day intelligence services, police foil attacks, dismantle networks, track terrorists.'
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Home Counties face 'greatest threat' from plans for 123,000 new homes on Green Belt, campaigners warn
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 12 September 2016

England's Home Counties are facing their "greatest threat" with plans to build new homes on more than 200 sites on the protected Green Belt, campaigners are warning.

A report to be published this week from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has uncovered blueprints for more than 123,000 new homes on 203 sites in the London Green Belt. ...

CPRE warned that the figure could be an underestimate as only two-thirds of local authorities were surveyed for the report, entitled "Safe Under Us?".

There was also evidence that planning inspectors were telling councils the Green Belt cannot be a "constraint" on development. ...

The report said that most of the 203 sites "are allocated in Local Plans documents, so the threats are real".

It added: "Already some areas of Green Belt have lost their designation, a number of sites are threatened with planning permission, while others are being built or have already been built."
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Yes, Immigration Hurts American Workers
George J. Borjas
Politico, September/October 2016
[George J. Borjas is professor of economics and social policy at the Harvard Kennedy School]

I've been studying immigration for 30 years, but 2016 was the first time my research was cited in a convention speech. ...

Here's the problem with the current immigration debate: Neither side is revealing the whole picture. Trump might cite my work, but he overlooks my findings that the influx of immigrants can potentially be a net good for the nation, increasing the total wealth of the population. Clinton ignores the hard truth that not everyone benefits when immigrants arrive. For many Americans, the influx of immigrants hurts their prospects significantly.

This second message might be hard for many Americans to process, but anyone who tells you that immigration doesn't have any negative effects doesn't understand how it really works. When the supply of workers goes up, the price that firms have to pay to hire workers goes down. ...

Both low- and high-skilled natives are affected by the influx of immigrants. But because a disproportionate percentage of immigrants have few skills, it is low-skilled American workers, including many blacks and Hispanics, who have suffered most from this wage dip. The monetary loss is sizable. ...

We don't need to rely on complex statistical calculations to see the harm being done to some workers. Simply look at how employers have reacted. /.../ Similarly, the flood of recent news reports on abuse of the H-1B visa program shows that firms will quickly dismiss their current tech workforce when they find cheaper immigrant workers.

But that's only one side of the story. Somebody's lower wage is always somebody else's higher profit. In this case, immigration redistributes wealth from those who compete with immigrants to those who use immigrants – from the employee to the employer. And the additional profits are so large that the economic pie accruing to all natives actually grows. I estimate the current "immigration surplus" – the net increase in the total wealth of the native population – to be about $50 billion annually. But behind that calculation is a much larger shift from one group of Americans to another: The total wealth redistribution from the native losers to the native winners is enormous, roughly a half-trillion dollars a year. Immigrants, too, gain substantially; their total earnings far exceed what their income would have been had they not migrated.

When we look at the overall value of immigration, there's one more complicating factor: Immigrants receive government assistance at higher rates than natives. The higher cost of all the services provided to immigrants and the lower taxes they pay (because they have lower earnings) inevitably implies that on a year-to-year basis immigration creates a fiscal hole of at least $50 billion – a burden that falls on the native population.

What does it all add up to? The fiscal burden offsets the gain from the $50 billion immigration surplus, so it's not too farfetched to conclude that immigration has barely affected the total wealth of natives at all. Instead, it has changed how the pie is split, with the losers – the workers who compete with immigrants, many of those being low-skilled Americans – sending a roughly $500 billion check annually to the winners. Those winners are primarily their employers. And the immigrants themselves come out ahead, too.
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Traditions such as Christmas celebrations will die out unless people stand up for British values, government review finds
Tim Ross
Sunday Telegraph, 11 September 2016

British laws and traditions such as the celebration of Christmas are under threat and must be vigorously upheld to stop ethnic segregation dividing society, according to major government review.

Waves of immigration have rapidly changed the character of some state schools and left residents in parts of Britain feeling unsettled, the landmark report will say.

These issues must be tackled head on, rather than swept under the carpet by politically correct council officials who fear being labelled "racist" if they assert British values or raise concerns, it will say.

The findings emerged as part of a wide-ranging, year-long government study by Dame Louise Casey, the government's integration tsar.

David Cameron and Theresa May appointed her to take stock of the state of the nation, focusing on issues such as racism, extremism, and segregation among different communities.

In her study, which is expected to be published within weeks, Dame Louise will detail the stark impact of segregation in communities that have grown up across Britain in recent years.

Speaking at a recent meeting of council leaders, she set out her early findings and challenged officials to battle political correctness in order to address the deep divisions that exist between different sections of society.

She criticised councils for "over worrying" about causing offence among minority groups. ...

Only by promoting "core" British laws, traditions and cultures in every ethnic community can Britain hope to ensure that diverse communities integrate fully, and defeat the "hate mongers" from the far Right and Islamist extremists who want to divide the country, she argued. ...

In what will be seen as a criticism of trends such as the growth of Sharia courts in some Muslim communities, she said all citizens from every background must be made to adhere to the same set of laws which are "specifically intended to help define how we live together".

"One set of laws democratically decided and with the intention that they are upheld by every community in the land, new or old.

"We need to be much bolder in not just celebrating our history, heritage and culture, but standing up for our democratically decided upon laws of the land and standing up to those that undermine them."
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It is immigration, above all else, that has united the right and divided the left
Adam Drummond
The Observer, 11 September 2016
[Adam Drummond is research manager and partner at Opinium]

The main finding from our poll, carried out in the middle of last month, is that immigration is uniting the right but dividing the left. Based on the answers given on a range of issues, we were able to separate people into eight political tribes. ...

One (we call it Common Sense, 26% of those polled) is made up overwhelmingly of Conservative voters, mainly older people from the south of England who are advanced in their careers or retired. The other (Our Britain, 24%) mostly comprises older working-class people from the north of England and the Midlands, and is split between Tory and Ukip voters. Both would prioritise reducing immigration over remaining in the EU single market. ...

Closer to the centre but still on the right of it sit two smaller pro-business tribes (Free Liberals, 7%) and New Britain (6%). These two groups agree with the Common Sense group about the need for low taxes and restricting benefits but are much more pro-immigration, voted Remain in the referendum and want Brexit to mean staying in the single market. ...

By comparison, and looking at the tribes further on the left, the situation faced by whoever wins the Labour leadership will be far harder because the centre and the left are split into more tribes with bigger divisions. The ones Labour will target are split over immigration, business, and whether Britain should be an open multicultural society or a closed, ethnically homogenous one. They are also divided geographically between those in Scotland, the urban north (more anti-immigration) and the metropolitan, more multicultural south.

The tribes on the left include one we call Democratic Socialists (8%) who are very open to immigration and the single market but also want higher taxes on the wealthy and businesses. They are mostly ABC1s, living in urban areas in Scotland and Wales. Then there is the Community tribe (5%) – mainly working-class voters in northern England and the Midlands – who agree on the need for income redistribution through the tax system but strongly disagree with the Democratic Socialists about immigration, wanting strict curbs.

Another tribe, the Progressives (11%), are professionals from across the country, who share the Democratic Socialists' openness to immigration and the single market but are much more pro-business. ...

... the Swing Voter tribe (7%) ...
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'Stop the abusers': Telford MP urges Prime Minister to intervene as her town becomes Britain's 'child-sex capital'
Rory Tingle
MailOnline, 11 September 2016

The MP for Telford has urged Theresa May to carry out a 'Rotherham-style' inquiry into the town, which has the highest rate of child sex crime in the UK.

Tory MP Lucy Allan said an inquiry was 'appropriate', particularly after allegations emerged that local council leaders ignored its own report into gangs targeting young people.

Parents who believed their children might have been abused had told the Telford and Wrekin Council their concerns were not being taken seriously.

An inquiry by the authority acknowledged police investigations were seen as slow, reported The Sunday Mirror.

It also noted that less than a third of 137 child sexual exploitation reports were handed to the safeguarding team.

But one victim claimed the report was a 'whitewash' because no one had been disciplined over its contents.

Ms Allan, 51, who was elected an MP in the 2015 General Election, told The Sunday Mirror: 'Victims are left feeling their voices are not being heard, and that no one is accountable for mistakes made.'

The Mirror claims to have uncovered evidence of abuse by gangs of men in Telford, mainly from the Pakistani community, dating back two decades. ...

Police said 100 girls could have become victims in Telford between 2007 and 2009.

Home Office figures show there were 15.1 child sex crimes reported per 10,000 residents in the year to September 2015.

Telford's population is 155,000 – meaning a potential 225 victims.
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Western Publishers Submit to Islam
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 11 September 2016

When Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses came out in 1989, Viking Penguin, the British and American publisher of the novel, was subjected to daily Islamist harassment. As Daniel Pipes wrote, the London office resembled "an armed camp," with police protection, metal detectors and escorts for visitors. ...

Nonetheless, Viking never flinched. It was a miracle that the novel finally came out. Other publishers, however, faltered. Since then, the situation has only gotten worse. Most Western publishers are now faltering. That is the meaning of the new Hamed Abdel-Samad affair. ...

Abdel-Samad today is 46 years old and lives in Munich, Germany, where he married a Danish girl and works for the Institute of Jewish History and Culture at the University of Munich. In his native Egyptian village, his first book caused an uproar. Some Muslims wanted to burn it.

Abdel-Samad's recent book, Der Islamische Faschismus: Eine Analyse, has just been burned at the stake not in Cairo by Islamists, but in France by some of the self-righteous French.

The book is a bestseller in Germany, where it has been published by the well-known publisher, Droemer Knaur. An English translation has been published in the U.S. by Prometheus Books, under the title Islamic Fascism. Two years ago, the French publisher, Piranha, acquired the rights to translate Abdel-Samad's book about "Islamic Fascism" into French. A publication date was even posted on Amazon: September 16. But at the last moment, the publisher stopped its release. Jean-Marc Loubet, head of the publishing house, announced to Abdel-Samad's agent that the publication of his book is now unthinkable in France, not only for security reasons, but also because it would reinforce the "extreme right".

For criticizing Islam, Abdel-Samad lives under police protection in Germany


Mr. Abdel-Samad's case is not new. At a time when dozens of novelists, journalists and scholars are facing Islamists' threats, it is unforgivable that Western publishers not only agree to bow down, but are often the first to capitulate.

In France, for criticizing Islam in a column titled "We refuse to change civilization" for the daily newspaper, Le Monde, the famous writer, Renaud Camus, lost his publisher, Fayard. ...

Then a Paris court convicted Camus for "Islamophobia" (a fine of 4,000 euros), for a speech he gave on December 18, 2010, in which he spoke of "Grand Remplacement", the replacement of the French people under the Trojan horse of multiculturalism. It was then that Camus became persona non grata in France.

The Jewel of Medina, a novel by the American writer Sherry Jones about the life of the third wife of Muhammad, was first purchased and then scrapped by the powerful publisher Random House, which had already paid her an advance and launched an ambitious promotional campaign. Sherry Jones's new publisher, Gibson Square, was then firebombed by Islamists in London.
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Migrant-traffickers are top security threat: Officials warn danger will spread across Britain as gangs switch focus to small ports and airstrips
Chris Greenwood and Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 10 September 2016

Migrant-smuggling gangs are one of the biggest threats to Britain's national security, a report warned last night.

Soaring numbers of organised criminals are preying on migrants desperate to evade border controls, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

Officials said the danger will spread across the country at smaller ports and airstrips as security at Dover is improved.

They revealed investigators from a range of agencies are stepping in to 'disrupt' threats to our borders almost every day. The warning was in the NCA's national strategic threat assessment, which looks to prepare police for threats. It put organised immigration crime in the top five threats, along with child abuse, cybercrime, firearms and top-level money laundering.

Officials said they face an 'unprecedented scale' of 'irregular migration' largely sparked by the conflict in Syria and Iraq. They said improvements to security at Dover and Calais, where UK taxpayers are funding a £2 million wall, will force gangs to change smuggling routes.

The report said: 'As security around borders increases, the growth in organised people-smuggling and trafficking targeting the UK will grow through clandestine activity and use of false documents.'

Criminals already use yachts, small boats and light aircraft to smuggle people, drugs and weapons.

And the NCA said the flood of migrants is attracting ruthless individuals who want to prey on the desperate. In the majority of cases, crime gangs serve people from their home country or who share their language. Once here, criminal networks are involved in 'systematic abuse' of the UK visa system, using false documents to secure legitimate means to remain.
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West Midlands Police may let Muslim officers wear burqas and niqabs in effort to boost diversity
May Bulman
Independent, 10 September 2016

One of Britain's largest police forces is considering allowing Muslim officers to wear the burka while on duty in an effort to boost diversity.

West Midlands Police Chief Constable, David Thompson, said the force would not rule out allowing female officers to wear the outfit which includes a long flowing outer garment from head to toe and an Islamic veil, or niqab, that covers all facial features except the eyes. ...

At a recent meeting during which diversity in the force was discussed, Chief Constable Thompson refused to rule out allowing female officers to wear the controversial veil.

He said: "We would need to consider our own rules and cultural sensitivity. Clearly we don't have any barriers relating to that (the burka).

"As it stands we have not had any approaches from potential recruits asking to wear the burka, but if such an approach was made it is something we would have to consider.

"Serving the people of the West Midlands is at the heart of what we do and I would need to carefully consider anything that could be seen as standing in the way of that relationship."

Chief Constable Thompson's comments come as West Midlands Police plans to employ 800 new officers, with the aim of ensuring 30 per cent of them come from ethnic minorities.

Currently just nine per cent of West Midlands' 7,000 police officers are from the BME community, compared with 30 per cent of the West Midlands community as a whole.

People from ethnic minorities make up 5.5 per cent of UK police, compared with 14 per cent of the overall UK population.
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One in four would take a pay cut to curb migration: Poll reveals EU population movement is voters' priority
James Slack
Daily Mail, 9 September 2016

Determination to slash EU immigration is so strong that millions of Britons would be prepared to suffer a salary cut in return, a new study reveals.

A poll found that, more than two months after the Brexit vote, immigration remains the public's number one concern.

And more than a quarter of voters said they would even be willing to contribute some of their earnings to cut the numbers flooding in.

The findings by YouGov are a sharp rebuttal to the pro-immigration lobby, which has claimed that we must continue with mass immigration or face a fall in living standards caused by lower growth.

The survey – for the Policy Exchange think-tank – shows that 26 per cent of the British public are prepared to be hit in the pocket if it means bringing down the record numbers of EU migrants. This is the equivalent of around eight million of the 33.6 million people who voted in the EU referendum.

Some 11 per cent of all respondents would be willing to pay as much as five per cent of their annual income to cut European migration to zero – the equivalent of £1350 a year for someone earning an average wage in the UK. For those who voted leave on June 23, the figure rises to 20 per cent of respondents.

Fewer than four in ten (38 per cent) of the 1,660 surveyed said they would rather pay nothing and maintain the current levels of EU immigration.

Overall, immigration and the economy were equally the two most concerning issues for voters, at 21 per cent.

In a paper for Policy Exchange, immigration expert David Goodhart said: 'Maintaining the status quo when it comes to freedom of movement is clearly not an option with a significant number of people saying they would make real sacrifices to reduce European migration to zero.'

He added: 'People think that permanent residence and citizenship should be earned over time, though living here for several years, speaking the language well, adopting at least some of the key norms of British society and in return such people should qualify for full social and political rights.

'One of the problems with freedom of movement is that EU citizens qualify more or less on day one for almost all the rights of full citizenship and people feel this is unfair and belittles the significance of being a citizen of this country.'
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Huge rise in immigrants registering at East Staffordshire GP practices
Uttoxeter Advertiser
Uttoxeter Advertiser, 9 September 2016

The number of immigrants registering with East Staffordshire GPs has increased by more than 20 per cent in a year. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that in East Staffordshire alone, there were 1,265 new migrant registrations in 2015. This is up 23 per cent compared to 2014's figures.

Across the UK, registrations rose by a fifth compared with the previous 12 months. ...

Across the whole of England there were 688,068 new registrations at GP surgeries where the person registering was non-UK born and was coming to the country from abroad. This is a nine per cent increase compared with the 633,738 such registrations in 2014 and 14 per cent more than the average number in each of the past four years.
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Old Bailey judge retiring after 20 years condemns burden foreign criminals are placing on state
Robert Mendick
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2016

An influx of Eastern European criminals risks clogging up the criminal justice system and placing an extra burden on its finances, a senior Old Bailey judge warns.

His Honour Judge Tim Pontius also expresses concern at the surge in historic sex abuse cases which he called "troubling", while conceding that the system is struggling to cope with young Islamist terrorists.

A problem with black teenagers in Britain "routinely" carrying knives in the street particularly depressed him, he added. ...

"It is commonplace in the court list to see more Polish names, Romanian names, Albanian names, Russian names, reflecting all sorts of crimes from murder downwards," he said, including "a lot of deception crimes", larger scale frauds and violent assaults.

He said the increase was "inevitable" given the number of migrants who had come to Britain in recent years and stressed that the "huge majority are law abiding".

But Judge Pontius added: "It is an extra financial burden, not least because where you have foreign defendants that means foreign witnesses as well and you need interpreters and they don't come cheap.

"That has been a significant increase in expenditure for the Ministry of Justice. It also means the trials take longer, not least because suddenly everything must be translated verbatim for the witnesses and defendants involved." ...

Judge Pontius recognised the difficulty over how to deal with young Islamist terrorists.

"If they have become fanatics there is no easy way of changing that," he said, adding it was "deeply depressing" that terrorists sent to jail would simply meet like-minded Islamists there.

The judge spoke of his alarm at the number of murders involving teenagers "and very often young black teenagers" who "are routinely going out with knives in their pockets".

That, he added, is "what really depresses me most".
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German police set up 'migrant crime team' after boom in offences by asylum seekers
Zoe Efstathiou
Daily Express, 8 September 2016

German police have set up a 'migrant crime team' aimed at combatting the rise in robberies, violent and sexual crimes perpetrated by migrants.

The specialist unit has been introduced in the town of Bietigheim-Bissingen, 14 miles south of Stuttgart, and will focus on combatting crimes involving asylum seekers.

The four man team, dubbed 'Multiple Offender Immigrants', will use contacts in asylum homes to track down and arrest criminals. ...

Siegfried Mahler, director of public prosecution in Stuttgart has heralded the creation of the force, stating: "We welcome the reunification of the police investigation for multiple offenders among immigrants." ...

According to a recent report released by Germany's Interior Ministry, crime rates in the country would have remained static since 2014 if migrant crime had not been included.

The report found that an extra 402,741 crimes were committed by migrant over the past two years.

It noted that pickpocketing is on the rise, with 70 per cent of incidents involving non-Germans, 34 per cent of which were recent asylum seekers.
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Act now... or say goodbye to the Britain we know
Frank Field And Nicholas Soames
MailOnline, 7 September 2016
[Frank Field and Nicholas Soames co-chair the Cross Party Group on Balanced Migration]

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Office for National Statistics recently published the immigration figures back to 1964. /.../ It took off in 1998 and by 2010 had risen to 250,000 a year – five times higher than in 1997.

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

Their wishes are yet to be met.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This is obviously unsustainable. ...

Foreign students will be a test case. Of course they are valuable if they are genuine in the first place and don't overstay their visas. But we are currently admitting a quarter of a million every year with no checks on their departure.
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Britain does not need or want an Australian-style immigration system
Juliet Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 7 September 2016

The ghost of the Australian points-based immigration system is one of the more exasperating poltergeists to haunt Westminster in recent days. ...

So in an attempt to consign this spectre to a deep and everlasting sleep, let me lay out very clearly why we need to move on.

The first fact to understand is that Australia has a higher immigration rate than Britain does – much higher. For every immigrant Britain lets in, Australia lets in two – that's right, double – as a proportion of its population. /.../ It's hard to imagine a system less aligned with the stated aims of the Brexit campaign leaders.

The points-based system was designed as a way for would-be workers to move to Australia before they actually found jobs. Those with job offers move there on work visas. Those without can apply for permission to come and look for work if they get enough points. So if your aim is to cut down on job-seeking immigration, then the last thing you would want is an Australian points-based system.

The second fact to understand is that Britain already has its own brand of points-based system and has since around 2008, when the outgoing Labour government thought it sounded tough and would play well in headlines.

Would-be migrants to the UK from outside the EU have to qualify for one of several types of visa and accrue points to this end based on their educational qualifications, the job offer they have secured (the vast majority need to have a job offer), English language skills, and so on. Using points does not, in itself, affect immigration levels.

The third fact to accept is that points-based systems are extremely bureaucratic and statist. ...

... If the Government wants to reduce numbers, then a cap (on unskilled worker migration, for example) would be a simpler method.

The fourth and final fact is that Australia does have a very tough system – for refugees, not for migrants. ...

To operate in the world of facts rather than gimmicks, the public and media must banish this ghost to the annals of campaign tactics past and instead have a serious discussion about the future.
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Universities to raise fees next year, survey shows
Javier Espinoza
Daily Telegraph, 6 September 2016

All elite universities are set to introduce higher fees from next year, new data from the Office for Fair Access (OFFA) revealed as it emerged nearly every institution in England is expected to follow suit.

The data showed 121 out of 123 universities with full-time undergraduates plan to charge £9,250 for some of their courses and 36 institutions plan to charge the higher fee on all their subjects. ...

OFFA expected the investment in widening access to under-represented groups of students – including the disabled and ethnic minorities – to remain in proportion to the rise in fees.

However, the universities are set to spend around 30 per cent of their higher fee income in broadening access with Oxford (41.3 per cent), Cambridge (31.2 per cent), London School of Economics (49.9 per cent) and Imperial (35 per cent) – all above the average.

Russell Group universities – particularly Oxford – have been under a lot of pressure to accept more minority students in their ranks following calls from former prime minister, David Cameron, to take more ethnic minority students.
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Why liberals should resist the call to open borders [part 1]
David Miller
Vox, 6 September 2016
[David Miller is Official Fellow and Professor of Political Theory at Nuffield College, Oxford]

Across developed societies, the issue of immigration has pushed its way toward the top of the political agenda. A large section of the public is concerned about how many newcomers are arriving (and also about who is arriving), and we can see the effects of this in the rise of Donald Trump, in the recent referendum vote in the UK to leave the European Union, and in the rise of anti-immigrant parties in a number of European societies – even social-democratic Sweden. Being tough on immigrants seems to be a good way for otherwise repellent candidates and parties to win mass support.

In this climate, it is widely believed that anyone who aspires to stand on the progressive side of politics ought to be pro-immigration. Opposition to immigration is fueled by racial prejudice and xenophobia, the thinking goes, and so anyone who wants to distance themselves from these despicable attitudes ought correspondingly to favor higher levels of immigration. ...

This idea that being progressive means being pro-immigration has unfortunate political consequences, because it tends to create a split between liberal intellectuals and political leaders (who share these assumptions) and their natural power base among blue- and white-collar workers (who do not).

Liberal elites typically find them themselves in an uneasy place when asked to think and speak about immigration. Their moral intuitions point them in one direction, their political instincts in another. ...

But it's a mistake to think that being liberal necessarily means being immigration-friendly. A democratic society's immigration policy ought to be one that is driven by a concern for social justice, and decisions about how many and which immigrants to take in should be guided by that concern. ... The migrants themselves would no doubt be made better off by being allowed to enter, but the political community isn't obliged to weigh their interests equally with those of existing citizens. A degree of compatriot favoritism is justifiable. Social justice itself depends on an implicit social contract whereby citizens support the state and most of the time comply with what it requires them to do (pay taxes and so forth) while in return it protects their interests in areas such education, employment, health care, and security in retirement. An open-door policy would run the danger of dissolving that contract, and with it the state's claim to legitimacy.

Of course in many cases, allowing immigrants to enter is of benefit to the receiving society, as they bring in professional or entrepreneurial skills, or take on low-paid jobs that native workers are reluctant to fill. But even here some caution is necessary. What impact will this movement of people have on the sending societies?

Favoritism for our compatriots doesn't allow us to benefit them at the expense of exploiting poorer societies who are deprived of skilled workers that they badly need – doctors and nurses to staff their health systems, engineers and computer programmers to develop their industries. Remittances sent home may provide some compensation for the loss that exit causes, but there is no guarantee that they will produce a net gain. So if part of what it means to be progressive is to support the development of third-world countries, a progressive immigration policy must be a selective one that avoids brain-drain effects.
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Why liberals should resist the call to open borders [part 2]
David Miller
Vox, 6 September 2016

So far I have been discussing immigration in general and its effects on both the sending and the receiving societies. But we need to pay special attention to the case of refugees, for they, it seems, have claims on us that are even stronger than our compatriots' claims for social justice.

By a refugee, I mean someone who is forced to leave her country of residence because there is no feasible way for her human rights to be protected so long as she remains inside it. /.../ There is no question that we have obligations to such people. But does that mean that we must grant asylum to all those who claim it from us, and can provide evidence to back up their claim?

We should hesitate before accepting so great a liability. The problem is not just that the numbers of people in this category might be very large indeed, as events over the last two years in Europe have demonstrated. The question is whether the best way to respond to refugee crises is to allow refugees to choose the places where they will seek asylum.

In practice, most refugees now end up being housed in refugee camps close to the places from which they have fled, and although these camps often need to be better resourced than they now are, there is logic behind this. The cost of supporting a refugee in a camp is a small fraction of the cost of supporting her in a rich society; as a result, many more people can be helped in this way with limited resources. And most of those who are escaping civil war or the collapse of social order want to return to their homes as soon as it is safe for them to do so, so it makes sense for them to stay close by meanwhile.

Nevertheless, there will be some people for whom permanent resettlement is the only option that will give them the opportunity for a decent life, either because they are "classic" refugees who would be persecuted if they were to return to their homelands, or because the collapse in social order that prompted them to leave shows no sign of ending.

In this situation, liberal states have a moral responsibility to admit these refugees and grant them rights of permanent residence. But this is a responsibility that is shared between all of the states that have the capacity to provide asylum, so no one state is required to carry all of the burden alone. Ideally, these states would agree upon a burden-sharing scheme, with each state accommodating a quota of refugees according to its capacity to do, calculated on the basis of population size, land area, GDP per head, and so forth.

But as recent European experience shows, getting states to agree on such a formal arrangement is very difficult. ...

Our thinking about immigration tends to be over-influenced by individual cases. In both Europe and North America, the mass movement of people, by land and sea, continues to produce its fair share of individual tragedies. Moreover, the physical enforcement of border controls is rarely a pretty sight. But a defensible immigration policy has to consider the large scale and longer term consequences of migration – not only the impact it has on the receiving society, but also the incentive effect on potential future migrants. And it needs to strike a proper balance between the human rights claims of outsiders and the social justice claims of the political community's existing members.
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Illegal Muslim faith schools IGNORED due to 'political correctness', Ofsted chief warns
Fraser Moore
Daily Express, 3 September 2016

Councils are ignoring illegal Muslim faith schools over political correctness fears, the education watchdog's chief inspector has warned.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said some councils are "getting in the way" of Ofsted's attempts to stop pupils studying at unregistered schools.

It is believed there are up to 160 illegal schools currently operating.

Sir Michael said: "Some of our lawyers are saying that our cases are very robust.

"But what the courts might say is that the local authority has been into some of these places but don't want to upset community relations, so they ignore it.

"When push comes to shove, barristers are saying courts could say the local authorities didn't find anything wrong with these places.

"They have to see this as a serious problem, identify where these places are and close them down."

The Ofsted boss also suggested some Labour-led councils were not tackling the illegal schools over fears of upsetting Muslim voters.

He told the Times: "It's a bit like the Seventies and Eighties, a lot of local authorities didn't confront the Socialist Workers' Party and all those infiltrating schools in those days partly because the councils themselves were made up of some of those people." ...

Although children may be educated at home, independent schools must register with the Department of Education and consent to inspections.
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Liberals should blame themselves for their decline – they got so much wrong
Tim Stanley
Daily Telegraph, 3 September 2016

But liberals have to take their own share of blame for the state of the West. After all, they've been running it for several decades. Badly. ...

In 1989, they appeared to win the world. The Berlin Wall fell. The communist alternative was dead. Liberals dared to proclaim the End of History – and politics here in Britain settled on the centre ground, diminishing choice. Tony Blair aped Margaret Thatcher, David Cameron aped Tony Blair. ...

... They adopted policies that were not inherent to liberalism but were, upon reflection, just very bad choices. Choices largely responsible for the mess we're in. ...

Liberals might have been able to make a sound moral case for taking said refugees if they had not embraced – unnecessarily – mass economic migration. Labour's decision in 2004 to open the British labour market early to eastern Europe was unilateral. It did not have to be done. The result was a growing perception that immigration has a negative effect upon wages and public services, fuelling a backlash against open borders that is now felt most harshly by asylum seekers. Worse: many people now regard immigration as a conspiracy by liberal elites – who will not acknowledge its effects and who charge its critics with racism – to change the country by stealth. Liberal snobbery has done as much to poison the migration debate as nationalism ever did.

For liberals are not as tolerant as they think. /.../ And in recent decades liberals have used the state to promote political correctness. At best it's a new code of manners for a multicultural society. At worst, it is thought-policing, attempting to make people say things they don't really think. Prejudices have not been so much confronted as suppressed.

The communists made the mistake of believing they could make everyone equal by declaring them to be so. Liberals thought society was more tolerant because they banned vile words from the public sphere. Only now are liberals learning that this is not how human beings work. The revival of nationalism might indicate that people do still define themselves by ethnicity.

Or maybe it doesn't. It's also possible that voters are reacting rationally – rather than emotionally – to policy failure. ...

For me, I would prefer to praise liberalism than see it buried. It has done a lot of good for civilisation; many of its tenets are civilisation. But political traditions have to adapt to survive. Liberals, alas, have refused to accept their mistakes. They prefer to cast them as moral necessities and question the decency of those who challenge them.
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Black lies matter
Heather Mac Donald
Washington Examiner, 3 September 2016
[Heather Mac Donald is the Thomas W. Smith fellow at the Manhattan Institute]

The Black Lives Matter movement has been feted repeatedly at the White House and honored at the Democratic National Convention. ...

Yet the Black Lives Matter movement is based on a lie, and not just the lie that a pacific Michael Brown was gunned down in cold blood by Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson in August 2014.

The idea that the U.S. is experiencing an epidemic of racially driven police shootings is also false, and dangerously so. Several studies released this year show that police officers are less likely to shoot blacks than whites.

But just as Michael Brown continues to be venerated as a martyr to police brutality despite the Justice Department's evisceration of the "hands up, don't shoot" narrative, the media, activists and many politicians continue to traffic in demonstrable untruths about police shootings, race and crime.

The facts are these: Last year, the police shot 990 people, the vast majority armed or violently resisting arrest, according to the Washington Post's database of fatal police shootings. Whites made up 49.9 percent of those victims, blacks, 26 percent. That proportion of black victims is lower than what the black violent crime rate would predict.

Blacks constituted 62 percent of all robbery defendants in America's 75 largest counties in 2009, 57 percent of all murder defendants and 45 percent of all assault defendants, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, even though blacks comprise only 15 percent of the population in those counties. ...

You would never know it from the activists, but police shootings are responsible for a lower percentage of black homicide deaths than white and Hispanic homicide deaths. Twelve percent of all whites and Hispanics who die of homicide are killed by police officers, compared to 4 percent of black homicide victims.

That disparity is driven by the greatly elevated rates of criminal victimization in the black community. More blacks die each year from homicide, more than 6,000, than homicide victims of all other races combined. Their killers are not the police, and not whites, but other blacks. ...

... Blacks commit homicide at eight times the rate of whites and Hispanics combined. ...

Why, then, the widespread perception that there is a law enforcement war on blacks? Because the mainstream media relentlessly focuses on a handful of police shootings of blacks and ignores police shootings of whites, as well as the crime that brings officers into disproportionate contact with black suspects. ...

Police officers are far more likely to be killed by a black person than vice versa. Over the past decade, black males comprised 40 percent of all cop killers, though they are 6 percent of the population. That means that an officer is 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male is to be killed by a police officer.

But the Black Lives Matter narrative has nevertheless had an enormous effect on policing and public safety, despite its mendacity. ...

For the past two decades, the country has been talking about phantom police racism in order to avoid talking about a more uncomfortable truth: black crime.
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Algerian asylum seeker who has committed 17 crimes including for attempted robbery and drug crime is RELEASED onto the streets because Government can't kick him out
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 2 September 2016

An Algerian asylum seeker with 14 convictions for 17 crimes can't be deported because no other country will have him, the High Court heard.

The 31-year-old career criminal poses a 'high risk of harm to the public' and has committed 'numerous criminal offences' including violent and drug crime.

He arrived in the UK from Africa in 2003 and has been convicted of 17 offences over a seven-year period. ...

But he has been released from immigration detention after deportation attempts failed. ...

Judge McKenna said the man, who has a history of alcoholism, drug use and homelessness and cannot be named, had been born in a refugee camp in southern Algeria, claimed that he was 'stateless'.

He said Home Office staff had approached authorities in different parts of Africa - in a bid to deport - but officials abroad had refused to provide travel documents to the man. ...

The man had claimed that he had been unlawfully detained between January and November 2015. Home Office officials disputed his claim.

They said he had been a 'serial absconder' and had committed 'numerous criminal offences'. ...

But the judge said the man had been released late in 2015 - after being held in immigration detention for more than 10 months - following fruitless deportation bids.
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Time to get the facts straight
Will Moy
Policy Network, 2 September 2016
[Will Moy is the director of Full Fact]

Britain is a very different country because of immigration, and the scale of immigration has risen dramatically in the past couple of decades. Too often that goes unsaid.

Immigration is an issue that matters a lot to a lot of people, and with good reason. It is both an economic and a cultural issue.

The potency of the cultural issue is obvious from the classic finding that people who are most concerned about immigration are often the people living in areas less affected by it. Immigration affects people's perceptions of the country, as well as people's experiences.

Despite this, it usually seems to be treated in Westminster as an economic issue, with politicians offering simplistic numbers in response to complex feelings. We often hear the stock response is that immigration is good for the economy. But the analysis requires more nuance than this.

It is fair to say that immigration is probably a benefit to the public finances, albeit not a very big one.

But we also know that immigration has an effect on wages: low-wage workers lose, while medium and high-paid workers gain.

It is pretty useless to present that positive picture of the whole economy to one of the people whose wages are lower because of competition from immigrants. Immigration has economic downsides as well as benefits.

It's natural to look at the big overall picture. But it's dangerous to overlook what the big picture is made up of: in this case, very different experiences for different kinds of people.

Migration statistics are complex, and both sides during the recent referendum campaign got them wrong. The immigration debate has come to be dominated by one number, total net migration into the UK, and one target, tens of thousands. Never mind that net migration cannot be measured to the nearest ten thousand, and never mind that those numbers have been badly inaccurate.

The then prime minister David Cameron quoted Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures about the balance of migration to and from the EU. The ONS had elsewhere said these figures were wrong, but had not labelled them clearly in the spreadsheet that the prime minister was using.

Vote Leave wrongly stated that EU migration was more than half of net migration. That is the wrong sum: you cannot divide one by the other because that ignores the net emigration of Brits from the UK. Information providers can and should do more to prevent these errors.
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Top Academic: Muslims Would Not Tolerate Multiculturalism in Islamic Countries
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 2 September 2016

Professor Afshin Ellian has warned that bleats of "multiculturalism" are a one-way street as Muslims in Europe oppress historic minorities in their own lands and have no intention of showing "tolerance".

The Iranian-born professor of law argues that while Muslim migrants are quick to claim their customs under "multiculturalism", they have no intention of reciprocating.

Writing in Elsevier magazine, Dr. Ellian says Muslims rapidly learn the rules of multiculturalism and push for their place in society but have no intention of adopting any sort of progressive ideals.

"The Islamic world is not multicultural. New migrants in Europe rapidly learn the rules of multiculturalism – claim your place in society! Minorities do not take the progressive ideals, but the despotism of their country of origin as a starting point", he stated in the Dutch weekly.

The professor points out that while economic migration is normal, workers usually migrate within their own region. ...

Asserting that "the Islamic world is not multicultural", the professor declares how, despite their sharp elbows as a minority in Europe, Muslims would be outraged at the idea of mass immigration of non-Muslims to their lands. ...

"From Morocco to Pakistan or Iran: mass immigration of Europeans are excluded. In most Islamic countries non-Muslims, and especially Europeans, are not allowed to own land, homes, or businesses. So multicultural advocates have never looked at the world," the professor contends. ...

Mass Muslim migration combined with multiculturalism, will lead to an era of "multicultural backwardness", Dr. Ellian warned.
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Controlling Immigration Is Good For Democracy [part 1]
Thomas Simpson
Standpoint, September 2016

One of the ways in which "progressive" thought has unconsciously inherited the structures of Christian morality, while evacuating it of content it finds uncongenial, is in the Augustinian doctrine of original sin. ...

Medieval theology had seven cardinal sins. "Progressive" thought has a more economical three – racism, sexism and homophobia – but they turn out to be capacious categories. ...

As it happens, the polling evidence is that the dominant reason for voting Leave was democratic, namely the principle that decisions about the UK should be taken in the UK. But the second most given reason was the desire to regain control over immigration (33 per cent to 49 per cent, Ashcroft; 34 per cent to 53 per cent, ComRes). Those figures almost certainly understate the level of concern, ... ...

... What is needed is clear articulation of the reasons why, without any hint of racism, you could be concerned about immigration.

The best attempt to make this case so far has been on the money. Roughly, immigration reduces how much pie you get, in terms of wages and public services. This is important. But it is not the heart of the problem. The real issue – or rather, issues – are democratic. They concern what it is to be a people who govern themselves. In our case, it concerns what it is for the people who live in Britain to make up the British people.

Take the money side first. There is a growing body of research investigating the effects of immigration on the UK. ...

The aggregate benefits of immigration are now close to irrelevant, however. As is widely acknowledged, the referendum revealed an alarmingly divided country, with old party loyalties fractured and economic inequality the strongest predictor of voting choice. The haves voted for Remain; the have-nots for Leave. More clearly than ever, what matters now is not how much pie there is to go round. What matters is who gets what, and who takes the pain.

The evidence of the distributive effects of immigration is limited. /.../ The government's Migration Advisory Committee notes that the market struggles to absorb immigrant labour during contraction, and that this is geographically variable. An increase in supply of labour and decrease in demand means that wages fall, especially at the low-skilled end and in economically depressed areas, and natives are displaced from jobs they would otherwise have got. ...

... In terms of economic objections to immigration, the jury is still out.

The jury is not out on the political objections. Here are three reasons why someone committed to British democracy should be concerned about mass immigration.

First, the ability to control entry into a country is one of the fundamental prerogatives of a sovereign nation. It is as significant as the powers of setting and administering law, issuing money, raising taxes, and waging war. To exercise sovereign control over territory, it is not enough that a state is able to apply the law to all those who are there. It must be able to control who enters, other than through birth. Although it may choose not to exercise such control, it retains this right. ...

... So an explanation is needed as to why control over immigration is needed. This leads, then, to the second reason why curtailing mass immigration matters, and I think the most fundamental.
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Controlling Immigration Is Good For Democracy [part 2]
Thomas Simpson
Standpoint, September 2016

Mass immigration undermines the ability of a collection of individual persons to be a people – to have bonds of loyalty to each other; to have the ability to take pride in each other's achievements and feel shame at their shortcomings; at the limit, to love each other, not in the romantic sense, but in the brotherly sense that marks those who live together well. It is just a fact about human nature, about the kinds of beings we are, that we love and care for those we share life with, and this in a way that is different to those who are strangers to us.

Nor need this be voluntary. I chose to try for children, sure. I didn't try for these particular children. Yet my relationship with them is qualitatively different to that which I have with those who are not mine, and I would be a poor father if that were up for question. /.../ Can we imagine a flourishing human life that does not, in large part, consist in relationships with people who I legitimately privilege over others? Whose well-being I care for not because I want to maximise the amount of well-being in the world, but because I care for them?

These bonds of partiality are most pronounced in intimate relationships. They exist also in political communities. Over time, in the context of concern between generations and cooperation between families, villages, and towns, so communities develop cultures, which bind us together. They can do this only if there is a certain level of stability – stability regarding whom I live with and, usually, stability in where we live. Without some such culture, people living together are merely a collection of alienated individuals, living an impoverished life. To flourish you must belong.

Valuing cultural diversity commits you to the conditions that make it possible. Stability of place and population are essential. /.../ It is a closed and insular culture that is unable to welcome strangers. It is a condition of there being a culture that most people are not strangers.

There is a deep incoherence in that outlook which claims to value diversity, while divesting itself of any bond of allegiance. It is bonds of allegiance, held in all their messy particularity, which help create the diversity. The incoherence is usually latent, but becomes explicit in the force of circumstance. ...

The importance of the power to exclude for the preservation of culture is most clearly seen in the experience of indigenous people. Take the native Americans. Their tragedy was not just the injustice of what happened to them. It was also the loss of who they were. ...

The native Americans' tragedy is an extreme case. Lest I be misunderstood, my point is nothing to do with any equivalence in suffering, of which there is none. It is to identify a locus of value, in the form of life sustained by a community, and the existence of which is made plain by its loss. /.../ Why should it be parochial or racist to recognise the same here? That value can be destroyed by massacres at dawn. It can also be eroded by population shifts over two or three generations.
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Controlling Immigration Is Good For Democracy [part 3]
Thomas Simpson
Standpoint, September 2016

Note too the policy implications drawn then. The creation of reservations was the central plank of the belated attempts to help the culture of the native American tribes to survive. In these, control over some land is reserved to a tribe. This includes, necessarily, control over who lives there. The land is not yours, collectively, if others can enter and settle at will. If there was no distinctive value in the preservation of the culture, it would have equally well satisfied the demands of justice for each individual native American to be compensated in money for their share of the territory the tribe was dispossessed of, and allowed to disperse among the new states, free to separate or gather together as they wished. But the effect of that would have been the dissolution of each tribe as an entity. Only the reservation system made it possible for the tribes as such to survive.

Identifying as valuable the culture that creates a people out of a group of persons is not some simple glorification of history, in which the past is lauded because it was there first. Cultures change. The direction a culture takes is owned, though, by the community that sustains that form of life. This is true for native Americans; for aboriginal peoples in Australia; for tribes in Papua New Guinea and Peru. It is true, too, for the British. Nor does it imply that all cultures are of the same value. Plainly, some can thwart and oppress, and others can liberate and enable. But such assessments point themselves to the claim I am advancing, that cultures are targets of moral evaluation. ...

... a community owns for itself the direction its culture develops in. Change is not something to be imposed by others. It seems likely to me that the desire to live in a heterogeneous or a homogeneous community is, at bottom, a matter of preference. It is explained by our psychology and not capable of justification. Whether a nation chooses to value the preservation of its distinctive culture, or whether it welcomes plurality, is up to its people. What matters is that they decide.

The possibility of there being a people sustains a rare and vulnerable political phenomenon: democracy. This is the third reason why immigration matters.

Democracy depends on trust to function stably. /.../ A shared identity as a people, in my broad sense, with mutual affective commitments, gives its members assurance that others are committed to the democratic project of exercising power fairly.

There are other, subtler ways in which a liberal democracy depends on trust too. Most people comply with the laws, including those with which we disagree, predominantly from the view that you are morally obliged to conform. We make do as a society with far less coercive force threatened by the state than would be the case without this legitimating belief. But the belief in the legitimacy of the laws is stable only given a good-faith assumption that, even where I disagree with the policy, it is imposed both after a fair process and in the best interests of society. Without the good-faith assumption, the polity dissolves into competing factions. ... Plenty of peoples, in my richer sense, do not govern themselves democratically. But democracy doesn't take hold without there being a people, a demos. If you care about the stable future of British democracy, you should worry about mass immigration.
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Migrants on the Med are getting a free ferry service
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 1 September 2016

In September last year the risible President of the EU Jean-Claude Juncker heralded plans to beef up Frontex, Europe's frontier and coastguard system.

"We must work together more closely to manage our external borders. That is what citizens expect," he declared. But that was just more empty Brussels verbiage. Far from protecting Europe's integrity the EU regime, in league with key member states, has presided over the wilful demolition of all our borders.

The result of this suicidal policy is a tragic, accelerating slide towards the demise of European civilisation. In the past our leaders tried to repulse invasions by foreigners who despised our heritage and culture. But today the ever growing foreign influx is not just eagerly welcomed, it is provided with subsidies, welfare and even transport.

That is certainly what is happening in the farce on the coast of Libya where vast numbers of migrants have gathered with the aim of crossing the Mediterranean. Instead of offering resistance to this swelling army, supine European authorities provide every kind of assistance.

In the first two days of this week 10,000 migrants were picked up from unseaworthy boats by the Italian navy, Frontex and a number of self-styled humanitarian groups such as Médicins Sans Frontières. But contrary to much of the mawkish coverage in the media this was not a series of heroic rescue missions that averted catastrophe, it amounted to little more than a glorified free ferry service from Africa to Europe.

Revealingly most of the passengers were plucked from their boats just 12 miles from the coastal town of Sabratha in Libya, having been given only enough fuel by the people traffickers to make it for a quarter of an hour out to sea. Once safely on board the vessels of the so-called "rescue" fleet, which now mounts constant patrols of the Libyan shoreline, they were taken on a journey of more than 300 miles to southern Italy. ...

In a sane world, where the European political class actually wanted to defend our society, the naval fleet would simply pick up the migrants and return them to Africa, a trip that is a lot shorter than the voyage to Italy. Then the useless boats would be systematically destroyed as a deterrent to the people smugglers.

It would be a straightforward process demonstrating that Europe is serious about guarding its territory. But in the madhouse that is now run by the EU's politicians, such logic does not apply. Our nominal defenders have become agents of our destruction by actively colluding with mass illegal immigration.

The creation of this transMediterranean ferry service will only encourage even more people from Africa, Asia and the Middle East to reach Europe. Already the numbers are utterly out of control. ...

EU politicians have adopted this policy over Libya partly because they think with their usual self-delusion that it displays their moral virtue and partly because it helps to undermine the traditional order of Europe. In their eyes multiculturalism and mass immigration are key instruments to smash the old idea of nationhood.

It is no coincidence that "United in Diversity" is one of the EU's most prominent slogans. But as the social fabric is torn apart by uncontrolled immigration the people of Europe are paying a terrible price for this disastrous ideology.
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Are there 800,000 more EU migrants in the UK than we thought? Tax records show there are 2.5m Europeans but only 1.7m accounted for in official statistics
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 31 August 2016

The number of EU migrants in Britain may have been undercounted by 800,000, figures suggested last night. ...

It may indicate migration figures compiled by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have been undercounted for years.

HM Revenue & Customs finally revealed in a freedom of information answer that 2.54 million EU-born citizens had been in employment in Britain in 2013-14 – the last year figures are available.

But in the same year, the number of EU-born workers in the UK was just 1.75 million, according to the ONS's Labour Force Survey. It meant there was a huge discrepancy of 790,000. ...

... The ONS said some of the gap was accounted for by the fact many of those with tax records – which meant HMRC had been notified they had been in work – were using them for less than 12 months before going home, so need not be counted.

But Jonathan Portes, the ex-Government adviser who fought a long battle for the release of the HMRC figures, said short-term migration only numbered about 250,000.

Mr Portes, research fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research, said he believed the ONS was still undercounting.

He said: 'We are talking about a very large discrepancy. It seems implausible that the Labour Force Survey statistics are correct.

'I think there clearly are more recent EU migrants present and active in the UK labour market than suggested by the official statistics.

'The number of migrants born elsewhere in the EU resident in the UK may be significantly higher than we think. The ONS, and the Government as a whole, need to look into this as a matter of urgency.'

Mr Portes said the gap could be because the ONS was less likely to count migrants in shared houses or that migrants were reluctant to take part in the survey. ...

There were 3.2 million EU citizens living in Britain in 2015 – a figure which has almost tripled in just over a decade.
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Owen Smith: Labour must be pro-immigration even if it means losing votes to Ukip
Joe Watts
Independent, 31 August 2016

Labour must take a strong pro-immigration stance even if it means shedding votes to Ukip, leadership contender Owen Smith has said.

Speaking to The Independent the Labour MP said that his party needs to be positive on immigration regardless of whether it leads to "electoral damage". ...

The leadership-hopeful also promised tougher action on racial equality, branding the House of Commons as "so white" and signalling his backing for all-ethnic-minority shortlists for MP selections.

Mr Smith has previously suggested there are too many migrants in some parts of Britain where "a rapid influx in particular of Eastern European" people had put pressure on wages.

But an apparent shift to a more overtly pro-immigration position has come after Mr Smith said he had thought about the issue deeply during his leadership campaign.

He said that would mean the party telling people that immigrants played a key role in economic growth and pulling the country out of recession, pay more in taxes than they took in benefits and play a critical role in delivering public services – even if it meant putting some voters off.

Mr Smith added: "I think even if there was some electoral damage, we should be clear about it.

"There have been moments when Labour has sent mixed messages about this and I think the time has come to be absolutely clear about it."
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Fury as Remainer Anna Soubry claims Britain BENEFITS from free movement of labour
Cyrus Engineer
Daily Express, 31 August 2016

Europhile and Remain campaigner Anna Soubry sparked an angry backlash after saying Britain has benefited from free movement of EU labour. ...

She said: "I am concerned about any plans to curb immigration.

"I am very keen that we actually have a debate in our country. We have not had a proper debate about immigration.

"People like me believe in the positive sides of immigration and we haven't made that case."

Ms Soubry added that British business would be "absolutely stumped" without a "great pool of migrant labour".

"I believe in the free movement of labour from the EU. It has benefited our country, especially business," she said.

When Ms Soubry was told Britain did have a debate on immigration during the EU referendum – she said there was a need for a "proper" discussion on immigration.
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John Mills: Labour is 'finished' unless it reconnects with working class voters
kevin schofield
PoliticsHome, 31 August 2016

Labour could lose 100 MPs and end up "finished" as an electoral force unless it addresses working class voters' concerns on immigration and the economy, the party's biggest donor has declared.

In a damning assessment of the state of the party, John Mills said it faced "permanent minority status" if it cannot shore up its traditional base while also winning back middle England and Scotland. ...

Mr Mills spoke out as he launched Labour Future, a new group aimed at coming up with policies to win back ordinary members of the public. ...

Mr Mills - who has ploughed millions into Labour coffers - said he backed an Australian-style points-based immigration system to attract highly-skilled foreigners while keeping a limit on new arrivals. ...

Mr Mills, who campaigned for Brexit during the EU referendum, added: "The Labour party is not now speaking for a very large number of important voters.
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Illegal UK entry arrests surpass 27,000 in three years
BBC, 30 August 2016

More than 27,000 people suspected of illegally entering the UK have been arrested over the past three years, figures obtained by the BBC show.

The statistics from 39 police forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland showed nearly a 25% rise in arrests from 2013 to 2015.

Many of those arrested were found at motorway service stations and truck stops, having hidden in lorries. ...

Four forces - including Police Scotland - did not provide data, while some only provided partial information.

Commons Home Affairs Committee chairman Keith Vaz called for "urgent action" to tackle the problem, while former Special Branch ports officer Chris Hobbs called the figures "appalling". ...

The total over the period from January 2013 to April this year was 27,800.

This does not include people arrested for staying longer in the country than their visa entitled them to, nor those detained at ports and airports, who are dealt with by Border Force staff.

Meanwhile, a separate FOI request showed that across the Channel, officials at ports in France, Belgium and the Netherlands intercepted 145,157 would-be migrants to the UK from 2013 to the end of March 2016.
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Bungle in the Jungle is not our problem
Richard Littlejohn
Daily Mail, 30 August 2016

The only reason thousands of pretend 'refugees' have ended up in north-western France is because of the European Union's insane freedom of movement rules.

These were originally intended to allow citizens of EU countries to take work anywhere within the union. Instead, the system has mutated to allow anyone who manages to set foot in Europe from anywhere in the world to settle wherever the hell they choose. ...

Under international law, so-called 'asylum-seekers' are supposed to apply for sanctuary in the first safe country they arrive in. So none of them should be within a thousand miles of Calais, let alone Britain.

Most of those who have set up camp at Calais entered the EU through Greece or Italy, which is where they should have remained.

But rather than face up to their international obligations, the Italians started giving them free rail warrants to travel further north. The French would be within their rights to put every single occupant of the 'Jungle' on the first train back to Italy. Instead, they are trying to make it our problem.

Just because the majority of these 'refugees' have set their hearts on reaching England, it doesn't mean they have any right to do so. ...

Without doubt, many of them are fleeing war. But the vast majority are economic migrants, hungry for the employment opportunities and welfare provisions offered by advanced European states, most notably the UK. ...

... If this is a genuine humanitarian crisis, where are all the women and children?

Ask yourself this, chaps. If there was a civil war in this country, would you stay and fight or run away, leaving your mothers, wives, sisters and daughters to fend for themselves? Precisely. ...

Every single migrant in Calais is there illegally. Everyone who tries to cross to Britain by stowing away in a car, lorry or on a ferry is breaking the law. And the French know it. ...

... If the French don't want Third World migrants massing on the Channel coast, they should stop them at the Italian border and deport those who remain.
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'Easy Meat.' Britain's Muslim Rape Gang Cover-Up
Dale Hurd
CBN News, 30 August 2016

Some scandals are so massive that they're simply hard to believe. As many as one million white English children may have been the victims of Muslim rape gangs, better known as grooming gangs, in towns up and down Great Britain.

Policy analyst George Igler says, "When you encounter an issue that is just so unbelievable, just so outside your frame of reference and understanding, the immediate human reaction is just one to not believe it at all."

Perhaps even harder to believe is that while there have been prosecutions, the British government has still not stopped this criminal activity.

Former Home Secretary and parliament member Jack Straw once said, "There's a particular problem involving Pakistani heritage men who target young, vulnerable, white English girls." He also said these Pakistani heritage men view white English girls as "easy meat."

This is when some shout 'racism,' but here are the facts: calculations based on convictions show that a British Muslim male is 170 times more likely to be a part of sex grooming gang than a non-Muslim. ...

Igler says, "What you do not have is any example of non-Muslim men targeting Muslim girls for this organized form of abuse. So, the argument that this crime exists everywhere is not only false, but is being deliberately cultivated by the media and by the government inquiry that is kicking the can down the road."

The grooming gangs have been traced back as far as the late 1980s. ...

The said authorities often make it sound like it was the girl's fault, or her parents' fault, "because you don't have control of your child."

Igler says, "If you are a young English girl, particularly between the ages of nine and 14, and you find yourself subject to the perversions of Muslim men, you effectively exist in a country where the forces of law and order don't exist at all." ...

The reason these crimes were covered up and continue to this day is political correctness. No one wanted to be called a racist.

The definitive book on this scandal is "Easy Meat" by Peter McLoughlin, who declined an on-camera interview for safety reasons.
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Migrant crisis is EU'S FAULT, blasts human rights expert
Joey Millar
Daily Express, 29 August 2016

The ongoing migrant crisis is the European Commission's fault and a result of stubbornness and ineptitude, a human rights expert has said.

Hannes Tretter, a professor of human rights at the University of Vienna, said the EU had years of notice for the crisis but failed to prepare for the "predictable" disaster.

Speaking at a European Forum in Alpbach, he blamed the EU for failing to learn from past mistakes and for failing to control member states, who he said broke the law by closing or opening borders at will.

Mr Tretter said: "Not only smugglers broke the law, but also states when they opened or closed borders and didn't register refugees.

"I not only blame the states but also the EU Commission, for not applying preventative measures soon enough, because the refugee wave from the Middle East was predictable.

"In Europe, central statutory provisions weren't complied with as a matter of fact. Legislations that were meant to apply, were not applied."

He said the Commission had failed to learn from the smaller migrant crisis after the Yugoslav War, which had lead to the creation of emergency measure which have inexplicably not been implemented.

Mr Tretter said: "The EU has a legal apparatus that was built for exactly these cases of mass migration - the so-called 'mass-migration guidelines' from 2001.

"This was created as a consequence of the Yugoslav War. Back then, the so-called 'temporary-protection-system' was created: refugees who believably came from a certain region were taken in for a certain amount of time.

"Even Article 9 of the Geneva Refugee Convention says that if there is a mass wave of refugees that overwhelms a state system, special regulations can be developed for a certain amount of time to get the situation under control."
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How 'open borders' became an illiberal cry [part 1]
Frank Furedi
Spiked, 29 August 2016

Since the 20th century, one of the key arguments made against immigration is that it has a corrosive cultural impact on community life. ...

More recently, however, the terms of this debate have changed. Both sides now acknowledge that the impact of immigration on society is likely to be disruptive. The debate now is over whether the disruption caused by immigration, and its social and cultural consequences, is positive or negative. Opponents of immigration only see immigration's negative impacts on society. And while supporters of immigration now accept that immigration will change the character of a society, they insist that this transformation is, on balance, a good thing. From this standpoint, immigration comes to be considered as a positive and welcome instrument of social change.

Today, arguments in favour of mass migration don't focus on the virtues of free movement; they focus on what are seen as the positive effects of mass migration on a host society. These positive effects are frequently communicated in the language of economics. But, increasingly, immigration is valued on the basis that it has a transformative effect on national culture, too. ...

Historically, progressive supporters of open borders were motivated by a desire to defend the human aspiration for freedom of movement and mobility. In the current era, however, borders are not so much seen as obstacles to the free movement of people, but as representations of the nation state and national cultures, and therefore as bad. ...

Of course, in public debates the anti-borders lobby rarely argues explicitly for immigration as a means of social engineering. Instead, it couches its arguments in the language of economic benefits. The most coherent, eloquent argument for immigration as a means of marginalising national culture was made by the German philosopher, Jürgen Habermas, through his concept of 'constitutional patriotism'.

This idea of constitutional patriotism was developed as a counter to the idea of the nation. ...

For Habermas, constitutional patriotism provides an alternative to ethnically based nationalism. It seeks to create a common civic political culture based on the recognition and celebration of different ways of life. His emphasis on the construction of a civic political culture is the liberal side of Habermas' argument. However, for Habermas, the creation of this civic political culture serves an illiberal purpose: transforming public life through eroding the status and authority of the national culture. He presents Germany as fundamentally a migrant society: its national culture, therefore, should not enjoy any privileges because, according to Habermas, a liberal society should not discriminate against any subculture.

Habermas is right to oppose political or legal discrimination against subcultures. But the attempt to empty national culture of its unique status would, if successful, decouple society from its traditions and legacy. ...
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How 'open borders' became an illiberal cry [part 2]
Frank Furedi
Spiked, 29 August 2016

Although the concept of constitutional patriotism arose from Germany's troubled relationship with its past, it now resonates widely with the modern West's celebration of the idea of diversity. For significant sections of the Western elite, diversity has become a value in its own right – and this is largely down to their sense of estrangement from the values and historical institutions of their own societies. So the ideal of diversity is not simply about appreciating cultural difference – rather it is held up as being inherently superior to the very traditions of a society.

In earlier times, advocates of change promoted political ideologies, such as liberalism, communism or socialism, in order to bring about desired objectives. Today, at a time when social engineering has displaced ideology, many see diversity as the motor of change. US vice-president Joe Biden expressed this sentiment last year, when he welcomed the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff to Washington. He said that 'those of us of European stock' will be a minority by 2017, adding 'that's a good thing'. But why should a change in the ethnic or cultural composition of a society be a 'good thing', or a 'bad thing', for that matter?

In a previous speech, in Morocco in December 2014, Biden said the impending minority status of Americans of European stock would make America a stronger nation. 'The secret that people don't know is our diversity is the reason for our incredible strength', he said. Forget America's democracy, Constitution, liberal ethos, creativity or entrepreneurship – apparently the real secret of America's strength is its diversity! Of course, a society open to immigration is likely to benefit from the mixing of cultures and ideas. But when diversity is transformed into a standalone medium for change, it can become a political weapon, and be used to bypass the national will. For Juncker, weakening national borders is beneficial because it serves his project of European federalism. Diversity is the antidote to nationalism.

In the British context, immigration is sometimes argued for on the basis that it will turn Britain into a more enlightened, less British, society. Some of the supporters of New Labour's policy of relaxing immigration controls were enthusiastic about it precisely because they understood it would have a corrosive effect on Old Britain. ...

The transformation of open borders from a liberal project into a tool for social engineering should make all tolerant people wary of the rhetoric that surrounds immigration and diversity today. The use of immigration as a tool to weaken national sovereignty is wholly destructive, provoking cultural confusion and uncertainty. An enlightened argument for freedom of movement must also uphold national sovereignty, and recognise the status of the prevailing national culture. Disregarding the special status of national institutions and culture is an invitation to a permanent war of cultures – that is, to real division and tension.
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More than 10,000 migrants are 'smuggled into Britain each year'
David Chazan
Sunday Telegraph, 28 August 2016

About 200 migrants from the Calais area are being smuggled into Britain in lorries each week, French officials and security sources said on Saturday.

The estimate – equivalent to more than 10,000 illegal migrants arriving each year – represents a surge in the number of so-called "lorry drops", when migrants hiding in the back of goods vehicles jump out after safely reaching the UK.

Official figures show a continuing rise in the number of migrants found in the backs of lorries and cars in Britain, which more than doubled to 6,400 last year, the chief inspector of borders and immigration said in a report last month.

The new French estimate suggests that many more are coming through undetected.

Gangs of armed people-smugglers operating around Calais have started systematically forcing lorries to stop before they reach the port so migrants can break in. ...

After months of increasing violence in and around the camp, the number of migrants sheltering there has swelled to a record of about 9,000, according to Xavier Bertrand, the conservative president of the Calais region. ...

Mr Bertrand, who is lobbying for a renegotiation of a bilateral agreement allowing UK border controls on French soil so that the Calais migrants' problem would be shifted to Britain, accused the UK authorities of being content to let the problem fester.

"I am fed up with hypocrisy. Let's tell the truth, there are migrants who get to England each day thanks to people-smugglers," he said.

"Have you seen a lot of migrants expelled from England? No. Because there are no identity cards and there are certain employers who are happy to hire them and underpay them, knowing that they won't make a fuss because they're illegal."
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The Migration Ultimatum... or 300,000 reasons why the PM must kick out dodgy asylum seekers, bogus students - and demand work permits for unskilled EU workers
Sir Andrew Green
Mail on Sunday, 28 August 2016

It is all too predictable. The new immigration figures published on Thursday have confirmed that the Government has made no progress in getting net immigration below the current level of one third of a million a year – let alone to the tens of thousands promised by David Cameron. ...

... Immigration has been one of the top issues of public concern since 2013. By June this year, it was seen as the most important issue. ...

Around half of net migration comes from the EU and will be covered in the Brexit negotiations. Since 70 per cent of EU migrants come here to work, that is the obvious place to start. The fact that about four-fifths of them are in low-skilled employment points the way forward. We should, after Brexit, require work permits for EU citizens on the same basis as we now require them for non-EU migrants.

Moreover, Migration Watch UK calculates that such a step would reduce net migration by something of the order of 100,000 a year.

There would be little damage to the economy as low-skilled workers are, at best, neutral in their impact on the budget and productivity.

At the same time they add to pressures on our population which is now growing at half a million a year – the fastest rate for nearly a century and equivalent to having to build a city the size of Liverpool every year for the forseeable future.

Employers will complain, of course. They will say that they cannot find replacements from the one-and-a-half million British workers who are unemployed. Well, they could try improving the wages and conditions for their staff. ...

The other half of net migration is from outside the EU. Here again there is one route that is much larger than the others. Students account for 60 per cent of all such inward migration. And the trouble is that they do not appear to be leaving.

Taking the average of the past three years, it seems the inflow was 123,000 a year while the outflow was 45,000. So, to put the point neutrally, about 78,000 a year are unaccounted for. ...

Effective measures on non-EU students combined with work permits only for skilled EU workers could, over the medium term, reduce net migration to about 150,000 a year. Further reductions could be achieved by painstaking tightening of other parts of the system.
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Revealed: How YOU gave £1 million to Sweet Shop jihadist gang while they held 'sharia surgeries' and waged their campaign of hate
Omar Wahid, Martin Beckford and Simon Murphy
Mail on Sunday, 28 August 2016

Britain's most notorious Islamist extremists were bankrolled by more than £1 million of taxpayers' money while waging their campaign of hate, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

A dozen supporters of Islamic State recruiter Anjem Choudary – many of them now convicted terrorists or jihadis who are fighting in Syria or have died there – were paid wages by a businessman who was handed huge sums of public money to run computer training courses in libraries and job centres.

And now a judge has found that the man – a close associate of Choudary's – funnelled tens of thousands of pounds through front companies to key members of Choudary's banned terrorist group Al-Muhajiroun (ALM).

His firms included an old-fashioned sweet shop in the East End of London, in whose basement the extremists would hold 'Sharia surgeries' and discuss their plans for murderous jihad.

But, astonishingly, the businessman continued to receive grants from a Government agency nearly four years after his links to Choudary first became known. ...

The businessman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was branded a terrorist funder by Ministers and had his bank accounts frozen after police and MI5 said he had enabled ALM 'to exist and grow by providing employment and meeting places under an apparent legitimate veil of a confectionery shop'.

But he was never charged with any offence and has now won his appeal against the Treasury's freezing of his assets.

Details of the astonishing state funding of Britain's most notorious terror group have only emerged in the High Court case he brought against the Government. ...

According to the High Court judgment published last Friday, the businessman – identified only as 'C' – set up Best Training Solutions in 2001 and soon started getting Government grants to help people get jobs by giving them basic computer skills. ...

The judge, Mr Justice Cranston, said 95 per cent of its turnover came from public money. ...

Figures seen by this newspaper show the training firm received £1,187,883 of public money from the Skills Funding Agency between 2012 and 2014 alone.
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From Cannes to Bavaria, politicians fiddle with burkini bans while Europe boils
Douglas Murray
Daily Telegraph, 27 August 2016
[Douglas Murray is associate director at the Henry Jackson Society]

... And besides, Isil is only one manifestation of a global extremism that existed before Isil and will continue after it and has a very large pool of potential recruits among the new populations of Europe.

To diminish that pool, European governments should avoid unnecessary policies (such as policing swimwear) that exacerbate unnecessary grievances and focus instead on those necessary policies – slowing Muslim immigration, carrying out proper vetting of those who arrive and expelling anyone who preaches hatred – whether they cause grievances or not.

With this approach currently seen as politically impossible, it is increasingly clear that the governments of Europe are preparing for the worst. In Germany in recent days, the government has been advising citizens to stockpile essentials, including water. A leaked government document also raises the issue of conscription in Germany.

For a country that last year took in perhaps as many as 1.5 million additional Muslims, these are signs of panic. Clearly the Germans are expecting that at some point one of the mass-casualty, possibly chemical or biological attacks that Islamist groups have been trying to carry out for years will be successful.

Aside from the fact there is little that the public in Germany, or Britain, could do in such a situation, such warnings are additionally unwise because they do much of the terrorists' job for them. The German government and Chancellor Merkel, in particular, have a huge problem on their hands.

On the one hand, they cannot admit that their indiscriminate open borders policy – even before 2015 – to have been a mistake. On the other, they rightly fear the public backlash that is already nascent but which would explode should any mass casualty attack occur.

And so it is unsurprising that Germany has been having its own burkini debate in recent weeks, with politicians discussing the wisdom of a ban. It is not only the perfect summer story, but also the perfect modern European story. Not one life will be saved by banning the burkini. But the politicians who have presented Europe with this huge societal change now find they have no answers in the face of growing public anger at the circumstances they have brought about.

When a problem has no solutions, the only thing left to do is to change the topic. And so, in the wake of daily attacks, our continent is spending the summer talking beach-wear. Some people may think this is better than nothing. But it isn't. It is fiddling while Europe boils.
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Immigration: UK births to women born abroad reach record number
Joe Watts
Independent, 26 August 2016

Last year saw the highest ever number of UK births to women who were born outside the country, official figures have revealed.

Data from the Office for National Statistics showed that 27.5 per cent of all births in England and Wales were to women who had arrived here from abroad.

It comes as the latest ONS data also showed the Government has significantly overshot its target to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands. ...

Over a quarter of births in England and Wales in 2015 were to women born outside the UK, the highest level on record. ...

The new data showed that the small increase in births between 2014 and 2015 resulted from a 2.5 per cent rise in births to women born outside the UK, while births to UK-born women decreased by 0.4 per cent.

Poland was the most common country of birth for mothers born outside the UK, followed by Pakistan and India. Pakistan was the most common country of birth for fathers born outside the UK, followed by Poland and India.

ONS spokeswoman Elizabeth McLaren said: "The rising percentage of births to women born outside the UK is largely due to foreign-born women making up an increasing share of the female population of child-bearing age in England and Wales. Part of the reason for this is that migrants are more likely to be working-age adults rather than children or older people.

"Alongside their increasing share of the population, higher fertility among women born outside the UK has also had an impact."
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One quarter of babies in Britain now born to foreign mothers
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 26 August 2016

One in four babies born in the UK last year had a foreign mother, according to official figures which suggest that record numbers of migrants are now living in Britain.

Nearly 9 million people living in Britain last year, equivalent to one in eight, were born abroad, compared with just one in 11 a decade ago.

The figures revealed that up to three quarters of children born in some parts of the UK last year had foreign mothers. The figure was 76.5 per cent in Newha, East London, 62 per cent in Slough, Berkshire, and 56.4 per cent in Berkshire as a whole.

A total of 831,000 people born in Poland now live in the UK compared with 795,000 people who were born in India. The number of Poles living in Britain is now eight times higher than it was in 2004.


If voters designed a points-based immigration system...
Matthew Smith
YouGov, 26 August 2016

Now that Britain has voted to leave the EU, the government is going to have to develop a new immigration policy. For many – including new Prime Minister Theresa May – the message of the referendum result was that immigration levels will have to come down drastically.

A new YouGov survey confirms the extent of this message, showing that an overwhelming majority of the public – 70% of people – think that immigration into Britain has been too high over the last ten years. Close to half (44%) say it has been "much too high". The government is going to face a backlash if it is not able to design an immigration system that is popular with the public.

However, the frank preferences on what kind of immigrants the public would like to see more of or less of will be difficult to translate into government policy.

There is a strong desire for a reduction in migrants from Eastern Europe, Africa, the Middle East and South Asia. At least one in five people say that the UK should not admit a single migrant from Turkey, Romania, Nigeria, Egypt or Pakistan.

The hostility to certain countries reflects both cultural and economic concerns. Of the countries listed, Britons are most happy with migration from advanced economies, particularly those with English-speaking populations. And when looking at what factors should determine whether or not a migrant is allowed to enter the UK, the results show a public that is keen to ensure their jobs and safety are not disrupted.

Criminality is the top of the public's list of concerns. More than eight in ten (83%) of people said that whether a migrant had a record of violent crimes was "very important", as did 62% for minor or non-violent crimes, making them by far the two highest responses in this category (a further 8% and 20% respectively said these factors were "fairly important").

The vast majority of people think that whether a person has skills in short supply is important (84% for blue collar jobs and 80% for white collar jobs), but this drops to just over half for people with skills that are not in short supply (57% for blue collar jobs and 54% for white collar jobs). Three quarters (76%) of people are also keen to ensure that a migrant already has a job lined up.

English proficiency was important for 84% of people, whilst a migrant's education level was important to 81% of people.
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UK net migration remains close to record levels
BBC, 25 August 2016

Net migration to the UK was 327,000 for the year to March, according to Office for National Statistics estimates.

The figures - covering the period before Britain voted to leave the EU - are down slightly on record levels of 336,000. ...

The figure for net migration of EU citizens was estimated to be 180,000, a slight decrease on previous figures.

Nicola White, ONS Head of International Migration Statistics, said: "Net migration remains at record levels although the recent trend is broadly flat.

"The influx of Romanians and Bulgarians has also reached a new high, although that's off-set by falls in non-EU immigration and from other central and eastern European countries. ..."
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Damning new report reveals public trust in Government over immigration is at 'ROCK BOTTOM'
David Maddox
Daily Express, 25 August 2016

Public trust in the Government over immigration is at "rock bottom", a new report has revealed.

Independent thinktank British Future has discovered that a majority of voters do not believe that the net migration target will be brought under 100,000 even after leaving the EU.

The report, What next after Brexit? Immigration and integration in post-referendum Britain, has been published ahead of today's official immigration statistics. ...

The report finds that only around a third of people (37 per cent) think the Government will meet the net migration target in the next five years.

According to the ICM poll in the report 44 per cent think it is unlikely.

Once "don't knows" are excluded, 54 per cent think it is unlikely compared to 46 per cent likely.

Sunder Katwala, Director of British Future, said: "Public trust in governments' competence to manage immigration – including meeting its own targets – is at rock bottom." ...

"We've never had a comprehensive immigration review, in the way we have for public spending or defence, taking a 360-degree view.

"This must be the right time to do it - starting with a national conversation with the public on what choices they think we should make."
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Tinderbox at the GATES OF EUROPE: Expert warns REAL migration surge is on its way
Joey Millar
Daily Express, 25 August 2016

A population expert has warned "large waves" of migrants are preparing to head for Europe - with a "tinderbox" situation leaving the continent on the brink of collapse.

While migration figures are declining in parts of Europe, Reiner Klingholz believes now is just the calm before the storm.

The head of the Berlin Institute for Population and Development said: "The large waves of migration have yet to come. Measures such as the Turkey Agreement and the closing of the Balkan Route ensure that currently only a few people come to Europe.

"The causes of the refugee crisis, however, have not changed."

He warned there was a "tinderbox at the gates of Europe", with huge numbers of migrants preparing to travel from a large swathe of land stretching from West Africa to West Asia.

These areas, Mr Klingholz said, were particularly effected by high population growth and low economic opportunities, combing to push migrants towards Europe. ...

David Miliband, the former British foreign minister who now heads the International Rescue Committee, warned the Italian increase is "not a blip."

He said: "The forces that are driving more and more people from their homes - weak states, big tumults within the Islamic world, a divided international system. None of these things are likely to abate soon."
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'Migration is a threat to European civilisation' Heavyweight backs German right-wing party
Leda Reynolds
Daily Express, 25 August 2016

The former president of the Czech Republic has waded into the mass migration row by throwing his weight behind a far-right German party campaigning for change.

Václav Klaus, who was president from 2003 to 2013, told a gathering of the group Alternative for Germany (AfD) that terrorism was a part of migration and a threat to freedom.

Mr Klaus also said the migration crisis had been caused by European politicians led by those in power in Germany.

Speaking at the AfD meeting in the town of Schwerin, Mr Klaus also said mass migration would change the face of Europe forever.

He said migration was a "dangerous corruption of our lives, our quality of life, our traditions and customs".
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EastEnders and other TV shows to be monitored for diversity in new scheme
Tara Conlan
The Guardian, 24 August 2016

Shows such as EastEnders and Coronation Street are to be monitored for diversity following the launch of a new system that measures the ethnic, gender and sexual orientation makeup of British television.

The BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky are taking part in Project Diamond, which will gather data about the background of those working on all UK programmes.

All key staff, from actors to sound technicians, will be asked about their gender, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation and gender identity via a confidential, encrypted computer system.

The organisation behind Diamond, the Creative Diversity Network, is also looking at making public how shows such as EastEnders measure up. ...

Project Diamond was created in response to Lenny Henry's rallying call two years ago for an improvement in the number of black, Asian and minority ethnic people on-screen and behind the camera.

Early results are due to be unveiled in around six months, depending on how quickly a sizeable amount of data has been collected. In the first stage, drama, entertainment and factual shows will be monitored, with news and sport covered from next year. ...

New minister for digital and culture Matt Hancock said: "Whilst BAME representation in the UK's creative industries is increasing twice as fast as the rest of the UK workplace, we want to see greater social mobility and diversity across this and across the arts sector.

"The launch of project Diamond is a clear example of how the UK's broadcasting industry is leading the way. Together with industry we want to see diversity continuing to improve both on and off screen, and this world- first initiative is a step forward to achieving that."
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'Political correctness' allowing Islamist extremism to flourish in British prisons, report warns
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 22 August 2016

Political correctness in prisons is allowing extremism to flourish because guards are too afraid of confronting Muslims, a report has found.

A review into Islamist extremism in the British justice system has found that "cultural sensitivity" towards Muslim prisoners is preventing staff "challenging unacceptable extremist behaviour and views".

The report, by Ian Acheson, a former prison governor, warns that supervising staff are being "pressured" to leave prayer rooms during collective worship.

Islamist prisoners are also attempting to prevent searches by "claiming dress is religious" and are also getting access to extremist literature that is available in chaplaincy libraries or from individual prisoners.

Mr Acheson's report concluded that extremists are "exploiting... staff fear of being labelled racist". ...

The Government has said that it will implement a number of the report's recommendations. ...

Figures show there were 12,633 Muslims in prison in England and Wales as of the end of June. The number stood at 8,243 a decade earlier.

As at the end of March, of the 147 people in prison for terrorism-related offences, 137 of them considered themselves to be Muslim.
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Fake passports for ISIS terrorists are discovered in Greek refugee camp as jihadis use sea of migrants to smuggle fanatics into Western Europe
Darren Boyle
MailOnline, 22 August 2016

ISIS has been distributing fake passports in Greek refugee camps to allow its terrorists to travel within Europe on 'clean' identity documents.

Europol has found several fake passports in camps as the terror group hopes to use the ongoing humanitarian crisis to smuggle jihadis into Europe to launch a new wave of attacks.

The specialist anti-terrorist officers believe there is a ratline of terrorists from Iraq and Syria, to Greece and Austria.

Italian newspaper La Stampa warned of official fears that false papers were being used by terrorists plotting attacks.

According to La Stampa: 'In particular they [Europol] have identified fake passports in the refugee camps in Greece that were destined to supposed members of ISIS.'

Europol has smashed a number of document forgery operations in Greece and the Czech republic.

One group of criminals were based in Athens.

A second group in the Czech Republic altered stolen travel documents and sold them onto migrants.

The documents cost between €100-€3,000 depending on their quality and the country of issue.

Speaking earlier, Rob Wainwright, Europol Director said: 'In the last two years we have seen criminal gangs increasingly investing more in the production of fake documents to support a growing criminal market associated with the migrant crisis.

'Document fraud is now a highly important enabler of organised crime operated by groups involved in stealing or producing counterfeit passports and other travel documents. ...'
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Our World: Soros's campaign of global chaos
Caroline B. Glick
The Jerusalem Post, 22 August 2016

Major media outlets in the US have ignored the leak of thousands of emails from billionaire George Soros's Open Society Foundation by the activist hacker group DCLeaks. The OSF is the vehicle through which Soros has funneled billions of dollars over the past two decades to non-profit organizations in the US and throughout the world. ...

... Soros's massive funding of far-left groups in the US and throughout the world has been documented for more than a decade.

But failing to see the significance of the wider story because many of the details were already known is a case of missing the forest for the trees. The DCLeaks document dump is a major story because it exposes the forest of Soros's funding networks.

The first thing that we see is the megalomaniacal nature of Soros's philanthropic project. No corner of the globe is unaffected by his efforts. No policy area is left untouched.

On the surface, the vast number of groups and people he supports seem unrelated. /.../ But the fact is that Soros-backed projects share basic common attributes.

They all work to weaken the ability of national and local authorities in Western democracies to uphold the laws and values of their nations and communities. ...

Then there are Soros's actions on behalf of illegal immigration. From the US to Europe to Israel, Soros has implemented a worldwide push to use immigration to undermine the national identity and demographic composition of Western democracies. The leaked emails show that his groups have interfered in European elections to get politicians elected who support open border policies for immigrants from the Arab world and to financially and otherwise support journalists who report sympathetically on immigrants.

Soros's groups are on the ground enabling illegal immigrants to enter the US and Europe. They have sought to influence US Supreme Court rulings on illegal immigration from Mexico. They have worked with Muslim and other groups to demonize Americans and Europeans who oppose open borders.

In Israel as well, Soros opposes government efforts to end the flow of illegal immigration from Africa through the border with Egypt.

The notion at the heart of the push for the legalization of unfettered immigration is that states should not be able to protect their national identities.

If it is racist for Greeks to protect their national identity by seeking to block the entrance of millions of Syrians to their territory, then it is racist for Greece – or France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden the US or Poland – to exist.
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Nigerian women and Europe's sex trade
Punch [Nigeria], 21 August 2016

Trafficking for prostitution into Europe by Nigerians has reached a tipping point. In a newly-released report, the United Nations International Organisation for Migration warns that the trafficking of Nigerian women for prostitution is at a "crisis level." The report, which covers the first six months of 2016, laments that gullible Nigerian girls – some with the help of their families – are being recruited at an increasing rate by criminal gangs for European sex markets. This is alarming; it is embarrassing for the nation.

The IOM investigation found that criminal gangs were exploiting the migration crisis in the Middle East to smuggle Nigerian girls into their sex slavery networks in Europe. /.../ In reality, they are being sold for between £4,000 and £10,000, ending up there with debts of up to £40,000 that they have to repay by engaging in prostitution. ...

Apart from being subjected to abuse, some die on the tortuous journey. Their major destinations are Britain, Spain and, especially, Italy. ...

According to the IOM, 3,600 Nigerian women reached Italy between January and June, nearly four times the figure for 2014, and double the figure in the first half of 2015. At this rate, the final tally for 2016 might surpass the 5,633 recorded in 2015. ...

The situation is equally terrible in Britain. Kevin Hyland, head of the United Kingdom Anti-Slavery Commission, says Nigerians constitute the majority of the 13,000 modern slaves there. "The rise in the numbers is staggering. Nigerian women and girls are enslaved and sexually exploited here in the UK," Hyland says. ...

While some of the teenagers are being lured into this depraved life, there are many women who willingly subject themselves to such indignity on the grounds that they want to make ends meet. ...

In truth, most of the filthy lucre being made in the global sex trade is being shared by the vicious criminal operators. In Britain, the Office for National Statistics' computation in 2009 – the first time prostitution income was factored into the GDP – arrived at a figure of £5.3 billion a year.
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The true lunacy of our broken asylum system: Judge who rejects most claims despairs at how only a tiny few actually leave Britain [part 1]
Mail on Sunday, 21 August 2016
[By an Asylum Judge defying the Home Office to speak out]

I am an experienced asylum judge in a major British population centre and you must believe me when I say this: our immigration controls are broken and the country cannot cope.

Britain has a proud tradition of helping the oppressed, which is why I am pleased to have spent the past two decades reviewing the cases of people seeking a place of safety.

In my time, I have seen a number of moving and entirely deserving cases, victims of torture meted out by oppressive regimes, for example.

My rulings have helped them stay here to build new lives.

Such people still need our support today, but to describe them as a minority of those who appear before me is a tragic understatement because the truth is that the great majority of the claimants at my tribunals are not attempting to escape persecution at all. They are economic migrants, pure and simple.

Often, the stories they tell me are palpably false and in some cases absurd, and I have no hesitation turning them down.

Yet – and this is the truly frustrating part – only a tiny proportion, between five and ten per cent of the people I recommend for removal, are ever taken from these shores.

I was in no way surprised by last week's government figures showing that thousands of false and retrospective asylum claims are clogging up the system, because I have seen this with my own eyes.

Some of these claims are lodged years after the migrant first arrived. Only when the authorities catch up with them do they find a solicitor.

I am barred from speaking without the permission of the Home Office, so today I must remain anonymous and so must the cases I have dealt with. ...

Then there are those who claim the right to a family life, which is the last resort of the rascal in my opinion.

A colleague of mine had before him the case of a Muslim from Asia who had lived here for years with a wife and children, and then went back to his country of birth to marry three other wives, as he is allowed to do under Islamic law, and had more children.

Those later children then claimed British nationality, even though we don't recognise polygamy in our marriage laws, and the mothers also claimed the right to come over here with the children on the basis of a right to family life. That obligation was imposed on the UK Government by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Right.

Astounding as it might seem to you or to me, they were successful on appeal. ...

Then there was the West African man who claimed to have escaped from captivity as a child soldier and walked home.

As I'm familiar with the geography of that area, I knew that the place where the army was supposed to have taken him was 3,000 miles away from his home – and the route was mostly jungle.

As for Afghan asylum seekers, most of them that come here are underage children sent on by their parents. The Government automatically gives them temporary leave to stay. Then, as soon as they reach 18 and are ordered home, they claim asylum.

... If, however, they can't explain an unreasonable delay in making their claim, we rule against them. I sometimes wonder why we bother. The appeal process can go on for years, by which time some claimants have married a British national or had a child with one. ...
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The true lunacy of our broken asylum system: Judge who rejects most claims despairs at how only a tiny few actually leave Britain [part 2]
Mail on Sunday, 21 August 2016
[By an Asylum Judge defying the Home Office to speak out]

People without the proper papers can go below the radar for years. How do I know this?

Partly because of the cases that come before me, but also because of the evidence from the sewage industry – an excellent way of gauging how many people are really living in this country.

The discrepancy between the official figures and what is actually going down the pipes shows there are a million more people in London than are legally registered, and another half a million more outside the capital. ...

As it happens, I am politically liberal. But neither Left or Right are honest about the problem.

The Conservatives do not want to spend the necessary money sorting it out, while New Labour under Tony Blair helped create the mess by realising that migration, legal and illegal, is a source of cheap labour to boost the economy.

In addition, most on the Left are too fearful of being considered racist if they criticise immigration levels. ...

But there are measures we can take in the short term, too. I would like to see us going back to the old system of questioning people about their claims as soon as they arrive.

That was stopped after the EU ruled that it was too traumatic to question people immediately.

I question the automatic right of people to live here permanently by marrying a British national or by having a child with a British national. Too many of these arrangements are short-lived.

I have never understood the logic of why EU citizens have the right to bring their entire families over here simply because they are based here to work.

A colleague of mine presided over the case of a European citizen with an African wife, who produced her marriage certificate as proof that she was entitled to stay here.

At the time the husband was actually living in America – for rather a long time as it happened, since he was doing ten years in an American jail.

We should clamp down still further on the black market in labour that allows illegals to stay below the radar.

And, of course, we need to give the Borders Agency adequate resources and real political backing so that when my fellow judges and I decide that a claim is false – and, remember, this undermines those in genuine need – our rulings are met with action.

We are lucky that Britain is an island with its own natural barrier, but at the moment immigration judges like me are presiding over an impossible situation.

It is essential that we grasp the nettle. For that, however, we must first tell the truth about the disastrous state we are in.

The author has received no payment for this article.
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Three quarters of Europe believes Brussels has FAILED over migration
Tom Parfitt
se, 21 August 2016

Three quarters of Europeans believe the EU is not doing enough to tackle the migrant crisis, a damning new poll has revealed.

An EU-wide survey of 28,000 people across the bloc found 74 per cent want bureaucrats to do more to ease the flow of migrants into Europe.

Cyprus was most dissatisfied by Brussels' response to the crisis, with a whopping 91 per cent saying more needed to be done.

The poll also revealed nearly seven out of 10 UK residents believe Eurocrats are doing too little, compared to 74 per cent of Irish people.

UKIP defence spokesman Mike Hookem said the EU "continually fails the people of Europe on many issues, and none more so than the migrant crisis".

He told "Eurocrats are failing to take difficult decisions like turning back the people-smuggling boats crossing the Mediterranean.

"These criminal gangs are making millions out of human suffering. They must be hunted down and put out of business.

"The message has to go out loud and clear – entering Europe via this method is illegal and will not be tolerated.

"This message won't come from the EU until the people put pressure on them."

The Eurobarometer survey was conducted on behalf of the European Commission across all member states between 9 and 18 April.
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Dispatch from Britain's deportation madhouse: Wonder why it's so hard for courts to kick out the foreign criminals you keep hearing about?
David Jones
Daily Mail, 20 August 2016

The fact is that, barely a few years ago – before the great migration surge – this country had little use for extradition courts. In 2004, for instance, our police forces took just 46 people into custody using European Arrest Warrants. ...

Any extradition hearings that resulted were easily dealt with by courts that handled domestic crimes. However, according to the National Crime Agency, the number of extradition cases sky-rocketed last year to a record high of 2,041. ...

It has created such a huge workload that Westminster Magistrates' Court has set aside five of its eight chambers exclusively for extradition proceedings. Though these courts sit six days a week, they still cannot cope with the huge flood of cases.

As a result, the Crown Prosecution Service has had to commandeer two other London courts, in Hammersmith, to clear the backlog. ...

To get an insight into this largely unknown aspect of the migration crisis, I have spent several days in these courts. And what I found was deeply disturbing. ...

According to MPs, not only are convicted foreign criminals cheating deportation but they are taking up valuable court time and taxpayers' money fighting claims that are often blatantly ludicrous. It is said that many are indulging in a 'try it on' culture at taxpayers' expense. ...

With 330,000 new migrants arriving in Britain last year, and our border controls and vetting process so woefully inept, it is hardly surprising that our judiciary is being overwhelmed. ...

Meanwhile, at Westminster Magistrates' Court – recently modernised at a cost of £50 million – the extradition merry-go-round continues. ...

Most names were pronounceable only by the huddle of interpreters hired to help – also at taxpayers' expenses, of course.

For interpreters are a vital – and very costly – cog in the extradition wheel. Without them, few cases can go ahead. Among the translators was a Lithuanian, two Romanians and four Poles.

I tried to find out how much taxpayers pay for these on-call interpreters. Most were reluctant to discuss their fees, but a Bulgarian woman said she received £22 an hour from the agency that supplies court interpreters.

A nice little earner, especially as she was often required to wait for several hours for a defendant to be brought to court. The rate rises to £36.80 when she works directly for the police. ...

I was told by one solicitor (who was on the going rate for Legal Aid lawyers of £50 an hour) that the number of extradition cases is growing 'exponentially'. ...

It is estimated that for every foreign villain arrested here, there are many times more who remain free to walk our streets. ...

The wider question now is whether Britain's exit from the EU will stem the tide of foreign criminals using Britain as a refuge. On this thorny question, expert opinion appears to be divided. ...

According to the Home Office, it cost £13,000 to process each of the 2,041 European Arrest Warrants issued last year so the total bill was £26.5 million.

However, as this sum was not broken down into constituent parts, it is not clear whether it includes court staff salaries, Legal Aid bills, interpreters and the price of keeping defendants in custody for months.
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Shock EU migrant figures REVEALED: 2.2 MILLION now work in Britain
Macer Hall
Daily Express, 18 August 2016

A huge rise in EU migrants working in Britain has renewed calls for an accelerated Brexit.

New figures reveal that the number employed throughout the UK soared by 238,000 over the past year to more than 2.2 million.

Labour market data showed that the rollcall of foreigners with jobs in the UK has reached a record 3.45 million, more than a tenth of the workforce.

And the numbers of people from eight former communist countries including Poland and the Czech Republic with jobs in the UK has passed the one million mark for the first time, the official figures confirmed. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of the pressure group Migration Watch, said: "These figures represent a milestone in EU migration to Britain."

He pointed out that Britain now had more than one million workers from the Eastern European countries who joined the EU in 2004, plus nearly a million from Western EU nations and a quarter of a million more from Romania and Bulgaria.

"The pressures that this massive migration has placed on local communities go a long way to explaining the outcome of the referendum," Lord Green said.

"The new statistics underline why it is essential not just to regain control of our borders but also to reduce net migration significantly.

"It is also important to realise that some 80% of EU migrants are in lower skilled employment.

"Migration into lower-skilled work is not of particular benefit to the UK economy.

"Indeed the Migration Advisory Committee did not find any positive impact on UK-born employment rates, fiscal contribution, GDP per head or productivity."

And former Labour welfare minister Frank Field, joint chairman of the Commons Cross-Party Group on Balanced Migration, said: "Today's figures on the surge of eastern European migration show how crucial it is that one aspect of Brexit's success must be the control of our borders.

"This can best be done by introducing a points system and accompanying this with active measures to build up the skill levels of our existing labour force. ..."

The Office for National Statistics data for the three month period from April to June this year showed that the total number of foreigners working in the UK has risen from 966,000 in 1997 to 3.45 million.

Over nearly two decades, the proportion of foreign citizens in the labour force has soared from 3.7% to 10.9%. ...

The number of workers in Britain from outside the EU changed little over the last year at 1.21 million, according to the official data.

Statisticians insisted the estimates related to the number of people in employment and should not be used to suggest the size of flows of foreign migrants into the UK.
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EU doctors three times more likely to face disciplinary action for poor English than other foreign medics
Sarah Knapton
Daily Telegraph, 17 August 2016

European doctors are three times more likely to face disciplinary proceedings for poor English than those from further afield because they are exempt from stringent language tests under EU law, the Royal College of Surgeons has warned.

The RCS claims that the safety of patients is at risk from medics who cannot communicate properly and is calling for the rules to be changed during Brexit negotiations.

Freedom of Information data from the General Medical Council showed that 29 doctors from the European Economic Area (EEA) faced allegations relating to 'inadequate knowledge of the English language' during 2014 and 2015. ...

By comparison just 10 doctors from outside Europe faced similar allegations even though they make up more than double the number of doctors, nurses or dentists as those from the continent - 26 per cent compared with 11 per cent.

Under rules which came into force in 2014 doctors applying to the NHS from Europe only need to score 7.5 on the International English Language Testing System, which equates to basic conversational skills.

However, those from outside Europe must pass the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board (PLAB) to demonstrate they know medical terms, are clear about consent, can adequately describe a procedure and are aware of treatment side effects.

"The number of EEA doctors and dentists facing allegations relating to their communication skills is an issue we think the Government should be taking very seriously," said Professor Nigel Hunt, Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons. ...

"We want the same rules to apply to all non-UK professionals, regardless of where in the world they come from." ...

The Patients Association said it was concerned that poor communication was leading to mistakes and misunderstandings between patients and medics.
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Migration chief attacks shambolic system that denies asylum claims but DOESN'T remove them
Oli Smith
Daily Express, 17 August 2016

The chief of Migration Watch has called on Britain's asylum seeker system to be completely overhauled as shocking statistics reveal the scale of illegal immigrants who slip "into the shadows".

Migration Watch chief Alanna Thomas tore into Britain's asylum system amid revelations tens of thousands of illegal immigrants slip through the net each year.

She told talkRADIO Britain's Home Office immediately needs to overhaul the country's system of dealing with asylum claims.

Her frustrated remarks follow news that one in three claims for asylum were made by people who were either in the UK illegally or had overstayed their visas.

Rather than applying for asylum when they first reach Britain, these figures suggest many are waiting until they are caught by immigration officers to make their claim. ...

Ms Thomas, the chief executive of the migration think tank, said the asylum system was yet another example of Britain's "soft touch" immigration policy.

She said the elephant in the room was the low removal rate of those denied asylum, which means claimants are allowed to vanish even after the lengthy appeals process.

She added: "The situation is if you apply for asylum less than half of these are actually granted asylum but then less than half of those are actually removed.

"So, if you arrive in the UK and apply for asylum you have a 75 per cent chance of staying - legally or illegally.

"This is why we have situations like the Jungle camp in Calais. France is a safe country but the UK is a soft touch." ...

Ms Thomas said around 80 per cent of claims made only after being caught by immigration officers "are denied and they only apply in the first place to avoid removal".

She added: "There's a lengthy process to go through – the Home Office decides the case and there are appeals, so the system allows people to slip through the net and go back into the shadows."
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Immigration Health Surcharge – a rotten deal for the NHS, patients and taxpayers
J Meirion Thomas
ConservativeHome, 16 August 2016
[J Meirion Thomas was until recently a Professor of Surgery and Consultant Surgeon in the NHS]

... financial troubles in the NHS still make almost daily headline news. To close a £22 billion funding gap by 2020, there must be unprecedented rationing of hospital services. Cataract surgery will have to be postponed – an outcome criticised by the Royal National Institute for the Blind. Steve Cannon, one of the most respected orthopaedic surgeons of his generation, has warned that delays in joint replacement will result in crippling arthritic pain and crumbling joints.

What have I done personally to prevent this tragic outcome for the NHS, apart from devoting 30 years of my life to specialist cancer surgery? The answer is that, for more than three years, I've been banging my head against the impenetrable, soundproofed wall of the Department of Health, trying to persuade those complacently cocooned within that billions of pounds could be saved by restricting access to the NHS only to those who are entitled to the privilege. I coined the phrase that "taxpayers should fund a National Health Service, not an International Health Service".

Imagine my surprise, therefore, when it was announced in this year's 2016 Queen's Speech that there is to be an NHS Overseas Charging Bill, and that "overseas migrants and visitors will be charged for services to which they are not entitled." A battle won – but not the war because those who are not entitled to free NHS care should not be taking up precious facilities, for payment or not. They should be in the private sector, where there is plenty of capacity.

The Government, embarrassed by its failure to control health tourism from outside the EU, had already announced a plan to raise £500 million from better charging of overseas visitors, of which £200 million would come from the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). This policy was a combined initiative by the Home Office and Department of Health, and was included in the 2014 Immigration Act.

I would argue that the IHS was possibly one the most ill-conceived pieces of legislation enacted by the Coalition Government. It may be costing the British taxpayer a fortune and, after being in place for more than a year, needs to be urgently reviewed. ...

... And will the new administration forge ahead with the NHS Overseas Charging Bill – or was the announcement just another Department of Health smokescreen, to compensate for policy failure?
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'Xenophobia is Highly Rational and Justified': Police Chief
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 16 August 2016

A Norwegian police chief has spectacularly broken ranks to express his professional opinion that high and sustained levels of crime committed by migrants more than justifies concern about foreigners, and that increasing immigration "leads to more rapes".

Writing in response to an opinion piece by a philosopher in the Norwegian daily newspaper Haugesunds Avis, Police Inspector Thomas Utne Pettersen argues that while he agreed that rich nations like Norway had an "ethical and moral obligation" to help those in need, those wary of foreigners were not misled.

Justifying his point with the catalogue of regular migrant crimes that police have to deal with daily – even in a nation like Norway where significantly fewer migrants have come compared to places like Sweden and Germany – the officer said he disagreed with scepticism of foreigners as being dismissed as mere cynics.

Expressing his view on the matter, Police Inspector Pettersen said: "People's xenophobia in relation to this group is highly rational and justified".

Validating his point, the senior officer said on his force in any given week in 2016 they might witness in the low-crime country "three Middle Eastern men in police custody" for drug offences, "foreigners" arrested for other drugs offences, stabbings, and robberies.

Pettersen said that in the year of 2015 he personally signed off 2,600 days of custody for detainees in his area – 2,200 of which were for "foreign men". In one Norwegian prison – Ullersmo – he said half of all prisoners were foreigners, up from 30-per-cent in 2014.

The officer also blasted the number of Norwegian children who had been raped by migrants, including an "Afghan asylum seeker convicted of rape of a Norwegian child" and "three Syrian asylum seekers charged with the rape of two Norwegian children". Reinforcing the point, he cited a study in Oslo, the Norwegian capital, which found that "9 out of 10 who are convicted of violence against children have an immigrant background".

Perhaps coming in for officer Pettersen's most stinging criticism were the politicians who opened the doors to mass migration. Remarking that "Women and children are sacrificed on Asylum and Refugee Department's altar", he said politicians last summer had sought to "outbid each other" on how many asylum seekers the country could accept. He said if the politicians had been more rooted in "reality", they would have seen long before that allowing more migrants would "lead to more rapes and other serious violations".
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Third of asylum claims come from illegal migrants and visa overstayers
Sophie Jamieson
Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2016

Over a third of asylum applications are made by migrants who entered the UK illegally or have overstayed their visas, new data has revealed.

Rather than applying for asylum when they first reach Britain, the figures suggest that a significant proportion of migrants are waiting until they are caught by immigration officers to make their application.

A total of 83,912 of the 231,100 main applications for asylum received in the decade between 2004 and 2014 were by migrants who were "encountered by local immigration and enforcement staff", according to data provided by the Home Office in a written Commons reply.

Of those applicants who claimed asylum after overstaying, 19,200 were either successful or given permission to remain in the country for another reason.

Think tank Migration Watch UK suggested that the data showed "many of those claiming asylum are in fact economic migrants".

Migrants may choose not to claim asylum immediately because they have been trafficked into the country, and those who overstay may be applying legitimately because the conditions in their home country have changed since their arrival.

The proportion of failed asylum seekers who made their applications after being identified as illegal immigrants or overstayed has risen to 70 per cent for last year, compared to 58 per cent in 2009, The Times reported.
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Election fraud allowed to take place in Muslim communities because of 'political correctness', report warns
Peter Dominiczak
Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2016

Election fraud has been allowed to take place in Muslim communities because of "political correctness", a major report finds as it calls for unprecedented reforms to the British voting system.

In a report commissioned by the Government, Sir Eric Pickles, the former Conservative Cabinet minister, today warns that the authorities are in a "state of denial" and are "turning a blind eye" to election fraud.

He said that there is evidence of voter fraud "especially in communities of Pakistani and Bangladeshi background" but that the cases have been ignored because of "over-sensitivities about ethnicity and religion".

Sir Eric warns that "challenging issues" over community cohesion should never be an "excuse" for failing to "uphold the rule of law and protect British liberties".

Sir Eric's report makes a series of recommendations to Theresa May, the Prime Minister, and calls for people to require identification when they are voting and for police cordons around polling stations to prevent intimidation. ...

The former local government secretary began his investigation in the wake of the scandal in Tower Hamlets, London, where the mayor Lutfur Rahman was removed and his election declared void after he was found by a court to have committed corrupt electoral practices including vote-rigging. ...

Sir Eric also sharply criticises the Metropolitan Police for failing to follow up the election court's ruling with any criminal charges.

He says that the force's inaction "sends a worrying signal that the police are soft on tackling and prosecuting electoral fraud, when faced with competing operational demands".

Writing in The Telegraph, Sir Eric says that following his investigation, he now believes "electoral malpractice is far more common than just one isolated London borough thanks to the state's collective state of denial".
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Electoral fraud is a blight across the political spectrum – and my review can help to stamp it out
Eric Pickles
Daily Telegraph, 12 August 2016
[Sir Eric Pickles MP is the former Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government]

Since the Tower Hamlets judgment, there has been silence from our supposed watchmen. The Electoral Commission's subsequent annual report and its forward-looking corporate plan made no reference to the Tower Hamlets judgment. Sadly, the Commission has put its head in the sand before over the risks of fraud. Despite years of warnings about Tower Hamlets, the Commission previously gave the Borough's electoral system a gold-star rating for electoral integrity in its inspection reports.

No follow-up prosecution has been brought following the court judgement, the Metropolitan Police maintaining that there was "insufficient evidence that criminal offences had been committed". This is a surprising statement. The election court disqualified Lutfur Rahman and his agent for a number of offences. There was extensive oral and written evidence tested in hearings at the Royal Courts of Justice. Mr Rahman was found guilty beyond reasonable doubt, to a criminal standard of proof. ...

Divisive community politics sometimes presents challenging issues, but there is no excuse for failing to enforce British law and protect the integrity of our democratic process. Good community relations are poisoned by the failure to uphold the rule of law and protect British liberties.

... We should require some form of ID to vote at polling stations – it is ridiculous that it is harder to take out a council library book than to pick up a council ballot paper. /.../ We should consider a new role for the National Crime Agency to tackle complex election fraud cases, especially those linked to other forms of crime and corruption. ...

I believe electoral malpractice is far more common than one isolated London borough, thanks to the state's collective state of denial.
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Six in ten say migrants put pressure on NHS, schools and housing: Poll finds UK is one of the countries most worried about rising immigration
James Slack And Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 11 August 2016

Six in ten British voters think immigration is piling too much pressure on schools, hospitals and housing – well above the worldwide average.

A study conducted across 22 countries around the globe also revealed widespread alarm that terrorists may be posing as refugees to sneak through border controls.

Pollsters Ipsos MORI found that the UK is one of the countries most worried about the pressure placed on public services by rising immigration levels, with 59 per cent concerned.

This compares to an average of 50 per cent worldwide.

Some 49 per cent of Britons think there are too many immigrants in the UK, which is in line with most countries worldwide.

Almost four in ten also say immigration has made it harder for native Britons to get a job.

Just 31 per cent of those surveyed in Britain support closing our borders to refugees – but 63 per cent believe terrorists are pretending to be refugees.

Across all of the countries, four in ten say that their country should close its borders to refugees entirely.

Concern about migrants integrating into British society is in line with the global average, with 40 per cent agreeing that most refugees will integrate successfully, while 47 per cent disagree.

Half of Britons – 51 per cent – think that refugees are actually economic migrants instead, while 37 per cent disagree.

On average worldwide, six in ten think terrorists are pretending to be refugees, with more than seven in ten believing this to be the case in Turkey, Russia, India, Hungary, Germany and the United States.

On average, more people say immigration has generally had a negative (45 per cent) rather than positive (20 per cent) effect on their country.

At least six in ten in Turkey, Italy, Russia, Hungary, France and Belgium say immigration has had a negative impact.

Half across the 22 countries say there are too many immigrants in their country.

When it comes to the economy, on average 44 per cent of those polled worldwide think immigration has made it more difficult for home nationals to get jobs. ...

The countries taking part were Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Britain, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey and the US.
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ROTHERHAM SCANDAL: Fury as child abuse evidence VANISHES from police station
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 11 August 2016

Vital pieces of evidence which could have outed new suspects in the Rotherham grooming scandal have gone "missing" from the town's police station with alarming regularity.

Senior officers were under pressure to explain how key documents, which are supposed to be kept under lock and key, vanished from Rotherham's central station amid accusations they are still failing to tackle the issue of Asian grooming gangs.

As part of an investigation into the Rotherham abuse scandal, victims have told this website of their shock and disgust that evidence they provided to the police in the form of witness statements and DNA later disappeared without explanation. ...

Amongst the documents to vanish from the police evidence room at Rotherham police station are a teenager's diary which chronicled her years of sex abuse at the hands of grooming gangs, a victim's original interview notes with officers and a 14-year-old's DNA evidence. ...

And a former social worker who helps victims of abuse told this website the disappearance of evidence from Rotherham police station is "common". ...

Victims and their families told how police are not even logging instances of intimidation as a crime when they are reported, adding that detectives often repeat the mantra that they can only arrest abusers after they have committed an assault. ...

Lawyer David Greenwood said he had heard countless complaints from victims of child abuse about police inaction and missing evidence. ...

The force declined to comment on the issue.
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Brexit gives us back control of immigration - but it's NOT ENOUGH
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 10 August 2016

The 2014 British Social Attitudes Survey found that 77 per cent of people want to see immigration reduced, with 56 per cent wanting to see it reduced "a lot".

Those figures are likely to have increased since then. So with the evidence showing that overwhelmingly most British voters think that immigration is too high, Brexit should mean the end of free movement. If voters' views on immigration start to count once more, immigration policy will surely be more restrictive – or more sensible, as one might better put it. ...

It's difficult to overstate just how crazy the current system is. In June the official figures showed a net increase of 333,000 immigrants over the previous year. The relentless scale means that foreign-born workers now hold one in six of all jobs. That's 5.2 million workers out of the total labour force in the UK of 31.5 million.

With no control possible on EU migration there is at least an excuse – a reason – for its size. Freedom of movement is enshrined in EU treaties. ...

But free movement only applies to EU immigration. And the parallel story is of an almost total failure to control non-EU migration to the UK. Of the 333,000 net migrants who arrived here over the past year, 184,000 were from the EU. That leaves a huge number coming from outside the EU.

And it means that although there are 5.2 million foreignborn workers, less than half – 2.2 million – come from the EU. ...

For one thing ministers' actions have shown that they are almost entirely uninterested in dealing with things despite their words.

We spend, for example, just £1.8 billion a year on securing our borders and removing illegal immigrants and foreign criminals. That stands in stark contrast with our £12 billion aid budget. The Border Force has three cutters to patrol our 7,700 miles of coast compared with Italy's 600 boats for 4,722 miles.

The lesson of this chaos is that leaving the EU is a vital prerequisite for taking back control of immigration.

But it isn't remotely enough. If we make the same mess of controlling immigration policy towards EU states when we leave as we do now towards non-EU states there will be barely any noticeable difference.

That means we need an immigration policy that curtails the scale and impact of current levels. It also requires a Border Force equipped to implement it.
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ROTHERHAM ABUSE SCANDAL: Horrific reality of 'industrial scale' child grooming revealed
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 9 August 2016

Grooming of young girls by gangs of predominantly Kashmiri men is still occurring on an "industrial scale" in Rotherham because authorities are failing to tackle an organised child sex crime racket, an investigation by has uncovered. has pieced together shocking testimony from victims, campaigners and local residents in a large-scale investigation series being revealed throughout this week.

They all told us how police and the local council is still "failing" thousands of vulnerable girls.

It reveals how organised, criminal gangs of paedophiles are still using the town as their own personal fiefdom, peddling underage girls for sex as part of a multi-million pound crime empire. ...

Today an investigation by this website lifts the lid on the shocking scale of abuse still going on in Rotherham, two years after a landmark report into the scandal ruled police and council workers had ignored the issue for fear of being branded racist.

Professor Alexis Jay's astonishing probe revealed at least 1,400 girls were groomed by sex gangs between 1997 and 2013, and unearthed a series of scandalous failings by local authorities.

A recent follow-up report, published by Professor John Drew in March, concluded that the police are now "adequately" tackling child grooming and that historic failures had been "isolated".

But testimony, pieced together from independent sources, paints a starkly different picture of the authorities' response.

A number of people who gave evidence to Professor Drew's inquiry expressed open dismay at his findings and told us the grooming of girls is as bad now as it has ever been. ...

In many instances the abuse is so open that neighbours in the town are aware it is going on.

But they say they feel powerless to act because of police indifference and the vice-like grip the criminal grooming gangs have achieved. ...

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion said abuse is "still going on" in the town and that she still gets new girls coming to her on a regular basis, although the numbers have dropped off. ...

Campaigner Anne Marie Waters, who carried out her own investigation into the Rotherham sex attacks, said the child grooming business is as booming as ever, adding victims who felt let down by the police and social services are "too scared" to speak out.
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The crisis is so grave that we need a minister for migration
Max Hastings
Daily Mail, 9 August 2016

That is why we should welcome a pamphlet published this week by David Goodhart, of the think-tank Policy Exchange, which offers some practical proposals for curbing Britain's soaring population. ...

We need workers with special skills, workers for the NHS and welfare services, for catering and tourism.

But we do not need – or want – the vast numbers currently coming, and here is Goodhart's shopping list of ideas for regaining control of Britain's borders.

First, it is essential to know who is here, and what rights they are entitled to. ...

Goodhart, the former editor of Prospect magazine, who has written a book arguing that immigration should be curtailed as it is undermining national solidarity and the Welfare State, argues that the information is available to monitor people though a population register, incorporating a unique personal number, based on NHS registration.

At present, the Department for Work and Pensions, Revenue & Customs and the Home Office do not exchange data about all those who cross their radar as citizens, tax payers and benefit claimants. This is crazy. ...

The Scandinavians, who are keener than most people on personal liberty, run population registers. It is long overdue for Britain to do the same. ...

He identifies another key issue: the shortage of young British people with the skills and motivation to accept a wide range of jobs currently done by foreigners.

We should accept, he says, that seasonal agricultural work and similar jobs will never hold much appeal, and thus we shall continue to need migrant labour to pick strawberries and suchlike.

But he proposes a commission, perhaps chaired by Sir David Metcalf, who is finishing his term as head of the Migration Advisory Committee, to explore incentives for employers to hire and train British citizens, as at present they are reluctant to do.

Currently, it is simpler to bring in foreign workers, especially those with technology skills, to whom 151,000 visas were granted last year, including 60,000 for dependants. ...

Importantly, Goodhart argues that we need to draw a sharper distinction between people who come here with the ultimate intention of taking up citizenship, and those – accounting for two-thirds of the annual intake, including students and workers – who are merely birds of passage.

He writes: 'A temporary citizen should not be a full member, should not have full access to social and political rights (and would not have an automatic right to bring in dependants) and should leave after a few years.' ...

Recent human rights legislation, Goodhart says, has blurred the distinction between citizens and non-citizens.

We need to become much more particular about whom we permit to share the material and moral privileges of this society.
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Hungary blasts EU open borders as minister says 'link between immigration and terrorism'
Siobhan McFadyen and Agnes Kegl
Daily Express, 9 August 2016

Hungary risked sparking fresh controversy as they argued for a major terror clampdown by saying there is a "demonstrable" link between immigration and terrorism.

The country is set to hold a referendum to ask its citizens whether they support the EU's current migration policy on October 2.

But Karoly Kontrat, the Minister of State of the Ministry of Interior, did not hold back on his criticism as he insisted there are hundreds of terrorists in Europe.

He said: "It is clearly demonstrable and can be stated as a fact that there is a connection between immigration and terrorism.

"Other consequences of the migration crisis are health care implications as well as implications of a social, cultural and economic nature.

"More than 300 people have died in Europe as a result of terrorist attacks since mass illegal immigration started, and these attacks were committed by terrorists, with an immigrant background." ...

He added: "These attacks were committed against European culture, Christian Europe and the European way of life, and attacks of this nature may occur anywhere, at any time."
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Germany's Migrant Rape Crisis Spirals out of Control
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 9 August 2016

Sexual violence in Germany has reached epidemic proportions since Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed into the country more than one million mostly male migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. ...

Germany's migrant rape crisis has now spread to cities and towns in all 16 of Germany's federal states. Germany is effectively under siege; public spaces are becoming increasingly perilous. Police have warned about a potential breakdown of public order this summer, when young male migrants are likely to see women lightly dressed.

During the month of July 2016, hundreds of German women and children were sexually assaulted by migrants ... The youngest victim was nine; the oldest, 79. ...

Dozens of women and children have been assaulted by migrants at summer festivals and public swimming pools – staples of ordinary German life. ...

Most of the crimes were downplayed by German authorities, apparently to avoid fueling anti-immigration sentiments. Almost invariably, the crimes are said to be isolated incidents (Einzelfälle), not part of a nationwide problem. Information about sexual assaults can usually be found only in local police reports. Rapes are sometimes treated as local interest stories and covered by local or regional newspapers. Only the most spectacular incidents of rape and sexual assault make it into the national press. ...

Germany now finds itself in a vicious circle: most of the perpetrators are never found, and the few who are frequently receive lenient sentences. Most will never be deported. Only one in 10 rapes in Germany is reported and just 8% of rape trials result in convictions, according to Minister of Justice Heiko Maas.

On July 7, the German parliament approved changes to the criminal code that expand the definition of rape and make it easier to deport migrants who commit sex crimes. Under the bill, also known as the "No Means No" ("Nein heißt Nein") law, any form of non-consensual sex will now be punishable as a crime. Previously, only cases in which victims could show that they physically resisted their attackers were punishable under German law.

The reforms, which are designed to make it easier for victims of sexual assault to file criminal complaints, are unlikely to end Germany's migrant rape epidemic. This is because Germany's politically correct justice system is notoriously lenient when it comes to prosecuting, sentencing and deporting foreign offenders.

At the same time, reliable statistics on sex crimes committed by migrants are notoriously elusive. German authorities have repeatedly been accused of underreporting the true scale of the crime problem in the country. For example, up to 90% of the sex crimes committed in Germany in 2014 do not appear in the official statistics, according to André Schulz, the head of the Association of Criminal Police (Bund Deutscher Kriminalbeamter, BDK).
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Small ports and beaches at mercy of criminals and migrants
John Chapman
Daily Express, 8 August 2016

Security at small ports is the "greatest emerging threat" to the UK, according to the head of the National Crime Agency.

Lynne Owens has warned police chiefs that her officers have had to deal with a number of "serious incidents" at British ports.

She said attempts to get a grip on border controls was "taking up all my time".

In a briefing to police, Ms Owens said the Home Office is conducting a secret review of port security as illegal migrants use sailing boats to land in small harbours or on remote coasts.

A source said: "Organised crime gangs are now coming in through the small ports. We have seven different agencies looking after our ports.

It's a mess.

Everybody is treading on each other and no one knows who is in charge." ...

Mark Gribbin, chairman of ISU, the union for Borders, Immigration & Customs, said it is "only a matter of time before we see a mass breach of the border".

He said: "UK Borders are in meltdown. Crisis point has well and truly arrived."
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Universities could be forced to pay for migrant fund
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 6 August 2016

Britain's wealthiest universities could be forced to pay for a ne fund to monitor foreign students who come to study in the UK, under plans being considered by Downing Street. ...

The Government is looking into the scheme developed by the think tank Policy Exchange, which would remove student visas from the existing immigration system and instead make them the responsibility of a new agency, thereby freeing the Government to deal with other migrants. ...

The think tank has also proposed that students and temporary migrant workers have their full social and political rights in the UK restricted and that they be banned from the automatic right to bring dependants with them when they arrive here. ...

Alongside this, a Government department for Immigration and Integration is also required, the think tank claims, in order to deal better with the number of people moving to the UK.

It states that everyone living in the UK should be given a unique number which would be shared across government agencies and make it easier to keep track of people who move in and out of the country on visas.


Suicide by welfare: How the West is funding ISIS with cradle-to-grave benefits
Benjamin Weingarten
Conservative Review [USA], 6 August 2016

When James Burnham wrote the bracing and prescient Suicide of the West, one wonders if he could have conceived of the lengths to which the West would go to destroy itself.

Exhibit A comes from Europe, where the Wall Street Journal reports that at least five of the alleged plotters in recent jihadist attacks in France and Belgium received approximately $56,000 in welfare benefits in the period leading up to their slaughter. That is, the jihadists financed themselves with European taxpayer dollars.

Apparently, only now the Europeans are reckoning with the fact that while the welfare state is supposedly "a primary tool for combating poverty as well as integrating immigrants" as the Journal terms it, that the very welfare state is being used to fund Islamic warfare on its own citizens. ...

Jihadists know that things many Europeans consider to be their greatest strengths – cradle-to-grave welfare and multiculturalism – are its greatest weaknesses against a global Islamic supremacist movement with a conquest ideology that relies on religiously sanctioned subterfuge and deception.

On the former, that Europe is just waking up to state underwriting of jihad is shocking.

The case of the United Kingdom is illustrative of the continent's willingness to drape the niqab over its head and claim blindness.

Several years ago, the infamous UK-based jihadist preacher Anjem Choudary was captured on video calling for his followers to quit working and claim unemployment benefits to free up their time to fight the infidel.

As Daniel Johnson notes in Standpoint, in the UK "Muslims have long been claiming welfare benefits for multiple wives; the only condition is that they must have married them abroad." ...

It would be the height of dangerous folly to assume that jihadists have not studied the welfare laws in every single European state to figure out how to maximize their legal financing of terror. ...

Indeed in 2015, ISIS put out a book titled "How to Survive in the West – A Mujahid Guide" that called for jihadis in the free world to claim extra government-provided benefits, among other "easy money ideas." To justify transacting with Westerners, and to assuage the fears of devout Muslims uncomfortable with partaking in potentially "forbidden" economic activity, the authors of the book wrote that "the population who will soon rise against the believers will get poorer while you will get richer and be able to fund the Muslim cause."

Could the jihadists put it any more clearly?

Meanwhile, on the multiculturalism front, PEW reports that 1.3 million refugees sought asylum in Europe in 2015, about half of whom came from the following three countries: Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. ...

It appears that Europe, and increasingly the U.S., are self-righteously suicidal.
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Teachers are over-estimating the A Level grades of ethnic minority students by two or more grades, research finds
Javier Espinoza
Daily Telegraph, 4 August 2016

Teachers are over-estimating the A Level grades of ethnic minority students by two or more grades because they want to boost their chances of going to university, a new UCAS study has suggested.

The disclosure emerged after new data showed the proportion of applicants achieving their best three predicted grades has been declining in recent years.

It also followed pressure from ministers to hold teachers to account to get their pupils to the best universities.

The study showed that applicants from Asian, Black, mixed or other ethnic backgrounds had a greater chance of missing their predicted grades by two or more grades.

This was as likely for applicants from disadvantaged areas and those with lower levels of GCSE attainment, UCAS said.

Researchers analysed 600,000 English 18 year old applicants between 2010 and 2015 with three or more A levels.
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One million migrants are living in Britain illegally and will never be deported, claims former Border Agency chief
Martin Robinson
MailOnline, 3 August 2016

One million migrants may be living in Britain illegally and there is little chance of deporting them, according to a former head of the UK Border Agency.

The figure is more than a third higher than some previous estimates and it will lead to questions over Theresa May's immigration policy while she was home secretary.

While the EU debate focused on controlling numbers of legal migrants from the continent, Rob Whiteman, former chief executive of the UK Border Agency, has said more attention needs to be paid to the large number of illegal workers.

'The scale of illegal migration and illegal working is not nearly discussed as much as other issues around immigration,' he told The Times. 'The government does not have the resources or political levers to deport hundreds of thousands of people.'

His comments suggest that the problem is now too big to tackle, the newspaper reported.

Mr Whiteman, who ran the agency from 2011 to 2013, added that on top of non-EU citizens entering illegally, migrants who overstay legitimate visas and find work are also to blame.
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Why aren't Royal Navy WARSHIPS guarding British beaches and ports? MPs tear into UK border shambles that has left just three patrol boats patrolling 7,000 miles of coastline
Steve Doughty and Gareth Davies
Daily Mail, 3 August 2016

Britain's border security is 'clearly under-resourced' and warships should be drafted in to guard small harbours against people-smugglers, MPs said Tuesday.

A 'worryingly low' total of just three Border Force patrol boats are available to protect more than 7,000 miles of UK coastline, they warned.

Their report called for Royal Navy ships to help Border Force protect our lightly-guarded small ports and beaches, which are increasingly seen as soft targets by smugglers and migrants travelling in small boats who try to avoid heavy security at ferry ports and Eurotunnel trains.

As the report was released today, Dorset police and crime commissioner Martyn Underhill warned of a 'perfect storm' as Border Force weaknesses were magnified by the withdrawal of special branch officers from ports. ...

The report adds to growing pressure for naval assistance to be given to Border Force, which has just four patrol boats, one of which is currently in the Mediterranean.

Four more that are promised will be unavailable for at least another year.

In comparison, Italy has 600 vessels to guard a coastline that is 3,000 miles shorter, the report said. ...

Some 1.25 million asylum-seekers came to Europe last year and more than a quarter of a million migrants arrived in the first six months of this year.

The report from the Commons Home Affairs Committee said the union was 'too slow to respond', adding: 'The EU failed to anticipate the scale of migrant flows, and did not have the structures in place to cope.'

The MPs said the EU's £5 billion deal with Turkey in March, under which new arrivals can be sent back to Turkey, came 'far too late'. ...

The committee's report also accused former foreign secretary Philip Hammond of being 'complacent in respect of Libya, where a reported 500,000 people are waiting to cross the Mediterranean illegally'.
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The real hate crime scandal [part 1]
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 3 August 2016

Britain is in the grip of an epidemic, apparently. An epidemic of hate. Barely a day passes without some policeman or journalist telling us about the wave of criminal bigotry that is sweeping through the country. ...

If you feel this doesn't tally with your experience of life in Blighty in 2016, you aren't alone. There is a great disparity between the handwringing over hate crime and what Britain is actually like. The open racism even I can remember in the 1980s has all but vanished. Racist chants at football matches are a distant memory. Hard-right, foreigner-bashing parties may be thriving on the Continent, but they are dying over here. The likes of the BNP and EDL have withered due to lack of interest. This is a British triumph.

It's not vainglorious to say that Britain is the most tolerant country in Europe, perhaps the world. ...

It's almost impossible to argue reasonably that Britain is a bigoted country where ethnic minorities are somehow kept down. On the contrary, they are now more likely than whites to hold top jobs (doctors, lawyers, chief executives). ...

Yes, the statistics are scary, and nobody should downplay the hurt caused to those who are attacked and abused. The number of hate crimes recorded by the cops has grown year by year. Six years ago, there were 42,255; in 2014-15, there were 52,528.

But these figures need to be taken with a fistful of salt. There is something wrong with the way we report and measure hate crimes in this country. The numbers do not necessarily speak to any objective spread of hate in modern Britain. On the contrary, what the BBC calls an 'epidemic' is a product of the authorities redefining racism and prejudice to such an extent that almost any unpleasant encounter between people of different backgrounds can now be recorded as 'hatred'.

Consider the Brexit aftermath. The police say that 3,192 reports of hate incidents were received in the last two weeks of June, and 3,001 in the first two weeks of July. Apparently that constitutes a rise of 48 per cent and 20 per cent respectively on last year's levels of incidents. But can we engage in some scepticism here? Many of these incidents (the police can't at the moment say how many) were reported through True Vision, a police-funded website that allows anyone anywhere to report something they either experienced or witnessed, anonymously if they like. No evidence is needed. Everything is instantly logged as a hate incident. This inevitably presents a warped view of reality.

Already, two infamous post-Brexit 'incidents' have been debunked. It was widely claimed, for instance, that an attack on a tapas bar in Lewisham, south London, was a hate crime; actually, police say it was a burglary. ...

Beyond the post-Brexit hysteria, it's incredible how subjective the idea of 'hate crime' has become. The police and the Crown Prosecution Service first agreed a common definition of hate crime ten years ago and started measuring national hate-crime levels in 2008. A hate crime, the police say, is 'any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice towards someone based on a personal characteristic'. They monitored 'five strands': crimes driven by prejudice based on race, religion/faith, sexual orientation, disability, and gender identity.
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The real hate crime scandal [part 2]
Brendan O'Neill
Spectator blog, 3 August 2016

The police's 'Hate Crime Operational Guidance' now stresses that the victim's perception is the deciding factor in whether something is measured as a hate crime. No evidence is required. 'Evidence of... hostility is not required for an incident or crime to be recorded as a hate crime or hate incident,' the guidance says. '[The] perception of the victim, or any other person, is the defining factor... the victim does not have to justify or provide evidence of their belief, and police officers or staff should not directly challenge this perception.' So you don't need actual evidence to prove hate crime, just a feeling. The police are discouraged from asking for evidence. This is reflected in the policies of individual constabularies. So the 'Hate Crime Procedure' of the Surrey Police says 'apparent lack of motivation as the cause of an incident is not relevant as it is the perception of the victim or any other person that counts'. ...

In a world obsessed with evidence-based public policy, it is odd that a new crime category which explicitly eschews evidence in favour of emotion is subjected to such little scrutiny. And it gets worse: the prosecution of a hate crime doesn't actually have to prove that hatred was the motivation. The CPS states: 'The prosecution does not... need to prove hatred as the motivating factor behind an offence.' The CPS says any crime that involves 'ill-will, ill-feeling, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment, or dislike' on the basis of a 'personal characteristic' could be a hate crime. So unfriendliness can now be criminal. Next time you read about a hate-crime epidemic, bear that in mind.

Burglaries and robberies are often recorded as hate crimes. According to the Home Office, of all the hate incidents in the Crime Survey for England and Wales, 8 per cent are burglaries. ...

The 'Hate Crime Operational Guidance' demands 'increasing the reporting and recording of hate crime'. It specifies that success should not be measured by a reduction in hate-crime levels, perhaps because this will give people the impression that community life in Britain is getting better, and we can't have that. 'Targets that see success as reducing hate crime are not appropriate,' it says, as this won't 'motivate managers' to 'promote positive recording' or 'increase the opportunity for victims to report'. So 'success' has one meaning only: creating evidence to suggest the problem is getting worse. The police are incentivised to find hatred, because their goal isn't to tackle crime so much as to create a public impression of mass hatred.

Why are our authorities so willing to push this deceptive agenda? Why is our country determined to see itself as bigoted? It's because creating a panic about hate crime gives officials and others a sense of purpose and history. But the squalid search for, and exaggeration of, hatred is dangerous and, to use a word so popular on social media, divisive. ...

According to one leftie online magazine, Britain now evokes 'nightmares of 1930s Germany'. But this doesn't square with the reality of our country today, and you shouldn't believe it. The hate-crime epidemic is a self-sustaining myth – a libel against the nation.
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Thousands of Syrian migrants arrested for trying to SLIP into the UK
Rebecca Flood
Daily Express, 1 August 2016

Thousands of Syrian migrants are illegally sneaking into the UK, according to shocking figures.

More than 5,000 have been caught in the past three-and-a-half years getting through Britain's borders.

The statistics, obtained from a Freedom of Information request by the Daily Star Sunday, reveal 2,227 Syrians without any form of paperwork were arrested and detained in the UK last year - which equates to 42 a week.

That figure is up from 1,442 in 2014, and just 882 the year before.

And some 1,000 are already thought to have been arrested this year alone. ...

By last December, 70 per cent of illegal Syrian immigrants who had been granted temporary admission or release were thought to have slipped through the hands of authorities.

An immigration source said: "The Government has told enforcement officers to make Syrians a priority and make sure their asylum claims are dealt with above all else.

"Most are not being removed so anyone who gets here and has a claim refused just stays on temporary admission or release.

"Obviously that increases the chances of them going AWOL.

"And that's what tends to happen.

"Once their claim has been considered and refused, and they're thrown out of Home Office accommodation and given money, they just disappear and are usually only encountered when the immigration officers find them working illegally or in a house where a target is living.

"The bottom line is that we are seeing a huge increase in the number of Syrians gaining illegal entry either on boats or in the back of lorries driven by smuggling gangs." ...

From January to March last year, 524 Syrians applied for asylum in the UK and 92 were refused.
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Immigration is TOP concern for EU residents - closely followed by terrorism, study finds
Vickiie Oliphant
Daily Express, 1 August 2016

Immigration and terrorism are still seen as the top challenges facing the European Union (EU) as thousands seeking asylum continue to travel to the bloc.

An EU-wide survey of 32,000 people on behalf of the European Commission has found immigration remains at the top of the most frequently cited issues facing the EU - ahead of national concerns including the economy and unemployment. ...

The study has revealed 48 per cent of people feel immigration is the biggest issue facing European countries - although this has dropped by ten points from the previous report.

While migrant concerns have dropped, terror fears have increased by 14 per cent.

Immigration was recorded as the number one concern in 20 member states and among the top two concerns in all countries, except Portugal. ...

Terrorism was recorded as the number one issue in eight member states and among the top two concerns in all countries, except Greece.

A total of 39 per cent voted for terrorism as their top fear - an increase of 14 per cent.

The survey was also carried out before several large-scale terror attacks across the bloc, including the Nice attack which killed 84 people and an attack on a church in Normandy in which two ISIS soldiers slit the throat of a priest in front of a packed congregation during morning mass.
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The Threat of Islamist Terrorism in Europe and How the U.S. Should Respond
Robin Simcox
The Heritage Foundation, 1 August 2016

Europe faces a persistent threat from Islamist terrorism. It is one that has increased with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), the al-Qaeda offshoot that now controls significant parts of Iraq and Syria. The director of Europol recently described the current situation as "the highest terrorist threat we have faced for over 10 years." ...

An unprecedented level of migration into Europe from the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans is fundamentally changing the continent. Even excluding legal migration, the EU's external border force estimated that 1 million people entered Europe illegally in 2015. The true number, as the agency accepts, will clearly be larger. ...

One diplomat told the House Committee on Homeland Security that refugees were barely screened at all, commenting that "there are no real controls. [The authorities] take fingerprints, accept whatever identification they provide – if they have one – and send them on their way." The committee concluded that a "large proportion of the refugees and migrants that have entered Europe this year are unregistered, and even those who have been registered upon arrival have gone through a process that is rife with security holes." For example, even if registration forms, photographs, and fingerprints are taken, they are rarely cross-checked with counterterrorism watch lists.

It is hardly surprising, then, that Hans Georg-Maassen, head of the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, Germany's domestic intelligence agency, has concluded that "we have repeatedly seen that terrorists... have slipped in camouflaged or disguised as refugees" and that General Philip Breedlove, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe, told the Senate Armed Services Committee that "the terrorists, and the returning foreign fighters are clearly a daily part of the refugee flow in Europe." ...

The impact of using the refugee crisis to infiltrate Europe in this manner is exacerbated by the fact that large numbers of ISIS sympathizers and other pre-existing radical networks were already operating in the continent. Some of these sympathizers have carried out attacks in Europe or have been thwarted from doing so. The presence of hardened ISIS terrorists, recruiters, and bomb makers from the Syria–Iraq conflict who are now potentially operating among, or even guiding, some of those already radicalized individuals only heightens the threat that Europe faces. ...

Yet a January 2014 article in The Guardian, based on conversations with senior officials at the Ministry of Defence (MoD), reported a "growing reluctance in an increasingly multicultural Britain to see U.K. troops deployed on the ground in future operations abroad." This subsequently affected MoD strategic defense reviews. According to these military sources, there was "a resistance in an increasingly diverse nation to see British troops deployed in countries from which U.K. citizens, or their families, once came. There is also concern that British troops have been seen taking action mainly in Muslim societies."

This was a euphemistic way of saying that as domestic Muslim opinion disapproved of British military action abroad, deploying troops abroad – as in Iraq and Afghanistan – would no longer be possible due to the U.K.'s demographic composition.
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Islamism is an attack on our civilisation – this must be recognised, not evaded
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 30 July 2016

It is true that psychopaths quite often enlist God, and that young men who go round killing people usually have disturbed personal lives. But when, day after day, in three or four continents, many people commit extreme violence in the name of Islam, this cannot be accounted for by mental illness alone. In parts of the Middle East, near where the founder of Christianity lived and died, the murder of priests and other Christians by Muslims is systematic. ...

Islamism is a most clear and determined attack on our civilisation, so this must be recognised, not evaded. Its adherents declaredly hate freedom, democracy, women's rights, Judaism and Christianity. They entirely deny the rights of anyone (not least fellow Muslims) who do not share their views. They recognise no law except sharia. ...

Islamists cannot take power directly in Europe in the near future, because they have not got the numbers. But they can and do – in a way almost unimaginable only 20 years ago – kill and terrify. They can also, through mass immigration of Muslims, destablise us, even though the great majority of those Muslims have no desire to kill their hosts. /.../ The effect of the Islamist presence in the West – attacks on free speech, radicalisation in schools, forcing more women to cover their faces, let alone jihadist violence – is wholly bad. It is a civilisational question to work out how to deal with it. We need a firmer idea of what our Western civilisation is. The murder of Fr Hamel should surely be a reminder.
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Home Office asylum backlog could take DECADES to clear as cases reach 'record high'
Zoie O'Brien
Daily Express, 29 July 2016

Applications to live in Britain have stacked up so high - they could take DECADES to clear.

And the indicators are that the load is only going to get heavier after Brexit.

Asylum applications in the first quarter of 2015 almost DOUBLED to 10,100 and MPs have revealed they are expecting the UK's Brexit decision to trigger a fresh avalanche of millions more migrants to the country as foreign nationals attempt to get in before Britain gets out of the Union.

But a Government report from the Home Affairs Committee has also revealed the nation is already struggling under the weight of visa and asylum applications.

Millions of immigration cases are dealt with by The Home Office every year - and that figure keeps on rising.

The Home Affairs Select Committee, chaired by Keith Vaz MP, stated its concern over asylum applications and visa requests reaching record highs.

A report states: "The number of outstanding asylum applications is at an all-time high. Despite repeated warnings from this Committee the Home Office has done nothing to address this situation and it must set out what steps it is taking to tackle this concern.

"We are concerned that the Immigration Directorates do not have the resources to cope with its workload. The number of visa applications on which work has not started continues to grow and now stands at over 16,000 cases. ...

"Progress in concluding historical cases has slowed and at the current rate may take decades to clear." ...

In the first quarter of 2016 there were 10,100 asylum applications to Britain - a 39% increase on the 5,955 applications received over the same period in 2015.

While in the same period there were 40,119 in-country visa applications pending completion and 60,000 out-of-country applications.

The foreign visa applications almost doubled from 31,354 from the end of December 2015.
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Theresa May racks up £1.9m bill for 'phantom' deportation flights that were never taken
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 29 July 2016

British taxpayer's were forced to foot a bill of £1.9 million for flights that failed asylum seekers never used last year.

According to new figures released today the Government was forced to pay for flights to deport failed asylum seekers during Theresa May's last year in charge at the Home Office.

And the amount was the highest for three years after the Prime Minister decided while she was in charge of immigration to scrap the UK Border Agency.

Taxpayers' have now forked out £5.2m in scrapped flights in just three years. ...

Home Office accounts state: "A constructive loss of £1.9million was incurred by the Home Office as a result of the cancellations of scheduled flights intended to remove ineligible asylum seekers, due to them being granted the right to appeal."

In the past year the Home Office was also forced to cover the costs of £21.9m over 3,543 legal claims.

The hits included legal costs of £17.1m from 3,447 cases, 50 compensation payments £900,000 and £2.2m for 28 cases of unlawful detention.
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'Massive network' of European gangs smuggling migrants
BBC, 29 July 2016

UK immigration investigators have warned of a "big challenge" to tackle a "massive network" of criminal gangs trafficking people across Europe,

In two separate cases, three people smugglers have been sentenced after groups of Albanians were brought to England in small boats. ...

Speaking to the BBC, David Fairclough led both investigations by the Home Office's Immigration Enforcement team.

"Organised crime groups work across borders, not just in the UK. They are working all over Europe, into the source countries. It is a massive network so it's a big challenge," he said.

"We face a severe threat of exploitation for illegal working, sexual exploitation and a vast amount is sponsored by organised crime groups.

"Because controls in ports are extremely strong and security has been enhanced, people smugglers are looking at more innovative ways to try to evade controls.

"The move into small craft recently is a new technique, but we are determined to remain one step ahead.

"And as these cases prove, we are onto this threat, taking it robustly." ...

The National Crime Agency has said some migrants in France were willing to pay thousands of pounds to people smugglers, to risk taking them across the channel.
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Just ONE terror suspect in the UK is under an official curfew despite at least 2,000 fanatics being at large in Britain
Ian Drury and James Slack
Daily Mail, 28 July 2016

Only one extremist in Britain is now subject to an official anti-terror order despite there being at least 2,000 fanatics at large in the UK, ...

The so-called T-Pims – Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures – are the toughest tool the security services have to restrict the activities of terror plotters. ...

T-Pims are supposed to ensure that the police and MI5 can protect the public from British-based fanatics who cannot yet be prosecuted or deported by placing curbs on their movements and activities.

But a statement slipped out to Parliament just before the summer recess has now revealed that, as of the end of May, only one is now in force. As recently as 2013, there were nine.

... British judges have been accused of weakening T-Pims by chiselling away their conditions and making it very difficult for the security services to secure them.

This has meant that they have become reluctant to seek them, fearing that they would be squandering thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money on legal fees for little gain. ...

Last night, critics called for a toughening up of the T-Pim regime to protect the public. Lord Carlile, the independent reviewer of terror legislation for ten years, said: 'It is surprising and worrying that we are down to just one T-Pim given the situation appertaining all over Europe.

'We know that there is a severe risk of a terror attack. I hope that the Government is examining the possibility of increasing the use of T-Pims or toughening them up.

'It is absolutely essential that the authorities should have the powers they need. The events in Normandy, Nice and Germany must focus ministers' minds to use all the tools at their disposal, including T-Pims.'

He said that in the last six or seven years of control orders, they were 'very effective'. ...

Control orders were introduced by Labour to deal with dangerous extremists who could not be hauled before the courts but after 2010 they came under fire from the Lib Dems who said they were unfair because the suspects had not been found guilty of a crime.

They were replaced by T-Pims with a reduced curfew requirement of ten hours and suspects were no longer restricted on where they could live.

At the time, a Home Office spokesman said: 'We introduced T-Pims precisely because control orders were not working and their powers were being struck down by the courts.'

But last night, shadow home secretary Andy Burnham said: 'In the light of the terrorist attacks that we have seen in the last year, we need an urgent review of the T-Pim regime and an assurance that it is up to the job. We need a convincing answer on why it is the case that there is only one.'

Yesterday a former senior counter terror officer said Britain has 'big problems' trying to prevent terror fanatics from carrying out an attack.

Chris Phillips said he did not believe the current regime of T-Pims was working.

Mr Phillips, the ex head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said it was known two years ago that there were 2,000 individuals on the radar of the anti-terror authorities.

'How on earth you could ever monitor 2,000 people, let alone the fact that the number that we have got now has probably increased,' he said.
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UK border controls rendered 'laughing stock' by failure to collect immigration fines
Adam Button
Police Professional, 27 July 2016

Failure to pay immigration penalties should be made a criminal offence to address the Government's "shameful" failure to collect £2.5 million of people smuggling fines, the Home Affairs Select Committee (HASC) has recommended.

In a report published on Wednesday (July 27), HASC found that lorry companies were served with more than £6.5 million worth of civil penalties for intentional and unintentional people smuggling in 2014/15.

However, almost 40 per cent of this was never collected.

HASC has now advised that failure to pay these fines should be made a criminal offence, and intends to make collection of civil penalties a key performance measure for the Home Office.

HASC chairman Keith Vaz said: "The inability to collect penalties from those who are serial and persistent breachers of our immigration law, who harbour, employ or smuggle illegal migrants make a laughing stock of our border controls.

"For £2.5 million in fines to remain unpaid is shameful, and if the Government is serious about deterring people smuggling it may need to consider making this into a criminal offence."

The report found that a third of lorries arriving at UK borders do not have the advised standards of security, equating to roughly 750,000 vehicles per year.

British registered lorries only accounted for seven per cent of all penalties issued despite being responsible for 14 per cent of traffic coming into the country.

At the same time, the number of people trying to illegally enter the UK through Calais, Coquelles and Dunkerque has dramatically increased – around 40,000 attempts were prevented last year, compared to 18,000 in 2013/14 and 11,000 in 2012/13.

Similar issues were identified around penalties issued for the employment of illegal workers, less than a third of which are recovered. ...

Concern was also raised over marriage fraud – often used by immigrants to gain Indefinite Leave to Remain in the UK – as HASC does not believe the crime is being treated with the severity it deserves.

It has now called on the Government to set out how many cases of marriage fraud have been reported in the last three years, what investigations have taken place, and how many perpetrators have had their Leave to Remain revoked and have been deported.
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Almost 1,800 foreign criminals have stayed in the UK for more than five years AFTER being released from jail despite being eligible for deportation
Mark Duell
MailOnline, 26 July 2016

Nearly 1,800 foreign criminals eligible for deportation have been living in Britain for more than five years, according to figures released yesterday.

Some 5,895 foreign offenders are still living in the community after being released from prison, with many of them living in the UK for many years.

Of these, 1,792 foreign criminals have still not been deported more than five years after they were released from prison, according to Home Office figures.

A further 344 criminals are still in the UK between four and five years after being released, and 466 are still in Britain between three and four years after getting out of jail.

Another 574 offenders have not been deported between two and three years after leaving prison, and 843 criminals are living in the community between one and two years after their release. ...

The Home Office highlighted figures showing 5,692 foreign offenders were removed from the UK in the year 2015-16, the highest number since records began.
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Anglicans and Catholics on opposite sides on Islamic influence in West
David W. Virtue DD
Virtue Online, 26 July 2016

Recently, American Cardinal Raymond Burke, known as an outspoken champion of the Catholic Church's conservative wing, says that Islam is "fundamentally a form of government" and wants Western nations to make clear they have no intention of becoming a "Muslim state." ...

But he said he worries that many people do not understand that, in his view, "when they (Muslims) become the majority in any country they have the duty to submit the whole population to Shariah," as the Islamic code of law is known. ...

He said that in some cities in France and Belgium with large Muslim populations "there are little Muslim states" that are effectively "no-go zones" for government authorities - an assertion that is widely disputed.

But Burke claimed "these things aren't anomalies for Islam. This is the way things are to go. ... And if you do understand that and you are not at peace with the idea of being forcibly under an Islamic government, then you have reason to be afraid." ...

More recently, however, Archbishop Welby has voiced his fears about Islam and said this: "Islam is engaged in more and more violent activity in its civil war. Its violent arms subvert, attack, kill and destroy without mercy or conscience, as Christians did during the reformation. Islam's mainstream leaders, at peace but much menaced, look for friends, how do we respond?" ...

Britain has a "genuine and justified" fear of mass immigration, the Archbishop of Canterbury declared last night. The country's most senior churchman said it was 'absolutely outrageous' to dismiss the public's legitimate concerns as racist, he said.

One of the world's leading authorities on Christian persecution, the Rev. Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, says Christians are sleep walking through the rise of Islam in the West. ...

Sookhdeo believes that both Western governments and Christian churches are going out of their way to appease and placate Islam. It may be done with good intentions, but the outcome is far from good. Indeed, the main reason why such attempts fail is because the real nature and aims of Islam are not recognized.

Real peace in Islamic thinking can only occur when all submit to Allah and sharia law.
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We can't keep dodging the immigration debate
John Bird
The Big Issue, 25 July 2016
[John Bird is the Founder and Editor in Chief of The Big Issue]

The usual attitude to immigration seems to be one or the other: they are largely drains upon our island finances; a heavy burden on our schools and hospitals and social services. And they should be sent home.

Or the other view is that immigration has enriched and improved and made wealthy our great society.

Nearer the ground, bereft of having a beef about anyone in particular there were definite pluses and minuses to the roughly five million people who have come to the UK in the post-war period.

But whether you are for or against, one thing you must realise is that the whole process is an economic process before it is anything else. Immigration policies are relaxed or strict depending on economic forces at play in the marketplace. The free movement of labour may have brought us dependants, and there are in certain areas of the UK evidence of negative-effect immigration. But at the same time the free movement brought us people who enhanced the economy, enabled wealth to increase, and aided the creation of jobs for UK residents.

Last week I stayed in a London hotel where not one native English person was to be found. A Pole checked me in, Portuguese and Polish staff rushed round making and serving breakfast. And a German or Austrian woman ended the stay by checking me out ...

But there has been the opposite: people coming into the country who are distressed before they arrive. Who are bringing their wretchedness with them. And often bringing problems that come with poverty.

They do not bring economic prosperity. They do not get involved in the increase of the UK's wealth. They are a cost to the country and to the economy. And in certain areas they put enormous pressure on what is already a pressured community. ...

In order to avoid being cast a xenophobic racist, you never could discuss immigration in the last 50 years in the UK. You could never discuss the poverty and prosperity that come with it. You could only talk about benefits and never stress negatives.

So you never could talk about ways of coping with the arrival of people into areas, often en masse, and what it meant to local people. So what was good and bad about immigration is never assessed. Is never audited. Is never accounted for. ...

But a scientific, methodical, measured take on immigration was never undertaken. It was all were you or were you not a racist.

And many complaints of the people who seemed to have been driven into prejudice over the new arrivals was that the people who decided who came in and who didn't, did not live with the effects of the arrival of lots of needy and poor people from other places.

No discussion, no preparation. No integration. Hence the ghettos and the separation that has had a bad and deleterious effect on the social cohesiveness of the UK.

I hope it is not too late to begin that discussion. For it sure is timely.
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Calls for urgent action as fake passports are seized
Caroline Wheeler
Sunday Express, 24 July 2016

Hundreds of fake passports have been seized in the past year as soaring numbers of migrants try to slip into Britain using fraudulent documents.

Another 1,000 stolen passports – twice as many as the previous year – were also detected by border force officials in the past year.

Now Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, has called on the Home Office to invest in fighting the organised criminal gangs he blames for circulating the fraudulent documents. ...

It has been suggested that up to 500,000 migrants will come to Britain before the end of free movement.

The MP said: "It should set alarm bells ringing that the number of detected stolen passports has almost doubled in the past year.

"This comes after Frontex reported a 70 per cent year-on-year rise in fraudulent documents held by UK-bound migrants, many using easily altered identity cards from countries such as Italy and Romania.

"Border Force is fighting a war against well-organised criminal gangs who are circulating these documents and the Home Office should increase their resources as we prepare for increased immigration levels ahead of Brexit."

Figures released by the Home Office reveal that 555 passports containing fake identification photos have been identified by border force officials in the past year. ...

Earlier this year, the Frontex study revealed that the number of people aiming to get to the UK with false papers jumped by 70 per cent last year.

This was mostly due to Ukrainians using real Polish ID cards and Albanians with Italian and Greek papers, it said.
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British Government Fails To Track, Deport Ninety Percent of Released Foreign Criminals
Donna Rachel Edmunds
Breitbart, 24 July 2016

Thousands of foreign prisoners due for deportation have been released into the community without being tagged, Theresa May has admitted, leaving the door wide open for their abscondment. In a letter sent while she was Home Secretary, Mrs May admitted that fewer than one in ten were being monitored.

The letter, sent last month to Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee while Mrs May was still Home Secretary, revealed that all of the offenders were "subject to ongoing deportation action." Mrs May added: "We do not give up trying to deport these individuals."

However, she confirmed that just 493 out of 5,789 "foreign national offenders" released from prisons into the community had been issued with "radio-frequency tags" to enable police to monitor them, the Telegraph has reported.

In 2007 the government was forced to hand out compensation to foreign prisoners who were held beyond the end of their sentence while deportation orders were considered. Consequently the authorities now release the prisoners back into the community to await deportation proceeds.

But the pace of deportations is currently laboriously slow, with as few as 102 foreign nationals being deported over the 16 months between February 2015 and June 2016, down from a peak rate of 5,613 in 2008/09. There are currently around 10,000 foreign national prisoners in British jails.

Mrs May said she hoped the rate would improve "as new practices and procedures become established across Europe".

The figures hark back to a 2006 scandal in which it emerged that 1,013 foreign national prisoners had been released into the community without efforts made to keep tabs on them. The scale of outcry over that revelation caused the then Home Secretary Charles Clarke to lose his job.

But in her letter, Mrs May admitted that ten years on, 26 of the original 1,013 foreign offenders were still unaccounted for. ...

In January last year, the Committee of Public Accounts found that close to £1 billion had been spend on thousands of foreign criminals in the UK in the year between April 2013 and March 2015.

It noted findings by the National Audit Office that One in six – or 760 out of 4,200 – foreign national offenders (FNOs) living in the community had absconded. The figure included 58 "high harm" individuals missing since 2010.

It was also revealed that the Home Office had been forced to pay out £6.2 million in compensation payments to 229 foreign national offenders, thanks to delays in dealing with cases since April 2012. The offenders were handed an average of £27,000 each.
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The Home Office STILL is not fit for purpose
Jonathan Foreman
Daily Express, 23 July 2016

No new laws are needed. The Home Office just has do a better job of enforcing existing rules and keeping track of who comes and goes from the UK.

Perhaps the most urgent reform is one that was promised by the Cameron government and supposed to be in place by March 2015 but which was never implemented.

This is the re-establishment of embarkation controls in the country's airports and seaports. Many countries, even in Europe, have passport control for people leaving the country.

It is the only practical way of ensuring a government has a reasonable idea of who is in the country and who has left.

Most people have no idea how inadequate our Government's resources are when it comes to estimating both legal and illegal immigration.

The Office for National Statistics is forced to rely on something called the International Passenger Survey.

This is a voluntary polling of passengers who come in from certain airports, ports and the Channel Tunnel.

What has made the IPS an especially bad source of guestimates for UK immigration is that, as the ONS admitted in 2014, its interviewers were sent to places such as Heathrow rather than the regional airports or coach terminals used by most migrants.

As a result it underestimated immigration by at least 350,000 over the previous decade.

But knowing who is here is not enough. Britain needs a Home Office able and willing to enforce migration laws.

One of the biggest spurs to illegal immigration into Britain has been the perception abroad that once you have made it into the UK, by whatever method, you are unlikely to be removed.

This is true if you come in with false papers, overstay a visa, enrol in a bogus college, take part in a fake marriage, if you have committed terrorist offences abroad, even if you commit a serious crime during your time in the UK.

Although there may be more than a million illegal immigrants in the UK, employers who knowingly employ illegal immigrants are rarely ever prosecuted.

Britain's student visa regime has long been a notorious vehicle for illegal immigration.

And even though the Cameron governments closed down thousands of bogus colleges that existed only to get people into the country, there is a problem of students overstaying their visas.

Of the 100,000 non-EU people who come to this country every year on student visas, a huge proportion, perhaps half, simply vanishes after their visas expire.

Astonishingly the Home Office, which should be tracking those on student visas and then looking for those students who have overstayed, has routinely failed to do this.

Then there is the asylum system. As Alp Mehmet of Migration Watch points out, scores of thousands of people "are denied asylum every year but there is no record of them leaving".
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Number of migrants found being smuggled into Britain has nearly TRIPLED, report suggests as ministers bury slew of bad news on final day before Commons recess
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 22 July 2016

The number of migrants discovered being smuggled into Britain in lorries, cars or on trains has nearly trebled in a year.

A report on so-called 'lorry drops' showed authorities encountered 6,429 'clandestine entrants' in the six months from the beginning of April to the end of September - compared to 2,411 for the same period in 2014.

The numbers found in Kent and referred to a special unit increased 10-fold, from 340 to 3,264. ...

The report from Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt admitted that the total number of migrants entering the UK 'clandestinely' each year is not known.

But it said there were figures for entrants discovered who had arrived in the UK concealed in vehicles.

'Most of the migrants encountered in-country had entered concealed in or on a heavy goods vehicle and had left the vehicle at its first stopping-point in the UK,' the report said.

'This form of clandestine entry is commonly referred to as a 'lorry drop'. Although there is no such thing as a typical 'lorry drop', in the period under review most of the migrants encountered were males under the age of 30, originating from Eritrea, Iran, Syria, Sudan and Afghanistan.'

Individuals who were able to conceal themselves on trains generally disembarked at Longport in Kent, the first point in the UK at which trains would slow or stop. ...

Between November 2014 and October 2015, the Home Office and police forces dedicated around £17.75 million to managing 'lorry drop' cases.

Around 93% of the clandestine entrants claimed asylum, the report showed.

It was granted in 1,168 cases, while 149 people had their applications refused and were removed from the UK. In almost 4,000 cases the claim was outstanding, and in 678 it was refused and appeal rights have been exhausted.

The inspection found that the Home Office had maintained the quality of its 'initial response' despite the significant increase in encounters.

However, the report warned: 'While front-line staff had coped well with the extra demands, in some areas the response to 'lorry drops' had been at the expense of other enforcement priorities, such as illegal working and sham marriages, raising questions about Immigration Enforcement's capacity and resilience, particularly if faced with a similar challenge in summer 2016.'
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Welcome BACK to the Jungle
Sarah Dean
MailOnline, 22 July 2016

Just five months ago French authorities began demolishing the Calais refugee camp nicknamed the 'Jungle' after a judge upheld a decision to evict hundreds from the sprawling centre.

But despite talk of dismantling it these new aerial photographs appear to show it is now bigger than ever, having moved to an adjacent field, as a new census claimed the population had swollen to above 7,000 for the first time. ...

Charities Help Refugees and L'Auberge des Migrants say the population now totals 7,307. Nearly 50 people per day are arriving at the tent community and the camp's population is expected to exceed 10,000 before the end of September if this surprising rate continues. ...

There are now 761 minors living in the camp - 608 of them (80 per cent) are unaccompanied by an adult. The youngest child is just four months old, and the youngest unaccompanied child is eight years old.
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The public service staff who cannot speak English: Report reveals up to 7,400 people are unable to communicate well enough to perform their jobs safely
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 22 July 2016

Up to 7,400 migrants working in key public services cannot speak English well enough to do their jobs, a Government study has found.

The report, conducted for the Cabinet Office, found that thousands of people dealing with the public in hospitals, local councils, schools and other public sector jobs are unable to speak the basic English needed to perform their jobs safely.

It calls for staff to be given intensive English lessons in order to improve their performance.

In guidance for employers, the Cabinet Office says those who refuse or fail to improve their English should be 'redeployed' to roles where they no longer have to deal with the public.

Under new powers in the Immigration Act 2016 they can ultimately be sacked if they are unable or unwilling to work on their language skills.

The study says that dealing with the problem is likely to cost the taxpayer up to £7.5 million, but suggests this will be offset through benefits in terms of better service provision and fewer complaints and compensation claims for errors. ...

Anecdotal cases of people suffering poor service from workers who cannot speak English have been reported for years. ...

But yesterday's report is the first time officials have attempted to quantify the scale of the problem.

Using census data, officials estimated there are likely to be at least 5,500 staff dealing with the public who 'may potentially not meet the standards of fluent English necessary for the sufficient performance of their role'.

However, they warned that the precise figure is uncertain and could be as high as 7,400.

Many public sector workers are already required to take English tests, including doctors, dentists, midwives, nurses, pharmacists and teachers.

But the report says the provisions do not cover an array of other jobs, such as emergency call handlers, care assistants, Jobcentre staff, classroom assistants and many local authority roles.

And it warns that the situation could be far worse in the 'unregulated' adult care sector 'where a significant proportion of the workforce do not speak English as a first language, and employers are increasingly struggling to fill recruitment gaps'.

In new guidance issued yesterday, the Cabinet Office said public sector employers are now obliged by law to ensure that staff dealing with the public are able to speak English well enough to do their jobs.
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The Immigration Crisis Is Tearing Europe Apart
Bruce Stokes
Foreign Policy, 22 July 2016

Data from 29 European countries show that the median share of immigrants – refugees, recent migrants, as well as long-time foreign-born residents – in the population is 12 percent, according to a recent Pew study. The proportion of immigrants in individual countries ranges from as high as 18.3 percent in Sweden to as low as 1.6 percent in Poland. In some countries this share is rising, mainly due to the large number of asylum seekers entering Europe in the past year. In Sweden and Hungary, for example, the portion of the population that is foreign-born grew by 1.5 percent and 1.3 percent respectively between 2015 and 2016.

Of course, public debate over the impact of immigration is as much about perception as actual numbers. ...

Across Europe, a median of 49 percent believe that the large number of refugees fleeing countries such as Iraq and Syria pose a major threat to their country. An even larger median of 59 percent say that refugees will increase the likelihood of terrorism in their country. And a median of 43 percent have an unfavorable view of Muslims in their society.

These broadly shared negative sentiments mask a potentially more threatening political divide in Europe: Those on the right are far more likely than those on the left to hold such views.

The ideological divide on the general threat posed by refugees is 32 percentage points in France: 61 percent of those on the right see refugees as a major threat, while just 29 percent of people on the left share that fear. The partisan divide is 30 points in the U.K., 29 points in the Netherlands and 28 points in Germany and Italy.

Majorities on the right in all 10 EU nations surveyed believe that refugees heighten the likelihood of terrorism in their country. And the ideological divide between the sentiments of those on the right who are more worried about terrorism compared to the views of those on the left is profound: 35 points in the U.K., 34 points in France, 32 points in Italy and Spain, 29 points in Sweden, and 25 points in Germany.

This fear is inextricably linked to attitudes toward Muslims, who make up a large share of the current refugee surge in Europe. ...

This also reflects underlying antipathy in many European nations toward diversity – and a lingering belief that Muslims want to remain distinct and not become part of the broader national society.

A majority of Greeks and at least 40 percent of Italians, Hungarians, and Poles think that having an increasing number of people of many different races, ethnic groups, and nationalities makes their country a worse place to live. ...

Upward of 50 percent of the public in nine of the 10 EU countries polled believe that Muslims want to remain distinct and not adopt local customs and ways of life. ...

The intertwining fear of refugees, Muslims, and terrorism is now very real among many Europeans. This in itself poses a major challenge for leaders of countries that are rapidly becoming more diverse.
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The Failure Of Free Migration
Robert Skidelsky
Social Europe, 21 July 2016
[Robert Skidelsky, a member of the British House of Lords, is Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University]

Throughout the Western world, a toxic mix of physical, economic, and cultural insecurity has been fueling anti-immigration sentiment and politics precisely at the moment when the disintegration of post-colonial states across the Islamic crescent is producing a refugee problem on a scale not seen since World War II.

In the last 30 years or so, a key benchmark for liberal-democratic societies has been their openness to newcomers. Only bigots could not see that immigration benefits both hosts and migrants; so the task of political leadership was to keep such views out of the dominant discourse, and to facilitate integration or assimilation. Unfortunately, most Western elites failed to appreciate the conditions of success.

Although the movement of peoples has been a constant feature of human history, it has been relatively bloodless only when it was into scantily settled or developing territories. ...

As the world industrialized and filled up with people, the flow of people from developed to developing areas reversed. ...

This set up today's tension. After WWII, Western governments devised policies that aimed to balance the economic benefits of immigration (cheap labor) with protection of domestic jobs and ways of life. For example, between 1955 and 1973, West Germany admitted 14 million "guest workers," largely from Turkey. But, though the guests were expected to return home after two years, these controls gradually weakened as part of the general movement toward free trade and free capital movements.

Alongside economic motives for migration there has always been another: ethnic, religious, and political persecution. ...

For this class of migrant, push factors are by far the most important. But the line between refugees and economic migrants blurs over time. History indicates that most refugees do not return to their country of origin. It takes too long for the feeling of extreme insecurity to subside; and, meanwhile, the lure of a better life takes hold. ...

This historical perspective suggests three conclusions. First, anti-immigrant sentiment is not based only on prejudice, ignorance, or political opportunism. Anti-immigrant language is not just socially constructed. ...

Second, the era of unregulated mass population movement is drawing to a close. As the Brexit vote shows, Europe's political class greatly underestimated the strains caused by free mobility across borders – a shibboleth of the failed neoliberal project of maximizing market-based resource allocation. ...

Third, we need to accept the fact that most of the refugees arriving in the EU will not return home.

The way forward is difficult. ...

We may hope that economic development in Eastern Europe – or Mexico – will equalize conditions sufficiently to end net flows from one region to another; but ending the flow of refugees from the Middle East and Africa is altogether more daunting. ...

One thing seems certain to me: without increased security at both ends, political violence will spill over from the Islamic world to its nearest neighbors in Europe.
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Why France? It's in the Math
Peter Ahern
Assyrian International News Agency, 19 July 2016

As France reels from yet another terrorist attack on its citizens, many commentators are asking why that particular country has borne the brunt of recent terrorist attacks on the West. /.../ Mass murder in the name of Islam has been carried out in the Charli Hebdo offices (January 2015), on the streets of Paris (November 2015), on the seaside boulevard in Nice (July 2016), with several smaller scale but similarly murderous attacks in various locations across France in between times.

Demographics and statistics are a great help in trying to understand the scale of the French problem. ...

But public opinion surveys among Muslims reveal a very worrying statistic. Such surveys regularly show support for radical jihadist activity running at somewhere between 5 – 10%. Such are the findings of small-scale surveys taken among Muslims in Britain and European countries, as well as larger surveys taken among Muslims in the Middle East and other majority Muslim locations.

Extrapolating from these figures, we begin to understand why the Muslim world is in such a mess. Four countries that are typically torn apart by violent conflict are Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria. The Muslim proportion of the populations of the first three countries is over 95%, while in Syria Muslims represent around 85% of the population. So if a minimum of 5% of the population is inclined to jihadi activity, that translates to 1.6 million Afghans, 1.9 million Iraqis, 320,000 Libyans and 850,000 Syrians. ...

With Muslim communities typically containing within themselves the dangerous radical fringe, it is little wonder that as Muslim minorities grow in the West, a radical Islamist fringe will similarly grow in those Western locations. Some Western countries are a lot further down the road in hosting the growing Islamic presence, but none more so than France. /.../ ... today the French Muslim community constitutes around 10% of the population, equal to around 6 million people. By contrast, the smaller Muslim communities of other European countries are still playing catch-up. Muslims represent 6% in the Netherlands, a rapidly growing 4% in Germany, 3% in Britain and 2.5% in Spain.

So if we apply the 5% jihadi rule, that means that French hospitality has resulted in approximately 300,000 Muslims in France today being in clear sympathy with the terror strikes in Paris, Nice and elsewhere. /.../ France is at a crossroads and its ruling elites need to take some very hard decisions if this situation is not to spiral out of control, leading to eventual civil conflict.

At the same time, other Western nations should be asking hard questions of their own immigration policies. If Muslim immigration means significant growth of radical jihadi sentiment, do immigration policies need to be reviewed to favour those communities who are more likely to contribute to social cohesion, rather than fragmentation? Do the political elites of Western countries have the courage to address such questions? Only time will tell, but time is of the essence.
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Book Review: The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights by Liav Orgad [part 1]
Daniel Falkiner
LOndon School of Economics - US Centre, 18 July 2016

Is it justified for liberal states to restrict immigration in order to protect the culture of majority groups? According to Liav Orgad, an Israeli law professor and a fellow at the Edward J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University, this question should be answered confidently in the affirmative. The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights is his bold and balanced attempt to spell out why we should agree with him.

Focusing on the USA, Europe and Israel, Orgad notes that low fertility rates among citizens with European ancestry and historic policies of mass immigration are creating extraordinary demographic changes across the Western world. The United States, he says, is currently witnessing 'the most drastic demographic change in its history': non-Hispanic whites have already lost their majority status in a number of states, and they are expected to become a nationwide minority by 2043. In the European Union, on the other hand, even the most modest official projections suggest that over a quarter of the population in many member states will have non-European ancestry by 2051. When other models are included, current ethnic majorities in Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Germany and Spain are forecast to have become minorities by the middle of this century. In Israel, it is expected that by 2034, well over one quarter of the population will be non-Jewish.

These tectonic demographic shifts are giving rise to popular fears that important interests are under threat. Such interests are not always clearly defined – they may be a political idea, for example, or a liberal institution, dominant culture, ethnic majority or some combination of these – but whatever form they ultimately take, Orgad argues, the growing perception that they are at risk has forced many governments to engage in what he calls 'the cultural defense of nations'.

Cultural defence is manifest in immigration and naturalisation policies aimed at preserving and defending dominant forms and expressions of national identity. Such policies may include culture- and ethnicity-based selection requirements for prospective immigrants; citizenship tests, loyalty oaths and language requirements; and, occasionally, legal measures designed to compel migrants to adopt the norms and behaviours considered by the state to be the 'correct' ones.

According to Orgad, many cultural defence policies are enacted out of a genuine concern to protect liberal values; they are often rooted in suspicions that segments of the immigrant population lack faith in liberalism, and are driven by the belief that this lack of faith must be addressed for the good of society. Sometimes, however, these policies can undermine the very values they are meant to protect. The French government's ban on wearing the niqab in public, for example, was ostensibly intended to foster respect for women's rights and to encourage social participation, but it has also substantially encroached on the individual's freedom of expression.
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Book Review: The Cultural Defense of Nations: A Liberal Theory of Majority Rights by Liav Orgad [part 2]
Daniel Falkiner
LOndon School of Economics - US Centre, 18 July 2016

This slide towards illiberalism causes Orgad great concern. In contrast to many other academics and media pundits, however, he argues that dismissing the needs and wants of the majority as 'xenophobia' simply will not do. 'Disregarding the interests of the majority is not just morally wrong', he writes, 'but [also] politically unwise, as it may enhance majority nationalism in the future'. /.../ In such a tense atmosphere, it seems, at the very least, imprudent to mock the concerns of white Americans and celebrate their demographic decline.

Orgad offers his 'liberal theory of majority rights' as a prospective means to counter these worrying trends. But what, exactly, are majority rights? Philosophically, Orgad says, 'majority rights' are a logical outcome of the liberal development of minority rights. Like minorities, he says, majorities 'have an interest in adhering to their culture and preserving at least some of it – maintaining a meaningful, yet distinctive, collective way of life. This interest is based on similar justifications of cultural minority rights – personal autonomy and identity.' To put it in more colloquial terms: what has been good for the minority goose is now, in an age of mass migration and demographic flux, also good for the majority gander.

More practically, 'majority rights' would mean that the cultural interests of the majority are protected by law. Orgad argues that there should be international recognition that – in some cases and subject to some limitations – the cultural interests of majorities are a sufficient reason for granting privileges to the majority and imposing duties on others in order to secure those interests.

Orgad makes a distinction, however, between majority rights in immigration and non-immigration contexts. ...

Orgad's argument is easy to follow and is, in general, quite convincing. His treatise provides a robust framework for policy makers in the West to think more clearly about how to balance the concerns of the majority with the demands of liberal political theory. ...

Despite these minor flaws, The Cultural Defense of Nations is an exceptional work that sounds a timely, provocative and very perceptive alarm about the looming challenges facing liberal democracies across the West. As national conservative movements surge in popularity, and with the migrant crisis set to endure for some time, the questions this book examines are likely to become ever more trenchant.
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Britain's unparalleled diversity is here to stay
The Economist, 18 July 2016

Liberal internationalists in Britain have plenty of reasons to despair over the vote to leave the European Union. /.../ Neither the government nor the Labour Party is led by a liberal. But what really offends liberals – particularly in London – is the thought that Britain is bound to become less tolerant, less international, less diverse and as a result less interesting. In this respect the worriers are wrong.

... As a magnet for immigrants, London has no rival in Europe. Not only does it contain many more foreigners than any other city (which partly just reflects London's size), it also has proportionately more immigrants than almost anywhere else. Next to London, famously cosmopolitan cities like Paris and Berlin are actually rather homogeneous. ...

If national diversity is the goal, Britain's capital has an enormous head start. ...

... In 2014, 27% of babies born in England and Wales had immigrant mothers, up from just 12% in 1990. Polish women had more babies than any other immigrant group: they accounted for 3.2% of all births. Pakistanis were second, followed by Indians, Bangladeshis and Nigerians. Many other babies who were born to British women had an immigrant father. Soon these babies will be in school and their parents will be pinned to Britain.

Even if immigration were suddenly to stop, Britain would become more diverse. Immigrants have slightly more babies – their fertility rate in England and Wales is 2.1, compared with 1.8 for the natives. And diversity will spread. Immigrants tend to arrive in big cities and gradually move out, seeking bigger houses that they can afford. Between 2001 and 2011 (the last two census years) the proportion of black Africans in England and Wales who lived in London fell from 80% to 58% – a staggering exodus. Provincial towns such as Milton Keynes are rapidly becoming more racially mixed. ...

As immigrants and their children multiply and disperse, the Britons who most dislike immigration will disappear. ...

So Britain will gradually change. While you wait for that to happen, though, remember that it is not at present a racist or intolerant country. Britons (including old, white, working-class Britons) might dislike immigration, but they tend also to dislike racism and discrimination. Eurobarometer, which obsessively polls Europeans on their prejudices, consistently finds that Britons are unusually relaxed about the idea of having a non-white political leader or non-white co-workers. The most recent poll, in 2015, found that only Swedes were as calm as Britons at the prospect of one of their children dating a Muslim.

The vote to leave the EU was not a nativist revolution, as nativists fervently hope and liberals fear. It was more a desperate lashing out against the inevitable transformation of British society – the past kicking against the future. The kick hurt a lot. But the fight only ends one way.
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Extra 750,000 school places needed in population surge
Sean Coughlan
BBC, 15 July 2016

An extra 750,000 school places will be needed in England by 2025 to keep up with a population bulge, says an official forecast from the Department for Education. ...

Schools will have faced 16 consecutive years of rising pupil numbers.

The Department for Education says it has committed £7bn to extra places.

Between 2009 and 2016, the school system had already expanded to take in an extra 470,000 pupils.

From 2016 to 2025, the projection says there will be another 10% of pupils in the state school system, up from about 7.4 million to about 8.1 million.

Head teachers' leaders say that this "massive increase" will make it even harder for parents to get their preferred choice of school. ...

The annual school census, published last month, showed the pressure on places had increased the average size of a primary school by 30 pupils, equivalent to an extra class.

But the next big increase will be in secondary schools, currently with 2.76 million pupils and forecast to rise to 3.04 million in 2020 and then 3.33 million in 2025.

It means that within the next decade secondary schools will have to create an extra 570,000 places - and these figures do not include post-16 education or sixth forms.

The increase has been driven by a rising birth rate - and the analysis says this reflects an increasing number of non-UK born mothers, who tend to have bigger families.
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A vote against the mass immigration society [part 1]
David Goodhart
Policy Exchange, 15 July 2016

The Brexit vote was evidently not just about immigration. But if there is a paramount reason for Britain's shock decision to leave the European Union it is the seething discontent of a large slice of the public created by 20 years of historically unprecedented immigration and the insouciant response of the political class to this change – one that never appeared in an election manifesto and was never chosen by anyone.

... Yet around 75 per cent of the population (including more than half of ethnic minority citizens) has consistently told pollsters that immigration is too high with the salience of the issue rising to the top of the list of national concerns in recent years. ...

... Yet Britain has not become a country of angry nativists. Indeed, the growing opposition to immigration in recent years has been accompanied by increasing liberalism on almost all cultural matters. ...

But this requires several caveats. First, there is a hard core of nativists and racists estimated to be about 7 per cent of the population. The BNP won nearly 1m votes in the 2009 European elections.

Second, there is a larger group – possibly a majority – who broadly accept the shallow liberalism that is Britain's dominant ethos and are comfortable with difference at a micro-level at work or in social life, yet still do not like the macro changes to their city or country and worry that too many newcomers fail to integrate.

Third, although chauvinistic nationalism is much rarer in modern Britain than it was a couple of generations ago, reliance on national social contracts and the belief that national citizens should be first in the queue remain as strong as ever. ...

... To many liberals the popular hostility to large-scale immigration is a classic example of people sacrificing their material interests to their cultural values. But that assumes a widely spread economic benefit from immigration. It is true that the effect on jobs and wages at the bottom end is less negative than many people assume. But on the other hand there is not a strikingly positive economic story for the existing population on wages, employment or growth – and taking immigration as a whole, the fiscal contribution is slightly negative.

The liberal view – often supplemented by the observation that it is areas of lowest immigration that are most opposed to it – also misreads the social psychology of mass immigration. This is less about xenophobia and more about the psychology of recognition. ...

How then with no strong economic rationale and the opposition of a clear majority of the country have we become a country of mass immigration?

Having absorbed, not without conflict, the post-colonial wave in the decades after the 1950s, Britain in the mid-1990s had become a multiracial society with an immigrant and settled minority population of around 4m, about 7 per cent.

It was not yet a mass immigration society with persistently large inflows. Today, it is. About 18 per cent of working-age people were born abroad and in the past generation England and Wales's ethnic minority population (including white non-British) has trebled to about 12m, or over 20 per cent – 25 per cent in England. ...
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A vote against the mass immigration society [part 2]
David Goodhart
Policy Exchange, 15 July 2016

Up until the mid-1990s, Britain had never experienced gross annual inflows of over 300,000 but since then the annual inflows have rarely been far below 600,000. ...

Several decisions were taken by Labour, all of which were reasonable in their own terms, that together created a far more open immigration regime (supported by the 1998 Human Rights Act, which gave non-citizens more rights).

What were those decisions? There was the repeal of the "primary purpose rule," which had made it harder for some ethnic minority groups to bring in spouses. The rule was regarded as discriminatory and its abolition was a payback to loyal voters. More significantly, higher education was beginning its rapid internationalisation, something encouraged by Labour as a means of financing the expansion of the university sector. With a booming economy and low unemployment there was also pressure from certain business sectors to increase work permits. And when Balkan asylum seeker numbers rose in the late 1990s, there was an incentive to move people from the asylum route, with the costs and dependency involved, to the work permit route.

Then came the big one. In 2004, the former communist countries of central and eastern Europe joined the EU and Britain was the only big EU country to allow them immediate access to its labour market. It was expected that a few thousand a year would come, in fact over the next four years, nearly 500,000 people did. There are now 3.3m citizens of other EU countries living in Britain, up from less than 1m in the late 1990s and around half of them are from central and eastern Europe. ...

Labour lost the 2010 election, and some analysts believe immigration was a decisive factor. /.../ The coalition then took power with a Conservative pledge to cut annual net immigration numbers from 250,000 to around 100,000.

The coalition achieved short-term success, cutting net immigration overall by a third, and net non-EU immigration from 217,000 in December 2010 to 142,000 in December 2013, thanks to clamping down on the abuse of student visas, raising the income threshold for people wanting to bring in spouses and effectively banning low-skill immigration from outside the EU. ...

... An unemployment safety valve for the struggling southern or eastern European economies with the conveniences of permit-free work and instant access to the social state has been bought at a very high price in popularity for the EU in Britain and the other northern states that have been the biggest receivers of EU citizens. ...

... It is time for an overhaul of migration statistics and a much more reliable oversight of movement across borders – about 2m people arrive on visas every year with many overstaying. To that end we need a Scandinavian style population register for all citizens (and non-citizens) incorporating a unique person number. ...

... There is a trade-off, as academics like Martin Ruhs and Branko Milanovic have argued, between migration and citizenship. If we want to continue with relatively high inflows we have to guard full citizenship more jealously. ...

Britain became a mass immigration society much as it became an imperial one – in a fit of absence of mind. The political class must now realise that managing this better is at the centre of a modern state's responsibilities.
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Prison wardens are 'SCARED' of being called racist if they tackle Islamic extremism
Charlie Bayliss
Daily Express, 14 July 2016

Prison wardens are too scared to tackle extremism within their walls for fears of being called racist, a Government officials has said.

Ian Acheson, a former prison governor and senior Home Office official who is leading the review, said there was "significant fear among staff" to tackle Islamic extremism.

Mr Acheson told the Commons Justice Committee it was a "bit nuts" there was no plans in place to extend extremism training in jails beyond April.

Writing about radicalisation in prisons, the ex-prison governor proposed the idea that terrorists should have a "prison within a prison" to stop the spread of their extremist ideology. ...

There are currently around 12,500 Muslims behind bars in England and Wales.
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5.3 million new homes needed as ageing and immigration drive demand
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2016

More than five million new homes could have to be built in England in the next 25 years to cope with the impact of the ageing population, immigration and the singleton lifestyle, new Government estimates suggest.

Projections of the likely number of households produced by the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) have been revised upward since the last estimate two years ago to include another 4,000 a year - or 100,000 over a quarter of a century.

Overall the DCLG estimates that, if current rates continue, the number of households in England will have grown by an average of 210,000 per year over the period from 2014 to 2039. ...

Statisticians suggested ageing would be the biggest single factor driving the growth in households – and therefore housing demand. ...

Immigration is the second biggest factor driving the projected growth – accounting for 37 per cent of new housing demand – just ahead of the rising number of single-person households.

But the estimates are based on official population growth projections produced last year, which do not therefore take account of the vote to leave the European Union, a decision likely to reduce net immigration depending on what form of deal is eventually negotiated.

Nevertheless, the pressure group Migration Watch UK argued that the new projections underplay the real effect of immigration on housing demand because they are based on a lower estimate of likely net immigration than has been the case in recent years.

Lord Green of Deddington, Chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: "Yet again government officials are playing down the impact of immigration on household demand.

"Today's DCLG publication focuses only on the principal projection of net migration to England of 170,000 rather than the high migration scenario of 233,000 which is much closer to the average of the last ten years which is 220,000 a year.

"That scenario confirms that we will need to provide a new home every five minutes to accommodate future arrivals.

"This is 45 per cent of all of the new homes needed.

"Demand for new housing has constantly been underestimated and unmet. It is now crystal clear that, if the housing crisis is to be eased, the new government must get immigration sharply down."
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Revealed, how health tourists are jumping the NHS queue: Hundreds of patients from Nigeria and Zimbabwe are given £2,500 eye surgery for FREE while British pensioners are forced to wait for months
Sophie Borland And Katherine Faulkner
Daily Mail, 12 July 2016

Health tourists are jumping the queue ahead of NHS patients for life-changing cataract operations, an investigation has revealed.

At least 300 foreign patients flying in from countries including Nigeria and Zimbabwe have been offered surgery before British taxpayers because their condition is deemed a priority.

The treatment costs the NHS up to £2,500 a time including translation costs but many patients return home and never pay it back.

Yet they are being fast-tracked by doctors as their condition is deemed very complex and urgent, leading to lengthy delays for British patients.

Cataract surgery is the most common treatment on the NHS and 300,000 operations are performed a year, mostly on the elderly.

Yet it is being heavily rationed due to financial pressures. Figures have shown that at least half of health trusts currently ration cataract surgery and some patients have been told their vision is 'too good' even though they cannot read or write.

Some areas including parts of Greater Manchester have average waiting times of 222 days – nearly eight months – while others will now only do one eye at a time. ...

Charities have warned, however, that thousands of patients are gradually losing their sight because NHS trusts are refusing to carry out surgery.

The Daily Mail used the Freedom of Information Act to ask all 150 hospital trusts in England a series of questions about overseas patients. The replies show that in the past two years 849 overseas patients were given cataract surgery on the NHS even though they were not eligible for free care.

They included 283 who were fast-tracked to the front of the queue because doctors deemed their condition to be more urgent than others already waiting.

Only 77 trusts managed to reply to any of our questions so the true scale of the abuse is likely to be far higher. Thirteen admitted they never recovered the full costs from the patients. ...

The Mail was alerted to the problem by a whistleblower from a hospital whose role is to charge foreign patients.

She said many patients, mainly from Nigeria and Zimbabwe, are brought in by relatives living here. The relatives then take them for eye tests by opticians, who refer them to hospital, where doctors carry out cataract surgery immediately. But they do not demand money beforehand.

The whistleblower said that between five and 15 overseas patients arrive at her hospital a week needing cataract treatment. 'We rarely get the money back,' she said. 'They tend to need very complex procedures. We have to use a translation service as well and it's a huge cost.'
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Foreign criminals and failed asylum seekers 'cost average £11m a YEAR on private planes'
Daily Express, 12 July 2016

Foreign criminals and failed asylum seekers are being flown home on private planes costing the taxpayer an average of over £11 million a year.

Over the past five years, £57.3 million has been spent on chartered flights to deport people from the UK, according to figures released by the Home Office.

The cost has come down following criticism foreigners were being flown back on half-empty planes at huge expense to the taxpayer, with £9.1 million spent on the flights in 2015/16 compared with £13.2 million the year before.

Over the past five years at least 1,999 foreigners have been deported from Britain on the private flights. ...

The figures were revealed in parliament yesterday.
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EU migrant crisis deepens as asylum claims jump by 45 per cent in 2016
Siobhan McFadyen
Daily Express, 12 July 2016

Asylum claims in Europe since the start of 2016 have jumped by a massive 45 per cent, according to new figures.

More than half a million claims have been made since the start of this year leaving the real possibility that the influx of migrants and refugees could prove to be a record in 2016.

And the numbers are only set to climb as the summer months make the journey easier for those determined to find new lives in the 28 member states.

According to new figures released by the European Asylum Support Office, 509,412 individual applications were received from January to May.

However last year's figures show the EU recorded just 350,243 from January to May.

The majority of those seeking resettlement are from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, the Western Balkans and Pakistan. ...

Last year 1,349,638 asylum applications were received according to official figures but that number could rise dramatically in 2016 if the figures to the start of the year continue to stay on an upward trend.
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Most Europeans believe the migrant influx will lead to more terrorism and be an economic burden for their country
Jennifer Newton
MailOnline, 12 July 2016

The majority of people in Europe believe that the large influx of migrants will lead to more terrorism and problems for the economy of their country, a new survey has revealed.

Research conducted by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center showed that in the eight out of ten European nations surveyed, half or more believe the migrant crisis could hamper security.

They also found that many also worry about the economic burden brought by migrants and how they are concerned they will take away their jobs and social benefits.

The survey covered the European countries of Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Hungary and Poland. ...

Some 76 per cent of people surveyed in Hungary said they're concerned that refugees will increase the likelihood of terrorism in their country, followed by the Polish with 71 per cent.

Majorities in all other surveyed countries shared this belief – with the exception of Spain and France. ...

When asked more generally, whether having an increasing number of people of many different races, ethnic groups and nationalities in their country makes the society a better place to live in, only few Europeans said diversity has a positive impact.

At 36 per cent, Sweden registers the highest percentage that believes diversity makes their country a better place to live.

The prevailing attitude in France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain is that diversity is neither a plus nor a minus in term of quality of life.

At the same time, 63 per cent in Greece and 53 per cent in Italy believe that growing diversity makes their country a worse place to live.

These attitudes stand in a stark contrast to the U.S. There, some 58 per cent of Americans said having more people of many different races, ethnic groups and nationalities makes the U.S. a better place to live.

Only seven per cent said increasing diversity makes life worse, according to a Pew Reserach Center poll conducted in March.
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Huge Increase In Child Migrants As Afghan Parents Send Kids To Europe
Nick Hallett
Breitbart, 12 July 2016

Afghan parents are sending their children to Europe unaccompanied in the hope they will be granted asylum and seek reunification with the rest of their families, a report by the European Union's (EU) asylum office has said.

Last year, nearly 96,000 unaccompanied minors applied for asylum in the EU, four times as many as the previous year, with the vast majority coming from Afghanistan.

Ward Lutin of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) told Euractiv that the numbers coming from Afghanistan were "huge".

"There is some social research showing that in Afghanistan, this is seen as a grouping mechanism. Families send out their children, strategically, hoping that they will manage to get a status in Europe, and then use them as anchor children and be reunited with them."

European asylum authorities are seen as far more sympathetic to minors, and once those minors are granted asylum they can request for the rest of their family to be given asylum under reunification rules.
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Now Can We Have a Sane Debate on Immigration?
Liam Byrne
The Huffington Post, 11 July 2016
[Liam Byrne is the Labour MP for Birmingham Hodge Hill]

And so as the minister who spent two years introducing the points system for non-EU migrants between 2006-2008, I thought I might offer a few thoughts.

Let me start with a gentle word of warning. This ain't simple. Back in 2006, I faced a bewildering range of 57 different routes into Britain, each with its own rules and case-law that had grown up over the post-war years. So I tried a radical simplification; cutting 57 routes to just five, of which one - the low skill Tier 3 - was never introduced. ...

Points or no points, the first decision the government has to make is whether to introduce a overall cap on numbers. My advice is 'don't'. /.../ Australia tried it - but in the event had to invent ways round it, not least because they ran out skills in critical sectors (like hairdressers, as it happens).

So what are some sensible principles for reform? Here's five thoughts to get us started.

Focus on low-skill migration - and think about some tried and tested techniques. It doesn't make a lot of sense for a knowledge-intensive economy like ours to halt high-skill migration. So a better option to re-introduce the kind of 'transitional controls' we had for Bulgaria and Romania in 200[8]. Known as the Worker Registration Scheme, it set an annual quota of visas for low skilled workers, employed by accredited employers. ...

Allow free movement of students and scientists. ...

Let British citizens fall in love with whoever they like. It's worth remembering that 'economic migration' never covers the full range of people arriving at the ports. And along with workers and students are spouses - the partners of British citizens who surely have a God-given right to fall in love with whoever they like. There were 38,000 (non-EU) family visas granted last year - a number which has fallen sharply as the government has introduced income and language tests for newcomers. It would make an awful lot of sense to do away with these rules for our closest neighbours.

Step-up to our obligations to refugees. If we are setting out to bring down the numbers of 'economic migrants', then surely there is a case for finally stepping up to our responsibilities to offer greater sanctuary. ...

Create a proper route to citizenship for all. ...

These are simple ideas drawn from an awful lot of experience. But, the final lesson is this; if we want immigration policy to work, there's two more lessons I learned the hard way.

People move faster than public money. So communities with low cost housing inevitable encounter pressure on school places and the NHS, when newcomers arrive quickly. So, a Migration Impact Fund - worth hundreds of millions of pounds - is essential to manage migration well, not least for building houses.

But most important of all is something fast disappearing in Britain. A proper technical education system. When I introduced the points system, I also set up the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC), to advise on which sectors needed migration because skills were in such short supply. The idea was that when the MAC found shortages, it would put jobs on the 'Shortage Occupation List', but that was supposed to trigger a surge in skills funding for that particular sector.

This bit of the system, somehow never happened.
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'We can't cope if it happens again' warns children's chief
Tom Pyman
Kent News, 10 July 2016

Social services in Kent would not be able to cope if it was to endure a repeat of last summer's influx of refugee children, a council chief has admitted.

Peter Oakford, cabinet member for specialist children's services on Kent County Council, was speaking following the introduction of a new dispersal scheme for unaccompanied asylum seeking children that has been launched this month.

The scheme is a voluntary transfer arrangement that encourages councils around the country to offer to take such children off the hands of others that are becoming overwhelmed.

Local authorities have a legal duty to care for under 18s who arrive in their area from abroad seeking international protection, and Kent has seen a dramatic spike in the number in its care amid the international migrant crisis. ...

The crisis reached something of a crescendo last summer and Cllr Oakford admits he simply doesn't know what would happen if arrival rates were replicated this summer - which Eurotunnel chief executive and chairman Jacques Gounon warned could be the case, with those in Calais desperate to get across before the impact of Brexit, and an expected tightening of borders, comes into force. ...

... the government has also increased the amount of funding that it will provide to local authorities caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, with annual support for each child aged under 16 rising from £34,675 to £41,610. ...

"As they get towards 18 they can apply for asylum and the vast majority are given the right to remain, but the problem does not go away when they turn 18.

"If they are in any form of education, then KCC is still responsible for them and has to support them financially with accommodation all the time they are in education, which could be up to the age of 25."
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Black flight: how England's suburbs are changing colour
Hugh Muir
The Guardian, 9 July 2016

Demographers make much of white flight – the movement of white Britons from the inner cities to the suburbs and beyond – interpreting its meaning and consequences. Less talked about is the growing movement of visible minorities into the heartlands of Englishness. ...

... Harrow then, according to the 1971 census, had an Asian population of about 8,000 from a total population of 200,000. A further 1,500 settled there after Idi Amin's mass expulsions from Uganda in 1972. Today, 31% of the residents there describe themselves as white-British; 69% are ethnic minorities. Betjeman's Pinner, where he saw "sepia views of leafy lanes", is much changed too. In 1971 there were fewer than 1,000 visible minorities. Pinner's population of 19,000 is now 38% ethnic minority.

Were Betjeman able to take other routes from other cities into other suburbs, he would encounter the same phenomenon. Analysis by thinktank Demos suggests that just 800 from 8,850 council wards in England and Wales now have a 98% white population.

Geographers at Leeds University led by Prof Philip Rees tracked the "internal migration" of people from one local authority to another, using census data to show that minorities were leaving core city neighbourhoods for lower-density suburban areas. In London, all minority groups are drifting out of the inner city. The trend is also noticeable around most other big English cities, including Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham and Leicester.

And it will persist, not least because the absolute numbers of minorities will increase too. White Britons are expected to account for 70% of the UK's population by 2061, with the ethnic minority population 30%. And those who have been here the longest are most likely to strike out for suburbia.

This tells us various things about our recent history. It means that, over time, the suburbs have become less forbidding for minorities. People seem more willing to move away from traditional inner cities, particularly when others have already done so, mirroring a phenomenon demographers have noted in parts of the US. /.../ Compared to the scale of change, however, there has been relatively little conflict. It tells us that minorities themselves feel psychologically able to move to new areas. ...

And, of course, as sufficient numbers move into a suburb, eventually they create a local network of shops, community facilities and places of worship, further speeding up the process. ...

Inevitably, this alters the look and character of the suburbs, and the nature of the local economy. Food, hair, clothes and jewellery shops, temples, mosques, gurdwaras. Traditional pursuits are adapted to new realities. ...

One can't be Pollyannaish about this, as alongside black flight, demographers detect an extension of white flight. Minorities move out; many white Britons move out even further. But perhaps there is a natural filtering system at play, and perhaps that's for the best. Those who can be comfortable with a changing Britain embrace it or make the best of it. Those who can't just pack up and leave.
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Ending free movement of people in Europe will create a bureaucratic nightmare
Jonathan Portes
Institute of Economic Affairs, 8 July 2016
[Jonathan Portes is Principal Research Fellow at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research]

Some degree of control of EU migration for work purposes would appear to be a political necessity.

As a consequence, it looks likely that the UK's negotiating position /.../ may coalesce around "EEA-minus", described by George Osborne's former Chief of Staff Rupert Harrison as "a bit more immigration control and a bit less single market". ...

The first point to make is that it seems highly probable that EU nationals currently resident will be granted permanent residence rights. ...

This might appear like a purely retrospective issue, not influencing future migration flows, but in practice things are considerably more complex. The UK has no population register and no remotely comprehensive database on the movements of EU citizens in and out of the country. This means that the most obvious administratively feasible mechanism for granting rights to EU citizens who have already exercised their free movement rights would be to grant those who have registered for a National Insurance number (NINo) indefinite leave to remain, or its equivalent (perhaps giving them a time period in which they had to apply). Given the very large increase in short-term migration identified by the Office for National Statistic, this means that there are (conservatively) at least 1.5 million EEA nationals not currently resident in the UK who already have some connection with the UK labour market and who would therefore retain, at least in principle, the right to move to the UK in the future without being subject to any new controls. Nor does it end there: at the moment, EU citizens have (mostly) the right to bring partners and other close family members, even if they are not workers and even if they are not EU citizens; a literal preservation of "acquired rights" would cover such migrants in the future as well.

Another important point is that it does not seem likely or feasible that we would restrict EEA nationals' right to enter the UK without a visa. For the reasons set out above, it is difficult to see how we would find and remove EEA nationals who were "overstaying"; nor, frankly, to see why this would be priority for an already woefully overstretched Borders Agency.

... There are two obvious ways to implement a system that imposed restrictions on EEA nationals that were more restrictive than the current system, but less so than that applying to non-EEA nationals.

a) To oblige EEA nationals who want to work legally to apply for a work visa, as non-EEA nationals, but with less restrictive rules. ...

b) To impose no specific restrictions with respect to occupation or skill level, but simply to restrict the issuance of new National Insurance numbers to EEA nationals, with a monthly or annual ceiling. ...

Either system would in principle be feasible, albeit hugely complex. For example, what would be the status of the spouses of "qualifying" EEA nationals, whether from inside or outside the EU, who did not "qualify" in their own right? Would they be entitled to work, and if so in any job? Or to reside, but not work? Under both options self-employment would presumably be permitted (as it was for new and prospective EU members, even while employment was restricted) but there would need to be controls to prevent abuse, especially in sectors such as construction; again, this would add additional complexity.
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Britain's immigration paradox
The Economist, 8 July 2016

Many of those who voted to stay in the European Union in Britain's recent referendum play up the lack of contact between Leavers and migrants. Although immigration featured heavily in the campaign, areas with the highest levels of immigration – notably London – were often among those most likely to vote to Remain ... To mint-tea-sipping metropolitans, it seems absurd that people who live in areas with comparatively low numbers of Poles or Romanians should have been so keen to put a stop to migration.

But that is not the full picture. Consider the percentage-change in migrant numbers, rather than the total headcount, and the opposite pattern emerges ... Where foreign-born populations increased by more than 200% between 2001 and 2014, a Leave vote followed in 94% of cases. The proportion of migrants may be relatively low in Leave strongholds such as Boston, in Lincolnshire (where 15.4% of the population are foreign-born). But it has grown precipitously in a short period of time (by 479%, in Boston's case). High levels of immigration don't seem to bother Britons; high rates of change do.
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Alice Gross: Coroner demands checks on foreign suspects after finding teenager was 'unlawfully killed' by Latvian builder
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2016

Police are failing to carry out checks on foreign suspects, a coroner has warned after an inquest found that teenager Alice Gross was "unlawfully killed" in a sexually-motivated attack.

Arnis Zalkalns, who killed the 14-year-old in 2014, was allowed into Britain despite having previously served a prison sentence for murdering his wife in his native Latvia. ...

Zalkalns was arrested in Britain in 2009 for an alleged sexual assault but police failed to ask Latvian authorities if he had a criminal record.

During an inquest it emerged that even today criminal record checks are still not carried out on a fifth of foreign suspects who are arrested in London.

The Home Office also admitted during the inquest that foreign murderers and sex attackers could be allowed to live in the UK even if their previous convictions are known. ...

It subsequently emerged that he came to Britain in 2007 after serving a seven-year sentence for killing his wife. As an EU national he underwent no background checks on arrival and was completely unknown to the British authorities. ...

Changes have been made since Alice's killing to ensure that when a foreign national is now arrested, the Metropolitan Police automatically perform a background check in his or her home country.

However the Metropolitan Police admitted that it is not possible to carry out checks on all foreign nationals because some EU nations do not have a criminal record database. In other parts of the country the checks are not mandatory.

Steve Rodhouse, the Metropolitan Police's Deputy Assistant Commissioner, said that even if the force had been aware of Zalkalns' previous conviction when he was arrested in 2009 it could not have started deportation proceedings. ...

David Cheesman, the Home Office head of policy on international criminal records, said during the inquest there was "no guarantee" violent offenders would be refused entry or deported if past crimes were discovered.
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The Non-EU Migration Problem That Can't Be Fixed by Brexit - But Which Could Have Been Solved Years Ago [part 1]
Dr Michael Arnheim
The Huffington Post, 5 July 2016
[The author is a Barrister at Law and Sometime Fellow of St John's College, Cambridge]

The real immigration problem is not migration from the EU but from outside the EU, over which the UK has had complete control all along, but which has soared out of control nevertheless. How did this come about? And how can the problem be solved?

Net migration into Britain has soared from 196,000 in 2009 (just before David Cameron took office) to 330,000 in 2015. /.../ It is certainly true that, with very few exceptions, EU citizens have a right to enter, live and work in any EU member state and that the British Government, in common with the governments of all other EU member states, has very little control over migration from the EU.

In his swansong at the EU Summit Conference in Brussels just after the Brexit vote, David Cameron himself specifically blamed the EU freedom of movement rules for the defeat of the "Remain" campaign, which he had championed. Similarly, Michael Gove, a "Brexiteer" and one of the leading contenders to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister, has opined that Britain has to leave the EU to avoid a migration "free-for-all".

This misses the point, because migration from the EU accounts for less than half of the net migration figure of 330,000 for 2015 – 184,000 as against 188,000 from outside the EU. And this figure of 188,000 is only slightly less than the 196,000 total net migration figure from inside and outside the EU together in 2009!

One major difference between these two groups of migrants is their pressure on the welfare system. In 2014, no fewer than 264,000 non-EU migrants were paid benefits (mostly out-of work benefits) by the Department of Work & Pensions, as against only 131,000 EU nationals – less than half the number of non-EU claimants.

Prior to the EU referendum David Cameron made a song and dance about restricting EU migrants' access to welfare, which is a non-problem. The real problem is the number of welfare claimants from outside the EU - a problem which could easily have been solved simply by restricting the number of non-EU migrants from entering the UK in the first place.

Why has this not been done? There is absolutely no excuse. The UK has always had complete control over non-EU migration. Immigration is dealt with by the Home Office, and Theresa May, a leading contender to succeed David Cameron as Prime Minister, has been Home Secretary since 2010. Yet as early as November 2011 it was revealed that border controls on people entering Britain had been relaxed over a four-month period, including the abandonment of fingerprint checks on some visa-holders from outside Europe. Theresa May denied authorizing this and blamed Brodie Clark, the head of the Border Force. (BBC, 20 February 2012). He was suspended, resigned and claimed constructive dismissal. He subsequently received a settlement payment of £225,000 with no admission of liability or wrongdoing on either side. (UK Border Agency Annual Report & Accounts 2011-12, p. 33). Whatever the truth of the allegations on either side, this whole sorry saga appears to have been linked to the planned axing of 5,000 jobs from the UK Border Agency (out of a total of only 24,000 spread over 130 countries). This may well not have been the Home Secretary's idea, but how could it even have been contemplated by a government committed to bringing migration down to the "tens of thousands"? ...
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The Non-EU Migration Problem That Can't Be Fixed by Brexit - But Which Could Have Been Solved Years Ago [part 2]
Dr Michael Arnheim
The Huffington Post, 5 July 2016

And what about illegal immigration? This is undoubtedly the most serious migration problem of all, not only because it places UK health, social services, housing and education facilities under pressure, but also because it poses a potential security risk, allowing terrorists to enter unnoticed. A London School of Economics research team estimated in 2009 that there were between 417,000 and 863,000 illegal migrants in Britain, including between 44,0000 and 144,000 UK-born children. The number is undoubtedly even higher now.

What is being done about this problem? In 2015 the Government announced that landlords would have the obligation of checking the immigration status of tenants, subject to criminal prosecution if they knowingly or unknowingly offered accommodation to illegal immigrants - an indefensible passing of the buck by a government that has done nothing to tackle this serious problem itself.

Illegal migrants have become aware, even from government sponsored TV programmes, that if they throw away their passports and other identity documents they cannot be deported! There is no law to this effect, but the Government continues to act on this assumption anyway.

The Government has also nullified the potentially valuable Dublin Convention, which says that illegals can be deported back to the first "safe" country they reach. When asked about this in Parliament, Home Office minister Richard Harrington lamely remarked: "I accept under the Dublin Convention they can be deported back to the country that they came from, but I think most people would accept that's no answer." Really? Why not?

The Dublin Convention is part of EU law - and a part that particularly protects a member state like Britain which is far from the outer periphery of the EU. David Cameron understands this and spoke out strongly in favour of Dublin in January 2016 when it was under threat of repeal. But, having failed to take advantage of it as an EU member state, Britain will not be able to avail itself of it after Brexit, even if it wants to.

If the post-Brexit government continues along this timorous path - as there is every likelihood that it will - the immigration problem will not be solved.
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Nicky Campbell: Interracial adoption creates 'extra layer of identity problems' for children
Patrick Foster
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2016

Nicky Campbell, the BBC presenter who was adopted as a baby, has warned that interracial adoption risks creating "an extra layer of identity problems" for children, after changes to the law that make it easier to place children with parents of a different ethnicity.

Campbell, who also hosts the ITV show Long Lost Family, which reunites relatives after years of separation, said that he no longer believed that "love is love, whatever colour or race the adoptive parents are", adding that he now thought the issue was more complex. ...

... "Since I went into working with adoption charities, I have changed my view of interracial adoption: originally, I used to think love is love, whatever colour or race the adoptive parents are.

"But when you're adopted, there is a lot of identity crisis anyway. I had a big identity crisis because I had blue eyes and no one else in my family had blue eyes. So if you are adopted, plus you come from a different culture, plus you look completely different, it's like a triple whammy.

"There are situations where that doesn't matter, but in the long term it's an extra layer of identity problems."

In 2014 ministers rewrote adoption rules to make it easier for children to be placed with parents from a different ethnic background, after concerns that guidance for local authorities to give greater weight to a child's racial origin had prevented children being placed with suitable families of different backgrounds.

But Hugh Thornbery, chief executive of Adoption UK, the charity that supports adoptive parents, said that the rule changes had not increased the pace of adoption for ethnic minority children.

Government statistics show that 83 per cent of all children adopted last year were white, on a par with previous years.

Mr Thornbery said: "We are not seeing great progress in ensuring that children from BAME backgrounds are getting placed any faster.

"While there is no evidence that mixed-race adoptions fare any worse than same-race adoptions, I don't think Nicky Campbell is wrong.

"What he has demonstrated is that you can take quite a simplistic position on this. There has been a deepening understanding that while adoption does deliver good outcomes for children, there are a set of complex issues involved in getting it right. Race is one of a number of factors that have to be considered.

"I think Nicky has a point; that you can't be completely colour blind."
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Prosecutions for people-smuggling into UK rise by 50%
The Guardian, 4 July 2016

The number of people prosecuted for smuggling illegal immigrants into Britain in their vehicles has risen by more than 50% in a year, according to new figures.

Home Office statistics show that 88 people were prosecuted for bringing stowaways into the UK in 2015-16, compared to the 52 taken to court the year before.

The figures come amid concern that the migration crisis has driven larger numbers of people into the hands of smugglers, risking their lives in the back of vans and lorries to make the journey to Britain.

Keith Vaz, the chairman of the home affairs select committee, said many more people smugglers were going undetected. ...

Meanwhile, there has also been a dramatic rise in the number of fines handed to employers for hiring illegal immigrants, with the number doubling in three years. Some 2,594 fines were given in 2015-16 – more than double the 1,270 issued in 2012-13, although the figure is only slightly higher than the 2,339 given in 2009-10.
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Migrant smuggling and money laundering: does Europe appreciate the threat?
Pascal Aerens
GT News, 4 July 2016

A recent joint Europol/Interpol report on migrant smuggling networks stated that human trafficking was the second most profitable criminal activity after drug trafficking, with an average turnover of US$4.8bn. In 2015 alone, one million people entered the European Union (EU), each paying an average of $4,850 while also risking their lives to make the journey. ...

Earlier this year, a six-month long investigation conducted by a team of eight investigative journalists from six countries sought to uncover the people and companies making a profit from selling often hazardous journeys to migrants and refugees who hope to cross the Mediterranean and reach Europe. ...

Evidence collected during the investigation indicates that human trafficking networks collaborate with organised crime and terrorist organisations in a number of ways:

Financially: through the extortion of refugees on migration routes, rackets of smugglers at embarkation points under Islamic State (ISIS) control and the development of terrorist groups' own migrant smuggling operations.

Control of people: through forced recruitment on migrant routes and from Libyan detention centre, indirect control over smugglers' networks of contacts (such as intermediaries, recruiters and informants).

Shared capabilities: terrorist groups can make use of the capabilities of smuggling networks; for example through the transportation of weapons, drugs, contraband goods, as well as forgery of ID documentation and money laundering. ...

To get an idea of the amounts involved and the location of migrant smuggling organisations, one can turn to the most spectacular enforcement action conducted last year by the Italian police.

Operation "Glauco" led to the arrest of 24 people in April 2015, who were proven to be directly responsible for the drowning of at least 300 migrants. The global organisation was allegedly led by two individuals, Medhanie Yehdego from Eritrea Mered and Ghermay Ermias from Ethiopia, who have been named as the kingpins of an organised crime network.

The investigation demonstrated that many of the migrant smugglers live in Europe as well as having bases and strong logistical support in Europe; the group was exposed as having operational structures in Milan and the Sicilian cities of Catania and Agrigento. The group's turnover for 2014 and 2015 is believed to exceed US$72m, generated from migrant smuggling activities.
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Robots could replace migrant workers, says think-tank
Delphine Strauss
Financial Times, 4 July 2016

Britain's decision to leave the EU will force companies that rely on migrant labour to rethink their business models, if it leads to restrictions on low-skilled immigration.

For some, robots may be the most likely replacement, according to a report by the Resolution Foundation think-tank.

Almost one third of the workforce in food manufacturing are EU migrants. More than a fifth of domestic personnel are from the EU, and more than one in eight workers in sectors ranging from agriculture to warehousing and textiles manufacturing.

An end to free movement of labour would – other things being equal – make it more costly to fill these jobs. Given other changes such as the living wage, auto-enrolment in workplace pensions and the apprenticeship levy, there will be a strong incentive for employers to invest in automation.

This does not have to be a bad thing, the think-tank argues. The ready supply of cheap workers has allowed UK employers to get away with relatively low levels of capital investment for many years, a trend that has become even more evident since the global financial crisis.

"What the UK needs – with its high employment, terrible productivity performance and low investment – is more robots," said Adam Corlett, analyst at the Resolution Foundation. ...

There is some precedent for employers replacing migrants with machines: in the US, mechanisation transformed California's tomato industry when the supply of Mexican farm labourers through the Bracero programme ended.
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Migration, terrorism biggest concerns for EU citizens: poll
Harry Cooper
Politico, 4 July 2016

The vast majority of Europeans are worried about the number of Muslims in their country and believe the terrorist threat is far from over, according to an EU-wide study out Monday.

The results of the survey by the Szazadveg Foundation, a center-right Hungarian think tank, show an increasingly pessimistic Europe, with 70 percent of those polled believing an increase in Muslim migration is a serious threat to the Continent and 86 percent saying a terrorist attack is likely in their country.

The foundation surveyed 1,000 people in each of the 28 EU member nations. The poll – Project 28: Report on the condition of the European Union – was carried out in April but publication of the results delayed until after the Brexit referendum.

The report states that the majority of European citizens believe "the immigration wave increases the risk of terrorism, the number of criminal activities, and imposes risk on the cultural integrity of the countries that are impacted by it." The figures back that up, with 77 percent feeling the EU is not doing a good job of tackling the migration crisis and 83 percent wanting the bloc to do more to strengthen its external borders. ...

Andras Lánczi, professor of Corvinus University in Budapest and former chairman of the Szazadveg Foundation, said the findings show that "the split has never been so large between ruling elites and the grassroots."
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Public services worries 'drove immigration fears behind Brexit win'
Sam Lister
Independent, 3 July 2016

Immigration fears that fuelled the vote for Britain to quit the European Union were driven by concerns that public services are being put under strain by migrants, research has found.

Nearly three quarters of voters, 71 per cent, believe the pressure schools face from migrants is greater than any benefits that may be gained through their tax and staffing contributions, according to the 2015 British Social Attitude survey.

More than six in 10, 63 per cent, also think the National Health Service is being stretched by immigration, the NatCen's study discovered.

But just 35 per cent believe immigration is bad for Britain's economy, down from 47 per cent in 2013, while 40 per cent think it undermines the country's cultural life, down 5 per cent on three years ago. ...

A breakdown of the research by NatCen, an independent not-for-profit organisation, underlined the social divisions that lay behind attitudes to immigration.

Just 15 per cent of graduates believe immigration is bad for the economy compared to 51 per cent of voters who do not have any educational qualifications.

One in five degree holders think that immigration undermines cultural life, compared to 54 per cent of those without one.

But the gap closes significantly when it comes to public services with 67 per cent of graduates and 76 per cent who did not go to university believing immigration is increasing pressure on schools and hospitals. ...

The study saw 4,328 interviews carried out between 4 July and 2 November on a representative, random sample of adults in Britain with a response rate of 51 per cent.
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Andrew Green: The people have spoken – and they want lower immigration. Now Westminster must duly deliver it
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 1 July 2016
[Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK]

The public have made it abundantly clear that they want mass immigration brought under control, and they will accept no less. ...

It would probably be prudent to avoid a specific target, given the present starting point, but a clear set of policies is essential.

This debate has always been about the scale of immigration, and not migrants themselves, who are very often extremely hard working and valued by their employers and their communities. So the first need is to reassure EU nationals working and living in the UK, and of course British citizens in the EU, that the rights that they now enjoy will not be affected. ...

It will also be important to prevent any sudden influx that might result from the prospect of tighter immigration rules. To this end, there should be a Parliamentary statement as soon as possible which would make clear that the present rights of EU workers will be confined to those already in the UK at the time of the statement. ...

The next requirement is to shape up a negotiating position. This should include an offer of free movement to tourists, students and self-sufficient people, such as pensioners, coming from the EU on the understanding, of course, that it would be reciprocal.

The key question, however, will be about access for people wishing to work. Migration Watch has proposed that all entry to the UK for work, whether by EU citizens or non EU citizens, should be subject to the present points-based system of work permits, with the cap expanded as necessary. This cap should not be decided simply on the basis of 'what business wants', since the wider needs of society should be taken into account – particularly the current regional imbalances and the pool of unemployed and under-utilised workers in the existing population. Our analysis suggests that this change could reduce net migration from the EU (currently 184,000 a year) by about 100,000 annually.

Action will also be needed, of course, on non EU migration, which is approximately half of the current net migration. The main thrust should be tightening up on students, both to eliminate bogus applicants and to act against those who are genuine but then decide to overstay. At present, the statistics show that non EU students have been arriving at the rate of about 150,000 a year, but only about 50,000 a year have been recorded as leaving.

This ties in with the need to restore the credibility of the immigration system by devoting much greater resources to enforcement. It is not in dispute that illegal immigration allows unscrupulous employers to undercut wages and is unfair to those migrants who play by the rules. It also grievously undermines the rule of law yet the resources devoted to this key question are totally inadequate.

This is just the barest outline of what needs to be done.
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Theresa May says many Britons 'BENEFIT GREATLY' from Sharia Law
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 30 June 2016

Theresa May sparked anger by claiming many Britons "benefit a great deal" from Sharia Law.

The Home Secretary made the controversial remarks as she announced the Government is set to investigate the "misuse" of Islamist law to subjugate women.

Top Tory Mrs May, who wants Britain to stay in the European Union, insisted the inquiry will not look into the legality of Sharia Law courts in a move designed to reassure Muslims.

Instead it will focus on instances where traditional Islamic doctrine is being "exploited" to discriminate against Muslim women.

There are thought to be around 100 Sharia Law courts operating throughout the UK, dispensing Islamic justice outside the remit of our own legal system. ...

But in a controversial intervention Mrs May yesterday claimed many British Muslims "benefit a great deal" from their existence. ...

Nile Gardiner, a foreign policy analyst and former aide to Margaret Thatcher, was also unimpressed by the comments, describing them as "unbelievable".

Mrs May's remarks came as she launched a Home Office probe, led by Professor Mona Siddiqui, investigating the treatment of women in cases involving divorce, domestic violence and child custody. ...

"Professor Siddiqui, supported by a panel with a strong balance of academic, religious and legal expertise, will help us better understand whether and the extent to which Sharia law is being misused or exploited and make recommendations to the Government on how to address this." ...

But Baroness Cox, an independent peer who has spearheaded a Parliamentary drive to rein in unofficial Sharia courts, said there was a danger the inquiry could be a "distraction" from the urgency of tackling discrimination. ...

She also blasted Mrs May's insistence discrimination against women is only a result of a "misuse" of Sharia teaching, rather than the teaching itself.

The peer said: "I believe in freedom of religion and I believe that there are aspects of Sharia law that are totally unproblematic. ...

"But the aspects which are causing such concerns - such as that a man can divorce his wife by saying 'I divorce you' three times, that is inherent, the right to 'chastise' women is inherent, polygamy is inherent.

"I don't think those things are a distortion or Sharia law.

"These are aspects of Sharia law which are unacceptable."
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How the elite weaponised immigration
Tim Black
Spiked, 30 June 2016

Yet if the commitment to free movement is to be more than a shallow, feelgood posture, we need to recognise, in the here and now of a 21st-century Britain, that immigration troubles and discomfits people. Indeed, it appears as a socially disorienting force, overturning the everyday rituals, customs and other unspoken components that make up a community's way of life. 'I feel we are losing our country', ran the pre-referendum refrain.

So why does immigration appear as a profound threat to the way of life of so many? The answer is to be found not in immigration itself, but in the context in which immigration has assumed, almost inadvertently, a quasi-missionary role – the context, that is, of a Britain that no longer knows what it is, or what it is for.

... National traditions, canons, values are now experienced by Britain's elite not as the substance of Britishness, but as dead weights around modern Britain's neck – to be cast off, dumped. And the political elite's wilful estrangement from its own traditions has transformed the role of immigration, and, crucially, diminished the significance and meaning of national borders. ...

But what if a community's sense of itself is fragmenting? What if its rulers no longer have a clear sense of what their nation means, or what it stands for? What then? A nation's borders really do start to appear, not as the outlines of a community's self-expression, the domain of its sovereignty, but as little more than lines on a map, arbitrary boundaries demarcating long obsolete cultural differences. For a nation whose rulers lack a sense of what that nation stands for, borders really do appear meaningless.

And here's why immigration has become a problem. Our post-traditional, postmodern rulers, have simultaneously devalued borders and valorised immigration. And, in doing so, they have weaponised it. They have turned immigration into the means by which they transform society, bring it into line with their borderless, vacuously cosmopolitan vision. The immigrant here is not an autonomous individual, an end in himself. He is a means to an end, a political tool to create a multicultural, margin-less society.

This was the semi-conscious purpose of New Labour's immigration policy between 1997 and 2010, a period during which annual net migration quadrupled from 48,000 people in 1997 to 198,000 by 2009. As Labour speechwriter Andrew Neather infamously put it in 2009, 'mass immigration was the way that the government was going to make the UK truly multicultural'. ...

... Immigration is experienced not just as an economic threat; it is also experienced as a threat to people's very way of life. ...

And that's why immigration is experienced by so many as a problem: it has become a top-down means to engineer a new post-traditional, post-national, postmodern society.
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Cameron tells EU leaders they must offer UK more control over immigration
Heather Stewart and Jennifer Rankin
The Guardian, 29 June 2016

David Cameron told Europe's leaders that they will have to offer the UK more control over immigration at the end of a fractious day where politicians across Europe clashed over the meaning and consequences of last week's Brexit vote.

The British prime minster used his last Brussels summit to tell Angela Merkel, François Hollande and other European heads of government that anxieties about unrestricted freedom of movement were at the heart of the decision by Britons to reject the EU. ...

He said he had explained to his counterparts how prominently the issue of freedom of movement had played during the referendum campaign. "I think people recognised the strength of the economic case for staying; but there was a very strong concern about freedom of movement".
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Did Britain really vote Brexit to cut immigration?
Asa Bennett
Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2016

Why did Britain vote for Brexit? Leave's 17.4 million voters did not have to give a reason when they cast their votes last week, but many of them will have done so as a way to tackle immigration. ...

After David Cameron's painful struggle since taking office to get net migration down below his promised level of 100,00 a year, a considerable number of voters will have seen voting Leave as a way to finally reduce it.

Lord Ashcroft's mega-poll of 12,369 voters after the referendum suggested as such, finding that one third of Leave voters chose to back Brexit as they saw it "offered the best chance for the UK to regain control over immigration and its own borders." This was the second biggest motivation for Leave voters, just behind "the principle that decisions about the UK should be taken in the UK".

Voters sympathised more with the Leave side's stance on immigration throughout the campaign, with polling by YouGov finding that most voters felt Brexit would bring it down. Analysis by MigrationWatch during the campaign concluding that leaving the EU would cut net migration by 100,000 a year showed that they had some basis to think this. By contrast, as few as 2 per cent of those surveyed thought continued EU membership would reduce migration.
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Migrant baby boom fuels 25% rise in 'titan' primary schools: More than 100,000 children now being taught in supersized institutions with 800-plus pupils
Sarah Harris
Daily Mail, 29 June 2016

The number of 'titan' primary schools rose by 25 per cent last year amid rocketing birth rates among migrant families, official statistics revealed yesterday.

More than 100,000 youngsters are being taught in supersized schools with 800-plus pupils as councils struggle to cope with the surge in demand for places.

Ethnic minority children made up almost three-quarters of the rise in pupils in English primary schools between January last year and January this year.

The Department for Education data shows how an increase in migrant families, combined with a baby boom, is putting unprecedented pressure on schools.

Some 109 primary schools cater for 800 pupils or more compared with 87 last year. This means 100,315 children are squeezed into titan primaries – up from 79,003 in January 2015. Most of the extra titan primaries are not new schools, they are existing schools that have expanded. ...

An average state funded primary has 275 pupils, up from 269 in January 2015. Since 2011, the average primary has increased by 30 pupils – the equivalent of one extra class per school. Overall, there are 8.56 million pupils in schools in England – a rise of more than 121,000 pupils, or 1.4 per cent, since 2015.

Most of this increase was in primary schools, with 104,860 more pupils in January 2016 than 2015. Children from ethnic minorities make up 71 per cent of the rise in primary pupils.

The DfE document says the proportion of pupils from 'minority ethnic origins have been rising steadily since 2006'. Some 31.4 per cent of primary school pupils are from ethnic minorities, up from 30.4 per cent in January 2015.

The document also reveals that a record 1.23 million children across primary and secondary schools do not speak English as a first language. In primary schools, it is 20.1 per cent while in secondaries it is 15.7 per cent.
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10,000 migrants cross from North Africa to Italy in just FOUR DAYS as it is revealed less than 6% of those ordered to return home last year actually went back
John Stevens
MailOnline, 28 June 2016

More than 10,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Italy in just four days as the European Union fails to provide a deterrent by sending back those found not to be genuine refugees.

EU leaders will today be presented with figures that show as few as six per cent of those told go back home to Africa last year actually left.

Calm seas have led to a surge in the number of people departing from the North African coast in overcrowded boats heading for Europe.

The Italian coastguard said 3,324 migrants were rescued off Libya on Sunday, bringing to more than 10,000 the total saved since Thursday.

The migrants were picked up from 25 rubber dinghies and one wooden boat that were all less than 35 miles from the Libyan coast.

Coastguard and naval vessels transferred them to southern Italian ports. The latest rescues push to more than 66,000 the number of mostly African migrants to arrive in Italy since the start of 2016, according to figures compiled by the UN refugee agency. ...

Among the top 10 nationalities of arrivals into Italy, more than 55,000 migrants were told to go back, but only 10,440 or 19 per cent, were returned, the data from the EU's official statistics agency Eurostat shows.

Only six per cent of those from Guinea went back, seven per cent from Sudan, eight per cent from Eritrea, 11 per cent from Mali, and 12 per cent from Somalia.

The criticism comes after the EU's border agency chief admitted its search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean has encouraged thousands of migrants to attempt to get to Europe.

Frontex director Klaus Roesler said the naval mission that picks up migrants off the North African coast and ferries them for the rest of the journey to Italy had 'triggered departures'.

He forecast 10,000 people would make the crossing every week for the rest of this year leading to a total of around 300,000. ...

The mission has been accused by critics of descending into a ferry service that has turned the route into a 'magnet for migrants'.

Smugglers are setting off from the North African coast in boats with only enough fuel to get them into international waters.

After reaching the high seas they telephone rescuers asking for help knowing they will be picked up by EU ships that take them the rest of the journey to Italy.
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Brexit to cause immigration surge as 500,000 East Europeans 'will rush in before borders close'
Nigel Nelson
Mirror, 26 June 2016

Britain faces an influx of 500,000 East European migrants because of Brexit.

They are predicted to rush into the UK over the next two years before our borders are closed.

The stark warning comes from former Immigration minister Phil Woolas, who served under Gordon Brown's premiership.

Mr Woolas, 56, says: "Every time the UK Government announces a cap on immigration, thousands rush in before the deadline.

"Would-be immigrants see that the door is about to slam. So they bring forward their plans and a last-minute rush heads for the UK.

"In the Home Office, they call it the fire sale."

Mr Woolas, former Labour MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, added: "I faced the same problem in 2008 when the last Labour government wanted to strengthen the points-based system – yes, we've had such a law since then. The Brexiteers didn't invent it.

"I announced in Parliament that the numbers of non-EU unskilled workers would be restricted.

"What happened was that more unskilled workers applied for visas than we'd ever known. The same will happen now."

Negotiations with the EU about Brexit are scheduled to go on for two years, although it could take longer.

And until the process is finished, EU citizens will still enjoy unlimited free access to the UK. ...

Hundreds of thousands of immigrants could apply for full British citizenship following Brexit.

Foreigners who have lived in the UK for five years are entitled to ask for permanent residence.
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UK population increases by more than half a million to 65 million
Laura Hughes
Daily Telegraph, 23 June 2016

Britain's population has increased by more than half a million over the course of a year, according to the latest official estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

Immigration to the UK has risen by 53,700 as emigration is down by 22,300, both of which have both contributed to the increase in net international migration compared to that seen in the year to mid-2014.

Natural growth - more births than deaths - of 171,800 and net international migration of 335,600 helped push the number of people living in the country to 65.1 million as of the middle of 2015.

This was an increase over the year of 513,000 and the ONS said the rise was similar to the average annual increase seen over the last decade. ...

The population of England is set surge by more than four million in the next decade as parts of the south prepare to see the number of inhabitants swell by up to a quarter, official projections show.
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Four million migrants entered the UK in past 20 years
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 22 June 2016

More than four million migrants have arrived in Britain since the floodgates opened in 1997, official figures show.

Numbers since the last Labour government relaxed controls equal the combined populations of Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

Over two decades net migration – the difference between those entering and leaving – has averaged 214,157 a year and is growing.

Last year it reached record of 333,000, half from the EU. ...

International passenger survey statistics show 4,069,000 people have come to the UK since Labour leader Tony Blair swept to power. ...

There are now 2.1 million EU nationals and 1.2 million non-EU nationals working in the UK.
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At Least 380 Foreign-born Convicted in Terror Cases in the U.S. Since 9/11
Caroline May
Breitbart, 22 June 2016

At least 380 of the 580 individuals convicted of terrorism-related charges in the U.S. since September 11, 2001 are foreign-born, according to an analysis of Justice Department data conducted by the Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest. ...

Of the 380 foreign-born individuals, at least 24 came to the U.S. as refugees and at least 33 were in the U.S. illegally on expired visas. According to the Subcommittee, at least 62 of the foreign-born terror convicts were from Pakistan, 28 were from Lebanon, 22 were Palestinian, 21 were from Somalia, 20 were from Yemen, 19 were from Iraq, 16 were from Jordan, 17 were from Egypt, and 10 were from Afghanistan.

Those 200 remaining individuals convicted of terror-related charges and not identified as foreign-born include 71 individuals who are confirmed natural-born U.S. citizens. The rest are unknown.
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Len McCluskey says EU migration was an 'experiment' at UK workers' expense
Rajeev Syal
The Guardian, 21 June 2016

The enlargement of the EU that allowed people from new member states to come to Britain was a gigantic experiment conducted at the expense of ordinary workers, Len McCluskey has said.

In an article for the Guardian, the remain-supporting leader of the Unite union criticised the previous Labour government's failure to prepare for mass migration from countries such as Poland. ...

McCluskey wrote that he was not surprised that Labour voters were concerned about immigration. "In the last 10 years, there has been a gigantic experiment at the expense of ordinary workers. Countries with vast historical differences in wage rates and living standards have been brought together in a common labour market," he said.

"The result has been sustained pressure on living standards, a systematic attempt to hold down wages and to cut the costs of social provision for working people."
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5 facts about migration and the United Kingdom
Phillip Connor and Jens Manuel Krogstad
Pew Research Center, 21 June 2016

Here are five facts about migration into and out of the UK:

1 The UK has the fifth-largest immigrant population in the world, at 8.5 million. Between 1990 and 2015, the UK's immigrant population more than doubled, from 3.7 million. As of 2015, about 13% of the UK's resident population was foreign-born, comparable to the roughly 14% foreign-born share in the United States.

2 As of 2015, the UK's immigrant population has one of the most diverse groups of origin countries in the world, tying Denmark for the highest diversity score, which measures the distribution of immigrants from different source countries. The top three origin countries of immigrants living in the UK are India (780,000), Poland (700,000) and Pakistan (540,000).

3 About a third of the UK's immigrants (2.9 million, or 34%) were born in other EU countries. ...

4 In 2015, about 4.9 million people born in the UK lived in other countries, the 10th-largest emigrant population in the world. Overall, about 8% of those born in the UK live outside its borders. ...

5 Despite its relatively large global emigrant population, as of 2015, only 25% of the UK's emigrant population lives in other EU countries, the lowest share among EU nations.
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Analysis: Immigrants Costs Taxpayers Up To £17 Billion a Year
Oliver JJ Lane
Breitbart, 20 June 2016

Mass migration to the United Kingdom has been found to cost the Exchequer billions of pounds in a new analysis of academic studies just days before Britain's referendum on the European Union.

Only a minority of migrants are net financial beneficiaries to the United Kingdom, and overall migrants themselves cost billions of pounds every year. The new study by Migration Watch, released today has found the true cost of migrants is between four and seventeen billion pounds annually.

Despite claims to the contrary, there was also no evidence found that supported the idea that migrants boosted Gross Domestic Produce (GDP) per capita. Citing research by the House of Lords and a 2008 report by National Institute of Economic and Social Research found there was "no evidence that there was any significant economic benefit for the existing UK population".

Commenting on the new report, Migration Watch boss Lord Green of Deddington said: "There has been a lazy assumption in much recent comment that immigrants are unquestionably an economic benefit to the UK but this very much depends on where they came from and when they arrived.

"Of course many immigrants are hard workers and valuable contributors to our society and EU migrants are often particularly valued by their employers. However, in the context of the referendum debate, the overall economic impact of EU migrants is a relatively small part of the picture".

The Migration Watch report makes a clear distinction between arrivals from the most developed nations such as the original member states of the European Union including France and Germany which benefit the treasury. On the other hand are migrants from the newer EU nations, which take more out of the Exchequer than they pay in.

The report slams official government figures as "completely misleading", as when the state calculates the cost of migrants – and claim them as "net fiscal" contributors – it excludes spending on housing benefits and other welfare.

One key area the report establishes is that the longer the time-frame studied, the greater the cost of migration. In this regard, the Migration Watch report mirrors the findings of a Swedish economist and business professor who assessed the lifetime cost of migrants coming to his country.

Looking at the migrants which arrived in Sweden during just the migration crisis of 2015, professor Jan Tullberg assessed social assistance, housing, and pensions and deducted those from the value of tax migrants might on average pay over their lifetimes. At the conclusion of the study, the professor put his "conservative" figure at 583 billion kronor – around £48 billion.

The cost was equivalent to 14 years of defence expenditure for Sweden, for just one year of mass migration.
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The most generous countries granting citizenship to foreigners in Europe
Marta Cooper
Quartz, 15 June 2016

When it comes to turning its new arrivals into citizens, one EU country has been much more generous than the others.

Spain granted citizenship to more foreigners than any of its EU neighbors in 2014, according to the latest data released this week. In that year, 205,880 people were given Spanish citizenship, the biggest group coming from Morocco (17%).

When considering the size of a country, the rankings change. Looking at the naturalization rate – that is, the ratio between the number of people granted citizenship in a country in a year and the number of foreign residents in that country at the start of the year – Sweden comes out top. It had the highest naturalization rate in 2014, with 6.3 new citizenships granted per 100 resident foreigners, well above the EU average of 2.6.

In terms of where new EU citizens come from, Moroccans were the most common, with more than twice as many getting passports from EU member states as the next-largest group, Albanians.

Overall, 890,000 foreigners acquired citizenship in an EU country in 2014, down 9% from the year before. The vast majority of the newly naturalized citizens (89%) came from non-EU countries.
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5 million foreigners granted citizenship in EU in six years
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 14 June 2016

More than five million people have been granted citizenship in the EU over the past six years giving them the right to live and work in the UK, according to official figures.

Eurostat, the EU's official statistical agency, disclosed that the number of people given citizenship by EU nations has risen from 771,800 in 2009 to 889,100 in 2014.

One in five of those who has been granted citizenship in Europe over the past six years has been given a British passport, more than any other nation. ...

Eurostat, the EU's official statistical agency, disclosed that since 2009 Britain has given 1.1 million migrants citizenship while other EU nations have given 3.96 million citizenship.

Nine in 10 of the people granted citizenship in 2014 were from countries outside the EU, with the bulk of those given British passports from coming India, Pakistan and Nigeria.

Last year Britain granted 125,600 migrants citizenship, the third highest number of any European nation.

A total of 92,700 Moroccans gained the new status, 88 per cent of them in Spain, Italy or France, along with 41,000 Albanians, nearly all in Greece or Italy, and 37,500 Turks, 60 per cent of whom were in Germany.

Almost two thirds of the 35,300 people from India who acquired citizenship did so in Britain, according to the research.
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EU referendum: Warning over net migration if UK votes to Remain
BBC, 13 June 2016

A group that wants lower immigration has forecast if Britain votes to remain in the EU, net migration will exceed 250,000 a year for at least 20 years.

The Migration Watch report said a "cautious estimate" for annual net migration by 2035 was 265,000, with 60% of migrants coming from the EU.

It said there was complacency about the impact of rapid population growth which it said "could change the UK forever". ...

Net migration to the UK rose to 333,000 in 2015, according to Office for National Statistics estimates released in May - the second highest figure on record - figures which the Leave campaign argue illustrates the inability of the UK to control migration while being in the EU.

Migration Watch, which campaigns for reduced migration, has now looked over a 20-year period at the impact on net migration in the event the UK votes to remain in the EU on 23 June. ...

It said the figure of 265,000 excluded the possibility of Turkey joining the EU altogether and took the average of the high and low migration scenarios.

Under its low migration scenario, net migration from the EU would fall to 135,000 by the end of the period and only a small number of refugees who have already arrived in other parts of the EU would relocate to Britain.

In this scenario the government would successfully reduce non-EU net migration to 100,000 a year and British emigration would remain at 50,000 a year, leading to total net migration of 205,000.

For the high scenario, net migration from the EU would rise to 220,000 by 2031.

In this scenario, non-EU migration would remain at 150,000 per year and British emigration would remain at 50,000 net per year, leading to net migration to the UK to 320,000 in 20 years' time, it said.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK said: "This report is a final wake-up call. Even leaving aside the prospect of Turkey joining the EU, it shows that net migration could still be running at 265,000 a year in 20 years' time.

"This would bring our population to 80 million within 30 years. If we remain in the EU there will be nothing to stop a continuing rapid increase in our population. This would change our country for ever against the express wishes of a very large majority of our fellow citizens."
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More than 250,000 people will move to Britain EVERY year for at least two decades if voters reject Brexit, think tank warns - and Turkey joining could send ANOTHER 100,000 people every year
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 13 June 2016

A major think tank today warned net migration to Britain would continue to run at more than 250,000 a year for the next two decades even if Turkey does not join the EU.

If Turkey did join, another 100,000 people could come to Britain each year by the early 2030s, the think tank said. ...

A secret plan to open Britain's borders to 1.5 million Turks was revealed yesterday after British diplomats said the move would act as a 'symbolic gesture to Turkey'. ...

In its report, Migration Watch today said its 'central, but cautious, estimate' for total net migration in 2035 was 265,000 people. ...

The report warned of 'widespread complacency and denial' about the 'likelihood and the impact' of rapid population.
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Child asylum seekers can bring family says court playing onto hands of people traffickers
Jonathan Owen
Sunday Express, 12 June 2016

A controversial ruling by Britain's most senior immigration judge has opened the door for thousands of young asylum seekers to come to the UK, it emerged today.

A teenage Eritrean refugee has been successful in getting permission for their relatives to join them in Britain, in a landmark ruling by Mr Justice Bernard McCloskey that keeping families separated breaches their human rights.

But the decision sets a dangerous legal precedent which could see many more young asylum seekers try to get to Britain and then bring their relatives over, campaigners warned last night.

Attempts by the family of the Eritrean to come to Britain had previously been refused by the UK Government.

The decision to allow them to come to the UK means that ministers will now have to revise immigration rules to allow judges more 'discretion' in letting relatives into Britain.

Previously, only adult refugees could apply for relatives to come and join them.

There are already more than 4,000 unaccompanied child refugees being looked after by councils across the country, and Britain has already agreed to take in thousands more from refugee camps across Europe. ...

MP Peter Bone, a former chairman of a parliamentary group on people-trafficking, said: "I think the Government will be very alarmed by this ruling. It will expose young children to awful risks, because traffickers will say to families, 'Let us have your son, we'll get him into Britain then you can all come.'"
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Revealed: The jihadis who are cutting off their beards posing as migrants and slipping on to refugee boats bound for Italy
Barbara Jones
Mail on Sunday, 12 June 2016

Hundreds of fanatical Islamic State terrorists are on their way to Europe posing as migrants after being driven out of their Libyan stronghold by British-backed forces, The Mail on Sunday has learned.

As the Libyan troops and jihadis fought a running battle in the port city of Sirte yesterday, we uncovered disturbing evidence that IS fighters are fleeing the onslaught and shaving off their beards and hair to blend in with refugees on their exodus across the Mediterranean. ...

In recent weeks, while some jihadis escaped into the desert, coastguard patrols have witnessed others heading for the people-smuggling route further west to join the boats sailing for Sicily and Italy. ...

Col El-Gasri told me: 'They have been cutting their long hair and shaving their beards. We know they work closely with people-smugglers and are joining the boats crossing the Mediterranean.' ...

The militants, who have made an estimated £225 million from the people-trafficking trade in the past year alone, have vowed to 'conquer Rome' and security analysts have warned of the ease with which they can reach European shores.
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Nearly two million migrants from the EU have settled in Britain in just ten years according to UK official statistics
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 10 June 2016

Nearly two million migrants from the European Union have settled in Britain in just ten years, it emerged yesterday.

Figures revealed by the UK Statistics Authority show that on average 535 EU citizens have come to live in the UK every day between 2004 and 2014.

It means almost twice as many European nationals have come here since Tony Blair threw open the doors to Eastern Europe as live in the whole of Birmingham – population 1.1 million.

And the number is expected to have risen to record levels in the past two years as migrants continue exploit Brussels free movement laws.

It total, 1.95 million EU citizens have set up home in Britain since 2004, when Poland and seven other former Soviet Bloc countries joined the EU. On top of this, some 1.49 million non-EU foreigners moved here to live in the last decade – a total increase in overseas residents of 3.45 million. ...

For the first time, the Office for National Statistics has broken down the increase in foreign population in the past ten years by region and local authority. ...

Official figures show that in total, including those who arrived before 2004, there are 2.9 million EU nationals living in the UK and 2.4 million from the rest of the world.
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Migrant seized every SIX MINUTES: Yet more evidence of Britain's border security shambles
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 10 June 2016

Brazen migrants have been caught trying to sneak into Britain at the rate of one every six minutes, the Daily Express can reveal today from official figures.

Latest Government statistics - finally released to us after weeks of urging - show there were 84,088 detentions at the UK border on the continent last year.

The figure, released to us in a Freedom of Information request, shows a massive rise from the previous year and does not include the estimated tens of thousands who will have managed to make it in to the country illegally. ...

The illegal migrant detention rate - equivalent to 230 a day or 10 an hour - is more than double the number seized in 2014.

Senior politicians described the data as "truly shocking" as even Home Secretary Theresa May admitted the crisis "shows no sign of easing". ...

The previously unseen information details the number of failed attempts by illegal migrants to bypass border security.

It is thought the majority tried in Calais, the frontline in the fight against illegal immigration, but figures include "clandestine entry attempts" through Dunkirk and Eurotunnel terminals in Coquelles, Brussels, Lille and Paris.

However, the true scale of the crisis could be far greater as the statistics relate only to those detected. ...

We were finally handed the information this week, although the Home Office refused to reveal the number caught trying to enter the UK on forged documents.
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'It's a sham': IDS says the chances of kicking out jobless migrants after six months were 'close to zero' – and claims Cameron KNOWS it
James Slack
Daily Mail, 10 June 2016

A law the Prime Minister relies on to claim he can control EU immigration is a sham, says the former Cabinet minister who was in charge of implementing it.

Government officials told Iain Duncan Smith the chances of removing an EU citizen from Britain if they do not get a job after six months are 'close to zero'.

David Cameron has repeatedly cited the rule in referendum debates as a reason why the public should not feel worried about voting Remain.

But yesterday Mr Duncan Smith lifted the lid on how Whitehall knows the law – which has not removed a single jobless migrant so far – will never work.

He said officials told him that migrants can easily circumvent the regulations. And, in any event, the Home Office admitted it did not have the staff or the 'capacity' to enforce it.

The former Work and Pensions Secretary said Downing Street knows this is the case – and is therefore guilty of peddling 'nonsense'. ...

There is no mechanism for monitoring whether or not migrant jobseekers remain in the UK for more than six months. But, in any event, EU law forbids systematic verification of whether EU citizens are lawfully resident in the UK.

In 2015, 77,000 jobseekers came to the UK from the EU looking for work. Mr Cameron dropped a pledge to ensure EU citizens should secure a job before they came here.
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Jeremy Corbyn's OWN immigration spokesman slams him for ignoring people's fears about numbers and obsessing about 'irrelevant' issues from the past
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 10 June 2016

A Labour frontbencher has taken a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn for pushing out-dated policies and failing to confront public concerns about immigration.

Sir Kier Starmer – tipped by many as a future leader - said the party had been 'walking around' the key issue and would not win an election with 'backward looking' policies. ...

Interviewed in The House magazine, shadow immigration minister Sir Kier delivered a damning assessment of the party's position eight months after Mr Corbyn took charge.

The former Director of Public Prosecutions, who became an MP last year, said voters had not been persuaded that Labour would make 'a difference to their lives', and warned that 'old ways of thinking' were not enough. ...

On his immigration brief, Sir Kier said there was a perception that Labour had 'walked past a problem, walked round a problem, rather than confronted a problem'.

'We've got to confront it. I think you should walk towards a challenge, rather than away from a challenge,' he said.

'What we're picking up as we go around the country is the public – rightly or wrongly, and in a sense it doesn't matter whether they're right or wrong – think that Labour doesn't want to talk to them about immigration. They think we don't want to hear what they've got to say.'
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Reality Check: How did EU population of UK grow after 2004?
BBC, 10 June 2016

On Wednesday, National Statistician John Pullinger replied to a Parliamentary question from Conservative MP William Wragg, who had asked how many migrants who had arrived since 2004 are now living in different parts of the UK.

The figures he sent, which came from the Annual Population Survey, had all been released previously, but not in this form, and they had not all been added up. The estimate that 1,955,000 EU migrants living in the UK in 2014 had arrived in the previous decade allowed for "two million EU migrants" headlines. ...

The figures also showed that at the end of 2014, a total of 1.5 million non-EU migrants who had arrived in the previous decade were living in the UK. ...

They tell us that of the approximately three million migrants from the EU currently living in the UK - about two thirds of them arrived in the 10 years since 2004, the year that the Czech Republic, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Malta, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia joined the EU.
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Now 30,000 a year get into Britain as spouse of EU citizens: Number of migrants taking advantage of backdoor route created by Brussels has rocketed under Cameron
James Slack
Daily Mail, 8 June 2016

More than 30,000 non-EU immigrants a year are taking advantage of a backdoor into Britain created by Brussels, it has emerged.

The number of people benefiting from the so-called European Economic Area family permit route has rocketed by 50 per cent under David Cameron. ...

Under British immigration rules, migrants from outside the EU need to obtain a visa for either work or family settlement.

But under the family permit route, an exception is made for those with a spouse or close relative who is an EU citizen.

These people are known as third country nationals, and since Mr Cameron was elected the UK has issued them with 140,921 permits. For 2014/15, the figure was 30,879 – up by 48 per cent since 2010-2011.

It means that in effect, EU rules are also allowing non-EU migrants into the UK. ...

In a recent report, the Chief Inspector of Borders warned that migrants were bringing their families to Britain by the backdoor and the system was suffering 'significant abuse' from migrants who falsely claim they are related to a non-EU citizen in the UK.

He said: 'Our findings suggest the European citizenship route is becoming an increasingly important way into the UK for those whose origins lie outside the EEA'.
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EU rules stopped Britain deporting murderers, rapists and violent criminals
Ben Riley-Smith and Laura Hughes
Daily Telegraph, 7 June 2016

Murderers, rapists and violent offenders from across Europe have been able to remain in Britain after their crimes, the Justice Minister will say on Tuesday as he reveals a dossier of 50 offenders who have used EU rules to avoid deportation.

Dominic Raab, who works closely with Michael Gove in the Justice department, said that British families are "at risk" because European courts are refusing to allow UK judges to deport dangerous and violent criminals back to EU countries. ...

A report last week warned that 5,789 criminals from overseas are free to walk the UK's streets - the highest number since 2012 – because they are protected under EU human rights laws.

Mr Gove on Monday warned that the EU's lack of border controls on the continent "actively abets terrorism". ...

"At the moment, unfortunately, the European law, which the European Court of Justice takes, has prevented us from getting rid of some people who are terrorists, or criminals who have been supporting terrorists."

Under current British law, any foreigner who commits a "serious crime" or is sentenced to more than a year in jail qualifies for automatic deportation.

However if the convict is from the EU, that rule can be meaningless because of the bloc's "freedom of movement" rules that allow migrants to live and work in any member state. ...

Theresa May, the Home Secretary, admitted the Government needs to do more but said a record number of foreign offenders were deported last year.

And James Brokenshire, the immigration minister, insisted that the Prime Minister's renegotiation with Brussels has made it easier for the UK to deport foreign criminals.

"The UK sought greater control over the deportation of foreign criminals in its EU renegotiation - and that's precisely what the Prime Minister's deal delivered.

"The International Law Decision we secured means our ability to deport foreign criminals is strengthened, and it is now clear that the UK can take into account the full background of a criminal in a decision over whether to deport."
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EU Court of Justice: illegal migrants cannot be jailed
Dan Alexe
New Europe, 7 June 2016

France was wrong to detain a Ghanaian illegal refugee after she was caught trying to reach the UK using a false passport, decided today the Court of Justice of the European Union. Instead, she should have been released – even if this could have given her the chance to vanish.

The Return Directive prevents a national of a non-EU country who has not yet been subject to the return procedure being imprisoned solely because he or she has entered the territory of a member state illegally across an internal border of the Schengen area, was the verdict of the Court. The Court said that this is also the case where a person who is merely in transit on the territory of a member state is intercepted when leaving the Schengen area and is the subject of a procedure for readmission into the member state from which he or she has come.

The Court had to give a verdict in the case of Sélina Affum vs. the Préfet of Pas de Calais and the Procureur général of the Cour d'appel of Douai.

On 22 March 2013, Sélina Affum, a Ghanaian national, was intercepted by the French police at the point of entry to the Channel Tunnel when she was on a bus from Ghent (Belgium) to London (UK). After presenting a Belgian passport with the name and photograph of another person, and lacking any other identity or travel document in her name, she was initially placed in police custody on the ground of illegal entry into French territory. The French authorities then requested Belgium to readmit her into its territory.

Sélina Affum disputed that it was lawful to place her in police custody, so the Cour de cassation (French Court of Cassation) has asked the Court of Justice whether, in the light of the Return Directive, illegal entry of a national of a non-EU country into national territory may be punished by a sentence of imprisonment. ...

So, the court decided, the Ghanaian Affum could not be imprisoned solely because she had entered French territory illegally, before being subject to the return procedure.

Critics said the 'farcical' decision would provide new encouragement for people from outside Europe who want to slip into Britain unlawfully.

The decision may also complicate efforts to stop migrants moving unhampered across Europe's passport-free Schengen zone and heading for the French port.
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Libya REFUSES to take its own people BACK as it rejects Turkey-style refugee deal with EU
Joey Millar
Daily Express, 7 June 2016

Libya is refusing to allow migrants who travelled to Europe from its shores to be returned, with president Fayez al-Sarraj stating: "They can't live with us."

Already this year over 40,000 people have crossed the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy, with over 2,000 dying attempting the risky voyage.

Despite its status as a launching point for migrants travelling through North Africa or the Middle East into Europe, the country is refusing to take part in a Turkey-style refugee deal.

While Turkey re-accepts migrants who passed through the country to illegally enter Europe, Libya has refused to entertain such a proposition.

Mr al-Sarraj said: "No, Libya does not accept immigrants who would be sent back. The situation of migrants coming from the south to us is completely different than in Turkey. This can not be compared easily.

"The EU is to find ways in which they send back immigrants to their home countries. They can't live with us."
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Oz points plan will increase the influx
Andrew Green, Chairman of MigrationWatch UK
MailOnline, 6 June 2016

It is an eye-catching proposal – an Australian-style points-based system to help control immigration. This has been advocated by the Out campaign, Vote Leave, which says such a scheme could be in place within three years.

Under its plan, the automatic right of EU citizens to live and work in the UK would end, and workers and students would be selected on the basis of points awarded for their skills, age, education and so on.

Unfortunately, life is not as simple as that. The Australian system, advocated by Boris Johnson and Michael Gove among others, is not right for Britain.

The points-based system is actually designed to facilitate immigration by those who want to live and work in Australia and have skills that are needed – from accounting to goat-farming. Crucially, it does not require an applicant to have a job to go to.

In fact, the Australian points system's whole purpose is to encourage immigration into an empty continent. That is why, proportionately, they have three times as many immigrants as the UK. For a crowded island like our own that wishes to reduce net migration and slow its rapid population growth, this model just does not suit.

It is not for me to say how people should vote. There will be many other matters to consider. But what I can say is that urgent action on immigration to the UK is essential. And that there is much the Government must do now, whether we stay or leave. Despite its aim of reducing annual net migration to the tens of thousands, the actual figure now stands at a third of a million.

Public concern remains as high as ever and it is not hard to see why. Our population is growing at its fastest rate for nearly a century – at around half a million per year. This means building the equivalent of a city the size of Liverpool every year. Two-thirds of this increase is down to immigration.

So what could be done?

The Australian model is a distraction. What we need is a work permit system that applies to all-comers.

If the UK does vote to leave the EU on June 23, the Government should seek a settlement with the European Union that would allow the introduction of work permits for EU migrants, but only for workers with skills we need. (Irish citizens should be exempted.) Our own analysis suggests that this could reduce net migration from the EU by around 100,000 a year. ...

However, even if the referendum decides in favour of remaining, there is much that could be done to get the overall numbers down. The other half of our annual net migration of 330,000 comes from outside the EU. Some of these immigrants break the rules to get here or stay on here.

High on the Government's priority list should be restoring the credibility of the immigration system. Illegal immigration allows unscrupulous employers to undercut wages, is unfair to migrants who play by the rules, and it undermines the rule of law. Yet there is little deterrence to overstaying a visa since the chances of getting caught and being removed are very slim. Enforcement must be scaled up.
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West faces collapse due to declining birth rates, Sacks warns
John Bingham
Sunday Telegraph, 5 June 2016

Western civilisation is on the brink of a collapse like that of ancient Rome because the modern generation does not want the responsibility of bringing up children, Lod Sacks, the former chief rabbi has said.

He singled out falling birth rates alongside addiction to debt, the break-up of the family and a growing gap between the super rich and the rest as the major crises facing Britain and other European countries, which neither governments nor the market were able to solve.

But ultimately it was the demographic crisis, he said, that would cause European society as we know it to "die".

Speaking to The Telegraph, Lord Sacks argued that even mass immigration is not a solution because of problems integrating new arrivals. ...

He also warned that Britain is losing its national "memory" and cultural identity because people in the digital age have shorter attention spans and little grasp of history. ...

But among a list of problems he said neither the market nor the state could ultimately solve, he singled out the "collapse" of birthrates throughout Europe.

This, he said, had led directly to "unprecedented levels of immigration that were now the only way the West could sustain its population", but that there had been a "systemic failure" to integrate new arrivals.

Rabbi Sacks argued that the demographic change could be linked [to] a loss of religious faith in the West, which for centuries has been associated with a high regard for the family.

"Contemporary historians have failed to find a single historical example of a society that became secularised and maintained its birth rate over subsequent centuries," he argued.

"That's how great civilisations decline and fall."


EU killers and rapists we've failed to deport: UK's inability to expel thousands of foreign criminals undermines case for the EU, say MPs
Ian Drury and James Slack
Daily Mail, 3 June 2016

Thousands of violent thugs and rapists from the EU are walking Britain's streets and clogging up our jails because the Government has failed to send them home.

The presence of the criminals – who arrived here under EU freedom of movement rules – is undermining David Cameron's case to remain in the EU, a report warns today.

The inquiry by MPs found the top three foreign nationalities inside our packed prisons are all now from inside the EU – with almost 1,000 from Poland alone and 600 from Romania.

Despite the Prime Minister repeatedly pledging to end the scandal, there were 4,171 criminals from the EU behind bars in England and Wales in December.

They include rapists, robbers, paedophiles and drug dealers. The figure is all the more startling because there is a European agreement in place to send them home.

Including those from the EU, the committee says there are more than 13,000 foreign criminals in Britain – a number equivalent to a 'small town' – either in jail or walking our streets.

More of those now living in the community after finishing their sentences have successfully resisted deportation by using human rights legislation.

In its report today, Westminster's Home Affairs Select Committee says the Government has 'consistently failed' to get a grip on the shambolic system for kicking out foreign convicts.

And it says the failure to deport more EU criminals is so dire that it casts doubt on 'the point of the UK remaining a member of the EU'. The committee report also warns it would take a 'modern miracle' for Mr Cameron to meet his pledge to cut migration to under 100,000. ...

Despite the Prime Minister repeatedly pledging to end the scandal of foreigners clogging up our packed prisons, a staggering 9,895 were behind bars in England and Wales in December. Of these, 4,171 were from the EU – 42 per cent. The cost of housing them is an estimated £150 million a year.

Britain is entitled to deport criminals from the European Union if they are sentenced to jail while non-EU criminals must have served at least one year behind bars. Meanwhile, there are an 'unacceptable' 5,789 foreign offenders living in the community awaiting deportation – the highest number for five years. It is up nearly 20 per cent on the previous year.

Instead of being locked up until thrown out, they are freed to protect their 'human rights', at risk of absconding and potentially putting the public in danger. Nearly a third – 1,865 – have been loose for more than five years.

A string of murders and sex attacks have been committed by foreign nationals who should already have been booted out. ...

Once a convict has served their sentence, they can only continue to be held if there is a good chance of them being deported imminently. ...

New figures show that 416 foreign offenders were freed between October and December last year after completing their sentences, but only six were deported. Another 14 were given permission to stay.
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[Prime Minister and a points system]
Lord Lexden
Daily Telegraph, 3 June 2016
[Letter to the Editor]

SIR – David Cameron, the Prime Minister, says that a points system to help control immigration is "the wrong approach" and would " trash the economy" (report, June 2).

The Conservative manifesto for the 2005 election, for which he had responsibility, stated: "We will introduce a points-based system similar to the one used in Australia. This will give priority to people with the skills Britain needs."

Briefing sent to Tory candidates added that "as in Australia, we will consult businesses every year to ensure that the right balance – involving the right number and type of immigrants – is struck by the points system". Why is that policy now wrong?
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Auntie is anti-white: Applicant's anger over BBC telly jobs just for minorities
Jen Pharo
The Sun, 3 June 2016

The BBC has been blasted for rejecting work applicants because they are white.

It advertised two £25,000 junior scriptwriting roles for shows like Holby City, but said they were only for people from "ethnic minority backgrounds".

One outraged job-hunter said: "It's racial discrimination and just wrong.

"If you applied for a position and got a reply saying it was only open to white applicants you'd quite rightly not be happy.

"This is exactly the same."

The Sun can reveal the Beeb is running four recruitment schemes open only to black, Asian or ethnic minorities.

It has recruited 17 presenters and ten writers in two years via the Creative Diversity Talent Fund, Senior Leadership Development (Clore) Programme, Assistant Commissioner Development Programme and Creative Access Trainee Scheme.

Under the Equality Act it is illegal to discriminate against job applicants on grounds of race, unless crucial to the role.

The BBC last night insisted the positions were not jobs, but trainee schemes.

And it said the scriptwriter pay was an allowance rather than a wage. ...

The BBC said ads made it clear the roles were for candidates from ethnic minorities.

A spokesman said: "This is a training and development programme designed to address an under-representation of people from ethnic minority backgrounds in script editing roles."
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Britain's border weakspots: The areas identified by criminal gangs smuggling hundreds of migrants into the UK
Peter Dominiczak, Steven Swinford and Laura Hughes
Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2016

Criminal gangs are using more than a dozen ports on Britain's coastline to smuggle hundreds of migrants into the UK. ...

Europol, the European police agency, has identified 13 "migrant smuggling hotspots" in the United Kingdom which are being targeted by the criminals.

It comes after the Chief Inspector of Borders warned that border officials are not collecting details about the identity of passengers entering the country on small boats.

David Bolt said that there "no systematic collection of information about any aspect of General Maritime".

It said that captains routinely ignore legal requirements to report their movements and who they have on board, while the Border Force rates its own performance as poor in 27 out of 28 areas.

The Chief Inspector also criticised the absence of any advance passenger information for people arriving in the UK on small boats, which it described as a "significant gap" in border security. ...

The National Crime Agency has also revealed that people smugglers are using rigid-hulled inflatable boats to take migrants to "shallow beaches", including the popular tourist town on Whistable in Kent.

Other ports which are increasingly being targeted by migrants include Hull, Immingham in North East Lincolnshire, Tilbury and Purfleet in Essex and Newhaven and Portsmouth on the South coast.
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Just one in four say EU influx is good for the UK: Survey uncovers dissatisfaction at impact of immigration on public services
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 2 June 2016

Barely a quarter of British voters think mass immigration from the EU has been good for Britain, a new poll reveals today.

The ICM survey uncovers widespread public dissatisfaction with the level of immigration from the EU and the impact it has had on Britain's public services over the last decade.

Almost half of voters (49 per cent) say the scale of immigration has been bad for the UK, with just 26 per cent saying it has benefited this country.

Some 58 per cent say they would be unhappy for immigration to continue on the current scale, with just 16 per cent content to see unlimited migration from the EU continue.

Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith said the poll results showed that those arguing for a continued open door immigration policy were 'showing a contempt for working families who struggle to pay the bills, to get the children into an overcrowded school or wait for a doctor's appointment'. ...

Despite the preponderance of migrant workers in the NHS, just 19 per cent of people think EU immigration over the last decade has been good for the health service, with 55 per cent saying it has been bad.

Only 11 per cent of voters said EU migration had been good for Britain's schools, with 58 per cent believing the impact had been damaging.

Even on jobs and wages, where David Cameron and George Osborne have focused their arguments for staying in the EU, just 30 per cent of voters believe immigration has been a net positive, with 36 per cent saying it has been harmful on balance.

On the issue of national security, where the Prime Minister has warned Brexit could spark a new war in Europe, only 11 per cent of people said EU migration had been helpful, with 54 per cent saying it has been unhelpful.

On housing, an incredible 67 per cent of people said the scale of EU immigration had been bad for Britain, with just seven per cent saying it had been good, despite the reliance of parts of the construction sector on migrant labour.
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Australia lets in more migrants than we do – but the point is that they choose to do so
Juliet Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2016

The deployment of "the Australian system" has long been seen as a proxy for sounding tough and uncompromising on immigration. It's one of Nigel Farage's favourite lines. ...

... And the awkward truth about its immigration system is that it delivers one of the highest immigration rates in the developed world.

Australia's net migration rate between 2000 and 2015 was just over eight per thousand – that is, on average each year, eight new people arrived in the country per thousand people already there, according to UN data collated by the think tank Open Europe. The UK's net migration rate over the same period was just under four per thousand.

The points-based system is just one route into Australia – and is actually one of its most liberal features. It enables workers who do not yet have a job offer to join the country's labour market purely on the basis of their skills and qualifications, provided they can pass tests of their health and English-speaking ability.

Many of Australia's migrant workers actually don't use its points system at all and arrive using employer-sponsored work permits. Most of its other immigrants arrive on family visas to join relatives.

Britain itself already has a points-based system for would-be immigrants from outside the EU. You might remember that it was introduced by Labour in 2008 after years of refusal to discuss immigration. It was toughened up by the coalition after that.

It isn't actually much like Australia's points-based system, but one feature it does have in common is that it lets in quite a large number of migrants. The UK issued under 100,000 visas to non-Europeans in 2000 and now issues around double that. The system is also very bureaucratic.

You might wonder, then, what it is that Brexiteers want to emulate about the Australian system. A statement released by the Brexit campaign suggested repeatedly that immigration would be lower if we left the EU and adopted such a system, reducing the strain on hospitals, schools and workers who face intense competition for jobs from migrants. There is no guarantee of that.

The Aussie system does have some points in its favour for immigration hawks. Firstly, it has more effective border checks, so that authorities can actually count who comes in and out. Getting hold of precise Australian immigration data is unbelievably straightforward compared to parsing our muddled numbers. Secondly, it targets skilled workers, whereas Britain has to accept an unlimited number of unskilled workers from Europe. And Australia's favoured countries of origin for its immigrants are remarkably similar to ours outside the EU, including India, China and Pakistan.

But more important than any of these features is the principle at the centre of Australia's system: they decide how it works.
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Theresa May scrapped aerial border surveillance despite warnings from former security minister
Peter Dominiczak and Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2016

Theresa May cancelled an aerial surveillance programme designed to stop migrants crossing the Channel into Britain to save money despite warnings from a former security minister, the Telegraph can disclose.

The Home Secretary in January agreed to scrap a £4 million surveillance contract despite being told by Baroness Neville-Jones, a former security minister and chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee, that it was a risk to Britain's border security.

It comes amid growing criticism of Britain's border security after growing evidence emerged that people smugglers are increasingly using small boats to ferry migrants across the Channel to small ports and harbours on the UK coastline. ...

The Home Office on Tuesday announced that around six new vessels would be brought into service to patrol British coastal waters.

However, the plans were immediately labelled a "joke" by Conservative MPs after it emerged that all of the boats will not be fully operational until the end of 2017. ...

Frank Hurst, a former head of maritime operations at HM Customs and Excise, said that the decision to end the air surveillance contract was "short sighted".

He said that the surveillance has been in use for more than 20 years and had proved "extremely helpful" in spotting vessels.

He said: "You can cover a huge amount of ground. It was extremely helpful in operations, especially when we had a particular target.

"I was very disappointed to see that the contract was cancelled. It seems short-sighted because we built up a lot of expertise over the years."
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The Royal Navy's obsession with big ships leaves it unable to protect our shores from the migration crisis
Con Coughlin
Daily Telegraph, 1 June 2016

For the past year the migration crisis that has brought chaos to large tracts of southern Europe has, so far as Britain is concerned, seemed a problem that was unlikely to pose a direct threat to our own shores. ...

It now appears that the Government's assumption that the migration crisis is really an EU problem, rather than one that could directly affect Britain, has meant that it has paid scant regard to protecting its own shores.

The folly of this approach, driven as much by domestic budget considerations as by a naïve confidence in the EU's crisis management capabilities, has now been laid bare by the arrival of the first batch of illegal immigrants from Albania over the bank holiday weekend. ...

But, as the political row over the rescue of 18 Albanian migrants off the Kent coast has highlighted, the authorities seem singularly ill-equipped to protect the 11,000-mile coastline of mainland Britain. ...

The reason the Border Force, the Home Office agency responsible for policing Britain's ports, does not have enough boats is because half its fleet of purpose-built cutters has been sent to the Mediterranean, where they are supporting the EU naval operation to prevent a fresh wave of migrants reaching Europe this summer. ...

The other drawback to providing effective protection of the British coast is that the Border Force boats are in the Mediterranean because the Royal Navy, which has seen the number of its surface combat ships radically reduced by recent defence cuts, simply does not have enough ships available for this kind of mission.

The Government's insistence on squandering billions in foreign aid while at the same time cutting the strength of the Armed Forces is certainly one contributing factor to this disastrous state of affairs.

But the Navy, with its insistence on only buying the most expensive kit available, must also share some of the blame. ...

It is time the Government woke up to the fact people-smuggling gangs are now going to target the British coastline directly. And if we cannot rely on Europe to defend our borders, then it is imperative that we have the means - and the boats – to defend ourselves.
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Lies, damned lies and migrant stats
Tim Black
Spiked, 1 June 2016

But the powers are not really there when it comes to migration from within the EU. The EU citizens directive, introduced in 2004, saw to that. ...

The wilful dishonesty of Cameron and Co, of those who claim you can have EU membership and control over borders, is striking. /.../ But they pretend otherwise. They act as if the latest migration stats don't exist, as if the reality of migration flows within the EU is an inconvenient statistical anomaly, a truth to be keenly ignored. They act as if they are sovereign when they are not.

Not that those on the left are any more honest. For them, migration stats, and the immigration issue in general, are something to be passed over as quickly as possible, lest the natives catch sight of them. /.../ Such a refusal to engage in any meaningful way with the issue of immigration was encapsulated by the response of Labour's shadow minister for Europe, Pat Glass, to a voter in Sawley, Derbyshire who was complaining about an influx of newcomers to her town. Glass called the voter a 'horrible racist', and told a radio station she was 'never coming back to that town'. Out of political sight, out of political mind.

Hypocrisy and double standards abound on the issue of immigration. But these evasions of reality, these determined deceits, are not political character defects. They're a necessary, twofold response to a reality that the political elite finds unbearable – a reality in which its members have given up not just on national sovereignty, but on popular sovereignty. Or, to put it another way, we have a Tory leadership that has given up on the state, and a left that has given up on the people.
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The points-based immigration system is not a panacea
John Salt
Independent, 1 June 2016
[Letter to the Editor]

The current debate about immigration is somewhat fraught and in danger of over-simplifying the realities of points-based system (PBS).

A PBS does have some advantages, notably individual applicants are selected according to the objectives set by the country of destination and the system elicits better quality immigration candidates, in a more streamlined process.

There are also disadvantages to a PBS. These include the need for comprehensive and regular data collection for policy evaluation and fine-tuning; applicants are selected solely from observable characteristics, not from unobservable factors like innate ability or attitude; successful applicants may still end up in jobs and at pay levels below their true potential; a point system is unsuitable for providing fast responses to skill shortages in the domestic labour market.

In other words, there is a balance to be struck and a PBS is not a panacea.

Finally, it was Canada (in 1967) which first introduced a points-based system for selecting immigrants. Australia followed in 1988, New Zealand in 1991. So, generically, we should say "Canadian PBS".
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Up to half a MILLION refugee families could head to Britain using EU free movement rules after 2020, report warns
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 31 May 2016

Up to half a million refugees and their relatives could move to Britain after 2020 because of EU rules on the free movement of people, a major new report claimed today.

While Germany, Greece and Italy have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis arriving at Europe's borders, those granted asylum could settle in the UK in the coming years after they have acquired EU citizenship.

A report by Migration Watch, which campaigns for tighter border controls, said an analysis of EU figures show that hundreds of thousands of people could take this route into the UK. ...

The report, entitled The Refugee and Migrant Crisis in the EU, says that according to Eurostat a projected 968,000 migrants will have been granted asylum or humanitarian protection for 2015 and the first quarter of 2016.

According to leaked estimates from the German authorities, each person granted asylum is likely to be followed by between four and eight family members.

Migration Watch said that taking the lower figure of four would suggest the total inflow to Europe could amount to 4.8 million over a period of years - without taking account of any future arrivals who might successfully claim asylum.

The report said that if 10 per cent of these refugees decided to move to Britain once they got EU citizenship, which can be claimed after around five years, then 480,000 people could arrive in the UK in the years following 2020. ...

The report said these refugees may be attracted to Britain because they have relatives here, know the language or think they will have more job opportunities in the UK.

The report said research showed that between a third and half of all Somalis granted refugee status in the Netherlands have moved to the UK.

Lord Green said: 'The people we are studying here will be granted EU citizenship after a period of four to six years depending on where they are.

'And as EU citizens they will then have a right to enter the UK as and when they wish so that is why we won't be able to control that further movement.

'We have found over some years that there has been very little forward thinking about the scale of immigration and what needs to be done to meet the needs of migrants when they get here. It is fair to say this is pointing ahead and hoping that this prospect will form part of Government's planning.'
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'We will multiply our descendants': Turkish president Erdogan asks Muslims to 'reject' birth control so the population can continue to grow
Scarlet Howes
The Sun, 31 May 2016

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on Muslims to "reject" contraception and "have more children".

In a speech broadcast live on TV, he said "no Muslim family" should consider birth control or family planning.

"We will multiply our descendants," Erdogan said, who became president in August 2014 after serving as prime minister for 12 years.

"They talk about population planning, birth control. No Muslim family can have such an approach," added Erdogan during his speech in Istanbul. ...

Erdogan has previously spoken out against contraception, describing it as "treason" threatening the nation's bloodline.

He has also urged women to have at least three children, and has said women cannot be treated as equal to men because it goes against "the laws of nature". ...

The Turkish Statistical Institute states that the country's fertility rate was 2.14 children per woman in 2015, which is half the rate in 1980.

But despite this decline, Turkey's fertility rate is one of the highest in Europe with no signs of it waning as its 80 million population continues to grow.
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Jesus Christ would be banned from UK universities today, Oxford professor says
Hannah Furness
Daily Telegraph, 31 May 2016

Jesus Christ would be banned from preaching on university campuses if he were alive today, after Britain became "too feeble" at standing up for free speech, a leading Oxford professor has said.

Professor Timothy Garton Ash, professor of European Studies at Oxford University, said the trend for "so-called safe spaces" had led to free speech being eroded from all sides, with even students insisting on shutting one another's opinions down.

Warning universities must "hold the line" against the "salami slicing" of free speech, he said it was time for the public to stand up against creeping legislation and self-censorship.

Speaking at the Hay Festival, sponsored by the Telegraph, Prof Garton Ash said he had identified four key areas of threat to free speech in Britain, including an increasing fear of violence against those who chose to share their opinions.

Home Office legislation, he added, meant that universities were now encouraged to block even non-violent extremists from sharing their opinion, in a definition that could include some of the world's leading thinkers of centuries past. ...

"Now non-violent extremists? That's Karl Marx, Rousseau, Charles Darwin, Hegel, and most clearly Jesus Christ, who was definitely a non-violent extremists. The Home Office wouldn't want him preaching on campus.

"This is a real threat I think to free speech and one we have to fight back against."

Speaking of the key threats to speech, Prof Garton Ash, author of Free Speech: Ten Principles for a Connected World, said he had noticed an increasing trend for a small number of offended individuals to be able to shut debate down.
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Britain's very porous borders: Having just three boats to patrol coast is a security gamble, says ex-Navy chief
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 30 May 2016

Britain's borders are at risk from terrorists and uncontrolled flows of migrants because so few boats patrol UK waters, a former head of the Royal Navy warned yesterday.

Just three Border Force vessels patrol 7,700 miles of coastline after another was deployed to the Aegean Sea to tackle the migrant crisis.

The situation, described by Admiral Lord West as a 'complete mess', comes after aerial surveillance of Britain's shores was scrapped in January to save money.

Both Britain's Maritime and Coastguard Agency and HM Revenue & Customs officials are said to be 'deeply concerned' that the UK has not got control of its territorial waters, it can be revealed.

If hundreds more migrants start to take advantage of the sea route from Calais, Britain could be reliant on private vessels to conduct rescue missions.

Lord West, who was a security minister under Gordon Brown, told the Daily Mail: 'We are taking a calculated risk with our own territorial waters.

'Already we have seen these illegal immigrants and I don't believe there aren't clever traffickers using the smaller ports to send them and I'm sure terrorists are aware of the route too.

'We need to get a grip on this. We are taking a gamble that nothing will ever happen in our seas and that is a risky view to take given the dangerous world we are in.' ...

Lord West said: 'It is a complete mess. I've asked which government department is responsible for the surveillance and security of our territorial areas and I think the answer is nobody.' ...

A report earlier this year revealed Britain's borders are almost undefended against terrorists and criminals using small boats and planes.
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Unpoliced small ports are a backdoor into Britain for terrorists, people smugglers and gangsters warns National Crime Agency
Abe Hawken
MailOnline, 29 May 2016

Small marinas and ports across the UK are vulnerable to terrorists and organised criminals because they are unpoliced, according to the National Crime Agency.

The agency claims there is an absence of checks at hundreds of ports across the country and they are so busy with one-off arrivals that one marina official compared them to an NCP car park. ...

Border Force, which is responsible for frontline border control operations at air, sea and rail ports in the UK, admitted early this year that few routine checks were carried out on tiny marinas, reports The Times.

Earlier this week, 17 illegal immigrants from Albania were discovered at Chichester harbour in West Sussex on a catamaran that had just arrived from France.

The vessel was stopped only because officers from Hampshire Constabulary Marine Unit were searching for a missing person. ...

David Bolt, chief inspector of borders, said that large numbers of boats were sailing into British waters from outside the UK with few checks.
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RIP this Britain: With academic objectivity, Oxford Professor and population expert DAVID COLEMAN says white Britons could be in the minority by the 2060s - or sooner [part 1]
David Coleman
Daily Mail, 28 May 2016
[David Coleman is professor emeritus in demography at Oxford University]

Britain is poised at two historic turning points – and they go together. Very much depends on the outcome.

Rapid population growth, driven by the highest immigration in our history, is destabilising and transforming its population, its environment and its ethnic make-up into something quite new. ...

Until 1997, immigration had been off the policy agenda for 20 years, thanks to an uneasy political consensus to limit inflows. Although trending slightly upwards, immigration was not then very controversial.

However, the Blair government began to take down the barriers to migration.

According to Blair aide Andrew Neather, one of the aims of the New Labour policy of opening up the UK to mass immigration was to 'rub the Right's nose in diversity', promoting permanent ethnic change to the permanent electoral advantage of Labour.

The steps then taken provoked a rapid upsurge in net migration (inflow minus outflow), which continues to reach record levels: 3.3 million immigrants came to the UK from 2001 to 2014.

Immigration, mostly then from outside the EU, had already reached record levels when, in 2004, the Blair government, alone among the major economies of the West, allowed free entry for work to the new Eastern European EU accession countries.

Those countries had low levels of income and low social and political development relative to the EU average.

Everything pointed to a very large influx, but the government fatuously predicted that '13,000 per year' would enter. Officially, 53,000 entered in the first year and 76,000 the next; these figures are now known to be substantial underestimates.

At any rate, by 2013, 1.24 million people born in Eastern Europe were living in the UK, compared with 170,000 in 2004 – the biggest inflow in British history.

No forward planning or provision whatsoever was made for the Blairite influx. Indeed, it has been so great that it would have been difficult to make adequate provision. Hence many of our present problems.

Naturally, many of these arise straightforwardly from the pressure of population.

The UK's population had nearly stabilised in the Seventies and Eighties: birth and death rates were in balance, in some years more migrants leaving than arriving. There were even very small falls in population from 1975-78 and in 1982.

New immigration changed all that. Between 2013 and 2014, the population increased by 491,000 – one of the fastest rates of any industrial country.

That is not all. Women born overseas contributed 27 per cent of all live births in England and Wales in 2014, and 33 per cent of births had at least one immigrant parent – a figure which has more than doubled since the 1990s.

Taking into account many statistics, migration accounted overall for 85 per cent of population growth from 2001-2012.

This week, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) reported that the total number of EU nationals coming here under freedom-of-movement rules was 270,000 last year. This included a record number from Romania and Bulgaria. Overall migration, including those from outside the EU, was 333,000 in the year to December.
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RIP this Britain: With academic objectivity, Oxford Professor and population expert DAVID COLEMAN says white Britons could be in the minority by the 2060s - or sooner [part 2]
David Coleman
Daily Mail, 28 May 2016

What, therefore, is the prospect for the future?

In none of the projections by the ONS does the UK population fail to grow to more than 70 million.

In the 'Principal Projection' (based on underlying assumptions of what is most likely to happen), the UK population (now 65 million) exceeds 70 million in 11 years, reaches 77 million by 2050 and exceeds 80 million by 2060. That implies an additional 2.9 million immigrants by 2030, not including their post-2014 children.

But these official assumptions are far below the actual level of recent net migration: 313,000 in 2014 and 333,000 in the 12 months to last December.

Were the 2014 actual inflow to persist, Britain's population would exceed 80 million shortly after 2040, in 25 years' time, and 90 million shortly after 2060. ...

Indeed, there are many reasons for supposing that net migration will not decline as the ONS assumes it will. On the contrary, it may even increase. ...

Further expansion of the EU is likely to increase migration even more. The apparently relentless drive to the East by the EU Commission will activate further sources of migration as more poor countries are embraced by the EU. ...

The long-run migration potential from those countries is highly uncertain – but it is likely to be large. In case this seems fanciful, recall that an estimated one-third of the population of Albania is already thought to be living in Western countries. ...

... For his part, David Cameron remains in favour of Turkey's admission to the EU, a position impossible to reconcile with his promises to reduce migration.

Certainly, Turkey's potential for migration is very difficult to evaluate, but it is suggested that it would be about 100,000 per year to the UK. Why does all this matter?

Of course, the friends of population growth – Chancellor George Osborne, many in the Remain campaign, business periodicals such as The Economist and the FT – see no harm in it and much benefit. GDP and overall tax increase, they argue.

And, as the BBC and much of the media tell us, as immigration is good for the country, why complain?

One becomes weary of pointing out that GDP growth relates to the national economy as a whole and doesn't benefit individuals. ...

But on the simple fiscal calculations usually presented, the average benefits per capita are trivial and may be negative. In any case, the benefits of migration accrue mostly to the immigrant.

A study in 2014 which included some costs, such as education, as well as tax, earnings and benefits, showed that, overall, immigration from 1995 to 2011 imposed a total cost of between £32 billion and £114 billion, depending on the assumptions made – a positive contribution from European Economic Area migrants being greatly outweighed by the net cost of immigrants from the rest of the world.

Crucially, few of these fiscal calculations include the large additional costs imposed by migration: the need to build more schools, maternity wards and hospitals, and housing, the pressure on transport and infrastructure such as water resources. Immigrants bring no capital.
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RIP this Britain: With academic objectivity, Oxford Professor and population expert DAVID COLEMAN says white Britons could be in the minority by the 2060s - or sooner [part 3]
David Coleman
Daily Mail, 28 May 2016

There is another key factor. Births in the UK have risen strongly since the beginning of the century; from 668,777 in 2002 to 778,805 in 2013. Of these, births to immigrant mothers have almost doubled from 110,484 to 196,806.

On top of that, the National Statistician (the Government's principal adviser on official statistics) has disclosed that 126,000 children of school age came to the UK from the European Economic Area since 2004.

Schools are correspondingly under great pressure: 880,000 more pupils are officially projected by 2023, mostly as a consequence of immigration. Meanwhile, as immigration continues at a high level, most future housebuilding will be devoted to accommodating it. These facts are seldom raised when the housing crisis is discussed.

Diversity imposes costs, too, in new public sector bureaucracies, translators and legal complications. ...

Finally, immigration is making the most fundamental permanent change of all, in the composition of the population itself.

In the 1991 census, the non-white population, mostly of post-1960 immigrant origin, stood at 3 million or 6 per cent of the total in England and Wales. By 2011 this had increased to nearly 8 million, or 14 per cent of the total.

Those describing themselves as 'White British' comprised 88 per cent of the total population in 2001.

But by the 2011 census, the 'White British' population in England and Wales had declined by 400,000, whereas the non-white population had increased by over three million and the population describing itself as white but not British (many from Eastern Europe) had increased by just over a million.

So. What might the future hold for the ethnic composition of the UK?

I made a projection in 2010 that if immigration stayed at its long-term rate of around 180,000 a year as it was at the time, the White British-born population would decline from 80 per cent of the total then to just 59 per cent in 2051.

Taking the projection to a more uncertain distance, the White British population would cease to be the majority in the UK by the late 2060s.

However, should current high levels of immigration persist for any length of time, that date would move closer to the present. Britain would then become unrecognisable to its present inhabitants.

Some people would welcome a brave new experiment, pioneering a wider world future. Others, though, might say 'Finis Britanniae'.

What does all this mean? ...

The former head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, Trevor Phillips, recently warned vigorously about the serious consequences of failing to adopt a strong policy of integration, warning of 'squeamishness about addressing diversity risks allowing our country to sleepwalk to a catastrophe that will set community against community'.

The truth is that very high levels of immigration make this issue even more pressing than before.

I said at the start of this article that Britain is at a tide in its affairs.

If immigration is not substantially reduced, the country will be transformed out of recognition by the consequences of a very large population increase: schools, housing, environment, the make-up of the people of Britain, all will change in ways in which no one has been consulted and few want.
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The tragic but brutal truth: They are not REAL refugees! Despite drowning tragedy thousands of economic migrants are still trying to reach Europe
Sue Reid
Daily Mail, 28 May 2016

Twelve thousand migrants have been rescued from people-smugglers' boats off the coast of Libya and heading for Italy in the past week alone. And more – maybe a million more – who come from the Middle East, Africa and South Asia will soon be on their way there, too. ...

But this week, on the quayside of pretty Porto Empedocle in Sicily, I came across a scene that convinced me more than ever that the explosion in migration is completely out of control.

I watched as 540 Syrians, Libyans and Moroccans came ashore from the Italian naval ship that had plucked them from the sea after the boat taking them to a new life across the Mediterranean capsized. ...

For whether we like it or not, large numbers of those coming ashore in Sicily were not refugees fleeing persecution or war. Many were economic migrants, who may have come from countries run by despots, or live on less in a year than most in the West get paid in a week – but who have now slipped into Europe illegally with few questions asked. ...

But it's not just Sicily. Across the water on Italy's mainland, the southern port of Salerno yesterday received more than 1,000 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who had been recovered by a Norwegian ship. ...

Officials said they came from 20 countries, mostly sub-Saharan, including Nigeria, Mali, Cameroon, Somalia, Gambia, and Senegal. They had departed from the Libyan city of Sabratha on Tuesday night in dinghies.

What seems incontrovertible about the biggest migration crisis in Europe since the Second World War is the extraordinary number of people who are prepared to risk their own lives, and even their children's, to reach the West.

Yes, the risks are huge, but they understand that the odds of survival are stacked in their favour, and greedy people-traffickers in Libya encourage them by telling them so. And there is also an official safety net: under EU rules, member countries have a duty to send their navy to rescue anyone in peril on a vessel in their own territorial waters.

These rescue vessels simply act as a magnet for more migrants to try the crossing. ...

What is certain is that some of those brought to safety in Porto Empedocle this week will have vanished from Italy within weeks. They will simply walk out of the migrant hostels after taking a hot meal and a shower.

Last year, a staggering 47 per cent of the 153,000 migrants who arrived in the country did not even attempt to claim asylum. Many ran away, travelling to northern Europe to try their luck at getting into prosperous Britain, Germany or Sweden. Of course, some do stay in Italy. In the midst of economic woes, the country has been forced rapidly to extend its hospitality.

Last year the highest number of migrant housing places Italy had to provide was 67,000. This March that had risen to 106,000. ...

The EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini estimates that half a million more migrants are currently waiting in Libya hoping to reach Europe on traffickers' rickety boats. Migration experts have said the true number could be twice that figure.
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Record number of jobless EU migrants in Britain: Hammer blow for PM as 270,000 EU nationals came here last year
Steve Doughty and James Slack
Daily Mail, 27 May 2016

A record number of jobless EU migrants moving to Britain to look for work has pushed immigration from the European Union to an all-time high.

In a hammer blow to David Cameron, official figures showed the total number of EU nationals coming here under freedom-of-movement rules hit 270,000 last year.

This included a record 77,000 who came without the offer of a job. It also included a record number of arrivals from Romania and Bulgaria, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Net EU migration – taking into account the number of European Union citizens who left the UK – was 184,000, equivalent to a town the size of Colchester.

Overall net migration, including those from outside the EU, was 333,000 in the year to December, the second highest annual level on record. ...

The Prime Minister had promised to stop EU nationals coming here looking for work, but backed down in the face of opposition from Brussels.

Critics pointed out that his renegotiation deal will only restrict EU migrants from claiming in-work benefits and said it would do nothing to do deter more jobless workers from coming here.

When the EU was founded, citizens of other member states could move to the UK only if they had secured a job in advance.

Now anyone from within the EU can come here to hunt for work.

Mr Johnson said the Prime Minister had been 'cynical' to promise to bring net migration down to below 100,000 while the UK was part of the EU.

FIGURE 'OUT BY 50,000'

The net migration figure from the EU is likely to be 50,000 a year higher than yesterday's official total, according to the Migration Watch think-tank.

The think-tank arrived at this conclusion because of the discrepancy between the number of Eastern European migrants applying for National Insurance numbers in Britain and the number of immigrants registered by the International Passenger Survey (IPS) – which is relied on by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) to produce their figures.

Migration Watch analysts claim this discrepancy indicates that 50,000 Eastern European immigrants a year are being missed out of official net migration totals. And in the mid-2000s the IPS, which relies on questioning people passing through ports and airports, missed nearly 400,000 immigrants – who later showed up in the 2011 national census.

The IPS currently only interviews around 800,000 arrivals each year. Yesterday's figures therefore had to be projected – and as a result, statisticians hedged their totals with a 'confidence interval'. This means they believe their 333,000 total could actually be 38,000 higher or 38,000 lower than the true figure.
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How Romanians and Bulgarians fuelled the influx: Net migration from the countries total 102,000 in two years since residents were allowed to work freely in Britain
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 27 May 2016

Record levels of EU immigration have been fuelled by a rapid rise in arrivals from Romania and Bulgaria, figures show.

Citizens of the countries were given the right to work freely in Britain in January 2014. ...

In 2014 net migration from the two countries – the number of immigrants minus the number of emigrants – was 44,000.

But the latest figures show that in 2015 there were 65,000 arrivals from Romania and Bulgaria. Some 7,000 citizens of the two countries left Britain, so net migration last year was 58,000.

The numbers are in stark contrast to the predictions of experts who said before 2014 that few migrants would come.

Sceptics, notably the Migration Watch think-tank, pointed to the dramatically higher wages for workers in Britain compared to Eastern Europe, and suggested there would be long-term net migration from Romania and Bulgaria of 50,000 a year.

However Dr Ion Jinga, former Romanian ambassador to Britain, said just before the gates were opened in January 2014 that citizens of his country coming to the UK would be 'fewer than in the previous years'.

Later in the year the BBC seized on misleading early job market figures to ridicule the idea that serious numbers of migrants would arrive.

The Corporation's then 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.' ...

The latest figures show that Migration Watch's prediction of Romanian and Bulgarian immigration was not an exaggeration but an underestimate.

Higher still than the official immigration statistics are the figures for National Insurance numbers taken out by Romanians and Bulgarians.

In the year to March there were 219,000 numbers – necessary for those who want to work or claim benefits – given to migrants from the two countries. There were 179,000 issued to Romanians and 40,000 to Bulgarians.

The Office for National Statistics says many NI numbers go to short-term migrants, as well as those who have been in Britain for some time.

However, critics claim the official figures miss large numbers of European migrants, meaning the real numbers could be higher still.
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Daily Mail, 27 May 2016

The number of asylum claims went up by nearly a third last year.

In the year to March, there were 41,563 applications for individuals and family members, the highest for nearly 15 years.

The figures also included 3,206 claims from unaccompanied children.

The number was 30 per cent up on the 32,036 recorded for the previous 12 months.

The record asylum level was 103,081 in 2002, before Tony Blair's government introduced restrictions on the rights of asylum seekers to housing and support.

The highest number of applications in the year to March came from nationals of Iran on 4,305, Eritrea, 3,321, Iraq, 2,805, Sudan, 2,769. Pakistan, 2,669, and Syria, 2,539. ...

Asylum numbers do not count directly in immigration statistics. Instead, the ONS says that adjustments are made to totals to take into account asylum seekers who remain and removals of illegal immigrants.
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Net migration to UK rises to 333,000 - second highest on record
BBC, 26 May 2016

Net migration to the UK rose to 333,000 in 2015, according to Office for National Statistics estimates - the second highest figure on record. ...

The net migration figure for EU citizens was 184,000 - a record number. ...

According to the Office for National Statistics, there was a 20,000 rise in net migration to the UK from the 313,000 for the year to December 2014.

The figure is well above the government's aim of getting it to the "tens of thousands" and is the highest recorded for a calendar year.

A Downing Street spokesman declined to say whether Mr Cameron remained committed to that target but said the government would "continue to look at what more might be done". ...

Thursday's figures show estimated levels of long-term migration into the UK from within the EU and outside in the year to December 2015.

They show that 270,000 EU citizens moved to the UK for at least a year in 2015, up from 264,000 in 2014. The number of non-EU citizens moving to the UK was 277,000, down from 287,000 in 2014.

The rise in the net figure was the result of a fall in the numbers of people emigrating.
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Population to surge by four million due to mass immigration that will 'change the face of England forever'
John Bingham and Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2016

The population of England is set surge by more than four million in the next decade as parts of the south prepare to see the number of inhabitants swell by up to a quarter, official projections show.

New estimates, drawn up to help councils and the NHS plan ahead, expose the full impact of years of mass immigration on top of a revolution in life expectancy. ...

Chris Grayling, the eurosceptic Leader of the Commons, told The Telegraph that the levels of migration "will change the face of our country forever".

Campaigners for tougher curbs on immigration said another decade of record-level population growth would "make a bad situation a whole lot worse".

According to the projections, which cover the period from 2014 and 2024 and do not include Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, some inner city areas will see the number of inhabitants surge by up to 25 per cent.

Overall the number of people living in England is expected to jump by 4.1 million – almost one and a half times the population of Wales - to 58.4 million, a rise of 7.5 per cent.

That would virtually repeat the 4.2 million increase in the decade since the expansion of the European Union, which ushered in the biggest wave of immigration in modern times.

And by 2039 the population of England is on course to reach 63.3 million – passing what was the population of the entire UK at the time of the last census.

London's population – already at record levels – is set to pass the 10 million mark between 2017 and 2018, while the south and east of England would grow rapidly.
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EU immigration to the UK
Joseph O'Leary
Full Fact, 26 May 2016

In 2015, an estimated 270,000 citizens from other EU countries immigrated to the UK, and 85,000 emigrated abroad. So EU 'net migration' was around 185,000. That's roughly the highest recorded level.

Estimated non-EU immigration and net migration has always been higher, though the gap is narrowing due to large increases in EU immigration over the past few years, and the two are now at similar recorded levels.

These figures have a large margin for error because they're mainly based on surveys of passengers at airports. Net migration from the rest of the EU in any one year could usually be around 25,000 more or less than the estimates.

That means that small changes in immigration from one period to the next might not actually represent what's really happening.

These figures also define immigrants and emigrants as people who change their country of residence for at least a year – which is called 'long-term migration'. There are separate estimates for the numbers of people who come to the UK and leave for less than a year.

There's been recent controversy over whether long-term estimates accurately reflect immigration at all. ...

Around 3 million people living in the UK in 2014 were citizens of another EU country. That's about 5% of the UK population. Over 2 million nationals of other EU countries are in work, about 7% of the working population.

Recent figures suggest just over half – around 1.6 million – of the EU nationals living here arrived between 2006 and 2014.

EU nationals of working age are more likely to be in work than UK nationals and non-EU citizens. About 78% of working age EU citizens in the UK are in work, compared to around 74% of UK nationals and 62% of people from outside the EU.
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The left needs a more convincing agenda on immigration if it is to chart a route back to power
Harvey Redgrave
LabourList, 26 May 2016
[Harvey Redgrave was head of home affairs policy at the Labour party and senior advisor to Ed Miliband from 2011 to 2015]

With today's high levels of inward migration likely to continue for the foreseeable future, regaining trust on immigration is a crucial task for the left. ...

Immigration numbers during the last decade are, by any standard, extraordinary. Today's statistics confirm that net migration to the UK is 330,000, with gross inward migration pushing 620,000 a year: the highest ever recorded. ...

The impact of these changes is contested, requiring a clear eyed assessment of what the evidence tells us. /.../ The main winners have been migrants themselves and the top 10 per cent earners. The main losers have tended to be people with low skills, working in the lowest paid sectors, some of whom have seen their wages squeezed.

The economic impact of immigration is likely to be structural too, since it may encourage firms to create short-term, low value jobs, rather than investing for the long-term. ...

How did we end up where we are today? Partly the explanation is structural: New Labour came to power in the middle of a perfect storm, caused by the acceleration of globalisation in the 1990s and 2000s and dramatically lower cost of travel. In these conditions, immigration would almost certainly have increased, whatever the Government's intentions.

Alongside this though, the last Labour government made some deliberate policy decisions which helped accelerate those changes, including the opening up of our labour market to the new EU states of eastern and central Europe in 2004 – seven years before most other EU countries. These decisions were underpinned by a deep-rooted assumption on the left: that immigration was an unalloyed 'good', with negligible risks or downsides.

There was thus little serious discussion at the time about the pros and cons of opening up UK labour markets to a greatly expanded pool of cheap, low skilled labour and certainly no democratic mandate to do it.

Between 2010 and 2015, Labour, under the leadership of Ed Miliband, attempted to deal with its migration credibility problem in two ways. First, through a conscious decision to talk about immigration more. Second, by formulating policies which sought to directly address people's anxieties, whilst being rooted in social democratic values. This included a series of pledges focused on stronger regulation of labour markets.

Miliband was conscious of the need to craft a position that spoke to the more socially conservative voters (generally hostile to immigration), without alienating his liberal metropolitan base (overwhelmingly pro-immigration).

Yet even leaving aside these electoral challenges, the repositioning on immigration undertaken during the last parliament was a job only half done. Addressing the economic dimension of anxiety about immigration was not enough – Labour could and should have said more about the cultural dimension to people's anxiety; addressing the fear that immigration will undermine the essential character and values that underpin our communities.

Looking to the future, the basis for a new mainstream social democratic position on immigration is actually pretty clear: "pro-migration, but less of it, with a greater emphasis on social integration".
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Immigration is the key issue in referendum debate
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 26 May 2016

Shortly before he retired from his last premiership in 1955 Winston Churchill told a magazine editor that "immigration is the most important subject facing this country but I cannot get any of my ministers to take any notice".

The great man was alarmed at the growing influx from the Commonwealth, which had seen the total of migrants rise from 3,000 in 1953 to 10,000 the following year. But how utterly insignificant those numbers look compared with the floodtide now engulfing Britain.

Churchill, the ultimate patriot, would have been appalled at how mass immigration, running at an incredible rate of almost one million newcomers every year, has transformed the very fabric of British society.

The country he loved and saved from tyranny is rapidly disappearing. Our once cohesive nation, with its rich past and powerful identity, is becoming a foreign land.

When Churchill left office the nonwhite population of the United Kingdom stood at fewer than 50,000.

This revolution has been deliberately foisted on the country by our politicians.

In contrast to Churchill's colleagues, who were merely indifferent or apathetic, today's rulers have embraced uncontrolled immigration with a mix of ideological fervour and smug moral superiority.

Just as they constantly peddle their dishonest propaganda about the need to remain in the EU so they blather about the economic necessity of open borders and the social joys of multiculturalism.

Anyone who complains about the disintegration of our society is labelled a bigot or racist. If we are to have any chance of survival, we must challenge the destructive political orthodoxy.

That is why immigration is by far the most important issue today and why a Brexit vote in the referendum is so vital.

The Remain camp claims that our national interest lies in continued EU membership. But at the current rate of immigration there will soon be no British nation at all. We will be nothing more than a land mass inhabited by minorities from all over the world. ...

Moreover mass immigration imposes a burden on the British taxpayer, especially in social security costs. It is a pernicious myth, sedulously cultivated by the pro-EU dogmatists, that all migrants come here to work. In fact, according to the latest official figures, only 49 per cent do so.

... But the issue is not just about economics. It is about our soul.

In his great wartime speeches Churchill spoke of defending "our British way of life". But such a phrase is meaningless when many have no connection to Britain at all, knowing little of our heritage or even our language.

There is nothing British about neighbourhoods that increasingly resemble parts of Islamabad, dominated by the burka and sharia courts. ...

Mass immigration and EU membership are the twin forces destroying our nationhood.
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Current migration to Britain is costing our economy billions
Andrew Green
Evening Standard, 26 May 2016
[Lord Green is chairman of Migration Watch]

Yet many people may have been surprised a year or so ago by research from academics at University College London which showed that the cost of immigration to the Treasury had been to the tune of £115 billion over a decade-and-a-half.

MigrationWatch UK recently updated that research and found – on very much the same assumptions – the cost to be £13 billion in 2014/15 alone.

This is a substantial sum but it is not, of course, a criticism of migrants themselves.

Many are hard workers but those who are low-paid obviously pay little in tax, so their fiscal impact is not a reflection of personal effort.

By contrast, highly skilled and highly paid workers, particularly from Western Europe, make a considerable contribution to the Exchequer but nowhere near enough to outweigh the cost of immigration as a whole.

The recent focus, because of the Brexit debate, has been on EU migration, but this still accounts for only about half the net annual inflow.

Meanwhile, few people have noticed that the number of non-EU-born people working in Britain has now risen above three million for the first time. Employment rates for this group remain well below the UK-born average, with a large fiscal shortfall as a result.

For migrants from Eastern Europe, despite high rates of employment and hard work, continued low wages push them into deficit too. ...

The Government forecasts there will be another three million immigrants over the next decade-and-a-half, yet it seems to have no strategy to deal with the further pressures on public services that it is bound to cause.
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Doomsday claims by Remain supporters undermined by top academics in a report that says slashing migration to Britain would NOT wreck the economy
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 25 May 2016

Curbing immigration after a Brexit would be unlikely to cause huge damage to the economy, a report said yesterday.

Experts said significant restrictions on foreigners would, if all else remained the same, only have a 'modest' effect on GDP per capita – the output per person.

If Britain left the EU, reduced tax revenues from migrants would cause government spending to rise by between 0.4 per cent and 1.1 per cent, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) said.

It means that by 2065, taxes would need to have increased by as little as £225 per person – or at the most £402 – to fill the shortfall. ...

But while the NIESR think-tank said post-Brexit curbs in migration would have a negative effect on the economy and lead to tax rises, it steered clear of branding it disastrous.

Researchers said the impact would be 'significant... [but] not quantitatively large and would take a long time to materialise.'

The study, hailed as the most comprehensive analysis of the long-term effect of immigration on the UK economy, compared Leave and Remain scenarios for migration after the June 23 referendum.

They took the Leave campaign's claim that net migration from the EU – those arriving minus those leaving – would fall to 92,000 a year.

By 2065, curbs on migration would lead to GDP – the total size of the economy – falling by 9 per cent, the report said.

But, crucially, GDP per person would only be a 'modest' drop of, at most, 1.1 per cent.

But Dr Lisenkova added that the report did not take into account 'negative externalities' resulting from migration, such as the potential social impacts on schools, health services and housing. ...

Commenting on the NIESER report, Migration Watch chairman Lord Green told The Sun: 'The case for mass migration - if there ever was one - is blown out of the water.

'What this shows is that the economic benefits of continued mass immigration are trivial when set against the wider costs.'
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EU Students 'Disappear' From Britain With £89 Million Unpaid Debts
Nick Hallett
Breitbart, 24 May 2016

Over 12,000 European Union (EU) graduates have "disappeared" after studying at British universities, leaving £89 million of debt unpaid.

In recent years, the number of EU students who study at British universities before returning home and failing to repay their student loans has increased sharply.

This number is only likely to increase as tuition fees rise and the number of EU students also goes up. Last year, the government removed controls on the number of foreign students allowed to study at British universities.

Since 2006 EU students studying undergraduate courses at British universities have been able to take out student loans like British students. However, the official Student Loans Company (SLC) has a poor track record in chasing students who leave Britain, thus leaving millions of pounds of debt unpaid.

The Times reports that figures from a Freedom of Information Request show the number of EU students refusing to pay back their debts is rising.

Six years ago some 5,000 EU student were "missing", owing a total of around £25 million. Last year the figure was 12,314 with £89 million of debts unpaid.
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Only one in eight jihadists returning to UK is caught and convicted
Robert Mendick and Robert Verkaik
Sunday Telegraph, 22 May 2016

Just one in eight of the 400 British foreign fighters who have travelled to Syria and since returned home has been successfully prosecuted.

Figures disclosed by the Home Office show that only 54 fighters from the UK suspected of having fought in Syria and Iraq have been convicted of an offence.

Security services estimate that since 2012, 400 British Muslims who have joined terrorist groups such as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) and al-Qaeda have returned to the UK.

The official statistics will raise serious concerns over the failure of the authorities to keep track of dangerous jihadists in Britain. ...

Prof Anthony Glees, head of the University of Buckingham's Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, said: "The hundreds of British citizens who have gone to Syria are highly dangerous. The fact so few are being prosecuted when they return is clearly very unsatisfactory and will be very alarming to many people.

"We need to know why so many haven't been prosecuted. It suggests to me that they have have simply gone off the radar while our security services try to play catch-up."

Chris Phillips, former head of the National Counter Terrorism Security Office, said the low prosecution rate was the tip of the iceberg.

"I don't believe the UK knows how many people have left for Syria or indeed come back," he said. "There are many ways of getting back into the UK avoiding checks, including bus routes and ferry crossings. What we have to avoid is a false sense of security just because we have a stretch of water between us and Europe."
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Migrants spark housing crisis: Now EU tells Britain to build more homes as open borders send population soaring
James Slack
Daily Mail, 20 May 2016

Britain has been ordered by Brussels to build more houses – to cope with all the EU immigrants.

The European Commission warned the UK is heading for an 'acute' housing crisis caused by massive population growth.

It admitted that first-time buyers were being hit particularly hard and the situation could worsen, with official projections saying the UK needs at least 220,000 new houses a year. ...

The demand for more building is contained in a report into Britain's housing market which was quietly slipped out on Wednesday.

In an exclusive Daily Mail interview, Cabinet Minister Chris Grayling – who uncovered the report – said the 'nature and character' of Britain would be changed for ever if we agree to concrete over the country. ...

The housing revelations follow the news that there are now 2.1 million EU workers in the UK. Some 800,000 citizens arrived last year, many more than previously thought.

Mr Grayling, a leading Brexit campaigner and Leader of the House of Commons, also called for a change in the rules so that 70,000 EU migrants a year are no longer allowed to move to Britain to trawl for work. They would only be allowed in if they already have a job offer.

He said: 'What we have is the EU telling us we are not building enough houses and yet telling us also that we have to accept unlimited migration from elsewhere in the European Union.

'There is just a fundamental democratic gap in all of this. We now know that the Treasury's official document says that there will be three million more migrants by 2030. We have got the Office for National Statistics saying that our population is going to rise from 63 million to 76 million over the next generation. Not all of that is from immigration, but they have always said a substantial part is.

'So we're in a position where we are adding a city the size of Newcastle upon Tyne to the United Kingdom every year.'

Mr Grayling said he was not a person who says immigration 'has always been bad for Britain'. But he added: 'If we have migration on this scale, the European Commission has put its finger on it: we have to build more and it will change the nature and character of many parts of this country. ...'
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Number of EU migrants working in UK rises to record level
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 18 May 2016

The number of European Union migrants working in Britain has risen by 224,000 to a record 2.15 million over the past year, the latest official labour force statistics reveal.

The 229,000 total rise in the number of all migrants from inside and outside the EU working in Britain compares with a 185,000 rise in the number of Britons working in the UK labour force, according to the Office of National Statistics.

The fact that the increase in the proportion of non-UK nationals working in Britain is almost entirely accounted for by an increase in EU migration is bound to fuel the already fevered referendum debate over the impact of Britain's membership of the EU on immigration.

The lion's share of the increase in EU migrants in work in Britain – 131,000 of the 224,000 – comprises migrants from western European countries such as France, Italy and Spain, underlying Britain's current position as the "jobs factory of Europe". There was also a smaller increase in numbers from Romania and Bulgaria.

The ONS figures show that while employment of EU nationals increased by 224,000 to 2.15 million over the 12 months to March 2016, the number of nationals from outside the EU working in Britain was little changed at 1.19 million.

The latest quarterly labour force survey data shows that there are 28.15 million Britons in work compared with 3.34 million non-UK nationals. This means that foreign national migrants working in Britain account for 10.6% of the workforce – an increase of just 3.5% since 1997, when records began.

The fact that the 229,000-strong rise in overseas migrant employment in Britain happened at the same time as an 185,000-strong rise in the number of Britons in work suggests that the idea that they are all coming over here "taking our jobs" remains a fallacy.

The ONS said that the 224,000 increase in the number of EU nationals working in Britain was partly accounted for by the removal of restrictions on Romanians and Bulgarians working in Britain. Their numbers in the British labour force rose from 173,000 to 228,000 between March 2015 and March 2016.
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Think Brexit would mean lower immigration? Think again
Dr James Hampshire, 18 May 2016
[Dr James Hampshire is a Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Sussex]

There's little doubt that British voters are sceptical about immigration in general, and EU free movement in particular. According to the British Social Attitudes survey, over three quarters of the British public think immigration should be reduced, and over half think the right of EU citizens to live and work in Britain should be ended. ...

... Leave the EU, so the argument goes, and Britain will regain control of its borders and with that the ability to control immigration.

It sounds plausible, but is it true? There are good reasons to doubt that it is. ...

It's worth observing that the current government has not been very successful at reducing non-EU immigration, despite having the legal authority to do so. This is essentially because although the UK government faces loud political demands to restrict immigrants (and for this reason remains committed to an absurd net migration target) it faces equally powerful, but often quieter, demands to admit them.

Important sectors of the British economy from the City of London to the agricultural, tourism, and healthcare sectors lobby hard on immigration policy. This explains why the Coalition government had to row back on some of its proposed restrictions on work migration, like exempting intra-corporate transferees and highly paid workers from its immigration cap.

Add to this the importance of the international student market for UK universities, plus the fact that attempts to exclude immigrants who aren't backed by powerful lobbies are often constrained by human rights obligations, and it begins to look less clear that Brexit would mean fewer immigrants. And that's not to mention the possibility of new forms of irregular migration from Europe. ...

Governments have limited capacities to exclude, identify and remove immigrants, and when limited legal entry routes come up against labour market demand on the one hand, and supply of migrant workers on the other, the result is usually irregular migration. ...

Politically, therefore, the immigration issue would not go away, but rather evolve in ways which might lead the government to liberalise immigration policy in the face of employer pressure while simultaneously incentivising new forms of irregular migration by those it excludes. In short, it's far from clear that leaving the EU really would mean lower immigration.
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£17bn, the true cost of immigration to the UK every year: Figure calculated as gap between amount migrants pay in taxes and consume in public services
James Slack
Daily Mail, 17 May 2016

The cost to Britain of mass immigration is £16.8 billion every year, a report claims today.

The figure includes a £1.2 billion annual net cost of migrants from Europe, who consume far more in public services and benefits than they pay in taxes. ...

The campaign group Migrationwatch compared the amount paid in income tax, national insurance, VAT and other taxes by migrants with the cost of providing them with health, education, policing, roads and other services.

The research found the gap between the contributions made by migrants from the EEA – which is the EU, plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – and the amount consumed by its citizens was £1.2 billion last year, or over £3 million a day.

For migrants from outside the EEA, the bill was £15.6 billion. Experts explain the gap by the fact that the non-EEA migrants will include people who arrived here as asylum seekers, who are less likely to go on to get well-paid jobs.

Lord Green of Deddington, the chairman of Migration Watch, said: 'This report shows that EU migration, taken as a whole, is not making the positive fiscal contribution that has so often been claimed.

'Furthermore, it is adding to the rapidly increasing pressures on housing and public services. It also contributes to our population increase of half a million every year – roughly a city the size of Liverpool.' ...

The Migrationwatch report separately dismisses as 'nonsense' last week's claim by the Treasury that EEA nationals pay five times more in taxes than they get back.

The figures were based on the fact that the migrants paid around £3 billion in income tax and national Insurance, but got back only £0.5 billion in child benefit and tax credits.

Crucially, however, this does not consider the cost of schools, hospitals or other public services.

Migrationwatch said: 'They only compare receipts of income tax and National Insurance with payments of child benefit and tax credits. The same comparison shows the UK general population paying six times more than they get. ...

The study follows the methodology of the widely-publicised research by the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration (CReAM) at University College London, which was released in 2013. Migrationwatch has applied the most recent available data to the study.
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Migrant smuggling is 'a multinational business', finds joint report
Interpol, 17 May 2016

The findings of a joint Europol-INTERPOL Report on Migrant Smuggling Networks underline the need for an accurate and in-depth understanding of the wide range of illicit services offered by migrant smugglers, and their operating methods, so as to dismantle their criminal networks.

A summary of the report published today provides comprehensive insight into the activities, organizational structures, operating capabilities, geographical hotspots of migrant smugglers and their estimated profits.

It estimates that the annual turnover of migrant smuggling was worth an estimated USD 5 to 6 billion in 2015, representing one of the main profit-generating activities for organized criminals in Europe.

Other key findings reveal that:

• Travel by 90% of the migrants to the European Union (EU) is predominantly facilitated by members of a criminal network.

• Key migratory routes identified as main corridors for migrant smuggling are fluid and influenced by external factors like border controls.

• Facilitators behind migrant smuggling are organized in loosely connected networks.

• Migrant smuggling is a multinational business, with suspects originating from more than 100 countries.

• The structure of migrant smuggling networks includes leaders who loosely coordinate activities along a given route, organizers who manage activities locally through personal contacts, and opportunistic low level facilitators.

• Migrant smuggling suspects tend to have previous connections with other types of crime.

• Migrants who travel to the EU are vulnerable to labour or sexual exploitation as they need to repay their debt to smugglers.

• While a systematic link between migrant smuggling and terrorism is not proven, there is an increased risk that foreign terrorist fighters may use migratory flows to (re)enter the EU.
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Former MI6 chief warns against visa-free Turkish immigration
The Guardian, 17 May 2016

A former head of MI6 has said the European Union offering visa-free access to millions of Turks is like "storing gasoline next to the fire" as he warns of a "sea change" in continental politics.

Speaking on the BBC's World on the Move day of migration coverage, Sir Richard Dearlove set out his concerns and thoughts.

He told the programme that "shutting the door on migration is not an option" and that the number of immigrants coming to Europe over the next five years could run into millions.

"For the EU, however, to offer visa-free access to 75 million Turks to stem the flow of migrants across the Aegean seems perverse, like storing gasoline next to the fire one is trying to extinguish," he said.

With 1.6 million migrants arriving in Europe in 2015, he warned that once established within the EU the new arrivals would have freedom of movement across the 28 member countries.

He said their arrival on the continent had far-reaching social and political consequences. "The geopolitical impact is set to reshape Europe's political landscape as those citizens who feel, rationally or not, that their interests and cultural identity are threatened assert their influence," said Dearlove. "This has already happened in Austria with the resurgence of the defunct Freedom party. Other extreme right populist parties in other European countries will follow."

He said the rise of extremist populist rightwing movements suggested voters were disillusioned at the failure to control the number of immigrants.
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Revealed: £3 BILLION cost of educating immigrant kids that is 'eating into' school improvement cash
David Wooding
The Sun, 15 May 2016

Educating the children of EU migrants costs our schools £3.2 billion a year, it was revealed last night.

The bill has almost doubled in a decade as the influx eats cash meant for classroom improvements, more staff and books.

Nearly 700,000 pupils have a parent who is a citizen of another European country – up almost 400,000 since 2007. ...

The figures reveal one in every 15 schoolkids either moved here with their parents from another EU country or was born in the UK after one or both left their homeland.

Experts say the equivalent of 27 new secondary schools or 100 new primaries are needed to add places required by children of EU migrants. ...

... A report into the impact of migration on schools has had its publication blocked until after next month's EU referendum.
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Number of evil foreign killers and rapists entering UK for 'crime-sprees' soar
Bradley Jolly
Daily Star, 15 May 2016

Authorities are "really concerned" how foreign murderers and rapists are slipping into the UK to commit more heinous crimes.

Police data shows the number of callous foreign killers and vile sex offenders that entered the UK from other countries before being nabbed by our cops has more than doubled in the last two years.

The crooks have gone on to commit shocking murders, manslaughters, sex crimes and robberies in our nation.

Shockingly, official checks by UK police forces on the criminal records of foreigners arrested on suspicion of committing crimes here has soared by 133% from 56,984 in 2013 to last year's figure of 132,964.

Among those the numbers of foreign rapists and murderers nabbed by UK cops has increased from 146 in 2013 to 372 last year.

Of the 307 twisted murderers, 90 were from Romania, 47 from Poland and 35 from Lithuania.

Immigration and crime experts have expressed their "real concern" at the figures.

Harry Fletcher, criminal justice director for crime-stopping charity Digital-Trust, said: "It is of real concern that last year nearly 400 foreign nationals resident in the UK were found to have had serious previous convictions on entry to this country.

"In the digital world it must be possible to undertake rapid checks to ensure that people entering Britain with unspent convictions for the likes of murder and rape are not allowed to clear customs."
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Open borders are a gift to organised criminals
Anthony Stansfeld
Daily Telegraph, 14 May 2016
[Anthony Stansfeld is the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner]

The greatest threat to our social stability at the moment is the fact that we have weakened our border controls at a time when they should have been strengthened. Thanks to the Schengen Agreement, border control within the EU is almost non-existent; once someone is in Europe, they can travel almost without restriction. ...

But as we well know, within this movement of people there is a small but significant number who wish us harm and who wish to impose their unpalatable beliefs upon us. Their ideology has more in common with extreme fascism than anything else and their anti-Semitism is as profound as that of Nazi Germany.

It is unacceptable, yet we allow it to come to our country and flourish. Furthermore, we have allowed its proponents to advise the Home Office, to preach in our mosques, and to spread their creed in our prisons. They seek to destroy the very freedoms that they lacked in their own countries. We need to wake up to, and take far more seriously, the threat they pose to our safety and to our country.

Meanwhile, Eastern European criminals have spotted an opportunity. The pickings are far easier in a rich liberal country such as ours, than in their own poorer countries; our legal system is much kinder should they be caught; and their ability to leave the country while on bail makes the threat of imprisonment at best weak. As a result, much more serious organised crime, controlled from abroad, is operating in to the UK. And as the EU increases its membership, with more Eastern European nations joining, such as Albania, the situation can only worsen. Already, the increase in murder rates and serious violence across the UK is now beginning to reflect this. In an attempt to contain it, and as a direct consequence of our inability to control our borders, we will see the arming of yet more police officers on our streets.

At the same time, the rapid increase in our population, also caused in large part by our open borders, is making it harder for us to deal with these threats. Our hospitals, our schools, our housing, our transport system, our energy capacity, our prisons, our court system, and our local councils, are all stretched to breaking point. This inevitably impinges on the police, the service of last resort. ...

To keep up with the population increase in the Thames Valley alone we should have been increasing our numbers by at least 200 a year. ...

There is much talk at government level about what is being done, but in reality little is; the EU prevents us from implementing the most elementary precautions that need to be put in place. And so the promise to control immigration has failed. ...

Until we can control our borders and our sovereignty the current situation can only deteriorate further. We need a far more realistic approach to how we spend our money. It's time for a change of direction – and we need it fast.
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Government still not being honest about migration
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 14 May 2016

Yesterday we finally found out the actual extent of immigration from the EU into the UK.

It turns out that the previous official figure – that between 2011 and 2015, 900,000 EU citizens moved to the UK – is so spectacularly wrong that it is not even half of the true picture. ...

According to the revised Office for National Statistics number, released on Thursday, the actual figure (or, to be precise, the minimum) is 2.4 million immigrants between 2011 and 2015. The gap between that and the previous official figure is so huge that it is almost beyond belief. Almost.

Because when you see how the Government is still behaving now that the real figures have come out, you can see how they took us for idiots all along with the old figure.

In one year alone – the middle of 2014 to the middle of 2015 – the old official figures said that a quarter of a million people came here from the EU. You might think that is already an unsustainably high figure.

It's the equivalent of a new city the size of Stoke or Rotherham in just one year. But it turns out that even that is an underestimate because over the same period 700,000 EU migrants were given a national insurance number.

And when the ONS looked at the true picture it calculated that 800,000 EU migrants arrived here in that one year alone.

Over a longer period the gap between reality and the official figures is even bigger. Between 2011 and 2015 the official figure for EU immigration was 900,000 but more than 2.2 million NI numbers were issued to EU migrants.

The overall number of EU migrants over the past five years turns out to be 2.4 million. ...

But the Government is still trying to hide what is really happening by saying that the previous figures were indeed accurate.

They pretend that because many of these immigrants are only here for a short period – around a year – they don't count.

The immigration minister says that we should ignore short-term migrants because they have no impact on public services.

As if they don't need a home, don't use the NHS, don't need schools for their children and don't use public transport.

The Government really does think we are all idiots. They think that, even when the truth is dragged out of them, we will happily ignore it and accept their pretence that the figures don't mean what they say.

Even when we see with our own eyes and experience for ourselves the reality of what is happening.

Such as half of all NHS maternity units turning away women in labour over the past two years because they simply don't have room.

The contempt that our own Government has for its citizens is shameful. ...

With the new Living Wage that number is only going to go up. And according to Jonathan Portes, a former civil servant who himself supports the EU's free movement rules, even these new figures under-count the true immigration picture.

He says that the figures for long-term migration, when people move here for over a year, show that 739,000 people came in the four years before June 2014.

But according to HMRC data, one million EU citizens who registered for an NI number over almost the exact same period were using their NI number.

As he writes: "This means they paid tax or received benefits so were definitely in the UK."
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Immigration: a (belated) response to Andrew Neather
Fraser Nelson
Spectator blog, 14 May 2016

A while ago, I promised to write about my response to allegations by Andrew Neather that the government had covered up immigration. I got waylaid a bit, but in my Daily Telegraph column today I explain why I'm not convinced by it. To believe that mass immigration was a deliberate policy to screw up the Tories would imply that someone in power had a clue what was going on. No one did. It was a massive accident: the arrival of four million more people over 15 years. ...

I can just feel the below-the-line comments getting warmed up: all very well for you, Nelson, living in a leafy Middlesex bubble with your immigrant wife and sick Eurovision obsession. Immigration is all very well for the comfortably-off if it means more plumbers and nannies to hire. But what about those in the northern parts of England who feel as if they already live in a foreign country, people who can't get a GP appointment or a council house because this country just happens to have admitted the equivalent of five whole EU states? All very well for you to tell us that it makes Britain more diverse and interesting and increases your chances of buying sauerkraut and Aperol spritzers on a sunny evening. This love of globalisation is the new nationalism for you lot, isn't it? But it adumbrates a new divide: the protected on one side, the unprotected on the other.

To which I say: yes, guilty. But, in my defence, at least I know I'm guilty. Ten years ago, I was an unapologetic advocate of mass immigration but a Labour MP, Jon Cruddas, changed my mind. He showed me around his Dagenham constituency, and introduced me to BNP voters to show they were not bigots – just people whose lives had been made far worse by what he called 'demographic change'. And who speaks for them? The logical way to win elections, he said, was to target swing voters in swing seats – but the people losing from mass immigration were ignored. So they turned to the BNP. And, later, to Ukip (to Madame Le Pen in France, and to Trump in America). So people like me, who argue that immigration is a net benefit, need to recognise that there are losers, whose pain and problems are not negated by the benefits of immigration. ...

But in my column today, I argue that – in a way – it matters less whether we think that immigration is a good or a bad thing. It looks as if Britain will vote to remain in the EU, after which I think we should abandon the immigration target (net immigration below 100,000) because we have no means of hitting it. ...

... The original 'tens of thousands' immigration pledge was from something Damian Green blurted out in an interview: it was made into policy to cover up the cock-up. When John Hutton was Work & Pensions Secretary, he told me that immigrants were just 2.5pc of the workforce: the real number was 12pc.

I'll leave you with one last example. In the 2010 leaders' debates, Nick Clegg challenged David Cameron to say whether he was 'right or wrong that 80 per cent of people who come here come from the European Union'. Cleggie was wrong, laughably so: the real figure was 35 per cent – as anyone who had vaguely studied the subject would know. But worse, neither Cameron nor Gordon Brown were able to correct him. This exchange perfectly summed up the horrific situation: Britain's immigration policy was being set by a Labour party that knew little, fighting rivals who knew less.
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Eastern European benefit claimants double in 5 years
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2016

The number of eastern Europeans claiming benefits in Britain has more than doubled in the past five years, according to figures published yesterday.

Department for Work and Pensions data showed there were 24,400 "working age benefit claimants" from eastern Europe in 2010, but the number rose to 65,400 in 2014 before falling to 55,400 last year.


The gap between ONS migrant figures and the truth is as wide as the Grand Canyon. We are owed an apology
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2016

A huge sorry is also owing, it seems, to every heavily pregnant woman turned away by her local maternity unit because it's "full". (Half of all UK maternity units have rejected women in labour over the past two years, particularly in migrant hotspots where the birth rate is going through the roof.) ...

The apologies are due because of a report – or, as some will call it, a confession – issued by the Office of National Statistics. And what the ONS admitted to was The Gap.

Official figures show that, in the five years to 2015, just under one million immigrants came to this country from the EU, as they are perfectly entitled to do. But hark. Over the same period, the number of National Insurance numbers issued to EU migrants was more than 2.2 million.

In all, the ONS now estimates a total of 2.4 million entered the country. In one year, mid-2014 to mid-2015, a quarter of a million Europeans came in according to the official measure, yet almost 700,000 bagged themselves a NI number. ...

It's a stupefying figure, which helps to explain the growing crisis in the NHS, with one migrant registering per minute with a GP in England and Wales. (Yes, madam, it's why there isn't a single free paediatric bed in Greater London for your little boy with a bursting appendix.) ...

So, how to explain the convenient discrepancy between the number of EU migrants the British people were told were here and the actual figure? Ah, says the ONS, with a lofty air: short-term immigrants have not been included in the tally. They aren't here for long enough to make a difference, so count them out.

It depends what you mean by "short-term". ...

Now, Piotr may, as the ONS sweetly assumes, have had no intention of staying on. But what if he does? Maybe he proves such a dab hand with the plunger that the urge to leave starts to fade. And what if his family joins him? Then we will have lots of little Piotrs in need of schooling and healthcare. (Just think that we need an extra 900,000 school places by 2024.)

Before long, the term is not looking quite so short. In fact, the term may never end. Those in favour of free movement of EU citizens, and who regard anything else as cruel and bigoted, will say such speculation is unfair; we cannot really tell what Piotr is likely to do. But we can.

Until recently, anyone wanting to measure The Gap would hit a problem, because HMRC would not disclose how many NI numbers issued to foreign nationals were still "active" – in other words, how many EU workers remain here, and how many have gone home.

Now, the ONS has unveiled the truth: among immigrants from the eastern Europe countries that joined the EU in 2004, half of all NI numbers are active for more than a year. For Romanians and Bulgarians, that proportion is about 40 per cent, and among more established EU members, like Spain and France, it is 45 per cent.

In short: every other Piotr is staying put. The fault does not lie with Piotr. The fault lies with the Government, ...

Boris Johnson has accused the Government of "terrible dishonesty" and urged it to "man up" about the facts. And, damn it, he's right.
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Our ships in the Mediterranean are only helping the migrant smugglers, say peers
Larisa Brown
Daily Mail, 13 May 2016

A Navy mission aimed at stopping the flow of migrants to Europe is not just failing – it is actually helping people smugglers, a damning report will say today.

The £9.3 million European Union mission to tackle people smuggling operations had not had any 'meaningful impact', a cross-party group of peers found.

Instead, it had become a 'search and rescue mission' and a 'magnet to migrants', easing the task of the gangs.

Just some 50 smugglers have been arrested since the mission codenamed Operation Sophia began last June, despite six EU ships patrolling the waters at any one time, including one British vessel.

The arrests were of low-level targets, and not the key figures within the smuggling networks, because it was mainly migrants on the boats being intercepted. ...

The report on one of the key EU plans to tackle the crisis will be a blow to the Government after David Cameron promised to 'smash' the gangs last year.

The inquiry heard that some 9,000 people had been rescued by the EU vessels since the mission was launched.

By operating beyond European coastal waters, the mission was assisting the job of smugglers, who now only need their boats to reach the high seas, rather than EU waters, it was noted in the report.

Of the 9,000 figure it is understood Royal Navy ships rescued 7,767 of the people – with nearly 5,000 rescued by HMS Bulwark during its 60 day deployment alone. ...

Migrants setting off in the boats are calling for help once they leave Libyan waters and EU ships have to rescue them under their international obligations.
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Can we really trust the economists on EU immigration?
Andrew Green
Spectator blog, 13 May 2016
[Lord Green founded Migration Watch in 2001]

Indeed, looking forward, the CBI refers to the prospect of any dampener on business's ability to take advantage of poor pay and prospects elsewhere in the EU as 'risking' pay rises in the UK. Similarly, the pleas of employers in some of the lowest-paid sectors of our economy that this would render them 'uncompetitive' raises the question of whether that competition is not simply a race to the bottom on wages enabled by an effectively limitless supply of cheap labour from abroad. ...

As to jobs, while it is true that employment rates have returned to pre-recession peaks, an increasing proportion of jobs – even for the UK-born – seem to comprise precarious zero-hours contracts and part-time working together with increasing demands for all-hours flexibility that for many of the resident population are simply impossible to meet. It is a canard that these are jobs at which Brits turn up their noses. A single mother in Northamptonshire simply cannot be on call at all hours of the day and night for the new sandwich-making factory and government boasts of more free childcare for all are little help to her in competing for the job with young men brought in from Eastern Europe.

On public services the position is even more clear-cut. This week's announcement by the government of extra hundreds of millions for GP funding is merely an admission of the failure to respond to pressures placed on vital services by a growing population. And the evidence is undeniable of increasing numbers of children in overcrowded classes.

Notably absent from the economists' assessment is the pressure on housing. This week's Newsnight gave a graphic example of how family homes were being bought up and let out as houses of multiple occupation to transient fruit-pickers. The economic benefit to landlords was clear. The dis-benefit to the local population was just as clear. ...

Finally, there is an extremely important matter entirely absent from their consideration. That is the consequences for our society of continued rapid population growth with literally no means of reining it in. At half a million a year it is the fastest rate for nearly a century. We are now heading for 80 million in 2060. Even that depends on an assumption, nothing more, that the level of net migration will fall by about 40% and stay down. The public can be forgiven for treating the contribution of economists with great caution.
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Extra 1.5 million EU migrants came to Britain over last five years, official data shows
David Barrett
Daily Telegraph, 12 May 2016

EU migration to Britain over the last five years was 1.5 million higher than official figures which exclude "short-term" migrants, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.

The total number of arrivals from the European Union was 2.4 million from 2011 to 2015 when those who said they were intending to stay for less than a year were taken into account.

The figures emerged in a long-awaited publication from the ONS which attempted to explain the difference between official immigration figures and the number of National Insurance numbers handed out by the Government.

The ONS said the difference between the two was "likely to be largely due to short-term immigration" rather than migrants coming to Britain to live here long-term.

It insisted that the existing way of measuring immigration to Britain will "remain the most appropriate for measuring long-term immigration".

However, the figures showed there were 800,000 EU arrivals in 2015 - using the "ratio method" to combine long-term and short-term migration data. Previously, the long-term migrants category only was estimated at 260,000.

Over five years from 2011 the figures were 2.4 million versus 900,000 - a discrepancy of 1.5 million, which the ONS suggested was largely down to people coming here only briefly. ...

Alp Mehmet, vice-chairman of MigrationWatch UK, said the new ONS report left many questions unanswered.

"We stand by our estimate that EU migration may have been undercounted by as much as 50,000 a year," he said.

"We still have no explanation for the increase in the Eastern European population of 90,000 a year over the last four years, when the net migration figures showed only 40,000."

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has previously refused to reveal how many National Insurance numbers issued to foreign nationals are active – which could indicate whether large numbers of immigrants have stayed in Britain or gone home.

Now the ONS has disclosed that among the eastern European countries which joined the EU in 2004, including Poland, half of NI numbers are active for more than a year.

Among Romanians and Bulgarians the proportion is about 40 per cent and among "old" EU members such as Spain and France it is 45 per cent.

In a separate development HMRC revealed that in 2013-14 "recently arrived" European Economic Area nationals paid £3.11bn income tax and National Insurance, but claimed £560 million in tax credits and child benefit.

In a boost to the "remain" camp, it means they made a "net fiscal contribution" of £2.54bn. However, that figure does not take account of benefits paid by other government departments or the cost of public services they consumed, such as the NHS and schools.
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NI numbers prompt row over 1.2m EU 'immigration gap'
BBC, 12 May 2016

Figures show 1.2m more EU migrants have got National Insurance numbers in the past five years than have shown up in immigration statistics.

Minister James Brokenshire said the gap could "largely be accounted for by short-term EU migration to the UK".

But Tory MP and EU Leave campaigner John Redwood said the NI numbers were "closer to the truth" on immigration.

And he warned the difference between the two figures had "really big implications" for public services.

Short-term migration - where people stay in the UK for less than a year - is not taken into account in the government's headline net migration statistics.

But former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said "you can't dismiss" it.

"They come in, they do hotbedding in bed and breakfasts and things like that, they then take jobs at much lower rates," he told the BBC News channel.

"This has forced the salaries of people in low-skilled and semi-skilled jobs down so they have suffered directly as a result of uncontrolled borders with short-term migration.

"I'm astonished that a government, my government, can sit here and say we had a pledge to bring down migration to tens of thousands but it's all right then because it doesn't matter how many people come in as long as they don't stay more than 52 weeks." ...

Immigration minister James Brokenshire told MPs the government remained committed to getting net migration - the difference between those entering and leaving the country - below 100,000 a year.

He said the curbs secured by Prime Minister David Cameron on welfare payments to new arrivals would help - and he claimed short-term migrants do not put pressure on public services because they leave after a year. ...

Economist Jonathan Portes - who first requested the information - said it was clear a rise in short-term migration was a big factor but the statistics have still "under-counted EU migration to the UK".

"The government have finally published some of its figures, which they have been keeping concealed for a while," he told the BBC News channel.

The figures shed more light on immigration in the UK, he added, but they were still based on "imperfect" estimates because "we don't count people in and out of the country".
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EU immigration to the UK: what the National Insurance numbers reveal
Joseph O'Leary
Full Fact, 12 May 2016

Routine immigration estimates in February suggested around 257,000 nationals from other EU countries migrated to the UK in the year to September 2015.

But another set of figures showed that 655,000 National Insurance (NI) numbers had been issued to EU nationals over the same period. NI numbers are allocated to foreign nationals looking to work or claim benefits in the UK.

In order to try and explain the gap, the ONS said it would publish an analysis this month. Today's publication is the first installment of that.

The reason that the NI registrations imply so much more immigration than our official estimates show is largely because NI figures count more people in the first place, according to the ONS.

People are only counted in the headline 'long-term' immigration estimates if they intend to stay here for at least a year, following the UN definition. If they're intending to stay for shorter periods, they're counted separately as 'short-term' immigrants or just visitors.

NI numbers just count everyone who comes here and registers for one; people don't need to stay for a least a year to do so.

The ONS says that, as a result of the work it's done so far, the recent growth in these 'short-term' immigrants coming for less than a year "largely accounts" for the recent differences between the figures. ...

No 'extra' immigration to the UK from the EU has been proven today, ... We already knew about some of these extra 1.3 or 1.5 million people, as they were published separately as 'short-term immigrants' by the ONS. The rest were estimated in today's analysis as recent figures aren't yet available.

Short-term immigration – people who come for over a month and under a year – isn't normally mentioned in headlines about immigration. Headline EU immigration to the UK is still measured by long-term immigration estimates and those figures haven't changed.

This isn't to say long-term immigration is the only measure we should be looking at. The government's target for reducing long-term net migration continues to be a focus of the immigration debate, but the Migration Observatory at the University of Oxford argued some time ago that focusing too much on this:

"creates a profound problem for public debate and immigration policy: focusing only on long-term net migration - the level of immigration minus emigration of people who intend to migrate for at least one year – risks failing to consider other vital data about migration in the UK – not least, how many migrants are actually here."

This is the first time the ONS has analysed its own migration figures alongside figures from both HM Revenue and Customs and the Department for Work and Pensions, to test its conclusions.

But this is very much chapter one of what could be an extended essay. ...

So today's development by no means closes the debate over how accurate our immigration estimates are.
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The majority of British voters believe the only way of controlling immigration is to LEAVE the EU
James Slack
Daily Mail, 11 May 2016

The only way of controlling immigration is to leave the EU, according to a majority of Britons – including the undecided voters who will decide the outcome of the referendum.

A survey of 4,000 also found that – regardless of the result on June 23 – the public will continue to demand tougher border controls.

The study, for Ipsos MORI, found undecided voters have strong views on immigration – suggesting the Leave camp could yet pick up their support by focussing on the issue.

Cabinet ministers in favour of Brexit have repeatedly highlighted Treasury figures suggesting an extra three million migrants will be added to the population between now and 2030 – placing great strain on schools, hospitals and roads. ...

According to the survey, the message is getting through - with 55 per cent of Britons believing the only way of curbing mass immigration is by leaving the EU. ...

Almost half of Britons – 48 per cent - say that the number of EU immigrants coming into the UK will be important to them when they vote in the EU referendum, including 55 per cent of undecided voters. ...

Two-thirds of people think immigration will fall if we leave the EU.

Even if Britain remains in the EU, around two-thirds – 68 per cent - think that the government should continue to campaign for greater controls on the number of EU citizens coming to Britain.

Six in ten people (62 per cent) think the number of immigrants coming to the UK should be reduced either a little or a lot, including 40 per cent of remain voters.
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Mass migration and the threat to Britain's social fabric liberals can no longer ignore [part 1]
Trevor Phillips
Daily Mail, 11 May 2016

There are few countries in the world where the people have been as open and welcoming to immigrants – like my family – as modern Britain.

Over recent decades, our society has absorbed huge numbers of newcomers with remarkably little strife.

That willingness to embrace the changing face of the nation was demonstrated only last week by the election of my friend Sadiq Khan as the Mayor of London, a victory that saw him become the first Muslim to lead a European capital.

But before we smother ourselves in self-congratulation, we need to recognise that this fine liberal tradition is now under profound strain.

We are in the midst of an astonishing demographic revolution, one that threatens to overwhelm our civic infrastructure, undermine our democratic values and weaken our social cohesion.

Unprecedented levels of immigration are transforming our society. And behind the diversity which many celebrate lies the grim possibility of future discord and division.

Of course we are miles away from the predictions of Enoch Powell, who poisoned all open debate about race and religion for decades when he spoke of the River Tiber foaming with much blood.

But as I put it in a paper about race relations, published this week by the think-tank Civitas: 'Rome may not yet be in flames, but I think I can smell the smouldering whilst we hum to the music of liberal self-delusion.'

I added the warning that 'squeamishness about addressing diversity risks allowing our country to sleepwalk to a catastrophe that will set community against community'.

Such words are likely to be seen as a form of heresy among many of my London-based friends. Metropolitan elites, who live a cheerfully cosmopolitan life, are always aghast at any challenge to the orthodoxy of multiculturalism.

But the denial of our political and media classes is endangering the very fine balance between tolerance and unity which holds our diverse society together. What we need is realism, not wishful thinking. As the son of immigrants, I have spent much of my career fighting racial discrimination and injustice, most notably during my spell as the first chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

To this day, I remain a firm supporter of immigration, understanding that new arrivals not only fulfil a vital economic need, but also add to the richness of our culture.

But that doesn't blind me to the truth that we are struggling to cope. As I travel through the UK, I am daily made aware of the strains that accelerating immigration has brought. ...

It is not remotely racist to have such anxieties. There is nothing bigoted about feelings of despair at the unsustainable pressures on the NHS, or the public transport network, or the supply of housing. It is natural to feel disturbed about terrorism and extremism.
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Mass migration and the threat to Britain's social fabric liberals can no longer ignore [part 2]
Trevor Phillips
Daily Mail, 11 May 2016

Yet our liberal elite, bound up in a cocoon of moral superiority, pretend that any problems with diversity should be blamed only on white racism.

They treat ordinary people's concerns about the costs of diversity as narrow-minded ignorance to be dealt with by censorship or re-education. ...

The annual influx is more than 100 times higher than the levels of the Fifties, when the first waves of Commonwealth immigration really began.

The record-breaking numbers are creating a society characterised by what I term 'super-diversity', where the traditional social order has vanished.

It is estimated that by 2050, around a third of the UK population will be made up of people of colour, while, according to the last census, those classified as White British are now significantly in a minority in places such as London, Luton, Slough and Leicester.

But the cultural distance between new migrants and the British has also altered dramatically. For most of the post-war period, immigrants generally hailed from the colonies and dominions of the Empire.

They were therefore not only imbued with British values but, regardless of their skin colour, shared many of the behaviours of the society they joined. Furthermore, they were settling in a country with a strong, self-confident sense of its own national identity. ...

We all learned what was thought to be right from the bastions of British life, the Church and the BBC.

But many of these engines of integration have disappeared, just at a time when record numbers are arriving from all over the world, bringing with them practices, religions, attitudes and languages that have never been a significant part of British life before.

Contrary to all the upbeat propaganda, the result is a society that is becoming ever more divided. The integration of the past is giving way to polarisation. This year, more than half of ethnic minority pupils go to schools where white Britons are now a minority.

Frankly, our efforts to promote integration have been utterly feeble, and I believe the current laissez-faire approach is a recipe for disaster.

Dismissal of public concerns about immigration will only fuel resentment, division and extremism. We don't need to guess the future. We can see it in continental Europe, exemplified by the dramatic rise of the National Front in France.

If we are to avoid that experience in Britain, our leaders need to stop parroting cliches, and start to introduce realistic policies. ...

The great danger is that the centre-Left political tradition to which I belong may, through sheer cowardice, allow the fatal undermining of the very values of equality and solidarity for which we have always stood – and once they are gone, we may never be able to recover them.
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Britain needs to build TWO MILLION new homes just for EU arrivals
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 11 May 2016

Britain will need to build almost TWO MILLION new homes just to cater for immigrants arriving from the EU if we do not vote to leave the Brussels club, a senior Tory has warned today.

Iain Duncan-Smith said we will need to create 240 houses every day for the next 20 years to cope with a huge wave of immigration from eastern Europe as he blasted the EU's uncaring elite.

The senior Eurosceptic warned that uncontrolled immigration is pricing young British people out of the housing market, with two-thirds of the available properties over the last 15 years being occupied by foreign nationals.

And he said that with the average age of the first time buyer now at 31, the prospects of young British people looking to start their own families will only get bleaker if we vote to stay in the EU.

He made the remarks in a keynote speech railing against Europe's elite, who he says have betrayed low paid workers in favour of big banks and tax dodging multinationals. ...

He argued that spiralling immigration has severely depressed British people's wages, whilst punitive EU legislation of farming and energy have pushed up household bills and left many struggling to make ends meet.
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Britain 'sleepwalking to catastrophe' over race: Trevor Phillips
John Bingham
Daily Telegraph, 10 May 2016

Britain risks "flames" of racial and religious conflict because of a "liberal self-delusion" over the impact of mass immigration, the former head of the equality watchdog Trevor Phillips claims today.

In a startling assault on decades of official multiculturalism and diversity policy, the founding chair of the Equality and Human Rights Commission argues the UK is being allowed to "sleepwalk to catastrophe" by leaders too "touchy", "smug", "complacent" and "squeamish" to talk about race.

Drawing a direct parallel with Enoch Powell's notorious "rivers of blood" speech, he likens Britain's politicians, media and educated elite in general to the Emperor Nero fiddling while Rome burned, unable even to recognise the "dark side of the diverse society". ...

Significantly, he claims the arrival of some Muslim groups in particular who are actively "resistant to the traditional process of integration" threatens to shake the foundations of "liberal democracy" itself.

In a 100-page paper, published by the think-tank Civitas set to provoke uproar, he argues that a new brand of "superdiversity" is bringing challenges to the Western way of life, far removed from those of immigration of the past.

Crucially, he says, race is no longer a "purely black and white affair" but a divide between the majority and people with different "values and behaviours".

But, he argues, liberal opinion in Britain has been almost unique in its unwillingness even to speak about the issue – possibly because of the backlash to Enoch Powell a generation ago.

"Squeamishness about addressing diversity and its discontents risks allowing our country to sleepwalk to a catastrophe that will set community against community, endorse sexist aggression, suppress freedom of expression, reverse hard-won civil liberties, and undermine the liberal democracy that has served this country so well for so long," he insists.

Race does, he says, rear its head in rows about the use of supposedly racist language or concerns about practices such as female genital mutilation.

"But these are not the topics that generate public unease," he says.

"Rather it is the appearance of non-English names above the shop-fronts in the high street; the odd decision to provide only halal meat in some schools; evidence of corruption in municipal politics dominated by one ethnic group or another. ...

"We maintain a polite silence masked by noisily debated public fictions such as 'multiculturalism' and 'community cohesion'.

"Rome may not yet be in flames, but I think I can smell the smouldering whilst we hum to the music of liberal self-delusion."

He pointedly draws comparisons between his remarks and those of Enoch Powell.

"He too summoned up echoes of Rome with his reference to Virgil's dire premonition of the River Tiber 'foaming with much blood'," said Mr Phillips. ...

"Everyone in British public life learnt the lesson: adopt any strategy possible to avoid saying anything about race, ethnicity (and latterly religion and belief) that is not anodyne and platitudinous."
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'Three quarters of EU migrants would be refused work in Britain without Brussels' backing'
Jack Fenwick
Daily Express, 9 May 2016

Three quarters of European Union migrants would not have been able to work in Britain without Brussels' freedom of movement laws, new research claims.

A study by Oxford University's Migration Observatory says that only one in four workers in Britain that have come from the EU would meet the visa requirements that non-EU citizens have to adhere to.

The revealing research suggests up to 95 per cent of workers in industries such as farming, retail, hotels and restaurants would have been barred from working on British soil.

UK rules mean that the country only takes non-EU migrants with skills that are in need.

But freedom of movement regulations set out by Brussels fat cats mean EU citizens can live and work in Britain regardless of the skills they possess.

At least 1.6 million people have come to Britain in the last decade, equivalent to around 440 every day.
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Migration pressure on schools revealed
Tim Ross
Sunday Telegraph, 8 May 2016

Schools are under "huge and unsustainable pressure" from a dramatic rise in the number of children from European migrants' families, official figures show.

For the first time, a government report reveals the full impact of years of immigration from Europe on the state education system, at a time of growing strain on classroom places.

Almost 700,000 school-aged children – one in 15 pupils nationally – have a parent who is a citizen of another European country. The number has more than doubled since 2007.

That figure includes children who moved to Britain with their parents and those who were born here after one or both parents migrated to the UK from their home countries.

The number of school-aged children arriving in the UK from Europe reached a record 25,000 in a single year, the research also showed.

An influx of this size would require the equivalent of about 27 new average-sized secondary schools – or 100 primary schools – to be built to cope with the rise in demand for places. ...

Last year saw the biggest rise in the number of school-aged children from European migrants' families, when the number increased from 565,000 in 2014 to 699,000 in 2015.
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Countryside 'at risk after broken green belt pledge'
Tom Rowley
Sunday Telegraph, 8 May 2016

The former head of the National Trust has issued a warning about the "staggering" number of houses planned for green-belt land, claiming the Government is failing to honour its manifesto pledge to guard against urban sprawl.

Dame Fiona Reynolds, who led the trust for 11 years, said the Government was "clearly not" keeping its pre-election promise as the number of planning applications in these areas has risen by a quarter since last year's election. ...

... Dame Fiona pointed to research by the Campaign to protect Rural England (CPRE) showing 274,792 homes are planned on green-belt land in England, 55,000 more than were planned in March last year.


Judges stop Theresa May deporting terror suspects
Robert Mendick
Sunday Telegraph, 8 May 2016

Six Algerian terror suspects with links to Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda are to be allowed to stay in Britain after the Home Secretary admitted defeat in a ten-year legal battle to deport them.

The move follows a challenge under the Human Rights Act which found that the men were at risk of torture if they were deported to Algeria.

The Telegraph understands that Theresa May will not appeal against a decision by the Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC), effectively granting them the right to live in the UK.

It is a major blow to the Government's counter-terrorism policy and the Home Office's ability to deport terror suspects to countries with dubious human rights records.

The cost of keeping the suspects under surveillance could be as high as £10 million a year.

The failed legal action to deport them – described in court as "by any standards, exceptionally long and fraught" – is likely to have cost at least a further £1 million. ...

They cannot be identified for legal reasons and are now living in England on strict bail conditions.

The UK Government had been relying on a system of diplomatic assurances from Middle East countries that none of the men would face torture on their return.
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The migrant crisis will never end. It is part of the modern world
David Blair
Sunday Telegraph, 8 May 2016

Sometimes, one fact goes a long way towards explaining a global crisis. ... The number of people driven from their homes by conflict worldwide has jumped by 40 per cent since 2013. ...

The raw data are as follows: in 2013, the global total of refugees (who have escaped across borders) and "internally displaced people" (who are fugitives within their own countries) stood at 33 million. By 2015, the number had climbed by 13 million to reach 46 million. ...

The immolation of Syria was the biggest cause, but on the other side of the world, two million people fled the path of Boko Haram's pitiless offensive in Nigeria; another 2.2 million escaped civil war in South Sudan. ...

Today's wars generally create far more refugees than previous conflicts. /.../ After all, the biggest reason is simply that even the most volatile countries have also experienced rapid population growth.

Had civil war broken out in Syria in 1970, the refugee crisis would have been a fraction of today's catastrophe. Back then, Syria had only six million people, compared with at least 20 million today.

If Boko Haram had swept across northern Nigeria in 1970, the Islamist gunmen would have been ravaging a country with barely one quarter of today's population. The refugee camps across the border in Chad would have been tiny by our standards.

There are more refugees because there are more people – and, in turn, there are more people because the world has broadly succeeded in reducing infant mortality and raising life expectancy, even in the poorest countries.

Many of those improvements, incidentally, were driven by the aid programmes of the very European countries that now find themselves inundated with refugees. The EU and its members have spent huge sums on primary health care and childhood vaccination campaigns across Africa and the Middle East. The result is that more children live to become adults, the population rises – and so does the number of people who are vulnerable to becoming refugees if war breaks out. ...

Wars will always force large numbers of people to flee. Populations are generally growing, so future conflicts will create even more refugees than today. If 46 million people are now living in camps or other sanctuaries, the conflicts of the 2020s are likely to displace still more.

Instead of being a passing phase, the "migration crisis" is part of the fabric of the world.
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Britons deeply involved in cross-Channel migrant smuggling, says Dunkirk prosecutor
Henry Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 7 May 2016

Britons are deeply involved in cross-Channel smuggling, a French prosecutor confirmed on Friday, telling the Telegraph she is following 15 trafficking cases involving UK-registered vehicles.

The revelation came a day after a British-registered car carrying a gang of suspected people smugglers was raked with gunfire by Belgian police after being involved in a high-speed motorway pursuit in which an innocent motorcyclist was killed. ...

Amélie Le Sant, Dunkirk's public prosecutor, said that "all investigations, including this one, lead to the UK."

There is always someone in Britain, a UK national or otherwise, who receives either money or migrants or has links with transport companies to arrange for drivers to smuggle people through," she said. "There are links in every case. ...

She added: "Today there are 15 vehicles with British number plates cited in ongoing investigations that I am following, and these are used by people smugglers to take migrants to the UK". ...

Most of the local smugglers operating near Dunkirk, many of them based at the Grande-Synthe migrant camp, are Kurds either with family in Britain, or people under orders from bosses in the UK, she said.

Despite French claims that virtually no migrants are now getting through to the UK, she said that smugglers were bringing "dozens across per week, sometimes per day", raking up hundreds of thousands of pounds in profit.
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Whites Need Not Apply: BBC Advertises 'Black, Asian, Or Minority'-Only Positions
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 7 May 2016

A range of British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) television departments, programmes, and radio stations are currently offering highly desirable, paid internships, but white people are prohibited from applying.

Creative Access – an organisation, registered as a charity, which offers placements at "many of the UK's top media organisations" – has listed a number of BBC placements on its website, demanding applicants are only from "Black, Asian and non-white minority ethnic backgrounds".

The website's list of opportunities shows that all but four of the positions currently available are for jobs at the publicly-funded BBC, and Creative Access is funded by the British tax payer despite its charity status. ...

The website lists its main sources of funding, naming the quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisation 'UK Commission for Employment & Skills' and the UK government's Department for Business, Innovation & Skills.

The other organisation named alongside the government departments is Creative Skillset, which has received millions of pounds of "investment" from the Scottish Parliament.
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Computer gap lets 'tourists' disappear forever as EU opens door to 127 million
Matthew Holehouse
Daily Telegraph, 4 May 2016

Turkish citizens awarded visa-free travel to Europe could simply disappear because the European Union has no system to detect visitors who overstay their welcome.

Turkish officials claimed on Tuesday night they had passed all the 72 benchmarks requested by the EU hours before the European Commission is expected to recommend giving visa-free travel rights to Turkey for 75 million people on Wednesday. ...

Plans are also underway to grant free travel to another 52 million people from Ukraine, Kosovo and Georgia under a radical loosening of European border policy. They will be able to access the Schengen zone (which does not include Britain) for 90 days for tourism or 180 days on business.

The EU operates visa waiver schemes with more than sixty countries worldwide. But EU officials admit there is no way of systematically identifying the estimated 250,000 people a year who exceed their stay in Europe after being legally granted entry.

That is because entry into the Schengen free-travel zone is still logged in many countries with nothing more than a dated rubber stamp on a passport.

There is no centralised database shared between the 26 countries of who has entered or left the Schengen zone. While some countries maintain national databases, these are useless at monitoring visa abuse given people can move freely around the continent and leave by another country.

Some of those who enter legally on a tourist visa destroy or alter their paperwork, an EU analysis admits, making it hard to establish their true identity.

In normal times, overstayers account for the overwhelming majority of illegal migrants in Europe. The lack of proper records leaves Europe vulnerable to terrorists, organised crime and people trafficking, the EU's internal analysis admits. ...

Germany and France have demanded the Turkey deal contains a "snap back" clause that will suspend visa-free travel if large numbers of Turks abuse it and do not go home. Germany already has a large Turkish population.

However, EU papers admit that at the moment there is no accurate data on "whether there is problem with overstayers of a given nationality or not", and so it is not clear how such a clause could be implemented.
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David Cameron's EU benefits deal won't cut numbers coming to Britain as it only affects 10% of migrants, think-tank says
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 4 May 2016

Curbing benefits paid to EU workers is unlikely to lead to a dramatic reduction in migration, a report claims today.

As few as one in ten foreigners from the Brussels bloc claim handouts soon after arriving in the UK – meaning they were mostly lured by jobs, said the Migration Observatory.

The revelation torpedoes David Cameron's EU referendum deal which he said would tackle mass immigration.

Currently, migration from within the EU adds 172,000 to our population every year, equivalent to a town the size of Southend-on-Sea. The Prime Minister claimed his so-called 'emergency brake' would help cut the numbers moving to Britain.

The policy limits tax credits to incoming EU workers for four years and restricts child benefits. Government figures last year said up to 45 per cent of European Economic Area migrants, excluding students, arriving within the past four years had claimed taxpayer-funded handouts.

But the study by the Oxford University think-tank said the measures were unlikely to spark large reductions in migration.

The Migration Observatory said a 'large majority' of recent EU migrants do not receive benefits – with a maximum of 19 per cent claiming any at all. Those claiming in-work tax credits were as few as 10 per cent – fewer than 88,000.

Many of those who had arrived in the past four years had only a limited entitlement to in-work benefits, so the brake would be unlikely to act as a deterrent. ...

The introduction of the Living Wage of £9-an-hour by 2020 – ten times higher than the equivalent in Eastern Europe – means for many families the effect of benefit curbs would be 'small or irrelevant'. ...

The report found that EU migrants were less likely to claim jobless benefits but more prone to claiming in-work handouts compared with those born in the UK.
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7,000 illegal immigrants smuggled into Britain on ferries
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 3 May 2016

The number of illegal immigrants who were successfully smuggled into Britain on ferries has more than doubled in the past three years, according to official figures.

Ministers have disclosed that the number of "clandestine entrants" who made their way into Britain through Dover and other ports has risen from 1,432 in 2013 to 2,935 last year.

Experts said that the true figures are likely to be significantly higher as many illegal immigrants disappear after entering the UK and are never discovered by authorities.

Lord Green of Deddington, the chairman of Migration Watch UK who obtained the figures, said: "Despite all the efforts that have been made to tighten up security in Calais these figures show that the number getting through and later detected has doubled in three years. There are bound to be others who are never detected and simply disappear.

"This points to the likelihood that there are similar inflows from Belgium and Holland and indeed from other French ports.

"It's hard to see how we can take effective measures unless we go for identicards in Britain. At the moment it is much too easy disappear. The more people who get through, the more will be encouraged to try."

The Home Office revealed that over the past three years more than 7,000 people have made their way into Britain through ferry ports.

Just over half of them were caught at ferry ports, while the remainder were discovered elsewhere in the UK.
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More than 30,000 Europeans a year are arrested in London: 80 people a day are held as Brexit campaigners say staying in the EU would put huge pressure on prisons
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 3 May 2016

More than 80 EU nationals are arrested in London every day, the Mail can reveal.

The scale of crime linked to European nationals is exposed in official police figures which show nearly 100,000 arrests in three years.

Scotland Yard data, published after a Freedom of Information request, showed the Met has arrested more than 30,000 EU nationals in the capital in each of the past three years. ...

The revelations come just days after Justice Secretary Michael Gove warned that staying in the EU would see huge pressure placed on Britain's jails.

He said there were already 10,000 foreign criminals in UK jails - with one in 20 from Albania, which wants to join the EU in the coming years. ...

Figures from the Freedom of Information request reveal 30,561 non UK EU nationals were arrested in London in 2015.

There were 32,214 arrested in 2014 and 32,851 in 2013.

In 2013 a total of 13,087 - more than 1000 a month - were charged. In 2014 that figure was 12,266 and last year 11,285.
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Fortress Europe Faces An African Migrant Tsunami
R.W. Johnson
Standpoint, 2 May 2016

Already, of course, large numbers of North Africans, Eritreans and Somalis have been mixed among the Syrian, Iraqi and Afghan tide flowing through Turkey. This, however, is but a foretaste. The overwhelming majority of these Africans on the move are economic migrants, and the spread of modern media, bringing with it images of the immensely higher standard of living available in Europe, is propelling ever larger numbers into motion.

This is partly just a matter of size. Africa – whose size is artificially minimised on maps by the Mercator projection – is so huge that one could fit Eastern and Western Europe, China, Japan, India, New Zealand and the USA into its enormous land mass. But it is also because, at a time when population growth has slowed or gone negative in most of the developed world, Africa is still experiencing a demographic explosion. ...

When the world's population passed 7 billion on March 12, 2012 (according to the US Census Bureau) Africans made up 14.3 per cent of the total, but by 2040, when the world's population will have reached 8.1 billion, Africans will make up 1.87 billion (23.1 per cent) of the total. The drama lies in the 870 million more Africans the continent will add by then. ...

The big question is whether Africa's already fragile states can cope with this huge population bulge. Can they provide the schools, the hospitals and, above all, the necessary jobs? More basic still is food. ...

The greatest challenge will lie in unemployment – already high throughout Africa. Most of Africa's recent growth has come through the exploitation of natural resources. Not only is there no intensive agriculture but there is also very little manufacturing industry anywhere on the continent. As things stand the hundreds of millions of new would-be workers will face a desperate future. Not only is this likely to produce a huge migratory movement to greener pastures but it is also likely to create civil disorder. ...

The result will be a challenge that Europe will not wish to meet. It is simply impractical to imagine that scores or even hundreds of millions of young Africans can be decanted into Europe. Partly this is for cultural reasons: most of the would-be migrants will be unskilled, out of place in Europe's increasingly high-tech societies, and many of them will be Muslims. However politically incorrect it may be to say so, there is no doubting the European resistance to "Islamisation". But most of all it is just a question of numbers. Even last year's inflow has left many Europeans protesting that they cannot accept so many newcomers. Yet despite the fuss made over the present migrant flow, it is merely a trickle compared to the coming tsunami. ...

... Even under the best-case scenario, the migratory wave towards Europe is likely to dwarf anything seen from the Middle East. African and Arab nationalism have failed to produce a better life for their supporters, but in an increasingly globalised world people can easily see the better life available elsewhere and are far more likely to move in order to get it. For most of