Quotations of the more notable items of news and views in date order - latest first

Extracts can, if preferred, be read in chronological order by using the "Up" link to go to the start of the item next above the one just read.

Authors expressing their own views are indicated in bold. The names of reporters are in normal type.


Was the British Empire 'morally mixed'?
Daniel Hannan
Sunday Telegraph, 31 December 2017

A controversy has been bubbling away in Oxford since Nigel Biggar, the Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, wrote a newspaper article arguing for a balanced approach to Britain's colonial past. He was branded a bigot and a racist by Left-wing students, while 58 Oxford historians signed a letter denouncing him, followed by 170 of their colleagues from other universities. ...

A chunk of the Left – I don't think many of the signatory historians would take issue with being described that way – have a blinding obsession with race. Anti-racism is the highest card in their deck, trumping women's rights, free speech and everything else. Once you press the story of Britain's imperial episode into their racial paradigm, everything the Empire did must, by definition, be wrong. ...

Modern anti-colonialists allow no nuance, though. Where they once provided a useful corrective to the unquestioning patriotism that the Empire inspired in previous generations, they have now become every bit as bigoted as the Jingoes they condemn. Just as apologists used to see only the positives – the rule of law, the spread of modern medicine, the defeat of Hitler – today's Leftists see only the atrocities.
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Two Albanians are not deported despite lying to get citizenship
Steve Bird
Daily Telegraph, 28 December 2017

A Supreme Court judgement has revealed a "loophole in the law" that could prevent asylum seekers being deported if they are found to have lied about their real identities to get citizenship.

Two Albanians who pretended to be Kosovan refugees to stay in Britain have won a legal test case to prevent their fraud resulting in them being thrown out of the country. The men's victory is expected to cost the taxpayer up to £1 million in legal fees.

More than 80,000 refugees from Kosovo fled the war in the Balkans in the 1990's to claim asylum here. However, thousands of Albanians used that crisis to pretend they were from Kosovo fleeing war to claim Britain citizenship.

Among them was Dinjan Hysaj, who aged 21 pretended to be a child refugee from Kosovo and was given British citizenship. Agron Bakijasi, also from Albania, used a false name, pretended to be from Kosovo and lied about his age to secure citizenship.

However, 40-year-old Hysaj's lies came to light in 2011 when he was jailed for five years for glassing a man in a Hertfordshire pub. Bakijasi's fraud emerged after his partner returned to Kosovo, revealing his true identity.

After the Home Office applied to deport them, the men's lawyers argued that lying to obtain such citizenship was not enough to strip them of it.

In a complex legal judgement, the Supreme Court judges last week concluded that issues surrounding those claiming citizenship using a made up identity of someone who does not exist results in "such uncertainty meaning that the law is difficult to apply in practice". ...

The judges said the judgement was given in "unusual circumstances" because Amber Rudd, the Home Secretary who wants them deported, now accepts that British courts have not properly clarified what types of identify fraud should see such migrants stripped of their citizenship. ...

A Home Office spokesman insisted that the ruling applied to the men's "special circumstances", adding that the Home Secretary was investigating other way to strip them of citizenship.
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Peak District holiday homes 'rife with sex slave trafficking gangs using as brothels'
Jan Disley
Daily Express, 28 December 2017

Holiday homes in the Peak District are being used as brothels by sex slave trafficking gangs, a bishop claims.

The Right Reverend Dr Alastair Redfern says the Derbyshire National Park has become a "hotspot" for prostitution.

The park is visited by more than 10 million visitors a year and abounds in holiday cottages which are usually rented to walkers and families who enjoy the stunning scenery.

But Dr Redfern, Bishop of Derby, says many are being rented for up to a month at a time as "pop-up brothels" by slave bosses before they move on to avoid suspicion.

The 550-square mile park is close to urban centres like Derby, Manchester, Sheffield and Leeds which provide potential customers. ...

He said: "Derby is a place where eastern European women have come over in search for a better life, but they have been forced into working in a brothel and they have their life taken from them. ..." ...

Discussing the wider issue of trafficking and slavery, he said men could be victims too.
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The rise of the terror amnesia industry
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 28 December 2017

In 2017 we witnessed the rise of the terror amnesia industry – an informal but effective effort by the political class and opinion-forming set to shush serious discussion about terrorism; to tame strong emotions post-terror; to make people forget, in essence, the latest bloody destruction of their fellow citizens, or at least stop thinking about it. 'Don't look back...' ...

The response to Manchester was chillingly passive. /.../ It was as if a natural disaster had struck Manchester, rather than a conscious religious assault on our fellow citizens and the freedom they were enjoying.

So after Manchester there was the usual media panic about an 'Islamophobic backlash', sending the signal that ordinary people's emotions and views cannot be trusted post-terror: they're too febrile, too prejudiced, and thus must be dampened down. ...

It was the same after the Westminster Bridge attack in March, which killed four; and the London Bridge attack in June, which killed eight; and the failed Parsons Green bomb in September. In every case, the spectre of 'Islamophobia' was raised to subdue strong emotions, silence difficult discussion, and in effect to decommission the citizenry, instructing us that our role after terror attacks is not to think or argue but to shed a tear and go home. ...

This pattern has been repeated across Europe. More than 400 people have been killed by Islamist terrorists in Europe in the past three years alone. And in each case, the terror amnesia industry swiftly got to work. That's because there is something the Euro political classes fear more than terror, and that is testy public discussion about European values, the tensions in the ideology of multiculturalism, the scourge of radical Islam, and the issues raised by mass migration that is carried out above the heads of the demos. They seem to have decided that the occasional act of barbarism is a price worth paying if it means we can avoid such difficult discussion. They fear us and our feelings more than terrorism.
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UK: Whites Scared, White-Owned Businesses Stoned in a Racially Divided Bradford 'Heading for Disaster'
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 24 December 2017

Areas of Bradford, England, are No Go Zones for certain ethnic groups and the city is "heading toward disaster," councillors have warned, citing attacks on a synagogue and white businesses in 'Asian' areas.

Bradford Council's Corporate Overview and Scrutiny Committee chairman Arshad Hussain slammed ethnic segregation and failed integration, and blamed political correctness for making the situation worse.

Too many people are "scared to speak up in case they caused offence," he warned, adding there are "many areas of this city" where people were afraid to go depending on their ethnicity – i.e. No Go Zones.

Another councillor, Vanda Greenwood, added that young women did not feel safe in parts of the town because of gangs of young 'Asian' men, the Telegraph and Argus reports. ...

Councilor Hussain argued that divisions were getting worse in Bradford, describing shocking attacks on white-owned businesses. ...

He continued: "There has been a huge increase in Islamophobia and anti-Semitism. Hate crime has risen threefold but the majority still is not reported. The biggest challenge for you is to acknowledge there is a problem, rather than being in denial and then work accordingly."

Conservative councillor Simon Cooke agreed, highlighting attacks on Jewish people.

"At a recent event at the synagogue, there were armed police posted outside. Is that an example of community cohesion that a Jewish event needed police protection? I think we are kidding ourselves." he said.

"I represent thousands of people who never come into Bradford and I am only five miles up the road. They say they don't feel safe. That's the reality. And I am sure there are people who live in Girlington who would prefer not to come to Cullingworth and I don't like that.

"The perception of what Bradford is like is the problem. Mention danger drivers and who comes to mind? And integration. Both sides don't want to integrate."

Labour Councilor Vanda Greenwood added that young women were too afraid to come to the city.
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Migration: Of course the Commission knows better!
Alain Destexhe, 23 December 2017
[Letter to the Editor]

European Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos' recent article "Europe's migrants are here to stay" illustrates all that is wrong with the European institutions.

"It is time to face the truth," the commissioner writes. "The only way to make our asylum and migration policies future-proof is to collectively change our way of thinking." ...

Like Zeus – another Greek – on Mount Olympus, the truth comes from the upper floor of the Berlaymont building: "We cannot and will never be able to stop migration." ...

It is very clear, survey after survey, election after election, that a majority of Europeans want to drastically reduce migration and to regain control of the EU's borders. But this trend is just dismissed in a few words. "Migration is an emotional, sensitive ... issue ... influenced by rising nationalism, populism and xenophobia." Thus, any willing to slow immigration is racist and disqualified. ...

In a normal democratic process, every country should be able to decide its migration policies through national parliaments. At the European level, the willingness of the majority should be taken into account. But Avramopoulos could not care less. According to this unelected commissioner, "we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm."
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Oxford Professor: Helping refugees locally is 135 times cheaper than helping them in the West
Voice of Europe, 23 December 2017

According to Oxford professor Paul Collier, Western countries can help more than one hundred refugees locally, for the same money we spend here on one of them.

The professor spoke at a conference of Denmark's Social Democracy party in Copenhagen last week. He rejected the idea that Europe should receive migrants and said:

"We spend 135 dollars for every person who shows up here, compared to one dollar for every person that we help in their own region. Those staying home are often much weaker than the ones who have the resources to get to Europe."

Collier also made a statement about the migrants and refugees who come to Europe:

"Almost everyone coming to Europe from countries where they were already safe... The idea that this group has an enormous need for help, is simply irresponsible and a result of intellectual laziness."

Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University.
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It's not racist to say that migration has fuelled the housing crisis
Stephen Glover
Daily Mail, 21 December 2017

Wouldn't it be wonderful if politicians could agree that next year they will accept the major role immigration has played in putting pressure on housing, the NHS and schools. Pigs might fly! ...

They were at it again yesterday during Prime Minister's Questions. ...

Theresa May /.../ didn't drop the slightest hint that the greatest demographic upheaval in our history has a lot to do with the scarcity of affordable housing. She never does. Nor does any minister. ...

Why is it politicians of both parties, and the BBC and much of the media, will not mention the dreaded 'I' word in relation to the scarcity of resources? It surely can't just be because they are bone-headed or ignorant.

No, I suspect the deeper reason is they are terrified of being thought racist. This is the accusation they most fear. So every ding-dong about the allocation of resources proceeds without anyone mentioning the gigantic, but perennially mute, elephant in the room.

Well, it's not remotely racist to suggest that if a country has net migration of around 250,000 every year for ten years, that is bound to place an extra strain on public services and the availability of housing. ...

Very occasionally a body with a calm and analytical approach, and without any taint of racism, casts some light on a debate normally carried on in complete darkness. One such organisation is Migration Watch, whose figures, I know from experience, are copper-bottomed.

According to a new report by Migration Watch, high levels of net migration have driven the soaring demand for rental properties over the past decade. Young people are paying the price through ever higher rentals, which in turn make it more difficult for them to save for a deposit. ...

But look at the figures – all in the public domain – which Migration Watch has brought together. As supply has failed to keep pace with demand, rents in England have risen 23 per cent over the past decade.

It's even worse in London, where between January 2008 and January 2017 rents have increased by 36 per cent, considerably more than the 21 per cent rise in average earnings.

Over the same period, homes headed by someone born abroad accounted for more than 80 per cent – I repeat, 80 per cent – of the total growth (265,000 out of a 328,000 net increase) of households in London's rented sector.

The report points out that across England, out of the net increase of just over 1.2 million in the number of new households between 2005 and 2014, more than 1.1 million had a foreign-born head.
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MI5 is struggling to deal with surge in 'high risk' terror suspects as threat to Britain hits 'unprecedented' levels, report warns
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 21 December 2017

MI5 has raised alarm about a huge surge in the number of 'high risk' terror suspects after the threat to Britain moved up a gear.

A report has given a stark insight into the challenge facing the security services, revealing that they are devoting more resources to monitoring individuals who have received terrorist training or are plotting attacks.

It also highlighted fears about extremists driven out of Iraq and Syria and delivered a chilling assessment of ISIS's murderous ambitions - with an arm of the group said to be plotting terrorism in the West 'pretty much all day every day'.

The disclosures are contained in the annual report published by parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee. ...

Committee chairman Dominic Grieve said: 'The scale of the terrorist threat facing the UK is unprecedented in terms of the number of current investigations and the overall number of 'individuals of interest'.

'MI5 have told us that it represents a pace which they have not experienced before.'
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New Labour's 'greatest' legacy? Why the Left can't square the circle on immigration
Erica Consterdine
LSE - British Politics and Policy, 20 December 2017

It's an uncomfortable issue, and one that Labour has long tried to avoid. But the referendum result has starkly demonstrated that it is an issue that the British electorate is deeply concerned about. ...

But, in Corbyn's defence, he has to conjure a coherent response to one of Britain's greatest political predicaments: Brexit. Yet Miliband's immigration policy was just as contradictory, because he recognised but didn't resolve the dilemma between Labour's two electoral bases: their cosmopolitan "wine drinking" liberals at ease with diversity, and their protectionist "beer drinkers" demanding less immigration. ...

Whilst Brexit makes a coherent position on immigration urgent, Labour's problem is not a new one. In fact, all centrist parties struggle with their positioning on immigration, and for good reason: it's an ideological conundrum. This is precisely why the Conservatives – who also struggle to fashion an ideologically coherent stance on the issue – and Labour held a bipartisan consensus in the post-war period that successful integration required limited immigration. This meant both parties could duck the issue and keep it off the agenda.

But this all changed when Blair became Labour leader and finally gave his Party a long-awaited victory; one with huge legacies for British politics. ...

... The belief that globalisation was inevitable and intrinsically good was at the heart of third-way politics. It was the New Labour project. It permeated most public policies and every speech.

... So strong was Blair's belief that 'I hear people say we have to stop and debate globalisation. You might as well debate whether autumn should follow summer', the New Labour administration dared to do what no other government had ever done: expand economic immigration.

But Blair and his team did not enter office with a strategic plan to overhaul immigration, quite the opposite. There wasn't much of a strategic plan. /.../ And here was borne the managed migration policy and the making of the migration state.

It was a bold and, whilst based on a calculated vision of a globalised economy including a flexible labour market policy, possibly the most progressive immigration policy the Western world has seen. It changed Britain, forging it into a truly multicultural state.

... The problem for Labour is not immigration per se, but rather what it exposes about the Party' ideological core and purpose. ...

... Labour is not alone in this battle; centre-left parties across the Western world are struggling to fashion concrete answers, which is ultimately symptomatic of how or even whether social democracy can be revived in today's political context.

[The author's forthcoming book is "Labour's Immigration Policy: The Making of the Migration State"]
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Britain: The "Islamophobia" Industry Strikes Again
Bruce Bawer
Gatestone Institute, 20 December 2017

Founded in 1968, the Runnymede Trust describes itself as "the UK's leading independent race equality think tank." Its chair is Clive Jones CBE, a former executive at Britain's ITV; its director is Omar Khan, a Governor of the University of East London and member of a variety of advisory groups involving ethnicity and integration. Runnymede's reports are taken extremely seriously, and its recommendations heeded, at the highest levels of the British government. ...

In 1994, Runnymede published a report on anti-Semitism. /.../ Now, anyone familiar with contemporary Britain knows that the alarming contemporary rise in Jew-hatred in that country – as in all of western Europe – is principally a consequence of the growing population of Muslims. But the Runnymede Trust's report seemed designed mainly to divert attention away from that fact. ...

... In 1997, it published a report, Islamophobia: A Challenge for Us All, which "was launched at the House of Commons by then-Home Secretary Jack Straw." Of its 60 recommendations, many were ultimately implemented. This year, on the twentieth anniversary of that report, Runnymede issued a new, 106-page report, Islamophobia: Still a Challenge for Us All, edited by Farah Elahi and Omar Khan.

The new report is a remarkable document. Among its premises is that "anti-Muslim hate crime" is a major crisis in the U.K. that demands urgent action by politicians, police, educators, employers, civil-society groups, the media, and pretty much everybody else. As for the far more serious matter of crimes committed by Muslims, the report mentions them only within the context of discussions of anti-Muslim hate. /.../ Similarly, here is the Runnymede Trust report's solitary reference to the fatwa against Salman Rushdie: "In Britain... many Muslims felt unsupported in their reaction to Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses and faced a backlash from those who they felt prioritized freedom of speech above respect for minorities." The point here is apparently that Britons who stood up for Rushdie's right not to be slaughtered for writing a novel were guilty of Islamophobia.

... Several paragraphs of the report are, indeed, devoted to a convoluted "explanation" of why, even though Islam is not a race, Islamophobia is nonetheless a form of racism.

The British government's program Prevent, the part of its counterterrorism strategy that seeks to inhibit the radicalization of British subjects, also comes in for criticism in Runnymede's report. Prevent is faulted both for being rooted in the notion (which it finds offensive, true or not) that the chief terrorist threat to the country is posed by "Islamist terrorists" (a term that the report puts in scare quotes) and for "put[ting] the onus on Muslim communities." ...

There is nothing in the Runnymede Trust report about Islamic theology – about jihad, sharia, the caliphate, the systematic subjugation of women, the execution of adulterers and apostates and gays. Audaciously, a chapter on women and Islam reduces the whole question to "Western stereotypes of Muslim women as oppressed, passive victims."
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Pupils perform better with teachers of the same race and sex, research suggests
Adi Bloom
TES, 19 December 2017

Pupils whose teacher is the same sex and race as them are more likely to understand what they are learning, research shows. ...

Two academics tracked around 3,000 teachers and more than 80,000 pupils, across six US states.

Anna Egalite, from North Carolina State University, and Brian Kisida, from the University of Missouri, then asked the pupils to evaluate their teachers. In particular, they were interested in the way that pupils of different races rated the same teachers.

They found that pupils whose teachers shared the same racial background as them felt more cared for at school, and more interested in their schoolwork.

Pupils at elementary school – equivalent to primary school in the UK – were more likely to say that they understood what they were supposed to be learning in class when they were taught by teachers who shared their race and sex.

Those pupils were also more likely than their peers to say that their teacher explained difficult things clearly.

And middle-school pupils – equivalent to key stage 3 – were more likely to think about progressing to university when they were taught by teachers of the same sex and race as them.

Middle-school pupils were also most likely to respond negatively to a teacher who shared neither their sex nor their racial background. ...

The academics also suggest that they "may have only observed the tip of the iceberg with regard to the benefits of demographically similar teachers", suggesting that the benefits of having a teacher who looks like you could extend even further.

They add: "For policymakers, this study provides strong support for innovative and bold actions to reduce barriers for entry for more diverse teachers entering the profession, and efforts to improve retention."
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Europe's migrants are here to stay
Dimitris Avramopoulos, 18 December 2017
[Dimitris Avramopoulos is European commissioner for migration, home affairs and citizenship]

It's time to face the truth. We cannot and will never be able to stop migration.

... Human mobility will increasingly define the 21st century. If we want to be ready for it, we need to start preparing now.

Migration is an emotional, sensitive and political issue. It has helped determine elections across Europe and the world. But we can no longer talk only about crisis management: Migration is our new reality. ...

Over the last two years, Europe has been primarily engaged in addressing the immediate urgencies of the global migration and refugee crisis – and quite successfully so. ...

But we cannot continue taking an ad hoc approach, thinking and acting with only short-term deadlines in mind. When it comes to migration, we're in it for the long haul. This not a problem to solve or a challenge to address. Migration is deeply intertwined with our policies on economics, trade, education and employment – to name just a few. ...

It is foolish to think that migration will disappear if one adopts harsh language. It is naïve to think that our societies will remain homogenous and migration-free if one erects fences. It is unwise to think that migration will remain on the other side of the Mediterranean, if one only shows solidarity in financial terms.

We must start to be honest with those citizens who are concerned about how we will manage migration. We may not be able to stop migration. But we can be better, smarter and more proactive at managing this phenomenon. However, we cannot achieve this if we don't accept a change in attitude and a change in our narrative. ...

There has been some debate about diversity and inclusion recently /.../ but not nearly enough to prompt the changes that our societies need to be ready for the realities of the 21st century. ...

At the end of the day, we all need to be ready to accept migration, mobility and diversity as the new norm and tailor our policies accordingly. The only way to make our asylum and migration policies future-proof, is to collectively change our way of thinking first.
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Are Europeans Making Themselves Stateless?
Will Jones
Crisis Magazine, 18 December 2017
[Will Jones has a PhD in political philosophy and an MA in ethics and political theory]

If ethnic Italians were no longer a majority in Italy, would it still be Italy? Does it matter that ethnic British are no longer a majority in London? Would it matter if they weren't in Britain? Would it be a problem if ethnic Ugandans ceased to be a majority in Uganda, and Europeans overtook them?

These are all essentially the same question, though the answers might feel different in each case. They are all asking about the relationship between an ethnic group and its home country, and about the meaning of becoming a minority in the country it considers its own. Does being the majority ethnic group in a country carry any moral or political significance? Is it something which an ethnic group may legitimately aim to preserve? How does this interact with ideas of racism – the taboo par excellence of post-war Western culture?

Ethnicity and race are typically avoided these days when thinking about the constitutive features of a nation or state, particularly Western ones. ...

This is all the more curious when you consider that on a sociological and anthropological level the connection between culture and ethnic group is very strong indeed. ...

Whatever else you want to say about ethnic diversity, then, it is plainly inseparable as a real world phenomenon from cultural diversity, for an ethnically diverse state will always to some degree or other be a culturally diverse one. Consequently, ethnic diversity within a state necessarily sits in some tension with the idea of a unified national and civic culture of a kind which is known to be strongly associated with high levels of social cohesion, solidarity, trust, and stability. In our very understandable and proper desire to avoid racial prejudice and be hospitable to newcomers of whatever background, therefore, we have perhaps lost sight of important general principles of social stability and harmony that should be forefront in our minds as we formulate social policy. ...

The role of ethnicity in national identity today is politically perhaps most clearly reflected in the repatriation policies of states such as Germany, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Finland, Russia, Israel, and Turkey, where automatic or accelerated citizenship is provided for members of their ethnic diaspora scattered throughout the world. ...

... We need I think to take much more seriously the social, psychological, and moral threads which run between ethnicity and culture, and then on into nationhood and statehood. While avoiding racism or any of the old imperialism, this shift needs to work a revolution in the minds and attitudes of European peoples towards their home countries, their cultures, and their concern for self-determination as peoples and nations. This needs to proceed in the emergence of radically altered approaches to immigration, citizenship, culture, and even fertility and family, such as are sufficient to ensure that European states will retain their essential character as the home countries of the European peoples well into the future.
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Crackdown on health tourist women who fly to the UK to give birth 'on the NHS' is WORKING despite fury of doctors' union
Stephen Adams
Mail on Sunday, 17 December 2017

A clampdown on foreign women who fly in to give birth 'for free' on the NHS is proving to be a resounding success, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

Since the spring all pregnant women giving birth at St George's Hospital in Tooting, South London, have been required to prove they have lived in the UK for at least a year.

The drive – a trailblazing programme being rolled out across dozens of other hospitals – has led to a huge fall in the number of women from outside Britain attempting to obtain maternity care without paying.

Official NHS figures indicate the number of labour ward health tourists has dropped by at least 90 per cent at St George's, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The results are a boost for the Government, which has vowed to get tough on a problem which is thought to cost the NHS hundreds of millions of pounds a year.

But they will be embarrassing for the Left-leaning British Medical Association, which has constantly criticised the idea. ...

A year ago they estimated that around 900 women who gave birth at St George's in 2015-16 should have been charged. Most have not paid up. The average birth costs the NHS at least £1,000, but that can soar if there are complications. ...

Managers at St George's estimated they were losing £4.6 million a year to health tourism, of which maternity was thought to account for the biggest chunk. It is still owed £1.75 million from fly-in mothers.
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Brexit voters were 'mainly driven by taking back control of law-making powers from EU' – not racism
David Wooding
The Sun, 17 December 2017

Remain camp claims that the Brexit vote was driven by racism have been exposed as a vile smear.

Most people chose to leave the EU to take back control of law-making powers, a major study has found.

But even those who were swayed by mass immigration did not do so out of xenophobia or intolerance.

Jobs, skills and crime were the biggest concerns of those who voted out to bring an end to Britain's open borders.

Only a tiny handful of people admitted they were opposed to free movement on the grounds of race, religion or sexuality.

Last year, Labour MP Diane Abbott provoked uproar when she branded the millions who back Brexit racist. ...

But the myth of "Brexit racism" is exploded in a study by the independent think tank Open Europe.

It found that 84 per cent of people believe that one of the most important factors when considering whether to admit migrants is if they have a criminal record.

More than 73 per cent listed whether they have a specific job offer, with 69 per cent concerned about whether their job is in an area where the UK has a skills shortage.

Other issues which feature high on the list are the ability to speak fluent English, the likelihood of them claiming benefits, whether they are healthy and if they intend to settle here.

Only 7.9 per cent attached any priority to the race or ethnic background of migrants – and only 6.9 per cent believe it is important to know if they are Christian.
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Human rights insanity: Barmy laws are preventing 6,000 foreign criminals including killers and rapists being deported while 200 a year are receiving millions of pounds in compensation
Barbara Davies
Daily Mail, 16 December 2017

Given the £110,000 compensation payment winging its way towards his bank account, Aliou Bah ought to be a very happy man indeed.

The 28-year-old refugee from Guinea, West Africa, who has two convictions for sexual assault, was awarded the bumper payout last week at Central London County Court after a judge ruled he had been detained for too long by the Home Office while they were trying to deport him. ...

In actuality, an average of 200 such cases come before the courts every year, typically costing the taxpayer £4.5 million in compensation payouts and making a mockery of Home Office pledges to deport foreign nationals who commit serious crimes. ...

The Home Office says there is a huge risk that criminals facing deportation will abscond if they are not detained.

But inevitable delays caused by obfuscating legal challenges can easily lead to a situation whereby a foreign criminal is deemed to have been kept in detention for too long. ...

Last month, 39-year-old Somalian Abdulrahman Mohammed – a man with a criminal career spanning 20 years – was awarded £78,500 after his claim for unlawful detention was upheld at the High Court in London.

Mohammed, who lives in West London and has 30 convictions, has been jailed 13 times for crimes including affray, knife possession, assaults and robberies. ...

The same verdict was delivered in relation to Naseer Chawki, a failed asylum-seeker claiming to be a 34-year-old from Iran, who was jailed for 'revolting' sex crimes on a crowded London Underground train and was placed in immigration detention for more than four years while the Home Office battled to deport him. ...

The final sum he received is not known, but the average payout to claimants is in the region of £27,000. ...

In isolation, of course, these cases might be viewed as an aberration, but a quick glance into the annals of UK immigration law turns up countless more.

In August 2011, failed Algerian asylum-seeker Amin Sino, who committed more than 25 crimes within six years of arriving in the UK, was awarded 'substantial' damages for unlawful detention, despite the fact he had misled Home Office officials about his identity in a bid to thwart deportation and had 'proved to be a risk to the community'.

The judge, John Howell QC, said that while the public would be 'outraged' by his ruling, an immigrant's refusal to co-operate with authorities was not justification for detention under UK law.

And the list goes on, with criminals continuing to remain in the UK while the deportation process drags on. ...

On top of these payouts, tax-payers are also ultimately footing the bill for all the lawyers, translators and forensic experts often drafted in to prove or disprove the claims of foreign offenders. ...

Dr David Green of the think-tank Civitas, the Institute for the Study of Civil Society, argues that the Home Office is in an impossible situation. If it detains foreign criminals, it risks further mammoth compensation claims in the future. If it releases them while seeking their deportation, it faces accusations of placing the public at risk. ...

In 2014, the Home Office was forced to admit that it had lost track of 758 dangerous foreign criminals awaiting deportation.
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'Child migrants Britain let in were BALDING and BEARDED' - fresh claim
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 15 December 2017

Dozens of adult migrants posed as children to get into Britain, a former Border Force chief admitted last night.

After the Jungle refugee camp in Calais closed last year, 750 "vulnerable minors" were granted sanctuary in the UK as part of a deal struck with France. Concern was raised at the time that a number of them appeared to be over 18.

Tony Smith, former director-general of the UK Border Force, said: "I am not confident all the vulnerable minors brought over from Calais were children. In fact, I am confident some of them were not and were actually adult economic migrants posing as children.

"Some would have sworn on their mothers' lives they were only 16 even though they had a beard and were balding.

"If they can get away with an age they will because minors are treated much more favourably than adults. If they can get away with claiming they are a nationality which is more favourable to getting asylum, like a Somali or Syrian, then why not claim that? There is a huge amount of deception in immigration." ...

Tory MP David Davies was vilified for suggesting that some "child" migrants looked over 18 and should be required to undergo medical checks to back up their claims.

He said: "It was obvious to anyone with a grain of common sense that people who are prepared to jump into moving lorries to get to the UK would be perfectly prepared to lie about their age.

"The reluctance of the authorities to accept this because of a fear of receiving the kind of vilification I put up with last year has led to our system being flagrantly abused.

"If Mr Smith had spoken out while in office he would have faced a media storm and ministers would have been called on to sack him. Everyone working in this sector knows that to speak out about the abuses of our system is a quick way to end your career."

Mr Smith, who retired in 2013, also said Britain was kicking out too few failed asylum seekers.
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The immigration policy that we need after Brexit
Lord Green
Conservative Home, 15 December 2017

Lord Green is Chairman of MigrationWatch UK and a cross-bench peer

Amidst the drama over trade talks immigration, a key factor in the outcome of the referendum, has almost disappeared from sight. /.../ Below are ten key points for ministers keep at the forefront of their minds in the next phase of negotiations.

. Net migration statistics for the first full year since the referendum showed a drop of 100,000, of which 80,000 was a reduction in EU net migration. However, there is still a net inflow from the EU of 100,000 and there are more EU-born workers in the labour market than ever before – over 2.4 million. ...

. Immigration was clearly a decisive factor in the referendum result. Ipsos MORI found it to be by far the most important issue for voters in June 2016 (11 points ahead of the NHS and 21 points ahead of the economy). ...

. We must take serious steps to expand the training of those already in the UK. There are 1.4 million unemployed people, and around a million part-time workers who would like more hours.

. 80 per cent of EU workers are not in the highly skilled categories. A system of work permits could cut, or taper very sharply, their numbers. ...

. Many employers are being subsidised by the taxpayer to employ migrants from the EU. Working age benefits for EEA nationals cost the Treasury £4.4 billion in 2014/15 or about £12 million per day. We do not hear about this from industry. ...

Finally, Minister, it will be very easy to get bogged down in detail but it is essential to remember that the UK population is set to grow by nearly ten million over the next 25 years if net migration continues at around current levels.
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Migrants in Germany: Should they be paid to go home?
Rebecca Seales
BBC, 15 December 2017

If you'd travelled across the world to pursue a better life, would you move back in return for money?

Germany is betting that the answer is yes.

The country has long offered migrants and asylum seekers financial incentives to leave its shores, and until 28 February 2018 it's prepared to pay out extra. ...

Germany is by no means first to this approach. So where else has done it - and is it morally wrong?

According to Dr Jeff Crisp, a Fellow at the Chatham House think tank, so-called "voluntary return" programmes for asylum seekers have been around for at least 20 years, and everywhere from Australia to the UK and Canada has tried them.

"The pressure on people to return is definitely being ramped up, and return is being seen as the key to the whole migration situation in Europe at the moment," he told the BBC. ...

Figures from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which runs many countries' reward schemes, show that some 39,000 people received cash or benefits in kind in 2016, at a cost of $32.7m. And by far the biggest number - 54%, or 54,006 people - were leaving Germany.

How does a government sell that kind of outlay to the voting public?

In Scandinavia, which has seen a migrant influx in the past decade, officials say it's cheaper to help asylum seekers leave than to house them in immigration centres. ...

While the number of new asylum applications in Germany fell by almost half to 90,389 in the first half of 2017, a humane solution is needed for the thousands whose requests have already been turned down. ...

Almost twice as many asylum seekers are launching appeals in Germany year on year in 2017, as its deportation drive cranks up. Around one in two rulings makes it to court, and about a quarter of appeals succeed.

German public broadcaster NDR (cited by the news portal DW) puts the rough cost of these judgements at 19m euros from January to November 2017 - a full 7.8m more than in 2016.

For that money, the latest incentive scheme could afford to pay 19,000 people to leave voluntarily.
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Douglas Murray Takes Us Inside The Strange Death Of Europe
Douglas Murray
FrontPage Mag, 15 December 2017
[Speaking at the David Horowitz Freedom Center's 2017 Restoration Weekend]

The "Strange Death of Europe" centers on the 2015 migration crisis, which you all remember was the moment when Angela Merkel massively exacerbated an already existing problem by announcing, unilaterally, that the external and internal borders of Europe were basically dissolved. In a single act, the mass movement of people that had been going on for decades sped up exponentially, so that Germany in a single year took in an additional 2 percent of its population. Sweden took in an additional almost 3 percent of its population. This is all part of a pattern. ...

And, by the way, just as in all of the decades after the war, so in the post-2015 moment, the governments that came up with these explanations had to hedge around the facts, so that just like the labor government, after 1997, they had to pretend that the average migrant was a Luxemburgian hedge funder. And this is just one of the lies that gets told to the people, because once that one is shut down, once, for instance, you notice that the number of people who have been added to Germany's welfare bill in the last year, is almost exactly the number of the people who came in in 2015. ...

So once you get the one of, well, okay maybe they don't make us richer. Maybe the aging population thing doesn't work. You get to another one, which is diversity. It doesn't matter if we're financially poorer. It doesn't matter, because we're so much more culturally rich. ...

And then you get to another stage in this, which is, okay, maybe it doesn't make you richer. Maybe the aging population thing does fall apart. Maybe the diversity thing isn't all it's cracked up to be or, as I put it at one point in my book, maybe we just have to do an agreement this is a quid pro quo. We have a bit more gang rape and beheading than we used to have, but then there's a wider range of cuisines. ...

But, then you get to the last stage of that, which is the one that politicians now say and speak to us about. Which is, okay, maybe none of these things are the case. We'll suck it up. This is globalization. This is going to happen anyway. This is a hell of a way to speak to the general public about their and their children's future. And, it is only said, once again, to the peoples of Europe in this tone.

... I say in the opening line, "Europe is committing suicide or, at least, its leaders have decided to commit suicide." /.../ Now, this strange death, this suicide, seems to me to be a very unnatural thing to happen in nature. And, so there must be, and I posit that there are deeper underlying reasons for it. One is what I described, taking it from the French philosopher Pascal Bruckner, as the Tyranny of Guilt. This overwhelming guilt, specifically, the German guilt that has spread across the continent in the decades since the war. You, of course, in America have a very clear version of this, yourself. Just as we, in Europe now, have this myth of original sin, so you now have it in America; the original sin of slavery, the original sin of racism, and the European versions of the original sin of colonialism, and so on. Again, it's a one-way movement.
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Former Ukip leader fears 'appeasement of Islam' threatens Christianity
Sarah Westcott
Daily Express, 13 December 2017

A senior peer fears Christians could be arrested for airing their views on Jesus under hate crime laws which he claims "appease Muslims".

Lord Pearson of Rannoch said free speech is being eroded by political correctness and people are becoming afraid to speak their minds in case they break the law.

The former Ukip leader said he, and other peers, have become increasingly worried about freedom of speech.

Lord Pearson has repeatedly asked the Government if Christians who preach the supreme divinity of Christ would be guilty of a religiously-motivated offence.

This year the Crown Prosecution Service produced revised definitions of the different strands of hate crime – racist, religious, disability, homophobic, biphobic and transphobic.

In a debate on hate crime in the House of Lords last week, Lord Pearson asked: "Will the Government confirm that the latest definition of a hate crime is one which is perceived to be motivated by prejudice based on a person's religion?"

"Will the Government therefore confirm unequivocally that a Christian who says Jesus is the only son of the one true God cannot be arrested for hate crime or any other offence, however much it may offend a Muslim or anyone of any other religion?" ...

Between 2015 and 2016, the Crown Prosecution Service completed a record 15,442 hate crime prosecutions.
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It's not racist to tell the truth about grooming gangs
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 13 December 2017

In what circumstances should you apologise for telling the truth? Back in August, Sarah Champion, the Labour MP for Rotherham, wrote an article for The Sun which began: "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls. There. I said it. Does that make me a racist? Or am I just prepared to call out this horrifying problem for what it is?"

Champions's willingness to "call out this horrifying problem" lasted all of five days before she issued an apology for her "extremely poor choice of words".

She went further and resigned as shadow secretary of state for women and equalities saying it "would distract from the crucial issues around child protection which I have campaigned on my entire political career".

That was a mistake, wasn't it, Sarah? The white girls who had been raped and pimped by British Pakistani men – campaigners estimate there may be as many as 40,000 victims – really need a fearless, high-profile advocate. Champion betrayed both her name and those girls when she succumbed to the overwhlming pressure to apologise for speaking the truth about what I believe to be the biggest scandal in modern British history. ...

... a hugely important new report from the Quilliam think tank ...

... In many of the case studies looked at, members of gangs were often related by "blood or community" and when Quilliam analysed 58 grooming gangs they found that 84 per cent of their members were Asian and 70 per cent of those were of Pakistani heritage. ...

What they found was, indeed, racist. Perpetrators viewed their young victims as "white trash available for sex". ...

Cultural sensitivity and "an attitude of extreme political correctness of those in positions of authority" led to abhorrent views being swept under the carpet for years until the scandal was no longer containable.
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"Eurosion": Muslim Majority in Thirty Years?
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 12 December 2017

One of the most debated arguments about Muslims in Europe is the "Eurabia" claim: that high birth rates and immigration will make Muslims the majority on the continent within a few decades. For years, most of the media and analysts dismissed the claim as alarmist and racist. ...

Not many had the courage to sound an alarm. The great Arabist scholar, Bernard Lewis, sent out a warning more than a decade ago that Europe would turn Muslim by the end of this century, and dissolve into "part of the Arab West, the Maghreb". The late scholar Fouad Ajami also cautioned that "Europe is host to a war between order and its enemies, fueled by demography"; and the Italian writer Oriana Fallaci imagined a continent with "the minarets in place of the bell-towers, with the burka in place of the mini-skirt". Mark Steyn explained that "the future belongs to Islam" with an "enfeebled" West in a "semi Islamified Europe".

Ten years later, since Europe opened its borders to a massive wave of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East, the demographers reviewed their assessments.

... The projections foretell that if the current wave of immigrants persists, in thirty years Europe's Muslim population will triple. ...

Pew's dramatic scenarios do not tell the whole story, however. What will happen in major European cities, where the Muslim communities are currently based? Will London, Marseille, Stockholm, Brussels, Amsterdam, Berlin and Birmingham all have Muslim majorities? ...

Under the "medium" and "high" projections in Pew's scenarios, how can Europe preserve all its most precious gifts: freedom of expression, separation of church and state, freedom of conscience, rule of law and equality between men and women? ...

Jean-Claude Chesnais rightly called this shift a "crépuscule", a twilight. We are living through the self-extinction of the European societies of the Enlightenment.
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On campus, 'diversity' is now a threat to free thought
Andrew Tettenborn
Spiked, 11 December 2017

We're used to hearing stories about some universities making life difficult for those who openly disagree with a predominantly liberal-left outlook. Less well-known is a movement to railroad universities into endorsing as official policy some truly controversial views on race, gender and equality. ...

... Not only do we have a new breed of academic interested in process over purpose and 'social justice' over everything - we now also have the Equality Challenge Unit (ECU).

The ECU is a little-known organisation founded in 2005 and based in London. It has a staff of around 40, overseen by a board of 13 drawn mainly from the academic great and good. It is bankrolled by Universities UK, similar Welsh and Scottish higher-education bodies, and organisations such as the Royal Society, and is subscribed to to the tune of a few thousand pounds per year by just about every university in the UK. ...

Indeed, the ECU isn't just concerned with traditional 'fair treatment' equality – the sort no one would object to. Instead, it goes a good deal further. Take the Race Equality Charter, which universities are under almost irresistible peer pressure to adopt. If a university wants to participate, its vice-chancellor must formally endorse a document stating, among other things, that 'racism is an everyday facet of UK society' and that 'diverse teams enhance creativity and promote innovation'. ...

Now, these aims and assertions may or may not be justified. But it is deeply problematic that universities, supposed homes of free thought, are now expected to adopt them as a sort of academic equivalent of the Thirty-Nine Articles. And this is just the basics. The charters also have bronze, silver and gold awards, which require universities to go a good deal further.

Dig deeper into ECU documents and you see far more concerning examples of a postmodern, victim-centred approach to equality. ...

This is bad news for those of us who believe the university should be a place for free debate, rather than evangelising an official, or semi-official, ideology.
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Bangladesh: Runaway Muslim Persecution of Hindus
Mohshin Habib
Gatestone Institute, 11 December 2017

If you want to punish a non-Muslim, especially a poor Christian in Pakistan, point your index finger at him and utter the word "blasphemy." You will soon find thousands of Islamic hardliners beside you chanting, "Death to blasphemers!" Similarly, if you want to root out a Hindu family from its ancestral home in Bangladesh, just accuse one of its members of insulting the Islamic Prophet Muhammad. You will soon find thousands of Muslims rushing to burn the Hindu family's whole neighborhood down, without hesitation or evidence.

Such behavior towards minorities – Christians in Pakistan and Hindus in Bangladesh – has become commonplace among fundamentalist Muslims in both countries, whose governments have surrendered to Islamists. ...

According to an eminent Bangladeshi economist and researcher, Dr. Abul Barkat of Dhaka University, within 30 years, there will be no Hindus left in the country, based on "the rate of exodus over the past 49 years." Barkat, author of "Political Economy of Unpeopling of Indigenous People: The Case of Bangladesh," said that between 1964 and 2013, 11.3 million Hindus had left Bangladesh due to religious persecution and discrimination.

The Hindus of Bangladesh, a country created in 1971 from East Pakistan, have a long history of repression at the hands of Muslims. According to a 2013 report by the Hindu American Foundation (HAF):

"Hindu minorities living in countries throughout South Asia and other parts of the world are subject to varying degrees of legal and institutional discrimination, restrictions on their religious freedom, social prejudice, violence, social persecution, and economic and political marginalization. Hindu women are especially vulnerable and face kidnappings and forced conversions in countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. In several countries where Hindus are minorities, non-state actors advance a discriminatory and exclusivist agenda, often with the tacit or explicit support of the state."

... It is little wonder, then, that the Hindu population there is in steep decline, with a 2011 national census suggesting that a mere 8.4% remained, with nearly one million having left the country after 2001. To this day, Hindus continue to seek refuge in neighboring India.

Although secularism is enshrined in the constitution of Bangladesh, the country is being "purified" by – and for – its fundamentalist Muslims.
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Grooming gangs of Muslim men failed to integrate into British society
Steve Bird
Sunday Telegraph, 10 December 2017

The failure of Asian communities to integrate into British society has led to gangs of Muslim men targeting white women with drink and drugs before raping and sexually abusing them, an anti-extremism think tank claims.

The report by Quilliam calls for greater support to help integrate British Pakistani people into modern British society.

It says that the gangs of mainly British-Pakistani men "have been influenced by the cultural conditions of their home country and a wider failure of British society to integrate these men into their adoptive culture."

Researchers, who analysed 264 convictions of grooming gang members since 2005, had initially expected to find Asians had been unfairly singled out.

However, they discovered that 222 of those convicted, or 84 per cent, were men of Asian origin. Only 22 were black and 18 were white with two offenders not having an identified ethnicity. The findings are in stark contrast to the fact Asians make up only seven per cent of the UK population, the report said. ...

The report, called 'Group Based Child Sexual Exploitation: Dissecting Grooming Gangs', notes how many of the gangs had operated in North of England towns and cities. ...

They found that while girls from the Asian community were seen as "protected" because chastity was linked to "family honour", young white women were deemed "easy targets" and "open to sexual relationships with a little persuasion". ...

Since 2011, groups of men have been prosecuted for organised sexgrooming crimes against hundreds of girls in Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford, Telford, Leeds, Birmingham, Norwich, Burnley, High Wycombe, Leicester, Dewsbury, Middlesbrough, Peterborough, Bristol, Halifax and Newcastle.

In only two of those cases were the men not of South Asian heritage. Of all the victims, only three were not white teenage girls.
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Returning jihadis must be brought to justice
The Spectator, 9 December 2017
[Leading article]

While extremism, for political reasons, is frequently attributed to a tiny minority of people, that is not how it must seem to an MI5 officer trying to assess and prioritise risks. According to the Anderson report, the organisation currently has 3,000 'subjects of interest' in its sights, with a further 20,000 people on the books, who have been under investigation at some stage. It can take a dozen intelligence officers to track one suspect around the clock: there are simply not the resources to track them all. Intelligence can never be foolproof. ...

The biggest faults with our anti-terror campaign lie not with the intelligence agencies but with the criminal justice system. We could do more about the estimated 400 Britons who travelled willingly to join Isis in Syria and Iraq and who have since returned to Britain. There is no issue of civil liberties involved in this as there was, for example, with suspects who were subject to the now-defunct control orders. Every one of these people, simply by travelling to Isis territory, has committed a criminal offence – yet just 14 of them are known to have been jailed.

A dangerous conceit has developed to the effect that former Isis fighters are merely misguided and that with a bit of counselling and deradicalisation they can be introduced back into British society. ...

There is a bizarre disjuncture between how we treat Isis fighters in Syria or Iraq – where we are happy to eliminate them via drone strike – and how we treat them if they manage to make it back to Britain, where we hope they will find gainful employment and tend not to go after them.

There are justified objections to the detention or control of people whom we merely suspect might be capable of carrying out terrorist acts. But if the government decrees that fighting for Isis is a crime, then it ought to go after the offenders. That would help the intelligence agencies thwart the next terror attack.
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Government doesn't record how many returning jihadi fighters it's prosecuted
Westmonster, 9 December 2017

The government simply doesn't keep a record of how many, if any, returning ISIS jihadis have been prosecuted since coming back to Britain.

Westmonster contacted the Home Office, the Ministry of Justice and the Crown Prosecution Service. None of them said they had figures relating specifically to returning fighters.

Bear in mind around 425 are believed to have made their way back to the UK after fighting for ISIS or other banned terror groups in Syria and Iraq...

And there have been a record number of terror arrests in the last 12 months – 400.

So it would appear that not only is this government stripping the resources away from security services, failing to tackle home grown terror and not securing Britain's borders, it's also not too bothered about prosecuting returning jihadis.
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Network in £1m benefit fraud is uncovered
Marc Horne
The Times, 9 December 2017

An organised crime network that fraudulently secured almost £1 million of public money has been broken up after an international police operation.

The benefit and tax fraud was taking place on a staggering scale in Govanhill, Glasgow, an immigration official said. A major operation involving Police Scotland, the National Crime Agency, the Home Office, HMRC, Border Force and the Department for Work and Pensions found a series of bogus companies had been established in the neighbourhood to facilitate and provide cover for the fraudulent scheme.

The Home Office has confirmed that dozens of Romanians have been removed from the UK in recent weeks in connection with the exercise, called Operation Mighty.

Ian Tyldesley, head of immigration enforcement for Scotland, said: "HMRC identified fraudulent child tax credit and other benefit claims involving 58 people in Govanhill. Those benefits have now been stopped. The total sum was around £1 million and the scale of benefits abuse was quite staggering."

Specialist officers from the National Child Abuse Investigation Unit are conducting a separate investigation in Govanhill, prompted by a Times report which suggested that vulnerable children were being sold for abuse in the district. ...

... Police Scotland confirmed there had been a significant reduction in recorded offences, including a 60 per cent fall in theft, since the exercise was launched.
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Record 400 arrests for terror-related offences were made in the UK in the year to September - including more than 50 women
Richard Spillett
MailOnline, 8 December 2017

The number of suspects arrested in terrorism investigations has reached a record high, official figures reveal.

A total of 400 people were held for terror-related offences in Britain in the year to the end of September, the highest tally since data collection started in 2001 and a jump of 54% compared to last year. ...

It was also revealed that 58 of those held were female - the highest number on record. ...

Just under a third of those arrested, 115 people, were later charged, with the vast majority of those charged with terrorism-related offences.

More than 200 of those arrested were were released without charge, 60 were released on bail pending further investigation and 11 faced so-called 'alternative action'.

The increase includes a 77% rise in the number of white suspects held, from 81 to 143.

Earlier this week, a report revealed that counter-terror teams are currently running about 500 live investigations involving 3,000 individuals at any one time, while there is also a wider pool of 20,000 subjects of previous probes.
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Not Good Enough! EU's Verhofstadt Demands Easier Migration After Brexit, EU Court Power 'Binding' in UK
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 8 December 2017

The European Parliament's Brexit coordinator has laid out five further Brexit demands, including two making it easier for migrants to come to Britain after the divorce.

Guy Verhofstadt, a former Prime Minister of Belgium and hardline Brexit opponent, was responding to the already controversial deal allowing Brexit talks to progress to trade, as the parliament he represents has a veto on any final Brexit deal.

His demands included two conditions pertaining to European Union (EU) migrants, one easing their passage to the UK after 2019, and one ensuring the continued power of EU courts in the UK. ...

On migration, he now wants EU nationals living in the UK to be able to bring their families and future spouses and partners to live with them, even if they meet after Brexit in 2019, or their children are conceived after the UK leaves the bloc.

He says entire families of migrants should be able to "initiate the procedure" of moving to the UK by filling out "one single" application form.

Furthermore, he called for a "light-touch... free of charge" procedure for EU citizens to register in the UK, placing the "burden of proof on the Home Office, on the UK authorities, to challenge the declaration".

The UK has already promised numerous protections for EU migrants and a simplified process of applying to stay, with the Home Office stating: "We expect the majority of cases to be granted."
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Jonathon Porritt calls for progressive case for taking control of EU immigration
Jonathon Porritt
The Ecologist, 7 December 2017

When I joined the Green party in the mid-1970s population was a big issue, regularly debated with enthusiasm and intellectual rigour. People joining the Green party today would have to wait a long time before even hearing the word mentioned – and then might easily find themselves 'warned off' from this no-go territory.

I just don't get this. In a world where overall population growth projections are rising, and where global migration is still on the rise, it's a complete dereliction of all environmentalists' duty to protect the planet (particularly members of the Green party) to continue to ignore population growth and not to campaign for its reduction. Without such a reduction, all solutions to other aspects of ecological and social concern are made far more difficult to deal with. ...

Uncomfortable though this might be for contemporary greens – and indeed for all progressives – high levels of population growth and immigration go hand-in-hand. If net migration continues at around recent levels, then the UK's population is expected to rise by nearly 8 million people in 15 years, almost the equivalent of the population of Greater London (8.7 million).

At least 75 percent of this increase would be from future migration and the children of those migrants. As already indicated, future population growth would not stop there. Unless something is done about this growth, it is projected to increase towards 80 million in 25 years and keep going upwards. ...

The UK's Total Fertility Rate has not been above 2.1 children per mother since 1972, but 'population momentum' (the increase in the numbers of births when babies born at the peak of population growth reach reproductive age), plus net immigration, has led to a population increase of nearly 10 million people since 1972. ...

All I can do, therefore, is to urge all environmentalists to open up their minds again and re-think the whole population/immigration nexus – from a radical, genuinely progressive perspective.
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Christmas markets without armed police are now a thing of the past
Ed West
Spectator blog, 7 December 2017

I love the Christmas season, so friendly and wholesome and filled with evocative memories – but don't the machine guns and anti-terror bollards seem to go up earlier each year? Look at the touching festive scenes in Manchester, and Edinburgh, and we'll see the police and barriers across the country from Liverpool to Lincoln. ...

I've noticed these 'diversity bollards' popping up everywhere, without a word spoken about it; a few weeks ago I spotted them at Hyde Park Corner opposite the Duke of Wellington's house. ...

Does anyone in a position of power believe this is going to get better and these security measures will ever be taken down? If not, perhaps they should explain to us why, how they led us down this route, and what they intend to do about it.

Last week, /.../ PEW released statistics suggesting that Britain will be 16.7 per cent Muslim by mid-century. The highly-respected research group also stated that the current figure is already 6.3 per cent, when it was assumed it was still hovering somewhere around the 5 per cent. In 2001, it was 3.07 per cent, a decade before that 1.86 per cent; back in 1961, it was 0.1 per cent.

... And because extremism is fuelled by segregation, as the Muslim population grows then that number will grow exponentially, and the European Intifada will continue.

No free society can maintain its liberal traditions with that sort of internal threat, so as the problem deteriorates the surveillance state will expand. We will be faced with the decision about whether to allow the government to monitor people's internet activity, because the alternative would be asking serious questions about immigration and multiculturalism. ...

... By mid-century this country may well have the sort of political violence we've recently seen in Ulster. Indeed it may be worse, and we're passing on this completely self-inflicted problem to our children and grandchildren all because people in positions of power were too scared of saying something unpopular.
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Derby gets nearly £1m to deal with pressures of high levels of immigration
Robbie Gordon
Derby Telegraph, 6 December 2017

Almost £1 million has been secured by Derby City Council to mitigate the impact of high levels of migration over the next two years.

The authority will work with new arrivals in the city to help them integrate to life in the UK at school, work and home.

This process will involve "educating people on the social norms and cultural expectations, preventing more pressure being placed on social services and schools and freeing up teacher time", the council said.

Some £965,084 has been awarded from the Controlling Migration Fund after the council put in a bid for the money.

The fund, which was set up by the Government, is designed to support areas facing pressures linked to migration.

The Derby cash will also fund new research into the impact of migration on the current population. It will also look at ways to tackle complex family issues and exploitation through an "early intervention and support approach", the council said.

A spokesman for the council said: "There are many pressures upon all the public services, schools, police, health service, housing services that spans a range of issues such as housing conditions, rogue landlords, modern slavery, school attendance and behaviour, availability of school places, language barriers, community tensions, health inequalities and anti-social behaviour.

"This money will help us tackle these issues to build stronger communities."
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A Two State Solution for Europe?
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 6 December 2017

A French intellectual, Christian Moliner, recently suggested that France should establish a Muslim state-within-a-state that adheres to sharia law, inside the borders of France, to avoid a civil war. ...

Moliner's proposal represents a total surrender to political Islam and is of course outrageous, especially considering that Muslims only comprise a little more than five percent of the French population. What he suggests, however, merely formalizes the status quo that already exists – and not only in France – even if it abandons reform-minded Muslims and eventually, with their collapsing demography, the non-Muslims there.

In France, the no-go zones with their Islamization and Islamic law, sharia, and most noticeably the subjugation of women, has already spread from the suburbs (banlieues) to the cities themselves. ...

Last year, French TV aired a documentary about women disappearing from public view in certain areas, where parallel Islamic societies had taken hold. The program named Sevran in the district of Seine-Saint Denis – a suburb of Paris described by French political scientist Gilles Kepel as "the capital of French Islam". There are 1.4 million people living in the district of Seine-Saint-Denis. More than 600,000 of them are Muslims. ...

In France, a poll conducted by Institut Montaigne this summer found that 29% of French Muslims found sharia to be more important to them than French laws. It also found that 67% of Muslims want their children to study Arabic and 56% think it should be taught in public schools.

A 2016 UK poll, apparently the largest poll ever done on the subject in the UK, showed that 43% of British Muslims "believed that parts of the Islamic legal system should replace British law while only 22 per cent opposed the idea". A different poll, also from 2016, found that nearly a quarter (23%) of all Muslims supported the introduction of sharia law in some areas of Britain, and 39% agreed that "wives should always obey their husbands", compared with 5% of the country as a whole. Nearly a third (31%) thought it was acceptable for a British Muslim man to have more than one wife, compared with 8% of the wider population. ...

According to a 2014 study of Moroccan and Turkish Muslims in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria and Sweden, an average of almost 60% of the Muslims polled agreed that Muslims should return to the roots of Islam; 75% thought there is only one interpretation of the Koran possible and 65% said that Sharia is more important to them than the laws of the country in which they lived. ...

As the polls show, there already are "two peoples" in France and large parts of Europe, who wish to live according to completely different standards, as Moliner suggests. Politicians persist in ignoring these facts or downplaying them. ...

France, as well as the rest of Europe, is – wittingly or unwittingly – heading towards the "two-state solution" outlined by Moliner, whether it wants it or not. That fact, however, does not appear particularly to bother the political establishment.
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British smugglers are 'charging up to £5,000' to help illegal immigrants sneak into the UK from Belgium
Scott Campbell
MailOnline, 4 December 2017

British smugglers are charging up to £5,000 to help illegal immigrants sneak into the UK from Belgium, according to reports.

Police in the European country say there has been a surge in the number of culprits from the UK at the port of Zeebrugge - with offenders risking jail terms.

One couple from Liverpool were caught with six Africans in their caravan, according to The Sun. ...

A Belgian police insider told the newspaper: 'We are seeing an increase in the number of British people held at Zeebrugge. It appears many are on benefits and being tempted by the money on offer.

'They can make £5,000 by leaving the door of their caravan or mobile home open.

'We have seen several cases and are catching around 250 illegal immigrants a month.'
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Brexit is working! The immigration trend is the proof
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 4 December 2017

Yet, despite the politically orchestrated despair, there is one area of civic life where Brexit is already beginning to fulfil the wishes of the British public, even before our formal withdrawal from the European Union in 2019.

Last week, in its latest quarterly report, the Office of National Statistics revealed that net immigration has fallen significantly since the EU referendum.

In the year before the vote in June 2016 the net figure was a colossal 336,000.

In the subsequent 12 months this dropped by 106,000 to a total of 230,000.

It is still a daunting figure but at least for the first time in decades the trend is in the right direction.

Brexit is undoubtedly the key factor in this reduction since three-quarters of the fall was down to fewer EU citizens coming to live in the United Kingdom.

With our departure from Brussels now imminent the doctrine of untrammelled free movement is starting to lose its destructive grip. ...

The idea that Britain cannot survive without a vast annual flood of foreigners is a treacherous insult to our national character.

Just the opposite is true.

We will be better off when immigration is further reduced to a sustainable level. ...

In the NHS, for instance, as research by my fellow columnist Ross Clark demonstrates, the total of EU citizens has actually increased since the referendum, up from almost 10,000 to more than 13,000.

What has declined is the number of jobless EU migrants arriving here, either to look for work speculatively or to claim benefits. ...

Meanwhile an official report showed that the British Government dished out 865,894 resident permits to non-EU migrants last year, a figure that was up by 52 per cent on two years earlier.

All this amounts to a terrifying burden on Britain. ...

Last week's report from the Office of National Statistics revealed that, of the total influx of 572,000 in the year to June, only 261,000, or 45.6 per cent of them, were "looking for work".
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'All progressives must act on immigration' says environmentalist Jonathon Porritt
Jonathon Porritt
The New European, 4 December 2017

So the conditions would seem to be right to see off once and for all the nightmare of Hard Brexit, and to double down on what needs to be done to secure some kind of Norway-style deal. But there's one great big barrier to making that possible: the failure on the part of pro-European progressives in the UK to address the principal reason why so many people voted to quit the EU in the Referendum – namely, immigration.

There's an extraordinary irony about the current immigration debate here in the UK. Two years ago, the UK was almost alone in pushing for far-reaching reforms to the interpretation of the EU's notionally sacrosanct principle of freedom of movement. At the behest of the Tory Party's hard-line Brexiteers, the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, was humiliatingly despatched on a tour of EU capitals to secure some small-scale (but cumulatively significant) changes in what nation states would be permitted to do to allay concerns about immigration. Unfortunately, these were dismissed out of hand by the UK's right-wing media.

Two years on, there isn't a country in Europe where the debate about immigration isn't very live indeed – apart from the UK. Astonishingly, immigration had almost no visibility at all in the 2017 General Election campaign, and (as yet) has played only a diminished walk-on role in the current Brexit negotiations.

But it absolutely hasn't gone away as far as voters are concerned. If net migration continues at around recent levels, then the population of the UK is expected to rise by nearly eight million people over the next 15 years (almost the equivalent of the population of Greater London at 8.7 million), and by 9.7 million in the next 25 years, from an estimated 64.6 million in 2014 to 74.3 million in 2039. It is assumed that net migration will account for around 50% of this projected increase over those 25 years, but 75% of this increase would be from future migration plus the children of those migrants.

By any standards, this is a big change in the lives of a lot of UK citizens, with roughly half a million new residents arriving in the UK, every year, for the last ten years. So why would anyone imagine that this demographic disruption would not worry many people? ...

And public opinion has changed a lot during that time, with the evidence clearly showing high levels of opposition to large-scale immigration in the UK, with clear majorities of respondents believing that there are too many migrants in the UK, that fewer migrants should be let in to the country, and that legal restrictions on immigration should be tighter. And in that regard, interestingly, there's not a huge difference between pro-Brexit and anti-Brexit voters. ...

And people are right to be concerned. This may make people feel uncomfortable, but many of the drivers behind the increase in levels of immigration today are going to get a lot worse in the future. ...

Which makes it all the more ironic that progressive parties in the UK (Labour, Lib Dems and the Greens) which are quite properly focussed on avoiding Brexit-at-any-cost, have done next to nothing to address voters' concerns about immigration since the referendum.
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Europe's Migrant Crisis: Millions Still to Come
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 3 December 2017

The African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit, held in in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire, on November 29-30, 2017, has ended in abject failure after the 55 African and 28 European leaders attending the event were unable to agree on even basic measures to prevent potentially tens of millions of African migrants from flooding Europe. ...

More than six million migrants are waiting in countries around the Mediterranean to cross into Europe, according to a classified German government report leaked to Bild. ...

The former head of the British embassy in Benghazi, Joe Walker-Cousins, warned that as many as a million migrants from countries across Africa are already on the way to Libya and Europe. The EU's efforts to train a Libyan coast guard was "too little and too late," he said. "My informants in the area tell me there are potentially one million migrants, if not more, already coming up through the pipeline from central Africa and the Horn of Africa."

The President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, said that Europe is "underestimating" the scale and severity of the migration crisis and that "millions of Africans" will flood the continent in the next few years unless urgent action is taken.

In an interview with Il Messagero, Tajani said there would be an exodus "of biblical proportions that would be impossible to stop" if Europe failed to confront the problem now: ...

Just days before the AU-EU summit, Tajani /.../ warned that spiraling population growth in Africa will be a demographic "bomb" that could push millions of Africans to Europe. "Without a strategy we will have terrorism, illegal immigration, instability," he said. ...

Beyond 2050, Africa is forecast to be the only region in the world still experiencing "substantial population growth" – the continent's share of the global population is forecast to increase from 17% in 2017 to 40% by 2100 ... ...

The director of the United Nations office in Geneva, Michael Møller, has warned that Europe must prepare for the arrival of millions more migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In an interview with The Times, Møller, a Dane, said:

"What we have been seeing is one of the biggest human migrations in history. And it's just going to accelerate. Young people all have cellphones and they can see what's happening in other parts of the world, and that acts as a magnet."

German Development Minister Gerd Müller has echoed that warning:

"The biggest migration movements are still ahead: Africa's population will double in the next decades. A country like Egypt will grow to 100 million people, Nigeria to 400 million. In our digital age with the internet and mobile phones, everyone knows about our prosperity and lifestyle."

Müller added that only 10% of those currently on the move have reached Europe: "Eight to ten million migrants are still on the way."
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The staggering rise in the number of EU nationals applying for UK citizenship
James Rodger
Birmingham Mail, 2 December 2017

The number of EU nationals applying for British citizenship has more than doubled, official statistics show.

They show the figure climbed by more than 108% as thousands of Europeans sought naturalisation following the Brexit vote.

In the year ending September 2017, there were 32,856 applications for citizenship from EU nationals, up from 15,766 in the previous 12 months.

It means EU applicants accounted for nearly a quarter (24%) of the total number of 137,286 registered in the latest period - compared with a tenth (11%) in the year ending September 2016. ...

Those seeking British citizenship by naturalisation are generally required to have lived in the UK for at least five years.
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How New Labour made Britain into a migration state
Erica Consterdine
The Conversation, 1 December 2017
[The author is Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Immigration Politics & Policy, University of Sussex]

The Labour Party has been relatively silent on what post-Brexit immigration system it wants – or thinks the UK needs. But because Britain's vote to leave the EU was partly fuelled by anti-immigrant sentiment, and the Labour Party has done little but fight internally about immigration since the 2015 election if not earlier, this silence is not surprising.

The party's reticence and the factionalism on the issue are of its own making. To understand both why immigration is dominating the debate and how Labour got into this policy dilemma, we have to look back to immigration policy under Tony Blair's New Labour.

Under Blair's Labour government, Britain's economic immigration policy went from a highly restrictive approach to one of the most expansive in Europe, as I examined in new research. Work permit criteria were relaxed, the number of international students was doubled, the government expanded existing low and high-skilled migrant worker schemes and launched new ones and, from 2005, initiated a new points-based immigration system. Overshadowing these important reforms was the 2004 decision to allow citizens of eight countries that were about to join the EU the immediate right to work in Britain. This decision alone resulted in one of the largest migration flows in Britain's peacetime history.

Put into historical context, Labour's reforms were an unprecedented policy reversal. With 2.5m foreign-born workers added to the population since 1997 and net migration averaging 200,000 per year between 1997 and 2010 – five times higher than under the previous administration government of 1990-1996 – immigration under Labour quite literally changed the face of Britain.

Labour's managed migration programme was certainly not a vote winner. ... It's worth emphasising that there was no plan or strategy within the Labour government to expand immigration policy when the party entered office in 1997. The final product of managed migration was a consequence of a number of policies from different departments. ...

Combined, these policy schemes produced a liberalising effect on immigration policy. The government then pulled these schemes together to form a cohesive narrative of managed migration. But these reforms were nonetheless underpinned by an ideology – and this is the key to why policy evolved as it did, why the party is split on the issue now – and how Britain got on the road to Brexit.

At the heart of Labour's infamous re-branding as New Labour in 1997 was the adoption of "third-way politics". /.../ Second, Labour's culturally cosmopolitan notion of citizenship and integration. Third – and fundamentally underpinning Labour's economic programme and the inception of "new" Labour altogether – was an uncompromising belief in the inevitability of globalisation. ...

Labour claimed there was simply no alternative to globalisation. This logic trickled down to shape the objectives of many public policies. With immigration being "the human element of globalisation", it was assumed to be both inevitable and intrinsically positive by the leading faction of the party.
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Family Reunification 'Promotes Parallel Societies', Turkish Sociologist Warns
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 1 December 2017

Turkish migration researcher and sociologist Necla Kelek has slammed left-wing parties' insistence that migrants be allowed to import their families to Germany – an issue proving to be a major sticking point in coalition talks – warning that the phenomena leads to problems with "political Islam".

"Family reunification promotes parallel societies and also sends the wrong signal to people in their home countries," Kelek told Die Welt in an interview earlier this week. ...

Kelek said she vehemently disagrees with left-wing politicians' claim that it's difficult for migrants to integrate if they are not allowed to bring their families to Germany with them – an argument made by the Council of Europe, as well as activist NGOs across the continent, which claim a major barrier to integration is migrants' inability to ship extended family into their new adoptive country.

"The opposite is the case," the lecturer in migration sociology told the German broadsheet. "In oriental-Muslim societies, family means the extended family, the clan – which is patriarchally organised.

"With family reunification we import the Islamic family system, which leads to parallel societies and integration problems." ...

In the interview, Kelek – who has written extensively on the phenomenon of Islamic "parallel societies" in Germany – asserted that problems the country is seeing have been worsened by "the refugee policy as a whole", referencing Merkel's decision in 2015 to open the country to a huge influx of Arab asylum seekers.

"It is unbelievable how the chancellor looks away and refuses to take political Islam and the resulting problems seriously," she said, slamming the CDU leader for comparing the Bible with the Quran.

"Islam is not just about spirituality, but also about the conveyance of values into society," contended Kelek, adding: "It is this ignorance that created the refugee problem."
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Net migration falls after Brexit vote
BBC, 30 November 2017

Net migration fell by nearly a third to 230,000 in the year to June, new figures show. ...

In this 12-month period, 572,000 people arrived in the UK, and 342,000 emigrated.

Immigration specifically fell by 80,000 people over the year - and three-quarters of that drop was down to fewer EU citizens coming to live in the UK, figures showed.

The Office for National Statistics said the 106,000 fall on the previous year's net migration figure was the largest annual decrease recorded.

This was substantially down on its high of June 2016 and now at similar levels to 2014, the ONS said.

The figures show significant falls in the number of people arriving from the EU, particularly those who classed themselves as looking for work, rather than those arriving for a actual job.

The number of non-EU citizens leaving has remained stable over the past year - but the number of people leaving the UK who are EU citizens has increased by almost a third, the data showed.

Applications by EU nationals to become British citizens were also up by 80%, the ONS said.
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Home Office in the dark about the number of illegal immigrants arriving each year
Christopher Hope
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2017

The Home Office is struggling to "get a grip" on the number of migrants entering the UK illegally every year, the immigration watchdog has said.

David Bolt, chief inspector of borders and immigration, told MPs there should be an official estimate for the figure but said it was "extremely difficult" to be precise about how many overseas nationals were in Britain unlawfully. Earlier this year, a former immigration chief claimed the figure was likely to run to more than a million.


Electronic passport gates 'helping people smugglers get children to the UK': Borders chief says there are not enough staff to spot 'vulnerable' people arriving in the country
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 30 November 2017

Electronic passport gates at airports could be hampering the fight against people smuggling, a watchdog has warned.

David Bolt, the chief inspector of borders and immigration, said traffickers could be using self-service e-gates to smuggle children and modern slavery victims undetected into Britain. ...

And he warned that Home Office staff would have to process about 100 applications a day if they are to meet the demand from EU citizens wanting to stay in Britain after Brexit. ...

Since March last year, the Home Office has been running a scheme which allows children aged 12 to 17 from the EU to use the gates, which automatically scan passports and compares them with biometric features of the traveller's face. Previously, travellers had to be at least 18 to use the e-gates.
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Muslim population in parts of Europe could TRIPLE by 2050: New study predicts migration and birth rates will lead to dramatic rise in numbers across continent
Alexander Robertson
MailOnline, 30 November 2017

The Muslim population in parts of Europe - including Britain - could triple by 2050, researchers say.

Figures in a new report suggest a stark east-west divide, with the Muslim share of the UK's population rising from 6.3 per cent in 2016 to 16.7 per cent in one scenario.

The study by the Pew Research Centre concludes that Europe's Muslim population would continue to grow over the next several decades even if immigration to the continent were halted.

Under the 'zero migration' scenario, Muslims would make up 7.4 per cent of Europe's population by 2050 compared to the 4.9 per cent they comprised last year.

Researchers say that's mostly because the birthrate for Muslims is generally higher than for other Europeans. ...

As of 2016, the UK's share of Muslims was recorded as 6.3 per cent, around 4.1 million people. In Europe, the total was 4.9 per cent, around 24.9 million.

In the medium migration scenario - perhaps the most likely - the UK's Muslim population would rise from 6.3 per cent to 16.7 per cent - around 13 million.

The lowest estimate has the share rising to 9.7 per cent, and the highest 17.2 per cent. ...

Under the 'zero migration' scenario, an estimated 30 million Muslims would make up 7.4 per cent of Europe's population by 2050 compared to the 4.9 percent they comprised last year. ...

The study estimates 58.8 million Muslims would account for 11.2 per cent of the population in a 'medium migration' scenario that has migration maintaining a 'regular speed'. ...

In the high migration scenario, Germany and Sweden would have the biggest increases because both countries took in the most asylum-seekers during the height of the refugee crisis two years ago.

While Muslims made up six per cent of Germany's population last year, their proportion would go up to 20 percent by 2050.

Sweden's Muslims, who were at eight per cent in 2016, would account for 31 per cent of the population in that same scenario.
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EU accused of funding regime that has forced 120,000 to flee
Adrian Blomfield
Daily Telegraph, 30 November 2017

For years they have come in their thousands, fleeing a merciless despot accused of turning his country into a vast repository of slave labour. ...

No country has dominated the African Scramble for Europe as much as Eritrea, the isolated and secretive state in the continent's horn that has been ruled for all its 24-year history by one man, Isaias Afwerki.

... By some counts one in ten Eritreans has fled abroad, 120 thousand have come to Europe since 2010.

In 2015, more Eritreans reached Europe by sea than any other nationality and accounted for the largest number of asylim applications made in the UK. However, the EU ignored protests from human rights groups by offering €200 million (£176 million) in aid.

The EU has been accused of letting itself be hoodwinked into paying a regime that is tacitly encouraging its people to leave, as some diplomats privately concede. ...

Eritreans living and working in the West are estimated to send more than £500 million a year to relatives, accounting for a third of the country's economy. President Afwerki has blocked their distribution until the sender has paid a 2 per cent annual tax to the Eritrean treasury.


Relying on migrants holds UK skills and wages back
Peter Lilley
Yorkshire Post, 30 November 2017
[Peter Lilley is a former Trade and Industry Secretary]

It has become an article of faith that all immigration, particularly skilled immigration, makes us better off. That doctrine has dominated debate because of an unholy alliance between business wanting cheap skilled labour while reluctant to undertake training, and a virtue-signalling intelligentsia who attack immigration controls as racist, reinforced by Europhiles defending freedom of movement.

In fact, letting employers import skills which British people could acquire undermines the incentive of employees to upskill, and of employers to train and invest, while reducing the stock of capital per person.

... Training time per worker halved between 1997 and 2012. And in the six years after allowing in East Europeans, business funding for training fell 15 per cent.

To reverse this trend, immigration policy must change our current priorities. Instead of the first option for businesses being to recruit from abroad and only train our own citizens if foreigners are not available, we should reverse that. We should train up British people if possible and only import skills where that is not feasible. ...

Third, we are told that British people refuse to learn the skills we need. The NHS card is invariably played – "we need foreign nurses and doctors because too few Britons are willing to do these jobs". This is untrue. Until last year, over 30,000 British applicants for nursing courses were turned away annually, according to the Nursing Labour Market Review 2016. Universities can take unlimited numbers for all courses from art to zoology – except nursing and medicine where numbers were strictly limited.

That was because bursaries came from the NHS budget, and it was cheaper to recruit from abroad (including nurses trained using our foreign aid) than train more domestic applicants. You have almost certainly never heard this from our liberal media who seem unconcerned about thousands of young Britons prevented from pursuing their vocation.

We should not blame migrants for this but those who, for profit or political correctness, ignore simple economic truths and hard economic facts.
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Britain has 'no way' of tracking down hundreds of thousands working here on the black market, staff chief claims
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 29 November 2017

Britain has "no way" of ever tracking down the hundreds of thousands illegal immigrants working on the black market, a border chief has warned.

Lucy Moreton head of the Border Force trade union said drastic cuts to the immigration enforcement workforce meant the UK was now a soft touch for illegal migrants.

And she warned it would be nigh on impossible to police new rules on EU nationals that will be imposed by the Government's post-Brexit immigration strategy.

The blistering attack came just days after alarming photos showed scores of Albanians bragging about stealing their way into the country.

Ms Moreton told the Sun: "If you are here illegally you can survive very well, you access medical services your child can go to school the chances of us catching you are very, very slim.

"If you don't break the law we are not going to get you as we don't have the resources. We can't catch you."
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Independent Chief Inspector finds Home Office struggles to keep on top of asylum claims
electronic immigration network, 29 November 2017

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration yesterday released his report on the Home Office's asylum intake and casework process. ...

The Independent Chief Inspector, David Bolt, notes in the report that processing and deciding asylum claims is a large and important part of the Home Office's work, with each decision it makes being "life changing".

According to the report, the vast majority of the staff involved are committed and hard working, but the Home Office still struggles to keep on top of the volumes of claims it receives.

The number of claims for the year ending 31 March 2017 was just short of 30,000, down over 5,000 on the previous year, but the number of claims awaiting an initial decision rose during the year, as did the proportion deemed 'non-straightforward' and therefore set outside the published service standard of 6 months for a decision.
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European Union Remains 'Committed' To Opening Borders to 75 Million Turkish Citizens as 'Soon as Possible'
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 29 November 2017

The European Union (EU) remains "committed to" giving, and is in the later stages of securing, Turkish citizens visa-free travel in the bloc, as well as handing an extra three billion euros to migrants in the nation by next year, a commissioner has said.

The EU's Commissioner for Migration Dimitris Avramopoulos explained that all elements of the migrant deal with Turkey were moving ahead, after Turkey agreed to stem the tide of Middle Eastern migrants in return for billions in aid and the opening Europe's borders to Turks.

He made the comments to Turkish paper Hurriyet ahead of a visit to the nation. ...

Since March last year, 2,032 migrants have been returned from Greece to Turkey under the deal, whilst more than 11,400 migrants have been resettled in the EU from Turkey so far, Mr. Avramopoulos also explained.

He said that many times more migrants would be brought to Europe, continuing: "On September 27th, I called on EU Member States to resettle a further 50,000 persons from Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and countries along the Central Mediterranean route over the next two years.

"I have already received more than 38,000 pledges from 18 countries and I know that more will follow soon," he stated.
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Think tank claims immigration will have big impact on housing demand in UK
PropertyWire, 28 November 2017

Successive Governments in the UK have misled the public over the true extent to which immigration exacerbates the demand for additional housing, a new report claims.

The Department for Communities and Local Government principal projection of future household growth estimates that over the 25 years to 2039 there will be an average increase of 210,000 households a year in England.

Of this 133,000 or 63% will be down to future household formation by the existing population and 77,000 or 37% will be down to future net migration but according to think tank Migration Watch UK this is a major underestimate.

In a new report the think tanks says that the level of immigration on which the principal projection is based is considerably lower than present level. It is based on net migration to England of 170,500 a year yet net migration to England is currently at 300,000 a year and has averaged 200,000 a year over the last 10 years.

It also says that the projections only take account of future migration, and ignore previous migration to England. 'The existing migrant population in England will also be driving future household formation, indeed, more so because of they have a much younger age profile than the UK born,' it explains, adding that this has been 'misleadingly' described as 'natural change' among the existing UK population as a whole rather than as also due to previous migration. ...

The report points out that an examination of ONS data over past years shows that, of the additional households created in England between 2005 and 2014, 90% have had a foreign born head of household.

'We have a major crisis over housing affecting huge numbers of people but especially the young who are finding it ever harder to get onto the housing ladder. Yet the focus of the debate is still entirely on supply,' said Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK.

'Nobody dares talk about demand and its principal driver – immigration. That has to stop. Our paper breaks new ground in daring to point to this central, if uncomfortable, truth,' he added.
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UK: Books in Islamic Schools Teach Marital Rape and Domestic Violence
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 28 November 2017

School inspectors are so concerned at the level of sexist, homophobic, anti-Semitic, and anti-Western material in Britain's Islamic schools, they have compiled a dossier of examples.

The Ofsted document highlights books encouraging domestic violence, marital rape, and Islamic supremacism, as well as sexist homework assignments marked approvingly by British teachers, The Times reports.

There are 177 Muslim schools in England, with 148 being independent and 29 state-funded. ...

There were also library books in schools encouraging rape by claiming "the wife is not allowed to refuse sex to her husband" and insisting she cannot "leave the house where she lives without his permission" and that "the man by way of correction can also beat her".

Some work marked by teachers stated that women had a responsibility "only to bear children and bring them up as Muslims". Another pupil submission, said to be "covered in approving red ticks", described women as inferior to men. ...

Because of the failings of Islamic schools, Dame Louise Casey, the government's former integration tsar, has been calling for a moratorium on the opening new faith schools – including Christian ones – until problems are addressed.

"Some schools are teaching a segregated way of life and misogyny and the government isn't taking enough of a stand," she told The Times.

"The public expects them to do that. The DFE turns a blind eye and hopes that Ofsted will deal with the problem. It's all in the 'too difficult' box."
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Ministers handed plans for 'drastic reduction' in migration to UK post-Brexit
David Hughes
Independent, 26 November 2017

Plans for a "drastic reduction" in the number of immigrants to the UK have been submitted to ministers and won backing from former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith.

The proposals for a new system after Brexit would aim to cut net migration to the levels seen in the mid-1990s, when between 55,000 and 77,000 more people came to the UK than left.

Under the plan, put forward by pro-Brexit campaigners Leave Means Leave, there would be a moratorium on migration from the European Union for low-skilled work and a work permit system for graduate-level jobs.

Tourists and students from the EU would be able to come to the UK on holiday or to study without a visa, while up to 25,000 agricultural workers would be able to apply for a six-month permit. ...

The Leave Means Leave report said: "There is no doubt that profound concern about the level of net migration to the UK and its impact on the population, housing and public services was a key driver of the vote to leave.

"If the result of the referendum is to be honoured in spirit and letter, free movement of people from the EU to the UK must come to an end." ...

The paper said ministers should put greater emphasis on training unemployed people to take up semi-skilled and trade occupations, filling roles currently taken up by EU migrants.

Former Cabinet minister Mr Duncan Smith said: "This is a sensible set of proposals for a future immigration policy that the Government should adopt.

"It would deliver on the Brexit mandate both to take back control of borders and bring down net levels of migration."

Ex-Brexit minister David Jones said: "This is a thoughtful document that offers practical solutions to a problem that has bedevilled governments for many decades.

"I urge the Home Office to give it serious consideration."
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Why won't politicians admit the truth about rampant immigration?
Kathy Gyngell
Conservative Woman, 26 November 2017

There's a reason why our roads are blocked with traffic, why there's a housing shortage, why there are not enough school places, why the NHS is creaking at the seams. It's called population growth, something that the political class choose to ignore, let alone see the need to be planned for.

The expansion of our population since 2004 is unprecedented. It grew to an estimated record 65.1 million in 2015, increasing by more than half a million in just one year since 2014.

Driven by record migration levels, our population has seen its sharpest growth ever. Britain has experienced a population increase of over 5 million in a just over a decade, from 2005 to 2016. The previous 5 million took 35 years to achieve, between 1970 and 2005.

Do we hear a debate in the Chamber on this? The last time the BBC's Panorama investigated the question was in 2010, when the population was projected to reach 70 million in 20 years. Well, they can bring that figure forward now by five years.

As to the implications, politicians stay singularly silent. Both the Conservative and Labour parties appear to be in some sort of denial, their heads firmly stuck in the sand. ...

Take any debate on 'services', on pressure on infrastructure, on housing, on crime and the elephant in the room always is rapid population rise. Population expansion due to immigration is never mentioned as a factor. This is Animal Farm all over again. ...

Brexit or no Brexit, overcrowded Britain seems here to stay. But the very least that this generation of politicians owe my children's generation is some honesty. ...

Denying the scale of the problem, and the change it makes to our national life, is authoritarian and disrespectful of the British populace – of every colour and creed, newly arrived as well as longstanding.
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Albanian minister claims Britain is ENCOURAGING her young citizens to sneak into the UK - and is being too soft on deporting her people
Tom Kelly
MailOnline, 25 November 2017

Soft-touch Britain is irresponsibly encouraging Albanian youngsters to try to sneak in to the UK, a senior Albanian minister claimed yesterday.

Rovena Voda, deputy minister of internal affairs, said Britain should act more swiftly to send home unaccompanied under-18s who have asylum claims rejected – as France and Germany do.

The failure to do so is making the UK a 'more attractive' destination to teenagers, she warned.

She suggested the money Britain would save by no longer having to provide social care for the youngsters could be invested in projects in Albania to encourage teenagers to stay.

Mrs Voda said: 'These children are not being trafficked to Britain against their will. Most are brought part of the way by their parents and relatives. They do it for economic reasons.

'It's hard. Parents believe they are doing their best for their children and giving them more chance in the future, but they are doing significant psychological damage by abandoning them.

'The children suffer from separation anxiety and there is also a problem with them being sucked into virtual slave labour or crime if they fail to get asylum.

'The reason so many go to the UK rather than Germany or France or the Netherlands is that those countries do much more to deport them earlier. In Britain this is not the case, and this makes it more attractive to them.

'If Britain did more to return them more quickly it would help.' ...

She added: 'There is also a problem with parents sending children ahead because they think it will be easier for them to get asylum and the parents will follow. It's part of a strategy.'
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The Norway model: a new approach to immigration and asylum
Fraser Nelson
Spectator blog, 25 November 2017

Last week I met Sylvi Listhaug, who holds a recently-created position: Norway's Minister for Immigration & Integration. She's with the Progress Party, the junior partner in coalition. ...

... When Sweden accepted 160,000 asylum-seekers in 2015, the Norwegians took in 30,000 – and this year, so far, it's 2,000. No country has seen a sharper fall in refugees. In her interview, she outlined the following elements of the Norwegian model.

Norway starts by acknowledging that the rich world has a moral duty to help refugees, but it goes further. The tougher moral question, it says, is: how do you help them? ... She explained that the UK could help 100,000 children abroad for the cost of helping 3,000 here. ...

Norway turns away all immigrants who are not in need of protection. She says her policy is unambiguous. 'If you are an economic migrant, you are declined in Norway. We give protection for the ones that need that, that are in danger in their own country but we also spend a lot of money to return people that are declined in Norway, also by force'. /.../ 'That has also decreased the crime in Norway, that's very good'.

Norway spends a lot of money deporting failed asylum seekers. 'We send people back to Afghanistan if they are not in need of protection, we send them back to Somalia if they are not in need of protection'. I asked her if this is expensive. 'Yes, but it's well worth it'. It's about the deterring message, she says. 'So If I'm in Afghanistan and I want a better life, I should not pay a smuggler to get me to Norway because if I am not in need of protection I will be sent back.'

The dramatic fall in Norway's refugee intake has led to a dramatic rise in money spent helping refugees in camps abroad. So over the last couple of years, Norway has upped its aid budget by about 4 billion kroner (£370 million) as a direct result of the fall in the number of asylum seekers.
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How much is immigration to blame for the housing crisis?
Ed West
Spectator blog, 24 November 2017

And yet last year 150,000 homes were built in Britain, which on paper, for the third most densely populated non-microstate in Europe (and England is first), and for a country well below sub-replacement fertility, should be enough. But it's not, it's barely even sufficient to house the extra 246,000 people who officially arrived here from March 2016. ...

The big House of Lords report on immigration a few years back concluded that net migration of 190,000 a year increased housing costs by 13 per cent over 20 years, and it's been almost that long since Tony Blair's government deliberately increased immigration levels way beyond that. Last month a paper reiterated the fact that immigration overall increases housing costs in a city, while reducing it in those areas the immigrants move into – unless those migrants are rich.

House prices only reflect how nice an area is to live in, so poor migrants moving in reduces that overall quality of life; that's why you get secondary migration. ...

... When it comes to land you can't grow the pie indefinitely; even if you artfully densify London there is a point at which greater density reduces quality of life and increases stress; there are only a finite number of spaces in sought-after Zone 2 and 3 Victorian property in London, beyond which the strain of commuting gets serious – and commuting really does reduce quality of life. (If this sounds too London-centric, well that's where the jobs are.)
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Non-EU migrant wins right to stay in the UK every 36 seconds: More than 865,000 people were allowed to live in Britain during 2016
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 23 November 2017

Britain handed out residence permits to non-EU migrants at the rate of one every 36 seconds last year.

Officials allowed 865,894 people from outside the EU to live here – a quarter of the permits issued across Europe and the most granted by any one nation.

The figure was up 52 per cent on the 570,000 total recorded two years ago.

The figures were published by the EU's statistics arm Eurostat ahead of the release of a new set of UK migration statistics next week. ...

Alp Mehmet, of the think-tank MigrationWatch UK, said: 'Assuming a good many people stay in the country indefinitely, this is another damning indication of the levels of migration that are taking place.

'This is why we have the pressure we do on public services.

'The consequence is people will need homes, their children will need school places, and it will put more demand on public services.' ...

The UK was the main destination in Europe for non-EU citizens enrolling in education, handing out 365,455 study visas – 53 per cent of all those given in the 28-nation bloc. Another 117,076 came here for work and 89,341 for family reasons.

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.

Home Office officials point out that visas do not indicate an individual wishes to stay in Britain – only how long they are given.

This covers those who intend to reside for a few weeks to those arrivals coming for several years. ...

Twenty-one per cent of permits handed out by Britain were given to US citizens – 183,867 – while 122,075 went to Indian nationals and 103,248 were given to Chinese.
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Migrant Crisis-Hit Italy Sees Half of Citizens 'Feel Like Strangers in Their Own Country'
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 22 November 2017

People across the West increasingly feel like they are "strangers" in their home countries, with Italy leading the pack.

Ipsos Mori research, cited by Chatham House fellow Matthew Goodwin, notes that some 49 per cent of Italians – who have borne the brunt of the migrant crisis recently – agree with the statement: "These days I feel like a stranger in my country." ...

Research in September 2017 found that seven Italians in 10 think the country has too many migrants, while recent regional elections in Sicily saw eurosceptic-leaning, populist parties oust the establishment Democratic Party with a huge majority.

The U.S., which absorbed roughly 300,000 to 400,000 illegal migrants a year under the Barack Obama administration, according to Centre for Immigration Studies estimates, was not far behind Italy, with 45 per cent agreeing that they now feel like strangers.

Belgium, the seat of many of the European Union's major institutions and power bases, was next on the list, at 44 per cent. ...

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the countries on the bottom of Goodwin's list with the lowest number of people who feel like strangers in their homelands are Israel, on 20 per cent, and Japan, on 14 per cent.

Both maintain a robust sense of national identity, strong border controls, and are strict about who they admit and who meets their standards for naturalisation.
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Inconvenient Truths About Migration
Robert Skidelsky
Project Syndicate, 22 November 2017
[Robert Skidelsky is Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University]

Sociology, anthropology, and history have been making large inroads into the debate on immigration. ...

Let's start, though, with the economics, using the United Kingdom – now heading out of the EU – as a case in point. Between 1991 and 2013 there was a net inflow of 4.9 million foreign-born migrants into Britain.

Standard economic theory tells us that net inward migration, like free trade, benefits the native population only after a lag. ...

A recent study by Cambridge University economist Robert Rowthorn, however, has shown that this argument is full of holes. ...

A second economic argument is that immigration will rejuvenate the labor force and stabilize public finances, because young, imported workers will generate the taxes required to support a rising number of pensioners. ...

Rowthorn dismisses this argument. "Rejuvenation through immigration is an endless treadmill," he says. "To maintain a once-and-for-all reduction in the dependency ratio requires a never-ending stream of immigrants. Once the inflow stops, the age structure will revert to its original trajectory." A lower inflow and a higher retirement age would be a much better solution to population aging.

... So the crux of the matter is really its social impact. Here, the familiar benefit of diversity confronts the downside risk of a loss of social cohesion.

David Goodhart, former editor of the journal Prospect, has argued the case for restriction from a social democratic perspective. Goodhart takes no position on whether cultural diversity is intrinsically or morally good or bad. He simply takes it for granted that most people prefer to live with their own kind, and that policymakers must attend to this preference. A laissez-faire attitude to the composition of a country's population is as untenable as indifference to its size.

For Goodhart, the taproot of liberals' hostility to migration controls is their individualist view of society. Failing to comprehend people's attachment to settled communities, they label hostility to immigration irrational or racist. ...

A too-rapid inflow of immigrants weakens bonds of solidarity, and, in the long run, erodes the affective ties required to sustain the welfare state. "People will always favor their own families and communities," Goodhart argues, and "it is the task of a realistic liberalism to strive for a definition of community that is wide enough to include people from many different backgrounds, without being so wide as to become meaningless."

Economic and political liberals are bedfellows in championing unrestricted immigration. ...

At issue is the oldest debate in the social sciences. Can communities be created by politics and markets, or do they presuppose a prior sense of belonging?

It seems to me that anyone who thinks about such matters is bound to agree with Goodhart that citizenship, for most people, is something they are born into. Values are grown from a specific history and geography. If the make-up of a community is changed too fast, it cuts people adrift from their own history, rendering them rootless. Liberals' anxiety not to appear racist hides these truths from them. An explosion of what is now called populism is the inevitable result.
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Diversity Obsession
Walter E. Williams, 22 November 2017
[Walter E. Williams is the John M. Olin distinguished professor of economics at George Mason University]

A common feature of our time is the extent to which many in our nation have become preoccupied with diversity. But true diversity obsession, almost a mania, is found at our institutions of higher learning. Rather than have a knee-jerk response for or against diversity, I think we should ask just what is diversity and whether it's a good thing. ...

Seeing as college presidents and provosts are the main diversity pushers, we might start with their vision of diversity. Ask your average college president or provost whether he even bothers promoting political diversity among faculty. I'll guarantee that if he is honest – and even bothers to answer the question – he will say no. ...

The fact is that when college presidents and their diversity coterie talk about diversity, they're talking mostly about pleasing mixtures of race. Years ago, they called their agenda affirmative action, racial preferences or racial quotas. Not only did these terms fall out of favor but also voters approved initiatives banning choosing by race. Courts found some of the choosing by race unconstitutional. That meant that the race people had to repackage their agenda. That repackaging became known as diversity. Some race people were bold enough to argue that "diversity" produces educational benefits to all students, including white students. Nobody has bothered to scientifically establish what those benefits are. ...

There is one area of college life where administrators demonstrate utter contempt for diversity, and that's in sports. It is by no means unusual to watch a Saturday afternoon college basketball game and see that the starting five on both teams are black. White players, not to mention Asian players, are underrepresented. Similar underrepresentation is practiced in college football. ...

The most important issue related to college diversity obsession is what happens to black students. Black parents should not allow their sons and daughters to fall victim to the diversity hustle, even if the diversity hustler is a black official of the college. Black parents should not allow their sons and daughters to attend a college where they would not be admitted if they were white.
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European Multiculturalism
Joseph Puder
FrontPage Mag, 20 November 2017

Multiculturalism, the "religion" of the European Union (EU) elites, enforced by many EU states through "diversity" programs, has begun to lose its luster. ...

France and Germany, along with other Western European and Scandinavian EU members, have pushed the multiculturalist line. The pattern throughout central Europe however, is in the reverse, with the parties of the left losing ground to anti-immigration, Eurosceptic, and anti-multiculturalist parties. Poland and Hungary too, have elected parties that are vehemently opposed to immigration from Muslim countries as well as multiculturalism. ...

Dutch legal philosopher, Paul Cliteur, considered non-western cultures as anachronistic, and multiculturalism as an unacceptable ideology of cultural relativism. He argues that multiculturalism leads to the acceptance of barbaric practices (brought by Muslim immigrants to the West) including slavery, homophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, female genital mutilation, etc. In "Falling Prey to Relativism," Cliteur writes, "Multiculturalism is nowadays affiliated with a postmodern outlook. The pivotal ideas of this vision of life are relativism (cultural relativism in particular), a negative attitude toward Western political tradition, the cultivation of collective guilt for the transgressions of the colonial past, and other real or presumed black pages in Western history." ...

The anti-immigrant parties in central Europe and beyond reflect a rising tide of European citizens who reject multiculturalism, and the immigration of non-Europeans. There is a feeling among these European natives that they are losing their culture and their country. It is now just a matter of time before Western European political and social elites face the rage of their people.
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Report: Schools Must Teach Britain Is an 'Immigration Nation' to Fight Islamophobia
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 19 November 2017

The government should empower NGOs and race activists to police the media to ensure ethnic minorities are not portrayed in a bad light, and the school curriculum must be changed so that every child is taught Britain has no native population, according to a new report on Islamophobia.

In Islamophobia: Still a Challenge for Us All, "race relations" think tank the Runnymede Trust alleges that "anti-Muslim racism" is responsible for all inequalities between Muslims and other groups in Britain "across a range of outcomes, from health, housing and environment to education, employment and criminal justice". ...

Linking to Our Migration Story, a government-funded "educational resource" developed by the Runnymede Trust and academics to accompany a new GSCE history module offered to students since 2016, the report implies that all schools should have to teach the contents of the module which – developed by a Marxist academic – alleges Africans were in Britain before the English, and has been described as "disturbing" and "dangerous".

Our Migration Story states that the UK is a nation of constant migrations with no indigenous population, whose "wealth and power" came only as the result of "the exploitation of the world's resources and its people". ...

Antony Beevor, the military historian and author, said: "Migration is a very valid area to study, but if it's a question of rewriting history to bolster the morale of certain sections of the population, rather than a scrupulous attitude towards facts, then that is a total distortion and it's outrageous." ...

Author and Nobel Laureate V. S. Naipaul added: "This absurd supposition of Africans inhabiting Britain before the English only goes to show how our once esteemed centres of learning, Oxford and Cambridge, have been insidiously eroded by a dangerous dogma that, very like IS today, wrought misery and havoc in Russia, China and the Eastern bloc, where for all practical purposes it has failed."
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Oh please, Brexit really was not a Russian plot
Matthew Goodwin
Sunday Telegraph, 19 November 2017
[Matthew Goodwin is Professor of Politics at the University of Kent]

Public anxiety over immigration dominated the vote for Brexit. Since the referendum, a growing number of studies have shown that people who felt anxious about the impact of immigration on Britain were not only more likely to back Leave but were also more likely to play down the risk of Brexit and turn out to vote. Immigration was not the only concern that motivated Leavers, but it was by far the most powerful.

This phenomenon wasn't limited to Leavers. Almost half of those who voted Remain also felt that the number of people coming to Britain was "too high". Yet since the referendum there has been political denial of this fact. ...

British voters have consistently been misled on immigration, from dodgy estimates about how many EU nationals would arrive after 2004, to David Cameron's ill-fated promise to return net migration to the tens of thousands. This had major consequences, not only pushing many Conservative and Labour voters into the arms of Ukip, but also laying the foundation for Brexit. Such serial betrayals have also lowered trust in the political system. Can Britain afford not to meet this concern head on?

... Restoring public confidence and trust on this issue should be a priority, by coming up with a clear plan to reform policy and – at least in the short term – demonstrate a clear ability to curb numbers. Failure to do so will not only damage the Conservative Party but out democracy, too.
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Number of EU nationals working in Britain reaches record level, official statistics show
Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2017

The number of EU nationals working in the UK has reached a new record level, official figures reveal.

There were an estimated 2.38 million employees from EU member states excluding the UK from July to September this year.

This was up by 112,000 on the equivalent period of 2016 and the highest number recorded since comparable records started 20 years ago.

It is the first time that year-on-year comparisons of employment levels by nationality can be made for two full quarterly periods falling after the EU referendum. ...

Much of the year-on-year increase has been driven by a rise in the number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK.

In the third quarter of this year 347,000 nationals of the two countries were employed in the UK - an increase of 90,000 compared with July-September of 2016. ...

There was also a rise in the number of employees from 14 long-term member states including Germany, Italy, Spain and France, from 942,000 to 987,000.

However, the figures show a fall in the number of nationals of eight central and eastern European countries working in the UK.

There were an estimated 1,035,000 employees from the so-called EUA8 countries which joined the union in 2004 - Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Slovenia.

This was down by just under 20,000 compared with the July-September period of last year.

The figures also revealed that the number of overseas nationals from outside the EU working in the UK fell by 23,000 to 1.21 million.

The ONS report said: "Since January to March 2009, the number of non-UK nationals from outside the EU working in the UK has been broadly flat but the number of non-UK nationals from EU countries working in the UK has continued to increase."
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Migrants make up eight in ten new households over the past 15 years, new figures reveal
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 15 November 2017

The spiralling need for new homes is almost entirely a result of immigration, according to a report.

It says eight out of ten of all new households over the past 15 years were made up of migrant families, which is the overwhelming reason for the pressure to build millions of new homes.

The report from the Migration Watch UK think-tank accused ministers of misleading the public.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid told the Commons in February that 'two-thirds of housing demand has nothing to do with immigration' and was down to natural population growth.

Migration Watch says this is 'entirely false and misleading'.

It says that according to the Labour Force Survey by the Office for National Statistics, 1.65 million of the two million new households needing homes in England between 2000 and 2015 were headed by someone who was an immigrant.

And between 2010 and 2015, the number of households headed by someone born in Britain actually fell.

It dropped by 117,335 to 18,751,065, while the number of new households where the head was an immigrant went up by nearly half a million to 3,493,207.

Mr Javid's Department for Communities and Local Government says that in the 25 years between 2014 and 2039 there will need to be homes for 210,000 new households a year. Of these, it says 77,000, will be a result of immigration.

But Migration Watch disputes these numbers.

It says officials are using immigration figures that are far below the real levels and ignoring the effect of new families formed by young immigrants already in the UK.
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More than six in ten babies born in London over the past year were to foreign mothers
Steve Doughty
Daily Mail, 14 November 2017

More than six in ten babies born in London hospitals have foreign mothers who are either immigrants or visiting from abroad, official figures show.

The evidence of the impact of immigration on the NHS was revealed in a breakdown of hospital records for last year published by the Office for National Statistics.

It comes amid concerns about the effects of fast-rising population levels and the cost to the public of health tourism. It also comes as the Health Service faces a shortfall of 3,500 midwives.

In one London hospital nearly four out of five births were to mothers born abroad, and in two others the figure was over 70 per cent.

Across the country just over 28 per cent of babies in 2016 were born to foreign-born mothers, up from just over 11 per cent in 1990, according to the ONS. The levels are higher in London because a large proportion of migrant families settle in the capital. ...

The ONS figures do not distinguish between mothers who live in Britain and those who are visiting from abroad, who may fall into the category of health tourists. ...

Although fertility rates among foreign-born women fell in 2015, an immigrant could expect to have 2.08 children. For UK-born women, the rate was 1.76.
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Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2017

... BBC's Question Time ...

But what is really needed on such programmes, if "balance" is ever to be achieved, is for Dimbleby to encourage people of conservative views to speak up more. And even that is not much use if there aren't many of them in the hall in the first place. Our public culture has a passionate commitment to "Diversity", with one glaring exception – diversity of opinion. Huge efforts are made to promote different races, sexes, sexualities, faiths and, to a lesser extent, ages, but the BBC fails almost every time to "look like modern Britain" in the range of views expressed on its airwaves. Have you ever seen a Question Time, for example, when the majority of the views from the studio audience were anti-mass immigration, in favour of lower taxes, and pro-Brexit? Yet these are pretty much majority opinions axross the country as a whole.


Birmingham Muslims Claim Grooming Doesn't Happen in Pakistan, Say British Society 'Encourages' Abusers
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 10 November 2017

Pakistani Muslims in Birmingham have told ITV News their community is not to blame for the child sex grooming epidemic, saying the crimes are caused by conditions in British society.

"It is our responsibility? It is not!" declares one man, clearly indignant.

"The crimes are committed in this country; these grooming crimes are not committed in Pakistan. They are committed in this society, and it is the conditions of this society that are encouraging people to commit crimes like that," he asserts confidently.

While it is true that conditions in Pakistan are different to conditions in Britain – insofar as Pakistani Muslims are 98 per cent of the population in the South Asian country, rather than only a significant minority, as they are in Britain – some of the same issues can be observed with respect to the exploitation of non-Muslim girls.

For example, the National Catholic Reporter recently exposed how Pakistani Christians have been "abducted, raped, and forced to marry their rapists" before being forced to convert to Islam – making their marriages legal under Pakistani law.

Reports from earlier in 2017 have highlighted how Hindu girls have been subjected to similar ordeals, and police have "refused to intervene".

The ITV report highlights a letter written in September by leading members of the Sikh, Hindu, and Pakistani Christian diaspora in Britain in support of Sarah Champion MP, who was forced to resign from the shadow government by Jeremy Corbyn for writing that "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

The letter notes that the grooming of young and very often underage girls by "men of largely Pakistani Muslim heritage" has also "plagued our communities", and insists that "smearing those speaking an inconvenient truth" is unacceptable.

"[W]e cannot ignore the race of the perpetrators, neither can we ignore the fact that the victims of sexual grooming gangs are almost always non-Muslim." ...

ITV highlights statistics which show that so-called Type 1 Abusers – men who operate in groups to target vulnerable children – are 75 per cent Asian, 17 per cent white, 5 per cent black, and 3 per cent Arab.

However, the first part of the report notes that they do not target white girls exclusively, and that many South Asian girls, including a very small minority of Muslims, are among the victims.
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Immigration, Brexit and the Future of Progressive Politics in the UK
Jonathan Porritt, 9 November 2017

So, earlier this year, together with my good friend Colin Hines, we started work on a paper on immigration – unapologetically advocating for 'taking back control' of immigration into and between EU countries, but from a progressive political perspective rather than through the warped mindset of, say, the Daily Mail.

That paper ('The Progressive Case for Taking Control of EU Immigration – and Avoiding Brexit in the Process') is being launched today. ...


Progressive Parties in the UK Must Now Address the Immigration Challenge Head On if Brexit is to be Avoided

Immigration was the dominant issue for voters in the 2016 Referendum demanding that UK politicians should 'take back control' of our borders from the EU.

Since then, however, Brexit discussions have focussed on the so-called 'divorce issues', with immigration apparently off the agenda. This has allowed Labour, the Lib Dems and the Greens to keep their heads down on what remains the highly controversial issue of immigration. ...

Jonathon Porritt: "Progressive parties have already paid a high price, across Europe, by allowing right-wing and populist parties to manipulate citizens' concerns about high levels of immigration coming into and moving between EU countries. All EU countries are now wrestling with this ongoing dilemma, with the majority of their citizens demanding that their governments should indeed manage immigration far more rigorously – in effect, taking back more control of their borders. Progressive parties are now duty bound to develop much smarter, compassionate policies to achieve precisely that."

Colin Hines: "What is inadequately understood is that political discussions about reinterpreting 'freedom of movement' to allow nation states to manage migration is already taking place across Europe. ...

As the paper highlights, 2017 elections in the Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic have made this a pivotal issue for all centre left and Green parties, in a way that can no longer be ignored or deferred. And there are already welcome signals that both Labour and the Lib Dems are beginning to move in this direction as well, but they need to move far faster and far more proactively than is currently the case. As indeed does the Green Party." ...

And if that grabs your attention, check out the report itself.

Colin and I have written it both to address some 'taboo territory' for the progressive left – and to start to undo some of the damage caused by the 2016 Referendum.
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Slaves on our Streets: 'Honour-based' abuse and forced marriage rife in London, campaigners warn
Benedict Moore-Bridger
Independent, 9 November 2017

Victims of "honour-based" abuse in London are being forced into marriages where they face a life of modern slavery, campaigners warned today. They spoke out as a joint investigation by The Independent and the London Evening Standard found tens of thousands of girls and women in the capital are hidden victims of such abuse. Police admit they are dealing with the "tip of the iceberg" and politicians stand accused of ignoring the issue over fears of being called racist.

One of the most common examples of "honour-based" abuse (HBA) is forced marriage, with victims often suffering the conditions of slavery through domestic servitude. Other examples include female genital mutilation and "honour killings".

Police data obtained by The Independent shows that in the 12 months to June there were 495 reported victims of HBA in London. Two were aged under one, three were a year old and nine were under 10.

Jasvinder Sanghera set up Karma Nirvana, a charity for HBA victims, in 2008 after escaping a forced marriage by running away from home aged 16.

Since then it has received more than 58,000 calls. She said "thousands upon thousands" of girls in London were at risk and were being prevented from "embracing British rights, values and democracy". Women were often forced to marry to be "used as slaves" with those that had escaped describing their marriage as "a sentence". ...

"They don't want to offend communities. They don't want to rock the boat," she added. "There is no statutory duty to report HBA. There is no will to make this part of the Ofsted inspection framework despite our request and numerous representations to ministers."

A Crown Prosecution Service report last month revealed there were only 215 prosecutions for honour-based violence and forced marriage in Britain in the past year.
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Migrant criminals could win right to stay after Brexit: Offenders WON'T face global police records checks
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 8 November 2017

International criminal record checks will not be carried out routinely on EU citizens hoping to stay in the UK after Brexit, the Government admitted yesterday.

Instead, their names will only be screened against UK police and security databases.

Only if there is 'good cause' to suspect a person has a hidden criminal history abroad will checks be done overseas. It raises the prospect that dangerous EU criminals, including killers, rapists and drug lords, will not be identified when they apply for the right to live here permanently – potentially putting the public at risk.

Ministers faced criticism that they had caved in after the European Parliament threatened to block Brexit talks, due to begin again tomorrow, unless 'invasive' criminal record checks were blocked.

Britain has pledged to grant 3.2 million EU citizens who have lived in the UK lawfully for at least five years 'settled status' – giving them full access to schools, hospitals, pensions and benefits. This can be transferred into citizenship at a later date.

Ministers said in June that applicants would face criminal record checks to exclude those who are 'serious or persistent criminals and those whom we consider a threat to the UK'. ...

In July, the EU warned that stringent criminal records checks would not be acceptable – claiming it would represent a widespread breach of human rights. Checks should only be carried out where there was suspicion of a criminal history – a position closer to the new one laid out by Britain.
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Just 200 foreign criminals have been kicked out of Britain under new EU scheme – even though there are 3,000 European prisoners in UK
Hugo Gye
The Sun, 7 November 2017

Just 200 European criminals serving time in British prisoners have been sent home under an EU scheme which was supposed to remove foreign inmates from jails.

Six years ago Britain entered a pact with other EU countries to make it easier to deport foreign criminals while they are serving their prison sentences.

Prison bosses vowed that the deal would make a "significant difference" to our ability to kick out European lags.

The Prisoner Transfer Directive is meant to be compulsory, meaning that EU states have no excuse for refusing to accept criminals who are their citizens.

But a minister has admitted that only 217 inmates were repatriated from Britain to their home country under the scheme between 2011 and now.

That leaves another 2,943 prisoners from European countries serving sentences in England or Wales, as well as 1,200 being detained in immigration centres.
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Greek police break fake ID network active throughout Europe
MailOnline / Associated Press, 7 November 2017

Greek police say they have broken a large, locally based criminal network that sold fake identities allowing illegal migrants to travel and reside freely throughout Europe.

A police statement says 20 people were arrested last week in the greater Athens area in connection with the gang, which received orders from several European countries.

It says a key part of the gang's activity was to facilitate Albanians to travel from Greece to Britain on fake documents. ...

Monday's police statement said the gang charged up to 500 euros ($580) for passports, and less for simpler forgeries.
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The Soros Project – migrants by the million
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Conservative Woman, 7 November 2017

What do you give the man who has everything? The obvious answer is penicillin, but George Soros, one of the world's richest men, wants his own continent. And it's ours.

He doesn't want to own Europe, merely remake it. Soros is the Hungarian-American multi-billionaire with a penchant for using his vast wealth to further causes seeking to dismantle Western culture and the social and political structures to which it has given birth. ...

Soros does not confine his activity to the US. According to Hungarian Prime Minister Victor Orbán, Soros's network has 'a vast sphere of influence' in the European Parliament and other EU institutions. Orbán's claim that the aim of the 'Soros network' is to create a mixed population in Europe is not too far-fetched.

As well as spending his own money in pursuit of changing Europe, Soros, who describes himself as a 'stateless statesman', is also keen on spending our money. In a plan revealed in 2015 Soros made clear how he would solve Europe's immigration crisis. Basically, it was to make it easier for immigrants to come in.

Soros reckons that for the foreseeable future the EU must accept at least a million asylum-seekers annually. Further, the EU should provide 15,000 euros per asylum-seeker for each of the first two years to help cover housing, health-care and education costs – and to make accepting refugees more appealing to member states.

We are not only to fund the immigrants pouring into Europe from the Middle East, we are to fund the propaganda which will make us welcome them. ...

Soros's plan envisages an unimpeded conveyor belt from the Middle East and Africa for 1,000,000 immigrants a year, all paid for by the European taxpayer.
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'Refugees' to U.K. mostly 'majority' Muslims
WND, 5 November 2017

A Christian organization is calling out both the United Nations and the United Kingdom for discriminating against persecuted Christians in their refugee programs.

According to Barnabas Aid, the U.K. government has colluded with the U.N. to use an "overwhelming majority" of the refugee slots available from the Middle East for Sunni Muslims "who are the majority in Syria." ...

Further, the organization reported that the U.K. government tried to conceal what it was doing in partnership with the U.N.

Barnabas Aid said that last week it "finally obtained figures proving that the U.N. has only recommended tiny token numbers of Syrian Christians, Yazidis and other minorities for resettlement in the U.K."

"The overwhelming majority of refugees recommended by the U.N. have been Sunni Muslims who form the majority in Syria."

The group said numbers obtained in a Freedom of Information Request to the Home Office showed in 2015 that out of 2,637 refugees pushed to the U.K. by the U.N., only 43 were Christian, just 13 were Yazidi and there was only one Shia Muslim.

"In 2016 the statistics were even worse. Out of 7,499 refugees there were only 27 Christians, five Yazidis and 13 Shia Muslims," the organization reported.

"Disturbingly, U.K. officials tried to prevent the release of this information. ..."

Similar concerns have been raised over refugees dispatched to the United States under the politicized programs of the U.N.

Vice President Mike Pence recently announced that the U.S. government would start sending aid directly to persecuted Christians in the Middle East, cutting out the United Nations as the middle man.

Pence warned of the genocide inflicted on religious minorities there, and despite the U.S. government's dispatch of about $1 billion in aid through the U.N., "Christians and persecuted peoples of the Middle East have not been getting the relief they need." ...

"Last year less than 2 percent of all Syrian refugees ... were Christians. This is despite it being widely accepted that they constituted around 10 percent of the Syrian population. It is also widely recognized that they are specifically targeted by IS and other jihadi groups."
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Who scans wins: Government refuses to install £125,000 eye scanners at airports to catch terrorists identified by the SAS in Syria as they fly into UK
Mark Nicol
Mail on Sunday, 5 November 2017

A top-secret SAS operation to stop Islamic terrorists returning undetected to Britain has been thwarted by the Government's refusal to install high-tech eye scanners at airports.

Over the last three months, SAS troops in Syria have recorded the iris measurements of hundreds of jihadis captured on the battlefield, to identify them in case they try to sneak back into Britain.

But while the United States is installing £125,000 iris scanners at its airports, the Home Office is refusing to use the technology at Britain's borders, even though it is considered the most accurate method of identifying terrorists.

Last night, security experts called for eye scanners to be used.

Their warning follows MI5 chief Andrew Parker's announcement that Britain is facing an unprecedented threat from jihadis, with 850 expected to return to Britain from the warzone.

Raffaello Pantucci, of the Royal United Services Institute think-tank, said: 'Many jihadis are returning or travelling to the UK with deadly intent, while others will seek to recruit a new generation of terrorists to the cause.

'Therefore every high-tech advantage should be used to monitor their movements. Eye-scanning is by far the best method of identification as it is the most accurate and almost impossible to replicate.' ...

Eye scanners were withdrawn from several major British airports in 2012 but the cost of producing the devices has since fallen.
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Political correctness is allowing Islamic terrorism to flourish, Government tsar warns
Martin Evans
Daily Telegraph, 3 November 2017

Political correctness is allowing Islamic terrorism to flourish and is fuelling the growth of the extreme right-wing, police leaders were warned last night.

Dame Louise Casey, who carried out a two year review into integration in the UK, said our desire to embrace diversity was creating division and also letting down some of the most vulnerable members of society.

Speaking at a summit of police chiefs and crime commissioners, Dame Louise said it was time to have the difficult conversations about what was going on in some of the less integrated communities in places like Bradford, Birmingham, Oldham and the East End of London.

She said while the police were not frightened to address factors such as ethnicity and religion when it came to most crimes, there was a reluctance to have similar conversations around extremism.

Dame Louise said: "Islamic extremists are often terrorists and pose the most threat, it is very difficult for us to have that conversation and to deny that seems to make it worse."

But she went on: "The far right milk it every time we are overtly politically correct and are unable to deal with Islamic extremism ... Everybody saw how Rotherham sex scandal was milked by EDL to fuel Islamophobia."

She said people often came together to oppose far right marches but failed to show the same unity when it came to addressing inequalities in the communities they were wanting to protect.

She told police chiefs: "I would like to see the same team building when we know we have Islamic extremists and people who think that wearing short skirts on a Friday night is so wrong and westernised.

"It legitimises very harmful views about young women growing up in this country. And we don't seem to be able to muster it.

"There are good reasons we don't like people being victimised but we have to have those difficult conversations."

During her integration review, Dame Louise spent time in some of the country's least integrated communities and said she had been dismayed by some of the attitudes she found.

She said: "I was very upset and saddened by the level of unequal treatment and I was struck by the lives, because of culture, we think it is acceptable for women to live in Bradford, Birmingham and the east end of London."

She explained that she had found examples of teenage girls being let out of school for prayers on a Friday and then not allowed to leave the house again until Monday.

"I don't think girls should be growing up in this country where they don't leave their houses over the weekend," she said.

"We are helping the extreme right wing if we do not take these issues on. They are nasty, horrible racist people who have no place in our society but their numbers are growing.

"I also think in our desire to embrace diversity we creating division."

Dame Louise's report was published in December, but she accused the Government of placing it in the "difficult to deal with filing cabinet" adding that they had failed to adopt any of her recommendations.
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More than 140,000 told by UK immigration they face removal – watchdog
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 2 November 2017

More than 140,000 people, including 60,000 declared as "absconders", have been told by UK immigration authorities that they face detention and removal from Britain, an official watchdog has revealed.

Two reports from the independent chief inspector of borders and immigration give the first official indication of the number of people in Britain without legal status and who are to face action forcing them to leave.

The reports by David Bolt, which have only just been published after being delivered to the home secretary in May, deliver a severe blow to the Home Office's claims to be creating a "hostile" environment for illegal immigrants in Britain.

The inquiry by the chief inspector concludes that the practical difficulties involved in asking 80,000 people to report regularly to a Home Office centre or a police station has seriously compromised any value in trying to secure their removal from Britain.

Bolt's office clarified that the 80,000 figure represented a snapshot of the numbers required to report while the 60,000 officially declared as absconders was a cumulative total over time. Some of them may have left the country, the office added.

In the reports Bolt says there is "little evidence that effective action was being taken to locate the vast bulk of absconders". ...

"Meanwhile, the removal of foreign national offenders is regularly frustrated, often by last-minute legal challenges, and monitoring non-detained FNOs effectively is a challenge and one that raises obvious public protection concerns," he said.

Bolt added: "The system is hampered by poor communication and coordination within the Home Office. The inspection found that recording and treatment of non-compliance with reporting restrictions was inconsistent, and there was little evidence of effective action to locate absconders." ...

About 7,000 or 9% of those required to report failed to turn up and as of December 2016 there were almost 60,000 absconders.

The chief inspector says there are about 5,884 foreign national prisoners who have been released from custody but still face removal. A total of 5,180 were shown to be reporting regularly but 704 were recorded as absconders.
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Foreign aid madness: Outrage over £1m spent a DAY on asylum seekers
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 2 November 2017

Britain is spending almost £1 million every day to house and feed asylum seekers and refugees with foreign aid cash, we can reveal today.

Ministers insist the UK's bloated foreign aid budget is critical because it supports infrastructure projects in developing countries.

But the "majority" of the £362 million the Home Office contributes to it each year is swallowed up by supporting migrants, the department has admitted.

It means that British taxpayers are shouldering the burden of providing bed and board for tens of thousands of newcomers, many of whom have arrived here illegally.

The outlay could have paid for almost 17,000 new staff nurses last year alone. ...

Britain spends £13.3 billion a year on official development assistance, commonly known as foreign aid.

Three-quarters comes via the Department for International Development with the remaining £3.5 billion shared across Whitehall.

The Home Office, the department responsible for securing our borders from illegal immigration, has confirmed the lion's share of its foreign aid commitment is spent on asylum support and the Syrian Vulnerable People Resettlement Scheme.

Asylum support provides generous concessions to those who want to claim asylum here.

The resettlement scheme aims to relocate 20,000 Syrian refugees from camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt and Turkey by 2020.

Asylum support gives a lifeline to those fleeing persecution and in genuine need of sanctuary.

But even those who have managed to reach the UK illegally, many through the migrant flashpoint of Calais, are provided with somewhere to live, a cash allowance or both while their claims are processed. ...

Claimants also get free NHS treatment while their children are found school places and given free meals.

Independent MEP Steven Woolfe said: "It is sickening to have over 7,000 UK veterans homeless while the Government spends £1 million a day on housing for asylum seekers, including illegals, and offers council houses to IS terrorists. ..."
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On a knife edge: The rise of violence on London's streets
Ed Thomas and Noel Titheradge
BBC, 1 November 2017

Across England and Wales an incident involving a blade or sharp object takes place, on average, every 14 minutes. Of the 37,000 incidents in the past 12 months, more than 13,000 offences were committed in London. ...

The capital has seen a staggering 34% rise in knife crime over the last year. ...

The BBC has learnt that police forces across England and Wales are charging fewer people for knife crimes at the same time as offences are rising.

Freedom of Information (FOI) responses from 30 out of 43 police forces showed that the number of knife crime offences that led to offenders being charged or summoned to court had fallen by eight per cent between 2015 and 2016. ...

Perhaps the most striking feature of the increase in extreme violence is the number of young people involved.

Statistics show a third of all those accused of offences where a gun was fired (237 out of 668) in London since 2012 were aged 19 or under.

Forty-five of the offences were committed by people aged under 14.

The increase in violent crime does not only involve knives.

Gun crime offences still remain below historic highs of March 2007 - when they were 31% higher than today - but the increase over the last three years is marked.

Gun crime across England and Wales has increased by 27% over the last year and in London is 42% higher. ...

The Metropolitan Police is trying to tackle the issue using stop-and- search. In a statement the Met said it regards it as an "invaluable tool" that takes several thousand weapons off the streets each year, and has been backed by Commissioner Cressida Dick. ...

The BBC has learned that 65% of all people who face criminal proceedings for knife crime in London are from ethnic minorities, and 42% are black.
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Channel 4's Latest Rebrand Celebrates Immigration and Diversity in Brexit Britain
Alexandra Jardine
AdAge / Creativity, 31 October 2017

U.K. broadcaster Channel 4 overtly celebrates immigration in its redesigned channel idents at a time when the topic is still controversial in a Britain undergoing Brexit talks.

The new films are directed by Blink's Dougal Wilson, the director behind several much-loved John Lewis ads as well as "We're the Superhumans" for Channel 4. They include one where a giant metallic "4" carries a group of immigrants over the sea like a giant raft to the white cliffs of Dover, where they disembark. Several of the men, women and children are dressed as doctors, businesspeople and construction workers. As they wave goodbye, the "4" honks like a ship to the tune of Channel 4's original mnemonic jingle. As a pro-immigration message, it couldn't be more overt. ...

Alice Tonge, head of 4Creative, says in a statement: "Our new idents couldn't be more Channel 4 – they celebrate inclusion, diversity, youth and the channel's big noisy alternative voice."
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Report: Muslim Lobby Group Mend 'Promotes Extremism', Works with MPs and Police - Breitbart
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 31 October 2017

A Muslim lobby group, which regularly works with police, MPs, and local government, promotes "extremism", harbours anti-Semites, and gives a platform to Muslim grievance narratives and Islamist views, a report has found.

Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) claims to help British Muslims engage in the democratic process, but its leaders are detailed as opposing democracy in favour of sharia, having legitimised the killing of British troops, and promoting conspiracy theories about Islamist terror, The Henry Jackson Society report found.

They have praised and/or partnered with other groups linked to extremism, such as iERA, the anti-Semitic Friends of Al Aqsa and, most regularly, the allegedly "pro-terrorist" group Cage.

The report also explains how Mend has consistently fought against liberal, pro-West Muslims, and sought to destroy many counter-terror laws including Prevent.

Some Tory MPs have now said they will back away from the group following the report, but Labour's Stephen Kinnock said he would still host an up-and-coming meeting with Mend.

Despite their opposition to Prevent, the Borough of Tower Hamlets once paid Mend £25,262.40 to help to evaluate their "No Place for Hate" campaign, which was part of the borough's implementation of Prevent.

One of the longest-serving and most prominent figures in Mend, Azad Ali, gives talks in schools and has had meetings with police.

Yet, in 2010, he lost a libel case against the Daily Mail, with the court finding the paper was justified in describing him as a "hardline Islamic extremist who supports the killing of British and American soldiers in Iraq," due to writings on his blog.

He has also attacked "infidels" on the blog, saying Muslims should "hate" their actions, praised the leader of the terror group Hamas, and advocated sharia law, which he said should come before respecting democracy. On Twitter, he has urged Muslim to "refuse to comply with" counter-terror laws. ...

Mend has enjoyed considerable influence over the UK's police, and Mr. Ali and others from the group have worked with numerous forces and councils, training them about Islamic doctrine, Muslim grievance narratives, and so-called "Islamophobic hate crimes".

They have a huge amount of power in Manchester, where they are one of only two Islamic groups on the 'Ending Islamophobia Action Planning Group', alongside Greater Manchester police, Manchester city council, and the Office of Police and Crime Commissioner.
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7,000 Moldovans slip into Britain by the back door... and it's LEGAL - just like a loophole used by 28,000 Indians
Abul Taher
Mail on Sunday, 29 October 2017

Thousands of migrants from Europe's poorest country have sneaked into Britain using an immigration loophole.

According to the latest official figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday, 7,000 Moldovans have entered the country in the past two years after obtaining passports from Romania, which is a member of the European Union.

Moldovans are able to apply for Romanian documents because of close historic links between the two Eastern European countries.

The Home Office has been powerless to stop them entering Britain because Romanian passport-holders have full rights to live and work anywhere in the EU.

Moldova is not an EU member and the former Soviet state is regarded as Europe's most impoverished country. The average monthly salary is just £197.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics also show 28,000 Indians from Goa have entered Britain over the past six years using another astonishing loophole – this time by obtaining Portuguese passports.

Goa was a colony of Portugal until 1962, and under Portuguese law, anyone can obtain a passport if they can prove that they, their parents or grandparents were born in Goa before 1962.

Last year The Mail on Sunday revealed how 20,000 Indians had entered Britain – 3,000 of whom had obtained Portuguese passports by using false documents.
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'Muhammad' is the Future of Europe
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 28 October 2017

French President Emmanuel Macron this summer ended up in the middle of a political storm – with accusations of "racism" – for saying that women "with seven or eight children" are responsible for the current condition of the African continent, thus creating a challenge, according to Macron, that is "civilizational".

... According to the UN's annual demographic report, "World Population Prospects," one-sixth of the world's population currently lives in Africa. By 2050, the proportion will be one-quarter, and at the end of the century – when Africa will have four billion people – one-third.

... During the next thirty years, the population of Africa is expected to increase by one billion. It is not hard to imagine how mass illegal immigration will affect Europe through such unprecedented demographic pressure. ...

When Germany recently opened its doors to over a million people from the Middle East, Asia and Africa, supporters of open borders repeatedly said that a million migrants are nothing in a European population of 500 million people. That, however, was the wrong comparison. The right comparison is between recent arrivals and new births. In 2015 and 2016, 5.1 million children were born in Europe. In the same period, according to a Pew Research Center report, approximately 2.5 million migrants reached Europe. ...

... "Birth control" has worked most effectively in Europe, which demographically did not need it, and worst in Africa, which did.

Within Europe, there will be countries that shrink and countries that grow. The growing ones will tell us what kind of continent it will be. Europe, with the addition of demographic pressure from Africa, will be dominated by Muslim majorities.

Europe is committing social euthanasia. ...

In addition, last week a new Eurostat report related that /.../ the demographic growth in high-density Islamic areas is tremendous: ...

Last week, in the UK, the Office of National Statistics announced that this year, among newborn boys, Muhammad is one of the most popular names, and "by far the most popular if different spellings are accounted for". The same is true in the Netherlands' four biggest cities. In the capital of Norway, Oslo, Mohammed is the top name not only for newborn boys, but for men in the city overall. ...

No doubt, Africa's exploding population will try to reach the shores of a wealthy, senile Europe, which is already undergoing an internal demographic revolution. Europe, to retain its culture, will need to make hard-headed decisions, not just amuse itself to death. The question is: Will Europe protect its borders and civilization before it is submerged?
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Even the cautious ONS is now forecasting vast population growth driven by immigration
Lord Green
ConservativeHome, 27 October 2017

These Office for National Statistics (ONS) projections may seem rather technical at first glance, but they are extremely important as they shape government planning for housing, schools, hospitals and infrastructure.

The latest figures, which are revised every two years, confirm that current high levels of immigration are by far the largest factor in our population growth.

The ONS makes a central assumption, along with two other scenarios based on higher and lower assumptions about future levels of net migration. Under the principal projection the ONS finds that 77 per cent of our population growth over 25 years will be the result of overseas immigration, including the effect on the number of births.

In the past, the ONS has seriously underestimated migration levels. Indeed, MigrationWatch has been warning for a decade that our population is growing much too fast largely as a result of immigration. Arguably, the ONS has been over-cautious again. The net migration assumption underlying their principal projection (165,000 a year) is extraordinarily low compared to the actual average of 250,000 a year over the past decade.

However, they have also produced a high migration scenario which assumes net migration of 245,000 a year. This gives a UK population increase of nearly ten million by 2041. It also finds that immigration would account for an astonishing 82 per cent of population growth – that is eight million more people in the UK due to immigration.

Eight million is roughly the combined populations of Greater Manchester and the cities of Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Leicester, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Nottingham and Bristol.

A population increase on such a scale, in a country which is already one of the most densely populated in Europe, would have a profound impact on our society and would put housing stocks, schools and GP surgeries under even more pressure. Roads will have to be widened and new ones built to deal with the extra traffic, while overcrowding on the tube and railways will increase still further.

Indeed, if net migration to England continues at around current levels, we will have to build a new home every five minutes, night and day, to cope with additional demand. Meanwhile, ONS statistics show that just over 90 per cent of additional households in England in the period 2005-2014 had a foreign-born head.
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French jihadists regularly received welfare payments after joining Isil, police reveal
David Chazan
Daily Telegraph, 27 October 2017

More than 100 French jihadists regularly received welfare payments after joining Isil forces in Syria and Iraq, police have disclosed.

The payments came to light after the launch of an investigation into Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) funding in France and other European countries in 2015.

Their discovery highlighted intelligence failings and revealed that social security offices neglected to carry out checks.

The Criminal Brigade in Paris and other European security services unearthed fraudulent welfare payments to jihadists totalling more than €2 million (£1.8 million) from Europe between 2012 and 2016. Some €500,000 came from France.

The other European countries involved were not named. Most European Isil fighters come from France, followed by Germany and Britain.

Detectives said about a fifth of the approximately 700 French nationals they estimated left the country to join the extremists had continued to claim unemployment or housing benefits, income support or family allowances.

About 420 fraudulent welfare payments to French fighters were discovered last year. ...

The money was passed through a network of sympathisers. The investigation identified 210 Turkish and Lebanese intermediaries and 190 from France. ...

More than a third of foreign jihadists who fought in Syria or Iraq are believed to have returned to their home countries.
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Britain's population will hit 70 million before 2030 and more than HALF the increase in the next decade will be from immigration
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 26 October 2017

Britain's population will surge past 70 million before the end of the next decade, new forecasts reveal today with more than half the increase caused by immigration.

The number of people living in Britain will rise by 3.6 million - 5.5 per cent - in a decade and the country will be home to 70 million by mid 2029.

The new forecast from the Office for National Statistics considers immigration, fertility and life expectancy.

It concluded that over the next ten years, 46 per cent of UK population growth is projected to result from more births than deaths, with 54 per cent attributed to net international migration. ...

Overall, the population is expected to grow more slowly than at the last forecast in 2014 because of lower immigration, women having fewer children and a slow down in the growth of life expectancy.

Over the decade from mid-2016, the projections suggest that 7.7 million people will be born and 6.1 million will die, while 5.2 million people will immigrate on a long-term basis to the UK with 3.2 million emigrating from the country. ...

As well as the direct impact, international migration has an indirect effect on the population, statisticians said. ...

Once the indirect effect is taken into account, international migration accounts for more than three quarters (77 per cent) of the projected UK population growth over the 25 years from 2016, according to the ONS report.
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Europe remains remarkably free of racism
David Goodhart
The Spectator, 28 October 2017

["Go Back to Where You Came From: The Backlash Against Immigration and the Fate of Western Democracy" by Sasha Polakaw-Suransky]

This book is an exercise in crying wolf that utterly fails to prove its main thesis: that Europe is abandoning its core liberal values under threat from a resurgent populist right. It is a largely fact-free polemic that passes itself off as an open-minded work of interview reportage. Yet if you can ignore the author's sly interventions on behalf of his left-liberal premises, he does introduce the reader to a fascinating cast of characters, mainly from the European populist right.

And, at least for someone (like me) who is predisposed to an interest in the subject, he also provides real insight into the internal debates about immigration and national identity, above all in France, the Netherlands and Denmark, that you could never glean from reading the newspapers in the English-speaking world.

There is also an original and unexpected chapter on a subject that seldom breaks cover: the violent hostility to mass immigration in South Africa, which in 2009 received 340,000 asylum claims, many from an imploding Zimbabwe. ...

Interview-based reportage is not an effective form when the author knows what he wants you to think. ...

But one or two characters do break free. There is Eric Zemmour, an observant French Jew who defends the Vichy regime; or Thierry Baudet, the Dutch philosopher of self-hatred, who thinks Europe will end up looking like Israel; or Julien Rochedy, a former Front National youth leader, who complains about the party's nostalgia and explains why it appeals more to the young than the old; or the CDU politician Philipp Lengsfeld discussing the German saviour complex.

With some commendable foot-in-the-door journalism, the author also tracks down the 92-year-old Jean Raspail, author of the cult racist fantasy The Camp of the Saints, about the invasion of Europe by impoverished Indians, who declares Michel Houellebecq to be his literary heir. ...

What is actually remarkable is how little the populist surge has changed politics in Europe. In the past 20 years, during which many countries have had populists in governing coalitions, there has been no erosion of minority rights, no reversal of mass immigration or European integration. The two countries that have been flirting with authoritarianism, Poland and Hungary, do not get a mention. ...

There is a missed opportunity here to delineate legitimate from illegitimate populism. The most obvious dividing line is racism. But how is that defined? Those who do not accept the non-indigenous as citizens are obviously on the wrong side of the line. But what about those who prefer to live and mix among people like themselves but feel no supremacism or racism towards others? Such people will generally oppose mass immigration and will feel discomforted by rapid ethnic change. Is that discomfort legitimate or not? Can there be cultural rather than purely economic reasons for opposing mass immigration?

The author never tells us, and instead triangulates between the racists and the extreme liberals who want open immigration. But his own often hectoring tone excludes the grey areas in which most people live. ...

In his attempt to unmask the new European populists he has instead revealed why left liberalism has been in such headlong retreat on these issues.
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A UK Police Department Propagandizes for Islam
Bruce Bawer
FrontPage Mag, 26 October 2017

Lincolnshire is a largely rural, even isolated county ...

Yet even in this quiet corner of the U.K., Islam is a headline story. ...

Now the Lincolnshire Police have produced a thirteen-minute video as part of "Hate Crime Awareness week." ...

Unsurprisingly, the video /.../ is pure propaganda. At the beginning, we see the following words onscreen: "British Muslims. How are they portrayed? Terrorists? Jihadis? Islamic State? Maybe the following people will give you a different perspective." We're then introduced to a series of people who have obviously been selected to represent the very best of the British Muslim community: /.../ and (not least) one Asim Hafiz, OBE, the first imam to serve as a Muslim chaplain in the British Armed Forces.

It's the usual drill: terrorists, we're told, "do not represent the views of normal Muslims." The doctor (a woman in hijab) asserts that it was the compassionate principles of Islam that motivated her to be a doctor. And of course somebody reminds us that "we are stronger together."

The Muslim who probably gets the most screen time is a leader of a Muslim aid organization called Al Imdaad. We hear a great deal from this fellow about how much good his group does. What he doesn't mention is something Robert Spencer pointed out the other day in response to this video: Al Imdaad, based in South Africa, has Hamas fingerprints all over it. As Samuel Westrop reported three years ago, an Al Imdaad trustee named Qari Ziyaad Patel "has written and sung a nasheed [Islamic song] in praise of the Taliban." In 2012-13, wrote Westrop, "Al-Imdaad's British branch raised over £400,000 for the IHH, a Turkish charity widely accused of funding terrorism and that publicly supports Hamas. Al-Imdaad UK has also given over £50,000 (over $80,000) to the Zamzam Foundation, a Somali charity run by the Saudi-funded Somali Muslim Brotherhood."

The Lincolnshire Police video doesn't mention any of that, naturally. In its pretty, sanitized portrait of British Islam, there are no terrorists, no friends of terrorists, no supporters of terrorists, nobody who ever so much as met a terrorist. These Muslims are all do-gooders. They would all have us believe that they love Britain with all their hearts and that they thoroughly condemn acts of terror committed in the name of their religion.

And they all have big, warm smiles. ...

It's pure, shameless, unadulterated taqiyya. Disgracefully, it uses video of the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers only to deny, in repulsively soothing voice-over, any connection whatsoever between the evil events of that day and the beautiful Islamic faith.

The good news is that the residents of Lincolnshire are no fools: they gave the video major pushback. /.../ Asked about the public reactions to the video, Deputy Chief Constable Craig Naylor pronounced himself "really disappointed." He and his colleagues, he insisted, had only been trying to "tackle misconceptions and myths."

On the contrary: they had decided it was their job not to fight crime – a disproportionate amount of which, in Britain today, is committed by Muslims – but to spend precious taxpayer dollars and on-duty hours producing pro-Islamic hogwash. ...

Whatever the case, the bottom line is clear: in Lincolnshire, as elsewhere in Europe, cops are now less interested in policing Islamic crime than in policing criticism of Islam.
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How do you solve a problem like returning jihadis? I've got a pretty good idea
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 25 October 2017

When Max Hill QC, the independent reviewer of our terrorism laws, said that young jihadists returning to this country should be welcomed back and integrated, ... ...

Jihadists who, according to Max Hill's generous interpretation, "have travelled out of a sense of naivety, possibly with some brainwashing"? After all, we have so much money to spend on counselling wannabe suicide bombers after paying for the monitoring of 3,000 extremists already in the UK who are considered a direct threat by MI5, with 500 under constant costly surveillance.

Mr Hill's suggestion would be alarming at any time, but it came in the same week that Andrew Parker, the head of MI5, warned that Britain was facing the worst terrorist threat that he had seen in his 34-year career. /.../ Some 20 plots in the UK have been foiled over the past four years, with a record number of terrorism-related arrests: 379 in the year to June. ...

It's not just jihadists who are guilty of naivety, possibly with some brainwashing. Increasingly, it's the governing class of this country that prioritises the human rights of the few over the safety and values of the many. ...

The gulf between what the man on the street thinks and those in authority believe has never been wider.
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Health tourism is a gaping wound in our NHS. The new bid to tackle it is just a tiny plaster
J. Meirion Thomas
Daily Mail, 25 October 2017

A fellow doctor had the nerve to tell me on national radio yesterday that health tourism is an insignificant problem for the NHS.

Listeners to the Today programme on Radio 4 heard her claim that ineligible patients from overseas account for just 0.3 per cent of the health service's budget.

That's what many doctors like to believe. And even if this were the case, 0.3 per cent would amount to some £360 million, enough to pay for thousands more doctors and nurses in our overstretched health service.

But the truth is actually far worse: health tourism costs the NHS in the region of £2 billion. And it is contributing hugely to a crisis in our capacity to provide care as patients are turned away because beds are full and operating theatres are not available.

Changes were introduced yesterday by Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to tackle the problem of health tourism, obliging hospitals to identify and charge up front any foreign patient not eligible for free treatment.

But as I will show, these measures go nowhere near far enough to protect the NHS against health tourists – people who fly to Britain from all over the world to take advantage of our health care system, with no intention of paying for it.

Let me be clear that I am not talking about emergency treatment. This should always be free on the NHS, to whoever needs it and wherever they come from, as well as treatment for genuine asylum seekers and certain disadvantaged groups.

I am talking about people from abroad who target the NHS because they will often get better treatment than at home – and for free.

The abuse is particularly bad in maternity and cancer wards. ...

... Many young NHS doctors take the attitude that it's our responsibility to provide care for everyone, regardless of where they come from or whether they meet the criteria for free treatment – as if any other attitude was tantamount to racism.

Despite daily experience of staff shortages, bed shortages, overcrowding and endless waiting lists, they behave as if it is Britain's responsibility to extend free health care to the whole world. ...

To be fair, the policy introduced yesterday is an attempt to tackle such abuse. ...

The guidance also makes it clear that NHS staff facilitating health tourism may be committing fraud. Yet in most ways, the new policy will do next to nothing to solve the problem. When they register, patients will now be asked if they have lived in the UK for more than six months.

If they answer 'no', they will be sent to an overseas visitor manager (OVM) who will ask to see their passport or proof of address.

If they answer 'yes', they will receive treatment with no further questions asked.

To say this is open to abuse is an understatement of almost comic proportions. ...

Nor will the new rules do anything to prevent widespread identity fraud already taking place across the NHS, as health tourists from abroad turn up at hospitals with false names and addresses, often of a relative who is entitled to free NHS care.

The hospitals under most pressure from health tourists are the ones close to major airports, in London, Birmingham and Manchester.

Frustratingly, these are the very hospitals least likely to be following the guidelines.
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Romanian criminals allowed bail to travel to UK... and EU laws ban deporting them
Nick Parker
The Sun, 24 October 2017

Criminals are being dumped by Romanian courts on Britain – and they then use EU human rights laws to stay here.

Villains including gangsters, smugglers and cash machine crooks are given permission to travel here while on bail.

They then get legal aid to hire lawyers who block their extradition on the grounds standard two-metre square Romanian jail cells fall foul of EU human rights law.

A Sun investigation has revealed Romanian judges are allowing the travel on the flimsiest of excuses – to take a holiday, see relatives or even go to a pigeon fanciers' fair.

British authorities are powerless to deport them after a landmark European Court of Justice ruling opened the floodgates last year. ...

A Romanian legal source said: "There are scores of criminals and suspects using the loophole. Courts in Romania allow it to happen.

"Once given permission to fly to the UK, they know their lawyers will stop them being sent back."
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Europe: Journalists Against Free Speech
Judith Bergman
Gatestone Institute, 24 October 2017

The European Federation of Journalists (EJF), "the largest organization of journalists in Europe, represents over 320,000 journalists in 71 journalists' organizations across 43 countries," according to its website. The EJF, a powerful player, also leads a Europe-wide campaign called "Media against Hate." ...

Gone is all pretense that journalism is about reporting the facts. These are the aims of a political actor.

A very large political actor is, in fact, involved in the "Media against Hate" campaign. The campaign is one of several media programs supported by the EU under its Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC). ...

This political player, the EU, the biggest in Europe, works openly at influencing the "free press" with its own political agendas. One of these agendas is the issue of migration into Europe from Africa and the Middle East. ...

The European Union's REC Program also recently financed the publication of a handbook with guidelines for journalists on how to write about migrants and migration. The guidelines form part of the RESPECT WORDS project – also EU-financed – which "aims to promote quality reporting on migrants and ethnic and religious minorities as an indispensable tool in the fight against hate". The new guidelines are "aimed at strengthening quality media coverage of migrants and ethnic and religious minorities". The handbook was launched on October 12 by the International Press Institute (IPI) – an association of media professionals" representing leading digital, print and broadcast news outlets in more than 120 countries. IPI boasts that it has been "defending press freedom since 1950". (Being bought and paid for by the EU apparently counts as "press freedom" these days.) Seven other European media outlets and civil society groups based in Europe participated in the project and presented it at an event at the European Parliament in Brussels attended by MEPs and civil society experts. According to the press release, the guidelines are "supplementary to standards already in place at news outlets". ...

Why do journalists, who claim to fight for the freedom of the press, now appeal to the EU to help bring an end to freedom of speech in Europe? ...

Is that why news reports always refer to perpetrators of rape or terrorism simply as "men"?

Specifically, with regard to Muslims, the guidelines recommend:

"Challenge existing anti-Muslim stereotypes that have become pervasive in public discourse... Increase the visibility of Muslim men and women in your general reporting... Take care not to further stigmatise terms such as 'Muslim' or 'Islam' by associating them with particular acts... Don't allow extremists' claims about acting 'in the name of Islam' to stand unchallenged. Highlight... the diversity of Muslim communities... where it is necessary and newsworthy to report hateful comments against Muslims, mediate the information. Challenge any false premises on which such comments rely".

Not even Orwell could have made that up.
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Sunderland businessman's second wife website 'benefits women'
BBC, 23 October 2017

A man who is running a website helping men find "second wives" claims it benefits women as well.

In the UK, polygamous marriages - where a person has more than one spouse - are only recognised if they took place in countries where they are legal.

However, no UK laws stop unregistered religious ceremonies taking place.

Azad Chaiwala told BBC Inside Out: "The second wife website came about from my need, and thinking there'll be other people in my situation."

Most Muslims in the UK do not practise polygamy, but some interpretations of the Koran say that a man may marry two, three or four women, so long as he can deal justly and fairly with each of them. ...

He said 100,000 people had signed up - with men outnumbering women three to one - but denied it was something just for men.
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Naive and disillusioned Britons returning from Syria should not be prosecuted, says terror law watchdog
Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 20 October 2017

Many Britons who have returned from Islamic State territory are not being prosecuted and instead need to be reintegrated because they were simply naive, the Government's terrorism laws watchdog has said.

Hundreds of Britons who went to Syria or Iraq in the past few years are already thought to have returned, but the authorities have decided not to charge them, Max Hill QC said.

He spoke days after Andrew Parker, the director general of MI5, said the country faced an intense threat from Islamist terrorism, with plots now being hatched at a tempo he had never seen before.

Around 850 Britons are thought to have travelled to Syria since 2011. Around 120 are believed dead fighting for groups including Islamic State and around half those remaining are thought to have already returned home.

Police and security leaders have in the past warned of the prospect of battle-hardened jihadists returning to continue their struggle by carrying out attacks on the streets of Britain.

Mr Hill, the independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, told the BBC: "We are told we do have a significant number already back in this country who have previously gone to Iraq and Syria.

"That means that the authorities have looked at them and looked at them hard and have decided that they do not justify prosecution and really we should be looking at reintegration and moving away from any notion that we are going to lose a generation from this travel." ...

Counter terrorism sources confirmed that "not a huge proportion" of returnees had been prosecuted. They said some of the others are facing different security restrictions, such as tags, curfews and monitoring.

Mr Hill said if there was evidence those returning had committed crimes, then they should be charged.

A counter terrorism source said officers tried to prosecute whenever they could, but it was often hard to prove someone had committed a crime in a war zone.
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What's the point of these futile illegal immigrant fines when they're so often ignored?
Andrew Penman
Mirror, 19 October 2017

Here's the most brazen example yet of a boss ignoring Home Office fines for employing illegal immigrants.

I've been exposing the pointlessness of these penalties because they're routinely not paid.

Instead, the directors of the companies responsible simply dissolve the business and walk away.

The latest example is Birmingham company Recruitment Base UK Limited, and here's the timeline just revealed by the Insolvency Service.

• April 30, 2014. Home Office

Immigration Officers find one person working illegally at the company, which is issued with a penalty of £5,000.

• January 22, 2015. Far from learning its lesson, Recruitment Base carries on regardless. Six more illegal workers are found and the penalty this time is £80,000.

• March 25, 2015. Three more illegal workers are discovered, and there's a penalty of £40,000.

• June 8, 2015. Yet another illegal worker is found. The penalty this time is £15,000.

That comes to a total of £140,000 and not a penny has been paid.

The director was Shane Khattak, 30, who has just been banned from running companies for 10 years.

You might think that's a feeble penalty for repeatedly sticking

two fingers up at a Government department, but Khattak could easily have got off even lighter.

The ban was only 10 years because it included punishment for the fact that he was also acting as the director of Recruitment Base while an undischarged bankrupt.

The ban for refusing to pay these Home Office penalties is usually six years. And it's not as if Khattak could have been unaware of his obligations. He trained as a solicitor and although he never practised, he's listed as the in-house lawyer at Birmingham business Commercial & Legal Group.

Its website states that his practice areas include, would you believe, immigration and asylum. ...

I've previously revealed that penalties of more than £46 million have been issued by the Home Office for employment of illegal immigrants, of which £33.5m has not been paid.
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Hate crime is a meaningless and dangerous myth
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 19 October 2017

Britain is a land of remarkable tolerance but that is not how the politically correct brigade regards us. ...

There was more ammunition for such hysteria this week with the publication of the latest so-called "hate crime" figures by the Home Office. ...

According to the Government's statistics, the number of hate crimes increased by 29 per cent over the last year, from 62,518 offences in 2015-16 to 80,393 in 2016-17. ...

Inevitably the political establishment and campaigners united in manufactured outrage at these findings. ...

All this anguish could hardly be more badly misplaced. Just like Theresa May's misinterpreted race audit last week, the launch of this report was designed to whip up support for the fashionable progressive orthodoxy.

Far from revealing a dangerous new level of intolerance the study actually showed that, even using the Government's own criteria, "hate crime" is falling.

Last year the number of prosecutions for hate crimes fell significantly to 14,480, down from 15,542.

Given the zealous determination of the Crown Prosecution Service and the police to crack down on any perceived instance of prejudice the decline is astonishing.

It is another sign that the alleged "hate crime" wave is largely an invention of fevered ideologues with an agenda to portray the British population as a dangerous, reactionary mob.

What is even more surprising is that the total number of reported hate incidents is not far higher since the current definition of "hostility" is so wide as to be almost meaningless.

According to CPS guidance it includes "ill-will, spite, contempt, prejudice, unfriendliness, antagonism, resentment and dislike". Almost every negative trait of human behaviour is covered there.

In the bizarre world of the CPS it can be a crime just to "dislike" someone. The supposed victim does not even need to produce any evidence that an incident was motivated by prejudice. ...

The cynical aim is to create a climate of social division so that the state bureaucracy has an excuse for more control. The senior ranks of the CPS and the police are today less like crime fighters and more like political commissars.

Many police forces now openly state that they will give higher priority to hate crimes than to offences such as burglary and car theft. But this approach is profoundly immoral.

In a culture where every conservative value can be dressed up as hate mongering, the basis of our democratic liberties has been destroyed. ...

Just as disturbingly the traditional concept of equality before the law is undermined by the institutionalised obsession with hierarchies of victimhood.

Political dogma has replaced justice, as we saw in the Rotherham scandal, where the police failed to act for years against predatory Muslim sex gangs.

That epic failure makes a mockery of all their current talk about fighting prejudice.

The paradox is that the fixation with political correctness is creating a more fractured society, the very opposite of its stated goal.

The peddlers of bogus hate crime are the real enemies of harmony.
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Why is the left pushing this hate-crime panic?
Mick Hume
Spiked, 19 October 2017

The Home Office this week reported an unprecedented 29 per cent annual rise in hate crimes in England and Wales. A barrage of condemnations and outraged questions followed. Why, demanded Labour politicians and media pundits, were the Tory government and the police not doing more to combat the 'unacceptable', 'soaring', 'surging' and 'record' rates of hate crimes? ...

There is, however, another set of pressing questions, which few seem keen to ask. Why do so many now uncritically accept the Home Office's claims about a boom in racist and Islamophobic hate crimes? Why do the sort of radicals who rejected the British state's past exploitation of dubious crime figures now take the same state's hate-crime stats at face value?

In short: why do those who would have rubbished the Home Office/police 'black mugging panic' of recent history seem so keen to endorse the hate-crime panic today?

There should be little doubt that the talk of 'soaring' rates of hate crime is a panic, based on highly questionable evidence. ...

... First, exactly what is a 'hate crime' anyway? The emotive label conjures images of serious and violent offences. Yet most of these recorded hate crimes are not what would normally be considered crimes at all. They are alleged incidents, many of them verbal, reported to the police, often through phone, email or social-media hotlines. They are not investigated by the police, far less tried as crimes in a court of law.

Instead the police simply record every report as an official hate crime without any need to question or investigate at all. ...

So, unlike other crimes, if anybody at all says anything at all is a hate crime, the police must record it as one, no actual 'evidence of hostility' required or questions asked at all. ...

Away from the headlines about a 'surge' in recorded hate crimes, other official statistics released with rather less fanfare suggest a slightly different story. The Crown Prosecution Service's annual report for 2016/17 shows a sharp decrease in both the number of religious and racial hate incidents that were referred on to the CPS by the police, and the number taken to court. ...

... This is apparently the fourth successive year that the total of police recorded hate crimes has gone up, while police referrals to the CPS have gone down. ...

The closer you look, the more the hysteria about 'soaring' hate crimes resembles a classic, state-driven law-and-order panic, exploiting dubious crime statistics to justify more authoritarian measures. ...

Yet Labour politicians and radical commentators have enthusiastically endorsed the hate-crimes scare, only complaining that the Home Office and police need to take even firmer action. This contrasts starkly with the 1970s and 1980s, when the left mounted a powerful critique of the British state's promotion of a scare about 'black muggers'. ...

The result is that these self-styled radicals now end up on the same side as the state, demanding even more police and CPS action to curb 'hate speech', aka free speech, on everything from Islamic terrorism to immigration. ...

... the current scaremongers are effectively playing a new version of the race card.
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UK facing most severe terror threat ever, warns MI5 chief
Vikram Dodd
The Guardian, 18 October 2017

Britain is facing its most severe ever terrorist threat and fresh attacks in the country are inevitable, according to the head of Britain's normally secretive domestic intelligence service in a rare public speech.

Andrew Parker, the director general of MI5, said the UK had seen "a dramatic upshift in the threat" from Islamist terrorism this year, reflecting attacks that have taken place in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge.

The spy chief said: "That threat is multi-dimensional, evolving rapidly and operating at a scale and pace we've not seen before."

He added: "It's at the highest tempo I have seen in my 34-year career. Today there is more terrorist activity, coming at us more quickly, and it can be harder to detect." ...

Parker said MI5 had stopped far more terror plots than those that caused mass casualties this year. He said 20 plots had been thwarted in the last four years.

Seven plots had been stopped before jihadists could strike in the last seven months alone, Parker added.
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Home Secretary Amber Rudd admits there 'may be' a million illegal immigrants in Britain
Dan Bloom
Mirror, 18 October 2017

There "may be" a million illegal immigrants in Britain, the Home Secretary has admitted.

Amber Rudd confessed she simply didn't know how many people are in the UK against the law.

The Tory Cabinet minister was quizzed over claims by David Wood, a former head of immigration enforcement, that there are "probably over a million foreigners here illegally" and "no one could ever remove them really." ...

Asked to confirm she could not dispute the figure, because she did not know, Ms Rudd replied: "I think that's correct, yes."

Tory MP Christopher Chope fumed: "So he may well be right."

Ms Rudd shot back: "Or wrong!"

Home Office Permanent Secretary Philip Rutnam added: "It's not something we have an estimate of."

Ms Rudd insisted there was "very little overstaying" by students and emphasised enforcement action during the clash with the Commons Home Affairs Committee.

But Mr Chope complained the target of removing 35,000 people from Britain was a "drop in the ocean".
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Number of modern slavery victims identified in England and Wales rises by 300%
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 17 October 2017

The number of modern slavery victims receiving help has risen by 300 per cent as thousands more continue to be forced into labour, prostitution and domestic servitude across the UK. ...

More than 1,500 people were referred in the past year alone, with almost half trafficked for sexual exploitation, 39 per cent for forced labour and 13 per cent for domestic servitude in England and Wales.

The victims identified in the past year came from 95 countries, with almost two thirds women, one third men and three transgender. ...

The highest number of female clients being supported are Albanian, followed by Nigerians, but the largest group of men are now from Vietnam for the first time.

A total of 183 victims from the country were referred in the past year, with the men mainly exploited in cannabis farming and women in nail bars and the sex industry. ...

Most victims are currently referred by the Home Office, followed by police, charities, immigration authorities and lawyers.
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Police in Britain ramp up slavery investigations yet victims suffer, says UK chief
Kieran Guilbert
Reuters, 17 October 2017

Police in Britain are ramping up efforts to investigate cases of modern slavery, yet the true scale of the crime is hugely underestimated, the UK's anti-slavery chief said on Monday. ...

Kevin Hyland, appointed in 2014 as part of Britain's widely hailed Modern Slavery Act, called in his second annual report for greater support for slavery victims, and urged businesses to do more to ensure their supply chains are free of forced labor.

At least 13,000 people are estimated by the government to be victims of modern slavery - from sexual exploitation to domestic servitude - but police say the figure is the tip of the iceberg.

"I deem this (the 13,000 estimate) far too modest, with the true number in the tens of thousands," Hyland said in a statement. "We must continue to prevent this abhorrent abuse." ...

"Potential victims identified in the UK in 2016 came from 108 countries; this is precisely why it is crucial to address the crime both at source and en route," Hyland said, referring to top source countries such as Vietnam, Nigeria and Romania.
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Right To Rent fuelling massive ID fraud, BBC investigation reveals
Graham Norwood
Letting Agent Today, 17 October 2017

The BBC says Right To Rent legislation is fuelling a burgeoning market in fake IDs - in some cases creating access to property to the illegal migrants that it was supposed to identify and prevent. ...

Now an undercover reporter for the BBC London programme Inside Out has found it possible to purchase counterfeit passports, as well as National Insurance cards and residence permits from illegal dealers across London. For only £500 it was possible to get a fake passport, with documents arriving as quickly as 48 hours after being 'purchased'.

The show then reveals letting agents, unwittingly being presented with the fake ID, and accepting them as proof of UK residency status. ...

Zack Adesina, the reporter on the BBC London Inside Out show, told BBC Online: "The counterfeit passports I saw and acquired from the ID fraudsters were remarkably convincing at first glance. Professionally bound and sealed, some even feature mock biometric imprints. They are made with good quality materials and they also pass the touch test, feeling like the real thing.

"But they don't withstand intense scrutiny. The photos on three appeared too small and the lettering somehow seemed dodgy but then, those selling them know they need not be perfect" he added.
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The Psychological Roots Of Nationalism vs. Globalism
Jonathan Haidt
Real Clear Politics, 17 October 2017
[From a 2016 interview about "The Rise of Populism and the Backlash Against the Elites"]

So the globalist ethos is tear down the borders, tear down the barriers, nation-states are arbitrary, why should my government privilege the people who are born here rather than people elsewhere who are much poorer? You begin to get a denial of patriotism – the claim ... of anti-Trump protesters saying that "patriotism is racism." ...

This is step two: You get wealthy, wonderful, successful societies that are so attractive to people around the world that they get a flood of immigrants, who are met by the globalists who say welcome, welcome, welcome, don't assimilate because we don't want to deny your culture. ...

In politics, always look at what each side makes sacred. And for anybody who remembers World War Two in the UK and in America – the country, the flag, and freedom, democracy, all these other virtues... and then fighting the communists. It was a good time to be a liberal, freedom meant liberty. Freedom, fighting for liberty. The older generation has those values circling around.

Then we get the New Left in the 1960s, the fall of the Berlin wall in the 1990s, and we get the rise... of a new set of sacred values around racism, sexism, oppression, and basically the sacred victim. This is part of the clash – if you have groups on the left whose religion is fighting racism, that is a very admirable thing to do, but if it becomes a religion and you become a fundamentalist, now everything that opposes or contradicts that must fall... ...

And if anybody says they are linked to terrorism, they are forcing us to change our ways, then you say they're a racist! So you have the dawn of this new religion, which is in many ways extremely illiberal.

I stopped calling myself a liberal because of we, in the American sense, butchered the word and made it mean 'Left.' I was a liberal my whole life until I realized... this new illiberal left – you can't have a functioning multi-ethnic society if you have this kind of attitude.

That is the clash we have now over immigration, it is essentially a religious battleground...

Many people on the left, because they are globalists, they don't get that the idea of the nation is something sacred. They don't get ideas of patriotism... ...

... What they're missing is you can have diversity within a shared sense of identity, and if you don't have that shared sense of identity, it is going to be very divisive.
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If the UK wants to cut immigration, it must change its model of capitalism
Alexandre Afonso and Camilla Devitt
LSE Brexit, 16 October 2017

The UK draws to a greater extent on population growth and increasing house prices. Unlike Germany, where exports of goods and services represented 46% of GDP in 2016, this share was only 28% in the UK. Another major difference is population growth: between 2006 and 2016, the British population has grown at a much higher rate than the EU average: 0.75% per year against 0.3% (0.3% for Germany). Immigration accounts for more than half of this growth, and reducing the number of people coming into the country (and consuming goods and services) will inevitably weaken what had become an important driver of growth.

This is important because apart from financial services, Britain's export performance appears to be too weak to compensate for a smaller domestic demand. While Germany still has a strong export-oriented manufacturing base, the United Kingdom relies more heavily on services, not only high-skilled (e.g finance) but also low-skilled sectors (retail, cafés, restaurants, personal and social services) and the construction sector. These sectors depend to a larger extent on migrant workers, especially in low-paid employment. For instance, 41% of packers, bottlers, canners, and fillers in the UK are EU nationals, and so are 26% of cleaners and housekeepers.

Second, because of the liberal nature of the labour market, there is a comparatively high number of low-paying jobs that natives are reluctant to take up. About 20% of jobs in Britain are low-paid (that is, they are paid less than two-thirds of gross median earnings) while this percentage is only about 10% in France and 8% in Denmark. ...

In sum, the British economy offers many low-paying jobs that natives, due to higher expectations, are reluctant to accept. This mismatch is filled by migrant workers. Catering, construction and care – all domestic services sectors which had come to depend heavily on EU workers – have now all reported difficulties in finding labour in the aftermath of Brexit.

Third, the dependence on EU migration has also been accentuated by decades of deregulation which have lowered incentives for firms to produce skills domestically. This is a classic collective action problem: in order to have an adequate supply of skills, firms need to cooperate and pool resources to train new workers. However, it may be selfishly more expedient to let other firms train workers and then "poach" them without paying for training. If everybody is rational, no workers are trained.

A case in point is the construction sector, which has come to rely heavily on EU workers to compensate for the lack of domestic skills. ...

Once again, EU workers have been used to plug the mismatch between the demand and supply of skills in the British labour market, and many British firms have been free-riding on skills produced abroad. This situation is not new. The NHS is a case in point: in 1971 already, 31% of all doctors working in the NHS in England were born and qualified overseas.
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From Austria to the UK, Europe is gripped by border anxiety. Conservatives must respond or perish
Daniel Johnson
Daily Telegraph, 16 October 2017

The dramatic victory of Sebastian Kurz in Sunday's Austrian election will send shock waves across Europe. ...

Exit polls say his People's Party has emerged as the clear winner and will probably form a new coalition with the populist Freedom Party and its leader Heinz-Christian Strache, whom Mr Kurz has deftly outflanked. ...

He promises to impose tough new restrictions on refugees and economic migrants to ensure that Austria is never again overwhelmed by an influx on the scale of two years ago. He is thereby breaking with the cosy liberal establishment that has dominated politics in Vienna for decades, but has also seen off the far-Right. ...

This tale from the Vienna woods is likely to be replicated across the continent. Everywhere the same pressures from uncontrolled migration are making themselves felt: on housing, on public services, on security. Such pressures will only grow as tens of millions of migrants from Africa and Asia head to Europe over the next decade.
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Children must be taught benefits of immigration in school, UK anti-discrimination watchdog says
Rob Merrick
Independent, 15 October 2017

Children must be taught about Britain's rich history of immigration if Theresa May is to achieve her "mission" of tackling racial injustice, the UK's anti-discrimination watchdog says.

The Prime Minister has been urged to follow up her promise to make addressing inequalities a "personal priority" by putting immigration in the national curriculum.

Educating children on the topic of immigration would "tackle prejudiced attitudes" and build community links by helping children understand people's different backgrounds, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission said. ...

Now the issue has been given fresh impetus in the Commission's response to the "race audit" issued by the Prime Minister to highlight inequalities between different ethnic groups.

The Government's Ethnicity Facts and Figures website provided a blizzard of statistics to highlight the problem in provision and achievement – but few concrete proposals for change.

The Commission said that project had to start early, by ensuring "equality and human rights are part of the curriculum to instil shared values".

"The curriculum should also include Britain's immigration history to enable children to understand how this has shaped all aspects of our country," its response said.
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Warnings of a Romanian migrant surge were right
Ed West
Spectator blog, 14 October 2017

Remember when Keith Vaz got himself down to Luton Airport a few years back to greet new Romanian arrivals getting off the plane, declaring in his rather pompous way that:

'We've seen no evidence of people who have rushed out and bought tickets in order to arrive because it's the 1st of January'.

This was in January 2014, when Romanians and Bulgarians were granted free movement to Britain for the first time, and on that day there was widespread guffawing among right-thinking people about how we were going to be 'swamped'; Twitter, even more so than usual, was filled with humour that was ill-disguised class contempt and status competition. We were told by numerous publications, think-tanks and other bodies that the likes of MigrationWatch and Ukip were just scaremongering, and there would not be a huge influx of migrants from the A2 nations.

Eastern European invasion 'comes to nothing', the Independent declared. As a Guardian commentator informed us, the number of Romanians and Bulgarian will actually fall:

So MigrationWatch's prediction of 50,000 a year over the next five years actually starts looking like a potential fall in numbers. It is not likely that fewer Romanians and Bulgarians will end up here but it is a possibility and one that is as worthy of consideration as all the "invasion" predictions that have more in common with astrology than demography.'

Or, as this 2013 Open Democracy piece pointed out, notions that people will move to richer countries to earn more money are too simplistic because 'serious migration studies... are aware that the drivers of migration are much more complex and that migration systems, migration networks, migration politics, opportunity-constraints structures, social and human capital, perceptions and imaginations, individual characteristics and emotions play crucial roles.'

Migration Matters also poured cold water on claims there would be a big surge in arrivals. The organisation's director, Atul Hatwal, said:

'Our belief is that the anti-immigration lobby have cried wolf once too often. Their claim is that as many as 300,000 new migrants will arrive from Romania and Bulgaria over the course of 2014. In truth we believe that figure will probably peak at around 20,000.'

A spokesman for Migration Matters went on to say that 'if 300,000 migrants do arrive from Romania and Bulgaria then the opponents of migration will have shown to be correct'.

I guess that answers that one then, as there are now 413,000 Romanian and Bulgarians living in Britain, roughly 90,000 a year more since January 2014, compared to 6,200 Britons living in the A2 states. Ukip were shown to have been correct.

... And there are now more Turkish Cypriots in north London than in Cyprus, something which Paul Collier pointed out in Exodus to illustrate the extent to which, given the opportunity, people will migrate in very large numbers, especially if there are already bridgeheads in the receiving country.
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British Police Arrest At Least 3,395 People for 'Offensive' Online Comments in One Year
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 14 October 2017

British police forces arrested at least nine people a day for "offensive" online comments last year.

Figures obtained by The Times through the Freedom of Information Act reveal that 3,395 people across 29 forces were arrested last under section 127 of the Communications Act 2003, which makes it illegal to intentionally "cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety to another", in 2016.

The true figure is likely to be significantly higher, as thirteen police forces refused to provide the requested information and two did not provide usable data.

Around half of the investigations were abandoned before being brought to prosecution, which critics say is an indication that the authorities are being excessively strict in their interpretation of the law's restrictions on freedom of speech.

Nevertheless, many forces have massively stepped up their focus on so-called trolls, with the number of arrests by West Midlands Police having increased by an astonishing 877 per cent since 2014.

With Home Secretary Amber Rudd's announcement of a special national police hub focused on online hate last week, it is expected that these numbers will only increase.

Jim Killock, executive director of the Open Rights Group, said: "the problem is 'grossly offensive' is not something you should normally be prosecuted for. It's not showing harm to other people. It's not showing that somebody is being ... attacked or threatened."

The seeming inconsistency in the enforcement of free speech restrictions has also been a source of contention, with the Metropolitan Police – who detained 867 people in 2016, according to the Times figures – appearing reluctant to investigate people such as Nadia Chan, the self-described Islamist who was revealed as having made a number of deeply racist remarks about white people on social media after an appearance on public broadcaster Channel 4.

Chan branded Israeli Jews "parasites" and ranted that white people were "swine" and "pasty bland bitches [who] have NO culture, no rich history, you ain't shit, ur ancestors were cave ppl". She also openly endorsed terror attacks on Iranian state network Press TV – but the Met refused to say whether they would bring charges against her. ...

Similarly, people who reported mixed race transgender model Munroe Bergdorf for saying "the white race is the most violent and oppressive force of nature on earth" in a segment produced and aired by the publicly-funded BBC – an apparent violation of the laws against 'inciting racial hatred' – were met with official indifference.
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How the Mail got it right on Romanian and Bulgarian migration and the BBC got it so wrong – and deceived Britain
Stephen Glover
Daily Mail, 12 October 2017

We all know how, in 2004, the Labour government opened the door to immigration from Poland and seven other Eastern European states, while other countries such as Germany and France imposed restrictions.

The Blair government forecast a relatively small annual influx – of between 5,000 and 13,000. Within five years, nearly a million had arrived.

Following that gigantic miscalculation, one might have expected a little more caution would be shown at the beginning of 2014 when immigration restrictions from Romania and Bulgaria were lifted by the Coalition government.

With an eye on the cock-up over Poland, prime minister Cameron refused to release official projections.

The Mail warned that history would repeat itself. So did a small number of other organisations such as Migration Watch, a think-tank run by a respected former British ambassador.

This did not prevent many – most notably the BBC – from predicting that anxieties over the number of migrants would turn out to be misplaced.

In fact, they were utterly justified. Yesterday, the Office for National Statistics estimated there are 413,000 Romanians and Bulgarians living in the United Kingdom, equivalent to the population of Bristol.

Of these, roughly 150,000 were already living in the country before 2014. But since then, more than a quarter of a million more migrants from Romania and Bulgaria have settled here. ...

But the Beeb was adamant that those expressing concern about a new wave of migration were guilty of scare tactics. ...

The dependably Leftist Channel 4 News was equally awry. In 2014, it published a 'fact check' which declared: 'Predictions of a mass influx of immigrants from Bulgaria and Romania have failed to come true.'

The explanation for such superciliousness is hardly obscure. Even the BBC's former director-general, Mark Thompson, admitted in 2011 that there were 'some years' when the Corporation was 'very reticent about talking about immigration'. ...

One organisation (long shunned by the BBC and the Left-wing media) did predict what has happened.

In 2013, Migration Watch estimated that between 30,000 and 70,000 Romanians and Bulgarians a year would come to the UK. Its higher figure has proved almost exactly correct. ...

Migration Watch, whose record entitles it to be trusted on such matters, estimates that nearly half of housing demand is attributable to migrants.
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To allow the illegal migrant population to grow in this country would be a betrayal of the British people
Lord Green
The Sun, 12 October 2017
[Lord Green of Deddington is chairman of Migration Watch UK]

MPs were told this week there may be as many as one million illegal migrants in the UK and that it was very unlikely they would ever be removed.

But the revelation to the Home Affairs Committee by former borders chief David Wood will come as no surprise to those who have sat in government in recent years.

The reality is that this very serious problem has been developing for a long time. Fearing public uproar, successive governments have been secretive on the issue.

Only in 2005 – and under considerable pressure – did the then Labour government make an estimate of numbers.

At the time the illegal migrant population was put at 430,000. Since then, very little has been said on the matter.

But it is likely that, 12 years on, they now number upwards of a million, although we can never be certain of the exact figure.

The impact of the illegal immigrant population on this country is significant.

The cost to the taxpayer for use of the health service and schools, neither of which have robust checks on eligibility, will run into the tens of millions.

In the workplace, illegal migrants undercut the wages of British workers.

Many are also exploited by unscrupulous employers who get away with ignoring health and safety, the minimum wage and other employment legislation. This is unfair to those business owners who play by the rules.

Perhaps most worryingly, illegal migrants undermine the rule of law and further erode our collective confidence in the ability of government to control our borders. So how have we ended up in such dire straits?

Successive governments have done too little to remove those with no right to remain here and not enough to prevent the illegal migrant population growing still larger.

In the past the immigration system was so lax that anyone with a degree could come to the UK in search of work, and bogus students could sign up to a fake college and remain in Britain illegally after their visa had expired.

Some good work has been done to tighten the system up. However, serious deficiencies remain elsewhere.

More often than not, those whose claim for asylum has been refused are not sent back to their home country. ...

Meanwhile, as of last summer, our porous borders were manned by just three border patrol vessels – one for every 2,500 miles of coastline. ...

The removal of those with no right to remain has got steadily worse in recent years, and those either already here or who seek to make it to Britain know that the chances of removal are extremely small.

Enforced removals of failed asylum seekers and immigration offenders halved between 2009 and 2016 to just 5,000.

This decline is partly down to resources at the Home Office but other factors such as human rights legislation and the courts make removal more difficult.

A lack of political will to address obstacles certainly doesn't help. ...

What is needed is political determination and a substantial increase in resources. We cannot sit on our hands any longer.
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Over one million illegal immigrants are in Britain: Former Home Office chief admits huge numbers live in the UK 'under the radar' and many will never be sent home
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 11 October 2017

Britain is home to more than a million illegal migrants, a former Home Office chief admitted yesterday.

After years of denial across government, a senior official finally acknowledged that huge numbers of foreigners are living here 'under the radar'.

David Wood, who was head of immigration enforcement until 2015, told MPs few of the illegals were ever likely to be sent home. They include visa overstayers, criminals who have escaped deportation, failed asylum seekers and those who have sneaked into the UK. ...

Giving evidence to the Commons home affairs committee, Mr Wood said: 'There are probably over a million foreigners here illegally at the moment. There's a large number, so no one could ever remove them really.'

He also told MPs that Brexit could result in a 'whole group of potential illegal immigrants that there wasn't before'. EU nationals overstaying visas would be targeted as easy to remove while 'more harm-based cases are left'.

Official statisticians say it is impossible to give an accurate number for people living here unlawfully. The last Home Office estimate – from as long ago as 2001 – was 430,000. ...

Christopher Chope, the Conservative committee member who drew Mr Wood into the admission, said: 'It is mind-boggling that there are so many people here who should not be here and we don't know what to do in response.

'The figures illustrate the paucity of any removals whether compulsory or voluntary and it suggests we do not have any controls over the people who are here.' ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: 'For some years we have been pointing to the likely scale of illegal migration to the UK.

'This now seems to be confirmed by a former official who was responsible for these matters at the Home Office. It is an astonishing number of people coming below the radar to Britain. All of them, in practice, have access to the NHS and education for their children.

'There is no way the Government can remove so many people but they are right to make the environment much more difficult for people who have no right to be here.'

Despite a backlog of nearly 27,000 failed asylum seekers who were deemed 'subject to removal action', the Home Office deported fewer than 3,500 in 2016.

This is a fall of two thirds since 2010, when the Tories came to power.
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Jihadi jailed for 10 years for helping 21/7 Tube bombers given top council job after bosses failed to uncover her criminal past
Chris Pollard
The Sun, 10 October 2017

A jihadi jailed for helping the 21/7 Tube bombers got a top council job ...

Mulumebet Girma rose through housing department ranks after London's Southwark Council failed to uncover her criminal past, despite her being in one of the UK's highest-profile terror trials.

The Ethiopian ex-model was even put on the cover of a council magazine to promote its apprenticeship scheme. Girma, 33, has now been sacked.

Girma got a job with Southwark Council as a trainee customer services assistant in 2013 – shortly after she was released early from a 10-year jail term.

She did not declare her criminal past and the council failed to uncover it despite her having a key role in one of Britain's highest profile terror trials.

A simple Google search would have revealed ex-model Girma had been convicted under the Terrorism Act for assisting her brother-in-law Hussein Osman, who tried to blow up a packed commuter train on 21 July 2005.
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Rapists and wife-beaters flocked to join ISIS because the group's systemised sexual violence appealed to them, study shows
Iain Burns
MailOnline, 10 October 2017

A new study has shown that many men with a history of sexual violence and domestic abuse joined ISIS because of the group's use of slavery and rape.

The Henry Jackson Society report claims the sanctioning of systemic sexual abuse served as a way of 'attracting, retaining, mobilising and rewarding fighters'.

It was also used as a means of delivering cruel punishment to 'kafir' -

non-Muslims - and as a form of terrorism.

With slavery and rape given Islamic justification by the depraved group's theologians, sexual exploitation was also used as a way of raising cash for the caliphate.

The study shows many ISIS fighters from the US and Europe had a background of abusing women, which implies a relationship between 'committing terrorist attacks and having a history of physical and/or sexual violence'.

One infamous jihadist described as key in the savage persecution of non-Muslims in ISIS territory is the Briton Siddhartha Dhar. ...

The group also sanctioned forced conversions and pregnancies after women were enslaved or abused as a means of adding to the ranks of the extremist cult. ...

The Henry Jackson Society also looked at the link between human trafficking and funding.

It found that groups, including Isis and Boko Haram, are turning to hostage-taking and ransom efforts as historical revenue streams such as taxation and oil sales dry up.

The study suggests kidnapping brought in around £7.6 million to £22.8 million for Isis last year.
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Theresa May's race audit relies on misleading statistics
David Green
Spectator blog, 10 October 2017

We know from her unfortunate conference speech that it irks Mrs May to hear Labour claiming a monopoly on compassion, and this week's racial disparity audit is her latest attempt to prove that she is equally concerned about injustice.

The problem is that the disparity audit is based on a colossal intellectual blunder. Disparate outcomes may be the result of discrimination, but there are numerous other valid explanations. When comparing large groups using statistics there are many confounding factors at work. For example, the average age of ethnic minorities is younger than for the white population. This has given them less time to get promotion and increase their earnings. To assume that lower average earnings result from discrimination is a schoolboy error. A far higher proportion of people of Indian origin are doctors by comparison with the white population. Has there been discrimination in favour of Indians or against whites? Or has discrimination got nothing to do with it? And what should we make of occasions when there is a difference within one ethnic group between males and females? Black Caribbean boys, for instance, do less well in the education system than black Caribbean girls. Do our teachers discriminate against black boys but not black girls? Or is it nothing to do with discrimination? And why are there such large differences between ethnic minorities? Chinese children do exceptionally well in school, compared with black and Asian groups. ...

Mrs May has blundered into a minefield of uncertainties that call for careful, honest, and fearless study. She has declared war on civil servants and teachers, threatening that there is 'nowhere to hide' from her righteous indignation. But in truth this campaign against injustice is an onslaught on statistical variance. If you pick two groups defined by a characteristic such as race that has no direct connection with outcomes such as the attainment of educational qualifications, you will inevitably find differences. Her mistake is to assume that there is a causal connection between race and outcomes, when often there is none.

Focusing on racial disparities also ignores that fact that for many years now there has been discrimination in favour of ethnic minorities in recruitment to the civil service. The Home Office, for example, was first given a recruitment target by the Blair Government. Its first 'milestone' was for 2004, when the prison, probation, passport and immigration services all exceeded their target of 25 percent. They had achieved 38 percent from ethnic minorities. The trouble is that if one organisation takes so many ethnic minority members, then it does not leave enough for other organisations to recruit their proportionate share. And yet, if they fail to meet their target they are in danger of being condemned as discriminators who will be given 'nowhere to hide'.

Mrs May's campaign is an example of a vote-winning strategy based on 'political positioning' instead of problem solving.
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Grooming gangs 'are abusing girls across the country', victims and investigators warn
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 9 October 2017

Grooming gangs across the country are repeating the horrific abuse exposed in Rotherham, Rochdale, Oxford and most recently Newcastle, victims and investigators have warned.

There are mounting calls for nationwide action to combat sexual exploitation, with authorities accused of playing catch-up after ignoring victims "for decades and decades".

Sammy Woodhouse, who was abused as a teenager by the Rotherham ringleader Arshid "Mad Ash" Hussain and has waived her right to anonymity, said abuse was underway "all over the country".

"It's an issue for every town and city, more people are being failed," she told The Independent. "I'm hearing a lot of new complaints from survivors.

"Some are saying they have been to the police and didn't get taken seriously, others are getting support.

"But I think the Government is still trying to play this down and make out it's not a major issue – they are not doing enough."

Her calls for action came as figures show that in Bradford 1,153 referrals were made to its child sexual exploitation team in 2016/17 – a 62 per cent increase on the year before. ...

Authorities behind an investigation that identified more than 700 women and girls as potential victims of sexual exploitation in North East England believe the abuse is happening far beyond areas where perpetrators have been caught.

Pat Ritchie, the chief executive of Newcastle City Council, said "any area that says it does not have a problem is simply not looking for it", while chief constable Steve Ashman of Northumbria Police told The Independent: "I think there's every likelihood that this is happening in every town and city across the country."

Dame Vera Baird, victims lead for the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), also fears grooming is taking place nationwide. ...

Ms Woodhouse said her abusers and all those reported to her by other victims were from Muslim backgrounds.

"Nobody is saying that all Muslims commit abuse, but by saying it's not an issue you're silencing the victims," she added. ...

Men from a wide range of nationalities, races and religions have been prosecuted as part of grooming gangs but the prevalence of abusers from Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds has been a point of controversy.

Ms Woodhouse was outraged by the sacking of Rotherham MP Sarah Champion from the Shadow Cabinet over a newspaper article in her name that claimed "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".
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Multiculturalism Is Splintering the West
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 9 October 2017

The European Union's official statistics on terrorism are dramatic:

"In 2016, a total of 142 failed, foiled and completed attacks were reported by eight EU Member States. More than half (76) of them were reported by the United Kingdom. France reported 23 attacks, Italy 17, Spain 10, Greece 6, Germany 5, Belgium 4 and the Netherlands 1 attack. 142 victims died in terrorist attacks, and 379 were injured in the EU. 1,002 persons were arrested for terrorist offences in 2016".

These countries all tried to integrate Muslim communities, but all came to the same dead end. "As long as that continues, the failure of integration will pose a mortal threat to Europe", the Wall Street Journal wrote after a suicide bombing that killed 22 people in Manchester. According to a new book by the French reporter Alexandre Mendel, Partition: Chronique de la sécession islamiste en France ("Partition: A Chronicle of the Islamist Secession in France"), multiculturalism is leading to the separation of European societies.

It is also leading to constant waves of terror attacks. Last August, on a single day, Islamists killed 20 Europeans in Barcelona and Finland. A month later, they slaughtered two girls in Marseille, and in Birmingham a Shiite boy was brutally wounded. That is the deadly harvest of Europe's multiculturalism. ...

There is an "increasingly permanent chain of 'suspended communities' nesting within nations throughout the West", the American historian Andrew Michta recently wrote.

"The emergence of these enclaves, reinforced by elite policies of multiculturalism, group identity politics, and the deconstruction of Western heritage, has contributed to the fracturing of Western European nations".


It is one of the great ironies of multiculturalism: five European NATO members are now fighting in Afghanistan against the Taliban who enslave women, while in Europe the same thing is taking place in our own ghettos.

Under multiculturalism, polygamy has increased, along with female genital mutilation (500,000 cases across Europe). Multiculturalism is, in fact, based on the legalization of a parallel sharia society, which is founded on the rejection of Western values, above all equality and freedom.

In addition, the fear of "offending" Islamic minorities has been leading to wishful blindness. ...

Under multiculturalism, anti-Semitism has also skyrocketed, especially in France. The French weekly L'Express just devoted an entire issue to the "new malaise of the French Jews".
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The False 'Science' of Implicit Bias
Heather Mac Donald
Wall Street Journal, 9 October 2017

Few academic ideas have been as eagerly absorbed into public discourse lately as "implicit bias." Embraced by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and most of the press, implicit bias has spawned a multimillion-dollar consulting industry, along with a movement to remove the concept of individual agency from the law. Yet its scientific basis is crumbling.

Implicit-bias theory burst onto the academic scene in 1998 with the rollout of an instrument called the implicit association test, the brainchild of social psychologists Anthony Greenwald and Mahzarin Banaji. A press release trumpeted the IAT as a breakthrough in prejudice studies. ...

Not only did they confidently assert that any differences in sorting times for black and white faces flowed from unconscious prejudice, they claimed that the implicit bias allegedly measured by the IAT could predict discriminatory behavior. In the final link of their causal chain, they argued that this unconscious and pervasive predilection to discriminate is a powerful cause of racial disparities. ...

If these sweeping claims were correct, every personnel decision could be challenged as the product of implicit bias. The pressure to guarantee equality of outcome through quotas would grow stronger. ...

Mr. Greenwald and Ms. Banaji now admit that the IAT does not predict "biased behavior" in the lab. (No one has even begun to test its connection to real-world behavior.) The psychometric problems associated with the race IAT make it "problematic to use to classify persons as likely to engage in discrimination," they wrote, along with a third co-author, in 2015. ...

Nevertheless, the idea of implicit bias has marched through American institutions. This summer nearly 200 CEOs signed a pledge to pack their employees off to implicit-bias training, part of an economywide diversity initiative championed by PricewaterhouseCoopers. ...

President Obama sent federal law-enforcement personnel to implicit-bias training; many local police departments are doing the same, spending millions of dollars that could be used instead to improve officers' tactical and communication skills.

Faculty hiring committees routinely have to take the IAT to confront their hidden biases against minority and female candidates. ...

The need to plumb the unconscious to explain racial gaps arises for one reason: It is taboo to acknowledge that socioeconomic disparities might be caused by intergroup differences in cultural values, family structure, interests or abilities.
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Europe receives a wake-up call in the battle to counter extremism
Damien McElroy
The National, 8 October 2017

Europe is preoccupied with the terror hotspots where mass killings hog the headlines, but there is a broader battle with extremist ideology that stretches across the northern hemisphere.

The security forces have well-established, if imperfect, co-ordination to combat terrorism. The task of co-operating to confront radicalisation has been dangerously overlooked for decades.

A wake-up call that deserves wider notice was delivered last week in a comprehensive survey of initiatives from Tajikistan to Canada and from Norway to Spain.

The report was written for the Organisation of Security Cooperation in Europe. The organisation, better known for Cold War co-operation and Balkan peacekeeping, has struggled to rise to the challenge posed by Islamist extremism.

In commissioning Peter Neumann, the King's College London expert in radicalisation, the OSCE has opened a window of opportunity to fight the problem at a new level.

That the body has recognised it can embrace thinking trail-blazed elsewhere must be welcomed. In particular the United Arab Emirates has pioneered an approach that makes tackling violent extremism distinct from countering terrorism. ...

At a time of flux the failures in the European response to extremism are easy to find. ...

One of the worst hotspots for European terrorism has been Britain, which has been all at sea with its efforts to counter violent extremism.

For years ideologues found a haven in Britain to organise among Muslim communities. As Al Qaeda hardmen returned from Afghanistan after the fall of the Taliban, many openly boasted of a covenant of protection with the UK security services. In other words they were allowed to organise as long as they navigated criminal law restrictions.

Much later a pivotal opportunity was lost when the government failed to publish an investigation into the role of the Muslim Brotherhood, completed by senior officials in 2015.

Earlier this year, Theresa May promised to set up an official Commission for Countering Extremism to oversee the official response to radicalisation. It has advertised for a commissioner to lead its establishment phase. Already behind the scenes it is becoming clear the absence of guidance from the 2015 report is a founding flaw. ...

The new commission is dogged by concerns that it will be yet another fig leaf for action.
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Majority of Calais migrants seek refuge in the UK
ITV, 7 October 2017

The majority of migrants in Calais head to the French port city hoping to make it across the Channel to Britain, according to a new survey.

The survey by Auberge des Migrants, found 92.5 % of Calais migrants want to apply for asylum in the UK.

Of those who seek to come to Britain, 62% want to come because they have relatives or friends in the UK.

The charity found 15% want to come to Britain to study while a further 10% seek refuge in the UK as they believe the Dublin regulation does not apply, although UK is one of the 32 'Dublin states'.

The Dublin Regulation establishes the EU Member State responsible for an asylum application. ...

Only 6.5% those questioned said they wanted to stay in France although the majority either did not know about, or were unwilling, to seek refuge in the reception centres (CAES) around France.

The charity found many migrants were put off applying for asylum in France as they were frightened of being expelled to Italy or Greece, countries that believe can not accommodate them properly.
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Britain 'doesn't need any more low-skilled workers from Europe': Think tanks says businesses wanted free-for-all so they could continue using cheap labour
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 5 October 2017

Britain does not need more low-skilled EU migrants as there is no evidence they are leaving the country, a new report has concluded.

An analysis by a respected think-tank found claims by business that it was imperative to have a 'free-for-all' of foreign workers were 'greatly exaggerated'.

In reality, firms wanted an 'ever-growing quantity of cheap labour' so they could continue to provide 'low pay, poor conditions and little flexibility', said Migration Watch.

The study also pointed out that employers were being subsidised by taxpayers to employ EU migrants.

The working age benefit bill for workers from the 27-nation bloc was £4.4 billion in 2014-15 – or £12 million a day.

Migration Watch carried out the research using official data following claims that a significant reduction in net migration will be a 'catastrophe' for UK businesses. ...

The Office for National Statistics said that overall more than 3.4 million workers aged 16 to 64 working in Britain were foreign – 11 per cent of the workforce. Of these, 2.2 million are from the EU. ...

The report said the stock of EU workers in the UK could be maintained with zero net migration because those who leave could be replaced by others without adding to the figure.

'In effect, this would amount to one in, one out,' said the think-tank.

It said that despite record employment rates for UK-born workers, there were still more than 1.5 million unemployed and 1 million part-time staff who could not find a full-time job.

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of Migration Watch UK, said: 'The Government must insist that claims that we need an endless flow of workers from the EU to fill lower-skilled jobs are gone over with a fine toothcomb.

'Highly skilled workers are, of course, valuable but some employers have been making huge profits from cheap labour, leaving the rest of society to cope with the consequences for housing, public services and the cost of in-work benefits.

'Brexit must put a stop to this.'
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Bosses laughing off Home Office penalties for employing illegal workers
Andrew Penman
Mirror, 5 October 2017

Back in the summer, I told how some bosses have a simple tactic when slapped with a Home Office penalty for employing illegal immigrant workers – they just don't pay it. ...

Here's another bunch who have been at it:

*Mohammad Wasim Tayyab, 42, and Muhammad Aleem Tayyab, 44, of East London. Two Home Office raids discovered a total of eight illegal workers at their Indian restaurant company, Tayyab & Sons Ltd.

The first visit resulted in a £50,000 penalty, the second in another for £45,000, neither of which has been paid.

*Sujon Miah, 44, of Worthing, West Sussex. Never paid a £45,000 penalty after three illegal workers were discovered by Home Office immigration officers at his company, Jaipur Restaurant (Worthing) Limited.

*Murtaza Jan, 26, of Dewsbury, West Yorks. Never paid £30,000 for employing two illegal workers at Ma Hair Limited.

*Bunyamin Hurum, 29, of Uxbridge, Middlesex. Never paid £15,000 for employing one illegal worker at his business – BH Catering Limited.

*Tejsatwant Bansal, 70, of Ilford, London. Never paid £40,000 for employing four illegal workers at Imperial Windows & Doors Limited.

*Halima Ahmed, 38, of Basingstoke, Hampshire. Never paid £20,000 for employing two illegal workers at her company H&B Restaurant Limited.

All these directors have since been banned from running limited companies for six or seven years, which I suppose is some sort of sanction, but doesn't it make a mockery of the Home Office penalties if they're so routinely ignored?
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Swiss Government Admits It Does Not Know True Identities of 90 Per Cent of Asylum Seekers
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 5 October 2017

Swiss national councillor Simonetta Sommaruga has revealed that the problem of asylum seekers arriving into the country with no papers is so extensive the government does not know the true identities of nine out of 10 migrants.

According to Sommaruga, between January 1, 2006, and December 31, 2016, Switzerland saw a total of 151,300 asylum seekers register in the country under false identities. The figures come after Swiss People's Party politician Barbara Steinemann made the government concede that as many as 96 per cent of underage asylum seekers had no form of identification, Basler Zeitung reports.

Sommaruga said that some of the blame falls under the fact that names in Arabic can be spelt differently making it look like there were multiple people whilst there was just one individual. Whilst she downplayed the idea of asylum seekers purposely using fake identities, there is nothing in Swiss law to prosecute or bring criminal charges against asylum seekers using fake names.

When Steinman asked how many asylum seekers with fake identities had achieved asylum, Sommaruga said that only asylum seekers with confirmed identities received full asylum – though 60,573 were given temporary permits.

In 2015, Switzerland saw 77 per cent of migrants arrive without papers and in 2016 the figure jumped to 81 per cent. When asked how many of the cases had been resolved and the migrants identified, Sommaruga said in 2015 only 4,091 were identified out of 39,523 and in 2016 only 2,706 migrants out of 27,207.

... In Germany, an estimated 80 per cent of migrants have come into the country without identification, many claiming to be underage.
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Psychiatrist Warns of 'Time Bomb' in Germany: 'Today's Migrants Are Not Integrable'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 3 October 2017

A psychiatrist has warned that Germany faces a "time bomb" as a result of the mass migration of young men who have "crazy potential for aggression".

"This is a time bomb," Christian Peter Dogs said of the decision to open Germany's borders, in an appearance on the Peter Hahne talkshow on ZDF last month, explaining that psychiatry has found people's temperament and personality are usually fixed by the age of 12.

Stating that migrants "can't just 'be taught' to understand our values", he said that classes on how to behave in Germany were unlikely to have much effect, adding: "You have to accept that."

"There are people who have crazy potential for aggression because they have grown up surrounded by war. They have learned to fight and don't even know the meaning of living harmoniously," said Dogs.

On the Peter Hahne show episode – the topic of which was "the power of fear" – the psychiatrist said the biggest mistake politicians are making now, with regards to the migrant influx, is their response to voters' concerns on the issue.

People are "neither 'far right' nor anything else", he said, noting how critics of mass migration have been pathologised as "bad" and "far right", whilst reports of problems with regards to the newcomers' behaviour have been suppressed.

Dogs, who directs the Max-Grundig psychosomatic clinic in Bühlerhöhe, said people are "genuinely afraid and feeling insecure", reporting that his clinic treats a large number of people suffering from severe anxiety disorders who feel too afraid to leave their homes since the flood of migrants.

"These people feel completely betrayed by politics," the psychiatrist said, stressing: "It is vital that politicians take citizens' fears seriously, because fear is a natural emotion that we are pre-programmed to feel, and politicians are not supposed to lead us into danger."

Since 2015, when more than a million migrants entered Germany at the invitation of Chancellor Angela Merkel, the government has embarked on a war against online "hate speech", with police conducting raids on the homes of people suspected of posting comments critical of migrants to social media.

The crackdown on free speech has not been without controversy, however, with the government receiving criticism after its partnership with former Stasi informant Anetta Kahane was revealed.

Dr. Hubertus Knabe, a Stasi expert and academic who specialises in Communist political oppression, was amongst voices who slammed the government for working with Kahane, saying she was unfit to lead any task force charged with censoring speech online.
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Three in four British jihadists have had links to non-violent Islamist groups before committing terror attacks
Sophie Inge
MailOnline, 1 October 2017

Three in four jihadists in Britain have links to non-violent Islamist groups before they go on to join terror groups, a new report has revealed.

Researchers looked at the lives of 113 men and women who had joined jihadist groups from the 1980s onwards.

Seventy-seven per cent of the jihadists were found to have had links to Islamist organisations or others with an extremist ideology, researchers at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change found.

The report, seen by The Times, calls for authorities monitor the groups more closely. And it identifies six individuals who have shaped the jihadist movement in the UK.

They include hate preachers Anjem Choudary, Abu Hamza, Abdullah el-Faisal, Hani al-Sibai, Omar Bakri Mohammed and Abu Qatada.

The research also found that men are less likely to be radicalised online than women.

'At least 44 per cent of our sample of women were partly radicalised online, for half of whom there were no known Islamist links in person,' the report read.

'In contrast, only four per cent of men in our sample had an online element noted in their radicalisation.'

Of the sample studied, 58 per cent of men spent time in prison and most had been jailed for jihadist crimes.

Seven served time in young offender institutions while at least four were radicalised while in prison.

'Many are well-educated,' the report said. 'Thirty-one per cent started a degree, and over half of these studied Stemm [Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine] subjects.'

A third of the sample studied humanities or social sciences. Just four had read Islamic Studies and five were dropouts.
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Number of lone child refugees cared for by English councils doubles in four years amid spiralling migration crisis
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 29 September 2017

The number of lone child refugees cared for by English councils has more than doubled in four years because of the spiralling migration crisis.

There were at least 4,560 unaccompanied youngsters seeking asylum at the end of March – a rise of 134 per cent from 1,950 in 2013, said a report.

The total is still rising despite the closure of the Calais Jungle camp last year and the arrival of more than 300 child migrants in Britain.

Council chiefs have warned they are struggling to cope because of the massive influx of young refugees without parents or carers who have travelled across the Channel to the UK.

If a child claims asylum in the UK they become the legal responsibility of the local authority in which they are discovered.

One in 16 children being looked after by Town Halls are now unaccompanied asylum seekers, compared to 1 in 33 in 2013 – almost double the rate.

A report from the Department for Education (DfE) said: 'After a large rise in numbers last year, the number of looked after children who were unaccompanied asylum-seeking children continues to increase in 2017.' ...

In total, more than three quarters – 78 per cent – of youngsters seeking sanctuary were at least 16. ...

Costs to local authorities for every 100 unaccompanied children are estimated at £6.75 million a year with the Home Office providing £3.35 million – leaving a shortfall of £3.4 million, a report found last year.

Most came from Afghanistan, Eritrea, Albania, Iran, Vietnam, Iraq and Syria.
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Students invite radical Islamic speakers to over 110 events in a year despite the Government's terror crackdown
Eleanor Harding
Daily Mail, 29 September 2017

Radical Islamic speakers have been invited to more than 100 events hosted by student societies over the past year despite a government crackdown.

A new report reveals the speakers were invited to speak to undergraduates at elite institutions including Oxford, Warwick and Manchester.

In total, guests with a record of preaching extreme views were given access to students on 112 occasions – and in most cases no effort was made to provide any balance to their statements.

In one case, a preacher who had previously advocated wife-beating and claimed that 'Islam is not compatible with democracy' was allowed to speak to students of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.

In another, Oxford University students heard a speech by the director of Cage, the group which once described IS killer Jihadi John as a 'beautiful young man'.

The data, gathered by the Henry Jackson Society think tank, follows a string of terror attacks this year in Manchester, London Bridge and Parsons Green. ...

Universities whose student societies invited extreme speakers also included King's College London and Queen Mary London.

In every case, the universities themselves were not involved in the invitations as the events were organised by individual student groups – mostly the unions or the Islamic societies.

Often they were held on venues off campus, with Facebook and Twitter used to publicise them. ...

At a university level, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) played host to the most events – 14.
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EU to resettle 50,000 refugees from North Africa
James Rothwell and Peter Foster
Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2017

The European Union is planning to resettle 50,000 refugees directly from war-torn countries into Europe in its latest bid to stabilise migration to the bloc, it announced on Wednesday.

The European Commission said that it has set aside €500m (£440) to fund the resettlement of refugees from Libya, Egypt, Niger, Sudan, Chad and Ethiopa in order to deter illegal migration and reduce the attraction of people- smugglers. ...

The initiative comes as Jean-Claude Junker, the European Commission president, tries to take the lead on addressing the migration crisis amid continued squabbling between EU member states over migration burden-sharing.

A compulsory quota scheme to distribute 160,000 migrants within the EU ended this week in failure and recriminations after just 29,000 migrants were relocated and the Commission promised legal action against Hungary and Poland for refusing to accept the quotas.
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Not refugees, not children
Harriet Sergeant
The Spectator, 28 September 2017

A counter-extremism expert told me: 'There is nothing in the system to stop a 26-year-old Isis fighter coming here, stating he is 17 and claiming asylum.' ...

The problem is sorting myth from fact. The first myth, emphasised over and over again, is that these are vulnerable children. ...

Only 8 per cent of unaccompanied minors who arrived in the UK in 2015 were, in fact, under 14. This is according to Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. Instead, over half were aged 16-17. Nor was there a balance of boys and girls. Some 91 per cent were male. ...

Why are the majority of refugee children in fact teenage boys? Here we come up against another myth: that refugees somehow find their own way to the UK. The truth is, nobody arrives in this country without the help of a people trafficker. This means it is the people traffickers who control our immigration system – not the Home Office. It is they who dictate who comes here. Refugees who cannot afford to pay never make it. If we really want to help the vulnerable, we should be taking children directly from refugee camps. ...

As one immigration officer at a busy UK airport with 20 years' experience of dealing with refugee children 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. The intention is for the families to follow shortly after. These are cash-rich young people.' For the most part, in his opinion, 'They are not fleeing for their lives.' In other words, they are economic migrants and therefore not entitled to asylum.

His view is backed up by the actions of the traffickers themselves. As Save the Children warns, the agent will instruct the young person to lie about their nationality and age and destroy all identity documents. ...

The third myth is that every child refugee is speaking the truth. Actually we have no way of knowing. ...

The immigration officer explained: 'For years now we have had adult Pakistani males arriving in this country maintaining they are Afghan teenagers. They tell me they are 13 or 14, but they are clearly over 20, well developed and with good facial hair.' In 2015 the second largest number of claimants came from Afghanistan.

The co-operation between traffickers and extremists is a new and alarming threat to our national security, points out Rosalind Ereira of Solidarity with Refugees. ...

The immigration officer is frustrated because he knows by sight many of the 'facilitators' or people traffickers. These are often young men on benefits who appear mysteriously able to travel ten times a year to Dubai and Africa. They charge a high price for a personalised service in which they accompany the young migrants on the plane before leaving them at the terminal. But the traffickers have British or EU passports. ...

Despite the security threat, few in authority appear willing to tackle the problem. ...

When Norway insisted on a dental examination of arriving refugee children, they discovered nine out of ten were, in fact, over 18. ...

It is time to overhaul a system that is corrupt, dangerous and fails to help the most deserving.
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Labour MP slams his OWN party for 'deafening silence' on immigration and insists Brexit only happened because they ignored the issue
Natasha Clark
The Sun, 27 September 2017

Brexit only happened because Labour ignored voters' concerns on immigration for years - a Labour MP has insisted.

Stephen Kinnock slammed his OWN party for the "deafening silence" on our "broken" immigration system at this year's party conference.

The Aberavon MP - and son of the former leader Neil Kinnock - told a fringe event that Labour's ignorance led to the rise of Ukip, and proposed a new post-Brexit immigration system.

He told the audience: "Our failure to have an honest and robust conversation about immigration, we contributed directly to the referendum result.

"It is in large parts... our fault." ...

Welsh MP Mr Kinnock said today that "years and years and years" of Government's failure to cut numbers had "massively eroded trust in the system".

He demanded that his party step up to the plate on the "vital" issue and start putting forward proposals for fixing it, rather than shying away from the issue.

Mr Kinnock told The Sun his party had produced "deafening silence" over the issue at this year's conference, and there had been a "frustrating lack of options" put forward for discussion. ...

Today Mr Kinnock put forward his own proposals about what immigration could look like after Brexit - proposing a two-tier system.

He said MPs should get to vote on setting sector-by-sector quotas for different industries after we leave the EU, allowing us to limit immigration but still allow high-skilled workers to come to Britain if we need them.
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New FAIR Study: Illegal Immigration Costs $116 Billion Annually
Federation for American Immigration Reform, 27 September 2017

Illegal immigration to the U.S. costs federal, state and local taxpayers a staggering net cost of $116 billion a year – an increase of some $16 billion compared to previous estimates – according to a new study released by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). The study is the most comprehensive to date on the cost to federal, state and local taxpayers of the nation's 12.5 million illegal immigrants and their 4.2 million citizen children.

The report, "The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration on United States Taxpayers," examines the cost of illegal immigration through a detailed analysis of federal, state and local programs that are available to the nation's illegal immigrant population, their U.S.-born children, or accessed via fraud. The study tallies the impact on education, medical, justice/enforcement, welfare and other government programs. The report notes that the $116 billion cost of illegal immigration falls on state and local taxpayers disproportionately – by a ratio of roughly 2 to 1 – with state and local expenditures totaling $88.9 billion and Federal expenditures totaling $45.8 billion, with only approximately $19 billion recouped in taxes.
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How Europe's 'Headless Hearts' Made Refugee Crisis Worse
David Jimenez
American Conservative, 27 September 2017

Refuge: Rethinking Refugee Policy in a Changing World, Alexander Betts & Paul Collier, Oxford University Press, 288 pages.

To fully grasp the confusion gripping Europe over the refugee crisis, consider recent messages from the Catholic Church. Pope Francis repeatedly chastises the hardening European heart to refugees and migrants. Tougher enforcement, according to an August Vatican statement, should be shunned, as states must "always prioritize personal safety over national security." But progressive Cardinal Reinhard Marx called last year for "a reduction in the number of refugees," saying that Germany cannot "take all the world's needy." France's premier Catholic political philosopher, Pierre Manent, warns "we invite catastrophe when we confuse the obligation to rescue a person who is drowning with that person's right to become a citizen of our country. We invite catastrophe when, in the name of charity or mercy, we require old Christian nations to open their borders to all who wish to enter."

Similar confusion plagues all European leadership, from Angela Merkel to Sweden's political class. But can it be overcome? /.../ Two Oxford economists, Alexander Betts and the more widely known Paul Collier, have perhaps found a breakthrough in aiding the world's 21 million refugees and 65 million displaced persons. ...

Collier and Betts build a substantive framework of moral responsibility to the displaced. But their plight does not establish an inalienable right to "unrestricted global mobility or the ability to choose a destination country." Our duty is rescue from the immediate danger of violence and extreme destitution and to guarantee opportunities for work, autonomy, and community alongside the eventual hope of return. Refuge shows no patience for demands for fluid, weak borders. ...

Most delightfully, Refuge provides deliverance to readers exhausted by endless tributes to Angela Merkel as the saving rock of liberal democracy. We instead find less "an angel of mercy" than a politician acting with a "headless heart." Merkel's 2015 "welcome" to Syrians and repudiation of the Dublin Agreement sparked a "huge ensuing expansion in the people-smuggling business," leading to the deaths of thousands at sea. ...

... By absorbing "around half of all Syrians with a university education," Europe deprived Syria – and its surrounding diaspora – of pivotal human capital for rebuilding.

... As the authors never cease to point out, there is a ratio "of about $135 spent on a refugee in the developed world to every $1 spent on a refugee in the developing world." As National Review's Reihan Salam wrote in June 2016, Norway's per-capita yearly spending on one refugee – $126,000 – "could support as many as 26 Syrian refugees annually" in Jordan. Sweden manifested this paradox in 2015, when it cut foreign aid by half due to the strain of new migrants. ...

... Friends of the nation-state and opponents of mass immigration have exposed the unrealistic sophistry of much first-world humanitarianism. But the refugees trapped in the degrading camps of Dadaab and Za'atari, or the slums of Beirut and Istanbul, still cry out for justice. Responsible populists and sovereigntists can find in Refuge a reconciliation of their moral duties to the particular – defined, rooted communities and nations – and the universal, or the inescapable dignity of every human person.
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Immigration Multipliers: Trends in Chain Migration
Jessica Vaughan
Center for Immigration Studies, 27 September 2017

Every year, about one million new legal immigrants, or lawful permanent residents, are admitted to the United States. More than 10.6 million immigrants were admitted from 2007 through 2016. According to DHS statistics, in recent years about half of these immigrants have been what are sometimes called "initiating immigrants", or the first in their family to settle permanently in the United States, perhaps after attending college, finding employment, as refugees from persecution, or receiving amnesty after illegal settlement. The other half are not path-breakers, but are joining family members who arrived earlier, in the phenomenon known as chain migration.

This report examines the scale of chain migration and recent trends of family sponsorship over time and across different groups of immigrants. In addition, we examine how an amnesty for beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is likely to increase chain migration in the future, as DACA beneficiaries eventually qualify for citizenship and the opportunity to sponsor their parents and siblings, many of whom also have been residing in the United States illegally.

Key Findings:

• Over the last 35 years, chain migration has greatly exceeded new immigration. Out of 33 million immigrants admitted to the United States from 1981 to 2016, about 20 million were chain migration immigrants (61 percent).

• Judging from preliminary administrative data, approximately 1,125,000 legal immigrants were approved for admission in 2016, which is about 7 percent higher than 2015, and one of the highest numbers in the last decade.

• The largest categories of chain migration are spouses and parents of naturalized U.S. citizens because admissions in these categories are unlimited by law.

• According to the most complete contemporary academic studies on chain migration, in recent years each new immigrant sponsored an average of 3.45 additional immigrants. In the early 1980s, the chain migration multiplier was 2.59, or more than 30 percent lower.

• Of the top immigrant-sending countries, Mexico has the highest rate of chain migration. In the most recent five-year cohort of immigrants studied (1996-2000), each new Mexican immigrant sponsored 6.38 additional legal immigrants. ...

• Enacting an amnesty for roughly 700,000 DACA beneficiaries is likely to add double that number in additional immigrants because of chain migration, as the amnesty beneficiaries sponsor their parents and other family members. ...
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Is the latest migrant wave bringing a dark cloud for Europe's Jews?
Jonathan Benedek
European Jewish Press, 26 September 2017

Following Germany's lead over the past two years, Europe has absorbed well over a million refugees and migrants, many of whom fled the bitter intrastate conflicts in war-torn countries such as Syria, Iraq and Libya.

Some argue that the chickens may be coming home to roost for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who insisted in the autumn of 2015 that "we can do it," and accepted hundreds of thousands of refugees. ...

"European Jews have already paid a major price for the unselective massive immigration of Muslims in the past decades along with Israel," said Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld, an emeritus chairman of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, to European Jewish Press. ...

According to Dr. Gerstenfeld, the problems for Europe's Jewish community have been in the making for at least several decades.

"Some of the problems however were already there irrespective of Muslim refugees," he stressed.

"We cannot isolate the latest migrant wave from the previous ones," he said, referring to Europe's decades-long absorption of immigrants from the Middle East and North Africa. ...

Noting that "all ideologically-motivated murders of European Jews in this century were carried out by Muslims," Dr. Gerstenfeld views the EU as having been "a massive importer of anti-Semites." ...

Dr. Gerstenfeld believes that European society at large should also be anxious.

"Essentially, Europe has also imported a radically alien culture with the many people among the immigrants who do not seek to integrate," he argued.

The importation of this "radically alien culture" initiated as a wave of cheap labor in the 1970s, according to Dr. Gerstenfeld. That was followed by a decision among European governments to allow the family members of these immigrants to join them in the countries to which they had migrated. ...

"In contrast, the neighborhoods where most Jews live police have no problem going in," he said. "The Jews wanted to integrate while keeping their religion and distinct cultural aspects as Jews."
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Far Right's humbling of Merkel is a wake-up call for a complacent EU
William Hague
Daily Telegraph / Gulf News, 26 September 2017
[William Hague is the former UK foreign secretary and a former leader of the Conservative Party]

With the nationalist Alternative for Germany party winning at least 80 seats in parliament, and the far Left also doing well, nearly a quarter of Germans voted for the political extremes. It is important not to understate the significance of this outcome. ...

There are many obvious lessons to be drawn. ...

... And fourth, that immigration is the single most crucial issue of the coming years.

Merkel has already promised not to repeat her opening up of German borders to a million migrants and refugees, but the next 30 years will bring more than a billion extra people in Africa and the Middle East. European countries need much stronger control of their borders, a full network of agreements to control migration with all the countries to their south, and a huge effort to encourage development and stability in many places with booming populations. Yet no leader has set out an overall plan to do this despite the prospect that this issue alone could overwhelm EU unity and shatter its centrist political leadership. ...

Against that background of mounting dangers and clear rebellion by voters, Europe's leaders are underestimating the scale of the challenges they face, as the shock of the German elections has shown.
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New World Order: Muslims to be majority in Europe within two generations
Rowan Scarborough
Washington Times, 26 September 2017

Within 40 years, given current demographic trends, the white population in France and the rest of old Europe will recede, creating a Muslim majority, a French researcher says.

Charles Gave, an economist, fund manager and political commentator, published his conclusions this month on the webpage of his think tank, Institute des Libertes. ...

... He assesses France's white, or native, birthrate at 1.4 children per woman, compared with a Muslim rate of 3.4 to 4 children. France's population today is 67 million. ...

France's official birthrate is 1.9 per woman, but Mr. Gave's calculations put the native rate at 1.4. Overall, the European birthrate is a low 1.6 per woman.

Mr. Gave extrapolates those numbers, a declining white population and a growing Muslim population, and concludes that France will have a Muslim majority by 2057.

"And so, within 40 years at the latest, it is almost certain that the majority of the population will be Muslim in Austria, Germany, Spain, Italy, Belgium and Holland," he writes. "Again, these are not predictions but calculations, and I do not even call for new immigrants."

The pace could be accelerated given continuing Muslim migration into France and other Western European states, either through regular legal processes or through refugees escaping conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. ...

"The immense news of the next 30 or 40 years will thus be the disappearance of the European populations, whose ancestors have created the modern world. And with these populations will disappear the diverse and complementary European nations that have made an immense success of the old continent for at least five centuries."

Mr. Gave takes an agnostic view on what an Islamic Europe would mean for liberal democracy and free speech.

"I do not say it will be wrong, or it will be good," he writes. "I am simply saying that this will be very different and that this will necessarily have an influence on the political system."

The Gatestone Institute, a conservative foreign policy think tank, analyzed Mr. Gave's paper and did not agree with all of it. Analyst Drieu Godefridi forecasts that the native French population will not disappear or lose its prominence in the space of four decades. ...

Another problem with Mr. Gave's projections is uncertainty: What Islam in Europe will look like in 40 years is difficult to predict. ...

Mr. Gave's numbers also conflict with Pew Research polling in 2010. It put the Muslim birthrate at 2.8 children per woman, not 3.4 to 4 children, and did not project an increase.
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Survey reveals scale of hostility towards Arabs in Britain
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 25 September 2017

The scale of hostility in Britain towards Islam and Arabs is revealed in a YouGov survey showing most UK voters believe Arabs have failed to integrate themselves into British society, and their presence has not been beneficial.

The survey also shows that most voters back security policing based on assumptions about the likelihood of races to commit crimes – so-called racial profiling.

Only 28% believe migration from the Arab world has been beneficial to the UK, and 64% believe Arabs have failed to integrate.

The survey also shows most voters believe the number of refugees entering the UK from war-torn Syria and Iraq has been too high.

The three characteristics most closely associated with the Arab world by British people are gender segregation, wealth and Islam, with extremism and a rich history the next two identified characteristics. The degree of association with innovation or forward thinking is miniscule.

The poll, commissioned by the Council for Arab-British Understanding and the Arab News newspaper, ...

... The published results exclude "don't knows".

... A total of 55% of voters regard it as right for the police to use racial profiling against Arabs or Muslims for security reasons. Only 24% disagree. Racial profiling allows the security services to police on the basis of working assumptions about the likelihood of ethnic, religious or national groups to commit offences in the UK. Support for racial profiling among Conservative voters reaches 72%. ...

Asked if migration from the Arab world has been beneficial to the UK, only 23% agree, 41% say it has not been beneficial and 32% say it has been neutral.
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Sharp rise in the number of foreigners arrested in Britain with child-sex convictions
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 25 September 2017

The number of foreigners arrested in Britain and found to have child-sex convictions has increased almost four-fold in two years.

Chilling data from the UK's criminal records office Acro shows the figure rose from 34 in 2014 to 164 in 2016.

Meanwhile, the number with murder or manslaughter convictions in their native countries trebled in the same period.

Statistics show 298 non-British killers were arrested in the UK in 2016 – up from 91 two years earlier.

And the number of foreign rapists caught jumped from 133 in 2014 to 237 last year.

Most of the convicted killers came to the UK from other EU nations.

They were able to slip in unchallenged with their murky past only coming to light when they were caught breaking the law here. ...

The Acro statistics also reveal the nationalities of foreign criminals arrested in Britain.

In the past three years 175 Romanian, 64 Polish and 55 Lithuanian killers have been arrested here.

During the same period 181 Romanian, 153 Polish 53 Lithuanian rapists were held by British police for other offences.
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Number of migrants trying to sneak in on ferries from Spain soars: More than 1,250 have been caught so far in 2017
Daily Mail, 25 September 2017

Officials said 1,251 had been caught trying to board ferries from Bilbao in northern Spain to Portsmouth in the first eight months of this year.

That compares to 436 in the whole of 2016.

Brittany Ferries, which runs the ferry route, has called on port security in Spain to be tightened to stop offenders repeatedly trying to board ships.

A company spokesman said most of those involved are young, male Albanians who are 'well-organised' and repeatedly target the port's perimeter in Bilbao. ...

Portsmouth City Council is looking after more than 40 asylum-seeking teenage boys who arrived unaccompanied. ...

Portsmouth City Council leader Councillor Donna Jones said: ...

'The council has the responsibility to look after unaccompanied asylum-seeking children so any entering the country illegally, without a genuine need for asylum, place an additional burden on our already limited financial resource.'
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Hard Data, Hollow Protests
Heather Mac Donald
City Journal, 25 September 2017

The FBI released its official crime tally for 2016 today, and the data flies in the face of the rhetoric that professional athletes rehearsed in revived Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend. Nearly 900 additional blacks were killed in 2016 compared with 2015, bringing the black homicide-victim total to 7,881. Those 7,881 "black bodies," in the parlance of Ta-Nehisi Coates, are 1,305 more than the number of white victims (which in this case includes most Hispanics) for the same period, though blacks are only 13 percent of the nation's population. The increase in black homicide deaths last year comes on top of a previous 900-victim increase between 2014 and 2015.

Who is killing these black victims? Not whites, and not the police, but other blacks. In 2016, the police fatally shot 233 blacks, the vast majority armed and dangerous, according to the Washington Post. The Post categorized only 16 black male victims of police shootings as "unarmed." That classification masks assaults against officers and violent resistance to arrest. Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population. That 18.5 ratio undoubtedly worsened in 2016, in light of the 53 percent increase in gun murders of officers – committed vastly and disproportionately by black males. Among all homicide suspects whose race was known, white killers of blacks numbered only 243.

Violent crime has now risen by a significant amount for two consecutive years. The total number of violent crimes rose 4.1 percent in 2016, and estimated homicides rose 8.6 percent. In 2015, violent crime rose by nearly 4 percent and estimated homicides by nearly 11 percent. /.../ Seventy-two percent of the nation's officers say that they and their colleagues are now less willing to stop and question suspicious persons, according to a Pew Research poll released in January. The reason is the persistent anti-cop climate.

Four studies came out in 2016 alone rebutting the charge that police shootings are racially biased. If there is a bias in police shootings, it works in favor of blacks and against whites. That truth has not stopped the ongoing demonization of the police – including, now, by many of the country's ignorant professional athletes. The toll will be felt, as always, in the inner city, by the thousands of law-abiding people there who desperately want more police protection.
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Angela Merkel embroiled in refugee scandal in huge blow days before German election
Allan Hall
Daily Express, 23 September 2017

A leaked internal German government report appears to condemn Chancellor Angel Merkel for opening the country's borders to refugees without first gaining parliamentary approval. ...

The report by the Bundestag Scientific Office - a team of non party political legal experts - stated it is the role of the Bundestag to decide on all "matters of essential relevance to the state".

Experts said the opaque diplomatic language used in it signals parliament should have had the final say on the matter "as the decision led to a change in the proportion of non-Germans to Germans in the country".

Influential news magazine Der Spiegel said: "Bundestag lawyers clearly see an unclear legal situation for the border opening.

"This is an explosive opinion on the refugee crisis shortly before the election."

The story was broken by the Die Welt newspaper.

Merkel opened up the borders in September 2015 after discussing the issue with her cabinet. ...

The internal report says German law states that refugees do not have a right to apply for asylum in Germany if they entered the it through another signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention.

They said, according to German law, asylum seekers should have been turned away at the Austrian border.
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When the facts came out, the killing of a Polish man had nothing to do with anti-immigrant feeling
Ross Clark
The Spectator, 23 September 2017

Nothing spoke of the fractious atmosphere in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum more than the death of 40-year-old Arek Jozwik in a shopping centre in Harlow, Essex in August 2016. What might, on any other weekend, have been passed over as just another grubby Saturday-night incident on Britain's drunken high streets became elevated into a symptom of Brexit-induced racial hatred. /.../ This was the premise of almost all reporting on the story: a man seemed to have been murdered for being Polish.

Viewers of BBC1's News at Six were told, 'the fear is that this was a frenzied racist attack triggered by the Brexit referendum'. /.../ In Harlow, residents held a candlelit vigil to protest against what was explained to them as a wave of hate. ...

The idea of anti-Polish murder in post-Brexit Britain was understandably shocking. But what was the evidence for it? Crimes take time to investigate, the truth takes months to come out. When the answer came in Chelmsford crown court last week, there was far less media interest. Given the prominence of the story, it's worth setting the record straight.

The killer, a 16-year-old, was sentenced to three years' detention for manslaughter. /.../ It emerged from the case that there was a racial element to the incident – although the racism was not aimed at Mr Jozwik. On the contrary, the court heard it was Mr Jozwik and his friends who made racist comments against the then 15-year-old and those he was with. ...

The tragic death of Mr Jozwik brings shame on Britain for conditions in town centres late at night. But what evidence of a link to Brexit? None at all. Drunkenness and violence have been a problem for decades. ...

Mr Jozwik's death was not the only reported post-Brexit 'hate crime' which turned out to be nothing of the sort. Among other high-profile incidents, the window of a Spanish restaurant was broken in Lewisham – recorded on that trusty record of crime, Facebook, as a result of Brexit-induced hate but later treated by police as a burglary. ...

The Jozwik case provides a salutary lesson for anyone who is tempted to jump to conclusions about crimes before the full facts are known. Such reactions are themselves a form of prejudice, which in this case has been committed by people who considered themselves to be standing up against prejudice.
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Britain's '1985' police forces are unable to cope with this year's dramatic rise in terror attacks
Robert Mendick
Daily Telegraph, 22 September 2017

Britain's police forces are stuck with '1985 levels of staffing', making them unable to cope with this year's dramatic rise in terror attacks, one of country's most senior officers warns today [Friday].

In a desperate plea for funding, Sara Thornton, the head of the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC), says the "flat cash" agreement announced by ministers two years ago is no longer enough.

Hundreds of specialist counter-terrorism officers have been assigned to massive inquiries launched in the wake of each of the five attacks to hit the UK this year.

In an assessment published six months after the Westminster Bridge atrocity, Ms Thornton complains that the attacks have had a terrible knock-on effect on ordinary policing.

Ms Thornton says: "Every time there's a terror attack, we mobilise specialist officers and staff to respond, but the majority of the officers and staff responding come from mainstream policing. This puts extra strain on an already-stretched service.

"In the response to the Manchester attack, three quarters of the resources deployed came from mainstream policing.

"This disrupts the daily work of policing on which the public rely, it creates backlogs of incidents in our control rooms and results in a slower response to the public.

"With officer numbers at 1985 levels, crime up 10% in the last year and police work becoming ever more complex, this additional pressure is not sustainable.

"The current flat cash settlement for forces announced in 2015 is no longer enough."

The Government is boosting its total spending on counter-terrorism by 30%, from £11.7 billion to £15.1 billion.

But Ms Thornton argues that the amount allocated from that budget to policing, which currently totals around £700 million a year, is set to be cut by 7.2% in the next three years.

"When the volume and nature of threat is growing alarmingly, that is a real concern," she says.
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Danish Prime Minister Warns of the Emergence of Muslim Parallel Societies, No-Go Zones
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 22 September 2017

Danish Prime Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen has warned that his country may be seeing a rise of Muslim "parallel societies" and no-go zones and has promised to take steps against them.

The Danish prime minister said that the problem has become so prevalent in Denmark that he is considering state intervention in some areas. ...

The move is doubly unusual for Europe, where the normal approach of establishment politicians is to deny the existence of no-go zones altogether. ...

"It's a matter of being realistic about the situation," Rasmussen said, "and there are areas where there is already a different set of rules. Where the gangs are in control and the police can not work. I can not sit and passively let it happen."

"We have tried everything possible, but we just could not solve the problem," Rasmussen said and called on the Danish parliament to "engage us in a different and more robust way".

Rasmussen has called on three ministers in his cabinet to brainstorm ideas on how to better integrate Muslim pupils in schools or solve complex issues in housing estates to prevent the emergence of parallel societies.
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Millennials spend three times more of income on housing than grandparents
Robert Booth
The Guardian, 20 September 2017

Millennials are spending three times more of their income on housing than their grandparents yet are often living in worse accommodation, says a study launched by former Conservative minister David Willetts that warns of a "housing catastrophe".

The generation currently aged 18-36 are typically spending over a third of their post-tax income on rent or about 12% on mortgages, compared with 5%-10% of income spent by their grandparents in the 1960s and 1970s. Despite spending more, young people today are more likely to live in overcrowded and smaller spaces, and face longer journeys to work – commuting for the equivalent of three days a year more than their parents.

The research by Willetts' intergenerational commission at the Resolution Foundation thinktank also reveals that today's 30-year-olds are only half as likely to own their own home as their baby boomer parents. ...

The report's authors argue that the housing crisis is a huge part of public anxiety about the country's direction, a factor in the result of the EU referendum last year and in the general election in June.

A young family today has to save for 19 years on average to afford a typical deposit compared with three years for the previous generation, the report states. ...

By highlighting intergenerational inequality, Willetts hopes to break down public opposition to mass housebuilding – not least from parents who despair at the difficulty their children face in finding good housing.
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Multiculturalism is Europe's new faith
Ed West
Spectator blog, 19 September 2017

We're always told these things won't divide us, when in fact they clearly do; not just between Muslims and the majority, but between white liberals and white conservatives. For many of the former, the events of the past few months have hugely strengthened their faith in diversity and multiculturalism, a paradox, but an understandable one. They view Islamic terrorism as attacks on culturally and racially diverse liberal societies; conservatives view them as the inevitable consequence of them.

But then multiculturalism is a faith, and many of its believers seem quite prepared to die for their religion. Quite literally, if the alternative is to embrace racism in any form. It could be argued that it is the third great universalist faith to take hold among Europe's intellectuals, after Christianity and Communism, although the former – by far the most logical of the three – at least promises paradise only in the afterlife and accepts that humans are flawed.

Among the sacred ideas of the multicultural faith is the idea of jus soli, that people born within a territorial jurisdiction must by definition belong to that piece of land. This is why our national broadcaster refers to black-clad Islamic fundamentalists shouting incomprehensible Arabic slogans as being 'British', while the group in charge of eastern Syria is the 'so-called' Islamic State. You may refer to these men as British if you like, but you should accept that in doing so you are robbing that word of any real meaning. Never mind the solid literature showing that groups tend to retain their characteristics long after moving from one country to the next, the Manchester Arena bomber was UK-born and so somehow more British than Cliff Richard, Joanna Lumley or Richard Dawkins.

The available evidence suggests that, barring some miracle, these terror attacks are going to escalate into a sort of European Intifada. And as a result, western Europe's transition into a place more like Israel will become more and more rapid. We will see increased security everywhere and there will be an eternal sense of danger in public places.

Realistically there are only two options open to us to fight this. Either, a significant expansion in the state's surveillance powers, including the right to censor the internet and access our personal data, as well as an increased and more heavily-armed police presence. Or, we violate the sanctity of jus soli by deporting jihadis, even native-born ones, something Germany has already begun doing. ...

Of course unlike France, which traditionally follows jus soli, Germany has a tradition of jus sanguinis, nationality being defined by ancestry; Britain has never really followed either concept, or we've never had to articulate either way because historically immigration to this island has been so small. And because, quite rightfully, nationality is a mixture of both.
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Reliance on cheap foreign labour 'damages economy': Experts warn Britain's unskilled workers are being neglected in trend which damages productivity
Claire Ellicott
Daily Mail, 18 September 2017

Neglecting Britain's unskilled workers and relying on cheap labour from abroad have damaged productivity, a report warns today.

The country's sluggish rate of growth is due to a lack of training of the bottom 20 per cent of unskilled workers, the Centre for Social Justice says.

Report author Iain Duncan Smith warned that the UK's reluctance to invest in training a generation of British workers had led to an over-reliance on cheap labour.

The former work and pensions secretary called on the Government to invest in training or face no rise in living standards. ...

The report by Mr Duncan Smith, economist Gerard Lyons and several top business leaders, found the bottom 20 per cent of the workforce had suffered most. It said a lack of investment by business and poor education had prevented British workers, often from disadvantaged backgrounds, making the most of their natural abilities.

Mr Duncan Smith warned that while many unskilled workers still had jobs, wages had barely increased in the past ten years.
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Police Violence against Black Men Is Rare
Philippe Lemoine
National Review, 18 September 2017

According to this narrative, black men are constantly harassed by the police and routinely brutalized with impunity, even when they have done nothing wrong, and there is an "epidemic of police shootings of unarmed black men." ...

This narrative is false. In reality, a randomly selected black man is overwhelmingly unlikely to be victim of police violence – and though white men experience such violence even less often, the disparity is consistent with the racial gap in violent crime, suggesting that the role of racial bias is small. The media's acceptance of the false narrative poisons the relations between law enforcement and black communities throughout the country and results in violent protests that destroy property and sometimes even claim lives. Perhaps even more importantly, the narrative distracts from far more serious problems that black Americans face. ...

First, despite what the narrative claims, it's not true that black men are constantly stopped by the police for no reason. Indeed, black men are less likely than white men to have contact with the police in any given year, though this includes situations where the respondent called the cops himself: 17.5 percent versus 20.7 percent. Similarly, a black man has on average only 0.32 contacts with the police in any given year, compared with 0.35 contacts for a white man. ...

If we look at how often the police use physical force against men of different races, we find that there is indeed a racial disparity, but that this experience is rare across the board. Only 0.6 percent of black men experience physical force by the police in any given year, while approximately 0.2 percent of white men do. ...

Further, physical force as defined by the PPCS includes relatively mild forms of violence such as pushing and grabbing. Actual injuries by the police are so rare that one cannot estimate them very precisely even in a survey as big as the PPCS, but the available data suggest that only 0.08 percent of black men are injured by the police each year, approximately the same rate as for white men. /.../ Moreover, keep in mind that these tallies of police violence include violence that is legally justified.

Now, it's true that there are significant differences in the rates at which men of different races experience police violence – 0.6 percent is triple 0.2 percent. However, although people often equate racial disparities with bias, this inference is fallacious, as can be seen through an analogy with gender: Men are vastly more likely to experience police violence than women are, but while bias may explain part of this disparity, nobody doubts that most of it has to do with the fact that men are on average far more violent than women. Similarly, if black men commit violent crimes at much higher rates than white men, that might have a lot to do with the disparity in the use of force by the police.
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Not one of the 400 Brits who fought alongside ISIS charged with war crimes or deported
Nigel Nelson
Mirroe, 17 September 2017

None of the 400 citizens returning here after fighting for Islamic State in Syria and Iraq have been charged with war crimes.

Yet the Council of Europe's legal affairs committee recently ruled membership of the terror group, also known as Daesh, is enough for prosecution at the Hague's International Criminal Court.

Labour Shadow Minister Liam Byrne, representing Britain, backed the decision.

He said: "We know British citizens were soldiers and commanders in Daesh's army of evil. Yet not a single soldier captured on their return has been charged with war crimes or genocide."

MI5 estimates that 850 Brits have slipped into Iraq and Syria to fight for IS – half of whom have returned.

They were outside the jurisdiction of the ICC while there but could have been deported to the Hague upon their return.

Mr Byrne added: "This cannot possibly be justice. The Government must look again at throwing the full weight of international law at those who took part in crimes against humanity." ...

Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt said we are a strong supporter of the ICC but added: "To date, no British citizens have been charged in the UK with war crimes in relation to Daesh activities."
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We've got too many migrants: survey
Kalina Oroschakoff
Politico, 16 September 2017

Migration has grown at a worrying level, according to a global survey, with citizens of Turkey, Italy, Sweden and Germany the most concerned about rising levels.

Three-quarters of those who took part in the Ipsos Institute poll said the number of migrants in their country had grown too much over the past five years. ...

Turkey topped the list of countries with concerns about migration, with 78 percent of respondents saying the increase was too large, followed by Italy (74 percent), Sweden (66 percent) and Germany (65 percent). In France, 58 percent said they felt immigration had increased significantly.

According to the findings, an overall 21 percent of people consider immigration to have had a positive impact on their country. However, that figure was just 14 percent in France (a slight increase on the 2016 figure of 11 percent) and 18 percent in Germany, which goes to the polls on September 24.

The British have a more upbeat view of immigration, according to the poll, with 40 percent seeing the positive side. Canada and the U.S. had similar results, with 38 percent and 35 percent saying migration had benefits.

People in most countries still "strongly agree" or "somewhat agree" with the suggestion that there are terrorists in their country who claim to be refugees, according to Le Figaro.

The survey was carried out among 18,000 people in 25 countries.
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Theresa May's phoney race war is dangerous and divisive
Munira Mirza
The Spectator, 16 September 2017
[Munira Mirza was deputy mayor for education and culture under Boris Johnson]

Next month, Theresa May is expected to launch her long-awaited audit into racial disparities in public services. /.../ All this suggests the scene is being set for another bout of political self-flagellation regarding the subject of race in Britain, in which half-truths are peddled by lobbyists and swallowed wholesale by officialdom.

Several studies have already shown that some ethnic groups experience different outcomes in policing, health, employment and education. There are many causes behind these disparities but the evidence will be carefully selected to suit a predetermined agenda. Everyone is gearing up for the report to be a 'game-changer', because ultimately that is what everyone wants. The Prime Minister is desperate for a dramatic announcement to tick her 'burning injustices' box and reset her administration (for 'nasty party' read 'nasty country'). When she announced the audit last August, Mrs May dropped any pretence that she would wait to see the actual evidence by promising that it would 'reveal difficult truths'. Her political advisers fondly imagine the audit will somehow improve the Conservative party's relationship with BAME communities. A panoply of anti-racism lobby groups is excited at the prospect of a new Macpherson or Scarman moment that will pave the way for fresh laws and more public funding for them. And the Labour party sees this as home turf; the more everyone obsesses about race, they believe, the more they stand to gain.

Everyone, including ethnic minorities, should be worried about the way in which anti-racism is becoming weaponised across the political spectrum. What passes for policy discussion in this area is now so heavily divorced from the facts and driven by ideology that there is barely any intelligent debate. Astonishingly, it seems that a lot of people in politics think it's a good idea to exaggerate the problem of racism. ...

The logical fallacies about race have been taken to ludicrous extremes in the area of mental health. In 2004, John Blofeld, a former high court judge no less, published an investigation into the death of the black schizophrenic patient David Bennett at the Norvic clinic in 1998 which concluded that the mental health services were 'a festering abscess' of institutional racism. In 2005, the government produced a new action plan for the sector to reduce 'disproportionate' admissions of black patients to psychiatric wards, a policy which has been continued by successive governments, including the present one.

But the reality is that incidence of mental illness is objectively much higher in the BAME population. Professor Swaran Singh, a social and community psychiatrist with more than 30 years of clinical experience, has argued for over a decade that institutional racism in his profession is not the cause of this. Academic studies show that BAME and migrant groups are more exposed to mental health risk factors, including family breakdown, substance abuse, poverty, living in areas with low social cohesion and, of course, the personal experience of migration and prior instances of racial prejudice. Afro-Caribbean people are more likely than whites to be diagnosed with mental illness, sectioned, forcibly restrained and placed in seclusion. They also make up a third of inpatients on medium-secure psychiatric wards.
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New threat to Britain's green belt: Tens of thousands more homes will be built in leafy areas to tackle the housing crisis
Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 15 September 2017

Well-off parts of the country are facing the construction of tens of thousands of new homes under a controversial Government plan to tackle the housing crisis.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid last night told councils they have to increase housebuilding by up to 40 per cent over the next decade.

It came as ministers said the country needed 266,000 homes a year over the next decade – a huge increase on previous estimates of 200,000.

Mr Javid said many communities would have to accept a number 'well beyond' what councils had previously agreed to meet the shortage. But the move triggered immediate warnings that huge swathes of the country's precious green belt land will be bulldozed. ...

Mr Javid said increases in housing targets would be capped at 40 per cent to ensure they were 'deliverable'. But this still means many local authorities will be asked to approve thousands more homes than they were planning to over the next decade. ...

The Department for Communities and Local Government yesterday published its own assessment of housing needs. Across the country, it suggests 266,000 homes a year will be needed over the next decade – well above the current target of 200,000.
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Terror Arrests in Britain Surge 68 Per Cent in 2017 to Record High
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 14 September 2017

The number of terrorism-related arrests in Britain has surged almost 70 per cent to a new record high, as the country's security services grapple an unprecedented threat.

The Home Office announced that 379 people were arrested in the 12 months to June – the highest number of arrests since collection of data began in 2001 – as the UK suffered an intense period of deadly attacks carried out by Islamists.

Revealing that suspects were being detained at a rate of more than one a day, the figures included 12 arrests in connection with the Westminster attack in March, 23 linked to the Manchester Arena terror bombing in May, 21 in relation to the London Bridge attack in June, and one arrest following the van attack at Finsbury Park.

According to the Home Office quarterly bulletin on the police's use of counter-terrorism powers, 123 of the suspects arrested were charged – 105 with terrorism offences – while 189 were released.

Of the 379 people arrested on suspicion of terror offences, 70 per cent said they considered themselves to be British. The proportion of women arrested (14 per cent) was the largest on record.

Prisons saw the number of terrorist inmates rise by 35 per cent this year to 204, continuing an upward trend since statistics were first collected in 2001.

The majority of terrorist prisoners (91 per cent) held Islamist views, while five per cent held far right views and the other four per cent followed ideologies classified as 'other', according to official data. ...

European Union Counter-Terrorism Co-ordinator Gilles de Kerchove estimates that "more than 50,000 radicals have been identified throughout the continent – but notes that many more are going unnoticed due to Islamists' "increasing use of taqiyya" – a form of religiously sanctioned deception – to conceal their beliefs.
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Betrayal of child-sex gang victims goes on
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 13 September 2017

While survivors of the Grenfell Tower disaster are rightly offered healing holidays in Cornwall, what becomes of the thousands of survivors of the UK's child-sex grooming gangs? One, Sammy Woodhouse, has just revealed that, despite being terrorised and raped since the age of 14, she was told by a government body she was not entitled to compensation because she had "willingly" gone along with the abuse.

We may be horrified, but let's not claim we're surprised. Poor white girls like Sammy being pimped and raped by men of mainly Pakistani origin is not something people in power wish to dwell on. In the cockeyed equalities universe in which we now live, it seems only brown people are allowed to be "vulnerable" or discriminated against. The child sex-abuse girls are, quite frankly, a social embarrassment, and so many of them, too!

No one has expressed this sentiment quite so well as Labour's Naz Shah. On Twitter recently, the MP for Bradford West liked and retweeted this despicable statement: "Those abused girls in Rotherham and elsewhere just need to shut their mouths. For the good of diversity."

Ms Shah claimed she made a mistake. Really? ...

Institutional collusion in the sexual abuse of thousands of white girls by men of Pakistani origin, in order to avoid allegations of racism, is the biggest scandal of my lifetime.


Tory MP Ken Clarke says Britain's success relies on multiculturalism
AOL, 13 September 2017

Former chancellor and Tory veteran Ken Clarke has warned anti-immigrant Brexit supporters that Britain must embrace a "multiracial, multicultural" society if the UK hopes to thrive in the 21st century.

The 77-year old said that the majority of voters in his generation had reacted to an influx of foreign nationals with an irrational fear that it had resulted in "too much" change for Britain.

"The pressures that (mass immigration) produces are what are causing the distortion of politics, the rejection of traditional parties, the breakdown in respect for authority, the establishment and we've got to find a way of getting rid of that.

"If you're going to be a successful state in the future world in the 21st century, when you live in a big prosperous city that's thriving, you'd better get used to a multiracial , multicultural, multinational society and join people like me in rather enjoying it."
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In praise of borders
Peter Hitchens
First Things, October 2017

Borders are a substitute used by less fortunate lands for the sea and the mountains behind which happier countries shelter. No great civilization has grown and endured except behind the shield of ocean, mountain, or desert. ...

If a country has no sea, it must come up with a substitute. And that substitute is the guarded border. ...

Why, then, do so many speak darkly of borders as unnecessary and undesirable? Enthusiasts for "free movement of peoples," the type who can be found in revolutionary Marxist sects and in the offices of liberal capitalist organs such as The Economist, claim to believe that the absolute equality of all humans is violated by the idea of frontiers. The Bolsheviks believed that humanity is infinitely malleable and that class and education determine changeable human nature. The economic liberals simply think that open borders bring greater general prosperity by keeping labor costs down. In most cases, such people live remotely from the areas most directly affected by the large-scale migration they say they support.

In practice, they will take a slightly different view if too many people act according to their vision. ...

Even on those who in general accept their usefulness, borders have a paradoxical effect. Precisely because they guard us from straying into a different culture, we long to do so. ...

Even if we could somehow construct a world where borders were not necessary for peace and security, could we really be happy without them? There is a joy in crossing from one place into another that we are robbed of by any effort to make all places one. ...

... A world without differences would be a world without any true character or any true freedom, since the planet is far too big a community for people to be effectively unselfish in it. Without borders, we would dwell in a global parking lot. A reasonable love of where you live, its customs, landscape, language, and humor, is the basis for all other communal loves.

.. How can the U.S. reasonably ask people such as me, from law-governed, civilized nations, who have no plans to stay, to submit to fingerprint checks and intrusive questioning at airports, if it simultaneously allows countless persons from who-knows-where to walk straight into the country, vanish for years – and then apply for and be granted citizenship on the grounds that it is too much trouble to do anything else? If you want to have a country, you have to decide who can come into it. If you don't, won't, or can't, it's not a proper country.
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Fifty Albanian thugs are being arrested every week in Britain following a surge in drug-related gang warfare
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 12 September 2017

Police are facing an Albanian crime wave with 50 thugs arrested each week amid a surge in drug-related gang warfare.

New figures revealed thousands of people from the tiny Balkan state are being detained in the UK for murder, sex offences, drug dealing, money laundering, people smuggling and death threats. ...

Police chiefs said organised crime groups from the former Communist country now have huge influence on supplying cocaine around the country – and were willing to inflict serious violence to protect their lucrative illegal market.

In total last year, police arrested Albanian crime suspects 2,781 times – up 8 per cent on the 2,578 held in 2015. ...

But thousands of Albanians allowed into the UK are suspected of adopting bogus identities from neighbouring Kosovo, claiming persecution during the regional conflict 18 years ago.

Imposters are now fronting a drugs and prostitution scandal on Britain's streets. ...

The damning figures were uncovered in answers from 37 of the 43 police forces in England and Wales.

There were 649 Albanian inmates in jails at the end of June, making them the third largest foreign group.
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Indiscriminate on discrimation. Two recent reports that must not lead Ministers astray.
David Goodhart and Richard Norrie
ConservativeHome, 12 September 2017

Last week saw the publication of two Government-commissioned reviews, both related to the life chances of minorities. The Lammy Review, published on Friday and led by David Lammy, investigated the treatment of and outcomes for ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system (CJS). The second, published by the Social Mobility Commission (SMC), looked at the economic chances of young Muslims.

What unites both reports is the assumption that any departure from proportional minority representation – either for bad (numbers in prison) or for good (numbers in top jobs) – must be overwhelmingly the result of discrimination by the majority society. But the evidence for this is weak, which creates a double negative effect: it means the recommendations risk being ineffective, even counterproductive, while the narrative and media coverage of the reports will reinforce the very minority disaffection that they are seeking to allay. It is to be hoped that the Government's race disparity unit, due to be launched next month, does not reinforce this tendency.

Lammy is not looking at differences in levels of recorded crime, but rather at what happens after people are arrested in terms of convictions, sentencing levels and custodial sentences. And there are certain headline figures that do suggest a problem: the non-white minority population is 14 per cent, but makes up 25 per cent of the prison population, and the black population of three per cent makes up 12 per cent of the prison population.

There is certainly a perception among many black British people that the system is rigged against them. Lammy seems to agree with them. He concludes that "BAME individuals still face bias, including overt discrimination, in parts of the justice system."

However, Lammy does little to prove the existence of bias, particularly in the court system. ...

... the Social Mobility Commission ... its latest report, titled The Social Mobility Challenges Faced by Young Muslims. ...

Like the Lammy Review, the focus is firmly on discrimination – yet the evidence is even weaker. ...

Lammy's report is a more serious piece of work than the SMC's, and he makes some reasonable suggestions, including ideas about changing the regime on non-disclosure of criminal records. Indeed, there is a decent report struggling to emerge from beneath the tendentious rhetoric and selective statistics.

Between the lines he is forced to admit that the CJS is not doing a bad job on race and his conclusion and recommendations are correspondingly mild: essentially, please try a bit harder and publish some more data. ...

Moreover, the biased way in which he has written about his own report – generating a Guardian article headlined "The racial bias in our justice system is creating a social time bomb" – is contributing to the very disaffection that he claims to be combatting.
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All British people should be equal before the law
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 11 September 2017

Today, when new judges take their oath of office, they swear to "do right to all manner of people" without "fear or favour". Yet that noble ideal is now being eroded by the poisonous creed of political correctness.

The state has become obsessed with pandering to minorities. Instead of upholding the law impartially, too many institutions indulge in special treatment of groups that have been awarded victim status. And so, in the name of fighting discrimination, our ruling elite promotes rank injustice against the British public. ...

Nowhere is the flight from fairness more marked than in the field of race relations. Terrified of accusations of bigotry, the state machine is desperate to parade its hyper sensitivity towards ethnic minorities and migrant groups.

That was the impulse that lay behind the Government's sponsorship of the inquiry headed by Labour MP David Lammy into supposed racial prejudice in the criminal justice system. Lammy's report, published last week, wailed about "overt discrimination" and called for a range of measures such as more race awareness bureaucracy and more ethnic data monitoring.

... Yet Lammy could produce nothing concrete to support his lurid claims of judicial racism. In reality the evidence points in the opposite direction.

One study of crown court verdicts found that ethnic minority men were nine per cent more likely to be acquitted than white men in similar cases. But Lammy's argument really falls apart if we consider some of the most high-profile hate crimes in modern Britain, namely the sexual abuse conducted by predatory Muslim grooming gangs in places such as Rochdale and Rotherham.

Shamefully the neurotic obsession with "Islamophobia" inhibited the police and social services from doing their duty. Twisted dogma triumphed over both compassion and the law so that the authorities protected macho rapists instead of vulnerable girls. If gangs of white skinheads had been systematically assaulting teenage Muslims the state would have bristled with justifiable resolution and ruthlessness. There would have been no cover-up.

Yet, even after the grooming scandals, the cultural cringing goes on as shown in the disgraceful failure to tackle the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation or the casual acceptance of alien sharia law.

Incredibly the Department of Work and Pensions even pays out welfare benefits to multiple wives in polygamous marriages even though such unions are against the law. The same institutionalised pusillanimity is why Islamic jihadism has flourished in Britain to a greater extent than in any other European country, with an estimated 30,000 dangerous extremists in our midst. Genuine equality has been superseded by social engineering.

Contrary to Lammy's blatherings the fixation with diversity is now carried to a grotesque conclusion of open bias and exclusion against the indigenous population. ...

Similarly, a host of public sector training schemes are reserved for ethnic minority candidates, such as at the BBC. Due to mass immigration, running at almost 600,000 arrivals a year, this collapse of justice will only accelerate. Our society is gripped by permanent revolution, where prejudice by the state is dressed up as virtue.
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Deportation backlog rises by thousands
Richard Ford
The Times, 11 September 2017

The backlog of asylum seekers awaiting removal from Britain has risen by more than 5,000 in a year.

More than 32,000 were "subject to removal" at the end of June, according to Home Office figures. The number sent home fell just under a quarter, from 5,433 to 4,118.

Keith Vaz, chairman of the all-party group on immigration and visas, said: "These numbers are unacceptable and an embarrassment to the Home Office. Nothing undermines confidence in the immigration system more than failure to remove once a decision has been made. It gives rise to false hopes and generates further baseless appeals. The Home Office should get a grip of the situation."
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Lammy review: the myth of institutional racism
Munira Mirza
Spiked, 11 September 2017

According to David Lammy, Labour MP for Tottenham in London, the report of emerging findings for his review into the criminal justice system that was published last week 'clearly shows BAME [black, Asian and minority ethnic] individuals still face bias – including overt discrimination – in parts of the justice system'. He points to the worrying statistic that BAME men make up 14 per cent of the population but 25 per cent of all prisoners. BAME male prisoners are also more likely to be kept in high-security prisons and the odds of a BAME offender receiving a prison sentence for drug offences is higher than for white offenders. Black men are more than three times as likely to be arrested as white men. A disproportionate number of children in custody in England and Wales are black.

All this proves, he argues, that as the prime minister said last year, 'If you're black, you're treated more harshly by the criminal justice system than if you're white'.

However, this is not what the statistics in his report reveal at all. In fact, the findings showed that overall, Crown Prosecution Service decision-making was broadly proportionate. ...

In fact, the report admits there are many reasons beyond the criminal justice system for why there are ethnic disparities. Black children are far more likely to grow up in a lone-parent family and black and ethnic mixed boys are more likely to be permanently excluded from school. BAME groups also have much higher incidence of mental illness. All of these are linked to higher rates of offending. ...

But the reality is that incidence of mental illness is objectively much higher in the BAME population and especially among Afro-Caribbean men. Professor Swaran Singh, a social and community psychiatrist with over 30 years of clinical experience, has argued for over a decade that institutional racism in his profession is not the cause of this. ...

Unfortunately, framing this review publicly in terms of institutional racism and racial bias within the criminal-justice system only clouds the reality of what is happening and in the end could lead to worse outcomes for ethnic minorities.
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We need a long-term strategic approach to population growth
Robin Hodgson
ConservativeHome, 9 September 2017
[Lord Hodgson is a Conservative peer and author of the new Civitas paper, 'Britain's Demographic Challenge']

In 2016 Britain's population increased by 1,475 per day. This means that we are putting a small town with 10,000 inhabitants onto the map of Britain every week.

There are many resulting consequences. For example, we currently live with an average of 2.3 people per dwelling. So to house these new people to the same standard – and I assume we all agree we should not treat them any worse – we need 642 dwellings per day.

If you choose to work through the mathematics this means a new dwelling every two minutes, night and day. And this is before allowing for any improvement to our existing housing stock.

As for the future, the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has a mid-projection for the population of Britain in 2039 which shows an increase of 9.7 million people. This means we need over four million dwellings over the next 22 years – one every three minutes! – which represents three cities the size of Manchester.

Of course it is not just housing that will be needed. We shall need schools, hospitals, shops, offices, factories, playing fields, police stations etc. etc. Can we expect to see such a dramatic set of changes without some risk to our social cohesion?

Too often discussion of population growth are seen only through an economic prism. Even more bizarre is the statement that more people will mean a larger economy – it would indeed be counter-intuitive if you had a larger population and a smaller economy. ...

Demographic policies take a long time to have any effect – certainly it can be 15 and in many cases 25 years before their full impact is felt. This, together with the sensitive nature of the whole topic, explains why successive governments have been reluctant to face up to the challenges.
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Migration is complicated. Don't pretend it's not
Rory Sutherland
The Spectator, 9 September 2017

Goods are not like people. Goods only move wherever they are needed. They don't come laden with an attachment to a homeland or a social network. ...

So, looked at dispassionately, the principle that the free movement of goods is somehow linked with the free movement of people is quite an odd idea. Goods don't mind emigrating; people often do. ...

Yes, people value freedom of movement, but they value the freedom of non-movement too. ...

'Free movement of labour' rests on the normative economic assumption that people, just like goods, should be happy to move countries on the basis of economic expediency alone. But if you assume this, you end up extending privileges towards the few (mostly young) people who can and will emigrate – at the expense of the majority who can't or won't. Migration is a highly uneven way of spreading wealth.

Unfortunately, the rootless 'Anywheres' of David Goodhart's new 'Anywhere-Somewhere' tribal divide do not understand attachment to place at all. ...

The only strong opinion you can sensibly hold on migration is 'it's complicated'. ...

So allow me to propose a useful experiment. A natty trick to play when a debate has become morally charged is to ask a parallel question which has many of the same features of the other debate, but which has acquired none of the same shibboleths or signalling baggage. At your next dinner party, for instance, try asking this closely related but morally neutral question: 'Do you think that, with 500 million people set to join the global travel market in the next decade, some cities will have to impose limits on tourism?' The very same people who would start frothing or sobbing in any debate on migration will give thoughtful, nuanced and intelligent answers. I wonder why this is.
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Big business shouldn't complain. They brought Brexit upon themselves with their use of cheap foreign labour
Jeremy Warner
Daily Telegraph, 8 September 2017

Had no-one at Number 10 noticed that global business was vehemently opposed to Brexit, and indeed continues to regard it as an historic mistake, for which Britain will pay a high economic cost? ...

They might nevertheless try a little self reflection. In no small measure, it was their own behaviour which led directly to today's state of affairs.

I say this as someone who is both generally sympathetic to the interests of business and the City, and who supported Remain. If the vote for Brexit was, at least in part, a backlash against globalisation and mass immigration, then these lobbies have much to answer for.

Companies have been only too happy to avail themselves of the benefits of cheap foreign labour and goods. In so doing, many of them have shamefully neglected their wider social responsibilities. Why recruit and train locally when it is possible to hire the necessary skills at a fraction of the cost from overseas? ...

The effect has been distinctly unhealthy. For almost a decade now, growth per capita has been at a virtual standstill. Real wage growth has been similarly non-existent.

As I say, this cannot all be blamed on immigration. ...

But business leaders would not be facing the challenge of Brexit had they been a little more responsive to the socially unsettling downsides of globalisation and mass migration. ...

One of the first rules of business is that you try not to kill the goose that lays the golden egg. By embracing free movement and borderless trade so enthusiastically, many firms have done precisely that, and thereby brought Brexit on themselves.
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The Lammy report on race and crime is a backwards step in the struggle for a just society
David Green
Spectator blog, 8 September 2017

For centuries, liberals have fought to be judged by the personal qualities they can change, not by the characteristics that none of us can alter – most obviously, our race. But today's Lammy Review into how people from ethnic minorities are treated by the criminal justice system insists on treating race as the most important thing about each of us. It operates on the assumption that, if there are disparities in economic and social outcomes, then this must be the result of discrimination.

The report admits that there are other reasons for disparate outcomes – such as lone parenthood. But instead of accepting that its claim of discrimination has been contradicted, it puts out a press release asserting that ethnic minorities face bias, including overt discrimination. BBC Radio 4 loyally reported Mr Lammy had found 'evidence' of overt discrimination. Really? The section of the report in which the accusation is made says only this:

'My conclusion is that BAME [black, Asian and minority ethnic] individuals still face bias, including overt discrimination, in parts of the justice system. Prejudice has declined but still exists in wider society – it would be a surprise if it was entirely absent from criminal justice settings.' (p. 69.)

His reasoning seems to be that overt discrimination must be there because it still exists elsewhere. Well, it may. But the point of an official investigation is to find out whether or not there is any objective evidence of discrimination. He did not find any – and should have said so.

He did find some racial disparities. His favourite example is that members of ethnic minorities are more likely to plead not guilty. This leads to jury trials, which can result in longer sentences in the event of a guilty verdict. Their decision to plead not guilty (and thus go without the one-third reduction in sentence that is given for pleading guilty) is blamed on the criminal justice system: ... ...

The system is fair, and yet Mr Lammy asserts that trust is low not just among defendants and offenders, but among the ethnic minority population as a whole. ...

A large majority think that the system is fair, and confidence among non-whites is higher than among whites. Does this not call for an explanation? Not in Mr Lammy's view. His selective use of statistics suggests that he was determined to find discrimination whether it was there or not. ...

... Promoting our heritage of justice is what the government should focus on, and recruiting people who believe in justice and objectivity should be the public-policy target, not racial quotas.
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Average driving speeds in London could slide below 6mph amid increasing congestion
ITV, 8 September 2017

The average driving speeds in London could slide to less than 6mph as congestion in cities triples over the next three decades, according to new research.

Engineering firm Bosch warned that gridlock in the capital will force typical speeds down from 17.4mph today to 5.8mph in 2050.

The situation is expected to be even worse in central London where drivers could be left crawling at just 2.6mph, which is below the average human walking speed of around 3mph.

Bosch claimed the increase in the population of the world's largest cities to six billion by 2050 will have a "severe effect on our transport systems", leaving streets "almost at a standstill".
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British passports sold to migrants for just £500: Undercover investigation reveals how the cost has plunged - sparking fears ISIS jihadis could find it even easier to reach UK
Arthur Martin
Daily Mail, 7 September 2017

Criminal gangs are selling genuine British passports for less than £500 to migrants in Europe, it can be revealed today.

The price of a stolen passport has dropped dramatically from £2,000 a year ago, after more than 20,000 identity documents flooded on to the black market.

It raises fears that Islamic State fanatics intent on committing terror attacks in the UK are finding it easier than ever to reach our shores.

A senior police chief described the illicit trade as 'one of the fastest growing problems' in Europe.

Rob Wainwright, the director of Europol, raised deep concerns that current border controls are unable to cope with 'sophisticated counterfeit criminal syndicates'.

He said terrorists were 'exploiting' the surge of migrants into Europe to move about undetected.

Meanwhile, two current UK Border Force officials warned that thousands of black market passports may have been used to enter Britain in the past year.

The whistleblowers expressed grave concerns about our national security and suggested that 'border security is non-existent'.

And the Border Force admitted it had seized more than 6,500 illegal documents at passport control in the past three years. That figure is double the 3,000 passports seized during the three previous years. ...

Concerns over the supply of fake documents were laid bare by the EU's border agency earlier this year.

It said there were 11,000 migrants living in Europe with forged documents – a figure than has almost doubled in six months.
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Do we really want restriction on German immigration?
Ed West
Spectator blog, 7 September 2017

A generation who will probably never know what it's like to visit a museum without having their bags searched or enjoy a major city space without anti-vehicle barriers, or be able to travel on public transport without the fear in the back of their minds that someone is intent on murdering them – a terror threat that is almost never going away, and indeed will mostly likely get worse. A generation who will just accept that this is part of life – perhaps it has always been like this – because that's what they have been taught.

For which a great deal of thanks must go to Tony Blair's government, and all those who played a role in its immigration policy. ...

Nineteen winters later and that policy to radically alter the make-up of British society most certainly played a big part in the country's dramatic decision to leave the EU, a victory that would not have been possible without the issue of migration (whatever Leave campaigners might say or wish). And yet the paradox is that the British public came to vote on the least disruptive and contentious of migration flows – that of other Europeans – partly because of taboo. Now, if a leaked document to the Guardian is to be believed, the government is going to 'deter' EU immigrants from settling after Brexit, confident in the belief that this is what the public desires. ...

Yet the fact that European migration is seen as the issue reflects the fact that the taboo is still strong. Average outcomes between immigrant groups vary hugely, and the social cost of migration from neighbouring countries is far lower than those with hugely different cultures.

Indeed, since one of the major predictors of anti-immigration sentiment is anxiety about crime, crime rates among different nationalities vary to a great deal and – contrary to the idea that the public are woefully misinformed on the subject – this correlates with opposition to immigration from those countries.

That's why a numbers target makes no sense, and a far more logical solution would be to have a three or four-tier system, with free movement from other rich countries, some restrictions on developing and middle tier nations (which would include a few EU countries, such as Romania and Bulgaria, but probably no longer Poland) and strict rules regarding poorer states, from where the vast bulk of the economic and social costs of migration arises.

This is politically difficult because we have to pretend that race, religion and culture are not relevant factors, that it is simply about numbers, so that migration from Poland or Hungary is no different to that from Pakistan or Somalia, with all the same consequences, the same divisions and upheavals, the same crime and poverty rates.
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Tough plan to cut migration is just what Britain needs
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 7 September 2017

The intellectual dishonesty of the liberal elite would be laughable were it not so damaging to our country.

In their mix of preening superiority and ideological delusion these self-appointed champions of progress continually prattle about the need for mass immigration yet they blindly refuse to face up to the disastrous consequences of the revolution that they so eagerly support. ...

By coincidence, just as the IPPR Commission was issuing its woolly report yesterday, a far more sensible document had been made public.

This was a leaked copy of a draft strategy paper from the Home Office which set out a potential approach to post-Brexit immigration controls. ...

The Home Office plan is exactly what the majority of the country wants. ...

The chief concern is that the scheme will be drastically watered down by the soft political establishment.

In reality the Government should move in precisely the opposite direction by applying these provisions to the entire immigration process, including those from beyond Europe. After all, out of the 588,000 migrants who arrived in Britain last year the majority were from outside the EU.

This is the pattern that has been followed for years, storing up enormous difficulties for the economy and social fabric of our nation.

For a start the overall welfare costs are phenomenal, since 22 per cent of all the unemployed in Britain are migrants and just 46 per cent of new arrivals come here looking for work.

In their politically correct cowardice the progressives avoid such facts. They like to pretend that the unceasing tidal wave represents an unalloyed gain for our society.

Their enthusiasm for free movement has been twisted into a form of loathing for the British people, as typified by a disgraceful remark from the diplomat Lord Kerr when he said last November that "immigration is the thing that keeps this country running. We native Brits are so bloody stupid that we need an injection of intelligent people".
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Britain can control immigration. What drives this debate is nasty politics
Simon Jenkins
The Guardian, 7 September 2017

In politics, optics trump metrics. Tuesday's leak of a Home Office draft on post-EU migration policy indicates the hardest face of Brexit. Its language is Home Office repressive. ...

The document is economically illiterate. This may be because a report on Brexit's costs by home secretary Amber Rudd's migration advisory committee will not appear until next year. The proposed bureaucracy, the burrowing down into the records of every employer and every landlord, is gargantuan. It recalls the regulatory chaos of state incomes control in the 1970s. It would need an inspector in every building.

The labour costs the policy would impose on one of Britain's largest industries, leisure and tourism, on the health and welfare state and on the construction industry are incalculable. ...

To be generous, departments are entitled to prepare private options for ministers to consider – though it would be reassuring if they embraced alternatives. The proposals do not alter safeguards for EU nationals currently working in Britain. They suggest a continuance of visa-free access for a transitional period, with possible residency afterwards. This is similar to worker regulations in other EU countries.

The proposals also reflect existing controls on non-EU citizens, though these are starkly ineffective. Non-EU migrants actually outnumber EU migrants by some 250,000 a year. In a London cafe you are as likely to be served by a Canadian, a Colombian or an Eritrean as by a Pole or a Portuguese. It is therefore unlikely that "taking back control", in the manner proposed, would make much difference. May must know this. She glaringly failed to curb non-EU migration when at the Home Office.

Indeed Britain's border controls are so permeable as to be more a nudge than a curb. ...

If the metrics are mad, what about the optics? Here we go carefully. The deafness of the British establishment to the cries of non-metropolitan England over immigration is what got us to the present pass. This is best shown in the agonies of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour party since Brexit. ...

... An "emergency brake" on immigrants is already allowed under EU single market regulations. That should cover any immigration crisis that may erupt in the future. The rest is just politics, nasty politics.
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It's time Europe got serious about Islamic supremacists
Gavin Mortimer
Spectator blog, 7 September 2017

In January this year, Germany's vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel gave an uncharacteristically candid interview for a European politician. 'Salafist mosques must be banned, communities dissolved, and the preachers should be expelled as soon as possible', he told Der Spiegel. 'If we are serious about the fight against Islamism and terrorism, then it must also be a cultural fight.' ...

One wonders what, if anything, will spur the West into confronting Salafism, because to Berlin, Manchester, Borough Market and Barcelona one can also add Madrid (2004), Toulouse (2012), Paris (2015) and Brussels (2016). That's an awful lot of dead at the hands of one ideology. ...

Salafism has inspired the global jihad that has killed tens of thousands of Muslims and non-Muslims this century; it was espoused by Osama Bin Laden, who was schooled in its ideology by Ayman al-Zawahiri, the current leader of Al-Qaeda.

Many Salafists are neither violent nor political and live their lives as if they were companions of the Prophet Mohammed in the Seventh Century. Known as Quietests, they denounce Islamist attacks in Europe ...

... But what the literature doesn't mention is that Salafism seeks to purify Islam of Western influence. Europeans are regarded as heathens and Muslims who don't subscribe to their ancient interpretation of Islam are deviants. ...

Quietests are Salafism's missionaries and their puritanical proselytising in Europe is poisoning thousands of impressionable young Muslims. Gilles Kepel, an Islamic scholar in France, first identified the emergence of Salafism in Europe 20 years ago and in his 2004 book, The War for Muslim Minds, he described what happened when a non-violent Salafist Imam arrived in a French inner-city mosque. ...

The problem has worsened in recent years and a book published last month in France showed the extent of the Islamification within some French schools. In Principal or Imam, a former headmaster in Marseille describes how swimming lessons, dress codes, the theory of evolution and school dinners have all become contentious issues since the turn of the century. ...

But the greatest menace to be found in European mosques are the 'Jihadists', the new breed of Salafist whose prominence within the movement has grown on the back of Al-Qaeda's exploits. ...

Also at danger from the Jihadists are other Muslims because Salafists are in effect Islamic Supremacists; those who interpret their religion differently are regarded as heretics, like the Shiite imam in Brussels, killed by a Salafist in 2012, or the elderly imam in Rochdale who was bludgeoned to death in 2016 by two British Salafists for being 'a magician'. ...

Its surge in popularity in recent years is staggering. There are now 120 Salafist mosques in France, 79 in Catalonia and well over 100 in Britain ...

Sigmar Gabriel's warning about Salafism has so far gone unheeded, partly because secular Europe can't fathom religious fanaticism in the 21st century. Instead, the continent closes its eyes and covers its ears and hopes that an ideology antithetical to everything it stands for will eventually reform.

It won't. So before long Europe will have a choice to make: either get serious with the Islamic supremacists or submit to them.
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Leaked document reveals UK Brexit plan to deter EU immigrants
Nick Hopkins and Alan Travis
The Guardian, 6 September 2017

Britain will end the free movement of labour immediately after Brexit and introduce restrictions to deter all but highly-skilled EU workers under detailed proposals set out in a Home Office document leaked to the Guardian.

The 82-page paper, marked as extremely sensitive and dated August 2017, sets out for the first time how Britain intends to approach the politically charged issue of immigration, dramatically refocusing policy to put British workers first. ...

It proposes measures to drive down the number of lower-skilled EU migrants – offering them residency for a maximum of only two years, in a document likely to cheer hardliners in the Tory party. Those in "high-skilled occupations" will be granted permits to work for a longer period of three to five years.

The document also describes a phased introduction to a new immigration system that ends the right to settle in Britain for most European migrants – and places tough new restrictions on their rights to bring in family members. Potentially, this could lead to thousands of families being split up.

Showing a passport will be mandatory for all EU nationals wanting to enter Britain – and the paper proposes introducing a system of temporary biometric residence permits for all EU nationals coming into the UK after Brexit for more than a few months. ...

The Home Office paper, entitled the Border, Immigration and Citizenship System After the UK Leaves the European Union, makes clear the proposals within it have yet to be endorsed by ministers, and are "subject to negotiations with EU". ...

It is understood the document, which has been circulated around senior officials and ministers, has already provoked rows between cabinet ministers, who are trying to balance the demands of British businesses wanting to retain free movement, and the views of hardline Brexiters.
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Britain has never been a 'nation of immigrants'. To protect everyone's freedom, we must slow down
Juliet Samuel
Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2017

The proportion of non-native English speakers in classrooms has jumped, in the space of a decade, from 14 to 21 per cent. For many people, the data will stoke anxiety that immigration is rapidly changing the face of Britain. ...

Big changes of this kind can, though, create tensions. Population growth can impose unexpected pressure on school places or housing that governments have failed to anticipate. The concentration of immigrant groups in places like London can open a huge gulf between the country's global metropolis and its regions, where people suddenly find their country's economic and cultural centre has become unfamiliar and treats them as deplorable or irrelevant.

And Britain is not, despite some claims, a "nation of immigrants". By historic standards, this island is notable for the astonishing geographic stability of its population. As a 2015 Oxford study found, much of Britain's present-day genetic variation maps on to the Anglo-Saxon populations who lived here 1,300 years ago; there is even a distinct difference between people who live on either side of the modern Cornwall-Devon border, corresponding to the same split present thousands of years ago.

Recent decades have, by contrast, seen modern Britian become a melting pot of peoples on a mass scale for the first time. On the whole, we have coped well. ...

But a resilient civilisation needs its own, strong identity. We are struggling to pass on some of the values and customs that have kept British democratic institutions going. ...

Immigration places additional strain on this intangible cultural capital not because immigrants are somehow lesser people, but because these values depend on a sense of trust, familiarity and shared history. ...

Continuing with the current pace of change and ignoring the need to consolidate, as if Britain is a blank slate or an untroubled cultural melting pot, will only store up trouble.
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Number of children with English not their first language soars by two-thirds in decade
Steven Swinford
Sunday Telegraph, 3 September 2017

The number of school children who do not speak English as their first language has soared by two-thirds in the past decade to nearly 1.3 million amid fresh concerns about the strain immigration is placing on schools.

Latest figures show that English is no longer the first language for the majority of pupils in more than 2,000 primary and secondary schools, equivalent to one in nine. In more than 200 schools it is not the native tongue for nine in 10 pupils.

In some parts of London, including Newham and Tower Hamlets, the proportion of children who speak English as a second language now makes up as much as three-quarters of the school roll. In towns such as Slough, Luton and Leicester the figure is 50 per cent. ...

The proportion of primary school-children who do not speak English as their first language has risen from 13.5 per cent in 2007 to 20.6 per cent in 2017. In secondary schools it rose from 10.5 per cent in 2007 to 16.2 per cent this year. The overall number of children in schools who speak a first language other than English rose from 789,720 in 2007 to nearly 1.3 million.
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Britain secretly ditches plans to send 40 terror suspects back to their homelands
Matt Wilkinson
The Sun, 3 September 2017

Britain has secretly dropped plans to send 40 terror suspects back to their homelands.

A scheme to expel jihadis to Libya, Algeria, Ethiopia, Lebanon, Morocco and Jordan has been ditched.

The DWA agreement guaranteed they would not be tortured despite poor human rights records at home and was praised by Theresa May when she was Home Secretary.

But since 2004 only 11 suspects have been deported.

Many cases collapsed or were still rejected on human rights grounds.

Now there are no plans to expel another 40 suspects, including 20 terrorists who served jail time here.

In a report on the scheme, Prof Clive Walker said: "There are currently no live cases."

Britain has suspended its accords with Libya, Algeria and Ethiopia because changes in government brought new concerns about torture.

Colonel Richard Kemp, a former top Whitehall terror advisor, said: "Human rights of terrorists are being placed above the human rights of men, women and children on the streets."

France has expelled 126 jihadis since 2004, most to Algeria.
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Sarah Champion: The left are failing to confront the truth of sex crimes
Jessica Wilkins
PoliticsHome, 2 September 2017

Sarah Champion was fired from Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet after she wrote an article in the Sun claiming Britain had "a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls".

Mr Cobyn responded by claiming the paper was stoking Islamophobia and stigmatising "entire communities".

In an interview with the Times, Ms Champion blamed a liberal fear of being accused of racism for Labour's inability to tackle the problem.

"If I'm on the floppy left, to be accused of racism is probably the worst thing you can call me. That fear will motivate me to step away from a lot of topics I'd maybe tackle head on if I didn't have that phobia."

Ms Champion said that many Labour members and politicians based in London had "never been challenged by a reality that's different" from their largely "tolerant, multicultural world". ...

Successful prosecutions have been brought against gangs in Rotherham, Oxford, Rochdale, and most recently Newcastle Upon Tyne.

No similar prosecution has occurred in London. Ms Champion said that the "multicultural policies that I, through my working career, grew up with, and which Jeremy Corbyn grew up with, need a translation to come outside London". ...

"If, 15 years ago, we'd acknowledged there was a particular issue among a criminal subsection of men in the Pakistani community we could have addressed it, carried out the research and gained the understanding to challenge it, tackle it and eradicate it."
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Britain is 'home to 35,000 Islamist fanatics', more than any other country in Europe, top official warns
Daily Telegraph, 1 September 2017

Britain is home to 35,000 Islamist fanatics, more than any other country in Europe, the EU anti-terror chief has said.

Gilles de Kerchove warned that of those, 3,000 were "worrying" for MI5.

He also warned Islamic State will attempt a cyber-attack on nuclear power stations or air traffic control systems within five years, potentially by paying paying Russian hackers to break into vital computer systems.

Mr de Kerchove told Spain's El Mundo newspaper: "The United Kingdom has identified 20,000 to 35,000 radicals.

"Of these, 3,000 are worrying for MI5, and of those 500 are under constant and special attention.

"France has 17,000. Spain many less, but more than 5,000 I suppose. In Belgium almost 500 have been to Syria and there are around 2,000 radicals or more.

"I wouldn't like to put a concrete figure on it, but (in Europe) tens of thousands, more than 50,000.

"We must select those who are really worrying and the most dangerous, and they should be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week."
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Statistics chief criticises leak of Home Office student migration report
Alan Travis
The Guardian, 1 September 2017

The Home Office has launched a leak inquiry into how a "seriously misleading" account of an official report into student migration appeared in the press on the morning of the report's publication.

The UK Statistics Authority chair has written to the home secretary, Amber Rudd, voicing strong concerns over the partial leak of the report to the Daily Telegraph last week, pressing her to ban the release of their official statistics to ministers and officials in advance of publication.

Sir David Norgrove told Rudd that the Telegraph report, which claimed 97% of international students left the UK after their studies and that there were tens of thousands fewer immigrants in the country than previously thought, was seriously misleading.

"The main leak was to the Daily Telegraph. Whoever spoke to the journalist seems only to have half understood the data or inadequately communicated them. The result was seriously misleading, creating confusion where clarity was important," he said.

"But a more accurate leak would still have been misleading, because it would have been partial (in all senses), and left the journalist and the public lacking context. The leak was the more damaging in view of the sensitivity of migration data."
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England is now more pro-immigrant – but it's more Islamophobic too
Phil McDuff
The Guardian, 1 September 2017

Reading through Hope Not Hate's latest report on their surveys of English attitudes towards race and immigration, one comes away with a mix of optimism and pessimism. Those of us who are what the organisation describes as "confident multiculturals" – or what the tabloids would describe as out-of-touch liberal elitists – can be heartened by what seem to be an increase in our ranks. We now make up 22% of the sample, up from 8% in the first survey in 2011. The two most pro-immigrant groups now make up 39% of the overall total.

At the other end of the spectrum, those who are "hostile" to immigration have remained consistent, but with a shift from those who are most fiercely opposed – down from 13% to 5% since 2011 – to the group described as "latently hostile," up to 17% from 10% in the same period. This indicates that even those people harbouring anti-immigrant views are more likely to engage with the political process than to resort to direct violence themselves or support it in others.

However, the report also details a significant rise in anti-Muslim sentiment. 42% of people said that the recent terrorist attacks have increased their suspicion of Muslims in Britain, including many of those in the more liberal groups. Around 50% of people would be willing to see relaxation of human rights protections to "help fight terrorism," and a similar proportion see Islam itself as "a threat to the west".

Only 10% of the population see themselves as being "similar" to Muslims. This baseline perception of fundamental difference seems to reinforce the stereotype that immigrants fail to integrate and also, ironically, opposition to wanting them to do so.
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Four out of five Britons demand action as a million illegal immigrants 'go missing'
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 1 September 2017

Britain is probably home to more than one million illegal immigrants who may never be found, experts warned last night.

The number includes those who were smuggled into the UK or entered on false papers, those overstaying their visas and failed asylum seekers who disappear.

Eight in 10 people believe the Government should take stronger measures over illegal migration, according to a British Social Attitudes poll.

Alp Mehmet, of Migration Watch UK, said: "We have long pointed to the likelihood of something in excess of a million illegal immigrants here. We have no reason to change that view.

"Indeed, it is a figure that has been supported by a former head of the UK Border Agency as well as the former head of Home Office enforcement."

Until 2005 the Government insisted no estimate was possible.

But a year later a Home Office report estimated there were 430,000 in the UK.

In 2009 the London School of Economics suggested it totalled 618,000.
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Five foreign criminals a day are freed on to UK streets: Killers and rapists are then living here for years instead of being booted out
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 31 August 2017

Five foreign criminals a day are being freed on to Britain's streets instead of being booted out of the country, figures reveal.

Some 1,885 offenders – including sex attackers, killers, robbers and drug dealers – were released in the year to June after finishing their sentences. ...

Guidelines say that criminals who have completed their sentences should be detained only if deporting them is a realistic prospect.

In reality thousands are released to be 'managed in the community' – and are then at risk of absconding and potentially putting the public in danger.

In total, 5,728 foreign-born criminals due to be deported are living in Britain. Nearly a third – 1,870 – have been loose for more than five years. A further 2,246 have dodged being booted out for more than 12 months but have yet to reach the five-year mark.

Of the 484 offenders freed between April and June alone, only two were deported. Another eight were given permission to stay.

The rest were challenging their deportation orders, many using controversial human rights or asylum laws, while others did not have travel documents and could not be removed immediately. ...

David Spencer, research director of the Centre for Crime Prevention think-tank, said: 'There is simply no excuse for putting the British public at risk like this. Until they can be deported, foreign nationals who have committed criminal offences must be locked up, either in prison or an immigration centre.

'It would be interesting to see how many of those set loose have gone on to commit further offences. This is something the Government urgently needs to get to grips with and hopefully Brexit will finally afford them the powers to do so.' ...

The Home Office said that in 2016-17 it removed more than 6,340 foreign national offenders - the highest number ever. More than 37,000 have been removed since 2010.
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Britain can only deport foreign terrorists to two countries at a time, report says
Hayley Dixon
Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2017

Britain can only deport foreign terrorists hiding behind human rights laws to two countries at a time because the process is too expensive, a long-awaited review has revealed.

Dangerous jihadists who pose a threat to national security cannot be sent back to a long list of countries including Libya, Egypt, Syria, Pakistan, Sudan, Yemen and Russia even if a guarantee of fair treatment is obtained, according to the report ordered by Theresa May.

Where assurances can be sought - as they were in the case of Abu Qatada - the process is so complicated and costly the Home Office has admitted that it can only manage negotiations with two nations at a time.

Professor Clive Walker, an international law expert who co-authored the report with David Anderson QC, the then independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, estimates that the number of foreign jihadists who could avoid deportation "probably exceeded 40". His analysis goes on to warn that with increasing travel to Syria and Iraq and restrictions on leave to remain conditions that number could "now markedly increase".

The review of Deportation with Assurances (DWA) - which was ordered by Mrs May when she was Home Secretary in 2013 but only published quietly last month - concludes that it remains an important tool. ...

The scheme in theory allows the UK to expel suspects with guarantees they will not be mistreated or tortured in their home country, but in the last 13 years it has only led to the deportation of 11 people - nine to Algeria and two to Jordan.

In contrast, France has deported around 120 suspected terrorists. ...

Only six countries have entered into arrangement for DWA from the UK - Libya, Ethiopia, Algeria, Lebanon, Morocco and Jordan - of which the first three have since been ruled out because of political instability and risk of mistreatment.
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Families of disabled British Pakistanis are importing wives from abroad, says Labour MP
Josh Robbins
International Business Times, 28 August 2017

A Labour MP has criticised some British Pakistani families for 'importing' wives from abroad for their disabled sons. Jess Phillips said the practice, described as a "hidden problem" by researchers, was symptomatic of the community's wider disregard for women's rights.

The Birmingham Yardley MP said she was aware of "a lot of cases" in the British Pakistani and Bangladeshi community where the parents of men with learning disabilities were "going and getting a wife from abroad". ...

Research by UCL published in 2014 found that arranged and forced marriages involving people with intellectual disabilities were most prevalent in the Pakistani community.

Disabled charities point out that the practice is also an affront to the rights of the men involved, who may not have the capacity to resist the wishes of their parents. ...

Phillips made the comments with reference to the wider problem of attitudes towards women in certain south Asian communities in Britain. ...

The issue of arranged marriages involving disabled people also exposes a loophole in British immigration law.

Most British citizens who want to bring a foreign spouse into the UK must have a minimum annual income of £18,600, according to legislation passed in 2012.

However, that requirement does not apply to cases where the Briton is disabled. This caveat can be exploited by people wishing to game the immigration system.

The Home Office has vowed to review the exemption.
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Europe's Asylum Disgrace
Bruce Bawer
FrontPage Mag, 28 August 2017

Three years ago, Aideen Strandsson, an Iranian actress who had converted from Islam to Christianity applied for asylum in Sweden on the grounds that apostasy is a capital offense in her home country. /.../ This summer, Swedish authorities turned her down. They were fully prepared to send her back to Iran – and to her death – when the Hungarian government stepped in and agreed to take her. ...

Sweden, of course, is one of those Western European countries that have eagerly granted asylum to armies of Muslims who pose as refugees from persecution but who are, in fact, economic migrants, eager to climb onto the welfare-state gravy train. Hungary, meanwhile, is one of those Eastern European countries that refuse to take in Muslims but are willing to accept Christians.

The logic, in both cases, is clear. Western European politicians and bureaucrats tend to be postmodern multiculturalists – in Sweden, fanatically so. They feel a contempt for their own civilization and they regard this contempt as a mark of sophistication and virtue. They have made a fetish of unqualified respect for other cultures, however objectively undeserving those cultures may be of any decent person's regard. They are especially fond of cultures that share their own contempt for the West, and hence there is no culture for which they show more deference than that of Islam, which since its founding has been at war with what used to be called the Christian world.

The postmodernists live, of course, in countries that are – or were, until they started ruining it all – free, prosperous, and safe, and they feel an obligation to share their good fortune with as many Muslims as possible, even if it means, in the long run, destroying that freedom, prosperity, and safety. In the case of Sweden, this self-destructive impulse is so strong that the country has actually opened its arms to returning ISIS terrorists – and given them all kinds of freebies to make them happy. ...

Strandsson's story is far from unique. Last September it was reported that Sarmad Ozan, an Iraqi engineer and Christian deacon whose home city of Mosul had been overrun by ISIS and cleansed of Christians, had requested asylum in Britain, where he was studying. But the Home Office denied his request, ordering him to return home. Since Ozan is a Christian and his former neighbors in Mosul have all become ISIS supporters, the Home Office's decision amounted to a death sentence. ...

... In 2016, according to a Pew report, "about 99 percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S. were Muslim, while less than 1 percent were Christian."

When Donald Trump announced shortly after his inauguration that he would be reversing this disgraceful policy – giving priority to Christian refugees from Muslim persecution and instituting "extreme vetting" for possible jihadists – all sane, decent Americans should have applauded. Instead, millions reacted in outrage at what their brainwashing by multicultural-minded news media, teachers, and professors led them to see as an expression of bigotry – confirming yet again that if Islam is the number-one enemy of Western freedom today, multicultural indoctrination in our own ranks is Islam's most potent ally.
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At least 200 illegal migrants sneak their way into Britain every day, official figures reveal
David Wooding
The Sun, 27 August 2017

Illegal immigrants are making a mockery of Britain's border controls, it was claimed last night.

At least 200 people are entering the country unlawfully every day, according to shock new figures.

And the government admits that most of those caught are allowed to stay – because it's too much trouble to boot them out.

Home Office stats show illegal immigration has risen every year since 2012 and is on course for a further rise.

More than 74,300 enforcement papers were issued against migrants in 2015 – up from 48,727 in 2012.

But these are only the illegal entrants the authorities were able to track down and the real figure will be much higher.

The number of illegals caught sneaking into Britain through ferry ports hit 1,868 last year – a 50 per cent rise on the previous year.

And nearly 50,000 non-EU visitors failed to leave the country after their visas expired last year. ...

In its response, the Home Office said: "On conclusion of their case they may be granted permission to stay or be detained... for removal.

"There is a presumption in favour of release and individuals are encouraged throughout the process to depart voluntarily from the United Kingdom when they no longer have permission to remain or if their circumstances change such that they cannot adhere to any conditions attached to the leave they hold.

"Detention for removal is used as a last resort and can only be authorised if there is a belief that the person may be liable for removal and that removal can be achieved within a reasonable time frame."
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Big brands shun straight, white Britain in their adverts
Andrew Ellson, Neil Johnston and Sophia Siddiqui
Sunday Times, 27 August 2017

Advertisers are so worried about being accused of racism or homophobia they are shying away from using images of white people and straight couples.

Marketing departments are even putting diversity above relevance to their target audience to avoid accusations of bigotry, a survey of 500 companies has found.

A third of advertisers questioned said they had used fewer white models and heterosexual couples over the past year. More than a third of these said they were taking this approach to "prevent perceived discrimination".

The findings are likely to trigger accusations of political correctness but show a marked change in attitudes in the advertising industry, which has until recently had a reputation for under-representing ethnic minorities.
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Oxford professor: Leap in citizenship applications shows different post-Brexit attitudes
Michael Race
The Oxford Times, 26 August 2017

An Oxford Academic has said EU citizens have responded in different ways to the Brexit vote.

It comes as official statistics revealed the number of European nationals applying for British citizenship nearly doubled since the poll in June 2016.

There were 28,502 applications for citizenship from EU nationals in the year ending in June 2017 - up from 15,871 in the previous 12 months.

The rise is in contrast to a general downward trend in the overall numbers seeking citizenship, with total applications falling by eight per cent to 135,912. ...

Madeleine Sumption, director of the Migration Observatory at Oxford University, said: "Faced with the uncertainty of Brexit, it appears that EU citizens have responded in different ways - some have been trying to solidify their rights to remain in the UK, while others have been voting with their feet and leaving."

Those seeking British citizenship by naturalisation are generally required to have lived in the UK for at least five years.
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We're losing this cat-and-mouse terror game
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 26 August 2017

You may have missed the attacks in Turku and Hamburg – they didn't get much coverage in the press. /.../ And you may catch a BBC news report, buried well down the running order unless scores of people have been murdered, in which the murderers are described as 'terrorists'. That derogation will not be expanded upon. They are just terrorists and it all has nothing to do with Islam. ...

There have been no violent demonstrations by lefties against the murders in Spain, Finland or Germany, nor will there be. A poisonous ideology was responsible for the horrible attack which left one person dead in Charlottesville and that ideology was quickly and correctly identified by the liberals who then went on the rampage, denouncing it. A poisonous ideology was also responsible for the far worse attacks on the continent, but there is only a deafening silence from the left and, indeed, from our leaders. We are being groomed to accept these outrages and to believe that nobody is really to blame. Just people who have been 'radicalised' through some mysterious process, as if they were every bit as much victims as the people they killed. ...

... The grooming has been occasioned because we made this mess for ourselves and have neither the political inclination nor the will to call a halt. And because our politicians are terrified they might be called 'racist' if they grasp the nettle. And so we live in a bizarre state of denial.
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Record number of UK births by foreign mothers, figures show
Sarah O'Grady
Daily Express, 25 August 2017

A record number of births in England and Wales last year were to foreign mothers, figures have revealed.

Almost one in three children born in 2016 have mothers from outside the UK – the highest level since records began in 1969.

This is up from 27.5 per cent the year before, with figures increasing every year since 1990, when it was just 11.6 per cent.

Researchers from the Office for National Statistics said the rise was partly due to higher fertility rates among foreign-born women. ...

The non-UK population rose from 8.6 million in 2015 to 9.2 million in 2016.

Poland is the most common country of birth for mothers born outside the UK, while Pakistan came out on top for foreign fathers.
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'Answers may not be right' Migration figures could be SKEWED by fake data, expert warns
Joe Barnes
Daily Express, 25 August 2017

An expert has challenged the immigration figures, suggesting the data could be skewered by people deliberately giving false information to those carrying out surveys.

Jonathan Portes, a public policy and economics expert, suggested the International Passenger Survey carried out by the Office for National Statistics was not a reliable method for calculating net migration.

On Thursday, it was announced net migration had dropped by a quarter, according to figures released by ONS.

The figures are 81,000 lower than the 327,000 recorded in March 2016, which Professor Portes claimed was because the UK is "less attractive" to European Union citizens.

However, speaking to BBC Newsnight, the professor of economics at King's College warned the methods for data collection could be easily skewed by its participants.

He said: "The reliability of the International Passenger Survey depends crucially on whether people answer accurately to questions on 'why you are coming here?' and 'Do you intend to stay for longer than a year?'

"For many people, especially students, those answers may not be correct or, indeed, known to the person at the time they are asked the question."

The Home Office has ordered an official review of the figures released on Thursday, challenging the method of data collection.
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Immigration into Britain hasn't fallen much at all. It still endangers our security, culture and well-being
Douglas Murray
UnHerd, 25 August 2017

In Britain, like every other Western country, immigration is one of the biggest – if not the biggest – concern of the general public. Like publics across Europe, poll after poll shows that the British public want immigration to be reduced. And yet in recent years the government has either been unwilling or unable to satisfy that desire of the people. Of all the issues that have caused a breakdown in trust between the public and the politicians, the political inability to get more control of immigration is the most fundamental. ...

In recent years, while travelling across Europe to study migration and its effects, I have come across the same story in each Western European country. In every one there is an apparently unbridgeable divide. On the one hand there is the popular cry that 'we aren't allowed to debate immigration'. On the other there is the almost equally common reply, 'what are you talking about? We are forever talking about immigration'. Through my travels and conversations with publics and policymakers I stumbled on the reason why these two apparently irreconcilable arguments co-exist.

The simple fact is: we do not have the immigration debate that people want. ...

For the general public the concerns over immigration start with the realisation that the external borders of Europe are so porous that boatloads of people from sub-Saharan Africa can just land on a crowded beach in southern Europe /.../ and walk right in.

It extends after that to the knowledge that there are immediate security risks caused by such laxity, a risk that in the last year has seen recent migrants carry out suicide attacks across the continent in Ansbach, Wurzburg and Stockholm, to name just three cases.

It then leads to the knowledge that people like the Barcelona cell – who managed to kill 13 people in a single day last week and had plans to kill many more, as well as destroy major monuments of European civilisations – are in our continent for no good reason.

From there the concerns spill outwards. They are cultural – the feeling that Europeans are losing their place in the world and that in an era in which the world is being invited to join us, the peoples of Europe are being edged out. And from these existential questions it circles around once again to the mundane and the everyday.

For instance, in Britain there is a serious and growing problem of house prices – a problem which is seeing the younger generation edged out of any realistic hope of ever having a place on the property ladder. Politicians are keen to talk about all sorts of aspects of this problem other than the most obvious one – which is that the number of houses which need to be built each year in the UK corresponds almost exactly to the number of people who are added to the country by net migration.

It gets worse. Whenever somebody does make this connection (as the former Conservative MP Julian Brazier recently did on Channel 4 News) they are treated with incredulity. ...

... Even if recent migration to the UK was halved to around 155,000 a year it would /.../ still mean importing a population larger than that of Slough each year. Are the benefits of immigration at the current rate so clear that the British public would support their countryside having a brace of Sloughs added to it every twelve months?

This is the immigration debate that people want to have.
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Facebook Hosts People Smuggling Ads and Illegal Migration Groups
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 25 August 2017

Facebook is hosting people smuggling advertisements, with gangs offering to take migrants to Europe and America, make them fake passports, and traffic them across the European Union (EU).

A large number of public posts exist on the platform, often in Arabic, offering to take migrants across the Mediterranean by boat for up to $5,000 per person. Documents and passports go for around $1,000 and flights and road trips can be arranged for just a few hundred dollars.

People smugglers administer entire pages and groups, often disguised as "travel agencies", to update potential migrants of trips and share videos of those making the crossing.

Breitbart London was easily able to find the pages and posts by searching relevant words and phrases in Arabic on Facebook. Conversations where potential migrants negotiate with people smugglers were clearly visible.
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Border police foil 56,000 migration attempts to Kent
BBC, 24 August 2017

Border Forces foiled an average of 153 attempts by migrants trying to get to the UK from France every day last year.

More than 56,000 attempts were made by people trying to get into Kent from French ports and terminals in 2016.

The government figures, released under freedom of information, are the second highest in seven years, despite dropping by 25,000 compared to 2015. ...

The statistics include people stowing away in vehicles at Calais and Dunkirk ports as well as Eurotunnel and Eurostar terminals.

They also showed the number of illegal immigrants who were found in UK ferry ports increased last year. There were 1,868 detected in 2016, compared with 1,305 in 2015. ...

The Home Office said the number of attempts included instances where the same migrants had repeatedly tried to gain entry on different days. ...

The Road Haulage Association said violence at French points of entry has increased in recent weeks and drivers were refusing to make the trip.

Spokesman Rod McKenzie said: "Our members are terrified and angry. Gangs of marauding migrants, often armed with iron bars are attacking their vehicles.

"The police are heavily outnumbered and it's clear that they can no longer cope with the ever increasing numbers trying to make the crossing to the UK.

"We hear of drivers refusing to make the journey between Dover and Calais while many hauliers are rerouting their vehicles around the Port at a cost of many thousands of pounds."
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Net migration to UK drops to lowest level for three years
Jamie Grierson
The Guardian, 24 August 2017

Net migration to the UK has fallen to its lowest level in three years, as significantly more EU citizens left the country in the wake of the Brexit vote, official statistics have shown. ...

The headline net migration figure of 246,000, which is the difference between immigration and emigration, was 81,000 lower than the 327,000 recorded in the March 2016 according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The change was driven by a marked fall in net migration of EU citizens to the UK, as more left the country and fewer arrived in the months after the country voted to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016, statisticians said.

However, two complementary reports released at the same time by the ONS and Home Office have cast doubt over previous estimates of international students who remain in the UK once their studies are completed, contrary to previous suggestions that tens of thousands were illegally remaining.

The Home Office paper on "exit checks" data – a proper count of all people who are actually known to have left the UK – found 176,317 – 97.4% – of 181, 024 international students from outside the EEA left on time.

Meanwhile, the ONS found "strong evidence" that the current methodology used is likely to "underestimate student emigration" and therefore figures on the contribution that students make to net migration is likely to be an overestimate.
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Economic migrants have 73% chance of staying in EU even if asylum claim is rejected
Westmonster, 24 August 2017

The EU's failure to return migrants to their home country once they've been refused asylum is fuelling the migrant crisis, senior Brussels diplomats believe.

Figures seen by The Times show an economic migrant has a 73% chance of remaining in the EU even if they've been served with an order to leave.

One EU diplomat working on migration said: "The inability of EU governments to enforce deportations is the biggest pull factor. If people know that as illegal immigrants they have a 70 per cent-plus chance of being able to stay, even if ordered to leave, then it is hardly surprising people get into the boats."

David Wood, former director-general of immigration enforcement at the Home Office, said: "In reality the vast majority stay here, regardless of the merits of their application."
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The debate on immigration in Britain puts GDP ahead of people
Nick Timothy
Daily Telegraph, 24 August 2017

When I arrived in the Home Office with Theresa May as her adviser in 2010, we discovered that official impact assessments – the Government's process of weighing up the pros and cons of policy – had long been skewed in favour of higher immigration. Because a larger population meant a larger economy, and the assessments assumed that was what Britain needed, they failed to consider the economic effects of immigration on a per-person basis. And they excluded costs like the impact on existing workers' wages, infrastructure, and public services.

When we commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee to review these assessments, their findings surprised even us. Examining non-European immigration between 1995 and 2010, they found that for every 100 foreign-born workers employed, 23 British workers had been displaced from the labour market. ...

After reading numerous academic analyses, my conclusion is that mass immigration makes little economic difference overall. ...

In truth, the research confirms what most of us feel intuitively about mass immigration. Those of us earning high salaries benefit – in the form of cheaper plumbers and waiters in nice restaurants – but our fellow citizens with lower wages can lose out.

This is not an argument for zero immigration. /.../ The diversity of our cities, especially London, is an intangible benefit that contributes to their dynamism and appeal.

But immigration needs to be controlled, because when it is not it can cause problames. /.../ But immigration is behind more than a third of new demand for for housing in England, making homes harder to come by and increasing housing costs.

Immigration and high birth rates among migrant mothers are also driving the soaring demand for school places. ...

As any young family knows, these costs are real. Yet they are never factored into the Government's impact assessments. Neither are the social reasons for controlling immigration taken into account. Perhaps this is because the very topic turns many politicians squeamish, but most members of the public see no reason for embarrassment.

This is because people value the communities they live in, and they do not want them to change rapidly, if indeed they want them to change at all. And they value the solidarity made possible by by national identity and common norms.

There is nothing shameful about this. It is innate to human nature that we will do things for our compatriots that we would not do for foreigners, just as we will do things for relatives that we would not do for strangers. This solidarity is what causes us to risk our lives for one another during wartime, or pay taxes to fund services for others at times of peace.

In Britain, national identity and citizenship are civic, not ethnic.
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Non-British Population of UK Surges 8 Per Cent in a Year, One in Seven Now Born Abroad
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 24 August 2017

Despite a post-Brexit vote fall in net-immigration, the foreign born and non-British population of the UK has continued to surge.

The non-UK born population of the nation is now 9.2 million, almost twice the population of Ireland, shooting up by seven per cent, from 8.6 million, between 2015 and 2016.

This means that around one in seven (14 per cent) of the usual resident population in the UK was born abroad, new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show.

The number of those living in the UK who are not citizens is also on the rise, with one in 11 (9 per cent) having non-British nationality in 2016.

The non-British population surged from 5.6 million to 6.0 million (up 8 per cent) in just the 12 months between 2015 and 2016. ...

"The population of the UK continued to increase between 2015 and 2016, driven by overall significant increases in both the non-UK born and non-British national population of the UK."

Of the 5.6 million UK residents in 2016 that were born outside of the EU, 3.1 million (55 per cent) held British nationality, 290,000 (5 per cent) held EU nationality, and 2.3 million (40 per cent) held non-EU nationality.

Of the 3.5 million born within the EU (not including UK-born), 525,000 (15 per cent) held British nationality, 3.0 million (84 per cent) held EU nationality, and 25,000 (1 per cent) held non-EU nationality.
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EU Admits Failure to Deport Fake Asylum Seekers 'Pull Factor' for Illegal Migrants
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 24 August 2017

The European Union's (EU) failure to deport the vast majority of illegal migrants arriving by boat is a "pull factor", encouraging the treacherous journey across the Mediterranean, a Brussels official has conceded. ...

Since the beginning of the migrant crisis, there has been a surge of migrants from relatively safe nations, overtaking those from war-torn nations such as Syria, who were initially encouraged to come by the EU.

"The inability of EU governments to enforce deportations is the biggest pull factor," a Brussels diplomat working on migration blasted. Speaking to The Times, he added:

"If people know that as illegal immigrants they have a 70 per cent-plus chance of being able to stay, even if ordered to leave, then it is hardly surprising people get into the boats."

The European Commission records a "rate of effective return" to non-EU countries of just 36.4 per cent, which falls to 27 per cent when returns to the western Balkans are taken out.
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Non-EU migrants 'will stay at 155,000 a year': Report says immigration is 'unlikely to fall significantly' unless ministers introduce tougher measures
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 23 August 2017

Mass immigration from outside Europe is 'unlikely to fall significantly' unless ministers introduce tough new measures, a report warns today.

The scope to tackle migration from non-EU nationals will be limited unless the Government takes 'further and determined action', according to a respected think-tank.

MigrationWatch said net migration from outside the Brussels bloc - those people arriving minus those leaving – was likely to run at 155,000 a year until 2021.

That would be the equivalent of more than the population of Slough – 146,000 – arriving from the rest of the world every 12 months for the next five years. ...

Until Britain finally quits the EU, controversial freedom of movement rules mean it is a requirement to let in the European citizens.

However, the Home Office does have the power to control the numbers coming from the rest of the world. ...

But an analysis by MigrationWatch, which campaigns for controlled borders, predicted that between 2016 and 2021 net migration from non-EU citizens would average 155,000 annually. ...

Lord Green of Deddington, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: 'Migration Watch UK has a remarkable record in estimating future migration.

'We now say that, unless determined action is taken, it is extremely unlikely that non-EU migration will fall significantly in the next five years.

'This should be a wake-up call for the government to take further action if overall net migration - after subtracting British emigration - is to be brought down to sustainable levels. Brexit should help considerably but further action on non-EU migration is essential.'
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We are importing huge numbers of welfare claimants
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 21 August 2017

According to the fashionable Left-wing propaganda, mass immigration is a vast engine of prosperity.

The cheerleaders for open borders continually tell us that without a colossal influx of new arrivals every year our economy would collapse.

In this narrative of migrant success, newcomers are lavished with praise for their skills, diligence and self sacrifice while Britons are denigrated for supposed idleness and ignorance.

Typical of this mentality was the repugnant sneer from the liberal commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, where she lambasted working-class Britons for being "too lazy" and "too expensive".

Continuing her attack, she declared that "tax-paying immigrants past and present keep indolent British scroungers on their couches drinking beer and watching TV".

In the same vein, Henrietta Moore of the Institute for Global Prosperity at University College, London, condescendingly wrote that "Britain needs immigrants to do the jobs we don't want to" – words that have become conventional wisdom among metropolitan elitists.

But such claims have always been a myth designed to prop up the globalist ideology.

The truth is that non-European immigrants are much more likely to be workless and welfare dependent than Britons.

Now this reality has been confirmed by a new analysis from the Office for National Statistics, which reveals that more than one in five unemployed is an immigrant. ...

"They come here to work" is one of the favourite mantras of the free movement brigade yet that is patently untrue.

The Government's latest official immigration report, published in May, shows that of the 588,000 migrants who arrived here last year, just 47 per cent of them – less than half – came to work. Incredibly, just 180,000, barely 30 per cent, had a definite job offer.

It is the economics of the madhouse for Britain to be importing unemployment on such a scale.

The last thing this country needs is a growing army of foreign welfare claimants who have never paid any taxes here but are all too eager to exploit our benefits system. ...

The generosity of the system is also one of the prime reasons why so many young African, Middle Eastern and Asian men gather on the northern coast of France, determined to reach our shores. ...

Then there are the tremendous costs from worsening social dislocation caused by the import of alien cultures. Whether it be intelligence to counter jihadism, police work to tackle sex gangs, or educational initiatives to promote de-radicalisation, all this takes time and money which would not have to be spent if Britain were a more cohesive society.

Just as damaging has been the fall in living standards caused by competition from cheap imported labour. ...

The idea that we cannot survive without dependency on foreigners is an indicator of institutionalised self-loathing.

It has to stop if we are to regain control of our national destiny.
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Hundreds of languages are spoken in the UK, but this isn't always reflected in the classroom
Elizabeth Bailey and Emma Marsden
The Conversation, 21 August 2017
[The authors are a PhD student and a senior lecturer, University of York]

More than 300 different languages are now spoken in British schools. And in England, over 20% of primary school children use English as an additional language.

This equates to over 900,000 children for whom English is not their first language. These children might have been born in another country, their parents might speak another language to them at home, or they might just know a few words of another language because their grandparents immigrated to England a long time ago. ...

In the 2011 British Census, for example, 4.2m people reported having a main language other than English.
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We've lost our way in the fight against terrorism and are failing to distinguish friends from foes
Stephen Pollard
Sunday Telegraph, 20 August 2017

Now we have to add Barcelona to the list. This year alone, Europe has seen Islamist terror attacks in London, Manchester, Stockholm and Paris. I doubt anyone will be surprised if, over the final four months of 2017, more cities join the sad ranks of those afflicted by such outrages.

After every incident, we hear the same ritualised condemnations of the barbarians responsible, the mantra that they will never win and praise for the authorities who do such a good job protecting us most of the time. All of which is true and all of which gets us precisely nowhere in any serious analysis of what is happening and why.

Most obviously, there is a cancer in parts of the Islamic world – which must include swathes of Britain. It is a cancer that takes young men and women and turns them into jihadists prepared to kill and sacrifice themselves while doing so. ...

More interesting is the reaction such a statement always brings: the accusation of Islamophobia. This is interesting not because it has any merit, but because those who make it tell us a lot about how we have got here, and why we are incapable of having a serious discussion about the real world or how to confront the ideological threats facing the West.

More often than not, those who cry Islamophobia are not Muslim themselves but the fellow travellers of Islamists. ...

Mr Corbyn exemplifies the so-called red-green alliance, the perverse phenomenon by which supposedly progressive Leftists ally with and support Islamist groups who would like to live in a caliphate in which women who dare to read a book are blinded. The Stop the War Coalition, which praises Britain's enemies, shows the cosy unity of purpose between the white far-Left and the Islamist far-Right. /.../ Until he bacame Labour leader, Mr Corbyn would take time from the schedule to address the annual Al-Quds Day march at which there is, every year, open support for Hizbollah, whose military wing is a proscribed organisation in the UK. ...

The fundamental issue is that the Left has so lost its anchoring that Hizbollah, Al-Qaradawi and such like are seen as more sympathetic ideological allies than Tony Blair. How are we to confront the evils of Islamist extremism if one side of the political spectrum cannot distinguish the West's friends from its enemies?
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Cultural Assimilation Ought To Be an Imperative, Not Elective, In Immigration
Saurabh Malkar
Modern Diplomacy, 20 August 2017

The other issue is that of a subliminal sort; one that can't be easily measured or monitored and the effects of which take a long time to manifest. A country is a sum total of its cultural values and principles that it holds dear. Other attributes like quality of life, standard of living, wealth, opportunities, political stability, and economic growth all flow from culture.

Immigration affects not only the economy, but also the culture. The degree of and type of effect depends upon the extent of assimilation, which in turn boils down to the native culture of the immigrants. ...

It is very plain that people sharing common cultural threads like social mores, dietary practices, religion, folklore, and heritage will find it easy to socialize with one another and enter the melting pot. Asian, African, and Middle Eastern immigrants on the whole, have radically different cultures, histories and heritage, dietary practices, and religious affiliations – all of which raises deep concerns about assimilation. ...

The past few decades have seen the mushrooming of ethnic enclaves across European and North American nations, where immigrants, older and recent arrivals, huddle together to create societies that resemble the ones they left behind. The UK is a great example of 'enclavi-fication,' where Muslims immigrants, predominantly, from Pakistan and Bangladesh have turned, what used to be quaint English towns, into mini-South Asia.

These self-styled Islamic settlements that dot the landscape of many western countries, are not only cosmetically abstracted from the host norms, but they also function differently from host societies. ...

Some immigrants and second-generation native-born individuals from these radically different cultures seem unfit to live in western societies, where values like free speech, religious tolerance, separation of church and state, and equality are the norm. ...

Immigration is a very decisive and game changing tool in the culture, politics, and economy of a country. A prudent immigration policy will make sure that the host country benefits economically from immigration, without undermining its cultural and social values and norms. A need to integrate and assimilate should not be a preferable outcome, but an imperative of the immigration process.
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Enough of blaming the West. The terror will continue until Muslims reject the need for a caliphate
Ed Husain
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2017

What did Spain do wrong? Why did Muslim radicals attack so many innocents? Those are the questions being asked across the West following Barcelona.

Many will resort to the self-flagellation of "change our foreign policy" or "we are to blame because of colonialism". I wish it were so simple. I know the mindset of militant Muslims seeking to kill disbelievers in the name of a caliphate, because I called for the creation of such a caliphate for five years of my life. I recognise the ideology, theology and strategy behind the violence. There is no appeasing the fanatics.

Consider the facts on Spain: on March 11 2004, al-Qaeda terrorists killed 192 and injured 2,000 on trains in Madrid. Spain had 1,300 troops in Iraq at the time (America had 135,000 and Britain 8,700). Three days after the bombing, José Maria Aznar lost the general election to a Left-wing party committed to ending Spain's involvement in Iraq. On April 18 2004, the new prime minister ordered the voluntary withdrawal of Spain's troops. Scarred by the Madrid bombing, fearful of reprisals after the terrorist attacks in France, in November 2015 the Spanish government refused to join a global coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). So what did Spain do wrong?

We are asking the wrong questions. Spain's foreign policy shows that we cannot stop terrorism by changing our behaviour. In the mind of the Muslim extremists, Spain is not Spain, but al-Andalus, part of a Muslim empire that lasted in Spain for 700 years. Today's "Spain" is considered to be "occupied land" that must be liberated. /.../ Spain must return to their version of Islam, for in that literalist reading of religious scripture, the world is divided into two realms: Dar al-Islam and Dar al-Harb, the Abode of Islam and the Abode of War. And once a land is controlled by Dar al-Islam it must forever belong to that sphere. ...

... But Spain is not the only target. India was also part of their interpretation of Dar al-Islam because it was under the Moghuls until 1857 and must therefore return to the domain of the caliphate. Israel must be destroyed as the caliph must reclaim Jerusalem. Turkey's Muslim reformer, Kemal Ataturk, ended the caliphate in 1924 and a secular Turkey must return to the fold. ...

The attack in Barcelona and the calls by Isil to attack beaches weren't random: they hate the freedom of women to dress in bikinis. They attacked the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May because the despise men and women dancing freely to music. They attacked Charlie Hebdo because they refuse to allow for blasphemy. They target synagogues and kosher grocery stores across Europe because, like their neo-Nazi counterparts, they hate Jews. ...

... Enough of blaming the West. Isil has attacked 30 different countries, and the vast majority of its victims in Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and elsewhere are Muslims. Isil and other extremists thrive on the justification that it is religiously obligatory to create a caliphate. Jihadists commit mass murder in the pursuit of, or defence of, this belief in a caliphate.
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Terror is a problem political leaders imported into Europe
Douglas Murray
The Australian, 19 August 2017

Of course, any connection between the mass influx of people into Europe and the terrorism and other societal problems to which the continent is waking up every day is still frowned upon.

... Yet the link is obvious. For sure there are those who over-egg the point. The Stockholm attacker from April was a recent arrival in that country. As were the axe-wielding train attacker last northern summer in Wurzburg, Germany, and the suicide bomber in Ansbach, Germany, that same month.

But then the Paris attackers from November 2015 included people born and brought up in France and Belgium.

So while some of the terrorists may have just arrived, others were born in Europe.

This fact is not quite as soothing as the proponents of weak borders and mass immigration would like it to be. For if Europe is doing such a bad job of integrating people who are already here, then who but a madman would seek to propel immigration from Muslim countries to such a historic high? The question goes unanswered because in Europe's immigration debate it is still very rarely asked.

Of course, there is a noble aim in some of this avoidance, such as ensuring that Europeans – as the terror attacks grow – do not seek to blame any and all immigrants for the terror. That would be a mistake for a whole variety of tactical as well as factual reasons. Most of the people who arrive in Europe from the Middle East and Africa come to try to improve their lot in life, not to plough trucks into pedestrians. ...

... But the European publics are right to look at their leaders from recent decades and now the dead and maimed regularly on our streets and recognise that this is a problem our politicians imported: a problem they gave us that we did not ask for.
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Of course race matters in the Rotherham sex abuse scandal. Until we admit that, we can't tackle the problem
Muna Adil
Daily Telegraph, 19 August 2017
[Muna Adil is a researcher at Quilliam International]

Labour MP Sarah Champion has been forced to step down after speaking out about the growing epidemic of sexual grooming in this country. Champion was the MP for Rotherham, a constituency that, between 1995 and 2013, saw 1,400 children raped, abused, trafficked and tortured by gangs of South Asian men. Champion's crime was to simply state the facts as they are: "Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls."

Critics, including Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and fellow colleague Naz Shah, claimed that Champion's article in The Sun included "statements that incite Islamophobia and stigmatise entire communities."

While the Left's desire to gloss over hard evidence and facts where minorities are involved is, by now, expected, what is incredibly disturbing is a new debate that seems to be emerging from the ranks. One particularly disturbing line of argument taken by Sean O'Grady in his Independent article titled "Let's not feel sorry for Sarah Champion – she knew exactly what she was doing", seems to openly dismiss the importance of empirical evidence and scientific, academic research. In his article, O'Grady makes several statements, including:

• "The real point though is this. Even if you agree that there is a problem with some Pakistani men, what are supposed to do with this insight?"

• "Saying that there is a problem with some men of Pakistani origin doesn't actually get us anywhere with these crimes, or force a single arrest or rescue a single girl."

• "We don't actually need a racially focused debate about this any more than we need one about shoplifting or corporate corruption, because it misses the point."

Not only is this line of argument ridiculous, it is factually incorrect. If a certain crime file indicates that one sub-section of society is over-represented in the offender profile, it is our academic inclination, human interest, and most importantly our moral duty to investigate the common denominator, whatever it may be.

And in fact, our research at Quilliam has shown the exact opposite of O'Grady's argument: race is a central factor in this crime profile, not only when it comes to the offenders but also as it relates to the victims who largely belong to the same demographic of young, white and female. ...

An upcoming Quilliam report will look to shed more light on the issue, but here a glimpse of what we have found so far: Asians or British Asians make up 6.9 per cent of the UK population, yet they're found responsible for almost half, 46 per cent of child sexual exploitation (CSE) crimes.

Yet a Home Affairs Select Committee report into localised grooming claimed that "the vast majority of convicted child-sex offenders in the UK are single white men." ...

Over 60 per cent of the British Pakistani population is from the Mirpur District of Kashmir, a largely rural area of Pakistan where regressive attitudes towards women, sex, and relationships still persist today. ...

The phenomenon of "gangs" further confirms that these offenders gravitate towards each other based on a shared ideology, separate from their collective criminal leanings.
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'They have caused this' Nigel Farage blasts European leaders after fatal Barcelona attack
Vincent Wood
Daily Express, 18 August 2017

Nigel Farage has hit out at leaders across Europe for their response to the Barcelona attack which killed 13 people and left more than 100 people wounded.

The Brexit mastermind accused politicians on the continent of being the "cause" of terror attacks which have rocked nation after nation. ...

Farage said: "What happens is they all stand up and they say 'We stand in solidarity with Barcelona, or Brussels, or Stockholm, or Paris, or London or wherever it may be, and this is really truly awful'.

"There is no understanding of why this is going on and not once, not once, do we ever hear a single leader in Europe offer any policy solution whatsoever.

"They are still in denial, and my only guess is that they are so embarrassed by the fact that they have caused this." ...

"But for the moment one of the problems is that many of the parties around Europe that stand up against Islamic extremism, themselves appear to the electorate at times to be a bit extreme themselves."
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From Charlottesville to Barcelona
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 18 August 2017

Rarely has the hypocrisy of the West's ostensible liberals and leftists been as violently exposed as it has been this week. Between Charlottesville and Barcelona, between their fury over the former and their embarrassment at the latter, we have gained a glimpse into today's extraordinary double standards over extremists who loathe liberty, democracy and swathes of mankind. If the extremists are white and fond of the swastika, they'll be roundly condemned, organised against, transformed into a focal point for the activities of a flagging left. But if they're Muslims, if it's a misogynistic, homophobic caliphate they want to build, if their targets are 'kuffars' rather than pinkos or black people, they will be frowned upon, of course, but never raged against. ...

Even before the barbarism in Barcelona, even before that Islamist terrorist mowed down scores of people, killing 13, the discussion about Charlottesville had become unhinged. What was in truth a nasty but small demonstration by white-power losers was transformed into the second coming of the Third Reich. Where most leftists and liberal commentators respond to Islamist barbarism with a sad emoji or a national flag on their Facebook page, they responded to Charlottesville with historic hyperbole. ...

But if the treatment of Charlottesville and its vile car attack as a return of Nazism looked questionable before Barcelona, it looks mad after it. /.../ A suspected hard-right fanatic killed one person at Charlottesville, in a foul assault on life and liberty; Islamists, if we add Barcelona, have killed more than 460 people in Europe in the past three years. Four-hundred-and-sixty. Let that sink in.

And yet after Barcelona, as is the case after every Islamist attack, there has been an awkward, shuffling silence in left and liberal circles. /.../ But politics? Anger? A demand that we recognise the gravity of the threat posed by Islamists and get together to do something about it? Calls for confrontation with Islamist movements, demands that we 'Punch an Islamist', in the same way American leftists have promoted 'Punch a Nazi'? No.

On the contrary, we are encouraged to be sad about Islamist attacks but never active in relation to them. ...

... This urge to moralise small neo-Nazi protests in the US while de-moralising, depoliticising and fundamentally defusing the problem of Islamist extremism, even though this extremism is a far more destabilising force, has to be explained. What drives this alarming double standard?

It's fear. Cultural fear. Fear of us, the masses, and what we will get up to if society green-lights an honest discussion about the Islamist problem. And fear for Muslims, whom too many on the left infantilise and treat as incapable of hearing robust discussion about problems in their communities. ...

... They have declared a ridiculous, self-flattering war on neo-Nazism precisely as a distraction from the real problems facing Western society today, to which they have no answers, and are uncomfortable even with the questions.
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Europe faces 'clash of civilizations', says Polish minister after Barcelona attack
Radio Poland, 18 August 2017

Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak told state broadcaster TVP Info that Poland is a safe country, adding: "In Poland we do not have Muslim communities which are enclaves... which are a natural support base for Islamic terrorists."

"Europe should wake up," he added.

Blaszczak said that resettling migrants encourages millions of people to come to Europe. "This ends tragically. We are dealing with a clash of civilizations. This must be said outright and it is a problem for the whole of Europe," he added.

Poland has refused to take part in an EU plan to resettle African and Middle Eastern migrants from camps in Italy and Greece, arguing that the programme did not solve the problem at its origin, and was a threat to security.

Blaszczak said on Thursday: "We will not succumb to this pressure [from the European Commission] , because this is about the security of Poland and Poles."
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I was treading on eggshells as I described the very specific problem of 'some' Muslim men and their attitude to white Western women
Trevor Kavanagh
The Sun, 17 August 2017

Some Sun readers may have missed the concocted explosion of Labour and Islamic hysteria over a column I wrote on Monday about Muslim sex gangs. ...

My offence was to write about the attitude of predatory Muslim men towards white women – what I called "the Muslim Problem".

I was instantly denounced for fomenting a Nazi-style "Final Solution" comparable only with the Jewish Holocaust. It was a ludicrous, offensive and perverse distortion of the truth.

A letter calling for my dismissal signed by 105 cross-party MPs was led by Labour's Naz Shah, the Bradford MP suspended last year for anti-Semitism. ...

So, as ever when writing about Islam this week, I was treading on eggshells as I described the very specific problem of "some" Muslim men and their attitude to white Western women.

The article followed the trial and imprisonment of 17 mainly British-born men from the Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Indian, Iraqi, Iranian and Turkish communities who groomed, raped and abused scores of vulnerable young, mainly white, girls over many years.

They were among many gangs operating in Britain but police and local authorities turned a deliberate blind eye. It was left to the courage and tenacity of Times reporter Andrew Norfolk to bring them to book.

I cited Rotherham Labour MP Sarah Champion who bravely broke ranks and identified the problem everyone else on the Left had shied away from. ...

Presumably got at by Corbynistas, she has subsequently sought to distance herself from her own article and has now resigned for her "poor choice of words".

On Monday, I paid tribute to Sarah's courage, saying: "Thanks to ex-Equalities chief Trevor Phillips and Labour MPs like Rotherham's Sarah Champion, it is acceptable to say Muslims are a specific rather than cultural problem." ...

The abuse of women by Muslims, says Trevor Phillips, is "on an industrial scale".

"What the perpetrators have in common is their proclaimed faith. They are Muslims, and many of them would claim to be practising. It is not Islamophobic to point this out."

My mistake, apparently, was to describe this as "the Muslim Problem". ...

This fake outrage is more than simply a personal attack on me or upon the Sun newspaper. It is a pernicious attempt to stifle and smother free speech.

The letter from the MPs fails to pinpoint a single mistake or error of fact in my article. It even concedes there are no grounds at all for referring this to Ipso for adjudication. It infringes none of the Editors' Rules of Conduct.

The letter is nothing less than an attempt to gag not just me but anyone else who dares to venture an opinion which contradicts their narrow point of view.
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Champion's ousting shows Labour has learned nothing from gang rape scandals
Paul T Horgan
Conservative Woman, 17 August 2017

Why did Sarah Champion quit her shadow frontbench post? She says it was because of her 'poor choice of words' in an article she wrote for The Sun on the organised rape gangs in her constituency and elsewhere. What words did she use that were such a 'poor choice'?

'Britain has a problem with British Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.'

"For too long we have ignored the race of these abusers and, worse, tried to cover it up. No more. These people are predators and the common denominator is their ethnic heritage."

"The irony of all of this is that, by not dealing with the ethnicity of the abusers as a fact, political correctness has actually made the situation about race."

"It was shocking. Mainly white pubescent girls were being sexually groomed and exploited by gangs of mainly British Pakistani men."

... This Labour MP and, at the time, shadow minister, was trying to hold the Government to account in a public forum for the noble purpose of protecting the daughters of her constituents from gang rape. ...

But is what she wrote such a poor choice of words? Not quite. It is actually a tame version of official reports:

Here is what the Jay Report said on the topic. The report was commissioned by the Labour-controlled council in Rotherham.

'In Rotherham, the majority of known perpetrators were of Pakistani heritage including the five men convicted in 2010."

'Agencies should acknowledge the suspected model of localised grooming of young white girls by men of Pakistani heritage, instead of being inhibited by the fear of affecting community relations.'

'By far the majority of perpetrators were described as 'Asian' by victims, yet throughout the entire period, councillors did not engage directly with the Pakistani-heritage community to discuss how best they could jointly address the issue. [...] Several staff described their nervousness about identifying the ethnic origins of perpetrators for fear of being thought racist; others remembered clear direction from their managers not to do so."

And here is what the Casey Report, commissioned by the Government, had to say:

Terrible things happened in Rotherham and on a significant scale. Children were sexually exploited by men who came largely from the Pakistani Heritage Community. Not enough was done to acknowledge this, to stop it happening, to protect children, to support victims and to apprehend perpetrators.'

'I found a Council in denial.

Sarah Champion said no more than what is already in the public domain in official reports that are uncontested by any MP or mainstream party in any public communication. For this she has quit her shadow post, or, more likely, has had to quit.

It seems Labour has not learned anything about these gang rape scandals and is still trying to shut down debate on the issue. After all that has gone on, Labour is still turning a blind eye to child sex exploitation on Labour's watch, in Labour's heartlands.
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One in five unemployed people in the UK are migrants, official figures reveal for the first time
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 16 August 2017

One in five unemployed people in the UK are migrants, official figures have revealed for the first time.

The figures show that 317,000 migrants are unemployed, including 98,000 who were born in the EU and 219,000 born outside the EU.

The proportion of EU migrants who are unemployed is 4 per cent, while the proportion of migrants from outside the EU who are unemployed is 6.2 per cent. The overall unemployment rate of migrants is 5.3 per cent.

The number of Romanians and Bulgarians working in the UK has risen by a third over the past year to a record 362,000 in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union. ...

The figures show that arrival of Romanian and Bulgarian workers pushed up the overall level of EU migrants from 2.33 million to 2.37 million.

However the number of migrants coming the 14 earlier members of the EU including France, Italy, Spain and Portugal, has fallen slightly from 995,000 between April and June of last year to 972,000.

The number from the eastern European nations which joined the EU in 2014, including Poland, has also fallen from 995,000 to 972,000.
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Study: 70 Per Cent of Germans Would Send Mediterranean Migrants Back
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 16 August 2017

A new study has revealed that the vast majority of Germans do not see the migrants coming across the Mediterranean as legitimate refugees and want to see them deported back to North Africa.

The study, conducted by research institute Civey shows that 69.8 per cent of Germans do not regard the migrants rescued and transported by NGOs in the Mediterranean as legitimate refugees despite claims from the NGOs themselves. ...

Along political lines, a majority of members of all parties support the deportation of Mediterranean migrants except for the left-wing Green party with only 34.7 per cent approving of the idea and 48.8 per cent rejecting the idea.
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Rochdale child abuse cop says PC posturing protected sophisticated network of Asian abuse
James Fielding
Daily Express, 14 August 2017

The former detective who helped expose the Rochdale child abuse scandal has accused the Government of doing "too little, too late" and of allowing Asian grooming gangs to "evolve" over the past 15 years.

Maggie Oliver said a sophisticated network of abusers from predominantly Pakistani and Bangladeshi backgrounds had grown unchallenged because the authorities feared being labelled racist.

Her comments follow the conviction last week of an 18-strong gang in Newcastle upon Tyne who sexually abused girls as young as 13. ...

Home Secretary Amber Rudd waded into the row and said that "political and cultural sensitivities" should not deter work aimed at uncovering child abuse.

However, former detective constable Ms Oliver said the Home Office had been aware of the issue since 2004 during a probe into grooming gangs in Manchester.

The former Greater Manchester Police officer said the Home Office was in contact almost daily during Operation Span, the investigation into Rochdale six years later, and was fearful of the racial connotations.

She said: "Amber Rudd's words are too little too late. She is jumping on the bandwagon and playing to public outrage at what has been allowed to evolve over 15 years."
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Even Remainers now back a 'hard' Brexit: Most Brits want to regain full control of our borders and to become free of meddling EU judges, survey reveals
Claire Ellicott and Kate Ferguson
Daily Mail, 12 August 2017

Most Remain voters now back a Brexit that gives Britain a clean break from the EU and control back of our borders, a major study has found. ...

The survey of 3,293 people by the London School of Economics (LSE) and Oxford University found that when questioned in detail about their views, many favoured the elements of a so-called 'hard Brexit'. ...

The issue of EU citizens' rights after Brexit was found to be the most divisive in the poll, with Remain voters strongly supporting those already in the UK staying indefinitely - something Leavers strongly oppose.

On immigration, neither group supports continuing free movement, although Remain voters feel less strongly about the issue than Leavers.

The most popular scenarios for both voters give the UK full control over its borders, with Remainers supporting immigration but Leavers favouring few to no arrivals.
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Jihadists are trying to destroy French soldiers' nerves via string of attacks, expert says
Romina McGuinness
Daily Express, 12 August 2017

A security expert said France-based jihadists had launched a war of attrition against the country's security forces in an attempt to fray soldiers' nerves and wear down the armed forces.

Thibault de Montbrial, the former head of France's Centre for Analysis, Planning and Strategy (CAPS), told the French daily Le Figaro, said: "All terrorist attacks that have taken place since January have been against soldiers or police officers.

"It's not a coincidence. Jihadists are simply trying to wear down security forces via a string of small-scale, random attacks that are almost impossible to prevent."

"Terror tactics have become more rudimentary and an attack could occur anywhere and at anytime, meaning that police and intelligence and security services are "always on the alert," Mr de Montbrial added. ...

The Islamist terrorist threat to the West, Mr de Montbrial continued, will endure for years to come.

"The terror threat is here to stay. French ISIS fighters will return home from Syria or Iraq, and one battle-hardened jihadist alone can radicalise dozens of people," he warned, adding that France was "teeming with radicalised Muslims" and should therefore brace itself for another Paris-style attack.
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UK could face Islamist threat for decades, former MI5 chief warns
BBC, 11 August 2017

The UK may continue to face the threat of Islamist terrorism for another "20 to 30 years", the former head of MI5 has said.

Lord Evans told BBC Radio 4's Today programme the issue was a "generational problem" and that the UK needed to "persevere" with efforts to defeat it. ...

Lord Evans stepped down as the director general of the security service MI5 in 2013 at a time when it seemed that the terrorism threat from al-Qaeda might be subsiding.

But now, with the rise of the so-called Islamic State militant group, he said the threat was unlikely to end soon. ...

"Since 2013 there have been 19 attempted attacks that have been disrupted and even since the attack at Westminster we are told there have been six disruptions, so this is a permanent state of preparedness."

He added: "We're at least 20 years into this. My guess is that we will still be dealing with the long tail in over 20 years' time. ...

Speaking on Radio 4's Today, the head of national counter-terrorism policing called the current Islamist threat a "cultish movement" compared to al-Qaeda and the IRA who were "a very tight network of wicked individuals".

Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said: "You've got that range of people who have picked up that ideology and come up with their own plan based on the encouragement of the propaganda all the way through to the more organised directed attacks." ...

He added the change in tempo of the threat was "quite dramatic" considering in four years 13 terror plots were foiled compared to six in the last few months.
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'Racist' Asian sex gangs: MPs demand tougher sentences for grooming young white girls
Martin Evans and Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2017

Britain's courts should treat Asian Muslim grooming gangs behind the abuse of hundreds of white teenage girls as racially aggravated criminals, leading MPs and campaigners have demanded.

The demand was issued as senior politicians and prosecutors admitted that political correctness may have stopped the gangs being properly pursued and punished after another ring of Asian mainly Muslim sex offenders was convicted in Newcastle.

The Attorney General was facing calls to review the sentences of several members of the 18-strong Newcastle gang after it emerged the apparently racially-aggravated nature of their crimes was not reflected in their punishment.

The men, mostly of Pakistani and Bangladeshi origin were convicted of plying vulnerable and underage white girls with drink and drugs before sexually abusing and raping them. ...

Under sentencing guidelines, crimes that include race or religion are considered more serious and the court has a duty to take it into account when sentencing.

But nowhere in the judge's sentencing remarks has the race of the victims been raised as an aggravating factor. ...

Lord MacDonald, the former director of public prosecutions, said it was clear these were "profoundly racist crimes" and said the issue needed to be confronted head on. ...

In another twist it emerged that some of the victims of Asian grooming gangs have been arrested for using racist language against their abusers. Det Constable Maggie Oliver, who helped expose the Rochdale grooming scandal, told BBC's Radio 4's PM programme: "I can give you numerous examples of victims abused as children who have been charged with racially aggravated public order offences for shouting names that have a racial element to their abusers. Why is there no parity?"
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On abuse it's time to call a spade a spade
Trevor Phillips
Daily Telegraph, 11 August 2017

It's official. The BBC has finally given itself permission to acknowledge – in passing – that the spate of gang-related child abuse scandals scarring English towns and cities is being carried out predominantly by men of "Asian" origin. Even so, the most important aspect of the story was deemed to be the fact that Northumbria Police had paid an informer, himself a convicted abuser, to help crack the case. No doubt desperate to avoid being accused of stigmatising a community, the BBC did its best to turn this utterly routine practice into a matter of controversy.

But even its own journalists were embarrassed by the ploy. Mark Easton, the Corporation's redoubtable home affairs editor, broke the long taboo on the Ten O'Clock News, speaking passionately of the dozens of cases in which gangs of "predominantly Asian men [are] sexually exploiting predominantly young white women and girls". Labour, hitherto lamentably limp on the issue in deference to its dependence on minority voters, spoke up, too. Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, abandoned the weaselly standby that "abusers come from all communities" to call this crime what it is: an organised assault on white children by people from a specific minority group. ...

And the scale of their crimes is industrial. In Rotherham over 1,400 children were gang-raped, forced to watch sexual assault on other children, drugged and trafficked. /.../ Dame Louise Casey's unflinching report last year laid the horror bare; and spoke of the political corruption that allowed it to go unchecked. To Ms Champion's credit, she dismissed criticism from what she called "the floppy Left", saying that the authorities had consistently ignored these crimes because "people are more afraid to be called racist than they are afraid to be wrong about calling out child abuse". ...

But as the impressive Chief Constable of Northumbria, Steve Ashman, told the media, these crimes will never be prevented unless and until we can speak openly about what is taking place. Unfortunately, we still have some way to go. For example, while most of the perpetrators are indeed Asian they are not all Pakistani; and Mr Ashman said yesterday that his force had arrested Iraqis, Afghans, Turks and people from other nationalities. ...

What the perpetrators have in common is their proclaimed faith. They are Muslims, and many of them would claim to be practising. ...

If we are going to call a spade a spade, then we should do so without embarrassment. But our elites have replaced their old fear of being called racist with a new bogey. It comes to something then the BBC prefers to risk being condemned for racism than expose itself to the charge of Islamophobia.
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Cultural terrorism is as dangerous as bombs and bullets
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 11 August 2017

George Orwell wrote in 1941 that "the gentleness of English civilisation is its most marked characteristic". How poignant those words now sound today as our society is plagued by alien barbarism and cruel exploitation.

The apostles of political correctness talk of the joys of diversity but mass immigration has led to the wholesale import of primitive, misogynistic, often brutal values that are utterly inimical to those of traditional, well-ordered Britain.

The widespread incidence of abuse inflicted on vulnerable white girls by predatory Asian, overwhelmingly Muslim, sex gangs is a prime illustration of this social breakdown. ...

A 13-year-old described how she was drugged then driven to a flat, where she was repeatedly gang-raped under a Kurdish flag. There could be no greater symbol of the moral degradation that multiculturalism has inflicted on modern Britain.

In recent decades we have been forced to live in the shadow of violent Islamic extremism. But the rapacious Muslim sex gangs demonstrate that we should be equally concerned about cultural terrorism. Fear, intimidation and savagery come not just from the threat of bombs and knives. They also come from brutish practices that should have no place in Britain. ...

In an act of wilful folly our politicians decided to turn many of our urban neighbourhoods into outposts of the Middle East, Africa and Asia, with all their attendant sexual violence and intimidation. Nor is the cultural terrorism confined to the predatory gangs. It can also be found in the growing catalogue of acid attacks, the institutionalised acceptance of Sharia courts, the spread of misogynistic dress codes such as the burka and the prevalence of female genital mutilation, all developments that would have been completely unthinkable in Britain before the era of mass immigration.

Other disturbing features of this moral decline are reflected in human trafficking, organised welfare abuses, ballot box fraud, exploitative labour on poverty pay, overcrowded housing and the erosion of free speech in the face of Islamist grievance. ...

The authorities like the police, town halls and social services, who should have been upholding decent values, instead allowed cultural terrorism to flourish in our midst because of craven anxieties about accusations of Islamophobia and racism.

Too many officials, keen to uphold the flawed creed of multiculturalism, swallowed the fashionable propaganda that ethnic minorities are always the victims and white people always the oppressors. So they ended up colluding with pitiless racist, misogynistic criminals to deny justice to abused, under-age girls.

Despite the welcome verdicts this week in Newcastle it will take far more than one case to save our civilisation after years of this cowardly institutionalised paralysis.
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The reality of Europe's migrant crisis
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 11 August 2017

So here's an interesting thing. Footage so striking that even the BBC has run with it. This is the film of a migrant boat landing on a beach in the south of Spain. In recent years for a whole variety of reasons, Spain has avoided the worst of the migrant crisis. Perhaps that's why these images have broken through where the daily images from Italy this summer have not.

Anyway, it's hard to think of a more vivid encapsulation of the ongoing suicide of our continent than this one. ...

... These young men from a range of sub-Saharan African countries have come to Europe for a hundred different reasons and they will stay in Europe. Most will try to move northwards. And along the way the only employment most of them will find will be working with illegal gangs made up of people from their countries of origin.
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UK: Still Welcoming Jihadis
Douglas Murray
Gatestone Institute, 11 August 2017

The British Prime Minister's June declaration, that when it came to terrorism in the UK, "enough is enough", already looks like little more than rhetoric. ...

At almost precisely this time last year, two clerics from Pakistan toured the UK. Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman and Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman are well-known clerics in their native country. Not the least of the reasons for their fame – or notoriety – is that they took a particularly strong line on the issue of Mumtaz Qadri. /.../ In January 2011, Qadri murdered the man he was employed to look after.

Qadri's action were hugely divisive both in Pakistan and in the global Pakistani diaspora. After a trial that same year, Qadri was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to death – a sentence that was carried out in February 2016.

That event brings us back to the two clerics, Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman and Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman. After Qadri's conviction, on at least one occasion Hassan Haseeb ur Rehman delivered a hysterical speech supporting the murder of Taseer, while his fellow cleric, Muhammad Naqib ur Rehman, looked on approvingly from the platform. The video of this occasion has now been removed from YouTube, where it had previously been hosted. ...

... Nevertheless, on their visit to the UK last summer, the two clerics were allowed to talk at mosques up and down the UK, including in Prime Minister Theresa May's own constituency. By way of explanation, as the imam of the Madina Mosque and Islamic Centre in Oldham, Zahoor Chishti, said of the two clerics, "They have got hundreds of thousands of followers in the UK." ...

On that occasion it was perhaps possible to claim that the UK government were ignorant about whom they were allowing into the UK. ...

What excuse is there in a country which has now seen and suffered the effects of Islamist terror so many times, a country that the Prime Minister has claimed has had "enough" of this terror, for precisely the same two clerics to return to the UK for another tour? /.../ another tour of the UK and Europe – this one lasting up until August 27.

Last year, members of the British government could have claimed to have been ignorant of the views of these two clerics. They could have pretended that they did not know that they were allowing into the UK two men principally known for encouraging the murder of apostates. They could have pretended to have been ignorant of the beliefs of two men who like to whip up crowds to praise murderers. They could have been unaware that such people were going to speak to thousands of UK Muslims. But they cannot be unaware this year. So what are the excuses for letting them in? Are there any?
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Some communities are not doing enough to tackle Asian grooming gangs, warns Chief Constable
Daily Telegraph, 10 August 2017

There is not enough shame and stigma attached to child sexual exploitation in some communities, a senior police chief has said, as an Asian grooming gang was found guilty of drugging and abusing vulnerable girls in Newcastle upon Tyne.

As the final five members of an 18 strong gang were convicted of a string of appalling abuse against white girls, Chief Constable Steve Ashman, of Northumbria Police, described tackling such exploitation as the "challenge of our generation".

He said until such behaviour was considered socially unacceptable in all communities, the problem would never be completely eradicated.

Newcastle is the latest city in which the activities of an Asian grooming gang has been exposed, following on from Rochdale, Oxford, Rotherham and Derby.

During a series of trials, which can only now be fully reported, it emerged that the gang, which was made up of men from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq and Turkey, abused girls after luring them to parties where they were plied with drink and drugs, ...

The gang operated in the west end of Newcastle, ferrying the same group of at least 22 victims between addresses where they were barricaded in rooms with furniture and subjected to degrading ordeals.

Newcastle Crown Court heard how many of the gang members had "contempt" for white women, illustrated when one of the men launched a tirade against a female ticket inspector on the Tyne and Wear Metro system. ...

Speaking after the final guilty verdicts were delivered, Mr Ashman said: "We have thrown the kitchen sink at this - a team of 50 officers have worked on this inquiry for almost three and a half years and continue to do so.

"There has been no political correctness here. These are criminals and there has been no hesitation in arresting them and targeting them using all the means at our disposal."

But he said while many of the communities across the city had been appalled by the offending and had helped the police, it was clear there was still a problem in getting some to take it seriously.

He said: "The sexual exploitation of vulnerable people is in my opinion the challenge of our generation. It is a huge task that we are faced with."

He went on: "Given the number of men that we have arrested, 461 in total, clearly somewhere along the line something has gone wrong if it has become acceptable to entice, through alcohol, drugs or just through bullying and violence, vulnerable people into sex.

"This behaviour can never be tolerated... It has to become socially unacceptable in every community to behave in this way."
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'It isn't achievable!' Expert bashes Theresa May over pledge to clamp down on immigration
Ajay Nair
Daily Express, 10 August 2017

A former Home Office speechwriter has hit out at Theresa May over her pledge to slash net migration in the UK to under 100,000 a year, insisting it "isn't achievable".

Alasdair Palmer said the Prime Minister was wrong to keep the Tory pledge and said Britain did not have the "immigration infrastructure" to clamp down on people entering the country.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live's Emma Barnett, he said ultimately it would be up to those from other countries to decide they did not want to live in the UK.

He said: "I think she probably was [wrong], realistically it isn't achievable unless there is some major change in terms of the desire of immigrants from poor countries to come to the northern Europe in order to better their lives, you can't blame them for that.

"But we simply don't have the immigration infrastructure, the capacity really, to prevent people from coming who want to come."

Mr Palmer slammed the Government, which he said "doesn't talk about" illegal immigration and how to reduce it.

He said: "There's also illegal immigration which may be what people are most worried about.

"According to polls, it is what people are most worried about but the Government doesn't talk about it at all.

"But the Home Office certainly knows about it, it produces its own estimate... they felt that it was running between 150,000 and 250,000 every year.

"The Government doesn't talk about it because the Government doesn't know what to do about it."
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Revealed: How Vietnamese gangs are using UK nail bars to traffic women
Paul Gallagher
i News, 10 August 2017

Avon and Somerset police would not reveal any details of the nationalities of those arrested, but Southmead is the same area where, in November 2013, police tracked down a 16 year old Vietnamese girl brutalised and trafficked into sex work. ...

That case was one of many that persuaded the then Home Secretary, Theresa May, to announce plans for a Modern Slavery Bill, which became law on 26 March 2015. ...

However, the Government's subsequent approach to modern slavery has left many people scratching their heads.

Last December, 97 women working in nail salons were arrested for immigration offences. The majority were Vietnamese nationals, but the number also included suspected immigration offenders from Mongolia, Ghana, China, Nigeria, Pakistan and India. ...

In its 2014 report, Trafficking for Forced Criminal Exploitation in Europe, researchers led by Anti-Slavery International showed that Vietnam is the single largest source country for child victims of trafficking, mainly for cannabis cultivation. Profits can be worth millions, and are often laundered through other businesses owned by the criminal organisation, such as nail bars, before being physically moved as cash back to Vietnam. ...

The true scale of MSHT within the UK is unknown. In 2014, the Home Office estimated that there were between 10–13,000 victims of human trafficking in the UK – a range the NCA says remains the most robust quantitative assessment available.
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Mosques taking over churches in France
Michael F. Haverluck
OneNewsNow, 10 August 2017

The mosque invasion of churches in France has been going on for decades, but with the recent election of pro-Islam French President Emmanuel Macron and the attitude of entitlement of new Muslim immigrants, the tide is surging like never before. ...

In fact, Il Folgio Cultural Editor Giuliu Meotti stressed that mosques are going up in record numbers while Christian churches are being bulldozed to the ground on a regular basis. ...

While churches are being leveled, mosques are being built with virtually no restrictions – with many being subsidized by the French government. ...

"Germany and France have the largest Muslim populations among European Union member countries," Pew Research reported. "As of 2010, there were 4.8 million Muslims in Germany (5.8 percent of the country's population) and 4.7 million Muslims in France (7.5 percent). In Europe overall, however, Russia's population of 14 million Muslims (10 percent) is the largest on the continent."

It was also noted that the number of Muslims will swell to become 10.3 percent of France's population by 2030, with Great Britain's increasing to 8.2 percent at that time. ...

The leaps and bounds the Muslim population is making in France over native Europeans was emphasized by the statistic that every week, nearly two new mosques are erected.

"Nearly 2,400 mosques today, compared to 1,500 in 2003, is the most visible sign of the rapid growth of Islam in France – a consequence of a population of immigrant origin and the process of strong re-Islamization," the French magazine Valeurs Actuelles reported in a piece alerting the French about the Islamic "invasion."
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Met police chief says more stop and search may help reduce knife crime
Matthew Weaver
The Guardian, 9 August 2017

The Metropolitan police commissioner has defended the use of stop and search in tackling rising knife crime and spoken of her determination to fight the perception that it is disproportionately used against black and Asian communities.

Speaking to BBC Asian Network, Cressida Dick said many frontline officers believed a decrease in stop and search was a contributory factor behind the recent rise in knife crime.

In answer to a caller from the West Midlands, where there has been a spate of fatal stabbings, Dick said: "We have probably had a 20% increase [in knife crime in London] in the last year and that is not acceptable to me, so I am encouraging my officers to do stop and search as one of many things that will help to bring this number down." ...

Figures show black people are still four times more likely than white people to be stopped. Race relations experts warned Dick that any increase in stop and search would further alienate communities.

But Dick insisted that police were using the tactic fairly, saying: "In London about one in three stop and searches result in something being found. That shows we not just doing random work."

Asked about concerns that people are being searched because of the colour of their skin, Dick said: "We need to fight that perception; we are absolutely not doing that. It has no place in modern policing. Our outcome rate, one in three positive, is the same whether you are black or white, or whoever you are.

"The perception might be that we stop lots of, for example, young black men and we don't find anything. We do. I'm sorry to say we find the same rate among people of colour and the people not of colour that we stop. That is not disproportionate, that shows fairness in terms of our activity."
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Landing cards are an essential tool for controlling our borders
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 9 August 2017

Anyone who arrives in the UK is given a landing card if they're not from the EU. They have to fill out their name, date of birth and address in the UK, as well as how long they plan to stay. ...

So it's sensible and appropriate for the Government to be planning to move to a digital system that would be easily scannable and easily referenced by the authorities. But when it comes to governments and computer software nothing is ever straightforward. ...

This time round the problem isn't useless software: it's that we haven't even got to the stage of having any software up and running. Because although the Government is consulting on a new digital system nothing is ready. Yet it has already announced that it is planning to scrap landing cards and will do so more or less now. ...

The Home Office, which administers landing cards, says it will save just £3.6 million a year. ...

But as Tim Loughton, the former acting chairman of the Home Affairs select committee puts it:

"It defies logic at a time when so much effort is being put into improving border security to remove a longstanding tool like this without a proper replacement and for what is a relatively small saving." Yes we need a new and better system than landing cards but scrapping them until we have that system is simply mad.
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Seeking balance: Ipswich National Conversation on immigration
British Future, 9 August 2017

Most people in Ipswich take a 'balanced' view on immigration, according to the first-ever detailed research on public attitudes in the town on this issue. Majorities in three research groups said that migrants made a contribution to the economy but voiced concerns about numbers and the pace of change in parts of Ipswich, as well as the draw of benefits and pressures on public services.

Ipswich is one of 24 towns and cities across the UK that has so far been part of the National Conversation on Immigration, the biggest-ever public consultation on the issue, which will visit a total of 60 locations by spring next year. People in the area are invited to have their say in an online survey at and national opinion polling will also form part of a final report to the Home Affairs Committee in 2018.

The findings of the National Conversation feed into the Immigration Inquiry run by the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, providing an opportunity for members of the public to have their say on immigration policy after Brexit in a way that will be heard by decision-makers. Two citizens' panels were held in Ipswich as part of the survey – one male, one female – as well as a stakeholders meeting including representatives from local businesses, universities and civil society organisations. ...

Made possible by funds raised by the public in memory of Jo Cox MP after her tragic murder last year, the National Conversation on Immigration is coordinated by British Future and anti-prejudice campaigners HOPE Not Hate and takes place in a different town each week, in every region and nation of the UK. As well as the citizens' panel, the organisers meet local organisations, councillors and business leaders in each location to hear their views.
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House of Commons Library publishes briefing on the migrant population of the UK
Electronic Immigration Network, 8 August 2017

The House of Commons Library last week published a usefully concise and factual look at the migrant population of the UK over the last decade. ...

In the 24-page briefing paper, the House of Commons Library examines the trends in the EU and non-EU migrant populations living in the UK since 2007, and it provides an overview of the characteristics of migrants living in the UK, including ethnicity, religion, age structure and employment. ...

The briefing paper distinguishes between the 'foreign born' and 'foreign national' population, though the House of Commons Library notes that both definitions have limitations as measures of the migrant population.

Some of the key points from the briefing are:

• The number of foreign born people living in the UK increased from around 6.3 million in Q1 2007 to 9.3 million in Q4 2016. The proportion of the population born abroad grew from 10.4% to 14.3%.

• The number of foreign nationals increased from 3.8 million (6.4%) to 6.0 million (9.3%). The difference between the two groups largely reflects the number of foreign born people who have obtained British citizenship over time.

• EU and non-EU migrants display different patterns of change over the period. The number of non-EU born people (5.7 million in 2016) has remained higher than the number of EU-born migrants (3.5 million in 2016).

• In contrast, the number of non-EU nationals increased from 2.3 million in 2007 to 2.5 million in 2016, compared with EU nationals who more than doubled over the period (from 1.5 million to 3.5 million). ...

• The migrant population is not distributed equally across the countries and regions of the UK. London is the region with the highest proportion of migrants: foreign born people comprised 38% of all residents, while foreign nationals made up 23%.

• A higher proportion of people born in non-EU countries live in London, relative to EU-born residents. ...

• A larger proportion of migrants are of working-age (16-64), compared with the UK population as whole. In Q4 2016, 81% of foreign born people were of working-age, compared with 63% of all people living in the UK.

• In Q4 2016 around 50% of the foreign born population was White, compared with 86% of the UK population as a whole. ...

• In Q4 2016 there were around 5.6 million foreign born people in employment (18% of the total). As a whole, foreign born people were less likely to be in work than UK-born people. Employment rates for migrants, however, vary considerably among country groupings. The employment rate for EU-born people aged 16-64 (80%) was higher than for UK-born people (75%). Among non-EU countries, migrants born in countries in Oceania had the highest employment rate (87%) and migrants born in the Middle East and Central Asia the lowest (46%).

• A smaller share of EU-born migrant were employed in high skilled occupation than non-EU migrants. 21% of EU migrants were employed in elementary occupations, compared with 8% of non-EU migrants.
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How many international students leave after studying in the UK?
Joseph O'Leary
Full Fact, 8 August 2017

"Most students return home after study."

Diane Abbott, 12 December 2016

We don't know how many students return home after studying here, so there's no clear evidence for this claim. In the words of the Office for National Statistics (ONS): "There are no official figures that show how many students do not emigrate and remain in the UK after their studies."

At the moment, the available evidence is contradictory. Most student immigrants come from outside the EU on a temporary visa, and a minority still have the right to remain after a few years. Diane Abbott's office pointed us to figures showing this via a Universities UK report, as well as a Times article showing that a small minority of students overstay their visas.

At the same time, figures showing how many former international students emigrate are much lower than the figures for students immigrating to the UK. If accurate, that indicates many more students are remaining in the UK than the visa figures would suggest. ...

Even though we can't be sure of all the figures, we do know that student immigration is adding to the UK population overall. Not all students who come to the UK return home. The challenge is measuring how many do so, and explaining what's happening to those who don't.

We don't have precise answers to either question. ...

In 2016, an estimated 588,000 people immigrated to the UK – that is, they intended to stay here for at least a year. Of those, 136,000 said the main reason they came was to study. At the same time, about 63,000 former student immigrants left the UK.

We can't just compare 136,000 to 63,000 here. They're actually from slightly different sets of data, but more significantly they're not the same people: those 63,000 people will have been immigrants from previous years.

But that gap has been fairly consistent over the past few years. In every year since 2012 around 100,000 more student immigrants have arrived than former student emigrants have left. And each year the emigration of former students has accounted for less than half of student immigration.
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Isis unit in Syria 'training British jihadis' to launch wave of attacks on UK targets
Fiona Keating
Independent, 7 August 2017

A secretive Isis division has been teaching UK fighters to launch attacks on British soil, according to a fighter reportedly captured by Kurdish troops in Syria.

The militant described how the unit trained those involved in the Paris and Brussels attacks. ...

British fighters are said to take part in a rigorous training regime before flying home to carry out attacks. ...

Giving detailed information, the Isis fighter said that about 50 people went through the programme from countries including the UK, Belgium, France and Germany.

... All recruits had to be willing to give up their lives for the Isis cause, the militant said. ...

Gilles de Kerchove, the EU Counterterrorism Coordinator said that one-third of an estimated 5,000 European jihadis who were trained in Syria and Iraq have returned to their home countries, many undetected by authorities.
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Refugee housing contractor call
Rhiannon Bury
Sunday Telegraph, 6 August 2017

The Government has begun the search for a private contractor to take on the next £600m phase of its beleaguered asylum seeker housing contract, after previous providers G4S, Serco and Clearsprings were hit by spiralling costs. ...

The contract has proven extremely problematic, particularly for G4S and Serco. The number of asylum seekers who needed to be housed jumped dramatically from 25,200 people when the contract began, to 39,389 at the end of 2016.


Britain is HELPLESS to stop migrants sneaking in – and we need 3,000 more guards to secure our borders properly
Steve Hawkes
The Sun, 4 August 2017

Britain is helpless to stop migrants sneaking into the UK – and needs 3,000 more Border Force guards for Brexit, it was claimed last night. ...

Lucy Moreton, general secretary of the Borders, Immigration and Customs Union, said London City Airport was the only entry point in the UK with no Border Force vacancies.

And she warned there were nowhere near enough staff to respond to DAILY reports of lorry drops – where immigrants are spotted jumping out of a truck or van on the roadside.

She said a big investment programme was necessary if Britain was to be ready for extra demands of Brexit in 18 months' time. ...

She said: "We don't have enough staff to respond to all the small vessels spotted. We don't have enough cutters to intercept small vessels at sea.

"We don't have enough people to response when there are lorry drops. More often than not we can't get there."
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Calais migrants try to enter Britain 18,000 times this year
Vickiie Oliphant
Daily Express, 4 August 2017

Calais migrants tried to cross the Channel and enter Britain almost 18,000 times this year alone despite the Jungle camp being cleared.

The former French president Francois Hollande demanded the shanty town be torn down in October last year - with around 8,000 migrants from countries including Eritrea, Sudan, Syria and Iraq being dispersed around France.

However within weeks of the demolition, many gradually returned to the site.

And now around 1,000 migrants are believed to be sleeping rough in the area a year on.

An estimated 600 people, mainly from sub-Saharan Africa and Afghanistan, have returned to Calais but a further 400, mostly from Iraqi Kurdistan, are sleeping in woods in Grande-Synthe - 25 miles to the east.

So far this year, the groups have made 17,867 attempts to get into the ferry port at Calais or into Eurotunnel's site, according to French police.
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Study: Radical Islamists Actually Have Extensive Knowledge of Islam
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 4 August 2017

An Islamic theologian at the University of Vienna has conducted a study of radical Islamists proving that many have an extensive knowledge of Islam despite mainstream claims that radical Islamists have little understanding of their own religion.

In his new 310-page study of 29 radical Islamists, Islamic theologian Ednan Aslan claims religion plays a far larger role in the actions of jihadists than economic factors and frustration with society, Die Welt reports. ...

The study, which was financed by the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, also warns of the effect of radical Islamist Salafist groups which it says provide support and logistics for jihadists. "Persons with a higher theological knowledge function as authorities and play a central role in the spread of ideology," according to the study. ...

"The radical groups and individuals see themselves as the only true Muslims," the report states. The Salafists see Western civilisation as the enemy of the Muslim world and regard it as a decaying society.

A similar German study recently came to a different conclusion saying that many Islamists did not know much about Islam and that their radicalisation had more to do with traumatic events in their life like deaths in the family or drug use. The study, done by the University of Bielefeld, examined the WhatsApp chats of known Salafists to come to their conclusions.
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Hundreds of Albanians who pretended to be from Kosovo to win asylum in Britain may escape deportation following landmark legal test case
Chris Greenwood and Tom Kelly
Daily Mail, 3 August 2017

Hundreds of Albanians who lied to win asylum in Britain could escape deportation.

In a landmark legal test case, a violent criminal and two other men are claiming that the Home Secretary was wrong to remove their citizenship.

If the Supreme Court allows their costly appeal, it will mean up to 300 Albanians who gained entry to Britain by pretending to be Kosovan cannot be kicked out.

Dinjan Hysaj, 40, obtained asylum in July 1998 by falsely claiming to be a child refugee from war-torn Kosovo.

In 2011 he was jailed for five years after he glassed a man in a pub in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire.

Agron Bakijasi, 44, was exposed in 2007 when his partner returned to Albania in an attempt to apply for legal immigration status.

Luan Kaziu, 35, arrived in the UK in 1998 but his claims were exposed as a sham nine years later, when his wife applied to stay.

Details of the legal fight came as it was revealed that the Government allowed one Albanian, Ermal Alijaj, to stay after he lost an asylum bid using fake Kosovan ID but reapplied under his real name years later. ...

A Home Office investigation into their cases – and hundreds more similar bogus applications – was started in 2007.

But even since their lies were exposed, they have remained in the UK and fought an extended court battle, funded by legal aid, costing taxpayers hundreds of thousands of pounds.

In the meantime, the Home Office has suspended other hearings to strip citizenship from those who exploited the same ruse to claim asylum in the 1990s.

In the case of Alijaj, 37, officials decided that the nine years he spent illegally in the UK bolstered his case because of the roots he put down.
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Report: Half of Terror Plots in Germany by 'Refugees', Nation Targeted After Migrant Crisis
Liam Deacon
Breitbart, 3 August 2017

More than half (54 per cent) of terror plots in Germany have involved asylum seekers and refugees since 2014 and the onset of the migrant crisis.

The report, by the Heritage Foundation think tank, found that attacks across Europe by foreign trained militants increased dramatically in 2016, following the height of the migrant influx, with Germany becoming a much more popular target.

"The increase in the threat to Germany is especially stark," the report's authors write. "There were no plots in Germany in 2014, and only two in 2015. In 2016, this increased eightfold.

"There is a straightforward reason for this: In 2015, Germany took in over 1 million refugees and 2016 saw a surge in plots involving refugees." ...

In total, 142 Islamism plots claimed 300 lives and more than 1,000 casualties, in 15 European nations, over the 29-month period studied by the think tank.

Across the continent, around 15 per cent of the plots (142) featured refugees and asylum seekers, implicated in either planning the attacks alone or as part of a larger cell.
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Illegal immigrants cost taxpayers nearly $750 billion over lifetime: Report
Stephen Dinan
Washington Times, 3 August 2017

Deporting the country's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants would cost nearly $125 billion, but allowing them to remain in the U.S. could cost taxpayers far more, according to a new report being released Thursday by a think tank that wants to see stricter immigration limits.

Steven A. Camarota, research director at the Center for Immigration Studies, crunched the numbers and found that the current population of illegal immigrants will drain nearly $750 billion from taxpayers over their lifetimes – amounting to six times the deportation costs.

"Sometimes people say look, we couldn't deport everybody because it's prohibitively expensive," Mr. Camarota said. "But if your only concern is fiscal cost, it's pretty clear that letting them stay is a hell of a lot more expensive." ...

The crux of Mr. Camarota's analysis is the nature of illegal immigrants, who are far more likely to be low-skilled, less-educated workers than the native-born population. Though they also don't have access to some services and benefits reserved for citizens and legal residents, they do get other benefits, such as education.

A report last year by the National Academy of Sciences helped put a dollar figure on the lifetime costs and benefits of immigrants, based on levels of education.
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Britain doesn't need to 'take back control' of immigration. We already have it
Karan Bilimoria
The Guardian, 31 July 2017
[Karan Bilimoria is a crossbench peer]

Concern over immigration was one of the most important factors for those who voted for Brexit, yet we already have the power to take back control of the free movement of EU citizens to the UK – we just aren't using it. Both major political parties' front benches, and even cabinet members, are divided when it comes to whether Britain should remain in the single market, which entails allowing free movement of people within the EU. But the reality of immigration in Britain today is a far cry from the public's perception.

We lost control over our borders almost two decades ago. In 1998, Tony Blair removed exit checks. Nobody checks your passport once you have gone through security at an airport, as they do in virtually every other country in the world. As a result, we have no robust way of knowing exactly who has left this country. The government cannot even provide figures for illegal immigrants in the UK who are not detained to the nearest quarter of a million. ...

The government reintroduced exit checks in 2015 – but these fall well short of the physical, visible checks after security, which are airport-enforced. And the government refuses to release any statistics from these checks for one reason: they would demolish the anti-immigration stance taken by this government, the prime minister and the home secretary. ...

The "tens of thousands" figure itself was plucked out of thin air with no regard for what the country actually requires. We have virtually the lowest level of unemployment – 4.5% – and the highest level of employment on record. Without the immigration that we have, we would have a labour shortage, both skilled and unskilled.

There is a perception that immigrants are mostly taking unskilled jobs and lowering wages for the domestic population, but the evidence points firmly in the other direction. At Russell Group universities, up to 39% of academic staff are foreign; over 26% of our NHS doctors are non-British; and the heads of many of our leading companies are immigrants, including the chief executives of Jaguar Land Rover (Ralf Speth) and Reckitt Benckiser (Rakesh Kapoor).

But the biggest deception is this: we could easily have taken back control of our borders already under European Parliament and Council Directive 2004/38/EC, which allows EU member states to repatriate EU nationals after three months if they have not found a job or do not have the means to support themselves. In this month's debate on the House of Lords EU subcommittee report on EU migration, I challenged the government on why we were not availing ourselves of this directive – and I got no response.

Other countries, such as Belgium, regularly repatriate thousands of individuals based on this directive.
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EU migrants make up over 20% of labour force in 18 British industries
Jamie Doward and Harry Robertson
The Observer, 30 July 2017

A unique and detailed analysis has revealed which sectors of the economy would suffer most from a radical reduction in EU migration to Britain.

According to a study by the Office for National Statistics, in at least 18 specialist industries EU workers constitute more than 20% of the labour force. And many others would be left almost as bereft if their number declined. ...

It shows that nearly half – 47.6% – of employees in the fruit and vegetable "processing and preserving sector" are from EU countries. A similar proportion – 44.4% – are involved in meat processing. More than a third – 37.6% – of those processing fish, crustaceans and molluscs are EU migrants.

In agriculture, just under 35% of workers employed in what the ONS describes as the "growing of nonperennial crops" are EU citizens, along with more than a quarter of workers involved in the manufacture of prepared animal feed. And just under a quarter involved in the "manufacture of bakery & farinaceous [starch] products" are EU workers.

Many specialist sectors heavily reliant on people from other EU countries employ only a few thousand workers. Just over 1,000 EU nationals are employed in "the cutting, shaping and finishing stone industries". But they constitute 22% of the workforce.

... They make up almost 230,000 of the 1.7 million people working in the hotel and catering industry – 13.5% of the total. ...

EU nationals comprise almost a third – 32% – of the 24,000 people employed in translation services.
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Philly Archbishop: Europe's Future Has the Face of 'Young Muslim Immigrants'
Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
Breitbart, 28 July 2017

"If you want to see the face of Europe in 100 years, barring a miracle, look to the faces of young Muslim immigrants," Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a group of Catholics Thursday.

Speaking at an annual conference of the Napa Institute in California, Chaput tied the future of civilization to a willingness to have children – an area where Muslims lead every other group.

"Islam has a future because Islam believes in children," Chaput said. ...

"Christian" Europe, on the other hand, languishes under a loss of hope in the future, illustrated by a birthrate well below replacement levels, which is offset only by its uncontrolled mass immigration.
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The knives are out for Christian faith schools
Damian Thompson
Spectator blog, 28 July 2017

As The Sunday Times reported:

Ministers are expected to drop plans to allow Christian, Jewish and Muslim state schools to admit all their pupils from one faith after warnings that the move could heighten community divisions in Britain.

A U-turn would jeopardise dozens of new free schools planned by faith groups, some to cope with the influx of Catholic families from Poland and other east European countries.

Catholics said this weekend they would not open new state schools if they had to reserve half their places for children of other faiths, raising new school funding problems for the government.

Amanda Spielman, the chief inspector of schools, told The Sunday Times that she was "uncomfortable" about allowing more single-faith schools and hinted that manifesto proposals – due to be confirmed this summer – would be dropped.

"Admission 100% on faith leads to increased levels of segregation within communities," she said. "I am uncomfortable with anything that leads to increased segregation."

Increased segregation – in Catholics schools? No, I don't think that's what Ms Spielman had in mind. But she's not allowed to say, even if she wanted to, that damaging segregation is primarily a Muslim problem.

Most faith schools in England are Catholic or Church of England. This U-turn would mean that the Prime Minister was breaking her promise to them.
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Brexit: Eight out of 10 Britons want full control of Britain's borders, says survey
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 26 July 2017

Eight out of 10 Britons want to take back full control of immigration, a new survey reveals.

Research carried out by respected pollsters Ipsos Mori showed 81 per cent said it was "essential, very or fairly important" to gain control during ongoing Brexit talks. ...

Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics said the direct effect of net migration had grown the population by more than 251,000 people on average every year between 2004 and last year, up from 240,000 a year between 2004 and 2014.
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The great Brexit betrayal has begun. The Tories have sold out the British people - now even Jeremy Corbyn has a tougher stance
Nigel Farage
Daily Telegraph, 26 July 2017

When I heard that the government minister Lord Prior had told a meeting of tech and insurance leaders last week that they shouldn't worry about barriers to entry for future employees from the EU, I thought he'd gone too far. How could a Brexit administration elected on a promise of reducing net migration to the tens of thousands tolerate such behaviour? Surely Lord Prior would be sacked?

Instead, it got worse. A new Cabinet consensus around transitional arrangements has been unveiled. Under it, open borders will be maintained for a minimum of two years after we finally leave the EU in 2019. Britain will have to wait until at least 2021 – five years after the Brexit referendum – to take back control. Millions who voted Leave will feel cheated, and rightly so: it's clear the great Brexit betrayal has begun.

Although the modern Tory party has a dreadful track record when it comes to immigration, last summer things looked brighter. Boris Johnson and Michael Gove even advocated an Australian-style points system. That message undoubtedly helped to secure Brexit.

Things have now changed. ...

The old alliance of big business and a Tory government is booming again. Meanwhile Tory supporters, who have voted loyally in successive elections for manifestos that promise to drastically cut numbers, have been sold out. ...

Apart from a few delusional Westminster MPs, everyone knows that the issue which won Brexit was open-door immigration. ...

The irony is that the Government's decision to keep the borders open comes as the migrant crisis in Italy is intensifying.

Even the most optimistic measure of the "new consensus" will mean that, one year on from the historic vote, all of the problems caused by the UK's rising population – which is set to hit 77 million by 2050 – will continue to worsen.

Every week Britain's national debate focuses on the lack of available school places, shortfalls in NHS funding, overcrowding on our railways, or on the housing crisis. But rarely, if ever, does any member of the political class dare to voice the undeniable truth that immigration lies at the root of these difficulties. The talk is always of the economic benefits, never the capital costs of the infrastructure required. ...

It is strange to think that Jeremy Corbyn is now offering a tougher line than the Government when he says he would ban the wholesale importation of low-skilled EU workers. ...

Even the shadow trade secretary and staunch Remainer, Barry Gardiner, acknowledges that a "key objective" of Brexit was to "have control over our borders". He says that unless this objective, and others, are met, "we will find it difficult to justify the final result to the 52 per cent who voted Leave". Mr Gardiner is absolutely right.

My hopes that this Government had learnt the lessons of the referendum, and understood that open-door immigration and its effects matter more to voters than any other issue, have for now evaporated. The "new consensus" must be broken.
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Why supporting free trade and controlled migration is not a contradiction in terms
Alex Morton
ConservativeHome, 26 July 2017

Britain will face colossal pressure to accommodate tens of millions of people during the next few decades. A handful of free marketers argue that backing free movement of goods and services also means backing free movement of people. A key assumption of those proposing open borders is that people have a right to enter the UK; that to treat people in other countries differently to those here is racist and nativist, and that to protect our borders is no better than other protectionist measures.

This is quite wrong. Trade is inanimate objects and people are people. The impact of a cheaper furniture piece and a newly arrived migrant are obviously distinct. ...

The first key point is that people do not have the right to enter the UK. You are born into a nation, just as you are born into a family. /.../ You have no more right to walk into another country and demand residence than you do in the UK to walk into a richer person's home and demand to live in it.

Like a family, you should be free to leave at any time once you are an adult. But other countries, no more than other families, are not required to take you in. /.../ We may choose to let people in, but this is a privilege, not a right. ...

If migrants have no right to enter the UK, who we accept becomes a question of economics and culture. In terms of the economics, the evidence is clear – what might be termed the economics of agglomeration and addition. Agglomeration is the very clear evidence that high skilled workers benefit from the presence of other high skill workers, and if this generates an overall increase in wealth large enough it increases average incomes. /.../ Addition, meanwhile, what happens when you simply add workers of average to low skills to an existing labour pool. In this case, it is a simple case of supply and demand – more workers means lower wages (though employment is not impacted). ...

When migrants enter the UK, they rarely discard their cultural worldview. There is not only a purely economic cost, but a cultural cost to migration. The very institutions and culture that have generated the wealth and freedom in our society, or any society, do not exist in some vacuum or textbook. ...

So in general, we should welcome high skilled, culturally similar migrants, and few low skilled, culturally distinct migrants. And we should not be embarrassed about making the case for doing so.
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EU migrant crisis: Austria can deport asylum seekers, court says
Bethany Bell
BBC, 26 July 2017

The EU's top court has ruled that a law requiring refugees to seek asylum in the first country they reach applies even in exceptional circumstances.

The case, brought by Austria and Slovenia, could affect the future of several hundred people who arrived during the migrant crisis of 2015-16.

The ruling concerns two Afghan families and a Syrian who applied for asylum after leaving Croatia.

The court says it is Croatia's responsibility to decide their cases. ...

Under the so-called Dublin regulation, refugees typically have to seek asylum in the first EU state they reach. But Germany suspended the Dublin regulation for Syrian refugees, halting deportations to the countries they arrived in.

From August 2015, hundreds - and sometimes thousands - arrived in Austria every day, initially via Hungary and later through Slovenia.

Many wanted to travel on to Germany, but around 90,000 applied for asylum in Austria, equivalent to about 1% of its population. ...

The Jafari sisters' case was taken to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), along with a similar incident in Slovenia involving a Syrian national.

On Wednesday the ECJ ruled that their crossing of the Croatian border had to be considered irregular under the Dublin rule. Just because one EU country allows a non-EU citizen to enter its territory on humanitarian grounds, that authorisation is not valid in other EU countries.

Austrian lawyer Clemens Lahner said that hundreds of asylum seekers would be affected by the ECJ's decision. ...

In its ruling the ECJ stressed that EU countries could show a "spirit of solidarity" under a sovereignty clause that allows member states to examine asylum applications even if they do not have to.
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On immigration, we need no implementation, no transition post-Brexit. Just an immediate start in cutting numbers
Christopher Howarth
ConservativeHome, 25 July 2017
[Christopher Howarth is a senior researcher working in the House of Commons]

The UK has, by accident or design, followed a policy of economic growth driven by migration-fuelled population growth. EU free movement supplemented by a taxpayer subsidy for employers to take on low paid workers – in-work benefits – has been a dominant feature of our economy for the last 15 years.

So all established companies that have a secure market benefit from a growing economy, while those who find it easier to import skills rather than invest in domestic skills or automation get a double benefit. Whether individual domestic workers and taxpayers have benefited is another question.

It should therefore be no surprise that organisations who represent these companies – the CBI, the IoD and so on – are now in panic mode at the prospect of the withdrawal of their cheap labour drug. These addicts are playing for time, clinging to an EU free movement "transition" as a heroin addict clings to methadone. But their shrill cravings should be resisted. ...

You may ask why the Cabinet is discussing a "transition" before it has agreed what we are transitioning to? ...

This leads to the conclusion that what is being discussed internally is simply keeping our present immigration policy after we leave the EU. ...

What the Government needs to do now is give a clear sense of direction. There is cross-party agreement that free movement within the context of EU membership should end. /.../ Michael Forsyth, who chairs a Lords Committee looking into this issue, has summed the situation up well:

"Some firms will need to raise wages to attract domestic workers. In other sectors, where migrant workers may not easily be replaced by domestic workers, firms will need to change their business models or increase capital investment in automated processes." ...

... Business and government should not waste time asking for extensions and complaining the task is too big for them – but get on with it now.
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European and African ministers discuss plan to tackle flow of refugees
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 24 July 2017

European and African ministers are to meet in Tunis on Monday to discuss a plan to try to regularise the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe to about 20,000, coupled with a much tougher strategy to deport illegal migrants from Italy and break up smuggling rings.

The plan to regularise the migrant flow is being pushed by the UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, which warns that EU efforts to train the Libyan coastguard along with Italy's intention to impose a new code of conduct on NGO rescue ships operating in the Mediterranean do not match the scale of the problem, or recognise the extent to which the flow of refugees and migrants is likely to become permanent.

The aim is to set up screening systems for EU-bound migrants in countries en route to Libya, such as Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Chad and Sudan.

The EU at a meeting in July set aside enough cash for 40,000 regularised refugees, with as many as half coming from claimants in Syria, and the remainder from Africa. ...

Italy is gripped by deep political and civil divisions on the issue, with more than 90,000 migrants reaching Italy from Libya this year. ...

Explaining the thinking, Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR's new special envoy to the central Mediterranean, said: "... Italy also needs to be able to process claimants so the economic migrants are returned much more quickly, or else there will be no deterrent to travel to Italy. Only a third of the migrants reaching Italy are found to be in need of international protection."

He added that by the time migrants reached Libya it was often too late. ...

He added: "There has been a lot of rhetoric about closing down the smugglers' business model, but little has happened, but it has to be done more seriously than at present ... Many of the people smugglers can be identified as they advertise their services on Facebook, but little has been done to try to seize their assets or impose travel bans and other sanctions.

"There tends to be action against the small fry, like the people that steer the boats to Libya in return for a discount on the journey. They are not the people responsible for this system."
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Harrow Council wins £400,000 bid to help immigrants settle in the borough
Katherine Clementine
GetWestLondon, 24 July 2017

Hundreds of thousands of pounds has been awarded to Harrow borough to ensure "migrants continue to be a positive and welcome part of Harrow's community".

Harrow Council was successful in its bid for government cash from The Controlling Migration Fund, set up to support local areas facing pressures linked to recent immigration.

Harrow's local authority will spend its £400,000 slice of the cash on free courses, community care and English lessons to hundreds of new arrivals to the area.

The Home Office has set aside £25 million a year between 2016/17 and 2019/20 to "mitigate negative impacts on the provision of local services linked to recent migration". ...

Cllr Sachin Shah, leader of Harrow Council, said: "Harrow is proud to be one of the most diverse places in the country. ..."

The Controlling Migration Fund (CMF) was launched last November, and is divided into two parts, with £100m to help English local authorities and £40m for direct enforcement action against people in the UK illegally.
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Jeremy Corbyn: "wholesale" EU immigration has destroyed conditions for British workers
Helen Lewis
New Statesman, 23 July 2017

Mass immigration from the European Union has been used to "destroy" the conditions of British workers, Jeremy Corbyn said today.

The Labour leader was pressed on his party's attitude to immigration on the Andrew Marr programme. ...

Laying out the case for leaving the single market, Corbyn used language we have rarely heard from him - blaming immigration for harming the lives of British workers.

The Labour leader said that after leaving the EU, there would still be European workers in Britain and vice versa. He added: "What there wouldn't be is the wholesale importation of underpaid workers from central Europe in order to destroy conditions, particularly in the construction industry."

Corbyn said he would prevent agencies from advertising jobs in central Europe - asking them to "advertise in the locality first". This idea draws on the "Preston model" adopted by that local authority, of trying to prioritise local suppliers for public sector contracts. The rules of the EU prevent this approach, seeing it as discrimination.

In the future, foreign workers would "come here on the basis of the jobs available and their skill sets to go with it. What we wouldn't allow is this practice by agencies, who are quite disgraceful the way they do it - recruit a workforce, low paid - and bring them here in order to dismiss an existing workforce in the construction industry, then pay them low wages. It's appalling. And the only people who benefit are the companies."

Corbyn also said that a government led by him "would guarantee the right of EU nationals to remain here, including a right of family reunion" and would hope for a reciprocal arrangement from the EU for British citizens abroad.

Matt Holehouse, the UK/EU correspondent for MLex, said Corbyn's phrasing was "Ukippy".
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Immigration has brought 250,000 people to Britain every year since 2004 with three times the population of Birmingham settling in the UK
Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 22 July 2017

Immigration has added an average of 250,000 to the population every year since 2004, a report has revealed.

Some 3.25 million extra foreign citizens – equivalent to three times the population of Birmingham – settled here over the period, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

It means an average of 684 people have started a new life in Britain every day for 13 years – adding to the pressure on schools, hospitals and other infrastructure. ...

The ONS bulletin predicted the UK population could leap from 65.5 million to just over 76 million within a generation if high levels of immigration persist, along with life expectancies and birth rates continuing to rise. ...

Leading think-tank Migration Watch, which campaigns for lower migration, said accounting for the indirect effects of migration – those foreign citizens who also have children – the population could even hit 77 million as early as 2039. ...

It total, around 1.9 million EU citizens have set up home in Britain since 2004, when Tony Blair threw open the country's doors to the newly-enlarged group. ...

On top of this, some 1.3 million non-EU immigrants have moved to live in the UK.
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Now even arch Brexiteer Gove admits EU migrants will keep coming to the UK for up to FIVE years as Ukip warns the deal 'betrays' the referendum
Tim Sculthorpe and Jason Groves
Daily Mail, 22 July 2017

Michael Gove today endorsed a transitional exit from the EU that could leave Britain's borders open for up to five years.

The Environment Secretary insisted immigration rules would be overhauled and the referendum result honoured.

It emerged today that the Remainers in the Cabinet had won a battle to secure agreement for a transitional deal that could last until 2022 - three full years after Brexit officially takes place and five from the start of the Article 50 process.
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The problem with the government's proposed 'extremism commission'
Rod Liddle
The Spectator, 22 July 2017

The Egyptian-born Muslim cleric Yusuf al-Qaradawi was once invited to speak in this country – and the row which developed as a consequence was both entertaining and instructive. Many people said he shouldn't be given a visa because of his 'extremism'. ...

So who was right? /.../ Within the world of Islam, Qaradawi is indeed a moderate and relatively pacific voice. And yet his views, seen from over here, would appear to be those of a bigoted, foaming maniac.

There are two points to draw from this. First, that many people in this country delude themselves about the Islamic world and its fervent hatred for Jewish people, its subjugation of women and gays, its viciousness in dealing with those who renounce the faith etc. And second, that the term 'extremist' is not only stupid and virtually meaningless, but endlessly contingent. Who has the right to decide what is an extreme view and what isn't? ...

I have mentioned Qaradawi's visit before because it was a beautiful example of liberal delusion being smacked in the face by the real world. I mention it again now because the government is setting up something called an 'extremism commission', which it intends will root out 'extremism' and, in the hideous vernacular of our time, 'build partnerships with those opposed to extremism'.

My suspicion is that this is every bit as Orwellian as it sounds. /.../ A slightly warped sense of 'fair play' and the mental shriekings of the left will ensure they broaden their scope. No, they will tell us, with great pride, we are not merely picking on Muslims. We are on the warpath against all extremism and, since you asked, we will decide what extremism is.

Already a little worried by the whole business, the Evangelical Alliance commissioned an opinion poll from ComRes about this strange and ephemeral thing, extremism. The first thing they found was that a very clear majority of the British people thought pretty much as I suggested above – that labelling something or someone extremist was stupid and, when it comes to framing debates, 'not helpful'. But the pollsters also asked people a whole bunch of political questions and asked them to adjudicate on whether they were 'extremist' or not. So, for example, 36 per cent said that wishing to leave the European Union was 'extremist'. On what we might call the other side of the coin, some 40 per cent reckoned it was 'extremist' to believe in the idea of man-made climate change.

In other words, both halves of the country believe that the other half is 'extremist'. And yet of course the word is simply an insult to be flung at someone whose views we hate or despise. ...

I will bet that quite a few things in which I believe – and probably what the Evangelical Alliance believes too – would be deemed 'extremist' by this extremism commission. ...

... And the excuse given will be they are trying to stop us being blown up, or stabbed to death on London Bridge. That's my worry too – that in order to placate the sensitivities of the adherents of a recently imported culture, the beliefs of indigenous people will be proscribed. When there is not the remotest comparison between them.
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UK unprepared for cap on migration – and cannot count it properly, warn Lords
Tim Wallace
Daily Telegraph, 21 July 2017

Britain is "in the dark" over immigration numbers because the current system for counting movement into and out of the UK is inadequate, a committee of Lords has warned.

Companies across the country are also unprepared for a sharp drop in immigration, meaning that the flagship policy to reduce net immigration to below 100,000 per year "runs the risk of causing considerable disruption".

"The Government must have reliable statistics on migration before it formulates new policy, otherwise it will be making crucial decisions – of vital importance to the country's businesses – in the dark," said Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, chairman of the Economic Affairs Committee.

Peers noted that there is not even a single definition of what a migrant is, with official statistics varying between counting those born abroad, those with foreign nationality, and those who have changed their country of residence.

They propose that the Government use data from sources including tax records to work out how many migrants are in the UK, the time for which they stay, the proportion who are in work, and the type of work they carry out.

The current system, which largely relies on surveys, is particularly inadequate in counting the number of foreign students who are in the UK and who stay on after graduating.
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How many students have been granted settlement in recent years?
Migration Watch UK, 21 July 2017

A major Home Office study carried out over seven years has established migrants' journeys through the immigration system. They have taken those granted settlement and traced their journey back through the system to establish the routes under which they originally arrived.

The analysis reveals that over the period 2009-2015, 191,000 non-EU migrants who originally came through the student route were granted settlement. An average of 23,300 non-EU migrants who originally arrived on a student visa and 4,000 who arrived on a student dependant visa were granted settlement in each year. ...

The Migrant Journey statistics show that settlement was granted to almost 200,000 non-EU citizens who originally arrived in the UK as a student or the dependant of a student.
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Students have added 200,000 to the permanent population in the last seven years
Migration Watch UK, 21 July 2017
[Press release]

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee has called on the government to improve the statistics on the number of students who leave the country and then for them to be removed from net migration 'for public policy purposes'.

This is despite the fact that a report issued today by Migration Watch UK reveals that in the last seven years almost 200,000 grants of settlement were made to non-EU citizens who originally arrived through the student route.

The report is based on the findings of official Home Office analysis of migrants' journeys through the immigration system which established that an average of 27,000 grants of settlement were made to people who arrived as students or student dependants in each of the years 2009-2015.

There is no doubt that the statistics on the number of students who remain in the country should be improved and the government should make use of the available exit check data. However, once we have an accurate picture of the contribution of students to net migration, they should remain in the target. Students have, after all, comprised half (600,000) of all non-EU inflow in the last five years, which has totalled 1.18 million.
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Restaurants doing a runner from bills for employing illegal immigrants
Andrew Penman
Mirror, 20 July 2017

Laughing in the face of the justice system seems to be routine for one category of company bosses – the ones who employ illegal immigrants.

They avoid paying penalties issued by the Home Office by the simple tactic of shutting down their firms.

Take Kaher Zaman, 48, who lives in a detached mansion in the pretty West Sussex village of Storrington.

In 2013 the Home Office issued a £25,000 civil penalty after five illegal workers were discovered at one of his Indian restaurants.

He resigned as a director of Zaman & Co (UK) Limited, which was taken over by Sofik Miah, 46.

The following year another four illegal workers were discovered at the restaurant, resulting in an £80,000 penalty. And, by the by, Miah got done for fiddling housing benefit and was given 120 hours' unpaid work by Worthing magistrates.

Then, in 2015, the company was put into liquidation, with both Home Office penalties unpaid.

Two weeks ago, Zaman was banned from being a company director for five years, but has continued in the business regardless.

The chain of three restaurants now operates under a new company name, IndoBangla Cuisine Limited, with a relative who lives with him as director – Momotaz Zaman. ...

Sadly, there are plenty more cases like this. ...

In 2015-16, the latest year for which figures are available, 2,594 penalties were issued for employing illegal workers.

The total came to £46.2 million, of which just £12.5 million was paid.
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Immigration Crisis Causing 'Unprecedented' Shift in Italy's Demographics
Libertarian Newscast, 20 July 2017

A deadly combination of a plummeting birthrate and massive immigration portend that native Italians will make up an increasingly small percentage of Italy's overall population, a new study reports.

Italy's fertility rate is less than half of what it was in 1964, the Centro Machiavelli reported in its study titled "How immigration is changing Italian demographics." ...

As of the first of this year, Italy had over five million foreigners living as residents, a growth of a remarkable 25 percent relative to 2012 and a whopping 270 percent over 2002. ...

Moreover, even the children being born in Italy are over-represented by immigrants, whose birthrate is considerably higher than native Italians, the study revealed. ...

If current trends continue, the report states, by 2065, first- and second-generation immigrants will exceed 22 million persons, or more than 40 percent of Italy's total population.

By comparison, it was only in the not far-off 2001 that the percentage of foreigners living in Italy crossed the low threshold of one percent, which reveals the speed and magnitude of demographic change occurring in Italy, a phenomenon "without precedent" in Italy's history, the study asserts. ...

Unfortunately, Italy is not alone in its demographic turmoil, the study stated. Extrapolating from current trends, British citizens will no longer be the majority of the population in the United Kingdom around 1965.

In Germany today, 36 percent of children under five are born to immigrant parents, which presages a significant demographic shift in the next generation in that country as well.
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Quarter of babies born to foreign mothers in England and Wales
BBC, 19 July 2017

More than a quarter of babies born in England and Wales in 2016 were to foreign mothers - the highest level on record, official figures show.

This figure has increased every year since 1990 to the current 28%. ...

The proportion of all live births to mothers born outside the UK stood at 11.6% at the start of the 1990s.

The ONS says one of the reasons for the increase since then is that fertility levels are generally higher among foreign-born women.
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Home Office volunteers no data on EU migrants in work
Anushka Asthana
The Guardian, 19 July 2017

A Home Office minister has refused to say whether the British government has ever made use of EU-wide immigration rules that allow people to be expelled from a country if they are not working or actively seeking employment.

Lady Susan Williams admitted that the UK's interpretation of the European directive governing the free movement of workers was "more than generous" in comparison with other European countries.

She suggested that her department did not hold data that would allow it to know whether European immigrants in the UK had secured jobs or not.

The admissions came in the answers to two separate parliamentary questions on the issue from Labour peers, who are frustrated that the government blames the EU for its failure to hit the tens of thousands migration target.

Lord Richard Rosser asked the minister what Britain's net migration figure would be if the government had chosen a stricter approach on immigration – in line with EU countries such as Belgium.

Williams said there was no data to prove whether EU nationals were seeking work or not – which would be needed to take action. ...

Rosser hit back, claiming the lack of information from the government "smacks of incompetence, at worst a cover up". ...

He added: "The government has spent years telling voters they want to reduce immigration to 'tens of thousands', then blaming the EU for their failure to deliver on that promise. After saying they had applied EU rules more generously than they needed to, we now hear they've also failed to keep track of how many EU migrants to the UK are not fulfilling their employment obligations."

A second question on the issue came from Peter Hain, who is a passionate supporter of Britain remaining in the EU and believes the government could take more action on immigration under the EU rules.

He asked Williams how many EU nationals had been removed under the rules – which say that people who are not seeking work or who are homeless can be sent home. "I am sorry but the data requested could only be obtained at disproportionate cost," she replied.
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Legislation is needed to stop one ethnicity taking over a school, says Bradford superhead
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 19 July 2017

Legislation is needed to stop one ethnicity taking over schools, a Bradford superhead has said.

Sir Nick Weller, the executive principal at Dixons Academies which runs a chain of schools in the west Yorkshire city, said that introducing a new law is the "only answer" to prevent children being segregated along ethnic lines.

He said that it is "unhealthy" for a city like Bradford to have two communities living "separate lives" and for the children to be educated at different schools. ...

Mr Weller said that rather than sending children to the closest school, parents prefer to send them further away to a school where the majority of children are from the same ethnic background. ...

Asked if there was a "tipping point" where the proportion of one community becomes for high in a school that others are deterred from sending their children there, he said: "I think once you get to sort of 70 to 80 per cent, once you get that, then yes."

He said that bringing in new legislation to prevent the dominance of one ethnic group at a school would be the "only answer", but added that the legal implications of doing so would be "very high".
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Mass immigration helps to drive our housing crisis. No wonder young people are angry – as I know to my cost
Julian Brazier MP
ConservativeHome, 19 July 2017
[Julian Brazier is a former Defence Minister, and was MP for Canterbury from 1987-2017]

The result is that articles on housing policy seldom mention the role of immigration in swelling demand, nor question the need to reduce it in order to ease the competition for accommodation. ...

The ONS says that the lion's share of recent measured population growth, 62.4 per cent, comes from unprecedented levels of so-called 'net' (legal) migration; but behind the calculation of those net figures is the counting of elderly Brits retiring abroad against young incomers. This further boosts the impact of migration on population, but appears under domestic fertility growth, not net migration, in the statistics. The ONS projects that the UK's population will reach 70 million by 2026 – a huge rise of nine million, or 15 per cent, in just 20 years.

Yet the ONS has consistently under-forecast population growth in successive projections over the past generation. In part, this is because there is a growing population of illegal migrants, mostly people overstaying visas. The ONS suggests that the population is rising at a staggering half a million per year, but its surveys do not tend to pick up these illegal residents. Indeed, proxy measures, such as GP registrations and school rolls, point to substantial underestimates by ONS in parts of the country, showing that growth is even higher than their statistics suggest.

The Government has taken a number of steps to promote housebuilding and needs to do more, but a colossal building programme is already needed just to tread water against this spiralling demographic growth. It is worth dwelling on that point for a moment: a very large building programme will be required just to stop housing shortages from getting worse, even if we were to restrain population growth only to that which is now built into our current population. The children in our overcrowded primary schools will be adults in half a generation, needing housing – even though, in some areas, many of their families do not appear in ONS surveys. ...

We need to assert that there is no contradiction between seeking to continue to attract the brightest and best students from around the world, and taking a hard look at high risk visa applicants – including less able candidates from poor countries. How many students actually stay is hotly debated, but a study by ONS last year suggested that, in recent years, it is over half of students, indeed up to a quarter of total UK net migration. The study comes with caveats – including the fact that there is no way of matching cohorts – and has been challenged by organisations like the IPPR and the universities themselves – but it does at least show that there are good grounds for believing that many students do stay on. Those who stay will need housing and many will wish to bring in family members. Yet there are many even within the Conservative Party who have signed up to the university lobby's view that we should jettison the internationally agreed measure of population movements and take students out of immigration data altogether – presumably whether they stay or not. ...

... Nevertheless, if we shy away from the fight, and continue to ignore the impact of immigration on the prospects of our next generation gaining the homes they want, we – and the country – will pay a dreadful price.
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Farage's Breaking Point poster told an inconvenient truth
Kathy Gyngell
Conservative Woman, 19 July 2017

The British 'liberal' political elite still hasn't 'got it' on immigration. Pretending it's not a problem is proving a hard habit to kick. Unfortunately, politicians and their 'progressive' left friends in the media have been hooked on this habit for years. As with any addict the worse their problem gets the more intransigent they become.

Not even the 'rock bottom' of Brexit jolted them awake though immigration was the issue above all others that drove the vote.

They were even in denial about that.

The elite's universal condemnation of Nigel Farage's much maligned poster blinded them to the fact that it was exactly that 'wot won it' for Brexit. It pictured an inconvenient truth, that the political class found embarrassing and were desperate to downplay, of thousands of young male migrants, some economic, some seeking asylum, entering and making their way across Europe towards Germany, Scandinavia and Britain.

They dismissed it as inflammatory, knowing no one would be brave enough in the high-octane atmosphere created by Jo Cox's terrible murder to challenge this. But was it? Didn't it simply represent the truth?

Mrs Merkel had invited them. If Frank Field coined the phrase 'thinking the unthinkable', Nigel Farage with this poster said the unsayable. He made manifest a problem (now of a far greater order and urgency) that for years politicians, aided and abetted by the 'metropolitan elite' who control 'respectable' political discourse, had always repressed or denied. ...

No it was not Nigel Farage who poisoned political debate with immigration but the political elite who, as Douglas Murray observes so brilliantly in his book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity and Islam, have poisoned debate by throwing this accusation back at the public - that they are wrong and misguided: "This was not just done through charges of 'racism' and 'bigotry', but in a series of deflecting tactics that became a replacement for action", Murray says.

He describes these as veering from 'get over it' to demanding the public accept its inevitability, from justifying it in the name of 'diversity', 'tolerance' or the needs of elderly care or employers' needs and finally to 'payback time' - turning it back on ourselves - for what the British did in the past (which was [of] course all bad). ...

But, as he sets out, net migration figures for each year since 2011 have been far in excess of 300,000 while the number of new national insurance numbers issued each year has been more than double that.

On current population trends Murray notes the most modest estimate of the Office for National Statistics is that the UK will rise from it current population of 65 million (already up by 6 million up from 2011) to 70 million within a decade. If calculated at current levels of migration, this jumps to 80 million by 2040. ...

The latest favoured but again specious take is that 'more damage was done by the Conservative Party's 2010 manifesto promise to bring immigration down by the tens of thousands than anything else'. They should in other words have denied the problem again.

No, the damage done was the Party's pusillanimity in being so easily 'shamed' out of acting on that very important promise - or worse - not meaning it in the first place.
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John Howard's bait-and-switch: Is it time for a debate on the mass immigration 'Ponzi scheme'?
Frank Chung, 18 July 2017

It's the debate we were never allowed to have.

Until relatively recently, Australia's population grew at a stately pace. There was an influx of European immigration in the mid-1940s, and pause from the mid-1970s, but in the 100 years after Federation in 1901, net overseas migration averaged 70,000 people a year.

Then in the early 2000s, Prime Minister John Howard opened the floodgates. Over the last 12 years, Australia's annual net overseas migration has tripled from its long-term average to 210,000 people per year.

Our cities are bursting at the seams, roads and services are congested, and house prices are skyrocketing – particularly in Sydney and Melbourne, which attract the lion's share of new Australians.

Over the last 12 years, Sydney has added 20 per cent to its population, or 800,000 people. Melbourne has added one million people over the same period, or 27 per cent. ...

"It's clearly unsustainable," said Leith van Onselen, chief economist with MacroBusiness. "The problem isn't that immigration is good or bad, it's just that the level is far too high for Australia to digest."

According to Mr van Onselen, dubbed the "Unconventional Economist", Howard "effectively ran a bait-and-switch policy".

"He scapegoated the very tiny number of people coming by boat, and at the same time opened the floodgates on people coming by plane," he said.

"Howard never articulated why he was doing that, he just did it, and unfortunately the following governments, Rudd, Gillard, Abbott and now Turnbull, just followed."

Mr van Onselen, who is one of the few public commentators calling for a national debate about Australia's annual migration intake, says there is now "tri-partisan support" between the Liberals, Labor and even the Greens to not discuss the issue. ...

"Unfortunately you can't have a sensible debate," said Mr van Onselen. "The main problem is the perception of racism. The easiest way to shut down debate is to call someone racist. ...

"It's nothing to do with race – it's an economic and living standards debate. It's purely a numbers game, that's all that matters. A body is a body. If you've got an extra car on the road, an extra person on the train, it doesn't matter where they're from."

The common public argument used to promote mass immigration, particularly by the likes of the United Nations, is the need to replace an "ageing" population. The behind-the-scenes rationale is to artificially boost economic growth numbers.

Both justifications fail to stand up to scrutiny. According to the Productivity Commission, which has debunked the ageing population myth numerous times over the past 15 years, "changes in migration levels ... make little difference to the age structure of the population in the future, with any effect being temporary".

"The reason is very simple – immigrants grow old," said Mr van Onselen. "You can bring in a whole bunch of young people now, it will lower the age temporarily, but in 30 years time those young people are old and you have to repeat the same trick all over again. Really it's just a Ponzi scheme."
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Poll commissioned by Tony Blair says Britons DO want Hard Brexit and demand fewer migrants, demolishing the ex-PM's claims that the country doesn't want to leave the EU
John Stevens
Daily Mail, 17 July 2017

Tony Blair has insisted voters are changing their minds on Brexit – despite his own opinion poll showing overwhelming support for leaving the EU. ...

In addition, 75 per cent said they believe Britain's immigration policy is too open, compared with just 4 per cent who said it is too closed. ...

The poll was conducted for Mr Blair's institute by research firm Luntz Global Partners between May and June. ...

Mr Blair said he had opened Britain's borders to Eastern European countries after they joined the EU in 2004 'for very good reasons ... in a completely different economic situation'.
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A soft Brexit would mean mass immigration – of over 100,000 people a year net until the late 2030s
Lord Green (Andrew Green)
ConservativeHome, 17 July 2017

Talk of a "soft" Brexit, sometimes dressed up as a "Brexit for jobs" or for "prioritising the needs of the economy" is thoroughly misleading. In practice it can only mean continued membership of the Single Market. ...

There is a great deal at stake: namely, the continuation of massive levels of immigration from the EU into the foreseeable future. There is no sign that the incentives of higher wages and the greater availability of employment in the UK, which have led to record levels of EU net migration, have diminished. Romania's minimum wage is still a fifth of the level of the UK's, and the OECD predicts that there will be no convergence of UK and East European wages in the next 20 years. We could be looking at continued net inflows from the EU of well over 100,000 a year until the late 2030s.

In this case, overall net migration could well continue at around the ONS population projection's high migration scenario of 265,000 a year. That would mean the UK's population growing by just over 11 million by 2039 – two thirds of which would be the result of the direct and indirect effects of immigration. An increase on that scale would be the equivalent of adding a population nearly the size of the city of Birmingham every two years.

Even these huge numbers take no account of the recent revelation by their former Head of Enforcement that the Home Office have kept secret their estimates of illegal immigration which range from 150-250,000 per year, many of whom will have entered illegally and will therefore add to net migration.

We are now at the point where the whole scale and even nature of our population risks spinning out of control.
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The EU has the power to stop this mass human trafficking
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 17 July 2017

The ruling European elite and its politically correct allies like to harp on about the evils of human trafficking.

Yet their self-righteousness is the height of hypocrisy for they are the biggest traffickers of all.

With utter contempt for the integrity of our continent, they now operate a gigantic illegal immigration racket across the Mediterranean, transporting every week thousands of people who have no right to live in Europe.

The scale of this exercise along the sea route between North Africa and Italy is alarming.

On Friday alone, an incredible 4,400 migrants were brought to ports on the Italian coast, 1,428 of them in a single coastguard vessel which reached the Sicilian city of Catania. ...

Just like Frau Merkel's decision two years ago, the present Italian strategy is portrayed as a grand humanitarian gesture which shows Europe's compassion.

But this is a grotesque distortion of reality.

The "rescue" operation for the migrants is nothing of the sort. It is in practice a free ferry service that takes African passengers on a journey of 300 miles from just off the Libyan coast to Italy.

Peter Mandelson, the former European Commissioner and Labour Cabinet Minister once revealingly joked of his party's open-door immigration policy that "we were sending out search parties for people".

That is exactly what the EU and the sanctimonious "rescue" charities are doing in the Mediterranean today. ...

Nor is there a shred of credibility behind the assertion that most of the Africans are desperate refugees fleeing persecution.

The United Nations admits 70 per cent of those on the Mediterranean boats are economic migrants.

The EU's deeply flawed, self-destructive strategy will only encourage an ever greater influx.

As the American billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates put it, "The more generous you are, the more word gets around about this, which in turn motivates more people to leave Africa."

Gates is absolutely right. According to a recent estimate by Austrian Military Intelligence, as many as 15 million African migrants could arrive in Europe by 2020, while President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani says the figure could be of "biblical proportions" in future, reaching 20 or 30 million. ...

But this process is not inspired by generosity. On the contrary, it is the product of a political conspiracy to erode the traditional fabric of Europe and create a new social order.
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The Acid Attacks of London's Muslim No-Go Zones
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 17 July 2017

Things are going smashingly well in Londonistan. ...

Gun control has worked so wonderfully well that gun crime in London rose 42%. When gun control advocates insist that we should be more like the UK, London's 2,544 gun crime offenses probably aren't what they have in mind.

But gun control does work in London after a fashion. Those gang members who can't lay their hand on a firearm must make do with a sharp blade. Knife crimes in London rose 24% to 12,074 recorded offences. 60 people were stabbed to death last year. ...

Acid attacks in London rose from 162 in 2012 to 454 last year. There have already been 199 acid attacks this year. Five acid attacks just happened in London in the space of little more than an hour.

And so the obvious new solution is drain cleaner control. ...

It's easy to blame and ban inanimate objects. And it avoids any discussion of the perpetrators.

Newham is the London borough with the highest number of acid attacks. It also has the second highest percentage of Muslims in the UK. 398 acid attacks occurred in 5 years in the area named as "the most ethnically diverse district in England and Wales". 33% of Newham consists of non-UK passport holders.

But surely that's some sort of random coincidence.

Except that the place with the third highest number of acid attacks is Tower Hamlets. Tower Hamlets is a Muslim no-go zone. It has one of the smallest native British populations in the country. 35% of the population is Muslim. Most of those are Bangladeshis with a healthy sprinkling of Somalis.

There were 84 acid attacks in what has been dubbed "The Islamic Republic of Tower Hamlets".

Also, entirely by coincidence, Bangladesh has the highest rate of acid attacks in the world. ...

The second highest acid attack location in London was Barking and Dagenham, a growing Muslim enclave which elected its first Muslim mayor whose plans include holding an Islamic festival "for the whole community – regardless of religion". ...

The native British population made up 80% of Barking in 2001. Now it's fallen to less than half. ...

Fifth on the acid list is Redbridge where the native British population fell by 40,844 in a decade. ...

Pakistan has one of the highest rate of acid attacks in the world. It lags behind Bangladesh. But fortunately Redbridge boasts a diversity of both Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. And acid attacks. ...

At 14%, Islam is the second largest religious group in Hackney. The indigenous British population has fallen to 36%. That's down from 44% in 2001. And, according to officials, it's "reflective of Hackney's increasing diversity which currently marks it out as the 6th most ethnically diverse borough in London after Newham, Redbridge, etc..."

Sixth in diversity and sixth in acid attacks. ...

London is experiencing a splash of the acid test of diversity. ...

Immigration from violent societies prone to terrorism is the acid that is eating away at Europe.
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Judges' ideologies
John Wood
Daily Telegraph, 17 July 2017
[Letter to the Editor]

In delivering a custodial sentence to a viscount last week for sending threatening e-mails, a senior district judge stated that we are "lucky" to live in a multiracial society.

While many may or may not agree with the judge in her opinion on the social make-up of our society, it is alarming that, increasingly, judges and senior police officers are making public statements which, in tone, are highly ideological.

Surely, for the public to have confidence in our law enforcers and the procedure of the law, we need to know that the law is applied without influence of the personal political opinions of those in whom we must place our trust to act without prejudice.


Liberals Can't Keep Their Stance Straight On Birth Rates
Scott Greer
Daily Caller, 17 July 2017

French president Emmanuel Macron deeply upset his liberal fan base this week when he decided to address the problems of Africa.

"The challenge of Africa is completely different, it is much deeper. It is civilizational today. Failing states, complex democratic transitions, the demographic transition," Macron stated at the G20 summit on Monday. He then said "one of the essential challenges of Africa" is that in many of its countries "seven or eight children [are] born to each woman." ...

The comments on African women having too many children drew international outrage for apparently sounding like racism. /.../ The Independent said that Macron's opinion on Africa showed that "he isn't that liberal after all." The Guardian argued Macron's "slur against Africa" revealed he was still steeped in the colonialist mindset.

All of this was because the French president indicated that Africa's rate of population growth may be unstable. But there was a whole lot of hypocrisy in the furious reaction to Macron, as proven by another trend piece from later in the week.

Two days after the left-wing Guardian condemned Macron for saying Africans were possibly having too many children, the outlet urged people to start having fewer kids. The reason for reducing the amount of offspring was to fight climate change, since overpopulation means more carbon emissions, according to the study cited by the left-wing publication. ...

But since it is racist to say this to Africa and other parts of the developing world, who is supposed to have fewer kids? The answer to these progressives appears to be westerners, which the Guardian article itself implies by showing white babies as its featured image. ...

It's an odd proposition to tell white folks to have fewer kids since birth rates in Western Europe and America are in decline, especially among millennials – you know, the people who are supposed to be procreating the next generation soon. The birth rate in America for 2016 was one of the lowest on record, and Europe's fertility rate has been dramatically low for several years.

This development should be seen as a positive to liberals who worry about climate change, but rarely has it been covered as such. Instead, the West's fertility woes are primarily exploited as an argument for welcoming millions of migrants – many of whom are those seven or eight African kids Macron was referring to.

Shockingly, The Guardian provides us with fine representations of that argument. In one 2015 article, the publication warned that Europe was heading towards a demographic crisis, and the only real solution to the problem was increasing immigration. In a 2016 piece, The Guardian cheered on how Germany was able to halt its population decline by welcoming in a million migrants. However, the article stressed that only maintaining high immigration levels could solve the crisis long-term. ...

It might be a bit of stretch to say, but it appears the Left only has a problem with a lot of kids when its whites who are having a lot of kids.
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Government to spend £10m to recruit 600 foreign teachers
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2017

The Government plans to spend £10 million on hiring 600 foreign teachers, it emerged last night, as it launches one of the biggest ever overseas recruitment campaigns.

A tender published by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), reveals how the Department for Education seeks to address the "acute" shortage of teachers in Maths, Physics and Modern Languages.

The cost to the taxpayer of recruiting each teacher will be over £16,000 – before they have even stepped foot in a classroom.

The Government blamed the growth in pupil numbers, improvements in the economy, a shrinking graduate pool and greater competition in the labour market for its failure to recruit enough teachers within the UK. ...

Despite initially allocating £4.1 million for the scheme – just £6,800 per teacher – the government has now admitted the project will cost between £6 million and £10 million.
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Baby boom will lead to 20 per cent more secondary school pupils in ten years, official figures show
Camilla Turner
Daily Telegraph, 15 July 2017

A baby boom fuelled by migration will lead to 20 per cent more pupils at secondary schools within ten years, official figures show.

There will be over half a million more secondary-age children by 2026, according to a projection by the Department for Education.

The bulge in student numbers will require the Government to build around 267 average sized secondary schools by 2026, to cope with the rise in demand for places.

The increase is being fuelled by a rising birth rate which has led to growing numbers of pupils making their way through the school system.

The report found that the surge in secondary school students is "primarily because increased births from 2002 onwards means there are now larger numbers entering secondary schools at age 11 than are leaving them at age 16."

"Changes in the school age population are largely driven by the birth rate," a Dfe report on national pupil projections said.

"Direct immigration of pupils born outside the UK has a very small effect on the school age population.

"However, the birth rate, which has a much larger effect, is in turn affected by any increase in the number of children born to non-UK born women, who overall tend to have higher fertility rates."
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Taxpayers hit with £2.1m bill for flights to return failed asylum seekers that are CANCELLED before take-off
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 14 July 2017

The Government blew £2.1 million on flights to deport failed asylum seekers that were cancelled last year, it can be revealed.

The bill, caused by last-ditch appeals, was the highest for four years - and has risen by a third over the past two years.

The shocking figure sparked demands for an explanation as to why the system has still not been tightened up.

Problems arise when officials book seats only for legal challenges to be launched against deportation at the last minute - meaning they have to be abandoned. ...

The figure for so-called 'ghost' flights in 2016-17, revealed in the latest Home Office accounts, is up from £1.9 million the previous year - when Theresa May was in charge at the department.

In 2014-15 it was £1.58 million and in 2013-14 £1.744 million. ...

The department also saw its bill for legal claims nearly double from £21.9 million to £40.3 million.

The number of claims soared to 6,011, with awards of legal costs against the government in 4,173 cases costing £33.4 million.

Nearly 1,800 compensation and ex-gratia payments were made totalling £4.4 million.

Another £1.8 million was paid out for 32 cases of unlawful detention, and tribunal costs came to £700,000.
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India has second highest number of adults planning to migrate: Report
Economic Times, 14 July 2017

India has the second highest number of adults planning to migrate to other countries with the US and the UK among the most favoured destinations, according to a report by the UN migration agency.

The UN migration agency, the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), in its report 'Measuring Global Migration Potential 2010-2015', which analyses people's migration intentions globally for the period 2010-2015, noted that globally 1.3 per cent of the adult population or 66 million people said they were planning to migrate permanently within the next 12 months. ...

Half of those planning to migrate live in just 20 countries, led by Nigeria and followed by India, Congo, Sudan, Bangladesh and China.

At 4.8 million people, India has the highest number of adults planning and preparing to migrate - 3.5 million people who are planning and 1.3 million who are preparing.

For Nigeria, the number stands at 5.1 million people, Congo 4.1 million, and China and Bangladesh at 2.7 million each.

The findings by IOM's Global Migration Data Centre (GMDAC) shows that less than half a per cent of adults worldwide or 23 million people are actively making preparations to migrate abroad. One in three adults surveyed plans to migrate to a developing country.
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"Diversity" is Why London has Acid Attacks
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 14 July 2017

Why does the UK have acid attacks?

Acid attacks are ubiquitous in certain Third World countries. They were not previously a staple of life in the UK. Then they became a staple of life.

All the shocked media coverage of the latest acid attacks in London carefully tiptoe around the obvious issue. Acid attacks tend to involve immigrants or the children of immigrants. They're a horrifying tactic that has been imported to the UK.

Acid attacks are one of those enriching benefits of diversity.

Instead of dealing with the obvious, the proposals push for "Drain cleaner control". As if you can seriously prevent people from getting their hands on chemicals that don't go well with the human face. After the triumphs of gun control and knife control, now it's onward to drain cleaner control.

Acid attacks in London have climbed from 162 in 2012 to 454 last year.

We could talk about immigration. Or we can try to ban drain cleaner.
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BBC: Schools Must Hire 70,000 Extra Non-White Teachers to Reflect Pupil Demographics
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 14 July 2017

The BBC has said in a report the Department for Education (DfE) should recruit an extra 68,000 teachers from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds so as to reflect England's pupil demographics.

"Just 13% of state-funded schools' teachers are currently from a BME background, compared to 27% of pupils," laments BBC News, reporting that its analysis of DfE figures for 2016 "found the number of BME teachers would need to double to accurately reflect the ethnic make-up of the state school pupil population in England". ...

A spokesman for the DfE said the proportion of teachers with minority ethnic backgrounds has steadily increased, adding: "We also provide a range of support to teachers from black and ethnic minority backgrounds such as the Leadership, Equality and Diversity Fund." ...

The exams regulator Ofqual and schools watchdog Ofsted came under fire this week after new research blasted the lack of racial diversity on their boards. ...

While it is frequently claimed that ethnic and gender diversity has a positive effect on how business and companies function, experts Alison Reynolds and David Lewis said their research found that it's cognitive – not identity-based – diversity that improves a team's performance.

"Received wisdom is that the more diverse the teams in terms of age, ethnicity, and gender, the more creative and productive they are likely to be," the pair noted earlier this year, writing in Harvard Business Review.

"But having run the execution exercise around the world more than 100 times over the last 12 years, we have found no correlation between this type of diversity and performance."

In their research, Reynolds and Lewis said they found "significant correlation between high cognitive diversity and high performance."

Explaining that cognitive diversity "has been defined as differences in perspective or information processing styles," the pair said the phenomenon "is not predicted by factors such as gender, ethnicity, or age."
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Germany: Infectious Diseases Spreading as Migrants Settle In
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 14 July 2017

A new report by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal government's central institution for monitoring and preventing diseases, confirms an across-the-board increase in disease since 2015, when Germany took in an unprecedented number of migrants.

The Infectious Disease Epidemiology Annual Report – which was published on July 12, 2017 and provides data on the status of more than 50 infectious diseases in Germany during 2016 – offers the first glimpse into the public health consequences of the massive influx of migrants in late 2015.

The report shows increased incidences in Germany of adenoviral conjunctivitis, botulism, chicken pox, cholera, cryptosporidiosis, dengue fever, echinococcosis, enterohemorrhagic E. coli, giardiasis, haemophilus influenza, Hantavirus, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fever, HIV/AIDS, leprosy, louse-borne relapsing fever, malaria, measles, meningococcal disease, meningoencephalitis, mumps, paratyphoid, rubella, shigellosis, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, trichinellosis, tuberculosis, tularemia, typhus and whooping cough. ...

The incidence of Hepatitis B, for example, has increased by 300% during the last three years, according to the RKI. /.../ The incidence of measles in Germany jumped by more than 450% between 2014 and 2015, while the number of cases of chicken pox, meningitis, mumps, rubella and whooping cough were also up. ...

In an interview with Focus, Carsten Boos, an orthopedic surgeon, warned that German authorities have lost track of hundreds of thousands of migrants who may be infected. ...

The fallout from Chancellor Merkel's open-door migration policy continues.
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No checks at small ports allow illegal immigrants to enter Britain
Jon Rogers
Daily Express, 13 July 2017

Illegal immigrants can easily slip into the United Kingdom unchallenged as there are no checks at nearly half of the small ports in the east of England, a report has revealed.

The Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt has exposed the lack of checks in an explosive report published today.

It revealed that officials failed to carry out checks at 27 of the 62 small ports along the east coast between February 2015 and June last year.

The report said that the lack of checks meant that there is no "visible deterrent" for people trying to smuggle illegal immigrants and illicit goods into the UK.

It also revealed that the number of illegal immigrants caught near major ports nearly doubled between 2014-15 and 2015-16, rising from 233 to 423. ...

The report also found that border officials at Harwich in Essex, one of the UK's biggest ports, were failing to carry out checks on cars arriving on ferries from Holland. They instead relied on "pre-departure" checks by Dutch authorities.

The report says: "They [the checks] are not a guarantee that no-one has managed to conceal themselves in a vehicle after embarkation."

The investigation raised concerns that illegal immigrants are increasingly stowing away on lorries coming into the UK.

It reads: "Home Office records of the vehicles involved with clandestine arrivals are not complete, but they do show that soft-sided freight is overwhelmingly the vehicle of choice. They can be entered by cutting a flap in the roofing, which is not visible from the ground and which leaves any customs seals intact. ..."

The report found only five drivers have been arrested for smuggling illegal immigrants, with only one of them being jailed.
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Thousands of foreign students unaccounted for, report says
AOL / PA, 13 July 2017

Thousands of foreign students remain unaccounted for after the Home Office showed a lack of urgency in tracing them, according to an inspection report.

The immigration watchdog warned last year that there was no process in place to monitor individuals in a category which had more than 70,000 cases, meaning the number who have stayed in the country illegally was unknown.

The figure has been reduced since the issue was first highlighted by the Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration David Bolt.

But following a re-inspection, it emerged that around 16,000 overseas nationals have still not been located by immigration authorities.

Mr Bolt acknowledged that "data matching and cleansing" has substantially reduced the figure.

However, his assessment said there had been no directly related enforcement activity, adding: "I believe that the Home Office's approach has lacked urgency, a view that the Home Office strongly disputes.

"The Home Office's case would be helped if it were to set a clear timescale for the completion of this work." ...

Many of the 71,601 CNP decisions recorded in the two years to April 2015 may have departed the UK or been granted leave to remain on other grounds, but the true position was not known, the initial review said.

The latest report also highlighted the size of the "work in progress" caseload, with nearly 25,000 tier four curtailment notifications waiting to be considered.
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EU anti-migrant naval mission in Med is a 'failure', Lords report finds
Peter Foster
Daily Telegraph, 12 July 2017

Europe's anti-smuggling naval mission in the Mediterranean has been a "failure" that has not decreased deaths among desperate migrants seeking a better life in Europe, a House of Lords committee has ruled.

In a damning report into the pan-EU Operation Sophia, the Lord's European Union Committee found that the naval mission had failed to disrupt the business model of the people smuggling industry operating in Libya. ...

Operation Sophia, which was started in April 2015 following several massive Libyan migrant shipwrecks, has been supported by the Royal Navy, with the 3,500-ton HMS Echo, a multi-purpose survey ship, currently deployed. ...

Joseph Walker-Cousins, a senior fellow at the Institute for Statecraft, a think-tank, was even more scathing, arguing that the failure to address the political vacuum in Libya while deploying naval assets at sea was actively fueling the trade.

"Picking up migrants in the water incentivises traffickers not even to intend to try to get their cargo to the other side of the sea, because all they need to do is get them out 100 kilometres (60 miles) or so and they will be picked up," he said. ...

Senior diplomatic sources in Brussels said that they were confident that the EU would renew the mandate for Operation Sophia, despite the advice of the Lords' report.
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Germany Expecting up to 300,000 More Syrian, Iraqi Migrants in 2017 Through Family Reunification Rule
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 12 July 2017

The German Federal Government has estimated that family reunion rules will see Germany receive hundreds of thousands more Syrian and Iraqi migrants this year.

The Ministry of the Interior announced that it granted asylum to 90,389 people in the first six months of 2017, and expects that Germany will receive a total of 180,000 migrants this year – a fraction of the influx of almost a million who the country admitted in 2015.

However, Die Welt reports the situation – with regards to housing, welfare, education, integration, and crime – will be far more demanding for taxpayers than official figures suggest, as they do not take into account the migrants who are flown into Germany as a result of family reunification rules.

Responding to a request by the German broadsheet, the Federal Foreign Office said it estimates the process will enable an additional 200,000 to 300,000 to travel to the European nation. ...

Though Germany has now suspended the possibility of family reunification for many newcomers until March 2018, authorities are still overwhelmed by the huge backlog of claims which come as a result of Angela Merkel's move to open the country's borders in 2015.
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Poll: Majority of Italians Say Government Committing 'Ethnic Replacement'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 11 July 2017

The majority of Italians want to see migrant arrivals stopped completely, and believe the 'ius soli' law being pushed by Italy's globalist government is "ethnic replacement", enacted to boost the proportion of left wing voters in the nation.

The ruling Democratic Party (PD) say that passing the long-awaited ius soli (meaning 'law of the soil' in Latin) bill, which would make it much easier for second generation immigrants to gain citizenship, would send an important message that "migrants are an integrated part of society".

But the law, which experts say would grant citizenship to around 800,000 people overnight and a further 60,000 each year, has the support of only a third of Italians, most of whom are strongly opposed to policies of mass migration.

Political Thermometer last week reported the results of a survey which found that 64 per cent of 2,900 respondents said they disapprove of the bill, which is currently being debated by politicians in Italy, with 33 per cent saying they are in favour.

According to the poll, 58 per cent of Italians believe ius soli is being pushed so as to increase PD's share of the votes, while 37 per cent said they think politicians in support of the law have other motivations for doing so.

A majority of respondents (51 per cent) said they consider the bill to be part of an ongoing attempt to "ethnically replace" the Italian people, while 42 per cent disagreed, and seven per cent said they do not know.

The survey found strong opposition to mass migration, with more than 70 per cent of people polled disagreeing with the statement: "[Italy] must welcome the Africans who are arriving in boats." ...

A poll for Rome newspaper Il Messaggero on Saturday revealed similar results, finding a majority of Italians of all political stripes saying they want to see migrant arrivals stopped, a sentiment which was highest among supporters of the populist Lega Nord party (96 per cent).
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French Archbishop on 'the Great Replacement': 'Muslims Calmly Tell You France Will Be Theirs One Day'
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 11 July 2017

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Strasbourg Luc Ravel has called attention to the demographic shift in France saying Muslims are having far more children than native French and slammed the widespread "promotion" of abortion.

The Archbishop of Strasbourg went against the grain of Church leaders in France who have largely remained politically correct on the issue of demographic changes occurring in the country. He said the rising birth rate of Muslims in France was leading to what prolific French writer Renaud Camus has termed "the Great Replacement", French conservative magazine Valeurs Actuelles reports.

"Muslim believers know very well that their birthrate is such that today, they call it ... the Great Replacement, they tell you in a very calm, very positive way that, 'one day all this, it will be ours'," he said.
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I've Worked with Refugees for Decades. Europe's Afghan Crime Wave Is Mind-Boggling
Cheryl Benard
The National Interest, 11 July 2017

In 2014, when waves of refugees began flooding into western Europe, citizens and officials alike responded with generosity and openness. ..

This was a honeymoon that could not last. ...

But there was one development that had not been expected, and was not tolerable: the large and growing incidence of sexual assaults committed by refugees against local women. These were not of the cultural-misunderstanding-date-rape sort, but were vicious, no-preamble attacks on random girls and women, often committed by gangs or packs of young men. At first, the incidents were downplayed or hushed up – no one wanted to provide the right wing with fodder for nationalist agitation, and the hope was that these were isolated instances caused by a small problem group of outliers. As the incidents increased, and because many of them took place in public or because the public became involved either in stopping the attack or in aiding the victim afterwards, and because the courts began issuing sentences as the cases came to trial, the matter could no longer be swept under the carpet of political correctness. And with the official acknowledgment and public reporting, a weird and puzzling footnote emerged. Most of the assaults were being committed by refugees of one particular nationality: by Afghans.

Actually Afghans should not even have been part of the refugee tide, at least not in significant numbers. /.../ But it quickly became obvious that something was wrong, very wrong, with these young Afghan men: they were committing sex crimes to a much greater extent than other refugees, even those from countries that were equally or more backward, just as Islamic and conservative, and arguably just as misogynist.

This is not an article that has been fun for me to write. I have worked on issues related to refugees for much of my professional life, from the Pakistani camps during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan to Yemen, Sudan, Thailand, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Lebanon, Bosnia, Nicaragua and Iraq, and have deep sympathy for their plight. ...

It took a while for the pattern to be recognized because, until recently, western European media deliberately refrained from identifying an assailant's refugee or asylum status, or his country of origin. Only when the correlation became so dramatic that it was itself newsworthy did this policy change. At that point, it became clear that the authorities had known about, and for political reasons had deliberately covered up, large-scale incidences of sexual assault by migrants. ...

... According to Austrian police statistics, Syrian refugees cause fewer than 10 percent of sexual assault cases. Afghans, whose numbers are comparable, are responsible for a stunning half of all cases. ...

This brings us to a third, more compelling and quite disturbing theory – the one that my Afghan friend, the court translator, puts forward. On the basis of his hundreds of interactions with these young men in his professional capacity over the past several years, he believes to have discovered that they are motivated by a deep and abiding contempt for Western civilization. To them, Europeans are the enemy, and their women are legitimate spoils, as are all the other things one can take from them: housing, money, passports.
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Punish the smuggler or reward the smuggler? Recent refugee arrivals in Greece
Fotini Rantsiou
openDemocracy, 10 July 2017

Media coverage of the refugee situation in Greece focuses heavily on the Syrians and secondarily on Afghans and Iraqis. While these are indeed the three most highly represented nationalities among asylum seekers in Greece, the past six to twelve months have seen a gradual shift.

The vast numbers of Syrians that came through Greece in 2015 only passed through Turkey. Many were well-off urban educated professionals and had left Syria only days before reaching Greek shores. The European Union responded to the refugee flows in 2015 with a relocation programme, which aimed on paper to share the responsibility of hosting refugees between member states. ...

The relocation plan was devised for those arriving and registering in Greece to convince them to stop taking the Balkan route, thereby – according to its planners – curbing the profits going to the smugglers. In fact this plan rewarded smugglers who continued their business in Turkey and beyond, in Syria, Iran and Afghanistan, only providing a solution for some nationalities, chiefly Syrians. A year and a half later, the smuggling business remains alive and well.

... The closure of the Balkan route began gradually in late 2015 and the EU-Turkey deal was implemented in March 2016. All these measures reduced the number of Syrians coming to Greece. ...

Those of us acquainted with Moria reception and identification centre in Lesvos have noticed the nationality change among the new arrivals over the last two years: many more Africans and less Arabs. ...

... One may reach the Greek islands from as far away as central Africa, using Turkish Airlines, a Turkish visa and a smuggler picked at Istanbul airport or the Aegean coast, for less than 1,500 dollars total.

Turkish Airlines has 200 destinations worldwide and at reasonable prices. For example, one way flight from Kinshasa to Istanbul costs 833 dollars, Abidjan to Istanbul, 709 dollars and Casablanca to Istanbul 458 dollars. ...

Secondly, visas for Turkey are generally easily obtained. ...

The international community has been under the false impression that providing assistance to the countries around Syria and putting up with Turkey's demands for more funding – the latest being twenty million euros for the Turkish coastguard – will stop refugee flows. This approach ignores many realities, for example the facts that people flee wars and unsustainable situations all over the world, that smugglers are available and provide a service when there are no legal routes and that there are states that facilitate them.
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How immigration poisoned political debate
Oliver Wiseman
CapX, 10 July 2017

Surprisingly, perhaps, Farage didn't get into politics because of immigration. In fact, the first mention of the issue on any of his campaign literature was in 2004, 11 years after Ukip was founded and five years after he had first been elected to the European Parliament.

What had shot immigration up the agenda and onto Farage's radar? In short: the numbers. ...

More generally, the last two decades have seen immigration to Britain on an unprecedented scale ... During New Labour's time in government, net migration to Britain quadrupled.

These numbers are why, whatever your stance, any discussion of the issue should start with an acknowledgement of the extent of the demographic change taking place in Britain. ...

In other words, immigration cannot be dismissed as a non-issue stoked by the right-wing press and fear-mongering populists.

... For most of the Noughties, the national conversation on immigration – an inherently emotional subject – was closed, with liberals adopting what David Goodhart has called a "discrimination presumption".

That attitude was typified by Gordon Brown when, on the campaign trail in 2010, he was caught on mic dismissing Gillian Duffy, a voter who had expressed concerns over immigration, as "just a sort of bigoted woman". ...

But however justifiable liberal worries about the politics of immigration, the censorious approach adopted in mainstream British politics exacerbated public dissatisfaction with immigration policy. Not least because it meant that the positive case for immigration was not subjected to the proper scrutiny that would keep it robust and persuasive. But then came the over-correction.

The Conservative Party's 2010 manifesto declared that "immigration today is too high and needs to be reduced. ...

With the exception of the decision to invade Iraq, no single government policy has done more damage to the standing of politicians in the eyes of the British public than the Conservative migration target, an objective that the party has stuck to – and missed – every year since 2010, generally at the insistence of Theresa May.

This may seem a hyperbolic claim. But, on one of the most important issues facing the country, the government made a promise it knew it could not keep if the UK remained a member of the European Union. ...

Once the government conceded it had to do something about immigration, but could do nothing about immigration from the EU, it resorted to absurd and offensive tokenism. ...

As long as Britain is in the EU – or the Single Market – debates about immigration are largely phoney. /.../ Free movement means as many Europeans can come to the UK as want to – no matter what British voters had been promised.

Leaving the EU turns that phoney war into a high stakes battle. ...

Either way, the immigration debate will, from now on, have to be more honest, more meaningful and, therefore, less corrupting of our politics in general. The stakes couldn't be higher.
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Is tribalism racist? Antiracism norms and immigration
Eric Kaufmann
LSE: British Politics and Policy, 9 July 2017
[Eric Kaufmann is Professor of Politics at Birkbeck College]

Trump, Brexit and the European populist right herald a new cleavage between globalists and nationalists, in which immigration is a defining issue. /.../ This matters greatly because to be racist is, for most people, to be immoral – transgressing the social norms which define good and evil.

New data from an 18-country Ipsos-Mori survey indicates that people's view of whether immigration should be higher or lower is strongly linked to whether they think it's racist for a member of the ethnic majority to want less immigration to help maintain their group's population share.

This relationship between antiracist norms and desired immigration levels holds in virtually all countries but is especially pronounced in Europe and its offshoots. Essentially, this new 'culture war' revolves around whether tribal desires for less immigration represent racism or a legitimate – if illiberal – form of group attachment. ...

... Individuals who express a high motivation to control prejudice, even if opposed to immigration, are less likely to back populist right parties. People not only control their responses when in front of others, they internalise these norms so they self-censor in private.

Other work suggests norms not only lead people to frown on voting for the far right, but even prompt them to hide their views on immigration. Using a 'list experiment' that measures average sentiment but permits individuals to conceal their answers, Alexander Janus discovered that 60% of White Americans supported cutting immigration to zero when their identities were concealed, compared to 39% when their identities were known to the researcher. Self-censorship was especially pronounced among the university-educated. ...

New data comes from a question included in an Ipsos-Mori survey fielded (15 March 2017) covering over 14,000 respondents in 18 countries. The question probed people's views on whether ethnically-motivated restrictions on immigration should be considered racist or not. ...

People first answered a standard question on their preferred level of immigration on a five-point scale, from 'reduce a lot' to 'increase a lot'. They were then asked the following: 'A [member of the ethnic majority] who identifies with her group and its history supports a proposal to reduce immigration. Her motivation is to maintain her group's share of the population for cultural reasons. Is this person a) racist, b) racially self-interested, which is not racist, c) don't know.' ...

Aggregated to country level, with 'don't know' responses excluded, the first clear finding is that a majority of people do not think it's racist to want less immigration for ethnocultural reasons. The proportion considering this motivation racist varies, however, from 36% in the US to 13% in South Africa /.../. Divides within countries also matter. In Canada, 37% of English-Canadians say the sentiment is racist – similar to the US – while just 15% of Quebeckers do. In Belgium, 32% of Brussels residents but only 19% of those in Flanders agree.

The higher the proportion in a country who believe it's racist to restrict immigration to maintain group share, the larger the proportion willing to accept current or higher levels of immigration.
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ALL newborns will be given a hepatitis B jab after health watchdog says 96% of cases are among immigrants
Stephen Adams and Martyn Halle
Mail on Sunday, 9 July 2017

All babies are to be vaccinated against a deadly cancer-causing virus which experts fear is becoming increasingly common due to immigration.

They will be inoculated against hepatitis B, which can trigger liver cancer, in a new jab that will also protect against five other diseases.

Every baby born from August 1 will receive doses of the 'Hexa' jab at four, eight and 16 weeks.

Historically, infection rates of the blood-borne virus have been so low in Britain that it has not been a major issue. But there is now serious concern that the number of cases is rising, due largely to immigration from developing countries.

In some sub-Saharan African countries, one in seven is a carrier. East Asia and parts of Eastern Europe are also hotspots. ...

In 2012, PHE reported that 19 out of every 20 antenatal women testing positive for hepatitis B in London were born abroad. Of those, nearly half were born in Africa.

It concluded: 'Long-term infections in migrants are estimated to account for around 96 per cent of all new long-term hepatitis B infections in the UK.'

More than 500,000 people moved to Britain last year, half of whom came from outside the EU. A quarter of mothers giving birth on the NHS are now foreign-born. ...

Treatment costs for those with long-term infection can exceed £10,000 a year.
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Why Priti Patel is wrong about overseas aid and immigration
Fraser Nelson
Spectator blog, 9 July 2017

The Empire for International Development has a tough job justifying its deeply unpopular budget. In recent years, it has made out that development aid will stem the flow of migration. The following line appears in a piece that Priti Patel, the DFID Secretary, writes for the Sunday Telegraph today.

We are taking immediate steps to protect our borders and tackle people smuggling. But the only way to resolve this crisis in the long term is to address the root causes. We need to create jobs across Africa and provide its growing population with a route out of poverty where they are.

... But this idea about development quelling immigration is the opposite of the truth. ...

Emigration is a sign of development, not poverty, /.../ The only people who join the Great Migration are those who have the money – often thousands of dollars – that it costs. They seek better jobs, a better life. ...

Bill Clinton had an excuse when he repeated the 'development means emigration' trope: he was speaking a generation ago, before scholars had assembled the massive database of census data which today allows us to compare a thousand censuses from hundreds of countries. /.../ When a poor country starts to become richer, its emigration rate soars – until it's a middle-income country, like Albania. And only then does extra wealth mean less migration.

And for emigration flows, the same relationship holds.

Michael Clemens, the American development economist /.../ explains it thus:-

'In all years, there is no hint of a negative relationship between income and emigrant stock between PPP income per capita of roughly $600 (that of today's Niger or Ethiopia) and about $7,500 (today's Albania or Colombia). In this range of income, in fact, the relationship is positive. The rise in emigrant stocks associated with higher income levels in this range is statistically significant at the 5% level. The magnitude of the positive relationship is substantial. Early in the second half of the 20th century, richer countries in this range on average had emigrant stocks about three percentage points larger than the poorest countries. By the end of the century, this difference grew to nine percentage points, and seems to have continued growing since then.'

It doesn't take too much imagination to work out why. Let's consider our own recent history. ...

... 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. ...

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

If Africa develops as Ms Patel hopes, then we can expect more rather than fewer immigrants. We'll need a better strategy for dealing with the Great Migration than to hope that it will just go away.
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'Millions of Africans' will flood Europe unless it acts now, warns European chief, as Paris evacuates huge migrant camp
Henry Samuel and Nick Squires
Daily Telegraph, 8 July 2017

Europe is "underestimating" the scale and severity of the migration crisis and "millions of Africans" will flood the continent in the next five years unless urgent action is taken, a senior European official has warned.

The dire prediction from Antonio Tajani, president of the European Parliament, came as Paris evacuated almost 3,000 migrants sleeping rough from a makeshift camp near the city centre - the 34th such evacuation in two years.

In an interview with Il Messagero newspaper, Mr Tajani said there would be an exodus "of biblical proportions that would be impossible to stop if we don't confront the problem now".

"... If we don't confront this soon, we will find ourselves with millions of people on our doorstep within five years.

"Today we are trying to solve a problem of a few thousand people, but we need to have a strategy for millions of people."

The only solution is massive investment in Africa to dissuade people from leaving in the first place, he said. ...

At a separate conference in Rome on Thursday, Italy's foreign minister Angelino Alfano stressed with a string of African and EU ministers the importance of bolstering Libya's southern borders to end what he called "the biggest criminal travel agency in history".
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The trouble with diversity training? It's complete hokum
Toby Young
The Spectator, 8 July 2017

Is diversity training snake oil? According to its proponents, women and minorities are not competing with white men on a level playing field when it comes to career advancement because of the 'unconscious bias' of their white male colleagues. The solution, if you're the CEO of a large company, is to pay a 'diversity consultant' to train your managers to recognise and eliminate this bias. In America, it's an $8-billion-a-year industry, yet a recent study in Australia suggests that, whatever is holding back women and minorities, it isn't unconscious bias.

The Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian government has just published the results of a randomised control trial involving 21,000 employees of the Australian Public Service to see if the introduction of 'blind recruiting' would help promote gender equality and diversity. The employees were asked to shortlist candidates for a managerial position, with half of them being given their names and other identity markers and the other half not. If these public servants were suffering from unconscious bias, you would expect the 'blindfolded' group to be more likely to shortlist female and minority candidates and less likely to shortlist white men. In fact, the reverse happened.

The participants in the study were 2.9 per cent more likely to shortlist female applicants and 3.2 per cent less likely to shortlist male applicants when their identities were made clear. Minority males were 5.8 per cent more likely to be shortlisted and minority females 8.6 per cent more likely when their identities were known, and candidates who were lucky enough to be both female and from a minority background were virtually guaranteed a job.

The APS employees were suffering from bias all right, but it was bias in the other direction. It was only when the participants were forced to judge the job applicants on their merits, rather than gender or skin colour, that the white males got a fair shout.

Is this study an outlier? Surely, an $8 billion-a-year industry couldn't be based on complete hokum, could it? Unconscious bias, also known as 'implicit bias', was first detected 20 years ago by two psychologists who developed the 'implicit association test'. Versions of this are used in nearly all diversity training courses, but the original, which has its own shrine on Harvard University's website, has been taken more than 17 million times. Trouble is, it falls short of the standards that widely used psychological tests are expected to meet – and that's a pretty low bar in a field teeming with snake-oil salesmen. ...

I'm getting some of this info from a brilliant article in New York magazine by Jesse Singal entitled 'Psychology's favourite tool for measuring racism isn't up to the job'. Next time your boss suggests you undergo diversity training, tell her to read it.
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Shocking news – most Europeans (and their leaders) actually agree with 'wicked' Donald Trump
Fraser Nelson
Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2017

Angela Merkel knew she was taking a risk by holding the G20 in Hamburg. /.../ It all promised to be reasonably quiet, until Donald Trump was elected president. ...

Take his notorious decision to ban immigration from various Muslim countries. Even to raise such a proposal would shock most of those at the G20, and it's generally taken to be a policy that proves the balckness of Mr Trump's heart.

But if European voters disagree with him, it's more likely to be because they don't think he goes far enough. A survey by Chatham House this year showed that a majority in Austria, France, Germany, Greece and Italy would support a blanket ban on all immigration from Muslim countries. In Poland, which Mr Trump visited first, almost three quarters of the public would back a ban.

This does filter through into politics. A few weeks ago, Slovakia's prime minister declared that Islam has "no place" in his country. The Czech Republic has told the EU it will not take any Muslim asylum seekers. ...

Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, some 40 countries have built fences against 60 neighbours. The nation state is back in demand, as are walls: both are seen as useful tools to help manage a new era of mass immigration.
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UK terror convictions rising, BBC Jihadist database shows
Steve Swann
BBC, 6 July 2017

More than 100 people in the UK have been convicted of terrorism offences related to Syria and Iraq since 2014, research by the BBC has revealed.

The youngest is a schoolboy from Blackburn who was 14 when he incited an act of terrorism in Australia.

The figures also show there are growing numbers of women and girls being prosecuted.

Police say five terror plots have been foiled since March and 18 thwarted since 2013.

For the last two years the BBC has tracked the numbers of people from the UK who have been drawn into the conflict in Syria and Iraq.

The most comprehensive online record of its kind, it shows the rapidly escalating number of prosecutions since 2014.

Those convicted come from a wide cross section of society and include former prisoners, a hospital director and the son of a police officer.
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Report calls for public inquiry into Gulf funding of British extremism
Patrick Wintour
The Guardian, 5 July 2017

Foreign funding for extremism in Britain primarily comes from Saudi Arabia, but the UK government should set up a public inquiry into all Gulf funding sources, a report has said.

The report by the Henry Jackson Society also calls for the government to consider requiring UK religious institutions, including mosques, to be required to reveal sources of overseas funding.

The findings come as Theresa May faces pressure to publish the government's own report into foreign funding of terrorism. The Home Office-led report was completed six months ago, and No 10 says ministers are still deciding whether to publish. MPs nervous of upsetting strategic relations in the Gulf have also decided not to publish a separate Foreign Office strategy paper on the region.

Saudi Arabia is likely to be angered by the findings since its dispute with Qatar has largely been based on the accusation that its Gulf rival is both the primary funder terrorism overseas and harbours terrorists that support the Muslim Brotherhood or Hamas.

The report claims: "Saudi Arabia has, since the 1960s, sponsored a multimillion-dollar effort to export Wahhabi Islam across the Islamic world, including to Muslim communities in the west.

"In the UK, this funding has primarily taken the form of endowments to mosques and Islamic educational institutions, which have in turn played host to extremist preachers and the distribution of extremist literature. Influence has also been exerted through the training of British Muslim religious leaders in Saudi Arabia, as well as the use of Saudi textbooks in a number of the UK's independent Islamic schools." ...

It claims in 2007 Saudi Arabia was estimated to be spending at least $2bn (£1.5bn) annually on promoting Wahhabism worldwide. By 2015 that figure was believed to have doubled.

The impact of this increased spending may well have been felt in Britain: in 2007, estimates put the number of mosques in Britain adhering to Salafism and Wahhabism at 68. Seven years later, the number of British mosques identified with Wahhabism had risen to 110.
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Bill Gates warns that Germany's open door policy to migrants will overwhelm Europe and urges leaders to 'make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via current routes'
Chris Pleasance
MailOnline, 5 July 2017

Bill Gates has warned that European leaders risk deepening the migrant crisis by being too generous to those arriving on the continent.

The Microsoft founder said countries such as Germany will not be able to handle the 'huge' numbers of migrants waiting to leave Africa and find a better life overseas.

Instead, the 61-year-old suggested spending more on foreign aid to treat the root causes of migration, while making it more difficult for people to reach the continent.

Speaking in an interview with the German Welt am Sonntag newspaper, with a translation published by Breitbart, he said: 'On the one hand you want to demonstrate generosity and take in refugees.

'But the more generous you are, the more word gets around about this – which in turn motivates more people to leave Africa.

'Germany cannot possibly take in the huge number of people who are wanting to make their way to Europe.'

Mr Gates praised Chancellor Merkel's commitment to spending 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid as 'phenomenal', and asked other European leaders to follow suit.

But he added: 'Europe must make it more difficult for Africans to reach the continent via the current transit routes.'

His own foundation has spent years and invested hundreds of millions of dollars to fight poverty and disease in Africa. ...

A German government report which leaked to the Bild newspaper suggests there could be up to 6.6 million people trying to get into Europe, including 2.5 million waiting to cross from North Africa.
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Betrayal of girls is one of our biggest scandals
Allison Pearson
Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2017

Recently, I was asked if I would take part in a project to try to count the number of girls who have been victims of Pakistani grooming gangs. You know what, let's stop using the word "grooming". At least we can honour the young women who have been through that grotesque ordeal by using the correct term. Rape gangs is what they were, and still are.

The ex-policeman who contacted me said that preliminary findings suggest we could be looking at a figure as high as 40,000. ...

The Betrayed Girls on BBC One, on Monday night, showed us how child sexual abuse on an unimaginable scale was allowed to continue unchallenged for years. Following the devastating drama Three Girls, the programme talked to women whose youthful testimony was ignored or traduced by police and social services.

Sara Rowbotham, a doughty heroine who managed the Rochdale Crisis Intervention Team, fought furiously to get police protection for her frightened teenage clients. She was ignored. So was Ann Cryer, then Labour MP for Kieghley. When Cryer approached Muslim leaders with a list of perpetrators, they admitted they knew the men but "it's got nothing to do with us". Some of her Labour colleagues found it more comfortable to whisper that Cryer was a racist than address the despicable attitudes towards white females in the Labour-voting Pakistani community. "I was rocking the multicultural boat," said Cryer.

Detective Constable Maggie Oliver, formerly of Greater Manchester Police, explained that Operation Augusta gathered evidence to bring one Pakistani gang to trial. Maggie was aghast when she discovered that Augusta had "died a death". After the terrorist attacks of July 7, did the forces of law and order really conclude that turning a blind eye to the rape of 13-year-old girls was a price worth paying for "community cohesion"? If so, it's as big a cover-up as Hillsborough and we need a public inquiry.

I'm sorry to say that the shocking denial still goes on. ...

Meanwhile, the latest "grooming" cases come to trial in Oxford in September. And the counting of victims goes on.


More than 1,200 children are rescued from slavery in a year: Warning that shock figure for England is the 'tip of the iceberg'
Sarah Harris
Daily Mail, 4 July 2017

More than 1,200 children were rescued from sexual, domestic or labour slavery in England last year, a report reveals today.

They were identified by police, charities and welfare experts as potential victims of so-called modern slavery, which includes human trafficking and forced labour.

But the figure could merely be the 'tip of the iceberg', with many more unreported cases, the study by the Children's Commissioner for England warns.

Anne Longfield has urged politicians to stamp out the 'horrendous exploitation' of youngsters by adults. ...

Her report cites the latest figures from the Government's national referral mechanism (NRM), the official framework for identifying and helping victims of slavery and trafficking.

Some 1,204 children aged up to 17 were referred to the NRM last year for suspected domestic servitude, labour or sexual exploitation in England – an increase of a third, from 901 in 2015.

British nationals were the biggest group at 247, with 209 of them feared to have been caught up in sexual exploitation.

They were followed by 223 Albanian youngsters, of whom 150 were referred for potential labour exploitation. The third highest source of referrals were 200 Vietnamese children, with 101 of them feared trapped in forced labour. ...

The problem is a long-standing one. In 2014, a report commissioned by Rotherham Council revealed that at least 1,400 children in the town, some as young as 11, had been subjected to appalling sexual exploitation between 1997 and 2013.
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FGM: More than 5,000 new cases in England
BBC, 4 July 2017

The NHS in England recorded 5,391 new cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the past year, data reveals.

Almost half involved women and girls living in London, NHS Digital found.

A third were women and girls born in Somalia, while 112 cases were UK-born nationals.

The practice is illegal in the UK and it is compulsory for family doctors, hospitals and mental health trusts to report any new cases in their patients. ...

Most of the cases were spotted by midwives and doctors working in maternity and obstetric units.

The majority had originally had FGM done to them abroad and as a young child.
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How London's knife culture is being fueled by jargon, social media and music
David Cohen
Evening Standard, 4 July 2017

Young men caught up in knife culture have a coded way of communicating that most of us do not understand. ...

In the wake of the recent surge in knife crime – 31 people, including 10 teenagers, stabbed to death in London so far this year, a rise of 30 per cent on the same period last year – the Standard sought to delve deeper into how knife culture takes hold. ...

Did Wayne, who is black British, think you have to be more aggressive today than in the past to earn your stripes? "In the last 10 years, since the Somalis and the Congolese came to London, they taught us a whole new level of violence," he said. ...

The language of knife culture is also spread, he added, via music videos posted on YouTube. The "drill" genre in particular tends to glamorise knife culture by making it seem cool. Such videos used to be niche but today their popularity is shocking.

YouTube posts by south London gangs have racked up millions of views. The videos are slickly produced but their message is unrelentingly hyper-masculine and violent. ...

Sheldon Thomas, chief executive of Gangsline, a consultancy that trains professionals to understand gang mentality, said: "It used to be that only black estate teenagers listened to drill music, but it has crossed over and now white and middle-class teenagers listen as well. Not only them but also black kids as young as 10. When you see how many millions watch these videos, and how influential they are, it gives you an idea of the reasons behind the spread of knife culture." ...

The situation is compounded by the absence of fathers, Wayne said. "In some households you got boys aged 13 or 14 who say, 'I'm da man of the house.'
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Too many foreigners in France and Islam not compatible, majority of French say
Evie Burrows-Taylor
The Local [France], 4 July 2017

Immigration and the place of Islam in society, are still very much contentious questions for the French, a new annual survey has revealed.

A poll by the Ipsos institute for Le Monde newspaper has revealed that a majority of 65 percent of French people say there are too many foreigners in France, a figure that has remained elevated in recent years, with the figure as high as 70 percent in 2017.

Another stat demonstrating a majority of French people are uncomfortable with immigration was the 60 percent of people who agreed with the statement: "Today I no longer feel at home like I did before".

On top of that some 61 percent of French people share the belief that "immigrants in France do not make an effort to integrate".

Some 46 percent of French people believe it's not difficult for an immigrant to integrate. ...

When it came to the other ever divisive issue of the role of Islam, 60 percent of the people questioned for the survey titled "French Fractures 2017", believe the religion of Islam is incompatible with the values of the French Republic".

However perhaps views are softening given that in 2017 the figure was up at 74 percent.

In a separate question some 78 percent of French people are of the view that Islam "seeks to impose its way of life on others".

Regarding radical Islam, 46% of the French polled said that "even if it is not its main message, Islam still contains within it the seeds of violence and intolerance".
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Thousands of veterans march against extremism and offer to form unarmed 'Home Guard'
Marco Giannangeli
Daily Express, 3 July 2017

Thousands of Armed Forces veterans have formed a campaign group aimed at tackling the threat from jihadists in Britain.

Veterans Against Terrorism, which already boasts 8,500 members, will press the Government to take firmer action against the 3,000 suspected Muslim extremists living in Britain when they present a petition to Downing Street on August 5.

They will then stage a 30,000-strong march through Westminster to Trafalgar Square.

The group staged a similar march last month in Manchester.

Members last night told of their "sheer frustration" after fighting jihadist groups overseas to find on their return that radical Muslims on security watch lists are roaming free.

They offered to form an unarmed "Home Guard" to support the police. ...

The group will also campaign for more funding to be given to front-line services such as police. ...

Co-organiser Sean Smart, a Yorkshire Regiment veteran, said: "Some of us have served just two years while others, like myself, served for 24 years to defend both our country and Europe from terrorism.

"The whole point was to keep this stuff away from Britain, but despite our best efforts we are seeing attacks like Manchester and London.

"I feel we could be utilised here at home. We could act like eyes and ears, and use our skills. It's not vigilantism.

"We don't want to use weapons. I mean a Home Guard without weapons or uniform so we can integrate."

Former SAS hero Phil Campion, the group's official spokesman, said: "We aren't racial, or political – our interest is the safety of the people of the United Kingdom."

The group has been backed by other veterans associations including the British Army Muslim Association, with tens of thousands of members.
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'If you have money, there is a way': Asylum seekers fly into Europe using fake IDs raising fresh concerns for border security
Josie Ensor
Sunday Telegraph, 2 July 2017

Fresh concerns have been raised about Europe's ability to protect its frontier after a Telegraph investigation found asylum seekers are managing to enter the Schengen zone undetected and fly on fake ID cards.

Syrian, Iraqi and other nationals are walking across Turkey's land border with Greece, where they are buying fraudulent documents which have been accepted on commercial flights to western Europe.

By doing so they are getting around a deal the European Union agreed with Turkey to take back all refugees and migrants arriving on Greek shores.

The Telegraph spoke to three Syrians who made it to the Netherlands this way this year, as well as an Iraqi citizen who reached Belgium.

However, Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, admitted the problem was much wider.
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Legal system is overwhelmed by deportation and asylum cases, say judges: Extraordinary plea from senior officials as they reveal the Court of Appeal is under considerable strain from 'avalanche' of cases
Stephen Wright
Daily Mail, 1 July 2017

Three senior judges have made an extraordinary plea for help in dealing with the avalanche of immigration, asylum and extradition cases clogging up the courts.

They said the Court of Appeal is under 'considerable strain' and expressed concern about 'unacceptable delays' before cases are heard.

The call came as they ruled that a 'large-scale' cannabis grower, who has been fighting a three-and-a-half-year battle to stay in the UK, should be deported back to China.

It can be revealed after the Daily Mail exposed a string of scandals involving foreign criminals and fugitives who have launched lengthy and expensive appeals to avoid being kicked out of the country.

After dismissing the Chinese cannabis farmer's appeal against deportation, Appeal Court judge Sir Stanley Burnton said there is a 'strong public interest' in the removal of foreign criminals, and that this should be 'expeditious and effective'.

But the appeal was heard two-and-a-half years after an Upper Tribunal had ruled he should be deported, he added.

'Such a delay, which is not unusual, is incompatible with an expeditious and effective procedure for deportation,' he said. ...

Sir Stanley's comments were backed in a judgment on June 23 by Lord Justice Lindblom and Lord Justice Flaux.

The Chinese cannabis grower, a 44-year-old chef known only as WZ, was initially refused asylum after arriving in the UK in 1998 but in 2009 he, his wife and two children were granted 'indefinite leave to remain'. By 2011 his wife and children had been granted British citizenship.

The following year he was jailed for two years for 'large-scale' cannabis production and he was later told he was liable for 'automatic deportation'. However, he successfully argued at an immigration tribunal that his human right to a family life would be breached if he was deported.

But Theresa May, then home secretary, successfully appealed against the decision in late 2014, when an Upper Tribunal ruled his deportation should go ahead. That prompted WZ to take his case to the Court of Appeal.

On Thursday the Mail reported how hate preacher Tarik Chadlioui, 43, was allowed to live in the UK for two years and is now trying to use human rights laws to fight extradition to Spain. ...

Last Saturday we exposed the case of Somalian thug Abdi Yusuf, who has been fighting deportation for five years.
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The number of foreign citizens living in the UK surges from one in 20 to almost one in 10 in just a DECADE, claims report
Tim Sculthorpe
MailOnline, 29 June 2017

Almost 10 per cent of the people living in Britain last year were foreign citizens, a major international report revealed today.

Numbers rose by 6.4 per cent to reach 5.95 million between 2015 and 2016, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) found.

It means 9.2 per cent of the population are from overseas, the think tank's International Migration Outlook report showed - a surge from 5 per cent in 2005. ...

The study found that asylum applications in the UK fell by 7 per cent to 30,600 last year, the first drop since 2010.

More Iranians, some 4,780, made asylum claims in the UK than any other nationality, followed by Pakistanis (3,701) and Iraqis (3,644). ...

The report highlighted how the UK recorded its highest rate of net migration of 332,000 in 2015 with the number of people arriving at 631,000.

But the number of people being given settlement rights in the same year fell by 12.7 per cent on 2014 to 90,800.

'The fall was entirely owing to fewer grants on the basis of family formation or reunion, 18.5 per cent of the total compared with 32 per cent in 2014,' the report said.

'The number fell by a further 35 per cent in 2016, to 59 000, largely due to fewer work, family and asylum related grants.'
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Brexit: People voted to leave EU because they feared immigration, major survey finds
May Bulman
Independent, 29 June 2017

Britain's vote to leave the EU was the result of widespread anti-immigration sentiment, rather than a wider dissatisfaction with politics, according to a major survey of social attitudes in the UK.

Findings from the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey published on Wednesday show Brexit was the result of widespread concern over the numbers of people coming to the UK – millions of whom have done so under the EU's freedom of movement rules in recent years.

The research, collated by the National Centre for Social Research through a survey of nearly 3,000 British people, states suggestions by politicians and others that the Brexit vote represented a lightning rod for a general disenchantment with politics were "widely off the mark".

Nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) of those who are worried about immigration voted Leave, compared with 36 per cent of those who did not identify this as a concern, the research found, showing the discrepancy in views about immigration between Remain and Leave voters.

It also reveals that the longer any given voter felt EU migrants should have lived in the UK before qualifying for welfare benefits, the more likely they were to vote to leave the EU.
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Albanian gangs 'controlling' UK drug trafficking market
BBC, 29 June 2017

Violent Albanian criminal groups are exerting "considerable control" over the drug trafficking market in the UK, a law enforcement report has said.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) said it was increasingly concerned by what it called the Albanians' "high-profile influence within UK organised crime".

The remarks are in the agency's annual assessment of the nature and scale of serious and organised crime in the UK. ...

Among those to emerge as a "significant threat" were Albanian gangs - which the agency said had particular influence on the cocaine market.

Officials said the gangs were characterised by their readiness to resort to serious violence.

London is their "primary hub", the report says, but they are established across the UK. ...

The report also said that Serbian and Turkish crime groups "dominate high volume maritime cocaine logistics", while Turkish and Pakistani groups "continue to dominate heroin trafficking to the UK".

The report said corruption among staff working at ports and airports was a "key vulnerability", because it made it easier for gangs to smuggle in drugs and bring in illegal immigrants.
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The establishment will have seen nothing yet if it doesn't tackle immigration
Nigel Farage
Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2017

As Theresa May forms a minority government and our Brexit negotiations finally begin, one very important issue has completely disappeared from view.

... Just last week, the Office of National Statistics issued some figures for the UK's population growth last year. They went largely ignored despite immigration consistently being the top issue for the British public over the last few years.

The figures were truly astonishing and showed the population grew by 538,000 in the year ending 2016. Despite these amazing figures, the BBC made virtually no mention of them and absolutely nobody in what is seen as 'mainstream' politics offered the opinion that these numbers might cause a problem. It was pretty much radio silence.

That is because no one dares to touch this subject. To even discuss immigration goes against their politically correct view of what a nice place the world should be. ...

The fact is that whenever you hear a politician bleating on about a lack of housing, the need for extra NHS cash or the crisis in our transport infrastructure, you would have thought it would not be too difficult join up the dots.

You'd be wrong. During the 2015 televised leaders debate, I made the point that we need to build a new house every seven minutes (it's every four minutes now) in this country just to cope with the current scale of immigration. When I asked if they see a link between immigration and housing and they all said no.

This of course defies logic, but it also demonstrates that our political class have no intention of doing anything about our immigration crisis, even when we finally leave the European Union. Fine words about ending free movement are pretty meaningless as the numbers continue to pour in. The time has come for real action on this and not more hollow words.

Perhaps even worse still was another news story over the past few weeks that gained almost no attention at all. David Wood, who was head of immigration enforcement at the Home Office until 2015, revealed that on a bad year up to 250,000 illegal immigrants either entered the country or overstayed on their visas. Yes thats right – a quarter of a million. ...

This government, albeit a minority one, was elected once again to reduce net migration to the tens of thousands a year. How they could say this with a straight face given the failed 2010 and 2015 manifesto pledges in this area is really quite beyond me.

Unless this issue is gripped, public anger will grow and we'll have seen nothing yet when it comes to political shocks. I say this because 77 per cent of the British people want us to have proper border controls and reduced immigration levels. That isn't going away.

The gulf and the disconnect between the voters and politicians in Westminster has grown wider, not narrower, since the referendum result last year. And however difficult or unpleasant the establishment found it as I campaigned on immigration numbers in the years leading up the referendum, unless something is done about this crisis, something very unpleasant will inevitably emerge.
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EU nationals in the UK will have to have superior rights than British citizens after Brexit, says Sir Keir Starmer
Tom Peck
Independent, 28 June 2017

Labour's Shadow Brexit Secretary has said that EU nationals living in the UK should enjoy greater rights than their British neighbours.

Sir Keir Starmer told the BBC's Today Programme that the controversial £18,600 income threshold for visas for foreign spouses that is currently applied to Brits should not be applied to EU nationals living in the UK after Brexit, which would hand British based EU nationals greater rights than UK citizens.

Sir Keir, the former Director of Public Prosecutions, also indicated that a compromise would have to be found, through which European courts, not UK ones, could preside over the rights of EU nationals in the UK after Brexit. ...

Sir Keir said EU nationals "should not suffer as a result of Brexit and therefore the exact same rights should be available to them in future."

"At the moment EU citizens in this country can bring in a spouse or a family member without any financial threshold," he said.
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Families of EU migrants who arrive in UK before Brexit will be allowed to stay, Theresa May reveals
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 27 June 2017

EU citizens who are given the right to settle in the UK after Brexit will be allowed to bring their family members to Britain, even if they do not currently live in in the country, the Prime Minister has announced.

The deal, offered by Theresa May to EU nations, means anyone who has lived in the UK for five years continuously will be granted settled status and will be free to bring their family from Europe to live in Britain as long as they do so before Brexit.

It has led to claims that many more than the three million EU nationals currently living in the UK will be given the right to live and work in the country after the UK leaves the bloc.

The Home Office will be forced to tackle over 4,000 applications for citizenship every day in order to arrange status for everyone living here, it has emerged.

The process is likely to require extra staff and a new IT system but no costs have so far been announced to account for this. ...

Anyone from another EU nation living in the UK before the cut-off date will be entitled to claim settled status as long as they have lived in the country for five years continuously.

Settled status is essentially the same as indefinite leave to remain, which gives the holder the right to use UK public services and access benefits and education.

It does not give the holder the right to a British passport, but those with six years residency can apply for citizenship and obtain one this way.

Family members of EU citizens with settled status will have the right to come to the UK and build up their five year residency in order to achieve the same status, even if they did not live in the country before the cut-off date - as long as they come before the UK leaves the union.

Family members are generally accepted as dependent children, spouses, parents and could also possibly include cousins, although the detail is yet to be agreed.

But if family members seek to come to the UK to join those with settled status after Brexit they will have to do so under current UK rules, which force migrants to prove they have enough income to support themselves.

Anyone who has not got the full five years needed for settled status but was here before the cut-off date will be allowed to stay in the UK in order to build up enough time to achieve the full rights after Brexit.

There will be a two-year grace period after the UK leaves the union during which time everyone will have to apply and achieve a status in UK law. ...

Those who arrive after the cut-off date may be allowed to apply for settled status, depending on their circumstances. ...

Announcing the plans today Mrs May told EU citizens "we want you to stay" as she vowed that anyone arriving before the cut-off date with five years residence will be free to access benefits, healthcare, pensions and other public services as UK nationals do.
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Knife checks to be offered at every London school as stabbings soar
Pippa Crerar
Evening Standard, 27 June 2017

Every school in London will be offered a "knife wand" metal detector to tackle soaring numbers of stabbings.

The Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime will supply the handheld devices to headteachers at the capital's 484 state secondaries. Schools could also be provided with dedicated police officers if there are particular concerns about pupils carrying knives on the premises. About a third of London secondaries have dedicated officers on site but only a dozen use knife wands. Just a handful use knife arches.

... The biggest take-up is anticipated in boroughs with the worst knife crime problems, including Lambeth, Southwark, Haringey and Newham.

There was a 24 per cent increase in the number of stabbings in the 12 months to April. ... Twenty-four people under 25 have been fatally stabbed in the capital this year.
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NPO 2017: Arts Council boosts diversity in new portfolio
Georgia Snow
The Stage, 27 June 2017

The number of diverse-led organisations funded by Arts Council England has almost doubled in its latest funding round, as the body commits to making its portfolio more representative of contemporary society.

Existing national portfolio organisations with a focus on diversity, including Eclipse Theatre Company, Deafinitely Theatre and Tiata Fahodzi, all received significant uplifts in funding. ...

Following the publication of ACE's Creative Case for Diversity in 2015, the funding body had promised to improve the diversity of the organisations it supports. ...

Diverse-led organisations are those where 51% or more of the board of senior management team are black, Asian or minority ethnic, disabled, female or LGBT. Organisations can also self-define as diverse-led based on who is making their key strategic decisions.

In the new portfolio, announced today (June 27), 351 diverse-led organisations will be funded for the next four years, an increase of 168 on the previous number.

In total, 831 organisations will be funded for the 2018-2022 period.

This includes 96 BAME-led organisations, 35 disability-led organisations, 44 LGBT-led organisations and 257 female-led companies. ...

London's Bush and Tricycle Theatres, both led by BAME artistic directors, have also received increased subsidy.
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Shocking scale of migrant problem: One caught every 10 minutes sneaking into UK
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 26 June 2017

Migrants were caught trying to sneak into Britain at a rate of one every 10 minutes last year.

Previously unseen figures reveal 56,132 attempts to enter the UK illegally were made as the crisis in northern France unfolded.

The "shocking" statistics show how many illegals were intercepted by Border Force but no one knows how many made it here undetected.

Most tried to slip into the UK through Calais where hundreds have returned to try their luck again this summer.

The scale of illegal immigration through northern France can be revealed after the Daily Express won a lengthy battle with the Home Office to publish the data.

It shows on average 4,317 attempts to cross the Channel illegally were made each month between January 2016 and January 2017 – equal to 139 a day or six an hour.

Alp Mehmet, vice chairman of Migration Watch UK said: "Illegal immigration has been a problem for many years and remains scandalously high.

"It is perfectly possible to deal with it, all that's required is the political will and the necessary resources."

The figures relate to entry attempts at British border controls in Calais, Dunkirk, Lille, Paris, Brussels and Coquelles. ...

The number seized at the border in 2016 was three times the 16,008 caught in 2013 but less than 84,088 in 2015.
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Estimates for UK-based terrorists are 'tip of iceberg'
BBC, 26 June 2017

MI5's figure of 23,000 "suspects of interest" who pose a potential terrorist threat is just "the tip of the iceberg", says a senior former intelligence adviser to the government.

In an interview with BBC Newsnight, Col Richard Kemp said the UK is "reaping the horrors" after years of failing to deal with extremism.

Col Kemp is former chair of the Cobra Intelligence Group which advises the government on intelligence matters and coordinates the work MI5 and MI6.
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More than 40 convicted terrorists have used human rights laws to remain in UK
Robert Mendick
Sunday Telegraph, 25 June 2017

More than 40 foreign terrorists have used human rights laws to remain in the UK, according to an unpublished report delayed by the Home Office.

The study highlights the near insurmountable problem for the Government in deporting dangerous jihadists and follows a series of Islamic State-inspired attacks in the UK.

In the court cases, lawyers - typically funded through legal aid - have successfully prevented foreign-born terror suspects from being sent back to their home countries.

At a time when Britain's security services are fully stretched, the additional burden of monitoring so many foreign terrorist inevitably adds to the strain.

Details are contained in a report ordered by Theresa May when Home Secretary into a scheme called Deportation with Assurances (DWA).

The scheme - in theory - allows the UK to expel terror suspects with guarantees they will not be mistreated or even tortured in their home country.

But it appears to have broken down allowing terrorists to remain in the UK.

The report is potentially embarrassing for the prime minister because it is expected to highlight the collapse of an initiative she pushed hard for while in the Home Office.

The DWA scheme led to the removal of Abu Qatada, a notorious al-Qaeda-linked cleric who was sent back to Jordan in 2013 to stand trial on terrorist offences. Qatada was cleared but since his case, it is understood, that no other foreign terror suspects have been returned under the scheme.

The analysis of the Government's practice of deportations with assurances was carried out by David Anderson QC, the then independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, and co-written with Professor Clive Walker, an international law expert.

It was delivered to the Home Office in February.

Prof Walker said: "My research suggests there are more than 40 foreign terrorists convicted in the UK who have avoided deportation using the human rights act. The figure is much larger than was previously thought."
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BBC spins fruit farms migrant labour 'shortage'
Craig Byers
News-Watch, 25 June 2017

A couple of mornings ago Today sent a reporter to a fruit farm in Godalming and brought back a large punnet of Brexit-related gloom. Nick Robinson introduced the report with these words:

There's a warning today from Britain's berry growers that Brexit could crush the industry.

Zoe Conway's report included various hard-working, efficient migrant workers (as she portrayed them) worried about their future, plus farm managers fearing the collapse of their business. One farm owner was asked if he regretted his Leave vote, especially if it leads to what Zoe called a "hard Brexit". No contrasting views featured in Zoe's report.

That's par for the course, of course. But tied in with that piece was the reporting that very same morning of the results of a survey among soft berry producers – a survey the BBC itself had commissioned (for reasons known only to itself but guessable by others).

The main BBC News website report on the survey (by Emma Simpson) is striking for the way it tries to spin its own findings. The BBC's spin is deeply negative about Brexit and conducive to advancing arguments in favour of retaining free-movement:

UK summer fruit and salad growers are having difficulty recruiting pickers, with more than half saying they don't know if they will have enough migrant workers to harvest their crops.

Many growers blame the weak pound which has reduced their workers' earning power, as well as uncertainty over Brexit, according to a BBC survey.

The results themselves, cited later in the article, are strikingly at odds with the mood music of the report as a whole: ...

These results say to me that only 3% of the surveyed farmers are seriously alarmed about "migrant labour shortages'. Another 18% are a bit worried. And what the other 79% /.../ Well, they either say they have have enough seasonal workers or aren't sure if they've got enough. In other words, that 79% don't sound alarmed about the situation, despite the BBC's alarmist headline.

I think this is a clear case of BBC bias (conscious or unconscious).

And it's far from being the first time that the BBC has spun its own surveys in a favoured direction.

Who can forget the particularly blatant way the BBC spun its own survey on the attitudes of British Muslims back in 2015? While many other media outlets led with the astonishing finding that 27% of British Muslims expressed some sympathy with those who carried out the Charlie Hebdo massacre the BBC heavily pushed the "Most British Muslims 'oppose Muhammad cartoons reprisals'" angle.

Plus there was some very dodgy reporting by the BBC's News at Six and the BBC website into young people's concerns, also in 2015, where both the TV bulletin and the website article omitted all mention of the third biggest concern of the polled young people – immigration. And it was another BBC poll to boot. ...

As you'll note, all of the above have immigration as a running theme, whether directly or indirectly. And all of them were spun by the BBC in the same way – the pro-immigration way.
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Sweden on the Brink of CIVIL WAR, National Police Commissioner: "HELP US, HELP US!"
10News, 25 June 2017

A leaked report concludes that the number of lawless areas (commonly referred to as, "no-go zones") in Sweden now totals 61. That is up from 55 in just one year's time. This increase includes, not only the total number, but also the geographical size of these areas.

Sweden's National Police Commissioner, Dan Eliasson, spoke on national television and pleaded for assistance: "Help us, help us!" he said while warning that Swedish police forces no longer can uphold the law and therefore must ask all good powers in the country to support them.

A research expert regarding destabilized countries and 2011 recipient of Sweden's Order of the Seraphim medal, Johan Patrik Engellau, has been working with organizations like the UN and others that operate in crisis areas. He warns:

"I'm afraid it is the end for the well-organized, decent and egalitarian Sweden we have known so far. Personally, I would not be surprised if a form of civil war occurs. In some places, the civil war has probably already begun."

10News recently reported how the Swedish state has lost large areas to armed, religious groups best described as Islamist militias. Police chief Lars Alversjø says that, "There is lawlessness in parts of Stockholm (Sweden's capital) now." He also observed how, "The legal system, which is a pillar in every democratic society, is collapsing in Sweden." Per Magnus Ranstorp, a researcher into terrorism and radicalization at the Swedish National Defense College, notes: "In the worst areas extremists have taken over. The whole sense of justice and peace are threatened by the fact that the police is breaking down and it's only getting worse. Sweden is in a disastrous situation."

The Swedish Security Service (Säkerhetspolisen – abbreviated as Säpo), recently warned that the country is crawling with "thousands of Islamists" sharing Islamic State's ideology. In many places, public servants (i.e., non-Islamic authorities) require police protection. ...

Even if the Swedish feminist government chose to fight back tomorrow, Sweden has nothing close to the paramilitary capacity needed to reverse this situation.
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'We will have millions of migrants' EU chief calls for urgent solution on immigration
Katie Mansfield
Daily Express, 23 June 2017

Millions of migrants will travel to the European Union if the immigration issue is not solved, the president of the European Parliament has warned.

Antonio Tajani was speaking ahead of a two-day EU summit with immigration, security and the economy expected to dominate the agenda.

Speaking outside the summit, Mr Tajani said: "We need a solution on immigration. For the European Parliament it is a priority. We are working on reform and we will vote before the end of the summer.

"For us it is important to work a lot in Africa, we need a solution for Africa, because without a solution in Africa we will have more migrants, millions and millions of migrants coming from this region. We need investment on this."
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How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration [part 1]
Peter Beinart
The Atlantic, July/August 2017

If the right has grown more nationalistic, the left has grown less so. A decade ago, liberals publicly questioned immigration in ways that would shock many progressives today.

In 2005, a left-leaning blogger wrote, "Illegal immigration wreaks havoc economically, socially, and culturally; makes a mockery of the rule of law; and is disgraceful just on basic fairness grounds alone." In 2006, a liberal columnist wrote that "immigration reduces the wages of domestic workers who compete with immigrants" and that "the fiscal burden of low- wage immigrants is also pretty clear." His conclusion: "We'll need to reduce the inflow of low-skill immigrants." That same year, a Democratic senator wrote, "When I see Mexican flags waved at proimmigration demonstrations, I sometimes feel a flush of patriotic resentment. When I'm forced to use a translator to communicate with the guy fixing my car, I feel a certain frustration."

The blogger was Glenn Greenwald. The columnist was Paul Krugman. The senator was Barack Obama.

Prominent liberals didn't oppose immigration a decade ago. Most acknowledged its benefits to America's economy and culture. They supported a path to citizenship for the undocumented. Still, they routinely asserted that low-skilled immigrants depressed the wages of low-skilled American workers and strained America's welfare state. And they were far more likely than liberals today are to acknowledge that, as Krugman put it, "immigration is an intensely painful topic ... because it places basic principles in conflict."

Today, little of that ambivalence remains. In 2008, the Democratic platform called undocumented immigrants "our neighbors." But it also warned, "We cannot continue to allow people to enter the United States undetected, undocumented, and unchecked," adding that "those who enter our country's borders illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of the law." By 2016, such language was gone. The party's platform described America's immigration system as a problem, but not illegal immigration itself. And it focused almost entirely on the forms of immigration enforcement that Democrats opposed. ...

"A decade or two ago," says Jason Furman, a former chairman of President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers, "Democrats were divided on immigration. Now everyone agrees and is passionate and thinks very little about any potential downsides." How did this come to be?

There are several explanations for liberals' shift. ...

A larger explanation is political. Between 2008 and 2016, Democrats became more and more confident that the country's growing Latino population gave the party an electoral edge. To win the presidency, Democrats convinced themselves, they didn't need to reassure white people skeptical of immigration so long as they turned out their Latino base. "The fastest-growing sector of the American electorate stampeded toward the Democrats this November," Salon declared after Obama's 2008 win. "If that pattern continues, the GOP is doomed to 40 years of wandering in a desert."

As the Democrats grew more reliant on Latino votes, they were more influenced by pro-immigrant activism. ...

Alongside pressure from pro-immigrant activists came pressure from corporate America, especially the Democrat-aligned tech industry, which uses the H-1B visa program to import workers. ...
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How the Democrats Lost Their Way on Immigration [part 2]
Peter Beinart
The Atlantic, July/August 2017

This combination of Latino and corporate activism made it perilous for Democrats to discuss immigration's costs, as Bernie Sanders learned the hard way. In July 2015, two months after officially announcing his candidacy for president, Sanders was interviewed by Ezra Klein, the editor in chief of Vox. Klein asked whether, in order to fight global poverty, the U.S. should consider "sharply raising the level of immigration we permit, even up to a level of open borders." Sanders reacted with horror. "That's a Koch brothers proposal," he scoffed. He went on to insist that "right-wing people in this country would love ... an open-border policy. Bring in all kinds of people, work for $2 or $3 an hour, that would be great for them. I don't believe in that. I think we have to raise wages in this country."

Sanders came under immediate attack. ...

Sanders stopped emphasizing immigration's costs. By January 2016,'s policy director noted with satisfaction that he had "evolved on this issue."

But has the claim that "immigrants coming to the U.S. are taking jobs" actually been proved "incorrect"? A decade ago, liberals weren't so sure. In 2006, Krugman wrote that America was experiencing "large increases in the number of low-skill workers relative to other inputs into production, so it's inevitable that this means a fall in wages."

It's hard to imagine a prominent liberal columnist writing that sentence today. To the contrary, progressive commentators now routinely claim that there's a near-consensus among economists on immigration's benefits.

There isn't. According to a comprehensive new report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, "Groups comparable to ... immigrants in terms of their skill may experience a wage reduction as a result of immigration-induced increases in labor supply." But academics sometimes de-emphasize this wage reduction because, like liberal journalists and politicians, they face pressures to support immigration.

Many of the immigration scholars regularly cited in the press have worked for, or received funding from, pro-immigration businesses and associations. ...

Academics face cultural pressures too. In his book Exodus, Paul Collier, an economist at the University of Oxford, claims that in their "desperate [desire] not to give succor" to nativist bigots, "social scientists have strained every muscle to show that migration is good for everyone." George Borjas of Harvard argues that since he began studying immigration in the 1980s, his fellow economists have grown far less tolerant of research that emphasizes its costs. There is, he told me, "a lot of self-censorship among young social scientists." Because Borjas is an immigration skeptic, some might discount his perspective. But when I asked Donald Davis, a Columbia University economist who takes a more favorable view of immigration's economic impact, about Borjas's claim, he made a similar point. "George and I come out on different sides of policy on immigration," Davis said, "but I agree that there are aspects of discussion in academia that don't get sort of full view if you come to the wrong conclusion."

None of this means that liberals should oppose immigration. ...

The problem is that, although economists differ about the extent of the damage, immigration hurts the Americans with whom immigrants compete.
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Scandal of foreign students who've SCARPERED owing Britain £1.2 BILLION in student loans
Paul Baldwin
Daily Express, 23 June 2017

Almost 80,000 foreign students have scarpered abroad leaving the British tax payer facing a £1.2 BILLION bill in unpaid student loans.

The Student Loans Company (SLC), which is charged with tracking down former university students who haven't paid off their loans, has admitted that 78,700 former students who owe money have now left the UK, which means it has to reach across the globe in an attempt to claw back the unpaid debts.

These students, who between them owe the Government an average of £15,000 each, are scattered all over the globe with outstanding accounts registered as far away as Malawi, Pakistan, Uganda, Iraq and Argentina.

And experts fear the situation is only going to get worse with total outstanding student debt estimated to reach a staggering £1 TRILLION (£1,000,000,000,000) by 2035. ...

It is estimated that around 400 students disappear abroad every month owing on average a combined £8.5 million.
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Canada replacing its population a case of wilful ignorance, greed, excess political correctness
Martin Collacott
Vancouver Sun, 23 June 2017

According to University of London professor Eric Kaufmann, almost seven out of 10 Vancouver residents will be "visible minorities" within two decades and 80 per cent of the Canadian population (compared to 20 per cent today) will be non-white in less than century. ...

Questions must be asked about why such drastic population replacement is taking place and who is benefiting from it.

While Canada has been helped by large-scale immigration at various times in its history, the current high intake causes more problems than benefits for our current population. Our economy grows because of the increasing population, but the average Canadian gets a smaller piece of the bigger pie. The cost is huge – with latest estimates indicating taxpayers have to underwrite recent arrivals to the tune of around $30 billion annually. ... Despite this, those who profit from mass immigration continue to laud its benefits. Their claims are not supported by the facts, however. ...

Those who seek to benefit from continued high immigration include leaders of political parties bent on expanding their political base with policies designed to make it easier to come here from abroad and acquire the full benefits of citizenship. Also active are leaders of immigrant organizations eager to expand their support base and influence. ...

In this regard, it is worth noting that not too long ago, leading politicians in Vancouver on both sides of the political aisle /.../ were readily prepared to identify high immigration intake as one of the leading causes, if not the main cause, of rising house prices. Now, however, no Canadian politician has the guts or integrity to connect the two.

This is not only because they are so heavily indebted to the real estate industry in one way or another, but also since criticism of mass immigration is treated in many quarters as xenophobic, if not racist, since newcomers are overwhelmingly visible minorities. ...

With current policies, we will have to find room for tens of millions of more newcomers, most of whom will settle in the already densely populated areas of the country where most of the employment opportunities as well as their relatives are located.

We will also have to contend with the fact that many will bring with them values and traditions that may differ in key respects from those of most Canadians, such as gender equality and concern for protection of the environment.

If Canada continues along its present path as described by Kaufmann, we will become one of the first and perhaps the only country in the world to voluntarily allow its population to be largely replaced by people from elsewhere.

Is this what Canadians want for their children and their descendants? Almost certainly not.

And yet we are letting it happen through a combination of wilful ignorance, political and financial greed and an excess of political correctness.

Are we prepared to do something about it? Sadly, it appears that most Canadians are too supine or short-sighted to do so – at least at this juncture.

Canadians deserve a full and informed public debate on the extent to which immigration policy will determine the future of the country. /.../ Without this we cannot expect our descendants to inherit a country that is anything like the Canada of today.
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UK population sees sharpest rise in 70 YEARS driven by immigration and higher life expectancy as London moves toward 'Megacity' status
James Tapsfield
MailOnline, 22 June 2017

The population of the UK has seen its sharpest annual increase in nearly 70 years driven mainly by immigration, official figures have revealed.

There were an estimated 65,648,000 people living in the country at the end of June last year.

Over the 12 months to the middle of 2016, numbers rose by 0.8 per cent or 538,000 - roughly equivalent to the size of Bradford.

London was growing twice as fast as Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland.

In numerical terms that was the largest increase in population since the year to mid-1947, when it went up by 551,000.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said net international migration continued to be the main driver behind the growth, while there was also a rise in births and fewer deaths.

Natural change - the number of births minus the number of deaths - of 193,000 accounted for just over a third (35.8 per cent) of the overall increase.

Nearly two-thirds (62.4 per cent) was down to net international migration of 336,000.

The population of England grew the fastest, and has now exceeded 55 million for the first time.
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EU admits hardly any migrants reaching Europe are refugees as it toughens deportation talk
Nick Gutteridge
Daily Express, 22 June 2017

EU diplomats today admitted that hardly any of the people arriving in Europe on boats are genuine refugees as they vowed to quicken up the rate of deportations for failed asylum seekers.

Officials in Brussels said the newest wave of migration from North Africa was "clearly and manifestly about economic migrants" and said those people had no right to "enter European soil". ...

In a letter to EU heads of state its president Donald Tusk said that "illegal arrivals" to Italy had rocketed by 26 per cent over the last year and urged them to approve more cash to train and equip the Libyan coastguard.

Eurocrats ultimately want the Libyans to take over the entire search and rescue operation in the central Mediterranean, believing that this is the only way to smash the business model of smuggling gangs.
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Free movement isn't free: the truth about EU immigration
George Eaton
New Statesman, 22 June 2017

In the Brext negotiations, the government has unashamedly prioritised immigration control over the economy. The UK must leave the single market, ministers say, in order to restrict free movement. For decades, they lament, European immigration has been "uncontrolled", making it impossible to meet the government's target of reducing net migration to "tens of thousands" a year.

It's worth noting that non-EU immigration alone (which ministers can limit) remains more than ten times this level (owing to the economic benefits). But more importantly, liberals and conservatives alike talk of "free movement" as if it is entirely free - it isn't.

Though EU citizens are initially permitted to live in any member state, after three months they must prove that they are working (employed or self-employed), a registered student or have "sufficient resources" (savings or a pension) to support themselves and not be "a burden on the benefits system". Far from being unconditional, then, the right to free movement is highly qualified.

The irony is that the supposedly immigration-averse UK has never enforced these conditions. Even under Theresa May, the Home Office judged that the cost of recording entry and exit dates was too high. Since most EU migrants are employed (and contribute significantly more in taxes than they do in benefits), there was no economic incentive to do so.

For some Brexiteers, of course, a job is not adequate grounds for an immigrant to remain. But even beyond implementing existing law, there is potential for further reform of free movement - even within the single market. ...

Yet with some exceptions, these facts are rarely heard in British political debate. Many Labour MPs, like their Conservative counterparts, support single market withdrawal to end free movement.
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Most Conservative voters want net migration target replaced – poll
British Future, 22 June 2017

71% of Conservative voters think the Government should drop the net migration target and replace it with separate targets for different types of immigration, like skilled and low-skilled workers, according to a new ICM poll for British Future. Just 6% of Conservatives disagree.

Among the public as a whole, nearly two-thirds (63%) think the target should be replaced, with 7% disagreeing. Support for the proposal was strongest among the over-65s – the demographic that has shown the greatest support for the Conservative Party – with three-quarters (75%) supporting separate targets for different types of immigration.

Only 12% of the public – and just 14% of Conservative voters – think that the Government will meet its net migration target in the next five years, while two-thirds of the public (66%) and 62% of Conservatives believe it won't be met.

Business leaders from the Institute of Directors and British Chambers of Commerce emphasized the need for Government now to rethink and conduct a comprehensive review of immigration policy, putting further pressure on the Prime Minister to replace the unpopular target, which has not been met in the seven years since it was announced by former Prime Minister David Cameron.
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European Establishment and Members of the Public Poles Apart on EU, Immigration, Islam, Confirms Study
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 22 June 2017

The Royal Institute of International Affairs, commonly known as Chatham House, has published research which indicates there is a huge divide between Europe's media-political establishment and ordinary members of the public on the EU, mass immigration, and Islam. ...

The contrast in opinions on mass immigration was equally stark, with 57 per cent of elites convinced it has been good for their country, compared with 25 per cent of the public, and 58 per cent of elites believing migrants have "enhanced cultural life" compared with just 38 per cent of the public.

Elites are similarly out of touch with respect to the impact of immigration on crime and public services, with 54 per cent saying it has not made crime worse and 49 per cent saying it is not been a strain on the welfare state.

Meanwhile, 51 per cent of the public recognised that immigration has made crime worse and 55 per cent recognised it has put strains on the welfare state.

Elites also proved far less concerned about the impact of Islam on Europe than the public, with 56 per cent of ordinary people saying "all further immigration from Muslims states should be halted" compared with 53 per cent of elites who said it should not be.

Fifty-five per cent of ordinary people also agreed that "European and Muslim ways of life are irreconcilable", compared with just 35 per cent of elites.

Curiously, both seemed to be convinced on banning Islamic face coverings in public – 61 per cent of elites, 73 per cent of ordinary people.
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Finsbury Park attack: We need a consistent response to terror
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 19 June 2017

So it seems that it has happened again. A third terrorist attack in as many months on London's streets. Once again using a vehicle. Once again aimed at Londoners.

Except that this time it seems the terrorist himself is not a follower of Isis. Indeed, reports suggest that the attacker may have been a non-Muslim deliberately targeting Muslims. On top of whatever other extremist motivations this attacker may have had, he was also unwittingly doing the work of Isis and similar groups. For if the attack in Finsbury Park was indeed aimed at Muslim worshippers as they were leaving their Mosque then this is exactly the sort of despicable attack that Isis would want to happen, to foment discord. ...

The same people who claim that no further extrapolation should be made from a British Muslim carrying out an Isis-inspired attack will extrapolate like mad if it turns out that a British non-Muslim has done the same thing. ...

All that is needed is some consistency. At present the same people whose response to any act of terror carried out in the name of Islam is that everybody should look away, and respond with no more than a chorus of 'Don't look back in anger' are now pretending that everyone they disagree with has spent years inciting people to drive vans at crowds of Londoners. I see that JK Rowling is among those pointing the finger at Nigel Farage.

Here's a test. Yesterday the annual Khomeinist 'Al-Quds Day' parade took place in London. The march calls for the destruction of the state of Israel and in our allegedly zero-tolerance-to-terror city of London supporters of the terrorist group Hezbollah openly paraded with the terrorist group's flags. What twist of popular logic allows that people waving the flags of a terrorist group in London on Sunday have no connection with terror, but that a van-driver committing an act of terror later that same day should be blamed on Nigel Farage?
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Germany: Police Powerless Against Middle Eastern Crime Gangs
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 18 June 2017

Middle Eastern crime syndicates have established themselves across Germany, where they engage in racketeering, extortion, money laundering, pimping and trafficking in humans, weapons and drugs.

The syndicates, which are run by large clans with origins in Lebanon, Turkey, Syria, among other places, operate with virtual impunity because German judges and prosecutors are unable or unwilling to stop them.

The clans – some of which migrated to Germany during Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war and have grown to thousands of members – now control large swathes of German cities and towns – areas that are effectively lawless and which German police increasingly fear to approach. ...

Ralph Ghadban, a Lebanese-German political scientist and a leading expert on Middle Eastern clans in Germany, ...

In an interview with Focus, Ghadban elaborated: ...

"... The courts are issuing feeble judgments based on a false understanding of multiculturalism and the fear of the stigma of being branded as racist....

"The clans adhere to a religious group, a kind of sect with an Islamic orientation. The Islamic understanding of their spiritual leader, Sheikh al-Habashi, who died a few years ago, justifies violence against unbelievers. /.../

In Berlin, a dozen or more Lebanese clans dominate organized crime in the German capital, according to Die Welt. /.../ Experts estimate that around 9,000 people in Berlin are members of clans.

The clans reject the authority of the German state. /.../ A classified police report leaked to Bild described how the clans use cash payments and threats of violence to influence witnesses whenever German police or prosecutors get involved. ...

Police say they are alarmed by the aggressiveness and brutality of the clans, which are said to view crime as leisure activity.
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The truth is that illegal immigration is out of control
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 17 June 2017

Here's quick question: do you know how many people came to settle here last year? The official figure for net migration (the number of people settling in the UK minus the number leaving) was 327,000 for the year March 2015-March 2016.

But it's a trick question because that's the official figure.

It's not the actual figure. It's more of an educated guess than anything else.

It's not – despite what you might think, what with it being the official figure – an accurate count of the number of people arriving at or leaving through our border controls.

The Office for National Statistics, which compiles the figures, does not use the data from either entry points or "e-borders" exits in its statistics.

It uses all sorts of other methods but not that one obviously accurate measure. That's because the Home Office does not release those figures.

If you think that is bonkers, here's the second reason why the official migration statistics are so misleading: they take no account of illegal immigration. It is of course more difficult to compile an accurate figure for illegal immigration but it is far from impossible.

You can look at visas granted, at entrance and exit through border controls, at national insurance numbers issued and at other indicators of the numbers of people staying here without permission. It would be sensible, you'd think, for the Home Office to try to come up with a figure for illegal immigration so we have as accurate as possible an idea of just how many people there are in the UK.

The Home Office does come up with an estimate for illegal immigration but it doesn't admit it and doesn't publish it (more accurately, it hasn't published a figure since 2005 when the total number of illegal immigrants was estimated to have been 430,000). And so until now we've had no idea of that Home Office estimate.

But this week a report has been published by the Civitas think tank, co-written by David Wood, former director general of immigration enforcement. In it Mr Wood reveals not only the existence of the Home Office's estimate but the figure itself.

It turns out that the Home Office estimates that around 150,000 illegal immigrants arrive every year. ...

It's little wonder that the figure isn't published given how it exposes the official statistics as being almost entirely useless. ...

Successive governments have failed miserably to control immigration. Illegal immigration is literally out of control.

Last year Rob Whiteman, the former head of the UK Border Agency, said that there could be one million illegal immigrants here.

No wonder when, according to the report, the chance of a migrant being detained and deported for overstaying their visa is just one in 1,000. ...

As the report shows, if only one person in 100 overstays their visa time limit there would be 20,000 illegal immigrants every year.

Taken together with other forms of illegal immigration (such as being smuggled in a lorry) there would on a conservative estimate be 60,000 a year. And the real figure is likely to be far higher – as we have seen, the Home Office itself estimates that the number is more than double. ...

We cannot begin to take control of our borders without first having a realistic estimation of how many people arrive in and leave the country.

The time for honesty is long overdue.
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Goa and India fail on diversity
Vivek Menezes
Times of India, 17 June 2017

Across the oceans in the UK, Enoch Powell must be spinning in his grave. In 1968, the late conservative politician gave a histrionic warning, "we must be mad, literally mad, as a nation to be permitting" widespread immigration from former British colonies in the Caribbean and East Africa, along with India and Pakistan. In that notorious 'Rivers of Blood' speech in Birmingham, he continued, "I am filled with foreboding. Like the Roman, I seem to see "the River Tiber foaming with much blood"... Only resolute and urgent action will avert it even now. Whether there will be the public will to demand and obtain that action, I do not know. All I know is that to see, and not to speak, would be the great betrayal."

Powell's 'Rivers of Blood' speech was somewhat right on the numbers, because his country's demographics did, in fact, transform radically due to immigration. By 2025, the UK's minority population is estimated to top 20%. But the old Tory was nonetheless on the wrong side of history, and especially public opinion, because the influx was never seriously challenged or (as he would have had it) stanched. The unprecedented results of last week's national elections are a perfect illustration of the positive (though yet incomplete) integration of minorities in the UK, mostly achieved over the course of a single generation. The most diverse parliament in the country's history is now in place. The most delicious irony is Enoch Powell's own seat of Wolverhampton South West was won by Eleanor Smith, an Afro-Caribbean union leader from the Labour Party.
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Hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants drop off radar in the UK every year according to secret figures
Kate McCann
Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2017

Up to 250,000 people drop off the radar and end up as illegal immigrants in Britain every year, according to secret Home Office figures, amid warnings that border controls are completely ineffective and will only get worse after Brexit.

David Wood, who was head of immigration enforcement at the Home Office until 2015, said that more than 1.2 million illegal immigrants are currently living in Britain, predominantly after overstaying their visas.

People are not aware of the scale of the problem because official figures are not published and Home Office estimates for illegal immigrants are kept secret by ministers because they are "embarrassing", according to experts.

In a highly critical paper for Civitas, written with Alasdair Palmer, a former Home Office speechwriter, Mr Wood disclosed that the Home Office has privately estimated that between 150,000 and 250,000 foreign nationals fail to return to their home country when they should.

They include people who come to the UK illegally in the back of lorries, those who are refused asylum (around 26,000 last year) and students and others who overstay visas.

But the true numbers are not recorded officially because the Government's new e-borders system does not share data with the Office for National Statistics and others, leading to inaccurate figures that are as good as "guesses", they said. ...

They warned that because Government policy does not take into account the hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants living in the UK: "Not only does it fail to reduce the number of foreign citizens settling in the UK, it also ensures that a very high proportion of them will not pay taxes and will be involved in illegal activity".

The researchers, both highly experienced Home Office staff, added it is "obviously wrong not to release the estimate of the number of illegal immigrants to the public".

They said: "They are a critical element in the debate on immigration. Keeping them secret may save ministers from embarrassment. But it makes proper policy planning impossible." ...

The authors warn that Brexit could lead to a surge of illegal immigrants unless the Government does more to tackle the issue.
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Lower-skilled immigration brings the UK no benefits
Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts
Financial Times, 16 June 2017
[Letter to the Editor]

Sir, The bald statement in your editorial "Britain's chance to open serious debate on Brexit" (June 12) that "free movement of labour has been much to Britain's benefit" requires serious qualification.

Limited highly skilled immigration does benefit Britain but mass lower-skilled immigration (whether from the EU or elsewhere) does not. Gross domestic product per capita (surely the only true measure of success) hardly changes. Meanwhile the settled population (of whatever race, religion or ethnic background) finds job opportunities limited and remuneration held down. All this before calculating the cost (economic and environmental) of constructing the houses, hospitals, schools and infrastructure required to support the increase in population.

Of course British business supports an "open door" policy – it is to their economic advantage to do so. But treating immigration as "the default option" must surely over time pose serious threats to our social cohesion in an era when our country appears unusually divided.
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Where is the will to enforce laws on immigration?
Alasdair Palmer and David Wood
Yorkshire Post, 16 June 2017
[The authors' pamphlet, "The Politics of Fantasy: Immigration policy in the UK after Brexit", is published by Civitas]

Is there political will to enforce immigration law effectively?

This has been in short supply in recent years: the rigorous enforcement of immigration law inevitably gives rise to allegations that the enforcement is heartless, brutal, and inhumane – allegations which no government likes to have made against it, and which are often sufficient to make a government abandon the policy.

An example of the reluctance to enforce immigration law is the fate of the poster campaign which Theresa May, as Home Secretary, instigated in October 2013. ...

... The point is rather that the speed with which Theresa May withdrew the vans is an indication of the lack of political will to take policy decisions relating to the enforcement of immigration policy that generate heavy criticism.

It is hard to see how the enforcement of immigration policy can be made significantly more effective in such a situation – for there can be no doubt that any enforcement of immigration policy that is more effective will generate intense criticism. ...

Whether or not they would successfully reduce the level of immigration, the political will to enforce harsh immigration policies is at present lacking.
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We need to talk about polygamous refugee families, says Irish Muslim leader
Karl McDonald
i News, 16 June 2017

A Muslim religious leader in Ireland has called for a debate around the recognition of polygamous families after a court refused to recognise the second wife of a Lebanese refugee who has become a naturalised citizen.

Dr Ali Selim of the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland said families fleeing warzones are "disintegrating" because of laws in this country that don't exist at home. ...

Irish Supreme Court justices decided that recognising polygamous marriage would be contrary to the constitutional principle of equality.

The Lebanese man, who married both women before arriving in Ireland, will have his first marriage recognised by the Irish state, but not the second, even though the second wife was the first to arrive in the country.

There are children by both marriages. Some were accepted as asylum seekers in their own right and some were brought through family reunification rules.

Polygamy is illegal in the UK and throughout Europe and pre-existing polygamous marriages are rarely given status, whether arriving through immigration channels or as refugees.

This risks destroying family units that are already established, says Dr Selim. ...

It is estimated that there are around 20,000 polygamous families in the United Kingdom, although the British state does not recognise the marriages and has a policy of trying to stop polygamous households from forming.

However, there is some de facto recognition of the unions when it comes to social welfare in the UK. Second wives are blocked from receiving benefits that might be owed to a single mother.

Polygamy is permitted in Islam, with men allowed to marry up to four women as long as they spend equal time and money on each one. It is legal to varying degrees in more than 50 countries, the majority of them Muslim.
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It turns out the votes of ethnic minorities made a big difference to the general election – Labour should take note
Kehinde Andrews
Independent, 15 June 2017

Corbyn and the Labour Party shocked the political establishment by gaining seats in the election, rather than being wiped out in the predicted Tory landslide. Much has been made of how the young rallied to the vision of the Corbyn, particularly in university towns, delivering historically Conservative seats like Canterbury.

However, while the youth vote is key factor in the result, we should not underestimate the impact that ethnic minority voters had on the outcome.

It should come as no surprise that an estimated 65 percent of ethnic minority voters opted for Labour. The party has a track record on equalities legislation and supporting the urban areas where the majority of minorities in the country live. This strong showing for Labour had an effect on key marginals like Croydon Central, where 38 per cent of the electorate are from an ethnic minority background. It is no coincidence that Kensington, which had never before been Labour, turned red and is home to a 32 per cent minority electorate. Across the multicultural capital, there was a Labour surge that led to a 10 per cent swing to Labour in Battersea to overturn a previously safe majority. ...

The contrasts to the Tory gains across the country could not be any starker. They gained seats like Derbyshire North (1.9 per cent ethnic minority); Middlesbrough South (2.5 per cent); and Clacton (2.6 per cent). In England the average size of the ethnic minority electorate in seats where that the Conservatives gained is 4.5 per cent – for Labour, the figure is 14 per cent. Ultimately, the keys to Number 10 are still decided by the white vote.

However, the Brexit was perhaps the best example of the racial fault line in British politics, with 53 per cent of white voters wanting to leave and 73 per cent of black people voting to remain. ...

Labour has been keenly aware of the racial fault line and has, in the past, pandered to xenophobic fears – at least since Gordon Brown's pledge of "British jobs for British workers". Miliband made sure he carved "controls on immigration" into his "Ed Stone", and Corbyn's lack of enthusiasm for the Remain campaign was a clear ploy to woo back lost voters from Ukip.

To this day, the evasion you hear every time John McDonnell does not commit to the single market is the sound of a silent anti-immigration nod.
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A third world fire in a third world city
Jane Kelly
Conservative Woman, 15 June 2017

The unspoken cause of this disaster is, of course, greedy landlords and poor enforcement of planning laws, but that in turn is related to the attempt by successive governments to cram millions of people from the developing world into a European city in less than twenty years.

This has happened in all our major cities, but London has the largest number of foreign-born people in the country. /.../ The arrival of almost 200,000 people from overseas each year, only one third of them from within the EU, and an average of 130,000 births a year has driven up the city's growth exponentially.

The ONS figures show the population of London increased by 5.7 per cent between mid-2011 and mid-2015, compared with growth of 2.9 per cent for the UK as a whole. Over the same period, the cost of housing in the capital has rocketed. Land Registry figures show that the average price of a property rose by 47 per cent between June and 2011 and June 2015, from £285,906 to £419,474. ...

There are squalid parts of London, such as Southall, where there are beds in sheds, boarded up shops and high streets mainly occupied by brothels and betting shops, but this is largely ignored even after visits from BBC documentary teams. ...

... Two hundred tower blocks are planned for London, which long ago abandoned its historic skyline in favour of the hubristic and the cheap to meet the needs of the rich and the poor. We had better get used to it, this is the future.
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Who was behind the jihadist attacks on Europe and North America?
Dr Lorenzo Vidino
BBC, 14 June 2017

More than 400 people have died in jihadist attacks in the West during the past three years. What can we learn?

Although the vast majority of Islamist attacks are elsewhere in the world, an unprecedented number in Europe and North America - more than 50 in total - have put the authorities under great pressure to prevent further deaths.

What do we know of the individuals who carried out the attacks - their life in the West, whether they were known to the authorities and with whom they were working? ...

We identified 52 attacks between December 2014 and early June 2017 that we considered to be acts of jihadist terrorism.

This period follows the declaration of a "caliphate" by the so-called Islamic State in parts of Syria and Iraq in June 2014. ...

The research covers the US, Canada and the 28 member states of the EU, plus Norway and Switzerland. ...

In total, the 52 attacks caused 403 deaths and left more than 1,600 people injured.

The perpetrators are not included in these figures. ...

However, most of the attacks did not cause casualties, with the exclusion of the perpetrators. ...

The vast majority of the attackers were in their 20s, with about one in four attackers above the age of 30 and three aged 40 or older. ...

Despite women becoming increasingly active in jihadist networks, only two out of 65 individual perpetrators were female.

Fewer than one in five perpetrators was a convert to Islam, with a significantly higher percentage in North America than in Europe.

However, the converts were significantly more likely to have a criminal background and to have served time in prison.

Overall, most of the attackers had a prior criminal background. ...

The relationship between terrorism and migration is a complex one and has been at the centre of extremely polarising debates, particularly during the European migrant crisis.

However, the number of attackers who were illegally in a country or who arrived as refugees is small.

Three-quarters were citizens of the country they attacked, with others either legal residents, or legal visitors from neighbouring countries.

However, individuals who were in the West illegally also carried out deadly attacks.

At least two of those involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks are thought to have posed as refugees to enter Europe through Greece.

Three other individuals were refugees or asylum seekers at the time of attack, while four were in the country illegally or awaiting deportation.
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A Replacement of Population is Taking Place in Europe
Giulio Meotti
Gatestone Institute, 14 June 2017

Now Italy is the epicenter of this demographic earthquake, and it has become Europe's soft underbelly as hundreds of thousands of migrants arrive.

With nearly 10,000 arrivals in one recent three-day period, the number of migrants in 2017 exceeded 60,000 – 48% more than the same period last year, when they were 40,000. Over Easter weekend a record 8,000 migrants were rescued in the Mediterranean and brought to Italy. And that is just the tip of the iceberg: during the summer, the number of arrivals from Libya will only increase.

A replacement of population is under way in Italy. ...

In 2016, 176,554 migrants landed in Italy – an eight-fold increase since 2014. In 2015, there were 103,792. In 2014, there were 66,066. In 2013, there were just 22,118. In the last four years, 427,000 migrants reached Italy. ...

In 2050, a third of Italy's population will be made up of foreigners, according to a UN report, "Replacement Migration: Is It a Solution to Decline and Aging Populations", which designs a cultural melting-pot that could explode in cultural and social tensions. The level of arrivals will fall from 300,000 to 270,000 individuals per year by 2065; during the same period, it is expected that 14.4 million people will arrive. Added to the more than five million immigrants currently in Italy, 37% of the population is expected to be foreigners: more than one out of every three inhabitants.

In addition, the humanitarian-aid system has been hit by new scandals. "The investigative hypothesis to be verified is that subjects linked to ISIS act as logistical support to migration flows", was a warning just delivered in front of the Schengen Committee, to the Italian anti-mafia and counterterrorism prosecutor, Franco Roberti. There are now judges investigating the connection between the migrants' smugglers in North Africa and the Italian NGOs rescuing them in the Mediterranean. People-smugglers bring the migrants to the NGOs' ships, which then reach Italian seaports. Another legal enquiry has been opened about the mafia's economic interests in managing the migrants after their arrival.

Only 2.65 percent of those migrants who arrived in Italy were granted asylum as genuine refugees, according to the United Nations. The other people are apparently not fleeing wars and genocide. ...

... Immigrants, once registered, receive a monthly income of 900 euros per month (30 euros per day for personal expenses). Another 900 euros go to the Italians who house them. And 600 euros are needed to cover insurance costs. Overall, every immigrant costs to Italy 2,400 euros a month. A policeman earns half of that sum. And a naval volunteer who saves the migrants receives a stipend of 900 euros a month. ...

The cost of migrants on Italy's public finances is already immense and it will destroy the possibility of any economic growth. "The overall impact on the Italian budget for migrant spending is currently quantified at 2.6 billion [euros] for 2015, expected to be 3.3 billion for 2016 and 4.2 for 2017, in a constant scenario", explains the Ministry of the Economy. ...

The Italian cultural establishment is now totally focused on supporting this mass migration.
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An insult to terror victims: Jihadi who is fighting to stay in Britain is handed £250,000 in legal aid despite being caught with manuals on how to attack nightclubs and airports
Paul Bentley
Daily Mail, 13 June 2017

A terrorist fighting deportation has won £250,000 in legal aid despite being caught with jihadi manuals on attacking nightclubs and airports.

The extremist, who cannot be identified, was granted the taxpayer funds even though he was described in court as the 'very model of a modern Al Qaeda terrorist'.

He is using some of the money to try to stay in the country following a nine-year prison sentence. He claims throwing him out would breach his human rights.

The payments are particularly alarming following the atrocities in Westminster, Manchester and London Bridge that cost 35 innocent lives.

And the election result has cast doubt on Theresa May's pledge to tear up the Human Rights Act in cases where it blocks the deportation of extremists.

The terrorist who has been granted legal aid came to England illegally in the months after the September 11 attacks as a 'sleeper agent' for a group linked to Al Qaeda.

The Jordanian claimed asylum by pretending to have fled the Middle East in fear of his life.

The claim was dismissed and he should have been deported. But he managed to stay and evade authorities simply by using a fake name. He was given a council house with his wife and claimed at least £100,000 in benefits. ...

A judge said his crimes were some of the most serious before the courts. But since completing his sentence, the Government has failed to deport him.

He was refused refugee status by the Home Office but has launched continued appeals through the courts.

He has gained from £253,000 in taxpayer-funded legal aid since his arrival in the country, according to figures released to the Daily Mail under the Freedom of Information Act.
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What drove Labour's success? A tough line on immigration, and an appeal to the middle class
Helen Lewis
New Statesman, 12 June 2017

In 2015, Ed Miliband alienated many on the left with his "racist mug" (which outlined Labour policies including "controls on immigration"). The vote to leave the EU gave Corbyn an absolute gift, as he went into the election promising the most right-wing Labour policy on immigration in more than 30 years. The subject, which was one of the top concerns last year and in 2015, melted away this year and canvassers from many different types of seats say it was rarely raised on the doorsteps. Both traditional working class Labour voters and younger urban liberals felt the party was in the same place as them. However, as the argument moves on, Corbyn will have to answer a divisive question: by how much would you cut immigration?
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A Masterly Look At Europe
Bruce Bawer
FrontPage Mag, 12 June 2017

"Europe is committing suicide," writes Douglas Murray in the first sentence of his erudite, dispiriting, and indispensable new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam. In words that I agree with but that put the matter in a way so stark that they even made me catch my breath, Murray predicts that "by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place the world we had to call home." This cataclysm, in Murray's view, has two causes: mass immigration and Europeans' loss of faith in European "beliefs, traditions and legitimacy." ...

Meanwhile, slightly different versions of the same tragedy (or farce?) were being played out across northwestern Europe. Everywhere, the natives were lied to by their politicians and media: the scale of immigration, they were told, was far lower than widely believed; their country had always been "a nation of immigrants"; immigrants represented a net economic asset; crime statistics were inflated; and, naturally, Islam was a religion of peace. Those who criticized immigration – because they saw their culture disappearing, their secular democracy challenged, their taxes going to support indolent, criminal aliens, and their own access to housing and schools cut off by policies that favored foreigners – were called racists and nationalists, were accused of being fixated on skin color, and were ridiculed for failing to have a sophisticated enough appreciation of the value of cultural diversity. ...

Even as Murray investigates the existential guilt and ennui that enable Western Europeans to buckle under to Islam, he puzzles over the fact that these phenomena are mostly absent in the former Iron Curtain countries. Under Communism, Eastern Europeans retained the "tragic sense of life" that many Western Europeans had long since lost; later, freed from Soviet despotism, they joined the EU only to find themselves being ordered around again – this time, being commanded to open their borders to what they, if not their Western European counterparts, recognized quite clearly as tyranny (though in a form different from the tyranny they had lived under). To these EU diktats they said no, in thunder. Murray ponders at some length, and with no little eloquence, the possible reasons why Western and Eastern Europeans differ so dramatically in this regard. ...

Murray, then, covers a lot of turf, always with knowledge and insight. /.../ There are outrageous quotes, such as the one from former Swedish prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, who a couple of years ago actually told his people, in a televised speech, that they were themselves uninteresting and that the nation handed down by their forebears for generation after generation belonged more properly to the masses who were currently pouring in from the Muslim world. ...

... More than any other book with which I am familiar, The Strange Death of Europe provides a rich, comprehensive, and haunting portrait of a continent in extremis and an astute, thoroughly credible diagnosis of the social, psychological, and cultural afflictions that have led it to this hour of crisis.
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Charities 'pay people traffickers': Libyan coastguard's astonishing claim... cash handed to criminal gangs so they 'deliver' refugees
Barbara Jones
Mail on Sunday, 11 June 2017

Refugee charities are paying people smugglers to ferry migrants to their rescue boats patrolling off Libya, it was claimed last night.

A senior Libyan coastguard official told The Mail on Sunday he had evidence that aid agencies were stumping up cash for migrants desperate to reach Europe but who cannot afford to pay ruthless traffickers.

Colonel Tarek Shanboor said he had obtained bank details and phone records that proved the charities were making payments to criminal gangs who have put hundreds of thousands of migrants into unseaworthy boats – leading to thousands of deaths each year.

His claim will raise concern because there have long been fears that Islamic extremists could be among the migrants.

Charities patrolling off northern Africa claim they are only there to rescue migrants.

But Colonel Shanboor said aid agencies were now encouraging more and more migrants to make the perilous trip. He claimed he had handed evidence of collusion between charities and traffickers to EU border security officials in Brussels, though he refused to go into detail. ...

Col Shanboor's extraordinary accusation comes just months after an internal EU report revealed charity officials in boats were in direct contact with migrant vessels and even gave them precise directions to find rescue vessels. ...

Last night, charities operating in the central Mediterranean all denied claims they had any contact with smugglers and dismissed suggestions of payment.
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Nearly 1,000 migrants leave Libya bound for Europe in just 24 hours... but where is the EU?
Zoie O'Brien
Sunday Express, 11 June 2017

Mayhem broke out in the Mediterranean on Friday as more than 900 migrants set off from Libya to reach Europe in just 24 hours.

Desperate men, women and children from across Africa and the Middle East launched from the Libyan coast in five separate boats to escape hardship in their homeland. ...

The first rescues took place late Thursday when 130 people were saved by Vos Prudence, a rescue ship run by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).

The same ship made another rescue at 5.30am on Friday when 136 were taken aboard. ...

Charities and NGOs rushed to the scene to prevent mass panic and death, while officials from the EU – who vowed to stop dangerous crossing – were nowhere to be seen, nor was the coastguard awarded £78 miliion for the job. ...

Thousands of crossings are expected in the coming months with estimates for the numbers reaching Italy hitting 500,000 for 2017.

Some experts believe crossings could hit more than 6,000 per day, while the EU is attempting to stop crossings, keeping people in Libya where rape, torture and murder are daily occurrences and a black slave market is active for Arab families.
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More black and minority ethnic MPs than ever, despite slow progress
Henry Bodkin
Sunday Telegraph, 11 June 2017

The general election has returned more black and minority ethnic MPs than ever before, however critics have lamented the "glacial" pace of change.

The House of commons now has 52 BME MPs, amounting to eight per cent of seats, a two per cent increase on 2015. ...

While both Labour and the Conservatives have adopted official programmes to increase their proportion of women candidates, the drive to boost BME representation has been less formal and driven from the parties' head offices, said Dr Jennifer Hudson, from the Constitution Unit at University College London.

She said the snap election meant political parties had been better able to imposed BME candidates on local party associations in 2017.

Labour has the most BME MPs - 32 - with the Conservatives second with 19. ...

The Sikh community is also celebrating the election of Britain's first turban-wearing MP, as well as the first female Sikh MP, after Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi and Preet Kaur Gill were both successful for Labour.
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ISIS 'sisters' will be Britain's next terror threat, warns undercover TV journalist who filmed London Bridge killer for Channel 4
Mail on Sunday, 11 June 2017

When I saw the face of Khuram Butt staring out of the newspapers at me last week, after he was named as one of the three London Bridge killers, I was deeply shocked.

It took me back to the day nearly two years ago when I filmed him with a hidden camera as he protested, clad in headdress and robe, outside Regent's Park Mosque in London.

We had gone undercover to make a Dispatches documentary for Channel 4, focusing not on Butt and his fellow Islamists but on a less obvious group – the 'sisters', the women who share their twisted views. Unlike their male counterparts, the women only ever express these views behind closed doors or online.

Now my greatest fear is that one of those women I watched being brainwashed – or, even worse, one of the children who ran around playing as the hate-filled rants were delivered – might go on to murder innocent people as Butt did.

I didn't pay much attention to him that day in July 2015 as he handed out extremist leaflets to worshippers leaving Friday prayers, but last week's events made me recall the vile propaganda he was peddling – in the same manner as the women, as I would discover.

They were part of banned terror group Al-Muhajiroun in all but name. Its former leader, Anjem Choudary, had just been arrested, and is now serving a prison sentence for urging support of Islamic State.

But his followers continued their 'work' without him – and no doubt still do now. What's more, the woman leading the 'sisters', is Choudary's wife, Rubana Akhtar. ...

What I witnessed there convinced me that the stereotypical image of jihadis as young men needs to be adjusted, because the women were equally virulent in their views.

The hatred toward non-believers runs deep in this politicised version of Islam. The women believe that the self-declared Islamic State is the true caliphate. In essence, they are swearing their allegiance to IS, which has declared a war on British and Western society.
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Islamist broken windows
Michael Ayling
The Spectator Australia, 11 June 2017

When Rudolph Giuliani was mayor of New York City, he took an approach to criminology called "Broken Windows", generating respect for the law by prosecuting the smallest infractions.

Focusing only on major crime and tolerating petty crime and vandalism, a culture of disrespect for the law and those who enforce it developed, lead to more and more serious crime, according to Giuliani's thought. The Broken Windows policy was a resounding success – New York hasn't been a byword for rampant crime for nearly twenty years now – and so it can be with community-based activist Islamism.

... Because as with crime in the bad old days of New York City, until now we have tolerated just about anything up to actual loss of life from terrorism. ...

The root cause of creeping tolerance of Islamist utterances is our own lack of cultural self-respect, itself born out of self-effacing good manners mixed with postmodern relativism.

Faced with an unwillingness even to take our own position in an argument, Islamists smell victory. With every small win, comes a new demand, with their explicitly stated goal of total subservience to their world view always hanging in the background.

In any counter-insurgency operation, not only must the ruthlessness of the jihadists' leadership be matched, but the ideology of Islamism – defined as the effort to impose any form of Islam over others – must also be challenged at every step.

Part of that process should include a polite refusal to make any accommodation on the basis of religious demands in the secular space. ...

It's a matter of believing in what we stand for, knowing deep down that we do already treat people with respect. It means holding fast to the reality that we are a very tolerant and open people, but that tolerance has its limits, and then quietly enforcing those limits. If we lack self-belief in our own civilisation, why should we expect others to respect it?
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Irish ex-radical says 150 extremists operating here
Joyce Fegan
Irish Examiner, 10 June 2017

An Irishwoman who converted to Islam and became radicalised in Britain claims there are 150 extremists operating in Ireland.

Aaliyah, 26, whose name was Marcella before she converted to Islam aged 18, associated with the group of London attacker Khuram Butt and hate preacher Anjem Choudary in Britain.

Choudary is the British Islamist social and political activist convicted of inviting support for a proscribed organisation, Islamic State of Iraq. He was sentenced to five years and six months in prison in 2016.

She was engaged to one of their associates for eight months and claims that not only did London terrorist Rachid Redouane spend time in Ireland but so too did Butt. ...

Aaliyah, who has now been deradicalised, ceased contact with these extremists in September 2016. ...

"There are definitely more than 150 [extremists living in Ireland], easily," she said.

"They own properties in some places. I know a lot of them came here to apply for visas and stuff like that." ...

Aaliyah said once she was married it was expected she would bear children for the purpose of engaging in terrorist attacks.

She said they laughed about the accessibility of Ireland.

"They used to laugh about Belfast, that you could fly from any airport in the United Kingdom to Belfast and they didn't check any documents," she said. "They just easily let them in."
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Refugee rescue ships not acting as 'pull factor' or 'colluding with people smugglers', report finds
Lizzie Dearden
Independent, 10 June 2017

Humanitarian ships rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean Sea are not acting as a "pull factor" driving increasing refugee boat crossings or "colluding" with smugglers, research has found.

A report by the Forensic Oceanography department at Goldsmiths, University of London, rejected a "toxic narrative" seeking to blame NGOs for the worsening crisis.

Experts dismantled allegations made by agencies such as Frontex and leading European politicians, who claimed charities were encouraging smugglers to use more dangerous tactics on the treacherous passage between Libya and Italy.

The Blaming the Rescuers report's author, Lorenzo Pezzani, said: "The evidence simply does not support the idea that rescues by NGOs are to blame for an increase in migrants crossing.

"The argument against NGOs deliberately ignores the worsening economic and political crisis across several regions in Africa that has driven up the numbers of crossings in 2016.

"The violence against migrants in Libya is so extreme that they attempt the sea crossing with or without search and rescue being available." ...

Researchers found no evidence that the rocketing figures – 181,500 migrants were rescued and taken to Italy in 2016 – were caused by humanitarian search-and-rescue missions. ...

As evidence, it pointed to increased migrant boats on routes that were not patrolled by rescue ships, including a 46 per cent spike in crossings from Morocco.

The report also examined accusations that rescue groups are "helping criminals", finding no evidence of the allegations after reviewing official documents, statistics, qualitative interviews, photographs and maps. ...

The Italian parliament has also launched a fact-finding mission into the issue, which is hearing evidence from law-enforcement agencies and aid workers. ...

A recent Oxford University study also found rescues have "little or no effect on the number of arrivals", while research by the Unravelling the Mediterranean Migration Crisis project found European policy on the refuge crisis had been an "absolute failure". ...

More than 61,000 migrants have arrived in Italy so far this year and 7,600 in Greece, mostly from Nigeria, Bangladesh, Syria and sub-Saharan African nations.
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UK poised to let one million EU temporary migrants stay after Brexit
Peter Foster
Daily Telegraph, 9 June 2017

Britain is preparing to grant nearly a million EU citizens the right to remain in the UK even though they have not achieved the five-year residency qualification as part of plans to kick-start Brexit negotiations, the Telegraph can reveal.

The proposal is part of a "generous" package of measures that will offer to guarantee the rights of all the 3m European Union citizens currently in the UK and build positive momentum in the coming talks that could begin as early as June 19.

Cabinet ministers are expected to debate the measures next week as they make final preparations for talks in Brussels where the fate of British and EU expats on both sides of the Channel will be top of the agenda.

Official sources added that the UK will offer to grant EU citizens "full equivalence" with the rights of UK citizens after Brexit Day at the end of March 2019.

In a third olive branch to Brussels, the UK is also preparing to create a "light touch" approach to establishing whether EU citizens are eligible to remain in the UK in a bid to alleviate the EU's concerns over a "hostile" Home Office immigration bureaucracy. ...

To make things even easier for EU migrants affected by Brexit, sources said that a new system would rely on HMRC tax databases in order to establish if someone has been resident much more rapidly and easily.

This would go a long way to meeting the EU demand that EU migrants in Britain should be given residence after Brexit even if they do not actually have documents "evidencing that right".

The Telegraph also understands - subject to political decision to be taken by the new government - that Britain is prepared to compromise over the so-called 'cut off date' when EU citizens should be eligible for full rights. ...

Whatever date is finally agreed upon, figures from the Oxford-based Migration Observatory estimate that there are some 975,000 EU migrants who will be in the UK who have not met the five-year residency test. Even so, this group will be allowed to remain under the plans.
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London Bridge terror ringleader funded by benefits after mentor ordered him to claim 'Jihad Seeker's Allowance'
Robert Mendick, Ben Farmer and Hayley Dixon
Daily Telegraph, 9 June 2017

The London Bridge ringleader heeded the call from a jailed Islamist cleric to use Britain's benefits system to fund the terror attack.

Khuram Butt was claiming Jobseeker's Allowance as well as other benefits in the run up to Saturday's attack, The Daily Telegraph has learnt. In effect, the taxpayer was bankrolling Butt as he plotted the massacre at London Bridge and Borough Market in which eight people were murdered.

Butt's mentor – the preacher Anjem Choudary – had repeatedly exhorted his followers to exploit the welfare system. Choudary, who was jailed in September for five and a half years for terrorism offences, even coined the phrase "Jihad Seeker's Allowance".

Butt is understood to have been looking for work since being fired from London Underground last October, entitling him to Jobseeker's Allowance of about £300 a month. Butt, according to reports, had been sacked for poor timekeeping. He also received Jobseeker's Allowance for over a year after leaving a job at KFC and before taking up the post with London Underground.

Furthermore, Butt was being paid housing benefit for his council-owned flat in Barking as well as child benefit.
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Migrant Crime in Germany The Lost Sons of North Africa
Fiona Ehlers, Katrin Elger, Jan Friedmann, Annette Großbongardt, Wolf Wiedmann-Schmidt and Steffen Winter
Spiegel, 9 June 2017

No other group of foreigners has fallen into disrepute in Germany in recent years as much as young men from Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. In 2016, only 2.4 percent of asylum seekers came from these North African countries, and yet 11 percent of immigrants suspected of committing a crime are from the Maghreb region. In Cologne, random samples showed that in 2015, more than 40 percent of migrants from the Maghreb committed robbery or theft within the first year of their arrival, says criminal division chief Thomas Schulte, who headed the investigations after the 2015/2016 New Year's Eve assaults on women in Cologne.

It was that traumatic night that permanently altered Germany's view of the refugees, hundreds of thousands of whom had arrived in the country in the months prior. ...

In Cologne and Düsseldorf, in particular, law enforcement has been struggling with criminals from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia for years, with police having investigated 400 suspects from the Maghreb region in 2016 alone. Recently, though, it has become clear how many North Africans commit offenses elsewhere as well. In Saxony, most migrant repeat offenders are from one of the Maghreb countries and North Africans dominate the drug trade in the neighborhood surrounding the Frankfurt train station. In the southwestern city of Karlsruhe, a group of migrants committed so many robberies in such a short amount of time that local authorities formed a task force focusing on migrant repeat offenders, with many of the suspects having come from the North African coast. ...

... In fact, only 660 Algerians, Moroccans and Tunisians were deported in 2016, even though deportation orders had been issued for close to 9,000 of them. ...

... Many North Africans have destroyed their papers, some have gone into hiding, and their native countries have proven uncooperative.

Germany's police officers and authorities have been, in many respects, overwhelmed by the criminals from the lower classes of Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria. The young men often have a criminal record when they arrive in Germany, after having been street thieves or drug dealers in cities like Casablanca and Algiers. ...

... They often use false identities, refuse to cooperate during interrogations and rarely exhibit remorse, Schulte says, adding: "This reveals a high degree of contempt for our legal system."
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Judge hits out at border controls after alleged mastermind of Britain's biggest ever banking fraud flees despite no passport
Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2017

A judge has hit out at UK border controls after a tycoon suspected of masterminding Britain's biggest ever banking fraud was able to flee to Pakistan despite having no passport and whilst wearing an electronic tag.

Multi-millionaire Shaid Luqman, 48, flew out of Manchester Airport in 2011 - along with millions of pounds in allegedly stolen cash - after he left a trail of debt over the collapse of his £300m business empire.

Although his British and Pakistani passports had been confiscated and he was subsequently hauled into court for fraudulently attempting to get another one, Luqman - known as "Lucky" - sneaked passed airport security officials just two weeks after he was tagged and given a suspended jail term.

Despite a warrant being issued for his arrest, he remains on the run six years later and is apparently living the high life - having brazenly opened a shopping mall in Lahore, started his own fashion boutique and appeared in series of glossy magazine photo shoots.

This week Judge Angela Nield expressed surprise at how Luqman was able to escape during a review hearing over the arrest warrant in which no mention was made as to whether the authorities had made any progress in bringing Luqman back to the UK to face justice. Britain does not have an extradition treaty with Pakistan. ...

Luqman's younger brother, Waheed, is also said to be in Paksitan and is also wanted by police in the UK having been jailed for seven-and-a-half years in his absence for fraud in January 2013.
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After five centuries, religious war has returned to Britain
Tom Holland
The Spectator, 10 June 2017

When, for instance, in her speech after the London Bridge attacks, Theresa May decried as a perversion of Islam any notion that it might be incompatible with Western concepts of human rights, she had things precisely the wrong way round. ...

And yet, for all that, it is clear that the legacy of Islamic supremacism, deriving as it does from both the Quran and sayings of Mohammed, still has a potent and seductive appeal. ...

We are witnessing a civil war within Islam and the three men who brought

carnage to Borough Market last Saturday did not see themselves as murderers, but rather as warriors. They imagined that they had been divinely summoned – just as Mohammed had been – to the overthrow of kufr: unbelief.

No laws, no increase in police numbers, no boost to the powers of the security services can adequately patrol such ideas. Only by directly confronting these beliefs do we have even the faintest prospect of diminishing their potency. To do that, though, will first require acknowledging what Isis and their cohorts in the West actually embody: a strain of Islam that has its roots deep in the past, and which, as our most careful analyst of Isis, Shiraz Maher, has put it, 'believes in progression through regression'. To dismiss it, as Theresa May did, as 'a perversion of Islam' is not merely to close our eyes to the nature of the threat that it presents to Britain's future as a free society; it actively risks making it worse.

So as we begin the inevitable discussion about what to do next, the first step ought to be a fairly basic one: recognise the problem.
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Andrew Blain
Daily Telegraph, 8 June 2017
[Letter to the Editor]

Only do-gooders and politicians who think they have a duty to tell us how to live really want integration.

The rest of us much prefer to live with people like us. When I lived in London, large numbers of Polish ex-servicemen settled in Ealing at the end of the Second World War. Then, under Labour in the Fifties, came the large-scale immigration of Caribbean people, who lived largely in Notting Hill Gate and Brixton. ...

Similarly, many orthodox Jews prefer Stamford Hill, while affluent Asian businessmen prefer Wembley. Even Britons who emigrate live close to each other in, say, the Dordogne or fairly tightly drawn areas of southern Spain.

Integration, rather like socialism, is fine as a theory but simply not acceptable to the majority in practice.


Number of Potential Migrants Worldwide Tops 700 Million
Neli Esipova, Julie Ray and Anita Pugliese
Gallup, 8 June 2017

After cooling off in the wake of the Great Recession, worldwide, people's desire to migrate permanently to another country showed signs of rebounding between 2013 and 2016. Gallup found 14% of the world's adults – which translates to nearly 710 million people – saying they would like to move to another country if they had the opportunity. ...

Gallup's latest findings on adults' desire to move to other countries are based on a rolling average of interviews with 586,806 adults in 156 countries between 2013 and 2016. ...

... And in sub-Saharan Africa, where residents remain the most likely worldwide to express the desire to migrate permanently, desire hovered near 30%. ...

The U.S. continues to be the most desired destination country for potential migrants, as it has since Gallup started tracking these patterns a decade ago. One in five potential migrants (21%) – or about 147 million adults worldwide – name the U.S. as their desired future residence. Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Australia and Saudi Arabia appeal to at least 25 million adults each. ...

The United Kingdom, on the other hand, lost some of its appeal as a desired destination, as immigration became one of the driving forces behind the country's eventual "Brexit" in mid-2016. Approximately 35 million potential migrants named the United Kingdom as a desired destination between 2013 and 2016, down from about 43 million between 2010 and 2012.
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Digital Footprints Paint an Eerily Accurate Picture of Europe's Refugees
George Dvorsky
Gizmodo, 8 June 2017

Using search data collected by Google, researchers at the Pew Research Center have reconstructed the journeys taken by refugees flowing into Europe from the Middle East. ...

In 2015 and 2016, some 2.5 million refugees left Syria and Iraq in search of asylum in the European Union, Norway, and Switzerland. A good portion of these migrants had smartphones, which they used to access maps, locate safe and open border crossings, source details about their destination, and seek travel advice from social media. By doing so – and completely unbeknownst to them – the refugees left a trail of digital breadcrumbs behind them that would eventually be used by the Pew Research Center to recreate their journey in startling detail.

... The resulting Pew report, titled "The Digital Footprint of Europe's Refugees," was published earlier today. ...

When comparing search terms to migration data collected by government authorities, the researchers came up with several interesting correlations. For example, Google searches in Arabic for the word "Greece" mirrored fluctuations in the number of refugees crossing the Aegean Sea to Greece. And by matching the search term "smuggler" with "Greece," the researchers were able to determine how the migrants planned their journeys. ...

Revealingly, Arabic-language searches for "Greece" from within Turkey reached a peak in August 2015, and exactly two months later, the volume of migrants arriving in Greece also peaked. ...

The search patterns also closely mirrored asylum applications once the refugees were in Europe. ...

... This technique certainly helps during after-the-fact analyses like this one, but it could conceivably be used by government agencies or other groups to track the movements of refugees in real-time.
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At 56, Indian-origin candidates in UK polls hit new high
India Tribune, 7 June 2017

If a record number of 10 Indian-origin candidates were elected to the British Parliament in 2015, the 2017 snap polls have an impressive number of 56 Indian-origin candidates contesting.

Defending comfortable margins are the Indian-origin veterans, including Priti Patel, Alok Sharma, Keith Vaz, Virendra Sharma and Shailesh Vara, all well-known MPs with sizeable majorities. Though Vaz was embroiled in a prostitution and drugs scandal last year, he is expected to retain his seat with a large majority.

Candidates to watch on the night are Paul Uppal, 49, Conservative nominee in Wolverhampton South West. He needs to overturn the 2015 majority of just 801 votes to return to the House of Commons as MP. It will be Labour candidate Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi's first time as MP if he manages to keep the Slough seat, held by Labour's Fiona Mactaggart since 1997. Another Sikh with chances of winning is Kuldip Singh Sahota, 66, a Labour local councilor contesting in Telford. A win in Birmingham Edgbaston will make Labour's Preet Kaur Gill the first Sikh woman MP in the House.

Among interesting debuts is Rohit Dasgupta's, who moved to the UK in 2009 from his native Kolkata. The Labour nominee is running in East Hampshire, a Tory safe seat. The five Indian-origin candidates standing for UKIP are not expected to win any seats as most party supporters are expected to vote Conservative. The Green Party is also not expected to take any seats. ...

Rakib Ehsan at Royal Holloway University who specializes in ethnic minority political attitudes, says that for British Indians, it's a two-party race between Labour and Tories. ...

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn's criticism of Narendra Modi over the 2002 Gujarat riots and on Kashmir has also apparently created the impression that Corbyn was "promoting the victimization of Muslims in India," says Ehsan, noting that there's a "feeling that Labour is not taking Islamist extremism threat seriously as they're reliant on Muslim votes in inner cities."

British Indians are able to swing the vote in many marginal seats, he says, a view echoed by Jasvir Singh, founding chair of City Sikhs. "The ethnic minority vote is greater than the majority's in 50 of the most marginal seats and could make all the difference," Singh said.
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We must end the lie that Islam is a religion of peace
Jane Kelly
Conservative Woman, 7 June 2017

The Islamic insurgency in Britain is now obvious, with fifty people crushed by a car on London Bridge or stabbed in their throats in a pub in Borough Market, that being the third attack in three months, it is impossible for anyone to deny it any longer. Five other planned attacks were foiled.

The war against us is now so obvious that even the Government has finally decided say something firm. This week Mrs May mounted the prime ministerial podium to tell a sad and dismayed public in her most headmistressy voice that: 'Enough is enough.' ...

The extent of the recent murders, with nearly 40 dead, mostly young people and children, and the cries of 'for Allah' from one of the killers has at last eroded a wilful obtuseness and denial. We are unlikely to hear Andy Burnham say now, as he did after the Manchester massacre, that he 'denies the concept of Islamic terrorism.'

On the BBC yesterday, one of the presenters opined that, 'the attacks are as much to do with Muslims as anyone else standing in the street.' That popular leftist view was refuted by Tariq Ramadan, a Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford. He even directed us to the root and impetus of the insurgency: Chapter 9 of the Koran, which commands Muslims to kill the Kuffir (non-Muslims). ...

... So where do we turn for solutions? Not the Church of England, which along with the Labour Party denied the existence of Islamic terrorism for as long as possible and is now silent on the matter. ...

There is obviously no chance that we can now restore our country to what it once was before most of us had ever heard of Islam, but most people can come up with some very real solutions to the current attacks. They are not that difficult.

End the lie that Islam is a religion of peace.

The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. ...

The FO and Theresa May must abandon their deep dependence on Saudi Arabia.

Nadim Zahawi is not the only one to notice the pernicious tolerance of the Saudi version of Islam. In July 2013, Wahhabism was identified by the European Parliament in Strasbourg as the main source of global terrorism. It has become increasingly influential because of Saudi money and because of Saudi Arabia's central role as protector of Mecca. ...

In the 1970s, while most UK citizens were happily indifferent to religion of any kind, with the help of oil money, Saudi charities began to fund Wahhabi schools and mosques across the globe.

The US State Department under Obama estimated that over the past four decades Riyadh has invested more than £6 billion in charitable foundations in an attempt to replace mainstream Sunni Islam with the harsh intolerance of its Wahhabism. They also concluded that twenty per cent of that Saudi money had been diverted to Al-Qaeda and other violent jihadists. ...

The total sum of funding to our universities from Islamic sources was revealed by Anthony Glees, Director of Brunel University's Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies, in his paper, 'Degrees of Influence.' He says it is now the largest source of external funding.
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Be clear in countering ideology, says Welby
Steven Swinford
Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2017

Muslim leaders should take responsibility for countering the religious justification for atrocities committed in their name, the Archbishop of Canterbury has said in the wake of the London Bridge terrorist attack.

The Most Rev Justin Welby said that politicians should not just say that the attacks have "nothing to do with Islam", adding that the ideological basis for atrocities should not be overlooked. ...

However, he added: "What is clear over the weekend is the extraordinary level of condemnation by every significant Muslim leader we know."


There is a link between Islam and terrorism. Here is how it can be broken
Tom Holland
Daily Telegraph, 6 June 2017

The proposition that Islam is especially intolerant, especially prone to violence, is one that has come to possess for liberals as well as Muslims the authentic quality of blasphemy. The possibility that sanction might exist within the Koran for brutal crimes committed by the Islamic State is an upsetting one for all decent and generous-hearted people – non-Muslim as well as Muslim – to countenance.

Which is why, no doubt, whenever there is some particularly monstrous atrocity, such as those we have just seen in London and Manchester, Western leaders can be relied upon to pose as experts on Islam, and insist that the perpetrators are either distorting the religion, or else do not rank as Muslims at all.

But it is not for a prime minister or home secretary to play at being a theologian. Politicians who take it on themselves to define what is and is not "authentic Islam" are buying into the notion that such a thing actually exists. But – unless one is a fundamentalist believer – it does not. A religion, like any other manifestation of human culture, is a porous and variable thing. Rather than a single radio station, it is a series of points on a bandwidth. The definition of an extremist will depend on where on that bandwidth one is.

This is why jihadists do not see themselves as extremists. Rather, they see themselves as paragons of righteous behaviour. "In the messenger of God you have a beautiful model of behaviour." So proclaims the Koran. ...

To close our eyes to this, and to imagine that what Western governments characterise as "Islamic extremism" owes nothing to the example of the Prophet, is wilful blindness.
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Ireland is home of 'backdoor' Islamic terrorists who are using the country to plan attacks on Britain
Pat Flanagan
Irish Mirror, 6 June 2017

Ireland has become the home of 'backdoor' Islamic terrorists who are using the country to plan attacks on Britain.

It is feared there are dozens of "sleepers" already in the country who have married here to allow them get residency here.

They target young women who they see as their passport to the EU and once they have established a base here can travel to the UK.

They ensure they have a child to the women which greatly increases their chances of gaining residency set them on a path to becoming an Irish citizen.

Once they receive their GNIB (Garda National Immigration Bureau) ID card, because of the free travel agreement, they are then free to move to Britain.

It is believed this was the method used by one of the London terrorists shot dead by police who lived in Dublin for up to five years.

A senior garda source said: "There is not enough manpower to monitor all those who come under suspicion and this is a big problem.

"As soon as we investigate them they lawyer-up and we can be tied up in the courts of six or seven years and they get free legal aid to fight attempts to get them out of the country.

"It is a crazy situation where they can't be named in court or even say which country they are from. But if a lad is in court for a fight in the street he's in all the papers." ...

"They are doing everything possible to stay under the radar and you won't see them shouting and roaring at the Mosques. They won't be drawing attention to themselves, that's the problem and we don't have the manpower to watch them all."
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Theresa May talks tough, but her track record on tackling Islamism is woeful
Stephen Pollard
Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2017

But the question has to be asked: who was Home Secretary for the six years from 2010? Mrs May appears to have had a Damascene conversion on this, because as Home Secretary she acted as the most important blockage in Whitehall against a serious attempt to deal with that precise problem: the hold of Islamism across parts of the public sector and across society.

She was certainly firm in her support for Prevent. She did deport the likes of Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza. And she was incensed by the Human Rights Act acting as brake against further deportations.

But for all that, her record in understanding exactly the issue she raised yesterday – dealing with extremism before it develops into full-on plots – is lamentable. ...

In 2014, the then education secretary, Michael Gove, determined to act when allegations first surfaced. At a meeting of a Cabinet committee, the Extremism Task Force, Mr Gove is said to have argued that Whitehall had for years been institutionally soft on extremism and started dealing with Islamists only once they had embraced violence.

Mr Gove wanted Whitehall to adopt a wider definition of extremism that took in Islamism itself. Mrs May challenged this, arguing for a far narrower definition. Mrs May won – ensuring that the very attitude within Whitehall that the Prime Minister attacked yesterday continued.

Mrs May's chief counter-terrorism adviser was the then director general of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism at the Home Office, Charles Farr. Some argue that he was a one-man obstacle to serious action against Whitehall's links with Islamism. Mr Farr has had a new role since 2015. Remarkably, he is now chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee.

The row between Mr Gove and Mrs May became front-page news and, to keep the peace, Mr Gove was forced to apologise both to her and to Mr Farr for his criticisms. But he was right.

The briefings at the time from Mrs May's Home Office were clear – it was outrageous of Mr Gove to allege there was any issue of Islamism being tolerated within Whitehall or the public sector and that he had a black-and-white attitude to an issue that was really shades of grey.

Which brings us to now. Mrs May is Prime Minister rather than Home Secretary but almost nothing else has changed.

Quite rightly, she said yesterday that "we cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed". But we do.

Look at another area of the public sector: prisons. The evidence is overwhelming that prisons are some of the most fertile breeding grounds for Islamists and radicalisation. And yet there is a huge block within Whitehall against serious action to tackle the issue. Within the Ministry of Justice there are officials who are said, at worst, actually to sympathise with Islamism and, at best, still maintain that the right approach is to engage with it – and fight any departure from that.

It is all well and good Mrs May delivering a fine speech. But unless she is a very different Prime Minister from Home Secretary, it will be meaningless.
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Tears and vigils will not save us from terrorism
Leo McKinstry
Daily Express, 5 June 2017

The terror group Islamic State recently called on "Muslim brothers in Europe" to "attack infidels in their homes, their markets, their roads and their forums".

That injunction is now being carried out on a pitiless scale.

A fortnight after the Manchester bombing, central London has been the scene of Islamist violence, leaving seven people dead and 48 injured.

According to eyewitness accounts, the three assailants screamed "this is for Allah" as they lashed out with their knives after deliberately crashing their van into pedestrians.

Our response to this butchery should be an overwhelming sense of anger and a determination to end the violence.

Yet the policy, pushed by both the state and much of the media, is to dampen down our indignation.

Every new act of Islamic terrorism is now followed by the same ritual: vigils, incantations of solidarity, Facebook tributes, lit-up buildings, expressions of sympathy from world leaders, and platitudes about "unity".

But these pantomimes are not just meaningless, they are dangerous because they rob us of the ability to defend ourselves and retaliate against our enemies.

A pathetic comfort blanket of tears, tweets and tea-lights is central to the politics of denial where the public is not meant to question the revolution inflicted by mass immigration or challenge the import of an alien, primitive culture into our midst.

In this atmosphere of fatalism we are supposed to be steadfast in our passivity and resolute in our inaction.

We are being groomed to accept Islamic terrorism in the UK as normal. The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan even said that these atrocities are "part and parcel" of modern urban life.

That is the attitude that runs through the establishment. Slaughter is regarded as the price we must pay for the joy of cultural diversity. ...

In the wake of every Islamic massacre, politicians blather that the terrorists will not "divide us". But the reality is that, because of mass immigration and multiculturalism, we are already badly fragmented.
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Evasive Mr Corbyn is creating an unsafe space
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2017

At the beginning of last week, on television, Mr Corbyn spoke about "the wonderful faith of Islam". The week before, Salman Abedi had killed 22 in the name of that faith. The Saturday after his words, three men shouted "This is for Allah!" as they charged round Borough Market stabbing the crowd. You would never hear Mr Corbyn speak about "the wonderful faith of Christianity", whose adherents do not murder anyone in the name of Jesus in Britain today. Why is that?


Blind, bovine hope will get us nowhere – it's time to change our response to Islamic extremism
Douglas Murray
Spectator blog, 4 June 2017

Last Sunday, I appeared on the BBC's Sunday Politics to discuss the aftermath of the Manchester attack. I said what I thought, and various Muslim groups promptly went bananas.

... Rather they objected to my simple two-word suggestion that we could all do with 'less Islam'.

In a short film preceding the studio discussion, I mentioned that countries like Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic have very little Islam and very little Islamic terror. By contrast, France has a great amount of Islam and a great amount of Islamic terror. /.../ Of course some people don't want to accept this fact. Not least because informed choices might result. For instance, it might help us weigh up the ongoing cultural benefits of large-scale Islamic immigration versus the down-side of dozens of obliterated lives every now and then. ...

But so it is that various Muslims and Muslim groups who have spent recent years urging British Muslims not to cooperate with the UK authorities on counter-terrorism are now keenly urging Muslims to complain about me to any and all authorities. A telling set of priorities, I would say. ...

... If a group of men fly planes into the Twin Towers all the leaders of the free world rush to the local Islamic centre to extol the wonders of Islam. When a group of British Muslims blow up the London transport system the city's police chiefs wave away the smoke and immediately extol the peacefulness of Islam. And when a suicide bomber in Manchester blows up 22 young people as they leave a concert, the one thing nobody must say is that there is any connection whatsoever with Islam. ...

... It's the same everywhere: Don't look back in anger, just forward in blind, bovine hope. ...

All of which points to many specific questions and one overriding one: Why don't we want to know? /.../ Has our society got zero interest in working out what might produce people like Abedi? The fact is – once again – that we may ask the question but we don't want to hear the answer. Because if what all these things suggest is true then we could be in serious trouble. Perhaps we are.
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After London: let's start talking about Islam
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 4 June 2017

Another month, another terror attack. Britain's third in three months. This time the targets were Saturday-night revellers in London Bridge and Borough. Mown and stabbed for the crime of having fun, of being free. And already we are seeing the same craven, baleful response that follows every act of Islamist terror. 'Watch out for an Islamophobic backlash', aloof observers say, their minds always more agitated by the thought of stupid white people saying something rude about Islam than by acts of Islamist mass murder. 'Don't say anything bad about this wonderful religion or its adherents', they tell us. This is a really bad response, because it is becoming increasingly clear that one of the major problems we face today is not that our society is too mean about Islam, but that it flatters Islam too much.

Islam now enjoys the same kind of moral protection from blasphemy and ridicule that Christianity once (wrongly) enjoyed. All last week, for example, I received furious emails and messages in response to two articles I wrote about the Manchester attack, telling me I was wrong to defend the use of the phrase 'Islamist extremism'. That term has an Islamophobic bent to it, we're told. It demeans Islam and its adherents by suggesting they have something to do with terrorism. You should just say 'extremism', not 'Islamist extremism'. Don't ever name the extremism, don't label it, because you might hurt people's feelings.

This is why our political leaders so rarely use the terms Islamism, radical Islam and Islamic terrorism: because they want to avoid offending Islam and also because they don't want to stir up what they view as the public's bovine, hateful prejudices. This censorious privilege is not extended to any other religion. ...

This is incredibly dangerous. This censorious flattery of Islam is, in my view, a key contributor to the violence we have seen in recent years. Because when you constantly tell people that any mockery of their religion is tantamount to a crime, is vile and racist and unacceptable, you actively invite them, encourage them in fact, to become intolerant. You license their intolerance. You inflame their violent contempt for anyone who questions their dogmas. You provide a moral justification for their desire to punish those who insult their religion.

From the 7/7 bombers to the Charlie Hebdo murderers to Salman Abedi in Manchester, all these terrorists – these Islamist terrorists – expressed an extreme victim mentality and openly said they were punishing us for our disrespect of Islam, mistreatment of Muslims, ridiculing of Muhammad, and so on. The Islamophobia industry and politicians who constantly say 'Islam is great, leave Islam alone!' green-light this violence; they furnish it with a moral case and moral zeal.

There are no quick fixes to the terror problem, but here is a good start: oppose all censorship and all clampdowns on offence and blasphemy and so-called 'Islamophobia'. /.../ This will at least start the process of unravelling the Islamist victimhood narrative and its bizarre, violent and officially sanctioned sensitivity to criticism.
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Muslim Groups 'Undermining Fight Against Terror', Leading Prosecutor Warns
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 3 June 2017

"Islamist" Muslim groups and community leaders hinder the fight against terror and are interested only in presenting Muslims "as victims" Britain's most prominent Muslim lawyer has said.

In an interview with the Times, Nazir Afzal warned that British Muslim organisations are "undermining" attempts to counter terrorism in the UK by spreading misinformation to discredit Prevent, the government's anti-radicalisation programme.

Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 201 compels teachers and some healthcare workers "to take due regard to preventing people being drawn into terrorism", yet Prevent has been repeatedly slammed by Labour MPs and large parts of the left – including major unions – for its "disproportionate" focus on Muslims.

But Afzal, a deradicalisation expert and former chief crown prosecutor who has successfully prosecuted Islamists, credits Prevent with having "stopped at least 150 people from going to Syria".

Afzal warned that its "phenomenally good work" was being undermined by what he called an "industry" of Muslim groups, some of which have Islamist leanings, pushing "myths" about the programme.

He also took aim at "self-appointed" community leaders whose sole agenda was to present Muslims "as victims and not as those who are potentially becoming radicals," singling out Britain's largest Muslim umbrella group – the Islamist dominated Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) as an example.

The 54 year old, who resigned last week as chief executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners, said he was shocked that the agenda at the group's annual general meeting last year contained "nothing about radicalisation and nothing about the threat of people going to Syria".

Among groups Afzal accused of lying about Prevent to discredit the counter-radicalisation programme are Islamist support group Cage, which has been described as a "terrorism advocacy group" by veteran journalist Andrew Gilligan, and Prevent Watch, a "community-based initiative" that supports "communities impacted by Prevent".
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Conservatives set five-year target to get migration below 100,000
Jack Maidment
Daily Telegraph, 2 June 2017

The Conservatives will bring net migration down to tens of thousands by 2022, Theresa May has signalled, as she urged voters: "Put your trust in me."

Mrs May set a deadline for her key migration policy for the first time in the election campaign, which will cheer Leave voters and is likely to boost the campaign at a time when polls suggest the Conservatives' lead over Labour has diminished. ...

Until now, Mrs May has steadfastly refused to say when she expects to get migration below 100,000, and has even described the policy as an "aim" rather than a pledge.

The Conservative manifesto dropped the five-year deadline imposed on the target that had appeared in the previous two manifesto documents. But Brandon Lewis, the policing minister, told the BBC the party would deliver on the plan "over the course of the next parliament". ...

Mrs May told workers at a furniture factory in West Yorkshire that she was committed to the target "because of the impact that immigration has when it is too fast and too high and uncontrolled". She said: "It does have an impact on people, particularly at the lower end of the income scale, in depressing wages."
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Tories under pressure to clarify 'ludicrous' immigration policy
BT / Press Association, 2 June 2017

The Prime Minister signalled on Thursday that she wanted to get net migration down below the 100,000 mark by the end of the next parliament in 2022.

However, appearing later on BBC One's Question Time, Brexit Secretary David Davis said it was simply "an aim", adding: "We can't promise it within five years." ...

The Conservative manifesto states only that it is the party's "objective" to reduce immigration below 100,000.

But asked if that would be by the end of the next parliament, the Prime Minister insisted that is what she would be "working for". ...

Home Office Minister Brandon Lewis earlier told BBC Two's Daily Politics programme that the pledge would be met "over the course of the next parliament".

When asked if that meant levels down to tens of thousands in five years' time, he replied: "Over the course of the next parliament, yes."

Asked if it was true that net migration would be down to the tens of thousands within five years, the Prime Minister replied: "That's what we're working for. We're working to bring immigration down to the tens of thousands.

"But having been home secretary for six years, this isn't something that you can just produce the magic bullet that suddenly does everything. What you have to do is keep working at it. It's a consistent working at it.

"You have to make sure that people aren't finding other ways, not to put too fine a point on it, to abuse the system, I mean that's one of the things we've had to do over the first few years was get a lot of the abuse out of the system."

Net long-term migration – the difference between the number of people arriving and leaving the country – was estimated to be 248,000 last year.
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Wilders: 'The Bell Tolls for Europe' as Europeans Are in Danger of Being Replaced
Geert Wilders
Breitbart, 2 June 2017
[Geert Wilders, MP, is the leader of the Party for Freedom in the Netherlands]

For Western Europe's ruling elites, protecting the rights of so-called asylum seekers has become more important than protecting their own citizens.

Recently, Germany provided a staggering example of this. An immigrant from Uganda raped a woman, but the German authorities refuse to expel him because the rapist claims to be gay and homosexuals are prosecuted in his home country.

The elites also refuse to defend our own identity, and today's Dutch newspapers contain an example of that. A Protestant church proposes that the official holiday, which the Dutch enjoy for the Christian feast of Pentecost, be replaced by an official holiday on the Islamic feast of Eid-al-Fitr.

With this proposal, the Christian group says, it wants "to do justice to diversity in religion." However, if there is one culture on earth which allows no diversity in religion whatsoever, it is Islam. Just look at Saudi-Arabia, where they do not even allow the construction of a single church.

I have picked these two examples because they pertain to the two most important issues Europe is currently facing: Mass immigration and the surge of Islam. If we do not want to be wiped away, our population replaced and our culture annihilated, it is vital that we start acting forcefully and courageously to protect our citizens and our civilisation.

Mass immigration is the first major issue we need to tackle. Those who think that since 2015 the worst is behind us, are wrong.

The African population is bound to quadruple from its present 1 billion to 4 billion by the end of the century. In the coming 30 years, the number of Africans will grow by more than one billion people. ...

The demographic pressure will be enormous. One-third of the Africans want to move abroad, and many want to come to Europe. Last year, over 180,000 people crossed in shabby boats from Libya. And this is just the beginning. According to EU Commissioner Avramopoulos, at this very moment, 3 million migrants are waiting to enter Europe. How many terrorists, rapists, ISIS sympathisers and welfare abusers will there be among that number?

Michael Moller, the director of the United Nations office in Geneva warns that the migration process is "just going to accelerate. Young people all have cellphones and they can see what's happening in other parts of the world, and that acts as a magnet," he says. Indeed, they can see on their phones that, while fewer than 3% of last year's migrants were legitimate asylum seekers of refugees fleeing warzones, hardly anyone is being sent back. Instead, they are being welcomed with generous welfare benefits, subsidised housing and public healthcare schemes!

And, so, the bell tolls for Europe. If Western Europe continues with its present open door policies, the population of the continent will simply be replaced. The potential arrival of possibly 1 billion Africans will simply dwarf the 700,000 million indigenous Europeans. Moreover, many of the would-be immigrants are Islamic, which brings us to the second big issue we are confronting. ...

Our existence it at stake. If we want to survive as free nations and free peoples and avoid being replaced, we have to act now.
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Europe's Next Big War
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 2 June 2017

... former FBI director /.../ Comey stated that there were around 2,000 terrorism investigations. 1,000 of those came from "home grown violent extremism" with no evidence of contact with foreign terrorists. Another 1,000 had "some contact with foreign terrorists". 300 from that 2,000 had come to America as refugees. ...

Those 2,000 investigations represent active cases. ...

Those 2,000 cases are the tip of a very large iceberg. Below those 2,000 cases are the larger numbers of potential terrorists ...

In the UK, there are 3,000 potential terrorists being investigated, but 20,000 others had been "subjects of interest" in the past. ...

The British military can put 10,000 soldiers on city streets after a terrorist attack. After Manchester, 5,000 soldiers were deployed. ...

France deployed 10,000 soldiers to patrol cities after the Paris attacks. Operation Sentinelle is still underway two years later. ...

In 2015, the year of many of these military deployments, 211 terror plots occurred in EU countries. These attacks killed 151 people and wounded another 360. 1,077 terrorism arrests were made.

Those numbers are closer to Iraq than anything in the West. And they are only growing worse. ...

These insurgencies form around Muslim population centers. Manchester's Muslim population nearly doubled in a decade. ...

A Muslim terrorist network in London, Paris or New York is as much of a military issue as one in Baghdad or Beirut. ...

The question is do we want to turn our cities into Baghdad with thousands of soldiers patrolling our streets? Rising Muslim domestic insurgencies will leave even the most liberal leaders with no choice but to resort to wartime measures. ...

If things go on as they are, the military occupation of our cities becomes permanent. ...

200 terror plots will become 2,000 terror plots. 151 dead will become 1,500 dead and then 15,000 dead. And then every Western country that opened its doors to "refugees" will become Iraq.

Comey estimated that 250 persons from this country had traveled to Syria to fight in its terrorist war. The British estimate is between 850 and 2,000, the French estimate between 500 and 900, the German estimate at 750 and the Belgian estimate around 500 and the total EU estimate tops out at 4,200. ...

Supporters of refugee admissions and open borders are ushering in a military occupation and a civil war. There is no escaping these numbers or evading the facts on the ground that they represent.
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'Very Sensitive' Government Inquiry into Saudi Arabian Funding of Jihadi Groups May Never Be Published
Victoria Friedman
Breitbart, 1 June 2017

An investigation into the foreign funding of jihadi groups in Britain said to focus mainly on the support provided by Saudi Arabia may never be published as the findings are "very sensitive", the Home Office has admitted.

The inquiry was authorised in 2015 by former Prime Minister David Cameron in exchange for Liberal Democrat support for the extension of British airstrikes against Islamic State into Syria.

The Home Office's extremism analysis unit had been directed by Downing Street to investigate foreign funding of extremist groups in the UK and for findings to be shown to then-Home Secretary Theresa May and Mr. Cameron.

However after 18 months, the Home Office has confirmed the incomplete report might not be published, calling the contents "very sensitive", reports The Guardian.

A decision on the future of the investigation would be taken "after the election by the next government", a Home Office spokesman said.

It is thought the report focused on Saudi Arabia, which ascribes to a hardline, Wahhabist branch of the Islamic faith. ...

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has also urged Saudi Arabia to stop supporting Islamists in Germany, saying: "Wahhabi mosques are financed all over the world by Saudi Arabia. In Germany, many dangerous Islamists come from these communities."

Noted followers of Wahhabism include Lee Rigby murderer Michael Adebolajo, shoe bomber Richard Reid, 7/7 ringleader Mohammad Sidique Khan, and hate preacher Anjem Choudary. ...

Two weeks prior to the Bastille Day Nice attack in France, a Saudi-funded mosque opened in the city. The owner is the Saudi Arabian Minister for Islamic Affairs, Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh.

Saudi money also funded the Islamic Society of Boston mosque believed to have radicalised Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Associate Director of The Henry Jackson Society Douglas Murray estimates there are "thousands" of Saudi-funded Wahhabi mosques across Europe, with the Saudis paying for the buildings and appointing clerics.

"In 2007 it was estimated that there were around 70 Wahhabi mosques in Britain. By 2015 the number had risen to 110," with the amount of money flowing into these mosques at a "record high", Mr. Murray wrote in a commentary for The Sun.
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Life has to be made much harder for terrorists
Con Coughlin
Daily Telegraph, 31 May 2017

MI5 now admits that Abedi, a British national of Libyan descent, had at one point been a person of interest to them, although not deemed to be a high priority. And yet he was allowed to travel freely to and from Libya – where it seems increasingly clear he was radicalised and trained for his deadly Manchester mission. Nor does any attempt appear to have been made to make him the subject of a temporary exclusion order (TEO), which provides the British authorities with the means to confiscate the travel documents of British subjects suspected of links with Islamist terror groups.

It now transpires there was very little chance of Abedi being subjected to a TEO because Mrs May and her security chiefs have only deemed it necessary to use this measure a grand total of once.

TEOs, moreover, were only introduced after the Conservatives abandoned the control orders introduced by Tony Blair in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. These measures allowed the authorities to keep terrorism suspects in their homes without access to phone or internet. But they were rescinded by the Cameron government following a campaign mounted by the likes of Shami Chakrabarti, now one of Mr Corbyn's key lieutenants, who claimed the measures infringed the suspects' human rights.

For the sad truth is that, when it comes to confronting the modern curse of Islamist-inspired terrorism, neither Labour nor the Conservatives have covered themselves with glory. On the contrary, the inchoate response of politicians of all persuasions in the 16 years since the September 11 attacks means that we now have more Islamist terror cells threatening our liberty than ever before.


UK voters, including Leavers, care more about reducing non-EU than EU migration
Simon Hix, Eric Kaufmann, and Thomas J. Leeper
LSE, 30 May 2017

Brexit leaders such as Boris Johnson have maintained a narrative that sovereignty, not immigration, was the key motivation behind the Leave vote. Keen to distance themselves from charges of xenophobia, Vote Leave worked hard to dispel the notion that their cause was powered by generalised anti-immigration sentiment. Where immigration was mentioned, the issue, it was claimed, was not numbers but control and fairness. Why should unskilled East Europeans get in ahead of qualified South Asians? ...

Yet academic research raises questions over this interpretation. First of all, immigration was key. Using survey data, Harold Clarke, Paul Whiteley, and Matthew Goodwin show that immigration is by far the strongest predictor of a Leave vote, and anti-immigration folk were more motivated to show up at the polls than others. Meanwhile, Geoffrey Evans and Jon Mellon find that UKIP and Vote Leave were able to successfully link the immigration issue, which voters cared about, to the EU question, which they didn't, generating the electricity needed to put Leave over the top.

Second, and more surprising, is concern over non-European immigration. The problem of unrestricted low-skill European immigration was repeatedly flagged during the campaign, so many assume people voted Leave because they were primarily exercised by the issue of East European immigration. This turns out not to be the case.

We tend to make emotional decisions and rationalise these to ourselves after the fact. American social psychologist Jon Haidt calls our emotions the 'elephant' and our cognition the 'rider'. Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky prefer 'fast' and 'slow' thinking as the metaphor. Either way, our research shows that immigration in general – notably non-EU immigration – is the fast-thinking elephant behind the Leave vote.

Over the past two decades, non-European immigration has usually exceeded European immigration /.../ The share of non-European origin in the population of England and Wales doubled between 2001 and 2011. Yet openly appealing to anti-Asian or anti-African immigration sentiment was tricky due to its racial connotations. As Labour MP Frank Field relates: 'The truth is, I wasn't brave enough to raise it [immigration] as an issue – though I thought it was an issue for yonks – until we were talking about white people coming in. And even then the anger that this was racist was something one had to face.'

In order to assess the importance of non-European immigration we conducted a survey of 3,636 UK residents through YouGov's online panel between 26 April and 3 May 2017. ...

What's striking – and no one is talking about – is that British voters prefer EU to non-EU migrants: /.../ This pattern of preferring immigrants from inside the EU to those from outside holds across all social groups in our data. ...

The same pattern holds for Leavers and Remainers, /.../ But Leavers are much more motivated by the immigration issue than Remainers and seek far lower numbers.
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Our 'selfish' genes contain the seeds of our destruction – but there might be a fix
John Baird
Independent, 30 May 2017

The human race is in so much trouble that it needs to colonise another planet within 100 years or face extinction. So says the physicist Stephen Hawking in an upcoming BBC documentary, Stephen Hawking: Expedition New Earth. ...

You first have to appreciate that this is mainly a population issue. According to the official count, the number of humans recently passed the 7.5 billion mark. While estimates of the carrying capacity of Earth vary widely, most people would accept we are causing serious damage. And with the population set to hit nearly ten billion by 2050, that may be as much as ten times more than the planet's resources can sustain.

If we could yet reverse this growth, we might be able to avoid Hawking's solution (at least if we are prepared to ride our luck over the asteroid strike). Standing in our way are two flaws hardwired into human DNA: our genes and our inability to make rational choices. If we can overcome them, I would argue that our days on this planet may not be numbered after all.

Our genes problem famously stems from Richard Dawkins's The Selfish Gene. It contains the idea that all organisms are merely conduits for genes that hop from generation to generation through different bodies. They do this purely in their own interests, not necessarily the interests of the organisms themselves.

Our genes have been able to do this because our ancestors were unable or unwilling to resist the urge to procreate. We have stemmed this to some extent by teaching kids about contraception (notably by appealing to "selfish" arguments about their future happiness, not saving the planet). Nonetheless the population continues to grow.

Also relevant is another idea in The Selfish Gene known as kin selection. It suggests that not only is our ultimate drive to spread the genes contained within our bodies, we are also compelled to protect and nurture the genes in our relatives – and by extension the people in our motherland.

Originally discussed by Darwin, this idea implies we are all essentially racist – consciously or subconsciously favouring those who share our genes. It is one of the more controversial areas in The Selfish Gene, since it is difficult if not impossible to separate nature and nurture. All the same, the fact that we have more genes in common with people closer to home means there is at least an evolutionary argument for favouring them.
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The Manchester Attack and the Death of Europe
Michael Brendan Dougherty
National Review, 30 May 2017

A new book by Douglas Murray sheds light on the passivity and exhaustion that characterized the recent terror attack in the U.K.

The terror attack in Manchester had any number of new disturbing elements. The choice of target, a concert full of young girls and their parents was especially heinous. /.../ But what's most troubling is that the public reaction to the attack was one of such passivity, and resignation. It expressed itself in the thousands of faux-serious commentators who counseled people that there was nothing that could be done to stop soft-target terror attacks. It expressed itself in the way that people reached for dumb clichés about responding with "hope, note hate." ...

This frighteningly passive, and frightfully boring, set of responses contrasts with the presence of Douglas Murray's lively new book, The Strange Death of Europe, on the bestseller charts in the U.K. At first blush it looks like the latest in a long series of books with "Islam and immigration" figuring in the subtitle. But Murray's book is informed by actual reporting across the Continent, and a quality of writing that manages to be spritely and elegiac at the same time. Murray's is also a truly liberal intellect, in that he is free from the power that taboo exerts over the European problem, but he doesn't betray the slightest hint of atavism or meanspiritedness.

Yes, Murray is quite good at piling up the numbers that outline the collapse of European populations and the explosion of migration in the past decades and especially over the past two years. He's also quite good at batting down the facile arguments for allowing migration on this scale. ...

Murray is especially pungent when he looks at the doubt-plagued, death-haunted, and deconstructed edifice of contemporary European philosophy. He recalls a conference in which the "full catastrophe of German thought" dawned on him:

A group of academics and others had gathered to discuss the history of Europe's relations with the Middle East and North Africa. It soon became clear that nothing would be learned because nothing could be said. A succession of philosophers and historians spent their time studiously attempting to say nothing as successfully as possible. The less that was successfully said, the greater the relief and acclaim. No attempt to address any idea, history or fact was able to pass without first being put through the pit-stop of the modern academy. No generality could be attempted and no specific could be uttered. It was not only history and politics that were under suspicion. Philosophy, ideas and language itself had been cordoned off as though around the scene of a crime.

... Europe is in a bad way, and I fear that if terror cannot wake it from sleep, neither will elegant books.
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[Deadly foes within Britain]
Charles Moore
Daily Telegraph, 29 May 2017

It was reported on Saturday that there are 23,000 jihadis in Britain. Of these, 3,000 are thought to pose a current threat. Ben Wallace, the security minister, gave out these official figures to show how difficult the task for the security services is. But the numbers may also prompt voters to demand much more be done. Otherwise, we are creeping towards "an acceptable level of violence", as in the Northern Irish troubles.

At the height of IRA terrorism, the comparable figure of those posing a current threat was less than 400, with fewer than 50 on the British mainland. So while 3,000 is a tiny proportion of British Muslims, it is an historically enormous number of deadly foes to have within one's borders.


Powers to Stop UK Islamic State Fighters Returning to Britain Used 'Just Once'
Virginia Hale
Breitbart, 29 May 2017

The Government is under fresh pressure after the claim that a tool to control returning Islamist fighters has been used just once since it was passed into law in February 2015, with "no more than four or five" more under consideration.

Despite the return of around 350 Islamic State fighters, sources have revealed that temporary exclusion orders (TEOs), which make it unlawful for the subject to come back without engaging with UK authorities, have been used only on one occasion, The Times reports.

TEOs allow the Government to ban jihadis with British passports from coming back to the UK for up to two years, cancelling the travel documents of returning Islamists unless they agree to adhere to conditions such as regularly reporting to police, or enrolling on a deradicalisation course. ...

Despite a Government fact sheet published in December 2014 announcing TEOs would provide a "valuable operational capability", records from the most recent Government report, from February, showed the powers were yet to have ever been enforced at that point. ...

Suicide bomber Salman Abedi, whose father was reportedly a member of the al Qaeda-linked Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, is thought to have returned from Libya just days before carrying out the attack.
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Modern critics have justified the message of a 1973 novel on mass immigration
K.C. McAlpin
The Hill, 29 May 2017

Since Donald Trump's election as president, an obscure 1973 novel by French author Jean Raspail, "The Camp of the Saints," has received more media attention, often bordering on the hysterical, than at any time since it was published over four decades ago. Why would an aging work of fiction attract such a sudden burst of interest?

For one thing, the book imagines a massive invasion of Western Europe by Third World immigrants that almost exactly predicted the massive wave of Middle Eastern and African refugees and economic migrants that swarmed into Europe over the past two years. ...

... The book has recently been described as "really racist" (The Week), "staggeringly racist" (Slate), "unbelievably racist" (Bustle), "violently racist" (Politico) and "rabidly racist" (Huffington Post). ...

In their December 1994 Atlantic Monthly cover article, "Must It Be the Rest Against the West?" Yale history professor Paul Kennedy and his then-Ph.D. student (now a Columbia professor) Matthew Connelly, described the book as "one of the most disturbing novels of the late twentieth century." They took its message seriously and argued it "will take more than talk to prove the prophet wrong."

"The Camp of the Saints" is not racist, but Raspail mocked those who believed that racism "practiced by whites – heinous and inexcusable, whatever its motives – and that practiced by blacks – quite justified, whatever its excesses" should be able to morally blackmail Europeans to replace its historic population. In the years since its publication, academics have repeatedly redefined racism and come up with concepts like "white privilege" and "intersectionality" to justify this double standard. ...

... And the point of "The Camp of the Saints" was not to dehumanize the Third World, but to criticize Western liberals who were "righteous in their loathing of anything and everything that smacked of present-day Western society, and boundless in their love of whatever might destroy it."
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We decline to give special help to Christians and we will not speak frankly about Islam
Ben Lowry
Belfast News Letter, 28 May 2017

Last month the former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey made a major contribution to the debate about faith in general, UK refugee policy and Islamic terrorism.

He spoke about the many Christians whose identities are being attacked in the Middle East, "a region of the world where they have always coexisted with others". ...

He said that 10% of the Syrian population was Christian before the civil war began in 2011, but they had got less than 2% of the asylum places in the UK in 2016.

This is a subject matter that has become all the more urgent in the last week.

On Monday, an Islamic fanatic specifically targeted young people when he blew himself up at Manchester Arena.

Yesterday, gunmen in Egypt massacred at least 26 Coptic Christians on a bus.

Dr Carey was speaking after suicide bombs on two Egyptian churches on Palm Sunday left 45 people dead. ...

An important question for us is this: if we are a country that is increasingly inclined to acknowledge its Christian heritage (both David Cameron and Theresa May have done), then can we give greater weight to refugee applications from imperilled Christians?

It is generally accepted that Saudi Arabia, an Islamic state, or that Israel, a Jewish state, can have immigration policies in accordance with their dominant culture.

But we seem not to be prepared even to discuss whether there is merit in Britain having a discriminatory immigration policy that might, for example, favour Christians refugees.

Britain is not, of course, a religious state and few of its inhabitants want it to be so.

But we dismiss as racist the mere discussion of cultural differences. ...

Surveys consistently show that outright Muslim support for such violence is minuscule, but a degree of ambivalence about it is much larger.
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Write a letter to terrorists! Children told to 'respect' killers in new teaching aid
Jon Coates
Sunday Express, 28 May 2017

A new teaching aid that recommends schoolchildren as young as seven "write a letter to a terrorist" to help understand their motives has been condemned as "dangerous and misguided".

The book, Talking About Terrorism, published weeks before the Manchester Arena atrocity, describes the indiscriminate mass murder of innocent members of the public as a "type of war".

It tells primary age children that terrorists kill people because they believe they are being treated "unfairly and not shown respect".

It gives examples of "terrorists" whose ideas then turn out to be right: "The Suffragettes used violence and were called terrorists,,,," it stated.

"Today many people think of them as brave women and admire their struggle for the right to vote."

In an activity recommended for pupils aged seven to 11, teachers are urged to "invite children to write a letter to a terrorist. If they could ask a terrorist six questions, what would they be?"

The book, published by Brilliant Publications and containing a foreword by Peter Wanless, the chief executive of the NSPCC, has been slammed by critics who say it is potentially dangerous.

Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, said the letter task would confuse and potentially upset pupils.

He said: "This a crackpot idea based on the misguided notion that primary school children must engage with, and show "respect" for, religious fanatics who are seeking to kill them.

"It is part of the "British Values" agenda that is being forced on schools by Ofsted and the educational establishment.

"The primary school classroom is not the place to humanise terrorism by 'pretend dialogue'."
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MI5 reveals there are 23,000 terror suspects as Met Police boss says a 'large part' of Manchester bomber's network have been rounded up so Britons should 'go out and enjoy yourselves'
Chris Greenwood, Sam Greenhill and Ian Drury
Daily Mail, 27 May 2017

Security at more than 1,300 events this weekend – including the FA cup final, premiership rugby final and Hay literary festival – has been dramatically reviewed.

Police marksmen will also be sent to theme parks, beaches and resorts. Senior officers believe the key players behind Monday's carnage are in custody but have warned of further arrests in their sprawling inquiry. ...

Officials believe they have an almost complete picture of how Abedi, a 22-year-old drop-out, staged the worst atrocity since the July 7 attacks. ...

In an unusual move, the security services revealed that 23,000 potential jihadists are living in Britain. ...

More than 3,000 jihadists are being investigated as 'subjects of interest' – or potential terrorists – stretching the security services to breaking point.

And they are grappling with 500 active terror investigations.
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Manchester suicide bomber used student loan and benefits to fund terror plot
Robert Mendick, Martin Evans and Victoria Ward
Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2017

The Manchester suicide bomber used taxpayer-funded student loans and benefits to bankroll the terror plot, police believe.

Salman Abedi is understood to have received thousands of pounds in state funding in the run up to Monday's atrocity even while he was overseas receiving bomb-making training.

Police are investigating Abedi's finances, including how he paid for frequent trips to Libya where he is thought to have been taught to make bombs at a jihadist training camp. ...

Abedi's finances are a major 'theme' of the police inquiry amid growing alarm over the ease with which jihadists are able to manipulate Britain's welfare and student loans system to secure financing.

One former detective said jihadists were enrolling on university courses to collect the student loans "often with no intention of turning up".

Abedi was given at least £7,000 from the taxpayer-funded Student Loans Company after beginning a business administration degree at Salford University in October 2015.

It is thought he received a further £7,000 in the 2016 academic year even though by then he had already dropped out of the course. Salford University declined to say if it had informed the Student Loans Company that Abedi's funding should have been stopped.

Separately, the Department for Work and Pensions refused to say if Abedi had received any benefits, including housing benefit and income support worth up to £250 a week, during 2015 and 2016. It would only say he was not claiming benefits in the weeks before the attack.

Abedi, 22, never held down a job, according to neighbours and friends, but was able to travel regularly between the UK and Libya. ...

David Videcette, a former Metropolitan police detective who worked on the 7/7 London bombing investigation, said of the student loans' system: "It is an easy way for a terrorist to move forward and finance their activities at the expense of the taxpayer.

"All you have got to do is get yourself into university and then off you go. Often they have go no intention of turning up."

Professor Anthony Glees, director of Buckingham University's Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies, said: "The British system makes funds readily available to jihadist students without checks on them. There needs to be an inquiry into this."
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The Rochdale horror goes on: Abuse is STILL rife 10 years after 50 under-age white girls were groomed and raped by a Pakistani gang - and police remain hidebound by political correctness
Paul Bracchi
Daily Mail, 27 May 2017

Nearly 50 under-age girls were groomed, raped and in some cases gang-raped at the Tasty Bites takeaway.

The victims were white, working class and predominantly from broken or chaotic homes.

All but one of the perpetrators were originally from Pakistan. Most were married with children, respected in their community. ...

Just one disturbing question remained ...: could this kind of abuse still be happening in Rochdale?

Shockingly, according to our own inquiries in the former mill town over the past tragedy-filled week, the answer is 'yes'.

Experts we spoke to in child protection confirmed what many have suspected for some time. But, even now, they remain fearful of going 'on the record'.

After all, the levels of official denial that race or culture played any part in the Rochdale case run deep.

Police have always insisted the girls were targeted because they were vulnerable, not because they were white.

They deny any accusations that, to quote former Labour MP Ann Cryer at the time, they were too 'petrified of being called racist' to pursue the likes of individuals such as the odious Shabir Ahmed.

A recent report commissioned by the Greater Manchester Police and Crime Commissioner gives little cause for optimism.

The number of child sexual exploitation offences ('grooming') in Greater Manchester increased fivefold from 146 in 2013 to 714 in 2016, the study revealed.

Some 1,732 youngsters are currently identified as victims of exploitation or at risk of grooming – almost treble the figure from 2015.

But those figures don't tell the whole story. Despite the rise in offences, the report acknowledges, grooming remains under-reported. ...

Meanwhile, no details of ethnic backgrounds of offenders are given. The topic of race, in fact, is largely avoided, dismissed in a few sentences. ...

There have been at least 14 major trials, such as the ones in Rochdale and Rotherham; in Oxford, Derby, Leeds, Aylesbury, Telford, Banbury, Middlesbrough, Dewsbury, Carlisle, Burnley and Blackpool.

The prosecutions resulted in the conviction of 66 men, many from a Pakistani background.

But even this figure does not reflect the true scale of a problem that liberal commentators are still shamefully reluctant to confront.

The ongoing inquiry in Rotherham alone – which is expected to run until 2018 – has already identified 300 'predominantly' Asian suspects. ...

The judge who presided over his trial said one of the reasons white girls were targeted was because they were not part of their 'community or religion'.
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Five UK terror plots disrupted in past two months as MI5 battles 'unparalleled' threats
Ben Farmer
Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2017

Britain is dealing with an unprecedented terrorist threat which has seen MI5 and police disrupt five terror plots in the past two months alone, a senior Whitehall source has said.

The threat from Islamist terrorists intent on committing attacks in the UK is so high that the security services are currently running 500 active investigations looking at some 3,000 potential suspects.

Counter terrorism officials on Thursday sought to disclose the scale of the menace as MI5 and police faced accusations they had missed chances to stop the Manchester bomber when he was repeatedly flagged to authorities as a danger.

Family, friends and the local community are understood to have informed the authorities of the danger posed by Salman Abedi on at least five separate occasions before he blew himself up at a Manchester Arena pop concert killing 22 people.

As the country remained on its highest terror alert for a decade, it was announced armed transport police would patrol trains for the first time. ...

The threat from battle-hardened jihadists returning from Iraq and Syria and the peril of online radicalisation are contributing to highest threat seen in decades by MI5.

A total of 18 plots have been wound up since 2013, including five in the two months since Khalid Masood killed four people during a car and knife rampage in Westminster. ...

A terror attack in the UK is expected imminently after the threat level was raised to critical in the wake of Tuesday's attack.
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Detain, deport, exclude: this is how Britain should respond to terror
Colonel Richard Kemp
Daily Telegraph, 26 May 2017
[Richard Kemp is the former chairman of the Cobra Intelligence Group]

On Monday we saw something we have never before seen in the UK. We saw an attack that was specifically intended to kill, maim and permanently disfigure our children.

No self-respecting nation can tolerate such a barbaric assault on its youth and its future. ...

The government must move beyond its well-rehearsed hand-wringing promises to increase police on the streets, tackle underlying causes and invest more cash in the "Prevent" agenda. We have heard this after every attack since July 2005 and we know it doesn't work. We also always hear that the attacker was known to the security services, yet somehow got through. How can this be, when we have the finest intelligence services in the world?

Because we have given them an impossible job. The head of MI5 says there are more than 3,000 people at large in the UK today known to be involved in terrorism. It is impossible to keep tabs on them all, ...

The only answer is to reduce that 3,000. Of course, those that can be prosecuted and imprisoned should be. But too often, while intelligence confirms their involvement in extremism, forensic evidence sufficient for conviction is either lacking or cannot be used for security reasons. We have to take a harder line with those we cannot convict yet know present a serious threat.

Non-British citizens involved in any type of terrorist activity in the UK should be deported. British citizens should be detained or placed under some other form of effective control. Those who leave the country to commit mass murder, rape and torture with the Islamic State or any other jihadist group should be banned from re-entry. ...

The Islamic State is collapsing as a cohesive entity in Syria and Iraq, but it will not go away. Instead it will disperse. Hundreds of Britons are among them and many will return with orders to attack. They are the most dangerous terrorists we have ever faced. Not only have they been trained in techniques of unlimited terror but they have been blooded in battle.
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Net migration to the UK falls to 248,000 in 2016
BBC, 25 May 2017

Net migration to the UK was estimated to be 248,000 in 2016 - a fall of 84,000 from 2015, figures show.

The Office for National Statistics said the change was driven by "a statistically significant" increase of 40,000 people leaving the country.

These were mostly EU citizens - 117,000 emigrated, up 31,000 from 2015. ...

The ONS report for 2016 includes six months of data following the EU referendum.

Its figures for the year estimated immigration at 588,000, with emigration of 339,000. ...

In 2016, the total number of people moving to the UK was made up of 264,000 non-EU citizens, 250,000 EU citizens and 74,000 British citizens. ...

Work remains the most common reason for international migration, with 275,000 people coming into the UK for work in 2016 - down 33,000 from 2015.

The majority - 180,000 - had a definite job, similar to 2015, but fewer people came into the UK looking for work - 95,000, down 35,000 from 2015.

In 2016, more people left the UK with a definite job - 116,000 - than in 2015.

A total of 9,634 people were granted asylum or an alternative form of protection in the year ending March 2017.

In addition, 5,453 people were granted humanitarian protection under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme over the same period.
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Majority of Britons think minorities threaten UK culture, report says
The Guardian, 25 May 2017

More than half of Britons believe their culture is threatened by ethnic minorities living in the UK, a report says.

A quarter think immigrants take jobs away and a third think they remove more from society than they contribute, this year's Aurora Humanitarian Index survey said.

The survey also found respondents think the UK could be less capable of dealing with the refugee crisis after Brexit. And researchers found an overwhelming lack of confidence in world leaders to address the issue.

Only a minority think the prime minister, Theresa May, is the best person to resolve it. Support for humanitarian action is also in steep decline. The report said: "This year's findings demonstrate an overall decline in the support for humanitarian action based on scepticism in the ability to make an impact and ambivalence in defending social values over self-interest." ...

The 2017 Aurora Humanitarian Index surveyed nearly 6,500 people in 12 countries.

In the UK it found:

• 56% of people felt local culture was threatened by ethnic minorities.

• 24% felt migrants took jobs away but half believed their impact was neutral.

• 34% thought migrants took more from society than they contributed.
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'Refugees have trouble integrating': Muslim psychiatrist calls for cut to Islamic immigration following Manchester terror attack
Stephen Johnson
Daily Mail Australia, 25 May 2017

A Muslim psychiatrist born in Bangladesh has called for a restriction on Islamic migration in the wake of the Manchester terrorist attack and slammed the failure of multiculturalism.

Tanveer Ahmed, who has a practice in Sydney's west, says this week's killing of 22 people in the United Kingdom, watching an Ariana Grande concert, meant the public had a right to be concerned about Islamist extremism.

'A short-term response of restricting Islamic immigration is reasonable and one supported by majority opinion throughout Europe according to a February Chatham House poll,' he wrote in The Spectator Australia on Wednesday. ...

The doctor, who is a former SBS television journalist, cited a poll for trade-union linked Essential Media, published in September 2016, which found 49 per cent of respondents supported a ban on Muslim migration to Australia. ...

Dr Ahmed, who has helped migrants in Australia, said the revelation that a 22-year-old British-born man from a Libyan family, Salman Abedi, had detonated a suicide bomb at Manchester Arena highlighted the challenge of integrating Muslim refugees.

'Abedi was born and raised in Britain but never felt British,' Dr Ahmed said, adding 'multiculturalist policies' had invited separate, tribal identities among ethnic minorities. ...

He added that many Muslims were sympathetic to the 'aims and justification' of Islamists, who support sharia law, a legal system which secular Muslims reject.

Dr Ahmed, a father of two daughters, said that explained the targeting of girls at a concert.
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Migrants stop working harder than Brits after two years, study finds
Daily Telegraph, 25 May 2017

Migrants stop working harder than British people after they have been in the country for two years, research has shown.

A study by the University of Bath found Central and Eastern Europe migrants' tendency to take fewer absent days from work than British workers may be nothing more than a temporary phenomenon.

When their attendance rates were measured over two to four years they were more than three times less likely to be absent from work than native UK workers.

But after this period their absences from work increased to similar levels recorded for native UK workers. It means native UK workers may be unfairly overlooked for jobs because employers have a preconception that migrants are harder workers.

Employment experts suggested migrants were making a special effort to avoid sick days in the initial stages of their UK employment to prove that they were worth hiring over UK workers and to make up for their lack of language skills.

Dr Chris Dawson, senior lecturer in Business Economics at the University of Bath, said: "Our work backs up managers' perceptions that Polish and other Central and Eastern European migrants are harder working than UK employees, but importantly only for around two years from their arrival in the UK. ..."
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Freedom of movement didn't start with the EU - it's the norm for Britain [part 1]
Colin Yeo
New Statesman, 25 May 2017
[Colin Yeo is an immigration barrister]

There was a short period of just 11 years between 1962 and 1973 when free movement of people did not apply in the UK. Other than during that time, businesses and public services have had easy access to workers from other countries. Following Brexit, the UK will be embarking on a similar period. If the full force of UK immigration law is brought to bear on all foreign nationals, this will require major adjustments in economy and society.

One wonders how long the interregnum might last this time.

We often talk casually about "British citizens", but British citizenship is a relatively recent innovation. There has only been such a thing as a British citizen for just the last 34 years, since the British Nationality Act 1981 become law on 1 January 1983. Before that, there were Citizens of the United Kingdom and Colonies, or CUKCs.

Born in Swindon in 1959? You would have been a Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies. Born in Swahililand in 1960? You would have been Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies.

Both had the same rights and entitlements and were allowed to live and work anywhere within the territories of the United Kingdom and Colonies. There was total freedom of movement. Not only that, but that right of free movement was extended to all citizens of the Commonwealth as well, a much larger area even than the colonies, particularly as more and more countries gained independence.

This citizenship status of "Citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies" was created by British Nationality Act 1948, which came into force on 1 January 1949. It replaced the status of "British subject" which pre-dated it.

After the war, Commonwealth countries decided they had had enough of quite literally being British subjects and decided to establish their own citizenships. CUKC status was the British effort and it applied equally to all within the UK and colonies. But there remained an umbrella status of Commonwealth citizens who retained free movement rights.

In the post-war boom the UK needed immigrants. There was a Royal Commission on Population which reported in 1949 and which stated immigrants "of good stock" would be "welcomed without reserve".

And so they came, from all over. Irish immigration remained high under separate rules. Many Europeans came to the UK in that period as well, as well as migrants from the Commonwealth. Famously working as bus drivers, manual labourers and nurses, these foreign nationals helped the UK rebuild after the trauma of the war.

Enoch Powell, health minister from 1960 to 1963 in the Macmillan government, famously invited Pakistani and Bangladeshi doctors and nurses to come to the UK because of a staffing shortage in the NHS. And 18,000 are reported to have come. By 1971, 31 per cent of all doctors in the NHS were born overseas.

But pressure to restrict immigration grew.

In 1962, a Conservative government passed the Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1962, which for the first time curtailed free movement for citizens of Commonwealth countries and the Colonies.
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Freedom of movement didn't start with the EU - it's the norm for Britain [part 2]
Colin Yeo
New Statesman, 25 May 2017

CUKCs all still had the same title, whether born in Swindon or Swahililand, but some had more rights than others. ...

The UK started withdrawal from the Commonwealth free movement area in 1962 and finished the job in 1968.

This time it was a Labour government which introduced new controls. Under the new Commonwealth Immigrants Act 1968, a CUKC could only live and work in the UK if they, or at least one of their parents or grandparents, had been born, adopted, registered or naturalised in the UK. This excluded almost all of the East African Asians, leaving them with the empty shell of a useless umbrella citizenship status. The legislation stranded them in countries that would not given them local citizenship.

In short, the 1968 Act explicitly created a two-tier system of citizenship rights based on parentage.

This was further codified in the Immigration Act 1971, which introduced the disturbing language of "patriality" to the right to live and work in the UK.

In 1973, the UK entered a huge new area of free movement of labour and people: what was then called the European Economic Community.

There was no "big bang" for immigration, though. The 1970s and then the early 1980s were a period of significant unemployment in the UK and economic contraction or very slow growth. There was no need for migrants, basically, and no-one would have wanted to come. This was long, long before Cool Britannia.

Inwards migration from the EU was a slow burn to begin with. While immigration gradually rose, emigration broadly kept pace. It was only from 2004 onwards that net migration became significant.

Initially, EU nationals were initially treated the same as other migrants under the same set of laws, but with specific immigration categories which only applied to them. A patchwork quilt of EU regulations and directives enabled specific but wide groups of EU citizens to move around the EU, including workers, the self employed, students and family members from within and without the EU.

When economic growth really got started, migration unsurprisingly rose. This relationship is important. ...

Voters famously chose to "take back control" on 23 June 2016. Politicians have scrambled to promise controls on immigration. But what does full immigration control mean in practice?

Free movement, whether Commonwealth or EU, is by its nature frictionless. A person can simply be employed as long as they hold the right passport, no further questions asked. The UK immigration rules are not frictionless. They have traction. They chaff. They rub. And they are supposed to, because they are intended to make migration to the UK difficult and to keep people out. ...

Debate is needed on the cost of cutting immigration. The fact is that ending free movement and reducing net migration to tens of thousands per year would be disastrous for the UK economy and society. A detailed report published by Global Future suggests net migration of 200,000 is necessary.
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Up to 6.6m migrants waiting to cross to Europe from Africa: report
Justin Huggler
Daily Telegraph, 24 May 2017

Europe could face a new wave of migrant arrivals this summer, a leaked German government report has warned. Up to 6.6m people are waiting in countries around the Mediterranean to cross into Europe, according to details of the classified report leaked to Bild newspaper.

They include more than 2.5m in North Africa waiting to attempt the perilous crossing by boat. Angela Merkel's government has not commented on the report, which the newspaper says was marked for internal use only. ...

... The report warns the number waiting to cross into Europe has risen by 650,000 since the end of January alone – an increase of 12 per cent.

It says 1m are waiting in Libya, where smugglers use small and often unseaworthy boats to carry migrants to outlying Italian islands. Another 1m are waiting in Egypt, 430,000 in Algeria, 160,000 in Tunisia, and 50,000 in Morocco. Others are waiting in transit countries along the route, with up to 720,000 in Jordan.

The numbers also include 3.3m waiting in Turkey, most of whom are currently prevented from crossing into Europe by the EU's migrant deal with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.
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Islamists are very clear about what they want – we just aren't listening
Douglas Murray
The Spectator, 24 May 2017

Even after all these years, all these attacks and all these dead, the West still keeps asking the same question after events like those of Monday night: 'Who would do such a thing?' ... Yet still our society wonders: what would make someone do such a thing? The tone of bafflement is strange – like a society that keeps asking a question, but keeps its fingers lodged firmly in its ears whenever it is given the answer. ...

For their part, the Islamists are amazingly clear about what they want and the reasons why they act accordingly. You never have to read between the lines. Listen to Jawad Akbar, recorded in the UK in 2004 as he discussed the soft targets he and his al Qaeda-linked cell were planning to hit. The targets included the Ministry of Sound nightclub in London. What was the appeal? As Akbar said to his colleague, Omar Khyam, no one could 'turn round and say "oh they are innocent, those slags dancing around".'

It is the same reason why ten years ago next month Bilal Abdullah and Kafeel Ahmed (an NHS doctor and an engineering PhD student respectively) planted a car bomb outside the glass front of the Tiger Tiger club on London's Haymarket on lady's night. They then planted another just down the road in the hope that those 'slags' fleeing from the first blast would run straight into the second. It is why when Irfan Naseer and his 11-member cell from Birmingham were convicted of plotting mass casualty terror attacks in 2013, one of their targets was – once again – a nightclub area of the city. ...

Where does it come from, this hatred the Islamists hold – as well as everyone else they loathe – for half the human species? Even moderate Muslims hate it when you ask this, but the question is begged before us all. What do people think the burka is? Or the niqab? Or even the headscarf? Why do Muslim societies – however much freedom they give men – always and everywhere restrict the freedom of women? Why are the sharia courts, which legally operate in the UK, set up to prejudice the rights of women? Why do Islamists especially hate women from their faith who raise their voices against the literalists and extremists?

Do people think this stuff comes from thin air? It was always there. Because it's at the religion's origins and unlike the women-suspecting stuff in the other monotheisms (mild though they are by comparison), too few people are willing to admit it or reform this hatred, disdain and of course fear of women that is inherent in Islam. It is a constant of Islamic history, along with the Jews, the gays and the 'wrong type of Muslim': always and everywhere, the question of women. It's our own fault because we have been told it so many times. As the Australian cleric Sheik Taj Aldin al-Hilali famously said to 500 worshippers in Sydney in 2006: 'If you take out uncovered meat and place it outside without cover, and the cats come to eat it, whose fault is it – the cat's or the uncovered meat's? The uncovered meat is the problem. If she was in her room, in her home, in her hijab, no problem would have occurred.'
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Manchester's Islamist Appeasing Police and Politicians Have Blood on Their Hands
Daniel Greenfield
FrontPage Mag, 24 May 2017

In the months before weeping little girls with nails in their faces were carried out of the Manchester Arena, the authorities of that city were hard at work fighting the dreaded threat of Islamophobia. ...

The Greater Manchester Police are one of only two police forces to list Islamophobia as a hate crime category. Earlier this year, Chief Constable Ian Hopkins honored Tell Mama for fighting Islamophobia. Tell Mama had lost funding earlier when its claims of a plague of violent Islamophobia fell apart.

Shahid Malik, the chair of Tell Mama, had been photographed with the leader of Hamas. Appearing at the Global Peace and Unity conference, where plenty of terrorism supporters have promenaded, he boasted, "In 2005 we had four Muslim MPs. In 2009 or 2010 we'll have eight or ten Muslim MPs. In 2014 we'll have 16 Muslim MPs. At this rate the whole parliament will be Muslim."

Last year, Hopkins had appeared at a Muslim Engagement and Development (MEND) event at the European Islamic Centre along with Azad Ali. Ali has praised Anwar Al-Awlaki and other Al Qaeda figures. He justified the murder of British and American soldiers, he praised Hamas and Hezbollah.

Instead of arresting him, the Chief Constable appeared at the same forum with a terrorist supporter.

Also present was Greater Manchester Police Crime Commissioner and Interim Mayor Tony Lloyd who came by to talk about "eradicating hate". This was at an event attended by Anas Altikriti of the Cordoba Foundation, who had backed terrorists murdering British soldiers and accused Jews of dual loyalty.

Tony Lloyd will be the Labour candidate in Rochdale; home of the Muslim sex grooming cover-up.

Both Manchester Mayor Burnham and Chief Constable Ian Hopkins had appeared at MEND events. MEND's Director of Engagement is Azad Ali.

After the attack, Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham vowed on camera, "terrorists will never beat us". The terrorists don't need to beat Burnham. He'll eagerly collaborate without so much as a single slap.

Last year the left-wing politician fought the government's efforts to crack down on Islamic terror. "It is creating a feeling in the Muslim community that it is being spied upon and unfairly targeted," he whined.

Terrorists will never beat us. Unless they have their useful idiots operating on the inside for whom Muslim feelings come first and little girls being torn to pieces by shrapnel come last.

Burnham accused opponents of Islamic terror of racism, xenophobia and all the usual stuff. He insisted that there was a huge Islamophobia problem that was being hidden because Muslims were too afraid of the police to report this rash of imaginary crimes.

"There's a lot of people in this country not necessarily at risk from 'Islamic extremism' but it's far-right extremism," Andy insisted.

This is what led to the Manchester Arena bombing. Mayor Burnham sold out the police. The police sold out the people. The authorities were chasing Islamophobia when they should have been fighting Islamic terror.
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Ethnic minority votes to play key role in UK poll: Report
Aditi Khanna
India Today, 23 May 2017

The ethnic minority vote, including Indian-origin electorate in the UK, will play a key role for all major political parties in the snap general election on June 8, according to a new research.

Operation Black Vote (OBV), a leading advocacy group for wider representation of the black and minority ethnic (BME) communities in British politics, found in its Power of the Black Vote in 2017 analysis that the ruling Conservatives, Opposition Labour and the Liberal Democrats need the BME vote to win in their target seats.

It found that the top 10 most marginal seats, or constituencies with a very slim majority for the sitting MP leaving it up for grabs for all parties, have a BME electorate larger than the majority of the MP who was elected there in the 2015 general election.

The BME electorate is significantly larger than the majority in seven of those 10 seats and the Indian population is larger than 15 per cent in 15 seats, including eight marginal seats, the report concludes. ...

"For Labour, holding onto the BME vote in 2017 is crucial... 34 marginal Labour seats rely very heavily on keeping the same BME vote as last time," the group adds. ...

According to the analysis, which way the BME vote goes will have a big impact on the final tally as almost half (96) of the top 200 most marginal seats have BME populations large enough to help determine the results in those constituencies.
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Do areas with more immigration always vote Labour?
Jasmine Watkiss
Cambridge News, 23 May 2017

Areas with high numbers of immigrants - such as Cambridge - are far more likely to vote Labour than Conservative, exclusive analysis shows.

With Brexit and immigration major election issues, our data team have been looking at the constituencies with the highest number of foreign nationals registering for National Insurance numbers.

They have discovered that of the 70 places with the highest work-based immigration rates, only 15 have Conservative MPs - compared to 54 who have Labour MPs. ...

The analysis looked at the number of National Insurance Number registrations (NiNo) during the financial year 2014-2015, and how many of those were to foreign nationals.

That makes it possible to estimate the proportion of the local population who were foreign workers at the time of the last election.

The top 70 immigration rates range from 10.1% in the Tottenham constituency to 3.2% in Leicester East. ...

In comparison, of the 70 places with the lowest work-based immigration rates, only 15 have Labour MPs compared to 55 who have Conservative MPs.
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After Manchester: it's time for anger
Brendan O'Neill
Spiked, 23 May 2017

After the terror, the platitudes. And the hashtags. And the candlelit vigils. And they always have the same message: 'Be unified. Feel love. Don't give in to hate.' The banalities roll off the national tongue. Vapidity abounds. A shallow fetishisation of 'togetherness' takes the place of any articulation of what we should be together for – and against. And so it has been after the barbarism in Manchester. In response to the deaths of more than 20 people at an Ariana Grande gig, in response to the massacre of children enjoying pop music, people effectively say: 'All you need is love.' The disparity between these horrors and our response to them, between what happened and what we say, is vast. This has to change.

It is becoming clear that the top-down promotion of a hollow 'togetherness' in response to terrorism is about cultivating passivity. It is about suppressing strong public feeling. It's about reducing us to a line of mourners whose only job is to weep for our fellow citizens, not ask why they died, or rage against their dying. /.../ They want us passive, empathetic, upset, not angry, active, questioning. They prefer us as a lonely crowd of dutiful, disconnected mourners rather than a real collective of citizens demanding to know why our fellow citizens died and how we might prevent others from dying. We should stop playing the role they've allotted us. ...

... Indeed, in some ways this official post-terror narrative is the unwitting cousin of the terror attack itself. Where terrorism pursues a war of attrition against our social fabric, seeking to rip away bit by bit our confidence and openness and sense of ourselves as free citizens, officialdom and the media diminish our individuality and our social role, through instructing us on what we may feel and think and say about national atrocities and discouraging us from taking responsibility for confronting these atrocities and the ideological and violent rot behind them. The terrorist seeks to weaken our resolve, the powers-that-be want to sedate our emotions, retire our anger, reduce us to wet-eyed performers in their post-terror play. It's a dual assault on the individual and society.

... We are actively warned against asking difficult questions about 21st-century society and why it has this violence in it, this nihilism in it. Question the wisdom of multiculturalism, of refusing to elevate one culture over another and instead encouraging people to live in their own cultural bubbles, and you're racist. Wonder if the obsession with combatting 'Islamophobia' might have given rise to a situation where some Muslims, especially younger ones, cannot handle ridicule of their religion, and... well, you're 'Islamophobic'. As for immigration: this is the great unmentionable; you're a fascist even for thinking about it. The post-terror narrative that barks 'You must empathise!' also says, implicitly, and sometimes explicitly, 'You mustn't think! You mustn't ask those questions or say that thing.' And so in their response to terrorism, they erect an intellectual forcefield around some of the problems that might, just might, be contributing to that terrorism.
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Why migration from Africa this century will make the refugee crisis look like a dress rehearsal
Stephen King
Sunday Telegraph, 21 May 2017

Just as it has become politically acceptable to discuss immigration, we are looking in the wrong direction. If we are not to be blindsided by mass migration once again, we need to look elsewhere. ...

The utterly impoverished are usually marooned, but a little economic improvement means they can afford the journey to a possibly more fruitful life elsewhere – ...

Today, that means the biggest drivers of migration are likely to be the lower cost of transportation and the demographics in Africa (where populations are increasing at an extraordinary rate) and in parts of the developed world (where populations are declining). Take the contrasting experiences of Nigeria and Italy. In 1950, Nigeria's population was around 38 million; Italy's 47 million. In 2015, Nigeria's stood at 182 million, with Italy's at 60 million. According to UN projections, Nigeria's population will rise to over 700 million by 2100 thanks in part to declining infant mortality, while Italy's will drop back to 50 million thanks to a persistently low birth rate.

For much of this period, Nigeria's population will, on average, be rather young. And young people, unencumbered by family commitments, have a habit of spreading their wings – particularly if, as in Nigeria's case, per capita incomes are less than a tenth of those in, say, Italy (or, indeed, the UK).

Nigeria's story will be replicated in many other parts of Africa, suggesting that the continent's share of the world's population is likely to rise from its current 16 per cent to a remarkable 40 per cent by the end of the century. Yet many African countries are among the most war-torn and politically unstable on the planet. Given half a chance, their citizens will surely be tempted to head elsewhere. As such, the world may be about to enter another period of truly mass migration.

It's already happening. Thanks in part to the activities of Boko Haram, the Italian interior ministry reckons at least 36,000 Nigerians arrived in Italy last year, mostly via Libya. The Syrian refugee crisis may prove to be no more than a dress rehearsal for what may happen in coming decades. How will we cope?

... Do we disregard the plight of people in Africa and elsewhere, turning back boats as they cross the Mediterranean while ignoring the fate that awaits those who are forced back? Do we trade more with African economies in the hope that economic engagement will do more than just entrench the rich and powerful in those countries? Do we offer more in the way of aid, even though we'd never wish to be permanently dependent on handouts ourselves? Or do we, instead, pretend that responsibility for Africa's future lies more with China and other Asian nations, as pre-Columbus economic connections – from Beijing to Zanzibar, from Mumbai to Mombasa – are rapidly re-established?

This last option would, in effect, be an admission that the West's economic power and influence is slowly draining away, consistent with the world's centre of gravity heading eastwards. For some in the West – keen to turn their nations into gated communities – that might be a price worth paying. Yet, given the vast differences in living standards and the small distances involved, it's not difficult to imagine that, whatever the West hopes, those gates will eventually be breached by Africans in search of a better life.
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Patients who can't speak English are given double the appointment time, GPs admit
Sarah Knapton
Daily Telegraph, 20 May 2017

Patients who cannot speak English are given double the appointment time at the GP because it takes so long to translate, doctors have admitted.

In recent years GPs' surgeries have struggled to keep up with soaring patient numbers, fuelled by immigration, which has seen an extra two million National Insurance registrations since 2011.

Many GP lists are now 'closed' and patients complain that they cannot get appointments because of the influx. ...

The Royal College of GPs also said that it was 'inevitable' that appointments would take longer for people who needed translation services. ...

Figures released last year showed that on average, practices across England are seeing an extra 80 patients a week, due to immigration and the ageing population.

The study by the University of Oxford based on analysis of more than 100 million GP and nurse sessions at 398 general practices in England, found the number of weekly consultations per practice had risen from 902 in 2007 to 984 in 2014.

In the last seven years, workloads in general practice have increased by 16 per cent, with some practices now approaching 200 consultations a day.
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Schools urged to 'show sensitivity' to Muslim pupils by moving GCSE and A-Level revision classes and rescheduling sports days for Ramadan
Scott Campbell
MailOnline, 20 May 2017

Schools are being urged to move revision classes and consider rescheduling sports days to accommodate the needs of Muslim pupils fasting for Ramadan, MailOnline can reveal.

A new report also suggests that schools should also 'show sensitivity' when organising graduation celebrations and change PE lesson plans to make sure that activities are 'less strenuous'.

Ramadan falls at the end of May this year and will last for approximately one month meaning it will clash with GCSE and A Level exams across the country. ...

The pamphlet has been published by the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL), which represents more than 18,000 head teachers and college leaders. ...

It continues: 'School and college leaders will also want to consider the possible impact fasting and late night prayers during Ramadan may have on Muslim children when setting dates for other activities, such as sports days, trips and celebrations.'
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Is Europe committing suicide? Controversial book claims elites in UK and the Continent are encouraging mass immigration because they've lost faith in historic Christian values
Dominic Sandbrook
Daily Mail, 20 May 2017

The shadow of Enoch Powell – the Birmingham-born Tory who was cast into the wilderness after his controversial speech in 1968 about 'rivers of blood' (a phrase he never actually used) – still hangs over the debate.

A few years ago, I was at a lunch in London, sitting next to the former editor of a national newspaper and the editor of one of Britain's best-known magazines, both of them highly educated and liberal-minded people. The subject turned to immigration.

'It's gone much too far,' one said. 'You're quite right,' said the other, 'but of course you can't say so.'

The journalist Douglas Murray has no such qualms. ..., he has just hurled a literary hand grenade into the debate about immigration and identity in today's Europe.

Indeed, the opening lines of his new book, The Strange Death Of Europe, could hardly be more incendiary.

'Europe is committing suicide,' Murray writes. 'Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide... As a result, by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home.'

The causes, he thinks, are twofold. First, our political leaders have knowingly colluded in the 'mass movement of peoples into Europe', filling 'cold and rainy northern towns' with 'people dressed for the foothills of Pakistan or the sandstorms of Arabia'.

Second, he believes Europe's intellectual and cultural elites, including those in Britain, have 'lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy'. Crippled with guilt, obsessed with atoning for the sins of empire, they have lost sight of the historic Christian values that their people expect them to defend.

As a result of their deluded utopianism, Murray thinks, Europe is ceasing to be Europe. ...

In case you need reminding, the figures for Britain alone are simply mind-boggling.

Between 1997 and 2010, for example, the last Labour government allowed a staggering 2.2 million people to settle in this country, the equivalent of two Birminghams.

Under David Cameron, the Tories promised to reduce immigration to the tens of thousands. Yet the latest figures show that annual net migration is about 273,000, roughly a city the size of Hull arriving every year.

It is worth noting, by the way, that mass immigration has always been immensely unpopular. When I wrote a history of Britain in the Sixties, I could hardly fail to notice that even back then, at least seven out of ten people were dead against it, as shown by the deluge of approving letters that greeted Enoch Powell's supposedly toxic speech.

Maybe his admirers were wrong; maybe they weren't. But whatever your own view of immigration, there has never been an issue on which the political class has so consistently gone against the wishes of the British people.

At this point in the argument, your standard liberal academic would typically interject to insist that Britain has always been a nation of immigrants. We all come from somewhere else anyway, they say, we are all mongrels, so how dare we close the gates to a few more?

But as Douglas Murray shows, this is a shameless rewriting of our past. For most of our history, we have never been a nation of immigrants. Even the most famous influx in our history, the Norman Conquest, involved a tiny population transfer, the equivalent of no more than 5 per cent or so.
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Michael Fallon says Tory immigration target is an 'aim' not a 'policy'
Kevin Schofield
Politics Home, 19 May 2017

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has attempted to play down expectations that the Government will cut net migration to the tens of thousands - just hours after it was included in the Conservative manifesto.

In an excruciating TV interview, Mr Fallon repeatedly refused to say the pledge was a "policy". Instead, he would only say it was an "aim".

Adding to the confusion, the senior Tory was also unable to say if the Government knew how much reducing immigration would cost the Treasury.

The Tories included the pledge to bring net migration down to less than 100,000 in their 2010 and 2015 manifestos, but have come nowhere near meeting it. The most recent data put the figure at 273,000.

Mr Fallon's embarrassing ordeal was broadcast last night on BBC2's Newsnight programme.

Presenter Evan Davis asked the minister: "It is a policy to get immigration down to tens of thousands isn't it, or is it not?"

Mr Fallon replied: "It's our ambition to get it down to the tens of thousands. It's an ambition and we've had it in previous manifestos."

He added: "It is an aim and we intend to continue to aim to reduce the level of immigration."
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ONS: Workers Born Abroad In United Kingdom Hits 5.64 Million
Jack Montgomery
Breitbart, 17 May 2017

New labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the number of people working in Britain who were born abroad now stands at 5.64 million – greater than the entire population of Scotland. ...

Of those 5.64 million, the number of non-British nationals is slightly lower at 3.55 million, because the larger figure includes British nationals born abroad and immigrants who have subsequently acquired citizenship.

Overall, the proportion of all people working in Britain accounted for by non-British nationals since records began 20 years ago in 1997 has more than trebled, increasing from 3.5 per cent to 11.1 per cent.

The statistics further indicate that, between January to March 2016 and January to March 2017, the number of EU nationals working in the UK increased by 171,000 to 2.32 million – despite claims of the Brexit vote "squeezing employers' ability to find workers".

The increase in the number of non-British workers from outside the EU rose by a more modest 35,000, taking the total to 1.23 million.

Overall, the number of non-British nationals working in Britain over the period has increased by 207,000, easily outstripping the increase in the number of British-born people entering the workforce, which stands at 179,000.
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Met chief orders more stop and search to fight rise in knife crime
Tom Harper
Sunday Times, 14 May 2017

Cressida Dick, the new Metropolitan police commissioner, has increased the use of stop-and-search powers in an attempt to combat soaring levels of knife crime in London.

She has made tackling violent crime her top priority after the deaths of 12 people from knife-related attacks in the past three weeks. ...

As home secretary, Theresa May reformed the use of stop and search, which she said had to be intelligence-led rather than random. May was concerned by data showing black people were seven times more likely than their white counterparts to be stopped by police.
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Curbing knife crime
John Fisher
Daily Telegraph, 13 May 2017
[Letter to the Editor]

The apparent rise in the number of young people carrying weapons (report, May 12) can be traced back to the publication of the 1982 Scarman and 1999 Macpherson reports into the use of "stop and search" powers. Since then, several generations of young people have grown up secure in the knowledge that they are most unlikely to be stopped and searched by police.

They therefore barely need to think twice before pocketing a gun or knife. At the same time a generation of police officers, many now in positions of seniority and influence, know of no other approach than one of extreme caution regarding the use of stop and search. Important interpersonal and "street-craft" skills are no longer being passed on to succeeding officers.


More than 63,000 migrants applied for EU asylum claiming to be unaccompanied minors in 2016 - five times the average - with two thirds of them males 'aged 16 or 17'
Gareth Davies
MailOnline, 12 May 2017

More than 63,000 migrants who applied for European Union asylum claimed to be unaccompanied minors in 2016.

The figure, released by the EU's statistical agency, revealed that of the tens of thousands to enter Europe last year, two thirds said they were 16 or 17-year-old men.

More than half of the 63,000 flooding into mainland Europe to flee war in their home nations came from Afghanistan and Syria. ...

It said the number was a third down from the previous year but still five times higher than the annual average.
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Mass immigration means cultural suicide
Niall McCrae
Conservative Woman, 12 May 2017

I was reminded of this while reading Douglas Murray's book on immigration, as it had stirred doubts in my then naïve view of a marvellous, exotic melting pot. A highly respected commentator, Murray has produced a tour de force, pulling no punches in describing the overwhelming influx in Britain and Europe as a steady and seemingly irreversible process of cultural suicide. For all who have been exasperated by the pathetically lax response to the biggest demographic change in history, Murray does not console. But he confronts a liberal establishment that continues to encourage this huge transformation of a once-stable society. How much more immigration do they want? Is this merely the beginning, and what is the ultimate destination? Looking at the ethnic mix in schools, it needs neither pessimism nor genius to envisage a white British minority and soon after a Muslim majority.

Murray has carefully recorded those awful Question Time discussions, the sanctimonious drivel by 'progressive' politicians and fêted metropolitan pundits, and the constant insulting of the intelligence and sensibilities of ordinary folk. ...

The book is a polemical but scholarly account, scrutinising the political propaganda and the policy-based evidence from biased research cloaked in academic rigour. ...

The writing is on the wall, yet nothing gets done. With its schema of displacement and denial, liberal Western society appears to be going down the toilet. Don't educated people see the risks for hard-won equality for women and LGBT, for freedom of speech, and for what's left of our 'green and pleasant land'? ...

Our society is not ready to listen to the likes of Murray. Conservatives worry about stable doors and the lateness of the hour, but the liberal establishment dismisses their anxiety. As in the Soviet Union under Stalin, the language of mental illness is used to undermine dissent. We have phobia, and therefore we are incapable of reasoned discourse.
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The manifesto pledge that the Tories never have – and never will – deliver on
Thom Brooks
Independent, 11 May 2017
[Thom Brooks is Head of Durham Law School]

Despite strong hints by Home Secretary Amber Rudd it wouldn't happen, the Tories have confirmed they will stick with their pledge to reduce net migration to under 100,000 for the general election.

It's a pledge that the Tories love to break. Despite repeated promises since 2010, net migration hit record highs under Tory-led governments and on Theresa May's watch as Home Secretary and Prime Minister. No matter how often May blames Labour, the inconvenient truth is that it's the Tories seeing higher migration levels than at any point under New Labour.

Even the Telegraph has said "if ever a manifesto pledge had failed to be delivered then this is it." Simply wanting numbers to go down is not enough to make it happen. Not then and not now.

But the problem with the Tory pledge isn't only that they haven't kept their promise once for seven years and counting. It's that using net migration is unworkable and probably counterproductive.

Migrants are not all the same. Some are wealthy entrepreneurs, many are in professional employment while others are here as students or spouses. More select categories like these can help government plan around local labour markets, school places and housing. Lumping them together makes planning more difficult – the short to medium term impact of 1,000 foreign university students is very different from 1,000 foreign university lecturers (I should know – I've done both.)

Targets can work in a more selective approach than a blob – especially when you look beneath the surface to discover who is counted as a "migrant".

In counting everyone coming or going as a "migrant", British citizens are included. That's you and me. The last quarterly net migration statistics in February showed a 49,000 drop overall. Ministers cautiously praised themselves for turning a corner with the first news of net migration being less instead of more.

However, ministers have little to celebrate. Hidden in the migration figures – that I exposed – was the fact that the 49,000 drop was partly due to 54,000 more British citizens choosing to leave or not come home. Any immigration target that includes local citizens as foreigners is unfit for purpose. If the only way to reduce net migration is by more of us leaving or not returning, then we need a new way to count immigration. ...

Perhaps the biggest problem of all is that even if net migration cuts happened, they would probably be counterproductive. It's because it is confusing fewer numbers with less impact. This might look obvious, but the two don't always go together. ...

Scrapping net migration targets does not mean giving up. A rational policy should not be fixed to an arbitrary goal. If targets are to be set, they should be evidence-based and specific to different categories of immigrants such as workers and students. ...

The government could also address the real concerns voters have around access to public services by launching a Migration Impacts Reduction Fund paid for by a surcharge on immigration applications. Funds earned could be targeted at areas of greatest need benefiting citizens without costing a penny.
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Emmanuel Macron thinks he can save the EU, but the coming migration crisis might break it first
William Hague
Daily Telegraph, 9 May 2017

Yet there are two even bigger challenges that Macron, Merkel and other European leaders will need to confront rapidly if they are to prevent the disintegration of the EU and the rise of extreme parties across the continent: the unsustainable contradictions in the eurozone, and the possibility of migration towards Europe on a scale never seen before. ...

But even the eurozone is not the greatest threat to the unity of the EU. The crisis most likely to overwhelm Europe in the coming years and bring populist or nationalist leaders like Marine Le Pen to power is an uncontrollable rise in immigration from Africa and the Middle East. The population of these regions is expected to double over the next 30 years, which will be an increase of over a billion people.

Growing up in countries with poor leadership, inadequate opportunities, expanding deserts and sometimes internal conflict, it is predictable and understandable that many of those people will attempt to migrate to Europe. If so, the numbers involved will be far greater than anything seen so far. Two summers ago, the arrival of a million migrants had a huge impact, rocking the leadership of Angela Merkel, causing some EU countries to close their borders unilaterally and stretching relations between countries like Hungary and Poland and the rest of the EU to breaking point. But simple mathematics shows that a much bigger crisis is on the way. ...

Left to develop, the future migration crisis is the one that will break the Schengen zone, the EU, and the mainstream leadership of Europe. There is no sign yet that enough action is being taken to avert it.
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Tories finally have chance to deliver migration pledge
Stephen Pollard
Daily Express, 9 May 2017

In 2010 and 2015 the Tories pledged to reduce immigration to the "tens of thousands". They've had seven years to meet those two previous pledges and have failed. Spectacularly. The most recent figure for net immigration was 273,000.

Not once has the Government managed to get anywhere near a figure of tens of thousands.

Net immigration is the difference between the number of people arriving and the number of people leaving. That shows one of the problems with the pledge: it's impossible for the Government to control the figure.

At one end no government can control the number of people leaving the country. And at the moment we can't control who arrives either.

Whatever arrangements we might make for visas and other immigration criteria from the rest of the world, our EU membership removes control. ...

As members of the EU it's impossible to control who comes. That made the 2010 and 2015 pledge almost deliberately deceptive. It was a pledge over which the Government - in reality Mrs May herself since she was home secretary - had no control.

In the very month of the referendum last year the official figures showed a net increase of 333,000 immigrants over the previous year. Of those, 184,000 were from the EU.

When we leave the EU, however, the rules will change completely. We can control precisely who comes and that is clearly going to be the basis for a national debate once we regain self-government in 2019. Which is why the pledge really matters this time round.

That said, it's not just EU immigration which is running out of control. Take those figures from last year. If 184,000 of the 333,000 net immigrants were from the EU that still leaves a huge number from outside of it.

Foreign-born workers now hold one in six of all jobs which means 5.2 million workers out of the total labour force in the UK of 31.5 million. But less than half of those foreign-born workers are from the EU.

Leaving the EU may be a prerequisite for taking back control of immigration but it clearly isn't close to enough. If we are as unsuccessful at controlling immigration from the EU when we leave as we are now at controlling non-EU immigration then we might as well not bother. ...

The issue isn't whether we should have immigration, the issue is how much immigration we should have. It has been impossible to have that debate until this time.

But now we are about to leave the real point of the Conservative pledge is that it shows how Mrs May realises that, post-Brexit, any government must respond to the voters' demand to limit immigration.
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French Historian: 'Human Rights' Is the Religion of the French State
Chris Tomlinson
Breitbart, 9 May 2017

French historian of law and sociologist Professor Jean-Louis Harouel believes France and its "religion of human rights" are to blame for the rise of Islam which he said is a political ideology first and a religion second.

... To Harouel, human rights, or political correctness, have been transformed into the state religion of France and said laws against free speech were the equivalent of "blasphemy" for the French elites. ...

He noted that like Communism, the human rights religion "knows no nations, no countries and no civilisations. You only have individual people throughout the world and any one of these people can go where he wants and take what he wants."

Harouel blamed the human rights religion for creating a lack of identity amongst people in France and that lack of identity led many Muslims in Paris's immigrant-populated suburbs to embrace Islam as their identity.

"The human rights religion is very paradoxical because it is mainly aimed against any kind of discrimination," he said. Howver, he noted that Islam, which he refers to as a political ideology first and a religion second, has managed to remain highly discriminatory against women and others.

Whilst saying that Islam was a "great civilisation" looking at it from the outside, he noted that Muslims were "constructing parts of Islamic civilisation in Europe".

"Just like Kosovo, maybe one day some part of Islamic civilisation in France, or elsewhere, will ask to be a state," he warned. "From my point of view, it is a question of conquest." ...

Calling the mainstream right-wing parties a "soft version of the left", Harouel said he did not believe there were any traditional right wing parties left in France as the left had dragged them all further to the left over the last few decades.

On the subject of mass migration, Harouel said the problem with countries like Germany and France was that they are "countries of old people" and said the only way to change the demographic shift would be to stop immigration.
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Elites betrayed the people over immigration – read Murray's book
Laura Perrins
Conservative Woman, 9 May 2017

Gaby Hinsliff does not like it when people can read good and write proper. That is one of the problems with Douglas Murray, what with his fancy ways and his poisonous pen.

In his new book, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, Murray dares to question the lefty consensus that the open borders of Europe, and the open borders of Britain in particular, have been a most welcome development that can only lead to more fabulousness for this green and pleasant land. ...

Now Murray has gone and written a whole book on the greatest issue of our time – uncontrolled mass immigration imposed by an elite without the consent of the people. ...

Hinsliff asserts: "Murray never quite spells out why it matters so terribly that people should come here from abroad – what is supposedly so awful about black and brown Londoners, including second or third generation immigrants, or indeed white people born overseas."

Yet Murray does. First, there are and will continue to be huge pressures placed on housing, education and health. Secondly, immigration on this scale was profoundly undemocratic, no party, least of all New Labour, had a mandate for it, the public did not support it and once it had happened the public rejected it (fat lot of good it did them.) In one poll 67 per cent of the British public believed that immigration over the previous decade had 'been a bad thing for Britain.'

The response of the ruling elite to the public was: screw you. As Boris Johnson declared 'we need to stop moaning about the dam-burst. It's happened.'

The greatest of Murray's concerns is the question of values and culture. Yes, immigration brings diversity but no culture is perfect, and as he points out 'specific cultural ideas and attitudes that were clearly held by some immigrants' were gravely damaging. ...

The most outrageous part of the review is when Hinsliff alleges that Murray merely asserts, "the evidence suggesting immigration has economic benefits is all either wrong or fiddled by New Labour."

In fact, Murray sets out in detail over a number of pages how the idea that immigration has been a net economic benefit to Britain was trumped up, especially by the media. It was a classic case of fake news (my phrase not his) and the academic paper itself, in its final version, put to rest the idea that mass immigration has been a boon for Britain. In fact, it probably cost Britain more than £159 billion.

Never mind. You will take it and you will like it, declare the elite. ...

At the start of the book, Murray asks three questions: How much longer must all this go on? Are we approaching the end of this transformation? Or is this only the beginning?
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Does the public like net migration targets as much as Theresa May?
Kully Kaur-Ballagan
Ipsos MORI, 9 May 2017
[Originally written for The Times Red Box]

Concern about immigration shaped the Brexit debate and will now play a big part in the general election. As the shape of the UK's future relationship with the EU is still up for debate, we know that concern about immigration has been high in the British public's mind since the early 2000s. It became the focus of the Brexit debate, with half (48%) mentioning it as the key issue facing Britain in the month of the referendum (a ten-point surge on the previous month). Although it has dropped as a concern over the last year, as the closely related issue of Brexit has risen, our latest Political Monitor shows that it remains in the top 5 issues that will be important to how people vote on 8 June.

When it comes to setting targets, the public combines strong support for having targets - with a long-held scepticism that these will be met! Our latest survey shows that the majority of Britons remain unconvinced that Theresa May will be successful in cutting net migration down to the 'tens of thousands' in the next few years. Two in three (68%) say that it is unlikely that the Conservatives will be able to achieve this target while just 18% think that they will.

Even among Tory supporters, where Theresa May receives such high approval ratings, six in ten (58%) do not think she will be able to meet her manifesto pledge. But the public has always been critical of the government's record on immigration and no one political party is seen as having a convincing policy on it. Prior to the 2015 general election only 15% of the public said their own party's policies completely reflected their views on immigration.
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Ukip MEP's 'death cult' remarks spark new Islamophobia row
Peter Walker
The Guardian, 8 May 2017

Ukip is facing renewed criticism over its attitudes towards Islam after it emerged that one of its senior MEPs said non-Muslims should have a "perfectly rational fear" of the faith, which he described as a "death cult" steeped in violence.

The Liberal Democrats and Greens described the comments, written in a blogpost by Ukip's Brexit spokesman, Gerard Batten, as "hateful" and "the gutter of British politics".

Asked twice about the issue at the launch of Ukip's election campaign on Friday, the party's leader, Paul Nuttall, declined to say whether he agreed with Batten's views.

Ukip's stance towards Islam has been in focus since Monday, when the party announced what it terms an "integration agenda", including a ban on full-face veils and compulsory medical checks for girls seen as at risk of female genital mutilation. ...

In the post on his personal blog written after last month's terrorist attack in Westminster, Batten said Islam should be referred to as "Mohammedanism – the cult of Mohammed – because that is what it is".

He continued: "It is a death cult, born and steeped in 1,400 years of violence and bloodshed, that propagates itself by intimidation, violence and conquest."

Batten wrote: "The terrorists are the vanguard of Mohammedanism. They set out to cow the non-Mohammedan population, so that the 'moderate Muslims' can get on establishing sharia courts, forcing halal food in school and works canteens, and making the authorities look the other way regarding criminal activities for fear of being called racist and Islamophobic."

Saying that a phobia was a fear without a rational base, Batten said: "A normal non-Mohammedan should have a perfectly rational fear of 'Islam'."
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When Is It OK To Kill Whites?
Rod Dreher
American Conservative, 8 May 2017

Tommy Curry is an associate professor at Texas A&M. He is black, and specializes in Critical Race Theory. Prof. Curry does not limit his teaching to the classroom. He has a strong presence on YouTube.

In this brief interview, he discusses when it is appropriate to kill white people:

"In order to be equal, in order to be liberated, some white people might have to die," he says.

In this interview with a blogcast called Context Of White Supremacy (slogan: "White People Are The Problem"), Curry argues that whites cannot be ignorant of racism (their own or anyone else's) and that black people who assume that whites are educable on racism are fools. He puts down different black theorists, including Martin Luther King, for actually thinking that white people can be regarded as reasonable. It's a remarkable thing: a philosophy professor who denies that a people are capable of rational thought because of their race. ...

The white nationalist spokesman Richard Spencer came to Texas A&M and gave a speech. /.../ It was far, far milder than anything Tommy Curry has said on his internet recordings. TAMU changed the rules for campus speakers in response to Spencer's appearance there. But Tommy Curry can say anything he likes about the manifold wickedness of white people? Is that it?
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The brave daughter who is tackling an ethnic taboo that costs the NHS millions: Aisha refused to marry a cousin, so great were her fears over rising numbers of disabled children
Jo Macfarlane
Mail on Sunday, 7 May 2017

There is fresh and growing evidence that marriage between relatives within the Pakistani community may be to blame – in part at least – for a dramatic rise in the number of children with genetic disorders being treated in British hospitals.

Figures obtained by The Mail on Sunday under Freedom of Information laws reveal a huge challenge, not only for such communities, but also for the Health Service. And it comes with vast financial implications.

The figures show that up to 20 per cent of the children treated for congenital problems in cities such as Sheffield, Glasgow and Birmingham are of Pakistani descent, a figure significantly greater than the background populations, which can be four per cent or lower.

Birmingham Children's Hospital alone has seen the number of Pakistani children treated for genetic disorders increase by as much as 43 per cent since 2011.

Officials admit it is impossible to calculate the cost of treating these problems, but there is no doubting the extraordinary scale of the expense, which even in 2004 was estimated at £2 billion a year. ...

Scientific studies over at least three decades have linked first-cousin unions to an increased risk of genetic disease.

Yet it remains discussed only with extreme reluctance. Medical professionals fear being labelled racist, while individuals among the groups most affected are reluctant to be seen as disloyal. ...

Two per cent of the population in the UK is Pakistani or British Pakistani, according to the 2011 Census – just under one million people. Estimates suggest half the marriages are 'consanguineous' – between blood relatives – a largely cultural tradition aimed at keeping wealth and property within families. Such marriages are also common in Arab countries and North Africa. This means a disproportionate number of children from these backgrounds are stillborn, die during childhood, or live with lifelong genetic disabilities.

Hundreds of such conditions, many of them so rare they have never before been seen in Britain, are now being diagnosed at children's hospitals. ... The trend is clear. They show that in Sheffield, for example, 20 per cent of affected children are of Pakistani descent compared with a background population of four per cent. In Glasgow, the proportion is about 18 per cent, even though Pakistanis account for 3.8 per cent of the local population. ...

Dramatic as this picture is, the true overall figures could be higher still, as our data does not include statistics from London's Great Ormond Street, which deals with some of the most complex cases.

The number of children treated there for genetic disorders has jumped by a third in five years. The hospital does not routinely record patient ethnicity but a clinician, who declined to be named, confirmed a significant number of the cases involve first-cousin marriages. ...

So great is the fear of being branded racists, most of the hospitals and local authorities approached to talk about the issue refused to do so. ...

A groundbreaking study, Born In Bradford, successfully raised the issue in 2013. It found cousins who married were twice as likely to have a disabled child compared to those in non-cousin marriages. Such unions also accounted for nearly a third of all birth defects in babies of Pakistani origin.
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Europe: More Migrants Coming
Soeren Kern
Gatestone Institute, 5 May 2017

On April 26, Austria called for an indefinite extension of border controls. "In terms of public order and internal security, I simply need to know who is coming to our country," Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said. ...

Meanwhile, the number of migrants making their way to Europe is once again trending higher. Of the 30,465 migrants who reached Europe during the first quarter of 2017, 24,292 (80%) arrived in Italy, 4,407 arrived in Greece, 1,510 arrived in Spain and 256 arrived in Bulgaria, according to the International Office for Migration (IOM). ...

... During just one week in April, for example, a total of 9,661 migrants reached the shores of Italy.

The migrants arriving there are overwhelmingly economic migrants seeking a better life in Europe. Only a very small number appear to be legitimate asylum seekers or refugees fleeing warzones. According to the IOM, the migrants who reached Italy during the first three months of 2017 are, in descending order, from: Guinea, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Senegal, Morocco, Mali, Somalia and Eritrea. ...

The European Union now finds itself in a Catch-22 situation. Turkey appears determined to flood Europe with migrants either way: with Europe's permission by means of visa-free travel, or without Europe's permission, as retribution for failing to provide visa-free travel. ...

Italy is also bracing for the worst. Up to a million people, mainly from Bangladesh, Egypt, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan and Syria are now in Libya waiting to cross the Mediterranean Sea, according to the IOM.

The director of the United Nations office in Geneva, Michael Møller, has warned that Europe must prepare for the arrival of millions more migrants from Africa, Asia and the Middle East. In an interview with The Times, Møller, a Dane, said:

"What we have been seeing is one of the biggest human migrations in history. And it's just going to accelerate. Young people all have cellphones and they can see what's happening in other parts of the world, and that acts as a magnet."

German Development Minister Gerd Müller has echoed that warning:

"The biggest migration movements are still ahead: Africa's population will double in the next decades. A country like Egypt will grow to 100 million people, Nigeria to 400 million. In our digital age with the internet and mobile phones, everyone knows about our prosperity and lifestyle."

Müller added that only 10% of those currently on the move have reached Europe: "Eight to ten million migrants are still on the way."
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Warning over Islamist threat inside prisons
Daily Telegraph, 5 May 2017

Islamist extremism is such a growing menace inside British prisons that it now represents a "clear and present danger" to national security, a former governor has warned.

Ian Acheson, who led the Government's review into the issue, has concluded that unless there was a change in the way prisons were run, a terrorist incident was likely at a jail.

Mr Acheson said it was important to separate a small hard-core of Islamist ideologues but prison staff were not able to spot or confront extremism.


No UK clampdown on EU migrants for years after Brexit - report
Reuters, 4 May 2017

Britain may have to allow European Union migrants to come to the country without restrictions for several years after Brexit because of the scale of the challenge of setting up a new immigration system, a think tank said on Thursday.

The Institute for Government, an independent research body, said it was unfeasible for the government to implement a new system by April 2019, when Britain is due to have left the EU.

"The prime minister has recognised that an 'implementation phase' will be required post-Brexit," the institute said in a report. "For immigration, this will require the continuation of free movement, possibly for several years post-Brexit." ...

The Institute for Government said that while Britain would be free to introduce new border controls for EU citizens once it left the bloc, in practice any interim measures introduced while a permanent system was being drawn up would hurt the economy.

"Multiple changes increase the disruption to labour markets and administrative burdens," the report said. "That means free movement will have to continue post-Brexit until the new regime is ready to go live."
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Britain pays £1 million a week on Calais crisis
Giles Sheldrick
Daily Express, 4 May 2017

British taxpayers are forking out a million pounds a week to tackle the migrant crisis in Calais, the Daily Express can reveal.

Our investigation exposes how trying to stop refugees sneaking in to the country from northern France has become a "shocking" drain on the public purse.

Since 2010, £315.9 million has been spent dealing with the threat of illegal immigration on Britain's doorstep, Home Office figures show.

The sum, revealed for the first time today, equals about £150,000 a day – averaging £52.5 million a year over the past six years.

Critics last night questioned why the UK is effectively paying the French authorities to solve a problem created by the EU's border-free Schengen Area. ...

Figures show at the height of the chaos in 2015-16 Britain stumped up £111.7 million to secure the border from those trying to cross the Channel illegally, up from £48.8 million in 2014-15. ...

Separate data shows that 24,800 people were seized attempting to enter the UK illegally in the first six months of last year.

In 2015 the figure was 84,008, a rate of one every six minutes.
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Death of Europe: Europeans are losing the place they call home
Douglas Murray
Daily Express, 4 May 2017

Is our continent on a suicide mission? Over the years of the recent migration crisis I have been travelling across Europe from the most remote southern islands of Italy to the north of Sweden, from the islands of Greece to the suburbs of France.

I have travelled to the places where migrants continue to land and the places where they keep ending up. Everywhere I have gone I have come to the same conclusion: our continent is in the process of self-murder. ...

Over this year's Easter weekend alone about 8,000 people were picked up between the coast of north Africa and the south of Italy.

They were described - as everyone always is - as being "rescued". In fact what happens - what has been happening for years - is that each day boats filled with migrants set out from north Africa. ...

The boats need go only a few miles out to sea before they are collected by European naval vessels and brought into Europe. The smugglers now do the smallest part of that journey. The Europeans do the rest. ...

The governments of countries such as ours failed to get anything right. All their predictions were wrong for decades. They were wrong that people would stay for only a short time. Wrong to think that they would not continue to come in large numbers.

Wrong that they might not want to bring their extended families to join them. And wrong to think that once the tap was turned on anything but very radical action could ever bring the numbers to a controllable level.

In a country such as Britain we are used to politicians promising things on lowering immigration that we know they will never deliver.

Remember the promises to bring immigration down to tens of thousands a year? But even this is just a portion of the big-picture changes occurring across our continent into which millions of people are moving with no end in sight.

During the course of researching The Strange Death Of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam, I have travelled to see the places where those migrants who arrive on our continent end up. Last year the migrant crisis was widely believed to have slowed down.

But it had not and its effects were still visible everywhere. ...

Still the dream of some Europeans is that the arrivals into Europe will become European. It is more likely that Europe will simply begin to look increasingly Third World.

Part of the reason is that we keep lying to ourselves, or failing to inform ourselves, about what is happening. Even today the Left and Right in Britain and Europe still pretend that the people arriving are refugees.

Yet as I found out for myself most are not. Most of those who arrived in 2015, for instance, are economic migrants. They are escaping economic hardships we are infinitely lucky not to have been born into. But they are not fleeing for their lives.

Open borders campaigners and others deliberately smudge the differences between these groups, massively damaging their own cause but doing their part in the destruction of our civilisation.

Neither is there any workable system to send people who should not be here back to their own countries. ...

... But we should be under no illusions if we continue to avoid this issue. Our civilisation's whole future is at stake.
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What immigrants in Britain think of immigration
John Wildman, Muhammad Waqas and Nils Braakmann
The Conversation, 3 May 2017

Results taken from UK Citizenship Surveys between 2007 and 2010, suggest that 71% of all respondents were opposed to further immigration – a statistic which rises to 83% for only those who were born in the UK.

When we looked at the position of immigrants, we found that overall nearly 50% were opposed to further immigration. But this proportion rises to 53% for immigrants who have lived in the UK for over five years, and falls to 33% for more recent immigrants.

We found that employment status was not associated with the views of immigrants or natives towards further immigration. While you could expect unemployed people to be more opposed to further immigration than the employed, we found no significant difference between these groups. This suggests that opposition towards immigration is not primarily driven by labour market concerns.

Among recent immigrants, different income groups had different attitudes towards immigration – and the poorest and richest groups were the most supportive of further immigration. Among people born in the UK and earlier immigrants, it was only the richest who were most likely to support further immigration. These complex patterns suggest that views towards immigration are not driven by straightforward economic concerns.

However, being affected by economic shocks seems to be important for determining attitudes towards further immigration. ...

One of our main findings was that immigrants who have been living in the UK for over five years hold views towards immigration that are similar to those held by UK-born people. And that the socio-economic factors associated with the strength of opposition towards immigration are also similar between UK-born people and these established immigrants. ...

Not all anti-immigration sentiment is the same as xenophobia or motivated by concerns about culture.
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This map shows what white Europeans associate with race – and it makes for uncomfortable reading
Tom Stafford
The Conversation, 3 May 2017

This new map shows how easily white Europeans associate black faces with negative ideas.

Since 2002, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have logged onto a website run by Harvard University called Project Implicit and taken an "implicit association test" (IAT), a rapid-response task which measures how easily you can pair items from different categories.

To create this new map, we used data from a version of the test which presents white or black faces and positive or negative words. The result shows how easily our minds automatically make the link between the categories – what psychologists call an "implicit racial attitude". ...

Like a similar map which had been made for US states, our map shows variation in the extent of racial bias – but all European countries are racially biased when comparing blacks versus whites.

In every country in Europe, people are slower to associate blackness with positive words such as "good" or "nice" and faster to associate blackness with negative concepts such as "bad" or "evil". But they are quicker to make the link between blackness and negative concepts in the Czech Republic or Lithuania than they are in Slovenia, the UK or Ireland.

No country had an average score below zero, which would reflect positive associations with blackness. In fact, none had an average score that was even close to zero, which would reflect neither positive nor negative racial associations.

Overall, we have scores for 288,076 white Europeans, collected between 2002 and 2015, ...

Because of the design of the test it is very difficult to deliberately control your score. Many people, including those who sincerely hold non-racist or even anti-racist beliefs, demonstrate positive implicit bias on the test. The exact meaning of implicit attitudes, and the IAT, are controversial, but we believe they reflect the automatic associations we hold in our minds, associations that develop over years of immersion in the social world. ...

When interpreting the map there are at least two important qualifications to bear in mind.

The first is that the scores only reflect racial attitudes in one dimension: pairing white/black with goodness/badness. Our feelings about ethnicity have many more dimensions which aren't captured by this measure.

The second is that the data comes from Europeans who visit the the US Project Implicit website, which is in English. We can be certain that the sample reflects a subset of the European population which are more internet-savvy than is typical. They are probably also younger, and more cosmopolitan. These factors are likely to underweight the extent of implicit racism in each country, so that the true levels of implicit racism are probably higher than shown on this map.
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University bosses who fail to make sure foreign students return home after their courses have finished should have their pay slashed, senior MP says
Jack Doyle
Daily Mail, 2 May 2017

University bosses who fail to make sure foreign students return home after their courses have finished should have their pay slashed, a senior MP said last night.

Frank Field, the Labour co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Balanced Migration, said it would help restore public trust in the numbers of student migrants.

He also argued universities should face multi-million pound fines if international students try to stay in Britain unlawfully.

If universities helped ensure student migrants left after finishing their studies they could be allowed to take even more, he said.

Higher education institutions have argued for lucrative international students to be taken out of net migration figures so they do not count towards the government's target of cutting it to the tens of thousands.

But critics say student visas have become a back-door route into Britain.
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Yes, immigration really was to blame for Brexit
M Goodwin, H Clarke & P Whiteley
CapX, 2 May 2017
[Harold Clarke, Matthew Goodwin and Paul Whiteley are the authors of 'Brexit: Why Britain Voted to Leave the European Union']

Why did the British vote for Brexit? This question has attracted a lively debate over the past year. For some, the vote was driven by concerns over sovereignty, a desire to restore effective control over national laws and institutions. For others, the vote was driven far more by immigration, a desire to reduce it and – in a different way – restore control over borders. But is this the whole story?

In a new book on the Brexit vote, published this week, we present a wealth of evidence on what delivered the historic vote. ...

From the data, it would seem that Brexit was not driven by any single factor, but rather reflected "a complex and cross-cutting mix of calculations, emotions and cues". That said, immigration was key.

To really make sense of the Brexit vote we need to adopt a long-term view. Over the past decade, large majorities of our survey respondents consistently told us they wanted to see immigration into Britain reduced. The perception that historically unprecedented levels of net migration posed serious economic, security and cultural threats was widespread. ...

In particular, UKIP played a key role in mobilising disaffected voters who felt deeply anxious over immigration, with this sentiment being reinforced by feelings of being "left behind" because their personal financial circumstances had not kept pace with economic conditions in the country as a whole. But immigration was key. Had these voters not been mobilised and galvanised around an anti-EU and anti-immigration message, then it is highly unlikely that they would have turned out in great numbers at the referendum. ...

Other factors that mattered, however, were more recent. Immigration was clearly potent but Leavers were divided on how to approach the issue. Some Leave strategists believed that while a heavy focus on immigration would attract working class UKIP voters it would alienate politically correct middle-class people needed to secure a majority. Not emphasising immigration posed the opposite risk.

But, in the end, our analyses reveal how the "Divided House of Leave" turned out to be a key strength, allowing the rival Leave campaigns to win over different groups of Leave-minded voters. When, from 1 June, all of the Leave camps put the pedal down on the emotionally resonant issue of immigration, they were very much in tune with the core driver of anti-EU sentiments, and middle-class Eurosceptics were willing to board the Brexit train. ...

While more than twice as many people saw Leave rather than Remain as representing "ordinary people", more than twice as many also saw Remain rather than Leave as representing "the establishment". And many people felt that the establishment was decidedly unresponsive to the concerns of ordinary people. ...

These immigration fears, hitherto confined to the politically incorrect margins, not abstract concerns about a "democratic deficit" that required rescuing UK sovereignty from Brussels bureaucrats, do much to explain why Britain voted for Brexit.
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Up to 300 Brits are fighting with Isil and playing key strategic roles, says UK defector
Josie Ensor
Daily Telegraph, 1 May 2017

As many as 300 Britons are still fighting with Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, a recent defector from London has revealed, amid growing concern the jihadists are plotting attacks on the UK.

Stefan Aristidou, 23, from Enfield, was arrested last week in the southern Turkish town of Kilis, three miles from the Syrian border, after surrendering to authorities.

Speaking in an interview before crossing into Turkey, Aristidou said there was "somewhere between 250-300" British Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil) fighters remaining - some in Iraq but most of whom are operating in Syria.

"Most of the British members were not foot soldiers, they were in charge of the media and propaganda for the group," Aristidou told the Telegraph through an intermediary in Syria. "They have higher roles." ...

An estimated 850-1,000 Britons left to join Isil and other jihadist groups. Almost half of those have returned to the UK and more than 100 are believed to have been killed.
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Don't waste time quizzing migrants, border staff are told: Staff are ordered to concentrate on extremists arriving from Europe
Martin Beckford
Mail on Sunday, 30 April 2017

Border guards at Heathrow Airport have been secretly told not to waste their time interrogating potential illegal immigrants – because terrorists from Europe pose a greater threat.

A leaked memo, seen by The Mail on Sunday, reveals that extremists arriving from the Continent are the 'number one' priority.

It comes as huge numbers of foreign fighters, including Britons fleeing the crumbling Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, attempt to return to the EU via Turkey. ...

The Home Office insisted '100 per cent of scheduled passengers are checked when arriving in the UK' and visa holders are subject to 'extensive mandatory checks'.
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Europe signs its own death warrant
Douglas Murray
The Sunday Times, 30 April 2017
[Extract from The Strange Death of Europe by Douglas Murray, to be published on Thursday]

Europe is committing suicide. Or at least its leaders have decided to commit suicide. Whether the European people choose to go along with this is, naturally, another matter. ...

I mean that the civilisation we know as Europe is in the process of committing suicide and that neither Britain nor any other western European country can avoid that fate, because we all appear to suffer from the same symptoms and maladies.

As a result, by the end of the lifespans of most people currently alive, Europe will not be Europe and the peoples of Europe will have lost the only place in the world we had to call home.

Europe today has little desire to reproduce itself, fight for itself or even take its own side in an argument. Those in power seem persuaded that it would not matter if the people and culture of Europe were lost to the world.

There is no single cause of the present sickness. The culture produced by the tributaries of Judaeo-Christian culture, the ancient Greeks and Romans, and the discoveries of the Enlightenment has not been levelled by nothing. But the final act has come about because of two simultaneous concatenations – sets of linked events – from which it is now all but impossible to recover.

The first is the mass movement of peoples into Europe. In all western European countries this process began after the Second World War due to labour shortages. Soon Europe got hooked on the migration and could not stop the flow even if it had wanted to.

The result was that what had been Europe – the home of the European peoples – gradually became a home for the entire world. The places that had been European gradually became somewhere else.

All the time Europeans found ways to pretend this influx could work. By pretending, for instance, that such immigration was normal. Or that if integration did not happen with the first generation then it might happen with their children, grandchildren or another generation yet to come. Or that it didn't matter whether people integrated or not.

All the time we waved away the greater likelihood that it just wouldn't work. This is a conclusion that the migration crisis of recent years has simply accelerated.

Which brings me to the second concatenation. For even the mass movement of millions of people into Europe would not sound such a final note for the continent were it not for the fact that (coincidentally or otherwise) at the same time Europe lost faith in its beliefs, traditions and legitimacy.

More than any other continent or culture in the world today, Europe is deeply weighed down with guilt for its past. Alongside this outgoing version of self-distrust runs a more introverted version of the same guilt. For there is also the problem in Europe of an existential tiredness and a feeling that perhaps for Europe the story has run out and a new story must be allowed to begin.
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Latest Westminster terror alert illustrates the scale of the deadly threat we face - and I fear there are 10,000 jihadists among us
Anthony Glees
Daily Mail, 28 April 2017
[Anthony Glees is director of the Centre for Security and Intelligence Studies at the University of Buckingham]

One of the worst nightmares of our security agencies is indiscriminate attacks on the public by loners armed to the teeth and inspired by a warped ideology. And that dark prospect is increasingly becoming a grim reality.

Only last month, Khalid Masood used knives and a car to inflict carnage on Westminster. Now another suspected terrorist has apparently travelled to the same vicinity armed with deadly weapons. At this point, we do not know whether the man arrested is guilty of any offence. But the circumstances bear all the hallmarks of jihadism. ...

To take someone like this alive involved huge risks, but now he is in custody, it could yield a treasure trove of intelligence. The cost of an operation on this scale will have been significant, stretching to several million pounds and requiring between 20 and 25 officers working round the clock.

But consider the colossal bill we face if we are to properly deal with the vast Islamist menace in our midst.

About 1,000 young British Muslims have left the freedom of the UK to travel to the Middle East and become murderous foot soldiers of Islamic State.

Of that large group, 400 are believed to have returned. Only a tiny fraction – fewer than ten – have ever been brought to justice for their treachery. Yet the returning jihadists are just one element. According to Andrew Parker, director general of MI5, there are at least 3,000 committed Islamists in the UK. And those are just the ones we know about. The real number could be anything between 6,000 and 10,000.

In an ideal world, every single one would be put under surveillance. In reality, it would be impossible. The Government simply does not have the resources or the personnel. So what should be done? ...

There are steps that can be taken, however. One is to ramp up legal action against returning jihadists. Another is to increase resources. The 3,800 officers in the security service should be expanded to at least 10,000. And, unpalatable as it might seem, there should be extra cash to pay agents in the Muslim community.

In addition, GCHQ should be given new powers to intercept the electronic communications of suspects. It is outrageous that internet giants can deny MI5 access to terrorists' messages.

Above all, the Government needs to introduce a much tougher surveillance regime, including electronic tagging for extremists. Labour tried this with Control Orders, but they were scrapped by Theresa May in 2010, under pressure from her Lib Dem Coalition partners and the civil-liberties lobby.

Mrs May, then home secretary, brought in Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures, which proved useless, as did their successor, the supposedly enhanced electronic TPIMs.

It is time to bring back Control Orders in even tougher form. If every suspect is aware their every move is potentially monitored, it makes it less likely they will be able to perpetrate atrocities.

The self-indulgent civil-liberties movement won't like it. But the public's right to live in peace should come before those who want to destroy our society.
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Open borders capturing elites
David Alexander
Spectator [Australia], 28 April 2017

Over recent months considerable global attention has focussed on the issue of immigration, but most of this discussion has centred on political developments. What is less well understood in the general community is the extent to which the 'open borders' philosophy has captured elite policy-making circles around the world, a phenomenon evident here as much as anywhere else.

The intellectual origins of the open borders movement are relatively recent, with real lift-off occurring in the 2000s through an odd combination of radical Left groups in Europe and economists in North America. In Europe, radical Left groups took the principle of freedom of movement within the European Union and extended it to the utopian aim of abandoning all borders across the globe and granting people the right to live wherever they wish. The British Communist Party, for example, now lists global open borders as a moral imperative and key political goal. Roughly parallel with the rise on the extreme Left, a number of economists, mostly working in the United States, started claiming borders to be inefficient barriers to people movement and modelling what they saw as the resulting economic costs from a global misallocation of resources. ...

With economists providing 'proof' that borders are inherently inefficient, high-minded policymakers of left and right now feel permitted to advocate for ever greater labour mobility. In a relatively short amount of time, a significant collection of mutually-supporting advocates has emerged: economists who assert efficiencies wherever mobility increases, diplomats who appreciate making offers of migration access, business people in developed countries who like lower-cost labour, and immigration advocates pressing for easier access to the First World.

Among international organisations such as the United Nations and the OECD, support for more open borders is strong and growing stronger. Many advocates recognise the political sensitivity in advocating such goals, so that when Hillary Clinton spoke of her 'dream' of hemispheric open borders it was to an 'off-the-record' meeting at a Wall Street bank rather than a public audience. ...

There are a number of problems with these developments, so let's start at the top. The economic theory that having borders is inefficient is – not to put too fine a point on it – preposterous. A world without borders would be Mad Max mayhem rather than Rousseauian picnic, and the anarchy unleashed by uncontrolled migrating masses would see global economic activity plummet. ...

The end product of the open border economic assumptions, mistaking volume for prosperity, is a permanent ratchet towards convergence with less developed countries. A slide towards the status of a middle-income country is quite possible even as economists tout the higher overall GDP.
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One, two, miss a few... Britain's net migration figure is surprisingly dodgy
The Economist, 27 April 2017

If insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, British politicians' repeated promises on immigration might well be judged to be mad. In 2010 David Cameron vowed to reduce net migration (immigration minus emigration) to the tens of thousands. Theresa May, his home secretary and now successor as prime minister, has intimated that she will stick to this target in her Tory party's manifesto for the forthcoming election. So far the promise has proved impossible to keep. Last year net migration was 273,000, even higher than in 2010.

Debate over immigration and how best to control it has become no less feverish since Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Yet given how politicised the net migration figure has become, the data behind it are surprisingly unreliable.

The statistic is based on the International Passenger Survey. The IPS dates back to 1961, when the government established a travel and tourism survey to gather information about the movement of people. It was not designed to be the basis for measuring immigration but has since become so because Britain does not ask migrants to register after their arrival.

Between 6am and 10pm officials at ports and airports ask travellers questions about themselves, their destination and the purpose of their entry. Between 700,000 and 800,000 interviews are conducted a year (in 2015 foreigners made more than 36m trips to Britain). The data for the net migration figures are extrapolated from 4,000-5,000 interviews of people identified as long-term international migrants. The UK Statistics Authority admits that the margins of uncertainty are wide. ...

The IPS is particularly inaccurate when looking at subsets of migrants, such as students, since the sample size is even smaller. Alternatives to the current measure, such as household surveys, would be more reliable. Determining more accurately how many foreigners arrive in and leave Britain might be a good start to deciding immigration policy – and maybe even coming up with a more sensible one.
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Citizenship rights granted under Belfast Agreement could return to haunt the EU as birth tourism
Chris Agee
Belfast Telegraph, 26 April 2017

A key clause of the Belfast Agreement - of high importance to Irish nationalists and republicans - was the future granting of both Irish and British citizenship to anyone born in Northern Ireland.

The subsequent enabling legislation in Irish nationality law has several clauses, including that any child born "on the island of Ireland on or after 1 January 2005 ... is entitled to be an Irish citizen if at least one of his or her parents is ... a British citizen". Other parental criteria for birth-citizenship are of course Irish citizenship and permanent legal residence without time-limit within either the Republic or Northern Ireland.

Little remarked upon after the Belfast Agreement was the fact that Northern Ireland had become a de jure multinational territory with a written Irish-British constitutional treaty text lodged at the UN - in dramatic contrast to Great Britain, with its unwritten constitution and single birth-nationality. Northern Ireland is possibly the only such jurisdiction in the world where all births are now automatically bi-national.

The aforementioned "British-citizen clause" was clearly a quasi-symbolic gesture of national exclusiveness by the Dail directed toward the indigenous Northern Irish of unionist outlook. In 2005, this clause had no impact on the question of possessing an EU passport. But that has changed dramatically with Brexit.

Since last June, incredibly, this massive loophole has not even been remarked upon publicly by politicians or the media in either Ireland or Britain. Month after month, one might have expected that this major issue would be flagged up with the seriousness it merited, especially apropos the post-Brexit future - but nothing at all, after 10 months.

The general oversight no doubt flows from the fact that "British Brexit Birth Tourism to Northern Ireland" - as it might be called - is rooted in Irish law ("Irish Nationality and Citizenship Act," 2004), rather than anywhere in British law. According to the husband of a Belfast midwife known to this writer, it is already happening.

Thus, in theory, any of the approximately 750,000-800,000 babies born annually in the UK could for generations be entitled to an Irish/EU passport if the birth-venue is switched to Northern Ireland. That this is Irish law has been confirmed by Bernard Ryan, Professor of Migration Studies, Leicester University, as well as the Republic's Department of Justice.

In effect, any British citizen in Great Britain (as mother or couple) who now wants an EU passport for their new-born can travel to Northern Ireland for the birth. The result is a huge unintended and overlooked "Remainer" loophole flowing from the complete absence of consideration of Irish impacts during the mainstream referendum campaign in GB.

Such "British Brexit birth tourism" will be of extreme concern to the EU especially. It raises the clear long-term possibility that, even after Brexit, there is a permanent massive route to EU citizenship for new generations of British births, so long as they occur in Northern Ireland - whereas the reverse cat-flap would not operate. And this in addition to the many British citizens already entitled to Irish passports via the traditional and well-known route of blood ancestry (estimated at up to five million). ...

Where a citizenship right or loophole exists, it will be used - and used hugely. Especially now.
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International students – shifting sands?
Lord Green (Andrew Green)
Conservative Home, 26 April 2017