UK Immigration News Bulletin w/c June 11, 2007
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Native Britons are suffering because of mass immigration
and it's not surprising they are getting angrier every
day. Once again, we in the BNP have been vindicated.
Race riots could erupt in rural towns and villages with
large numbers of Eastern European immigrants, a Government
report will warn. A special commission says community
tensions are now more likely to overheat in rural areas
than northern mill towns with a history of troubles. Councils
will be told they must draw up integration plans if they
are to ward off civil disturbance. The findings by the
Government's Commission on Integration and Cohesion, established
by Communities Secretary Ruth Kelly a year ago, will disturb
Whitehall. The authorities have so far focused on calming
tensions between white communities and long- standing
ethnic minority groups.
These erupted in 2001 with rioting in Oldham, Burnley
and Bradford. Now they are being told to switch the focus
to small towns and villages put under enormous pressure
by the influx of at least 630,000 Eastern Europeans since
May 2004. Ed Cox, a member of the commission, told the
Local Government Chronicle: "The analysis would suggest
cohesion tensions in the future are more likely to be
experienced in unexpected places where 'diversity' is
new. "Councils in these areas need to be ahead of
the game and have in place cohesion and integration plans
of a different kind from those of the northern mill towns."
Mr Cox, who is also head of policy at the Local Government
Information Unit, singled out the East of England as one
area which may be at particular risk. Professor Ted Cantle,
head of the Institute of Community Cohesion, said the
arrival of new ethnic groups in communities already grappling
with changes to local economies or facing housing shortages
could trigger racial tension.
Professor Cantle, who wrote the Government reports into
the 2001 riots, added: "There are deeper social and
psychological impacts of people feeling loss for some
kind of past way of life. Where you have new inward migration,
people can latch on to that. But it is important to distinguish
between the trigger and the underlying reason." Last
month, Freedom of Information requests by the Daily Mail
revealed that an unprecedented influx from the former
Eastern Bloc has increased the population of some towns
by almost 10 per cent since 2004. In Boston, Lincolnshire,
one in every ten residents is now an Eastern European.
Other towns - including Peterborough in Cambridgeshire,
Northampton and parts of London - have seen their population
increase by around 5 per cent. In the East of England,
there have been more than 60,000 arrivals. But even these
figures are likely to be a dramatic underestimate, as
they do not include the children or partners of those
registered to work here. The self-employed are also not
counted in the figures. Council leaders have warned that
schools, hospitals and social services are all struggling
to cope, despite the valuable contribution being made
by many of the new arrivals. A spokesman for the Commission
on Integration and Cohesion said last night: "There
are challenges associated with migration, but it is important
that these are reported and debated in a calm and rational
way that does not exaggerate the scale of the challenge.
"Migration has helped to transform our economy and
enrich the country both socially and culturally, but of
course it is right we look at what more we can do to promote
greater integration and cohesion."
An example of how the political elites are out of touch
with the real world. This influx exists only because big
businesses want an unlimited supply of cheap labour, regardless
of the long-term consequences in terms of social cohesion
Immigration will transform Europe in the next 20 years
and policies to help the integration of new arrivals can
avoid social tensions, Spain's top immigration official
said. A European Commission proposal for stricter controls
on illegal workers and efforts to ensure migrants' children
are well educated should help the continent digest the
large influx of workers, Immigration Secretary Consuelo
Rumi said. "Not only Spain, but most of the European
Union is going to be a very different society," Rumi
said in response to a question about the outlook for the
next two decades. "We will have to learn how to live
with different races, different sorts of people and ensure
harmony between the different cultures which will make
up our societies." Spain, which had very few immigrants
until the early 1990s, is now home to about four million
foreigners, 10 percent of its population. Some of these
are retirees from places like Germany and Britain, but
most have come from Morocco, Latin America and Eastern
Europe to seek work in a booming economy. "A city
like Madrid could not function without immigration,"
Rumi said in an interview on Wednesday. Spain's Socialist
government annoyed its European partners by granting an
amnesty to about 600,000 paperless migrants in 2005 but
has since tried to crack down on illegal immigration.
Madrid has imposed visa requirements on countries such
as Ecuador and Bolivia and has stepped up repatriations
after a political furore over the arrival of 30,000 Africans
who sailed to the Canary Islands last year
"If you enter illegally you leave the country in
the shortest possible time," Rumi said of Spain's
'revolving door' repatriations. This year, the government
expects to grant visas to about 200,000 people from outside
the European Union who have been awarded working contracts,
Rumi said. Family reunions and arrivals from within Europe
and elsewhere means the total number of immigrants per
year is running at about three times that number, analysts
say. Spanish companies including VIPS convenience shops
and department store El Corte Ingles recruit in places
like Latin America, and the government says Spain's economy
would not have outperformed other countries in Europe
without migrants. The Bank of Spain has also said migration
has slowed wage growth, which helps keep the country competitive
but contributes to growing inequality. Rumi acknowledged
there was a debate about the effect on wages. "It's
up to the unions to make sure it doesn't happen,"
she said. Spain is backing European Commission proposals
to favour temporary immigration and step up inspections
of companies employing workers illegally. "A businessman
who hires workers illegally is going to have to pay the
cost of their repatriation," if the commission gets
its way, Rumi said. Other European countries with longer
histories of immigration, particularly France, have experienced
problems when alienated communities have been concentrated
in poor suburbs. To avoid this situation, Spain has a
"strategic citizenship and integration plan"
to ensure workers and their children have access to education
and facilities. "We're working to avoid situations
like those in France, which are often linked to lack of
equal opportunity," Rumi said.
Immigration is a hot topic also in the USA, where the
ruling elite wants to give amnesty to millions of illegal
immigrants against the wishes of the American people.
Even if this battle is far from being won the message
is clear: globalist lobbies can be defeated.
A broad immigration bill to legalize millions of people
in the U.S. unlawfully failed a crucial test vote in the
Senate Thursday, a stunning setback that could spell its
defeat for the year. The vote was 45-50 against limiting
debate on the bill, 15 short of the 60 that the bill's
supporters needed to prevail. Most Republicans voted to
block Democrats' efforts to bring the bill to a final
vote. The legislation, which had been endorsed by President
Bush, would tighten borders, institute a new system to
prevent employers from hiring undocumented workers in
addition to giving up to 12 million illegal immigrants
a pathway to legal status. Conceived by an improbable
coalition that nicknamed the deal a "grand bargain,"
the measure exposed deep rifts within both parties and
is loathed by most GOP conservatives. Senate Majority
Harry Reid, D-Nev., who had made no secret of his distaste
for parts of the bill, said earlier he would move on to
other matters if the immigration measure's supporters
didn't get 60 votes Thursday night. The defeat set off
a bitter round of partisan recriminations, with Democrats
and Republicans each accusing the other of killing it.
Most Republicans voted against ending debate, saying they
needed more time to make the bill tougher with tighter
border security measures and a more arduous legalization
process for unlawful immigrants. All but a handful of
Democrats supported the move, but they, too, were holding
their noses at provisions of the bill. Many of them argued
it makes second-class citizens of a new crop of temporary
workers and rips apart families by prioritizing employability
over blood ties in future immigration. Still, they had
argued that the measure, on balance, was worth advancing.
"We can all find different aspects of this legislation
that we differ with," said Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
of Massachusetts, the leading Democratic architect of
the bill. Reid, who had made no secret of his distaste
for parts of the bill, quickly pulled it from the floor
and moved on to other business, costing the measure perhaps
its best chance at enactment. He insisted that the immigration
bill is not dead for the year. "I, even though disappointed,
look forward to passing this bill," Reid said.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said Friday that
his country will not tolerate the wave of African migrants
that continue to risk their lives to enter Europe illegally.
"Returns must be expected. ... France cannot accept
all the worlds poor," he said. Many of the
migrants who set out on dangerous sea journeys toward
Europe come from West Africa. The European Union has stepped
up patrols off the coast of Africa to try to keep people
from embarking on the dangerous trips in overcrowded boats.
Many thousands attempt the crossings each year, and hundreds
die along the way. Many people in Frances former
African colonies are watching the new administration of
French President Nicholas Sarkozy closely, particularly
for clues on its approach to migration and work visas.
Brice Hortefeux, Frances new minister of immigration,
integration and national identity, has condemned those
who profit from illegal immigration by selling migrants
places on "uncertain vessels" that risk never
reaching their destination. Kouchner, a longtime humanitarian
activist who co-founded the aid group Doctors Without
Borders , also plans visits to Chad and Sudan during his
tour of Africa.
We used to refer to Latin American countries as banana
republics. However, given their determination to control
borders and stop illegal immigration, Labour government
should learn from them and respect them more.
Efforts to stem illegal immigrants from neighboring countries
are increasing in parts of Latin America because of concerns,
similar to those in the United States, that they drive
down salaries and bring crime and violence with them.
Ecuador, Chile and Venezuela are discussing whether to
restrict illegal migrants while Costa Rica recently tightened
barriers. Peru is studying whether to tighten its southern
border with Bolivia. Driving the changes are concerns
echoed in the current U.S. immigration debate: that undocumented
workers take jobs from locals, raise the crime rate and
drain tax dollars through their use of public school and
health systems. In the same vein, business groups in the
region have been opposing new laws that might limit uneducated,
low-cost laborers from migrating to countries that need
them -- just as in the United States. Governments throughout
the region report almost three million immigrants, according
to the U.N. Economic Commission for Latin America and
A majority is believed to lack proper documentation. In
Ecuador, a presidential candidate in last year's campaign
made concern about illegal aliens there a staple of her
campaign, said Gioconda Herrera, a researcher at FLACSO,
a Latin American think tank with an office in Ecuador.
She added that she couldn't remember another presidential
candidate making it such a major issue. The concern there
is with Colombians who have fled the war in their country
and moved to northern Ecuador, to sell knickknacks in
the street and work on sugar and banana farms, Herrera
said. ''The public wants more control so more undocumented
workers don't enter,'' Herrera said by telephone from
Quito, adding that the concern ``has reached xenophobic
levels.'' Smaller numbers of illegal Peruvians in southern
Ecuador have not provoked much public unease, she added.
Ecuador and Peru signed an agreement in December to give
the Peruvians temporary legal papers to work in Ecuador,
but few have bothered to sign up. Undocumented Colombians
in Venezuela have prompted concern there, said Raquel
Alvarez, an immigration specialist at the University of
the Andes in San Cristobal, on the Colombian-Venezuelan
''There's little anxiety that Colombians are taking the
jobs of Venezuelans. They take jobs in sectors where there
aren't enough Venezuelans, such as textiles or on farms,''
Alvarez said by telephone. ``The concern is that violent
elements are crossing into Venezuela to commit killings
and kidnappings.'' The government has beefed up its border
posts as a result, Alvarez added. Chile's strong economy
during the past 20 years has been a magnet for illegal
immigrants from Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and especially
Peru. ''It's a brand new issue for us,'' Jorge Muñoz,
a project coordinator at the International Organization
for Migration, said from the group's Santiago office.
The Chilean Congress is discussing whether to begin penalizing
people who are paid to smuggle in illegal aliens. President
Michelle Bachelet's government also is drafting a proposal
that would allow illegal migrants to gain temporary legal
status to work and perhaps eventually gain citizenship.
Argentina approved a measure in 2003 to give illegal migrants
the right to public schools and health clinics and to
pave the way for temporary work status, said Jorge Gurrieri,
a professor at the University of Buenos Aires who specializes
in immigration issues. Gurrieri said 380,000 illegal immigrants
have applied for papers since the application window opened
a year ago.
The country has long attracted poor workers from neighboring
countries because of its better economic opportunities.
''The problem of illegal aliens has lost its political
force with the new law,'' Gurrieri said by telephone from
Buenos Aires. Nicaraguans illegally living in Costa Rica
have prompted greater concern there since they represent
about 6 percent of Costa Rica's population, said Guillermo
Acuna, a researcher with FLACSO's Costa Rica office. Costa
Rica's Congress approved a measure in 2005 that created
a vehicle for Nicaraguans to apply for Costa Rican citizenship,
but the measure also imposed penalties on businesses that
hire undocumented workers. ''There are sectors within
Costa Rica that are uncomfortable with the Nicaraguans,''
Acuna said by telephone from San José. ``Unions,
in particular, feel like the Nicaraguans cost them jobs
and force down wages.''
Swedes are slowing waking up to the peril of multiracialism
and mass immigration.
One in four Swedes would be prepared to vote for a party
that was in favour of restricting the rights of immigrants.
And the number of people who strongly agree that they
could envisage voting for such a party has risen from
5.7 to 7.3 percent, according to a survey carried out
by the Swedish Integration Board. "The recent media
debate on the Sweden Democrats has probably made it more
acceptable for people to express these sorts of party
preferences, "José Alberto Diaz from the Integration
Board told Dagens Nyheter. Also, the proportion of those
who strongly agreed with the statement that 'native Swedes
should take precedence over immigrants when it comes to
jobs, housing and benefits' has increased from 12 to 14
percent. Attitudes towards Sweden's Muslims and Jewish
communities have hardened somewhat since 2006. In 2007,
58 percent rejected the idea of limiting Muslim immigration,
compared to 61 percent last year. There were also fewer
respondents who strongly disagreed that 'Jews have too
much influence in Sweden', down from 67 percent last year
to 64 percent in 2007. "The large number of negative
results is surprising as the results of previous surveys
had pointed in the other direction. The question is whether
this is temporary or the beginning of a new type of change
in attitudes," said José Alberto Diaz.
This party is not a strong supporter of John Howard, another
Washington lapdog, but he deserves some credits for his
positions on immigration and multiculturalism and his
refusal to abide to political correctness.
Prime Minister John Howard has robustly defended his Government
against claims by Amnesty International that it is as
divisive as Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's regime.
The human rights pressure group has accused Mr Howard
of portraying asylum-seekers as a threat to national security.
In a report released overnight, it also criticised Australia's
role in the war on terror and its treatment of female
victims of violence. Amnesty secretary-general Irene Khan
said the fear generated by leaders such as Mr Howard "thrives
on myopic and cowardly leadership". Ms Khan lumped
Mr Howard in with Mr Mugabe, US President George W Bush
and Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir in a paragraph about
leaders who used fear to suit their political agenda.
In statement today, Mr Howard rejected the way Australia
was characterised in the Amnesty report. "The report's
entry on Australia contains a string of assertions, unsupported
by evidence and devoid of context," he said. "The
report's treatment of Australia amounts to little more
than a shoddy caricature. "Nowhere is the report's
political agenda clearer than the paragraph in its foreword
which seeks to bracket Australian and US policies with
the horrendous human rights situation in Darfur and Robert
Mugabe's disastrous misrule in Zimbabwe." Ms Khan
stood by her comments today, accusing the Howard government
of having an "appalling" domestic human rights
record regarding its treatment of asylum seekers and indigenous
people. These failures had undermined its good work overseas,
she told ABC Radio. Mr Howard said he respected Amnesty,
but its current leadership had lost sight of the need
for balance or rigour. "I believe many Australians
will be as offended by this report as I am," he said.
"My Government makes no apology for taking appropriate,
balanced steps to protect the Australian public from the
very real threat of terrorism and to protect our borders."
Foreword by Lord Stoddart of Swindon Postscript by Trevor
Colman, former police superintendent, Devon and Cornwall
Constabulary Political correctness has hi-jacked our freedom
to discuss one of the burning issues of the day - immigration.
OverCrowded Britain will inevitably be condemned by the
politically-correct, few of whom, Ashley Mote suggests,
will bother to read it first. Which is why he argues for
a full, open and if necessary controversial
debate on immigration.
2003, Paperback, 132pp