UK Immigration News Bulletin w/c May 14, 2007
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An invasion of Romanian gipsy orphans has left a British
town facing financial crisis. Since Romania joined the
EU on January 1, nearly 90 children from the poverty-stricken
country have arrived on the steps of the town hall in
Slough pleading for help. The children, from the Roma
community, do not arrive with adults, though some are
as young as ten. Six have come with babies of their own
while seven have been pregnant. They have apparently made
the journey across Europe unaccompanied. The council is
obliged to look after under-18s - providing them with
accommodation, food and schooling - and the cost of caring
for them is soaring. The borough council has so far spent
£150,000 setting up an emergency team to assist
the children. Most have only a rudimentary grasp of English,
meaning the council has had to employ two Roma translators.
David Munkley, the council's commissioner for education,
said: For those we are currently supporting it will
cost the council around £500,000 over the full year.
That includes costs such as accommodation, food and clothing.
Council leader Richard Stokes believes the children have
been deliberately sent to Slough after paying someone
in their home country. He said: There have been
88 who have literally arrived on the town hall steps because
they are told they will get a cordial reception in Slough.
I don't know who tells them that but Slough has
always been a migrant town. The problem is we don't have
the financial resources to provide for them. He
added: It's not a marginal problem, it's a financial
crisis. The arrival of the Roma children adds to
an existing population crisis in Slough. Recently more
than 1,000 homes across the borough were found to contain
more than one family - usually from Eastern Europe or
Somalia - and some houses had as many as 30 people living
in them. The health service is under extreme pressure
and many GPs have closed their surgeries to new patients,
while there are 82 different languages spoken in the borough's
The council is currently caring for 53 Roma children.
Others have been placed with family members in other parts
of the country. A gang of about half-a-dozen Roma woman,
some with toddlers in pushchairs, patrolled Slough High
Street begging change from Saturday afternoon shoppers.
A man approached a Mail on Sunday reporter, waving a card
with a message written in pidgin English and asking for
cash to support his three children. Slough has long been
a centre for East European migrants. In the post-war years
a number of refugee camps were built nearby to hold people
who had arrived in Britain and did not want to return
to Soviet-controlled Europe. The Roma face persecution
in many communities all over the world. They are believed
to have originated in India though the largest population
is now found on the Balkan peninsula, but particularly
Luxury household goods are being given to council tenants
free of charge - if they are in an ethnic minority.
State-of-the-art kitchen and bathroom gadgets are being
dished out to those with housing needs that are
different from the British community. Standard electric
ovens will be replaced with posh gas cookers because some
religions require that food is cooked over an open flame.
And showers will be added to baths because some religions
forbid followers from sitting in stale water.
The astonishing policy - all paid for by YOU the taxpayer
- has been approved by the Government. Every council in
England and Wales now has a £50,000 diversity
fund. But only a fraction of the UK's council tenants
is eligible for the freebies. Dr Tia MacGregor, a Muslim
and an independent councillor in Oxford - where several
tenants have taken advantage of the handouts - said the
scheme made a mockery of discrimination laws. She added:
What this strategy is saying is that if you want
something because of your faith, you get it. What
about Jedi Knights - would they have a cupboard fitted
to put their light sabres in? But Oxford councillor
Patrick Murray said: We count faith like disability
and other personal needs as an understandable reason for
The EU is pushing for an unlimited amount of mass immigration
in order to destroy national identities and create a European
super-state. The sooner we leave the EU, the better!
The European Commission on Monday announced a raft of
new projects aimed at improving the integration of immigrants
from outside the EU that will include adopting a more
multi-faith approach. The new initiatives, announced ahead
of a meeting of EU ministers responsible for integration
on Thursday, are aimed at promoting the integration of
non-EU citizens and to seek out and evaluate good
practice in the integration field, the Commission
said in a statement. The reality now is that ...
you have problems in a number of member states,
Friso Roscam Abbing, justice and security affairs spokesman
commissioner, admitted. It is only relatively recently
that we have been dealing a little bit more seriously
with this issue, he added. Before you had
some kind of passive tolerance. With hindsight it is clear
that this may not have been the best approach, what we
need to know is how best to live with each other and not
just next to each other.
Among the initiatives, to be funded under a new 825-million-euro
(1.1 billion dollar) European integration fund, is a multi-faith
project. It's aim is to counter exclusion and foster
integration among migrant communities in the EU by familiarising
religious leaders with the core European values and the
multicultural and multi-faith environment in the EU.
Another initiative is a one-stop shop model
to refine the network of partners dealing with immigrant
At the EU integration ministers meeting in Potsdam on
May 10-11 the second edition of a handbook on integration
will be released by consultants the Migration Policy Group.
This will suggest tools to help governmental and non-governmental
sectors to adjust policies and practices to the
changing realities of a diverse society. Among the
EU best practices identified is a French volunteer mentoring
system, in which retirees act as mentors for young migrants.
All the EU integration initiatives are aimed at assimilating
legal immigrants into the EU. The bloc is beefing up its
Warsaw-based Frontex border agency, which aims to keep
out illegal immigrants, especially on key routes from
Africa into mainland Europe's southern Mediterranean shores
or Spain's Canary Islands in the Atlantic.
Five gang members responsible for the UK's biggest ever
credit card fraud were jailed today for up to five and
a half years each. The fraudsters enjoyed a lavish lifestyle,
funding first class travel and five-star holidays with
the £17 million profits made from their crimes.
An anti-terrorism officer uncovered the scam purely by
chance after stopping a man who was carrying 40 mobile
phone top-up cards. When police examined the cards they
discovered they contained thousands of stolen American
credit card numbers. An 18-month international investigation
led officers to computers storing 32,000 credit card numbers
and a money trail from Poland to Estonia, Russia, the
United States and the Virgin Islands.
The scam was masterminded by Roman Zykin, a 38-year-old
Russian illegal immigrant, from Paddington, who was given
a five and a half year sentence. Polish nationals Dariusz
Zyla, 30, of Wood Green, north London was given four years;
31-year-old Krysztof Rogaliski, of Plaistow, east London,
three years and Estonian Hannes Pajasalu, 34, of no fixed
address, two years. They variously pleaded guilty to conspiracy
to steal, conspiracy to transfer criminal property, and
having a false instrument with intent. Passing sentence,
Judge Gregory Stone said the very serious
offences they had committed made prison inevitable. This
conspiracy involved the obtaining of bank card data, cloning
the data and then using the clone cards to steal substantial
amounts of money., he said. This fraud was
on a very large scale indeed and but for the involvement
of police could have led to very substantial losses.
He added that the total amount stolen by the gang would
probably never be known for sure. This was substantial
organised crime. It was carefully planned and was executed
in a sophisticated way.
While we reject corporal pushishment, we do wonder why
a banana republic (monarchy, actually) like Brunei takes
better care of its own borders than we do!
An Indonesian was sentenced to three months' jail and
three strokes of the cane after he pleaded guilty to overstaying
in the country. Zaenal Mohamad Sukri, 31, continued to
stay in the Sultanate after his social visit pass had
expired on October 11, 2006. He was arrested by Immigration
Enforcement personnel who carried out an inspection at
a rented house in Kg Pelambayan on Friday. Zaenal was
one of ten foreigners who was staying at the house.
Germany is to extend by two years until 2011 restrictions
on the number of immigrant workers from the latest nations
to join the European Union, a report said Saturday. The
weekly Der Spiegel, in an extract from its next edition
to appear Monday, said officials in Germany's left-right
coalition government had agreed on the move in a meeting
on low pay. The restrictions Germany adopted in 2004 against
eight countries which joined the EU in 2004, plus Bulgaria
and Romania when they became members last January 1, were
designed to protect its labour market. They are particularly
aimed at neighbours Poland and the Czech Republic, which
border the former East Germany, the most economically
depressed region of the country. The extension is a rebuff
to Economy Minister Michael Glos, who wanted the restrictions
Russias Putin regime, whatever its other possible
faults, is increasingly serious about protecting Russias
national identity and putting the interests of native
Russians first. It recently started reserving certain
jobs for Russians.
Russian immigration chiefs yesterday proposed compulsory
language tests for foreigners wanting to work in Russia,
the latest in a series of measures to tighten up on immigration.
A huge influx of migrant workers, many of them Muslims
from ex-Soviet republics, has caused resentment inside
Russia and many policy-makers say it has contributed to
a spate of racially motivated attacks. The Federal Migration
Service said it supported a draft law written by two pro-Kremlin
members of parliament that would set a language test for
anyone planning to work in Russia for more than one year.
We have an interest in this and support the lawmakers'
initiative, the service said. It is obvious
that without knowledge of the Russian language it is impossible
to integrate into Russian society. Several Western
states have language requirements in their immigration
rules. But in most cases it is only people seeking permanent
residency, or skilled workers, who need to sit a language
test. Alexander Krutov, a lawmaker with the pro-Kremlin
Just Russia party and one of the two authors of the draft
law, said the only exception would be for foreigners working
in Russia for foreign firms.
He said all other would-be migrant workers should sit
a test on their proficiency in Russian within three months
of arriving. If they fail, they will not be allowed to
work and will be given the option of sitting the test
again. Knowing the Russian language ... will lead
to a reduction in the level of xenophobia and ethnic tension
because a person will be able to explain and understand
what is wanted from him and what is going on around him,
Krutov said. To become law, the proposal would have to
be approved by both houses of Parliament and President
Vladimir Putin. Russia has revamped its immigration rules
to deal with the large numbers of foreigners wanting to
work in its booming economy. The new measures streamlined
procedures for people seeking temporary work permits.
But they also barred foreigners from working in