Posts Tagged ‘integration’

7-8 IS terrorists have entered Sweden – warns Iraq

April 26, 2016

Next to Belgium, Sweden has sent most radicalised muslims from Europe to join IS. And many are coming back – with murderous intent.

BBC: Swedish intelligence service Sapo is investigating a possible terror threat to the capital, Stockholm …… Iraqi authorities had informed Sweden that seven or eight militants from the so-called Islamic State group had travelled to Sweden, newspapers reported.

According to Swedish newspapers, soft, civilian targets in Stockholm are the object of the terrorist missions. Seven or eight IS terrorists are said to already have entered Sweden. The security service are in a state of heightened readiness though the terror alert level has not been increased from its current level of 2 (on a 5 point scale).

Just a month ago a NATO general warned of the terrorists returning to Europe masked by the refugees.

…. In testimony to the Senate armed services committee, US general Philip Breedlove said that the Islamic State terror group is “spreading like a cancer” among refugees. The group’s members are “taking advantage of paths of least resistance, threatening European nations and our own”, he added. …. Breedlove distinguished between “criminality, terrorist and foreign fighters”, and said that he has seen news reports saying as many as 1,500 fighters have returned to Europe.

……. congressional estimates of how many foreign fighters have traveled to Syria vary widely, with 1,500 toward the higher end of numbers of fighters reported to have returned to western nations.

The IS goal of bringing Europe into the caliphate is by creating muslim societies which can be isolated from and run in parallel with the societies where they exist. Establishing no-go areas within isolated ghettos where Sharia law can be imposed is part of that. Effective no-go areas are already  evident in many large European cities (Brussels, London, Paris, Berlin, Stockholm and Malmö to name just a few). The liberal, left promotion of multiculturalism – rather than integration – over the last 4 decades has only helped IS in this goal of creating separated, isolated, parallel societies where their word can hold sway. The sudden focus on integration – rather than multiculturalism – is welcome but has come far too late. It may be too little. One of the key elements of integration is in providing immigrants and refugees with gainful employment rather than living on social handouts. And the trade unions are the biggest obstacle not only to recreating the thousands of “low-paid” jobs which don’t exist any longer, but also in hindering small employers from taking on non-unionised labour.


 

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In Scandinavia, Sweden becomes the example not to follow for integration of immigrants

March 31, 2016

Parts of Stockholm and Malmö and Göteborg have now some areas which are dominated by immigrant communities. With multiculturalism (as opposed to multi-ethnic under a common culture) made into a god of political correctness, Sweden has done relatively little to ensure the integration of immigrants into the country. That, in turn, has led to the congregation of immigrants into just a few areas and their subsequent segregation.

Both Denmark and Norway are now using Sweden as the cautionary tale and of how not to manage integration.

The LocalNorway’s integration minister has called for tighter immigration policies – to avoid the country becoming like Sweden.

Sylvi Listhaug used Sweden as the cautionary tale when speaking about recent terror attacks in Europe, as well as a package of asylum reforms due before the Norwegian parliament shortly.

“Many of those who have carried out terror attacks in Europe are born and raised in France and Belgium. It shows how important it is to succeed with integration and that is again connected to how many come to Norway. Therefore a tight immigration policy is important,” she said.

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Brussels, there has been a debate in Norway on so-called parallel societies and neighbourhoods where the police don’t dare to patrol. Listhaug acknowledged that the problem exists.

“We have foreign fighters who have left Norway and [we have] radical environments. We should not stick our heads in the sand and say that everything is good here. But fortunately we are a long way from the conditions we see in some other countries, for example Sweden,” she told NTB.

The difference between multiculturalism with a fractured society and a multi-ethnic society with a common over-riding culture, is one of my hobby-horses.

A “society” – to be a society – can be multi-ethnic but not multicultural

Of course one can have – if one wishes – many different cultures within different sub-societies in a single geographic area. But if these sub-cultures are not subordinated to a larger culture then the sub-societies cannot – because it becomes a fatal contradiction – make up any larger society. Multiculturalism dooms that geographical area to inevitably be a splintered and fractured “greater” society – if at all.


 

The future of Europe is multiethnic but not multicultural

December 15, 2015

I have for long held the position that a society needs a single overriding culture to be a society. All cultures are dynamic and change as times change and as new groups may be assimilated into it. The new culture inevitably contains elements of what new communities bring to the table and the original culture of that community – in some adjusted form – can continue as a sub-culture, but subordinate to the overriding culture. What is not tenable is the idea that a single society can remain a single society when it is splintered into a collection of many parallel cultures (and which are not subordinate to an overriding culture). It has been the misguided, do-gooding, politically correct approach of the “liberal left” in Europe which has actively encouraged new communities to maintain the cultures of where they came from and remain separate to the existing, prevailing culture. There has been little emphasis on getting new communities to assimilate and a far greater emphasis on separateness. This approach has also given rise to the fear of demanding assimilation from new communities. That has in turn led – and not very surprisingly – to the immigrant ghettos, the no-go areas and large parts of the new population who cannot even speak the local language (into the 3rd generation in some cases).

The downplaying of integration is what now gives the reality of 85 Sharia courts active in the UK or the no-go areas in Malmö or Preston or the separate, parallel societies in Molenbeek and La Goutte d’Or. It is the false god of multiculturalism which has allowed schools in Birmingham to be subverted or the predatory, medieval, sexual mores of the NW Frontier to be transplanted to Rotherham.

It is language which is the primary vehicle of a culture. But while every culture has a primary language, a language may be the vehicle for many cultures. Religion is probably the next most important “carrier” of a culture. The misguided and unsustainable “multicultural” approach has pervaded many European countries, such that even jobs requiring interaction with the public or even gaining citizenship have not required any language proficiency. However the importance of assimilation is finally gaining ground.

Angela Merkel has said this before but is now becoming much more explicit in her criticism of multiculturalism and much more vocal in emphasising the importance of integration.

The Guardian:

Merkel still sought to address lingering concerns over the long-term consequences of the refugee crisis.

“Those who seek refuge with us also have to respect our laws and traditions, and learn to speak German,” she said. “Multiculturalism leads to parallel societies, and therefore multiculturalism remains a grand delusion.”

Her comments echoed a similar statement from 2010, when Merkel said multiculturalism had “utterly failed”.

I would have thought it obvious that learning of the local language within some reasonable time be mandatory for a residence permit for any immigrant or asylum seeker. Multiculturalism is not just a “failed concept” as David Cameron has said or a “grand delusion” as Angela Merkel now calls it, it is a false premise. A single society – fundamentally – must have an overriding culture and cannot be multicultural. The existence of multiple parallel cultures can only be accommodated by a collection of societies – or by a fractured and splintered society.

Who is Charlie?

January 13, 2015

JE SUIS CHARLIE

Omslaget på tidningen Charlie Hebdos nya nummer, Charlie Hebdo och tidningen Liberations redaktioner. Foto: TT/AP och Charlie Hebdo.

The cover of the new issue of Charlie Hebdo, Charlie Hebdo and the newspaper Liberation editors. Photo: TT / AP and Charlie Hebdo (via Swedish Radio)

 PEGIDA ALSO CLAIMS TO BE CHARLIE 

A protestor holds a poster showing German Chancellor Angela Merkel wearing a head scarf in front of the Reichtstags building with a crescent on top and the writing "Mrs Merkel here is the people" during a rally of the group Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the West, or PEGIDA, in Dresden, Germany, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.

A record 25,000 attended the Pegida demonstration in Dresden on 12th January 2015 BBC/AP

 BUT, HE IS NOT CHARLIE

Right-wing Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke

Right-wing Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke at the European Parliament 12th January 2015 BBC/Reuters

Nigel Farage the UKIP leader, who is a clown in many ways and on many issues, does have a point regarding integration (not immigration). It is not mass immigration – as he believes – but the blind worship of a soppy, separatist, “multi-culturism” which has removed the incentive and need for immigrants to integrate. The grooming rings of Pakistani immigrants and the attempted take-over of Birmingham schools have certainly been enabled – perhaps only partly – by the cowardly worship of “multi-culturism”. Like it or not, Europe is and will continue to be multiethnic. That requires the separate cultures to be subordinated to a single over-riding culture, which in turn has to be something new which evolves from the various new inputs. Immigration inevitably gives multi-ethnicity but it is the blind worship of multi-culturism which hinders integration. No doubt prejudice and racism also hinder integration but even here, the separatist nature of multi-culturism entrenches racism.

I love the fact that in the UK, chicken tikka massala has gone mainstream and I can get it at M&S and at the pub. But I am equally glad that the pub remains a pub and has not been converted into a dhaba. When I want channa – bhatura my favourite dhaba is in Handsworth, but thankfully that dhaba will never be a pub. There is a place for the dhaba to exist, but it is the pub serving the chicken tikka massala which is integration in motion.

(I shall leave my ranting about all organised religions for another time and another post).

It is not immigration but integration which is the real issue.

BBC: Mr Farage, leader of the anti-EU UK Independence Party, said mass immigration had “made it frankly impossible for many new communities to integrate”.

“We do have, I’m afraid, I’m sad to say, a fifth column that is living within our own countries, that is utterly opposed to our values,” he said.

He is quite correct that in Europe, the supporters of radical Islam are self-confessed fifth-columnists (defined as any group of people organised to undermine a larger group).

In one generation, the minorities of the US will be the majority of the country

October 1, 2014

The quotation is from Colin Powell on Meet the Press last year making the point that the Republican Party is running the risk of alienating the “new majority” while trying to ensure the support of the fringes of the “new minority”. Of course this new found majority (African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans ) is a conglomeration of different ethnic groups and the “new minority” is still – by far – the largest distinct ethnic group.

ChangeLabInfo.com

01/13/2013
Colin Powell (former Secretary of State, G.W. Bush Administration): The country is changing demographically.
And if the Republican Party doesn’t change along with that demographic, we’re going to be in trouble. And so, when we see that in one more generation, the minorities of America; African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Asian Americans will be the majority of the country, you can’t go around saying that we don’t want to have a solid immigration policy.

The Asian Americans are the fastest growing group though it does seem a little odd to lump Chinese, Filipinos, Indians, Vietnamese, Korean and other Asians as being a single “ethnic group”.

  • Asians comprised just over 6 percent of the total U.S. population in 2011, having grown by 46 percent between 2000 and 2010. This rate of growth makes Asian Americans the fastest growing group by race in the United States. 
  • Since 2011, the United States Census Bureau reports that the Asian American population grew by approximately 2.9 percent (530,000) exceeding 18.9 million in 2012.
  • Approximately 68% of Asian Americans old enough to vote are U.S. citizens. 
  • More than 60 percent of this growth in the Asian American population was due to immigration.
  • Approximately 10 percent of undocumented immigrants (almost 1.2 million people) in the United States were born in five Asian countries: China, the Philippines, India, Korea, and Vietnam.

There is a great deal of diversity among Asian Americans:

(While) Asian Americans as an aggregate have relatively high median family incomes, it is important to note that Asian American per capita income is actually lower than that of whites. Asian America also includes 43 diverse ethnic groups speaking over 100 distinct language dialects. Among these groups, the Hmong, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Chinese exceed the national average of adults without high school diplomas, and are not among the Asian American ethnic groups whose representation among those enrolled in American colleges and universities exceeds their share of the population

Pew has analysed the 2010 census data.

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As Jeb Bush observed

…I mean, if you look at Asian Americans, for example, in general, they have higher income than the median of our country, more intact families, more entrepreneurship, higher levels of education. And they supported President Obama 75-24; higher margins than with Hispanics…

Though a large section of Asian Americans based on their family values and entrepreneurship would be expected to be Republicans, they are overwhelmingly Democratic supporters (75%). It seems that this is primarily based on a single issue – immigration. There is a real sense of insecurity engendered by the rhetoric of prominent Republicans on immigration. Interestingly they are also the group where individuals are least likely to describe themselves as religious and where marriage outside the ethnic group is most acceptable (50% would have no objection to marrying outside the community). Of current Asian American marriages (2008 – 2010), 29% were to non-Asians and 6% to other Asian ethnic groups. But 40% say that all or most of their friends are from their own country of origin. Among some ethnic groups (Vietnamese, Chinese, Hmong, Korean, Bangladeshi) 50- 60% don’t speak English very well whereas in other (presumably more integrated) groups (Japanese, Indian, Malaysian) this number is around 20 – 25%.

The US is, by a long way, the most multi-ethnic country in the world. But what is also apparent is that integration with the accompanying development of a new inclusive culture is the key rather than the preserving of multiple cultures of origin. This is the problem, I think, in much of Europe. Multi-culturism has been made a God, but multi-culturism is inherently a preserving of the past. Integration with the development of a new, over-riding, multi-ethnic culture is the only way forward. And integration requires language. The one single step that could contribute most to the integration of different ethnic groups in Europe, I think, would be to ensure that all immigrants (regardless of age) become proficient in the local language (and to allow the language of the country of origin to find its own level).


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