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20,000 Jobs go to Foreign Graduates

20,000 Jobs go to Foreign Graduates | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

It is time that British Graduates were given priority for jobs. That is the conclusion of a study published today by Migration Watch UK.

Under the latest government scheme, all foreign graduates are allowed to stay on for six months to look for a job. This is supposed to attract “the brightest and the best”. It does nothing of the kind. In reality:

- It applies to non-EU graduates from over 600 institutions who may number about 100,000 a year

- It applies to all “graduates” whatever their subject or their grade

- There are some 600 degree awarding institutions in the UK (but only 138 are themselves universities)

- A one year course in the UK is sufficient to qualify for this scheme

- The salary need only be £20,000 a year

- There is no limit on numbers

- And no test to see whether a British graduate is available.

The number of such work permits granted in 2011 was 40,000. The Home Office estimate, that in future, the number will be about 20,000 a year.

Migration Watch recommend that:

(a) The salary threshold be raised to £25,000

(b) The jobs should be made available first to British graduates

(c) Only those who have spent at least two years studying in the UK should be eligible.

Commenting, Sir Andrew Green, Chairman of Migration Watch UK said:

“Unemployment amongst recent British graduates is now about 20%. They already have to compete with EU graduates. It is inexcusable that tens of thousands of jobs should go to foreign graduates without any requirement to test the local market first. The higher education sector claims that the option of work attracts foreign students – probably so, but these institutions should be selling education, not immigration. British graduates emerging from universities with huge debts deserve a fair crack at any jobs that are available. The Foreign Secretary said at PM’s questions on 20 June that the government was making sure that all but the very best go home at the end of their studies. This is clearly not the case at present. The scheme should be severely restricted or, preferably, abolished. The effect would be to make this a genuinely temporary route, as Universities UK claim it to be ”.

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The Growing Extremist Presence on Twitter

The Growing Extremist Presence on Twitter | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it
That extremists use social media to disseminate their ideas and to provide a platform for militant organisations to reach an audience of supporters and prospective recruits should not surprise people.


The social-networking site Twitter is an eclectic and anarchic public forum, with today's top 'trends' (topics being discussed) as I write this piece as varied as 'Andrea Pirlo' and 'What really turns me on'.

However, the diverse interests of its users, and the laissez-faire attitude towards regulation practiced by the network's operators, means that extremists are also able to use the site to spread their propaganda.

A recent study carried out by a BBC analyst has been following a number of Twitter profiles which affiliate themselves with violent jihadist groups for the past month and a half and has unearthed some fascinating results.

Finding that a number of extremist groups are becoming more sophisticated in their use of social media, the report details the use of Twitter by terrorist groups including the Al-Qaeda linked Somali insurgents Al-Shabaab and the Afghan Taliban.

It also highlighted the creation of unofficial accounts which identify with and share the material of individuals such as Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda, and Anwar Al-Awlaki, an Al-Qaeda-linked cleric killed in Yemen last year.

The use of social media and the internet by extremist groups to target vulnerable young people for recruitment has been detailed by government, the Prevent review in 2011 declaring that they have "transformed the extent to which terrorist organisations and their sympathisers can radicalise people in this country".

The case of Roshonara Choudhry, who tried to assassinate the MP Stephen Timms in his constituency surgery in Beckton in May 2010, also emphasises the danger of online material. As I have written before, Choudhry appears to have been radicalised after listening to Awlaki's back catalogue of lectures on the internet.

Last week also saw the trial of Mohammed and Shasta Khan, a husband and wife who are accused of planning bomb attacks against Jewish targets in Manchester. It is alleged that were self-radicalised via extremist material found online, particularly 'Inspire', the English language online magazine produced by Al-Qaeda.

The study's findings about the prevalence of extremist material on social media sites, and concerns about potential online radicalisation, echo those of a recent report by Student Rights.

In this report we examined the use of Twitter by a number of students and recent graduates involved in Islamist activism at London universities.

We found examples of when it was used to interact with senior individuals in the non-violent extremist political party Hizb ut-Tahrir, and also that it was frequently used to share and promote Islamism-inspired ideology.

We also found external individuals using other forms of social media, in this case Facebook, to share potentially illegal material with students.

This included an individual claiming to be based in Somalia, and using the Al-Shabaab war-flag as a profile picture, using Facebook to share multiple videos featuring violent extremists including Awlaki with students at the University of Westminster.

In the past two weeks we have also found links to Facebook pages shared with students that promote the output of extremists linked to Al-Muhajiroun, an organisation proscribed by the British government, and to Millatu Ibrahim, a German Islamist movement recently banned in Germany.

The responses to both our findings and those of the BBC study have been decidedly mixed. In our case, when we informed universities about the material shared via Facebook it was often removed following discussions with students, though this was not always the case.

On the other hand, the BBC article notes that Twitter are yet to respond to questions asking what they are doing to monitor the extremist material found, or what their policy is on the matter.

Whilst Google recently removed 640 videos from YouTube which promoted terrorism, the sheer volume of material can make this very difficult, and this is no doubt the case with Twitter.

That extremists use social media to disseminate their ideas and to provide a platform for militant organisations to reach an audience of supporters and prospective recruits should not surprise people. What should is the ease with which they are able to do this. 

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Thousands of EU students owe the UK millions in taxpayer-funded loans

Thousands of EU students owe the UK millions in taxpayer-funded loans | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Thousands of foreign students who attended British universities are failing to repay taxpayer-backed loans worth £75 million – leaving a giant hole in Government finances.
Of 8,700 graduates who have moved abroad, only 800 are currently making repayments. The whereabouts of a further 9,900 EU students are unknown.

The findings are set to fuel fresh concerns that many European students, who can claim subsidised loans to cover the cost of tuition fees, could effectively gain free degrees.

The news follows the release of official figures, which also show how total outstanding student debt owed by British and EU graduates has ballooned to £40.2 billion, up from less than £30 billion two years ago.

That includes £349 million borrowed by European students – more than double the total in 2009/10. The figure will spiral even more sharply from September, when the upper limit for tuition fees is raised from just over £3,000 to £9,000 a year.
Students from EU countries have been eligible for special low-interest loans from British taxpayers to cover tuition fees since 2006, but cannot claim maintenance loans.

British-based graduates pay back their student loans automatically through the tax system once their earnings exceed £15,000. However, there is no equivalent system for those who move abroad. They are required to set up direct debits, or ‘remember to pay online’. Incredibly, officials have only taken legal action to recover funds from nine EU students since 2009.

Statistics show that almost 30,000 EU students became liable to start repaying loans over the past five years. On average, they owe just over £6,000 each.

Some 2,600 have already fully repaid their loans, while an additional 8,000 have remained in Britain and started to pay theirs back through the tax system. However, of the 8,700 known to be living abroad, 2,400 have been placed ‘in arrears’ after failing to disclose details of their financial arrangements, while 400 have defaulted on repayments.

Some 5,100 are not earning enough to repay, meaning just 800 of them are paying off their loans.

Moreover, 9,900 EU students are classed as ‘not currently repaying – further information being sought’. Those classed as ‘in arrears’ or ‘not currently repaying’ owe approximately £75 million, but the total amount owed is considerably more. Tens of thousands more students from the EU are currently at university here and have borrowed £239 million to cover tuition fees.

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York University host radical Islamist

York University host radical Islamist | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

A controversial Islamic speaker was due to appear before 300 people at York University's Islamic Society on Wednesday evening.

Yusuf Chambers is a founding member of the iERA (Islamic Education and Research Academy), which organises lectures and speaking tours.

Mr Chambers has previously suggested that sharia law should be used in Britain to allow adulterers to be "stoned to death" and has said "may Allah preserve us" from a "gay gene" that he believes leads to homosexuality.

Hasan Afzal, director of anti-extremist group Stand for Peace, said: "Defenders of Yusuf Chambers' views will claim this is a freedom of speech issue. It is not. It is a decency issue. The university has a duty to protect its students from religious extremism."

A university spokesman said: "We will monitor the situation closely and a senior member of staff will attend the event."


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