Trevor Phillips warns of immigration 'cold war'
By Lewis Carter – Telegraph.co.uk April 20, 2008
Mass immigration has led to a racial "cold war" among rival ethnic communities, the head of Britain's race relations watchdog has warned.
Trevor Phillips, the chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) – and who is black himself, Ed. – said failed immigration policy risked nurturing racism among millions of Britons.
The gloomy assessment is the latest controversial outburst by Mr Phillips on the subject of immigration, he has previously warned of racial "segregation" in Britain, as well as "white families" being "cheated out of their right to social housing by newly arrived migrants".
In an address to mark the 40th anniversary of Enoch Powell's "rivers of blood" speech, in which Powell warned of the dangerous consequences of the rising level of immigration, Mr Phillips said such predictions had not come true.
However, he warned that out of control immigration policy had sparked a "war" which was just as concerning.
Mr Phillips said: "Powell predicted 'hot' conflict and violence.
"However, we have seen the emergence of a kind of cold war in some parts of the country, where very separate communities exist side by side... with poor communication across racial or religious lines.
"In essence, Powell so discredited any talk of planning or control that it gave rise to a migration policy in which Government knew too little about what was going on.
"Ironically, Powellism and the weakening of control it engendered may have led Britain to admitting more immigrants than fewer."
Last week the Telegraph reported on a warning from an influential Lords committee that the number of immigrants entering Britain should be capped, amid fears it was putting too much pressure on public services and housing.
In the speech, delivered in the same Birmingham hotel where Mr Powell sparked public debate on immigration in 1968, Mr Phillips warned Government that it risked playing into the hands of parties such as the British National Party if it failed to address the concerns of the "settled" population.
He said: "For every professional woman who is able to go out to work because she has a Polish nanny, there is a young mother who watches her child struggle in a classroom where a harassed teacher faces too many children with too many languages between them.
"Wanting a better deal for her child doesn't make her anti-immigrant. But if we can't find a better answer to her despair then she soon will be.
"For every boss whose bacon is saved by the importation of skilled IT professionals or crafts-people or health professionals, there are a thousand people who wonder every morning why they have to put up with the misery of a packed railway carriage or bus - if they can get on in the first place.
"Wanting an infrastructure that doesn't make getting to work daily hell doesn't make someone a natural voter for an anti-immigrant party. But it soon will."
Mr Phillips' comments are the latest in a string of controversial remarks on immigration.
In November last year he sparked controversy by saying: "One area where this idea of unfairness is most frequently alleged is in housing allocation, specifically that white families are cheated out of their right to social housing by newly arrived migrants."
In 2005, when he was chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, Mr Phillips warned of increased "segregation" between ethnic groups in Britain.
Comment – August 11, 2009
The above presents a grim picture of rising racial tension while the story below portrays the complete antithesis. In contrast to Britain different races are mixing quite harmoniously in Australia. Why? It all boils down to one word: space. I once watched a scientific experiment where rats were added to a confined cage. At first there were no problems but as the numbers grew and the density mounted the rats started to turn on each other. The mounting population created its own internal pressure as the rats competed for space and limited resources.
This likewise accounts for the contrast in the two stories presented here. Space is the critical resource here and without it social and psychological pressure starts to build. Australia has vast wide-open spaces whereas Britain is the most crowded country in Europe and one of the most densely populated in the world.
The Illuminati are aware of this principle, which is why they have quietly encouraged immigration to the UK, with the promise of more money, jobs etc. The end result is then used as an example to help further the principle of divide and rule. Ed.
What we've got is a great big melting pot
Sharon Verghis – Sidney Morning Herald August 9, 2009
ON WEEKENDS, Sydney's Willoughby Park playground, in the city's north, becomes a bustling hub of parents and children. The faces are diverse.
Caucasians are in the majority - not a surprise on the historically white north shore - but what strikes the eye is the strong representation of mixed-race children - half-Chinese, half-Indian, half-Indonesian, half-African - on the swings and slides. Grandparents and parents dole out lunch, everything from cheese sandwiches to steaming serves of congee. The accents are equally diverse, from broad Australian and clipped Afrikaans, to singsong Mandarin.
North shore resident Cherie Penney, 31, says there have been some interesting changes in the area's cultural make-up in recent years. "There are heaps of Eurasian kids around now, Anglo-Indians kids as well.'' Penney's own heritage is an exotic one. Her birth mother was Chinese and her birth father was half-German and half-Hawaiian. Australian-born, she was adopted by an immigrant Indian couple from South Africa. She married Rob, a Caucasian Australian from country NSW. They have two children - sons Will, 20 months, and newborn Thomas. They don't look much like their parents, but no one, she says, gives the family a second look.
Penney's story is an increasingly familiar one. Australia has long prided itself on its multicultural immigration policy and the story of its diverse ethnic mosaic is not new. What is new is the surge in marriages between young Australians from non-English-speaking backgrounds and white Australians. Their children represent an increasingly large tribe in Australia, living testaments to a quiet - and very recent - revolution in the country's attitude towards racial integration. ''I find now, compared to 20 years ago, people's perceptions are quite different,'' Penney says. ''It's quite normal now to see mixed couples and mixed kids.''
April Murdoch, 38, and Sunil Badami, 35, of Rozelle, agree.
Sunil is of South Indian background, while April is fourth-generation Australian with a Danish, Scottish and English background. They have two children - Leela, 2, and Maya, 10 months.
Murdoch, a freelance publicist, said their families were unfazed by the couple's racial differences. ''Maybe it would have been [a concern] for my parents' generation … [and] I'm sure there are plenty of people who would experience that still.''
Murdoch's stepmother, Vivienne, also has a different background. She is of Chinese heritage.
Dr Siew-Ean Khoo, senior fellow at the Australian Demographic and Social Research Institute at the Australian National University in Canberra, says there has been a striking rise in intermarriage rates from the first to the second to the third generation of Australians of various ethnic backgrounds. Of particular note is the finding that the majority of young Australians of non-English-speaking backgrounds in the third generation are now partnering with people of different ethnic origins, mainly Australian or Anglo-Celtic.
It's a dramatic shift when compared to their parents and grandparents, and a significant change from the country's historic structure of immigrant tribes living separately from each other and the dominant mainstream Anglo majority.
In her new paper, Intermarriage by Birthplace and Ancestry in Australia, published in People and Place, Dr Khoo, along with co-authors Bob Birrell and Genevieve Heard, found this new pattern was particularly striking in the third generation of those of Greek, Chinese and Lebanese ancestries, where two-thirds of men and women had partnered outside their ethnic group.
More than 50 per cent of those of Chinese origin and more than 40 per cent with Lebanese ancestry had partners of Australian or Anglo-Celtic ancestry.
In a previous study, Australians' Ancestries (2004), Dr Khoo found that the proportion of the population claiming more than one ancestry has almost doubled from 12 to 22 per cent between 1986 and 2001. The increase in multiple ancestries from the first to the third generation was ''quite spectacular'' among Hungarians, Polish, Chinese, Indians and Italians, among others.
She says the most rapidly growing group in Australian society is those of mixed ethnic origins - the result of increasing socialisation between groups, greater mobility, lessening of cultural ties, overseas travel and education. ''I think the marriage market is global, not local."
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