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Asylum seeker in £1.2m west London house is convicted of benefit fraud

A former asylum seeker living in a £1.2 million house paid for by the taxpayer was warned today she faced jail after pleading guilty to benefit fraud.

Toorpakai Saiedi, 37, a mother of seven originally from Afghanistan, falsely claimed almost £30,000 in housing benefit, council tax credit and working tax credit.

She hid a Barclays bank account that generated income over a period of three years from Ealing council and the Department of Work and Pensions.

Speaking through a Farsi interpreter at Isleworth crown court, Saiedi admitted three counts of falsely claiming benefits.

She had claimed asylum after coming to Britain in 2001 with her children, a year after husband Haji Rahmat Shah Saiedi, 47, arrived in London.

The family say they were wealthy farmers near Bagram airbase, 20 miles from Afghan capital Kabul, and were forced to flee because of Taliban threats. They were granted leave to remain in Britain.

They have lived in properties paid for by councils: a three-bedroom terrace house in Enfield, a five-bedroom semi in Ealing, and now a seven-bedroom property in Acton, also paid for by Ealing council. It has two reception rooms, one with a large plasma TV, two kitchens, a dining room, a breakfast room, three shower rooms and a 100ft garden.

Saiedi’s son Jawad has said: “When the council chose to put us here we did not say no. If someone gave you a lottery jackpot, would you leave it? When I heard how much the council was paying, I thought they were mad.”

The Acton house is owned by Ajit Panesar, who bought it in 2008 for £1.2 million. He said of the rent he receives: “I have done nothing wrong. I can’t help it if the law says I should get paid the amount of money.”

Henrietta Paget, prosecuting, told the court that from September 2006 to September 2009 Saiedi had logged a total of £29,888 in falsely claimed benefits.

Judge Jonathan Lowen ordered a pre-sentence report and said all options for punishment remained open. Saiedi was remanded on bail to be sentenced next month.

March 16, 2011 Posted by | Asylum Seekers, Court, uk | Leave a comment

100,000 Eastern European migrants now free to claim full benefits in Britain worth tens of millions of pounds after EU ruling

Hundreds of thousands of migrants will gain full access to Britain’s generous benefits system within weeks.

When eight former Eastern Bloc countries joined the EU in 2004, rules were put in place to restrict access to welfare.

But these rules lapse on May 1 and cannot be renewed, raising fears of mass benefits tourism.

After just three months’ ‘residency’ in the country, eastern European migrants will be able to claim hundreds of pounds a week in jobseeker’s allowance, council tax and housing benefits.
Previously they had to work for a full year before being able to claim welfare.

Critics said Labour made a ‘huge mistake’ when agreeing that the rules would last for just seven years and called safeguards ‘paper thin’.

Since the EU expanded in 2004, Britain has experienced its largest ever wave of migration – despite official predictions that just 13,000 workers would want to move here.

Those searching for jobs have been required to pay £90 and sign up with the Worker Registration Scheme, run by the Home Office and Department for Work and Pensions. They were then denied access to benefits until they had completed a full year of work.

More than a million have joined the scheme and figures suggest there are some 625,000 still in work in the UK.

But from May migrants from Poland, Estonia, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic will simply have to pass a ‘habitual residency test’ – showing they have been looking for work for three months.

The only other requirement is that they show benefits officials where they live, prove they want to settle here and show any employment history.

At that point they can get access to a council tax rebate, housing benefit worth hundreds of pounds a week and jobseeker’s allowance of £65 a week.

The change in rules will also lead to a rise in the number of eastern Europeans living in Britain who receive child benefit for children still living in their home country.

Figures last year showed there are already more than 32,000 children living in eastern Europe whose parents receive child benefit in Britain.

Under EU rules, child benefit is paid to all parents in the UK, even if their children have stayed in their home countries.

During the recession the numbers coming in from the so-called A8 countries dropped off.

However, figures released last month showed the number of eastern Europeans coming to work in Britain had risen for the first time in four years. Arrivals who registered with the WRS hit 116,760 – an increase of 7 per cent on a year earlier, when the total was 108,920.

Sir Andrew Green, chairman of MigrationWatch, said: ‘The previous government made a huge mistake in allowing people from much poorer states to claim benefits in Britain once the seven-year transition period ends. Such safeguards as exist are not even paper thin.’

A DWP spokesman denied migrants could ‘just come to the UK and start claiming benefits’. He said: ‘We have strict rules in place to protect the system from any abuse.

‘We will be keeping our benefit rules for people from abroad under review to ensure it’s secure.’
‘We have to remain in line with our national and international obligations.

‘However, it is necessary to protect the taxpayer and the benefit system from possible abuse. This is our number one priority.’

‘We have rules in place to prevent abuse of the benefit system and prevent benefit tourism.’

March 4, 2011 Posted by | Asylum Seekers, Illegal Immigrants, Immigration, uk, UK Border Agency, UK Government, UKIP | , | Leave a comment

Hit-run asylum seeker to stay in UK

A legal attempt to deport a failed asylum seeker who killed a 12-year-old girl in a hit-and-run crash has failed.


Aso Mohammed Ibrahim, an Iraqi Kurd who was already banned from driving, left Amy Houston dying under the wheels of his car in Blackburn. He was jailed for four months over the girl’s death, in 2003, but allowed to remain in the UK on his release.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) appealed against the decision, backed by Amy’s father Paul, but that was rejected by two senior immigration judges last year. Mr Houston has been campaigning for years to get Ibrahim deported.

The agency then asked to be allowed to take the case to the Court of Appeal but that attempt has now also failed. The Home Office has said that a further legal hearing would take place in a bid to resolve the matter.

A spokesman said: “We will appeal this decision at an oral hearing. Mr Ibrahim was convicted of committing an offence that led to the tragic death of a 12-year-old child. It remains our view that he should be removed from the UK.”

Ibrahim’s lawyers have argued that human rights laws permit him to stay in the UK, where he now has a family.

Mr Houston, from Darwen, Lancashire, had to make the decision to turn off Amy’s life support machine hours after the crash and the 41-year-old engineer spoke of his frustration at hitting another legal hurdle.

He said: “This is torture for me. It’s an up-and-down rollercoaster that they keep putting me through.

“It is about fairness and about human rights. How can that not be taken into consideration? How can my daughter’s life mean nothing to these people?

“He is a criminal at the end of the day, and it is safe for him to return home. He should do so.”

“The do-gooders guild yet another foreign criminal in gold, silver & UK citizenship. Whilst yet another injustice is served to an innocent victim of immigrant ignorance of our laws, society & social responsibility. He should be sent back to his birth country with his “new” convenient family! he doesn’t deserve the chance to live in the UK. Scum like this should be dealt with as soon as they arrive! KICK THEM OUT, KICK THEM ALL OUT NOW!” – BritanniaParty

March 4, 2011 Posted by | Amy Houston, Asylum Seekers, Blackburn, UK Border Agency | , , , | Leave a comment

“Who cares about revolution, we just want to go to Europe for the freebies”

Chaos, militant Islam, and thousands of refugees fleeing Tunisia in the aftermath of the uprising. Thousands are flooding a tiny island off Italy. Can the Egyptian and Libyan masses be far behind ?

DAILY MAIL –Since Tunisians ousted dictator President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali on January 14 after 23 years in power, the once-omnipotent police force has lost its grip on the throat of the people. As uncertainty reigns, the coastline has become porous. In recent weeks, 6,000 Tunisians have paid human traffickers smuggle them into Italy.

Last month Tunisia’s Jasmine Revolution ignited the tinderbox of Arab anger, leading to the toppling of brutal rulers. A new cry is being carried on the desert winds: it is freedom (and free food, housing, healthcare and welfare benefits courtesy of the socialist states of the EU)

Tunisia’s ten million people are proud that a revolution that began with the self-immolation of 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi, a poor vegetable-seller standing up for his rights in Sidi Bouzid, has grown into a regional revolt. But for some, their battle cry is different: they want jobs and a better way of life.

Illegal migration is a part of the complex picture that is unfolding here. The media caravan has moved on to new flashpoints in other parts of the region as the most momentous political change since the 1989 collapse of the European communist bloc unfolds. But what happens after the revolution is won ?

The answer lies in Tunisia, which was the first North African nation to overthrow its reviled leader. What has followed is uncertainty and a political vacuum as the country struggles to build a democratic framework. Protests grip the capital Tunis, strikes cripple the country, the old power is dead and new forces are rising – including the Islamists. But while many Tunisians celebrate the downfall of Ben Ali, others are seeking to escape to the prosperity of Europe, raising the spectre of a migratory flood.

Could democracy in Tunisia lead to an Islamist party taking power – and what would that mean? It feeds into the wider question worrying minds from Washington to London and from Jerusalem to Riyadh: what will follow the old Arab order that is being overturned? Will the revolutions translate into real democracy or just another form of autocracy?

Already there are troubling signs that more extremist Islamists are asserting their authority. A Polish priest had his throat slit in a suburb of Tunis. A Catholic bishop in Tunisia said he feared Islamic extremism was to blame. American news reports said the priest’s throat was cut, but the Vatican news agency said he was beheaded.

Political analysts warn that unleashing the genie of democracy in North Africa means there will be little control over the electoral outcome. The old order of dictatorship offered the West the comfort that Islamist extremism was kept in check. Now, as the West cheers on the Arab people’s quest for freedom, we are witnessing this generation’s version of the fall of the communist bloc.

As they say, be careful what you wish for. With the Islamist party no longer banned now, women can kiss their human rights goodbye. Get ready the UK, you will bear the brunt of these ‘uprisings.’

March 2, 2011 Posted by | Asylum Seekers, Immigration, Islamists, Multiculturalism, Muslims, Refugees, UK Border Agency | | Leave a comment

Anti Immigration Sentiment Soars in Britain

In last year’s general election in Britain, both the Conservatives and Labour addressed the issue of immigration and the popular feeling that uncontrolled immigration had caused problems for Britain. However, due to Britain’s electoral system, no party with an explicit anti-immigration agenda such as the British National Party or the United Kingdom Independence Party managed to make it into Parliament.

This contrasts with results in Holland and Sweden where the Freedom Party and the Swedish Democrats made major breakthroughs. In France, the National Front polls at 20%.

Now, a poll conducted in Britain for the left-wing Searchlight Educational Trust finds that 48% of voters would consider voting for a party that would tackle immigration and Islamic extremism provided it steered clear of violence and “fascist imagery”. 52% said that Muslims cause problems in the United Kingdom.

The poll found that two thirds of white Britons felt that immigration had made a negative contribution. They were joined by 43% of Asian Britons and 17% of black Britons. According to the poll, a strong correlation existed between economic insecurity and hostility to immigration. The results were slightly skewed by older pro-conservative voters whom the pollsters called cultural integrationists. Another interesting result is that more nonwhites than whites favor freezing immigration on till the economic situation improves.

While the full report will only be published on the web Monday night, it has already been embraced by the British left to attack the government of David Cameron and former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair, whom the left considers a traitor.

David Cameron is attacked for his recent speech denouncing multiculturalism and calling for a muscular liberalism that would spell out more clearly what values are acceptable and what are inacceptable. Critics from the left condemn the Cameron speech for legitimizing the sentiments expressed in the poll. The Left and its journalistic mouthpieces, such as the Guardian and the Daily Mirror, also claim that the government’s current austerity policy is causing layoffs and lowering the standard of living. This is increasing economic insecurity and therefore fueling the dangerous attitudes surfacing in the poll.

Tony Blair is attacked for his “New Labour” approach that essentially jettisons politics based on class and therefore made working class Britons feel that they had been abandoned. If politics are not based on class, then the substitute is the identity-based politics expressed by the respondents to the poll.

While the survey was conducted by the well-regarded Populus polling organization, some critics are uneasy about questions that are too vague to permit conclusions. Another obvious criticism is that the poll is self-serving. Searchlight advertises itself as an organization that combats fascism by educational work. Obviously the more alarming the attitude towards immigrants is, the greater the need to fund the organization.

by Amiel Ungar

Immigration And Asylum Seekers In Calais - wanting to be in the UK

March 1, 2011 Posted by | Asylum Seekers, Blair, BNP, Cameron, Conservative Party, Daily Mirror, Guardian, Illegal Immigrants, Immigration, Labour, Liberal Party, Multiculturalism, Nationalism, UK Government, UKIP | , , , , | Leave a comment