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Is this Swedish government pamphlet a guide for men who have married underage girls?

The pamphlet is/was real; the claim "a guide to welfare" is false The pamphlet is/was real and caused a stir in the Swedish news, for example: Aftonbladet (in Swedish) The pamphlet was published on ...
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Is this Swedish government pamphlet a guide for men who have married underage girls?

For completeness, here is the full 4 page pamphlet together with an English translation: Information to you who are married to a child Child marriage is illegal in Sweden In Sweden it is ...
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Were illegally immigrating children held in cages during the Obama administration?

Yes. Probably less of them than under Trump but there were kids in cages and kids separated from their families under Obama. Those photos of immigrant children “caged” by the US? They’re from 2014 (...
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Do one quarter of Swedes named 'Ali' have a criminal record?

The short answer: the post uses invalid figures to support their claim "roughly 24 percent of all Alis in Sweden have a conviction". Furthermore, they are misrepresenting what their figures ...
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In the US, are illegal immigrants more likely to commit crimes?

TL;DR: We don't know. Reported crimes are actually lower, but that may not reflect the real crime rate. There is no evidence that it is higher, only speculation. Immigrant crime statistics show ...
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Did millions of illegal immigrants vote in the 2016 USA election?

As with many of Trumps statements, this does not seem to be true. There are dozens of journalists from different political backgrounds rejecting the claim: Politico: Trump’s Claims About Illegal ...
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Do the Swedish police have a special code for immigrant crimes?

That there is a police code is true. The Swedish police use different codes for different types of work as a way to track, for instance, how much resources they use. Some examples of such police codes ...
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Will the United Nations global compact on migration make it a criminal offense to criticize migration?

The document that Marcel de Graaff is talking about is the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. Specifically, he is referring to section 17. Objective 17: Eliminate ...
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In the US, are illegal immigrants more likely to commit crimes?

No. Numerous studies show that immigrants (legal and undocumented) are actually less likely to commit violent crime. From The Wall Street Journal piece "The Mythical Connection Between Immigrants ...
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Were illegally immigrating children held in cages during the Obama administration?

Were children separated from their parents when they were caught on the Mexican border by US officials as illegal immigrants before Trump's introduction of zero tolerance immigration policy? Yes, ...
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Did President Obama institute immigration restrictions in 2011 that were similar to Trump's Jan 2017 immigration restrictions?

There are very significant differences between the 2011 restrictions and the 2017 executive order. The most important is that 2011 was a increased vetting and not an actual ban. Refugees continued to ...
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Drop in IQ due to immigration?

The PISA results are available online. The OECD also published a summary paper which described what PISA is: [T]he OECD Programme for International Student Assessment, PISA, [is] the world’s premier ...
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Is Sweden experiencing a "rape epidemic?"

No, there is not even a good correlation between actual rape rates and immigration. The figure that Gatestone Institute cites is the rate of reported rapes. This has indeed increased, but the reason ...
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Are there shanty towns in Paris?

The image is true in the sense that it was not manipulated in its pixels, and it is true that it depicts mainly Roma people who set camp on the railway line in Paris. But the date of "meanwhile" is ...
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Are 2 million non-citizen Hispanics illegally registered to vote in the United States?

The Poll The poll doesn't try to make any claim about illegal votes or illegal registration. The voter profile does contain a page which says that 13% of registered voters in the poll were non-...
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Did the Mexican Government publish a manual for how to illegally enter the US?

This manual appears to be an authentic manual published by the Mexican government. A translation of its contents can be found here (American source) and here (Mexican source). The pamphlet does appear ...
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Do one quarter of Swedes named 'Ali' have a criminal record?

Schmuddi's answer notes that the Lexbase database only contains 4961 persons with Ali as one of their names. But if we read the Samhällsnytt article, we find that the number 9742 comes from the ...
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Are there shanty towns in Paris?

Although, as LangLangC stated, the image you provided doesn't show an actual migrant camp (the Roma people didn't come to France during the migrant crisis of 2015 but rather since 2008 when Romania ...
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Are these images showing the European refugee migration to North Aftrica during world war 2?

Nope, they're Albanians in 1991. The ship in that image is the Vlora, or at least the back half of it, full of Albanian refugees going to (or arriving in) Bari, Italy in the summer of 1991. The ...
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Were 3 million votes cast by non-citizens in the 2016 US presidential election?

This will be long, so I'll include a summary at the end. Harvard's Cooperative Congressional Election Study (http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/cces/home) is made up of multiple groups of researchers who ...
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Are there 2-3m illegal migrants with criminal records in the USA?

In the massive document U.S. Department of Homeland Security Annual Performance Report Fiscal Years 2011 – 2013 on page 1092 of the document ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] estimates ...
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Have prior U.S. Presidents used executive actions to change immigration policy

I would say the answer is yes and no. I think you need to parse it into several different questions. Has this been done before? — Yes. Yes, on numerous occasions the President has extended "...
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Did a senior U.S. Justice Department official state that 3- and 4-year-olds can learn immigration law well enough to represent themselves in court?

Yes. The full context of the quote can be found in the document JEFM v. Lynch-Deposition of Honorable Jack H. Weil. Here's part of the document, starting on page 69, line 24—or page 18 of the PDF: Q. ...
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Does the Caravan have Middle Easterners?

There is no evidence to support this claim so far. The timeline has been: 11-Oct-2018: Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales claims he has detained "around 100" Middle Eastern terrorists, including ISIS,...
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Will the United Nations global compact on migration make it a criminal offense to criticize migration?

The Global Compact for Migration that this refers to is available online. Given that it is not legally binding, we can say that nothing is going to become a criminal offense because of it. Politico ...
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Did millions of illegal immigrants vote in the 2016 USA election?

No. Those claims were never supported by any evidence. If there was any evidence of millions of "illegal votes", presumably, against Trump, his campaign would have surely requested a recount ...
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Did the Obama administration halt processing of Iraqi refugees back in 2011?

No. While the 2013 ABC report cites unnamed officials as the source, several named Obama officials have since spoken out to challenge this report. Furthermore, data on Iraqi refugees entering the U.S....
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Did the police in Italy force an elderly hotel owner to house African Illegal Immigrants on his property?

The hotel was seized (requisitioned) by the local government. This was not the first hotel to be seized. Profughi, il prefetto requisisce un hotel explains that an 1865 law provides for the ...
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Is this protest sign referring to Europe?

It may appear as if it's about police failing to stop the 2016 New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Germany, but using water cannon and tear gas on Pegida demonstrations. But the picture pre-dated the ...
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Could a foreign head of government be inadmissible to the US because of past drug use?

No. The grounds of inadmissibility cited in the article do not apply to heads of state or heads of government, nor to official travel by diplomatic personnel or officers or employees of international ...
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