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The no-go zone is a common phrase and myth used in anti-immigration rhetoric, which claims that certain parts of the country experience so much concentrated immigration that entire streets can be resided by migratory families. While this is reasonable for a country with concentrated migration, the "no-go zone" myth goes further, arguing that because of this, non-migrants are banned from walking into these neighborhoods by gangs. The purpose of the myth is to declare all immigrants to be racist and thus deserving of any prejudice against them. An investigation of the myth by Snopes found examples dating back to the 9/11 attacks.
The United Kingdom is often cited as a country with "no-go zones" in which, due to Blairite multiculturalism gone mad, are given devolved powers where Sharia Courts can rule unregulated. It should be noted that Islam itself represents only 4.5% of the British population as of the 2011 census. Common examples of cities with higher-than-average Muslim populations such as London, Birmingham, and Bradford are often be cited as particular places with entire districts that Christians are not allowed to enter. Making matters more comical, in 2015 Fox News "terrorism expert" Steven Emerson insisted live on air that the entire city of Birmingham was a no-go zone, before everyone called their bluff and they apologised. Along with Fox News, then-Republican Presidential candidate and best-selling joke Donald Trump jumped on the bandwagon by adding the French capital into the mix, leading to further international condemnation, with then-London Mayor Boris Johnson declaring New York to be a no-go zone due to the presence of Trump.
Following the January 2015 attack on Charlie Hebdo, the French and American far-right made claims that there were at least 750 no-go zones around France and especially in Paris. Snopes' investigation of the allegations suggested that this was caused by a misunderstanding about "zones urbaines sensibles", areas particularly suffering from unemployment and crime, and people linking them to areas of high migration.
In 2015, Michigan Republican congressman Pete Hoekstra made claims that no go zones had been raised in his native country and violence against non-Muslims was to the extent cars were being set alight and politicians assaulted. Following his swearing in as the American ambassador to the Netherlands, he was confronted over these claims and accused it of being fake news until provided video footage of it.
- Snopes — Sharia Law Muslim 'No Go' Zones.
- Ofcom criticises Fox News for calling Birmingham no-go zone for non-Muslims, The Guardian, 21 September 2015.
- Donald Trump repeats myth that London and Paris contain 'Muslim no-go areas', International Business Times, 8 Dec 2015
- Boris Johnson: The only reason I wouldn't go to some parts of New York is the real risk of meeting Donald Trump: Mayor of London responds to Donald Trump's controversial comments saying some parts of London were 'no-go areas' because of large Muslim communities by Matt Dathan (8 December 2015 16:03 GMT) The Independent.
- Katie Hopkins admits she cannot name 'no-go' areas for non-Muslims in Andrew Neil BBC Daily Politics interview, The Independent, 11 Dec 2015.
- "US ambassador to Netherlands describes own words as 'fake news'", The Guardian, 22 Dec 2017.