Refugees

Racist anti-immigrant riots in Poland

By Clara Weiss, 16 January 2017

Racist clashes broke out in the northeastern Polish town of Ełk at the New Year, following the murder of a 21-year-old Polish man.

More restrictive laws target refugees after Berlin attack

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 14 January 2017

Less than three weeks after the terrorist attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, the German justice minister and interior minister have agreed on a number of more restrictive laws targeting refugees and migrants.

Demonstration in Germany against deportations to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 12 January 2017

All of the established parties, including the Left Party, support the inhumane German government policy of deporting refugees to war zones.

New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany: Racist agitation and state repression

By Dietmar Henning, 5 January 2017

The huge police deployment in Cologne on New Year’s Eve was accompanied by calls for the strengthening of the state apparatus.

Germany in 2016: Mass deportations and brutality toward refugees

By Stefan Steele, 5 January 2017

The ruthlessness and cruelty of German authorities against refugees is assuming alarming proportions. Last year alone, 25,000 were deported.

“New Year’s Eve in Cologne”: The scapegoating of Muslims and refugees deepens

By Lena Sokoll, 3 January 2017

In Cologne as well as in other cities in Germany, police have now been supplied with sub-machine guns to conduct armed patrolling of cities.

Australia’s “border protection” regime claims another victim

By Max Newman, 3 January 2017

Faysal Ishak Ahmed, a 27-year-old asylum seeker from Sudan, died after suffering a seizure and collapsing in an Australian-controlled detention centre.

More than 5,000 refugees drowned in the Mediterranean in 2016

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 31 December 2016

The dramatic rise was a direct result of the European Union’s brutal deterrence policy—in particular the reinforcement of the EU’s external borders.

Berlin’s “red-red-green” state government sets up refugee ghettos made from shipping containers

By Franci Vier, 30 December 2016

The move makes clear that the coalition will continue the right-wing refugee policies of its Social Democrat-Christian Democrat predecessor.

Massive protests in Germany against deportations to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens and Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 December 2016

Protesters at the Frankfurt airport carried stop signs and chanted slogans such as “Deportation is torture, deportation is murder. A right to stay for all, immediately!”

Germany to begin mass deportations to Afghanistan

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 December 2016

Later this month the German government will begin the mass deportations of asylum seekers back to Afghanistan.

German chancellor demands stricter asylum laws and ban on burqa

By Ulrich Rippert, 8 December 2016

At the CDU party congress in Essen, Chancellor Merkel delivered a right-wing speech full of xenophobic attacks and calls for the strengthening of the police and military.

Inquest evidence shows Australian government was responsible for asylum seeker’s death

By Max Newman, 8 December 2016

The medical evidence makes clear that Hamid Kehazaei died as a direct consequence of the refugee detention regime imposed by successive Australian governments.

German government plans mass deportation of refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 December 2016

The German government is significantly expanding its deportation efforts and intends to construct what in practice will be a mass deportation apparatus.

Incoming Berlin senate plans more deportations

By Carola Kleinert, 26 November 2016

The Left Party, the Greens and Social Democrats want to organize mass deportations more efficiently through their preferred method of “voluntary” repatriation.

Incoming Berlin senate plans more deportations under a new guise

By Carola Kleinert, 25 November 2016

The Left Party, the Greens and Social Democrats want to organize mass deportations more efficiently through their preferred method of “voluntary” repatriation.

Greek fascists attack refugee camp

By John Vassilopoulos, 24 November 2016

Riot police intervened to stop Thursday’s attacks on the camp only after they had gone on for five hours.

German city builds four-metre-high wall in front of refugee shelter

By Anna Rombach, 22 November 2016

Criticism of the wall has been directed not only against the Munich politicians responsible, but also the reactionary policies of the grand coalition government in Berlin.

Australia: Desperate refugee sets fire to himself in a bank

By Peter Byrne, 22 November 2016

Nur Islam, a young Rohingya man who fled Burma, was on a temporary bridging visa, which blocked basic social and political rights, including to work.

Over 300 refugees drown in Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 19 November 2016

Turning refugees away from Europe’s coasts and leaving them to drown in the Mediterranean is a crime that exposes the EU’s true brutality.

Australian government unveils brutal refugee deal with the US

By Max Newman, 14 November 2016

On both sides of the Pacific, the world’s most vulnerable people will be denied the basic right to seek protection, while many will face permanent separation from their families.

After Calais camp closure

French neo-fascists step up calls for attacks on refugees

By Francis Dubois, 11 November 2016

Those calling for the persecution of refugees enjoy the more or less open support of the French political establishment.

Refugees face catastrophic conditions in Italy and Greece

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 7 November 2016

Amnesty International has accused the Italian security forces of using torture and ill-treatment to force refugees to be fingerprinted.

Capsized boats in Mediterranean leave 240 refugees dead

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 November 2016

At least 4,220 refugees have already died in the Mediterranean this year trying to reach Europe.

Push for harsher anti-immigrant measures in New Zealand

By John Braddock, 31 October 2016

The most significant voices in growing anti-immigrant agitation are the Unite union, which includes members of two pseudo-left groups, and the trade union-funded Daily Blog.

Report documents Canadian government’s abuse of immigrant and refugee children

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 29 October 2016

Under the ostensibly “refugee friendly” Trudeau government, the Canada Border Services Agency is continuing to incarcerate children in prison-like conditions in violation of international law.

Refugee deaths surge in the Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 27 October 2016

According to UN data, 3,740 refugees drowned at sea in the first ten months of 2016, more than the total for all of last year.

French police launch demolition of “Jungle” refugee camp in Calais

By Kumaran Ira and Alex Lantier, 25 October 2016

The Socialist Party government’s hailing of the police assault on the camp as a “humanitarian” operation designed to protect refugees is an odious political lie.

British press witch-hunt refugee children from Calais

By Robert Stevens, 20 October 2016

A xenophobic campaign by British politicians and media is being waged against children arriving in the UK from the Calais migrant camp.

UN committee condemns Australia’s Nauru refugee camp

By Max Newman, 19 October 2016

The Committee on the Rights of the Child described the treatment of children in the Australian-controlled detention centre as “inhumane and degrading.”

Berlin police shoot Iraqi refugee

By Verena Nees, 30 September 2016

The young father of three was shot dead after reacting to the alleged sexual assault of his six-year-old daughter by another man.

Vienna refugee conference reaffirms Europe’s closed-border policy

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 29 September 2016

The conference has underscored the inhumane and reactionary content of German Chancellor's Merkel’s refugee policy.

Lesbos fire highlights tragic situation of refugees in Greece

By John Vassilopoulos, 27 September 2016

Around 60 percent of the camp was destroyed, including sleeping tents and clothing supplies.

Australian government claims refugee policy “best in the world”

By Max Newman, 26 September 2016

At the UN summit, Prime Minister Turnbull urged countries to adopt Australia’s “border protection” regime.

UK steps up repression of migrant workers

By Alice Summers, 20 September 2016

Migrant workers live in constant fear of raids by immigration officers, both at work and at home.

UK reneges on its promise to take in Syrian refugees

By Jean Shaoul, 17 September 2016

One year after former Prime Minister David Cameron promised to settle 20,000 Syrian refugees by 2020, only 2,800 have arrived in Britain.

Few Syrian refugees yet to arrive in Australia

By Max Newman, 10 September 2016

Less than 2,000 Syrian and Iraqi asylum seekers have been allowed entry since the government’s promise to protect 12,000 people nearly a year ago.

German states try to offload refugees on each other

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 6 September 2016

North Rhine-Westphalia is demanding that thousands of refugees return to wherever in Germany they first applied for asylum.

German Luftwaffe begin NATO patrols over the Baltic

By Johannes Stern, 5 September 2016

NATO’s growing operations in Eastern Europe heighten the danger of direct conflict with a nuclear-armed Russia.

Refugee numbers decline as deaths rise in the Mediterranean

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 September 2016

More than 3,167 refugees have lost their lives during the crossing to Europe in the first eight months of this year.

Appalling conditions in Greek refugee camps

By Katerina Selin, 23 August 2016

The mainstream media has gone silent on refugees in Greece, but the suffering of these people, fleeing war and poverty, continues without interruption.

German deportations rise sharply in the first half of 2016

By Marianne Arens, 12 August 2016

While the German government is involved in the escalation of war abroad, it is simultaneously determined to deal brutally with those refugees that arrive in Germany.

Canada: Refugees mount hunger strike to protest indefinite detention

By Laurent Lafrance, 10 August 2016

The conditions facing the hunger strikers make a mockery of the Trudeau Liberals’ claims to be heading a “refugee-friendly,” “progressive” government.

A year in the plight of Berlin’s refugees

By Verena Nees, 8 August 2016

The Berlin Senate wants the distressing images of refugees on city’s streets to be forgotten ahead of the state election.

Refugees confront inhumane conditions at mass accommodation centres in Berlin

By Carola Kleinert, 6 August 2016

The thousands of people who have fled from war and poverty to Germany continue to face unbearable conditions and are still being housed in mass accommodation centres.

Amnesty report denounces Australia’s “cruel” refugee regime on Nauru

By Mike Head, 5 August 2016

The Australian government has set a brutal model for countries around the world to punish and bar entry to millions of desperate refugees.

Chasing Asylum: Exposing Australia’s brutal refugee-detention regime

By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2016

The feature-length documentary is a harrowing account of the systematic cruelty and de-humanisation of asylum-seekers in Australia’s offshore detention centres.

Documentary director Eva Orner discusses Chasing Asylum

By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2016

The filmmaker explained to the WSWS why she decided to lift the veil of secrecy on Australia’s offshore refugee detention centres.

Deportations triple in Berlin

By Carola Kleinert, 21 July 2016

According to official figures, 1,068 people were deported from Berlin between January and the end of June 2016.

Unicef report reveals 250 million children are victims of war

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 15 July 2016

The shocking consequences for millions of children growing up in war zones can last decades.

Hungarian government cracks down on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 12 July 2016

The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban is carrying out mass deportations of refugees to Serbia and Croatia without due process.

European Union working with African despots to deter refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 July 2016

At their latest meeting in the Slovakian capital Bratislava, EU interior ministers agreed on speedier deportation of refugees and closer cooperation with African dictatorships.

Germany: The Left Party’s fraudulent refugee policy

By Andy Niklaus and Verena Nees, 24 June 2016

Wherever the Left Party is in power it implements the inhumane refugee policies of the German government.

Berlin plans mass deportations and more police

By Carola Kleinert, 23 June 2016

The plan is aimed at controlling refugees by threatening them with cuts in support.

UN agency reports 65 million people are refugees worldwide

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 June 2016

The number of people around the globe displaced by war, armed conflict and persecution set a new record at the end of 2015.

European Court of Justice upholds UK ban on migrant benefits

By Robert Stevens, 16 June 2016

The judgment states the British government can withhold family welfare benefits to EU migrants who are not working if they do not have the “right to reside” in the UK.

European Union seeks agreements with African dictators to deter refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 16 June 2016

In exchange for financial assistance, despotic regimes in Africa are to seal off escape routes and detain and deport refugees.

Hundreds more refugees die in the Mediterranean

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 6 June 2016

Within eight days, many more than 1,200 refugees have drowned during their voyage to Europe.

More than 2,500 refugees drowned in Mediterranean so far this year

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 June 2016

The number of refugee deaths over the first five months of this year, up 35 percent from 2015, has hit a new record.

German Green Party leader confronts Jörg Baberowski with his war propaganda

By Christoph Vandreier and Peter Schwarz, 1 June 2016

The national chair of the Green Party confronted Professor Baberowski on the “Maybrit Illner” talk show with his demand to employ the methods of a war of extermination to fight terrorists.

Who is responsible for the massacre in the Mediterranean?

By Bill Van Auken, 31 May 2016

With estimates of up to 900 refugees drowning, the past week has been the deadliest so far this year.

Right-wing German academic Jörg Baberowski demands more repression against refugees

By Christoph Vandreier, 31 May 2016

At the Phil.Cologne congress, the Humboldt University professor declared that “men in Germany” were helpless against refugees because they had forgotten how to fight.

Over 700 refugees drown in Mediterranean shipwrecks

By Laura Tiernan, 30 May 2016

In the deadliest week for refugees so far this year, over 700 people died trying to reach Europe from North Africa in three separate disasters.

After clearing the camp in Idomeni, Greece: Syriza government continues its attacks on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 May 2016

Catastrophic conditions prevail in the state-run camps for refugees in Idomeni, near the Macedonia border.

Anti-migrant rhetoric dominates debate on UK membership in the EU

By Robert Stevens, 28 May 2016

The Leave campaign is focusing on whipping up hysteria over immigration.

Over a hundred feared dead as refugee boats sink in Mediterranean

By Bill Van Auken, 27 May 2016

The latest tragedies underscore the criminal character of the efforts to seal Europe’s borders to refugees.

Major police operation against Roma in Berlin

By Andy Niklaus and Karola Kleinert, 27 May 2016

A hundred-strong force of the Berlin police conducted a brutal raid on Roma families protesting against their threatened deportation.

German chancellor boosts anti-refugee deal in visit to Turkey

By Peter Schwarz, 26 May 2016

Angela Merkel traveled to Turkey last week in an attempt to shore up the deal stuck between Turkey and the EU to block refugees from entering Europe.

Greek Syriza government orders clearing of Idomeni refugee camp

By Katerina Selin, 25 May 2016

Special forces and police have forcibly removed all refugees, who have struggled to survive there for months, from the camp.

Sri Lankan refugees imprisoned after removal from Australia

By Max Newman, 14 May 2016

Asylum seekers have been forcibly deported to face imprisonment in Sri Lanka.

Two refugees set themselves alight in Australia’s Nauru detention centre

By Max Newman, 4 May 2016

The Australian government has labelled the protests as acts of “self-harm” to divert from any examination of why refugees have been driven to such desperate actions.

German labour minister cuts social assistance to EU immigrants

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 3 May 2016

New legislation seeks to deny social assistance and Hartz IV benefits to European immigrants who enter Germany to look for work.

British government refuses asylum for refugee children

By Jean Shaoul, 3 May 2016

The government’s refusal to accept even a few hundred children follows its attempts to prevent unaccompanied minors trapped in France from being re-united with their families.

Eighty-four migrants missing in new sinking off Libyan coast

By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2016

It is feared that dozens of innocent men, women, and children have again drowned in the Mediterranean, victims of the EU’s sinister and vindictive refugee policy.

Austria abolishes right to asylum

By Markus Salzmann, 2 May 2016

The Austrian government has responded to the success of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) in the first round of the presidential election by embracing its far-right politics.

Germany: Left Party state government organizes brutal deportations in Thuringia

By Marianne Arens, 30 April 2016

Since the end of last year, the Left Party-led state government has organised regular mass deportations.

PNG court declares Australian refugee detention camp illegal

By Mike Head, 28 April 2016

Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court ruling exposes the unlawful character of the Australian policy of incarcerating asylum seekers on remote islands.

UN refugee agency confirms mass drownings in Mediterranean

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 23 April 2016

The fatalities are looked upon as collateral damage by Europe’s ruling elite, which aims to deter refugees by sealing the EU’s borders and subjecting asylum seekers to violence, mass incarceration and deportation.

German government backs draconian refugee “integration” law

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 April 2016

The planned legislation does nothing to help refugees, but is instead an attack on basic democratic rights.

Refugee deaths in the Mediterranean: An imperialist crime

By Peter Schwarz, 20 April 2016

Thousands of deaths by drowning are accepted, if not welcomed, as collateral damage required by the campaign to keep desperate refugees out of Europe.

Hundreds feared dead as another refugee boat sinks in Mediterranean

By Peter Schwarz, 19 April 2016

According to reports, hundreds more refugees drowned in the Mediterranean Sea on the first anniversary of the worst refugee boat disaster to date.

Hollande sheds crocodile tears over refugees in Lebanon visit

By Kumaran Ira, 19 April 2016

French President François Hollande began his four-day trip to the Middle East, visiting Lebanon, Egypt and Jordan, to boost economic and military ties amidst escalating war.

Macedonian police use tear gas and rubber bullets against refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 April 2016

Greece and the Balkan states stepped up police violence and repression in the wake of the EU’s deal to deport refugees en masse to Turkey.

Austria rejects all refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 7 April 2016

The Austrian government has announced it will turn away refugees at the border after conducting summary hearings.

Greece’s Syriza: Full partner in historic crime against refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 5 April 2016

The police-state measures and summary deportations employed by the Syriza government against refugees are of a piece with its relentless attacks on the Greek working class.

Syriza and European Union begin mass deportations from Greece

By Johannes Stern, 5 April 2016

The brutal actions against refugees and the militarisation of Europe are directly linked to the intensification of the attacks on the working class in Greece and throughout the continent.

Syriza government carries out mass deportation of refugees from Greece to Turkey

By Robert Stevens, 4 April 2016

Thousands of people are being deported as part of the deal to seal off the “Balkan route” to refugees fleeing the war zones of the Middle East.

Opposition in Greece to European Union refugee policy

By Katerina Selin, 2 April 2016

Two thousand refugees and aid workers demonstrated in Athens against the recent agreement between the EU and Turkey

Podemos helps strengthen “Fortress Europe” against migrants in Spain

By Carlos Hernández and Paul Mitchell, 2 April 2016

Since the Syrian refugee crisis erupted, the Popular Party government has stepped up its attempts to seal the country off from asylum seekers.

After the Brussels attack, Podemos defends “war on terror”

By Alejandro López, 31 March 2016

Podemos General Secretary Pablo Iglesias is falling in line with false arguments that intelligence agencies failed to “connect the dots” to prevent the Brussels attacks.

Costa Rica closes its borders to Cuban migrants

By Andrea Lobo, 31 March 2016

The tensions between Central American governments have exposed the fragility of three decades of supposed economic, political and social integration.

Greece’s Syriza government detains refugees

By Katerina Selin, 26 March 2016

The Syriza-led government is doing everything in its power to implement the EU-Turkey refugee deal.

Hundreds of refugees in Australia face return to offshore camps

By Max Newman, 23 March 2016

Asylum seekers who have been receiving medical treatment in Australia are threatened with being sent back to Nauru or Manus Island.

European Union-Turkey deal to expel refugees comes into force

By Jordan Shilton, 22 March 2016

The same powers that have routinely invoked “human rights” to justify war in the Middle East are denying refugees the right to seek protection from the disaster these wars have produced.

Berlin senate speeds up deportations of refugees

By Carola Kleinert, 21 March 2016

The new refugee passport system serves above all to sort asylum seekers according to their national origin, religion and usefulness and to make faster deportations possible.

European Union and Turkey reach deal to seal borders and expel refugees

By Jordan Shilton, 19 March 2016

Refugees arriving on the Greek islands by crossing the Aegean Sea will be returned to Turkey, following the completion of a farcical asylum procedure in Greece.

Hungarian government declares “state of crisis” over refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2016

The Orban government has declared its state of crisis is a response to the influx of refugees, but it is actually a reaction to growing social tensions and protests within the country.

European Union chiefs determined to reach deal with Turkey to deter refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 18 March 2016

EU-Turkey summit marks another grim chapter in the establishment of “Fortress Europe.”

Refugees face death and despair on Greek-Macedonian border

By Katerina Selin, 17 March 2016

Shocking images from northern Greece expose the brutal nature of Europe’s refugee policy.

Tsipras acts as gatekeeper for Fortress Europe

By Katerina Selin, 16 March 2016

The Syriza government in Greece is playing a key role in blocking refugees from traveling from the Middle East on to Europe.