Refugees

Persecution of refugees mounts after passage of French asylum law

By Athiyan Silva, 21 May 2018

WSWS reporters visited camps in Paris where 3,000 refugees, mostly youth born after the 1991 Iraq war, live in inhuman conditions.

Greek Syriza government steps up brutal repression of refugees and asylum seekers

By John Vassilopoulos, 19 May 2018

Syriza and its government coalition partners have become the EU’s jailor, presiding over what are essentially concentration camps.

Stop the terror directed against refugees in Germany!

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 May 2018

The night-time raid last week by hundreds of police on a refugee camp in Ellwangen was a deliberate state provocation aimed at intimidating anyone who dares to oppose the aggressive and often illegal deportation measures of the German state.

Oppose the brutal police crackdown on refugees in Germany

By Christoph Vandreier, 9 May 2018

The brutal police assault on a refugee camp in Ellwangen in the German state of Baden-Württemberg marks a step in the direction of a police state and undermines core democratic rights.

Inhuman conditions in Germany’s largest refugee detention centre

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 4 May 2018

Germany’s grand coalition of conservative parties and the Social Democratic Party is intent on stepping up the deportation of refugees and extending the country’s system of deportation centres.

In barbaric treatment of Central American refugees

US denies right to asylum

By Eric London, 3 May 2018

The decision to block nearly 200 Central American immigrants from applying for asylum marks a turning point in the attack on democratic rights.

UK: Rudd resigns as home secretary after lying to Parliament over migrant deportation targets

By Thomas Scripps, 1 May 2018

The “hostile environment” at the Home Office was never previously challenged by its belated critics.

French immigration bill attacks right to asylum

By Athiyan Silva, 1 May 2018

The neo-fascist National Front voted for provisions of the bill, marking the first time a French government has passed legislative measures with FN support.

Alleged corruption scandal in Bremen used to restrict right to asylum in Germany

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 26 April 2018

An incident hyped by the right-wing Bild tabloid as a “major corruption scandal” turns out on closer inspection to be nothing of the sort.

Israel imprisons Eritrean asylum seekers who refuse deportation orders

By Jean Shaoul, 9 March 2018

Netanyahu announced that Israel is seeking to expel at least 600 Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers each month, a total of 7,200 a year, and 20,000 by 2020.

Growing opposition to Israeli government’s plans to deport African refugees

By Jean Shaoul, 1 February 2018

Israel has a less than one percent success rate for asylum seekers, far below that of European Union countries.

Macron prepares draconian new French anti-immigrant law

By Athiyan Silva, 19 January 2018

The bill represents a drastic assault on the right to asylum, effectively handing police authorities the power to deport refugees without any serious hearing whatsoever.

German politician proposes “final solution” of the refugee question

By Marianne Arens and Martin Kreickenbaum, 12 January 2018

At a closed-door meeting of the Christian Social Union parliamentary group, Manfred Weber declared that in 2018 a central question would be “a final solution to the refugee issue.”

Australian government spent $4 billion last year repelling or detaining refugees

By Max Newman, 12 January 2018

Budget estimates reveal the massive cost of Australia’s anti-asylum measures.

Berlin Senate authorises brutal deportation of refugee family before Christmas

By Carola Kleinert, 5 January 2018

The Berlin Senate is increasingly pursuing the same racist course as the current conservative-social democratic federal coalition government.

Australia continues punitive treatment of refugees on Manus Island

By Max Newman, 5 January 2018

Despite protests and UN condemnations of Australia, the detainees confront worsening conditions.

US considers splitting immigrant children from parents in immigration jails

By Eric London, 23 December 2017

The proposal comes at the end of a week marked by ruthless attacks against immigrants.

Amnesty International report exposes EU role in mass torture of refugees in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2017

The EU is helping build and equip a vast network of prison camps in which refugees are arbitrarily detained, beaten, tortured, sold into slavery and murdered.

Germany: Protests against the deportation of refugees

By our correspondents, 9 December 2017

Refugees from Afghanistan were herded onto a plane and flown from the German airport in Frankfurt-Main to Kabul, despite the efforts of several hundred demonstrators.

Canada: Federal and provincial governments underfund indigenous childcare

By Janet Browning, 4 December 2017

The chronic underfunding of indigenous childcare and the terrible conditions it produces are sharp expressions of a broader assault on public spending and social services.

Rohingya refugees face appalling conditions in Bangladesh

By Wimal Perera, 30 November 2017

Violating the basic rights of refugees, the Bangladesh government is desperate to push them back to Burma.

Artist lists names of fortress Europe’s 33,000 refugee victims

By Dietmar Henning, 18 November 2017

Artist Banu Cennetoğlu has published a list with the names of 33,293 asylum seekers, refugees and migrants who have died since 1993 as a result of Europe’s refugee policies.

Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow is a major work, but what does the defense of immigrants entail?

By Eric London, 15 November 2017

The film is an aesthetic and political milestone and Ai’s imagery is unforgettable because it is real. But in its political orientation, Human Flow lags far behind.

Burma: Pogroms continue against Rohingya Muslims

By John Roberts, 12 October 2017

The real aim of the military, with the full collaboration of Aung San Suu Kyi and her government, is to drive the Rohingya out of Burma.

Germany’s conservative parties shift further to the right

By Peter Schwarz, 11 October 2017

The Christian Democratic Union and its partner, the Christian Social Union, have agreed on a common line of approach for a future government coalition to include the Free Democratic Party and the Greens.

Germany’s Social Democratic president calls for tougher refugee policy and adaptation to AfD

By Christoph Vandreier, 5 October 2017

In his speech on German Unity Day, the president advocated an understanding with the ultra-right AfD, a tougher refugee policy and “German patriotism.”

German Left Party’s Lafontaine launches AfD-style tirade against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 4 October 2017

The Left Party is using the AfD’s electoral success to justify adopting its xenophobic programme.

Millions of European workers in precarious employment

By Verena Nees, 26 September 2017

On the 150th anniversary of Marx’s Capital, a new report reveals how European capitalism has created a huge army of precarious workers, plunging millions into poverty.

Trump administration threatens further clampdown on refugees

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2017

In the wake of a Supreme Court ruling upholding Trump’s anti-Muslim “travel ban,” his administration is considering plans to drastically slash refugee admissions to the US.

German SGP election candidate speaks at student protest against deportations

By our reporters, 4 September 2017

Marianne Arens, an election candidate of the Socialist Equality Party (SGP), spoke at a demonstration of students in the town of Offenbach protesting against the deportation of classmates to Afghanistan.

EU holds Paris conference to set up detention camps for migrants in Libya

By Alex Lantier, 29 August 2017

The summit aimed to deny the right of asylum to hundreds of thousands of refugees and block their travel through Africa to Libya and across the Mediterranean to Europe.

Number of refugees fleeing violence in South Sudan reaches a new high of four million

By Eddie Haywood, 19 August 2017

On average 1,800 South Sudanese have arrived in Uganda every day over the past twelve months, desperately fleeing the destruction caused by five years of civil war.

Refugees: EU strikes deadly deal with Libyan coast guard on refugees

By Marianne Arens, 19 August 2017

Returned to Libya, impoverished immigrants face execution, torture, rape, blackmail and abandonment in the middle of the desert.

SPD wages law-and-order campaign in Germany’s federal election

By Peter Schwarz, 17 August 2017

Adopting many slogans of the extreme right, Social Democratic candidate for Chancellor Martin Schulz is calling for more police and a crackdown on immigrants.

Germany resumes deportation of refugees to Greece

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 8 August 2017

For the first time since 2011, Germany will deport refugees to Greece, even though the majority of them confront homelessness and impoverishment.

France launches attack on rights of refugees and immigrant workers

By Athiyan Silva, 2 August 2017

Macron is planning attacks on the democratic rights of immigrants in France, and a network of concentration camps to keep refugees in Africa from arriving in Europe.

German politicians call for quicker deportations after attacks in Hamburg and Konstanz

By Justus Leicht, 31 July 2017

The blood of the victims in Hamburg and Konstanz has barely had time to dry and the background to both attacks remains unclear, but politicians from all of the major parties are already seeking to outdo each other with right-wing demagogy.

European Union and Italy step up pressure on organisations assisting refugees

By Marianne Arens, 29 July 2017

The Italian government is demanding that NGOs involved in the rescue of refugees sign a “Code of Conduct,” restricting their activities in the Mediterranean Sea.

German Social Democrats embrace policies of right-wing nationalist AfD

By Peter Schwarz, 26 July 2017

Anyone believing there is a limit to the SPD’s rightward shift in the federal election campaign was disabused of this notion on Sunday. The party is now openly agitating against refugees.

Macron announces stepped-up attacks on immigrants in France

By Athiyan Silva, 25 July 2017

Macron's plan would create special task forces, intensify controls in the Mediterranean, and reinforce the European border agency Frontex.

Trump administration’s immigration raids target persecuted Iraqi nationals

By Nick Barrickman, 16 June 2017

The Trump administration has rounded up hundreds of Iraqis for minor scrapes with the law, in some instances dating back several decades.

Green Party mayor demolishes refugee camp in Grenoble, France

By Athiyan Silva, 1 June 2017

More than one hundred CRS police rounded up and forcibly expelled refugees from the Valmy Refugee camp in southeast France.

Australian government demonises “fake refugees”

By Max Newman, 24 May 2017

Thousands of asylum seekers face forced removal to their countries of origin if they do not complete complex visa applications by October 1.

Hundreds of migrants drown in Mediterranean

By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2017

The deaths occurred during a spike in crossings spurred in part by a planned crackdown that would send migrants back to hellish conditions in Libya.

German interior minister proposes anti-immigrant and racist “defining German culture”

By Verena Nees, 8 May 2017

The German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière recently published a statement in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper on the issue of a “defining German culture,” which unashamedly promoted bigotry and German exceptionalism.

European Council endorses Irish unification in hardline negotiations over Brexit

By Steve James, 8 May 2017

The European Union position on Ireland is a challenge to British imperialism on the territory of its oldest colony.

Mass casualties in latest refugee tragedy off Libyan coast

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 3 May 2017

Following the latest disaster, the number of refugees drowned on the central Mediterranean route from Libya to Italy this year rose to almost 1,150.

May Day 2017

Oppose the persecution of immigrants and refugees

By Julie Hyland, 3 May 2017

The rising tide of national chauvinist poison is a damning expression of the bankruptcy of the nation state system to which capitalism is tied.

Amnesty report highlights companies profiting from Australia’s refugee camps

By Max Newman, 1 May 2017

Under Australian government contracts, corporations are making huge profits by running the brutal detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island.

Papua New Guinea soldiers attack refugees in Australian-run prison camp

By Max Newman, 18 April 2017

At least three asylum seekers were injured by armed soldiers who assaulted the refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.

Fire hits Grande-Synthe refugee camp in France

By Stéphane Hugues, 14 April 2017

French officials are seizing on the fire to justify rapidly shutting down a camp they have publicly been calling to dismantle for months.

Trump’s attorney general threatens immigrants in speech at US-Mexico border

By Eric London, 13 April 2017

Jeff Sessions threatened mass deportations and to criminally prosecute immigrants who re-enter the US and those who shield or harbor undocumented immigrants.

Germany: Increased suicide rates among refugees

By Carola Kleinert, 12 April 2017

According to official figures, 433 refugees tried to commit suicide in the years 2014 to 2016, with 19 resulting deaths.

Angry protests against the Berlin senate’s refugee policies

By Verena Nees, 3 April 2017

The governing coalition of the Social Democratic Party, Left Party and Greens in the Berlin Senate has only been in office three months but anger with its right-wing policies is already growing.

Detroit refugee aid facility may close due to federal cuts

By our reporters, 20 March 2017

Freedom House, a facility in Detroit that has helped asylum seekers for decades, may be forced to close due to the cutoff of federal funding.

UN officials warn of worst famine crisis since World War II

By Patrick Martin, 13 March 2017

While adverse weather conditions, particularly drought, are a contributing factor in the humanitarian disasters, the primary cause is civil war, in which each side is using food supplies as a weapon.

Hungary builds internment camps for refugees

By Ulrich Rippert, 11 March 2017

Hungary’s ultra-right government under Prime Minister Viktor Orbán is intensifying its policy of walling off the country against refugees.

Massive increase in attacks on refugees in Germany

By Franci Vier, 7 March 2017

There were 3,533 attacks on refugee shelters and individual refugees in 2016, indicating a massive increase in right-wing violence directed against this vulnerable layer.

In northern France, Calais mayor bans distribution of meals to migrants

By Antoine Lerougetel, 7 March 2017

Extreme right-wing positions that would have been identified with the neo-fascist National Front in another era have become commonplace in French bourgeois politics.

German newspaper publishes fraudulent refugee “sex-mob” report

By Marianne Arens, 1 March 2017

The unmasking of the lies spread by the Bild report throws further light on the alleged mass sexual harassment of women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve 2015 and 2016.

Man deported from US jumps to death at Mexican border crossing

By Toby Reese, 24 February 2017

Guadalupe Olivas Valencia was deported for a third time after attempting to cross back into the US, where he had previously worked.

US anti-immigrant witch-hunt leads asylum seekers to make perilous trek to Canada

By Roger Jordan, 24 February 2017

The Canadian government’s response to the spike in asylum-seekers has been a combination of callous indifference and outright hostility.

Libyan Red Crescent recovers bodies of 74 refugees

By our reporter, 23 February 2017

The bodies were recovered after washing ashore near the northwestern coastal city of Zawiya.

Organizers of London anti-Trump protests push pro-EU agenda

By Robert Stevens, 22 February 2017

Numbers at the London protest were around a tenth of the size of that which converged on Downing Street on January 30, after Trump’s anti-Muslim ban was ordered.

May government ends limited scheme allowing lone child refugees into Britain

By Margot Miller, 22 February 2017

A total of just 350 children will be accepted, meaning another 150 by March when the scheme will close, as 200 are already in the UK.

German police warn refugees not to attend carnival in Cologne

By Dietmar Henning, 21 February 2017

A letter from a police department in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) says that “from a police point of view” refugees are undesired at this week’s carnival celebrations.

Huge demonstration in Barcelona in defence of refugees and open borders

By Alejandro López, 20 February 2017

The EU’s anti-migrant policies led to the deaths of at least 4,500 people last year, most of whom drowned crossing the Mediterranean in small, overcrowded boats.

Thousands participate in nation-wide “A day without immigrants” protest

By Genevieve Leigh, 17 February 2017

The protests including work stoppages, marches and student sick-outs, and were directed against the Trump administration’s actions against immigrants and refugees.

German Chancellor Merkel promotes harsher deportation policies

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 15 February 2017

Last Thursday, the chancellor met with the minister presidents of Germany’s states to implement a new plan for deporting refugees.

German Left Party leader demands tougher deportation policy

By Johannes Stern, 11 February 2017

In an interview with the conservative daily Die Welt, Left Party founder Oscar Lafontaine spoke out in favour of a stricter deportation policy.

US Appeals Court bars enforcement of Trump travel ban

By Patrick Martin, 10 February 2017

The unanimous 3-0 decision rejected White House claims of “unreviewable” presidential power on national security issues. However, it by no means ends the conflict over the travel ban.

Socialism and defence of the free movement of labour: Part two

By Julie Hyland, 10 February 2017

The support of the pseudo-left for immigration controls is the outcome of their perspective of national economic regulation under capitalism.

Socialism and defence of the free movement of labour: Part one

By Julie Hyland, 9 February 2017

The support of the pseudo-left for immigration controls is the outcome of their perspective of national economic regulation under capitalism, which is diametrically opposed to the perspective of revolutionary socialist internationalism.

White House appeals ruling against anti-Muslim travel ban

By Tom Carter, 6 February 2017

Trump took to Twitter to denounce the “so-called judge” who struck down the ban, while Trump’s lawyers argued that the president has “unreviewable authority” over immigration and foreign policy.

Canada’s hypocritical response to Trump’s anti-Muslim order

By Roger Jordan, 6 February 2017

While tweeting “support” for refugees, Prime Minster Trudeau has refused to criticize Trump’s discriminatory travel ban or increase Canada’s tiny refugee intake.

EU summit approves sealing off the Mediterranean from refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 6 February 2017

As European governments hypocritically denounce Trump’s anti-immigrant measures, the EU is planning to build up the Libyan coastguard and establish internment camps in North Africa to keep out refugees.

Australian prime minister defends Trump’s anti-immigrant bans

By Mike Head, 31 January 2017

In the face of global outrage over Trump’s measures, Turnbull undertook to strengthen relations with the new US administration.

UK Prime Minister May under attack over meeting with Trump

By Robert Stevens and Chris Marsden, 30 January 2017

With protests taking place in the US and throughout the world, May was forced into an abrupt U-turn after initially refusing to comment on Trump’s edict banning Muslims from entering the US.

Germany carries out second expulsion of Afghan refugees

By Anna Rombach, 30 January 2017

Twenty-six Afghan refugees were deported last Monday from Rhein-Main airport to Kabul in a joint operation by federal and state governments.

Human Rights Watch again condemns Australia’s inhuman treatment of refugees

By Max Newman, 28 January 2017

The HRW report points to the rapidly escalating erosion of basic legal and democratic rights in Australia which continues despite previous such reports.

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.