Refugees

Millions of refugees face harsh conditions across South Asia

By Rohantha De Silva, 13 July 2018

The plight of millions of refugees in South Asia is a damning indictment of the imperialist powers and the regional ruling elites.

German interior minister’s “Master Plan” for refugees: Internment camps and mass deportations

By Johannes Stern, 12 July 2018

With its “Migration Master Plan,” the grand coalition government has adopted the refugee policy of the far-right Alternative for Germany.

Germany: Tens of thousands demonstrate against inhumane anti-refugee policies

By Gustav Kemper, 10 July 2018

The protests Saturday were organised within the space of a few days almost exclusively via social media.

Refugees ensnared in European dragnet

By Johannes Stern and Andre Damon, 9 July 2018

Germany’s establishment parties have agreed to set up mass refugee internment camps inside the country, based on the criminal and racist immigration policies of the neo-fascists.

Hundreds more immigrant children detained than previously reported

By Eric London, 7 July 2018

The parents of 19 children under the age of 5 have already been deported. Many will never see their children again.

Trauma continues for immigrant children in US detention

By Meenakshi Jagadeesan, 7 July 2018

The horrors faced by immigrant children in detention centers continue unabated, traumatizing the most vulnerable amongst an already victimized section of society.

German Social Democratic Party backs brutal offensive against refugees

By Marianne Arens, 7 July 2018

The SPD has lined up behind the refugee policy of Interior Minister Horst Seehofer: sealing off the country’s borders, accelerating deportations and establishing closed detention camps.

Germany: Largest ever mass deportation of refugees to Afghanistan

By Marianne Arens, 6 July 2018

In the early hours of July 4, 69 refugees were deported in the largest ever mass deportation to Afghanistan.

Social Democrats back conservative parties’ plan for concentration camps in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 4 July 2018

Leading SPD politicians have welcomed the reactionary agreement by conservative parties for concentration camps for refugees.

More than 200 people drown in the Mediterranean at the weekend

By Marianne Arens, 4 July 2018

Since the beginning of this year, the number of people drowning while attempting to enter Europe has risen to over a thousand.

German government settles dispute at refugees’ expense

By Peter Schwarz, 3 July 2018

The "transit centres," "debarkation platforms" and "control centres" for refugees are creating a technical and legal infrastructure to lock up oppositionists and undesirable minorities in the future.

Left Party supports anti-refugee policies of German government

By Johannes Stern, 3 July 2018

At the EU summit last week, measures against refugees were discussed that recall the darkest period of German and European history.

European defence ministers sign on to European Intervention Initiative

By Peter Schwarz, 3 July 2018

The initiative aims to enable European powers to intervene militarily and wage wars with a “coalition of the willing.”

European Union intensifies campaign of terror against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 2 July 2018

The EU summit at the end of last week marked a dangerous turning point in post-World War II European history.

Opposition mounts to Trump administration’s persecution of immigrants

By E.P. Milligan and Patrick Martin, 30 June 2018

The Trump “solution” to the cruelty of family separation is the provocation of family imprisonment, jailing teenagers, younger children, even babies along with their parents.

European Union adopts far-right refugee policy

By Johannes Stern, 30 June 2018

Hundreds of people fleeing poverty and war have drowned in the Mediterranean over the past week as a result of the EU’s reactionary crackdown on refugees.

EU backs anti-immigrant deal after Italy threatens to torpedo Brussels summit

By Alex Lantier, 29 June 2018

The EU has largely adopted the anti-refugee positions of far-right regimes in Italy, Austria and several Eastern European countries.

Ahead of Brussels summit, EU steps up attacks on refugees

By Alex Lantier, 28 June 2018

As the European Union opens a two-day summit in Brussels today, it is launching a fascistic assault on refugees ultimately aimed at the entire working class.

Eritrean teenagers commit suicide in UK while awaiting permission to stay

By Thomas Scripps, 28 June 2018

The suicides of three Eritrean teenage refugees in the UK in just six months tragically demonstrates the human cost of Europe’s “border security.”

Thousands of refugees forced onto death march into Sahara desert

By Bill Van Auken, 26 June 2018

The reported atrocities carried out by the Algerian government are part of a global assault on immigrants by the major capitalist powers in Europe and America.

Italy strands rescue ship Lifeline as EU refugee summit collapses

By Alex Lantier, 25 June 2018

This is only one of the horrors taking place in Mediterranean waters between Italy and Libya, as the EU moves to block refugee flows.

Italy’s interior minister announces plan to register Roma and Sinti

By Marianne Arens, 23 June 2018

Salvini’s project of a Roma card index recalls one of the darkest periods in European history, drawing its inspiration directly from the vicious measures of Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime.

Right-wing smears against refugee aid workers in the Mediterranean

By Marianne Arens, 22 June 2018

The closure of Italian ports to civilian rescue ships goes hand in hand with the lies and slanders made against NGO rescue ships.

The working class and the global war on immigrants

By Bill Van Auken, 21 June 2018

The brutality and lawlessness of the Trump administration in ripping children from their parents at the US border is part of a global war by capitalist governments against refugees.

020 Anti-refugee campaign in Europe

21 June 2018

Thousands protest against Italian government’s closure of ports for refugee ships

By Marianne Arens, 19 June 2018

The unspeakable tragedy playing out in the Mediterranean will only be made worse by the new restrictions on rescue ships.

The far right determine Europe’s refugee policy

By Peter Schwarz, 15 June 2018

Following the entry of extreme right-wing parties into the Austrian and Italian governments, the European Union and all other European governments are adopting their ruthless refugee policy.

Italian government turns away ship with 629 refugees aboard

By Marianne Arens, 12 June 2018

A decree by the new right-wing Italian government has prevented a ship with more than 600 refugees from landing in Italy. It is the result of the entire EU refugee policy.

Dozens drown in Mediterranean as Europe cracks down on immigrants

By Eric London, 4 June 2018

At least 55 people died at sea over the weekend—the direct product of the anti-immigrant policies implemented by the governments of Europe.

Libyan militias shoot 15 dead after mass escape from migrant torture camp

By Marianne Arens, 4 June 2018

The business of kidnapping and ransom payments is booming in Libya, with dozens of camps in which refugees from across Africa and the Middle East are confined, tortured, sold or murdered.

French riot police launch mass expulsions of refugees from Paris

By Athiyan Silva, 4 June 2018

On Wednesday, hundreds of French riot police assaulted one of the biggest refugee camps in France, at the Saint Denis Canal in the 19th district of Paris.

UK: Grenfell victims’ relatives unable to commemorate loved-ones due to government anti-immigration policies

By Simon Whelan, 4 June 2018

Government policies bringing about heartache for Grenfell relatives are having the very impact the government desired—making it more difficult for them to testify at the public inquiry.

Rohingya refugees face catastrophe in Bangladesh

By Rohantha De Silva, 31 May 2018

Despite hypocritical statements of concern by the major world powers, Rohingya are at risk from landslides, floods and epidemics this monsoon season.

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.

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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.

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17 August 2017

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.

230 SPD cracks down on refugees

3 August 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.