Refugees

German media incites racist hysteria

By Peter Schwarz, 12 January 2016

Unsubstantiated and racist allegations of mass sexual harassment are being used to witch-hunt immigrants and legitimize German preparations for an expanded military intervention in the Middle East.

German media and politicians demand increased state powers in response to Cologne assaults

By Dietmar Henning, 11 January 2016

Alleged sexual assaults by refugees in Cologne are being used as a pretense for pumping out racist agitation and cracking down on refugees.

The refugee tragedy and the European Union: The balance sheet for 2015

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 11 January 2016

The mistreatment of refugees fleeing to Europe has assumed proportions that would have been unthinkable twelve months ago.

Obama administration rings in new year with deportation of children

By Andre Damon, 6 January 2016

More than 100 people were taken into custody over the weekend in a series of nationwide raids targeting refugees fleeing violence in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

Large numbers of refugees brutally deported from Germany

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 4 January 2016

Since the tightening of restrictions on the right to asylum in October, the number of deportations has grown sharply, and inhumane treatment has reached a new level.

On the threshold of the New Year

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 31 December 2015

It is characteristic of a period of crisis that more and more the essential nature of capitalism—a system of exploitation, inequality, war and repression—comes into alignment with the everyday experiences of broad masses of people.

After Paris attacks, anti-Muslim riot erupts in Corsica

By Kumaran Ira, 30 December 2015

The anti-Muslim riots in Corsica are the product of the incitement of racial hatreds by the entire French political establishment.

German trade union chief agrees to €1 an hour jobs for refugees

By Dietmar Henning, 29 December 2015

The government, the corporations and the trade unions in Germany are collaborating to deport most refugees, while using those who remain for cheap labour.

Obama administration prepares raids on Central American immigrants

By Patrick Martin, 28 December 2015

Most of those targeted are women and children who have sought to escape gang attacks, drug-related violence and brutality by US-backed security services in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

The fracturing of the European Union

By Peter Schwarz, 28 December 2015

In the last century, great power aspirations, nationalism and fascism made the continent the focus of two world wars, which claimed nearly 100 million victims. Now, these same tendencies are spreading once again.

Refugees confront misery in Berlin

By Verena Nees, 28 December 2015

The terrible conditions facing newly arrived refugees in Berlin are deliberate and aimed at deterring other refugees from travelling to Germany.

One million people fled to Europe in 2015

By Andre Damon, 23 December 2015

The wars stoked by American and European imperialism in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq have helped turn more than 60 million people worldwide into refugees.

Germany doubles number of deportations

By Marianne Arens, 23 December 2015

According to official figures from Germany’s interior ministry, 18,363 people were forcibly deported in the first 11 months of this year.

American Nazi web site acclaims Humboldt Professor Jörg Baberowski

By Johannes Stern, 19 December 2015

Professor of Eastern European History Jörg Baberowski is gaining growing recognition in international right-wing and fascist circles.

Conflicts over refugee policy dominate EU summit

By Peter Schwarz, 18 December 2015

As European governments move sharply to the right, deep-rooted conflicts of interests are threatening to tear the European Union apart.

Syriza government sends Greek riot police to attack refugee camp

By John Vassilopoulos, 16 December 2015

Prior to the raid, police moved all journalists, photographers and aid workers three kilometres from the camp.

Trudeau’s refugee “welcome” and the real agenda of Canada’s new government

By Roger Jordan, 15 December 2015

Trudeau is giving his government “progressive” and humanitarian hues to provide political cover for continuing the Canadian elite’s aggressive foreign policy agenda.

Violent attacks on refugees increase in Germany

By Philipp Frisch, 12 December 2015

Independent investigations by German media outlets suggest that the authorities probing right-wing anti-immigrant violence systematically downplay and even defend it.

Indonesian government discusses offering Australia an island to detain refugees

By Max Newman, 11 December 2015

As a result of Australia’s “turn back” policy, more than 13,000 asylum seekers are now living in some of Indonesia’s most impoverished provinces.

Dozens of refugees drowned last week in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas

By Stefan Steinberg, 10 December 2015

Even as they work to seal Europe’s borders, the EU powers are expanding the wars that have forced millions to flee.

EU Council president wants to seal off Europe from refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 December 2015

European Council President Donald Tusk wants to intern refugees for 18 months after their arrival and has pleaded for sealing off Europe’s foreign borders.

The European refugee crisis and international law

By Mike Head, 5 December 2015

The blatant abrogation of the 1951 international Refugee Convention, despite the terrible plight of asylum seekers, is an indictment of the capitalist nation-state system.

Berlin: Hundreds demonstrate against ill treatment of refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 4 December 2015

Hundreds of people demonstrated last weekend in Berlin to protest against the inhumane treatment of refugees.

EU-Turkey conference reaches deal at refugees’ expense

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 December 2015

Turkey has pledged to prevent refugees from entering the EU and in exchange will receive €3 billion and a commitment to speed up negotiations for EU membership.

Humanitarian disaster on the Balkan refugee route

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 November 2015

Germany and France are stepping up their efforts to prevent refugees arriving in the EU via the Balkan route.

Refugees rescued off West Timor after being dumped by Australia

By Max Newman, 30 November 2015

Asylum seekers who disappeared for a week after being intercepted by the Australian navy were found stricken in a small boat without fuel off the Indonesian coast.

Canada’s government rewrites refugee plan to appease right

By Roger Jordan, 28 November 2015

The Liberal government has reduced the numbers of refugees to be accepted by year’s end and imposed discriminatory restrictions on who will be allowed to find asylum in Canada.

Canada: Right seeks to whip up backlash against refugees

By Janet Browning and Roger Jordan, 24 November 2015

Declaring Syrian refugees a “security threat,” the Conservatives are demanding the government drop its plan to accept 25,000 refugees by the end of 2015.

Thousands of refugees stuck on the Balkan route

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 24 November 2015

Under pressure from France and Germany, the Balkan countries are refusing to allow those deemed “economic migrants” to cross their borders, a violation of international law.

Turkish video shows Greek coast guard trying to sink refugee raft

By Kate Randall, 23 November 2015

More than 600,000 refugees from the Middle East and Africa have made the treacherous journey to Greece by sea, and thousands have drowned making the attempt.

From Roma refugee to attorney in Germany: Nizaqete Bislimi’s Durch die Wand (“Through the Wall”)

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 November 2015

Roma author Nizaqete Bislimi describes how she overcame the obstacle of Germany’s inhumane immigration laws after her escape from Kosovo.

Thousands of refugees crammed into airport hangars in Berlin, Germany

By Verena Nees, 16 November 2015

The Berlin city government is housing refugees under insufferable conditions in an abandoned airport built under the Nazis.

EU Summit in Malta strikes dirty deal to keep refugees out of Europe

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 14 November 2015

African dictatorships are to be paid by EU member countries to act as Europe’s border guards and accelerate measures to take back deported migrants.

German Left Party leader rails against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 14 November 2015

Oskar Lafontaine’s right-wing slogans arise directly from the nationalist, pro-capitalist and imperialist orientation of the Left Party.

Australian government considers removing refugees to Kyrgyzstan

By Max Newman, 14 November 2015

Kyrgyzstan, one of a number of former Soviet Union countries being considered for transferring refugees, ranks among the 50 poorest countries in the world.

Germany moves to seal external borders against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 13 November 2015

The announcement that Germany will deport refugees to the first EU country they entered will have catastrophic humanitarian consequences and further intensify tensions within Europe.

Refugees stranded at processing camp outside Heidelberg, Germany

“When will we finally be allowed to learn and to work?”

By Anna Rombach, Philipp Sonde and Marianne Arens, 12 November 2015

The refugee camp at Patrick Henry Village is expected to become one of the new rapid processing centres.

Right wing dictates German refugee policy

By Peter Schwarz, 11 November 2015

After days of public haggling, the German government agreed last Thursday on measures that effectively abolish the right to asylum for many refugees.

Syriza government in Greece backs EU attack on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 10 November 2015

The Syriza-led Greek government is a willing accomplice in the EU’s attempt to seal Europe’s borders to refugees fleeing war and violence.

Hunger strikes spread in immigrant jails in US Southwest

By Kevin Martinez, 10 November 2015

Protests against inhumane treatment have spread from California to Texas and other states.

German grand coalition axes the right to asylum

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 9 November 2015

Germany’s leading political parties have agreed on legislation that will deny hundreds of thousands of refugees their basic right to asylum and family reunification.

Left Party prepares mass deportations in German state of Thuringia

By Johannes Stern, 6 November 2015

The government of Thuringia has announced it will deport thousands of refugees and establish a hub for mass deportations from throughout Germany.

Germany’s Grand Coalition split over how to drive back refugees

By Peter Schwarz, 5 November 2015

The noisy debate over refugee policy conceals the fact that the differences between the CDU/CSU and the SPD are minimal.

Refugees protest being held at UK military base in Cyprus

By Chris Marsden, 5 November 2015

The United Nations’ refugee agency said the UK is legally responsible for resettling the refugees because the base at Akrotiri is UK sovereign territory.

German conservative parties call for harsh border controls

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 November 2015

The Christian Democratic Union and Christian Social Union leaderships are calling for sealing the EU’s borders and interning refugees in “transit zones.”

Berlin Senate seeks to cover its tracks after murder of refugee child

By Ute Reissner, 2 November 2015

The Berlin city administration’s abominable treatment of refugees was instrumental in creating the circumstances under which the gruesome murder of four-year-old Mohamed Januzi took place.

Benedict Cumberbatch condemns UK government’s inhumane refugee policy

By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2015

Cumberbatch has regularly appealed for donations for Syrian children after performances to Barbican audiences.

Two more refugees commit suicide in Australia

By Max Newman, 2 November 2015

The Australian government’s responsibility for the suicides is underscored by the treatment of Khodayar Amini, who set himself alight last month.

Berlin: Bureaucratic treatment of refugees leads to death of 4-year-old

By Ludwig Weller and Ute Reissner, 31 October 2015

While the exact circumstances behind the murder of Mohamed remain unclear, the conditions leading to this tragedy were the result of a chain of bureaucratic harassment.

Dozens of refugees drown in the Aegean Sea as Fortress Europe is expanded

By Marianne Arens and Martin Kreickenbaum, 30 October 2015

Upwards of 50 refugees died on Wednesday in several boating accidents while making the journey from the Turkish coast to the nearby Greek Aegean islands.

German intelligence agencies criticise government’s refugee policy

By Ulrich Rippert, 30 October 2015

The security agencies’ attacks on the government and chancellor are directed at the democratic structures of society.

Berlin security guards assault refugees

By Christoph Dreier and Franci Vier, 28 October 2015

Video shows guards at a Berlin reception centre overpowering refugees, wrestling them to the ground and punching and kicking them.

EU-Balkan summit seals off refugee escape routes

By Peter Schwarz, 27 October 2015

Supposedly democratic governments have moved to strengthen their security forces, seal off borders, build internment camps and dispatch vulnerable refugees back to the war zones from which they fled.

Hamburg: Social Democrats and Greens promote brutal policy towards refugees

By Benjamin Harder, 26 October 2015

The Hamburg city administration is deliberately creating the conditions for violence and xenophobia.

Germany: IG Metall congress backs government in refugee crisis

By Ulrich Rippert, 26 October 2015

Trade unions are acting as a fifth column of the German state, scapegoating refugees and supporting the drive towards war.

Germany to deport refugees in military cargo planes

By Martin Kreickenbaum and Andre Damon, 23 October 2015

Governments throughout Europe are responding to the refugee crisis with repression and mass deportation.

German chancellor strikes sordid deal with Turkish government to block refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 22 October 2015

Turkey will serve as a buffer zone against refugees from Syria and Iraq as the regime in Ankara becomes a principal border guard of the EU.

Catastrophic conditions for refugees in Hamburg

By Benjamin Hader, 22 October 2015

Of the 35,000 refugees who have entered the city this year, 4,200 are living in tents, the great majority of which are unheated.

Demonstrators condemn brutal treatment of refugees in Berlin, Germany

By our correspondents, 21 October 2015

About a thousand people demonstrated Saturday against the Berlin city government’s failure to provide even the most rudimentary social assistance to refugees.

The refugee crisis, war and socialism

By Peter Schwarz, 21 October 2015

With the influx of refugees seeking to escape the living hell created by imperialism in the Middle East, the reality of war has arrived in the centre of Europe.

As temperatures drop, thousands of refugees left stranded on Europe’s borders

By Andre Damon, 20 October 2015

With Serbia, Croatia, Austria and other countries moving to seal their borders, refugees have been left to brave the elements without shelter or warm clothes.

Neo-Nazi attacks mayoral candidate in Cologne

By Peter Schwarz, 20 October 2015

All of the establishment political parties in Germany bear responsibility for the climate of hate that forms the background to the attack.

Eight refugees killed by European border guards

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 19 October 2015

The barbaric refugee policies of the European Union are claiming more and more lives every week.

Australian government seeks to block High Court case on offshore detention centres

By Max Newman, 19 October 2015

The Turnbull government claims that Nauru’s new “open centre” model means asylum seekers are no longer “detained.”

EU summit moves to seal Europe’s borders against refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 17 October 2015

The European Council summit in Brussels reached an agreement to prevent more than two million refugees in Turkey fleeing war and violence from entering the EU.

Refugees arriving in German capital face disastrous conditions

By our correspondents, 17 October 2015

Refugees arriving in Berlin are forced to wait for assistance in the wind, rain and cold, with next to no government assistance.

Right-wing academic Jörg Baberowski agitates against refugees at Christian Social Union event in Germany

By Johannes Stern, 17 October 2015

Baberowski is now openly emerging as a leading right-wing political figure, intent on using his position at Humboldt University to build a far-right movement in Germany.

Politicians stoke racism against refugees in run-up to Polish elections

By Clara Weiss, 17 October 2015

Ahead of parliamentary elections on October 25, political parties are using the refugee crisis to stoke racism and push Polish politics further to the right.

The conflict over refugee policy in Germany

By Peter Schwarz, 16 October 2015

Leading German political and media figures have called for an ever-greater crackdown on migrants.

German conservative parties plan concentration camps for refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 15 October 2015

The camps, euphemistically described as “transit zones,” would be set in areas along the borders of Germany with Austria and other EU countries.

Volunteer for refugees in Hamburg: “If we do not do the work, no one will”

By Benjamin Hader and Ute Reissner, 14 October 2015

The refugees from Syria, Afghanistan and North Africa have been left to their fate by the Hamburg Senate, a coalition of the Social Democratic Party and Greens.

Conservative government intervened to halt Syrian refugees entering Canada

By Roger Jordan and Laurent Lafrance, 12 October 2015

The latest revelation makes a mockery of the Conservatives’ cynical pose of concern at the plight of Syria’s refugees.

Hungary expedites deportation of refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 10 October 2015

The government is treating asylum seekers like criminals, charging them in expedited proceedings with “illegal border crossing” and deporting them.

Papua New Guinea trial obscures Australian responsibility for refugee’s death

By Max Newman, 10 October 2015

Two Manus Island locals accused of murdering Iranian Kurdish asylum seeker Reza Barati have won an order re-opening their trial.

“Nobody can live like this”: A young refugee in Hamburg speaks out

By Ute Reissner and Benjamin Hader, 9 October 2015

Around 800 refugees have been living in a tent city since July in an outlying Hamburg suburb of Jenfeld, which is affected by poverty.

EU intensifies anti-refugee military operations in the Mediterranean

By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2015

The second phase of European Union naval operations in the Mediterranean officially began this week.

German political establishment lines up against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 8 October 2015

The German government is making a systematic effort to deter refugees from entering Europe,encourage xenophobia and seal off continent's borders.

A dirty deal in Brussels: EU to stop refugees with Erdogan’s support

By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2015

Erdogan expects the European powers to abandon all criticism of his regime, and above all support his foreign policy plans.

Bodies of at least 95 refugees found on Libyan shores

By Oscar Grenfell, 5 October 2015

The latest tragedy marks a continuation of the humanitarian crisis caused by imperialist wars in North Africa and the Middle-East, and the repression of asylum-seekers.

Refugee crisis exposes Scottish National Party’s human rights hypocrisy

By Stephen Alexander, 5 October 2015

Underlying the SNP’s cheap anti-Tory populism and fawning before the European Union are definite material interests.

German academic Jörg Baberowski stirs up hatred against refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 3 October 2015

In a manner typical of the radical right, Baberowski attempts to incite the poorest layers of society against immigrants.

German parliament prepares crackdown on refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 October 2015

The draconian proposals would slash social assistance to migrants and expedite deportations.

German president stirs up public opinion against refugees

By Johannes Stern, 30 September 2015

President Joachim Gauck regards the refugee crisis, brought about by Western war policy, as an opportunity to continue Germany’s imperialist course.

German ruling party lauds Hungarian Premier Orban

By Markus Salzmann, 30 September 2015

The repulsive policy of the CSU stands in stark contrast to the wave of sympathy for refugees among the population.

German federal and state governments agree on hardline approach to refugees

By Martin Kreikenbaum, 28 September 2015

At a refugee conference in Berlin, additional countries were declared to be safe countries of origin, and welfare benefits were sharply reduced for refugees.

Agonising suicide in Australian refugee detention centre

By Max Newman, 28 September 2015

All the circumstances surrounding Ali Jaffari’s death point to the impact of the harsh measures being taken by Australian governments to repel asylum seekers.

Hungary deploys army against refugees

By Markus Salzmann, 26 September 2015

The mobilization of the military at the border, while targeting refugees, is aimed at annulling fundamental democratic rights for the entire population.

EU summit reinforces Fortress Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 25 September 2015

The adopted measures are aimed at keeping refugees out, corralling them in camps near the borders and restricting their freedom of movement within Europe.

EU adopts plan to keep out refugees

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 24 September 2015

The purpose of the new refugee quota system is to staunch the influx of migrants, expedite their deportation and seal off the EU’s external borders.

German interior minister plans abolition of right to asylum

By Dietmar Henning, 22 September 2015

Germany’s interior minister and the EU heads of government intend to adopt new measures against refugees this week.

German government adopts drastic measures to deter refugees

By Peter Schwarz, 19 September 2015

Refugees are to be scared away through hunger and homelessness, and transported back like cattle to countries where unspeakable conditions prevail.

The resurrection of borders in Europe

By Peter Schwarz, 18 September 2015

It is only a matter of time before the soldiers of different countries, who are presently warding off refugees at the various borders, start shooting at each other.

France to close borders, Germany to cut benefits as refugee crisis escalates

By Alex Lantier, 18 September 2015

The major European powers are intensifying their attacks on hundreds of thousands of refugees fleeing from war-torn countries in Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans.

Hungarian border police fire tear gas and water cannon at refugees

By Chris Marsden, 17 September 2015

Whatever official criticisms are levelled against Hungary, all of the major European powers are responding in a similarly brutal fashion.

Hungary closes its border with Serbia

By Markus Salzmann, 16 September 2015

Hungary detained over 150 migrants Tuesday after closing its last remaining border crossing, leaving hundreds of refugees on the Serbian side of a razor wire fence.

Refugee crisis reveals human cost of French NPA’s “humanitarian” wars

By Anthony Torres, 16 September 2015

Imperialist wars in Libya and Syria, promoted by the New Anti-capitalist Party, have destroyed entire societies and forced millions of people to flee

Germany closes its borders to refugees

By Peter Schwarz, 15 September 2015

The closure of the German border has triggered an international chain reaction, with refugees being pushed from one border to another, detained and mistreated.

Rallies in Europe and Australia in defence of refugees

By our reporters, 14 September 2015

Hundreds of thousands rallied over the weekend to support the democratic rights of refugees and to protest right-wing policies of governments throughout the world.

Refugees in Europe confront catastrophic conditions

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 12 September 2015

The generosity of broad layers of the population towards refugees stands in complete contrast to the reaction of the European governments and security agencies.

German newspaper close to the Left Party slanders refugees

By Christoph Dreier, 12 September 2015

The newspaper Junge Welt has called solidarity with the refugees a “marketing tool” of German business.