Immigrants and 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.
By Kevin Martinez, 10 November 2015
Protests against inhumane treatment have spread from California to Texas and other states.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
By Robert Stevens, 2 November 2015
Cumberbatch has regularly appealed for donations for Syrian children after performances to Barbican audiences.
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.
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.
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.
By Ulrich Rippert, 30 October 2015
The security agencies’ attacks on the government and chancellor are directed at the democratic structures of society.
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.
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.
By Benjamin Harder, 26 October 2015
The Hamburg city administration is deliberately creating the conditions for violence and xenophobia.
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.
By Martin Kreickenbaum and Andre Damon, 23 October 2015
Governments throughout Europe are responding to the refugee crisis with repression and mass deportation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 19 October 2015
The barbaric refugee policies of the European Union are claiming more and more lives every week.
By Max Newman, 19 October 2015
The Turnbull government claims that Nauru’s new “open centre” model means asylum seekers are no longer “detained.”
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.
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.
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.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 October 2015
Leading German political and media figures have called for an ever-greater crackdown on migrants.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Johannes Stern, 8 October 2015
The second phase of European Union naval operations in the Mediterranean officially began this week.
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.
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.
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.
By Stephen Alexander, 5 October 2015
Underlying the SNP’s cheap anti-Tory populism and fawning before the European Union are definite material interests.
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.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 2 October 2015
The draconian proposals would slash social assistance to migrants and expedite deportations.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Christoph Dreier, 12 September 2015
The newspaper Junge Welt has called solidarity with the refugees a “marketing tool” of German business.
By Alex Lantier, 11 September 2015
As they prepare to launch a new escalation of the war in Syria, the European powers are trying to prevent refugees fleeing the carnage from arriving in Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 10 September 2015
The European Union intends to spend much less than far poorer Middle Eastern countries on the refugee crisis caused by NATO wars in Libya and Syria.
By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 10 September 2015
More refugees came to Germany from Kosovo in the first half of 2015 than from any other European country, and to no other country are so many now being deported.
By Jake Dean, 10 September 2015
The Obama administration continues its frontal assault on the democratic rights of immigrant workers.
By Ulrich Rippert, 9 September 2015
The outpouring of support for the refugees has exposed the chasm separating state policy from the sentiments of broad masses of people.
By Stefan Steinberg, 9 September 2015
“They force me to wait over a month to register my claim to asylum. It is no way to treat a fellow human being.”
By the Socialist Equality Group (New Zealand), 9 September 2015
The political establishment has sought to whip up hostility toward foreigners, while supporting the US-led wars that have produced the refugee crisis.
By Peter Schwarz, 8 September 2015
The grand coalition has made it clear that the admission of 20,000 refugees from Hungary was a one-time exception.
By Marianne Arens, 8 September 2015
WSWS reporters spoke with refugees from Syria and Germans offering assistance in Neu-Isenburg in southern Hesse.
By Oscar Grenfell, 8 September 2015
The attendance at the vigils highlights the widespread sympathy for refugees among workers, young people, students and others.
By Barry Grey, 8 September 2015
Media propagandists like Kristof shed crocodile tears for refugees in order to argue for an escalation of the criminal policies that produced the catastrophe.
By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015
The refugee crisis, the largest since World War II, is rooted in imperialist wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, waged by the United States and its allies in Europe.
By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015
Washington and its European allies plan to exploit the refugee crisis to escalate their bloody war for regime change in Syria, which would create countless more refugees.
By Mike Head, 7 September 2015
As Abbott feigned compassion for the asylum seekers in Europe, he was preparing to extend Australia’s current bombing campaign from Iraq into Syria.
By Max Newman, 7 September 2015
Further evidence reveals inhumane conditions and treatment of refugees in Australia’s illegal offshore processing facilities.
By Peter Schwarz, 5 September 2015
European governments are treating the stream of refugees as a hostile invasion force, constructing border fences, using tear gas and deploying the army against migrants.
By Keith Jones, 5 September 2015
The Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper rebuffed efforts by a woman living in Vancouver to rescue her Syrian relatives, including three-year-old Alan Kurdi.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 September 2015
The US media’s coverage of the refugee crisis is deliberately silent on Washington’s central role in creating this unfolding tragedy on Europe’s borders.
By Martin Kreickenbaum, 4 September 2015
In a sordid competition, almost all EU countries have tightened their asylum laws and repressive measures against refugees seeking escape from war-ravaged countries.
By Markus Salzmann, 3 September 2015
Record numbers of refugees are fleeing Syria and other countries devastated by the intervention of the Western powers.
By Peter Schwarz, 3 September 2015
The policy of the German government is characterised by a disregard for refugees fleeing for their lives from the war zones in the Middle East and Africa.
By Patrick Martin, 2 September 2015
While the EU governments are intensifying repressive measures, many ordinary people have shown a healthy sympathy for the refugees fleeing war and repression.
By Tom Pearse, 2 September 2015
Official policy of the Conservative government is focused on whipping up nationalist anti-immigrant sentiment and echoes that long associated with far right-wing forces.
By our correspondent, 2 September 2015
By declaring conflicts to be the result of ethnic differences, the Left Party diverts attention from the intolerable conditions in refugee camps and encourages xenophobia.
By Wolfgang Weber, 1 September 2015
Constraints on the domestic use of the German military, in place since the end of Nazi rule, are being wiped away.
By Marianne Arens, 31 August 2015
A day before German leaders shed crocodile tears over the ongoing refugee crisis, interior minister de Maizière proposed legislative measures to reduce immigration into the country.
By Marianne Arens and Patrick Martin, 29 August 2015
On the same day, 71 refugees were found asphyxiated in a truck in Austria, while another 250 died off the Libyan coast when two ships capsized.
By Peter Schwarz, 28 August 2015
The horrors facing refugees are compounded by the day. On Thursday, two boats capsized near Libya, with hundreds feared dead. This follows the death of up to 50 Syrian refugees in a truck in Austria.
By Robert Stevens, 27 August 2015
Around 50 refugees and asylum seekers were found dead in the hold of a boat off the coast of Libya Wednesday morning.
By Christoph Dreier, 26 August 2015
Officials shedding crocodile tears over right-wing violence cannot disguise the fact that the right-wing policies of the German government have contributed to the attacks.
By Alex Lantier, 25 August 2015
Amidst the greatest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II, the French and German governments are planning a drastic clampdown on immigrants.
By Markus Salzmann, 25 August 2015
The brutality of the right-wing regime in Skopje is a sharp expression of the inhumane policies carried out by all European governments against refugees.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 August 2015
The vicious assault unfolded amid a crisis over how to deal with the growing numbers fleeing to Europe to escape war and poverty.
By Robert Stevens, 21 August 2015
Millions have been made homeless and thrown into grinding poverty as a result of wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Libya.
By Margot Miller and Robert Stevens, 19 August 2015
The women at Yarl’s Wood are amongst the most vulnerable in society, fleeing from war-torn countries in the Middle East and Africa.
By Robert Stevens, 18 August 2015
At least 49 migrants died in the hold of an overcrowded fishing boat off the coast of Libya Saturday, thought to have asphyxiated after inhaling fumes from fuel.
By Martin Kreikenbaum, 18 August 2015
Refugees traveling the 4,000 kilometres between Syria and Germany, France and Sweden must endure a treacherous journey through Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary.
By Markus Salzmann, 17 August 2015
Hundreds of refugees, many from the Middle East, have been camped out in searing heat in front of the main refugee centre near Vienna.