Immigrants and 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.

European powers prepare to sink refugee vessels in Mediterranean

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.

EU prepares plan to turn away masses of refugees from 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.

Deported Kosovo refugees left with nothing

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.

Hundreds arrested in California anti-immigrant sweep

By Jake Dean, 10 September 2015

The Obama administration continues its frontal assault on the democratic rights of immigrant workers.

Refugee crisis in Europe: Popular support for migrants confronts official inhumanity

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.

Desperate refugees storm registration office in Berlin

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.”

New Zealand political leaders feign sympathy for refugees

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.

German government tightens measures against refugees

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.

Refugees greeted in Germany with a wave of solidarity

By Marianne Arens, 8 September 2015

WSWS reporters spoke with refugees from Syria and Germans offering assistance in Neu-Isenburg in southern Hesse.

Australia: Thousands rally in defense of refugees at nationwide vigils

By Oscar Grenfell, 8 September 2015

The attendance at the vigils highlights the widespread sympathy for refugees among workers, young people, students and others.

Exploiting refugee crisis, NY Times’ Kristof calls for escalation of war in Syria

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.

Austria plans to close border as migrants surge across Europe

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.

NATO powers move to exploit refugee crisis to intensify bombing of Syria

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.

Australian government refuses to lift refugee intake

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.

Australian senate inquiry masks responsibility for Nauru refugee camp abuses

By Max Newman, 7 September 2015

Further evidence reveals inhumane conditions and treatment of refugees in Australia’s illegal offshore processing facilities.

European governments treat refugees as a hostile invasion force

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.

Death of Syrian infant exposes Canadian complicity in refugee crisis

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.

Who is responsible for the refugee crisis in Europe?

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.

EU powers treat refugees as pawns

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.

Thousands of refugees held at Budapest train station

By Markus Salzmann, 3 September 2015

Record numbers of refugees are fleeing Syria and other countries devastated by the intervention of the Western powers.

German chancellor feigns sympathy for refugees

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.

Refugee crisis deepens across central Europe

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.

UK government pursuing vicious anti-immigrant response to migrant crisis

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.

German Left Party leader proposes separating refugees according to ethnicity

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.

German defence minister exploits refugee crisis to strengthen military

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.

German interior minister plans further attacks on refugees

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.

Casualties of “Fortress Europe”: Refugees dead on land and sea

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.

The refugee crisis and the inhuman face of European capitalism

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.

Fifty refugees die in ship’s hold in new Mediterranean migrant tragedy

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.

Attacks on refugee camp encouraged by German government’s right-wing policies

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.

German and French leaders meet in Berlin summit on refugee crisis

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.

Macedonian government cracks down on refugees

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.

Troops fire on refugees trying to enter Macedonia

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.

Capitalism and the global refugee crisis

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.

Demand grows for closure of UK’s Yarl’s Wood detention centre

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.

Scores of refugees die brutally in the Mediterranean

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.

Refugees confront appalling conditions in the Balkans

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.

Austrian government intensifies crackdown on refugees

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.