Immigration, asylum and anti-deportation

Tories move against family reunion for child refugees

Published on: Sat, 11/01/2020 - 10:26

Josh Lovell

The latest draft of the Tory Brexit Withdrawal Bill passed through the House of Commons this week, containing a series of amendments, with one ending the right to family reunion for unaccompanied child refugees within the EU. The so-called ‘Dublin regulation’ is set to be removed with a majority of 96, a damning sign of what is yet come and the callousness of this latest Tory government.

But none of this should surprise us. Only days after their victory in December, prominent members of the far-right took to social media to announce that they had now joined the Conservative Party. Be they

Poor choices for Labour leader

Published on: Wed, 08/01/2020 - 12:11

Sacha Ismail

Labour’s National Executive Committee has set a short timetable for the leadership election. MPs and MEPs have one week to nominate candidates (7-13 January).

Constituency Labour Party [CLPs] and affiliates have one month (15 January-14 February). Voting will run a month and a bit (21 February-4 April).

New members can vote if they join by 20 January. There will be a registered supporters system, in addition to affiliate supporters (eg people registered through their unions).

To get on the ballot, candidates need 10% of Labour MPs and MEPs (22), and then either 5% of constituency parties (33)

AEIP declares for re-entry to EU

Published on: Wed, 18/12/2019 - 11:30

Gerry Bates

Another Europe Is Possible held its conference on 14 December, with about 100 present at any one time.

AEIP was set up as a left pro-Remain group in the run-up to the 2016 referendum, and Workers’ Liberty supported it then.

It organised “Left Blocs”, for example, on the big October 2018 and March, July, and October 2019 anti-Brexit marches.

Previously operating as a sort of NGO, AEIP became a membership organisation and held a founding conference in December 2018.

AEIP is officially “cross-party”, but the Green Party presence at this second conference seemed smaller than in 2018.

AEIP decided

New "sardine" movement in Italy

Published on: Wed, 04/12/2019 - 18:29

Hugh Edwards

In the past few weeks, as if from nowhere, a new movement, calling itself “the sardines”, has filled the squares of Italy, originating from Emilia Romagna’s capital city, Bologna.

25,000 came out in Milan on Sunday 1 December, and there will be a mass national demo of all groups and organisational conference in Rome on 15 December.

Drawing in thousands of the young, and often very young, the dynamic of the mobilisation is focused against the reactionary racist extremism of Matteo Salvini and his party, La Lega nationale.

According to some of the comments of the liberal bourgeois media, this is

Letters: Labour and trans rights, for and against homeopathy

Published on: Wed, 04/12/2019 - 18:00

Labour must break from triangulation on trans rights

The Labour manifesto’s wording on trans rights is a result of triangulation on the part of the Clause V meeting that drew it up.

On the one hand, the manifesto calls for a commitment for the reform of the GRA in order to demedicalise the process of application for a Gender Recognition Certificate and the amendment of birth certificates to correspond with gender identity. This is a policy supported by a broad base of Labour Party members and strongly amongst young activists in the party. On the flip-side, the manifesto also calls for a

Tell McCluskey: solidarity, not borders!

Published on: Wed, 20/11/2019 - 19:33

Mark Boothroyd

Len McCluskey’s intervention in the debate over freedom of movement is aiding the Tories, and promoting myths about immigration that the trade union movement should be dismantling.

On 13 November McCluskey [general secretary of the Unite trade union] criticised the policy voted for at Labour Party conference, of defending and extending freedom of movement for all migrants. McCluskey said “It’s wrong in my view to have any greater free movement of labour unless you get stricter labour market regulation.”

What does stricter labour market regulation mean? If McCluskey means more rights for trade

Why free movement?

Published on: Wed, 06/11/2019 - 10:08

No one today disputes that freedom of movement within a country is a boon. Both for the individuals who can move to a place or a job they prefer, and for the places where they arrive, which become livelier.

Problems may arise: for example, shortage of affordable housing in London. The answer is to tax the rich to improve social provision (for example, build more council housing in London), not to exclude those who want to move. The immigrants are often a big part of the workers producing that improved social provision.

The same principle hold across national borders. We want to defend the free

Johnson’s Trump-Brexit

Published on: Wed, 06/11/2019 - 09:10

According to the most thorough study so far, Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal will reduce average income per head in Britain by 6.4%. It will cost you about £1300 a year if your income is £20,000.

That’s not as bad as “no-deal” (8.1%). It is worse than Theresa May’s deal (4.9%), and of course a lot worse than Remain.

The bad economic impact comes from the barriers to trade and the barriers to immigration. Immigration, which mainly brings in young and energetic workers, boosts economic growth.

That is not the worst of it. Boris Johnson’s prime alternative to the economic integration which Britain

Lorry deaths show: borders kill

Published on: Wed, 30/10/2019 - 08:39

Ben Tausz

As the news broke on Wednesday 23 October that 39 people had died in a refrigerated shipping container while attempting to reach Britain, the anti-immigration spin machine sprang into action.

Taking to the press, they insisted that the tragedy must be laid entirely at the feet of the smugglers and traffickers – and the “lax” borders enabling them.

The xenophobic Migration Watch think tank explained that protecting migrants meant more deportations and more resources to tighten the border against migration. The Mail demanded “added checks on vehicles entering Britain”.

The Times invited the

Home Office plans to trick the worst-off

Published on: Wed, 23/10/2019 - 11:13

Misha Zubrowski

The Home Office is holding “immigration surgeries” at charities and places of worship.

They tell homeless migrants that attending will help them get financial support, and may help them regularise their immigration status. They are assured the sessions are not part of “an enforcement approach” to immigration status.

Lies – as was revealed on October 15.

The surgeries are run by the Home Office’s immigration enforcement unit. Officials may decide that attendees have no right to be in the UK, asking these individuals — who came seeking and promised support — to their agree to “voluntary removal”

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