Posts tagged: immigration-and-asylum

  • No Walls, No Borders

    No Walls, No Borders

    A reading list on the changing role of borders and how we consider freedom of movement, globalization, and humanitarian crises across the world.

  • Fear and the state

    Fear and the state

    In a violent and warming world the rich can afford to protect themselves—with gated neighborhoods, getaway homes, and walled nations—and the poor are left with few options but climbing over the barriers and sometimes cramming their life stories into a sympathetic narrative. As other doors have been slammed on migrants by successive administrations—the “line” to get in has become so long and serpentine, it effectively serves as another wall—claims of fear are increasing.

  • “We work here, we live here, and we’re not going anywhere!”

    “We work here, we live here, and we’re not going anywhere!”

    On the 1st October, undocumented migrant workers at 12 companies in Paris went on strike. The strikes called for improvements to pay and the exploitative conditions of work, but the unifying call across all sites, though, was that they be given the right to live and work legally in France. Luke Butterly reports on the organising campaign, and the struggles of undocumented workers in Paris.

  • 5 Book Plan: The Politics of Borders

    5 Book Plan: The Politics of Borders

    Todd Miller, author of Empire of Borders, selects five essential books about border imperialism, the surveillance state, and the politics of national security.

  • Detention camps are concentration camps

    Detention camps are concentration camps

    The Global Detention Project has identified more than 2,000 detention centers worldwide. For corporate powers and global elites borders have been erased, but migrants fleeing violence and economic insecurity are faced with deportation or detainment in inhumane detention centers. Todd Miller responds to the crisis at the border and exposes the contradictions in the government justifying the use of concentration camps to detain migrants.

  • Twenty-First Century Battlefields

    Twenty-First Century Battlefields

    In place of conventional warfare, securocratic wars, waged to protect and secure not individual nations but the international class of wealthy nations, insert themselves into the yawning gaps of global inequalities. Wars on drugs, on terror, on immigrants have created never-ending battlescapes, often along borders. 

  • Walter Benjamin: The Refugee and Migrant

    Walter Benjamin: The Refugee and Migrant

    Was Walter Benjamin a refugee or a migrant? Would he be considered as one or the other today? Is this what it means to actualise, to make contemporary, to bring Walter Benjamin into the Now?

    On the anniversary of Walter Benjamin's birth, we republish Esther Leslie's Walter Benjamin: The Refugee and Migrant.