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European Union isn't on migrants' side

Issue No. 2487

European Union (EU) leaders are backing David Cameron’s clampdown on migrants claiming benefits.

He promised a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU to appease the Tory right.

Now he’s trying to negotiate a deal that would allow him to campaign for Britain to remain—as most top bosses want.

Five other EU countries are looking to adopt similar immigration measures to Cameron.

The bosses’ Financial Times newspaper said that the fascist Front National “has held Mr Cameron up as a role model for their Eurosceptic anti-immigration agenda”.

Some commentators argue that politicians are appeasing the populist right—but that’s not the only reason.

“Fortress Europe” shuts out refugees fleeing poverty and the West’s wars. Now Europe’s rulers are trying to crack down on immigration within the EU.

German chancellor Angela Merkel floated revisiting the “definition of a worker” to restrict migrants claiming benefits.

Her Labour-type SPD coalition partners also support tougher rules.

The EU is not a guarantor of migrants’ rights and the Yes campaign will not be anti-racist.

A No vote in the referendum would cause a political crisis for Cameron. We should campaign against the EU on a socialist, anti-racist and internationalist basis.

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