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It’s OK to bash migrants, says EU court

by Dave Sewell
Issue No. 2509

Humanitarian organisation MSF will no longer accept EU funding

Humanitarian organisation MSF will no longer accept EU funding (Pic: European Commission)


European courts ruled last week that Britain’s government can restrict access to benefits for EU migrants.

It can now impose a “right to reside” test on migrant workers before they can claim child tax credits or child benefits.

The European Commission had challenged Cameron’s plan, saying it was discriminatory and contrary to the spirit of EU directives.

But the EU’s top judges accepted Cameron’s absurd lie that migrants claiming benefits were a drain on state finances.

It could set a precedent for other rulings, such as on challenges to Cameron’s four year “emergency brake” on EU migrants’ benefits.

The court ruling agreed that “unequal treatment” of EU migrants was justified on the basis of “protecting a member state’s finances.”

Leading figures in both main parties and on both sides of the referendum have made clear that they want to restrict migrants’ rights.

The ruling from the court shows that staying in the EU won’t stop them—only anti-racist resistance can.


Doctors don’t want EU’s dirty money

Humanitarian organisation Doctors Without Borders (MSF) announced last week that it would no longer accept funding from the EU in protest at its clampdown on refugees.

It singled out a deal with Turkey that enables refugees who have reached Greece to be deported.

“The EU deal is the latest in a long line of policies that go against the values and the principles that enable assistance to be provided,” said MSF secretary general Jerome Oberreit.

“We cannot accept funding from the EU or the member states while at the same time treating the victims of their policies. It’s that simple.”

The Greek government vowed to step up deportations under the deal. Migration minister Yiannis Mouzalas said that thousands should be removed “within the next month and a half.”

Greek MPs voted to change the rules on appeals last week to stop courts holding up deportations.

The EU has threatened to suspend Greek citizens’ travel rights if their government didn’t stop the flow of refugees.

The change came alongside reports of Turkish border guards shooting dead refugees at the Syrian border.

And the bodies of 34 people—including 20 children—were found in the Sahara desert last week. They apparently starved to death earlier this month trying to migrate.


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