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Refugees left to rot in Calais

11 December 2007
Rejected by Britain, abandoned by France and adrift inside fortress Europe. The countries they fled from reads like a list of the battlegrounds in the "war of terror" – Afghanistan, Northern Pakistan, Iraq, Kurdistan, Palestine, Somalia, Iran, Eritrea.

Refugees abandoned on our doorstep

11 December 2007
Gordon Brown’s government is complicit in the misery of tens of thousands of refugees attempting to flee the "war on terror".

Migrants find shelter in forest

11 December 2007
Yves Dransart spends his retirement working with the Collectif de Soutien d’Urgence aux Réfugiés – known as C’SUR. The local group volunteers to help feed and clothe the refugees.

How Southall’s Asians fought against racism

20 November 2007
The British economy had such a hunger for labour in the long economic boom after the Second World War that government ministers were sent abroad to find workers.

Welcoming migrants: Poles in 1940s Britain

13 November 2007
Last week’s column argued that mass immigration is intimately connected to the growth of capitalism.

The economic roots of mass migration

06 November 2007
Recent reports have shown the contradictions that immigration raises for our rulers.

Labour is playing with fire by repeating racist ideas

12 June 2007
If anyone thought that Margaret Hodge's recent jibes against immigrants were a one-off, a series of pronouncements last week by senior New Labour figures should tell you which way the wind is blowing.

Migrant workers tackling rogue employers in the heart of rural Wessex

05 June 2007
‘It started with informal discussions – we decided something should be done to organise among migrant workers in the south coast region.

Pratt’s Bananas accused of unfair treatment for migrant workers

29 May 2007
BBC Radio 4 last week accused a leading supplier of fair trade bananas to major supermarkets of exploiting Eastern European migrant workers.

Detainees' hunger strike at Yarl's Wood detention centre

15 May 2007
A hunger strike and protest by women detained at Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre in Bedfordshire has highlighted ongoing problems at the centre and new ones with Serco, the company that has run it since April.

Strangers Into Citizens rally: ‘We are all citizens’

08 May 2007
Thousands of migrant workers and their supporters rallied in Trafalgar Square, London, on Monday to demand that the government regularises the status of undocumented workers in Britain.

May Day march in Manchester calls for migrant rights

08 May 2007
Manchester's May Day march and rally on Monday 7 May brought trade unionists together with refugee and asylum led organisations and community groups.

Refugees demand end to deportations to Congo

07 April 2007
On Wednesday of last week campaigners held lobbies in seven cities around Britain against deportations to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Solidarity with refugees

31 March 2007
Over 700 people crammed into a meeting last week in Birmingham to discuss defending people’s right to stay in Britain.

Manchester launch for campaign against deportations to Congo

10 March 2007
Over 200 refugees launched a campaign to stop forced removals back to the Democratic Republic of Congo at a meeting in Manchester last week.

Bolton success for Sukola family campaign

17 February 2007
Protest has halted plans to remove the Sukula family from Bolton. We heard the good news on Monday, two days after 100 people rallied outside Bolton town hall in support of the Sukula Family Must Stay campaign.

Ghosts: a haunting portrayal of the Morecambe Bay tragedy

06 January 2007
How was it that on a cold and windy night almost three years ago, a group of young Chinese men and women were stranded by incoming tides at Morecambe Bay, with 23 tragically drowning?

Why detained refugees rioted at Harmondsworth

09 December 2006
"Freedom" was one of the messages spelt out with bedsheets by detainees who briefly took control of parts of Harmondsworth immigration detention centre last week.

Migrants and wages

11 November 2006
Newspapers last week wanted us to panic about the 64,000 workers from eastern Europe who came to Britain last year. We are apparently supposed to be less concerned by the 68,000 people who came from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa - and we are expected to ignore the thousands of people from Britain who left the country.

Another stir of the toxic mix - New Labour and workers from Romania and Bulgaria

04 November 2006
Labour’s long anticipated approach to the accession of Romania and Bulgaria to the European Union (EU) was announced last week. As expected, Home Secretary John Reid has opted for various restrictions on Bulgarians and Romanians working in Britain.

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