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Scared, scarred and starved in Calais - the refugees locked out by Britain's borders

16 September 2014
In 2007 and 2009 Socialist Worker reported from makeshift camps in northern France where migrants survived in squalor. Now, as calls for another crackdown grow, Dave Sewell and Guy Smallman return to meet the new victims of racist border controls

Tories send a fence to help French state repress refugees in Calais

09 September 2014
The right wing mayor of Calais, northern France, has been demanding the British government show it isn’t “soft” on immigration.

Detention centre protest in Lincolnshire after inmate's death

09 September 2014
At least 30 detainees rose up at Morton Hall immigration detention centre in Lincolnshire last Saturday, after the death of an inmate. 

Tragedy in Tilbury - Afghan refugee killed by cruel border system

19 August 2014
Some 35 Afghan Sikh migrants were discovered inside a cargo container in Tilbury docks, Essex, last Saturday. 

Glasgow Girl talks about new TV drama on their victorious anti-deportation campaign

08 July 2014
Amal Azzudin, one of the original 'Glasgow Girls' who stopped their friend’s deportation, spoke to Socialist Worker about the BBC's new musical adaptation of their story

Asylum seeker dies in Dorset prison

10 June 2014
Bruno Dos Santos, a stateless asylum seeker, died in Verne prison on the island of Portland in Dorset last week.

Asylum seekers march for dignity

03 June 2014
Asylum seekers marched the 50 miles from Bristol to Cardiff last week to protest against government attacks on migrants.

Cops attack refugees in Australian offshore detention camp

18 February 2014
Armed police and locals with machetes, pipes, sticks and stones have attacked asylum seekers in Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG).

Manchester asylum seeker says ‘At home I faced persecution. Here I live in fear of the UKBA’

18 February 2014
The government and UK Border Agency’s treatment of asylum seekers is appalling—but campaigns give people confidence. Refugee Manjeet Kaur explains why to Ken Olende

Witness threatened with deportation

10 December 2013
Afolashade Lamidi is being held at Yarl’s Wood detention centre near Bedford. 

British government tries to deport desperately ill hunger striker Isa Muazu

03 December 2013
Theresa May’s latest attempt to look tough on immigration has failed—for now, writes Ken Olende

Lampedusa survivors kept in detention

12 November 2013
Italian authorities have arrested a man for being one of the traffickers responsible for a fatal sinking last month, when at least 366 migrants died. 

Detention centres breed despair behind the bars

12 November 2013
As Yarl’s Wood is mired in an abuse scandal, Ken Olende looks at the scale of detention centres in Britain and what life is like for people locked inside them

Boat tragedy exposes the dangerous waters surrounding Fortress Europe

08 October 2013
A boat packed with 500 migrants caught fire and sank half a mile from the Italian island of Lampedusa on Thursday of last week.

New Tory immigration bill targets the same scapegoats

08 October 2013
Theresa May reiterated harsh new immigration plans while bodies of African migrants were being fished from the sea, says?Dave Sewell

Glasgow protest at 'Go Home' poster in immigration office

10 September 2013
Around 100 people protested at UK Border Agency in Glasgow against giant posters inside depicting a destitute refugee last Monday. The posters read, “Is life here hard? Going home is simple”

Teachers campaign for refugee Olayinka Olatunde

13 August 2013
Teachers in Rochdale NUT union and the refugee organisation Rapar have co-organised a fundraiser for a Nigerian asylum seeker in Rochdale on Sunday of this week. 

Coroner damns G4S over deportation guards’ racism

06 August 2013
The coroner’s report into the death of Jimmy Mubenga condemns “pervasive” racism among G4S guards and dangerous restraint techniques.

Don't let Tories deport Rose to her death

16 July 2013
The UK Borders Agency is continuing attempts to deport Roseline Akhalu, a seriously ill woman, despite accepting that deportation will lead to her death.

G4S officer in Jimmy Mubenga death inquest denies hearing cries for help

21 May 2013
Jimmy Mubenga cried for help around 50 times in the struggle that led to his death, his inquest has heard. 

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