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As refugee crisis grows in Europe, we say – let them in

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Issue 2573
Socialist Worker says - let the refugees in
Campaigners say – let the refugees in (Pic: Socialist Worker)

The refugee crisis has not gone away—if anything it is getting worse.

In the last month hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar have been forced to cross the Bangladesh border to escape conflict.

It’s almost a year since the French state destroyed the Calais camp with riot police and tear gas.

But refugees continue to sleep rough in the local area and some have moved to bigger cities.

Last week police forced hundreds of refugees out of makeshift camps in Grande-Synthe and Norrent-Fontes near Calais.

Some refugees were moved to “accommodation centres” all over France. But this is not a solution.

The Tories are still refusing to admit unaccompanied refugee children into Britain under the Dubs Amendment.

Donald Trump is expected to announce to Congress that he will lower the number of refugees allowed into the US next year.

The refugee crisis shows the human cost of immigration controls. People are living in unsafe, appalling conditions with the weather set to get worse as winter draws near.

People often flee because of war, poverty and persecution—and years of imperialist intervention is largely to blame.

Refugees should not be left to die in makeshift camps and scapegoated in the mainstream media. Open the borders and let refugees live where they choose.

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