Monthly archives: November, 2015

“The refugees simply command respect” – eyewitness report from Calais

  After reading about others making solidarity trips to the refugee camp in Calais, my friend and fellow Unite Community member Stuart and I decided to do our own visit, taking over a van load of donations and staying to volunteer for a few days. We had fantastic support from people, raising sponsorship from Unite …

“That place should be investigated” – Asylum tenants hit back at G4S

Neglect, contempt and hostility — how the UK government and G4S really “welcome refugees” by John Grayson Matthew’s accommodation (John Grayson) This article was first published by Open Democracy on November 26th 2015 https://www.opendemocracy.net/uk/shinealight/john-grayson/neglect-contempt-and-hostility-how-uk-government-really-welcomes-refugee   I was talking to Paul, an asylum seeker from the Middle East in a G4S house in a working class …

Making a Killing Out of a Catastrophe

The current refugee crisis is a mouthwatering business opportunity for security, arms, surveillance and border technology corporations. The “immigration industry” is booming. The walls of Fortress Europe – invisible or spiked with razor wire – do not build themselves. Hein de Haas, for example, has written perceptively on “The Real Migration Industry”. A new book …

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