migration

UK Asylum Policy: No Sanctuary from Capitalism

Asylum has long been a thorny issue for the British ruling class. As a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention the UK is obliged to grant asylum when, in the opinion of the Home Office, an asylum seeker has demonstrated that they have a well founded fear of persecution on the grounds of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership of a particular social group. Yet asylum seekers are continuously vilified in the popular press as criminals and scroungers overwhelming the benefits system, the vitriol often being fuelled by the cynical statements of government ministers.

Behind The Headlines In Dover - Black Flag

Article from Black Flag #218 1999.

For Migrant Labourers An Amnesty with Capitalism Is a Mockery

Which is worse? The hypocrisy of an Italian Minister of Agriculture shedding tears in public over the supposed end to the maltreatment of cheap migrant field workers in Italy or the hypocrisy of Johnson’s Brexit government sanctioning the airlifting of workers from the poorer parts of Europe to work in British fields during the lockdown? This is an outline of what’s been going on recently in Italy.

Caribbean women and the black community

Race Today Women on the collective struggles by Caribbean women in Britain. Published in April, 1975.

Legacy of Imperialism

A Freedom Press article from the 1940s on the Windrush migrants and the conditions which they left behind

To Sir, With Love - E. R. Braithwaite (1959)

An excerpt from Guyanese-born novelist E. R. Braithwaite's 'To Sir, With Love' describing his disillusionment in the mother country.

Race, class and the state: the black experience in Britain

A. Sivanandan on the political economy of post-WW2 immigration and state control in Britain.

Migrant and immigrant labor

A chapter detailing South Korea's transition into a subempire that has transformed other Asians into a transnationalized labor force for South Korean capital.

I, the caregiver – stories from “the grey zone”

A Bulgarian caregiver's personal account of working in a Greek hospital.