Demo against Nigerian mass deportation, 08/12/11

*Demo this Thursday 8th December outside Nigerian Embassy 12 noon*
Mass deportation charter flight scheduled for this day

Up to 70 Nigerian migrants booked on this flight - they face homelessness
on return. Nigerian Immigration Service co-operated with UK Border Agency to organise the flight - demand the Nigerian High Commissioner ends their collaboration!

Meet at midday outside Nigerian High Commission, 9 NORTHUMBERLAND AVENUE, LONDON WC2N 5BX or at 11.30 on the SOAS steps.

Bring banners and drums!

Calais No Borders talks and film screenings in London this week

First on the frontline of cuts and repression are migrant workers, propping up Europe's low wage economy, and refugees fleeing our imperialist wars. Trying to reach safety in the UK, hundreds of migrants get trapped on the border at Calais, where they are subject to daily attacks, arrests, raids by French riot police. No Borders Calais works in solidarity alongside migrants in the squats and "jungles" in Calais, documenting and resisting repression at the border. We will be showing films and talking about our work and encouraging you to join us, both in Calais and here in London.

UKBA 'dawn-raided' in Glasgow 21/11/11

On Monday this week supporters of Unity and friends held a protest outside the UKBA Reporting Centre in Glasgow. We had hoped it would be a day-long protest and it was!

Early on Monday morning a group of around twenty people gathered outside the reporting centre at Festival Court on Brand Street and while some attached themselves to the gates of the centre using bicycle D-locks, others quickly erected a 15 foot high tripod in front of the vehicle access gates. It took only seconds to get the tripod up and when it was up one volunteer climbed up it determined not to come down.

Radio Interview about the NoBorders Convergence

A short radio interview about the upcoming NoBorders convergence in London.

Call for a NoBorders Convergence, London, 13 - 18 February 2012

London NoBorders, along with Goldsmiths students and other groups, are
organising a week-long convergence to be held in London between 13 - 18 February 2012. The aim is to get together to share our knowledge and experiences in relation to people's freedom of movement and the restrictions on it, and to share skills, network, strategise and take action. We seek to create a temporary space for the production of counter-narratives and practices to the very idea of governing people's movement through border controls.

Why a convergence

As the global economic crisis deepens and runaway climate chaos and energy and food crises loom ever closer,the borders of Europe are being fortified even further to protect the interests of the privileged few at the expense of the rest of us. A range of worrying developments can be observed: discriminatory point-based visa systems for overseas students and migrant workers, increased use of detention and deportation in inhumane conditions, military-style operations in the Mediterranean sea to intercept migrant boats, often leading to deadly tragedies, high-tech surveillance and intelligence gathering, externalising Europe's borders by bribing neighbouring countries to act as the EU's border police, and so on and so forth. For most migrants from the global south, Europe is increasing looking like a fortress and a labour camp.

Boats4People - April 2012

In summer 2011 the list of boat people drowning or dying of thirst was getting longer. The situation is and remains unbearable. Thus, anti-racist networks demand immediate action to arrest the deathly EU border regime. For several months now (1) a transnational project 'Ships of solidarity – stop the death in the Mediterranean Sea' is being developed to support refugees and migrants by intervention on site on their way to Europe. In April 2012, several small ships will set sail in Italy in the opposite direction to the escape routes of the boat people: most likely from Rome via Sicily and Lampedusa to different ports in Tunisia. The project is scheduled at the same time as the Maghrebian Social Forum in Tunis. The aim is a Mediterranean network to implement a permanent monitoring between the North-African coast and the South-European islands. The scandalous incidents at sea are to be documented and publicly incriminated. Subject are the rights of the Harragas and the migrants in transit (2). Everything possible is to be done to save castaways.

“Just Go!” A Final Slap for the Unwanted: Britain’s Immigration Shame

The following is an article by Deportation Watch, 31/10/11.

Anti-deportation campaigners watched in despair last Wednesday night as almost 20 women were forcibly taken to the airport to be removed from the UK aboard a bus branded ‘Just Go!’.

They were driven from Yarl’s Wood immigration prison to join a mass deportation of over 50 Nigerians. Some still had outstanding appeals against deportation.

“It’s sinister for the Border Agency to use a coach plastered in ‘Just go!’ stickers when deporting people,” said a campaigner, adding: “Surely a bureaucrat somewhere realised that was woefully insensitive.”

Some of the women on the flight had lived in the UK for over 20 years and were respected pillars of their community. Now they will be on the street in Lagos likely with nowhere to go, few belongings and ‘their lives in tatters’, according to supporters. “This is a disgusting and racist way to treat humans,” said the activist.