Migrants

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African Migrants Bought and Sold Openly in 'Slave Markets' in Libya
Kamal, Baher
Article
2017
Hundreds of migrants along North African migration routes are being bought and sold openly in modern day 'slave markets' in Libya, survivors have told the United Nations migration agency, which warned...
African Odyssey Turns to the South: The Great Migrations
Pitron, Guillaume
Article
2012
Chronicles the economic hardships faced by Africans and the means they take to alleviate their suffering.
The anguish of migrants in Macedonia
Milevska, Tanja
Article
2015
Milevska talks about the difficulties that migrants and refugees have to endure as cross Macedonia in their way to Western Europe.
Bloody Legislation Against the Expropriated, from the End of the 15th Century. Forcing Down of Wages by Acts of Parliament: Capital, Volume One: Chapter 28
Marx, Karl
Article
1867
Agricultural people: first forcibly expropriated from the soil, driven from their homes, turned into vagabonds, and then whipped, branded, tortured by laws grotesquely terrible, into the discipline ne...
Border Vigils: Keeping Migrants Out of the Rich World
Harding, Jeremy
Book
2012
A look at immigration controversies, focusing on the migrants' circumstances.
Bracero History Archive
Database
The Bracero History Archive collects and makes available the oral histories and artifacts pertaining to the Bracero program, a guest worker initiative that spanned the years 1942-1964. Millions of Mex...
Building a Solidarity City
Article
2013
A Solidarity City is the creation of a community that rejects a system that engenders poverty and anguish, not solely for immigrants and refugees, but also for other Montrealers confronting these same...
Central America Raises Its Voice in Defence of Its Migrants
Valladares, Danilo
Article
2011
Spiralling violence against Central American migrants in Mexico has prompted legal reforms, diplomatic actions, and the creation of new mechanisms to protect citizens in this region.
China's Disposable Labor: Against The Current vol. 140
Loong-yu, Au
Article
2009
The global financial crisis has begun to take its toll in China, with a rapid decline in China’s exports. In Guangdong province where the export processing zones house 20 million workers, tens of thou...
The Chinese Working Women's Network: Against The Current vol. 113
Ngai, Pun; Ming, Yang Lie
Article
2004
There is no doubt that China is growing rapidly in importance in the global economy. China has now surpassed the United States as the largest destination in the world for foreign investment. While man...
Climate Migrants Lead Mass Migration to India's Cities
Lal, Neeta
Article
2016
South Asia will be severely impacted by climate change and cause challenges that the government must resolve.
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Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on international issues.
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Selected articles, books, websites and other resources on labour and unions.
Death in the Desert: Migrants Risk Everything to Cross the Border
Sprague, Jeb
Article
2010
This is a NAFTA border. Money moves freely, people with money do too, but the poor are pushed into a dangerous cycle of crossing the desert.
Domestic Work and Rights in China: Against The Current vol. 133
Wong, May
Article
2008
When China adopted the “open door” policy in 1978, south China, especially the Pearl River Delta area, was the first industrial area created to attract foreign investment, particularly from Hong Kong....
Ethiopian Migrants Victimized in Saudi Arabia: Racism and Hate Running Through the Streets
Peebles, Graham
Article
2013
The recent appalling events in Saudi Arabia have brought thousands of impassioned Ethiopians living inside the country and overseas onto the streets. This powerful worldwide action presents a tremendo...
Evil Traffickers and Innocent Children?: It's Not So Simple
Howard, Neil
Article
2013
One of the most pressing reasons why teenagers like Adri need to migrate for work is because there’s no other way for them or their families to access the money that is essential to life in any capita...
The Export of Philippine Women
Aguilar, Delia D.
Article
1997
Principles of social justice are clearly not served by applauding a system that prides itself in an increased GNP at the same time that it farms out its women to be servants of the world.
Female Well-Being: Toward a global theory of social change
Billson, Janet Mancini; Fluehr-Lobban, Carolyn (eds.)
Book
2005
Fernandez, Irene: Connexipedia: Right Livelihood Award Winner
Article
Malaysian advocate for the right of women, migrants, and poor workers. (Born 1946).
The Flood From the North: Washington's Role in Triggering the Child Migrant Crisis
Best, Xavier
Article
2014
International law and basic morality demand that the children of Central America are treated with the care and dignity that they and previous generations have been robbed under several decades of US f...
For Bread and Hope
Moynihan, Keven (Audio-Visual Studios - Producer)
Slide Show
1976
15 min. slide-tape looking critically at migration and regional under-development in Canada.
The government's attempt to eradicate the travelling way of life
Robson, Elly
Article
2012
Elly Robson explores the deliberate criminalisation of the travelling way of life by Britian's coalition government.
A Gran Marcha and Beyond: Against The Current vol. 122
The Editors
Article
2006
March, 2006 marked an eruption that hit the streets, showed its strength, and took everyone including its participants by surprise. Millions marched all over the country: 300,000 in Chicago, 50,000 i...
Harper's Worst Offense against Refugees May Be His Climate Record
Anderson, Mitchell
Article
2015
The Middle East drought between 2006 and 2011 was without precedent since modern record keeping, killing over 80 per cent of livestock and driving up local food prices. Already poor populations had to...
HERstory: Jeritan
Ho Wing Yin, Cecilia (Director)
Film/Video
2009
A story of Indonesian female migrant workers who left their homes to work as domestic helpers in Macao, China, a community consisting of mainly Chinese as well as a city of casinos and entertainment p...
Hidden from History: Reclaiming the Gay and Lesbian Past
Duberman, M.B.; Vicinus, M.; George, C. Jr. (eds)
Book
1989
Eessays analyzing the political, philosophical, and social history of homosexuality from the ancient world to the postwar era.
How Israel Abuses Africans
Blue Pilgrimage
Film/Video
2012
Part 2 of 3 - interview with community activist Rami Gudovitch about state-sponsored Israeli racism towards non-Jewish Africah asylum-seekers.
How not to grow a new town
Rush, Elizabeth
Article
2013
For years the governments of Peru, and the municipality of Lima, had a working deal with rural migrants who flocked to the city: we'll plan the place, you build it, amenities will arrive. Then came th...
I Found My Voice in Spanish, a Language Once Used to Subjugate My Ancestors
Campbell, Shirley
Article
2016
Author Shirley Campbell explains how her Afro-Caribbean parents decided not to speak to her and her siblings in English, perhaps as an attempt to give them one less reason to be different in Spanish-s...
"Illegals" of the World Unite?: Against The Current vol. 141
Murray, Star; Williams, Charles
Article
2009
An interview with David Bacon.
Immigrant Students and Workers Take to the Streets: Outpouring in Chicago: Against The Current vol. 122
Feinberg, Joseph Grim
Article
2006
In late February, word began to spread around Chicago about a protest against HR 4437, a bill passed by the House of Representatives to criminalize undocumented immigration, as well as aid given to un...
In refuge on Refugee Rights Day: The Awan family story
Awan Family Support Committee
Article
2014
On a day where we remember migrant and refugee struggles for freedom, dignity and security and recommit to fighting ongoing injustice, we highlight the struggle of the Awan family.
Informal Labour, Another Wall Faced by Migrants in Latin America
Frayssinet, Fabiana
Article
2017
A large proportion of the 4.3 million migrant workers in Latin America and the Caribbean survive by working in the informal economy or in irregular conditions. An invisible wall that is necessary to b...
An Interview with Patricia Campbell: Against The Current vol. 123
Finkel, David
Article
2006
Patricia Campbell is President of the Irish Independent Workers Union (IWU), an independent trade union and social movement in both the north and south of Ireland. She is a deputy editor of the journa...
Israel's anti-African dragnet tightens
Sheen, David
Article
2014
The past year saw some of the most ruthless Israeli attacks on Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza since the territories were occupied in 1967. Israeli political leaders incited violence against Pa...
Israel's New Racism: The Persecution of African Migrants in the Holy Land
Blumental, Max
Film/Video
2013
About 60,000 African migrants have arrived in Israel since 2006, fleeing unrest in their home countries. But upon arrival in the ostensibly democratic country, the migrants have faced intense persecut...
Israel's War on Africans
Blue Pilgrimage
Film/Video
2014
72-minute slideshow about Israel's treatment of non-Jewish African asylum-seekers, given at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada on March 9, 2014.
Keep Out: The case for open borders: New Internationalist October 2002 - #350
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2002
A look at refugees and the challenges they face. Discussion of how the refugee experience differs in different parts of the world.
The Left and Immigration: A Major Challenge for a Different Vision of the European Union
Article
2013
After the latest drama in Lampedusa, where more than 350 immigrants, mostly Eritreans, perished 600 metres from the Italian coast, the immigration policies of the European Union and its member states ...
Legalize Free Movement of Labor: Viewing A National Debate: Against The Current vol. 123
Miah, Malik
Article
2006
The immigration debate is exposing deep social, racial and class divisions within American society. The arguments are sharp, furious and divide many families - immigrant as well as native born.
Living "Illegal": The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration
Marquart, Marie Friedmann; Steigenga; Williams;, Philip J.; Vasquez, Manuel A.
Book
2011
Living the Spanish Language as the Descendant of Afro-Caribbean Migrants in Costa Rica
Campbell, Shirley
Article
2016
Several generations of the black population have been forced to fight in order to conserve the language they brought with them, and with it all of their accumulated history, wisdom, and identity. They...
Marx and Makhno Meet McDonald's
Goldner, Loren
Article
2005
Over the last several years, a revolving network of militants in Paris, France, have developed a strategy and tactics for winning strikes by marginal, low-paid, outsourced and immigrant workers agains...
Los Mexicanos: The Struggle for Justice of Patricia Perez
Latour, Charles (Director)
Film/Video
2009
Every year, some 4000 migrant foreign workers coming mostly from Mexico, labour in Quebec farms to plant and pick our vegetables. In the summer of 2006, Patricia Perez a pro-union militant speaking fo...
Migrant Workers Fight Exploitation in New Zealand
Treen, Mike
Article
2013
Unite Union has dealt with several cases of extreme exploitation of migrant workers. It seems that some of the liquor shops around Auckland have been employing students from India and paying a pittanc...
Migration: Changing the World
Arnold, Guy
Book
2011
The author discusses the increasing trend of migration in the modern world, its causes and effects, and peoples and governments responses.
The Migrations of Roma in the European Union: An Ethnic Minority as the Sport of European Politics
Kropp, Manuela; Striethorst, Anna
Article
2012
France is sending Roma back to Romania, Roma are "voluntarily" leaving the country to go to Macedonia, Czech Roma are seeking asylum in Canada -- these headlines of recent years have repeatedly drawn ...
Mobilizing Temporary Migrant Workers: A Compendium of Forms and Preliminary Discussion
Valiani, Salimah
Article
2014
While labour migration has been a recurring phenomenon in human history, what is new in the post-1970 period of restructuring in the world capitalist economy is the increased use of temporary migrant ...
The No-Nonsense Guide to Class, Caste & Hierarchies
Seabrook, Jeremy
Book
2002
Concentrates mainly on the history of social hierarchy in Western civilization, and particularly the struggles of the working class.
The Old Braceros Fight On
Paterson, Kent
Article
2016
Dozens of men assemble to remember their lives as contract guest workers in the United States and discuss the latest news or lack thereof in their decades-old movement to recover the 10 percent that w...
On Brexit, Borders, Being Offensive (But not being in a Hollywood movie)
Malik, Kenan
Article
2016
Kenan Malik recently gave a long interview to Dutch journalist Marco Visscher about Brexit, migration, democracy, politics, being offensive, growing up in racist Britian, and not being in a Hollywood ...
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - August 21, 2015: Canadian federal election, mining and the environment
Diemer, Ulli (editor); Rickwood, Darien Yawching (production)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2015
Featuring the Canadian federal election, mining and the environment, failure of Syriza in Greece, refugees, veterans of India's struggle for independence.
Other Voices: The Connexions Newsletter - February 12, 2017
Diemer, Ulli (ed.)
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2017
Class conflict - first and foremost, the relationship between the capitalist class and the working class -- is the fundamental contradiction that defines capitalist society. Class is a reality which s...
Out of Africa: A Migrant's Story: New Internationalist June 2005 - #379
Serial Publication (Periodical)
2005
An issue on the story of a nurse's return back to Kenya and the reason why she has worked so far away from home. Also, a discussion on a widespread crisis in international healthcare and the human co...
Outsourcing racism: Bill C-31, Prison Expansion, and the Detention of Immigrants
Darwish, Amy; Latham, Graham
Article
2013
Under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, CBSA may arrest and detain a foreign national or permanent resident they deem a threat to public safety, a potential flight risk, unable to substantia...
Race, Religion and Rounding Up Africans in Israel
Sheen, David
Article
2013
Israel has launched a wholesale roundup of African immigrants, whom members of the ruling parties call a "cancer" on the Jewish state. To circumvent court rulings against imprisonment without trial, t...
Racism in Israel
Sheen, David
Article
2012
Reports of anti-African race riots in Tel Aviv in May finally broke western media silence over one of the most contentious issues facing the state of Israel in recent years: the arrival of tens of tho...
A Range of Abuses: The Invisible Deaths of Lebanon's Migrant Domestic Workers
Bajec, Alessandra
Article
2014
Migrant domestic workers generally get very little protection from the Lebanese government and remain under-reported in the media, while the deaths of these workers are rarely discussed in the news. D...
Red cap terror at the moussaka line: West London ready-meal workers' report and leaflet
AngryWorkersWorld
Article
2017
Workplace report for WorkersWildWest no.5 and leaflet for future distribution. Main challenge will be the migrant status of workers - there have been various police raids in the plant - and the langua...
SA xenophobic attacks: A view from below
Mjondolo, Abahlali
Article
2015
The attacks on African migrants in South Africa are connected to oppression of poor black people in general. To prevent the poor from organizing and standing up to their real enemies, the state is tac...
Saudi Arabia's foreign labour crackdown drives out 2m migrants
Black, Ian
Article
2013
Ethiopian workers face hostility amid 'Saudisation' campaign to control foreign labour and get more Saudi citizens into work.
Scattered Sand: The Story of China's Rural Migrants
Pai, Hsiao-Hung
Book
2012
Each year, 200 million workers from China’s vast rural interior travel between cities and provinces in search of employment: the largest human migration in history. This indispensable army of labour a...
A Seventh Man: A book of images and work about the experience of migrant workers in Europe
Berger, John
Book
1975
Images, poetry, quotes and short written pieces that portray the experiences of male migrant workers in Europe.
Shooting to Kill Immigrants on the Mexican Border : A Border Agent Fired First at Immigrant Smugglers?
Lindorff, Dave
Article
2012
Sometimes it takes a small tragedy to call attention to expose a much bigger one. The small tragedy happened when Nicholas Ivie, a US Border Patrol agent, was shot dead on a dark night in rough terra...
Sugar and Modern Slavery: Haitian Migrant Labour and the Dominican Republic
Plant, Roger
Book
Tracing the roots of the modern Caribbean sugar industry back to the slave era of colonialism, Roger Plant explains how the industry operates today in an environment dominated by the U.S., and why - d...
Time to Unfence our view of Migration
Andersson, Ruben
Article
2014
Instead of pretending that fence-building will solve anything, it is high time that we 'unfence' our views of migration. On the one hand, this means seeking other, more humane responses to human movem...
Toolkit for a New Canada - 2013 Edition
Article
2013
A pamphlet providing a snapshot of what the contributors, brought together by Canadian Dimensionmagazine, believe are the big issues facing Canada in the second decade of the 21st century. The article...
Tracking Harper's 9-year-long assault on unions
Manek, Haseena
Article
2015
Stephen Harper has been Prime Minister of Canada for almost a decade. In that time, the system of protections that were put in place by decades of advocacy by labour organizations and unions has been ...
A Troublemaker's Handbook 2
Slaughter, Jane (ed.)
Book
A manual for workers who want to take control over their lives at work. In hundreds of first-person accounts, workers tell in their own words how they organized and struggled to do that.
Undocumented Labour: Changes to refugee health care put women and babies at risk
Cymbalist, Rivka
Article
2014
Pregnant refugee and non-status women are facing growing difficulties in accessing pre & post-natal care. Some doula's in Montreal are helping to fix that situation.
Vincenzo Pietropaolo: Witness to the Harvest Pilgrims
UFCW Canada (Director)
Film/Video
2009
Vincenzo Pietropaolo has documented the story of Mexican migrant workers over a number of years. This is a brief look into that story.
We are everywhere: The irresistable rise of global anticapitalism
Notes from Nowhere Collective
Book
2003
Global voices presenting alternative visions of democracy.
What's Left of Queer?: Immigration, Sexuality, and Affect in a Neoliberal World
Nair, Yasmin
Article
2012
We need to refuse the narratives of abjection that are routinely forced upon us. They only render us immobile creatures, begging for help. We are all neoliberals now. We're all selling our bodies, our...
When Human Beings Are Illegal: Against The Current vol. 136
Rachleff, Peter
Article
2008
Once the government assumes the task of separating citizens from "impossible subjects," historian Mae Ngai points out, "the border" is everywhere, not just between countries. Thus, the border has come...
Who is Dayani Cristal?
Silver, Marc (Director)
Film/Video
Arizona's desert claims another migrant's life. With only the tattoo "Dayani Cristal" as a clue, a search begins across the continent to discover his identity and the people he may have left behind. W...
Why Al Jazeera will not say Mediterranean 'migrants'
Malone, Barry
Article
2015
There is no "migrant" crisis in the Mediterranean. There is a very large number of refugees fleeing unimaginable misery and danger and a smaller number of people trying to escape the sort of poverty t...

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Break Their Haughty Power
Articles on capitalism, socialism, and revolution, from a left-Marxist perspective.
Canadian Council for Refugees
The Canadian Council for Refugees is an independent umbrella group representing 150 community organizations. The Council has a particular interest in refugee protection, refugee claimants, refugee sel...
Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres
ESSF est une association de solidarit‚ internationale. Traitant d'un large ‚ventail de questions, notre site pr‚sente une information militante sur de nombreuses luttes et campagnes ; ainsi que des ar...
KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical Justice Initiatives
KAIROS brings together churches and religious organziations to respond to issues of common concern, advocate for social change and join faith with action for social transformation.
Labour/Le Travail
A bilingual journal holding no rigid position on the definition of labour. The editorial board hopes to foster imaginative approaches to both teaching and research in labour studies through an open ex...
New Internationalist
New Internationalist reports on issues of world poverty and inequality. We focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless worldwide in the fight for global justice.
Prol-Position
Today, many struggles have an international dimension. The people involved face a social and international context mediated by capital which is turned against them. Capital and workers themselves move...

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International Organization for Migration
Established in 1951, IOM is the leading intergovernmental organization in the field of migration and works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners. With 125 member states, a further 18 states ho...

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African odysseys turn to the south
Pitron, Guillaume
2012
Fewer than 5% of African migrants now want to reach Europe or America. They’re looking instead to neighbouring countries, or the continent’s dreamland, South Africa. It’s a long, hard way there, and t...
Canada-wide migrant worker coalition calls on Trudeau to MoVE for Real Change
Sources News Release
2015
Canada-wide migrant worker coalition calls on Trudeau to MoVE for Real Change. Newly launched Coalition for Migrant Worker Rights - Canada calls for end to discrimination against migrant workers.
Denying health coverage to injured migrant workers is shameful
Rai, Nanky; Majeed, Abeer; Deutsch, Jim; Bailey, Brendan; Garfinkle, Miriam
2013
Imagine getting injured at work, and instead of going to a hospital or seeing your health-care provider, you are deported from Canada.
High-school youth to rally outside Ontario prison on Family Day
Sources News Release
2015
High school aged youth from Peterborough and Toronto are changing the way they celebrate Family Day (February 16th) this year, rallying outside a maximum security prison in Lindsay, Ontario.
Jailed immigrants begin historic boycott of Detention Reviews
Sources News Release
2014
Immigration detainees at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Central North Correctional Centre in Penetanguishene and Toronto's Metro West Detention Centre are starting a historical month...
Lawyers, Activists Urge Ontario Courts to Step in on Immigration Detention
Sources News Release
2015
An innovative legal challenge is trying to force the Federal government to justify imprisonment of immigrants in a provincial court for the first time. The End Immigration Detention Network and lawyer...
Migrant farmworkers ask Trudeau for Permanent Residency in Canada as they announce caravan to Ottawa
Sources News Release
2016
Migrant farmworker group Justice for Migrant Workers is launching Harvesting Freedom, a year-long campaign for immigration status upon arrival for migrant farmworkers to mark the 50th anniversary of t...
Migrant Justice Groups Call for Overhaul of Immigration Detention after Secret Red Cross Report Released
Sources News Release
2014
Migrant justice coalition the End Immigration Detention Network (EIDN) is calling for an end to maximum security imprisonment of immigrants without trial or charges after a secret Red Cross report on...
Migrant workers testify on Parliament Hill today, call for permanent immigration status, open work permits, and real reforms
Sources News Release
2016
Four migrant workers will testify at the Standing Committee on Human Resources, Skills and Social Development and the Status of Persons with Disabilities (HUMA) today calling for permanent immigration...
Migrants' billions put aid in the shade
Provost, Claire
2013
Money transfers from workers abroad to family back home have tripled in a decade and are three times larger than global aid budgets.
Moken nomads leave behind their 'sea gypsy' life for a modern existence
Brought to the world's attention by the 2004 tsunami, the seafaring tribe is struggling to reconcile tradition and modernity
Hodal, Kate
2012
The Moken, deep-sea divers off Thailand, find their way of life threatened by modern trawlers and voracious property developers.
National Day of Action - Petitions with 10,000 signatures delivered to Immigration Enforcement
Sources News Release
2014
National Day of Action with rallies in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and London. Petitions with 10,000 signatures to be delivered to Immigration Enforcement calling for civilian oversight and end to in...
Opposition growing against indefinite immigration detention in Canada
Sources News Release
2013
Canada has no limit on how long migrants can be held pending a deportation. When Canada can't deport migrants because of lack of travel documents or due to the political climate of home countries, the...
Secretive contract reveals Ontario and Border Services jointly responsible for detention injustice
Sources News Release
2015
The End Immigration Detention Network is releasing a secretive contract between the Ontario and Federal government which shows joint responsibility for immigration detention violations. Ontario has de...
Threats, attacks, obstacles, jail: what's coming between us and the Rohingya story
Tzabiras, Marianna
2015
While images of the suffering of Rohingya migrants circulated around the world, local journalists and politicians faced restrictions in trying to report on and speak out on the issue.
The Writer as Migrant
Jin, Ha
2009
Chinese born Ha Jin discusses the ways in which nationality and culture, exile and emigration affect the course of a writer's life career and influence the work he produces.

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New Internationalist
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