Anti-refugee racism in European countries


Thisd video from the USA says about itself:

Denmark Wants to Take Jewelry & Cash From Syrian Refugees?!?

17 December 2015

Denmark’s government has proposed a law that would allow authorities to seize jewelry and cash from Syrian refugees entering the country. The idea has troubling implications given the ugly history of confiscation in Europe where the Nazis similarly seized gold and other valuables from Jews. Will the proposal pass Parliament? We look at Denmark’s effort to deter refugees from seeking asylum within their borders on the Lip News with Mark Sovel and Elliot Hill.

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Welcome all refugees! Bankrupt EU spreads racist poison

THE Danish parliament has just voted to rob asylum seekers of their valuables – so that they pay for their upkeep.

This policy immediately brings to mind the pictures of piles of jewellery taken from concentration camp victims by the Nazis, piled up on benches, just before the victims were gassed.

For the crime of seeking asylum in Denmark, police will be able to seize valuables worth more than 10,000 kroner (1,340 euros; £1,000) from refugees to cover their housing and food costs.

The new measures also mean the period migrants will have to wait before applying for relatives to join them will be extended from one year to three – a move aimed at discouraging new arrivals.

Temporary residence permits will be shortened and the conditions for obtaining a permanent permit will be restricted. The message is clear. Refugees are not welcome in Denmark!

MPs approved the measures by 81 votes to 27. One MP abstained and 70 others were absent. The centre-left opposition Social Democrats and the anti-immigration Danish People’s Party both voted in favour.

Meanwhile, Norway has been deporting refugees to Russia, Sweden has begun its own deportations and in France, Justice Minister Christiane Taubira has resigned from the Hollande government after it announced that it was bringing into parliament a proposal that all dual nationals who are French-born – if they are convicted of terrorism charges – will have their French nationality taken off them.

This will place large numbers of French-born citizens, some three million French born with dual nationality, in terror of police frame-ups that will mean them losing their French nationality and being deported!

The National Front is delighted that Hollande has adopted one of their policies and is now celebrating its victory. The racist European Commission (EC) is meanwhile moving to dump the Schengen agreement on Freedom of Movement.

Greece, on which the EC, the European Central Bank and the IMF have already declared war, is once again in their sights, as is Italy. The EC is already reviewing whether Greece’s crisis should be used to allow states to treat Greece as a state outside the Schengen agreement.

Greece will then be left (along with Italy) to carry the entire cost of the imperialist wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and now Syria and the millions of refugees that the wars have created, while the rest of the EU shelters behind its barbed wire and border guards.

Meanwhile in the UK, there have already been a number of examples of official bodies who are keen to follow the example of Denmark. We have seen the red doors for asylum seekers scandal in Middlesbrough, the wrist bands to gain access to meals for asylum seekers in Cardiff – no doubt there will be more revelations of similar practices!

Racism is straining at the leash to get going a pogrom atmosphere throughout the EU.

The organised working class must take up the defence of all refugees and fight for the UK government to give access to all refugees, who must have the same facilities as UK citizens as soon as they arrive.

The trade unions must demand that the UK withdraws all of its military forces from the Middle East and North Africa, since it was these interventions as allies of the USA that created a situation where millions had no alternative but to flee their homes. It is perfectly clear that there is nothing progressive about the European Union.

The workers of the UK and the EU must join hands with the working people of Africa and Asia to smash imperialism to make a better world for all.

At a meeting in Amsterdam this week, European interior and justice ministers sought to outdo each other with suggestions as to how the influx of desperate refugees from the Middle East could be stopped. No measure was too brutal for consideration: here.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Germany is stopping family reunion for refugees from war zones for two years. Vice Chancellor Gabriel announced this after a summit meeting in the Merkel coalition government.

Also translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

European pressure on Turkey to stem the flow of refugees has undesirable side effects. According to Amnesty International Turkey violates the rights of refugees by imprisoning them and returning them to their country of origin. Human Rights Watch has also found such human rights violations.

Systemizing neglect, how the EU is forcing Greece to let refugees suffer: here.

The Swedish government has announced its intention to deport 80,000 refugees whose asylum applications have been rejected in the coming months. The Social Democratic-Green coalition in Stockholm, which enforced stricter asylum laws and border controls last year, is pursuing a vicious policy of deterrence against refugees and transforming the country, which boasted of its liberal refugee policy for decades, into a police state: here.

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  1. Human Rights Watch (HRW) has criticised Europe’s response to the ongoing refugee crisis gripping the continent, saying the European governments’ reaction to the problem has resulted in a crackdown on basic freedoms. HRW director, Kenneth Roth, made the remarks in his introductory essay to the New York-based rights group’s annual report released on Wednesday.

    ‘Fears of terror attacks and of the potential impact of refugee influx led to a visible scaling back of rights in Europe and other regions,’ Roth said. The official further warned that ‘a polarising us-versus-them rhetoric’ adopted by Europe and the United States has moved from ‘the political fringe to the mainstream’.

    ‘Blatant Islamophobia and shameless demonising of refugees have become the currency of an increasingly assertive politics of intolerance,’ he added. The HRW report raised concerns about the situation in France, where exceptional measures have been put in place under a state of emergency, giving authorities extra powers to keep people in their homes without trial and search houses without judicial approval.

    The measures were adopted after terror attacks in and around the French capital city of Paris on November 15, 2015. Some 130 people lost their lives and 350 others injured in the assaults claimed by Daesh Takfiri group. The HRW report warned that these ‘potentially indiscriminate policing techniques’ risk exposing blameless young Muslims to racial profiling.

    The right response to the inflow of refugees is not more repressive border and immigration enforcement, but a better controlled programme for the resettlement of asylum seekers, according to the report. The effect of European policy so far has been to leave refugees with little choice but to risk their lives at sea for a chance at asylum,’ Roth said.

    Europe is facing an unprecedented influx of refugees who are fleeing conflict-ridden zones in Africa and the Middle East, particularly Syria. While a few European leaders support an open-door refugee policy, others prefer controlling the external borders of the EU, deporting more people and paying third countries to keep asylum seekers on their soil.

    More than one million refugees have reached Europe’s shores in 2015, while over 3,700 people either died or have gone missing in their perilous journey to the continent, according to figures released by the International Organisation for Migration.

    http://wrp.org.uk/news/11783

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