No Border network
The No Border Network (In the United Kingdom also called "No Borders Network" or "Noborders Network") refers to loose associations of autonomous organisations, groups, and individuals in Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe and beyond. They support freedom of movement and resist human migration control by coordinating international border camps, demonstrations, direct actions, and anti-deportation campaigns.
The Western European network opposes what they see as increasingly restrictive harmonisation of asylum and immigration policy in Europe, working to build alliances among migrant laborers and refugees. Common slogans within the Network include, "No Border, No Nation, Stop Deportations!" "Freedom of Movement, Freedom of Residence: Right to Come, Right to Go, Right to Stay!", "No one is illegal" and "Papers for All or No Papers at All!"
Groups from the No Border network have been involved in organising a number of protest camps (called "No Border Camps" or sometimes "Border Camps"), e.g. in Strasbourg,56 France (2002), in Frassanito, Italy (2003), Gatwick Airport (2007), United Kingdom,78 at Patras, Greece,9 in Calais, France (2009),10 Lesvos, Greece (2009),11 Brussels (2010) and Siva Reka, Bulgaria in September 2011.,12 Stockholm, Sweden 2012.
On 7 October 2006, an internationally co-ordinated 'Transnational Day of Action Against Migration Controls'14 of which the No Border Network was the central part, saw protests across the world.
On 18 December 2007, to coincide with the UN International Migrants Day, the network carried out a co-ordinated blockade of Border and Immigration Agency (now UK Border Agency) offices15 in Bristol, Portsmouth, Newcastle16 and Glasgow17 to prevent dawn raids by immigration officers from taking place. This form of action has been repeated across the UK by the network several times since.1819
- "Two arrested on immigration march". BBC News. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- Shuddhabrata Sengupta: No Border Camp Strasbourg : A Report, 29 Jul 2002: http://mail.sarai.net/pipermail/reader-list/2002-July/001673.html
- "Protest camp starts near Gatwick". BBC News. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- "Protesters blame police over camp". BBC News. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- Allen, Peter (28 June 2009). "Police arrest 47 anarchists threatening to lead swarms of illegal migrants through Channel tunnel to Britain". Daily Mail (London).
- Bridge, Sarah (18 December 2007). "Protesters blockade immigration depots". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- "Activists hold dawn raid protests". BBC News. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- "Dawn raid demonstrators arrested". BBC News. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- "Protest at deportation dawn raids". BBC News. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- "Migrant row minister hit by pie". BBC News. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- Gupta, Rahila (4 February 2010). "Solidarity is not an offence". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 April 2010.
- Cohen, Steve, Deportation Is Freedom! The Orwellian World of Immigration Controls.
- Cohen, Steve, No One is Illegal: Asylum and Immigration Control, Past and Present.
- Hamm, Marion (2002), A r/c tivism in Physical and Virtual Spaces.
- Schneider, Florian (2002), Knocking Holes In Fortress Europe.
- Sengupta, Shuddhabrata (2002), No Border Camp Strasbourg : A Report.
- Hauptfleisch, Wolfgang (2002), "Come Together – Das erste europäische Grenzcamp in Straßbourg vom 19.-28. Juli 2002", Graswurzelrevolution 271/2002 (Muenster).