News of Berlin Refugee Movement – from inside

Abolish Residenzpflicht! Abolish ‚Lagers‘! Stop Deportations! Right to Work and Study!

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A Case Study of the Syrian Displacement in Beirut: Sabra and Chatila

Syrian refugees in Budampest

Syrian refugees strike in front of Budapest Keleti railway station

Lecture by Marwa el-Chab (EHESS) and Rajaa Bechara (Ana Aqraa)

Chaired by Prof Ulrike Freitag and Dr Nora Lafi Monday, December 14th, 2015, 5 pm

Venue: Conference Hall Zentrum Moderner Orient Kirchweg 33 14129 Berlin-Nikolassee Please register at the following address: Dr. Nora Lafi Phone: (+49) (0) 30 80307- 0

For further details please click here

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Border Watch

UK BORDER CHECKPOINT Source: #dannyman

Border Watch: Cultures of Immigration, Detention and Control (Anthropology, Culture and Society) by Alexandra Hall  (Pluto Press: London and New York, 2012). 

This book takes an inside look into detention centres and describes in detail everyday encounters  between immigrant/detention  officials and immigrants. Please click here for the  review of this critical book.

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Refugees need freedom, not handouts

An Essay by Political Activist Adam Bahar

refugees welcome but

refugees welcome, but…

In this thought provoking essay Adam Bahar outlines the death of the ‘welcoming culture’ for refugees in Germany.  He demonstrates how Germany has been directly responsible for supporting several  dictators in the global South and how the Federal Republic is responsible for continuing to impose borders….

The article is part of series abut the refugees issue some activists from different countries involved in writing.You can view all the contributions written in arabic and translated in english for the Series here

Adam Bahar is a political activist from Sudan, currently living in exile in Germany and fighting in the refugee movement in Berlin, Germany and Europe.

3 articles also by Adam Bahar


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the message: written by Moha from the movement


#ohlauer: never try to fool, the people from the school



even if it was your choice to go to hell, maybe it was the only door open. you try to put flowers and take a cage for a bird to bring life to your cell but the flowers and the bird pass away and leave you alone in your cell, maybe it’s a sign for you to continue your way and go out of the hell.


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Women and Empowerment, Berlin 2014

Wann ist Empowerment emanzipatorisch?

Vortrag und Diskussion (KüfA + Bar)

Dienstag, 17.11.2015 – 20 Uhr
JUP, Florastr.84, 13187 Berlin – Zugang übers Café

Diesmal gibt es einen Einblick in die Untiefen des Begriffes „Empowerment“. Wir schauen dazu in eine kleine Schatztruhe, bzw. einen völlig unbekannten Text von Tom Inglis (nein, nicht der evangelikale Superspinner), sowie in eine feministische Diskussion des Begriffes von der Queen of Intersectionality, Nira Yuval-Davis (Autorin des globalen Bestsellers „Gender and Nation“). Continue reading

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Beyond #refugeeswelcome: The Spectre of Racist Violence and Lessons from Refugee Resistance in Germany

Blog by Joshua Kwesi Aikins and Daniel Bendix

Beyond #refugeeswelcome: The Spectre of Racist Violence and Lessons from Refugee Resistance in Germany

Refugee Protests in Berlin

This essay traces the current debate about refugees in Germany by contrasting Germany’s recent history of racist violence and limitations of asylum laws with the resistance and agency of refugee movements across Germany. The essay   ‘welcome culture’ towards refugees,  increase in the arson attacks on Lager, and the tightening of the asylum-policies in provoking ways….’It is important to look at both reasons for people to flee and the racism they experience in Germany. In doing so, the status quo of self-congratulatory parternalistic help can be transcended towards a dialogical, political solidarity’   Link: Beyond #refugeeswelcome: The Spectre of Racist Violence and Lessons from Refugee Resistance in Germany

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CfP: States of Exceptions: The Politics of Sacrifice: Martyrs and Migrants


The Politics of Sacrifice

Workshop: The University of Manchester, December 10th–11th, 2015

The workshop will be held at the University of Manchester, December 10 and 11, 2015. The following topics will be covered

  • The Mediterranean Migrants Crisis: Critical Analyses
  • Political Theologies of Martyrdom
  • Writing a Vacuum: Ethnographies of Migration
  • Phenomenology of Martyrdom: Sacrifice, Suicide, Killing
  • The World Seen from a Boat: Statelessness and Mobile Geographies
  • Martyrdom & World Religions: Critical Interpretations
  • Bio-Sovereignty: The Body of the Migrant, the Remains of Citizenship
  • Martyrdom in Context: Case Studies from around the World
  • Africa, Europe, Asia, Oceania, America: Translating Narratives of Migration and Diasporas
  • The Politics of Martyrdom: Self-Immolation and the Quest for Sovereignty
  • Martyrdom as a Politics of Sacrifice

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Locked Up & and Neglected After Fleeing Danger, Immigrant Women Detainees Launch Hunger Strike in Texas, NOVEMBER 06, 2015


Central Immigrant Women Protest in Texas

Below is a link to the Democracy Now piece about the women’s hunger strike in USA refugee detention prisons.

The link has the video and also the transcript of that portion of the show which aired on 6.11.2015

Last week, 27 immigrant women detained at the for-profit T. Don Hutto facility in Austin began refusing meals, demanding an end to mistreatment and their immediate release. Most are asylum seekers from Central America, which has seen a surge in migrants fleeing violence and abuse. The detainees said they’ve faced threats and unjustified surveillance as they languish in custody without hope of freedom. Immigration officials have denied the hunger strike is even taking place. Continue reading

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Art and Geopolitical Borders, Contested sovereignty and art practice Friday 20 November, 2015


Art and Geopolitical Borders

Symposium in Manchester: Art and Geopolitical Borders, MMU, 20/11/2015

In recent years there has been a growth in interest in the ways that art practice can both acknowledge and articulate the issues around geopolitical borders. This has become significantly more pressing in the light of developments during the last few months, whereby borders, and the complex situation of the multitude of people crossing borders, have become increasingly visible as urgent political issues. Borders have long functioned as a vital component of state-formation and nation building, a role that continues within the shifting politics of globalisation. We have seen recently that their significance is thus subject to ongoing redefinition through a dynamic between a repressive politics of containment and attempts to challenge this. Within these zones of contestation, relationships between geographies and power become both clearly visible and subject to dispute. And although this functions on one level in terms of collective experience, the effects on individuals are also destructive and traumatic.  Continue reading