[Marxism] Immigration

Carl G. Estabrook galliher at illinois.edu
Thu Jun 30 11:53:09 MDT 2016


"...the vote to leave [was a] defeat of an attempt to rule 500 million people with what amounted to a capitalist dictatorship, that was anti union and anti working class, as a victory for democracy and equality in Europe, and a rare blow, struck by ordinary people, without any very strong leadership, against the very powerful global forces of international supranational capitalism, against all the odds..." [Gregory Motton]


> On Jun 30, 2016, at 12:49 PM, Louis Proyect via Marxism <marxism at lists.csbs.utah.edu> wrote:
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> This is not about workers stealing jobs. It is about people trying to escape violence and starvation in war-torn countries. The EU makes it possible for refugees to live in safety. Just look at the charts here:
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> http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34131911
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> Most came from Syria with 475,000 people applying for political asylum, with Afghanistan the runner-up.
> 
> Nigel Farage did not campaign around jobs being taken away by immigrants. He campaigned about dark-skinned people swarming across Britain. Just look at the poster here:
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> http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2016/jun/16/nigel-farage-defends-ukip-breaking-point-poster-queue-of-migrants
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> As Doug Henwood pointed out on PEN-L, "It is not a fact that immigration drives down wages. The most depressed areas in England are the ones with the fewest immigrants, not the most (and those are the ones that were the most pro-Brexit)."




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