Why Marxists must fight for open borders

Date: Saturday 26th October
Time: 10:30 - 12:30
Location: Student Central, Upper Hall
Speaker: Niklas Albin Svensson

Anti-immigrant rhetoric and far-right parties have risen in recent years on the back of the refugee crisis and the crisis of capitalism. Liberal commentators have blamed this on the idea that the working class is, itself, racist. Some within the labour movement have unfortunately also succumbed to this view, arguing that the left must adapt and argue in favour of migration controls, under the pretext of 'protecting the jobs and wages of British workers’.

But this approach is directly the opposite of what is required. Anything that divides workers on the basis of nationality, race, or religion only distracts from where the real blame lies: the bosses and the capitalist system.

In this session, Niklas Albin Svensson discusses why revolutionaries must oppose any repression of migrants and refugees, and fight instead for workers of all countries to unite. Only on the basis of united organisation and struggle can workers from all countries effectively fight against the capitalists and their attacks.

Recommended reading: Why Marxists oppose immigration controls