The Deportation Machine: Europe, asylum and human rights


Liz Fekete of the British anti-racist research group the Institute of Race Relations marshals facts, figures and arguments, using over two hundred case studies to blow the cover on the European Union's claims to represent a humanitarian, internationalist alternative to petty nationalist conflict. Her report exposes how the EU is complicit in the setting of targets for removals by the EU and the violations of basic rights which result from the Fortress Europe mentality and policy.

The Union's structure allows member state authorities to escape any effective democratic surveillance, let alone control. Their policies emerge from a background in which “asylum seekers - including torture victims, vulnerable children and those severely traumatised by war” are seen “as some sort of unwanted commodity to be packaged and despatched out of Europe".
While the far right has grown in numbers, its influence is felt well beyond its actual weight as centre-right and centre-left vie with each other to steal the racists' thunder. British readers witnessed this in their recent general election during a campaign in which, faced with the increasingly daunting task of finding policies less humane or less respectful of basic human rights than those of the Blairite leadership, the Tories became ever more openly racist.
Liz Fekete demonstrates how target-driven deportation policies institutionalise brutality, allowing immigration officers to break their own countries' laws, leading to injury and death. International law is also treated with contempt, as provisions of the European Convention o-n Human Rights, the Geneva Convention, the UN Convention o-n the Rights of the Child and other human rights instruments are routinely ignored.

The Report highlights what may be the major human rights abuse of our day, at least in those parts of the world which have long been at peace. It throws further light on the dark reality behind the myth of the European Union as a progressive force and on the mega-nationalism which is its real ideological heart.
Liz Fekete's The Deportation Machine is available at £10 plus postage from the IRR. Unfunded community groups can request a free copy in pdf format. Go to this website for details.