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Freedom, not Frontex

Statement of the network afrique-europe-interact, welcome to europe and network critical migration and border regime research. If you would like to sign, please send a short mail containing name/organisation and city to fsf@antira.info.

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Freedom, not Frontex
There cannot be democracy without global freedom of movement

The dynamic of the Arab spring is emanating into the entire world. The movements of revolt in the Maghreb encourage and give hope, not only because despotic regimes that have been believed invincible were chased away. Although the direction of further developments remain open it is obvious that the domino effect of the Tunisian jasmine revolution swiftly brought back the old insight that history is driven from below. The struggles are directed against the day-to-day poverty as well as against general oppression, they are as much about better living conditions as they are about dignity, in short: “bread and roses”.
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Swarming Noborder in Greece

Last year a noborder camp took place in Lesvos, one of the main arrival islands in the Aegean Sea. The pictures of the totally overcrowded island prison Pagani and the deeply inhuman internment practices have not been forgotten. However, the revolts and campaigns that led to the closing of Pagani prison, were just as impressive, and in many refugee camps in the whole of Europe the stories of ‘noborder’ is still being told.

Europe is intervening. As if to quickly patch the situation, Frontex, the European border agency is involved in establishing a system of selection and deportation, which is equivalent to European ‘standards’. ‘Screening centres’ will be the new name for the detention centres in Greece. They target what has been possible despite all the repression and chaos in Greece: freedom of movement, the ability to continue the journey to the countries in the centre of Europe.

From the 27th of August to the 11th of September 2010, the Network Welcome to Europe will once again travel to Greece. Join us, come along, be part of it, or simply follow our activities and findings in this blog. If you want to know more, read all details of the Swarming Noborder Greece 2010.

w2eu wtf?

Hello everbody. You might have noticed that this blog appears under a new domain, namely w2eu.net. Did somebody steal us, or your browser session? What has happened?

The answer is quite simple. After noborder lesvos 09 finished, and Pagani was closed, we, i.e. the networks and groups and individuals and and and took some time to reflect and to evaluate (oh, what a nasty word) and make plans for 2010. To all of us it was clear that we would not stop at where noborder lesvos 09 had finished. We are still and even more commited to change what is happening at the European borders and how refugees and migrants are being treated on their way to and inside Europe. We are still committed to collective action of solidarity together with those affected by the anti-migrant policies of the European Union.

However, we also expanded our focus. It is not just about Lesvos anymore, although permanently affecting a change on that island on the border is still one of our deepest desires. We are also looking to other places, not only in Greece, but all over the European Union and beyond.

So, the whole branding issue (another nasty word). lesvos09.antira.info was just not capturing it all anymore. So we started discussions and deliberations, exchanged ideas and played with titles…and here we are: the network Welcome to Europe (short: w2eu). It reflects our position in the struggle against borders: In a European Union, that only has in mind driving refugees and migrants away (often by violent means), we state that this is not happening in our name, but that we have a different idea: We want to welcome all those that risk the journey and come to Europe. And we will not just welcome our friends, we are also committed to making this a permanent hospitable place and do the immediate small steps that are necessary and that we can take.

The name of this new born network also reflects another issue we want to emphasize. We had the noborder camp in Greece last year. There were many reason to come to Greece, but in our idea it was not about Greece. It was and still is about Europe, about the European Union to be precise. It is about the European border, which is not just geographical, but extends as a principle outside and inside Europe. We know and deplore that these days, with the crisis of the euro zone, Greece bashing has become a popular discipline in many European countries. But both regarding the financial crisis as well as the war against migrants at the European borders we say: focus on the suprastructures that are behind the misery and show solidarity with those affected, don’t join the populist choir denouncing them.

Still, we were not only deliberating etc. during winter. We also initiated a campaign in Germany against the Dublin II-deportations to Greece (which was an issue during the noborder lesvos too) and we also set up a website giving independent information to refugees and migrants on their way to Europe. Practical solidariry we believe that is.

So, what can you expect from this site now? We will continue with a focus on Greece, migration and border, but will not limit ourselves to that. We will give more frequent updates, and we will be back reaching out.

And of course, we will be back in Greece this year…we will publish the call soon: join us!

About w2eu

This is the blog of the antiracist network Welcome to Europe. It was formerly known as lesvos09.antira.info.


The name Welcome to Europe expresses the discontent and anger we feel when looking at the fatal realities of the European external border: the long documented deaths and suffering have continued for years, and no end is in sight. We stand for a grassroots movement that embraces migration and wants to create a Europe of hospitality.


We maintain our focus on the European external border in Greece, but will not limit ourselves to that geographical area. The right of freely roaming the globe has to be fought for everywhere. Join us!


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Voices from the Inside of Pagani (2009)

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