[-empyre-] Welcome to February 2016: Across borders and networks: migrants, asylum seekers, or refugee? The Numbers Now and The Number Then

Babak Fakhamzadeh babak.fakhamzadeh at gmail.com
Mon Feb 8 22:52:23 AEDT 2016

This sounds quite a bit like the descriptions of refugee camps in, for
example, the western DRC, as a consequence of the long conflict there, over
the last few decades.
There, though, the lack of regulation meant these camps and the aid that
came in through the many agencies was heavily abused by well connected
individuals operating either as an effective mafia, or as local branches of
the insurgents that were fighting in one of the nearby conflicts.
The drive for self organization is only normal, but the lack of structure
also opens the way for manipulation and control. Did you see, or are you
aware of, the negative aspects of this Calais jungle? What shape did it

On Monday, February 8, 2016, isabelle arvers <iarvers at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> I am just back from Calais jungle where I spent the weekend as I want to
> make machinima workshops there about daily lives in the jungle. On the
> sencond day I only succeeded to give an english lesson through a machinima
> software to 2 young kurds, but what I saw there is full of energy,
> settlement, more looking like an emerging ephemeral city than a camp. There
> are now two schools, two libraries, a disco, many restaurants, etc.. The
> governmental answer to that is the will to destroy this and reemplace the
> jungle by a camp, closed and securised, full of white, unhuman containers
> looking like cattle pen.
> What I also saw made me think to a taz, perh
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> 2016-02-08 3:48 GMT+01:00 Ana Valdés <agora158 at gmail.com
> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','agora158 at gmail.com');>>:
>> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>> In all my visits to Palestine Damascus Jordan and Baghdad I met both
>> Muslims Christians and secularized ppl, "freelance muslims" as much I am a
>> "freelance catholic". In Damascus I interviewed Khaled Meshal Hamas
>> political leader at that time the Hamas direction was in Damascus now they
>> are resettled in Qatar since they don't support Assad's regime in Syria.
>> Meshal was living as a refugee among refugees in a poor neighborhood of
>> Damascus. The creation of the state of Israel created millions of refugees
>> the difference between the people reaching Europe today is the Palestinian
>> created refugee camps in all the countries around Palestine and they were
>> welcomed by Syria Jordan and Lebanon.
>> The English writer John Berger, himself living in exile from his native
>> UK, in a peasant village in the mountains in France near Switzerland, wrote
>> once: "The 20th century was the first time in human history the concept of
>> home dissapeared. The home heimat le pays all aceptions of the same feeling
>> of belonging to a place to a country they are shattered now."
>> Millions are on the move settled and resettled the maps are being redrawn
>> nobody is home any longer.
>> When I came to Palestine for first time and told them I lived in Sweden
>> in exile because I was sent there by the United Nations directly from jail
>> many of our new friends laughed and told me they had also being in Israeli
>> jails at different occasions.
>> And back in Uruguay I joke with friends and tell them before you could
>> ask ppl where do you live, have we being neighbors?  Did we go to thr same
>> school?
>> Now we ask you seem known to me I recognize you in which jail or military
>> caserne we met?
>> The jail or the refugee camp risk to become the world's common
>> denominator
>> Ana
>> Den 8 feb 2016 02:22 skrev "Babak Fakhamzadeh" <
>> babak.fakhamzadeh at gmail.com
>> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','babak.fakhamzadeh at gmail.com');>>:
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>>> Hey Ricardo, all,
>>> It's true that the numbers related to the current refugee crisis
>>> surrounding Syria are not as excessive as during the second world war.
>>> In relative terms, with Europe at about 550 million inhabitants around
>>> 1940 compared to 730 million now, the scope was even bigger, then.
>>> Yet, there are also significant differences such that just looking at
>>> the numbers is not fair to either event. During the second world war,
>>> Europe itself was in turmoil, whereas surrounding the Syrian refugee
>>> crisis, the turmoil is wholly happening outside of Europe's borders.
>>> Second, the differences between Syrian refugees and, say, the average
>>> Dutchman (which of course doesn't really exist), now, is probably
>>> bigger, and occurring on a wider scope, than the differences between,
>>> say, the Czech and, say, Polish middle class during or close to the
>>> second world war. It's simply easier to reconcile oneself with others
>>> who are more similar than with those who are more different. That's
>>> not a matter of being racist, it's human nature. To go beyond that, to
>>> step over that prejudice, if you will, takes effort and has to be done
>>> consciously.
>>> As you suggest, Ricardo, there might be a greater neo-liberalist plan
>>> to profit from all this, but that also doesn't automatically mean that
>>> the crisis is fabricated in order to make a profit. It seems to me
>>> there's a lot of opportunism and incompetence at work. As well as
>>> convenient negligence by the media, but all these are other stories.
>>> But, none of this says anything about what the not-so-distant future
>>> might bring. Will western Europe's xenophobic flames be fanned by the
>>> relatively large influx of non-Europeans?
>>> Babak
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>>> On Sun, Feb 7, 2016 at 1:22 PM, Ricardo Dominguez <rrdominguez at ucsd.edu
>>> <javascript:_e(%7B%7D,'cvml','rrdominguez at ucsd.edu');>> wrote:
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>>> > Hola Tod at s and Babak,
>>> >
>>> > I look forward to our dialogue about how the history of "kinopolitics"
>>> (the
>>> > politics of movement)
>>> > will re-produce segmentation and segregation or integration and
>>> citizenship
>>> > (Echoes of Rome)?
>>> > Or perhaps some other unexpected social formations will happen beyond
>>> these
>>> > histories
>>> > (my anti-anti-utopain tendencies speaking here).
>>> >
>>> > Of course the processes of integration vs. segregation does seem to
>>> depend
>>> > on where the
>>> > movement and flows starts and to lesser degree where it ends.
>>> >
>>> > If you look at numbers of recent flows of communities into the E.U.
>>> starting
>>> > from World War II to the
>>> > present moment the numbers flowing are worth considering.
>>> >
>>> > The movement of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees was over 15
>>> million
>>> > between
>>> > 1939 to 1945, while right now Syrians leaving the wars zones number
>>> around
>>> > 4.1 million
>>> > since 2010. One can add a few million more flowing away from other
>>> conflict
>>> > zones north
>>> > to the E.U. and these current numbers are not even close to reaching
>>> the
>>> > numbers of migrants,
>>> > asylum seekers, or refugee that occurred during WWII:
>>> >
>>> >
>>> https://newint.org/features/2016/01/01/global-refugee-crisis-the-facts/
>>> >
>>> > (The link to an infographic that might be useful to consider.)
>>> >
>>> > So the "crisis" is not about the "numbers"-but about the social
>>> imaginary
>>> > anchored on to
>>> > the bodies that moving that are activating violent atavistic response
>>> > (racist politics) that
>>> > neo-liberalism(ism) can profits from via private detention centers and
>>> > prisons and
>>> > corporate controlled border gates.
>>> >
>>> > So it is not about the numbers or the facts of crossing-but the where
>>> they
>>> > coming
>>> > from that is the "crisis."
>>> >
>>> > Ricardo
>>> >
>>> >
>>> > On 2/7/16 2:29 AM, Babak Fakhamzadeh wrote:
>>> >>
>>> >> ----------empyre- soft-skinned space----------------------
>>> >> Hi all,
>>> >>
>>> >> We've got quite a big topic on our hands, making it harder to single
>>> >> out a particular angle or narrative. Perhaps not an unreasonable
>>> >> starting point is the current refugee crisis in Europe. As Renate in
>>> >> the opening email hints at, Rome was at its peak when it actively
>>> >> incorporated the peoples, barbarians perhaps, on their frontiers,
>>> >> Caesar himself extending Roman citizenship to the Gauls and others.
>>> >>
>>> >> Europe has been a continent of immigrants, virtually all 'native'
>>> >> Europeans originally descending from immigrants coming in from the
>>> >> Eurasian plains(, with perhaps only the Basques being the exception).
>>> >> So, in many ways, the recent new arrivals coming in from the direction
>>> >> of the Middle East are just the latest in a long line of immigrants.
>>> >> Yet, the negative European backlash is strong. Perhaps driven by the
>>> >> recent and, also strong, undercurrent of xenophobia in many European
>>> >> countries, the 'otherness' of the Syrian arrivals is emphasised and
>>> >> their presence actively resisted.
>>> >>
>>> >> Now, I wonder, my question to us on the list, what are the
>>> >> consequences of the arrival of this sizeable group of immigrants going
>>> >> to be, for Europe, over the next 5 to, say, 10 years? Will the whole
>>> >> issue simply fizzle out and the immigrants simply be integrated? Will
>>> >> the EU fall apart? Will some countries secede from the Union? Will
>>> >> some countries turn into virtual police states?
>>> >> And, why?
>>> >>
>>> >> And, related, how are those countries that do take in larger number of
>>> >> immigrants going to deal with making sure their integration is not
>>> >> going to be botched in the same way that Germany, Holland and France
>>> >> botched the integration of specifically Turkish and Moroccan
>>> >> immigrants in the 1960s and onwards?
>>> >>
>>> >> Looking forward to the responses :)
>>> >>
>>> >> Babak
>>> >>
>>> >> --
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