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Freedom to move – for everyone

The question of who can move – and settle – is becoming core to all political struggles. As the cruelty inflicted on unauthorized migrant travellers reaches new heights, we unpick the exclusionary border rules that have brought us to this point. In the collection of articles below, we take a deeper look at borders, how they are policed and how they are crossed, regardless. We ask, how did we get here? And look into what it might mean to abolish this system entirely and build something new.


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Illustrations: Pete Reynolds

The age of development: an obituary

‘Development’ has long been reframed and hijacked, but, Wolfgang Sachs argues, we need to move beyond its misguided assumptions...
Throughout history migrants have often been treated as a source of disease and ‘contagion’. Immigrant children are examined on arrival at Ellis Island, New York, 1911. Credit: Bettmann/Getty

How fear infected the border

Ruben Andersson traces the roots of a Freudian fixation.
Europe-bound. Migrant travellers from Togo en route to Italy after being rescued by Spanish rescue NGO Open Arms, February 2017. David Ramos/Getty

Freedom to move – for everyone

Hazel Healy unpicks the workings of mobility apartheid.
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During a climate crisis, is flying acceptable?

Agony Uncle weighs in on a carbon-conscious reader's dilemma.
Alex Sager imagines a time when all people are free to move.

Open borders, 2050

Alex Sager imagines a time when all people are free to move.
Fifi, with her daughter Mia, bemoans the slow pace of construction. Photos: Tamzin Forster

Barbudans are resisting disaster capitalists

Ever since Hurricane Irma struck in September 2017, residents of Barbuda have been trying to defend themselves against those...
African National Congress (ANC) election posters are seen on street poles in Alexandra township, in Johannesburg, South Africa, April 10, 2019. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

Letter from Johannesburg

Yewande Omotoso moves through the unknowable city, looking and listening.
 In the 1960s, Senator Bernie Sanders joined the Young People’s Socialist League, the youth section of the Socialist Party of America.

What if…a socialist became president of the USA?

Richard Swift ponders a pipedream – or a possibility.
Rag pickers collect recyclable material at a garbage dump in New Delhi November 19, 2014. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Invisible green warriors

Nilanjana Bhowmick heralds India's most overshadowed environmentalists: waste-pickers
About 369,000 people are believed to modern slaves in Brazil - representing 1 in 555 of its population - according to the Global Slavery Index by human rights group Walk Free Foundation.

Modern-day slavery in the Amazon

Rescuing slaves is not the cure, says Leonardo Sakomoto.
A demonstrator holds a placard during an anti-government rally in Algiers, Algeria December 31, 2019. REUTERS/Ramzi Boudina

The failed promise of liberal democracy

Nanjala Nyabola reflects on the ongoing cries of a discontented world.
Two people hold placards as part of a demonstration for solidarity, unity, dignity and rights for all in Hamburg

Speak out: Solidarity with people on the move

A network of solidarity exists among and alongside those who move, and stay, without permission. Hazel Healy profiles three...

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