Book: Capitalism and Immigration

Our strength is in our unity, and our rulers know it well.

Beneath all the screaming headlines is one simple fact: all the sound and fury is aimed not at stopping immigration but at inciting workers against one another. This essential overview provides a much-needed Marxist analysis on the way the ‘immigration issue’ is used to divide the working class and hold back its ability to fight for its liberation.

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Some two hundred and fifty million people, representing more than three percent of the global population, presently work outside their home countries. Spurred on by economic crisis and war, the latest waves of migration have been met by a torrent of anti-immigrant sentiment in the imperialist heartlands.

Hysterical headlines greet the arrival of asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers of all kinds. New arrivals are popularly portrayed by bourgeois media as welfare scroungers, job snatchers, criminals, drug traffickers and, increasingly, terrorists who present a danger to European culture and stability.

But what drives mass migration in today’s world? What connection does the phenomenon have with the economic system of production for profit, and with the global domination of imperialism, which makes itself felt through economic enslavement and endless bloody wars?

In this incisive study, Harpal Brar examines the various myths that have been propagated amongst the working class regarding the arrival of foreign workers on our shores and compares them to the reality, setting the question firmly on a Marxist footing.

He concludes that we must understand all anti-immigrant sentiment, no matter what language it is couched in, no matter whether it comes from the right or the ‘left’ of the bourgeois political spectrum, as ultimately being aimed at confusing the working class and keeping it weak and divided.

Our strength is in our unity, and our rulers know it well.

With the first edition of this pamphlet sold out and the issue more pressing than ever, this new edition has been printed to help address this essential question, which remains as much the Achilles’ heel of the British working-class movement as it was in the days when Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels described it 150 years ago.

If we are serious about building a revolutionary movement capable of overthrowing British imperialism, it is imperative that those working within the movement are able to see clearly on this, the most divisive of issues, and are confident in thoroughly refuting all the bourgeois prejudices that have been so carefully inculcated in our minds via school, literature and the media.