Migrant lives: not a commodity
This text is written by a group of people living in the United Kingdom who are migrants, students and workers. In the last few weeks alone we have witnessed the deaths of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and we have mourned Pinakin Patel who died in detention in Yarl’s Wood. This, as we all know, is only the tip of the iceberg. It is the direct result of the UK and the European Union’s murderous migration policies.
The framework underlying these actions is a capitalist conception of the value of life. We see this replicated on a daily basis in the discourse of politicians such as Ed Miliband and David Cameron, but also in the media and even in migrant rights campaigns. This framework has legitimised discourses as extreme as the now notorious “cockroach” rant by Katie Hopkins and Nigel Farage’s fascist statements. Although they undoubtedly have very different intentions and aims, they all share a very similar underlying framework: migrants’ lives are only worth what they can be sold for. Continue reading