Call for a 3rd Day of Migration-Related Actions -on 7 October 2006, all over Europe and beyond ...

"In the name of fighting clandestine immigration, governments are
adopting repressive policies and are expanding the frontiers of wealthy
nations through centers of detention, ejections, expulsions and
selection of the labour force." (from the migration-related Appeal of
Bamako/Mali at the Polycentric World Social Forum in January 2006)

The European migration regime makes migrants 'illegal'. One of the main
measures of the European Union authorities against the movements and
struggles of migration is currently the establishment of camps and
other instruments of migration control outside Europe, in African and
east European countries (their 'externalisation').

When thousands of migrants and refugees collectively stormed the border
fences of the Spanish enclaves in Ceuta and Melilla in October last
year, the crucial demands for freedom of movement and for equal rights
were clearly brought to public attention, at least for the moment. The
inhuman, barbaric reactions, the fatal shootings and mass deportations
to the desert, mirrored the escalating level of conflict and the crisis
of the European migration regime.

But there is an ongoing process undermining this migration regime, not
only from 'outside' the borders, but also from the inside. All over
Europe, almost every day, there are social and political struggles,
protests and campaigns against camps and deportations, for asylum
rights for women and men, for legalisation, for European citizenship
rights based on residence rather than nationality and against the
exploitation of migrant labour. These struggles go far beyond any
narrow understanding of European identity.

Our new joint call for a Day of Action follows the mobilisations on 31
January 2004 and on 2 April 2005, when we held the first and second
days of action on migration in more than 50 cities across Europe. At
the European Social Forum in Athens in May 2006, the issue of migration
for the first time had its own thematic 'axis'. A growing network of
migration-related initiatives decided in the final assembly to take
another step and coordinate actions around 7 October.

Taking into account specific regional and national conditions and the
circumstances of various struggles, our Day of Action aims for
resistance at European and even transcontinental levels. Our
mobilisation will make the first moves towards Europe-wide central
activities in order to develop the idea of a common demonstration in
2007, either in Brussels or at another place of public interest. Our
aim is to address Europe as a whole and not only national governments.

In addition the chosen date in October is a reminder of the events in
Ceuta and Melilla in 2005. We will make a particular effort to build
cooperation with initiatives in Africa. A simultaneous day of actions
in European and African cities in October would help to promote an axis
on migration in the next World Social Forum, which will take place in
Nairobi (Kenya) in January 2007. This corresponds with the Bamako Call
which we have already quoted from: 'In the period from the Bamako Forum
to the one in Nairobi, we propose a year long international
mobilisation in defense of the right of all people to circulate freely
around the world and to determine their own destiny... Finally we call
for an international day of mobilisation that could take place in the
sites/symbols of the frontiers (airports, detention centers, embassies,
etc.)'.

Above all, we are determined to stress the global dimension of migrant
struggles today. Thus, we intend to connect our Day of Action with the
initiatives and ongoing mass mobilisations of the American migrants
movement in the next future.

The 3rd Day of Action will be directed against the denial of rights,
against the criminalisation of migrants and against all immigration
controls, articulating clear demands within the framework of freedom of
movement and the right to stay:

- For a European unconditional legalisation and equal rights for all
  migrants
- For the closure of all detention centers in Europe and everywhere
- For an end to all deportations and of the externalisation process
- For the uncoupling of the residence permit from the labour contract and
  against 'precarity'.

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