Europe is not situated outside the postcolonial world. Colonial history still forms transfer of resources, neo-colonial domination, creditor-debtor relation, labour migration, imposition of wars on ex-colonies, etc.). Migration shows that the distance between the erstwhile colonised country and the colonial power is not great. People are coming to Europe. And it is a history of power. Europe does not have colonies any more but there is the whole question of neocolonialism, which is an integral part of global neoliberal capitalism.

These migrants are like cockroaches. They might look a bit ‘Bob Geldof’s Ethiopia circa 1984’, but they are built to survive a nuclear bomb.

At first I told everyone I was from Trinidad so I wouldn’t have to talk about Sri Lanka and the war. I didn’t want to say that I am a refugee.

Where today are the Pequot? Where are the Narragansett, the Mohican, the Pocanet, and other powerful tribes of our people? They have vanished before the avarice and oppression of the white man, as snow before the summer sun… Will we let ourselves be destroyed in our turn, without making an effort worthy of our race? Shall we without a struggle, give up our homes, our lands, bequeathed to us by the Great Spirit? The graves of our dead and everything that is dear and sacred to us? I know you will say with me, Never! Never!

Most important of all (…) it is necessary to make some estimate of the number of people killed and injured so as to extract the millions who were taken alive and sound. The resultant figure would be many times the millions landed alive outside of Africa, and it is that figure which represents the number of Africans directly removed from the population and labour force of Africa because of the establishment of slave production by Europeans.

The German Reich must strive to acquire colonies. In the realm itself there is too little space for the large population. It is precisely the somewhat daring, strongly advancing elements that could not be active in the country themselves, but find a field for their activity in the colonies, that are constantly being lost to us. We need more space for our people, and therefore, we must have colonies.

We have now to deal with another people, small and feeble when our forefathers first met with them, but now great and overbearing. Strangely enough, they have a mind to till the soil, and the love of possessions is a disease in them. These people have made many rules that the rich may break, but the poor may not! They have a religion in which the poor worship, but the rich will not! They even take tithes of the poor and weak to support the rich and those who rule.

We have given jobs to every family that has lost their homes and land to the Dock Complex.

Three daughters, two sons. Who did you leave them with as you left? Such a beautiful home. You set it on fire and left. You would have married there. Seven years have passed and you haven’t come home. You send some money. For whom is the money supposed to be of use? Your family with five children, all of them are only looking for you.

[I stress my support for] preventing the introduction of aliens to destroy the purity of the Australian people.

For months, German media commented extensively on developments and events relating to the refugee issue. Most of these commentators were white journalists, politicians, migration researchers, or volunteers. The voices of refugees always sounded more of a marginal note. In the rare cases in which they were allowed to have their say, they were only given a few lines or, at best, seconds. In narratives about them, refugees serve primarily to affirm majority society’s consensus about them. They are not narrators, but objects in the story which is being told.

(…) the refugees have to be thrown out, and the farmers have to help out.

no one leaves home unless. home is the mouth of a shark. you only run for the border. when you see the whole city running as well.

By far the best thing to do is to protect the borders in such a way that they cannot come in the first place. Closing the borders, that would be the best solution. You should give those who are rejected a package for the return trip. This would save both sides from violence. (…) So it would be best to get these unfortunate people out of where they came from as soon and as humanely as possible.

After two weeks we were sent to the comfort station. It was a wooden barracks with up to six separate rooms (…). The rooms were tiny, with sheets and blankets on the wooden floors. Soldiers kept coming and going – even after midnight.

And of course the approach was to say, now let’s do multiculturalism and live side by side. This approach has failed, absolutely failed!

Few of their children in the Country learn English; they import many Books from Germany; (…) they will soon so out number us, that all the advantages we have will not in My Opinion be able to preserve our language, and even our Government will become precarious.

What are you doing here, my comrade? Ding Ding. Who brought you here through evil betrayal? Ding Ding. Is that the boat that betrayed you? Ding Ding. Or was it the smuggler who lied to you? Ding Ding. How the children drowned in their mother’s arms. Ding Ding. Europe’s peoples thank the smugglers. Ding Ding.

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