Walls must fall: Ending the deadly politics of border militarisation

17 June 2020

Join the eleventh webinar in our series, focussing on the globalization of border militarisation and criminalisation of migrants and refugees across the world and the shifting dynamics within this pandemic.

17 June 2020
16:00 - 17:30 CEST
  • Alternative Information Development Centre
  • Asia-Europe Peoples Forum
  • Focus on the Global South
  • Statewatch
  • Transnational Institute (TNI)

COVID-19 has become another touchstone for today’s deeply entrenched politics of militarised borders and anti-migrant racism. Not surprisingly leaders like Trump and Orban have blamed the virus on foreigners and to claim justification for their racist politics. But it goes much deeper. European Union Member States of all political tendencies have also used the crisis to close off ports to rescue ships, making the Mediterranean even more deadly for refugees. In India, the pandemic has been used by the Modi government to further advance its hostility against Muslims, while millions of its own citizens are being stripped of their rights through the controversial National Register of Citizens.

This webinar will look at the trajectory and globalization of border militarization and anti-migrant racism across the world, the history, ideologies and actors that have shaped it, the pillars and policies that underpin the border industrial complex, the resistance of migrants, refugees and activists, and the shifting dynamics within this pandemic. It will ask whether there are ways post-pandemic to forge a different path that rejects inhumane border politics and racist categorisations of peoples, welcomes refugees and migrants, provides full citizenship rights to the undocumented, and embraces the dignity of all human beings.

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4pm CET, 17 June 2020

(Spanish interpretation will be available)


  • Harsha Walia, author of Undoing Border Imperialism (2013)
  • Jille Belisario, Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe (TMP-E)
  • Todd Miller, author of Empire of Borders (2020), Storming the Wall (2019) and TNI's report More than A Wall (2019)
  • Kavita Krishnan, All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA). TBC

This webinar is hosted by TNI and co-sponsored by Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC), Focus on the Global South, Asia-Europe People's Forum (AEPF), Transnational Migrant Platform-Europe (TMP-E), and Statewatch.