by Rex Osa // transl. from German, original published in November 2011: http://thevoiceforum.org/node/2318 Positioning of The VOICE Refugee Forum on understanding self-organisation and the struggle for one’s own voice. The history of oppression is long and victims need the space to express their feelings and......
CULTURE OF DEPORTATION documents the German and European tradition of criminalising and illegalising mobility. The knowledge and analyses emerging from African migrations and self-organised struggles highlight the diverse forms of state violence against Black migrants in the German asylum system and the EU border regime. The blog aims to empower local struggles and offer activist knowledge for political work.
The working group CULTURE OF DEPORTATION came together in 2015 to gather evidence to support the lawsuit of two men against their deportation from Germany. The Gambian Yusupha Jarboh (R.I.P.) and the Sierra Leonean Joseph Koroma were falsely deported as Nigerians to Nigeria. They had lived, respectively, for 19 and 7 years in Germany with a DULDUNG*, under constant repression by the immigration authorities (FILE: Jarboh, FILE: Koroma). Beyond their individual cases, the research examined the practice of German migration control, particularly the strategy of DULDUNG* (suspension of deportation) as criminalisation through asylum. Later the group abandoned the project of the lawsuit (for the time being), continuing to expand the archive of evidence.
Amidst the new wave of EU border control policies after 2015 the collective started to put more emphasis on the ongoing EXTERNALISATION* of EU borders and on the influence of German policies within the EU. Since 2018 southern German deportation camps and police and security violence were in focus as they sparked self-organised protest.
Dedicated to the memory of Yusupha Jarboh.
* see GLOSSARY