|People detained by Russian police for being suspected of violating immigration rules wait to be escorted to a police station during an action at a street market in Moscow, Russia|
Some were deported without proper procedures being observed, according to local lawyers while others claim many of an estimated up to 100,000 migrants detained had money confiscated by police before being released without their detention being recorded.
Where are we talking about?
Russia, that's where.
Tolekan Ismailova, vice-president of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), said:
This is simply an institutionalised way of intimidating migrants and their families. The operation violates Russia s international obligations to respect human dignity and ban the practice of arbitrary detentions.
Hello, outrage anyone. It ain't just happening on the USA's southern boarder, or with folks fleeing across the Mediterranean to Europe. Actually, the war on immigrants is happening everywhere.
It's kind of weird. Global capital creates a world where workers have to cross borders to look for jobs, to survive. Nation states want none of it. Who is in charge here and does it matter.
The multitude have many ways to fight globalizations undesirable impacts, and one of those ways is to get a move on...and so they do.
Of course, there is more to it than that.
...very deep problems, rooted in profound social inequalities, but our authorities' main concern is to channel public anger away from the government and direct it at migrants.
Newhub points out:
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia’s large cities have been a magnet for migrants, mainly from former neighbouring Soviet states. Wages on offer in cities like St Petersburg and Moscow are often enough for immigrants to support entire families back at home. In some Central Asian countries, remittances sent home from workers in Russia account for as much as one-third of national GDP...Rights groups say local employers routinely exploit migrants, refusing to give them proper contracts, leaving them with no rights, often working in poor conditions and for low wages. Many are de facto working and residing illegally, and unable to access health care and pension systems.
Adds Newhub. Russian authorities also encourage,
...citizens to report migrants they suspect of working illegally to a special hotline which passes the information to the police.
Meanwhile, Moscow's mayor Sergey Sobyanin said the other day that Moscow would be the world's safest city if it wasn't for illegal aliens. Sergey apparently is from Texas. He went on to admit a problem:
We have no unemployment; on the contrary there are about two million vacant workplaces. We cannot fill them without attracting labor resources from outside, be it Russia or other countries.
A report last year found that at that moment immigrants generated 7.56% of Russia’s GDP, or 8.25 trillion rubles, and that those figures were likely to grow in the future. The simple truth is that Russia's economy just like that of the USA would collapse without these immigrants.
But never let reality trump racism. As the Christian Science Monitor wrote a year ago:
Yet needed as they are, the growing numbers of non-Slavic immigrants in Moscow are also resented and – by some – hated. Social pressures are growing, and without major reform of Russia's almost nonexistent immigration policies, serious unrest – potentially foreshadowed by the anti-immigrant riot a few weeks ago in Moscow – is almost certainly in the offing.
There is more says the Monitor:
Part of the problem, experts say, is that migrant labor is big business for Russian oligarchs and state companies, and is the source of lucrative bribes and kickbacks to officials and police who enable the flow of migrants into Moscow and protect the businesses who exploit them.
"We have legislation to cover this, and there are a certain number of legally registered temporary workers in Russia," says Yevgeny Gontmakher, deputy director of the official Institute of World Economy and International Relations in Moscow.
"But despite that, the overwhelming majority of these come illegally, because it's in the interests of employers to keep them helpless and dependent, and it's very much to the profit of officialdom and police to keep things this way. It's all fueled by corruption."
It's called, being on all sides at the same time for profit, for gain, for power, and for nationalism, xenophobia, and racism.
Thus, we have witnessed "Migrant 2014" which included 4,500 police officers in the Russian capital carrying out what they called “a comprehensive preventative operation” aimed at combating the city’s problems with illegal immigration. The plan called for the police, the Federal Security Service and the Federal Migration Service to team up to check over 1,500 areas, including apartments, attics, basements, hotels, dormitories, garages, industrial areas, and markets. The operation was scheduled to end on Sunday. Sounds like a Tea Partier's dream.
What is a global capitalist to do?
The following is from IPS.