InEUmanity infonight: Armstrade and European border policy

Aankondiging, gepost door: InEUmanity op 03/01/2018 01:02:08

Waar: De Verrekijker, De Boelelaan 1085, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wanneer: 19/01/2018 - 19:00

The EU is waging a war against migration, which is also at the heart of EU foreign policy and the arms- and defense industry is profitting. By perceiving migration as a security threat,instead of a humanitarian and political problem, the EU is highting up its walls. It responses to this 'threat' by boosting and militarising border security, both at the external borders of the EU and in third countries. Through the building of a bufferzone, the EU prevents migrants from actually arriving at its borders. already on their way towards Europe.

The European military and security industry has been very influential in setting this discourse of a migration-security nexus and shaping the policies to respond to this. Large arms and technology companies, in particular Airbus, Thales, Leonardo and Indra, as well as lobby organisations, such as the European Organisation for Security (EOS), have been very effective in lobbying the EU. Through countless meetings with EU officials, round tables with participation of EU commissioners, producing lobby papers and so on they have been succesfull in pushing their agenda in the further militarization of the European borders.

This info-night will focus on the role of these companies in the militarisation of European borders. These companies are not just providing the EU security, they are creating the needs through supporting wars, through shaping the narrative on migration as a security threat and activily pushing for more 'security' technology at the borders. After an informative talk on the European situation and the economic structures behind the creation of this situation, we'll have a discussion about what we can do against this inhumanity.

Stop the war on migrants! Solidarity with migrants and refugees!

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