No Border network

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Demonstration during the No Borders Camp in Crawley, United Kingdom, 2007[1]

The No Border Network (In the United Kingdom also called "No Borders Network" or "Noborders Network") refers to loose associations of autonomous organisations, groups, and individuals in Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe and beyond. They support freedom of movement and resist human migration control by coordinating international border camps, demonstrations, direct actions, and anti-deportation campaigns.

The Western European network opposes what they see as increasingly restrictive harmonisation of asylum and immigration policy in Europe, working to build alliances among migrant laborers and refugees. Common slogans within the Network include, "No Border, No Nation, Stop Deportations!" "Freedom of Movement, Freedom of Residence: Right to Come, Right to Go, Right to Stay!", "No one is illegal" and "Papers for All or No Papers at All!"

No Border Network has existed since 1999,[2] and its website since 2000. The No Borders Network in the United Kingdom claims to have local groups in 11 cities.[3]

No Border Camps[edit]

Groups from the No Border network have been involved in organising a number of protest camps (called "No Border Camps" or sometimes "Border Camps"), e.g. in Strasbourg,[4][5] France (2002), Frassanito, Italy (2003), Cologne (2003, 2012), Gatwick Airport (2007), United Kingdom,[6][7] at Patras, Greece,[8] Dikili, Turkey (2008),[9] Calais, France (2009, 2015),[10] Lesvos, Greece (2009),[11] Brussels, Belgium (2010), Siva Reka, Bulgaria (2011),[12][13] Stockholm, Sweden (2012), Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2013),[14] Ventimiglia, Italy (2015).


On 18 December 2007, to coincide with the UN International Migrants Day, the network carried out a co-ordinated blockade of Border and Immigration Agency (now UK Border Agency) offices[15] in Bristol, Portsmouth, Newcastle[16] and Glasgow[17] to prevent dawn raids by immigration officers from taking place. This form of action has been repeated across the UK by the network several times since.[18][19]

On 24 October 2008, Phil Woolas, UK Minister of State for Borders and Immigration was pied by No Borders activists[20] following his remarks on population control.

In February 2010 No Borders groups from the UK and France opened a large centre for refugees sleeping rough in Calais, France, under the name "Kronstadt Hangar".[21]


  • Freedom to Move, Freedom to Stay: a No Borders Reader. London: No Borders, 2007.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Two arrested on immigration march". BBC News. 22 September 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
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  5. ^ Shuddhabrata Sengupta. "No Border Camp Strasbourg : A Report, 29 Jul 2002". Archived from the original on 2004-03-14. 
  6. ^ "Protest camp starts near Gatwick". BBC News. 20 September 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  7. ^ "Protesters blame police over camp". BBC News. 18 September 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  8. ^ "No Border Patras 2008". Archived from the original on 2008-09-15. 
  9. ^ "Turkey, Dikili, No Border Camp". 13 September 2008. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  10. ^ Allen, Peter (28 June 2009). "Police arrest 47 anarchists threatening to lead swarms of illegal migrants through Channel tunnel to Britain". Daily Mail (London). 
  11. ^ "Noborder Lesvos '09 welcomes you". Welcome to Europe (formerly 25 August 2009. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  12. ^ "No Border Camp in Bulgaria: 25th to 29th of August 2011". Welcome to Europe. 28 June 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  13. ^ "Some news from No Border Camp Bulgaria". 5 September 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2015. 
  14. ^ Website Rotterdam No Border Camp
  15. ^ Bridge, Sarah (18 December 2007). "Protesters blockade immigration depots". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  16. ^ "Activists hold dawn raid protests". BBC News. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  17. ^ "Dawn raid demonstrators arrested". BBC News. 18 December 2007. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  18. ^ "Protest at deportation dawn raids". BBC News. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
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  20. ^ "Migrant row minister hit by pie". BBC News. 24 October 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2010. 
  21. ^ Gupta, Rahila (4 February 2010). "Solidarity is not an offence". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 April 2010. 

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