Groningen: No Border Camp 2023 started

Week of actions and workshops against repressive border and migration policies

Groningen (Netherlands), 21 August 2022 – This morning the No Border Camp 2023 has started at the terrain between Paddepoelsterweg 14 and 16 in Groningen. Over the coming week, hundreds of international activists will gather for actions, meetings, workshops, discussion and culture in the context of the struggle for a world without borders and freedom of movement for all.

It is no coincidence that this year’s No Border Camp is taking place in the north of the Netherlands, where only a year ago Ter Apel became the face of the failing migration policy. The border policy not only causes tragedy far from the Netherlands, such as the recent shipping disaster off the Greek coast, the consequences are also visible here. Everyone in the Netherlands remembers the images of the hundreds of people who had to spend the night in front of the gate of the registration centre in Ter Apel. Other degrading situations are taking place in the emergency shelters in the area and the rest of the country.

At the No Border Camp different topics will be discussed, such as the inhumane treatment of asylum seekers in Ter Apel, the way the EU uses Balkan countries in their geopolitical game, the history of the no border movement in the Netherlands and the effects of border and asylum policy on the health of pregnant people and those giving birth.

The camp is organized by a coalition of activists from different groups in the Netherlands and follows the previous No Border Camps in Rotterdam (2013 and 2022) and Wassenaar (2019). In 2022, demonstrations were organized during the No Border Camp at Nationale Nederlanden and Detention Centre Rotterdam (DCR).

Tuesday 22 August
11:00-13:00 Action brainstorm: Mapping local profiteers of the regional asylum industrial complex. (Circus tent)
14:30-16:30 From mass solidarity to racist militia’s: Ter Apel one year later. (Circus tent)

Wednesday 23 August
12:00-13:30 Direct practices of sabotaging deportations: an exchange of ideas and experiences. (Circus tent)
14:30-16:30 Resistance from the inside: Activism in camps. (Circus tent)
17:00-18:30 Migreat: revolutionary reforms. (Circus tent)

Thursday 24 August
11:00-13:00 Forbidden to save people from drowning: how Seawatch resists state repression on the Mediterranean sea. (Circus tent)
14:30-16:30 Border Profiteers (TNI & Stop Wapenhandel). (Circus tent)
17:00-18:30 Campaign against Corendon by Stop the War on Migrants. (Circus tent)

Friday 25 August
11:00-13:00 No Border Struggle in the Netherlands. (Circus tent)
11:00-13:00 Mindfully dealing with stressful situations (Army tent)
14:30-16:30 Effects of border policies on health and wellbeing of pregnant people. (Circus tent)
14:30-16:30 No borders, no walls! Coalitions between anti-border & pro-Palestinian activism. (Army tent)
17:00-18:30 The future of No Border Camps. (Circus tent)

Saturday 26 August
11:00-13:00 Borders in the Balkan – Capitalist EU legitimization of border surveillance apparatus. (Circus tent)
11:00-13:00 Creative therapy with refugee kids (Army tent)
14:30-16:30 Panel discussion on white saviorism & mutual aid: solidarity instead of charity. (Circus tent)

For more information: nbc-2023 [at] riseup [dot] net
Updated program:
If you want to visit the camp, please meet us at the entrance stand.

Refugees related groups:
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Groups (social centers, collectives, squats) in the Netherlands:
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