Labour immigration and capitalist restructuring in an internationalist perspective: Neither social democratic free circulation nor far right xenophobia

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Productive restructuring after the 1970s brought new challenges in the field of Marxism and workers' organizations. The relocation of part of the productive sector, on the one hand; and migration, on the other hand, have increased global competition among the workforce. In this article we argue - in the first part that a Marxist policy of trade unionism cannot defend free circulation as a State policy; nor xenophobia and the closure of borders. It has to defend free movement of workers from the point of view of international solidarity carried out in concrete struggles. Higher paid workers and richer countries, if they want to save themselves from social dumping, must, together with the poorest workers, promote common forms of struggle to prevent competition between them.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)279-305
Number of pages26
JournalCritique (United Kingdom)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Migration
  • Xenophobia
  • Social dumping
  • Internationalism

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