Press release by Women in Exile & Friends on 8.3.23 Abolish Residenzpflicht! Abolish camps!

On the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day, we invite you on 08.03.2023 from 12:30 to 15:00 clock to our rally in front of the camp in Eisenhüttenstadt. Women in Exile & Friends, supporting groups and individuals will say loud and clear: Abolish Residenzpflicht! No camps for women and children! Abolish all camps!

We have chosen this location because it is where the Central Foreigners Authority of Brandenburg is located and here is the location of the Central Initial Reception Facility for Refugees in Brandenburg. Elizabeth Ngari had contact with women currently living in the initial reception. “We were told that registration is going sluggish. That means no identification, no pocket money, no access to education for children and no procedural progress. In addition, since the pandemic, the county restriction again applies to refugees in Brandenburg’s initial reception centres. After decades of successful struggles for freedom of freedom of movement and against the compulsory residence, this is an enormous step backwards.”

As a refugee women’s group, we lead a feminist campaign against racism and camps for women and children. Through our various platforms, we highlight the harmful effects of community shelters on women, queers, and children publicly. From gender-based violence to sexual assault to post-traumatic Stress Disorder due to fear of deportation and depression due to isolation and lack of perspective. We are also concerned about the increasing number of attacks on refugee shelters in Germany. In the year 2022, there had been at least 121 attacks. That is an increase of 73 percent compared to the previous year. In addition, there are thousands of attacks on refugees.[1] Every day, three victims – according to the police statement! The number of unreported cases must be much higher.

“This is a consequence and part of the European war against refugees. We are being presented in parliaments and laws as a threat,” says Elizabeth Ngari. “We are witnesses to the consistent violation of human rights. The beautiful Mediterranean Sea has become the deadliest border in the world. So has one of the few virgin forests in Europe between Poland and Belarus. It is now crossed by a newly built, hermetically sealed border. When we refugees finally make it to Europe, we experience these disgusting little racist laws designed to make us small and keep us out! Every day we have to stand up to deportations, racism and sexism. Really, enough is enough! We are fed up! And we say STOP to this discriminatory treatment on all levels! We demand participation, justice and safe living conditions! We demand respect for the rights of women and queers. We demand fair procedures for all refugees, that respect human dignity!”

No camps for women and children! Abolish all camps!


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[1] Vgl. Neues Deutschland: Mehr Anschläge auf Flüchtlingsunterkünfte, Matthias Monroy, vom 02.03.2023.

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