PAPERS FOR ALL
Payday works with Global Women Against Deportations (GWAD) against deportation, detention and other attacks on immigrants. We support the international demands of undocumented immigrants for Papers for All. Increasingly, war, poverty and devastation of the soil and water brought on by the Global North have led to mass immigration in the Global South. And as the All African Women’s Group says: “We have every right to be here because Britain has stolen us so much wealth from Africa and the Global South over centuries.”
In 1996, Payday and Women of Colour Global Women’s Strike (WoC GWS)* met with undocumented immigrants in France who had started to call themselves ‘Sans-Papiers’ (people without papers). They had put forward a demand and a perspective to bring together all immigrants regardless of their immigration status or countries of origin. The movement for ‘Papers for all’ was born.
Since, many Sans-Papiers collectives have formed in France and elsewhere, and this demand has spread in many countries, under different designations – Papers for all, Regularization, Status for all, Right to be here – but with the same aspiration to unite all immigrants and win the same rights as the nationals of the country they live. In 2020, we endorse a Manifesto signed by over 280 organisations in 20 countries demanding ‘immediate, permanent and unconditional regularization for all migrants and refugees’.
*formerly Black Women for Wages for Housework
By The Belleville Park Youth Collective &
Paris 20th Collective in solidarity with all migrants
Thanks to unaccompanied minors in Belleville Park, helped by supporters, residents, high school and university students and organisations, 177 young people who were previously sleeping rough are now being housed!
By various organisations in PapersForAll network
Organisations in the international #PapersForAll network which supports regularisation of all migrants are organising actions around International Day of Migrants on 18 December 2023. Please share widely.
By No Borders groups in Germany
In a time where it has become illegal in Germany to say “Free Palestine” and solidarity demos have been banned, it is essential for the No Borders movement to speak up, not just against some forms of racism, but against all racism!
Financial Times article & Marche des Solidarités release
While the Greek government has announced its intention to regularise 300,000 Sans-Papiers, Sans-Papiers strikers working on one of the Olympic Games building site in France have won their regularisation.
By Global Women Against Deportations & Payday
On Friday 15 September, join us for an action at the Canadian embassy in London. We will deliver undocumented migrants’ message. Canada: Regularise Now!
Global Women Against Deportations and Payday
Migrants’ movements in Canada are organising to demand regularization of undocumented migrants’ status on and around 17th September. Read their call for action.
By Women of Colour/GWS and Payday
Message from Women of Colour/Global Women’s Strike and Payday men’s network to the Paris organisers of the tribute to Madjiguène Cissé who passed away on 15 May 2023.
Migrants Rights Centre Ireland
Today (Friday 3rd Dec), Minister for Justice Helen McEntee officially announced a historic and life-changing scheme to regularise undocumented people in Ireland.
By Payday men’s network
As the 2020 covid pandemic revealed how crucial was the ‘essential work’ done by immigrants, movements demanding Papers for all have risen in many countries. Since then, with Women of Colour GWS we have publicised and supported many initiatives in France, Belgium, Spain, Canada, Ireland and elsewhere.
By Payday men’s network
Long time immigration rights activist Maru Mora Villalpando who has spearheaded the fight against the North West Detention Centre near Tacoma in the US was threatened by deportation in 2018. She won her battle thanks to an international protest.