Sans-Papiers

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

Papers for all in many countries

Close immigration detention centres

15 June 2015

By Payday men’s network

For decades, we have campaigned to close down immigration detention centres and opposed the unjust and racist imprisonment of people who have committed no crime.

1996 France: a new movement for Papers for All

1 October 1996

By Payday and Women of Colour GWS

In March 1996, 300 mainly African immigrants women, children and men began to occupy various premises in Paris. For the first time, this demand brought together immigrants of all immigration status and all countries.