Labour, Tory, both the same, a vote for genocide and shame!

An A4 poster reading "Labour Tory all the same: a vote for genocide and shame! No vote for political parties that collude with Israel in furthering the on-going genocide in Gaza! No vote for political parties that seek to extend more harmful borders on migrants! demand better!." The Labour rose and Tory tree are in back with red blooddrops dripping from them down onto the ground.

Borrowing from the Asian Youth Movement (AYM) who coined the motto, “Labour Tory both the same, both play the racist game,” Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC) are sharing this A4 poster that you can distribute in your community to let Labour and Tory candidates know that their respective party’s support of Israel setter-colonialism, their allowing the genocide in Gaza to continue eight months on, in addition to their continued scapegoating of migrants and pushing for a more carceral border regime is wrong and wholly unacceptable. 

This is why we say – Labour, Tory, both the same, a vote for genocide and shame! 

Check here to see what your MP’s position is on Palestine. Use this link to see your MP’s position on migrants, asylum seekers and refugees.

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UCU Election & Migrant-Washing: A View from URBC

On Friday 16 February, the UCU Black Members Standing Committee (UCU BMSC) began their boycott of University College Union (UCU). This boycott comes, as UCU BMSC explains in a statement, after years of,  

[…] bureaucratic hurdles and tokenistic gestures that diminish our agency and representation. Our official complaints have been met with unsatisfactory ‘resolution’, and the union leadership has failed to honour our democratic process, decision-making and political agency. Furthermore, the anti-racist work we do for our constituencies and the wider membership has been further hampered as UCU has not provided us with a dedicated support official for our committee for the last 5 months at this critical time for global anti-racism.

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Statement Regarding The Sunday Times “Cash for Courses: Top Universities Recruit Foreign Students on Low Grades”

Screenshot of The Sunday Times front page with headline "exposed: foreign students get secret route to top universities"
The Sunday Times front page, 28 January 2024

On Saturday 28 January 2024, The Sunday Times published a piece entitled, “Cash for Courses: Top Universities Recruit Foreign Students on Low Grades.” The piece has since been featured on The Times YouTube channel in addition to the Daily Mail. The main crux of The Times investigation is that migrant students (dubbed foreign or international students) are using the international foundation courses at a number of elite Russell Group universities in order to gain admittance into undergraduate courses despite having lower grades below the entry requirement than their home (British) student counterparts.

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Statement from URBC on The Observer’s “Human traffickers ‘using UK universities as cover'”

Screenshot of an article from The Observer titled "human traffickers 'using UK universities as cover'. Overseas students have vanished from courses and then been found working in exploitative conditions"

After years on the frontline, Unis Resist Border Control (URBC)  have extensive familiarity with the exploitative situations migrant students in the UK find themselves in. As such, we are extremely concerned about The Observer article “Human traffickers ‘using UK universities as cover’” published on 3 July 2022 by Shanti Das, and the conclusions that are drawn upon.

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Thoughts from URBC on recent student occupations and fee strikes.


Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC) a national campaign comprising migrant students, lecturers, and activists fighting to end the two pronged beasts within UK higher education, that being of course border control via the hostile environment policy and exploitation brought on my neoliberal, marketised education. Unlike the student movement ten years ago which ignored the plight of international students, URBC has been a steadfastly free education campaign, believing that the fight for free education should be extended to migrants, whatever their immigration status.

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Caroline Lucas Agrees with URBC: “It is cruel for the Government to simply abandon international students”

A member of Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC) shared this response they received from Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion. This response follows taking part in our #MichelleMocksStudents action where we asked supporters to send this template letter to their MPs demanding #TuitionFeeAmnesty for international students affected by the multiple UK COVID-19 lockdowns.

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URBC Supports Sisters Uncut, UKBLM, & Others in Abolishing the Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill, #KillTheBill!

URBC member Louisa, speaking at the Sisters Uncut Manchester #KillTheBill protest, 20 March 2021.

Statement from URBC, #KillTheBill

 Unis Resist Border Control (URBC) stands in rage and solidarity with Sisters Uncut and all other prison and border abolition organisations in opposition to the Police, Crime, Courts and Sentencing Bill. It’s been a long week. we are thankful for all the work Sisters Uncut in London have done for linking the disappearance of Sarah Everard to wider issues about policing, state violence and highlighting the dangers of this bill.

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Emma Hardy, Shadow Minister for Universities has Resigned: URBC Documents Her Incompetence

Tweet from URBC saying "you're a hypocrite Emma Hardy MP! We warned you of this problem our #TuitionFeeAmnestyNow letter on 10 August 2020, 7 months ago! Don't pretend that you are appalled NOW when you failed to give us & the 500 lecturers, international students & union reps an adequate response!"
Former shadow minister for FE & universities tweeting on the 24th February 2021, concerning the situation of international student accessing food banks. URBC sent her a letter endorsed by 530 university lecturers, students (international and British) and union representatives about the precarity of international students during the first COVID lockdown on the 10 August 2020, and never received an adequate response from Hardy’s office.

Emma Hardy stepped down from her role as shadow minister for universities on Monday 8th March. Replacing Emma Hardy is Matt Western, MP for Warwick and Leamington. Western, married to Rebecca Earle, Professor in the Department of History at the University of Warwick, is described in his They Work For You profile as having consistently voted against a stricter asylum system, yet there isn’t much information about his votes on higher education policy to ascertain his views on the current untenable situation in UK universities.

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Trade union work & building movements to fight the hostile environment: be like Birmingham UCU!

Tweet from Birmingham UCU that says "our new anti-racism working group made its first recommendations to the branch this week - all agreed in full. we're backing two key anti-racism campaigns aligned with our principles of promoting anti-racism: UnisNotBorders and FreeBlackUni"

Unis Resist Border Controls (URBC) would like to thank the University of Birmingham branch of UCU for their donation of £250 pounds to URBC. Donations like these help us to sustain our work organizing, campaigning and providing casework support for those facing the hostile environment.

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#MichelleMocksStudents: Minister of State for Universities responds to URBC’s #TuitionFeeAmnestyNow for international students

On the 26th November 2020, after waiting over three months, Unis Resist Border Control (URBC) finally received a response from Michelle Donelan, Minster of State for Universities to our #TuitionFeeAmnestyNOW letter. URBC along with the Migrants’ Rights Network (MRN) sent a comprehensive letter on the 10th August 2020 that explained in detail why international students demand #TuitionFeeAmnestyNOW.

The URBC/MRN letter, signed by 530 students, university lecturers, UCU, Unison, IWW union representatives, along with anti-racist, and migrant rights organisations, indicated the following:

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