For migrants and their autonomous struggles, the factor of “race” is a social relationship through which “class experience” is made. Not the other way around. An internationalist leftwing counternarrative must take this as its starting point.
As long as there are individual states, there will be borders that determine which state is responsible for which section of the Earth’s surface. But there is no reason to assume that these borders must be “closed.”
What falls out of sight through the constant repetition of victimhood narratives are the moments of survival, political agency, and resistance that demonstrate migrant women’s tenacity and the ways in which they transform themselves, others, and the spaces they pass through on their journeys.
Even once you’ve made it across the border from Syria, you’re still a long way from safety. Turkish border police are hunting migrants all over the border region. And they do what they want with those they catch.