Forced by imperialism to leave their homelands, forced to immigrate under the shadow of guns or in the absence of financial alternatives, starting to sell their labour in another country with a formal or informal status, the immigrant workers consist one percent of the world population today.
Turkey has been one of the countries that received the highest number of immigrants in recent years; furthermore, it is argued that the biggest number of immigrants live in Turkey. Apart from its geographical location, the government has a blame in this fact as being primarily responsible for the displacement of the peoples in the Middle East with the authorization it obtained from the Turkish capitalist class. Today, at least 80 percent of the immigrant people over 4 million are living in the cities. The women, men and children are forced to work under grave and precarious conditions in mostly manual-labour sectors with almost no bargaining power. The bourgeoisie is extremely consistent as it provides no projection for the integration of these people; because otherwise, it would be very painful to deal with the conclusions if this most frustrated, most suffering strata of the society emancipates and attempts to seek for their rights. In this respect, the exploitation of immigrant labour is one of the indispensable surplus value sources of the 21st century capitalism. Although they are living in ghettos and defined areas, and although emigrating from the same country and sharing a common national identity provides an initial cohesion, a temporary basis for them to protect each other, the fates of the immigrant bosses and immigrant workers rapidly diverge from eachother. As the Syrian workers constitute the poorest strata of our country while being exposed to the hatred of the citizens who are seized with fear "we will lose our jobs because of them"; according to a report by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development in 2018, 70 percent of the Syrian bosses are pleased with their profits, they do not want to return to their county.
Now in the eighth year of the imperialism-led war in Syria, we can surely note that the immigrant workers are part of the Turkish working class. Internationalism requires cooperating and struggling together with the immigrant workers, keeping in mind that they were displaced due to a war in which the Turkish bourgeoisie had played a direct role, and that they are consequently subject to the exploitation of the same bourgeoisie.
The fact that the bourgeois class was the leading force for creating the national unity during the initial stage of capitalism had concrete grounds in accordance with its class interests. In the hands of the bourgeoisie it lost its progressive characteristics in a short time. Nationalism became an instrument of dividing the working class in ethnic and national terms, assimilating the minority groups with stereotypes while provoking enmity in the majority, and deepening the exploitation. In foreign policies, it was used to colonize the other peoples, and to convince the middle class of its oppressive and expansionist policies. Nationalism has always been a reactionary and anti-communist ideology with its all versions without exception, which corrupts the working class, making it afraid of its own shadow as long as it becomes the enemy of other people.
Most importantly, as emphasized by the examples given above, nationalism is class collaborationism. No matter under which pretext, may that be peace, independence, development or so forth it is set, nationalism should not be given credit. Loving one’s homeland should not be the excuse of making compromises that would in the end be in favour of bourgeoisie. Communists make politics to transform their homeland where they were born, live and produce, and to liberate it from the power of bourgeoisie. This is what defines their love for their homeland, this is what defines their patriotism.
Today, nation as an element of superstructure cannot succeed in what it did two centuries ago, it falls short of providing the unity despite the class antagonisms. Internationalism is one of the strongest and contemporary instruments of us in order to prevent the further destruction of the workers, a considerable part of whom are displaced, left without a home/land or feel "heimatlos" as the superstructure of nation defined under the power of bourgeoisie cannot contain them, or of the masses that are perplexed with nationalist demagogies who become the foot soldiers for unreal and unscientific antagonisms.
Imperialism is going through a crisis. The bourgeois class and its national/international political representatives wish to abandon the impact of the crisis by laying the burden on the working class, by force or by other means. It is, and only is, in the hands of the working class and its revolutionary vanguard to counteract against the influence of bourgeois parties on the working people and not to allow this crisis to turn into a total crisis of humanity. The communist parties should get prepared this very day on an internationalist basis for gathering strength altogether for the upcoming final battle, for more efficient strikes in the geographical areas where the crisis may lead to revolutionary situations. Being an internationalist should be part of the communist identity. All the experience we have gained in the name of internationalism since the establishment of the Comintern should become the arsenal of today's Bolshevik parties.