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Europe welcomes Ukrainian refugees -- others, less so
The change in tone of some of Europe's most extreme anti-migration leaders has been striking -- from "We aren't going to let anyone in" to "We're letting everyone in."
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Some journalists, too, are being criticized for descriptions of Ukrainian refugees. "These are prosperous, middle-class people," an Al Jazeera English television presenter said. "These are not obviously refugees trying to get away from areas in the Middle East... in North Africa. They look like any European family that you would live next door to."
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CBS news apologized after one of its correspondents said the conflict in Kyiv wasn't "like Iraq or Afghanistan that has seen conflict raging for decades. This is a relatively civilized, relatively European" city.
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Polish U.N. Ambassador Krzysztof Szczerski said at the General Assembly on Monday that assertions of race- or religion-based discrimination at Poland's border are "a complete lie and a terrible insult to us."

"The nationals of all countries who suffered from Russian aggression or whose life is at risk can seek shelter in my country," he said.
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"It is not completely unnatural for people to feel more comfortable with people who come from nearby, who speak the (similar) language or have a (similar) culture," [former UNHCR policy head Jeff] Crisp said.

In Poland, Ruchir Kataria, an Indian volunteer, told The AP on Sunday that his compatriots got stuck on the Ukrainian side of the border crossing into Medyka, Poland. In Ukraine, they were initially told to go to Romania, hundreds of kilometers away, he said, after they had already made long journeys on foot to the border, not eating for three days. Finally, on Monday they got through.

by Cat on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 01:50:40 AM EST
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"A refugee is a refugee, whether European, African or Asian," Mohammad said.

The change in tone of some of Europe's most extreme anti-migration leaders has been striking -- from "We aren't going to let anyone in" to "We're letting everyone in."

Those comments were made only three months apart by Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Unsnip, just to highlight the obvious point that this is a left/right issue (if you add up the ratings of the French presidential candidates who would be in favour of open borders for all war refugees, that's about 20%. Electors ).

Indian students getting a hard time from Polish border guards? More shocked than surprised.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 07:49:11 AM EST
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Témoignage d'un citoyen congolais bloqué à la frontière ukrainienne

Quick translate:

Many African countries, including Nigeria and South Africa, are trying to help their nationals to flee the Russian invasion, on a background of growing claims of racism vis a vis African people at the Ukrainian border. Krystel Boenga, a Congolese citizen residing in Ukraine since 2009, speaks about the situation at the border.

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 01:48:23 PM EST
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"Medyka, at the border between Poland and Ukraine. The place of the forgotten ones"

by Bernard (bernard) on Tue Mar 1st, 2022 at 02:11:20 PM EST
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