Nonwhite Ukrainian Refugees Complain of Unequal Treatment at Borders

All over Europe, countries had taken inSince the Russian president Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine on March 1, approximately 600,000 Ukrainians have fled their homeland. Non-whites fleeing Ukraine assert that the priority is given to ethnic Ukrainians over those of African or Asian descent, who lived and worked in Ukraine at the time Russia invaded.

Rachel Onyegbule is a Nigerian student who studied in Ukraine. CNNHer and several other non-Ukrainian passengers were forced from a bus to cross into Poland and made wait as ethnic Ukrainians took their places. “More then 10 buses came, and we watched them all leave. They took us all, and then they stopped us from walking. CNN.

CNN spoke to an Indian student in medicine who was about to finish medical school in Ukraine, when Russia invaded. He said that they allow only 30 Indians after 500 Ukrainians are allowed in. You will need to walk between the first and second checkpoints for 4 to 5 km to reach this border. Ukrainians have access to buses and taxis, while all others must travel by foot.

ABC News Wednesday reported that ethnic-nationalists have physically harassed foreign nationals from third countries who crossed the border to Poland and Ukraine.

A statement was made by the United Nations High Commissioner to Refugees statementOn Twitter, calling for equality of treatment for all refugees, regardless of their ethnicity. According to the statement, “As the numbers of people fleeing Ukraine rise by the hour it is vital that all refugees are welcomed into their countries – regardless of race or nationality – and receive the necessary international assistance to do so.”

Recent developments HistoryEthnic discrimination is rampant in Eastern Europe’s immigration. Hungarian President Viktor Orbán has used anti-immigrant sentiment to consolidate political power, and Poland has accused Belarus of using migrants from the Middle East and North Africa as leverage against the European Union.

Raluca Begjan and Salim Nasi, both Dalhousie University researchers, were awarded the December award. In The ConversationThat E.U. policy allowed Belarus to take advantage of the benefits. Belarus could take advantage of this policy through the E.U. Dublin Agreementby allowing migrants to enter the E.U. through its borders Through Poland. Dublin Agreement applies asylum claims at the point of entry into the E.U. If a migrant arrives in Poland first, he must file for asylum there, and not go to Germany.

Alexander Lukashenko is the Belarusian ruler since 1994. It is thought that he opened the borders to immigrants as revenge for E.U. SanctionsHe had to do this after his suppression of protests against the 2020 election.

2017 was a year in which the E.U. The E.U. attempted to Reduce pressure Overburdened Southern European Countries by moving North African and Middle Eastern migrants through the E.U. Hungary and Poland refused to join.

Eastern European countries claim they don’t want to accept migrants, because of their cultural heritage Manufactured insufficientInfrastructure necessary for providing adequate housing and other services. Their argument is that the infrastructure necessary to offer adequate housing and other services should be built in all countries. France, for example.This will allow you to tackle the problem more effectively.

Europe has difficulties accepting North African and Middle Eastern refugees and migrants. They have strengthened right-wing parties as well as governmentsAll across Europe. No wonder then that Russia’s invasion in Ukraine brought out the worst and best of Europe’s ethnonationalists.

“These are not the refugees we are used to…these people are Europeans,” Bulgarian Prime Minister Kiril Petkov told reporters. “These people are intelligent, they are educated people.…This is not the refugee wave we have been used to, people we were not sure about their identity, people with unclear pasts, who could have been even terrorists.” 

Filippo Grandi is the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. He has asked Eastern European leaders how to treat foreign nationals in third countries as ethnic Ukrainians. There should not be any discrimination between Ukrainians or non-Ukrainian citizens. Europeans as well as non-Europeans. All are fleeing the same risk.