Compassion, hypocrisy and racism in the Ukrainian refugee crisis
More than a million people have fled Ukraine into countries to the west, as Russian attacks continue. The refugee crisis has spurred an outpouring of international support, as neighbouring European countries open their borders and homes. But the support this time is strikingly different from how some countries have responded to refugees from other conflicts — like Syria and Iraq — who were kept out, in some cases with violence.
The distinction is especially stark, after stories have emerged of some Black and Asian refugees fleeing Ukraine facing violence, harassment and racism at the border.
This week on Nothing is Foreign, we hear from people on the ground including those who have experienced discrimination and explore how governments can treat skin colour as a visa.
Tatiana, Alexandra, Nastia, Rubi, Ahmed, all refugees from Ukraine.
Sara Cincurova, a journalist covering humanitarian issues at Ukraine-Slovakia border.
Chris Melzer, the senior spokesperson of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) Poland.