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Polish and Ukrainian border guards reportedly discriminate against students from Africa and South Asia
Among more than one millions of refugees who fled from Ukraine from the beginning Russian invasion on February 24 a number of African and South Asian students accuse Polish and Ukrainian border guards and police racial discrimination and abuse.
Students described their experiences the evacuation process during which they were discriminated against and physically abused. Some were reportedly thrown off trains and others detained at the border when white Ukrainians passed without problems.
One group of students, including a 19-year-old space engineering student Barlani Mufara Gurura, was squeezed out lines of refugees who crossed into Poland and could not cross it for several hours.
“We were treated like animals,” Gurure said. “When we left [Kyiv] we were just trying to survive. We never thought they would treat us like that… I thought we were all equal, that we were trying to be together ”.
Ukraine was Fr. popular direction for many African and South Asian students studying business, medicine and engineering. In 2020, the country was home to more than 20,000 Indian students and about 19,000 African students.
Coalition of human rights activists and other activists filed an appeal to the United Nations on March 2 on behalf of black refugees facing racial discrimination. The appeal asks the United Nations to support the call for Ukraine and Poland to issue orders that would declare the border police on equal protection with African and South Asian refugees fleeing the country.
«They are facing one war against Russia and another war against racism because of the color of their skin, ”said civil rights lawyer Jasmine Rand. “We are here today because the lives of blacks matter in times of war and in peacetime.”
At the Spanish border, a massive influx of migrants leads to hospitalization
More than 2.5 thousand migrants tried to cross to the Spanish city of Melilla from Morocco on March 2. Clashes with police between 500 and 800 migrants trying to reach the fenced border eventually successfully switched.
“It was the biggest attempt to enter our registration,” said a local Spanish government delegation. said. “At about 9:30 a.m., a group of about 2,500 sub-Saharan Africans tried to cross the Melilla border.”
Between 20 and 31 migrants were taken to hospital after the crossings, and about 16 Spanish security officers were lightly injured. Most of the 800 migrants are in temporary shelters where they will remain until Spain decides whether they can stay in the country or be deported.
The transition marks the latest influx of migrants in a long history of border problems with Spain, when migrants from different African countries use the two single Spanish territories on the African continent, Melilla and Ceuta, as ways to enter Europe.
About 1,100 migrants were able to enter Melilla during 2021, and more than 10,000 migrants were able to cross into Ceuta in May 2021 after Morocco loosened border controls due to a diplomatic dispute with Spain.
In addition to these problems migrants in Melilla and Ceuta about 4,404 people Migrants are reported killed when trying to get to Spain in 2021 – more than twice the number of deaths in 2020. Due to attempts to curb migration, migrants are increasingly turning away from crossing the relatively safe Melilla and Ceuta and towards the more dangerous route of the Canary Islands.
On the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump’s wall has the opposite effect, Biden is silent
More than 400 miles of concrete fencing built at the border to prevent migrants – one of the valuable achievements of former US President Donald Trump – have reportedly failed. The smugglers have went through the wall about 3,272 times in the last three years, according to the United States Customs and Border Protection.
There were groups of migrants able to cut through the wall – which cost taxpayers about $ 11 billion – about $ 100 of ordinary hardware power tools. The wall also received significant damage during severe storms, including large sections of the wall broke off during the monsoon in August 2021.
President Joe Biden almost unaffected immigration and the US-Mexican border during his speech on the state of the Union on March 1, addressing this topic with only 11 proposals.
Although Biden was definitely successful in defending the rights of immigrants many of his candidacy promises have not yet been fulfilled. More than 20,000 Haitian migrants seeking asylum in the United States have been deported since the beginning of Biden’s presidency. Haitians were deported as of February 17th.
The future of the wall remains unclear. Although Biden stopped its construction in January 2021, some say construction crews did it allegedly continued build border-like walls from January this year.
Contact Christian Bert at [email protected]