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According to the United Nations, about 3.4 million individuals have fled Ukraine since Russia’s invasion. Of these fleeing, about two million have crossed the border into Poland.
While the preliminary flows of Ukrainian refugees have been housed by the roughly a million Ukrainian diaspora in Poland — for this reason the Polish authorities didn’t initially arrange refugee camps — future flows of refugees is not going to have such familial or social ties and would require way more state and native help.
Reports from the bottom say reception shelters are over capability, and cities are saying they will’t take any extra refugees.
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For the final decade, Poland has been anti-immigrant and anti-refugee, and the ruling right-wing Law and Justice get together was elected in 2015, on the peak of Europe’s migration disaster, on an anti-immigrant platform. So how is an anti-immigrant, anti-refugee authorities and society going to take care of thousands and thousands of foreigners?
It’s going to get ugly — even for the white, “civilized,” “clever” and superb Ukrainian refugees.
Ukraine: The good, unhealthy and superb refugees
Poland’s acceptance of thousands and thousands of warfare refugees from Ukraine is commendable and must be praised however analysis reveals that social divides that disappear throughout a disaster usually re-emerge stronger after.
Poland’s undercurrent of xenophobia, combined with issues that refugees will drastically pressure the Polish financial system, is placing the nation on a path in direction of destructive attitudes about refugees.
A colder reception
Poland is accused of warmly welcoming white Ukrainian refugees, whereas refugees of color are receiving a colder reception.
African, South Asian and Middle Eastern refugees have been attacked earlier this month by Polish nationalists. Fake social media experiences stated violent crimes — like burglaries, assaults and rapes — are being dedicated by “financial migrants from the Middle East.” While the Polish authorities has shortly mounted a marketing campaign to #CeaseFakeInformation, disinformation is endangering the already precarious lives of refugees with darker pores and skin.
To make sure that refugees from Ukraine are assisted regardless of their nationality and race, Poland must confront its hostility in direction of foreigners. False narratives that refugees are “terrorists,” “criminals” and “safety threats” must be stopped, not hijacked for political functions or violence.
Acceptance of refugees can’t cease on the border — deeper reflection, social and political modifications are required for the acceptance of foreigners into society.
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A historical past of anti-refugee insurance policies
According to the UNHCR in 2012, Poland solely authorized one per cent of asylum purposes and was in opposition to the EU’s plan that might have seen 7,000 asylum seekers (primarily from Syria) resettled in Poland.
Part of Poland’s aversion to accepting refugees is as a result of refugees notably from the Middle East and North Africa are seen as a risk to its sturdy Catholic majority. The 2014 European Social Survey discovered that 34.3 per cent of Poles stated that no Muslim must be allowed to come back to Poland.
Dominik Tarczynski, a member of parliament for the Law and Justice get together went viral in June 2018 for proudly telling BBC Channel 4’s Cathy Newman that Poland has admitted zero refugees in the course of the Syrian Refugee Crisis, saying: “We is not going to obtain even one Muslim as a result of that is what we promised.” He acquired important backlash however defended his nation’s immigration coverage by saying: “We don’t need Poland being taken over by Muslims, Buddhists, or another person … and nobody will ever power us to take Muslims, Buddhists, non-believers in enormous numbers.”
And there are different drivers of anti-immigration sentiment in Poland resembling fears over fast social, cultural and political modifications, financial fears that refugees will drain the states’ assets and safety fears over issues of crime and terrorism.
Poland and Belarus border points
Last 12 months, when Belarus started an aggressive marketing campaign to destabilize the European Union by forcing primarily Middle Eastern and African asylum seekers and migrants to cross the Polish, Lithuanian and Latvian borders, Poland was underneath hearth for Islamophobia, human rights violations and anti-immigration sentiments.
While this was largely depicted because the dictator of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko’s weaponization of asylum seekers and migrants as pawns for political acquire, Poland was criticized for its heavy-handed response, deploying 20,000 border police, who fired teargas and water cannons at asylum seekers. As of February 2022, not less than 19 individuals have died on the border standoff.
As a results of Poland’s anti-immigrant sentiment and the nonetheless unresolved refugee disaster on the border of Belarus, many have been stunned by the nice and cozy reception given to Ukrainians.
Given Poland’s lengthy stance in opposition to immigrants and refugees, together with xenophobic attitudes in direction of Ukrainian migrants following the army battle in jap Ukraine in 2014, perhaps it gained’t all the time be a heat welcome for Ukrainians.
Research on the sustainability of neighborhood help throughout a disaster has discovered that native kindness is usually short-lived and social divides usually re-emerge stronger after quick hazard has handed.
Yvonne Su doesn’t work for, seek the advice of, personal shares in or obtain funding from any firm or organisation that might profit from this text, and has disclosed no related affiliations past their tutorial appointment.