Is the welcome to Ukrainian refugees unusually generous — or overtly racist?

Why It Matters

The UN Refugee Agency estimates that there are more than 80 million people forcibly displaced worldwide. To make Canada a welcoming and supportive place for all refugees, social purpose organizations should consider how we (consciously or subconsciously) treat refugees differently.

This story was originally published on The Conversation.

The invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing flow of refugees into neighbouring countries has caused some western media to ask in horror how this could happen to “relatively civilized” people with “blonde hair and blue eyes” looking “like any European family that you would live next door to.”

These comments have rightfully been criticized by scholars, activists and other media outlets that have called out the double standards of news organizations and politicians.


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