Refugees of Color Fleeing Ukraine Held in Migrant Jails in Poland and Estonia

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine prompted an exodus of nearly 4 million people and an outpouring of support for many of the refugees. A new report shows that dozens of people from non-white countries who fled Ukraine are being held at long-term detention centers located in Poland and Estonia. We talk to Maud Jullien (investigations editor at Lighthouse Reports), who just published a series on the detention of African students fleeing Ukraine in collaboration with Radio France, Der Spiegel, Radio France, and other media outlets. She describes how the European Union’s temporary protection directive sets a double standard by permitting the safe entry of Ukrainian citizens into neighboring countries while withholding protection to third-party nationals escaping the same conflict.

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