Why does Poland welcome Ukrainian refugees but denies those from the Global South? Malwina Talik for Fair Observer

“Ukrainian refugees fleeing to Poland from the horrors of Russian aggression have met with a warm welcome. The Poland-Ukraine border, which constitutes the EU’s eastern frontier, opened for the massive influx of despairing people. But, just a hundred kilometers up north, refugees, mainly from the Global South, who are trying to cross the Poland-Belarus border have been experiencing a different treatment: barbed wires and walls, hindering them from entering the country and even if they manage to cross them, they are pushed back” 

In her article for Fair Observer, IDM’s media partner, Malwina Talik explains what lies behind those different approaches to people coming from the worn-torn countries.  

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