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People rally in support of Ukraine outside the Notre-Dame Basilica in Montréal in April 2022. Scenes like these irritate Russia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Why Russia demonizes Ukrainian diasporas

The Soviet Union and now Russia has long viewed the Ukrainian diaspora with hostility. Here’s why.
A woman walks past beds at a camp in Bucharest, Romania, ready for an influx of refugees fleeing the war in neighbouring Ukraine in April 2022. (AP Photo/Andreea Alexandru)

Will the exodus of Ukrainians surpass the Second World War’s refugee flows?

It has taken less than 11 weeks for the Russia-Ukraine conflict to become the greatest trigger for human displacement in Europe since the entire six years of the Second World War.
Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Fury personally greets Angelika, the first Ukrainian refugee off the plane at St. John’s, NL, on May 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Locke

Canada needs to be as welcoming to Afghan refugees as it is to Ukrainians

The disparate treatment of Ukrainians compared with other refugees to Canada suggests to some an unfairness in our immigration process at best — and systemic racism at worst.
Ukrainian refugees wait near the U.S. border in Tijuana, Mexico. AP Photo/Gregory Bull

How race and religion have always played a role in who gets refuge in the US

Four scholars of race, religion and immigration explain how US refugee and asylum policy has long been racially and religiously discriminatory in practice.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paints Easter eggs with newly arrived Ukrainian and Iranian children at the Ukrainian Community Outreach Centre in Edmonton on April 12. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

The unprecedented Ukraine-to-Canada ‘air bridge’ could mean a brighter future for all refugees

The ‘air bridge’ for Ukrainians to Canada has the potential to be more promising than anything else in recent Canadian refugee history. Canadians should support and celebrate it.
People march in Saskatoon, Sask., with the flag of Ukraine during a rally mourning the deaths of civilians killed during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu

5 areas where Canada needs to step up on the war in Ukraine

Canada has played the role of a global peace advocate before. Rarely has the world needed it more than right now.
Volunteers help Ukrainian refugees upon their arrival at Amsterdam Central station by train from Berlin. Ramon van Flymen/AFP

Volunteers are at the frontline of the refugee crisis: here’s how we can help them do a better job

Amid the war in Ukraine, there are concrete steps organisations can take to prevent emotional exhaustion within volunteers supporting refugees.
The U.S. has evacuated 84,600 Afghans since August 2021, but many of these people remain in a legal limbo. Master Sgt. Donald R. Allen/U.S. Air Forces Europe-Africa via Getty Images

Afghan evacuees lack a clear path for resettlement in the U.S., 7 months after Taliban takeover

The U.S. has promised to take in 100,000 Ukrainian refugees. But there is concern that this could further complicate efforts to welcome and resettle Afghan evacuees.
A Ukrainian woman who fled the war is pictured with her son after they crossed into Moldova on March 18, 2022. Andrea Mancini/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Ukrainian female refugees are fleeing a war, but in some cases more violence awaits them where they find shelter

While most people offering support to Ukrainians are well-intentioned, it’s not always the case. There are a reports of women and girls fleeing Ukraine being raped in their new countries.
People who fled the war in Ukraine rest inside an indoor gymnasium being used as a refugee centre in the village of Medyka, a border crossing between Poland and Ukraine, on March 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

How Russia is trying to stoke anti-Ukrainian sentiment in eastern EU countries

The European Union is once again faced with the danger of destabilization. Putin’s cyberwar on free societies using the migration crisis went well in 2015. He must not succeed now in Poland or beyond.
African residents in Ukraine wait at Lviv railway station on Feb. 27, 2022. The Ukraine refugee crisis revealed deep-seated racism as racialized and Black refugees from Ukraine were treated differently. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

Ukraine refugee crisis exposes racism and contradictions in the definition of human

The racism seen in the Ukraine refugee crisis reflects a long legacy of how the West defines who is human. We need a new definition that respects the dignity of all humans.

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