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Greece, Europe Welcome Ukraine’s Refugees When they Shun Others

Greece Europe refugees UkraineTwo-tier refugees arrive in Europe. Illustration: Greek Reporter

Throughout Europe, including Greece, governments are welcoming millions of refugees from Ukraine when for years they have been erecting barriers to stop refugees from other parts of the world. It is not a surprise that many commentators talk of hypocrisy and double standards.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen spoke for many European leaders when she proclaimed, “Everyone who has to flee Putin’s bombs will be welcomed with open arms.”

Ukrainians enjoy visa-free travel to the EU, as well as a special dispensation from Brussels giving them the immediate right to work and live within the bloc.

Greece which has recently been accused of tightening its borders to the east by even employing the unlawful tactic of pushbacks has enthusiastically endorsed the EU’s decision to welcome and accommodate refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.

Ukraine’s refugees are “real refugees”

At Greece’s border with Bulgaria, officials have rapidly staffed up reception centers to greet the Ukrainians escaping Russian bombs. They hand out cell phone cards, snacks and a warm meal to arrivals.

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