Russian v. EU Refugee Policy
by Stephen Lendman
Since US-supported Kiev putschists waged war on their own people, Russia welcomed well over a million Ukrainian refugees, rejecting fascist rule, most deciding never to return.
Earlier, Sergey Lavrov said “Ukrainian refugees should be given the right to live where they want.” On May 1, Putin made it easier, approving a new law, simplifying the issuance of residence permits to refugees from Ukraine and other countries.
It skips the former temporary permit system for one year for refugees and their families. According to Federal Migration Service acting head Yekaterina Yegorova, residence permission now grants its holders the right to housing, to be registered where they’re domiciled, and be eligible for mortgage loans.
Contrast Russia’s refugee policy with Europe’s – colluding with fascist Turkey to warehouse desperate people fleeing US/NATO/Riyadh/Israeli war theaters, wanting as many as possible kept out of EU countries – flagrantly breaching international humanitarian law.
Arrivals are unwanted, deplorably mistreated, confined under squalid conditions, denied their fundamental rights.
In Turkey, they’re “abandoned to a life of destitution,” according to Amnesty International. Many are ruthlessly deported, others lethally shot by border guards.
EU countries complicit with Washington, Turkey, Riyadh, Israel and other rogue partners created the severest refugee crisis since WW II – rejecting their responsibility to shoulder a solution.
Russia welcomes Ukrainian refugees fleeing fascist belligerence. Fortress Europe wants desperate people seeking safe havens from war zones kept out.
So does America. Turkey is illegally deporting thousands of Syrian refugees back home, blocking entry to others, lethally shooting some.
Brussels continues turning a blind eye. EU officials want millions of desperate people denied their legal right to asylum. They’re uncaring about countless numbers drowning at sea or perishing from diseases or deprivation.
They established a policy designed to force refugees to go elsewhere, stay home, or be confined in concentration camps outside Europe – detained indefinitely against their will under deplorable conditions.
His new book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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