Thursday, March 10, 2022

Making procedues for displaced people from Ukraine "quick and unbureaucratic": A revealing remark

On 3 March, German Minister of the Interior and Community Nancy Faeser commented on the agreement among European Union member states on the admission of displaced people from Ukraine: "For the first time, all member states of the EU are jointly taking steps to quickly and unbureaucratically admit people fleeing the war." Many have pointed out that these steps were not taken for people displaced by wars in Syria, Afghanistan, and Yemen; some have added that people with African or Asian backgrounds fleeing Ukraine have been taken into custody by EU states. Beyond that, Faeser's phrasing amounts to a confession that EU countries have intentionally made asylum procedures slow and bureaucratic. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 10 March 2022)

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