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Abdelaaty Discusses Europe’s Support of Ukrainian Refugees with New York Times, NPR

April 7, 2022

NPR,The New York Times

Lamis Abdelaaty

Lamis Abdelaaty

Ukrainian refugees have been welcomed in Poland and other European countries since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24. This hasn't been the case for refugees fleeing other countries, such as Syria and Afghanistan, who are met with a far less welcoming response. The long-term question, then, is which will response become the standard for future refugee crises? "

"The very welcoming response to Ukrainians is wonderful to observe," Lamis Abdelaaty, assistant professor of political science, tells the New York Times. "My hope is that this sort of response will be carried over to other refugee groups who are fleeing very similar situations and who are equally worthy of our compassion and our assistance." 

"Hopefully, this moment will really lead people to critically reflect on why it is that they think some people are worthy of protection, and others are not," she says. 

New York Times: "The Powerful Force Guiding Poland’s Welcome to Ukrainians: Fear of Putin"

NPR: "Inside Poland's homes where Ukrainian refugees find peace away from Russia's invasion"

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