The head of the humanitarian service calls European “double standards” for migrants

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WASHINGTON – The head of the world’s largest humanitarian network said on Monday that Europe’s rapid adoption of millions of Ukrainians fleeing Russian aggression demonstrates its “double standard” in dealing with people fleeing violence in Africa, the Middle East and the Middle East. who cross the Mediterranean and are not welcome.

Francesco Rocco, president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, told a news conference Monday that he did not think there was a difference between those fleeing the Donbass region in eastern Ukraine and those fleeing the Boko extremist group. Haram ”in Nigeria.

“Those fleeing violence and those seeking protection should be treated equally,” Rocco said, adding that he hoped the Ukrainian crisis would be a turning point in European migration policy. But, unfortunately, that was not the case. “

Since Russia’s invasion on February 24, more than 6 million people have fled Ukraine and been greeted with “open arms” by Europe’s neighbors.

Roca, by contrast, has said at least 19,000 people have died trying to cross the central Mediterranean to get to Europe since 2014, and those who arrive often face abuse and fight for access to basic services.

“Ethnicity and nationality should not be the deciding factor in saving lives,” Rocco added.

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