Opinion: Recent reports of instances of racism encountered by different people of non-European backgrounds trying to get out of Ukraine are extremely concerning.

This piece recounting the experience of an Indian student who was based in Kirovograd trying to make her way into Poland speaks for itself.

In my view, the host country has a moral obligation to ensure that any students or workers on temporary visas are not caught in the crossfire and are given priority to reach safety as soon as practicable.

While war is a horrible reality that no one would wish on any country, at the end of the day, this is not their country. They were/are there for a specific purpose and, if that purpose can no longer be fulfilled, they should be given a safe passage out of the country.

Some on this platform have said that it is normal for Ukrainians to be prioritised for leaving the country. I disagree.

They have a home to defend. Non-Ukrainians have nothing to do with this conflict and should be allowed to leave without having to put up with discrimination or racism.

Kudos to India for having conducted 15 evacuation flights from neighbouring countries returning nearly 3,000 Indian citizens home as part of its Operation Ganga (see here: https://lnkd.in/g2vg8bee and here: https://lnkd.in/gEMurwid).

I hope others from countries including Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Turkmenistan, Jordan and Palestine are also able to return home safe and sound soon.


#diplomacy #war #peace #Russia #Ukraine #NATO #expansion #aggression #motivation #inspiration #strategy #future #bestadvice #gettingthingsdone #leadership #military #India #Nigeria #Ghana #Rwanda #Turkmenistan #Jordan #Palestine #racism #discrimination #ExUngueLeonem

Anka Sahin is an Immigration law expert, political commentator and public speaker who has taken a keen interest in multicultural affairs and matters concerning the profession at large. Between 2010 and 2012, he successfully lobbied the Immigration Advisers Authority (IAA) in New Zealand to adopt a Māori name as well as institute a standard Māori term for ‘Licensed Immigration Adviser’.

As the first Turkish speaker in the world to have gained a formal qualification in the Māori language, he would like to finish by saying, “Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nōna te wao. Engari, ko te manu e kai ana i te mātauranga, nōna te ao”.

search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close