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Cape Town — More than four million people have now fled Ukraine for neighbouring countries amidst the Russian invasion. However, black and brown students who have fled have been detained by EU border authorities in what has been condemned as “clearly discriminatory” and “not acceptable”, reports Democracy Now.

Although all neighbouring EU countries pledged to accept refugees from Ukraine, as people flee across borders, a complicated story emerges of who is perceived and received as good, bad, and ideal refugees in modern Europe, reports Yvonne Su for The Conversation Africa.

An collaborative investigation, by The IndependentLighthouse Reports and other media partners, revealed that Ukraine residents of African origin who have crossed the border to escape the war have been placed in closed facilities, with some having been there for a number of weeks.

Maud Jullien, an investigative editor at Lighthouse Reports, explains how the European Union’s temporary protection directive creates a double standard by permitting Ukrainian citizens to enter neighbouring countries but barring third-party nationals from entering. Jullien has said that four students who have fled the Russian invasion are being held in a long-term holding facility Lesznowola, a village 40km from the Polish capital Warsaw, with little means of communication with the outside world and no legal advice. Polish border police confirmed that 52 third-country nationals who have fled Ukraine are currently being held in detention facilities in Poland.