Are the Ukrainian refugees being treated differently to other refugees?
There are geopolitical reasons at force here, with a tension between NATO countries and Russia, with Ukraine caught in between.
The situation between NATO countries and Russia, and means it is in the interest of the NATO countries to receive the refugees.
However, there are also reasons related to discrimination and racism against refugees who are not white in the ways in which the refugees from Ukraine are being described by the media and government and the ways in which protection has been given to them. It does indicate some discriminatory and racist undertones that create hierarchies of refugees.
We can see the language of some of media, the public and politicians that use phrases like 'brothers', or 'They look like us'. This language is very different to what has been used to describe Afghans, such as that 'They are a threat', even though they are refugees fleeing from conflict yet receive different types of protection.
I welcome this approach to the plight of Ukrainian refugees, and would hope this new found approach would be applied to refugees from other countries.