The West practices a double standard depending on the origin of migrants

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Argument forThis argument is a “pro” argument in the debate Should we accept immigration?.
Argument forThis argument is a justification of Rejection of immigrants is caused by racism.
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Strangely enough, as soon as the Russo-Ukrainian war broke out, Western European countries welcomed the Ukrainian refugees flooding in by the thousands with open arms, and developed extraordinary material, financial and human resources to help them. On the other hand, refugees from the Middle East and North Africa are welcomed with open arms, and the people who help them are convicted of crimes of solidarity (cf. Cédric Herrou), even though their situation is not all that different. This double standard immediately discredits pseudo-arguments about our supposed material inability to welcome migrants.


“A war among the poor in the Third World, no problem, let them fend for themselves, but look, they've seen Squid Game just like us, so let's help them! So why isn't this empathy as strong when it comes to other populations forced into exile to flee wars? How do we come to accept 'making a difference between people who arrive in France to escape death, to accept seeing some as our fellow human beings... but not others?”

Maëlle Le Corre, “French state racism reveals its true face as it welcomes Ukrainian refugees”,, Mar 04, 2022.



Arguments forJustifications

  • Argument forThe racist nature of the double standard when it comes to welcoming refugees is reflected in its very justification

Arguments againstObjections

  • Argument againstFrance has welcomed a few thousand Ukrainians and hundreds of thousands of Africans, so it can't be accused of racism.
  • Argument againstAround 1 third of refugees from Ukraine who come to France are African, and France does not discriminate against them
  • Argument againstMany migrants are young men, economic refugees, who do not correspond to the refugees from the war in Ukraine, women, old people and children.

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