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Ukraine Crisis Highlights Europe's History of Treating Some Refugees Differently

Ukrainian refugees queue for food after their arrival in Berlin on March 8.

Ukrainian refugees queue for food after their arrival in Berlin on March 8.

Photographer: Michael Sohn/AP Photo

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The journey from war takes days and weeks. And while most people fleeing Ukraine are met with open arms and compassion, Nawa, Kathy and Solomon haven’t always had that experience. Like other people of color seeking safety in neighboring countries, they’ve found themselves repeatedly pushed back, forced out of evacuation trains and threatened with violence when they did try to board.

“They were trying to show that there are levels to this and we were the last,” said Solomon, a 35-year-old locksmith who fled the city of Kharkiv.