Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has caused one of the fastest exoduses since World War II. In three weeks, over three million people fled in search of refuge. This is not Europe’s first refugee crisis, but it is different to previous ones for several reasons: geographical and cultural proximity, recent migration history, the open border policy and because it has once again made asylum a geopolitical issue. This article explains why this refugee crisis is different and why, fundamentally – in terms of access to asylum and rights – it shouldn’t be.
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