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African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by cocolacec(m): 3:36pm On Mar 31
Investigation: African students fleeing Vladimir Putin’s invasion disappearing into detention centres

Non-white students who have fled Ukraine have been detained by EU border authorities in what has been condemned as “clearly discriminatory” and “not acceptable”.

An investigation by The Independent, in partnership with Lighthouse Reports and other media partners, reveals 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.

At least four students who have fled Vladimir Putin’s 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.

One of the students said they were stopped by officials as they crossed the border and were given “no choice” but to sign a document they did not understand before they were then taken to the camp. They do not know how long they will be held there.

A Nigerian man currently detained said he was “scared” about what will happen to him after being held in the facility for more than three weeks.

Polish border police have confirmed that 52 third-country nationals who have fled Ukraine are currently being held in detention facilities in Poland.

The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) said they were aware of three other facilities in Poland where people non-Ukrainians who have fled the war are being detained.

Separately, a Nigerian student who fled the Russian invasion is understood to have been detained in Estonia after travelling to the country to join relatives, and is now being threatened with deportation.

This is despite a EU protection directive dated 4 March which states that third country nationals studying or working in Ukraine should be admitted to the EU temporarily on humanitarian grounds.

Maria Arena, chair of the EU parliament’s subcommittee on human rights, said: “International students in Ukraine, as well as Ukrainians, are at risk and risking their lives in the country. Detention, deportation or any other measure that does not grant them protection is not acceptable.”

The findings of the investigation, which was carried out in collaboration with Lighhtouse Reports, Spiegal, Mediapart and Radio France, comes after it emerged that scores of Black and Asian refugees fleeing Ukraine were experiencing racial discrimination while trying to make border crossing last month.

‘They took us here to the camp... I’m scared’

Gabriel*, 29, had been studying trade and economics in Kharkov before war broke out. The Nigerian national left the city and arrived at the border on 27 February, where he says his phone was confiscated by Polish border guards and he was given “no option” but to sign a form he did not understand.

“It was written in Polish. I didn’t know what I was signing. I said I wouldn’t sign, but they insisted I signed it and that if not I would go to jail for five months,” he said in a recorded conversation with a Nigerian activist.

The student said he was then taken to court, where there was no interpreter to translate what was being said so that he could understand, and then taken to a detention centre in the small village of Lesznowola.

“It is a closed camp inside a forest,” said Gabriel, speaking from the facility. “There’s no freedom. Some people have been here more than nine months. Some have gone mad. I’m scared.

“We escaped Ukraine very horrible experience, the biggest risk of my life [...] Everything was scary and I thought that was the end of it. And now we are in detention.”

Gabriel said there are at least two other Nigerian students in the camp, along with students from Cameroon, Ghana, the Ivory Coast and French African nations.

Guards at the centre said inmates have their mobile phones confiscated, with only those who have a second sim card given a phone without a camera.

Many can only communicate with the outside world via email – and even this is said to be limited to certain times.

Another individual detained at the centre is Paul, 20, a Cameroonian who had been studying management and language at Agrarian University Bila Tserkva in Kyiv for six months when the war started.

His brother, Victor, who is in Cameroon, said Paul had told him that he had been apprehended while crossing the border and that on 2 March, a Polish judge ordered that he be transferred to Lesznowola detention centre.

“From his explanation, the camp doesn’t seem like one that welcomes people fleeing from the war in Ukraine. It’s a camp that has been existing and has people that came to seek for asylum. No one knows why he is being detained,” he said.

Victor said that Paul was given seven days to appeal the decision to detain him, but that he has been unable to access the internet in order to file the appeal in time.

“Since that day he filed the appeal, police and guards try to restrict them. He used to get five minutes of internet but on that day they stopped letting them use the internet. The phone he used to communicate with me was blocked. Maybe it’s because they realised that the issue was taking on a legal dimension,” he said.

‘He’s not allowed to be in Estonia’

This investigation has also heard reports that a Nigerian student, Reuben, is facing deportation from Estonia after being detained having fled the war in Ukraine.

Prior to his arrival in the eastern European country, 32-year-old Reuben emailed the head of International House, a service centre that helps internationals in Estonia to communicate with the state, explaining that he wanted to join his cousin living in the country.

The head of the organisation Leonardo Ortega responded by letter that he may relocate to Estonia.

Reuben, who attended Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University in Ukraine and is married to a Ukrainian woman, arrived on 9 March through Poland with his cousin Peter.

After being delayed for three hours at the Estonia border, the pair were escorted to a police station, according to Peter, 30, who has an Estonian residency permit.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-refugees-detention-international-students-b2041310.html%3famp

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by Jestin: 4:19pm On Mar 31
Trying to use the opportunity to flee into a better country

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by DJGiore: 4:19pm On Mar 31
good, very good

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by mummyson26(m): 4:19pm On Mar 31
Very very bad

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by Israelmoney(m): 4:19pm On Mar 31
Hmmm
Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by joyla8: 4:20pm On Mar 31
angry
Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by Greenlight123: 4:20pm On Mar 31
Bad and sad to see African people suffer such humiliation

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by verybadmouth(m): 4:21pm On Mar 31
If not that our Govt have failed us, why should our people travel to these indigent countries for education. Nigeria should be one of the world giants if not for these heartless leaders.

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by Salmoneus(m): 4:22pm On Mar 31
Shame

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by morinto: 4:23pm On Mar 31
I don't know how true this news is but I have alot of friends that flee to Germany after the ukraine stuff and was given 3 month residence paper with opportunity to renew after every 3 month and also Germany is paying them 400 euros every month with unlimited hours for them to work

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by Ochyes: 4:23pm On Mar 31
Too bad.

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by yommitte00(m): 4:23pm On Mar 31
Wahala
Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by 9jaBloke: 4:23pm On Mar 31
POW
Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by eedimo(m): 4:24pm On Mar 31
I know Africans love to "overdo" but the way racism is eating over the world, i fear for the future of our children.

Make everybody farm for him farm.

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by CrownOfClay724: 4:24pm On Mar 31
slawormiir:
Damnnn niggar
Too bad

This guy.
Thought they said you're done for?
You still dey?



Should be a brief reminder to our Nigerian-Europeans wey carry this war for head.
Dem no send your papa grin

So long you're black, if you like, paint yourself in Ukrainean yellow, na nigga dem go still see you as.

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by JackDaAlienz(m): 4:25pm On Mar 31
Japa gang

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by Lovenorth: 4:25pm On Mar 31
Where are those praying and worshipping Ukraine? over to you

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by sleek214(m): 4:25pm On Mar 31
Lol. They refused evacuations from their country of origin. They will leave by force

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by bakar007: 4:25pm On Mar 31
cocolacec:


https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/ukraine-refugees-detention-international-students-b2041310.html%3famp
While some western slaves dey form keypad warriors for their master against Russian not knowing their lives don't matter.

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by dasparrow: 4:26pm On Mar 31
How come these students did not take the flights Nigerian government sent to pick up Nigerian students? I guess they didn't want to come home. If they had taken these flights, they would have been home now and also gotten $100 as well from the Nigerian government.

I told you all that we are in a different dispensation and a new era. Some call it the new world order. What you see happening now is just the tip of the iceberg of what is come in the not so distant future. A time is coming when all these oyibo countries that you people love running to will no longer be safe for you as an African/Black person.

Don't allow your ancestral land Nigeria to go to the dogs because once you allow your country to get taken over by jihadists, just know you are finished. White people have never hidden their disdain for Black people. Go and ask Black people from America for instance. But Nigerians in particular always think that europeans and those that descend from europeans are so kind.

I am glad all this is happening. Perhaps, our people will finally stop worshiping white people like say dem be some kind of god. One last thing, as things become increasingly economically difficult in the West and in all European countries, white nationalism and supremacy along with anti-immigrant sentiments will be on the rise.

As a Black person, you will be an easy target and these white nationalists/supremacists will not care if you are married to one of their citizens. They will capture you, possibly inject you with poisonous substance or something that will cause you infertility before deporting you back to whatever country you originally came from.

I feel sorry for those of you who have this mindset where you constantly think you have to be in white people's countries, places and faces just to make it in life. When oyibo finish with you, you will regret the day you were born. Shalom! Peace!

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by Padipadi(m): 4:26pm On Mar 31
It's like I ll send curse to all Europe make Putin kuku kill all of them. We are saying that there's a demon in Russia bullying the world & you mumu Estonian, Polish & other Shengem European countries are doing racism.
You are all mad.
Last Comic Bullet
Putin, I don't like you but I need to give you an assignment.
I ll pay you just N1500. Go & deal with Poland & Estonia. Leave Ukraine alone. The ones wey you don kill don do for there.

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Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by Lovenorth: 4:27pm On Mar 31
dasparrow:
How come these students did not take the flight that came to pick up Nigerian students? I guess they didn't want to come home
Ask your almighty America
Re: African Students Refugees Fleeing Ukraine Detained In EU Immigration Facilities by gloryfidedesign(m): 4:29pm On Mar 31
Being a black man is not easy over there but any how God gat our back we go surely survive. cool

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