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Racism at the Ukrainian Border: A reminder that racism doesn’t pause in times of war

Picture this: your country has been invaded because the leader of the neighbouring country feels threatened by democracy. So, you decide to flee your home, the town you grew up in out of hope for a better future in another country. After gathering the little possessions, you could stuff in a rucksack you make your […]

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University of Edinburgh show support for students in Ukraine

After one week since the Russian government began its invasion of Ukraine, there have been significant and growing casualties of soldiers and civilians on both Ukrainian and Russian fronts.  The United Nations have reported that over 600 Ukrainian civilians have died as a result of Russian aggression in Ukraine. Russian troops have shelled military targets […]

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Tragedy on the Channel

On Wednesday 24th November, smugglers pushed an inflatable dinghy along the coast of northern France towards the English Channel. The migrants on the dinghy each had their own aspirations: some to be reunited with their families, some to find work, and others to find a place to study. But dreams were shattered. It was a […]

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The Afghan crisis: how students can help

Approximately 10,000 Afghans will be resettled in the UK this year following the Taliban takeover. After more than four decades of conflict, Afghanistan now has 3 million internally displaced people. A further 2.6 million have been forced to become refugees in other countries such as Pakistan and Iran. This major displacement crisis has worsened with […]

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The politicised fear of migrants in Greece

On the 30th January 2020, the Greek government announced a contentious new plan to build a floating barrier which will run across the Aegean Sea, implanted from the island of Lesvos. The proposal is a direct initiative to deter migrants from travelling to Greek islands by sea from Turkey in the hope of finding refuge […]

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Art Culture

Belonging: Lost Voices at Coburg House

Hussain Akrad’s art presents a shattered impression of humanity, combining a lurid, dream-like sense of displacement with vividly focused images of a harsh and destructed reality. Currently displayed at Coburg House is his latest collection – Belonging: Lost Voices – which illuminates his experience of conflict and displacement from his home in Darra, Syria. Having […]

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Commentators have misunderstood Merkel’s refugee policy

There is a saying that there are always two sides to every story. When it comes to politics, there are usually not only two opinions on a matter, but a whole array of them. Politicians such as Trump can divide a whole nation, his ‘alternative facts’ causing both hatred and apparently false hope for a […]

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Abandoning the Dubs scheme is inexcusable

Not so long ago, I, along with thousands more, marched across Edinburgh to protest against President Trump’s ban of all Syrian refugees and all visitors, green card holders, and asylum seekers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. I was reassured by the fact that people all over the western world were protesting against Trump’s purposefully offensive […]