With the Ukraine war and the arrival of many Ukrainian refugees into European countries, as well as Canada/USA, there has been talk of double standards when it comes to refugee admissions.
“Generous reception of most people from Ukraine stood in sharp contrast to the often violent rejection and abuse of refugees and migrants at Europe’s external borders,” Amnesty said in the report.
“This double standard revealed the racism inherent in EU external border policy and practice,” it said.
There may very well be some some hard truths to that. But it gets me to wonder: when they move out-of-region to richer countries, refugees typically make headlines by moving to either Europe or the US. So while it is easy to criticize Europe and the US (as well as Australia/New Zealand), how do some of the other attractive states handle refugees that aren't from their immediate neighborhoods? Are they more tolerant? Less tolerant?
For the purpose of this question, I'll include China, for its economic dynamism, which ought to be make it attractive as well. And basically, any rich country that is not majority European-ethnic, since that is after all the racism criticized by Amnesty.
Out of scope: cases where countries have political reasons to admit/reject refugees: South Korea's general admission policies are of interest, but not those specific to North Korean refugees.
The reason I am not including poorer states is that
- a lot of them are already bearing an undue burden of refugees (ex: Syrians in Lebanon)
- they are often receiving refugees from neighboring countries, so cultures they are already familiar with. rich countries's immediate neighborhoods are usually safer as well.
- economic, rather than safety, motivations for migration can be more easily dismissed.
To be a little more specific: the notion of wealth, while important, is less important to this question than the criteria that the refugees arrive from out-of-region: a poor country that is very accepting to refugees from far away (rather than those from neighboring countries who crossed their border by land) would be an example to us all. Are there any?