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BRUSSELS— During 2017, 661,874 Ukrainians received temporary residency permits in the European Union, putting Ukraine in first place among foreign migrants to the 28-nation bloc. Almost 9 in 10 of Ukrainians going to the EU for work ended up in Poland.

A residency permit allows a foreign national to reside in a country for a fixed length of time and differs with each country. For example, Poland grants temporary residence permits for a maximum of three years, while Slovakia allows two years. Different category of migrants might have different durations for legal residency.

Of the residency permits issued for Ukrainians, 87.7 percent were for employment; 4 percent for family reasons; 3.5 percent for education; and 4.8 percent for other, unspecified reasons, according to Eurostat data, published on Oct. 25.

Syria finished a distant second place, with 223,000 citizens getting residency permits, most in Germany, and 71 percent for humanitarian reasons. China took the third position with 193,002 residency permits, India fourth with 163,074, and the United States fifth with 147,317 permits.

Syria has been consumed by a seven-year civil war that has killed more than 500,000 residents and displaced several million others. Dictator Bashar al-Assad, with support from Russia and Iran, has waged a brutal campaign to suppress a revolution, including the use several times of chemical weapons against his own people.

By contrast, Ukrainians left their homeland, with official average monthly incomes of only $300, to look for better-paid work.

According to the October update of the World Economic Outlook published by the International Monetary Fund, Ukraine’s per capita gross domestic product stood at $2,964, making it the poorest country in Europe, eve behind at Moldova with $3,227, Belarus with $6,020 and Russia with $10,950.

Poland is the leading EU destination for Ukrainians, granting 88 percent of the residency permits. Poland’s own labor force has left to richer nations within the EU for the same reason as Ukrainians – to find better jobs.

To attract more labor, Poland eased its requirements.

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Syrians Are Human Beings. “The West Seeks to Fabricate Sectarianism in Syria” | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

Syrians Are Human Beings. “The West Seeks to Fabricate Sectarianism in Syria” | Global Research – Centre for Research on Globalization

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Syrians are, first and foremost, human beings. The notion that they can be accurately described as Sunnis, or Shias, or Muslims or Christians is misleading. It is a form of xenophobic “Orientalism” that obliterates their humanity. Labelling people according their religious affiliations is an imperial weapon used to create sectarianism. And the West seeks to fabricate sectarianism in Syria.

Syrians in liberated areas of Syria celebrate Christmas, just like we do, but in terrorist-occupied areas Christmas celebrations are forbidden. Such is the success of Canada’s foreign policy. If the Western-supported terrorists were to win, Christmas would not be celebrated in Syria at all. In word and deed, we support anti-Christmas, anti-Everything terrorist proxies in Syria.

When the government and media messaging dehumanizes Syria and Syrians, and the public accepts it, the stage is set for more “regime change” war which has inflicted terrorism on Syria and all Syrians for seven years.

We should follow Syria’s example and consider Syrians first and foremost as human beings. Once they are humanized, it is easier to understand their resistance to the West’s terrorist proxies. When we see Syrians (and those who live in other imperial “prey” nations) for who they really are – rather than as  fictitious depictions of them — we will be better equipped to see that imperialists dehumanize all the peoples and all the leaders of countries that they seek to destroy. Furthermore, we’ll see that they seek to transform their fictitious narratives into self-fulfilling prophecies.  Imperialists create sectarian conflicts. Divide and conquer is a colonial staple. Hate is a weapon of war.

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