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Migrants aren’t spreading the coronavirus – but nationalists are blaming them anyway | Daniel Trilling

Politicians across Europe have been quick to exploit the outbreak by heaping suspicion on the most marginalised

When I give talks on Europe’s “refugee crisis” I often start by showing a photograph of a rescue boat arriving at the port of Augusta in Sicily, in 2015. It shows a teenage girl of African or Middle Eastern origin looking quizzically at a European official covered from head to toe in white protective gear, with face mask and goggles. Who, I like to ask the audience, is the threat to whom?

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