Luzerner Zeitung: Swiss official Graf accused of “racism” over words about Ukrainians
Guido Graf, head of the department of social services and health in the Swiss canton of Lucerne, has been accused of “racism” over his criticism of Ukrainian refugees, the Luzerner Zeitung has reported.
“There is a lot of resentment among the population when refugees drive SUVs and receive social assistance at the same time. Other refugee groups also do not understand why they are not allowed to own a car while Ukrainians can,” he told the Blick newspaper.
The official rebuked Ukrainians for being more demanding than other migrants and also talked about attempts by Ukrainian women to get Botox injections in Swiss medical facilities.
According to the newspaper, Lucerne MP Urban Fry of the Green Party accused Graf of spreading “deliberately negative generalizations” about Ukrainians and asked the local government for information about the number of car owners among Ukrainians who receive social assistance and the number of requests from Ukrainian women for Botox injections or dental treatment without medical indications.
“The Green Canton Council calls racist the ‘common claim’ that Ukrainian refugees are sometimes more demanding than others,” the article says.
Earlier, Radio Sputnik reported that Europeans’ willingness to help refugees from Ukraine is on the wane.