Anti-Roma Hatred On Rise In European Union

The recent EU summit meeting to deal with issues related to Romas has concluded hatred is on a rise against this group. The relaxed laws in Europe which allow easy movement between countries has undoubtedly resulted in Romas moving into areas where they previously have not gone. According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, Antiziganism(anti-gypsy sentiment) is spreading across Europe. The Italian government was considering fingerprinting the entire Roma population in that country but backed down after protests throughout Europe. About 5 percent of Hungary’s population is Roma. About half of Roma children between the ages of 15-19 have not yet completed an elementary school education. Lack of education and occupational skills makes it difficult for Romas to obtain good jobs in the workplace. Another problem is language issues since many have yet to obtain language fluency in the new countries they are presently living in.

The EU recognizes there is no coherent short or long term program to deal with issues of prejudice against Romas or to assist them in obtaining jobs, decent housing, and education. Most probably the need for education is paramount in launching any long term program to assist Romas.

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