Discrimination

Roma and Africans not welcome

Published on 10 December 2009 at 12:07
 | Irish Examiner, 10 December 2009

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Times are hard for Europe’s minorities. According to a newly published EU-MIDIS survey from the European Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), certain communities suffer more than others in the EU’s member states: Brazilians in Portugal, Sub-Saharan Africans in Ireland, North Africans in Italy, Somalis in Finland and Denmark, and Africans in general in Malta. However, as the Irish Examiner remarks, the Roma are the worst affected by discrimination in Europe—a finding that does not come as a surprise—particularly in countries such as the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Greece. According to the survey, which interviewed 23,000 immigrants and members of minorities as well as 5,000 other citizens in 27 EU countries, most discrimination takes place at work and in the education system. It also found that the majority of incidents are not reported because there is a widespread belief that "nothing would happen as a result".

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