EU: Anti-Roma Prejudice Widespread

AP, January 31, 2008

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European Union nations must do more to integrate the Roma and prevent marginalizing the ethnic group to housing projects, slums and camps, European Parliament lawmakers said in a resolution.

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The court said Gypsies in Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania and other countries remain at risk of social exclusion.

Lawmakers urged countries to do more to end the marginalization of the Roma and called for millions in EU aid programs to bolster education, housing and job programs for Gypsies.

Roma are now one of the largest, poorest, and fastest growing minorities in Europe, with a total population on the continent estimated at between 7 million and 9 million.

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