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Europe’s most persecuted people?

President Sarkozy's recent campaign against the Roma people highlights their growing persecution across Europe. As their numbers increase, integrating this group will become ever more important

By Ben Judah   September 2010

While fertility rates are dropping to record lows in the new EU member states, Roma numbers are exploding. Photo: Andrej Ban

President Sarkozy’s controversial roundup and deportation of thousands of gypsies currently living in France has been condemned by many quarters—the Pope, the president of the EU Commission and a UN committee. The Roma in question are EU citizens who had every right to move to France, but not to stay indefinitely without a job. Yet despite the high-level criticism of Sarkozy’s move, his policy signals a gathering tempo of persecution of the Roma people in Europe. Last week seven…

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