New Deal between France and Romania on Roma Returns Must Not Breach Rights to Free Movement
14 September 2012
Budapest, Bucharest, Paris 14
September 2012: A new pilot project to send Roma migrants back to Romania from France should not breach freedom of movement rights for EU citizens, and should not encourage the French government to continue with its current policies on Roma.The French and Romanian governments signed a new deal relating to the deportation of Roma on 12 September.
Media sources report that this is a two-year pilot scheme that will begin with the repatriation of around 80 Romani families currently living in France. An official French government statement mentions the “implementation and follow-up of 80 concrete projects aimed at the reintegration of returnees from France”, to be achieved through close collaboration between national and local French and Romanian authorities. Full details of the agreement have yet to be released.