Editor’s note: Miskolc is one of the main cities of origin of Hungarian Roma refugee claimants who have come to Canada in search of sanctuary. Many have now returned, either via deportation or because they have given up on their refugee claims in the face of dim prospects of acceptance. Recall how in October 2012, then-Minister of Immigration Jason Kenney travelled to Miskolc on a “fact-finding” mission to show that there is no persecution of Roma happening there.
“Budapest, 25 June 2014: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) is deeply concerned about a recent local government decree designed to expel Roma from Miskolc, a major city in Eastern Hungary. The ERRC sent its legal analysis to the European Commission to underline the unlawfulness of the action, urging the European Commission to take action against Hungary as its local decree is in breach of EU law. The local Romani community is holding a public rally in the city today to protest the Miskolc government’s actions.”