Roma people have exceedingly good reasons to leave countries like Hungary and the Czech Republic. They are fleeing endemic discrimination in employment and education, and persistent violent attacks and expulsion. The re-emergence of the European far right, as well as the normalcy of xenophobic and autocratic political tendencies within mainstream parties, promises that the situation is only going to get worse.
Logically, Roma people are leaving their countries to seek new lives and safe haven in Canada. But Canadian racism and ignorance works against them: after Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration, and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney publicly called into question the validity of refugee claims of Roma from the Czech Republic and Hungary in 2009 and 2010, acceptance rates plummeted.
Roma Solidarity News aims to provide news in English about anti-Roma racism and fascism in Europe, and the struggle of Roma refugees to settle safely in Canada. We generally do not produce original content; our goal is to direct our audience to resources that show that Roma refugees have legitimate grounds for fleeing their countries of origin. We post links to news on other sites about discrimination and violence against Roma people in Europe, and related national political, economic and cultural developments that give rise to far-right political movements.
Generally speaking, bigoted individuals and organizations who target Roma people also target immigrants, Jewish people, members of the LGBTQ community, and people of colour, and to that end we post links about any incidents of right-wing incitement or hatred against marginalized people, though our focus remains on the Roma community.
If you are looking for cultural or historical information on Roma people, please check out the links on our homepage.
This is a volunteer-run project started in January 2012 and still under construction. Suggestions are welcome, and we would love to hear from like-minded researchers and activists. We have particular areas that we would appreciate help with, such as video-based news content from Europe that has been translated into English. Please contact us at email@example.com.
January 19, 2012
UPDATE, March 2012: At this point we are only updating this blog once a month or so. If you’d like to help make this more frequent by contributing content, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.