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Hungarian City Set to ‘Expel’ Its Roma –

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 … Continue reading

Forced Evictions of Roma double in France, as Authorities Pursue Failed, Expensive Policy –

“Budapest, Paris, 14 January 2014: French authorities forcibly evicted more than 21.537 Romani migrants in 2013, more than double the total for 2012. Law enforcement officers carried out 165 evictions affecting almost 19.380 people. There were 22 evictions due to fire, affecting 2.157 Roma…” via Forced Evictions of Roma double in France, as Authorities Pursue … Continue reading

Serbia: McDonald’s discrimination case

Woman and three Roma children barred from McDonald’s in Serbia:  http://

Canada took fewer refugees last year, despite pledge to increase numbers

“OTTAWA – Refugee groups are accusing the Conservatives of backtracking on a pledge to increase the number of refugees resettled to Canada. Statistics show the number of refugees resettled in Canada in 2012 was down 26 per cent from 2011, despite repeated claims by the government that it`s aiming to increase refugee levels by 20 … Continue reading

Der Spiegel: Germany doesn’t want Romani people in Schengen –

“The latest issue of Der Spiegel magazine reports that while no one in the German government has ever officially stated the policy (and probably never will), it is completely evident whom it targets: Germany has been rattled by the immigration of Romani people from Bulgaria and Romania, which is why it doesn’t want to open … Continue reading

CMAJ: Doctors promise protests along with court challenge to refugee health cuts

“Canadian doctors who have launched a legal challenge against the federal government’s cuts to health benefits for refugees promise further protests and disruption of federal Cabinet ministers’ announcements, starting this spring. Medical students and residents who have “never been in the streets before, never protested” are rallying around this issue and will join other health … Continue reading

30,000 Golden Dawn Supporters March in Athens Under Neo-Nazi Banners [VIDEO] – IBTimes UK

“Tens of thousands of black-clad neo-Nazis have rallied in Athens in support of Greece’s far-right Golden Dawn party, in the movement’s biggest show of support since it emerged from obscurity to win 7 percent of the vote in last June’s general election.” Read more, and watch the video: 30,000 Golden Dawn Supporters March in Athens … Continue reading

More changes coming to Canada’s immigration landscape | Embassy – Canada’s Foreign Policy Newspaper

Editor’s Note:  Here is a link to a comprehensive but concise overview of Jason Kenney’s changes to  Canada’s immigration system.  To read the entire article without a paid subscription to Embassy magazine, sign up for a free trial subscription. Excerpts: “Ms. Alboim said the changes would make it more difficult for people to qualify for … Continue reading

John Feffer: The Persistence of Discrimination Against Roma

Excerpt: “In interviews and casual conversations in the four southeastern European countries I visited this fall, I heard the same stereotypes about Roma repeated over and over again. And many of the people who trafficked in these stereotypes were highly educated, the people who are expected “to know better.” Maria Metodieva was, until recently, in … Continue reading

Vona says Jobbik to “strike back” after year of attacks and sliding poll numbers –

“The radical nationalist Jobbik party was under constant attacks in 2012 but it “will strike back vigorously if this base campaign continues,” party leader Gabor Vona told MTI in an interview assessing the past year. The opposition leader admitted that the year fell short of the party’s expectations. Citing public opinion polls, Vona noted that … Continue reading

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