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Czech Roma asylum seeker denied refugee status

“Would a Czech Roma asylum seeker be so desperate to get accepted in Canada that she’d carve two swastikas in her back to fool a refugee judge?” via Gypsy/Roma community | CIReport.ca. Advertisements

Bill C-585 to ban refugees from social assistance | Metro

“A Conservative MP’s private member bill is quietly making its way through the legislature and, if passed, could exclude refugees from accessing any social assistance.” Read more: via Bill C-585 to ban refugees from social assistance | Metro.

What is it like to be a doctor in immigration detention centres? | Ailene Chan and Ian Kerridge | Comment is free | theguardian.com

This article is not specifically about Roma migrants, but does address the general problem of state neglect of immigrant detainees. “As a GP who worked on Nauru and Christmas Island, I’ve seen men with their lips sewn closed, women drinking from bottles of shampoo and children with weeping sores.” via What is it like to … Continue reading

The Campaign to End Immigration Detention – 1 year in | End Immigration Detention

From No One Is Illegal: “On September 17th 2013, 191 one hundred and ninety one immigration detainees held in the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, Ontario, began a non-cooperation protest.They went on hunger strike and at first demanded better prison conditions. Soon the strikers demands expanded to the entire immigration detention system that detains … Continue reading

Roma in poorer health condition than average: report | EurActiv

“While it has often been proven that Roma experience extensive discrimination, violence and social exclusion, a new report financed by the European Commission also reveals that this has an overall negative impact on their health.” via Roma in poorer health condition than average: report | EurActiv.

1ST LEAD Roma in focus as refugee applications in Germany surge by one third By Jean-Baptiste Piggin, dpa | EUROPE ONLINE

“Berlin dpa – The tally of people seeking political asylum in Germany soared last year by one third, compared to the previous year, with official data on Thursday highlighting growing arrivals of Roma people from the Balkans.” via 1ST LEAD Roma in focus as refugee applications in Germany surge by one third By Jean-Baptiste Piggin, … Continue reading

Trafficking in Persons for Forced Labour: Backgrounder | Canadian Council for Refugees

Here is a backgrounder on human trafficking and how recent changes to Canada’s immigration system makes more migrants vulnerable to extreme exploitation. Excerpts: “In recent years, Canada has increasingly shifted its focus from permanent to more precarious temporary immigration. More workers are now being brought into Canada on a temporary basis with fewer rights than other … Continue reading

Detained refugees treated worse than criminals: lawyer

““I think the public has long ago … come to see refugees as fake, number one, and criminals, number two,” Rankin said. “I think you’re far better off as a criminal in Canada than being a … refugee in Canada.”” Read more via Detained refugees treated worse than criminals: lawyer.

Addressing pervasive work-place discrimination | The Budapest Business Journal on the web | bbj.hu

“Around half of all Hungarian workers report experiencing discrimination at work, according to a survey released on July 4. This compares poorly with Western Europe, where 35% of workers report discrimination.The survey also found that those most likely to face discrimination are Roma, closely followed by Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender and Queer LGBTQ people.” Read more via … Continue reading

Summer roundup: news stories from Canada and Europe

Summer roundup Discrimination never goes on vacation… Here’s a roundup of some big (and/or interesting) stories over these past three summer months about Roma in Canada and Europe. But what did we miss? Post your links and thoughts in the comments section. News from Canada: Supreme Court rules that cuts to refugee health care are … Continue reading

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