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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

Hungarian City Set to ‘Expel’ Its Roma – ERRC.org

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

Toronto’s ‘hidden homeless’

“Home, for almost nine in 10 low-income families in Toronto, is an overcrowded, unaffordable and unsafe apartment in a highrise building. Its units are infested with vermin, in dire need of basic repairs and incidents of theft and assault are commonplace, a new study published by the University of Toronto’s Cities Centre has shown.” Read more… … Continue reading

Milan Authorities Continue Evicting Roma – ERRC.org

“Budapest, Milan, 13 March 2014: This morning, two more Roma settlements were forcibly evicted in Milan, Italy. Meanwhile, Roma evicted on 3 March are still living on the street. All the residents evicted today were victims of previous forced evictions. The ERRC is legally challenging these evictions.” Read more: via Milan Authorities Continue Evicting Roma … Continue reading

Romani Woman Wins Discrimination Case Against Finnish Landlord | FINNBAY

“(FINNBAY) – Turku, 11 March 2014. The National Discrimination Tribunal of Finland sided with the Romani woman in her complaint against the Finnish landlord whom refused to rent out an apartment due to her Roman background.” via Romani Woman Wins Discrimination Case Against Finnish Landlord | FINNBAY.

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

“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

New resources for immigrants and service providers

Follow this link “to read a new report by Social Planning Toronto on obstacles and challenges to providing services to undocumented immigrants in Toronto as well as brand new resources for service providers and undocumented immigrants that can help overcome some of these challenges.” via New resources for immigrants and service providers.

Romanian Court Victory – Forced Eviction of Roma to Pata-Rât was Illegal – ERRC.org

“Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, London, 7 January 2014: The European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) and Amnesty International welcome the decision of the Cluj-Napoca County Court (Tribunal) that the Mayor’s decision to forcibly evict around 300 Roma in December 2010, to a site adjacent to a waste dump, was illegal.” via Romanian Court Victory – Forced Eviction of … Continue reading

BBC News – Squalid conditions for Roma families forced from homes

Video:  http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-25444949

Roma in France Face Multiple Evictions – ERRC.org

“Budapest, 8 March 2013: Roma from Aubervilliers have faced multiple evictions, with disproportionate use of police force, after their settlement was burned down last month. The European Roma Rights Centre and Médecins du Monde sent a letter to French authorities asking them to provide assistance for the families.” Read more: via Roma in France Face … Continue reading

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