Can European Union country be a source of Roma refugee claimants?

"Roma in Hungary learn to live with a certain amount of abuse. There is open talk of “gypsy criminals.” One of the parties now in parliament talked of dealing with “gypsy crime” as part of its election platform. The paramilitary Gárda stage marches near Roma areas of the country and, while the government has banned the formal Gárda, its members and followers continue to march ... They throw rocks through windows, yell through loudspeakers and, as one Roma mother complains, threaten the children on their way to school. The police are not much interested in complaints by Roma.” - Jozsef, Hungarian Roma refugee claimant living in Toronto, Canada.

 

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Can European Union country be a source of Roma refugee claimants?

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I feared for my life

“I wanted a safe environment; that was my first priority. An Internet search told me that Canada accepted newcomers and already has an established Roma community. If I went somewhere else in Europe, I could not be so sure. I saved up for my plane ticket for two years. I did not want to jeopardize my claim and my family’s safety by discussing the persecution I suffered in Hungary ... I feared for my life." - Zoltan, Hungarian Roma carpenter living in a Toronto shelter since October 2011.

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