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Roma suffer from problems caused by discrimination

Issue No. 2380

Migration Yorkshire, a local authority-led organisation that supports migrants in accessing services, produced a report last year into the health of Roma in Yorkshire.

It said “generations of discrimination, poor living conditions and exclusion from services” had caused health problems for Roma.

The report added that anti-Roma racism in Britain compounded poor health. 

This included “insecure employment; poor working conditions, often with minimal rights; inadequate access to education and care”. 

It isn’t “Roma culture” that leads to overcrowded housing, poverty and poor conditions. It is racism.

Every second Roma person was discriminated against in the last 12 months according to a European Union report in 2009. 

Several eastern European countries had to change their laws to outlaw some anti-Roma discrimination. 

Despite the discrimination they face, 97 percent of Roma who have travelled to Britain say that their lives have improved since arriving.

More than half said that they liked being free to get a job.

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