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Portugal’s gypsies feel they are among the most discriminated against in Europe

in News · 01-12-2016 14:14:00 · 6 Comments

Almost half of Portugal’s gypsies said they felt they were discriminated against at some point during the past year and, according to a new European report, feel they suffer the most prejudice against them of gypsies from nine different European countries.

Portugal’s gypsies feel they are among the most discriminated against in Europe

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) lifted the lid on this matter with its new survey on Europe Union Minorities and Discrimination, published this week.
The EU-MIDIS II report was based on input from surveys of 25,000 people of various ethnic minorities, among them 7,947 gypsies from Spain, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary and Romania, as well as Portugal; countries that account for 80 percent of Europe’s Roma ethnics, plus 33,785 other individuals.
According to the FRA, 71 percent of Portuguese gypsies suffered an episode of discrimination within the past five years, while 47 percent claimed to have beendiscriminated against in the 12 months preceding the inquiry, which is one of the worst results of the countries surveyed.
Portugal’s gypsies said they felt the most prejudice when looking for employment.
The FRA said even when compared with the first report, carried out in 2011, “the prevalence of discrimination against gypsies when looking for a job rose substantially for Portugal’s gypsies”, but added that that particular type of discrimination only dropped in Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania.
Regarding finding a job, 47 percent of Portuguese gypsies complained they had been discriminated against, in comparison to the 16 percent average of the aforementioned nine countries (M9P).
Eleven percent of national gypsies said they had suffered discrimination in the workplace, 38 percent in public or private services, two percent in education, five percent in finding housing, and five percent in health services, the latter three categories being significantly below the M9P average.
Regarding general discrimination due to ethnic origins, one in every two gypsies of the M9P said they felt it was something that is relatively or significantly widespread in their countries.
On the other hand, only five percent of Portugal’s gypsy respondents said they had made a formal complaint due to situations of discrimination that took place in the past 12 months, which is significantly below the 12 percent average of the M9P.
The report further highlighted that in Portugal, Greece and Romania “almost none of the gypsies surveyed knew of any support organisations” and only 36 percent of the total respondents said they were aware that laws exist, banning discrimination based on the colour of skin, ethnicity or religion.
“The results differ considerably between countries, with the lowest level of knowledge being in Portugal”, the report concluded.

Comments

I have zero empathy for gypsies residing in Portugal. The are uneducated, violent lazy bunch. They are also very racists.
by paul clarke from UK on 09-05-2018 07:44:00
I wish the person who wrote this article to be robbed by a gypsy.
Gypsys say they are discriminated yet there are ZERO lawsuits from their pair against being discriminated.
Gypsys received to date millions of euros JUST FOR BEING GYPSYS
Gypsys call discrimination to when people call on them stealing and claiming benefits from scams ( using the same child 4 5 times with different names )
Why is that our jails are Full of gypsys?
They should be even fuller of more gypsys if political correctness and double standards didn't exist
"According to the FRA"... NEVER SEEN ANY FRA anywhere close near a gypsy... Made up surveys from a political correct and corrupt organization ( the EU) who doesn't see that these parasite minorities take 10 times more than what they give amd its ok because political correctness thrives in the fabric of modern society.
In america this would never come to pass.
Doesn't matter anyway. Eu corrupt and UNELECTED leaders now are importing terrorists from the middle east making gypsys obsolete... Muslims are the new level of parasite
by Müller from Other on 29-04-2018 04:03:00
They always lived as they want .
Work Is a complicated thing for them,
Kids dont go to school .
They are rude and mean to anyone else that not a Gipsy .
They are racist to black people .
They all receive "Intregation" benefits of around 1000 Euros a month ,albeit they have been here for Centuries. Perhaps Instead of give them money ,make them look at their own belly .
by Ricardo Porto from UK on 06-12-2016 12:33:00
From my personal (limited) experience with Gypsies, they may have been discriminated against but they are not being pre judged.
by Joao Azevedo from USA on 04-12-2016 01:29:00
Maybe because many of them are thieves,plain and simple.
They send their children to ride around on mule driven carts where they stand up peering over fences looking for things to steal.
They ignore the laws the rest of us have to obey.
Become part of society and contribute and stop complaining.
by James from Algarve on 03-12-2016 11:32:00
Maybe because many of them are thieves,plain and simple.
They send their children to ride around on mule driven carts where they stand up peering over fences looking for things to steal.
They ignore the laws the rest of us have to obey.
Become part of society and contribute and stop complaining.
by James from Algarve on 03-12-2016 11:25:00

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