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A multicultural EU policy? “Roma Inclusion” in conflict with traditional values

Tran, J. (2011) A multicultural EU policy? “Roma Inclusion” in conflict with traditional values.

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Abstract:With no territory and a mysterious history, the Romanies, or better known as “Gypsies”, have had to endure centuries of discriminatory practices and persecutions in Europe: In 15th century Germany, the first anti-Romani law was passed, followed by many more. According to this, the Romanies were to be killed and simply punished for their pure existence (Hancock, 2002). In Spain, France, England and many other European countries, different discriminating laws were issued such as the hanging for male Romanies, mutilation and taking away of Romani children for Christian education. In the 20th century, the Romanies were less subject to ethnic elimination, but rather to assimilationist laws across Europe, focusing on the end of nomadism and school attendance. In Bulgaria, for instance, the use of their mother tongue and Romani names were legally forbidden, forcing them to assimilate into the majority society (Fonseca, 1988, p.159, p.310). There are a lot more examples of maltreatment across Europe. It seems that the Romanies have always attracted political interest, albeit in the negative sense causing many deaths and the restriction of their particular ways of life.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration BSc (56627)
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