The Roma People Face Poverty and Discrimination

by Letters 4 the Damned

BUDAPEST, Hungary — The Roma people who initially immigrated from India now comprise eight percent of Hungary’s population. According to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees, The Roma in Hungary face a 70 percent unemployment rate. This is equivalent to 10 times the national average and only three percent of the Roma population attend high school, contributing to lack of basic literacy skills.

Human Rights Watch researcher Lydia Gall said: “This is supposed to be a European Union country but travel to any Roma community and you will see people living in poverty like in sub-Saharan Africa and racial attacks with no one brought to justice.”

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