Back “home” – not welcomed at a foreign place

“Of course, Germany during the Nazi-regime was also a country of safe origin – for Germans […]. For Jews it was slightly more complicated.”

Rudko Kawczynski, panel discussion Berlin, April 7, 2016 (own translation)

The majority of Roma who made it to Germany is sooner or later forced to return to Serbia. Since the chances to be accepted are extremely low, authorities recommend them to return ‘voluntarily’.[1] If they don’t agree, they will be deported and won’t be allowed to enter Germany again for several years. more “Back “home” – not welcomed at a foreign place”

To the land of dreams – stuck within asylum-policy regulations

On average one third of the Western Balkan refugees coming to Germany are Roma. [1] In Serbia, it’s more than 90 percent. Yet, since December 2012 Serbia is (as well as Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and since October 2015 Montenegro, Albania and Kosovo) declared to be a country of safe origin.[2] According to the German Basic Law (Art. 16a) this refers to countries in which due to the legal situation as well as the application of law and the general political circumstances it seems guaranteed, that neither political persecution nor inhumane or humiliating punishment or treatment will take place. more “To the land of dreams – stuck within asylum-policy regulations”

Roma in Germany – a story of antiziganism

“Antiziganism is not only an abstract scientific or political term. For a Sinto or Rom, antiziganism is a reality, which he or she faces on an almost daily basis. Even if it is often denied: Prejudices, resentments or discrimination towards Sinti and Roma as individuals or as a group are not an exception, but a present state of our society.”

Daniel Strauß, introduction to “Gutachten Antiziganismus“ (Markus End), own translation


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The Roma and the EU

More than 11 Million Roma live in Europe, more than half of them within the EU. [1] They are not actually an European, but national minorities, although even within the different states they’re no homogeneous group but very diverse concerning language, traditions, religion and their economic situation.[2] more “The Roma and the EU”

Numbers and Statistics

Since ethnical affiliation is often not recorded and many Roma do not talk about their identity, only few numbers and statistics are available, often based on estimations and assumptions.


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