Romani (Gypsies): most discriminated ethnic group on Earth?

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    Jan 06, 2012 5:07 PM GMT
    Let's face it, no country on this planet wants gypsies living in their backyard. In fact, I'm quite convinced that gypsies are a group that virtually have no positive image at all anywhere they inhabit. There's such a clash between them and settled people with their drastically different lifestyles and customs that people would probably rather have a member of the Taliban for a neighbor than any gypsy - at least in Europe.

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    By the way, I tend to avoid labeling Travellers in the UK as gypsies because they aren't ethnically Romani. They're British (mainly Irish) people who adopted the Traveller life only a couple centuries ago. They might have a nomadic lifestyle and a few customs similar to the Romani, but they're still quite different from each other. Gypsies have migrated to Europe from northern India since the Middle Ages. They've generally adopted the dominant language and religion of the countries where they settled, so it's not like they're immigrants (except those who migrate from East to West). Most gypsies in Europe have been there for quite a few centuries.
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    Jan 06, 2012 5:44 PM GMT
    Interesting site. Thanks for recommending it. I can't begin to imagine how tough the job is for these people considering most European countries don't have the friendliest policies towards gypsies. It's not too far-fetched that immigrants (both legal and illegal) and even migrants associated with radical religious groups have more rights and opportunities than any gypsy.
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    Jan 06, 2012 5:52 PM GMT
    Another drawback lately is that gypsy migration has caused in uproar in Western Europe with regard to Romanian and Bulgarian immigrants. Many Western Europeans are quick to judge all Romanians and Bulgarians as gypsies, even though ethnic Roma are a minority in both countries. Besides, Spain has the largest population of gypsies in the world, and you don't hear people calling Spain "gypsy land" or anything like that.