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The right to roam
Unwanted, marginalised and defiant - the Roma people have become the target of governments across Europe.
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2010 12:03 GMT

Unwanted, marginalised, defiant - the Roma people have become the target of governments across Europe.

In France and Italy they have been thrown out in their thousands - accused of illegally overstaying their welcome and blamed for increases in crime.

They say that in their countries of origin they are victims of discrimination - a minority with few opportunities.

They are now taking advantage of European Union laws that allow freedom of travel to all European citizens - looking West to find a better life, yet reluctant to adapt to Western ways.

The Roma issue has now been forced on EU policy makers - they have to find a balance between the growing hostility and the rights of the Roma.

This episode of The Rageh Omaar Report aired from Wednesday, November 16, 2010.

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Al Jazeera
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