French Roma expulsions 'scandalous': Polish group

31st August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Poland's Roma Association on Tuesday said France's recent expulsions of the minority were "scandalous", calling on Prime Minister Donald Tusk to condemn the policy.

In an appeal to Tusk posted on its website, the group's president Roman Kwiatkowski described the expulsions since late July as "very worrying and scandalous".

"Poland...where so many people were killed in the name of racist and xenophobic Nazi ideology, should find itself amongst the first EU countries to react to the French government's behaviour and to warn against the expulsion and stigmatisation of an ethnic group."

Approaching 1,000 Roma living illegally in France have been expelled between July 28 and August 17, according to French government figures.

On Monday, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe expressed its concern at the "stigmatisation" of Roma in Europe.

There are approaching 13,000 Roma in Poland, according to a 2002 census, though the Polish Roma Association puts the population at 50,000.

© 2010 AFP

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