The European Commission carried out an opinion poll on discrimination and inequality in Europe, including Europeans’ attitudes towards ethnic groups in society. This survey was followed-up two years later with a second round of interviews, asking a more detailed question to ascertain Europeans’ attitudes towards the Roma.
The first survey revealed that 77% Europeans were of the opinion that being a Roma was a disadvantage in society. The second survey highlighted that around a quarter Europeans would feel uncomfortable having a Roma neighbour and that this tendency is higher towards the Roma than towards a person from a different ethnic origin in general.
The experience from the Roma
The EU-MIDIS (‘European Union Minorities and Discrimination’) Survey undertaken by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) asks immigrant and ethnic minority groups about their experiences of discrimination and criminal victimisation in their everyday life.
The EU-MIDIS ‘Data in Focus Reports’ target specific results from the survey related to different groups: the first of these reports (published in spring 2009) specifically targets the Roma.
The survey showed that one in two Roma respondents was discriminated against at least once in the previous 12 months, and that on average one in five Roma respondents were victims of racially motivated personal crime at least once in the previous 12 months.
Beside the EU-MIDIS survey, the Fundamental Rights Agency regularly undertakes studies on various aspects of the inclusion of Roma in Europe. http://ec.europa.eu
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