Roma Migration to and from Canada: The Czech, Hungarian and Slovak Case

July 19, 2013

Publisher: Center for Policy Studies at Central European University, Hungary

Roma migration to Canada occurs not just for economic reasons, but for political and social reasons as well, according to a report published by the Center for Policy Studies at Central European University (CPS-CEU).

The migration and asylum-seeking of Central-Eastern European Roma to Canada started in the 1990s, when several thousand Roma moved to Canada. Roma Migration to and from Canada: The Czech, Hungarian and Slovak Case, a collection of papers edited by CPS-CEU’s Zsuzsanna Vidra, looks at various aspects of this migration.

Researchers in Slovakia, Hungary and the Czech Republic did fieldwork in villages and towns in which there had been a significant out-migration of Roma, presently or in the past. They determined that the migration was largely due to deteriorating interethnic relations, the rise and spread of violence, political racism and fear from racist attacks, deprivation and worsening of living conditions for the poorest, and stigmatized ethnicity, the consequences of which Roma have to face on a daily bases.

The publication is part of the research project “Roma Migration to and from Canada. Experiences of Czech, Hungarian and Slovak Returnees,” supported by Central European University. The publication also received support from the project ACCEPT PLURALISM: Tolerance, Pluralism and Social Cohesion: Responding to the Challenges of the 21st Century in Europe, funded by the European Commission.

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