Posted by: Lister | June 19, 2009

Racism in Northern Ireland

100 Romanians were intimidated out of their homes in Northern Ireland. The BBC:

When the police in Northern Ireland started recording racially motivated crime in 1996 there were just 41 incidents.

Last year there were nearly 1,000.

[…] Dr Jarman said he understood that the Romanians who had been targeted are ethnic Roma – a people who have faced discrimination across Europe.

[…] The group had been living in south Belfast – the part of Northern Ireland which had the highest number of reported racist incidents last year – 169.

It also contains the Village – a working class loyalist area which has seen migrants moving in, attracted by cheap housing.

There have been persistent attacks on the newcomers.

In April Hungarians, Lithuanians and Slovakians and Poles said they were intimidated out of the area. That followed clashes between Poland and Northern Ireland football fans on the day of a World Cup qualifier.


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