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Romani Job-Seekers Discriminated Against

16 December 2004

When applying for a job at Pro-Terminal, a Budapest-based security company, Mr Zsolt Zsiga, a Romani man from Budapest, and his friend, were told "we do not employ anyone above 50 years or Roma", reportedly because of "superior orders", according to a report of the Budapest-based Roma Press Center (RSK). Pro-Terminal provides security services to the supermarket chain Tesco. Mr Zsiga maintains that the two, who appeared for interviews with all the necessary documents and met all the requirements, were told they would be informed whether or not they would hired later that afternoon, RSK reported; however, no one called. The following day, Mr Zsiga called Pro-Terminal and was informed of the so-called "superior order".

The RSK spoke with Mr György Tóth, the Pro-Terminal employee conducting interviews for the positions, who stated that he had not interviewed Mr Zsiga and his friend and, indeed, had not met them until after they made allegations of discrimination. According to Mr Tóth, there are no regulations prohibiting Roma from accessing employment at the company. However, according to the RSK, another Hungarian news agency had obtained a voice recording in which a Pro-Terminal employee states the company does not hire Roma. Mr Zsiga reportedly approached the Budapest-based Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities (NEKI), which will provide legal representation in the case.

(RSK)

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Families Divided: Romani and Egyptian Children in Albanian Institutions

21 November 2017

There’s a high percentage of Romani and Egyptian children in children’s homes in Albania – a disproportionate number. These children are often put into institutions because of poverty, and then find it impossible ever to return to their families. Because of centuries of discrimination Roma and Egyptians in Albania are less likely to live in adequate housing, less likely to be employed and more likely to feel the effects of extreme poverty.

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Cause of Action: Romani Children in State Care in Nógrád County (Hungary)

20 November 2017

The data showed that Romani children are grossly overrepresented in the care system in Nógrád County: although they make up under 20% of the county’s population, Romani children make up over 80% of those in care. The data showed a strong correlation between deep poverty, severe deprivation, and the entry of children into the care system.

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Roma Belong - Discrimination, Statelessness and Marginalisation of Roma in the Western Balkans and Ukraine

26 October 2017

The #RomaBelong project is a joint initiative by the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC), the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion (ISI) and the European Network on Statelessness (ENS) in collaboration with partner organisations in Albania ...

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