Recent incidents highlight how far we have to go before Roma are accepted as full members of society. All it took was a single story for people to vilify 12 million Europeans.
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In Italy today, the Roma face a level of racism and bigotry that would have been familiar to Italian immigrants to the United States over a century ago.
An Italian campaign is calling for the closure of "nomad" camps where Roma people are forced to live.
British parliamentarians have voiced serious concerns over proposals that would change the conditions under which the government can strip nationality from naturalized British citizens.