Rights group: French expulsions of Roma at record high

PARIS: A leading human rights group is calling on France to end its policy of forced evictions of Roma, saying they’re being expelled from camps in record numbers this year and forced to wander between makeshift homes.

Amnesty International said more than 10,000 Roma, also known as Gypsies, have been evicted from French squatter camps from January through August. That’s about half of the overall number of migrants in France from Romania, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia.

France’s top security official defended the policy Wednesday, saying France has no obligation to welcome people who cannot support themselves.

Under rules initially scheduled to begin in January 2014, Romanians and Bulgarians will be able to travel passport-free in the 26-nation European Schengen zone. That date, however, has come into question recently.


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