• spiritbear011

    It is hard to characterise this article. It is so saturated with false information that it is hard to know whether it is because of sheer ignorance or because of ill will. Maybe both. The fact is, you know very little about the Roma, and even less about Hungary.

    Let me share with you only one fact:

    Prior to Canada lifting the visa requirement for Hungarian citizens there were about 1 or 2 refugee claimants from that country annually. After lifting the restriction, in 2011 alone, there were 4442.

    Why is this dramatic increase? And if they were really ‘persecuted’ as they claim, why did they have to come all the way to Canada, when they simply could have traveled to any Western European country, settle down find a job and live free from any alleged ‘persecution’. They did not do that. They wanted to come all the way to Canada. Why? Because no other country or government offered as many benefits and as much financial support, as the Canadian government. So, why should they go to any other country where they have to find a job and work to receive that amount of money?

  • disqus_NLs7V4SNSw

    Thanks for your response Spiritbear011. However, the vast majority of Roma who have come to Toronto have jobs and work like you and I. Further, the Roma do not have the ability to hop from one country to another in the EU. They are generally seen as pariah’s throughout Europe. Finally, the fact they have elected to come try to make Canada their home – why would that be a bad thing? Didn’t your grandparents, or great-grandparents do the same thing? Thanks again for responding to my article. If you’d like more information on the Roma email Gina Csanyi-Robah, the ED of the Roma Centre here in Toronto at ginacsanyi@gmail.com . (signed Avrum)

  • truthdareisay

    A good friend of mine who lives in Roumania does not have one racist bone in his body yet he tells me constantly of little children being taught to steal from their parents and yes, they are Roma. he is Israeli origin has nothing bad to say about Arabs in general, except for those who are taught to hate by their parents from a very young age, nothing bad to say about blacks, other Jews or any other minority but it disturbs him on so many levels that little children are taught to steal.

  • Borukh

    The comments by spiritbear011 and Vardit Feldman are illustrative of how a people, be it the Roma or we Jews, suffer from discriminatory thinking and racism. I’m so glad that Avrum responded to spiritbear011. The data on how the Roma are treated inside the EU is well documented and accessable on the Web. For eg., see Fotis Filippou’s report (he is Amnesty International’s Regional Campaign Coordinator for Europe and Central Asia) on CNN World, for Oct. 26, 2012 (http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2012/10/26/europes-roma-discrimination-shame/).In an editorial published Sept. 16, 2010, respected British newspaper, The Guardian, said “The truth is that there is a long tradition of open hostility towards Roma, one with uncomfortable echoes of the open hostility shown towards another ostracised minority in the past” (Treatment of the Roma: the Shame of a Continent: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2010/sep/16/treatment-roma-shame-continent-editorial). Guess who that “another minority” is folks?

  • Emma Diamond

    This article shows your ignorance about the Roma. Stick to Toronto news.