UK Gypsies and Travellers – a community under pressure

Equal Times, April 2016

Search “define gypsy” online and Google’s first hit is www.urbandictionary.com. The website’s ’top definition’ describes gypsies as the “fucking scum of the earth.” Beyond that kind of hate speech, which is commonly faced by Gypsies and Travellers, these groups in Britain are coming under new pressure from the authorities – with the fear of new evictions.

Roma make up Europe’s largest ethnic minority and the UK is home to 300,000 Gypsies and Travellers. Known collectively as ‘GRTs’, they are amongst the most marginalised people in Europe, suffering high levels of exclusion and discrimination…

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