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States reject mass deportations of Roma

The Local · 18 Sep 2010, 12:25

Published: 18 Sep 2010 12:25 GMT+02:00

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"There won't be any mass exportations," said North Rhine-Westphalia Interior Minister Ralf Jäger, where 3,700 Roma from Kosovo are currently residing. "We will exhaust every legal possibility to ensure there will be no inhumanity either to individuals or families in the return of people to Kosovo."

Berlin's Interior Minister Ehrhart Körting criticized the agreement between the German government and Kosovo as impractical. "There is a danger of exportations to unsafe regions," he told news magazine Der Spiegel. There need to be case-by-case evaluations for the return of people to Kosovo, Körting argued.

According to the magazine, the agreement signed in April between Germany and Kosovo puts 12,000 Roma in danger of deportation. So far, only 87 have been deported, and despite claims of French president Nicolas Sarkozy, it is unlikely that many more will follow soon.

Körting said, "A lot of the Kosovo war refugees work here, earn money and have brought up children here." He said the real problem were Roma from Bulgaria and Romania, who often work illegally on building sites or send their children begging.

In the Berlin district of Neukölln, a "Task Force" of social workers and police has been put in place to mitigate conflicts with and between Roma people.

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Your comments about this article

14:51 September 18, 2010 by catjones
Been here a long time and never saw a Roma beggar...only German beggars. No kids.
17:53 September 18, 2010 by tallady
Really,I see roma beggars every time I go to market,,holding a magazine they have no intention of giving you for money,, but no kids...lets be positive here were Germans and we can afford the task force..
21:57 September 18, 2010 by dbert4
They pull begging scams in Frankfurt everyday. They are Romanian gangs which import crippled people to bag on the streets.
04:01 September 19, 2010 by Bishopbayern
Romania should never have been allowed in to the UE! and this is why Turkey must never be allowed in
08:02 September 19, 2010 by JohnPaul44
I am not a mush-for-brains liberal, so any comment I could make here would likely be obscene at best!
14:11 September 19, 2010 by Mr.Robinson
Let He Who Is Without Sin Cast The First Stone.
01:28 September 20, 2010 by Talonx
The lot of you have a combined IQ of about 80, and it's only that high because you seem to be capable of accessing the internet.
08:23 September 20, 2010 by padu
What's wrong with Germany? Foreigners, Muslims, Roma. Only because bad economy? If it's really because of that, Chinese must the most broadminded now.

Shame that there are already 137 killed by German rignt-wingers since 1990.

11:11 September 20, 2010 by Talonx
@ Padu

Don't let 'The Local' put you off, it's anything but. They go for the sensational news items and forget the rest. German is a much more reasonable place than one would suspect after glancing at 'The Local'.
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