Why are Hungarian Roma seeking asylum in Canada?

One man's claim highlights the debate over whether it's for economic reasons or a real fear of persecution.

Embassy Photo: Kristen Shane
Aladàr Horvàth, a former member of the Hungarian parliament and now chairman of the Roma Civil Rights Foundation in Hungary and lecturer at Brown University in Rhode Island, describes repressive government laws disproportionately affecting Roma and a generalized hatred toward them that makes them feel physically threatened.
Kristen Shane
Published: Monday, 12/19/2011 12:00 am EST

A high-profile Roma intellectual in Hungary with ties to a junior party in the country’s coalition government is seeking refugee status in Canada, which Roma rights activists say bolsters their claim that Hungarian Roma are fleeing to Canada because of a real fear of persecution, not for economic reasons.

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