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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Social Integration Failure: Debate surrounding Roma immigrants is heating up in France

Socialist Interior Minister Manuel Valls, stated that Roma immigrants are inherently “different” and “will have to return to Bulgaria and Romania”.In support,according to
a new poll published on Saturday whopping 77 percentage of French people agreed with this statement.

According to the survey, carried out by French polling agency BVA and commissioned by TV channel i-Télé and daily newspaper Le Parisien, only 22 percent disagree with Valls, saying “he should not stigmatise a segment of the population”.

As for the issue of how well this particular group of immigrants adapts to French society, 93 percent of those polled responded that the Roma are poorly integrated. That opinion crosses political lines, with 98 percent of right-leaning participants and 84 percent of left-leaning participants in agreement on the question.

poll referred specifically to Valls’ September 24 statement, which said it was “illusory to think that we will solve the Roma problem through integration”, since, according to the interior minister, only a minority of Roma want to assimilate into French society.

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