Muslims and Roma bear brunt of anti-immigrant rhetoric in Hungary
- Anti-immigrant sentiment fueled by xenophobic government rhetoric has led to harassment and assault of Hungary’s established minority populations, including Muslims and Roma people.
- Politicians have drawn parallels between migrants and its own Roma population, painting the Roma minority as a situation to be “handled.”
- While Muslims began immigrating to Hungary after World War II, the Roma have been present in the land now known as Hungary since the Middle Ages.
“I wish the government would think more carefully before starting campaigns like this. … It’s our wives who get spat on and have their veils ripped off in the street.”
“Hungary’s minorities bear brunt of anti-migrant rhetoric” (Reuters)
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