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Roma in Europe: Persecuted and misunderstood

Updated 1149 GMT (1949 HKT) August 24, 2012
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A woman from the Roma community stands at the entrance of a shack on Thursday, August 23, in a camp in Evry, outside Paris. With criticism of their treatment of the Roma mounting, French ministers met for emergency talks on the handling of an estimated 15,000 Roma living in camps across France and proposed to lift restrictions on migrants from Bulgaria and Romania working in France.
Fearing that he will be expelled, a man from the Roma community carries his personal belongings with him. AFP/Getty Images
Roma take part in a demonstration Wednesday, August 22, in front of City Hall in Roubaix, northern France. AFP/Getty Images
Women take part in a demonstration with Roma families in front of City Hall in Roubaix. AFP/Getty Images
A child holds a placard during a demonstration in support of the Roma people. AFP/Getty Images
A woman from the Roma community at the entrance of a shack in a camp in Evry. AFP/Getty Images
Roma sit on the edges of a demonstration. AFP/Getty Images
A woman from the Roma community sits in front of a shack. AFP/Getty Images
A woman from the Roma community carries a child in a camp in Evry. AFP/Getty Images
A Roma woman and her children beg at the Place de la Bastille in Paris on Wednesday, August 22. AFP/Getty Images
Roma men while away the hours at the Place de la Bastille in Paris. AFP/Getty Images
A man from the Roma community carries a child in a camp. AFP/Getty Images
French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, center left, heads a meeting with ministers and members of the Romeurope National Collective of Human Rights for emergency talks on the handling of an estimated 15,000 Roma living in camps across France on Wednesday, August 22, at the Matignon Hotel in Paris. AFP/Getty Images
Malik Salemkour, vice president of France's Human Rights League, answers questions after a meeting with ministers. AFP/Getty Images