Romanians are once again suffering discrimination in the United Kingdom

Romanians in the United Kingdom have once again been on the receiving end of a bitter campaign of discrimination in recent days, this time on the part of the Channel 4 television station, which screened a discriminatory and xenophobic documentary targeting all Romanians living in that country. The United Kingdom has shown that it is falling far short of complying with the European directive on combating discrimination on grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or creed.

Officials in the United Kingdom should understand what it means to respect the people who are caring for their sick and raising their children. Recent events in Greece, the wave of extremism in France and the discriminatory documentary targeting Romanians shown on British television should elicit a strong response from the Commission, underlining the need for Member States to respect the EU directive on combating discrimination on grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or creed.

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