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The Dom: Syria’s Invisible Refugees

More than 70,000 people have been killed and hundreds of thousands left homeless by the civil war in Syria, spreading misery among all of the nation’s ethnic and religious groups. But one ethnic minority has undergone more than its share of suffering — both during the current fighting and for centuries preceding it — and few outside of Syria know much about it. The group is known as the Dom and it has been a presence in Syria since before the Ottoman Empire. Often mislabeled by the pejorative “gypsies,” the Dom get their name from their language, Domari, means “man.” They have joined the exodus of Christian, Muslim and other Syrians refugees into Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and beyond. But wherever they go, they generally face a less than warm welcome. As one source told VOA, „They are the most despised people in the Middle East.“

Who are the Dom?

Misunderstood and complicated, Dom have been present in the Middle East for at least a thousand years. Most information about them is gleaned from their language, Domari, an Indic variation. It is similar to Romani, the language of the European Roma, suggesting their common roots in India. Both Roma and Domari are peppered with words borrowed from other languages, reflecting their history of migration through Iran and elsewhere. Beyond that, little of their origin is known—or agreed upon by scholars. During the Ottoman period, Dom migrated freely throughout the Middle East as “commercial” nomads, providing services to communities wherever they settled. The fall of the Ottoman Empire following World War I led to the formation of nation states with proper borders, which greatly curtailed Dom movements. Locals in Syria, as elsewhere in the region, call the Dom Nawar — a word likely derived from “fire,” referring to their traditional work as blacksmiths. But over the years, the word “Nawar” has evolved into a pejorative, connoting someone who is uneducated and uncivilized. They also differentiate Dom by the region in which they live and the work they perform. In Aleppo and Idlib, the Dom are called Qurbat and work as blacksmiths or untrained dentists. The so-called Riyass live in Homs and Hama, where they sell handicrafts or entertain at parties. Dom women, dubbed Hajiyat, might dance in Damascus nightclubs, beg or tell fortunes.

The numbers

It is almost impossible to estimate Syria’s Dom population, as they often conceal their identity out of fear of being stigmatized. SIL International’s Ethnologue estimates 37,000 Syrian Dom speak Domari, alongside Arabic.But the Syrian newspaper, Kassioun, reported twice that number in 2010. Kemal Vural Tarlan is a photographer, documentarian, writer and activist who focuses, he says, on those who live on the sidelines of society, chiefly Dom and Roma. He also authors the Middle East Gypsies website. He says Dom are viewed as outsiders and intruders, therefore they are almost universally discriminated against. So they often hide their ethnic backgrounds through what they call the skill of “invisibility,” which helps them move into and out of communities. “The official Dom population could be much higher than estimated, because so many Dom describe themselves as Kurdish, Arab or Turkmen,” Tarlan said. Whatever the number, he says more Dom live in Syria than anywhere else in the Middle East.

Dom refugees in Turkey

Turkey has been home to “gypsies” since Byzantine times, and in 2005 the UNHCR estimated a Roma/Dom population of 500,000. Kemal Tarlan has spent much time in recent weeks near the border documenting the influx of Dom from Syria. He believes as many as 10,000 to 20,000 Dom have settled in southern Turkish towns such as Kilis, Gazientep and Şanlıurfa. “İnitially, some were able to register in proper refugee camps,” Tarlan said, “but now they cannot get into camps, because they are full.” Some Dom have gone to live with families in the cities. Those with no place to go live as nomads in tents. Tarlan says they receive little assistance from the government, so in order to survive, they beg or work in the fields. “But the majority are unemployed,” he said, and this has given rise to local tensions. Recently, after citizens of Şanlıurfa started to complain about a rise in petty theft, Turkish authorites dismantled and burned a makeshift tent city. The media referred to the campers as “Syrians.” But Tarlan says most were Dom.

Into Lebanon

With Beirut only about 65 miles away, many Dom from Damascus have fled into Lebanon. Catherine Mourtada is co-founder of Tahaddi (“Challenge”), a non-governmental assistance group that serves Beirut’s underprivileged, many of whom are Dom. “They are excluded from the normal school systems, either because they don’t meet admission requirements or because public schools are full. „So they come to our place,” Mourtada said. Mourtada has seen increasing numbers of Dom from Syria, looking to stay with their Lebanese relatives. “Already, they are very poor, and now they must welcome other very poor members of their family coming from Syria, so it is very hard for them.They are all living in dire conditions,” she said. “They can’t find any work except for recycling things from the garbage dump, like aluminum or iron or cardboard, just to be able to survive.” In some cases, Beirut Dom are forced turn their Syrian relatives away. “So they have to find a room somewhere to rent. They are lucky if they can get a bathroom or running water,” Mourtada said. Because there are no official refugee camps in Lebanon like those built in Jordan and Turkey, Mourtada says Dom have begun to settled in tent cities in the Bekaa Valley.

Into Jordan

In 1999, Amoun Sleem founded the Domari Society of Gypsies, a cultural and educational center in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shu’fat. Herself a Dom, she says she has first-hand experience with discrimination, cultural marginalization and poverty that most Dom face as a result of illiteracy. “Whenever disaster strikes in the Middle East, no one gives a thought to how it will impact the Dom,” she said. Sleem says she has received word that many Dom refugees are living at or near the Zaatari camp in Mafraq, Jordan. She has been trying to get a permit to visit the camp, but has run into a lot of red tape.In the meantime, she is trying to encourage Jordanian Dom families to host the refugees. “It’s not very easy,” she said, “but if it could happen, it would be a very good thing.”

Source: Voa News
Date: 03.12.2018

Syria’s Gypsy refugees find sanctuary in an Istanbul ghetto – but for how long?

In Tarlabaşı, Istanbul’s oldest slum, a tiny community centre offers a crucial place of safety and support for the shunned Syrian Dom community. But as the city gentrifies, there are fears these refugees may become victims once again

On the north-western corner of Istanbul’s famous Taksim Square, a small gang of children dart through the traffic, tapping on car windows and trying to catch the attention of passers-by to sell bottles of water. These Syrian Gypsy children from a community known as the Dom are in many ways the forgotten faces of the Middle East crisis, which has left an estimated 26,000 refugee children homeless across Europe. The Dom speak a separate language which traces back to the Indian subcontinent; even in times of peace they have always existed on the fringes of society, and are used to facing almost universal discrimination.Before war broke out, there were up to 300,000 Dom living in Syria. Now many live on the streets of Istanbul’s ghettos, part of the approximately 366,000 Syrian refugees seeking a new life in the Turkish city. Many reside in Tarlabaşı, Istanbul’s oldest slum. It is just a few streets from the ornate splendour of İstiklal Caddesi, the nearby avenue of sultans that once saw Istanbul dubbed “the Paris of the East”. But life in Tarlabaşı is very different: it has become known as a haven for Istanbul’s minority communities of migrants, Gypsies, transsexuals, prostitutes, and the outcasts of society.

Even here, however, the Dom children are despised. Other Syrian refugees and local Turks refuse to associate with them. When asked why, Ilyas, a shopkeeper who asked for his full name to not be used when speaking about the Dom, simply comments: “It is a prejudice, yes. I can’t explain it though. I just don’t like their complexion.” But one organisation is trying to help. Based in a tiny flat of no more than 70 sq metres, Tarlabaşı Toplum Merkezi (TTM) is a non-profit community centre started a decade ago by Istanbul Bilgi University’s Centre for Migration Research, and initially funded by the European Union. Run by four full-time employees and a small army of volunteer teachers, lawyers and even musicians, it provides educational support, psychological and legal counselling for nearly 5,000 children and 3,000 adults in Tarlabaşı. It exists as a place of safety and comfort; a way out from the deprivation and crime which pervades this sector of Istanbul.

For hundreds of years, Tarlabaşı’s narrow, winding streets were a peaceful home to non-Muslim diplomats and later Greek merchants who served the business district around İstiklal Caddesi. But as religious tensions rose through the mid-20th century, the Turkish government launched organised pogroms targeting non-Muslims in the city – the most notorious of which was the Turkish Kristallnacht of September 1955. In the ensuing violence, homes and shops were looted and destroyed. Over the following decades, those abandoned buildings were gradually filled by Gypsies known locally as “Roman”, and by refugees fleeing the Turkish-Kurdish civil war in the late 1980s. The construction of a six-lane boulevard which segregated the neighbourhood from Istanbul’s wealthy tourist district sealed Tarlabaşı’s fate. “Violence, drug issues and prostitution is definitely more visible here than anywhere else in the city,” says Ebru Ergün, a psychologist who has worked at the centre for the past five years. “The boulevard is one of the causes of that. It intensified the stigma surrounding this area and made it into a slum.”

Many of the children of Tarlabaşı fail to complete primary school before ending up as beggars or labourers, relying on state-run social services that provide little more than free lunches and sacks of coal. The Dom children, though, don’t even make it as far as school. “They live in awful conditions,” says Ceren Suntekin, a social worker at the centre. “They mostly beg or sell things near the tourist districts, and the police are quite violent towards them as they don’t suit the image that Istanbul is trying to create. The Roman mostly collect garbage on the street, sell flowers, or play music at clubs. They struggle to break out of this life because when they go to school, teachers discriminate against them and they don’t have the environment to study in when they come back home.” The TTM centre provides Turkish lessons to children and adults alike, so Tarlabaşı’s many Syrian and Kurdish residents can find jobs, earn a living, or even continue in education. Hasan Kizillar, 19, grew up in the local Roman community but learnt to play the violin, piano and other instruments in the centre’s orchestra. Now he works as a volunteer himself, teaching music to children, while preparing to study finance at Istanbul University. “He came from a very poor family,” Ergün says. “But like many Roman children, he was highly talented. We’re also slowly making progress with persuading families to allow girls to be educated, and running classes on literacy and gender equality.”

Most importantly of all, the centre is a place where those in trouble can seek help. Domestic abuse cases are commonplace in Tarlabaşı, and Ergün describes the centre’s recent attempts to aid a family of migrants where the mother and her two daughters had been beaten and sexually abused by the father for many years. “They were coming to us regularly,” she says. “We tried for a long time to persuade the mother to go to a shelter, and eventually she did. We found her a lawyer and now her husband is arrested and the children are safe. We’ve helped the woman find a job as her husband hadn’t allowed her to work; now she’s no longer dependent, we hope it will be a better life for them.” But this support network may not exist for much longer. Tarlabaşı is undergoing considerable change. Over the past few years, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has outlined an infrastructure agenda worth in the region of $100bn, and Tarlabaşı has been earmarked for urban transformation. Billboards depicting future visions of the neighbourhood – chic young couples strolling past modern apartments, retail outlets and hotels – are strewn outside the many ongoing building projects. Many of the dilapidated 19th-century buildings that have served as homes for Istanbul’s poorest, meanwhile, are rapidly being demolished. When forced out, the inhabitants often receive a fraction of the market price.

Issam Saade, a 51-year-old Kurdish waiter who has lived in Tarlabaşı since the mid-90s, explains that after years of fighting to stay, he was evicted last autumn following a court order. “There is more money coming into Tarlabaşı but not for the people who live here now,” Saade says. Two years ago, Istanbul’s rapidly escalating rents almost saw the TTM centre close down, but with the help of donations from the US, UK, Sweden and Holland, its work has been able to continue – for the moment. “Because of the gentrification process taking place here to attract tourists, the state wants the refugees and migrants who live in Tarlabaşı to move away,” Ergün says. “Many of them have nowhere to go, but the state doesn’t care about that. “They will have to move to wherever they can afford, and when they go, we will have to go too. We hope we can follow them to a new location and continue to help. Our centre is one of the few places where it’s safe for children from these communities to play, and where women can discuss their problems. There’s nowhere else providing that.” And what about the very poorest of all, the Dom children who beg on the streets of Taksim Square, where will they go? “We don’t really know. And I don’t think they know either.”

Source: The Guardian
Date: 03.12.2018

The forgotten children of Turkey’s Syrian refugee crisis

Children from the ‚mysterious, tragic and despised‘ Dom Gypsy community fled the war in Syria only to find more danger begging on the streets of Istanbul.

Towards sunset on the busy north-west corner of Taksim Square, Nisreem, 7, and her raggedy gang of Dom Gypsy street kids grow excited as they prepare to spend the next six hours tapping on car windows and begging passersby to appreciate that they are Syrian war refugees. Nisreem speaks, but has an impossible time staying still. She is filthy with glassy eyes and fluffy reddish hair, telltale signs of malnutrition, which makes children restless and fidgety. Darting through traffic in the heart of Turkey’s biggest city, the rest of the gang try to act a bit more together. Drug addicts, prostitutes and Turkish police lurk nearby so the gang members often huddle together for security. For fun they sometimes sing and dance.

More than three years into the Syrian war nearly half the country’s population has been displaced, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). More than six million Syrians are internally on the move and more than three million have fled. Nisreem and the other Dom street kids face a more complicated fate than other Syrians who are more organised in their search for a safe haven. Scholars from the Budapest, Hungary-based European Roma Rights Centre, say the Dom, who are known as the Middle East Gypsies and speak a language traced back to the Indian subcontinent, are seen as “mysterious, tragic and despised”. The gang feels this. On their corner of Taksim Square they have worn down the grass by hanging out there and worn out their welcome by begging. Many who pass see their grubby fingers and slap them away.

Tonight the gang includes Zayneb, 6, and Little Ali, 5, who is as dirty and wild as Nisreem. Dunya is 11 and Amel, who tries her best to keep everyone in line, is 15. “Not everybody is mean to us but most people are. Some people give us food, but it is always junky food,” said Nisreem. In July, they escaped Aleppo, in northern Syria, before sneaking into Turkey with no paperwork. All year Aleppo has been the target of barrel bombs dropped by the Assad regime in a war that has already killed almost 200,000 people. Turkey is home to an estimated 1.5 million Syrian refugees and officials are scrambling to address the crisis. To say resources are strained is an understatement. Turkey has spent US$2.5 billion (Dh9.2bn) housing 200,000 refugees in 22 camps. But it has received only $175 million (Dh643m) in international support.

During the first two years of the war, Turks were seen as generous and supportive of Syrians. But as the war has dragged on, Turks have become increasingly angered at their presence. The Dom have always lived on the edge of society, says Kemal Vural Tarlan, a researcher of Dom populations in Gaziantep, Turkey, about 50 kilometres from the Syrian border. “They face universal discrimination. Other Syrians refugees in the official camps have demanded the Dom actually stay in different camps.” According to the Dom Research Centre, before the Syrian conflict an estimated 30,000 lived in Turkey, and as many as 300,000 lived in Syria, the largest Dom population of any Middle Eastern country. Researchers admit these population estimates are sketchy. Fearing discrimination, many Dom describe themselves as Arab, Kurdish or Turkmen and also very often use fake names. They also keep on the move.

After sunset, the gang went on the move as Nisreem dragged Little Ali from their Taksim corner to check on friends selling cold water nearby. Everyone else tumbled along in a tight knot of children. None of the refugees attend school, so the best thing to talk about is money. On a good night of begging, they can earn a total of about 40 Turkish Lira (Dh65). Most nights they only make 20 lira. Divided among the five of them, they each get 4 lira. When Amel and Nisreen find their pal Hamza, who is 11, they learn he has done better selling bottled water than begging. At night they return to a decrepit squatters apartment overflowing with other refugees. “The situation is very tragic for all refugees but for Domari refugees it is alarming,” said Sinan Gokcen of the European Roma Rights Centre. “They live in miserable conditions in informal camps or in abandoned buildings without access to water and proper sewage. Collecting paper and scrap metal are the main sources of income.”

The UNHCR recently said women and children make up 75 per cent of all Syrian war refugees, with 50 per cent of those under 18. The gang is mostly orphaned girls and daughters of war widows. There are few male Dom relatives around to protect them. Life for the Dom gang on the Istanbul streets can also be dangerous. On September 22, a windstorm caused six storeys of scaffolding to collapse where they always beg. Ten people were seriously injured, including one street kid.

Source: The National
Date: 03.12.2018

Brennender Hass

Dragan J.s Großvater starb 1944 in Auschwitz, seine Tochter 1994 nach einem Anschlag auf ihre Notunterkunft in Köln. Er fühlt sich in der deutschen Geschichte gefangen.

ZEIT ONLINE und der „Tagesspiegel“ dokumentieren in einem Langzeitprojekt 169 Todesopfer rechtsmotivierter Gewalt in Deutschland seit 1990 . Bei 61 weiteren Toten konnten die Hintergründe nicht sicher geklärt werden, es gibt aber starke Indizien für ein politisches Motiv – zwei von ihnen sind das Mädchen Jasminka und ihre Großtante Raina, Angehörige der Minderheit der Roma. Sie starben 1994 nach einem Brandanschlag auf ihre Notunterkunft in Köln.

Zehn Prozent markierten bei Jasminka die Grenze zwischen Leben und Tod. Das Mädchen war elf Jahre alt, 1,40 Meter klein und wog knapp 50 Kilo, als zehn Prozent ihrer Haut verbrannten und ihre Lunge kollabierte.

Kurz nach zwei Uhr morgens am 26. Januar 1994 hatten bis heute unbekannte Täter mindestens drei Feuer vor der Tür dort untergebrachter Roma-Kriegsflüchtlinge gelegt: Zunächst brannten dort gelagerte Sperrholzplatten, eine schwarze Ledercouch und ein Kleiderschrank. Dann sprangen die Flammen auf andere Möbel über. Jasminka, die gerade bei Verwandten übernachtete, wachte von der Hitze und dem Rauch auf. Schlaftrunken lief sie mit ihrer Großtante Raina, 61, ihrer Tante und ihrer zweijährigen Cousine Sanela durch den brennenden Flur ins Treppenhaus. Die Feuerwehr fand laut Einsatzprotokoll drei verletzte Personen vor dem Haus und in den Fenstern „nach vorne und nach hinten schreiende Hausbewohner, die aus den Fenstern springen wollten“.

Die Rettungskräfte brachten sieben Personen mit Brandverletzungen dritten Grades in die umliegenden Krankenhäuser, sie alle gehörten der Minderheit der Roma an. Auch Jasminka und ihre Großtante Raina waren unter den Verletzten. Wenige Tage später, am 31. Januar 1994, wurde Jasminka in einem auf Brandverletzungen spezialisierten Krankenhaus in Köln zwölf Jahre alt. Der Sauerstoff einer Beatmungsmaschine hielt sie da noch am Leben, die Schmerzmittel machten sie apathisch und verhinderten, dass sie sich die sterile Gaze vom Körper riss, mit der sie umhüllt war. Den Ärzten gelang es von Tag zu Tag schlechter, die Fieberschübe zu senken, die ihren kleinen Körper schüttelten. (mehr…)

Grüne werfen Link Antiziganismus vor!

„Duisburgs Oberbürgermeister Sören Link fordert, dass die Bundesregierung endlich etwas dagegen tun müsse, dass es Armutsflüchtlinge in Europa gibt. Er spricht von kriminellen Schleppern, die Sinti und Roma nach Duisburg brächten und ihnen häufig eine heruntergekommene Wohnung verschafften, damit sie einen Wohnsitz zum Bezug des Kindergeldes hätten.“ Die Unterstellung, dass ein Großteil der EU-Ausländer sich durch Missbrauch massenhaft deutsches Kindergeld ergaunert, ist eine Unverschämtheit. Dazu äußert sich der Grüne Integrationspolitische Sprecher Melih Keser: „Das was Sören Link von sich gibt ist nichts anderes als Antiziganismus.“ Bereits 2015 sagte Link auf einer SPD-Flüchtlingskonferenz: „Ich hätte gerne das Doppelte an Syrern, wenn ich dafür ein paar Osteuropäer abgeben könnte.“ „Anscheinend hat der Oberbürgermeister ein antiziganistisches Trauma“, so Keser weiter. Wenden wir uns den Fakten zu: „Von den knapp 15,3 Millionen Kindern, für die im Juni 2018 Kindergeld bezahlt wurde, lebten mit den 268 336 Kindern nicht einmal zwei Prozent im europäischen Ausland. … Zur Jahresmitte 2018 wurde vor allem in sieben europäische Länder Kindergeld ausgezahlt. Die meisten Zahlungen gingen an Eltern von Kindern in Polen (117 000), gefolgt von Tschechien (21 000), Kroatien (19 000), Rumänien (knapp 19 000), Frankreich (16 000), Ungarn (knapp 11 000) und Bulgarien (knapp 7000). … Die zweitgrößte Gruppe der im EU-Ausland lebenden Kinder, für die Kindergeld gezahlt wird, bilden übrigens deutsche, 32 000 waren es im Juni 2018.“ (Barbara Galaktionow in der Süddeutschen Zeitung vom 9. August 2018) Von kriminellen Schleppern kann hier nicht die Rede sein. Diese Denkweise, die eine Menschengruppe als „kriminell“, kennzeichnet führt zu massiven Diskriminierungen der Minderheit. Die Herausforderung der Integration der Menschen aus Südosteuropa muss angepackt werden, kontraproduktiv ist es da, wenn ein Oberbürgermeister eine Minderheit zur Zielscheibe von potentieller Gewalt macht. Vielleicht ist Sören Link für den vorurteilsfreien Teil der SPD verloren. Wir wissen es nicht. Aber wir wissen es gibt sie, die klugen und empathischen, sozialen, demokratischen Mitglieder der SPD. Wie Aydan Özoguz, bis März 2018 Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration (SPD) : „Wann immer Sinti und Roma diskriminiert, diffamiert oder angegriffen würden, müssten Politiker deutlich machen, so die SPD-Politikerin, »dass es in unserer Gesellschaft keinen Zentimeter Platz für Antiziganismus geben wird…« Auch die SPD-interne Empörung über Link’s rechtspopulistisches Gedankenmodell wird nach außen sichtbar. Rassisten, Hetzer, Antiziganisten haben keinen Platz in einer Stadt, die BürgerInnen mit mehr als 150 internationalen Backgrounds hat. Diese eindimensionale Art des Denkens verliert auf allen Ebenen an Zuspruch. Für die Zukunft aller Duisburger ist das ein ausgesprochen gutes Zeichen. Die wichtige Frage muss doch sein: Welchen neuen Skandal versucht Sören Link mit seinem rechtspopulistischen Sturm im Wasserglas zu vertuschen?

Quelle: Grüne Diusburg Facebook
Stand: 25.08.2018

Zentralrat wendet sich an SPD-Vorsitzende Andrea Nahles

Distanzierung von rassistischen Äußerungen des Duisburger SPD-Oberbürgermeisters Link über Kindergeldzahlungen und Roma gefordert

Mit einem Schreiben an die SPD-Vorsitzende Andrea Nahles reagierte der Vorsitzende des Zentralrats Deutscher Sinti und Roma auf die fortgesetzte Debatte über die Zahlung von Kindergeld an ausländische Arbeitnehmer in Deutschland, deren Kinder in ihrem Heimatland leben. Rose unterstrich nochmals, daß selbstverständlich gegen jede Form des Betrugs ermittelt werden muß, und ebenso selbstverständlich muß jeder Mißbrauch von Leistungen unterbunden werden. Dies muß ohne Ansehen der Person geschehen, entsprechend den Vorgaben unseres Rechtsstaates. Romani Rose bittet die Parteivorsitzende Andrea Nahles um eine deutliche Distanzierung von den Äußerungen des Duisburger Oderbürgermeisters Sören Link. „Eine Partei mit einer Vielzahl von mir hochgeschätzten Politikern darf derartige rassistische Äußerungen nicht unwidersprochen lassen. Es kann nicht sein, daß einerseits auf den neuen Antisemitismus in Deutschland zu Recht mit der Berufung eines Bundesbeauftragten und mit neuen Programmen reagiert wird, und gleichzeitig aus den Reihen der SPD ein alter Antiziganismus wieder gesellschaftsfähig gemacht werden soll“, so Rose. (mehr…)

Sinti und Roma üben scharfe Kritik an Duisburger Oberbürgermeister

36 Milliarden Euro Kindergeld fließen pro Jahr an Eltern in Deutschland. Weil mehrere Hundert Millionen davon an Empfänger im EU-Ausland gehen, schlug Duisburgs Rathauschef Sören Link Alarm. Dafür hagelt es jetzt Kritik.

Die Aussagen hatten es in sich: Duisburgs SPD-Oberbürgermeister Sören Link hatte kritisiert, dass kriminelle Schlepper gezielt Sinti und Roma in seine Stadt bringen würden. Dort würden sie in heruntergekommenen Wohnungen untergebracht – mit vor allem einen Ziel: Sie wollten mit ihrem deutschen Wohnsitz Kindergeld beziehen. Der Vorwurf sorgt jetzt für Empörung. Der Vorsitzende des Zentralrats der Sinti und Roma, Romani Rose, kritisierte Links Aussagen scharf. „Hier werden rassistische Stereotype gezielt benutzt, um Sündenböcke zu produzieren – selbst auf die Gefahr von Gewaltanschlägen hin“, sagte Rose. Der Duisburger Rathauschef hatte unter anderem auch gesagt: „Ich muss mich hier mit Menschen beschäftigen, die ganze Straßenzüge vermüllen und das Rattenproblem verschärfen. Das regt die Bürger auf.“ Link sieht kriminelle Energie und viel Betrug durch gefälschte Dokumente am Werk. Oft wisse man gar nicht, ob die gemeldeten Kinder überhaupt existierten. Das widerspreche dem Sinn der europäischen Freizügigkeit. „Denn die kommen nicht hierher in erster Linie, um zu arbeiten.“ (mehr…)

Sören Link provoziert mit Aussagen über Sinti und Roma in den Tagesthemen : „Sie kommen nicht wegen der Arbeit, sondern um Sozialleistungen zu beziehen“

Nach Worten des SPD-Politikers Sören Link organisieren Schlepperbanden eine gezielte Zuwanderung in das deutsche Sozialsystem. SPD-Chefin Andrea Nahles lud Bürgermeister der betroffenen Städte für Ende September nach Berlin ein.

Sören Link, Oberbürgermeister der Stadt Duisburg, hat offenbar ein politisches Lieblingsthema: Migranten, die in seiner Stadt Sozialleistungen erschleichen. Dazu hat sich der SPD-Politiker prominent am Donnerstagabend in der Tagesthemen geäußert. Laut Link halten sich bis zu 19.000 Menschen aus Bulgarien, vornehmlich Sinti und Roma, in Duisburg auf. „Viele, die nicht auf dem Arbeitsmarkt Fuß fassen können, die eben nicht zur Arbeitsaufnahme nach Deutschland, Duisburg kommen“, konkretisiert der OB.Der Vorsitzende des Zentralrats der Sinti und Roma, Romani Rose, hatte bereits am Donnerstagnachmittag Links Aussagen zum Kindergeld scharf kritisiert.

Sören Link in den Tagesthemen: „Sie kommen nicht wegen der Arbeit, sondern um Sozialleistungen zu beziehen“

Er wirft ihnen vor, dass mehrere tausend Menschen Leistungen nach dem Sozialgesetzbuch (SGB) beziehen. „Sie kommen nicht wegen der Arbeit, sondern um Sozialleistungen zu beziehen“, so Link. Er zählt auf, was die Stadt gegen solche „Sozialmigranten“ mache. Seit Jahren besteht eine Task Force, die gegen Problemimmobilien vorgeht. Meistens werden solche „Schrottimmobilien“ geräumt, weil gegen den Brandschutz verstoßen wird. Der Duisburger OB behauptet, dass Menschen aus Osteuropa von Schleppern nach Deutschland geschleust werden. Häufig werden jedoch Zugezogene auch zum Spielball korrupter Immobilienbesitzer, die die Hilflosigkeit der Migranten ausnutzen.

Stand: 25.08.2018
Quelle: Der Westen

Roma im Fadenkreuz

Trotz Grundgesetz – Landtagsfraktion der sächsischen AfD will die Roma in dem Bundesland zählen lassen

Mitte Juni reichte der sächsische AfD-Landtagsabgeordnete Carsten Hütter eine der vielen parlamentarischen kleinen Anfragen ein, mit denen die rechtspopulistische Partei für gewöhnlich zu provozieren versucht. Diesmal wollte Hüttner im Namen seiner Fraktion mit seiner Anfrage in Erfahrung bringen, wie viele Sinti und Roma in dem ostdeutschen Bundesland leben, wobei die Landesregierung zudem die Mitglieder dieser von dem NS-Regime verfolgten Minderheit nach ihrer Staatsangehörigkeit aufschlüsseln sollte.

Überdies wollte die AfD erreichen, dass die sächsische Landesregierung empirisches Material bezüglich der üblichen Ressentiments gegenüber Roma liefert: Die Regierung sollte angeben, in welchen Umfang die Schulpflicht der Roma-Kinder eingehalten wird. Zudem wollte die AfD wissen, wie viele Roma auf Sozialleistungen in Sachsen angewiesen seien. Ähnliche Anfragen, die aber nicht so explizit formuliert wurden, sind auch von der AfD in Sachsen-Anhalt eingebracht worden. (mehr…)

In Europa erstarkt der Antiziganismus – Hassverbrechen und Sondererfassung

Am 2. August, dem »Roma Holocaust Memorial Day«, wird der Ermordung der Sinti und Roma im Nationalsozialismus gedacht. Doch der Antiziganismus in Europa gehört nicht der Vergangenheit an.

In ganz Europa erstarkt derzeit der Antiziganismus, also der Hass auf Roma. Besonders krass manifestriert er sich seit mehreren Monaten in der Ukraine, wo extrem rechte Milizen regelrecht Jagd auf Roma machen. Brutaler Höhepunkt einer Serie gewalttätiger Übergriffe war die Ermordung eines 24jährigen Rom in Lwiw am 23. Juni während eines nächtlichen Angriffs auf eine Siedlung. Dabei wurden außerdem mehrere Roma, unter ihnen Kinder, schwer verletzt. Immer wieder gibt es schwere antiziganistische Gewalttaten in der Ukraine. Zu einer pogromartigen Vertreibung von Roma aus einem Kiewer Park kam es am 7. Juni. Die Täter, Mitglieder der rechtsextremen Miliz »National Druschyna«, waren mit Hämmern und Äxten bewaffnet – die Miliz besteht unter anderem aus Veteranen des Regiments Asow. Dieses ist einer der etwa 80 paramilitärischen Freiwilligenverbände, die gegen die von Russland unterstützten Separatisten im Osten des Landes kämpfen. (mehr…)