Quotes: France Deports Roma to Romania

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A Roma woman named Georgineta holds her passport and boarding documents as she waits for her flight to Romania on a voluntary repatriation scheme at the Charles-de-Gaulle airport in Roissy near Paris August 19, 2010.

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“I am worried about the risks of populism and xenophobic reactions in a context of economic crisis.”

— TEODOR BASONSCHI, foreign minister of Romania, on France’s decision to begin deporting Roma, also known as Gypsies, to Romania as part of a crackdown on illegal immigration; France calls the voluntary process a “decent and humane” way to enforce policy (via BBC)