Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Sweden Invests Millions In Ending Roma Racism

Via The Local:

A Swedish Roma activist has welcomed the government's plan to invest 52 million kronor ($6m) to promote Roma inclusion in society – but he told The Local on Wednesday that more needs to be done.

The Swedish government announced on Wednesday that they are going to allocate 13 million kronor a year from 2016-19 in their spring budget to educating so called “bridge builders”, who will work to increase knowledge of Roma culture and language in education and social care sectors.

“The way in which we have treated people with their roots in Roma culture and background is a very dark chapter of the story of our country and our development”, wrote Sweden's Culture and Democracy Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke in an opinion piece for newspaper Metro.

“Much work remains to be done, but Sweden should be a country where everybody is treated equally”, she added.

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