To coincide with the Don’t Teach Hate event, we published new research into the pervasive discrimination experienced by Gypsies, Roma and Travellers.
‘The last acceptable form of racism?’, is the most extensive of its kind and sheds new light into Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) people’s experience of prejudice and discrimination in areas such as education, employment, healthcare and access to services. It also reveals the full extent to which hate crime impacts on community members everyday lives, the coping mechanisms they use, and how likely they are to seek help.
The research found:
- 4 out of 5 (77%) of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers have experienced hate speech or a hate crime. This ranged from regularly being subject to racist abuse in public to physical assaults.
- Despite the experience of prejudice being so common for Gypsies, Roma and Traveller (GRT) only 1 out of 5 (13%) sought help. GRT people said they felt the police or legal professionals would not help them so saw seeking help “pointless”.
- Half of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller people have experienced discrimination in the workplace. This ranged from being fired once the company learned of their heritage to colleagues refusing to work with them because of their ethnicity.
- The dominant coping mechanism Gypsies, Roma and Travellers used when trying to avoid racism was to try and hide their ethnicity (77% said they regularly attempted to hide their ethnicity).
- 70% of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers said they had experienced prejudice in education, with teachers being mentioned most frequently in the context of perpetuating stereotypes and overlooking bullying and racism.