Monday, July 30, 2007

Roma from Serbia Seek Asylum in Romania

BIRN

Bucharest.Forty-four Serbian citizens of Roma origin who illegally entered Romania over the week-end are seeking asylum in a European Union country, the Romanian authorities said on Monday. “The Serbian citizens will have to wait some two weeks for an answer to their requests,” Mihaela Martescu, of the Romanian Office for Inmigration, ORI, said. Martescu said the Bucharest authorities were prepared to tackle this issue, as many other Roma from Serbia appeared to be trying to enter Romania for the same reasons.

Since it joined the European Union on January 1, Romania has became increasingly popular as a destination for people from Balkan countries seeking asylum or citizenship within the EU. This month alone, 57 Serbian citizens crossed the border with Romania and asked for asylum.

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