8 April: International Romani Day
Attitudes towards Roma are negative, even more negative than towards other ethnic minorities. In a survey, around a quarter of Europeans say that they would feel uncomfortable having a Roma neighbour, "a striking difference to the level of comfort with a person form a different ethnic origin in general". Participants were presented the "neighbour scenario" and asked to rate how comfortable they would be with various neighbours (10 = highest level of comfort). Two extreme examples: The average score in Poland, where 58% would feel comfortable and 12% uncomfortable, is 7.5. The average score in the Czech Republic, where 9% would feel comfortable and 47% would feel uncomfortable, is 3.7 (Eurobarometer, 2008).