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A Roma family gathers at the balcony of their apartment at the Avas apartment projects in Miskolc

A Roma family gathers at the balcony of their apartment at the Avas apartment projects in Miskolc, 180 km (112 miles) east of Budapest, October 17, 2012. The city's ex-communist Avas housing projects, home to about 40,000 people, have seen mass immigration of destitute Roma from the countryside, where living conditions are often rustic. Long-time residents have shunned the new Roma occupants, many of whom have large families crammed into tiny flats. Picture taken October 17. To match story HUNGARY-FARRIGHT/ REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh (HUNGARY - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST REAL ESTATE BUSINESS SOCIETY IMMIGRATION)

The life of Roma gypsies

December 7, 2012

The Roma are descendants of nomads who moved out of what is now India 800 years ago. They speak a distinct language, a variation of Hindi. They have been forcibly resettled through the ages and were put in concentration camps during World War II. More than 1 million Roma are believed to be living in Romania, a country of about 22 million. There is widespread prejudice against Roma, who are often unemployed and lack formal education because they do not always send their children to school. Because of poverty and prejudice, Roma often travel to Italy, Spain, France and Britain, where they beg, busk, live off welfare benefits or get involved in petty crime, according to authorities in those countries. (AP)