Expansion of the Schengen Area to Include Bulgaria and Romania

French foreign minister Laurent Fabius announced on September 24 France’s opposition to the expansion of the Schengen area to include Bulgaria and Romania. Both countries, which entered the European Union in 2007, have officially integrated into the EU and have met all preconditions set by the Schengen agreement to become a part of this passport […]

Valls’ Vision for Roma Settlements Remains Uncompromising

Minister Manuel Valls rekindled the tense dialogues surrounding the Romani community in France. In an interview with Le Figaro, Valls did not hide his intent to maintain, if not intensify, strict policies pertaining to Romani camps and the integration of racial groups.  He stated, “the situation has become intolerable, and it cannot continue. It is […]

French Policy on Romani: A Divisive Issue

President Hollande’s government struggles to define immigration laws for Romani people, an ever-persisting issue in France. The topic is clouded by confusion, from the policies to the simplest statistics. Some say 15,000 live in Paris alone. Others tally the French total to 15,000. Owing to their complicated status as nomads, the Romani face difficulty integrating […]