The Antiziganism - different than anti-Semitism - has continued to exist to our present day. It exists on all levels of society and is therefore considered as completely normal.
Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Solms Member of the Scientific Council of EZAF at the I. International Conference on Antiziganism
Antiziganism is a part of Europe's cultural heritage, fed for centuries by the fear of the Osman Empire (which existed until 1919) and the "dark Turks". The Roma and Sinti are faced with a European society that does not deal with them as humans, but only sees them as their "Gypsy" image.
This image is the basic problem of Antiziganism - it explains the identity and actions of the Roma and Sinti to the majority population without taking any notice of their actual living reality. The image of the nomadic Gypsy is a good example of this ignorance towards reality: 95% of the Roma and Sinti live in apartments or huts in Eastern Europe. Migration movements of the Roma are only flight attempts, trying to escape persecution of violent conflicts in a certain region. People flee when they feel threatened. This pattern of flight - wrongfully habitualised as "Nomadisation" - had its share in the survival of the Roma and Sinti people.
Antiziganism can be found in all classes in all of the European majority societies - rich as well as poor.
Marko D. Knudsen First Chairman - EZAF