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Is there evidence of particular difficulties faced by migrant/minority groups in purchasing or renting property of their choice?

Key Area:
Housing & Segregation
Discrimination, Equality
28/02/2012 - 11:46
Short Answer

Yes, there is evidence of some particular difficulties.

Qualitative Info

Despite the fact that no quantitative data exists and that a situation testing study was never performed on this issue, Roma associations and NGO’s like SOS Racism consider that this community face particular difficulties in purchasing and renting property of their choice.


When purchasing or renting property of their choice Roma face widespread discrimination from neighbors, real estate agents and sometimes from local authorities. An evidence of it is the usual practice of real estate agents to have porcelain representations of toads in their offices, since it is a popular believe that Roma will avoid them. On the other hand the common way for a Roma to elude this is to have a frontman that will represent him for the acquisition.


Brasilians and sub-Saharan immigrants also face some prejudice that results again from the popular belief that associates them with a more festive and convivial way of living and being keener for meeting and partying they are considered necessarily noisy, disrespectful and a neighbour to avoid.

Groups affected/interested Migrants, Roma & Travelers, Ethnic minorities, National minorities
Type (R/D) Anti-migrant/xenophobia, Anti-roma/ romaphobia, Xenophobia
Key socio-economic / Institutional Areas Housing
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