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Treatment of Minorities

Treatment of Minorities One of the main problems of public stability in Slovakia is the phobia regarding Roma and refugees from the Middle East.

Despite the widespread anti-Roma sentiments (for example after the dismissal of an infamous TV presenter K. Kormutova, an active petition campaign was launched online to bring her back on television), the main threat to Slovakia's social stability is the refugee crisis and associated hostile attitudes.

According to a survey conducted in June 2015, 70.1% of respondents answered negatively to the question of receiving refugees from North Africa and the Middle East. 63.4% of the respondents considered refugees as a threat to the security of the country. It is particularly strange given that Slovakia currently does not host a significant number of migrants – around 400 – 500 people per year. Many of them, having obtained the necessary status, try to move to Western Europe, where there are established ethnic communities.

At the same time, Slovakia remains one of the few EU countries that openly and rigidly protested the EU quotas for the reception of refugees. “As long as I am prime minister, the system of quotas in the Slovak territory will not be enacted. The people responsible for this disgrace are those who forced the decision in Brussels. They deliberately created deep disagreements on such a sensitive issue as migration,” – as Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico said in September 2015.

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