Greater Manchester’s Police and Crime Commissioner has praised the role that the Roma community has played in the success of our region.
Tony Lloyd was speaking as the world marks International Roma Day on April 8. The day celebrates Romani culture and raise awareness of the issues facing Roma people across the world.
Tony said: “Greater Manchester is one of the most diverse regions in the country, and this is something we should all celebrate. As a community we have come a long way in welcoming people from a wide-range of backgrounds, but there is still a lot of progress that needs to be made. We have a growing Roma community here in Greater Manchester, which is something to celebrate. International Roma Day gives us the opportunity we recognise the rights of these individuals, and their role within our society.
“Misinformation has led to a widespread ignorance of many elements of our local community, often leading to hatred, fear and misunderstanding. Many Roma live in abject poverty and are routinely subjected to racism, through little or no fault of their own. The burgeoning Roma community has been an integral part of Manchester’s past, and it will be an equally important part of our future.
“International Roma Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of Greater Manchester, and make a renewed commitment to engaging positively with people from all different backgrounds, of every class, and of every religion, throughout the area.”