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Report: Swedish officials profiled Roma residents

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Officials in at least two Swedish cities kept a "gypsy inventory," profiling Roma by factors including intelligence and cleanliness, a government report says.

The report -- which is not to be released officially until January -- says Stockholm officials maintained the registry as recently as 1996, TheLocal.se said. Police in Skane kept similar records, the report said.

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City officials visited Roma communities and assessed families on their intelligence, school performance, cleanliness and behavior, the white paper said.

"Decent family," said one assessment of a Roma family in Stockholm. Another family was described as "poor and backward."

Erik Ullenhag, Sweden's integration minister, said he was "ashamed" about the findings, said they reflected a time of racial profiling in the country.

"It is incredibly stigmatizing that people were getting home visits just because they have a certain ethnicity," he said.

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