Report: Swedish officials profiled Roma residents

Sept. 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM
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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, said. Police in Skane kept similar records, the report said.

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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