Discrimination against Roma: Evidence from two survey experiments in Norway

In this recently published article, Runa Falck presents data showing that an individual perceived to be affiliated with the Roma minority is likely to be at a considerable disadvantage in Norwegian society today.

Runa Falck Migration Studies
Runa Falck, PhD Candidate at the Department of Foreign Languages. 
Sandrick Mathurin/Facsimile from Migration Studies

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This article is based on the author's master thesis, New Policies, Old Attitudes? - Discrimination against Roma in Norway. As a master student, Falck received the "Citizen Scholarship" (Medborgerstipendet), granted by DIGSSCORE. The collection of the data presented in this article was financed by the Less hate, more speech» project. 


Norway has a history of tough assimilation of the first migration of Roma people, known as the Tater/Romani people. The state introduced laws that discriminated against the Tater/Romani people. This article traces the international and national developments from discriminatory laws to laws against discrimination in Norway. With the recent appearance of immigrant Roma from Eastern Europe, Roma are once again on the political agenda of West European countries. Despite the many laws against discrimination that are now in place, this article demonstrates that the public still discriminates against Roma people. Two survey experiments reveal that the Roma are being directly discriminated against within the Norwegian society and indirectly discriminated against compared to other European Economic Area (EEA) immigrants. The article suggests that this could be related to a history of antiziganism in society. Furthermore, it appears that such attitudes are not easily changed by laws but demands broad social mobilisation.

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