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Each year June marks Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month, a time for both the Romani of Britain as well as the wider community to look back at the past of one of Europe’s biggest yet most marginalised minorities.

To commemorate the month, Communications Officer Ben Small has taken a look back at the origins of the Romani and the roots of their discrimination, and their experiences under Nazi Persecution when the Porrojmos saw around a fifth of their population murdered, as well as touching on the modern climate.

Many Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across Europe continue to exist on the fringes of society and face prejudice from those around them. By understanding their past, we can work to break down bigotry and building a more inclusive culture.

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  • Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month

    GRTHM started in Brent in 2001. With endorsement from Parliament in 2007 GRTHM went national in 2008 and is now celebrated throughout the UK each June.

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