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Over 8,500 Romani people receive Ukrainian passports over past three years

The absence of the identification documents leads to the violations of human rights and a rise in crime
10:23, 22 November 2018

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Around 8,500 Romani people received Ukrainian passports over the past three years, as the press office of Ukraine’s Internal Ministry reported.

“Effective cooperation and joint efforts of the migration service, the Justice Ministry, local authorities, Romani mediators, the representatives of non-governmental and international organizations, condition a constant growth of the number of cases of successful documentation of Romani people in recent years,” the message says.

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The main problems, which cause complications in the process of issuance of identification documents for Romani, are the difficulty of obtaining birth certificates and documents, which confirm Ukrainian citizenship.

“The absence of the identification documents leads to the violations of human rights and a rise in crime. That is why the documentation of Romani should be one of the priorities of not only migration service and other authorities, but also local communities, where Romani people live,” the message says.

Related: Romani people in Ukraine face complicated procedures for getting IDs

Earlier, Ukrinform agency published a video where a few Ukrainians receive the Hungarian passports and owe allegiance to Hungary in the Consulate in Berehove, Zakarpattia region, western Ukraine. The Hungarian diplomat recommended not to inform the Ukrainian authorities about receiving the new documents. 

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