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French Divided on Roma Expulsion

Hanging from statues with signs reading, “High school students together, high school students of color,” thousands of Parisian students crowded the streets on October 18, resurfacing controversy over Roma integration versus Roma deportation. The student protests were spurred by the recent deportation of Leonarda Debrani, a 15-year-old illegal immigrant from Kosovo who was detained on a school trip. While Debrani’s case has become popularized by the French media, she represents only one case out of thousands this year.

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