Are They Moving on May Day?

Imrich David can hardly be faulted for wanting to leave Slovakia. Over the past five years, the 44-year-old Romany father of three has lost his job as a welder, seen his children beaten up by right-wing extremists, and been forced by hostile local authorities to give up his apartment in Stós in the eastern part of the country. He's had to move 43 km away to a decaying, crime-ridden housing project in Kosice. A recent cut in welfare payments has left him with a stark choice: pay his rent or feed his family. It is, he says, "impossible to live...

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