"Roma invasion" a myth: Council of Europe commissioner

There is no real evidence of a disproportionate rise in Roma migration to European Union (EU) countries, Council of Europe's (CoE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks said Thursday. Writing in his latest human rights comment column published Thursday, Muiznieks said it was "time to debunk myths and prejudices about Roma migrants in Europe."
Political and media debates on Roma migration have come alive in several European countries. Since the eastward expansion of the EU in 2004 and 2007, and the lifting of employment restrictions on Romanian and Bulgarian citizens in a number of member states in 2014, fears of Roma migration have often triggered comments that Muiznieks said are often "uninformed and inflammatory."