THE PRESENTATION OF CRIME FREQUENCY AMONG THE GYPSY POPULATION OF HAJDÚ-BIHAR COUNTY VIA THE PARTICULAR MAIN GROUPS OF CRIME

Saturday, September 13, 2014

By Mátyás Szabolcs

Theoretical introduction

It is a really sensitive issue to talk about gypsy crime nowadays because on the one hand officially it does not exist in Hungary, which is clearly stated by several minority leaders, politicians and researchers, on the other hand a lot of people avoid using even the word gypsy and use Romany instead. However, it is obvious for both the broader public and the laymen that gypsy crime does not mean that the whole gypsy population of Hungary leads a criminal way of life (while mentioning Italian maffia we do not relate to all Italian people as maffia people) it simply means, which has been pointed out by several researchers, that a criminal layer, who commit crimes as a way of life, can be sharply separated from the gypsy population (Tonhauser,L. 1999, Póczik, Sz. 1999).

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