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Roma migrants set up camp outside Paris

A Romanian woman sweeps the area in front of her caravan at an encampment of Roma families in Triel-sur-Seine, near Paris, Oct. 18. Benoit Tessier / Reuters
A girl draws at the door of a caravan at an encampment of Roma families in Triel-sur-Seine. Benoit Tessier / Reuters

According to authorities there are approximately 400 Roma camps spread throughout France. At an encampment of migrants from Romania in Triel-sur-Seine, near Paris, residents say they want to work in France and become integrated because they have no prospects in Romania.

Roma is an umbrella term which European Union authorities use to refer to semi-nomadic groups which number around 300,000 in France - most of them French citizens.

Around 10-12 million Roma are spread throughout Europe, according to EU estimates. Countries such as France, Spain and Germany have long struggled to deal with tensions between them and local communities.

--Reuters

View of caravans at an encampment of Roma families in Triel-sur-Seine, near Paris. Benoit Tessier / Reuters
A Roma man balances on a scooter in front of caravans at an encampment of Roma families in Triel-sur-Seine. Benoit Tessier / Reuters
A girl leans on a school back pack outside a caravan at an encampment of Roma families in Triel-sur-Seine. Benoit Tessier / Reuters
View of caravans at an encampment of Roma families in Triel-sur-Seine. Benoit Tessier / Reuters
A Roma child is seen at a window of a caravan at an encampment of Roma families in Triel-sur-Seine, near Paris. Benoit Tessier / Reuters