In 2010, the town received international media attention when the town council built a wall around part of Ostrovany, essentially making the enclosed part a gated community, in an attempt to keep out Roma neighbors. Because of the apparent poverty of the Roma, at least one source () likened the area outside the walls to a ghetto. The mayor Cyril Revak stated that the wall was built in order to prevent gardens from theft and vandalism, and that the Roma people had access to the village from other sides.
Two-thirds of the population are Roma, and at least some of the Roma are impoverished enough to live in "shacks".
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