Special section: Integration of Roma

This page brings together all resources on the issue of Roma children: news, videos, infographics, research, learning resources and experts.


09 Sep 2019
On 9th September when the new school year was opened in Bucharest, Klaus Iohannis (Romanian President) and Snežana Samardžić-Markovic (Council of Europe Director General of Democracy) addressed the impact of the “INSCHOOL” project.... Read more
08 Sep 2019
On 6th of September, the European Commission published the 2019 annual report on the implementation of national Roma integration strategies, summarizing action taken in education, health, housing and discrimination. Unfortunately, there are no... Read more
03 May 2019
   A new CNN report highlighted the latest anti-Roma violence in Gabrovo, Bulgaria. Once known as a positive example of Roma integration, Bulgaria is now facing ethnic violence between the Roma community and ethnic Bulgarians.... Read more


25 Mar 2017
In this report, Johannes Hahn, the European Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, had stated that the Roma people constitute one of the largest ethnic minority groups in Europe. Within the Western portion... Read more
01 Feb 2017
Children from ethnic minorities who live in Kosovo, especially the RAE community, lag in their schoolwork behind the majority of pupils for several reasons. The result is a vicious circle where school failure leads to poverty which in turn deprives... Read more
20 May 2016
Child participation in all aspects of modern society is extremely important for the good development of children. Furthermore it is extremely important that children belonging to vulnerable groups that are already marginalized in society have an... Read more


05 Sep 2019
The European Commission published the 2019 report focusing on national implementation of Roma inclusion measures. The report shows the most vital factors influencing four policy areas (education, employment, health, housing), as well as trends... Read more
01 May 2018
Final Report of the Red Cross of Serbia "Mapping children and youth outside the education system in rural areas" is made within the "Joint program for inclusion of roma children and children from sensitive groups in education... Read more
28 Feb 2017
In order to tackle early school leaving and improve social inclusion, school systems are pressured to answer the needs of students in a holistic way and recognise their individual talents and voices. Inclusive systems in and around schools are well... Read more


19 Mar 2019
Free Europe Bulgaria (Svobodna Evropa) shared this short film (in Bulgarian) about the story of Snezhana Ivanova, a Bulgarian woman from the poor Sofian district Fakulteta, who has successfully escaped from the closed circle of life in the ghetto.... Read more
18 Jan 2019
We are sharing this lecture by sociologist Loïc Wacquant on the topic of "Advanced Marginality, Ethnoracial Divisions and the Strategies of the State." The lecture is in English and is 2 hours long. Wacquant discusses "what... Read more
15 Sep 2016
Vanco Dzambaski published a photo album on Flickr to draw attention to the plight of a Roma community in Skopje wh oare being evicted.

Integration of Roma

[Europe] Roma Inclusion: More Effort Needed to Improve Access to Schooling and Employment
Date of publication: 2017
In 2011 the European Commission set up the EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020.
[Montenegro] A report from Europe's longest running refugee camp (which you've never heard of)
Date of publication: 2017
Tom Bass from Open Democracy reports on the history and development of the Konik Camp in Montenegro. Opened in 1994, the came has been a refuge for Roma and Balkan Egyptians fleeing violence in Kosovo. 
[Kosovo] Kosovo Roma seek justice for lead-poisoned children
Date of publication: 2017
Just after Kosovo's 1998-1999 conflict, 600 members of the Roma community from the city of Mitrovica were given shelter by the UN mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).
[United Kingdom] Tips for Social Workers Supporting East-European Roma Families
Date of publication: 2017
The Roma community are one of the most marginalised ethnic groups and have low educational achievement, low life expectancy and low levels of employment.
[Czech Republic] Report: Roma children often experience school segregation
Date of publication: 2017
The abnormal discrepancies in education among Roma and non-Roma youth within the Czech Republic have been most recently spotlighted.
[Bulgaria] In Class or in Jail?
Date of publication: 2017
Transition Online, spotlights the recent consecutive physical attacks of civilians in Bulgaria perpetrated by Roma individuals throughout the country. 
[Bosnia and Herzegovina] ’Let’s ginga together’ project begins with workshops for children and youth in Banja Luka
Date of publication: 2017
Blue phone in cooperation with the sports association "Capoeira Banjaluka" will commence the implementation of 16 combined workshops of Capoeira and non-violent communications for children and young people under 18 years old, beginning on
[Bulgaria] Bulgarian gov't set sights on school dropout prevention
Date of publication: 2017
It has recently been reported that the government of Bulgaria is beginning to place more emphasis on the importance of the education of the country's youth, in response to the lack of economic opportunity present in the country and the poor educat
[United Kingdom] Govanhill kids learn about travelling with help of a traditional gypsy caravan
Date of publication: 2017
The Evening Times recently published a story about a Govanhill school, where young children have recently been learning about the wonders of traveling and journeys through the use of a traditional gypsy caravan.
[Serbia] Police blasted for not letting Roma children play in park
Date of publication: 2017
b92 news has noted the circulation of a recent online video of a Serbian police officer disallowing Roma children to play in a Belgrade local playground.


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