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Council of Europe Comments on the Economic Situation of Roma and Travellers in Europe

7 May 2002

In a press release issued on November 28, 2001, the Council of Europe announced the adoption of a Recommendation by the Committee of Ministers to member states on improving the economic and employment situation of Roma and Travellers. The recommendation emphasises that Roma and Travellers experience difficulty in accessing labour markets due to discrimination, which leads to social exclusion, as well as a lack of training, education and information. The Committee of Ministers recognises in its recommendation that the precarious economic situation of Roma and Travellers also has damaging effects in the areas of housing, education and health. The recommendation states outright the importance of introducing legislation and programmes to counter racial discrimination in the workplace and in access to employment. The Committee of Ministers also recommends that member states of the Council of Europe foster income-generating projects among Roma and Travellers. The full text of the Committee of Ministers Recommendation is available on the Internet at: http://www.coe.int.T/E/Committee_of_Ministers/Public/

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ERRC submission to UN HRC on Hungary (February 2018)

14 February 2018

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Hungary to the UN Human Rights Committee for consideration at its 122nd session (12 Narch - 6 April 2018).

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The Fragility of Professional Competence: A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children in England

24 January 2018

Romani and Traveller children in England are much more likely to be taken into state care than the majority population, and the numbers are rising. Between 2009 and 2016 the number of Irish Travellers in care has risen by 400% and the number of Romani children has risen 933%. The increases are not consistent with national trends, and when compared to population data, suggest that Romani and Traveller children living in the UK could be 3 times more likely be taken into public care than any other child. 

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Families Divided: Romani and Egyptian Children in Albanian Institutions

21 November 2017

There’s a high percentage of Romani and Egyptian children in children’s homes in Albania – a disproportionate number. These children are often put into institutions because of poverty, and then find it impossible ever to return to their families. Because of centuries of discrimination Roma and Egyptians in Albania are less likely to live in adequate housing, less likely to be employed and more likely to feel the effects of extreme poverty.

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