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Romani Children Continue to Face Discrimination in Hungarian Schools

20 November 2007

According to the Roma Press Centre (RPA), Hungarian parents in the southern Hungarian city Szeged protested the placement of Romani pupils in various schools in Szeged following the dismantling of the Mora Ferenc Elementary School, a local school which segregated Romani children. Its 140 pupils were consequently distributed amongst ten different Szeged schools.

According to the Roma Press Center, the addition of 22 new Romani pupils to the Alsovarosi Elementary School has sparked controversy among the school's community. Parents have launched a protest against the municipal government's "unfair" decision to reassign so many new Romani children to their school, threatening to send their children to another school.

The administration, however, remains satisfied with their re-distribution efforts, hoping to avoid segregation in other local schools. Though one-third of Mora's Roma pupils had requested to be placed at Alsovarosi, only 22 were admitted to avoid such problems. Education official Janos Kardos was quoted by the RPA as having stated that he felt it was "justified to set limits to the number of disadvantaged children at a particular school."

(Roma Press Centre)

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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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