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ERRC Presents Findings of Roma Housing Research

13 December 2010

BELGRADE, 13 DECEMBER 2010: Today, the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC) presented the findings of research on Romani housing undertaken by young Romani activists in the Balkans.

This study documented the housing situation of Roma in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. According to field researchers who visited Romani communities in these countries, substandard housing conditions are found throughout the region. Poor conditions like overcrowded residences, in hazardous areas without access to infrastructure are further exacerbated by lack of security of tenure and vulnerability to forced evictions. Roma are often unable to escape these environments, as they face racism and discrimination in seeking private accommodation and accessing social housing, as well as restrictive eligibility criteria for the latter.

“This research reaffirmed the negative impact that poor housing conditions of Romani communities have on all other areas of their life, undermining employment, education and health. This situation urgently needs to be addressed by the authorities in accordance with their obligations under international law,” noted ERRC Executive Director Robert Kushen.

A factsheet summarising the findings is available online. The full report, developed within the project, “Empowerment of Roma to Fight Rights Deprivation”, supported by the United Nations Democracy Fund, is available on the ERRC website.

For further information, contact:
Sinan Gokcen
ERRC Media and Communications Officer
sinan.gokcen@errc.org
+36.30.500.1324
 

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The impact of conflict on minority populations merits special attention, especially if those minorities have long been marginalized, viewed by the warring parties with a mixture of ambivalence and contempt, and deemed to be communities of little consequence in the peace-building processes that follow the conclusion of hostilities. This issue of Roma Rights Journal takes a look at the fate of Roma during and after conflicts.

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In many conflicts, caught between warring groups with no foreign power or military alliance to champion their claims, Roma found themselves displaced, despised and declaimed as bogus refugees, nomads and “mere” economic migrants in the aftermath.

As long as Europe’s largest ethnic minority is written out and rendered invisible in the histories of Europe’s wars and conflicts; and excluded from the politics of reconstruction and peace-making, the continent’s self-understanding will remain fatally flawed.

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