Roma civil society: Finland marks 60 years of Roma advocacy

March 26, 2020

The second Roma Civil Monitor (RCM) report for Finland has found that mainstream employment services are having only a limited impact on Roma jobseekers. Despite general improvement in access to housing, some districts remain “challenging” and require public authorities or Roma NGOs to constantly negotiate with them to ensure Roma have equal access to housing there.

Inequality, anti-Roma racism, and the coronavirus: EUobserver article uses Roma Civil Monitor research

March 25, 2020

Research by the Roma Civil Monitor into the impact of national Roma integration strategies in the Member States has revealed the extent of the segregated, socially excluded localities where Roma and Travellers live in appalling conditions throughout the EU.

Roma civil society: Substandard conditions in Estonia means no running water for some Roma

March 23, 2020

The second Roma Civil Monitor (RCM) report for Estonia has found that Roma community representatives say some members of the community are living in substandard conditions. In terms of demographics, 40 per cent of Roma in Estonia are Estonian citizens, 38 per cent are Latvian citizens, 14 per cent are Russian citizens and 7 per cent are stateless.

Roma civil society: Lithuania should keep progressing on Roma inclusion

March 19, 2020

The second Roma Civil Monitor (RCM) report on Lithuania has found that employment initiatives targeting Roma community integration into the labour market seem to have yielded positive change. Access to housing is a general problem in Lithuania, specifically with respect to the country’s biggest Roma settlement in the capital, Vilnius, where residents including young children are frequently subject to forced evictions during winter.

Roma civil society: Italy lacks knowledge about the Roma, Sinti and Caminanti people

March 16, 2020

The Roma Civil Monitor (RCM) report for Italy has found that there is no accurate data available at the national level about the number of Roma, Sinit and Caminanti (RSC) in the country. The Government approved its National Roma Integration Strategy (NRIS) after it was drafted by the National Office against Racial Discrimination (UNAR) in collaboration with civil society and RSC representatives.