18.6.2014, romea.cz – Commentary: Czech Roma Strategy should support the Romani intelligentsia more

18.6.2014, romea.cz – Commentary: Czech Roma Strategy should support the Romani intelligentsia more

Despite all of the concepts and efforts expended to date, the situation of Romani people in the Czech Republic is deteriorating. According to estimates, 80 000 – 100 000 Romani people (an estimated one-third of all Roma living in the Czech Republic) are grappling with burdensome problems of social exclusion.

During the past several years some negative phenomena have dramatically increased in the areas of housing, indebtedness and territorial segregation. In addition, social tensions and unrest are affecting Romani people as a whole and the tendency of the majority population to opt for extreme solutions is growing.

he aim of the Romani Integration Strategy to 2020 (or the 2020 Romani Strategy), which has been in the process of being drafted since February 2013 and should be approved by the Government this year, and for which the Minister for Human Rights, Equal Opportunities and Legislation is now responsible, is to reverse the negative trends in the development of the situation of Romani people in the Czech Republic, especially in education, employment, housing and the social arena.

Source (English language): http://www.romea.cz/en/news/czech/commentary-czech-roma-strategy-should-support-the-romani-intelligentsia-more

 

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