On 2 June, ERIO’s policy officer, Mara Pinto, met with local Roma from 6 cities (Paredes, Aveiro, Matosinhos, Espinho, Porto and Barcelos) in Porto, Portugal. The meeting was hosted by EAPN Portugal.
The meeting aimed to identify their needs and to find out what is happening on the ground. The issue of discrimination was highlighted as one of the main obstacles to progress in all fields in life. Roma face discrimination when trying to rent accommodation, when applying for a job and in school. Another key issue of concern raised at the meeting was housing.
Source (English language): http://www.erionet.eu/blog/2014/06/05/erio-met-with-portuguese-roma-communities