EU Fundamental Rights Agency New Report on the situation of the Roma in 11 member states

The report on ‘The situation of Roma in 11 EU Member States’ presents the first key findings of two surveys carried out by the FRA, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank on the living conditions and discrimination experiences of Roma and ‘non-Roma’ living nearby in 11 EU Member States. The data support the efforts of the EU institutions and the Member States to implement evidence based and sufficiently targeted national Roma integration strategies, in line with the EU Framework, to make a real difference to Roma people’s lives.
This is the first time a large-scale quantitative survey of Roma populations has been conducted in France, Italy and Portugal. These Members States were surveyed alongside Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Slovakia, namely countries where large numbers of Roma live.
Among the key findings of the survey were the following:
1. In all EU Member States survey, over 80% of the Roma surveyed live in households at risk of
poverty
2. On average, around 40% of the Roma surveyed live in a household where somebody had to go to bed hungry at least once in the last month because they could not afford to buy food
3. On average, fewer than one out of three of the Roma surveyed reported to be in paid employment
4. On average, 15% of the Roma surveyed completed upper-secondary education, compared to more than 70% of non-Roma

FRA-2012-Roma-at-a-glance_EN

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