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Addressing Housing Deprivation of Romain Central and Eastern Europe

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The Roma, Europe’s largest ethnic minority, faces stark disparities in living conditions, experiencing housing deprivation at significantly higher rates than other populations. This issue persists across Central and Eastern Europe, despite a robust legal framework and various national and EU-wide initiatives aimed at improving their situation.

Our comprehensive research spans nine countries, including EU members like Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria, as well as candidate countries such as Serbia, North Macedonia, Kosovo, and Ukraine. The study evaluates existing data and incorporates new qualitative insights from a wide range of stakeholders, revealing the multifaceted challenges the Roma face—from substandard housing and frequent evictions to systemic discrimination and limited access to essential services.

Key Findings and Recommendations

The research highlights that while there is ample policy in place, its execution falls short, leaving many Roma in precarious living conditions that exacerbate their social exclusion. Segregation remains a profound issue, with many Roma communities isolated in ghetto-like settlements that hinder their access to education, healthcare, and employment opportunities.

The study proposes a shift from merely increasing the housing stock to improving integration and accessibility. This includes advocating for sustainable rental models and regional strategies that ensure Roma inclusion in mainstream housing markets. It also emphasizes the importance of community involvement in developing housing solutions, ensuring that initiatives cater to the specific needs of Roma communities and do not perpetuate existing segregations.

Good Practices and Innovative Approaches

Several good practices identified include targeted interventions that have successfully integrated Roma communities into broader societal frameworks. For instance, innovative housing projects in Bulgaria and Hungary have shown promising results in reducing eviction risks and promoting social integration. These examples serve as benchmarks for other regions grappling with similar issues.

The Way Forward

Addressing the housing needs of the Roma is not just about improving physical structures but also about dismantling the systemic barriers that perpetuate their exclusion. This requires a concerted effort from policymakers, community leaders, and stakeholders at all levels to develop inclusive, practical, and sustainable housing strategies.

For a deeper understanding of our findings and to explore detailed recommendations for action, we invite our readers to access the full report. This comprehensive document offers a blueprint for making significant strides in overcoming the housing challenges faced by the Roma community and fostering a more inclusive society.

Read the full report here.