Human rights of Roma migrants in Europe
Strasbourg, 18/10/10 – What
are the root causes of Roma migration in today’s Europe? What are the
human rights of Roma when they move from one country to another? What
should receiving countries do to ensure that the human rights of Roma
migrants are fully respected?
study republished today by Commissioner Hammarberg and the OSCE High
Commissioner on National Minorities, Knut Vollebaek, aims to shed light
on these topical questions. It reviews the situation of Roma migrants in
host states, in particular their access to key services such as
education, employment, health and housing. It examines the ways in which
shortcomings in these areas impact on the exercise by Roma of their
freedom of movement.
The study reveals that a massive gap persists between law, standards and
commitments to eliminate racial discrimination, on the one hand, and
national policies concerning migration, on the other. It shows that
there is a need to ensure that the benefits of European integration are
enjoyed at all levels and without regard to ethnic origin.. In
particular the urgent need to extend an effective ban on all forms of
discrimination based on perceived race or ethnicity to matters involving
border administration, immigration control and related decisions
pertaining to non-citizens is highlighted.
Finally, the authors present a series of practical recommendations for
the organisations concerned and the governments.
More documentation about the Commissioner’s work on the human rights of
Roma and Travellers is available on our
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Stefano Montanari, +33 (0)6 61 14 70 37;
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