80% of Roma are at risk of poverty

by Editorial Staff - 2016.11.30
80% of Roma are at risk of poverty
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The levels of deprivation, marginalisation, and discrimination of Europe’s largest minority is a grave failure of law and policy in the EU and its Member States. 80% of Roma interviewed are at risk of poverty compared with an EU average of 17%. 30% live in households with no tap water and 46% have no indoor toilet, shower or bathroom. While children with little education face bleak prospects for the future: only 53% of young Roma children attend early childhood education, often less than half the proportion of children their age from the general population in the same country. These findings of a new report from the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) are an opportunity to galvanise policy makers into action and focus resources on redressing this intolerable situation.

Published in Roma and Sinti.
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