The Roma who built a five-star hotelby Nicola Dotto - 2015.09.29
Swiss design and precision, combined with Roma passion and hospitality: this is the winning recipe at Hotel Gračanica, the first and probably only hotel in the world conceived, designed, built and managed almost entirely by Roma. It combines contemporary architecture and traditional elements of Romany culture with the typical cuisine of South-East Europe. The hotel is in Gračanica, a village near Pristina, in Kosovo. It was the brainchild of three Albanian Kosovar friends living in Switzerland, who showed initiative and perseverance in the face of the huge bureaucratic challenges in the small Balkan country. According to the World Bank, Kosovo ranks alongside some of the worst African countries by some standards: it's in 170th place in the world in terms of ease of starting a business, and is at 177th for the time it takes to obtain building permits and financial protection for investors.
Possible first for French Senator who is Rom
Anina Ciuciu could become the first French senator of Rom origins. She is 27 years old, a human rights activist, lawyer, aspiring judge, from Paris, and has an excellent chance of winning a Senate seat in the September 24th election of this year. Her candidacy is supported by more than Read More.
How people of ethnic minority Roma live in Italy
Camps of Roma people in Italy are found primarily in the north-west and central regions of the country. More than 72%, are concentrated in these 5 regions: Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, Piedmonte and Toscany, totaling 29,435 individuals. Though the term Roma is used throughout the European Union, this ethnic minority is Read More.
80% of Roma are at risk of poverty
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 Read More.
Truly “Home Sweet Home” for gypsies in Spain
In Spain, the percentage of gypsies that live in camps has been reduced by almost 70%. Not to the merit of bulldozers, but thanks to the inclusion of the young people in the educational system (more than 93% of schoolage children now attend school), not to mention the appropriate use Read More.
Gypsy Queens cook up Roma dishes in the eternal city
From the famous Magliana criminal gang, to the Gipsy Queens: 10 Roma women are now conquering the southern suburbs of Rome. Because in the gypsy encampment at via Candoni, thanks to support from the organisation Arci, they are getting to work in the kitchen to break down stereotypes about Roma Read More.
Emilia-Romagna Region’s effort to overcome nomad camps
The Emilia-Romagna Region wants to overcome nomad camps and give Roma and Sinti people more durable and respectable housing solutions. For this reason it has approved a call for grants which implements the regional law on the social inclusion of Roma and Sinti people (L. July 16, 2015, No. 11). Read More.