Roma migrants in the UK live in a hostile environment – many are excluded from society, unable to access education, healthcare, housing, employment and social assistance. Often they are unaware of their rights as EU citizens.
The European Roma Rights in Action project, generously funded by the Open Society Initiative, aims to address this problem. The one year pilot project will develop the capacity of NGOs, local authorities and legal practitioners who work with Roma migrants, as well as the migrants themselves, through free training sessions.
Substantive topics will include EU free movement law and an introduction to Roma culture for practitioners. The sessions will also address practical issues many Roma migrants face, including being denied National Insurance Numbers or asked to produce documentation in order to obtain one – which is a discriminatory practice. It will also focus on eligibility for social assistance, access to information about self-employment and entrepreneurship.
We will continue to update this page with information on training sessions and reports as they become available.
The European Roma Rights in Action project will complement our current Roma Rights Project, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust.
More information on the Open Society Initiative's Roma Initiatives Office can be found here