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08.06.12 Eurochild launches assessment of Roma integration strategies from a childrenís perspective

On 23rd May the European Commission launched its own assessment of member states national integration strategies on Roma.

by European Commission/   Justice/Tackling discrimination/EU and Roma/National-strategies

Complementing this work & that of other NGOs, Eurochild wanted to look at the strategies from the perspective of the rights of Roma children.  The assessment was carried out on behalf of Eurochild by an expert, Caroline Sykora, who we commissioned to do a detailed assessment of the situation of Roma children and profile some examples of good practices (report soon to be launched).  The review is a desk-based evaluation of all 24 member states, but includes a more detailed report on Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary to which members and Roma organisations were also invited to contribute.

 

Unsurprisingly the report is quite critical of member states first round of national integration strategies stating that many, especially in Western Europe, donít seem to have taken the process seriously.  A child-centred approach is missing from virtually all reports and although early childhood and education are given considerable attention they are not addressed from a child rights perspective.

Read the report here.

For further information contact: jana.hainsworth@eurochild.org

 

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