The housing dimension of the social inclusion policies for the Roma in the new member states of the EU [Cristina Raț]

The present paper comparatively analysis the housing dimension of Roma social inclusion strategies formulated by five new EU member states: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania. It syntheses the main critiques received by these national strategies from the EC (2012), the European Roma Rights Centre (ERRC, 2013) and the Civil Society Monitoring Reports, commissioned by the Open Society Foundations (OSF, 2013). Housing is defined as a key dimension of inclusion, along with education, employment, and access to health care services. The analysis below looks at three sub-dimensions of the housing problem: (1) the right to housing and policies for social housing, (2) protection against forced evictions and (3) spatial desegregation. For each country, it also presents the main recommendations of the EC (2012) on the national Roma inclusion strategies.

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