Roma Citizenship Issues
The issues concerning Roma are numerous, the single largest minority in Europe has been marginalized for centuries. Many Roma now suffer from lack of economical perspective, low employment and educational levels, health care problems and outright discrimination and hatred.
While Roma have a claim to equal citizenship they face many obstacles: they are often uneducated, lack insight in political and decision making processes, have low internet and media skills and financial means.
The root cause of these issues is the exclusion of Roma from wider society. The drive behind this exclusion and unequal citizenship is twofold: public stigmatization and inadequate public policies. This issue needs to be dealt with on a grassroots level where a positive identity is enhanced and discrimination is challenged. It also needs to be dealt with on a political level, where supportive and fair policies are established and exclusive politics are abandoned.