Black & White Book presented

13 April 2010

What is it like to be young and Roma? How do young Roma experience their live and what do they do to shape their own future? During the Second European Summit on Roma, ERGO presented the Black & White Book, which  presents stories of successful and failed Roma integration.

Roma youngsters from five European countries, both members and non-member states of the European Union, joined forces under the banner of ‘Typically Roma’ to challenge stereotypes of Roma in their own towns and cities. They also took a critical look at their own environment to present this collection of stories - good and bad - about their situation, about policies and project that target them and about the attitudes and approaches of local authorities.

ERGO Network believes these stories have a wider relevance. The insights they offer are rarely found in policy evaluations. Roma figure prominently in ‘best practice’-studies. But these obscure the real picture. When policy makers are looking for the reasons why ‘best practices’ are so good, they also need to be asking why the rest is then obviously so bad and how that can be overcome. This book shows the mechanisms of exclusion, hidden discrimination and inaction at work at the local level where policies actually need to be put in practice.

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