Exploring de-segregation and evictions practices in Milan, Italy

15 December 2015

From October 26th to 28th 2015 Dijana Pavlovic (Consulta Roma e Sinti di Milano/association Upre Roma), Kumar Vishwanathan (EC/CoE/ROMACT) and Ruus Dijksterhuis (ERGO Network) joint for a mission to Milan to explore the impact of evictions and de-segregation measures on the various Roma groups.

One of the findings of the mission is that Romanian Roma get caught into a circular evictions pattern: in the last 3 years 1.284 evictions took place (1.3 per day) to remove around 2.200 people from their illegal settlements. On top of that, also Italian Roma -that lived for decades in ‘campii nomadi’- are losing their homes due to evictions. Important conclusion of the mission is that “Evictions are a costly, non-sustainable solution for irregular housing practices. Milan should stop the circular eviction and invest in long-term solutions that allow Roma to become equal citizens that actively participate in the Italian society” Read full document here

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