Working Roma is a project funded by the European Union – JUST/2014/RDIS/AG/DISC – that has as main objective to provide new tools, based on the exchange of best practices, to prevent intolerance in the labour market towards Roma population.
The majority of working age Roma in Central and South Europe do not have a job and many have been out of work for a considerable length of time.
The high levels of unemployment of working Roma people are most often perceived as a problem of scarce supply-side in the labour market, due to low levels of education and professional qualification of Roma. However, there is another dimension, less spoken and recognised, that is discrimination.
Discrimination significantly aggravates the situation and causes systemic exclusion from employment for a large number of Roma.
The project is developed under the assumption that labour market insertion must be a priority to promote the full social inclusion of Roma people. Based on this, the project has adopted the following main guidelines:
- To combat and to prevent racism and xenophobia in the workplace.
- To promote access to vocational training of Roma and other minorities at risk of social exclusion.
- To improve understanding of the cultural and social context of the Roma community and other vulnerable groups
Nine partners from nine countries…
Working Roma is implemented by a consortium of 9 partners from 9 EU countries, spanning from North to South of Europe – Spain (project coordinator), Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and United Kingdom.
- Coordinator: Andujar Municipality (Spain)
- Active Citizens Partnership (Greece)
- FOPSIM (Malta)
- Associazione Nationale Comuni Italiani (ANCI Sardegna) (Italy)
- Asociata Dominou (Romania)
- Oldham Equality Partnership (UK)
- Institute for Labour and Social Research (Bulgaria)
- APODEC (Portugal)
- DRDNM (Slovenia)