The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) has just released its latest Minorities and Discrimination Survey. The study deals with the situation of Roma in nine EU member states: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Greece, Spain, Croatia, Hungary, Portugal, Romania and Slovakia.
The FRA publication shows there are huge problems in several areas. Especially in Bulgaria, most Roma are far from being granted their fundamental rights. Poverty, exclusion from good education and discrimination on the job market, as well as in other areas, are just some of the problems. The situation is not only worrisome, but scandalous.
In the nine countries surveyed, 80 per cent of all Roma live below the poverty threshold. In Bulgaria, the rate is 86 per cent, and therefore substantially higher than the average, compared to 22 per cent of the general population.
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