About Roma inclusion newsletter

Roma are Europe's largest ethnic minority: an estimated 12 to 15 million Roma live in Europe. There is evidence that Roma can experience significant inequities in access to education, employment, health care, housing and social protection. Civic and political representation of Roma is extremely low at local, regional, national and supra-national levels. Adverse social conditions such as poverty and exclusion contribute to these inequities.

The purpose of this newsletter is to share information and resources relevant for Roma inclusion, and thereby support current efforts to strengthen the different components of national Roma integration strategies or sets of policy measures in the EU and action plans for the Roma Integration 2020.

The newsletter is published by the WHO Regional Office for Europe in cooperation with the European Commission – Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) and the Interuniversity Institute of Social Development and Peace at the University of Alicante, Spain (WHO Collaborating Centre on Social Inclusion and Health). It was initiated by United Nation agencies working on Roma issues in Europe and also involves other international partners.

The content of the newsletter is provided by

  • the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),
  • the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF),
  • the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP),
  • the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women),
  • the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),
  • the WHO Regional Office for Europe,
  • the Council of Europe (CoE),
  • the Roma Integration 2020 - Regional Cooperation Council,
  • the European Council (EC),
  • the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and
  • the Open Society Foundations (OSF).

Financial contribution to the newsletter has been provided by UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, OSI and WHO.