For the first time, a publication gathers the main existing data to measure the efforts in fighting Roma exclusion according to the Roma Decade priorities. The Roma Inclusion Index 2015 mainly focuses on the gap between the total population and Roma showing country – by – country the data for the overall population, Roma and Romani females for each indicator.
To do so, consultants collected data for the years 2005 and 2014 produced by governments as well as international organizations and civil society. The work is not only aimed at collecting data to measure the progress done so far in the areas of employment, education, health and housing, but it also encourages the EU and the FRA to establish a standardized system of indicators and data collection on Roma inclusion. Despite some progress in primary education, the Roma Inclusion Index shows how governments have generally failed over the last decade to close the gaps between Roma and the rest of society.
In fact, half of Roma are still unemployed, and more than one in three Roma still live in absolute poverty, meaning they are severely deprived of basic human needs, including food, sanitation and decent health care. To top it all, anti-Gypsyism has increased around Europe as a result of the economic crisis and the rise of xenophobic parties and policies in the Continent.
To access the 2015 Roma Inclusion Index, please click here.