Anti-Gypsyism is increasingly recognised as a key obstacle to the sustainable inclusion of Roma in society. Its historical roots run deep and continue to divide the largest ethnic minority in Europe from non-Roma citizens. Whilst important initiatives have been taken at EU level to address the issue, Roma continue to experience discrimination, segregation and violence. Anti-Gypsyism has an adverse effect on the image of Roma in public discourse, as it prevents equal opportunities in education and on the labour market, obstructs Roma communities’ hope for change, and undermines the political willingness of decision-makers to (openly) take positive action.

These Guidelines outline key aspects of a diaconal strategy against Anti-Gypsyism. They combine insights from members operating in different national contexts, cooperating with different partners and focusing on different thematic areas. As such, the Guidelines are not intended to set out a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, they aim to illustrate the broad range of potential actions which can be undertaken in general. In practice, individual organisations and churches can select actions which best align with their own profile and expertise. Each thematic section of the Guidelines describes concrete initiatives suggested by members, and is accompanied by concrete project examples from Eurodiaconia’s membership.

The Guidelines are intended to be a flexible resource, which can be updated in accordance with new project ideas. We would also warmly like to encourage our members to translate these Guidelines into their respective national languages for further dissemination. Should you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to contact Anne-Sophie Wislocki, policy officer in charge of Roma inclusion with Eurodiaconia, at

To know more about the diaconal strategy against Anti-Gypsyism Have a look at our Guidelines.