A significant proportion of the Rroma community suffers from a broad spectrum of social disadvantages in Romania. These include a low level of education and training, leading to a lack of qualifications, high numbers of children to support, poor living conditions, and virtually no chance for employment on the regular labor market. In addition, the Rroma population is subjected to social exclusion and marginalization as a result of racial discrimination.
The low level of participation in the labor market is the main problem in the Rroma community. According to official data contained in the 2012 census, only 23 percent of the Rroma population were part of the country’s actively employed population.
text: Diana Toma