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Twinning activities for Roma integration

Twinnings are developed with local and regional authorities in order to lead concrete measures in Roma integration locally and encouraging the development of a EU wider network.

Roma in Bologna

Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy. The population of Bologna is 384,202 and has both settled Roma and Sinti populations and a recent influx of migrant Roma from other EU countries.

Main challenges

There are three Roma and Sinti settlements of approximately 250 people and the municipality of Bologna is currently closing down these camps and rehousing the Roma and Sinti elsewhere in the city.

The main challenges for the Roma and Sinti communities are:

  • poor housing conditions
  • low educational attainment
  • high unemployment
  • discrimination from the majority population

For the municipality, ensuring decent housing is a priority and they have started a housing transition project as part of their local action plan for the social inclusion of Roma and Sinti people.

Bologna will use the for Roma, with Roma programme to support the housing transition project.