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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 encourage the development of a EU wider network.

Roma in Gothenburg

Gothenburg is Sweden’s second largest city with 500,000 inhabitants, while East Gothenburg has 46,000 inhabitants. Approximately 5000-7000 Roma live in Gothenburg.

The Roma community consists of different groups (Lovara, Kelderara, Romungri, Travellers) ranging from various countries in central and eastern Europe to the Balkans.

Main challenges

Roma in East Gothenburg

  • live in sub-standard housing 
  • generally have a low education level
  • have limited access to healthcare and social services
  • face high unemployment rates

The City of Gothenburg is one of five Swedish municipalities that are participating in a pilot scheme for Roma inclusion. The scheme is focused on Roma rights, with a particular emphasis on Roma participation in the implementation of an action plan at local level.

East Gothenburg are looking to exchange practices with twinning partners to combat discrimination and improve Roma access to

  • education
  • employment
  • housing 
  • health care 
  • social services