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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 Nagykálló 

Nagykálló is a small town in the North-Eastern corner of Hungary, not far from the Romanian and Ukrainian borders. It has a population of slightly more than 10,000 people, out of which between 1,300 and 1,500 are Roma.

Main challenges

The majority of Roma people in Nagykálló live in segregated areas with poor living conditions. Unemployment is high in the Roma community of Nagykálló, a low educational attainment is common, as is discrimination on the labour market.

The municipality has started to address these challenges through two social urban regeneration projects with EU co-financing. Nagykálló was an active partner in the ROMANET URBACT project, bringing together towns from across Europe facing similar problems.

Building on the experience of these initiatives the municipality wants to use the for Roma, with Roma project to support local grassroots projects working to build relationships between Roma and non-Roma children and young people.