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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 Prešov

Prešov in Eastern Slovakia is the country's third largest city. It has a population of 92,000 including approximately 3,900 Roma.

The Roma mainly live in two areas of the city – one is a partially integrated community in Taras Shevchenko and the other is a segregated area in the industrial Old Brickyard. Here approximately 1,200 Roma live in social housing, with considerable social and economic problems.

Main challenges

The Roma living in Prešov

  • have a low level of education
  • have a very high unemployment rate
  • mostly depend on social benefits
  • are economically and socially excluded and discriminated against by the majority population

Prešov has a strategic plan in place for Roma inclusion and is keen to learn about ways to combat discrimination and prejudice.

The city wants to

  • improve education
  • improve employment prospects
  • resolvelong-term housing issues
  • empower the Roma community