The Slovak city of Kosice, one of Europe’s 2013 Capitals of Culture, is building a wall to segregate its Roma community, The Economist writes, noting a trend to justify walling off the Roma by identifying them as a security threat.
We are living in times of the financial crisis and high unemployment, when racism and xenophobia are widespread. The lack of financial resources for everyday life results in tension and spitefulness towards the Roma, a vulnerable group that becomes an easy target for assaults.
Roma children are intelligent and diligent, but they also need a lot of attention and trust instead of discrimination, they need to feel trusted from the first moment you meet them. They have excellent results in school when their families move abroad. Furthermore, they achieve that in a foreign language
It may seem unbelievable, but it is true. Even more, this could be a European precedent that will have far-reaching consequences for the social standing of Roma, and even non-Roma.
The World Bank and the Slovak Social Insurance have issued a 2013 report on the demographics of state aid beneficiaries. Although most people would point out the Roma as most likely social group to receive welfare, the analysis proved that 25-year-old people are actually the most numerous of this kind
It is well known that Slovak police interventions in Roma communities are often brutal and unlawful. We can even say that Roma communities serve like real training grounds for the police commandos.
Ondavské Matiašovce is a beautiful small village in east Slovakia, the place where I was born and where I have lived until recently. I remember that, back in my day, all girls and boys would continue studying after completing elementary school. Later on, they would attend the agricultural school in
The newly created Slovak Association of European Roma media welcomes Roma media outlets willing to join
The association was established in February 2013 and, as previously said, it is open to every Roma media in Europe interested to join. This informal association was created by the three Slovak Roma media organizations: Roma Media Center (MECEM), Roma newspaper Romano nevo lil and Gipsy Television. I
Until the end of November 2012, employment offices in the Czech Republic were able to send the unemployed to take part in unpaid community service work. But this has finally come to an end in December 2012.
“There were supposed to be several ends of the world, none of which I believed in, but this time I am really afraid that it can come because of some natural disaster. So I will be as prepared as I can,”