On 23 November, FRA took part in the event ‘Immigration from South-Eastern Europe: Best practice for integration in German cities’ organised by the Berlin Senate Department for Labour, Integration and Women’s Affairs and Minor.
The main phase of FRA’s Local Engagement for Roma Inclusion (LERI) project is now taking shape, after the pilot phase revealed a number of barriers to improving Roma integration. The project is taking place in 22 localities across 11 EU Member States: Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and the UK.
From late September to mid-October, FRA staff will attend interviewer briefings for the second EU Minorities and Discrimination Survey (EU-MIDIS II) that are taking place in each of the 28 EU Member States.
Improving data collection, monitoring and reporting on measures and action taken is critical for the success of Roma integration. The indicator framework under development by the Working Party on Roma Integration Indicators coordinated by FRA is an important step in this direction.
Record numbers of migrants died as they tried to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe in 2014. Member States should therefore consider offering more legal possibilities for people in need of international protection to enter the EU, as viable alternatives to risky irregular entry. This is one of the conclusions from this year’s Annual report which looks at developments across the EU in many areas over 2014.
World Roma Day on 8 April is a day for celebrating the many ways that people of Roma origin enrich our diverse European societies. However, it is also a day when we should remember their persecution and discrimination in Europe through the centuries.