Roma and Travellers in six countries

This report presents findings from FRA’s 2019 survey on Roma and Travellers in Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The survey included interviews with almost 4,700 Roma and Travellers, collecting information on more than 8,200 individuals living in their households.

By focusing on Roma and Travellers, the survey provides unique data and information that are not available from European general population surveys, which do not disaggregate on grounds of ethnic origin.

The findings present a bleak but familiar picture of discrimination and deprivation. We hope they encourage policymakers to step up their efforts to ensure a better future for Europe’s biggest minority group.

In this report:

  1. Discrimination and awareness of rights
  2. Harassment and hate crime against Roma and Travellers
  3. Education
  4. Employment
  5. Health and healthcare
  6. Poverty and social exclusion
  7. Access to housing and nomadic lifestyle

FRA has also proposed a portfolio of indicators which aim to monitor objectives of the European Commission's upcoming Communication on an EU Roma Strategic Framework for Equality, Inclusion and Participation. The indicators are based on the work of the EU Roma Working Party in 2020:

Findings Q&A

This is an overview of the main findings from FRA’s 2019 Roma and Travellers Survey.

It provides the first comparable data on how Roma and Travellers experience their fundamental rights across Belgium, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

See our methodology Q&A for more information on how FRA carried out the survey.



Methodology Q&A

This is a brief overview of how FRA carried out its Roma and Travellers Survey. More details are available in the Technical Report.

It is the first comparable data on Roma and Travellers’ experiences of fundamental rights across these survey countries.

See our main findings Q&A for more information on the survey results.

Respondents' quotes