Marginalized Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities still most excluded in Kosovo

May 3, 2018

Marginalised Roma, Ashkali, and Egyptians face limited access to opportunities in virtually every aspect of human development such as basic rights, health, education, housing, employment and standard of living. these data come from the Regional Roma Survey 2017 launched today in Pristina.

The Survey is the first major collection of data on marginalized Roma carried out in Kosovo. Kosovo data was presented at a workshop that gathered representatives of the EU office in Kosovo, the World Bank, UNDP in Kosovo and UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, and local partners from the OPM/Office of Good Governance, Consultative Council for Communities, and local NGOs working with excluded communities.

Main data of the survey show that there is a wide gap between marginalised Roma, Ashkali and Egyptian communities and neighbouring non-RAE in terms of human capabilities and material well-being. While pre-primary education enrolment rate of marginalised children of these communities in Kosovo is relatively high, only 60 percent of young marginalised Roma, Ashkali and Egyptians aged 18 to 21 have completed compulsory education. RAE women continue to wed young, early marriage incidence is persistent and high. Living conditions continue to be a great concern since these marginalised communities are more likely to live in overcrowded dwellings and in the localities where waste is never collected, as well as less likely to have access to piped water and electricity.

Participants at the workshop discussed the implications of the survey results for policy making and programming and brainstormed on how to use the data for monitoring, evaluation and reporting purposes.

The survey was supported by the European Commission Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR), and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.

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