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education, racial inequality, poverty, refugees & immigration




The Roma people constitute one of the largest ethnic minorities in Europe, with 10 to 12 million Roma in the European Union as of 2016. Although they make up a large part of Europe, it has been difficult for the Roma people to fully integrate into society, causing educational gaps between Roma and native children. One contributing factor to this educational disparity is discrimination. both racial and social, against the Roma people: this is also closely tied to Roma placement in inferior, special education schools. Additionally. some cultural traditions of the Roma (such as their occupations, migratory patterns, and early marriage), the segregation of Roma communities, and the lack of accommodation by the government and school systems all act as barriers for Roma children to receive a quality education. All of these elements impact the Roma's ability to become fully literate and employable and. consequently, lead to the perpetuated poverty of Roma families. Many organizations are working to solve this issue of educational inequality by employing university graduates with cultural diversity training to teach in low socio-economic areas, training native Roma to teach in primary schools. and offering quality early educational development services to Roma children.