Why Europe's Roma matter

  • 2003-08-31
  • James D. Wolfensohn and George Soros
Too often in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe, Roma teens and children spend their days at the garbage dump. Unable to afford school, they scavenge for paper and other scraps for recycling, earning just enough to eat. Too often Roma families live in tiny cramped wooden or tin shacks with no power or running water and dim prospects for the future. A similar picture, though on a smaller scale, exists in many European Union member countries that are home to Roma minorities.A wide socioeconomic disparity exists between Europe's majority population and Roma, or Gypsies, many of whom l...
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