The Roma Support Group is a major contributor to Roma and Brexit, a recently-published report on the future for Roma in post-Brexit UK. The report, from the Gypsy, Roma and Traveller (GRT) and Migration Joint All Party Parliamentary Groups, is the result of discussions at a roundtable event at the House of Lords on 11 July 2018. The event was co-ordinated by the Roma Support Group.
Roma living in the UK have a huge contribution to make to society and they greatly value living here, working here and being part of the UK community. Yet this is not always understood and recognised. Furthermore, uncertainties about the future status of EU nationals in the UK are a cause for considerable uncertainty among members of the Roma community. We hope that this initial report will be of interest to policy makers in this regard.
Read the full text of the report.
See further information about Brexit and Roma on our Brexit Information and Brexit statements pages.
Item added 11/7/2018
Roma Support Group staff, volunteers, friends, families and travellers were recently invited to celebrate Gypsy/Roma/Travellers History Month with a historical tour of the House of Lords.
On Monday, 25 June 2018, Lord Beecham hosted a House of Lords tour for around fifteen young Roma, Gypsies and Travellers.
The Roma Support Group would like to say a huge thank you to Lord Beecham for giving us all this great opportunity.
Item added 22/6/2018
We are currently looking for a volunteer who can help with our Advice and Advocacy Project, someone to support everyday running of the project including 1-to-1 advocacy sessions, workshops and our Forum theatre sessions.
Please see further information about this opportunity on our Volunteering page.
If you would like to do rewarding work with an organisation who works hard to support marginalised members of our society please get in touch!
This item added 27/6/2018
In November 2017 the Roma Support Group (RSG) made a submission to the Parliamentary Women and Equalities Select Committee (WESC). This was in response to the results of the Race Disparity Audit originally launched by the Prime Minister to look into racial disparities in public service provision with a view to ending the injustices experienced by many people.
Read the text of the RSG submission here
Read a transcript of the meeting WESC where the RSG’s oral evidence was discussed (20th December 2017)
View video footage of the meeting WESC where the RSG’s oral evidence was discussed (20th December 2017)
This item added 6/3/2018
Many Roma families think that England offers opportunities to young Roma which are denied in the country of their birth but Roma children’s experience of attending school can be difficult.
A new report, produced by the Roma Support Group with the support of Barrow Cadbury Trust, looks at extensive evidence which indicates that Roma pupils are excluded from some English schools.
See the full text of the report.
This item added 21/10/2017
We are holding a full day’s training course on Roma Cultural Awareness on Tuesday 10th July 2018.
*There is a 10% saving on bookings made before 31st May 2018*
This is what a previous attendee had to say about the training:
“As a result of this training I am planning to promote a Roma intervention programme in order to improve understanding of Roma culture and the needs of the Roma community and to reduce crime.”
– Metropolitan Police officer
Where and when?
Central London (full location details will be sent to you on receipt of your booking)
Tuesday 10th July 2018, 10 am – 4 pm (registration starts at 9.30 am
How do I book?
If you want to attend this training it is essential to book.
Fill in our booking form (Word document) and email it to us at email@example.com.
Commercial sector: £170
Public and Charity sector: £130
Small charities (maximum 5 paid staff): £100
Independent professionals: £100
*There is a 10% saving on bookings made before 31st May 2018*
Gypsy and Traveller Empowerment Herts (GATE) have set up an online reporting tool for incidents of hate crime and hate speech towards Gypsy, Traveller and Roma community members.
Wherever possible, such incidents should be reported to the police at a local police station or by phoning 112 (or 999 in an emergency). The GATE project understands however that many community members are reluctant to report directly to the police for many differing reasons. They have set up this online tool so that reports can be made anonymously.
Three important publications about Roma people and their rights have just appeared:
A new report has been published, prepared by the Roma Support Group on behalf of St Mungo’s and Westminster City Council. It presents the findings of research carried out with Roma migrants sleeping rough in Westminster, including interviews with sixty-four Roma rough sleepers.
The report offers recommendations for the Greater London Authority, Westminster City Council and homelessness organisations in order to improve engagement with Roma rough sleepers and reduce rough sleeping in Westminster.
Read the full report.
The Roma Support Group has issued a statement following the outcome of the referendum on EU membership:
“This is a difficult time. The majority of people in the UK have said that they want to leave the European Union. This will have an impact on the Roma communities throughout the UK.
Roma families have made contributions to this country for many years; through their work and their payment of taxes. Whether they have been born in the UK, or are nationals from other EU countries, Roma women, men and children have rights to live here and to work here. These rights still exist. They can only be removed by an act of Parliament. These rights enable Roma to live and work in the UK, to have their families and dependants with them in the UK, to live in safety – free from harassment – in the UK and for them and their children to use public services (schools and health services) just as any of other UK citizen can do. None of this is changing at present. If and when it does change all Roma communities in the UK will be aware. We ask you to be vigilant for yourselves, and for others. Do not take any hasty decisions. You have every right to live and work and be happy in the UK. Exercise your rights.”
Roza Kotowicz, Chair
We are putting together some information for organisations and individuals who, like ourselves, are struggling to come to terms with the implications and possible ramifications of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union: