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NEW REPORT ON DISCRIMINATION OF ROMA CHILDREN IN THE EDUCATION FIELD IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES OF THE EU, INCLUDING SPAIN [editar]

New report on discrimination of Roma children in education in several EU countries, including Spain. The European Network of Legal Experts in non-discrimination publishes a new report on the discrimination that Roma children face in education in several EU countries, including Spain.

02/03/2015
FSG Internacional

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NEW REPORT ON DISCRIMINATION OF ROMA CHILDREN IN THE EDUCATION FIELD IN VARIOUS COUNTRIES OF THE EU, INCLUDING SPAIN

The European network of legal experts in non-discrimination announces a new thematic report analyzing the discrimination that Roma children in education are facing. The report focuses on ten EU countries: Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovakia, Spain, France, Greece, Italy, UK, Czech Republic, and Romania.

These countries were selected because they either have a high percentage of Roma, or were identified as countries where there are specific problems with regard to education and Roma in the study by Fundamental Rights Agency in 2012. Some of them have been brought before the European Court of Human Rights (in fact there are judgments against Croatia, Greece, Hungary and Czech Republic for segregation of students based on ethnic origin).

The report analyzes the latest developments and information concerning the segregation of Roma pupils in schools in each country, including case law, policy documents and other relevant resources. It also analyzes the legal framework at European level, focusing on the framework established by the Racial Equality Directive and the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in relation to cases of discrimination against Roma in education, related to different forms of segregation, either in special schools within schools and between schools).

The report updates the information in the report "Segregation of Roma children in education: Addressing structural discrimination through the Racial Equality Directive (Segregation of Roma children in education: Addressing structural discrimination-through the Race Equality Directive) published by the Network of Experts in 2007.

In the case of Spain the report points out the importance that has acquired the issue of school segregation following the rapid increase in the last six years of the number of immigrants and foreign school-age stands. A key element in the political discussion is about the right of parents to freely choose the school they want for their children on the one hand and the right to an education in which there is no discrimination on the other. Although the law seeks to find a balance between these two principles, in practice there are cases of discrimination and segregation, linked to residential segregation and the existence of "ghetto" neighborhoods leading to "ghetto" schools. As mentioned in the report, although on a small scale (in eleven districts), research conducted in 2012 by Carmen Santiago, patron of the FSG, on segregation of Roma children in schools, the first on the subject, provides data supporting the existence of this segregation.

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