Policy and Campaigning

 

The Roma Policy & Campaigning project aims to promote social justice and address disadvantage experienced by Roma refugees and migrants in the UK, specifically to:

  1. Enhance social inclusion and civic partnership of Roma refugees and migrants by developing Roma-led campaigning work;
  2. To increase Roma participation in local decision making processes;
  3. To encourage practice that is more responsive to the needs of Roma migrants; and
  4. To influence and co-shape national and European policies which affect Roma refugees and migrants, ensuring that their voice/perspective is effectively communicated to the UK Government, European Union, statutory sector, the media and other key stakeholders.

 

This is achieved through activities such as:

  1. Support and training for Roma advocates;
  2. Facilitating Roma-led peer advocacy;
  3. Facilitating the Roma Refugee and Migrant Forum (RRMF) in London;
  4. Creating opportunities for Roma advocates to meet with local authorities, services and policy makers to ensure that Roma voices are publicly both spoken and heard; and
  5. Providing statutory and non-statutory agencies with information about the needs of Roma migrants based on evidence from RRMF, Roma focus group meetings and our casework;
  6. Highlighting the successful development of Roma communities throughout the country working together to achieve greater Roma integration in the UK.

 

Our regular and varied contact with Roma families, particularly in London but also throughout the country, gives us a great responsibility. This includes the need to empower Roma community members themselves to speak to decision-makers about their experiences. The project recognises that the world can be a better place if Roma communities are acknowledged, included and become successful.

 

Recent publications

  • Rough sleeping Roma in the City of Westminster (June 2016):
    This report was 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 64 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.
  • Impact on Migrant Roma Communities of Changes to Welfare and Entitlements (2015): Our report traces benefit and social assistance changes which were implemented in 2014, details the findings of our earlier “call for evidence” and concludes with a series of recommendations.

 

Documentation for Roma Refugee & Migrant Forum meetings

(All pdf documents)

Terms of reference
Previous meeting agendas and minutes:
25th Feb 2014 agenda minutes
20th May 2014 agenda minutes
15th July 2014 agenda minutes
29th Sept 2014 agenda minutes
9th Dec 2014 agenda minutes
10th Mar 2015 agenda minutes
9th June 2015 agenda minutes
29th Sept 2015 agenda minutes
22nd March 2016 agenda minutes
12th July 2016 agenda minutes
24th January 2017 minutes

 

Further information related to the project

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