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21-07-2010

ECMI-led “Roma in Europe” discussion ...

... as part of the German Federal Parliament International Exchange Programme

Roma, the largest transnational minority group in Europe with a population of more than 10 million, are often the most marginalized in both Western and Eastern Europe. Roma are present in almost all European states but only a few recognize them formally as a minority with all rights that follow from such recognition. Such is the situation in Germany where Roma enjoy official status, along with other national and ethnic minorities.

The 114 participants of the International Exchange Programme of the German Federal Parliament who participate in the discussion at the Sankelmark Academy during the weekends of 18 and 25 July are from 27 different countries, many of which have large Roma populations such as Albania, Macedonia, Serbia and Poland. During their visit to Schleswig-Holstein they will have an opportunity to make themselves acquainted with traditional and new minority issues in Germany.

Even participants from Israel or USA may take some of the experiences with them back home of how the minority issues are managed in Germany and in the European context. (See also “Flensburger Tageblatt” of 3 July 2010.)

Sankelmark Academy is an adult education facility of the German Border Association, which also includes European Academy of Schleswig-Holstein, working with themes of European institutions in politics, culture and lives of peoples in the neighbouring countries, European Justice and Law and issues related to minorities (www.eash.de).

ECMI conducts research and trainings about Roma integration in Europe under the auspices of its action-oriented project portfolio. See further: www.ecmirom.org.

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Place and Date: Sankelmark, 18, 24-25 July 2010
Further information: Ewa Chylinski, Chylinski@ecmi.de

ECMI founders:

The German Federal GovernmentThe German
Federal Government
The Danish GovernmentThe Danish
Government
The Federal State Schleswig-HolsteinThe Federal State
Schleswig-Holstein