With an estimated population of ten million, the Roma are Europe's largest minority group. They are also among the poorest in most European countries and are often discriminated against.
The Roma are a European minority, with communities spread across all of the continent from Spain and Portugal across Germany and France to Eastern Europe and the Balkan countries. For decades the Roma population has suffered under stereotypes and discrimination. The communities are some of the poorest in Europe, characterized by high unemployment and lack of education.
In Bucharest, there is an area which is avoided for most of the year, because it's home to Roma and Sinti people. But once a year in September the area comes alive for a few days of music and culture from around the world. The bands who visit help teach festival-goers about acceptance and belonging.
A new row has emerged in the Czech Republic’s fractious governing coalition over a concentration camp for Romanies during the wartime period. The country’s Finance Minister, Andrej Babis, was heard telling voters on the campaign trail that the Lety camp in South Bohemia was not a concentration camp but a work camp, angering many who point out that over 300 people died there. Rob Cameron reports.
It has often been said that one of the greatest obstacles facing Roma people in central Europe is their lack of education -especially university education. One organization trying to make a difference is the Roma Education Fund, set up jointly by the World Bank and George Soros’ Open Society Fund. An opportunity which has change some students' lives.