Working Roma

A project aimed to reduce discrimination in the workplace of Roma in Europe

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"Working Roma" is a project aimed at getting acquainted with the problems of working-age Roma, improving and increasing their employment possibilities, and reducing xenophobia and racism at work.

The majority of Roma in Central and Southeast Europe find it difficult to find a permanent job. The factors for this are very complex. Through the exchange of good practices by Roma and employers who have hired Roma representatives, the project team will try to find the formula for support and successful realization of the working Roma in Bulgaria.

Since January 2017, the team of the Institute for Labor and Social Studies, a partner of Personnel Holding, is a representative of the Bulgarian participation in the project. The project is attended by representatives from countries all over Europe: Italy, Spain, Portugal, Malta, Greece, Romania, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and others.

As a first step, two round table meetings were organized within the project’s framework, bringing together employers, experts, representatives of Roma communities, non-governmental organizations, state institutions and other stakeholders. These events aim at introducing and discovering the Roma problems for permanent employment. It is also planned to set up a local working group to analyze the activities carried out and the results achieved within the project. Trainings, interviews, analyses and consultations will also be carried out during the project to support the Roma community.

The main objectives of the project are:

  • Familiarizing the society with the main problems of educated Roma in working age;
  • Raising awareness of racism in the workplace;
  • Supporting access of vulnerable groups to vocational and competence trainings.

The Working Roma project is supported by the European Union for two years, from January 2016 to January 2018.