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Current Attitudes Toward the Roma in Central Europe

The Decade of Roma Inclusion is designed to change prejudicial attitudes and develop support for government programs aimed at bettering the lives of Roma. To engender this support, it is essential to understand what drives attitudes and perceptions among the general population in the nine countries in Central and South East Europe (Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia) participating in the Decade. In addition, it is crucial to develop a more systematic and deeper understanding of the Roma population in these countries so that efforts are appropriately designed and targeted.

Toward that end, eight focus groups were conducted in eight countries (12 in Serbia and Montenegro) in June 2005. In each country five focus groups were done with a randomly selected, representative sample of non-Roma and three were conducted with the Roma. A summary of the survey results is available for download.

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