Proč na evropských Romech záleží

Světová banka, Open Society Institute a Evropská komise spolupořádají ve dnech 30. června - 1. července v Budapešti konferenci pod názvem Romové v rozšiřující se Evropě: Výzvy pro budoucnost, jejímž hostitelem je maďarská vláda. Prezident Světové banky a ředitel Open Society Institute se na tomto místě zamýšlejí nad problémy, na něž je potřeba se zaměřit.

V zemích střední a východní Evropy tráví romské děti a mládež až příliš často své dny na skládkách. Jelikož si nemohou dovolit vzdělání, probírají se hromadami a hledají papír a další odpadky, které mohou odevzdat ve sběrnách, a vydělat si tak alespoň na jídlo. Romské rodiny mnohdy žijí ve stěsnaných dřevěných či plechových chatrčích bez elektřiny a tekoucí vody a s chmurnými vyhlídkami do budoucna. Podobný obrázek, byť v menším měřítku, existuje také v mnoha členských zemích Evropské unie, v nichž romská menšina našla svůj domov.

Mezi evropským většinovým obyvatelstvem a Romy zeje hluboká socioekonomická propast a mnoho Romů dnes žije v extrémní chudobě. Nebude-li se tato přetrvávající bída řešit, hrozí se stát trvalou brzdou evropské prosperity, což by byla tragédie pro Romy i Neromy.

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