Social Inclusion Post Brexit The Experiences of Gypsy

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Social Inclusion Post Brexit: The Experiences of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma Communities Dr Zoë

Social Inclusion Post Brexit: The Experiences of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma Communities Dr Zoë James

� EU pledge to bring at least 20 million people out of poverty and

� EU pledge to bring at least 20 million people out of poverty and social exclusion by 2020 ◦ Specific populations such as the Roma are especially challenged: two-thirds are unemployed, one in two children attends kindergarten and only 15% complete secondary school. � 2011 EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies ◦ scrutiny of existing and prospective EU member states monitoring of “anti-Gypsyism”, and; ◦ securing civil and human rights as a condition of joining the EU. � Hate Crime Agenda ◦ Hate Crimes ◦ Hate incidents � UK Implementation of EU policy European Union Policy

� Informed by the EU: UK strategy ◦ Utilising existing laws intended to challenge

� Informed by the EU: UK strategy ◦ Utilising existing laws intended to challenge discrimination and prejudice ◦ Country-specific strategy’s for England, Wales, Scotland Northern Ireland ◦ Localism in Action � Assessment of UK strategy by EU as monitoring ◦ Education ◦ Employment Structural priorities that should be considered in the UK: ◦ Health • Monitoring the impact of ◦ Housing mainstream measures and ◦ Anti-discrimination activities undertaken on ◦ Funding Roma should be considered. • UK Policy Dialogue between Travellers and Gypsies and local and regional authorities should be reinforced.

� Retaining commitment to social inclusion through measures of engagement? � Integrating EU strategy

� Retaining commitment to social inclusion through measures of engagement? � Integrating EU strategy into UK priorities at a challenging time? � Providing an opportunity for change? � Questioning the reality of EU impact on Gypsy, Traveller and Roma lives? � Driving change from below – the role of civil society? � Shifting perceptions of Gypsies, Travellers and Roma? Brexit and Gypsies, Travellers and Roma