FRANCE. Report of the European Roma Rights Centre. Country profile 2011-2012 Cover Image

LA FRANCE. Rapport du European Roma Rights Centre. Profil de pays 2011-2012
FRANCE. Report of the European Roma Rights Centre. Country profile 2011-2012

Author(s): Specified No Author
Subject(s): Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: European Roma Rights Center
Keywords: Roma in France;
Summary/Abstract: It is estimated that about 400,000 Roma and related groups (Travelers, Sinti, Manouches, Kalés, etc.) live in France, about 0.64% of the total population of France. This number in-cludes French nationals and migrant Roma. The number of migrant Roma in France is esti-mated at between 15,000 and 20,000. There is no exact data on the number of Roma in France (including migrant Roma) because French law prohibits the recognition of ethnic and cultural minorities. This means that there are no statistics disaggregated by ethnic group.In 2011 and 2012, the ERRC focused on Roma migrants in Romania and Bulgaria. Unless otherwise indicated, the term Roma in this report refers to Roma migrants from these two countries. Roma migrants in France live mainly in the suburbs of major cities, the majority living in the Paris region (Ile de France) and major cities in Marseille, Lille, Lyon, Toulouse and Nantes. Roma often settle in abandoned houses or isolated camps that host groups ranging from a few families to 800 people.According to ERRC studies, Roma are regularly confronted with discrimination at various levels, and the prohibition to collect data on this point masks the extent of such discrimi-nation.

  • Page Count: 31
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: French