Gypsy, Roma & Traveller Report Launch January 2015


The Romani Cultural and Arts Company is pleased to be organising a report launch event (National Wales GRT Symposium).

The event is being held at 12.15 – 13.30 on Tuesday, 13 January 2015 in Conference Room 21 in Tŷ Hywel  at the National Assembly for Wales. The launch will be of the written report generated from the 20th October 2014 GRT symposium in Cardiff. The report will be summarised by experts and formally handed over to the Ministers and civil servants. It is being organised by the RCAC, with the support of the Open Society Initiative for Europe

At the conference in October, a panel of experts, politicians and policy makers met with GRT community members to discuss the issues facing Gypsies, the Roma and Travellers. Education, health and housing services in particular struggle to cope with new communities and the lack of any real knowledge or expertise in dealing with Roma, despite in many cases a long (though not always positive) relationship with the Gypsies and Travellers in Wales. These latter are also not familiar with Roma from Europe and see the influx of new communities as problematic when increasing intolerance lumps all communities together as unwanted “Gypsies”, encouraged by negative stereotypes in the media and press stories of increasing numbers of Roma heading for the UK with the relaxation of EU regulations on movement.

The symposium was designed to encourage positive understanding of the diversity of the various communities, promote inter and intra-communal dialogue and advocate for the necessary changes in local and national administrations to see the Roma as not a temporary, transitory group but a vibrant part of the growing, diverse and multi-cultural population of Wales and the UK.

Press coverage notably from (Travellers’ Times)

Please download the report here: GRT Symposium Report 2014

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